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Monday, 17 January 2011
Gerstenfeld: Christian Hypocrisy Sacrifices Imperiled Middle East brethren
Coptic Chuech in Alexandria, Egypt
Dexter van Zile, Christian Media Analyst for CAMERA - the Boston-based Middle East Media watchdog - sent us this timely opinion piece by Manfred Gerstenfeld, "Confront the Hypocrisy". published on Ynet, today. Van Zile called it trenchent. Gerstenfled was attacking mainstream liberal Protestant leadership for sacrificing their imperiled Middle East brethren to rampant Islamic pogroms, while criticizing Israel for alleged mistreated of Palestinian Christians.
Gerstenfled is the co-founder of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and author of articles and books with a telling focus on the emergence of the New Antisiemtism in the West. He knows the the old Antisemitism first hand as a hidden child during the Shoah in Holland, who was freed at the conclusion of World War Two. I had met him in Israel in the 1980's during an investment banking deal when he relayed that personal experience that motivated him to make aliyah to Israel.
In his Ynet Opinion piece, Gerstenfeld describes the existential peril faced beleagured Christian minorities like the Copts Egypt, Assyrian Chaldeans in Iraq, Maronites and Orthodox Christians in Lebanon and Syria, Christians in Pakistan and Nigeria. Meanwhile Western mainstream groups like the World Council of Churches ignore the plight of their coreligionists. He chastises these liberal Christian groups for their support of the New Antisemitism engaged in Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaigns against Israel for its alleged apartheid against Palestinians, including the rapidly dwindling Christian coimmunity in the territories.
Read Gerstenfeld's commentary. You might agree with Van Zile's comment that it is trenchent. We agree, for it is very much and on target.
On New Year’s Eve there was a murderous attack on a Coptic Church in Alexandria, Egypt in which 23 Christians were killed and many dozens were wounded. Last week a Christian was shot on an Egyptian train and five others were wounded. The murders in Alexandria drew far more international interest than many other attacks on Copts in recent years. They also gained far more attention than other recent lethal attacks on Christians in countries such as Iraq, Pakistan or Nigeria.
One wonders whether this event might be a tipping point for the Western world. Are Western governments and Christians finally starting to interest themselves a bit more seriously regarding the fate of Christians in the Muslim world? If so, this took quite a long time. Back in 1994, Israeli Middle East expert Mordechai Abir had already summed up the Copts’ situation in one sentence: “Egypt has been unable to combat the hate of fundamentalist Muslims toward the Copts who are true remnants of the original Egyptian population.”
From 1992 to 1998, Islamic extremists in Egypt are thought to have killed well over a hundred Copts. Thereafter, the largest murder took place in 2000 when 20 Copts and one Muslim were killed after violence broke out in El-Kosheh, a town a few hundred kilometers south of Cairo. There were a number of attacks of Copts and much harassment in the following years. On 6 January 2010, after Christmas mass, three Muslim gunmen killed six Copts and a Muslim policeman in Nagaa Hammadi near the South-Egyptian town of Qena.
Besides being a possible turning point, the Alexandria murders raise many important issues which go beyond this major incident. Some of these are of special importance to Israel and the Jews. The attacks were followed by threats on an al-Qaeda connected website which indicated that Coptic churches in Europe would also be targeted. As a result, Coptic New Year services in various European countries had to be guarded. For decades, the only European religious services with a security system in place were at synagogues. Once again, Jews were the first targets while others followed later.
Several Western Protestant organizations have, over the past years, relentlessly criticized Israel’s attitude toward Palestinian Christians, while remaining silent about incomparably bigger problems caused them by Palestinian Muslims. The same bodies have also long ignored the harassment of Christians by Muslims in a large number of countries, including Egypt.
This motif of ignoring Muslim aggression and focusing on Jews is an ancient one. In 2005, historian Rivka Fishman published an article showing that from the Seventh Century, the Byzantines were threatened by Muslims. The Christian leaders, however, largely ignored this and instead focused their attention on hate mongering against the Jews.
Extreme double standards
To further illustrate the hypocrisy of various Christian bodies: The Open Doors organization recently published a ranking of countries in which Christians suffer the most from oppression. Communist North Korea headed the list. The eight countries following it are all Muslim ones. They include Iran, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Maldives, Yemen, Iraq and Uzbekistan. In 10th place is communist Laos. The Palestinian Authority is in 45th place on the list. Israel does not appear on it.
Major international attention was given by many Protestant bodies to the 2009 anti-Israeli Kairos document published by a number of Palestinian Christians. Many of those who promoted it in the West were those who ignored the oppression of Christians by Muslims in the Palestinian territories and elsewhere in the Muslim world.
The double standards inherent in part of these Christian bodies are extreme. One of the organizations which behaved scandalously was the PKN, the umbrella body of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands. After discussing the Kairos document, its leaders sent an accusing letter to the Israeli ambassador meant for the Israeli government. There are no indications that similar letters were ever sent to any ambassadors of the 50 countries on the Open Doors list.
Double standards toward Israel are at the heart of the new anti-Semitism. It is high time that Jewish and Israeli organizations as well as their many Christian friends expose strongly the many anti-Israeli Protestant bodies in Western countries. One prime target is the Geneva-based World Council of Churches which has almost consistently ignored oppression of Christians in Muslim lands, yet has given much negative attention to Israel.
Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld has published 19 books, several of which deal with anti-Semitism
MULTAN: A Pakistan court has jailed a Muslim prayer leader and his 20-year-old son for life on controversial blasphemy charges in the rural centre of the country, court officials said Tuesday.
The case follows the killing of Punjab provincial governor Salman Taseer by his bodyguard last Tuesday, after the outspoken politician called for reform of the law that was recently used to sentence a Christian woman to death.
Mohammad Shafi, 45, and his son Mohammad Aslam, 20, were arrested in April last year for removing a poster outside their grocery shop advertising an Islamic event in a nearby village which allegedly contained Quranic verses.
Judge Mohammad Ayub, heading an anti-terrorism court in the central Pakistani town of Muzaffargarh, handed down a life sentence to the pair on Monday, his assistant Faisal Karim told AFP by telephone.
The prosecution alleged organisers of the event, which commemorated the anniversary of the Prophet Mohammad’s birth, said the pair had “pulled the poster down, tore it and trampled it under their feet,” Karim said.
“The judge sentenced them to life imprisonment on charges of blasphemy and ordered them to pay a fine of 200,000 rupees ($2,350) each,” he said.
Liberal politicians and human rights activists in Pakistan say the blasphemy law, which carries the death penalty for the worst offences, is sometimes used to settle personal scores and encourages extremism.
The problem is not that blasphemy laws are used to settle personal scores, the problem is that blasphemy laws exist at all.
Defence counsel Arif Gurmani vowed to challenge the verdict in the high court because “it has been given in haste” and was the result of inter-faith rivalries, he said.
