Sunday, September 19, 2010

In the news...

More news from the Middle East:

"Hizbullah successfully tests new missile in Iran"

Special Hizbullah units in Iran have successfully launched and tested a new Iranian missile "Fatah 110," according to a report over the weekend by Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai, Channel 2 news reported. Iranian "Fatah 110" has a range of 200 km, capable of reaching Ashdod, Jerusalem; Lebanese terror group reportedly has list of priority targets.

According to the report, the Iranian missile, which was displayed with great pride in Teheran less than a month ago, has a maximum range of 200 kilometers. This means it is capable of reaching Jerusalem and Ashdod if it was to be launched from the Israel-Lebanon border. The Kuwait newspaper said the test launches took place in Iran since such an event could not take place in Lebanon.

"Clinton's 'Peace Partner Syria' Hosts Ahmadinejad"

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited Syria on his way to the United States Saturday, two days after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent U.S. envoy George Mitchell to Damascus and Beirut for peace talks. Both countries are declared enemies of Israel.

Continuing U.S. President Barack Obama’s policy of “engaging” enemies, Mitchell pushed the idea of expanding the proposed agreement with Israel for a new Arab country within Israel’s current borders, to be headed by the Palestinian Authority.

But it should be obvious to any casual observer that this policy is doomed for failure. The evidence is seen in the quotes below:

However, previous efforts to win over Syria at Iran’s expense have failed. Syrian political commentator Ayman Abdel Nour noted, "The Syrians have assured the Iranians that any progress in ties with the United States or in peace with Israel will not come at the expense of Tehran."

If thats not enough, we see this:

The Obama administration’s attempts could boomerang, with the Iranian-Syrian-Hizbullah-Hamas axis insisting that a new Palestinian Authority country be dependent on further Israel concessions

Of course, the story isn't complete without Ahmadinejad weighing in:

Ahmadinejad told Assad that the American-sponsored direct talks between the PA and Israel would fail without the participation of the "true representatives of the Palestinian people,” meaning Hamas. He also said that Israel has no place in the future of the Middle East, a mild paraphrase of his warning two years ago that Israel should be "wiped off the map.”

One more story; this one is about the peace-loving Muslims:

"Seattle Mohammed Cartoonist Runs for Her Life"

A Seattle cartoonist who stirred up Islamic ire at her whimsical "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" has gone incognito because of threats against her life. The FBI has not officially encouraged her to do so, but “top security specialists at the FBI” have advised her to hide.

As a Seattle Weekly cartoonist several months ago, Molly Norris inadvertently caused an international storm by encouraging people to draw Mohammed – something that is not forbidden in the Quran but is banned by some hadiths (Islamic texts).

A Yemeni cleric named Anwar al-Awlaki – an American-born radical who is said to have inspired the Fort Hood Army base massacre - singled out Norris this summer as a "prime target," saying her "proper abode is Hellfire."

In addition, postings on stated that other artists who drew Mohammed could wind up like Theo van Gogh, the Dutch filmmaker who was knifed to death by a Muslim murderer.

"There is no more Molly," wrote the Seattle Weekly newspaper on Wednesday. Though she is “alive and well,” the article stated, she will, “on the insistence of top security specialists at the FBI, [be] ‘going ghost’: moving, changing her name, and essentially wiping away her identity… She is, in effect, being put into a witness-protection program—except, as she notes, without the government picking up the tab. It's all because of the appalling fatwa issued against her this summer, following her infamous 'Everybody Draw Mohammed Day' cartoon.”

So this artist has effectively lost her life - at least the "normal" life that she once knew, and is now on the run and in hiding because of the peaceful Muslims threatening her life. Because of a cartoon.

But don't forget, we're living in that parallel universe of bizarro land. The land in which Christianity is "bad" and Islam is "good".

Meanwhile, we need to pray for this artist, Molly Norris, and hopefully she won't experience the same fate as Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, who was brutally butchered for a similar "offense", or the American soldiers who were massacred at Fort Hood.


Expected Imminently said...

Hello Scott
I wondered if you had heard that MI5 has just reported that the UK is to be targeted again by the Real IRA? It seems they are being trained by Al Qaeda. Sp?

Also scientists have claimed we are now overdue a serious earthquake!

There ya go! A couple of pending birth-pangs from our bit of the globe.

Scott said...

No, Sue, I hadn't heard about either scenario.

Things are sure getting interesting aren't they?

DrNofog said...


Let me know when the dim bulbs start putting meters on yer rain down-spouts to save the planet so I can say "I told you so..."

Householders Could Be Charged To Water Gardens

Caroline Spelman (Con, Meriden), the Environment Secretary, is to examine plans to put a water meters in every home.

The idea was drawn up by Oxford University academic Lord Krebs, chairman of the Environment department’s adaptation sub-committee, who said the public had to learn that water was not an “infinite resource” and suggested there should be extra charges for watering the garden.
["...water (3/4 of the planet?!?)...not an “infinite resource”?!!]

“What is it with these academic types that they can’t bear people quietly and peacefully enjoying themselves?”
[garden = green planet...eats CO2...spits out oxygen...feeds people - Logic out the window?!?]

Scott said...

"What is it with these academic types (insert liberals here) that they can't bear people quietly and peacefully enjoying themselves?"

That, my friend, is the 10 million dollar question. Something I ask myself repeatedly. If anyone has this answer I would be glad to look at it. Its the one thing that drives me absolutely crazy.

Expected Imminently said...

I heard that when theology students do their degree - or something - they cannot rehash the established position; their 'thesis' (is that the word?) has to be unique - which is why we end up with so many odd ideas on Scripture.
Maybe these academics are in the same boat - after all if it HAS to be unique - daft doesn't matter?

Scott said...

Unique huh?
So the Bible, as stated isn;t enough?
Sheeesh. Sad.