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Africa Horn
Hawiye clan leaders reach agreement with Ethiopian officials
(SomaliNet) The Hawiye clan leaders and the Ethiopian military officials have come closer late Tuesday to reach sustainable solution aimed to end the conflict in the Somalia capital Mogadishu. After three-hour meeting at unknown location in Mogadishu, Somalia capital representatives of both sides agreed on some key points. Salad Qorgab, among the Hawiye peacemakers told the reporters about the breakthrough in the talks. He said after long debate, both sides agreed:
• To select a four member panel from Hawiye men and Ethiopian forces tomorrow to ensure that the ceasefire is emplaced.

• To strengthen the ceasefire.

• To bury the dead from both sides and treat the wounds.

• Ethiopian soldiers should withdraw from the hospitals to be reopened and give access to suffering people.

• To resume another meeting in one day after on 5 April, to complete the agreement.
Meanwhile, Somali’s interior minister Mohamed Mohamud Guled ‘Gama-dhere’ has carefully welcomed today’s deal reached by the Ethiopian military officials and Hawiye clan leaders as positive step towards the peace process. “My government is thanking the elders of Hawiye clan if they succeeded to stop the war,” he said. “But we would never negotiate with the terrorists hiding in the capital and responsible of the continuing violence.”
Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:


Somaliland accepts Saudi deported Somalis
(SomaliNet) The authorities of the breakaway republic of Somaliland in northwest Somalia allowed Wednesday Juba Airways airplane carrying deportees to make landing at Hargeisa Airport. Dozens of Somalis who were deported from Saudi Arabia were onboard the plane which was initially destined to Mogadishu. However, due to days of violence, it was rerouted to Galkio in central Somalia.

Puntland officials refused the plane to offload the passengers at the airport and ordered the pilot to take the deportees back to Saudi Arabia. Sources say that the plane has been flying over the Hargeisa city for several minutes until it was allowed to land.
Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:


No government in Somalia, Islamic leader says
The leader of the executive council of the powerful ousted Islamic Courts Union who is now in Doha, Qatar has spoken out the conflict in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia overnight. In interview with the Arabic Satellite TV, Al-Jazeera, Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed dismissed the existence of the interim government. "There is no government which can represent all Somali people," said Sheik Ahmed. "Even the Ethiopians do not recognize the government by the time they directly can engage talks with its rival."

When asked who are involved in the fighting going on in Somalia, Sheik Ahmed said the Somali society who could not stand with the Ethiopian occupation wage the war.
That doesn't answer the question, does it?
Also asked whether the Islamic Courts are part of the fighting in Mogadishu, Sheik responded that it is unnecessary for the Islamic Courts to join the war but the people of Somalia now fighting against the Ethiopians. He described what is going on in the capital as massacre on the civilians and he expressed his deep sorrow over the civilian casualty which killed or injured by the artillery shells. Sheik also said in his interview that it was very surprising to hear the statement by the interim government in which it declared to hold national reconciliation conference inside Mogadishu.
Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Fred, you always said he was the smart one.
Posted by: Seafarious || 04/05/2007 0:14 Comments || Top||

#2  He's enjoying life in the flesh-pots of Qatar whilst his minions are dodging hot Aethiop lead in Mog. I'd say that's pretty smart.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/05/2007 0:48 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Yemen to expel French engineer after alleged Koran abuse
Yemen said on Wednesday it would deport a French engineer involved in an alleged desecration of the Muslim holy book, the Koran, that sparked riots by workers at a giant gas-exporting project in last week.

Hundreds of Yemeni workers, outraged by an alleged abuse of the Koran by a French engineer, destroyed facilities and houses of foreign experts at the project that was under construction at the Belhaf port in south-eastern Yemen on March 25. Outraged workers also set a helicopter on fire as it landed at the Arabian Sea port, some 580 kilometres from the capital Sana'a, after claims that a French engineer kicked and tore the Koran apart.

A statement issued by the Interior Ministry, however, said an ad hoc investigation commission had concluded that the 'claimed desecration or abuse of the Koran could not be substantiated.' It said that a dispute between the Frenchman, whose name was not given, and a Yemeni employee was behind the 'rumour' that spread among the Yemeni workers and set off violent protests and riot.
Just a beef between management and Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 273. I'm sure if youse put da local imam's brother-in-law on the payroll, dis incident would go away. It works in Jersey.
Three workers were injured in clashes with police forces. No casualties were reported among the foreign workers as security forces managed to evacuate them swiftly.
Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Beslan memorial plan angers Russian Muslim leader
Plans to build a memorial to the 333 hostages killed three years ago in the Beslan school siege have sparked a row between Christians and Muslims in Russia.

The local Russian Orthodox diocese says it will build a church in the grounds of Beslan's school No. 1 to commemorate the victims -- half of them children -- killed in a clash between insurgents and Russian troops. But one of Russia's leading Muslim clerics has accused the Orthodox church of trying to hijack a national tragedy by building a memorial that he said would exclude the more than 20 million Muslims who live in the country.

"It is not acceptable to present this tragedy as the tragedy of followers of only one religion," Sheikh Ravil Gainutdin, chairman of the Council of Russian Muftis, said in a statement.
"After all, citizens of one religion died in the tragedy, and citizens of another religion created the tragedy. So you see, more than one religion was involved!" he added.
"We need a monument on this site that symbolizes a national tragedy, without any religious undertones, where everyone can come and shed their tears." Gainutdin is an outspoken Muslim leader in Russia, and other senior clerics have not spoken out about the memorial plans.

But the row has exposed faultlines between the communities which, despite a conflict between Moscow and rebels in Muslim Chechnya, have had largely smooth relations. Russia is home to the biggest Muslim community in Europe. Wrangling over the memorial could also aggravate already raw divisions between Muslims and Christians in the volatile North Caucasus region that includes Beslan.

The local Russian Orthodox diocese said it plans to build the church next to the school sports hall, the spot where many of the hostages died after a bomb fixed to a basketball hoop went off, triggering a massive gunbattle.

A spokesman for the diocese said a church was the memorial that the people of Beslan had chosen. "It is not a case of someone coming along and taking this decision. It is the decision of the people who were hostages and whose children died ... and it should be respected," said spokesman Yevgeny Bronsky. Asked about Muslims' reaction to the plan he said: "We have not noticed this issue dividing anyone in Beslan."

The administration of the North Ossetia region, of which Beslan is a part, contradicted the church, saying consultations on what form the memorial would take were still being conducted. "The people of Beslan ... will review the proposed options and will make the final choice," it said in a statement.

Since the tragedy, the wrecked shell of the sports hall has become a makeshift shrine, with candles on the floor and photographs of the victims pinned to the walls. Some victims' relatives say it should be preserved as a permanent memorial.
Posted by: ryuge || 04/05/2007 02:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Plans to build a memorial to the 333 hostages killed three years ago in the Beslan school siege have sparked a row between Christians and Muslims in Russia.

Not that the original atrocity had anything to do with it.

The local Russian Orthodox diocese says it will build a church in the grounds of Beslan's school No. 1 to commemorate the victims -- half of them children -- killed in a clash between insurgents and Russian troops. But one of Russia's leading Muslim clerics has accused the Orthodox church of trying to hijack a national tragedy by building a memorial that he said would exclude the more than 20 million Muslims who live in the country.

Exactly how many of the murdered Beslan children were Muslims? Thought so. Carry on.

A spokesman for the diocese said a church was the memorial that the people of Beslan had chosen. "It is not a case of someone coming along and taking this decision. It is the decision of the people who were hostages and whose children died ... and it should be respected," said spokesman Yevgeny Bronsky. Asked about Muslims' reaction to the plan he said: "We have not noticed this issue dividing anyone in Beslan."

But it must certainly be a bone of contention for any Islamic yahoo who comes wandering along seeking to neutralize all justifiable polarity that the issue might cause.

Since the tragedy, the wrecked shell of the sports hall has become a makeshift shrine, with candles on the floor and photographs of the victims pinned to the walls. Some victims' relatives say it should be preserved as a permanent memorial.

I’d rather it remain untouched throughout all history, like Bethlehem’s Grotto of the Sepulcher. For me, Beslan was the last iota of proof needed to determine what Islam intends for our world.
Posted by: Zenster || 04/05/2007 3:25 Comments || Top||

#2  More taquiyya. Trying to bury it as best they can so time will diminish what happened. Denial. I wonder whose side this guy is on (Rhetorical question, of course). Investigate him, too. Pig. Why can't he set foot in a church? These kids were killed for religious reasons, they should be remembered by religious means. No muslim has a single thing to say about this other than "we'll do all we can to ensure it doesn't happen again". And then do it. There are plenty of opportunities around the world right now to show their sincerity.
Posted by: gorb || 04/05/2007 3:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Notice? No Fatwa against the perpetrators, no rolling eyes, no seething, no death threats, no curses upon them for having disgraced Islam.

All the message implies that Muslims are in the same side than them. And no Muslim has raised against him.
Posted by: JFM || 04/05/2007 4:19 Comments || Top||

#4  I think Muslim participation in the Beslan massacre should be permanently memorialized, but that's not what the Dickhead Sheikh wants, is it?
Posted by: Frank G || 04/05/2007 4:34 Comments || Top||

#5  This certainly puts a different spin on the Shanksville memorial. Seems like Muslims like to get a piece of the memorials to their victims.
Posted by: Robert Crawford || 04/05/2007 5:29 Comments || Top||

#6  When I see stories like this I think of a photograph I saw from the massacre - I call it the Beslan Pieta - of a young mother touching the forehead of her shattered child. I saved a copy and would put it here if I knew how.
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/05/2007 7:58 Comments || Top||

#7  How many of the terrorists were non-moslems?
Posted by: Jackal || 04/05/2007 8:49 Comments || Top||

#8  Put yourself in his place---humans are pretty difficult to figure out.
Posted by: gromgoru || 04/05/2007 9:07 Comments || Top||

#9  "We need a monument on this site that symbolizes a national tragedy, without any religious undertones, where everyone can come and shed their tears."

Hey Sheikhy, how bouts you pony up some dough and build another memorial at the site of your choice? In fact, it might go along way towards healing some wounds if it was exclusively funded from Muslim donors. No? Oh that’s right, that’s not permitted, is it? That would mean you would have to acknowledge that it was an atrocity committed under your religion – not a separatist thing. All right then. carry on with your bitchin' about oppression then.
Posted by: DepotGuy || 04/05/2007 9:49 Comments || Top||

#10  They want their Shaheeds included in the memorial. Those are the people they want to recognize.
Posted by: Thinemp Whimble || 04/05/2007 10:30 Comments || Top||

#11  Build a pigpen out back. Name the pigs after them.
Posted by: tu3031 || 04/05/2007 10:45 Comments || Top||

#12  Maybe the Sheikh and Jimmuh Carter can get together and pray about it.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 04/05/2007 11:30 Comments || Top||

#13  I would dedicate the church with words to the effect that this church is being built to demonstrate the difference between the Prince of peace & the beastiality of Islam and also to specially honor the innocent child victims of Muhammed, who were slaughtered here in his followers pursuit of virgins to defile.
Posted by: JerseyMike || 04/05/2007 12:31 Comments || Top||

#14  Glenmore: Mail it to Fred. I believe his address is on the front page somewhere. If it's huge he will probably downsize it to something that doesn't suck up a bunch of bandwidth.
Posted by: gorb || 04/05/2007 14:20 Comments || Top||

#15  ...where everyone can come and shed their tears."

