Monday, 29 September 2014
American Muslim Yasir Qadhi: Be Realistic, Muslims Living In The West Should Wage The Jihad Of Pen And Tongue
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Here.

Yasir Qadhi wants Muslims of course to wage Jihad, but to wage it effectively. He counsels against going off to fight in Syria because the various groups there are fighting so much with each other; in such a "confused" situation outsiders will perhaps be lured into killing other Muslims. He deplores those who act like the Karijites, who are quick to condemn and punish other Muslims as hypocrites, munafir. He's all for Jihad, blames the West's policies -- never what is written in the Qur'an and glossed by the Sunnah -- for Muslim terrorists. He wants Muslims in the West to wage the most intelligent kind of Jihad they at present are able to conduct, that is the Jihad, as he puts it, of "pen" and "tongue." His goal does not differ from that of those who are in Al-Qaeda or the Islamic State; the methods he recommends for Muslims living "here in Norway" and "in the United States" are different, because their situation is different. But he's not against Jihad -- not against the struggle to remove all obstacles to the spread, and then the dominance, of Islam and of Muslims all over the world. He's all for Jihad, all for the attempt to change Western policy so that always and everywhere those policies do not offend Muslims, but conform to their demands, and offer no resistance to the permanent effort of Muslims to conduct Jihad by whatever means prove most effective.

He only differs with those Muslims who are attempting to persuade Muslims in the West to go to Syria to fight, because he thinks Muslims in the West can be more effective if they remain in the West and conduct propaganda -- the Jihad of "pen" and "tongue" to which he refers -- and Daw'a on behalf of Islam, swelling its ranks with the converts to be found, especially ajong the pychically and socially marginal. Yasir Qadri is as dangerous as those Muslims who call for immediate terrorist attacks within the West. No, he'[s more dangerous.

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Posted on 09/29/2014 7:53 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 29 September 2014
Fractious, Fractured Lebanon: Army Supporters Storm Al-Jazeera Offices
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Quick to anger, quick to express that anger, with ever-shifting alliances and conspiracy theories to explain every new twist in the object of their fury, the peoples of the fractured, fractious, fissiparous Muslim-dominated lands of the Middle East always offer something new.

Today, in Lebanon, it's an invasion of the offices of Al Jazeera by those who believe that that Qatari propaganda organization has impugned the honor of the Lebanese Army.

Details here.


 

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Posted on 09/29/2014 7:38 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 29 September 2014
Imad Enchassi, Of The Oklahoma Mosque That Helped Inspire A Murderer
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Imad Enchassi's wild charges here.

A former member of the Oklahoma mosque where Imad Enchassi was, and is, the imam, has described his rants against Israel. A day before one of those who attended his mosque beheaded a co-worker, screaming Islamic phrases as he did so, Imad Enchassi had been claiming that there were threats to "behead" Muslims in Oklahoma. Perhaps Imad Enchassi, who holds a teaching position at a local university, ought to have that position reconsidered. Perhaps his presence as an imam ought to be looked at, and even his presence in the United States. Can he be said to be a welcome presence in this country? If he is a naturalized citizen, did he have to take an oath of loyalty to the Constitution, swearing to uphold it? Could his many recorded remarks, especially on freedom of speech, and what one can find by merely comparing Qur'anic passages, which he must surely believe are the immutable words of Allah, and to which he owes his loyalty, with the Constitution, not be the basis for finding that he committed perjury when he swore to uphold the Constitution (or is this not required of those being given citizenship? And if not, why not?) and strip him of that citizenship. There are laws, either on the books or that should be, that could deal with many of the problems that naturalized Muslims pose to the security of the country, to the extent that they take the Qur'an, Hadith, and Sira to heart. And we have no way of knowing when a Muslim does not do so, or if he does not do so, what might set him off to become a more fervent Muslim than before. That has to be part of the calculation of risk, which all over the Western world has not been calculated, out of negligence or fear.

Here's a thought. A lawyer should contact the family of the woman beheaded by someone who listened to Imad Enchassi, and attended that mosque, and sue the mosque and Enchassi for encouraging her murderer, and doing nothing to report him to the authorities. Money damages might curtail some of the imad-enchassis of this world, and But even without damages, the lawsuit itself would be salutary, and make Muslim clerics aware that words have consequences, and that they may, or can be, held partly responsible for the acts of those who do nothing more than follow the tenets and teachings of Islam to the letter. 

