ALLAH CALLETH, AS DOTH FOX — AND CHESTER

January 27, 2005 // by admin

For the next couple of days, I will be working on a major article about moderate Islam for American Enterprise magazine, so blogging will be intermittent.  Also, “Fox & Friends” has invited me to appear Monday morning to discuss Iraq’s elections–I’ll post the time when it’s confirmed.   Ashoofak is-sabit, insha’allah. UPDATE:  For some dual election coverage, check out The […]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

January 26, 2005 // by admin

Certainly because we withdrew from the elections, that doesn’t mean we won’t be part of the drafting of the constitution.  The elections are one matter:  the constitution is another…All the Sunnis must take part in drafting the constitution. — Sheik Ibrahim al-Adhami, senior member of the Muslim Scholars Association (Edward Wong, New York Times) And there you […]

AL-MUNAFIQEEN

January 26, 2005 // by admin

That’s Arabic for “hypocrites”–a serious charge in the early days of Islam when people would claim conversion to the faith, only to attempt to subvert the fledgling religion from the “inside.”  Today, however, we see a different form of hypocrisy among the Association of Muslim Scholars.  According to Neil MacDonald in today’s Financial Times, the Association issued […]

ZARQAWI WATCH

January 25, 2005 // by admin

No, this rumor won’t go away, either.  Also, check out Z-Man’s mug–he looks a lot less formidable here than in that grainy black and white headshot the media always uses.  It’s just a suggestion, but perhaps we should be trying to dispell the mystique of this murderer.  (Where’s Spike Jones when we need him?) Posted by Steven Vincent

ABC POLLS IRAQ

January 25, 2005 // by admin

Maybe you saw it on television, but it bears repeating nonetheless.  ABC’s poll of 1,300 Iraqis in over 20 cities and towns revealed some surprisingly good news.  You can read a report on the survey here, but one passage in particular bears quoting: Perhaps the most remarkable finding is a positive one:  Iraqis are hopeful and […]

UP IN ARMS

January 25, 2005 // by admin

The dispute between Ahmad Chalabi, Iraqi defense minister Hazim Shaalan and a missing $300 million (see “Death of a Whistle Blower” below) took another strange and thoroughly Iraqi-style turn yesterday, as reported by the New York Sun’sEli Lake (no web link). According to Lake, Al-Hayat reported that the Central Bank of Iraq has taken back $200 million of […]

FATWA ON WISTERIA LANE

January 25, 2005 // by admin

Dunno what predicament Desperate Housewives’ Terri Hatcher has got herself in here, but I do know that this image from an early episode contains at least two elements that supposedly did not sit well with the Prophet Mohammad:  dogs and women who aren’t swaddled in clothing.  What’s the connection between Islam’s founder and ABC’s hit TV show?  […]

QUOTES OF THE DAY

January 25, 2005 // by admin

There will be no turbans in the government. —  Adnan Ali, senior leader of the Shia Dawa Party (Dexter Filkins, New York Times) It’s a question of luck.   A small group of [terrorists] can’t target all the voting stations.  I’m going because [Ayatollah] Al-Sistani said that whoever doesn’t vote is going to hell.  If the station I’m […]

TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT VII

January 24, 2005 // by admin

January 22:  headline and first two grafs of a Guardian story by Ewen MacAskill, Richard Norton-Taylor and Rory McCarthy US and UK look for early way out of Iraq Private memos are circulating in Washington, Baghdad and London setting out detailed scenarios for withdrawal of US and British forces from Iraq as early as possible, a Foreign Office […]

VOICES FROM IRAQ

January 24, 2005 // by admin

BUSH PROCLAIMS THE FIRE OF FREEDOM — Headline, New York Sun, January 21-21, 2005 [O]ne day this untamed fire of freedom will reach the darkest corners of the world. — President George W. Bush, January 20, 2005 What follows is a short letter from a dear friend in Baghdad named Esam.  Esam is a phenomenon you often encounter in […]