Tuesday, May 3, 2005

From the Depths of Hell

These are the sort of people with whom moral nullities such as Mike Whitney have cast their lot in Iraq. The following is a MEMRI transcript of an interrogation of a captured Iraqi terrorist:

Interviewer: Your name?
'Adnan Elias: 'Adnan Muhammad Elias.

Interviewer: Date of birth?
'Adnan Elias: 1984.

Interviewer: What education do you have?
'Adnan Elias: I got to 4th grade, but I don't know how to read or write.

Interviewer: What do you do for a living?
'Adnan Elias: I clean for the municipality.

Interviewer: To what group do you belong?
'Adnan Elias: The Ansar Al-Sunna, sir...We tied (the policeman) up and blindfolded him, and then threw him into the trunk. Then we went to the house of the Emir. We untied his hands and eyes, and then punished him.

Interviewer: How did you punish him?
'Adnan Elias: We whipped him.

Interviewer: You whipped him?
'Adnan Elias: Yes, Muhsin did.

Interviewer: And you?
'Adnan Elias: I didn't whip him. I just stood there holding the gun.

Interviewer: Go on.
'Adnan Elias: They told us to take him to the house of Habib 'Izzat Hamu. We took him out there. We said to him: "Why did you do this and that... Why are you after us?" He answered: "It's out of our hands. We get orders." Then we were told to bring a knife.

Interviewer: You slaughtered him?
'Adnan Elias: Yes, sir. Habib 'Izzat Hamu got the knife. He slaughtered him, and when he was dead, he opened his shirt buttons and cut open his stomach.

Interviewer: Who opened him up?
'Adnan Elias: Muhsin, sir.

Interviewer: When a doctor performs an operation he wears a surgeon's mask over his nose and mouth.
'Adnan Elias: No sir, he didn't wear one.

Interviewer: He didn't wear one?
'Adnan Elias: No sir, he didn't wear one. He cut open his stomach and took stuff out.

Interviewer: What did he take out?
'Adnan Elias: I don't know, his guts.

Interviewer: Weren't you nauseous? Didn't you vomit?
'Adnan Elias: You mean Muhsin?

Interviewer: No, you.
'Adnan Elias: I was standing a little bit aside.

Interviewer: And he didn't vomit or get nauseous?
'Adnan Elias: No, sir.

Interviewer: What is he, Dracula?
'Adnan Elias: Huh?

Interviewer: Go on.
'Adnan Elias: Yes, sir. He opened him up, took stuff out, and put TNT and explosives inside. Then he sewed up his stomach with thick thread.

Interviewer: With thread?

'Adnan Elias: Yes. And a needle. He put the buttons back in place...

Interviewer: He buttoned him up.
'Adnan Elias: Yes, he buttoned him up. We were told to take him in the car near the square in Tel A'far. We threw him there and placed his head back on his shoulders.

Interviewer: My God!
'Adnan Elias: 15 to 30 minutes later they told his family to come and get their son. His father came with two policemen. They picked up the body and made no more than two steps - we were standing far away - Ahmad Sinjar pressed the button.

Interviewer: By remote control.
'Adnan Elias: The body exploded on them, and they died.

Interviewer: So his father and the two policemen died.
'Adnan Elias: Yes sir, and we took off.

These are the people that Mike Whitney is championing as the true representatives of the Iraqi people. These are the people he wishes would kill enough Americans to force us to leave Iraq. These are the heroes, in Mr. Whitney's eyes, of the Iraqi people.

These insurgents are not heroes. They are depraved savages and those among us who cheer them on share in their depravity.

There is a putrefying disease afflicting the soul, what remains of it, of the American Left. Mr. Whitney is but one instance of an advanced case of the sickness.

For more see Bill Roggio's commentary at the Fourth Rail. Roggio links to this report on Arthur Chrenkoff's site:

"Authorities have found the bodies of three Afghan women, one of whom worked for an aid group, who were raped, strangled and dumped with a warning for women not to work for such groups...

