Forget Azam, We Give You ‘Jihad Jane’

As authorities start backing away from the claim that the recently arrested is ‘Adam Azzam Yahiye Gadahn’ Pearlman, what better to hook ’em up with another timely creation, a blondie, ‘Jihad Jane’. Interestingly, she too is a convert from Pennsylvania….

I just love these guys… Oh, and to top it off, right away we have headlines like:

US doubts Islamabad’s will to pursue militants

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10 Responses to “Forget Azam, We Give You ‘Jihad Jane’”


  1. 1 Project Humanbeingsfirst.org March 11, 2010 at 4:58 am

    Hello.

    Not amused! Construction of justifications for the unchallenged passage of the “Enemy Belligerence” 2010 ACT

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2010/03/a-detention-bill-you-ought-to-read-more-carefully/37116

    Looks like your website, mon ami, will be shutting down shortly – if that bill passes!

    Why? In realization of some meaningless words from a pleb’s 2003 book:

    Excerpt:

    Why are Muslims under attack?

    Let’s return to the favorite question of this essay, the ‘why’, and ask, why is this happening to the Muslims in the US at this time, and why now? The malevolence for Islam in the hearts of the bigoted fanatics is nothing new. Then why all of a sudden is it finding this virulent expression? Doesn’t the US already have its hands full with battles of conquest overseas? Commonsense would dictate that they should not take on domestic problems at the same time. Furthermore, ZB’s framework has nothing to do with religion, it is all about resource, economic, and political hegemony. So why target the entire 6 – 8 million Muslims living peacefully in this country and make them objects of FBI investigations, map out their mosques, interview their members, monitor their communications and their finances, take down their credit card numbers, examine their wallets upon exit and ingress into the country, and who knows what else they are doing? Perhaps the government is thinking, that surely the Muslims have the motive, aren’t we bombing their people, they will react and do something criminal and terroristic, and we have to protect the good people of the United States?

    First of all, there is an adequate statistical sampling of terrorists and criminals in every ethnic group in America, including the majority, their most infamous one being Tim McVeigh. What about Alqaeeda, maybe some of them are really hiding in the mosque? If they were, the government would know exactly who they are and what their phone number and SS numbers is, because remember they trained them. The testimony provided by an ex. US official of the US embassy in Riyadh Saudi Arabia is quite telling. I heard him on Pacifica, describing how he was a visa officer and he would get these strange type of people applying for US visas in Saudi Arabia, from all different parts of the Arab world. Upon being asked the usual questions why they wanted to visit America, they would say strange things like: to attend a technical conference, and upon further inquiry have no clue about that subject area. So he would reject their visa application. Having rejected one too many visas, he was called up before his superiors and told to give out the visas regardless! So he issued the same people US visas the next time they visited, after already having rejected them the first time as dubious customers! Later he figured out these were the CIA operatives recruited from around the world and trained in the US for various “freedom fighting” activities. Their identities, mug shots, finger prints, dental profiles, DNA profiles, urine samples etc. are probably all on record with the government. It was reported that the CIA/FBI even had an informant working within the inner circles of the hijackers of 9/11 for what that’s worth. Suffice it to say, the government is not really looking for terrorists in the mosques any more than they are looking for them in synagogues, or churches, or temples.

    Stifling activist dissent is the real reason

    Okay, what is the answer? Muslims of America make a very convenient fifth column to be vigilant against, to be investigated and dug out of their mosques, requiring new laws for surveillance and new powers for security agencies. To successfully deploy this, any and all confluence of interests are being employed, including the hatred and arrogance of the ultra right-wing Christian fanatics who seek Armageddon to get closer to Jesus.

    How convenient! Muzzling the dissent of the very vocal minority of brave activists, and the likes of Daniel Ellsberg that might rise up to challenge the oppression and destruction of innocent people around the world in the process of executing this American global conquest, would require some draconian measures. Why?

    In order to curb their civil rights and create an atmosphere of fear and intimidation so that they would not be vocal in their protests, lest they are able to successfully mobilize and dethrone the emperor!

    Well the persecution of the “fictitious fifth columnist” is conveniently giving the perpetuators of world conquest the much needed despotic laws to control and contain any sort of public outrage.

