Good Boys and Bad Boys

Good. Spc. Greg Sullivan of the Georgia 48th home from Iraq.

Bad. Or should I say insidious? Irregardless; more horrors from the "Religion of Peace".

And more news on the Gay Gestapo that is trying to force it's agenda on American campuses. Whose college experience is it, anyway?

…America’s universities may once again become the prized “marketplaces of ideas” they once were.

Did you read his by-line? He's a senior at the (dominating) RIVAL. Go Dawgs!

Friday Filings

An excellent debate is raging over on All Things Beautiful. Here are two excerpts from the COMMENTS section of yesterday's article Shut Up & Put Up.

Kenny Pierce says it all so eloquently:

Knowing Alexandra, I would imagine that she meant not, "We should shoot people who protest against suggestions that we should actually enforce the laws we have," but rather, "If people who are here illegally are going to march in the streets flaunting their illegal status, waving their foreign flags, screaming that since they and their fellow mestizos are the indigenous tribe to whom the entire continent rightfully belongs and therefore that the rest of us should go back to Europe, and just in general demanding that we raise our hands helplessly and let them stay until they have finished the coming tribalistic takeover about which they openly brag — why then we should deport them." Indeed, even the most moderately careful reader might note that the antecedent of "them" in Alexandra's sentence is those specific illegal aliens who engage in "sticking their finger up at us," i.e., people who are here illegally and defiantly hold our laws in contempt. This simple observation makes your immense leap to "keeping law-abiding citizens from expressing opinions publicly" a particularly absurd straw man. But then, of course, flaming "fascist" conservatives for the positions they hold in your fantasies of moral and intellectual supremacy is always much more fun and satisfyingly self-pleasuring than carefully reading, or honestly representing, their actual positions.

To put it in terms simple enough for you to understand with only a few minutes' uncharacteristic concentration: Alexandra is not proposing that we outlaw protests and free speech, only that if people who are here in defiance of our laws are going to flaunt the fact openly, then we should waste no time in starting the deportations with them. In an alternative formulation: since we can't deport all twelve million illegals right away, then we probably ought to start with the ones who express the most open contempt for our laws. Or as a third formulation: if we are going to have immigration laws at all and have any position more restrictive than "anybody who wants to can come on in," then high on the priority list of people we don't let in, and kick out if we catch them after they sneak in, should be people who hate our country and hold our laws in contempt.

As a side note, having spent a great deal of time overseas and knowing a modicum of twentieth century history, it's a source of continuous amusement to me that Republicans think Democrats are "socialists" and Democrats think Republicans are "fascists" — each of which opinions makes patently clear the fact that the ill-educated person who holds it is a fatuously provincial American with no more idea than a cocker spaniel of what fascism and socialism actually look like when you get the real thing.

By the way, on this blog we have lots of discussions between people who have very different points of view, yet like each other and treat each other with respect. If you would like to play nice then we'll play nice back. Or you can keep calling people fascists on the basis of opinions they do not in fact hold, a practice that will be predictably inefficacious in raising our general opinion of Salon's readers. Your choice.

Also ditto to Jeff Durkin who tasks Ethan (the bashing commenter) with a little America 101:

From Ethan: "Once you begin down the road of not allowing protests and free speech, the next thing you know people will start being put in jail because of things like reactionary blogs."The problem with this line, Ethan, is that the people who are advocating citizenship for themselves are not guaranteed freedom of speech and assembly under the US Constitution. Those 'rights' are reserved for citizens of the US, not foreign nationals. We can extend a 'privilege' through the law for foreign nationals to be able to march or opine about their 'rights', but this is not the same thing and, therefore, restrictions on speech in any form for foreign nationals does not impact the rights of US citizens.

Read all the comments – there's excellent discourse going on over there. It's easy to spot the lefties – they just name-call. Everyone else is coherent. Like the Anchoress' hallmark, "…decent people can disagree and still be decent people…".