" 'This is retribution for those women who are working in NGOs and those who are involved in whoredom'... The note was found attached to the chest of one of the dead women...

"The bodies were dumped near a road outside Pul-i-Khumri city, the provincial capital of Baghlan...

"One of the three was a 25 year-old woman who until recently worked for a Bangladeshi non-governmental organisation (NGO) involved in providing micro credit, mostly to widows.

"A group calling itself 'Afghan Youths Convention' claimed responsibility for the killing, according to a caller who telephoned a Reuters reporter in northern Afghanistan.

"The caller did not say if the previously unheard of group had any connection with any faction or radical Islamic movements such as the ousted Taliban.

"A doctor in the city said forensic tests showed the three were raped and then strangled with a rope."

No doubt Mr. Whitney approves.

Newspapers in Decline

Newspaper circulation is dropping, in some cases precipitously. Circulation figures for the last six months at the nation's top twenty newspapers can be found here along with the percentage they have grown or declined.

Reasons for the overall decline are no doubt numerous and varied, but surely two of them are the rise of alternative media and the growing feeling among readership that many papers can't be trusted to fairly report and comment upon the news.

There's an irony in this. For years liberal newsrooms have railed against corporate America and have championed diversity in whatever way it manifests itself. Now their own corporate profits appear to be tanking, and they're being undone, in part at least, by the increasing diversity of news sources available to consumers.

I wonder if they're savoring this irony at the L.A. Times.

Axis of Tortured Logic

Little Green Footballs tips us to this exemplary illustration of what passes for moral discourse on the political left. Herewith some excerpts from a disturbing piece by Mike Whitney at Axis of Logic:

The greatest moral quandary of our day is whether we, as Americans, support the Iraqi insurgency. It's an issue that has caused anti-war Leftists the same pangs of conscience that many felt 30 years ago in their opposition to the Vietnam War. The specter of disloyalty weighs heavily on all of us, even those who've never been inclined to wave flags or champion the notion of American "Exceptionalism".

For myself, I can say without hesitation that I support the insurgency, and would do so even if my only 21 year old son was serving in Iraq. There's simply no other morally acceptable option.

At the same time we have to recognize that the disparate elements of Iraqi resistance, belittled in the media as the "insurgency", are the legitimate expression of Iraqi self-determination.

The only hope for an acceptable solution to the suffering of the Iraqi people is a US defeat and the subsequent withdrawal of troops. Regrettably, we're nowhere near that period yet.

Ultimately, the Bush administration bears the responsibility for the death of every American killed in Iraq just as if they had lined them up against a wall and shot them one by one. Their blood is on the administration's hands, not those of the Iraqi insurgency.

We should also ask ourselves what the long-range implications of an American victory in Iraq would be. Those who argue that we cannot leave Iraq in a state of chaos don't realize that stabilizing the situation on the ground is tantamount to an American victory and a vindication for the policies of aggression. This would be a bigger disaster than the invasion itself.

The Bush administration is fully prepared to carry on its campaign of global domination by force unless an unmovable object like the Iraqi insurgency blocks its way. Many suspect, that if it wasn't for the resistance, the US would be in Tehran and Damascus right now. This, I think, is a rational assumption. For this reason alone, antiwar advocates should carefully consider the implications of "so-called" humanitarian objectives designed to pacify the population.

Therefore we look for an American defeat in Iraq.

Whitney hopes that enough Americans die in Iraq that we pull out, even should his own son be among the fallen. This is the talk of a man who can barely control his hatred. The prospect of American deaths, even of his own son, is more attractive to him than the prospect of peace, if that peace means an American success. I wonder what he'd say if it was his son's head being held aloft by Abu al Zarqawi on a video of his son's execution: "Sorry, son, but you have to understand its better that you have your head cut off than that America succeed in freeing the Iraqis from oppression and tyranny."

The fact that Whitney thinks the insurgency, which is comprised largely of non-Iraqis, which kills Iraqis indiscriminately, and whose support among the people is falling asymptotically close to zero, are the true representatives of the people, makes him either demented, ignorant, or stupid, or all three.

