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-- Dem Altered Immigration Law to Further homosexual Agenda - 7/10/2006
-- Somali Islamist militiamen raid wedding, beat woman - 7/8/2006
-- Christian beaten for drinking water - 9/07/06
-- Indonesia to execute Christians - 9/19/2006
-- From WND's Jerusalem Bureau - 8/8/2006
-- Nuclear War-Fear - 8/8/2006
-- CBS Wallace Interviews Iran President - 8/9/2006
-- 11 Egyptian Students Vanish After Arrival In U.S - 8/8/2006
-- Rocket Launched From Qana Kills Israelis in Haifa - 8/7/2006
-- Evidence Mounts that Kana "Massacre" Was a Fake - 8/3/2006
-- Hezbollah executes Lebanese collaborators 8/3/2006
-- Lebanese website blames Hizbullah for Qana deaths - 8/1/2006
-- Terrorist: Olmert's statements embolden us 8/3/2006
-- Nazis at work today in Mideast? Book reveals Hitler’s connection to radical Islamists
-- Hizballah: Iran's Tool - 7/14-2006
-- Islamic Group Blasts Israel's 'Attacks on Civilians' - 7/14/2006
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 Muslim Religious Tolerance

Christian beaten for drinking water  -  Man suffers broken collarbone, dislocated shoulder

September 7, 2006   © 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

Nasir Ashraf

A Christian man is recovering from a beating that left him with a broken collarbone and dislocated shoulder after he drank water from a glass reserved for the poor at a construction site in Pakistan.

The report comes from Voice of the Martyrs, the Christian aid organization with a vision for working around the world to help those who are facing persecution for their Christian faith.   The report said Nasir Ashraf, a Christian stonemason, was working on the construction of a room at a school near Manga Mandi outside of Lahore when he got thirsty and took a break.

"He drew water and drank from a glass chained to a cemented public water tank next to a mosque, which was reserved for 'all' poor people," the VOM report said. "Returning to the construction site, a Muslim man asked him, 'Why did you drink water from this glass since you are a Christian?'"  

The man then accused Nasir of polluting the glass, yanked the glass off the iron chain, broke it and threw it in a garbage can. He also summoned other militant Muslims nearby.   "This man polluted our glass," he told them.   The result was an incensed mob that beat Nasir, yelling that a "Christian dog" drank from their glass.   Bystanders encouraged the beating, because it would be a "good" deed that would help them in heaven, the report said.

"The attackers pushed Nasir off a ledge onto the ground, and the fall dislocated his shoulder and broke his collarbone in two places," the VOM report said.   He was unconscious until he was taken to a clinic, the report said, and the physician who said some people had brought him in also told him never to make that mistake again.   Nasir's father took him home and a VOM representative was alerted so that VOMedical could help with his medical treatment and recovery, officials said.

VOM was launched by Rev. Richard Wurmbrand, who wrote "Tortured for Christ" about his experiences representing Christ in war-torn Europe.   His testimony, and ministry's work, has spread around the globe.
 

 Dem Altered Immigration Law to Further homosexual Agenda

July 10, 2006    CNSNews.com Senior Staff Writer    By Jeff Johnson

(CNSNews.com) - A Republican candidate for the Massachusetts congressional seat currently held by Democrat Barney Frank is reigniting debate over whether changes to U.S. immigration laws Frank sponsored made it easier for the 9/11 hijackers to enter and remain in the United States. Frank continues to deny the charge, but GOP challenger Chuck Morse accuses Frank of opening the "turnstiles of terrorism" by denying immigration officials the power to bar or remove non-U.S. citizens from the country based on their ideology.

Cybercast News Service has learned that while Frank has routinely claimed he advocated the changes because immigration law was "unduly restrictive on political grounds," the avowed homosexual lawmaker spent ten years fighting to change the statute primarily to eliminate a long-standing ban on homosexual foreigners entering the U.S.

Morse: Barney Frank ... opened the 'turnstiles of terrorism'

"Barney Frank was the author of legislation, a series of legislative initiatives but, particularly, one that bears his name, the 'Frank Amendment,' that made it easier for terrorists and those who support them to come into this country legally," Morse told Cybercast News Service. "It raised the bar for our immigration officials and our State Department in terms of who could be denied a visa and it made it more difficult for our government agencies like the FBI and others to investigate those visiting the country while they were here and to detain people suspected of terrorist activity and to deport them."

Morse was more direct with his accusations in a mid-June speech to the Massachusetts Republican Assembly.

"Barney Frank ... opened the 'turnstiles of terrorism' in America by sponsoring legislation that made it nearly impossible for federal agencies to deny visas to terrorists," Morse charged. "As a result of its passage, the 'Frank Amendment' tied the hands of the FBI, the Immigration and Naturalization Service and other agencies for the better part of two decades, while terrorists formed their sleeper cells and plotted this nation's demise."

Morse originally made the allegation during his failed 2004 campaign against the 13-term Democrat. Frank denied the charge then and again in 2005.

"Several of my right wing political opponents have recently made the entirely inaccurate claim that immigration legislation on which I worked in the 1980s through 1990 is somehow connected to the entry into this country of the 9/11 terrorists," Frank wrote in an April 15, 2005, online statement. "This is totally untrue."

Prior to the passage of the Frank Amendment in 1990, aliens could be denied entry into the U.S. for three reasons related to their ideology:

-- Participation in activities that would be prejudicial to the public interest or public safety;

-- Membership in subversive organizations or teaching or advocating subversive views;

-- Likelihood of engaging in subversive activities after entry into the country.

The Frank Amendment eliminated those and all other "ideological" prohibitions, substituting a new rule that aliens could not be excluded or deported "because of any past, current, or expected beliefs, statements, or associations which, if engaged in by a United States citizen in the United States, would be protected under the Constitution of the United States."

As James R. Edwards, Jr., author of "The Congressional Politics of Immigration Reform," noted in an Aug. 30, 2005, panel discussion at the Center for Immigration Studies, the Frank Amendment "sought to extend the First Amendment to the world - despite foreigners' lack of corresponding duties that U.S. citizens bear or the status of being subject to the U.S. government's jurisdiction.

"Indeed, this law made it much easier for aliens who hold radical, dangerous, anti-American or subversive political beliefs to enter and remain in the United States," Edwards explained. "This perversion of the First Amendment means the guy who preaches hatred, pollutes hearts and minds, steeps persuadable people in reasons to harm Americans and wage war from within against America ... gets a free pass."

That, Morse argues, is precisely what happened when the 9/11 terrorists, the majority of whom had known associations with militant Islamic groups, entered and remained in the U.S. And Frank's GOP challenger is not alone in that allegation. Conservative educator, author and columnist Samuel L. Blumenfeld also blamed Frank for the ease with which al Qaeda terrorists infiltrated the U.S. in a Sept. 17, 2004, column published by WorldNetDaily.

"I have just finished reading the 500-page '9-11 Commission Report' and what becomes quite apparent is that the weakest link in our antiterrorism defense system prior to 9-11 was the Immigration and Naturalization Service," Blumenfeld wrote. "It was so weak that it became a revolving door for al-Qaida sleeper terrorists who were issued visas that permitted them to come and go as they pleased.

"And the one man responsible for creating this revolving door was Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts, whose 1989 Frank Amendment to INS procedures paved the way for the 19 hijackers to freely enter this country, take flying lessons, and quietly prepare for their deadly attack with no notice from our intelligence agencies," he concluded.

Blumenfeld also cites a section of Gerald Posner's post-9/11 book "Why America Slept," which also accuses Frank of creating a legal environment that made it easy for terrorists to enter and remain in the U.S.

"Congressman Barney Frank, the Massachusetts Democrat who was a strong advocate of protecting civil liberties, led a successful effort to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act so that membership in a terrorist group was no longer sufficient to deny a visa," Posner wrote. "Under Frank's amendment, which seems unthinkable post-9-11, a visa could only be denied if the government could prove that the applicant had committed an act of terrorism."

But Frank points to an exchange between 9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean and himself during Kean's appearance before the House Select Committee on Homeland Security on Aug, 17, 2004, that, Frank argues, proves him blameless.

FRANK: "Can I just say here that the key point here is under the statutes, as they now exist, those people were excludable if the right procedures had been followed?"

KEAN: "That's exactly right."

Frank also defends the new law, noting that it does allow State Department officials to deny entry to any alien "who a consular official knows or has reasonable ground to believe has engaged, in an individual capacity or as a member of an organization, in a terrorist activity or is likely to engage after entry in a terrorist activity."

