Nutroot priestess: “I am both Muslim and Christian”

Comment: ‘Who are we to judge?’

Taking interfaith kumbayah to new hights:


The Rev. Ann Holmes Redding attends the Sunday morning service at St. Clement’s of Rome Episcopal Church in Seattle. Redding has been an Episcopal priest for 20 years and a Muslim for 15 months.

“I am both Muslim and Christian”

By Janet I. Tu
Seattle Times religion reporter

Shortly after noon on Fridays, the Rev. Ann Holmes Redding ties on a black headscarf, preparing to pray with her Muslim group on First Hill.

On Sunday mornings, Redding puts on the white collar of an Episcopal priest.

She does both, she says, because she’s Christian and Muslim.

Redding, who until recently was director of faith formation at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, has been a priest for more than 20 years. Now she’s ready to tell people that, for the last 15 months, she’s also been a Muslim — drawn to the faith after an introduction to Islamic prayers left her profoundly moved.

Her announcement has provoked surprise and bewilderment in many, raising an obvious question: How can someone be both a Christian and a Muslim?

But it has drawn other reactions too. Friends generally say they support her, while religious scholars are mixed: Some say that, depending on how one interprets the tenets of the two faiths, it is, indeed, possible to be both. Others consider the two faiths mutually exclusive.

“There are tenets of the faiths that are very, very different,” said Kurt Fredrickson, director of the doctor of ministry program at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. “The most basic would be: What do you do with Jesus?”


Redding, at right, prays with other members of the Al-Islam Center recently at the Yesler Community Center.

Christianity has historically regarded Jesus as the son of God and God incarnate, both fully human and fully divine. Muslims, though they regard Jesus as a great prophet, do not see him as divine and do not consider him the son of God.

“I don’t think it’s possible” to be both, Fredrickson said, just like “you can’t be a Republican and a Democrat.”

Redding, who will begin teaching the New Testament as a visiting assistant professor at Seattle University this fall, has a different analogy: “I am both Muslim and Christian, just like I’m both an American of African descent and a woman. I’m 100 percent both.”

Redding doesn’t feel she has to resolve all the contradictions. People within one religion can’t even agree on all the details, she said. “So why would I spend time to try to reconcile all of Christian belief with all of Islam?

“At the most basic level, I understand the two religions to be compatible. That’s all I need.”

She says she felt an inexplicable call to become Muslim, and to surrender to God — the meaning of the word “Islam.”

“It wasn’t about intellect,” she said. “All I know is the calling of my heart to Islam was very much something about my identity and who I am supposed to be.

“I could not not be a Muslim.”

Redding’s situation is highly unusual. Officials at the national Episcopal Church headquarters said they are not aware of any other instance in which a priest has also been a believer in another faith. They said it’s up to the local bishop to decide whether such a priest could continue in that role.

Redding’s bishop, the Rt. Rev. Vincent Warner, says he accepts Redding as an Episcopal priest and a Muslim, and that he finds the interfaith possibilities exciting. Her announcement, first made through a story in her diocese’s newspaper, hasn’t caused much controversy yet, he said.

Some local Muslim leaders are perplexed.

Being both Muslim and Christian — “I don’t know how that works,” said Hisham Farajallah, president of the Islamic Center of Washington.

* I don’t know either. Last time I checked there were ladies and men. But there are also ladymen… Guess we need just more ‘diversity…’

Read it all…

Seattle: Episcopal priest told by bishop that she can’t profess both Christianity and Islam and stay in priesthood

Ann Holmes Redding Update: This bishop, unlike another in the initial story, doesn’t seem to “find the interfaith possibilities exciting.”

“Episcopal priest given ultimatum,” by Janet I. Tu for the Seattle Times, October 10:

There are moments these days when the Rev. Ann Holmes Redding sits outside a church or a Muslim gathering, wondering if she will be welcome at either.

It didn’t use to be this way. But now, six months away from what is almost certain to be her defrocking, the Episcopal priest who announced last year that she had also become a Muslim remains steadfast in her belief that she was called to both faiths but says her decision to follow that call has been exceedingly painful at times.

