Entries from August 2009 ↓

The Andropov Paradigm

The New American has an interesting article on state sponsorship of terror.  Amongst the interesting points is this mention of the so-called Andropov Paradigm:

Although Hafez al-Assad’s Baathist regime in Syria had a nine-year head start in the Soviet-sponsored terror business, Ayatollah Khomeini’s Islamic Republic of Iran would soon eclipse him. The overthrow of Shah Pahlavi by Soviet-backed street radicals and the Carter administration in 1979 was a seismic shift of epic magnitude. Iran was flipped, virtually overnight, from being the most pro-Western, most moderate Islamic power in the region, and a critical roadblock to Soviet regional hegemony, to a force for global revolution and terror. Khomeini’s militant fusion of Marx and Mohammed would resonate with millions of Muslims who could not accept the secular socialist tenets of the region’s other Soviet client-states: Syria, Libya, and Iraq. Khomeiniism was the perfect made-to-order fit for the Andropov Paradigm: the plan to craft and promote a radicalized, Leninist form of Islam to infect millions of Muslims worldwide with fanatical anti-American hatred. Yuri Andropov (head of the KGB,1967-1982, and head of the Soviet Union, 1982-1984) assured Romania’s spymaster, General Ion Mihai Pacepa, that “the Islamic world was a waiting petri dish in which we could nurture a virulent strain of America-hatred, grown from the bacterium of Marxist-Leninist thought…. Their illiterate, oppressed mobs could be whipped up to a fever pitch.”

Ayatollah Khomeini fulfilled Andropov’s wildest dreams. Upon taking over in Iran, the Ayatollah affixed the label of “the Great Satan” to the United States. The Soviet Union was viciously persecuting the Muslims of neighboring Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan (and would soon invade Afghanistan), but Khomeini insisted that Muslims see the United States, not the Soviet Union, as Satanic. When Russia later invaded Chechnya and slaughtered Muslims by the tens of thousands, Khomeini’s successors in Tehran gave tacit approval, thereby blunting expressions of outrage by other Islamic countries.

Further background can be found in this 2006 article by General Ion Mihai Pacepa.

Michael Clarke’s Arabic Tattoo

There has been a lot of discussion for some time around Australian cricketer Michael Clarke’s Arabic-language tattoo.

Abu Eesa explains what it means:

After looking at a few pictures it is clear that both lines say:

ألم الإنضباط هو شيء مثل الألم من خيبة الأمل

This can be translated as:

The pain of discipline is something similar to the pain of disappointment

Now it’s pretty obvious that this is a poor statement because as we all know there is simply no comparison between the two with disappointment being far worse; a quick google search shows that quite a few people have been trying to work this out over the last year or two and all of them have been puzzled over its exact meaning, with the majority of them actually translating it as:

“The pain of discipline is nothing like the pain of disappointment.”

Now this makes sense, fits the sport, fits his profile, fits the Aussie maxim in cricket. The only problem is that the Arabic doesn’t translate to this i.e. the Arab who wrote it has clearly completely messed it up and left out the negating word “laysa“!

This is absolutely hilarious, especially considering that Clarke is a big tattoo fan, thinks it was really stylish of him to stick his motto in an exotic language, and thinks that he’s got a good job done.

Passive Aggressive “Love”

Over at  conservative website Town Hall, Anne Fortenberry offers a “Christian perspective” on Ramadan.  Note the passive aggressive tone as she writes about her “Muslim friends” and the gratuitous photo to the left of the main body of text.

Ameer Ali’s three point plan

Ameer Ali is in the Herald Sun today outlining his three point plan for dealing with the supposed problem of mosques transforming Muslim youth into members of “home-grown terror cells”.

Young Australian Muslims were under great pressure and needed more extra-curricular activities sometimes banned by stricter versions of Islam, he said.

“Music is one, dancing one, sculpture is one. Music is the lingua franca of the youth today.”

Music, sculpture and dance.

Counterpoint on Seasteading

At various times, we have written about the idea of seasteading on this site.  The ABC’s Counterpoint program featured the topic earlier in the month.

Setting up new societies on gigantic platforms out at sea, well away from the authority of any existing state is what the seasteading movement hopes to achieve. Not everyone is convinced that it has a viable future. Brian Doherty assesses the progress made to date.

Brian Doherty’s recent article 20,000 Nations Above the Sea: Is floating the last, best hope for liberty? is also a worthwhile introduction to the topic.

Festival of Dangerous Ideas

I have recently become aware of a festival to be held in Sydney called the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.  The festival, to be held on 3/4th October and run by Sydney Opera House and St James Ethics Centre, features a number of lectures that look quite interesting:

Old people should pay for themselves, by John Humphreys (5:45pm Sunday 4 October)

People with flat screen TV’s should stop whinging about capitalism, by Oliver Hartwich & Cassandra Wilkinson (12:30pm Sunday 4 October)

Yes to child labour, no to the minimum wage, by Ray Evans (5:30pm Saturday 3 October)

In addition to the above, Christopher Hitchens and Keysar Trad will also be speaking.

Pastor Danny’s Dreams

Pastor Danny Nailiah of Catch the Fire Ministries and his wacky predictions are a favourite of this site.  He most recently appeared in the media for claiming to have predicted the bushfires in Victoria after receiving a:

a flash from the Spirit of God: that His conditional protection has been removed from the nation of Australia, in particular Victoria, for approving the slaughter of innocent children in the womb.

Here he is on a recent episode of The Chaser:

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