Sunday, August 27, 2006
"Saharasia Today" links 24-27 August 2006
Update on Robert Spitzer's Attack on Wilhelm Reich
From: Dr Norman Mactas Ackerman
New York City
Robert Spitzer (psychiatrist)From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaDr. Robert L. Spitzer is a Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University. He was chair of the task force of the third edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III) which was released in 1980. He has been referred to as a major architect of the modern classification of mental disorders which involves classifying mental disorders in discrete categories, with specified diagnostic criteria.
Re Robert Spitzer and the Reich research material - Spitzer was [as indicated in the Wikipedia article above] head of the very prestigious American Psy. Assoc. commission that redefined the practice of psychiatry in 1980 when the rather convoluted DSM-III was promulgated -- I was busy with my own psychiatric clinic practise at the time but when I had looked over the new 'rules of psychiatric engagement' I felt the equivalent of 'there goes the neighborhood' -- DSM III further cast professional psychiatry into a mold of theology with mythical forces only countered by certified professionals -- psychiatrists that is -- whose holy wafers more and more became the Big Pharma prescriptions.
From: Philip W. Bennett
Please reread the opening of the New Yorker article about Spitzer I sent you a few years ago: he had been in orgone therapy at one point but then turned on Reich and aided the FDA.
(Following is a letter sent to the New Yorker by Dr. Bennett)
To: New Yorker MagazineWhatever the merits of Alix Spiegel's article about Robert Spitzer and the DSM ("The Dictionary of Disorder," January 3, 2005), the gratuitous and dismissive references to Wilhelm Reich in the opening paragraph are inaccurate. Reich never 'marketed' the orgone energy accumulator; nor did he ever claim that sitting in it would cure cancer or increase one's sexual potency. That Spitzer, who, according to his own testimony, benefited from his Reichian therapy, went on to participate in the FDA's witch-hunt of Reich is a tragic irony, one that contributed to the death of one of the twentieth century's most misunderstood thinkers.Philip W. Bennett, PhDFairfield University
I had forgotten about the info you previously sent, but found copies in my email files. Yes, a very good letter you sent to the New Yorker. Did they ever print it?
JimNo, they didn't publish any of the letters they received; Kevin Hinchey (of the WR Museum) wrote a very good one signed by members of the board of the Trust. You can find it at the museum site in one of the updates, I believe.Best, Philip
Friday, August 25, 2006
Global warming boost to glaciers?
Global warming boost to glaciers
Researchers studied the western Himalaya
Global warming could be causing some glaciers to grow, a new study claims.
Researchers at Newcastle University looked at temperature trends in the western Himalaya over the past century.
They found warmer winters and cooler summers, combined with more snow and rainfall, could be causing some mountain glaciers to increase in size.
The findings are significant, because temperature and rain and snow trends in the area impact on water availability for more than 50 million Pakistanis.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Bogus Negative Results on 50-year-old Orgone Energy "Experiments".
Bogus Negative Results on 50-year-old Orgone Energy "Experiments".
The Failed Efforts and Unprofessional Bias of Robert L. Spitzer
(Is this the best the organized "skeptics" can come up with?)
>You probably have already read this:
>No pictures, no data, strange conclusions.
Dear Mr. Hering,
Thanks for informing me about this paper by Robert Spitzer "WILHELM
REICH AND ORGONE THERAPY AN EXAMINATION OF WILHELM REICH'S
DEMONSTRATIONS OF ORGONE ENERGY"
As I read it through, I agree with your negative assessment. It
strikes me as utterly unscientific, lacking in details about
protocols, the environment and weather (which can affect accumulator
functioning), the accumulator constructions and other essential
details needed in any experiment involving orgone energy. Also, no
citations to anyone but Reich, as if all the existing replications
were irrelevant. And we know, the supportive experiments verifying
Reich are abundant, including many doctoral dissertations and theses.
One can hardly evaluate the results of Spitzer's experiments and
claims, however, given the complete lack of details about the
experiments, the equipment used to carry them out, and other
essentials. Also, the claimed range of the experiments is stunning
-- observations of orgone energy phenomenon, electroscopical
experiments, bion experiments, To-T experiments, all slapped together
and reported on in a few pages. One could devote months of time and
study to even one of these experiments, and many have devoted years,
producing very good results... Author Spitzer devotes a few
paragraphs to each of several important experimental matters on
orgone research which, by themselves, deserve full papers with pages
of information and documentation. In total, an unscientific
collection of ad-hoc and amateurish uncontrolled "experiments" and
observational claims, fully lacking in sufficient detail for their
evaluations, and with some kind of poison-hatred motivations to
publish it 50+ years after-the-fact. And fully contradicted by much
more professional experimental work by others, over many years.
