Al Qaeda Targets France

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

From MSN News:

Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda terrorist network is stepping up its recruitment of European combatants with a view to striking more targets in Europe, a leading French newspaper reported… quoting secret service documents.

Le Figaro quoted a confidential French secret service memo as saying over 100 Europeans were undergoing training in Al Qaeda camps along the Pakistani-Afghan border, compared with ‘a few isolated cases’ three years ago.

Authorities in France were on high alert for possible plots against French targets, the newspaper reported.

The memo said the secret service had been alerted to the presence of 14 French people in the region in 2010…

In January, a recording attributed to bin Laden threatened attacks on ‘different fronts, inside and outside of France’.

The last major terrorist attacks in France date back to 1995, when Algeria’s Armed Islamic Group carried out a spate of bombings at tourist sites and public transport hubs in Paris.

Are we living in the lull before the storm?


The Real Roots of Political Islam

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

Revolutions are rooted in ideas and philosophies. Where are the intellectual roots of political Islam?
From a 2001 New York times article by Robert Worth, The deep intellectual roots of Islamic terror:

But if one man deserves the title of intellectual grandfather to Osama bin Laden and his fellow terrorists, it is probably the Egyptian writer and activist Sayyid Qutb, who was executed by the Egyptian authorities in the mid-1960’s for inciting resistance to the regime.

As Fathi Yakan, one of Qutb’s disciples, wrote in the 1960’s: ”The groundwork for the French Revolution was laid by Rousseau, Voltaire and Montesquieu; the Communist Revolution realized plans set by Marx, Engels and Lenin. . . . The same holds true for us as well.”

The West needs to realize we are not fighting political Islam and a few die-hard leftists. We are fighting a resurgent left that is allied to and often manipulates political Islam.

Many people are coming to understand that the far left has long infiltrated and manipulated many Christian churches.

Russia and China have large Muslim populations and border Muslim states. If Moscow and Beijing could infiltrate Christian organizations in Europe and the U.S., it is inconceivable they would have failed to co-opt the Muslim organizations in much closer proximity. For decades the communists have been infiltrating Muslim (and Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist organizations) in every country in Asia and Europe.

Afghanistan’s Taliban for instance is not just a Muslim organization. It has been characterized as a Muslim/Maoist grouping.

Political Islam is not a rival of the the communist movement – it is a partner (and often the tool) of the communist movement.


What Did Wade Rathke Know About Egypt that the CIA Didn’t and What Will Obama Do Now?

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

Michael Gaynor at Emerging Corruption has done some digging into the situation in Egypt – about how much Wade Rathke knew about it beforehand and what influence Obama may wish to have on the situation now.

Fortuitously, there was a Senate committee hearing on the nomination for the position of Deputy Director of the Office of Director of National Intelligence of Stephanie O’Sullivan, a career CIA employee and former Director of the CIA Directorate of Science and Technology, and questions were asked about the CIA’s alleged failure to provide US policy planners with accurate warning of the Egyptian popular uprising on February 3, 2011. O’Sullivan testified that the CIA and other US intelligence services had warned Obama Administration officials last November and December about extreme political volatility in North Africa.

“We warned on instability,” said O’Sullivan, though “not in […] detail,” because “we didn’t know what the triggering mechanism would be.”

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Diane Feinstein of California commented after the hearing that the intelligence reports she had seen were inadequate.

Perhaps the CIA should have been following The Organizers’ Forum. Last October this intriguing message was posted on the organization’s website:

An International Dialogue in Egypt
September 25, 2011 to September 30, 2011

“Our fall 2011 International Dialogue will be located in Egypt where we will meet with labor and community organizers and other activists in Cairo. There are exciting changes and developments that are currently taking place in Egypt with elections coming soon to determine leadership transitions in what has been an autocratic regime, now challenged by the Muslim Brotherhood and succession and democracy issues. The trip is still in the planning stages, and we will post updates as soon as we have them.

“We plan to travel with approximately 15-20 participants, and we will strive to have a mix of both community and labor organizers/leaders from a variety of community organizations and unions. We look for participants to meet in Cairo, pay their own travel and visa costs in addition to a program fee. The Organizers Forum will pay for food, lodging, and ground transportation. And, yes, though we are only planning to spend time in one city on this dialogue, we will see the Pyramids!

“If you are interested in applying to attend this dialogue, we invite you to apply by sending an email of interest to Wade Rathke [email protected] Organizers’ Forum. Please respond as early as possible and certainly no later than July 1 because there are a limited number of spaces.”

That’s the Wade Rathke who founded ACORN in 1970, served as its Chief Organizer until 2008, still heads ACORN International and still publishes Social Policy (with Francis Fox Piven of Cloward-Piven strategy notoriety still on the editorial advisory board).

In addition to Rathke, the Board of Directors of the Organizers’ Forum includes Drummond Pike of the Tides Foundation and an SEIU representative. Originally, the SEIU representative was former SEIU head and most frequent Obama White House visitor Andy Stern.

What were what Rathke described last October as “exciting changes and developments that are currently taking place in Egypt” and what (if anything) did the CIA know about them?

Why did Rathke state without qualification that the “elections coming soon” would “determine leadership transitions”? Why was he sure that Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s president for three decades, would not be re-elected?

Why did Rathke list the challenges to the Mubarak “regime” in this order: Muslim Brotherhood, succession, democracy?

Why was it decided to hold the Organizers’ Forum’s twentieth “Dialogue” in Egypt? Was it really to “see the Pyramids”? [Continue Reading…]


What Conservative Women Want

By: Nancy Morgan
Right Bias

In the news recently was a story about a workshop being held for guys, to show them how to release their inner child. Step one: learn how to cry. Reading that article made me cry, from sheer frustration.

