Friday, June 30, 2006

A Postscript On MSM Treason

Joking and amateur psychology aside, it seems the lefty MSM undermines our war on terror because they hate the administration and don’t care how many people they get killed. That treason goes back even further than I’d thought. The only good news is that these papers will be sued into extinction if people die as a result of their actions.

Opinion Journal highlights the nature of the villains:
…Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr….in a recent commencement address apologized to the graduates because his generation "had seen the horrors and futility of war and smelled the stench of corruption in government.

"Our children, we vowed, would never know that. So, well, sorry. It wasn't supposed to be this way," the publisher continued. "You weren't supposed to be graduating into an America fighting a misbegotten war in a foreign land. You weren't supposed to be graduating into a world where we are still fighting for fundamental human rights," and so on.
Sulzberger’s rag build on the work of his predecessors at the Chicago Tribune, who not only gave the Nazis the excuse to declare war on the US, but really did sink ships:
In the 1930s and into World War II, the Tribune was implacable in its opposition to FDR and his conduct of the war. During the war itself, his newspaper also exposed secrets, including one story after the victory at Midway in 1942 that essentially disclosed that the U.S. had broken Japanese codes. The government considered, but decided against, prosecuting McCormick's paper under the Espionage Act of 1917.

That was a wise decision, and not only because it would have drawn more attention to the Tribune "scoop." Once a government starts indicting reporters for publishing stories, there will be no drawing any lines against such prosecutions, and we will be well down the road to an Official Secrets Act that will let government dictate coverage.
Their conclusion is right – think how the Clinton government would have used an official secrets act to hide his sexual predation.

Since Congress and the administration aren’t applying sanctions to the MSM, that leaves the third branch of government - the law. Families of the victims the next terror attack on the US or UK should sue the NYT and LAT. To death.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Avoid The UK/US Extradition Train Wreck!

Three Brit citizens are to be extradited to the US under a treaty the US hasn’t ratified. This is detestable to Brits, who set great store by fairness and distrust US justice. Much of the blame lies with Blair's government, but the US needs to quickly and smartly to keep its biggest ally.

The story (my ellipsis):
The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg turned down a last-ditch plea by (three) bankers for an order blocking their removal to the US pending a hearing of their application to the court for permission to appeal.

(They) must now leave Britain for America by midnight on July 17 (where they face) jail for two years while the case is assembled because they are viewed by the US as “fugitives from justice” after their legal battle (against extradition).
The men are charged with wire fraud in the UK for Enron while employees of the UK’s biggest bank. They haven’t been charged in the UK, but are being extradited under this treaty:
The U.S.-U.K. Extradition Treaty (Treaty No. 108-23) was transmitted by the President to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in April 2004. Once ratified, the Treaty will replace the 1972 Extradition Treaty and the 1985 Supplementary Treaty. This new Treaty seeks to modernize and streamline the extradition relationship between the two States Parties.
The treaty was ratified by the Brits in 2003, but hasn’t been ratified by the US, I believe because the IRA’s supporters in Congress fear that it will be used by the Brits to extradite IRA murderers from the US.

I can’t judge the guilt or innocence of these men, and don’t subscribe to the UK MSM view that US justice is corrupt, arbitrary and brutal. US prosecutors do play hardball, and I have come across a Federal judge who was possibly corrupt. But the Brits are no better - prosecutors and pols victimize Brit soldiers, and unelected Brit judges are often despotic.

Still, the perception is there, and it could have been avoided by just charging and trying the men in the UK. That’s because:
Extraditable Offenses. Article 2(1) defines an offense as an extraditable offense if the conduct on which the offense is based is punishable under the laws in both States by deprivation of liberty for a period of one year or more or by a more severe penalty.
I assume the case wouldn’t have gotten this far unless Brit judges had ruled that the offense was punishable under the laws of the UK, so why not try the defendents in the UK? Federal prosecutors and witnesses would have been just as able to participate.

There are the usual two explanations for this disaster.

Incompetence by the Brit Home Office, which its new political boss described as ‘not fit for purpose' after a string of errors including failure (!) to deport foreign criminals.

Fraud by the lefty UK and EU ruling elites – Home Office, EU secretarat, Brit & EU criminal justice systems - to set the US up. The deportation, incarceration and trial give the UK MSM a three-year license to bash the US and the EU court ample opportunity to ride to the rescue.

I’d very, very strongly advise the US to release the men on bail back to the UK, to publicly request the Brits to try them, and to ratify the treaty immediately.

The Diet Of Lies

The MSM doesn’t just undermine our safety by treason – it undermines truth, the foundation of our freedom.

Here’s AP on Gore’s movie:

Scientists OK Gore's movie for accuracy

The nation's top climate scientists are giving "An Inconvenient Truth,"Al Gore's documentary on global warming, five stars for accuracy…
And here’s the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works:
In the interest of full disclosure, the AP should release the names of the “more than 100 top climate researchers” they attempted to contact to review “An Inconvenient Truth.” AP should also name all 19 scientists who gave Gore “five stars for accuracy.” AP claims 19 scientists viewed Gore’s movie, but it only quotes five of them in its article. AP should also release the names of the so-called scientific “skeptics” they claim to have contacted…
Here is a sampling of the views of some of the scientific critics of Gore:

Professor Bob Carter, of the Marine Geophysical Laboratory at James Cook University in Australia, on Gore’s film:

"Gore's circumstantial arguments are so weak that they are pathetic. It is simply incredible that they, and his film, are commanding public attention."

Richard S. Lindzen, the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT, wrote:

“A general characteristic of Mr. Gore's approach is to assiduously ignore the fact that the earth and its climate are dynamic; they are always changing even without any external forcing. To treat all change as something to fear is bad enough; to do so in order to exploit that fear is much worse.”

Gore’s film also cites a review of scientific literature by the journal Science which claimed 100% consensus on global warming, but Lindzen pointed out the study was flat out incorrect…

“…A study in the journal Science by the social scientist Nancy Oreskes claimed that a search of the ISI Web of Knowledge Database for the years 1993 to 2003 under the key words "global climate change" produced 928 articles, all of whose abstracts supported what she referred to as the consensus view. A British social scientist, Benny Peiser, checked her procedure and found that only 913 of the 928 articles had abstracts at all, and that only 13 of the...913 explicitly endorsed the so-called consensus view. Several actually opposed it.”
AP's dishonesty is as damaging to our societies as the treasonous acts of the NYT and LAT.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

An Apology To America’s Psychopaths

On Sunday, Depleted Uranium erroneously placed America’s psychopaths in the same category as the employees of the New York Times. It has since been brought to our attention that the latter individuals are merely stupid. We unreservedly apologize to America’s psychopaths for the public contempt that we have brought upon them.

Following our post, the perpetrators published their defense of their publication of state secrets, and that was demolished here. That demolition needs no improvement, but the argumentative tricks used in the defense reveal the minds at the NYT to be second-rate, not psychopathic. Here are their ploys.

Ad Hominem

“Conservative bloggers”, “TV and radio pundits”, “elementary”.

