Sunday, April 29, 2007

One million Turks say no to 'Islamic' government

My hat off to the Turkish people for strongly adhering to the secularist legacy of Kemal Ataturk. Bravo!:

Reuters-As many as one million people rallied in a sea of red Turkish flags in Istanbul on Sunday, accusing the government of planning an Islamist state and demanding it withdraw its presidential candidate.

The protesters flooded the streets of Turkey's largest city, praising the army and denouncing Gul and Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, whose AK Party enjoys a huge parliamentary majority, as a threat to a secular order separating state and religion.

Secularists, including army generals and judges, say Erdogan and Gul will show their true colors once they have the presidency, the last major state institution outside their control, and boost the role of religion in Turkish life.

..."Turkey is secular and will remain secular", and "shoulder to shoulder against sharia (Islamic law)," they chanted carrying portraits of the nation's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

"We are here to stop the creation of an Islamic state," said businessman Irfan Kadim, 35. "We fear for the secular republic."

Many secularists are worried by Gul's Islamist past and the fact his wife wears the Muslim headscarf, banned in universities and public offices. They fear she will wear it as a first lady.

Background story:

AP-...Starting in 1923 in the ruins of the Ottoman Empire, Ataturk, a soldier, set about a series of secular reforms that imposed Western laws, replaced Arabic script with the Latin alphabet, banned Islamic dress and granted women the right to vote.

The ruling party, however, has supported religious schools and tried to lift the ban on Islamic head scarves in public offices and schools. Secularists are also uncomfortable with the idea of Gul's wife, Hayrunisa, being in the presidential palace because she wears the traditional Muslim head scarf.

"We don't want a covered woman in Ataturk's presidential palace," said Ayse Bari, a 67-year-old homemaker. "We want civilized, modern people there."

Friday, April 27, 2007

Quote of the week

"I want the whole world to know that they oppress us and all we can do is put up with it."

Tofiq, a 15-year-old Iranian on the Iranian regime's dress crackdown in Iran.

Watch: An Iranian woman reacts to being detained and brutally forced into the police car (BBC News).

Watch the full video on YouTube.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Dress crackdown in Iran

Of all the atrocious crimes and injustice that the Iranian regime perpetrates toward the Iranian people, this one disgusts me the most since it blatantly violates one of our most basic human rights although many of our rights and freedoms, as described in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, simply do not exist under mullahs at all. Such behaviour, however, does prove once and again that this anachronistic, excuse of a regime in Iran belongs to the Middle Ages:

AP-TEHRAN, Iran With the arrival of spring, Iranian police have launched a crackdown against women accused of not covering up enough, arresting nearly 300 women, some for wearing too tight an overcoat or letting too much hair peek out from under their veil, authorities said Monday.

...Any of those styles could bring warnings or detention from the anti-vice police in the current sweep, which began Saturday. So far, 278 women have been detained, 231 of whom were released after they signed papers promising they wouldn't appear "inadequately dressed in public," police spokesman Col. Mahi Ahmadi told The Associated Press Monday.

Another 3,548 women have been given "warnings and Islamic guidance," without being detained, Ahmadi said. Twelve men have also been detained for "not observing the proper Islamic dress code" by wearing tight pants or short-sleeve shirts, he said.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Another dream about to come true

Forget about politics. Tim and Faith are going to be in Toronto on June 25 and 26 and I'm gonna be in Air Canada Center on 26 to see them perform up close! Can life get any better than that? Yep. Some cowboys like me just go out like that...

Friday, April 20, 2007

Quote of the week

AP-American commanders cite al-Qaida's severe brand of Islam, which is so extreme that in Baqouba, al-Qaida has warned street vendors not to place tomatoes beside cucumbers because the vegetables are different genders, Col. David Sutherland said.

Related: Jihadist Video Shows 'Barely 12-Year Old Boy' Beheading Man

Pentagon official says Iranians aid Iraqi Sunni car bombers

Al Pessin, Voice of America- A senior U.S. military officer says a renewed effort to break suicide bomb networks in Iraq has led, at least in part, to Iranian intelligence services. The statement came at the Pentagon Thursday, as U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates was visiting Baghdad on the day on a day of continued bombings, after a particularly deadly series of bombings Wednesday. VOA's Al Pessin reports from the Pentagon.

At a Pentagon briefing, Major General Michael Barbero said Iran shares the goals of the Sunni insurgents, to destabilize Iraq and tie down U.S. forces. He said that appears to be the reason Iran is now helping the Sunni groups, as well as Shi'ite extremists.

"We are seeing some aid from the Iranian intelligence services to the Sunni insurgents," he said. "Detainees in American custody have indicated that Iranian intelligence operatives have given support to Sunni insurgents. And then we've discovered some munitions in Baghdad neighborhoods which are largely Sunni that were manufactured in Iran."


Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Gun control? Don’t hold your breath

Howard Fineman, Newsweek: I don’t know what I was thinking. It seemed to me that the gruesome tragedy at Virginia Tech might prompt a new wave of legislation—not just talk but legislation—to limit the sale of handguns in America. But a few calls and e-mails to people who know the politics of the issue led to a different conclusion: forget about it.

...I canvassed top leaders and aides of the Democratic establishment on the Hill and got a uniform response: are you kidding? Here’s how one of them put it, bluntly: "The NRA still has a lock on Congress." A political consultant who works with the NRA seemed almost unable even to understand the question, so comfortable in his fortress did he seem.

And Virginia? No paradigm shifts in the offing, according to Larry Sabato, the well-known political scientist at the University of Virginia. It’s not just the Republicans who would oppose any new restrictions (and there aren’t many in Virginia); many Democrats would join them. "The prospects of new legislation are zero, absolutely zero," he said.

