Stalked by family honor, some Muslim women hide

I guess we’re supposed to be tolerant of this because it’s just a ‘religious’ and ‘cultural’ difference. 

Stalked by family honor, some Muslim women hide – Yahoo! News

BERLIN (Reuters) – Fidan, her hair dyed blonde, is in hiding from her husband, who she says beats and rapes her. She is terrified her family will kill her if she goes home to eastern Turkey.

Back in Anatolia, the 19-year old’s relatives believe she has brought shame on them by leaving her 50-year old Turkish husband, who is also in Germany.

She will not say exactly where he is.

“I won’t go back. I am afraid. Death awaits me there,” said Fidan, nervously biting her fingers and fiddling with her long hair. She has only basic German language skills and her lawyer interprets her broken sentences from Turkish.

Dressed in scruffy jeans and a red anorak, she looks like any other 19-year old Turkish girl living in Germany.

But Fidan is alone in Berlin, looking for a job and understanding little of what goes on around her. She says she has no friends and, with a cover name to prevent her husband finding her, she has even lost her identity.

Worst of all, she fears becoming an ‘honor-killing’ victim.

Condemned by many Islamic leaders, honor crimes are motivated by a desire to defend narrow traditionalist ideas of family reputation. They are a blight on Muslim communities in Europe — in Britain, Germany and Sweden — as well as in Islamic countries.

United Nations‘ bodies have said about 5,000 women die in honor killings globally every year. Many more commit suicide. But little is done to discourage the practice, which in Europe is hardly discussed.

“The family’s honor depends on the woman and if it is damaged, the woman is destroyed,” said Evrim Baba, who represents the far-left Linke party in Berlin’s city parliament. She is a Kurd who came to Germany when she was 11.

“Many girls in immigrant communities are trapped in rigid patriarchal structures and live in fear of their families.”

In Germany, which has the second largest Muslim population in western Europe after France, 55 attempted honor killings took place between 1996 and 2005, say police.

A case last year propelled the issue into the headlines.

A man of Turkish descent was jailed for shooting dead his sister at a Berlin bus stop after she left her husband to live alone. His brothers were acquitted of conspiracy to murder.

TRAGIC TALE

Cases like this eat at Fidan, who grew up in rural a village in Turkey’s region of Anatolia where cultural traditions still play a big role.

“I didn’t have a childhood. All I remember is beating and subjugation,” she said. “I have no happy memories.”

At 14, she was betrothed to a cousin. When she said she did not want to marry him, Fidan was beaten. Only after she took handfuls of pills, hoping to die, was the marriage called off.

Rumors started circulating the engagement was cancelled because she had lost her virginity, a charge Fidan denied but which would also damage her family’s honor.

Relatives threatened her, saying “bad girls” tended to drown or fall off a mountainside, but eventually they found a man in Germany who would marry her.

To prove she was a virgin, Fidan says, she was raped on her wedding night. The blood-stained sheets were ripped from the bed to be inspected by relatives waiting at the door.

Fidan, unwilling to talk about these painful memories, rubs her forehead and lowers her gaze as her lawyer tells the story.

After about four months of continual beatings and rape she fled, encouraged by her German teacher.

Her husband says if he finds her he will report Fidan to the authorities to be sent back to Turkey.

“The message from Turkey is: something had better happen to you en route, or you will die here,” said Fidan’s lawyer Canan Bayram.

All Fidan wants now is to build a life in Germany.

“God willing, I can be happy here. I want to find a job and a flat, but no husband, no children,” said Fidan with a smile.

LEGAL HEADACHES

But it isn’t easy.

Fidan, who wants to take her husband to court for beating and raping her, has to wait another year before she can act without risk of deportation.

In Germany, immigrant women have to be married for two years before they can divorce and stay in the country independently.

A ruling in Frankfurt last month highlighted the conflicting attitudes which enable honor crimes to continue, say Muslim women. A judge refused a quick divorce to a battered wife of Moroccan descent saying it was not unusual for a man with a Moroccan background to physically punish his wife.

“Women need greater legal protection,” said Bayram.

“The EU and Germany are helping women in forced prostitution and people-trafficking, but little is being done about protecting women from honor crimes.”

Many women say the failure of Germany, home to about 3.2 million Muslims, to face up to honor crimes is a result of the lack of an integration policy in the past followed by half-hearted attempts to engage with Muslim communities.

