Goodbye to All That

Here’s an explanation of where England fits into things in the schemes of the EU topography. I have edited it for punctuation, but have changed none of the wording.

When you’ve finished reading this post, will some kind soul explain to me what this map will look like in reality? It sounds utterly ghastly. In fact, it resembles nothing so much as an abortion.

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Uppompeii says:

EU wipes England off the map, as Gordon Brown flies the flag of St George over Downing Street

[That title may be a version of the Lord taketh away, and the Lord giveth. Whatever, His ledger is definitely weighted in disfavor of England, Saint George flag or not]

Have you ever heard of the “manche” region, or the Atlantic region and not forgetting the North sea region, these are the areas the EU want to carve England into, The Manche will be ruled by the French.

Portugal and Denmark will rule the other two regions and the English Channel will be renamed “the Channel Sea”

This is what Brussels has planned for the UK. We will in essence no longer exist. The Government is completely behind these plans and, yes, the names of our country are removed from the map.

This destruction of our homeland, its erasing from the map of the world is — well I cannot think of words to describe it, I truly cannot.
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Nu Labour are near to their undeclared goal, that goal being the removal of England from the planet, NuLabour’s complete and utter hatred for this country is now crystal clear; they are indeed the biggest and most blatant traitors in history.

Since today is St George’s day, is it a coincidence that the news of the impending demise of our country should come to light on this day? I think not; I believe this to be a totally cynical act aimed at rubbing salt into the wound.

This plan links in very well with the Euromed agreements made a decade ago which effectively began the process of Islamization of the independent countries of Europe.

The programme to achieve the removal of England from the globe is called INTER-REG, and its aim is to improve trade and create “transitional regions.”

Thus, we the population of this country would become stateless, we would be a region of the EU, faceless, without identity, our history and culture expunged along with our country.

Such an act by a Government would in the past have caused a civil war. Do we now have to seriously consider that option?

This is too, too much, if it is not stopped dead in its tracks we as a nation will cease to exist.

Needless to say, there is no mention of this on the BBC.

So, y’all, tell me what this regional map is going to look like. Or is it a superstate secret?



Hat tip: DP111

Finally, a Kindness to Our Commenters

After I looked around on our template, etc., and found the magic button, the Baron has enabled the open I.D. setting. Now everyone can comment without the mysterious hoops that Boogle sets up.

His nose being so close to the grindstone (yes, it has made his nose pointy), the Baron simply doesn’t have time for keeping up with anything other than his work, which seems to be in high gear at the moment. However, once I opened the right page (it was a guess), he hopped right on the bandwagon and put up the Open ID thingy.

He’s been so busy lately that I begin to wonder if he’s entertaining young ladies up there, plying them with Danish beer. I was keeping a firm hold on the Akvavit he brought home from Denmark. However, the future Baron is temporarily dwelling among us till graduate school, and for some obscure reason the level in the bottle slowly declines.

Yesterday was the fB’s birthday. He got a bottle of Scotch, some wine, a book on the Norman invasion and a little bit of Canadian mining stock. Sheesh, I guess that means he’s a grown-up.

I’m trying to find out where he hid the book.

Commenters, enjoy our new application, courtesy of Blooger.

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Synchronicity: Fjordman’s Tip on Swedish Military Cuts

I posted earlier about Norm Geras’ essay on the anti-war peanut gallery…you know, the usual fare served up as new gruel – i.e., war is so 20th century that only American neocons are enthusiastic about it.

Now Fjordman sends along a link to Sweden’s decision to cut its military…umm, “strength.” If I remember correctly these are the same folks who wouldn’t participate in any war games that involved Israel. Take a look at their Armed Forces Director. Doesn’t that inspire confidence?

From the Local:

Armed Forces Director General Marie HafströmEksjö, Luleå, Karlsborg and Uppsala will soon be without any military activity, according to documentation presented by Sweden’s Armed Forces after a meeting on Wednesday.

Cost savings at military headquarters are also under consideration.

“[Headquarters] will now offer up their point of view on things that we haven’t taken into consideration, and the plan will likely be changed,” said Armed Forces Director General Marie Hafström during a press conference.

The cuts under consideration are designed to reduce the number of rotations by officials and to review where military competence can be replaced with civilians.

“We will be fewer, but better,” said Hafström.

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She didn’t put an exact price tag on how much the military might save through the proposed cuts.
The military actually gets to “save” with these cuts? Or does the money not spent on defense go back into the pot to help with immigrant costs?