In a letter mailed last week to national and local church leaders, Bishop Geralyn Wolf of Rhode Island, who has disciplinary authority over the Seattle priest, said a church committee had determined that Redding “abandoned the Communion of the Episcopal Church by formal admission into a religious body not in communion with the Episcopal Church.”

Wolf has affirmed that determination, barring Redding from functioning as a priest for the next six months.

According to church law, unless Redding resigns her priesthood or denies being a Muslim during those six months, the bishop has a duty to defrock — or depose — her, as the process is formally known.

Redding, who served as director of faith formation at Seattle’s St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, said she has no plans to resign or to renounce Islam, any more than she would renounce Christianity. She does not believe she has abandoned the communion of the Episcopal Church.

“I’m saddened and disappointed that this could not be an opportunity” for the church to broaden its perspective and talk about what it means to adhere to more than one faith, Redding said.

“The automatic assumption is that if I’m one of ‘them,’ I can’t be one of ‘us’ anymore.” But “I’m still following Jesus in being a Muslim. I have not abandoned that.”

But Allah has no son.

Redding has been a priest for nearly 25 years.

While she does not regret going public about her embrace of Islam, she does acknowledge being naive about the controversy her announcement would stir up.

“I can definitely be a Pollyanna,” she said. “It never occurred to me it was something to be in the closet about. I just thought it was great.”

Getting to know Islam was “like falling in love,” she said. “You want to share it, you want to get on a rooftop and start shouting.” […]

Redding says she understands why people might be upset that a priest would also profess another faith, given that a priest represents the church. But she firmly believes she did not break her ordination vows. […]

Nicene Creed? Meh. Details.

Her one regret, she said, is not realizing that some parishioners at St. Mark’s would feel betrayed that they were forming their Christian faith with someone who also professed to be Muslim. She said she has since tried to talk with as many of them as she could.

She will miss the collegiality of her fellow priests, though Bishop Gregory Rickel of the Diocese of Olympia, which covers Western Washington, said Wolf’s decision “does not mean the end of our personal relationships. Pastorally, we in the Diocese of Olympia are very much here for Ann.”

And there is this: As one of the first African-American women the denomination ordained, Redding was sometimes the first female or African-American priest some parishioners had ever seen. “My symbolic role has been an incredible honor.” Now she fears that some “will think I’ve somehow let them down.”

Redding is currently finishing a book with two other local authors called “Out of Darkness into Light: Spiritual Guidance in the Quran with Reflections from Jewish and Christian Sources.” She’d like to do more writing and academic work while pushing forward her desire to build an institute to study the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Maybe somewhere in her studies it will dawn on her that under Islamic law, she would have severely restricted rights as a woman, and for her beliefs, she would be regarded as a heretic, with all the associated dangers to life and limb.

Peanut Khadr wants US to ‘fix’ Nepal Maoists


Jimmy Carter, the world’s leading appeasement weasel, the former president who doesn’t know when to shut up, now calls on the United States to “talk” with the Maoist thugs of Nepal.

KATHMANDU (AFP via LGF) – Former US President Jimmy Carter called on his country’s government Saturday to establish relations with Nepal’s former rebel Maoists, who remain on a list of US terrorist organisations.

“My opinion is that the US should establish some communication with the Maoists. The people of Nepal have accepted them as political players,” Carter told journalists at the end of a four-day visit to Nepal. …

* No surprises here. Khadr always had a big heart for commies, murderers and third world dictators… 

During his visit, Carter met with Prachanda, the Maoist leader whose nom-de-guerre means “the fierce one.” The 82-year-old former president admitted he was worried about the activities of the Young Communist League (YCL), the Maoist youth wing that has frequently been accused of using mafia-like tactics.

“I am still concerned about some of the activities of the YCL. My hope is that they will be corrected,” Carter told reporters at a hotel in the capital. “I have expressed my concern to him (Prachanda) and he has assured me he will do whatever possible to correct the problem,” Carter said.

‘Sicko’ Michael Moore shows ‘human values’ of communist system

The Associated Press
Friday, June 15, 2007

HAVANA: Cuba’s health minister said Friday that American filmmaker Michael Moore’s documentary “Sicko” highlights the human values of the island’s communist-run government.


