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Sunday, 15 May 2011
India mothers accused in honor killing of 2 brides

NEW DELHI (AP) and India Today

 Two Muslim mothers in a northern Indian town have been arrested on accusations they killed their daughters for dishonoring the family by eloping with Hindu men, police said Sunday.

Newlyweds Zahida, 19, and Husna, 26, were strangled when they returned home after getting married to men of their choice, said Anil Kumar Kusan, a police officer.

Zahida and Husna were neighbors in Baghpat, a town in India's Uttar Pradesh state, when they fell in love with two construction workers. They eloped and got married last week before returning home to make peace with their families, Kusan said.

The women belonged to Muslim families and their mothers, both widows, were furious, Kusan said.

Initial investigations showed that the mothers helped each other to strangle their daughters. What was horrifying was that the women - Khatun and Subrato, mothers of 19-year-old Zahida and Husna (26), respectively - showed no signs of remorse and justified their action in the name of family honour. And they killed their daughters despite signing a bond with the local district collector that they would not harm their children. This, the (District) collector said, (to whom the police directed the matter when the girls asked for police protection) was aimed at sorting out the problems amicably and prevent a possible communal riot among the Hindus and the Muslims in the area.

"We killed them because they brought shame to our community. How could they elope with Hindus? They deserved to die. We have no remorse . . . People who take such steps require a befitting punishment. This should be the treatment meted out to young people from our religion who marry into families of other faiths," Khatun, one of the mothers, was quoted as saying by the Indian Express newspaper after her arrest Friday. Khatun uses only one name.

Police are on the lookout for a third woman, Momin, who they believe was also involved in the murders. "We suspect that she was a conduit in the murders. We are expecting a breakthrough in the next 24 hours," Baghpat SHO Anil Kumar Kusan, said.

Earlier this week, India's Supreme Court recommended the death penalty for honor killings, calling the practice barbaric and feudal.

Posted on 05/15/2011 4:13 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 15 May 2011
After the Upheaval: Religious Freedom in the Middle East

By kind invitation of David Burrowes MP, The Henry Jackson Society was pleased to hold a discussion with Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, President of the Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialogue and former Bishop of Rochester. Dr Nazir-Ali, a long standing advocate on behalf of freedom of religion, discussed the realities that existed in the Middle East before the current turmoil and offered insights drawn from his extensive experience to assess how recent events will have affected these trends, as well as offering his views on what policy-makers should do to help foster more religious tolerance in the Middle East.

Read it all here, it is very interesting and makes what I think is a key point below. Hat Tip, the EDL LGTB Division 

It’s already the case that the Salafists are now making more noise in Egypt than I’ve ever heard them making, I maybe wrong about this.The appointment ofa Christian governor in a province has led to the blocking of railway lines and roads.And the objection to his appointment is not that he is a Christian, but that he is unable to implement the Sharia.I mean that’s the objection.So when we see these demonstrations in Cairo, in North Africa, in the Yemen, wherever it may be, of course people are asking for democracy.We need to ask ourselves what that means, what kind of democracy, usually in context where people have no experience of democracy whatsoever.Or at least, not for a very long time.But whatever kind of democracy and I know the Henry JacksonSociety is committed to the promotion of democracy, but what I would like to suggest nowis that the promotion of democracy and achievement, in these situations, is not enough. Because a democracy could lead simply to the tyranny of the majority.And then what will happen to the minority, whether it is religious or ethnic or a group that is not a minority at all, like the women.

So if we are keen on promoting democracy in these rather disturbed situations at the moment, we must also at the same time promote liberty.Freedom for people, enshrined in the constitution, perhaps a Bill of Rights and a guarantee by the international community.Without that, democracy will not mean much for the minorities, religious, ethnic or groups like women.The third aspect should be the rule of law.Now what kind of rule of law is the question.To take Egypt, the constitution originally said Sharia would be one of the sources of law.That was changed to being the source of law.That is the question. Christians and other religious minorities after many years of struggle have achieved the status of citizens within Egypt, for the first time hundred years or so ago after the rise of Islam.

We cannot stand by and see them reduced to pigmies again, which maybe some of these groups would like.So rule of law must mean equality of all before the law – one law for all,

Posted on 05/15/2011 3:07 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 15 May 2011
May 15th And The Case Of The Missing Nakba...

Gerald Honigman

It's that time of the year again...May 15th.


Arabs and their stooges get to prance around and curse the Jews over the catastrophe (nakba)--Israel's rebirth. A resurrection which occurred, by the way, on about 12% of the original April 25,1920 Mandate of Palestine after what is now Jordan made off with the lions' share (about 80%) upon its own creation in 1922...a gift of British imperialist shanigans.
 
In 1947, Arabs were offered about half of the 20% that was left but refused that second partition. In their eyes, almost 90% of Palestine was not enough. By the way, the name "Palestine" was bestowed upon Judea by the Roman emperor, Hadrian, after the Jews' second revolt for freedom in an attempt to squash their hopes forever. To pour salt on the wound, Rome renamed land for the Jews' historic, non-Semitic enemies, the Philistines--the invading "Sea People" of ancient Egyptian records, David and Goliath,  and Samson and Delilah fame. They came from the islands of the Aegean Sea.

Like elsewhere in a region which Arabs simply call "purely Arab patrimony," Jews were entitled to nothing in this Arab vision.
 
So, upon Israel's declaration of independence on May 14, 1948 on a small fraction of the original territory, a half dozen Arab armies immediately invaded.
 
At great cost, the Jews finally turned the tide. In the aftermath, two refugee populations were created as a result of the Arab attack. Arabs constantly remind everyone about their own--many of whom got deliberately caged in refugee camps to be used as perpetual pawns in the Arabs' anti-Israel games.
 
Not much is spoken, however, about at least as many Jews (owning far more property and leaving behind far more wealth) who fled the "Arab"/Muslim world.
 
While, once bullets start to fly and comrades start to die, there is no such thing as perfect saints or sinners in any war, volumes of solid evidence show that the Arabs themselves were mostly responsible for the flight of their refugees. Add to this the fact that so many so-called Arab "natives" were newcomers themselves into the Mandate that the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) had to redefine the very word "refugee" from its prior meaning of persons normally and traditionally resident to those who had lived in the Mandate for a minimum of only two years prior to 1948. Please ponder the implications of this and also consider that no such agency was created to assist Jewish or any other refugees.
 
So, sorry...I'm not shedding tears for Arabs on May 15th. I feel for their suffering--especially the children--but that suffering can be laid mostly at the doorstep of their own leaders and their own collective subjugating mindset which will not allow anyone else but themselves a semblance of justice in the region. 
 
I refuse to sob because Arabs tried to slaughter all of Israel's Jews in 1948 and destroy their sole, miniscule nation and their attempt backfired on themselves.

