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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Don't kid yourselves, the Jihad continues

I was recently shown this comment by Charles Johnson from the Little Green Footballs web site (reproduced in full):
144 Charles9/09/2009 1:09:53 pm PDT

re: #118 Daria Emmons

If I were to say anything, it would be that I think LGF has not been following global jihad as it used to, and I think that is a flaw, because global jihad has NOT slowed or stopped.

Actually, it has slowed. When was the last suicide bombing inside Israel? When was the last major Al Qaeda attack in a Western country? Where are the jihadis launching suicide attacks inside America?

If I've distanced myself somewhat from covering the jihad, it's for two reasons:

1) It really has become less of an issue. There are still Islamic extremists out there, and I'm sure they intend to do us harm, but they seem to be pretty well contained at the moment.

2) A huge number of the so-called "jihad outrages" being promoted these days are outright phony stories promoted by bigots. I simply don't trust very much of the information coming from the so-called "anti-jihad" blogs, because they engage in lying and fear mongering.

Although I disagree with the comment completely, I'm not going to go into the rest of his comment, but I do want to speak to the point about "When was the last suicide bombing inside Israel?" The real question that ought to be asked is "when was the last successful suicide bombing inside Israel?" The fact that the answer is 'not recently' has nothing to do with a lack of effort on the jihadis' part.

If any of you really believes that the 'Palestinian' terrorists are not still trying to commit suicide bombings in Israel on a daily basis, I suggest that you start following the IDF spokesperson on Twitter. You will get a report nearly every day that says how many terrorists were arrested in Judea and Samaria during the overnight period.

It's not that the jihad is over - it's that the IDF has managed with the help of the 'security fence' (and God) to gain control over the situation. But the IDF is spending as much time as ever fighting terrorism. Anyone who believes otherwise is fooling themselves. The last thing we can do now is let down our guard. Terrorism is no less of an issue than ever.


At 2:19 PM, Blogger Ashan said...

Charles' reaction is also proof of the mainstream return to a "9/10" mentality. If it hasn't blown you up yet, it isn't out there.

At 3:08 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Anyone who has followed Charles Johnson over the past year can not fail to notice that he has changed completely.

He has become an open apologist for anything and everything Left.

I have no idea why he has a need to brow-beat us about how the Republican party has gone down the tubes.

Not a day goes by without a Charles posting an article slamming "Nirthers", anti gun-control, pro-lifers, intelegent design, Glen Beck, Palin, tea parties... the list goes on and on.

Its almost as if he gets insulted on behalf of the left.

When Bush was in the white house he used to understand that one can be patriotic, support the rule of law but still disagree with the office-bearer. Today any one who disagrees or expresses negative sentiments with regards to Obama is deemed a reactionary or a racist.

I have no doubt that come 2012, Mr. Johnson will not vote Republican.

At 4:50 PM, Blogger Abu Yussif said...

i saw your name on a list of those banned from lgf, right? charles has gone off the deep end, i hope he comes to his senses. what a waste of a good blog.

At 5:03 PM, Blogger Moriah said...

I stoppped paying attention to LGF around the time he started calling one of the most knowlegable, pre-eminent experts on Jihad, Robert Spencer, a racist. What happednd to Charles Johnson? Was he faking Conservatism or is this a story of something along the lines of the Body Snatchers? LGF unfortunately for CJ has become irrelevent.

At 5:55 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Carl, after seeing the debate last night on LGF, I have to say that I think I am done reading that site, apart from the user submitted links. Those are the only things of value there now. The rest of the commenters are badly affected by a groupthink that appears to prevent them from acknowledging their mistakes or their poor reasoning.

Whether it be misreading and misinterpreting signs, or purposefully and disingenuously attacking those they should be allied with.

This is not to say that everything is bad there. They do point out excesses on the left and right. Their focus on birthers and on truthers is good. Birthers have the problem that the electoral college has spoken, and whether the like it or not, Obama is president. Truthers are tin foil hat wearers.

The problem is that most of the commenters there have morphed into little more than Charles' personal echo chamber. He bans people he doesn't agree with, he bans people who dare contradict him. You post at your own peril there, unless you drink his koolaid.

Many people, all over the blogosphere have noted his sites shift and decay into an echo chamber. I've tried to ignore it for too long.

The DC teaparty post was the last straw for me.

At 6:38 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

LGF is obsessed with Robert Spencer and neoNazi european nutroots in the counter-caliphate movement. Charles is de-emphasizing this focus in light of Creationist subversion of the GOP and the growth of the Glenn Beck-Ron Paul Tea Party militias

At 8:42 PM, Blogger Lois Koenig said...


I am totally astounded.That this is the same Charles Johnson that was called a Righteous Gentile by Arutz Sheva? I am stunned by his flip flop on Israel. Sickened, actually.

I am sure that they would rescind this if they saw that comment. I missed it, as I rarely read his blog anymore, and get heads up from friends who are registered, but no longer posting, as LGF has become such a train wreck.

I wonder if that blog will still exist at this time next year.

At 9:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's that the IDF has managed with the help of the 'security fence' (and God)

Ot a zoi!

At 9:31 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Abu Yussif,

Yes, I was banned by LGF about three weeks ago as were many others. I will not say anything else about it on this blog, because I won't disparage Charles, although I will disagree with him when I believe it necessary or appropriate.

I will tell you that I was at the Jewish bloggers conference today and the non-bloggers who distribute the media still consider him very much on our side.

At 10:22 PM, Blogger Ashan said...

Charles lists Daily Kos and Daily Kos Kidz in his blogroll instead of Israel Matzav, Powerline, Jammie Wearing Fool, Yid with Lid, Jihad Watch and a host of other fine blogs he's trashed. That says it all.

How much longer will it take till he kicks off Soccer Dad, Elder of Ziyon, and The Muqata?

At 11:02 PM, Blogger Joe said...

YOU were banned on LGF? Unbelievable.

I remember hearing that Charles only woke up to reality as a result of 9/11, and now that we haven't had one in a while, he's sinking back - like most Americans - into ignorance. Just because the Jihadists haven't managed to attack the US in a while doesn't mean there was a lack of effort or that there is a lack of motivation to do something in the future.

I don't think it's bad of Charles to criticize certain elements of the right, but it's as if he has completely forgotten that there are cuckoo's on both side of the spectrum, and his obsession with Glenn Beck/Nirthers/Paulians is just distracting from important problems that face the country and its friends.

Not only that, but Charles has changed so much that he's willing to "give credit to Obama where its due," in regards to things such as the President losing his naivete on engaging diplomatically with Iran, completely discounting the fact that it took the President nine months to come to his transformation, and that he still has no intention to do whats necessary - attack Iran.

At 11:20 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Palestinians have not given up terror. Israel has been good at defending itself and thwarting their attacks with good intelligence and security work. But if Israel gives up Yesha, all that will go down the drain. This is no time for the Jewish State to become complacent and let down its guard.

What could go wrong indeed

At 12:04 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Joe and Ashan and everyone else with a morbid sense of curiousity,

The comment banning me is here and I would really rather not discuss it.

I will have an announcement later tonight that will take the sting out of this for many of you.

At 1:24 AM, Blogger Joe said...

If you don't wish to discuss it anymore then I'll drop it. But it pains me to think that your blog - the best blog on Israel - will lose out on all the traffic that LGF generates. If Charles wants to help Israel's image, then he should actively promote sites like yours, especially if he is no longer willing to be active on Israel's behalf.

I'm looking forward to the announcement.


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