In this novel the threat does not come from Islamic circles but from Jewish ones. The Iraqi Jew Duka fights his whole life against Islamic extremists, first in the Israeli army and in his old days clandestine in the Netherlands. There he wants make an end to anti-Semitic intimidations by Moslems. According to Duka are the Netherlands many Jews in with that make. The old Jew and his family for this reason wants to kill Hirsi Ali and make it seem like the work Moslems.(a thimbleful of cognac to igor who fed this story to the hippo.)
From the beginning of next year, the syllabus at the Command and General Staff College will include 18 hours on the theory of counterinsurgency.
One of the books that will be required reading at the college -- an essential career step for all officers who want to rise above the rank of major -- is a textbook by David Galula which was first published in 1964.
It deals with the central dilemma facing counterinsurgency forces: To break an insurgency you need intelligence about the insurgents from the population. But the population will not talk to counterinsurgency forces unless it feels safe from retribution from the insurgents. It does not feel safe as long as insurgents are active.
In Iraq, assassinations and bomb attacks have killed thousands of people seen as sympathetic to the Americans or working with the government. The Iraqi civilian death toll has topped 50 a day on average for many months.
Crime and lawlessness have added to the perception, reflected in Iraqi opinion polls, that U.S. forces are providing little or no security to Iraqis -- the key condition for winning the hearts and minds of the population.
Galula's book first appeared at about the same time as another treatise on counterinsurgency that is now high on contemporary military reading lists because of Iraq, "War of the Flea" by Robert Taber.
Taber likened guerrillas to fleas and conventional armies to dogs. The dog is always at a disadvantage against the flea -- he has "too much to defend, too small, ubiquitous and agile an enemy to come to grips with. If the war continues long enough ... the dog succumbs to exhaustion and anemia without ever having found anything on which to close its jaws or to rake with its claws."
Well, the same Germans who organize the annual counterdemonstration against Berlin's Al Quds Day festivities, "Together Against Political Islam And Antisemitism", have decided to take action and shame Western institutions into wiping the stain from their calendars, with quite a bit of success so far: Harvard University, Northumbria University (UK), the City Council of Dundee, Scotland, the Charnwood Arts Center of Leicestershire and UNC-Asheville are among the early successes. They're still working on the Boy Scouts of America.
Behrensen chose to focus on the calendars after reading a lecture by Mansoor Limba, an Iranian, in Malaysia in December 2004. Limba spoke with pride of how Al Quds Day was becoming accepted as an Islamic holiday around the world, recognized by a long list of organizations, including some Jewish ones.
"This is their strategy, to spread their propaganda worldwide," Behrensen said. "We thought, if we want to counter them, let's see what they're doing, and we'll try to prevent their success."
Authorities fear Alaskans, particularly members of the state's military population, could be victimized by telephone con artists working a new twist on an old scam.Telephone jury scam threatens Alaskans
Attorney General David Marquez issued a warning Tuesday that Alaskans should watch out for the telephone calls that aim to work the scam by preying on the target's fear of acquiring a criminal record.
The scam works like this: A person claiming to be a court clerk calls and says a bench warrant has been issued for your arrest for not showing up for jury duty.
Aghast, you say there must be a mistake.
"The scammer will then reassure the victim of the possibility this is all 'just a misunderstanding' or 'some sort of clerical error' that can all be easily corrected if the victim will simply 'verify' their information with a few simple questions," according to a statement Tuesday from the Alaska Department of Law.
The scammer then tries to get as much personal information as possible, including Social Security number, date of birth, and credit card or bank account numbers, claiming they will be used by a credit bureau to verify the victim's identity, officials said.
People who balk at the information request are given a swift ultimatum: Cooperate or we issue the bench warrant.
"Family members who receive these calls are especially vulnerable to coercion," the law department statement said -- especially if the family is a military one. "Threats against the victim's military career, should he/she be arrested and have a criminal record, are frightening and persuasive."