Or gloat. Whatever. Can't tell people how to feel about things, can we? One man's "massacre" is another's blow for righteousness. Memorials should be about remembering, not judging. In the end, does it matter who took which children hostage, who blow up whom? We should each blame only ourselves to be fair. That way no feelings are hurt and we live in mutual respect, as far as you know.
Posted by: Baba Tutu || 04/05/2007 17:17 Comments || Top||

#16  Beslan merited a nuclear response.
Posted by: Mac || 04/05/2007 18:08 Comments || Top||


Down Under
Controversy over visa for speaker at Aussie Islamic conference
British journalist and Muslim convert Yvonne Ridley should not be allowed into Australia if reports that she has praised suicide bombers are verified, Labor says.

Ridley, who was a senior reporter for Britian's Sunday Express, converted to Islam three years after she was captured by the Taliban while on an undercover assignment for the newspaper in 2001. Her ordeal, in which she was imprisoned and interrogated by the Taliban, made headlines worldwide. Her own website says she is well-known for her outspoken views and defence of Islam. Sister Yvonne, as she is known now, also describes radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri as "quite sweet really" and says the Taliban have suffered an unfair press.

Ridley is to be a speaker at the first annual Australian Islamic Conference in Melbourne this weekend.

Opposition immigration spokesman Tony Burke said Ridley had praised the Chechen leader of the Beslan school massacre, Shamil Basayev, as a martyr and urged Muslims in Britain not to co-operate with police. She is also alleged to have described suicide bombings as "martyrdom operations".

Mr Burke said the Government should have the comments investigated and kick Ridley out of the country if necessary. "If the quotes are accurate, her visa should be cancelled immediately," Mr Burke said. He questioned how Ms Ridley could have passed the character test required for a visa.

Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews said Ridley had been allowed to enter Australia because there was nothing to suggest she was a security risk. "In the case of Ms Ridley, she was judged not to be a threat to the national security of Australia," Mr Andrews said on ABC radio. "There is a vast distinction between allowing somebody into Australia whose views you may not like, and somebody who is a threat to national security."

The immigration department decided this week not to allow another controversial figure, Sheik Bilal Philips, into Australia. Sheik Philips, who was to be the keynote speaker at the conference, has been linked to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Centre in New York.
Posted by: ryuge || 04/05/2007 02:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  British journalist and Muslim convert Yvonne Ridley should not be allowed into Australia if reports that she has praised suicide bombers are verified, Labor says.

Kewl, someone grew a brain. This is becoming an almost uniquely Australian phenomenon.
Posted by: Zenster || 04/05/2007 2:20 Comments || Top||

#2  I din't know they let this quack out of her house anymore, nevermind out of the country...
Posted by: tu3031 || 04/05/2007 10:52 Comments || Top||

#3  appreciates what her captors learned from goats
Posted by: treo || 04/05/2007 11:42 Comments || Top||

#4  Another one for the noose.
Posted by: Excalibur || 04/05/2007 13:57 Comments || Top||


Europe
NYT: Europe Looks Into Possible War Crimes in Somalia
Dhimmi coordination by the EU and NYT
European diplomats said Thursday that they were investigating whether Ethiopian and Somali government forces killed many jihadis committed war crimes last week during heavy fighting in Somalia’s capital that killed more than 300 civilians, none of which were killed by murderous jihadis.

The fighting, some of the bloodiest in Somalia in the past 15 years, pitted gallant Ethiopian and Somali forces against bands of jihad terrorists insurgents and reduced blocks of buildings in Mogadishu, the capital, to smoldering rubble. Many Mogadishu terrorists and their sympathizers residents have complained to human rights groups, saying that the government, but not those nice mohammedeans used excessive force and indiscriminately shelled their neighborhoods.

On Thursday, Eric Van der Linden, chief of the European Commission’s dhimmi delegation to Kenya, said that he had appointed a team to look into several war crime allegations stemming from the civilian casualties. “These are hefty accusations,” Mr. Van der Linden said. “We are examining them very prudently, so we can perform dhimmitude

In an e-mail to Mr. Van der Linden marked “urgent,” a security adviser to the commission wrote that there are “strong grounds” to believe that Ethiopian and Somali troops had intentionally attacked terrorists civilian areas and that Ugandan peacekeepers, who arrived in the country last month, were complicit for standing by. The e-mail was provided by a terrorist sympathizer or dhimmi someone who thought that the issue should become public and its authenticity was confirmed by commission officials.

Ethiopian, Somali and Ugandan officials denied Thursday that their soldiers had done anything wrong.
"They were shooting at us and we shot back. Why are you accusing us of causing ALL the casualties? Do you want the ICU to win?"
A war crimes case is about the last thing Somalia’s transitional government needs, but which we in the NYT will push HARD. Ever since it took control of Mogadishu in late December, the transitional government has struggled to pacify the city and win popular support.

Many Western diplomats had expressed hope that this transitional government, Somalia’s 14th, would end the seemingly interminable chaos that has enveloped the country since the central government collapsed in 1991. But so far, the government has failed to deliver the same level of stability that an murderous Islamist administration brought during its brief reign of terror last year. It was overthrown by Ethiopian-led forces, with covert American help.

Mogadishu has become so dangerous — again — that many residents say they are now doubting whether the government will be able to hold a major reconciliation conference scheduled for mid-April. The Ethiopian military struck a truce with insurgents on Sunday, though, and the past three days have been quiet, giving beleaguered residents a chance to bury their dead.

The European Commission has no authority to prosecute war crimes and would have to refer any findings to the International Criminal Court. But commission officials said they were investigating the accusations because the commission has provided money and technical assistance to the transitional government and the peacekeeping mission here there.
"So we will use the money they provided to investigate THEM. Sweet, huh?"
A Western official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of diplomatic considerations predicted that even if there were compelling evidence of war crimes, the case would probably never get to court.
Heh.
Another Western official, speaking anonymously for similar reasons, said, “At the end of the day, no one is going to want to further undermine the transitional government.”

Diplomats, and analysts from Somali and international organizations predicted Thursday that the American government would resist the European effort because Ethiopia is a close American ally, valued as bulwark against Islamic militants in the Horn of Africa.
"'Mericans like Ethiops a lot".
In the past week, terrorist sympathizers human rights groups have been urging someone to look into the civilian casualties issue. The Somali Diaspora Network, an American-based terrorist front group advocacy group, accused the transitional government and Ethiopian forces of “collective punishment” and genocide.
Oooooooh. Collective punishment. That is bad.
The Somali Disapora Network said that Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, the transitional president, warned in a recent radio interview that “any place from which a bullet is fired we will bombard it regardless of whoever is there.”
Said like someone who lives in Somalia and knows how Somalis act and what 'incentives' they respond to.
Several of the terrorist sympathizers analysts said that they believed Ethiopian forces overreacted in last week’s fighting. One analyst who works closely with Somali issues said Ethiopian soldiers may have panicked after they were surrounded by insurgents in Mogadishu’s main stadium and commanders responded by carpet-bombing the entire neighborhood.
If so, a lesson learned, based on the ensuing quiet.
Ethiopian officials denied this.
“Our forces have been praised for not attacking civilians and nothing in recent days has changed,” said Zemedkun Tekle, spokesman for the Ethiopian government.
Abdirizak Adam Hassan, chief of staff for Somalia’s transitional president, did not deny that many civilians had been killed. “Unfortunately, this is what happens when you fight in a city,” he said.
Duh.
But, he said, the government was simply trying to defend itself. “For a good two months, these terrorists and their sympathizers insurgents have been attacking our government compounds, planting land mines in the road, assassinating people,” he said. “Our job is to protect the people, not kill them.”
There. I fixed it.
Posted by: Brett || 04/05/2007 18:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6502 views] Top|| File under:

#1  MYOB, f****g EUniks and NYTnicks.
Posted by: twobyfour || 04/05/2007 21:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Of course, they never dreamed of doing this to Bob when he razed entire shantytowns and drove people out into the wilderness to die.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 04/05/2007 21:21 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, if they did, at least they didn't drag them through the streets to show off...
Posted by: tu3031 || 04/05/2007 21:36 Comments || Top||

#4  Hope the Eurocrats spend a lot of time investigating this. They should do so in person, on site.
Posted by: DMFD || 04/05/2007 22:37 Comments || Top||

#5  Be careful how you investigate, EU. You better be factually compotent. I have a filing cabinet on you ten fold.
Posted by: newc || 04/05/2007 22:37 Comments || Top||

#6  Why do they fricking care?
Posted by: 3dc || 04/05/2007 22:39 Comments || Top||


Imam accepts invitation
AMSTERDAM - Imam Ahmed Salam has accepted the invitation to talk with the Tilburg municipal council about his role in the city's society. The controversial spiritual leader told the council on Wednesday that he would accept its invitation for a talk, the imam's son Suhayb Salam has announced.

The meeting is planned for 16 April but will not be open to the public. Suhayb Salam stressed that he and his father would take this opportunity to eliminate a number of misunderstandings about statements by the imam. The two also see the meeting as an attempt to foster understanding for each other's opinions.

Imam Salam was in the news again last week when Tilburg mayor Ruud Vreeman said that he didn't belong in the Netherlands because of his recent statements. The spiritual leader is accused of having told Muslims to damage the Dutch state by not paying taxes. Salam says that this and other claims are not true. Ahmed Salam belongs to a group of conservative Salafist imams and has been monitored by the Intelligence and Security Service AIVD for years. A number of other conservative Salafists has been deported.

The Tilburg imam caused a stir in November 2004 when he refused to shake hands with minister at the time Rita Verdonk.
Posted by: Seafarious || 04/05/2007 02:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A number of other conservative Salafists has been deported.

Whoa, Nellie! A whiff of sanity! What's next, Mosque closures? (As if!)
Posted by: Zenster || 04/05/2007 2:25 Comments || Top||

#2  you dont need to close the mosques. IIUC the Salafist dont usually have seperate mosques, a la Protestant churchs or American synagogues. Rather they form a faction within a community mosque (a la old time European synagogues)and then try to take it over. Expel the Salafi Imam, and the mosque presumably reverts to the control of the local non-Salafi muslims.
Posted by: liberalhawk || 04/05/2007 16:41 Comments || Top||

#3  I clicked on this to see exactly what the invitation was. It wasn't what I was hoping for. :-)
Posted by: gorb || 04/05/2007 17:00 Comments || Top||

#4  Salam says that this and other claims are not true.

Depends on what version ya want to hear, the Dutch one or the Arabic one...
Posted by: tu3031 || 04/05/2007 21:38 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Carter backs Pelosi's trip, despite Bush's rebuke
Woohoo! The Contrarian Indicator has made it official - Bush was right that Nancy shouldn't have gone! Woohoo! Sorta makes me wonder if Bush consults this guy before he does anything :-)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Former President Jimmy Carter expressed his support for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Syria, rejecting White House criticism of the visit.

"I was glad that she went," Carter said Wednesday. "When there is a crisis, the best way to help resolve the crisis is to deal with the people who are instrumental in the problem."

