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July 19: The Daily Round Up

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Another day, another set of difficulties and aggravation with Blogger.

  • A while ago, Winds of Change noted the popularity of Hitler's Mein Kampf in the Arab world. National Review does a whole article on the subject, and "Their Kampf - Hitler's book in Arab hands" is excellent. This isn't a fringe phenomenon, either... as MEMRI's translations often remind us it's a mainstream thing in government newspapers. Ahmad Ragab, a columnist for the Egyptian government paper Al-Akhbar, is only one example among many opinion-makers to "give thanks to Hitler, of blessed memory," and whose only expressed regret is that Hitler had not murdered every last Jew.

In support of the Iranian Blog Burst idea, I'll be running at least one Iran-related item per day for the next week. Usually more. I'll also be linking to my version of the Open Letter to the Iranian People every day.

  • Glenn "Mac" Frazier has played a prominent role in the Iranian Freedom Blog Burst, just as he did during the original blog Burst about SFSU (when he made the Wall Street Journal's Best of the Web). MTB now hosts the Iranian Liberty Index Page, which brings together many of the blog posts, news articles, and other relevant commentary on this issue. Link this page in your blogs, too, and let freedom ring...!
  • I wasn't the only one to take Brendan O'Neill to task yesterday for his dim-witted screed against the Free Iran Blog Burst. Pejman writes to say that "Brendan's ridiculous post was one of the fattest and juiciest targets I have ever had to Fisk in my blogging life." Starting with the fact that Brendan calls Iranians "Arabs." (Try calling your Chinese neighbour Japanese some time... it's almost as ignorant and offense-producing.) I debated linking to this, because it only gets O'Neill more publicity. But the entertainment value of having a real Persian take Brendan apart was worth it.
  • Alex Frantz of Public Nuisance has more Iran coverage, including some notes on the latest challenge to the Iranian regime: music. Winds of Change isn't surprised at all. "I sing this song for the common man/ for the people in despair./ I bring this song into the world/ and I sing it everywhere./ This simple truth lies waiting here/ for everyone to share/ so hold on...." (name that band, and the song)
  • A while ago, Winds of Change noted the popularity of Hitler's Mein Kampf in the Arab world. National Review does a whole article on the subject, and "Their Kampf - Hitler's book in Arab hands" is excellent. This isn't a fringe phenomenon, either... as MEMRI's translations often remind us it's a mainstream thing in government newspapers. Ahmad Ragab, a columnist for the Egyptian government paper Al-Akhbar, is only one example among many opinion-makers to "give thanks to Hitler, of blessed memory," and whose only expressed regret is that Hitler had not murdered every last Jew.
  • Xavier Basora recommended a Greek blog called Sphaera Ephemeris. Good one, Xavier. Nikolaos Karanikos has a whole set of posts covering the recent bust of the November 17 terrorist group, a small outfit that has been causing problems and lurking in the shadows for well over a decade. If you want a better understanding of how terrorists can hide and how their operations are broken, go see Nikolaos and keep reading down the page. Nike Hellas!
  • Remember the "granola conservatives" item yesterday? Well, Mark Shea has a typically thoughtful take on it at his blog. By the time he's done, both C.S Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien have been brought into the discussion.
  • What the heck is the Anglosphere, and why does it matter? Winston Churchill knew, but the concept has since gone beyond "the English-speaking peoples" to encompass some fairly profound and important ideas about government and the structure of society. A set of ideas diametrically opposed to Islamism, of course, but also very different from those that permeate the European Union. If you want an in-depth look at a topic that will matter more and more in the coming decade, this is a great place to start.
  • Tonecluster is on a roll lately. Not only is he a musician whose talent might well scare the Iranian regime (all that evil jazz stuff, y'know), he can also write. Let's start with his blog posts covering the exodus of Christian Palestinians from Bethlehem due to persecution. By the Israelis? Well, not exactly.... start with this article, then keep scrolling down.
  • Next, in "Wahhabi Lobby Takes the Offensive," Tonecluster notes some similarities between the Saudi front groups and past patterns we've seen during the cold war. Interesting. The real payoff comes at the end, though, with some American Muslim Council (AMC) statements that must be seen to be believed. Simply put, these guys are a seditionist fifth column. They are the enemy. No ifs, ands or buts. Think that's too strong? Read the quotes and come back to me.
  • Finally, a Monday post of his references a Le Monde Diplomatique article on "how to fight the terrorists." It's a good article that draws on some 4th Generation Warfare thinking done by David Ronfeldt and John Arquila, two guys I have a lot of respect for. Jason's comments at the end about the need to combine "swarming" approaches with attacks on state sponsors are dead-on.
  • "What happens to the content of a field when those working within it are more invested in their postmodern praxis than in the field itself? The field disappears... Into the void left by the discrediting of literature has crept a deadly pseudo-culture, one that has more in common with fundamentalism than with intellectual inquiry, and that allows a virulently exclusive snobbery to insulate it from challenge and debate." No, not Orson Scott Card - Erin O'Connor. The Blogosphere's campus issues black belt has a 4-part series that looks at the consequences for the field, for the professors themselves, and for its graduates. Thanks for Jacob Proffitt for the heads-up.
  • Music! The Iranian mullahs have every reason to be afraid of it. Especially when America's revamped Radio Sawa has become a smash hit. Winds of Change covered this when it started up ("America, Let's (Rock N') Roll"), and the results are thrilling. On the air for just 3 months, Radio Sawa is already the #1 radio station in 8 Arab countries, reaching 10x the number of people Voice of America Arabic reached in 50 years. It mixes local news and music with pop music and news, all in a region where about 60% of the population is under the age of 30. It's so good that parents are getting worried about corrupting their youth, and becoming upset when their kids ask them about the War on Terror. Rock on!
  • (2:00pm) Rantburg reports that a group of militant Muslims affiliated with a Seattle mosque has become the focus of a terrorism task force. The FBI and other authorities are examining whether some of the men have ties to a suspected al Qaeda recruiter in London, and whether they once scouted a remote sheep ranch in Oregon for terrorist training. A sheep ranch?!? I can just see the recruiting slogan now: "Taqwa Ranch, USA: Come for the jihad. Stay for the sheep."
  • Fred also nails the psychological warfare going on against Iraq's Saddam Hussein, in his typically caustic and funny style. All those leaked military and espionage plans are serving their purpose, he says. "And the suspicion among the Ba'athists that half the people they meet are disloyal, that's priceless. For everything else, we'll need Mastercard."
  • In happier news, apparently MTV intends to send N'Sync band member Lance Bass into space within 3 months or so - despite the normal requirement of 6 months training. This has apparently created some controversy. Winds of Change says: "Send him! Send him! Oh please! Oh pleeeease!!!"

Rock on...

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