Tuesday, 23 August 2005
Article. I. Section. 9.
Clause 2 Of the Constitution of the United States
States: The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.
Folks along with Afghanistan, Iraq and unknown locations around the world on our Southern Border we face not merely Illegal Aliens Crossing at will but a completely unknown to the General Public, Undeclared War being fought.Mexican mercenaries expand base into U.S.
By Jerry Seper
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
August 1, 2005
A renegade band of Mexican military deserters, offering $50,000 bounties for the assassination of U.S. law-enforcement officers, has expanded its base of operations into the United States to protect loads of cocaine and marijuana being brought into America by Mexican smugglers, authorities said.
The deserters, known as the "Zetas," trained in the United States as an elite force of anti-drug commandos, but have since signed on as mercenaries for Mexican narcotics traffickers and have recruited an army of followers, many of whom are believed to be operating in Texas, Arizona, California and Florida.
Working mainly for the Gulf Cartel, one of Mexico's most dangerous drug-trafficking organizations, as many as 200 Zeta members are thought to be involved, including former Mexican federal, state and local police. They are suspected in more than 90 deaths of rival gang members and others, including police officers, in the past two years in a violent drug war to control U.S. smuggling routes.
The organization's hub, law-enforcement authorities said, is Nuevo Laredo, a border city of 300,000 across from Laredo, Texas. It is the most active port-of-entry along the U.S.-Mexico border, with more than 6,000 trucks crossing daily into Texas, carrying about 40 percent of Mexico's total exports.
Authorities said the Zetas control the city despite efforts by Mexican President Vicente Fox to restore order. He sent hundreds of Mexican troops and federal agents to the city in March to set up highway checkpoints and conduct raids on suspected Zeta locations.
Despite the presence of law enforcement, more than 100 killings have occurred in the city since Jan. 1, including that of former Police Chief Alejandro Dominguez, 52, gunned down June 8, just seven hours after he was sworn in. The city's new chief, Omar Pimentel, 37, escaped death during a drive-by shooting on his first day, although one of his bodyguards was killed.
Authorities said the Zetas operate over a wide area of the U.S.-Mexico border and are suspected in at least three drug-related slayings in the Dallas area. They said as many as 10 Zeta members are operating inside Texas as Gulf Cartel assassins, seeking to protect nearly $10 million in daily drug transactions.
In March, the Justice Department said the Zetas were involved "in multiple assaults and are believed to have hired criminal gangs" in the Dallas area for contract killings. The department said the organization was spreading from Texas to California and Florida and was establishing drug-trafficking routes it was willing to protect "at any cost."
Just last month, the department issued a new warning to law-enforcement authorities in Arizona and California, urging them to be on the lookout for Zeta members. An intelligence bulletin said a search for new drug-smuggling routes in the two states by the organization could bring new violence to the areas.
The number of assaults on U.S. Border Patrol agents along the 260 miles of U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona known as the Tucson sector has increased dramatically this year, including a May 30 shooting near Nogales, Ariz., in which two agents were seriously wounded during an ambush a mile north of the border.
Their assailants were dressed in black commando-type clothing, used high-powered weapons and hand-held radios to point out the agents' location, and withdrew from the area using military-style cover and concealment tactics to escape back into Mexico.
Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada in Nogales said his investigators found commando clothing, food, water and other "sophisticated equipment" at the ambush site.
Since Oct. 1, the start of the fiscal year, there have been 196 assaults on Border Patrol agents in the Tucson sector, including 24 shootings. During the same period last year, 92 assaults were reported, with five shootings. The sector is the busiest alien- and drug-trafficking corridor in the country.
U.S. intelligence officials have described the Zetas as an expanding gang of mercenaries with intimate knowledge of Mexican drug-trafficking methods and routes. Strategic Forecasting Inc., a security consulting firm that often works with the State and Defense departments, said in a recent report the Zetas had maintained "connections to the Mexican law-enforcement establishment" to gain unfettered access throughout the southern border.
Many of the Zeta leaders belonged to an elite anti-drug paratroop and intelligence battalion known as the Special Air Mobile Force Group, who deserted in 1991 and aligned themselves with drug traffickers.