Most of Germany’s 2.5 million people of Turkish origin are “guest workers” and their descendants, whose labor helped fuel the post-war economic miracle.

“There was no integration policy for decades and parallel societies developed,” said lawmaker Baba. “Many immigrants reverted to traditional systems.”

As fears grew about the radicalization of disillusioned young Muslims, politicians decided a couple of years ago they had to improve integration and engaged with Islamic groups.

But issues like honor killings are barely mentioned.

“It is preposterous that by not discussing such murders, the government is damaging the future of thousands of girls,” said Arzu Toker, of the Central Council of Ex-Muslims

School drill portrays killers as Christians

This is just insane. I’m not even a Christian and I find this highly offensive. We as Americans need to take back our schools, our children and our government from this leftist extremism that openly attacks the American way and almost daily displays examples of religious intolerance and Christophobia. Remember, it was Marx who said ‘religion is the opium of the people’. Well, we all saw how his plan worked out.

WorldNetDaily: School drill portrays killers as Christians

School officials in Burlington, N.J., who wanted to stage a “hostage situation” drill have portrayed the attackers as Christians, including one who was upset that his daughter was expelled for praying before class.

Supt. Chris Manno praised the exercise to test the response of the school and police, explaining, “You perform as you practice. We need to practice under conditions as real as possible in order to evaluate our procedures and plans so that they’re as effective as possible.”

Lifesite News reported that the Christian students in the school were offended when the student body was told the alleged gunmen were “members of a right-wing fundamentalist group called the ‘New Crusaders’ who don’t believe in separation of church and state.”

The Burlington County Times said the mock gunmen pretended to shoot several students in the hallways before taking 10 students hostage in the district’s media center. Organizers of the drill said the “Christian” gunmen had gone to the school “seeking justice because the daughter of one had been expelled for praying before class.”But there’s not much of reality to that scenario, according to Bob Pawson, spokesman for the Scriptures in School Project. Instead, it was just an excuse to denigrate Christians, he said.

“So what allegedly real condition was imagineered? A grotesque scenario saturated with Christian-bashing prejudice and bigotry; a scenario which could never possibly occur,” he said.

It doesn’t even meet the logic test, he said. “As all Burlington school officials know full well: It is perfectly legal for any student or staff member to pray in a public school. They know that no student can ever be expelled for praying before class. Hence, the contrived reason for the mock attack is bogus.”

County officials said the drill was the first live test of its sort in their area, but Pawson said it was more a test of New Jersey Christians, trying to determine their response “to such a blatant example of anti-Christian animosity.” Full story

Hirsi Ali under threat in US- Dutch News

So now, foreign dissenters to political Islam are not safe within our own borders. The lemmings will jump up and down about the so called ‘police state’ created by the Patriot Act. But they won’t find it disturbing that dissidents are being actively targeted on US soil.

Hirsi Ali under threat in US, Dutch News, The Netherlands, Holland, Expatica

AMSTERDAM – Former MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali is now in danger in the US as well. Her security has been stepped up for the past three weeks. Because of concrete threats, she is now receiving the same level of protection as she previously needed in the Netherlands, the Volkskrant reports.

Hirsi Ali had more freedom of movement when she first arrived in the US last September. Her lack of freedom in the Netherlands was one of the reasons for her move.

The forced isolation made it impossible for her to continue in her position as MP at the time, she said. The Liberal VVD politician had to travel by armoured car in the Netherlands, accompanied by six bodyguards. In the US just two security workers, who kept an eye on her from a distance, sufficed.

Hirsi Ali’s protection is carried out by American security personnel commissioned by the Dutch Justice department. Hirsi Ali works at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC, a think-tank that has close ties with the Republican party.

As in the Netherlands, the threats against her come from Muslim extremists. They are in connection with the lectures and media appearances Hirsi Ali has been making since the publication of the American version of her autobiography, “The Infidel,” in January.

The book has sold 148,000 copies over the past two months and led to heated debate in the US.

Besides glowing reviews in The New York Times and other media, Hirsi Ali is also coming up against opposition because of her uncompromising criticism of Islam.

Thanks to NOIP for the find!!

More on Ayaan Hirshi Ali

We’ve profiled Ms. Ali before. She has also appeared as a guest on Glenn Back. So here is another enlightening piece on what happens when you question Islam.