False Assertion
“It's an unusual and powerful thing, this freedom that our founders gave to the press.”
The founders gave the press the same freedoms as the American people:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Straw Men

This refutes arguments that have not been made - there are three straw man infractions in their defense.

Selective Example

The defense implies that since the Bay of Pigs might have been avoided given prior publicity, all leaking of military secrets is justifiable. But then two US newspapers triggered Nazi Germany prematurely to declare war on the US in 1941, causing the deaths of many Americans.

Inconsistency

The NYT did censor an earlier Swift story. In that one, the wartime comrades of a presidential candidate said they considered him a liar, coward and a traitor. This had news value – whether true or false – but the NYT suppressed the story.

Passive Voice
"A secondary argument against publishing the banking story was that publication would lead terrorists to change tactics. But that argument was made in a half-hearted way.”
Undermining Qualification

Leaking the NSA surveillance of al Qaeda’s international phone calls did no harm because:
...to the best of our knowledge the eavesdropping program continues to operate much as it did before”.
I wouldn't hire anyone displaying these mediocre talents.

British Crime And Punishment

Blair's criminal justice system is tough on people who don't pay their taxes, but kind to rapists, murderers and thieves. That's because he's refused to build more prisons, a policy that his successor will have to reverse if he wants to survive.

The non-taxpayer (my emphasis):
A pensioner was jailed for three months yesterday for refusing to pay her council tax in protest against living conditions in her crime-plagued street, dubbed "Crack Alley" because of the drug users who congregate there.

She will have to serve the full three months because there is no remission on non-payment of fines.
Fair enough, she's adopting the ancient Anglo practice of breaking the law to draw attention to an injustice, and should be happy to serve her time. But the lack of remission is odd, given this:
...for all...prisoners sentenced to more than 12 months, release is now automatic at the halfway point (of their sentence).
It gets worse:
The combination of early release and home detention curfew under tagging means that a prisoner sentenced to three months will spend just one month in custody. A 12-month sentence lasts three months. Somebody sentenced to two years will spend just seven and a half months in jail. An offender sentenced to four years' imprisonment will spend just one year and eight months inside.
Blair won't build more prisons, so he's had to prioritize jail time for people who erode the state's finances - an arguably justifiable objective. But that's forced the criminal justice system prematurely to release murderers, rapists and thieves to prey on the community.

In consequence:
America's crime rate...has now fallen to the level it was at 50 years ago: (the British) crime rate is 10 times higher than it was in 1955.
Blair's successor will have to build a lot of prisons if he wants to survive the wrath of the victimized voters.

Don't worry about the old lady - she seems splendidly tough and will I'm sure make the best of her jail time and shame her useless council into cleaning up her street.

Monday, June 26, 2006

EU Funneling For Tunneling

The Israelis will likely kill the Hamas leaders for invading Israel, killing two soldiers and kidnapping another. And there's no chance now that they will pull out of the West Bank – it would be suicidal to give up the tunnel-proof Jordan and give tunnelers access to over half of Israel's land border. We can thank the EU for this.

Hamas leaders aren't happy - they're bolting for cover (my emphasis, WSJ, $):
Hamas's official charter calls for the destruction of Israel and its replacement with an Islamic state...

The Qassam Brigades in Gaza are now led by a fiery man named Ahmed al Jaabri. Mr. al Jaabri apparently takes his orders from Senior Hamas members say he has little if any contact with Hamas politicians...
This is the old IRA political wing/armed wing trick – Adams ran (and runs) both wings. A covert unified command gives maximum political and military leverage, plus deniability for the benefit of the useful idiots.
The result was clear from the weekend operation the Qassam Brigades were part of -- a strike they termed as retaliation for a string of Israeli military operations in Gaza. The tunnel the militants dug ran some 800 meters, just under half of which was beneath Israeli territory. The militants who emerged from the tunnel were armed with machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and other explosives.

In all, the operation lasted about 10 minutes, according to Israeli officials. The surviving militants escaped back into Gaza with the Israeli soldier by blowing a hole in the security fence and walking through.
The tunnel will have taken months to complete, so had nothing to do with recent Palestinian collaterals.

Digging and spoil removal had to be done in absolute silence, without electrical gear (Israel has surface arrays of acoustic and MA detectors), and the entry point and spoil removal system had to be shielded from visual & radar detection by Israeli drones and satellites. That takes serious money and EU help to transport it (my emphasis):
…in recent weeks Hamas ministers have smuggled some $30 million into Gaza, which has slightly relieved the economic hardship there and enabled the PA to pay $400-$500 to its workers...Israel had given the Egyptians and European monitors at the Rafah crossing information that the money was being brought in, but that they did nothing to stop it.

A top EU official said last week that the European monitors were there only to supervise the crossing, not to take police-type action like the confiscation of suitcases filled with money.
It's odd to see the EU - which intervenes in member states at every opportunity - taking such a relaxed view of its duties. Maybe that's because it was directly involved in the actual funding of the terrorists (my emphasis):
The EU is to resume its subventions to the Palestinian Authority (PA) - despite having recently passed a series of laws against financing terrorism, and despite the fact that Hamas, which runs the PA, is on its own list of designated terrorist organisations.

Eurocrats are aware of the awkwardness, and are trying to find a way to stay within the letter of the rules, perhaps by funneling the donations through NGOs.
So the EU's Funneling For Tunneling has undermined any future Palestinian state. What a shame.

Anglo Saxon Attitudes

The English have developed firm stereotypes for each of the many nations they've fought, and of course for themselves. Sadly for multiculturalists, the World Cup is confirming these simplistic views.

In US v Italy, the Italians team showed the stereotypical Latin combination of brutality, excitability and unreliability - one of them smashed his elbow into an opponent’s face and begged not be punished, then 10 of them chaotically tried to defend themselves against 9 Americans and were saved only by a German ref. The technically outclassed Americans showed consistent and intelligent aggression. Many Italians aren’t stereotypical Latins, but plenty are – try asking the Carabinieri for help. And not all Americans are intelligently aggressive, but plenty are – hence their demolition of al Qaeda.

The English team and its fans have shown their national mixture of incompetence, brilliance, and violence.

The Germans exhibited their traditional underestimation of the English:
The German hordes who stood outside David Beckham's hotel chanting "You're only here for the weekend" (in English) were…proved wrong by the England captain yesterday…
Lacking preconceptions of Portuguese character, I found this incident helpful in placing them firmly in the violent Latin category:
Portugal captain Luis Figo will be available to face England in next Saturday's World Cup quarter-final in Gelsenkirchen after Fifa ruled out taking disciplinary action against him for his headbutt on Holland's Mark van Bommel.
Going forward, the English expect the French team to surrender to the Ivory Coast, the Mexicans to play only 6 men (the others having attached themselves to the US team), the Argentinians to devalue goals scored against them by 70%, the Swiss to bill the Ukranians for their time spent playing them, the Australians to refuse to accept defeat, and the Brazilians to pinch the trophy.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

A Megan’s Law For The MSM

Americans and Brits will probably die because of the NYT’s exposure of our defenses against terror. Terrorists now know to avoid the communications channels and funds transfers we watch. Here’s how we can protect ourselves against the MSM without undermining civil liberties.

