Sunday, February 28, 2010

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February 28, 2010 - UnitedStatesAction.com Newslinks



Pakistan: Taliban militants find breathing room in slums of Karachi, Pakistan
-- Insurgents use the city to regroup and raise funds
http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-fg-karachi-taliban28-2010feb28,0,430107.story


Pakistan: Video of Pakistan Taliban Chief Leaves Fate Unclear -- Hakimullah Mehsud
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,587615,00.html


Pakistan: Lahore High Court (LHC) stops extradition of five Afghan Taliban leaders
-- including "close friend of Mullah Omar – Mullah Abdul Salam"
-- "The petitioner requested the court that the Taliban leaders were Muslims and arrested from Pakistan, therefore they should be prosecuted in Pakistan instead of handing them over to the US"
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\02\27\story_27-2-2010_pg1_5


Pakistan: Taliban claim responsibility for Karak suicide attack
-- Pakistan Taliban: "Both the police and army are equal for us. Both are our enemies..... We will carry out more such attacks against police."
http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/provinces/12-taliban+claim+responsibility+for+karak+suicide+attack--bi-04


Pakistan: "No relation between SA, Taliban: Saud Al Faisal"
http://www.pakistantimes.net/pt/detail.php?newsId=9016


Pakistan: "4 'militants' killed in Charsadda"
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\02\27\story_27-2-2010_pg7_27


Pakistan's Sindh: Unnamed Christians Accused after Muslim Attack in Pakistan
-- COMPASS: "Armed Islamic assault following fruit stand scuffle leads to police round-up of Christians."
http://www.compassdirect.org/english/country/pakistan/15668/


Afghanistan: Taliban device kills civilians
http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/world/middle_east/taliban+device+kills+civilians/3565537


Afghanistan: Marines, Afghan troops to stay months in Marjah
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35629169/ns/world_news-south_and_central_asia/


Afghanistan: Al-Qaeda bomber calls for attacks on Jordan spies
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3855594,00.html
-- Suicide bomber called for jihad against Jordan
http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=345783&version=1&template_id=37&parent_id=17


Afghanistan: ISAF soldier dies in Afghanistan
http://www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2064764&Language=en


UK: Taliban terror supporter sets up home in Birmingham
-- Sunday Mercury reports: "Tunisian-born Fethi Mnasri, 40, is listed by the United Nations and Interpol as a Taliban terror supporter with links to an extremist group backed by Osama Bin Laden."
-- "The extremist, who has served a jail sentence in Italy, is subject to an Interpol/United Nations Security Council Special Notice and has had his financial assets frozen by the Treasury."
-- "Yet since November he has been listed as living in Birmingham, with Interpol warning that he also uses the aliases Amor, Fethi Alic and Omar Abu."
http://www.sundaymercury.net/news/midlands-news/2010/02/28/taliban-terror-supporter-sets-up-home-in-birmingham-66331-25928424/


Israeli police, Palestinians clash at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Israeli-police-Palestinians-clash-at-Jerusalems-al-Aqsa-mosque/articleshow/5629494.cms


(UAE) Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was sedated before being suffocated, Dubai police say
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article7044326.ece


Turkey: Two PKK members with fake passports arrested
http://www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2064796&Language=en


Mauritania: Al-Qaeda release kidnap message -- two Italians kidnapped December 18 by AQIM
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/al-qaeda-release-kidnap-message/story-e6frf7lf-1225835314026


Nigeria: Christians in Nigeria Decry Police Inaction in Church Burnings
http://www.compassdirect.org/english/country/nigeria/15693/


Somali pirates free freighter for ransom
http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/somali-pirates-free-navios-apollon-for-ransom/story-e6frfku0-1225835358059


France: ETA leader arrested in France
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/spain/7338332/ETA-leader-arrested-in-France.html


Philippines: Two hostages freed by al-Qaeda-linked militants
http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/news/regions/12403-two-hostages-freed-by-al-qaeda-linked-militants-



Other News:


UK: Inextricably linked to controversial mosque: the secret world of Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE)
-- Islamic Forum of Europe in London's the East London Mosque promotes "Islamist" goals, training "advocates the overthrow of secular democratic government and its replacement by Islamic government," and whose leaders defend Hamas and Anwar al-Awlaki
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/labour/7333487/Inextricably-linked-to-controversial-mosque-the-secret-world-of-IFE.html
-- Daily Telegraph: "the undercover reporters discovered that it was also a sophisticated political group with a structured rank system and hardline goals."
-- "Prospective recruits must attend training. One undercover reporter was told that she would have to take an exam and swear an oath of allegiance and ordered to keep her membership of the IFE a secret."
-- "The reading list for the recruits' training course consists of the key works of the revolutionary political creed known as Islamism, which advocates the overthrow of secular democratic government and its replacement by Islamic government."
-- "The key text, Let Us Be Muslims, by Syed Mawdudi, a high priest of Islamism, instructs recruits: 'The sacred duty of Muslims … wherever you are, in whichever country you live, you must strive to change the wrong basis of government, and seize all powers to rule and make laws from those who do not fear God.'"
-- "Azad Ali, the IFE's community affairs coordinator, was filmed by the undercover reporters stating: 'Democracy, if it means at the expense of not implementing the sharia, no one's going to agree with that.'"
-- "Several of its senior officials, including Mr Ali, until recently defended Anwar al-Awlaki, who is blamed for inspiring at least three terrorist attacks, including September 11 and the attempted underwear bombing in Detroit."
-- "Several IFE activists and officials, including Mr Ali, support Hamas, which is designated as a terrorist organisation by the British and American governments. Mr Ali advocates the destruction of Israel, justifies the killing of British troops in Iraq, believes al-Qaeda is a 'myth' and has praised Osama bin Laden's mentor, Abdullah Azzam."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/labour/7333487/Inextricably-linked-to-controversial-mosque-the-secret-world-of-IFE.html


--- See also UK: Entryism Exposed
--- "The IFE is closely linked to Jamaat-e-Islami, a South Asian Islamist group"
http://www.hurryupharry.org/2010/02/28/entryism-exposed/



Somalia's Shabab ban UN food aid
-- AJ: "in November 2009, the Shabab imposed 11 conditions on UN agencies and non-government groups working in the country, insisting they stay out of Islamic affairs and pay a tax, or jiziya, of at least 20,000 dollars every six months"
http://bit.ly/bqvS6F
http://www.transworldnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?storyid=230277&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TransworldnewsCurrentReleases+%28TransWorldNews+Current+Releases%29


Bangladesh: Military against Christians in Baghaichhari, three churches on fire, thousands flee
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Military-against-Christians-in-Baghaichhari,-three-churches-on-fire,-thousands-flee-17729.html


Pakistan: Muslim Minister Pressuring A Christian In Pakistan Over Property Dispute With His Converted Muslim Brothers
http://www.energypublisher.com/article.asp?id=27969


Pakistan: Death toll in Pak sectarian clash rises to seven
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Death-toll-in-Pak-sectarian-clash-rises-to-seven/articleshow/5628606.cms


Iraq: Mass Exodus of Iraqi Christians Underway
http://www.persecution.org/suffering/newssummpopup.php?newscode=11824&PHPSESSID=cfa0d1abf85ed120cd786bab98f2b6a1



Against Racial Supremacism News:


Georgia: Students: Racism less blatant, but still there
http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/022710/uga_568348747.shtml


Civil rights-era killings yield secrets to FBI probe
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/27/AR2010022703758.html?hpid=topnews



















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[unitedstatesaction.com news] February 27, 2010 - UnitedStatesAction.com Newslinks


February 27, 2010 - UnitedStatesAction.com Newslinks


(Pakistan) Suicide bomb in Pakistan kills at least 26
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20100227-suicide-bomb-pakistan-kills-least-26


(Pakistan) NYT: "Frustrated Strivers in Pakistan Turn to Jihad"
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/world/asia/28youth.html


(Pakistan) The Next Al Qaeda?
Terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba is now focusing on foreigners and the West.
http://www.newsweek.com/id/234265


Pakistan: ISI hand in Taliban's Kabul attack?
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/ISI-hand-in-Talibans-Kabul-attack/articleshow/5625409.cms


(Pakistan/U.S.) Pakistan 'most threatening place' in world: US Congressman
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/55208/pak-most-threatening-place-world.html


(Pakistan/U.S.) US govt forwards $1.45 billion aid for Pakistan
http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/07-obama-administration-forwards-1.45bn-aid-for-pakistan-ha-06


Afghanistan: US, Afghan forces clear last parts of Taliban area
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100227/ap_on_re_as/as_afghanistan_751


"Afghan mission 'gone well' but real battle to come"
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8541268.stm


(Afghanistan) UK troops to remain in Afghanistan 'for five years'
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8540402.stm
-- UK Top general says Afghanistan army in morale crisis
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article7043914.ece


