These are all the Blogs posted on Tuesday, 16, 2013.
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
From AP (at the Daily Mail):
In the posting put up by Esmeralda about "celebrations" by Musliims, the Jordanian (or is it "Palestinian"?) Mohammad Al-Chalabi is mentioned. Pictures being worth a thousand etc., I thought I'd post a story witrh his picture:
'Let the Americans feel the pain we endured': Sickening claim of Jordanian al-Qaeda extremist 'happy' over Boston Marathon bombings
By Associated Press
The head of an extremist Jordanian Muslim Salafi group said on Tuesday that he was 'happy to see the horror in America' after the explosions in Boston.
'American blood isn't more precious than Muslim blood,' said Mohammad al-Chalabi, who was convicted in an al Qaeda-linked plot to attack U.S. and other Western diplomatic missions in Jordan in 2003.
'Let the Americans feel the pain we endured by their armies occupying Iraq and Afghanistan and killing our people there,' he said.
Hatred: Al-Qaeda leader Mohammad al-Chalabi said on Tuesday that he was 'happy to see the horror in America' following the horrific attack on Boston
Al-Chalabi served seven years in prison for his part in the foiled attack. His group is outlawed in Jordan.
A Middle East counter terrorism official based in Jordan said the blasts 'carry the hallmark of an organized terrorist group, like al-Qaeda'.
He did not give actual evidence linking al-Qaeda to the bombing.
'From the little information available, one can say it was a well-coordinated, well-targeted and near-simultaneous attack,' he said.
'Luckily, the amount of explosives used is small, judging from the casualty figure and explosion area.'
Wounded: Dozens of people were injured, many seriously, following the bomb blasts
Explosions: Two bombs were set off close to the finish line during the Boston Marathon on Monday leaving at least three people dead
A Jordanian security official said security was beefed up around the U.S. Embassy in Amman after the bombing in Boston.
'As the unfortunate news unfolded, we immediately stationed more police patrols around the embassy,' he said.
He declined to disclose any details, citing the sensitive nature of the information.
Both officials insisted on anonymity, as they were not authorized to brief reporters on security matters.
Posted on 04/16/2013 2:45 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Israel's 65th Anniversary
Israel has become one of the most vibrant and optimistic countries in the world where Jewish life (however that is defined from across the spectrum of politics and religion) blossoms as it has nowhere else, in spite of rough edges and unresolved problems. It succeeded due to the devotion, enthusiasm and idealism that its enemies can never erase. This need not have been at the cost of anyone and certainly not the Palestinian Arabs but they and their allies wish to convince themselves and all others (most successfully among those who ironically call themselves “progressives” today) that the “Z word” is an anathema to be shunned. Their obsession is not based on what happened to them but in their own intense hatred and envy projected on to others.
The Middle East has been growing date palms for centuries. The average tree in the region is about 18-20 feet tall and yields about 38 pounds of dates a year. By contrast, Israeli date trees now yield 400 pounds/year and are short enough to be harvested from the ground or a short ladder. The difference is not explained by any exploitation by anyone or seizure of any land or a change in the climate. It is the outcome of Jewish research, the application of capital and hard work combined with a love of the land unmatched anywhere. The same level of accomplishment can be found in fishing and military strategy as well (fields that countless anthropologists, sociologists and philosophers claimed throughout centuries in Europe that the Jews were incapable of mastering) and in practically every field of human endeavor.
For some Jews in positions of wealth, power and comfort who are either entirely secular in outlook or affiliated with the Reform Movement in the United States and Western Europe and far removed from any sense of a Jewish ethnic identity, Israel has become an embarrassment, one that threatens their self-image as profoundly liberal and understanding of others' grievances. For them, the Israelis, as fellow Jews, living amidst the cauldron of a strident, militant, exclusivist Islam and the legacy of repeated Arab nation-state failures, should shoulder the burden and responsibility of giving up much of their sovereignty for the delusion and illusion of rescuing the 'Palestinians' and thus, helping to ensure what they believe will be a "peaceful world order." They cannot accept or understand that Israel is a Hebrew nation today and not identical to the local Jewish community center, their synagogue whether orthodox, conservative or reform, “progressive” – agnostic or atheist.
Their parents and grandparents most likely rejoiced at the rebirth of Israel in 1948 and regarded it mystically as partial compensation for the Holocaust. Nevertheless, two generations later, they have been psychologically intimidated by the constant anti-Israel line of the media, their fellow-liberals and most of all by the torrent of bloody confrontations picturing enraged Muslim mobs ready for constant mayhem to avenge what they regard as the worst injustice in human history (i.e. the creation of the Jewish State rather than the failure to establish an Arab Palestinian state).
A significant proportion of them cannot escape the narcotic-like trance they have inherited as “progressives” and have developed a reflexive disassociation from the State of Israel and can only look with suspicion and unease on the national pride of Israelis. This distancing has undoubtedly also played a role in the continual decline in interest in studying modern Hebrew, a reason too, why many are so ignorant of the development, creation and growth of the country. They are also largely unaware and refuse to acknowledge that many in the Druze, Circassian and ‘Arab communities’ whatever their legitimate grievances, wish to partake fully in the rights and obligations of Israeli society rather than remain a fringe, disenfranchised and bitter “minority” (as both the ultra-orthodox, some on both the Israeli far-Right and far-Left and even many Jewish liberals in the diaspora would like them to remain).
Posted on 04/16/2013 6:13 AM by Norman Berdichevsky
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah Celebrate Boston Terror Attack
Jerusalem, Israel --- April 15, 2013 … Shortly after terror bombs exploded and murdered over 12 people (the most recent reports now give the death toll as 3, including an 8 year old boy) at the Boston Marathon, members of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah were reported to be dancing in the streets of Gaza, handing out candies to passerbys.
A number of Palestinians had danced in the street in celebration of the 9/11 attacks in 2001 on the World Trade Center and Washington resulting in the deaths of thousands of Americans.
