My Hero Speaks

November 3, 2005

In case you haven’t seen it, I’ve shamelessly lifted this excellent post from Davids Medienkritik.

Lou Minatti has alerted us to a particularly candid quote from Donald Rumsfeld in his interview with SPIEGEL:

Rumsfeld: (…) Everyone wants to have the Iranians as part of the world community, but they aren’t yet. Therefore there’s less predictability and more danger.

SPIEGEL: The US is trying to make the case in the United Nations Security Council.

Rumsfeld: I would not say that. I thought France, Germany and the UK were working on that problem.

SPIEGEL: What kind of sanctions are we talking about?

Rumsfeld: I’m not talking about sanctions. I thought you, and the U.K. and France were.

SPIEGEL: You aren’t?

Rumsfeld: I’m not talking about sanctions. You’ve got the lead. Well, lead! (emphasis added).

I’ve mailed the manufacturers of the Rumsfeld talking doll suggesting they add the last utterance. These dolls make excellent Christmas gifts for German friends.

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Those Pesky Muslim Rioters

November 3, 2005

The riots of young Muslims in France and Denmark neatly confirm the Dalrymple/Fukuyama theory. The young men have abandoned their Muslim culture for depraved western lifestyles and just want their host societies to finance them and let them oppress their women. They need a bit of tough love to put them straight.

A note of caution – it isn’t Paris that’s burning, just the nasty ghettos (AKA cités, same as US housing projects, Brit council estates) that ring Paris, into which no sensible French person would venture. Plus French cars don’t burn, they melt. So no big deal.

On the other hand, the riot in Denmark does seem pretty serious, since the hyper-civilized Danes just don’t do rioting.

The rioters in both countries want to share the wealth of their adopted societies, but come from a culture that doesn’t create wealth. So they feel degraded, as they indeed are, and seek money and control of their women.

“When the girls wear the headscarf, it symbolizes that they accept all the conditions that Islam mandates. And all the Muslim girls who do not do it are designated by Islamists as being at fault,” says Anne-Elisabeth Moutet.

In the schools in the cités, many of which are predominantly Muslim, girls who do not wear the scarf are seen as whores and potential targets of violence. Gang rapes are common there. “They become fair game for violence,”

The solution is to deny the rioters both money and control. Cut off their social security payments and ship the girls that so wish off to boarding schools.


The Art of Anti-Semitism

November 3, 2005

A play about a Jew-hating radical has begun its second run in London, and a European movie that sympathetically depicts two suicide bombers is getting rave reviews. Both are outrageous lies, but seek the same effect as Hitler’s propaganda – to desensitize civilized people to the murder of an entire race. Just 60 years after our troops uncovered the horrors of the Final Solution.

The play was dissected two weeks back by Tom Gross in the Brit Spectator (registration required):
Dead Jews aren’t news

Rachel Thaler, aged 16, was blown up at a pizzeria in an Israeli shopping mall. She died after an 11-day struggle for life following a suicide bomb attack on a crowd of teenagers on 16 February 2002.

Even though Thaler was a British citizen, born in London, where her grandparents still live, her death has never been mentioned in a British newspaper.

Rachel Corrie, on the other hand, an American radical who died in 2003 while acting as a human shield during an Israeli anti-terror operation in Gaza, has been widely featured in the British press. According to the Guardian website, she has been written about or referred to on 57 separate occasions in the Guardian alone, including three articles the Saturday before last.

Gross goes on to list five Israeli Rachels who have been murdered unreported by the Brit MSM. These range from a 17 year old blown up in a grocery store, through a woman killed with her husband, son and father while celebrating their passover meal, to a mother murdered at home with her 3 kids.

These women were killed deliberately while going about their everyday lives, whereas the woman in the play died by accident trying to stop a bulldozer from closing a suspected Palestinian arms-smuggling tunnel. She was affiliated with the ISM, an organization that supported two Brit suicide bombers who blew up a club in Tel Aviv.

The playwright argues in his defense that he quoted entirely from the radical’s diary, but so what? She was a propagandist supported by murderers, and to conceal that is a crime against truth..

The Movie

The movie (hat tip LGF) was was made by a Dutch resident who claims to be an arab with an Israeli passport. It was financed by Dutch, French, and German backers and is dissected here.

Said decides not to board a bus which is filled with settlers because he suddenly experiences sympathy or pity for the toddler on board. In reality, Palestinian suicide killers have deliberately targeted Israeli civilians, not soldiers.

Palestinian killers have a penchant for murdering toddlers.

Said, in his video-ed “shahid” speech, claims that Israelis have rejected a two-state solution. This has been well documented as a falsehood.

One of Said’s handlers claims that this operation is the first they have tried in two years. Since Arafat unilaterally decided to break off negotiations and to launch the Intifada of 2000, the Palestinians have not stopped trying to kill Israeli civilians… The number of suicide killer missions that Israel daily and vigilantly intercepts is very high. Some days, 10-20 attempts have been made.

