Friday, June 24, 2005

European & American Funding For Terror

An incredibly disturbing report has just come to my attention. It's not just Saudi Arabia & the Friends & Relatives of Saddam that's funding Iraq's terrorists, the Euro-left is at it too.
Turns out that far-left groups in western Europe are carrying on a campaign
dubbed Ten Euros for the Resistance, offering aid and comfort to the
car bombers, kidnappers, and snipers trying to destabilize the fledgling Iraq
government. In the words of one Italian website, Iraq Libero (Free Iraq), the funds are meant for those fighting the occupanti imperialisti. The groups are an odd collection, made up largely of Marxists and Maoists, sprinkled with an array of Arab emigres and aging, old-school fascists, according to Lorenzo Vidino, an analyst on
European terrorism based at The Investigative Project in Washington, D.C. "It's
the old anticapitalist, anti-U.S., anti-Israel crowd," says Vidino, who has been
to their gatherings, where he saw activists from Austria, Denmark, Germany, and
Italy. "The glue that binds them together is anti-Americanism." The groups are
working on an October conference to further support "the Iraqi Resistance." A
key goal is to expand backing for the insurgents from the fringe left to the
broader antiwar and antiglobalization movements.
Wow, & I was going to write a post today about how I thought the Europeans would stop acting like adolescents soon. Shows you how naive I was. But, had I devoted thought to the issue, I would have remembered that Marxism is still romanticized by some in Europe, just as it is here. Giuliana Sgrena was a reporter for Il Manifesto, a Communist newspaper.

Our own government is also unwittingly funding terrorism. Money given to the West Bank and Gaza by the U.S. Agency for International Development for city & university development is siphoned off into groups like Hamaz.
In the last year, USAID gave $41 million to Palestinian universities, including
five with prominent Hamas and Islamic Jihad chapters that receive money due to
their standing as student organizations.

These groups also recruit suicide bombers from their university chapters.

Money makes the world go 'round & we need to pay more attention to who sends what. The article does not state the course of action the Italian government intends to pursue regarding these groups. I'd like to know what our government is going to do about them too.

HAT TIP: The Conservative Rant, lgf

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A Whale Of A Tale

Japan has decided to double its kill of minke & other endangered whale species for "scientific research". But, as New Zealand's Conservation Manager, Chris Carter, points out: "Where is the science from 18 years of scientific whaling? It doesn't exist. What right has Japan got to go into the Southern Ocean and slaughter these rare animals? We say shame on Japan. "

The Japanese condemn these angry words- saying they're "divisive". Have you noticed that whenever someone disagrees with them, they try to avoid the issue by calling the other party things like "divisive"? A familiar tactic.

They claim that they should be allowed to hunt whales, as it is a part of their traditional culture. This is a much used trick which allows them to avoid following the Kyoto Protocols, of which they are one of the chief architects, while trying to force other countries, like America, to adhere to them. Examples of this being, the use of disposable wooden hashi (chopsticks) imported from Malaysia, the dismantling & rebuilding of the Shrine of Ise every twenty years, as well as buying pollution credits from Chile to avoid cutting their emissions.

In campaign to promote whale meat, they've fallen back on another familiar tactic, America bashing.
"Most young Japanese do not recall the years after World War II when we were hungry and the Americans wanted us to eat whale to survive," said Yuriko Shiraishi, 72, head of Women's Forum for Fish. "The whale saved us then, but thousands of years before that, Japanese were eating whale. Now, the Japanese don't want to eat whale because they don't know about it as a delicious and healthy source of protein. That's what needs to change."
Are they saying that if Americans had let them starve nearly sixty years ago, they would not "have to hunt whale" in 2005. Aren't there other "healthy sources protein"? They can't surely be starving now, when they have the world's second largest economy.

To cherish one's traditions is commendable, but hypocrisy is not, nor is using the banner of culture to have your cake & eat it too.

HAT TIP: Burning Bird

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Lies, Lies & Statistics

A recent Pew Hispanic Center study has argued that the illegal immigrant population is no different in character from that of America at large. How did they arrive at this conclusion? By counting "overstays", i.e. those who have overstayed their visa date or violated the conditions of their visa, they have included H-1b visa holders as well as medical doctors on J-1 in the same category as people who sneak across the border. Talk about cooking up numbers.


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"My people are American"

Despite the rantings of La Raza & Co, opposition to illegal immigration is not an expression on racism, & not all Americans of Hispanic descent favor unrestricted immigration. The County Commissioner of Canyon County, Idaho, Robert Vasquez, the grandchild of Mexican immigrants, is proof of this. When accused of betraying his heritage, he points out that his grandfather came via "legal immigration, and it was years ago when there was actually some control over the borders," he said, "not an invasion of hundreds of thousands of aliens every year that demand a separate culture and language just for themselves."

He proudly asserts his American identity by reminding his attackers that his people are Americans & that it is the American flag that hangs in his office. So, why is he not getting a lot of support from local Republicans in his bid for Congressional seat in 2006? Because he has accused Idaho's congressional delegation - all Republicans, including conservative Sen. Larry Craig - of "collaborating with the unarmed enemy invading America." Well, if you support the Open Borders Plan & do nothing to stem the tide of illegals, are you not effectively promoting illegal immigration? And illegals are not necessarily unarmed & harmless

He has used many unorthodox strategies in his attempts to deal with this problem. Among them are:
*billing the Mexican government $2 million for reimbursement of jail and medical treatment costs he claimed the county provided to Mexican citizens, instead of making Americans foot the bill
*leading an attempt to get Republican Gov. Dirk Kempthorne to declare the county a disaster area over an "imminent invasion" of illegal immigrants
*exploring the use of racketeering laws against businesses that employ illegal immigrants, who can be kept docile by threats of deportation

Why doesn't the GOP work with people like Mr. Vasquez instead of against them? They can help to make it clear that opposition to illegal immigration is not the same as opposition to legal immigration. I've written about this before, as this is one of my biggest gripes with the Bush administration. Illegal immigration is not good for America, & many Americans, even those of Hispanic descent, as well as those who are immigrants themselves, understand this. Why can't the administration?

HAT TIP: Michelle Malkin

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Photos of American Troops Torturing Animals

If deworming counts as torture. I am sure there is some group out there dedicated to allowing animals to suffer rather than give them shots.

As AI has not taken the time to investigate this issue & bring it to the attention of the MSM, our troops continue to help the not only the two legged, but also the four legged. Here's an instance of them winning (maybe not the cows & pigs) the hearts & minds of our furry friends.

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Kelo

What can the government do & what can it not do, according to SCOTUS? Cassandra has a list.

State & local governments may:

1) seize homes

2) order the death of innocent sick people based on the word of a spouse

3) impose confiscatory taxation and regulation

4) invert the definition of marriage and force other states to recognize such inversions

5) violate the second amendment

6) violate the first amendment with so-called hate crimes legislation

But, state and local governments may not:

1) Prohibit or regulate abortion, even for those babies whose birth is imminent

2) permit or recognize the practice of religion on state property

3) avoid the requirements of the Federal labor laws for municipal employees

I'd like to add a few more to the list of things that governments may not do:

1) Protect the borders of the United States of America

2) Bar the entrance of & deport aliens who wish to harm the people of America

3) Defend the history of this country

More reasons why we need to stop judicial activism & support the appointment of sensible judges.

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