What would Imad Enchassi and others like him claim? Could they claim in their own defense that Islam attracts, as converts, people who are economically and socially marginal, includinng prisoners, recovering addicts, and those who have found in Islam exactly what they needed as a stay against their confusion, that is a Complete Explanation of the Universe? How would that sound as a defense -- Islam attracts those who are already half-crazy, so don't hold us responsible?

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Posted on 09/29/2014 7:00 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 28 September 2014
Mosques In Kenya A Security Threat
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Mosques are places where the mere quoting of the Qur'an promotes and reinforces hatred of Infidels, and naturally leads some of those who come to pray, to listen to the khutbas, and to talk to fellow Believers about the meaning of Islam, to commit acts of terrorism. How could it be otherwise, given what is in the Qur'an and given the model of Muhammad, as set out in the Hadith and Sira? 

That's why the mosques everywhere constitute a security problem. Ataturk established a Ministry of Religious Affairs that would monitor every mosque in Turkey, and check on the content, in advance, of every khutba. In Egypt, in Jordan, in Tunisia, in Morocco, in Algeria, in almost every Arab state, even in Wahhabi Saudi Arabia, the mosques must be monitored. And in Kenya that's true, too, where those responsible for protecting the state and its people now threaten to close mosques. And that threat should be made, and carried out, everywhere in the non-Muslim lands whenever a mosque has been found to be inculcating any kind of hostiity toward non-Muslims.

In Kenya, the authorities have warned that they may be closing some mosques -- conduct to emulate.

 

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Posted on 09/28/2014 1:13 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 28 September 2014
The Islamic Republic Of Iran Gets Its Just Desertification
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Posted on 09/28/2014 12:58 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 28 September 2014
The Fight against Islamist Terrorism must be Unconditional
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We all know that Derek Jeter is no longer at shortstop. It is more difficult to know what Islamist terrorist group is on first base. Everyone thought the group was named al-Qaeda, then from July 2014 it was ISIS or ISIL (now the Islamic State), and then from September 2014 suddenly it became Khorasan.

Most observers in the U.S. and generally in the democratic Western world, appeared to be unaware of this terrorist group called “Khorasan,” a group believed to consist of experienced members of al-Qaeda who have fought in various countries. The name apparently derives from that given by an early Muslim Caliphate to areas composed of parts of the mountainous region of West Afghanistan and also of neighboring countries.

It is not altogether clear whether Khorasan is now connected with the main al-Qaeda operation, or whether it is totally distinct from Jabhal al-Nusra, the official al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria. It is even less clear whether the supposed leader of Khorasan, Mushin al-Fadhi, a 33-year-old Kuwaiti national who was a lieutenant of Osama bin Laden, who lived in Iran and who had fought in Chechnya against Russia, has been killed by a U.S. air strike on Syria on September 23, 2014. He had been sought by the U.S. for some time, since he was one of the people still alive who had been given advance notice of the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Indeed, in 2012 the U.S. offered $7 million for information about where he was.

The ominous intentions of this Khorasan group, a network of seasoned jihadists with battlefield experience in Pakistan and Afghanistan, are clear. It is focused on attacking the West and is considered a more immediate threat to the U.S. than is IS. The group has successfully recruited potential jihadists with Western passports. It is equally clear that they were either in the final stages of planning or nearing the carrying out of major attacks on European countries and the U.S, partly through smuggling bombs on to U.S. planes.

A similar intention by other terrorists, militants of the Islamic State (IS), was suggested on September 25, 2014 by the new Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi who stated that IS was plotting attacks on the subway systems of New York and Paris. It is probably still safe to “Take the A Train” in New York and equally probable that IS does not yet have the ability to carry out a sophisticated attack on the Paris Metro or the New York subway, or that the plot was only “aspirational” and not imminent, but the danger is apparent for a number of reasons.