I SAY we should NOT treat this as criminal matter, but that Congress should invoke the provisions of
Article. I. Section. 9. Clause 2 Of the Constitution of the United States
Formally Declare that the United States in in a State of Invasion by and treat these groups as Non-uniformed Unlawful Combatants.
Treat them according to the Articles of War.
Which would be, pursue them as combatants, if taken try them by Military Tribunal and Execute them.
Leniency at the Discretion of the Convening Authority for cooperation and intelligence.
Those taken in Arms in an Act of War upon the United States should suffer the penalties for Unlawful Combat.
For those who would equivocate because the Zeta Cadres and the Drug Cartels are not Governments?
May I point out that the First Land Military Action by the United States after the Revolutionary War was against the Barbarry Pirates.
The Congress of the day, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton discussed the situation and decided that as our Shipping and Sovereignty had been attacked we were in a State of War with the Non Government Organization known as the Barbarry Pirates and therefore a Formal Declaration of War was not required.
Monday, 22 August 2005
Are we there yet?
Are we there yet?
Topic: Iraq War
Are we there yet?
Are we there yet?
Are we there yet?
That mantra will be familiar to anyone who has taken small children on a road trip.
Notice the resemblance to the other side of the political fence?
What DID you reply to them?
We will get there when we get there.
When we get there I will TELL you.
We learned the hard way, that if we DID set a time table and a specific time of arrival, there was a good chance we would see a dreaded "Detour, Roadwork Ahead Sign".
THEN we would have to listen to unending whining of
"AWWWWWWWWW, you said we would BE there now!"
Am I unique or is the far Left sounding more and more like whiny kids in the back seat of a car on a long road trip.
In a way,I guess it makes sense,one side of the Political Divide values the Rights, Liberty and the Responsibility of the Individual, the other?
Wants Big Brother, or is it Gros Pere? To make all the decisions do all the thinking.
So we will just have to do what we did on long road trips grit our teeth, hunch our shoulders and repeat.
When we get there I will tell you,
to the unending chorus of:
Are we there yet?
Are we there yet?
Are we there yet?
Are we there yet?
You know, it's not the first time a leader has had that problem in that part of the world.
Bomb Threat in Crawford
Topic: Iraq War
This in from PowerlineAugust 21, 2005
Our correspondent Gene Allen reports that just a few minutes ago, an unidentified man telephoned the Yellow Rose Gift Shop in Crawford, Texas and said, "Your shop is going up in smoke, you better get out now." Law enforcement is on the scene.
Gene describes the Yellow Rose as "a pro-Bush gift shop with a Ten Commandments monument out front. It is located across the street from the Coffee Station, down the street from the Crawford Peace House."
I don't suppose any of those peace-loving folks would have anything to do with a bomb threat.
UPDATE: Gene has more:
Last night there was a tiff between the anti-war protesters and Bush supporters in Crawford. The owner of the Yellow Rose stepped in to break it up. Law enforcement arrested one anti-war protester and he reportedly remains in jail. Police are investigating whether today's threat is connected to last night's incident. My source will be sending digital photos and I hope my 1gb mailbox is sufficient. She also took video and will burn a DVD to send me.
We'll pass on any new developments tomorrow.
You know over the years I have met pacifists, Quakers, Amish and the like. Now THEY are real nice folks, Peaceful, Serene, not a bad word to say about or to anyone.
Some of these Anti-War Protesters? The PEACE(?) Activists? Come on they are not promoting Peace.
They are promoting the OTHER SIDE.
It is simple. If someone is really promoting Peace you can see it in the way they live their lives and treat other people.
They don't call in bomb threats.
They don't boo and call an Invalided Vet a Baby Killer.Veteran gets rude welcome on Bainbridge
They don't call for a Memorial Service for the 1000th GI to die in Iraq and then harass his mother when she shows up.Drake's mother
was "harassed and yelled at, booed and hissed, told her son died for nothing."
Drake's mother reportedly left the event in tears.
The family attended the vigil because they thought it was meant to honor U.S. casualties. The event was organized by the Dallas Peace Center, which opposes the war.
You can know a tree by its fruits. I want you to just listen to the fruits of the Anti-War movement.
