Monthly Archives: March 2009

Transcript of Obama’s speech to the Iranian people and their “leaders” (with illustrations added)

 

Today I want to extend my very best wishes to all who are celebrating Nowruz around the world.

This holiday is both an ancient ritual and a moment of renewal, and I hope that you enjoy this special time of year with friends and family.

 

Here are some of Iran's friends. They call themselves "Hezbollah."

Here are some of Iran's friends. They call themselves "Hezbollah."

 

 

 

 

In particular, I would like to speak directly to the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

 

Here is one of Iran's current leaders, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaking in front of a photo of Iran's original leader, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Nice folks. Hope they listen to Barry.

Here is one of Iran's current leaders, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaking in front of a photo of Iran's original leader, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Nice folks. Hope they listen to Barry.

 

 

Here is the REAL leader of Iran. The Supreme Leader himself, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Like all great religious men, he is delivering this sermon whilst fondling the muzzle of a rifle. I sure hope Barry's message of hope and change gets through to him!

Here is the REAL leader of Iran. The Supreme Leader himself, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Like all great religious men, he is delivering this sermon whilst fondling the muzzle of a rifle. I sure hope Barry's message of hope and change gets through to him!

 

 

 

Nowruz is just one part of your great and celebrated culture. Over many centuries your art, your music, literature and innovation have made the world a better and more beautiful place.

 

Iranian "art"

Iranian "art"

 

 

More Iranian art

More Iranian art

 

 

A rather stylized Iranian depiction of Uncle Sam. Ain't Iranian art great! Barry says it is!

A rather stylized Iranian depiction of Uncle Sam. Ain't Iranian art great! Barry says it is!

 

 

More Iranian "art." This time a nice mural.

More Iranian "art." This time a nice mural.

 

Not all Iranian art has an American theme.

Not all Iranian art has an American theme.

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President Obama is right. Iran does have some “unusual” literature. Here are some of the writings of the father of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Ayatollah Khomeini:

A man can have sexual pleasure from a child as young as a baby. However he should not penetrate, sodomising the child is OK. If the man penetrates and damages the child then he should be responsible for her subsistence all herlife. This girl, however does not count as one of his four permanent wives. The man will not be eligible to marry the girl’s sister.

From Khomeini’s book, “Tahrirolvasyleh”, fourth volume, Darol Elm, Gom,
Iran, 1990

It is better for a girl to marry in such a time when she would begin
menstruation at her husband’s house rather than her father’s home. Any
father marrying his daughter so young will have a permanent place in
heaven.

From Khomeini’s book, “Tahrirolvasyleh”, fourth volume, Darol Elm, Gom,
Iran, 1990

A man can have sex with animals such as sheep, cows, camels and so on.
However he should kill the animal after he has his orgasm. He should not
sell the meat to the people in his own village, however selling the meat to
the next door village should be fine.

From Khomeini’s book, “Tahrirolvasyleh”, fourth volume, Darol Elm, Gom,
Iran, 1990

“If one commits the act of sodomy with a cow, a ewe, or a camel, their urine and their excrement become impure, and even their milk may no longer be consumed. The animal must then be killed and as quickly as possible and burned.”
The little green book, Sayings of Ayatollah Khomeini, Political, Phylosophica, Social and Religious with a special introduction by Clive Irving, ISBN number 0-553-14032-9, page 47

A woman who has contracted a continuing marriage does not have the right to go out of the house without her husband’s permission; she must remain at his disposal for the fulfilment of any one of his desires, and may not refuse herself to him except for a religiously valid reason.  If she is totally submissive to him, the husband must provide her with her food, clothing, and lodging, whether or not he has the means to do so.  A woman who refuses herself to her husband is guilty, and may not demand from him food, clothing, lodging, or any later sexual relations; however, she retains the right to be paid damages if she is repudiated.

