Tuesday, June 17, 2008

When Reason Fails (series)

(IV) "Fulfil my needs ..."

Those of us who cling to facts still stubbornly believe in right and wrong. Not the subjective morality of 'one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter,' but the objective kind - the true and false that can be measured along given standards, for instance thou shalt not kill unarmed civilians.

Others, who have dispensed with reality have not just thrown out epistemology - philosophy's study of human knowledge - but, for good measure - have abolished the field of ethics as well. This is done by the sheer fact of their rejection: whatever spin is put on it, in a reality vacuum there simply is no right or wrong, true or false. (...)

Those who cling to objective right and wrong have the occasional satisfaction of having done the right thing in the face of overwhelming impopularity, adversity, unpleasant side-effects, or cost to themselves.

The not so fortunate must resort to psychological tricks to squeeze the tiniest trickle of happiness out of live. Their refuge is the multiplication of personal feel-good factors or the cultivation of self-esteem. Agony aunts in desperation counsel to try and see life as the enemy; act against the inner compass - be lazy or run amok; avoid bench-marking; go it alone, or join a victim-group (everyone else does); pretend, escape, indulge in the blessings of postmodern life (the past was not that great either); learn to enjoy solving problems that matter, like bad-hair days. Most of all their clients desire to be loved and admired for nothing, "for who they are" - the collection of physical cells stripped of convictions.

American politicians may resort to commissioning investigations into other branches of surrogate ethics: the diplomatic popularity contest; the 44-page report “The Decline in America’s Reputation: Why?” issued this week by the House’s Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs for instance.(...) There's nothing like a good, old, Victorian reality check for building up solid self-esteem! (...)

(III) "Morbid Obama Intoxication"

The collective swoon over B. Barak Hussein Muhammed Obama is getting corrosive. If Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS) (see parts I and II) was a public health hazard, we ain't seen nothing yet. The Morbid Obama Intoxication (MOI) beats BDS on all fronts.

(...) The American Left is traditionally steeped in pragmatism (...) a Romanticist version of relativism. Extrovert action and passion are valued over introvert reflexion and reason. Pragmatism is essentially amoral. (...) pragmatism is rather dishonestly presented as the opposite of what it aims to achieve. It seemingly is the practical over theory, portends to position the individual in a central role, ostensibly respects reason and facts, while its very principle constitutes an assault on logic (everything is in flux), gives a central role to feelings and passions (subjectivism), denies reality (nothing is absolute), and reduces the individual to an atom of the collective. (...)

A picture of mystical group-think is emerging from the Obama campaign which looks ominously familiar (...) it gets more hazardous when pragmatism is coupled to dogma and subjective passions spiral out of control. This is the winning ticket that made National Socialism such a lethal ideology: they strengthen one another. One can see how that works: our aim justifies the means because we say so. Dogmatism couples blind belief to an already brutal concept. It beckons: stop thinking, follow me and I'll give you what you want so passionately!


If we turn our attention to the Obama campaign we hear one mantra: Change, Action, Belief. The latter represents the dogmatic side: blind faith, not in the Obama ideas (he doesn't have any) but in his method, while Change through Action suggests Will to Power: the dogmatic approach to a subjective aim that justifies the pragmatist means.

(...) if you think that's tacky, compare that to this load of Postmodern 'spirituality,' according to which Obama is both the infallible Pope and the celestial Leader rolled into One:
"Barack Obama isn't really one of us. Not in the normal way, anyway. (...) The appeal, the pull, the ethereal and magical thing that seems to enthrall millions of people from all over the world, that keeps opening up and firing into new channels of the culture normally completely unaffected by politics? No, it's not merely his youthful vigor, or handsomeness, or even inspiring rhetoric. (...) They are philosophers and peacemakers of a very high order, and they speak not just to reason or emotion, but to the soul. The unusual thing is, true Lightworkers almost never appear on such a brutal, spiritually demeaning stage as national politics. This is why Obama is so rare."
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(II) "The Left's Narrative"

(...) Front Page Magazine author Ben Johnson has another compilation, "The Left's Fairy Tale," a shortlist of the main delusions the Dems and the Leftist world at large have convinced themselves of. Both articles are the subject of book which is co-authored by David Horowitz: "The Party of Defeat."

The 'narrative' of that fairy tale reads as follows:
“President Select” George W. Bush stole the 2000 election after his daddy’s Supreme Court justices stopped the Florida election boards from counting all the votes. When he got into office, he did not make terrorism a top priority but immediately began dividing the nation along political lines (...) The Surge has failed, and our best option is to redeploy within six months, even if genocide follows. >>>
Blogger-psychologist Dr Sanity has explained the mechanism of projection like this: if you think of yourself as a nice, peaceful person (which all Leftists do since they are the party of 'ethics'), while actually you are full of wrath and hatred (this would be a typical blog dedicated to hatred), the psychological devise of projection as by miracle turns your opponent into someone who is full of wrath and hatred, the origin of BDS.

(I) "Bush Derangement Syndrome"

Seldom has a president had so much opposition and bad press from the outset as George W. Bush. He never stood a chance against the onslaught of parlor tricks and other theatricals that the postmodern shop of rhetorical attributes has to offer. It was full throttle from day one: for just an example read "The Party of Defeat Top Five Lies About Iraq," by Ben Johnson on Front Page ... read it all! (...) they didn't need an excuse, but the truth is, he wasn't a member of the Democratic Party, but a Republican ... and in Their White House! (...) The same psychological mechanism that causes all rational faculties to break down is responsible for the exact opposite, in the case of B. Barack Hussein Obama. Not only is there no healthy scrutiny into the man's past or present At All, the adoration (in which he shares!) is reaching truly disquieting levels. More tomorrow, when introducing the equally morbid Obama Derangement Syndrome. >>>

- Filed on Articles in "The Political Pathology Page" -

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

In Defense of Liberty: archive

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Elsevier is reporting that Wilders' legal counsel Abraham Moszkowicz today filed a request at the Supreme Council for the case to be dismissed in the name of justice itself. He's doing so on the grounds that the indictment lists statements that Wilders in fact never did, Wilders told De Telegraaf newspaper today. The principle transcends the case itself. Moszkowicz has compiled a list of fallacies in the indictment. Moreover, one of the plaintiffs has emigrated and on that basis, has no standing.

Mar 5, 2009
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A series of posts following Geert Wilders' being declared Persona Non Grata by the UK Labor Government of Gordo Brown, including his tour of the United States from Feb. 22 - 27, 2009. Does not include Wilders best speech so far, at the Boston Synagogue:

- Wilders Wraps up US Tour: CPAC and Capitol
- Guess What? Wilders=Al Qaeda!
- Wilders Calls for World Wide First Amendment
- Wilders Hits US Talk Show Circuit
- Geert Goes to Washington DC ... and Stays Put
- Why Multiculturalism is Racist and Evil
- A Treasure Trove of Treason
- Liberty be Damned!
- Live Blogging "Geert Goes to London" and Back ...
- Geert Wilders: Let Them Eat Grits!
- Geert Wilders: Persona Non Grata in Britain

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IFPS: "Bat Yeor: Geert Wilders and the fight for Europe - Does defending Western values constitute “inciting hatred”?"

(...) a Dutch appeals court had ordered prosecutors to begin criminal proceedings against Wilders for “inciting hatred and discrimination” and “insulting Muslim worshippers” through his public statements and his 2008 film, Fitna. The order to proceed with the criminal prosecution resulted from pressure put on European states and on the UN Human Rights Council by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). The OIC’s aim is to punish and suppress any alleged Islamophobia, around the world but particularly in Europe, and it has been a leader in creating the conditions that made the U.K.’s Wilders ban possible.

The OIC is one of the largest intergovernmental organizations in the world. It encompasses 56 Muslim states plus the Palestinian Authority. Spread over four continents, it claims to speak in the name of the ummah (the universal Muslim community), which numbers about 1.3 billion. The OIC’s mission is to unite all Muslims worldwide by rooting them in the Koran and the Sunnah - the core of traditional Islamic civilization and values. It aims at strengthening solidarity and cooperation among all its members, in order to protect the interests of Muslims everywhere and to galvanize the ummah into a unified body.

