“It Gives Operational Security People Brain Cooties…”

I’d like your opinion on this story:

Tech Central Station is reporting on a story of the secret court martial in July of a sergeant who has been stealing intelligence files and giving them to law enforcement officers involved in anti-terrorism work in southern California.

The San Diego Union Tribune broke the news:

CIA Terror Busters logoMarine Gunnery Sgt. Gary Maziarz said patriotism motivated him to join a spy ring, smuggle secret files from Camp Pendleton and give them to law enforcement officers for anti-terrorism work in Southern California.

He knew his group was violating national security laws. But he said bureaucratic walls erected by the military and civilian agencies were hampering intelligence sharing and coordination, making the nation more vulnerable to terrorists.

Maziarz, a member of the Marine Forces Reserve, had helped search for survivors in New York after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“I decided to make a difference and act,” Maziarz testified during his court-martial in July at Camp Pendleton.

Now Maziarz and his alleged conspirators are being investigated by the FBI, National Security Agency and Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

Details of Maziarz’s case emerged after he pleaded guilty to mishandling more than 100 classified documents from 2004 to last year. The overall breach could be far larger: Investigators believe that as far back as the early 1990s, the intelligence-filching ring began taking hundreds of secret files from Camp Pendleton and the U.S. Northern Command, which tracks terrorist activity in the United States.

The San Diego Union-Tribune pieced together the story by reviewing material from Maziarz’s court proceedings and interviewing people familiar with the case. Those sources asked not to be named because they’re banned from revealing contents of an ongoing investigation.

During his trial, Maziarz said he passed the classified files to at least four men. These alleged accomplices were military reserve officers, and two of them also worked with anti-terrorism units for police and sheriff’s departments in Los Angeles County.

Maziarz said he took the documents while serving as an intelligence analyst for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton. In a plea agreement, he received a 26-month jail sentence in exchange for detailing the spy ring. He also agreed to testify against his alleged accomplices if they are charged.

The plea deal bars Maziarz, 37, from talking with the media. His purported conspirators could not be reached for comment, and investigators refused to discuss any developments.

The case is an intelligence nightmare, said defense analysts briefed on it.

They also said it unmasks the military’s growing role in post-Sept. 11 domestic security and confirms that U.S. officials believe al-Qaeda is active in the United States.

“It gives operational security people brain cooties to think about an incident like this,” said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a think tank that focuses on emerging security concerns.

“It’s the apparent extent of this intelligence hemorrhage and the fact that they caught someone and prosecuted him that make this case stand out,” he added.

Steven Aftergood, a research analyst for the nonprofit Federation of American Scientists, couldn’t remember another instance of people being driven by patriotic frustration to break the law.

“It’s incredible. We had better understand their motivations or else this is going to keep happening,” said Aftergood, whose organization works to reduce government secrecy while improving security practices. “The failure of agencies to share information is a real one and has been raised over and over again without a satisfactory resolution.”

Tech Central Station’s has Robert Haddick has a good take on the situation:
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…many of the war veterans have actually seen real jihadists, either armed with an AK-47 or smirking from a street corner as the U.S. soldiers drive by. For the vast majority of Americans back home by contrast, an al Qaeda terrorist is an abstract and increasingly mythical concept as the harsh memories of September 2001 fade into misty oblivion.


There was apparently no such fading memory for Gunnery Sergeant Maziarz and his alleged conspirators. This is also likely the case for many thousands of additional U.S. combat veterans who have seen the violent face of the jihadists.

America’s war veterans are for the most part intelligent, perceptive, and aware of the debates that go on about America’s foreign policy. And they have far more practical experience to bring to these discussions than the vast majority of Americans.

Gunnery Sergeant Maziarz has confessed to crimes and will suffer criminal punishment as a result. His alleged conspirators are likely in legal jeopardy and may soon join him in the brig. This is as it should be for breaking the law.

But those government officials responsible for protecting the country against terrorist attack have a responsibility to perform their jobs diligently and competently. Rogue “vigilance committees” can form whenever this is not the case.

Let us hope that the strange case of Gunny Sergeant Maziarz occurs just this one time. Those leaders charged with protecting America have their responsibility in this regard. And those Americans who are back from fighting the jihadists may be monitoring the performance of America’s law enforcement leaders closest of all.

So what do you guys think? Is he a patriot or a vigilante? Will his actions bring about any change in the “it’s-all-for-show” operations manual our current bureaucracy uses?

Just Wait Till I Get You Home, George

I didn’t know Muslim women could pose for anything symbolizing “that” body part. Good to learn something new.

Or is that a woman under the tent? Who could tell?

Meanwhile, Laura’s frozen smile has that wifely expression you can sometimes see at parties when a husband is ignoring the secret signal that says, “wait till I get you home, George.”

The things we do for love.

Hat tip: Jammie Wearing Fool, among many others. He has the details on Brea** Cancer Awareness Week.

Jeez, these women can’t drive but they can show up for phot ops like this one.

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Trickle Down Jihad in Amsterdam and Brussels

Eurabia is showing its ugly face this week.

We all know about the rioting in Amsterdam, how some maniac came into the police station and started stabbing two officers. Now we start to get some details about this “poor mentally ill fellow”:

The incidents started on Oct. 14 when a policewoman shot dead Bilal Bajaka, a 22-year old ethnic Moroccan, whilst he was stabbing her and a colleague with a knife. The officers were stabbed in the breast, face, neck and back. Surgeons could only narrowly save their lives.

Since the incident, Slotervaart has seen rioting almost every night. The Amsterdam Moroccans are “shocked” because one of them has been killed by an infidel woman. According to his family, Bilal Bajaka was mentally deranged and had a suicide obsession. Ahmed Marcouch, the Moroccan-born Socialist mayor of Slotervaart, criticized the Dutch authorities for failing to provide adequate health care for Bajaka’s mental problems.