So who is author Robert Spitzer, and who are these people behind such
a high-sounding organization which would publish such an incomplete
The publication itself is listed as follows:
* The Commission for Scientific Medicine and Mental Health
* The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice
* Objective Investigations of Controversial and Unorthodox Claims in
Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry, and Social Work...
The Spitzer paper in fact appears in the Spring-Summer 2005 Volume 4
~ Number 1 issue of this group's publication, which has several items
* The Resurrection of Wilhelm Reich and Orgone Therapy
GERALD D. KLEE
* The Story of Robert L. Spitzer's Paper, 'An Examination of
Demonstrations of Wilhelm Reich's Orgone Energy'
ROBERT L. SPITZER
* An Examination of Demonstrations of Wilhelm Reich's Orgone Energy
ROBERT L. SPITZER
In the second item above, it is revealed that the author Robert
Spitzer did this "research" in 1953 (!) during his spare time when he
was an undergraduate pre-medical student, and then only after having
apparently had some unpleasant personal experiences in an
unidentified form of "Reichian therapy". Spitzer tried to get the
paper published in several medical journals, who rejected it. But he
claims he was approached by the FDA in the 1950s and asked if he
wanted to act as an expert government witness -- a claim which may be
bogus as I cannot recall this man's work or name ever showing up in
the FDA files on the Reich case (of which we have a relatively
complete copy at our institute).
But more to the point, Spitzer is:
* Adjunct Fellow of the Discovery Institute, a "conservative
* Author of the "Spitzer Report" which was partly responsible for the
removal of homosexuality from the APA's list of mental disorders.
* Prominently listed as a member of the CSICOP "skeptics" affiliated
"Council for Scientific Mental Health Practice", of which Paul Kurtz
(CSICOP founder and Skeptical Inquirer editor) is listed at the very
top. This list is a "who's who" of the American anti-science
For the record, CSCIOP ("Committee for the Scientific Investigation
for Claims of the Paranormal" http://www.csicop.org), is a group with
a history of attacking and smearing Reich since its very beginnings,
and indeed, a closer look indicates that is precisely the background.
From all these contexts, and due to a mis-reading of Reich, as well
as his early questionable therapy experiences, Spitzer appears to be
someone with an "axe to grind" against Reich, which has nothing to do
with the scientific facts of orgone energy, but which certainly
suggests a strong bias.
But there is more:
The publication's website carries prominent links to CSICOP and
Skeptical Inquirer magazine.
The contact information webpage for the SRMHP organization also
reveals further CSICOP-skeptics connections. CSICOP officer Barry
Karr is listed as Editor, revealing an Amherst, NY address (where
CSICOP has its headquarters), and the CSICOP-created "inquiring
minds" website as a contact email address for this same
This "Commission for Scientific Medicine and Mental Health" and its
publication "The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice"
therefore appear as total creations and "front-groups" for CSICOP.
CSICOP is thick with people who hate Reich's guts, and who have
happily distorted facts and committed numerous lies and
lies-of-omission regarding his work, and verifications of his work,
over decades. That an old student-research paper would be dusted off
for publication, some 50 years after-the-fact certainly suggests some
hate-anger motivations against Reich's work. See my articles on
CSICOP, which have previously exposed some of this stuff -- it is a
most reprehensible history of malicious attacks, smears and lies, and
even criminal offences:
But we should take heart from this as well. If the best the
organized "skeptics" can do is to reach back to a 50+ year old
unpublished paper which even the Reich-prejudiced medical journals of
the 1950s refused to publish, then orgonomy is secure, and as I wrote
in the "Orgone Accumulator Handbook" as early as 1989, "the effort to
kill the discovery of the orgone has failed".
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
"Saharasia Today" links 21-23 August 2006
Monday, August 21, 2006
UN Envoy: AIDS Criticism is "Lunatic Fringe"
Activists demand resignation of health minister
Friday, August 18, 2006 Posted: 2144 GMT (0544 HKT)
AIDS activists in Cape Town, South Africa, call for the arrest of Health Minister Manto Tshabalala Msimang.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) -- The South African government promotes "lunatic fringe" AIDS policies, a top U.N. envoy said Friday, as activists occupied government offices and took to the streets demanding the dismissal and arrest of the country's health minister.