Headquarters will now work out the financial ramifications of the various proposals, but that work has not yet begun.

According to the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper, a total of ten military units may be eliminated or moved in order to slow down runaway defence costs and satisfy demands from the government to save money.

The final decision on which units will be shut down will be presented on September 15th.

Per-Ola Eriksson, a governour for Norrbotten County in the far north of Sweden, looked unfavourably on the potential closing of the F21 air wing in Luleå, calling such a move strategically unsustainable.

“I think its strategically unthinkable that Sweden’s northernmost air wing could end up being in Såtenäs,” he said to TT.

What’s your favorite bit here? Mine is “we will be fewer but better.” It has a certain Hillary ring to it…

Poor Sweden. They have to cut back. Everyone’s leaving.

Norm Geras Takes Them Down a Few Pegs

Is there anything less logical or more inane than yet another essay in the New York Review of Books about how war is sooo 20th century?

Mr. Geras has fisked two pedants who make the case for America the Warmonger vs. Experienced, Nuanced Europe, which doesn’t wave guns around any more because they’re beyond that kind of barbarity, I will have to send you to his site to get the original sources. On principle, I don’t link the NY Review of Books whenever I can avoid doing so. Since Mr. Geras has been good enough to do so, you can find links to the full articles by going to his post.

Here is Mr. Geras’ excellent essay. At the end of it, I do give the information from the last link in his post, since it provides the pithy antithesis to those fools on the left:

Writing about ‘America’s love affair with war’, Simon Jenkins cites an opinion of James Sheehan’s to the effect that Europeans ‘have tested war to destruction as a way of settling the world’s ills and reject it’. Jenkins doesn’t endorse this in so many words but it seems to be the drift of his thinking. If you want more of the same at much greater length, you can go to an essay by Tony Judt in the New York Review of Books, in which he says ‘we [in the US – NG] have forgotten the meaning of war’. This is in the context of asking what we’ve learned, and also not learned, from the 20th century; and Judt expands on some aspects of that forgotten meaning – like that war is ‘a catastrophe in its own right’ and it brings ‘other horrors in its wake’, and that war ‘leads to atrocity’. All of which is true.

Why does the presentation of Europe’s 20th-century experience of war in both pieces strike me as just a little one-sided nonetheless?

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Because it only leaves out an enormous fact right slap bang in the middle of that century. Is what we should have learned from this that ‘Europe’ and the world, faced with the German occupation of Czechoslovakia, invasion of Poland and one or two other places, should have renounced war rather than ‘testing it to destruction’? Or that, knowing its meaning from earlier wars – of which there had been a few, including the one between 1914 and 1918 – it should have left the waging of war to those still intent on it, Hitler for example, and got on with something else? Later in the very same article about war’s meaning, Judt remembers that ‘Nazism was a threat to our very existence’. But that, unfortunately, is also part of the meaning of war: that sometimes it is necessary to go to war. You either accept this or you deny it. If you accept it, then the question isn’t whether war is good for people. (It obviously isn’t. But there are other not-good things, and some of them are worse.) If you deny it, then say clearly that Nazi Germany should not have been militarily opposed.

Argue about when wars are necessary and when they aren’t, when they are justified and when they aren’t, and whether a particular war should be fought or not. But to pontificate about the meaning of war being bad, as if you really hate it and are therefore with the angels – unlike the rest of us – is a feeble ruse. War has been tested to destruction? Yes, I also wish. Unfortunately, if others decide to wage it against you, it does put you in something of a quandary.

Here is Mr. Geras’ choice argument to disabuse you of the notion that peace-lovers are on the side of the angels. His link to Tom Lehrer brings us back to a well-known 20th century cure for war, a cure that is (unfortunately) still with us.

Go to any Code Pink meeting and you’ll hear the voices of these angels, Seraphim singing to the gods of peace, love, and understanding.

Lehrer himself notes:

…It takes a certain amount of courage to get up in a coffee-house or a college auditorium and come out in favor of the things that everybody else in the audience is against like peace and justice and brotherhood and so on. The nicest thing about a protest song is that it makes you feel so good. I have a song here which I realise should be accompanied on a folk instrument in which category the piano does not alas qualify so imagine if you will that I am playing an 88 string guitar.

We are the Folk Song Army.
Everyone of us cares.
We all hate poverty, war, and injustice,
Unlike the rest of you squares.

There are innocuous folk songs.
Yeah, but we regard ‘em with scorn.
The folks who sing ‘em have no social conscience.
Why they don’t even care if Jimmy Crack Corn.