Frank's stated and lesser-known reasons for changing immigration law

The debate will likely continue as to whether the changes to U.S. immigration laws Frank gained in 1990 when Democrats controlled Congress made it easier for the 9/11 terrorists to gain entry to and remain in the country. But one point repeatedly made by Frank has not been challenged, until now.

In the August 2004 exchange with Kean, Frank explained his motivation for the immigration law changes saying, "I thought they were unduly restrictive on political grounds with people coming in."

In an April 22, 2004 memorandum to the media posted on his website, Frank described his goal similarly.

"We worked successfully to change the law that permitted American officials to refuse to allow people into America because we didn't like their political opinions," Frank wrote.

"[I]n a law inherited from the early fifties ... Congress instructed the Executive Branch to exclude from America people whose political views we found offensive," Frank contends. "The amendment we adopted dropped from the law the authority to exclude people because their views would be politically unpopular, but continued to allow exclusion of people who would commit acts of violence, terrorism, etc."

But in his contribution to the pro-homosexual political how-to book "Creating Change: Sexuality, Public Policy, and Civil Rights" entitled "American Immigration Law: A Case Study in the Effective Use of the Political Process," Frank offered a different explanation for his ten-year-long effort to limit the grounds on which citizens of other countries could be denied entry into the United States.

"Interestingly, it is both the least well known of all the legislative battles that supporters of gay and lesbian rights have fought, and it is also the one that was the most successful," Frank wrote. /ldblquote... in 1990, I had the enormous satisfaction of sponsoring a successful amendment to American immigration law that repealed the homophobic [sic] provisions of that statute in all of its permutations." (Frank uses the term "homophobic" throughout his writing to refer to any person or group that objects to the homosexual lifestyle.)

While he did acknowledge his general interest in abolishing the "ideological exclusion," the Massachusetts Democrat - who had not initially acknowledged his participation in the homosexual lifestyle - stressed his primary reason for wanting to change the law.

"I do not remember exactly when I first became aware that American law flatly banned gay, lesbian, and bisexual foreigners from coming to the United States, and did so in the most inaccurately insulting terms," Frank wrote. "But I do know that by 1981 I was aware that as a gay American I had joined an institution - the U.S. Congress - that had sixteen years before done everything it could to protect my fellow citizens from foreigners who were like me.

"And I was determined," he continued, "to do everything that I could to abolish this abomination."

Frank's article also explains that when he "came out" on June 1, 1987, it gave him a psychological advantage over lawmakers who might have otherwise opposed his proposal.

"Before I came out, my colleagues respected my insistence on the repeal of the antigay provision as they would respect any colleague's strong feeling on an issue," Frank wrote. "But once I had acknowledged that I was gay, this moved from being simply an issue with which I was concerned to something that was obviously deeply personal.

"Automatically, this meant that those of my colleagues who wished to preserve good working relationships with me understood how important this matter was to me," Frank continued, "and their willingness to accommodate me increased accordingly."

Frank similarly acknowledged that he pursued the broader repeal of the ideological exclusions because he knew a stand-alone repeal of the ban on homosexuals visiting or immigrating to the U.S. would almost certainly have failed.

"Evidence of this came early for me when (in 1981) the House of Representatives voted 281 to 199 to overrule a District of Columbia City Council repeal of the city's sodomy law," Frank explained. "It occurred to me that just as the antigay exclusions had been first written and then tightened as part of a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws, my best chance to wipe them out was to do it in that same comprehensive context."

While it took Frank ten years to accomplish that goal, he brags about the success of his stealth approach from both the political and public relations perspectives.

"People - including gays and lesbians - know little about our successful fight to repeal the anti-gay-and-lesbian provision of immigration law in large part because we won," Frank wrote, "In our time, failure generates a good deal more attention than success."

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 Somali Islamist militiamen raid wedding, beat woman

July 8, 2006    2006 WorldNetDaily.com

20 gunmen enforcing Sharia law confiscate instruments from band playing 'satanic' music

Days after a leading Somali cleric declared the death penalty for Muslims who failed to pray five times a day, militiamen loyal to the Islamic court cracked down on band music by raiding a wedding party in Mogadishu, confiscating instruments and beating a woman.

Twenty heavily armed men fired shots in the air and took musical instruments from the band performing in a home in Somalia's capital city yesterday. According to the Brisbane Courier-Mail, the band entertaining guests at the wedding party was told by the gunmen it was performing "satanic" music contrary to the Quran.

Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, head of the Conservative Council of Islamic Courts

Mogadishu was taken over in June by militia – now called the Conservative Council of Islamic Courts – that routed a U.S.-backed alliance of warlords after four months of fighting. The U.S. wanted to stem what officials call "creeping Talibanization" of Somalia by the courts and harboring of terrorists, including al-Qaida members.

"We were ordered to stop the music and empty the house which we all complied with immediately," said Hayir Ali Roble, one of the musicians performing at the party. "We followed their orders and kept our musical instruments in a room but they forcefully entered the house and took the instruments, and in the process broke some of them."

Roble said he did not know why the militiamen struck one of the women at the party with sticks.

The Islamic court denied that a woman was beaten.

Khadijo Weheliye, who organized the wedding party for her son, said she had sought and received permission from the Islamic court to have music at the celebration.

"We didn't know what their aim was because we had asked the Islamic court for permission to hold the party," she said. "They gave us a permission letter this morning, but attacked our home in the afternoon."

The raid was confirmed by the Islamic courts.

"We have told them to stop evil acts that derail the practice of Sharia law and it is our duty to enforce the ban on band music," said Ali Salad, the head of Ridwan Islamic courts in Weheliye's neighborhood. "We confiscated musical instruments that are satanic simply because we have previously told party organizers not to bring bands with music at the party."

On Tuesday, militiamen fired on a crowd protesting a ban on watching television, killing two who were viewing the World Cup at a local movie theater.

Earlier this week, WorldNetDaily reported that Muslims who fail to pray five times daily will be sentenced to death under the rule of Islamic clerics who have taken over the Somali capital Mogadishu.

"He who does not perform prayers will be considered as infidel, and Sharia law orders that that person be killed," said Sheikh Abdalla Ali, a founder and high-ranking official in the Supreme Islamic Council of Somalia.

Today, 11 teens were publicly given 40 lashes each after confessing to "un-Islamic behavior," including smoking marijuana, pretending to be Islamic militia in order to extort the public, violence and looting.

"This is the start of a new era and we will continue to carry out the Sharia ... . We do not have any reverse gear," said Sheikh Mohamoud Jiliale, an official serving on the tribunal. "It is our responsibility to make sure Sharia laws are respected."

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 Indonesia to execute Christians

9/19/2006

Three Indonesian Christian militants sentenced to death for attacks on Muslims in 2000 are due to be executed on Thursday or Friday, lawyers said.
Fabianus Tibo, Marianus Riwu and Dominggus Silva had been set to face the firing squad last month but won a reprieve after a papal appeal.

The men were found guilty of inciting attacks during religious rioting in Central Sulawesi in 2000.

Their supporters and rights groups have questioned the trial's fairness.

Some 4,000 extra troops have been deployed in religiously-divided Sulawesi amid fears the executions could spark further violence.


VIOLENT PAST
Previously known as Celebes, Sulawesi is Indonesia's fourth largest island
80% of residents are Muslim, while 17% are Christian
A December 1998 brawl in Poso led to months of religious violence in which hundreds died

"If there are unwanted actions, or actions tending toward anarchy, police will not hesitate to take repressive action," Central Sulawesi police chief Badroddin Haiti said.

Gang violence

Lawyers for the three men said provincial prosecutors delivered a letter saying the executions would take place on Thursday 21 September, though one report said it could take place on Friday.

Attorney General Abdul Rachman Saleh told reporters the letter, delivered late on Monday, said the men would be shot in 72 hours time.

The men say they are innocent of the charges that they masterminded a series of attacks on the Muslim community in the Central Sulawesi district of Poso in 2000, killing at least 70 people.

The attack was part of a wave of violence that left more than 1,000 people killed. It was triggered by a brawl between Christian and Muslim gangs in December 1998.

The men's execution was delayed last month after a plea for clemency from Pope Benedict XVI and demonstrations by thousands of Indonesian Christians.

Three Muslim militants are also currently on death row for their part in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that killed more than 200 people.