Listen up, guys. Despite what you hear from feminists and other assorted do-gooders, the majority of women most assuredly don’t want to see you break down and cry.

As a longtime single gal, I claim a little expertise in this matter. Tears are not what women want from you. You’ve been rooked by all the touchy feely so-called “experts” who seem intent on turning a whole generation of men into metrosexuals – teaching you to be sensitive and let your inner child reign. Yuk and gag.

Women want from men what we’ve wanted since time began. A strong protector, or the illusion thereof. A man who will treat a gal like a delicate flower, even if she isn’t. A man who opens doors and brings flowers. A strong man.

A man who radiates strength and confidence will beat out a metrosexual brimming with sensitivity any day of the week. At least with conservative women. Truth.

Please, keep your tears to yourself. At least until you ascertain for sure that your woman is turned on by tears. Some are….go figure. But most of us females on the right experience a shudder when a man reveals his weaknesses before we’re sure of his strengths.

Here’s another heads-up. Hold the nail polish and hairspray. Toupees also. I know, I know. Most men are overly sensitive about two things – their hair being one of them. Take it from me, women, most women, can spot a toupee and/or hair transplant a mile away. (Think Joe Biden) Instead of signaling virility, as you intend, it signals vanity and weakness. It signals that you place too much reliance on your looks. God made personal vanity pretty much the province of the female of the species for a reason.

Men are more visual than are women. Most (conservative) women understand that. We know looks are important to you. But please don’t make the mistake of thinking women place the same reliance on your looks as you do on theirs. When choosing a man, most women have five or six priorities that place higher than your looks. Concentrate on your strengths, not your weaknesses.

Here’s another tip: If you want to be attractive to the female sex, please don’t attend any sensitivity training or heed any advice from leftist women’s groups who claim to speak for all women. They don’t.

Example: Nothing is more off-putting to a woman than a man stopping in the middle of a “moment” and asking if he has permission to proceed to the next step. That is a clear indication that you have bought into feminist idiocy instead of having the confidence to decide for yourself what the “moment” requires.This may work with liberal babes, (is that an oxymoron?) but right-thinking women yearn for you to take charge.

Just do what comes natural – rely on body language. 80% of communication is non-verbal. Which is why tears issuing forth from a man are such a turnoff. At least to conservative women.

Protect us, adore us, chase after us, but please, please don’t think a big boo-hoo is going to do the trick. If you’re unsure of what we want, just keep your mouth shut awhile. Most women will tell you what they want, sooner rather than later. Better to be thought of as wise and mysterious than as a weak sap.

Last but not least: Women want you to explore their “inner child,” not your own. The same holds true for naval gazing.

Take charge, guys. Wear the pants. Don’t be afraid to play the role God assigned you. Most women understand how hard it is for you to risk rejection. And we know that being stuck with paying the tab isn’t fair. But even though leftists think they can mandate “equality,” we also know that life just isn’t fair. Get used to it. And if you’re interested in a conservative gal, please, hold the hankies.

Nancy Morgan is a columnist and news editor for conservative news site RightBias.com. She lives in South Carolina.


It’s All Hillary’s Fault

By: Nancy Morgan
Right Bias

The New York Times is reporting that the mixed messages received from the White House on the Egyptian crisis were the fault of the State Department:

A president who himself is often torn between idealism and pragmatism was navigating the counsel of a traditional foreign policy establishment led by Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Biden and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, against that of a next-generation White House staff who worried that the American preoccupation with stability could put a historic president on the wrong side of history.

Translation: It’s all Hillary’s fault that Obama is now being criticized for his lack of leadership during the 18 days of protests in Egypt that finally resulted in the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

The Times neglects to remind readers that Hillary has been noticeably absent during the whole Egyptian crisis, surfacing only after the crisis seemed to be resolved, spouting generic phrases regarding how America will stand up for Democracy. The Times also neglected to mention that Secretary of State, Hillary, had been sent on an urgent mission to Haiti as Egypt entered its’ second week of protests.

The mixed messages emanating from the White House started on Day 3 of the protests. The only “official” word from the White House was when Joe Biden stated that Mubarak should “not step down.” Oops…

As Obama tried to figure out what was going on in Egypt, White House spokesman Gibbs twittered, briefly, “…it’s not for me or our government to determine” whether Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak should leave office.

After Mubarak appeared to agree to resign the next day, the Obama administration stepped in and took the credit. Another oops. It appeared that Mubarak wasn’t really resigning. But now Obama was committed.

After another 10 days, while Obama sat on the fence and tried to determine which side would best support his own political future, the events unfolded and eventually resolved, with a complete lack of input and/or leadership from the United States.

In point of fact, President Mubarak allegedly lambasted Obama during a private telephone call for his wavering stance and inability to commit publicly to either side.

With the dust now starting to settle, Obama is frantically casting about for a fall guy. Or girl. With the help of one of his most loyal allies, the New York Times, the media template is forming. It was all the fault of the State Department. Ergo, it’s Hillary’s fault. President Obama, as usual, is completely blameless. Take that, Hillary.

It seems apparent that the buck no longer stops with Obama. We now have a president who is more skilled at passing the buck than dealing with a 3 AM moment. This is scary stuff. What’s even scarier is the fact that I now have to acknowledge that there are even worse presidential candidates than Hillary Clinton.

Nancy Morgan is a columnist and news editor for conservative news site RightBias.com. She lives in South Carolina.