I read on one blog, the statement that they were the embodiment of American Patriotism.
Odd that used to be "I regret that I have but one life to give for me country."
Now for the Radical Left Anti-War Peace movement it has been changed into"This country is not worth dying for.”
Just think if we had had more Patriots like that during the last 50 years, we TOO could have had GULAGS.
Patriots? Excuse me while I try to wash a foul taste out of my mouth.
Yeah they are not Patriots, they are just supporting the other side, or they are dumb enough to be used by those who are.
Sunday, 21 August 2005
Resistance Is Futile. You Will Be Assimilated!
Topic: Islamic Jihad
"This is the Borg Collective,"Prepare to be assimilated. We will add your biological and technological distinctives to our own. You will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile."
Does that sound familiar? If you are not
a Star Trek Fan, how about a strange
resemblence in tone and intent with
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi?
According to themselves, the Borg only seek to "improve the quality of life in the universe" and add to their own perfection. To this end, they travel the galaxy, improving their numbers and advancing by "assimilating" other species and technologies, and forcing captured individuals under the control of the Hive mind by injecting them with nanoprobes. They harbor no ill will to anyone; they merely fulfil their biological or programmatic imperative to assimilate. As they say, "Resistance is futile – you will be assimilated." They make good on that threat by their ability to quickly adapt to any attack to render it harmless. Thus, any successful defense depends on the ingenuity of the opponent to find a method to stop the Borg completely before they can neutralize it.
According to themselves, the Jihadists only seek to "improve the quality of life in the world" and add to the perfection of the Ummah. To this end, they travel the world, improving their numbers and advancing by "assimilating" other peoples and technologies, and forcing captured individuals under the control of the Hive mind. They harbor no ill will to anyone; they merely fulfil their religous or spiritual imperative to assimilate. As they say, "Resistance is futile – you will be assimilated."
"I am Osama of Borg. Resistance is futile. Your life as it has been is over. From this time forward you will service us."
Oh to understand the "you will service us" allusion
do some research on Dhimmitude:The Status of Non-Muslim Minorities Under Islamic Rule.
Maybe this will help anyone who still clings to the illusion that what we face is a legal manner best handled as a criminal investigation, arrest and trial.
Saturday, 20 August 2005
It's Not Just Bias
In his latest post David Medienkritik posits a question for us.
Why Are the German Media Silent about Iranian Terror?
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder desperately tries to energize his doomed re-election campaign by "warning" against military "adventures" of the U.S. government in the nuclear conflict with Iran. Only with peaceful means, according to Schroeder, can the Iranian government be convinced not to develop nuclear weapons. Of course, no one in German politics or in the German media would dare to oppose Schroeder's anti-war rhetoric.
Not much is heard, though, from Gerhard Schroeder and the German media about some not so peaceful activities of the Iranian government. The Iranian democratic opposition sure would appreciate some help...
An UN-biased observer might point out that this does not seem to be unique to the German Media.
Medienkritik does present a partial answer to their query. the German media don't turn a blind eye to unbearable torture. It's just that Abu Ghraib makes a much nicer copy, with Americans involved...
But for me that answer is only partial it does not address WHY:
When the French went in the Cote d'Ivoire took out most of their Air Force and then later fired upon unarmed demonstrators the World Press reacted with a collective yawn
Ivory Coast threatens take France to world court over destruction of planes
ABIDJAN (AFP) — France faced the threat of legal action at the world court following its destruction of Ivorian military aircraft, as an Ivorian police chief said he saw French troops fire directly at unarmed demonstrators at a rally in Abidjan
But when demonstrators were fired upon in Uzbekistan, since there was a US base in that country it became a US issue. I note that there has been little coverage of the US moving OUT of Uzbekistan as a result of our reaction to that tragedy.
We do not have any answers as to why Tuvalu in the Maldives is constantly held up as an example of America's perfidy in not signing on to the Kyoto Treaty. It's true the Island is sinking but even the most cursory examination of the real facts and science will show this is due to the sub-Ocean floor in that region SUBSIDING. Tuvalo is not going to disappear beneath the waves because the level of the Ocean is rising but because the Island is sinking. So why the finger pointing at the US.
