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Aggie and I once brainstormed a Boston Terror Tour—a duckboat that bops around town visiting the sites of our myriad terrorists. We’d pass the house of the Times Square bomber (across the street from a middle school), the Cambridge high school where the Tsarnaev brothers learned to love America, Logan Airport (where two of the 9/11 flights originated), among other notorious locations.

Time to redraw the map, Aggie!

A 32-year-old computer whiz who was raised in Stoughton is suspected of using the high-tech skills he honed at Hub colleges to spread the bloodthirsty message of ISIS terrorists on social media, according to a Herald source and news reports.

Ahmad Abousamra — who was educated at Northeastern University and UMass Boston — had already been placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list last year with a $50,000 reward offered for information leading to his capture and return.

Abousamra graduated from Stoughton High School in 1999, but there’s no trace of him in the school’s 172-page yearbook, except for his name — without a photo — listed among the other seniors.

No photo? Hard to imagine why.

Abousamra, who was a co-defendant of convicted Sudbury terrorist Tarek Mehanna, still has federal charges pending in Boston of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, conspiring to murder American soldiers abroad and making false statements to authorities.

Mehanna, 31, a former pharmacist, is serving a 17-year sentence at the federal penitentiary in Marion, Ill.

Abousamra was named in a superseding indictment five years ago alleging he traveled to Pakistan in 2002 to receive military training at a terrorist camp “in order to fight and kill American nationals.” Prosecutors said he and Mehanna watched jihadi videos together for years “as a source of inspiration to personally engage in violent jihad and martyrdom.”

Abousamra, who authorities have long believed to be living in Syria, left the country on Feb. 1, 2004, to travel to Yemen, but not before he was stopped at Logan International Airport and questioned about his plans.

In 2009, federal prosecutors said Abousamra plotted with Mehanna to amass automatic weapons they planned to use to shoot up a local shopping mall.

“It’s starting in our own backyards,” said a source with knowledge of the case. “The longer it takes to get him the more vulnerable we’ll be. We need to get serious about it.”

Two words: road trip!

I confess I know less than nothing about Stoughton—though I’m guessing we can get a decent falafel if we stop there for lunch.

I note from Stoughton’s Wikipedia page that Stoughton was named after William Stoughton, the chief justice of the Salem Witch Trials. Don’t be so quick to judge. If we had waterboarded young Ahmad in high school, as they used to do the witches, we might have avoided some of this ISIS unhappiness. If he was traveling to Pakistan for terrorist training in 2002, you don’t think he was already day-dreaming of beheadings as a senior at Stoughton High in 1999?

Especially when you see what their mascot is?

Crusaders! Perfect!!!

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Meanwhile, ISIS Is Forcing Christians To Convert To Islam, And Then Beheading Them

Hey Europe! Where are the protests? Why aren’t you attacking people on the streets over this? And for that matter, where are the protests in the US? Where is our State Department or our Great Leader, President Obama?

If you’re following the news about ISIS, which now calls itself the Islamic State, you might think you’ve mistakenly clicked on a historical story about barbarians from millennia ago.

In a matter of months, the group seized territory in both Iraq and Syria and declared an Islamic caliphate, celebrating its own shocking slaughter along the way.

“I don’t see any attention from the rest of the world,” a member of the Yazidi minority in Iraq told the New Yorker. “In one day, they killed more than two thousand Yazidi in Sinjar, and the whole world says, ‘Save Gaza, save Gaza.'”
In Syria, the group hoisted some of its victims severed heads on poles. One of the latest videos of the savagery shows a Christian man forced to his knees, surrounded by masked militants, identified in the video as members of ISIS. They force the man at gunpoint to “convert” to Islam. Then, the group beheads him.

ISIS has targeted members of numerous minority groups in the region, including Christian nuns, Turkmen and Shabaks, according to Human Rights Watch.

ISIS is apparently beheading children too. So, again, where is the Western world? Or don’t you care?

– Aggie

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What Do Americans Know That Their Leaders Don’t Know?

Plenty:

Fifty-nine percent (59%) believe there is a global conflict between the Muslim world and Western civilization. Seventeen percent (17%) disagree, but 24% are not sure. These findings are consistent with earlier surveying.

