A great man once said "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you". Or was it
It's just lately I've been told that I'm imagining an Islamic threat when there is none. I'm "deeply prejudiced", "paranoid", "irrational" and of course the catch-all "Islamophobic".
Well if I'm all that, then what are these people? Kind, rational, sane? Must be. They're not the problem with the world, you see, I am. If only I would stop judging people as bad, none of this would happen!
This must be also be figament of the right's imagination
Jawad Akbar: "What about easy stuff where you don't need no experience and nothing and you could get a job, yeah, like for example the biggest nightclub in central London where no-one can even turn round and say "oh they were innocent" those slags dancing around?
"If you went for the social structure where every Tom, Dick and Harry goes on a Saturday night, yeah, that would be crazy."
Omar Khyam: "If you get a job in a bar, yeah, or a club, say the Ministry of Sound, what are you planning to do there then?"
Jawad Akbar: "Blow the whole thing up."
Omar Khyam: "That's what I'm saying."
Jawad Akbar: "I think the club thing you could do, but the gas would be much harder. There's people who even get in with their searching stuff but it's only bouncers that search you."
Omar Khyam: "The explosion in the clubs, yeah, that's fine, Bro, that's not a problem. The training for that is available. To get them into the Ministry of Sound really isn't difficult."
Mr Akbar asks Mr Khyam: "Bruv, you don't think this place is bugged, do you?"
Omar Khyam: "No, I don't think it's bugged Bruv."
Yeah Bruv! See these fuckers are assimilated mofo! Though obviously I must be misinterpreting what they are saying, seeing the world through prejudiced lenses, you see.
Perhaps somebody could translate? Perhaps they are just using code language, bruv, like when they say "blow the place up", what they mean is like totally go mental and dance and stuff?
Mr Akbar, Mr Khyamand his brother Shujah Mahmood, 19, and Waheed Mahmood, 34, both of Crawley, Salahuddin Amin, 31, of Luton, Beds, Anthony Garcia, 23, of Ilford, east London, and Nabeel Hussain, 21, of Horley, Surrey, deny conspiring to cause explosions likely to endanger life between 1 January, 2003 and 31 March, 2004.
Mr Khyam, Mr Garcia and Mr Hussain also deny a charge under the Terrorism Act of possessing 600kg (1,300lb) of ammonium nitrate fertiliser for terrorism.
Mr Khyam and Shujah Mahmood further deny possessing aluminium powder for terrorism.
They were arrested on March 30, 2004, after the fertiliser was found stored in a west London depot.The Ministry of Sound, founded 15 years ago, has a capacity of 1,800 clubbers.
Please forgive this tardy response to your letter of early May. We did not reply at first because we doubted the letter’s authenticity. We suspected that someone was trying to play a trick on you. The discourse, you must admit, is unusual for a communication between heads of state. However, now that you have openly admitted that the letter is yours, I will respond.
Thank you for your invitation to accept Islam. As you know, I am a Christian. Throughout your letter you accuse me of being a bad Christian, which leaves me puzzled as to why you think I might make a good Muslim. However, before you proselytize outside your own country, you might want to address the condition of the Islamic faith in Iran.
I am genuinely sorry to hear that so many Iranians, especially the young, have lost their faith because of their profound disillusionment with theocratic clerical rule. Apparently, there is no way for them to distinguish between their religion and your rule. That is understandable since you claim there is none, that your authority comes directly from God and you are ruling in his name. It is no wonder you disdain “liberalism and Western style democracy.” Under it, you would be answerable not only to God, but to the Iranian people, to whom God gave certain “unalienable Rights” that you and the mullahs have chosen to ignore. How ironic that, in the name of God, you deny your people’s God-given rights.
When young Iranians survey the way in which the clerical regime has enriched itself and impoverished the country, and enforced its rule with such harshness, what are they to think of this “God” who rules over them in this way? As a result, they abandon their religion and, unfortunately, many turn to drugs.
Your answer to the abuses under which the Iranian people live is nuclear “power.” Since your country is so richly endowed in oil and natural gas reserves, this is a strange answer. In fact, you so often denounce “lies” in your letter, I am surprised you would engage in such a whopper yourself. No country has conducted a 20-year clandestine program to develop nuclear power for peaceful domestic uses. The reason is that it is perfectly legal to do so in the open. In fact, we would support your nuclear power program, if that is what it was. However, as everyone outside of Cuba, Syria and Belarus knows, you are developing nuclear weapons.
You know that we know you are doing this. In fact, you deliberately exacerbate the free world’s worries with your continued exhortations about wiping Israel off the map. I understand that your policy of confrontation helps you to consolidate your domestic power and that is why you generate so much tension. The more likely you can make it seem that Iran will be attacked from the West, the more Iranians will rally around you. You provoke us. We respond. You get stronger. Since the Iranian people will soon realize we have no intention of attacking them, they will soon weary of this artificial hysteria and begin to wonder why your government fails to provide even the most basic necessities.
We also understand the real reason you want nuclear weapons. Of course, you have the dream of being the regional hegemon, and the prospect of your having nuclear weapons already terrifies your neighbors. But you also want them for the same reason as North Korea. Once you possess nuclear weapons, you believe you will be immune, as is North Korea, from external pressure for domestic political reform. You can tell the world to take a hike and to leave you in peace to oppress your own people. This is why Iranians who wish to see a return to genuine democratic, constitutional order despair at the thought of your succeeding. They know they will be finished, that no one will then dare speak up on their behalf.
