Israel's end is near, Ahmadinejad says

Israel's end is near, Ahmadinejad says

There are 38083 comments on the Worcester Telegram & Gazette story from Jun 4, 2007, titled Israel's end is near, Ahmadinejad says. In it, Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports that:

TEHRAN, Iran- Iran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday said the world would witness the destruction of Israel soon, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

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w wman uk

UK

#39687 Jul 26, 2013
" He complained in this later letter (July 27, 1944) that despite his earlier protest and general German promises to the Arabs, "the Jews, nevertheless did leave." (5) This shows that he was not always successful in his efforts.
Interventions of this kind were widely reported after World War II. Bartley Crum, an American member of the Anglo-American Commission of Inquiry on Palestine (1946), was shown documentation to this effect by an investigator for the Nuremberg Tribunal. It was also reported at the time in the New York Post by Edgar Ansel Mowrer. Since then, however, this information has generally been omitted from both academic studies and popular-level accounts of Arab-Israeli relations and modern Arab politics. But research has gone on. Fairly recently, Professor Daniel Carpi of Tel Aviv University has published his research on the matter, based on Italian archives, whereas most earlier information had come from German archives.(6)
w wman uk

UK

#39688 Jul 26, 2013
Yet the whitewashers customarily overlook this information which does not fit the innocuous, put upon image of the Arabs (particularly Palestinian Arabs) that they wish to project.
Husseini broadcast often to the Arab countries over Radio Berlin. Indeed he was in charge of Arabic broadcasting not only for Radio Berlin but for the Italian station at Bari.(7)
In one broadcast he urged Arabs, "Kill Jews wherever you find them for the love of God, history, and religion." (8)
If those who had heard such urgings yet acclaimed the Mufti as a leader after World War 2, would this reflect on their attitudes towards genocide and Jews? The thought might be inconvenient. Another broadcast presented what was the first public notice from an Axis source as to the scope of the Holocaust. In a broadcast of September 30, 1944, he asked the Arabs rhetorically, "Is it not in your power to repulse the Jews whose number is not more than eleven million?" (9)
Before the war, the world Jewish population had been estimated at around 17 and 18 million, which Husseini surely knew.
The Germans subsidized Haj Amin in the amount of 75,000 reichsmarks per month. He received other sums from them for expenses for his several residences, for maintaining his "Arabisches Büro," for maintaining other Arabs living in Axis Europe, etc. The Germans also subsidized a number of other prominent Arabs who had found refuge in Nazi Germany.(10)
w wman uk

UK

#39689 Jul 26, 2013
Husseini's subsidies came from both the Foreign Ministry and the SS.(11)
Husseini's Nazi collaboration did not begin with World War 2 itself. As early as March 1933, after the Nazis under Hitler had won the general elections in Germany, Husseini offered his congratulations through the German consul in Jerusalem.(12)
Hitler's fanatic Judeophobia was no secret even then, not even in far off Jerusalem.
Admiral Canaris of German intelligence, the Abwehr, provided support for the socalled Arab revolt in mandatory Palestine (1936-1939), the first intifada. Meanwhile, the Mufti sent emissaries to Berlin in 1937 and 1939 to discuss financial, diplomatic, and weapons assistance. He also received financial support for the Arab revolt from the wealthy American anti-semite and Hitler sympathizer, Charles R. Crane who was also the patron of Husseini's associate on the Palestine Arab Executive, George Antonius.(13)
w wman uk

UK

#39690 Jul 26, 2013
Of course Husseini did not act alone. He had a large following and travelled with an entourage. When the British decided in 1937 to stop indulging the Arab revolt, he was allowed to leave mandatory Palestine for Lebanon where he was surrounded by his own retinue. He again had an entourage with him when he settled in Baghdad from 1939 to 1941, one of his close advisors being his kinsman `Abdul-Qadir al-Husayni (Husseini), Faisal Husseini's father. In Iraq he very successfully engaged in pro-Nazi, pan-Arab intrigue. He was in fact one of the major figures in Iraqi politics at that time, helping to instigate a coup d'etat which installed a pro-Nazi government that declared war on the British while Rommel was advancing in North Africa. British intelligence reports show that Husseini was one of the decision-makers of the Iraqi government in this period, while Rashid `Ali el-Kilani was prime minister. (14)
w wman uk

