Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/31/2010

Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/31/2010The news feed is somewhat truncated tonight because I was away until late this afternoon and haven’t caught up yet.

The big news of the day concerns the possible move to ban face-covering veils in Belgium. The law has been approved by a parliamentary committee, but has yet to be voted on by the full parliament.

Thanks to Barry Rubin, C. Cantoni, Fjordman, Insubria, JD, REP, Sean O’Brian, Takuan Seiyo, TB, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

To see the headlines and the articles, open the full news post.

Commenters are advised to leave their comments at this post, rather than with the news articles, so that they are more easily accesible.

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Freedom is Slavery. Dhimmitude is Peace.

JLH has translated another article about the reaction of the German establishment to Turkey’s demands for the education of ethnic Turks in Germany in their ancestral language and culture. The translator includes this note:

This is an instant follow-up to the article about the teachers’ union. If there is a way to score this, I’d say that Erdogan threw a tantrum, then played nice at the meeting and this one-two punch got Merkel to take a half-step back.

From Sueddeutsche Zeitung on March 29, 2010:

A Little Peace

by Stefan Braun, Ankara

Chancellor Angela Merkel has shown that she is open to Turkish schools in Germany. “If Germany has schools for foreigners in other countries, then naturally Turkey can have schools in Germany,” Merkel said on Monday in Ankara after a talk with Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. They would just have to be bilingual.

Turkish schools must in no case be used as an excuse not to learn German, she said. Like Erdogan, she is not concerned about assimilation but about successful integration. “And on that we agree,” said the chancellor. Erdogan said that Turkish citizens in Germany naturally want to preserve their culture but also to integrate.

After their first meeting and after the critical comments of past days, Erdogan and Merkel exerted themselves to represent Turkish-German connection as good, dependable and trustworthy. In spite of contrasting views in the debate about Turkish high schools in Germany, possible sanctions against Iran and the question of full Turkish membership in the EU, Merkel and Erdogan emphasized that relations between the two countries are excellent.
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Erdogan spoke of “friends and allies” and of being “very important for one another,” and that their deeply rooted relationship could be a model for other EU states. Merkel praised the “close and friendly relations” between the two countries. The German delegation had previously described the relationship between Merkel and Erdogan as very good.

Concerning the nuclear dispute with Iran, Erdogan rejected sanctions proposed by Merkel. There must be further diplomatic negotiations with the Iranian leadership, he said. Previous sanctions have proven futile. “Are there nuclear weapons in the area? Yes! Are there sanctions? No!” said Erdogan, referring to Israeli nuclear weapons.

Before Merkel’s two-day visit, the tone had been getting sharper. Erdogan especially had been quoted issuing strong attacks, including personal ones on Merkel. There was talk of “hate” against Turks and of whether Turkey had become a “whipping boy.” Previously, Merkel had rejected Erdogan’s call for more Turkish high schools as she had Ankara’s demand for full membership in EU. With respect to schools, in her briefcase she had a full list of primary schools and high schools where Turkish is taught.

With reference to the Turkish demand for EU membership, Merkel said she had learned that the concept of a privileged partnership which the CDU and CSU preferred as a substitute for full membership had not “gotten good vibes” in Turkey. Merkel promised that negotiations would continue with options open, and should concentrate first on a solution to the Cyprus question.

The Truth is Not Officially Knowable

This came while I was gone, and everybody has probably already seen it by now, but here it is anyway: a newspaper blogger in Britain has been censured for posting a statement about culturally enriched crime in London.

The interesting thing is that Mr. Liddle is being censured for asserting something about the ethnicity of criminals in London as if it were fact. Since Her Majesty’s Government effectively prevents any comprehensive ethnicity-vs.-crime statistics from being gathered, this means that any assertion on such matters could be actionable under the mandate of the PCC, since hard data do not exist. By these standards, the truth about ethnic crime in London is no more provable than the doctrine of transmigration of souls.

It’s also notable that this blogger’s “racism” was not directed at Muslims in this case, but at Afro-Caribbeans.

According to Yahoo News:

First Blog Faces Censure by PCC

Former Radio 4 Today editor Rod Liddle has become the first journalist to have an online blog censured by the press watchdog. Skip related content

A complaint was upheld by the Press Complaints Commission after the writer and columnist claimed on the Spectator website that the “overwhelming majority” of violent crime in London was carried out by young Afro-Caribbean men.

Stephen Abell, director of the watchdog, said it was “a significant ruling” to make against a newspaper or magazine blog for inaccuracy.
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A reader complained after Liddle wrote in December that “the overwhelming majority of street crime, knife crime, gun crime, robbery and crimes of sexual violence in London is carried out by young men from the African-Caribbean community”.

Mr Abell said: “This is a significant ruling because it shows that the PCC expects the same standards in newspaper and magazine blogs that it would expect in comment pieces that appear in print editions.

“There is plenty of room for robust opinions, views and commentary but statements of fact must still be substantiated if and when they are disputed. And if substantiation isn’t possible, there should be proper correction by the newspaper or magazine in question.”

The article breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors’ Code of Practice, the PCC concluded.

A spokesman for the body said: “It was certainly true in this case, for example, that a number of readers had taken issue with Mr Liddle’s claim and had commented on the blog. However, the commission did not agree that the magazine could rely on publishing critical reaction as a way of abrogating its responsibilities under the code.

“While it had provided some evidence to back up Mr Liddle’s position, it had not been able to demonstrate that the ‘overwhelming majority’ of crime in all the stated categories had been carried out by members of the African-Caribbean community.

“Nor could it successfully argue that the claim was purely the columnist’s opinion — rather, it was a statement of fact.”

Hat tip: TB.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Your Red-Blooded ’Merican Nooz Right Here

The Baron’s away and the real happenings around the world are moldering in his mighty news machine, which only a very geeky programmer could ever figure out how to operate.

So, since the comments overflowed on the Virginia post today, I reckoned some real live American news might be just the thing.

Stipulated ahead of time: yes, we’re all nuts. We like it that way. Kind of like Australians, but without the Oz accent or the Outback. I don’t think Arizona qualifies as an Outback.

This news is 100% Obama-free…except for telling you it is, anyway, which makes it officially 99% you-know-what. Close enough for government work…

And on to our stories:

First item up is a post about Charles Johnson’s belief that the Tennessee state flag has some neo-Nazi elements. I kid you not. On the other hand, maybe Chazzer was just trying to get some attention and by Thursday it will all be “April Fools!”. CJ has done stranger things. Give me a week and I'll think of one.

Then there’s the guy who crawled through the Mickey D’s drive-through window so he could get his fish sandwich.

We had snow to beat all in January and February and now March is going out in a flood. Literally. Notice they said the storms have moved in a southwest to northeast pattern. Fortunately for us, the future Baron is in the southwestern part of the state. Thus, while the Baron left here in the rain by the time he’d gotten to the mountains down there, the sun was shining. All the rivers have been up and rushing over their banks. Real Spring has followed our first Real Winter in decades. Which means Real Summer is going to be a killer.

Fox News, the media outlet all superior beings love to hate, is taking the rest of them to the cleaners. For the past 99 months, Fox has led the rest in cable news and it continues to climb as the oh-so-politically-correct media gnash their teeth in the outer darkness. Just wait till Sarah Palin starts there. Whowee, the haters will be coming out of the woodwork, drooling on their shoes. Another April Fool’s joke: she starts April 1st. Another reason not to have a TV.

Speaking of haters, the FBI infiltrated a whacko-Christian group. An armed whacko Christian group…
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These dudes are all safely in jail and every leftist atheist blog in the country is rejoicing that our polity has been saved yet again from more Krazy Kristian Killers, also known as rightwingextremists. So now when do they go after Jamaat-ul-Fuqra Islamic hatred and infiltrate their compounds? Don’t hold your breath.

NASA climate data is even more questionable than “the besmirched Climate-Gate data”. Hey, that means we’re even worse than the UK professors because our blunders weren’t purposeful. Just more government keystone cops bureaucracy in the US but the wily Brits, they were the real deal. Clever and evil instead of merely hapless. That doesn’t mean we won’t continue to pursue the clean green dream. Why let reality or economics get in the way of Utopia? Ah, I just love Gaia religion. Can't wait for the Spring rituals, the ones where they lay the wreath on Rachel Carson's monument. Maybe I'll burn some trash in the yard in her honor or spray a little weed killer on the damn clover.

More women are arming themselves against a sea of woe. Read about the Quaker woman with a Glock 9mm and other tales of the felt need for self-defense. Only in America? Sure. Because in America women are permitted to arm themselves. Makes potential rapists nervous.

Good news for those Navy Seals who are being keel-hauled by their superiors. It’s a wonder that young men volunteer to be put in harm’s way anymore, especially considering that the harm seems to come from those in command.

The Census. Has yours come in the mail yet? Did you get the short form (numbers and ages of people in the house, plus race) or the long form, which asks for more data. We got the short form and dutifully filled it out and mailed it. A friend of the fB’s turned his Anglo name into something Hispanic-sounding…if you call “Smithito” Hispanic, that is. Sister Toldjah has some ideas as to why folks feel annoyed with this. Could it be that 2010 will be the last census for a while? This is not going to play out well.

