Sunday, July 31, 2005
LANE THE LOSER MISQUOTES GEORGE THE SMALLER
Melbourne Age columnist Terry Lane:
As George the Smaller told an audience at the West Point and Virginia Military Institute, America is “the single surviving model of human progress”.
Terry shares his understanding of Bush’s three-year-old speech with Islam Online (“As President Bush said: ‘America is the single surviving model of human progress.’”) Here’s what was actually said by Bush in 2002:
The 20th century ended with a single surviving model of human progress, based on non-negotiable demands of human dignity, the rule of law, limits on the power of the state, respect for women and private property and free speech and equal justice and religious tolerance. America cannot impose this vision—yet we can support and reward governments that make the right choices for their own people.
Seems to me Bush was speaking of Western democracy in general rather than the US in particular. Either way, Lane clearly didn’t source the original text, otherwise “the model” wouldn’t be in place of “a model”. Just another example of poor research for Media Watch to investigate, I guess, along with former host David Marr’s weird and incorrect assumption that two Christians facing jail in Victoria are white. “We try to be balanced and we’re more than happy to come down on some lefty columnists if we catch them stuffing up,” wrote Media Watch executive producer Peter McEvoy some years ago; well, here’s your chance to prove it, Pete. Yet again.
UPDATE. Several readers point out Lane’s blundering merger of West Point (in New York state) with the Virginia Military Institute (in Lexington, VA). This mistake points us to Lewis Lapham, Lane’s likely source:
President Bush meanwhile mounted flag-draped rostra at West Point and Virginia Military Institute to proclaim America “the single surviving model of human progress” …
SMH REVEALS LINK
Headline in the Sydney Morning Herald: “Failed London bomb attacks linked to Iraq: report”. Their source for this? One of the bombers:
A suspect in the failed London bombings on July 21 said the attempted attack was revenge for the US-led military operation in Iraq, according to a newspaper report.
“The bombs of July 7 in London? That happens every day in Iraq,” the suspect, Osman Hussain, was quoted as saying by the daily La Repubblica newspaper during his interrogation.
Osman is right, of course; attacks by suicidal pro-Saddam lunatics do indeed happen every day in Iraq. Difficult to see how this would encourage someone to do the same in London, however.
NEW ZEALAND WARNED NOT TO OFFEND FOREIGNERS
New Zealand’s National Party has pledged (conditionally) to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol if elected on September 17. Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Morgan Williams finds this deplorable:
Williams said European nations see climate change as the biggest single risk to their future and are very focussed on it. New Zealand must be part of this, Williams said.
Why, these people are nothing but slaves to green-screaming Eurotrash! Whatever happened to independent and proud of it New Zealand?
HOUSEHOLDER WATCHES PENNIES
The ALP loses a member:
Former Labor leader Mark Latham has officially quit the party he once loved. Labor sources have told the Sunday Herald Sun that Mr Latham recently stopped paying his monthly party dues by direct debit from his bank account.
Latham sure wasn’t kidding when he described himself as a hater. Wonder what he’ll do with the rest of his life.
Like his brother, Malcolm Wood is a generous fellow:
The brother of freed hostage Douglas Wood today visited the senior Islamic cleric who travelled to Iraq to try to secure his brother’s freedom.
Malcolm Wood presented Sheik Taj el-Din al Hilaly, with a gift at his Sydney home and said his help was greatly appreciated ...
“At danger to his life and in ill health he went to Iraq and help save our brother Douglas,” Malcolm Wood said today.
“I think it’s likely the Sheik’s efforts helped immeasurably.”
Nice of him to say so, and possibly even useful in the context of whatever bridge-building is meant to be underway with moderate Muslim leaders, but the Sheikh’s bizarre record doesn’t exactly indicate a lot of helping.
CURIOUS BELIEFS HELD
The Sunday Mail has confirmed the source of the race hate material is a man who says he is from the Darling Downs town of Crows Nest and uses the internet alias Stug111 – a name taken from a World War II German tank ...
He also admits online to distributing material attacking multiculturalism around Toowoomba and on other occasions targets gays, uses the name of an SS officer, and says the US Central Intelligence Agency was behind the September 11 terror attacks.
Anti-Sudanese, anti-US, and anti-gay. Ol’ Stug is one crazy unit.
Saturday, July 30, 2005
Arthur Chrenkoff asks a question:
We are told that London bombings are a result of Tony Blair’s decision to participate in the illegal invasion of Iraq. We are told that the continuing occupation of Iraq, and the carnage and humiliation inflicted upon Iraqi people by the United States, Great Britain and other occupying powers have radicalized some British Muslims to such extent as to push them into becoming suicide bombers on the buses and subways of their adopted country (in some cases their country of birth).
There are 250,000 Iraqis living in Great Britain - that’s quarter of a million people, one of the biggest communities in Iraqi diaspora, and just under one sixth of the total British Muslim population of some 1.6 million.
So why, among the original 7/7 bombers, the next lot of recently captured bombers, and all the other people arrested in connection with the attacks, aren’t there any British Iraqis?
DON’T EVEN ASK WHAT THEY DO TO APPLES
You learn all sorts of interesting things at Werribee Islamic College:
The teacher could not believe what he overheard. The “visiting” imam was launching into a tirade against the Jews and Americans that bordered on the ludicrous.
