Friday, September 28, 2007

Beyond parody

According to Condoleeza Rice says that "Nations must fight climate change like terrorism". Jihadwatch has an amusing parody on that statement. But once the laughter stops the seriousness kicks in. And it doesn't give a pretty picture at all.

It is apalling who passes today as the US secretary of state. It's even more apalling that this person has a Ph.D. And don't even get me started on other western "leaders"! Or the state of the academia today! At times I wonder how this world still functions.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

You couldn't make this stuff up!

But one could make up the role of muslims in British history if the ruling ideology needs it. That according to a man named Trevor Philips, head of some human rights comission. Just when you think post-modernists could not sink low enough.

George Orwell was far too optimistic, let me tell you that.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The flop of Columbia

He came, he spoke, he went. Just before he did speak, however, he listened to some supposedly tough questions and lectures from Columbia president Bollinger which had enchanted many on the net.

It is amazing how little is needed for some people to forget about the core issue. A little name-calling and a small rebuke on history and everybody is happy. This incident shows why globalist liberalism still captivates the minds of the general population. But I digress...Anyway, everyone seems to have overlooked the fact that, albeit with a minor inconveniance, Ahmedinejad has achieved his goal. He gave a speech in the heart of the US exposing his views and besides the audience at the university itself he had all the networks covering him live.

Worse yet, Bollinger's pathetic and clumsy attempt at being tough in order to save his behind(do you honestly think he would adress Ahmedinejad in that way had the public not raised holy hell before the event?) and most likely quite a few financial donations to Columbia was rebuked by the Iranian president in such a manner that the latter quite succesfully potrayed himself as a victim. To top it all there was a loud round of applause coming from the students at some parts of the Iranian president's speech.

Many have pondered over the reason why Columbia University invited him to speak in the first place. We had all sorts of explanations, from the university being run by radical leftists, to motives of general principle of free speech all the up to the ridicolous claim that it was Bollinger's attention all along to lecture him. Does it really matter? Whatever the Columbia University management tried to achieve, it only resulted in handing Ahmedinejad a PR triumph. It not only could have been forseen, it was obvious. And the fact that the management of Columbia didn't see it or didn't want to see it speaks volumes of the state of the academia today.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Theological difference between islam and christianity in a nutshell

Robert Spencer of Jihadwatch has been for the past couple of months blogging the Quran in series on HotAir. In his latest entry he discussed verse number 64 from the fifth surah(chapter) which goes like this:

The Jews say: Allah's hand is fettered. Their hands are fettered and they are accursed for saying so. Nay, but both His hands are spread out wide in bounty. He bestoweth as He will. That which hath been revealed unto thee from thy Lord is certain to increase the contumacy and disbelief of many of them, and We have cast among them enmity and hatred till the Day of Resurrection. As often as they light a fire for war, Allah extinguisheth it. Their effort is for corruption in the land, and Allah loveth not corrupters.


Spencer, combining islamic commentary with his own continues:

Ibn Kathir comments: “Allah states that the Jews, may Allah’s continuous curses descend on them until the Day of Resurrection, describe Him as a miser. Allah is far holier than what they attribute to Him.” He is also absolute will, with hand absolutely unfettered: Allah’s unfettered hand is a vivid image of divine freedom. Such a God can be bound by no laws. Muslim theologians argued during the long controversy with the heretical Islamic Mu‘tazilite sect, which exalted human reason beyond the point that the eventual victors were willing to tolerate, that Allah was free to act as he pleased. He was thus not bound to govern the universe according to consistent and observable laws. “He cannot be questioned concerning what He does” (Qur’an 21:23).
Accordingly, there was no point to observing the workings of the physical world; there was no reason to expect that any pattern to its workings would be consistent, or even discernable. If Allah could not be counted on to be consistent, why waste time observing the order of things? It could change tomorrow. Stanley Jaki, a Catholic priest and physicist, explains that it was the renowned Sufi thinker al-Ghazali who “denounced natural laws, the very objective of science, as a blasphemous constraint upon the free will of Allah.” The great twelfth-century Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides explained orthodox Islamic cosmology in similar terms, noting that Islamic thinkers of his day assumed “the possibility that an existing being should be larger or smaller than it really is, or that it should be different in form and position from what it really is; e.g., a man might have the height of a mountain, might have several heads, and fly in the air; or an elephant might be as small as an insect, or an insect as huge as an elephant. This method of admitting possibilities is applied to the whole Universe.”
Relatively early in its history, therefore, science was deprived in the Islamic world of the philosophical foundation it needed in order to flourish. It found that philosophical foundation only in Christian Europe, where it was assumed that God was good and had constructed the universe according to consistent and observable laws. Such an idea would have been for pious Muslims tantamount to saying, “Allah’s hand is fettered.”