IS has been involved in making bombs together with al-Qaeda affiliates in Yemen: they are testing ways, using toothpaste tubes and clothes, by which explosives can evade airport security. Some of the terrorist groups, particularly AQAP, the al-Qaeda Yemen group, in recent years have attempted, so far unsuccessfully, to blow up airliners, though they placed three bombs on U.S.-bound planes. That is the reason why the U.S. has increased airport security and why passengers en route to the U.S. cannot, since July 2014, carry powerless electronic devices on board a plane. Potential threats face a number of European countries and the U.S. because of the domestic Western extremists who have fought for IS and may return to their country of origin.

That danger to the homeland comes from the Western jihadists who have been recruited to carry out operations in the West. The Obama Administration has rightly seen IS, Khorasan, and other terrorist groups as a long-term threat to U.S. national security. Accordingly, U.S. airstrikes attacked the bases of Khorasan as well as IS which is primarily attempting to consolidate its control of parts of both Iraq and Syria.

The Congress has not voted on the issue or given legal authority, and it is highly desirable it do so. However, though not all will agree, the administration’s legal claim to carry out the strikes can be based on the Congressional authorization given on September 14, 2001 for the president to use force “against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001."

Since August 8, the U.S. has carried out almost 200 raids on the terrorist groups, first on their military facilities in Iraq and most recently in Syria. Its appropriate declared policy is to “degrade and destroy” IS. This requires two things: the assent of the American public; and a multilateral, international agreement and support.

It would be untrue to assess the general feeling of Americans as isolationist, but clearly most did not want the U.S. involved in a war, especially not in Syria. Almost certainly the electorate would not have approved the use of force against President Bashar Assad after he had crossed “the red line” proclaimed by Obama by using chemical weapons against his own people. But the videos of Americans about to be beheaded by IS, and information of the brutality and atrocities committed by IS, resulted in a dramatic change of opinion.

There is presently general approval of U.S. action against the terrorists, but the question is whether this approval may be only temporary or soft since the struggle will take years. To help solidify that approval the Obama Administration should be forthright and clarify its varying, almost contradictory statements. The U.S. has been forced into, and is engaged in, a continuing war against those who embody an ideology of terrorism, not simply in counterterrorist activity.

That war necessitates allies, and the Obama Administration is right in stating, “…this is not America’s fight alone,” and thus forming a coalition to take concrete steps against the religiously motivated fanatics. If not in a coordinated collective military effort, other nations have contributed to the fight. France on September 25, 2014 carried out air strikes in Iraq, a quick response to the beheading of a French tourist in Algeria by Islamist terrorists. So far, Dutch fighter jets have carried out air strikes and helped train Iraqi and Kurdish forces. The Parliament in Britain has voted for air strikes over Iraq, though not over Syria. Belgium is considering using its fighter jets. It is encouraging that Saudi Arabia and the UAE are participating in military activity.

It is however disappointing that Turkey has, for its own reasons, hesitated to join the effort, and indeed has helped IS, and also that Russia and China have not only been unhelpful, but also blocked attempts to get President Assad to step down from office.

On the diplomatic level it is crucial for the U.S. and the coalition to help end the conflict between the non-IS parties in Syria, including the Syrian army, the different rebel groups, and Hizb'allah, and try for at least a ceasefire, so they can combine against the real enemy. They should encourage new Iraqi Prime Minister al-Abadi to be more conciliatory to Sunni groups than was his predecessor. They should encourage, if not demand, Saudi Arabia to end the images of extreme Wahhabism in its religious textbooks, and in the preaching in the country, since the Wahhabist strain of Islam has fostered violence and murder of nonbelievers, and is the basis of the self-proclaimed caliphate of IS. They might even allow the members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, who are already involved in some fighting, to be allowed to continue to fight against IS.

The U.S.-led coalition policy must be clear. At the Casablanca Conference in January 1943 the Allied leaders, President Franklin Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and General Charles de Gaulle, planning wartime strategy, issued a declaration stating they would accept nothing less than unconditional surrender of the Axis powers. President Roosevelt in his radio address of February 12, 1943 reiterated the Casablanca declaration that itself was similar in substance to the strong statement by General Ulysses S. Grant in 1862 ("My terms are unconditional surrender.") addressing the Commander of Confederate forces at Fort Donelson.