This is an issue I have covered in one manner or another in many of my posts. It is an issue that prompted me to start writing again a few months back.
Bias is to mild a term for what I believe is happening.
Bias is defined as " A preference or an inclination, especially one that inhibits impartial judgment.
What we see in the Media today and in Diplomatic Circles goes far beyond "A preference or an inclination, that inhibits impartial judgment"
It is evidence of something else entirely.
I have NUMEROUS posts which illustrate this viewpoint, I will come back here later and put the links in.
Until then I want you to mull over a concept.
It is the title of an article I stumbled on sometime back, which gave me pause.
Diplomacy, as War by Other Means
No I have not gotten Clausewitz confused, HE
said "War is simply a continuation of political intercourse, with the addition of other means."
But if you think a bit the concept is also contained in the famous statement by Clausewitz.
We have heard the phrase "Business is War", but few have pondered the concept Diplomacy is War.
Today we stand upon a worldwide battle field.
In this conflict the fate of Civilization is in the balance.
There are two outcomes, victory will be in the hands of those who believe that the Control of the destiny of the individual should reside in the hands of an enlightened oligarchy comprised of the Intelligentsia (which by some odd coincidence includes them)
That Liberty, Rights and Responsibility is the inalienble possession of the Individual and should not be abrogated by the State.
It matters not whether the battalions attacking are Islamic Jihadists, or Transnational Progressives, their goal, their ultimate society, in FORM and STRUCTURE is the same.
So NO, what we see today in the News, in the Media and by some Statesmen is NOT Bias, it is instead a concerted attack on ALL who hold this true.
" We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Some may do it for Principle, some may do it simply to obtain for themselves temporary power and prestige. It matters not their reasons or motives, what only matters is on which side of the barricades they have chosen to stand.
In this war there can be no Neutrality, at its end there can be only one victor. One mode of life for Humanity, as part of a Hive or as free Individuals.
That is the Future we face whether we wish to face it or not, it matters not, face it we shall, those who think they can hide from it? The future will seek out and find.
No Bias is too tame a word to describe this unrelenting attack upon America and what She stands for.
Something Called Hope
From time to time it is pleasant to take a break from the Meme Wars, and post some nice surprise that has come my way in the Internet.
And I will admit that since I started this blog it has been a nice surprise that I have gotten a fair amount of hits on my website from the MidEast.
Truth be told, until a few days ago the second most common nationality to come here, has been from Saudi Arabia, then I got a rash of visits from Canada, but Saudi Arabia is in a solid third place with about twice the count of its closest competitor the UK.
Now I never was one of those who thought of all Muslims as the Enemy. I had that position even before I started reading The Religious Policeman
and discovered someone who thinks a lot like I do. But that is not the blog I want to speak about today.
When I started this blog back up, a couple of months ago, after a hiatus since last November, I looked for interesting blogs to link to. One that I found was a blog in Saudi Arabia called From This Side of The Window
, now it is true that most of what Prometheus posts in A Small Spot of Light is in Arabic and I cannot read it.
Still on a regular basis I look at my sitemeter account and see yet another visit from that same referral website. I think cool, Prometheus has paid me a visit and click on it to return the favor and see what if anything is new on that site.
Then yesterday, I did this, and my immediate reaction was, the Universe certainly does love Symmetry. ;-)
There was a post called 75 years of America?s Mona Lisa
it concerns the American Gothic painting by Grant Wood.
To get some idea of WHY this event gives me a sense of Symmetry and Balance in the Universe, I live in Iowa now. The painting's birthplace was the Iowa hamlet of Eldon.
Also I live a ten minute drive from the Mother Mosque
of the Western Hemisphere. Like wheels within wheels my Blog in Cedar Rapids, linked to a blog in Saudi Arabia, which has a post about one of the archetypal Americana Paintings from Iowa and I am living right beside the Oldest Mosque in the Americas.
Perfect Symmetry, and that we are so connected is an incidation of something that I decided to make the title of this post, there really is "Something Called Hope" for all of us.
Now I will only post the beginning of Prometheus's post here I want you to go to that site and read the rest. 75 years of America?s Mona Lisa
The following is a critique of a new book, in which the author talks about America?s most famous painting: American Gothic .