NEW YORK–Ayaan Hirsi Ali is untrammeled and unrepentant: “I am supposed to apologize for saying the prophet is a pervert and a tyrant,” she declares. “But that is apologizing for the truth.”

Statements such as these have brought Ms. Hirsi Ali to world-wide attention. Though she recently left her adopted country, Holland–where her friend and intellectual collaborator Theo van Gogh was murdered by a Muslim extremist in 2004–she is still accompanied by armed guards wherever she travels.

Ms. Hirsi Ali was born in 1969 in Mogadishu–into, as she puts it, “the Islamic civilization, as far as you can call it a civilization.” In 1992, at age 22, her family gave her hand to a distant relative; had the marriage ensued, she says, it would have been “an arranged rape.” But as she was shipped to the appointment via Europe, she fled, obtaining asylum in Holland. There, “through observation, through experience, through reading,” she acquainted herself with a different world. “The culture that I came to and I live in now is not perfect,” Ms. Hirsi Ali says. “But this culture, the West, the product of the Enlightenment, is the best humanity has ever achieved.”

Unease over Muslim immigration had been rising in the Low Countries for some time. For instance, when the gay right-wing politician Pim Fortuyn–“I am in favor of a cold war with Islam,” he said, and believed the borders should be closed to Muslims–was gunned down in 2002, it was widely assumed his killer was an Islamist. There was a strange sense of relief when he turned out to be a mere animal-rights activist. Ms. Hirsi Ali brought integration issues to further attention, exposing domestic abuse and even honor killings in the Dutch-Muslim “dish cities.”

In 2003, she won a seat in the parliament as a member of the center-right VVD Party, for People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy. The next year, she wrote the script for a short film called “Submission.” It investigated passages from the Quran that Ms. Hirsi Ali contends authorize violence against women, and did so by projecting those passages onto naked female bodies. In retrospect, she deeply regrets the outcome: “I don’t think the film was worth the human life.”

The life in question was that of Van Gogh, a prominent controversialist and the film’s director. At the end of 2004, an Islamist named Mohammed Buyeri shot him as he was bicycling to work in downtown Amsterdam, then almost decapitated him with a curved sword. He left a manifesto impaled to the body: “I know for sure that you, Oh Hirsi Ali, will go down,” was its incantation. “I know for sure that you, Oh unbelieving fundamentalist, will go down.”

The shock was palpable. Holland–which has the second largest per capita population of Muslims in the EU, after France–had always prided itself on its pluralism, in which all groups would be tolerated but not integrated. The killing made clear just how apart its groups were. “Immediately after the murder,” Ms. Hirsi Ali says, “we learned Theo’s killer had access to education, he had learned the language, he had taken welfare. He made it very clear he knew what democracy meant, he knew what liberalism was, and he consciously rejected it. . . . He said, ‘I have an alternative framework. It’s Islam. It’s the Quran.’ ”

At his sentencing, Mohammed Buyeri said he would have killed his own brother, had he made “Submission” or otherwise insulted the One True Faith. “And why?” Ms. Hirsi Ali asks. “Because he said his god ordered him to do it. . . . We need to see,” she continues, “that this isn’t something that’s caused by special offense, the right, Jews, poverty. It’s religion

Ms. Hirsi Ali was forced into living underground; a hard-line VVD minister named Rita Verdonk, cracking down on immigration, canceled her citizenship for misstatements made on her asylum application–which Ms. Hirsi Ali had admitted years before and justified as a means to win quicker admission at a time of great personal vulnerability. The resulting controversy led to the collapse of Holland’s coalition government. Ms. Hirsi Ali has since decamped for America–in effect a political refugee from Western Europe–to take up a position with the American Enterprise Institute. But the crisis, she says, is “still simmering underneath and it might erupt–somewhere, anywhere.”

That partly explains why Ms. Hirsi Ali’s new autobiography, “Infidel,” is already a best seller. It may also have something to do with the way she scrambles our expectations. In person, she is modest, graceful, enthralling. Intellectually, she is fierce, even predatory: “We know exactly what it is about but we don’t have the guts to say it out loud,” she says. “We are too weak to take up our role. The West is falling apart. The open society is coming undone.”

