Friday, October 24, 2014

Give Us a Freaking Break, Bruce!

In the wake of Wednesday's events in Ottawa, Glib & Mewl scribbler Bruce Anderson detects steel in wee Justin's spine when it's obvious there's none to be found:
Justin Trudeau has faced considerable criticism that his position on the Islamic State is riskily pacifistic. He could have used the moment to reset and tack a line closer to that of the government when it comes to combatting any possible terror risk. In choosing not to do that, he showed mettle, a commitment to his world view, whether you agree with it or not.
You mean to say that in the face of a jihadi attacking Parliament Hill and the murder of two Canadian soldiers in the space of three days Justin chose to stick to his jihad-denial default setting?


Bruce calls that's "mettle."

I call it mental.

The Most Mealy-Mouthed Euphemism Since "Workplace Violence"

And the winner is...:
Much has been made about the unimaginably incompetent and incoherent management of Foggy Bottom’s communications under spokeswomen Marie Harf and Jen Psaki. But it’s too easy–and not totally accurate–to dismiss Harf and Psaki as misplaced campaign attack hacks. They are out of place at State, but they are there for a reason. And the culture of the diplomatic corps more broadly also resembles the same spiteful ignorance routinely displayed by the president and his secretary of state. The latest example is the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem’s memo to employees referring to Wednesday’s terror attack, in which a Palestinian murdered a Jewish baby, as a “traffic incident.”

It's the "Khilafa," Stupid

This image was posted on Martin Rouleau's Facebook page:

Time to Put On Your Somber Face and Revive Your "Bring Back Our Girls" Hashtag

Boko Haram kidnaps another 25 Nigerian girls

I Believe the Latter. Barack Obama and His Ilk Believe the Former

I have taken it upon myself to answer Brian Lilley's second question:
A group called Islamic State says kill infidels in the name of Islam, to please Allah. Another group says there is no connection between Islam and terror and this week we have two Canadian soldiers dead at the hands of people who carried out their attacks in the name of Allah. 
So what to believe? Do you believe the people, including some of our politicians, who say there is no connection between these crimes, this violence and Islam, or do you believe the guys who run over soldiers or shoot them down and say they did it for their religion? 
It's the difference between describing jihad as jihad and calling it "workplace place violence" or some other mealy-mouthed euphemism.

Anti-Israel Mob Harasses Israeli Food Vendors at Paris Trade Fair

Zionhass in not-so-gay Paree.

"Slut" or "Patriot"?

An Czech woman has been posthumously honoured for gaining revenge on Nazis by sleeping with soldiers to infect them with sexually transmitted diseases.
After a campaign by retired lawyer Karel Friml, who lives in the woman's former home, she has been commemorated with honorary plaque which was placed on the outside of her house. 
The memorial is dedicated to a "Trebon girl who had a special form of resistance against the German occupiers, and paid with her life." 
Nazi soldiers raped the unnamed nurse after invading the central Czech town of Trebon in 1938, infecting her with an STI, but she retaliated after being ordered to care for injured German soldiers. 
The Gestapo eventually found out what the woman was doing and executed her, but not before the town, which initially branded her a "whore", had acknowledged her bravery.
Mr Friml, 79, called her "a hero", saying that he was "really sorry that she died anonymously". 
He went on to say: "This was her resistance and vengeance for the rape of her country and her personal rape. She had many German lovers, maybe six, maybe ten, maybe more. People say that all disappeared after the affair with her." 
However, Trebon Museum curator and author Jirina Psikova said that opinion was still divided among townspeople. She said: "Some say she was a slut… others say she was a real patriot."


That's the mot juste Robert Spencer employs to describe the police practice of sucking up to local Muslims whenever there's an incident of jihad:
Speaking of mental illness, in the wake of the Ottawa shootings, the police chiefs of Toronto and Ottawa wrote to local Muslim leaders, assuring them of their good will and urging Muslims to contact them in case of a “backlash.” These politically correct police chiefs seem to have imbibed the lesson well: after every jihad attack, Muslims are the victims, and need special reassurances. Of course, there should be no “backlash” against any innocent people and almost certainly won’t be, but this endless pandering is grotesque. Who is reassuring non-Muslims about keeping them safe from jihad attacks? Who is calling upon Muslim leaders in Canada or anywhere else to back up their condemnations of jihad terror with real action against it, including programs to teach young Muslims to reject that understanding of Islam?
You can hardly blame Muslim leaders for their backlashophobia when the cops suffer from an even worse case of the baseless fear.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

You Knew It Was Coming

Canadian Muslim groups fear a backlash in the wake of the Ottawa terror attack.

Hmmm. An unfounded fear that rarely if ever materializes. Dare one call it "backlashophobia"?

McGill U Poli-Sci Prof Sees "Multiculturalism" as Salvation for "Radicalization"

McGill prof Rex Brynen says "Jihadism is a high-profile brand" that appeals "to certain people who are angry with the world." And he thinks he knows the best way to fight it:
Brynen said intercultural dialogue is key to fighting radicalization because groups that feel included and valued are more likely to report deviant behaviour to the authorities. 
“Multiculturalism has been very, very helpful in reducing the risk of terrorism,” he said.
Thing is, it has also helped stoke it by engendering ghettoized communities from problematic places (like, say, Pakistan and Iran). Not that the professor seems terribly worried about any of that:
He added that while radicalization is cause for concern, the issue should not be overblown, noting that the risks of being run over for jaywalking or being hit by lightening are far greater than the likelihood of being a victim of homegrown terrorism.
True enough, but as yesterday's events in Ottawa show, one lone jihadi can tie up and terrorize an entire city--one that, by, no co-incidence, happens to be Canada's capital. But for the lightening-quick reflexes and judgment of Kevin Vickers, Parliament's Sergeant-at-Arms, the "issue" would have been far from overblown. It would have quickly escalated into a bloodbath on an epic scale.

Update: Bryden may have an excuse for downplaying the threat of "radicalization"--he made the above statements before yesterday's events in Ottawa had taken place. The same can't be said for the NatPo's Jonathan Kay, who "tweeted" this post-attack:
Please get a grip, folks. This is not "war." It's one Islamist-inspired lunatic killing one guy and then getting killed in a famous building
Only one Islamist. Whose Dad is off waging jihad in Libya. Who killed a Canadian soldier standing on guard at Canada's National War Memorial (two days after another Canadian soldier was killed and another injured by a jihadi). Who then could have unleashed a bloodbath on Canadian lawmakers in Canada's seat of government.

Yeah, that's just sooooo ho hum--so un-symbolic--that it could almost make one nod off due to a killer combo of sang-froid, boredom and terminal ennui.

Swiss Supermarket Aplogizes for "Unforgivable Blunder" of Putting Photos of Hitler and Mussolini on Coffee Cream Containers

'Twas a "mistake," a failure of quality control, claims the company, and should not be construed as, you know, an endorsement of fascist dictators:
A leading Swiss supermarket chain is apologizing for what it calls an "unforgivable blunder": distributing mini-containers of coffee cream bearing portraits of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. 
Migros, which also sells electronics and household goods, says it is immediately withdrawing boxes containing hundreds of the coffee cream containers and is breaking all ties with Karo-Versand, the small Swiss company that designed the collectible series of 55 different motifs — including likenesses of the German and Italian fascist dictators.
In a statement Wednesday, Migros described the incident as an internal failure and vowed to "tighten our controls for these products drastically" to ensure no more such mistakes. 
It says Migros subsidiary Elsa-Mifroma never should have delivered the boxes with the items to restaurants and cafes.
No kidding.

Hitler on Migros coffee cream containers?