Pelosi arrived in Syria on Tuesday, in an attempt to open direct dialogue with Syria's leader, something President Bush opposes. Pelosi also discussed with President Bashar Al-Assad concerns about Syria's support for militant groups. (Full story)

Bush on Tuesday called the trip "counterproductive" and said it would send mixed signals.

"Photo opportunities and/or meetings with President Assad lead the Assad government to believe they're part of the mainstream of the international community, when, in fact, they're a state sponsor of terror," he said at a news conference in the White House's Rose Garden.

Carter, however, said there was "no threat" that the Democratic speaker's visit would dilute the United States' ability to speak to Syria with one voice.

Pelosi defended her visit, saying her talks with Al-Assad focused only on topics on which she and Bush agree.

"On the issues that we set before the president (of Syria)," she said, "there is no division among us or between our congressional delegation in Congress and the president of the United States." (Full story)
Right. All you talked about was about how water was wet then?
Syrian cabinet minister Buthayna Sha'ban expressed his support for the visit and said, "Syria stands for freedom and for peace, and so does Nancy Pelosi."
No, Nancy stands because Baby Assad hasn't sat down yet.
The Syrian media also praised the visit as a potential breakthrough in icy U.S.-Syrian relations, with the Syria Times calling her a "brave lady on an invaluable mission."
For internal consumption only. To what end I don't know.
Effects on the administration
The simple act of visiting the country and capitalizing on a photo opportunity could undermine the Bush administration's effort to isolate Syria for its behavior, according to Ken Pollack, of the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution.
I doubt it.
The Bush administration charges that Syria allows insurgents to cross its borders and attack targets in Iraq -- an allegation Syria denies.

While Syria admits it financially supports Hamas and Hezbollah, it denies U.S. accusations that it provides them with weapons. The country has been on the U.S. State Department's list of terror-sponsoring nations since the list was created in 1979.
???
Still, despite the White House's rebuke, Pelosi's visit could be beneficial for the administration, said Jim Walsh at MIT's Security Studies Program.
Bush was just trying to do you a favor, Nancy.
"Every president wants to have complete control over their foreign policy," he said, "but I think in the long run it's helpful. The more information flow you have back and forth, the more contact you have back and forth, the greater the chance that you're going to be able to resolve some of these issues."
I'm pretty sure there's information flow back and forth. This is PR. What's their excuse, Bush won't take my calls because he has caller ID?
Carter said he recently wanted to visit Syria, in connection with a Palestinian election, but "for the only time in my life, as a former president, I was ordered by the White House not to go."
I guess I'm glad Nancy went instead. Can't win for losing!
Pelosi is the highest-ranking American to meet with a Syrian president since then-President Clinton met with Al-Assad's father, the late Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad, in 1994.
Posted by: gorb || 04/05/2007 03:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6518 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Carter supports Nancy? It just can't get any better than this!
Posted by: Bobby || 04/05/2007 7:03 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm not surprised. Carter is for any anti-american, anti-israeli effort.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/05/2007 7:26 Comments || Top||

#3 
Posted by: doc || 04/05/2007 7:35 Comments || Top||

#4  "Every president wants to have complete control over their foreign policy."

Hmmm…I wonder if that has anything to do with the fact that foreign policy is Constitutionally the domain of the Executive branch?
Posted by: DepotGuy || 04/05/2007 7:58 Comments || Top||

#5  The American Quisling has spoken.
Posted by: WTF || 04/05/2007 8:25 Comments || Top||

#6  "for the only time in my life, as a former president, I was ordered by the White House not to go."

Hehehehehehe
Posted by: Mike N. || 04/05/2007 8:28 Comments || Top||

#7  as a former president

why does always rub that in our face? People make mistakes.... sometimes HUGE ones....
Posted by: Frank G || 04/05/2007 8:50 Comments || Top||

#8  Nancy was there only to discuss congressional district issues - a sister city relationship between Damascus and San Francisco. She is going to help them with logistics for the upcoming Damascus Gay Pride Festival, and they are going to help reorganize the SF school board district more along the lines of the highly sucessful madrassa educational model- thats why she had the extreme priviledge of "watching men study"... you don't think Damascan soccer moms get to peak in on religious lessons, do you. They needn't worry their pretty little scarved heads about that.
Posted by: Capsu 78 || 04/05/2007 9:20 Comments || Top||

#9  "When there is a crisis, the best way to help resolve the crisis is to deal with the people who are instrumental in the problem."

Yes. When it comes to crisis resolution, Jimmy Carter is the first name that comes to mind...
Posted by: tu3031 || 04/05/2007 9:55 Comments || Top||

#10  Jimmy was really good at taking care of conflicts. Why I remember when he got tough with Iran after they took 52 hostages in a terrorist act in 1979. He out-waited the ayatollahs from November 1979 until he left was booted out of office in January 1981. The Iranians freed the hostages because they thought Reagan would kick their collective asses.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/05/2007 10:21 Comments || Top||

#11  Pelosi makes a good dhimmi. Dhimmi for giving comfort to the enemy and dimi for dim-witted.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/05/2007 10:24 Comments || Top||

#12  Dhimmicrat- I like it!
Posted by: Capsu 78 || 04/05/2007 10:31 Comments || Top||

#13  Too much face, Nancy. If you really wanted to kowtow to impress them, you'd have done just the eyeslit and the ninja suit...
Posted by: tu3031 || 04/05/2007 10:58 Comments || Top||

#14  Yeah Nancy, you might end up getting stoned (not as in smoking weed).
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/05/2007 11:14 Comments || Top||

#15  "When there is a crisis, the best way to help resolve the crisis is to deal with the people who are instrumental in the problem."

Some folks just have different ideas about how to deal with those people.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 04/05/2007 11:46 Comments || Top||

#16  Jimmy Carter? Isn't he the jerk who handed Iran to the Islamofascists? The Ayatoilets should raise statues to the peanut farmer.
Posted by: Sneaze || 04/05/2007 13:17 Comments || Top||

#17  Y'know, I think Nancy's appearance would actually be enhanced with a burqa.

I'm just waiting for the day when Carter finally goes Tango Uniform. I cringe every time the Tsar reminds me that he frenched Brezhnev.....yeccch!

Posted by: Swamp Blondie (yup, still here!) || 04/05/2007 14:19 Comments || Top||

#18  We missed a great opportunity to have a cartoon festival to get the muzzies in an uproar. Would have been great TV to see the US delagation running towards their aircraft to get away from seething mobs. Might have even given us another "hostage" situation - I would love to see Ms. Nancy as a guest of Hezbollah for a few days - might change her tune, or her temperature
Posted by: Rob06 || 04/05/2007 15:25 Comments || Top||

#19  Oh! There's the Surprise Meter. I missed it on another post.

Posted by: FOTSGreg || 04/05/2007 16:32 Comments || Top||

#20  "Carter backs Pelosi's trip

Of course he does.

He's just sorry he wasn't there to stick his nose up Baby's ass, too.

Useless wanker.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 04/05/2007 16:37 Comments || Top||

#21  Come on, Barbara, don't hold back. Tell us how you really feel!

"I was glad that she went," Carter said Wednesday. "When there is a crisis, the best way to help resolve the crisis is to deal with the people who are instrumental in the problem."

As Ebbang Uluque duly noted, the proper way of dealing with Assad and his like doesn't involve words. More like .45 caliber hot lead linotype. I wonder how Carter manages to reconcile his above applause of Pelosi's treason with the following:

Carter said he recently wanted to visit Syria, in connection with a Palestinian election, but "for the only time in my life, as a former president, I was ordered by the White House not to go."

Is this a direct admission on Carter's part that he has less political will than Pelosi? If Carter respected the White House's directive not to visit Syria, how in living Hell is it all right for a two-bit congressional mouthpiece to do so?

Carter's treason has been looming large of late and his approval of Pelosi's own betrayal speaks volumes regarding their mutual hatred of America.
Posted by: Zenster || 04/05/2007 17:25 Comments || Top||

#22  PS: Does anyone else's fist clench reflexively when viewing this page's graphic?
Posted by: Zenster || 04/05/2007 17:28 Comments || Top||

#23  Jimmah, just in case it hadn't occurred to you, your comments aren't really helpful - to anyone!

Do us all a huge favor, peanuthead, and just STFU.

(I met this bozo once at the Kansas City National FFA Conference in 1975, I think; my chapter had the honor of cleaning and arranginf the stage for him prior to his speech during his Presidential campaign - I still feel unclean).

Posted by: FOTSGreg || 04/05/2007 18:07 Comments || Top||

#24  "When there is a crisis, the best way to help resolve the crisis is to deal with the people who are instrumental in the problem."
How do they feel Pelosi is any part of the instrument as in being instrumental?
Hey, how much is her trip costing?

grumbling under breath
Posted by: Jan from work || 04/05/2007 19:40 Comments || Top||

#25  Keep your headscarf thingy in your office Nancy. It'll give you something to wipe the blood off your hands with...
Posted by: tu3031 || 04/05/2007 21:41 Comments || Top||

#26  As I was just asking Adolf and Benito, where were these assholes sixty five years ago?
Posted by: The Ghost of Hideki Tojo || 04/05/2007 21:57 Comments || Top||


Pelosi wins endorsements of Al Aksa, PIJ and Hamas!
Yeah, yeah yeah, it is WND, but...this is an excellent reporter and he has quotes
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit today to Syria – in which she called for dialogue with Damascus – was "brave" and "very appreciated" and could bring about "important changes" to America's foreign policy, including talks with "Middle East resistance groups," according to members of terror organizations here whose top leaders live in Syria.

One terror leader, Khaled Al-Batch, a militant and spokesman for Islamic Jihad, expressed hope Pelosi would continue winning elections, explaining the House speaker's Damascus visit demonstrated she understands the Middle East.

Pelosi's visit was opposed by President Bush, who called Syria a "state sponsor of terror."

"Nancy Pelosi understands the area (Middle East) well, more than Bush and Dr. (Condoleeza) Rice," said Al-Batch, speaking to WND from Gaza. "If the Democrats want to make negotiations with Syria, Hamas, and Hezbollah, this means the Democratic Party understands well what happens in this area and I think Pelosi will succeed. ... I hope she wins the next elections."

Islamic Jihad has carried out scores of shootings and rocket attacks, and, together with the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group, has taken responsibility for every suicide bombing in Israel the past two years.
Ramadan Shallah, overall chief of Islamic Jihad, lives in Syria, as does Hamas chieftain Khaled Meshaal. Israel has accused the Syrian-based Hamas and Islamic Jihad leadership of ordering militants in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to carry out terror attacks.

Al-Batch expressed hope Pelosi and the Democratic Party will pressure Bush to create dialogue with Syria and Middle East "resistance movements" and prompt an American withdrawal from Iraq. "Bush and Dr. Rice made so many mistakes in the Middle East. Just look at Palestinian clashes and Iraq. But I think some changes are happening for the Bush administration's foreign policy because of the hand of Nancy Pelosi. I think the Democratic Party can do things the best. ... Pelosi is going down a good road by this policy of dialogue," he said.

