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Viva, Da Nang. Oh, viva, Da Nang. Da Nang me, Da Nang me. Why don't they get a rope and hang me?

Afghan journalist sentenced to death for blasphemy

An Afghan court on Tuesday sentenced a 23-year-old journalism student to death for distributing a paper he printed off the Internet that three judges said violated the tenets of Islam, an official said.

The three-judge panel sentenced Sayad Parwez Kambaksh to death for distributing a paper that humiliated Islam ...

Kambaksh had been sentenced to death under Article 130 of the Afghan constitution. That article says that if no law exists regarding an issue than a court's decision should be in accord with Hanafi jurisprudence.

Hanafi is an orthodox school of Sunni Muslim jurisprudence followed in southern and central Asia ...

Clerics in Balkh and Kunduz province arranged a demonstration in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif last week against Kambaksh, calling on the government not to release him....

We're talking out in the field today. Hi, what's your name? "My name's Bob Fliber!" Bob, what do you do? "I'm in the artillery!" Thank you, Bob. Listen, can we play anything for you? "Anything! Just play it loud! Okay?"

Death penalty call for man who spread Koran translation

An Afghan journalist accused of distributing an unacceptable translation of the Koran should be put to death, says former Prime Minister Ahmad Shah Ahmadzai. Former journalist Ghows Zalmay, who was also the spokesman for Afghanistan's Attorney-General, was arrested in November last year for distributing a translation of the Koran into Dari, one of Afghanistan's two official languages. Ahmadzai, who ran in the 2004 presidential election against current President Hamid Karzai, told Adnkronos International (AKI) he supported the death penalty for Zalmay. "Today Afghanistan is full of vices. Several Afghan restaurants serve liquor, despite it being illegal and on top of it, such material is distributed," Ahmadzai told AKI. "I am in favour of his death."

The Afghan Christian: Freed but Not Free

Abdul Rahman and others like him still face the possibility of being charged with apostasy for converting out of Islam, an offense that carries a penalty of death unless they renounce their new faith. While Afghanistan's constitution embraces international human rights conventions that guarantee freedom of worship, it also codifies the role of Islamic Sharia law — under which Abdul Rahman was charged. And even while Washington ... urged Kabul to drop the charges, public opinion on the streets of Afghanistan ... showed strong support for legal action against the convert ...

But it was not in recognition of "universal values" that Abdul Rahman was released. Instead, authorities cited insufficient evidence, insinuations about his mental state and even questions raised by the authorities over his citizenship. The legal basis for charging someone for converting from Islam to Christianity has not, thus far, been altered — the political conflict that from having U.S. troops trying to protect a government that can't guarantee the right of its citizens to choose the same faith as the President of the United States has simply been kicked down the road ... Not surprisingly, there is speculation that Abdul Rahman may leave Afghanistan once he's out of jail.

Teacher shot dead after speech condemning suicide bombings

A teacher was shot to death in northern Afghanistan after he gave a speech condemning suicide bombings, officials said Wednesday.

Abdul Hadi criticized such attacks as un-Islamic and un-Afghan during a speech Tuesday in the Archi district of Kunduz province, said Khair Mohammad Subat, the provincial education department director.

Hadi spoke at a gathering of about 700 people, including the Kunduz governor, and was on his way home when he was killed, Subat said....

British troops could be in Afghanistan for decades

British troops could be in Afghanistan for decades, the country's Defence Secretary Des Browne said in comments published Sunday.

... Browne said: "We cannot risk it again becoming an ungoverned training haven for terrorists who threaten the UK.

"But there is only so much our forces can achieve. The job can only be completed by the international community working with the Afghan government and its army.

"It is a commitment which could last decades, although it will reduce over time."

Browne's comments echo those of the head of the army, senior figures in the security services and former prime minister Tony Blair that the battle against Islamist extremism could last a generation.