Discrimination! Smokers need not apply to this hospital. Current employees won’t be fired, but any future job-seekers will have to pass a nicotine test. As of May 1st. This is a growing trend, but soon everyone will be too poor to smoke anyway.

Oh, I nearly forgot this news since it's nearly a week old now. But look for the new fad this summer - flash mobs. One of the downsides to teh burgeoning social media, hmm? I already mentioned the long hot summer ahead. Seems like it may get even hotter in urban areas.

The genuine, world-wide, interesting news will return tomorrow. As will the Keeper of the News Machine. Meanwhile, if anyone has more American news, leave it in the comments.

Iranian Nuclear Scientist Defected to Great Satan...Last Year

Umm...breaking news...

It seems that a scientist from Iran who went to Saudi Arabia on a pilgrimage last June got lost on his way back home. Or maybe bad Americans kidnapped him? How come Saudi Arabia doesn't have the video tapes?

An award-winning Iranian nuclear scientist, who disappeared last year under mysterious circumstances, has defected to the CIA and been resettled in the United States, according to people briefed on the operation by intelligence officials.


A spokesperson for the CIA declined to comment. In its declassified annual report to Congress, the CIA said…
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“Iran is keeping open the option to develop nuclear weapons though we do not know whether Tehran eventually will decide to produce nuclear weapons.”

Amiri, a nuclear physicist in his early 30s, went missing last June three days after arriving in Saudi Arabia on a pilgrimage, according to the Iranian government. He worked at Tehran’s Malek Ashtar University, which is closely connected to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, according to the Associated Press.


Iran’s Foreign Minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, and other Iranian officials last year blamed the U.S. for “kidnapping” Amiri, but his whereabouts had remained a mystery until now. [the rest of the story from ABC is at the link]

Heaven knows the man wouldn’t have willingly come to the U.S. It stands to reason that the Great Satan kidnapped him and forced him here.

Hot Air has some opinions on this story, which is just beginning to get legs even though the disappearance occurred last year. Allahpundit says:

  • This is just the latest reminder that the CIA’s doing some bang-up work these days (no pun intended). Hats off to Panetta and crew. [see link at original post]
  • He points out that Amiri was long since thought to have defected…or been kidnapped by the Torture-R-US Crue. The Sunday Telegraphreported Amiri’s disappearance four months ago [see link at Hot Air] The ‘Graf speculated he’d “given up the goods on Iran’s nuclear program”. As Hot Air says, Amiri helped “fill in the blanks”.

However, he questions why old information is being treated as breaking news.

He wonders if it’s a matter of timing. Western intelligence believes Iran is busy as a beaver building more nuclear sites. Thus, breaking the news now, the administration hopes to make Iran paranoid about (a) what do we know and when did we know it; (b) even more paranoid that we could get one of their scientists; and (c) this may pressure the usual foot-dragging suspects - i.e., Russia and China - to move toward a tougher stance. We can complain about the villainous Iranian government by ourselves, but it rises to a whole nother level when one of their own, now safe, nuclear scientists says, yes indeedy, Iran is being very bad.

At the end of his post, AllahP has a video of Obama and Sarkozy in a joint press conference today saying that eight years is enough and we’re running out of patience. Sheesh. Only the insane have any patience left to reel out anymore.

Anyway, if you can stand to look at the infotainment of the Obama administration, it might be worth a look.

But the real deal is whether or not the Russians are paying attention. Otherwise, there won’t be any sanctions because America doesn’t do ‘real’ sanctions. Nope. Not our style. We literally bow & scrape and call this behavior “foreign policy”.

Meanwhile, good Muslim nuclear scientists in Iran who want to make a pilgrimage to Mecca in the future are probably going to be closely guarded by their keepers. The methodology for such cases is surely something for which Russians can give plenty of pointers. Putin must be a mother lode of proven techniques.

As for the ‘resettled’ scientist, you have to wonder how safe he really is. The tentacles of Iran and its friends are long and intrusive.

Are Virginia Democrats Dumbed-Down Dhimmis?

The video below examines the reactions of various state Democrats to the exposure of their support for Dar al Hijrah “Islamic Institute” in Northern Virginia. That support took the form of being listed on the poster for the Center’s fundraising dinner to be held on April 3rd.

These dhimmis are obviously cool with the idea of promoting the Islamization of Virginia. Dar al Hijrah is attempting to raise the money to buy their building (currently rented). The whole project will cost about ten million dollars. It will include the mosque, an Islamic academy, and a youth center.

[If you get an error message on the video, click You Tube link at bottom right]

These lovely people are part and parcel of the Virginia Jihad, which is far larger than this wiki acknowledges.
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In this investigative report (I suggest you follow the links they have), a previous fund-raiser in February at was specifically designated to help with the legal fees accrued by Sabri Benkahla. For fun, google his name and see all the usual suspect organizations pop up, including our beloved ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union).

Benkahla was part of this group of convicted terrorists whose links to Lashkar-e-Taiba were successfully established when they were convicted[pdf] in 2005, back when CNN was still putting scare quotes around “terrorist”.

David Headley, the American terrorist arrested by the FBI in Chicago is also heavily connected to LeT. Five years on, this CNN background video on Headley is no longer putting those scare quotes around “terrorist”, at least not when it comes to the American Mumbai plotter who agreed to ‘cooperate’ and give information to avoid being executed for the capital crimes that occurred in India.

Interestingly, the CNN video doesn’t even mention Headley’s aborted plans to kill Kurt Westagaard and Fleming Rose before moving on to behead the employees of Jyllands-Posten, throwing his bloody Jihad prizes out the windows and finishing it all off by blowing himself up. As the imam says, he wasn't going to be a murderer, nor was he a murderer in helping plan for Mumbai. No, Headley was to be a martyr, busy restoring Islam's honor. So now he's squealing on his connections in exchange for his life. Some honor, Doodad.

As the video feature shows, there are many links between American terrorists and Dar al Hijrah. These links are well-known to anyone who bothers to look at the progress terrorist groups are making in the U.S. It is crucial that any politician be conversant with what Islam is doing in his area of governance.

This particularly applies to Democrat National Chairman and ex-governor of Virginia, Tim Kaine. He has been burned by his ignorance in this area while serving as governor. His behavior in this endorsement of Dar al Hijrah could be considered dereliction by those willing to cut him a break. I think ex-Governor Tim "Judas" Kaine's commissions are far worse than mere dereliciton.

It’s well past time for these information-impaired politicians to wise up. They ought to be in the front lines of the fight against the inroads Islam is making in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Instead, they’re busy trading votes and using our safety as their currency.

They have no shame.

It just goes to show what politicians are willing to do in exchange for a few votes.

Oops, forgot the Hat Tip. Apologies to Occidental Soapbox

Moving Day

WayfarerI’ll be away all day today and into tomorrow, helping the future Baron move into his new digs in Southwest Virginia.

Be kind and well-disposed towards one another (and to Dymphna) during my absence. No news feed tonight; it will resume tomorrow.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/29/2010

Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/29/2010Muammar Ghaddafi, the Man of Many Spellings, recommends that Nigeria be partitioned. Col. Qadafi thinks the country should be divided into multiple ethnic states, and not just between Muslims and Christians.

In other news, the French Council of State has approved a limited ban on the wearing of veils in public administration. Also, Ford has sold Volvo to a Chinese company for $1.8 billion.

Thanks to Barry Rubin, C. Cantoni, Diana West, Insubria, JD, TB, Zenster, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

To see the headlines and the articles, open the full news post.

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German Teachers’ Association: Turks Must Assimilate

This is a refreshing change from the usual tales of Western dhimmitude and appeasement. In a response to recent inflammatory remarks by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the German Teachers’ Association spoke out with notable political incorrectness.

JLH, who translated the article below, has this to say:

Erdogan is again pushing the envelope. If he keeps revealing the grand strategy and simultaneously irritating segments of German society, he may turn out to be the best weapon the anti-jihadists have.

From last Friday’s Hanover Zeitung, as reported in Europe News:

German Teachers’ Association Attacks Turkish Premier Erdogan

The president of the Teachers’ Association, Josef Kraus, has expressed strong disapproval of Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s push for Turkish high schools in Germany. “That is unacceptable and anti-integration, to the disadvantage of young Turks living here,” said Kraus to the Rheinische Post.
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The head of the Teachers’ Association accused Erdogan of Islamic expansionism and called on Chancellor Angela Merkel, during her visit to Ankara in the coming week, to decisively reject Turkish interference in German affairs.

The Teachers’ Association, he said, is not against requiring Turkish as a second or third language, to strengthen the language capabilities of young Turks. But it is clear that, with all due deference to ethnic origin, Germany must require not only integration, but assimilation, of all Turks living here.

A Modest Proposal for an EU-Wide Minaret Ban

Opponents of the Islamization of Europe gathered in Germany on Saturday to discuss the idea of a referendum on an EU-wide minaret ban, modeled on last year’s referendum in Switzerland. In an ironic hoist-with-their-own-petard moment, the referendum is being proposed in accordance with the EU’s own rules recently put in place by the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty.