Reporter John Miller does not seem to be fully satisfied with the author?s analysis and conclusions. He?d rather look at this piece of art as a celebration of American patriotism, whereas the author has a very different interpretation of the iconic picture.
National Review, August 18, 2005 - If the Mona Lisa is the world?s most instantly recognizable piece of art, then what?s the best-known piece of art to come from America?
That?s easy: It?s the painting that won third place in the Art Institute of Chicago?s 43rd annual exhibition on American paintings and sculpture, in 1930.
You know the one. You?ve seen it hundreds of times before: American Gothic, by Grant Wood.
I did get a chuckle out of seeing a European version of the painting.
New American Gothic? by Norwegian satirical painter Rolf Groven, modeled after Grant Wood's masterpiece.
Friday, 19 August 2005
The Moral Authority
Topic: Iraq War
Of the mother
of a soldier
slain in Iraq
is not absolute
This in from
One Hand Clapping
Veterans for Peace dismiss Gold Star mother
by Donald Sensing @ 3:20 pm. Filed under War on terror, Domestic
Debbie Argel Bastian watched her son, Capt. Derek Argel, killed in Iraq, be buried at Arlington National Cemetery and is upset that a cross bearing his name has been erected by Veterans for Peace at Santa Barbara?s Arlington West memorial and a display outside President Bush?s Texas ranch, where Gold Star mother Cindy Sheehan continues to protest against President Bush.
Ms. Bastian has asked VFP to remove her son?s name from their displays, but they refused.
As long as a soldier?s name is on the Department of Defense list of war dead, his or her name will be erected on a cross, Mr. Anderson [Veterans for Peace] said. A family member, he added, ?doesn?t have that call? as to whether a name is listed.
But wait a minute ? haven?t we been told that ?the moral authority of parents who bury children killed in Iraq is absolute.
You can read the full story at
The Gunner is a Minister now and does not allow profanity on his website. Pleas respect his wishes.
I would prefer the same here, but I AM thinking a few choice words.
If you feel like contacting
VETERANS FOR PEACE
Don't use profanity if possible. Simply ask them if they enjoy causing extra pain to the mothers of slain soldiers, and tell them you can understand why they do not have Mrs Bastian's photo on their website beside Mrs Sheehan's.
The Chrenkoff website has many other parents who feel much the same as Mrs Bastian, you won't be seeing them on TV, reading about them in the newspapers or seeing their photos on the Veterans for Peace website, normally, but you MAY see some of them on TV, because some of them are going to Crawford.
Thursday, 18 August 2005
This Isn't Supposed To Be Happening
French flag burnt outside Tehran embassy in nuclear protest
TEHRAN - A group of some 30 Islamist protesters Tuesday burnt the French flag outside France's embassy in Tehran in protest at its stand on Iran's controversial nuclear programme.
"England, France, two Satans, two Lucifers," chanted the demonstrators, as security agents tried in vain to stop the flag burning.
"Death to France, death to England, death to Germany," they cried.
The three European countries have been negotiating with Iran on behalf of the EU to keep its uranium-enrichment activities suspended in return for a package of incentives.
At their initiative, the International Atomic Energy Agency last week urged Iran to suspend all such activities. The Islamic republic could now be referred to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions.
The British embassy was pelted with stones and tomatoes on Sunday by some 300 Islamist students.
In a statement addressed to French President Jacques Chirac, the protesters condemned what they called the West's "double standards" when it came to dealing with the Muslim world.
"Any action which would harm the legitimate rights of Iran will be met with a decisive response," it warned.
Iran is at loggerheads with the international community over its nuclear programme after resuming the uranium conversion activities, ending a nine-month freeze agreed on during talks with the Europeans.
Anyone besides me have the strangest feeling something is MISSING in this article? ;-)
Maybe someone should tell them that, Germany has already surrendered so the, "Death to Germany
is rather redundant. This from
After President George W. Bush commented this past week that he would not rule out military force as a last option in confronting Iran over its nuclear program, Schroeder quickly seized the opportunity by declaring that he was for "taking military options from the table,"
While I know it might grate on France to follow Germany's lead, can anyone doubt that Chirac will be that far behind Schroeder?