Many liberals loathe her for disrupting an imagined “diversity” consensus: It is absurd, she argues, to pretend that cultures are all equal, or all equally desirable. But conservatives, and others, might be reasonably unnerved by her dim view of religion. She does not believe that Islam has been “hijacked” by fanatics, but that fanaticism is intrinsic in Islam itself: “Islam, even Islam in its nonviolent form, is dangerous.”

The Muslim faith has many variations, but Ms. Hirsi Ali contends that the unities are of greater significance. “Islam has a very consistent doctrine,” she says, “and I define Islam as I was taught to define it: submission to the will of Allah. His will is written in the Quran, and in the hadith and Sunna. What we are all taught is that when you want to make a distinction between right and wrong, you follow the prophet. Muhammad is the model guide for every Muslim through time, throughout history.”

This supposition justifies, in her view, a withering critique of Islam’s most holy human messenger. “You start by scrutinizing the morality of the prophet,” and then ask: “Are you prepared to follow the morality of the prophet in a society such as this one?” She draws a connection between Mohammed’s taking of child brides and modern sexual oppressions–what she calls “this imprisonment of women.” She decries the murder of adulteresses and rape victims, the wearing of the veil, arranged marriages, domestic violence, genital mutilation and other contraventions of “the most basic freedoms.”

These sufferings, she maintains, are traceable to theological imperatives. “People say it is a bad strategy,” Ms. Hirsi Ali says forcefully. “I think it is the best strategy. . . . Muslims must choose to follow their rational capacities as humans and to follow reason instead of Quranic commands. At that point Islam will be reformed.”

This worldview has led certain critics to dismiss Ms. Hirsi Ali as a secular extremist. “I have my ideas and my views,” she says, “and I want to argue them. It is our obligation to look at things critically.” As to the charges that she is an “Enlightenment fundamentalist,” she points out, rightly, that people who live in democratic societies are not supposed to settle their disagreements by killing one another.

And yet contemporary democracies, she says, accommodate the incitement of such behavior: “The multiculturalism theology, like all theologies, is cruel, is wrongheaded, and is unarguable because it is an utter dogmatism. . . . Minorities are exempted from the obligations of the rest of society, so they don’t improve. . . . With this theory you limit them, you freeze their culture, you keep them in place.”

The most grievous failing of the West is self-congratulatory passivity: We face “an external enemy that to a degree has become an internal enemy, that has infiltrated the system and wants to destroy it.” She believes a more drastic reaction is required: “It’s easy,” she says, “to weigh liberties against the damage that can be done to society and decide to deny liberties. As it should be. A free society should be prepared to recognize the patterns in front of it, and do something about them.”

She says the West must begin to think long term about its relationship with Islam–because the Islamists are. Ms. Hirsi Ali notes Muslim birth rates are vastly outstripping those elsewhere (particularly in Western Europe) and believes this is a conscious attempt to extend the faith. Muslims, she says, treat women as “these baby-machines, these son-factories. . . . We need to compete with this,” she goes on. “It is a totalitarian method. The Nazis tried it using women as incubators, literally to give birth to soldiers. Islam is now doing it. . . . It is a very effective and very frightening way of dealing with human beings.”

All of this is profoundly politically incorrect. But for this remarkable woman, ideas are not abstractions. She forces us back to first principles, and she punctures complacencies. These ought to be seen as virtues, even by those who find some of Ms. Hirsi Ali’s ideas disturbing or objectionable. Society, after all, sometimes needs to be roused from its slumbers by agitators who go too far so that others will go far enough.

http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110009771

Islamic Radicals on Myspace

I’ll be adding this blog to the blogroll for those who want to check it out. This is a great blog!!!!!

Markedmanner Blog: Islamic Radicals on Myspace

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Islamic Radicals on Myspace

Here a few radical Islamist that I have found on Myspace.

1.http://www.myspace.com/islam21

He has this video posted on this page teaching about Jihad warfare against unbelievers:

Also if you take a look at the users profile on Youtube you will find a video of terrorist killing Americans CLICK HERE

Here is what this users “Who Id like” to meet says:
Who I’d like to meet:
NOT THESE SCARED AMERICAN PUPPETS!! call these men if you will they dont use logic like when you kill expect to be killed. So they scared 2 death cause they scared of death.. .. WOW there was a video that used to be here showing amerikkkan puppet’s in Iraq hiding under a bed in a house cornered and crying and terrified [unlike mujahideen] but it is now no longer available can you believe it ..>

Also in this blog post He talks about democracy and how horrible it is. This is just part of what he said:
“Democracy is the way of life of the Kuffaar (disbelievers) in which they believe, live their life by and are willing to die for. The US and UK are hailed as being the champions of democracy and are the most powerful and advanced nations in the world.”