 
Afterwards, time after time, reasonable compromises were offered to them as well. To this date--and despite those in high places who whitewash their rejectionism--those offers have all been rejected. Nothing short of the Jews agreeing to their own suicide will suffice. What compromises have Arabs ever offered anyone else in "their" region?
 
What I really want to know, however, is this...
 
When will some twelve million native Egyptian Copts--the pre-Arab, non-Arab people of Egypt whose men frequently get murdered, women raped, churches torched, live in a constant state of intimidation, and so forth--get to have their Nakba Day?
 
When will Copts be able to cry out to the world and demonstrate--without placing their own lives in further jeopardy--about the horror which befell them after the Arab conquest of their land--at the same time Arab caliphal imperial armies were conquering and settling the Jews' and others' lands as well?
 

When will over thirty million native, pre-Arab, non-Arab Kabyle, Amazigh, and other native, North African people--the "Berbers"--get to have their Nakba Day? These folks have had their own native cultures and languages outlawed--part of the forced Arabization all of the region's peoples have been subjected to.
 
Nope...No tears for the Arab's self-inflicted nakba...none, at least until the story of another 35 million stateless people--the Kurds--gets to have its own special day as well.
 
As I like to remind readers, the one best chance Kurds had at independence was aborted after World War I as a result of the same collusion of British imperialism and Arab nationalism which handed over some 80% of Palestine to the latter in 1922. Purely Arab Iraq arose in the Mandate of Mesopotamia instead, and hundreds of thousands of Kurds have been slaughtered in "Arab" lands and elsewhere ever since.
 
Who cries out for the Kurds' nakba? Who will demand a roadmap for Kurdistan while the Arabs' 22nd state--and second one in Palestine--gets shoved down Israel's throat?
 
After a half century, it appears that the blacks of southern Sudan will finally gain independence this July from the Arab north. It took millions of their murdered, enslaved, displaced, maimed, and subjugated brethren to finally make this moment possible. Yet the blacks in the Darfur region of the country--Muslim, but non-Arab nor Arabized enough in Arab eyes--have no such end to their nightmare in sight.
 
Where are the universal cries for black Africans--and not only in the Sudan--who are still suffering at the hands of Arab tormentors?
 
And what of Lebanon? What is that bloody story really also largely all about? Did Arabs conquer an empty land there too?
 

No...too many others--scores of millions--have been and continue to be victimized by Arabs for Jews to be taken to task instead for wanting to finally end their millennial scapegoat, whipping post, and victim par exellence existence. That's what the rebirth of Israel truly represents.
 
What Arabs claim as their catastrophe occurred primarily because of their own conquering, subjugating mindset which allows none but themselves any semblance of justice in a region where many different peoples--not just Arabs--live. True, Arabs have tried very hard to erase those other identities in their continuous forced Arabization process...
 
But that just dries up my tear ducts even further.

 

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Gerald A. Honigman is  the author of The Quest for Justice in the Middle East:The Arab-Israeli Conflict in Greater Perspective  http://q4j-middle-east.com. His articles and op-eds have been published in dozens of newspapers, magazines, academic journals and websites all around the world.

Posted on 05/15/2011 5:44 AM by Gerald Honigman
Sunday, 15 May 2011
John Burns Wants To But Can't Yet Quote Muhammad: "War Is Deception"

From The New York Times:

May 14, 2011

As Libya Buries Victims, Hints of Deception

TRIPOLI, Libya — As the nine pinewood coffins were laid on scrubland beside the glistening blue waters of the Mediterranean, uniformed men with Kalashnikov rifles fired volley after volley into an azure sky, and a trumpeter blew the discordant melancholy of a final farewell.

Then, in minutes, the few hundred mourners who had gathered in this city melted away into a perfect spring day, ending another funeral — this time for the victims of a Friday bombing in the eastern oil town of Brega — that had been transformed into a pageant for denouncing the NATO forces whose bombs are taking a regular toll in Libyan lives.

For the officials who shepherd the small band of foreign journalists covering the war from here to such events, seeing them as powerful propaganda tools to be used against the Western powers, the burials on Saturday provided a moment that even the most accomplished propagandists could not have written into their script.

Just before the coffins arrived, two high-flying aircraft — NATO planes, for sure, since others are banned under a United Nations-imposed no-fly zone — wrote vapor trails high above.

As one aircraft circled back to the northeast, another flew on to the southwest, toward the western mountains along the Tunisian and Algerian borders where there has been intense fighting between Libyan rebels and the forces of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. At the sight of each aircraft, mourners pointed in agitation to the sky, demanding that foreign TV crews capture the moment and shouting choruses of support for Colonel Qaddafi.

The moment captured the anger and futility felt by Libyans still loyal to Colonel Qaddafi as NATO aircraft pound targets in Tripoli and other government-held areas night after night, day after day, with the total of sorties flown since the air raids began now cresting 2,500.

Western defense officials have said that 40 to 50 percent of the Qaddafi forces’ striking power has been degraded, and with it almost all the capability, in fighter aircraft, missiles and antiaircraft batteries, that Libya had to confront an aerial invader. So far, only one NATO plane has crashed, and that was early in the conflict, after what NATO officials said was a technical failure.

If the funeral on Saturday was planned as a moment to strike a moral blow against the West, it was only modestly successful. Other messages pressed in.

The cemetery chosen for the burials was not one of the city’s most prestigious, but one set on a windblown stretch of shoreline across from a bleak highway overpass. A mile or two to the west, the idle cranes of the Tripoli port and the anchored ships stood like sentinels, testament to an oil-based economy that has been paralyzed by the war.

The 10-minute bus ride from the journalists’ hotel passed by several of the long lines for fuel that are a telltale feature wherever the government still holds sway. Dwarfing the lines in Baghdad in the final months of Saddam Hussein’s rule, the ones here run for miles, often four lines abreast, sometimes with more than one snaking corridor of vehicles approaching a single gas station. The waits can last days, a week even, and they have added to an air of demoralization that weighs even on officials appointed to mind foreign reporters.

Against this background, the funeral promised a powerful counterpoint, one with the potential to rally faint hearts. On Friday, officials gathered reporters at a Tripoli mosque to announce that 11 Muslim clerics had been killed in a NATO strike at Brega, 500 miles east of Tripoli, and the government’s easternmost point of control. The officials said 45 others had been wounded in the bombing of a former oil company guesthouse, and gave the platform to a cleric who called for the dead to be avenged in terrorist attacks against the West.

Earlier in the week, the propaganda apparatus had been focused on a gathering of tribal leaders in support of Colonel Qaddafi. Now, the deaths of the imams appeared to lay the ground for marshaling an even wider body of opinion. Calling the NATO attackers “crusaders” set the tone, as did the assertion, common in all the bombings, that NATO was lying when it identified the Brega target as a “command-and-control” center for pro-Qaddafi forces.

But the funeral itself seemed strangely flat, at least in political terms. For one thing, despite the location being broadcast on Libyan state television, and circulated in cellphone text messages, barely 500 people showed up, in a city of two million. No important government officials attended. For all the browbeating directed at foreign reporters by mourners who vowed their love for Colonel Qaddafi and their hatred for NATO, the event, taken as a whole, seemed underwhelming.