    These oppressive laws via the USA Patriot Act 1 passed by Congress in the wake of 9/11 without any debate, and now its even more oppressive successor Patriot Act 2 waiting in the wings for an opportune time, and the concomitant erosion of civil liberties, is really intended for the rest of the US population, and not so much for any “fictitious danger” from the “fictitious fifth columnists”.

    It is a preemptive strike at domestic dissent, consistent with the doctrine of preemptive strike at imperial targets abroad. Both are part of the same foreign policy agenda, as per ZB’s “Democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization.”*7

    Test this hypothesis yourself. How much danger are the Muslims to the state in the prosecution of their global hegemonic plans, and how much danger are the activists? In fact, any terrorism done by any Muslim in the US would play right into the hands of the state, now wouldn’t it? But a Daniel Ellsberg or two leaking out privileged information from the “inside” like the infamous “Pentagon Papers”, that can provide concrete evidence of lying and deceit of the kind impeachments are made of, difficult to wriggle out from, can put a quick stop to the grandiose expansion plans of the state, now couldn’t it? Or a mass mobilizations against the war as witnessed during Vietnam might awaken the real sleeping giant, the good hearted but dormant public, mightn’t it? Richard Nixon, October 15, 1969, inside the White House, talking to Henry Kissinger, while a million people protesting outside the White House, briefly contemplates dropping an atomic bomb on Vietnam, but allows sanity to prevail because of his fear of what the million marchers might do to him.*8

    End Excerpt

    Read more here:

    http://print-humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2009/03/war-on-terror-not-about-islamofascism.html

    And here: “Al-Qaeda operatives who look western”

    http://print-humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2008/03/warningamerica-nuking-iran-imminent.html#Al-Qaeda-operatives-who-look-western

    But it was only ‘conspiracy theory’ at that time, still is to many a Pakistani literati:

    http://humanbeingsfirst.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/letter-to-ayesha-siddiqa-conspiracy-theories-galore-anatomy-of-conspiracy-theory.pdf

    Oh well. Here is the updated primer on the Anatomy of Conspiracy Theory – something that english-enabled Pakistanis seem entirely ignorant of. For their reading pleasure, I sent it to Dawn and Nation in response to Ayesha Siddiqa’s “conspiracy theories galore”. Is there a way it can be printed in any Pakistani press?

    http://print-humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2010/03/anatomy-of-conspiracy-theory.html

    Thanks.

    Zahir Ebrahim
    Project Humanbeingsfirst.org

    • 2 nota March 11, 2010 at 10:09 am

      @Zahir
      “Looks like your website, mon ami, will be shutting down shortly – if that bill passes! ”

      I don’t think I am that worried about that happening. I am surprised it is still around, actually as no “Enemy Belligerence” 2010 ACT” is needed for shutting it. ‘Laws’ have already been mutated such that any single of the ‘special’ words/terms can easily justify it being shut down. Am I wrong to think they will kill the net I other ways? Be it taxing the surfers or bring it down and blame China (as the recent alleged ‘Chinese hackers vs Google illustrates’). Hell, I even consider Google itself a bigger threat than that.

      Talking of conspiracy theories, I am a firm believer in the CT that is “Al Qaeda” is not really a terrorist group but a database.

      “I sent it to Dawn and Nation in response to Ayesha Siddiqa’s “conspiracy theories galore”. Is there a way it can be printed in any Pakistani press?”
      When will you learn Zahir? Do you seriously think Dawn and Nation would touch such ‘poison’ (and way too complicated one at that) for the readers? Dawn’s got Ayesha and Gulbo and Cyril and Paracha; Nations got Ahmed Quraishi (who alone is enough). Think you can get with the program???

      Off Topic: Why is this Colonel Imam suddenly getting press?? I’ve never heard of him. First NYTimes features him and today Dawn is calling out his name. Dawn tells me:

      For those unfamiliar with the name, Colonel Imam was an ISI operative who played a prominent role in recruiting and training resistance fighters during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. His list of students includes prominent ‘mujahideen’ commanders such as Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and Ahmed Shah Masood. The Colonel worked closely with the Americans and Saudis to train, arm, and support the mujahideen throughout the Soviet occupation and beyond.

