Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Iran Denies Saudi Report on Mughniyeh

Saudi daily Al Jazira today reported that Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh used Iranian passport while traveling to various parts of the world. Iran denied the allegation. Iranian embassy in Riyadh today described the Al Jazira report as propaganda.

Mughniyeh was killed on 12 February after leaving Iran's Revolution Day ceremony at the Iranian Cultural Center in Damascus.


Nader Uskowi said...

I believe in a world full of violence, no violent actions, including assassination of one’s opponent, should make anyone happy.

Violence begets more violence.

Anonymous said...

Nader Uskowi,

Don't think of this as an act of violence. Think of it as an act of saving countless lives in the future.

Nader Uskowi said...

I appreciate your viewpoint, but I beg to differ.

Anonymous said...

That's the beauty of civilized discourse. We can disagree without blowing each other up. I respect your viewpoint, I just don't agree with it for practical reasons.

Anonymous said...


The anti-Islam rhetoric at the MASh website and the "congratulations" [!!!] offered for the Mossad assassination in Syria should have alerted you immediately. You're going to have to improve your jewdar. These "Muslims Against Sharia" posts are covered with gefilte fish stains. MASh goes well with lox and bagels.

(Non-)Muslims Against Sharia

Muslims Against Sharia burst onto the scene last week [17 September 2007] with its announcement of a counter-bounty on the head of the probably-imaginary Abu Omar al-Baghdadi (al Qaeda’s own version of Keyser Soze). Bearing the slogan "Acknowledging Mistakes, Accepting Responsibities, Moving Forward" they seemed almost too good to be true. Unfortunately, they almost certainly are - as it is not clear that any of their members are actually Muslims!

The MASh manifesto sets out their stall quite explicitly:

- We, as Muslims, find it abhorrent that Islam is used to murder millions of innocent people, Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
- Twenty-first century Muslims have two options: we can continue the barbaric policies of the seventh century [...], or we can reform Islam to keep our rich cultural heritage and to cleanse our religion from the reviled relics of the past.

So far so good. MASh appears to do exactly what it says on the tin: they are Muslims, and they are against sharia.

So it was surprising to see, buried away in their Blogger profile, that one of their main "Team Members" was Atlas Shrugs (aka Pamela Geller) - the right-wing, Bushier-than-Bush blogger who only last month was calling for Islam to be banned. Had Pamela "reverted" to the one true religion?

And why would MASh take on such a high-profile blogger and keep her hidden away? Did they think having an anti-Islam neocon on board might undermine their credibility? Or are they actually anti-Islam neocons themselves, and they simply forgot to cover their tracks by tidying up their Blogger profile?

The Freethinker asked MASh spokesman "Khalim Massoud" outright: "Are you in any way connected with American neocons?" - thereby giving him the chance to come clean and explain the Atlas connection. He answered:

Neocon is a vague term. If it means that neocon is a former Liberal who became a Conservative after 9/11, then, in a way, we are all neocons. We get blamed from both sides. There are people that see us as Islamic conspiracy
to decrease non-Muslim vigilance. Others see us as a neocon conspiracy to divide the Ummah. There is no point in trying to convince either; they already made up their minds. But since most of those people probably believe
that Bush and the Jews orchestrated September 11 attacks, we don't want to waste our time alleviating those concerns.

Oh dear. Concerns not really alleviated, Khalim. Concerns somewhat intensified.

What about Atlas herself? Although a prominent Team Member, she had made no mention of them on her blog - and she is prolific, to say the least - in spite of their headline-grabbing counter bounty earlier in the week. Why so coy?

The Freethinker: I notice that Muslims Against Sharia is one of the 4 Blogger blogs you administer [actually, 'author' is more accurate]. Was it your idea?
Atlas Shrugs: NO but I love it.
The Freethinker: How did you become involved with them?
Atlas Shrugs: They asked me.
The Freethinker: What exactly did they ask you for?
Atlas Shrugs: Uh, to join them. What is it you are getting at?

Uh, just wondering what a conservative Jew was doing in a group called Muslims Against Sharia.


Nader Uskowi said...

Mark, thanks a million for the enlightening remarks. The group first posted comments on this post on 19 February. What was peculiar was their advocacy of violence and at the same time their claim to be against sharia. Their tactic to enter the very same comments on different posts in this blog, even after they had publicly argued their points with me, is certainly not welcome. I need to look at the way the comments are posted on this site.

Anonymous said...


"The anti-Islam rhetoric at the MASh website"

You must be too stupid to understand the difference between anti-Islam and anti-Islamism.


If one idiot makes a baseless accusation and another idiot repeats it, does it become true?

Anonymous said...


My pleasure of course. I've been dealing with disinformation phonies both online and off for years. Since you are publishing a blog about Iran you will be attracting zionists promoting the zionist agenda. For whatever reason, zionists rarely identify themselves as zionists. They prefer to present themselves as something else.

I grew up and went through school in, ahem, a jewish neighborhood. I developed a sixth sense (jewdar) that usually allows me to detect "our friends" within two minutes of meeting them face to face. It sometimes takes a bit longer to recognize the characteristic dishonesty and duplicity when reading written commentary. The reality of what's being said is always there however if you know how to mentally translate zionist, pro-israel propaganda written in seemingly innocuous English into plain terms. It takes a bit of practice if you haven't spent a lot of time interacting with "our friends" but the skill to spot the disinformation can be developed with practice and helpful instruction. Sometimes the disinformation is clever, but often it's clumsy as in the case of this bilge from the so-called "Muslims Against Sharia" posted at your blog.

Always trust your instincts and beware of comments that "don't seem quite right" my friend.

Cheers, and Khoda hafez


Anonymous said...

A Nazi asshole imagining a Zionist around every corner? What a surprise!

Anonymous said...


Keep an eye on this thread. It provides some good examples of the many ways to spot "our friends."

Lesson #1

Once a zionist has been identified as such he or she becomes angry. He or she immediately launches into abusive name calling and vulgar ad hominem attacks. Bodily functions, bodily fluids and orifices of excretion are particular obsessions of "our friends." Sometimes known as "bathroom humor," it's a favorite amongst performers in the Catskills and similar venues.

Lesson #2

zionists are obsessed with "Nazis" and "Hitler." Once they've been exposed as zionists and frauds they'll accuse others of being either a Nazi or of being another Hitler. The irony of those accusations always escape them. Condsidering what the beanie babies are doing in Palestine and Gaza it is obscene for zionists to be flinging around the word "Nazi."

They zionists only need to look in a mirror to find Nazis.

Q: What's the difference between 1939 Warsaw and Palestine in 2008?

A: Palestine has nicer weather.