UK

#39691 Jul 26, 2013
Part of the pro-Nazi work at the time of Husseini and his allies was propagating hatred of Jews among the Muslim Iraqis. This came to its most violent expression in an incident called the Farhud in June 1941, after British defeat of the Iraqi Arab army. The Mufti's pro-Nazi Iraqi associates incited a pogrom in Baghdad which killed an estimated 600 Jews while British troops stayed outside the city. Subsequent to the restoration of order in the country, an official Iraqi investigating commission reported that the Mufti of Jerusalem and his entourage were among the factors causing the pogrom. Husseini, after arriving in Iraq, "began disseminating Nazi propaganda with great cunning... His entourage also engaged in wide-scale anti-Jewish and anti-British propaganda activities among all classes." The report added, "The Palestinian and Syrian schoolteachers" in Iraq opposed "government... steps against Nazism." (15)
While operating in the Nazi-fascist domain during the war, the Mufti demonstrated complete identification with the Nazi policy of mass murdering Jews as outlined above.
w wman uk

UK

#39692 Jul 26, 2013
He also knew the scope of the Holocaust in terms of numbers killed before the fact of the mass murder was generally known. This knowledge showed up in a broadcast of 1944 quoted above and no doubt came from his close ties to Himmler.
On occasion he went farther than the Germans themselves. We see this for instance, in his opposition to the German plan to exchange Jews for German prisoners of the British. Husseini energetically protested against letting any Jews escape their fate under the Nazis.
His help for the Holocaust was considerable. Besides helping to recruit Bosnian Muslims for the SS - who later went out to hunt down partisans and slaughter Serbs, Jews, and Gypsies - he also recruited Soviet Muslims to collaborate with the Nazis.(16)
w wman uk

UK

#39693 Jul 26, 2013
Some of them served in the Einsatzgruppen, the dread murder detachments that massacred Jews in Belarus and Ukraine.
In fact Husseini set up an Islamic Institute in Dresden for training Soviet Muslim imams. Meanwhile, he also set up an Arab Institute for Research into the Jewish Question (based on a German model). These projects were made possible by the generous German subsidies that he received.(17)
His ties were particularly close with SS commander Himmler. A photograph of the Mufti with Himmler bears a dedication to him from the Nazi leader, reading as follows: "Seiner Eminenz dem Grossmufti zur Erinnerung 4 VII. 1943" ("To his Eminence the Grand Mufti in remembrance, July 4, 1943"). This photo has been fairly widely published (18) as has the photo of his meeting with Hitler.
Members of his entourage in Germany, young men of various prominent Palestinian Arab families, Khalidis and others besides Husseinis, took SS training and visited the Sachsenhausen murder camp.
w wman uk