    • 3 nota March 11, 2010 at 10:28 am

      Wanted to add re: The Bill
      It states:

      A close reading of the bill suggests it would allow the U.S. military to detain U.S. citizens without trial indefinitely in the U.S. based on suspected activity. …(There is no distinction between U.S. persons–visa holders or citizens–and non-U.S. persons.)

      Well, for us non-citizens, the bill makes no difference. We already have all the listed privileges for years… 😉

  2. 4 Project Humanbeingsfirst.org March 11, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    “Why is this Colonel Imam suddenly getting press?? I’ve never heard of him.” — Never heard of him myself. Why isn’t he in Guantanamo Bay? The NYT says:

    “But he remains a vocal advocate of the Taliban, and his views reveal the sympathies that have long run deep in the ranks of Pakistan’s military and intelligence services.” and “American and NATO officials suspect that retired officers like Colonel Imam have served as a quasi-official bridge to Taliban leaders and their rank and file as well as other militant groups.”

    People are in various detention/torture camps for far less “suspect”.

    I think it is continuing on with the promulgation of the Hegelian Dialectic, of Islamofascism vs. the goodguys, and in their clash, continuing on with the already synthesized and now fully germinating agenda for world government. The put many coals in the fire, and blow hard from every direction. The dumb-ass forest of useful idiots is bound to ignite and burn down the existing order to ashes – their plan.

    Which brings me to your comment cynical comment: “(and way too complicated one at that)” – really it is complicated? I worked hard on making it simple. How could I have made it less complicated and still convey the tortuousness of Western statecraft in its exercise of hegemony? Our Muslim minds are of course un-attuned to Machiavelli. Such a concept as Ezra Pound’s ‘technique of infamy’ – invent two lies, not one, and get the people heatedly debating which of them is true – is un-parseable by us. Never mind Hegelian Dialectic. So how could I have the exposition any simpler? I am inspired by Richard Feynman’s sentiment that even the most complicated stuff can be expressed in an elegantly simple manner. He showed it by example through his Feynman Diagrams. Make me a ‘Feynman Diagram’ of Conspiracy Theory. It it works for me, I’ll include it as a preamble (or an appendix).

    Thanks.
    Zahir Ebrahim
    Project Humanbeingsfirst.org

    • 5 nota March 11, 2010 at 11:14 pm

      “Why isn’t he in Guantanamo Bay?”
      Exactly what I was wondering. I mean if he is what they say he is, he’d be a natural selection.

      “Which brings me to your comment cynical comment…”
      Sorry, wasn’t trying to be cynical. What you are talking about takes effort (and many years to pry open one’s eyes) to see things as they are. I don’t think you’d disagree it is way too easy to swallow the blue pill. In fact it is effortless. Now how many Dawn readers you think will not turn the page as soon as they come across a term like “Hegelian Dialectic” (and then you start talking Feynman) 😛 Our Muslim minds are of un-attuned not only to Machiavelli but a lot more….

      Side note: Speaking of The Matrix, how you came across this bit:
      Our world may be a giant hologram

  3. 6 Project Humanbeingsfirst.org March 12, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    “When will you learn Zahir? Do you seriously think Dawn and Nation would touch such ‘poison’” — jungle meh moar nacha kissne dehka?

    All the freedom of speech in free space and one still dies of asphyxiation.

    See: http://print-humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2010/03/zahirs-comment-russel-tribunal-palest.html

    Interesting, no?

    Zahir Ebrahim
    Project Humanbeingsfirst.org

  4. 7 nota March 12, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    “Interesting, no?”

    Indeed, and I will take some liberty and quote a bit here:

    The tragedy is that even the self-proclaimed moralists and justice seekers do not approach the solution-space in this way. Since I refuse to accept that I am really all that brilliant, being in reality only a down to earth plebeian, I am forced to observe of the moral bankruptcy of the moralists themselves. How can they ever bring justice to the plebeians? They have become merely the ineffectual narrators studying the Anglo Saxon’s shit left behind by history’s actors! “Hmmm….. tastes good – here, you try it”. No thank you. The crimes of omission far outstrip the crimes of commission – for the former continually enables the latter!

    Agree too that “Tribunals like Russell’s and Brussels which today are more akin to tweedledee and tweedledum arguing justice before the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland than anything else,” though I do not share the optimism that it “may yet transform from a pathetic toothless paper tiger to one with some real biting teeth.”