If you feel dissatisfaction,
Strum your frustrations away.
Some people may prefer action,
But give me a folk song any old day.

The tune don’t have to be clever,
And it don’t matter if you put a coupla extra syllables into a line.
It sounds more ethnic if it ain’t good English,
And it don’t even gotta rhyme–excuse me–rhyne.

Remember the war against Franco?
That’s the kind where each of us belongs.
Though he may have won all the battles,
We had all the good songs.

So join in the Folk Song Army,
Guitars are the weapons we bring
To the fight against poverty, war, and injustice.
Ready! Aim! Sing!

I will admit that the sound of our voices lifted in song — the Baron’s and mine – ought to be registered as secret weapons. So just be careful or we might come to your war and SING…don’t say you weren’t warned.

Vaya Con Dios, Swedes

From Danish Affairs:

Swedes leaving a sinking ship?

A population exchange is currently going on in Sweden. The numbers are now comparable to the massive transatlantic emigration of the late 19th century. Kurt Lundgren has done some statistical research [in Swedish].

During 2007, 45.418 swedish citizens emigrated. In 1881the, number was 45.992.

The original Swedish population is [now being] replaced with under-educated groups with high reproduction rates from developing Islamic countries.

What the swedes are leaving is a formerly prosperous and safe welfare state, but no longer the same comfortable place to live. Sweden has not got the rising crime under control.

The Swedish state authorities seem unable to protect its own citizens. Especially rape, homicide and violent offences are rapidly growing.

The only quibble I have is the term “developing Islamic countries.” If they are developing, why is everyone leaving, including the ones on inner tubes? Islamic countries develop like Cuba “develops” – terminal lack of liberty.

Please go to the original post to get the links.

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They’re Rioting in Algeria…

Jihad Watch has a story up today about the evacuation of Denmark’s embassies in Algeria and Afghanistan.

Burning Danish flag, Manfactured Part 935/02. It appears that the the seething masses are being used for kindling once more. This particular episode of contrived outrage concerns newspaper reprints of the motoons back in February. So I guess officials use a delayed charge mechanism.

Those ’toons are right handy. Anytime an Islamic government wants to deflect from its own problems, it releases a little steam from the very real dissatisfactions of its suppressed citizens by pointing to the latest edition of the cartoons, and then lights the fuse.

You know these riots are not spontaneous. If they were, there would be a lot of dead/detained Algerian citizens.

What is intriguing about the story…
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…is the fact that the Danish haven’t left either country. Instead, they have been taken to “secret locations” where they will continue their work.

My guess is that they are in these secret houses because there is no safe exit from either hellhole. It’s probably not a good idea to attempt to fly out. And of course, we know what the pirates do to ships.

Sartre was wrong. Hell is not other people. Hell is Islamicists on a rage bender against the evil infidels.

Talk about a limited repertoire.

The Inanity of the Islamic-Christian Dialogue

Here’s something for the Francophones among our readers. I received a note this morning about a “work in progress” that has just begun at the blog F. Desouche:

We have just issued the beginning of a series of short videos about the inanity of the Islamic-Christian dialogue.

It is in French by two major figures of Islamology, Remi Brague and A.M. Delcambre.

Theme:

  • The falseness and falsification, according to Islam, of the Old and New Testaments
  • The reverse “Islamification” of the Jewish and Christian prophets.
  • “Interpretation” is a totally different concept in Christianity and Islam.

Work still in progress (there should be a total of 5 vidéos).

François
F. Desouche

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Counterjihad News Briefs

Hospitals in Flanders have set limits on how far they are willing to go to appease the sensibilities of Muslim patients. The limits are pretty squishy, but at least there are limits.

According to ANSAmed:

Rules for Muslim Patients by Flemish Gynaecologists

More rigid regulations in the Flemish hospitals for Muslim patients, who refuse gynaecological care of male doctors: from today their desire will be respected, but not in cases of emergency, circumstances under which the doctor will be allowed to ignore the request of the patient for the sake of their health.

The female gynaecologists have elaborated a real code of good conduct in order to treat the Islamic patients in cases of emergency or during night watch, when a female doctor is not always available.

According to the new regulations, the medical personnel will have to indulge the patient’s request only if it is put in writing or only if the ill patient herself asks for the intervention of a female doctor and not her husband or her family.

The code of good conduct has obtained the approval of the female gynaecologists, of the association of the doctors’ unions of and the centre for gender equality and fight against racism.