UK

#39694 Jul 26, 2013
All this was done with German money. Apparently the Germans considered his work worthwhile for them, since they gave Husseini's activities wide publicity. For instance, his review of Bosnian Muslim SS troops was featured on the front cover of the Wiener Illustrierte (January 12, 1944).
Busy as he was helping the Nazis in places as far apart as Bosnia, Belarus, and the northern Caucasus, Husseini did not forget the Jews in the Arab countries. While battles raged in Libya, the Mufti urged that Tripoli be "purged" of its Jews. As pointed out above, he and his associates had urged Hitler to extend the "Solution of the Jewish Question" to Arab lands. In their meeting, November 28, 1941, Hitler promised that this was part of his own plan. When the German troops crossed the Caucasus, the Fuehrer added, "then will strike the hour of Arab liberation." Hitler informed Husseini of his intent to "solve" the "Jewish problem," not only in Europe but in non-European countries as well. "The Grand Mufti replied that... He was fully reassured and satisfied by the words which he had heard from the Chief of the German State." (19)
Of course pro-Nazi sentiment among the Arabs did not stem from the Mufti's influence alone. While Iraq had the pro-Nazi Futuwwa and Youth Phalanxes youth groups, Egypt and Morocco had their "Green Shirts" in imitation of the Italian fascist blackshirts and the Nazi brownshirts. Nasser and his "Free Officers" circle were notoriously pro-Nazi.
The former Egyptian Army Chief of Staff,`Aziz `Ali el-Masri, was arrested on his way to Rommel's headquarters to aid the German war effort. One of the plotters in this affair was Anwar Sadat, then a young officer and comrade of Nasser. Sadat wrote of this at length in his early book of memoirs, Revolt on the Nile (London, 1957).(20)
He wrote: "We made contact with the German Headquarters in Libya and we acted in complete harmony with them." (21)
He added: "We prepared to fight side by side with the Axis." (22)
To show Sadat's identification at the time with the paranoid Judeophobia of the Germans, we may point to his explanation of the failure of a German intelligence mission. Certain Egyptian Jews, he claims, gave the British information on two German agents sent to Cairo to make contact with the pro-Nazi Egyptian officers.(23)
Through the Allied victories at El-Alamein and Stalingrad, he wrote, "both arms of the German pincer movement on Egypt were broken, and Egyptian hopes were broken too." (24)
At any rate, Sadat's later essay at autobiography, In Search of Identity (New York, 1978), softens the picture of his pro-German, anti-Jewish attitudes.
"Arab nationalists found Berlin a haven of hospitality and understanding in World War II," the International Herald Tribune tells us in an unusual show of candor on this issue.(25)
The hospitality extended not only to Husseinis but to certain of their Hashemite rivals, at that time the ruling family in both Iraq and Transjordan. Rashid `Ali el-Kilani, the Iraqi prime minister who had declared war on Britain in 1941 with the Mufti's encouragement, found asylum in Berlin too. Saudi Arabia, hostile to the Hashemites for its own reasons, was also pro-Nazi.(26)
It was one of the first states to recognize the Italian fascist conquest of Ethiopia.(27)
Arab-Nazi collaboration took place on the ideological plane as well as the political and military planes. On a visit to Berlin in 1937, Dr Sa`id `Abdel-Fattah Iman of the Damascus Arab Club proposed, inter alia, to promote National Socialist ideology among the Arabs and Muslims generally.(28)
w wman uk

UK

#39695 Jul 26, 2013
The simuluaraties between islam a the nazzies are stagering.
MUQ

Dammam, Saudi Arabia

#39696 Jul 26, 2013
What these people lack is patience. They want to "unload" 200 pages or so at one shot and get done with it.

No one reads or can read such long posts.

So they do get their job done and no one knows anything.

Similarities between islam and Nazism? Islam is present since 1400 years, Nazism came and gone and there is hardly any followers of that "religion".

Islam which is Universal religion, how can it be compared with Nazism that is based on Superiority of Aryan race?

But these people are really mad, how can one argue with them.

rtloder

Since: Nov 12

Sydney, Australia

#39697 Jul 26, 2013
Spam , spoof , and more spam again.
How dare you up stupid w woeman uk.
I haven't got 17 hours to kill.
I got heaps of replying to do.
I suppose if you were popular like me you too would find something better to do.
The Syrian forum is wonderful these days it's an education to read the posts not boring.
LIKE that one about Hussein, darned if his problem wasn't that he went to a Catholic School.
Gurion was closer to Hitler than Hussein.
Hitler had good Jews and bad Jews , good Jews had money and bad Jews had none.
All Jews both good and bad helped build the Reich, bad ones got the blame for Germany loosing the first world war .
Which is undoubtedly true.
And good Jews helped with the bogey syndrome.
Zionists were good , Assimilationisits
were bad.
Much the same as terrorists in the West today.
Cameron is a replica of Nazi Policy of you exchange Terrorist for Jew .
Actually how could you do that there both the same.