But first, why does the MSM do it? Their proximate goal is to get Dems elected, but how can decent people facilitate mass murder of their fellows? My guess is that the MSM is home to a large cluster of sociopaths (my ellipsis and emphasis):
Approximately 3% of men and 1% of women are thought to have some form of antisocial personality disorder…(they) lack…empathy for the suffering of others, since they cannot experience emotion associated with either empathy or suffering.

A common misconception is that many of the individuals diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder can be found in prisons. It should be noted that criminal activity does not automatically warrant a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder, nor does a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder imply that a person is a criminal. It is hypothesized that many high achievers exhibit antisocial personality disorder characteristics.
So where do high-achieving sociopaths work? They don’t want to risk jail, so will gravitate to professions where they can exercise power without sanction. And - courtesy the First Amendment and English Common Law - the MSM is the perfect place to hide.

This would explain why reporters working in the middle of a city still coated with the ashes of 2,000 innocents provide our enemies with the means to kill more of their fellow citizens.

The good news is that we know how to deal with extreme anti-social behavior, from the success of Megan’s Law in controlling pedophiles:
The law, introduced in 1996, was named after Megan Kanka, seven, who was lured into the house of a repeat sex offender on the promise of seeing a puppy. She was raped and her head smashed against a dresser before she was driven away, sexually assaulted again and strangled. Her body was dumped in a park.
This perpetrator committed suicide, but most don’t & many go on to re-offend, so here’s how America protects its kids:
Like 540,000 other registered sex offenders across America, on his release from jail he became subject to a version of "Megan's Law", requiring that the public be kept informed of his whereabouts.
The law seems to have worked well, and there have been few vigilante killings.

The MSM needs a Megan’s Law because many of its readers don’t realize how polluted their news has become. In the US, even Fox News runs egregiously dishonest stories from AP. The BBC and Reuters routinely deceive Brits, and Europeans I know think the International Herald Tribune is the authentic voice of America, unaware that it’s a front for the NYT.

A Megan’s Law for the MSM would inform readers of the credentials of each news channel, and leave them to make their own decisions on whether to trust it. Our governments can do this by putting online a list of every publication that declines their request not to publish security-sensitive material, with statements from both parties. Press freedom would not be abridged – the NYT could still publish whatever it wanted. But now readers would know it was broadcasting information that prejudiced their own and their nation’s security.

The president and Tony Blair can implement this through administrative action right now. Later, House and Parliamentary resolutions can be passed to block legal counter measures by the sociopaths.

The Compromising Of SWIFT

The NYT’s exposure of the US battle against terror funding is not just another story of treason by the US MSM – the SWIFT banking system has been compromised and with it the world's financial integrity. The allies need to dump SWIFT pronto.

You’ve probably read the details of the NYT's latest - there’s a good summary here. Adding this to its leaking of the NSA intercept program, the NYT has enabled Al Qaeda's next attack on the US by publicising how it can evade our communications and finance defenses.

So for all practical purposes, the NYT is the intelligence arm of America’s enemies. But intelligence isn’t collected in a vacuum – the NYT’s agents needed sources, and that’s where the story gets scary.

The NYT penetrated the SWIFT banking system! That’s a huge coup since for obvious reasons banking systems have to be highly secure. I've supplied secure systems to both banks and the military, and found the banks to be much, much more secure - that includes IT, datacoms and of course people.

So penetrating SWIFT is like a million Great Train Robberies, and on a par with the UN's Oil For Food scam.

This probably happened because SWIFT is based in Brussels, Belgium - a nation more corrupt than France that vetoed NATO help in the liberation of Iraq and then indicted the US president and his cabinet for war crimes when the US went ahead without them. Before that, it refused to supply ammunition to the UK during the Gulf War. It also hosts the creepy EU and the defunct NATO.

Banking systems only work if they're absolutely trusted by their users, so probably because it's based in this cesspit, SWIFT is run by a decent American (WSJ, $):
The Treasury Department's secret terrorist-tracking program depended in part on the cooperation of Leonard "Lenny" Schrank, an American executive who heads the Belgium-based banking cooperative known as Swift.

…Swift stands for the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication. The firm, based in the Brussels suburb of La Hulpe, was founded in 1973 to promote "a common language for international financial transactions," according to the Swift Web site.

A gregarious technology whiz who graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Brooklyn-born Mr. Schrank ended up working closely with U.S. intelligence officials on the project when Swift received subpoenas from the Treasury Department following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, people familiar with the program said.
But Brussels is a small town, and the people who work for Mr. Schrank will have personal and family ties with Belgian pols and Eurocrats, all America-haters. So some of these employees leaked to the NYT, breaking the most sacred rule of banking by exposing its workings to the world’s killers and crooks.

So, whatever happens to the NYT (topic of a later post), the US Treasury Department must replace SWIFT with a trustworthy alternative - it could handle transactions between Anglo nations and provide a secure gateway to SWIFT, not difficult.

Friday, June 23, 2006

The EU's Dangerous Anti-Semitism

The EU is anti-Israel as well as anti-American. Americans can ignore Europe, but Israel can't and that makes for a dangerous future for Europeans.

The continental nations of the EU have many reasons to bait Israel – they have big Muslim minorities to appease, their native populations have been anti-Semitic for centuries, and the Arabs have the oil. But given their conduct of and complicity in the Holocaust, their aggression has to be nuanced, as the WSJ observes ($, my ellipsis):
At their summit last Friday, the bloc's leaders (proclaimed): "The European Union will not recognize any change to the pre-1967 borders other than those agreed to by both sides"...

The phrase "pre-1967 borders" gives some clues to European resistance. In fact, there never were either pre- or post-1967 borders -- only armistice lines following the Arab attempt in 1948 to extinguish newly created Israel. At the end of that war, the West Bank and Gaza did not become part of a Palestinian state but were occupied by Jordan and Egypt respectively. Israel conquered these territories only in 1967, which is why it prefers to speak of "disputed" and not "occupied" land. In a legal sense occupation requires that the territory in question was the recognized part of a sovereign state before its conquest.

By getting this history wrong, the EU implies that the complete withdrawal to the 1967 lines would return the region to some previous state of order. Acknowledging that there never were any borders to begin with would make the insistence on the complete withdrawal to arbitrary battle lines appear less than objective.

And this leads us to the real "root cause" of the conflict. Even after almost 60 years, Europe still allows the Palestinians to dwell in some fantasy land, where, according to the degree of their delusion, they have been dreaming either of Israel's destruction or -- and this is the "moderate" view -- of Israel's retreat to what many military experts consider indefensible 1967 lines and the "return" of Palestinian refugees.
The EU's hostility to Israel has so far been confined to rhetoric and funding Arab terrorists. But if the Arabs attack again – as they may do with Iranian nukes – the EU's big anti-Semites may be tempted to move from anti-Israel words to anti-Israel deeds.

