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Sunday, 31 August 2014
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by G. Murphy Donovan (September 2014)


“The quickest way to end a war is to lose it”. – George Orwell

Introduction

Five years ago “Islam and Monoculture” was published in American Thinker. The author, a former Intelligence officer, had become convinced that the American Intelligence Community was spinning the Islamist threat.  Making excuses for Islam seemed to have become an academic, think tank, and US government norm after the Muslim/Arab attack against New York City in 2001 more>>>

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Posted on 08/31/2014 7:27 AM by NER
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Sunday, 31 August 2014
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A Middle East Round Table Discussion with Dan Diker, Mike Bates, Eric Tokajer and Jerry Gordon (September 2014)


On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, the thirteenth cease fire in Operation Protective Edge between Israel and Hamas and its terrorist partners in Gaza was declared at 7:00PM local time. The cease fire had been brokered by Egypt was unconditional and without a set time limit. Despite the onset of this latest cease fire, some rockets continued to be launched from Gaza towards Israel past the time set for cessation of attacks. Subsequently, this latest cease fire has held.  more>>>

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Posted on 08/31/2014 7:23 AM by NER
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Sunday, 31 August 2014
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by Joseph S. Spoerl (September 2014)


In his path-breaking book, Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World (Yale University Press, 2009), historian Jeffrey Herf analyzes in great detail the huge body of Arabic-language anti-Semitic propaganda, much of it openly genocidal, crafted for the Nazis by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husseini, the most important Palestinian leader from the 1920s through the 1940s. He also documents the Mufti’s infamous meeting with Adolf Hitler in Berlin on November 28, 1941, at which Hitler granted the Mufti’s wish to extend the “final solution of the Jewish question” (a.k.a. genocide) to the Jews of Palestine.  more>>>

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Posted on 08/31/2014 7:17 AM by NER
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Sunday, 31 August 2014
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by Fergus Downie (September 2014)


In his twilight years Roy Jenkins, the distinguished liberal elder statesman, whose reforms as Home Secretary in the sixties could be said to have launched the permissive society underwent a Damascene conversion on at least one aspect of his legacy. Having to all intents and purposes introduced the policy of multiculturalism he was led in 1989 to reflect that, ‘given what we know now, we might have been more cautious in allowing the creation in the 1950s of a substantial Muslim community' in Britain.  more>>>

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Posted on 08/31/2014 7:14 AM by NER
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Sunday, 31 August 2014
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by Jerry Gordon (September 2014)

 

The jihad attack that took the lives of 2,996 Americans and foreigners on 9/11 was perpetrated by 19 middle class Egyptians, Saudis and Yemenis. This dastardly act by Al Qaeda (AQ) Islamic terrorists destroyed an iconic landmark of American International economic prowess, the twin towers of the World Trade Center.  more>>>

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Posted on 08/31/2014 7:10 AM by NER
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Sunday, 31 August 2014
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by Bradford Tuckfield (September 2014)


Whence the urge to conquer? A quick perusal of any history book will show the obsession that humans have for conquering, for subjugating, for expanding territories and increasing subjects, in short: for building empires. Is there a reason for this obsession? Why can’t, in other words, people leave well enough alone?  more>>>

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Posted on 08/31/2014 7:06 AM by NER
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Sunday, 31 August 2014
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by Theodore Dalrymple (September 2014)


This year has been very bad for butterflies, at least at my house in France. Normally they dance around the lavender in clouds, but this year there have been very few. Why this should be I do not know: one is inclined these days to ascribe every change in nature, especially undesirable or unwanted, to global warming.  more>>>

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Posted on 08/31/2014 7:03 AM by NER
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Sunday, 31 August 2014
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by J. E. G. Dixon (September 2014)

 

A review of Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine by Simon Critchley & Jamieson Webster (New York, Pantheon Books, 2013) and Hamlet Made Simple by David P. Gontar (Nashville & London, New English Review Press, 2013). more>>>

 

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Posted on 08/31/2014 6:58 AM by NER
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Sunday, 31 August 2014
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by David P. Gontar (September 2014)


I.  Recollections of Mr. Malvolio

Twelfth Night has always been one of Shakespeare's most popular and beloved comedies. Our affection for this brilliant and  endearing play extends to its characters, including its villain, Malvolio, the steward of Lady Olivia. This is unusual. Audiences are not drawn to bad guys, and no one goes out of his way to speak on behalf of Much Ado About Nothing's Don John or Duke Frederick in As You Like It. What makes Malvolio different?  more>>>