In fact, there’s support in Virginia for the idea of MORE guns as a solution to the campus safety problem. Educators in the state years ago decided to ban guns on college campuses; there was a move in the legislature to reverse that by statewide law. Expect to see another such effort.

The right to bear arms means more than its literal words imply: it means a way of life and thinking, involving independence, protection of land, and suspicion of federal—or all government—authority. Virginia is as close to the ground zero of that thinking as there is.

As a result, Sabato said, access to guns is easy—as the shooter in Blacksburg demonstrated. "Hell, I’ve got a clean record, only a few traffic tickets, so I could go out to Clark Brothers"—a famous gun emporium that always does a brisk business.

It’s a way of life in Virginia, and much of America. And it isn’t going to change anytime soon.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Virginia Tech Massacre

My dear American friends and readers,

I was deeply pained to learn about the horrible, senseless tragedy that befell America, the land I have great love and respect for, earlier today.

May the victims' souls rest in eternal peace and may their families and friends find strength, resolve and comfort at this difficult time.

God bless America.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Mullahs' promise land

These photos have just been published by the Iranian regime's own news agancy, IRNA. These are the actual conditions under which some Iranian kids are studying in some of the poorest provinces of Iran.

These kids are living in a country that is awash in oil money. However, they have no right to that money. Under mullahs, rogues, outlaws and terrorists such as Hassan Nasrallah in Lebanon, Khaled Mashaal in Syria, Islamic Jihad in the Palestinian Territories, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar in Afghanistan and Moqtada Sadr in Iraq always come first.

The question in these kids' eyes speaks louder than a thousand political statements regarding what Iran has been going through in the past 29 years under a regime that was supposed to lead Iranians to an "Islamic promise land."

Will all this misery and pain ever end?

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Quote of the week

The Sun Online: Faye [Turney] has decided to keep the doll given to her by Ahmadinejad — after military experts checked it out for explosives. She said: “One day I’ll sit Molly down and explain everything to her.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

A freak show called "Islamic Republic of Iran"

Kash Kheirkhah

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to one of the kidnapped UK servicemen: "How are you? Did you enjoy your mandatory holiday?"

The Serviceman: We are grateful for your forgiveness.

Ahmadinejad: You're welcome.

To kidnap 15 innocent service personnel of a foreign country in foreign waters at gun point, parade them in front of the TV cameras and wring forced confessions and repeated apologies from them to humiliate them and their nation and then all of a sudden, dress them in lousy suits, have the effrontery to call their detension " a mandatory holiday" and their release"a gift" are just a few examples of insanities that happen almost on a daily basis in a sickening freak show called Islamic Republic of Iran.

It is a show you couldn't care less about but then again, with characters such as Ahmadinejad, how can the world afford not to?

So has the world learned anything from the latest episode of this show? Is there any hope-- as National Review Online wants to believe-- that " this shameful denouement and the sheer brazenness of the kidnappings will shatter some of the widespread naïveté about the nature of the Iranian regime?"

In a fantasy world maybe, but definitely not in the real world where the free media can be the mouthpiece of numskulls who seem to have enjoyed this last episode so much so that not only see Ahmadinejad's decision to release the British detainees as "a sign of strength" and advise the US to learn from what they call "an example of mutual respect,"(this is not a joke) but go so far as to say that Ahmadinejad's call for regime change in Israel has been mistranslated and distorted into the notorious phrase, "Israel should be wiped off the map" by non other than the western media.

Meanwhile, the freak show continues and I can't help but think to myself, what a wonderful world.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

British hostage crisis: Bullying, manipulative Iran? No change there, then

No comment really...

The Times-Oscar Wilde insisted that “life imitates art far more than art imitates art”. What would he have made of the present hostage crisis? Twenty-four hours before Iran seized 15 Britons its mission to the UN issued a statement expressing outrage at 300, a movie based on the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC. In this epic struggle between a small band of Spartans and a massive army of Persians, the ancestors of modern Iran have been painted, the protest ran, as the “embodiment of evil, moral corruption”. They have a point. According to Paul Cartledge, Professor of Greek History at Cambridge University, Persia was “not a one-dimensional barbaric despotism” but, then again, it was “by no means well disposed to Greek-style democracy” either.

Not much seems to have changed in 2,500 years. The behaviour of Tehran over the past ten days has been akin to that of a one-dimensional barbaric despotism, while its contempt for the values of the democratic world is no less acute than it appears to have been in ancient history.

...There is endless discussion about how to separate the “moderates” from the “radicals” in Tehran. It is a largely futile exercise. The blunt reality is that Iran has been a menace from the moment that Jimmy Carter, with monumental weakness, decided to force the Shah into exile and so permit Ayatollah Khomeni to return from Paris to assume control. Iran has sought to destabilise the Middle East peace process, undercut Lebanon’s sovereignty and undermine other regimes in the region for almost 30 years. It has done so while men lauded as “moderates” were state president. The Iranian regime has been the embodiment of theological Trotskyism: permanent revolution is the core of its collective ideology. So why are we surprised that it has taken this chance to treat British citizens so badly?

...The lasting lessons of this saga should be obvious. They are that Iran in the hands of the mullahs is not, as has been claimed in the past week, “erratic”, “incoherent” or “unpredictable”, but consistent in its outlook and objectives. They are that there will be no stability in the most potentially explosive part of the planet while this regime is permitted to operate as it has been doing. They are that the only plausible middle course between the unattractive choice of backing a military endeavour against Iran or accepting that Iran will have the Bomb is an economic blockade on a scale far larger than France or Germany, never mind Russia and China, have been ready to contemplate. That resolve, though, is essential. For if this is what Iran is already like, what on earth will happen if it ever commands nuclear weapons?