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In a stunning development that absolutely no one saw coming, radical Islamists managed to assassinate former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Despite failing at earlier attempts (including strapping a bomb to a kidnapped infant), they didn't simply give up and either aim for an easier target or try to negotiate, but they kept on trying -- and yesterday an assassin with a gun and a bomb got close enough to Mrs. Bhutto to use both.

For all the atrocities committed by Islamists around the world in recent history, it strikes me that they save their most brutal actions for their own kind. For the torrents of blood shed in the name of Allah, the largest portion carries the green tint of Islam.

Jeff Jacoby, the "house conservative" of the Boston Globe, presciently wrote last Sunday about "the Islamist war on Muslim women," and cited several recent examples of just how savage unfettered Islam can be towards its distaff adherents -- and those who fall under its sway. Now he can add Benazir Bhutto to his list.

It's often been said that Islam has "bloody borders." According to Wikipedia, there are currently 30 ongoing conflicts in the world. Of those, only a handful don't involve Muslims on one side -- and most involve Muslims fighting Muslims. "Bloody borders?" We should be so lucky. Islam itself is a giant cauldron of blood and carnage. The "bloody borders" are simply the splashings.

If it was simply a matter of Muslims butchering Muslims, I'd be sore tempted to take the isolationist. Ron Paul-esque position and say "let them kill each other, and then we'll deal with the surrvivors." But they have a casual disregard for differentiating between their enemies and the innocents.

No, that's not fair. They seem to revel in the slaughter of the non-combatants at least as much as in killing their enemies. They take the "you're either with us or against us" mentality to an ultimate extreme -- anyone not as absolutely committed to their positions is an enemy, and those who are relatively close to those positions are traitors and worse than those diametrically opposed to them.

Even the most craven among us has to admit that Islam is the "religion of peace" is the most ready of all cultures to resort to the sword. Larry O'Donnell, Democratic activist and noted nut, recently went on a spittle-laden tirade against the evils of the Mormon church -- but later admitted that he wouldn't speak out against Islam because he knows that the adherents of that faith are far more likely -- and ready -- to behead him. And he doesn't see the hypocrisy there, because to him he sees a distinction between political opportunism and actually endangering his life.

"Insulting Islam" has become the newest fashion for suicide. Do something -- anything -- anywhere -- that some might construe as an insult to Islam, and you can pretty much be guaranteed that you will be threatened. Draw a picture of Mohammed? Allow school children to name a teddy bear Mohammed? Have a design that -- if you look at it just right -- might bear a passing resemblance to the Arabic script for "Allah?" Allow rumors to spread that a Koran might have been flushed down a toilet (despite the fundamental impossibility of such a thing happening) or in other way be desecrated? There will be riots in the streets around the world, mayhem, chaos, and howling mobs proclaiming that the tenets of the Religion Of Peace demands death for those who insult Islam.

And now we have chaos and carnage in an Islamic nation that possesses nuclear weapons. Anyone who isn't terrified at that thought is an idiot -- and a dangerous one, whose folly puts us all at risk.

Islam needs -- desperately -- a Reform. Judaism had its aggressive era, but it ended once they fully conquered their Holy Land. Christianity had its time of tyranny and oppression, but it too outgrew it with the splitting off of the Protestants and the rebellions of the kings of Europe.

The reform will come -- or Islam will be destroyed. The butcher's bill has already been fearsome, and will most likely go higher -- by several orders of magnitude. The only real questions are which outcome will be chosen, and who will do the choosing -- will it be the Muslims themselves, or will the West make the choice?

Yes, there is an Islamic bomb. Pakistan has nuclear weapons. But we invented them. We've had over 60 years to improve on them -- and make even better weapons. And those who think that we are afraid to use them need to take a brief trip to Hiroshima and/or Nagasaki. Pushed hard enough, we can wreak more carnage than they can possibly fantasize about -- and with far more efficiency than they can even conceive of.

Our only restraint is our own consciences. And should it come down to a matter of survival, we can set those aside quite readily. We have shown that before, time and again.