The OIC is a unique organization - one that has no equivalent in the world. It unites the religious, economic, military, and political strength of 56 states. By contrast, the European Union represents half as many states and is a secular body only, and the Vatican - which speaks for the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics - is devoid of any political power. Many Muslims in the West resist the OIC’s tutelage and oppose its efforts to supplant Western law with sharia. But the OIC’s resources are formidable.

(...) the OIC seeks to become the reincarnation of the Caliphate. (...) Geert Wilders is the latest victim of this enormous world machinery. His crime is maintaining that Europe’s civilization is rooted in the values of Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, and the Enlightenment - and not in Mecca, Baghdad, Andalusia, and al-Kods. (...) >>>

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Int'l Free Press Society: "The Politicized Trial of Susanne Winter"

I reported last month on the conviction of Susanne Winter, an Austrian politician and member of Parliament for the FPÖ. Her crime was “incitement”, based on comments she made about Muslims and Islam. One of our readers has been researching Ms. Winter’s case, and sent us the following report. First, his explanation of what he found (...) "

The full-scale political argument of the public prosecutor was in my opinion misplaced, democratically dishonoring, and scandalous. Public prosecutors in Austria should keep their political opinions to themselves. Apart from that I find it unacceptable that the emotions of a certain religious group outweigh freedom of speech. To oppose this was the task of the defense. This was the reason for the importance of the trial.

Susanne Winter has in my opinion done a great disservice to the critical stance against religion in general and Islam in particular, Her stupid populist statements and her inability to argue them could have serious democratic consequences…>>>

Feb 16, 2009
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WSJ has an excellent point, a measure of how confused the discussion really is ...

WSJ: "Held at Heathrow - Geert Wilders is banned in Britain"

(...) Nobody really thinks his presence will incite attacks on Muslims. Rather, the unspoken fear is that his visit will spark riots by Muslims. Either the government is exaggerating the dangers, in which case his detention will only reinforce whatever prejudices people may have about Muslims. Or the threat analysis is correct and the free expression of Mr. Wilders's views really could have led to Muslim violence. In that case, the question is what sort of community would so easily turn violent, and where is the "harmony" that supposedly needs to be preserved? Giving in to mob rule, real or imagined, is the abdication of democracy and the rule of law. >>>

Feb 15, 2009
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Front Page: "A Chamberlain Moment", by Stephen Brown

(...) Many people in Britain, among them those who disagree with Fitna, are outraged that a democratically elected member of European parliament was refused admittance to their country after having been invited by the House of Lords. If free speech does not exist there, in Britain’s highest democratic institution, some have asked, then where does it exist in Great Britain? (...)

What disturbs Wilders supporters even more is the hypocrisy surrounding the Dutch filmmaker’s expulsion. In the past, Great Britain has allowed in true preachers of hate like Muslim Brotherhood personage Yusuf al-Qaradawi, invited by London mayor Ken Livingstone in 2004. Al-Qaradawi has justified suicide bombings and condoned the killing of Israeli women and children because they are “militarised.” A more recent example is Ibrahim Moussawi, who was allowed to enter England last November despite his describing suicide bombers as martyrs and his having broadcast a 30-part series on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion on the television station he heads. Those opposing the Labour government’s decision to ban Wilders also believe it is not the Dutch politician who represents a threat to “community harmony” and “public safety” in Great Britain. Wilders, after all, is a peaceful man who never has broken any laws but instead must have 24-hour protection himself due to death threats from Muslim radicals. Rather, the danger to “public safety” exists in the crowd(s) that would take to the streets in response to Wilders’ presence. As a result, the Dutch politician’s supporters regard his banning as rewarding the thugs and aggressors like Lord Ahmed and others of his ilk and punishing those who would stand up for free speech and democracy. (...)

Many in Britain are disheartened and angry at their government’s unwillingness to stand up to the Muslim extremists who threaten mass, anti-democratic intimidation. Rather than stare down that threat, the Labour government has tried to appease it, causing one British observer to comment he now knows what it was like in the mid-1930s when Nazism was on the rise. One reason for such disgraceful appeasement is that London is regarded as the headquarters for Europe’s jihadists. (...) there are so many Islamist terrorist plots in preparation in Great Britain, the security services are having difficulties in keeping tabs on them all. It is feared a Wilders visit would have provoked the extremists at a time the Labour government is trying to “reach out” to Muslims to the point where it is even running television ads in Pakistan, essentially asking young Muslims not to hate Britain and the West. Another is that Muslim voters now form large constituencies in Labour ridings. (...) it is believed the British government is also afraid of losing Muslim money. Great Britain now has five “sharia-compliant” banks that contain $18 billion in assets, more than Muslim states like Pakistan. Prime Minister Gordon Brown once said his goal was to make London the center of world Islamic banking. (...) the Labour government has sent a clear message that Islam cannot be criticized (...) appeasing a thuggish minority, it has set itself up for far worse consequences. (...) >>>

Feb 13, 2009
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Roundup Wilders declared persona non grata by British Labour Government:

- Politeia: " Geert Wilders: Persona Non Grata in Britain"
- International Free Press Society
- Politeia: "Geert Wilders: Let Them Eat Grits!
- Politeia: Live Blogging "Geert Goes to London" and Back ...
- NRO/The Corner: "The Arrest of Geert Wilders", by Mark Steyn
- The Spectator: "Britain capitulates to terror", by Melanie Phillips

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Politeia: "Of Anti-German Activities and Targeted Provocations"

Let me get this straight: the head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution has aligned himself with members of an organization - Milli Görüs - that is said to be so radical, that it is being monitored by the Office of the Protection of the Constitution ... ... he is doing so by condemning counter-protesters for anti-German activities, calling it "a targeted provocation"? If the blog's conclusion is correct that the political objective of the 'anti-Germans' is seen as the support of Israel and America's protective power we're back in 1945, the old anti West knee-jerk alive and kicking despite two world wars! Gird your loins! Be sure not to miss out on the update. Switch off the lights on the way out please ... >>>

Feb 8, 2009
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Politeia: "Sub Sea Level News for the Freedom of Expression"

Funnies draftsman Nekschot has spoken out about his Islam-critical drawings and the freedom of expression for the first time since his unceremoneous arrest last year. (...) Read all about that razzia in "Deeper Under the Eurofascist Jackboot", "Of Christian Ethics: Muzzles and Jackboots" and "The Postmodern Weimar Republic". Nekschot is in Denmark at the invitation of the International Free Press Society. He delivered a speech dressed in the top-to-bottom style black bag called a niqab, symbol for the 'prison' he's been living in since that time. You can read all about it on the site of the International Free Press Society. Danish blogger Snaphanen has the text of the speech, as well as video footage of the delivery. While certainly not flawless, Nekschot's analysis does reach a new level of understanding the ideological mess and hopefully contributes towards disentangling some of the confusion. >>>
Feb 4, 2009
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Cranmer: "Lord Ahmed threatens Parliament into submission"

(...) It appears that a member of the House of Lords had invited the Dutch politician, Geert Wilders, to a private meeting in the Palace of Westminster. She had intended to invite her colleagues in the Lords to a private viewing of his ‘documentary’ Fitna, followed by discussion and debate in true parliamentary fashion. This is, after all, a liberal democracy, and their lordships enjoy the rights of freedom of expression and freedom of association, not to mention certain parliamentary privileges for the protection of their function in the legislature. But no sooner had the unsuspecting baroness sent out her invitations, Lord Ahmed raised hell. It is reported that he ‘threatened to mobilise 10,000 Muslims to prevent Mr Wilders from entering the House and threatened to take the colleague who was organising the event to court’. And so Fitna has been cancelled: it shall not now be screened in the House of Lords on 29th January. The Pakistani Press is jubliant, and Lord Ahmed is praising Allah for delivering ‘a victory for the Muslim community’. (...) >>>

Jan 29, 2009
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Politeia: "More Fall-Out on the Dutch Prostration Before Obscurantism"

(...) By the way, let's get something straight! Islam has nothing to do with race. That myth is pushed on the basis that children born to a Muslim father, are automatically absorbed into the collective Ummah. One could argue on that basis that - like race - to be a Muslim isn't a matter of choice: one cannot help it, as it were! But acting against the pernicious influence of Islamism, as a religion and as a total-ideology, has nothing to do with racism. (...) You can help and contribute towards Wilders' legal funds on this site, and ... or - and this is fun - you can order printed t-shirts from the Flaming Blog here--a wonderful American grassroots initiative by the way! SITAmnesty has more unorthodox tips how you can contribute towards the cause of liberty. (...) >>>

