MUSLIMS, DESPITE AWKWARD claims to the contrary, do NOT worship the Judeo-Christian God, Yahweh.
That is why Islam bears FEW similarities to Judaism and Christianity, and those few are summarily cloaked into their converse when applied to outsiders by Muslims. And why they burn down synagogues and churches whenever they get the chance...
Al-lah's teachings (Islam) run counter to anything taught the Israelites by Yahweh (Judeo-Christianity). Al-lah is an idol (or deity, if you prefer) that originated in the religions of the Babylonian-Sumerian region of Mesopotamia over 4000 years ago and is also known under such names as Baal, Marduk, or the 'moon-God'.
Muslims DO have their political-religious ideology down correctly. It's just that it is entirely unrelated to anyone else's.
Promised a calm witness at the Minneapolis-St.Paul area Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) hearingconducted to further address the increasing of refusal-of-service penalties for cab drivers reportsthe city breathes a bit easier:
"It was very well attended, especially by the Somali cabbies (must have been 100 of them). Also present were the NAACP, a Teamsters Union representative, Northwest Airlines, the Visitor Bureau, a couple of Imams, a number of blind people with their dogs and a whole lot of media. After about 2 1/2 hours there was a break. A couple of cabbies took the opportunity to pray, and chose an interesting location for that activity." For the past several months, the Metropolitan Airports Commission has worked with airport taxi industry representatives and with leaders from the Muslim American Society and the Somali Justice Advocacy League. The goal was to find a solution acceptable to everyone as well as being transparent to the customer seeking airport taxi service. Unfortunately, those discussions have not resulted in a workable, voluntary, consensus-based solution. As a result, the Airports Commission is proposing stricter penalties for refusal of service: a 30-day suspension of a driver's airport taxi license for the first instance, and license revocation for a second instance.
Bravo to MAC. It is important that the drivers be sent a strong signal that they must obey the regulations. Were they allowed to boycott travelers with alcohol, Hugh Fitzgerald of Jihad Watch has pointed out that this special exemption would intrude Islamic law “into a mundane commercial transaction in Minnesota” and could lead to the transport system as a whole being divided “between those Islamically observant and those not so.”
Fitzgerald appealed to his readers in October to urge MAC to impose penalties on those who insist on imposing Shar’i norms in Minnesota and to send a message that this practice is unacceptable. The barrage of e-mails and phone calls had the hoped-for effect. According to airport spokesman Patrick Hogan, “We’ve heard from Australia and England. It’s really touched a nerve among a lot of people. The backlash, frankly, has been overwhelming. People are overwhelmingly against any kind of cultural accommodation.”
Now back to the photo posted above, the Muslim practice of public prayer, and a couple of other helpful hints concerning the state of piety these invaders wish to impose upon the secular public arena.
The Islamic leadership makes much hay of its relationship to Abraham. What is rather interesting with all this show of prayer is the violation of law which incriminates these Muslims conducting prayer, not in a mosque, but in airports, and wherever they can create a spectacle (funny, I never see them praying along the sidewalks of our cities, but perhaps I am merely fortunate to have been spared the vain sight thus far). I am not speaking US law, but the law of Abraham. Abraham was ordered by God to come to Him in seclusion. The offering of Isaac was not done in front of an audience, but in solitude as all prayer should be.
Muslims supposedly heap high honor on Jesus, but Jesus gave advice that no one was to pray in public, but to seek out one's closet where one could pray in secret to the Father so that He would reward them in public.
The Islamic leadership often pouts that the West is ignorant of Islam, and while they frequently reject enlightened OT & NT verses that contradict their sacred Qu'ran as pathetic satanic corruptions of the original, if Muslims do not comprehend that prayer is a private matter, it is the fault of the Imams for being in violation of God's law. If they do know this, they are in rebellion in similarity to the Pharisees in the age of the Nazarene, those Pharisees who cared more about what publicity they could generate for themselves than in the proper approach to God, those Pharisees who piled high the burdens of the common man with their own teachings rather than those of God. But of course, Muslims don't follow the Jewish or Christian scriptures, but instead worship the laws of the warrior caste Mohammed set into motion.
