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Yeee-haw! Good ole fashion american values…

Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, December 31, 2006



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Mosque plans trigger neighbor’s pig races

Story Highlights

•Texan sells sausages during races at prayer time
•Islamic association had asked man to move cattle from its land
•Man thought Muslims wanted him off his own land
•They don’t, but he decided to race the pigs anyway

KATY, Texas (AP) — A man unhappy with an Islamic association’s plans to build a mosque next to his property

has staged pig races as a protest during afternoon prayers. Craig Baker, 46, sold merchandise and grilled sausages

Friday for about 100 people who showed up in heavy rain.

He insisted he wasn’t trying to offend anyone with the pigs, which are forbidden from the Muslim diet.

“I am just defending my rights and my property,” Baker said. “They totally disrespected me and my family.”

Muslims don’t hate pigs, they just don’t eat them, said engineer Kamel Fotouh, president of the 500-member

Katy Islamic Association in this Houston suburb.

“I don’t care if he races, roasts or slaughters pigs,” said Yousef Allam, a spokesman for the group.

The dispute began when the association asked Baker to remove his cattle from its newly bought land.

The association plans to build a mosque, community center, athletic facilities and a school.

Baker agreed to move his cattle but thought the Muslims also wanted him off the land his family has lived on for more than 100 years.

Earlier this month, Baker conceded that the Muslims probably aren’t after his land,

but he said he had to go through with the pig races because “I would be like a total idiot if I didn’t.

I’d be the laughingstock now because I’ve gone too far.”

All the same, Baker plans to continue the weekly pig races until interest dwindles.

The association never meant to imply it wanted Baker to move, Allam said.

“If we somehow communicated that to him, then we apologize,” he said.

Resident Susan Canavespe said the pig racing wasn’t mean-spirited — “It’s just Texas-spirited.

 

 

 

 

He’s not a redneck…Noooo, sir! Why, he’s just being down right neighborly – that’s all!

Perhaps this particular Muslim community – unfortunate enough to have bought land near Cleetus the pig farmer – is in the wrong, so to speak. Here are a few points that may assist like-minded bigots in confronting this Muslim community:

1) They are trying take “Cleetus the pig farmer’s” land in order to bury, yet undiscovered, Iraqi WMD’s 😦

2) They might turn the land into a terrorist training facility…for toddlers.

3) They might be recruiting disaffected, young, farm animals for suicide missions. Terrorist SCUM!

4) They might be trying to produce a contemporary real-life stage version of Animal Farm 2 — eat your heart out George Orwell!

5) They might be opening their own ghetto version of KFC….now called DFC or Desi Fried Chicken.

Houston…here we come! Yeeeee-haw! (note the subtle tone of sarcasm)

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you give it sheikh…oh, you give it!

Posted by abu ameerah on Saturday, December 30, 2006

of course….the sheikh’s words are taken entirely out of context…both in the editing of this clip and of the perceptions by all of those “freedom” lovers who view it….

Dr. Abd Al-Aziz Fawzan Al-Fawzan: Someone who denies Allah, worships Christ, son of Mary, and claims that God is one third of a trinity� so you like these things he says and does? Don�t you hate the faith of such a polytheist who says God is one third of a trinity, or who worships Christ, son of Mary?”

Someone who permits and commits fornication – as is the case in Western countries, where fornication is permitted and not considered a problem � don’t you hate this? Whoever says, “I don’t hate him, is not a Muslim, my brother.[…]

This is not racism, my brother. We don’t hate a polytheist because of his color, gender, blood, country, or because he is American, European, Chinese, or Asian. They are our partners in humanity. An American Muslim may be better Allah’s view than all the Arabs.[…]

But if this person is an infidel � even if this person is my mother or father, God forbid, or my son or daughter – I must hate him, his heresy, and his defiance of Allah and His prophet. I must hate his abominable deeds. Moreover, this hatred must be positive hatred. It should make me feel compassion for him, and should make me guide and reform him.

Ohhhhhhhh…..he GAVE IT again! The “fair and balanced” media (and all of the puppets who control it) just loves ripping such statements apart. Muslims are not a people of hatred.