I also would like to add my own example. When pope Benedict XVI uttered his now infamous Regensburg speech he actually recounted an argument between the Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus and a Persian muslim by the name of Ibn Hazn about God and religion. Ibn Hazn claimed that Allah is bound by nothing but his own will depending on the moment and that "were it God's will, we would even have to practice idolatry". Imagine, a god so transcedent he denies his own self just for the fun of it! What is true today, according to islamic theology, can be deemed a lie tommorow if it were the will of Allah. Such attitude inevitably discourages any scientific research and curiosity since, according to islam, no natural law or order exists and everything is shaped by the will of Allah. This also, to a great extent, explains the contradictions found in the Quran and their explanation.

Christianity, on the other hand, insists that God is a reasonable being and that acts purely lead by reason. He is true to his word and consistent. His established laws are for all time and can not be changed even by his will. That is why being a scientist does not exclude being a devout christian and vice versa. It is also a theological attitude that refutes the liberal leftist notion that you can not be religious and reasonable at the same time.

Mourinho: why did he fail in the Champions league with Chelsea?

When Jose Mourinho, after taking a bunch of, well not entirely unknowns, but certainly far from mega-superstars of Porto to the Champions League trophy left for mega-spending Chelsea everyone thought that as of that moment others will simply compete for the other place in the CL final. After all, the owner Abramovich could buy him whichever players he desired and he could create an invincible team, perfectly according to his wishes that will simply walk to the trophies. But as they say, football is a funny old game and thank God, of all the cliches surrounding the Beautiful game, this one proves time and time again to be 100% true. And so in 3 seasons Chelsea, with all the money they spent, have only managed two semifinals for their trouble, both times Liverpool being the unsurmountable obstacle between them and glory.

So where did Mourinho screw up? Because, let's face it, he did screw up. Big time. In my opinion, the hype surrounding him got to his head a bit. Part of his psychological tactics was to deflect all the media attention from the players to himself but as time went on it seemed he began to believe it was really all about him, his tactics, his schemes...In his mind they were fool-proof, infailable and all he needed was players to execute them. But football is not chess and there is always the element of unexpected on the pitch, an awkward deflection, an injury, a refereeing mistake...And when that happened Mourinho's reply was more schemes since, ironically with all the money he had at his disposal, he didn't have a player capable of producing something out of the ordinary, save perhaps Drogba and Robben. Strict tactical discipline usually does bring you league championships and Mourinho duly delievered twice in that department but the Champions league is a competition where inspiration and creativity can in the end take you to the next level. Mourinho had that with his Porto team but seemed to have forgotten all about it when he joined the Blues.

Don't get me wrong, Mourinho is certainly among the creme de la creme of his profession, his record says it all, but he must rmemeber that the bottom line of football are the players. They are the ones who pass and move and create and score and if Mourinho realizes this again it won't be long before he puts his hands on another Champions League trophy.

I must admit I already miss the bugger. He added a lot to football not only in the technical aspect of the game itself but also in the personality department. I hope he won't be unemployed for long and whichever team he takes over I will watch with interest.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Fjordman nails it

Norwegian blogger Fjordman dispells the myth of the muslim Arabs having saved classical Greek philosophy from oblivion in his latest essay(via Dhimmiwatch), while conceeding that there were indeed islamic thinkers who tried to reconcile islam with Aristoteles for example. He also explains why their attempts ultimately failed. Be sure to read it all.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

I'll take it but...

Groclin was not the greatest game Red Star played but the result, a 1-0 win, is there for a change. Barcos is showing that he is not such a dud after all, Bronowiczky and Andjelkovic did very well on the left and Randjelovic made some fine saves. The defense though gave me a few heart attacks. And once again it's been confirmed that Red Star's main problem is the central midfield, not strikers.

