Don’t discount this enemy’s resolve

first_img“Islamists have nothing like the military machine the Axis deployed in World War II, nor the Soviet Union during the Cold War. What do the Islamists have to compare with the Wehrmacht or the Red Army? The SS or Spetznaz? The Gestapo or the KGB? Or, for that matter, to Auschwitz or the Gulag?” A thoughtful answer to that question is sobering. The Islamists have: “A potential access to weapons of mass destruction that could devastate Western life. “A religious appeal that provides deeper resonance and greater staying power than the artificial ideologies of fascism or communism. “An impressively conceptualized, funded and organized institutional machinery that successfully builds credibility, goodwill and electoral success. “An ideology capable of appealing to Muslims of every size and shape, from Lumpenproletariat to privileged, from illiterates to Ph.D.s, from the well-adjusted to psychopaths, from Yemenis to Canadians.” Add to the above “a huge number of committed cadres. If Islamists constitute 10 percent to 15 percent of the Muslim population worldwide, they number some 125 million to 200 million persons, or a far greater total than all the fascists and communists, combined, who ever lived.” Recognition, then, of the scale of the pretensions of the Islamist enemy has to precede substantial measures against it. In the matter of Iraq, for instance, the ambiguity of our engagement and the enlarging political cry against it would alter dramatically if one accepted the premises of the Fourth World War so ineluctably spelled out in Podhoretz’s little volume, which takes time here and there to demolish such arguments as were mounted in protest against President Bush’s mention in his 2003 State of the Union address of yellowcake hunting in Niger. Those critics who insist that it is only a small war-party faction of the Islamists that we have to fear might have been asked a generation ago if it was not merely a small number of Germans and Russians we were properly exercised about. Sixty million people were dead after that misreckoning. William F. Buckley Jr. is the founder of National Review magazine. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Some set the matter aside as being nothing more than verbal play for the benefit of word-men. What term properly designates what we are doing, and what we are enduring, in many parts of the world, the symbolic center of which is the Twin Towers site in Manhattan? Sometimes the words chosen can mean the justification of an additional measure of military power. Always they calibrate the public mood and the public perception of what is going on. I am informed that French pacifists, ensconced in the French Academy in 1939 and determined to understate Nazi military exercises (even those being done as close by as Czechoslovakia), refused to acknowledge such a creature as a “bombardier.” Right, “bombardier” would have meant “bomber pilot.” The pacifists were prepared to use the word bombardier, but only as the flying instrument – an airplane from which one drops bombs. Since no such creature as a pilot who drops bombs from such an airplane was acknowledged to exist, the schoolmen of the academy at first refused to authorize that use of the word. Norman Podhoretz, a gifted writer and analyst, does not cavil in these matters, and his new book is called World War IV. By Podhoretz’s calculations, World War II ended with the surrender of Berlin and Tokyo. This was followed by another and very serious war, which we termed the Cold War. That pretty well ended when the Soviet Union allowed the gates in Berlin to open and, two years later, abandoned the Soviet flag. But the end of World War III did not augur an end to global warfare. The new enemy is referred to in certain quarters as Islamofascism. And Podhoretz is the chief taxonomist of that awful combine. He quotes in his book Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum. Pipes is off to a rollicking and reassuring start in what becomes the deadliest paragraph in town. Begin with our military superiority, which would appear to make victory inevitable. last_img read more

