- PressTV (Iran): "Hezbollah senses intl. conspiracy"
- "... what any mujahedeen woman wants"
- They couldn't possibly have been inspired by the nazis
- Musical monday #149
- Confidence in obama
Posted: 12 Jul 2010 06:13 PM PDT
UNIFIL? They couldn't conspire their way out of a brown paper bag . . .
Hezbollah says the recent provocations by Israel and UNIFIL forces in southern Lebanon are part of an "international move" against the resistance movement.Meanwhile, at Fars News, a scary headline proclaims "West Fears Global Spread of Hijab":
"This has made the West so furious that it does not allow women in the western societies to appear with Hijab in the open, fearing that it may endanger its interests," Hosseini reiterated.Funny, Jewish women's headscarves never inspire bans. In other hijab news . . .
Iranian Fatemeh Jafari won ethical cup of the International Optimist Dinghy Association Asian Championship in Pattaya, Thailand.Nice to hear.
Crossposted on Judeopundit
Posted: 12 Jul 2010 04:14 AM PDT
Today's Week in Review features and aritcle, Wanted: Jihadists to Marry Widows:
A snippet of news from a shadowy corner of Iraq: Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia recently issued a fatwa telling its fighters to marry the widows of those who have fallen.
For one clue, they might look at the fact that this is something that's been practiced by Hamas in the past.
One aspect of this phenomenon that's featured in the article, is the perception of honor in these marriages:
Another fighter, Abu Muhammad al-Zaidi, said there might be as many as 315 such widows in Baquba, Diyala's capital. Mr. Zaidi (also a nom de guerre) said he had three wives, including a Qaeda widow he married before the fatwa. He plans on marrying another soon, he said.
But maybe there's less selflessness than is being considered. Maybe the Al Qaeda's recruiting is falling on hard times. Daniel Pipes has observed:
Convincing healthy individuals to blow themselves up is obviously not easy, but requires ideas and institutions.
Ideas, institutions ... and incentives - like 72 virgins. Perhaps after years of sending young men off to die violently (and maybe take some infidels with them) with the promise of paradise in the next world, too many potential recruits are probably wondering if the promise of bliss in the afterlife is worth the cost of passing it up in this world. (Clearly this doesn't apply to all the mujahedeen, such as the fellow who already has three wives, but to those who, in the past, were "married" to the cause.)
Crossposted on Yourish.
Posted: 12 Jul 2010 04:13 AM PDT
What You Can't Say About Islamism by Paul Berman
In our present Age of the Zipped Lip, you are supposed to avoid making any of the following inconvenient observations about the history and doctrines of the Islamist movement:
Crossposted on Yourish.
Posted: 12 Jul 2010 04:01 AM PDT
Every week Elie and I alternate hosting Musical Monday.
Here are the answers (botched numbering and all) for Musical Monday #147 which Yitz correctly identified as being Shakespearean. I figured that someone would solve due to the Romeo and Juliet songs, but Yitz solved it from "Cruel to be Kind." The research and observations below are from Clayton. We got the idea for this after discussing "Let's kill all the lawyers" in the legal Musical Monday a few weeks ago.
Romeo and Juliet
5)"Bring me southern kisses from your room"
All Henrys (all parts)
19) "But the big, bad world doesn't owe you a thing"
Merchant of Venice
Merry Wives of Windsor
As you like it
Some useful websites:
This has been pretty educational. I didn't realize so many common phrases originally came from Shakespeare. ("Knock knock, who's there?" comes from Macbeth, believe it or not.)
Posted: 12 Jul 2010 03:26 AM PDT
A former fighter in Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) turned US spy offered a rare glance into one of the most complex countries in the Middle East.
(Previously Reza Khalili spoke here.)
And what can Israel hope for? The Hill reports, Netanyahu: Obama 'might have the only real effect on Iran' (via memeorandum):
"The president's position that all options are on the table might have the only real effect on Iran -- if they think it's true," Netanyahu said.
In other Netanyahu believes (or is at least expressing publicly) that he expects President Obama to his utmost to take a strong stand against Iran. About this Barry Rubin recently wrote:
Another thing Netanyahu wants is for Obama to escalate pressure on Iran regarding that country's nuclear weapons' drive. The new sanctions, thanks to Congress, are going to hurt Iran and undermine support for the regime there. Not enough, of course, to stop the program. Still, when Iran does get nuclear weapons, Israel will need the United States to take a strong stand in containing Tehran.
Of course that's not something Netanyahu's going to say publicly.
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