Is Hamas willing to recognize the existence of Israel, or isn’t it? It depends on whether you talk to Jimmy Carter or Hamas. According to ANSAmed:

Mideast: Yes to Palestinian State, No to Israel’s Recognition

Hamas accepts the establishment of a Palestinian state in the Territories occupied by Israel in 1967, but will not recognise the state of Israel, Hamas leader in exile Khaled Meshaal said today in Damascus.

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The Islamic fundamentalist movement which controls the Gaza Strip “will respect the national will of the Palestinians, even if this goes against its convictions”, Meshaal said, commenting on the efforts made by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter to convince Hamas to back the peace talks between Israel and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen).

“We accept a Palestinian state within the borders of June 4, 1967 with Jerusalem as capital, a sovereign state without the (Israeli) colonies, but without the recognition of Israel”, Meshaal told a media conference in Damascus.

Meshaal, chief of the political office of Hamas, met former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in Damascus on Friday and yesterday. Carter said today in Jerusalem that Hamas was ready to recognise Israel if a peace agreement is reached and approved by a Palestinian referendum, but later on the spokesman of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Sami Abu Zuhri, specified that the Islamic fundamentalist movement is not necessarily willing to accept the results of the referendum.

At least one EU commissioner is impatient, and wants to expedite the accession of Turkey to the EU. According to ANSAmed:

EU: Turkey Could Join in 10-15 Years, Rehn Says, Media

Turkey could join the EU in “ten, fifteen years”, if it continues on the path of reforms, the EU Commissioner for the enlargement Olli Rehn said during an interview with German daily Die Welt.

“I think that Turkey can join the EU in ten, fifteen years if it continues with its programme of reforms”, the Commissioner remarked, pointing out that the country “has still a long way to go”. Rehn recalled that Brussels is asking Ankara, among other things, for a greater freedom of expression and protection of women’s and minorities’ rights.

As regards to Croatia, the Commissioner said that the country might enter the EU by 2011, while for Serbia the signing of an Association and Stabilisation Agreement (ASA) with the EU depends on Belgrade’s commitment to cooperate with the International Criminal Tribunal to help bring war criminals to justice.



All hat tips: C. Cantoni.

Curbing the Abuse of Freedom of Speech

OIC flagThe Organization of The Islamic Conference comprises, in effect, the Federated States of the Ummah in its opposition to the infidel world. By coordinating policy and adopting common positions against non-Muslim nations, the members of the OIC are continuing the process that Muslims have perfected since the 7th century: playing on the divisions of the enemy in order to further the advance of Islam.

One of the successes of the OIC has been to dominate the UN General Assembly, and most recently the Human Rights Council. The Council replaced the notorious Human Rights Commission, and was supposed to be a reformed body that corrected the problem of a human rights commission dominated by illiberal and despotic regimes.

Surprise, surprise: it didn’t work. Meet the new boss — same as the old boss.

Nowadays the UN General Assembly and the OIC seem to coordinate their policy, and sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between the two organizations. For example, here’s the latest from the OIC:

The OIC supports the function of the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Opinion

The OIC welcomes the adoption of the resolution by the Human Rights Council on the Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression and opinion which has mandated the Special Rapporteur to report on the abuse of the freedom of expression.

The OIC attaches great importance to freedom of expression and opinion. It believes that the right to freedom of expression forms the bedrock for the exercise of all fundamental rights. However, it firmly believes that rights carry with them certain responsibilities. These should not be abused to achieve negative objectives. Insults and defamation of religions and holy books can not be justified on the pretext of freedom of expression. They undermine the principles and purposes of the UN Charter to promote friendly relations amongst nations. The OIC regrets that in recent years certain individuals and organizations have abused this right to malign and insult specific races and religions. Such acts constitute violations of Article 3 & 4 of the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination and Article 19 & 20 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights that prohibit any advocacy of racial or religious hatred. In this connection, the OIC, once again, condemns printing of insulting caricatures and making of hate documentaries against Islam and Muslims.

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The OIC also stresses the responsibility of States to curb this trend. Incitement to hatred on religious and racial ground and defamation of religions by individuals, groups or State must not be tolerated. It regrets that certain quarters have shown insensitivity to the concerns of millions of Muslims and other religious and racial groups by criticizing the mandate of the Special Rapporteur to report on instances in which the abuse of freedom of expression constitutes an act of racial and religious discrimination.