Story from BBC NEWS:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/asia-pacific/5358976.stm

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 From WND's Jerusalem Bureau

August 8, 2006     By Aaron Klein     2006 WorldNetDaily.com

Television news helping Hezbollah Terrorist: Rocket footage assists in targeting Israel

HAIFA, Israel – Hezbollah monitors Israeli and international television news footage of scenes from rocket landings inside Israel and has used the broadcasts the past few weeks to more accurately target installations in the Jewish state, a senior terror leader told WorldNetDaily.

Israeli television and international news outlets such as Fox News, BBC, CNN and SkyNews have been regularly broadcasting, many times live, from the aftermath of Hezbollah rocket attacks on northern Israel.

"Of course the constant stream of television news is helpful for Hezbollah to know whether they hit targets and the location of strategic facilities. A whole department of Hezbollah [in part] monitors this footage," said Abu Oudai, who is a chief of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group's rocket infrastructure in the West Bank.


The Al Aqsa Brigades, the declared "military wing" of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party, is responsible for scores of shooting attacks, rocket launchings and, together with Islamic Jihad, every suicide bombing inside Israel the past two years.

Israel says senior Brigades leaders, particularly the group's cell in Nablus in the northern West Bank, coordinate their attacks with Hezbollah and receive funding from Iran and Syria funneled through Hezbollah channels. Several Brigades leaders have spoken openly to WorldNetDaily about their group's affiliation with Hezbollah.

Since Israel started its military campaign in Lebanon last month following a Hezbollah attack, the Lebanese militia has fired more than 3,100 rockets into northern Israeli cities, including into Haifa, the country's third largest. About one-third of the Israeli population is under rocket threat. Forty-nine Israelis have been killed so far by Hezbollah rocket attacks.

While Hezbollah projectiles lack guidance systems, the rockets are launched from specific areas in Lebanon using a rocket's known trajectory and travel distance to score hits on particular Israeli sites.

Israeli security officials say they have been surprised by the accuracy of Hezbollah's rocket attacks. Several Katyushas have scored direct hits on Israeli military installations and other strategic facilities. Last weekend, 12 Israeli soldiers were killed and another 12 were wounded by a Hezbollah rocket attack on a military post at Kfar Giladi in the Upper Galilee.

Abu Oudai, an Al Aqsa rocket chief, told WorldNetDaily that Hezbollah has a "communications department" of hundreds of "officers" who monitor the media, Israeli society and military movements and transmissions.

He said the department consists of both civilian and military monitoring. The military section attempts to eavesdrop on Israeli military installations and communications. He said the civilian section, among other things, translates the speeches of Israeli leaders and monitors the Israeli and international media.

"Of course Hezbollah uses some of the television footage to help look at Israeli facilities and get better aim," Abu Oudai said. "Especially the Israeli news, which covers the rocket attacks so extensively and broadcasts from the scenes all day."

Abu Oudai admitted if news outlets regularly broadcast footage from the scenes of his group's firing of Palestinian Qassam rockets into Israel "it would be very helpful to us also."

Hezbollah publicly has boasted it has a communications department that employs 120 officers in shifts around the clock to monitor Israeli society and the Jewish state's military.

Israel says Hezbollah has been trained by Iran on methods of intelligence gathering and electronic communications.

During it's military campaign in Lebanon, the Israeli Defense Forces has found several high-tech Hezbollah communications facilities, many in underground bunkers along the Israeli-Lebanese border. In Bint Jbail, a Hezbollah stronghold in south Lebanon, Israeli troops entered a Hezbollah bunker in which they found war rooms with advanced eavesdropping and surveillance equipment reportedly made by Iran.

Abu Oudai said Hezbollah doesn't rely on television footage for information on Israeli targets and rocket attacks.

"It is nice that Hezbollah can watch the news but they don't need it at all. Hezbollah has tens of agents in Israel that provide it with the information it needs. Much better information than they can get from any television news," Abu Oudai said.

Yesterday, in an exclusive WND interview, Abu Oudai said Hezbollah has an advanced spy network operating inside Israel consisting of "tens" of agents, mostly Arab-Israelis who provide the Lebanon-based terror group with strategic information such as rocket targets and locations of military installations.

"[Hezbollah] receives extremely high-quality information from their agents inside Palestine," Abu Oudai said. "We are talking about detailed maps of neighborhoods, locations of military bases and regular information every day from many sources to help the heroes (Hezbollah) fire rockets more accurately into [northern Israel]."

He said after rocket attacks, Hezbollah agents send the terror group information on hits and misses.

Israeli intelligence officials tell WND they are "very aware" of a possible Hezbollah spy network currently inside Israel and have been working to crack it.

At least 12 suspected Hezbollah agents have been arrested in Israel the past year, including Jasaan Athamleh, leader of an Arab-Israeli political coalition. Athamleh was arrested seven months ago along with his brother and is thought to be a senior Hezbollah agent. It recently was revealed a Canadian professor accused of spying for Hezbollah was arrested here just before fighting broke out July 12.

In 2002, Israel convicted a Druze Arab IDF lieutenant-colonel of spying for Hezbollah in exchange for money and drugs. Prosecutors said the colonel provided Hezbollah with intelligence about army movements, details of weak spots along the Israeli border and a map of Tel Aviv identifying gas and electrical depots.

Security sources say they suspect most Hezbollah agents operating here are Arab-Israeli. They say Hezbollah's most successful recruiting ground is Mecca, where Arab-Israelis travel for the pilgrimage there required by Islam. While Saudi Arabia does not admit Israelis, Arab-Israelis can travel to Jordan where they turn in their passports temporarily for a Jordanian passport voucher they can use to enter Saudi Arabia.

The sources said Israeli Hezbollah agents receive advanced training by Hezbollah and Iranian Revolutionary Guard members.

"Hezbollah, with the help of Iran, works like the army of a sovereign country," said a security official. "This includes the recruitment and development of spy networks."

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 NUCLEAR WAR-FEAR

August 8, 2006     WorldNetDaily.com

Iranian cataclysm forecast Aug. 22
Islamists seeking heaven could spark apocalypse, Princeton expert warns

Bernard Lewis (courtesy Princeton University)

A top expert on the Mideast says it is possible Iran could pick Aug. 22, the anniversary of one of Islam's holiest events, for a cataclysm Shiite Muslims believe will forever resolve the battle between "good" and "evil."

Princeton's Bernard Lewis has written an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal advising that the rest of the world would be wise to bear in mind that for those who believe the end of the world is imminent and good, there is no deterrent even to nuclear warfare.

As WorldNetDaily has reported, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has urged his people to prepare for the coming of an Islamic "messiah," raising concerns a nuclear-armed Islamic Republic could trigger the kind of global conflagration he envisions will set the stage for the end of the world.

He's also said, in a WND report, that Islam and its followers must prepare to rule the world, because it is a "universal ideology that leads the world to justice."

Now comes Lewis, who notes that the world must be concerned about a leader for whom the possibility of death is not a deterrent.

"In this context, mutual assured destruction, the deterrent that worked so well during the Cold War, would have no meaning," Lewis wrote. "At the end of time, there will be general destruction anyway. What will matter will be the final destination of the dead – hell for the infidels, and heaven for the believers.

"For people with this mindset, MAD is not a constraint, it is an inducement," he said.

Lewis noted that Ahmadinejad has referred to Aug. 22 several times, including when he rejected – until that date – United Nations requests for nuclear program information.

Lewis, joining several other Mideast experts who have expressed similar concerns, said Aug. 22 corresponds to the 27th day of the month of Rajab of the year 1427.

"This, by tradition, is the night when many Muslims commemorate the night flight of the prophet Muhammad on the winged horse Buraq, first to 'the farthest mosque,' usually identified with Jerusalem, and then to heaven and back," Lewis wrote.

In Islam, as in other religious, certain beliefs describe the "cosmic struggle" at the end of time. For Shiite Muslims, Lewis wrote, this will be "the long awaited return of the Hidden Imam, ending in the final victory of the forces of good over evil."

The significance, he said, is that there's a "radical" difference between Iran and other governments with nuclear weapons.

"This difference is expressed in what can only be described as the apocalyptic worldview of Iran's present rulers," he wrote. Iran's leaders now "clearly believe that this time is now, and that the terminal struggle has already begun and is indeed well advanced."

As for intent, a passage from the Ayatollah Khomeini, quoted in an 11th-grade Iranian schoolbook, reveals priorities: "I am decisively announcing to the whole world that if the world-devourers (i.e., the infidel powers) wish to stand against our religion, we will stand against their whole world and will not cease until the annihilation of all them. Either we all become free, or we will go to the greater freedom which is martyrdom."

