Chi-Coms Show World How to Deal with Militant Islam?

Oddly the Chinese government’s literally fascist crackdown on Muslims in one of their restive provinces hasn’t garnered the kind of criticism our very tepid response to the challenge of Islamic militantism has. It’s almost as if the left in this country would treat Muslims exactly the same way after the “revolution.”

From the New York Times:

BEIJING — Local governments in a Muslim desert region in western China have imposed strict limits on religious practices during the traditional Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which began last week, according to the Web sites of four of those governments.

The rules include prohibiting women from wearing veils and men from growing beards, as well as barring government officials from observing Ramadan. One town, Yingmaili, requires that local officials check up on mosques at least twice a week during Ramadan.

The local governments administer areas in the western part of Xinjiang, a vast autonomous region that is home to the Uighurs, a Muslim Turkic people who often chafe under rule by the ethnic Han Chinese. In August, a wave of attacks swept through Xinjiang, the largest surge of violence in the region in years. Some local officials blamed separatist groups for the instability, and the central government sent security forces to the area.

The limits on religious practices put in place by local governments appear to be part of the broader security crackdown. The areas affected by the new rules are near Kuqa, a town struck by multiple bombings on Aug. 10.

Yowza. And you Paulnuts thought the Patriot Act was bad. I’m a religious freedom guy myself but Militant Islam has always presented me with an almost impossible quandary. I want people to be Muslims if they want and as long as they’re Americans first but that’s an ideal in many cases, and that love of freedom is the exact opposite of what Militant Islam is. Pulp Author Robert E. Howard summed up this sort of Islam in a way politicians avoid almost eighty years ago in one of his Solomon Kane stories The Footfalls Within:

“Hassim, Kane ruminated was the very symbol of militant Islam -bold, reckless, materialistic, sparing nothing, fearing nothing, as sure of his own destiny and as contemptuous of the rights of others as the most powerful Western king.”

Certainly Howard understood then what many of us refuse to admit now, that “radical” Islam isn’t a new phenomenon nor is it driven by Wahhabism, Zionism or so called American imperialism but is instead the expression of the Arab Imperialism that permeates the Koran and Hadiths. The militant Muslim is following in the footsteps of a thousand years of Islamic conquest, not “perverting” Islam. With that in mind it is easy to see the cold logic of the Chinese Communists’ clampdown on Muslims.

But as a Republican I am unwilling in most cases to apply the same sort of logic to American Muslims, especially when there are reformist Muslims attempting to de-militantize Islam and create a more America-friendly, almost Protestant Islam. Groups like the American Islamic Congress have spoken out against militant Islam in Darfur and and America. Muslims Against Sharia have explicitly called for a Reformation of Islam that includes abolishing Sharia, declaring violent Koranic verses outdated and even forcing Muslims to admit the Crusades were provoked by Muslim occupation of formerly Christian lands.

I shudder to suggest that these Muslims would be treated the same as militants but I am under no illusions that these moderates have anywhere near the sway in the Muslim world the militants have. I want to support the moderates, but to do that I realize we have to not just keep the Militant Islam at bay, but destroy it entirely.

I have often tried joining groups in the Counter Jihad movement but have always found that they are either too willing to use an extremist model of dealing with Islam like the Center for Vigilant Freedom or else unwilling to truly deal with Islamism at all, instead becoming little more than Internet salons where people forward each other interesting articles but do little to fight the enemy. Somewhere between the two lies the path we must take, but I have not seen any organization espousing that middle ground, espousing uncompromising strength in the face of the enemy with a place at our side for our Muslim allies.

And unless we find that middle ground there can be no victory.

Iranian Missile Launch Sparks Fear

Iran launched a dummy satellite into space prompting fears that the same technology used for the launch could easily be used to deliver nuclear or chemical warheads:

Iran said it had sent a rocket carrying a dummy satellite into space on Sunday, triggering fresh concern in Washington that the technology could be diverted to ballistic missiles.

