October 06, 2006

Oct. 6, 2006: Bits & Pieces

France in BIG trouble -- Muslims are waging civil war against us, claims police union, Telegraph, By David Rennie, Europe Correspondent, (Filed: 05/10/2006), [david.rennie@telegraph.co.uk] posted by starboardside


Radical Muslims in France's housing estates are waging an undeclared "intifada" against the police, with violent clashes injuring an average of 14 officers each day.

Interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy was warned of an 'intifada'

As the interior ministry said that nearly 2,500 officers had been wounded this year, a police union declared that its members were "in a state of civil war" with Muslims in the most depressed "banlieue" estates which are heavily populated by unemployed youths of north African origin.

[....] Senior officers insisted that the problem was essentially criminal in nature, with crime bosses on the estates fighting back against tough tactics.

The interior minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, who is also the leading centre-Right candidate for the presidency, has sent heavily equipped units into areas with orders to regain control from drug smuggling gangs and other organised crime rings. Such aggressive raids were "disrupting the underground economy in the estates", one senior official told Le Figaro.

However, not all officers on the ground accept that essentially secular interpretation. Michel Thoomis, the secretary general of the hardline Action Police trade union, has written to Mr Sarkozy warning of an "intifada" on the estates and demanding that officers be given armoured cars in the most dangerous areas. [....]

Minister wants Muslims unveiled , Michael Holden in London, October 06, 2006
via: news.com.au


A SENIOR British cabinet minister said today it would be better if Muslim women did not wear full veils, inflaming anger among the country's Islamic community and sparking heated debate on social integration.

Leader of the House of Commons Jack Straw ... the wearing of veils made community relations "more difficult" as they acted as "a visible statement of separation and difference".

"I'm not talking about being prescriptive," .... "But with all the caveats, yes I would rather (women did not wear full veils)."

[....] Two weeks ago Home Secretary John Reid, a possible successor to Prime Minister Tony Blair who is to quit the job within a year, vowed to prevent Muslim extremists setting up "no-go" ghettos.

On Wednesday, Conservative opposition leader David Cameron said many communities were growing up living "parallel lives" and that only better contact would overcome differences.

Straw said: "Communities are bound together by informal chance relations between strangers. That is just made more difficult if people are wearing a veil."
Britain is home to about 1.8 million Muslims

BBC's Jordon defects to Al Jazeera -- Another high-profile British journalist, Darren Jordon, has been poached by Al Jazeera International.


CBC types need not worry about work; their political stance and the lure of filthy lucre will provide.

Forbidden love -- What began as a marriage led to a murder conspiracy on two continents --possibly involving the bride's own family , Bob McKeown, about a program that aired on Dateline


I saw this program whether on Dateline or via TV in Canada, I don't remember, but this is worth reading and, if shown again, see it.

Deb Devos: She said she saw him in the crowd, she said their eyes met and she fell in love and it was love at first sight.

That first glance was all it took. Jassi and Mithu were still just teenagers when they both gazed across that crowded room and came to the realization they were made for one another.

Devos: She just was drawn to him and wanted to be with him, but said that her family wouldn’t approve of it.

What began so innocently, became a battle of wills, pitting one generation against another—modern values against a centuries-old culture. Soon, it would be headline news on two continents and lead to one overriding question: is someone getting away with murder? [....]

Pinheads, Froggy Ruminations via newsbeat1


I’ve heard the argument that Iraq was not directly linked to Al-Queada. Whether they were or not, they were a state sponsor of terror – proven fact. I know people who have done raids in Iraq that have produced intelligence directly leading to prosecutions and convictions in the US. Saddam was hosting known terrorists and paying the families of suicide bombers. And while we have not yet uncovered large amounts of WMD’s we have uncovered over 500 chemical munitions that were being hidden from inspectors, and we do know that there was illegal trade taking place under food for oil that involved munitions, dual use technology and chemical precursors.

Moral clarity allows us to shine light in dark corners and recognize what we find there. Moral courage allows us to deal with what we find in there.

NATO Fights the Jihadis , by Daniel Pipes, New York Sun, October 3, 2006 [NY Sun title "NATO vs. Radical Islamists"]


[....] From its founding in 1949 until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, NATO served as the main instrument to contain Soviet expansionism. After vanquishing the Soviet threat, its mission changed. In the 1990s, NATO became a vehicle for voluntarily sending forces to promote regional security in places like Bosnia and Kosovo. And what now, post-9/11?

In a short, brilliant, and operational study, NATO: An Alliance for Freedom, published by Mr. Aznar's think-tank, Fundación para el Análisis y los Estudios Sociales, or FAES, we learn that containing the Soviet Union was not the organization's founding principle. Rather, NATO was imbued with the more positive goal "to safeguard the freedom, common heritage and civilization of [the member states'] peoples, founded on the principles of democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law." [....]

One indication of what NATO's new focus should be came a day after September 11, when NATO for the first time ever in its 52-year history invoked Article V of its founding treaty, with its provision proclaiming that an attack on one is an attack on all. Thus did NATO, after a decade of "war as social work," abruptly awake to the threat of radical Islam. [....]

Suggestions for NATO are included. Worth reading.

Money Laundering and Drugs: lengthy, detailed, a must read

Canada's money-laundering king -- Exclusive look inside a secret world , Neal Hall, Vancouver Sun, May 20, 2006


[....] $201 million over a three-year period for Asian and Latino gangs that imported cocaine and exported B.C. bud.

Khuc, 38, ran a dial-a-dope operation, using a married couple in their 50s as couriers to deliver cocaine like pizzas. He was a high-level wholesaler, one step below the importer, selling up to 12 kilograms at a time, according to a statement of facts filed in B.C. Supreme Court.

When Khuc ran out of cocaine, he would place an order for more "beer" from Adalberto Silva Rivas, a Mexican national who was living in fancy home at 7380 Burris St. in Burnaby.

Silva Rivas came to Canada illegally and managed to smuggle more than 300 kg of cocaine over a three-year period, most of which ended up being sold on Vancouver streets.

[....] Tran and his wife, Thi Bac Hoa (Kim) Phan, ran Kim's Currency Exchange out of their home at 4250 Brant St. in Vancouver.

... exchanging $300,000 US a day for the drug gangs. [....]

Does anyone remember that under the Liberals, several border RCMP detachments were closed? I believe that applied not just to Quebec, but check.


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