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Location: Arlington, Virginia, United States

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Tell it, Mr. Usman And Mr. Ihsanoglu.


Associated Press Writer

KABUL, Afghanistan: Police shot four protesters to death Wednesday to stop hundreds from marching on a southern U.S. military base, as Islamic organizations called for an end to deadly rioting across the Muslim world over drawings of the Prophet Muhammad.

"Islam says it's all right to demonstrate but not to resort to violence. This must stop," said senior cleric Mohammed Usman, a member of the Ulama Council, Afghanistan's top Islamic organization. "We condemn the cartoons but this does not justify violence. These rioters are defaming the name of Islam."

Other members of the council went on radio and television Wednesday to appeal for calm. It followed a statement released Tuesday by the United Nations, European Union and the world's largest Islamic group urging an end to violence.

"Aggression against life and property can only damage the image of a peaceful Islam," said the statement released by Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the EU chief Javier Solana

Note By Republicus: That's good news. The key to the strategy to win the war on terror is the hope that, with systemic reformation--enabled by Western military intervention-- giving "Power to the People" (e.g. encouraging, enabling, and supporting democratic governments), change will occur from the grass-roots level, from the bottom up.

Unfortunately, that backfired, as we could see from the election results both in Iran, Palestine, and Iraq (the potential for problems in the latter will--hopefully--be tempered by what is the most progressive constitution in the Middle East).

But what we're seeing is change occuring from within the upper echelons of Islamic leadership, influence from the top down...


Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

There's something up with the blog! I can't read anything! : (

12:11 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I am having the same problem.

5:15 PM  
Blogger John said...

Huh? :O

6:34 PM  
Blogger John said...

It's fine on this end...

6:42 PM  
Blogger John said...

What do you see? Blank posts? Scrambled text...?

6:44 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I think it depends on what browswer you are using. I am using Netscape. Most of the time your blog looks fine, but recently it looks like the foreground color is missing.

I will get a screenshot of it to show you. I posted the screensot on my server.

7:54 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I think when you have several very long blog entries in one month (they are archived monthly) that it starts to act up.

See if changing the archive option to weekly instead.

It puzzles me, too.

9:59 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

This is what it looks like in Internet Explorer browser.

Still has something funny on it.

10:04 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

Thanks for the visit. Missed you. I responded to your comment, and also put up a post about a report I read. If nothing else, it is an interesting scenario to be considered. Take a peek, and have a good week!

2:22 PM  
Blogger John said...

Okay, Jess, I'll be paying you a visit soon.

4:14 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

John, That screenshot is at


and the other (Internet Explorer version)


When you pull it up it looks like your blog...only the url is has .jpg

Copy and paste that into your browser.

4:36 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

John, One thing that might work, though I can't be certain, is to do a change template and choose the one you have again. If you had made changes to the template they won't be there until you make those changes...but it might make the blog background behave better.

If you need some help with may email me.

9:45 AM  
Blogger John said...

Thanks Kelly. Wow. Thanks for the heads up ladies. Is it still like that?

Maybe it was temporary...?

1:15 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

It is still weird.

4:36 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

John, you shouldn't loose any data...the only thing it would change is if you had made edits to the template itself.

I was also thinking that it might have something to do with the length of the page...opting for fewer blog entries per page might help.

9:50 PM  
Blogger John said...

Still weird?

I contacted blogger to see what they can make of it. They responded with a form letter of sorts.

11:33 AM  
Blogger John said...

They were like: "Sorry we couldn't respond to you personally, but try these links to see if you can get some answers!"

1:17 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Blogger is a free service, after all.

Last month I mentioned that your blog had been having some technical problems. At the first of February everything looked normal again. Then a week or so into this month it started acting up again. Lets see if it repeats that with the beginning of March.

Then we can see about debugging this.

6:06 AM  
Blogger John said...

ty, doctor. ;)

5:12 PM  

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