Part of the problem lay in the contradictions and uncertainties that flowed from official accounts, and those given by the mourners.

According to officials, the nine coffins, with bodies wrapped in the green of Islam, were those of the dead Muslim clerics. But some mourners offered differing counts. Two men whispered that their uncles, among those being buried, were soldiers, and one of those said the man concerned had been dead for weeks. Another identified one of the dead as a driver.

There was a man who said that he was in the guesthouse when it was attacked, and that 7 of the group of 16 he had led to the Brega gathering from Sirte, Colonel Qaddafi’s hometown, had been killed, 4 of them imams. The man, who identified himself as Attiya Ali Ahmed, 25, appeared to have suffered no injury in the attack. He said that the gathering had been called for a public reading of the Koran and to rally morale in Brega against the rebels, and that he had seen no sign of any military activity in or near the guesthouse. And he warned reporters to accurately convey his account.

“The Koran does not permit anything but the truth,” he said.

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"War is deception," Muhammad told his followers.

That last line isn't in Burns' text. But it should have been.

 
Posted on 05/15/2011 7:02 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 15 May 2011
Possibly The Most Dangerous Result Of Libya's "Arab Spring"

From AP:

Libyan Combat Stymies Attempts To Deal With Aicraft Threat

 

By STEPHEN BRAUN Associated Press

WASHINGTON May 15, 2011

The fierce combat in Libya has unleashed a once-hidden arsenal of portable anti-aircraft missiles that the government fears could easily be siphoned off to terror groups, giving rise to a potential threat to commercial aviation that the U.S. is only beginning to confront, government officials and arms experts said.

The fears are compounded by suspicions that Libyan government and opposition forces are both deploying fighters with ties to terrorists and mercenaries. With more than 20,000 missile launchers estimated in Libya, there have been unconfirmed reports that some anti-aircraft weapons have already been funneled to North African militants, but amid the vast caches wielded by both sides, there is no solid evidence yet that terrorists have them.

Troops loyal to Moammar Gadhafi and opposition fighters have made frequent use of Russian-built anti-aircraft weapons in the two-month-long civil war, including aging 30-year-old shoulder-fired models to advanced truck-mounted missile launchers, according to battlefront accounts and an array of combat photographs and video.

The availability of man-portable air defense systems, also known as MANPADS, across the world's conflict zones has long worried counterterrorism officials. Passenger flights have never been targeted by such missiles inside the U.S., but there have been nearly a dozen lethal strikes over the past decade in Africa and Asia.

Surveillance by aerial drones and diplomatic pressure on Libya's African neighbors to police its porous borders may be the best, if limited, actions the U.S. can take for now. U.S. military planes can fly above the range of the missiles and use electronic jamming to elude them, but detection and evasion gear are considered too bulky and expensive to install in the world's civilian aircraft fleets.

Congressional officials are pressing U.S. diplomatic and military officials for details on how they might counter the anti-aircraft missile threat in Libya, but said they have heard few specifics. Late last month, Edward R. Royce, R-Calif., chairman of a House subcommittee on terrorism, nonproliferation and trade, urged Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to step up efforts to monitor and secure antiaircraft weapons — even as rebel units were reportedly receiving new shipments of armaments from abroad.

"The department should be in contact with neighboring countries to exercise vigilance in locating and securing any missiles that may be transiting out of Libya," Royce wrote in a letter to Clinton. He urged State Department officials to press rebels to keep tight control over any such missile stockpiles. The U.S., he added, should mount "an aggressive missile destruction and recovery program" once a new Libyan government is installed.

A State Department spokesperson, speaking on condition of anonymity to describe the department's efforts, said an internal task force has turned urgent attention to the threat. The spokesperson also said officials were in contact with the Libyan opposition and international organizations inside the country.

Even those first steps are unlikely to be effective in quickly securing the anti-aircraft missiles and launchers in use in Libya, experts said.

 

"The problem is that you have amorphous groups on both sides and all sorts of weaponry are coming into play from unregulated caches," said a former assistant secretary of state, Lincoln P. Bloomfield Jr., who headed a Bush administration effort to recover and dispose of anti-aircraft weapons. "The primary objective is to make sure these missiles don't cross Libyan borders. In theory, that's the goal, but it's not clear it can be done in the middle of a hot war."

The U.S. general who led the early American airstrikes enforcing the Libyan no-fly zone estimated earlier this month that Gadhafi's military amassed as many as 20,000 portable missile launchers before the conflict started. That would outstrip similar caches of terror groups and militants in Afghanistan and Iraq in recent years.

"Many of those we know are now not accounted for, and that's going to be a concern for some period of time," Gen. Carter Ham, head of the U.S. Africa Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee last month.

Chad's President Idriss Deby Itno said last month that a cache of surface-to-air missiles and launchers taken from liberated Libyan stocks already reached al Qaeda's North African contingent, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Similar accounts have come from Algerian officials but the reports have yet to be confirmed, the U.S. officials said.

The fluid contours of the conflict, with war-torn cities changing hands repeatedly, make it nearly impossible to closely monitor stockpiles. Shoulder-fired launchers can easily be concealed, even from airborne U.S. Predator drones and spy planes, and truck-mounted units can be disassembled or masked by canopies. Poorly armed rebels will not likely give up their limited MANPADS supplies, and Gadhafi's forces would presumably be hostile to any effort to turn over arms while the U.S. and allied forces enforce the no-fly zone.

Bloomfield, who was special envoy for MANPADS threat reduction in the final year of the Bush administration, worked with the State and Defense departments to track and dispose of weapons of mass destruction and conventional arms. Since 2003, the U.S. has led international efforts to recover 32,000 MANPADS from Afghanistan to the Ukraine — a figure dwarfed by congressional estimates that there are 500,000 to 750,000 worldwide.

The cost of outfitting large passenger planes with defensive devices was deemed too expensive — as much as $3 million per jet. Since 1975, missiles fired at civilian planes in nearly a dozen incidents have killed more than 200 people from Africa to Central Asia. A shoulder-fired missile was blamed for deaths of 11 crew members aboard an Ilyushin cargo plane downed in Somalia in March 2007. Two U.N. transports were struck by missiles over Angola in 1998 and 1999, leaving 23 dead. Two missiles fired by terrorists barely missed a chartered Israeli commercial jet taking off in November 2002 with 271 passengers and crew near Mombasa, Kenya.

U.S. anti-missile efforts involve negotiations with legitimate governments, said J. Christian Kessler, former director of the State Department's Office of Conventional Arms Threat Reduction, which works with the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement to counter the anti-aircraft threat. "That process simply can't function if you're dealing with a hostile government and an unorganized opposition at war."