Count me, and any sentient being, among the 59%. If you asked that question in the Muslim world I’m certain the percentage who agreed would be even higher. In any continent not covered with an ice sheet there is a significant, often bloody, conflict between the Muslim world and Western civilization (dare I write just civilization).

Among our other insights:

Many hoped that the “Arab Spring” protests that began three years ago would lead to a new era of democracy in a number of Islamic countries, but U.S. voters now see that as increasingly unlikely and think the changes there have been bad for America.

[J]ust 27% of Likely U.S. Voters now believe the United States and its allies are winning the War on Terror. That’s down eight points from 35% in April and 47% a year ago.

[J]ust 44% now think the United States is too involved in the Middle East, down from 54% last October. Twenty-one percent (21%) say we are not involved enough in that region, an 11-point jump from 10% in the last survey.

Considering what counts for “involvement” with the Obama regime, I’m afraid I can’t agree with my countrymen. Butt out of Israeli affairs. Let them win.

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Ceasefire?

With these people?

Al-Aqsa TV, the Hamas TV channel, aired on Friday, July 25, 2014 a sermon from a Deir Al-Balah Mosque, in which an unnamed imam called for the extermination of the Jews.

“Our doctrine in fighting you (the Jews) is that we will totally exterminate you. We will not leave a single one of you alive, because you are alien usurpers of the land and eternal mercenaries. You are the mercenaries of all times. Research the history, my brothers. Wherever the Jews lived, they spread corruption. Oh Muslims, didn’t you notice that Allah said: ‘They spread in THE land…’ The definite article in ‘THE land’ means the entire land. ‘They spread in the land corruption, and Allah loves not the corrupters.'”

That was on Hamass TV, mind you.

Just some hothead blowing off steam? Then how about this guy?

Palestinian Media Watch reported on Thursday that Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas had publicly declared the current conflict with Israel a religious “war for Allah.” On Friday, the independent Palestinian news service Ma’an printed an opinion piece that likewise interpreted the last lines of Abbas’ speech as a call to West Bank Palestinians to initiate violence:

“He gave the sign to let the [Palestinian] street in the West Bank loose. Isn’t the Quranic verse he quoted during his last speech, ‘Permission [to fight] has been given to those who are being fought, because they were wronged. And indeed, Allah is competent to give them victory’ [Surah 22:39, trans. Sahih International] a clear sign to loosen the reins of the street?”
[Op-ed by Muhannad Ubeid, Ma'an (independent Palestinian news agency),
July 25, 2014]

Violence began immediately following Abbas’ speech and peaked on Saturday, as reported in the Jerusalem Post: “Nine Palestinians were killed during clashes with the IDF and Border Police over the weekend, in one of the deadliest days in the West Bank in the last 10 years.” [July 27, 2014]

So, the bad Arabs (“Palestinian” being a mythical beast) call for the complete extermination of the Jews, while the so-called good Arabs enflame passions by calling this a holy war for the Big A. And Israel is supposed to submit to the demands—of the bad Arabs.

And that’s American policy?

This is a joke, right? Where’s the hidden camera?

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Let’s Compare The Palestinians To The Kurds

Very interesting perspective

I’m jumping to the middle here, but the beginning is worth reading too. The writer points out that the only thing Hamas could hope to gain is the death of Gazans and some sort of sympathy. There is no other reason to bombard Israel with rockets that accomplish nothing. But then it gets interesting:

The politics of the moment are fascinating and dreadful, but what really interests me currently is a counterfactual: What if, nine years ago, when Israel withdrew its soldiers and settlers from Gaza, the Palestinians had made a different choice. What if they chose to build the nucleus of a state, rather than a series of subterranean rocket factories?

This thought is prompted by something a pair of Iraqi Kurdish leaders once told me. Iraqi Kurdistan is today on the cusp of independence. Like the Palestinians, the Kurds deserve a state. Unlike most of the Palestinian leadership, the Kurds have played a long and clever game to bring them to freedom.

This is what Barham Salih, the former prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, told me years ago: “Compare us to other liberation movements around the world. We are very mature. We don’t engage in terror. We don’t condone extremist nationalist notions that can only burden our people. Please compare what we have achieved in the Kurdistan national-authority areas to the Palestinian national authority. … We have spent the last 10 years building a secular, democratic society, a civil society.” What, he asked, have the Palestinians built?