We suspect Father's Day will be a rather subdued event in the Whitney household this June.

Spoofing the Bigots

Stanley Kurtz has a fine spoof of the anti-Christian paranoiacs at Harper's whom he wrote about last week (see here):

What is the real agenda of the religious far Right? I'll tell you what it is. These nuts want to take over the federal government and suppress other religions through genocide and mass murder, rather than through proselytizing. They want to reestablish slavery. They want to reduce women to near-slavery by making them property, first of their fathers, and then of their husbands. They want to execute anyone found guilty of pre-martial, extramaritial, or homosexual sex. They want to bring back the death penalty for witchcraft.

But aren't extremists like this far from political power? On the contrary, the political and religious movement called "Dominionism" has gained control of the Republican party, and taken over Congress and the White House as well. Once they take over the judiciary, the conversion of America to a theocracy will be sealed. The Dominionists are very close to achieving their goal. Once they have the courts in their hands, a willing Dominionist Republican-controlled Congress can simply extend the death penalty to witchcraft, adultery, homosexuality, and heresy. The courts will uphold all this once conservatives are in control, since Scalia himself appears to be a Dominionist.

Shocking as it seems, Dominionists have gained extensive control of the Republican party, and the apparatus of government throughout the United States. Yet Dominionists continue to operate in secrecy. It is estimated that 35 million Americans who call themselves Christian adhere to Dominionism, although most of them are unaware of the true nature of their own beliefs and goals. Dominionism has met its timetable for the complete takeover of the American government.

It would be a mistake, by the way, to think of Dominionists as fundamentalist Protestants alone. Dominionism has stealthily swept over America, incorporating conservative Roman Catholics and Episcopalians within its ranks. And of course, Dominionists are allied with the neoconservative followers of the political philosopher, Leo Strauss. The quest of these neoconservatives for power and world domination is a self-conscious program of pure, unmitigated evil.

You don't believe me? Well, consider the fact that on December 24, 2001, Pat Robertson resigned his position as president of the Christian Coalition. Religious conservatives understood very well that Robertson had stepped aside to allow the new president of the United States to take his rightful place as the head of the true American Holy Christian Church. Robertson openly revealed at least a portion of his Dominionist plans on The 700 Club on May 13, 1986, when he clearly stated: "We can change the government, we can change the court systems, we can change the poverty problem, we can change education...We can make a difference."

What you've just read is a composite I've created (often word for word) by drawing on a couple of web-sites I'll link you to in a moment (See Kurtz's essay at NRO for the links). The disturbing thing is that this sort of conspiratorial nonsense is being taken seriously by real media and political players.

The notion that conservative Christians want to reinstitute slavery and rule by genocide is not just crazy, it's downright dangerous. The most disturbing part of the Harper's cover story (the one by Chris Hedges) was the attempt to link Christian conservatives with Hitler and fascism. Once we acknowledge the similarity between conservative Christians and fascists, Hedges appears to suggest, we can confront Christian evil by setting aside "the old polite rules of democracy." So wild conspiracy theories and visions of genocide are really excuses for the Left to disregard the rules of democracy and defeat conservative Christians - by any means necessary.

The left had largely managed to keep its hostility toward Christianity muted before the November election. Since then, however, things have changed dramatically. They view Bush's victory as a result of the Christian conservative vote, and they realize that a Republican dominated legislature, elected in large part by Christians, is likely to fill the courts with Christian judges. Jurists operating out of a Christian world-view and a broadly conservative ideology will stop, and perhaps even roll back, our heretofore unimpeded slide into the cultural sewer, our march toward a purely secular society, and our growing death fetish. Such restraints drive the left into a rage, and their frustration and detestation of Christian conservatives has reached the point where they're unable any longer to suppress their incandescent hatred.

Hatred ultimately consumes those who yield to it, of course, but our concern is over how much damage these people will do, how many people they will hurt, before they self-immolate.

You can read Kurtz's whole essay here. Interested readers might also check out an illuminating piece on the same topic at Captain's Quarters.