Moore flew to Cuba in March to obtain health care for three ailing Sept. 11 rescue workers as part of the documentary, which calls for an overhaul of America’s health care system. The trip has been the subject of a U.S. federal investigation for possible violations of the U.S. trade embargo restricting travel to Cuba.

Speaking to reporters at a Havana event, Health Minister Jose Ramon Balaguer did not say if he had seen the movie or was simply relying on snippets that have aired on international television. “Sicko” debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May, but does not open in U.S. theaters until June 29.

Still, Balaguer said that in “Sicko,” “Moore explained his reasons why those patients were attended to in our country,” adding that Cuba is “always open to cases, that, from a human point of view, need our public health services.”

He said the film does not serve to “promote” Cuban health care, but conceded “there can be no doubt this documentary by a personality like Mr. Michael Moore helps promote the profoundly human principles of Cuban society.”

Most Cubans receive free care and housing and enjoy heavy subsidies on basic food, transportation and utilities. It’s unclear whether “Sicko” will be widely seen in Cuba, however, because the state controls what is shown on television and in theaters.

Moore confronted America’s passion for guns in “Bowling for Columbine,” which won the 2002 Oscar for best documentary, and skewered U.S. President George W. Bush over his handling of the Sept. 11 attacks in “Fahrenheit 9/11.” Cuban state TV showed a bootleg version of “Fahrenheit 9/11” shortly after it was released.

Moore claims in his latest film that the American government left the workers he brought to Cuba to fend for themselves with ailments that resulted from their work at ground zero.

Last fall, Moore asked the U.S. Department of the Treasury for permission to go to Cuba under rules permitting travel here. But the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has noted that Moore flew to the island without receiving a response.

In first reporting about the U.S. probe against Moore last month, Cuban state media claimed the filmmaker was the victim of American censorship.

* Another commie wanker who believes that diversity and multiculti is all good as long as it promotes socialist totalitarianism…


UN Rights Council to Absolve Cuba and Belarus; Israel Facing Permanent Indictment

The hopelessly corrupt third world dictator and Islamo-fascist infested United Nations ‘Human Rights’ offshoot springs into -predictable- action:

UN Rights Council to Absolve Cuba and Belarus;

Israel Facing Permanent Indictment

Dictators Fidel Castro of Cuba and Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus will be
celebrating the UN Human Rights Council’s likely adoption tomorrow of a new reform package that will see both regimes dropped from a blacklist, while
Israel is placed under permanent indictment.

Contrary to all the promises of reform issued last year, the proposal released today by Council President Luis Alfonso de Alba targets Israel for permanent indictment under a special agenda item:
“Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories,” which includes “Human rights violations and implications of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and other occupied Arab territories”; and “Right to self-determination of the Palestinian people.” No other situation in the world is singled out — not genocide in Sudan, not child slavery in China, nor the persecution of democracy dissidents in Egypt and elsewhere. Moreover, the council will entrench its one-sided investigative mandate of “Israeli violations of international law”—the only one not subject to regular review after a set term—by renewing it “until the end of the occupation.”

At the same time, the proposal eliminates the experts charged with reporting on violations by Cuba and Belarus, despite the latest reports of massive violations by both regimes. As for the experts on other countries — on Burundi, Cambodia, North Korea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Liberia, Burma, Somalia and Sudan — all of these may soon be eliminated, as threatened by the Council majority comprised of dictatorships and other Third World countries, under a gradual “review” process. Pending their fate, all experts will be subjected to a new “Code of Conduct,” submitted by Algeria in the name of the African group, designed to intimidate and restrict the independence of the human rights experts.


Human Rights nightmare: Banned speech at the UN


BBC staff must be more willing to challenge their own beliefs

BBC report finds bias within corporation


Will we see some serious soul-searching at Al Bebeceera now or is this just another fizzler?

By Gary Cleland
The Telegraph UK

The BBC has failed to promote proper debate on major political issues because of the inherent liberal culture of its staff, a report commissioned by the corporation has concluded.

The report claims that coverage of single-issue political causes, such as climate change and poverty, can be biased – and is particularly critical of Live 8 coverage, which it says amounted to endorsement.

