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Sunday, March 23, 2008


Reuters: Muslim baptized by pope says life in danger
A Muslim author and critic of Islamic fundamentalism who was baptized a Catholic by Pope Benedict said on Sunday Islam is "physiologically violent" and he is now in great danger because of his conversion.

"I realize what I am going up against but I will confront my fate with my head high, with my back straight and the interior strength of one who is certain about his faith," said Magdi Allam.

In a surprise move on Saturday night, the pope baptized the 55-year-old, Egyptian-born Allam at an Easter eve service in St Peter's Basilica that was broadcast around the world...

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From PatDollard:
Surge Architect: Don’t Cut Troop Levels Till 2009
Frederick Kagan, a fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute think tank, tells U.S. News that, barring major developments, he sees little reason to reduce force levels in Iraq below presurge levels until early 2009.

“I can see no reason to expect that we will be able to evaluate the levels of force appropriate in Iraq until the new president comes into office,” says Kagan, one of the chief architects of the current surge strategy in Iraq. The last of the surge troops leaves Iraq in July. As the latter part of 2008 approaches, Kagan adds, there are Iraqi provincial elections, U.S. presidential elections, and the Islamic religious month of Ramadan, in the past a time of increased violence in the country. “If troops only get out in July, how can you even make evaluations before October?” he asks...

TMZ: Hudgens Recipe for Success: Ignore Fans
Who needs fans when you got money to burn?! Vanessa Hudgens was out shopping in Beverly Hills yesterday, and ignored tons of tween fans that waited and literally screamed bloody murder for her, wanting an autograph and picture...

HotAir: A Century in Iraq, if it works right: Obama adviser
Yesterday I noted the accusation of McCarthyism against Bill Clinton by Barack Obama military adviser Gen. Tony McPeak. The former Air Force Chief of Staff has a history of interesting statements, including a couple at the beginning of the war both McPeak and Obama oppose. In an interview with the Oregonian, posted here but confirmed by me through its purchase from the archives, McPeak essentially makes the exact same argument that John McCain makes about staying in Iraq — and which Obama ridicules...