The head of an Islamic terror organization in Jordan - the Muslim Salafi group says he’s “happy to see the horror in America” after the bombing attacks in Boston.
“American blood isn’t more precious than Muslim blood,” said Mohammad al-Chalabi, who was convicted in an al-Qaeda-linked plot to attack US and other Western diplomatic missions in Jordan in 2003. “Let the Americans feel the pain we endured by their armies occupying Iraq and Afghanistan and killing our people there,” he said today.
Posted on 04/16/2013 6:28 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
North Korea designated "right-wing" by BBC!
The BBC in their widely viewed Panorama special on North Korea feature a (nutty?) professor who says:
“North Korea has a higher share of the population in uniform than Nazi Germany and fascist Italy had until the Second World War and so I think its much more accurate to look at North Korea as a far-right state, an ultra-nationalist state.”
So North Korea is in big trouble now.
It has been upgraded in threat status from "left-wing" to the dreaded "right" fascist variety and so obviously to the brilliant minds of such
an organisation as the BBC is a much greater threat than had been imagined.
The program showed that pictures of Lenin and Marx had been taken down compared to one year ago. So "right-wing" it is
What wing Iran would be designated is not known and what about Pakistan?
What wing would the BBC itself be designated as?
I suggest the "loony-wing."
I have prepared a partial transcript of the program which aired last night and this is below.
The 30 minute program may be viewed for the next year.
Panorama - North Korea Undercover
While North Korea's 'Supreme Commander' Kim Jong-Un has been threatening thermo-nuclear war against the United States, Panorama reporter John Sweeney spent eight days undercover inside the most rigidly-controlled nation on Earth.
Travelling from the capital Pyongyang to the countryside beyond and to the de-Militarised Zone on the border with South Korea, Sweeney witnesses a landscape bleak beyond words, a people brainwashed for three generations and a regime happy to give the impression of marching towards Armageddon.
BBC One, 10:35PM Mon, 15 Apr 2013
“First stop. This is tourism Stalin style.
[on screen giant statues of hands holding hammer and sickle and paintbrush]
Joining us today is the trip’s official cameraman. He films us. We film him. He films us filming him This is a controlled society but what’s the ideology behind it?
The official video they made about the trip with their words and music given to us at the end provides a clue."
[on screen Official DPRK Tour Video]
DPRK announcer from the DPRK Tour Video (speaking in a voice and a tone similar to that of the East German guide who took over from the normal sounding West German guide at Checkpoint Charlie when in 1969 I visited another state with the word "democratic" in its title, the communist now defunct German Democratic Republic (GDR) of East Germany):
“This is monument to Party founding.
[on screen closer up of giant statues of hands holding hammer and sickle and paintbrush]
It was erected in October 1995 to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Workers Party of Korea.”
[On screen typical communist massive statues of soldier with rifle, airman with goggles, senior officer with medals, others including workers all looking heroic and faithful and in full communist mode]
[on screen even closer up of from below of towering giant statues of hands holding hammer and sickle and paintbrush]
"So there’s the hammer, there’s the sickle and there’s the paint brush. Workers by hand and by brain. It feels like symbols of an old religion.
The main square. Many see North Korea as a communist state.
[On screen buildings with huge pictures of Marx and Lenin March 2012 – typical pictures of a communist state and with a massive hammer and sickle and paint brush on a red solid flag at the top of the building. In East Germany in 1969 i saw giant pictures of Walter Ulbricht]
One year ago Marx and Lenin still with pride of place. But this year on our trip, they’d gone.
[On screen buildings without the huge pictures of Marx and Lenin]
[On screen soldiers marching with bayonets drawn against a red background with a giant communist star design and with heroic communist type music in the background]
So what sort of system is this?”
[Professor BRIAN MEYERS North Korea analyst on screen]:
“North Korea has a higher share of the population in uniform than Nazi Germany and fascist Italy had until the Second World War and so I think its much more accurate to look at North Korea as a far-right state, an ultra-nationalist state.”
[On screen wacky looking intellectual type Professor (Brian Meyers) with the usual background of a stuffed bookshelf to evidence his intellectualness and knowledge]
[On screen many be-medalled North Korean officers standing in formation]
[JOHN EVERARD British Ambassador to North Korea, 2006-2008 on screen]:
“It is deeply racially biased. Koreans are taught that they are superior.
[On screen Kim Jong-Il on parade looking dangerous (to me!)]
Kim Jong-Il was an unabashed admirer of Hitler and copied him quite consciously, down to details, like the Nuremberg marches, which are staged in Pyongyang to this day.”
[On screen massive set-piece parade and march]
[On screen huge statues of heroic figures with flags and one lady blowing a trumpet and one lady with a sword against the background of the towering North Korean flag. The statues shown in the BBC program were similar to those I saw in East Germany in 1969]
Posted on 04/16/2013 2:44 PM by The Law
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Muslims Celebrating On Facebook
Again, the delirium and delight displayed by Muslims at news of the attack on the Boston Marathon participants and spectators -- delirium in every sense -- matters and should be given widespread attention, should not fail to be mentioned in any discussion of the attack, no matter who was responsible.
Posted on 04/16/2013 2:51 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Little Muslim Arabs On A Children's Show Express Their Hopes And Dreams, And Sing A Song Too
The song is in praise of Jihad, in praise of explosives that will kill Infidels, and allow the killer to attain "martyrdom" -- that is, translation to the houri-filled Muslim paradise, as a reward for murdering non-Muslims.
These cute little kids, some sweetly lisping, have been made into, or are well on their way to being, monsters.
They are relatives, apparently, of the late Umm Nidal Farhat, a former member of the "Palestinian" parliament (Hamas Division) and the proud mother of four children all of whom were involved in, and died during or after, terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians.
Take a good look here.
And send this far and wide, if you still know people who still need convincing.