Lewis wrote, "This might well be deemed an appropriate date for the apocalyptic ending of Israel and if necessary the world. It is far from certain that Mr. Ahmadanejad plans any such cataclysmic events precisely for Aug. 22. But it would be wise to bear the possibility in mind."

Lewis, the Cleveland E. Dodge professor emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, specializes in Muslim history and interaction between Muslims and the West.

His comments echoed those made just a few days earlier by Robert Spencer, another scholar of Islamic history, theology and law and the director of Jihad Watch.

In an article for FrontPageMagazine.com, he wrote that Farid Ghadry, president of the Reform Party of Syria, noted the commemoration of Muhammad's ascent to heaven from the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

Spencer said the Night Journey, or Miraj, is what makes Jerusalem a holy site for Islam, and Islamic tradition believes Muhammad, along with the angel Gabriel, went to the Temple Mount, and then to heaven in a bathing of light over Jerusalem.

Spencer reported that Ghadry talked of Ahmadinejad's plans for an illumination of the night sky over Jerusalem to rival the light of that Islamic belief.

Ghadry said what the Iranian president is "promising the world by August 22 is the light in the sky over the Aqsa Mosque," Spencer said.

He said a nuclear attack on Jerusalem, or even a conventional attack, would be consistent with the references that have been made, including Ahmadinejad's talk that Israel "pushed the button of its own destruction" by returning fire for Hezbollah's rocket barrage.

Also, "Atomic Iran" author Jerome Corsi notes that it's less significant whether Hezbollah survives, "but it's really the first chapter in the play for Iran and the Shiite Islam nation to come to ascendancy in the Muslim world."

First is the battle against Israel and the United States, he said, then against Sunni Islam. Where that group is more dominant, he said, is in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, where group members are "not unhappy to see Iran contained."

"They may launch an attack, but I still think if they had a weapon they would just go ahead and use it," Corsi said. "Terrorists don't brag about things they're going to do until after they do it."

He said the recent comments are more typical of terrorists' efforts to get attention.

"When Ahmadinejad is capable of taking action he will do it without any warning or bravado; he'll just do it," Corsi said.

In the updated edition of "Atomic Iran: How the Terrorist Regime Bought the Bomb and American Politicians," now available in paperback from WND Books, Corsi discusses many of the disturbing developments related to Iran.

Meanwhile, Tanzanian customs officials have uncovered an Iranian smuggling operation transporting large quantities of bomb-making uranium from the same mines in the Congo that provided the nuclear material for the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima 61 years ago, according to a recent report in the London Sunday Times.

A United Nations report, outlining the interception last October, said there is "no doubt" the smuggled uranium-238 came from mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's mineral-rich Katanga province.

The smuggled uranium discovered by Tanzanian customs agents was hidden in shipment of coltan, a rare mineral used to make chips in mobile telephones. According to the manifest, the coltan was to be smelted in the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan after being shipped to Bandar Abbas, Iran's largest port.

Uranium-238, when used in a nuclear reactor, can be used to create plutonium for nuclear weapons.

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 CBS Wallace Interviews Iran President

Aug 09, 2006    By DAVID BAUDER   

NEW YORK

Twenty-seven years after a chilling sit-down with Ayatollah Khomeini that was one of Mike Wallace's most memorable, the CBS newsman snagged an interview this week with current Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran.

The 88-year-old Wallace had been pursuing the interview for so long that he had to be reminded by Ahmadinejad when he first asked for it.

A portion of Wallace's interview, conducted Tuesday at a crucial time in the Mideast with Israel fighting the Iran-backed Hezbollah, will be shown Thursday on the "CBS Evening News." A fuller report will air on Sunday's "60 Minutes."

In the interview, Ahmadinejad said of the Bush administration, "see how they talk down to my nation."

During the midst of the American hostage crisis in 1979, Wallace interviewed Iranian leader Khomeini, locking eyes with the cleric when he asked for a response to Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat calling Khomeini a lunatic.

Of Ahmadinejad, Wallace said, "He's an impressive fellow, this guy. He really is. He's obviously smart as hell."

Wallace said he was surprised to find that the Iranian president was still a college professor who taught a graduate-level course.

"You'll find him an interesting man," he said. "I expected more of a firebrand. I don't think he has the slightest doubt about how he feels ... about the American administration and the Zionist state. He comes across as more rational than I had expected."

Wallace said he and producers Bob Anderson and Casey Morgan had been seeking the interview for more than a year, since he sat next to Ahmadinejad at a United Nations breakfast and told the Iranian leader that he'd like to come to Iran to talk to him someday. Wallace admitted he had forgotten about that encounter until the Iranian president brought it up.

Summoned to Iran for the interview, Wallace and his team waited for nearly a week until he was brought in to speak to Ahmadinejad.

Tehran in August isn't Wallace's usual haunt; that's when you'll usually find him in Martha's Vineyard. It's also no way to spend retirement. CBS News announced in the spring that Wallace had retired as a regular "60 Minutes" correspondent, although he would still be available for special interviews.

Wallace said he nearly fell out of his chair when Ahmadinejad told him, "I hear this is your last interview."

Wallace said he replied: "What do you think? Is it a good idea to retire?"

He said the Iranian president told him it was important to keep doing interesting things. And Wallace is already thinking about his next story: he said he's trying for an interview with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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 11 Egyptian Students Vanish After Arrival In U.S.

August 8, 2006

Students Were Supposed To Show Up At College

WASHINGTON -- Eleven Egyptian students who arrived in the United States last month are being sought by authorities after failing to turn up for an exchange program at Montana State University.

The Egyptian men were among a group of 17 students who arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York from Cairo on July 29 with valid visas, according to U.S. authorities and university officials.

The other six have arrived at the Bozeman, Mont., campus for a monthlong program on English language instruction and U.S. history and culture, university spokeswoman Cathy Conover said.

When the 11 didn't turn up by the end of the last week, the FBI issued a lookout to state and local law enforcement, said FBI Special Agent Richard Kolko.

"At this point all they have done is not show up for a scheduled academic program," Kolko said. "There is no threat associated with these men."

They are between 18 and 22 years old, said a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the search for the men is continuing.

U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement declined to make their names public.

The government probably will seek to send the students home once they are located because they have violated the terms of their visas, the official said.

The government tightened the student visa process after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks when it learned that four of the hijackers entered the country on foreign student visas.

The school has tried repeatedly to contact the students, Conover said, including sending e-mails. When that failed, the school notified Homeland Security officials and registered the Egyptians as "no-shows" in the system developed after Sept. 11 to track foreign students, Conover said.

They were participating in an exchange program Montana State arranged with Mansoura University in Mansoura, Egypt.

"We hope this doesn't cast doubt on this program because we think it's important to have international students on our campus and in our community," Conover said.

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 Illegals From Terror-Sponsoring Nations At Large in US

August 08, 2006    By Kevin Mooney    CNSNews.com Staff Writer

(CNSNews.com) - Almost half of the illegal aliens arriving in the U.S. from terrorist-sponsoring or "special interest" nations in the past few years have been released into the American population following their apprehension. This key finding is published in an internal audit of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) obtained by Cybercast News Service .

The so-called "catch and release" policies have allowed more than 45,000 illegal aliens from countries that are well known for their anti-American views or considered "hotbeds of Islamic fundamentalism" to be freed.

U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas), in conversations with sheriffs operating along the Texas-Mexico border, learned that illegal aliens of Middle Eastern descent have been able to blend into the culture south of the U.S. border and pass themselves off as Mexicans.

"They learn Spanish and assimilate into the population," Poe said. "Coming across the Canadian border they would be more conspicuous."

The U.S. State Department's list of State Sponsors of Terrorism (SSTs), currently includes five countries -- Syria, Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Sudan. However, the DHS audit lists another category called Special Interest Countries (SICs).

At the moment there is no public list of SICs, however, information made available through the office of U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) indicates that countries with large Islamic fundamentalist populations such as the U.S.-liberated Afghanistan, Yemen and Saudi Arabia, are included on the State Department's SIC list.

Between the beginning of Fiscal Year 2001 and the mid-way point of Fiscal Year 2005, the DHS audit revealed that 605,210 individuals from countries "other than Mexico" (OTMs) were apprehended and 309,733 of that total were eventually released.

A total of 91,516 illegal aliens from SST and SIC countries were apprehended over the same time period and 45,008 were released, the audit showed.