The launch is likely to further exacerbate tensions with the West over its nuclear drive, which Iran’s arch-foe Washington and its allies claim is a cover for atomic weapons ambitions.

“The Safir (Ambassador) rocket was successfully launched. All its systems…are Iranian-made,” Reza Taghipour, head of Iran’s space agency, told state television, adding that a “test satellite was put into orbit.”

“We have paved the way for placing a satellite in space in future,” state television said, showing images of the pre-dawn rocket launch which was attended by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Western governments, already concerned over Iran’s nuclear activities, have warned that the technology used in the Islamic republic’s space programme could be diverted to military use, claims denied by Tehran.

“The Iranian development and testing of rockets is troubling and raises further questions about their intentions,” White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said.

“This action and dual use possibilities for their ballistic missile program are inconsistent with their UN Security Council obligations.”

A top Iranian official told AFP that state media reports that the country’s first domestically-built satellite, called Omid or Hope, had been launched were not correct.

A defence ministry statement carried by the official news agency IRNA had said the rocket, “built by Iranian experts” was launched with Omid. But the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the media was mistaken.

Iran’s Arabic-language state television broadcast footage of the rocket heading into space and graphics showing a satellite separating from a rocket.

Iranian waffling on the issue just works to cause more concern, but despite the unnamed official’s denial the Mullahs have announced the launch using their various mouthpieces. Clearly they want the public at large to know they have ballistic missile capability. G.S.G.F. points us to the article from the Pro-Islamist Communist sympathizing cyber tabloid PressTV:

Iran successfully launches its first homemade satellite carrier, Safir 1, opening a new chapter in the country’s scientific achievements.

The launch of the new rocket from Iranian soil will pave the way for the country to send a lightweight telecommunications satellite, Omid (meaning ‘hope’ in Persian), into orbit in the near future.

The domestically manufactured Omid satellite will pass over the country six times a day for research purposes.

The launch of Safir 1 was aimed at improving the country’s space industries. Safir 1 tested remote sensing, Satellite telemetry, and geographic information system (GIS) technology as well as remote and ground station data processing.

Fars News Agency is also carrying reports of the launch, as well as a report on how the technology will improve the lives of the Iranian people.

Iranian ballistic missile technology won’t improve our lives though, China Confidential is reporting that Iran will be enriching uranium by 2009 and that its ally Syria has a huge stockpile of chemical weapons. Both countries continue to arm Hezbollah and as of now there is no area of Israel outside of the reach of Iranian proxy armies.

Ballistic missiles capable of achieving orbit could clearly cause havoc well outside of Israel. If that doesn’t scare you just think about this: The launch coincided with the birthday of Shiite end time messiah The Mahdi. I guess they’re paving the way for his glorious return.

Was Al-Qaeda Behind the American Embassy Attack in Turkey?

There are unconfirmed reports that the  armed assault on an American embassy in Turkey is the work of Al-Qaeda. As Ed Morrissey points out in his post, this doesn’t look like an AQ operation in size or scope, but with Al-Qaeda getting worn down by the Iraq war, their capabilities at this point may not be what they once were.

N.T.A. has a report up taken from translations of Turkish sources. The Telegraph report implies that these were Islamists:

Witnesses said the battle began around 11am and raged for at least eight minutes as the assailants, who had driven to the consulate, apparently tried to gain access.

Television images showed bodies lying on the pavement, with trails of blood and weapons scattered around them. Police said they had recovered shotguns, rifles and handguns.

The police post was outside the consulate’s main public entrance, from where steep steps lead up to the fortified building.

A witness, Yavuz Erkut Yuksel said the attackers emerged from a white vehicle and surprised the officer at the guard post. “One of them approached a policeman while hiding his gun and shot him in the head,” he said.

Another witness described the attackers as “terrorists, with beards and long hair.”