President Obama should follow in the footsteps of his two illustrious predecessors, and seek the same objective. The policy should be to destroy, not simply degrade the Islamist terrorists.

First published in the American Thinker.

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Posted on 09/28/2014 8:04 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 28 September 2014
Reforging the World
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A friend of mind drew kindly drew my attention to a very revealing historical artefact of whose existence I had previously been lamentably ignorant. It is the Fabian stained glass window designed by George Bernard Shaw in 1910, and now reinstalled in the Shaw Library in the London School of Economics.
 
The window depicts the Fabians in mediaeval costume remaking the world. The early historian of the movement, E. R. Pease, squeezes some bellows in a forge, while Sidney Webb wields an enormous mallet to a red hot globe and Shaw helps him. The scene contains the Fabian's coat of arms: a wolf in sheep's clothing. Above this inspiring scene we read:
  
    Remould it nearer to the heart's desire.
 
This line comes from FitzGerald's Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam:
  
    Dear love, could thou and I with fate conspire
    To grasp this sorry scheme of things entire
    Would we not shatter it to bits, and then
    Remould it to the heart's desire?
 
Not altogether a modest programme, then, the world being shattered to bits and then remoulded to the heart's desire. Note the impersonal the: not our hearts desire, but the heart's desire. In other words, what we desire is what you desire, or would desire if you knew what was best for you. Under socialism, according to Shaw, you would not be allowed to be unhappy, and if you insisted on so being, you would be gently executed (for your own good).
 
Underneath the reforging of the world by Shaw and Webb, early Fabians were depicted praying to a pile of books. Among them are Fabian Essays (edited and contributed to by Shaw) and several volumes of his own plays. Shaw's works had become holy, at least in his own estimate.
 
When the window was reinstalled in the LSE, the press reported the window as an instance of Shaw's wit. I am not sure that witty is the first of words that I should apply to describe it: astonishingly arrogant comes more to mind.
 
The director of the LSE at the time, Howard Davies, said that the window was a timely reminder that the Fabians 'continue to influence our thinking about society, economics and politics,' an evident historical truth, though he scrupulously refrained from saying whether this was for good or ill.
 
The Prime Minister of the time, Anthony Blair, was present at the unveiling. He was for Fabian gradualism, of course - except in the matter of making money. There he preferred a less gradualist approach.  
 
First published in Salisbury Review.
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Posted on 09/28/2014 6:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 28 September 2014
A Little on the OKCity Mosque Attended by Beheader
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From Breitbart:

Suhaib Webb, an Imam with ties to former Al Qaeda mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki, had also previously been the leader of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, which had been attended by Alton Nolen -- the man who on Thursday beheaded a former coworker after recently converting to Islam, Breitbart News has learned. Webb now serves as Imam of the sister organization of the mosque attended by Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Imam Suhaib Webb has a history of ties to radicalism. FBI surveillance documents found that he was a known confidant of Al Qaeda mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki. Just two days before the September 11, 2001 attacks on America, Webb spoke at a fundraiser with Awlaki with hopes to raise funds for Atlanta-based H. Rap Brown, a man that shot and killed two police officers. The FBI documents also found that “Webb and Awlaki may be associated with the Muslim American Society,” which is a group described by the Investigative Project on Terrorism as being “founded as the United States Chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Nolen took a picture of himself (above) September 5th, just three weeks before he brutally murdered an innocent woman, standing in front of the gates of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City.

The caption read: “At The Masjid (Mosque)Today For Jumar 9/5/2014 & Peforming Wudu!!!”

Imam Webb’s bio from his new place of employment, the Islamic Society of Boston, states:

While pursuing his bachelors degree Imam Webb studied privately with a renowned Muslim Scholar of Senegalese descent. After intense private training in various Islamic sciences, Imam Webb was hired as the Imam at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, where he not only provided Khutbas (Sermons) and religious classes but also counseled families and young people.

The Islamic Society of Boston, which was attended by the Tsarnaev brothers during his tenure as Imam, has several within their ranks who have been charged with committing acts of Islamic Radicalism. The founder of the Mosque, Abdulrahman Alamoudi, was sentenced to 23 years in prison for his role for financing terror.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Webb had initially been invited to an interfaith memorial at the Holy Cross Cathedral, where president Obama was scheduled to speak. Imam Webb's invitation was then rescinded under mysterious circumstances at the last minute, according to reports.