BLUE IN THE FACE already, we have stated this before, but it bears repeating until we all get it. Muslim groups from around the globe keep telling the West that we need to respect them and that the West today is arrogant and over-confident, and just not taking their Islamic threat as seriously as we should. And in the most tragic sense I can muster, I cannot emphasize more that I actually agree with them on this point.
When the Russian Revolution broke out in 1917, as much as the West hated Communism, in a sense, we actually respected them. We respected the power of their ideas. We recognised that Communism was a potent and powerful alternative value system, and recognised that we would have to destroy or contain it; hence the 1921 intervention by the Allied Powers and their (ultimately fruitless) attempt to crush the Red Army and assist the White Russians.
However, when observed at face value it seems that we do not respect the Islamic challenge. To me, this failure speaks volumes about the patronizing ethnocentricism of many people in the West today on both the Left and the Right. Subconsciously, these people of good intentions are assuming that the West will always triumph over all of its enemies, and thus consider the Islamic challenge hardly worth the bother. This is especially sinister when it is the military that thinks this way.
Make no mistake: this enemy is playing for keeps, worthy to be taken seriously. Their value system is seriously cruel, seriously tyrannous, and seriously despicable, but also very powerful and serious. We must oppose Islam, to be sure, but we must also respect its power. Islam is a worthy opponent, just as were those American patriots who hid behind trees and bushes, in gulleys and in dark of night to defeat the British at the height of their colonial powers, and it is condescending and arrogant for us not to fight this Islamic menace with all means at our disposal. Brigitte Gabriel and Andrew Bostom (pictured above) have both staked their careers on bring this information to the American people, and I thank them in helping bring the situation to clarity for me this past year or so since I began my own invesigations.
It is not those who oppose Islam who are the arrogant Westernersno ma'am, for we have seen the ideological power of Islam, and know that it is a beast not to taken lightly. We are off the plantation, Little Red Riding Hood, it's time to wake up and address what's at the door...
HERE'S AN EXTRAORDINARILY USEFUL website for those of us who frequently find ourselves or others trying to convert lead to gold in making an argument. It's called the Fallacy Files, a website featuring a nimble collection of fallacious, or otherwise bad, arguments, that is, examples of reasoning which may commit one or more of the named fallacies under the care of logic, or are bad in some way yet to be classified.
The author, Gary N. Curtis, notes that his collection took the form of clippings from newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, photocopies of pages of books, andin a few rare casesentire articles or books which were rich sources of bad reasoning. Apparently this site has been around since 2001, but I was onto something quite similar, if decidedly less sophisticated, back in the Ragtag 90s with my Judgement Furniture.
WE HAVEN'T FORGOTTEN OUR PLEDGE to outline and critique the basic tenets of Radical Centrism as postulated by Ted Halstead and Michael Lind in their book The Future of American Politics: The Radical Center. Unfortunately, it seems the only time I have had a chance to focus on any reading outside a computer screen these busy days is when I have been sitting idle in the waiting room at the Jeep dealership while mechanics fumble around on the barely used vehicle I bought in December, a 2005 Jeep Liberty Renegade with only 10K miles on it.
It's now boasting 14K, but has been in the shop three times already. Once, for a factory recall item I only learned about a week after purchasing the Jeep. Once, with a busted tail light when I backed into a wayward 2x4 poking out of the wall shelving in the garage of my studio building. And again, when the engine light came on and stayed on as I was traveling back from the north Georgia mountains the day after a thicket of ice & snow had swept through the Mid-Atlantic region.
And now that I have read to page 188 of some 240 pages, I should be able to finish it soon because the engine light is once again rearing its ugly likeness, just three days after the last time it was in the shop. But the mechanic had warned me that the source of the misfiring in one of the vehicle's six cylinders had not been properly rectified, and would still need more investigation. They'd replaced the sparkplugs, no charge. But I desperately needed to get back to work on that particular day. They'd already possessed my precious Liberty for five and a half hours, so I said I'd bring it back soon.