He also has many other videos on his page didn’t have time to get to them all.

2.http://www.myspace.com/hattab_sablja_islama

This profile is dedicated to a Islamic terrorist by the name of Hattab. He fought and killed Russian troops on there own soil as well. His groups was also responsible for an incident when kids at a Russian school were taken hostage and at least 16 of them killed. There is video on the profile that is a biography of this terrorists life.

3.http://www.myspace.com/intifada2010

This person has this quote on there page “ONLY DEATH CAN BRING SALVATION” This shows his love for death and that it will bring him salvation if he is a marytr

He has the above picture in his profile which is when the terrorist murdered the Israeli athletes at the Olympics in the 60s

He has this pictures showing his support Hezbollah

They have many other terrorist pictures on their profile. You can also look at all their pictures on their photobucket account here: http://s101.photobucket.com/albums/m80/intifada2006_2006/ Since they didn’t think to password protect it.

This person also has 2 videos one of shows people speaking of Jihad warfare and of the evil Jews. The other is a terrorist propaganda film showing terrorist training etc..

4.http://www.myspace.com/hamashezbollah

This profile is a music profile I believe it has audio from speeches gave by Hamas and Hezbollah leaders.

The above picture is this persons profile picture..

They also have a video of Terrorist propaganda showing Islamic terrorist launching rockets etc.

5. http://profile.myspace.com/135337792

This profile is dedicated to a woman named LEILA KHALED who is an Islamic terrorist. She was part of a group that hijacked a plane from Rome to Athens in 1969. She even under went plastic surgery to try to hide her identity at one point. She also attempted to hijacked a plane in 1970 from Amsterdam to New York but air marshals stopped her.

6. http://www.myspace.com/ezzedeenalqassambirages

This profile is profile that supports the Ezzedeen AL-Qassam Birages a terrorist group in Palestine. The profile has many propaganda films showing terrorist attacks. They even have a film that talks about the history of this terrorist group and they even give Quran and invoke the example of Muhammad to justify what they are doing. Here is the main website for this terrorist groups here: http://www.alqassam.ps/english/

Here is one of the images this person has on their profile:

7. http://profile.myspace.com/14667577

More of the same here. More terrorist propaganda films and terrorist pictures. The photos are hosted from photobucket and you can view all of the persons photos here http://s45.photobucket.com/albums/f76/HadeelKhaled/

8. http://www.myspace.com/pakisniper

Here is a quote from this persons page “I would like meet Bush and show him my home made AK-47 made by this Patan guy who’s locked up in my shed but that’s another story for another day.”

9. http://profile.myspace.com/145519314

Once again more terrorist propaganda videos on this profile more of the same..

KEEP CHECKING BACK I WILL BE ADDING MORE

Duncan Hunter-Right to Life

This post is the first in a series discussing the core principles of Duncan Hunter, as listed on his official website. We will be addressing them in oder, as they appear. So, no particular importance is placed on the order. First up is Duncan’s stance on right to life. While I think he hits it out of the park on his general stance, there are some contradictions with respect to his voting record. I realize that this may simply be a case of not throwing the baby out with the bath water. As often occurs when legislation is cobbled. Most notably, Mr. Hunter voted for federal funds to be directed toward stem cell research not involving human embryos. While this stance is laudable, I think Mr. Hunter needs to clarify two points important to conservatives.

(1) Should any federal funds be allocated to private enterprise, without justifiable evidence that said enterprise contributes to the general welfare? This would fall within the scope of the federal mandate. But, as of yet, stem cell research seems provide some promise and little result. The job of the Federal Government is not that of venture capitalist.

(2) His vote regarding funding with regards to ‘abortion on demand’ is somewhat noncommittal. Again, this may be a result of the verbiage within the bill, not Mr. Hunters own sentiment on the matter. But the central question remains. Is the right to terminate the life of an unborn, genetically unique being, the sole right of the mother? Or is that a shared right of both genetic contributors?

These and other questions were discussed in the forum over the weekend. Feel free to check in and leave your two cents.