However, the OIC hopes that the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of expression will be able to focus closely on the abuse of freedom of expression by individuals and organizations. It looks forward to working with the Special Rapporteur in this regard. The OIC further hopes that the international community will make serious efforts to fill the juridical gaps in the existing legal regime to cover this issue. [emphasis added]

I went over to UNHCHR to look up the documents mentioned in the above press release. Articles 3 and 4 of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination contain about what you’d expect from an anti-racism covenant.

But what does race have to do with the OIC? What race are its members? What racial quality do Turks, Filipinos, Azerbaijanis, Yemenis, Pakistanis, and Somalis have in common?

Muslims find it convenient to claim special status as victims of “racism”, but this is cynical nonsense. Race is not an issue.

However, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights is a different matter. This is where the OIC has struck real gold.

Here’s the text of Articles 19 and 20:

Article 19
1.   Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference.
2.   Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.
3.   The exercise of the rights provided for in paragraph 2 of this article carries with it special duties and responsibilities. It may therefore be subject to certain restrictions, but these shall only be such as are provided by law and are necessary:
    (a)   For respect of the rights or reputations of others;
    (b)   For the protection of national security or of public order (ordre public), or of public health or morals.
 
Article 20
1.   Any propaganda for war shall be prohibited by law.
2.   Any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence shall be prohibited by law.

“Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference,”

However,

“Any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence shall be prohibited by law.”

You can’t square that circle. It’s not like the First Amendment, with the lambent clarity of “Congress shall make no law.” The USA honors its own Constitution in the breach, but at least it has an unequivocal and clearly worded standard.

In contrast, the UN version is, like most UN documents, weasel-worded.

Either —

You have right to your own opinion, which may include the hatred of another religion.

Or —

You can be prohibited by law from expressing any opinion which incites hostility.

It has to be one or the other; you can’t have both. One of the two has to give.

And, knowing the UN and the OIC, I can guess which one it will be.



Hat tip: TB.

Set Your Watch by Mecca

This is one of the stranger stories I’ve come across recently. It’s notable that the BBC reports it with a straight face. If there’s irony here, I can’t detect it:

Muslim call to adopt Mecca time

Muslim scientists and clerics have called for the adoption of Mecca time to replace GMT, arguing that the Saudi city is the true centre of the Earth.

The KaabaMecca is the direction all Muslims face when they perform their daily prayers.

The call was issued at a conference held in the Gulf state of Qatar under the title: Mecca, the Centre of the Earth, Theory and Practice.

One geologist argued that unlike other longitudes, Mecca’s was in perfect alignment to magnetic north.

He said the English had imposed GMT on the rest of the world by force when Britain was a big colonial power, and it was about time that changed.

Mecca watch

A prominent cleric, Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawy, said modern science had at last provided evidence that Mecca was the true centre of the Earth; proof, he said, of the greatness of the Muslim “qibla” — the Arabic word for the direction Muslims turn to when they pray.

I’d be interested to see some of the scientific “evidence” that proves Mecca is the center of the Earth. Presumably the academic journals haven’t covered it, since they are all tainted by the unbelief of the kuffar. But surely something has been published somewhere…?

The article continues:
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The meeting also reviewed what has been described as a Mecca watch, the brainchild of a French Muslim.

The watch is said to rotate anti-clockwise and is supposed to help Muslims determine the direction of Mecca from any point on Earth.

So what’s the primary purpose of the watch? To tell time, or point to Mecca?

Or maybe there’s a way to perform both functions simultaneously?

I’d love to see it.

The meeting in Qatar is part of a popular trend in some Muslim societies of seeking to find Koranic precedents for modern science.

It is called “Ijaz al-Koran”, which roughly translates as the “miraculous nature of the holy text”.

The underlying belief is that scientific truths were also revealed in the Muslim holy book, and it is the work of scholars to unearth and publicise the textual evidence.

This is an interesting idea. If the underlying ideas of all scientific discoveries are to be found in the Koran, then why is it that all major scientific breakthroughs and inventions can be credited to various infidels who never even looked at the Koran?

Perhaps it’s an extraordinary coincidence. Or maybe Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, and Einstein were guided by secret messages beamed directly to their brains from the Koran without their even being aware of it.

Allah works in mysterious ways.

But the movement is not without its critics, who say that the notion that modern science was revealed in the Koran confuses spiritual truth, which is constant, and empirical truth, which depends on the state of science at any given point in time.

That sounds like dangerous heresy to me. Time to find out who said it, and then issue a fatwa.



Hat tip: TB.

Muslim Separatism in the Philippines

Muslims in the southern part of the Philippines are agitating for independence. One can’t help but wonder if recent events in Kosovo serve as an inspiration for Philippine Muslims.

