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may the american forces for freedom rain down ever more honour down upon the jihadis
Michelle Malkin has created a fun celebratory propaganda video [21.5MB]. Enjoy. :-)the web address for the article above is
haditha, the fossil media and islamist morality - the auroran sunset
If you believe the fossil media:
Don’t worry about evidence, trial or a defence. We have “enough details to conclude”. No need to take pause from the statement of CNN's embedded reporter with that particular regiment:
There is no need to worry about minor details like “innocent until proven guilty”, because the fossil media can say what they like in the knowledge that the Bush administration and the military are ethically and legally bound to wait for the results of their investigations, rather than wading in with bald emotive statements:
The ends justify the means. The West is decadent, ethics are for saps:
Here is how the Israelis see the jihadis. Seems they are not exaggerating.
Of course it is possible that this “massacre” is both genuine and was committed by US marines. In which case the marines in questions will no doubt end up in jail, just as did those responsible for the disgusting behaviour at Abu Ghraib. That is how the American system works: possible miscreants are investigated and, if found guilty, usually go to jail.
But it is not as if this would be the first time the fossil media have made up a massacre, or at least pushed a massacre obviously made-up by known enemies of freedom and civilisation. Nor would it be the first time for the fossil media to be economical with the truth - here’s a highly incomplete list from over a year ago:
America still has a legal system that works on the principle of “innocent until proven guilty”. The fossil media apparently has a higher cause that doesn’t require niceties such as ethics. No wonder they hate America so. They aren’t against the war, they are on the other side.
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the long war against nihilistic fundamentalism
“In the past four years alone, more than 110 million human beings across the world have joined the ranks of the free -- and this is only the beginning. The message has spread from Damascus to Tehran that the future belongs to freedom -- and we will not rest until the promise of liberty reaches every people and every nation.”
Read the originals, not the spin and out of context quotes.
Christopher Hitchens, long part of the socialist establishment, has, like a few others, discovered that his integrity will not allow him to go along with the intellectual dishonesty of the cult.
Meanwhile, the great George Bush greets the new alumni soldiers for freedom:
Fortunately, Bush gets it. How very appropriate that the brainded socialists and jihadis so hate him!
How very appropriate that dishonest socialists even hate Bush for admitting errors over Iraq.
George Bush and Tony Bliar speeches and news conference on Iran, Iraq and UN reform.
Admission of errors and learning from errors is a road completely blocked to the jihadi or socialist cultist. This is a major reason why they never think, never change and always lose over the long run.
Of course, when such people hear others accepting mistakes have been made, naturally they cannot understand that. They regard it as a weakness to be exploited, not as simple honesty and a willingness to learn.
Jihadis and socialists, like any fundies, live in a world of foolish dogmatic certainties.
I call it the arrogance of ignorance.
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saudi textbooks still teaching jihad despite claims of post 9-11 revision - the auroran sunset
The Saudi dictatorship’s claims:
Allegedly from a first grade textbook post-elimination:
For the fourth grade:
These books are apparently used in all Wahhabi schools worldwide, including in the USA.
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totten goes to iraq & turkey - the
Michael Totten used to be a fossil media professional. He still does occasional work for the fossil media in order to finance his excellent blog (he also solicits donations, which seem well deserved). Since the Cedar Revolution in Lebanon, he has been living in Beirut, reporting on and helping the cause. He appears to have moved back to the United States very recently, at least for the time being. During his ‘stay’ in Beirut, he produced fascinating reports from Egypt, Iraqi Kurdistan, Turkey and of course Lebanon. He also wrangled an interview with a Hezbollah spokesman. Before that he went to see Libya. And there’s probably more I've missed.
Totten’s reports are long, matter of fact but conversational, narrations of what he sees and hears. He goes out of his way to talk to people wherever he goes, making for some interesting and sometimes very funny reading. He clearly likes the area and the people, but he is far from rosy-eyed about the problems, whether relating to poverty, to corruption, to culture, or to mad Islamists. His reports are also scattered with helpful photographs of things like supermarket shelves, ordinary suburbs, urban wastelands, etc., along with the more touristy images.
Totten tries to flesh out the reader’s picture of the Middle East, which can be somewhat melodramatic if all they know are the geopolitically interesting highlights of bombs, dictators, oil and loons saying they’ll nuke us if we don’t let them nuke us. He manages to do this while avoiding the glossy exaggeration and sidetracks into moral equivalence common to most social comment on backward societies. Adventurous backpackers would also benefit greatly from his experience in dealing with language problems, corruption problems and people-in-foreign-parts problems. He somehow always manages to come through hairy situations smelling of roses - I can’t decide whether his adventures are very brave or utterly nuts.
His latest series describe a recent spur-of-the-moment, one-day adventure through Turkey, into Iraqi Kurdistan and back to Turkey:
His description of the poverty and backwardness of much of Turkey, especially Turkish Kurdistan, is striking. As is the friendliness of the ordinary people throughout his Middle-Eastern travels. Here are some bits from his drive through 1000 miles of mountainous Turkey to the Iraqi border:
At least in Kurdistan, Americans seem to be well-loved wherever they go. As are the Peshmerga (Kurdish Army):
Corruption and poverty are a problem, but not just in Iraq:
Then there are the ever-present bribes:
Taxi-driver Himdad above is one of those charming criminals that Totten seems to regularly find in his travels across the Middle-East. Having driven Totten and friend to no-man's-land between the borders, Himdad tried to rope them into his cigarette smuggling. Totten subtly found a new driver and then left him:
Then there are the scary Turkish army that goes round terrorising Turkish Kurdistan, such that even Iraq looks good by comparison:
And some more miscellaneous ‘advice’ for travellers:
There is much much more - I quote at length both to give a flavour of the writing and of just how much variety there is.
Return to Iraq Kurdistan [March 2006]:
From Egypt [January 2006]:
Fun with Hezbollah [late 2005]:
Totten also went to Cyprus in October 2005, but those articles only appear in the fossil media, without the photos and without most of the extra details he’s able to give when he’s his own master: the Greek side and the Turkish side... Ah! found his blog versions [see later], the difference is instructive - it is little wonder that a serious reporter feels more at home in the blogsphere than the fossil media: Nicosia, the last divided capital city and pictures from Varosha, a ghost-town between the two.
From Lebanon [October-December 2005]:
From Libya [December 2004]:
Even his guest-bloggers during his travelling absences put up interesting things (if not quite to the same standards): here’s a piece on the British police attempting to intimidate free speech supporters.
My one complaint with Totten’s blog is that he lacks anything approaching proper archives, such that finding his old articles is painful even if you know what they are, and nigh impossible if you are just looking for what else he has done. If Totten ran his site properly, I wouldn’t need to search up hill and down dale and make that collection of links above. In the end I had to scan through image-heavy full-month archive pages going back over a year; nor does it help that his site has insufficient bandwidth or server power to cope with its popularity. Even on broadband, his pages take considerable time to download. Hence only three and a half GoldenYaks.the web address for the article above is