Hamas Launches Web Site Encouraging Kids to Become ‘Martyrs’

Arutz Shevah Israeli National News

The Hamas-run Al-Fateh.net glorifies shahada, martyrdom, and presents the deaths of terrorists attacking Israelis as a time of celebration, according to a report by Palestinian Media Watch.

One of the stories on the site quotes a mother saying that when she heard her son had become a shahid, a martyr, she bought dates, candies and coffee to give out. An entire section of the site is called “Stories of the Shahids” and the most recently posted story honors Hamas terrorist Naseem Ja’abari, who murdered 16 people when he blew himself up on a bus in Be’er Sheva on August 31, 2004.

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Showdown with Iran

Kenneth R. Timmerman February 8, 2006

Saturday’s resolution by the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna reporting Iran to the U.N. Security Council for further action is not just a slap on the wrist, as skeptics of the United Nations might legitimately suspect.

On the contrary, it demonstrates a remarkable consensus among nations few would consider as U.S. allies that Iran’s nuclear weapons program poses a clear and present danger to the world at large.

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Pope Meets 29 Young Survivors of Beslan Massacre

“We Must Help Them to Be Able to Forget the Tragedy”

VATICAN CITY, JAN. 11, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI met with 29 children from the Russian school of Beslan who survived the 2004 siege by Chechen rebels that left more than 300 dead.

Today’s meeting, which lasted a few minutes, took place at the end of the general audience, in a room near the main auditorium of Paul VI Hall.

The brief meeting was enough “for the Pope to be moved,” reported the Italian ANSA agency, citing an eyewitness.

The Holy Father patted the children who witnessed the terrorist violence. He had photographs taken with them, and, thanks to the help of an interpreter, asked them their names.
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Saddam’s Terror Training Camps

What the documents captured from the former Iraqi regime reveal–and why they should all be made public.
by Stephen F. Hayes
01/16/2006, Volume 011, Issue 17

THE FORMER IRAQI REGIME OF Saddam Hussein trained thousands of radical Islamic terrorists from the region at camps in Iraq over the four years immediately preceding the U.S. invasion, according to documents and photographs recovered by the U.S. military in postwar Iraq. The existence and character of these documents has been confirmed to THE WEEKLY STANDARD by eleven U.S. government officials.

The secret training took place primarily at three camps–in Samarra, Ramadi, and Salman Pak–and was directed by elite Iraqi military units. Interviews by U.S. government interrogators with Iraqi regime officials and military leaders corroborate the documentary evidence. Many of the fighters were drawn from terrorist groups in northern Africa with close ties to al Qaeda, chief among them Algeria’s GSPC and the Sudanese Islamic Army. Some 2,000 terrorists were trained at these Iraqi camps each year from 1999 to 2002, putting the total number at or above 8,000. Intelligence officials believe that some of these terrorists returned to Iraq and are responsible for attacks against Americans and Iraqis. According to three officials with knowledge of the intelligence on Iraqi training camps, White House and National Security Council officials were briefed on these findings in May 2005; senior Defense Department officials subsequently received the same briefing.

The photographs and documents on Iraqi training camps come from a collection of some 2 million “exploitable items” captured in postwar Iraq and Afghanistan. They include handwritten notes, typed documents, audiotapes, videotapes, compact discs, floppy discs, and computer hard drives. Taken together, this collection could give U.S. intelligence officials and policymakers an inside look at the activities of the former Iraqi regime in the months and years before the Iraq war.


The Real Global Virus

The plague of Islamism keeps on spreading.
Victor Davis Hanson
National Review Online
Nov. 4, 2005

Either the jihadists really are crazy or they apparently think that they have a shot at destabilizing, or at least winning concessions from, the United States, Europe, India, and Russia all at once.

Apart from the continual attacks on civilians by terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the West Bank, there have now been recent horrific assaults in New Dehli (blowing up civilians in a busy shopping season on the eve of a Hindu festival), Russia (attacking police and security facilities), London (suicide murdering of civilians on the subway), and Indonesia (more bombing, and the beheading of Christian schoolgirls). The loci of recent atrocities could be widely expanded (e.g., Malaysia, North Africa, Turkey, Spain) — and, of course, do not forget the several terrorist plots that have been broken up in Europe and the United States.

The commonalities? There are at least three.

First, despite the various professed grievances (e.g., India should get out of Kashmir; Russia should get out of Chechnya; England should get out of Iraq; Christians should get out of Indonesia; or Westerners should get out of Bali), the perpetrators were all self-proclaimed Islamic radicals. Westerners who embrace moral equivalence still like to talk of abortion bombings and Timothy McVeigh, but those are isolated and distant memories. No, the old generalization since 9/11 remains valid: The majority of Muslims are not global terrorists, but almost all such terrorists, and the majority of their sympathizers, are Muslims.

Second, the jihadists characteristically feel that dialogue or negotiations are beneath them. So like true fascists, they don’t talk; they kill. Their opponents — whether Christians, Hindus, Jews, or Westerners in general — are, as infidels, de facto guilty for what they are rather than what they supposedly do. Talking to a Dr. Zawahiri is like talking to Hitler: You can’t — and it’s suicidal to try.

Third, there is an emboldened sense that the jihadists can get away with their crimes based on three perceptions:

(1) Squabbling and politically correct Westerners are decadent and outnumber the U.S. Marines, and ascendant Islamicism resonates among millions of Muslims who feel sorely how far they have fallen behind in the new globalized world community — and how terrorism and blackmail, especially if energized by nuclear weapons or biological assets, might leapfrog them into a new caliphate.