“There were four people. Three of them got out of the car and fired at the police. I saw them dead afterwards lying on the ground and many more dead among the police,” said Enis Yilmaz, who was at the consulate for a visa.

Turkey has been targeted by a variety of groups in recent years, including Kurdish separatists and Islamist militants.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. However, suspicion immediately fell on Islamist militants who have launched a number of raids and bomb attacks in the city in recent years.

The US consulate building was moved and fortified after home-grown Islamists linked to al-Qa’eda bombed two synagogues, the British Consulate and a British bank in Istanbul in 2003, killing 58 people.

Because Al-Qaeda has been active in Turkey before, it’s easy to suspect them, but freelance Jihadism isn’t out of the question either as hardline Islamism becomes the mainstream in Muslim countries.

Woman Raped and Beaten by Three Illegal Aliens Who Police Had Arrested Once Already

A vicious and disgusting crime that was 100% preventable. I hope she sues the police and then the open borders lobby for the pain and suffering she endured:

Two Greenwood men and a juvenile boy are accused of raping and beating a woman they did not know in a car after abducting her from an apartment complex parking lot, police said.

The rape by someone other than an acquaintance was the first in the county in the past five years, Johnson County Prosecutor Lance Hamner said.

The three, who are all illegal immigrants, charged are:

# Luis-Felipe Gomez Coronel, 19, 895 Parliament Place, Apt. 719

# Roberto Rodriguez-Martinez, 22, 1199 Scarborough Lane, Apt. 821

# Alvaro A. Perez, 17, 895 Parliament Place, Apt. 719

The Daily Journal typically does not print the names of juveniles unless they are charged with crimes that would be felonies if committed by an adult. A suspect who is older than 16 and charged with rape is considered an adult, Hamner said.

All three are charged with rape, criminal confinement and sexual battery, which are Class B, C and D felonies, respectively.

Coronel and Rodriguez-Martinez also were charged with attempted criminal deviate conduct, a Class B Felony.

Rodriguez-Martinez and Perez also were charged with criminal deviate conduct, a Class B Felony.

If convicted on all charges, each person would face up to 30 years in prison, Hamner said.

On Saturday, the 26-year-old woman and her boyfriend were walking through the Westminster Apartment complex parking lot near U.S. 31 and County Line Road around 3 a.m. when one of the men called her over to a car.

Martinez grabbed the woman by her hair and put her in the car and sped away, according to the prosecutor’s report. The three each touched her inappropriately, held her down and raped and beat her, according to the report.

They also tried to force her to perform other sex acts.

She said she did not know the men.

“This was a classic stranger rape case, which is particularly disturbing because it’s not the type of crime we have historically seen in Johnson County. In fact, it’s very rare,” Hamner said.

The woman did not know where they were driving but said at one point the men stopped and then stopped again near a field and tried to kick her out.

She had injuries all over her body, including arms, legs, face, chest and back. The three also had injuries and scratches on their bodies from the woman fighting back.

The two men and juveniles later took the woman back to the apartment complex, and her boyfriend found the three men in their green Subaru Legacy on Scarborough Lane near the complex.

When the boyfriend saw the three, they ran away, and the boyfriend flagged someone down to call the police.

Police found two of them after they fled to a video store south of U.S. 31 and County Line Road and the other after he fled to a fabric store north of the intersection.

The boyfriend drove around the area for about one to two hours looking for the three and his girlfriend after she was abducted, according to the report.

The horror of that night will be etched on that couple forever. But the worst part of the story is this:

Greenwood Police Department officials arrested the men almost a week ago, but Police Chief Joe Pitcher wouldn’t release any details about the crime or suspects.

These three animals should have been deported. If they were this atrocity would never have happened.

The savagery of the attack, and its brazen nature, should also worry Americans. I argued in a post called Pax Americana that without exporting American values abroad, specifically values concerning the treatment of women and children, we expose our citizens to extreme risks when allowing unfettered immigration from countries where misogyny is the norm. Many countries in Latin America, where child rapist Daniel Ortega was elected president of Nicaragua despite it being well known he raped his step-daughter for years, allow men to treat women in barbaric ways very similar to the above incident and consider it normal.