Our Flemish correspondent VH has compiled a report on the event in Gelsenkirchen, beginning with a summary based on articles from NOS and FOK! Nieuws:

Call for EU referendum on minarets

Minaret ban: Pro-NRWA number of right wing parties from several European countries would like to see a follow-up on the Swiss minaret-ban in Europe.

The parties announced this at a conference on March 27 in Gelsenkirchen, organized by the German party pro-NRW to launch a campaign for a European referendum. The Treaty of Lisbon makes European referendums possible under certain, not fully worked out conditions. For instance, it is unclear exactly how many countries should support such an initiative, although the according to the European Commission, nine member states should be sufficient. Of those countries, 0.2 percent of the population would then have to sign off on the initiative. As soon as this is clear, a follow-up conference will be organized in the European capital Brussels, to take the next concrete steps towards an EU-wide referendum.

The referendum that was held nearly four months ago in Switzerland at the initiative of the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) stands as the model for the European referendum (including the poster, which is used with permission of the SVP an adapted version of the Swiss poster). Around sixty percent of Swiss voters agreed last year with a ban on minarets.

Besides the German party pro-NRW, other parties from among others Belgium (Flemish Interest), Austria (FPÖ) and Sweden (Sverigedemokraterne) took part in the initiative.

The various speakers at the conference left nothing to the imagination. Filip Dewinter, leader of Vlaams Belang said: “Islam is a conquering religion that seeks the destruction of our democracy and its replacement replace it a dictatorship based on Sharia. On one thing you need not doubt: Islam intends to conquer all of Europe. Islam is a predator, ready on jump on the weakest victim: Europe ages, dies out and leaves itself blinded by the multicultural away-with-us ideology.

Also the Catalan Josep i Rius Anglada and the Swede Kent Ekeroth let their opinions be heard. Rius Anglada quoted an old Spanish slogan, which was used in battle against the forces of the dictator Franco. “Islamists, no pasaran, you cannot get through.” Kent Ekeroth said, quoting Winston Churchill: “We’ll fight till victory. Victory at all costs. Because without victory we will not survive”.
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Vlaams Belang and the Austrian FPÖ put a lot of effort in the financial and organizational support into the campaign and into pro-NRW. Dewinter: “Here we lay the foundations of an international [organization] against Islamization. We are the voice of the European majority.”

Following the congress, in Duisburg-Marxloh a demonstration was held to protest against the building in Marxloh of the large “Merkez Mosque”.

From Abendland in Christenhand, the website of the anti-minaret initiative:

The Turkish press outlets “TÜRKIYE” and “SABAH” reported with sensational and polemical articles about the planned international conference of pro-NRW for a Europe-wide ban on minarets in the Ruhr area and the planned protests at various mosques. According to them, the activities should be prohibited by the executive, as it would allegedly insult Muslims and would undermine their rights. Turkish journalists had also announced that they would show up in great numbers on the last weekend of March to defend the supposedly marginalized Muslims in the Ruhr area.

Source for the minaret poster: Abendland in Christenhand.

Update on the Moscow Terror Attack

The explosions at two Moscow metro stations early this morning, which killed at least 37 people, were the result of suicide bomb attacks by two female terrorists. No terror group has yet claimed responsibility, but the attacks are believed to be the work of Muslim separatists from the North Caucasus.

The excerpts below are from The Daily Mail. Be warned: the original article includes graphic photos. Sensitive readers are advised not to click the link.

Hunt for ‘Black Widow’ Terror Gang After Female Suicide Bombers Kill at Least 37 in Bomb Attacks on Moscow Trains

Police in Moscow were tonight searching for female accomplices of two women suicide bombers who killed at least 37 people and injured 65 by targeting two packed tube trains during the busy rush hour.

President Dmitry Medvedev declared Russia would act ‘without compromise’ to root out terrorists as he ordered airports to be put on alert and security to be stepped up throughout the country.

The two bombs are the worst attack on the Russian capital for six years and no group has yet claimed responsibility.

But suspicion has fallen on Muslim militants from the North Caucasus, where the Kremlin is fighting a growing Islamist insurgency spreading from Chechnya to neighbouring Dagestan and Ingushetia.

Alexander Bortnikov, head of Russia’s Federal Security Service, said the terrorists were likely to have been ‘black widows’, Muslim women radicalised by the situation in the North Caucasus.

‘Body parts belonging to two female suicide bombers were found and, according to initial data, these persons are linked to the north Caucasus,’ he said.

Police are tonight expected to publish CCTV images of the suicide bombers, along with two women of ‘Slav appearance’ who accompanied them.
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Witnesses spoke of panic at the two underground stations this morning after the blasts as people fell over each other in dense smoke and dust, trying to escape.


The first explosion tore through the second carriage of a metro train just before 8am as it stood at the Lubyanka station, close to the headquarters of Russia’s main domestic security service FSB. It killed at least 23 people.

About 40 minutes later, another blast in the second carriage of a train waiting at the Park Kultury metro station, opposite Gorky Park, killed 12 to 14 more people.

Both bombers wore explosive belts packed with bolts and iron rods to maximise casualties.

The bombers have believed to have been identified from surveillance videos inside the Red Arrow underground trains.

Analysis of footage from other cameras in Moscow Metro stations has also helped identify the faces of two women and a man.

The report also quoted a source saying earlier that the female suicide bombers boarded the train at Yugo-Zapadnaya station in southwest Moscow.


Surveillance camera footage posted on the internet showed several motionless bodies lying on the floor or slumped against the wall in Lubyanka station lobby and emergency workers crouched over victims, trying to treat them.

Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov told reporters that female suicide bombers had carried out the attacks.

Prosecutors said they had opened a ‘terrorism investigation’ after forensic experts found the remains of a female bomber.

The Russian rouble fell to 34.25 from 34.13 against the central bank’s euro-dollar basket, on concern the blasts could indicate the start of a bombing campaign against Russian cities.

Russian equity markets were little changed, with the rouble denominated MICEX index up 0.04 percent.


The current death toll makes it the worst attack on Moscow since February 2004, when a suicide bombing killed at least 39 people and wounded more than 100 on a metro train.

Chechen separatists were blamed for that attack and suspicions are likely to focus on the North Caucasus where rebel leader Doku Umarov, who is fighting for an Islamic emirate embracing the whole region, vowed on Feb 15 to take the war to Russian cities.

‘Blood will no longer be limited to our (Caucasus) cities and towns. The war is coming to their cities,’ the Chechen rebel leader said in an interview on the unofficial Islamist website.

Hat tip: JD.

Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff and the Wiener Akademikerbund

As I mentioned last month, the Austrian anti-jihad activist Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff was one of the speakers at the Freedom Defense Initiative on February 19 at CPAC. Her speech has been subtitled in German, and I present the two-part video of it here as a prologue to the latest news from the front lines in Vienna.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Elisabeth is a member of the board of the Wiener Akademikerbund, which last week came under fire for its politically incorrect opinions. Two articles about the controversy from the Austrian MSM may be found here and here (both in German).

I asked our Austrian correspondent AMT — who knows some of the members of the Akademikerbund — to summarize the latest brouhaha for Gates of Vienna:

There has recently been a smear campaign against the Association of Vienna Academics (Wiener Akademikerbund, abbreviated AB), which for years has stood for the maintenance of traditional European culture in the face of increasing Islamization and uncontrolled immigration, for democracy, for the rule of law, for freedom of expression, for plurality, for protection of life (against abortion and euthanasia), for the family as the kernel of society, for the humanistic ideal of education and for free entrepreneurship.

The Association of Vienna Academics is an active think-tank and a pivot-point between political, scientific, economic and cultural-social areas. Its chief distinguishing quality is complete independence: truth alone matters. The entrance criterion is not a formal, academic education, but the nobility of spirit they express in their daily lives, wherever they may be active.
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For years, the AB has seen its central duty as calling attention to deleterious developments in many political fields — on the national and international levels — and fighting against them in an effort to encourage constructive solutions. It has succeeded in many cases. In doing so, however, the AB has attracted the hostility of the politically correct elite.

A position paper from last November was brought out for the first time this week as an excuse to defame the AB, stigmatizing it as right-extremist. In this way, central themes of great social-political significance for our future are intended to be withdrawn from public discourse.

The attempted “execution” of the Association of Vienna Academics clearly shows its practical political power. What is being done to it is corrupt and unfair, but will also ultimately prove to be futile.

If anyone wants to help the Association of Vienna Academics, email

When I was in Vienna back in 2008, I met with a number of members of the Wiener Akademikerbund, and I can tell you from firsthand experience that they are among the staunchest defenders of Western culture that we have. The politically correct transnational elites are marshaling their forces to do battle at the Gates of Vienna against those who would resist Islamization and the destruction of our national identities.

They will not succeed.

Explosion at the Lubyanka Station

Dozens of people have been killed in an explosion at a Moscow metro station. There’s no word so far of Chechen terrorism as a cause, although the NYT has some speculation. And it’s worth noting that the offices of the FSB are reported to be directly above the (surprise!) Lubyanka Station.