Writing in the Jewish Advocate last year, columnist Charles Jacobs described Imam Webb as someone who “teaches vicious hatred and calls for young Muslims to engage in Jihad against non-Muslims in order to establish a global Islamic state.”

 
 

Additionally, a video from October showed Webb at a Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) fundraiser calling for an Islamic State. The Islamic organization, a group that originally had secretly called itself the "Palestine Committee of the Muslim Brotherhood," was charged as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing case in American history, known as the Holy Land Foundation Trial.

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Posted on 09/28/2014 5:41 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Sunday, 28 September 2014
Update and Correction: Police Say Allegations of Attack Upon Soldier Now Dropped
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Updating and correcting this story:

http://www.newenglishreview.org/blog_direct_link.cfm/blog_id/56547
 

 

'Sydney, Australia. Uniformed ADF Soldier Attacked by "Men of Middle Eastern Appearance".

Channel Nine news, and others (eg the Daily Mail) are now reporting that the allegations have been dropped.  ( I also see, by the by, that the soldier involved was not strictly speaking a soldier - an infantryman - but a sailor, a naval officer; the ABC report I discussed here yesterday did not mention that particular detail).

See here:

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/09/25/16/42/adf-officer-says-he-was-threatened-and-assaulted-by-two-men-in-sydney

'Update: Assault Allegations Dropped in Navy Officer Attack Claim".

'Police investigating a claim that an Australian navy officer was assaulted by two men who threatened to cut his throat in Sydney's north-west yesterday morning have announced the allegations have been dropped.

'Despite the withdrawal, police will continue to examine the circumstances that led to the allegation being brought to their attention.

So what happened? The sailor was all on his own, he met nobody, nobody threatened him, and he made up a story out of whole cloth?  WHY?  For god's sake, WHY?  Or was he "pranked" - or even worse, "dared" - by colleagues or "friends" who should have known better?  Those are the only possibilities I can think of, if it was not a real attack.  Either way, this little affaire - if it was some kind of hoax - is incredibly damaging.  What happens if the police, having been embarrassed by a hoax, refuse to respond to or investigate a real attack because they think it might be another hoax? -  CM

'Chief of Defence Mark Binskin has this afternoon apologised to the Middle Eastern community (which means, in reality, the Muslims; for I'm sure nobody believed for a minute that an attack of this kind on an Aussie soldier would be perpetrated by, for example, Australian Jews or Copts - CM) for any angst the allegation caused.

"On behalf of the Australian Defence Force, I would like to apologise to the Australian community and, in particular, the Middle Eastern Community for any angst that this has caused" he said.

'In response to officers being told to use their judgement when considering going out in uniform, he said they needed to make an assessment depending on the situation.

"They know through commonsense where they should wear uniform and where it might not be right to wear uniform.

?? Where in Australia can it possibly be deemed "not right" for a person to wear Australian Defence Force uniform?  If it's good enough to wear in the Cathedral; if it's good enough to wear in front of the Queen or the Governor-General (and I am sure that both those cases apply); then it should be good enough - subject to the usual etiquette or protocols, such as the distinction between ordinary and "dress" uniform - to wear anywhere in the country, at any time.  If there is anywhere in the country that an Australian Defence Force officer in uniform must assume he will not be welcome; if there is any part of the country that he must, in effect, approach as if it were Enemy Territory or, indeed a war zone -  a location where he should reasonably expect to be physically attacked if he enters it whilst in the uniform of his country - then there is something very, very wrong. - CM

"They're proud of the uniform that we wear. They're proud of what we do globally, day in and day out, but they are aware of the situation, they're not immune to what's going on, and they continue to keep an eye on their surroundings."