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Eid Mubarak!

Posted by abu ameerah on Saturday, December 30, 2006

KUWAITTIMES.NET – MAKKAH: More than two million Muslim faithful performed prayers on Mount Arafat near Makkah yesterday during one of the high points of the annual haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. Men wearing the two pieces of unstitched white cloth that tradition says will serve as their shrouds and women entirely covered apart from their faces and hands tirelessly repeated the formal ritual together. “I am here in response to your call, Lord, I am here…” the crowds chanted in a multitude of accents as they gathered on a plain bounded by hills. “You have no equal. To you the praise, from you the favour – and royalty belongs only to you.”
It was on
Mount Arafat – also called Jebel Al-Rahma, or Mount Mercy – that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) gave his final sermon more than 14 centuries ago. The more zealous of the pilgrims scaled the rocky hill prostrated. The “Wuquf” ceremony they performed there symbolises Man’s wait for judgment day. At midday, the faithful prayed together at Namera mosque, built on the site where the prophet himself prayed in pilgrimage. The pilgrims were to spend the rest of the day in prayer and asking for God’s forgiveness. According to a government source, 1,654,407 pilgrims – 55 per cent of them males – had arrived for the haj from 187 countries. More than half a million Muslims in Saudi Arabia had also joined the pilgrimage.

“We have come to ask God to allow Islam and Muslims to triumph,” said Abdul Alim Mahmud, a 40-year-old Egyptian. Pakistani Chir Omar, 38, said he had prayed for “peace in the world … especially the Muslim world”. Afghan devotee Wali Mohammed, 35, wished “strength for Islam and peace in the world”. “Whenever I stand on Jebel Al-Rahma I feel reborn,” said Ruquia Manouzi, a Moroccan woman. “There is a great feeling of spirituality fillso you on haj, with this divine atmosphere and cooperation among Muslims,” said Shakir Bakr, a student of religion from Mali. Mohamado Thiam, a telecoms engineer from Senegal, said pilgrims were praying for Muslims in hotspots around the world. “I’m very happy, look how our nation is expanding,” he said. “But we have to pray for our brethren in Iraq, in Palestine, in Sudan. There are people dying there.”

Addressing pilgrims in a sermon at Mount Arafat, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh warned against staging political demonstrations and called on Muslims to unite. “The haj rites are not the place for slogans, postures and name-calling,” he said. “The world today is full of hateful party and nationalistic slogans … all we see is fighting, blood and terrorism, the result of erroneous ideological struggles.”

The authorities have said they will crack down hard on Muslims who try to sneak into Makkah without official permits. But at Mount Arafat yesterday, there were few indications that the new measures had been successful. Roads and pathways were lined with beggars, traders and pilgrims without permits who had bought tents to sleep in and shelter from the sun. “This is my fourth time. The great thing about living in this country is you can do haj,” said Zahir, a Syrian living in Saudi Arabia. A security officer standing beside a group of people camping with sleeping bags and cooking utensils said there was nothing the authorities could do about them.

Meanwhile at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca itself, the massive Kaaba monument was being draped in a new “kiswa”, its silk cover adorned with Koranic verses embroidered in gold thread. The cost of the “kiswa” is estimated at five million dollars. Muslims face the Kaaba when they pray five times a day. At sunset yesterday, the faithful were to move towards the Muzdalifah valley several kilometres (miles) from Mount Arafat, to spend the night. Due to the icy temperatures, Saudi Arabia‘s chief cleric Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh issued a fatwa (religious decree) allowing devotees to use blankets during the night provided they do not cover their heads.

On Saturday morning, pilgrims return to Mina for the last part of the haj – the ritual stoning of three pillars representing Satan. This is potentially the most dangerous part of the pilgrimage, and the scene in previous years of deadly stampedes created by bottlenecks. The last haj in January was marred by a deadly stampede which killed 364 people at Mina during the ritual, while a similar tragedy in 2004 saw 251 people trampled to death there. At Mina the pilgrims will later sacrifice a beast, generally a sheep, in remembrance of the sacrifice God asked Abraham to perform by giving up his son to prove his devotion.
This ritual marks today’s start of Eid Al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice. Thousands of Saudi security forces have been deployed along the routes being used by the pilgrims, and official media said security and health authorities have been mobilised to ensure the safety of the faithful during the often risky ceremonies, with dozens of field hospitals and clinics set up in the area. The annual haj pilgrimage is one of the five pillars of Islam, which Muslims are expected to perform at least once in their lives if they have the means to do so. It ends on Monday.