The audit was produced by the DHS Office of Inspector General and focuses on the Detention and Removal Program, which is operated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau (ICE). The audit was produced in April, but when completed in May, it "was made public on a Friday night with no press release," said Connie Hair, a spokeswoman for the group of citizen volunteers committed to fighting illegal immigration known as the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps.

The audit report, Hair said "was buried in an obscure corner of the DHS website," and discovered only as a result of her group's research.

The Detention and Removal Program (DRO) anticipates over 600,000 foreign-born individuals will be incarcerated in state correctional facilities during Fiscal Year 2007. Current estimates show that at least half of these criminal aliens - 300,000 - will be released or removed due to a lack of resources, according to the DHS audit.

Jamie Zuieback, a spokeswoman for ICE, advised against making "radical assumptions" about the individuals involved in the DRO simply because they come from a certain country. She also said that as a result of new programs, ICE is "making rapid progress" toward ending the practice of "catch and release."

During the month of July ICE added 1,500 inmate beds nationwide, Zieback said. She also pointed out that over 90 percent of the non-Mexican illegal aliens being apprehended are being detained. "No aliens are being released because of a lack of bed space," she said.

Zuieback cited statistics that show ICE fugitive teams are averaging 1,000 arrests a week. But agency officials admit that the available data only points to illegal aliens who have been detected. The DHS audit does not address the influx of illegal aliens who elude apprehension.

"The data is incomplete," cautions T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, the union representing over 10,000 "front line" border agents and part of the American Federation of Government employees. "We only know of the ones we apprehend. For every person caught there are two or three that slip by."

Bonner said he believes front line border control agents apprehend roughly 25 percent of the aliens entering the U.S. illegally. He also expects that "catch and release" policies will continue as long as there is insufficient funding.

Poe pointed to "a lack of will" on the part of the federal government, which he said translates into a paucity of "inner heartland enforcement."

The Texas congressman has some specific proposals. He would like to see abandoned military bases and Federal Emergency Management Agency trailers used for the purposes of detention. Poe is also calling for more federal funding for the hiring of immigration judges so the legal hearings of illegal aliens can be better managed.

The DHS audit pointed to a number of factors, in addition to funding shortages that are responsible for "catch and release."

It cites the "propensity of illegal aliens to disobey court orders to appear in immigration court" and "the penchant of released illegal aliens with final orders to abscond."

Recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions also mandate the release of criminal aliens and even "high risk aliens" 180 days after the issuance of the final removal order. Finally, the report states that some countries "block" the repatriation of their citizens.

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 Rocket Launched From Qana Kills Israelis in Haifa

August 07, 2006    By Julie Stahl    CNSNews.com Jerusalem Bureau Chief

Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) - Israeli jets targeted routes that Hizballah may be using to smuggle weapons from northern to southern Lebanon overnight. The fresh bombardment follows the deadliest day yet for Israel in the current war to crush the terrorists who want to eradicate Israel.

Twelve Israeli reservists were killed on Sunday morning when a Katyusha rocket hit an armored personnel carrier packed with ammunition as the reservists gathered at the border with Lebanon.

On Sunday evening, a Syrian-made rocket scored a direct hit on a Haifa apartment building, killing three people and wounding many more.

Amid the continuing, deadly rocket fire, many people are wondering why Israel -- with its air and military superiority -- cannot stop the rocket launchers.

Military experts note that the rockets are being fired from areas that are not yet under Israeli control, but some say that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is preventing the army from cleaning out the area near the Litani River, from which the rockets are being fired.

Some analysts have said that Olmert is skittish about sending too many ground troops into Lebanon, afraid that they will get mired down there as Israel did for 18 years when it maintained a buffer zone in southern Lebanon against terrorist threats.

But Professor Gerald Steinberg, director of the Conflict Management Department at Bar-Ilan, said part of the problem is the reporting on the conflict.

"Journalist reports are problematic," Steinberg said. What Israel is not doing is sending its soldiers into mine fields and tank traps that would be costly battles, he added.

The army reported that it had destroyed the rocket launcher used with such deadly effect in Haifa on Sunday -- and that the rocket had been launched from Qana.

Last week, Israel came under intense criticism for bombing a building in Qana, killing 28 people, most of them children, who had taken shelter inside. Israel said at the time it was trying to stop rocket fire from the village.

Initial reports said Israel had killed as many as 57 civilians in Qana, but various aid groups have lowered the death toll.

Tougher than expected

The war Israel is waging against Hizballah is a "new kind of war" and it is "more difficult than anybody expected, said Dan Schueftan, a national security analyst at the University of Haifa.

Hizballah is using a weapon that can be operated by practically anybody, even by remote control by cellular telephone or timer, said Schueftan. The rocket launchers are small and are located in civilian areas.

Hizballah reportedly possessed 10,000 to13,000 rockets at the beginning of the war.

The Israeli Air Force has carried out some 8,700 sorties, hitting 4,600 targets including rocket launchers and weapons storage facilities, but despite the massive firepower it has not stopped the rocket fire.

By noon on Monday some 50 rockets had landed in Israel. Since Hizballah staged a cross-border attack killing eight Israeli soldiers and abducting two others 27 days ago, at least 3,000 rockets have crashed into Israel.

Steinberg said that Hizballah possesses hundreds if not a thousand rocket launchers.

The launchers have to be destroyed "one at a time," said Steinberg. One militant with a launcher in the back of his truck can launch dozens of rockets at Israel, he added.

Iranian, Syrian backing

Another difficulty in this war is the fact that Israel is up against a guerrilla organization backed by a local power Iran, which is waging a proxy war against Israel, said Schueftan.

Even though the fighting has devastated the host country, Hizballah doesn't care, said Schueftan. Iran has given thousands of rockets to Hizballah and the Syrians and Iranians are believed to be trying to re-supply Hizballah.

Schueftan said ultimately, this is a battle against the acquisition of nuclear weapons by Iran.

He said Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah did not anticipate the harsh Israeli reaction to Hizballah's cross-border attack in July. It is better that Israel is fighting this battle now rather than in a year when Hizballah might have had an Iranian nuclear umbrella for its actions, he said.

Reporting questioned

Steinberg said that one of the reasons that Hizballah looks like it is winning is at least partly due to the way the situation is being reported.

"Most people don't know about the situation," said Steinberg, who said he has seen television reporters standing in front of one town, talking about a battle they know nothing about.

Israeli is killing or capturing Hizballah fighters at a ratio of about 10 to every one Israeli soldier killed in battle, he said. It may take a few more months, but when the fighting is over "Hizballah is not going to be on the playing field," Steinberg said.

Hizballah was a cancer that was growing for a long time, said Steinberg, and the United Nations and Europe "turned a blind eye."

Steinberg insisted that there are many things going on in the field that Israel is not revealing to the press. One example was a commando operation in a Hizballah hospital in Baalbek last week that was reported by chance by al-Jazeera. The army admitted after the report that there had been a number of commando operations going on all along, he said.

Another military expert, retired Air Force Colonel Yoash Tsiddon-Chatto, said last week that the military operation was going along according to plan.

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 Evidence Mounts that Kana "Massacre" Was a Fake

Thursday, August 3, 2006 / 9 Av 5766

The world awoke Sunday to the news that an Israeli airstrike killed 57 Lebanese civilians, leading Israel to stop airstrikes for 2 days - but evidence indicates the "massacre" may have been a fraud.

The supposed massacre caused a major turnabout in world diplomacy. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice suddenly canceled her plans to fly to Beirut, saying "my work towards a ceasefire is really here [in Jerusalem] today." The implication was clearly that the onus was now upon Israel. French President Jacques Chirac condemned Israel's "unjustified action which demonstrates more than ever the need for an immediate ceasefire," Jordan's King Abdullah called it an "ugly crime," and other world leaders echoed these sentiments.

Though Israel emphasized that Hizbullah was to blame for waging its rocket war against Israel from within a civilian population, Foreign Ministry officials repeated their "deep regret at the loss of innocent life in the campaign against Hizbullah," and were forced to promise a "thorough and comprehensive examination."

However, the incident may have been all one big fraud, staged by Arab elements for the world media in order to lead precisely to the situation described above.

The central piece of evidence leading to this conclusion is the fact, mentioned by IDF officials from the very beginning, that the building collapsed a full seven hours after the Israel Air Force bombing. Why, then, would the residents inside not have been evacuated in the meantime? As Brig.-Gen. Amir Eshel of the Israeli Air Force told reporters Sunday night, “It is difficult for me to believe that they waited eight hours to evacuate it.” Without additional evidence, Eshel merely left open the possibility that Hizbullah terrorists, or explosives they left behind, caused the explosion.

