The Discerning Texan
-- Edmund Burke
Monday, May 14, 2007
UPDATED NYT Whitewashes Muslim origins of NJ Terror Plot; Meanwhile Media-hyped Al Qaeda "Spring Offensive" is a big Dud
"It is unclear what role, if any, religion played in the attack Mr. Shnewer and the five other men are charged with planning. (The sixth suspect, Agron Abdullahu, had no apparent connection with Al-Aqsa or the South Jersey Islamic Center.) The authorities have described the suspects as Islamic extremists, but the lengthy criminal complaint summarizing the F.B.I.'s 15-month undercover investigation of the group does not mention where -- or how often -- they prayed. Certainly there is no evidence that they picked up radical ideas at either mosque."Are you kidding me?? How about this instead: "Many Americans Shaken by ties of NY Times to Whitewashing of Global Jihadist Threat"...
Unbelievable. Melanie Phillips might want to think about hopping a plane and writing a sequel called New York-istan.
UPDATE: Eugene Volokh comments further on this absurdity. (h/t Glenn)
UPDATED: AJ Strata notes that the Islamist " Spring Surge" that the media has said all along was inevitable has fizzled out like flat soda pop:
The SurrenderMedia is perplexed and confused. Yet again the Islamo Fascists have failed to bring on the quagmire. Again, they have failed to show they can withstand the focused efforts of the West. Again, they have failed to make the case they are too strong for America to stop:Only defeatists were expecting the Taliban surge. Only Surrendercrats were waiting - with palatable anticiptation - the spanking of America and her allies by these brutal fascists. But the reality is our position is one of strength, not faltering weakness (H/T Salon on noting the typos). Freedom does shine a powerful light that rots the support of these fascist movements. The Taliban, and al Qaeda, are finding brutality does not bring support - it brings out self defense. al Qaeda is penned into Diyala province and desperately trying to strike back. But their efforts in the face of up 7,000 trained and well equipped troops heading to the Province are tragically laughable.
The killing of the one-legged Dadullah is a major victory against the Taliban, which is trying to overthrow the government after being driven out of power in late 2001. Dadullah’s death could disrupt the insurgency over the next few months, although it’s not clear whether the movement will be hurt in the long run.
But his death, and the Taliban’s failure to deliver the sort of fighting promised for months, raises questions about what is happening with the movement. Although there have been pockets of harsh fighting in Helmand province and almost daily suicide attacks in Afghanistan, the violence has not been at the levels anticipated by many this year nor the levels vowed by the Taliban.