These are all the Blogs posted on Sunday, 12, 2010.
Sunday, 12 December 2010
Islam inside - more prison dawa and jihad
Posted on 12/12/2010 6:09 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 12 December 2010
Stockholm suicide blast a terror attack: police
From The Local
A spokesperson for Swedish security service Säpo labeled as a terror crime the suicide attack that shook central Stockholm on Saturday evening, leaving one person dead and wounding two others. At a Sunday morning press conference, Säpo said it had taken over the investigation into the nearly simultaneous bombings from the Stockholm police. The investigation will be overseen by chief prosecutor Tomas Linstrand.
"We are opening an investigation into a terrorist crime under Swedish laws," Anders Thornberg, head of Säpo's security department, told a press conference, a day after the explosions targeted shoppers in the Swedish capital. Thornberg called the incident "very serious", although he reiterated that Säpo had no plans to raise the threat level in Sweden as a result of the attack. "We're now working to assess whether similar events might take place. We can't rule it out," he said. He added there is "no connection" to between Saturday's attack and a bomb threat investigation Gothenburg from early November, a probe which was subsequently dropped without any charges being filed.
On Sunday morning, Säpo maintained it was still "too early" to confirm whether the two blasts were related, however. The agency also refused to confirm reports that the man who died in the suicide bombing was the owner of the car destroyed in the first blast.
However, Thornberg admitted that it was one of the hypotheses Säpo is investigating. "We can't confirm anything yet," he said.
A representative from the Stockholm police added that residents in the Swedish capital will likely notice an increased police presence in the coming days.
Posted on 12/12/2010 6:35 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 12 December 2010
Warning: Moral Outrage is Addictive
IT is just possible, I suppose, that Charlie Gilmour did not see the words THE GLORIOUS DEAD on the side of the Cenotaph, for youth is often not very observant, being so totally self?absorbed.
But if he did see them, it would be interesting to know to what he thought they referred. He is a history student and, even in this age of declining standards, he must surely have heard of the First World War. His apology is therefore not altogether credible. It is much more likely that he climbed the Cenotaph because it was the Cenotaph.
There is a certain kind of person, especially in youth, who is so intoxicated by his own sense of moral outrage that he believes himself entitled to ride roughshod over the sensibility of others.
That kind of person's moral outrage, which he believes to be essentially good-hearted and generous, gives him a much desired holiday from the usual tiresome requirement to control himself. He can behave badly while persuading himself that he is doing good. He can deceive himself into thinking that the destruction of a plate glass window or dancing on the roof of a car will lead to the betterment of the world, especially if he can get away without paying for it.
Moral outrage that leads to offences against public order is at least as dangerous among the privileged as among the truly desperate, because the privileged see in their own outrage a proof of their own generosity of spirit.
Charlie Gilmour, remember, is almost as privileged as it is possible for a young man in Britain to be. Fees of £9,000 a year are nothing to him or to his parents.
He would probably have told himself it could not have been for petty personal or selfish reasons that he protested against the raising of tuition fees, therefore it must have been for the good of humanity. And the good of humanity is so important, and so noble a goal, that almost anything is justified in promoting it.
The great majority of protesters, of course, have not behaved badly, and we must never forget that protest is a right even of those with whom we disagree. It is not at all inconceivable that the best-behaved were those with most to complain about from the personal point of view.
There is another feature of the modern world that tends to provoke the privileged or relatively privileged to extreme acts, namely the belief that strength of feeling is proportional to the vehemence with which one expresses it. The louder you shout, the more bricks you throw, the deeper you feel. Many people do not want to appear moderate or lukewarm in their belief in justice. Therefore they seek to obtain a reputation for a passion for justice by destroying someone else's property.
Most such people will grow out of their folly. They will probably lament the misconduct of youth when they themselves in turn grow old.
But a few will become addicted to the sound of breaking glass, and violent confrontations with policemen, and become professional agitators.
A surprising proportion of them will have led highly privileged lives, but there is always something to agitate about.
First published in the UK Express.
Posted on 12/12/2010 7:38 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 12 December 2010
Stockholm Suicide Terror Bombing: the Vilks and his Mohammed as a Dog connection
Stockholm suicide terror bomber
At the core of the suicide terror bombing attack in central Stockholm last night was Islamic fundamentalist 'outrage' and 'intimidation' caused by none other than Lars Vilks and his sketch of Mohammed as a roundabout dog. We interviewed Vilks in the October NER.
Vilks had this comment on last night's Stockholm terror bombing
Vilks, contacted by Reuters Television, said he was safe.
Note these excerpts from the MSNBC report:
"This is the first casualty of my project," he said. "It was an act against the Swedish people to scare them and not me. The good news was that a terrorist died and not someone else."
. . . Police would not comment on a motive for the Saturday attack on a busy street, but a Swedish news agency has reported receiving an email just before the blast referring to a case of a cartoon of Muhammad that outraged the Muslim world and to the country's soldiers in Afghanistan.
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TT said the email it received was also sent to the Security Police and had sound files in Swedish and Arabic.
"Our actions will speak for themselves, as long as you do not end your war against Islam and humiliation of the Prophet and your stupid support for the pig Vilks," TT quoted a man as saying in one recording. It also referred to caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad by the Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who depicted the Prophet with the body of a dog in a cartoon in 2007.
Most Muslims consider any depiction of the founder of Islam offensive.
In March, an American who called herself "JihadJane" was charged with plotting to kill Vilks. In May, arsonists tried to set fire to his house.
Evan Kohlmann, a U.S. terrorism consultant, told Reuters that a small militant Islamic community had been based in Sweden for some time. But he thought the incident on Saturday, if an attack, was one man's work.
"... given the scale of this attack and the target, I suspect this is a homegrown local extremist who may or may not have connections to any actual terrorist organization," Kohlmann said. "We've seen a flurry of attempted attacks across northern Europe by similar lone wolf militants who were, in one way or another, enraged by the cartoon controversy."
In January, a Somali man was indicted for terrorism and attempted murder for breaking into the home of the Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard and threatening him with an axe.
Posted on 12/12/2010 8:38 AM by Jerry Gordon
Sunday, 12 December 2010
Sweden Said To Be "Reeling" After Single Terrorist Attack
Here's a headline I just ran across:
Sweden reeling after 'terror crimes'
During the past few decades the Israelis have endured thousands of terrorist attacks. And before that, all through the 1950s and 1960s up to the Six-Day War, they endured nearly 20,000 separate attacks by fellahin from Egypt and terrorists coming from Jordan.
In all this time, the Israelis did not "reel" from such attacks and the measures they took were sensible and perfectly justified. But -- especially in recent years -- some in the Western world have taken to lecturing Israel on what it can and cannot do, as it attempts as a tolerant and advanced Western state to confront the primitives pursuing an endless Jihad that has no end.
Among those countries most tsk-tsking over the attempt by Israelis to defend themselves has been the government, and the bien-pensants, of Sweden.
Let's see what now happens, see if there is the slightest change in understanding, as Sweden "reels" from these "terror crimes."
Posted on 12/12/2010 9:16 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 12 December 2010
You can't have missed James Naughtie's lubricious and injudicious Spoonerism about Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, unless you've been living in North Korea, or you're otherwise out for the count (careful now). Cynics might take a punt that the whole thing was a cunning plot to get the Minister's name, and job title, better known. What the heck is a Culture Secretary anyway, whatever he's called? Charles Moore on the real obscenity:
In the extensive analysis of James Naughtie's slip on the Today programme, everyone has fastened on the wrong obscenity. The offensive word is contained in the title of Jeremy Hunt, the innocent victim. Mr Hunt is the Secretary of State for C------ , Media and Sport, and it was probably the prospect of having to mouth such filth that got Mr Naughtie into a fluster. Until Tony Blair, it was a proud boast of British politics that C------ was unknown to the constitution. If politicians felt the need to talk about it at all, they used euphemisms like 'arts and libraries' or, later, 'national heritage'. Mr Blair's continental/totalitarian instincts told him that government should control C------ , and so he appointed a Cabinet minister to do so. The coalition should wash away the stain by abolishing the post.
"Culture Minister" is a preposterous piece of New Labour Newspeak, like "Ministry of Justice" , or "Department of Business, Innovation and Skills". The old names, Lord Chancellor's Department and Department of Trade and Industry, were civilised and fitting, so naturally Labour had to do away with them.