Following up redneckperil (Kenny Pierce) is Spot On on the Duke Lacrosse "rape"

Hypocricy is not saying that something is immoral even though you've done it yourself. Hypocricy is saying something is immoral and claiming you don't do it yourself, when in fact you secretly do. This would seem obvious, but Americans are master at missing the obvious, whenever missing the obvious makes it easier for them to excuse their own self-indulgent behavior.

At any rate, as I've tried over and over to make clear to the kids, doing something stupid doesn't make you deserve to be falsely accused — but life is not about what you deserve, and doing something stupid quite possibly can get you slandered. Doing something stupid doesn't make you deserve to get raped — but a stupid, slutty, sloppy-drunk, coked-up girl is a heckuva lot more likely to get raped than an intelligent, chaste, sober, drug-free girl, especially when there are lots of horny, amoral, sloppy-drunk male undergraduates in the vicinity. (You can get as upset with me as you want to get for my "judgmentalism" or whatever judgmentally condemnatory epither comes readily to your hand, but it won't change the fact that what I have just said is true, or the fact that if my daughter understands it and you don't bother to make sure your daughter does, you're a heckuva lot more likely than I am to get a devastating phone call late at night sometime during our respective daughters' first couple of years in college.)

News Flash: Christians are NOT rioting over Jesus Cartoons.  Here's my answer.

Scary Indeed

An April 26 column in The Crimson White (University of Alabama) has been picked up by the wires.

Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, believes in the concept of the return of the Islamic messiah fervently. He truly believes that the Mahdi will make his appearance on the earth in two years.

Because of this Mahdi, Iran must do everything in its power to prepare the way for him. The one thing Iran can do to fulfill some Islamic prophecies and cause the Mahdi to make his appearance sooner is to kill the Jewish people (destroy Israel).

The Iranian and some clerical leaders have also taken it upon themselves to begin fulfilling prophesies through converting the world to Islam so the Mahdi will reward them when he comes.

Holding nuclear weapons makes it much easier for Iran to convert the world to their religion. Plus, it makes it much more difficult for the United States and other bodies to use logic to convince the country not to pursue the weapons.

If Iran's clerics and its president believe they are fulfilling the will of God by developing nuclear weapons and attempting to destroy Israel, it will be difficult for the United States and other bodies to convince them to stop their actions.

Read the whole thing.

Is it a movie or real-life? Read the whole thing

A "peaceful" religion is being hijacked by a dangerous foe, who seeks to destroy the shared values we stand for. The world should be very concerned.

The "Banality of Sedition" – Gerard Van der Leun hits the nail on the head AGAIN

It strikes me that what I am auditing is not so much "the banality of evil," but "the banality of sedition;" a banality we see acted out daily on our television screens and on the op-ed pages of our newspapers. The banality of sedition is now so well established that it is, well, banal and goes forward without a great deal of remark or trouble.

In the last fortnight, the phrase that has arisen to mark this phenomenon is "The Culture of Treason." I'm not sure who originated the phrase, but its use is proliferating across the Internet for the reason that all such phrases proliferate when the time is ripe; it somehow rings true.

Relativity, or The Lack Thereof

Gateway Pundit puts the gas price hysteria in perspective.

gas price graph

Now What'd She Say? Remember previously on McKinney vs Renee Starzyk/WGCL-Atlanta:

McKinney: Actually you, media, are the only ones who are asking about that.

McKinney: Well, actually no one has asked me other than you

McKinney: You're talking about the incident I'm talking about issues.

McKinney: You're a distraction because that seems to be all you want to talk about

But this says otherwise. Other people ARE talking about it, seriously and alot. She needs a lesson in what exactly a distraction is.

Get your Mike Adams Action Figure before stores sell out!

Flight 93 – I'm going to see it, are you? Holy Fool takes the congressman that is blocking the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA to task.