"Indeed," writes Robert Spencer for FrontPageMagazine, "it strains credulity that not only did these Lebanese civilians remain in a house that had been bombed for eight hours, but peacefully went to sleep in it after the bombing – since the victims were all apparently sleeping, despite continuing Israeli air bombardment in the area, when the building collapsed."

Gen. Eshel also said that the building was used by Hizbullah to store explosives. This was supported by a letter by Dr. Mounir Herzallah, a southern Lebanese Shiite, who wrote that Hizbullah terrorists came to his town, dug a munitions depot and then built a school and a residence directly over it.

In addition, as Reuven Koret writes for IsraelInsider, the bombing of the area occurred in three waves. The first bombs, according to CNN correspondent Brent Sadler, did not hit the building in question, but rather landed "20 or 30 meters" away. The second strike hit targets further away, and the third strike, around 7:30 in the morning, landed over 400 meters away. The first reports of a collapsed building arrived a half-hour later.

Another CNN correspondent, Ben Wedeman, noted that there was a larger crater next to the building. He observed that the roof of the building was intact and that the building appeared not to have collapsed as a result of the Israeli strike.

Thus, the building was used to store explosives, was apparently not destroyed by the bombing, and sheltered dozens of women and children throughout a night of bombing. The identity of the victims was also not clear, except that they were not the original occupants of the building; a National Public Radio correspondent reported that they had left. "The victims were non-residents who chose to shelter in the building that night," Koret writes, and who were "'too poor' to leave the town, one resident told CNN's Wedeman. Who were these people?"

Hear Koret speak about the Hizbullah manipulation on IsraelNationalRadio.com.

As an aside, the hospital in Tyre, Lebanon, and Human Rights Watch both reported today that 28 people were killed in the Kafr Kana bombing, and not twice that number, as originally reported.

Other facts brought by Koret and Spencer:

* Sometime after dawn a call went out to journalists and rescue workers to come to the scene. Though Hizbullah has been claiming that civilians could not freely flee the scene due to Israeli destruction of bridges and roads, the journalists and rescue teams from nearby Tyre had no problem getting there.

* Lebanese rescue teams did not start evacuating the building until after the camera crews came. The absence of a real rescue effort was explained by saying that equipment was lacking. There were no scenes of live or injured people being extracted.

* There was little blood, CNN's Wedeman noted, concluding that the victims appeared to have died while they were sleeping - despite the thunderous Israeli air attacks. Rescue workers equipped with cameras were removing the bodies from one opening in the collapsed structure, and journalists were not allowed near it.

* Rescue workers carrying the victims on stretchers occasionally flipped up the blankets so that cameras could show the faces and bodies of the dead. But, Koret noted, the ashen-gray faces of the victims gave cause to think that the bodies looked like they had been dead for days.

* Photos of the rescue operation transmitted all over the world are "extremely suspicious," Spencer writes, citing work by EU Referendum showing numerous anomalies in the photos. "Most notably," he writes, "the dating of the various photos suggests that the same bodies were paraded before reporters on different occasions, each time as if they had just been pulled from the rubble. [In addition], some workers are wearing different gear in different photos, yet clearly carrying the same corpse."

* The Christian Lebanese (French-language) website LIBANOSCOPIE has charged that Hizbullah staged the entire incident in order to stimulate calls for a ceasefire, thereby staving off its destruction by Israel and Lebanese plans to rid themselves of this terrorist plague.

Spencer concludes, "Americans and Westerners are not used to dealing with carefully orchestrated and large-scale deception of this kind. It is time that it be recognized as a weapon of warfare, and an extremely potent one at that."

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 Hezbollah executes Lebanese collaborators  Brazen display took place near Israeli soldiers

Posted: August 3, 2006    By Aaron Klein    2006 WorldNetDaily.com

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Hezbollah gunmen yesterday executed several south Lebanese villagers it suspected of helping the Israeli army's military campaign, according to Israeli military sources.

The executions took place near Israeli positions at Bint Jbail, about two and a half miles from the Israel-Lebanon border. The village, which houses one of the largest Hezbollah infrastructures in close range to the Jewish state, was the scene last week of fierce fighting that left eight Israeli soldiers dead.

Bint Jbail is commonly called the "capital" of south Lebanon. The town has a population of about 30,000, but most residents fled after receiving Israeli warnings of an impending battle in the area.

Israel last Tuesday surrounded Bint Jbail then took over several important Hezbollah buildings and institutions in the city. It withdrew after a Hezbollah ambush killed eight Israeli soldiers.

The Galil Report last week broke the story that during its initial incursion into Bin Jbail, the IDF received significant help from locals who did not flee ahead of the battle, according to military sources.

The sources said villagers provided the IDF with intelligence on the locations of Hezbollah members, buildings, institutions and, in one case, an underground bunker in which troops found war rooms with advanced eavesdropping and surveillance equipment reportedly made by Iran.

Today's Galil Report described Hezbollah's public execution of locals it accused of "collaborating" with Israel. The killings took place just one-fifth of a mile from Israeli troop positions.

"It was a brazen display by Hezbollah," said a military source.

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 Lebanese website blames Hizbullah for Qana deaths

 08/01/2006

Anti-Syrian elements in Lebanon openly point finger at Hizbullah as guilty of killing of dozens of civilians in order to curtail plans for disarming group. 'Hizbullah has placed rocket launcher on building's roof and brought invalid children inside in bid to provoke Israeli response,' they write
Roee Nahmias

Is Hizbullah behind the tragic incident in the village of Qana that claimed the lives of some 60 people? While the Israeli army continues to investigate the circumstances leading to the building's collapse, some in Lebanon do not hesitate to point the finger at the Shiite organization and claim it is to blame for the death of dozens.

The Lebanese website LIBANOSCOPIE , associated with Christian elements in the country and which openly supports the anti-Syrian movement called the "March 14 Forces," reported that Hizbullah has masterminded a plan that would result in the killing of innocents in the Qana village, in a bid to foil Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora's "Seven Points Plan", which calls for deployment of the Lebanese army in southern Lebanon and the disarming of Hizbullah.

'Disabled children placed inside building'

"We have it from a credible source that Hizbullah, alarmed by Siniora's plan, has concocted an incident that would help thwart the negotiations. Knowing full well that Israel will not hesitate to bombard civilian targets, Hizbullah gunmen placed a rocket launcher on the roof in Qana and brought disabled children inside, in a bid to provoke a response by the Israeli Air Force. In this way, they were planning to take advantage of the death of innocents and curtail the negotiation initiative," the site stated.

The site's editors also claimed that not only did Hizbullah stage the event, but that it also chose Qana for a specific reason: "They used Qana because the village had already turned into a symbol for massacring innocent civilians, and so they set up 'Qana 2'." Notably, the incident has indeed been dubbed "The second Qana massacre" by the Arab media.

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 Terrorist: Olmert's statements embolden us

August 3, 2006     By Aaron Klein     2006 WorldNetDaily.com

Israeli PM reaffirmed West Bank withdrawal amid fighting in Gaza, Lebanon

TEL AVIV – Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's announcement yesterday he will forge ahead with unilateral withdrawal from Judea and Samaria in spite of violence in Lebanon and Gaza that followed similar evacuations amounts to a "victory for "Palestinian resistance" and proof the Jewish state can be destroyed, a senior terrorist leader here told WorldNetDaily in an interview.

"[We are in] the beginning of a new era in the region [that] will break the psychological wall in the idea that Israel is invincible," said Abu Maamun, a senior leader in Jenin of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terrorist group.

The Brigades, the declared "military wing" of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party, is responsible for scores of shooting attacks, rocket launchings and, together with Islamic Jihad, every suicide bombing inside Israel the past two years.

Drawing fierce criticism from all sides of the political spectrum here yesterday, Olmert told reporters the outcome of Israel's fighting in Lebanon will create "new momentum" for Israel's plan to evacuate Judea and Samaria.

The territories, which are within Palestinian rocket range of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, are also commonly called the West Bank.

As WND reported, Olmert made the same comments last week while visiting a group of Israelis evacuated from the Gaza Strip last August.

The prime minister, whose Kadima Party was formed specifically to carry out a withdrawal from Judea and Samaria, told the Gaza evacuees he is "convinced that we made the right decision to carry out the disengagement plan [from Gaza], and it is better for Israel that you are not living in the Gaza Strip at this time."