Bilal Bajaka was, however, a personal friend of Mohammed Bouyeri, the Jihadist who ritually slaughtered the Dutch film maker Theo van Gogh in 2004. Bilal’s attack on the two police officers came exactly two years after the arrest of his brother, Abdullah Bajaka, the leader of an alleged plot to blow up an El-Al Boeing at Amsterdam airport. Bilal’s family background is not at all deprived. One of his sisters is a medical doctor, another sister is a Dutch judge. — my emphasis — D

So much for the idea that this person didn’t have “adequate” health care. Or perhaps his sister-the-doctor had given up on him years ago? Who knows? But his sister-the-judge (if she has any integrity) can certainly testify to the fact that his mental illness is not the fault of the Dutch government, any more than the murders of the students at Virginia Tech can be blamed on Washington.

Have you noticed that when people want to avoid taking responsibility for a situation, they start blaming others?…
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Blame is a handy defense designed to cloak the truth and to avoid having to do anything to change things. Eric Berne called this game “Ain’t It Awful?“ Sure is.

Meanwhile, the police in Brussels appear to be worse than useless. The officers in Amsterdam managed to kill their attacker, but it appears to be hands-off for the keepers of the peace in Belgium:

Last Sunday, demonstrating Turkish youths ransacked an Armenian restaurant in the Sint-Joost-ten-Node borough. According to the owner the police w[ere] present at the scene but did not interfere while his establishment was being demolished. The Armenian had to flee for his life.

Another man who had to run for his life was the Belgian journalist Mehmet Koksal, an ethnic Turk. He was attacked around 11 pm on Sunday evening by a group of some twenty Turkish youths in front of the American embassy in Brussels…


Koksal fled to a nearby police car, but a female police officer refused to let him into the car, whereupon the youths savagely beat him up. Fearing that they were about to lynch him, the police officer changed her attitude and allowed the journalist to seek refuge in the police car.

As any parent can tell you, the worst thing you can do with an out-of-control “youth” is to stand by and watch his destructive tantrum. Brussels might as well lie down in a corner somewhere and sew itself into a silk shroud.

Meanwhile, like a metastasis, the no-go zones in Europe continue to grow. The rageboys are in charge and the party is on. Paul Belien says:

Senior police officers compare the current situation in Amsterdam to the 2005 Ramadan riots in Paris. Media outside the Netherlands, however, hardly mention the riots, which aim to drive the police from Slotervaart and turn the neighborhood into a new no-go area – yet another pocket of Eurabia on Europe’s soil.

A pus pocket, by all accounts.

Just one more example of sumud in action — the mayhem is just to deflect our attention from the strategy.

The Roots of Non-Discrimination – Liberalism or Marxism?

The Fjordman Report

A new report from the noted blogger Fjordman, on the distortions of equality and liberty.

For a complete Fjordman blogography, see The Fjordman Files. There is also a multi-index listing here.

What is the driving force behind the ideology of absolute equality and total non-discrimination in the Western world? I’ve seen many different explanations blaming it on Christianity, democracy of universal suffrage, Marxism, decolonization or – perhaps most likely – on Nazism and the devastation caused by the Second World War. This triggered a rejection of absolutely everything perceived to be divisive, including the nation state, and has enabled a Multicultural ideology that is, ironically, itself becoming increasingly totalitarian.

American blogger Lawrence Auster believes that this civilization-wide epiphany that intolerance is the worst thing and must be eliminated “is the logical outcome of the older, more moderate-seeming liberalism, not of radical leftism. But even if I am mistaken and the present insane liberalism is the child of the radical left, it doesn’t matter, because that leftist-born liberalism is now the mainstream orthodoxy of the Western world.”

According to Auster, “liberalism” has meant many things over the last 300 years and has provided significant benefits to the human race. He distinguishes between three main stages of liberalism, which can overlap and co-exist with each other:

Classical liberalism, where “All men are created equal” meant no one is born to a different order, above other men. Liberalism meant the removal of traditional or arbitrary distinctions that were imposed on people. Liberalism meant restraints on the power of the state and a government of laws, not of men. It meant the self-government of a people, through their constitution and system of laws.

The Progressive Era, with its New Deal and Great Society liberalism, came to mean the use of government to prevent the economically powerful from having too much power, and to improve and raise up people’s condition and (in its Great Society phase). It was designed to make all people equal. Instead restraining government (because unrestrained government had earlier been seen as the main threat to liberty), liberalism now meant the indefinite increase of government in order to expand the provision of concrete social goods.

Finally, we have modern liberalism, established after the Second World War and especially after the 1960s: “Liberalism then came to mean that there is nothing outside or above the human self, that any higher or collective social reality (or even natural reality, such as sex distinctions) is an oppression. It came to mean that nations, religions, families are not legitimate because they impose a collective order on individual selves. It came to mean that the only legitimate order is a global world consisting of radically free persons, as in John Lennon’s ‘Imagine.’ It came to mean that truth itself is an oppression because if there is truth then the person is not absolutely free to do as he likes. It came to mean the elimination of self-government, because a people acting through its majority will still be exercising power over minorities and individuals. Therefore it came to mean unelected, unaccountable elites enforcing the individual rights of the whole of humanity.”

In Auster’s view, liberalism has formed much of the modern world and is associated with all kinds of goods, but has now been carried to an extreme that is destructive of civilization itself. Yet because people still have a positive image of liberalism, they are unable to see the destruction it is wreaking or to imagine a social order that goes beyond it.

I have a couple of comments to this. What Auster calls classical liberalism is exemplified by the quote “All men are created equal” from the United States Declaration of Independence written by Tomas Jefferson in 1776. It states that: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

I like many things in the American Declaration of Independence. It embodies the concept of self-determination and the right to institute a new government if the present one is hostile to your interests. However, I have reservations about the phrase “all men are created equal.” This is followed by the concept of “rights,” but it is still problematic. I am in favor of equality before the law, but this can be distorted into a demand for equality of outcome in all walks of life. Having equal rights does not mean we are created possessing equal potential. Some are more talented than others. This distinction is of great importance, as the idea that all human beings are not just equal before the law but equal in ability is now common.
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Perhaps this is rooted in older, cultural ideas of egalitarianism. One could make a strong case that it has also been strengthened by the nature of the democratic system with universal suffrage, part of which stipulates that the political opinions of all human beings are equally valid. This political equivalence could lead to cultural democratization and the idea that the lifestyle choices of all human beings share a moral equivalence , one choice being as valid as another. In other words, this view leads to Multiculturalism and to cultural relativism.