According to the Beeb:

Deadly explosions on Moscow Metro system

At least 25 people are reported to have been killed in an explosion on the Metro system in central Moscow, with a second blast coming shortly afterwards.

The first blast happened at the city’s central Lubyanka station, reports quoting security sources said.

A second explosion happened at the Park Kultury station, Russian news agency Tass reported.

Ten people were injured in the first blast, Tass said, quoting the emergencies ministry.

The number of casualties at the second blast is not yet clear.
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A ministry spokeswoman said that at Lubyanka 14 people were killed in the train and 11 on the platform.

“The blast hit the second carriage of a metro train that stopped at Lubyanka, at 0756 (0356 GMT),” Irina Andrianova said.

“There was no fire. Rescuers of the Moscow emergencies department and firefighters are now working at the site,” she added.

The headquarters of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), is located just above the station.

The second blast came about 40 minutes later, at 0838 (0438 GMT), and there “are killed and injured”, security sources said.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/28/2010

Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/28/2010The pedophilia scandal in the European Catholic Church continues to generate headlines. Most of the reports of abuse come from Ireland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Germany, and Pope Benedict XVI is implicated in an alleged failure to take action against an abusive German priest whose case was referred to the office of then-Archbishop Ratzinger.

In other news, an FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force made raids on a Christian militia group at locations in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana, on the basis of reports that the group threatened violence against Muslims. Meanwhile, on the Indonesian island of Java, a conference of gays and lesbians has been successfully blocked by Muslim street protests.

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The Last Shtetl

There have been a number of recent reports about increasing attacks by Muslim immigrants against Jews in Scandinavia. The following article from the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten focuses mainly on anti-Semitism in European countries other than Norway.

Camelot, who translated the article for Gates of Vienna, includes this introductory note:

The article below reports the growth of anti-Semitism in other Western European countries as well as Norway. In my view, this is a symptom not only of increased immigration, but also a sign that the Muslim communities are becoming braver and more “daring”.

The translated article from Aftenposten:

Increase in harassment against European Jews

by Per Kr. Aale

European Jews feel more insecure and threatened. Last year, the highest number of anti-Semitic incidents since the 2nd World War was registered.

“Cancer Jew, cancer Jew!” yelled the two Moroccans loudly.

Shalom Dov Ber van Halem (22) was on his way home from Sunday supper at his parents’ house in Amsterdam when two Moroccans on bicycles started shouting at him.

“Cancer Jew! Hitler didn’t finish the job!” they yelled, and then went away.

Van Halem continued walking, but was suddenly knocked to the ground by a heavy blow to the back. The two Moroccans had run over him. A third one came running, and all three threw themselves on top of the young man.

“We hate Jews! You kill people in Gaza,” they spat at him, while kicking and beating van Halem, who suffered severe injuries.

Raphaël Evers is a Rabbi in the orthodox Jewish society in Amsterdam. He says that the hate against Jews is getting worse every year.

“The Jews here can never feel safe. Usually it’s racist statements being made, but many have also been attacked,” he says.

According to the Dutch authorities there has been a significant rise in the number of attacks on Jews, especially during the war on Gaza last year. In most cases it was Muslim immigrants who carried them out.
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The situation in the Netherlands isn’t unique. Anti-racism organizations and institutions registering anti-Semitic incidents report a large increase of attacks on Jews and synagogues. Jewish children are being bullied, people are being knocked down, synagogues are smeared with racist slogans. In several cases, firebombs have been thrown against synagogues. The Jewish Agency, an organization connected with the Israeli government, wrote in a report that there were more attacks on European Jews last year than in any year since the Second World War. The report concludes that the Israeli military offensive in Gaza last year led to a wave of anti-Semitic incidents.

The side curls wave in the wind when the Jewish man in a black caftan comes down Lange Kieviestraat on his bicycle. Outside the Kosher King store, two people converse loudly in Yiddish. Here in Antwerp, Belgium, around 22,000 Jews form their own community. They have their own schools, doctors and shops with kosher food. Many are Hasidic, ultra-orthodox Jews who follow the Torah strictly. Now, the community is shaken by the increasing anti-Semitism.

At the Restaurant Hoffman, Mochi Hoffman serves kosher food. He acknowledges that the situation has become more difficult.

“The other day, there was a football match where the fans started singing old Nazi songs,” he says. He and other Jews that Aftenposten speaks with confirm reports of increased anti-Semitism. Synagogues have been attacked, cars smashed, and walls painted with anti-Semitic statements.

“We see incidents almost daily. People are scared. The higher unemployment rate has contributed to making the situation worse,” says Diane Keyser, a member of a forum connecting Jewish organizations in the city. Almost all the attacks are carried out by young immigrants from the Middle East. But Ms. Keyser emphasizes that the relationship with the many Muslims of Antwerp is mostly a good one.

“There’s a small group of young people who make all the trouble. Except for that, we live next to one another, though not with each other.”

Antwerp is a lively Jewish society. At Restaurant Hoffmann, most of the customers speak Yiddish. Alongside Jerusalem, London and New York, this is one of the largest communities where this language is still being spoken. While many of the Jewish communities in Eastern Europe were exterminated during the war, Antwerp is often called the last shtetl, Yiddish for village.

Recently the US State Department made public a report stating that the anti-Semitism in Europe had increased, especially during the Gaza conflict. “Such incidents include attacks on Jews or synagogues, desecration of cemeteries, and allegations about Jews having an especially great influence over the country’s politics and media.”

Last year the Center Against Racism in Belgium registered well over 100 attacks against Jews, twice as many as the year before. In the Netherlands, over 100 anti-Semitic attacks were carried out in January 2009 alone, more than the whole of 2008. In Great Britain, the Community Security Trust (CST) reported 924 attacks, the highest number since they started counting in 1984.

France has the largest Jewish community in Western Europe, but several thousand have emigrated to Israel during the last couple of years because of the hatred against them. The French Jewish Community registered 832 incidents last year, a 100% increase compared to 2008. According to the American Pew research institute, many Europeans have a negative attitude towards Jews, especially in Spain, Poland and Russia, but also about 20% of the French population share the same view.

The Jews have been living in the Netherlands for several hundred years. At the beginning of the Second World War there were 140,000 of them. 75% were killed by the Nazis. Bloeme Evers-Emden (83) survived Auschwitz.

“The anti-Semitism is a lot worse now than before the war. Today, Jews are attacked on a regular basis; that didn’t happen back then. The anti-Semitism has become more violent,” says the fit lady. She tells us that the Dutch Fascist Party (NSB) spread a lot of propaganda about the Jews before the war, and that Jews couldn’t hold certain jobs or join certain clubs.

“But our lives weren’t threatened as they are today. Then came the war and the Nazis, and the situation became a totally different one, of course.”

Rabbi Raphaël Evers says he is harassed every time he goes out.

“We Jews don’t feel at home in the Netherlands anymore. Many people talk about moving to Israel.”

Shalom Dov Ber van Halem tells us he is the object of racist remarks almost every week. He has been beaten several times.

“Sadly, anti-Semitism has become an everyday thing here in the Netherlands. People aren’t shocked anymore when they hear about such incidents. I regret that,” says the 22-year-old.

Reflections on the Civil War in Britain

El Inglés returns to the topic of a possible culturally enriched civil war in the UK during the not-so-distant future, and speculates about some of the characteristics and constraints that are likely to apply to such a conflict.

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Reflections on the Civil War in Britain
by El Inglés

Given the obvious and apparently unalterable trajectory that Britain is charting towards violent conflict between the historic British people and our Muslim fifth column, it might be interesting to indulge in a little harmless futurology with respect to the likely characteristics of this conflict. The idle speculation that makes up the content of this essay is hereby offered up by a playful mind with, perhaps, too little to gainfully occupy it.

If the historic British people (hereafter referred to as HBP) and the Muslim fifth column (hereafter referred to as MFC) contaminating their country ever do descend into a Troubles-style conflict writ large across the whole of the United Kingdom, it is certain that the conflict will be highly asymmetric in nature. I do not imply by this that it will be a particularly close parallel of any classic asymmetric conflict, such as those in Vietnam, Afghanistan, or Malaya. Rather, I imply simply that the characteristics, strengths, weaknesses, and geographical dispositions of the two sides are so different as to preclude the possibility of them bringing to bear on each other the same types of violence with the same objectives. This point will become clearer as we proceed through the essay.

In the interests of imposing order on a subject matter that lends itself to disorderly rambling, I will organize this essay thematically. Each section will pick a specific theme and consider, as seems appropriate, the relative advantages and disadvantages of HBP and MFC in each regard.


The UK currently has a Muslim population of approximately 2.4 million. Let us assume, conservatively, that 5% of this population is supportive of terrorist attacks against the British state and people by believers residing within it. This equates to 120,000 people who might be prepared to support, more or less directly, an attack of this sort.