"South Africa is the unkindest cut of all," Stephen Lewis, the United Nation's envoy to Africa on HIV/AIDs, told the closing ceremony of the 16th International AIDS Conference in Toronto.
The protest came after the death in a Durban prison earlier this week of a prisoner with HIV/AIDS.
The group called for a full judicial inquiry into the death, saying the government was to blame for not giving the prisoner anti-retroviral medicines. The Correctional Services Department rejected the criticism as "disingenuous," saying the dead man had been taking anti-AIDS medication and that it was doing everything possible to provide treatment for AIDS.
The dead man, identified only as MM, was one of 15 prisoners who recently won a court case against the Department of Correctional Services and Department of Health for the government to provide medication to prisoners. The government has appealed the ruling.
There are no reliable figures on the number of prisoners with HIV. But among the adult population in general, an estimated 19 percent of people aged 15 to 49, and 30 percent of pregnant women, are infected. An estimated 5.5 million people carry the virus -- the highest total in the world.
Activists have repeatedly demanded the dismissal of Tshabalala-Msimang, accusing her of delaying provision of ARVs.
But it was Lewis who delivered the most devastating indictment of government policies.
"It is the only country in Africa whose government continues to promote theories more worthy of a lunatic fringe than of a concerned and compassionate state," said Lewis. He has often criticized Tshabalala-Msimang's promotion of garlic, onions and beetroot as a remedy for AIDS patients.
Treatment Action Campaign activists stormed the South African stand earlier this week to confiscate the garlic, lemons and beets on display -- a move the health ministry said was "intolerant."
ANC counters envoy, activists
There was no immediate reaction from the health ministry to Lewis' comments. But a statement from the ruling African National Congress described statements he had made earlier during the conference as "unacceptable."
The ANC added that the behavior of the Treatment Action Campaign in Toronto was a "deplorable" attempt to grab international headlines.
"We should not allow the reckless bluster of the TAC to deter us, as a nation, from working together in partnership to address the serious challenges we face in a spirit of cooperation and sincere engagement," it said.
Dozens of activists, led by the Treatment Action Campaign's Zackie Achmat, briefly occupied the offices of the provincial government in Cape Town. They then marched to the Human Rights Commission -- an independent watchdog -- to pressure it to play a bigger role in securing treatment for AIDS patients.
"When good people keep silent, evil people triumph," Achmat, a prominent AIDS activist, told human rights commission representatives. "We've had enough of evil people triumphing. We need good people like you."
Sunday, August 20, 2006
More "Saharasia Today" links 18-20 August 2006
Friday, August 18, 2006
More on Muslim Thuggery & Mass-Media Faking in the Middle East
More on Muslim Thuggery & Mass-Media Faking in the Middle East
There is so much in my inbox que on the issue of "Saharasia Today",
rather than clog up yours with more full articles on these questions,
I will post out only occasional summaries as below... unless
something especially significant warrants it. J.D.
Muslim Media Lying and Intimidation of Honest Journalists
Photojournalism in Crisis, by David D. Perlmutter
Photoshopping history by Kathleen Parker
Green Helmet Guy on Hezbollah TV
Green Helmet Guy Admits Staging Photos, AP Spins Furiously
CNN Coverage Pro-Hezbollah Biased
Lebanese Autos Miraculously Survive Airstrikes, New IAF Missiles
Mimics Sledhammer Damage
Still More Photo Staging Identified
Presenting false images
Hitler and the Mufti of Jerusalem - New Movie Documentation
And once again, if you have not seen these downloadable movies, then do so:
Photo Fraud in Lebanon
"Pallywood" -- Fabrications of the Palestinian Hollywood
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
This incredible evidence speaks to one of the cardinal episodes of 20th Century Middle-East history, which set the stage for many of the problems being grappled with today -- as I have argued for many years, much of the contemporary violence against Israel today is "left-over business" since WW-II, stimulated by German National Socialism through its primary agent, the Mufti of Jerusalem. While many have seen the still-photos of the meetings between Hitler and the Mufti,
this new internet-posted video link presents the only known movies of their meeting.
Here's the official description:
This news report from Bayerischer Rundfunk explains in detail the cooperation between the Nazis and the Muslim Arab leaders during WW2.
It goes on to explain how high ranking heads of the SS fled to the Arab world and carried on their activities under the protection of leaders such as President Nasser and how modern Islam has adopted a Nazi style ideology of hate and conspiracy against the Jews.