But then came the clincher, he recalled. “The imam told the students that the Jews were putting poison in the bananas and they should not eat them.”
Poisoned Bananas College receives about $3 million per year from state and federal funds, reports The Age. Aside from instruction in the fruit-tampering ways of those wily Jews, students acquire healthy values:
“When you asked children to write about their favourite hero, they nearly always wrote about Osama bin Laden.”
Things have changed in Werribee since I were a lad.
(Via the Bunyip)
Friday, July 29, 2005
SON DECLINES TO RISE
A big media development:
News Corporation deputy chief operating officer Lachlan Murdoch has resigned his position as one of the world’s most powerful media executives and will move from New York to Australia.
News chairman and chief executive Rupert Murdoch announced last night that his eldest son had decided to resign from his executive roles.
This’ll shake things up.
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Pity poor Phillip Adams, target of lunatics:
Lunatic conspiracies are jamming my inbox in the aftermath of London. Blair did it!
Perhaps Phil sent those lunatic emails to himself. Here’s Adams on July 12:
Let’s be clear about it: the people who died in the subway tunnels and on the bus were victims of the Iraq war. They died because of Blair’s London Bridge, the one he built from the Thames to the Euphrates.
Had he not misled his nation into that murderous folly of an invasion, the people would have walked off the trains instead of being carried off on stretchers. Or had their body parts collected in bags.
They died because of Blair. What kind of lunatic would suggest such a thing? Adams continues:
Tourish recalls Pauline Hanson being interviewed about her fears of Asian immigration. When told she was wildly exaggerating the statistics, and shown the data, she simply said “I don’t believe those figures” ...
Which recalls John Pilger’s response to questions about Osama bin Laden citing East Timor as a root cause of terrorism:
We can’t believe that. We can’t believe all these things we’re being told.
Hanson and Pilger. What a sweet couple they’d make; thanks to Adams for making obvious their shared faith in blind denial.
TONY, DAVE, AND MARIAN
The first edition of Dark Victory (2003) asserted flatly that, “Australia did not kill those who drowned on SIEV X but their deaths cannot be ruled out the reckoning entirely”. The second edition (2004) replaced this exonerating sentence with much more open-ended language.
SACRED PROTOCOL THREATENED
“Environmentalists should be happy China has at least made a gesture to address its emissions,” reports J.F. Beck. “Rather than applaud China they fret that Kyoto is under attack.” Read the whole post.
NO EXCUSES MADE
US-born Muslim leader Sheikh Khalid Yasin, lately in Australia:
There’s no such thing as a Muslim having a non-Muslim friend, so a non-Muslim could be your associate but they can’t be a friend. They’re not your friend because they don’t understand your religious principles and they cannot because they don’t understand your faith.
Ol’ Sheikh Khalid sure ain’t no friend o’ them queer-eye decoratin’ folks:
The sharia is very clear about it, the punishment for homosexuality, bestiality or anything like that is death. We don’t make any excuses about that, it’s not our law — it’s the Koran.
Here’s Sheikh Khalid during an earlier visit to Australia, in 2003:
If you don’t have a people that is governed by Sharia, then you have a lawless people ... If we look at the evolution of the Sharia experiment in Nigeria for instance. It’s just a wonderful, phenomenal experience. It has brought about some sweeping changes, balances, within the society, regulations in terms of moral practices and so many things.
“This,” reported Australia’s 60 Minutes last Sunday, “from a man who was about to apply to become an Australian resident.”
IT’S ALL ABOUT IRAQ
Imagine how much happier this Ahmed Ressam timeline may have turned out had Iraq not been invaded, thus sparing us the terrorism provoked by that awful event:
March 17, 1998:
Ressam leaves Montreal for Afghanistan. He spends several months at a camp funded and administered by Osama bin Laden. He receives training in light arms – including machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades – the use of explosives and poison gas, methods for assassination, sabotage and urban warfare. Ressam would later testify that it was during this time that he began planning on attack on U.S. soil.
Ressam begins working out the details of his plan to bomb the Los Angeles airport. By fall, he is building timing devices for the bomb and gathering other chemical ingredients.
Dec. 17, 1999:
Ressam is charged with bringing explosives into the United States three days after he was stopped at the Port Angeles, Wash., border crossing. He arrived in the U.S. by ferry from Victoria, B.C. He was carrying two Canadian driver’s licences, each in a different name, and a Canadian passport – and 50 kilograms of explosives.
April 2, 2001:
Judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere – described as the world’s foremost terrorism expert – tells the trial that Ressam had links to Osama bin Laden. He says as early as 1996, French intelligence learned that Ressam and six other Montreal men were trafficking in fake passports that were used to send people to train as terrorists in Afghanistan.
July 6, 2001:
Ressam describes a plot two years earlier to set off a bomb in a neighbourhood in Canada with “Israeli interests.”
October 23, 2002:
US President George W. Bush announces “no invasion of Iraq will take place”.
November 3, 2002:
Ressam, through his lawyers, issues this statement: “I wish to renounce my career as an Islamic terrorist, which was entirely based upon the belief that following September 11 the US would invade Iraq. Boy, was I ever wrong! You guys are the best—Ressam.”
(Via Alan R.M. Jones)