The definitive smack down of WikiLeaker Julian Assange

Um, remind me never to get on Tunku Varadarajan’s bad side.

Warning: If you’ve got blood pressure issues, you might want to take your meds before reading Varadarajan’s piece, in which he quotes Assange – a fanatical anti-war activist from Australia – several times. What Assange’s done, in effect, is put in serious danger the lives of not just American troops but also hundreds of Afghan informants who risked their lives to help coaliton forces in Afghanistan catch terrorists – all in the name of “transparency” and “peace.”

Contemptible. Treasonous. I haven’t read much left wing opinion about this, but I wonder if the same gang who demanded more “transparency” from the Bush administration on sensitive, secret information related to war efforts in both Afghanistan and Iraq – and who applauded when bits and pieces of information that were potentially damaging to our national security were leaked to the NYT and WaPo – are cheering now? Will he, like Cindy Sheehan and Rachel Corrie and numerous other militant anti-war types, be hailed as a “hero” and “untouchable whistleblower” as well? x(

Next question: What “sources” gave Assange the 91,00 pages of documents in the first place? Is this man the culprit, or just one of them?

The rise of the strong Republican Governor

Chris Christie (NJ):

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Jan Brewer (AZ):

Bobby Jindal (LA):

Not saying we haven’t had strong GOP Governors before, but it’s been a while since I’ve seen such strong, bold, outspoken state CEOs – governing at the same time – who look and act more like national leaders than the President of the United States.

A developing (and certainly most welcomed) trend? A sign of things to come? I hope so.

Can you think of any others to add to this list? These three were the first ones who came to mind. I’m sure there are others.

The good news and the bad news about today’s AZ immig. law ruling

Sorry – been a crazy day, so in the interest of time, I’ll direct you to Bill Jacobon’s analysis at Legal Insurrection on the ruling that was handed down earlier today on the Arizona immigration law. The key aka “most controversial” provisions of the law have, in effect, been put on hold while the Obama administration proceeds with its lawsuit against the state.

Bill opines opines:

The inability of a state to implement a policy of checking the immigration status even of people already under arrest for some other crime is remarkable.

While I cannot blame the Judge for striking some provisions of S.B. 1070 (particularly those creating independent criminal sanctions), the ruling as to checking the status of people already under arrest is mind-numbing.

As a reader to my prior post points out, states already routinely run searches for a variety of statuses, including outstanding warrants, child support orders, and non-immigration identity checks. Each of these checks potentially could delay release of an innocent person or burden some federal agency.

The Judge’s reasoning, particularly that the status check provision violated the 4th Amendment even as to persons already under arrest, applies just as easily to these other status checks.

With a federal government which refuses to take action at the border until there is a deal on “comprehensive” immigration reform, meaning rewarding lawbreakers with a path to citizenship, this decision will insure a sense of anarchy. The law breakers have been emboldened today, for sure.

As it stands this afternoon, it is perfectly rational for someone faced with the choice of obeying the immigration laws or not, to choose not to do so. The choice of lawlessness makes a lot more sense than spending years winding through the byzantine legal immigration system, because the end result will be the same but lawlessness gets you here more quickly.

When the law and the federal government reward lawlessness, something is very wrong.

Of course, this is only a temporary set back as the full case has yet to be heard by the courts. That’s the good news. That said, Bill brings some good points. What about the other states who have similar laws on their books already, or who are exploring the possibility of putting one on the books? Can the ones with similar laws on the books expect a lawsuit, also, from the shameless political panderers and race-baiters in the Obama DOJ? And as far as the ones go who are looking into enacting similar legislation in their respective states, will this ruling have a chilling effect on those states in terms of putting them in the position of having to reconsider?

Gloomy, baby, gloomy. But not over.

Islamic cleric: Hitler was right

Hussam Fawzi Jabar hosts a program on religion on Egyptian TV. In a recent episode, he let his viewers know exactly what he thought of Jews and Der Führer’s plans for them:

Here’s an excerpt from the transcript:

This is the nature of the Jews. By nature, they abhor keeping their commitments. By nature, they hate peace. By nature, they love treachery, betrayal, deception, killing, and blood. This is their nature.


It is very sad to see some of our own people, who speak our own tongue, try to convince their peoples that the Jews are peace-loving, that a solution to the satisfaction of both parties can be reached with them. I say that whoever says this and tries to convince others should either deny what is said in the Koran and the Sunna, and accept what the Jews say as truth, or else deny what the Jews say and accept what is said in the Koran and the Sunna. There is no third alternative.


The Jews are not happy living among their neighbors unless they are harboring hatred toward them, betraying, and deceiving them. They are always ready and prepared to generate reasons for this. This is why the West in its entirety got rid of the Jews, by creating a new country for them in Palestine. They spew them out away from them, and gave them a new country, at the expense of Islam and the Muslims.

At the same time, the West uses the Jews as a pitchfork with which to stab the giant [Islam] whenever it begins to awaken. If Egypt arises, Israel goes to war with it. If Syria arises, Israel begins clashes with it. If Lebanon arises, Israel starts conflicts with it. When Iraq arose, global Zionism mobilized the entire Western world to occupy Iraq. When Afghanistan arose… And so on and so forth… It stabs the giant [Islam] whenever it wants to awaken.

One of the most amazing things I have read is that Hitler said: “I could have annihilated all the Jews of the world, but I left some of them, so that you would understand why I did this to them.” Hitler was right to say what he said and to do what he did to the Jews.

Charming fellow, no? Be sure to watch the whole clip or read the whole transcript, because the genocide-admiring Jabar drinks deep from the well of Islamic paranoia and self-pity, imagining atrocities against Muslims by all sorts of people around the world, not just Jews.

But don’t doubt the special hatred Islam bears for Jews, which predates any contact with the Nazis. Islamic sacred texts are replete admonitions and violence against the Jews, from the Qur’an to the hadiths (sayings and deeds of Muhammad and his earliest companions) and the earliest biography of Muhammad. Islamic law mandates an inferior position for Jews in society. For a good, thorough survey of this topic, see Bostom’s The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism.

Far from being an extremist, Mr. Jabar is well within bounds of orthodox Islamic opinion regarding the “Enemies of Allah,” and it isn’t that of a “religion of tolerance.”

Video and transcript courtesy of MEMRI.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)