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Posted on 08/31/2014 6:54 AM by NER
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Sunday, 31 August 2014
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by Rebecca Bynum (September 2014)


Since the publication of my last book, Allah is Dead: Why Islam is Not a Religion in 2011, I have been concentrating on the problem of what religion really is. Though religion contains theology, it is more than theology. It concerns ethics and morality, but is more than ethics and morality. more>>>

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Posted on 08/31/2014 6:43 AM by NER
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Sunday, 31 August 2014
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by Theodore Dalrymple (September 2014)


Rats I abominate, but mice – wild mice, that is, including house mice, not the white laboratory kind with pink eyes – I have always sympathised with and had much time for. They seem always to be, if I may so put it, underdogs: in a perpetual state of fear, no doubt justified. When I see one quivering in a corner I wish to protect it rather than add to the already considerable number of its enemies  more>>>

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Posted on 08/31/2014 6:38 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 August 2014
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Here.

Doing what Muhammad and his men did to the Jewish women of Khaybar, and to all the others whom they attacked and conquered, and whose husbands, fathers, brothers, sons they killed, sometimes -- the question was put to Muhammad if it was halal or haram (answer: halal) to rape them first,   in front of those husbands, fathers,  brothers, sons, while the latter were alive,  and then taking the women as sex slaves for themselves or, if they so chose,  selling them, as has happened to the Yazidi women. In the minds of the True Believers of Islam, it's always round about 635 A. D.

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Posted on 08/30/2014 7:42 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 30 August 2014
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Obama and Hollande are noted as players here, but you are free to add hundreds, thousands, millions of your own.

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Posted on 08/30/2014 4:10 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 30 August 2014
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First posted July 1, 2007

Here.

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Posted on 08/30/2014 10:37 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 30 August 2014
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Khomeini's followers recorded him on audiocassettes in his French exile, and then smuggled them  into Iran, where they then made and distributed hundreds of thousands of copies.

Osama Bin Laden's followers -- and those of Al-Baghdadi too -- won more adherents by posting violent videos on YouTube, the more sensationally cruel in the killings of Infidels the better.

Now Sadik Al-Ghariani, a man described as Libya's Grand Mufti,  who is allowed to live in London, has helped to encourage the coup by the "Islamists" (on the continuum of Muslim belief, those who take Islam most to heart), by making use of an on-line television channel.

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Posted on 08/30/2014 10:04 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 29 August 2014
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According to a confidential and highly reliable source, Major General Stephen M. Twitty, Commanding General of the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss Military Reservation in El Paso,Texas, was briefed on Friday, August 29, 2014 by the CIA on a credible threat by ISIS against the US. Based on intelligence from chatter and intercepted radio transmissions, General Twitty was told that a truck bomb or other Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) attack along the US southern border may be imminent.

Further information revealed by Judicial Watch indicates that the attack may emanate from the border city of Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, across the border from El Paso, where terrorist groups, including ISIS, have been very active. This report flies in the face of Friday’s statement by White House spokesman Josh Earnest that “There is no evidence or indication right now that ISIL (ISIS) is actively plotting to attack the United States homeland.”

Washington cross-talk notwithstanding, we have been alerting our readers over the last few months that ISIS has targeted the US and already has agents within her. They are escorted by 'coyotes' as 'special customers' for as much as $50,000 per head. The probability that once here they will attempt to attack American targets is very high.

ISIS terrorists are savage, brutal, and deadly. They fervently believe in their cause - the global caliphate according to the strictest interpretation of Shariah law. They welcome death as part of their belief system. You cannot intimate those you are not afraid to die. This enemy, with billions of dollars in financial resources to support its efforts, is more dangerous and more committed to our destruction than any terrorist group we have yet faced. Yet, despite the CIA warning, there seems to be little urgency in the White House. The President flew to New York to attend yet another fund raiser, after having admitted on open mike that he has “no strategy” to deal with ISIS.

Michael Morell, former Deputy Director of the CIA in a CBS interview on August 21, 2014 said:

After explaining what he thought needed to be done to defeat the terrorists (more targeted strikes and better intelligence), he said that “if an ISIS member showed up in a mall in the United States tomorrow with an AK-47 and killed a number of Americans I would not be surprised.”