I just felt like throwing this in….

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3301518771596686111&q=Hajj&hl=en

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Aap key moo mey! (In your face) — Part Deux!

Posted by abu ameerah on Friday, December 29, 2006

i know i shouldn’t but i just couldn’t help it…..

let the laugher ensue…..

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liar, liar, pants on fire…

Posted by abu ameerah on Friday, December 29, 2006

Senators nix pre-9/11 hijacker ID theory

By ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press Writer

A lengthy Senate investigation has debunked charges by a Republican congressman that military analysts identified Mohamed Atta and other Sept. 11 hijackers before the attacks, according to a committee aide familiar with the report.

In a letter to members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sens. Pat Roberts and John D. Rockefeller dismissed suggestions by Rep. Curt Weldon (news, bio, voting record), R-Pa., that defense analysts ignored analysis that could have prevented the attacks. Roberts, R-Kan., is outgoing chairman and Rockefeller, of West Virginia, is the senior Democrat who will assume the chairmanship next month.

They concluded “there was no evidence Mohamed Atta or any hijackers were identified prior to 9/11,” said the committee aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the aide was not authorized to speak publicly on the subject.

An internal Pentagon assessment already had dismissed Weldon’s charges as unfounded. But the letter from Roberts and Rockefeller is the first rejection from Capitol Hill. The letter was obtained and first reported Tuesday by the Los Angeles Times.

Weldon, a 10-term Republican who lost his seat in the Nov. 7 election, repeatedly contended a secret military unit called “Able Danger” searched large amounts of data to link four Sept. 11 hijackers to al-Qaida more than a year before the attacks.

In September, the Pentagon’s inspector general found some employees recalled seeing an intelligence chart identifying Atta as a terrorist before the attacks. But the report said those accounts “varied significantly” and witnesses were inconsistent at times in their statements.

At the time, Weldon questioned the “motives and the content” of the report and rejected its conclusions, which he said relied on cherry-picked testimony. Weldon could not be reached Tuesday for comment. According to the committee aide, Roberts and Rockefeller found similar problems in their investigation.

Weldon lost his seat to Democrat Joe Sestak, a retired Navy admiral who called for troops to be withdrawn by the end of 2007. Just weeks before the election, the FBI raided the homes of Weldon’s daughter and a close friend in an investigation of whether the congressman improperly helped the pair win lobbying and consulting contracts.

Well, to be quite honest…I don’t really care about some Tom Clancy-esque conspiratorial program/organization like “Able Danger”, as Weldon alleged was once in existence. However, I just take pleasure in knowing that a liar and deceitful Islam-hater has been exposed (for what he really is) by the Mercy of Allah (Azza wa’Jall). Let’s see what lie Weldon can come up with to save face, as they say, and return to his constituents “vindicated.” As Allah (awj) mentions in the Qur’an:

And when it is said to them, “Come, the Messenger of Allah will pray for your forgiveness”, they turn aside their heads, and thou wouldst see them turning away their faces in arrogance. (surah al Munafiqoon)

Here is comical, yet factual, look at Weldon in action…notice his new pen-pal the Rev. Sung Myung Moon….

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poetry

Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, December 24, 2006

one of the children that I tutor wrote this Haiku poem. I thought it was nice and told her that I would post it on my blog. Please be kind….she is a soon-to-be 8 year old and kind of new to the whole creative writing/self-expression thing. Here it is…

Today is winter

I see dark gray clouds and rain…

my old umbrella

Fatima A.

i think it is quite nice actually and she really tried to stick to the basic rules of Haiku. The most obvious being:

1) The 5-7-5 syllable rule for each line

2) The fact that it should only be three line long

3) A focus on nature, seaons, or something that is more than what might be regarded as trivial

Haiku poetry is somewhat interesting — and while i loathed it back in grade school (regarding it only as mindless drivel)…..i now would suggest that you “wiki” it and eventually give Haiku a try.