To put it in another way: Will abolishing all social and political hierarchies sooner or later also lead to abolishing all cultural and even natural hierarchies? Were the seeds of the modern liberalism of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries sown already during the classical liberalism of the eighteenth century?

Cathy Young writes at the newspaper The Boston Globe and is a contributing editor to Reason magazine, which is dedicated to libertarian ideas, individual choice and to “free minds and free markets.” Young immigrated to the Unites States as a refugee from the Soviet Union. Whatever her politics, she cannot remotely be labelled a Marxist.

However, she has warned against the Islamophobia of writers such as Robert Spencer:

“Spencer cites the atrocities perpetuated by medieval Muslim armies in Jerusalem,Constantinople, and other conquered cities as evidence that barbaric ‘jihadism’ is endemic to Islam, without acknowledging that the Christian crusaders’ actions were at least as bad.”

Spencer himself points out in his book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) that he does in fact call the Crusaders’ sack of Jerusalem in 1099 an “atrocity,” an “outrage,” and a “heinous crime.” Young’s conclusion regarding Islam is that “The best hope for peaceful coexistence is for the Islamic world to embrace modernization and individual liberty, not for the West to turn its back on those values.”

Exactly how this is going to happen she doesn’t say. Cathy Young sticks to the belief that Western liberalism can be exported to the Islamic world, despite mounting evidence to the contrary. Instead, they are currently exporting sharia to us.

As Canadian journalist Ken MacQueen writes, should polygamists win recognition for their view of marriage in court – a real possibility – Canada’s already suspect polygamy law would be blown out of the water:

“Marriage has already been legally redefined to include same-sex unions to meet equality provisions of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. As the Supreme Court of Canada noted in the same-sex marriage reference, the notion of a ‘Christian’ marriage is no longer relevant. ‘Canada is a pluralistic society,’ the court ruled.”

“Anecdotally, we hear that in Toronto and Ottawa some so-called religious leaders are performing Muslim [polygamous] marriages,” says Alia Hogben, executive director of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women. Asad Dean, chair of the Meadowvale Islamic Centre, agrees many multiple Islamic marriages are conducted in Canada but are simply not registered. It’s no different than others who live common-law, he says. “No one says, ‘hey, you have to be married to live together.’ Those days are over.”

Polygamous families emigrating to Canada are less fortunate. Their marriages aren’t recognized, so multiple wives and their children don’t gain entry. “We should allow it,” Hogben says. “We should respect different people.” Queen’s professor Bala warns if polygamy is decriminalized, polygamous immigration would certainly follow. “We can’t discriminate against someone from, say, Afghanistan, who wants to move here with their four wives, or indeed, 30 wives and their 20 or 100 children.”

Exactly why can we not “discriminate” against polygamy or Islamic culture? This assertion that a law against polygamy is discriminatioin is never explained, its “unfairness” is simply taken for granted. However,the emphasis on monogamy, even among kings and nobility in the West, enforced by the Church, was of great importance in shaping our civilization. Abolishing the institution of monogamous marriage will destabilize this civilization.

I have seen suggestions in Western countries that polygamy should be legalized. Some of the advocates for this are free market libertarians who justify their position from the point of view that states should not interfere with individual liberty. This is why Lawrence Auster talks about “right-wing liberals” and “left-wing liberals,” claiming that there is little difference between the two. In some cases this is probably correct. In immigration, many of the so-called right-wing factions, too, embrace the idea of total non-discrimination regarding the ethnic and cultural background of immigrants.

Professor Helmuth Nyborg at Aarhus University did research which revealed that there are differences between the sexes when it comes to intelligence. This triggered massive resistance and accusations, later disproved, of flawed scientific practices. According to Nyborg –

“Within the realms of psychology you are not allowed to talk about intelligence. You cannot measure intelligence and you cannot rank people according to intelligence. The entire field of intelligence is a so-called ‘no-go-area.’“

If you still choose to proceed, you are a bad person, one who is willing to rank other human beings according to their worth. If you also look at differences between groups of people, sexes or races, you are simply immoral.

According to Professor Annica Dahlstrom, an expert in neuroscience, men are found at the extremes of high and low intelligence, and although female geniuses do exist, they are much less frequent than their male counterparts. She has also stated that children should be left primarily in the care of their mother during their first years of living. The feminist establishment are angry and claim that she has misused her position as a scientist to reinforce gender stereotypes.

As Dahlström says, “The difference between boys and girls, in terms of their biology and brain, is greater than we could ever have imagined.” Differences between the sexes emerge even in fetuses and are clearly recognizable at the age of three. The centers of the brain dealing with communication, the interpretation of facial expressions, body language and tone of voice are more developed in girls even at this early age. Forcing boys to behave like girls are vice versa is unnatural and will inevitably hurt them. Such a policy could even be viewed as “mental abuse” of children in her view. Yet this is exactly what is happening, and sometimes with government support.

Journalist Kurt Lundgren reported on his blog about a magazine aimed at preschool teachers who take care of children between the ages of 0-6 years old. It included recommendations to promote “gender equality” and “sexual equality.” He said that in a kindergarten in Stockholm, parents were encouraged by the preschool teachers to equip their sons with dresses and female first names. There are now weeks in some places when boys HAVE TO wear a dress. Lundgren considers this sexual indoctrination to be worse than political propaganda:

“To give sex education to preschool children, to force them to have an opinion on gay sex and queer (lesbians, transsexuals, bisexuality, fetishism, cross over, sex change etc..) I regard as abuse of children. (…) Little children, we are talking about three to six-year-olds here, cannot in the preschool protect themselves from these sexual assaults. Their parents are not there, the children are totally left to themselves.”

This is presented as sexual liberation, but it is actually about breaking down the traditional Judeo-Christian culture and the nuclear family. Such practices leave the state more powerful since it can regulate all aspects of life and indoctrinate children without undue parental influence.

