Morning Report: September 3, 2006

Telling it like it is. An American-turned-jihadist speaks his piece in plain English, while his accomplices in the media are more coy about their program - but at least some Middle Eastern officials are being honest about the prospects for peace.

Afghanistan: 3 Canadians, 200+ Taliban killed. Debka: 'Afghan officials say 3 Canadian NATO soldiers were killed in a major operation in which 200 Taliban were claimed killed in two days. An investigation was ordered into the cause of the Nimrod MR2 aircraft crash that left 14 British military personnel dead in Kandahar, S. Afghanistan, earlier Saturday.' (Debka)

American Azzam's message from al-Qaeda: Surrender or die. Walid Phares at Counterterrorism Blog has an analysis of the English-language jihad message from Adam Gadahn, who goes by the nom de jihad "Azzam the American". 'In short, the “Azzam” video reconfirms clearly, in an English language that academic translators won’t be able to distort, that al Qaeda’s movement worldwide and in the United States is seeking total annihilation or conversion of the enemy: American and other democracies.' On friends and enemies:
The “speech writer,” emulating many commentators on al Jazeera or al Manar, hopes to rally many among those who “hate Bush and Blair” but stops short of stating that Jihadism will hate all future US Presidents and British Prime Ministers “if they do not convert.” He reminds us of the Crusades, Inquisition, Hiroshima, and killings in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obviously, the “writer” skips the Genocides of Sudan, and the massacres of Algeria, the Kurds, Shiites perpetrated by Salafists or Baathists. ...

Sensationally but not unexpectedly, he “name” a number of intellectual-enemies in this country: Daniel Pipes, Steven Emerson, Robert Spencer and Michael Spencer. Rarely Jihadi Terrorists at this high level media exposure named symbols of their enemy’s intelligentsia. And in addition to “experts” named in the tape, Gadahn goes on a ferocious attack against American “Tele-Evangelists” and their media, showing the other type of foes al Qaeda is very upset with. ...

“Azzam” names “sympathetic” personalities for whom he has messages for action; He asks journalist Seymour Hirsh to “reveal more” than what was published in a New Yorker article on the War: Obviously an open call by al Qaeda to M Hirsch to resume the attack against the US War on Terror. Then “Azzam” turn to two British journalists and thank them for their “admiration and respect for Islam” encourage them to do the final step: Convert. He names British MP George Galloway and journalist Robert Fisk. But more troubling in Gadahn’s tape was his direct call to Jihadists within the US Armed forces to work patiently till the time comes and they should continue to aggregate while escaping the surveillance of their military authorities.

Read the full article at the link. (CTB)

Mark Steyn: Seeking converts to journalism. 'Did you see that video of the two Fox journalists announcing they'd converted to Islam? The larger problem, it seems to me, is that much of the rest of the Western media have also converted to Islam, and there seems to be no way to get them to convert back to journalism.' Read the rest of Steyn's column to learn the well-kept secret of those three mullet-headed men who are reported to have assaulted a 16-year-old girl in Sydney, Australia. (Mark Steyn, Chicagu Sun-Times)

Al-Qaeda in Iraq number-two man arrested. Gateway Pundit: 'Al Qaeda #2 in Iraq, Hamed Jumaa Farid al-Saeedi, Arrested. Abu Humam is directly responsible for the bombing of the Shia Golden Mosque in Samarra in February. Hamed Juma Faris al-Suaidi, also known as Abu Humam or Abu Rana, the second most senior figure in al Qaeda in Iraq.' He ranks immediately second to Abu Ayyub al-Masri, and is also known as Abu Humam or Abu Rana.' Full story with Reuters article at the link. (Gateway Pundit, Reuters)

Tammy: Why Hitler had it easy. Tammy Bruce: 'This entire debacle with Iran has enlightened us to one thing. Now we know how and why Hitler had a relatively easy time of it. For him it was a world that really couldn't have know what he had in store for them. Oh, wait a minute, actually they should have known because Hitler made it all very clear in "Mein Kampf." Churchill, having read Hitler's blueprint for the future, was then the world's Cassandra, warning of things to come. And yet Churchill's world didn't take it very seriously at all, either. "Negotiations," or "incentives," or "treaties," were the buzzwords then as they are now.' (Tammy Bruce)

Livni: No peace with Syria. Jerusalem Post: 'Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Sunday ruled out peace talks between Israel and Syria for now, saying that a "sequence" must be followed, with an end to Syrian support of Lebanese and Palestinian extremists coming first.' (AP via JPost)

Siniora: No peace with Israel. Ha'Aretz: 'Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Sunday he had made numerous and unsuccessful overtures to his Lebanese counterpart to talk peace. Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora's office said no such invitations had arrived and would be rejected anyway.' (Ha'Aretz)

Who you callin' a mercenary? Richard Fernandez observes that 'It's funny how Hezbollah and other terrorist groups, though receiving money and training from states to attack other states (called "proxy warfare") are never referred to as "mercenaries".' (Belmont Club)

UK: Anti-terror police search East Sussex Islamic school. Debka: 'British anti-terror police search an Islamic boys’ school for two days running in Crowborough, East Sussex Saturday after 16 overnight arrests in London and Manchester. The fresh anti-terrorist crackdown is unrelated to the airline terror plot of last month. Twelve of the 14 London detainees were picked up at a Chinese restaurant in South London on suspicion of planning acts of terror. The men arrested in Manchester are suspected of involvement in the training and recruitment of others to engage in terrorist activity. A senior anti-terror British officer reported “thousands are under investigation” on suspicion of terrorist activity.' (Debka)

Commentary. The latest developments make what was already clear, even clearer, and impossible to ignore: that the West and its liberal tradition are in danger from a deadly threat by Islamic fascists.