Jan 25, 2009
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Politeia: "A Defining Moment For Our Generation"

21/1/09: Defend Geert Wilders
The International Free Press Society
www.internationalfreepresssociety.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 22, 2009 - Washington, DC and Copenhagen, Denmark: A Dutch court yesterday ordered the criminal prosecution of Geert Wilders, Dutch parliamentarian and leader of the Freedom Party (PVV), for his statements - written, spoken and filmed -regarding Islam. The Amsterdam Court of Appeals has deemed such statements “insulting,” declaring that they “substantially harm the religious esteem” of Muslims. Clearly, the effect of this Dutch court order is to set new limits to public debate in Dutch society (...) We also urge defenders of free speech to sign this letter of protest against the Dutch Government:

http://www.petitiononline.com/wilders/petition.html

Geert is no longer alone. Here's is the Board of Advisors so far, the Who's Who of the freedom of expression, a number of them themselves the subject of overzealous thought enforcement (...) >>>

Jan 25, 2009
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Politeia: "This Week's Madhouse: Wilders, Winter, Failed Philosophy"

There seems to be an epidemic going on within the Postmodern West, in which valid and factual criticisms of Islam, made by politicians like Susanne Winter in Austria (bottom update) and Geert Wilders in the Netherlands are being outlawed as per the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) demands. (...) Our position, that the Amsterdam Court of Appeal's decision this week to prosecute Geert Wilders for - in short - insulting Islam, is encouraging the forces of chaos and radicalism, is almost immediately vindicated by today's news. (...) It's as if it's just Wilders' hateful character, and that he might just as easily have swapped his perverted, vicious opinion for a warmer and fuzzier one, had he not had such an unpleasant, fascist personality. Do you see what's happening here? It is almost as if it's a matter of civility, of etiquette. (...) The International Free Press Society: "Policy Statement": In recent years - and in particular since 9/11 - freedom of speech has been shrinking throughout the world. This is true not only in countries where this most basic freedom has been tenuous at best, but increasingly where it was first conceived and long enshrined: Europe, the United States and other countries where Western ideas of liberty have taken root. (...) >>>

Jan 23, 2009
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Politeia: "Politicians Under Fire by Loose Pomo Canons"

(...) Geert Wilders was in for a shock when a 33 page indictment landed on his desk this morning. It accuses as well as convicts him of disseminating hatred, by lumping the Koran with Corporal Hitler's war manual "Mein Kampf", and calling for an end to unbridled immigration from Islamic countries of origin, to the Netherlands. Think for a moment of the abomination of subordinating the freedom of speech - of an MP no less - to the' right' of a religious group not to be insulted; a minority we might add, who are outraged to the limits of their tolerance, at the drop of a hat. The subjective right not to be insulted is considered primary over the objective freedom of speech (...) Wilders raising the matter on the other hand - as is his duty as an MP - is "inciting hatred" on a par with Rwanda's Milles Collines hate radio. This statement was just made by one of the pomo lawyers who lodged the complaint against Wilders. (...) what the pomo sympathizers of Islam are doing on a moral level, is providing succor to fanatics while leaving potential moderate reformers out in the cold. (...) Suspiciously, the wording of the appellate court's ruling strongly echoes public criticism made by the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) when the earlier prosecution was dropped, where the OIC censured prosecutors for ignoring the "thin line separating freedom of speech and the instigation of hatred, animosity and discrimination." (...) >>>

Jan 22, 2009
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Politeia: "The Moral Confusion in the West"

Last Sunday in "A Landmark: the Moment of Infamy we reported on an outrage in Duisburg, Germany in which the police - in order to deescalate a explosive situation with a raving pro Hamas crowd - broke in and entered the private premises of a Israeli sympathizer in order to remove two 'offensive' Israeli flags (see the post for video footage of the event). Occurrences that like cross the ethics Rubicon in that police officers, servants of the state (i.e. of all of us), are seen bowing to an angry, intolerant mob. Israel Matzav today has further information on the case and states that the incident has rightly upset a lot of people in Germany; this may not be the end of it. We sincerely hope so. The mob is now known to have consisted of members of the Turkish Nationalistic/Islamist organization Milli Görüs (caption: logo/flag), here described as a wolf in sheep's clothing for activities other than folk dancing. (...) >>>

Jan 21, 2009
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Velvet Hammer has made an inventory of what has been going on over the weekend in various locations around the globe in relation to Hamas being routed in Gaza; there have been pro Israel demos too, but these were on the whole less spectacular events (why would that be?) ...

Ironic Surrealism II: "While Israel Crushes Hamas –An Islamic Intifada Groundswell Rises In The West"

(..) Now with Israel taking a stand they have hit the streets again (for the umpteenth time) across Europe and the West rioting against Israel’s defensive actions in Gaza. Doing what they do so well. Creating havoc, engaging in violence and spewing venom. ACTS of TERROR in SOLIDARITY with TERRORISTS. - London - Athens - France - Norway - Denmark - Sweden - Canada - Ft Lauderdale - LA - NYK (...) >>>

Jan 12, 2009
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Politeia: "Waking Up To Islamization: Two Islam Films Hitting Screen"

Is the liberation of Islam coming from America? Will the American ethos of self-government save the religion from itself. (...) it is up to Muslims to liberalize Islam, to turn it into a force for the good, instead of using it as an ideology and a vehicle for religious conquest. The hero of the day is the narrator of the film"The Third Jihad", Dr Zuhdi Jasser, an American and a devout Muslim. Watch his statements here (...) clips page, sign-up for the newsletter and watch a 30 minutes version (...) Facebook fan group (...)

In the Netherlands today a second movie, critical of Islam hits the screens. It's made by a young Dutch-Iranian Labour politician and Muslim apostate, Ehsan Jami. Like the other outspoken Islam critic, Geert Wilders, Jami is under constant threat by radical elements (...) Ehsan Jami doesn't consider the movie anti Islam though. In the documentary Jami 'interviews' an anonymous actor, who plays the role of the Prophet Mohammed. (..) It's up to Muslims how they will deal with the artistic critique: the first from within, the second by an apostate. Will almost certainly be continued ... >>>

Dec 9, 2008
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... updating as more material becomes available (click to enlarge) ...

Oh martyr. You are in the most wonderful place
And the martyr answers: “Paradise? Denmark?”
By the way, the text “Ytringsfrihed” on the ink well means: Freedom of expression. The § sign above it refers to the provision in out constitution guaranteeing just that.
The kneeling man with the pipe is Denmark’s most notorious dhimmi, former foreign minister Uffe Ellemann-Jensen...

Atlas Shrugs: "HEDEGAARD & WESTERGAARD: DANISH CARTOONS, MO MOTOONS! UPDATE: EXCLUSIVE TO ATLAS: HEDEGAARD SAMPLE TRANSLATION!"

Our dear friend Lars Hedegaard and his brave partner in crime, Kurt Westergaard (of Danish cartoon fame) are daring to exercise their right to free speech ....again. (...) If you missed my video interview with Lars - part I, go here ansd part II here. (...)

Kurt Westergaard, the Danish caricaturist forced into hiding after the publication of his depiction of the Prophet Muhammad in the newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005, is set to return with a new set of potentially controversial drawings [ed. three specimens on the right--click to enlarge].