"The situation".  "What's going on".  Let's translate.  Global Jihad: which is waged not only by the likes of Islamic State, but by Fifth Columnists - the Muslim colonies now established, entrenched and expanding all over the Dar al Harb, the Region of War.  The Jihad is back, as Conor Cruise O'Brien put it in a memorable article in 1995, an article that has not dated one iota.  Uniformed Infidel soldiers, uniformed  Infidel police officers, represent the military and law enforcement of Infidel states - which states are deemed illegitimate in the eyes of all fully-instructed Muslims; and they are therefore going to be attacked.  That one sailor in Sydney, for whatever bizarre reason, has cried wolf, ought not to remove the impression left by the Muslim jihadi bushwhacking of Lee Rigby in London, or by Mohammed Merah's attacks upon French soldiers in France. - CM

'The 41 year old sailor told police he was in full uniform when he was assaulted at Bella Vista at 6.30 am yesterday.

'He allegedly suffered minor bruising in the attack.

'The men were described as being of Middle Eastern appearance.

'Defence last week raised the alert level at all its bases and establishments after the national terrorism public alert level was increased to high."


 

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Posted on 09/28/2014 1:06 AM by Christina McIntosh
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Saturday, 27 September 2014
Muslims Target Teachers In Southern Thailand
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The Jihad goes on everywhere there are Muslims. Sometimes it takes the form of aggressively putting down roots in non-Muslim lands, and exploiting the naivete, unwariness, and cravenness of the locals to force acceptance of Muslim demands. Sometimes it takes the form of merely outbreeding, in deliberate fashion, the locals, secure in the knowledge that those non-Muslim locals will avert their eyes, think there is nothing to be done, and continue to offer all kinds of support for the gigantic Muslim families -- health care, education, housing subsidies, family allowances -- support that had been set up and intended for the poorer members of the society, not for aggressive and permanently hostile invaders.

In Thailand, there are enough Muslims, and the government sufficiently weak, for the Jihad to take on a violent form. The terrorism is directed at Buddhist monks, at farmers, and at teachers.

More here.

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Posted on 09/27/2014 7:20 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 27 September 2014
The Latest Rout Of Iraqi Army By Islamic State's Forces
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Here.
 

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Posted on 09/27/2014 7:15 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 27 September 2014
The Latest Version Of Arab Blackmail To Obtain Western Aid
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Libyan threat: help us militarily, or "terrorism threat will grow."

Here.

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Posted on 09/27/2014 7:04 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 27 September 2014
Bravado And Inshallah Fatalism
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One of the muhajideen from Europe who came to fight with Jabhat al-Nusra, shows his Muslim bruvvers the destruction wrought by the cruel Americans, and vows to fight on until, inshallah, victory.

Here.

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Posted on 09/27/2014 4:41 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 27 September 2014
Introducing Ahmed Rami, Friend Of Nazis, And Founder Of RadioIslam
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Here.

From Sweden he conducts his Jihad, "acting locally" as he puts it, but in full freedom to conduct his antisemitic propaganda, and war against the Moroccan monarch. Apparently the Swedish authorities don't find this sufficiently objectionable to shut him down or, even better, to expel him.

He's a Berber, but not of the nationalist kind.  Instead of recognizing, and then opposing, the Arab supremacism of Islam, has become as, or perhaps even more ferocious, in his hatred of Israel and of Jews than are some Muslim Arabs. , but to become even more ferocious in his hatred of Jews than some Arabs.

 

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Posted on 09/27/2014 4:26 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 27 September 2014
Tory MP Mark Reckless Defects to Join UKIP
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A bit of good news in England from the BBC:

Tory MP Mark Reckless has said he is leaving his party to join UKIP, announcing his decision on the eve of the Conservatives' conference.

The Rochester and Strood MP told the UKIP conference he had resigned as an MP, triggering a by-election.

He said that, as a Tory, he could not keep a promise to "cut immigration while treating people fairly".

He is the second Tory MP to defect to UKIP after Clacton MP Douglas Carswell did the same in August.

Mr Reckless will seek re-election in his constituency for UKIP.

Mr Reckless won his seat as a Conservative in 2010 with a majority of 9,953 votes over Labour's Teresa Murray.

Appearing on stage at the UKIP conference in Doncaster, Mr Reckless said: "Today I am leaving the Conservative party and joining UKIP."

He said he had not taken the decision lightly.

Mr Reckless said the Conservative leadership was "part of the problem that is holding our country back".

Criticising the three main parties, he said: "People feel ignored, taken for granted, over-taxed, over-regulated, ripped off and lied to."