Posted on 04/16/2013 3:04 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Wherever You Are, Whatever You Do, Don't Mention You-Know-What Or You-Know-Who
This article that appeared in Australia's ABC yesterday almost qualifies for some sort of prize, equally shared between the reporter (the ABC's 'defence and national security correspondent' Michael Brissenden) and the interviewee, our 'ambassador for counter-terrorism', Bill Fisher. A prize for Avoiding the Flaming Obvious. It is, in its own way, a classic.
'Australia a target for "ideological terrorist attacks"
And what ideology precisely, pray, is directly associated with the vast majority of lethal terror attacks around the world, right at this moment, and has been doing so for, oh, the past forty years and more? Do you think you could give us a clue? - CM
'Australia's new ambassador for counter-terrorism says the country remains a significant target for terrorists motivated by ideology (sic: I spy with my little eye something beginning with 'i' ...but not the i-word I was expecting - CM) simply because it is a liberal western country.
Because it is an Infidel country, a Kuffar country, a country that is not Muslim nor ruled by Muslims. There, fixed that for you, Mr Brissenden, Mr Fisher. - CM
'In an interview conducted before today's fatal events in Boston, Bill Fisher said while the intelligence community was certainly focused on potential threats at home, it was increasingly concerned about the targeting of Australians and Australian companies operating overseas.
'In the past few years terrorism as an issue has faded a little from the public consciousness (speak for yourself, Mr Brissenden; it certainly hasn't faded from mine- CM) a mark of the success of the global counter-terrorism infrastructure that was strengthened considerably after the 9/11 attacks in the United States.
I don't suppose, O ABC, that you might deign to mention the agent that carried out those attacks, and which members, exactly, of which ideologically-constituted 'community' were seen, worldwide, deliriously celebrating the death toll? - CM
'In the years since the attacks in 2001, and in response to the Bali bombings (which were carried out by whom, and in the name and according to the behest of which ideology, O ABC? - CM) Australia's own intelligence community has more than doubled in size.
During the same period, curiously enough, and I cannot get my head around why it was permitted to happen, the number of people in Australia who actively identify with that very same aggressive ideology that animated those mass-murderous attacks in New York, and in Bali (and that animated many other attacks also, most notoriously in Madrid, London, Moscow, Mumbai, but those were not the only ones) nearly doubled: from 281,600 to 476,300 (having been, just to get a sense of the scale and rapidity of the change we are talking about, no more than 45 000 in 1976. - CM
'ASIO's budget has increased by more than 500 per cent, and both the Office of National Assessments and the Australian Secret Intelligence Service have also received considerable funding boosts.
'In 2003, Australia created the post of ambassador for counter-terrorism to assist in coordinating international counter-terrorism efforts.
'Earlier this year the post was filled by Mr Fisher, one of Australia's most experienced diplomats.
'In a wide-ranging interview in his office in the Foreign Affairs building in Canberra late last week, Mr Fisher maintained that considerable progress had been made in the fight against terrorism over the past few years.
'But he stressed the threat was always present.
'"We're always at the 10th of September", he said.
"Just as generals are always told not to fight the last war, people in the counter-terrorism world are always reminded not to prepare for the last attack, because each one is likely to be different.
'Although it is still not clear who is responsible for the attack in Boston, suspicion has naturally fallen to those who have an ideological agenda.
And among the ahem! ideologically motivated, it is of course not permitted to name Those Who Must Not Be Named...- CM
'It is clear that Australia, like America and other Western democracies, is a target for ideological attacks.
And which ideology, out of the really quite limited pool of possibilities, has motivated the largest number of achieved, or attempted (but foiled), or plotted (but caught in time) or publicly threatened attacks? - CM
"If your motivation is an ideology, we and any other country with a Western ideology is going to be a target", Mr Fisher said.
Not only Western countries, Mr Fisher. Have you forgotten Thailand, Russia, India? - they have suffered and are suffering repeated attacks from people motivated by precisely the same ideology as that which motivated the attacks on New York City, Madrid and London. - CM
"We're seen to be like Americans in a lot of countries, so sometimes we're the target of opportunity.
"If you can't attack the American Embassy you try the British and then the Australians are next among the others down the line".
And which group, in the past five years, has attacked American embassies in Egypt and Libya? And the British embassy, in Iran? Was it animal rights activists? The Tamil Tigers? The IRA? North Korean commando teams? Or - yet again, Those Whom We Are Not Permitted To Name? - CM
'The focus on domestic terrorism is intense.
'Of particular concern are the number of young Lebanese-Australian men (no: they are not Australian, they are young Lebanese-background Muslim men who happen to hold Australian passports - CM) returning to Australia (why, why, why are these deadly-dangerous murder-minded people being so supinely allowed to return? why, if we know who they are and where they have gone and what they have been doing there, is it so seemingly impossible and unthinkable to take steps to prevent them from returning? - CM) who have been fighting in Syria alongside groups affiliated to Al Qaeda.
And that - the reference to 'Lebanese' and to 'Syria' and the circumlocution 'groups affiliated to Al Qaeda- is the closest that this entire article ever gets to identifying That Which Must Not Be Named. - CM
'But Mr Fisher said the other continuing focus was Australians working and travelling overseas.
'Australian resource companies operating in North Africa are especially vulnerable.
And which ideology, pray, dominates the landscape in North Africa? - CM
'There are currently some 260 Australian companies working in Africa, many of them small, prospecting outfits, and many of them are working across sensitive areas in north-west and north-east Africa.
'Sensitive areas'. In other words: heavily-Islamised. - CM
"These people are potentially targets", Mr Fisher said.
"It's always been a fairly lawless area and you would think if you were a mining company you would want to be very very careful about protecting your people".
Unfortunately, the only way to be sure of being quite safe is not to go there at all.- CM
'Mr Fisher says terrorist activity (spit it out, mate: JIHAD - CM) in Indonesia (and funnily enough, there is one big thing hat Indonesia has in common with Syria, Lebanon, and northwest and northeast Africa: but this article is not going to mention it - CM) also remains an area of concern.