From Author Dr. Deborah Schurman-Kauflin’s essay Importing Violence: The Danger of Immigration from Violent Cultures:

The fact is that South American male attitudes toward females are often archaic and misogynistic. Thus it is not surprising that the U.S. is seeing more attacks against women and little girls committed by these immigrants. In August 2005, illegal immigrant Jose Ramirez from El Salvador was charged with the violent attack of a 15 year old girl who refused to respond when he whistled at her (Roh, 2005). Perhaps such primitive behavior stems from the homeland culture. El Salvador and Guatemala have had a string of unsolved brutal murders where young females have been abducted and cut apart. Authorities have found body parts, including heads scattered around. In one instance, two female heads were deposited right in front of a local police station, blood still oozing from the severed heads (Miles, 2003). Gangs are suspected in these crimes as it is often part of their initiation to kill.

A serial rapist from Honduras was recently convicted in New Jersey. Ricardo Cepates is an illegal immigrant who was convicted on 26 counts of kidnapping, rape, and robbery. Another illegal immigrant, who should have been deported in 2000, savagely stabbed Carly Snyder to death. Fredil Rodriquez hailed from Honduras and apparently brought his hatred of women with him (Hirsch, June 15, 2005).

Perhaps the most grotesque and gruesome crime is the rape and murder of a nun by yet another migrant worker from South America. It is amazing that this story received so little attention when imaginary crimes against illegal immigrants are portrayed on television shows in order to gain sympathy for these criminals (i.e. a T.V. show airing an episode where a Minutemen volunteer hurts an illegal immigrant). Thirty three year old Maximiliano Esparza raped and sodomized two nuns and used their rosary beads to control them during the attack. The Sisters were beaten, raped, sodomized, and finally, Esparza used her own rosary beads to strangle Sister Helen Lynn Chaska to death. Esparza had needed lodging and checked into the Klamath Falls Gospel Mission in Oregon. This Spanish speaking migrant had spent his evening getting drunk at a local strip club and encountered the nuns as they were walking and saying prayers. Of note, Esparza had a history of criminal behavior and had served a three year sentence in a California prison. He had been deported one time, and shockingly, U.S. Border Patrol let him go after detaining him a few months prior to the rape/murder. It doesn’t get more vile and disgusting than this.


The carnage has continued year after year. Walter Alexander Sorto was an illegal alien and Salvadorian national. Maybe he was one of those wonderful people who break our immigration laws to fill jobs at wages no U.S. citizen can afford to take. Or perhaps, he was not. Like so many others, 25 year old Sorto is a sex killer. In 2003, he snatched, raped, and slaughtered two women in Houston. Most disturbing is the fact that he had been known to police for his prior offenses which included robbery. He was on probation for his robbery when he butchered the women (Hayes, 2004).

If you are not yet disgusted, you will be. Not only are criminal immigrants coming from cultures that are misogynistic, but they are changing U.S. culture in response to their sickness. Many illegal aliens join violent gangs which take over neighborhoods and terrorize innocent citizens. These gangs are highly organized with tentacles spread through several countries. The mantra of the deadly MS13 gang is: blood in, blood out. And the chilling effects of the illegal aliens participation in these gangs are very far reaching. For example, on December 19, 2002, Victor Cruz, Jose Hernandez, Armando Juvenal, and Carlos Rodriguez were involved with the drawn out gang rape of an unsuspecting 42 year old New York woman. These illegal aliens were well known to police for their prior crimes of assault, attempted robbery, drug offenses, and illegal gun possession. No deportation followed their lesser offenses because of the sanctuary policy.

Case after case of rape by illegal aliens who were known to be violent criminals by the police who did nothing to deport them. In the above essay the perpetrators imported a hatred for women and lack of respect for the law that should be unacceptable for our streets. But the authorities do accept this sort of criminality again and again.

