How would you begin a news article about a women’s magazine published by Al-Queda — what one might call “Jihad Cosmo”?  The Daily Mail opens with one of the most striking sentences in the history of journalism:

Al-Qaeda has launched a women’s magazine that mixes beauty and fashion tips with advice on suicide bombings.

Apparently, the magazine is full of timely advice for the complete woman:

Al-Shamikha magazine – meaning The Majestic Woman – has advice for singletons on ‘marrying a mujahideen’.

Readers are told it is their duty to raise children to be mujahideen ready for jihad.

And the ‘beauty column’ instructs women to stay indoors with their faces covered to keep a ‘clear complexion’.

After all, nobody likes a leather-skinned suicide bomber.

These are the Said sisters, Amina and Sarah — two pretty Texas teens who were brutally murdered on New Year’s Day 2008. The main suspect: their father, Yaser. Their crime: dating non-Muslim boys. Their penalty: honor killings.

Tonight (Friday, August 6) at 10 p.m. eastern, Fox News will broadcast Bill Hemmer’s one-hour special investigating the case, and the risk Muslim girls face at the hands of their male relatives if they act too . . . American.

via Honor Killing in America – The Corner – National Review Online.

Located, of course, in Berkeley:

Letters of admission went out last month to the approximately 20 students who will make up the inaugural freshman class of Zaytuna College, which founders hope will become the nation’s first accredited Muslim institution of higher learning.

… Zaytuna will be a Muslim liberal arts college in the same tradition as other sectarian liberal arts colleges that operate in this country. In its early years, Zaytuna will offer bachelor’s degrees in Islamic law and theology and Arabic, according to Dr. Hatem Bazian, a co-founder of the college and chair of its academic affairs committee. As the college grows, he says, it will add majors.

Just how liberal can a muslim college actually be?  Cartoons of Mohammed in art class?  Critical analysis of the Koran in philosophy?

It will be fascinating to see whether Zaytuna College will have to meet the multi-culti standards of political correctness imposed on other colleges, or whether it will get an exemption from all that.  I’m betting on the exemption.

via America’s First Muslim College To Open This Fall.

Illustrating the immutable law: Power corrupts.  PowerPoint corrupts absolutely.

General McChrystal’s response was priceless:

When we understand that slide, we’ll have won the war,’ General Stanley McChrystal, the US and NATO force commander, remarked wryly when confronted by the sprawling spaghetti diagram in a briefing.

via Afghanistan PowerPoint slide: Generals left baffled by PowerPoint slide | Mail Online.

On the evening of New Year’s Day, the Dane who drew the Mohammed cartoon was saved by his bathroom door, when he was attacked by a Somali extremist.   Kurt Westergaard, the 75-year-old cartoonist, was looking after his 5-year-old granddaughter, when the axe-wielding  Somali broke into his house.

Westergaard had little time to react.

He pressed an alarm button to summon police when the attacker entered the house … by breaking a window.  He did not have time to collect the child from the living room before locking himself into a “panic room”, a specially fortified bathroom. He said the assailant had shouted “swear words, really crude words” and shrieked about “blood” and “revenge”, as he smashed the axe in vain against the bathroom door….

The attacker, who was also carrying a knife, shouted, “I’ll be back”, before going outside to confront police. He smashed a police car window with the axe and was shot in the hand and a knee when he threw the axe at an officer.

So far, they’re 0 for 2: both Salman Rushdie and Kurt Westergaard are still alive.

Yet, one cannot adequately imagine the fear that Mr. Westergaard must have felt, knowing that his granddaughter was alone in the house with that terrorist, or the ongoing, corrosive tension from living under such threats.

And one can be sure that self-censorship occurs, out of fear of arousing these crazies.   Newspapers and academic journals refuse to print the Mohammed cartoons, in articles about those very cartoons.

The axe-wielding Somali is a grim reminder that we start a new year still facing the lamentable choice between running the risk of attacks from Muslim extremists or constricting our freedom of expression.  I really wish that I had more confidence that our government is serious about protecting our freedoms.

Link: Panic room saved artist Kurt Westergaard from Islamist assassin – Times Online.