Germany and France aren't strong enough to confront Israel directly, but they could interdict the submarines that carry part of its nuclear deterrent.

I hope the EU sticks to verbal aggression – it would be a shame to see all those cute European tourist destinations vaporized.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

The Death Of NATO

By opposing America's fight against its Islamic attackers, the EU has killed NATO, and the US and its allies must build a new alliance.
Even before Mr. Bush landed for the one-day meeting in Vienna, his host, the Austrian chancellor, Wolfgang Schuessel, had made clear he would be demanding the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, in the name of the European Union.
The president responded with measured sarcasm (my emphasis):
"I'd like to end Guantanamo, I'd like it to be over with. One of those things that we will do is that we will send people back to their home countries."

Two hundred detainees had been sent back, and some 400 remained, he went on, mostly from Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Yemen. "I explained our desire to send them back. Of course, there is international pressure not to send them back. I hope we will be able to resolve that," he said.
He was alluding to the fact that Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Yemen are three of the nations the EU claims - without a shred of evidence - the US has shipped prisoners for torture.

We saw United 93 yesterday. Afterwards Mrs. G cried a bit while I reflected how quickly Europe’s post-9/11 solidarity with the US morphed into hostility. The EU pols are fully aware of the international law governing
enemy combatants and POW’s:
...(the) Geneva Convention (extends) privileges to enemy combatants...who abide by the laws it sets for war, including the treatment of prisoners.

Combatants who fail to obey those laws--by not wearing distinctive military insignia or targeting civilians--are not entitled to its privileges. If they were, the very purpose of the Convention would be rendered a nonsense. And this is why the U.S. has refused Geneva privileges to the enemy combatants at Guantanamo…
And even if the US were to treat these enemy combatants as POWs, it would still be entitled to keep them locked up until the war ends.

The NATO alliance rested on the principle that an attack on one member would be treated as an attack on all. The old European nations that run the EU have renounced that, so NATO is dead and the US and UK must build a new alliance to dfend our freedoms.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Watching Your Wallet In Germany

If you make the mistake of carrying a wallet, leaving Germany is just as annoying as entering it.

On our departure on Monday, the Düsseldorf airport security screeners, backed by a gun-toting cop, insisted I give them my wallet to put through their X-ray machine, claiming this was routine & they were just following orders. So my 8 credit cards and cash were up for grabs while they frisked me & Mrs G.

Brit and US security has never taken possession of my wallet - even when boarding bomb-threatened El Al, United, and BA flights. Probably Germans just want to give visitors a final taste of their control-freakery, but it's risky and visitors should stash cash and credit cards in pants pockets.


Still, the airport has thoughtfully zoned off a special departure area for flights to the US, UK and Poland, with its own immigration desk. We christened it Coalition Corner.

Reforming Barbarians

Dems want to retreat from barbarians, and as usual they’re completely wrong – barbarians, once comprehensively defeated, become pacifists. Germany and Japan are recent examples.
Democrats said yesterday that the United States must start "redeploying" troops from Iraq, calling the recovery of the mutilated bodies of two U.S. soldiers a "grim reminder" of why withdrawal should begin soon.

The killings are "a grim reminder of the price we're paying for a failed policy in Iraq," said Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, the Democratic whip. "It's time for Iraqis to stand up. When will this end?"
Without the coalition killing the barbarians, “this” will never end. But killing them transforms the quality of life for their neighbors. Here’s the Japanese 64 years ago (my ellipsis and emphasis):
1942 - ...there are nearly 100 people, including children and wounded survivors of the sinking of the small freighter SS Vyner Brooke on 14 February. An officer from the ship explains that since there is no food, no help for the injured and no chance of escape, they should give themselves up to the Japanese. He agrees to...contact the Japanese....at mid-morning (he) returns with about 20 Japanese soldiers.

Having separated the men from the women prisoners, the Japanese divide the men into two groups, and march them along the beach and behind a headland. The nurses hear a quick succession of shots before the Japanese soldiers return, sit down in front of the women and clean their bayonets and rifles.

A Japanese officer, smaller and more "nattily" dressed than his men, instructs the nurses to walk from the palm-fringed beach into the sea until they are waist deep in the waves. A couple of soldiers shove those who are slow to respond. Twenty-two nurses and one civilian woman walk into the waves, leaving ten or twelve stretcher cases on the beach. Fully aware of their fate, the nurses put on a brave face.

Their matron, Irene Drummond, calls out - "Chin up, girls. I'm proud of you and I love you all." At that point the Japanese fire. One of the nurses, Vivian Bullwinkel, later describes what happens next - they "started firing up and down the line with a machine gun. ...They just swept up and down the line and the girls fell one after the other. I was towards the end of the line and a bullet got me in the left loin and went straight through and came out towards the front. ...

After shooting the nurses, the Japanese bayonet the wounded. Over 80 people are killed on the beach that day.
But look at the Japanese now (my emphasis)!
Japan ordered the withdrawal of its 600 troops from Iraq yesterday after declaring that the controversial mission - which stretched the country's pacifist constitution to the limit - had been a success.
This remarkable transformation was achieved by our comprehensively defeating Japan on the battlefield. By a similar process, Germany is now also pacifist.

Pacifism makes Japan and Germany lousy allies but at least they aren’t murdering nurses anymore, so it's just as well Durbin & co weren’t calling the shots during WW2.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Illegal Immigration Is Wrong Because It's Illegal

The WSJ says that since some economists claim immigration is a net economic gain to the US, illegal immigration is fine. That’s nonsense. Legalizing illegal acts undermines the bedrock of US prosperity – respect for the law.

WSJ ($):
Finally a consensus has been reached on immigration. No, not among politicians, who can't agree on a rational immigration reform. The agreement is among professional economists.

In an open letter sponsored by the Independent Institute to President Bush and Congress last week, more than 500 prominent economists, including five Nobel laureates, proclaim that "immigration has been a net gain for American citizens." The letter adds that "while a small percentage of native-born Americans may be harmed by immigration, vastly more Americans benefit from the contributions that immigrants make to the economy, including lower consumer prices.

If only these economic facts could break through an immigration debate that is dominated by emotion and political fear.
Piffle – if the economists are right, they make a case for raising immigration quotas, not sanctioning mass lawbreaking. VHD notes that respect for the law goes back a long way:
After Socrates was convicted by a court of questionable charges, his friends planned to break him out of his jail in Athens. But the philosopher refused to flee. Instead, he insisted that a citizen who lived in a consensual society should not pick and choose which laws he finds convenient to obey.

Selective compliance, Socrates warned, would undermine the moral integrity of the entire legal system, ensuring anarchy. And so, as Plato tells us, the philosopher accepted the court's death sentence and drank the deadly hemlock.

...few have criticized illegal immigration solely because millions have, with impunity, flouted the law — aliens, their employers and the officials who look the other way.

But Socrates would do just that, and also point to our hypocrisy.

