Monday, April 23, 2007

Eye on the Ball

From Anna Nicole to Don Imus and now it's Cho Seung-Huiu. All of these stories warrant news attention, some more than others. Anna Nicole captured nonstop 24/7 news coverage for weeks. The 24-hour news services covered autopsy results to custody hearings but in reality, Anna Nicole was nothing more than a curiosity. Don Imus made us revisit racial stereotypes and double standards. Important topics but not anything new. The Virginia Tech tragedy will live on through our collective memory for years to come as does Columbine. Gun-control and deadly violence in our schools are significant issues that require the attention they are currently receiving...But as we wait for the next big news story that will capture the entire nations attention and imagination, the most important news of our time isn't getting the full attention it deserves.

Islamic fascism is waging a nonstop war against us but stories of Islamic insurgency do not capture the ratings of a juicy Hollywood death or even that of a radio jockey self-destructing on the airwaves. I have been just as guilty as CNN or Fox. I have lost focus on why I started blogging. Debates over gun-control and race are necessary but they are divisive and there are other venues. I need to rededicate myself to bringing attention to what I believe is the most important issue of our time. The West is not the only victim of Islamic fascism, it also targets Buddhists, Hindus and any other faith or non-faith it touches.

Islam used as 'camouflage for prison gangs'

The New South Wales Government says it will crack down on prisoners using Islam as a guise for gang activity.

The Supermax jail in Goulburn is home to 37 of the state's worst offenders.

The NSW Government says 12 of them have recently converted to Islam.

State Attorney-General John Hatzistergos says he is concerned they are instead engaging in gang activity.

"It's important when we're dealing with the worst of the worst offenders that we're not hoodwinked into thinking they've had some sort of cathartic experience because they've taken up religion," he said.


At 9:08 AM, Blogger Urban Infidel said...

You've never lost focus. We've got too many fires to put out here between our own homegrown terrorists like Phelps -who just backed down from threatening to picket the Virginia Tech funerals, btw-, to the likes of CAIR, to the Al Sharptons and the Charles Barrons etc. Just look at the the freaks over at 'prison planet', who now assert that the Virginia Tech shooter was a 'cia mind-controlled assassin.'

Islamic jihad utilizes these useful idiots in any way that they can to eat away like termites at our beloved country and freedoms.

At 9:30 AM, Blogger nanc said...

there's a battle around every corner - yes, we do need to keep focus on what's really important, but i've NEVER thought you were being exploitative - yours is one of the very best blogs of its kind.

At 9:52 AM, Blogger Ducky's here said...

Gang activity in prison?

I'm shocked !!! Shocked I tell you !!

At 10:36 AM, Blogger Mad Zionist said...

No, AC, the biggest story of our time is saving the trees. Go HERE to see how you can help.

At 12:00 PM, Blogger Freedomnow said...

Prison is a huge recruitment ground for Islamists.

...And these recruits are not exactly filled with wholesome goodness...

At 12:39 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

Excellent post and reminder, AC!

Of course, it does make sense that a violent religion would attract violent offenders!

At 2:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From his remarks, I'd say my ace boon coon ducky has been ass betting again.

At 6:14 PM, Blogger Always On Watch Two said...

But as we wait for the next big news story that will capture the entire nations attention and imagination, the most important news of our time isn't getting the full attention it deserves.

You've been reading my mind!

So much happened on the soft jihad front while we were inundated by Anna Nicole Smith stories. Barely a mention in the media of even the hard-core jihad goings on.

While our eye is not on the ball, the enemy is making what they deem as progress.

At 7:37 PM, Blogger Life Hiker said...

You're right. Radical Islamic terrorism is the #1 threat to the United States and the West.

But the Iraq war is a foolish battle, not a battle against radical Islamic terrorists but mostly a futile attempt to referee a civil war. Our army's strengths of mobility and firepower are useless against a dispersed enemy in friendly territory. Moreover, every day in our occupation we read of our soldiers having to kowtow to a rotten Iraqi civilian leadership. We're wasting our resources there. It's time to get out and let the Iraqis settle their own problems.

What we should be doing is identifying countries that shelter terrorists and dealing with their leaders in a very direct way. They need to choose between dealing with the bad guys or dealing with us. We can give them all the help they need to chase down the terrorists, or we can use our technology, mobility and firepower to deal with the terrorists ourselves. In and out. No occupations. This would be a war on our own terms, and one the Islamic world would understand better than an occupation.

Your thoughts?

At 4:20 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

When I see the News Services covering events such as Alex Baldwin's message he left on his daughter's answering machine for almost a week now, it makes me wonder about this country's priorities. As a parent, I know how easy it is to lose your temper. This doesn't excuse what he said but it definitely isn't something worth national attention.
How does Cameron "Cam'ron" Giles(Rap Star?) stating snitching is against black people's code of ethics make the news?
Buddhist monks being killed in southern Thailand doesn't even get mentioned.
Six days of fighting in Somalia and 250 dead doesn't get mentioned.
Hamas firing rockets into Israel yesterday also didn't make the 24-hour News Services cut.