In comparison, the UK has a total population of 61 million people, of whom approximately 90%, or 54.9 million, can be considered white British. If a mere 1% of these people were to be supportive of terrorist attacks of some sort on the Muslim population of the UK, then we would already have some 549,000 white Britons in this category. A brief ‘exchange’ of terrorist actions between these two subsets of their relative populations would undoubtedly polarize the political situation, increasing the size of both terrorism-supporting groups, to an extent not amenable to being solved by any purely political means at all. As and when such natives minorities emerge and start to occupy themselves with their political agendas, we will be in a hard game indeed.

MI5, the British domestic security service, has repeatedly claimed to be stretched to the limit by the very real threat of Muslim terrorism. One is reluctant to believe everything people in such services say in public statements, but it does seem to be the case that the reason Mohammed Siddique Khan, ringleader of the 7/7 London bombers, was not put under continued surveillance was that there were simply not sufficient resources to do so, despite existing concerns about him. Given the massive growth in the Muslim terrorist threat in the UK in the last few years, and given further that any branch of government will be afforded resources roughly commensurate to the tasks it must undertake, it seems likely that MI5 will indeed have been struggling to make its budget cover the rapidly emerging Islamic threat.

Of course, budgets can be increased. But organizations cannot be usefully or speedily expanded simply by throwing money at them. An organization like MI5 must grow organically, screening and training new staff and incorporating them into its operational structure. Accordingly, the rate at which it can grow will be limited quite irrespective of the financial limitations imposed upon it.

Now imagine a state of affairs in which 549,000 people, amongst a population a hundred times as large, support in some fashion the use of violence by non-state actors against the UK Muslim population or some part thereof, and some smaller subset become involved in actively planning and attempting to carry out such attacks. Such a development would instantly dwarf the ability of MI5 and Special Branch to keep track of even a small fraction of the terrorist violence being plotted throughout the entire country, and this would be true as long as the conflict raged, as there is no conceivable way that these services could increase their capacity by a factor of, say, 50, to keep up with an entirely plausible (indeed, laughably conservative) 50-fold rise in the amount of tribal violence between MFC and HBP.

Geographic Distribution

This is, apart from size, arguably the single greatest asymmetry in the looming conflict. MFC is overwhelmingly concentrated in urban areas, most obviously London, the West Midlands, and the North of England. HBP on the other hand, have, unsurprisingly, a strong presence throughout the entire country, and are the only occupants of rural Britain to all intents and purposes. This situation has many and varied implications. I will discuss them mainly from the Muslim point of view, HBP’s advantages and disadvantages being implicit in the reverse position.
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1. The urban concentration of Muslims gives them a high chance of being able to obtain some sort of local dominance in key areas. How long this dominance lasts is another question, but it is probable that certain areas will hemorrhage non-Muslims fairly rapidly.
2. The urban concentration of Muslims and the consequent urban nature of the battlefield (no Muslims, no battle) gives Muslim an advantage of sorts in that their ‘forces’ are all close at hand and their lines of communication short. In any serious breakdown of civil order, however, during which it becomes dangerous to be identified as the enemy outside one’s own territory, this will effectively trap Muslims in small urban enclaves from which they cannot easily escape, with all accompanying psychological and logistical pressures.
3. At least in its early stages, the conflict will still be at least somewhat amenable to being constrained by regular law enforcement activities. Urban areas are so saturated with CCTV cameras and will have such a short police response time that great risks will be taken by those who engage in paramilitary activity in these areas at first, be they Muslim or British.
4. The urban concentration of Muslims and the drastically reduced general mobility they will suffer when things start to get ‘hot’ will be a huge disadvantage. Curfews; house-to-house sweeps looking for weapons, explosives, and wanted individuals; aerial surveillance; all of these things will be much easier for the apparatus of state to perform on Muslims than on their opponents, who will be a) naturally dominant in more rural areas and b) able to move around there with little suspicion. Only very rarely does one encounter a cultural enricher whilst strolling England’s leafy pathways, and their sudden presence there will not go unresponded to in the event of unpleasantness between them and the British, by state or non-state actors.
5. Muslim enclaves cannot be considered self-sufficient in any way, shape, or form. Food, water, medical supplies, and power must all be provided, albeit in different ways, from outside. Any or all of these supply routes can, in principle, be cut. Rubbish collection can be disrupted; mobile phone masts can be shut down or signals jammed; phone lines can be cut. All Muslim areas will be subject to these pressures should conflict break out; British areas will not be subject to them at all except insofar as they are adjacent to Muslims areas. Furthermore, the technical expertise required to build and maintain infrastructure of this sort lies overwhelmingly in the hands of the British.
6. A significant majority of the land mass of the United Kingdom has virtually no Muslims in it at all. This will provide the British with a huge area of operations in which to train, drill, experiment with firearms and explosives, and also with plentiful opportunities to meet and plan in areas where both technical and physical surveillance on the part of the police/security services are hard to conduct.
7. Muslim enclaves are likely to expand, or at least consolidate, as ethno-religious cleansing forces both Muslims and British to retreat from certain areas in favour of others. This will simplify the situation for all actors and entrench the psychological divide.

People in Positions of Power

MFC has, thankfully, relatively low concentrations of people in professions which would provide privileged access of the sort that would be useful to would-be terrorists. Policemen, politicians, military personnel, civil servants, and the like: any such figure in a position to aid and abet any sort of terrorist organization would be worth his weight in gold to it.

Such figures are, of course, to be found overwhelmingly among HBP, and will likely prove to be recruitment targets for any underground organization which finds itself to be sufficiently underwhelmed by MFC to decide to try and attack it in some fashion. Even something as straightforward as an illicit flow of reliable intelligence as to the whereabouts and/or routines or potential targets in the Muslim community would massively increase the effectiveness of such organizations, for whom intelligence-gathering will be difficult due to the tribal nature of the conflict and the difficulties of infiltrating enemy groups.

The degree of intellectual and ideological corruption that swathes of our apparatus of state now labour under notwithstanding, there must still be high concentrations of people in the military, the police, and the civil service who are appalled at what the cancer of Islam is doing to their country, and who will eventually end up being well-disposed to those who would strike back against Islam on British soil. This will become all the truer if Muslims target the police or military on British soil, which they have already tried to do and will almost certainly try to do again in the event of serious conflict. The collusion of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and the British Army in at least some loyalist paramilitary attacks on republican targets during the Troubles is well known (though the scope of such collusion is still controversial).

Dispositions/Sympathies of Police, Military, and Ex-Military

Following on from the previous section, the British police are, for reasons I will not pretend to understand, perpetually trying to increase the representation of ethnic minorities within the force. Thankfully, these efforts seem to be doomed to failure, with all minorities remaining underrepresented. This is a huge blessing for those of us concerned about the shape of things to come. Irrespective of the degree of corruption the police manifest as an institution due to the political pressures already being placed on them, they will remain overwhelmingly white, and of working class and lower middle-class background. Their sympathies can therefore be expected to remain with HBP, and the degree of contempt and disgust the British bobby feels for MFC can only be expected to increase.

As with the police, so with the military. Muslims are massively underrepresented in the British military, with this too being a situation that the idiots at the Ministry of Defence are trying to ‘remedy’, with a similar degree of success. Trying to predict in any detail the likely deployments or attitudes of the military in the event of a serious breakdown of civil order between MFC and HBP is beyond the scope of this essay. Suffice it to say for the moment that it is highly unlikely that the rank and file of the military, having spent the last several years fighting Muslims across the world, will feel much sympathy for MFC. Nor can they be expected to be well-disposed to the idea of shooting their fellow white Britons to enhance the security of Muslims. Whether or not the officer class would be likely to pass along orders from their civilian superiors to engage in such shooting is a question I will have to leave to others to answer. Personally, I consider it unlikely. Forcing one’s troops to disobey one’s orders by ordering them to shoot their own people in their own country is an activity that no right-minded officer is likely to engage in.

Lastly, there is the question of the likely activities of ex-military personnel during conflict between HBP and MFC. At the risk of stating the obvious, it seems improbable that such folk would sit around watching the growing disorder on the television when they could be ‘contributing’ to it themselves. No longer constrained by chain of command, quite possibly full of hostility towards Muslims, certainly missing the smell of cordite in their new 9-to-5 office jobs where ‘combat’ consists of firing elastic bands at people, and with old military networks and know-how still in place, ex-military personnel are likely to flood into any organizations promising a chance to stick it to the believers on the shores of Albion itself. And there will be tens of thousands of them, many of them, one would imagine, in the police. If those in government tasked with considering these matters (as opposed to those tasked with singing the glories of our newfound diversity) are not having sleepless nights over this, then they are not doing their jobs properly.

In contrast, Muslims have virtually no one in the UK with any conventional military experience. The Muslim way of war consisting largely of car bombings and throat-cuttings, and we must expect these to be the most commonly-used tactics during what is to come. However, in contrast with the strict rules of engagement that apply in Iraq and Afghanistan, tribal conflict on home soil will be a largely gloves-off affair. HBP responses to such Muslim attacks are likely to be conducted with a robust disregard for the Geneva Convention, to which MFC is not a signatory anyway.