Abu Abdullah, a leader of Hamas' military wing in the Gaza Strip, said the willingness by some lawmakers to talk with Syria "is proof of the importance of the resistance against the U.S." "The Americans know and understand they are losing in Iraq and the Middle East and that their only chance to survive is to reduce hostilities with Arab countries and with Islam. Islam is the new giant of the world."
So much ego, so little skill.
"Pelosi's visit to Syria was very brave. She is a brave woman," Jihad Jaara, a senior member of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group and the infamous leader of the 2002 siege of Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity,/ told WND. "I think it's very nice and I think it's much better when you sit face to face and talk to (Syrian President Bashar) Assad. It's a very good idea. I think she is brave and hope all the people will support her. All the American people must make peace with Syria and Iran and with Hamas. Why not?" Jaara said.
We will make peace as soon as you surrender.
Pelosi, the most senior U.S. official to visit Syria in two years, sat next with her kneepads on and fresh lipsitck to Assad earlier today in front of camera crews before starting their meeting at his hilltop palace overlooking Damascus. The Syrian president then reportedly took Pelosi to lunch at a restaurant in a restored house in Damascus' historic district, according to witnesses.
"It was soooo Romantic! And he showed me how receding chins can help when you're devouring those delicious sheep testicles. I am still using a toothpick after that lunch."
At a press conference after the meeting, Pelosi said that during her talks with Assad she "determined that the road to Damascus is the road to peace."
She thinks she's Bob Hope or Bing Crosby!
She's certainly not Dorothy Lamour.
"We came in friendship, hope, free love and flower power" she said. The House speaker also said she conveyed an Israeli message to Assad that the Jewish state was ready to resume peace talks. "(Our) meeting with the president enabled us to communicate a message from Prime Minister (Ehud) Olmert that Israel was ready to engage in peace talks as well," Pelosi told reporters.
Unfortunately, the message she delivered was totaly botched.
Syria has demanded a complete Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights, strategic mountainous territory that looks down on Israeli and Syrian population centers twice used by Syria to mount invasions into Israel.
Uhhhh. No. Bye bye.
Pelosi is not the only lawmaker to recently visit Syria. A congressional delegation including three Republicans traveled to Damascus Sunday stating they believe there is an opportunity for dialogue with the Syrian leadership.
The 3 pubs also visited with some opposition figures.
Last month, Ellen Sauerbrey, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration, held talks in Damascus in a public gesture widely seen as an expression of Washington's willingness to engage Damascus.
I am sure this will be ALL over the news tomorrow.
This article starring:
Abu Abdullah
Khaled Al-Batch
Ramadan Shallah
Hamas
Islamic Jihad
Posted by: Brett || 04/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6491 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If only the White House Press Secretary would read these quotes at the next briefing.

Let Tony Snow come back for that one day.
Posted by: Mike N. || 04/05/2007 0:37 Comments || Top||

#2  "Nancy Pelosi understands the area (Middle East) well, more than Bush and Dr. (Condoleeza) Rice," said Al-Batch, speaking to WND from Gaza.

Yes, Nancy "I'm Queen of the World" Pelosi understands about as much of the Middle East as al Batch does about my living arrangements.

Most people won't realize that, to al Batch, Nancy is seen as little more than a whore because she is basically an unaccompanied woman trying to do a job only a man should be able to do.

And maybe they'd be right in that opinion in this case...(for those of a lesser intellect, I say this because Nancy "IQotW" Pelosi is basically trying to whore out American foreign policy in a manner in which whores would completely recognize - ie money, jobs, money, work, money, submission, etc., etc., etc.).




Posted by: FOTSGreg || 04/05/2007 0:54 Comments || Top||

#3  Next stop....North Vietnam.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/05/2007 1:07 Comments || Top||

#4  Nancy Pelosi understands the area (Middle East) well, more than Bush and Dr. (Condoleeza) Rice.

Too bad she doesn't understand the US well enough to know why Bush and his talented team balance things the way they do.

As for her ringing endorsement from the terrorist enablers, who cares about the Logan act now? I'm guessing she's toast. We'll see. Hopefully Nancy will need a burqa to avoid being recognized when she gets back home.
Posted by: gorb || 04/05/2007 2:18 Comments || Top||

#5  Nancy, the pawn
Posted by: Victor Emmanuel Grusong8179 || 04/05/2007 2:27 Comments || Top||

#6  Fred and all moderators, please edit, delete or ban me for the following post, but I have no personal choice.

I was going to joke about Khaled Al-Batch = "Biatch" and some such crapulence, but this has simply gone too far.

I hope a particular politician's policies are all paid up.
Posted by: Zenster || 04/05/2007 3:03 Comments || Top||

#7  This is it.

With great and deepest thanks to Rantburg, my evolution is complete.

Pelosi's treason has finally made it possible mandatory for me — who several elections ago was a lifelong democrat — to finally consider voting republican. If Tancredo makes it to the finals, I will probably have to vote for him. My disgust at the thought of voting republican is ABSOLUTELY minuscule compared to my revulsion at Pelosi's and all the other democrats' treasonous behavior.

Thank you, Rantburg. I owe all of you, right down to .com and Frank G. a note of gratitude for posing sufficient opposition whereby such abrasion gradually wore down any previous opposition.

My personal disgust knows no bounds. Not even Nixon inspires such a sense of Godforsaken repulsion like Pelosi does right now. "Consorting with the enemy", "war-time treason" or "aid and abetting" all lack even the most remote sense of my visceral revulsion at this moment.

Fred, and all the moderators, thank you for leaving the lights on so that I could find my way home. You too, Mark Z.

The above graphic brings to mind a very few words; "Tritium sights" are among them. Again, my apologies for being so inappropriate, but this is it. A line in the sand has been crossed FOREVER.
Posted by: Zenster || 04/05/2007 3:50 Comments || Top||

#8  Feeling a bit mugged there, Z? :-)
Posted by: gorb || 04/05/2007 4:03 Comments || Top||

#9  Nope, not in the least, Gorb. I've seen this coming for some time now. I just didn't realize how traitorous documented American citizens could be without having to suffer serious consequences. Two words: Logan Act.
Posted by: Zenster || 04/05/2007 4:09 Comments || Top||

#10  It amazes me the government puts up with this crap. This country seems to be becoming more disconnected by the minute. People like my grandparents used to understand this stuff implicitly. No more. Not even our government officials. Maybe because we haven't really had to focus on anything with understood consequences since WWII. Heck, half of the population doesn't even understand what consequences are anymore, and they wouldn't recognize one if it fell in their lap.
Posted by: gorb || 04/05/2007 4:25 Comments || Top||

#11  That scarf undoes all the hard work and money she spent on her face lift & hair.
Poor Nancy.
The inner you is showing and I'm afraid it's pretty ugly.
Posted by: Gladys || 04/05/2007 6:49 Comments || Top||

#12  “Last month, Ellen Sauerbrey, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration, held talks in Damascus in a public gesture widely seen as an expression of Washington's willingness to engage Damascus.”

A minor point here but most of the reports on Pelosis’ visit seems to add this event almost as a counterweight to the speakers ill advised decision. What they all fail to detail is that Sauerbrey was part of an international delegation with the very narrow agenda of Iraqi refugees. And in no way was it considered a bilateral meeting to "open dialogue" with the State sponser of terror.
Posted by: DepotGuy || 04/05/2007 8:24 Comments || Top||

#13  Zen, welcome to the conspiracy.
Posted by: Mike N. || 04/05/2007 10:33 Comments || Top||

#14  Pelosi is a nitwit who is easily duped--a tool of whomever wants to use her as a tool. For all her talk about women's rights and how wonderful it was to have a woman appointed as speaker, she does not seem to realize that if she lived in Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, etc, etc, she would not have shit for rights. These are the same people who support and fund terrorism against us. These are the same people that kill people, burn their bodies and hang them from bridges. These are the same people who behead defenseless prisoners. Christ allmighty, save us from useless nitwits.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/05/2007 10:41 Comments || Top||

#15  On a personal note where as I bet my military pension against Nancy having what a successful trip. Given that the ONLY people who liked her trip are world-wide recognized terrorists organization I will sleep safe knowing that I get to keep my pension and don't have to become a Democrat. Also I looked (as I always do) on the SF Chron for any mention of this or Olmert recanting any message and got zippo. A matter of fact Pelosi isn't even mentioned today and they mention her EVERY FRIGGIN DAY.
Posted by: Cyber Sarge || 04/05/2007 10:49 Comments || Top||

#16  Wonder if she'll be waving a piece of paper when she gets off the plane back in DC?
Posted by: tu3031 || 04/05/2007 11:01 Comments || Top||

#17  Keep your spirits up Zenster. Like all things, this phase of history will pass too. Hopefully, it is not too late for this great country--we will self-correct.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/05/2007 11:49 Comments || Top||

#18  Hopefully it will correct or it will be corrected after a sea of blood has been shed.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/05/2007 12:00 Comments || Top||

#19  Well, wonder what Hillary is thinking about Queen Pelosi? Hillary sees her role as Queen of the World with King Bill.

And just imagine, Hillary in the WH and Queen Pelosi (shadow president role she has assumed) as Speaker of the House.

Would Pres Hillary, say "NO, NO Nancy, you can't go!"

Just wondern', yaknow.
Posted by: Sherry || 04/05/2007 13:00 Comments || Top||

#20  Omar from Bagdad at Pajamas Media:

These were roughly the words in a leaflet the “mujahideen” distributed in Adhamiya a few days ago.

“Evacuate all houses in the area around the Americans’ base for we shall attack it soon… Those occupiers will soon be gone from this land. Who will protect you then?”


Dhimmicrat plan is already bearing fruit.

http://pajamasmedia.com/2007/04/baghdad_report_heavy_armors_in.php
Posted by: Galactic Coordinator Whineper8595 || 04/05/2007 13:18 Comments || Top||

#21  Christ allmighty, save us from useless nitwits useful idiots.

There, fixed that for ya, JohnQC. Uncle Joe would be so proud.

All, thank you for your support. I haven't been able to vote the Democratic ticket for many years now. Clinton's re-election was what snapped the twig for me. I simply could not vote for the lieing immoral bastard.

Pelosi represents everything that is wrong with modern politicians. Power for power's sake. No thought given to this country's actual welfare. Instead she consorts with our very worst enemies in an orgy of self-aggrandizement. That there isn't a single Democrat who can stand up and call her on this treason is bad enough. That the Republicans aren't screaming bloody murder over this shows that their own moral compass is becoming demagnetized as well.

Somewhere, someone in our government should be calling a spade a spade. No one is and it is one of the most cynical and disgusting turn of events in recent American political history.
Posted by: Zenster || 04/05/2007 14:51 Comments || Top||

#22  Third in line to the presidency....
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 04/05/2007 14:56 Comments || Top||

#23  Zenster, like JohnQC said, do not abondon hope.

Despite having been a life-long Republican, I have, on occasion, voted for a Democrat whom I knew personally or had met and felt deserved that vote because of their stance on various matters. I made it clear to those individuals (few and far between though they have been) what my vote was and what it meant.

Believe it or not, there are good people on both sides of the aisle. I've met and run against Ellen Tauscher, but I've made it personally clear to her that while we might be on opposite sides, party-wise, she is not my enemy (much as I might hate to say it, Tauscher's actually a pretty nice person in person and her politics, up until recently, have been decidedly Blue Dog conservative Democrat - though her stances on taxes leave much to be desired).

