February 2006


…as long as she’s Wafa Sultan.


Sultan, an Arab-American Psychologist living in L.A., has a unique ability to stand up for the ideals of democracy and free speech while completly decimating Islamist arguments.

This ability is completly lacking in American politics today. We don’t have it and we need it, badly.

Watch as she verbally drop-kicks her opponents in this Memri TV clip.*

Here’s a clip from the transcript:

Arab-American Psychologist Wafa Sultan: There Is No Clash of Civilizations but a Clash between the Mentality of the Middle Ages and That of the 21st Century

Wafa Sultan: The Muslims are the ones who began using this expression. The Muslims are the ones who began the clash of civilizations. The Prophet of Islam said: “I was ordered to fight the people until they believe in Allah and His Messenger.” When the Muslims divided the people into Muslims and non-Muslims, and called to fight the others until they believe in what they themselves believe, they started this clash, and began this war. In order to start this war, they must reexamine their Islamic books and curricula, which are full of calls for takfir and fighting the infidels.

My colleague has said that he never offends other people’s beliefs. What civilization on the face of this earth allows him to call other people by names that they did not choose for themselves? Once, he calls them Ahl Al-Dhimma, another time he calls them the “People of the Book,” and yet another time he compares them to apes and pigs, or he calls the Christians “those who incur Allah’s wrath.” Who told you that they are “People of the Book”? They are not the People of the Book, they are people of many books. All the useful scientific books that you have today are theirs, the fruit of their free and creative thinking. What gives you the right to call them “those who incur Allah’s wrath,” or “those who have gone astray,” and then come here and say that your religion commands you to refrain from offending the beliefs of others?

I am not a Christian, a Muslim, or a Jew. I am a secular human being. I do not believe in the supernatural, but I respect others’ right to believe in it.

Dr. Ibrahim Al-Khouli: Are you a heretic?

Wafa Sultan: You can say whatever you like. I am a secular human being who does not believe in the supernatural…

Dr. Ibrahim Al-Khouli: If you are a heretic, there is no point in rebuking you, since you have blasphemed against Islam, the Prophet, and the Koran…

Wafa Sultan: These are personal matters that do not concern you.

[...]

Wafa Sultan: Brother, you can believe in stones, as long as you don’t throw them at me

Here’s another example of her unique style of anti-Islamist butt-kicking..

The world needs to hear more from Wafa Sultan.

* link thanks to Ace of Spades

[cross-posted at Dean's World]

…as long as she’s Wafa Sultan.


Sultan, an Arab-American Psychologist living in L.A., has a unique ability to stand up for the ideals of democracy and free speech while completly decimating Islamist arguments.

This ability is completly lacking in American politics today. We don’t have it and we need it, badly.

Watch as she verbally drop-kicks her opponents in this Memri TV clip.*

Here’s a clip from the transcript:

Arab-American Psychologist Wafa Sultan: There Is No Clash of Civilizations but a Clash between the Mentality of the Middle Ages and That of the 21st Century

Wafa Sultan: The Muslims are the ones who began using this expression. The Muslims are the ones who began the clash of civilizations. The Prophet of Islam said: “I was ordered to fight the people until they believe in Allah and His Messenger.” When the Muslims divided the people into Muslims and non-Muslims, and called to fight the others until they believe in what they themselves believe, they started this clash, and began this war. In order to start this war, they must reexamine their Islamic books and curricula, which are full of calls for takfir and fighting the infidels.

My colleague has said that he never offends other people’s beliefs. What civilization on the face of this earth allows him to call other people by names that they did not choose for themselves? Once, he calls them Ahl Al-Dhimma, another time he calls them the “People of the Book,” and yet another time he compares them to apes and pigs, or he calls the Christians “those who incur Allah’s wrath.” Who told you that they are “People of the Book”? They are not the People of the Book, they are people of many books. All the useful scientific books that you have today are theirs, the fruit of their free and creative thinking. What gives you the right to call them “those who incur Allah’s wrath,” or “those who have gone astray,” and then come here and say that your religion commands you to refrain from offending the beliefs of others?

I am not a Christian, a Muslim, or a Jew. I am a secular human being. I do not believe in the supernatural, but I respect others’ right to believe in it.

Dr. Ibrahim Al-Khouli: Are you a heretic?

Wafa Sultan: You can say whatever you like. I am a secular human being who does not believe in the supernatural…

Dr. Ibrahim Al-Khouli: If you are a heretic, there is no point in rebuking you, since you have blasphemed against Islam, the Prophet, and the Koran…

Wafa Sultan: These are personal matters that do not concern you.

[...]

Wafa Sultan: Brother, you can believe in stones, as long as you don’t throw them at me

Here’s another example of her unique style of anti-Islamist butt-kicking..