In Norway, a specialist in early childhood education stirred debate by supporting “sexual games” for children of pre-school age. “The only thing that is absolutely certain is that children, sooner or later, will play sexual games and examine each other,” pre-school specialist Pia Friis said. She thought children should be able –

“to look at each other and examine each other’s bodies. They can play doctor, play mother and father, dance naked and masturbate. But their sexuality must also be socialized, so they are not, for example, allowed to masturbate while sitting and eating. Nor can they be allowed to pressure other children into doing things they don’t want to.”

Family therapist Jesper Juul conceded that “many are disturbed by children’s sexuality, but I think it’s important to put it on the agenda.”

Most Norwegians send their children to the kindergartens before they begin school at age six, and many average citizens were shocked by this. “I thought at first that this was a joke,” said Karin Ståhl Woldseth, a spokesman for the Progress Party. “Children don’t need more exposure to this in kindergartens. We think it will damage their health.”

Child psychologist Thore Langfeldt in an interview apparently admitted that these sex games were encouraged by those who feared we could become infected by conservative Christian groups and wanted to make children immune to Christian morality as early as possible.

I do not believe sex in itself is sinful and disagree with the celibacy rules of Catholic priests because I don’t think it is natural for most human beings, men in particular, to totally repress these instincts throughout their lives. However, being civilized means precisely that you have to control your urges and natural impulses. Sex in this situation isn’t “natural,” it is specifically being used for destructive ideological purposes.

This sexualization of childhood is prevalent all over the Western world. A report published by the American Psychological Association (APA) warned against the early sexualizing of young girls, especially through media and marketing. They also found that teachers and parents are among the influences in the over-sexualization of children. Joseph D’Agostino of the Population Research Institute (PRI) wrote that radical feminism teaches girls that chastity is a form of oppression:

“They have taught that there are no natural limits to sexuality. Based on feminist principles, why shouldn’t little girls sexualize themselves? And why shouldn’t adult men and women view them as sexual if there is no such thing as unnatural sexuality?”

One interpretation of this trend is that its promoters want to destroy any form of civilization whatsoever. French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau believed civilization corrupts human beings. This could be a reflection of the Rousseauan idea of liberation through dismantling all forms of social restrictions imposed upon us by society. Perhaps it is also the result of people who lack any religion and transcendental purpose to their lives.

Eric Hoffer has explained this in his book The True Believer:

“Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life. Thus people haunted by the purposelessness of their lives try to find a new content not only by dedicating themselves to a holy cause but also by nursing a fanatical grievance. A mass movement offers them unlimited opportunities for both.”

“There is perhaps no more reliable indicator of a society’s ripeness for a mass movement than the prevalence of unrelieved boredom. In almost all the descriptions of the periods preceding the rise of mass movements there is reference to vast ennui; and in their earliest stages mass movements are more likely to find sympathizers and support among the bored than among the exploited and oppressed.”

“It is obvious that a proselytizing mass movement must break down all existing group ties if it is to win a considerable following. The ideal potential convert is the individual who stands alone, who has no collective body he can blend with and lose himself in and so mask the pettiness, meaninglessness and shabbiness of his individual existence. Where a mass movement finds the corporate pattern of family, tribe, country, etcetera, in a state of disruption and decay, it moves in and gathers the harvest. Where it finds the corporate pattern in good repair, it must attack and disrupt.”

Hoffer encapsulates well what is happening in post-Christian Western Europe. However, I suspect the obsession with equality in Socialist nations such as Sweden comes from the influences of Marxism, at least Marxism in a particular form.

Marxists theoretician Gramsci concluded after WW1, when the Revolution in Russia failed to spread, that the Marxist was blocked by the “Christian soul” of the West. Hence, breaking down this identity became a matter of great importance. In 1919, cultural Marxist Georg Lukacs became Deputy Commissar for Culture in the short-lived Communist regime in Hungary. He set plans to de-Christianize the country by undermining Christian sexual ethics among children.

It is not difficult to hear an echo of this strategy now. The sexualization of children is promoted in order to break down their sense of modesty. However, some of the people advocating this show much more respect for Islam than for Christianity. Muhammad married a six year old child, so maybe sexualizing children is a form of soft-Islamization?

In general, Leftists hate Judeo-Christian values far more than they like Islam. Perhaps they think they can control Islam, or perhaps they are attracted to its totalitarian mindset. Either way, it is a fact that many of them are more aggressive against Christianity than against Islam.

Maybe I have a conspiratorial mindset, but the way left-wingers condemn Christianity and praise Islam is so consistent and aggressive that I cannot help but ask whether some of them have deliberately set out to uproot the plague of Christianity from our culture once and for all. They ridicule it at any given opportunity and destroy the values of the native culture, and at the same time they import a rival religion and groom it to replace the traditional one. When the day comes that people get sufficiently tired of nihilism, Christianity will have become so discredited as to have been eliminated as a viable alternative, and people are left with Islam.

In Sweden, the natives have been subject to ridicule of Western culture — and Christianity in particular — for generations. They are supposed to abase themselves in front of immigrants and tell them how worthless their culture is, or alternatively how much they lament the fact that they don’t have a culture. Swedish girls are told to be sexually liberated and end up getting raped and called “ infidel whores“ by Muslim immigrants. Meanwhile, Swedish boys are taught to be as “gender neutral” as possible.

To sum it up, I see some indications that our obsession with non-discrimination is rooted in classical liberalism, which became more radical after the Second World War. However, there are also impulses from Marxism at work. The notion that men and women are identical would have been considered ridiculous by most human cultures throughout history. It was pushed in the West by radical Leftists groups, but has since become adopted by society as a whole. In this case, conservatives fought a rearguard battle which they have constantly lost. At best they have managed to slow down the advances of ideas emanating from the Left, without ever being able to stop them.

It remains to be seen whether this trend can be reversed.

Yorkshire Miner Visits The Belly of the Beast

Here is another report from the Vigilant Freedom Conference. This one is interesting because of the pictures — not of the attendees but of the sights outside

The last few days I have spent in Brussels attending a conference organized by the Vigilant Freedom Europa. I suppose we will be called right wing fascists by the left because it was about the danger of Islam in Europe.