But Brigades leader Abu Maamun said Olmert's statements are proof attacks against Israelis are working, explaining previous Israeli withdrawals directly have followed Arab violence.

"We won the war of Lebanon when (Prime Minister Ehud) Barak ran away in the night by withdrawing from Lebanon (in 2000). We won the first Intifada (launched against Israelis in 1987) when (Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak) Rabin called on (PLO Leader Yasser) Arafat to negotiate the 1993 Oslo Accords only in order to stop the Intifada.

"The Gaza withdrawal is the first result of our second Intifada (launched in 2000) and we see that Olmert still speaks of a second disengagement from the West Bank, and now Israel is under rocket attack. This is a great period and I believe a new era."

The Jewish state is fighting wars on two fronts – Gaza and Lebanon – following Israeli withdrawals.

Since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip last August, rockets have been fired almost daily into nearby Jewish communities, Hamas has been elected to power and both Israeli and Palestinian officials have stated al-Qaida has infiltrated the territory. Egypt recently announced the terrorists who carried out April's deadly triple-bomb blasts in the Sinai resort town of Dahab trained for the operation in the Gaza Strip with local Palestinians. They said Gaza-based terrorists helped finance the attack.

Israel in June mounted its ongoing ground invasion of Gaza after Hamas carried out a raid against a military installation in which Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was abducted.

Israel withdrew from Lebanon in 2000. It had occupied a small section of Lebanon's border with Israel following repeated attacks by Palestinian terrorists in the area. Since the withdrawal, Hezbollah has staged numerous attacks against Israel, including rocket bombardments of civilian population centers, raids against military outposts and ambushings and kidnappings of Israeli troops. Israel says Hezbollah built an arsenal of more than 13,000 short- and medium-range rockets capable of hitting central sections of the Jewish state.

Israel is in its 23rd day of a military campaign against Hezbollah guerillas in Lebanon following a Hezbollah raid last month in which eight Israeli soldiers were killed and two were abducted. The past three weeks, Hezbollah has fired more than 2,000 Katyusha rockets at northern Israel, placing one third of the Israeli population under the threat of rocket attack.

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 Nazis at work today in Mideast?  Book reveals Hitler’s connection to radical Islamists

March 31, 2006    © 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

Are radical Muslims in power today following a playbook of anti-Jewish hatred carefully crafted during Adolf Hitler's reign of terror in Germany?

That’s the shocking conclusion of a book by columnist-author Chuck Morse, "The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorism: Adolf Hitler and Haj Amin al-Husseini."

The direct ties between Hitler and Haj Amin al-Husseini, the grand mufti of Jerusalem and the man Yasser Arafat referred to as "uncle," are laid bare – along with the Nazi connection to Islamic terrorism and contemporary figures, including Saddam Hussein.

The book describes a leadership path from the original Muslim Brotherhoods to today's leadership in Egypt, Syria and the Palestinian Authority. It includes never-before-published photographs of al-Husseini and Hitler, his Nazi-Arabic troops, and, at his funeral, the late Arafat.

One of the techniques al-Husseini utilized was the "orchestrated" riot employed recently in the Muhammad cartoon flap.

It's one of those stories almost too fantastic to believe.

But it is true and well-documented nonetheless.

Today's most dangerous, fanatical, genocidal and anti-Jewish Muslim leaders were inspired – and sometimes even lifted to power and prominence – by the Nazi Party of Hitler's Germany. The proof is in this book.

It is probably the best biography of al-Husseini ever written. In many ways, writes Morse, his villainy was as notorious as Hitler's.

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 Hizballah: Iran's Tool

July 14, 2006    By Patrick Goodenough    CNSNews.com International Editor

(CNSNews.com) - The Iranian-created and funded organization at the center of the unfolding conflict between Israel and Lebanon is considered one of the most dangerous terrorist organizations in the world, responsible for the deaths of more Americans than any other group apart from al-Qaeda.

Since its establishment in the early 1980s, the Hizballah has carried out a proxy war on behalf of Iran and Syria against Israel, focusing on South Lebanon but also targeting Israeli and Jewish institutions in Europe, Latin America and Asia.

The Shi'ite group's involvement in terror attacks against Americans has been deadly too. The group brought the Islamist strategy of suicide bombing to the world's attention in 1983, when it killed more than 350 people, including 241 U.S. servicemen and 58 French troops, in a series of attacks in Beirut.

It has also long been associated with kidnapping of Western hostages in Lebanon, including a U.S. Marine Corps colonel and a CIA station chief, both subsequently killed by their captors. Five Israeli soldiers who were captured or disappeared in or near Lebanon between 1982 and 1997 remain missing in action, with suspected involvement of Hizballah or allied groups.

Hizballah was also responsible for another hostage situation targeting Americans - the June 1985 hijacking of a TWA airliner during an Athens-Rome flight. The terrorists diverted the plane to Lebanon with its 153 passengers and crew, and murdered U.S. Navy diver Robert Stethem, dumping his body onto the Beirut runway.

Hizballah claims as its greatest success forcing Israel's decision in 2000 to withdraw its troops from a narrow buffer zone it had maintained in southern Lebanon for 18 years.

Since the Israeli departure, the group has focused more attention on political activities while continuing attacks against Israel and refusing to disarm, despite a U.N. Security Council resolution requirement that it do. The Lebanese government has been powerless or unwilling to enforce the resolution.

In elections last year Hizballah won 14 seats in Lebanon's 128-member parliament. Along with its Shi'ite ally Amal, which won 15 seats, it's regarded by many Lebanese as the legitimate representative of the country's largest religious community.

The U.S. declared Hizballah a terrorist group long before 9/11, while Canada did in 2002 and Britain and Australia have both banned the Hizballah "External Security Organization."

As in the case with Hamas in Gaza, Hizballah and its backers have been fighting a propaganda campaign aimed at drawing a distinction between its military and political "wings."

The drive has been particularly successful in Europe, where many countries have refused to place Hizballah in its entirety on an E.U. terror list, arguing that the organization conducts political and social welfare activities too.

The Netherlands government was a notable exception, saying in a 2004 intelligence assessment that its investigation found the group's political and terrorist functions to be controlled by a single co-ordinating council.

"The Netherlands has changed its policy and no longer makes a distinction between the political and terrorist Hizballah branches," it said.

Other attacks researchers have attributed to Hizballah include a series of bombings in Paris in 1986, which killed 13; an unsuccessful attempt to carry out attacks in Cyprus in 1988; a plot, foiled by Spanish police, to carry out attacks against Jewish targets in Europe in 1989; an unsuccessful attempt to detonate a car bomb outside a Jewish community building in Romania in 1992; the bombing of a small passenger plane carrying 18 passengers in Panama in 1994; and a planned 1996 attack, also foiled by police, on an Israeli institution in Paris.

Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage in 2002 called Hizballah a member of the international terrorist "A-team."

Terror alliance

One of the FBI's most wanted men is Imad Fayez Mugniyah, the head of Hizballah's security apparatus since its inception.

He has been linked to the 1983 Beirut bombings, the kidnapping and torture of hostages, the death of Stethem in the TWA hijacking, the bombings of the Israeli Embassy and a Jewish community center in Argentina in the early 1990s, at the cost of 114 lives, and the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 U.S. servicemen.

A number of reports over the years have dealt with Mugniyah's intimate links with Iran, and especially with its Revolutionary Guard, whose former senior members - including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - now dominate Iran's government.

Last January, American Enterprise Institute scholar Michael Ledeen reported that Mugniyah was believed to be among Hizballah figures present at a meeting in Damascus with Ahmadinejad and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Western security specialists regarded that meeting as a reaffirmation of a longstanding Iran-Syria-Hizballah terrorist alliance.

The Israeli government said Thursday the fingerprints of Iran and Syria were all over this week's events in Lebanon and northern Israel, triggered when Hizballah crossed into Israeli territory, killed eight Israeli soldiers and abducted two others.

Iran and Syria are also backers of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, whose kidnapping of an Israeli soldier last month sparked the continuing crisis in Gaza.

A number of political analysts have attributed the widening conflict to Iran's concerns about the growing international pressure on its nuclear programs.

Ledeen does not believe Iran is driven by worry over a nuclear showdown, however.

"A U.N. debate serves Iran's interest," he wrote in the National Review Online Thursday.

"It deflects attention from our growing awareness of Iran's centrality in Iraq, and the urgency of going after the regimes in Tehran and Damascus. That is where Iran's doom lies, not in the endless charade about the nukes."