Thanks to the Editrix (www.editrixoffice.com) for providing the translation and revealing this ray of light in the darkness of vitriolic reporting about Israel in the German media.
It is in German-language, with English subtitles. Here are some key elements of the text:
"June 1941. The Whermacht attacks the Soviet Union, for Hitler the center of the Jewish world conspiracy. From there, he intends to push further into the Middle East. For this plan, Hitler finds an ally in the Arab world. The Fuhrer received the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, one of the most influential men within the Arab nationalism. Here in the Reichskanzlei, a cooperation of many years between Hitler and the Grand Mufti takes off. Both have the same enemy: The Jews. The Mufti calls for Holy War under the swastika. He takes the lead of the Bosnian SS-division called Handzar."
... 1944...The Nazis get in the remote spa of Oybin in Saxony a secure place for the Mufti to hide. The lordly villa of the Mufti, the office building of his staff, and for the entourage a little chateaux. 1945, Hitler's Mufti elopes and travels unharmed to Cairo, and continues spreading his hate against Jews. The Egypt of the revolution under the Egyptian President Nasser provides a home for German Nazis like Johannes von Leers, one of the most odious NS propagandists. According to the CIA documents show Leers had been head of "Odessa" the infamous organization of former members of the SS. According to the CIA, it was the Mufti of all people who made Leers convert to Islam. Until his death, the Mufti never had to answer for his Jew-hatred. He has preached all during those years that there was a global Jewish conspiracy and that Jews are an inferior category of people. He has fully absorbed what the National Socialist ideology had taught him. The mental poison spread by the Mufti is effective even today. For example, in a bookshop in Cairo we find Hitler's "Mein Kampf" next to piles of antisemitic global conspiracy literature, including the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion", finding their way into the news. Almost like Iran's President Ahmadinejad who goes on and on denying the holocaust and who has the Lebanese Hezbollah dangling from his strings. Especially repulsive: The TV channel of the Lebanese Hezbollah even broadcast a dramatization of the unspeakable "Protocols". Today racial antisemitism is established as a distinct ideology. This is also contained in the charter of of the radical "Palestinian" government party Hamas. In this charter Hamas relies, of all things, on the anti-Jewish "Protocols" -- exactly like Adolf Hitler in "Mein Kampf". Thus, a circle is closed with the pact between Adolf Hitler and the Mufti.
This documentary only scratches the surface, however, and much more is found in the book "The Nazi Foundations of Islamic Terror" by Chuck Morse, offered in the OBRL on-line bookstore, in the "Saharasia Today" section:
For example, the Handzar Bosnian Muslim SS massacred nearly a million Serbs, Gypsies and Jews in the Balkans, and the Mufti was supported by the wealth of Jews killed in the death camps, wealth he took with him to Egypt for financing translations of Nazi propaganda into Arabic and other Muslim languages, including of "Mein Kampf" and "Protocols". He was followed to Egypt by many old SS officers who collectively escaped punishment for their war-crimes. They converted to Islam, took Muslim names, and were given commands within the Egyptian military, and in other Muslim armies, which attacked the new state of Israel in 1947, and repeatedly thereafter. The Mufti became the "spiritual founding father" of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, and the young Yassir Arafat became his protege.
But there is more to this stinking heap:
The first Nazi detachments dispatched in the spring of 1943 to liquidate the Warsaw ghetto were drawn from the Mufti's Muslim troops, as regular German divisions did not wish to partake of the awful slaughter required of them. (see Halina Gorcewicz in her book "Why, Oh God, Why?") The Muslim SS divisions were the worst of the worst, more cruel and savage than the typical SS division, which were bad enough. Influences from the Mufti and Nazi ideology are today found throughout the Arab League, Muslim Brotherhood, Baathist Socialism of Syria and Iraq, and virtually every Muslim terror group.
While Islam has historically been saturated with its own Jew-hatred and conquest-ideology from purely Koranic perspectives, the intersection of modern Islam with elements of National Socialism and modern Jewish conspiracy theory adds to its intellectual underpinnings a fictional history and rationalization of its own religo-racialist superiority and destiny towards world domination. All they lack is the Western weaponry of the Whermacht by which to enforce their will upon others... but even this may not be necessary, thanks to sucide-bombers, long-distance missiles, and atomic weaponry, and willing crowds of a fanatical Muslim "fifth column" already existing in every major Western nation today. It is all the perfect ingredients for social blackmail and violence, something already seen in terror attacks or attempts against Western targets, and the veiled threats even from "moderate Muslim leaders" that Muslim communities "might become violent" if law-enforcement goes after the terrorists within their Western enclaves.