According to Arab News (spelling and syntax errors in the original):

Muslims in Sulu Rally for Independence

Hundreds of Muslims turned up here yesterday to join a rally that demanded independence of Sulu province, once the seat of power of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo.

With clenched fists and chanting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great), the marchers clad in their traditional garb demanded independence of Sulu, an archipelago in the remote part of the Philippines.

“We want independence. We want our ancestral land back from the infidels,” Datu Ibrahim said.

Others assailed the military for alleged violations of human rights of Muslims in Sulu after seven people and an off-duty soldier were killed by security forces in a raid on an Abu Sayyaf hideout in Maibung town in February.

The marchers went around the town of Jolo, many waving red flags emblazoned with kris and other traditional weapons, urging citizens to join them.

Policemen guarding the town kept a close watch, but did not stop the marchers, some of them carrying long knives tucked on their waist, a long tradition still practiced in many parts of the island.

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The Sultanate of Sulu was a Muslim state that ruled over much of the islands off the Sulu Sea before World War II.

The Sultanate of Sulu, founded in 1457 and believed to exist as a sovereign nation for at least 442 years, obtained Sabah from a Brunei ruler as a gift for helping put down a rebellion.

The British leased Sabah and transferred control over the territory to Malaysia after the end of World War II.

Even after Borneo became part of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur still pays an annual rent of 5,000 ringgit to the heirs of the Sultan of Sulu Ismail Kiram. At least a dozen people were claiming to be the real sultan of Sulu and North Borneo.

The MILF, the country’s largest Muslim rebel group, which is negotiating peace with Manila, is also fighting for independence in Mindanao, a region rich in natural resources, but is deep in poverty and torn by strife and terrorism.

However, many politicians whose family owns vast tracks of lands and business interests in Mindanao are opposing the MILF demand for a separate state, saying, it would displace Christians in areas covered by the Muslim ancestral domain.

Peace talks were stalled last year after government and rebel negotiators failed to agree on the scope of the ancestral domain, which is the single most important issue in the peace negotiations before the rebel group and the government can reach a political settlement.

The ancestral domain covers the whole of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and other areas in Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani provinces where there are large communities of Muslims and indigenous tribes. Even some parts of Palawan island in central Philippines and the Sulu archipelago is covered.

President Arroyo has opened up peace talks with the MILF in 2001, but since then no substantial agreements have been signed between the two sides, expect for the cease-fire accord. The MILF earlier warned that hostilities may erupt in Mindanao if the peace talks fail.

Wretchard has written extensively on the history of Muslim insurgencies in Zamboanga, Basilan, and the Sulu region here and here.



Hat tip: TB.

Civility in Any Language

As I have mentioned repeatedly, Gates of Vienna is open to commenters across the whole spectrum of opinion, provided those opinions are expressed in a manner that stays within the rules. Our rules are that comments must be civil, temperate, on-topic, and show decorum. See this earlier post for more detail about the rules.

“Civil” means: no name calling, gratuitous insults, personal slurs, denigration of someone’s intelligence, etc.

On a recent post two commenters switched to a different language so that they could insult each other without bringing down the wrath of the blog owners.

The Rosetta StoneFortunately for me, the Rosetta Stone projects have given me access to volunteer translators who are kind enough to help me decode virtually any language that is native to those who comment here. This morning I found out what yesterday’s foreign-language comments meant, and I have deleted them.

I require civility in any languages used here. It’s very annoying to have to chase down a translator to discover what’s in a comment, and it’s a waste of a volunteer’s time to have to deal with all the vulgarity and childishness.

The miscreants know who they are. If you continue to do this kind of thing, I will simply delete your comments when they are wholly or partially in a language I don’t understand. That will save both my time and that of the translator.
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It would be better for all concerned if comments remain in English. However, a possible solution is that anyone who uses another language also accompany it with his own translation, as some of the Danes and the Dutch have been kind enough to do in the past when they leave jokes or aphorisms in their native languages.

One of the things that I value about our comments sections is the civility exhibited by almost everyone who contributes. Those of you who seem determined to be vulgar and insulting are doing no one any favors, because such behavior, when it appears in a thread, tends to spoil the rest of the conversation.

If certain commenters become annoying enough, I will have to delete their comments outright whenever they appear. I hate the idea of doing this, so please restrain yourselves.

All ideas are tolerated here, but not all modes of expression are acceptable.