    Side note: This does reminded of the first Russell Tribunal aka Russell-Sartre Tribunal (and in turn the subsequent ones — Russell Tribunal in Rome on Chile’s military coup D’état of 1973, Russell Tribunal on Iraq besides the one on Palestine)

    Not(?) related note: Just a couple of quotes that popped into my head so I am throwing them out there:
    One of course is from Thomas Macaulay, the Pope of British System of education that is so revered here even today, who stated:

    “I have travelled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief. Such wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such caliber, that I do not think we would ever conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage, and, therefore, I propose that we replace the old and ancient education system, her culture, because if the Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own, they will lose their self-esteem, their native self-culture and they will become what we want them to be, a truly dominated nation.”

    and went on to add:

    “We must at present do our best to form a class, who may be interpreters between us and the millions we govern, a class of persons Indians in blood and color, but English in taste, in opinions, in morals and in intellects.”

    The other one from former NBC news President Rubin Frank:

    “News is what someone wants to suppress. Everything else is advertising”.

    But this reminds me of John Swinton, the former Chief of Staff at the New York Times and his candid confession:

    There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job.

    If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalist is to destroy the truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell the country for his daily bread. You know it and I know it and what folly is this toasting an independent press. We are the tools and vassals of the rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.

    • 8 Project Humanbeingsfirst.org March 13, 2010 at 2:33 am

      Hi.

      Here is Macaulay’s orignal speech, and you might say that I am more than familiar with it:

      http://www.columbia.edu/itc/mealac/pritchett/00generallinks/macaulay/txt_minute_education_1835.html

      As you can see, the first passage you quote above, is not in it. I was curious about it since I had not seen it before, so this turned up with only a few quick inquisitive key strokes:

      http://www.thehindu.com/fline/fl2614/stories/20090717261404400.htm

      ‘THE Bharatiya Janata Party’s manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections in 2009 has a preface by Dr Murali Manohar Joshi, chairman, Manifesto Committee. He can always be counted to provide fun. He quotes from a “speech” delivered by Macaulay “in the British Parliament” on February 2, 1835, in which he is claimed to have said this:

      “I have travelled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief, such wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such high calibre, that I do not think we would ever conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage, and therefore, I propose that we replace her old and ancient education system, her culture, for if the Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own, they will lose their self esteem, their native culture and they will become what we want them, a truly dominated nation.” Unfortunately the Doctor does not cite the source. Macaulay came to India in June 1834 and became Law Member in the Governor-General’s Executive Council. He returned to England early in 1838.

      His famous minute on India Education was written in India on February 2, 1835, the very day Joshi has him speak in the British Parliament. That impossibility apart, the minute has none of the statements Joshi attributes to him.

      Joshi taught at the Allahabad University. One hopes the quality of his lectures was somewhat higher. His preface would justify Macaulay’s diatribe on Indian education.

      To think that this Don Quixote of the BJP was Human Resource Development Minister in its government. It is a trifle too late in the day for Jaswant Singh and the BJP’s apologists to plead for a “modern” vision. The least they can now do is to ask Joshi for the source of the quote. It occurred in their party’s manifesto.

      If the source is not cited, the alternatives are obvious. Joshi could not have drawn on his memory for so long a quote, complete with thepunctuation marks. He was apparently drawing on his imagination. Joshi cannot escape accountability to the public to whom the manifesto was addressed. Nor, of course, can the BJP. It was, after all, a party document.’

      Any way, drawing on one’s imagination we as a people tend to do a lot in the sub-continent – but not in the right direction it would appear:-)

      Take it easy mon ami – as we once used to say while “tooling” hard at a place called “hell”!

      Introduce yourself to me over email – you have me at a disadvantage, I don’t even know your name. You are among the most interesting and analytical persons I have interacted on the web. I will be in Pakistan this summer and am trying to create a public friendly-forum to talk about the stuff I write about.

      It would be good to have at least one like-minded person be present.

      Zahir Ebrahim
      Project Humanbeingsfirst.org

      • 9 nota March 13, 2010 at 9:40 am

        Thanks for the correction!!! I should have double-checked but the lateness of the hour prevented me from doing so. And it was foolish of me to trust Wikipedia. The “I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief…” bit did ring alarm bells but I was too tired to pay heed.

        Thanks once again!


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