Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tuesday Links Part 1

From Ian:

Charles Krauthammer: The language of terror
The Boston Marathon attack, the first successful terror bombing in the US since 9/11, was designed for maximum effect.
Terrorism is speech – speech that gathers its audience by killing innocents as theatrically as possible. The 19th-century anarchist Paul Brousse called it “propaganda by deed.” Accordingly, the Boston Marathon attack, the first successful terror bombing in the US since 9/11, was designed for maximum effect. At the finish line there would be not only news cameras but also hundreds of personal videos to amplify the message.
CIF Watch: Glenn Greenwald condemns the word ‘terrorism’ as racially-loaded
According to the National Counter-Terrorism Center, over the past several years the overwhelming majority of terrorist-related fatalities world-wide were the result of attacks by Islamist (Sunni) extremists.
Friends wonder if Boston suspect was linked to 2011 murders
At least two of the murdered men — Raphael Teken and Erik Weissman — were Jewish. (Friends of both Teken, 37, and Weissman, 31, maintain Facebook memorial pages in their honor.) The third victim in the September 2011 triple-homicide, Brendan Mess, was said by Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s acquaintances to have been his closest American friend.
Daniel Pipes: Boston Bombing Lesson: Ban Niqabs and Burqas
The Tsarnaev brothers pulled off their terrorist attack with great skill but made a fatal mistake in letting their faces and bodies be seen at a heavily photographed international sporting event. This meant that multiple images of them were available for a massive law enforcement squad to comb over and, after three days, identify them by name and appearance.
Spain arrests 2 men suspected of al Qaeda group links
The statement said the two suspects have a "profile" that is similar to the two suspects in the Boston Marathon attacks.
UN Watch: UN Official Justifies Boston Bombings as ‘Retribution’, Blames America & ‘Tel Aviv’
Richard Falk warns of "worse blowbacks," says “Those to whom evil is done, do evil in return”
Does the United Nations treat all refugees equally?
There are multiple UN agencies safeguarding the rights of refugees the world over - but the funding and staffing of one agency perhaps tells us about the institutional UN bias towards one people... doesn't it?
Fatah continues to praise suicide bombers on Facebook
Murderers of 7 are Martyrs and heroes
On the anniversary of their terror attacks, Fatah honored suicide bombers Andalib Takatka and Fadi Al-Amoudi as Martyrs and heroes.
Andalib Takatka killed 6 and wounded more than 80 when she blew herself up at the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem in 2002.
Fadi Al-Amoudi killed 1 and wounded 3 when he detonated a bomb he was carrying at the Erez crossing at the Israeli-Egyptian border in 2004.
Iranian on fake Israeli passport held in Nepal for possible terror plot
An Iranian national carrying a forged Israeli passport was arrested by Israeli Embassy personnel in Kathmandu on April 13, amid fears that he was part of a plan to carry out a series of attacks against Israeli institutions and tourists in Nepal.
Ex-MI Head: Iran has Passed Red Line
Yadlin, who is the Head of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), said that in the summer, Iran will reach a distance of one or two months between a decision and a bomb." That is, it will be able to build a nuclear bomb within a month or two of deciding to do so.
Assad attacked rebels with nerve gas, top IDF analyst says
Itai Brun: Based on photo evidence, regime deployed sarin on March 19; over 1,000 tons of chemical weapons in Syria
Afghan girls' school feared hit by poison gas
As many as 74 schoolgirls in Afghanistan's far north fell sick after smelling gas and were being examined for possible poisoning, local officials said on Sunday.
Hungary OKs limit to Nazi, communist symbols
Hungary’s parliament has overwhelmingly approved a modified plan to restrict the display of Nazi and communist symbols such as the swastika and red star.


Daniel Pipes is speaking in Ottawa on May 13, on "Islam vs. Islamism: Is the problem religion or ideology?"