According to a report in the Copenhagen Post, Westergaard is expected to have 26 illustrations in a new book that compiles the sardonic columns by Danish writer Lars Hedegaard for the Berlingske Tidende newspaper (...) >>>

16th Nov 2008
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Right Truth: "Muslim "intellectuals" protest to EU"

Ok, refrain from laughing (and crying) when you read this:

Tehran: Hundreds of Muslim intellectuals released a statement here on Thursday condemning recent insults to Muslims and holy prophet by some western figures and governments.(...) signed by hundreds of poets, academics, intellectuals, writers, and journalists - calls on the European countries to quit their anti-Islamic efforts. “This culture of violence and vindictive procedures which are often covered under the ‘liberty of speech’, not only targets the holy prophet but also other divine characters like Christ, Mary, Moses and Abraham,” the statement reads. Denouncing German foreign minister’s support for these insults, the statement added, “The European Union’s support to Selman Rushdie and recent stupid caricatures and turning ‘freedom of speech’ into ‘freedom of insult’ is nothing but aggression and cultural terrorism.” “Muslims no longer expect pluralism from you but just some politeness and justice,” the statement explains (...) “The secular Europe should note it cannot compensate its Christian violence of the past centuries by secular and modern violence and in a prejudiced manner against Islam which played no role in Europe’s violence.” (...) (Europe News)

Keep the above in mind in light of the news that Britain has opened it's first Sharia-compliant insurance company (...) ... and statements by Egyptian Islamic Preacher 'Amr Khaled, who said "Within 20 Years, Muslims Will Be Majority in Europe; ... Muslims in Europe Should Be "Ambassadors for Islam." (MEMRI) (...) God save us from what's happening in Europe, because it doesn't look like our politicians will. >>>

Updated: 29th July 2008
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ECHR Blog: "Hate Speech Case" - Hat Tip: Muslims Against Sharia

Restricting hate speech is often a contentious point from the perspective of human rights. Last week, the Court issued a judgment on such speech in the French case of Soulas and others. Soulas was the publisher of a book written by Guillaume Faye entitled 'La colonisation de l'Europe' (the colonisation of Europe; see picture). In the book, Faye argued that Europe was gradually being overtaken by Muslims and that they had already established control over some territories (certain banlieues of Paris for example). The skirmishes in these places with the authorities were indeed, according to the author, the start of a civil war which was a necessary step in the 'reconquista' by Europeans of territories lost to the enemy, Muslims. An ethnic war was thus a necessary solution, Faye argued. Soon after the publication of the book the author, the publisher and the publishing firm were prosecuted. The former two were ordered to pay fines of 7,500 euros each for violating a law which prohibited the incitement of hatred and violence against a specific group.In Strasbourg, the applicants complained (...) Again, the judgment is available only in French, but the press release in English can be found here.This Thursday a motherload of 44 judgments is coming up. I will try and address the most notable ones from next week Wednesday onwards. >>>

Updated: 20th July 2008
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... But when you combine multicultural society with a dominant sense
of cultural relativism, you are heading in the wrong direction. You are
committing suicide when it comes to your own culture."
(...)

... a measure of confusion - Wilders doesn't get it either: as if multiculturalism and
cultural relativism are separate things, instead of one and the same principle -
multiculturalism has been presented as 'melting pot' in Europe: it isn't! It the exact opposite! Melting pot equalizes integration (assimilation), multiculturalism is the Balkan approach to ethnic coexistence: tribalism in cultural enclaves. Multiculturalism is part and parcel of the Postmodern dialectic as explained
yesterday in "The Dialectics: the Strategy Against the West" ...
Townhall: "Geert Wilders: Prisoner of Islam," by Diana West

Having run the polite-but-grim gauntlet of Dutch government security to gain access to Geert Wilders, I finally understood what the 24-hour security requirements of the man's continued existence really mean: To make the survival of Western-style liberty in the Netherlands his political cause, this Dutch parliamentarian has to live under high-tech lock and key.
This stunning paradox, with no end in sight, illustrates how far political freedom in the West has already eroded. Think of it (...) >>>

Updated: 3rd July 2008
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Politeia: "Liberty for Sausages: boycott the cowards!"

Last Friday we reported here that Jordan is seeking the extradition and prosecution of Dutch Freedom Party politician Geert Wilders on three counts: - racism - incitement to hatred - insulting Muslims and Islam - An Amman Court last Monday accepted the charges against Wilders on account of the short film "Fitna" pressed by a Jordanian group called "The Messenger of Allah Unites Us." "Fitna" outlines the dangers of radical Islam for democratic society. (Link to "Fitna")

Today we know which Dutch companies have 'distanced themselves' from Fitna. Politeia proposes a ban of its own against these companies which sell out democratic principles for sausages (...) >>>

Updated: 23rd June 2008
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The Spectator: "More madness in Londonistan," by Melanie Phillips

(...) She said it was right that more money and effort was spent on Islam than Christianity because of the threat from extremism and home-grown terrorism. (...) You really don’t know whether to laugh or cry. (...) For any Muslim to be truly moderate, he or she would need to subscribe to the principles set out by the Islam expert Sam Solomon in his Charter of Muslim Understanding, including the following:

· promoting the validity and the viability of the national domestic law to be fully adhered to and taking precedence over the Shari’ah...

· there will be no recriminations against any Muslim or non-Muslim who chooses to change, discard, or adopt another faith be it within the House of Islam, from any Islamic faction, or to a non-Islamic religion or faith.

· To discard all texts that discriminate with impunity against Christians and Jews by describing them as Kaffirs, apostates, polytheists, the children of apes, and swine, and prohibit any inciting, insulting, and all discriminatory references based on their religion

· To abandon the practice of takffir (infidel) against anybody, be that a Muslim or a non-Muslim. (Once a Muslim leader declares anyone as such, it is for the faithful ones to see that person eliminated.)

· To prohibit and abolish the practice of Takkiya (Islamic doctrine of legitimate lying and deception of others) to advance the cause of Muslims and Islam...

· Request all officially constituted Islamic bodies and institutions to revise and issue new interpretations of those Qur’anic verses that call for Jihad and violence against non-Muslims.

Now that’s counter-radicalisation. But you will not see that in Londonistan. >>>

Updated: 10th June 2008
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Memri: " Arab Columnists: Islam Has Been Harmed More By Muslims than By the West"

The recent re-publication of a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad by the Danish press and release of Dutch MP Geert Wilders' film "Fitna" have precipitated a wave of Muslim protest, some of it violent, throughout the world. Following these developments, several Arab columnists wrote to condemn the violent reactions, arguing that the Muslims themselves had committed iniquity against both their co-religionists and everyone else, thereby harming the name of Islam. The following are excerpts from some of the articles: Islam's Biggest Enemy is the Muslims Themselves (...) >>>

Updated: 7th June 2008
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Politeia: "Christian Ethics: of Muzzles and Jackboots"

In a last week's post "Deeper Under the Eurofascist Jackboot" we reported the plight of a Dutch cartoonist, Gregory Nekschot. The name is an uncannily apt pseudonym considering the circumstances. Nekschot means 'a shot in the neck', the tots' choice of execution for enemies of the state. Nekschot's home was searched and the artist had his means of living confiscated by the overwhelming power of a ten men police squad. He himself was arrested, interrogated and thrown in jail. A public discourse ensued. The intimidating circumstances were subject of a parliamentary debate yesterday (...) In the European Union of today the sovereign nation is a thing of the past. Thanks to political obscurantism and contempt of democratic principles in the face of Hegelian historical events, we have no way of knowing to what extent the unelected Commission is actually in power, by proxy of national governments. (...) national governments bear the brunt of the neotot policies without ever implicating the Brussels behemoth, because too much criticism might endanger 'the project,' which - as we know - foresees in expanding Europe into Turkey, the African Maghreb and the Middle Eastern Mashriq. The implications of such plans might be obvious to any realistic observer. >>>

