The City of Berkeley <3 Islamic Terrorists

 

Well, only the “cleared” ones. &nbsp;From SFGate:

On Tuesday, on the recommendation of its Peace and Justice Commission, the Berkeley City Council is set to vote on a resolution to invite “one or two cleared”&nbsp;Guantanamo Bay detainees&nbsp;to resettle in Berkeley.

Peace and Justice Commissioner Rita Maran told me that the idea was to invite to Berkeley “the kind of people you’d like to have living next door to you or dating your cousin.”

Every single thing about those two sentences is absurd, and laughable, and infuriating, and then laughable again. &nbsp;Everytime I attempt to think seriously about them and the utter ignorance they represent, I start laughing again.

In the first place, what on earth does “cleared” mean?

As Thomas Joscelyn, senior fellow for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies observed, “There’s an entire mythology” about detainees being exonerated, when they’ve simply won conditional releases or habeas corpus petitions.

President&nbsp;Obama’s&nbsp;own task force looked into Guantanamo’s 240 detainees in 2009. While it approved some transfers and conditional releases, Joscelyn noted, “They didn’t find any innocent goat herders.”

Once again, the left displays its malignant narcissism. &nbsp;Everything and everyone is a prop. &nbsp;

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  1. Profile photo of Stuart Creque Member

    &nbsp;As someone who occasionally goes to the Jewish Community Center in Berkeley for special events, I think the Peace and Justice Commissioner needs to prepare a map of Berkeley showing the points of Jewish cultural interest — synagogues, the JCC, the Judah Magnes Museum — as well as the community organizations and facilities for the LGBT community, and present that to whomever from Gitmo she invites to Berkeley.&nbsp; Either the former detainee will take that as a sign that Berkeley isn’t a community that shares his values, or he’ll take that as an invitation to do mischief… which will give the residents of Berkeley an object lesson in the nature of Gitmo detainees.

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    • February 15, 2011 at 1:01 am
  2. Profile photo of Mark Wilson Member
    Rob Long: Everything and everyone is a prop.

    Perfect.&nbsp; It’s their ostentatious displays of “tolerance” that always make me think they are just trolling.

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    • February 15, 2011 at 1:15 am
  3. Profile photo of Kenneth Inactive

    I notice she didn’t say, “…dating your daughter…”

    • #3
    • February 15, 2011 at 1:22 am
  4. Profile photo of Cunctator Inactive

    &nbsp;Well, by embracing and interacting with a group that hates America less than they do, it’s possible that they (ie, Berkeleyites) can be drawn to the political center.

    • #4
    • February 15, 2011 at 1:23 am
  5. Profile photo of Paul A. Rahe Contributor

    I cannot think of anything that would serve Berkeley better. Poetic justice, say I.

    • #5
    • February 15, 2011 at 1:23 am
  6. Profile photo of wilber forge Inactive

    There are no any innocent goat herders in the number of to be released…!!!

    Perhaps Berkley think is in the manner of shoplifting is a greater social ill.

    • #6
    • February 15, 2011 at 1:25 am
  7. Profile photo of Stuart Creque Member
    Mark Wilson
    Rob Long: Everything and everyone is a prop.

    Perfect.&nbsp; It’s their ostentatious displays of “tolerance” that always make me think they are just trolling. · Feb 14 at 12:15pm

    They are engaged in magical thinking.&nbsp; It is on the very same level as voodoo dolls and sacrificing virgins to the Volcano God.

    They believe that if they invite the former Gitmo detainee to loving, tolerant, peaceful Berkeley, they will catalyze a radical transformation in his thinking about the West, and that this new understanding and tolerance will spread throughout the Islamic world like a virus to which its people have no immunity.

    They do not understand that Islamicism developed as the antibodies to Western ideas of tolerance and coexistence, and that their puny gesture will not infect anyone so immunized.&nbsp; They cannot conceive that showing this sort of tolerance and understanding to the former Gitmo detainee will simply give him a piece of intelligence to share with his jihadist friends: “come to Berkeley — not only will no one suspect you, they will help you set up whatever destructive plot you wish.”

    It’s like the kid in Portland said: “No one’s looking for jihad here.”

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    • February 15, 2011 at 1:26 am
  8. Profile photo of Cunctator Inactive

    And I do note – one or two individuals does = “<3” as per the title of the post.&nbsp; Speaking of which, Happy “Singles Awareness Day” everyone . . .