"Culture" is very un-English. In France it leads to pretentious silliness - from the Académie Française to Carla Bruni - and in Germany or China to mass murder. At best it is a euphemism for mediocre, as in Black History Week or Islam-Expo, where paltry achievements must be celebrated. At worst it is a cloak for the primitive and savage.
Let's ditch it. No more culture, unless it's in a Petri dish - a real one, not a daft metaphor.
Posted on 12/12/2010 8:42 AM by Mary Jackson
Sunday, 12 December 2010
A Musical Interlude: I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling (Jack Payne Orch.)
Posted on 12/12/2010 9:06 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 12 December 2010
Sudan Government Seeking to Intensify Jihad
Faith J.H. McDonnell writes in Pajamas Media:
On January 9, 2011, South Sudan votes on whether to remain part of Sudan, or, as is widely assumed, to separate and form a new, free, democratic nation of South Sudan. The Referendum on Secession was guaranteed to the South in the hard-won 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).
But the marginalized and oppressed peoples of other regions of Sudan have no such guarantees. Particularly vulnerable are the "disputed regions" on the north/south border, not included in the secession vote. These regions include Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile, and Abyei. In light of the South's anticipated departure, the National Congress Party (NCP) regime is preparing to intensify the jihad elsewhere in the country. A document recently leaked,not by Julian Assange, but by courageous members of Sudan's resistance to Islamization and Arabization, details the Khartoum regime's agenda for the Nuba Mountain region of Southern Kordofan.
The confidential memo regarding the Nuba Mountains was sent to Ahmed Haroun, governor of Southern Kordofan, by Sudanese Vice-President Ali Osman Taha. Along with his fellow ideologue, President Omar el Bashir, Haroun is an indicted International Criminal Court criminal. Smooth-as-a-snake Taha, who charms the common sense right out of some U.S. State Department officials, is one of the ruthless architects and enforcers of Shari'a in South Sudan and Darfur. Taha's original Arabic memo was translated into English as a cry for help for the Nuba Mountains. Its contents, speaking of various methods which will be used to radicalize the Nuba, should disturb and motivate those in the West concerned about both the spread of Islamic/Arab supremacism and about human rights in Africa.
Vice President Taha announces "quadrupled plans towards the 'Modern Southerners.'" The term "Modern Southerners" is a derogatory label applied to all Sudanese who oppose the NCP Islamist agenda of Shari'a. In the document, this means specifically those in the Nuba Mountain's "liberated area" (freed from Islamic control by the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) but under continuous attack by Khartoum during the war). These Nuba Mountain Modern Southerners are to be undermined and neutralized so that their infection does not spread to their children or to other areas of Sudan.
First, Taha tells Governor Haroun they must "recruit descendants of the Modern Southerners into security forces" in order to "control them through military commands." Understand that this would not be done through bright young men in a Sudanese version of ROTC, persuading young Nuba how great it would be to serve in the Sudanese jihad. The means of attaining recruits would include abducting children and creating child soldiers through brainwashing in Islamic camps, as well as various forms of intimidation and impressment. The latter strategy has worked wonderfully well in Darfur, where a large number of the well-known janjaweed were actually pressed into service by Khartoum through threats on their families. Ironically, when these young men were able to escape, they fled to the Nuba Mountains seeking refuge.
The vice president's second order is to "disrupt the return" of Nuba "elites" from the Diaspora to stop their political, social, and cultural influence in the region. "It is essential that they be absorbed and organized to weaken the Modern Southerners," he says chillingly. In typical Islamic parlance, where "peace" means submission to Islam and "unity" means complete Arabization of the country, "disrupting the return" could have definite malevolent implications.
Absorption and organization is equally unsettling. During Sudan's first genocide, in the south and in the Nuba Mountains, Khartoum's campaign of ethnic cleansing in the Nuba Mountains included absorption and organization. In the U.S. Committee for Refugees report Quantifying Genocide in Southern Sudan and the Nuba Mountains 1983-1998, Dr. Millard Burr writes how the Islamic regime resettled over 170,000 Nuba forcibly into 91 "peace villages." These villages were in reality prison camps enhanced by government-orchestrated famine that killed tens of thousands. Burr says that rape was also "an integral part of the government plan for Nuba." Thousands of women transported to the peace villages were raped as part of the cultural "absorption." This is the future that Taha plans for the Nuba.
Continue reading here.
See Hugh Fitzgerald on The Sudan in this month's NER.
