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Terrorism, Fortunately Averted

Posted by MEC on January 30, 2011

A man was arrested on a terrorism charge for planning to blow up the largest mosque in Dearborn, Michigan, the largest Arab community in the United States.

He had driven to Dearborn from California, and his car was filled with explosives when he was arrested. An employee at a bar where the suspect was uttering “violent threats” called the policeman. Kudos to that man for taking the threats seriously: the suspect was arrested in the parking lot of the mosque, at a time when hundreds of people were in the mosque. And kudos to law-enforcement officials for acting promptly.

Posted in anti-Americanism, anti-Muslim, terrorism | 5 Comments »

Who Are Al-Qaeda’s Best Friends? Franklin Graham And Pam Geller Are Two Of Them

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 23, 2010

As is anyone who pushes the anti-Park51 bigotry.

That was made clear today, as David Dayen points out at the other blog where I write, Fire Dog Lake. Jihadist websites are posting up news articles on things like the threatened Koran burning in Florida and the whole right-wing-created Park51 bigotry-fest and using them as tools to radicalize people against the US, and convince them that the people of America cannot peacefully tolerate any Muslims at all.

Sadly, this was all predicted nearly six years ago. From Doug “Pericles” Muder’s seminal Kos diary, Terrorist Strategy 101: A Quiz:

Question 2: In radicalizing your sympathizers, who is your best ally?

No points awarded for “the media” or “sympathetic foreign governments”. In radicalizing your apathetic sympathizers, you have no better ally than the violent extremists on the other side . Only they can convince your people that compromise is impossible. Only they can raise your countrymen’s level of fear and despair to the point that large numbers are willing to take up arms and follow your lead. A few blown up apartment buildings and dead schoolchildren will get you more recruits than the best revolutionary tracts ever written.

Perversely, this means that you are the best ally of the extremists on the other side. That doesn’t mean you love or even talk to each other — they are, after all, vile and despicable demons. But at this stage in the process your interests align. Both of you want to invert the bell curve, to flatten out that big hump in the middle and drive people to the edges. That’s why extremists come in pairs: Caesar and Pompey, the Nazis and the Communists, Sharon and Arafat, Bush and Bin Laden. Each side needs a demonic opposite in order to galvanize its supporters.

Naive observers frequently decry the apparent counter-productivity of extremist attacks. Don’t the leaders of Hamas understand that every suicide bombing makes the Israelis that much more determined not to give the Palestinians a state? Don’t they realize that the Israeli government will strike back even harder, and inflict even more suffering on the Palestinian people? Of course they do; they’re not idiots. The Israeli response is exactly what they’re counting on. More airstrikes, more repression, more poverty — fewer opportunities for normal life to get in the way of the Great Struggle.

The cycle of violence may be vicious, but it is not pointless. Each round of strike-and-counterstrike makes the political center less tenable. The surviving radical leaders on each side energize their respective bases and cement their respective holds on power. The first round of the playoffs is always the two extremes against the center. Only after the center is vanquished will you meet your radical counterparts in the championship round.

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Question 4: What is Bin Laden’s immediate goal?

If you’ve been paying attention, you should get this one right: His immediate goal is to radicalize the hundreds of millions of Muslims who sympathize with the vision of a restored Caliphate, but have better things to do with their lives than join the jihad. A particular problem for Bin Laden are all the Muslims who think that they can find an acceptable place for themselves in a world order dominated by the United States.

I won’t insult your intelligence by asking you who his best allies are in reaching this goal: President Bush, obviously, and all of the neo-conservatives in the Pentagon who push for the most aggressive response to the terrorist threat. Also the Christian leaders like Franklin (son of Billy) Graham, who regularly denounce Islam in terms that look fabulous on Al Qaeda’s equivalent of the locker-room bulletin board. John Ashcroft — and anyone else who mistreats assimilating Arabs and thereby convinces them that they will never really be welcome in America — is also an ally.

