Archive for March, 2009

“The law is a ass”

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Charles Dickens knew a thing or two.

His use of English grammar as expressed through the words of the inimitable Mr Bumble, might seem quaint by today’s standards, but there’s nothing wrong with his perception, his clarity and his honesty. Here’s what Charles Dickens wrote in “Oliver Twist more than 170 years ago but with direct relevance to events playing out before our eyes to this very day.

“If the law supposes that,” said Mr. Bumble,… “the law is a ass—a idiot. If that’s the eye of the law, the law is a bachelor; and the worst I wish the law is that his eye may be opened by experience—by experience.”

Note the last few words: “…the worst I wish the law is that his eye may be opened by experience—by experience”.

The modern world seems to have an undying penchant for ignoring the lessons of experience.

Question: When is the law not the law?

Answer: When it applies to the Arab world.

Sudanese dictator and genocide practitioner Omar Hassan al-Bashir is the subject of an International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest order issued on March 4 this year. He has been accused of giving Arab Muslim militias a free rein and active logistical and political support in the genocide of three to four hundred thousand black Africans and the forced expulsion of almost three million people from their homes in a massive – and widely reported – ethnic cleansing drive.

Democratic countries the world over are sworn to implement al-Bashir’s arrest should he step within their jurisdiction. Within the Arab world, however, he travels freely.

Not only that, he is given the full red-carpet treatment as an honoured head of state. Even by countries as apparently “pro-Western” as Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

There’s an increasingly serious disconnect between the abysmal ethical record of the Arab world where black Africans can be slaughtered with impunity, and the moral code of the democratic world which lives by certain minimal standards of decency and civilised behaviour.

Some of the worst offenders on human rights issues are being unquestioningly protected by the Arab world. Saudi Arabia gave shelter to disgraced dictator and mass-murderer Idi Amin. Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s grand welcome in Qatar is merely the latest in a string of similar travesties of justice and moral lapses in the Arab world.

The Arab world’s compact refusal to implement the law is not just a warning about the fragility of the legal system as it is openly flouted. It also calls into question the civilized world’s continued willingness to deal with a major global political and economic bloc that openly demonstrates its contempt for the most basic foundations of civilized society.

Yet these are the people with whom we do lucrative business, every single day. What price black African lives?

Related articles in English:
Washington Post, New Republic, Jewish World Review, Newsweek, MidEastWeb, Melanie Phillips, 2, Världen Idag, JPost, YahooNews,

Related articles in French:
Le Figaro,

Related articles in Swedish:
SvD, Nyhetskanalen, HD, GA, SVT, DN, NT,

Articles from this website on related topics:
IlyaMeyer, IlyaMeyer, IlyaMeyer, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

The UN Human Rights Council Hosts the World's Most Atrocious Human Rights Abusers

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

When blindness rules.

Anti-Semitic cartoon in Al-Ahram, Syria

The UN Human Rights Council has once again demonstrated its apparently insatiable capacity for rabid Israel-hatred while simultaneously bullying the civilised world into abject submission.

On Thursday March 26, 2009, the UN Human Rights Council approved a Muslim-nation proposal to legislate against criticism of religion, specifying only one such religion: Islam.

Anti-Semitic cartoon in Al-Ahram Al-Arabi, Egypt

It is remarkable that the proposal was put forward only by Muslim nations – with the collaboration of Venezuela and Belarus, not exactly nations noted for their striking record on human rights issues, democracy or freedom of expression.

Anti-Semitic cartoon in Al-Yawm, Saudi Arabia

The Pakistan-initiated proposal secured majority backing from 23 members of the 47-nation HRC. 11 countries voted against and 13 abstained.

Anti-Semitic cartoon in Al-Watan, Qatar

The resolution requires member states to offer “protection against acts of hatred, discrimination, intimidation and coercion resulting from defamation of religions and incitement to religious hatred in general”.

Fatah police officers giving Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas the traditional Nazi salute.

Here then is the record of some of the Muslim states that voted in favour of the proposal:

Pakistan’s Ahmadiya muslim minority is systematically persecuted for being “un-Islamic”. The Ahmadiya refer to themselves as the “Jews of the Muslim world” owing to their treatment at the hands of their other Muslim brethren. Pakistan also has a devastating history of violence against the country’s Christian minority, with churches being bombed and set alight with their congregants inside, and worshippers routinely murdered for the sake of their religion.

Anti-Semitic cartoon in Al-Bayan, United Arab Emirates

Egypt routinely abuses its minority Coptic Christians, who are being gradually forced out of the country in search of safety away from their lifelong homes.