The U.S. has worked to reduce stockpiles of such missiles in 20 other countries with smaller arsenals than Libya, and when the U.S. began renewing ties with Gadhafi's government, it pressured the regime to disassemble its nuclear weapons program and chemical arms stockpile. But there was no similar anti-missile effort in Libya that might have limited the current battlefield proliferation.

"We really didn't have our finger on MANPADS as an agenda item," said Bloomfield, now chairman of the Stimson Center, a nonpartisan global security group in Washington. The issue never re-emerged, he said, because of growing U.S. strains with Gadhafi over the precise reciprocal steps to resolve Libya's culpability in the 1988 bombing of a Pan AM flight over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people.

The missiles sighted in Libyan battle zones are mostly Russian, typically shoulder-fired SA-7 Strela missiles and launchers that date to the 1970s, said Matthew Schroeder, an arms expert with the Federation of American Scientists who has examined images of nearly four dozen separate anti-aircraft weapons in use on the Libyan front. Some SA-7s are likely too old to function.

The head of Russia's Center for Analysis of World Arms Trade reported last month that Gadhafi's forces had also amassed between 600 and 1,500 1980s-vintage Russian MANPADS. And recent Associated Press photos and other images from the Libyan front show both sides wielding advanced Strelets vehicle-mounted launchers capable of firing new SA-24 Grinch missiles. KBM, a Russian arms exporting company, confirmed a recent sale of an unspecified number to Gadhafi's military, according to Aviation News, a trade publication.

The SA-24 has a longer range — accurate to 11,000 feet — than the 1980s Russian models, Schroeder said. Its bulkier vehicle mount would make it harder to hide, said Pieter Wiezeman, a senior arms expert with the Stockholm International Peace Institute, a nongovernment group in Stockholm.

But a carefully-concealed truck-mounted weapon would still be mobile and compact enough to be taken anywhere in Africa, he said, adding: "If someone gets near a runway with some of those missiles in a 4-by-4 truck, how are you going to stop them?"

Posted on 05/15/2011 7:17 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 15 May 2011
A Musical Interlude: Go Down Moses (Jess Lee Brooks)

Listen here.

Posted on 05/15/2011 7:23 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 15 May 2011
“Poor, Sickly� Miami Imam Indicted for Funding Pakistani Taliban

Flagler Mosque, Miami

Lots of consternation among the members of the Flagler Mosque in Miami in the wake of a federal indictment and arrest Saturday of “poor, sickly” 76 year imam, Hafiz Muhammad Sher Ali Khan.

The Miami Herald report, “Imam’s arrest shocks mosque members,” provides the ‘shocking details.’

As dawn prayers were spoken just after 6 a.m. Saturday, FBI agents surrounded Miami’s oldest mosque, then banged on the door.

A man opened it. The agents were there with an arrest warrant.

The Muslim man explained that they were in prayer and could not be interrupted. He returned to praying. The agents, who had taken off their shoes before entering the mosque, waited quietly.

“No matter what kind of emergency, we do not break the prayer,’’ explained Shameem Akhtar, a mosque member who was there.

When the prayer was finished, agents arrested Hafiz Muhammad Sher Ali Khan, the 76-year-old imam of the Miami Mosque, more commonly known as Flagler Mosque. They charged that he and his family had funneled more than $50,000 to Pakistani terrorists over the past three years.

The imam spoke in a Pakistani dialect to others in the room as he was escorted out.

The idea that the soft-spoken, sickly prayer leader could have been involved in a conspiracy to murder, maim and kidnap terrorist targets seemed unbelievable to those who knew him. Members explained that Kahn lived with his wife in a tiny apartment near the small mosque, which was built 40 years ago from a converted house.

[. . .]

But federal documents detail how Khan, two of his sons, his daughter and grandson conspired to help the Pakistani Taliban, a terrorist organization that has killed an untold number of Pakistani citizens, government officials and U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. The family “endorsed” the violence perpetrated by the Taliban, according to the federal indictment released Saturday. Tape-recorded phone conversations caught Khan discussing a strategy to shoot and kill Pakistani officials and called for an attack on the Pakistani Assembly. He also lent support for a school that trains children to kill Americans, authorities said.

Also arrested Saturday were Khan’s son, Izhar Khan, 24, imam of the Jamaat Al-Mumineen Mosque in Margate; another son, Irgan Khan, 37, of Miami. Three others living in Pakistan are also charged: Khan’s daughter, Amina Khan, and his grandson, Alam Zeb; and one other non-family member, Ali Rehman.



Note these taqiyyah –like comments from  press conference held by a local Muslim Adviocacy group:

The Muslim Communities Association and Coalition of South Florida Muslim Organizations held an afternoon press conference to publicly condemn any support of terrorism or violence.

“Islam as a faith does not promote, advocate, or condone terrorism,’’ the statement said.

Kahn came to Miami from New Orleans and has been an imam at Flagler mosque for the past 14 years, according to Asad Ba-Yunus, spokesman for the Muslim Community Organization.


In an NER article, Zakat and Terrorism, we noted:

Zakat recipients would include the poor and needy, administrators of Zakat, debtors, converts to Islam, bondsmen, wayfarers and those fulfilling the “way of Allah”, Jihad. Note this comment:

By this is meant to finance a Jihad effort in the path of Allah, not for Jihad for other reasons. The fighter (Mujahid) will be given as salary what will be enough for him. If he needs to buy arms or some other supplies related to the war effort, Zakat money should be used provided the effort is to raise the banner of Islam.


It is the application of Zakat proceeds to Jihad, especially in the US, that is most problematic.

 

It is a big time problem for “poor sickly” Hafiz Muhammad Sher Ali Khan, Imam of the Flagler Mosque in Miami, today. Both he and members of his family are under arrest for funding Jihad.

Let’s see how the USDOJ under AG  Holder handles this ‘hot potato’ given President Obama’s declarations in his June 2009 Cairo speech and  Holder’s official statements aimed at  ‘lifting restrictions’ on Muslim charities, that obligate adherents  to support Jihad against us. Looks like the federal Material Support laws for terrorism overarch even President Obama and AG Holder’s ‘outreach’ to the Muslim ummah, here and around the world. They look like dhimmis useful fools given this latest episode in Miami. look at their original statements:

 

Freedom of religion is central to the ability of peoples to live together. We must always examine the ways in which we protect it. For instance, in the United States, rules on charitable giving have made it harder for Muslims to fulfill their religious obligation. That's why I'm committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat. 

Immediately following the President’s Cairo speech, US Attorney General Eric Holder issued this statement in furtherance of President Obama’s Cairo remarks:

The President's pledge for a new beginning between the United States and the Muslim community takes root here in the Justice Department where we are committed to using criminal and civil rights laws to protect Muslim Americans. A top priority of this Justice Department is a return to robust civil rights enforcement and outreach in defending religious freedoms and other fundamental rights of all of our fellow citizens in the workplace, in the housing market, in our schools and in the voting booth.