It doesn’t matter how much they hate him or denounce his deeds; anyone who radicalizes Muslims is doing Bin Laden’s work for him. President Bush may as well have been reading from an Al Qaeda script when he referred to the War on Terror as a “crusade”. Muslims know their history and know exactly what a crusade is: Christians invade and steal your land. People who didn’t believe this when they heard it from Bin Laden have now heard it from the Crusader-in-Chief.

FOX News and the other Cons like to paint themselves as super-smart hyper-patriots. If they really were, they wouldn’t be pushing people’s bigotry buttons on this issue just to score political points.

Posted in 2010, anti-Americanism, anti-Muslim, Islam, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer, Rupert Murdoch, WTF? | 3 Comments »

This Big Story Broke Yesterday, But I’ll Bet This Will Be The First You’ll Have Heard Of It

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 25, 2009

I guess the members of the GOP/Media Complex have been so busy haranguing President Obama for speaking honestly about the illegal arrest of Professor Henry Louis Gates, and/or threatening him with even nastier treatment unless he started bowing down to them (shades of the “White House Travel Office Scandal”, when the press took their perk-dispensing buddy Billy Dale’s side despite his having over $50,000 in office funds stuffed into his private personal bank account), that most of them can’t be bothered to talk about this story (h/t Teddy Partridge) about how in 2002, Dick Cheney wanted to see if he could illegally use US troops on US soil to go after alleged terrorists, instead of letting law enforcement officials handle the job:

Some of the advisers to President George W. Bush, including Vice President Dick Cheney, argued that a president had the power to use the military on domestic soil to sweep up the terrorism suspects, who came to be known as the Lackawanna Six, and declare them enemy combatants.

Mr. Bush ultimately decided against the proposal to use military force.

A decision to dispatch troops into the streets to make arrests would be nearly unprecedented in American history, as both the Constitution and subsequent laws restrict the military from being used to conduct domestic raids and seize property.

The Fourth Amendment bans “unreasonable” searches and seizures without probable cause. And the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 generally prohibits the military from acting in a law enforcement capacity.

That it does.

Of course, that Dick Cheney thinks the Constitution is his own personal roll of toilet paper is not news. What is news, as Partridge notes, is that this story looks to have been released by Bush entouragers as a way of pushing back against this story and this one, both of which make Bush look bad (and at least one of which was Cheney trying to look good by making Bush look bad over the Scooter Libby mess).

Posted in anti-Americanism, Bush, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, Constitution, Constitutional crisis, Dick Cheney, evil, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer, rightwing moral cripples, terrorism | 4 Comments »

While FOX News Was Freaking Out Over Hand Gestures Popular In The Black And Sports Communities…

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 12, 2008

actual terrorists were at work (h/t David Neiwert):

Marvin Hall of Rimersburg, Perry Landis of the Clarion area, Morgan Jones of Lucinda, as well as Melissa Huet are in custody.

Investigators say they were stockpiling a cache of weapons with plans to target local government buildings.

The FBI, in raids over the weekend, confiscated hundreds of weapons – including everything from hunting rifles, homemade bombs, rudimentary rockets and cannons.

Sources tell KDKA’s Marty Griffin the suspects made threats to blow up government buildings and carry out other extreme acts of domestic terrorism.

But of course, these are all white people, so FOX and the wingnutosphere couldn’t care less. As Neiwert reports:

Imagine, if you will, how this would have been handled were these folks of Arab extraction or believers in radical Islamist ideology instead of your garden-variety far-right American ideology. CNN would have the cameras and reporters there, NBC would host an hour discussing the threat, and Michelle Malkin and Little Green Footballs’ Chuck Johnson would bouncing around the walls of their rubber rooms even more frenetically than usual amid shouts of “Jihad!!!!”

Some of the worst damage inflicted by the events of 9/11 was the wreckage to the public’s already limited understanding of the nature of terrorism. Because ever since then, terrorism has been about Scary Brown Foreign People — despite the fact that the vast, vast majority of terrorist attacks planned and carried out on American soil are by white Americans.