Updated: 21st May 2008
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Politeia: "Deeper Under the Eurofascist Jackboot"
In The Netherlands cartoonist Gregory Nekschot has been arrested and might well be prosecuted and convicted under the new Euro legislation covering 'hate crimes.' He(...) is fearing for his life after he was arrested by police at his house last Saturday. "Got you", he was told by arresting officers. (...) The cartoonist doesn't feel safe anymore. "What I do is not trivial, I know what the consequences might be. That is why I fear a conviction. In jail my life is at risk," he told the newspaper." (...) >>>
Updated: 16th May 2008
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Politeia: "Cleave the Necks of the Infidels"
The following is a free translation from a column dated 2nd May last, "Cleave the necks of the Infidels," written by Dutch-Iranian Professor Afshin Ellian (41), a columnist at Elsevier Magazine.
"Not in the Netherlands, but in the Middle East rages a substantial debate over Dutch politician Geert Wilders' movie "Fitna."The Iranian-Islamic response to "Fitna" is a short film in which an Iranian imam responds to Wilders on the basis of different scenes from "Fitna." (...) >>>
Updated: 6th May 2008
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Politeia: ""Fitna": a Word like Jihad"
"Every Muslim knows the Arabic word fitna (....) it concerns situations in which a Muslim's belief is put to the test: uncovered women, alcohol, infidels, resistance against the authority of Islam. (...) Fitna is a fascinating word. On an individual level it means 'seduction' and 'testing of the faith.' Remarkably also seduction by women is understood as fitna. Moreover, the concept is associated with disorder, civil war and chaos. In the classical Islamic history there have been three major occurrences of fitna.Between the years 656 and 661, after the assassination on the third caliph Uthman Ibn Affan, a power struggle ensued, during which Muslims fought each other for the first time. The second fitna took place between 683 and 685. This also concerned a political fight; for the control of the Islamic realm between the Ummayad and the Abbassyd dynasties. The third fitna refers to a fight between army leaders and authorities during the latter period of the Islamic domination of Cordoba, Spain. (...) >>>
Updated: 9th Apr 2008
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Politeia: "Fitna: of Farce and Fall-out part IV"
Geert Wilders has today been acquitted of charges brought by the Dutch Islamic Federation (NIF) of disseminating hatred and calls for violence against Muslims. Wilders is delighted with the verdict. The judge has found Wilders "provocative from time to time" but ruled that a Member of Parliament must be able to express his point of view. (...) The importance of this verdict cannot be overestimated! It shatters Leftist Pavlovian propaganda that attacks every and any opponent as Fascist, whether appropriate or not! Take this commentary as an example (...)
N.very B. I don't care to know about the Czech (Rightist Socialist) Workers' Party, but again for the hard of hearing! WILDERS IS A LIBERTARIAN, his operative unit is the individual, not the collective, and he is pro CAPITALISM!!!! Fascism and National Socialism are Socialism too: collective and anti-capitalism. Ever heard of Mussolini's creation, the Socialist Republic of Italy? Read political philosophy! >>>
Updated: 7th Apr 2008
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CNN: "Thousands protest anti-Quran film in Pakistan"
More than 25,000 people rallied in the largest protest in Pakistan so far against an anti-Quran film made by a Dutch lawmaker, urging their government to expel the Netherlands ambassador. (...) They also burned an effigy of Wilders as speakers said their government should sever diplomatic ties with Western countries supporting the publishers of cartoons defaming the Prophet Muhammad. "The Muslim world is on one side, but Muslim rulers like (President Pervez) Musharraf are toeing the Western agenda under the garb of secularism," Hasan said, referring to Musharraf's role in Washington's war on terrorism. Hasan said this rally, named "The glory of the prophet march," was not against the West in general, but was aimed at creating awareness among Muslims that they need to unite against a war against Islam. >>>
Updated: 7th Apr 2008
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Politeia: "Fitna": of Farce and Fall-out Part III"
As outlined in part II of what turns out to be a series of posts on the fall-out of Geert Wilders' video "Fitna" (now taken to mean simply 'strife'), Wilders was threatened with a number of lawsuits, least of which not by Mo cartoon contributor Westergaard - the drafter of the 'turbomb' - now generally looked upon as a traitor to the Cause of Liberty. (...) For what it is worth, until it succumbs to the pressures of the pocket potentates, here the new, rectified version of "Fitna". (...) >>>
Updated: 6th Apr 2008
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Atlas Shrugs: "The Koran and Mein Kampf: From Winston Churchill, to Geert Wilders ", by Andrew Bostom, author of the "Legacy of Jihad and the Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism"
Their Agreement on the Koranic Kampf
While we await the release of Dutch MP Geert Wilders 15 minute documentary on the Koran and Violence, it is worth recalling (hat tip Daniel Pipes) that Winston Churchill on p. 50 of From War to War, the first part of the first volume of his 6-part Second World War, proclaimed Hitler's Mein Kampf to be, "…the new Koran of faith and war: turgid, verbose, shapeless, but pregnant with its message." Here is a Parliamentary speech Wilders gave on the subject on the Koran, Islam, and violence this past September (...) >>>
Updated: 2nd Apr 2008
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Muslims Against Sharia: "Fitna the Movie: Geert Wilders' film about the Quran"
Muslims Against Sharia Offer $10,000 Reward for Information Leading to the Arrest and Conviction of anyone who threatens any person associated with production or distribution if "Fitna". Fitna is available on YouTube & Google. How long before it is gone? (...) >>>
Joe added a relevant comment: This just in from the Financial Times: "Omar Bakri, the Libyan-based radical Muslim cleric who is barred from Britain, did not think the film was very offensive. "On the contrary, if we leave out the first images and the sound of the page being torn, it could be a film by the [Islamist] Mujahideen," he said."
Updated: 1st Apr 2008
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Politeia: "Fitna": of Farce and Fall-out II"
(...) Following the E.U., NATO and the U.N., also Australia has now condemned "Fitna." "We believe in the right to freedom of expression but we don’t believe in abusing that right to incite racial hatred," Foreign Minister Stephen Smith is reported as saying. All the time we see this willful or false EQUIVOCATION of religion and race! (...) >>>
Updated: 31st Mar 2008
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Jihad Watch: "One Muslim Leftist's time could have been better spent!", by Robert Spencer
The reaction of Muslim moderates to Geert Wilders's film Fitna is in many ways just as illuminating as that of their fiercer coreligionists. In "The Fitna Farce" in The Guardian's "Comment Is Free" blog, Ali Eteraz, with whom I've had several exchanges in the past, and whom I have not found to be a completely forthright or honest debater, yawns at the film, complains superciliously about "Islamophobia" and approvingly quotes a friend's conclusion that in the fifteen minutes it took to watch Fitna, he could have -- well, I've always thought that, at least in his interaction with me, Ali has been kind of a jerk, and now...this. (...) >>>


Update: Plenty of ugly threats from the Religion of Peace collected by La Geller on Atlas Shrugs >>>
Updated: 30th Mar 2008
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Politeia: "Fitna II (Internecine Strife)"
Following threats to personnel - thereby proving the necessity of the document - LeaveLeak have removed the link ... we can now also add 'world president' Ban Ki-moon's comment to the list of commentators ... and 'fitna' means internecine strife - how does that fit conveniently into the dialectic?
CNN: "Film critical of Islam dropped from Web site" (includes videos and links)
(...) U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the film, calling it "offensively anti-Islamic" while urging calm. "There is no justification for hate speech or incitement to violence," he said in a statement. "The right of free expression is not at stake here." (...) >>>
Update: oh, and by the way, Western liberal democracy is perfectly compatible with Islamocracy: "“We must also recognize that the real fault line is not between Muslim and Western societies, as some would have us believe, but between small minorities of extremists, on different sides, with a vested interest in stirring hostility and conflict,” Ban said" ... taking the Marxist line ...
Updated: 29th Mar 2008
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EUX: "Fitna: Arab, EU countries agree joint media probe" (includes video)
Politicians from Arab countries and the European Union on Friday agreed to invite religious leaders and journalists to discuss the role of the media in distributing ideas that are offensive to muslims. The statement, adopted at the end of a two-day meeting here that included representatives from 37 parliaments, came only a day after Dutch politician Geert Wilders posted his controversial movie 'Fitna' on the Internet. The European Union on Friday joined the Dutch government in condemning 'Fitna'. Hans-Gert Poettering, the President of the European Parliament, condemned the publication of the movie and said he rejects the film's stance that Islam is a violent religion. (...) >>>
Updated: 28th Mar 2008
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Politeia: "Wilders' Film "Fitna" (Seduction of Evil)" (includes video material)
(...) The PC Treason Brigade will no doubt opine that the Religion of Peace is here unfairly 'collated' with terrorism. Would retort that their failure to condemn terrorists, unfairly lumps the innocents with the Hirabahists. In these pages we're rather on the side of the freedom and justice. (...) >>>
Updated: 28th Mar 2008
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Watch this space for the Wilders' video "Fitna" - the video is reported to be released before 1st April

- Related file: "The Propaganda Hirabah" -
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As the Trotskite 'anti-racist' brigade is confusing religion with race shouting abuse in Amsterdam, Wilders himself is issuing warning that his video might well be the West's last wake up call. He writes that the goal of the Islamist ideology is to destroy what we love most: our freedom. If freedom is not defended, nothing stands in the way of a further Islamist expansion.
The present embarrassing 'counter' video made by the (possibly subsidized) Dutch World Broadcaster RNW is illustrative in many ways: 1. it is a Leftist view (the Trotskite 'anti-racist's'); 2. it equivalences and equivocates to its heart's content, 3. it confuses issues and definitions, 4. is an obvious attempt at manipulating opinion under the excuse of "clearing things up". In short, it is the usual propaganda that isn't even recognized any more as such. I fear that Wilders is right.
Updated: 22nd Mar 2008
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In the meantime a vast majority of the populus has completely lost it. A collection of socialights comprising the usual suspects has announced a demo in Amsterdam on Saturday "against the atmosphere of fear and hatred" - not on the part of the representatives of The Religion of Peace as one might correctly assume - but against Wilders (need I repeat the mechanism of psychological projection?).
In a dramatic act of false equivalence and moral inversion a Maoist of secular Jewish extraction is splashing ads all over the national Leftist rag in which he states that Muslims are the New Joos, while going on to accuse Wilders of this particular new form of antisemitism, thereby ignoring just about anything there is to know about the history and background of Jew hatred and antisemitism since the seventh century A.D.
At last some group of people have found the initiative to start supporting Wilders. A translation and how the petition can be signed, can be found here.
Postmodern German English language site Signandsite has a fairly rational analysis by Leiden University lecturer Gelijn Molier on the basis of Liberal relativist philosopher John Stuart Mill - the one who had his faults (and so has the article!), but who cleverly noticed that personal freedom is not an absolute, but stops where the liberties of others begin.
Updated: 18th March 2008
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... as The Netherlands is riddled with 'Islamophobia', the OIC cries foul at Government's lack of political will to outlaw freedom of expression ... here's the OIC February Bulletin ...

DutchNews.nl: "Netherlands criticised in 'Islam phobia monitor'"
The Netherlands comes in for considerable criticism in the first ever ‘Islam phobia’ monitor drawn up by the influential Organisation of the Islamic Conference (...) the anti-Koran film by Dutch MP Geert Wilders – expected to be released shortly – will have ‘serious repercussions which could get out of hand and will be difficult to control’, says the paper. The OIC report calls Wilders’ film ‘an extremely provocative documentary’ and says its screening is an ‘alarming development’. The organisation also says that it has asked the European Union, the Council of Europe, the UN and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation to intervene and prevent the release of the film, reports the Volkskrant. The OIC report recognises the stance of the Dutch government – that the right to freedom of expression is not the same as the right to the freedom to insult others. But it concludes that the West lacks the political will to tackle ‘Islam phobics’ (...) >>>
Updated: Mar 13, 2008
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... after the Dutch Government and NATO, today the EU is contributing to the promotion of a film which is still in production, let alone that anybody has viewed it (not that it matters) ... Wilders has opened a website "Fitna", which freely translated means "seduction of evil"; it is as yet ... empty ...

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utchNews: "Brussels prepares for Wilders film"

The European Commission has alerted staff at all its diplomatic missions in Islamic countries that Geert Wilders' anti-Koran film will soon be made public, the Volkskrant reports on Wednesday. The foreign minister of Slovenia, which currently chairs the EU, has also held talks with Dutch foreign minister Maxime Verhagen, the paper says. 'This is not just an issue for the Netherlands but for the entire EU,' one diplomat told the paper. Dutch Liberal (VVD) MEPs have urged the European parliament and the Commission to express their solidarity with the Netherlands over the 10-minute film which is due to be screened this month. >>>
Updated: 5th Mar 2008
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BBC: "Nato fears over Dutch Islam film"
Nato's secretary general says he fears the airing of a Dutch film criticising Islam will have repercussions (...) >>>
Updated: 3rd March 2008
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Diana West: "The Meaning of Words" - includes link to Fox interview
(...) I had neither seen nor read much from the Dutch parliamentarian. The interview reveals him to be serious, certainly forthright, and articulately non-apologetic in his defense of Dutch culture and identity (and by extension Western culture and identity) against the Islamization process well underway in his country and the wider West. (...) >>>
Updated: 30th Jan. 2008
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Winds of Jihad: "Dutch government ready for fallout over planned anti-Islam film", by Sjheikh Yer'mami
The Dutch government is ready for any possible fallout of a planned film (...) >>>
Updated: 19th Jan. 2008
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Stop Islamization of Europe: "The Europeans showed their respect for Theo van Gogh" (round-up)
On the 2nd of November (2007) SIOE remembered Theo Van Gogh , who died on the barricades of this new struggle between modern liberal values and a medieval doctrine opposing it. Theo wasn´t always diplomatic in his expressions, often he was rude and provoking , but always honest in venting what he felt was needed to be said. (...)
Mohammed Boyeri (Theo's butcher) is the fruit of a system created by the ones who decided to tolerate the intolerable, who even feed young Muslims who have trouble finding jobs or finding their place in Western society the idea that Western society itself is the cause for their failure, that “making the intolerant Western society more tolerant” will solve their problems. When people in an identity crisis, with a major inferiority complex hear the same song from our dear politicians that their imam and their Quran sings…
When none tells them that to understand the “other” one should first look within oneself, and that “Western society” can´t be the root of all evil when millions come from all over the world to take part in it and learn to love it…except if they are a part of the religion of peace… >>>
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"Een volk dat voor tirannen zwicht
zal meer dan lijf en goed verliezen,
dan dooft het licht
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H.M. van Randwijk (1909-1966)

* Free translation:
"A nation that bows before tyrants
loses more than just life and wealth,
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BBC: HardTalk interview with Geert Wilders - includes video link
Geert Wilders wants to see a return to the rights of Europe's dominant cultures. Stephen Sackur talks to Dutch Member of Parliament, Geert Wilders about his strong views on Islam in Europe. >>>
Dated: 22nd Mar 2006

Related:

- "The Unholy Alliance"
- "The Jihad Project"
- "Stop Islamization of Europe"
- "Eurabia"
- "Islamization=Apartheid"
- "Apostating Islam"

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Introduction to Czech TV documentary "Stolen Kosovo"

The documentary "STOLEN KOSOVO" was censored in the Czech Republic. The suffering of Kosovo Serbs is too much bias to be shown in national television.

That there can be no freedom of expression under the dictatorial regimes was confirmed yet again by the state-owned Czech TV, supposedly a "public service" which took part in the financing of the Vaclav Dvorak's documentary "Stolen Kosovo" prior to the Czech Government's recognition of the mafia state on Serbian territory, but now, after their FM announced recognition of the fake state, refused to air it.

According to the Czech daily Aktualne, the representatives of the state television justify their refusal to show the one-hour documentary about the suffering of the Serbs in Kosovo-Metohija province by claiming the documentary is "unbalanced" and marked with "pro-Serbian bias", so "the tone of the documentary could cause negative emotions". To which Dvorak responded that the same could be said for the "Holocaust documentaries, where the Nazi Germany 'side' and 'views' were also appropriately ignored".

The authors of the expertly filmed documentary, who did not hide their disappointment with the state TV's blatant censorship, said that, while the Serbian television archives were used in some segments of the film (like the scenes of NATO bombardment and the footage of the carnage and victims of NATO aggression), not a single penny was received from Serbia or from Serbs for making of the documentary. At the same time, they have challenged the censors hiding behind the New World Order claptrap about "bias" and "balance" -- convenient empty phrases thrown around whenever the truth needs to be smothered -- to point to a single statement, image or a segment that is incorrect or false. An invitation that has, thus far, remained unaddressed.

The film which was first scheduled to be shown on Czech TV on March 17, the anniversary of the latest pogrom against Kosovo-Metohija Serbs in 2004, and than delayed for April, has not been aired yet. After the Czech Government has issued an illegal recognition of the state carved out on the Serbian territory on May 21, it has become certain that the "Stolen Kosovo" documentary has been taken off the broadcast schedule entirely.

Having their work censored by the state TV, the authors took their documentary to the alternative broadcast -- YouTube, where they uploaded their film in six parts and where it has received a wide, predominantly Czech audience. The Czech television is now using that as an additional excuse for banning the documentary, saying that the authors have violated the Czech state TV's right to exclusivity. So, they refuse to air it, but retain the right to be the first to show it, even if they choose never to do so. A kind of logic that fits perfectly in the world where an executioner must get at least the same amount of PR time as it takes to air the unpleasant pictures of his victims.

