‘Peace process won’t stop anti-Israel activity at the UN”
Business as usual. If there’s nothing to be gained, why bother? Â (Israel Matzav)
Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the IDF to flee from Lebanon, offered Yasser Arafat a far too generous deal that was rejected, did not respond forcefully to the subsequent Oslo War, and appears to haveÂ learned nothing from the experience.
* Imam Rauf’s “peaceful solution” means final solution:
“In a true peace, Israel will, in our lifetimes, become one more Arab country, with a Jewish minority.” Full text below the fold….
Trying really hard:Â Hamas Claims Credit for Killing Pregnant Woman, 3 Others…
“About 3,000 people joined a rally in Gaza to celebrate the attack. HamasÂ militaryÂ wing spokesman Abu Obeida was among them and told The Associated Press: ‘The Qassam Brigades announces its full responsibility for the heroic operation in Hebron’.” Â (Atlas Shrugs)
Because she asked the mullah’s to stop stoning women:
State-run Iranian paper calls French first lady Carla Bruni a “prostitute,” then calls for her death
Bruni-Sarkozy, the wife of France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy, made a public statement in support of an Iranian woman who has been sentenced to be stoned to death.
She and other French personalities signed a petition calling for Tehran to release 43-year-old mother-of-two Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, whom an Iranian court has convicted of adultery and complicity in her husband’s murder…
Bruni-Sarkozy’s intervention … caused the biggest stir in Tehran, with the conservative Iranian press lashing out at the 41-year-old supermodel-turned-singer’s formerly colourful private life.
“Reviewing Carla Bruni’s record clearly shows why this immoral woman has supported an Iranian woman who has committed adultery, has contributed to the murdering of her husband and has been sentenced to death,” Kayhan newspaper wrote.
“In fact, she herself deserves death,” the paper added, labelling the French first lady an “Italian prostitute”.
The question in response to these insults and threats ought to be, “So, that’s how you keep uppity women in line in the Islamic Republic?” “Iranian insults against Bruni ‘unacceptable’ – France,” fromÂ BBCÂ News,
And the world yawns as this barbarity continues. “Jyllands-Posten’s cartoons keep Denmark on the terrorist map,” from theÂ Copenhagen Post (JW)
Feisel Abdul Rauf on Israel and Iran.
Much has already been made of the imam’s comments on “60 Minutes” following 9/11, when he called America an “accessory to the crime” and announced that “Osama bin Laden is made in the USA.” He has also refused to call Hamas a terrorist organization. We’ve now come across two letters to the New York Times that reveal more about the imam’s worldview.
In a letter published on November 27, 1977, Mr. Rauf commented on Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s historic trip to Israel and encouraged his fellow Muslims to “give peace a chance.” That John Lennon lyric sounds good. But he added: “For my fellow Arabs I have the following special message: Learn from the example of the Prophet Mohammed, your greatest historical personality. After a state of war with the Meccan unbelievers that lasted for many years, he acceded, in the Treaty of Hudaybiyah, to demands that his closest companions considered utterly humiliating. Yet peace turned out to be a most effective weapon against the unbelievers.”
He’s referring to a treaty in the year 628 that established a 10-year truce between the Prophet Muhammad and Meccan leaders and was viewed by Muslims at the time as a defeat. But Muhammad used that period to consolidate his ranks and re-arm, eventually leading to his conquest of Mecca. Imam Rauf seems to be saying that Muslims should understand Sadat’s olive branch in the same way, as a short-term respite leading to ultimate conquest.
To drive that point home, he added in the same letter that “In a true peace it is impossible that a purely Jewish state of Palestine can endure. . . . In a true peace, Israel will, in our lifetimes, become one more Arab country, with a Jewish minority.”
Two years later, the imam weighed in on the Iranian revolution. In a February 27, 1979 letter, in which he scores Americans for failing to apologize to Iran for past misdeeds, he wrote, “The revolution in Iran was inspired by the very principles of individual rights and freedom that Americans ardently believe in.”
At the time, Iran’s revolution hadn’t revealed all of its violent, messianic character. Thirty years later it has, yet Mr. Rauf’s views seem little changed. Following Iran’s sham presidential election last year and the crackdown that followed, the imam urged President Obama to “say his administration respects many of the guiding principles of the 1979 revolutionâ€”to establish a government that expresses the will of the people; a just government, based on the idea of Vilayet-i-faquih, that establishes the rule of law.”
That Persian phrase means Guardianship of the Jurist, which in practice means that all power resides with the mullahs. Vilayet-i-faquih is the religious justification for arresting protestors, forcing their confessions and letting them rot in jail.
Imam Rauf has said more moderate things, notably at a memorial service for our former colleague Daniel Pearl. But his calls for interfaith understanding are hard to square with his support for a strategy of “peace” in the service of Israel’s long-term destruction.
We asked Imam Rauf if his views had changed since the 1970s. His complete response: “It is amusing that journalists are combing through letters-to-the-editor that I wrote more than 30 years ago, when I was a young man, for clues to my evolution. As I re-read those letters now, I see that they express the same concernsâ€”a desire for peaceful solutions in Israel, and for a humane understanding of Iranâ€”that I have maintained, and worked hard on, in the years since those letters were published.”