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i found this somewhat interesting…

Posted by abu ameerah on Monday, December 11, 2006

Ex-Chilean strongman Pinochet dies at 91

By Sebastian Rotella and Patrick J. McDonnell, Times Staff Writers
6:45 PM PST, December 10, 2006
— Augusto Pinochet, the embodiment of the brutal and intensely anti-communist South American military dictator, died Sunday, a military doctor said. He was 91 and had suffered a heart attack a week earlier.

Pinochet ruled this Andean nation for 17 years after seizing power in 1973 in a coup that toppled leftist President Salvador Allende. He gave up control in 1990, retiring to a presumed impunity, but he spent the last years of his life fighting charges of human rights abuses and corruption. Pinochet’s coup, which led to the deaths or disappearances of about 3,200 people and the torture of thousands more, is widely regarded as a watershed event in recent Latin American history. The military takeover, experts generally agree, was a dramatic example of how unwilling South American elites were to allow left-wing governments to come to power, even by election.

In an era when Latin America was a raging Cold War battleground and Fidel Castro’s Cuba was seen as fomenting revolution, those elites gathered support from allies in Washington. Thousands of once-classified U.S. documents released in recent years showed that the Nixon administration, through the CIA and other means, worked secretly to undermine Allende’s elected government. Pinochet denied any foreign involvement in the coup, declaring: “I never had contact with any American. I swear by the memory of my parents.”

But in 2003, then-Secretary of State Colin L. Powell acknowledged a U.S. role in destabilizing Allende’s government. “It is not a part of our country’s history that we are proud of,” he said.

Other military governments in the region, such as the junta that ruled Argentina, were bloodier than the Chilean dictator’s regime. But Pinochet’s dominating public persona and his seeming contempt for Chile’s venerable democratic traditions marked him as a central figure among Latin America’s late-20th century despots. Pinochet’s regime pioneered the use of “disappearance” as a tool of repression, refusing to acknowledge the detention of executed prisoners.

The dictator’s much-feared secret police also organized assassinations against dissidents abroad, including a car bombing in Washington on Sept. 21, 1976, that killed Orlando Letelier, Chile’s former foreign minister, and an American colleague, Ronni Moffitt. In recent years, the human rights and corruption charges, as well as his detention for nearly 17 months in Britain, had chipped away at the retired general’s aura of steely invincibility.

Although still admired by those who credited him with jump-starting Chile’s economic growth, the aging and frail strongman had become somewhat of an embarrassment for a nation that has long taken pride in being more economically advanced and committed to social justice than many of its neighbors. Reports that Pinochet had stashed away as much as $28 million in secret offshore accounts during his rule alienated even his stalwart supporters. At the time of his final illness, Pinochet was facing fraud and tax evasion charges in connection with the money, which first came to light at U.S. congressional hearings in 2004.

No event marked the exorcising of Chile’s authoritarian ghosts more than the election in January of President Michelle Bachelet, a lifelong socialist and former political prisoner exiled during the Pinochet regime. Among the human rights cases that were pending here against Pinochet was one involving dozens of alleged abuses at Villa Grimaldi, a former torture center outside the capital where the young Bachelet and her mother were held before being allowed to leave Chile.

Bachelet’s father, Alberto Bachelet, an air force general deemed a traitor by the military because he aided the Allende government, was arrested and tortured by Pinochet’s forces after the coup. He died of a heart attack while in custody, and his daughter blames his death on the abuse he endured. As president, Bachelet has cultivated warm relations with the military and has been applauded for her attempts at national reconciliation.

On Nov. 25, Pinochet celebrated his 91st birthday with a statement accepting “political responsibility” for acts committed during his rule. But the long-unrepentant general did not explicitly accept legal responsibility, and declared that his aim had been to avert the “disintegration” of Chile, the latest version of an oft-repeated justification for his actions.

“Today, close to the end of my days, I want to make it clear that I hold no rancor toward anybody, that I love my fatherland above all else,” Pinochet said in the statement.