On immigration, Mr Reckless said constituents needed to believe that the UK had control over who comes into the country, adding: "At the moment we do not have any sense of that."

He said: "Does anyone left or right genuinely support an immigration system where we turn away the best and brightest from our Commonwealth, people with links and family here in order to make room for unskilled immigration from southern and eastern Europe.

"I promise to cut immigration while treating people fairly and humanely.

"I cannot keep that promise as a Conservative. I can keep it as UKIP."

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Posted on 09/27/2014 4:14 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
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Saturday, 27 September 2014
Erdoganized Turkey May View ISIS As Less Dangerous Than Kurds
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Here.

A member of NATO that ought to be put on notice that its membership is at stake, Turkey has done nothing to prevent Muslim volunteers for ISIS, coming from all over the world, from using Turkey as a staging-ground, and a point of entry (the only point of entry) into the Islamic State, It has done nothing to help the Kurds, now the main ground force fighting the Islamic State's bezonians, and has done nothing to stop the smuggling into Turkey, and sale in Turkey, of oil from wells now controlled by the Islamic State.

And now it has done nothing, so far, to help the American-led effort to contain ISIS. It has not supplied troops, not joined in the air campaign, not sealed the border, not tried to stop the smuggling and sale of oil from ISIS-controlled wells.

Why is Turkey still in NATO? Or why, at least, has the Turkish government been told that if it does not promptly change course, it will be out of NATO, and no more weapons from the West will be available. That should get Erdogan's attention.
 

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Posted on 09/27/2014 4:09 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 27 September 2014
Obama Administration Set To Prevent Intelligent Surveillance Of Muslims
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An indefensible policy is about to be put in place.

Here.

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Posted on 09/27/2014 4:04 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 27 September 2014
US Coalition Air Assault on ISIS Besieging Syrian Town of Kobani
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USAF F-22 Raptor in CENTCOMM air base taxiing for Syria air Mission 9-23-14 Source AP

On Thursday, we posted a question on the Iconoclast blog of the NER, "Is the US Going to save Syrian Kurds and Others in Besieged Kobani?AP reported  today of US coalition air attacks on Kobani and other location in ISIS occupied Syria and Iraq, "US-led planes strike fighters attacking Syria town":

The Islamic State group's assault on the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani has sent more than 100,000 refugees streaming across the border into Turkey in recent days as Kurdish forces from Iraq and Turkey have raced to the front lines to defend the town.

Nawaf Khalil, a spokesman for Syria's Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, said the strikes targeted Islamic State positions near Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, destroying two tanks. He said the jihadi fighters later shelled the town, wounding a number of civilians.

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The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the coalition's strikes near Kobani came amid heavy fighting between the Islamic State group and members of the Kurdish force known as the People's Protection Units, or YPK.

The Britain-based group, which relies on activists inside Syria, had no immediate word on casualties from Saturday's strikes.

Kurdish fighter Majid Goran told the Associated Press by telephone from Kobani that two bombs were dropped over the nearby village of Ali Shar, at 6 a.m. (0300 GMT), but that the positions they struck were empty.

Turkey's Dogan news agency reported Saturday that the sound of heavy fighting could be heard from the Turkish border village of Karaca. The agency said Kurdish forces retook some positions they had lost to the Islamic militants a few days ago. It did not cite a source for the report.

Dozens of people wounded in the fighting arrived in Turkey for treatment on Saturday, it said.

Another Kurdish fighter, Ismet Sheikh Hasan, said the Turkish military on Saturday night retaliated after stray shells landed on Turkish territory, firing in the Ali Shar region. He said the Turkish action left Kurdish fighters in the middle of the crossfire.

He said that on Friday, the Islamic militants were attacking the Kobani area from the east with tanks and artillery, advancing on Ali Shar and Haja. He said some 20 people were killed, including Kurdish fighters and civilians, while another 50 people were wounded.

The fighting around Kobani sparked one of the largest single outflows of refugees since Syria's conflict began more than three years ago. The Syrian Kurdish forces have long been one of the most effective fighting units battling the Islamic State, but the tide has turned in recent weeks as the Islamic militants have attacked with heavy weapons likely looted from neighboring Iraq.