The engine light stayed off for three days. Ah, the joy.
Meanwhile, Halstead and Lind's book was somewhat interesting in promoting personal health accounts seeded by Feds for every child born in the United States. I wonder who would be more honest in controlling these "personal" health care accountsthe always charming Feds or the down and outers of whatever quarter looking to rob Peter to pay Paul just to cover a day's habit whatever habit that may be...
A HEARTY THANKS GOES OUT TO Brigette Gabriel who sent me this from the always astute Jamie Glazov of FrontPageMagazine.com. Frontpage Interview's guest today is Bill Warner, the director of the Center for the Study of Political Islam (CSPI). CSPI's goal is to teach the doctrine of political Islam through its books and it has produced a series on its focus. Mr. Warner did not write the CSPI series, but he acts as the agent for a group of scholars who are the authors.
FP: Mr. Warner, welcome back to Frontpage Interview.
In our last interview, you did a powerful job in crystallizing the mortal danger that Political Islam poses to all non-Islamic societies. I think that interview set the stage for a new mandatory discussion: What should we do to protect ourselves from the threat? Yes, we need to understand Political Islam. But once we understand it, what do we do about it? Or is there anything we can really do?
Mr. Warner, let's begin with a general question. What has marked our resistance so far?
Warner: Our resistance so far has been the first stage: to know the enemy and to develop a strategy. We are now coming to the end of it.
Since 9/11 we have had intellectual warriors who have studied Political Islam, built websites, blogged and written books. We now know the entire scope of Islamic doctrine and the biggest elements of a repressed and denied history of the dhimmitude, and annihilation of cultures. To repeat, we now know the doctrine and history of Political Islam at a strategic level. We now know the enemy and this is a mark of our success.
FP: Just for the sake of our readers, define "dhimmi" please.
Warner: A dhimmi is a second class citizen of an Islamic state. They can remain Christian or Jew, but pay a special tax and have very few legal rights. They are forbidden to study the Koran. Hence, today a dhimmi who defers to Political Islam is ignorant of the doctrine of Islam and never challenges it. Dhimmitude is the state of mind of a dhimmi. We are all in debt to Bat Yeor for her research and books on the dhimmi.
FP: Crystallize for us who the enemy is.
Warner: Our enemy is the civilization of dualism. The ultimate nature of Islamic civilization is duality. Dualistic Islamic ethics and politics propose one behavior for Muslims and another behavior for the unbelievers (kafirs). Islam has declared that the civilization of dualism must annihilate that civilization which is based upon a unitary view of humanity-ours. It is logically impossible for a civilization based upon a unitary view of humanity to co-exist with a civilization based upon duality.
History confirms that becoming Islamic means that every aspect of the targeted civilization must cease to exist. And it works 100% of the time. There is no such thing as a culture that is only partially Islamic. The evidence is exquisitely clear.
So for a people who have been raised with an ignorance of Political Islam we have made incredible strides. Remember we had only apologies from those who should have been our first line of defense-our artists, intellectuals, media and the educational system. In a sense we have started at less than zero.
We should all stop, take a deep breath, look at what we have done and congratulate ourselves for completing the first stage: Know the Enemy. Then we need take another deep breath and get back to work: Strategy.
FP: So what should our strategy be?
Warner: Our strategy must be the salvation of our precious civilization. We must save our very selves. All of this cannot be accomplished without the Mind of War. There is a psychology of war that puts everything in a different perspective. We are rich, fat, dumb and happy living in the land that everyone wants to emigrate to. It is easy to turn on the Super Bowl, plan the bar mitzvah, work for a promotion and just let Political Islam have its way. The Mind of War sees that all of what we have is an illusion, that the cancer has started to metastasize. Until we develop the Mind of War, we are doomed. We must have that emergency reserve that war brings out.
Without this state of mind, we will lose all we have. The great civilization of Coptic Egypt of the Pharaohs that lasted 5000 years is gone, a corpse buried beneath Political Islam. Liberal democracy is only 200 years old. Political Islam is 1400 years old and exploding in power. Without the Mind of War, our civilization will become extinct under the impact of the civilization of duality.