It warns that celebrities must not be pandered to and allowed to hijack the BBC schedule.

After a year-long investigation the report, published today, maintains that the corporation’s coverage of day-to-day politics is fair and impartial.

* There you go: It took them one year to figure out that all is well and that they should go on like they always did…

But it says coverage of Live 8, the 2005 anti-poverty concerts organised by rock star campaigners Bob Geldof and Bono and writer Richard Curtis, failed to properly debate the issues raised.

Instead, at a time when the corporation was renegotiating its charter with the government, it allowed itself to effectively become a promotional tool for Live 8, which was strongly supported by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

Geldof, Bono and Curtis were attempting to pressure world leaders at the G8 Summit in Gleneagles, which was taking place at the same time, to help reduce poverty in developing countries under the banner ‘Make Poverty History’.

Mr Blair said the campaign was a “mighty achievement”. The huge Live 8 concerts across the world were its culmination and the BBC cleared its schedules to show them, with coverage on BBC One, Two and Three and Radio One and Two.

It reads: “There is a tendency to ‘group think’ with too many staff inhabiting a shared space and comfort zone.”

A staff impartiality seminar held last year is also documented in the report, at which executives admitted they would broadcast images of the Bible being thrown away but not the Koran, in case Muslims were offended.

During the seminar a senior BBC reporter criticised the corporation for being anti-American.

Read it all…


Can the Shahada save him now?

Well, it worked for these guys:


Army of Islam Threatens to Kill BBC Reporter


Convert or die’- alert from kidnapped BBC propagandist Alan Johnston:

From LGF:

Hamas jumped the gun a little bit when they promised to release kidnapped BBC reporter Alan Johnston: Group holding BBC reporter makes threat.

It’s an Islamic terrorist version of “good cop/bad cop,” intended to position Hamas as Johnston’s saviors.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – A shadowy group holding a British Broadcasting Corp. correspondent for three months threatened on Sunday to kill him, in a video broadcast by the Al-Jazeera satellite TV channel.

A spokesman for The Army of Islam, identified as Abu Khattab, told Al-Jazeera that there was no deal to release Alan Johnston, and “ if the situation gets more complicated concerning us and our group, then we will ingratiate ourselves to Allah by slaying this journalist.”

My. Wasn’t Alan Johnston a ‘good friend’ and the best propagandist for the Palestinians?

Iran: ‘Rushdie’s knighthood an attack on Islam!’

Who guessed it:

There is the great Satan (America) and the little Satan (Israel) and there is that ‘perfidious Albion’ (Hitler-speak) that, oh shocks, oh horror,- awards a knighthood to an author who has a fatwa on his head for some 25 years now, for insulting the profit Muhammad, and in spite of the best efforts of the RoP not one soldier of Allah could shoot him, stab him, cut his throat or firebomb him. What’s the world coming to? That calls for another major terrorist attack, at least a hijacking, a kidnapping, some major hostage taking, what say you, Abdullah ? We can’t let these filthy kufars get away with this!


Honoured: Rushdie received a knighthood on Saturday. [File photo] (Salman Rushdie) 

Iran has condemned the awarding of a knighthood to British author Salman Rushdie, whose novel The Satanic Verses prompted the country to issue a fatwa death warrant for him.

Rushdie yesterday received a knighthood for services to literature in Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday Honours List.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini has denounced it as an act directed against Islam by Britain.

“Honouring and commending an apostate and hated figure will definitely put the British officials in [a position] of confrontation with Islamic societies,” he said.

Giving a badge to one of the most hated figures in Islamic society is basically an obvious example of fighting against Islam by high-ranking British officials.”

The Islamic Republic formally distanced itself in 1998 from the original fatwa against Rushdie, who lived in hiding for nine years after it was issued by the country’s late leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

But shortly after the Iranian Government disavowed the death edict under a deal with Britain, Iranian media said three Iranian clerics called on Islamic followers to kill Rushdie, saying the fatwa was irrevocable and that it was the duty of Muslims to carry it out.

* Well, I guess we should all be shaking in our shoes….