Ali [son in law of Mohammed], having cut off the hands of two thieves, treated their wounds and offered them his hospitality, and this affected them so much that they became utterly devoted to him; or again when he heard that the marauding army of Muawiyah had abused a woman of one of the tribes, he was so upset and moved to pity he declared: “If a man died after such an occurrence, no one could blame him.”  And yet, despite a nature as sensitive as that, Ali bared his sword and hacked the perpetrators to pieces.  This is the meaning of justice.

“The Sayings of Ayatollah Khomeini, Political, Philosophical, Social and Religious” (The Little Green Book), ISBN number 0-553-14032-9.

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Here in the United States our own communities have been enhanced by the contributions of Iranian Americans. We know that you are a great civilization, and your accomplishments have earned the respect of the United States and the world.

 

Here is one of Iran's most recent accomplishments and contributions to the world: it's called an Explosively Formed Penetrator. These were made in Iran and used to kill many American GIs in Iraq.

Here is one of Iran's most recent accomplishments and contributions to the world: it's called an Explosively Formed Penetrator. These were made in Iran and used to kill many American GIs in Iraq.

 

 

For nearly three decades relations between our nations have been strained. But at this holiday we are reminded of the common humanity that binds us together. Indeed, you will be celebrating your New Year in much the same way that we Americans mark our holidays — by gathering with friends and family, exchanging gifts and stories, and looking to the future with a renewed sense of hope.

 

One reason US-Iranian relations became "strained" 30 years ago was because they invaded our embassy and took our people hostage

One reason US-Iranian relations became "strained" 30 years ago was because they invaded our embassy and took our people hostage

 

 

When Iranian-sponsored Hezbollah killed 241 American GIs in an Islamikaze attack in 1983, relations became more strained

When Iranian-sponsored Hezbollah killed 241 American GIs in an Islamikaze attack in 1983, relations became more strained

 

 

 

Within these celebrations lies the promise of a new day, the promise of opportunity for our children, security for our families, progress for our communities, and peace between nations. Those are shared hopes, those are common dreams.

 

"Hope" is one of Barry's favorite words. It's one of the Ayatollahs' favorite words too. They like it so much that they named their latest missile "Omid," which means "Hope!"

"Hope" is one of Barry's favorite words. It's one of the Ayatollahs' favorite words too. They like it so much that they named their latest missile "Omid," which means "Hope!"

 

 

So in this season of new beginnings I would like to speak clearly to Iran’s leaders. We have serious differences that have grown over time. My administration is now committed to diplomacy that addresses the full range of issues before us, and to pursuing constructive ties among the United States, Iran and the international community. This process will not be advanced by threats. We seek instead engagement that is honest and grounded in mutual respect.

 

Iran has so much "respect" for us that they even have a national holiday called "Death to America" Day!

Iran has so much "respect" for us that they even have a national holiday called "Death to America" Day!

 

 

You, too, have a choice. The United States wants the Islamic Republic of Iran to take its rightful place in the community of nations. You have that right — but it comes with real responsibilities, and that place cannot be reached through terror or arms, but rather through peaceful actions that demonstrate the true greatness of the Iranian people and civilization. And the measure of that greatness is not the capacity to destroy, it is your demonstrated ability to build and create.

So on the occasion of your New Year, I want you, the people and leaders of Iran, to understand the future that we seek. It’s a future with renewed exchanges among our people, and greater opportunities for partnership and commerce. It’s a future where the old divisions are overcome, where you and all of your neighbors and the wider world can live in greater security and greater peace.

I know that this won’t be reached easily. There are those who insist that we be defined by our differences. But let us remember the words that were written by the poet Saadi, so many years ago: “The children of Adam are limbs to each other, having been created of one essence.”

With the coming of a new season, we’re reminded of this precious humanity that we all share. And we can once again call upon this spirit as we seek the promise of a new beginning.

Thank you, and Eid-eh Shoma Mobarak.

