Tuesday, May 02, 2006

UNC Terrorist Update

The radical Islamist who drove his SUV into a crowd of people at UNC-Chapel Hill has been indicted:

A man charged with trying to kill students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by driving through a popular campus gathering spot was indicted Monday on nine counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Mohammed Taheri-Azar, a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate, also was indicted on four counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and five counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Taheri-Azar is accused of driving through the gathering spot, known as the Pit, on March 3, hitting nine people. He has said his actions were in retaliation for the deaths of Muslims throughout the world caused by the United States.

When he gets convicted and sentenced to at least 20 years in prison, it will hopefully give others in America pause for thought before acting on a vendetta against "the oppressors of Muslims." Then again, the types of people who engage in this sort of jihad aren't usually the types of people that deal well with reason.

Monday, May 01, 2006

The CIA's War Against The Bush Administration

Stephen Hayes has a must read column entitled "The New McCarthyism." Opening graphs:

ON APRIL 19, 2006, security personnel from the Central Intelligence Agency escorted a senior CIA official from her office, withdrew her Top Secret clearance, and terminated her employment. The CIA did not name the officer. She was fired after she "acknowledged having unauthorized discussions with reporters in which the officer knowingly and willfully shared classified intelligence, including operational information."

The CIA did not name her, but several news organizations reported that the official was Mary McCarthy, whose most recent position at the Agency was in the office of the inspector general. Two days later, when McCarthy denied disclosing classified information to reporters, she asked a former colleague, Rand Beers, to make the statement on her behalf.

It was an interesting choice. McCarthy had worked for Beers on the National Security Council under President Bill Clinton. They had apparently remained close, even after Beers quit his position in the new administration and became a leading critic of the counterterrorism policies of George W. Bush. Or perhaps the two had remained close because Beers quit his position to criticize the Bush administration...

Read the whole thing. (HT: Hugh Hewitt)

The Mohammed Cartoons, Revisited

One of the reasons for publication of the cartoons was that by not publishing them, we were setting a horrible precedent that would force to give in to other demands under the threat of violence. After time, the demands of the radical Islamists would be so far from their original calls for "respect" and "civility" that the relationship between the demands might even become indistinguishable.

Well it appears as though Germany might already being seeing itself take steps in that direcion. Details here.

It only serves as a reminder that when threats and violence are met with concessions and appeasement, there will only be more threats and violence, and problems aren't solved unless you confront them.

The Immigration March

Huge roundup courtesy of Instapundit and Michelle Malkin.

The march, however, is just a big show. It will get a lot of press coverage and be talked about extensively for the next few days, but the likelihood that it accomplishes anything other than boost news ratings is unlikely.

As we saw from the Senate's breakdown in the past weeks, immigration policy is going nowhere until we see some new faces in Congress. The House bill was a good one, but the Senate compromise took away all of the House bill's successes, and the end result was not much different than what we started with.

But none of this should phase those who organized today's rallies. They don't want immigration reform. If they were arguing for amnesties or greater rights for the workers already here, then they would not have had the problem with the House bill that they did. They would have known that by getting behind the border security plan they could have had greater standing in arguing for those immgirants that had already crossed the border.

But the truth is that the organizers don't want compromise or solution, they only seek to divide and anger. The uproar they seek to creat is merely their latest pot shot at the administration. The effect of the march will be brief but insignificant. The efforts at immigration reform will subside as soon as they realize the only chance at changing policy will come after November this year.