Abortion/Life

1. Right to Life Amendment:

I would amend the U.S. Constitution and provide blanket protection to all unborn children from the moment of conception by prohibiting any state or federal law that denies the personhood of the unborn. Likewise, I have also introduced the Right to Life Act, which would legally define “personhood” as the moment of conception and, therefore, guarantee all constitutional rights and protections, including life, to the unborn without utilizing a constitutional amendment.

2. Federal laws relating to abortion and human life protections (e.g, embryonic research and end of life, etc.):

There are several areas of federal law that require human life protections. I have cosponsored the following pieces of legislation:

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The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, which would amend the federal criminal code to prohibit transporting a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion, if this action circumvents the minor’s native state’s parental involvement law. I voted in favor of this bill when it passed the House 270-157 on April 27, 2005.
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The Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2005, which would prohibit and criminalize efforts at reproductive cloning.
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The Parent’s Right to Know Act of 2005, which would prohibit federal funding to carry out federal family planning programs in which service providers in the project knowingly provides contraceptive drugs or devices to a minor, except in specific circumstances.
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The Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006, which would require abortion providers to notify women who want to have an abortion 20 weeks after fertilization that the evidence suggests their unborn child feels pain and they may request anesthesia for their unborn child in order to reduce or eliminate the pain.

I have also supported human life protection efforts with the following votes:

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I supported the Fetus Farming Prohibition Act, banning the practice of fetal farming, the creation of embryos specifically for the purposes of scientific research.
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I voted in favor of the Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act, which would direct federal funding to stem-cell research that does not rely on embryos.
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I voted against the Stem-Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005, which would have directed the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct and support research that utilizes human embryonic stem-cells, regardless of the date on which the stem-cells were derived from a human embryo.
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I voted against amendments offered to the National Defense Authorization Act permitting taxpayer funded military facilities overseas to be used to support abortions on demand for military women and military dependents.
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I voted against amendments providing UN funding to groups that support coercive abortion programs.

Petition to Free Kareem!

We posted this man’s story yesterday…Below is the link to a site where you can sign a petition and get more info.

The original post is here

This has been posted to Digg. I’m a little disappointed and pissed that I had to subscribe and post it to get it on there. One would have thought that of all the folks on Digg, someone would have posted it already. Regardless, Digg It!. You moreit is dugg the higher in the rankings it will be, the more people will see it, the more people will SIGN!.

You can sign the petition at the link below.

Free Kareem!

Egyptian blogger gets four years in prison for contempt of religion.

From Hot Air….This is just crazy. Please take the time to check out the links. You can spend an hour reading up on this story. Religion of Peace and Tolerance?

He used to study law at Al-Azhar University, one of the world’s highest authorities in Sunni Islam whose leaders have been known to endorse suicide bombings against U.S. troops in Iraq. Then he started criticizing religion, so last year they kicked him out and, to make sure he really learned his lesson, filed a criminal complaint against him. The blogger, Abdelkareem Nabil Suleiman, wrote about his impending arrest at the time:

I started studying at Al-Azhar in accordance with my parents’ wishes. Despite my later absolute opposition to Al-Azhar and religious thought, and despite my fiercely critical writing on religion’s infiltration into public life, and religion’s control over people’s behavior and their relations with others… freeing myself from the bonds of being a former Al-Azhar University student was not… an easy thing…

It seems that Al-Azhar’s ‘blessings’ to its students are not limited to preventing them from completing their studies far from Al-Azhar. What happened to me, and what is going to happen to me in the coming days, clearly proves that Al-Azhar’s ‘blessings’ will not leave in peace a student who tries to rise up against the university and oppose things he is forced to learn there – things that contradict reason and incite to violence against people of other beliefs – until he stands at the edge of his grave… or until he enters the prison gates. And it seems that this is what I am about to deal with in the coming days…

He was arrested in November, tried this month, and today the verdict came down: guilty of contempt of religion, insulting the president and spreading false information. I’ve written before about Egyptian bloggers and how, although there’s only a very few of them blogging about politics, they’ve exerted extraordinary influence in the country by exposing gruesome torture by the state police and mass sexual harassment of women on the streets of Cairo after Eid. (Their latest expose is only a few weeks old.) Moreover, according to the Beeb, “Bloggers also play an important role in Egypt’s small pro-democracy movement. They advertise in advance the times and venues of political protests, and then post pictures and accounts of how the police dealt with the demonstrations.” I’ve written about that, too.