Our moral dilemma in Afghanistan that we never discuss

Should we be helping sustain a society and government the fundamental laws and customs of which require the execution of people for distributing a negative opinion about Muhammad? Obviously not, since to do so is not only wrong in itself but means supporting a religious system that seeks to subdue us to the same law. What then should we do? Obviously we do not have the ability to modernize or democratize a society ruled by a religion that executes people for expressing opinions. Nor do we have the ability to destroy that religion, short of destroying the country and killing most of its people. Nor do we have the ability to assimilate the followers of such a tyrannical religion into our society and into any international order that recognizes basic human rights and liberties. What then can we do? We should withdraw our forces from that country, and end our connection with that country, while promising that if a regime, such as the Taliban, comes to power there that threatens us, we will return and destroy it. (Or alternatively we should wage a standalone war of extermination against the Taliban, without connecting that war with support for the existing sharia government.) As I've said over and over, a three week war once every ten years will be infinitely less costly to us than permanent occupation. Other than that, we have no interest in the internal affairs of Afghanistan. We cannot, in the name of democracy, be propping up an Islamic sharia regime which executes people for questioning Islam.

This fundamental contradiction in our present policy is never discussed, and so we continue in our absurd and self-debasing course of "defending democracy" in a sharia country.

What President Bush should say to us

It ... must become a part of our national will, to ensure that Islamic law does not come to our own shores, whether by means of violent jihad terrorism ... or through peaceful patterns of migration, such as those that have already Islamized large parts of Europe ...

Rather than continuing to emphasize the democratization of the Muslim Middle East as our key tool in the war on terror, I will henceforth emphasize the prevention of sharia from reaching the West as our key tool in the war on terror ...

... unregulated immigration of peoples from "sharia states" ... If such an influx continues, Islamic law will be accommodated, adopted and even legislated, at least in some jurisdictions, according to majority will. We know this to be true because such a "sharia shift" is already transforming what sociologists call post-Christian Europe into an increasingly Islamic sphere. If we do not want to see such changes here, we must act. Accordingly, I am asking Congress to amend our laws to bar further Islamic immigration, beginning with immigration from sharia states.

A commitment which could last decades, or an absurd and self-debasing course?


Afghan journalist sentenced to death for blasphemy
- January, 2008
Death penalty call for man who spread Koran translation - June, 2008
Teacher shot dead after speech condemning suicide bombings - May, 2008
The Afghan Christian: Freed but Not Free - March, 2006
Our moral dilemma in Afghanistan that we never discuss - Lawrence Auster
What President Bush should say to us - Diana West (part 2)
British troops could be in Afghanistan for decades - January, 2008

See Also

What we should have done in Afghanistan - Lawrence Auster

You'll never, never know

if you never, never go

The 751 No-Go Zones of France

They go by the euphemistic term Zones Urbaines Sensibles, or Sensitive Urban Zones, with the even more antiseptic acronym ZUS, and there are 751 of them as of last count. They are convienently listed on one long webpage, complete with street demarcations and map delineations.

What are they? Those places in France that the French state does not control. They range from two zones in the medieval town of Carcassone to twelve in the heavily Muslim town of Marseilles, with hardly a town in France lacking in its ZUS. The ZUS came into existence in late 1996 and according to a 2004 estimate, nearly 5 million people live in them ...

A more precise name for these zones would be Dar al-Islam, the place where Muslims rule ...

Bishop warns of no-go zones for non-Muslims

Islamic extremists have created "no-go" areas across Britain where it is too dangerous for non-Muslims to enter, one of the Church of England's most senior bishops warns today.

The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester and the Church's only Asian bishop, says that people of a different race or faith face physical attack if they live or work in communities dominated by a strict Muslim ideology ...

His comments come as a poll of the General Synod - the Church's parliament - shows that its senior leaders, including bishops, also believe that Britain is being damaged by large-scale immigration.

Bishop Nazir-Ali, who was born in Pakistan, gives warning that attempts are being made to give Britain an increasingly Islamic character by introducing the call to prayer and wider use of sharia law, a legal system based on the Koran.

Why the Bishop of Rochester is right about 'no-go' areas

His statement about the dangers of the rise of radical Islam matches the reality of what people see in our cities and towns, where the influence of hardliners is undermining harmony and promoting segregation ...