Vote your conscience, and review the facts on each candidate. Do not vote straight party-line if you feel, in your heart and after having reviewed the candidtes and their stands, that someone on the other side is a better.

You betray only yourself if you do otherwise.

Posted by: FOTSGreg || 04/05/2007 15:05 Comments || Top||

#24  Zenster, there should be a place in any democracy for a loyal opposition but the Democrat party ain't it because they ain't loyal. Nancy Pelosi has just sunk to Jane Fonda's level with that little scarf or whatever it is on her head being the equivalent of Hanoi Jane posing on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun. Whatever you thought about our involvement in Vietnam, you had to be shocked by what Fonda did unless you were a communist anti-American. It's the same with Pelosi. She must know that scarf symbolizes the oppression of women by men whose goal is the destruction of Western Civilization. She must know that she is encouraging our enemies. No matter what you think about our involvement in Iraq you must know that these people are Nancy's enemies as well as ours and that her little visit isn't going to change that. But she is willing to wear it because she hates George Bush and she hates America. It's one thing to disagree with the president but it's quite another to hate him that badly and to be so jealous of his office that she's willing to suck up to Assad and those other monsters who would kill us all if they could. This isn't just bad judgement. It's anti-American. What's really disturbing is that even this depravity will not be enough to keep the voters of San Francisco from re-electing her.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 04/05/2007 16:14 Comments || Top||

#25  "Well, wonder what Hillary is thinking about Queen Pelosi?"

This will be a problem for a Rodham-Clinton. But I will go further - Pelosi taking this kind of role in foreign affairs would prove a problem for an Obama presidency as well. This wouldnt be the first time there was tension between congressional dems and a dem white house, but ususally it was over domestic policy.
Posted by: liberalhawk || 04/05/2007 16:38 Comments || Top||

#26  She must know that scarf symbolizes the oppression of women by men whose goal is the destruction of Western Civilization. She must know that she is encouraging our enemies. No matter what you think about our involvement in Iraq you must know that these people are Nancy's enemies as well as ours and that her little visit isn't going to change that.

Bingo, Ebbang Uluque. How Pelosi can voluntarily participate in the universal degradation of all womankind reveals a level of depravity and overall betrayal of her gender that defies explanation. Her craven pursuit of political power almost manages to make Hillary Clinton look like a slacker.

I've slept on this overnight and spent hours this morning and afternoon mulling this over and my gorge still rises filled with bile at the thought of this treason. I am beyond outrage and imbued with a fury that will not subside. Fortunately, I do not suffer from hypertension or I'd probably have a stroke.
Posted by: Zenster || 04/05/2007 17:07 Comments || Top||

#27  "She must know that scarf symbolizes the oppression of women by men whose goal is the destruction of Western Civilization. She must know that she is encouraging our enemies."

She knows.

She doesn't care.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 04/05/2007 17:13 Comments || Top||

#28  By the way, the articles on Speaker Traitor Pelosi are in the wrong category.

They belong in "WOT Operations" - since she's operating for the other side.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 04/05/2007 17:15 Comments || Top||

#29  You know, the longer I think about this, the more I'm coming to believe that a) she truly didn;t know because she's such a clueless klutz, b) that someone on her team knew, but didn't say anything to her because they were worried about offending the Muslims, and c) once she was informed, if she was informed ever, she decided to go through with it anyway so as to not offend the Muslims.

Any way you cut it, and with the photos, Nancy ends up looking like the clueless political whore and hack she truly is.

Posted by: FOTSGreg || 04/05/2007 18:03 Comments || Top||

#30  Pelosi wins endorsements of Al Aksa, PIJ and Hamas!

Posted by: Red Dog || 04/05/2007 18:42 Comments || Top||

#31  FOTSGreg; Nancy ends up looking like the clueless political whore and hack she truly is.

;-)
Posted by: Red Dog || 04/05/2007 18:58 Comments || Top||

#32  Oh my, same "dhimmi-do-rag" for the Sauds.. not exactly Evita's Rainbow tour.
I wonder what kind of communications bubble she is in on this trip with Damascus Nancy dominating the radio and blogs. I bet her blackberry on vibrate is giving her "tingly feelings" in her loins.
Eww... grossed myself out.
Posted by: Capsu78 || 04/05/2007 19:03 Comments || Top||

#33  bet her blackberry on vibrate is giving her "tingly feelings" in her loins.
Eww... grossed myself out.


eerruuup..gag reflex... uuuulppbBBaarrffF
Posted by: Red Dog || 04/05/2007 19:21 Comments || Top||

#34  > Pelosi is a nitwit who is easily duped

No, Pelosi is an opportunist who will do anything including consorting with this country's mortal enemies if she thinks it will increase her own personal power.
Posted by: DMFD || 04/05/2007 20:21 Comments || Top||

#35  Did anyone else notice that the gentleman's wrap is an exquisite gold-embroidered peach organza? As for the honourable Representative Pelosi, when she wears a scarf it's a fashion statement, unconnected to what it means to those watching.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/05/2007 20:25 Comments || Top||

#36  Pelosi is an opportunist who will do anything including consorting with this country's mortal enemies if she thinks it will increase her own personal power.

End of story, DMFD.
Posted by: Zenster || 04/05/2007 21:06 Comments || Top||

#37  Nancy Pelosi and CAIR
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 04/05/2007 21:28 Comments || Top||

#38  Oops! Poor button discipline. Dems are cozying up to CAIR. The 'hos need votes.

Check out FrontPage magazine article, Nov. 13, 2006:

The Money Paragraph on Pelosi:
Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, who is likely to be the next House Speaker, has announced her intention to “correct the Patriot Act” and wants to criminalize scrutiny of Muslims at airports and elsewhere: “Since September 11, many Muslim Americans have been subjected to searches at airports and other locations based upon their religion and national origin. We must make it illegal.” Since religion is the one factor that the jihadists themselves invariably point to as the motivation for their violent actions, Pelosi is calling upon investigators to ignore the single most important key to understanding jihadist strategy and goals. If she gets her way, any Muslim who is searched at an airport at any time will be able to claim that he is being illegally profiled; a law criminalizing searches of Muslims at airports would have a chilling effect upon any effort to investigate jihad terror activity in the Muslim community.

From July 30, 2004 Dhimmi Watch:

A press release from CAIR:

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI), Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY), and other Congressional Democrats were joined yesterday by national leaders of the Muslim American community in a roundtable discussion on issues of mutual concern to Democrats and Muslim Americans.


Posted by: Alaska Paul || 04/05/2007 21:40 Comments || Top||

#39  Oops! Poor button discipline

Reason #41 why AP doesn't do fire control any more...
Posted by: Frank G || 04/05/2007 22:24 Comments || Top||

#40  "Islam is the NEW GIANT of the world" > don't tell RUSSIA-CHINA that. OTOH, FOX & FRIENDS > are in rough agreement that the EU's image as RELIABLE ALLIES = NATIONS WILLING TO FIGHT RADICAL TERROR EVEN BY AND FOR THEMSELVES looks very bad/lousy for their NOT coming out in overt support of Britain andor the USA after Iran's seizure of Brit sailors. Although Iran gener got what it wanted, and its position hasn't really been affected = changed vv USA-Brit, IRAN CAME OFF LOOKING MUCH BETTER THAN THE [non-Brit]EUROS.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/05/2007 23:55 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
'American Taliban' Lindh asks Bush to reduce 20-year prison term
The lawyer and parents of John Walker Lindh, the American-born Taliban soldier serving 20 years in prison after his capture in Afghanistan, called on President Bush on Wednesday to commute his sentence and set him free.
Scooter first, then... quit
The renewed call to shorten the sentence was based on the relatively light term Australian David Hicks received Saturday after pleading guilty to supporting terrorism. Hicks, who had been imprisoned for five years at Guantanamo Bay and acknowledged aiding al-Qaeda during the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, was given a nine month sentence.
I don't recall David being in the mob that killed Spann...
“In the atmosphere of the time, the best John could get was a plea bargain and a 20-year sentence,” said Lindh's father Frank Lindh. “We love our son very much, he was wrongly accused when he was found in Afghanistan.”
apparently not, and lying won't get you any points, asshole
John Walker Lindh, 26, a Marin County native, was captured in Afghanistan in November 2001 by American forces sent to topple the Taliban after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He was charged with conspiring to kill Americans and support terrorists but pleaded guilty in 2002 to lesser offenses, including carrying weapons against U.S. forces.

Attorney James Brosnahan brokered the plea deal and said it was the best he could do amid the political climate immediately after Sept. 11.
So he wasn't innocent, by his own admission, right? FOAD, Dad
Lindh had converted to Islam and went to Afghanistan to fight for the Taliban against the Northern Alliance, Brosnahan said. “It is a question of proportionality, it is a question of fairness and it is a question of the religious experience John Walker Lindh had and it was not in any way directed at the United States,” Brosnahan said at a press conference Wednesday.
except that he would've killed United States representatives, right?
The White House referred telephone calls to the Justice Department, which declined to comment because it had not received the petition, said spokesman Dean Boyd. Neither the president nor the department have acted on two previous commutation requests.
and won't on this one. I hope John gets the "bottom bunk" every frigging night for the rest of his (short) life
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#1  Johnny Jihad should be put before a firing squad and shot for taking arms against his own country.
Posted by: Sneaze || 04/05/2007 1:39 Comments || Top||

#2  [with apologies in advance to the Burg's wimmen folk]

'American Taliban' Lindh asks Bush to reduce 20-year prison term

Reduce my nutsack's contents first, traitor boy.

Why this pond scum's still breathing is nothing short of astounding. Paging Jeffry Dahmer to the brimstone courtesy phone. Paging David Hicks to the Diggers reunion locale. To plead "guilty", please press "one" now. Ms. Helen Waite is your contact for potential sentence reductions. Those who seek any shortening of their prison terms, please go to Helen Waite.
Posted by: Zenster || 04/05/2007 2:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Worthless piece of fecal matter. I certainly hope his father and the rest of his family are justly proud of him. The thought of this vermin causing harm or danger to an American soldier, Marine, or Airman sickens me.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/05/2007 3:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Zenster. I am sure he is doing plenty of that kind of thing and will continue to do so for the next 20 years. Luckily, Denise Rich is not his wife just in case clinton makes the presidency.
Posted by: Ol Dirty American || 04/05/2007 5:13 Comments || Top||

#5  He conspired with armed and hostile elements to murder a US agent in Afghanistan. He should die for that.
Posted by: badanov || 04/05/2007 6:39 Comments || Top||

#6  I wonder what the letter read like:

Dear Jew-loving infidel son of apes and pigs who is a tool of the Mossad:

In the name of Allah, the most merciful and compassionate, I demand that you release me so that I can slit your throat.

Go Pelosi!

--John
Posted by: Mike || 04/05/2007 6:52 Comments || Top||

#7  I had a notion this was coming. When I read that Hicks got a light sntence it occurred to me Taliban Johnny would be asking "Why is my sentence 20 years"?

Given the sentence Hicks received it's a fair question coming from Taliban Johnny's camp. And therein lies the problem. It's evidence Hicks sentence was far too light.



Posted by: Mark Z || 04/05/2007 7:33 Comments || Top||

#8  After Mike Spann gets to leave his confinement, Johnny boy.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/05/2007 9:36 Comments || Top||

#9  Sorry, Johnny Boy. The National Brain Damage Epidemic hasn't gotten that severe yet...
Posted by: tu3031 || 04/05/2007 11:05 Comments || Top||

#10  Killed Span?

