Posts from September 9, 2004

More repression of free speech

More repression of free speech

: Hoder sends the bad news that three young journalists in Iran have been arrested for helping reformist web sites. Remember more than a year ago that a blogger was arrested for what he blogged.

Who can stop Islamic terrorism

Who can stop Islamic terrorism

: We can’t stop Islamic terrorism. But Muslims can. Oh, we can fight them and hunt them down and wipe them out wherever we find them — we have absolutely no choice. But to truly stop them before they start, Muslims of influence and Muslims as a people must rise up and tell these slime to stop.

I don’t have much hope of that happening.

But occasionally, we see a glimmer of civility and hope. Tragically, it occurs only after the Islamic terrorists have mined new depths of hell.

Now, after the murder of children in Russia, the Muslim press is at last — at long damned last — expressing the revulsion any civilized soul should. A few days ago, I found some outrage here. And today the Times finds “self-criticism” from the Muslim press. Andrew Sullivan finds a longer version of the money quote in that story at Memri:

Obviously not all Muslims are terrorists but, regrettably, the majority of the terrorists in the world are Muslims. The kidnappers of the students in Ossetia are Muslims. The kidnappers and killers of the Nepalese workers and cooks are also Muslims. Those who rape and murder in Darfour are Muslims, and their victims are Muslims as well. Those who blew up the residential complexes in Riyadh and Al-Khobar are Muslims. Those who kidnapped the two French journalists are Muslims. The two [women] who blew up the two planes [over Russia] a week ago are Muslims. Bin Laden is a Muslim and Al-Houthi [the head of a terrorist group in Yemen] is a Muslim. The majority of those who carried out suicide operations against buses, schools, houses, and buildings around the world in the last ten years are also Muslims.

What a terrible record. Does this not say something about us, about our society and our culture? …

Islam has suffered an injustice at the hands of the new Muslims… We will only be able to clear our reputation once we have admitted the clear and shameful fact that most of the terrorist acts in the world today are carried out by Muslims. We have to realize that we cannot correct the condition of our youth who carry out these disgraceful operations until we have treated the minds of our sheikhs who have turned themselves into pulpit revolutionaries who send the children of others to fight while they send their own children to European schools.

– Abd Al-Rahman Al-Rashed, former editor of the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat.

This is even better. Iraqi columnist Aziz Al-Hajj wrote:

The Islamic-Arab terrorism has turned into the greatest danger in the world, and threatens civilization, security, and life everywhere. It is today the symbol of evil, religious fanaticism, and moral degradation, and it is the essence of political crime in today’s world

Heeeeeere’s George!

Heeeeeere’s George!

: Jim Wolcott says Dick Cheney reminds him of Ed McMahon: the broken-down sidekick.

Not not doing evil

Not not doing evil

: Brad Feld has a good suggestion for Google that goes beyond just not doing evil: How about doing some good? How about buying Linux bete noir SCO and shutting them down?

Reporting for blogging, sir

Reporting for blogging, sir

: The WSJ and the LA Times report that a military blogger in Iraq is being disciplined for allegedly revealing too much on his blog. Says the WSJ:

But Spc. Buzzell’s writing aspirations may prove his undoing as a professional soldier. Recently, shortly after his commanders discovered My War on the Web, Spc. Buzzell found himself banned from patrols and confined to base. His commanders say Spc. Buzzell may have breached operational security with his writings. “My War” went idle as he pondered the consequences of pursuing his craft while slogging through five nights of radio guard duty, a listless detail for an infantryman. More recently, the pages again went blank, as he chafed under a prepublication vetting regime imposed by his command….

Lt. Col. Barry Venable, a Pentagon spokesman, says blogs, like other forms of communication, are tolerated so long as they don’t violate operational or informational security. “We treat them the same way we would if they were writing a letter or speaking to a reporter: It’s just information,” he says. “If a guy is giving up secrets, it doesn’t make much difference whether he’s posting it on a blog or shouting it from the rooftop of a building.” …

Note that they’re not trying to stop blogging.