    • #8
    • February 15, 2011 at 1:29 am
  9. Profile photo of Franco Member

    I worked for a time in a circus and the tiger trainer, a young guy from Wales, would raise his tiger cubs with wolves who were tougher than dogs but a bit less wild than Siberian tigers in order to domesticate, as it were, the cubs.

    In that vein, I suggest the town of Berkeley take in a few conservative Americans – “cleared” of course, to help in the adjustment of all concerned.

    • #9
    • February 15, 2011 at 1:46 am
  10. Profile photo of Palaeologus Member
    Rob Long: In the first place, what on earth does “cleared” mean?

    Probably that they’re non-smokers.

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    • February 15, 2011 at 1:58 am
  11. Profile photo of KC Mulville Member

    This has Darwin Award written all over it.

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    • February 15, 2011 at 2:01 am
  12. Profile photo of Fred. C. Dobbs Member
    Paul A. Rahe: I cannot think of anything that would serve Berkeley better. Poetic justice, say I. · Feb 14 at 12:23pm

    That was my first reaction too, but then I thought, Berkeley, schmerkely, they’ll be only a short drive away from my home, business and and family in the Silicon Valley!&nbsp; Perhaps their release could be conditional on wearing one of Uncle Junior’s ankle bracelets to assure surrounding communities that the “cleared” detainees remain in the People’s Republic of Berkeley?

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    • February 15, 2011 at 2:07 am
  13. Profile photo of Kervinlee Member
    Rob Long:Peace and Justice Commissioner Rita Maran told me that the idea was to invite to Berkeley “the kind of people you’d like to have living next door to you or dating your cousin.”

    Er, don’t they prefer dating their own cousins?

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    • February 15, 2011 at 2:10 am
  14. Profile photo of tabula rasa Member

    Some have suggested that these detainees may not be all that&nbsp;safe.&nbsp; But Berkeley has some margin of safety to work with,&nbsp;having&nbsp;declared itself a “nuclear-free&nbsp;city.” In the event of a nuclear bomb blast in the Bay area, I assume all shockwaves, heat, and fallout will follow the law and avoid Berkeley.

    Somewhere Orwell is crying.

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    • February 15, 2011 at 2:20 am
  15. Profile photo of Franco Member

    Don’t they realize that re-locating fundamentalist Muslims in libertine Berkeley is torture?

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    • February 15, 2011 at 2:23 am
  16. Profile photo of dogsbody Inactive
    Rob Long:&nbsp;

    In the first place, what on earth does “cleared” mean?

    Well, obviously: &nbsp;it means they’ve passed a certain level of Scientology! &nbsp;I mean, would you want a Xenu worshipper to be dating your cousin?

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    • February 15, 2011 at 2:31 am
  17. Profile photo of David Foster Member

    If you wanted to DESIGN a religion/political movement to be as repugnant as possible to the stated values of Berkeley-style leftists, it would look very much like radical/militant Islam. Yet these leftists have been strangely reluctant to engage in wholehearted condemnation of this enemy (observe, for example, the endless excuse-making, for and even glamorization of, Palestinian terrorism), and even more reluctant to join with their fellow Americans for its defeat. Indeed, it seems that many journalists, entertainers, writers, and college professors have strong feelings of fear and/or contempt for the majority of their fellow Americans that greatly overshadow any concerns about terrorist fanatics and terrorist states with nuclear weapons.

    See my post the perfect enemy

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    • February 15, 2011 at 2:33 am
  18. Profile photo of John Walker Contributor
    tabula rasa: But Berkeley has some margin of safety to work with,&nbsp;having&nbsp;declared itself a “nuclear-free&nbsp;city.”

    Maybe not as safe as they think….

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    • February 15, 2011 at 2:55 am
  19. Profile photo of Stuart Creque Member
    tabula rasa: Some have suggested that these detainees may not be all that&nbsp;safe.&nbsp; But Berkeley has some margin of safety to work with,&nbsp;having&nbsp;declared itself a “nuclear-free&nbsp;city.” In the event of a nuclear bomb blast in the Bay area, I assume all shockwaves, heat, and fallout will follow the law and avoid Berkeley.