Posted on 12/12/2010 9:31 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Sunday, 12 December 2010
Suicide bomber who died in Stockholm terrorist blasts studied at British university
From The Daily Mail
A suicide bomber who died in a terrorist bomb attack which rocked Stockholm city centre, is believed to be a graduate from a British university.
A Facebook page thought to belong to the 29-year-old indicated that he studied sports therapy at the University of Bedfordshire in Luton. He graduated in 2004.
The man, named locally as Taimour Abdulwahab Al-Abdaly, had also posted numerous videos relating to the Iraq war, the war in Chechnya and the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay.
His favourite pages on Facebook included 'Yawm al-Qiyaamah', the Islamic 'Day of Ressurection'. The page's signature image features London's Tower Bridge being engulfed in flames and floods.
The man is also thought to have been active on Muslim contact sites, where he claimed to be looking for a second wife. In one message on the site Muslima.com, he says that he was born in Iraq and moved to Sweden in 1992. He said he had two daughters, one aged three and one under the age of two. He said he wanted to marry again and that his first wife had agreed to this. 'In the future, am looking for to move to an arabic [sic] country and settle down there,' he wrote.
Investigators will be certain to investigate the man's connections with Luton, a town which has featured in numerous terror investigations in the past. A leaked British intelligence report from 2008 identified Luton as being home to one of the main concentrations of Islamic extremists in the country.
Officially, police said that they did not know the identity of the bomber. But a source told the newspaper Expressen. that they were '95 percent certain" that the car owner and the suicide bomber were the same person. They have linked the blasts and are investigating them as 'crimes of terror.
Posted on 12/12/2010 10:49 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 12 December 2010
GUEST COLUMN: Will “Shoot the Messenger” Journalism boomerang on Florida Times Union? By Jerry Gordon
Randy McDaniels Prof. Parvez Ahmed
ACT! Jacksonville EWx-CAIR National Chairman
The following is a Guest Column by NER Senior Editor posted on Red County on a controversial biased 'expose' by the Florida Times Union of ACT! Jacksonville Chapter leader Randy McDaniels embroiled in the continuing controversy over the appointment to the City Human Rights Commssion of Prof. Parvez Ahmed, ex-CAIR national chairman and Professor of Finance at the University of North Florida. We had recently posted an analysis of the deception of Prof. Ahmed in a video analysis that featured both McDaniels and John Guandolo,ex-FBI counter-terrorism expert co-author of the Center for Security Policy Team B II report: Sharia: Threat to America. Guandolo had also been given similar 'treatment' by the FTU.
The editors at the Florida Times Union assigned staff reporters Kate Howard and Matt Dixon to do the 'shoot the messenger' expose hoping that it would be the proverbial 'silver bullet' that would destroy the credibility of ACT! Jacksonville chapter leader, Randy McDaniels. McDaniels had been in the forefront of the public campaign against the appointment by Jacksonville Mayor Peyton of University of North Florida Prof. and ex-CAIR national chairman Parvez Ahmed to the unpaid city Human Rights Commission post. They thought that would end the months of roiling controversy that followed the 13 to 6 confirmation vote of last April.
By exposing tawdry allegations against McDaniels, the FTU editors and reporters thought this would close the books on l'affaire Ahmed. It won't. The lack of responses about Ahmed's views on Islamic doctrine under Shariah, beg cogent answers.
We note this Red County blog post at the time of the April, 2010 confirmation vote for Ahmed's appointment:
The issue of Ahmed's appointment went far beyond the local matter and gathered attention from the anti-Jihad blogging community and advocacy groups like the ADL, Florida Security Council, Former Muslims United, Faith Freedom International and the Center for Security Policy. Even state politicians of note weighed in on the controversial appointment. The major issues in the campaign against the Ahmed confirmation were CAIR's Muslim Brotherhood background; its connections to terrorist groups, Hamas and Hezbollah; Ahmed's defense of convicted felon Sami- Al Arian; RICO and breach of fiduciary interest legal matters brought on behalf of Muslim Americans defrauded by a CAIR civil rights manager, Morris Days; Parvez and the CAIR Jacksonville chapter's failure to abjure death Fatwas against former Muslims; and support for Sharia law in America.