'Although considerable progress has been made in Indonesia and the Australian Federal Police have been working closely with the Indonesians, some in the intelligence community are growing particularly worried about systemic corruption in the prison system.
Frankly, Indonesia is corrupt, period. - CM
'Easily accessible communications tools like mobile phones are allowing many of the terror cells (and what is the ideology that defines these Indonesian 'terror cells'? Are they die-hard Communists? Animal rights activists? Are they Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, Taoists, Confucians - all present in small numbers in Indonesia - or are they all Those Who Must Not Be Named? - CM) to continue organising and mobilising from behind bars.
'Mr Fisher would not be drawn on specifics, but conceded [that] radicalisation within the prison system in particular was a challenge almost every jurisdiction faced.
What kind of radicalisation? Who's doing it? What ideology is held by the 'radicalisers' - that is, the recruiters and inciters - and what ideology is either newly-embraced, or already held in some form, by the 'radicalised'?- CM
"Prison radicalisation takes place in Australia - this is not an Asian issue, it's a world-wide issue", he said.
'However, other intelligence sources say that while considerable progress has been made, they fear not enough attention is being paid to what happens once Indonesia moves on from current president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
'Mr Yudhoyono has fostered an unprecedented era of cooperation; the police and intelligence communities have worked closely together.
'But there is concern that spirit of cooperation may not survive in its current form under a new leader.
'His term will expire in 2014 and although it is unclear who will emerge as his replacement, one of the front-runners at this stage is businessman, politician and former special forces soldier Prabowo Subianto.
'Australia's relationship with him is not nearly so good".
For a quick overview - I am not sure how accurate it is, but it's a start - of Mr Subianto's career so far, see here.
The accounts of his activities in majority-Christian East Timor during Indonesia's brutal military occupation of that little country, and his activities in majority-Christian ethnically-Melanesian West Papua, are not encouraging.
Anyway, with that final suppressed-panic reference to Indonesia - with its 230 million people, 80 percent of whom are Muslim and some of those rapidly becoming more fanatical - the article ends.
You will observe that not once in an entire article and interview ostensibly on the subject of terrorism and counter-terrorism have the reporter, or the interviewee mentioned the I-word, the J-word or the M-word. That has surely got to be some kind of record. - CM
Posted on 04/16/2013 4:09 PM by Christina McIntosh
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Did Kerry Tell The Saudi Ambassador In That Closed-Door Meeting That The Saudi King Should Do This?
A full 24 hours after the attack on the Boston Marathon, and after a meeting between John Kerry and the Saudi Ambassador that was suddenly declared "off-limits" to others, the Saudi king issued a statement of ritual denunciation of the attack in Boston. Would it be plausible to ble to suggest that John Kerry at that very meeting may have told the Saudi Ambassador that, under the circumstances, it would be a good idea if the Saudi king were not to remain silent, even as news about Arabs celebrating was reaching America and not being as ignored by people as by those who,in the government, presume to instruct and protect them, but rather to ostentatiously denounce the use of terrorism.
Here's the story:
Saudi king condemns Boston Marathon bombings
By ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI
Associated Press / April 16, 2013
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The king of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday condemned the Boston Marathon bombings, saying no religion or morals would condone such an attack. [apparently he's hoping you and I and six billion other non-Muslims never look into the canonical texts of Islam]
In a condolences message to President Barack Obama and the American people, King Abdullah said the perpetrators of such ‘‘heinous terrorist acts’’ are ‘‘enemies of any humane considerations.’’ He said the perpetrators represent only themselves.
In a separate statement, the Saudi Embassy said a Saudi woman was among those injured, suffering from minor injuries due to glass fragments.
The Saudi government has been cracking down on Islamic militants since al-Qaida launched a wave of attacks in the country in 2003, killing dozens. It has sought to distance itself from terrorist acts in the past, including the Sept. 11 attacks, where 15 of the 19 hijackers involved were Saudi citizens.
In Washington, a Saudi embassy official said Saudis have not been informed by the U.S. of any Saudi who is considered a person of interest in the Boston Marathon bombings. The official confirmed that a Saudi woman, who was watching the race with her husband and child, was injured by ‘‘flying shrapnel.’’
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about the investigation, said the woman is not a person of interest and the official has no of information regarding any Saudis who may have been questioned.
Posted on 04/16/2013 7:12 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Australia: At Least 200 Mostly-Sunni Muslims From Australia Are Waging Jihad in Syria
And everyone is wringing their hands about what these battle-hardened jihadis might get up to after they come back. Why it is taken for granted that, having gone to Syria to wage jihad and increase in their fanatical devotion to Islam, they must be supinely received back into Australia, why it is that nobody in authority seems even able to imagine the possibility of NOT LETTING THEM BACK IN - completely escapes my comprehension and simply boggles my mind. It also, I must say, fills me with fury. When and not if an Australian infidel - and it might well be a Jewish Australian Infidel - is publicly, ritually murdered by an allahu-akbaring 'Australian' Muslim veteran of the Syrian Jihad, - or, for that matter, of the North African or Somali or West African or other-location Jihads, in which Muslims from Australia have also participated and from which they have been stupidly, crazily permitted to return into this country, in full and undisputed possession of their Australian passports and residency or citizenship status, as if they had been doing nothing particularly remarkable while they were away - that death will be as much the responsibility of our politicians, law emforcement and so-called 'intelligence' agencies, who allowed the return of murder-minded battle-hardened Muslims into our country, as it will be the responsibility of the perpetrator.
As reported by the ABC and by The Australian.
ABC first, Michael Brissenden and staff reporting:
'Spy agencies monitoring Australians fighting in Syria'.
'The head of Australia's domestic intelligence agency has confirmed investigations into hundreds of young Australian-Lebanese men who have joined the fighting in Syria.