There are those who will continue to want to divide by fear - to pit our national security against our civil liberties - but that is a false choice. We have a solemn responsibility to protect our people while we also protect our principles.

 

Posted on 05/15/2011 8:05 AM by Jerry Gordon
Sunday, 15 May 2011
New Bill Aims at the Heart of Jihad - Oil

Citizen Warrior writes (with thanks to The Law):

IN THE UNITED STATES, we have a real opportunity to seriously disable and disarm orthodox Islam worldwide. On May 3rd, Representative John Shimkus introduced a bill in the House of Representatives, and passing it would strike a crippling blow against the global forces of Islamization.

The bill is the Open Fuel Standard Act of 2011 (H.R. 1687) and now is the perfect time to push it all the way through into law. The bill would make it mandatory for 95 percent of cars manufactured in the United States to be capable of burning multiple fuels by 2017.

Once this is mandatory, there will be a powerful financial incentive for gas stations to add other options besides gasoline. This will produce real competition in fuel production. The financial incentives will unleash one of the biggest advantages the free world possesses: Its incredible creativity and inventiveness.

The U.S. uses more oil than any other country in the world, and for the U.S. to drastically lower its oil consumption would change everything. Right now, every time anyone in the world fills their gas tank, they are helping fund global jihad. This money is poured into building projects all around the world — building mosques and maddrassas that advocate orthodox Islam with all its intolerance, totalitarianism, and violence. Saudi Arabia's oil wealth allows it to control about 90% of all Islamic instititions in the world (source: PDF document of a Wall Street Journal article).

The same enormous river of money finds its way to college campuses in the United States, and these generous donations give the donors enough influence to make our own colleges a veritable factory that pumps out America-hating, Islam-sympathetic citizens. The money helps finance "terrorist cells" around the world, it pays for weapons that kill Israelis and Coalition troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, it funds lobbyists in America, and so on. This has all got to stop.

There are a lot of things we could do to help reduce our reliance on Islamic oil, and the Open Fuel Standard will not interfere with any of them. And it is possible that the Open Fuel Standard, all by itself, could completely change the game — and it wouldn't cost the federal government a dime!

The bill would give us a choice at the pump: gas, ethanol, methanol, bio-diesel, or whatever inventive R&D people come up with next. The fuels could freely compete with each other, driving innovation, driving down prices, and encouraging investments in research to find an even cheaper fuel. The Open Fuel Standard can happen quickly and only adds about one hundred dollars to the cost of a new car.

What can you do to help? ACT! for America has made it really easy to make your voice heard by your member of Congress. You don't have to be a member of ACT! for America to use their communication tool. Anyone can use it. Click here to get started. You just type in your zip code and it sets you up with an email form already addressed to the appropriate member of Congress. A great letter is already written for you. It literally takes less than three minutes. Immediately afterward, you will get a confirmation letter saying that your message has been sent.

Sending a message to your member of Congress is great, but that should only be the beginning for you. The task we should focus on is motivating others to do the same. As many others as possible. How many do you think you can convince to take action? Fifty? A hundred? Five hundred? Let's see what you can do!

Start persuading your friends now. Send them the link to ACTs communication tool. Post it on Facebook. Share this article: The Open Fuel Standard Act of 2011. Tell them why it's important. If they don't like it when you talk about Islam, don't even mention Islam. Tell them it'll help save us gas money, it will allow for innovation and probably create new fuels that pollute less, it can even help solve Third World poverty (see Anne Korin's video below). Focus on the many positives that they will accept.

We just created a Facebook page for the bill. Check it out here and share it with your Facebook friends and family.

Get everyone you know to take action on this, and get them to persuade all their friends to get in on it. Let's focus on this and get it done.

Send your friends a link to Anne Korin's video: Anne Korin on Energy Independence. She packs an amazing amount of clear information in a very short video. Loan your friends a copy of Turning Oil Into Salt. Motivate them to deal with this now. Imbue them with a sense of urgency.

We need to concentrate on this single issue while the bill is in committee. Let's make sure it has sufficient support in the House before it is brought out of committee and onto the floor. This needs to happen now.


 

Get more information about the open fuel (or flex fuel) standard:

Details of the current proposed legislation: Open Fuel Standard Act of 2011

Support an Open Fuel Standard

The Flex Fuel Imperative

Strike the Heart of Jihad

How to Boost the Economy of the Free World While Cutting Off Funds to Orthodox Muslim Countries
Posted on 05/15/2011 11:49 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Sunday, 15 May 2011
Is Iran behind Border Breaches and Violence in Israel on al-Nakbah Day?

Syrian border clash al-Nagbah May 15, 2011

Reports are flooding in on several violent clashes resulting in casualties on Israel’s Lebanon, Golan Heights, East Jerusalem,  and Gaza border crossings  coupled with a truck ramming attack in Tel Aviv killing one and causing more than a dozen injuries. More than four protesters who breached the Syrian border have been killed by the IDF in the Shams Medal incident on the Golan Heights. Israel has more than 10,000 security forces on alert to combat both internal and border protests on al-Nakbah Day (The catastrophe) that Arabs use to protest the founding of the State of Israel, May 15, 1948.

Here is a JTA summary of these stunning developments, “Violence erupts in Israel: Syria border breached, truck attack in Tel Aviv.”

TEL AVIV (JTA) – Hundreds of Arabs from Syria stormed across the border into Israel on Sunday, prompting Israeli troops to respond with live fire killing at least four people.

The incident, which marked the first major eruption of violence along the border in decades, came on the same day that an Israeli Arab rammed a truck into pedestrians in Tel Aviv, killing one. Elsewhere around Israel and the West Bank, thousands of Palestinians protested to mark Nakbah Day – the day Arabs mark the “catastrophe” of Israel’s birth on May 15, 1948.

The number of Arabs from Syria who breached the border on the Golan Heights was estimated at 400 to 1,000. The Israel Defense Forces declared the area of Majdal Shams, a Druze town near Mount Hermon, a closed military zone as Israeli troops tried to round up those who had infiltrated the border.

Israeli troops also fired on Palestinian protestors who approached Israel's border with Gaza, wounding several teens, according to reports.

In Lebanon, thousands of Arabs reportedly converged on Israel’s border to demonstrate, but they were pushed back when the Lebanese Army fired warning shots into the air.

In Tel Aviv, Israeli law enforcement officials said Sunday morning’s truck rampage, in which more than a dozen people were injured and one was killed, appeared to be a terrorist attack. The 22-year-old man from the Israeli Arab village of Kafr Kassem who drove his truck into cars and pedestrians on a busy thoroughfare reportedly told police his tire had exploded, causing him to lose control of the vehicle.

In Jerusalem, Palestinian demonstrators also reportedly threw firebombs at Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus in Jerusalem.

The violence came two days after a Palestinian teen was killed during a protest in eastern Jerusalem. The boy may have been shot by a security guard for several Jewish families who live in the area.