Review this material and learn, or ignore it at your peril. History is repeating itself in an accelerating drama.
If Today's New York Times Editors were in Charge in 1943...
They would claim the "Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Is an Over-Reaction"
From ThePeoplesCube.com via Michelle Malkin:
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
CNN Coverage Pro-Hezbollah Biased
Highly unbalanced report mostly ignores plight of Israeli civilians, portrays Israelis as soldiers and politicians in suits, while coverage from Lebanon features in-depth interviews with Lebanese civilians and images of children and ruins; no mention of large number of Israelis displaced from their homes in north
The anatomy of bias: A CNN International in-depth report from Israel and Lebanon unveiled the full extent of bias at work behind the global news network's coverage of the Israel - Hizbullah war.
Scant attention is paid to Israeli civilians, while a long report featuring images and interviews of Lebanese civilians followed. The report's startling lack of representation of the suffering experienced by so many Israeli civilians stood in stark contrast to the interviews and video footage taken of Lebanese children and scenes of wreckage shown from across Lebanon.
Ignoring Bombardment of Israel
(VIDEO) Sections of the international media omit scenes of bombed out Haifa, remain aloof to anti-Hizbullah voices in Lebanon
The report began with an account of Haifa by a CNN female correspondent. During the report, there is a single, brief image of Israeli civilians, sitting at a café in Haifa. The picture remains on the screen for a number of seconds, before the journalist is seen being interviewed by the CNN anchor.
"Well some Arab Israelis were very upset when rockets struck their homes and three people died, and all of them were Arab Israelis, and they were complaining that they have hadn't been built bunkers like Israeli Jews in this city," said the journalist, answering a question about relations between Jews and Arabs in Haifa. She later said the answer depended on "who you asked."
The report did not mention any Israeli casualties, and no interviews with Israeli civilians were conducted.
Other than a momentary statistic appearing on the screen, there is no mention of the large number of Israelis who have become displaced from their homes in the north, and the journey home which awaits them to homes possible destroyed by Hizbullah rockets - although on the Lebanese side of the border, the report takes a long look at the return of Lebanese refugees to their homes in southern Lebanon.
There were no interviews from Israeli hospitals, and no mention made of the million Israelis who had been living in bomb shelters for almost a month. Also glaringly absent were images of destroyed homes and buildings across northern Israel.
A report then followed by CNN's Paul Hancocks, focusing exclusively on Israeli domestic politics. "The military battle for Israel's prime minister is over for the time being. The political battle has just begun. Critics claimed Olmert has gone to war hastily and ill prepared," said Hancocks, before film of Olmert's Knesset speech was shown. The report showed internal Knesset wrangling and the ejection of two Knesset members.
By the time CNN's correspondents had completed their coverage from Israel, it became clear that CNN had little interest in placing individual faces and names to the suffering on the Israeli side, let alone mentioning the extent and scope of the war damage.
Second half very different
The second half of the report, by CNN's Ben Wiederman, was dramatically different.
The report was saturated with images of Lebanese children playing in ruins, blood stains, destroyed buildings, and personal accounts of Lebanese families attempting to head back to south Lebanon.
It was introduced by CNN's anchor, who said: "Nasrallah also acknowledged the deaths and the destruction of the Lebanese homes, but he said Hizbullah would be ready to help rebuild."
"It was a morning like so many other recent mornings in Tyre. And then there was silence. The ceasefire went into effect at 8 AM local time. And with the prospect of calm, it didn't take long for many of Lebanon's refugees, estimated at more than a million, to pack their belongings, and head south towards home," Wiederman said.
"Beirut's Sinara park has become a temporary refuge. But Monday morning some decided it was to go back. To what, they weren't sure," he added.
Beginning one of a number of interviews with Lebanese civilians, the report continued: "'We're returning to our village but we're not sure if we'll be able to get there,' said this man from a village outside Tyre."
Suggesting that Israel would target Lebanese civilians heading back to Lebanon, Wiederman said: "Last week Israel warned that it would target any car south of the Litani river. The warning remains in effect. But few seem to heed it. Rather they chose to savor the thought that Hizbullah has emerged from this war in their opinion victorious."