Datebook

first_imgChristmas Memories program, 2 p.m., Strathearn Historical Park & Museum, 137 Strathearn Place, Simi Valley. Call (805) 526-6453. Holiday show, 6 p.m., Winnetka Recreation Center, 8401 Winnetka Ave. Call (818) 756-7876. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SATURDAY Audubon Bird Walk, 8 a.m., Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve, Calabasas. Meet at Victory Boulevard trailhead past Valley Circle Boulevard. Call (310) 454-1395, Ext. 153. Mayor’s million tree planting event, 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Hansen Dam Recreation Area, 11798 Foothill Blvd., Lake View Terrace. To volunteer, call (818) 623-4879. Amateur Athletic Foundation youth 1-mile foot race, 9 a.m., Griffith Park Center, 5252 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles. Call (323) 644-6213. Breakfast with Santa, 9-11 a.m., Shadow Ranch Recreation Center, 22630 Vanowen St., West Hills. Call (818) 883-3637. Native plant restoration, 9 a.m.-noon, Headwaters Corner, 3815 Old Topanga Canyon Road, Calabasas. Receive credit for community service hours. Reservations: Call (818) 591-1701, Ext. 205. Pacoima Christmas Parade, 9 a.m.-noon. Parade will start at Citibank, 13657 Van Nuys Blvd., and will end at David M. Gonzalez Recreation Center, 10943 Herrick Ave. Call (818) 899-7401. “Rhythm of L.A.’s History” event, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Tom Bradley Room, City Hall, 200 N. Spring St. Reservations: Call (213) 365-5999, Ext. 402. Parade of Lights Festival, noon-7 p.m., Channel Islands Harbor, 3900 Pelican Way, Oxnard. Call (805) 382-6233 or (805) 382-1612. last_img read more

Arsenal have ‘concrete’ interest in wonderkid striker, could do £6.9m deal

first_imgMartinelli, as with all Brazilians, is not allowed to join a European club until his 18th birthday, which is in June. It is believed negotiations over a deal for the striker would see him link up with Arsenal as soon as he is able, meaning he will be on the north Londoners’ books in time for the start of next season. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade LIVE on talkSPORT LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS REPLY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won RANKED The 17-year-old has previously been on trial with Manchester United, twice, and also spent time with Barcelona in 2017. BEST OF huge blow Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Bayern Munich vs Liverpool (Wednesday) – talkSPORTNottingham Forest vs Aston Villa (Wednesday) – talkSPORT 2Dynamo Kyiv vs Chelsea (Thursday) – talkSPORT 2Watford vs Crystal Palace (Saturday) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Sheffield United (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Huddersfield (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2Swansea vs Manchester City (Saturday) – talkSPORTWolves vs Manchester United (Saturday) – talkSPORTMillwall vs Brighton (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2Fulham vs Liverpool (Sunday) – talkSPORT shining Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Arsenal are reportedly keen on signing teenage Brazilian striker Gabriel Martinelli.Martinelli, 17, currently plays for fourth division side Ituano where he has impressed, with four goals scored and a further three created in the State Championship.And, according to UOL Sport, Arsenal scouts have watched the youngster in action with the club now holding ‘concrete’ interest in him.Watford and Crystal Palace are also reported to be keen on the forward, though it is Arsenal who are pressing forward with a £6.9million (€8million) deal. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED There are 10 live commentaries remaining across the talkSPORT network this week. Find out what they are and when you can hear them, below… REVEALED MONEY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? no dice Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE last_img read more

Watson Menswear giving away designer suit to celebrate re-opening!

first_imgWatson Menswear have reopened following a fire which occurred in September last year.To celebrate the re-opening of Watson Menswear in Upper Main Street Letterkenny, they are giving away a free Remus Uomo suit in their instore draw for anyone who makes a purchase. The draw will take place on Easter Sunday, the 15th of April.They have a large range of first holy communion and confirmation clothing now in stock. Communion suits start at just €99 for a three-piece suit along with a shirt, tie/bowtie, and footwear! For confirmations they have blazers, casual jackets, chinos, shirts, and tops.Children’s clothing brands include; 1880 club, Diesel, Petrol, and Tommy Bowe footwear. For the men they have a new suit section which have a large range of two and three piece suits from Remus Uomo, Herbie Frogg, Daniel Grahame, Harry Brown and White Label. Suits are carried from size 34 to size 54 at all times.Fantastic deals are to be found in store. You can nab a two piece suit, along with a shirt and tie for only €179, or a three piece suit along with a shirt and tie for €229.Smart casual brands in stock include Guide London, Remus Uomo, Advise, Dario Beltrane, Andre, and many more.Casual brands such as Superdry, Mish Mash, Duck & Cover, Kangol, Voi, Swade, Bewley & Ritch, Sinners, and Original Penguin are also in stock.Accessories to compliment the suits are also available, with a wide range of ties, bowties, tie bars, cufflinks, belts, and braces in stock.Watson Menswear are open seven days a week. They are open late on Thursday and Fridays until 8pm, and are open on Sundays from 1pm to 6pm.For more you can follow them on Facebook  or check out their website www.watsonsmenswear.com Watson Menswear giving away designer suit to celebrate re-opening! was last modified: March 12th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:competitiondrawletterkennyremus uomosuitWatson Menswearlast_img read more

Sensational sports stadiums

first_img20 May 2004South Africa’s world-class sports stadiums have hosted a number of massive sporting events.For cricket there was the World Cup in 2003; for rugby there was the World Cup in 1995; for soccer there was the African Cup of Nations in 1996; for athletics there was the World Cup in 1998.Some of the country’s stadiums rate among the best in the world. The Wanderers Cricket Stadium, for instance, seats just 28 000, but is known as the Bull Ring because of its electric atmosphere.No less an authority than Brian Lara, after a thrilling one-day international between the West Indies and South Africa in February 2004, reckoned it was one of the finest theatres in which he had ever played.Then there’s Newlands, regarded by many as the most picturesque Test cricket venue in the world. Cape Town’s famous Table Mountain stares down on the ground, and clouds rolling over the top of the mountain make for a stunning backdrop. The crowds at Newlands are also famously enthusiastic, and it has become a venue of choice for New Year’s Tests.Johannesburg’s Ellis Park is a rugby cauldron. Playing at altitude against the Springboks is surely one of the tougher challenges in world rugby. It makes for a marvellous picture when filled to capacity, as it was on 24 June 1995, when South Africa met New Zealand in the World Cup final. Lifted by a united crowd, the Boks upset the All Blacks 15-12.Durban’s Absa Stadium, formerly known as King’s Park, is home to one of the finest rugby experiences on the planet. With the stadium situated only a kilometre from the sea, the weather is mostly balmy. Many rugby fields surround the main stadium, and before and after games, families can be seen there braaiing, chatting, gathered together to talk about the game.There’s plenty of entertainment provided after the game on a big stage where bands perform and players are interviewed and the fans hang around for hours afterwards to soak up the atmosphere.South Africa’s premier soccer venue is the FNB Stadium, known as Soccer City. It seats a massive 94 700, and never has it made for a more thrilling sight than on 3 February 1996, when Bafana Bafana beat Tunisia in the final of the African Cup of Nations.Johannesburg has also hosted the world’s best athletes at the Johannesburg Stadium.And South Africa’s “natural” stadiums are something to behold. Take surfing, for example.Jeffreys Bay, home to the MSF Billabong Pro six-star rated surfing contest, has become a surfing Mecca. That’s because of Supertubes, one of the longest and most consistently good waves in the world. It’s form is perfect, with awesome barrels that allow surfers to pull off superb and astounding moves both inside and outside the wave. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Twitter Adds A New Feature, Another Blindside for Third Party Developers?

first_imgaudrey watters The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Twitter has just announced that it will begin sending email notifications to users when they’re retweeted by someone they follow or when someone favorites one of their tweets. Until now Twitter has given users the option to receive email notifications when they receive a direct message or when they get a new follower. Last week, Twitter also rolled out a new look to the latter notification, giving users more information about their new followers.Much like the pre-existing email notifications, these will be optional (and they’re turned off by default, it seems) – a good thing considering many popular users would certainly be overwhelmed with messages if they received one each time they were retweeted.Wait, Notifications About “Favorites”… Doesn’t Someone Else Already Do That?The addition of these new features may be Twitter’s attempt to beef up its own notification system. But it’s also another in a series of unfortunateevents for third party developers on the Twitter platform. Indeed, the ability to track new followers, DMs, favorites and retweets were features commonly found in non-official Twitter clients – and the sort of things that made these clients more appealing to some users than the official Twitter ones. But it isn’t just Twitter clients that seem to be the targets here. Take Favstar.fm, for example. That app lets you keep track of who has favorited your tweets and how many times they’ve done so. Upon seeing the tweet from Twitter announcing the new change, Favstar.fm founder Tim Haines tweeted wryly, “Blindsided.”But despite having no “heads up” that the feature was forthcoming, Haines says he thinks the new notification feature is a good one, and he isn’t surprised that Twitter has added this sort of real-time feedback mechanism for users. He says the new favorites notifications will be useful to many people. “Users with Favstar Bonus Features have had this option for some time,” Haines told ReadWriteWeb, “and it’s reasonably popular. I expect the users with Favstar Bonus Features will continue to use Favstar’s offering, as it allows you to customize the notifications (i.e. send for every fav or send only when my tweet reaches 5 and 10 favs), and it will notify you even when someone who you don’t follow favs you. The Twitter email doesn’t do this, so it will probably only show a limited subset. Unless they change it of course.”That’s the operative phrase for third party developers – “unless they change it of course.” But in the meantime, the new feature may help increase user engagement, particularly providing new Twitter users with a better understanding of retweets and favorites. Tags:#NYT#twitter#web center_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

New York ~ Sales and Use Tax: Reminder Issued on Tax Exemptions for Clothing, Footwear and Textbooks

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe New York Department of Taxation and Finance has issued a reminder to taxpayers about sales and use tax exemptions for purchases of certain clothing and footwear, and course textbooks for college students. Clothing and footwear that are sold for less than $110 are always exempt from the state and New York City sales taxes, as well as sales tax in the following counties: Chautauqua, Chenango, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Hamilton, Tioga, and Wayne. College textbooks that are purchased by full or part-time college students are exempt from state and local sales and use taxes throughout the year. Students can make qualifying purchases from any bookstore (including college or university bookstores), by mail order, or over the Internet. If sales tax is erroneously charged, students can file Form AU-11 to receive a sales tax refund on the purchase.Notice, New York Department of Taxation and Finance, August 16, 2016last_img read more

Rio Olympics: Indian women’s archery team enters pre-quarters

first_imgIndian women’s archery team comprising Deepika Kumari, L. Bombayla Devi and Laxmirani Majhi, finished seventh in the rankings event at Rio Olympics, while individually all of them advanced for the Round of 32 here on Friday.Deepika started off well to even hit the top spot in the early rounds before stumbling at the halfway mark to finished 20th with a total score of 640 while Bombayla accumulated 638. Laxmirani ended a disappointing 43rd with a total score of 614.The top three spots were bagged by South Koreans, who also clinched the top spot in the group contest.Deepika will now face Georgia’s Kristine Esebua in the first round; Majhi to face Alexandra Longova of Slovakia while Laishram takes on Baldauff of Austria.The trio started on a resounding note totalling 162 to be at the second spot at the end of the opening round with Deepika individually at ninth with a score of 56, Laxmirani at 19th with 54 and Bombayla at 35th with 52 points.In the second round, the Indians dropped to the third place with a total score of 323. However, individually Deepika jumped a place to eighth scoring 110 while Laxmirani dropped to 21st with 107 and Bombayla jumped to 24th scoring 106.The third round witnessed a drop to fifth in the team’s score of 480 with Deepika retaining her eighth place with total score of 164. Laxmirani, however dropped to 40th to total 156 while Bombayla jumped to 23rd, totalling 160.DEEPIKA SHINESIn the fourth round, Deepika helped India bounce back to third with total score of 649. The Ranchi girl vaulted to third individually after shooting a solid 58 to take her total to 222.advertisementLaxmirani also recuperated to jump to 37th with a total score of 210 while Bombayla jumped to 15th with a total score of 217.Deepika continued her upward march in the fifth round to top the individual standings with a score of 58 to take her tally to 280 as the team retained the third spot with total score of 813.However, Laxmirani’s continued her roller-coaster ride, dropping to 43rd with a total of 260 while Bombayla started constantly climbing to rise to ninth with a total score of 273.The halfway mark witnessed India drop to fifth with total score of 962. Individually, Deepika could only manage just 49 to drop to fifth with 329 points.Laxmirani also dropped to 49th with a total of 306 while Bombayla jumped to eighth with a total score of 327.After the break, India further dropped to eighth with a total score of 1108 after the seventh round. It turned out to be a nightmare for Deepika, who could shoot just 46, to slide to 18th with a total score of 375.Laxmirani too dropped to 54th with a total of 355 while Bombayla dropped three places to 11th with a total score of 378.SEE-SAW BATTLEIndia managed to rise a place to seventh after the eighth round taking the total to 1268 while individually Deepika shot 54 to rise to 17th with a total of 429.Laxmirani also gained four places to move up to 50th with a total of 408. Bombayla, however, dropped to 13th, totalling 431.After the ninth round, India retained their seventh spot totalling 1427. Deepika crawled back to 15th to take her total to 483.Laxmirani also went up to 45th with a total of 462 while Bombayla slipped to 17th with a total of 482.The 10th round saw India slip to eighth with overall score of 1577. Deepika fell to 23rd with a total score of 531 while Laxmirani move up to 41st, totalling 515. Bombayla slipped to 22nd with a total of 531.After the 11th round, India rose to seventh with the total score at 1734. Deepika shot 56 to rise to 18th with a score of 587.Laxmirani slipped to 45th with a total of 563 while Bombayla dropped to 23rd with a total of 584.The final round saw India retain the seventh spot with a total score of 1892. Individually, Deepika finished at 20th with a total score of 640.Laxmirani had a disappointing campaign as she ended 43rd with a score of 614, while Bombayla sparkled in bits to finish 24th with 638 points.last_img read more

Ronaldo had to be talked out of training too hard

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo is now a five-time Ballon d’Or winner with spells at Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus on his CV, but he had to be talked out of training while starting out at Sporting.The Portuguese burst onto the scene after stepping out of a famed academy system in Lisbon.It did not take long for his potential to be noted, with Sir Alex Ferguson taking him to Old Trafford in 2003. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Ronaldo has enjoyed a goal and trophy-laden career since then, with a standing cemented among the all-time greats.He has put in an incredible amount of effort to reach that point, with an insatiable desire for continuous improvement having first been noted while still in his teens.Tonito, who was on Sporting’s books as Ronaldo was breaking through, told Gazzetta dello Sport of the dedication shown by a modern day icon to being the best: “Cristiano was a kid, but he was just like the man he became: humble, ambitious, determined and professional beyond belief.“During training, he’d turn heads among the veterans, and I’d say to him: ‘Steady, don’t overdo it…’“I would also give him lifts [to and from training].“But I’d have to wait an hour at the training ground, because he never wanted to leave. “I’d bang on the window of the gym and say: ‘Come on, Cris, it’s time to stop – it’s getting late!”Cristiano Ronaldo SportingThose efforts have served Ronaldo well, as he is now considered to be one of the finest talents to have ever played the game.His stunning skill set is currently on show in Italy at Serie A champions Juventus.He hopes to have “many more years” left in him, though, and there may be more moves to come.Back in January, Ronaldo hinted to Record that he could take his career full circle and retrace his steps back to Sporting before hanging up his boots.He said: “Will I go back to Sporting like Nani? In football you never know.“Everyone in Turin welcomed me in a fantastic way. We’re all feeling very good.“I don’t know when my career will end, but I’m fine and I want to keep going for many more years.”last_img read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Diwali comes early in Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium

first_imgIndia played their second match of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup against Colombia and the Jawarharlal Nehru stadium lit up like a starry night.India had been pegged back by a Juan Penaloza strike just after the second half but the way the crowd reacted changed the mood of the Indian team.The crowd banded together and lighted the back lights of their phones such that it seemed that Diwali has struck Delhi.The Supreme Court on Monday announced that Diwali this year would be crackers-free, but that didn’t stop the thousands in the stadium to put on a display of light.The Indian team scored their first goal in a FIFA tournament, as the crowd inside the Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium erupted. Jaekson Thounaojam in the 82nd minute of the game became the first Indian to score in a Football World Cup.Colombia though scored the very next minute to regain the lead, as the match finished with the scoreline reading 1-2.last_img read more