'Anonymous' Wants Religious War

Jason Vest writes: "Based on some of the interviews with Imperial Hubris author Anonymous (CIA officer Michael Scheuer, as we've revealed) over the past couple of weeks, it's hard to avoid concluding that Scheuer is not spoiling for a crusade of bloody constraint against the Islamic and Arab worlds. He recently told NPR that 'I'm not, you know, a warmonger.' Still, phrases from the book like 'killing in large numbers is not enough to defeat our Muslim foes' and 'proceed ... until we have annihilated the Islamists who threaten us,' suggest otherwise to many.' "

Berlusconi's Proposed Law Would Control Mosque Construction

UK Guardian reports, "Members of Silvio Berlusconi's coalition government have proposed a law to control the building of mosques in Italy because they can be used to 'spread hatred for the West'. Under the law, requests to build or open mosques and their method of finance would be assessed by local authorities and put to a local referendum. Federico Bricolo of Mr Berlusconi's coalition outlined the proposals yesterday. He said that mosques in Italy 'aren't simple places of prayer' but sometimes serve as 'centres of recruitment for terrorists'.. The proposal comes amid growing fears that Islamic terrorists are plotting attacks in Europe... The presence of 'foreign workers on our territory has opened a debate on how to update, or, better, to regulate the presence of communities with cultures historically antithetical to ours', the proposal states. 'The mosque is a political place and is symbolic of a civilisation that has run a 1,400-year long path in antithesis of Western culture.'"