w wman uk

Glasgow, UK

#39698 Jul 27, 2013
rtloder wrote:
Spam , spoof , and more spam again.
How dare you up stupid w woeman uk.
I haven't got 17 hours to kill.
I got heaps of replying to do.
I suppose if you were popular like me you too would find something better to do.
The Syrian forum is wonderful these days it's an education to read the posts not boring.
LIKE that one about Hussein, darned if his problem wasn't that he went to a Catholic School.
Gurion was closer to Hitler than Hussein.
Hitler had good Jews and bad Jews , good Jews had money and bad Jews had none.
All Jews both good and bad helped build the Reich, bad ones got the blame for Germany loosing the first world war .
Which is undoubtedly true.
And good Jews helped with the bogey syndrome.
Zionists were good , Assimilationisits
were bad.
Much the same as terrorists in the West today.
Cameron is a replica of Nazi Policy of you exchange Terrorist for Jew .
Actually how could you do that there both the same.
l can see l will have to make this simple for you two twisted sisters.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERERENCE BETWEEN THE NAZZI AND THE ISLAMIST ????
The islamist death and punnishment to the non believer nazzis same.
The islamist death to the Jews the nazzies the same.
The islamist aim for world domination for islam nazzies the same for their cult.
The islamist will gleefuly kill his own to gain power the nazzies the same.
hezbullah do the funny goose step march as the nazzies.
So "I got heaps of replying to do" Guess you have mr no life.
Why dont you try an honest days work for a change instead of trying to defend the indefencable, islam is a wounded amimal to frighten weak and sick to take reform.

rtloder

Since: Nov 12

Sydney, Australia

#39699 Jul 27, 2013
w wman uk wrote:
<quoted text> l can see l will have to make this simple for you two twisted sisters.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERERENCE BETWEEN THE NAZZI AND THE ISLAMIST ????
The islamist death and punnishment to the non believer nazzis same.
The islamist death to the Jews the nazzies the same.
The islamist aim for world domination for islam nazzies the same for their cult.
The islamist will gleefuly kill his own to gain power the nazzies the same.
hezbullah do the funny goose step march as the nazzies.
So "I got heaps of replying to do" Guess you have mr no life.
Why dont you try an honest days work for a change instead of trying to defend the indefencable, islam is a wounded amimal to frighten weak and sick to take reform.

Silly subjective opinions you got !, done had their day.
You didn't respond to my leading question .
Guess I'll have to be more plain.
To facilitate your stupid Jew brain.
The Jew caused the loss of the First World War for Germany.
You got to ask my why or I won't speak to you any more.
Doesn't worry me I got no life anyway, don't want one either, life isn't so great.
And besides I'll ask my buddy to the resident Islamist to ask me .
By for now I got research to do.
w wman uk

Heywood, UK

#39700 Jul 27, 2013
rtloder wrote:
<quoted text>
Silly subjective opinions you got !, done had their day.
You didn't respond to my leading question .
Guess I'll have to be more plain.
To facilitate your stupid Jew brain.
The Jew caused the loss of the First World War for Germany.
You got to ask my why or I won't speak to you any more.
Doesn't worry me I got no life anyway, don't want one either, life isn't so great.
And besides I'll ask my buddy to the resident Islamist to ask me .
By for now I got research to do.
Try the Samaritans.
Life is great not all the time granted even less so if you spend your time following the oppressive and hateful dictats of the koran.
Have you thought of moving to say iran you might be happy there but you would probably have to work for a living as l dont think they do welfare.

rtloder

Since: Nov 12

Baulkham Hills, Australia

#39701 Jul 27, 2013
w wman uk wrote:
<quoted text> Try the Samaritans.
Life is great not all the time granted even less so if you spend your time following the oppressive and hateful dictats of the koran.
Have you thought of moving to say iran you might be happy there but you would probably have to work for a living as l dont think they do welfare.