The world needs to hear more from Wafa Sultan.

* link thanks to Ace of Spades

[cross-posted at Dean's World]

Via the Jersey Journal:

About 200 teamsters and longshoremen joined three U.S. senators at Port Newark to protest the sale of some American port operations to a state-owned company from the United Arab Emirates.

Most of these protesters live a few miles from the World Trade Center. Most probably watched as thousands of innocent people were crushed and burned by an Islamist-funded act of war, an act of war that was enabled and carried out by Islamists from the UAE. I guess they still remember that.

Maybe some know that the government of Dubai is still spreading a message of fascism and hate.

[U.S. senator Frank] Lautenberg said he would introduce legislation this week that would require the Department of Homeland Security to review changes of ownership of a terminal operator within a port of the United States for security problems.

“Don’t let them tell you that it’s just a transfer of title. Baloney,” Lautenberg said. “We wouldn’t transfer the title to the devil, and we’re not going to transfer it to Dubai.”

Yes, they still remember.

According to a recent poll, most Americans are “strongly opposed” to the Bush administration’s agreement with the Dubai Ports World.

Americans are strongly opposed to the Bush administration’s agreement to allow a Dubai company to operate terminals at six American ports and are increasingly negative about the situation in Iraq, according to the latest CBS News poll.

Seventy percent, including 58 percent of Republicans, said DP World, controlled by the emir of Dubai, should not be allowed to operate the ports, while 21 percent supported the deal.

Meanwhile, Dubai Ports World participates in the Arab boycott against Israel,

Yes, of course the boycott is still in place and is still enforced,” Muhammad Rashid a-Din, a staff member of the Dubai Customs Department’s Office for the Boycott of Israel, told the Post in a telephone interview.

“If a product contained even some components that were made in Israel, and you wanted to import it to Dubai, it would be a problem,” he said.

A-Din noted that while the head office for the anti-Israel boycott sits in Damascus, he and his fellow staff members are paid employees of the Dubai Customs Department, which is a division of the PCZC, the same Dubai government-owned entity that runs Dubai Ports World.

Moreover, the Post found that the website for Dubai’s Jebel Ali Free Zone Area, which is also part of the PCZC, advises importers that they will need to comply with the terms of the boycott…

…In one instance, according to a Commerce Department press release, a New York-based exporter agreed to pay a fine for having “failed to report in a timely manner its receipts of requests from Dubai” to provide certification that its products had not been made in Israel.

Israel is a major source for innovative products, including medical technologies that have improved the lives of people worldwide. In the Middle East, they’re the only local source of innovation. The UAE, like other members of the Arab League, won’t allow these products into their country. I guess the UAE isn’t as modern as they pretend to be.

..and, of course, there’s also the fact that president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheik Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan funds the Abu Dhabi-based Zayed Center for Coordination and Follow-Up, a prominent think tank of the Arab League. According to Rachel Fish:

The Zayed Center, described on its Web site “as the fulfillment of the vision of Sheikh Zayed,” promotes Holocaust denial, anti-American conspiracy theories and hate speech in its lectures, symposiums and publications.

In related news, our allies in the Arab League are continuing their campaign to restrict free speech in non-Islamic nations.

AMMAN – Arab League Secretary General Amr Mussa on Monday considered the Prophet Mohammed’s cartoons as part of a “battle against Islam” rather than a symptom of conflict among civilizations, and urged Arab parliamentarians to put pressure on the United Nations to come up with a “strict” solution to this problem.

Just part of an organized campaign to spread apartheid Sharia worldwide…

Is up at Suitably Flip!

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Darren McGavin, the raspy-voiced lead of the television series Kolchak: The Night Stalker and Mike Hammer, has died.

The 83-year-old actor passed away Saturday of natural causes in a Los Angeles hospital, said his son, Bogart McGavin.
McGavin had a busy career in television and film, winning one Emmy in 1990 for an appearance as Candice Bergen’s opinionated father in a Murphy Brown episode…

…Some may recall him as the cantankerous dad in the 1983 comedy A Christmas Story.

I thought that was his best role (although Kolchak was a close second)

The Night Stalker was sort of a prototype for the X-files – except it was, like, a hundred times better.

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Acadia Ntl. Park

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This is Exit Zero’s Wordcloud.

What’s yours?

[Link thanks to Harry's Place]

Via Reuters:

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – The United States will continue to give humanitarian aid to ease the plight of the Palestinians despite militant group Hamas’s victory in elections, a senior U.S. diplomat said on Saturday.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State David Welch said after meeting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that the aid payments to ease the hardship of the Palestinians would be made via humanitarian organizations working in the region.

