Thursday, September 20, 2007

A State of Mind

The AP says Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has been outlawed by al-Qaeda.

Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden called on Pakistanis to rebel against President Pervez Musharraf in a new recording released on Thursday, saying his military's siege of a militant mosque stronghold makes him an infidel.

Al-Qaeda certainly isn't shy about declaring wars, issuing sentences of death on dissident literary figures, crashing wide-body aircraft into buildings, threatening universal death to all who defy them. That's of course when they aren't busy blowing up school buildings or operating their patented slaughterhouses. Why just recently Ayman al-Zawahiri suggested anyone who turned a deaf ear to his calls for Jihad should have his eyes gouged out. Shy they ain't. What a contrast to a Western leadership that can hardly name its enemy, is stumbling all over itself to apologize to any offense it may have given, both real and imagined, to those who have sworn to kill it, and who will tomorrow host Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in New York City, an experience which almost included a trip to Ground Zero. He does get to speak at Columbia University though.



The psychological contrast between the two sides, one immensely powerful but infirm of will, the other supremely weak but confident is evident in this NYT article describing all the Lebanese government must do to remain in power. Stay alive.

Lawmakers from the anti-Syrian governing party, the March 14 Movement, took refuge on Thursday in a landmark hotel near the Parliament building in downtown Beirut because they fear assassination plots aimed at eliminating their razor-thin majority in the House.

The move reflects just how terrified the legislators are after one of their colleagues, Antoine Ghanem, and six others were killed in a powerful car bombing near Beirut on Wednesday. Mr. Ghanem was the fourth member of Parliament and the eighth anti-Syrian figure assassinated since a huge blast killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005, setting off a cycle of political crises.

“The problem is now the security of the M.P.s,” said Fares Souaid, a former lawmaker and leader in the March 14 Movement. “Our M.P.s are now locked inside the Phoenicia Hotel under the responsibility of the government and the Internal Security Forces. They will move under their supervision.”

There's a reason it's called "terrorism".

17 Comments:

Blogger Doug said...

Columbia University:
Ahmadinejad Yes, ROTC No

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British Police's New Spy Drone...

9/20/2007 07:04:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

The Decline of Truth

9/20/2007 07:10:00 PM  
Blogger ricpic said...

Is there any way to rationally quantify how much power Al-Qaeda actually has at this time? By that I don't mean how much sway it has with the Arab street (although that too must be hard to assess) but how much ability, if any, Al-Qaeda has to carry out its threats.

9/20/2007 07:11:00 PM  
Blogger Edwin said...

You couldn't tell it by the news media, but AQ is getting their rear kicked really good, at least according to the guys actually doing the kicking.
Sometimes they might have to do it with confiscated AKs and such so as to be able to pass a weapons check, but it's happening.

9/20/2007 07:32:00 PM  
Blogger Teresita said...

EDWIN: You couldn't tell it by the news media, but AQ is getting their rear kicked really good, at least according to the guys actually doing the kicking.

AQ is bending like a reed in the wind. And when the wind is "redeployed" they will stand back up again. That's what we get for doint catch-and-release instead of shoot to kill.

9/20/2007 07:49:00 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

Ah Columbia U. My alma mater. Well do I remember Edward Said. Of course, Columbia would host Ahmadinejad.

In the late 60's and early 70's there was always an Iranian contingent at the Vietnam anti war rallies in Washington dc. in the mid to late 70's there were always hooded Iranian protests against the shah at Columbia u. when the shah was kicked out all the Iranians disappeared.

Last year I ran into a woman in the Virginia suburbs where I live now. I knew her from my Columbia days. She went to Barnard when I was there. It was the first time I'd seen her in a decade and a half. Her teenage son was with her. He was thinking about going to Columbia. He asked me what I thought of the school. I told him that he had to be prepared to have at least a decade disappear. The time would be totally wasted. Nor would he know what he did with it. The time would be unredeemed.

His mother said that that's what she told him.

9/20/2007 08:04:00 PM  
Blogger whiskey_199 said...

AQ is VERY strong. Because they are close to toppling Musharraf and getting nukes. From thence -- well say good bye to several US cities.

In Iraq and Afghanistan, not so much. Though Dems will of course do their best to surrender.

9/20/2007 08:25:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Yeah, Warizistan is a known unknown.
Been organizing there almost since Day 1 after the exodus from Tora Bora.
Yet another time we should have bombed to kill.
At that time, we could have even squeaked in a Tac Nuke.

9/20/2007 08:57:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

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9/20/2007 08:58:00 PM  
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9/20/2007 08:59:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

One from me:
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9/20/2007 09:18:00 PM  
Blogger geoffb said...

Now we know why Pepe LaPew was French.

Of course I loved Pepe while I was growing up

9/20/2007 10:34:00 PM  
Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

a dead Islamic retard terrorist is a DEAD islamic retard.

they are not reeds, they are retarded islamonazi foot soldiers.

kill em, reload, repeat, kill em, reload repeat.

to suggest that a "military" solution is not possible is foolish.

we MUST impress upon our enemies that sending them to hell wrapped in a pig skin is something we actually get a woodie over

we MUST start taking all killed taliban, AQ or palestinian or generic islamic terrorists and wrapping them for death in pigskin. WE must use what they BELIEVE not what we believe.

many times on the arab/islamic blogs i hear them complain that the israelis are worse than nazis...

so maybe they want to be treated worse than the jews at the hands of nazis or worse they are projecting what they would do to us...

so, before we become nazis, let's simply use the trick of using what hurts them personally...

PIGSKINS

9/21/2007 05:24:00 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

Columbia's Bollinger should be dragged out of his office, stripped, tarred and feathered, and sent to Afghanistan to carry water for mules.

That old Western saying that "This town ain't big enough for the both of us" has more meaning now than ever.

9/21/2007 06:02:00 AM  
Blogger jms said...

Today would be a great day for Israel to take out Iran's nuclear facilities.

9/21/2007 06:17:00 AM  
Blogger Marzouq the Redneck Muslim said...

wyAlQueda and the Criminal Taliban have only one asset due to their fanaticism, tanacity. Hopefully their financing is curtailed.

In their areas of operation they have the advantage of home turf and a populace in which to hide. They are well versed in Mao's methods of guerilla warfare, a model proven to bleed and/or defeat USA.

Leftists in USA working in academia and media are well versed "true believers" in the revolutionary concepts of Mao.

These leftists have much influence over the Dem Party. Question is: can the rest of USA see this? Will rest of USA make and informed and correct choice in 2008?

The Left has tried to hit the street and campus as was done in 60s and 70s to help lose Vietnam. Their efforts seem less potent now.

This gives me hope.

Talk of bombing shows ignorance about the task at hand. Relying on the expensive assets of Air Force and Navy is costly and counterproductive. These assets should be used sparingly and carefully.

Please read Lind and Fabius Maximus Archives on D-N-I.net to see what I parrot.

Salaam eleikum, y'all!

9/21/2007 06:57:00 AM  
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9/21/2007 08:30:00 AM  

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