A note by the editor: recently the President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus has denounced his country's recognition of Kosovo independence:

Free Republic: "Czech president ashamed of Kosovo independence recognition"

President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus is ‘ashamed’ of the decision of the right-centrist government to acknowledge the independence of Kosovo, AFP reports. The government of PM Mirek Topolanek officially recognized Kosovo on Wednesday, three months after the state declared its independence. As a result, Serbia recalled its ambassador to Prague. ‘It is not a secret and I could not accept the recognition of Ksovo’, Klaus said before the media.
24 May 2008 | 22:42 | FOCUS News Agency >>>


Monday, June 2, 2008

"The Dystopia of Paradise": archive

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Politeia: "Communitarianism, Another Great Equalizer

We have received word from "Stop Common Purpose" that they have identified Barack Obama, not as a Socialist or as a Communist, but as a Communitarian. (...) Communitarianism is yet another amoral, Pragmatism driven hybrid of collectism (...) a version of Tony Blair's and Bill Clinton's Third Way politics, but they're moderates in comparison to some highly 'ethical' interpretations (enjoy this tract, if your physique allows). Americans may also know it as radical centrism as advocated by the Responsive Communitarian movement of Amitai Etzioni. (...) He counsels parley with Muslim 'Illiberal Moderates' (moderate, as in coercion of political correctness, rather than the violence of the bomb), appeasement at the expense of social liberties. Ladies, get your niqab out of the moth balls, because that's the Communitarian price for peace! (...)

Whatever name we want to give them, One Worlders, progressives, Socialists, Communitarians, neotots, find creation - as it stands - a vile, imperfect place replete with social injustice, inequality and insustainability. One of the most entrenched misunderstandings about Socialists is the equality principle. Most observers take their zeal for an egalitarian society as a signal of their holy belief in human equality. But the contrary is the case. No, to them all men aren't equal, but they ought to be. Hence the vigorous pursuit. (...) >>>

13th Nov 2008
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Politeia: "Of Tribes, Liberty and Its Individual Heroes"

(...) A group of Saudi activists began a rare public hunger strike Thursday to demand judiciary reform and draw attention to the detention without trial of 11 political reformists. (...) Humans in their primitive stages (...) humans sought security in numbers and shelter with each other, within the safety of the tribe. Random individual acts, which could endanger the survival of the community as a whole were (...) punished by exile, shunning and worse. Morality consisted in the common good, the well-being of the tribe, the lone tribes man or woman, was dispensable. (...) In the Western world (...) we discovered person-hood (...) that our prime instrument for survival in a cultivated world, are our own wits. Morality shifted from collective survival, to what constitutes survival of the individual. It is not always appreciated how far this development has helped human progress. There are forces in the Western world today that prefer humans with tribal minds. (...)

In Islam the whole of the faithful - the Ummah - is a new tribe, (...) we see playing out before our eyes (...) the death throes of the new tribe called Islam. Muslim men and women are discovering their person-hood. They're fighting for the rights that a sole individual requires to survive: inalienable, universal, human rights. Since the discovery of individualism took place in the Western context, this process from collective to person-hood is often understood by Muslims as "Islam being besieged by the West". The Reform process which would ensure the continuation of Islam as a faith, would have to consist in practicing it as a collection of individuals, rather than as the oppressive 'living organism' of the Ummah. (...)

(...) negative and positive rights are markedly different in nature and in principle. They are opposites. Negative rights liberate individuals from the suffocating oppression of tribal existence. Obama's positive rights on the other hand, newly enslave individuals to the collectivism of the state. We don't appreciate by half how rare and precious individual liberties really are. Wherever they exist, they are lone stars in oceans of collectives that seek to enslave free spirits to the suffocating risk-free safety of the tribes. Each nation and each generation has its own battle with the tribes. Today, it is the brave Saudi intellectuals with their hunger strike. As Thomas Jefferson said, "From time to time, the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots." >>>

6th Nov 2008
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Politeia: "The Audacity of Postmodern Indoctrinators"

The constant pounding on the Obama-Ayers Axis has at least had the added value of flushing the worst bugs of the worst generation - the postmodern gargoyles of chaos - out of the academic woodwork (which is where they chose, and were allowed, to die).

Human Events: "Radical Loon When Obama Was Only 47," by Ann Coulter

(...) Roughly 80 percent of former Weathermen are full college professors -- 99 percent if you don't include the ones killed in shoot-outs with the police or in prison -- i.e., not yet pardoned by a Democratic president. Any other profession would have banned a person like Ayers. Universities not only accept former domestic terrorists, but also move them to the front of the line. (...) Obama thinks it's a selling point to say that Ayers is a college professor. (...) The rogues gallery of Postmodernist signatories can be reviewed on Support Bill Ayers blog. All 3.247 to date are responsible for the dumbing down, the debilization of generations of students. (...) Also watch another interview with spokesperson Dr Alan Singer on Fox. Watch the soulless remnants in conference, part Ipart II>>>

26th Oct 2008
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... who needed more proof that the political alignment is wrong, here is it ... (background: the myth sprung by the Left that well ... the Left is Socialist and the Right is Capitalist (Hitler was the biggest capitalist of all?????), with third way liberals somewhere in the middle, is dead wrong. Both Left and Right are Socialist, statist, collectivist and anti-capitalism; it is old-fashioned Capital L Liberals who are pro Capitalism/free markets and individual freedom ... Sarkozy, of course is at heart a Gaullist (statist) with a thin Liberal veneer which is dropping at first sign of adversity ... he doesn't want to know it's his own regulations that causes markets to fail ... and when they do, it's the markets fault - you can't win this 'logic' ... the current credit crunch will be used as an excuse to unleash a whole new generation of Socialism on to the world ... let's venture a guess what this will be called: New Capitalism (alternatively: True Capitalism) ...

FT: "Sarkozy sets out bigger state role"

Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s president, on Thursday delivered a ringing endorsement of global capitalism but said its values and practices must be fundamentally rethought in the face of the biggest financial crisis since the 1930s.

He also outlined plans to strengthen the state’s role in the economy by under writing all savers’ deposits in French bank accounts and extending regulation to every financial institution and fund. In a sombre speech to 4,000 supporters in Toulon, Mr Sarkozy said the current crisis had killed off the doctrinaire beliefs that followed the fall of the Berlin Wall that democracy and the market were the solutions to all mankind’s problems. “The idea of an all-powerful market without any rules and any political intervention is mad,” he said. “Self-regulation is finished. Laissez faire is finished. The all-powerful market that is always right is finished.” (...) >>>

26th Sep 2008
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Politeia: "Thought for the Relative of Mind"

(...) Because of the basic fallacy in their philosophy Pomos (...) are mental drifters. (...) Man survives by brain power. In anthropological terms, hunting as well as homesteading takes not just physical prowess, but requires planning and cooperation based on ratio. A botched plan can easily claim lives. Unfocused reason leads to anxiety because survival hangs in the balance. Reality becomes threatening, a cause for more evasion, denial and anxiety. Emotion is elevated above truth. And so the irrational vicious cycle continues. (...) Since integrating thought is a conscious decision - this being the seat of volition, free will - evasion is the vice that underlies all other vices. This state of affairs is profoundly destructive (...) the essence of evil. (...) only Leftism is capable of walking the moral high-ground; righteousness is on their side. (...) they intensely hate the unethical people, the Rightists, the nasty ones!(...) The more they hate, the more the psychological defense mechanism of projection asserts itself. The opponent becomes the one who is 'hateful.' The second conflict consists in contradictions stemming from Pragmatism, which is solely guided by the expedient and so combines the irreconcilable (...) This is the ground zero of hypocrisy and double standards, truth and reality being relative to expedience. (...) >>>

Updated: 12th Sep 2008
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Politeia: "Global Warming=Earth Lib"

(...) A top Democrat told high school students gathered at the U.S. Capitol Thursday that climate change caused Hurricane Katrina and the conflict in Darfur, which led to the “black hawk down” battle between U.S. troops and Somali rebels." Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), chairman of the House (Select) Energy Independence and Global Warming Committee equated the drive for global warming legislation with the drive for women’s suffrage in the late 19th and early 20th centuries." (...) a dialectical process from the Rousseau school of thought is taking place in the mind of the Representative, the liberation of planet Earth from the oppressions of the perceived 'white, male power structure' (...) manipulation of facts, or the 'Orwellian' rhetorical trick of changing definitions into their opposites resulting in oxymorons, for instance Hegel's "true freedom through the state."Who remembers that modernity - the Enlightenment and its political offshoot liberalism, once stood for what is presently its opposite? Individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and rationality became collectivism, statism, socialism and anti-reason, the latter presently morphing into the ultimate expression and most frightening form of subjectivism: anti-humanism>>>

Updated: 15th July 2008
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Politeia: "Dutch Eugenics: Government Collapse Imminent!"