On the second day of the conference I walked down through Jubel park to Robert Shumans plads to get a taxi to the venue. Just a few yards away is the European Commission building. What caught my eye though was a minaret sticking up above the trees just to the left of the park entrance. Curiosity got the better of me and I wandered across to take a closer look. The mosque turned out to be the Grand Mosque of Brussels built with Saudi money on land given to the Belgium muslims by the late King. It is no more than about 200 yards from the E.U. Commission building.

I took a picture and then wandered back towards to main gate to get my taxi.

To get there I had to go past this monument. It must have been very impressive in its day, but the past 100 years have ravaged it. As you can see it is black and eroded. One would have thought that the Belgian people would have would have taken care of it because it is about ending the slave trade in the Congo.

I didn’t know this until I wandered over to read the inscriptions. Well, the part of the inscription that I could read because certain vandals in Belgium society had vandalized it — it is not difficult to see why. Here is my rough and ready translation to my readers who can’t read Flemish or French:

“The Belgium’s military heroism in destroying the Arab Slave traders…”

Well you can’t read the bit where it says “Arab” in the French inscription because someone has taken a chisel and chiseled it away, but you can decipher it in the Flemish inscription. You can also see that it has happened before because both words have been repaired.

It seemed symbolic to me about the problems we are suffering in Europe today. We allow them to build propaganda offices under the guise of mosques, then do nothing when they try to eradicate our history by disfiguring our monument.

The monument is certainly not on a par with the Giant Buddha statues in Afghanistan, but you can bet your life it will be the first thing they blow up when they take power.

Go see his other pictures, especially the mosque. Yorkshire Miner has an eye for composition and this mosque image really captures the spirit of the place.

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The Irish Oikophobes Fly Under the Radar at Notre Dame

Did you know that the University of Notre Dame in South Bend just concluded a week-long symposium on the “new” Ireland? I didn’t either. When a reader sent me some information I was unable to find anything substantive on the web (I don’t think the Irish Daily Mail has a website, but if you know of one, I’d be happy to hear about it).

However, what I have instead is still the real thing, minus a URL. Our reader contacted Dr. Mark Dooley, who was kind enough to send me his editorial.

I am reprinting here in its entirety. Dr. Dooley demonstrates only too well the creeping Marxist rot that plagues academia in the West. I am sad that Ireland has succumbed, but then why should it be exempt from this moral decay? I know the trendy academics like to talk about “deconstructing the text” but all they’re really doing is destroying literature and history and philosophy…

Their work is a kind of decomposition; perhaps when it is entirely done, we can spread the resulting manure on the green, green grass of home.


October 16, 2007

How would you react if I told you there is a conference entitled: Race and Immigration in the New Ireland, currently being staged at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana? I suspect it wouldn’t bother you too much, would it?

Well, perhaps this might change your mind. The sub-title of the event is: The world accepted the Irish. Will the Irish accept the world?

It is being addressed by Ireland’s former President Mary Robinson, the Minister for Integration, Conor Lenihan, and an array of radical left-wingers from academia, the trade union movement and the immigration industry.

Have I got your attention now?

Joining our esteemed former President in Indiana, is David Begg of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Philip Watt of the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism, and the Secretary of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland, Ali Selim. Yes, that is the same Ali Selim who last year declared that ‘Sharia law should rule in Ireland in the event of a Muslim majority’.

The conference is, moreover, packed with postcolonial, pseudo-Marxist professors from all the major Irish universities. It is being organised by the Professor of Irish Studies at Notre Dame, Luke Gibbons. Gibbons, a former lecturer at Dublin City University, is a fanatical postmodernist who thinks that Irish identity can and must be debunked.

Apart from Conor Lenihan, there is not a single person on the list of speakers who has cautioned against unlimited immigration into Ireland.

Why wasn’t someone on the other side of the argument asked to give a paper? I for one would have been happy to make the case. As both a journalist and academic, I have repeatedly dealt with the issue of immigration in depth. The reason is simple: I don’t believe Ireland either can or should ‘accept the world’.

Furthermore, why is a conference on race and immigration in Ireland, being conducted in the United States? Once again, the answer is crystal clear: the organisers knew that holding it in Ireland would invite unwelcome attention. [emphasis mine – D]

Voices like mine, as well as those of writers such as Kevin Myers and Mary Ellen Synon, would have demanded balance and serious debate. But in the States, they are shamelessly free to indulge their multicultural delusions without criticism or condemnation.

What this proves, is that Irish academia is in complete denial about the problems we face due to uncontrolled immigration. It shows that on this vital issue, they are intellectually redundant and morally vacuous. It highlights yet again what I have often said in these pages: Irish universities have been hijacked by a bunch of left-wing ideologues, for whom national loyalty is a cardinal sin. Like those on the Titanic, they prefer to party on while the ship slowly sinks.

Yes, the liberal establishment has declared war on the old values that formerly bound the Irish together. They sneer at those ordinary folk who remain faithful to their traditional customs. But have they considered, even for one second, the damage done to working-class communities by our lousy immigration policies? Have they ever asked what will become of this nation if tough integration models are not imposed?
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No, they have not. Why? Because they couldn’t care less. You see, for ideologues like Luke Gibbons, the world is neatly divided between the oppressed and the oppressors.

And who, pray tell, are the oppressors? Are they tyrants like Robert Mugabe, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Colonel Gaddafi? Oh no, according to academic Marxists, such scum are victims of colonial oppression, who bravely liberated their citizens from Western imperialism.

For them, the real oppressors are the great bourgeois democracies of the Western world. Why? Because it is they who invaded and plundered all the rest. The result? We in the West are morally obliged to give unconditional sanctuary to those who show up on our shores.

Utter nonsense. First, post-colonial powers like France and Britain do indeed owe something to their former colonies. But we don’t owe the world anything. Contrary to what those in Indiana contend, the world did not accept the Irish. Britain and America accepted our emigrants, and in return we constructed their cities and seamlessly integrated into their societies.