So too, Massoud Barzani, the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government, once told me this: “We had the opportunity to use terrorism against Baghdad. We chose not to.”

In 2005, the Palestinians of Gaza, free from their Israeli occupiers, could have taken a lesson from the Kurds — and from David Ben-Gurion, the principal Israeli state-builder — and created the necessary infrastructure for eventual freedom. Gaza is centrally located between two large economies, those of Israel and Egypt. Europe is just across the Mediterranean. Gaza could have easily attracted untold billions in economic aid.

The Israelis did not impose a blockade on Gaza right away. That came later, when it became clear that Palestinian groups were considering using their newly liberated territory as a launching pad for attacks. In the days after withdrawal, the Israelis encouraged Gaza’s development. A group of American Jewish donors paid $14 million for 3,000 greenhouses left behind by expelled Jewish settlers and donated them to the Palestinian Authority. The greenhouses were soon looted and destroyed, serving, until today, as a perfect metaphor for Gaza’s wasted opportunity.

If Gaza had, despite all the difficulties, despite all the handicaps imposed on it by Israel and Egypt, taken practical steps toward creating the nucleus of a state, I believe Israel would have soon moved to evacuate large sections of the West Bank as well. But what Hamas wants most is not a state in a part of Palestine. What it wants is the elimination of Israel. It will not achieve the latter, and it is actively thwarting the former.

Hamas is evil, to be sure. Yours Truly doesn’t care one whit what happens to them, but it is fascinating to try to understand their twisted thinking.

– Aggie

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If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Orobpa

I knew I should have taken that left turn at Alkinana:

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ISIS has formally declared the establishment of a caliphate, or Islamic state, in the vast stretches of the Middle East that have fallen under its control, and has outlined a vision to expand into Europe.

The announcement was described as the ‘most significant development in international jihadism since 9/11′.

Upon declaring a caliphate, the Sunni militants – whose brutality in attempting to establish control in Iraq and Syria has been branded too extreme even by Al Qaeda – demanded allegiance from Muslims around the world.

With brutal efficiency, ISIS has carved out a large chunk of territory that has effectively erased the border between Iraq and Syria and laid the foundations of its proto-state.

A spokesman for ISIS declared the group’s chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as the leader of the new caliphate, or Islamic state, and called on Muslims everywhere, not just those in areas under the organization’s control, to swear loyalty to him.

‘The legality of all emirates, groups, states and organizations becomes null by the expansion of the caliph’s authority and the arrival of its troops to their areas,’ said Abu Mohammed al-Adnani.

‘Listen to your caliph and obey him. Support your state, which grows every day,’ he added in an audio statement posted online.

Charles Lister, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, said the announcement was likely the ‘most significant development in international jihadism since 9/11′.

I’m so proud.

PS: How come the Caliphate doesn’t extend into sub-Saharan Africa? What’s Islam got against black people?

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Lighten Up, Francis

Aggie quoted Caroline Glick just a couple of posts down, but allow me to quote her again—if only because she agrees with me:

Consider first Francis’s behavior at the security barrier.

Reasonable people disagree about the contribution the security fence makes to the security of Israelis. But no one can reasonably doubt that it was built to protect Israelis from Palestinian terrorist murderers. And Francis ought to know this. Francis’s decision to hold a photo-op at the security barrier was an act of extreme hostility against Israel and the Jewish people.

As the former Cardinal of Buenos Aires, Francis may have heard of the November 2002 massacre at Kibbutz Metzer. Metzer was founded by Argentine communists in the 1950s. Metzer is located 500 meters from the 1949 armistice lines which made it an obvious beneficiary of the security fence. But true to its radical roots, in 2002 members of the kibbutz waged a public campaign against the planned route of the security fence. They feared that it would, in the words of Metzer member Danny Dovrat, “ignite hostility and create problems” with the kibbutz’s Palestinian neighbors.

Thanks to that concern, on the night of November 10, 2002, a gunman from the “moderate” US- and EU-supported Fatah terror organization faced no physical obstacle when he entered the kibbutz. Once there he killed two people on the street and then entered the home of Revital Ohayon and executed Revital and her two sons, Matan, 5, and Noam, 4 years old.