It would seem that a Labour Secretary of State has given fertility treatment clinics the go-ahead this week to select embryos on genetic markers for breast cancer. Selection already takes place with respect to other genetic disorders deemed unacceptable to postmodern society. This selection, based on deontology (Kant's good-intent-bad-result-never-mind ethics) takes place on 'compassionate' grounds. The Calvinist contingent (...) will withdraw their support of the Government (...) my sister was told today by the proponents of Selection on 'compassionate' grounds that - as far as they are concerned - she should never have been born. My best friend's family and children were informed today by the Selectors on 'compassionate' grounds that her life has not been worth living. Not waking up yet ... to the postmodern eugenics>>>

Updated: 3rd June 2008
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... in this week's column Ann Coulter's provides us with a good example in 'extreme ethics,' a situation in which the good has everything to lose in dealing with evil and has nothing to gain, and so the only course open is uncompromising rejection ... Ann, on 'talking' to dictators:
Human Events: "You Can't Appease Everybody," by Ann Coulter

(...) Will President Obama listen respectfully as Ahmadinejad says he plans to build nuclear weapons? Will he say he'll get back to Ahmadinejad on removing all U.S. troops from the region? Will he nod his head as Ahmadinejad demands the removal of the Jewish population from the Middle East? Obama says he's prepared to have an open-ended chat with Ahmadinejad, so I guess everything is on the table. Perhaps in the spirit of compromise, Obama could agree to let Iran push only half of Israel into the sea. That would certainly constitute "change"! Obama could give one of those upbeat speeches of his, saying: As a result of my recent talks with President Ahmadinejad, some see the state of Israel as being half empty. I prefer to see it as half full. (...)>>>

Updated: 28th May 2008
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Politeia: "Pomo's Inside-Out, Upside-Down World of Moral Inversion"

"Time and again these commentators express their surprise of postmodernism ending up on a par with Nazi, Fascist or extreme Nationalist ideas, expressing their shock, shock at postmodernist involvement in Nazi scandals, or anti-philosophes suddenly spouting crypto Fascist propaganda. (...)

Who thought that Adolf Hitler was (...) the lowest moral pit that man can stoop to, or that justice had finally caught up with the likes of Rousseau enactors Stalin, Lenin and Pol Pot had better think again! All along it were the perfide Brits - incarnated in the person of the old buldog, Sir Winston Churchill - who are the real bad, black dogs of history! (...) Read an excerpt fromHuman Smoke: "The Beginnings of World War II, the End ofCivilization," by Nicholson Baker>>>

Updated: 13th May 2008
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"Stability through Equilibrium: an alternative to 'the Dialectics'", by Dr Sam Holliday

The adversarial approach in mentality and attitude that is second nature to generations of earthlings - notably to lawyers and politicians - is today generally taken as the natural course of things. Only very seldom is it recognized as a man-made phenomenon; that things could well have been different had other choices been made in the past. It is hardly ever seen as a deliberate strategy to enforce desired results, the phenomenon so cherished by the Left: 'change to progress', motivated and justified by the ethics of deontology (good-intent-bad-result-never-mind morality). (...)

Dr Sam Holliday, a regular contributor to these pages, is founder of the Armiger Cromwell Center and developer of the Theory of Stability through Equilibrium (StE). He has now published an essay suggesting alternatives to the adversarial approaches of the Hegel and Marxist Dialectics. In an addendum he answers questions that might arise from the philosophical perspective. (...) >>>

Updated: 19th Apr 2008
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"Flunking Fichte"
"Education should aim at destroying free will so that after pupils are thus schooled they will be incapable throughout the rest of their lives of thinking or acting otherwise than as their school masters would have wished." Meet the Professor from hell, Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762-1814), Head of Philosophy and Psychology of the Prussian University in Berlin anno 1810. (...) Fichte applied Kant to education, as generations of continental school children, until well within the last century, may have been aware of, although perhaps not consciously so. "Under proper guidance, the student will find at the end that nothing really exists but life, the spiritual life which lives in thought, and that everything else does not really exist, but only appears to exist." (...) >>>
Updated: 22nd Mar 2008
Update: Dr Sanity: "Ayers and his Cohorts are what's Wrong with Education Today"
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"The Anti-Modernism of the Counter-Enlightenment"
(...) Althought we have not always seen it for what it was, during the last two and a half centuries or so the fruits of reason have been pitted in an existential dog fight with the reactionary forces of anti-realism. The movement in generally termed 'the Counter-Enlightenment', to underscore the culture's fundamental rejection of the Enlightenment. (...) >>>
Updated: 15th Mar 2008
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"Heckling Hegel"
(...) Hegel's contributions postmodernity:
1. Reality is an entirely subjective creation;
2. Ignoring Aristotle's law, contradictions are built into reason and reality;
3. As reality evolves contradictorily, truth is relative to time and place;
4. The collective, not the individual, is the operative unit. (...) >>>
Related: "Hegel's Legacy: Historical Events, Not Democracy"
Updated: 27th Feb. 2008
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"Countering Kant"
(...) It is ironic that the Counter-Enlighteners, who sought to prevent the godless, spiritless and amoral future that would be the result of reason and individualism, have brought about precisely that by Kant's subjectivism and his imprisonment of the mind. (...) Kant also held that reality conforms to reason, not vice versa. This marks the infamous shift from objectivity to subjectivity, the basis of the postmodern egocentricist pathology of the Master of the Universe syndrom (each individual creates his own personal version of reality: If I die overnight, will the sun still rise tomorrow?). (...) >>>
Updated: 21st Feb. 2008
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"Radical Rousseau's Ravages"
(...) Rousseau stands apart in many respects. He marks the fault-line in Western tradition between Anglo-American and Continental lines of thought, and forms the point of departure from the Enlightenment because he is essentially anti-modern [Wildmonk]. While loosely following the traditional path of Enlightenment thought, his radical stance differs notably on the crucial issues of anti-individualism [Isaiah Berlin, "Against the Current", 2001], anti-capitalism and against private property ("Radical Enlightenment", p. 273), anti science and technology, his radical egalitarianism, and the inherent mindset in which the means are justified by the perceived noble end.Rousseau is often quoted as the iconic philosopher of the Enlightenment, but it is quite clear he fiercely rejected all its tenets and values. No doubt, here we have the ground zero of the Counter-Enlightenment. (...) >>>
Updated: 4th Mar 2008
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"The Imperative of Self-Defence"
Furthermore, the objectives of consciousness first theories are separated from the mind, their values are divorced from reason. This implies that people can be coerced into conforming to it. From coercion to active violence and dictatorship, possibly justified by 'for the sake of the greater good', is but a step away. The frequent argument is that force is necessary, because man does not listen to reason; enforcers remain unmoved by the practicalities of their coercive actions, the consequences are subordinated to the noble goal that is all 'for our own sakes'. (...) >>>
Updated: 14th Feb. 2008
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"Of the Goodness of Nature and the Evil of Man"
Ever since the father of the Counter-Enlightenment movement, Jean Jacques Rousseau declared for the Noble Savage there has been a marked preference for anything 'natural'. What comes to us 'naturally', and all what is given us by nature is considered good by default. The Counter-Enlighteners have based entire ideologies upon the notion that nature is good, specifically after Charles Darwin elevated the law of the jungle to the Law of Natural Selection. This provided a justification for the annihilation of those who were considered weaker or degenerate - accused of slowing down the progress of the strong. It may not be entirely a coincidence that Communists who labelled dissidents parasites and degenerates, consider Darwin one of their own. (...) >>>
Updated: 11th Feb. 2008