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Now Panic and Freak Out
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What would you do?
It's very easy for civilians to judge whether soldiers fighting a war act ethically or appropriately. It's not like we have any distractions like bombs and rockets exploding next to us, so we can safely carry on spouting our righteousness full blast. But for a moment, put yourself in their boots.
You have spent months living in constant danger. A bomb blast has just killed your buddy. Someone you share barracks with and who has watched your back in the most dangerous, frightening situations you have ever faced in your young life. Once again, as is so common in this frustrating conflict, there is no obvious enemy to confront. There are only Iraqis dressed as civilians. You suspect they may have had something to do with the attack. Even if they didn't, you figure they might well have noticed the insurgents planting the bomb. Yet they did nothing to warn you. Iraqi civilians rarely seem to provide tips on bomb locations in this roiling stronghold of the insurgency. And you have your buddy's fresh blood staining the sleeve of your uniform.

How might you handle such a situation?
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Don't criticize Islam, Ms Sultan, you'll damage Brian's blood pressure
Brian Whitaker takes a stab at smearing Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Irshad Manji, and Wafa Sultan. Since Brian's definition of false prophets includes women who are willing to risk death in order to say what they think, he really should add Nonie Darwish to the CRAP list. I'll support these "false prophets" one hundred percent.
In the academic world, people like Hirsi Ali and Manji are known as "native informants", though Issandr el-Amrani of the Arabist blog has another term for them: "courageous reformist Arab personalities (CRAP).

Being a CRAP is quite lucrative - Manji reportedly charges $7,500 (£4,000)an hour for giving a talk. If you fancy joining them, there's a bit of advice here on how to do it. From a media point of view, it helps if you're a woman. And the latest female addition to the CRAP stable is Wafa Sultan, an ex-Syrian who shot to prominence as a result of some shrill remarks on al-Jazeera television that were then brought to an American audience via Memri.
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Rapture, Apocalypse and the Devil's Number
So, are we panicking yet? Should I go hang garlic on my windows? What does one do for Apocalypse Day? A calendar date to end all others.
It all started with Revelation 13:18 in the Bible: "This calls for wisdom: let him who has understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a human number, its number is six hundred and sixty-six."

The beast is also known as the Antichrist, according to some apocalyptic theories.

Many scholars, such as Just, say the beast is really a coded reference — using Hebrew letters for numbers — for the despotic Roman emperor Nero and 616 appears instead of 666 in some ancient manuscripts. The Book of Revelation isn't prophesying a specific end of times but "is about the overall cosmic struggle of good versus evil," Just said.

But for some more apocalyptic theologians, the end of times is coming, even if not specifically on Tuesday. The evangelical Raptureready.com Web site puts its "rapture index" at 156, calling that "fasten your seatbelts" time.

It's not the date June 6 that's worrisome, but the signs in our society of the approach of the 666 antichrist, said the Rev. Tim LaHaye, founder of a self-named ministry and co-author of the best-selling "Left Behind" series of apocalyptic novels. And even though LaHaye said Tuesday isn't the date of the apocalypse, his Left Behind Web site promotes his new book "The Rapture" with an ominous "06.06.06 Will You Be Ready."
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By Latinos, for Latinos
If a white businesswoman decided to tap a few politicians and influential businessmen to start a bank focusing on the "growing wealth needs" of the white community, I suspect everyone would have a fit and scream "racism." Latinos launch bank to meet growing wealth needs. Way to integrate the community....
Financial services for Latinos may mean money wires and store credit to many, but a group of wealthy Latinos says it is time to take banking for their fast-growing community to a more sophisticated level.

Together with non-Latino investors they will soon launch Promerica Bank, the first Latino bank in 35 years in California, home to America's largest Hispanic population and a powerful magnet for immigrants from south of the border.
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Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West
Last week I got to see the Honest Reporting movie Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West. I thought it was pretty good (one minor production quibble: they had lots of interview clips and in several cases they had the camera way too close to the person's face). I didn't learn anything new (having paid attention to this stuff for the last three or four years), but actually seeing it on the big screen had a strong impact. I've seen one or two video clips in the past, but mostly I've only seen still photos. As always, the most heartbreaking was seeing these adorable little kiddies being turned into hate machines.

In the week or so prior to the screening, local lefties and the local Muslim spokeswoman (who, according to my sources, is not representative of the local community and neither is she well regarded by them) were campaigning against the screening, calling it “hate propaganda.” In my opinion, that publicity, ironically, was responsible for the sell-out crowd. In fact, they had so much interest that they had to schedule a second screening for the following night, which was also sold out.