At 4:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

life hiker,

It's a little hard to "deal" with foreign leaders about terrorists when your own leaders surrender on the issue the minute the going gets tough.

And they know it.

At 4:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A get-tough approach doesn't work when half of your team goes soft after five minutes and then stabs you in the back for starting something.

At 8:17 AM, Blogger Urban Infidel said...

You're right.
Because radical islamic jihad attracts non-productive, zero-prospect elements of society.

At 11:37 AM, Blogger Gayle said...

I was feeling the same way you are, AC, like I was ignoring the most important issue, which is why I posted that video. But as Urban Infidel said, we've got a lot of fires to put out!

You run a great blog which covers many important issues and I've always enjoyed reading your opinions. Don't kick yourself in the head for not focusing entirely on Jihad. To do that would simply be far too depressing.

Let's place blame where the blame belongs, and the blame belongs squarely on most of the MSM for not focussing enough on it!

At 1:56 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Gayle said "Don't kick yourself in the head for not focusing entirely on Jihad. To do that would simply be far too depressing."

This is probably the reason Fox, CNN, etc. doesn't cover this topic more than they do...but when I see Greta Van Susteren and other "journalist" dedicating entire shows to Alex Baldwin's angry comments, I get depressed. Hamas declaring the truce with Israel is over doesn't get hardly any coverage.

At 2:34 PM, Blogger beakerkin said...

The coloquial term in NJ is Prislam.

At 7:13 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

no u havent lost focus are consistently raising our awareness with thought provoking posts!

At 5:29 AM, Blogger Life Hiker said...

"Half your team goes soft after five minutes?" We must be in a time warp if more than four years becomes five minutes.

How many times do the president and vice president need to be wrong before we figure out that the strategy is not working? Iraq is a tar baby that is chewing up our armed forces and costing us untold billions.

Seems to me that our "strategy" is doing Osama's work for him, weakening America by fighting a war (actually, conducting an occupation) that can never end.

How many more $100 billions are you willing to put in the Iraq pot? Osama hopes we'll put in quite a few more.

At 6:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even if everything they did from Day 1 was wrong, the war could still have been won if you back-peddlers used your forward gears every once in a while.

At 6:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am for the war!

I voted for the war before I voted against it!

I am for the troops, but not for the war!


At 6:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many more WTC's are you willing to allow Osama to level?

At 1:46 PM, Blogger Life Hiker said...

Farmer John, I think you were attempting to answer me but you forgot the question. How many more $100 billions are you willing to spend in Iraq and what do you think you will get for it? It's a good question, because that is what your fearless leader is going to do.

Any impartial observer would conclude that you tried to answer a clear, legitimate question with a personal attack followed by the unrelated question "How many more WTC's am I willing to allow Osama to level". Sounds like you got the party line down pat, but you need to sell your logic just a little better.

To humor you, I will answer "0" on the WTC's. However, I fail to see the connection between Iraq and more WTC's. I ask you, don't the Islamic terrorists have more than enough other bases where they can plan attacks on the U.S.? Are you naive enough to believe that all, or even most, of their resources are committed to Iraq? Even Mr. Crusader doesn't believe that.

In my view, the billions we are spending on a futile occupation (misnamed "war") would be much better spent safeguarding our very vulnerable ports and chemical plants, helping moderate Islamic peoples resist radical threats, and getting our combat troops back to a position where they could actually respond if a new threat emerged (right now we have basically no quick response capability)as well as whack any Islamic terrorist leaders or bases that we can locate anywhere in the world.

Do you think you might be able to write a reasoned response to these serious questions? If not, just call me some more names. Everyone will understand that you are right but just can't find the words to explain yourself.

At 5:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So lifehiker, for one who fancies himself such a "serious" thinker, when are you going to take the blinders off your eyes like the training wheels off your bike?

You fail to see a connection between future WTCs and Iraq? How many terrorists do you think will sprout up from a civil-war torn country like Iraq once America abandons her current allies, and the terrorists win control the worlds second largest oil reserves?

We should all listen to Harry & Nancy. It's time to leave Iraq's vast oil deposits to the financiers of terrorism, Iran and al Quaeda.

This isn't like cut-and-running from Vietnam where our enemies only gained a few million acres of undeveloped jungle from our retreat. This will be like abandoning Fort Knox to Osama. And Fort Know will buy a lot of future terror.

So perhaps now that yours eyes have been opened a bit, you won't be so flip to dismiss the other side of this coin, heads they win, tails we lose.

At 8:59 AM, Blogger Freedomnow said...

Once again a liberal wants to put a price on freedom.

Anyways, show me where in the Iraqi Resolution it says that Saddam Hussein was responsible for the 9/11 attacks...


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