– Reuters

Last Weeks Action in Gaza


Hamas fighters fought a bloody battle on Thursday for the Preventative Security headquarters of forces loyal to President Abbas. Witnesses reported gangland-style executions of captured Fatah fighters.


The Palestian President Mahmoud Abbas declared a state of emergency in the Palestinian Territories on Thursday, sacking the Hamas-Fatah coalition. His Fatah movement controls the West Bank, but Hamas is now in charge in the Gaza Strip.



The numerically superior Fatah forces were beaten by the more organized and motivated Hamas fighters.

[Dr. Aaron Lerner – IMRA: Reality check:

#1. “Moderate” Mahmoud Abbas continues to take the position that he will not
disarm the various illegally armed groups.

#2 The illegal groups include “moderate” Abbas’ own “moderate” Fatah

#3 The “moderate” Fatah’s gunmen have been actively involved in planning and
executing terror attacks against Israel.

#4 The top focus of “moderate” Abbas’ forces continues to be capturing
Palestinian “collaborators” whose crime is providing Israel with information
so that Israel can thwart terror attacks. Just this morning, Israel Radio
Arab Affairs Correspondent Gal Berger reported this morning that Fatah
forces executed a Palestinian in Nablus today who they claimed was a

#5 “Moderate” Abbas makes no bones about it: the use of violence against
Israel isn’t a question of right and wrong. It is a question of efficacy.
The day he determines that he can get more with bullets than talks the
bullets will fly. So you can have all the Kodak moments you want signing
various agreements, etc. – after Abbas gets all he can without killing
Israelis he will kill Israelis. That’s because after you peel away the PC
talk, his ultimate demands remain unchanged both in terms of territory and
right of return: the creation of a situation that means the destruction of
the Jewish State.]


Hanegbi: No opportunity in Gaza situation Staff, THE JERUSALEM POST Jun. 17, 2007

Head of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Tzahi Hanegbi
(Kadima) said Sunday that the new situation in the Gaza Strip did not create
any new political opportunity for Israel and the Palestinians, and that
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was weaker than ever, Israel
Radio reported.



Palestinians gather around the remains of the statue of The Unknown Soldier after it was brought down by Palestinian militants in Gaza City, Sunday, June 17, 2007. Militants tore down Gaza’s unknown soldier early Sunday morning, smashing the statue’s head, and dumping the fiberglass remains in the Strip’s main square. The Unknown Soldier once stood a Gaza park close to the parliamentary building, his head upright and his hand raised into the sky. The statue’s location was a popular place for militant press conferences, where lovers secretly met and men smoked water pipes in the evening. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)



More than 35 feared dead in Kabul bus bombing

 They just hate buses and trains. They love to bomb airplanes or fly them into buildings. And they hate schools too, especially girls schools, because they burn them faster than we build them. Wonder why that is….?

From the Associated Press
June 17, 2007

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — A bomb ripped through a police bus today in a crowded civilian area in the Afghan capital, killing more than 35 people and wounding at least 35 others, officials and witnesses said.

Fazel Rahim, from a nearby hospital, said 18 bodies lay in the hospital courtyard, while more than 35 people wounded were being treated inside.

“Most of the wounded are in serious condition,” said Rahim, whose hands and white coat were covered in blood.

An Interior Ministry official said more than 35 people were killed in the attack. The official spoke on condition of anonymity, citing ministry policy.

The police academy bus was carrying several police recruits when the bomb went off inside it, said Zalmai Khan, the deputy police chief of Kabul province.

The thunderous explosion about 8:10 am local time, at a crowded bus station used by both police and civilians, was heard throughout central Kabul.

Ali Shah Paktiawal, Kabul police director of criminal investigation, said initial reports indicated that dozens of policemen were feared dead.

The roof of the bus was blown off and officers were pulling bodies from the wreckage, according to a reporter at the scene.

The blast twisted the bus into a charred skeleton and body parts were strewn as far as 30 yards from the bus. Hundreds of police and investigators were at the scene.


Pakistan’s soldiers ‘huddling in their bases’ in tribal regions

Paralyzed by the Taliban threat, and/or secretly aiding the jihadists.