(2) Sympathetic Muslim-dominated governments like Malaysia or Indonesia will not really make a comprehensive effort to eradicate radical Islamicist breeding grounds of terror, but will perhaps instead serve as ministries of propaganda for shock troops in the field.

(3) Autocratic states such as Pakistan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Iran share outright similar political objectives and will offer either stealthy sanctuary or financial support to terrorists, confident that either denial, oil, or nuclear bombs give them security .

Meanwhile, Westerners far too rarely publicly denounce radical Islam for its sick, anti-Semitic, anti-female, anti-American, and anti-modernist rhetoric. Just imagine the liberal response if across the globe Christians had beheaded schoolgirls, taken over schoolhouses to kill students, and shot school teachers as we have witnessed radical Muslims doing these past few months.

Instead, Western parlor elites are still arguing over whether there were al Qaedists in Iraq before the removal of Saddam Hussein, whether the suspicion of WMDs was the real reason for war against the Baathists, whether Muslim minorities should be pressured to assimilate into European democratic culture, and whether constitutional governments risk becoming intolerant in their new efforts to infiltrate and disrupt radical Muslim groups in Europe and the United States. Some of this acrimony is understandable, but such in-fighting is still secondary to defeating enemies who have pledged to destroy Western liberal society. At some point this Western cannibalism becomes not so much counterproductive as serving the purposes of those who wish America to call off its struggle against radical Islam.

Most Americans think that our present conflict is not comparable with World War II, in either its nature or magnitude. Perhaps — but they should at least recall the eerie resemblance of our dilemma to the spread of global fascism in the late 1930s.

At first few saw any real connection between the ruthless annexation of Manchuria by Japanese militarists, or Mussolini’s brutal invasion of Ethiopia, or the systematic aggrandizement of Eastern-European territory by Hitler. China was a long way from Abyssinia, itself far from Poland. How could a white-supremacist Nazi have anything in common with a racially-chauvinist Japanese or an Italian fascist proclaiming himself the new imperial Roman?



Prayers for Peace

The Heritage Foundation Joseph Loconte

The response to the terrorist attacks in London last week suggests something about the soul of Western democracies.

Political leaders in Britain and the United States have repeated their resolve to defeat the strategic threat of radical Islam. Politicians understand the potential to wreak havoc on civilian populations with the world’s deadliest weapons. But many religious figures in the West seem reluctant to confront the ambitions of Osama bin Laden and his allies.

Of course, we expect church leaders to offer their prayers and condolences in times of suffering, and such prayers were graciously offered. Yet I can’t help thinking that we expect something more: Those who are attentive to things of the spirit should speak, with clarity and force, about the existential threat these attacks represent.

Instead, we hear wishful words of sweetness and light. A coalition of churches in Britain has announced its desire “to grow together in mutual understanding.” The World Council of Churches reaffirms its “commitment to building a just and peaceful world.” Frank Griswold, bishop of the Episcopal Church in America, says we must “overcome the fears and hatreds that divide us.” And Bob Edgar, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, challenges all religious communities “to pursue peace in a thousand ways.”

What does any of this have to do with an enemy sworn to destroying the foundations of civilized life? And where is the moral vision to defeat it?


Osama bin Losin’: His latest videotape is far from a show of strength.

Wednesday, November 3, 2004 12:01 a.m. EST

Flattering though it is to have the eyes of the world on America and our election, let’s take a quick postvote moment to recall that America, despite its might, is not the global alpha and omega; it is neither the source of all the world’s problems nor the solution. By the same token, while last week’s videotape from that tall thin Swedophile purporting to be bin Laden was addressed to the American people in particular, the intended audience was clearly much larger. The world was invited to witness bin Laden swelling in self-importance to near-Michael Moore proportions as he came out with his own latest video hit, presenting himself as a man in a position to parley with American voters over matters of life, death and our democratic system.

Read the entire article on the Wall Street Opinion Journal website.


The Horrors of Beslan

The National Catholic Reporter

The tragedy in Beslan, Russia, was much on people’s minds in Milan. The most dramatic references came in a session with Feofan Ashurkov, the Orthodox bishop whose Stavropol diocese includes the town of Beslan. By coincidence, he had been invited to the congress months ago.

Commenting on the brutality of those who commandeered the school, Feofan said that when a pediatrician arrived and asked permission to check on the children, the response came back that he could enter but he would not come out alive.

“They put a wire in the gym, and attached children and grenades to the wire, as if it were a kind of wreath,” he said. “They also mined the entire perimeter.”

Feofan described some of the horrors the children in the school experienced.

“They killed the men first, and forced the older children to throw the corpses of their parents out the window,” he said.
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Detente With Terror

On Al Gore and his irresponsible speech this week.
By George Neumayr
Published 5/28/2004 12:07:27 AM

The foreign policy of the Democratic Party is one of deliberate weakness: distrust America, trust the “world,” and keep one of Uncle Sam’s arms tied behind his back. Al Gore blurted this policy out in his wild speech this week when he quoted approvingly a liberal Israeli judge’s mindless piety that although “a democracy must often fight with one hand tied behind its back, it nonetheless has the upper hand.”

Read the entire article on the American Spectator website.


Rules of war enable terror

Alan M. Dershowitz
Originally published May 28, 2004

THE GENEVA Conventions are so outdated and are written so broadly that they have become a sword used by terrorists to kill civilians, rather than a shield to protect civilians from terrorists. These international laws have become part of the problem, rather than part of the solution.
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