If we aren’t going to export our values, or at the very least demand immigrants here assimilate into American culture, than criminals need to be deported. The alternative is for young couples to be victimized by sub-humans who think nothing of kidnapping a woman and violently raping her.

Chavez Looking for Pretext for War in Latin America

Hugo Chavez, the hidden hand behind Marxist narco-terror group F.A.R.C. has released a statement warning of possible war in Latin America if Columbia allows the U.S. launch drug operations there. From Fox News:

CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chavez on Wednesday warned Colombia not to allow a U.S. military base on its border with Venezuela, saying he would consider such an act an “aggression.”

Chavez said he would not permit Colombia’s U.S.-backed government to establish an American military base in La Guajira, a region spanning northeastern Colombia and northwestern Venezuela.

The Venezuelan leader said if Colombia allows the base, his government will revive a decades-old territorial conflict and stake a claim to the entire region.

“We will not allow the Colombian government to give La Guajira to the empire,” Chavez said, referring to the U.S. during a speech to a packed auditorium of uniformed soldiers. “Colombia is launching a threat of war at us.”

He said Washington’s top diplomat in Bogota, U.S. Ambassador William Brownfield, recently suggested that a U.S. military base in Ecuador could be moved to La Guajira.

Chavez urged his Colombian counterpart, Alvaro Uribe, to “think it over well” before making such a decision because Venezuela will do “whatever it takes” to ensure that a U.S. military base is not built on the peninsula in the Caribbean Sea.

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa — a close Chavez ally — has repeatedly said that he will not renew a 10-year lease on the base in the Pacific port of Manta when it expires next year.

Manta is the United States’ only military base in South America. Surveillance flights the U.S. runs from there are responsible for about 60 percent of drug interdiction in the eastern Pacific.

Diplomatic relations between Caracas and Bogota have been rocky for months. They worsened last week when Colombia unveiled documents allegedly showing that Chavez sought to arm and finance Colombian rebels. Chavez denies the claim.

Colombian officials say they found the documents in laptops recovered after a March 1 cross-border raid in Ecuador that killed rebel leader Raul Reyes and 24 other people.

International police agency Interpol is analyzing the documents and plans to present its findings on Thursday in Bogota.

“The Colombian government will surely announce tomorrow that the documents retrieved from Raul Reyes’ computer are authentic and, therefore, Chavez supports terrorism,” Chavez said.

No doubt Chavez’s saber rattling is meant to distract the world from his criminality, but will he be willing to go all the way and start a war in Latin America?

Hot Air has a report that shows just how irrational Chavez and his puppet government in Ecuador is being on this issue:

Currently we have an agreement with Ecuador that runs out in November 2009 that allows us to use Eloy Alfaro Air Base to stage drug-interdiction flights throughout the region. We have as many as 475 military personnel stationed at the bas, and the base primarily looks for drug-runners in boats coming out of Colombia. In 2007, the Manta base caught 200 such transports in approximately 1200 missions.

The US does not want to end this program and surrender to the cartels, but Manta simply won’t be available. Ecuador’s Rafael Correa has refused to negotiate an extension, not surprisingly given his ties to Chavez, but it will be akin to cutting off his nose to spite his face. The US base pumps almost $7 million into the local economy and spent over $70 million refurbishing Eloy Alfaro Air Base. Correa offered a deal: he’d extend the lease if we allowed an Ecuadorian military base in Miami. Bush passed on that offer.

Correa want the U.S., and our millions of dollars, out of the country no doubt as part of a larger scheme by Chavez to build a new soviet bloc. Bush isn’t going to let that happen and he won’t leave Columbia high and dry (though the Democrats most certainly will) so he’s got to tie up these loose ends quick. I think he’ll rush a deal through to station American troops in Columbia, and that will be all the pretext Chavez needs to start try military action.