Fatah praised the attack on its website and pledged to conduct more assaults on “Zionist colonizers,” and promised to continue “targeting their children as well.”

Had he actually cared about the cause of peace and non-violence he claims to champion, Francis might have averred from stopping at the barrier, recognizing that doing so would defile the memory of the Ohayons and of hundreds of other Israeli Jewish families who were destroyed by Palestinian bloodlust and anti-Semitic depravity.

Instead, Francis “spontaneously” got out of his popemobile, walked over to a section of the barrier, and reverentially touched it and kissed it as if it were the Wailing Wall.

The graffiti on the section of the barrier Francis stopped at reinforced his anti-Semitic position. One of the slogans called for the embrace of the BDS campaign.

We said much the same thing two days ago. We hoped—prayed, even—that Pope Francis was blessing the wall—man’s wall, not to be confused with God’s Wall, where he also prayed—for its immeasurable contributions to peace and life. That’s us all over: charitable even to a fault.

Glick has plenty more to say, but consider this:

During his visit Monday to Jerusalem, Francis embraced the Palestinian mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Muhammed Hussein. Departing from his scripted remarks which called for the pope to refer to the mufti and his associates as “dear friends,” Francis called them his “dear brothers.”

Hussein has been condemned by the US and the EU for his calls for the annihilation of Jews in the name of Islam.

In 2012, Hussein said it was the destiny of Muslims to kill Jews, who he claims are subhuman beasts and “the enemies of Allah.” He has also praised suicide bombers and said their souls “tell us to follow in their path.”

Francis didn’t condemn him.

Why should he? The Mufti was just carrying on long-standing policy.


Three syllables…first syllable sounds like…empty, nothing, hollow—hollow!

I think Francis’s hostility toward Israel stems not from millennia-long Catholic enmity toward Jews—though that is the fertile soil from which it grows. No, his particular poisonous line of thinking stems from Leftism. Look at his anti-capitalist screed, consider his background in Liberation Theology.

We took issue with His Holiness over capitalism, as we do with all anti-capitalists. Capitalism is not immoral, but amoral. But in its amorality, capitalism is the greatest creator of wealth outside of an Obama stimulus package. Other than Obamaphones and food stamps, capitalism has lifted the most people out of poverty.

We will disagree—and condemn—Pope Francis here too. I don’t believe he shares the medieval Catholic view of Jews with horns siphoning off the blood of gentile children for their flatbreads. But his association with the Arab occupiers of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza is willfully ignorant. But that’s us being charitable again.

Glick:

Israelis and Jews around the world need to be aware of what is happening. Francis is leading the Catholic Church in a distressingly anti-Jewish direction.

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Happy Nakba Day!

Or Naqba, if you prefer.

How did you celebrate it?

Good clean fun.

I found myself seconds away from being beaten to death by a mob of Palestinian masked men during clashes in the West Bank town of Beitunia, north of Jerusalem, on Friday.

I’m not prone to exaggeration. It was a case of life and death, and I was within moments of falling victim to the kind of lynch that saw two Israeli soldiers who strayed into Ramallah in 2000 beaten to death by a baying mob.

I was saved by pure good fortune: Two plainclothes members of the Palestinian Authority security forces happened to be nearby and waded in to extricate me. I was already being hit and kicked from behind when they rescued me.

I’ve been covering the Palestinian territories for many years, and been in no shortage of sticky situations, but this came out of the blue. It was totally unexpected.

Unexpected? Do you read the papers?

I was there to report on the Nakba Day protests with a cameraman colleague from Walla News. He was some distance from me when he was approached by several Palestinian journalists who told him to “Get out.”

I walked toward them, and told them that if they had a problem, they should be talking to me. One of the Palestinian journalists, a young woman, then called over to a group of masked men, who swiftly surrounded me and began attacking me.

A “journalist”. I bet she was.

Naqba in name, naqba in natyure.

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And Speedbump Was His Name-O

There was a dad who stayed at home,
And Speedbump was his name-o.
He put a bomb in casserole,
And on us put the blame-o.
S-p-double-e-d, s-p-double-e-d, s-p-double-e-d,
And Speedbump was his name-o.

The Politically Correct narrative of the Boston Marathon bombing is sinking faster than Barack Obama’s poll numbers.