“Both are Muslims. The case is the result of differences between Deobandi and Barelvi sects of Sunni Muslims,” he said.
“Shafi is a practising Muslim, he is the imam of a mosque and he had recently returned from a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia…. I am defending them because I am convinced they are not guilty of blasphemy,” he said.
PREACHER of hate Anjem Choudary has been quick to shift blame for Asian sex gang attacks onto the evils of British culture. The intolerant Islamic cleric sparked fury by saying the mobs’ rape attacks on white schoolgirls were not the fault of Pakistanis or Muslims.
His comments came after the caging of a nine-strong gang for more than 40 years in total for abusing dozens of girls as young as 12 in Derby.Among them was Abid Saddique, 27, jailed for 11 years, who went hunting for his victims in a car he dubbed the “Rape Rover”.
And last month five gangsters were jailed for 32 years for abusing girls aged 13 to 16 in Rotherham, South Yorks.
All the Rotherham gangsters and most of the Derby mob were British-born Pakistani Muslims.But western soc-iety-hating Choudary, 43, from east London, said it was all the fault of British moral values.
He said: “We are aware in the Muslim community that some people have lost their Islamic identity and they have basically merged into the habits and customs of the general populace. The fact is if these people are not practising they may become involved in drugs and alcohol. If people get involved in that, that is the scourge of the society in which we live".
Choudary even bragged that prostitution, pimping and mixing freely with the opposite sex were prohibited in Islam. “How can you lay the blame at the table of Islam and the Muslims?” he said. “We would never do anything like that. It is not allowed in Islam.’’ That's nonsense, anyone who follows the example of Mohammed, the 'perfect' man has a lot of scope for rape and pillage.
As we revealed last week, since 1997 there have been 17 prosecutions for on-street grooming of girls by gangs of men. Out of 56 convictions, 53 were Asian and three were white.
At least he is still condemning the perpetrators even if he claims that British society is to blame for their corruption. There are some out there blaming the girls.
These girls were children, some of them targeted in school by classmates working for their older cousins (that's a case a few years ago, not the two recent trials) while wearing school uniform. DO NOT LOSE SIGHT OF THAT! EVER!
HIS chilling bomb plot shook Bristol to its core. The aftershocks were felt in every city across the UK.
Isa Ibrahim had every opportunity in life – a loving, wealthy family, a private education and a future full of potential.
Yet he succumbed to what he now describes as an "ideology of hate". He was sucked into a world of extremism and reached the point where his hatred for the western world turned deadly.
As the would-be suicide bomber from Westbury-on-Trym continues to serve his prison sentence for terror offences, Avon and Somerset police have produced a 20-minute film called Conviction based on the 21-year-old's life, plot and arrest.
the film is being shown to community groups, educational establishments and other forums across the country warning that anyone could be susceptible to extremism.
Detective Chief Inspector Martyn Triggol, who led the project, said: "The case of Isa Ibrahim was extremely significant for Bristol, as well as the region as a whole. We recognised that the case could provide a valuable opportunity to explore some of the issues relating to preventing violent extremism and explore how police, partners and communities can work together to challenge it. The Conviction project aims to highlight the issue of vulnerability, the crucial nature of early intervention work, and illustrate how quickly a vulnerable person can be adversely influenced by extremist rhetoric."
Despite being brought up a Christian, he converted to Islam in 2005 and on February 5, 2007, changed his first name to Isa. Ibrahim never really had a regular mosque, attending Al Baseera in St Jude's, Al Huda Masjid in Easton, and the mosque in Totterdown. But ultimately, his radical views alienated him from Muslims.
Osama bin Laden, the 7/7 London bombers and the failed 21/7 bombers of 2005 became heroes to Ibrahim. At a time when he was studying at City of Bristol College, Ibrahim's research into explosives and Islamic extremists increased until he was spending up to six hours a day trawling the internet and books for information on suicide bombers.
Ibrahim was caught after a vital call from someone in the Bristol Muslim community, telling police they were concerned about him.
When Ibrahim was shown the film in prison, he recognised its realism and gave it his approval. "I would like to offer my support to the police for the work they are doing to prevent young men making the same mistakes I made," he said. "I urge Muslims to talk to local Imams and scholars about religious matters and not rely on the internet and those who seek to draw people into their ideology of hate; something I unfortunately was taken in by."
Personally I believe that he was only shopped by members of the Bristol Muslim community because he wasn't one of them. Not everyone's mutual cousin, married to another mutual cousin, who was born next door to a mutual granny in the home village. And I don't suppose the film shows Islam itself, plain and simple in the Koran and the life of Mohammed, as the 'ideology of hate'. But it certainly gives the lie to the excuse that poverty, racism and deprivation are the roots cause of extremism.
Stuxnet virus attack: Russia warns of ‘Iranian Chernobyl'
Russian nuclear officials have warned of another Chernobyl-style nuclear disaster at Iran's controversial Bushehr reactor because of the damage caused by the Stuxnet virus, according to the latest Western intelligence reports.
Russian nuclear scientists have raised serious concerns about the extensive damage caused to Bushehr's computer systems by the mysterious Stuxnet virusPhoto: REX
Russian nuclear scientists are providing technical assistance to Iran's attempts activate the country's first nuclear power plant at the Gulf port.
But they have raised serious concerns about the extensive damage caused to the plant's computer systems by the mysterious Stuxnet virus, which was discovered last year and is widely believed to have been the result of a sophisticated joint US-Israeli cyber attack.
According to Western intelligence reports, Russian scientists warned the Kremlin that they could be facing "another Chernobyl" if they were forced to comply with Iran's tight deadline to activate the complex this summer.
After decades of delays over the plant, which was first commissioned by the Shah in the 1970s, Iran's leaders are demanding that scientists stick to the schedule set last year. They argue that any delay would be a blow to Iran's international prestige.
Bushehr is due to produce its first electricity for Iran'snational grid this summer after Russian technicians started loading the first nuclear rods into the reactor last October.
Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran's foreign minister who also serves as head of the country's Atomic Energy Organisation, rejected suggestions earlier this month that the Bushehr opening schedule should be postponed. "All the rumours related to the Westerners' claims that Stuxnet had caused damage to the nuclear plants are rejected," he said.
However, Russian scientists working at the plant have become so concerned by Iran's apparent disregard for nuclear safety issues that they have lobbied the Kremlin directly to postpone activation until at least the end of the year, so that a proper assessment can be made of the damage caused to its computer operations by Stuxnet.
The Iranian government is bitterly opposed to any further delay, which it would regard as another blow to national pride on a project that is more than a decade behind schedule. While Western intelligence officials believe Iran's nuclear programme is aimed at producing nuclear weapons, Iran insists the project's goals are peaceful.
The Russian scientists' report to the Kremlin, a copy of which has been seen by The Daily Telegraph, concludes that, despite "performing simple, basic tests" on the Bushehr reactor, the Russian team "cannot guarantee safe activation of the reactor".
