Friday, 31 October 2014
Lone Wolf Jihadis on Both Sides of Our Northern Border
by Jerry Gordon (November 2014)
The final weeks of October 2014 were devastating for America. We had lone wolf jihadis in Ottawa and Montreal killing and wounding Canada Forces service personnel. In New York we had a Muslim convert and former US Navy serviceman shot dead in the midst of a deadly hatchet attack on two NYPD officers in Queens. All three appeared to be operating below the radar screen of surveillance inspired by Islamic State jihadist social media imploring Salafist brethren in the West to mount attacks on uniformed military and law enforcement officers. more>>>
Posted on 10/31/2014 7:37 AM by NER
Friday, 31 October 2014
ISIS is Islam!
by G. Murphy Donovan (November 2014)
Barack Hussein Obama is given to making extraordinary pronouncements. Many of the more dramatic assertions are seldom based on facts, reason, or reflection. Put aside, if you can, the domestic hyperbole which often accompanies wishful thinking about social problems; poverty, public education, and public health. The President’s public rhetoric on foreign policy, questions of national security, is unique, bordering on the delusional. To paraphrase Jack Kennedy; getting it wrong at home might be tragic, but getting it wrong abroad could be fatal. more>>>
Posted on 10/31/2014 7:32 AM by NER
Friday, 31 October 2014
Sex-Slavery and Sharia in the Islamic State
by Joseph S. Spoerl (November 2014)
In September 2014, several Muslim men had the following discussion on Facebook:
“Abou Jihad: “350 dollars for the Yazidi girl in Mosul if you want. LOL
Abu Selefie: I heard there were slaves in Raqqa is it true?
Abde-Rahman: I saw it was around 180 dollars per slave LOL.
Abou Muhammad: You have revived a tradition.” more>>>
Posted on 10/31/2014 7:28 AM by NER
Friday, 31 October 2014
by Theodore Dalrymple (November 2014)
The motor car, a friend of mine once said, is the most liberating of all machines ever invented. Suffice it to say that I have not found it so, at least not in Europe, which is small and overcrowded and full of traffic jams. Once, for example, when I was going to visit my aunt, it took me two hours to go a hundred yards along the North End Road in London. I did not find it a liberating experience, unless the bringing to the surface of the inner demon that caused me to bang my fists on the windows in sheer frustration be counted as a liberating experience (for the inner demon, that is, not for me). I didn’t know either that I had it in me to scream so loud. more>>>
Posted on 10/31/2014 7:24 AM by NER
Friday, 31 October 2014
The Evening Papers Do Not Say . . .
by David Wemyss (November 2014)
Here in the UK, the celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall recently gave us a series of pleasant but inconsequential television programmes exploring the Scandinavian way of life. As you would expect, cooking featured quite a lot, but so did lightweight cultural commentary about the familiar idea of ‘the Nordic welfare states.’ more>>>
Posted on 10/31/2014 7:20 AM by NER
Friday, 31 October 2014
God after the Death of God
by Richard L. Rubenstein (November 2014)
(This essay is a revised version of chapter 16 of the second edition of Richard L. Rubenstein's, After Auschwitz: History, Theology and Contemporary Judaism (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992.)
When I reflect on the question of God after the death of God, I recall a crucial conversation with the late Swami Muktananda of Ganeshpuri that took place at a major turning point in my spiritual life. One of my academic colleagues, Dr. Gulshan Khaki, a disciple of the Guru, invited Dr. Betty Rubenstein and me to spend a weekend at his American Ashram when he was in attendance. more>>>
Posted on 10/31/2014 7:17 AM by NER
Friday, 31 October 2014
Eternal Youth, Eternal Kitsch
by Theodore Dalrymple (November 2014)
A kind friend of mine, knowing my interest in such matters, recently sent me a little book containing a collection of inscriptions found in second-hand books collected by a diligent anthologist, a man called H. B. Gooderham. The books were not, on the whole, precious old volumes but rather cheap and relatively recent paperback editions, many of them in rather scruffy condition. Nor were the inscribers famous persons, nor even identifiable. They were, rather, Everyman. more>>>
Posted on 10/31/2014 7:13 AM by NER
Friday, 31 October 2014
Police 'put cap on arrests' in Rochdale sex abuse inquiry: Social worker whistleblower says dozens of offenders are still on streets
From the Daily Mail
Veteran social worker Sara Rowbotham, who was responsible for gathering the main evidence in the 2012 Rochdale child sex abuse case, said that as a result dozens of sex offenders were still walking the streets preying on children.She said because police bosses became obsessed with convicting just nine perpetrators they left dozens free to continue raping and abusing young girls.
‘It’s very shocking but there are dozens of child sex offenders still on the streets because they put a cap on the number of people they would arrest,’ she said. ‘In the end this was just a tiny proportion of the number of offenders raping and abusing children and they were allowed to escape. But not only did they cap the number of offenders but they also put a ceiling on the number of victims they would interview and proceed with.’
Her explosive comments will stun Greater Manchester Police whose Police and Crime Commissioner yesterday launched a report highlighting the massive problem of child sexual exploitation.Commissioner Tony Lloyd has vowed to go back and review cases where victims have made sex abuse allegations.But Miss Rowbotham, a social worker in Rochdale for more than 13 years, said the police were still doing far too little to combat on-street grooming.
She said: ‘It’s still going on. The same perpetrators are still out there because police put a ceiling on the number of arrests. The actual number of suspects is huge but the number of victims is equally large. They are still having to deal with the trauma of that on a day-to-day basis knowing no-one has ever been brought to justice for abusing them. . . The victims deserve their evidence to be taken seriously. I referred dozens of cases to the police that I know were never acted upon.’
Miss Rowbotham, who fought for a Serious Case Review and was commended for her work by the Home Affairs Select Committee, was made redundant in February.
It's almost a blessing to be released from these organisations - one can then speak freely, no longer having to worry about the bread and butter.
Posted on 10/31/2014 4:46 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Friday, 31 October 2014
Isil jihadists 'offered teenager $25,000 to carry out bombings in Vienna'
From the Telegraph and the Austrian edition of The Local
A 14-year-old boy suspected of planning a series of bombings in Vienna was reported on Thursday to have been offered $25,000 (£16,000) by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) to carry out the attacks amid claims that two other youths recruited in the same way remain at large.
The arrested youth has not been named by authorities, but has been identified by the Austrian media as Mertkan G, the son of Turkish immigrants, who has lived in the country for eight years. He was arrested on Tuesday but details are only now emerging about his case.
Among the sites in which he has admitted planning to plant explosives is Vienna's Westbahnhof station, one of the busiest in the country, used by 40,000 travellers each day.
Austrian officials have refused to comment on reports that he was recruited over the internet by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and promised a payment for carrying out the bombings. But a spokesman for prosecutors said that the 14-year-old was in touch with "various different contacts".
Despite his youth, he reportedly reconnoitred potential target sites "like a professional". He is not believed to have built any bombs by the time of his arrest, but he had researched bomb-making extensively on the internet, and made specific inquiries about purchasing certain parts.
The Austrian authorities have spoken only of "unconventional explosive devices", but, according to local media reports, he was planning to build improvised cluster bombs similar to those used in the 2013 Boston marathon bombings.