Remember Tamerlan Tsarnaev, aka Speedbump. The Boston Globe tearfully informed its moonbat readers that Speedbump was “a stay-at-home dad.”

When he died at the age of 25, Speedbump was a “person of interest” in seven murders in Massachusetts, so apparently the stay-at-home dad got out of his (Section 8) house every once in a while.

Now we find out that his 9 mm came from a “Maine gang,” two words I never thought I’d type in the same sentence. But then, Vacationland has become a diversity-celebrating magnet of late, welcoming all sorts of Somali immigrants who demand translators at their endless criminal trials.

Last winter, two Somalis went on trial in Lewiston for fraudulently taking federal housing assistance. They’d grabbed $58,000 in rental assistance when they owned the entire apartment building.

Now the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Speedbump had “ties to the illicit drug trade in Maine (that) helped finance his six month trip” back to the Third World hellhole from whence he came.

WHAT???

Authorities believe Tsarnaev’s ties to the illicit drug trade in Maine helped finance his six-month trip to the southern Russian republics of Chechnya and Dagestan in early 2012, where he became radicalized. Drug money, they say, also may have helped him buy components of the bomb that killed three people and injured more than 260 on April 15, 2013.

Portland is home to a trio of violent gangs called the True Somali Bloods, the Little Rascals Gang and a newly formed faction of the Crips Nation, according to the FBI.

Somali terrorists in the land of L.L. Bean? Are their turbans plaid? Do they shoot potato guns? Whom do they kidnap? #bringbackourlobsters

So much for the Boston Gob narrative that he was a “home grown” terrorist, a stay-at-home dad. We let him and his scurvy little brother in with their criminal enterprise of a family, and they repay us with a panoply of offenses ranging from shoplifting and domestic abuse to drug dealing, serial murder, and using a weapon of mass destruction. Imagine what mayhem Speedbump (Roadkill if you prefer) could have committed if he had gotten out a little more!

Precisely how Tsarnaev got the gun is still unclear. But police say he used it to wound Richard Donohue, a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officer, during the shootout. The weapon also was used to kill Sean Collier, a 27-year-old MIT security officer, in his patrol car earlier that night.

After the bombing, police found evidence that they said linked Tamerlan Tsarnaev to several brutal drug-related killings. During the night of Sept. 11, 2011, three men had their throats slit in an apartment in Waltham, in Boston’s western suburbs.

Police said thousands of dollars’ worth of marijuana and cash were sprinkled over the mutilated bodies, suggesting robbery was not the motive. The slayings remain unsolved.

Dead men tell no tales.

But their guns do:

The trace led to a Cabela’s, a popular hunting and fishing outfitter with stores across the country, in Scarborough, Maine, just south of Portland. Records showed the gun was purchased Nov. 27, 2011, as part of a “multiple handgun sale.”

The buyer was identified as Danny Sun Jr., a Los Angeles native living in South Portland, a Portland suburb.

But two weeks after the bombing, on May 1, 2013, Sun was arrested on a warrant in Westbrook, Maine, for failing to appear on an outstanding traffic case.

According to government sources, Sun, 26, was asked about the Ruger. After spending 50 hours in the Cumberland County Jail, he told police he had passed his gun to Biniam Tsegai.

Tsegai, 27, was well known to local police. An immigrant from Eritrea, he goes by the moniker Icy.

Tsegai was picked up three weeks later, on May 23, 2013, on Free Street in Portland on a fugitive warrant from a 2009 robbery case. He was taken to the Cumberland County Jail.

A federal grand jury in Portland charged Tsegai with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Michael J. Conley, an assistant U.S. attorney in Portland, noted in papers filed in federal court in January that the cocaine “had been brought to Maine from Boston.”

Tsegai’s rap sheet shows “almost five pages of police involvement,” Conley said. Charges include disorderly conduct, criminal trespass, reckless driving, robbery and refusing to submit to arrest.

Conley said in a detention hearing in June that Tsegai always seemed to be “around” when police were called to a stabbing, a shooting or other crime scene. He often carried $800 or $1,200 in cash, Conley said, although he only worked at a Wendy’s or a convenience store.

Tsegai refused to talk to police about the Ruger or anything else after his arrest. He remains in jail awaiting trial, facing a maximum sentence of 40 years if convicted of the drug charges.