Thailand: The Jihad you’ve never heard of

In 2002, former CIA director R. James Woolsey called the war on terrorism “World War IV.” To this day, we believe that this name is far more appropriate than any other name we have seen or heard.

Why?

Because “World War IV” is descriptive and accurate. Militant Islamists are conducting offensive Jihad around the world to impose Shariah and eventually re-establish a caliphate.

These Jihadists are far from homogenous and often at odds with one another, however, they are united in their hatred of the West.

An example of one forgotten theater in this war is Thailand. Southern Thailand has been wracked by a Jihadist insurgency for some time, with intense combat since 2004. 3,300 people have been killed in the Jihadist insurgency there, which the Thai military has been hard-pressed to contain.

Little is known about the Islamic “separatists” in southern Thailand and the US has been reluctant to become involved in this struggle, thanks to our unfocused and counterproductive State Department. The Thais, a loyal US ally since US aircraft conducted an air campaign from bases in Thailand against targets in Vietnam, are now buying weaponry from Russia, the Ukraine and Israel. From time to time, the Pentagon has explored the possibility of providing logistic support and advisors to Thailand, but the State Department managed to have these efforts aborted.

Now that Obama is in office, you can be sure that the dim hope of US assistance is non-existent. The State Department has always failed to recognize World War IV for what it is–a global struggle against Jihadists. Obama seems determined to pare back the struggle against Jihad even more, to the point that there is no point in even questioning whether Obama would provide help to Thailand.

As stated previously, much is not known about the Jihadists in Thailand. Why did they become so active again in 2004 after a long period of relative calm? How are they supported? Where are they getting their arms and training?

Some in the media speculate that the Thai Jihadists are merely an isolated separatist movement without outside ties and support.

I refuse to believe that. The timing is just too coincidental. The intensification of combat in 2004 coincides with Jihadist activity in too many other places in the world, from Algeria to the Philippines. The idea that this is exclusively a local conflict strictly borne of the overthrow of a Muslim monarch in Pattani 101 years ago, as some maintain, defies reality.

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And given the worldwide support for Jihad by government sources such as Saudi Arabia and Iran, not to mention numerous Muslim charities through zakat payments, one of the five pillars of Islam, I am extremely skeptical that the Thai Jihadists aren’t getting support from the outside.

thai-army-in-ruins

This conflict needs to be monitored. In other places, such as the Swat Valley in Pakistan, Somalia, Chechnya and the Philippines, armistices have been negotiated allowing Shariah to be imposed in disputed territories. (Thankfully, in the Philippines, that country’s supreme court declared the agreement null and void.) It would be most unfortunate if a similar agreement took hold in Thailand.

For now, monitor is all we can do, until America is once again reawakened from its slumber and it recognizes World War IV for what it is and realizes that no theater of operations can be ignored and neglected.

A summary from the Global Post:

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/thailand/090311/thailand-the-war-youve-never-heard

Key investigator in the 1994 Jewish Center bombing tortured in Buenos Aires

Excerpt and LINK…

Last Friday night in Buenos Aires, Claudio Lifschitz, former secretary to the judge in charge of the AMIA bombing investigation, was kidnapped and tortured in Buenos Aires by three hooded men who later released him.

The Jerusalem Post, the JTA and YNet news have the story, which is being ignored by the US media:

Buenos Aires: Former Jewish center bombing investigator says was abducted
Former investigator of 1994 terror attack Claudio Lifschitz says hooded men forced him into their car, tattooed case file number on his arm with blowtorch and told him ‘not to mess’ with internal security service

 

Nuclear terrorism and state sponsors of terror

Peter Huessy, who has assisted with the Divest Terror Initiative in both California and Maryland, has an excellent article appearing today on the Family Security Matters web site.

Huessy has been associated with the National Defense University and has a great deal of expertise on national security matters and he focuses on the threat of nuclear terrorism in his column today.

For our purposes, the article brings up the issue of state sponsorship of terrorism and the way the State Department treats that label.