It appears he was not planning a suicide attack: he has reportedly confessed that he wanted to travel to Syria to fight alongside jihadist groups there, and saw a successful bombing campaign as his ticket to join.
A report in Kronen Zeitung newspaper claimed that he was actively recruited over the internet by Isil and promised a "special position" as a reward for carrying out the bombings, as well as the payment of $25,000. The newspaper claimed that two other youths were recruited to carry out attacks in similar fashion and remained at large.
Justice officials have two days to decide whether to extend the boy's detention by a further two weeks, to allow additional investigations. In Austria, young people are considered criminally culpable from the age of 14.
Police in St. Pölten revealed that they had been investigating the boy since the beginning of October, since he had been making extremist statements and engaging in increasingly radicalized behaviours. On Wednesday afternoon, the regional court in St. Pölten accepted a request by the prosecutor for the imposition of pre-trial detention.
Posted on 10/31/2014 3:26 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 30 October 2014
With Its Day Of Rage, Fatah Makes Ever Clearer That It Is Not A National Fight, But A Jihad
On Friday, of course, the propaganda Jihad is to take place -- innocent Arabs ("Palestinians") who want only to pray at Al Aqsa and nothing more (nothing more except to keep Jews from ever praying on Temple Mount, and who also want to continue to ban Christian symbols too, from being worn there) -- will gather, throw rocks and Molotov cocktails, all in order to further the Jihad against the Infidel nation0-state of Israel.
That Jihad is not different from any of the Jihad acts committed against non-Muslims elsewhere, in New York City and Washington, at Fort Hood and Boston, in Madrid and Paris, in Amsterdam and London, in Moscow and Beijing, in southern Thailand and northern Myanmar, in the southern Philippines and iin Bali, iin many thousands of Jihad attacks of which you probably have not read or heard about even one percent.
That understanding of what prompts those, such as Mahmoud Abbas or Khaled Meshaal, those who make war on Israel, needs to be promoted. "After we conquer Jerusalem we will conquer Rome" said one of the Al-Nusra Front captors to his captive Theo Padnos, as noted in the latter's detailed narrative of his captivity. It isn't hard for anyone who spends a few days studying Islam to grasp this. Why is it so hard for our leaders, all over the West? Or do they not want to understand that, because the implications are too upsetting? ,
Posted on 10/30/2014 3:52 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 30 October 2014
The Danger of Islamist Terrorists in Libya
Libya, with its oil wealth and natural resources, could be an affluent and successful country. Instead, it is today a dangerous place and a chaotic society with continual fighting among Islamist terrorists, Arab nationalists, and a host of regional militias. The Obama administration and all democratic governments are now confronted by an increasingly troublesome issue, the growing influence of Islamist terrorism in Libya, Nigeria, and other countries in North Africa.
The terrorist groups, individually and in alliance, have taken advantage of the vacuum of central power and the mixture of rival tribal and regional groups and feuding political organizations in Libya. They control many of the large cities and much of the territory of the country, and are challenging the oilfields. Their tactics and ideology follow those of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, to which many claim allegiance.
It is commendable that the U.S. House Select Committee on Benghazi is planning as George Orwell once wrote to report on true facts and “not to feel obligated to fabricate imaginary facts and feelings.” At last, we will have the final definitive account of what happened before, during, and after the two attacks on September 11, 2012 by Islamist terrorists. The first on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others, and the second, a few hours later, on another compound killed two American CIA contractors and injured ten others.
The forthcoming report will remind the country that the attacks were carried out by organized terrorist groups, and not the result of supposed mass outrage over a video that inflamed passions, as members of the Obama administration suggested. We already know that Ahmed Abu Khattala, the alleged ringleader of the main terrorist group, Ansar al-Sharia in Libya, is being held in the U.S. on an 18-count indictment and multiple charges of murder. The group led the attack with assault rifles, grenades, and other weapons, and plundered sensitive U.S. information.
The Congressional inquiry should lead to further understanding of the dramatic increase of Islamist terrorism in North Africa. This is now a threat not only to neighboring countries in Africa but also to the whole world. Since the popular Libyan uprising in 2011, that followed the April Spring uprisings in Tunis and Egypt in February 2011, and the capture and death in October 2011 of the eccentric dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi who had ruled Libya for 42 years, the country has been in chaos. Gaddafi’s bizarre political system, named in 1977 “Jamahiriya” or “state of the masses”, and run through “revolutionary committees”, was transformed into a republic that did not bring stability and security.
Today, that republic contains not only countless Islamist militia groups but also different political authorities, two governments and two parliaments, the General National Congress and a national parliament. The GNC, that has chosen Omar al-Hasi as prime minister, is dominated by Islamists who belong to a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Libyan party.
The official parliament composed of liberals and federalists, and the elected government and the Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni, recognized internationally, has been forced to move to Bayda in east Libya. The commander of the Libyan army, General Khalifa Haftar, is conducting a campaign against Islamists. To counter their forces, General Haftar started “Operation Dignity,” an air and ground assault against the terrorist groups in Benghazi. It attacked Islamist bases held by Ansar al-Sharia, the Raf Allah al-Sahati Brigade, and the 17February Martyrs Brigade.
Opposed to the formal government are more than a few feuding Islamist groups and jihadists. The Libyan government does not control Tripoli, the capital. The Islamist group Dawn of Libya now controls the vital institutions there. In August 2014, the group seized the American Embassy in Tripoli from Zintan, a rival group, and now guards it. It has at least eight other militia groups associated with it.
The jihadists, a number of groups consisting of supporters of the Islamic State, control the area around the city of Derna. Those groups include Ansar al-Sharia, designated in January 2014 as a terrorist organization by the U.S., the Abu Salim Martyrs Brigade, and the Sahara Brigade. They have declared allegiance to the Caliphate of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
The situation is confusing because the name Ansar al-Sharia refers not to one specific group but to several Islamist and Salafist groups in East Libya. To clarify, the main group Ansar al-Sharia in Libya (ASL) is primarily associated with two others, Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi (the one that attacked the American compounds in September 2012) and Ansar al-Sharia in Derna. ASL controls state and military bodies in Benghazi and public service facilities. It has large quantities of weapons, including SA-6 surface-to-air missiles, anti-aircraft guns, rocket-propelled grenades, and armored vehicles.
Conflict rages in Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city, between government forces and terrorists. The city has undergone great violence, assassinations, bombings, and kidnapping. In the fighting, the terrorists destroyed part of Benghazi University. They bombed the area around Benghazi’s airport, killing 40 soldiers. The leader of the Ansar branch in Benghazi terrorists, Mohammed al-Zahawi, has made the demands of the group clear. The group, Ansar al-Sharia (Partisans of Islamic Law), will not disarm until a state based on sharia is created. It started in Benghazi and, in the context of political chaos, built communal ties with groups in other areas, and changed its name, claiming to be a national movement.
The problem is becoming urgent because it is spreading. This oil-rich country is becoming a terrorist haven. Terrorists who attacked Egyptians in South Sinai killing 30 soldiers in a suicide bombing were trained in East Libya. One estimate is that 3000 Egyptian terrorists have been trained in Libya. Even more disturbing is that a Libyan terrorist group called Masked Men Brigade that is linked to ASL and to al-Qaeda, in October 2014 captured eleven commercial jetliners that may well be used for terrorist attacks on a Maghreb state in North Africa.