What do you know about the Samaritans .?????????
I'm not spilling my guts until you ask me about why the bloody Jews lost the war for Germany.
I am going to live in the Caucasus (Russia) in 2 years time , because I can get my pension transferred there.
I love Stalinism even though it is redundant .
Its passing was the opportunity lost for mankind.
It had to have the second coming of course to make it work , other wise Poofters would have just taken over.
Fortunately Russia doesn't need Stalinism , or the second Coming they passed a law making it illegal for Poofters to influence children .
Maybe there is hope for mankind after all.
MUQ

Qatif, Saudi Arabia

#39702 Jul 27, 2013
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/arti...

What Is the Threshold for Martial Law?

By Anthony Gregory (Contd)

Not long ago, American law enforcement embraced the pretense that it sought to arrest suspects and bring them to trial. The advertised standard seems to have shifted. In February, the LAPD appeared to target ex-cop Chris Dorner, who allegedly murdered police and families of police, for summary liquidation.

They drove around shooting at trucks they thought might contain the suspect. They surrounded him in a cabin, deployed CS gas, and the building went up in flames. Almost no one make a big deal of the fact of what had happened—everyone just assumed he was guilty and that there was no reasonable way to apprehend him alive. Or people didn’t care.

The same is true of Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the nineteen-year-old suspect who managed to escape an army of law enforcement. Everyone assumes he’s guilty, and I would surely bet that he is, but that is not supposed to be America’s standard of legal justice. We also have every reason to want him alive, to know about his motives, to learn as much as we can to guard against future threats. Yet the standards of guilt have seemed to decline in recent memory, along with the standards for the state abolishing civil liberty. And in this case, even if he’s certainly guilty, the standards for how the state tries to bring someone into custody seem to have eroded as well.

We see the danger inherent in state power. The police are conducting the most pedestrian, universally assumed valid function of government. They are going after a murderer who appears to be armed and dangerous and a continuing threat. And in this pursuit, they have turned several cities into what look like police states by any reasonable measure. This demonstrates that the core nature of the state, its monopoly on crime control, always holds the potential for a full-blown security state and a total abolition of public liberty. What matters most is a culture wary of state power in any and all manifestations.

Yes, the lockdown will eventually ratchet back, but I fear this is only a hint of what is to come. On the one hand, we can say the suspect allegedly committed a particularly insidious crime and poses an especially frightening threat, and so the police reaction is either no cause for alarm, or at least something that will pass. On the other hand, all it took was a couple people with a couple bombs made from pressure cookers, and they managed to provoke the kind of full-scale lockdown you’d expect in response to a genuine invasion by a fully armed and manned military force. Monday showed us how fragile life and social tranquility are. Today shows us how fragile liberty is.

There is nothing we can do to fully overcome the vulnerability of life, unfortunately. There is something we can do, however, to shield against the vulnerability of liberty. We can start by at least asking questions about whether what is happening in Boston is the best response even to the bloody terror of this week.
—


The Kennedy assassination, the DC sniper attacks, and so many other crises did not inspire quite this multi-thousand-officer approach, complete with tanks and a closed down city. The main question needs to be answered: what constitutes a justifiable reason for the state to do this? If a far greater attack occurred, what would that justify?
w wman uk