First of all, despite what you might read and hear elsewhere, state sponsorship is still absolutely vital for Jihadist groups in particular. The idea of totally independent, non-state terrorists is largely a myth.

Even Al Qaeda and its affiliates require state sponsorship and have benefited from it for years. In the 1990s, Sudan hosted them and facilitated their relations with Hezbollah and HAMAS. The Sauds have either paid Al Qaeda protection money, or looked the other way as members of the royal family have funded them. The Sauds have also funded HAMAS, in particular the surviving families of Islamikaze bombers. Iran’s support for Al Qaeda has received less publicity, but it is true nonetheless. Iran’s longstanding and massive support for Hezbollah is well known. And of course the old Taliban regime in Afghanistan gave safe haven to Al Qaeda, as have the Pakistanis as well. These are but a few examples of state support for Jihadist terrorists.

Jihadists need places to train and rest and they need funding. Nation states provide these things, either overtly, or simply by looking the other way as terrorists set up shop in their territory.

For decades, the US State Department has kept a list of terrorist-sponsoring nations. Currently, three nations on that list support Jihadist terrorist groups: Iran, Syria and Sudan. Cuba is the fourth nation on the list, though they do not appear to have any ties to Jihad. In fact, there are no active ties between Cuba and any known terrorist group at the moment.

This State Department list has always been inadequate. For instance, the Taliban regime in Afghanistan never made the list, yet without them, where would Osama Bin Laden have hidden?

And nations like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan aren’t on the list, but both are most assuredly state sponsors of Jihadist terrorism. But since they are what we call “allies,” they will never be on the list. 

(Incidentally, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq was on the list for many years, yet the Left seems to have selective amnesia when ever that point is brought up.)

Even for the countries who do get listed, the convoluted and acrobatic State Department language experts (in this case the foreign language is English) manage to write their descriptions in such a way that the reader doesn’t know whether the country is a terror sponsor or an ally against terrorism. This is especially true of Sudan. State lists Sudan as a terror sponsor and then typically devotes the whole section on Sudan to what a wonderful job the genocidal regime is doing to fight terrorism. Huessy writes about this in his excellent article, which should be considered a must read…

 

A list of designated terrorist organizations

Right Truth blog has done a good service and posted a listing of designated terrorist organizations which I for one intend to bookmark as a handy reference…

Report: Iran tests new “long range” air-to-surface missile

Reuters is reporting that Iranian state-run media has announced the test of a new “long-range” missile, this one an anti-ship missile designed to be launched from Iranian aircraft, such as their F-4 Phantoms.

I wonder if this is what President Obama had in mind when he invited Iran to “unclench its fist?”

This missile was said to have a range of 110Km., which is just under 70 miles. This type of range would be similar to that of the US Harpoon anti-ship missile, which was developed in the early 1980s. The actual range varies according to many conditions, such as the altitude of the delivery aircraft.

It is likely that this new weapon is a variant of an anti-ship missile that our Chinese friends have been kind enough to provide to the Iranians…

In from the Cold blog has a good analysis on this…

Chas Freeman: Saudi shill and liar

Chas Freeman, Barack Obama’s choice to head the National Intelligence Council has no business being anywhere near classified information, much less heading an intelligence body. 

He has close ties to the Iran lobby. He has enriched himself as a board member of Red China’s China National Offshore Oil Company and he has fed hungrily at the Saudi feeding trough.

alwaleed

 

And, as Martin Kramer reveals, Freeman is also a liar…

http://sandbox.blog-city.com/chas_freeman_911_september_11.htm

LATE ADDITIONS:

Powerline blog has an excellent article on Freeman entitled “Saudi/Manchurian candidate unfit for office”

We’d add that Freeman is also very fond of the Iranians, but it’s still a darn good article:

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2009/03/023008.php

And Ed Morrisey at HotAir does an excellent job of deconstructing Freeman’s transparently pro-Saudi and anti-American views about September 11th…

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/03/07/chas-freeman-911-our-fault-and-the-israelis/

 

 

Brits give in to Hezbollah, will Obama follow suit?