It also accuses the Iranian management team, which is under intense political pressure to stick to the deadline, of "not exhibiting the professional and moral responsibility" that is normally required. They accuse the Iranians of having "disregard for human life" and warn that Russia could find itself blamed for "another Chernobyl" if it allows Bushehr to go ahead.
Yesterday, the New York Times reported that the Stuxnet virus had been developed as a joint project by US and Israeli intelligence officials at Israel's top-secret Dimona project in the Negev desert.
The virus was developed at Dimona over a period of two years before it was planted into Iran's nuclear programme, an operation now widely regarded as the world's most successful cyber attack.
Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, recently declared that the Stuxnet virus had set Iran's nuclear programme back by several years.
Drôle de démocratie que celle qui permet de poursuivre en justice un journaliste pour avoir décrit une réalité, qui dénigre le peuple quand il s'affranchit des pensées imposées, qui assimile l'esprit de résistance au retour des années 1930.
Europe On Trial, Or â€˜Lawfareâ€™ Pure And Simple â€“ Part One
I have been following with some interest the legal events in Austria concerning Mrs. Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff and at Hudson New York I found this rather interesting article by A. Millar which will give you some idea of just what we are facing in Europe and why I am so profoundly anti-EU and so deeply against the fascists of the European Left.
When Austrian anti-sharia activist Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff stood in court November 28 to defend herself against the charge of "incitement of hatred," her alleged "crime" was to have given a seminar on the subject of Islam in Europe, during which she quoted the Koran and several prominent Islamic scholars.
The case was suspended until January 18, when she will be back in court facing the possibility of receiving a sentence of up to three years in jail. In the meantime, although the Austrian media has largely refused to report the case, Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff has been garnering attention elsewhere for her activism. She recently visited Israel with a small delegation of European politicians. Sarah Palin has called the delegation to offer her support, and author Bat Ye'or has also sent a letter of support.
"It is so important to fight this fight," Sabaditsch-Wolff said recently, "and not to give up. I feel if ever I have to be in court, this is a very worthy cause."
Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff's legal problems began when she presented a three-part seminar to the Freedom Education Institute, attached to the Austrian Freedom Party. Veronika Dolna, a young journalist for the Left-wing News magazine attended the first two parts, recording the second part and about 30 minutes of the first.
Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff has since been studying Islam for about ten hours a day in preparation for her court case, although she says that "religion should not be in the courtroom. It does not belong there. How can you explain in court the gates of Ijtihad [questioning,]… that they have been closed.," she said.
"What is the judge going to do with information… that there cannot be any change in Islam as long as the gates of Ijtihad are closed. What is she going to judge on? Is she judging me or is she judging the Koran? What is she going to find me guilty of? Of quoting the Koran?"
Neither Dolna nor any other journalist with the magazine attended the crucial third part: the then-editor of News had reported Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff to the authorities, and pressed for a prosecution.. The third lecture was subsequently delivered as planned, and Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff says that she "would have learned the most from it because that is the part on human rights, the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights, honor killings, and sharia law and how it affects us in Europe today. She basically missed the most important part." Surprisingly Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff has no hard feelings towards Ms. Dolna, and says that "she's just a young girl who was just used – and abused, in my opinion. I have no hard feelings towards her. I think she is just a victim of this game that the editor in chief was playing."
The game, as far as Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff is concerned, is "lawfare." – the malicious use of the courts to try to silence free speech about Islam: "We all know," she said, "that lawfare is the name of the game."
The EU recently issued the "Framework decision on combating racism and xenophobia," which its member states were required to implement by November 28. This requires the punishment of "certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law," and Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff believes that it will be used to silence critics of Islam and sharia.
She recently spoke of this at a conference in Paris, where she derided the EU as totalitarian like "the Nazis and the Fascists and the Communists," but, she says, they are establishing their dictatorship "quietly and peacefully" through the use of lawfare rather than violence. Nevertheless, citizens of EU member states who fear Islamist terrorism, and violence or intimidation in "Muslim areas" are finding that this is backed up by EU law and political correctness.
"That is what's so evil about the European Union", Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff said. "Of course there is no violence coming from the European Union itself; it is just paving the way for the violence… Violence within the European Union is happening because the EU is making it possible. The uprisings in Paris, or Brussels, or Rotterdam – they are taking place because the EU is a conduit."
Those who dare to stand up and be counted find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff runs off a list of prosecutions against those who have criticized Islam – Geert Wilders, Ezra Levant, Mark Steyn, and so on. They want "to silence us," she says, "because what we are saying goes against the politically correct doctrine that is now being preached in Europe and the United States. It is there to silence us, but I for one will not be silenced." That is certainly true: since Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff heard about her court case from the media – she was officially informed only later – she has been more active than ever, becoming the poster-woman for Europe's "Counter-Jihad" movement.
At a recent speech in Paris Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff received a standing ovations from an audience of people of all ages and backgrounds. She says that there has been a notable change in Europe over the last year. People no longer accept the reassurances of the old political class; they are "hungry" for information. "The past year," she notes "started with my story, and also with Thilo Sarrazin in Germany, and the Wilders trial in the Netherlands; and there is a movement starting because people are fed up – absolutely fed up. The political elite are telling them one thing, but what they see is a totally different reality."
This unwelcome "different reality" of Europe is, at last, beginning to find a more coherent opposition in the form of what is being described as the "New European Right." The term denotes the significant number of anti-immigration, anti-Islamist and, increasingly, pro-Israel parties in Europe. Dutch MP Geert Wilders is the best known of these, at least within the US; his Party for Freedom has undoubtedly served as something of a model for the movement.
Some of the other parties described as part of the "New European Right" are long-established nationalist, independence, or separatist parties, such as the Freiheitliche Partei Osterreichs (FPO – Freedom Party of Austria) and Vlaams Belang ("Flemish Independence"). None of them could be described as the darlings of the mainstream media, who have derided them as xenophobic and even "anti-Semitic." The pro-Israel stance does not seem to fit the accusation, although there is no doubt that these parties are maturing as the "New European Right" as growing.
Former FPO leader Jorg Haider (1950-2008) had made comments that appeared to sympathize with the Nazi regime, and, like many on the far-Right, was sympathetic toward political Islam. He had once described his party as "the PLO of Austria" and was known for his friendship with Libya's Gaddafi family. Anti-Semitism can be discerned as lurking behind all of this. However, as membership and leaders of these parties have changed, so has their outlook -- and vice versa.
Having attempted to smear Israel as a "Nazi state" and an "apartheid state", the Left has seized on the support of Haider's former party – and others like it – to be now for Israel. But they fail to acknowledge what is crucial. First, that the pro-Israel stance of these parties is a mark of a positive change (and, obviously, a rejection of anti-Semitism). Second, that the "anti-Israel," "anti-fascist" Left has now adopted positions traditionally-held by neo-fascist parties. They, too, were "ant-Zionist," just like the contemporary militant Left. The Left now, like Haider, is also "pro-Palestinian," and also lent its support to Saddam Hussein.