In short, they’re becoming a major headache for Mubarak. He had one of the country’s most popular bloggers, Alaa Abd al-Fatah, arrested last year but released him after 45 days due to the uproar. WaPo wrote about the incident and declared blogging a “fast track to prison” in Egypt. Today’s verdict bears them out, albeit with a twist — it’s Al-Azhar that sought this conviction, so Mubarak gets to send a message to his critics while hiding behind Islamic robes.

Go sign the petition at the Free Kareem site. It won’t get Mubarak’s attention, but it might get the State Department’s, especially now that we’ve got ourselves a trend.

Update: No sooner do I post this than the Blotter breaks news of another score.

The World’s Champion Villain

This excellent contribution just hit the Cut to the Chase forum…courtesy of our friend Joe. Thanks for the great find, Joe.

The article came from American Thinker.

Much of the world now believes that the United States is a force for evil.

Hugo Chavez: George Bush is “the devil”.

Harry Belafonte: Bush is “the greatest terrorist in the world”.

Nelson Mandela: U.S. is “a threat to world peace”.

Ann Wright (retired U.S. Army colonel and State Dept. official, now anti-war activist): “We are the cause of violence in Iraq. The violence will continue as long as we’re there.”

William Blum (author of Rogue State, and quoted by Osama bin Laden): “If I were the president, I could stop terrorist attacks against the United States in a few days. Permanently. I would first apologize to all the widows and orphans, the tortured and impoverished, and all the many millions of other victims of American imperialism. Then I would announce, in all sincerity, to every corner of the world, that America’s global interventions have come to an end.”

Joel Rogers (in The Nation): “Our own government, through much of the past fifty years, has been the world’s leading ‘rogue state.’ … the bodies of literally hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of innocents, most of them children, whose lives we have taken without any pretense to justice.”

Amnesty International: “Throughout the world, on any given day, a man, woman, or child is likely to be displaced, tortured, killed, or ‘disappeared’, at the hands of governments or armed political groups. More often than not, the United States shares the blame.”
And these are not isolated opinions. In a recent poll, a majority of Europeans think that America is now “a threat to world peace” and see “George Bush as a greater danger to world peace than either the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Il, or the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.”

I’m sure many in the U.S. believe the same. There seems to be a notion that the world’s natural state is one of peace, if only the U.S. hegemon would take a chill pill.

As they used to say: time for a reality check.

First of all, the United States wasn’t even around through most of history, when peoples were annihilating each other in virtually continual warfare – from the extinction of the Neanderthals through Genghis Khan. But we don’t have to go that far back in history; the last century is rife with examples of violence in the world.

One way to get a handle on “evil” in the world is to examine genocides. The list below is a complete listing of all alleged genocides since 1915, according to Wikipedia.

Japan 1910-45. Japanese killed 25,000,000 Chinese and enslaved millions of Koreans.
Turkey 1915-23. Turks (Muslims) killed 1,500,000 Armenians (Christians).
Soviet Union 1918-89. Soviet Communists killed 20,000,000. (Fatality count is from The Black Book of Communism.
Germany 1940-45. Nazis killed 11,000,000 Jews, Romas, homosexuals, Slavs, the mentally ill and communists.
Croatia 1941-45. Croats (Catholics) killed 500,000 Serbs (Christian Orthodox).
China 1950-80. Chinese Communists killed 65,000,000 fellow Chinese. (Fatality count from The Black Book of Communism.)
Zanzibar 1964. Africans killed 5,000 Arabs and Jews.
Bangladesh 1971. Muslims killed 1,500,000 Hindus.
Burundi 1972. Tutsis killed 125,000 Hutus.
Cambodia 1975-79. Communist Cambodians killed 1,700,000 fellow Cambodians.
East Timor 1975-99. Indonesian military (Muslim) killed 150,000 Timors, including many ethnic Chinese.
Afghanistan 1979-89. Soviet Communists killed unspecified number of Afghans.
Lebanon (Sabra) 1982. Christians killed 750 to 3,500 Palestinians.
Sudan 1983-2007. Arab/Muslims killed over 2,000,000 Africans.
Iraq 1988. Iraq’s government (Sunni dominated) killed unspecified number of Kurds.
Tibet before 1990. Communist Chinese killed unspecified number of Tibetans.
West New Guinea/Papua before 1990. Indonesian government (Muslim) killed unspecified number of Guineans/Papuans.
Bosnia 1992-95. Serbs killed at least 8,000, mostly Muslim.
Rwanda 1994. Hutus killed 937,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus.
Burundi, Zanzibar, Guinea/Papua, Rwanda, Sudan, Tibet? Do those sound like the heart of U.S. interventionism’s darkness to you? The largest death tolls are from Communism (100,000,000 dead according to the Black Book of Communism), which was our enemy during the Cold War. The other big killers were Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan (over 36,000,000 according to the above numbers), who were our enemies in World War II.