International Networks/Support

During the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the Ulster Volunteer Force (one of the two main loyalist paramilitary groups) suffered severe weapons procurement difficulties, largely as a consequence of the lack of ideological allies outside of Northern Ireland. Their attempts to procure the equipment they needed to advance their war against the IRA often foundered on the mercenary nature of international arms dealers, who would take their money then fail, in whatever fashion, to deliver the weaponry. In contrast, the IRA enjoyed two sources of genuine support in this regard during the Troubles. One nationalist, one ideological, they were the Irish-American population and the Libyan regime of Colonel Gaddafi respectively.

In contrast with the difficult position of the UVF, there is a huge, gradually unfolding wave of hostility and alarm with respect to Islam not only across the whole of Europe, but also across the United States, and, perhaps to a lesser extent, Canada and Australia. Israel and India are two other countries which appear to have their own ‘issues’ with Islam, and surely contain factions who would not be averse to seeing a blow struck against it in the UK or any other European country. What this means is that intelligence, propaganda, funding, personnel exchanges and the procurement of war materiel on the part of anti-Muslim non-state actors will increasingly come to be distributed across a vast swathe of the world with massive trade and transport links, substantial cultural, historical, and racial ties, and large concentrations of educated and wealthy people.

Even in Europe alone, there is already a thicket of countries with vocal anti-Islamic parties and organizations, and the stirrings and rumblings of less orthodox resistance to the ongoing process of Islamization. The almost perfect overlap of concerns, dangers, and likely responses will make the formation of international networks amongst these parties inevitable. A situation may be reached in which the difficulty facing anti-Muslim paramilitaries is not how to procure weapons, but exactly what to choose and whom to accept it from.

Muslims are in a slightly different position in this regard. There are extant Muslim criminal networks in place throughout Europe, be they looser or tighter, which are already cooperating to some extent in their various criminal activities. These gangs will already have smuggling operations in place for shipping, for example, stolen cars out of Europe and weapons and drugs in. It is highly probable that they will be very heavily involved in logistical, financial, and operational aspects of the Muslim side of any widespread tribal violence that ensues in Europe. Indeed, they may well end up taking a central role, in contrast to the probable central role of ex-military, rogue military, and rogue police elements on the British side.

Ease of Identification

Proselytisation efforts notwithstanding, the Muslim population in the UK still consists overwhelmingly of peoples who are ethnically foreign. Well aware of the degree of scrutiny this brings down upon them, they seem of late to have started trying to recruit people from other ethnicities. Germaine Lindsay, one of the four 7/7 bombers, was of Jamaican origin; Richard Reid, the now-infamous shoebomber, the son of an English mother and a Jamaican father; and Nicky Reilly, the failed Exeter bomber, white British. This development notwithstanding, certain regularities of appearance, name and country of origin will continue to make Muslims stand out from Europeans, particularly the most ideologically and politically important ones.

In contrast, Britons determined to oppose the Islamization of their country by fair means or foul will not be physically identifiable as belonging to any group worthy of concern. Muslims in the UK can be profiled to a greater or lesser extent, but ‘profiling’ the British population of Britain will not be possible.

Cultural Barriers to Violence

There is only one clear disadvantage that Europeans will possess with respect to law enforcement, and it is one of the likely consequences of what one might call the unimaginability of violent or vigilante action for many of those Europeans. It is, in some sense, the reverse of the culturally sealed nature of the Muslim community, as outlined above.

It is, of course, a great thing to live in a country in which the rule of law obtains, and in which the authorities do, on the whole, a good job of maintaining law and order, helping people to live in peace and prosperity. But one of the consequences of this is that any sort of vigilante action becomes borderline inconceivable for the overwhelming majority of the population. ‘They’, the authorities, the government, the people upstairs, will always take care of any problem, even when it is clear that ‘they’ created the problem in the name of their social engineering goals, that ‘they’ are not about to admit their own culpability, and that ‘they’ are willing to identify their own people as the source of all difficulties and act accordingly if that is what it takes to try and control the situation.

Even those not convinced of the omnipotence and benevolence of the state will, on the whole, have lived lives in which major criminality and violence have played no part. It will not be a simple matter for such people, many with homes, careers, families, and other things to lose, to step over the line into vigilantism or paramilitary activity. Even providing financial, logistical, PR, or intelligence-gathering support may be a bridge too far for many who are otherwise concerned about Islam. Of course, this resistance to involvement will weaken as the conflict escalates, often in response to specific events or incidents (as happened with support for the IRA after Bloody Sunday). The point to be made here is that, at least at the onset of major hostilities, a far greater fraction of Muslims can be expected to pass the psychological threshold to participating in these activities due to the following factors:

1. Their brute tribalism, and tribal hostility and contempt for the British people
2. Their contempt for British law, evinced by their crime rates and incarceration rates
3. The savagery and degeneracy of their cultures (for first-generation immigrants) and parent cultures (for second and later-generation immigrants)
4. Their personal and historic (i.e. cultural) lack of acquaintance with the rule of law, a strong and fairhanded state, and civic identity
5. Their (accurate) awareness of themselves as minorities and their acute vulnerability should conflict break out

There is a second advantage for MFC in this regard. The high barriers to vigilante violence among HBP will not only reduce the fraction of them prepared to engage in such violence, it is also likely to increase their unease at the idea of others amongst them engaging in it, and therefore the probability of them informing on those of their fellow Britons who do. This is a subtle point, and one upon which there will be legitimate disagreement. Let us consider the issue from the Muslim perspective.

The general hostility that many Muslims in the UK feel to their host country is well known to even the most casual observer of these matters. Though this hostility has many unfortunate effects, the one that is most obviously relevant to the discussion here is the larger margin for error that it will grant to Muslims interested in planning and carrying out some sort of terrorist on British soil.

One of the critical moments for any type of would-be terrorist organization is surely that moment at which it approaches a potential recruit and asks him (it probably will be a him) whether he is interested in joining. How exactly the offer is phrased is undoubtedly a matter of personal taste, but the key point here is that there must be some point at which a line is crossed, and at which it is conveyed to the potential recruit that the recruiter is a member of a terrorist organization.

There is no one way of guessing what the likelihood of such an offer being accepted is. But if it is not accepted, what happens then? Of course, the side making the offer is likely to simply let the matter drop there, perhaps pretending that it was only made in jest or that the party they attempted to recruit misunderstood their intentions. But the side receiving the offer is now faced with a choice of sorts: to inform the authorities or keep their new knowledge about the affiliations of their acquaintance to themselves. What then, is the probability of them deciding on the former? Again, there is no way of providing a definitive answer to this question, but it seems reasonable to suppose that many Muslims will refrain from informing on other Muslims involved in terrorist activities, especially given that opinion polls conducted in the UK have suggested that it is so. If this speculation is correct, it constitutes a big handicap for the security services trying to infiltrate such groups, all other things being equal. Muslims guerillas may well be able to swim in the sea of MFC more easily than their British counterparts can swim amongst HBP. Whether this will actually prove to be the case is an empirical question that cannot yet be answered with confidence.

Degree of Pre-Infiltration

I suggested above that the ability of the security forces to keep a lid on rapidly escalating MFC-HBP violence would be extremely limited. Of course, one could argue that this would work to the advantage of Muslims just as much as to the advantage of Europeans, but there is an important reason why this is not so. I am no authority on the ins and outs of intelligence work vis-à-vis Muslim communities in Europe, but one thing is passably clear from the very small number of successful attacks and very large number of disrupted terrorist plots: Muslim communities in Europe must be riddled with security service assets and/or severely compromised with respect to investigation in other regards. There is simply no other way that so many plots could be disrupted. Not all Muslim would-be terrorists are stupid enough to try and buy ten gallons of hydrogen peroxide from a hairdresser.

Clearly, this degree of infiltration is not something that can be obtained overnight, or without a substantial investment of time, money, manpower, and political capital. To rephrase, the security services must have already sunk a great deal of their available operational capital in infiltrating MFC, and this investment is one of extremely low liquidity. They cannot cash in an asset in Hizb ut-Tahrir’s UK branch and use the proceeds to buy an equivalent asset in the (presumably) fictional Albion Liberation Front. If they wish to similarly infiltrate the loosely-knit web of European anti-Muslim paramilitary groups that will, I predict, emerge in the years to come, they would have to start almost entirely from scratch except insofar as such groups are part of the conventional extreme right, which is undoubtedly already infiltrated to some extent. What this means is that the MFC would be likely to both constitute and remain a much more heavily infiltrated and therefore compromised community than its enemy, HBP, in the event of the outbreak of mutually inflicted tribal violence.

Availability and Types of Targets

It is to be observed that virtually all paramilitary organizations have operational constraints imposed upon them by the amount and type of violence that their supporting populations are prepared to tolerate. Even an organization as ruthless and unconcerned with civilian casualties as Al-Qaeda eventually ran into trouble for the massive civilian casualties it inflicted in Iraq, on Sunnis, Shias, men, women, and children. Other, more restrained organizations (such as the IRA) took trouble, at least some of the time, to choose non-civilian targets, to give warnings shortly before bombs were to detonate to facilitate evacuation of the relevant areas, and so on.