The alien from Mexico chooses which American laws he finds convenient. He wants our border police to leave him alone — until he becomes lost in the desert or is attacked by robbers.

The employer expects trespassing laws to be enforced to keep vagrants off his premises, but then assumes that the same vigilant police will ignore the illegal status of his cheap labor force.

And does the city council that orders its policemen not to turn over arrested illegal aliens to the border patrol similarly allow townspeople to ignore their municipal tax bills?

When thousands operate cars without state-mandated licenses and car insurance, why should other drivers bother to purchase them? If police pull over motorists and do not verify the legal status of aliens, why do they check for outstanding arrest warrants of citizens?
From the WSJ's economic persective, high trust nations of law-abiding citizens prosper, while low trust societies - for example Mexico - stay poor.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Hier Is Nicht Amerika

That’s the welcoming German motto facing me as I write this. Germany is indeed not America - it’s a nation of ill-informed, narrow minded, xenophobic losers.

The high point was arriving in Germany - a grumpy a Immigration official grabbed my passport, zipped it through a copier, then tossed it back - all without saying a word.

Then it went downhill. The Germans are been programmed with 2003-era moonbat talking points - Iraq is All About Oil, Halliburton’s profits, the President looks like a chimpanzee, Americans and their lapdogs the Brits are just violent bullies of harmless dictators, etc. And American deaths just went through 2,500! – a statistic more eagerly quoted than their World Cup score.

And they don’t just dislike Anglos. They despise the hardworking Poles and Turks who keep their country going, and even disdain the Dutch – who reciprocate.

It’s hard to see this insular, over-regulated and insecure nation prospering.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Can't Resist This

Murtha wants to lead the Dems as the official (rather than unofficial) party of appeasement - here's DU's suggestion for his inspirational message.
Rep. John Murtha, an outspoken opponent of the war in Iraq, unexpectedly announced on Friday he will run for the No. 2 leadership post in the U.S. House of Representatives if Democrats regain control of that chamber in elections this fall.
Here's our suggestion, hat tip Winston S Churchill:
"Always give in--always, always, always, always, in everything great or small, large or petty, always give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Always yield to force; always yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.''
I'm off to Germany tomorrow - blogging may be light for a few days.

Israel – America’s Skunk Works

The tiny nation of Israel is the most important arms technology supplier to the US – it developed the targeting package that killed Zarqawi, and fronts US defense against Iranian ICBMs.

Zarqawi's F-16 nemesis used
this to target him:
LITENING is under contract with the United States Air Force Reserve and the Air National Guard, as well as six international air forces. The USMC has purchased the LITENING Targeting Pod to meet the precision attack requirement for the AV-8B Harrier. Northrop Grumman's Electronic Sensors and Systems Sector, located in Rolling Meadows, Illinois is partnered with RAFAEL of Israel to produce these systems.

LITENING pods are currently fielded with Air National Guard (ANG) F-16s, U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) AV-8Bs, and U.S. Air Force F-15Es. LITENING ER's predecessor, the LITENING II system with a 256 FLIR, is also operational on ANG and Air Force Reserve Command F-16s and on AV-8Bs owned and operated by the USMC, Italy and Spain.
The IAF has had this equipment for years. Hamas, now having declared war on the State of Israel, would be advised to head for its tunnels (and hope they're deep enough).

Defense against ICBMs is layered – you attack them in the boost phase, when they’re under power and moving in a straight line, mid-course, when they’re moving on a ballistic trajectory in space, or in the terminal phase as they head for their targets. It’s best to attack them in all phases.

The US mid and terminal phase defenses are in Alaska – fine for a NoKo attack, less so for one by the Mullahs. So:
The US has been intensifying its missile defense activity to face the possible threat of an attack from Iran, according to congressional testimony.

The Pentagon is working on building a first-ever missile defense base in Europe and at the same time the administration is actively supporting upgrading of the Israeli Arrow anti-missile system.

In the next months, the Pentagon is expected to make a decision on putting up an anti-missile site in Poland, which will be the first such site on European ground. American teams are holding talks in recent weeks with their counterparts from Poland in order to finalize the agreement this summer. Another possibility being examined is placing the missile base in the Czech Republic.
Polish or Czech sites sites would also provide mid and terminal phase defense to the ungrateful Germans and French – I bet they'll be secretly pleased!

More importantly, the Israeli Arrow batteries – currently operational at two coastal bases – as well as being in the right place to perform mid- and terminal phase interceptions of Iranian missiles headed in to Israel, are well located for boost-phase interception of Iranian missiles headed for the US.


So any US administration – even one led by Hillary – is going to make nice to these clever Israelis.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Mac Good News, PC Bad News

The Mac Mini survived the flight from the Southern Med to London, then synched up flawlessly with our London network. Plus it now has the splendid little Bluetooth mouse recommended by a kindly commenter. And the region-free HDMI DVD player arrived from Amazon, so we can now watch Region 1s while Hush evaluation proceeds.

The bad news is that my sick Toshiba laptop's W2K recovery disk says it will reformat the hard drive - obviously "recovery" is one of those words (like "Yes") with different meanings in English & Japanese.

So the new plan is to pop the hard drive out and connect it directly to Mrs. G's PC to recover the data. An object lesson to back your drive up frequently.

UPDATE: Hacked the Toshiba back to life with the W2K install/repair option on a vanilla W2K CD (not Toshiba's). Ran startup in DOS mode, identified the corrupt system file & reverted to an earlier .alt version of that file. Not bad - I last used DOS in 1992!

The BBC's Alternate Universe

We flew in to London last night from the Southern Med, looking for cooler weather. Turned out the weather is hotter here, and we had to suffer a BBC “news” bulletin on the Heathrow Express into the city.

The BBC described the Hamas terror chief just whacked Thursday by the IDF as “a Senior Palestinian Security Official”, conjuring up a picture of a gray-haired type, neatly attired in blazer and slacks, making sure there are enough metal detectors at Arafat International. So the (admittedly diminishing) number of Brits relying on the BBC for the truth will never know this:
Jamal Abu Samhadana, a high-ranking officer at the interior ministry, died in an air strike against a militants' camp in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Israel insisted that the camp, not Samhadana, was the target. Three other people were also killed.

The camp was run by the Popular Resistance Committees, a militia group. Samhadana was one of its leaders and the group, which has fired rockets into Israel, was suspected of involvement in a bomb attack on a US convoy in Gaza in 2003 that left three Americans dead.

A spokesman for the PRC vowed revenge with more rockets and suicide bombings. Samhadana was Number Two on Israel's wanted list and had survived previous attempts on his life. He had been granted an important security portfolio by Hamas.
Firing rockets at Israeli civilians is a messy business, so I bet he never wore a blazer.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Great Job!

The administration has secured an important oil pipeline that walls off Iran and its putative (Putintive?) ally, Russia. Europe's ruling elite is expected to be secretly appreciative.

The story, my emphasis:
Washington scored a significant victory in its contest with Moscow for influence in Central Asia yesterday when Kazakhstan agreed to start pumping oil to the West through a British Petroleum pipeline that bypasses Russia and Iran.

