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  • The Scriptorium

    7/20/2006

    Middle East Hostilities May Cancel Homosexual ‘WorldPride’ in Jerusalem

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 4:16 pm

    Awwwwww. That’s too bad. Coincidence? I doubt it.

    The sudden outbreak of new violence in the Middle East may have the unexpected effect of cancelling the week-long homosexual extravaganza WorldPride in Jerusalem, scheduled for August 6 to 12.

    An outcry went up from religious groups and faith communities around the world when Jerusalem was named by organizers as the city of choice for the next WorldPride event. The choice of Jerusalem was seen by many as a flagrant taunting of religious groups opposed to homosexuality, as was the choice of Rome for WorldPride 2000.

    The gay pride event was originally scheduled to be held last year in Jerusalem, which led to concerted efforts by religious leaders in the country to block the homosexual celebration from taking place. Organizers eventually decided to postpone the event, citing upheaval due to the Israeli pullout from the Gaza Strip.

    Religious leaders from the Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities within Israel have been working together to prevent the event from taking place in the holy city—earlier in the month Jerusalem police officials finally conceded that the event would “likely” be moved to Tel Aviv. The decision was not finalized, but the police said in a statement to the press, “Tel Aviv is more used to such events, and therefore it should take place there also this time.”

    Bush worried about border-hopping terrorists

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 3:57 pm

    While I agree that Bush has finally started to take the border situation seriously, I still don’t believe it’s enough. Illegals are still crossing the border in droves, and the National Guard should be out there doing what the Minute Men proved could be done, instead of filling desk jobs and covering for border agents who’ve never been able to control the borders. It only takes one terrorist to blow up a market or a school.

    Presidential press secretary Tony Snow today defended his boss’ level of commitment to border security, saying President Bush is “cognizant” of the fact terrorists may be entering the U.S. illegally.

    “The president has made his views on border security well-known,” WND told the spokesman, “and my question: Would the president make border security a higher priority if he were convinced it was being used as an entry point by terrorists like those who are part of Hezbollah and al-Qaida?”

    WND Exclusive WND AT THE WHITE HOUSE
    Bush worried about border-hopping terrorists
    Tony Snow says president ‘already very concerned about it’
    Posted: July 20, 2006
    3:00 p.m. Eastern

    By Les Kinsolving
    © 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

    Presidential press secretary Tony Snow today defended his boss’ level of commitment to border security, saying President Bush is “cognizant” of the fact terrorists may be entering the U.S. illegally.

    “The president has made his views on border security well-known,” WND told the spokesman, “and my question: Would the president make border security a higher priority if he were convinced it was being used as an entry point by terrorists like those who are part of Hezbollah and al-Qaida?”

    Responded Snow: “Think of it this way. The president committed as much money to the borders already as the House of Representatives was planning on doing in five years. So, he was serious before – he’s perfectly cognizant of the possibility there may be terrorists crossing over. We have intelligence assets deployed in the area, and so he’s not going to be anymore concerned because he’s already very concerned about it.”

    Yesterday, Snow indicated the president “is already putting National Guardsmen in positions where they can relieve the Border Patrol” – part of a $1.9 billion supplemental appropriation.

    Israel Hints at a Full-Scale Invasion

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 1:50 pm

    Fighting continues in the Middle East, but we can all rest easy. Kofi Annan of the “do nothing” U.N. has the answer.

    Israeli troops met fierce resistance from Hezbollah guerrillas Thursday as they crossed into Lebanon to seek tunnels and weapons for a second straight day, and Israel hinted at a full-scale invasion. Meanwhile, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the Security Council that “hostilities must stop” between Israel and Hezbollah.

    That’ll work! I’m sure terrorists everywhere are pondering Kofi’s words, and considering putting down their rockets, missiles, and suicide belts to live peacefully with the Jews.

    Israeli pilots have told local news stations that they’ve already dealt Hizbellah a critical blow in preperation for a possible ground invasion. Most interesting, is the support Israel is getting for this kind of attack. Even some of the Arab countries, who fear this war could backfire and ruin their chances to nuke Israel later, are giving Israel a green light to fight back.

    If anything good can come from this clear example of why we’re fighting a war on terrorism, maybe it will wake up the Israeli government, and they’ll stop handing over more Jewish lands to terrorists.

    Israeli warplanes also launched new airstrikes on Beirut’s southern suburbs, a Hezbollah stronghold, shortly after daybreak, followed by strikes in the guerrillas’ heartland in the south and eastern Bekaa Valley.

    The strikes followed bombings Wednesday that killed as many as 70 people, according to Lebanese television, making it the deadliest day since the fighting began July 12.

    Of course, Kofi never misses a chance to condemn Israel. As the media tosses around the idea of charging Israel with war crimes (terrorist attacks don’t count as war crimes), Kofi condemned Israel for using excessive force. I guess they should be more gentle and understanding with the animals launching rockets at innocent civilians in Israel.

    Annan also condemned Israel’s “excessive use of force” against Lebanon.

    “There are serious obstacles to reaching a cease-fire or even to diminishing the violence quickly,” Annan said.

    He added that the fighting had triggered a humanitarian crisis.

    Russia sharply criticized Israel over its onslaught against Lebanon, now in its ninth day, sparked when Hezbollah militants captured two Israeli soldiers. The Russian Foreign Ministry said Israel’s actions have gone “far beyond the boundaries of an anti-terrorist operation” and repeating calls for an immediate cease-fire.

    Good grief!

    Two students indicted for jihad

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 1:21 pm

    We’re seeing more and more arrests and indictments like this, and it makes me wonder how long it will be before we’re suffering the same attacks and suicide bombings the Israeli’s have been dealing with for years. Probably, not long. Somehow, I don’t think our government will exercise the same level of restraint we expect from Israel though.

    A federal grand jury indicted two U.S. citizens on Wednesday on charges of plotting “violent jihad” and undergoing paramilitary training in northwest Georgia to prepare themselves for terrorist acts.

    Syed Haris Ahmed, 21, born in Pakistan and a student at Georgia Tech, was arrested in March. Wednesday’s charges superseded an earlier indictment against him, adding three counts of material support of terrorism and a foreign terrorist organization.

    FBI officials in April arrested Ehsanul Islam Sadequee, born in 1986 in Bangladesh. He was also added to the indictment.

    Both men developed contacts with other supporters of jihad, traveling to Toronto, Canada, and made video clips of “potential terrorist targets” in Washington including the Capitol building, the indictment said.

    “Ahmed, Sadequee and another person known to the Grand Jury engaged in physical and rudimentary paramilitary training including activities with paintball guns in northwestern Georgia,” said the indictment filed at Atlanta district court.

    It said Ahmed traveled to Pakistan to get paramilitary and religious training with the aim of fighting in
    Kashmir, while Sadequee went to Bangladesh in part to support jihad.

    The case is one of several in which U.S. justice officials have prosecuted suspects whose alleged plots were in their very early stages.