March 29, 2005 // by admin

No picnic They say freedom means they can do what they want. This is not freedom. Freedom does not mean you can transgress traditions. There are traditions and rules in an Eastern society that are different from a Western society. Every Iraqi has a right to act against these transgressions. — Heider Jabari, spokesman for […]


March 28, 2005 // by admin

Not sure where or why this idea originated, but there’s some sort of quickie lit-quiz bouncing around the blogosphere, and evidently ’tis my turn to reply.  Since I’ve been “tagged” by superblogger Arthur Chrenkoff, I shan’t question the particulars nor tarry long ere I respond.    Besides, I’m a sucker for surveys. You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, […]


March 26, 2005 // by admin

More than just a physiological function, memory has its moral injunctions, as well.  To remember–the word is derived from the Latin word rememorari, “to be mindful of”–enjoins us not to forget, not to let slip into oblivion, but to maintain a space in our thoughts for the presence of something, or someone.  This space can range from […]


March 25, 2005 // by admin

The deadly snicker Bullets and explosives may kill anti-Iraqi fascists, intelligence may round up and imprison their cells.  But the most lethal weapon–the power that corrodes, weakens and will eventually break their morale–is laughter.  When the world, especially the Muslim world, ceases to perceive Islamoterrorists with admiration and fear, but with ridicule and contempt, the ability […]


March 18, 2005 // by admin

Present at the Creation We are witnessing the genesis of two momentous memes.  The first is women + eroticism + sexual freedom = democracy.  This was one of the daemons that infused rock and roll (beforeSgt. Pepper killed it) with such infernal energy and exploded into the Sexual Revolution 40 years ago.  Message to the Middle East:  […]

They ‘shura like being there

March 18, 2005 // by admin

They ‘shura like being there Images via Discarded Lies of the ungodly goings-on at theHussainiyya Hullabaloo in Tehran.  (See below)   Look what happens when the authorities allow the sexes to intermingle!  Obviously this sort of irreligious behavior must stop.  Instead, let us return to more traditional means of observing Ashura, without the dangerous distractions of carnal thoughts, flirtation […]

Democratic Divas

March 17, 2005 // by admin

  Ah, the inscrutable East.  Or in this case, Middle East.  In Baghdad, I’d often go down to my hotel lobby to find men seated before the television set smoking cigarettes and drinking tea, watching with rapt attention as some dark-eyed hourishimmied in come-and-get-me lasciviousness to the strains of an Arabic pop song.  Fifty feet past […]

Our Man in Waziristan II

March 17, 2005 // by admin

  Last January, I composed a post arguing that Mr. Brilliant Terror Master Himself, Osama bin Laden, might actually be serving the overall geo-political interests of Great Satan through his own megalomanical overestimation of his charisma, power and historic situation.  In other words, the God Complex, kicking in big time. As one of my proofs, I noted […]


March 16, 2005 // by admin

Obscene phone call Your brother has been killed in a martyrdom operation.  Congratulations. — an anonymous caller claiming to represent an anti-Iraqi group called “Brothers in the Gulf” According to the NYT’s Dexter Filkins, the al-Banna family of Jordan received this call three days after the February 28 bombing at Hilla, Iraq, which killed more than 130 people.  […]

Canadians against suicide bombing

March 16, 2005 // by admin

Canadians against suicide bombing.  I can’t tell how old this petition is, or vouch for the sponsoring organization, but it’s still nice to see that our northern neighbors are more than just self-righteous puck-brained, maple syrup-slurping anti-American moralizing ingrates.  Irshad Manji, of course, excepting. * Headline, Financial Times, Tuesday, March 15, 2005: White House quiet as Darfur […]