Stop Hillary

February 13, 2007

This video contrasts George Bush’s humanity, leadership, decisiveness and competence with the ignorance, insincerity, incompetence and defeatism of all his foes.

Hat tip Flopping Aces.


Useless Germans

February 13, 2007

The German penchant for appeasing terrorists is suicidal as well as shameful – it will encourage that nation’s Islamofascists to commit more horrors.

Germany just released a heinous Red Army Faction killer:

One of Germany’s most notorious terrorists was yesterday told that she is to be released from prison after 24 years, provoking condemnation from the relatives of her victims and politicians.

Brigitte Mohnhaupt, 57, was convicted of nine murders while acting as a leader of the Red Army Faction, also known as the Baader-Meinhof gang, which terrorised Germany during the 1970s and 1980s.

One of her killings was particularly depraved – the victim’s goddaughter was part of the gang and she persuaded the victim to open the door (she got just 6 years).

And just over a year ago, the Germans released Robert Stethem’s killer who they’d carefully shielded from US justice. The killer went to ground in Beirut, and the US has put a $5 million bounty on his head (hat tip LGF).

And now, the German government – which sends troops to Afghanistan only on condition they don’t have to fight – has agreed to send 6 Tornado fighter planes too. But for reconnaissance only – not for nasty bombing.

Iran’s Incitement To Genocide Is A Crime

February 13, 2007

The fabled Natan Sharansky says Iran is committing a “punishable offense” under Article III of the Genocide convention.

Sharansky fought the Soviets from the inside, enduring lengthy imprisonment. He escaped when the USSR collapsed, and we owe to him our understanding of how fear states work. After many years as an Israeli minister, he’s now chairman of the Institute for Strategic Studies at the Shalem Center.

Although I suspect he sees war as inevitable, he’s still suggesting ways in which that might be avoided, starting with a diagnosis of:

…the quantum leap anti-Semitism itself has taken. It has leapfrogged from isolated attacks against Jews to incitement to genocide – the actual elimination of the Jewish state.

This shift has come in the form of a pincer movement. On one side, we have the Iranian regime, which is denying the Holocaust and calling for Israel to be “wiped off the map” while racing to develop the physical means of doing so. On the other side, we have what is, in effect, international silence in response, coupled with growing willingness to discuss Israel’s existence as a mistake, an anachronism, or a provocation.

We must recognize the fact that though sympathy for Iran’s expressed goal of Israel’s destruction is hardly mainstream, the idea of a world without Israel is more acceptable in polite company, the media and academia today than Hitler’s expressed goal of a Europe without Jews was in 1939.

One of his suggestions is:

…every country that is party to the Genocide Convention should be called upon to fulfill its obligation under that treaty and seek an indictment of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the charge of incitement to genocide, which is a “punishable offense” under Article III of that treaty.

The Genocide Convention has teeth – it was used to convict some of the Rwandan leaders of genocide. So our pols should heed Sharnsky’s call – putting the Mullahs in jail has to be vastly preferable to the deaths of hundreds of millions in an existential war.

Black List (1)

February 13, 2007

It’s now clear Iran is both committed to genocide against the Jewish people and killing hundreds of American and Brit soldiers. Here’s a first list of complicit individuals and organizations .

The Iranian Supreme Leader, Council of Guardians, and Expediency Council

President Ahmadinejad and his cabinet

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps

The Iranian weapons industry, both conventional and nuclear

SteyrMannlicher of Austria:

Austrian sniper rifles that were exported to Iran have been discovered in the hands of Iraqi terrorists…More than 100 of the .50 calibre weapons, capable of penetrating body armour, have been discovered by American troops during raids.

The guns were part of a shipment of 800 rifles that the Austrian company, Steyr-Mannlicher, exported legally to Iran last year.

The sale was condemned in Washington and London because officials were worried that the weapons would be used by insurgents against British and American troops.

Within 45 days of the first HS50 Steyr Mannlicher rifles arriving in Iran, an American officer in an armoured vehicle was shot dead by an Iraqi insurgent using the weapon.

The Austrian Prime Minister and Cabinet:

Steyr made headlines when it sold at least 800 HS .50 long range sniper rifles to Iran in 2004. There was a large amount of concern in the United States, UK, and to a lesser extent, countries like Denmark that the rifles would find their way into Iraq and be used against the New Iraqi Army or Coalition forces. Nevertheless, the sale was approved by the Austrian government in November 2004.

This is not to advocate dropping JDAMs on Vienna. But actions have consequences, and the Austrian governing elite should pay a heavy price for deliberately arming a genocidal regime.

UPDATE: Feb 13

EU Referendum adds that the US sanctioned the Austrian company in late 2005. Here’s how their government responded:

Reacting to the sanctions, which apply to Steyr-Mannlicher of Austria, over its sales of armor-piercing rifles with scopes to Iran, the Austrian government on Wednesday defended the company and questioned the sense of the U.S. move long after the deal was completed.

Possibly Austrians secretly think the same about their Holocaust.