Chewed him to death.

Let's call it like it is.
Posted by: Boss Cliting1561 || 04/05/2007 11:16 Comments || Top||

#11  LOL Right after Pigs fly.
Posted by: Cyber Sarge || 04/05/2007 11:17 Comments || Top||

#12  No.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/05/2007 12:06 Comments || Top||

#13  He should have waited for President Pelosi. Ask Rosie, she will pin the medal to his chest.

Traitors. Treason. Shoot the son and hang the father.
Posted by: Excalibur || 04/05/2007 13:57 Comments || Top||

#14  This is a lesson in why you should never assume that a vocal, pain-in-the-ass lawyer who wants to make a political statement will get you a decent deal at sentencing. (See also that dingbat that Efren Watada has as counsel.)
Posted by: Swamp Blondie (yup, still here!) || 04/05/2007 14:15 Comments || Top||

#15  Hanging is a short sentence with a dangling participant.
Posted by: WTF || 04/05/2007 23:13 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Pakistan's tribals - who is killing who?
Pakistan's tribal district of South Waziristan, on the border with Afghanistan, is in the throes of turmoil once again. The government says that the local tribesmen have started an armed campaign to expel foreign militants whom it blames for launching cross-border attacks on foreign and Afghan troops in Afghanistan. It says more than 250 people, mostly foreign militants, have been killed in these clashes since early March. Unofficial reports put the casualty figures much lower, and suggest that mixed groups of local and foreign militants are confronting each other in what also appears to be a power struggle within the tribes.

Both claims are difficult to verify. Journalists have been denied access. Mobile phones do not work in the area. Landline phone connections remain dead after a robbery in the telephone exchange two months ago. But interviews with truckers and residents who have been moving in and out of the region clearly show that while the above two views may be partially correct, there is also a third dimension to this conflict.
Part three is very interesting...
The Ahmadzai Wazir tribe dominates the western parts of South Waziristan agency, and as such controls the economically lucrative border trade routes between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The largest of its nine sub-tribes is the Zalikhel, which controls Wana, the administrative and financial capital of the district, and has traditionally provided leadership to the smaller sub-tribes. Within the Zalikhel, there are three clans of which the largest is the Yargulkhel, the actual harbourers of foreign militants in Wana.

The Yargulkhel clan produced a number of Taleban commanders, notably Nek Mohammad, who brought thousands of foreign militants to Wana in 2002-03 and inflicted a crushing defeat on the Pakistan army in fighting in March 2004. He was killed in a US air strike in June 2004, prompting the fractious Yargulkhel commanders, including his brother Haji Omar, to start asserting their authority and open separate Taleban offices in Wana.

The present conflict has seen some of these Yargulkhel commanders arrayed against Mullah Nazir, who was appointed by the top Taleban leadership as the chief commander of Ahmadzai Wazirs in November 2006. The Yargulkhels may be upset because Mullah Nazir hails from an obscure sub-clan of the Zalikhel's least numerous clan, the Kakakhel. That appears to be one source of the violence.

If this is the case, then where do the foreign militants stand in this free-for-all? The government says that they are being hunted by the local tribesmen, but reports from Wana suggest that only Uzbeks are the target of Mullah Nazir's fighters. The real al-Qaeda - the Arabs - find no mention in either official or unofficial reports from Wana. Other groups that remain quietly in the background are the Chechens, some ethnic Uighur Chinese and a large number Kashmiri and Pakistani sectarian groups known in Afghanistan and the Pakistani tribal areas as the 'Punjabi' mujahideen.

Until recently, it was believed that the Uzbeks were divided into two mutually hostile groups, one Wana-based and headed by Qari Tahir Yuldashev, and the other led by Nasir Sohail who is based in the town of Mir Ali in the neighbouring North Waziristan tribal district. Officials now say that there is a third Uzbek group in Wana - the so-called 'good guys' who are helping the local tribesmen get rid of Mr Yuldashev's bad guys.

Mullah Nazir has accused Mr Yuldashev's men of killing more than 200 tribal elders in the region during the last two years after labelling them as US spies or Pakistani agents. Most local people believe the Uzbeks alone are not to blame, but in some recent cases it became apparent that they had served as hired guns for tribesmen who wanted their enemies eliminated.

Matters came to a head on March 6, 2007, when some Uzbek gunmen tried to kill a tribal elder in Azam Warsak, 12km west of Wana, sparking a clash in which 19 persons, including 12 Uzbek fighters, were reported killed. Clashes broke out again on March 20 following the murder of an Arab militant commander which Mullah Nazir blamed on the Uzbeks. Since then, intermittent clashes between the two sides have continued, leaving close to 100 people, including more than 10 military personnel, dead.
Now, the new twist on the story..
One major question is, how could a tribally weak person like Mullah Nazir succeed where powerful Yargulkhel commanders have failed? The answer brings us to the third dimension of our story.

Beginning late last September, a large number of previously unknown mujahideen (holy fighters) - some sources put their number at more than 2,000 - started to descend on the villages of Wana and took up accommodation, paying generous amounts of rent. The local people initially thought they had come from Turkmenistan, but many now suspect they are linked to the Pakistani military.
Members of the 21st Agent Provocateur Battalion
The newcomers picked fights with the Uzbeks and created tensions that led to an all out confrontation in November 2006 between different groups vying for the control of Wana.
"Hey, Achmed, dat Uzbek has been making google eyes at your favorite ewe."
The situation was defused by some top Taleban leaders who crossed over from Afghanistan and appointed Mullah Nazir as the chief commander of the Ahmadzai Wazir tribe. The newcomers as well as the Punjabi mujahideen have since thrown their weight behind Mullah Nazir, enabling him to hold his own against powerful Zalikhel and Yargulkhel commanders. Recently, even the top Taleban emissaries failed to force him to agree to a truce with the Uzbeks and their tribal supporters.

On Wednesday, his volunteers were able to dislodge their opponents from their well-entrenched positions in Shin Warsak, a village west of Wana, and there is talk that the Uzbeks might decide to surrender over the next couple of days.

It appears that the Pakistani government has been able to exploit group differences among the militants and has isolated the Uzbeks. The way ahead lies in two directions. First, the government could try to consolidate its gains and isolate the Arabs and other militants in the region in the next phase. This would also mean initiating similar action against foreign militants and their local supporters in North Waziristan as well. The government would probably only follow this course if it has made up its mind to abandon the Taleban for good and deal a decisive blow to militancy in the region.

The other option is to brandish the high casualties among 'foreign militants' to ward off international pressure for some time, without hurting the interests of the Taleban militants beyond repair. So far, the second course has been Islamabad's preferred way of dealing with the western powers whose troops are battling the Taleban in Afghanistan. Will it be different this time?
Posted by: Steve || 04/05/2007 12:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Will it be different this time?

Not without some napalm, a few ARCLIGHT strikes, and some follow-up botulism and arsenic. THEN things would change. It would be interesting to see in what direction, especially with some well-placed rumors that everyone is just following the plans of the ISI.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 04/05/2007 17:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Interesting that the Pak military can deploy 2000 foreign "mujahideen" so easily...

Posted by: John Frum || 04/05/2007 18:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Interesting that the article is by M. Ilyas Khan
BBC News, Karachi.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/05/2007 20:18 Comments || Top||


Rauf case hearing adjourned till 16th
Anti-Terrorism Court judge Safdar Malik on Wednesday adjourned the hearing of a case against British national Rashid Rauf till April 16. Rauf is suspected of involvement in a plot to bomb trans-Atlantic passenger aircraft. The Pakistani police arrested Rauf for possessing a chemical used for making explosives and forged travel documents.

Rauf was produced in court after two months. The court had directed the Adyala Jail authorities at the last hearing to present Rauf’s detention orders, but the authorities did not comply with the court’s order. Meanwhile, Habib has moved the Rawalpindi bench of the Lahore High Court stating that Pakistan and Britain were finalising a secret deal for the extradition of his client to the UK in return for six Baloch leaders who have taken refuge there. The lawyer has also demanded that the court ask the government to give Rs 50,000 to Rauf’s family every month.
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'Shariat court' at Jamia Hafsa starts from tomorrow
The Jamia Hafsa administration has decided to introduce a parallel judicial system by launching a ‘shariat court’ on the Lal Masjid premises on Friday, Daily Times has learnt. Sources said the proposed court would hear and decide cases of all kinds “in accordance with Islamic injunctions”.
The decision to set up the court was made by the Jamia Hafsa administration a few days ago, and will be implemented after taking ulemas attending the ‘Enforcement of Shariah and Glory of Jihad Conference’ on board.
They said the decision to set up the court was made by the Jamia Hafsa administration a few days ago, and would be implemented after taking ulemas attending the ‘Enforcement of Shariah and Glory of Jihad Conference’ on board.
Really, we don't make this stuff up. They really say it. And with straight faces.
The Jamia Hafsa is organising the conference in Islamabad on Friday. The sources said the madrassa administration would appoint a qazi (judge) to head the court in consultation with ulema. They said the administration would ask people to approach the court with their problems. The ‘shariat court’ will be set up at the expiry of a one-week deadline Jamia Hafsa principal Maulana Abdul Aziz set last Friday for the enforcement of shariat.

Meanwhile, students and ulema from across the country have started reaching Islamabad for the ‘Implementation of Shariah and Glory of Jihad Conference’. The sources said activists of the banned militant outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad had also reached Jamia Hafsa.
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No plan to crack down on Jamia Hafsa: official
There is no plan to crack down on Jamia Hafsa,
Toldja so.
and action will be taken only against Abdul Rashid Ghazi and Maulana Abdul Aziz, National Crisis Management Cell Director General Brig Javed Cheema said on Wednesday. He said an operation against Jamia Hafsa would be the “last option” for the government. Daily Times has learnt the government has decided not to take action against Jamia Hafsa unless Shamim Akhtar, a woman who was accused of running a brothel and kidnapped by Jamia Hafsa students, lodges a complaint with the police.
Which she won't, of course, being in fear of her life and limb. In Pakland, you can be kidnapped, and if no one registers a case it didn't happen.
The government is considering using Ms Akhtar against the madrassa by supporting her legally and financially because this way it will be able to avoid a direct confrontation with the madrassa. The sources said the government did not want to be involved in registering an FIR against Ghazi and Aziz, the brothers who run Jamia Hafsa and Jamia Fareedia respectively. Separately, the Interior Ministry has sought the president’s approval for use of force to evict the madrassa girls from a library they have occupied since January 27.
And they won't get it.
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MMA piously deplores Jamia Hafsa clerics
Leaders of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) have condemned the actions of students of Jamia Hafsa and Jamia Fareedia madrassas, saying that such things were not allowed in civil society. They said that girl students were leading these actions and Islam does not allow leadership by women.
Jamaatud Daawa spokesman Abdullah Muntazir said that Islam does not allow women to lead such campaigns.
Commenting on the recent actions of the madrassa students in Islamabad, MMA leader Liaqat Baloch said that no religious party endorsed the actions taken by the madrassa students. He said that no society in the world allowed citizens to take the law in their hands. MMA Senior Vice President Sajid Mir said the students must not take the law in their hands even though they had a pious objective. MMA Vice President Qari Gul Rehman said it was the government’s duty to implement Sharia. JUI-F Frontier chief Naseeb Shah and JUP Information Secretary Abdul Rehman also criticised the actions of the madrassa students and demanded the government take “proper” action. Jamaatud Daawa spokesman Abdullah Muntazir said that Islam does not allow women to lead such campaigns.
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#1  The women haters are back!!!!
Posted by: Ebbolump Glomotle9608 || 04/05/2007 6:20 Comments || Top||


SHC admits appeal against ban on Al-Rasheed Trust
The Sindh High Court (SHC) admitted Wednesday an appeal for regular hearing filed by a trustee of the Al-Rasheed Trust, challenging the government’s decision to freeze its accounts and seal its offices. The decision was taken by a division bench of the Sindh High Court comprising Chief Justice Sabihuddin Ahmed and Justice Gulzar Ahmed.

