“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Ongoing Series on "Religion of Peace"

The blessed season of Ramadan has arrived. We are told it is to be something like this:
"Muslims are also expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam by refraining from violence, anger, envy, greed, lust, angry and sarcastic retorts, refrain from gambling and betting and gossip. Sexual intercourse during fasting in the day is not allowed but is permissible after the fast. All obscene and irreligious sights and sounds are to be avoided. Purity of both thought and action is important. The fast is an exacting act of deep personal worship in which Muslims seek a raised level of closeness to God."

Since I am not a Muslim, perhaps I can be a little angry and a tad sarcastic. Just for some Ramadam fun and while sexual intercourse seems to be off menu if not off topic, let's take a peak and see how the "Religion of Peace" is doing this morning.
There must be something in the true spirit of Islam. perhaps this is the real mean'nin to the season:

Convert from Islam to Christianity killed
Refused to join crowd chanting verses from Quran during lunar eclipse
Posted: September 16, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Michael Ireland
© 2006 Assist News Service

Somali Christian sources report Ali Mustaf Maka'il, a 22-year-old college student and cloth merchant who converted from Islam to Christianity 11 months ago, was shot and killed in the Manabolyo quarter of Mogadishu.

According to a report from the Barnabas Fund, quoting a Christian source inside Somalia, the gunman was loyal to the Union of Islamic Courts, the Islamist organization that took power in Mogadishu in early June and now controls much of southern Somalia.

The report states the gunman shot Ali in the back Sept. 7 after he refused to join a crowd chanting Quran verses in honor of the lunar eclipse. Solar and lunar eclipses are significant in Islam and are accompanied by special congregational prayers. The Union of Islamic Courts confiscated Ali's body for 24 hours before delivering it to the grieving family, the report said.

The Barnabas Fund comments: "It seems that under the new Islamist rulers, who include hard-line jihadi elements, the tragic history of persecution and martyrdom for Somalia's tiny Christian community is set to continue and most likely to worsen."

The group reports that in July there were unconfirmed reports three Christians had been shot and killed by Islamists as they returned home from a prayer meeting.

In October 2005, an evangelist and house church leader, Osman Sheik Ahmed, was shot dead by Islamist radicals, Barnabas said. Also, children of Christian Somali refugees in Kenya have been kidnapped by Muslim relatives and taken to Islamic institutions in Somalia for 'rehabilitation.'"

The Barnabas Fund pointed out the leader of the Union of Islamic Courts, Hassan Dahir Aweys, promised to implement Sharia, or Islamic law, in all areas he controls.

According to Sharia, the group explained, apostates – those who leave Islam for another religion – must be killed. Union of Islamic Court leaders even have threatened to kill as apostates Muslims who are lax in their prayers, claiming this is commanded by Sharia. Several Muslims have been flogged publicly for drug-related offences since the union took control.

The Barnabas Fund report states more then 99.5 percent of Somalis are Muslims and regard Christianity as a foreign religion of their historic enemies in Ethiopia and of their former colonial masters the Italians and the British.

It adds: "There is a long history of conflict between Muslim Somalis and Christian Ethiopians, so anti-Christian sentiment runs deep. Most Somalis take it for granted that a true Somali is a Muslim and converts to Christianity must be traitors. These prejudices, widely held by Muslim Somalis, seem to be used to justify violence against Christians, both indigenous and expatriate.

The group says the inherent hostility toward the West and Christians has risen since the U.S.-led military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq and the recent Israeli campaign against Hezbollah.

Have a nice day.


  1. So much for the President’s allies rising to the occasion in the TWAT, it is not happening. Forget ménages à trois, the US must have a larger, stand alone military!


  2. Interesting comment from the Pope. Does anyone else detect a sliding away from moral equivalency? Is the Pope making a distinction between Muslims and infidels? You bet he is. Pope Calls on Germany to Respect Christian Asylum Seekers The conversation everywhere is changing and multi-culturalism is slipping into the bog of other failed social engineering theories.

  3. I doubt the Nato coalition holds together in Afghanistan. Individual countries are all having a rising populist rejection and revulsion against any more Islamic immigration. Look to see each country to either integrate Islam under increasing restrictions, or take a very strong position of repatriating the trouble makers. I noticed some strong criticism of Spain by France for giving amnesty to 600,000 illegals. There is the beginning of a real serious effort to stop illegal immigration from Africa and the ME to Europe. The EU will try and restrict further immigration as a group or the individual countries surely will on their own. No where in Europe is there much of an appetite for fighting beyond their own country. Lebanon and Afghanistan will be the limit and close down from there.

    Immigration summit calls for more patrols

  4. London Telegraph is reporting this: Syria threat over Golan puts Israel on war alert

    By Harry de Quetteville in Jerusalem
    (Filed: 30/09/2006)

    Israel has gone on heightened alert over a possible war with Syria amid reports that President Bashar Assad may be considering military strikes to regain the Golan Heights.

    A signpost points out that Damascus is a mere 60kms from the Golan Heights

    For years Israeli military intelligence has down-played Syria's capacity to launch a meaningful attack against Israel, and the threat level has been kept "low".

    But Israeli reports have revealed that the threat level had been raised after intelligence assessments that Damascus is "seriously examining" military action.

    The raised threat level comes as Israel prepares for Monday's Day of Atonement, known as Yom Kippur, a solemn Jewish holiday when the entire country effectively shuts down as residents fast and seek forgiveness for sins.

  5. Good morning gents. TWAT has spawned a thirst this morning and I can think of no better drink befitting TWAT than a Bloody Mary, hold the celery. Cheers.
    I believe the concept of NATO, the nexus, was that an attack on one was an attack on all. I guess 9-11,Madrid,London et al don't qualify as attacks, just police "events".
    So I will continue my unfinished symphony of how flaccid NATO now is, how it should be abandoned or reformed so as to have NATO bases, dedicated solely to the coordinated training and deployment of a NATO Division, under US Command.
    This theater of "we can't muster even a kitchen detail" is pathetic and no doubt driven by their fears of Islamic reprisal by their huge Muslim populations.
    TWAT needs countries with balls to confront it. Either that or reform it leaving behind the weak sisters and utilizing the Georgias of the world in an enveloping of TWAT Bear and Middle Kingdom.
    We could call it RAPE.. Realpolitic Against Perpetual Evil.

  6. Yes, you can see it on college campuses now. On t-shirts and bumper stickers.


    Spike Lee will do the movie in concert with Oliver Stone. The movie will not get into any of the meat of the subject but rather be about inner city gangs playing basketball, with only those millisecond flashes of their T-shirts which will have our logo above.
    The gangs will be converted to Islam but continue wearing the T shirts as they play basket ball, now morphed into what will be called "Slam-Dunk-Da-Head" which of course will be the severed heads of city council men and women. Their imam will be our first black president, Bill Clinton, who will have converted as a personal-feel-your-pain-apologia.

  7. With regard to the Georgia situation. The US should immediately dispatch a warship or teo to "visit" a Georgian port. Show the Flag and support. The Sovierts have recalled their ambassador.


  8. A Sovierts is a group of pre-verted Soviets.