But we did not go in droves to Africa, the Middle East or Asia. Yes, our missionaries travelled to Africa to educate the destitute and relieve their suffering. But the Irish never sought sanctuary in such places.

So here it is in plain English: Ireland owes Africa nothing. Ireland owes Arabia nothing. Ireland owes Asia nothing.

Why then are we being called on to ‘accept the world’? True, we are obliged to share this state with our neighbours from Eastern Europe. That, however, is where our obligations stop.

But that is not how the postcolonial professor sees it. For him, a nation’s identity is a bourgeois fiction sustained by the ruling elite. As such, it must be unravelled until its false foundations are fatally exposed.

I agree that the idea of a pure Irish identity is a monstrous fabrication. But we are nevertheless bound together by common norms and customs. We are inextricably tied together through a shared history and heritage. We are, in sum, bound by a deep love for this place we call ‘home’.

Those who demand that we unconditionally ‘accept the world’, are what one philosopher calls ‘oikophobes’. ‘Oik’ is the Greek word for ‘home’ or ‘dwelling’. Hence, oikophobia, in contrast to xenophobia, means ‘the repudiation of inheritance or home’.

As George Orwell observed, left-wing intellectuals ‘take their cookery from Paris and their opinions from Moscow’. In other words, they despise their homeland, their common culture and traditions. As such, they are the quintessential oikophobes, whose principal aim is to ‘reinvent Ireland’.

Well, I have news for them: the ordinary people of Ireland will not be reinvented or deconstructed. Yes, the Irish are naturally a charitable people, and will grant hospitality to those that genuinely need it. But, in the end, this is their home, and they have no intention of casually surrendering it to any chancer who comes calling.

When will Irish intellectuals and their political cheerleaders get that message? When will they cease using immigration as a weapon to beat those of us who cherish what is our birthright? When will they stop trying to destroy this country with their mad ideology?

Never. Why? Because for them, creating a ‘new Ireland’ is an article of faith. And if that means trampling over the sensitivities of the silent majority, then so be it.

So no, those currently assembled in Indiana are not morally serious intellectuals. They are, in the words of Orwell, ‘purely negative creatures’ who assume, ‘as though it were a law of nature, the divorce between patriotism and intelligence’.

Had they invited someone with a different view to their shameful shindig, it would not have taken long to disabuse them of that ridiculous assumption. But they didn’t, which is why they now stand condemned as nothing more than condescending cowards.

Who sneak out of the country to have their meetings.

Don’t forget Notre Dame is the school which made a place for Tariq Ramadan to teach. Fortunately, his visa was denied so he had to settle for London instead. — D.

Gloomy Monday

Many of you may have heard this one. Bear with those of us who just ran across it. We lead sheltered lives here at The Edge of Beyond…

Health Care

A Japanese doctor says, “Medicine in my country is so advanced that we can take a kidney out of one man, put it in another, and have him out looking for work in six weeks.”

“That is nothing,” a German doctor says. “We can take a lung out of one person, put it in another, and have him out looking for work in four weeks.”

“In my country,” says the British doctor, “medicine is so advanced that we can take half a heart out of one person, put it in another, and have both of them out looking for work in two weeks.”

The American doctor, not to be outdone, interjected:
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“You guys are way behind. We are about to take a woman with no brains, put her in the White House, and then half the country will be out looking for work.”


Hat tip: Theo Spark — and no, I don’t remember how I wandered in over there. I am not responsible; I have a Microsoft mouse.

Those Islamic Native Americans

Go here to see a power point presentation on the Early Native Americans Muslims.

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The Light of Islam in the Americas:

Native American Muslims and African Muslims Slaves

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Even the old Soviet Union didn’t claim Native Americans as their doing, but according to this revisionist version of the story “Islam has had a titanic impact on American history.”

It would be funny if it weren’t so pathetic. These people need help.

A reader says this presentation was given at an Islamic school in New Jersey.

Those Kafircons* in Sweden

The Local has some reports on what it terms the “far-right” Sweden Democrats. It seems that they are about to become the third most popular party among Swedish men.

Nearly six percent of men support the Sweden Democrats, according to the unreleased poll by polling institute Sifo…

Of those questioned, 3.6 percent said they supported the Sweden Democrats, but among men 5.9 percent said they supported the party. This put them ahead of the Christian Democrats (4.4 percent), the Left Party (4.7), the Green Party (5.0), the Centre Party (5.6) and almost level with the Liberal Party (6.0).

Evidently there is a gender gap here, since only 1.4 percent of women find Sverigedemokraterna congenial.

…“I have not previously seen such a big gap between men and women. It is remarkably big,” said political expert Anders Sannerstedt at Lund University…

Sannerstedt said he expected the party to continue winning ground from the other parties.

“In the 2010 election it is quite possible that they exceed the four percent threshold needed to win seats in the Riksdag. Of course, things can change quickly, but it’s heading in that direction,” he said.

Sannerstedt says the party has become more house-trained of late, toning down links to neo-Nazis and racism.

So is The Local saying that they still have links to neo-Nazis and racism?

Just wondering…

…After all, these newly “house-trained” people are “launching an “anti-immigration” campaign, says The Local.

The far right Sweden Democrats party is to unleash a new national campaign attacking ‘mass immigration’, reports Sydsvenskan.

ethnic Swedes setting fire to thingsThe publicity drive will include up to half a million newspapers, public meetings and a synchronised series of motions in the councils where the party has representatives.

There’s that “far right” designation again. In the US, that’s code for “extremists” and “fundamentalists.” On the other hand, in the MSM here, the left is never extreme. They are called “activists,” which automatically means “involved, caring citizens.”

But how are we to understand this campaign attacking ‘mass migration’? Sounds racist, doesn’t it?

Press spokesman Mattias Karlsson told Sydsvenskan that the point of the campaign against immigration is twofold: first to remind the public of the “enormous problem” and secondly to present a “more toned down” image of the party.

“People still think that we want to throw out all immigrants,” said Karlsson.

In fact, he pointed out, the party merely wants “a massive reduction” in the number of immigrants coming to Sweden.