When I lived in Houston for a short time after graduating college, I befriended a coworker who was Jewish. During our time together, I was lucky enough to be a part of her wedding plans. One night, at one of many pre-wedding dinners at her mother's home, I meet an older female relative (I think she was her Great Aunt). Delightful, lively, tiny. She showed me her arm with the tatooed numbers. She said she could have had them removed, but she didn't want anyone to forget. The memory still gives me the same chill bumps I got that night. The Holocaust did happen and no reshapers of history can ever make it go away. Over at Gates of Vienna, a personal story of a daughter and mother….

Life comes full circle in more ways than one can imagine in adolescence. Reading Shrinkwrapped’s description of the increasingly desperate straits of Stockholm’s Jews, I am now in same helpless position my mother once occupied. The fact that I am more informed than she was does not render me more competent to do anything. The fact that I know she and I were and are part of a larger historical wave of Western self-destruction does not provide surcease.

[…] What are we, with no history?

(Scroll further down in Shrinkwrapped's article link to an excellent observation on Islam by Dr. Sanity:

As Dr. Sanity so eloquently has pointed out, Arab culture is the quintessential Shame culture. In Islam there is no shame in genocide or murder because there is no real Prohibition against slaughtering infidels, in fact, it is explicitly endorsed. Not only are they not ashamed by their complicity with the Nazis, but they celebrate it and strive to emulate Nazism. At the same time they deny the Holocaust took place and they vow to do it right the next time. It is easy to see the hatred and rage that their own shame produces. The Americans and the Israelis, the Great and Little Satan respectively, evoke shame by the contrast between successful, dynamic, "alive" societies, and the stagnation of so much of the Islamic world, which celebrates death rather than life, in the words of their sages.)

Good boys make their mothers proud.

A gay fairy tale (with kissing). And… and… INCONCEIVABLE!

Show Me The Money, Dhimmi

Comment on All Things Beautiful:

"I believe it was Demosthenes who said that once you've broken a man, it's no small matter to make him whole. The Muslims have been broken by Islam, and the consequences are worldwide.In a world in which all are either masters or slaves, to imagine oneself to be neither, but rather a free and self-respecting individual, must be incredibly difficult. Where, after all, are one's models to come from? Yet this is the world of Islam, where everything is either compulsory or forbidden, and the authorities are answerable to no one. That doesn't excuse Muslims' savageries or perfidies, of course. We might well have to kill many and cordon off the rest to end the threat they pose to civilized lands. But it does seem to explain why so few of them are capable of anything but wild brutality or abject submission. (by Francis W. Porretto at Eternity Road – while you're there, read the excellent Sparks & Embers)

Like the lightbulbs on a movie star's makeup mirror, things just started going off. So many events, both large and small, over the many years began to arrange themselves in such a way that I saw the tiniest of connections like spider's silk glistening in the morning light. Building one upon another, patiently over the centuries, to fruition on foreign shores. Think Jesus' parable of sowing seeds, but with a much different outcome. Like in The Matrix, the West is simply a means to an end, a commodity to be harvested in the name of Allah. The Muslims have become the Machines. Mindless killing with only one goal. But for what? In their minds, we are already defeated. Our benevolent "aid" is considered jizya – we are all dhimmi's in their eyes.

There's a scene from The Pianist where Wladyslaw Szpilman and his family sit in the drawing room of their home and calmly discuss the barbarism happening all around them. They truly believe that people will come to their senses and all will be as it was. They patiently, blindly wait while Warsaw collapses under the burden of evil.

It happened once, it can happen again.

I’ll Take Back That Pulitzer, Please

Un-frickin-believable!

One of the Deep Cover Dems in collusion with the media to lie/distort/mislead Americans and smear Our President on the way down has been fired by the CIA as a substantive leak source. Fabulous run down by Flopping Aces on the now infamous Mary McCarthy that seems to have threads leading everywhere! Clinton, Joe Wilson, Africa, Berger, it's amazing.

Is it me or is this connection between her, Berger, and Clarke a little unsettling? This may confirm once and for all what many of us have been saying, this is an attempted coup of huge proportion. Read the whole thing.