That is: hundreds of young Lebanese-Arab Muslim men, temporarily in possession of Australian passports and a citizenship - of an infinitely-despised but to-be-contemptuously-exploited Infidel polity - that is for them merely a temporary and tactical convenience - are engaged in waging Jihad in Syria. It is, at least, at the moment, hundreds of murder-minded fanatically-Muslim Arab Muslim men who are not on the street in Sydney or Melbourne; the Middle Eastern Organized Crime Squad may find it has a little less to do. For a while. Until they come back, and our idiotic authorities meekly wave them in through the gates..But with any luck, if their opponents' shooting is accurate, a significant number of them will not return, which will render Infidel Australia - Christian, Buddhist, atheist, Hindu, Jewish, etc. - perceptibly safer. - CM
'ASIO director-general David Irvine says the fear is the young men are becoming radicalised (that is, more fanatically and fervently Muslim, more murderously jihad-minded - CM) by their experiences, and that they may present a future terrorism risk once they return to Australia.
They 'may'? How about, 'they WILL'? And why not, rather than 'once they return to Australia', say, 'IF they are permitted to return to Australia'? For the 1000th time - WHY is it so unthinkable for anyone to entertain or publicly mention the practical precaution - necessary for the public safety of all non-Muslim Australians - of not letting these people return? Of cancelling the Aussie citizenship that they simply do not deserve and for which they do not care two straws, their primary and only loyalty being to the Ummah, the Mohammedan Mob, whether in its Sunni or its Shiite form? - CM
"We continue to be concerned about young Australians (they are not Australians, they are Muslims with Australian passports - CM) going overseas to fight on battlefields that don't necessarily have a lot to do with Australia", he said.
The fact that they go to these battlefields, these fields of Jihad, tells you that they do not think of themselves as Australians in the first place; they think of themselves primarily as Muslims, as Sunni Muslims if they are joining the jihad to overthrow and destroy the heretical Alawites and install a Sunni Muslim despotism, or as Shiites, if they are going to help the Shiites - such as Hezbollah, that jihad terror gang - who are currently allied with the Alawites. Their loyalty is to the Mob, the Mohammedan Mob. - CM
"We are also concerned that young Australians (young Muslim men of military age with Australian passports - CM) go overseas and become quite severely radicalised in the extremist Al Qaeda-type doctrines.
And become full-on, pious, orthodox, jihad-minded, sharia-pushing traditional Muslims. They're just getting that old-time religion. - CM
"Our first and foremost concern is for the safety of those young Australians.
??? I don't share that concern. I would of course be delighted if, per miraculum, they apostasised from Islam and abandoned the Jihad, and returned to Australia as Christians, or as atheists after the style of that formidable Syrian ex-Muslim, Ms Wafa Sultan. But if these young Muslim men persist with their Islam and their jihad, then if they meet a sticky end in Syria, and never come back to Australia at all, that would be, from the point of view of public safety in Australia, an excellent outcome also. The fewer jihad-minded Mohammedan males we have on Australian soil, the better. - CM
"But secondly, people who do develop the sort of skills that terrorists can use (like gang-raping Alawite and Christian girls? slitting throats? cutting off heads of bound prisoners, or subjecting said prisoners to torture? concocting IEDs? - CM) and more importantly the commitment that drives terrorism (i.e. a thoroughly-traditional commitment to jihad fi sabeel allah - CM) that remains a concern.
'Mr Irvine says most of the Australians are young males going to Syria either to fight or support the fighting in another way.
They are engaging in jihad, whatever they are doing. - CM
'He says most of them were born in Australia or came to Australia at a young age.
But their primary loyalty, manifestly, is to the Ummah, and to the cause of Islam. - CM
'The ABC understands the majority of those young fighters (young jihadi mobsters - CM) come from families with strong ties in the north of Lebanon, particularly from the area around Tripoli. Many of them have family business interests in the regions (hm: I wonder how many of them, or their families, may have been involved in the importation of Lebanese-grown heroin into Australia, which began as soon as Lebanese Muslim families started coming here en masse in the late 1970s and 1980s? And then there is the thriving illegal weapons importation business, and the 'car rebirthing' business; I wonder whether any of these 'young Australians' [sic], or their families of origin, are known already to the Middle Eastern Organized Crime Squad? ) and also family connections that reach across the border into Syria.
'The potential for further radicalisation has worried ASIO for some time, but the number of those that are being directly investigated has doubled in the past year.
So long as they don't return from Syria, or if they were - the sensible and obvious course of action - prevented from returning, what would be to worry about? - CM
'The war in Syria shows no sign of ending and, as one source said, these boys all have Australian passports (why? For God's sake - WHY? the stupidity, it burns! - CM) and they can come and go as often as they like.
Why? Why? Why? Why can we not put an end to this? Why should they be able to 'come and go (between Australia, and the jihad in Syria ) as often as they damn well like? This is insane! If we know who they are, and we know where they've gone, and what they are doing there, and we have good reason to assume that they represent a standing menace to the whole non-Muslim Australian public, then their passports should be cancelled, their citizenship status annulled, and they should never be allowed back into this country. Once they've gone, that should be it; slam the door shut behind them, and triple-lock it. - CM
'But while the number of Australians (sic : Muslims from Australia - CM) heading to Syria is in the hundreds, Mr Irvine says this does not mean all of them are directly involved in fighting.
It doesn't make them any less dangerous. - CM
"That does not mean that hundreds of people go overseas, join the Al Qaeda affiliates, get an AK-47 and go and fight, many of the people are providing supporting functions, health, medical, or whatever", he said.
"They're supporting the struggle (the Jihad, and not only the Jihad to make Sunni Muslims the top dogs in Syria but, in the case of the most fervently Islamic 'strugglers', the Jihad to create a sharia state within which any surviving Christians and Alawites would eke out a miserable existence as despised and persecuted and exploited Untermenschen - CM) in ways that don't always involve picking up a gun".