In short, the U.S. either had nothing to do with all that violence or was actively fighting to stop it.

Let’s move to today, with the U.S. in Iraq. What was Iraq doing before the U.S. invaded in 2003? Saddam had already gone to war with two neighbors, Iran and Kuwait, resulting in over a million dead. Saddam killed hundreds of thousands of his own people; there are over 400,000 dead in mass graves throughout Iraq. He had lobbed rockets into Saudi Arabia and Israel, shot at U.S. aircraft on UN sanctioned missions and tried to assassinate former President Bush. He financially rewarded the families of suicide bombers. And he once had and used WMD, and could make them again.

Yet somehow people seem to believe that if we’d just let Saddam alone, there would be little or no violence in Iraq. Let’s review. When we did leave him alone, the death count easily reached 1,400,000 or more. When we merely imposed sanctions, we were accused of causing the deaths of over half a million children. Now that we’ve invaded, we’re chided for 3,000 American dead and perhaps some tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians.

Let’s simplify this by a multiple choice question: What decision would you make among the following choices:

(a) Do nothing to a regime that has killed over 1,400,000 of its neighbors and own people, shot at U.S. aircraft on UN sanction missions, tried to assassinate a former U.S. president, had contacts with terrorists, had produced WMD and maintained resources to produce them again (assuming it actually got rid of those it had), had declared itself hostile to the U.S. and it allies, and continues to defy UN resolutions, violating terms of its own surrender.

(cool.gif Impose economic sanctions to get a change of that violent behavior, despite the regime causing hundreds of thousand of deaths and blaming them on the sanctions, and not changing violent behavior anyway.

(c ) Invade the country and set up democratic institutions and elections, costing 3,000 or more American deaths and thousands of Iraqi civilian deaths.
It is naïve and sophomoric to harp on what went “wrong”, when every possible choice included bad things happening. And if you think you have some other choice that would have come out wonderfully, consider writing fiction.

Today we face radical Islam. If you think “they hate us” because of our foreign policy, how do you explain Islamic violence in Thailand, The Philippines, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Sudan, etc.? Funny how the existence of Israel causes Muslims to kill Hindus, Buddhists, pagans and Christians across the planet.

Dear people: The true bad guys in this world are not like the boogey man; they do not disappear when you pull the sheet over your head. Ask the Jews about Auschwitz, the Chinese about Nanking, the Ukrainians about forced famine, the Cambodians about killing fields, the Tutsis about machetes, etc. Those are example of what happens when the U.S. is not around.

Israel to film holy site digging…An update from Temple Mount.

Nothing seems to satisfy these people.  It’s all very black and white.   

The Israeli authorities say they are installing video cameras to film excavations near Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque – Islam’s third holiest site.

They say live footage will be shown to reassure people that the mosque is not being damaged during the digging.

They say the work needs to be completed to replace a walkway, despite angry protests from Muslims around the world.

Muslims see the dig as a provocation, and the webcams are unlikely to make much difference, correspondents say.

By installing three cameras, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) says it wants to show that this is a proper archaeological work, the BBC’s Helen Fawkes in Jerusalem says.

JERUSALEM HOLY SITE

SACRED TO MUSLIMS: Site of Prophet Muhammad’s first prayers and ascent into Heaven, home to al-Aqsa mosque and Dome of the Rock
SACRED TO JEWS: Site of first and second Temples and the rock on which Abraham offered his son as a sacrifice. Western Wall is the holiest site in Judaism

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The IAA says live video images of the excavation will be shown on its website beginning on Thursday.

It says the cameras will be filming the area close to the mosque 24 hours a day.

But a spokesman for the religious trust which runs al-Aqsa mosque said this was purely cosmetic.

He added that instead of putting up cameras, the digging should stop.