“Over the long-term, I worry that this group could present a 9/11-style threat,” he added, noting the group presents both a short-term and long-term threat.

We drew attention to exactly this scenario in a New English Review article in June 2009 on the Somali Émigré threat. The article discussed the threat posed by recruitment of dozens of fighters in the Twin Cities to join Al Qaeda affiliate Al-Shabaab, Foot Solders of Islam. We warned of a possible swarming attack by returning Al Shabaab veterans on a mall in the US or Canada.

We hypothesized:

Such attacks could be perpetrated by homegrown Jihadis like those naturalized American Somali youths, alleged to have ‘disappeared’ to join Al Shabaab militia groups in Somalia. Those returnees could constitute cadres to train fellow American Somali youths. They could orchestrate swarming attacks against public facilities in this country using so-called low tech means: cheap weapons and pickup trucks. These possible swarming attacks could be devastating ‘mini- 9/11events.’ The casualties from such orchestrated swarming attacks could be devastating and the economic impacts, significant. 

Just think of the Nairobi Westgate Mall attack in September 2013. Our report was entitled  Al Shabaab is a Threat to the World at Large.  Exchange ISIS for Al Shabaab and the threat looms considerably larger. Given the new information about the latest threat, we should be adding a Kansas City bombing scenario to the possibilities.

The situation on the southern border is not our only vulnerability. Neither border is secure, nor are the over 15,000 airports in the United States, including 378 primary airports that support scheduled commercial air service, and 2,952 other landing facilities including 2,903 general aviation airports, 10 heliports, and 39 seaplane bases. Most of the smaller airports represent a significant threat to the US, because they are generally close at sunset, have minimal security, and represent a large vulnerability gap which is exploited by traffickers, cartels, gangs, and terrorists.

The northern Canadian border is porous from Maine to the State of Washington. A recent trip along the northern border of New England showed just how porous it is. Not far from customs stations, one could cross from one country to the other by using logging roads which crossed the border through heavy forests, across open lakes, rivers, and open fields. Helicopters crossed the border unchecked, and during this trip, the co-author witnessed a drug drop from one of them.

Even at the check points, security is lax. Algerian Ahmed Rassem nearly got through a checkpoint at a US border crossing at Port Angeles in Washington on December 14, 1999, when he tried to cross with a car load of bomb making materials, intended for a New Year’s Eve attack on the Los Angeles International Airport, the so-called LAX Millennium Plot. Only an alert customs inspector who found Rassem’s behavior odd stopped him before he could carry out his plot. An explosives expert later concluded that the bomb making materials in his car could have produced a blast 40x greater than that of a conventional car bomb at one of the world’s busiest airports.

There are more than 500 Canadians who are estimated to have joined ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Add to that the American ISIS contingent of at least 150. Their return home from the training fields of Iraq and Syria using  their valid passports opens the possibility of ‘home-grown’ terror attacks in Canada and the US.

Four American ISIS fighters were killed in Syria this past week, including 33 year old Douglas McAuthur McCain. The four came from the Somali émigré community or were converts associated with that community. Three came from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and McCain came from San Diego. Instead of journeying to Somalia, they evaded the FBI, found the means of entering Syria via Turkey, and joined up with ISIS in Syria.

In another instance, a young Vero Beach, Florida man, Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, undertook a massive suicide truck bombing of a Syrian military base in March 2014. In a recent video he explained his reasons for joining up with the Al Qaeda militia, Jabhat al Nusra. He said that the FBI was tailing him, but he was never detained by the FBI, and they did not stop him from accomplishing his deadly mission. 

Canada’s major cities, especially Metro Toronto and Montreal, have large communities of Somalis, Middle Eastern or Asian extremist Muslims. There are reports that some of these ISIS fighters may have already slipped into the US over the easily traversed US/Canadian border. Another 3,000 ISIS fighters may carry foreign passports that give them access to this country under the visa waiver system.

The news that a senior US military commander has been briefed on the credible threat of an ISIS jihadi team successfully infiltrating  our southern border to conduct a devastating truck bombing only heightens concerns as we approach the 13th commemoration of 9/11.