The Leftist equation of Israel with the Nazis, and the accusation that anti-Semitic parties support Israel is being cynically used by the Left to disguise not only its "anti-fascist" moral bankruptcy, but also its alliance with Islamist fascists and anti-Semites.
Vlaams Belang has vocally supported Belgium's beleaguered Jewish community for a number of years. After a violent 2002 demonstration, during which members of the Arab European League (AEL) smashed the storefronts of Jewish-owned shops, party leader Filip Dewinter criticized the lax security and promised to protect the nation's Jews. "You can count on us," was his message. Good thing, too, as the year following the attacks on Jewish shops, the "anti-fascist" Workers Party of Belgium went into a coalition with the AEL. Since then, the AEL posted on its website articles skeptical of the Holocaust, as well as anti-Semitic and Holocaust denial cartoons (the organization claimed that these were only meant to test free speech). At the same time, Vlaams Belang has continued to reach out to Belgium's Jews, and has been vocal in its support and defense of Israel.
In contrast to Haider, current FPO leader Heinz-Christian Strache is tackling the issue of Islamism, and is also supportive of Israel. Haider effectively relinquished control in 2005, after he left to form another party. Strache took up the reins in 2006; Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff, for one, says she is "impressed," and that Strache is taking the party "absolutely in the right direction."
In December, Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff, Strache, Vlaams Belang leader Filip Dewinter, former UKIP candidate Paul Weston, and others visited Israel, where they met Likud's Vice Minister Ayoub Kara. The Austrian women's magazine Wienerin reported wrote that Sabaditsch-Wolff's speech to Kara and the other "political greats of Israel" was "favorably received." Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff was equally enthusiastic about the visit to Israel, describing it as "a fantastic trip – very, very educational."
"We got the tour of Israel at the frontline of Islamic terrorism, she said. "We were in Sderot and Ashkelon -- almost in the Gaza strip.. When you see that, you realize that there is actually a war going on, although the world says otherwise, but you are there on the ground -– you see it, you feel it.
"It was so important to travel to Israel, not only for the politicians who were invited to attend this meeting, but its also for the European 'counter-Jihad' to see with one's own eyes what we in the 'Counter-Jihad' [anti-Islamism movement] are constantly defending. We are defending Israel, Israel's right to exist, and Israel's right to self-defense. It was crucial."
The support runs both ways, with Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff since receiving "quite a few emails of support from Israel, saying, 'Go on, we support you.'" Unpredictably, former governor of Alaska and former vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin also "sent a message to one of the organizers [of the trip to Israel]," according to Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff, "saying she is following our trip [to Israel] very closely, and that she is looking forward to meeting us in the US or Israel. She found out about our trip somehow, and she is very excited about it."
Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff will soon be back in court. Although the threat of three years in prison for her seminar on Islam hangs over her, with support for her and the "Counter-Jihad" growing, she remains optimistic and plans to tour Canada and the East Coast of the US in February. "We have interesting times ahead of us," she says.
So now you know how our tainted Civil Services, the Left and the Mohammedans in an alliance sealed in Hell wage ‘lawfare’ against us. It doesn’t matter to them, or to EU bureaucrats, that what Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff is saying is true, she is simply not allowed to vocalise the truth and must live in the lie promulgated by the Left-wing apple-polishers; lazy legal systems and their place-holding, ill-educated, sub-standard judges; fundamentally politically biased police; and Mohammedans out only to advance the cause of their own devil-worshipping pseudo-religion at the expense of civilisation and human rights lest she disturb hoi-polloi and make them think for themselves – the very last thing that any EU functionary wants.
Putting Eric Zemmour On Trial For Telling The Most Obvious -- And Prohibited -- Truths
At Riposte Laique:
Comme prévu, le procès d’Eric Zemmour est un véritable chemin de croix pour les associations qui se réclament de l’anti-racisme. Non seulement le journaliste du Figaro est très brillant, mais ses procureurs se contredisent, et se ridiculisent. Ils ont même été jusqu’à contester la légitimité du soutien de Jean-Pierre Chevènement à Eric Zemmour, le premier jour du procès !
Mieux encore, plus personne ne conteste le fait que les noirs et les Arabes sont majoritaires chez les délinquants, même Houria Bouteldja le reconnaît sur RMC, à l’émission des Grandes Gueules ! Quand ils ne glapissent pas que les statistiques ethniques sont interdites (sauf quand elles leur servent à défendre la discrimination positive), ils se réfugient derrière l’excuse sociale, comme si il n’y avait pas d’autres pauvres que les descendants de l’immigration post-coloniale. Ils apparaissent surtout, aux yeux de tout le monde, pour ce qu’ils sont : des délateurs haineux, qui entendent interdire une expression libre qui décrit une vérité qui les dérange. C’est ce qu’expriment, avec leurs mots, Ivan Rioufol, notre rédactrice Myriam Picard et Georges Sarre, dans cette vidéo publiée par le site "Enquête et Débats".
Nous frémissons que les idées de gens pareils, dangereusement liberticides, puissent un jour s’imposer dans notre pays. Ce serait un mélange de dictature sud-américaine de type Pinochet, de démocraties populaires d’Europe de l’Est, et de Pol Pot !
Le bon peuple ne s’y trompe pas, qui soutient, dans tous les sondages, les propos d’Eric Zemmour, et n’a que mépris et dégoût pour les Sopo-Aounit-Jakubowicz, véritables fossoyeurs de la liberté d’expression en France.
L’intérêt du reportage d’Enquête et Débats (dont nous ne partageons ni le titre, ne les quelques attaques contre Eric Zemmour) est de montrer les contradictions et la réalité des anti-racistes de salon de Sos Racisme, la Licra ou l’UEJF, un syndicat communautariste d’étudiants juifs qui, outre le fait de nous classer à l’extrême droite, accuse Zemmour d’être communautarisant ! Heureusement que le ridicule ne tue pas !
Il faut reconnaître que, pour nos adversaires, le mois qui vient de s’écouler est une suite de défaites douloureuses. Le bras droit de Mélenchon, Alexis Corbière, embarque le maire de Paris, Bertrand Delanoé, dans la ridicule demande d’interdiction de nos assises. Toute la gôche appelle à manifester le 18 décembre. Malgré le coup de main du journaliste de l’AFP, qui leur donne 200 manifestants, les images sont accablantes : il n’y a pas plus de 50 manifestants de NPA, du Parti de Gauche, des associations antiracistes, de ce qu’il reste d’Attac, et... Caroline Fourest, qui glapit que "s’attaquer à l’islamisation de nos pays, ce n’est pas être laïque, mais raciste !" Cela fait peu, d’autant plus que les Assises seront vues par 600.000 internautes, tout le week-end, sur Internet, et que la salle archi-comble a vibré à l’écoute de discours laïques, féministes, identitaires, républicains... tout ce que l’islam ne peut pas supporter !