FP: This strategy would seem difficult for us to attain because we appear to be very afraid to make comments about Political Islam in our own society, no?
Warner: It is our dhimmitude. It's bizarre. We are afraid of Political Islam and its followers. They are not remotely afraid of us. Why is this? We are in a psychotic state of fear and shame caused by a past of 1400 years of dhimmitude and slavery. This psychosis is the state of the molested mind. The horror of Islamic politics produces a denial that the deaths, conquests, slavery, rape, humiliation, degradation, suffering and civilizational destruction ever happened. The molested mind denies the history and doctrine of Political Islam. That is the mind of dhimmitude.
Our civilization must acknowledge our status. We are still dhimmis. It has been 1400 years of servitude, slavery, dhimmitude, ignorance and a repressed and denied history. When we understand our history we will see exactly how repressed and in denial we are. The first mark of the dhimmi is ignorance of Political Islam.
We must acknowledge our suffering. We must decide that 270,000,000 of our ancestors did not die in vain. We must gain insight into why we know so little. There is a very deep reason in our collective psyche why we choose to remain ignorant. We are afraid to admit our dhimmitude and slavery to Political Islam. A million Europeans were captured and sold into Islamic slavery. If the history of slavery were completely told, whites and blacks could see each other in a new light.
In the past, this shame, ignorance and fear could be ignored. But now Political Islam is here and has us by the throat. Our future as a civilization depends upon realizing how close to annihilation we are. Only a revolution can save us. We must have a revolt of the dhimmis, a Dhimmi Revolution. After 1400, years it is time we faced our shame and fear with the Mind of War.
This common suffering must be acknowledged and told. The history and stories must be told within our groups and shared with the other groups. Once we know about the Tears of Jihad, we will be strong and courageous. Once we remember the suffering of dhimmitude, we can stop being afraid, have the Mind of War and be heroes in the war to save our civilization.
Luckily the cure for dhimmitude is very simple. Once you know the history and doctrine of Political Islam, you cease being a dhimmi. Knowledge is the key and the only key to freedom from shame and fear. We shall know the truth and the truth will make us free. Our future depends upon our facing the past.
FP: You refer to 270 million deaths at the hands of Political Islam. Can you shed light on that figure?
Warner: The figure of 270 million is a rough estimate of the death of non-Muslims by the political act of jihad. It is calculated as such:
Africans Thomas Sowell estimates that eleven million slaves were shipped across the Atlantic and fourteen million were sent to the Islamic nations of North Africa and the Middle East. David Livingstone estimated that for every slave who reached the plantation, five others died by being killed in the raid or died on the forced march from illness and privation. So, for 25 million slaves delivered to the market, we have the collateral death of about 120 million people. Muslims ran all the wholesale slave trade in Africa. Death toll: 120 million Africans
Christians The number of Christians martyred by Islam is nine million. A rough estimate by Raphael Moore in History of Asia Minor is that another fifty million died in wars by jihad. So to account for the one million African Christians killed in the 20th century we have: 60 million Christians
Hindus Koenard Elst in Negationism in India gives an estimate of eighty million Hindus killed in the total jihad against India. The country of India today is only half the size of ancient India, due to jihad. Death toll: 80 million Hindus
Buddhists Jihad killed the Buddhists in Turkey, Afghanistan, along the Silk Route,and in India. The total is roughly ten million. Death toll: 10 million Buddhists
Jews The jihad in Arabia was 100 percent effective but the numbers were in the thousands, not millions. After that the Jews submitted and became the dhimmis (servants and second class citizens) of Islam and did not have geographic political power.
This gives a rough estimate of 270 million killed by jihad.
FP: Thank you. Sounds like a holocaust to mea holocaust that was never taught to me in school or in university. So let's get back to our enemy: Political and Ethical Dualism. But we also have another enemy in terms of the people in our own society who apologize for it, right?