According to court records, federal wiretaps of his jailhouse phone calls show he has warned others not to talk.

“Stay off the phone,” he admonished. “Change your phones, everything.” He boasted: “I told the police to get … out of here.”

Icy’s on ice himself. Icy’s in the cooler. From the ice house to the big house. Icy’s in hot water. Icy got busted by the heat.

Try not to let his story destroy your faith in Somalia. The Boston Gob, you will be pleased to learn, has yet to cover this angle of the case.

PS: Not that they have been completely useless.

The Boston FBI agent who fatally shot a Chechen friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev in Florida last year had a brief and troubled past at the Oakland Police Department in California. In four years, Officer #8313 took the Fifth at a police corruption trial and was the subject of two police brutality lawsuits and four internal affairs investigations. He retired from the department in 2004 at age 31.

Over the past year, FBI and Massachusetts officials have refused to identify the two state troopers and the agent involved in the May 22, 2013, shooting of Ibragim Todashev, 27, in his Orlando apartment, where he agreed to be interviewed. During the session, Todashev, a mixed martial arts fighter with a criminal record, turned violent, flinging a tabletop at the FBI agent and brandishing a metal pole at the trooper, they said. He was stopped by seven bullets from the FBI agent’s gun.

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Good News, Bad News

It’s all the same news, and I’m not sure which is the good and which is the bad:

A judge in Egypt on Monday sentenced to death 683 alleged supporters of the country’s ousted Islamist president in the latest mass trial that included the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader, defense lawyers said.

But in a surprise reversal, the same judge also reduced most of the death sentences handed to 529 defendants in a similar case in March, commuting the majority of them on Monday to life imprisonment.

Among the condemned was a real Badie:

Among those convicted and sentenced to death on Monday was Mohamed Badie, the Brotherhood’s spiritual guide. If his sentence is confirmed, it would make him the most senior Brotherhood figure sentenced to death since one of the group’s leading ideologues, Sayed Qutb, was executed in 1966.

Ah yes, Sayed Qutb, the perv who famously got skeeved out at sock hop in Greeley, CO:

What was so awful about Sayyid Qutb’s experience in America that led him to regard modernity as an abomination? Well, he went to a dance in Greeley, Colorado: “The room convulsed with the feverish music from the gramophone. Dancing naked legs filled the hall, arms draped around the waists, chests met chests, lips met lips…”

In 1949, Greeley, Colorado was dry. The dance was a church social. The feverish music was Frank Loesser’s charm song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”. But it was enough to start a chain that led from Qutb to Zawahiri in Egypt to bin Laden in Saudi Arabia to the mullahs in Iran… And it’s a useful reminder of how much we could give up and still be found decadent and disgusting by the Islamists. A world without “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” will be very cold indeed.

Courtesy of Mark Steyn.

Look, I hope the MoBros don’t get lined up and shot, most of them anyway. Life in prison is punishment enough for me. But Egypt (and the rest of us) have had quite enough of their nonsense.

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Islam for Journalists

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Islam for Journalists: An Oxymoron

Written by just a moron:

A “how-to” guide published by a prominent journalism school to help reporters covering Islam-related issues is under fire from critics who say it sacrifices the First Amendment to political correctness.

“Islam for Journalists,” an online guide from Washington State University, says coverage of the Muslim world can be fair, yet inoffensive without compromising journalistic principles. Yet it pointedly condemns publication of images of Muhammed, an act which is forbidden by the Koran, and seems to equate it with violence carried out in the name of Islam.

“Across the Muslim world extremists are wielding their swords with grisly effect, but the pen…can be just as lethal,” Lawrence Pintak, dean of the school’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, wrote in the introduction to the guide.

I beg to differ, Pintak: those weren’t pens sticking out of Theo van Gogh’s lifeless, bloodstained body. They were swords—or knives, close enough.

The author also seemingly panders to the Muslim faith, explaining in the guide that Muhammad is off-limits because “although he is not divine, he is considered ‘the Perfect Man.’”

“By imitating him, “Muslims hope to acquire his interior attitude—perfect surrender to God,” he added, as if such a deep knowledge of a particular religion is required of journalists.

Great. Knock yourselves out, Mohammedans. But lay off the reporters. If this guy has his way, they’ll sure as hell lay off you.

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