Oklahoma City was virtually erased from the public consciousness as an act of terrorism. Since 9/11 — in addition to the anthrax killer, who promptly vanished from public consciousness once it was determined the perpetrator was a domestic terrorist — we’ve had people arrested for planning cyanide bomb attacks, destroying abortion clinics, plotting the deaths of liberal leaders, and a variety of other would-be terrorist plots. And they received ZERO attention from the national press and the cable-TV talkers.

As I’ve explained previously, the most important aspect of terrorism is the asymmetrical nature of the threat: very small numbers of people are now capable of inflicting significant damage and incurring massive loss of life against targets that in most regards are well defended. And white Americans just as easily fit the profile.

They fit the profile, but somehow don’t fit the media’s concept of newsworthy subjects. Funny how that works.

Posted in 2008, anti-Americanism, anti-Muslim, anti-truth, rightwing moral cripples, terrorism | 1 Comment »

Lieberman: Hagee is a Moses

Posted by Charles II on May 23, 2008

Be sure not to miss the senior Senator from Connecticut’s ringing endorsement of the man who’s pressing God for a new and improved Holocaust here.

Posted in anti-Americanism, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitism, fascism, fearmongering, israel, Joe Lieberman | 3 Comments »

John Hagee: McCain Sought My Endorsement

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 21, 2008

Watch as the same national media that’s been engaged in a two-week-long hissy kabuki fit against Obama and Reverend Wright give only the briefest of mentions to this before letting the story die over the weekend:

In an interview that will appear in this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, controversial televangelist Rev. John Hagee declares, “It’s true that [John] McCain’s campaign sought my endorsement.”

McCain has attempted to distance himself from some of Hagee’s views, much as Barack Obama is doing in relation to Rev. Jeremiah Wright. But unlike McCain [with Hagee], Obama has not stood on stage with Wright and accepted his accolades this year.

Let’s catch the TV evening news this week to see if this ever shows up. Don’t be surprised if it doesn’t.

Posted in 2008, anti-Americanism, anti-Muslim, anti-truth, Barack Obama, beat the press, conservativism | 4 Comments »

Pounding The Table

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 25, 2008

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The old lawyer’s saw goes something like this, if I recall it correctly: “If the facts are on your side, pound on the facts. If the facts are not on your side, pound the table.”

A new shadowy wingnut-welfare group is out there and buying a lot of table-pounding and oppo-flinging:

Stepping up the pressure on House Democrats, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies has launched a national ad campaign criticizing Democrats for not passing the Senate’s surveillance bill.

According to the group’s press release, the ad “will be seen on cable and satellite stations throughout the country and is also seen locally in 17 media markets across the United States.” The ads target 15 House Democrats, such as Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN). Brian Wise, the spokesman for the group, told me that the group had chosen the 15 because they were Dems “who we believe understand the issue and who would be the most effective to pushing the House leadership to vote on this.” He added: “politics really has nothing to do with it.”

Uh-huh. Then why is it that your little group is lying out its ass about the bill, won’t disclose its donors, and is run by Clifford D. May, who in addition to being a fixture at the National Review and other wingnut-welfare outlets, was the RNC’s Communications Director during the late 1990s?

Recovering Republican Ron Amundson has a great idea for a counter-ad. Kudos to Ollie at BSP for pointing me to this. By the way, considering that Tim Walz has resisted the Fear Factor crapola surrounding FISA, maybe it might be time for Open Left to consider taking him off their Enemies List? It might be something to show that, in the wake of the primary-endorsement fiasco involving Al Franken, the national netroots isn’t as clueless and ham-handed as they can sometimes seem when intervening in local politics.

UPDATE: Ollie at BSP says that Rep Eliot Engle (D-NY), one of the token Democrats on the FDD masthead, has apparently decided to leave the group as a direct response to their targeting Democrats with their FISA-fear ads. Oh, and somebody might want to ask Tom Scheck why he cites the Owatonna People’s Press instead of Bluestem Prairie on the FDD-Walz flap, even though the OPP has no RSS feed and it’s not a paper he seems to visit regularly, whereas he’s been familar with BSP since at least December of 2006.