The international community has become aware of the danger. On August 27, 2014 the UN Security Council passed Resolution 2174 (2014) that expressed concern at the growing presence of al-Qaeda-linked terrorist groups and individuals operating in Libya. But it was French President François Hollande who, the next day, called for “exceptional support” to restore order. The American administration is conscious of the danger of the Islamist terrorists to world peace but should be more active in participating in the effort to assist the legitimate Libyan government to overcome the Islamist threat.
First published in the American Thinker.
Posted on 10/30/2014 2:59 PM by Michael Curtis
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Anyone Need a Nap?
Posted on 10/30/2014 2:42 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Thursday, 30 October 2014
One Hundred Years of English Betrayal
Kenneth Levin writes:
The recent vote in Britain’s Parliament to recognize a Palestinian state (passed by 274 to 12) is, we are told, of no real consequence. Prime Minister Cameron’s government has said it signals no change in British policy.
But the vote was promoted by anti-Israel voices in Parliament that seek to pressure Israel into suicidal concessions; voices that support the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel, have called for a total European trade embargo against the Jewish state, and have compared Israel to Nazi Germany. It is of a piece with other anti-Israel actions in Britain in recent years.
This summer’s Gaza War was triggered by Hamas – which openly declares its dedication to the murder not only of all Israelis but of all Jews – unleashing an incessant barrage of rockets at Israeli cities and villages. Even the Palestinian Authority’s representative to the United Nations observed of Hamas’s campaign that “each and every missile constitutes a crime against humanity.” But in Britain, beyond Prime Minister Cameron’s assertion of Israel’s right to defend itself, the most visible, most vocal, full-throated and widely echoed contention was that Israel did not have a right to defend itself. Even as Hamas used civilians as human shields, the inevitable civilian deaths were evidence of Israel’s Jews being, in the words of a columnist for The Independent, “a child murdering community.” Such claims became also the message of large public demonstrations, which in turn were accompanied by mob attacks on Israel-associated and Jewish-associated targets and new calls for boycotts and other actions against the Jewish state.
The response to the war, and the parliamentary vote, represent only the latest of anti-Israel convulsions that in recent years have seen British academics, unions, religious bodies, medical and architectural organizations and other groups solemnly advocate boycotts of Israel, members of Parliament call for Israel’s dissolution, and the British public vote Israel the nation representing the greatest threat to world peace. The campaigns against the Jewish state – condemning it with false, kangaroo-court indictments and embracing those who openly advocate and pursue genocidal anti-Israel agendas – inevitably bring to mind Albion’s long history of anti-Jewish perfidy...
Posted on 10/30/2014 2:07 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Thursday, 30 October 2014
James Burnham: American Machiavelli
Posted on 10/30/2014 1:42 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Ivan Rioufol: The Fascism That Threatens Order In France Is That Of The New Left
Posted on 10/30/2014 11:09 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Liebeman: The Middle East A Bit More Complicated Than Assemblying IKEA Furniture
An amusing response to the new, following-the-far-left-fashion-without-thought Swedish government, and its recognition of a country it calls "Palestine" (coterminous with Israel, in the Arab view, to be peopled bywhat are now the shock troops of the Jihad in the Eastern Mediterranean), here.
An extra little frisson of pleasure for those who remember that the owner of IKEA was a supporter of Nazioid groups in his youth, and may even have stolen theoriginal idea for IKEA from a Jewish employee.
Posted on 10/30/2014 11:01 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Meet The Third World, That Is Taken So Seriously In The West
The latest from Burkina Faso -- it could be so many places -- here.
How many burkinabes will be on the next boats -- by the thousands or tens of thousands --from the LIbyan littoral to Lampedusa, and then on to every possible place in wide-open Schengenland?
Posted on 10/30/2014 9:34 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 30 October 2014
BBC Watch: How The BBC Covered The Attempted Murder Of Yehuda Glick
This exhaustive analysis of the various versions put up by the BBC is so good that, even though a previous post covers the same story, it deserves to be put up as a separate post.
Posted on 10/30/2014 9:31 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Who Is More Far-Right -- Yehuda Glick Or The Man Who Tried To Murder Him??
On NPR I listened to a report describing an attempt by an unnamed Arab (no information, such as that he had been imprisoned for terrorism, or that he was a member of Islamic Jihad, was given) on a "far-right extremist" Israeli, Yehuda Glick. I knew there was something wrong with this description. Sure enough, I discovered that the Arab was a terrorist and a member of Islamic Jihad, dedicated to the proposition that the entire world belongs to Allah and to Muslims, and while the entire world includes Israel, it is not limited to Israel. And I learned that the extent of Yehuda Glick's "extremism" consists in his thinking that if Muslims can pray in their mosque on the top of what is the holiest site not in Islam but in Judaism, Jews should have the same right. That's his "extremism." That's it.
I came across an analysis of the telling, because representative, presentation of this event -- the attempted murder and the subsequent killing of the would-be murderer -- by The Guardian.
You might like it too.
Posted on 10/30/2014 9:17 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Al-Nusra Front Takes More Territory From FSA
Al-Nusra, The Islamic State, Jund al-Aksa which is mentioned fleetingly in the article (you needed look into it, you already know what it stands for)-- sometimes their members join forces, sometimes they fight among themselves, sometimes they pledge their allegiance to one group and then switch to another. Who cares? From the viewpoint of non-Muslims, all of them constitute a mortal threat to non-Muslims, and solemn parsing of their differences is unnecessary, though always useful if your aim is to win government grants at think-tanks or universities.
Posted on 10/30/2014 7:14 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Get Tough with Turkey
The time must have come to consider whether it is really acceptable to retain Turkey as a member of NATO. At various times in the history of its membership, dating back to 1952, Turkey, though effectively rescued from threats from Stalin by the Truman administration in 1947 and 1948, was a double agent between the Soviet Union and the United States, taking substantial aid from both. For decades, on the strength of that NATO membership, Turkey knocked noisily on the door of Europe but was generally rebuffed as a nation of Muslims unassimilable to the pretensions of the surging Euro-federal ideal. This remained true in the brief shining but somewhat infamous moment when most of the West European leaders thought that, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United States could be eased out of Europe, and the Germans, French, British, Italians, Spanish, and others could stand on one another’s shoulders and Europe would become the centre of the world again, after the aberrant century that started with World War I in 1914. In these circumstances, NATO eroded, first into the enfeebled “coalition of the willing,” which isn’t an alliance at all, just an assertion that if one country in the group wishes to do something, another, if it is in its interest too, might join in. And in these temporarily relaxed times, when European officialdom was aflame with the anticipatory joy of being the world’s greatest power again, it was an affordable luxury to brush off the heirs to the “Abominable Porte,” the “sick man of Europe”; and to do otherwise, as Gladstone said of Disraeli, would be “backing the wrong horse.”