“The United States has long been a supporter of the Palestinian people, through a substantial contribution of our foreign assistance funds… we continue to be devoted to the humanitarian needs of the Palestinian people and it shall remain so,” Welch said.

“It is our belief that it is important for the people in the Palestinian territories … to have a good life in safety and security with economic wellbeing,” Welch added…

..The United States has led a faltering campaign to isolate Hamas since its election victory. But Hamas has so far not been swayed, saying Western threats to cut off aid amount to blackmail and alternative sources of funding can be found.

So, I guess we’re fighting our ‘War on Terrorism’ the way we always have – by paying terrorists to blow us up.

Brilliant plan.

Via Yahoo:

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey filed a lawsuit on Friday to stop a United Arab Emirates company from taking over management of its container terminal at Port Newark in New Jersey.

The authority, jointly owned by the states of New York and New Jersey, argued that the deal under which state-owned Dubai Ports World would take over management from the British company P&O violates the terms of P&O’s lease…

..Democrat Corzine issued the invitation in letters to each governor, saying the lawsuit “will seek to enjoin this sale of vital assets to a foreign nation without our states having had the opportunity to determine the extent of the threat to the safety of our citizens.”

In London, a U.S. company at the Port of Miami, Eller & Co. Inc., filed a petition in High Court opposing the takeover.

On Thursday, the State of New Jersey sued the federal government to block the deal.

Officials at P&O Ports North America did not return phone calls seeking comment.

New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez on Friday dismissed DPW’s offer to delay assuming control of the port terminals.

“We can’t rely on non-binding promises from foreign governments to secure our ports,” he said. “If the Bush administration will not stop this deal from closing, Congress must.”

Tactically this looks like a smart, bold move. Someone’s been eating their Wheaties.

Saudi financed suicide bombers made an apparent attempt to blow up a major source of their income. The attack appears to have been successful, at least from the point of view of the terrorists and their sponsors. Oil prices went up and the refinery is fine.

It’s almost as if it were staged. Of course, our Saudi allies would never stage an event for their own nefarious purposes…

Now the world can see how our partners in the war against terror are boldly fighting on our side. Bully for them. However, even the MSM expresses some timid doubts with their title: Oil refinery attack foiled, Saudis say

Other local attacks by Saudi-financed
martyrs for the cause include:

May 12, 2004: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: suicide bombers killed 34, including 8 Americans, at housing compounds for Westerners. Al-Qaeda suspected.

May 29–31 2005: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: terrorists attack the offices of a Saudi oil company in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, take foreign oil workers hostage in a nearby residential compound, leaving 22 people dead including one American.

June 11–19, 2005: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: terrorists kidnap and execute Paul Johnson Jr., an American, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 2 other Americans and BBC cameraman killed by gun attacks.

Dec. 6, 2005: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: terrorists storm the U.S. consulate killing 5 consulate employees. 4 terrorists were killed by Saudi security.

Those other Saudi-financed attacks were not as successfully ‘foiled’ by security.

UPDATE: The more I think about this, the more I begin to realize that the above theory is probably wrong. Al Qaeda could have done this to extort or earn more money from their Saudi patrons, and they might have decided that it’s time to take over the Kingdom, but this attack just doesn’t look like al Qaeda.

Sure, al Qaeda has claimed responsibility for this attack, but they also claimed responsibility for the New York City blackout. Sometimes, mass-murdering zealots lie:

  1. They said they attacked to chase the infidels out, but they didn’t directly target the infidels. Rule #1 of al Qaeda: If infidels don’t die, it’s not al Qaeda.
  2. It goes against all Saudi interests and traditions to attack to disrupt the cash flow that they so desperately need.
  3. There was just one attack. When al Qaeda wants to do a groundbreaking attack that will ineveitably receive a lot of publicity, they always show off. They always schedule simultaneous attacks. They didn’t do that.
  4. Saudi popular opinion and support is important to al Qaeda. This attack won’t win them more friends, recruits or cash.

  5. Saudi security services are infiltrated by al Qaeda. If al Qaeda carried out this attack, even if it was supposed to be stopped, they would have worked with the security services to at least kill off a few infidels. Again, no dead infidels, no al Qaeda.

I don’t think this was carried out by al Qaeda or one of their Saudi-supported Sunni branch offices. This attack happened in a Shia province of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Shia have been oppressed by the Saudi Wahhabis. The would welcome the overthrow of the regime by non-Wahhabis. They might even welcome the return of American troops.

I’d have to guess that it’s more likely that this attack was carried out by a Shi’ite group. It might be an independent group, or it might have something to do with the recent attempts on Ahmadinejad’s life in Iran. The Saudis and the Iranians are having a disagreement about who should lead their wonderful Islamist Caliphate. This might be a part of that disagreement.

In any case, we may have to worry about more, possibly successful attacks.

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