Anti-Semitic cartoon in Al-Baath, Syria

Hamas soldiers giving their leader Ismail Haniyeh the traditional Nazi salute.

The Palestinian Authority’s Fatah regime, which is currently in charge of the West Bank, and Iran’s forward forces in the Gaza Strip, Hamas, both systematically hunt down and murder Christian Arabs in an institutionalised drive to ethnically cleanse the region of non-Muslims. The record of these two terror organisations on the treatment of Jews speaks for itself, with thousands of Jews murdered over the years on account of their religion, from decades before the recreation of the state of Israel to this very day.
Hizbollah soldiers giving their leader Hassan Nasrallah the traditional Nazi salute.

Sudan’s activities in Darfur make a parody of that nation’s vote in the recent UN human-rights debacle. The genocide of black Africans at the hand of ethnic Arab Janjaweed militiamen has reached such proportions that black African Muslim Sudanese are fleeing their homeland by the thousands to seek refuge in the world’s only Jewish nation, Israel, knowing that Israel is the only country that will treat them fairly. It should be pointed out that Sudan is formally at war with Israel.

Anti-Semitic cartoon in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Palestinian Authority
The first thing the Taliban did in Afghanistan was to destroy two centuries-old statues of Buddha. The second thing they did was to prevent women from being seen in public, followed by the prevention of girls from acquiring an education. The Islamic nations proposing and supporting the recent UN Human Rights parody made no mention of this.

Anti-Semitic cartoon in Akhbar al-Khalij, Bahrain
This this article offers several examples of “defamation of religions and incitement to religious hatred” that the resolution’s proponents seem not to have noticed, even though they take place in their own state-run media from Syria, Egypt, the PA, Hamas, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain Saudi Arabia.

However, the systematic demonisation of Jews is not solely the prerogative of the printed media. TV has a far wider impact. One example from PA TV says it all.

Children’s programme on official Al-Aqsa Palestinian TV

Without the faintest hint of a sense of self-deprecating humour, the resolution’s proponents state that “Defamation of religions is the cause that leads to incitement to hatred, discrimination and violence toward their followers.”

And there’s more gallows humour: “Islam is frequently and wrongly associated with human rights violations and terrorism,” according to the resolution.

This might come as something of a surprise to the victims of Islamic human rights violations and terrorism in countries as far apart geographically, ethnically, religiously, politically and democratically
as Indonesia, Jordan, Russia, Sudan, Egypt, England, Israel, India, Iraq, Spain, Afghanistan, Scotland, Pakistan, Argentina, Lebanon, Australia, Syria, the United States and Saudi Arabia.

Countries as disparate as can be imagined, yet all united by one single feature that appears invisible to the organisation of Muslim nations: they are all afflicted by the scourge of Islamic terrorism and human rights abuses.

The Islamic world is staking its claim: criticism of islam is illegal, at the same time as criticism of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism – and even Ahmadiya Islam – is not only permissible but officially sanctioned and worshippers actively persecuted.

Forget the forthcoming Durban II. Racism is already rife in the UN. The UN is the world’s sole official practitioner of racism. All in the name of radical Islam.

But don’t hold your breath waiting for the free world’s political leaders to lead on this sensitive issue. In the West, political correctness rules. In the Islamic world, political correctness is the most powerful weapon at their disposal.

Forget Iran’s upcoming nuclear arsenal – the free world won’t last long enough to be consumed in an Iranian nuclear holocaust. Our love-affair with political correctness will put paid to us long before then.

Want proof? Just look at the rapid debasement of Sweden and the loss of its independence in the face of increasingly strident Islamist aggression.

International views on Sweden

Read also:

Melanie Phillips, Weekly Standard, Wall Street Journal
From this website in English:

IlyaMeyer, IlyaMeyer, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

The “Palestinian-Israeli Conflict”? Get a grip on the facts!

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

The biggest bluff in modern times: the myth of a “Palestinian-Israeli” conflict.

From the very outset to this very day, the conflict has been about an entirely different issue, whose least important ingredients are Palestinian Arabs and Palestinian Jews, today’s Israelis.

From the very outset to this very day, the real issue has been the centuries-old conflict between radical Islam with its clearly identified anti-Semitic charter, on the one hand, and Jews on the other.

Institutionalised anti-Semitism. Nothing else.

The region of Palestine, first under the rule of the Ottoman Turks and then under British mandate, permitted immigration of Jews, Christians and Muslims. Most of the immigrant Muslims and Christians were Arabs from the surrounding areas, today’s Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and Sudan. Most of the immigrant Jews came from these same countries, as well as the crescent of North Africa and Europe, including Eastern Europe/Russia.