Signalons que Delanoé-Corbière n’ont jamais eu un mot contre les prières musulmanes illégales, et n’ont rien à dire quand un prédicateur islamiste turc, déjà condamné pour des faits graves, vient faire une conférence à Paris !
Naturellement, dans ce contexte, le sondage du Monde, commenté par Roger Heurtebise, a fait l’objet d’une deuxième douche froide, pour tout le politiquement correct ! Ces racistes de Français ne croient pas en la fable qu’on leur raconte depuis trente ans, ils pensent que l’islam est une religion dangereuse, ils accusent les musulmans de refuser l’intégration, et ils en ont marre du voile islamiste dans les rues de France !
Bien évidemment, les attentats d’Alexandrie, et le massacre des chrétiens d’Orient, dans ce contexte, font un peu désordre pour les avocats de la religion de paix et d’amour, qui, bien sûr, en sont réduits à dire que les assassins ne respectent pas l’islam, ni le message du prophète !
Bref, nos adversaires sont KO debout ! Que leur reste-t-il pour ne pas perdre définitivement la face ? Les pires amalgames crapuleux !
Premier exemple, la Licra de Jukobowicz publie un numéro incroyable, dans sa revue "Droit de vivre". Nous avions des divergences avec Gaubert, notamment quand il a laissé la Licra s’associer au Mrap et à la LDH, pour s’acharner de manière ignoble contre Fanny Truchelut, la salir et la ruiner. Mais Gaubert savait quand même, en général, prendre ses distances avec le Mrap et la LDH, et, souvent de concert avec Sos Racisme, quand Malek Boutih en était à la tête, avait conscience de la réalité de l’islamisation de la France. Ainsi, lors de l’horrible meurtre d’Ilan Halimi par l’islamiste Fofana, la Licra et Sos Racisme avaient organisé une manifestation regroupant 30.000 personnes, quand Tubiana-Aounit étaient avec 200 gauchistes, dans une contre-manifestation. Aujourd’hui, avec Sopo et Jakubowicz, cela ne se passerait plus. Que dire de la trahison que subissent les juifs, premières victimes de l’antisémitisme véhiculé par l’islam ?
Donc, la revue "Droit de Vivre" de la Licra publie un numéro spécial sur l’extrême droite, multipliant les amalgames entre Marine Le Pen, les Identitaires, Riposte Laïque, des négationnistes, des antisémites, etc. Tout cela est dans le même sac !
Par ailleurs, dans un article qu’elle nous consacre, intitulé "Riposte Laïque, un groupe clairement d’extrême droite", Fiammetta Venner, proche de Caroline Fourest, multiplie ce qu’il faut bien appeler les saloperies à notre encontre, sans craindre d’ailleurs les contradictions ridicules. Par exemple, il y aurait trois tendances à RL, les laïques, les villéristes et l’extrême droite sioniste... mais notre caricaturiste multiplierait les dessins antisémites avec des nez crochus ! Faudrait savoir, camarade ! On apprend même que le terme "Riposte" est connotée à la droite de la droite ! Ce sont certains gauchistes et les syndicalistes qui vont être contents d’apprendre cela !
Deuxième exemple, l’émission de France 4, ce soir, "Génération Reporters", que Pierre Cassen et Christine Tasin ont évoquée, sera intitulée "Les nouveaux fachos".
Rien que ce titre résume tout. Nous ne sommes pas paranoïaques, mais nous nous attendons à certains amalgames, qui pourraient se résumer aux arguties des imposteurs de l’anti-racisme : Riposte ¨Laïque = Bloc Identitaire = Extrême droite = racisme = antisémitisme = négationnisme...
Troisième exemple, Libération, dans son édition du jeudi 13 janvier, reproche à Eric Zemmour de parler au tribunal comme "les extrémistes du Bloc Identitaire et de Riposte Laïque" ! Comme on sent, derrière ce propos, la forte envie de nous voir, à notre tour, traduits devant les tribunaux ! Rappelons que la LDH a annoncé sa volonté de poursuivre Marine Le Pen en justice, suite à ses propos sur les prières musulmanes, ainsi que Riposte Laïque, coupable d’avoir approuvé le mot "occupation" ! Les nouveaux Torquemada de l’anti-racisme, subventionnés par nos impôts, montrent, une fois de plus, leur vrai visage, celui du totalitarisme de la pensée.
Finalement, ils sont en train de perdre définitivement la bataille de l’opinion, ils entraînent l’ensemble de la gauche dans une politique contraire à son histoire (comme notre rédacteur, le professeur de philosophie marxiste Jacques Philarchein l’a remarquablement démontré, en 10 minutes, lors des assises)...
Que leur reste-t-il ? Chacun connaît sans doute cette savoureuse tirade de Basile dans le Barbier de Séville de Beaumarchais — devenu le célèbre "air de la calomnie" sous la plume de Rossini dans l’opéra du même nom.
"La calomnie, Monsieur ? Vous ne savez guère ce que vous dédaignez ; j’ai vu les plus honnêtes gens près d’en être accablés. Croyez qu’il n’y a pas de plate méchanceté, pas d’horreurs, pas de conte absurde, qu’on ne fasse adopter aux oisifs d’une grande ville, en s’y prenant bien ; et nous avons ici des gens d’une adresse !... D’abord un bruit léger, rasant le sol comme hirondelle avant l’orage, pianissimo murmure et file, et sème en courant le trait empoisonné. Telle bouche le recueille, et piano, piano vous le glisse en l’oreille adroitement. Le mal est fait, il germe, il rampe, il chemine, et rinforzando de bouche en bouche il va le diable ; puis tout à coup, ne sais comment, vous voyez Calomnie se dresser, siffler, s’enfler, grandir à vue d’œil ; elle s’élance, étend son vol, tourbillonne, enveloppe, arrache, entraîne, éclate et tonne, et devient, grâce au Ciel, un cri général, un crescendo public, un chorus universel de haine et de proscription. Qui diable y résisterait ?"
Nous avons la prétention d’y résister, parce que notre discours incarne les aspirations du peuple de France, de son esprit de résistant, comme le disait mieux que d’autres le général de Gaulle, quand il s’adressait à Peyrefitte : "Vos journalistes ont en commun avec la bourgeoisie française d’avoir perdu tout sentiment de fierté nationale. (...) Le populo a des réflexes sains. Le populo sent où est l’intérêt du pays. Il ne s’y trompe pas souvent. En réalité, il y a deux bourgeoisies. La bourgeoisie d’argent, celle qui lit Le Figaro, et la bourgeoisie intellectuelle, qui lit Le Monde. Les deux font la paire".
