Senior Hamas spokesman in the Gaza Strip, Abdel Aziz Rantissi, slammed Palestinian cabinet Minister Nabil Shaath, accusing him of trying to foment hatred towards Hamas, Israel Radio reported.
Mark Sullivan's thoughts:
...the people who hung that banner would have done nothing to respond to the murder of 3,000 innocent Americans on 9/11 and would do nothing to prevent any further attacks planned. They would do nothing to stop psychotic death cultists who, for twisted reasons beyond understanding, want to kill your children and mine.
Meantime, they degrade the sacrifice and bravery of this nation’s men and women in military service.
The people who hung that banner are equating self-defense against assassins with the murderous acts of the assassins. They promote not justice, not peace, but a lie.
According to psychiatrists, four things are required for Stockholm Syndrome to occur:
Check. This is present.
For those who frighten easily, I can see that they might feel this way since September 11.
These people are not isolated by the terrorists, but they do tend to isolate themselves by socializing exclusively with like-minded pacifists.
Check out the opening phrase on their sign, "The Peace Abbey reminds you..." Apparently they think what they are saying is something everyone already agrees with. I take that as evidence that these people need to get out more.
Now, I'm not sure how these people can find kindness in these terrorists. But I do think they empathize with radical Islamists because they have something in common with radical Islamists: loathing of western culture, progress, democracy, etc.
This sick humor is courtesy of suckahs.org.
Watching MSNBC this morning over breakfast, I witnessed the following exchange between anchor Rick Sanchez and Jesse Jackson (not a verbatim transcript -- reconstructed from memory):
Sanchez: According to a recent poll, the Reverend Al Sharpton is now in second place as a prospective Democratic Presidential nominee. Some have called him the new Jesse Jackson. What do you think about that, Reverend?
Jackson: The election is still two years away, and its a wide open field... The Republicans are now working to remove powerful Democrats from office, and the Democratic leadership is doing nothing to counter them. In Georgia, we have Cynthia McKinney, a ten year incumbent, and the Republicans are going to defeat her by crossing over and voting in the Democratic-
Sanchez: I'm sorry to interrupt, Reverend Sharpton, but we have to go to a commercial break.
Jackson: That's Jackson! I'm the Reverend Jesse Jack-
--CUT TO COMMERCIAL--
I nearly choked on my oatmeal.
Posted by Scott Koenig at Indepundit
So God decides he's finally had enough of the world and decides to destroy it. He calls up three newspapers to report his decision: The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, and the Washington Post. The three headlines that come out are: WSJ: World to End, Markets Close Early. WT: God to Destroy the World Tomorrow WP: Global Annihilation at Hand: Women and Minorities Hardest Hit.
The London-based Al Hayat daily reported on Thursday that the text of the letters said Washington was preparing a military strike against Baghdad that would include the use of air force bases in the Middle East.
The letters reported that the United States was deploying soldiers in the region and transporting a range of unspecified weapons for the attack on the Saddam regime.
"There will be no turning back from the military option," Al Hayat quoted the letters as saying.
What exactly is Isreal's motivation to stop killing terrorists who are planning mega-attacks?
Should we kill this terrorist who we know is planning a mega-attack? Heavens no! If we do Hamas might plan a super-duper mega-attack! Better just to take the mega-attack."
If Hamas was restraining itself in any way its call for revenge might be taken as a legitimate threat. But Israel knows that Hamas will always kill as many Jews as it can, anywhere it can. Israel is acting accordingly.
So what was the mega-attack to be?
He [Nasser Jarrar] had allegedly been planning a series of simultaneous attacks, as well as a mega-attack that would have led to the destruction of a multi-story building inside Israel.
...why on earth, apart from good manners, should Americans care about what Europe [apart from Great Britian and Russia] thinks? Yes, diplomacy demands courtesy and "listening." But it's not at all clear what else it requires. Militarily, Europe is a dud, and well on its way to becoming a complete irrelevance...
...it is one thing for Europeans to say that they are ceding all military responsibility to maintain international order to the United States. It is quite another for Europeans to then object when the United States takes the Europeans at their word and acts to defend that world order.
Victor Davis Hanson summed up a common American view toward European complainers:
"Iraq? Stay put — we don't necessarily need or desire your help. The Middle East? Shame on you, not us, for financing the terrorists on the West Bank. The Palestinian Authority and Israel? You helped to fund a terrorist clique; we, a democracy — go figure. Racism? Arabs are safer in America than Jews are in Europe. That 200,000 were butchered in Bosnia and Kosovo a few hours from Rome and Berlin is a stain on you, the inactive, not us, the interventionist. Capital punishment? Our government has executed terrorists; yours have freed them. Do the moral calculus."
According to Sheikh Abu Hamza:
...in the beginning Al-Qa'ida denied any connection to September 11. It turned out that Al-Qa'ida was not connected to the events. From an engineer's standpoint, I can prove that these buildings did not fall just like that because of a fire... Anyone who knows the properties of these buildings knows that Al-Qa'ida didn't do it. These buildings were blown up from within..."
"From an engineer's standpoint [he] can prove," huh? I wonder what degree Sheikh Abu Hamza holds in engineering. I wonder where he earned it.
So, "these buildings were blown up from within?" In order to believe that you are going to have to construct an elaborate conspiracy theory involving the U.S. knowing that Al-Qa'ida would crash planes into the building and making the preparations to bomb the buildings afterward rather than attempting to prevent the attack. Of course, such logical stretches are easy if you are living in a fantasy world (see yesterday's post).
But I fear that logical weakness in the arguments of a Sheikh go unchallenged in the Muslim world.
The terror attack of 9-11 was not designed to make us alter our policy, but was crafted for its effect on the terrorists themselves: It was a spectacular piece of theater. The targets were chosen by al Qaeda not through military calculation — in contrast, for example, to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor — but entirely because they stood as symbols of American power universally recognized by the Arab street. They were gigantic props in a grandiose spectacle in which the collective fantasy of radical Islam was brought vividly to life: A mere handful of Muslims, men whose will was absolutely pure, as proven by their martyrdom, brought down the haughty towers erected by the Great Satan. What better proof could there possibly be that God was on the side of radical Islam and that the end of the reign of the Great Satan was at hand?
Yafit Herenstein was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist gunman outside her home in Israel this weekend. She was 31 years old and was the mother of two children. Her husband was seriously wounded when he attempted to rush to her aid.
Some of the men who are suspected of hijacking four airplanes in the world's worst terrorist attack do not fit the profile of the suicide bombers who have plagued the Middle East, Sri Lanka and Chechnya over the past two decades. Most of those self- proclaimed martyrs had little to lose, and were indoctrinated for short, intense periods between recruitment and their deadly missions. In contrast, those suspected of perpetrating Tuesday's destruction had, in some cases, spent years studying and training in the United States, collecting valuable commercial skills and facing many opportunities to change their minds.
It has now been eleven months since the attack and the public has not been made aware of any arrests of any defectors. One possible reason, the level of commitment of these terrorists was sufficiently tested before they were sent to the U.S. so that there was little or no defection once they got here. How would they find well-educated committed terrorists? Perhaps it wasn't that hard.
Stuart Grassian, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School who examined some of the suspects in the embassy bombings, said evidence of older, better educated and more stable suicide soldiers might indicate that individuals' rage had resonated to become endemic to a culture.
"The kind of horrifying prospect is that Osama bin Laden and what he represents has sort of crystallized a moment in history that has an evil and a horror to it that's sort of akin to what Hitler was able to crystallize around him," Dr. Grassian said.
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