We have now been greeted with the disgusting news that Great Britain has decided to reach out to Hezbollah in an effort to enter into a dialogue with the group to convince them to abandon terrorism.

This incredibly naive approach to a Jihadist terrorist organization likely stems from the British approach to the Irish Republican Army. This notion of using the IRA model with a Jihadist organization is not new. The rock star Bono has suggested the same moronic idea with Al Qaeda.

We could write volumes about how bad an idea this whole approach is, but it is probably much better to simply use Hezbollah’s own words to illustrate the futility of negotiating with them:

We are not fighting so that you will offer us something. We are fighting to eliminate you.’

These words were uttered by Hussein Massawi, the Hezbollah leader at the time of the Islamikaze attacks on the US Marine Barracks in Beirut.

We can only hope that the Obama administration does not follow the British policy, though we can’t help but suspect that Obama will do something just along those lines, since he is already doing so with Hezbollah’s sponsor, Iran.

The Obama and Brown administrations simply cannot get over with fast enough.

The intrepid Melanie Phillips has an excellent story on this subject:

Birds of a feather: Jihadists flock to side of Sudan’s al-Bashir

One thing you will NEVER hear George Clooney talk about is the fact that Sudan is ruled by an Islamist regime with its roots in the Muslim Brotherhood and the genocide that that regime has committed for decades against black Christians, animists and fellow Muslims is actually a Jihad designed to impose Shariah law on the entire country.

Genocide does not happen. Genocide is committed. And it is no surprise that the Jihadist regime which has committed that genocide is also a major state sponsor of terrorism. In fact, over the years, Sudan has sponsored just about all the major Jihadist organizations outside of Pakistan: Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, HAMAS to name a few.

Sudan has also had close relations with Iran, another major sponsor of terrorism.

Well, not surprisingly, this week, when Sudanese president al-Bashir was indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), all those Jihadists rushed to his side:

The visiting delegation included Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani, Hamas’ deputy leader Moussa Abu Marzouk, and a top official from Lebanon’s Hezbollah, as well as Syria’s parliament speaker and the leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad extremist group. Before they met with al-Bashir, Larijani told reporters that the ICC’s arrest warrant is an “insult directed at Muslims.”

 

Rewarding proliferation

One of the most underreported stories of the past few months has been the confirmation that evidence indicates that the Syrian nuclear facility which Israel bombed a couple of years back was indeed a facility that was being built in violation of international treaties to which which Syria was a party.

Reports at the time of the lightning Israeli air strike at the time indicated that there were significant numbers of North Korean casualties at the Syrian facility. 

To any rational observer, these two tidbits amount to smoking gun evidence that Syria had embarked upon a nuclear weapons program, that only Israeli vigilance disrupted.

So what has the Obama administration decided to do? Reward Syria by sending a series of VIPs to meet with them, including Senator John Kerry, who has had the hots for Syria since he ran for president way back in 2004.

This is the same Syria which facilitated rat lines along which 90% of the Islamikaze bombers who carried out attacks in Iraq transited. An earlier post on Terror Trends Bulletin discussed a US operation to disrupt that activity:

http://terrortrendsbulletin.wordpress.com/2008/10/27/socom-heliborne-operation-into-syria-indicates-that-nations-status-as-serial-terror-sponsor/

There are of course a few other items we can add to Syria’s CV:

1. Providing safe haven for HAMAS in the form of a huge headquarters facility in Damascus.

2. Training, supplying and providing safe haven for Hezbollah–all the way back before 1983 when Hezbollah attacked the US Marine Barracks in Beirut, killing 241 Americans.

3. Syria has been implicated in the murder by bomb of a former Lebanese prime minister back in 2005.

Barack Obama sees something in Syria that he likes. We have no idea what that might be. At best, Obama hasn’t a clue as to what he is doing.

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