'ASIO made the comments on Monday after conducting the first - and more than likely last - tour of the new controversial ASIO building on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.
'Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus was also there, and echoed Mr Irvine's concerns.
He should. Mark Dreyfus is one of three Jewish-Australian MPs who sit in Australian Federal Parliament. As a Jew, he and his community are right at the top of every orthodox Muslim's People-To-Hate, Subjugate, or Kill list. Unfortunately, I don't think that Mr Dreyfus has quite grasped, yet, the awful truth that every increase in the size and actual and perceived power of the Ummah within Australia, and any increase in Islamic orthodoxy and, therefore, jihad fervour amongst its members, perceptibly increases the likelihood that a Jew or Jews within Australia will be murdered by a Muslim, even as little Miriam Monsonego was murdered in Toulouse. - CM
"Some of these Australians (don't call them Australians! - CM) regrettably are going to assist or work with or join terrorist organisations that are proscribed in Australia", Mr Dreyfus said.
"That's against Australian law for good reason, and that's obviously a concern."
Indeed it is. And the way to reduce the menace that they represent is to cancel their passports! Declare them Outlaw and Exile, and don't let them back in! - CM
'The new ASIO building has a mammoth presence, sitting across the water from Parliament House - a testament to its importance in the overall hierarchy of government infrastructure. It is what many would expect - a high-tech security building with state-of-the-art biosecurity screening booths at the staff entrance. At its heart is a 24 hour operations centre that can run off the grid for up to three days at a time. It has its own water supply, sewerage system, and generators fuelled by a 600,000 litre underground diesel tank.
Is it EMP-hardened? - CM
'For many it has become something of a metaphor for the unchecked growth of the intelligence community since the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States.
I will explain why we have had to increase the number of our spooks. Because between 1971 and 2011 the number of Muslims in Australia increased from 22 000 in 1971, to 45,000 in 1976, to 77,000 in 1981, to 109 000 in 1986, to 147 000 in 1991, to 200, 885 in 1996, to 251 000 in 2000, to 281 000 in 2001, to 340 000 in 2006, and to 479000 - and counting - in 2011.
That is: within forty years, between 1971 and 2011, Australia - idiotically, crazily, suicidally, and very, very expensively - as witness our having to create a dedicated Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad, and now this hugely expensive security HQ - allowed the Ummah, or Mohammedan Mob, to increase the size of its colony within Australia, mostly focused in a few suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne, from a mere 22 000 , o nearly half a million. In just. forty. years. And during the period from the 1980s to 2013, we have had Muslim riots, we have had two separate gang rape sprees in which Pakistani Muslim male gangs, and Lebanese Arab Muslim male gangs, violently attacked numerous Australian non-Muslim girls; we have had ultraviolent Muslim organised crime networks proliferate, penetrating and taking over the illegal drug business, engaging in murderous feuding in the suburbs, and infiltrating the outlaw bikie gangs; and we have had not a few - fortunately-foiled - jihad plots hatched from within that 'community'. - CM
'But at a staggering cost of more than $600 million, the ASIO building was never scrutinised by the parliament - as other big public projects usually are - and it was also exempt from the usual public consultation process.
'But Mr Irvine says the cost is justified.
"We are still conducting as many investigations into possible terrorism in Australia today as we were four years ago or five years ago", he said.
Of course. Where there are Muslims, there there will be jihad plots a-hatching. And the more Muslims you have, the more jihad there will be. - CM
'"The issue has mutated over the years...but as you know, there are still extensive Al Qaeda mutations throughout the world.
"From our reading of what is happening in Australia, we have every reason not to be hugely alarmed or paranoid, but to be alert to the fact that there continue to be people within our midst who would plan ill for ordinary Australians."
There are people in our midst - nearly half a million of them, by now, and their numbers still steadily growing, because nothing is being done to prevent them from coming here - whose all-encompassing ideology inculcates in them, from the very earliest age, a deep hostility toward and contempt for everybody who is not a Muslim. As JosephSchacht put it, in his An Introduction to Islamic Law: "The basis of the Islamic attitude towards unbelievers is the law of war; they must be either converted, or subjugated, or killed". Some members of this entity, the Ummah, choose to violently enact - or try to violently enact - that ill-will, that imperative to subjugate or exterminate. And the more of them there are, the stronger they feel themselves to be, the more of those - the people prepared to openly seek to subjugate or even exterminate the circumambient non-Muslims - there will be. - CM
'The intelligence chiefs say the building is designed to meet Australia's intelligence needs for the next 60 years, in an environment that is as dangerous as ever".
An environment that would, however, become just a little bit less dangerous, if all those 'Australian' Muslim males of military age who have swanned off to Syria to engage in Jihad there, were stripped of their Australian citizenship and prevented from returning to Australia. And an environment that would become significantly less dangerous, if all Muslim immigration into Australia were to be stopped, tomorrow, never to be resumed.
And now for 'The Australian' and its take on this subject, Paul Maley and Cameron Stewart reporting.
'Australians Answer the Syria Jihad Call'.
Don't call them Australians! But I'll give half marks to The Australian for using the J-word in its headline.- CM
'The number of Australians (sic: Muslims from Australia - CM) believed to be fighting in Syria has doubled in less than six months to about 200, and ASIO is concerned that at least 100 are fighting for radical Al Qa'ida offshoot, the Al-Nusra Front.
They're waging Jihad, period. It doesn't really matter what the particular group is called; they all read the same Quran, Sira and Hadith. But, if our authorities have good reason to suppose that this or that Muslim with an Australian passport has signed up with Al-Nusra, that should be reason enough to cancel his passport and slam the door shut tight against his ever returning hither. - CM
';The Weekend Australian understands the Gillard government is preparing to ban Al-Nusra, which has emerged as one of the most formidable brigades in the disparate coalition of groups that makes up the Syrian opposition movement.