Ahmed and many CAIR officers resigned in 2008, possibly because of the fraud allegations and the Federal Dallas Holy Land Foundation trial and convictions that held CAIR and several other Muslim Brotherhood Fronts as un-indicted co-conspirators for funneling $12 million dollars in charitable funds to designated foreign terrorist group, Hamas. The anti-Ahmed campaign took the form of rallies and e-mails highlighting these issues sent to the Mayor of Jacksonville and City Council members.
Former Mayor John Delaney, now UNF President, defended Ahmed by saying that the charges against Ahmed were "racist".
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While Ahmed, may have garnered enough votes to win confirmation to the Jacksonville City Human Rights Commission, this battle indicated that there was emerging an alliance that could be counted on to oppose CAIR and other Muslim Brotherhood fronts when they field candidates for appointed offices at the local and state levels. This episode indicates that the public is being aroused to fight Stealth Jihad and insinuation of Sharia law in this country.
One indication of why the controversy surrounding Ahmed's leadership at CAIR continues unabated is the progress of the DC Federal District Court Case on the matter of the fraud brought by five Muslims against Morris Days and CAIR leaders, including Ahmed.
Note this Red County blog post on the DC federal court decision in October, 2010:
The Federal District Court in Washington, DC today ruled in favor of five African American and Pakistani American Muslims seeking damages from the Council American Islamic Relations, (CAIR) for committing fraud. Judge Paul Friedman of the DC District Court ruled against dismissal of an action brought by Muslim plaintiffs against CAIR, a Muslim Brotherhood front and one of several unindicted co-conspirators in the Federal Dallas Holy Land Foundation Trial.
An earlier RICO action brought against CAIR by the same plaintiffs was rejected by the federal court in DC on technical grounds although it acknowledged that fraud was committed by CAIR.
Policy news release noted today's important ruling;
Federal Judge Paul Friedman in the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia has denied a motion to dismiss complaints by five former clients of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
CAIR had asked Federal court Judge Paul L. Friedman to dismiss the fraud cases on several grounds, but the judge refused CAIR's request in its entirety. (Judge Friedman did dismiss one duplicative claim of consumer fraud based on D.C. law because he allowed an identical claim under Virginia law, ruling that Virginia law applied in the case).
Perhaps the best answer to the 'shoot the messenger ' journalism of the FTU was the comment made members of the City Council who opposed Ahmed's nomination to the Human Rights Commission post. When queried whether the information about McDaniel's personal problems would have changed their vote, they indicated that it would not have changed their position.
Perhaps Ahmed could start by forthrightly stepping up to the ideological plate and abjuring Sharia's denial of man-made laws like our Constitution and honoring the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment thereby separating Mosque from State. We are sure that would be a welcome gesture by Ahmed to all City Council members, all Floridians and all Americans.
Posted on 12/12/2010 3:23 PM by Jerry Gordon
Sunday, 12 December 2010
More Attacks On Christians In Baghdad, Mosul, All Over Iraq, And They Flee For Their Lives
From The New York Times:
With New Violence, More Christians Are Fleeing Iraq
QOSH, Iraq - A new wave of Iraqi Christians has fled to northern Iraq or abroad amid a campaign of violence against them and growing fear that the country's security forces are unable or, more ominously, unwilling to protect them.
The flight - involving thousands of residents from Baghdad and Mosul, in particular - followed an Oct. 31 siege at a church in Baghdad that killed 51 worshipers and 2 priests and a subsequent series of bombings and assassinations singling out Christians. This new exodus, which is not the first, highlights the continuing displacement of Iraqis despite improved security over all and the near-resolution of the political impasse that gripped the country after elections in March.
It threatens to reduce further what Archdeacon Emanuel Youkhana of the Assyrian Church of the East called "a community whose roots were in Iraq even before Christ."
Those who fled the latest violence - many of them in a panicked rush, with only the possessions they could pack in cars - warned that the new violence presages the demise of the faith in Iraq. Several evoked the mass departure of Iraq's Jews after the founding of the state of Israel in 1948.
"It's exactly what happened to the Jews," said Nassir Sharhoom, 47, who fled last month to the Kurdish capital, Erbil, with his family from Dora, a once mixed neighborhood in Baghdad. "They want us all to go."
Iraq's leaders, including Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, have pledged to tighten security and appealed for tolerance for minority faiths in what is an overwhelmingly Muslim country.