The deal, secured largely because of a personal visit to Kazakhstan last month by Dick Cheney, the United States vice-president, will infuriate the Kremlin.

But there will be secret relief in European capitals, where there is growing concern over Russia's apparent willingness to use its vast energy supplies as a political weapon.

The deal will give the West greater access to the vast oil fields of the Caspian Sea - estimated to hold the world's third-largest reserves - and ease its growing dependence on energy from Russia and the Middle East.
If - heaven forefend! - the US has to take down the Mullahs and their nukes, this greatly reduces their capacity to harm our economies.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

An UNconvenient Truth

The UN's number 2 thinks Americans hold his outfit in contempt because it’s conditioned by the wrong MSM. He confuses cause and effect – Americans hate the UN’s core values of dictator appeasement, corruption and predation on kids, so favor news channels that share their detestation.

The UN deputy secretary-general, an expat Brit, had this to say:
"Much of the public discourse that reaches the U.S. heartland has been largely abandoned to its loudest detractors, such as Rush Limbaugh and Fox News," Mr. Malloch Brown said in a speech...
There’s some truth in the view that people are influenced by the MSM - its selective reporting of the bad things in Iraq has fed war-weariness.

But that works by suppressing good news. Malloch Brown wants to suppress bad news – in his case about the UN – and that’s impossible in a free society.

The UN can’t hide the facts that it ran the
biggest scam in history, that its ‘peacekeepers’ molest kids, that it elects dictatorships to its Human Rights group, and so on.

John Bolton should cut a deal to post this guy to Zimbabwe - it has press control more to his taste so he'd be much happier.

On Perseverance

Churchill would probably have called the killing of Zarqawi and the completion of the Iraqi cabinet “the beginning of the end” of the battle to free Iraq. Another of his famous sayings remind us how that was achieved.
"Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.''
The Iraqi politicians kept talking, at great risk to themselves and their families. The coalition forces kept hunting Zarqawi, under constant attack by al Qaeda, Sunnis seeking to restore dictatorship, Iranian backed Shi’ites, and the America-hating MSM. The Iraqi people showed the same stoicism under fire as Londoners during the WW2 Blitz.

I think Churchill would be proud of the lot of them.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

More Islam And Rape

Forced marriage is rape, but Brit Muslims see nothing wrong in it, and as you'd expect Blair's government is cool with that.

The story, via LGF:
The Home Office has decided a specific law to ban forced marriages in the UK is not needed.

About 300 forced marriages are reported to the authorities every year - often involving people from Britain's South Asian community.
South Asian is BBC-eze for Muslim. If they've been doing this for 10 years, that's 3,000 cumulative forced marriages, and 3,000 serial rapes each year - almost half the UK's official rate of about 8,500 rapes a year.

But instead of stopping this wave of abuse by locking the rapists up:
Ministers had asked groups and individuals if there should be a law criminalising the act of forcing someone into marriage.

Most thought the disadvantages of a new law would outweigh the advantages, and possibly drive the practice of forced marriages underground.
Who are the people consulted by Blair's ministers who want to keep this practice "above ground"?
Pragna Patel, chair of the group, told Radio 4 that existing laws were sufficient.

"We don't see the need for criminalisation of forced marriage, which is yet another way of stereotyping and criminalising entire communities at a time when there is heightened racism in this country."
Sadly for Ms. P and her co-religionists, Brits will take a stereotypical view of the "communities" that sanction this
barbaric practice.

Another One Bites The Dust

Incompetence is the hallmark of the Blair administration - that's bad for the victims of the criminals it releases to prey on society, but good for persecuted soldiers.
Cleared at last, the soldiers in 'show trial' over Iraqi looter's death

The Army's attempts to prosecute soldiers over actions in Iraq failed again yesterday as three guardsmen were cleared of the manslaughter of a teenage looter.
The three soldiers are from the fabled Coldstream Guards and Irish Guards, and Blair & co went after them because, struggling to restore order a week after the fighting ended, they chucked a looter in a river and he drowned. The court dismissed the case after hearing this:
The Irish Guards experienced some of the toughest fighting in Basra during the invasion and post-war disorder. Major Peter MacMullen, the defendants' company commander, said there was an epidemic of looting that was close to "destroying the infrastructure of the state."

He added: "One of my priorities was restoration of law and order. We had the burden of doing it, but no direction as to how to achieve it."

He said he knew of looters being put into the canal and was asked by Mr Pownall if he thought that was fair and humane. He replied: "In the context, Sir, yes."

His former second-in-command, Capt Niall Brennan, said: " I saw looters thrown into the Shatt al-Arab river. I viewed it as the method the commander on the ground considered to have the effect he wanted. In the grand scheme of things there were a lot more dangerous things going on."
Quite.

Google & Terror

As evidence emerges of terrorist use of the Internet, Google's creepy founders say they're proud to protect them. So non-terrorists should avoid Google.
Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin acknowledged Tuesday the dominant Internet company has compromised its principles by accommodating Chinese censorship demands.
He's balanced Google's wrong with an imagined right:

Google has battled the U.S. Justice Department in court seeking to limit the amount of information the government can get about users' Internet searches. It also says it has not participated in any programs with the National Security Agency to collect Internet communications without warrants.

Fortunately, Google was unable to protect the privacy of these people, hat tip Jihad Watch:

...when a shadowy group of disaffected urban youth began talking in an Internet chat room in the fall of 2004 espousing anti-Western views, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service was listening.

The spy agency, and an alphabet soup of other security agencies across the continent, closely monitor such sites, where talk may sometimes turn to buildings and bombs and bringing global jihad home to North America, to Canada.

Often it's just that — talk — but when CSIS began monitoring the sites allegedly used by some of the 17 men and youths arrested on terrorism-related charges in a sweeping series of raids across the GTA Friday evening, the Canadian spy agency heard enough to remain interested, and increased surveillance of the group....

Four months after the surveillance began, two Americans, from the Atlanta, Ga., area, popped onto the radar.

Syed Haris Ahmed and Ehsanul Islam Sadequee had been communicating by email with the Canadian group, investigators allege...

This was a great effort by CSIS - but now terrorists know to avoid chat rooms, and Sergey Brin has told them they're safe with Google.

The solution is to leave Google to the terrorists, exposing them to our intelligence agencies.

Both Yahoo and Ask are good alternatives. You can remove the Google search from Firefox by installing the SearchPluginHacks extension, right clicking Google in the search box and selecting Delete. The CSIS, MI5, NSA, and CIA will thank you.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Fight, But Don't Expect To Vote

The reason the Blair government hasn’t paid a political price for its persecution of Brit soldiers in Iraq is they don't get to vote! Possibly a convenient oversight, but was likely a deliberate act since his government introduced a postal vote system that simplifies voter fraud by its supporters.

Prior to Blair’s government, men and women signing up with the Brit armed forces were automatically given postal voter status that remained valid until they were discharged. That made sense because they were liable to be posted abroad at a moment’s notice and would then be rather too busy for form filling. But then (my ellipsis):
Ministers introduced a new system in 2001, which required (members of the armed forces) to re-register every year or risk losing their vote.