More on the CIA vs WH:

Gateway Pundit

The "Culture of Treason"

The mainstream news is circling their wounded like a herd of musk ox. e

Anchoress

Several former intelligence officials said they were particularly alarmed about McCarthy’s alleged involvement in any leaks because of where she worked at the CIA. L. Britt Snyder III, who was CIA inspector general from 1997 to 2000, said if McCarthy leaked information while working in the IG office, “we would have considered that a fairly egregious sin.” The IG, he said, “gets into everything, including personal things. That makes it a little different than other places.”

American Thinker

It is dishonorable to expect protection for dissenting in this way. And the fact that the press and liberals have leapt to McCarthy’s defense by saying that her leaking is nothing more than some kind of heroism is almost beyond belief. McCarthy took it upon herself to make public a policy for which some of our allies desperately needed to remain a secret lest they be targeted by our enemies for terrorist attacks. It may be hyperbole to posit the notion that anyone who dies in terrorist attacks in those eastern European countries where the secret prisons were supposed to be located and were named in the leaked information, that it would be McCarthy’s hands stained with the blood of those innocents. But it points up the serious consequences of deciding American policy based on one’s personal idea of morality.

Captain's Quarters

… that secrecy at the CIA has suddenly become a new culture. Most of us expected it to be a continuing part of intelligence work.

Someone should just do her a favor and wire her mouth shut. A excerpt of transcript:

Q: has anyone asked you about your confrontation with the Capitol police officer?

A: Actually you, media, are the only ones who are asking about that.
Q: I'm sure you thought about this — potentially someone might ask you about this, outside of the media, about the confrontation — what would your response be, how do you explain it to the people of DeKalb County?

A: Well, actually no one has asked me other than you and so… I talk to my constituents about the things that are on their minds…

Q: Do you think the incident will affect your chances for re-election?

A: You're talking about the incident I'm talking about issues.

Q: You want to talk about issues, has the confrontation made it harder for you to focus on the issues? Has it been a distraction?

A: You're a distraction because that seems to be all you want to talk about — but people here understand that my representation is much larger than any discreet incident.

OFF CAMERA, WITH MIKE STILL ON:• "This is crap — they lied to Coz and Coz is a fool for believin' 'em. [Referring to aide Coz Carson]. [Walks back to chair.] Anything that is captured by your audio while I'm not seated in this chair is off the record and is not permissible to use — is that understood?

Yeah, right.


UPDATED: Gerard Van der Leun seconds the motion.

The Boy Next Door

Maybe they can get some funding from Cynthia McKinney's war chest. Terrorists in Atlanta – GT student detained:

A 21-year-old Georgia Tech student taken into federal custody last month has been charged with giving "material support" to a terrorist organization, according to a federal indictment unsealed Thursday.
[…] In a separate case that may be related, a 19-year-old Roswell man was arrested Monday in Bangladesh. Ehsanul Islam Sadequee was arrested by Bengali authorities after at least eight months of federal investigation of him and his family, his sister, Sharmin Sadequee, said Thursday.

Michelle Malkin says in an older, but very relevant post

A couple of readers point to Georgia Tech's central role as an information/computing hub for counterterrorism/first responder research …

Maybe GT should run background checks on all it's applicants as well.

Remember who did their practice runs here?

Death by cop.

This saddens me deeply, but does not surprise me. Anything good must be destroyed – it is the way of Allah.

(delinked) LittleGreenFootballs has an article worthy of The Python – So if their faces are turned away from Mecca, does that mean their "processing parts" ARE facing Mecca? There's a joke in there somewhere….

The Anchoress, though on the mend, writes a hale and hearty commentary that connects many many dots on the subtle relationship between Judas and today's evil society. Just a taste —

The Cult is multiplying and descending upon society in continual and ever-growing waves; you can see its sticky and pearlescent trail everywhere. It lives and thrives on such food as this grief turned outward and slicked up. It drinks itself giddy by imbibing the moonshine of the charlatan, thus convincing itself that this is the way the world should work.

Read the whole thing – it's a gift.