 According to a Jerusalem Post report,  IDF:  Northern border incidents are an 'Iranian provocation' the IDF has accused Iran of fomenting today’s violent al-Nakbah Day protests:

IDF spokesman Brig.-Gen. Yoav "Poli" Mordechai described the incident in which pro-Palestinians demonstrators crossed from Syria into Israel as an "Iranian provocation “on Sunday.

"The radical axis of Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas is very clear," Brig.-Gen. Yoav "Poli" Mordechai told Channel 10 News.

'IDF holds Syrian gov't responsible for violent protests'

A senior IDF officer told The Jerusalem Post that Israel views the Syrian government as responsible for the violent protests, and the IDF is trying to push back the infiltrators.

Another Israeli official said, "This is a cynical and transparent act by the Syrian regime to create a crisis on the border with Israel in order to distract public opinion from the very real problems at home."

"Syria is a police state. This sort of thing could not happen without the support of the regime. It is clear they wanted this to play the Israel card, in order to silence their own democratic opposition," the official said.

Magen David Adom estimated 10-20 protesters were injured, as well as three lightly injured Israelis, but the IDF was unable to confirm the numbers.

Hundreds of protesters were rioting on the Syrian side of the border, as part of Nakbah Day demonstrations.

IDF forces were on guard at the scene, attempting control the demonstrators. The area was declared a closed military zone.

Lebanon witnesses: 4 dead as IDF opens fire on border

In addition, IDF soldiers fired in the air to repel Palestinians demonstrating at Maroun a-Ras, on the Lebanese-Israeli border, killing four and wounding more than 10 people, witnesses said.

"Hundreds of Lebanese and Palestinians approached the fence at Maroun Aras. The Lebanese army did not stop them. When IDF saw them attempting to destroy fence, they took steps to stop them," Mordechai told Channel 10.

Police mobilized the Lebanon Border Unit, the Counter-Terrorism Unit and other special units to the North.

Posted on 05/15/2011 10:01 AM by Jerry Gordon
Sunday, 15 May 2011
Taliban recruiting nine-year-old suicide bombers

Taliban mullahs in Pakistan are recruiting child suicide bombers as young as nine to blow up Nato targets according to Afghan intelligence officials who have intercepted would-be attackers.

Police seized a nine-year-old and three others aged between 12 and 14 as they tried to cross into eastern Afghanistan.

A spokesman for the Afghan intelligence agency said the boy is believed to be the youngest suicide bomber ever intercepted, though children as young as five have been used to plant bombs in Helmand.

More than 25 failed suicide bombers aged under 18 are currently in Afghan juvenile custody, the spokesman said.

The boys had been given amulets containing verses from the Koran which they were told would protect them from the explosion. On their return, they would be hailed as heroes and their parents would be guaranteed entry into heaven.

Ghulam Farooq, the nine-year-old, said: "Our mullah told us that when we carried out our suicide attacks, all the people around us would die, but we would stay alive."

Posted on 05/15/2011 3:50 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 15 May 2011
Omri Ceren On This Cordon-Bleu Recipe For Disaster

From Contentions:

More Proof That a Palestinian State Would Already Be a Failed State

Rick Richman has been closely following the international effort to create another failed Arab state in the Middle East, a process that will culminate in September when the Palestinians unilaterally declare independence and the General Assembly signals its approval of same. The process has an Alice-in-Wonderland quality. Everyone pretends that everyone else is being sincere in vetting Palestinian readiness. The Palestinians don’t have a constitution, they don’t have an independent judiciary, and they don’t have a free press; they can’t hold elections and their President is seven years into his four-year term; their educational system is a cesspool of primitive and savage anti-Jewish bigotry.

But according to Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store—speaking on behalf of donors and echoing the World Bank, the IMF, and the UN—they’re “above the threshold of a functioning state.” Nobody really believes that’s true in any theoretical or empirical sense. But part of the beauty of anti-Israel diplomacy is that you just kind of get to make things up and—if your inventions aren’t too absurd on that particular day—people pretend to believe you. Fantastical assertions and predictions are used to change facts on the ground before reality has a chance to catch up.

So while a Palestinian state as currently projected will certainly fail, the international community will pretend otherwise just long enough to get past September. The “promising” Fatah-Hamas unity deal is part and parcel of this nudge-nudge-wink-wink game, a temporary fiction established lest the Palestinian Authority declare sovereignty over Gaza without actually controlling Gaza. The unity government will quickly collapse, along with the rest of the Palestinian state. At that point some foreign policy analysts and diplomats will simply move on—there’s never been any consequence to getting things wrong about the Middle East, provided one was toeing the proper ideological line—while others will invent new ways to blame Palestinian failures on Israel. It’s not like intellectual honesty is going to come to the debate over Middle East pathologies any time soon.

That said, the “Palestine-is-above-the-threshold” crowd should really be held to some sort of minimum argumentative consistency, and today’s Nakba demonstrations are another example of just how difficult that can be for them. Palestinians across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip rioted extensively in a series of violent, coordinated actions. Not to get pedantic but either those riots were coordinated by Fatah-Hamas or they were coordinated by what would—in the aftermath of a Palestinian statehood declaration—be subnational groups. If it’s the former then the international community is giving birth to a state that uses civilians to conduct warfare by proxy. If it’s the latter then the Palestinian Authority doesn’t have control over the territories in which it intends to declare itself sovereign.

It’s not just the Nakba rioting. The Palestinians want to have it both ways for all violence coming out of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. They and their apologists are quite literally incoherent on this point. For the purposes of statehood, they insist that the Palestinian Authority has full control over future Palestinian territories. For the purposes of rocket launches and terrorist attacks, they insist that Hamas and Fatah have no control over splinter terrorist groups operating from within future Palestinian territories.

They can’t admit that subnational militias are operating out of territories they want for a state, since that’s the textbook definition of a failed state. But they also can’t admit that their own soldiers are attacking Israelis, since that would detonate the narrative of a peaceful Palestinian state. So they’re saying both at the same time. There are days where they can’t even keep track of which terrorist groups they’ve pretended to disband.

And they’re being allowed to get away with it, because choosing one or the other would be uncomfortable for their international apologists.

Meanwhile Palestinians are rioting across the West Bank and Gaza, either with Palestinian Authority connivance or in the face of Palestinian Authority impotence. Somewhere out there, a Reuters or Associated Press journalist is very much not writing an article about how “this is a window into the fundamental tension underlying the Palestinian narrative as Mr. Abbas and Mr. Fayyad move towards a September statehood declaration.” But they could be.

 

 

Posted on 05/15/2011 3:58 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 15 May 2011
Legal jihad suffers a setback in Australia: 'Ban the burqa' artist wins legal battle

In this particular skirmish over freedom of speech in the Land Down Under, and the right to publicly question, criticise and even to condemn aspects of Islam, the non-Muslim side appears to have won, for now.