Posted in 2008, anti-Americanism, anti-truth, conservativism, Constitution, Constitutional crisis, Democrat-bashing, Democrats, Democrats with spines, eedjits, fearmongering, Flying Monkey Right, GOP bullying, government malfeasance, totalitarianism, WTF? | 5 Comments »

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Posted by MEC on February 21, 2008

The Republicans say that we should vote for them instead of for Democrats because only they, the Republicans, can keep us safe from bad guys all over the world.If that’s the case, why couldn’t the Republican Bush Administration keep the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade safe from being invaded and vandalized by protesters?

Masked attackers broke into the building, which has been closed this week, and tried to throw furniture from an office. A blaze broke out but firefighters swiftly put out the flames.
 

[…]
 

In Washington, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the U.S. ambassador to Serbia was at his home and in contact with U.S. officials.
 

Serbia has “a responsibility now to devote the adequate resources to ensure that that facility is protected,” McCormack said.

Excuse me? Serbia has a responsibility to keep the U.S. Embassy safe? A U.S. embassy is officially U.S. territory. Why didn’t the U.S. government devote adequate resources to ensure that its territory is protected?

My guess is, because Bush paid as much attention to the warning signs of Serbian outrage over his recognition of Kosovo as an independent country as he paid to the August 6, 2001 security briefing. He expected that everybody would just accept that Kosovo is independent because he said so.

Posted in anti-Americanism, BushCo malfeasance, madness of King George | 4 Comments »

Feeling Guilty Conscience Much, Cons?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 21, 2008

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One of the funnier examples of conservatives trying to rewrite history to eliminate racial guilt is the “Black Confederates” nonsense of the past two decades.

There are many different debunking links to choose from — some of which cite actual Confederate congressional records, presidential proclamations (in this proclamation, ironically dated as of Christmas Eve of 1862, Jefferson Davis authorizes the summary execution of any Union white officers found leading black troops, along with the execution or enslavement of said troops) and editorials from Southern newspapers showing the extreme and heated resistance of Southerners to the very idea of blacks fighting alongside rebel soldiers. But in fairness I thought I would focus on that very rare thing, an honest conservative over at Free Republic, who has worked to debunk the myth.

This honest Freeper, citing both Confederate congressional records and the June 1915 issue of the original Confederate Veteran (which was published from 1893 to 1932), in which several veterans wrote in to debunk the first embryonic stirrings of this myth, which had appeared in previous issues of the magazine. (These are the issues which the myth promoters cite whilst ignoring the June 1915 one.)

Unfortunately, this debunking didn’t seem to have much effect on his fellow Freepers, who as Neo-Confederates have joyfully embraced the “happy loyal negroes” myth. But Walt deserves props for perseverance in the face of boneheaded stupidity and rationalizations on their parts. What follows is what “Walt”, the gentleman debunking the myth, wrote — preserved here in full in case JimRob decides to sweep it from the site, as he’s wont to do with things he’s doesn’t like:

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Posted in anti-Americanism, anti-truth, honest conservatives, mythmaking, racism | 8 Comments »

Oh the Irony

Posted by MEC on January 16, 2008

Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has said that the United States Constitution has to be rewritten so that it’s God’s law, not man’s.

Gov. Huckabee needs to re-read his Bible. He apparently misremembers Matthew 22:21, Mark 12:17, and Luke 20:25. Those passages do not say “Render unto God the things that are Caesar’s, and unto Caesar the things that are God’s.”

The irony is that the Godly Governor made his pitch for undermining the separation of church just two days before the anniversary of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, written by Thomas Jefferson and enacted on January 16, 1786, the first such law in the United States.

That statute recognized that forcing compliance with the dictates of a religion does not encourage morality, but rather “hypocrisy and meanness”; that such coercion is “a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion”; and that codifying any religion’s interpretation of God’s will in civil law is “impious presumption”.

I’m guessing that Gov. Huckabee thinks we need God’s law to be the law of the land because he’s concerned with the state of our collective immortal soul. Jesus had something to say about such concern, too:

Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

Posted in anti-Americanism, Mike Huckabee, theocrats | 5 Comments »