Friday, August 13, 2010

The Underside of a Rock

Reading the two PJ articles at bottom, I'm reminded that I'm frequently amazed that so few people realize the extent to which foreign governments manipulate and even create out of whole cloth issues, events, conflicts, debates, and even movements in this country, to achieve some objective or another, and I'm almost as amazed that Americans can't get their heads around the fact that foreign powers can act very long range when they do it -- the Soviets/Russians had many plans that took decades to reach fruition.  "Nuclear winter", which morphed into "global warming" and then "Cap and Trade", for instance.

Or the health care debate, believe it or not, whose primary purpose wasn't health care but to establish the preconditions of totalitarianism (though that one had a lot of fellow travelers). Or the 20 or 40 year mole implantation program.  (Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "whack a mole", doesn't it? -- you might even possibly raise a little black kid by commie parents under the direction of the KGB [can you spell "Frank Marshall Davis"?], so he can realize his dream of becoming President in a race-conscious society riddled with guilt.) 

It's brilliant, in a way.  The perpetrators are almost perfectly insulated from suspicion: the American psyche, steeped in pragmatism and 4-year election cycles, just can't get it's head around the thought of someone planning for decades to overthrow their way of life with the promotion of abstract ideas like relativism, skepticism, altruism, post-modernism, deconstructionism, Platonic idealism, take your pick -- that's how you cripple a nation with ideas, policies, laws and regulations that corrupt standards, diminish industrial capacity, stop military programs, establish destructive arms-control treaties with enemies, create internal strife and weaken national will to fight and win wars: decades-long efforts to eat out a country from the inside.

Not that it's just these foreign powers.  Usually they're just parasites going along for the ride, on the backs of the academics and other Left-wing "RUSS's". (Rodents of Unusual Size, but if you though "Russians" you were close.)  Fleas spurring vermin on to greater villainy. 

Ideas are more fundamental than conspiracies, though, and just going after the conspiricists won't eliminate the bad ideas they are cashing in on.  You have to combat bad ideas with the right ideas.

Not that going after the conspiricists is such a bad idea.  You can slow them down.  The foreign parasites do often create and promote the academics (Elena Kagan, for instance). The communists, especially, are the intellectual godfathers of this technique, and the Russians, among the America-hating countries, have historically had the longest range.  The longest range of all is to grab hold of the school system (the NEA is riddled with commies, like any important union), and subvert the minds of the kids from an early age (they start at pre-school now) so they learn and hold the ideas that allow them to become the avant-garde radical Left of the future.  (Seriously, think hard why a bunch of college kids from Berkeley formed the communist Weather Underground and started blowing stuff up.  Only now they don't use molotov cocktails and TNT, they use thermonuclear weapons like a "National Health Care Bill" or a "Cap and Trade Bill", or "TARP".)

And I must emphasize:  foreign conspiracies aren't the only ones behind it.  There's plenty of domestic and even multi-national conspiracies of "fellow travelers" on this careening triple-decker bus: people who share the same ideas, ideals, ideologies, goals, ultimate agendas. 

Not just the commies, either -- the entire America-hating world has gotten in on the act.  the Saudis and others do it, too, and the Iranians in particular have for decades had a program to explicitly use our own ideas to subvert us, and the North Koreans and Chinese and Syrians and others have keyed into the method quite well, thank you.  They all do it quite openly -- listen to them rant at any United Nations meeting. 

The U.N., for that matter, is another one of those psyops programs founded on touch-feely appeal to naive Americans steeped in myopic benevolence and relativism -- the Rodney King school of "Can't we all just get along?"  How else can you explain an institution in New York City populated by dictators, killers and pure evil and dedicated to the precept of America-bashing?  It was run for years by Soviet intelligence, according to Sergei Tretyakov, the defector who once headed Russian intelligence at the U.N..  Of course, Putin had him killed a few weeks ago. Right before we sent those 10 Russian spies back home.  Odd coincidence, that, Comrade Barack.

But the Iranian psyops program is one reason it's almost a certainty that they are behind the GZ Mosque;  they are using the touchy-feely precepts of cultural relativism against us:  "Islam has just as much right as any other religion to build their temple."  "Muslims have property rights, too!"  "We need this mosque to promote interfaith harmony!" "Are you a bigot against people of middle eastern descent?"  "Can't we all just get along?"

Blah, blah, blah.

As Leonard Peikoff said, rights exist in a context, and when someone is at war with you (Islam, Iran) you have no obligation to "respect" their property rights and "point of view", and every moral right to eliminate them as a threat and stop them from achieving their agenda.  The same principle applies to anyone else who is at war with you (Russia, Elena Kagan, whoever).

(P.S.: as always with foreign conspiracies, there might be some value in looking for a money trail in the mosque construction approvals.   I have no evidence whatsover -- but if you were the Iranians, would you leave the matter to chance and the politics of New York City?)

(P.P.S.:  Following Leonard's lead, nothing here should be construed as advocating violence by any individual.  Only the U.S. Government has a legal monopoly on the use of violence against individuals and anyone else.  Only the U.S. government should eliminate Islam, Iran, Russia and Elena Kagan.)

An Iranian Connection to the Cordoba House Ground Zero Mosque?

The Ground Zero mosque website just removed a photo of Mohammad Javad Larijani: secretary-general of Iran's High Council for Human Rights, brother of Ali Larijani . The unanswered questions keep mounting.

