“A Night in Tunisia” is a musical composition written by Dizzy Gillespie in 1942 while he was playing with the Earl Hines Band. It has become a jazz standard….and Miles Davis performed it to perfection…..rsk
‘Liberated’ Tunisia: 40% Plurality to Mainstream Sharia-Promoting Ennahda Party
Voice of America is reporting:
Although official results have yet to be announced, provisional results give the [mainstream Sharia-promoting] Ennahdha party about 40 percent of the vote.
President Obama’s (sadly predictable) “upbeat” reaction:
U.S. President Barack Obama has offered his congratulations, saying Tunisia has “changed the course of history” and “inspired the world.”
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/10/24/141647127/u-s-ambassador-leaves-syria-due-to-credible-threats?sc=nl&cc=nh-20111024 U.S. Ambassador Leaves Syria Due To ‘Credible Threats’ by Mark Memmott
WHY WAS HE MEETING WITH “OPPOSITION FIGURES”? AND WHY WAS AN OPPOSITION LEADER IN THE US EMBASSY?….US GOVERNMENT POLICY IN THE MIDEAST IS INCOHERENT… RSK
“The U.S. has pulled its ambassador out of Syria over security concerns, blaming President Bashar Assad’s government for the threats.,” The Associated Press writes. “State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Monday that Ambassador Robert Ford returned to Washington this weekend after ‘credible threats against his personal safety.’ ”
The wire service adds that “Haynes Mahoney, the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, confirmed that Ford was out of the country but emphasized that Washington has not formally recalled him.”
NPR’s Michele Kelemen passes along more from the statement Toner sent to reporters:
“At this point, we can’t say when he will return to Syria. It will depend on our assessment of Syrian regime-led incitement and the security situation on the ground.
“We hope that the Syrian regime will end its incitement campaign against Ambassador Ford.”
Reuters reported earlier that according to “Western diplomats,” the ambassador “left Syria over the weekend.”
As we reported on Sept. 29, Ford has gotten considerable attention for his meetings with opposition figures as protests against the Assad regime have continued over recent months. His efforts have not gone over well with the Assad regime. Government supporters at one point threw stones, eggs and tomatoes at Ford’s convoy as he went to meet with an opposition leader. They also surrounded the building where the ambassador was meeting with that opposition figure.
Presidential elections don’t turn on what’s happening abroad. Barack Obama could be grateful for that much.
Gallup finds that a tiny “kill bump” rewarded the president after the capture and slaying of Moammar Gadhafi in Libya, but good news from the Islamic world, which hasn’t yet felt the dawn of the 9th century, always comes with a catch. The desert tyrant can be expected to stay dead, but Libya’s oppressed masses won’t be much better off than they were. Another tyrant is always on the way.
Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, who as the chairman of the National Transitional Council is the de-facto president of the country, promised Sunday that sharia, the Islamic legal system that imposes order with misery and dread, will be the “basic source” of Libyan law.
http://www.dianawest.net/Home/tabid/36/EntryId/1932/Springtime-for-Sharia-in-Libya.aspx From Politico: The Obama administration on Monday treaded carefully around the announcement that Sharia law will be enforced in post-Muammar Qadhafi Libya, refraining from expressing disapproval of Islamic law as the foundation of the country’s new legal system. “We’ve seen various Islamic-based democracies wrestle with the issue of establishing rule of law within an […]
http://www.hudson-ny.org/2532/jordan-courts-islamists Facing growing protests at home, Jordan’s King Abdullah has embarked on a policy aimed at appeasing radical Muslims. King Abdullah’s decision to woo Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood is seen as a no-confidence vote in the US President Barack Obama’s policy toward the Arab world, as leaders there are beginning to realize that they […]
Obama Administration Bans the Truth About Islam and Jihad Posted By Robert Spencer URL to article: http://frontpagemag.com/2011/10/24/obama-adminstration-bans-the-truth-about-islam-and-jihad/ It has been a long time coming, but the Obama Administration has now officially banned the truth. Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole declared Wednesday at a conference in Washington that he had “recently directed all components […]
Better Than Them Posted By Daniel Greenfield
URL to article: http://frontpagemag.com/2011/10/24/better-than-them/
We are better than them. When all the other arguments for why we can’t fight back have been exhausted this is the one that remains in the background presenting our moral exceptionalism as the reason we shouldn’t fight to protect ourselves.
“Fight back? But then we’d be no better than them?” If we waterboard then we are no better than the headchoppers and mutilators. If we profile then we are no better than the genocidal jihadists. If we treat our friendly Pakistani and Saudi visitors the way they would have been treated a century ago– then we would be guilty of being un-American.
But is that really the difference between us, that we treat everyone equally even when they are cutting our throats, and the moment we deviate from the standards of the Trial Lawyers Association then we’re no better than the Taliban or Al-Qaeda? Does our exceptionalism derive from our laws, in which case if we compromise our laws then we give up the only worthwhile thing about us and there is nothing more to fight for– or are our laws the means by which we protect our individual and national exceptionalism?
Obama’s Libyan Disaster Posted By Bruce Thornton URL to article: http://frontpagemag.com/2011/10/24/obama%e2%80%99s-libyan-disaster/ Anyone who believes that NATO’s overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi is a “success” for President Obama’s foreign policy should listen to the speech of Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, the chairman of the National Transitional Council, at the “liberation day” celebrations in Benghazi: “We are an Islamic country,” the […]
http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.1685/pub_detail.asp Libya’s New Path Heads Toward Sharia Law [FOX] Islamist group joins with Occupy Wall Street [DAILY CALLER] Key general calls Iraq pullout plan a ‘disaster’ [WT] The Credit Rating Agencies Have Strongly Suggested That Further Rating Cuts Are Likely If Congress Does Not Come Up With A Credible Long-Run Plan [BUSINESS INSIDER] Pullout Raises […]
Hezbollah and CAIR Attacks on U.S. Jihad Experts are Synchronized
Al Manar – the official broadcasting arm of the terrorist group Hezbollah – is again attempting to discredit (and thus silence) respected American national security experts. And as a means of doing so, they are touting a now-public letter by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) which refers to respected foreign policy analyst Dr. Walid Phares as “an associate to war crimes” and a “conspiracy theorist.”
The issue stems from the fact that the Mitt Romney presidential campaign has named Phares to its team of national security advisors.
CAIR, which authored the letter and sent it to Romney, doesn’t approve of the appointment. Neither does Hezbollah.
In a posting on Hezbollah’s official TV broadcast arm al Manar, the terrorist organization (implicated by a UN Tribunal in the 2005 assassination of Rafiq Hariri of Lebanon) attacked Professor Walid Phares. They cited an article which was based on a CAIR letter leveling vicious attacks on the Jihadism expert and author of The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East. The Hezbollah propaganda arm warned that, by appointing Phares as one of his advisors on Middle Eastern affairs, Republican hopeful Mitt Romney is echoing the appointment by the State Department of Heinz Mahoney as deputy ambassador for the US in Damascus.