Très clairement, il y a deux camps. Les Résistants, qui se sont reconnus dans les Assises du 18 décembre, et les collabos, qui, balayés par le peuple, essaient de s’en sortir par les amalgames haineux et crapuleux, et l’installation d’une dicature de la pensée, qui précède toujours la vraie dictature...
Le peuple ne sera pas dupe, pour eux, ce sera des plumes et du goudron !
And to another version, by the Leo Reisman Orchestra, and sung by Lew Conrad, here.
In the good old days, a man could sing lyrics meant for a woman to sing, and vice-versa, and no one found this strange because both singer and audience concentrated on the song. Those intelligent good old days!
Christians In Iraq: "In These Muslim Countries 'Democracy' Means 'Chaos'. "
Christian doctor assaulted in Mosul Layla Yousif Rahema The victim is one of the most famous cardiologists in the region. An armed group shot him at point-blank range, the man is seriously injured. West accused: you can not do anything for Christians because you no longer have Christian roots and are indifferent to religion.
Baghdad (AsiaNews) - Another targeted attack against Christians in Iraq. On the afternoon of 15 January a group of unidentified criminals entered the Rabi'a hospital, a private clinic in the Sukar district in Mosul and shot a Christian doctor who worked there at point blank rabge. The gun had a silencer, and the doctor was fortunately only seriously wounded.
Nuyia Youssif Nuyia is a specialist cardiologist, very well known in the region. He was the private physician of the late Msgr. Faraj Rahho and many priests and religious. Formerly a military doctor and professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Mosul, Nuyia is married with four children. Those who know him said that Nyuia is a Chaldean Catholic, very attached to his faith and his Church.
Those responsible for the incident remain unknown for now. Meanwhile, the Christian community in Iraq has again denounced Western indifference to their plight, despite the Dec. 31 massacre of Copts in Alexandria and the cathedral in Baghdad: "The West can not do anything for Christian, because the West denies its Christian roots and is indifferent to all religions. And another thing that the West does not understand is that in these Muslim countries 'democracy' means 'chaos'. "
Meanwhile, this weekend in Copenhagen, Denmark Iraq’s Christian and Muslim religious leaders met in closed session, in complete secrecy security reasons, in an attempt to try to counter the sectarian violence that has rocked the Christian community . But there's even greater anticipation for the announcement of a similar meeting in Najaf in southern Iraq.
The conclusion that "in these Muslim countries 'democracy' means 'chaos'" is a mistake, understandable under the circumstances. What Christians living in Musilm-dominated lands mean by this is: we can survive only where a local despot, for reasons of his own, holds Muslims in check and protects Christians. In Syria this is done by the Alawites,who know that the Christians are not a threat but support the regime out of both fear (of Sunni Muslims) and gratitude (to the Alawites). In Iraq, Saddam Hussein similarly exploited the Christians, could trust them, relied on them for his household staff (butlers, maids, laundresses, drivers, the works), because he knew that they knew that it was his iron fist that kept down, and often out, those who took Islam most to heart, and who -- Saddam Hussein correctly calculated -- were, especially if Shi'a -- the main threat to his regime.
Appello di “alcuni cattolici gratissimi” affinché il Papa non riaccenda le confusioni sincretiste
Santo Padre Benedetto XVI, siamo alcuni cattolici gratissimi dell’opera da Lei compiuta come pastore della Chiesa universale in questi anni; riconoscenti per la sua grande valutazione della ragione umana, per la concessione del motu proprio “Summorum pontificum”, per il Suo proficuo rapporto con gli Anglicani che ritornano all’unità, e per molto altro ancora.
Abbiamo preso il coraggio di scriverle dopo aver sentito, proprio nei giorni del massacro dei cristiani copti in Egitto, dell’ intenzione di convocare ad Assisi, per il mese di ottobre, un grande raduno interreligioso, venticinque anni dopo “Assisi 1986”.
Tutti noi ricordiamo quell’evento di tanti anni fa.
Un evento anche mediatico come pochi, che, a prescindere dalle intenzioni e dalle dichiarazioni di chi lo convocò, ebbe un contraccolpo innegabile, rilanciando, proprio nel mondo cattolico, l’indifferentismo ed il relativismo religioso.
Proprio da quell’avvenimento prese vigore presso il popolo cristiano l’idea che l’insegnamento secolare della Chiesa, “una, santa cattolica e apostolica”, sull’unicità del Salvatore, fosse in qualche modo da archiviare.
Tutti noi ricordiamo rappresentanti di tutte le religioni in un tempio cattolico, la chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli, allineati con in mano un ramoscello di ulivo: quasi a significare che la pace non passa da Cristo ma, indistintamente, da tutti i fondatori di un credo, quale che esso sia (Maometto, Budda, Confucio, Kalì, Cristo…).
Ricordiamo la preghiera dei mussulmani in Assisi, cioè nella città di un santo che aveva fatto della conversione degli islamici uno dei suoi obiettivi.
Rammentiamo la preghiera degli animisti, la loro invocazione degli spiriti elementali, e quella di altri credenti o di rappresentanti di religioni atee come il giainismo.
Quel pregare “insieme”, qualsiasi fosse il fine, volenti o nolenti ebbe l’effetto di far credere a molti che tutti pregassero “lo stesso Dio”, solo con nomi diversi.
Invece le Sacre Scritture parlano chiaro: “Non avrai altro Dio all’infuori di me” (I comandamento); “Io sono la Via, la Verità e la Vita; nessuno viene al Padre se non per mezzo di me” (Gv 14, 6).
Chi scrive non nega certamente il dialogo, con ogni persona, di qualsiasi religione essa sia.
Viviamo nel mondo, e tutti i giorni parliamo, discutiamo, amiamo, anche chi non è cristiano, perché ateo, incerto, o di altre religioni. Ma questo non ci impedisce di credere che Dio stesso sia venuto sulla terra, e si sia fatto uccidere, per insegnarci, appunto, la Via e la Verità, e non solo una delle tante e possibili vie e verità. Cristo è per noi cristiani il Salvatore: l’Unico Salvatore del mondo.
Ricordiamo dunque con sgomento, tornando a quell’avvenimento di venticinque anni fa, i polli sgozzati sull’altare di santa Chiara secondo riti tribali e la teca con una statua di Budda posta sopra l’altare della chiesa di san Pietro, sopra le reliquie del martire Vittorino, ammazzato, 400 anni dopo Cristo, per testimoniare la sua fede.
Ricordiamo i sacerdoti cattolici che si sottoposero a riti iniziatici di altre religioni: una scena raccapricciante, dal momento che, se è “sciocco” battezzare nella fede cattolica una persona adulta che non vi crede, altrettanto assurdo è il fatto che un sacerdote cattolico si sottoponga a un rito cui non riconosce alcuna validità né utilità. Così facendo si finisce infatti solo per far passare una idea: che i riti, tutti, non siano altro che vuoti gesti umani. Che tutte le concezioni del divino si equivalgano. Che tutte le morali, che da ogni religione promanano, siano intercambiabili.