(An incomplete version of this was posted prematurely, without its conclusion. My apologies for the confusion it may have caused.)


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Comments (21)

Kinda ended that mid though... (Below threshold)

Kinda ended that mid thought didn't ya.

Good article right up until that end... then it just kinda leaves you hangin'

Just my $0.02.

There can be no constructiv... (Below threshold)

There can be no constructive reform of Islam, because Islam embeds as core doctrinal components that its adherents are required by Allah to convert, subjugate, or kill all the peoples of the Earth. It's in the Qur'an -- and another doctrinal component of Islam is that the Qur'an is the infallible, immutable Word of God, never to be edited nor reinterpreted.

Christianity is free of such doctrinal villainy. The sins of Christians who have coerced others into bending to their religion are recognized as sins by Christianity itself, in the very words of its Founder, Jesus of Nazareth. Islam's founder took a diametrically different view. It is not clear how Islam's incitement to warfare against the non-Muslim world can be excised from it without pulling its foundation -- the inerrancy and immutability of the Qur'an, and Muhammad as the Perfect Man, worthy of emulation in all things -- out from under it.

Another (horrifying) though... (Below threshold)

Another (horrifying) thought that I found online a few months ago ... perhaps the rise of radical Islam *is* Islam's Reformation.

Muuuuuuuuch better ending.<... (Below threshold)

Muuuuuuuuch better ending.

What a difference 3 paragraphs makes, eh?

JT, Judaism and Christianit... (Below threshold)

JT, Judaism and Christianity did have their brutal periods. That was centuries ago. The reformations came from within the Temples and Churches themselves, in other words, by the people. Islam does not have any public outcry condemning the barbaric acts of muslims around the world. Not even muslims in our own country. The only outcry from muslims in this country is from FAIR when we publicly condemn the acts of Islam and they pounce to shut you up. We are in a super communication age. Islam is not getting more civilized, they are getting much more radical. More blood thirsty. More bold. Their hate is growing. In my view, the muslims in Pakistan already have the nuclear weapon. That is their ultimate goal. Israel is their target. ww

There is no such thing as "... (Below threshold)

There is no such thing as "Islamists" - there are only Muslims. The "true Muslims" are usually the most aggressive, jihadis; the peaceful Muslims are the ones that are not very religious or devout.

Separationism is a doctrine we should employ with Islam. Isolate it, do not let them immigrate into the West in large numbers, do not allow the spread of sharia law via "diversity" and multi-culturalism programs that leftists love.

Let me fix that for ya WW..... (Below threshold)

Let me fix that for ya WW...


A group dedicated to whitewashing the evils of Islam in this country and tangentially worldwide.

Religion Of Peace My Ass or ROPMA

The sooner everyone with two functional brain cells absorbs the fact that it is a religion (cult IMHO)dedicated to "Total World Domination" by any and every means available to it the better.

"...absolutely no one saw c... (Below threshold)

"...absolutely no one saw coming..."

I had her marked for dead from the time she returned to Pakistan, and for that matter was surprised it didn't happen years ago. Sad, yes. Significant, yes. Surprising? Not in the slightest.

She was dead when she turne... (Below threshold)

She was dead when she turned Rambo/Terminator and said to the terrorists 'I am your worst nightmare', or something in that line. She hurt the poor babies feelings.

"Our only restraint is our ... (Below threshold)

"Our only restraint is our own consciences."

Exactly correct. The one and only thing in the universe that prevents any people, city, country, or anything else for that matter, from being utterly destroyed by the US is the US itself.

Actually, I believe that many of our enemies understand this quite well. This is why they concentrate on splitting us by going after our weak point. Democratic members of Congress.

I'd just like to point out ... (Below threshold)

I'd just like to point out that you've decided to react to the problems of Islamic extremism in Pakistan by threatening to use the H-bomb.

Pakistani Lawyers dedication to the rule of law can be seen by them fighting the police in the streets over the illegal declaration of a state of emergency by their American backed totalitarian president. Something that we probably wouldn't expect to see in the west. Perhaps it would be wiser to back the secular Judiciary in organising free and fair elections. Rather than a dicatator who can only be over thrown by force. (This situation is exactly what led to the fall of the Shah in Iran and the rise of extremism there.)