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Posted on 08/29/2014 10:57 PM by Ilana Freedman and Jerry Gordon
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Friday, 29 August 2014
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Here's what they can do.

Now if they were not the target of  that without-end Jihad, and could devote not merely part, but all of their attention to new batteries for cars, new kinds of solar collectors, treatments for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's and cancer, what do you think they might come up with? Look at what they have already come up, in dozens of fields, from computers to irrigation to drone technology to the development  of new therapies -- with one hand always tied behind their backs, or rather, with that one hand - let's make it the right hand -- with  that right hand not forgetting its cunning but having to employ that cunning on defense projects.  That makes us all the third-party un-beneficiaries, the third-party victims, of that particular Jihad.

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Posted on 08/29/2014 9:22 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 29 August 2014
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Yes, Columbia had Edward Said, and still has Hamid Dabashi and Rashid Khalidi and a host of other fellow-travellers of the Jihad -- the Jihad in general, and the Jihad against Israel in particular.

And it also has a graduate student, getting her doctorate in what can only be described as "Palestinian" Propaganda, writing about "humiliation" ("humiliation" is, as all educated people know, an important feature, in classic Islam, of the Jizyah-payment, and humiliating the Dhimmis -- getting them to dismount from their sanctioned donkeys, or moving aside for Muslims when walking, and so on -- essential to the well-ordered Muslim society. She writes -- about "Palestine" bien entendu), for the Qatar propaganda outlet, Al Jazeera. Her name is Hanine Hassan. I can't imagine a reputable university wanting to hire her. But unlike non-Arab graduate students, she needn't worry. Qatar, or some other recipient of trillions of dollars because of an accident of geology, will certainly see that she doesn't have to worry about money. Meanwhile, she's taking up a spot that might have been filled not by such a dedicated propagandist for the Jihad against Israel, but to someone who truly wanted to study something important, such as Islam and the position of non-Muslims in one or more of the many different societies conquered by Muslims, through open warfare, or demography.

When not hard at work on her studies, she enjoys making dangerous (even if absurd) allegations, as she did to one Jewish Dutch volunteer with the IDF. Simply put "jihadist" and "IDF" and "Dutch" and "Hanine Hassan," into google and see what comes up.

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Posted on 08/29/2014 9:08 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 29 August 2014
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I don't much care for that word, as it has been used ever since the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It has a distinctly foreign -- and to me an unpleasantly Teutonic, even Nazi note. America is my home. It's the home of Americans. "Homeland" grades into such words, and concepts, as Fatherland and Motherland.  We don't, or shouldn't, cotton to that here. We're better than that. Or were.

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Posted on 08/29/2014 8:26 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 29 August 2014
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Watch, and listen, here.

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Posted on 08/29/2014 8:08 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 29 August 2014
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Here.

Dino Bouterse, the son of the once and current ruler of Surinam, and himself the former head of Anti-Terrorism in that fabled land (see Aphra Behn), has just been found guilty  in the United States of the usual trifecta: providing material support for a Muslim terrorist group (in this case, Hezbollah), illegal firearms, and cocaine trafficking. What a perfect combination!

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Posted on 08/29/2014 8:05 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 29 August 2014
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Nearly one-third of the workforce of Malaysian Airlines to be let go.

Story here.

Islam, working in the brain of the pilot or the co-pilot, or perhaps others on board, explains the disappearance of that Malaysian Airliner.

And Islam, which led Muslim Malays to erect the Bumiputra system, by which less-gifted, and often-incompetent, Muslim Malays are given jobs, and share in profits, at the expense of the more industrious and entrepreneurial and responsible Chinese and Indian citizens, second-class, of Malaysia.

And now the airline is suffering. But the Bumiputra system lives on. It's only right, it's only just. Muslims deserve to batten off the non-Muslims whom they allow to live in lands dominated by Islam. How could it be otherwise?

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Posted on 08/29/2014 7:57 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 29 August 2014
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Skip the story, look at the photograph. What an architectural mess. And the Saudis have systematically torn down everything from the past, including Ottoman forts, and sites associated with Muhammad. Might lead to shrines, and visitors to shrines. That would be too Rafidite to bear.

All that's left from the distant past is the Magic Wonderstone itself, a meteorite, around which the Faithful  must walk widdershins, seven times.

 

 

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Posted on 08/29/2014 7:52 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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