In the event of serious hostilities between HBP and MFC in the UK, British paramilitaries will have to consider their targets carefully so as not to lose political and other types of support. It would be futile to try and examine this matter in detail, as the political state of play in such a scenario cannot be predicted. However, there is one observation that can already be made with confidence, and that is that Britain is already a target-rich environment for those who would target Muslim actors without bringing an unacceptable degree of opprobrium down on their hands, even in the initial stages of conflict before polarization was complete.

Let me be more explicit, and provisionally divide potential Muslim targets up into three categories, in order of decreasing whackability (my apologies for the technical language).

Category 1 - A significant fraction of the British population would be happy to see these people get whacked, and those who really objected would be few and far between

  • Muslim gang members and drug dealers
  • Released Muslim criminals, especially rapists, murderers, and the like
  • Pakistani pimping gangs and accomplices in the North of England
  • Openly seditious Muslims/members of seditious Muslim organizations
  • Members of British-located outlets/subsidiaries of problematic organizations with headquarters abroad, such as Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood
  • Foreign jihadists in the UK, allowed to remain for whatever reason

Category 2 - A reasonably large fraction of the British population would be happy to see these people get whacked, but there would also be substantial objection from another large fraction

  • Members of Islamic ‘civil rights’ organizations
  • Muslim public figures who cause HBP paramilitaries ‘concern’
  • Muslims at ‘radical’ mosques, i.e. mosques whose attendees have an unfortunate tendency to espouse jihad and sharia

Category 3 - A hardcore minority of the British population would be happy to see these people get whacked, but the majority, including many broadly on the anti-Islam side, would have serious reservations or express complete outrage

  • Muslim petty criminals
  • Muslim illegal immigrants

Beneath Category 3 we would have unobjectionable and blameless Muslim civilians, violence against whom would overwhelmingly be condemned by the British people at least in the early stages of conflict. Of course, if the conflict became unpleasant enough, violence against random Muslims might be supported. But that is another matter.

The significance of the above lies in the fact that British anti-Muslim paramilitaries could liberally hack away at certain parts of the MFC without particular concern over the possibility of a damaging PR backlash. Category 1 Muslims will earn little sympathy irrespective of what happens to them, and Category 2 Muslims perhaps not a great deal more. Whacking Category 3 Muslims or below could start to cause problems, but staying away from them will keep violence within a zone that will not start to dangerously compromise support for the paramilitary group in question. Those who are unclear on this point should research, for example, the difference between the Warrenpoint bombings (when the IRA succeeded in killing 18 members of the British Army) and the Enniskillen bombings (when they succeeded in killing one off-duty policeman and ten civilians, massively to their own detriment).

HBP paramilitaries will therefore have myriad opportunities to polarize relations between HBP and MFC in the UK and take the situation beyond the point of no return, without incurring the opprobrium directed at those who kill innocent civilians. Furthermore, there are so many targets that they could continue to focus on them even if MFC started to engage in random sectarian killings in response. The response of the British state to such killings on the part of MFC would probably be more than sufficient to deal with such a development.

If MFC wishes to retaliate, it will have to do so via random killings and bombings as mentioned in the previous paragraph because it has no equivalent targets. The only targets they will have that will not bring the hostility of the entire British people and establishment down on their heads will be each other. If I were a Muslim trying to construct my own list of targets equivalent to the above, who would I put on it? The Conservative Party? UKIP? The BNP? The Centre for Social Cohesion and Douglas Murray? The police? The EDL? Prominent critics of Islam? Salman Rushdie? Campaigners against Islam, like SIOE and its leader, Steven Gash? Lord Pearson and Baroness Cox, who invited one Geert Wilders to the House of Lords? Any attack, successful or otherwise, on any of these targets (including the BNP), would repel and outrage the entire country. MFC will have no ‘elbow room’ in this regard.

Objectives and Plausibility of Objectives

The last great advantage that HBP will have over MFC in the event of major hostilities between them is that HBP will have open to them formal and informal objectives both legitimate and plausible, whereas this will be much less true for MFC. Let us consider this important point in detail.

MFC is a very recent graft, a graft that has been inflicted on HBP without their consent, and through the perfidy and treason of their political class. Its roots in the UK are shallow, and its disproportionately criminal, parasitic, seditious, terrorist, and ideologically hostile and subversive nature make those roots much shallower in effect than those of, say, the Hindus, whose history in the UK is of essentially the same length. Very few British people would walk down a street full of Pakistanis, or Somalis, or Algerians and feel in any meaningful way that the people around them were now ‘just a part’ of the British people. No good thing that exists in the UK, not one, exists because Muslims in the UK created it.

In contrast, and at the risk of stating the extremely obvious, the British people have been in Britain rather a long time. Moreover, every good thing that exists in Britain exists because, and only because, they created it. As a consequence there is no meaningful claim that Muslims can make to Britain, anything in it or a single square inch of its territory. Contrast this with, for example, the centuries-long presence of the Protestant British settlers in Northern Ireland. Whatever one’s take on Irish history, it can hardly be argued that they are some blip within it, and even the IRA never argued against the presence of these Protestants in what they would call the Six Counties. Rather, they argued against the political authority of the British state in Ireland, and for the creation of a united Ireland with substantial regional autonomy enjoyed by its component parts.

Now, it is my contention that the British can argue in favour of a relatively Muslim-free Britain, and against the presence of any substantial numbers of believing Muslims in their country at all. Even failing that, they can argue against further Muslim immigration, for the deportation of Muslims without British citizenship, for the deportation of criminal Muslims, for the deportation of sharia and jihad-supporters, for the withdrawal of benefits from Muslims, and so on. Many would think these political objectives are hopelessly implausible, but I feel we are not that far away from seeing them enter the political mainstream in more and more European countries, as they have already started to do in the Netherlands. Either way, they are real, concrete objectives that are all physically plausible and will all eventually be demanded.

MFC has no such equivalent goals. They cannot demand the deportation of Britons, reduced immigration of Britons, fewer Britons sucking tax revenues out of them, or the like, because these demands are all meaningless. They cannot even demand partition and independence, as it could not possibly be granted. They would not be economically viable, their Muslim territory would simply be besieged, savaged, and destroyed by the non-state actors already in the conflict, and any members of the government trying to grant independence would be swinging from lamp-posts by the end of the day. Besides, what would we give them? The North of England? No, partition is clearly inconceivable. The only meaningful demands Muslims could make would be for more of the same: more immigration, more money, more appeasement and more sharia. But of course, it will have been precisely these things that will have precipitated violent conflict in the first place, so such conflict would only be further inflamed by granting more.

Of course, Muslims being Muslims, there will be the usual maniacs who think they can beat the whole of Britain in a civil war and somehow benefit from it. But in reality, the increasingly precarious status of Muslims in Europe, already clearly visible at a psychological level, will only increase massively when real conflict breaks out. Muslims will then have no good options left to them. They may demand protection, but there is not much more they can ask for. What this means is that there is no obvious way the British government can ‘break’ in favour of MFC, but many ways it can do so in favour of HBP. Concessions are likely to be granted in one direction only when things start to disintegrate.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/27/2010

Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/27/2010The Congressional Budget Office estimates that within ten years, the US budget deficit will rise to 90% of GDP. By that time the federal public debt will amount to $170,000 per household.

In other news, illegal immigrants from Eastern Europe who are camped along the River Nene in England are catching, killing, butchering, and eating the river’s swans. The immigrants live in shanties made of plywood and tarpaper along the river, and are depleting the river’s stocks of fish as well as the swans.

Meanwhile, a curio dealer in Montreal is trying to sell what he claims is a bar of soap made from WW2 Holocaust victims. Also, Dutch police are being given special training that will teach them to respect gangs of “youths”.

Thanks to C. Cantoni, Escape Velocity, Freedom Fighter, Gaia, Insubria, JD, KGS, Steen, TB, Vlad Tepes, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Geert Wilders Oppresses Women

That’s what the Turkish-Dutch State Secretary says, anyway. When I took a look at the material below, my first thought was, “What the heck is the Netherlands doing with a ‘Turkish-Dutch State Secretary’?”

Our Flemish correspondent VH helps answer that question and many others with the following translations and contextual material. First, from De Telegraaf:

Turkish-Dutch State Secretary: Wilders is the oppressor of Muslim woman

With his plea for a ban on the headscarf, PVV-leader Geert Wilders shows that he himself is “the chief oppressor of the Islamic woman,” according to the Turkish-Dutch State Secretary (Justice Ministry) Nebahat Albayrak [PvdA, Labour Party, Socialists] in an interview with de Volkskrant (paper edition).

“If my mother had not been able to work with her headscarf, I had never become who I am,” Albayrak said, who was born in Turkey. “We owe the emancipation process in our family to a mother who had contact in the meat processing industry with the outside world and earned her own money.” This week Albayrak decided she wants to become a parliamentarian again for the PvdA.

Wilders is not impressed with her comments. “Albayrak, as owner of a Turkish passport, should have known better: Even many official Turkish bodies and institutions ban the headscarf. She lost it a bit with her two passports. Moreover, the Islamic headscarf is a symbol of oppression of woman, ergo: of the backward Islamic culture,” Wilders said in a response.