Ecco, quello “spirito di Assisi”, su cui poi i media e i settori della Chiesa più relativisti ricamarono a lungo, gettò confusione. Ci sembrò estraneo al Vangelo e alla Chiesa di Cristo, che mai, in duemila anni, aveva scelto di fare altrettanto. Avremmo voluto riscrivere, allora, queste ironiche osservazioni di un giornalista francese: “In presenza di tante religioni, si crederà più facilmente o che esse sono tutte valide o che sono tutte indifferenti; vedendo così tanti dei, ci si chiederà se tutti non si equivalgono o se ce n’è uno solo vero. Il parigino beffardo (scettico ed ateo, ndr) imiterà quel collezionista scettico, il cui amico aveva appena fatto cadere un idolo da una mensa: ‘Ah! Disgraziato, poteva essere il Dio vero’”.
Trovammo conforto, allora, alle nostre perplessità, in tantissime dichiarazioni di pontefici che avevano sempre condannato un siffatto “dialogo”.
Un Congresso di tutte le religioni era stato già organizzato, infatti, a Chicago, nel 1893, e a Parigi, nel 1900. Ma papa Leone XIII era intervenuto a vietare qualsiasi partecipazione cattolica.
Lo stesso atteggiamento tenne Pio XI, il papa che condannò l’ateismo comunista e quello nazionalsocialista, ma che deplorò nel contempo il tentativo di unire gli uomini in nome di un vago e indistinto senso religioso, senza Cristo.
Scriveva quel papa nella sua “Mortalium animos” (Epifania del 1928), proprio a riguardo dei congressi ecumenici: “Persuasi che rarissimamente si trovano uomini privi di qualsiasi sentimento religioso, sembrano trarne motivo a sperare che i popoli, per quanto dissenzienti gli uni dagli altri in materia di religione, pure siano per convenire senza difficoltà nella professione di alcune dottrine, come su un comune fondamento di vita spirituale. Perciò sono soliti indire congressi, riunioni, conferenze, con largo intervento di pubblico, ai quali sono invitati promiscuamente tutti a discutere: infedeli di ogni gradazione, cristiani, e persino coloro che apostatarono da Cristo o che con ostinata pertinacia negano la divinità della sua Persona e della sua missione. Non possono certo ottenere l’approvazione dei cattolici tali tentativi fondati sulla falsa teoria che suppone buone e lodevoli tutte le religioni, in quanto tutte, sebbene in maniera diversa, manifestano e significano egualmente quel sentimento a tutti congenito per il quale ci sentiamo portati a Dio e all’ossequente riconoscimento del suo dominio. Orbene, i seguaci di siffatta teoria, non soltanto sono nell’inganno e nell’errore, ma ripudiano la vera religione depravandone il concetto e svoltano passo passo verso il naturalismo e l’ateismo…”.
Col senno di poi, possiamo dire che Pio XI aveva ragione, anche solo sul piano della mera opportunità: quale è stato, infatti, l’effetto di “Assisi 1986”, nonostante le giuste dichiarazioni di papa Giovanni Paolo II, volte ad impedirne una simile interpretazione?
Qual è il messaggio che hanno rilanciato talvolta gli stessi organizzatori, i media, ed anche non pochi ecclesiastici modernisti, ansiosi di ribaltare la Tradizione della Chiesa?
Ciò che è passato, presso moltissimi cristiani, tramite le immagini, che sono sempre le più evocative, e tramite i giornali e le tv, è molto chiaro: il relativismo religioso, che è poi l’equivalente dell’ateismo.
Se tutti pregano “insieme”, hanno concluso in tanti, allora le religioni sono tutte “uguali”: ma se così è, significa che nessuna di esse è quella vera.
A quell’epoca, Lei, cardinale e prefetto della Congregazione della Fede, insieme al cardinal Giacomo Biffi e a tanti altri, fu tra coloro che espressero forti perplessità. Per questo, negli anni successivi, non partecipò mai alle repliche proposte ogni anno dalla Comunità di Sant’Egidio.
Infatti, come Lei ha scritto in “Fede, verità e tolleranza. Il cristianesimo e le religioni del mondo” (Cantagalli, 2005), proprio criticando l’ecumenismo indifferentista, al cattolico “deve risultare nettamente che non esistono ‘le religioni’ in generale, che non esiste una comune idea di Dio e una comune fede in Lui, che la differenza non tocca unicamente l’ambito della immagini e delle forme concettuali mutevoli, ma le stesse scelte ultime..”.
Lei concorda perfettamente, dunque, con Leone XIII e con Pio XI sul pericolo di contribuire, con gesti come quelli di “Assisi 1986”, al sincretismo ed all’indifferentismo religioso.
Rischio messo in luce anche dai padri conciliari del Vaticano II, che in Unitatis Redintegratio, a proposito, si badi bene, dell’ecumenismo non con le altre religioni, ma con gli altri “cristiani”, invitavano alla prudenza: “Tuttavia la comunicazione nelle cose sacre non la si deve considerare come un mezzo da usarsi indiscriminatamente per il ristabilimento dell’unità dei cristiani…”.
Lei ha insegnato, in questi anni, non sempre compreso neppure dai cattolici, che il dialogo avviene e può avvenire non tra diverse teologie, ma tra diverse culture; non tra le Fedi, ma tra gli uomini, alla luce di ciò che tutti ci contraddistingue: la ragione umana.
Senza ricreare l’antico Pantheon pagano; senza che l’integrità della Fede venga messa a repentaglio dall’amore per il compromesso teologico; senza che la Rivelazione, che non è nostra, venga rimaneggiata dagli uomini e dai teologi intenti a conciliare l’inconciliabile; senza che Cristo, “segno di contraddizione”, debba essere messo sullo stesso piano di Budda o di Confucio, che tra il resto non dissero mai di essere Dio.
Per questo siamo qui a esporLe la nostra preoccupazione.
Temiamo che qualsiasi cosa Lei dirà, tv, giornali e tanti cattolici interpreteranno alla luce del passato e dell’indifferentismo imperante; che qualsiasi cosa affermerà, l’evento sarà letto come la continuazione della manipolazione della figura di Francesco, trasformato, dagli ecumenisti odierni, in un irenista e in un sincretista senza fede. Sta già succedendo…
Abbiamo paura che qualsiasi cosa Lei dirà, per fare chiarezza, i fedeli semplici, come siamo anche noi, in tutto il mondo non vedranno (e non gli sarà fatto vedere, ad esempio in tv) altro che un fatto: il vicario di Cristo non che parla, discute, dialoga con i rappresentanti di altre religioni, ma che prega con loro. Come se il modo e l’obiettivo della preghiera fossero indifferenti.