"The 33 day conflict has left the Lebanese economy in ruins. Thousands of homes have been destroyed by Israeli land air and sea bombardment, and over a thousand Lebanese, mostly civilians, have been killed during the fighting," Wiederman continued, as images of Lebanese children and wrecked debris flashed across the screen.
Wiederman's report was then followed by an item on the struggle aid workers to get into southern Lebanon.
During earlier coverage on Sunday, CNN chose the word "resistance" to describe Hizbullah's actions in Lebanon - a term used by Hizbullah - as well as Hamas - to describe their own attacks - implicitly presuming that armed jihad organizations are 'resisting' and defending against aggression, rather than initiating it.
A succession of images followed, showing a Lebanese woman alone among ruins, followed immediately by a photograph of smiling Israeli soldiers with guns raised in the air. No context or explanations of when and where the photos were taken are provided.
Yes, the problem is 'Islamic fascism' - UK Article
He is right. But in the early news reports in Britain the words "Islamist" or "Muslim" were hardly emphasized. Let alone "extremist" or the dread word "fascist." Instead the common code words on television were that the 24 men arrested were "British-born" and "of Pakistani origin."
No mention of their Islamist ideology. Did the BBC think they might turn out to be from Pakistan's embattled Christian minority? I don't think so.
In Europe the truth is so terrible that we are in denial. Perhaps it is understandable. We simply do not wish to face the fact that we really are threatened by a vast fifth column - that there are thousands of European-born people, in Britain, in France, in Holland, in Denmark, everywhere - who wish to destroy us. They are part of a wider war, what Tony Blair rightly calls an "arc of extremism" - Islamist extremism.
YOU SEE this denial in the coverage of Israel's war against Hizbullah.
Civilian deaths in Lebanon are utterly tragic. But if you watched only British television, particularly the BBC, you would be hard-pressed to understand that Israel has been forced into a war for its survival, one in which Iran has empowered its proxy, Hizbullah, to undertake the final solution of "the Zionist entity."
The fact that since Israel pulled out of southern Lebanon six years ago Hizbullah has been allowed to hijack the whole area to create a vast attack station whose purpose is only to destroy Israel, is taken for granted and certainly not shown to be a cause for opprobrium.
Protesters in London have been marching through the streets carrying banners proclaiming "We Are All Hizbullah Now."
Do they know that every Lebanese child killed is a triumph for Hizbullah and a tragedy for Israel, as well as for Lebanon? Do they know that among the prisoners Hassan Nasrallah demands that Israel release are men arrested after rejoicing in smashing out the brains of Israeli children?
Do they know that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the eager seeker of nuclear weapons, considers the utter destruction of Israel an Iranian priority? Or that Hizbullah's Nasrallah has said that he wished all Jews would gather in Israel so they could all be destroyed at once; and that there is no creature more disgusting in the world than a Jew, "and note that I said a Jew, not an Israeli"?
THE AWFUL thing is that many of those who march in support of Hizbullah may well know such things. Those who don't know them don't want to trouble themselves.
And it's not just the extremist marchers. Reasonable, conventional armchair critics concentrate on the mistakes of Israel rather than the evil ideology of Hizbullah. They refuse to acknowledge that a small, decent society is now literally under the threat of death from an illegal fascistic military machine built throughout the hills, valleys, towns and villages of southern Lebanon.
As the American historian Victor Davis Hanson recently pointed out in these pages, there is a kind of moral madness at work here.
But how else should one describe a military machine that marches under the banner of a demagogic leader who seeks above all to kill Jews?
Its not just Hizbullah, of course. The same ideology of hate and destruction motivates al-Qaida, perhaps the inspiration, if not the controller, of the arrested British bombers.
In Britain we are actually quite lucky. We have a prime minister who, in my view, has committed many, many errors at home; but abroad Tony Blair has a clear vision, both moral and pragmatic, of the threat that we face.
And for this he is mocked and abused as nothing more than Bush's "poodle."
In a thoughtful recent speech in Los Angeles Blair spoke of fighting an "arc of extremism." That extremism is Islamic extremism, whether it is inspired al-Qaida or by Teheran, whether its foot soldiers are Sunni or Shi'ite, whether they were born in Britain, or southern Lebanon, or Iran, or Saudi Arabia, or anywhere else.
As Blair said: The battle is over the values that are to govern the future of the worlds. "Are they those of tolerance, freedom, respect for difference and diversity; or those of reaction, division, hatred?"
"This is war," said Blair.