As expected

Mourinho is gone. At least for the time being. Do not expect a character like hi to go quietly into the night, though.

In spite of headlines claiming that his departure is shocking and "out of the blue"(pun unintentional) no-one should really be suprised. Since the begining of last season it was clear that the magic has evaporated somewhat. Chelsea found it harder and harder to win games, the dressing room was a mess and fights with players, some of them Abramovich's favourites such as Shevchenko, were erupting almost at a daily basis and the boss decided to tighten the purse. All this created an unsustainable climate. The cup victories were there just to paper over the cracks. The divorce between Chelsea and Mourinho was as inevitable as Christmas. When such strong characters like him and Abramovich go head to head it's hard to imagine reconciliation.

So what now for Chelsea? Seems to me like their season is being screwed as we speak. The team were in bad shape already and the en route change will take time to set in. Time that might prove itself costly for the remaining part of the season.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Cursed

That is the only explanation for Spain's shocking loss in the Eurobasket final: somebody put a curse on them. This is the 6th time Spain loses in the European championship final. They had it all going for them and I do mean all: the best team ever covered in all positions, world champion title won last year, home turf, the lead which they had for the entire game...All that spoiled by one shot from a dyed-in-the-wool Russian by the name of John Robert Holden. What are you all laughing at? Didn't you know that Holden's ancestors fought at Poltava under Peter the Great?

OK, I know it's a politically incorrect joke but it has to come natural considering the situation.

Genuine or an election trick?

Not to be accused of leading an election campaign prematurely PM Koštunica decided to put the new strategic orienatation of his party, namely the declint to join NATO, on paper. The most significant part is the fact that the snub of the NATO membership is no longer connected directly to the issue of Kosovo and Metohija but that it has become a matter of principle. This predictably caused an uproar among the voiciferous NATO propronents in Serbia and there is even talk of the governement going down.

Personally, I retain a healthy dose of scepticism and cynicism over this. It's not enough to put things on paper. It's action that counts. When the most zealous proponents of NATO in the governememnt are reigned in or cast aside I'll believe in Koštunica's change of heart. Until then, it's all panem et circenses.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

That's a bit extreme, don't you think?

OK, I can't stand her and her performance at the VMAs was awful and the less said about her private life the better, but having Britney Spears beheaded? That's a bit too much. Same goes for Madonna. There are some celbrities that I wouldn't mind seeing put to the scimtar, though. And believe me, he's far from being the only one.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

EUSSR at work

As if more evidence was needed of the sorry moral and sprirtual state of the EU in particular, the egregious mayor of Brussels Thiemelmans had the police act on the demonstrations against the islamization of Europe he had banned previously. Here is how they executed the order:







Freedom of expression in the European Union? Only for the politically correct, which incidentally, include these people:

Where the world stands after 6 years, cont.

Some prominent commentators on the web share my view on the situation in the world 6 years after the WTC attack. Here's what Robert Spencer wrote on JihadWatch:

...
American Muslim advocacy groups have made it impossible to take such a stand by adopting a spurious victim status that has enabled them to claim -- and enabled the claim to be accepted -- that sensible anti-jihad measures and investigations are "anti-Muslim." Instead of inviting and participating in an open investigation of the roots of the jihad ideology of Islamic supremacism in core Islamic texts and teachings, so as to work with people of good will toward finding positive ways to neutralize the ability of jihadists to use those texts to recruit terrorists and incite violence, they have cowed the establishment media (liberal and conservative) and government officials into thinking that such investigations manifest "Islamophobia" and bigotry.

Six years after 9/11, the jihad proceeds apace, and the UN investigates...Islamophobia.

Want to end Islamophobia? End violent attacks committed by Muslims in the name of Islam. I guarantee that Islamophobia will then vanish utterly.

