Thursday, September 30, 2010
These people are so delusional that it's really hard to argue with them. They will not listen to common sense or the simple facts of the situation. They have literally been brainwashed into believing that Muslims are evil and out to take over the world and that Sharia law will magically take over America if they are not stopped. Really, what can you say to someone like that?
Monday, September 27, 2010
Haaretz (Israel): Lieberman: Palestinians to blame for absence of peace deal - This Lieberman is the Israeli foreign minister. According to him, the Palestinians did not do enough during the settlement moratorium.
Turkish Daily News: Kurdish issue reaches new threshold in Turkey - There's been a "calm period" between the Turkish government and the PKK, which is about to run out.
Friday, September 24, 2010
The Texas State Board of Education today passed a resolution warning textbook publishers to scrub their books of "gross pro-Islamic, anti-Christian" bias.and
Proponents of the measure, including board members and witnesses, argued that world history textbooks spend too much space discussing Islam, and in too positive a light, when compared with Christianity.and
One of the board's most conservative members, Don McLeroy, who is serving the last months of his term, said textbook publishers have been biased in favor of Islam for years. He argued that "one of the greatest gifts to the world was medieval Christendom," citing an essay he had written in 2002 titled "The Gift of Medieval Christendom to the World."The only gift medieval Christendom ever gave to the world was the crusades. While Europe was going through the dark ages and trying to recuperate from barbarian invasions, the Islamic world was at the height of mathematical and scientific discovery. It wasn't until the late middle ages that Europe finally got its act together and began achieving on its own - thanks to material they got from the Islamic world. For hundreds of years the church held back science, and women, all in the name of God. It's kind of hard to spin that into a positive light.
So why do I care what a bunch of Texans say? Because that board is one of the most influential, among textbook makers. I'm not sure if it's because of the size and population of Texas, or because they talk really loudly. They say everything's bigger in Texas. Even their stupidity.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The same dynamic that was at work during the failed Camp David Summit of 2000 is again evident: an Israeli leadership openly unwilling to make peace on the basis of genuine reciprocity, let alone justice or equality is meeting a Palestinian leadership utterly dependent on an American ability to pressure Israel into significant concessions, under the aegis of an American administration with the same kind of pro-Israel mentality and frame of reference that oversaw the last failed round.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Haaretz (Israel): Olmert: Bush offered to absorb 100,000 Palestinian refugees if peace deal reached - Former PM Olmert says that Bush offered to take in 100,000 refugees as US citizens if Israel reached a permanent solution with the Palestinian Authority.
Turkish Daily News: Turkey braces for political reforms, speedier EU talks after Sept. 12 vote - The vote on Sept. 12th approved constitutional changes that should help Turkey in its plans to join the EU.
Times of Oman: Japan mulls drilling near disputed gas field - China and Japan are disputing the ownership of gas fields in the East China Sea. If China starts drilling there, Japan will follow suit.
Friday, September 17, 2010
As a blogger, and an American, I firmly believe in freedom of speech, especially on the internet. I have a great deal of respect for bloggers from countries like Saudi Arabia, who face real persecution for speaking the truth. Please keep Ali in your prayers.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
[Note: Alright, I've been a little alliterative lately. Sorry.]
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
The French bill was designed to stop women from wearing full body coverings, specifically, Islamic ones. So they come up with a bill that doesn't mention Islam so they can claim that they are not racist or prejudiced. Apparently the French do not believe in freedom of religion.
More on the subject from Yahoo!
Monday, September 13, 2010
1. It is forbidden to attempt to impose Islam on other people. The Qur’an says, “There is no compulsion in religion. The right way has become distinct from error.” (-The Cow, 2:256). Note that this verse was revealed in Medina and was never abrogated by any other verse of the Quran. Islam’s holy book forbids coercing people into adopting any religion. They have to willingly choose it.