I will have to admit that it feels odd to be reading about a FRENCH flag being burned by demonstrators.
However the TRUTH is, these were rather LAME protests, now weren't they? I mean. 30 outside the French Embassy and 300 outside the British Embassy??
PLEASE, the Mullahs KILL and WOUND numbers like that in protests against the Government all the time.
Iran sends in troops to crush border unrest
The Iranian government has deployed large numbers of troops in cities in the northwestern region which borders Iraq in an effort to quell three weeks of civil unrest that has left up to 20 people dead and more than 300 wounded, according to reports from dissident groups.
They said as many as 100,000 state security forces, backed up by helicopter gunships, had moved into the region to crack down on pro-Kurdish demonstrations.
The protests in the Kurdish areas came after the killing of a Kurdish activist by Iranian security forces in the city of Mahabad on July 9. Since then, anti-regime demonstrations have erupted in the mainly Kurdish towns of Sanandaj, Mahabad, Sardasht, Piranshahr, Oshnavieh, Divandareh, Baneh, Sinne, Bokan and Saqiz.
In the worst violence so far, Iranian security forces are reported to have killed at least 12 Kurdish demonstrators and injured more than 70 in a clash in the city of Saqiz on Wednesday.
Witnesses said the unrest began just before noon as hundreds of protesters attacked a paramilitary outpost with sticks and stones. Government buildings, including the governor's office, were also attacked and some were ransacked.
Protesters then gathered in the main square, chanting "Down with Khamenei", the country's supreme leader.
Witnesses said that security forces responded with live bullets, and some protesters were fired at by helicopters.
Kurdsat, an Iraqi-Kurdish satellite channel based in Sulaimaniyah, reported yesterday that police had detained as many as 1,200 people after the incident.
There Is Something VERY Wrong Here Folks
Topic: Iraq War
I do the best I can to cover the issues that I feel are important in an interesting way.
I try the best I can to find items of importance I feel the Major Media has neglected, for instance the unrest and turmoil in Iraq.
When I see in my sitemeter account that someone has found my site via a search engine, I try to find out by what means, what key words they arrived on my site.
TODAY I saw THIS link.CNN Websearch
I thought now THAT is cool, someone got here from CNN's website via their search on the web engine
Want to know what keywords they used?casey sheenan
If you click on the link the search will come up. I found my site to be the
"Committees of Correspondence
... any persons who are theatre professionals at the Sheenan vigil, they should arrange things much more theatrically ... you have it folks, FIRST Casey Sheehan must be forgotten and his ...
This should not happen folks. Of COURSE I am pleased that people come here and it shows up in search engines, but I am a SMALL site.
I should NOT be the 18th link for "casey sheehan"
Unless the denizens of DailyKos are succeeding.
Remember one of their goals was Casey Sheehan must be forgotten
The man and what he stood for must NOT be erased and replaced by a political agenda which defames him and the men he served with,
We must NOT let that happen.
Ordinarily I would be very proud, to rank so high on a websearch, it is one of the greatest complements someone doing this can get.
But today, my temporary victory is hollow, I feel only disgust and loathing.
I don't rank that high. I should be way back in the links, a minor site on the internet, that some but still a very few go to. I should NOT be the 18th link on the worldwide web with this man's name as keywords.
NO this is NOT right, even GOOGLE has me hereGoogle Search
"Results 31 - 40 of about 3,840 for casey sheenan. (0.41 seconds)"
"Committees of Correspondence
If there are any persons who are theatre professionals at the Sheenan vigil, ...
THEY would like to extinguish the name and desires of Casey Sheehan. ...
www.angelfire.com/ky/kentuckydan/ CommitteesofCorrespondence/ - 81k - Aug 17, 2005 - Cached - Similar pages "
DAMN IT! Being ranked that high on a google search on a major issue should make me PROUD instead I feel like crying. It's like have the grand prize turn into ashes.
Wednesday, 17 August 2005
Seven Steps to the Caliphate.