Stockport, UK

#39703 Jul 28, 2013
rtloder wrote:
<quoted text>
What do you know about the Samaritans .?????????
I'm not spilling my guts until you ask me about why the bloody Jews lost the war for Germany.
I am going to live in the Caucasus (Russia) in 2 years time , because I can get my pension transferred there.
I love Stalinism even though it is redundant .
Its passing was the opportunity lost for mankind.
It had to have the second coming of course to make it work , other wise Poofters would have just taken over.
Fortunately Russia doesn't need Stalinism , or the second Coming they passed a law making it illegal for Poofters to influence children .
Maybe there is hope for mankind after all.
They do good work and donated to them on many occasions, as you know mental illness can strike anyone down any time.
Gemany lost both wars because they took on the world.
The reparations for the first and the lack off a firm responce allowed hester and his gang to gain control.
The recession and the lack of firm responce to the islamofaciest has allowed them to cause much trounle in the world.
Why do you repressed gays dispise your own kind so much?
As for pedophilia is not much evidence that indicates that a gay is any more prone to that evil than a hetrosexial.
In some cultures it is written that the prophet moohamed who they believe is a perfect man was indeed by his own admissions a pedophile.Also the same book discribes young boys as pearls which is more than a bit twisted isnt it sister?
w wman uk

Stockport, UK

#39704 Jul 28, 2013
MUQ wrote:
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/arti...
What Is the Threshold for Martial Law?
By Anthony Gregory (Contd)
Not long ago, American law enforcement embraced the pretense that it sought to arrest suspects and bring them to trial. The advertised standard seems to have shifted. In February, the LAPD appeared to target ex-cop Chris Dorner, who allegedly murdered police and families of police, for summary liquidation.
They drove around shooting at trucks they thought might contain the suspect. They surrounded him in a cabin, deployed CS gas, and the building went up in flames. Almost no one make a big deal of the fact of what had happened—everyone just assumed he was guilty and that there was no reasonable way to apprehend him alive. Or people didn’t care.
The same is true of Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the nineteen-year-old suspect who managed to escape an army of law enforcement. Everyone assumes he’s guilty, and I would surely bet that he is, but that is not supposed to be America’s standard of legal justice. We also have every reason to want him alive, to know about his motives, to learn as much as we can to guard against future threats. Yet the standards of guilt have seemed to decline in recent memory, along with the standards for the state abolishing civil liberty. And in this case, even if he’s certainly guilty, the standards for how the state tries to bring someone into custody seem to have eroded as well.
We see the danger inherent in state power. The police are conducting the most pedestrian, universally assumed valid function of government. They are going after a murderer who appears to be armed and dangerous and a continuing threat. And in this pursuit, they have turned several cities into what look like police states by any reasonable measure. This demonstrates that the core nature of the state, its monopoly on crime control, always holds the potential for a full-blown security state and a total abolition of public liberty. What matters most is a culture wary of state power in any and all manifestations.
Yes, the lockdown will eventually ratchet back, but I fear this is only a hint of what is to come. On the one hand, we can say the suspect allegedly committed a particularly insidious crime and poses an especially frightening threat, and so the police reaction is either no cause for alarm, or at least something that will pass. On the other hand, all it took was a couple people with a couple bombs made from pressure cookers, and they managed to provoke the kind of full-scale lockdown you’d expect in response to a genuine invasion by a fully armed and manned military force. Monday showed us how fragile life and social tranquility are. Today shows us how fragile liberty is.
There is nothing we can do to fully overcome the vulnerability of life, unfortunately. There is something we can do, however, to shield against the vulnerability of liberty. We can start by at least asking questions about whether what is happening in Boston is the best response even to the bloody terror of this week.
—
The Kennedy assassination, the DC sniper attacks, and so many other crises did not inspire quite this multi-thousand-officer approach, complete with tanks and a closed down city. The main question needs to be answered: what constitutes a justifiable reason for the state to do this? If a far greater attack occurred, what would that justify?
More cut and paste mug while im reading this probobly 20 muslims have been killed nothing from you on the subject. Smoke and mirrors is our mug.
w wman uk