On Feb 18 this year, the government sealed all offices of the Al-Rasheed Trust across the country and froze its bank accounts following a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution that banned the trust’s activities for its alleged links with Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. The SHC directed the deputy attorney general to submit the UNSC resolution, so that the validity of the ban on the trust could be examined.

Counsel for the petitioner Asim Iqbal stated that the food and medicine in the trust’s stock might go bad which is why he requested the court to allow them to be used. Representing the State, the DAG stated that as the relevant Interior Ministry officer was not present he wanted to seek an adjournment so that their comments could be submitted in the matter.

The SHC’s division bench granted the DAG’s request and adjourned the matter for April 18. Trustee Muhammad Sulman challenged the government’s crackdown and decision to seal their 28 offices and sub-offices, including its head office in Karachi. He submitted that their activities were only limited to social, relief and welfare activities and it did not have links with any militant outfit.
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'President Musharraf lenient on jihadi media'
While Pakistan’s secular television stations and newspapers face consistent harassment by the government, the radical jihadi press continues relatively unmolested, according to a report in The Christian Science Monitor. “Musharraf’s nurturing of Pakistan’s private media has spawned a virulently anti-Western and anti-government jihadi media,” writes David Montero in the Monitor report. “Under increasing political pressure at home and abroad, the Musharraf government is resorting to heavyhanded tactics in dealing with critics and the independent media” reads a recent statement from the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.

The proliferation of jihadi media puts the president in a difficult position: Either crack down on them and risk further alienating a dangerous segment of the population, or let them undermine his leadership with conspiracy theories and calls to arms that bolster terrorism, according to Montero. “Pakistan’s jihadi press, about two decades old, has largely escaped that heavy-handedness, even though it glorifies the bloody exploits of outlawed militants and expresses violent opposition to the government’s policies,” writes Montero.

The report says few have seriously studied the jihadi media, but those who have say it frightens them. Since 9/11, they say they’ve watched the collective audience of jihadi media grow four times in size. Radical newspapers now compete with the leading English dailies in circulation, and the jihadi media arsenal includes pirated radio stations, DVDs, and Internet sites, says the report. “These publications should not be taken lightly,” says Mohammed Shehzad, editor of the Pakistan Media Monitor, a subscription-based service that translates the radical press into English.

Last year, he and others point out, feuding religious leaders in the tribal areas stoked a violent war between their followers through illegal radio stations. Twenty-five tribesmen died and 15 were wounded. Even more disturbing, observers add, is that the government cannot - or will not - clamp down on the radical media. “The government is not sincere in stopping them,” says Shehzad.

A poignant illustration, observers say, came with this month’s judicial crisis, which was triggered by the suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry. Police ransacked the offices of Geo television, a leading private channel, after it broadcast images of the crisis. Musharraf later apologised for the incident, but incensed editorials about free speech have followed ever since.

But a radio programme of Jamaatud Dawa, an alleged extremist group, blasted the government for Chaudhry’s sacking, connecting it to a recent decision to ban Al-Rashid and Al-Akhtar Trust, terrorist-linked welfare organisations, notes the report. “The jihadi outfits had decided to challenge the ban on Al Rashid and Al Akhtar Trusts. The chief justice would have heard our petition and decided in our favour.... The evil US could not have afforded this.... The Zionist entity is behind Justice Iftikhar’s removal,” said the group’s leader, Hafeez Saeed, according to a translation provided by the Pakistan Media Monitor.

Even though Al-Rashid Trust has now been banned, its newspaper, The Daily Islam, continues to be published. “It shows that what [the administration] wants to ignore, they can ignore,” says Zafarullah Khan, director of the Centre for Civic Education, who has studied the radical press for many years.
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#1  Perv uses the Jihadis to keep in power as he knows the west fears/detests them!!!!!
Posted by: Ebbolump Glomotle9608 || 04/05/2007 6:24 Comments || Top||


Iraq
The "Red Building" -- a reminder of the brutality of Saddam's rule
The Red Building in Suliamaniya, Iraq, is a legacy of Saddam Hussein's brutal state. It is shattered and dormant it is like an extinct volcano in the middle of the city, reminding everyone that hell once ruled here. This is where the Hussein regime took suspect citizens and held them for years to break their families. The people taken here were mostly family members of the Peshmerga fighting in the hills and held hostage to force others to comply, not because they were suspected of anything themselves. Over 7,000 people died in less than 10 years from torture and mistreatment alone here before the beatings stopped for good in 1991. That's about two a day killed here not through official execution, just excessive abuse...and this is only one relatively small city in Iraq. At the end of the Gulf War, the people of Suliamaniya captured the Red Building after three days of fighting, and turned the place into a museum so that the suffering here would be remembered. . . .

Many moving photos at the link.
Posted by: Mike || 04/05/2007 10:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Maybe Michael Moore, Sean Penn and the other Hollywood glitterati should visit there.
Posted by: Rambler || 04/05/2007 12:31 Comments || Top||

#2  The building where they hanged Saddam was not a prison. It was a secret police headquarters.

Think about that.. dual trap gallows in a police station
Posted by: John Frum || 04/05/2007 12:40 Comments || Top||

#3  But it's better that the Red Building should have continued on full force than that the U.S. should have invaded Iraq. Ask Nancy or Harry. They'll be happy to tell you. I wonder how Nancy would have done in one of those rape rooms?
Posted by: Mac || 04/05/2007 18:05 Comments || Top||


Sadr Group Fires 2 Deputies Over Talks With US Officials
Two Iraqi lawmakers from the movement of anti-American Moqtada Al-Sadr were dismissed yesterday for meeting US officials, an official in the movement said. Abdul Mahdi Al-Mtiri, a member of the political committee, which took the decision, told Reuters the committee fired former Transport Minister Salam Al-Maliki and member of Parliament Qusay Abdul Wahab as the movement’s representatives in Parliament for meeting American officials two days ago.

Maliki denied he had been sacked and said he had not met any US officials. Mtiri said Sadr had approved the sacking, the first public sign of tension in the normally unified political movement, which holds a quarter of the parliamentary seats in the ruling Shiite Alliance of Shiite Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki. “We have fired them for meeting the occupiers. It is against our beliefs to meet the occupiers. We are seeking to replace them in Parliament with another two brothers,” Mtiri said.

Sadr, a key political ally of Maliki, led his Mehdi Army militia in two uprisings against the American military in 2004 and has long demanded US forces leave Iraq. While he has criticized American involvement in a seven-week-old security crackdown in Baghdad, he has not withdrawn his support for an offensive seen as a last-ditch attempt to halt all-out sectarian civil war in Iraq.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Chaos continues to reign in Gaza

Johnson! Stop the presses!!
Gaza - Ma'an - Palestinian security sources announced on Thursday that the dead body of a Palestinian man, Muhammad Abu Hijaila, was found near the Shuja'iyya market in north-eastern Gaza Strip. The sources reported that the corpse was found riddled with gunshots and the reasons for his death remain unclear.
That "riddled with gunshots" thing maybe have sumthin to do with it?
On the other hand, there were several tit for tat abductions in Gaza City on Thursday; two Fatah-affiliated men were kidnapped near Al-Quds Open University in the southern Gaza Strip. Moreover, unidentified gunmen abducted an unidentified woman in Sheikh Zayid square in the northern Gaza Strip.
So would that make this one a "tits for tat" kidnappings?
Meanwhile, the Palestinian independent corporation for citizen's rights reported that the Gaza Strip is witnessing a state of security confusion with masked gunmen dominating the streets despite the formation of the unity government™.
Hey! C'mon, guys! Unity government™, remember? Everything's supposed to be all better now! Didn't you get the memo?
The corporation added that 29 Palestinians were killed during March as a result of the security chaos; 25 were killed in the Gaza Strip and 4 in the West Bank. Nine of the victims were killed in the Hamas-Fatah conflict, while 8 met their end due to weapon misuse and general chaos. Four others died in clan conflict and 3 women were killed as a result of so-called 'family honor' crimes. The last five people were killed in unknown circumstances.
Polar bear attacks? Werewolves? Running with scissors? Just tryin to help out...
In the same context, 46 people were abducted, including one foreign journalist. Furthermore, at least 120 Palestinians were injured in various incidents related to political and tribal conflicts, among other conflicts.
Red Sox-Yankees? Taste great-less Filling? Paper-plastic?
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#1  Chaos? Time for Get Smart!
Posted by: Glomoque Sinatra5509 || 04/05/2007 15:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Is the Surprise Meter broken again?

Posted by: FOTSGreg || 04/05/2007 16:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Oh Come on! How long does it take to work up to full Civil War? Geez guys, you are freakin' slackers!
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/05/2007 16:41 Comments || Top||

#4  Between poor marksmanship and meager organizational skills these idjits will never work their way up to a full scale civil war. More's the pity. Few other people on earth are more deserving of their loathsome fate than the Palestinians.
Posted by: Zenster || 04/05/2007 17:11 Comments || Top||

#5  The last five people were killed in unknown circumstances.
Polar bear attacks? Werewolves? Running with scissors? Just tryin to help out...


"Mystery Attacks Continue In Gaza Strip"
Senior PLA officials reportedly remain mystified this week following sporadic attacks by what were reported as polar bears, werewolves, running with scissors, zombies, and other perpetrators.

However, when confronted with the direct methods of the attacks, including video-tape and photographic evidence, PLA officials stated that they were "investigating and had not yet determined the precise nature of the attackers."

On Wednesday, the bullet-riddled corpse of an individual purportedly named Muhammad Abu Hijaila was found near the Shuja'iyaa market in north-eastern Gaza Strip. Ine official, who declined to be identified, is reported as saying "PLA security forces suspect a werewolf was the cuplrit in this incident given the evidence."

In other news, zombie hordes are continuing to run amok in Cuba since the reputed outbreak began. Public officials in the USA have speculated that the outbreak began as a result of Cuban President Fidel Castro's penchant for consuming human flesh, which appears to be related to his operations last year to cure intestinal cancer. Since Castro has not been seen in months, American officials speculated that the Cuban President had succumbed to his illness, been reanimated as one of the walking dead, and had then been confined to his hospital bed for some period of time.

"Sometime shortly after Castro's operation," said one American official. "We believe he broke containment and began this horrific plague."

Cuban officials refused to comment on the Amrican speculations beyond stating that President Castro was "doing well in his recovery and will be resuming his power and authority within the next few weeks."