Warner: Yes, Political and Ethical Dualism is the far enemy, the near enemy is its apologists. In the end we will win or lose depending on how we deal with our dhimmi leaders in the media, schools and politics. Once we win the Dhimmi Revolution, winning the war with Political Islam is possible. If we don't win the revolution, our civilization will become extinct.
And what is the nature of the near enemy, the apologists? They want to maintain ignorance about Mohammed and Political Islam's history. Our experience is that when an apologist learns the truth about the doctrine and history of Political Islam, the danger is revealed.
There are basically two kinds of knowledge about Political Islamknowledge of doctrine and knowledge of history. The full cure requires both. There is a 1400 year-old history of slavery and dhimmitude, so when you are curing ignorance with the history of Political Islam, there is a lot of history to choose from.
The political doctrine is much simpler. You can hold the doctrine in one handKoran, Sira and Hadith. Although a detailed knowledge about the Koran is useful, the most powerful element of the doctrine is Mohammed. Mohammed is Islam, so we must educate others about Mohammed, Islam's first politician, and its sacred political model.
FP: Fair enough, so what do we do, write more books?
Warner: We cannot win by writing another book, putting up another website or blog. Those things are individual in nature. We must move to the political phase. This means boots on the ground, people meeting in the same room, people talking to people. Politics. Groups. Meetings. Real people. Not just computer screens, or books. We must have action against the near enemy in our town. This is the battleground we will live or die on as a civilization.
It is impossible for individuals to win this revolution. Our first step must be to build community. So how do we build community? Of course, there are many ways to go about this. Some people can build within a present group. An example would be forming groups within a church or synagogue. Conventions must be held to form strategies.
We must also build community out of strangers. We must develop ways to meet others in our city. Larger communities must be formed from the small communities. We need ways for revolutionaries to learn what is going on with other groups to learn from each other's failures and successes.
A community should be formed out of those who have similar functions with the revolution. As an example, writers should get to know each other personally. Website owners have common problems and need to build community to deal with those common problems. People who write letters to the editor should get to know each other. We have to start working in groups. Join the pack.
FP: It would be very hard to start working in groups because our society is so divided, no?
Warner: Yes, and we must face a fact about getting together in groups. Our civilization may have the Golden Rule as its ideal moral law, but let's face it, we all fall short. We are endlessly divided with gripes, feuds and sore history. Hindus don't trust the Christians; blacks have a grudge with whites, and so on. And there are further divisions within each group.
We must face the political reality today. We either learn to work together on a common political ground or become extinct like Buddhism in Afghanistan. We must have ambassadors between groups. If Protestant Christians get together to deal with Political Islam, they should invite Hindus and Orthodox Christians. Their mutual history of suffering at the hands of Political Islam can be a starting point of a political community. On this basis we can talk and work together.
FP: The task ahead is to confront a lot of ignorance, especially in the media.
Warner: Absolutely, every columnist, politician, preacher, priest, rabbi, artist, writer, professor, or correspondent who makes a statement, comment or conclusion about Political Islam and does not make reference to the death of 270,000,000 victims of jihad, dhimmitude, or the doctrine of Political Islam must be challenged about their ignorance. Every leader in every area must learn the history of dhimmitude, slavery and the life of Mohammed.
The Dhimmi Revolution must get in all leaders' faces and confront them with their ignorance. This has to be without blame. Our leaders are not stupid, but ignorant. And the reason they are ignorant is they grew up in a culture where their teachers were dhimmis, who submitted to Political Islam by remaining ignorant about our history of dhimmitude. These leaders bear the burden of 1400 years of ignorance. Each of them share the psychosis of the molested mind. A mind in denial and fear caused by the violence of dualistic Political Islam.
Our Dhimmi Revolution is about confronting ignorance. We must first educate ourselves and then our political opponents, the near enemy-the apologists.
FP: Can you talk a little bit more about strategy?
Warner: Our strategy must deal with three of the near enemy-theuniversities, the media and politicians. From a strategic standpoint they are similar. They are organizations that have a small number of middle managers and leaders. This means having a small target list to pressure, lobby and persuade. For instance, a letter to the editor at a paper should not only go to the opinion page editor but up and down the chain of command. Good information should permeate the organization.