Oh. Is that all? Well, many Americans feel the same way about our flood of immigrants. Does that mean we’re “attacking” also?

I don’t know, let me just ask this illegal alien passing by…I’m sure I’ll get an objective opinion…
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Additionally, the party is calling for local councils to ditch their diversity policies and for a block on funding of immigrant organisations. The use of other languages in schools should also be banned, says the party.

That’s pretty extreme by our multi culti standards. Why don’t they make all these people learn Spanish? Now there’s a solution for you. Instead of an indigenous language or an immigrant language, everybody – ethnic Swedes and immigrants – could learn some new language. Maybe Italian. Italian is so wonderful for yelling.

And here we go again, in case you missed it:

A recent poll revealed that the Sweden Democrats could soon be the third most popular party among Swedish men, with nearly six percent saying they support the far right organisation.

Is that good news or a warning? Let’s see who the Local quotes as an authority:

Speaking to Dagens Nyheter, Ulla Ekström von Essen, historian and contributor to a Board of Integration report on the Sweden Democrats, warned that the party is using its council representation as a springboard for spreading its anti-immigration message.

“For the first time in Sweden we have a populist xenophobic political movement in the local councils, built on the premise that the municipalities’ problems are immigrants’ fault,” she said.

But of course we know it’s the ethnic Swedes who are attacking Jews, raping women, burning things down, and just having regular old fun…those naughty Swedish “youths”…

That’s no example to set for the immigrants. For shame…

Hat tip: The Bulldog

*Credit goes to Conservative Swede for the neologism, “kafircon.” I only wish I’d thought of it first.

Subsidized NPR is the Same The World Over

From The Netherlands:

Radical Muslims have taken control of the Dutch Muslim Broadcaster (NMO). At least three of the public broadcaster’s eight directors are extremely controversial, according to TV programme Nova.

Until recently, the Netherlands had two Islamic public broadcasters: the moderate NMO and the orthodox Dutch Islamic Broadcasting Organisation (NIO). Media watchdog Commissariaat voor de Media demanded that the two would merge so that the Islamic faith would have a single representative body in the public system. But according to Nova, this resulted in NIO staging a coup of NMO.

NMO has 2.5 transmission hours on TV each week. Following the alleged coup NMO now consists of eight directors, all of them representing orthodox currents. The representatives of the liberal Alevitic and Ahmadiyya currents, who chiefly ran NMO until recently, have been kicked out, as they themselves stated in Nova. [my emphasis –D]

One of the members of the new board of directors is Yahia Bouyafa, who “is believed to have close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood,” as Nova reported. Another is Abdelmajid Kayroun, chairman of the Al Farouq mosque in Utrecht “whose imam was deported from the Netherlands in 2001 for espionage for the Libyan secret service”. Also among the eight directors is Mohammed Nanhekhan, a member of the “radical movement World Islamic Mission”.

Nova asked MP Jeroen Dijsselbloem (PvdA) for a reaction. He expressed his concern over “the increasing influence of conservative Islam within various Islamic organisations in the Netherlands”.

Okaaaay…now Islamists who are “believed to have close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood…and World Islamic Mission are to be called “orthodox” or “conservative” Muslims. Hmm…I wonder if that’s like being an Orthodox or a Conservative Jew?? Probably not.

It’s hard to keep up with the politically correct veneer the media slathers over seething messes. The reality is that moderate Muslims have now been silenced in the Netherlands.

Just goes to show you that National Public Radio is the same the world over.

Hat tip: Islam in Europe

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Now Even Four Year Olds are Racists

What will it be next? Newborns are xenophobes for preferring their mothers?

This is hard to believe…

A headteacher has defended her decision to investigate an allegation that a four-year-old boy was guilty of racism during a game of chase.

Anne Phipps acted after Rocky Smith [a 4 year-old] spat at a 10-year-old black boy on the school’s playing field. She said she had no choice but to pursue the accusation, despite the child’s age.

The investigation, at Bedenham Primary School in Gosport, Hants, has angered Rocky’s parents.

Well, duh. What parent wouldn’t be angry at this extremist, reactive, knee-jerk behavior on the part of school authorities?

The latter are purportedly educated adults. As such they surely have studied child development? No psychologist on God’s green earth is going to consider a four year-old as a free moral agent, able to make racist judgments.

You know what his sin was? He spit at a ten year-old black boy he was chasing. He got excited – probably couldn’t outrun him but figured the trajectory of his saliva might catch up with the older kid. That’s not racist, it’s smart.

He didn’t call names, he simply did what little boys do the world over: he spit. This is so over the top I’m about to spit in frustration myself.

Here’s the exchange when his mother asked the child if he knew what a racist was:
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Mrs Smith said: “After it happened, I said to Rocky ‘what is a racist?’ and he said ‘it’s when you have races with your friends and the person who wins is it’. I can’t believe they even called me. Rocky was wrong for lashing out and I’ve spoken to him about that, but how can a four-year-old be racist?

“His best friend at nursery was a boy of Indian background – colour doesn’t mean anything to him. I think my four-year-old deserves an apology.”

That’s the least he deserves.

Meanwhile, the school deserves a king-sized dunce cap for sheer ignorance. Even the law doesn’t believe a child is capable of reason until the age of seven.

So what do they teach these so-called “educators” in preparation for brain washing instructing children?

I mean besides the endless classes they must have to attend on how to keep an eagle eye out for the least little offensive behavior that might lead to racism, xenophobia, etc., ad nauseam.

Weep, Jerusalem, for your children.

Better yet, if you have any possible way to do it, get them out of government schools while they are still able to think and their critical faculties have not atrophied completely.

Hat tip DR

Ain’t No "Free" Speech in the EUSSR: It’s Going to Be EXPENSIVE

The following is a comment that Yorkshire Miner left in a recent post, “Italy’s Plan to Shut Down the Internet.”

He says:

Stop worrying about Italy start worrying about the E.U.

What you read below are just a few snippets I clipped out of proposals for new regulations from the supreme soviet in Brussels. These proposals are to combat the rampant xenophobia and racism that is such an integral part of the white man’s makeup.