Stockport, UK

#39705 Jul 28, 2013
MUQ wrote:
What these people lack is patience. They want to "unload" 200 pages or so at one shot and get done with it.
No one reads or can read such long posts.
So they do get their job done and no one knows anything.
Similarities between islam and Nazism? Islam is present since 1400 years, Nazism came and gone and there is hardly any followers of that "religion".
Islam which is Universal religion, how can it be compared with Nazism that is based on Superiority of Aryan race?
But these people are really mad, how can one argue with them.
You have yourself proclaimed the superiorory of the mohamedan cult.
That makes you a supremisist which is yet another simularity to the nazzi cult.
Muslims may be good but Islam is not
Muslims are Human Beings l do not condone or promote hatred toward Human Beings.
Human beings, of the Muslim faith, are generally not evil, however Islam, other than the moral code it bastardized from the Jews (Judaism is actually the "Religion of Peace"), is the most prolific influence towards evil this world has ever known.
Islam and actions taken by human beings, based on the political ideology of Islam, must be hated and resisted and eventually eliminated just as we learned to do with the Nazi Philosophy and their holocaust.
Islam's "holy" wars, slave trade (Yes, The Muslims brought the slave trade after the Church outlawed slavery), piracy and genocide has murdered more people than all other horrors combined. Not to mention the death from the spread of disease, nurtured in the filthy conditions that existed and continue to exist in the backward culture imposed on the countries Islam wrecked and dominated.
MUQ

Dammam, Saudi Arabia

#39706 Jul 28, 2013
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Government Should Stop Its Own Violence First

By Sheldon Richman

April 20, 2013 "Information Clearing House" -"FFF" - The horrific bombings at the Boston Marathon have left us all stunned. We still don’t know the perpetrators’ motive, but there are some things we do know.

The bombers chose the most closely monitored location in all of Boston. They could have chosen a different site, knowing that all eyes were on the marathon route. But no. They chose the finish line of the oldest marathon in America.

Let that sink in. Since 9/11, law-abiding Americans have been subjected to intrusive “security” measures and civil-liberties infringements. We have been forced to pay billions of dollars for the Department of Homeland Security and increasingly militarized police departments.

What have we to show for it? Two men were able to detonate bombs at the most prominent point in a major city on its biggest day of the year. Intended or not, the bombing was a thumb in the eye of our so-called protectors. Bruce Schneier has aptly described the post-9/11 measures as “security theater.”

Clearly, the emperor has no clothes.

Here’s another thing we know: This was a crime, not an act of war. Even if a foreign organization or country was behind the heinous deed, the bombings in no way could have been calculated to conquer the United States, overthrow the government, or destroy our society. Violence intended to murder, injure, and terrorize is evil — but in itself it is not an act of war.

This issue bears on how the surviving suspect (if he’s caught alive) will be handled. Already it is being speculated that the perpetrator may not be read Miranda warnings, which are read to criminal suspects throughout the United States as part of the due process supposedly guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment. Former FBI special agent Donald Borelli told MSNBC host Chris Hayes that the authorities may want to interrogate the suspect without the traditional constraints of the criminal law. That could mean declaring the suspect an “enemy combatant,” thus denying him the full protection of a trial in civilian criminal court — which unfortunately President Obama has the unilateral power to do.

One of the ominous features of the post-9/11 world is the president’s arbitrary power to treat suspects either like criminal defendants or enemy combatants. In 2002 José Padilla, an American citizen, was arrested on U.S. soil on suspicion of planning to detonate a “dirty bomb.”(He was never charged with that crime, however.)

At first he was treated like an enemy combatant, deprived of the due process accorded criminal suspects, and during his three-and-a-half years in a military prison, subjected to torture (aka “enhanced interrogation techniques”). Padilla challenged his military detention in court, but before he could get to the Supreme Court, the Bush administration moved his case to the civilian criminal-justice system. This prompted a federal appeals court to wonder if, fearing a bad precedent, the administration did so simply to keep the case out of the Supreme Court. Padilla was eventually convicted of conspiring to “murder, kidnap, and maim people overseas.”

Of course, after many years, enemy combatants still languish at Guantanamo Bay without charge or prospect of release.

Obama should immediately announce that the Boston bombing will be handled like a criminal case. That would set a good example for the world.

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