Turkey was one of the world’s greatest powers from the rise of the nation-state in the 16th century, when Europe’s greatest leaders were the Holy Roman (including the Spanish) Empire’s Charles V, Britain’s Henry VIII, France’s Francis I, and Turkey’s Suleiman the Magnificent. The Habsburgs and Romanovs beat the Turks back in the Balkans, Ukraine, and Caucasus through the 18th century, though the Turks besieged Vienna in 1529 and 1683 and almost gained control of the Mediterranean at Lepanto in 1571. The Ottoman Empire still put up a tremendous fight in World War I, which it made a serious mistake entering, but it sent the British Empire and the French packing in Gallipoli in 1915, inflicting 250,000 casualties and almost ending the career of Winston Churchill. The subsequent regime of Kemal Ataturk and his heirs westernized the alphabet, attire, and customs of the Turks and secularized their government. The army became the custodian of secular democracy, which necessitated overthrowing the democratically elected government from time to time, when it was deemed either insufficiently democratic, too corrupt, or a threat to the continuity of the army’s role as supreme arbiter of the state. Under Ataturk’s successors, Turkey behaved quite responsibly in the world but did not match its enthusiasm to join the West with very visible economic or social progress. The war with the Kurdish nationalists in Anatolia was prosecuted rather brutally, and Turkey has never come close to West European standards of individual liberties or what became known as transparent government.
Where it all began to become very complicated was with the elevation as prime minister of Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2003. Erdogan, a former soccer player who was elected mayor of Istanbul in 1994, formed a modestly Islamic party with the eminent moderate Muslim theologian Fethullah Gulen, who approves of secularism as long as it isn’t rampant materialism, supports good relations with other faiths including Judaism and Christianity, and has a relatively enlightened view of the status of women. Gulen departed for the United States in 1999 for specialized medical care but was shortly after accused of calling for a more Islamic government than the Turkish constitution permitted. He claimed to have been taken out of context but has remained since in the United States, at Saylorsburg, Pa., where he continues to exercise great influence in Turkish politics. Erdogan was removed as mayor of Istanbul, imprisoned for ten months, and banned from public life for publicly reciting a Muslim poem that the chiefs of the army considered subversive. The plodding and corrupt course of the Turkish government enabled Erdogan, with Gulen’s support, to win the 2002 elections, although Abdullah Gul, one of their supporters, was prime minister until the ban on Erdogan was lifted. Erdogan was prime minister from 2003 to 2014, cleaned house effectively, purged the army of its more political senior officers, negotiated a partial settlement with the semi-terrorist Kurdish independence movement (PKK), ramped up economic growth, and pursued membership in the European Union.
The West was generally a little uneasy with an avowedly Islamist government in Ankara, and after the first five years of Erdogan’s government, matters began to deteriorate; Erdogan reinterpreted foreign policy as being a protector of Islam and the Arabs and railing vituperatively at Israel, sponsoring violations of the arms ban on Gaza, and threatening the right of Greece and Cyprus to extract offshore oil and natural gas. In a syndrome that usually afflicts authoritarian governments, Erdogan became steadily more heavy-handed and corrupt, while trying to distract his electors with shrill, traditionalistic, Israelophobic, and anti-Western rhetoric. His former ally Gulen, from Pennsylvania, joined the opposition, as scandals involving many billions of dollars mushroomed up and Erdogan was caught on tape uttering self-incriminatory reflections on the misuse of public money. This led to repressive measures against Internet comment on political matters, and Erdogan claimed that the resulting indictments against some of his officials were an “attempted coup” by Gulen. Erdogan had to put down widespread anti-government rioting and had to shelve his plan radically to strengthen the powers of the presidency, but was elected president earlier this year with 52 percent of the vote in a heavily contested election.
In the Iraq War of 2003, Turkey at first said the Americans and their allies could attack Iraq from eastern Turkey but then reneged; there was no thought of Turkey’s joining the attack, only permitting that it be launched from Turkey. In the recent disintegration of Iraq, Turkey, which has 20 million Kurds in its population of 80 million, has refused to be even slightly helpful to the Iraqi and Syrian Kurds; the Turks have been sitting on their hands in idling tanks just a few hundred meters from the Syrian Kurdish town of Khobani, which has been under intense attack by the Islamic State (IS) for several weeks. Turkey, in its opposition to the beleaguered and discredited Assad regime in Syria, has effectively supported the IS, tolerating the dispatch of some supplies to it and denying the United States and its allies the right to use Turkish air bases as launching points for air strikes on it. As a result, the strikes must be launched from aircraft carriers, a manageable but serious inconvenience. (Egypt’s President el-Sisi declared last weekend that terrorism sponsored by the IS, or undertaken by IS imitators, “threatens the existence” of Egypt, after 31 people were killed in terrorist bombings in northeast Sinai, near the approaches to Gaza. Turkey should not be giving any comfort to such mutants as the IS.) In this policy, Turkey has perversely taken the side of the most radically bellicose Islamic movement in history and leapfrogged over the positions of all the previous sponsors of less virulent terrorism: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Syria. Those countries, on this issue, are on the same side as Israel, and one of the few benefits of this latest ratchet-up of terrorist barbarism engineered by the IS is its revelation that militant Islamists see no practical differences between Christians, Jews, moderate Arabs, and even terroristic Islamists slightly less fanatical and unencumbered by the vestiges of civility than they. The tired old leftist claim that all problems would end if the West just put Israel over the side was always bunk, and now Palestinians and the Palestine question have effectively vanished from the radar screens of the Middle East, remembered only by a rag-tag of Israelophobic useful (to Hamas and the PLO) idiots in the West.
What Turkey should do is join with other civilized countries against all the terrorists, effectively establish a protectorate over Syria, and cooperate with Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and even Iran, if that country can be induced to abandon its nuclear military program, in stabilizing Iraq. The world should recognize an independent Kurdistan, one that would pledge not to disturb Turkey if Turkey stops its support or even toleration of Islamist terrorism; the Muslim powers should recognize the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state (as Egypt, Jordan, and even, in theory, Turkey have); and a viable state can be crafted for Palestine involving a narrowed West Bank but a thickened Gaza, with a connection between them. Ironically, the eruption of stateless, pan-national terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and the Islamic State tends to push the Iranians, Arab governments, and Israel into a common front with the West and Russia, a potentially useful condition. If threatening to expel or suspend Turkey from NATO and to encourage the unhappy Turkish Kurds (who claimed on the weekend to have transformed the southeastern Turkish town of Cizre into an “autonomous zone”) will help bring Erdogan to his senses, those steps should be taken. If they don’t bring him to his senses, the threats should be carried out. Allies must be given reasonable leeway, and Turkey has legitimate grievances against Europe, but treachery on Erdogan’s scale is intolerable, and if tolerated can only lead to greater betrayals and provocations. To be a member of the most successful alliance in history is a privilege, not a right, and this privilege must not be abused.
First published in National Review.
Posted on 10/30/2014 6:16 AM by Conrad Black
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Beware of Homegrown Terrorists
In his recent book about the origins of the World War I, The Sleepwalkers, How Europe went to War in 1914, Christopher Clark describes the major protagonists in 1914 as sleepwalkers, watchful but unseeing, stumbling into the catastrophe of the Great War after an act of terrorism by a Serbian nationalist. Taking a crucial lesson from this analysis, contemporary policymakers must be both watchful and insightful in relation to groups and individuals engaged in Islamist terrorism. A premeditated strategy is essential to respond effectively to that terrorism wherever it occurs.
