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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Oh for the 'good old days' when doping was the major concern at the Tour de France

The Tour de France cycle race is perhaps one of the most prestigious long distance cycle races in the world.  It consists of between 20 and 22 teams each consisting of nine riders.  That’s a total maximum of 198 competitors.

In order to provide protection for these cyclists, French authorities have allocated 23,000 police and are considering ‘a larger involvement of security forces.’

To put that into perspective, that’s 116 police allocated for every competitor, and according to officials, that may still be insufficient to guarantee their security.

No doubt many will be longing for the ‘good old days’ when their major concern was doping.

Who knew that cycling was un-Islamic?  I mean, we knew there was no humour in Islam, but no cycling either?

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Playing the numbers game at Charles de Gaulle airport.

There are 90,000 staff and contractors working at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.  86,000 have security clearance.   Following the Paris attacks last December 70 airport workers in Paris were dismissed because of suspected extremist links.

While we don’t know for certain if the Egypt Air flight MS804 crash was terrorism related, there is general agreement that it is a high probability.  I have regularly observed that when it comes to Islamic terrorism it is simply a numbers game.  So let’s do the math for Charles de Gaulle airport.

France’s population is approximately 10% Muslim with Paris having a higher proportion than other parts of the country.  Let’s assume that 10% of the 86,000 workers with security passes at Charles de Gaulle airport are Muslim, that’s 8,600 workers.  Of them let’s assume that just 10% hold extremist views, that’s 860, and of that group just 10% are prepared to act on them, that’s 86, and of that group just 10% are actively looking for an opportunity to commit acts of terrorism. 

That is 8 staff at Charles de Gaulle airport who are actively seeking to kill infidels and apostates for the Caliphate.

While these numbers are estimates, it only takes one of them to be successful.

If the aviation authorities are serious about airport security, sooner or later they are going to ask the question, does employing Muslims represent too greater risk to security, especially as we have observed they can be radicalized in a relatively short period of time?  No other demographic is subject to this radicalization process, or if they are, apparently not on the same scale.

What is the point of forcing travelers through the inconvenience of scanning with shoes and belts removed, when the greatest threat to security is employed by the Airport?

In the end it comes down to this.  Will Airports begin to place a religious litmus test on employees, and face a storm of protest around discrimination, or will they continue to employ staff from the Muslim community who are known to represent the greatest risk to security?

I have no doubt they would rather see planes downed, like the Russian Airbus A321 over Egypt’s Sinai desert, than be called out for discrimination on religious grounds.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Muslim teen with cancelled passport plots terror attack at home

It was always going to happen.  The Australian police report the arrest of an 18-year-old male Tamim Khaja who was planning a terrorist attack in Sydney.

"The planning was occurring now and we would say that an attack was probably imminent," New South Wales Police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn told reporters.

The teen had been making arrangements to get a firearm, Australian Federal Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Neil Gaughan said. Officials believe he was working alone, and his arrest means there is no longer any threat to public safety linked to the alleged plot, Gaughan said.

The teen, who had been on authorities' radar since last year, was stopped at Sydney airport in February when he tried to travel to Syria, Gaughan said. His passport had been cancelled and he was prevented from leaving the country.  

Prevented by authorities from traveling to Syria he planned to execute his jihadist mayhem and murder at home.  He won’t be the only one.

The police got lucky this time, but as we know they have to be lucky every time whereas the jihadists only have to be lucky once.

And why was he not in custody already?  If traveling to Syria to support ISIS is an offence resulting in the cancellation of passports, why is it not sufficient to imprison these terrorists for a considerable period of time?

We run the same ‘death wish’ polices here in New Zealand, as we also have several jihadists with cancelled passports festering at home, planning who knows what act of terrorism in our major cities? 

Meanwhile our politicians are too gutless to act in our defense.  

How likely are they to act if through immigration our Muslim population grows to 2% or 4%?  Do you think it will become electorally any easier for them to deal with domestic terrorism then? 

However, we must not treat these warriors whose first allegiance is to Islam and the global Umma as though they had committed an act of high treason. That would be islamophobic and potentially foster an irrational fear of Muslims amongst the general public.


It turns out that Tamim Khaja's family were refugees from Afghanistan

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Mankind has always built walls, but do they work?

Ever since Donald Trump said ‘we are going to build a wall’ to keep out illegal immigrants, I have been reflecting on some of the more famous walls that have been built for the same or similar purposes throughout history.