However, 61 per cent of personnel - rising to 71 per cent among those serving overseas - said they were "unaware" that they had to re-register each year, according to the new survey carried out by the Defence Analytical Services Agency at the MoD.

When the Government was warned in the run-up to last year's election that thousands of troops would be disenfranchised, ministers responded by sending out 110,000 leaflets explaining how service personnel could register to vote.

However, the survey revealed that 64 per cent of personnel - or 73 per cent of those serving overseas -claimed that they never received the leaflet.

When asked why they were not registered, two out of five said it was because they had not received a registration form.
That may have been the Blair administration's fabled incompetence, but it proved very convenient:
As a result, only 46 per cent of servicemen and women - or just 28 per cent of those serving overseas - actually voted in the election that returned Tony Blair to power for a third time.
I'd hazard that not many Brit soldiers fighting in Iraq would have voted for Blair.

Meanwhile, his administration introduced a system of postal voting that led to widespread vote-rigging by its Muslim supporters and vetoed measures to reduce such fraud by requiring voters to show ID, because:
(Such) checks could deter people from registering to vote and reduce election turn-outs.
His government was happy to reduce this turn-out:
Col Tim Collins, the former officer who delivered a rousing address to his troops in Iraq, said: "It's the ultimate irony that the defenders of democracy - men and women who are prepared to give their life to defend democracy - are left in the dark by our government and unable to vote in the general election."

Conclusions On The Mac

After 20 days of my using the Mac full-time, we've decided to stick with PCs. But we aren’t typical, and many mainstream users will find the Mac beats Windows.

We’re both heavy users of Firefox, Word, assorted email & media packages, and I use Excel a lot. We operate from 2 (soon to be three) bases, each with laptop docks with screens & keyboards, an 11g wireless network, a networked printer, backup storage, and DSL. We’re planning on adding networked media servers at each location. We both travel a lot in Europe and the US but hate the hassle of lugging laptops and arranging ISPs. So we’re upgrading our cellphones to get email and basic web access on the road.

We need two laptops or portable desktops, and three media servers, all seamlessly networkable.

Here’s how Apple stacked up against our requirements compared with W2K and WinXP:

Pros
  1. Mac Mini is very nice: affordable, silent (except for DVD player), well networked, cool, fast (with 1GB) and weighs under 3 pounds (compared with over 16 pounds for the entry-level Hush).
  2. The Mac Dashboard feature is a great productivity aid – one mouse movement pulls up weather & local time in multiple locations, language translator, dictionary/thesaurus, unit converters, plus whatever you want from a whole range of other widgets.
  3. Software install is faster & easier.
  4. Mac Mini can access shared files on Win PC, although we haven't got the reverse to work - that could be RTFM or MS problem.
Cons
  1. Limited apps. If you don’t like the Apple DVD player, there’s just one alternative, VLC. There are 3 web browsers, of which only Firefox is competitive with, er, Firefox.
  2. The single button mouse is an ergonomic horror. I couldn’t find a decent Bluetooth two button for the Mac & reverted to my USB PC mouse.
  3. Unstable. Firefox (1.5.0.4) crashes several times a day, Apple apps crash weekly, and the VLC DVD player leaks pictures.
  4. An evil alliance of the Mac Mini's Matsushita DVD player and Apple's OS X stops you playing DVDs from multiple regions. Oddly, they don't block the legally more dubious practice of DVD ripping, providing you stay in your allotted region!
  5. Microsoft apps are slow and de-featured, and Mac alternatives aren’t up to heavy-duty use.
  6. Mac Book Pros are too hot to be used on the lap (or I’d guess a glass tabletop). Seems the decision to make them just 1” thick was a bridge too far.
Apple will be fine for many users. The Mac Book is less powerful than the Pro - so maybe less hot - and hence usable on your lap. Or - provided you always have access to a monitor - a 3 pound Mac Mini is great as a laptop replacement, although the HDD may not like too many jolts. Finally, you can get an iMac desktop.

The software stability issue will go away as software matures.


MS may release a decent Office for the Mac – probably just before Hell freezes over – but alternatives may appear sooner.

If you aren’t bothered about being limited to one region the Mac Mini is the beginnings of a nice media player.

But the DVD restriction, limited apps and poor stability are too much for us, so I’ll use the Mac Mini until it packs up, and then get a (cool) PC laptop. And we’ll get Hush or Sony Windows media players.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Reuters Hides Sunni Killers

Reuters' ideology can be deduced from what they don't report - it turns out they back Sunni terrorists.

Here's how Reuters reported the murder of school kids:
Students "executed" as Iraq violence rages on

BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) - Gunmen in Iraq dragged 24 people, mostly students, from vehicles and shot them dead, police said, as violence raged across the country on Sunday.

Police said gunmen manning a makeshift checkpoint near Udhaim stopped vehicles approaching the small town 120 km north of Baghdad and killed passengers.

"(They) dragged them one by one from their cars and executed them," said a police official.

The victims included students on their way to write end of term exams, children and elderly men, said another senior police official in Diyala province, scene of frequent attacks by insurgents waging a campaign of bombings and shootings to topple the U.S.-backed, Shi'ite-led government.

Some tried to flee but were gunned down, another police source said. Reuters photographs showed six men shot in the chest, including one old man and five young men. It was unclear whether the victims were high school or university students.

Here's what actually happened, via the Washington Times:

Bus ambush kills Shi'ites

Masked gunmen methodically separated two busloads of passengers into Sunnis and Shi'ites before fatally shooting 21 Shi'ites yesterday, the latest attack in an ethnically driven campaign of violence that is systematically dividing the capital, one neighborhood at a time.

"They asked us to show our IDs, and then instructed us to stand in a line, separating the Sunni from the Shi'ite due to the IDs and also due to the faces," said Ismail, a wounded Shi'ite Kurd who told the Associated Press from his hospital bed that he survived by pretending to be dead.
Hence Reuters doesn't want us to know the following:

1. That the kids and old folks were executed (it uses scare quotes around 'executed', implying there is some doubt in the matter).

2. That the killers murdered only Shi'ites and spared all Sunnis.

3. And hence that the murderers were Sunnis.

The only reason I can see for Reuters hiding these facts is that it supports the Sunni killers and wishes to suppress knowledge of their crimes. This strategy isn't daft - here in the Southern Med, the local paper ran only the Reuters story, so folks have no idea of the truth.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

The London Times Slimes America

Once relentlessly accurate and highbrow, the London Times has degenerated into a dishonest anti-American tabloid.

I stopped reading it years back when it published a photo of Marilyn Monroe on the autopsy table 2 weeks after death, with a caption sneering that she was no longer beautiful.

The managers & writers may have changed since then, but the bias against decency and truth remains. After the 7/7 bombings, it spent weeks publishing leaks and smears to undermine London’s cops struggling to contain Islamic terror.

It’s always been anti-American, in a whiney sort of way, but now it scents blood and is in full cry, regardless of the facts - as exposed by Michelle Malkin.

Last Thursday it published as part of an "expose" of US war crimes in Haditha a grim picture of the murdered Iraqis captioned:
Victims in al- Haditha. The US is carrying out two enquiries. (AP)
But the Times lied – the AP caption actually read:
"Insurgents in Haditha executed 19 Shiite fishermen and National Guardsmen in a sports stadium."
After the blogoshere picked up on the lie, the Times removed the photo, giving this explanation:
The Times June 01, 2006

'Massacre Marines blinded by hate'
From Tim Reid in Washington

Corporal claims that his comrades, who were accused of killing Iraqi civilians, lost control

[Note: This story originally appeared with a picture whose caption erroneously described the scene as of the alleged incidents in al-Haditha. The image was in fact from a separate incident involving Iraqi insurgents]
The Times is still deceiving – “involving Iraqi insurgents” implies the picture is of "Iraqi insurgents" executed by Americans. An honest correction would have apologized for the original lie and explained the victims were innocent Iraqis from Haditha murdered by terrorists. But I guess that wouldn't have played well with the "Evil US" story.

The Times stepped up the pressure. Its online front page yesterday headlined this:
Tales of US dishonour
This Memorial Day week has been overshadowed with stories of the massacre at al-Haditha, which if proven, will impact on a scarred military
Third claim of atrocity rocks servicemen
Today, it has two stories:

From their Washington journo:
Focus: America's shame
The elite of the US army, the marines, stand accused of butchering 24 Iraqi civilians including women and children. If proved, the massacre could change the course of the war in Iraq. Sarah Baxter reports from Washington

As his stomach churned, Roel Briones mechanically clicked the button on his digital camera. With every shot, he felt his humanity was being tested. The dead, he said, “ranged from from little babies to adult males and females.
Sounds pretty grim, unless you soldier on to Page 3 of this 4-page diatribe, which admits:
...Briones claims to have erased his photographs…
So what's left is hearsay. Some story.

The Times backs up this nonsense by playing the Abu Ghraib card:
The horrors really are your America, Mr Bush
Andrew Sullivan

‘This is not America.” Those words were President George W Bush’s attempt to explain the horrors of Abu Ghraib prison on the Arabic-language network Alhurra in 2004. He spoke the words as if they were an empirical matter, but a cognitive dissonance could be sensed through them.

If the men and women who tortured and abused and murdered at Abu Ghraib did not represent America, what did they represent? They wore the uniforms of the United States military.
No Andy, the abusers (not torturers) did not represent America, that's why they’re now in jail.

Fortunately, the circulation of the Times is declining relative to the market leader - the Telegraph - which is honest.

Blair Reaps Whirlwind

In another heartening example of democratic feedback, Brit armed forces are forming a union to protect them against political abuse by Blair’s government. The pols say the union will be bad for discipline, but they undermined that discipline by hanging Brit soldiers out to dry.
Defence chiefs fear that the creation of an independent military "trade union", being launched tomorrow, will lead to soldiers voting on whether or not they should go to war.

The creation of the British Armed Forces Federation (Baff) follows claims that many of Britain's 250,000 troops no longer believe that their best interests are represented by "an increasingly politicised chain of command".

The clamour for an independent federation comparable to that of the police has gained momentum after allegations that troops accused of war crimes in Iraq were "hung out to dry" by defence chiefs, even though virtually all of the accused were subsequently found to be innocent.

In a controversial move, Baff intends to set up a legal "hotline" which will advise service personnel under investigation not to co-operate with military police until they have full legal representation. Many soldiers questioned over incidents in Iraq, ranging from road traffic accidents to allegations of murder, have complained that they were interviewed by military police without being informed that they could have a service or civilian lawyer present to advise them.
The suffering of Trooper Williams and his fellow victims of political persecution has not been in vain.

Denmark's Lesson For Europe

Pundits who consign Europe to future servitude under Islam are wrong, because they ignore the feedback mechanisms that underpin democracies.

Here’s an
object lesson from Denmark, the nation victimized in the Toon Riots (my ellipsis & sequencing):
…Denmark has been changed, in ways many would not have predicted a short while ago.

The slow-motion crisis began in September with publication of a dozen cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten.

Small protests occurred in Copenhagen over the cartoons, and Mr. Rasmussen (the Prime Minister)… declined even to meet with ambassadors from Islamic countries who were demanding that his government take action against the newspaper over the cartoons.

Tensions soared and Muslim governments lodged protests after…Danish Muslim leaders toured the Middle East in December with a portfolio of the cartoons (that) included clearly offensive drawings of Muhammad that had not been published.

Muslim countries announced boycotts of Danish goods -- a severe blow to an economy long reliant on exports.

The violence began in early February, when angry mobs set fire to Danish diplomatic posts in Syria and Lebanon. Protests tied to the cartoons resulted in deaths in Afghanistan, Somalia, Kenya, Pakistan, Nigeria and Egypt.

The sight of Danish flags being burned was particularly traumatic (to Dames): The Danish flag is believed to be one of the oldest in the world, a symbol of national identity dating back to the 13th century.
Just 3 months later, the consequences are clear, and they’re good for Denmark and its integrated Muslims, and bad for jihadists.
"...it was certainly an unusual thing for a small country such as ours to find itself the focus of such a heated situation," Prime Minister…Rasmussen acknowledged in a recent interview in his Copenhagen office.

Mr. Rasmussen's center-right government, the focus of considerable domestic and international criticism in handling the "cartoon controversy," is stronger of late in the polls, while the center-left opposition Social Democrats founder. The populist Danish People's Party, coalition partner with the prime minister's Liberal Party, also gained because of its tough stand on immigration issues.

(The) foreign-policy spokesman for the Danish People's Party, argued that the domestic debate, carried out with characteristic Danish bluntness, had been a healthy exercise.

"We have always praised how most of the Danish Muslims reacted in this affair," (he) said. "It was only when this became a big issue with the dictatorships in the Middle East and in Asia that the world had a problem. "This is an issue that you can't deal with in a dictatorship, [but one] that we have proven we can talk about here in a democracy," he added.

Yet, Denmark's single most popular political figure is a Muslim, Naser Khader, a Syrian-born moderate member of parliament who founded a post-cartoon movement -- called Democratic Muslims -- to promote the peaceful fusion of Danish values, political liberty and Islam.
It gets better - the guy that fomented violence against the country that that had given him refuge is moving on.
Meanwhile, the Copenhagen imam whom many here blame for fanning Arab and Muslim fury last winter, just as it appeared the fires had been contained, announced May 11 that he was leaving Denmark for the Palestinian territories because of the intense criticism directed at him.
If he tries the same tricks there, I’m sure the ISF will welcome him with open arms.

These heartening events show that democracies won’t tolerate barbarism in their Islamic communities, and that those communities contain decent people that understand the rules of assimilation.

France seems to be heading in the same direction. I wish I could say the same for the Brits and Germans.