Six years after, the fact that such elementary common sense is not taken for granted, but reviled and dismissed, does not bode well for the continuation of this conflict, as continue it surely will.
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And in the comments section Hugh Fitzgerald accounts for all the measures taken and the wars in Afganistan and Iraq and shows the folly of it. And saving the best for the last paragraph:


Six years, not entirely, but largely, wasted becuase of the ignorance, confusion, timidity, and sheer sentimentalism of the so-called "leaders" of the Western world, with Bush and Blair in the lead. Six years in which the kind of information that ought to have been presented, in an act of mass dissemination, by the governments themselves, have been left to private greatly-underfunded websites. Six years of false authorities teling us what and how to think, "terrorism" experts, "Bin Laden" experts, the unrepentant "moderate-Muslims-are-the-solution" experts, e tutti quanti. And those are the good ones.

Six years.



And there will be even more years wasted, and indeed catastrophic consequences, unless a new ruling elite in Europe and America is placed instead of this one.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Where the world stands after 6 years

It was tuesday, just like today. I bet everybody remembers what they were doing the moment they heard that the WTC in New York was hit. I also believe that almost all of you, like I did, at first thought that it was a cesna-type small plane that did the damager. Boy, were we wrong...

Those who really knew how things went on in the world were not suprised at all. Behind the facade of the "century of globalism" and "the end of history" there was a hell of a lot of cooking. The ideology of global jihad often used by the western globalist establishment for it's own purposes in the Balkans and elsewhere had in fact it's own goals. In their hubris, the globalist elite ignored this and underestimated the jihadist capabilities and intelligence. and the jihadists used perfectly globalist inventions such as political correctness, multiculturalism and unchecked immigration against their creators and placed the nations that were subject to such unfortunate experiments of social engineering under grave peril. 9/11 was the nemesis. Lonely voices in the desert warned of potential dangers but they were cast aside and with subtle methods common people were denied information that might have shown that they do not live in a one-world heaven.

At least that aspect has changed since 9/11/01. Up to that point shunned authors and commentators were most sought-after all of a sudden and a demand for the literature that would explaind the jihadist ideological basis and their motives skyrocketed. Thanks to the expansion of the internet the average citizen could finally find out the whole truth, the one which mainstream media could never and would never tell him because that way they would inspire the people to question some myths they instilled in them as sacrosant truths. Which brings me to the next subject...

Little has changed, however, in the attitude of the ruling espablishment of the west. They are still repeating the mantras that kept them in their postitions for the past 40 or so years. The changes that did occur, were actually for the worse. The need to defend Europe and America from global jihad was utilized by one part of the establishment to promote their ideology of "global democratization". This utopian set of ideas, although verbally opposed to the jihadist ideology, has an eery alikeness to it. Both claim they bring the ultimate solution to all earthly problems, neither accept national and cultural differences between people that make their ideologies unsuitable for certain countries and both have a tendency to spread their faith by the sword. Supporters of these ideas are almost as dangerous to the civilization they claim to serve as the jihadists because they waste it's resources in projects doomed to fail, and, as a consequence of their inability to admit that their idea was simply faulty and unwillingness to accept facts that do not work in their favour, they hide the truth about the jihadist ideology(which is rooted in islamic scripture) in the same way the liberal-globalist part of the establishment does.

So what direction does the world move from here? It's obvious there is no end in sight to the conflict that began 6 years ago. New security and surveillance measures are not a long-term solution and can lead to various undesired consequences and abuses. Much more thourough change is needed. Left liberalism, multiculturalism and other post-modern "isms" must be eradicated, permanently . With that as a logical outcome goes the complete change of the ruling establishment in Europe and America, both it's liberal-globalist and neoconservative wings must go. Traditional values of Europe and America such as national, cultural and religious identity must come back on the scene. Out of those values, others such as personal liberty, freedom of expression and consceince were a logical offspring. That way it will be easier for a common man to see the difference between the jihadist ideology and the values of European and western civilization and see that the latter is worth fighting for and preserving. Anything short of that, or calling upon material and nost spritual values, will lead to an inevitable downfall of Europe and America under the combination of the crumbling from within and blows from without.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Ah, that Federer

As if we needed more proof from him that he is the best! Djoković had him, it isn't a phrase, it is a fact and anyone who has seen the match can testify to that. But the Swissman always had something up his sleeve. And those lost challenges! Makes you want to kill yourself! Never mind, this is just the first of many grand-slam finals for Nole, you can bet on it!