'Senior government sources said last night the listing of Al-Nusra as a terrorist organisation under the criminal code was under "active consideration".
'Al-Qa'ida in Iraq announced this week it had merged with Al-Nusra, also known as Jabhat-al-Nusrah, placing it in the top echelon of radical jihadist groups.
'The move has deepened fears among security analysts that the opposition to Bashar al-Assad has taken an increasingly Islamic hue, with extremists filling the vacuum left by poorly-coordinated rebel forces.
'In March, Foreign Minister Bob Carr included al-Nusra in the UN sanctions regime targeting terrorist groups, a move that mainly targets funding of the group. "There is evidence that al-Nusra has direct links with al-Qa'ida in Iraq, which supplies it with weapons, recruits and equipment", Senator Carr said at the time.
'More alarming, though, is the rapid increase in the number of dual Australian nationals who have been drawn to the fighting.
Oho. So they hold dual nationality, do they? Then the obvious solution is to annul the Australian half of that dual nationality and leave them with the Ummah-affiliated half, which is the half to which they clearly have given their primary loyalty, anyway. - CM
'Less than six months ago, security agencies believed about 100 Australian passport holders (now that is the correct way to describe them - CM) were participating in the two-year-old conflict, most of whom were Lebanese dual citizens.
To repeat: cancel the Australian half of the duality, and leave them simply as Lebanese; as Lebanese Arab Muslims. - CM
'However, that has greatly increased, with one senior government source saying the current figure was closer to 200. It is understood about 100 of those are fighting with al-Nusra.
Al-Nusra, whose prime loyalty is not to any nation or ethnicity, but simply to the Ummah, the Mohammedan Mob, the Empire of Islam; Al-Nusra, which dreams of a global sharia-compliant Islamic caliphate, Islam, Islam, Islam Ueber Alles. - CM
'ASIO has been monitoring the growth and influence of al-Nusra for some time. It announced its formation in January last year. The group quickly became one of the most effective and aggressive arms of the Free Syrian Army.
'Its rapid rise has greatly complicated Western attempts (misguided Western attempts - CM) to hasten the overthrow of Mr Assad by assisting opposition forces.
'Senator Carr said in March al-Nusra had about 5000 fighters. According to some estimates, the group is fielding up to 10,000 fighters, or about 9 percent of the Free Syrian Army's total fighting force.
'Al-Qa'ida in Iraq leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announcing the merger with Al-Nusra on Tuesday, said in an audio message, "It is time to announce to the Levantine people and the whole world that Jabhat al-Nusra is merely an extension and part of the Islamic State of Iraq."
'The following day al-Nusra's leader Abu Mohammed al-Jawlani pledged allegiance to Al-Qa'ida in Iraq, but added his group had not been consulted prior to al-Baghdadi's statement.
'The spike in the number of Australians (that is: Australian-passport-holding Muslims - CM) fighting with Al-Nusra will be of great concern to security agencies. Agencies such as ASIO fear that Australians (Muslims from Australia - CM) drawn to the fighting will become increasingly radicalised (that is: that they will become more piously and bloodthirstily Muslim, more openly hostile toward and contemptuous of the najis kuffar, the filthy Infidels - CM)
'They also worry fighters will return equipped with skills, training and combat experience, as well as a potential network of contacts.
Who says they wlll return? Who says they must be allowed to return? Who says we cannot, must not even consider stripping them of their Australian citizenship - a lot of them are dual citizens anyway - and preventing them from returning? Why can we not stop them at the gates? - CM
'Monitoring these returned fighters will be a drain on ASIO resources at a time when the agency's budget has been cut.
Then don't let them return! Think of the money we'd save! - CM
'Most of the Australians drawn to the fighting (or, to put it differently, 'most of those from Australia who have chosen to go and take part in Jihad ' - CM) are Sunni Muslims, who have entered Syria via northern Lebanon to fight the Assad regime, which is comprised of Allawites, an offshoot of Shia Islam.'
Time, yet again, to quote a lapidary paragraph from Hugh Fitzgerald: "The large-scale presence of Muslims in the Lands of the Infidels has brought about a situation, for those indigenous Infidels (and also for other non-indigenous arrivals, non-Muslim immigrants) that is unpleasant, expensive (the costs of monitoring, the costs of security, spiralling ever upward) and physically dangerous". - CM
Posted on 04/16/2013 7:28 PM by Christina McIntosh
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
The Absurd Expectations Of Abu Omar, And Other Syrian Rebels
Never mind the obvious walter-mitty fantasies (49 enemy snipers killed etc.). What is of note in the report on one Abu Omar is the querulous complaining he offers - representative of the Sunni Muslims waging war on the Alawites (and the Christians, and those Druse who do not follow Jumblatt from his eyrie on Jebel Druse in Lebanon, and those Kurds who have found the rebels to be both too-deeply Arab and too-fanatically Muslim for their own wellbeing)-- for he thinks the West should be supplying him with top-of-the-line military equipment. And so do his fellow rebels. They're outraged at the infidels for not helping them overthrow a regime that protects the Christians and other minorities who are forced to survive, and endure, in a Sunni sea.
The absurdity is that he has been allowed, by Western support -- in words and in deeds short of military hardware -- to think that the West should come to his aid. How did the West allow Muslims, or Sunni Muslims, to ever think this? The West has been wrong -- wrong to not make clear that its desire is not to help Sunni Muslims, or Shi'a Muslims, but to weaken the Camp of Islam. And it can do that best, in Syria, by doing nothing to help the rebels, and nothing to help the regime, and letting one side use up money from sinister little Qatar and sinister big Saudi Arabia, and men from Jihadi ranks everywhere (and the more who come from the West, never to return, the better -- far from being stopped, more should be helped to go to Syria to fight, but not allowed to return to the West that they never should have been admitted to in the first place), and the other side to use up men, money, materiel from Hezbollah and the Islamic Republic of Iran. May it go on for a very long time.