(U.S.) NYC: Amputee Arrested in Alleged Bomb Attempt – Harlem Station
http://www.nationalterroralert.com/updates/2010/02/26/amputee-arrested-in-alleged-bomb-attempt-harlem-station/


(U.S.) New GAO Reports: Combating Nuclear Terrorism, Emergency Preparedness, Federal Education Funding
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d10204.pdf


(U.S.) Obama signs one-year extension of Patriot Act
http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=169817


(U.S.) Texas Plane Crash Only Latest in String of Violent Antigovernment Incidents
http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/declassified/archive/2010/02/26/violent-incidents-involving-anti-government-extremists-appear-to-be-growing.aspx


UK: Chilling internet threat of more Tube bombings
-- Express: "Secret services are desperately trying to identify an Al Qaeda Lord Haw Haw speaking on a disturbing video threatening more Tube bombings and attacks on the Queen and political leaders."
http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/160901/Chilling-internet-threat-of-more-Tube-bombings


UK: "Islamic radicals 'infiltrate' the Labour Party"
-- Daily Telegraph: "The Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE) -- which believes in jihad and sharia law, and wants to turn Britain and Europe into an Islamic state -- has placed sympathisers in elected office and claims, correctly, to be able to achieve 'mass mobilisation' of voters."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/labour/7333420/Islamic-radicals-infiltrate-the-Labour-Party.html


UK: £3m cost of keeping 12 terror suspects on control orders
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1254272/3m-cost-keeping-12-terror-suspects-control-orders.html


UK: Terrorists 'could hijack new meters to cause blackouts'
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1254305/Terrorists-hijack-new-meters-cause-blackouts.html


UK Army says it needs 20,000 more soldiers
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/defence/7332259/Army-says-it-needs-20000-more-soldiers.html


UK: Foreign Secretary David Miliband addresses East End Muslims on Britain's role abroad
http://www.eastlondonadvertiser.co.uk/content/towerhamlets/advertiser/news/story.aspx?brand=ELAOnline&category=news&tBrand=northlondon24&tCategory=newsela&itemid=WeED26+Feb+2010+21%3A38%3A44%3A717
--- February 1, 2010: David Miliband Accepts Sharia in Afghanistan
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/8477621.stm
--- January 25, 2010: UK Foreign Minister David Miliband calls for talks with Taliban: Include rebels in government, he urges Kabul
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1245688/Afghanistan-parliamentary-elections-cancelled-months-security-fears.html?ITO=1490
--- December 2, 2009: David Miliband 'to resume talks with Hizbollah'
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/lebanon/6711273/David-Miliband-to-resume-talks-with-Hizbollah.html
--- November 17, 2009: "David Miliband has said that British troops are fighting in Afghanistan not to defeat Taliban insurgents but to persuade them to lay down their arms and enter politics."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/6591174/David-Miliband-Afghanistan-is-not-a-fight-to-the-death.html
--- October 11, 2009 - Official: Lockerbie Bomber Prison Release in Best Interest of U.K. -- David Miliband
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,564620,00.html
--- September 19, 2009 - Moderate Taliban can join Afghan govt: Miliband
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009\09\19\story_19-9-2009_pg7_10
--- July 29, 2009: David Miliband says Taliban could be reintegrated into Afghanistan government
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/5916866/David-Miliband-says-Taliban-could-be-reintegrated-into-Afghanistan-government.html


UK: "Humza Qureshi: A Perfect Cageprisoners Fit"
http://www.hurryupharry.org/2010/02/27/humza-qureshi-a-perfect-cageprisoners-fit/


(Iraq) Gunmen attack premises of Change List N. Iraq
http://www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2064692&Language=en


(Iraq) Family slain amid election terror in Iraq
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/iraq/article7043978.ece


Iran accused of murder campaign against Kurds
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article7042684.ece


(Iran) Israel's Barak: Iran unlikely to bomb Israel
http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/News/Article.aspx?id=169809
-- Barak: Iran not just threat to Israel
http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/02/26/israel.iran.nuclear/index.html?hpt=Sbin


(Lebanon) U.S. warns Syria: Stop arming Hezbollah immediately
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1152777.html


European Nations Wary of Helping to Track Down People Who Killed Hamas Leader
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,587601,00.html


Philippine rebels raid southern village, 11 dead
-- Abu Sayyaf group
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE61Q0P020100227
-- Over 10 dead in Abu-Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) raid on Basilan village
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/regions/view/20100227-255647/Over-10-dead-in-Abu-MILF-raid-on-Basilan-village


Indonesia: Foreigner may be involved in alleged Aceh terrorism
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/02/27/foreigner-may-be-involved-alleged-aceh-terrorism.html


Thailand: Bomb explodes outside Bangkok Bank HQ
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/home/2010/02/28/national/Bomb-explodes-outside-Bangkok-Bank-HQ-30123626.html
-- Note: follows a Supreme Court decision on Friday to confiscate $1.4bn of frozen bank assets belonging to Thaksin Shinawatra
--- Not likely Jihad-related



Other News:


Kuwait: British Ambassador in Kuwait brought home after Embassy worker gets pregnant... risking 100 lashes
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1254313/British-Ambassador-Kuwait-brought-home-Embassy-worker-gets-pregnant--risking-100-lashes.html


UK: Pruential negotiates deal for AIG unit - American International Assurance (AIA)
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE61Q1PZ20100227
-- Prudential plans new world order
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/insurance/7332805/Prudential-plans-new-world-order.html
-- AIA Takaful International Bhd. (ATIB) -- Sharia Division of AIG
http://www.aia.com.my/en/internationaltakaful/about/our-company/
-- October 3, 2008: America Must Not Bail Out Sharia Finance - by Jeffrey Imm
http://www.unitedstatesaction.com/blog/imm-articles/108.html


UK: Liverpool - "Police to ride school buses to save girls from racism"
http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpool-news/regional-news/2010/02/26/police-to-ride-school-buses-to-save-girls-from-racism-92534-25918777/


(U.S.) In US mosques, a debate over English
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/21/AR2010022100065.html


(Saudi Arabia) British cyclist "deliberately run down" in Saudi Arabia
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/saudiarabia/7333155/British-cyclist-deliberately-run-down-in-Saudi-Arabia.html


Egypt: World Council of Churches Issues Statement on Christians in Egypt
http://www.aina.org/news/20100227123652.htm


Egypt: Cairo nightclubs ban women wearing the hijab
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article7043445.ece



Against Racial Supremacism News:


(Chicago) "Nation of Islam outreach to help troubled blacks"
http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/religion/2073363,CST-NWS-saviours27.article
-- SPLC designates the "National of Islam" as a "black separtist hate group"
http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/ideology/black-separatist/active_hate_groups
-- Previous R.E.A.L reports:
-- Chicago: "Hate Group" Leader Louis Farrakhan: "America's time is up"
http://www.realcourage.org/2009/12/chicago-hate-group-leader-louis-farrakhan-americas-time-is-up/
-- Fort Hood Attack: 'Nation of Islam' Hate Group Leader Louis Farrakhan Discusses Fort Hood Shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan
http://www.realcourage.org/2009/11/fort-hood-attack-nation-of-islam-hate-group-leader-louis-farrakhan-discusses-fort-hood-shooter-maj-nidal-hasan/
-- U.S.: Nation of Islam Hate Group Leader Louis Farrakhan speaks on the Taliban
http://www.realcourage.org/2009/10/u-s-nation-of-islam-hate-group-leader-louis-farrakhan-speaks-on-the-taliban/
-- Louis Farrakhan: "The Nation of Islam Welcomes Muammar Gaddafi"
http://www.realcourage.org/2009/09/gaddafi-if-the-taliban-wants-to-create-an-islamic-emirate-who-said-they-are-the-enemy/



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Saturday, February 27, 2010

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Friday Afternoon Roundup - First We Take Manhattan, Then We Take Berlin



Posted: 26 Feb 2010 02:10 PM PST






The difference between Bill Clinton and Barack Obama's political instincts couldn't be clearer with the Health Care Summit. Clinton knew when to get out, shift focus and outplay his opponents. Obama meanwhile remains under the delusion that he's a bulldozer that can wreck anything in his path. And so the health care disaster keeps on chugging along.



About the only thing that his Health Care nationalization project has accomplished, has been to hijack Obama's office, and focus it and congress on a controversial and unpopular proposal. And just because HealthCare.gov has only gotten more unpopular, the longer it chugs along, doesn't mean that Obama is about to drop that hot potato. No, like the Spartan boy and his fox, he insists on letting it tear him to pieces in the hopes that he can push through and get his bill passed.



And so what should have been a Senate victory on a jobs bill, an issue that the public cares about, was instead overshadowed by the health care summit, an event which no one thought would accomplish anything, and to no one's surprise didn't. The Republicans weren't going to get caught flatfooted a second time, and all the session accomplished was to repeat an already old debate, while giving the Republican side more airtime for their views than had been previously possible.



At this point, Obama has to either gamble on a congress desperate enough to go for Reconciliation, even though it's wholly illegal. Or hope that ala Scott Brown, he can lure more Republicans to his side. But while Brown might have played the bipartisan tune, on a jobs bill, an issue he can always safely take to the political bank without any real hopes of a sizable backlash, few Republican Senators are going to be interested in climbing on board an unpopular bill that most Americans don't want.



So what's next? Sure Obama is hoping to at least take the GOP down with him, along with the Democratic congress, and he might succeed in convincing the public that both parties aren't worth their vote, but it's a kamikaze maneuver at best. One that requires real desperation to even contemplate. And while Obama won't face his own election for a few more years, his ability to get things done depends on congressional support. Without that he'll be stuck doing the international flybys, and delivering speeches in foreign countries that no one cares about at home, essentially turning him into Tony Blair.



Obama's lack of real Senate experienced has convinced him that if he keeps fighting hard enough, he can win. But surrounded by aggressive fighters like Rahm Emanuel in hock to their own reputation, he lacks the long view that sometimes the smarter move is to shift the topic.



The longer he focuses on health care, the more ineffectual his image becomes. And even if he somehow manages to force health care through, it will be cheered by very few on his own site. Meanwhile whether health care succeeds or fails, the odds are good that it will be the new NRA, and will take the blame for Democratic midterm losses. Which may put a definitive end to any more grand programs emanating from the White House.



But Obama instead is trying to play parliamentary politics, holding summits, debating Senators and trying to control the entire party and every single Democratic politician's election campaign. Of course despite his embrace of non-American parliamentary politics, Obama is
still wedded to his contempt for the UK. A somehow baffling contempt, as unless the British killed his father, repeatedly insulting an ally is not a smart move, particularly when you have a shortage of allied forces propping up your Afghan initiative.



Over in New York State, Andrew Cuomo's political allies continued their smear campaign targeting Governor Patterson. Cuomo, who is basically Elliot Spitzer's second act in American politics, is smart or cowardly enough, to hide out of sight, while his people spread their dirty tricks far and wide, Donald Segretti style. It's handy since once Andrew Cuomo becomes a known value, once his term at HUD and his sizable real estate donations are on the table, some skepticism might set in on whether New York really needs to put Elliot Spitzer II in the governor's mansion.



But now that Patterson has been sufficiently slimed not to run for reelection, the spotlight will be on Andrew Cuomo, who will no longer be able to keep hiding out of sight. By ending his campaign, rather than resigning, Patterson was very obviously pacifying the real source of the campaign targeting him, which didn't want him out of office, but out of the campaign. But now Cuomo will have to deal with Lazio, and if he continues hiding behind the curtain, he'll come to seem as useless as he actually is.



Tea Party leader
Tim Graney, and terrorist sympathizer Ron Paul held their debate, to the disruptions and LaRouche like behavior of Paul's deranged cult of followers.



In the Kentucky Senate Primary, Genuine GOP Mom points out some double talk by
Rand Paul on abortion.



Over in Dubai, the assassination has now become a fullblown circus, with the Emirati police acting with the expected professionalism and attention to detail so typical of police forces in the region. That is to say they're basically unrolling the largest conspiracy of all time, which long ago stopped making sense, but is likely to involve every nation in the world and about a thousand Mossad agents before it's done.



Dubai police on Wednesday afternoon revealed that fifteen more suspects have been connected to the mysterious assassination of Hamas terror chief Mahmoud al-Mabhouh at a hotel in the emirate last month, and that three of the suspects later fled Dubai through Iran.



According to new intelligence cited by the Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya news networks, the suspects – among them five women – came to Dubai from six European countries and from Hong Kong. Three of them were found to possess Australian passports, while the remaining twelve possessed passports from the UK, Ireland and France.



“The extensive investigation has led to a total of 26 suspects so far involved in the crime,” read a Dubai government statement quoted by Al Arabiya


It's safe to say that this is



A. Sheer lunacy



B. The Dubai police are successfully clouding any actual trail and turning the entire investigation into pure nonsense.



While the idea of Israeli agents fleeing to Iran rings as senseless to most people, Arab countries have a way of trying to blame each other for conspiring with Israel.
Even when those claims make no sense at all. Especially when they make no sense at all.



The Dubai police authorities are demanding an international investigation, though it's doubtful that there's much international interest in investigating the whole mess. They're also shrieking that they have
DNA and fingerprints, which is impressive only when you consider that for them to be any use they have to be matched against existing suspects.



Of course this is a helpful distraction from Dubai's own collapsing economy, its ballyhooed tallest building in in the world that had to be shut down and its mall shark tank that sprang a leak.



But someone might want to have a word with the developers of the mall, Emaar Properties. That's the same company that constructed the record-shattering Burj Khalifa skyscraper, which was shut down earlier this month after an elevator malfunctioned, trapping 15 passengers for nearly an hour before help came.



Emaar, with strong ties to the Dubai's ruling family, was struck hard by the global financial meltdown.


And it's also rather clear, that Dubai's ruling family did a lot of their construction on the cheap. They didn't spare the slave labor, but clearly they didn't spare the quality either.



Islam researcher
Matthias Küntzel meanwhile has a fascinating Journal article on Dubai, which again reinforces the fact that much of Dubai's wealth is attributable to companies using it to do business with Iran.



Dubai is in fact already the "gateway to the Iranian market"—and not only for German companies. The tiny emirate is considered to be the hub for much of the world's illegal trade with Iran. Virtually nothing is produced in Dubai and yet, its activities have somehow catapulted the UAE to the top of the list of countries exporting to Iran in 2009. An astounding 80% of all Emirati imports are re-exported, one-quarter of which goes to Iran via Dubai.



Some 8,000 Iranian firms and 1,200 Iranian trading companies are registered in the emirate. Every week, about 300 flights shuttle between Dubai and Iran. Dubai has one of the world's largest artificial harbors, Jebel Ali, a mere 100 miles away from the Iranian container port of Bandar Abbas. Between 2005 and 2009, the value of goods exported from Dubai to Iran tripled, reaching $12 billion. In 2008, total German exports to the UAE reached $11 billion, an increase of 40% over the previous year. In the vehicle construction and mechanical engineering sectors, exports rose by more than 60%. The desire of the German-Emirati Joint Council to open the "gateway to Iran" even wider is therefore rather worrisome.


That's just part of the picture behind the fraud that is Dubai.



At the Jerusalem Post meanwhile,
Caroline Glick has a compelling piece that argues that Europe and America have forgotten what it means to defend their own interests.



They didn’t think of the latter, of course, because Europe has no idea of what its interests are. All it knows is how to sound off authoritatively.



THIS HAS not always been the case. It was after all Europe that brought the world the art of rational statecraft. Once upon a time, Europe’s leaders understood that a nation’s foreign policy was supposed to be based on its national interests. To advance their nation’s interests, governments would adopt certain policies. And to facilitate the success of those policies they developed rhetorical arguments to explain and defend them.



Contemporary European statecraft stands this traditional foreign policy model on its head. Today, rhetoric rules the roost. If actions are taken at all, they are adopted in the service of rhetoric. As for national interests, well, the Lisbon Treaty that effectively bars EU member states from adopting independent foreign policies took care of those.



With national interests subordinated to the whims of bureaucrats in Brussels, Europe does little of value in the international arena. As for its rhetoric, as the EU’s rush to threaten Israel for allegedly killing a terrorist shows, it is cowardly, ineffectual and self-defeating.



If the Mossad did in fact kill Mabhouh, then the operation was an instance in which Israel distinguished itself from its European detractors by acting, rather than preening.



Unfortunately, such instances are increasingly the exception rather than the rule. Over the past 16 years or so, Israel largely descended into the European statecraft abyss. Rather than use rhetoric to explain policies adopted to advance its national interests, successive Israeli governments have adopted policies geared toward strengthening their rhetoric that itself stands in opposition to Israel’s national interests.



Take Israel’s positions on Iran and the Palestinians, for instance. Regarding the Iranians, Israel’s national interest is to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Today, the only way to secure this interest is to use force to destroy Iran’s nuclear installations.



Given Iran’s leaders’ absolute commitment to developing nuclear weapons, no sanctions – regardless of how “crippling” they are supposed to be – will convince them to curtail their efforts to build and deploy their nuclear arsenal.



Beyond that, and far less important, the Russians and the Chinese will refuse to implement “crippling sanctions,” against Iran.



IN LIGHT of these facts, it is distressing that Israel’s leaders have made building an international coalition in support of “crippling” sanctions against Iran their chief aim. And this is not merely a rhetorical flourish. Over the past several weeks and months, Israel’s top leaders have devoted themselves to lobbying foreign governments to support sanctions against Iran.



Last week Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu went to Moscow to gin up support for sanctions from the Russian government. This week, Defense Minister Ehud Barak traveled to the UN and the State Department and Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon flew off to Beijing just to lobby senior officials to support sanctions.



It isn’t simply that this behavior doesn’t contribute anything to Israel’s ability to destroy Iran’s nuclear installations. It harms Israel’s ability to do so, if only by diverting our leaders’ focus from where it should be: preparing the IDF to strike and preparing the country to withstand whatever the aftereffects of such a strike would be. Moreover, by calling for sanctions, Israel contributes to the delusion that sanctions are sufficient to block Iran’s race to the nuclear finish line.



As for the Palestinian issue, it is fairly clear that at a minimum, Israel’s interest is to secure its control over the areas of Judea and Samaria that it requires to protect its Jewish heritage and its national security. But it is hard to think of anything the government has done in its year in office to advance that basic interest.



It is argued that Israel’s interest in maintaining good relations with the US administration trumps its interest in strengthening its control over areas in Judea and Samaria that it deems vital. The problem with this argument is that it takes for granted that Israel can determine the status of its relations with the US administration. In the case of the Obama administration, it is abundantly clear that this is not the case.



President Barack Obama and his senior advisers have demonstrated repeatedly that they are interested in weakening – not strengthening – the US alliance with Israel. This week the administration condemned Israel for defining the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem as national heritage sites. The fact that they are national heritage sites is so obvious that even President Shimon Peres defended the move.



Moreover, Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, reiterated for the millionth time this week that he opposes military strikes against Iran’s nuclear installations. That is, for the millionth time, the top US military officer effectively said that he prefers a nuclear armed Iran to an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear installations.



In the interest of strengthening Israel’s ties with a hostile administration, the Netanyahu government has adopted rhetoric on the Palestinian issue that is harmful to Israel’s national interests. It declared its support for a Palestinian state, despite the fact that such a state will define itself through its devotion to Israel’s destruction.


There's much more here, but it's an essentially compelling summation of the disease that has taken hold of the policies of the First World.



In the blog roundup, while the left was busy being outraged over the assassination of a Hamas terrorist, The New Centrist
has the story of a Cuban dissident who died in prison of a hunger strike. Doubtlessly Cuba's "excellent health care system" did all it could.



Zapata’s case sparked several street protests by government critics earlier this month, including one during which police in Camagüey detained some 35 people for several hours. The detainees later complained that some of them were beaten during the roundups.


But of course the media isn't particularly interested in reporting on this. However every gang of terrorist supporters who throws rocks at Israeli soldiers protesting the fact that Israel still exists... now that gets unlimited media coverage.



Elder of Ziyon
tackles the "Israel has the right to defend itself but..." argument.



The Onward James blog
questions just how formidable a foe, the Taliban really are.



United States Central Command General David H. Petraeus said on Meet The Press that the Taliban is a formidable force.



I am a bit non-plussed.



Nonetheless, I suppose it depends on whose rules they fight. NATO allies fight under the Geneva Convention rules; they do not.



No question it's difficult to fight a nation, a culture, an ideology, when the declaration of war is ambiguous such as — War on Terrorism — or that NATO is there only to protect, and should be policemen hunting for criminals. I understand that collateral damage is, sadly, also the price of war. Innocent citizens, or those who are not fighting, are killed. Of course the less the better. But the jihadists do not think that at all.



The mujahideen defeated the Russians, because the Russians forgot why they were there and gave up.


At Israpundit, Charles Jacobs asks whether it isn't time for a Jewish Tea Party



This campus phenomenon – the growth of the Muslim factor, the Jewish establishment’s reluctance to respond forcefully to threats and the failure of public officials to protect Jews against Muslim threats – now mirrors the situation developing for Jews off campus: As mosques, funded by Saudi Arabia, and controlled by radical Muslim organizations, expand across America – unopposed – Jewish leaders fail to respond. Here too, “making nice” – through “dialogues” and outreach programs such as “twinning” synagogues and Islamic centers – is the Jewish establishment’s primary response. And even when, as in Boston and Buffalo, such naïveté backfires, and Jews find instead of sincere and peaceful partners to shake hands with that they have been hoodwinked by Islamist anti-Semites, Jewish leaders remain silent.



Meanwhile, in contrast to the Jewish community, a significant portion of America is in rebellion against – and is in the process of challenging – its political establishment. Grass-roots frustration expressed first in raucous “town hall” meetings and now in the Tea Party movement defeated incumbent Democrats and influenced elected officials not to run for re-election. Americans are angry with both parties. Why? Former CIA official Herbert Meyer notes that Americans were shocked by “two catastrophes we hadn’t imagined our political establishment would allow to happen.” First there was 9-11, “when we discovered that for years, Al Qaeda and its allies had been waging holy war against us,” and our leaders – who knew – did not tell us. The second was “the 2008 financial crash, which revealed that our economy is a house of cards built on a pile of debt so high we cannot possibly repay it.”



Changing America’s Jewish leadership is more difficult: Jewish political leaders are not democratically elected – or replaced. As with royalty, we may get lucky from time to time with an outstanding leader. But our “leaders” are mostly selected and controlled by well-intentioned philanthropists. Many of these donors are politically liberal, and even those who are not are inherently conflict-averse and comfortable with the status quo.



Meanwhile, as we wait and pray for more effective leadership, we need to introduce the concept of “accountability” for our sclerotic Jewish leaders – perhaps by lighting grass-roots fires under them. What about a town hall meeting?


The problem with that though can be summed up by pointing out how many of these groups are basically undemocratic, and are funded by grants from Democratic politicians. This is part of a typical pattern in liberal politics, in which liberal activists run organization that claim to represent a demographic, get grants to dole out to that demographic, and encourage that demographic to support those same politicians. This is machine politics at its ugliest and there's no way to really change that culture.



Lemon Lime Moon has
the equation for ending conflict



Noah David Simon takes on the Obama Administration over Rachel's Tomb



The Obama administration criticized Israel Wednesday for designating two Jewish holy sites supposedly on Palestinian territory as Israel national heritage sites but the dumb bastards in the Obama administration seem to forget that Rachel’s Tomb and the Tomb of the Patriarchs are indigenous to the Jewish people and were there thousands of years before the fabricated “Palestinians” fraudulently claimed the territory to be theirs.


For Spanish speaking readers, the REFLEXIONES SOBRE MEDIO ORIENTE Y EL MUNDO blog continues to translate some of my articles into Spanish, including my recent piece on Dubai, MAHMOUD AL-MABHOUH: MATAR A UN TERRORISTA - ANÁLISIS EXCLUSIVO and ISRAEL, EL HOLOCAUSTO Y LA LECCIÓN DE SUPERVIVENCIA



Via Religion of Peace, England's legacy comes down to this.



NO suprise that we have another sickening blatant example of the British judiciary system going soft on muslim thugs. Iraqi, Serwan Abdullah, 23, another muslim-sorry-excuse-for-a-man spat on a World War II hero's medals, worn by his proud grandson, on Remembrance Day. After committing the abhorrent and unprovoked act - the cowardly Abdullah quickly ran away.



The smirking Serwan Abdullah consistently voiced no remorse or sorrow for his despicable act:



"Abdullah showed no remorse and told officers he had done ‘nothing wrong’ adding: ' ‘I am proud of what I have done. I have no respect for him. F*** him and f*** his medals.’"


One is reminded of Philip Larkin's Homage to a Government



Next year we are to bring the soldiers home

For lack of money, and it is all right.

Places they guarded, or kept orderly,

Must guard themselves, and keep themselves orderly.

We want the money for ourselves at home

Instead of working. And this is all right.

It's hard to say who wanted it to happen,

But now it's been decided nobody minds.

The places are a long way off, not here,

Which is all right, and from what we hear

The soldiers there only made trouble happen.

Next year we shall be easier in our minds,

Next year we shall be living in a country

That brought its soldiers home for lack of money.

The statues will be standing in the same

Tree-muffled squares, and look nearly the same.

Our children will not know it's a different country.

All we can hope to leave them now is money.


...and not even the money anymore



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8.8 Earthquake Hits Chile, Power Outages In Santiago



Posted: 26 Feb 2010 11:25 PM PST


An 8.8 earthquake has struck near Concepcion, Chile, early on Saturday, the USGS reported, shaking buildings and causing blackouts in parts of the capital of Santiago.
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Amputee Arrested in Alleged Bomb Attempt – Harlem Station



Posted: 26 Feb 2010 11:33 AM PST


Initial reports yesterday, were that a man had attempted to ignite firecrackers in a bag at a Harlem train station. It was apparently something a little more than that.
An amputee missing both legs was arrested Thursday after police said he was wheeled into a busy New York City train station and planted a bomb.
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Possible New Weapon In The War on Terror – Cockroaches



Posted: 26 Feb 2010 10:02 AM PST


We strive to find stories that are a little on the lighter side going into the weekend. Here’s one the should fit the bill.
The creature that’s expected to inherit the Earth following a nuclear holocaust might also be well suited to help prevent man’s atomic self-destruction.
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