Topic: Islamic Jihad
I found the following through a website called, The Word Unheard
. Man he got that right.THE FUTURE OF TERRORISM
What al-Qaida Really Wants
By Yassin Musharbash
If there is anyone who might possibly have an inkling as to what al-Qaida are up to, it is the Jordanian journalist Fouad Hussein. He has not only spent time in prison with al-Zarqawi, but has also managed make contact with many of the network's leaders. Based on correspondence with these sources, he has now brought out a book detailing the organization's master plan.
An Islamic Caliphate in Seven Easy Steps
In the introduction, the Jordanian journalist writes, "I interviewed a whole range of al-Qaida members with different ideologies to get an idea of how the war between the terrorists and Washington would develop in the future." What he then describes between pages 202 and 213 is a scenario, proof both of the terrorists' blindness as well as their brutal single-mindedness. In seven phases the terror network hopes to establish an Islamic caliphate which the West will then be too weak to fight.
The First Phase Known as "the awakening" -- this has already been carried out and was supposed to have lasted from 2000 to 2003, or more precisely from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York and Washington to the fall of Baghdad in 2003. The aim of the attacks of 9/11 was to provoke the US into declaring war on the Islamic world and thereby "awakening" Muslims. "The first phase was judged by the strategists and masterminds behind al-Qaida as very successful," writes Hussein. "The battle field was opened up and the Americans and their allies became a closer and easier target." The terrorist network is also reported as being satisfied that its message can now be heard "everywhere."
The Second Phase "Opening Eyes" is, according to Hussein's definition, the period we are now in and should last until 2006. Hussein says the terrorists hope to make the western conspiracy aware of the "Islamic community." Hussein believes this is a phase in which al-Qaida wants an organization to develop into a movement. The network is banking on recruiting young men during this period. Iraq should become the center for all global operations, with an "army" set up there and bases established in other Arabic states.
The Third Phase This is described as "Arising and Standing Up" and should last from 2007 to 2010. "There will be a focus on Syria," prophesies Hussein, based on what his sources told him. The fighting cadres are supposedly already prepared and some are in Iraq. Attacks on Turkey and -- even more explosive -- in Israel are predicted. Al-Qaida's masterminds hope that attacks on Israel will help the terrorist group become a recognized organization. The author also believes that countries neighboring Iraq, such as Jordan, are also in danger.
The Fourth Phase Between 2010 and 2013, Hussein writes that al-Qaida will aim to bring about the collapse of the hated Arabic governments. The estimate is that "the creeping loss of the regimes' power will lead to a steady growth in strength within al-Qaida." At the same time attacks will be carried out against oil suppliers and the US economy will be targeted using cyber terrorism.
The Fifth Phase This will be the point at which an Islamic state, or caliphate, can be declared. The plan is that by this time, between 2013 and 2016, Western influence in the Islamic world will be so reduced and Israel weakened so much, that resistance will not be feared. Al-Qaida hopes that by then the Islamic state will be able to bring about a new world order.
The Sixth Phase Hussein believes that from 2016 onwards there will a period of "total confrontation." As soon as the caliphate has been declared the "Islamic army" it will instigate the "fight between the believers and the non-believers" which has so often been predicted by Osama bin Laden.
The Seventh Phase This final stage is described as "definitive victory." Hussein writes that in the terrorists' eyes, because the rest of the world will be so beaten down by the "one-and-a-half billion Muslims," the caliphate will undoubtedly succeed. This phase should be completed by 2020, although the war shouldn't last longer than two years.
A Serious Plan?
But just how serious is this scenario? "Al-Qaida makes no compromises," says the book's author Fouad Hussein. He obviously believes that this seven-point plan could well become the guiding principle for a whole range of al-Qaida fighters. Hussein is far from an hysterical alarmist -- in fact he is seen as a serious journalist and his Zarqawi book is better than most of the reports in Arabic on the subject. Only last year, the journalist made a film which was received with great interest and was shown on the German-French TV channel arte. In it he provided deep insights into al-Qaida's internet propaganda machine.