In any case the fact that there are Muslim people in Pakistan who would fight to defend the secular constitution (which is based on English Common Law just like yours) from dictatorship means that the "ultimate solution" to the Muslim problem should be the last thing on your minds.

Yep you know who did it..af... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

Yep you know who did it..after all the facts are all there..Of course there is no way a certain dictator who may have lost power in two weeks could would have anything to do with this. Just as the failure to find binnie L in Pakistan is not his fault.
Heck, as no autopsy was performed there is no conclusive proof on who she died.(If anyone can link to autopsy and cause of death please prove me wrong.)
May I also remind folks that she was elected twice. She served as President when there were radicals.
But hey don't let any logic stand in the way of religious bigotry.

Separate from the followers... (Below threshold)

Separate from the followers of the Arabian mood-god as soon as possible. That sounds good to me. I don't give a rat's ass about Islam, Moooslims, burkhas or Ramadama-ding-dong.

Don't come to this country. Get it?

We support dictators, boo-hoo, boo-hoo. Why have we done so in the past boys and girls? Because it was either support someone like Musharraf or you let the rage-filled ragheads run these Crapistan "nations".

Islam can kiss my Yankee ass. The show-down is coming boys, pick your sides and saddle up!

Steve, kindly note that my ... (Below threshold)

Steve, kindly note that my mention of nuclear weapons was first in the context that Pakistan possesses nuclear weapons -- and the odds are pretty good that the people who want to overthrow Pakistan's current government will very much want to get their hands on them -- and, possibly, use them.

Or did you forget that Pakistan is a nuclear power?


(written while standing, fa... (Below threshold)

(written while standing, facing Mecca)

"There is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is His Prophet"
"There is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is His Prophet"
"There is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is His Prophet"

There. Now I'm a Muslim, right?

Ok, good.

"Allah is a Pagan Moon God and Mohammed is a crazy, sadistic Pedophile."

"I renounce my Islamic faith and choose to become a Christian."

(can I please have my own fatwa now???)

Some suggested before her m... (Below threshold)

Some suggested before her murder that Bhutto showed courage by not giving in to those who wanted to kill her, and that by giving into fear we only allow our enemies to win. Well, I hate to say it, but in this case Bhutto's enemies did win. Which is not to say that she wasn't courageous.

My point is that this tragedy could have and should have been avoided. Another world leader has been killed, and for what? Another seemingly great human being has been murdered by some lowlife fanatical lunatic piece of shit! The assasin and all of his buddies are nothing more then pestilent human garbage.

Forgive me, but I am extremely angry. As well as we all should be. This kind of evil must be stopped-at all cost! Thank God for George Bush, for having the courage to stand up and fight, and for not backing down to the spineless idiots in the Democratic party. I hope and pray that we will track down every last one of these bastards and annihilate them from the face of the earth!

As a Christian, I know that I shouldn't be writing these things. But dammit, I am just tired and fed up. Tired of political correctness. Fed up with Muslim extremists. I am tired of letting the assholes win! Mrs. Bhutto should have had better protection. Hopefully this will be a wakeup call. It should serve as a reminder to us that we too need protection, that we need to protect the life and liberty of this great nation. We should not forget that there are those who want to kill us also.

I didn't know much about Mrs. Bhutto before today. However, I am shocked and saddened by her death.

Forgive me for the rant.

Who said? "Blessed be the p... (Below threshold)

Who said? "Blessed be the peacemaker for thine is the kingdom of heaven."

Or did he say... "Blessed be the Military industrial complex for thine will be the oil". Eisenhower was the first to warn of the the threat of the "military industrial complex" gaining to much power, that's Eisenhower the Republican General. The Bush families history as a key part of the military industrial complex is well documented.

America has won the game for global supremacy, the Marine Core alone has more planes than entire Royal Airforce. Don't think that your under threat on a national scale becuase no head of government would even dream of it.