    Somewhere Orwell is crying. · Feb 14 at 1:20pm

    The irony is that Berkeley is bombarded on a daily basis with radiation from an unshielded nuclear power source.&nbsp; Berkeley residents are suffering skin damage and even skin cancer from their exposure to this reactor, and its owner/operator hasn’t done anything to shield the reactor itself or to protect Berkeleyans from its dangerous output.

    Rather than worrying about the fate of Gitmo detainees, Berkeley should demand that the owner/operator of this lethal radiation source properly shield it, and failing that, should erect a suitable radiation shield to protect its citizens.

    Either that, or they should pass an ordinance only letting Berkeley’s citizens to come out at night.

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    • February 15, 2011 at 2:58 am
  20. Profile photo of Sisyphus Member

    There seems to be a general assumption that jihadis have not already infiltrated the ever-porous Berkeley. Some targets are just too easy to resist. And there was this bunch.

    A more recent snapshot of Berkeley sentiment is here, some jihad-related “highlights”:

    Stand with Us and San Francisco Voice for Israel offered a flyer that reprinted the photos of gun-wielding children on one side and, on the other side, offered quotes from the Hamas Charter, including: “There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad.”

    The second of the two large Stand with Us posters was topped with a Nelson Mandela quote: “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” The rest of the poster was filled with photographs of the same (presumably Palestinian) children holding pistols and assault rifles. One photo showed a young boy proudly displaying a belt of explosives wrapped around his waist. Alongside was a “martyr photo” of a suicide bomber and her young son, both dressed for sacrifice. (The display left some wondering if this is the frame through which the poster artist actually views all Palestinian children.)

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    • February 15, 2011 at 3:05 am
  21. Profile photo of Wylee Coyote Member

    So released terrorists are going to Berkeley.&nbsp; And, upon reflection, the terrorists deserve no better.

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    • February 15, 2011 at 3:25 am
  22. Profile photo of Bill McGurn Contributor

    I think it’s a good idea. And not just for the “cleared.” Gitmo is an outrage? Bring ’em to SF in a nice prison. How about Alcatraz?

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    • February 15, 2011 at 4:05 am
  23. Profile photo of Nickolas Inactive

    Doing a little digging about the “cleared” candidates. First one mentioned in the article…. Russian-born Ravil Mingazov…From his 2007 Gitmo review.

    ————————————————–

    a. Commitment

    1. The detainee stated he left his wife and son to travel to Afghanistan and Pakistan, so he could live in a pure Muslim state.

    2. The detainee stated he decided to move to Afghanistan to live by the laws of Shariat…

    5. The detainee traveled by van from Lahore, Pakistan, to an al Qaida safe house where Abu Zubaydah lived in Faisalabad, Pakistan.

    6. The detainee stated he left for another al Qaida safe house where he was eventually arrested with a number of suspected al Qaida members.

    b. Training

    1. The detainee attended Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan basic training that included battle drills, tactics, infantry weapons, orienteering, survival training, mines and explosives familiarization , physical wining, and first aid…

    ————————————————-

    And so on. He also made statements claiming he attended Al Qaeda’s Al Farouq training camp in Afghanistan where he learned how to make bombs and poisons.

    He now denies much of what he previously stated is true. He says he made some of it up.

    He should fit in well in Berkeley.

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    • February 15, 2011 at 5:13 am
  24. Profile photo of The Mugwump Inactive

    &nbsp;Cleared?&nbsp; Or uncleared, or unclean, or maybe unwashed . . . I don’t really care.&nbsp; There’s plenty of room in my ossuary for&nbsp;everyone.&nbsp; Bring ’em on.&nbsp;

    • #24
    • February 15, 2011 at 7:28 am
  25. Profile photo of Sisyphus Member

    Uncle Teddy is digging canals, even as I write.

    • #25
    • February 15, 2011 at 8:25 am
  26. Profile photo of StickerShock Inactive

    &nbsp;Peace and Justice Commissioner is funny on its own.&nbsp;

    My town has five commissioners: finance & revenue, parks & public property, public affairs, public safety, and public works.&nbsp; I thought we had it all covered, but I guess not.

    I have a cousin who is recently single……and it is Valentine’s Day, afterall…..Hmmmmm.

    • #26
    • February 15, 2011 at 12:58 pm
  27. Profile photo of Joseph Eagar Member

    And to think, I seriously was thinking of moving to Berkeley someday. &nbsp;Eek!

    • #27
    • February 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm