Monday, March 07, 2005



1) Pipes is here actually accused of being too soft on
Islam by a Frontpage writer. It's as if they're
trying to create a debate spectrum whereby to be
moderate is to say that we should only kill hundreds
of thousands for their faith, and to be extreme is to
state that we should kill every last member of said
faith. Bizarre, what American letters are coming to:

2) Meanwhile, Texas GOP calls for nuclear holocaust:

March 2, 2005, Washington, DC -- Rep. Sam Johnson
(R-TX) has advocated for attacking Syria with nuclear
weapons. Rep. Johnson was quoted telling a recent
church gathering, "Syria is the problem. Syria is
where those weapons of mass destruction are, in my
view. You know, I can fly an F-15, put two nukes on
'em and I'll make one pass. We won't have to worry
about Syria anymore." The American-Arab
Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is outraged at
Rep. Johnson's statement advocating for mass
destruction and genocide and views this as a sad day
in our country's tradition when an elected member of
the United States Congress openly advocates for
attacking another country with nuclear weapons.

ADC calls upon Rep. Johnson to provide an immediate
and public explanation for his remarks. Additionally,
ADC calls on the White House to publicly distance
itself from such un-American views. In a letter faxed
to Rep. Johnson today,
former congresswoman Mary Rose Oakar, president of
ADC, said, "While we recognize the current differences
between the Bush Administration and the Syrian
Government, these differences should be addressed in
negotiations at the conference table, in coordination
with our international partners, rather than
confrontation in the battle field by using nuclear
weapons," Oakar continued, "Advocating for genocide by
nuclear attack against any country is completely
unacceptable and contrary to our American values and

Oakar said, "These remarks have no place in the United
States Congress."

ADC urges its members, supporters, and friends to
contact Rep. Johnson and request a clarification and,
if necessary, an immediate apology. Rep. Johnson
can be reached at:

District Office- 2929 North Central Expressway
Suite 240
Richardson, TX 75080
Phone (972) 470-0892
Fax (972) 470-9937

Washington Office- 1211 Longworth House Office
Washington, DC 20515
Phone (202) 225-4201
Fax (202) 225-1485

ADC Letter to Rep. Johnson:

March 2, 2005

Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX)
1211 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

VIA FACSIMILE: 202-225-1485

Dear Congressman Johnson:

I am writing you on behalf of the American-Arab
Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), which was
established in 1980 by former US Senator James
Abourezk and is
today our nation’s largest membership organization
dedicated to protecting the civil rights and liberties
of Americans of Arab descent. The purpose of this
letter is to request an immediate clarification to
remarks attributed to you
demonstrating your advocacy for using nuclear weapons
against Syria or any country.

Specifically, our members in the Dallas metro area
contacted ADC concerning this matter. You were quoted
as saying at a recent church gathering, “Syria is the
problem. Syria is where those weapons of mass
destruction are, in my view. You know, I can fly an
F-15, put two nukes on 'em and I'll make one pass. We
won't have to worry about Syria anymore.” If these
remarks are correct as attributed to you, ADC and the
Arab-American community both in the Dallas area,
Texas, and on the national level are outraged and
demand a retraction or explanation.

While we recognize the current differences between the
Bush Administration and the Syrian Government, these
differences should be addressed in negotiations at the
conference table, in coordination with our
international partners, rather than confrontation in
the battlefield using nuclear weapons. We are sure
that you would not want to see any harm to any
civilians let alone to the tomb of John the Baptist,
St. Paul’s Church where he converted to Christianity,
and the ancient icons of St. Luke, all of which are
historical treasures of significance to all faiths
located in Syria.

Advocating for genocide is completely unacceptable and
contrary to our American values and traditions.
Indeed, it is a sad day when an elected member of the
United States Congress openly advocates for attacking
another country, any country, with nuclear weapons.
The remarks attributed to you demonstrate that
you are an advocate for mass destruction and genocide.
These remarks have no place in the United States

Before we contact our national constituency, it is our
hope that this was a result of some misunderstanding
and that a clarification of this issue will help
resolve the matter. I look forward to hearing from
you soon concerning this urgent issue.

Very truly yours,

Congresswoman Mary Rose Oakar (Ret.)

Cc: President George W. Bush
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX)
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)

3) Another blog to watch:


4) Another interesting website:

5) Apt Cartoon:

Sutton Impact - Ward Sutton
Retired Swift Boat Veterans for Truth Attack the AARP

6) Report criticizes interim Iraq government

WASHINGTON -- Serious human rights abuses occurred
under the interim Iraqi government installed by the
United States after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein,
including torture, illegal detention by police and
forced confessions, according to a State Department

* Read the full article at:

7) Here is at least one case of a conspiracy theory
actually being a conspiracy:

Macmillan backed Syria assassination plot

Documents show White House and No 10 conspired over
oil-fuelled invasion plan

Ben Fenton
Saturday September 27, 2003
The Guardian

Nearly 50 years before the war in Iraq, Britain and
America sought a secretive "regime change" in another
Arab country they accused of spreading terror and
threatening the west's oil supplies, by planning the
invasion of Syria and the assassination of leading
Newly discovered documents show how in 1957 Harold
Macmillan and President Dwight Eisenhower approved a
CIA-MI6 plan to stage fake border incidents as an
excuse for an invasion by Syria's pro-western
neighbours, and then to "eliminate" the most
influential triumvirate in Damascus.

The plans, frighteningly frank in their discussion,
were discovered in the private papers of Duncan
Sandys, Mr Macmillan's defence secretary, by Matthew
Jones, a reader in international history at Royal
Holloway, University of London.

Although historians know that intelligence services
had sought to topple the Syrian regime in the autumn
of 1957, this is the first time any document has been
found showing that the assassination of three leading
figures was at the heart of the scheme. In the
document drawn up by a top secret and high-level
working group that met in Washington in September
1957, Mr Macmillan and President Eisenhower were left
in no doubt about the need to assassinate the top men
in Damascus.

Part of the "preferred plan" reads: "In order to
facilitate the action of liberative forces, reduce the
capabilities of the Syrian regime to organise and
direct its military actions, to hold losses and
destruction to a minimum, and to bring about desired
results in the shortest possible time, a special
effort should be made to eliminate certain key
individuals. Their removal should be accomplished
early in the course of the uprising and intervention
and in the light of circumstances existing at the

The document, approved by London and Washington, named
three men: Abd al-Hamid Sarraj, head of Syrian
military intelligence; Afif al-Bizri, chief of the
Syrian general staff; and Khalid Bakdash, leader of
the Syrian Communist party.

For a prime minister who had largely come to power on
the back of Anthony Eden's disastrous antics in Suez
just a year before, Mr Macmillan was remarkably
bellicose. He described it in his diary as "a most
formidable report". Secrecy was so great, Mr Macmillan
ordered the plan withheld even from British chiefs of
staff, because of their tendency "to chatter".

Concern about the increasingly anti-western and
pro-Soviet sympathies of Syria had been growing in
Downing Street and the White House since the overthrow
of the conservative military regime of Colonel Adib
Shishakli by an alliance of Ba'ath party and Communist
party politicians and their allies in the Syrian army,
in 1954.

Driving the call for action was the CIA's Middle East
chief Kermit Roosevelt, grandson of former president
Theodore Roosevelt. He identified Colonel Sarraj,
General al-Bizri and Mr Bakdash as the real power
behind a figurehead president. The triumvirate had
moved even closer to Nikita Khrushchev's orbit after
the previous year's disastrous attempt by Britain and
France, in collusion with Israel, to reverse the
nationalisation of the Suez canal.

By 1957, despite America's opposition to the Suez
move, President Eisenhower felt he could no longer
ignore the danger of Syria becoming a centre for
Moscow to spread communism throughout the Middle East.
He and Mr Macmillan feared Syria would destabilise
pro-western neighbours by exporting terrorism and
encouraging internal dissent. More importantly, Syria
also had control of one of the main oil arteries of
the Middle East, the pipeline which connected
pro-western Iraq's oilfields to Turkey.

The "preferred plan"adds: "Once a political decision
is reached to proceed with internal disturbances in
Syria, CIA is prepared, and SIS [MI6] will attempt, to
mount minor sabotage and coup de main incidents within
Syria, working through contacts with individuals.

"The two services should consult, as appropriate, to
avoid any overlapping or interference with each
other's activities... Incidents should not be
concentrated in Damascus; the operation should not be
overdone; and to the extent possible care should be
taken to avoid causing key leaders of the Syrian
regime to take additional personal protection


The report said that once the necessary degree of fear
had been created, frontier incidents and border
clashes would be staged to provide a pretext for Iraqi
and Jordanian military intervention. Syria had to be
"made to appear as the sponsor of plots, sabotage and
violence directed against neighbouring governments,"
the report says. "CIA and SIS should use their
capabilities in both the psychological and action
fields to augment tension." That meant operations in
Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon, taking the form of
"sabotage, national conspiracies and various
strong-arm activities" to be blamed on Damascus.

The plan called for funding of a "Free Syria
Committee", and the arming of "political factions with
paramilitary or other actionist capabilities" within
Syria. The CIA and MI6 would instigate internal
uprisings, for instance by the Druze in the south,
help to free political prisoners held in the Mezze
prison, and stir up the Muslim Brotherhood in

The planners envisaged replacing the Ba'ath/Communist
regime with one that was firmly anti-Soviet, but they
conceded that this would not be popular and "would
probably need to rely first upon repressive measures
and arbitrary exercise of power".

The plan was never used, chiefly because Syria's Arab
neighbours could not be persuaded to take action and
an attack from Turkey alone was thought to be
unacceptable. The following year, the Ba'athists moved
against their Communist former allies and took Syria
into a federation with Gen Nasser's Egypt, which
lasted until 1963.

8) Qantas Airlines (a rare dose of humor for this

After every flight, Qantas pilots fill out a form,
called a "gripe sheet," which tells mechanics about
problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the
problems; document their repairs on the form, and
then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next
flight. Never let it be said that ground crews lack a
sense of humor...

Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted
by Qantas pilots (marked with a P) and the solutions
recorded (marked with an S) by maintenance engineers.

By the way, Qantas is the only major airline that has
never had an accident. ... Enjoy!

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.

P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on back-order.

P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet
per minute
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.

P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That's what they're for.

P: IFF inoperative.
S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you're right.

P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

P: Aircraft handles funny. (I love this one!)
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be

P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.

And the best one for last...

P. Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds
like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
S: Took hammer away from midget

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