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Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, September 16, 2007
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Posted by abu ameerah on Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Why is it the case that if Muslims (or anyone from the Middle East) are involved in a bombing/attack of some sort…the media rushes to the conclusion that such an attack is a nefarious terrorist plot…however…when it happens in Mexico it is merely an act of “sabotage”???
Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, September 2, 2007
Saturday’s resignation of Senator Larry Craig highlights what has loomed over the GOP for quite some time now…Hypocrisy. The “H” word almost seems to be a running theme amongst conservatives with the most recent controversy surrounding Larry Craig. To be fair though, both sides of the isle have had their fair share of – shall we say – unsavory moments. Think back to Rep. William Jefferson who the FBI discovered had $90,000 stashed away in his freezer. You know, for those “rainy days” when a Congressman simply wants to splurge on a new tie or leather briefcase. Or think about the Kennedy’s for a moment — a political family known for having skeletons in the closet. So, while such contraversy is not necessarily limited to one political party … it just seems so much more fun to point it out among Republicans.
Unfortunate for them, Republicans have had (and continue to have in some cases) a somewhat unique tendency to constantly bark about everything from “family values” to “weapons of mass destruction”… the problem is that they can’t help but fail on such issues when all of the political dust settles and the lies are exposed. Larry Craig, having reluctantly resigned from the Senate, now belongs to a new fraternity of brothers whose members include the likes of Tom Delay, Mark Foley (who was even later avoided by Scientologists if you can believe that), Alberto Gonzales, Scooter Libby, Karl Rove, and David Vitter just to name a few. While the circumstances in the cases of these political figures may differ — their eventual fall from grace seems to strike an all too similar note. A once powerful politician racked by scandal…now beleaguered — by an opposition out for blood — and on the defense while fighting to restore a tarnished reputation…only to end up being forced out of office and marginalized by former allies and party officials.
Posted by abu ameerah on Wednesday, August 29, 2007
I found this somewhat useful in comparing the candidates for the 2008 Presidential election. While not as detailed as I would have liked, I think that this is a convenient tool and at least provides one with a point (or two) of reference to start at when considering a particular candidate for President. Simply select the two candidates that you would like to compare and there you go … its just that simple.
Posted by abu ameerah on Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Let’s see how the Department of Injustice tries to railroad another Muslim in the “war on terror”…
Read about it here…
Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, August 12, 2007
Interesting article that looks into the many costs of globalization — particularly concerning the health of the world’s poor.
Posted by abu ameerah on Saturday, August 4, 2007
Tom Tancredo shows us the real face of Patriotism…
Actually Ann Coulter already said a similar statement years ago — she then got the support of FOX News as well. Anyway, while most seem to have been shocked and expressed some level of disapproval … here are the reactions of (just some) of those who agree with Tancredo:
BRAVO! FINALLY, SOMEONE WITH GUTS!
Posted By Anonymous
Honestly I can not think of another deterrant that would hold such power over the Islamo-Fascist terrorists. Im like him, If theres a better way Im all ears but until then hit them where it hurts the most. It took an atom bomb to bring the Japanese into submission during WWII. They were fighting for their “religion” and were fanatics as well. What is going to be todays “atom bomb” for the Islamic terrorists?
Posted By Kyle Massey Blue Springs Mo
I’m not so sure. These so called “people” seem to understand only violence and fear. Perhaps this is one method we should try before we succumb to the ol’ polical corrdctness which is already ruining this country!
Posted By Brooklyn, NY
Sounds right by me. Just start with the most militant mosques/clerics and work your way out from there. Does this mean that there ARE people in Washington that still have the ability to THINK?
Posted By Danny Houston, TX
I support the idea of publicly stating that if another terrorist act takes place in the US, some facilities considered sacred in Islam, will be destroyed.
Posted By Art, Mobile, AL
Since Tom Tancredo is the only one with any guts on this issue, which is the primary issue of our times, he gets my vote for president.
Posted By C Glenn
He’s correct, if we keep backing off, they will keep advancing, time to take a stand and say no more, you attack us, we will attack what you love. More power to him!!!!
Posted By Dean, Niles Ohio
100% agree. If these nut case islamic fundamentalist want to even think of attacking us we should make it perfectly clear to them that if you even attemp to attack us and suceed, we will turn all your holy sites into a super sized craters.I suggest we wait until they are all at Mecca then bomb it. They showed no mercy for us on 9/11, so we are just returning the favor.