Brent Bozell over at TownHall writes about Viacom, the ChannelKing of SleazeTV. (sic)

Viacom's standards are curious, to say the least. It mocks Christians all year long — Easter mockery is a natural next step after last year's special, "Merry F—ing Christmas" — but the image of Mohammed is a sacred cow that must be respected.

What gives here? The lesson is clear: Riot in the streets of Europe over some silly Danish newspaper cartoons, and you can intimidate Hollywood executives into silence. Is Comedy Central trying to suggest that the sure-fire way for Christians to get dung-flinging Jesus off of "South Park" is to riot and burn some buildings down?

But wait. Viacom is even more pathetic than this. CNSNews.com reporter Patrick Goodenough reported that in Germany, Viacom-owned MTV has decided to run an anti-Catholic cartoon so negative that even the BBC rejected it, a cartoon called "Popetown."

[…] Viacom used to be the scum of the Earth, parading around and accept awards from the ACLU for their "courageous" programming. (Last June, the ACLU Foundation of Southern California hailed Comedy Central boss Doug Herzog with its "Torch of Liberty" Award: "Herzog has also always stood by 'South Park' and its creators' right to free expression.") These people are still the scum of the Earth, but now they can't in any way claim that they're courageous when it comes to controversy. They're hypocrites and cowards of the most odious rank.

Reading assignment for the remainder of the day: Mr VdL. It's worth the trip.

A Picture Worth a Thousand Words…

Check this out…

Make May 5 Happy Gringo Day

Who cares that the illegal immigrants will be boycotting American goods and services on May 1? I say let's go shopping and spend like a Congressman. Show them.

Annnnnnd……while I'm at it…….I say let's make Cinco de Mayo Happy Gringo Day. Like Bob Griggs, I won't be celebrating in my usual way. In fact, I may not ever again.

Tuesday Tidbits

Over the weekend, I had blog snafus. So a couple of things aren't quite as timely as I'd like, but that's life.eastern

The Delta Pilots saw the light at the end of the tunnel last Friday, and it looked like an Eastern logo. 

Michelle Malkin talks about the New Axis of Terror. While you're there, read about the death threats she's received …

ATB has two excellent essays on Iran and the escalating timeline. Here and here. I especially like the part about "the Special Unit of Martyr Seekers in the Revolutionary Guards". Or should they be called "Angry Teens for Allah"? There are several points in both these writings that are bouncing around in my head. More later.

Again, another great lesson from American Digest, outlining the difference between "winning" and "victory".


Acceptable Treason

How apropos, that the Gnostic text exhaulting Judas, the world's greatest traitor, surfaces yet again to rousing acclaim. Given the season, and the daily din of rhetoric, I deem today's lesson to be on TREASON.

The American Heritage dictionary defines treason as 1. Violation of allegiance toward one's country or sovereign, especially the betrayal of one's country by waging war against it or by consciously and purposely acting to aid its enemies. 2. A betrayal of trust or confidence.

(For word-nuts like me) treason's etymology: Anglo-French treison crime of violence against a person to whom allegiance is owed, literally, betrayal, from Old French traïson, from traïr to betray, from Latin tradere to hand over, surrender: the offense of attempting to overthrow the government of one's country or of assisting its enemies in war; specifically : the act of levying war against the United States or adhering to or giving aid and comfort to its enemies by one who owes it allegiance.

Is it just me, or is it interesting that part of the word's root history is French?

As not to be left out, I include treason's brother in crime, sedition is defined as (also American Heritage) 1. Conduct or language inciting rebellion against the authority of a state. 2. Insurrection; rebellion. It's delicious etymology: Latin seditio, literally, separation, from sed apart + itio act of going, from ire to go: the crime of creating a revolt, disturbance, or violence against lawful civil authority with the intent to cause its overthrow or destruction.

American Digest treats us to an excellent lesson on treason, both Aramaic and American. In Judas, A Saint for Our Seasons, the good professor talks about How to Cheapen the Human Soul … (emphasis mine)

…the publication of the "Gospel" of Judas has another, deeper and more lasting benefit to our neophytes of nihilism. It puts one of the final elements of their anti-morality play at center stage. It seeks to sanctify treason.