So this is not really about nuclear weapons; it is about the rights of the Iranian people – your desire to take them away, and our desire to see them respected. We don’t worry about Great Britain, or France, or now India, having nuclear weapons, because they are democracies; they are founded on the “unalienable Rights” of their peoples. People who are free to exercise those rights seldom seek to take them from others. We, and the rest of the world, are worried because of the nature of your regime, because you deny you own people its rights. Therefore, we take you seriously when you say you will take rights from others – most especially their unalienable right to life – by “wiping them off the map,” and we see you seeking to obtain the means to do this.
We do not think the Iranian people are going to let you get away with this. They see their religion prostituted to power and their great culture traduced by fanatic ideologues. We are on their side.
Thanks for writing.
George W. Bush
P.S. I attach a copy of the Declaration of Independence.
From here, with thanks to Sandmonkey
Turns out the suicide attempt was staged in order to ambush the prison guards according to Yahoo News.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ten Guantanamo prisoners lured U.S. guards into a cell with a staged suicide attempt, then attacked them with light fixtures, fan blades and other improvised weapons while guards fired rubber balls and used a grenade launcher to subdue them, U.S. officials said on Friday.
Like I said over at "Terrorism News", pretty snidy for a bunch of innocent pacificists, no?
Update: Well of course this doesn't change a thing on the left. I'll give you a rather telling choice comment from Leninology by commentor johng
..the heroic fight against these evil torturers..That's right. ALL the inmates are HEROES (and the American guards are all *evil torturers*). Even though on average inmates put on 11 pounds of weight since they are being fed properly, and stories like this: Cuba? It was great, say boys freed from US prison camp . Repeat after me there's no alliance between the far-left and Islamic holy warriors!
If you don't know much about the history of the state of Turkey, I suggest you read the semi-fictional account of Colonel Mustafa Ataturk, called Birds Without Wings by Louis de Berniere.
Mustafa Ataturk was a true visionary, a Muslim man of mordern ways, that created the secular and democratic nation of Turkey.
Tens of thousands of Turks have turned funeral ceremonies for a judge shot by a suspected Islamist gunman, into a mass show of support for secularism.Be proud of progress my friends, and today I'm a very proud of those Turks who have stood up to be counted for good, decent values in which we can all be very proud in.
They waved Turkish flags and chanted for the country to remain secular on marches through the capital Ankara.
A man calling himself "a soldier of Allah" shot dead Judge Mustafa Yucel Ozbilgin and wounded four others at a top administrative court on Wednesday.
He was immediately arrested. At least three others have since been detained.
The attack is believed to have been linked to the court's record of strictly upholding the ban on Muslim headscarves in universities and government offices.
I feel sick reading this, but it is of course compelling reading. The utter inhumanity, under the guise of "Islam". Sick, fucking, fucking cunty, fucking fucks.
UPDATE: This was *NOT* the female journalist Atwar Bahjat in the described video. It's actually a video of Nepalese man being ritually executed by the Army of Ansar al-Sunna in Iraq from August of 2004. More here.
Mr Cheema had been accused of threatening the editor of the Die Welt newspaper after it printed cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad.
Some MPs in Pakistan have called for a debate on Mr Cheema's death after his family said he was tortured.
The BBC's Ray Furlong, in Berlin, says the torture claims are highly improbable. Torture is illegal in Germany and even the suspicion of torture would create a huge scandal, he says.
So we have an ordinary Muslim family, whose son tried to murder the editor of a newspaper because he disagreed with it's content. And the family take tips straight out of the terrorist hand book the, Qu'ran, AHEM, sorry I mean the Al-Qaeda manual, which tells captives to say they have been tortured.
From the BBC. For fucking fucksake. They have manuals telling Islamic fundamentalists exactly how to weaken a pluarlist democracy through it's own value systems. I was cynical enough before about how ordinary human beings are turned into liars or worse killers through Islam. Well the Islamist mindset bares it's ugly teeth again.This family should not be in Germany. They should fuck right off. Their delusional hatred for the host nation is self-evident.
The report said: "Apart from individual lapses, sometimes of tone, language or attitude, there was little to suggest systematic or deliberate bias.
Individual lapses eh? What about Barbara Plett, the impartial news reporter who "cried without warning" over terrorist leader Yasser Arafat's death.
The range of stories and perspectives was too narrow and reporters' use of language was often inconsistent, it decided.
That included the use of the words "terrorism" and "terrorist", which the BBC currently advises its journalists to avoid because they can be "a barrier to understanding".
But the panel said the BBC should use the term to describe violence against civilians with the intention of causing terror for ideological objectives, "whether perpetrated by state or non-state agencies".
"It seems clear that placing a bomb on a bus used by civilians intending death or injury in supposed furtherance of a cause is a terrorist act and no other expression conveys so tersely and accurately the elements involved."
For fucksake, do they really need to pay experts people to tell them this? Well anyway it's a start. Whether they'll take much notice remains to be seen...
No wonder the otherwise soft-spoken human rights activist Elie Wiesel recently described President Ahmadinejad of Iran as “pathologically sick”. I wish it were that simple. The problem is, the ballistic Ahmadinejad is entirely rational from the perspective of a religious fanatic.
As a zealous Shia Muslim, he is eagerly awaiting the return of the “hidden imam”....
Maybe Ahmadinejad is reactivating his country’s nuclear enrichment program precisely to incite resistance, and thereby hasten the kingdom of the messiah. “We must prepare ourselves to rule the world,” he mused recently, “and the only way to do that is to put forth views on the basis of the Expectation of the Return.” Allah’s final ambassador can’t be too far away now. Scary? Yes. Pathologically sick? Depends. To that fringe of true believers, doomsday politics makes complete sense.
The weapons of mass destruction have been found. They’re people with unshakeable faith in the coming showdown between good and evil. Left in their hands, the world is heading for a clash of Armageddons.Read the rest. Go on, you know you want to.