Somewhere out there must be some software people who can help us form community and spread information to the right people. As an example: this type of software could be applied to an ongoing letters-to-the-editor group. Fellow writers could communicate with each other, build community and attract new writers, select targets and have organizational email lists of the managers and leaders of the targeted organization. Some of this is being done today, but it must become organized, coordinated and ongoing.
We must utilize the web for community and strategy. But we must also be in rooms with other people we recognize, be with groups who visit politicians and others we want to influence and persuade.
FP: So how do we teach ourselves?
Warner: Some of us must start teaching those who want to know. CSPI has seen that there are many who don't want to read about the doctrine or history of Political Islam. It is too frightening and depressing. But put them in a group and they love to hear about it and ask questions. There is a change in the air. Some churches are having lectures and classes. The few must teach the many. To take part in the Dhimmi Revolution, you first take the antidote to dhimmitude, knowledge.
FP: How about the universities? The truth about Political Islam is almost not even permitted there.
Warner: The universities are our number one target. Their influence is felt by the politicians and the media. At present the near enemies own the schools. The state universities offer some special opportunities. They are supposed to be in the business of knowledge and they are supported by our tax dollars. We must make demands that the schools teach the history of jihad, dhimmitude, the Tears of Jihad. We can use civil rights lawsuits that claim discrimination and bigotry in the history departments.
Imagine the uproar we can make by insisting that the full history of slavery be taught. We want all of this history taught, not just the West African limited edition. We have to learn the history of white slavery, Hindu slavery, African slavery taught at the taxpayers' schools. We must know how dualistic Islam enslaved all races, religions and cultures. Arabic has more words for slaves that any other language. We demand the end of ignorance about the history of Political Islam. It is our civil right and we must use every means possible to have the right to know our history of dhimmitude, death and slavery, particularly in a state-funded school.
Universities are a constant forum for Political Islam. We need to have groups visit the campuses and ask good questions. We must harangue, harass, pressure, and make visits to professors, department heads, deans and pressure for full debate. The department of humanities, women's studies, history, political science, African and Middle Eastern studies departments are all target rich environments. We must always push to have the full and true doctrine of Political Islam taught.
FP: What's after the universities?
Warner: Our politicians. We must use the politicians to pressure the state universities. And that means that we must pressure the politicians. Their ignorance will be our point of attack. We must constantly confront our leaders and show them the ways they speak and act like dhimmis. We must show how there is a cure for dhimmitude: the knowledge of the doctrine and history of Political Islam.
We must repeatedly bring up the lack of actual knowledge. We must demand that all politicians know what Sharia law is and what it means. We must demand that politicians learn the political doctrine of Islam. We must demand they know what a dhimmi is. The duality of Islamic ethics must be put before them. Every politician should know the numbers killed in jihad.
Mohammed's politics and character must be known. Once you know who Mohammed was, the next Muslim who bends your ear will be heard in a different tone. Every school board member, council member, legislator, and other elected officials must be visited and asked questions about his/her knowledge of Islam's first politician, Mohammed.
FP: Overall, there has to be a massive tactic of exposing ignorance.
Warner: Yes, and shaming ignorance. Any scholar of Political Islam will tell you that it is easy to learn about Political Islam and Mohammed. What is the most amazing thing about Political Islam is the grotesque ignorance by people who are otherwise well versed. We must shame our professors, thinkers, politicians, and media types with the ignorance.
We must also shame our artists and intellectuals regarding their lack of knowledge about Mohammed's persecution of artists and intellectuals. Each time Political Islam kills and threatens another artist or intellectual, we must attack the denial of our effete thinkers. We must show the artists and intellectuals their ignorance and dhimmitude and invite them to join the Dhimmi Revolution and produce art to free their civilization from dhimmitude.
In the end, the near enemy must understand that any statement, comment or opinion they make about Political Islam that does not mention violent jihad and Mohammed s based upon ignorance. The constant question that every follower of Political Islam, or apologist for Political Islam, must answer is, "What did Mohammed do or Allah say?" It is the only question and we must learn to answer it as well.