Alas, it is. Wherever they were born, the men who want to blow up airliners, who want to destroy Israel and, not coincidentally, who want to kill all hope of a decent society in Iraq - are Islamo-fascists who are united in hatred of us.
The sooner we in Europe understand that, and that they must be defeated, the safer everyone - Christians, Jews, Muslims, and non-believers - will be.
The writer is author of Allies - Why the West Had to Remove Saddam.
Monday, August 14, 2006
The Real Reason for Hezbollah Agreeing to a Cease-Fire in Lebanon
"Oiy, Muhammed, we can't continue doing this for much longer.
Yeah, Ali, we'll have to go back to the old way, of strapping bombs on our beloved children."
Stalinists + Islamo-Fascists Organize Rallies
This one includes photos of the counter-protest in San Francisco, and actually got coverage in the SF Chronicle... but the more stark and hate-filled photos as give in the above weblinks are not to be found.
Scotland Yard police are quizzing Abdula Ahmed Ali, 25, and his 23-year-old wife Cossor over suspicions they were to use their baby's bottle to hide a liquid bomb.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
More on Middle East Media Manipulations
Also, two related documentaries from Honest Reporting:
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Media Lies and Hezbollah's Human Shields
By Jacob Laksin
FrontPageMagazine.com | August 10, 2006
Those seeking evidence of the far-Left's "see-no-evil" approach to the war on Islamic terrorism generally and Israel's war against the genocide-minded Hezbollah in particular need only consider the case of Salon.com. Last week, the magazine published a dispatch ostensibly debunking the "myth" that Hezbollah hides among civilians, thereby incurring Israeli fire and endangering Lebanese civilians. This claim, according to author Mitch Prothero, "is almost always false."
What is immediately striking about the report is not merely that it is untrue, but that from the onset it gives the lie to its own thesis. Setting the scene, Prothero writes:
The locals knew that the 10-story apartment building had been the office, and possibly the residence, of Sheik Tawouk, the Hezbollah commander for the south, so they had moved their families out at the start of the war. The landlord had refused to rent to Hezbollah when they requested the top floors of the building. No matter, the locals said, the Hezb guys just moved in anyway in the name of the "resistance." Everyone knew that the building would be hit eventually.
From the evidence that a top Hezbollah fighter had chosen a civilian residence for his base of operations, over the persistent objection of his fellow tenants, Prothero concludesthe exact opposite: "Although Israel targets apartments and offices because they are considered 'Hezbollah' installations, the group has a clear policy of keeping its fighters away from civilians as much as possible," he writes. In yet another spasm of cognitive dissonance, Prothero records a visit to a Lebanese village where he finds that a "handful of people in the town include some from Hezbollah's political wing." Improbably, this detail only fortifies Prothero's conviction that Hezbollah takes pains to "avoid civilians." Further on Prothero assures the reader that Hezbollah would never mix with noncombatants because its leadership recognizes "that letting their fighters near outsiders of any kind -- journalists or Lebanese, even Hezbollah supporters -- is stupid." At the same time, Prothero admits that Lebanese with "the look of Hezbollah always found me." Stupidity does not begin to cover it.
Lest one doubt his expurgated account of the terrorists' tactics, Prothero states that "[e]very other journalist I know who has covered Hezbollah has had the same experience." If so, he might consider broadening his professional horizons. While Prothero was busily suppressing evidence of the Islamists in his midst, a number of news reports confirmed what longtime observers of Hezbollah already knew: The Shiite terrorist faction intentionally positions itself amid civilians. It does so, moreover, in the knowledge that converting civilian areas into makeshift battle stations, complete with rocket emplacements and command centers, is a sure-fire way of prompting Israeli counterattacks and the inevitable civilian deaths that serve as the group's most effective weapon in its propaganda war against the Jewish state. Consider the following list of news items:
The above list is by no means exhaustive. What's more, Hezbollah's disregard for civilian life antedates the current conflict--a fact corroborated by some of Israel's harshest critics. In her largely sympathetic 1997 portrait of the terror group, Hezbollah, Arab journalist Hala Jaber extensively detailed that Hezbollah not only does not shun civilians, as its apologists allege, but it is very much dependent on their support. "The continued presence of civilians in the area [southern Lebanon] is vital for the movement and protection of Hezbollah fighters: the success of the Islamic Resistance depends upon the cooperation and hospitality of the villagers for their support," Jaber wrote. "Hezbollah therefore demands that civilians remain in their homes and villages in the face of Israeli threats and reprisals. In return, it guarantees them assistance and ensures that they are provided with all the requirements necessary for their-day-to-day survival."  (It goes nearly without saying that those who now denounce Israel for imposing "collective punishment" on the Lebanese people cannot be troubled to address this inconvenient history.)
No less a critic of Israel than the journalist Robert Fisk pointed out in his 2001 book, Pity the Nation, that Lebanese on more than one occasion accused Israeli forces of targeting civilian areas when in fact they were striking back at Hezbollah. Fisk recounted that in the aftermath of the 1996 Israeli strike on a UN compound near the Lebanese village of Qana, in which over 100 civilians were killed, the "Lebanese would drift from the truth -- claiming that there was no Hezbollah men firing from the village," and that the Israelis had deliberately targeted civilians. The facts told a different tale: Hezbollah guerillas had purposely fired Katyusha rockets in the vicinity of the base. "It was not the first time the guerillas had fired their missiles at the Israelis from near a U.N. position," Fisk observed. 
But facts did not survive the bombing. Although Hezbollah had instigated the attack by firing missiles, Israel alone reaped the world's opprobrium. In his book Faith At War, Wall Street Journal reporter Yaroslav Trofimov, who covered Israel's fitful fight against Hezbollah in the 90s, noted that international outcry at the 1996 attack forced Israel to halt its offensive, granting Hezbollah a diplomatic reprieve, and, not least, furnishing grist for Osama bin Laden's murderous sermonizing: "Qana took pride of place in Bin Laden's speeches justifying jihad against crusaders and Jews." 
There can be little doubt that Israel's failure to defeat Hezbollah would have the same effect on the jihadists and their sponsors throughout the Middle East. And yet, by attributing the blame for civilian deaths solely to Israel, that is precisely the end that many on the Left, echoed by European plenipotentiaries and Arab potentates, have in mind.
In their efforts is a profound irony. Whereas Israel makes every effort to avoid civilians, Hezbollah not only does not have a similar policy but actually regards attacks on civilians as a legitimate strategy--even when those civilians are Muslims. As Hala Jaber has noted, "Religious scholars have, according to Hezbollah, deduced that if the enemy uses Muslims as human shields, then Muslim fighters can kill them in their quest to eliminate the enemy." Hezbollah has justified its own use of human shields on similarly utilitarian grounds, reasoning, in Jaber's summary, that "any action which constrains the enemy and foils their schemes is permissible under Islam." This of course is a direct violation of Geneva Convention, which states in Article 51: "The civilian population as such, as well as individual civilians, shall not be the subject of attack."
Not that critics are eager to publicize the fact. Listening to some of the detractors of Israel's military campaign against Hezbollah, one might think that Israel alone has violated international law. Certainly that has been the emphasis of groups like Human Rights Watch, which has issued a 50-page report tendentiously titled "Fatal Strikes: Israel's Indiscriminate Attacks Against Civilians in Lebanon," charging the Israeli military with a "disturbing disregard for the lives of Lebanese civilians." Not to be outdone, Amnesty International has claimed that Israeli bombs "fall indiscriminately on women, children, ambulances, rescue workers and other innocent victims of this escalating conflict. These deliberate attacks violate international humanitarian law and constitute war crimes." Parallel with their denunciations of Israel, these groups continue to downplay the fact that Hezbollah has turned civilian areas in southern Lebanon and south Beirut into a private war zone, while equating Israel's accidental attacks on civilians with the deliberate campaign of slaughter waged by Hezbollah.
As in the past, the undisguised intent of this critical barrage is to bring international pressure to bear on Israel and force a premature end to Israeli military operations. Instead of capitulating to these demands, Israel will be far better served by heeding the counsel of Hezbollah's 1985 manifesto, which features a section headed "The Necessity for the Destruction of Israel." "Our struggle will end only when this entity is obliterated," the manifesto states. "We recognize no treaty with it, no cease-fire, no peace agreements." Only by adopting the same logic and disregarding the attacks of those who hope, yet again, to rescue Hezbollah from a war of its own making, can Israel prevail.
 Hala Jaber, Hezbollah: Born with a Vengeance. (Columbia University Press, 1997.) p. 156.
 Robert Fisk, Pity the Nation: Lebanon at War. (Oxford University Press, 2001.) pp. 670-673.
 Yaroslav Trofimov, Faith At War: A Journey on the Frontlines of Islam, from Baghdad to Timbuktu. (Henry Holt and Company, 2005.) p. 231.
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