More than 60 years ago, following repeated and increasingly horrendous Arab-Muslim pogroms and massacres of Jews in the name of Islam, the UN determined that the area would be divided into one Jewish country with a very large minority of Arab Muslims and Christians, and one Arab country from which Jews were to be effectively ethnically cleansed. The Jews accepted and the state of Israel was reborn on a small portion of the land that over the course of several centuries had been a Jewish kingdom with capitals in Jerusalem and, periodically, in Hebron.

The Arabs refused. They had never previously had or indeed expressed any interest in independence or a state in any part of this region, let alone a capital city. However, when they discovered that the price of their independence, their own state and a capital city was the existence of a Jewish state as well, they baulked. Instead, they went to war, aided by invading Arab armies financed by much of the Muslim world.

The “refusal front” in the Arab world has thus far steadfastly turned down all invitations to peace. On the contrary, the Arab world’s relations with Egypt and Jordan, both of which have signed extremely frigid peace treaties with Israel, are very strained indeed. Talking to Jews simply isn’t the done thing. Read the article by Israel’s former ambassador to Egypt, Zvi Mazel, on the subject.

In this atmosphere of pan-Arab and pan-Islamic resistance to peace and normalisation of relations, it is therefore hardly surprising to read that Israel recently bombed a convoy of trucks carrying weapons destined for Hamas. The convoy was bombed in Sudan. Far from Gaza, but in the mindset of the Arab refusal front there are no insurmountable distances when the cause is such a noble one. The missiles and other weapons were supplied by Iran, for transport via Sudan and Egypt to Gaza, where Hamas would as before fire them from within Palestinian residential areas, schools and hospitals, at civilian Israelis in residential areas, schools and hospitals.

The refusal front’s logic is as unfathomable as it is cynical and manipulative.

None of this is particularly surprising. Led by Iran, these countries doggedly pursue a policy whose main aim is the destruction of the democratic state of Israel. There are many countries that openly resist the destruction of the state of Israel. However, there is not a single Arab or Muslim state in the list of nations who oppose this disgraceful – and illegal – policy.

For example, the USA, Britain, Norway, Germany, France, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands and Denmark recently signed an agreement on the application of “non-coercive” means to counteract the flow of Iranian weapons to Hamas in Gaza for the terror organisation’s continued war of attrition on Israel’s civilian population. Thus far, over 10,000 missiles have been fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel over a period of eight years. These countries have agreed a strategy of using diplomacy, the military, intelligence-gathering and police resources to prevent continued arms shipments from Iran to Gaza. Israel’s strike against the weapons convoy in Sudan can be seen against the background of this exchange of information and this increasingly proactive stance among the world’s democracies.

Sweden is the world’s per capita biggest provider of “aid” to the Palestinian cause. Swedish “aid” simply frees up the corresponding funds in the Palestinian budget for the purchase of arms with which to attack Israeli civilians.

What is interesting to note in the context of international cooperation to freeze the ongoing violence emanating from Gaza is that Sweden is not a party to agreement. Its neighbours Norway and Denmark are.

Sweden and the Arab world’s refusal front appear to be on a joint mission. Sweden is standing increasingly alone.

Alone in Europe, that is to say. In the Arab world, Sweden is the absolute darling of dictators you would never allow your daughter to marry and dictatorial regimes that would never give your daughter a visa to visit in the first place.

All of which brings into even sharper focus the southern Swedish city of Malmö which recently tried to ban Jews from participating in the international Davis Cup tennis tournament because the Jews were Israelis. It puts the spotlight on Swedish Communist Party (recently renamed the Socialist Party) Lars Ohly and the keffiyeh he proudly wore showing the whole of Israel eradicated and replaced by a single Muslim Palestine. And it magnifies the callous viciousness of Swedish Greens Party member and European parliamentarian Per Gahrton and his deliberate lies about “a handful of enthusiastic youngsters” when in fact several hundred adult Swedish Muslims recently rioted in the streets shouting racist slurs against Jews and threatening that Islam would once again rise and massacre the Jews as in Mohammed’s heyday 1300 years ago.

Sweden is well on its way to becoming the first European member of the Arab League.

Read also:
Websites/blogs/articles in English:
JPost, 2, 3, 4, YNet, CommentaryMagazine, NationalPost, AFP, Zvi Mazel, Savo Heleta

From this website in English:
IlyaMeyer, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Websites/blogs/articles in Swedish:
Utrikesbloggen, DN, FiM, 2, 3, MXp, Erixon, Sapere, 2

From this website in Swedish:
IlyaMeyer, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7