"The Christian is an Iraqi," he said after visiting those wounded in the siege of the church, Our Lady of Salvation, the worst single act of violence against Christians since 2003. "He is the son of Iraq and from the depths of a civilization that we are proud of."
For those who fled, though, such pronouncements have been met with growing skepticism. The daily threats, the uncertainty and palpable terror many face have overwhelmed even the pleas of Christian leaders not to abandon their historic place in a diverse Iraq.
"Their faith in God is strong," said the Rev. Gabriele Tooma, who heads the Monastery of the Virgin Mary, part of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Qosh, which opened its monastic rooms to 25 families in recent weeks. "It is their faith in the government that has weakened."
Christians, of course, are not the only victims of the bloodshed that has swept Iraq for more than seven and a half years; Sunni and Shiite Arabs have died on a far greater scale. Only two days after the attack on the church, a dozen bombs tore through Sunni and Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad, killing at least 68 people and wounding hundreds.
The Christians and other smaller minority groups here, however, have been explicitly made targets and have emigrated in disproportionate numbers. According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, these groups account for 20 percent of the Iraqis who have gone abroad, while they were only 3 percent of the country's prewar population.
More than half of Iraq's Christian community, estimated to number 800,000 to 1.4 million before the American-led invasion in 2003, have already left the country.
The Islamic State of Iraq, an iteration of the insurgent group Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, claimed responsibility for the suicidal siege and said its fighters would kill Christians "wherever they can reach them."
What followed last month were dozens of shootings and bombings in Baghdad and Mosul, the two cities outside of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq. At least a dozen more Christians died, eight of them in Mosul.
Three generations of the Gorgiz family - 15 in all - fled their homes there on the morning of Nov. 23 as the killings spread. Crowded into a single room at the monastery in Qosh, they described living in a state of virtual siege, afraid to wear crosses on the streets, afraid to work or even leave their houses in the end.
The night before they left, Diana Gorgiz, 35, said she heard voices and then screams; someone had set fire to the garden of a neighbor's house. The Iraqi Army arrived and stayed until morning, only to tell them they were not safe there anymore. The Gorgizes took it as a warning - and an indication of complicity, tacit or otherwise, by Iraq's security forces. "When the army comes and says, 'We cannot protect you,' " Ms. Gorgiz said, "what else can you believe?"
There is no exact accounting of those who have fled internally or abroad. The United Nations has registered more than 1,100 families. A steady flow of Christians to Turkey spiked in November to 243, an official there said.
The Kurdish Regional Government in northern Iraq offered itself as a haven and pledged to help refugees with housing and jobs. Many of those who fled are wealthy enough to afford rents in Iraqi Kurdistan; others have moved in with relatives; the worst off have ended up at the monastery here and another nearby, St. Matthew's, one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world.
There have been previous exoduses, especially from Mosul. In October 2008, more than 12,000 Christians left after a wave of assassinations killed 14 Christians. In February of this year, more than 4,000 fled to the Kurdish-controlled region in Nineveh or to Syria after 10 Christians were killed. When violence ebbed after each exodus, many returned to their homes and jobs, though not all, leaving fewer and fewer Christians. By one estimate, only 5,000 of the 100,000 Christians who once lived in Mosul remain.
"I expect that a month from now not a single Christian will be left in Mosul," Nelson P. Khoshaba, an engineer in the city's waterworks, said in Erbil, where he joined a chaotic scrum of people trying to register with the local authorities there.
The displacement of Christians has continued despite the legal protections that Iraq's Constitution offers religious and ethnic minorities, though Islam is the official state religion and no law can be passed contradicting its basic tenets.
Christians have a quota of 5 seats in the new 325-member Parliament, though little political influence. Christmas was declared a national holiday in 2008, though celebrations are muted, and in Kirkuk, a tensely disputed city north of Baghdad, Christmas Mass was canceled last year.
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, appointed by the president and Congress, said that the nominal protections for religious minorities in Iraq - including Christians, Yazidis and Sabean Mandeans, followers of St. John the Baptist - did little to stop violence or official discrimination in employment, housing and other matters. It noted that few of the attacks against minority groups were ever properly investigated or prosecuted, "creating a climate of impunity."