It is not good enough just to dismiss his opinions and hope that the whole issue will go away, for the failure to achieve real integration in our society is far too serious an issue to be ignored ...

... the determination of some of my fellow Muslims to cling to certain lifestyles, customs, languages and practices has helped to create neighbourhoods where non-Muslims may feel uncomfortable, even intimidated.

Such anxieties can only be reinforced by the dominant influence of the mosques, which are often in the hands of fundamentalists and thereby promote a conscious rejection of Western values ...

The heavy Islamic influence in parts of Britain amounts to a severe indictment of the dogma of multi-culturalism, which held sway in our public institutions since the early eighties.

Instead of promoting a sense of mutual belonging and shared understanding, this doctrine has sown the seeds of division and suspicion by discouraging allegiance to a unified British identity ...

Multi-culturalism has backfired spectacularly.

Christian preachers face arrest in Birmingham

A police community support officer ordered two Christian preachers to stop handing out gospel leaflets in a predominantly Muslim area of Birmingham.

The evangelists say they were threatened with arrest for committing a "hate crime" and were told they risked being beaten up if they returned. The incident will fuel fears that "no-go areas" for Christians are emerging in British towns and cities ...

Mr Abraham said: "I couldn't believe this was happening in Britain. The Bishop of Rochester was criticised by the Church of England recently when he said there were no-go areas in Britain but he was right; there are certainly no-go areas for Christians who want to share the gospel."

But don't worry, it won't happen in Australia ...

Noble Park in lockdown

Noble Park ... has been besieged this year by North African delinquents committing assaults, street robberies and armed robberies.

Residents and retailers from the main shopping precinct were living in fear ...

Local businesswoman Joy Swanson says Noble Park had turned into a "ghetto" before the police moved in.

"It's really sad someone had to die for something to be done," Mrs Swanson said.

"The local police were doing all they could but the council were doing nothing. They wouldn't admit there was a problem." ...

Mrs Swanson, a long-term Noble Park resident and businesswoman, knows first-hand of the grief -- she and her husband have both fallen victim to the gangs.

"My husband was bashed in January while getting off the train. He was coming home from work. He was wearing his suit and carrying his briefcase. He was minding his own business. He heard swearing, turned around and they asked, 'What are you looking at?' "

Mr Swanson was punched and knocked unconscious.

"That was one of many incidents," Mrs Swanson says. "There's graffiti etched into the glass windows (of the shops). My car was broken into. Everybody's cars were broken into many times. We started closing the shop at five o'clock. A lot of the shopkeepers wouldn't go to their cars after dark. Police said, 'Don't ever walk through (nearby) Copas Park under any circumstances.'"

Europe today, Australia tomorrow?


The 751 No-Go Zones of France
- November, 2006
Christian preachers face arrest in Birmingham - June, 2008
Bishop warns of no-go zones for non-Muslims
- January, 2008
Why the Bishop of Rochester is right about 'no-go' areas - January, 2008
Noble Park in lockdown - November, 2007

See also:

Is Melbourne becoming a little Paris?
November, 2007

Generation M

M1: Hey, Mo, what ya wanna be when you grow up? A moderate or a radical?

M2: What? You're crazy man, I'm gonna be a taxi driver like my dad.

M1: No, really, are you gonna be a martyr or a financer?

M2: What? Shut the hell up! Mi5 has these prams bugged and microchipped, you moron. They're sittin there eatin doughnuts watching us on CCTV right now! You think those pretty black outfits won't be flashin DEFCON 1 on their facial recognition software? Those days are gone man, you're livin in the past.

M1: Yeah, well the mujahideen talks in code. The stupid infidels can't see us coming.

M2: All you've got coming is a long-stay at Guantanamo Bay, now shut the hell up.

Court hears of alleged member of a Muslim terror cell

AN alleged member of a Muslim terror cell was recorded organising a visit to bush near Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport to "be mujahideen" ...

“We're gonna go into ... the bush where Tullamarine airport is,” said Bassam Radd. “We just gonna ... go there, run through there.”