Posted by: FOTSGreg || 04/05/2007 17:21 Comments || Top||

#6  The last five people were killed in unknown circumstances.
Polar bear attacks? Werewolves? Running with scissors? Just tryin to help out...


"Mystery Attacks Continue In Gaza Strip"
Senior PLA officials reportedly remain mystified this week following sporadic attacks by what were reported as polar bears, werewolves, running with scissors, zombies, and other perpetrators.

However, when confronted with the direct methods of the attacks, including video-tape and photographic evidence, PLA officials stated that they were "investigating and had not yet determined the precise nature of the attackers."

On Wednesday, the bullet-riddled corpse of an individual purportedly named Muhammad Abu Hijaila was found near the Shuja'iyaa market in north-eastern Gaza Strip. Ine official, who declined to be identified, is reported as saying "PLA security forces suspect a werewolf was the cuplrit in this incident given the evidence."

In other news, zombie hordes are continuing to run amok in Cuba since the reputed outbreak began. Public officials in the USA have speculated that the outbreak began as a result of Cuban President Fidel Castro's penchant for consuming human flesh, which appears to be related to his operations last year to cure intestinal cancer. Since Castro has not been seen in months, American officials speculated that the Cuban President had succumbed to his illness, been reanimated as one of the walking dead, and had then been confined to his hospital bed for some period of time.

"Sometime shortly after Castro's operation," said one American official. "We believe he broke containment and began this horrific plague."

Cuban officials refused to comment on the Amrican speculations beyond stating that President Castro was "doing well in his recovery and will be resuming his power and authority within the next few weeks."

Posted by: FOTSGreg || 04/05/2007 17:23 Comments || Top||

#7  Is the Surprise Meter broken again?

No. It's being used elsewhere today. Try again tomorrow, but these days you have to be pretty quick ot get it. :-)
Posted by: gorb || 04/05/2007 17:40 Comments || Top||

#8  Chaos! Only in Gaza is that considered a product of the local environment. If it contributed to GDP, Gaza's would be the highest in the world.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 04/05/2007 17:44 Comments || Top||

#9  A preview of MME after the oil runs out.
Posted by: gromgoru || 04/05/2007 17:49 Comments || Top||

#10  Well said, Grom.
Posted by: Mac || 04/05/2007 17:55 Comments || Top||

#11  Hell wasn't Pelosi just there? I thought she said there would be "Peace in our time." Maybe that was another learnered politician.
Posted by: Cyber Sarge || 04/05/2007 19:09 Comments || Top||

#12  gromgoru, #9, yeah... that is the dilema... should we all get big MF SUVs so ME oil runs out faster? Then issue new bills and after a short sunset time frame refuse to replace/exchange the old ones.

Well, here is another idea... taking over ME oil fields. I mean, that was the presumed purpose of WoT-Iraq theater by libruls/moonbats, so we as well should do it at some point. ;-)
Posted by: twobyfour || 04/05/2007 20:17 Comments || Top||

#13  SNAFU
Posted by: 3dc || 04/05/2007 22:38 Comments || Top||


Palestinian FM: Olmert not ready for 'serious' peace talks
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is not ready for "serious negotiations" with the Palestinians and other Arab leaders on efforts to forge peace in the Middle East, the Palestinian foreign minister said Wednesday. "I believe that Mr. Prime Minister Olmert is not ready to enter into real negotiations, serious negotiations with the Arabs, with the Palestinian side," Ziad Abu Amr told reporters after meeting with Austrian counterpart Ursula Plassnik. "And I also believe, I can say here, that this time we don't have an Israeli partner anymore," he said.

Abu Amr described as "clear, strong and honest" a peace initiative relaunched by the Arab League last week, and he said Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was prepared to meet with Olmert at any time. The Arab proposal is based on a long-dormant 2002 Saudi plan offering peace with Israel in exchange for a full withdrawal from lands captured in the 1967 Mideast War. Olmert has hailed the plan as a "revolutionary change" but has also expressed reservations. On Sunday, Olmert called on Saudi Arabia to take the lead in holding a regional conference - the first time Israel has made such a request of the Saudis, who maintain a state of war with Israel but are pushing for a peace deal.

The international community has been divided over how to deal with the new Palestinian unity government, a coalition between Hamas and Fatah. Hamas has stopped short of renouncing violence or giving explicit recognition to Israel. Abu Amr, an independent who said he could not speak for Hamas, called the new unity government "a strong government" and said he thought it would succeed in "normalizing" relations with the international community. "I also think this government will be successful in overcoming inner and outer conflicts," he said, speaking through a translator.
Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That's Gabi Ashkenazi's job.
Posted by: gromgoru || 04/05/2007 9:14 Comments || Top||


PA upset by Merkel's pro-Israel stance
Palestinian Authority officials have accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of "offending the Palestinians' feelings" during her visit earlier this week to Ramallah, where she met with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

The accusations, the first of their kind against a European leader, were made by top PA officials only hours after Merkel and her entourage left Ramallah on Monday. "She did everything to provoke the Palestinians during her visit," said one official. "She showed no understanding for the plight of our people. On the other hand, she appeared to be very biased toward Israel."

The official claimed that while Merkel refused to meet with families of Palestinian prisoners held in Israel, she focused during her talks with Abbas on the need to release kidnapped IDF Cpl. Gilad Schalit, who has been held in the Gaza Strip since last June. In addition, he noted, Merkel met with the families of missing IDF soldiers during her visit to Jerusalem. At the joint press conference with Abbas, Merkel refused to answer a question about the Palestinian prisoners in Israel, the official added. "She appeared to be obsessed with the case of Gilad Schalit," he said. "But she refused to even acknowledge the fact that we have more than 10,000 prisoners in Israel."
Oh, don'tcha hate it when it's all about somebody else?
Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  She's no Nancy belaPelosi
Posted by: Captain America || 04/05/2007 1:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Short version: She didn't bring them any graft aid money...
Posted by: tu3031 || 04/05/2007 11:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Sucks to be stupid, don't it?
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 04/05/2007 14:33 Comments || Top||

#4  Pick a fight, lose; pick a fight, lose; pick a fight, lose ... Seems to be a pattern here. Guess Merkel is saying "LOSER!" as loud as she can. Maybe she believes that it takes two to make a peace, and the only ones trying are the Israelis.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 04/05/2007 19:00 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Anti-Syrian Lebanese to UN: Impose Hariri tribunal
Parliament's anti-Syrian majority has called on the UN to impose an international tribunal to try suspects in the assassination of former premier Rafik Hariri after the government failed to win opposition support for its creation. The anti-Syrian coalition's call late Tuesday on the world body to take "alternative measures" to approve the tribunal amounted to an invitation to the UN Security Council to independently establish it. It appears aimed at bypassing the legislature after its speaker, key opposition leader Nabih Berri, has refused to call it into session to ratify the tribunal. It also could be an attempt by the majority to put pressure on the opposition to change course. The move prompted a warning from Hizullah that such international intervention threatens Lebanon's security and stability.
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'Damascus played key role in sailors' release'
Syria's information minister and foreign minister said Wednesday that Damascus had played a key role in resolving the standoff over the 15 British sailors held by Iran.

Information Minister Mohsen Bilal said that Syria had been asked "to help positively in the issue of British sailors" since their March 23 seizure by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard navy in the Persian Gulf waters. "Syrian efforts and the Iranian willingness culminated with the release of the British sailors," Bilal said but did not provide details.

Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem told reporters that "Syria exercised a sort of quiet diplomacy to solve this problem and encourage dialogue between the two parties," referring to Britain and Iran. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced in Tehran on Wednesday that the 15 member British crew would be freed.
Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  so, in exchange for the Pelosi propaganda parade, they returned the sailors to make her look powerful. I'm sure it was a very effective PR coup for the Muslim world.

Plus we have to wonder what deals were struck for funding the Democratic party's campaign coffers for 2008.
Posted by: Angaiger Tojo1904 || 04/05/2007 10:45 Comments || Top||

#2  On a side note, I noticed that the Brits were returned wearing ill-fitting Iranian suits. What happened to their uniforms. Look for an attack in the Brit sector of Iraq by terrorists disquised as British marines.
Posted by: VietVet 68 || 04/05/2007 13:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Pelosi's wearing of the hijab during her visit to Syria was nothing but sheer obeisance to our dire enemies. She is a traitorous political whore whose lust for power transcends all concern for America's own welfare. Pelosi should not be permitted to return to America.

Her message of conciliation to our Islamic enemies will only embolden them to make even worse attacks, knowing that Pelosi and her gang of traitors will bow and scrape in response.

Never have I felt so much bile rise in my throat as I do now. Never in my life.
Posted by: Zenster || 04/05/2007 15:04 Comments || Top||


Oil prices drop following news of sailors release
Oil prices have dropped on Wednesday following news of the pending release of the 15 British sailors captured by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard at the end of last month. A barrel of crude oil is currently traded in the New York Stock Exchange for US $63.9, a drop of $0.74 from the previous price.
Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A drop of $0.74/barrel? Golly.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/05/2007 20:50 Comments || Top||

#2  $0.74 drop in crude oil price is equivalent to a nickel per hostage per barrel of crude oil, based upon Freshman Logic™.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 04/05/2007 21:27 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
CAIR wants BMW plant incident investigated as hate crime
A Muslim man at the BMW plant in Greer told authorities a co-worker threatened to cut his throat. Sixty-five-year-old Abdulwahab Ahmed has filed a complaint with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. His report has prompted a national Islamic group to ask that the incident be investigated as a possible hate crime.

Ahmed says a man approached him in a restroom at the plant and held a box cutter to his throat. The Council on American-Islamic Relations says Ahmed also claims other plant employees repeatedly made anti-Muslim comments, including a statement that Muslims "should all be killed."

Spartanburg County sheriff's spokesman Major Dan Johnson says authorities are not calling the incident a hate crime at this point, but are investigating. BMW says it's cooperating with authorities in the case. The company says the two men involved in the bathroom incident were employees of a plant subcontractor, were business partners in the past and had a long personal history.
Posted by: ryuge || 04/05/2007 02:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Suspicious that Ahmed made it up, or used a creative interpretation of some innocent event.

other plant employees repeatedly made anti-Muslim comments, including a statement that Muslims "should all be killed.

Either Ahmed made it up too, or it's a sign that people are starting to be fed up.
Posted by: twobyfour || 04/05/2007 3:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Keep us posted. I'm guessing someone wants out of a debt or wants to settle a score.

And if he was serious, he'd have used a carpet knife.
Posted by: gorb || 04/05/2007 4:00 Comments || Top||

#3  Hate crime?

"Only us Muslims can cut people's throats! We're being oppressed!"
Posted by: Raj || 04/05/2007 8:15 Comments || Top||

#4  Why is disagreeing with Islam a hate crime?

The company says the two men involved in the bathroom incident were employees of a plant subcontractor, were business partners in the past and had a long personal history.

Sounds like he made it up to get revenge. And CAIR is using it to advance their anti-free-speech agenda.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 04/05/2007 8:31 Comments || Top||

#5  Subcontractors, why do they hate us.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/05/2007 8:39 Comments || Top||

#6  BMW restrooms, why do they hate us?
Posted by: Grusomp Hapsburg6256 || 04/05/2007 21:00 Comments || Top||



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