Ledeen argued that Iran was the "common prime mover" behind the war now running from Gaza to Israel, through Lebanon and to Iraq via Syria.

"Iran has been at war with us all along, because that's what the world's leading terror state does. The scariest thing about this moment is that the Iranians have convinced themselves that they are winning, and we are powerless to reverse the tide."

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 Islamic Group Blasts Israel's 'Attacks on Civilians'

July 14, 2006    By Susan Jones    CNSNews.com Senior Editor

(CNSNews.com) - A U.S.-based Islamic civil rights group is urging American Muslims and "other people of conscience" to urge their elected representatives to condemn the Israeli attacks on "civilians in Gaza and Lebanon."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations says American Muslims should tell Congress and President Bush that Israel's attacks "only serve to strengthen extremism in the region and that the United States must adopt a more balanced Middle East policy."

Who's attacking civilians?

Israeli officials have said they are attacking terrorists who hide in and among civilian populations. Israel's target is the terrorists who kill civilians, Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Dan Gillerman said in a CNN interview on Friday.

"For them, every dead [Israeli] civilian, every dead child, is a cause for celebration. For us, every dead civilian is a tragedy. That's the difference between us and them," Gillerman said.

In both the Gaza Strip and Lebanon, Israel has dropped leaflets warning civilians to stay away from places where terrorists gather and launch their attacks.

Disporportionate response?

CAIR, in a press release issued on Thursday, noted that the United Nations, the European Union, France Greece and other nations have described Israel's attack as "disproportionate," "excessive" and "pointless."

"Dozens of Lebanese civilians, sometimes whole families, have been killed in the most recent Israeli attacks," CAIR said.

But former Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu rejected suggestions that Israel's response to rocket fire and other provocations is disproportionate.

In an interview with Fox & Friends on Friday, Netanyahu used the example of terrorist groups in Mexico or Canada firing rockets onto American soil at American civilians. "You think you wouldn't respond with great force?" he asked.

The U.N. Security Council is expected to hold an emergency meeting on Friday morning to consider Lebanon's request for a resolution calling for a ceasefire.

But Netanyahu said it would be a mistake for the international community to intervene until Israel accomplishes its goal of destroying the terrorists' main military capability - their rocket inventory.

"Hizballah has to be dismantled as a military force capable of rocketing Israel and tormenting its citizens with terror attacks," Netanyahu said.

It's not only important for Israel - it's also key to ending Hizballah's "terror reign" inside Lebanon, something that would give Lebanon a real chance for sovereignty, he added. While Hizballah terrorists are Lebanese, they are controlled by Syria and Iran, both foreign powers, Netanyahu noted.

"It would be a tragedy if the international community placed pressure on Israel before the goal of neutralizing Hizballah is achieved," Netanyahu said.

Who are the terrorists?

For its part, CAIR views Israelis as the terrorists.

"Israel is killing civilians and inflicting massive humanitarian suffering on both the Palestinian and Lebanese populations in order to achieve a political goal, which clearly fits the definition of state terrorism," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.

CAIR says Israeli attacks on the infrastructure in Gaza have produced a humanitarian crisis of massive proportions.

"Electricity is out 12-18 hours a day in Gaza following an Israeli attack on the area's only power plant two weeks ago," CAIR said. "Gaza hospitals are only taking emergency cases. Many people are selling everything they own just to buy scarce food supplies."

Israel has said its attacks on Palestinian infrastructure are intended to isolate the terror groups and disrupt their manpower and re-supply routes; and to prevent them from moving abducted Israeli soldiers to Iran, for example.

Netanyahu on Friday noted that when Israel withdrew from Lebanon in 2000, it did so with "the explicit promise from the international community -- cemented by UN Resolution 1559 - that as we left, the Lebanese government would fan to the south of the country, disband Hizballah and police the area.

"We did our part -- they didn't do their part. And now... we're being attacked by Hamas and Hizballah. And of course this is unconscionable."

CAIR's Awad said more Americans are realizing that Israel is a strategic liability, not an asset to the United States.

But many American lawmakers -- including House Democratic leaders -- have issued statements condemning both the rocket fire on Israel and the seizure of Israeli soldiers by Hamas and Hizballah.

"Those who finance, direct, or otherwise support acts like these need to understand that they have produced an extremely dangerous situation and that they are responsible for the consequences," House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer said in a statement issued earlier this week.

"Israel has an inherent right to defend itself, and the United States supports our ally," Pelosi and Hoyer said.

President Bush, while expressing concern for Lebanon's fragile democracy on Thursday, also repeated the administration's contention that Israel has a right to defend itself.

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Islamists Defeated in Somali, but Regional Concerns Remain

By Stephen Mbogo    CNSNews.com Correspondent

December 29, 2006

Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The fall of Somalia's Islamists drew mixed reactions in Kenya, a country that is home to a large Somali community and which hosted a peace process that led to the formation of an interim administration.

The administration, known as the transitional federal government (TFG), has been unable to locate in Mogadishu before now, but the withdrawal of Islamists from the capital under fire from Ethiopian forces means it may now finally be able to do so.

A government spokesman was quoted Thursday as saying that Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Gedi and the TFG would now move from its temporary base in the town of Baidoa to Mogadishu.

The Islamists' six-month rule was brought to an end when neighboring Ethiopia, claiming threats to its own national security and with tacit U.S. support, sent in troops to support the embattled TFG and rout the Islamists.

Another neighbor of Somalia, Kenya, has watched the unfolding events with concern, and for many Kenyans, anxieties remain.

Some Kenyans interviewed here said the Islamist retreat under fire could lead to a period of guerrilla war and to suicide attacks in cities like Nairobi, which hosts major regional and international institutions.

Others fear that such attacks would be directed against Christians in the region.

Islamic leader Muhammad Dor, secretary general of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya, has painted the defeat of Islamists as a conspiracy by Christians against Muslims. Ethiopia is considered a "Christian" country, although Muslims comprise almost half of the population.

Dor said Kenyan Muslims were ready to protect their brothers in Somalia, but he did not elaborate. The Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims also condemned the military incursion by Ethiopia.

In Nairobi's Eastleigh Estate, which hosts about a half a million Somalis, the mood was gloomy after the retreat by Islamists.

Mohammed Mohammad, a businessman, said that while Somalis celebrated the return of the TFG, the intervention by Ethiopia had watered down the celebrations.

"Ethiopia is our great enemy. We cannot have it control the government of Somalia," said Mohammad.

Somalia has had uneasy relations with its expansive western neighbor since the early 1960s, and territorial disputes escalated into a full-scale war in 1976-78.

Since the Islamists took control of Mogadishu and other parts of southern Somalia last June, they have mounted a public incitement campaign against Ethiopia and declared a jihad against Addis Ababa last month.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said his troops' entry into Somalia and victory over the Islamists had been motivated by the need to protect the TFG and to safeguard Ethiopians from terrorist attacks at home.

Kenyan lawmaker Paul Muite said driving out the Islamists may complicate efforts to bring stability to Somalia. Engaging them instead, he said, would make it less likely that they resort to guerrilla war.

"The region either engages the Islamists or risks another Iraq [in the Horn of Africa]," said Muite.

He also worried that Somalia could be turned into a battleground between rivals Ethiopia and Eritrea. According to a recent United Nations report on arms embargo violations in Somalia, Eritrea was among a number of outside countries that have been supporting the Islamists.

Worries about the future

For many of the Kenyans Cybercast News Service spoke to, concerns about the future of Somalia centered on the possibility that there could be more terrorist attacks in Kenya. Previous attacks and foreign governments' advisories against travel to the country dealt a severe blow to Kenya's crucial tourism sector.

The sector has recovered well, but Kenyans worry about the future.

"It would be unthinkable if such attacks were to target public areas like here in Nairobi," said Joyce Wambui, a high school teacher. "It would instill so much fear."

Adan Mohamed, a media commentator on regional Islamic issues, said extremists would likely try to attack the most vulnerable targets -- civilians -- in countries known or suspected to have opposed the Islamists.

Uganda, for example, has offered arms and security personnel to the transitional government, he noted.

Somalia has been wracked by anarchy and without a central government since 1991, when former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was forced from power.

The TFG was formed in Nairobi after two years of negotiations between different clans and relocated to Baidoa last February. Its hopes to move to Mogadishu were dashed four months later, when the Islamists swept into the capital, defeating a coalition of warlords and businessmen, then controlling the city.

Some of those warlords are members of the TFG, and it remains to be seen how Somalis respond to the government's appearance in Mogadishu.