Here's the story of the complaining mythomane Abu Omar:
From The Christian Science Monitor:
In rebel fighter's personal story, the arc of Syria's war
When The Monitor first met Syrian rebel fighter Abu Omar last July, he was buoyant and determined to bring down the Assad regime. Now his outlook is a bit more grim.
A member of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) stands on a street filled with debris in Deir al-Zor Monday. Syrian rebel fighter Abu Omar (not pictured) is tired and yearns for a better, more peaceful life and complains that abandonment by the US and Europe and lack of significant military support has turned Syria into a wasteland of destruction and hatred that has little future.
The Syrian rebel fighter says he has racked up 49 enemy kills so far – nearly half of them government army snipers, the rest pro-regime shabiha militiamen and ordinary soldiers.
But the words “hope,” “victory,” and “progress” left the vocabulary of Abu Omar long ago.
“I’m not happy to kill. It’s not natural,” says the former Syrian special forces fighter who defected to the rebels last year and is now fighting in northern Syria. The Christian Science Monitor first met Abu Omar on the front line last July, as a government assault began on the rebel-held enclave of Salaheddin in Aleppo.
“All during my life, I did not kill people,” says Abu Omar. “But if I don’t, [pro-regime forces] will kill more women and children. We need to stop them.”
Abu Omar has indeed done his share of “stopping” them, and his rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) – along with a number of anti-regime Islamist fighting groups, who are sometimes all at odds among themselves – have made substantial territorial gains in the past year.
But Abu Omar is tired. He yearns for a better, more peaceful life and complains that abandonment by the US and Europe and lack of significant military support has turned Syria into a wasteland of destruction and hatred that has little future. Last month, Syria’s vicious civil war entered its third year, with well over 70,000 dead and no end in sight.
“It’s terrible, there are a lot of places destroyed: Aleppo, Homs, Hama, Deraa…we don’t know what we will do after the revolution, after so many people have died, so many children have died,” says Abu Omar.
“All the world, it wants Syria destroyed. It’s a perfect position for all the world,” says Abu Omar.
Yesterday five United Nations agencies warned of an “insufficient sense of urgency among the governments and parties that could put a stop to the cruelty and carnage in Syria," in an uncommon joint statement.
The chiefs of UN humanitarian efforts, the World Food Programme, and the UN’s refugee, child, and health agencies spoke “in the name of all those who have so suffered, and the many more whose futures hang in the balance: Enough! Summon and use your influence, now, to save the Syrian people and save the region from disaster.”
No longer dreaming of Paradise
Abu Omar says that on the ground, the despair is palpable. The fight has turned into a war of attrition between the large and largely intact Syrian armed forces against the far less well-armed rebels. Government bombing, artillery, and even Scud missile attacks have laid waste to entire towns and portions of major cities. Much military hardware captured by the rebels is unusable junk. Accusations of abuse of civilians by rebels have also been documented.
It’s a far cry from the relative hope that still prevailed earlier last year, when Abu Omar first defected from his special forces unit to protest orders to fire on anti-regime protesters.
“They gave us orders to kill the people who don’t have a gun, but who just went out of their homes and shouted ‘freedom,’” Abu Omar told the Monitor in Aleppo last July. “There were girls and little boys killed. I was just shooting in the sky. If we don’t shoot, they take us to jail, or kill us there.”
Abu Omar then joined the FSA as rebels repulsed that first July 2012 government assault on the rebel-held enclave in Aleppo. That attack initiated a battle that has ground on, destroying much of Syria’s northern economic hub city.
Abu Omar had recounted one of his first kills, of a government soldier hiding between stones who kept firing, despite rebel calls to surrender and stay alive. “I didn’t want to shoot him,” Abu Omar said at the time. “But he still kept shooting, so I shot him and he went down.”
Despite the evident imbalance of forces, and limited rebel gains back then, Abu Omar felt the rebel forces were on a just mission that would end in victory and the fall of President Bashar al-Assad, sooner rather than later.
“If someone from the Free Army dies, we don’t get sad,” Abu Omar said last July. “For sure they are in Paradise.”
'I need that sniper rifle to see who I kill'
Yet despite that optimism, even as rebels received some fresh-from-the-box light weaponry for that Aleppo fight – rifles and ammunition, rocket-propelled grenades, and heavier machine guns – Abu Omar echoed FSA commanders, when he pleaded for “weapons, more weapons, from any country.”
That plea has remained constant, as rebel forces of all stripes have called for more sophisticated arms; especially anti-aircraft weaponry that might help prevent Syrian planes and helicopters from dropping bombs unchallenged.
Washington and other Western capitals – while reportedly assisting in supplying light weapons to rebels organized by Qatar and Saudi Arabia, sent via Turkey and Jordan – are afraid such arms might fall into the hands of Islamists.
“They are thinking about sending weapons, but they send nothing,” says Abu Omar of Western promises of support. “100,000 die in Syria and for what, for lack of weapons?”
Abu Omar says a high quality sniper rifle would “inspire” him to stick with the fight, though neither side has the .50-caliber models he wants – the British AS50, or the American-made M107.
“I have asked 1,000 times, but they don’t bring it,” says Abu Omar. “It’s a disaster. I’m only one person, if I leave or not does not make a difference. But if they bring [one of these] sniper rifles, I will make a difference.
“I need that sniper rifle to see who I kill, to see if it is an officer or an ordinary soldier,” says Abu Omar. “If I kill the commanders of [government] units, it will make a big difference.”
Only then, with more and better weapons, will the rebels finish Mr. Assad and “end this situation,” adds Abu Omar. “Let God end this soon.”
Posted on 04/16/2013 10:05 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
A Musical Interlude: Never Swat A Fly (Marjorie White, Frank Albertson)
Posted on 04/16/2013 10:26 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald