Morning Report: October 24, 2007

This morning's roundup focuses on the battle for free speech - in places that should be synonymous with "free speech".

Nonie Darwish harassed at Berkeley. But she went there to speak, and speak she did. For a compilation of photographs and video from the event - edited by none other than the famous Zombie - go to this link: Nonie Darwish at Berkeley. Take a look and a listen, and see what happens when brainwashed leftists have their worldview challenged by someone who actually knows what they're talking about. It's part of Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, facilitated by the great folks at Incorrect University.

YouTube yields to islamist pressure. Judith at Kesher Talk: 'The Jihadist Formerly Known as Cat Stevens asked YouTube to remove a video wherein he expresses the wish that Salman Rushdie be burned to death, claiming copyright infringement. YouTube complied, although the video was not a pirated song or music video, but an interview on British TV in 1989. Presumably the copyright would be held by the network which produced it.' Where have we seen this tactic before? Go to the post to find out. Meanwhile, a comment from Muslims Against Sharia informs me that YouTube has removed the video on islamist treatment of women. Disgusting and disgraceful.

Sharp drop in Iraqi, US deaths in Iraq. MNF-Iraq links to the AP story:
BAGHDAD (AP) — October is on course to record the second consecutive decline in U.S. military and Iraqi civilian deaths and Americans commanders say they know why: the U.S. troop increase and an Iraqi groundswell against al-Qaida and Shiite militia extremists.

Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch points to what the military calls "Concerned Citizens" — both Shiites and Sunnis who have joined the American fight. He says he's signed up 20,000 of them in the past four months.

"I've never been more optimistic than I am right now with the progress we've made in Iraq. The only people who are going to win this counterinsurgency project are the people of Iraq. We've said that all along. And now they're coming forward in masses," Lynch said in a recent interview at a U.S. base deep in hostile territory south of Baghdad. Outgoing artillery thundered as he spoke. ...

Go to the link for the rest. Big Pharaoh is knocking wood.

Commentary. The irony is lost on them, of course, but no one could be doing more to advance the cause of Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week than the islamo-fascists and left-wing sympathizers themselves. Need a demonstration of an ideological movement that fears open debate and criticism? Look no further.

Since YouTube is so diligently enforcing its precious and elusive "terms of use", I'll give you a link to the article at FrontPage instead.
The new video from the David Horowitz Freedom Center, The Violent Oppression of Women in Islam, is a graphic, nightmarish, and profoundly unsettling glance into the darkest recesses of our fellow man. Narrated by Nonie Darwish, this film accurately depicts the dehumanizing theology, brutal abuse, and degredation that comprise the daily lives of millions of women in the fascist portions of the Islamic world -- arcing like a crescent from sub-Saharan Africa, through Iran, to north-central Asia and reaching into hidden pockets of the United States. These acts include the honor killing of a seven-year-old girl, beheaded for having been the victim of sexual abuse; gang-rapes, occasionally perpetrated by family members, to punish women who refuse to wear the hijab; the regular marriage of grown men to nine-year-old girls, in imitation of Islam's founder, Muhammad; genital mutilation of infant girls to destroy their sexual pleasure and objectify them as outlets for the gratification of man's lust; the widespread, often public practice of wife-battery, a practice justified by the Koran; public stonings for violations of Shari'a law; and sadly, much, much more.Taken together, the images of this video are a grotesque and disturbing assault on the integrity of women. Under no circumstances should they be viewed by children.

However realistic the film, it is immeasurably less grotesque and disturbing than the daily lives of millions of women subject to Islamo-Fascist regimes. ...

Meanwhile, Phyllis Chesler, author of the definitive book on female-female conflict "Woman's Inhumanity to Woman", weighs in on "mean girl" behavior of the kind she observed in Nonie Darwish's Wellesley appearance.
Let me say that a) it may be partially hard-wired since some female primates display deadly and heartbreaking aggression towards and competition with other female primates. This includes killing a rival’s infant and indenturing her servics on behalf of one’s own infant; b) while male-male aggression is so much more dramatic and homicidal than is whatever females do to each other, this does not mean that female “indirect” aggression is without serious and life-long conseqence.

Research, including my own, has shown that female-female slander, gossip, ostracism, and competition all play a significant role in bullying and in socializing western girls into conformity, as well as in global phenomenon such as female honor killings, dowry burnings, acid-attacks, and female genital mutilation practices, etc. “Indirect” female aggression often has serious and life-long psychological consequences for girls and women.

Finally ... you may have to hit the zoom button on your pdf viewer, but The Times' quiz "Are You a Phoney Liberal?" is a must-read.