August 13, 2010 - by Anne Bayefsky  

A Cordoba-Iranian connection? What exactly is “Islamicity”?

More questions have arisen about the attempt to build a mosque adjacent to Ground Zero, as part of the so-called Cordoba Initiative. In particular, why has the Cordoba website just removed a photograph of Iranian Mohammad Javad Larijani, secretary-general of the High Council for Human Rights in Iran? Is the move an attempted cover-up of their Iranian connections?

Two weeks ago the Cordoba Initiative website   featured a photograph of the project’s chairman, Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, and Iranian Mohammad Javad Larijani at an event that the Initiative sponsored in Malaysia in 2008. This week, the photograph has disappeared.

Larijani was the Iranian representative who defended Iran’s abysmal human rights record before the UN Human Rights Council in February and June of this year. Among other things, Larijani told the Council: “Torture is one thing and punishment is another thing. … This is a conceptual dispute. Some forms of these punishments should not be considered torture according to our law.” By which he meant flogging, amputation, stoning, and the criminalization of homosexuality, which are all part of Iranian legal standards. Larijani added: “Iran [has a] firm commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights. … The Islamic Republic of Iran … is a democracy,” which would be news to the pro-democracy activists murdered or confined to Iranian prisons since last year’s fraudulent elections.

The Iranian connection to the launch of Cordoba House may go beyond a relationship between Rauf and Larijani. The Cordoba Initiative lists one of its three major partners as the UN’s Alliance of Civilizations. The Alliance has its roots in the Iranian-driven “Dialogue Among Civilizations,” the brainchild of former Iranian President Hojjatoleslam Seyyed Mohammad Khatami.  Khatami is now a member of the High-level Group which “guides the work of the Alliance.” His personal presidential qualifications include the pursuit of nuclear weapons, a major crackdown on Iranian media, and rounding up and imprisoning Jews on trumped-up charges of spying. Alliance reports claim Israel lies at the heart of problems associated with “cross-cultural relations,” since the “Israeli-Palestinian conflict” and “Israel’s continuing occupation of Palestinian and other Arab territories … are primary causes of resentment and anger in the Muslim world toward Western nations.”

In addition, a Weekly Standard article  in July suggested that the idea of building an Islamic memorial in lower Manhattan may have originated back in 2003 with two Iranian brothers: M. Jafar “Amir” Mahallati, who served as ambassador of the Iranian Islamic Republic to the United Nations from 1987 to 1989, and M. Hossein Mahallati.

Also pictured at the same Cordoba-sponsored meeting is U.S. representative to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Sada Cumber. The meeting was part of the Initiative’s so-called “Shariah Index Project,” a plan to rank and measure the “Islamicity” of a state or “how well … nations comply in practice with this Islamic legal benchmark of an Islamic State.”

In July of last year, Cordoba chief Rauf was interviewed by a reporter for Abu Dhabi Media about the Shariah Index Project. He told The National, “Determining Islamic principles had been the easy part.” Easy, but not available for examination to the residents of New York City or to the loved ones of 9/11 victims. Despite multiple references to the Initiative’s publication more than a year ago of a book “on the concept of measuring a nation’s ‘Islamicity,’” a request for a copy of the book made directly to the New York-based Cordoba Initiative resulted in a denial of the book’s existence.

The unanswered questions keep mounting.

Anne Bayefsky is a Senior Fellow of the Hudson Institute, Director of the Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust at Touro College, and the Editor of . She is the author or editor of 12 books and numerous articles in the field of human rights, and a frequent contributor to newspapers in the U.S., Europe, Israel and Canada.

The Imam Feisal Vanishing Act

In the Ground Zero mosque saga now playing out under the grim shadow of the Sept. 11 Islamist attacks,  one of the weirdest motifs is the summer vanishing act of the imam who peddled this project, Feisal Abdul Rauf. His name is all over the project, and much-mentioned in the fierce debate. Yet Rauf himself has disappeared from New York, and left the country for the summer. Apparently he’s not even talking to the New York Times — which, in a long piece Wednesday included what in recent weeks has become a refrain: “Imam Feisal is in Malaysia and could not be reached for comment.”

After days of hemming and hawing, the State Department finally confirmed this week that Rauf will round out August with a taxpayer-funded swing through some of the oil-rich capitals of the Middle East. He’ll be going to Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Saudi Arabia has dropped off Rauf’s State-sponsored itinerary. (Will he go there anyway? Who knows?). Though, piecing together information from Rauf’s wife and partner in Islamic nonprofits, Daisy Khan, it looks like that a Saudi stop on Rauf’s taxpayer-funded tour might have been quietly scrubbed within the past week — and according to both Khan and a State Department press guidance memo, State has merely postponed Rauf’s taxpayer-funded travel to Saudi Arabia, not scrapped the prospect entirely. For more on all this, plus Rauf’s vanishing Malaysia office coordinates, the two spellings of Daisy Kahn/Khan’s last name, and the lone date this summer on which I have been able discover where, exactly, Rauf on that day might be located, here’s a link to my latest column:  Mysteries of the Absent Imam Feisal .

Basically, what on earth is going on here? In New York, emotions are rubbed raw. The questions keep multiplying. Instead of showing up to answer them, the imam who wants a mosque and Islamic center near Ground Zero, so he can reach out to New Yorkers, isn’t even taking calls from the U.S. press.

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