"Faith Creates Reality"

Smoothstone says “changing the lexicon restores truth to the Middle East narrative.” He is exactly right. We have not only to change the lexicon in the ME, but in every place the multi-cults have distorted reality with their use of euphemisms and their cries of ‘racist’ or ‘intolerant’ when someone tells the truth.

It helps to create a positive reality by using constructive terms. Conservative Swede once referred to himself as a “kafircon” — a term that is humorous and much better than “islamophobe.” To affirm what is good about *us* is much more generative of creativity than to point to the things we fear.

I fear the undermining of Western culture by an aggressive worldview founded on a principle of scarcity; a nomadic, primitive, tribal mentality arising from a harsh desert environment. Tribal beliefs (even those adapted by the politically correct to designate who is acceptable and to exclude those who are not) weaken the ties that bind community. And the sense of community is essential to our survival as civilized beings.

For his example blogger Smoothstone uses part of this editorial from last week’s Jerusalem Post writer, Michael Freund:

Amid all the doom and gloom that seems to fill the news of late, here is a neat little statistic that offers a glimmer of hope.

Despite years of relentless propaganda and concerted media indoctrination, a majority of Israelis continue to hold patriotic views.

In its latest monthly peace index survey for March 2008, Tel Aviv University’s Steinmetz Center for Peace Research found that, by a wide margin, the majority of Israeli Jews view Judea and Samaria, the heartland of the Jewish people, as “liberated” rather than “occupied” territory.

IDF womenSummarizing their findings, the researchers noted that, “We were surprised to discover that even though, over the years, the concept of ‘occupation’ has become more common both in the political discourse and the media, today a majority of the Jewish public defines the West Bank as ‘liberated territory’ (55%) and not as ‘occupied territory’ (32%).”

This is an astonishing and welcome bit of data, for it demonstrates unequivocally just how strong and resilient the bond still is between the people of Israel and their land.

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Even with the onslaught of negative portrayals of Jewish settlers over the years, and the persistently poison pens of various Israeli journalists, the bulk of Israelis have remained immune to the venom.

They continue to see this land as ours and have not allowed the mainstream media’s cynicism and disapproval to cloud their most basic of instincts.

No less interesting were several other findings contained in the survey, which further underline the durability of the public’s patriotic leanings.

By a margin of 57% to 23%, or more than two to one, Israeli Jews oppose a return to the pre-1967 borders, and a clear plurality (47% vs. 40%) now agrees that the Oslo peace process was “a mistake.”

Not surprisingly, the authors of the survey suggest that “the hard-line positions that most of the Jewish public now takes” are attributable to “pessimism”, as though recognizing that Oslo has failed is merely a function of mood swings, rather than taking a cold, hard look at reality.

To be sure, not all the results were encouraging. The poll found that strong support remains for the establishment of “two states for two people” despite the Palestinians’ ongoing failure to curb terror and halt anti-Israel incitement and violence.

But even there, a dose of realism has begun to creep in. For the results also showed that nearly three-quarters believe that even if an agreement is signed with the Palestinians, “it will not, from the Palestinians’ standpoint, end the historic conflict with Israel.”

In other words, deep down, most Israelis acknowledge that the thrust of the conflict with the Palestinians is not about land, but about our very existence.

What are we to make of all this?

Consider the following: if more than 40 years after the Six Day War, just a third of Jewish Israelis consider the territories to be “occupied,” then it means that however vocal and strident the Left might be, they remain nothing more than a small and unpersuasive minority in this country.

For all the sympathetic coverage, reports, articles and editorials that have amplified its position over the years, the Left has clearly failed to do more than dent the nation’s underlying attachment to places such as Hebron, Bethlehem and Shiloh.

This represents a colossal failure on their part in the battle for public opinion. While they may have succeeded in altering the reality on the ground by establishing the Palestinian Authority and supporting the Gaza withdrawal, the Left has not succeeded in wearing down our faith.

And, as Menachem Begin pointed out in The Revolt, “Faith is perhaps stronger than reality, for faith itself creates reality.”

The findings of the peace index also point to a tremendous opportunity. They underline the fact that Israelis are not “suicidal” or “lemmings,” as some on the far right are wont to believe. Rather, they continue to hold on to a healthy set of nationalist values and beliefs, however unpopular these might be among our media elites.

Perhaps that is precisely why the media does its best to shut us up and shut us out.

Indeed, just think what would happen if Israel had a more impartial media, one that actually gave equal time and respect to those who remain loyal to the Land of Israel.