From The Australian, Sally Neighbour reporting.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/ban-the-burka-artist-wins-legal-battle/story-e6frg6nf-1226055635499 

'Ban the burka artist wins legal battle'

'Sydney sculptor and activist Sergio Redegalli has won the latest round in the fight to save his "ban the burqa" mural which has inflamed opinions in the city's multicultural inner west.

'A Muslim resident who claimed the artwork in Newtown incited racial (?? for the 1000th time, what race is Islam? There are foolish Australian white women, converts to Islam,  who wear the burka - CM) and religious hatred has moved to withdraw a case mounted under the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act alleging the mural amounted to "ethno-religious vilification".

And what of the creepy Muslim men who on the streets of western Sydney, and on the beaches of the Gold Coast in Queensland, hiss at and vulgarly proposition and threaten non-Muslim Australian women who are unislamically dressed, and arrogantly order them to 'cover up'...or else?  Let's see some lawsuits against them.... on charges of sexual harassment. - CM.

'NSW Legal Aid has written to Redegalli on behalf of the complainant, Cigdem Aydemir (who is of Turkish Muslim extraction, and - by the way - does not wear a burka - CM), offering to discontinue the proceedings as long as she is not obliged to pay costs.

'Redegalli says he will agree only if he receives an apology and reimbursement of more than $2000.

Good on him! Sock it to them, Mr Redegalli. - CM.

'The sculptor says the mural, featuring the silhouette of a veiled woman (whose ethnicity is, of course, entirely impossible to discern, since only her eyes are visible - CM) in a circle with a line through it and the slogan "say no to burkas" is an expression of his opinion.

Exactly. He painted it on his own wall and he has a perfect right to offer an opinion on the subject of the Slave Mask worn by some Mohammedan women, and whether it should be permitted in public in the free West...or not.  - CM

'Ms Aydemir and her lawyer did not return calls from The Weekend Australian.'

 

Posted on 05/15/2011 7:02 PM by Christina McIntosh
Sunday, 15 May 2011
Lenny Ben David: Bashar Al-Assad And The Syrian Sopranos

From The Jerusalem Post:

Bashar Soprano of Syria




Compared to the Assad clan, the Mafia is a bunch of boy scouts.

  I confess. I never watched The Sopranos. I didn’t need to; I already had my fill of blood, murder, mayhem, fratricide and evil by observing the Assad family saga since the early 1970s, when Hafez Assad carried out his coup in Syria. I admit that as an intern reporter for the Near East Report, I predicted that, as was the way of Syrian leaders up to that point, Assad’s tenure would be brief and would probably end with acute lead poisoning. Of course, he went on to lead Syria for almost 30 years, and then passed on the gavel – and stiletto, bomb and pistol – to his son Bashar in 2000.

Bashar Assad wasn’t supposed to be the successor. That was the role intended for the favorite son, army officer Basil, who died in a car crash in 1994. But no death in Syria or Lebanon is accepted as natural or accidental, and it was suggested that Basil was killed for his role in suppressing the Syrian- Lebanese drug trade in the Bekaa Valley. Ironically, that massive drug trade helped make Syria’s ruling elite wealthy, and today the Bekaa, now under Hezbollah rule, still continues to fill the veins of addicts around the world. Money laundering, weapons and drug dealing are very lucrative businesses for the Assads and their associates.

The Assad regime was clearly behind Sunday’s incursion into Israeli-held Majdal Shams on the Golan Heights. Besides serving as a diversion from the ongoing repression, the gathering of hundreds of “demonstrators,“ purportedly Palestinians, could only have been organized by Assad’s government in collusion with Hamas, headquartered in Damascus. No gathering of more than five people is tolerated in Syria, not to mention the busing of hundreds across a country under martial law.



 

Bashar's coronation in 2000 didn’t go over well with his brutal uncle, Rifaat, who over the years had sought to grab the Syrian reins. When president Hafez suffered a heart attack in 1984, Rifaat’s large private army, the Saraya al-Difa guard, began to seize strategic sites in Damascus. Hafez pulled himself out of his sick bed, rallied his loyalists and banished Rifaat to Europe.

Rifaat had served his brother loyally just a few years earlier, when he was dispatched to eradicate the Muslim Brotherhood insurrection in Hama in 1982. In 1980, in response to an attempted assassination of the president, Rifaat’s army massacred 1,000 Brotherhood members held in the dreaded Tadmor Prison.

Rifaat’s war on the Brotherhood was ruthless. Tom Friedman described in his book From Beirut to Jerusalem how “throughout the next year, surprise searches of Hama, Aleppo, and other Muslim Brotherhood strongholds became a weekly event. During these roundups, curbside executions were regularly carried out.”

By 1982, Friedman wrote, Assad “decided to end his Hama problem once and for all... playing by his own rules... Hama Rules.”

Friedman details the horrors of Rifaat’s troops torturing, pulverizing, gassing and massacring Hama’s residents. Telephone and telegraph links “between Hama and the rest of humanity” were cut. Directing deadly tank fire, artillery and attack helicopters, Rifaat’s troops carried out his order, “I don’t want to see a single house not burning.” Rifaat later boasted to a Lebanese businessman that his troops had killed 38,000 people in Hama, Friedman reported.

After his exile, Rifaat reportedly tried cozying up to the Americans and purchased a mansion in Mclean, Virginia, not far from Teddy Kennedy’s home. Apparently this was too much for Hafez. Rifaat’s home was torched by arsonists, and Rifaat was never known to step on American soil again. He resides in Britain today.

The Hafez-Rifaat homicidal partnership is a family tradition, now bequeathed to President Bashar and his brother, Maher, the commander of the Syrian Army’s Fourth Division. That division has been tasked with taming Deraa by any means necessary, including Hama Rules. Deraa is where the popular uprisings began in February.

Why does Deraa have the distinction of becoming the new center for rebellion? The Turkish press revealed the answers: “Ten children living in the Syrian city of Deraa were inspired by the Arab Spring and wrote an expression of freedom on walls,” reported the Hurriyet daily. “They were arrested by the intelligence agency [headed by Assad’s brother-in-law Assef Shawqat]. Families of the children applied to the Office of the Governor, but that didn’t help. They went to the intelligence offices. That didn’t help either. Finally, the Office of the Governor was raided and the children were taken back. There was a problem, however: Some of the nails of the children had been removed, and some had been raped. The families went ballistic, and their tribes were outraged. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets, burned down the intelligence headquarters and the phone company belonging to [Assad’s billionaire cousin] Rami Makhlouf. This is how the fear threshold against the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria was passed.”

Besides running Syria’s government with an iron fist, the Assad clan and its associates control Syria’s media, army, phone companies, intelligence service, tourism services and banks. They’re also involved in smuggling, the drug trade and arms dealing in and out of the region. Lebanon, a regional financial center and smuggling hub, is important for Syria’s kleptocrats, and Syrian hegemony in Lebanon is critical for the clan’s financial success.

If the Assad associates are not blood relatives or from the Alawite sect, then they’re likely connected through marriage.