Said also accuses Israel of having carried out “ethnic cleansing.” This, too, is untrue. “Ethnic cleansing” is what the ethnic Arab Muslims are currently doing in Darfur in the Sudan to African Muslims, animists, and Christians; what the Hutus did to the Tutsi in Rwanda; what every single Arab Muslim country did to Jews particularly post 1948; and what the Nazis also did to Jews in the European Holocaust.

Indeed, perhaps the biggest lie in this film is something the film omits almost entirely: we do not get a clear sense of how filthy and continuous the hatred of Jews and Israel really is among Palestinians, how brainwashed the impoverished Palestinian population really is. And this hatred continues in the film: a taxi driver, for instance, accuses the Israelis of polluting the drinking water with anti-spermicides—not so different from what Mrs. Arafat said when she accused the Israelis of causing cancer and fertility problems among Palestinian women.

Another piece of terrorist propaganda aimed at desensitizing Western audiences.

It’s only 60 years since our soldiers found the survivors of the holocaust.


Time To Investigate The CIA

November 3, 2005

The Wilson/Plame affair is disquieting because it reveals the CIA to have been grossly incompetent in 2002. Which explains how they let 9/11 happen.

The Brit Intel

In 2002, the Brit SIS reported that Saddam was trying to buy Uranium ore from Niger. This was interesting but not critical – turning ore into bomb-grade Uranium or Plutonium takes acres af factories easily spotted by satellite. But it wasn’t trivial either – here’s how the lefty New Yorker saw the issue at that time:

There is some debate among arms-control experts about exactly when Saddam will have nuclear capabilities. But there is no disagreement that Iraq, if unchecked, will have them soon, and a nuclear-armed Iraq would alter forever the balance of power in the Middle East.

Niger

Niger, an ex-colony of France:

…is one of the poorest countries in the world, a landlocked Sub-Saharan nation, whose economy centers on subsistence crops, livestock, and some of the world’s largest uranium deposits.

Uranium is 72% of its exports, and guess who owns and runs that business?

Niger’s two uranium mines–SOMAIR’s open pit mine and COMINAK’s underground mine–are owned by a French-led consortium and operated by French interests.

France

Uses Niger’s Uranium to fuel the nuclear power plants that provide almost all French electricity. In 2002, France was in the “unreliable ally” category – they’d leaked NATO targeting to the Serbs during the Kosovo bombing campaign.

The CIA’s Response

In early 2002, the CIA decided to run an independent check on the Brit intel. This was the only thing it did right.

Since the French owned Niger’s Uranium, and since they couldn’t be trusted, a professional would have planned covert penetration of the contacts between Iraq and Niger’s French Uranium exporters .

They don’t do this. Instead, on the recommendation of an employee (Valerie Plame), they selected her husband, Wilson, to go to talk to the Niger government – which would know nothing of Iraqi/French contacts.

Wilson has since proved to be a liar, but even assuming he wasn’t known to be one then, he was clearly not suitable as a covert agent – he was politically active:

In the mid-eighties, Wilson worked for Gore as a congressional staffer.

And since then he’d been a diplomat, so would be on the database of every intelligence agency in the world.

Subsequent criticism has focused on his wife’s role in getting him this mission. But, much more importantly, why did the CIA with its massive resources choose to send an amateur?

It Gets Worse

Every aspect of Wilson’s mission shows CIA incompetence (WSJ subscription).

1. Wilson was not required to sign a confidentiality agreement, or bound by the equivalent of the Brit Official Secrets Act. So when he later publicized his mission as the centerpiece of an attack on the administration, he broke no law.

2. Wilson was not required to file a written report – he just gave the CIA an oral briefing, which doesn’t seem to have amounted to more than a “maybe the Iraqis tried to get Uranium three years earlier”.

3. When he went public with his attack on the administration, many of his statements were false. The CIA did not rebut these, leaving the impression that he was telling the truth.

4. By allowing Wilson to go public, the CIA compromised his wife’s identity. OK, she was a desk-jockey in Langley, but they subsequently asked for a criminal investigation into her name being published. Here’s how she was identified:

– Wilson’s Who’s Who entry identified his wife as “Valerie Plame”. When journalists asked the obvious “why was an amateur like Wilson chosen?” question, the obvious starting points were his contacts, including his wife. When one of them, Bob Novak:

…called the agency to verify Ms. Plame’s employment, it not only did so, but failed to go beyond the perfunctory request not to publish. Every experienced Washington journalist knows that when the CIA really does not want something public, there are serious requests from the top, usually the director. Only the press office talked to Mr. Novak.

So until Bush changed the management, the CIA had insufficient covert agents, no security controls on its contractors, and no security around the identities of its staffers. It sounds like the same CIA that was massively compromised by Aldrich Ames, who gave the Soviets the identities of all the CIA’s Soviet-based agents. They were all tortured and at least 10 killed.

“Plamegate” is an irrelevance. We need a proper investigation of this shower’s failures to prevent 9/11.