Friend and Ally Update. By Declan Walsh in The Guardian via Jihad Watch

The Pakistani army is paralysed by the growing Taliban threat and some retired officers are covertly aiding the militants, according to a former CIA officer.
Soldiers posted to Waziristan, a tribal area that hosts an estimated 2,000 al-Qaida fighters, are “huddling in their bases, doing nothing”, said Art Keller, a CIA case officer who was posted to Pakistan last year.

“Their approach was to pretend that nothing was wrong because any other approach would reveal that they were unwilling and unable to do anything about Talibanisation,” said Mr Keller, who has visited Waziristan.

* Well, at least the nukes are in good hands, no?

Grand Ayatollah Fazel Lankarani kicks the bucket

A chief disciple of the Ayatollah Khomeini dies in 3 places at the same time. How?

Because of the unspeakable hypocrisy in the Muhammedan paradise of Iran. They rave and rant on end about the filthy kufars all their lives, they regard us as ‘thing najis’ (unclean) and list us among urine, feces and cadavers, but when the end is near they don’t trust their doctor-titled muslim-brothers. For medical services they eagerly seek help from those filthy kufars, right in the Dar-al-Harb. But they wouldn’t tell the folks back home, would they?

This one could also be titled, “Mullah Hypocrisy Watch:” Kamangir (Archer): Ayatollah Dies in Tehran and in London, at the same time.


Grand Ayatollah Fazel Lankarani, who was hospitalized since a long time ago in Tehran, passed away in his home in Qom, at the age of 76. Or at least that’s what Fars reports at first. According to ISNA, all businesses will be closed in the holy city of Qom for one day and three days of mourning (early pictures) are announced. While no mystery seems to exist in the story, as the state reports it, the fellow citizen journalists have found quite a huge discrepancy in the news, which actually make it interesting.

As a user in the Iranian Digg, Balatarin, has pointed out, through putting together the news broadcast by state-run media outlets, the Ayatollah passed away simultaneously in a hospital in Tehran, in his house in Qom, and in London. The mention of London makes the story quite fascinating when another user in Balatarin finds a list of accommodation prices in the hospital he was looked after. In fact, Ayatollah has spent the amount a majority of Iranians live on for six months for every night he has been taken care of there. There is more controversy around the deceased Ayatollah, as Balatarin users manage to surface.

While the state-run news agency introduces the Ayatollah as one of the most passionate students of Khomeini, some people remember his death Fatwa, issued last December. On November 2006, a citizen of the Republic of Azarbaijan faced the wrath of the Ayatollah.

Tagi wrote a piece titled “Europe and Us” in Senet’s weekly edition for November 6, arguing that the Christian values of Europe led to more successful, peaceful, and tolerant societies than the values of Islam. “A person can’t be condemned for their opinions,” editor Sadagatoglu told the court, ironically just after Reporters Without Borders added Azeri president Ilham Aliev to its list of “predators” of press freedom. “Such a person is an apostate in view of his confessions, if he is a Muslim,” Ayatollah Fazel Lankarani said in a fatwa conveniently posted online. “If he had been an unbeliever (Kafir), he is considered as someone who has insulted the Prophet and in any case, given his confessions, it is necessary for every individual who has an access to him to kill him. The person in charge of the said newspaper, who published such thoughts and beliefs consciously and knowingly, should be dealt with in the same manner.” (source of translation, Persian source, Ayatollah’s website)
That leaves no doubt why the state would hesitate to mention that he was in fact being taken care of in London, especially after the recent anti-Britain protest held in Tehran, by people so close to the deceased Ayatollah.


The grand Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani, who had the ‘things najis’ on his website until very recently and who refuses to meet with the kufar (US occupation forces) in Iraq, also prefers the infidel medical services when he needs to get his colon repaired or his hemorrhoids plumbed.


Many clinics in Europe are going all out to cater for these hypocritical, genocidal lunatics,

because money seems to be no object. Arafart was well taken care of by the French government of Jaques Chirac, who went all out in his support…


Which  got him a street named after him in Palistan…

Pals flee to safety (to Israel) US moonbats blame the Jooozzz

Palestinians Flee to Israel


According to the international left and the paleo-right, Israel is a fascist apartheid state, a brutal occupier, universally despised by the oppressed Palestinian people.