Imagine the difference it would make if there were one – even one! – major media outlet that allowed Israel’s right to air its views alongside those of the left.

It would, quite simply, revolutionize the entire political system.

In the United States, media baron Rupert Murdoch tapped into the disconnect between the liberal media and America’s conservative impulses by creating Fox News Channel. Within a few years, Fox had rocketed to the top of cable news ratings, leaving CNN and MSNBC in the dust.

In an October 2006 interview with the Financial Times, Murdoch explained the secret of Fox’s success. He said, “The real story about Fox is the business story. The real thing is by being fair and balanced – by putting on both sides all the time – we really have changed the political equation in this country.”

“People think we’re conservative,” he added, “but we’re not conservative… I mean that it has given room to both sides, whereas only one side had it before. I think people are responding to that very strongly.”

There is no doubt that Israelis would too. Just imagine if Israel had its own version of Fox News – balanced yet patriotic, fair yet loyal. It would further energize the country’s underlying nationalist and Zionist proclivities, and possibly even invigorate the near-dormant political right.

Hence, establishing such a channel should become a top

priority for those who wish to preserve the land of Israel and protect her from harm.

For, if the peace index teaches us anything, it is that the right must never make the mistake of writing off the Israeli public or giving up on them as a lost cause.

The public can see through the mainstream media’s left-wing political agenda, and they are obviously hungering for something new and different.

Now is the time to do something about it. And a good place to start would be to change the channel, and give the Israeli people a media they can be proud of.

One that isn’t ashamed to wave the flag and boost the country and its values.

What a breath of fresh air that would be.

The faith I point to has nothing to do with religiosity or with organized denominational faith.

When Menachim Begin said “faith is perhaps stronger than reality, for faith itself creates reality,” he was not referring to the cult, the code or the creed of the varieties of Jewish religious belief. He meant the commitment we have as human beings in the project of fostering what is best in ourselves. That exploration is more crucial than anything merely technological In fact, the engine of our endlessly creative work in technology is simply our human nature. What has so distorted extremist Islam is its refusal to allow scope for this basic imperative. They are reduced to finding new and creative ways to kill.

For the sake of this particular discussion, I don’t care if we just randomly “happened” or if there is some larger force, which spun us out of clay and set us going. The important truth is that we ourselves still spin miracles out of gossamer. Isn’t that amazing?

Meanwhile (indulging in a little “racist” profiling), I would love to see an Israeli channel similar to Fox News. For certain, shortly after its creation there would appear a second Israeli-type Fox News, one that could argue with the first version. Whatever else they might be, those would be lively places, full of sparking quarrels, rhetoric and alarums — all the better for broadening our knowledge and experience.

The world would be a richer place. Why, I might actually buy a television.

The Latest Mental Illness: Iranophobia

Forget Homophobia. Forget Islamophobia.

The latest politically correct mental illness is the irrational fear of Iran.

Are you afraid of Iran? If so, you are not alone; there are many people who sufferer from this ailment, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

But don’t despair! Your condition is curable. Consult a mental health professional, preferably one from Quranic Open University, which specializes in the science of Quranic Psychiatry.

As we all know, nobody in their right mind would fear Iran, and anyone who does is definitely in need of help. According to Reuters:

Iran says U.S. shows “Iranophobia” over Iraq

Iran accused U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice of “Iranophobia” on Sunday for trying to blame Tehran for Iraq’s security problems.

Rice said last week she would press Iraq’s Arab neighbours at a meeting on Tuesday in Kuwait to do more to support Baghdad’s government and shield it from Iran’s “nefarious influences”.

Iran, as a neighbour of Iraq, will also attend the gathering.

“Regarding Rice’s statements, these statements are not something new. American officials follow the policy of Iranophobia,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini told reporters in a weekly news conference.

“We see the developments in Iraq today are the outcome of the U.S. administration’s illogical policies. The American officials want to externalise the problems they are facing inside Iraq,” he said, adding U.S. policies in Iraq had failed.

It’s obvious that there is really no external interference in Iraq. It’s just our overworked and Iranophobic imaginations that think otherwise.
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Washington accuses Tehran of funding, training and arming Iraqi militias, a charge Iran denies. Tehran says the presence of U.S. troops is behind Iraq’s problems and wants them out.

Hosseini said Tehran would encourage Arab states to be more active in Iraq where Iran, unlike Arab states, has an embassy.

“We have always encouraged those countries to play a more active role inside Iraq … and also resume diplomatic relations and open their embassies and support the political process in Iraq,” he said.



Hat tip: TB.