Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Observations From A Reluctant Anti-Warrior

Cartoonist and anti-war protestor Peter Bagge took a good hard look at his fellow protestors and didn't much like what he saw. So he drew a scathing satire of the lefty loons in "Observations From A Reluctant Anti-Warrior." He drew this back in 2003 but it has stood the test of time, still being true and funny to boot.

Bagge felt bad later about trashing his comrades manning the barricades and tacked back left with a follow-on cartoon called "Confessions of a Lazy Anti-Warrior," but it's still worth reading for his admission that he just can't stand the other protestors.

We know the feeling, Pete.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Iran Crushes Squirrel Spy Ring

Iranian police have arrested fourteen squirrels for spying, reports the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). The crack Iranian police captured the spy squirrels near the border, outfitted with listening devices provided by a foreign intelligence service. Obviously, the squirrels didn't build those electronic listening devices themselves. That would be crazy to suggest.

Now, I kinda hope this is true and the CIA is behind this because it would mean my tax dollars are going to a good cause, making the crazy-ass Iranian madmen spend their time chasing spy squirrels. Maybe the CIA is fomenting a secret squirrel revolution in Iran, one nut at a time. That would be great.

However, it's more likely that this is just a taste of the crazy crap which passes for news in the Muslim world, whose media is a sea of lies and conspiracy theories that sound ludicrous to educated people in the civilized West, but perfectly plausible to illiterate and bigoted Muslims. Why, if the infidels were sending squirrels to spy on you, you'd be ticked, too.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Majid Khadduri

Robert Spencer talks about the great Islamic scholar Majid Khadduri, dead this year at age 98, in "Fact or 'Islamophobia'?". Khadduri, an Iraqi scholar of Islamic law, helpfully explained the doctrine of jihad in his 1955 book, "War and Peace in the Law of Islam."

"The state which is regarded as the instrument for universalizing a certain religion must perforce be an ever expanding state. The Islamic state, whose principal function was to put God’s law into practice, sought to establish Islam as the dominant reigning ideology over the entire world. It refused to recognize the coexistence of non-Muslim communities, except perhaps as subordinate entities, because by its very nature a universal state tolerates the existence of no other state than itself. Although it was not a consciously formulated policy, Muhammad’s early successors, after Islam became supreme in Arabia, were determined to embark on a ceaseless war of conquest in the name of Islam. The jihad was therefore employed as an instrument for both the universalization of religion and the establishment of an imperial world state. (P. 51)
"Thus the jihad may be regarded as Islam’s instrument or carrying out its ultimate objective by turning all people into believers, if not in the prophethood of Muhammad (as in the case of the dhimmis), at least in the belief in God. The Prophet Muhammad is reported to have declared “some of my people will continue to fight victoriously for the sake of the truth until the last one of them will combat the anti-Christ.” Until that moment is reached the jihad, in one form or another, will remain as a permanent obligation upon the entire Muslim community. It follows that the existence of a dar al-harb is ultimately outlawed under the Islamic jural order; that the dar al-Islam is permanently under jihad obligation until the dar al-harb is reduced to non-existence; and that any community which prefers to remain non-Islamic -- in the status of a tolerated religious community accepting certain disabilities -- must submit to Islamic rule and reside in the dar al-Islam or be bound as clients to the Muslim community. (Page 64)"
In other words, jihad is not something acted out by a minority of Islamic extremists contrary to the "Religion of Peace." Jihad against non-Muslims is a duty for all Muslims until they conquer the world. In other words, religious slaughter is part of Islam's DNA.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Ibraheem Abdel-Qahar

Ibraheem Abdel-Qahar, 23, is a college student in Baghdad who is afraid to go out socially because it's just too damned dangerous. So he went to the local Internet cafe instead. It turned out badly. Says Ibraheem:
"Someone was sitting near me at the internet cafe and probably was an extremist spy. He saw when I was watching some erotic movies and when I left the place I was immediately taken in a car with three men."
They took him to a house outside Baghdad.
"They told me to take off all my clothes and handcuffed me. They started to beat me and use cigarettes to burn my legs."
They beat Ibraheem with an iron bar and with a belt. They made him drink chicken blood. They made him drink his own urine.

"I was desperate and was shouting asking why they were doing that with me and after three hours of continuous torture they told me that it was because I was watching non-Muslim sites on the internet."
They tortured Ibraheem for six days of torture, then released him near his house. They warned him if he watched another dirty movie on the Internet they'd kill him. Seek salvation at your mosque, they said.

Ibraheem got off easy. Fatah Ahmed, spokeman for the Iraqi Aid Association (IAA), said:
"We have received information from many sources that militants are operating spies inside internet cafes just to find out who is browsing sites they have deemed offensive to Islam. ... It is very serious because in an Islamic country in which violence is spreading on daily basis, people search for some entertainment and it is found today only on the internet. ... There are no places to go so young people are making friends via chatrooms which are now also being condemned by Islamic extremists."
Dozens of Iraqis have been kidnapped and killed by Islamic radicals who spotted them surfing porno on the web at Internet cafes. Spies inside the cafes spot them for the kidnappers who grab them when they leave.
The Muslim fanatics have gone after the Internet cafe owners, too, for allowing their customers access to porno. Fadhel Ibraheem and Youssef Ala'a were kidnapped, tortured, and beheaded last February for allowing their customers to browse porno sites in their Internet cafe on Palestine Street in Baghdad. Of course, something as innocent as a Victoria's Secret catalogue is pornography to Muslim radicals and deserving of death.
You won't see this in the New York Times because it makes the insurgents look bad, not our troops nor President Bush. Yet, it is revealing to find more criticism in Al Jazeera of insurgents attacking freedom of speech in Iraq than you will ever find in the liberal American media.