Both Hafez and Rifaat were married to women from the wealthy Makhlouf clan, and the Makhloufs play leading roles in the economy and the army.

Another one of Rifaat’s four wives is the sister-in-law of Saudi King Abdullah, which reflects some of the long-playing intrigues between Syria and Saudi Arabia, possibly including the 2005 assassination of Saudi favorite and Hezbollah/ Iran nemesis Rafik Hariri.

One of the world’s leading arms dealers and drug traffickers, Syrian Monzer al-Kassar, had close relations with Syrian officials. His father, Muhammad, was an official in Hafez Assad’s government. His wife is the sister of a former Syrian intelligence head. One of Rifaat’s daughters was reportedly Monzer Kassar’s mistress. Of his many passports, one was Syrian, NBC Dateline reported. His name has been tied to the Lockerbie terrorist bombing and even to the Iran- Contra weapons deal. Kassar was also a close friend and quartermaster for terrorist leader Abu Abbas, leader of the Achille Lauro cruise boat attack. Kassar was reported to have served as liaison between the Syrian government and Argentine president Carlos Saul Menem, and his name was raised as a suspect in the bombings of the Israeli Embassy and the AMIA Center in Buenos Aires. Kassar was finally arrested in a sting operation to sell arms to South American terrorists. He was convicted in a US federal court in 2008.

US and British officials have suggested that Bashar Assad could still emerge as a “reformer.”

But the systemic corruption, brutality and evil of Syria’s leadership is well beyond reform. The cancerous ganglia of the Assad clan, growing and metastasizing for 40 years, must be excised, even at the risk of losing the patient.

Posted on 05/15/2011 8:07 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 15 May 2011
A Musical Interlude: Press My Button (Lil Johnson)

Listen here.

Posted on 05/15/2011 8:21 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 15 May 2011
Par for the course

From Samizdata:

The arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the IMF and a member of the Socialist Party in France, on sexual assault charges in the USA has triggered a stream of bizarre collectivist wailing.

"Arrest Throws France Into Disarray and Disbelief" says the New York Times...

But why 'disbelief'? Now I have no idea as to the merits of this particular case and thus no position on this statist bastard's guilt in this matter, but socialists are people with a profound sense of entitlement to what other people have but are not freely willing to give up without threats of violence.

So is it hard to believe that someone whose entire world view is based on using force to take what is private without prior consent might have used force to take what they wanted from a woman? It is not really so different.

Vide Julian Assange, the Leftist megalomaniac Wikileaker. Vide Roman Polanski, whose paedophile rape was endorsed by so many of the "civilised" (in the French sense) Left. Vide Islam, likewise.

Posted on 05/15/2011 9:00 PM by Mary Jackson
Sunday, 15 May 2011
Muslim 'charity' sets up shop in Sydney, Australia; denies links to Hamas

From the Aussie ABC.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/05/14/3216804.htm?section=justin

'Sydney charity denies links to Hamas'

'One of the world's largest Muslim charities which now has an office in Sydney has reassured Australia that none of the money it raises goes to the militant Palestinian (sic: Levantine Arab Muslim - CM) group Hamas.

Maybe they don't have links to Hamas, specifically.  But there are, of course, plenty of other camels in the desert, plenty of other jihad outfits besides Hamas, to which zakat can be directed, as per Qur'an 9: 60 which states "Alms [i.e. zakat] shall be used only for the advancement of Allah's cause [i.e. Jihad - CM], for the ransom of captives and debtors, and for distribution among the poor, the destitute, the wayfarers, those that are employed in collecting alms, and those that are converted to the faith".  One must, of course, remember also that when this surah speaks  of 'the poor, the destitute, the wayfarers, the captives and debtors' as potential beneficiaries of zakat, (after first mentioning 'the advancement of allah's Cause'), it only has in mind such as are Muslims. For Quran 48: 29 says, "Muhammad is Allah's Apostle.  Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another". - CM

'Islamic Relief, which has 40 offices around the world, officially launched its presence in Australia in Sydney's west (that is, in the most heavily Islamified region of Australia - CM) last night.

'Israel lists Hamas, the organisation which rules Gaza, as a terrorist organisation.

'The organisation which rules Gaza'.  'Organisation'.  Hamas, which rules Gaza with an iron fist, is a rabidly Jew-hating kaffir-hating sharia-pushing human-rights-violating violent and rapacious jihad gang which desires to see the entire planet ruled by Muslim despots. See its infamous 1988 Charter for the details.  - CM.

'Vic Alhadeff from the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies says several years ago there were claims the charity had links with Hamas, after a UK charity worker was expelled from Israel.

'Claims'.  The Israelis would not have expelled someone unless they felt they had good and sufficient cause. - CM.

'"If there is a possibility that funds raised here by any organisation could end up in the coffers of a proscribed terrorist organisation,  it is reasonable and responsible to ask questions", he said.

Indeed it is right to ask questions, Mr Alhadeff.  Start by asking questions about the permitted and prescribed uses of zakat (but don't ask an imam; ask someone like Mr Robert Spencer, author of 'The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran', or Canon Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, author of 'Global Jihad' and 'Faith, Power and Territory' ) - CM.

'But Haroun Attalah, the international finance director for Islamic Relief Worldwide, says the suggestion is simply untrue.

'He says the organisation checks where the money goes.

I'll bet it does...- CM.

'"We do a full screening operation, we screen our suppliers, we screen our staff and also beneficiaries, where there is reason to do so.", he said.

'The chief executive of Islamic Relief, Saleh Saeed, opened the office in Auburn.

Auburn is where that Hindu temple stands, that was peppered with rifle fire by Muslims not so long ago.  It is also the location of a Lebanese Maronite church whose pre-Christmas concert was fired upon by Muslims at the time of the so-called Cronulla Riots, some years ago. - CM

'He says they would have liked to set up in Australia sooner, but were prevented by the Global Financial Crisis.

'"We've been planning to work and operate in Australia now for a number of years and unfortunately with the economic recession and the organisation being so tied down with so many disasters around the world - including the Pakistan floods and the Haiti earthquake - we had to put our plans on hold", he said.

Hmmm. It might be interesting to find out whether any Christians or Hindus affected by the floods in Pakistan received help - meaning by that, help without Muslim strings attached - from Islamic Relief Worldwide.  And it would be worth checking up, if anyone has the means to do so, on exactly how involved Islamic Relief Worldwide actually was (as compared to the heroic efforts of American and other western Christian - and secular - charities, and of the Israelis) in the days and weeks after the earthquake in Haiti.

 

Vic Alhadeff of the Jewish Board of Deputies is right to be wary about this Islamic 'charity' that has just declared itself open for business in heavily-Islamified western Sydney.  And I would advise ASIO, and the Australian Federal Police, and the Australian Tax Office, to keep a beady eye upon it, its employees and its transactions, at all times. - CM

 

 

Posted on 05/15/2011 10:23 PM by Christina McIntosh

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