"The violence, forced displacement, discrimination, marginalization and neglect suffered by members of these groups threaten these ancient communities' very existence in Iraq," the commission said in its latest annual report in May. Last week security officials announced the arrest of insurgents whom they said planned the attack on Our Lady of Salvation; those who actually carried it out died when Iraqi forces stormed the church. They offered few details, and a spokesman for the American military, which regularly joins Iraqi forces during such arrests, said he had no information on those arrested.
Archdeacon Emanuel said the government needed to do more to preserve a community that has been under siege in Iraq for decades - from the first massacre of Christians in Sumail in 1933 after the creation of the modern Iraqi nation to the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein to today's nihilistic extremism that, in his words, has taken Islam hostage.
Invitations by European countries for Christians to emigrate following the attack, he said, would only hasten the departure of more, which "is not a solution." Instead, the latest violence should give impetus to the creation of an autonomous Christian enclave in the part of Nineveh Province near here that is now under the control of the Kurdish region. That idea, though, has little political support in Iraq in Baghdad or Iraqi Kurdistan.
"What happened has been done repeatedly and systematically," he said. "We have seen it in Mosul, in Baghdad. The message is very clear: to pluck Iraqi Christians from the roots and force them out of the country."
Posted on 12/12/2010 9:08 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 12 December 2010
A Musical Interlude: It's All Forgotten Now (Ray Noble Orch., Al Bowlly)
Posted on 12/12/2010 9:16 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 12 December 2010
Antoine Compagnon, Roger Errera, and Julian Jackson Set John Rogister Straight
Three letters to the TLS about John Rogister, who on October 8 wrote a review of Daniel Garbe's biography of Alfred Fabre-Luce:
Bernard Faÿ and Alfred Fabre-Luce
Sir, - I am gratified that John Rogister (October 8) - who enjoyed the patronage of Bernard Faÿ in the 1960s, at a time when Faÿ contributed to the neo-Maurrassian Aspects de la France and embraced Mgr Lefebvre's traditionalist crusade against Vatican II - did not welcome my biography of his mentor. By the way, I do not "suggest" that Faÿ's adult homoerotic prose "stemmed" from his early childhood polio. As to Faÿ's job during the German Occupation of France, it was not a matter of the "need to earn a living" - Faÿ was then a professor at the Collège de France - but of taking up the directorship of the Bibliothèque nationale in 1940-44, and publishing lists of Freemasons, thereby contributing to their persecution after the Nazis had got hold of their archives and handed them over to Vichy. Choosing a reviewer who was not a self-described beneficiary of the biography's subject would have reflected better on the professional standards of the TLS.
Collège de France, 11 place Marcelin-Berthelot, 75005 Paris
Sir, - In his review of Daniel Garbe's biography of Alfred Fabre-Luce (October 8), John Rogister mentions Fabre-Luce's "unremitting opposition to anti-Semitism". This, however, is to seek to rescue Fabre-Luce from his own writings. Anyone who has read Fabre-Luce's Journal de la France will have found in it many unabashed expressions of the classic anti-Semitism of the French Right, its vocabulary, tropes and obsessions with the Jews as a corrupt and corrupting alien conspiratorial influence undermining the nation. Since Rogister does not mention this book at all in his article, readers may find a few examples edifying. It is worth noting that this two-volume book was published in Paris in 1941 and Brussels in 1942 - the dates have their importance - in the wake of the two anti-Semitic "Statuts des Juifs" enacted by the Vichy government, and as Jews were being rounded up and interned for transport to Nazi camps for mass murder.
In this light one may appreciate Fabre-Luce's comment that "We wished to ignore that there was a Jewish problem. It fell to us to solve it by the methods of an old and civilized state" (I, pp228-9). Fabre-Luce decried the "judaization" ("enjuivement") of ministers' staff (p229). On Paul Reynaud after the fall of the Daladier cabinet in 1940, he noted: ". . . he is being pushed. The foundations of the conspiracy are powerful with the Socialists on one hand, and the old school Nationalists on the other who identify patriotism with anti-German hardline extremism, and between the two, a powerful cement: the Jews" (p253). Elsewhere, "the Jewish world is vaster than it seemed. It includes not only the Jews but all those they have corrupted or seduced" (p384). The Free French around de Gaulle in London comprised "a factious general, a disgraced admiral and Jewish propagandists" (II, p36). While American readers of the US press "adopted the opinions of a Jewish consortium" (II, p122), Walter Lippman is described as "an ambassador of the Jewish world" (I, p288). On refugees from Austria in Morocco, Fabre-Luce commented that the concentration camp to which they were sent "was the only place where they would have a vague feeling of a fatherland" (II, p260).