Contrary to the claims, the movie bent over backwards not to stigmatize all Muslims (although I would imagine a Muslim would find it upsetting). At the very beginning a text was on the screen for a long time saying something along the lines of “The vast majority of Muslims are peaceful citizens who support the countries in which they live. This move is not about them.” At several points in the movie one or other of the interviewees would make the same point (I particularly remember Daniel Pipes saying this), and the fact that moderate Muslims are the biggest victims of the radicals was also repeated a number of times.
 
The movie made the explicit connection between the brainwashing methods the Nazis used and the methods the despots in Muslim countries use. One of the interviewees was Alfons Heck, an elderly German who had been a Hitler Youth leader and described the process he underwent, drawing the explicit connection between that and how Hamas et al. brainwash their children. He said it took him a very long time to break free of that indoctrination and to see it for what it was.

It also included excerpts from Al-Shatat, the Syrian-produced series that was aired during Ramadan (peak viewing period) a year or so ago, including where “the Jews” capture a Christian child, slit his throat, and drain his blood to make matzot (this was all shown explicitly). It showed some of the children's programs from various countries, e.g., animated cartoon showing Sharon glugging down a can of blood. It also compared some of the cartoons in the Arab press with the exact equivalents from the Nazi era.

After the show Nonie Darwish spoke. She read from a written speech, and started off rather shakily, tending to lose her place. I know this was her first Canadian appearance, and I think she hadn't "adjusted" sufficiently, because she had to keep going back to say "and Canada" when she was talking about "America, Europe, Britain... "

But when she was just talking, not reading, she was just terrific. She said that for her, being pro-Israel does not mean being anti-Arab. On the contrary, she thinks Israel can be a blessing to the Arab countries if they will let it. (Ain't that the truth?!)

When asked how she herself had managed to escape the hate. She said, "It wasn't easy." Here’s the story she told.

Her father had been appointed by Nasser to head the Egyptian fedayeen and organize terror attacks against Israel, and so Israel targeted him for killing. She said that when she was eight Israeli soldiers came to their house looking for him and she was terrified, but when they saw it was only her mother and the children at home, they left. She was stunned by that, because she was sure they would kill them all given what she had been told about Israelis. Then Israel killed her father and everyone said she should be happy that her father was a shahid, but she wasn't happy, she would rather he wasn't a shahid and was still alive.
 
When she was 20 she was visiting a Coptic friend. Her friend’s house was very close to a mosque and they could hear the sermon being broadcast. At the end of the sermon the imam called for the unbelievers to be killed. Nonie said, “I saw the fear on her face, and suddenly saw Muslims through her eyes.”
 
She moved to the States in 1978 and seemed to be drawn to Jewish friends (and vice versa), and found they weren't evil like she'd been told. Then her brother, in Gaza, had a stroke, and his neighbours told him that if he wanted to live he shouldn't go to the big hospital in Cairo, but to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. Which he did. And she said that it proved to her that when there's a crisis, the Arabs trust the Jews to help them.
 
She said that her mind had pretty much changed by that point but she didn't feel she should say anything because, after all, she was now living in America, a long way from the crazy Middle East.
 
Until 9/11. After that she knew she had to speak up. Which is what she’s been doing ever since.

If you get a chance to see the movie and/or hear Nonie Darwish speak, then do so. It’ll be well worth your time.

Related web sites:
Nonie’s sites: Nonie Darwish and Arabs for Israel
Review of Obsession at the Center for Security Policy
Review of Obsession at Israpundit
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And a pretty spectacular jail break it was
One of the most wanted men in Greece who had escaped from prison 16 years ago, landed a helicopter in the yard of a maximum security prison in Athens and picked up his brother and another inmate before flying off again.
Police said Nikos Palaiokostas and another man forced the pilot of a private helicopter to fly from a southern Greek resort to Athens' maximum security Korydallos prison, where they threw smoke flares into the yard as they landed, causing confusion. They then bundled Palaiokostas' brother Vassilis and another inmate aboard and flew away. After landing in a nearby cemetery, the two men sped off on motorcycles with the escaped convicts, leaving the pilot behind, police said. The pilot was later detained.

Vassilis Palaiokostas, 40, was serving a 25-year sentence for the kidnapping of a Greek businessman. The other escaped prisoner, Albanian Alket Rizai, 32, was serving a life sentence for manslaughter. Nikos Palaiokostas, 46, is one of Greece's most wanted men who escaped from prison himself in 1990. He had been imprisoned for his role in a series of bank robberies, and was charged in absentia for the same kidnapping as his brother.
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