Posted By Chris
Right on! If they know Mecca will be wiped of the earth and still attack they have only themselves to blame. George Bush is the only reprehensible and crazy one in the issue.
Posted By Henry Greenville Virginia
It is what these jihadists do in the name of Allah that is reprehensible. When are we going to wake up and realize that you cannot fight a “Holy War” on a political basis? Israel also should take Tancredo’s advice and launch a rocket into the Dome of the Rock for every rocket that lands on their soil. This is the language that these hate and fear mongers understand.
Posted By Mike, Worland, Wyoming
I agree and we should also atteack their women and children as they are part of the problem too, the children will turn to terrorists and if you think the women are not as crazy and dangerous as their terrorist husbands and sons, then this country is in more trouble than i thought.
Posted By Scott Harris, San Diego, California
I absolutely agree with everything he said. We’ve got to do something. As bad as Hiroshima and Nogasaki were, maybe we need to repeat some history. People in the middle east are obviously crazy, and haven’t been pursuaded thus far. We’ve tried to help them and it hasn’t worked. And if they’re going to keep killing themselves and attacking our country then we might as well send them a message they can understand.
Posted By Greg Topeka ks
YES!!!!Thank God for Tom Tancredo. Bombs Away! This is a Christian-Muslim conflict, whether you like it or not, andamerica is a Christian country, whether you like it or not
Posted By Jeff, san Diego Ca
He has the guts to stand up, and call a spade a spade. It is this “political correctness” which has landed us in this “war on terrorism”.
Posted By Spade
Good for Tancredo! This is a great idea, however, the politically correct elite will feel this is too “extreme” to deal with attacks on N.A.
Posted By Susan, Alberta, Canada
I agree, bomb their holiest cities.
Posted By AC, Tampa, FL
I agree with Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo’s assertion that the U.S. must be able to attack holy sites and/or any other target that matters most to terrorists as a way of life. They attack our way of life. They attacked the American people. The United States must be able to make Muslims, or any other group, think twice about attacking U.S. interests. Having been deployed in Iraq for 30 months straight, the U.S. military is fighting with one arm tied behind their backs, because of bad foreign policy and politics. The current foreign policy and tactics of the U.S. is a failure in Iraq and against terrorism in general, period. Enough politicking. More action is needed that not only protects the integrity of our Constitution and way of life, but the future of our children and the rest of the world. As long as the American government is seen as weak in responses to catastrophes against the U.S., the more attacks will be given birth.
Posted By Mike. Atlanta, Georgia
Tancredo’s policy would also ensure that planning any such attack is almost impossible, as fellow Muslims would give up their compatriots to prevent such retribution
Posted By Roger, NYC, NY
Outstanding; it is about time somebody had the courage to stand up and suggest something that the silent majority would support! Before Vietnam, wars were fought by the military; not by the media and ignorant government officials. What are those currently opposed to this war going to say when it truly reaches our shores and endangers THEIR lives?
Posted By Michael E Blackmore, St. Cloud, FL
Treat the Islamic fundamentalists like Japan of the 1940’s. Blunt force trauma is the only thing that they will respect and understand. Good call Tom.
Posted By Steve, Oakville, Ontario
Finally! Yes! The perfect deterrent. Absolutely! I am behind this idea 110%. Since they hold no value on human life, but only on “holy” places, I can’t think of anything that would be a better deterrent than this.
Posted By Janet, Corpus Christi, Texas
finally someone who wants to stick up for the USA- we should of done this sooner, like right after 9/11, vote for this guy if you wanna save our country!
Posted By mike
Finally….someone who understands the mentality and the true nature of the threat we face as Americans. This, along with other drastic measures, should be implemented in order to make these people understand that we mean business!
Posted By B. Black, Houston Texas
I concur. The only effective deterrent to another attack is to guarantee that it will result in the destruction of something the loss of which the enemy will not risk.
Posted By Ralph Egleston, Lee’s Summit, MO
Man this guy just hit the nail squarely on the head. This is my guy for President. We are tired of feeling threatened and we need to promise the ultimate payback. Fair game I say.
Posted By Jay Memphis TN
I would vote for Tancredo.
Posted By Dave, Leesburg, VA.
First, anyone who think s saudi arabia is our ally is woefully uniformed. We’ve been way too hands off with these guys, the Muslim world – MANY of whom wouldn’t think twice about nuking us – for way too long. It’s time we really meant business. They do. I’ve lived in the middle east and believe me, this kind of thing is the only thing they’ll pay attention to.