When Ezzit Radd laughingly replied “you are psychos”, Bassam Raad responded: “I swear, but we have to be mujahideen, man.”

Ezzit Radd then warned that mujahideen was the wrong word to use over the telephone.

Bassam Radd replied: “I just thought that after I said it.”
M1: Which is the greater jihad: Israeli pigs or the great satan USA?

M2: [gasps] Mom! He's using the "j" word!

Mom2: Just ignore him, dear.

M1: Shut-up, woman! Allah created the woman deficient! Know your place!

Mom2: Where did he get that from? Surely not his father?

Mom1: Oh, I think that might have been friday's sermon at the mosque.
Documentary: Undercover Mosque

For last week’s “Dispatches” program on Britain’s Channel Four, a reporter with a hidden camera entered Birmingham’s Green Lane mosque ... Among the statements recorded in the Green Lane mosque were these about women:

“Allah has created the woman – even if she gets a Ph.D. – deficient. Her intellect is incomplete, deficient. She may be suffering from hormones that will make her emotional. It takes two witnesses of a woman to equal the one witness of the man.”

“By the age of ten, it becomes an obligation on us to force her to wear hijab, and if she doesn’t wear hijab, we hit her.”

“Men are in charge of women. Wherever he goes she should follow him, and she shouldn’t be allowed leave the house without his permission.”
M1: [sees religious Jew walking towards tim] Hey, check out the pig. [snorts]

M2: Mom! He's snorting!

M1 [turns around]: Oh dear, there's a Jew behind me, what shall I do?

Mom2: Did he get that from the mosque too?

Mom1: No, I think that might have been Saudi TV. We got it on cable last week along with Hamas TV, he just adores Farfour Micky.
3-Year-old Egyptian: Jews Are Apes and Pigs

Excerpt from interview with three-year-old Egyptian girl, Basmallah, on Iqra TV in 2002.

Amer: Basmallah, do you know the Jews?
Basmallah: Yes
Amer: Do you like them?
Basmallah: No.
Amer: Why don't you like them?
Basmallah: Because.
Amer: Because they are what?
Basmallah: They are apes and pigs.
Amer: Because they are apes and pigs. Who said that about them?
Basmallah: Our God.
Amer: Where did he say that about them?
Basmallah: In the Koran.
M1: So are your folks gonna get cable TV?

M2: [shakes head] You're a dinosaur, man. Radicals are yesterday's heroes. Brother Tariq says we should just be a witness for Islam and that's enough.

M1: So you'll just get married, have kids and settle down?

M2: Yeah

M1: How many wives?

M2: Four, of course, if I can provide.

[M1 and M2 burst into simultaneous laughter.] Hahahahahaha!

M1: Ah, yes there will be a lot of "providing". How many kids?

M2: Well Abdul Raheem Green says we can outbreed the Westerners if we have lots of babies, so I'm thinkin 10 or 12 each wife.

M1: [pauses] Radical.
It's us who pay

UNEMPLOYED scrounger Mohammed Salim is getting the state to pay for him, his wife and their ELEVEN kids—because he can't be bothered to go to work.

He quit his £27,000 job teaching maths and science three years ago and is BETTER OFF claiming £29,096 a year in benefits.

And he has much more time to devote to his Islamic political party— which ATTACKS the British government, even though this country gives his family their food, clothes and house for free.

Mohammed is also busy planning his TWELFTH baby with wife Noreen, 35, but has no plans to get a job.

What will the cultural commentators make of Generation M?


Court hears of alleged member of a Muslim terror cell - April, 2008
Jihad and Sharia preaching in British mosques - January, 2007
Undercover Mosque - YouTube, 2007
It's us who pay - News of the World
Child incitement from the MEMRI TV archives
- 2007
Basmallah, victim of islam
- YouTube, 2002


What is the biggest threat from Islam? - Winds of Jihad

See Also:

Hamas Spokesman: Genocide of Jews remains Hamas goal
- 2007
Muslim preacher advises how to 'hoodwink' welfare - 2008