The extremists that worry you most (and should), come from Suadi Arabia. They are the ones who are swelling the Al Queada ranks in Iraq. They are the ones who flew the planes into the twin towers commiting an atrocity against innocent civilians. And their government is the one that is about to get 30bn dollars worth of arms from Bush.

Point is, your friends with the "bad" Muslims who send school girls back into burning schools becuase they are not properly atired. And who allow the teaching of religous hatred to flourish.

Furthermore American Foreign policy seems to be dead set on sowing "dragons teeth" in previously none fundamentalist states thus creating war where there was none.

The reason that christians haven't committed any atrocities lately is that their governments weren't considered Christian. I think you'll find that we the Christian Europeans have been hard at it throughout the 20th century from the Boer War to the second world war. We have been refining ways of killing civilians to achieve war aims and maintain crumbling empires. As well (in the case of the Germans) as enganging in straight up, honest to goodness genocide.

You too America (The American Indians, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Vietnam, CIA operations in south America particulary), so don't believe your own propaganda, we can try and put right the wrongs of our grandfathers or not. But trying to make out like your the innocent plucky victim of a heinous all powerful Muslim kaliphate, when you are the all powerful force on Earth is a bit tiresome.

Here's hoping that America can stick to what made her great, Life Liberty and the pursuit of Happiniss, and not repeat the mistakes of her European forebears. Who's moto would have been, War, Wealth, and the Pursuit of Absolute Power (mainly on the part of your betters).

That's me done, sorry to bother you, I thought that I'd be reading about cannibals.

Steve, instead of taking r... (Below threshold)

Steve, instead of taking run-in words out of
Eisenhower's speech, why don't you read the whole
speech. I suspect it doesn't mean what you think it means.


In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.

Read the whole thing.

Perfect Maggie.....Steve is... (Below threshold)

Perfect Maggie.....Steve is just a whiny, self-hating, "citizen of the world (oops, I mean "planet"), who feels he has evolved beyond the nation-state and he thinks our armed forces, CIA, etc. are worse than the primitive, 7th century followers of the arabian mood-god are. People like Steve are naive to the nth degree.

They have delusions that only if the evil Bush and Cheney weren't in office, everything would be wonderful and we'd all be whooping it up like in the 1990's. They forget that these jihadists hated Clinton as much as Bush, that they declared war on us in 1996 or '97, that Clinton signed an executive order to remove Saddam in 1998.

People like Steve are full of "guilt" and self-hate. It's pathetic. He must be a product of extensive schooling to acquire such nonsense to fill up his head.

Islam is not just a religion; it's a political ideology and one that is incompatible with the Western tradtion. Take a look at Europe. Iran's top donut-headed Imam just said last week that in fifteen years or so, Europe will be a Islamic continent. Keep those borders open!! We must have more immigration!!

Throughout America's advent... (Below threshold)

Throughout America's adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace; to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity and integrity among people and among nations. To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people. Any failure traceable to arrogance, or our lack of comprehension or readiness to sacrifice would inflict upon us grievous hurt both at home and abroad.

America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.

...Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative...

We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its spiritual blessings; that those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibilities; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; that the scourges of poverty, disease and ignorance will be made to disappear from the earth, and that, in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love.

Dwight D Eisenhower, 1961

The speech says exactly what I meant, and much more elequently to, so read it. Remembering your arming, Saudi Arabia the dictorship that bred Al Queada. And that you've backed with military and fincancial aid, countless other dictatorships including that of the recently deceased Saddam Hussien and Musharif.

Eisenhowers America or Bush's America you decide. And that is me done.

Steve, omits the history of... (Below threshold)

Steve, omits the history of Saudia Arabia,
which is directly linked historically to Great
Britain. He should read up on the history of Al
Qaeda, the end of WWII, muslim SS troops, and
the foundation of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.
If that history had not happened there would be no
Al Qaeda or Saudia Arabia.
And while he's pointing one finger at America
accusingly, he's got 3 more pointing back his
own country.






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