Friday, September 07, 2007

"We want the head of the infidel cartoonist chopped off"

Well, not really they don't but ambassadors of 20 muslim countries have, as the Swedich site "The Local" reports(hat tip:Dhimmiwatch), "agreed on a list of measures Sweden needed to take if it was to secure a long-term solution to the Muhammad cartoon controversy." Among other thins they ask that:

"Muslims need legal protection against the desecration of the Prophet Muhammad, maybe something similar to the protection enjoyed by Jews and homosexuals."


Just what protection is that? What are they talking about?

"A permanent parliamentary committee also needs to be established to tackle islamophobia,"


And just what are they supposed to do, the members of the comitee? Ban writings and publications critical of islam?

But if you think these demands are outrageous, get this:

"We want to see action, not just nice words. We have to push for a change in the law,"


And which law would replace the current Swedish one? Sharia, maybe? Talk about having gall!

To paraphrase Vladimir Putin, it's their heads that need changing not Swedish law.

I bet he does stand-up as well

Novak Đoković and his impersonations, in front of live audience this time.



Now Novak is a good sport and I am sure he would not mind that the subjects of his impersonations return the favour. Novak's two charactristic traits are taking of his shirt between games and ball-bouncing before serving. So Rafa Nadal can bounce the ball and Masha Sharapova can...
:-))))

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Here's why the "war on terror" is a farce

Jihadwatch has an interesting photo posted at their place. It symbolizes everything that is wrong about the US governement stance towards global jihad. Or as Robert Spencer himself said:

Just imagine a convention of some German American society booth in 1942, with the Nazi Party booth right next to the Department of War booth. But of course, the War Department wouldn't have been there.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Time to get some answers

A couple of years ago the fact that we were out of a basketball Euro championshp would have literally made me sick and I couldn't function normally for days. Now, I really don't care. Or rather, I expected this. That's how low we have gone.

How come? It isn't the lack of talent. Gold medals from youth championships this summer tell another story. Time to answer the question I asked a month or so ago, before it's too late.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

He got it all figured out, didn't he?

A former Hollywood star(one can freely call him that since it's been quite a while since he made anything worth mentioning) deigned the realm of ex-Yugoslavia, Bosnia to be precise, a visit. And he was nicely served by his hosts, from food to tall tales. And he accordingly expressed his outrage and astonishment on how someone can "consider Karadžić and Mladić heroes" and called them "monsters". And he figured out everything there is to figure out in the week or two he spent in Sarajevo and the vicinity.

Pity his hosts did not offer him some pieces of the biography of their late leader Izetbegović. Perhaps something out of the "Islamic declaration"? Or how he was a recruiter in the Waffen SS division Handzar? And while they were at it they could have explained their connection to Haj-Hamin al-Husseini. And if they really got friendly perhaps they could have gone furhter back, way back to the Ottoman times and tell him about their role in it and the status of christians, especially Serbs in that state. Lucky for them, Jasenovac, Kozara and the pits of Hercegovina are primarily the responsibility of their former allies(but they themselves are hardly blameless). Who knows, if they gave him the whole story, maybe, just maybe, a clue might have appaered in his head(although I doubt it).

Only ignoramuses from the former "dream factory" now a center for indoctrination in just about every post-modern "ism" one can think of, such as the above described entertainer are more irritating and egregious then arrogant western politicians and journalists coming to the Balkans with their "solutions" to all the Balkans' problems. One appearance on the screen they consider a certificate of experise in everything even though they could never withstand tough questioning on topics they like to "educate" us ignorant plebs.

Of course, I didn't mention the name of the person I am refering to on purpose. He does not merit this even with his movies lately.

Monday, September 03, 2007

How about us?

This time last year we were told by all sorte of "experts" and "analysts" that the independence for Kosovo and Metohija was a done deal and that our hopes for a Russian veto were in vain and that the Russians will "sell us down the river". Events have debunked such speculations but it doesn't hurt to reinforce this with a statement from the Russian foreign minister.

And we? Did we draw a "red line"? As much as PM Koštunica and some of his ministers, mostly from his party, are shouting that to all corners of the Earth the permanence of some people in the governement makes me uneasy about it. Such people have on numerous occasions shown that "integrations" and "reforms" are closer to their heart then the territory of Serbia. As long as they are there attempts to revive the "Ahtisaari plan", in another package, will persistently be made.