Saturday, April 29, 2006

Iran’s Potential Response to a US Attack

Citing a senior source in the Iranian armed forces' joint chief of staff, Asharq Al-Awsat described in details how Iran would respond to a US attack.

According to the senior sources, tens of millions of dollars, large quantities of sophisticated weapons and explosives, as well as extensive military training were provided to leading Iraqi, Palestinian and Lebanese terrorist groups.
“Eight fundamentalist Islamist organizations have received large sums of money in the last month from the Iranian intelligence services, as part of a project to strike U.S military and economic installations across the Middle East.

Military training camps of the Guards were opened for the fighters of the Mehdi army in Iran to receive the necessary training. Iran had also increased its financial assistance to Moqtada al Sadr to more than 20 million dollars.

The same applied to Islamic Jihad in Palestine which has received large sums of money, large quantities of arms and military training for its cadres in Isfahan, including street fighting methods.

As for the Lebanese Hezbollah, several loads of arms have been sent to; they include rockets, explosives, and guided missiles. Hezbollah's arsenal includes more than 10 thousand rockets short-range rockets and missiles including Fajr, Nour, Arash, Hadid.

An estimated 80 members underwent private training last year on how to carry out suicide operations from the air (through the use of kite planes) and undersea operations using submarines.”

According to Asharq Al-Awsat , the Iranian plan includes strikes at US bases in the Middle East, suicide operations aimed at US/British embassies and installations as well as key oil installations, and Hezbollah rockets against military and economic Israeli targets. In a second phase, terrorist cells would be used to target civil and industrial sites in Europe and in the US.
“According to Iran, the latest military plan includes:

1- A missile strike directly targeting the US bases in the Persian Gulf and Iraq , as soon as nuclear installations are hit.

2- Suicide operations in a number of Arab and Muslim countries against US embassies and missions and US military bases and economic and oil installations related to US and British companies. The campaign might also target the economic and military installations of countries allied with the United States .

3- Launch attacks by the Basij and the Revolutionary Guards and Iraqi fighters loyal to Iran against US and British forces in Iraq , from border regions in central and southern Iraq .

4- Hezbollah to launch hundreds of rockets against military and economic targets in Israel .

According to the source, in case the US military attacks continue, more than 50 Shehab-3 missiles will be targeted against Israel and the al Quads Brigades will give the go-ahead for more than 50 terrorists cells in Canada, the US and Europe to attack civil and industrial targets in these countries.

What about the last stage in the plan?

Here, the Iranian source hesitated before saying with worry; this stage might represent the beginning of a world war, given that extremists will seek to maximize civilian casualties by exploding germ and chemical bombs as well as dirty nuclear bombs across western and Arab cities.”

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Never Again

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Who Cares about Persecuted Christians?

While many people applauded the Italian government, and the Pope, for granting asylum to the Christian Afghan convert, and perceived it as a show of strength, I see this peaceful resolution as a clear sign of either the weakness or the hypocrisy of Western Christianity.

Having converted from Islam to Christianity, Abdul Rahman had been arrested in Afghanistan, where the law stipulates, like in many other Muslim countries, the death penalty for any Muslim who would convert to another religion. Faced with intense public pressure, Western governments convinced the Afghan president to free the prosecuted convert, and transferred him to Italy where he was granted asylum.

Forcing the Afghan government to free Abdul Rahman and granting him asylum was the best way to avoid having to solve the deeper issue of persecuted Christians all over the world. Instead of confronting Afghanistan and of trying to build the very foundations of religious freedom, we chose to close this problematic file. Now that it has been closed, we are witnessing a deafening silence in both the Western press and among the Western governments regarding the treatment of Christians in the Muslim world. This case was just the tip of an iceberg that the Western world still refuses to confront.

For decades, Christian leaders, including the Pope, have been reluctant to speak up and actively protect the persecuted Christians. What have they done to stop the genocide that took place in South Sudan for years in which hundreds of thousand of Black Christians were slaughtered, displaced, enslaved, raped and forced to convert by their Arab Muslim attackers? Nothing, not even prosecuting the criminals after the genocide took place.

Similarly, when did we last hear a Christian head of a western government, or the Vatican, either complain, denounce or actively confront Saudi Arabia’s religious apartheid?

As we all know, Christians in Saudi Arabia have to worship secretly, or risk lashing, deportation, and torture. Publicly practicing Christianity is forbidden in this country, where more than a million Christians live. To preserve the sanctity of Saudi Arabia, no Church can be built and no non-Muslim can enter Mecca, where close to 1.5 million Saudis live. As in many other Muslim countries, the conversion by a Muslim to another religion is considered a crime punishable by the death penalty. On the other hand, conversion to Islam is highly encouraged, and there are dozens of centers throughout the country where civil servants are actively working to convert foreign residents.

Not only do we tolerate the Saudi Arabia’s religious apartheid, but we allow them to build and finance mosques all over the Western world, where they can freely spread their intolerant version of Islam. To add insult to injury, we even provided them, with great fanfare, a large site a few miles away from the Vatican to build European’s largest mosque. Our way to thank such a tolerant country…

For decades, leaders of the Western world have been silent despite the extreme Saudi’s religious apartheid and the widespread persecution of Christians in numerous countries (Afghanistan, Egypt, Pakistan, Sudan, Indonesia, etc.). One would have hoped that the case of Abdul Rahman and the high public awareness it generated would have encouraged such leaders to speak up and to try to solve these terrible issues that have cost so many lives and so much suffering. Instead, the case was quickly closed and the deafening silence of the Christian world is now back…

Google Promotes Hezbollah Propaganda, Part II

I wrote a post last week on the fact that the news agency of the Hezbollah was a source for Google News. Since then, a number of blogs picked up this story, including: Atlas Shrugs, Little Green Footballs, and Gates of Vienna

I would like to respond to some of the comments questioning Google’s responsibility, in light of the fact that its news section is based on a random algorithm. While this fact is correct, Google bears the responsibility of selecting and removing any source on its news section.

In an interview reproduced in InternetNews last year, Google spokesman Steve Langdon explained that “news media must apply to be included in Google News and they are evaluated by editors before inclusion”. As reported, he wouldn't provide a list of news media that Google News indexes, nor would he give details of the evaluation process or criteria for inclusion.

It’s painfully obvious that Google News has selected Hezbollah’s Al-Manar as one of its news sources. The question now remains: How is the blog community going to get Google to remove its content from its news service? What actions will Google take to make sure that a terrorist-funded news source does not make it again to the Google News list?

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Google Promotes Hezbollah Propaganda

What a rude awakening this morning. As I opened my Google News, the source of a main article regarding the Middle East was Hezbollah’s Al Manar (see picture above). Since when the news agency of a major terrorist organization is considered a mainstream news source? When will Google start acting in a responsible fashion and stand by its “No Evil” principle?

For those not familiar with Al-Manar, here are is a snapshot:
- It’s owned and managed by Iran-funded Hezbollah
- Its programs are dedicated to the promotion of Hezbollah’s views’ and the hatred of America and Israel
- One of the recent drama series it aired, called The Diaspora, was, according to the BBC, based on “the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a notorious 19th Century publication used by the Nazis among others to fuel race hatred."
- The EU, and more recently the US, have forbidden broadcasting the network.
- Until 9/11, its parent organization, Hezbollah was responsible for more American deaths than any other terrorist organizations