It was never a question of "if," but only a question of "when" our contemporary society would discover an avatar who would make treason acceptable. It only codifies the realities of their secular belief system. Treason against others or one's country has long been as common as adultery in this country. Like adultery the rate of treason is on the rise because, like adultery and similar forms of personal betrayal, it no longer has any consequences at all.

It is true that the federal crime of treason is not easily established and is rarely if ever charged. But the formal crime of treason is not what I am discussing here. Rather the more common, garden variety of treason as understood by plain people — the rabid and unremitting hatred, expressed in word or deed, of the country that gives you the freedom express your hatred. It is the treason of the ingrate, the soul-dead, the politically perverted, and the bitter; it is, as Roger Kimball at The New Criterion discusses, the treason of the intellectuals and "the undoing of thought."

[…]

We've long permitted greater and greater levels of betrayal in our society. We've codified them as law, policy and custom as far as the wishes of the individual are concerned. It is no longer sophisticated or fashionable to speak of selfishness as betrayal. That word is so harsh when, after all, we are only speaking of "differing needs," aren't we. When the betrayal of others is glossed over with phrases such as "I needed to be me," or "I needed my space," or "I needed more money,"or "We were just on different paths," then the elevation of this disease of the soul from the betrayal of another into the larger realm of treason against all is only a question of degree. end boxbox The Church of the Self effectively mandates treason, and we see it now manifested daily in the bright robes of "unstiffled dissent" which shroud an increasingly vicious anti-Americanism that has its roots, not in reasoned criticism, but in unreasoned hate. We hear the hate but what we have not been allowed to see is the treason behind it.

While you're there, read another of his excellent articles – Christians of Convenience. (excerpt)

And while the hatred, disparagement and fear of Christianity is a theme of long standing among this cohort, their open and embracing love for those that have killed innocent Americans by the thousands and who seek methods, means and opportunity to kill us in the millions is a relatively new development — at least in its brazen openness.

CounterTerrorism sheds light on that most useful of sedition tools, MISINFORMATION.

The current escalation of tensions with Iran over its potential and desire to produce nuclear weapons obscures an important point – Shi'ite Iran's leadership has long played a crucial role in aiding and abetting al Qaeda and other violent Sunni movements. Read the whole thing.

And finally, for the if-the-President-supports-it-it-must-be-evil-and- creepy-free-speech-criers-of-wolf that infrequently attend class, a lesson from OPFOR.

Class dismissed.

Good Friday

Remembering…

Hiding. Whispering. Yelling. Running. Falling. Pushing. Fear. Romans. Sweat. Sun. Horses. Dirt. Mocking. Spitting. Thorns. Whips. Blood. Pain. Yelling. Urine. Running. Yelling. Pushing. Yehshua! Smells. Smoke. Blood. Falling. Simon. Dirt. Fear. Sun. Yelling. Smoke. Whips. Golgotha. Pharisees. Romans. Nails. Blood. Romans. Dice. Cries. Blood. Romans. Blood. Pain. Pain. Blood. Pain. Pain. Pain. Pain. Sacrifice. Water.

Horror. Grief. Darkness.

Maundy Thursday

Remember….

Jesus entered the room where he would share his last meal with his friends. It was late, dark. No servant greeted the tired travelers. No youngest boy of the house ran to wash the dust from their feet. The disciples, undoubtedly self-absorbed in visions of grandeur, did not step up to the task. So Jesus grabbed the bowl and taught them all a lesson in humility.

He took a simple meal of bread and wine and turned it into a celebration of God's love for all.

Only He knew what lay ahead. Only He, with God's mercy and strength, could shoulder the burden. Only He could make the Sacrifice.

And while the disciples squabbled, Judas slipped quietly into the night…

Smoke and Mirrors

Sorry, I just don't buy it. The "gentle religion" is anything but.

Andrew Bostom says in The American Thinker

The Big Lie as propaganda device has a long and dishonorable history, gulling onto complacency those who prefer to avoid unpleasant worries. The Nazi propagandist Goebbels was its most notable practitioner, but for sheer numbers and historical roots, no other group can match the efforts of jihadist Muslims, with their religiously-sanctioned practice of deceiving infidels to protect the faith.

[…]

The bitter irony is that in stark contrast to Al-Shater’s mendacious slurs against American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, or Israeli forces in Gaza, Judea or Samaria, it is modern jihad campaigns which have been fraught with the atrocities he enumerates.

He also quotes Bat Ye'or in a July 2004 Frontpagemag article entitled How Europe became Eurabia

Finally, Americans should understand that Eurabia’s contemporary anti-Zionism and anti-Americanism are the spiritual heirs of 1930s Nazism and anti-Semitism, triumphally resurgent.

And contrast this statement by the Anchoress about an article in the WaPo with outright lies

As I said here, the job of the MSM, these days, is the willful dissemination of disinformation – mostly meant to do one thing – get George W. Bush out of office. As usual, headline readers will see this distortion, digest it and it’s “locked in the narrative” for all time.

and this definition of taqiyya

the religiously-sanctioned doctrine, with its origins in Shi’a Islam but now practiced by non-Shi’a as well, of deliberate dissimulation about religious matters that may be undertaken to protect Islam, and the Believers. (gleaned from JihadWatch)

The MSM is tipping its hand outlandishly as to whose side they are really on!

Muslim Tolerance – Oxymoron of the Day

Why "tolerate" them when they are determined to wipe us off the map??? (Thanks JihadWatch)

Mark Steyn has an excellent article in the latest City Journal.

That moment of ascendancy is now upon us. Or as the Daily Telegraph in London reported: “Iran’s hardline spiritual leaders have issued an unprecedented new fatwa, or holy order, sanctioning the use of atomic weapons against its enemies.” Hmm. I’m not a professional mullah, so I can’t speak to the theological soundness of the argument, but it seems a religious school in the Holy City of Qom has ruled that “the use of nuclear weapons may not constitute a problem, according to sharia.” Well, there’s a surprise. How do you solve a problem? Like, sharia! It’s the one-stop shop for justifying all your geopolitical objectives.

The bad cop/worse cop routine the mullahs and their hothead President Ahmadinejad are playing in this period of alleged negotiation over Iran’s nuclear program is the best indication of how all negotiations with Iran will go once they’re ready to fly. This is the nuclear version of the NRA bumper sticker: “Guns Don’t Kill People. People Kill People.” Nukes don’t nuke nations. Nations nuke nations. When the Argentine junta seized British sovereign territory in the Falklands, the generals knew that the United Kingdom was a nuclear power, but they also knew that under no conceivable scenario would Her Majesty’s Government drop the big one on Buenos Aires. The Argie generals were able to assume decency on the part of the enemy, which is a useful thing to be able to do.

[…]

Anyone who spends half an hour looking at Iranian foreign policy over the last 27 years sees five things:

1. contempt for the most basic international conventions; 2. long-reach extraterritoriality;

3. effective promotion of radical Pan-Islamism;

4. a willingness to go the extra mile for Jew-killing (unlike, say, Osama);

5. an all-but-total synchronization between rhetoric and action.

[…]

What’s the difference between a hothead and a moderate? Well, the extremist Ahmadinejad has called for Israel to be “wiped off the map,” while the moderate Rafsanjani has declared that Israel is “the most hideous occurrence in history,” which the Muslim world “will vomit out from its midst” in one blast, because “a single atomic bomb has the power to completely destroy Israel, while an Israeli counter-strike can only cause partial damage to the Islamic world.” Evidently wiping Israel off the map seems to be one of those rare points of bipartisan consensus in Tehran, the Iranian equivalent of a prescription drug plan for seniors: we’re just arguing over the details.

Read the whole thing.

More from Alexandra.

And finally, dearest Anchoress, BE CAREFUL! The Evil One comes in many guises, usually smooth of tongue and easy on the eyes.

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