Nevertheless, there is no way the scenario he depicts can be seen as a plan which al-Qaida can follow step by step. The terrorist network just doesn't work like that anymore. The significance of the central leadership has diminished and its direct commands have lost a great deal of importance. The supposed master plan for the years 2000 to 2020 reads in parts more like a group of ideas cobbled together in retrospect, than something planned and presented in advance. And not to mention the terrorist agenda is simply unworkable: the idea that al-Qaida could set up a caliphate in the entire Islamic world is absurd. The 20-year plan is based mainly on religious ideas. It hardly has anything to do with reality -- especially phases four to seven.
But that doesn't mean that we should simply discount everything that Hussein has uncovered. A few of the steps in the agenda are plausible. The idea that Syria will become a focus for the Mujahedin is regarded by experts as highly likely. "Close ranks, concentrate on getting more recruits, set up cells," was the call to the "Mujahedin in Syria" which appeared on one Web site at the beginning of August. From the point of view of the jihadists, Israel and Turkey are also fairly logical targets for an escalation of the confrontation. "Al-Qaida views every fight as a victory, because for so long Muslims didn't have any weapons at all," says Hussein. He may not be far off. As for Jordan, al-Qaida leaders such as al-Zarqawi, have already made attacks on the country. They have also stated on numerous occasions that Jerusalem is the real target.
Equally, the idea that in the future al-Qaida could increasingly become a movement that attracts young frustrated men, is hardly a theory plucked out of thin air. The terror network puts a lot of effort into its propaganda -- assuredly in order to expand its support base.
Attacks on the West: a Means to an End
What is interesting is that major attacks against the West are not even mentioned by Fouad Hussein. Terrorism here cannot be ignored -- but it seems these attacks simply supplement the larger aim of setting up an Islamic caliphate. Attacks such as those in New York, Madrid and London would in this case not be ends in themselves, but rather means to a achieve a larger purpose -- steps in a process of increasing insecurity in the West.
Nowadays, it is harder than ever to truly understand al-Qaida: the organization has degenerated into branches and loosely connected cells, related groups are taken in, and people who hardly had anything to do with al-Qaida before, now carry out attacks in its name. It is hard to imagine orders which come right from the top because Osama bin Laden spends all his time struggling to survive. At the same time, the division between foot soldiers in the organization and sympathizers is becoming increasingly blurred. It is all too easy to fall prey to disinformation -- al-Qaida also excels in this area. Even Hussein's scenario should be judged skeptically.
His book should therefore be read for what it really is: an attempt to second guess how al-Qaida terrorists think, what they really want and how they propose to get there.
This reminds me of a book I bought and read a few years back, and from an online Islamic Bookstore, might I add, not some redneck, neo-con webite.
It was called:Methodology Of Dawah in American Perspective
In the light of the Dawah strategies developed by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) at various stages of Islamic propagation, this book addresses the issues related to modern day Dawah and guides the Muslims on preparation, techniques, medium selection, and other related challenges particular to dawah in North America.
Now THAT sounded innocuous didn't it? Until you actually READ it and discover that one of the main attractions to the Author for turning America into a Caliphate is our economic and military
power would in his eyes make converting the rest of the world SO much easier.
No, really they are that to the point in this book, I guess they don't think anyone but like minded Muslims would bother reading it. At $6.95 plus shipping I recommend picking up a copy, rather like reading Mein Kampf before Hitler made his place in History. It EVEN has a detailed plan over a long period of time, not to just convert Americans, but to infiltrate the government and over throw it.
You see they figure it is not necessary to convert EVERYONE just enough to get the job done. The first stages of Dawah are to be pacific and peaceful. the last stage after a core of believers is established is simply the armed overthrow of any previous system of government.
Well as I live and breathe, the man now has his own website at
FOR UNDERSTANDING ISLAM IN AMERICAN AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
Be worth scanning to see what plans this guy has for us Infidels.
Of course this guy's worldview is not like that of most Americans. In his world, soldiers just do what their officers tell them to do. In our world? The main part of the population which tends towards military service is what is called Jacksonian American. The oath taken when enlisting is to Support and Defend the Constitution.
Jacksonians take that seriously and I do not see the rank and file following orders to overthrow the Constitution and set up an Islamic Caliphate.
Still it would be sweet to create a virtual universe in which this did happen and dump into it all the Useful Idiots who keep shrieking how Fascistic America is and let them find out what that would REALLY be like were it the Truth. ;-)
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