The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing -- Edmund Burke
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
"Jihad was created by the intersection of Islam and the West and these creators were trained in the West. They are modern, urbanized and influenced more by the leftist terrorists of the 1960s and 1970s than by traditional Islam. They have developed a modern political ideology based on their version of how to reconcile "Islam" with the modern world. Third World members of Islam learnt through television and the Internet about both the freedom and the materialism of the West. Roy finds the fundamentalist inspiration to be far more mundane than spiritual: "For many of them, the return to religion has been brought about through their experience in politics, and not as a result of their religious belief." Their arch competitors are capitalism and globalization; not Christianity or Judaism."
"In a rare public release, the U.S. intelligence community's National Counterterrorism Center has assembled a new set of terrorist attack statistics that provides a more complete–and disturbing–picture of the global terrorist threat. In all, the NCTC found some 3,192 separate terrorist incidents in 2004, involving 28,433 victims (including 6,060 people who were killed)"
"Meanwhile, many Asian nations — including Taiwan, which has been shunned by the U.N. and the international donor community — have grown by leaps and bounds."
They can save the million-no tour needed-spend it on healthcare instead-it's because there is a lack of trust
Accounting for Gomery: The Money Links Between the Federal Government, Political Parties, and Private Interests-via Nealenews.com
"Executive Summary: The numbers of people and amounts of money involved in the Gomery inquiry are larger than previously known. Problems with federal government sponsorship and advertising programs can be understood using an economic theory of incentives and institutional structure.
This study finds that at least 565 organizations and individuals are identified in reports and testimony related to the Gomery inquiry. The original 2003 Auditor General sponsorship and advertising report cited only 71 organizations. The activities under investigation are therefore quite widespread"
"While the New York press has yet to pay this story adequate attention, it is being discussed by blogs such as Little Green Footballs. Others, such as Solomonia.com/blog, wrote about Dr. Dewidar's statements: "Before MEMRI - people could give these kinds of interviews abroad and no one would ever be the wiser. While still not broadcast widely, at least now, there's a chance of people wising up." On June 30, EconoPundit wrote: "MEMRI.org's most important contribution has been to make it harder for Middle East leaders to say one thing to their English-speaking audience while saying opposite and often contradictory things to their non-English-speaking constituents and allies. It now seems MEMRI's mandate has extended itself to U.S. Islamic leaders as well."
* "The FBI estimates that cybercrime cost about $400 billion in 2004.
* In an investigation, codenamed "Operation Firewall," U.S. and Canadian authorities announced the arrest of 28 people from six countries involved in a global organized cybercrime ring. They operated Websites to buy and sell credit card information and false identities. They bought and sold almost 1.7 million stolen credit card numbers. Of these stolen credit cards, financial institutions have estimated their losses to be $4.3 million.
* The use of pseudonyms or online identities provides an anonymity that is attractive to criminals. Sources estimate that perhaps only 5% of cybercriminals are ever caught or convicted."
Identifying with the Arabs, our diplomats also dread the thought of a free, democratic Kurdistan with sufficient revenue to survive without begging from Baghdad. They not only want to keep Iraq whole, they're anxious to see it remain an Arab state.
"To please the Saudis. And the Egyptians. And the Gulf Arabs. And all our other Arab "friends" who send Islamist terrorists to Iraq.
We need to return to our fundamental ideals. And to common sense. The Kurds are the most progressive group in the Middle East. They're not Islamist fanatics. They're not more Middle-Eastern fascists. They respect their political leaders. They support free media and secular education. They even believe that women have rights, too.
The Kurdish north of Iraq is the Middle East we say we want. We need to support it, not undercut its progress in a mad attempt to please delinquent Arabs.
Yes, we want good relations with Iraq's Arabs. And with Arabs across the region. But it can't be bought at the expense of the only true allies we have in the Middle East."
"If writing off bad loans and increasing foreign aid by the amount recommended by Mr. Blair would eliminate poverty in Africa, few would complain about the cost. But as Jeffrey Sparshott reported yesterday in The Washington Times, 38 of the world's poorest nations, mostly in Africa, received $40 billion in debt relief between 1989 and 2002, while piling up $93 billion in new loans. Today, their cumulative debt burden totals $144 billion. Moreover, William Easterly, a development economist who spent years at the World Bank, has tallied nearly $600 billion (measured in today's dollars) in foreign aid that was dispensed to Africa between 1960 and 2003. Then there is the matter of corruption, perhaps best exemplified by oil-rich, dirt-poor Nigeria. Citing figures released last month by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the London Telegraph reported that during the 45 years since Britain granted Nigeria independence in 1960, a succession of despots squandered nearly $400 billion."