The furnace of the soul slips heat and light past blind shutters

Isinglass and iron can’t  contain bright burning thoughts

Ideas heed no boundaries and information seeks freedom

Someday all souls will be freed.

— Thanos

Written for Aung San Suu Kyi, Father Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly, Zhang Jianhong, Ahmed Batebi, Zou Tao, and fifteen British sailors so far from home on foreign, maddened shore.

Tehran Airs New Video of Kidnapped Sailors

Associated Press reports: 

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran’s state television aired new video Sunday showing two of the 15 captured British sailors pointing to a spot on a map of the Persian Gulf where they were seized and acknowledging it was in Iranian territorial waters.
Britain’s Foreign Office immediately denounced the video, saying it was “completely unacceptable for these pictures to be shown on TV.” The captives first appeared on appeared on the state-run Arabic- language TV channel Al-Alam in separate video clips looking relaxed in military fatigues and pointing at the same map of the Persian Gulf. They were talking to a camera but the channel did not air their voices. Two state-run Farsi-language TV stations later carried their voices along with the video.

This is an important point to Iran, by getting Britain, or British representatives to acknowledge those waters as Iranian, they extend their claim. Aggressive Islamist states and terrorist organizations base their actions almost always on ways to extend their territory. If it’s non-Islamic territory, as with Israel, then they are happy to do so, but really don’t mind taking from Islamic neighbors either. Disputes over the Shat-al-Arab waterway were one of the reasons leading to the original Iraq-Iran war.

What should the response be?

Full time martial patrol of the edge of the REAL border by US Naval forces, since the Brits are in a tough spot with their sailors held hostage. By patrolling and showing the flag, we actively display that the waters are not Iranian. It would be helpful to have Iraqi flagged vessels patrolling the border as well.

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UK in Direct Talks With Iran

From Reuters:

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is in “direct bilateral communication” with Iran as it tries to win the release of 15 detained sailors and marines, British Defense Secretary Des Browne said on Sunday.

“We are anxious that this matter be resolved as quickly as possible and that it be resolved by diplomatic means and we are bending every single effort to that,” Browne told BBC television. He declined to give details but said: “We are in direct bilateral communication with the Iranians.”

Little Green Footballs goes into detail on the recent UK tack from the Cobra Committee and points out that while the Brits go hat in hand to the Mullahs, students are once again attacking  the UK embassy in Tehran.

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Crows Come Home to Roost, Extremist Roots in Islamabad


All across the muslim world we are seeing muslim vs muslim violence and it will continue. This is the ancient power struggle of the Islamic world, and the payback that Islamic leaders, both secular and religious, gained by nurturing extremism: The crows always come home to roost. -Thanos

That was from a post earlier today, and above is an example. In Islamabad, followers of extremist mullahs at the Lal Masjid Mosque (an illegal mosque, named for it’s red brick facade following the Deoband/Wahabi path of evil,) have taken to the streets. Encouraged by success in previous encounters with the police when they occupied a library, they are imposing their vision of Shariah law on any passer by. Perhaps we should send Rosie O’Donnell to negotiate with these women?

UPDATE: Please stop by Little Green Footballs to view the BBC video on this Madressah.

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The Gridiron Dinner

The annual Gridiron Dinner held for journalists is a long standing Washington dinner, and is usually good for some humorous snips. Last night Dick Cheney had this to say about Al Gore and his profligate use of energy at his home while as “The Goracle” he poses as a prophet of doom:


“Many argue that global warming is manmade,” Cheney said, “and it looks like they found the man.”