Posted By Matt, Boston, MA
I swear, I’ve been saying this for years. It’s called a deterent, all of you crybabies. It’s called, you “F” with me, I’ll “F” with you ten times worse. I bet the Muslim world runs out of holy sites before we run out of bombs.
Make Mecca glow in the dark for the next 2,000 years and see who wants to play tough with us again.
And if we bomb Pakistan into the stone age, killing ever man, woman, child, goat, and blade of grass, who do you think is going to try anything? No, instead, you have your own elected officials trying to withdraw from battles because their political success is tied to us being defeated and they spend more time worrying about the rights of terrorists (you know, you call them “insurgents”) and whether or not we should eavesdrop on them to protect this country.
Needs someone with a pair of stones to keep the whiney liberals’ right to be whiney liberals’ safe. And they just don’t realize it’s the right that fights the fights to help protect their freedom to be on the left. Go to the Middle East and see how well liberals fare, then moan about the U.S. government.
Posted By Jason, Las Vegas NV
Good for him! It’s about time a politician made sense. This is the only kind of reason these people understand.
Posted By Mike N. Lebanon, CT
Im with you Tom. Kill them all!
Posted By John Bosa, Stuart, Florida
Considering the Saudis have been the primary sponsor of terrorism around the world since the early seventies and are actively involved in undermining western civilization. I think this would send a loud and clear message to the Islamic fundamentalists there that there is a great price to be paid by them for trying to undermine and destroy our civilization.
Posted By Canadian Infidel, Ontario, Canada
Maybe this is a bit extreme, but he has got the right idea. After Pearl Harbor was attacked were we supposed to sit around and sing Kumbyeya (sorry, spelling)? If this country is attacked again, SOMETHING HAS to happen beside sitting around debating and talking about it. Haven’t you realized … this isn’t working. BTW. the Saudis truly aren’t our allies.
Posted By Suzanne, Charlotte, NC
I’ve just become a Tancredo fan.
Enough with the white flag waving Dhimmicrats and the elitist mealy mouthed PC Incompeticans.
If some brain dead jihadist wants to
try for his 72 raisins, then it is time
to Rock and Roll big time.
Don’t Tread On Me.
Posted By DES, LV, NV
I totally agree with Tom. If a Bully attacks hit them where it hurts. You cannot reason with these insane fanatics. Being a pacifist sounds nice but it doesnt seem to ever accomplish anything.
Posted By Jim Surprise, Az
I agree! That’s a powerfull threat & one they most likely will take seriously! It’s about time for some tough talk from Washington. I’m sick of these whiners, including our current president. Could weadopt this guy to run for president? PLEASE!
Posted By John R. Rochdale, MA
Actually, this may be an eventuality if things continue. We should never apologize to Islam, for Muhammad was a stone cold killer of innocent people—and WWMD (What Would Muhammad Do?) shapes Islamic thinking.
And their thinking, is their Achilles Heel. We should have already adopted a defillation policy if we weren’t so maddeningly PC…in other words, FEED TERRORIST BODIES TO HOGS; and that will deter them quite a bit by denying them access to Paradise.
Posted By Bobby, Atlanta, GA
They want to follow the Koran, ok, we’ll follow the bible, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
Posted By Anonymous
We should have hit Mecca and Medina on Sept 12 ,2001, just for a warm up.
Posted By Brad Nash Toronto On
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Posted by abu ameerah on Friday, August 3, 2007
Does anyone else recall Bush telling the world about Saddam’s “rape rooms” and how such horrible places were no longer in operation in a (newly) “Free Iraq”? This article looks at the human tragedies of the Bush Admin’s “liberated” Iraq.
Posted by abu ameerah on Thursday, August 2, 2007
Much has been written over the past 4+ years with regard to the role that civilian contractors (aka “Mercs” or “Guns-for-Hire”) are playing in Iraq. The continued use and reliance on civilian contractors in Iraq has raised a number of legal and ethical questions for all of those who have investigated allegations of murder, fraud, and abuse by contractors. This article looks at the role of Blackwater in America’s war of shadows…
Civilian Military Contractors … Mercenaries … Guns-for-Hire … Private Security … The Coalition of the Billing …
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Posted by abu ameerah on Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Iraq is in a state of turmoil…poverty…sectarianism…occupation…but at least the Iraqi Parliament has found time for a needed vacation. Ah, the important things in life…
Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, July 29, 2007
Subhanallah, it has already been two years…
Posted by abu ameerah on Thursday, July 19, 2007
I just came across this and found it somewhat interesting. Actually, it probably isn’t news to anyone who is a current student at George Mason University — particularly PolySci or GVIP students. It seems that the wife of famed Robinson Professor Shaul Bakhash is being held by the Iranian Government on charges that she allegedly spied on behalf of the United States. Apparently she has confessed on Iranian State television to some kind of covert plan to “undermine” the Iranian Government.
