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Left Hand, meet Right Hand
There must be some nuanced explanation for this, but I fail to see it. Why, for the love of God, would the UK be helping "Chechen rebel leaders" evade Russian justice? These are the bastards that killed hundreds, mostly children.

Aslan Maskhadov is a thug of the highest order. CNN:
He is wanted by Moscow to face charges ranging from murder and torture to grievous bodily harm allegedly committed in Chechnya between 1995 and 2000. The Russian authorities have also accused him of involvement in the 2002 Moscow theater siege.
"Granting asylum to people involved in terrorism -- and Russia has documented evidence of this -- not only causes us regret but also effectively undermines the unity of the anti-terrorist coalition," Lavrov was quoted as saying in Thursday's edition of the newspaper Vremya Novostei.

Shamil Basayev is on the U.N. Security Council official terrorist list last year after Washington classified him as a threat to the United States.

There is no excuse for the UK to be holding back these thugs.

The US is not entirely out of the woods on this issue. Ilyas Akhmadov has been granted US aslyum in June 2004. On the surface this guy is not as bad as the other two, but the US should cooperate with Russia on this and send him home.

Instapundit reminds us that "This is what we're dealing with, for those who have forgotten." These jihadis should be sent to Allah, by way of Russian Justice. If not on the merits of the case, then in order to bring Russia (and the Russian people) into our alliance in the Global War on Terror.
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Sleeping on a Tour de France
Determined to get a decent night's sleep, French President Jacques Chirac ordered his Airbus pilot to perform a 1,250-mile time-killing tour of France before heading to Russia to see Vladimir Putin last week.

Investigative newspaper Le Canard Enchaine said Chirac took off shortly before midnight from Paris but did not want to turn up in Russia three-and-a-half hours later, as would have happened had the plane flown directly to its destination.

Instead of going east, Chirac got the pilot to fly north to the British island of Jersey, then south along France's Atlantic coast, then over the Pyrenees mountains and back up to his departure point in Paris, before heading eastwards to Russia.

I've heard that colicky babies are soothed by car rides. I wonder if Mr. Chirac was having gas pains but was too presidential to just ride in a car.
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Closer and Closer to the Bomb
Iran is using negotiations with the European Union's "big three" on suspending sensitive nuclear activities to buy the time it needs to get ready to make atomic weapons, an Iranian exile and intelligence officials said.

With intelligence sources saying Iran could be months away from nuclear weapons capability, the United States wants Iran reported to the U.N. Security Council immediately, charging Tehran uses its civilian atomic energy program as a front to develop the bomb. Tehran vehemently denies the charge.

France, Britain and Germany want to avoid isolating Iran and have taken a go-slow approach, negotiating with Iran to suspend uranium enrichment activities.

"Iran continues to use existing differences between the U.S. and Europe to their advantage and tries to drag out talks with the EU to buy time," Alireza Jafarzadeh, an Iranian exile who has reported accurately on Iran's nuclear program in the past, told Reuters.

"They feel they have bought at least 10 months," Jafarzadeh said. He said he was citing sources in Iran familiar with the results of a recent high-level meeting on Iran's nuclear program attended by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Jafarzadeh said officials at the meeting also decided to allocate an additional $2 billion from Iran's central bank reserves to supplement some $14 billion already spent on what he called Iran's "secret nuclear weapons program."

The EU trio has expressed disappointment at Iran's failure to keep promises it made in October to suspend all activities related to the enrichment of uranium, a process of purifying it for use as fuel for atomic power plants or in weapons. But the three remain committed to a process of engagement with Tehran.

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The Guardian of Israel
I once complained on LGF that there were no sane Arab voices to be heard. Several people, Jewish and Christian, jumped in to correct me. That's how I found out about Walid Shoebat, former PLO terrorist.

Born in 1960 to an Arab Muslim father and an American Christian mother, Walid grew up mainly in the village of Beit Sahour, near Bethlehem. His parents met while his father was studying in the United States, married, and returned to Jordanian-controlled Beit Sahour the year Walid was born. Once there, his father confiscated his mother's passport and prevented her from leaving. After a brief stint in Saudi Arabia, the Shoebats moved to Jericho, where the young Walid was enrolled in a Jordanian-run school.

