Saturday, August 26, 2006

No, Non, Nein to multiculturalism

The BBC's excellent 'Have Your Say' site has opened a real can of worms inviting readers to debate the topic of multiculturalism. Usually these debates are relatively two-sided. Not this one. I have never seen such an outpouring of anger and despair.

Is multiculturalism word the most despised word in the English language?


Wednesday, August 09, 2006

French dhimmis

"It is evident that Iran plays a stabilising role in the region."

Philippe Douste-Blazy, France's Foreign Minister

Right. Good job France are in charge then.


Monday, August 07, 2006

If only Mel was a Muslim

from Nick Cohen writing in last night's London Evening Standard

I can't help but feel sorry for Mel Gibson. If only he had joined the Muslim Brotherhood or Hezbollah rather than an ultra-reactionary Catholic sect, his views on a world Jewish conspiracy would have done him no harm. Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah declared that it if Jews 'all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide,' yet Channel 4 News bends over backwards to make excuses for him. Hamas, the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, has a constitution which might have been written by Adolph Hitler, yet the Foreign Office gives the Brotherhood public money and the allegedly "left-wing" Ken Livingstone hugs its spiritual leader.

You picked the wrong type of fascism, Mel. If only you'd been cannier, there would be pieces in the Independent denouncing your critics as Islamophobes.


A proportionate response

Ehud Olmert in The Times on Aug 2nd.

The answer says it all.

Q: But there is a sense in the world, and you must be aware of it, of lack of "proportionality". Many people question how after two soldiers kidnapped and eight killed by Hezbollah we are now seeing upwards of 400 dead and rising in Lebanon. How can such an initial incident justify such a huge response from Israel?

A: I think that you are missing a major part. The war started not only by killing eight Israeli soldiers and abducting two but by shooting Katyusha and other rockets on the northern cities of Israel on that same morning. Indiscriminately.

Now we know that for years Hezbollah - assisted by Iran - built an infrastructure of a very significant volume in the south part of Lebanon to be used against Israeli people. The most obvious, simple, way to describe it to the average British person is: can you imagine seven million British citizens sitting for 22 days in Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham in Newcastle, in Brighton and in other cities? Twenty two days in shelters because a terrorist organisation was shooting rockets and missiles on their heads? What would have been the British reaction to that? Do you know of a country that would have responded to such a brutal attack on its citizens softer than Israel did? Based on my knowledge of history no country in Europe would have responded in such a restrained manner as Israel did.

I don’t want now to draw comparisons [but] one could ask the question what precisely did the European forces [do] in Kosovo 10 years ago. How many innocent civilians were killed in Kosovo 10 years ago? We can draw on and on these comparisons.

What are we talking about? More than a million Israelis are sitting 22 days in shelters because of the fear of terrorists. In every single case...that we kill an uninvolved civilian in Lebanon, we consider it as a failure for Israel. And you know how many Israelis raise their voices as a result of this? And they don’t have to because we feel that we failed when we killed uninvolved people.

The difference between us and Hezbollah is that when we kill innocent people we consider it a failure, when they kill innocent people they consider it a success.

Tell me, who are they aiming at when they shoot already 2800 rockets on Haifa, Hanariya, Akko, Sefat, Afula and the rest of the places, if not to kill innocent people? So I’m sorry for every individual that was killed that was not involved.

And by the way, how do you really know that 400 innocent civilians were killed? How do you know who is innocent and who is not? Why? This is not an army. They don’t wear uniforms that distinguish them from other civilians. We didn’t attack any of the Christian quarters of Beirut. We didn’t attack any of the Christian residential areas in any part of Lebanon. We attacked only those areas where they had the Katyusha launchers, where they had the missile launchers, where they had the command positions of Hezbollah, where they had the storage houses, the logistic centres and so on and so forth.

So the fact that people were killed there who were not dressed in uniforms doesn’t mean that they were innocent civilians. There were Hezbollah people, they are the terrorists. Did you ever see terrorists dressed with military uniforms like we have in our army? No.


Ten questions for the Beirut Broadcasting Company

Ten questions for the BBC

If i was a journalist and wanted to find out the truth, i might just ask

i) Why haven’t we and the Europeans proposed a resolution calling on Hezbollah to move out of populated areas?

ii) Why is Hezbollah allowed to violate the Geneva Conventions by refusing to wear a uniform and hide among civilians?

iii) Why is there not worldwide condemnation for Hezbollah actually stopping civilians from fleeing areas to use them as human shields?

iv) Why is Hezbollah firing more rockets into Israel than vice versa but the killing ratio is 10:1 from Israel's side?

v) Why was this statement from Iranian nutter, AhmaDinnerJacket, at The Organization of the Islamic Conference on Thursday in front of 50 Islamic nations allowed to pass without any protest, from any single nation

“Although the main cure is the elimination of the Zionist regime, in this stage an immediate ceasefire should be implemented,”

vi) Following a public call from the Lebanese Shiite Muslim militia for Tehran to “accelerate and extend the scope of weapon shipments from Iran to the Islamic Resistance, particularly advanced missiles against ground and air targets.”, why has there been no threat of sanctions against Iran from the West unless they stop arming terrorists?

vii) Why was the official Qana dead number of 54 used by the media and not the 28 number from the International Red Cross?

viii) Why hasn't United Nations No 2 man, Mark Malloch Brown, been fired for refusing to call Hezbollah a terrorist organisation?
"It’s not helpful to couch this war in the language of international terrorism. Hizbollah employs terrorist tactics, it is an organisation however whose roots historically are completely separate and different from Al Qaeda."

xi) Why is the Western media not reporting the numerous attacks on Jews throughout the Western world, namely the desecration of the Brussels holocaust ceremony, the murder of a Seattle Jew on Saturday, the firebombing of a Sydney synagogue on Wednesday, the attack on marching Jews at a Montreal rally last week, the 'death to Israel' rallies that took place in Jakarta this week and
the 4 dead in Thailand on Tuesday, etc etc etc?

x) Why has the fatwa issued by Iran’s ayatollahs declaring that the use of nuclear weapons against its enemies as legitimate not been vigorously condmened?

Anyone who still can't see that this is the beginnings of something just truly awful is either blind and stupid (the majority Hello-reading Western population which frankly deserve to have their freedoms removed), mad (ex-Marxists, Respect, bla bla) or in denial (the Western media, public officials and 'academics'). Oh and by the way, we will all have to choose sides soon.


Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Vote Sarkozy

The best social model is one that gives a job to everyone, so it is evidently not ours

Nicolas Sarkozy, contender for the 2007 French Presidential election