Fabre-Luce was a prolific writer. I am not aware that he withdrew these affirmations in any of his post-war books. So much for his "unremitting opposition to anti-Semitism".
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Vichy as a buffer state
Sir, - John Rogister is incorrigible. One wishes that he would not stray out of the eighteenth century. When he ventures into the twentieth (Letters, November 26), the opinions he advances are the kind that might not have looked out of place in the writings of the Association pour défendre la mémoire du maréchal Pétain in the 1950s, but take no account of some forty years of historical research into the Occupation period. I am glad that one of the earlier letters (Roger Errera, October 22) responding to his review has now silenced any attempt on Rogister's part to defend Alfred Fabre-Luce from the charge of anti-Semitism, but Rogister has not given up on all fronts. There are three questionable assumptions in his latest letter.
First, he says that Julien Cain was "dismissed from his post [Director of the Bibliothèque nationale] not because he was Jewish (Vichy's ban on Jews in the civil service came only in October) but because he had been a member of Paul Reynaud's government and because he had temporarily left the country". It is hard to know where to start with this statement. Yes, it is technically true that the Jewish statute was only introduced in October (and a document recently discovered in France has provided new evidence on the particular rigour with which Pétain wished this law to be applied), but in fact Vichy's anti-Semitic agenda was already quite visible through a number of measures from early July, restricting certain professions to children of French fathers and, at the same time beginning the process of revising naturalizations (often of Jews) that had occurred since 1927. Nor is it quite clear why in principle membership of Reynaud's government should have been a pretext for dismissal, since Pétain's first Cabinet in fact included five figures from the previous Reynaud government (Darlan, Chautemps, Pomaret, Baudouin, Bouthillier). As for the assertion that Cain "had temporarily left the country", this is a rather sibylline reference to the fact that Cain was one of that group of parliamentarians and others who had on June 21 left France for North Africa on the ship Massilia, believing that Pétain approved this attempt to send into safety a number of individuals who would be in a position to form a government committed to continuing the war if the terms of the armistice should prove too harsh. What in fact happened was that by the time they arrived in Casablanca, the armistice had been signed and they were accused of being deserters and traitors. Among them were the Jewish MPs Pierre Mendès France and Jean Zay, who on their repatriation to France were both sentenced to imprisonment for desertion by a court that makes the "kangaroo courts" that Rogister denounces at the Liberation seem like a model of procedural rectitude (Zay was later murdered; Mendès France escaped). The crime of Cain was quite simply that he was Jewish and had wanted to continue the struggle against Germany.
Second, Rogister's defence of Vichy as a buffer state which successfully saved French Jews is an argument once put about by Vichyist apologists, but now discredited. It is indeed true that a higher proportion of Jews perished in Belgium and Holland than in France, but the comparison with Vichy is entirely inappropriate because neither of those countries had a supposedly independent and autonomous government as was the case of Vichy. A more accurate comparison would be with Denmark, where an independent government also existed, and where almost all the Jews survived (or Bulgaria, where the survival rate was also higher than in France). Without the willingness of the Vichy authorities to provide both police manpower and vital information in the form of names and addresses (notably the infamous fichier juif), the Germans would simply not have been able to arrest all the Jews they did. Vichy may not have initiated the policy of deportations but Laval (and Pétain) were more than happy to get rid of what Laval called the "déchets" (dregs) represented by the foreign Jews in France. There are many reasons why only 24 per cent of the Jews in France perished in the Holocaust, but the existence of the Vichy regime is not one of them.
Thirdly, Rogister resuscitates that old canard about how the French armistice helped the Allies by keeping North Africa out of German hands. This is technically true though we should not forget that the defending Vichy forces fired on the Allies when they attacked North Africa in November 1942. But if keeping North Africa out of German hands did have the objective consequence of aiding the Allies in the long term, it was a consequence entirely unanticipated and unwanted by most leaders of the Vichy regime, who had signed the armistice believing that Germany had won the war and expecting (and hoping) that Britain would soon be defeated as well.
Department of History, Queen Mary, University of London.
Posted on 12/12/2010 9:28 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald