Monday, July 30, 2007

What, no riots yet?

The jihadists must be going soft. Or maybe they realize that demonstrations with signs that threaten murder and mayhem is just a little bit damaging for their PR? How else can one explain the lack of the usual reaction to the flushing of the Koran down the toilet by one Stanislav Shmulevich?

But if the usual suspects were absent in this case, the NYPD was quick to react in the matter under the pretext of so-called "hate crimes". And now, it appears Shmulevich is charged with two felonies! since when destroying a book whose contents one does not like is a crime? Don't give me this "desacration" argument? Where were the law enforcement agencies when various "artists" sank the crucifix in urine or smeared Christ with feces? That, I assume, was an act of love and understanding?

Perhaps Mr. Shmulevich should have claimed he too was an artist, and a gay one on top of it? It seems it would have gotten him of the hook easily.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Equality before the law? Not with UEFA!

They were just waiting for a good opportunity to do this. Crackdown on hooligans they say...Yeah right...

You certainly wouldn't know it if you looked at how Inter fared after their fans had the Champions League quaterfinal at San Siro abandoned(and not the pre-pre-pre-pre-pre qualifying UEFA cup game in Mostar disrupted for a couple of minutes) since nobody thought of kicking them out of Europe.

If fan violence is not reason enough to kick somebody out, surely match-fixing is? Wrong! For that you get to win the Champions League, just ask Milan!

Next time a disgruntled fan enters the pitch to kick the referee, no problem: just the 3-0 awarded to the opponent in a game which was most likely lost anyway and a game behind closed doors. All it takes is a phony apology to smooth everything over.

Particularly egregious was the game's delegate remark how Partizan fans were wearing T-shirts with Radovan Karadžić and Ratko Mladić. Where was this alleged do-gooder and sensitivity trainer when Croatian fans formed a human swastika? Or when in Barcellona someone always carries a banner saying "Catalonia is not Spain"? Answers on a post-card...

And how come this delegate does not ask some obvious questions? Like, how could the police place two rival fans on the same stand? Or where did the rocks that were thrown atr Partizan fans come from? How could they get in the stadium?

And a bit on how the Serbian Football Federation reacted to all of this. A couple of days ago I gave them a bit of praise on my blog in Serbian for some positive things they did lately but on this they behaved like a bunch of timid, spineless opportunists and have sacrificed the interest of the country's football on the altar of a "higher cause". But I suppose one can not expect better from them if a good part of the Serbian governement behaves in a similar way.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Where does it all go wrong?

One of the most famous anecdotes about George Best goes like this: towards the twighlight of his career he was in a hotel room with one of his girls(believe me, he always got the best ones) and the room service guy brings him the chapagne he ordered and gets a fat tip from George. As he is about to leave he takes a look at Best, the beautiful lady with him and the money lying around and asks:"Tell me Mr. Best, where did it all go wrong?"

This summer Serbia is witnessing their mens youth basketball teams win European Championship first and then World Championship in their respective categories. And one can add to that that the U19 women's team are European champions and that the U21 are runners-up. We have an abundance of talent and good coaches. However...

Lately the men's senior team has been woefull. Since winning the World championship in 2002 in Indianapolis, we couldn't finish above 6th place and last two big competitions, the Eurobasket 2005 and the World championship in 2006 were downright disasters. OK, others have moved forward, the absolute dominance outside the NBA domain that we had in the 1990-ties and a bit beyond would be a thing of the past in any case, but come on...Defeats to superpowers such as China and New Zealand????

Why is it that everything falls apart once our talented youngsters pass on to the final level? Going to the NBA(which isn't what it used to be, BTW) too early? Weak domestic league? Lack of patriotism?

We'd better find an answer to this question soon or we will become the basketball-nation equivalent of George Best: unseen potential squandered due to carelessness and complacency.

"The occupation is lost but the war can be won"

This is how, in a nutshell, Daniel Pipes formulates his position on the Iraq war in his latest article. The article is worth reading because it offers ideas previously never discussed by a mainstream commentator.

To Pipes' credit, he never was gung-ho for the "democratize Iraq" project and he brought up quotes going way back to the first Gulf war to back this up. When one reads them it is rather remarkable to see how most predictions he made were fullfilled. (And just for the record, his father, Richard Pipes, also said that the democratization project is a fantasy and that it would never work). However, one can not help asking Mr.Pipes: "Why did you confine your arguments to your website and a couple of publications? Why didn't you use your influence and your prominent status to trigger-off a real debate about Iraq?" The answer would be that Pipes is too much immersed in the establishment to make any serious waves and when crunch-time comes, he goes with the mass by inertia and if all goes well he jumps on the bandwagon and if it turns to the sour he can say "I told you so".

This is not the only qualm I have with this article. Pipes, as with many of his essays, contradicts himself in a later paragraph:

With the occupation a half-year old in October 2003, I forecast that “the mission in Iraq will end in failure” because the Iraqi motivation to remove coalition forces greatly exceeds coalition motivation to remain. “The US-led effort to fix Iraq is not important enough for Americans, Britons, or other non-Muslim partners to stick it out.”


But if Pipes first says that the occupation itself is an ill-concieved idea, and that Iraq can not be changed, how can motivation play any part? No amount of will-power will make the realities of Iraq go away, it should be obvious from the start.

And thirdly, Pipes' idea itself has it's down-sides. I am not a military expert and I will not comment how re-deploying US forces into isolated garrisons will effect their overall mobility but some of the new objectives Pipes believes the US should take are already beyond reach. "Secure, stable and decent Iraq" was lost with the dissolution of the entire power structure in 2003. The Shia parts are de facto and Iranian client-state, so much for containing the Iranians. And how does Pipes plan to fight Al-Qaeda from far-out bases? Surely he does not believe they are stupid enough to attack US soldiers under such cricumstances. Also, note that Pipes doesn't say "defeat Al-Qaeda" which practically means the US will be in the region forever. For what purpose? And will they be able to keep the casualties low for the duration?

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Do they cut his hand off now?

During last Friday's prayers somebody stole the shoes of Hamas leader Haniyeh. After conducting an extensive search of the area, they were found in the posession of a child who stole them because they "looked shiny and neat".

While they said they released the child they did not exclude that he was "sent by Fatah to discredit them". What's next? Special pick-pocket Fatah squads stealing from Hamas members while they ride in a bus? And doesn't sharia mandate chopping the thieves' hands off?

Friday, July 20, 2007

Nothing suspicious here, move on...Or else we sue you

You thought you saw a terrorist? You did, you did saw a terrorist? Well don't you dare report it, because they can sue you for everything you've got! This is, in a nutshell, the result of the failure to introduce the provision from protecting citizens from being sued for reporting suspicious behaviour that might lead to a terrorist attack. Apparently, brainwashing entire generations with political correctness was not enough, they had to introduce this as well.

I can just imagine the conversation with some poor hapless soul that lived nextdoor to a perpetrator of a terrorist attack:

Q:"Didn't it seem odd to you that he collected assault weapons, chemicals and explosives and that he had Al-Qaeda posters in his living room?"
A:"Listen mister, I worked too hard for my possesions to lose them all in a law suit! I've got a family to feed, you know."


And with the latest big terrorist plots being blown largely thanks to concerned citizens one can not help being a tiny bit pessimistic about what future holds.

Multiethnic Kosovo? Yeah, right!

Julia Gorin does it again. She's been getting numerous letters lately that explain how "Kosovars only want freedom" and other Kosovo Albanian apologia. She responds with appropriate links that show that the "freedom" and "multiethnic society" are propagandist covers for good old-fashioned ethnic Albanian imerialism and conquest.

Not to worry though, Julia. I'm sure that their apologists and lobbyists will be quick to pronounce how those are simply reactions to the postponement of the "resolution of the status" and that everything will be rosy once they get what they want. Bridge in Brooklyn, anyone?

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Promised? Tell when exactly!

I see Nicholas Burns is again threatening with the US recognition of Kosovo and Metohija. He says that the US will in this way “keep the promise given to the people of Kosovo”.

I know the US made such promises long ago. I just wish that Burns would say when they made such a promise so that the last of the ostriches finally get their heads out of the sand.

Monday, July 16, 2007

No more windmills, tulips, Ajax FC...

...nor PSV and Feyenoord for that matter, so fans of those clubs shouldn't rejoice prematurely.

The topic is a far more serious one. Debbie Sclussel reports that, after the UK, another European nation has decided to ride quietly into the twiglhight, namely Holland, as you might have guessed.

Now, considering how gung-ho the Dutch were for the NATO war of agression in 1999 the logical instinct would be "couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch". However, when one thinks it over a bit it is simply a logical consequence of the post-modern madness that has a firm grip on the western societies since 1968, a grip that has caused them to forfeit their traditional cultures and take up a relativist ideology that is ever quicker becoming their undoing.

And after those three months?

The Governement of Israel decided to give amnesty to Fatah members guilty of various terrorist attacks, some of them quite gruesome like the Maalot masacre. In exchange Israel gets a promise that they will refrain from violence...for three months.

Assuming they even make and keep such a promise...What happens when the three-month period expires? Does even the Israeli governement have even the vaguest idea? Apparently not or they wouldn't make such a cretenous move.

Friday, July 13, 2007

And speaking of Brown...

When I first read this I thought it was a spoof article. But while the "Daily Express" is not to be taken without a grain of salt, I doubt they would make up something as outrageous as this. The title says it all, really, if there is even a fraction of truth in these allegations.

And what makes matters worse is that of the leaders of the two major parties in the UK, Brown appears to be the saner one.

QED*

A couple of months ago I wrote on this blog that Sarkozy's win is not going to bring much of a change in French foreign policy. Well, it sure didn't take them long to make my forecast come true.

And all it took were a couple of protests from the head of Hezbollah...Sarkozy is just like other European so-called right-wingers: just talking the talk and nothing more. And with Gordon Brown banning the terms "islamic terrorism" and "muslim terrorism", things look bleak indeed.

*For those not familliar with legal terms: QED is an abbreviation of quod errat demonstrandum, which means as I had wanted to show. It's used when an event happens that completely confirms a certain thesis.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The ultimate Kosovo and Metohija summary

While I've been enjoying the sun, others were working, hard. Most notably, Julia Gorin who added another masterpiece to her opus, one that needs to be spread around like wildfire.

Ending the Balkan quagmire at American Thinker.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Some of the funnier highlights of my Greek sojourn

Hey, I'm back! I had a wonderful time, the weather was perfect, the sea was blue and clean and I saw many lovely places and met some nice people. To start again on a lighter note, here are some fun pics from my holiday.





and my personal favourite:



No disrespect and, I repeat, I had an absolutely lovely time, but really...How expensive can a Greek-English dictionary be? :-)))