Independent of reason

June 28, 2006

This is the sort of European media coverage that I have to deal with on a regular basis.  Blatantly bias, anti-Israeli and entirely devoid of context.

Anti-Israel Cover

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Yeah, because it’s all about you

June 26, 2006

This is truly disgusting.  What better time to host ISLAMEXPO in London, than July 7th.  Via littlegreenfootballs.

ISLAM EXPO runs from the 6th of July until the 8th of July.  The full provisional programme can be found here.

So let's see what the organisers have planned for the first anniversary of an Islamist massacre of 52 innocent civilians on the London Underground.  Here are some of the sessions planned for July 7th:

11:00  Jihad: Holy War?

12:00  Social Justice in Islam: Theory & Practice

15:00  Muslims in Britain: Facts & Challenges

17:30  Muslim Youth between British Identity and the Ummah

Well, you get the idea.  Any other day of the year, fine.  Enjoy your conference. 

But to do this on July 7th . . . despicable.

Underground bombing


Of no historical value

June 14, 2006

From the National Post:

An inscription at a medieval dungeon translated as "Where God does not exist" is causing a political furor in Turkey as the Islamist-influenced government faces accusations of having ordered the erasure of the sign.

The head of the Archeology Museum in Bodrum, an Aegean resort popular with foreign tourists, said the Culture Ministry ordered the 500-year-old inscription scraped away after government inspectors decided that it had "no historical and archeological value."

Just like these were of no significant value?


Media picks its battles

June 14, 2006

I just listened to President Bush's press conference via FoxNews and one of his comments struck me.  He said that 99.9% of US military personal are good, honest people and that should not be forgotten as people read reports of the ongoing investigation into the action of US Marines in Haditha.

That makes sense.  I'm sure average people don't need this sort of lesson, but the left, the media and some politicians could use the reminder.

Why is it that these groups seem to ignore the inoccent-until-proven-guilty approach when the accused are the US military personel, but they espouse it -ad nauseum- when Islamo-fascist terrorists are accused of killing civilians, blowing stuff up or getting caught plotting mass-murder.

When it's accused jihadis, the media, politicians and the left resort to the following mantra:

a) Islam is a religion of peace;

b) 99.99% of Muslim's don't condone terror;

c) As such, they are innocent until proven guilty;

d) However, even if they are proven guilty the are simpy criminal extremists not Muslims;

It would be nice if they could find the time to apply the same evangelical zeal in protecting the presumed innocence of accused members of the American military. 

When was the last time you heard a report from the MSM with that sort of balance?


Al-Zarqawi killed in US air strike

June 8, 2006

Muderer and chief thug of al-Qaida in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is dead.

Zarqawi fumbling 

The Associated Press reports: 

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaida's leader in Iraq who led a bloody campaign of suicide bombings and kidnappings, has been killed in an air strike, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Thursday, adding that his identity was confirmed by fingerprints and a look at his face. It was a major victory in the U.S.-led war in Iraq and the broader war on terror.

Perhaps surprisingly:

. . . Loud applause broke out among the reporters and soldiers as al-Maliki, flanked by U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and U.S. Gen. George Casey, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, told a news conference that "al-Zarqawi was eliminated."

Ah, and the predominant media spin continues . . .

. . . But any hopes the Jordanian-born terror leader's death would help stem the violence in Iraq were dimmed hours later when a car bomb exploded in a Baghdad market, killing 12 and wounding 65.

This is great news for all of us, but especially for the Iraqis, the Coalition and the Global War on Terror.


CNN’s terrorist ride-along

June 3, 2006

From CNN:

We were on our way to see a rocket workshop run by the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wing of the Fatah movement.

. . . With sweat trickling down my back and as I looked around the van crammed with gunmen, it occurred to me I might be a little too "close" to the story.

. . . This group makes three kinds of rockets: The biggest is the so-called Aqsa 103 has a maximum range of 14 kilometers, or 8.5 miles, and carries 6 kilograms of TNT.

With one of his comrades, Ahmed showed us packets of iron shards they pack into rocket warheads for extra lethal effect.

One of these missiles recently slammed into a school classroom in the nearby Israeli town of Sderot, a frequent target of the militants. The students were in another room at prayer at the time and no one was injured. Their teacher, for good reason, called it a miracle.

Ahmed was proud — not ashamed — that his missile had hit the school. These are not men who agonize over the morality of violence.

. . . I was glad to have a good story, even gladder we were leaving it.

At first, when I saw this story, my thought was: what an opportunist, morally relativist piece journalism. 

However, after reading through the article I think it offers a great profile (unintentionally) of these terrorist thugs.  Although, I'm not sure everybody will choose to read between the lines.


I Recommend the Petite Syrah

May 31, 2006

A reader over at Small Dead Animals has an excellent idea and Kate has started the ball rolling.

The Unboycott

This, of course, is a response to CUPE Ontario's disgustingly biased decision to join some 'international campaign of boycott' against Israel.

Seriously though, the petite syrah is great.