Many of us will remember the fall of the Berlin wall, if not its construction, in post WWII cold war Germany. Unlike Trump’s wall that is designed to keep people out, the Berlin wall was designed to keep people in.  Such was the joys of living in the communist Soviet Union the wall was constructed to prevent the the East Germans from succumbing to the lures and benefits of free market capitalism being exhibited across town.  This wall no longer exists.

The largest wall ever built, and one that is visible from outer space, is the Great Wall of China. It was designed to protect the Chinese empire from raids against it by nomadic groups and those who represented a threat to its security.  Today it serves as a tourist attraction.

The Romans also thought walls were a worthy investment particularly in Britain where they built Hadrian’s Wall to keep out those troublesome Celts and other barbarians living in the northern reaches of the Island.  Today parts of the wall still exist but it serves no functional purpose.

More recently the State of Israel has built a wall on the West Bank on the border with the Palestinians, in order to reduce the numbers crossing into Israel to perform suicide attacks and other acts of terrorism.

So, do walls achieve the objectives of those who invested in them?  History would suggest that the results are mixed.  No doubt Israel is a safer place with their wall along the West Bank.  On the other hand, walls built purely for ideological reasons, like the Berlin wall, have proved to be less successful.

Yesterday Obama told graduates at Rutgers University, that ‘walls won’t solve our problems’, but to be fair he did say ‘neither will ignorance.’  As former US President Ronald Regan said, “A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.” If you are an internationalist, like Obama, and most of those who govern the EU from Brussels, then nationhood is a discredited concept, and borders are redundant.

However, it is worth noting that fences and walls have sprung up all over Europe in the last 12 months since Angela Merkel effectively opened the doors of Germany to the world.  Once the people of Africa and the Middle East accepted her invitation, she very quickly decided that it was the responsibility of all Europe to accept these migrants, not just Germany alone. 

Surrounding nations responded to her initiative with walls and fences.

Walls are usually built to keep potential invaders out.  Anyone who has toured the ancient towns and cities of Europe can see that almost universally they have been protected by walls.  Wars and bloodshed taught their inhabitants that the world is not a safe place, and that it is foolish to pretend otherwise.

New Zealand and Australia are blessed in that we are surrounded by oceans that act as walls between ourselves and our nearest neighbours.  Unlike the Europeans, and perhaps Donald Trump, we didn’t have to build them.  In today’s uncertain world, relative geographic isolation has become a tangible blessing. We don’t have more than a million people living in relative poverty and with a huge wealth disparity just a few kilometers away in North Africa.  The challenge for Europe is how they address what is both a physical and existential threat to their way of life.

The BBC reports former MI6 head Richard Dearlove, suggesting that Europe needs to do more to invest in Africa so that the people of that continent will not continue to migrate to Europe.  The EU has invested more than $1.0B towards this goal, however these demands come at a time when the EU is heavily indebted and simply unable to make the level of investment that would be required.  That’s not to say they shouldn’t try – they have few enough options, and have shown they lack the resolve to turn the boats away as Australia has done to good effect.

Given that the last year’s migrant wave to Europe is set to resume as the weather improves, Obama will find himself with plenty of politicians to lecture as the walls of Europe are built and strengthened.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Who is messing with your children?

In Fort Worth Texas it is your public school.  They have gone trans-positive in their understanding of what it means to be human, and released new guide lines for teachers, students, parents and anyone else who is interested.  Summarized as follows below: Hat Tip Rod Dreyer.

·      There doesn’t need to be a medical or mental health diagnosis involved. If a male student says he’s a girl, then he’s a girl, and vice versa.

·      Schools are instructed to keep the student’s asserted gender identity hidden from parents unless authorized to share that information with them.

·      School personnel are to consider themselves to be allies of a student undergoing gender transitioning. That means not telling their parents or guardians.

·      Transgender students must have the opportunity to participate in school sports as the gender they claim to be, though they are not guaranteed this as a right.

·      Teachers are no longer to call their students “boys” and “girls,” but to use gender-neutral language to refer to them, e.g., “students”

·      Classrooms are to “feature diversity” in their classroom materials

If this can happen in Texas, one of the most ‘Christian’ states in the union, then you better believe this is coming to a public school near you.

If you are a Christian or even just a parent who doesn’t want their children subjected to this ideological propaganda, then it is time to start looking at alternative educational options for your children.