A complex issue is at stake, how to assess the divergent views of the 1.6 billion believers in the religion of Islam. Most Muslims profess to view their religion as personal and peaceful, but a vociferous minority of Islamist extremists embodies religious views that stem from the fundamentalist brand of Islam, Salafism or Wahhabism, that regards Shiites as heretics and fuses religion and politics. Everyone is now aware of the emergence and the actions of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) that exemplifies the latter. That group, militarily successful and aggressive, challenges the people of the world, Muslims as well as non-Muslims, with its extreme version of jihad and its creation of a Caliphate.
Extreme Islamist rhetoric, with its military and missionary aspects, must be taken seriously. Militarily, the stated objectives are not only to capture the Middle East but also to reconquer Andalusia (Spain). The failure of the Ottoman Empire to take Vienna in 1683 put an end to the objective of Islamizing the whole of Europe, and extreme Islamists want this defeat rectified. Missionary Islam proselytizes peacefully through social media websites, sermons in mosques, and conversions. In both cases, coupled with religious ideology are secular slogans of the victim status of Muslims, opposition to globalization, resentment towards supposed American and sometimes Jewish domination of the world, and a version of multiculturalism that holds that European culture is not superior to other cultures.
Arab terrorist actions stem from religious extremism. Though Arab entities, particularly Palestinians, cling to the status of victims and claim discrimination, the facts are otherwise, especially when compared with other countries. One relevant statistic is that international aid to the Palestinians per capita is vastly higher than to African countries. An estimate made by the World Bank is that the average Palestinian receives fifteen times more aid than the average citizen in Ethiopia with its 94 million people. The GDP per capita in Ethiopia is $500 while the GDP for the West Bank and the Gaza Strip is $2,800.
A significant recent development is the recognition by Arab states, above all by Saudi Arabia, of the danger posed by the extremist form of Islam. That danger partly results from the funding and encouragement given the terrorists by some of those states, particularly Qatar and Kuwait. The Arab states now understand the danger to their very existence, as well as to the rest of the world, by the creation of the Islamic State.
The IS has been highly successful both in capturing and administering territory and in drawing more than 10,000 foreign Muslims to its cause. The leaders of the IS are unexpectedly gifted in their command of public relations and in attracting foreign adherents, including at least ten per cent women, through social media networks. Young Muslims may increasingly see IS in a personal way as a version of paradise and an end to their feeling of alienation, and in a political way as replacement of the failed politically unstable Muslim states that suffer from military dictators, corrupt elites, religious differences, tribal divisions, conflicting loyalties, and personal rivalries and ambitions.
It is important that the U.S. is conducting air strikes against IS and sending military advisers to help the Iraqi forces. Military and political problems exist. Twenty-four of the 50 brigades of those forces are regarded as deficient because of the poor quality of Iraqi commanders. In addition, some of the Sunni tribal leaders are reluctant to help the Shiite majority political leaders of the country. Nevertheless, it is encouraging that five Arab nations, as well as Britain and France, have contributed to the air campaign against IS.
However, an equally important campaign must be waged against Islamist extremists in Arab countries and would-be jihadists in the democratic West. The West is responding to the terrorists in Iraq and Syria, but it must also be conscious of the influence of Islamist ideology and the possible action in their own countries of “lone wolves,” some of whom fought for the jihadists and want to return home and conduct attacks. This form of action has already been shown in Brussels, in Ottawa, in London, and in several cities of France.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a courageous and decisive leader, immediately recognized the reality of terrorism. He reacted forcefully to the two terrorist attacks in Quebec and in Ottawa commenting that the killers, both converts to Islam, were "Islamic Republic inspired terrorists.” An immediate issue is that neither of the two murderers was on U.S. terror watch lists or in the database of security threats, a deficiency that is of concern both to Canada and the U.S. Both countries now recognize the importance of sharing information about suspected individuals.
France is a microcosm of the general problem of Islam and the dilemma facing the non-Muslim world of how to separate terrorist Islam from peaceful religious pursuit. A recent book, Passion Française by the French political scientist Gilles Kepel, makes the case that some Muslim areas in France are controlled by drug lords or by Islamist religious police, both hostile to traditional French behavior. French authorities have been faced with violence from immigrants of their children. But violence does not come from the Chinese, Vietnamese, or Portuguese immigrants, but only from Muslims. The violence in the so called banlieues has accelerated since the riots by Arabs in October 2005 starting in Clichy-sous-Bois during which 9000 cars were burned, along with public buildings. These riots may partly be due to the high level of Arab youth unemployment, poor housing, discrimination and general lack of opportunity, but the Islamist rhetoric and the intensification of Muslim identity have been more important.
The French government attempted to deal with the growing problem. In 2003 Nicolas Sarkozy, then Minister of the Interior, created the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFGCM), a body elected by Muslims, which is intended to provide a setting for Muslims to discuss religious problems with French officials and to participate in activity of public institutions.
That participation is shown in at least two significant cases concerning women. The Vice-President of the French Senate is Bariza Khiari, a Socialist representing a district in Paris, who was born in Algeria. The current Minister of Education, and formerly Minister for Women’s Rights, is Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, a Muslim born in Morocco. At the last parliamentary election, 400 Muslims, mostly women and Socialists, of whom six won, were candidates, out of a total of 6000. Almost 90 per cent of Muslims voted for François Hollande in the presidential election. At present 4 Muslims are mayors in cities with more than 30,000 inhabitants.
But the problem remains, particularly in regard to young people faced with the question of whether to identify themselves as Muslim or French. Will the majority of Muslims in France integrate into the general French society and abide by the republican model of shared values? To what degree is belonging to the Islamic group, or wearing headscarves and veils in schools and in the street, more meaningful than adherence to the secular tradition of France? Peace and stability in the Western world depend on the actions of Muslim communities and Western reactions to them.
First published in the American Thinker.
Posted on 10/30/2014 6:10 AM by Michael Curtis
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Survey Finds 3 out of 4 Australians Still Unaware of the Meaning and Menace of Islam: Muslims Annoyed About the 1 in 4 Who Are
As reported by Stephanie Chalkley-Rhoden for Australia's ABC, today.
It seems that Q Society and Dr Mark Durie and other Australians currently engaged in the task of persuading their fellow Australian infidels to take a long hard look at the foundation texts, tenets and historical track record and contemporary practice of Islam, and of the Ummah or Mohammedan Mob, in order to recognise that it presents - as it has done for 1400 years - a clear and present danger to all non-Muslims qua non-Muslims, have a long way yet to go.
"One in Four Australians Has Negative Attitude Towards Muslims: Report".
And those negative attitudes held by that 25 percent of the population would, of course, have nothing whatever to do with, for example, videos of Australian-raised Muslims tooling around in Syria engaging in and inciting to beheadings of non-Muslims and of other-sect Muslims? Nothing to do with the recently-exposed Muslim plot to kidnap Australian infidels off the streets and behead them on camera, so as to supply Islamic State - Islamic State - with yet more "human sacrifice for Allah" recruitment videos?? Nothing to do with the Muslim bushwhackings of two Canadian soldiers, the Muslim jihadi who ran - waving a gun - into the Canadian parliament, or the Muslim who attacked four New York policemen with an axe, nearly killing one of them, or the Muslim who in Australia tried to stab two policemen to death? Nothing to do with the beheading of a woman in Oklahoma, by a convert-to-Islam co-worker, nor with the running-down and beheading of Lee Rigby, in broad daylight in the streets of London, by two converts to Islam?? Oh, nothing to do with all that...it's just because those of us Aussies who are worried about what Islam teaches and inspires, and therefore worried about the expanding presence of the Ummah colonies in our country, are all nasty ignorant bigots....? - CM
'One in four Australians holds a negative attitude towards Muslims, a national survey has found.
'The social cohesion report, published by Monash University and the Scanlon Foundation, measured public attitudes on issues like immigration and multiculturalism.
'It found people were five times more likely to hold negative attitudes towards Muslims than [toward] any other religious group.
Gee, what a surprise, I wonder why?? - CM
'Report author Professor Andrew Markus said the results were troubling.
"What we're finding is negativity towards Mulsims is five times higher than towards Christians or Buddhists, so there's quite a significant issue there", said Professor Markus.
Sooo...Aussies are less worried about Christians or about Buddhists, than about Muslims? Might that not just have something to do with the fact that Christian and Buddhist women don't go about our streets in intimidating and ugly slave masks? And that we haven't had any Christians or Buddhists caught plotting to blow things, up, or to seize random people off the street and saw off their heads whilst chanting religious invocations?? It was not Christians or Buddhists who blew up that nightclub in Bali in 2002. It was not Christians or Buddhists who attacked Mumbai in November 2004...and let their co-religionists, once identified, go free unharmed whilst reserving nonbelievers for torture and murder. It was not Christians or Buddhists who held hostage hundreds of Russian non-Muslim kids at the Beslan school. It was not Christians or Buddhists who beheaded Lee Rigby whilst proudly quoting religious texts in justification of that act. It was not Christians or Buddhists who have, of late, seized and enslaved and repeatedly raped hundreds of teenage girls and young women, in both Nigeria and Iraq, and boasted about it, quoting cult texts in authorisation of the practice. - CM
"In a period of increased tension (sic: in a period within which the violent Muslim jihad against everything not-Islam, in order to subjugate it or destroy it entirely, seems to be getting steadily more widespread and more savage - CM) those who are very negative may, more likely, act out their negativity".
How dare anybody dislike Muslims! How dare anybody even consider resisting Islamisation! Memo to our dear dhimmi Professor Markus: I have read the Islamic texts and am familiar with the revered (by Muslims) canonical example of Mohammed the Warlord, rapist of Safiyya, gang boss of assassins and slave-takers, and I know what Muslims have done , historically, in Africa, in Asia, in Europe; I know of the devshirme; I know of the jihad mass murders of the Armenian Christians and of the Bulgarian Christians and, more recently, of Sudanese Christians; I know what the dhimma system was and I know what non-Muslim minorities endure within Muslim dominated lands, today. And, therefore, Professor Markus, I regard Islam as evil, as a death cult, a religion of blood and war (which is what Churchill called it); I see it as one of the most evil belief-systems that humans have ever burdened themselves with, and I would like to see a complete halt to all further immigration of Muslims into Australia and, indeed, into any other majority-nonMuslim country, world-wide. Got Muslims? Got Jihad. Jihad, the unofficial Sixth Pillar of Islam, the pursuit - by force and / or by fraud - of Total World Domination; the attempt to inflict upon all humans willynilly the antihuman and inhuman Total System that is the sharia of Islam. - CM
"They might abuse people on the street, and so on. So we're really just talking of a very small proportion who might act out their negativity, but that's the concern", he said.
My dear Professor, I am much more concerned about those Muslims in our midst who may be getting ready to do as the murderers of Lee Rigby did. Or as the Muslim murderer of Theo Van Gogh did. Do you remember Theo Van Gogh, Professor Markus? Do you care about him at all? Or do you think his Muslim murderer was justified, and that Theo Van Gogh should have refused to assist ex-Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali in the making of her little film, "Submission", that exposes the misogyny that is hardwired into the Islamic texts and Islamic practice? And shall we ask you, Professor Markus, about the fatwa upon Salman Rushdie? Or shall we ask you about those dastardly Danish cartoonists, and Kurt Westergaard, and the pious Somalil Muslim who - intending to do to that pesky blasphemer Westergaard as was done, back in the day, to Asma bint Marwan - broke into Mr Westergaard's house, waving an axe, and would have killed him, had he got the chance? And, Professor Markus, shall I remind you of Mohammed Merah, who barged into the grounds of a Jewish school in France, and shot down a rabbi, and two little boys, and grabbed a little 8 year old girl, Miriam Monsonego, and shot her point-blank, in the temple, whilst holding her by her pony-tail? All in the name of Allah. That is the 'acting out' of negativity that I rationally fear, my dear dhimmi Professor Markus. Don't you care at all about those non-Muslims who, having informed themselves about this (and these are not by any means the only instances of Muslim attacks upon non-Muslims - attacks driven by the contempt and hatred of and aggression toward the dirty unbeliever which, in the Quran, Sira and Hadith, and in multiple khutbas in the mosques worldwide, Muslims are repeatedly exhorted to feel and to put into action) realistically and rationally fear that they themselves may, one day, sooner or later, be targeted by a violent Muslim who is obeying the Quranic instruction to "slay them wherever you find them"?? Shall we remind you of the beheading verse, Surah 47: 4? - CM
'The survey was conducted on 2,596 people in June and July, and was the seventh annual survey of its kind.
'Experience of discrimination (by whom? - CM) remained close to the highest level recorded at 18 percent since the studies began in 2007.
'Of those who reported discrimination, 30 percent said it happened at least once a month.
'The report listed a "number of demographic variables" in the results, with respondents aged 65 and over four times more likely to hold negative attitudes towards Muslims than respondents aged 18 to 24.
Those who have been relentlessly churning out propaganda on behalf of Islam must be very pleased with themselves for having thus pulled the wool over the eyes of a large number of young Australian infidels. When the chicken does not know what the fox is, or thinks the fox is a friend, the chicken is much easier to catch. - CM
'They also stated younger residents of Victoria were most likely to hold positive attitudes towards Muslims.
I wonder what attitudes are among young non-Muslims in Sydney, New South Wales, where many among the single largest Ummah colony in Australia have been behaving very badly for a good few years, now?
Now, cue a sinister hijabette whining and complaining that even only 1 in 4 Aussies being less than enthusiastic about Muslims is not good enough. Bad dhimmis! More propaganda, more dawa, more admonitions are needed. You must all love us, pet us, flatter us, stroke us, and defer to our every wish and demand...becuz we is Muswims and we is speshul...or else!! - CM
'Silma Irham from the Australian Muslim Women's Association said the results were not surprising.
"There has been so much negativity from the media, from the government", she said.
Negativity from the media? You could have fooled me, milady; I have had it up to here with the endless series of sugary puff pieces on Ramadan, Haj, Eid, the wonders of Hijab and Niqab, etc and so forth, not to mention government-funded glossy propaganda-dawa booklets like "Learning From One Another" (or, How To Be Fooled By Muslims Playing Nice), and the Premier of Queensland virtually ordering all Queenslanders to hop to and attend a much-vaunted "mosque open day" aka dawa event...
I can only suppose she means that the media does occasionally report that Muslims do horrid things to non-Muslims in various places and that said Muslims refer their horrid deeds to the instructions in the Islamic texts. And the government? I seem to recall Mr Abbott falling over himself - like so many other non-Muslim political leaders - to tell us that the Islamic State had nothing to do with Islam. - CM
"Until the Federal Government changes its rhetoric and stops using Muslims as the cause of hardships facing the population, things aren't going to improve."