Continue Reading: http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/07/18/iran.detainees/index.html?iref=mpstoryview
Now, I am no fan of Prof. Bakhash…but I wouldn’t want anyone to find their family in a similar predicament. As a student of Government I often came across lectures, discussions, or courses held by Prof. Bakhash. BTW, he is actually kinda short when you meet him in person. Anyway, I would occassionally listen to part of his lectures or read one of his scholarly articles. I never took any of his classes though, alhamdulillah. What bothered me about Bakhash was his approach of analysis at affairs not only in Iran…but more importantly in the broader middle east. While I am sure that he is well versed in Middle Eastern & Iranian history (in particular), and is more than capable of important critical analysis, I simply did not like him.
What I found most difficult to stomach was his commentary or analysis of Islam … or at least … Islam as a part of the sociopolitical (and geopolitical) framework of the broader Middle East. I never felt that he was fair with his analysis in that regard and I never took him as a serious Western scholar of the Middle East or of Islam, for that matter. How does one analyze the Middle East, or a specific country in the Middle East, when one hasn’t been there in decades? How do you analyze an entire region if you don’t speak the language, associate with its people, or frequently travel there?
So, at GMU, Prof Bakhash is treated like royalty. After all, he is a Robinson Professor you know?! That essentially means that he can say whatever he feels like about Iran, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, issues related to the broader Middle East, and Islam of course — and get away with it. All the while not being able to speak Arabic, not having been to the region in decades, and not being Muslim. I guess that probably doesn’t matter to GMU and most other universities. As we all know…people of Jewish ancestry/hertitage should never even be questioned for their (perceived) biases in teaching such courses. However, Muslims — most emphatically — should.
Here is one class that Prof. Bakhash teaches. I can’t help but think of it as a joke. Ever heard of “Political Judaism 290” or “Political Christianity 300”? Yep. I didn’t think so. To be quite honest courses like “Political Islam” are a complete waste of time on so many levels. Their design seems to do more with enrollment numbers — rather than the actual promotion of learning and dialogue…
HNRS 240: Reading the Past: Political Islam.
The destruction of the twin towers at the World Trade Center in New York on 9/11, the U. S. government’s “war on terror,” and America’s war in Iraq have focused considerable attention on the Islamic world and on what is often termed “political Islam” or “Islamic radicalism.” This course is designed to help students place these developments in an historical context. It examines the relationship of politics and religion in the Islamic world in the past, competing interpretations of politics in the Islamic world today, the organization and various uses of terror for political purposes, intellectual and political attempts at democratic reform in the Islamic world, and the different ways in which Western scholars and commentators have defined and understood “political Islam.” (TR 3:00-4:15 p.m.)
Posted by abu ameerah on Thursday, July 12, 2007
Former Surgeon General, Richard H. Carmona, had the following to say before the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform:
“The vetting was done by political appointees who were specifically there to be able to spin, if you will, my words in such a way that would be preferable to a political or an ideologically preconceived notion that had nothing to do with science. . . .
Just politics as usual for Bush & Co.
Posted by abu ameerah on Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 10, 2007; Page A03
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) apologized last night after his telephone number appeared in the phone records of the woman dubbed the “D.C. Madam,” making him the first member of Congress to become ensnared in the high-profile case.
Do I hear the word Hypocrisy?
Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, July 8, 2007
Rep. Ron Paul is an interesting figure in American politics. He is a Republican, yet he isn’t the typical kind of Republican that one might expect to come out of the GOP. Here are a few points about Ron Paul:
- He isn’t an Iraq War supporter…
- He is fiscally conservative…
- Doesn’t support gun control…
- He wants to do away with a number of Federal agencies…
- He wants America to return to the Gold-Standard…
- Refers to himself as a Constitutionalist…
- He’s from Texas…
- Looks like my Drivers-Ed instructor in high school…
- He isn’t Mexican…
- I’m pretty sure he isn’t Vietnamese…
- He might be Pakistani though…
- Definately a wahabi…