Monday, July 18, 2005

Quick Shots: All Hail the Blogging Caesar!

Many thanks for including me in the Daily Blog roundup...lot's of good stuff there, so check it out...

Sy Hersh has a piece out claiming Washington either did or tried to manipulate the Iraqi election...before you get too excited, here's a flashback to his rather loose journalistic standards...

Mona Charen has had enough beating around the bush; in the Washington Times, she writes:
We have declared a war on terror, but the critics of this imprecision in language are right. Failing to name the true enemy obscures our task. The enemy is Islamism -- the radical interpretation of Islam that sanctions violent jihad, and whose grievances include, to paraphrase Christopher Hitchens, the unveiled female face, the existence of Jews, Hindus, music, literature, democracy and nearly everything we hold dear.

Until we clarify the enemy, we fumble about in the dark in fighting this war. Europeans have long tolerated the presence of radical mosques in their midst. As Louis Caprioli, former head of the DST, France's equivalent of the FBI, told the Weekly Standard, "Behind every Muslim terrorist is a radical imam." Geert Wilders, a Dutch politician who has risen to prominence since the murder of Theo van Gogh in 2004, declares, "For too long we've been tolerant of the intolerant."

As are we in the United States. Saudi money infiltrates many mosques in America. With Saudi money come Wahhabi imams, textbooks and agitators. Saudi-financed and -controlled organizations have trained Muslim chaplains for the U.S. armed services. And radical Islamists are making inroads in Muslim student organizations on American campuses.

Remarkably, in the one area where officials exercise total control, prisons, the Islamists have found their most fertile soil. This is true in Spain, where the terrorists who bombed Madrid on March 11, 2004, met in prison, and in America where Jose Padilla, who allegedly participated in a plot to explode a dirty bomb in a U.S. city, was converted to Islam in prison.
Read it all...

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