2. Islamic law forbids aggressive warfare. The Quran says, “But if the enemies incline towards peace, do you also incline towards peace. And trust in God! For He is the one who hears and knows all things.” (8:61) The Quran chapter “The Cow,” 2:190, says, “Fight in the way of God against those who fight against you, but begin not hostilities. Lo! God loveth not aggressors.”
3. In Islamic war, not just any civil engineer can declare or launch a war. It is the prerogative of the duly constituted leader of the Muslim community that engages in the war. Nowadays that would be the president or prime minister of the state.
4. The killing of innocent non-combatants is forbidden. According to Sunni tradition, ‘Abu Bakr al-Siddiq, the first Caliph, gave these instructions to his armies: “I instruct you in ten matters: Do not kill women, children, the old, or the infirm; do not cut down fruit-bearing trees; do not destroy any town . . . ” (Malik’s Muwatta’, “Kitab al-Jihad.”)
5. Muslim commanders must give the enemy fair warning that war is imminent. The Prophet Muhammad at one point gave 4 months notice. Sneak attacks are forbidden.
The World Trade Center had a mosque in it, which Bin Laden destroyed, and he killed dozens of innocent Muslims in the attack along with thousands of others. All of this is an abomination in Islamic law
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Slate had a very good article about the Qur'an burning situation: We didn't start the fire. As the author says "You, your country, and your faith are being held accountable for the deeds of these people." The Islamic world holds US responsible for the Qur'an burners. Doesn't sound fair? Well how about holding THEM responsible for the actions of the 9-11 hijackers? It's the same thing.
I also enjoyed the Slate article: Nobody owns 9/11, and the World Trade Center site is not hallowed ground.
Daily Star (Lebanon): Sayyed accuses Hariri of backing false STL witnesses - Hariri's father (Rafik) was assassinated several years ago, and the STL is the commission investigating it.
Haaretz (Israel): Israel official: Netanyahu to offer Palestinians partial settlement freeze - The settlement freeze that is in place ends September 30th, and the Palestinians want the freeze to continue.
Turkish Daily News: Turkey says 'yes' in referendum, hands AKP major triumph - Twenty-six constitutional amendments passed by national voting. Apparently some of these are necessary to help Turkey join the EU.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
Arabian Business: Eid Al Fitr holiday for UAE's private sector announced - Eid al Fitr holiday will be September 8 - 12th.
Haaretz (Israel): UN report: Iran has enough uranium for three nuclear devices - The IAEA report is in.
Turkish Daily News: Turkish charity pitches in to help Pakistan - The charity Support to Life is helping Pakistan. One of their workers said this disaster is worse than the tsunami.
Tehran Times: Iran to launch IFILM to entertain Arab viewers - Iran is launching a new 24-hour TV channel, dubbed into Arabic.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
I also received a link to a site I had not heard of before: newsy.com. Apparently they are some sort of multi-source video news site. Here's their take on the peace process:
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
The author of this article makes a good point: The new church has a legitimate right to be built. But if the Mosque protesters are legitimate, not just anti-Muslim, they will also protest the Ground Zero Hate-Church.
There will never be peace in Palestine/Israel until ALL sides agree upon it. That means everyone: the governments, the terrorists, the army, the extremists on both sides. If the Israeli religious far-right continues to insist upon "colonizing" Palestinian land with illegal settlements, even when their own government says not to, how can you expect the Palestinians to believe anything Israel says? When the US and Israel insist that the Palestinians must give up their arms before peace talks can truly take place, how can you expect them to intentionally leave themselves defenseless when Israel has a well-trained army that could strike at any time, and has in the past?
My opinion: There will never be peace in Palestine/Israel until one side is dead. And it looks like it will probably be the Palestinians who die. There will always be a group of Palestinians who want their land back and want Israel gone. There will always be Israelis who believe that biblically, the entire region belongs to the Jews. Neither of those groups will agree to a lasting peace, and if one is forced upon them, they will still continue to fight, physically, for what they believe. The United States does not understand the situation, and most Americans never will. There will never be peace.