So where do the oppressed Palestinians look for sanctuary, when the terrorist government they elected begins the inevitable slaughter?

Palestinians run as they try to cross to the Israel side at the Erez Crossing, in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, June 16, 2007. Dozens of Palestinians converged on the Erez crossing with Israel on Saturday, trying to leave the Gaza Strip following Hamas’ takeover. At the same time, hundreds of people looted police positions on the Palestinian side of Erez, and at one point Israeli troops fired in the air to keep the crowd at bay. The looters walked off with furniture and scrap metal. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)


US moonbats blame the Jooozzz

Another diary openly supporting Hamas at Daily Kos: Daily Kos: Victory For Hamas In Gaza.

As usual, it’s numbingly verbose and chock full of progressive cant. A few representative paragraphs:

Unfortunately for Israel and for Fatah, Hamas did not wait to be destroyed as a formal political force. It did not sit back and do nothing as the international community robbed it of its right to rule and paralysed it with vicious sanctions and murderous military campaigns. The Fatah vultures that have been circling over the dying carcass of Palestinian democracy for months have, thankfully, been unsuccessful in their attempts to subvert the legitimate Hamas government. It’s a huge shame that Hamas was forced to resort to violence to defend their right to govern, because all this internal Palestinian violence is exactly what Israel wants. It’s classic divide and rule. An internal Palestinian conflict is great for Israel, because it means Israel can rely on proxy Palestinian forces to get rid of Hamas for them and, in the absence of honest international media coverage, reinforces its claim that there is no Palestinian “partner for peace”. …

* My, where would be be without the honest coverage of the Daily Kotz… ?

Hamas Steals Arafat’s Nobel Peace Prize

Not that he should have ever received it in the first place:


Yasser Arafat’s Nobel Peace Prize comes to a poetically just end, as Hamas thugs loot his Gaza villa and steal everything: Looters raid Arafat’s home, steal his Nobel Peace Prize.

That will save the Nobel Committee the trouble of awarding Hamas the prize; they already have one!

Enraged Fatah leaders on Saturday accused Hamas militiamen of looting the home of former Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser Arafat in Gaza City.

“They stole almost everything inside the house, including Arafat’s Nobel Peace Prize medal,” said Ramallah-based Fatah spokesman Ahmed Abdel Rahman. “Hamas militiamen and gangsters blew up the main entrance to the house before storming it. They stole many of Arafat’s documents and files, gifts he had received from world leaders and even his military outfits.”

Abdel Rahman said the attackers also raided the second floor of the house and stole the personal belongings of his widow, Suha, and daughter, Zahwa. “They stole all the widow’s clothes and shoes,” he added. “They also took Arafat’s pictures with his daughter.”

Eyewitnesses told The Jerusalem Post that dozens of Palestinians participated in the raid, which took place late Friday.

“Most of the looters were just ordinary citizens,” they said. “They stole almost everything, including furniture, tiles, water pipes, closets and beds.”


Today Gaza, Tomorrow Lebanon?

By Barry Rubin

The world is shocked by Hamas’s violent takeover of the Gaza
Strip and the damage done to any hope for peace or regional stability is
generally recognized. But a second, even more serious, extremist takeover is
in the works for which Western inaction would bear far more responsibility.

This time the victim would be Lebanon, and the perpetrator is
Hizballah backed by Syria and Iran.

Today, Lebanon is ruled by a Christian-Sunni Muslim-Druze
coalition determined to maintain a moderate and independent Lebanon. This
partnership arose after Syria assassinated former Prime Minister Rafiq
Hariri in February 2005, coming out of a mass movement which successfully
demanded the Syrian withdrawal after two decades in which Lebanon was looted
as a satellite state by its next-door neighbor.

Syria is determined to end this period of freedom and in doing
so it is aided by its client Hizballah and many smaller groups including
Fatah al-Islam along with pro-Syrian politicians. Fifteen major terrorist
attacks, mostly assassination attempts, and many smaller ones have taken
place in the last two years by Syrian agents. Notably, two of these have
killed coalition members of parliament, the first Christian, the most recent
a Sunni Muslim.

These attacks are not just blind efforts at revenge or mayhem.
Syria is literally murdering the Lebanese government out of existence. A few
more successes and the coalition will lose its majority. Also, however, the
term of pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud, extended by Syrian demand, ends
in November, making Damascus eager to get control of parliament before then
to ensure its own choice will triumph.

While the violence falls well short of all-out fighting, Lebanon
is engaged in a type of civil war. Hizballah walked out of the government
and Syrian clients have paralyzed parliament in a so-far failed attempt to
keep Lebanon from endorsing an international tribunal to investigate Hariri’s
death. Everyone knows that the evidence points to the Syrian government at
the highest levels for responsibility. Blocking this tribunal is priority
one on the Syrian regime’s list.
As a result, coalition supporters are showing exemplary courage.
Any politician or journalist who stands against Syria, Iran, and Hizballah
faces the
daily threat of assassination. In contrast, of course, the extremists endure
no such risk since the coalition does not use terrorism against them.
In comparison with Fatah on the Palestinian scene-an incompetently led,
deeply corrupt, extremist and terrorist group on its own right-or an Iraqi
regime that wants American soldiers to fight for it, the Lebanese majority
is a well-organized, reliable ally ready to defend itself.

The situation in Lebanon, then, is one of stark choice: a
moderate, multi-communal majority is trying to protect the country’s
independence against a coalition of radical foreign states and extremist
Islamist domestic groups. Can one imagine a clearer case of the current
conflict that shakes the world today? Is there anyone more on the front line
against the forces of terrorism?

Lebanon today is the equivalent of Czechoslovakia in the late
1930s, a small democratic country which must not be sacrificed to
totalitarian forces, both due to Western interests and to moral values.

What is the Western record on this issue? There are certainly
signs of hope. The United States, with indispensable support from France and
others, has pushed forward on the tribunal plan. Military aid was provided
to Lebanon to defeat the Fatah al-Islam revolt in Palestinian refugee camps.
The UN expanded its UNIFIL force supposedly to stop arms smuggling from
Syria and Hizballah’s return to dominate southern Lebanon.

Yet to a serious extent, these efforts have been subverted by
Western governments. UNIFIL is a joke, uninterested and unable to stop
weapons’ smuggling; standing by and pretending all is well as Hizballah has
rebuilt its fortifications and refurbished its arsenals. Western governments
may issue condemnations of terror and intimidation within Lebanon but they
do nothing about it.

And thus a confident Hizballah knows it can depend on Syria and
Iran; the Lebanese coalition does not have the same assurance of help from
those who should be supporting it.  The impression is being given-and don’t
think it escapes Syria and Hizballah-that the West is afraid of them. They
kill people, they blow up things. And just as the Islamists claim, these
tactics often-should one say, usually?-work at intimidating the West.

A stream of high-level visitors, most recently Italy’s foreign
minister, make the pilgrimage to Damascus, where they proclaim Syria to be
reasonable and genuinely desirous of rapprochement.  They beg Syria’s help
to stop the smuggling and believe false Syrian assurances that it is trying
to do so. Too
many journalists echo Syrian disinformation about Lebanon, for example
blaming Fatah al-Islam on the Lebanese coalition rather than Syria.

There is a great danger either that Lebanon will be betrayed or
that Western timidity will inspire an aggressive over-confidence on the
extremists’ part. Don’t be surprised if some time next year Hizballah
becomes a full partner, with veto power, in the Lebanese government, as
Hamas did in the Palestinian Authority in 2006. Or even that Hizballah
seized control of Lebanon altogether, as Hamas did to the Gaza Strip.

The foundation for this radical victory is being laid now, not
only by Syria, Hizballah and Iran, but also by spineless Europeans and
indifferent, or otherwise preoccupied, Americans. Have no doubt about it, a
failure to act will bring an inevitable, terrible result. Nobody can say
that they weren’t warned.
Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Relations
(GLORIA) Center, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) and editor of the Middle
East Review of International Relations (MERIA) Journal. His latest book is
The Truth About Syria (Palgrave-Macmillan).