“The first thing we learned growing up was to hate Jews,? Walid recalled. “I’ll never forgot the first song I learned in school, ‘Arabs our beloved and Jews our dogs.’ I used to wonder at that time who the Jews were, but repeated the words with the rest of the kids without any knowledge of the meaning.?


It wasn’t long before Shoebat was initiated into Yassir Arafat’s Fatah terror group. “I was recruited by a guy named Mahmoud Abu-Amr, from Jerusalem,? he recalled. “I met up with him on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem where he gave me a very sophisticated explosive device he had assembled.? The bomb – an explosive charge hidden in a loaf of bread – was intended for the Bank Leumi branch in Bethlehem. “We smuggled it from the Temple Mount,? said Shoebat, “I was walking – on the Temple Mount – with explosives and a timer in my hand. We walked to the walls and escaped so as to avoid the checkpoints. I went to the bus station and took a bus to Bethlehem, fully ready to give my life if I had to.? Even then, though, he had a pang of uncertainty. “At the last minute I saw some children walking around near the bank and decided ‘this is ridiculous’ and threw it on a rooftop nearby.?
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Hatred in the Streets
Robert Novak, in Townhall:

The magnificent work of the New York Police Department last week under the masterful leadership of Commissioner Ray Kelly obscured an ugly fact of life today in America. The protesters, while unable to disrupt the Republican National Convention as intended, represented a disturbing new development in the nation's politics: hatred in the streets.

The organized demonstrations were purely negative, attacking George W. Bush with scant expression of support for John Kerry. Individual marchers singled out any person they thought might be a convention delegate, firing off angry, often obscene, denunciations. The streets of Manhattan were not pleasant for anyone foolish enough to wander around wearing a convention badge.

I have covered every national political convention beginning with 1960 and never before encountered so unpleasant an atmosphere. Not even the infamous 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago approached last week's level of animosity. The irrational loathing expressed daily on the Internet by passionate, though poorly informed, bloggers was transferred into the streets. While Sen. Zell Miller's old-fashioned stemwinder inside Madison Square Garden was upbraided by news media critics for being too harsh, they largely ignored the real hatred in the streets.

(Hat tip: Jim Russell)
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Hate in America
In Opinion Journal, Alan Bromley writes about Fear and Loathing in Manhattan

What motivates the Angry Left? Revenge.

Outside the Sheraton on Seventh Avenue last Wednesday, a protester brandished her feelings on cardboard: "We don't just hate Bush, we hate all of you." She was accompanied by two young men, flush with their first beards, one of whom had a sign that stated, "You have blood on your hands." Republican delegates there were not fazed, even though the night before some had to have police escorts out of Scopa to escape the wrath and intimidation of the protesters.

I, for one, was born into confrontation, growing up in a Jewish-socialist household, where whatever my poor mother served for dinner was secondary to the political rantings of my father, an attorney, activist and speaker before the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.

So, naturally, I approached the young woman and asked, "Did you protest Saddam Hussein's killing of 1.5 million people? Are you protesting China's policy of aborting female fetuses?" She threw her sign at me! I took it home.

(Hat tip: Jim Russell)

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Going Backwards
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has defended plans to outlaw adultery that have outraged women's groups and raised eyebrows in the European Union, which Turkey aspires to join.

In an interview published on Saturday in the Sabah newspaper, Erdogan said the plans were aimed at buttressing the family, and that Turkey must not always blindly imitate Europe.

He vowed that any new law would respect privacy and would be applied only if either the wife or the husband lodged a formal complaint. No third party would be able to invoke the law.

Turkish newspapers and women's groups have criticized the plan, saying it pushes Turkey away from European norms and closer to the Islamic model of states such as Saudi Arabia, where adulterers are put to death.

"The West is not perfect," Erdogan said. "If we took it as a model of perfection in everything we would have to deny ourselves and would perish."

Turkish media have interpreted the plans as a nod by Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) toward its conservative and often religious electorate.

The bill would be part of an overhaul of the penal code, promised as part of reforms aimed at meeting EU criteria.

In the 1990s Turkey's top court struck down a law penalizing adultery, saying it had been used mainly against women, leading to gender inequality.

Erdogan insists that any new law would actually boost equality between the sexes.

The EU is expected to complain of continued discrimination against women in Turkey in its October report.

Turkey Plans to Outlaw Adultery
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