Pinochet’s death immediately sent thousands of supporters and critics into the streets of Santiago, the capital, some uncorking bottles of champagne in celebration of the general’s demise. But the country remained deeply divided about his legacy. Mourners outside the Santiago Military Hospital, where Pinochet died, shed tears as news of the general’s death spread. Authorities planned a funeral Tuesday with full military honors, in accordance with Pinochet’s position as a former commander in chief, but without the official protocol accorded a former head of state.

The White House on Sunday issued a statement saying that “Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile represented one of most difficult periods in that nation’s history. Our thoughts today are with the victims of his reign and their families. We commend the people of Chile for building a society based on freedom, the rule of law, and respect for human rights.”

Augusto Pinochet Ugarte was born in the port city of Valparaiso on Nov. 25, 1915. His father was a customs agent whose family had come from Brittany, in northwestern France. Augusto was the oldest of six children and the favorite of a strict and demanding mother. The young Pinochet applied three times to the national military academy before he was accepted. He graduated in 1936 near the bottom of his class. After a year at infantry school, he became a second lieutenant and began an ascent through the ranks. As deputy director of Chile’s war academy between 1949 and 1951, he published two books on military and historical topics.

Like most Latin American armies during the 1960s, the Chilean military worried about Marxist subversion as Castro’s Cuban revolution electrified the region. For some, those fears intensified after 1970, when Chileans elected Allende, a socialist whose victory was seen by supporters as a regional model of the democratic road to socialism.

By 1973, workers were taking over factories and farms. Pro-government leftists and opposition rightists clashed in the streets. Rampant inflation caused chaos and shortages, with people waiting in long lines to buy sugar and toilet paper.
Despite a number of military conspiracies against the left-wing government, Allende promoted Pinochet to commander in chief in August 1973. Less than three weeks later, on Sept. 11, 1973, the newly minted top general staged his coup.

On the day of the takeover, Pinochet ordered fighter planes to attack La Moneda, the presidential palace where Allende had barricaded himself. Pinochet joked with an admiral about providing Allende safe passage on an aircraft, according to transcripts of taped military radio transmissions that surfaced in a 1998 book. “The offer to remove him from the country stands, but the plane falls, old man, while it’s flying,” Pinochet said over the radio, eliciting a chuckle from the admiral, according to the transcript. To this day, the grainy images of the aerial attack on La Moneda run regularly on Latin American news retrospectives. Allende died in the palace, probably a suicide.

Pinochet’s troops declared a state of siege and seized thousands of Allende government officials and members of the socialist, communist and other leftist parties. Some were summarily executed or tortured to death. Others died in shootouts, though there was little resistance to the overwhelming force of the military.

The atrocities of the military regime, including kidnappings, executions, torture and rape in secret concentration camps, were carried out in part at the behest of the Directorate of National Intelligence, or DINA. Gen. Manuel Contreras, the DINA director, was the architect of an alliance among South American intelligence services, the so-called Operation Condor, that waged a “dirty war” on political enemies across the globe.

Contreras and Michael Townley, a U.S. citizen working for the Chilean secret police, were later convicted in Chile and the United States, respectively, for their roles in the car bombing in Washington that killed Letelier and Moffitt, still considered one of the most audacious foreign-organized assassinations on U.S. soil. Townley implicated Pinochet in the killing.

Chile’s intelligence agents struck in other nations as well. In 1974, former Gen. Carlos Prats, Pinochet’s predecessor as head of the army, was blown up along with his wife in the garage of the couple’s Buenos Aires apartment building. Authorities in Argentina unsuccessfully sought Pinochet’s extradition in the killings. Other crimes against Pinochet’s political opponents abroad, along with the influence of a diaspora of hundreds of thousands of Chileans, made the dictator something of a pariah. But former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger remained a staunch supporter of Pinochet, despite public comments that attempted to distance the U.S. government from the dictator. Kissinger met with Pinochet in Santiago on June 8, 1976, and privately reassured the strongman of continued White House support despite increasing hostility in Congress.

“In the United States, as you know, we are sympathetic with what you are trying to do here,” Kissinger told Pinochet, according to a declassified State Department memorandum obtained in 1999 by Lucy Komisar, a New York journalist. “I think that the previous government was headed toward communism. We wish your government well.”

Kissinger added: “My evaluation is that you are a victim of all left-wing groups around the world, and that your greatest sin was that you overthrew a government which was going Communist.”

Pinochet’s relations with Washington soured under the Carter administration, with its emphasis on human rights, and the decline continued through the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. The Chilean leader blamed Marxist propaganda and criticized the United States for pressuring him to restore democracy. A U.S. Senate investigative committee headed by the late Sen. Frank Church (D-Idaho) revealed that the CIA had secretly bankrolled the Chilean opposition for years. Former CIA chief Richard Helms pleaded no contest to lying to Congress about the Chile operation.

An avid reader of books about Roman emperors and Napoleon, the stiff-backed, shrill-voiced Pinochet cultivated an imperial mystique. He promoted himself to the exalted and antiquated rank of captain general. He sported ornate uniforms — sometimes a white tunic trimmed in red and gold, other times a flowing cape draped over his shoulders as he reviewed goose-stepping troops. His men revered him as a gruff patriarch who embodied the pride and Prussian-instilled tradition of the Chilean army, one of Latin America’s most powerful militaries.

“Not a leaf moves in this country if I am not moving it,” Pinochet boasted shortly after the coup.

In the later years of his rule, Pinochet claimed credit for an economy that had begun growing steadily after early struggles and miscues. Pinochet knew little about economics, but he gave carte blanche to technocrats who were known as the “Chicago boys” because they had studied economics at the University of Chicago. The Chicago boys launched an ambitious and experimental set of free-market reforms. They reduced the size of government, privatized state industries and promoted free enterprise. Exports boomed. Chile became the economic showcase of Latin America.

Nations across the region began adopting similar reforms in the late 1980s, and innovations such as a privatized social security system have been copied elsewhere. Pinochet boasted that low-income home construction had set records and that the infant mortality rate had plummeted. But debate persists over whether the credit for brisk economic growth and poverty reduction should go to the military regime or to the four civilian governments that followed it. Critics say Pinochet’s wrenching policy shifts inflicted lingering damage on public health, education and other social services.

Despite the growing economy, a pro-democracy movement steadily gained strength in Chile during the 1980s. In 1988, Pinochet agreed to hold a referendum on his continued rule. Chileans said no to the dictatorship by a margin of 57% to 43% in a historic vote that helped pave the way for a return to democracy. An opposition coalition led by Christian Democrats and that included socialists won a subsequent national election.

Pinochet handed the presidency to Patricio Aylwin on March 11, 1990. The center-left coalition agreed to let Pinochet retain command of the army and to respect the pro-military constitution and rules he had imposed, including a broad amnesty for military officers.

“The day they touch one of my men, the rule of law ends,” Pinochet warned before ceding power.

Pinochet belittled the findings of an investigative panel known as the Rettig Commission, which in 1991 documented his regime’s abuses. He dismissed the estimated 2,000 “disappeared” political prisoners in his characteristically hard-nosed and unpolished style: “They were nothing but bandits.” But his civilian successor said the general exercised a stabilizing influence. “If Pinochet had not been there during the transition,” Aylwin said, “we would have had in Chile attempts at insurrection carried out by subordinates.”

Pinochet retired as army chief in March 1998. He immediately became senator for life, a post he created for himself that shielded him from prosecution. He aspired to a moderate image, making overtures to centrist Senate colleagues and hinting that he might not back a rightist presidential candidate.

Then came a fateful trip to Britain, a nation he had visited often and admired. Pinochet and the Chilean government knew about an investigation by Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon, a magistrate on a quixotic crusade to bring South American oppressors to justice. But the former dictator, who had decided to undergo back surgery in London, apparently thought his diplomatic passport would protect him. On Oct. 16, 1998, British police officers walked into Pinochet’s hospital room as he recovered from the operation and placed him under arrest. At that moment, Pinochet lost his battle to rehabilitate himself in the history books.

Just more than a month later, Britain’s highest court ruled that the aging former dictator could be prosecuted on charges of murder, torture and hostage-taking, saying his official immunity offered no protection for crimes against humanity.
Pinochet remained under house arrest for nearly 17 months, fighting efforts to send him to Spain for trial on genocide charges under international law. In March 2000, British officials ruled that a series of strokes had left Pinochet unable to stand trial. Physically and psychologically debilitated, he returned home, branded as a criminal abroad and rendered increasingly irrelevant in Chile, where even many rightist leaders distanced themselves.

Pinochet spent his final years living discreetly, but opulently, in the several homes owned by his family. He and his wife, Lucia Hiriart, had five children, who remained steadfastly loyal to their father as he fought a series of human rights prosecutions inspired by the detention in Britain. Even as his reputation plummeted, his children denounced the mounting charges as politically motivated persecution.

But the financial scandals that dogged Pinochet in his final years also swept up members of his family, who were accused of at least implicit knowledge of the long-secret overseas accounts. His wife and five children have faced charges of tax evasion or using false passports in connection with the offshore money. A daughter-in-law and the general’s former secretary also have been charged. All denied wrongdoing and were freed after posting bonds as the cases worked their way through Chile’s courts. Pinochet’s eldest daughter, Lucia Pinochet Hiriart, fled to the United States in January 2006 and sought political asylum after being charged in the tax evasion case. After U.S. officials looked askance at her application, she quickly withdrew it and returned to Chile.

Pinochet lived to see the public rehabilitation of Allende, a martyr of the Latin American left whose bronze likeness stands outside the presidential palace, emblazoned with some of his last words: “I have faith in Chile and its destiny.”

Pinochet was deeply superstitious, former aides said. At times, he also seemed prophetic, all but predicting his misfortune in an interview with the New Yorker magazine shortly before his 1998 arrest.

“I’ve always been a very studious man, not an outstanding student, but I read a lot, especially history,” Pinochet said. “And history teaches you that dictators never end up well.”

–What I find interesting about the death of Pinochet and even the recent death of Slobodan Milosevic is how quickly the western world forgets about its dictators and its so-called strongmen. If anything can be said about Augusto Pinochet, the last of the old latin-American dictators, it is that he represented a political reality in the west — the west has given rise to some of the world’s most brutal and repressive regimes. Henry Kissinger, often seen on TV enlightening us with his stoic views of war and the mounting chaos in Iraq, remained a fervent supporter of Pinochet (not to mention that he allowed the CIA to bankroll the former dictator) — and now has the gaul to talk about “freedom” and “liberty” in the so-called war on terror. Even while many prominent figures in the west speak of freedom and liberty — the ghosts of the past have their way of haunting those who survive. The Muslim world can no longer afford the luxury of ignorance….we always have to be mindful of history…

So let them prop up the new villain from the middle-east…first it was Ayaaaatolllaaaah Khomeini (the kaafir)…then it was Momar Ghaddafi (the idiot)….then it was Saddam Hussein….and now its UBL… they always seem to need a villain or boogeyman. Weapons of Mass Distraction (WMDs), indeed.

— Here is video of a much younger Pinochet…making excuses for the iron fist manner in which he ruled Chile…basically he had to go after suspected “terroristas” as well — sound familiar….hmmmm……………

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Aap key moo mey! (In your face)

Posted by abu ameerah on Monday, December 4, 2006

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“I’ve got a splitting headache…”

~or~

“Yeah, I know it looks freaky…but at least the chicks will dig it.” 🙂

words of wisdom, Shiites

…not that you or your liberal & reformist supporters would care — I mean you all (shiites, liberals/reformists) are the rejectors of Hadeeth and Divine revelation — but here is something to think about….

Narrated ‘Abdullah (bin Mas’ud):

The Prophet said, “Who-ever slaps his face or tears the bosom of his dress, or calls the calls of the Period of Ignorance, is not from us.” (Sahih BukhariVolume 4, Book 56, Number 721)

Sooooo……you can think about that when you beat yourselves silly in order to commemorate the death of Ali (Radiallahu’anh) or Husayn — or whomever. To see the real “face” of the Shia check this out. It’s about to get bloody — real bloody….

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