Read them and cry, because if they become law we are screwed. The devil is in the small print. I think the buzz word to describe the paragraph below would be “proactive”.

Put in plain language, it means that “we decide what is racist and xenophobic and if we don’t like what you have to say we will prosecute you.”

Look out Vlaams Belang and the BNP, the end is nigh.

(8) It should be ensured that investigations and prosecutions of offences involving racism and xenophobia are not dependent on reports or accusation made by victims, who are often particularly vulnerable and reluctant to initiate legal proceedings.

If you can disentangle the legal jargon in the following (Article 10) it means “if you are a European Blogger and post on an American server we can still get you”:
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Article 10


1. Each Member State shall take the necessary measures to establish its jurisdiction with regard to the conduct referred to in Articles 1 and 2 where the conduct has been committed:

(a) in whole or in part within its territory; or

(b) by one of its nationals; or

(c) for the benefit of a legal person that has its head office in the territory of that Member State.

2. When establishing jurisdiction in accordance with paragraph 1(a), each Member State shall take the necessary measures to ensure that its jurisdiction extends to cases where the conduct is committed through an information system and:

(a) the offender commits the conduct when physically present in its territory, whether or not the conduct involves material hosted on an information system in its territory;

(b) the conduct involves material hosted on an information system in its territory, whether or not the offender commits the conduct when physically present in its territory.


4. A Member State may decide not to apply, or to apply only in specific cases or circumstances, the jurisdiction rule set out in paragraphs 1(b) and (c).

This, by the way, is the most disgusting part of the proposals.

These sanctions are nothing more than Draconian. They not only turn you into a non-person but they punish your family as well.

I presume (that a judicial winding-up order) is nothing more than a posh name for forced bankruptcy to pay for the inflated compensation to the dress- wearing camel herder you decided I had insulted.

Article 6

Sanctions for legal persons

1. Each Member State shall take the necessary measures to ensure that a legal person held liable pursuant to Article 5(1) is punishable by effective, proportionate and dissuasive sanctions, which shall include criminal or non-criminal fines and may include other sanctions, such as:

(a) exclusion from entitlement to public benefits or aid;

(b) temporary or permanent disqualification from the practice of commercial activities;

(c) placing under judicial supervision;

(d) a judicial winding-up order.

2. Member States shall take the necessary measures to ensure that a legal person held liable pursuant to Article 5(2) is punishable by effective, proportionate and dissuasive sanctions or measures.

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As I was reading these amazing legal provisions that Yorkshire Miner sent — these utopian “protections” for non-ethnic Europeans — I thought of China’s draconian internet rules. It made me wonder: will Google have a new customer in the form of the Soviet EU? It certainly has done a good job in killing free speech for China. I’m sure it would have no qualms about stuffing the gag in Europe’s mouth either.

Maybe it’s time to buy Google stock…again… –Dymphna

A Saturday Joke to Bring Tears to Your Eyes

A reader from Italy passes on this joke she got from someone in Greece:

A little boy wanted $100.00 very badly and prayed for weeks, but nothing happened.

Then he decided to write God a letter requesting the $100.00.

When the postal authorities received the letter to God, USA, they decided to send it to the President.

The president was so amused that he instructed his secretary to send the little boy a $5.00 bill.The president thought this would appear to be a lot of money to a little boy.

The little boy was delighted with the $5.00 bill and sat down to write a thank-you note to God, which read:

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Dear God,

Thank you very much for sending that money. However, I noticed that for some reason you sent it through Washington, DC.

Those a**holes deducted $95.00 in taxes.

I guess the word about our Imperial Congress is getting around.


The following is the press release from The Center for Vigilant Freedom.

Vigilant Freedom Europa
PO Box 580
Wakefield WF1 9FR
United Kingdom

October 19, 2007

On October 18 and 19, over 70 organizations and individuals joined together in the European and Flemish Parliaments to create a European network of activists from 14 nations to resist the increasing Islamisation of their countries. Keynote speakers included Bat Ye’or, author of Eurabia and Dhimmitude and Robert Spencer, author of Religion of Peace, Why Christianity is and Islam Isn’t. Additional speakers included David Littman, Dr. Arieh Eldad, member of the Israeli Knesset, Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo, Director of the Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity, Sam Solomon, Director of Fellowship of Faith for Muslims and author of the Charter of Muslim Understanding, Dr. Marc Cogen, Ghent University, Dr. Andrew Bostom, author of The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism, and Laurent Artur du Plessis, author of a forthcoming book on shariah finance. Many participants worldwide also attended the first day of presentations online through webex conferencing.

Armando Manocchio of the Italian organization Una Via per Oriana (“A Way For Oriana”) presented an award to Bat Ye’or in honor of Oriana Fallaci, including a 5,000 Euro scholarship for young journalists.

Additional anti-islamisation experts and activists from the fourteen European countries presented reports on the current state of Islamisation and jihadism in their nations, and citizen efforts to mount a defense of constitutional liberties and national sovereignty, including:

Austria: Elizabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff

Belgium: Filip Dewinter

Czech Republic: Matyas Zmo

Denmark: Lars Hedegaard

Finland: Not disclosed publicly

France: Nidra Poller

Germany: Stefan Herre

Italy: Adriana Bolchini Gaigher

Netherlands: Dr. Johannes J.G. Jansen

Norway: Jens Anfindsen

Romania: Traian Ungureanu

Sweden: Ted Ekeroth and Reinhard

Switzerland: Dr. Arnaud Dotezac

United Kingdom: Gerard Batten

Other countries represented included Canada, Israel and the United States.

The first day of the Counterjihad Brussels 2007 conference was held in the European Parliament, and the second day of working groups was held in the Flemish Parliament. Selected texts, videos and supplementary documents including charters, existing laws and draft legislation as well as country and issue updates will be posted in the coming week at the conference website at CounterJihad Europa.

Assistance was provided by many organizations and individuals over the last six months including David Littman, Bart Debie, Baron Bodissey of Gates of Vienna and Philip Claeys.

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