When we shame the apologists for their ignorance it must be without rancor. But they must face that their opinions about Political Islam show an ignorance about our dhimmi history, and the deaths of 270,000,000 victims of jihad.
FP: So some final words?
Warner: To win the Dhimmi Revolution, we must work as a community. We have to address the frequent hope seen on the web when someone proposes a great legal solution to our problem about Political Islam. But no matter what your idea is or how good it is, it doesn't matter. CSPI is aware of one Congressman who has the slightest awareness about Political Islam. Before we can implement any political ideas we must have a political base. At this time, we don't need great solutions, we need to prepare a trained political base before we can do anything. We must take the Dhimmi Revolution to every Congressman and every Senator and every state legislator before we can get a single bill passed.
The Dhimmi Revolution is to build community, know the far enemy, confront the near enemy.
In summary, we have finished the first stage of our struggle to defend our civilization-know the enemy and its dualistic politics and dualistic ethics. The age of individuals is coming to an end and we must enter the phase of grassroots politics. We are too weak and divided to confront Political Islam, the far enemy. We must first confront the near enemy, our apologists for Political Islam. The doctrine and history of Political Islam is the weapon we can use to reveal our near enemy's ignorance about Mohammed. We must turn to building community so that we can work in groups to do the necessary political work. We must harness existing groups and create special interest groups designed to carry the Dhimmi Revolution to the universities, politicians, artists, intellectuals and the media.
FP: Bill Warner, thank you for joining Frontpage Interview.
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, NDWith the wind chill making it seem like 40 below zero, Lt. Col. Daniel Millman said the Air Force picked the right place to test a new fuel. Millman, flying a B-52 bomber in these freezing conditions, helped test a synthetic fuel blend that could be made domestically from coal or natural gas as the Air Force seeks to wean its dependence on foreign crude and defray soaring fuel costs. The cold-weather tests of the fuel, which wrapped up earlier this month, showed it compared well to conventional petroleum-based military aviation fuel, JP-8, Air Force officials said.
"It behaves exactly the same as JP-8, no more no less," Millman said.
The fuel is a Fischer-Tropsch fuel, named after the two German scientists who developed the process in 1923 of converting natural gas or coal into liquid fuel. Germany used the process to convert coal to fuel during World War II. And apartheid-era South Africa, faced with embargoes, also built coal-to-fuel plants.
At $20 a barrel, the Fischer-Tropsch fuel the Air Force is testing costs about eight times as much as the standard fuel it uses, so its widespread use in military aircraft could still be years away. But proponents of the fuel argue that if there was increased commercial demandand airlines are interested in the outcome of the tests, according to one Air Force official&151;its price would drop drastically. Furthermore, they say, it would offer a measure of protection should there be disruptions in the flow of global crude.
"The fact that we would not be dependent on foreign sources of crude is the prime driver for this fuel," said Col. Eldon A. Woodie, commander of the Minot Air Force Base 5th Bomb Wing. Woodie said he's sold on the fuel after the B-52 tests of it at Minot.
"Can we start this thing in cold weather? If we lose a motor in flight, can we restart it? At 47,000 feet can we get away from attack missiles? Yes. In every instance it performed," he said.
One added benefit of the fuel is that it burns cleaner than traditional jet fuel, Woodie said. William Harrison, chief of the fuels branch at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, said the cold-weather testing at Minot "was a key milestone for the approval of using the synthetic fuel."
A complete test report will likely be completed this summer, Harrison said. Jack Holmes, the CEO of Syntroleum Corp., which produced the natural gas-based synthetic fuel used in the Air Force trials at a test plant the company built, said it could also be made of coal.
"There are 280 billion tons of proven coal reserves in the U.S," Holmes said. "The raw material source is there. But economics, of course, is the key. At current oil prices, the economics are good and make sense. The risk is: How sustainable are those oil prices?"
Building a commercial plant to make the synthetic fuel would carry some risk, as it would take several years and cost billions of dollars, Holmes said, adding. "We've got a saying in our industry: Everybody wants to be the first person to build the second plant."