Albayrak also says in the interview that she is “pleasantly surprised” with the statements of the business union frontman Bernard Wientjes about Wilders. The chairman of employers’ organization VNO-NCW warned publicly last week of the damage caused to the reputation of Netherlands abroad by Wilders and his PVV.

VH adds more context:
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From De Telegraaf: Wilders was “totally unimpressed” by the opinion of Wientjes. The PVVer says that addressing mass immigration, crime and high taxes will rather strengthen the Netherlands, and that is what the PVV stands for. “Wientjes does not represent the employers of the Netherlands. He primarily consults within the paper bureaucratic reality of the SER and the Stichting van de Arbeid [Labor Foundation], from out of his comfortable conference chair.’’ […] A lot of citizens and businesses people are sympathetic towards the PVV and our necessary solutions for the Netherlands. Wientjes and his semi-civil servants club do not change an iota of that.”

Also Christian Democrat Dhimmis Jan-Peter Balkenende (PM) and Maxim Verhagen (Foreign Affairs) joined Wientjes, possibly because: “A study of the international image of The Netherlands which the department of Foreign Affairs had assigned to be carried out in fifteen countries showed that the Netherlands scores the lowest in Muslim countries like Indonesia, Turkey and Egypt. The score of the Netherlands in the countries studied ranges from 6- to 8+ on a scale of 10. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched a diplomatic offensive to directly to speak to the people in other countries or to respond quickly to incidents. Therefore three regional coordination ventures have been established, in Washington, Beijing and Cairo. Also young future leaders, journalists and opinion leaders from important or emerging countries are being invited to obtain a more balanced picture of the Netherlands.” [source]

On the threat against the indigenous Armenians in Turkey by Erdogan however, they remained silent.

Returning to the original article:

In an open letter in De Volkskrant [printed edition] some former ministers and other (former) politicians take a stand against Wilders and other “populist preachers of hate and fear” which have mainly targeted immigrants and in particular Muslims. “The naming of hatred of foreigners should not be a taboo. The fear of the verbal violence of fear and hate-mongers must not take us hostage. Therefore we speak loud and clear against discrimination and racism and for solidarity regardless of ethnic origin and religion,” the signatories state.

VH adds:

Among them are the InterNazi René Danen, chairman of Netherlands Admits Color (Nederland Bekent Kleur) and the Moroccan refugee-immigrant and Muslim Marxist, Mohamed Rabbae (GreenLeft, International Socialists) who has always pushed to ban [pdf] the book “The Downfall of the Netherlands” and called Geert Wilders “A little Hitler”.

Here is the text:

The open letter “against hate-mongering” [hold tight]:

The Netherlands is a beautiful country. A civilized country, thanks to the — up to now widely represented in the population — sense of social justice. Equality for all citizens is laid down in the first article of our Constitution and the Convention on Civil Rights of the United Nations. Thanks to the deep-rooted tradition of tolerance and respect for diversity, religious and ethnic minorities could until now take their fully-fledged position.

This internal openness has always been a strong basis for the international openness of the Netherlands. Up to now the Netherlands has compelled respect in the world. These important characteristics are threatened by populist preachers of hate and fear. They want to change the Netherlands into an intolerant country, a cultural humdrum, cleansed of “non-Western” ethnic, religious and cultural elements. With their policy of “we” against “them” they put citizens against each other and with their advocacy of racism and discrimination based on religion and descent, they squeeze minorities in a corner.

Immigrants and especially Muslims must suffer. They would not be allowed to have their own schools, not allowed to build mosques, and not allowed to become minister or state secretary. And women are deprived of their right to wear a headscarf.

Not Muslims, but the radical right-wing politicians are “Islamizing” the political debate and social life in the Netherlands, reducing every problem — from traffic jams to housing and crime — to a matter of religion. The actual socio-economic problems that disproportionately affect ethnic minorities, have disappeared from the political debate and been replaced by an ideology of “conflicting cultures”.

They impress on the people that their problems, which are the result of the economic crisis, unemployment, poverty and crime, can be resolved by rejecting the headscarf, the by the closing of Islamic schools, and shooting nuisance-causing youngsters in the knee!”

All too often the preachers of fear and hate hide behind the freedom of expression. The respecting of that freedom does not relieve us of the obligation to publicly take a stand against the abominable hatred of foreigners and to protect minorities against discrimination and racism.

Too few citizens, intellectuals and politicians speak out against the discrimination under the guise of “religious critique”. The populists want to abolish Article 1 of the Constitution [on discrimination], advocate “slamming shut the borders to all non-Western immigrants” and want to deport “tens of millions” of European Muslims.

Also the call for a “major cleaning of our streets”, to start with the introduction of a “head-rag tax”, affects the dignity of Muslims and undermines the democratic principles of the Netherlands. A powerful counter-voice is heard too little. The naming of foreigner-hatred must not become a taboo.

The fear of the verbal violence of fear- and hate-mongers must not take us hostage. Therefore we speak loudly and clearly against discrimination and racism and for solidarity among all citizens regardless of their ethnic origin and religion. [source]

Note: They try to avoid the word “xenophobia” and suggest that they quote, but without reference. They also talk of “they” while it is clear who they are aiming at.

As VH points out, the Turkish-Dutch State Secretary Albayrak did not comment on Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s expressions and politics:

Erdogan on Armenians:

PM Erdogan’s Armenian hostages

[March 18, 2010] Angered at the Armenian “genocide” resolutions passed by a U.S. House of Representatives committee and the Swedish parliament, Turkey’s prime minister says he is prepared to deport 100,000 Armenians living illegally in Turkey if necessary. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoðan made the following remark in an interview with the BBC’s Turkish Service during a visit to London a few days ago: “Look, there are 170,000 Armenians in my country; 70,000 are my citizens. But we are not making a fuss over the remaining 100,000. So what will I do tomorrow? If necessary, I am going to tell these 100,000, ‘come on, back to your country.’ I will do this. Why? Because they are not my citizens. There is nothing that forces me to keep them in my country.” […] Ergun Babahan of daily Star went the whole way and wrote [in a comment], “If Hitler had been Turkish, we would also be denying the Holocaust today.” He added, in so many words, that that the spirit of Enver Pasha and his “Ittihadists” was alive and kicking in today’s Turkey.

Erdogan on genocide

“A Muslim can never commit genocide”

[Nov. 8, 2009] It was not clear whether al-Bashir will come to Turkey on Monday or Tuesday for a summit of Islamic nations, the officials added, according to a report by the Doðan news agency. The statement came hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoðan defended al-Bashir’s visit by saying, “A Muslim can never commit genocide.” […] “Those world leaders who criticize us, have they ever visited Darfur? Their information is solely based on what the rapporteurs are reporting. These kinds of moves will not contribute to world peace,” Erdoðan said Sunday in an address to party members. “It’s not possible for a Muslim to commit genocide,” he said. “That’s why we are comfortable [with the visit of al-Bashir].”

Erdogan on Integration

“Do not integrate, but become more politically active in your country”

[March 19, 2010] The Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has at a meeting in Istanbul called 1500 Turkish politicians who are active in Europe [politicians in European countries] not to integrate into the country they live, but just to become politically more active. This is reported by the German weekly Der Spiegel [“Erdogan umgarnt deutsch-türkische Politiker”], which relies on statements by Turkish politicians living in Germany. Some1,500 Turkish politicians, mainly from Germany [there is an investigation ongoing in which Dutch politicians were present], have last month at the invitation and expense of the Turkish government attended a conference in Istanbul and stayed in a five star hotel.

Erdogan, leader of the orthodox religious party AKP government, had a crystal clear message to proclaim to the participants: “Do not integrate, but become more politically active in your country. European countries who speak out against dual nationality are opposed to fundamental rights,” he stated. Furthermore, he compared Islamophobia with anti-Semitism and said that “assimilation is a crime against humanity.” This statement he had earlier expressed in 2008 during a speech in Cologne. According to Ali Ertan Toprak, vice-president of the Alevi community in Germany, Erdogan also said that European culture should be based on that of Turkey. It is not the first time the Turkish government seeks contact with politicians of Turkish origin in Germany [and other countries]. After the 2009 parliamentary elections, politicians of Turkish descent were congratulated by the conservative AKP government on their victory. In October 2009 German parliamentarians were invited to a congress of the AKP in Ankara. […]

Erdogan on Imams

Turkey wants immunity for Imams

[March 18, 2010] The Turkish government wants to provide a limited guarantee of immunity to the by authorities appointed religious Imams. A bill in Parliament provides that imams can only be sued with the consent of the highest authorities. The new law would restrict the possibility to legally prosecute scholars for their political statements. The draft law on the duties of the Turkish administration for religious affairs (Diyanet) provides that its director comes directly under the Prime Minister and reports to him. […] Turkey follows the principle of separation of church and state, which was ordained by the founder of the republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. In practice this means that the Turkish state controls the religion. The opposition however, accuses the Islamic-conservative government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of seeking to Islamize Turkey.