The Federal Government is blaming Muslims for ...what? "Hardships facing the population?" What on earth is this woman talking about? Last time I looked, it was the actions and policies of the previous government or governments who were getting the blame for assorted perceived problems with our economy, etc. - CM
"The Muslim community is a minority here (at present; but it is a Fifth Column of the Mohammedan Mob, a hostile minority that intends to grow, and grow, and then, as per the programme outlined in ex-Muslim Sam Solomon's chilling book "Al Hijra: The Islamic Doctrine of Immigration", become the dominant majority and force everyone else to submit to the hell on earth that is the sharia of Islam within a Muslim despotism - CM) but it is established (are you threatening us, milady Muslimah? do I detect a note of triumphalism here? - CM), there are far more Australian-born Muslims, but it is like it still has to sell itself to the rest of the community.
My dear madam: trust must be earned. It cannot be demanded as a right. You cannot demand that we non-Muslims love you, and do as you want, when you belong to a death cult that teaches you to hate us; and that demands a/ the death of its critics (whether outsiders or insiders) and b/ the death of anyone who leaves it or tries to leave. I have read Surah 9 of the Quran. If you, Ms Irham, are committed to pursuing and putting into practice the agenda outlined in that Surah then I do not and cannot and will not trust you. - CM
'Ms Irham said that attitudes towards Muslms were in part being driven by the lack of understanding and fear surrounding IS (why so mealy-mouthed, ABC? Call it what it calls itself - Islamic State. Islamic, Islamic, Islamic. Because..it is. Islamic. - CM) and the conflict in Iraq.
My dear Ms Irham, my distrust and yes, dislike of you, and my rational fear of your fellow cultists, arises not from lack of understanding but from knowledge. Knowledge of your infernal book, which I have read, more than once, and will read again, much as I detest it. Knowledge of the broad outlines of the behaviour of the Ummah throughout its history, its continual attempts to subjugate and destroy everything not-Islam over which it could manage to get control, and its ferocious oppression of all non-Muslims whose polities were unlucky enough to have been invaded and defeated, or infiltrated and subverted, by Muslims. I see Islamic State and I see...Islam, Islam stripped of all its masks, obeying its core programme. And the more of my fellow Australians wake up from their trance and see what I see, the happier I will be. One out of four awake and aware is by no means enough to save Australia from the Jihad; the results of this survey tell me that I and others like me have to hurry up and do a lot more to raise the alarm and spread awareness, while there is yet time. - CM
"The level of Islamophobia directed towards Australian Muslims has grown, and it's a result of the current direct public discourse where the Muslim community here is linked to what's happening overseas".
Ah yes: she's trying to dissociate the "nice" Ummah here from the "nasty" Ummah over there, despite all the visits from Muslim "clerics", despite the Hizb ut Tahrir rallies, despite the riots with placards proclaiming "Behead those who insult the Prophet", despite the obvious fact that a large part of the Ummah within Australia proudly regards itself as "linked" to the rest of the Ummah and the steady - and even accelerating - flow of money and zealous jihadis from the Ummah within this country, to the Islamic State and other jihad outfits overseas. - CM
"This is not boat-people overtaking us, it's not the hoards [sic: O ABC, it's "hordes" - CM] bringing communism.
Many of the boat-people, my dear Ms Irham, were not bringing communism (as Muslims coming to Australia bring Islam, unrejected and indeed proudly declared and promoted); they left it behind them, they were fleeing from it, for they were opposed to it. The proper counterparts of those Vietnamese anti-communist refugees, today, are the Copts and the Christians from Iraq and Syria and the Yazidis and Mandaeans, fleeing the dar al Islam and its ferocious sharia enforcers. - CM
"There isn't anyone new coming in here".
"Fear is always caused by government statements. If the government's focus was that it is purely an overseas issue with some local elements, and didn't come down so hard on the Australian Muslim community [attitudes would be different]."
I see. So we shouldn't be arresting Muslims in Australia for plotting jihad? We shouldn't be surveilling anyone, or asking any hard questions about what's being preached in the mosques? We shouldn't do anything at all about those Muslims who go off to Iraq and Syria to indulge in a spot of beheading, sex-slaving, stoning of adulterers, etc and so forth, or who raise funds here in Australia and send those funds off to Islamic State, or to Al Shabaab, or whoever? Ms Irham, you can damn well go jump; because as far as I am concerned, what matters is that each and every Mohammedan who plots to kill infidel Aussies, should be caught before he manages to achieve what he's plotting, and punished to the fullest extent of the law. And if you don't like that, madame, then you can lump it. - CM
'But she said attitudes in society moved in waves, and that simply getting to know people of the Muslim faith would help turn the tide.
Not necessarily. There are over a thousand girls in the UK who "got to know" men of the Muslim 'faith'; in bedrooms, as they were raped, and tortured, and threatened with death. There are Yazidi and Assyrian Christian girls "getting to know" Muslims right now.. by being gang raped. Getting to know people doesn't always mean that you like them more, once you know more about them, and how they behave. Especially when you then read their cult handbook/s and find out about the career of the cult founder, and notice a direct congruity between horrible things done by cult members in many countries, and the instructions in the cult handbook and the example of the founder. -What will happen, Ms Irham, when non-Muslims find out just how many verses in the Quran tell Muslims never to befriend or ally with non-Muslims...unless temporarily, and feigningly, for the advantage of the Muslim party? What happens when curious Infidels find out about the core Islamic principle of Loyalty and Enmity, Al Wala Wa Al-Bara, and the division of the world into Dar al Islam and Dar al Harb, and the verses that spit venom at Jews, and the verses that call non-Muslims "the worst of beasts"? - CM
"We might be in the trough at the moment (gee, she has a hide to whine that she's not being sufficiently loved and accepted and petted and stroked, when 3 out of 4 Australians are either not negative toward Muslims or - foolishly, having been deceived, or still being blissfuly ignorant - feel positive toward them? - CM) but the community will rise from that, and the Muslim community will be a far more valued member of society in the future", she said.
If your coreligionists keep on hatching plots to kill us you might have another think coming. - CM
"Get to know Muslims. Let's get a bit of understanding about Islam".
With Islam, my dear madam, understanding - if the infidel doing the research has a gram of commonsense, a functioning BS detector, and a fraction of moral intelligence and the instinct of self-preservation - does not lead to love and liking. It leads to anger, and rational alarm. - CM
"People will realize they've got some good reasons for what they do, they're a pretty good faith".
"They've got some good reasons for what they do". Who has "good reasons" for doing what, exactly? Are you asking us to see Boko Haram and Islamic State enslavers and gang rapers and sellers of infidel teenage girls, as having "good reasons" for what they do? Are you asking us to "understand" and empathise with the motives of those who saw off heads? Do you regard the murderer of Miriam Monsonego, or the murderer of Theo Van Gogh, as having "some good reasons" for what they do?? The stoners of women? The honor murderers? The practitioners of FGM, wife-beating, polygyny, and forced/ child marriage (which is rife among the Muslim "community" in Australia)?? - CM
'Majority of Australians support immigration intake.
I wonder whether they were asked about immigration in general, or about immigration of various categories of immigrant? Because sometimes it depends on who you let in. I, for example, am completely opposed to all further immigration of Muslims into Australia, whilst I would be very happy to increase our intake of, for example, Assyrian and Coptic Christians. - CM
'In contrast, the survey found "just 35 percent" of people considered Australia's rate of immigration "too high", the lowest result in seven consecutive studies.
"This compares with 2014 American and European surveys which have found disapproval of government handling of immigration in the range of 60 to 75 percent", the report stated.
That is because - in Europe in particular - there has been mass immigration of Muslims, creating a situation which is unpleasant, expensive, and ever more deadly-dangerous both to the resident indigenes and to all other non-Muslim immigrants. In Australia, so far as I know, though Muslims are coming steadily in, they are still outnumbered by immigrants of other, non-Muslim backgrounds; it is notable that, for example, it is Buddhism, not Islam, that is the fastest growing ideologically-defined group within the Australian population, and if counted together, Buddhist and Hindus comprise a larger group, in terms of numbers, than do the Muslims. Muslims, as yet, in Australia, comprise less than 3 percent of the total population, although they comprise much more than that in certain localities, such as the heavily-Islamised suburbs of Lakemba and Auburn, in south-western Sydney. - CM
'By comparison, the Monash study found 58 percent of respondents believed the immigration rate in Australia was "about right or too low".
Again, I think I shall have to have a look at the report itself and find out what sorts of questions, precisely, were asked, in the section on immigration. - CM
"A possible explanation for the low level of concern with immigration is the effectiveness of the government's measures to stop arrival of asylum seekers by boat", the report stated.
"This success has conveyed the message that the government has effective border control measures, and can be trusted to manage immigration", it said.
"It was a very surprising result because the proportion of those concerned about immigration has gone down", Professor Markus said.
"We might have expected that maybe half of the population would be concerned...given that there's increasing concern about employment and the economy.
"One in four people supported the idea of asylum seekers arriving by boat being eligible for permanent settlement (me, I would offer that possibility to the bona fide non-Muslims, only, upon evidence of their willingness to assimilate and contribute - CM) while the majority of Australians - 85 percent - believed immigration had been good for Australia.
Non-Muslim immigration, yes, by and large. Muslim immigration...no. If the latter is not stopped, and soon, we will be in more trouble than we already are. Got Muslims? Got Jihad. The more Muslims, the more Jihad. - CM
'The report's key finding was that "Australia remains a highly cohesive society", despite a low level of satisfaction with government, and just 15 percent of respondents agreeing that "the system works fine as it is"...
These days, I begin to suspect that the phrase "a highly cohesive society" is code for "a society within which most people are either uninformed or misinformed and therefore don't yet realize that Muslims are dangerous".- CM
Posted on 10/30/2014 2:00 AM by Christina McIntosh
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Where's the Media on the Attkisson Book?
Judson Phillips writes:
Former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson dug into some of the Obama regime’s scandals. She looked into both the “Fast and Furious” scandal as well as the Benghazi scandal. The more she looked, the more outraged the regime became.
Now, in her new book, “Stonewalled,” she drops a bombshell. Her computer was hacked by the government. Sophisticated spyware was put in her computer that allowed the government to track every keystroke from her computer and it allowed someone to remotely activate her Skype program. In short, they knew everything she was doing.
She was wiretapped by the regime.
Perhaps even worse, according to Ms. Attkisson and experts that have looked at her computer, three classified documents were loaded onto her computer. These documents were hidden on parts of her hard drive that would be hard for her to find under normal circumstances.
The only plausible explanation and the one Ms. Attkisson believes is that she was being set up to be arrested for the unlawful possession of classified documents.
Experts who examined Ms. Attkisson’s computer came to one chilling conclusion: The software used to penetrate Ms. Attkisson’s computer is proprietary to the government. In plain, non-lawyer English, the government hacked her computer without a warrant and did it because they did not like what she was reporting.
Today Ms. Attkisson’s allegations are not even being picked up by the media. Ms. Attkisson alleged that the media, including CBS, had one overall objective in their news: Protect Barack Obama and advance his agenda.
Posted on 10/30/2014 3:20 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Are Lone Wolf Jihadis Islamikazes?
There is a debate afoot about what to call Salafist Jihadi perpetrators of such recent spectacular murders that we have graphically seen in Ottawa, Montreal, New York, and Oklahoma. Counterterrorism officials have called them lone wolves to emphasize that they are not affiliated with known foreign sponsors of Islamist terrorism. They may be ‘self-actualized’ by the jihadist doctrinal aspects of their new found faith espoused by Salafist preachers and the social media of terrorist groups Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, and most prominently the Islamic State, formerly ISIS. According to Dr. Rich Swier, publisher of the eponymous eMagazine, noted US counter terrorism expert, Patrick Poole has suggested calling them “known wolves”. “Cowboy”, a former CIA covert officer and counterterrorism consultant wrote us after we posted on “The Danger of Lone Wolf Jihadists Among Us,” saying, “we still perpetuate the false myth of Islamic lone wolf terrorists. If the counter-terrorists can't even get their story straight, how can anyone else?”
That led me to ponder both Poole’s and Cowboy’s remarks. I thought it over and reached out to someone I know in Israel. That is Islamic and Eastern Studies scholar, former Hebrew University professor and author, Raphael Israeli. You may recall our New English Review interview with him about the lecture he gave in January 2012 at B’nai Israel Synagogue in Pensacola, Florida, Islam, Democracy and the Arab Spring: An Interview with Raphael Israeli. He and his wife Margalit were passing through from a trip to New Orleans and we prevailed upon him to set the record straight about Islamic doctrine.
Professor Raphael Israeli
We had first encountered Professor Israeli during a sabbatical term he spent in 2003 at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He was substituting for a member of the faculty Dr. Vera Schwarcz, who, like Israeli, is a specialist in East Asian studies. I encountered Israeli in Schwarz’s office at Wesleyan in the midst of compiling footnotes for his latest book at the time, Islamikaze: Manifestations of Islamic Martyrology. The focus of Islamikaze was on what motivated Muslim suicide bombers in the Middle East and the 19 perpetrators of 9/11. The term Islamikaze was modeled on the Japanese suicide Kamikaze (meaning divine wind) pilots of World War II. They, not unlike the Islamikaze, were motivated by the bushido doctrine of self sacrifice and death without surrender exemplified by the Samurai that was adopted by the Japanese militarists.
These questions raised by counterterrorism consultants about what to call the Salafist Jihadis prompted me to write Professor Israeli in Jerusalem and ask him if these lone wolf jihadis weren’t one and the same as Islamikazes.
Here is Professor Israeli’s response:
Of course they are Islamikaze. Because even if in these cases they acted alone, they must have been indoctrinated and motivated, or shown the example by someone. No lone wolf just gets up in the morning and decides to murder human beings. Besides, Islamikaze has an element of self-sacrifice. A common murderer would do it for personal gain of some sort. Here, in both Canadian and US cases, they committed the murder, being aware of the danger of risking their lives, and they were not deterred.
So, perhaps instead of calling the Salafist perpetrators of Islamic terrorist attacks, lone wolves, Islamikaze may be what they really are. Given these Islamic terrorist developments here in America, this may prompt Professor Israeli and his publisher to update and re-issue, Islamikaze.
Posted on 10/29/2014 3:46 PM by Jerry Gordon