E molti, sbagliando, penseranno che anche la Chiesa ormai ha capitolato, ed ha riconosciuto, in sintonia con la mentalità new age, che pregare Cristo, Allah, Budda o Manitù sia la stessa cosa. Che la poligamia islamica e animista, le caste induiste o lo spiritismo politeista animista… possano stare insieme alla monogamia cristiana, alla legge dell’amore e del perdono ed al Dio Uno e Trino.
Ma come ha scritto sempre Lei, nel libro citato: “Con l’indifferenziazione delle religioni e con l’idea che esse siano tutte sì distinguibili, e tuttavia propriamente uguali, non si avanza”.
Santo Padre, noi pensiamo che con una nuova “Assisi 1986” nessun cristiano in terre d’Oriente verrà salvato: né nella Cina comunista, né in Corea del nord, né in Pakistan o in Iraq… tanti fedeli, invece, non capiranno più perché proprio in quei paesi c’è ancora oggi chi muore martire per non rinnegare il suo incontro non con una religione, ma con Cristo. Come sono morti gli stessi apostoli.
Di fronte alla persecuzione, ci sono vie politiche, diplomatiche, dialoghi personali e di Stato: si seguano tutte, nel modo migliore possibile. Con la Sua amorevolezza e il Suo desiderio di pace per tutti gli uomini.
Ma senza che sia possibile a chi vuole confondere le acque e rilanciare il relativismo religioso, anticamera di ogni relativismo, una opportunità, anche mediatica, così ghiotta come la “riedizione” di “Assisi 1986”.
Con devozione filiale
Francesco Agnoli, Lorenzo Bertocchi, Roberto de Mattei, Corrado Gnerre, Alessandro Gnocchi, Camillo Langone, Mario Palmaro, Luisella Scrosati, Katharina Stolz
While The Americans Spend Fortunes Building Up Two Muslim Armies In Iraq And Afghanistan, Islam Is Everywhere On The March
Con Coughlin In The Telegraph, 13 Jan 2011:
Iran arms smuggling details to be disclosed
A trial due to open in Nigeria at the end of the month is set to disclose embarrassing details of an extensive arms smuggling operation run by Iran's Revolutionary Guards to supply guerrillas in West Africa.
Nigerian officials claim the containers were dispatched by the Qods Force of Iran's Revolutionary GuardsPhoto: GETTY
13 Jan 2011
A key defendant in the trial, which is due to start in Abuja on January 31, is Azim Aghajani, an Iranian national who has been identified by intelligence officials as a senior officer serving in the Qods Force of Iran's Revolutionary Guards. Aghajani faces charges relating to the seizure of a cargo of weapons hidden in 13 shipping containers at the Nigerian port of Apapa, in Lagos, in October.
The weapons, which included rocket-propelled grenades, machine guns and assault rifles, had been concealed in a cargo of construction materials and were discovered following a tip-off by the CIA to Nigerian security officials.
Nigerian officials claim the containers were dispatched by the Qods Force of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, the unit responsible for supporting overseas Islamist militant groups.
The Iranians used a French based shipping group to transport the weapons cargo, which was intended for distribution among a number of Islamist militias in Nigeria and other rebel groups in West Africa.
They included the "Hisbah" Islamist militia, which is seeking to impose Sharia law in the north Nigerian province of Kano, and rebel groups fighting for control of Nigeria's lucratic oil revenues in the Nile Delta. Nigerian officials claim some of the weapons were also destined for rebel groups based in Senegal and Gambia.
"This was a sophisticated operation undertaken by Iran's Revolutionary Guards to destabilise a number of governments in West Africa," said a Western security official who has been closely involved in the case. "It is a major diplomatic embarrassment for Tehran at a time when Iran claims it seeks to improve relations with countries in the region."
Two Iranian citizens claiming to be businessmen sought refuge in the Iranian embassy immediately following the seizure of the weapons, sparking a tense diplomatic stand-off between Iran and Nigeria.
Intelligence officials in Nigeria established that the two Iranians were senior officers serving in the Qods Force of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, who were named as Azim Aghajani and Ali Akbar Tabatabaei, who is described as the commander of Qods Force operations in Africa.
Iran made secret representations to the Nigerian government to allow the arms shipment to be returned to Iran, together with the two Revolutionary Guards officers. When the Nigerians refused Manoucher Mottaki, who was then serving as Iran's Foreign Minister, made an emergency visit to Abuja in November during which he persuaded Nigerian officials to release Tabatabaei, who was allowed to fly back to Tehran on the Foreign Minister's private jet. Tabatabaei is now understood to have been redeployed to Venezuela to oversee Iran's intelligence operations in Latin America.
But the Nigerian authorities insisted that Aghajani must remain in Abuja and face trial on arms smuggling charges.
Prosecution officials predict all the details relating to Iran's involvement in the arms shipment will be revealed during the trial of Aghajani, who was earlier this week granted bail by the trial judge until the end of the month.
Nigeria has also demonstrated its displeasure at Iran's attempts to arm anti-government rebel groups by providing the UN committee with responsibility for monitoring sanctions against Iran with full details of the arms shipment. Under UN Security Council Resolution 1747, which was passed in 2007, Iran is banned from the purchase or export of weapons.
An eight-member UN team, including representative from all five permanent members of the UN Security Council, is due to visit Nigeria to investigate the shipment shortly before the trial begins.
Lieutenant Colonel Michael C. Veneri USAF sums Up His Afghanistan Experience, And The Afghan Folly
Read Lieutenant Colonel Michael C. Veneri USAF here.
Colonel Veneri apparently accepts -- at least he does not question - -that the American goal of a prosperous, stable, more-or-less unified Afghanistan, would constitute "success." He merely argues that such "success" is impossible, a folly on which a great deal of money, men, materiel, and morale is being squandered.
Colonel Veneri does not suggest that the outcomes in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other Muslim countries hardly matter, if all we are doing is delaying the day of recognition by the local Muslims -- delay of recognition that the explanation for the failures of their polities and peoples are attributable, in large part, to Islam itself. And if non-Muslims can, in sufficient numbers, come to understand and discuss openly how it is that Islam does explain the political, economic, social, intellectual, and moral failures of Muslim peoples (including those who live in Muslim "communities" in the West), those non-Muslims will necessarily be overheard by Muslims. And they will not be able to answer the convincing arguments put forth by those non-Muslims, and this will demoralize and divide them, between those who want still more Islam ("Islam is the answer") and those who will realize that it is Islam that is holding them, in every way, back.
I was going to say something about Tunisia, but Hugh has said it far better than I could have done here and here, and probably there and everywhere. "Those all-male crowds" is all you need to know. Demanding their rights, no doubt, to shroud and beat their women. I would add only that it looks like 1979 all over again. Not that 1979 was all bad - the blessed Thatcher, peace be upon her, saved Britain from ruin, and there were some good ABBA songs. But in Iran it was bad, and the worst thing was the false hope - the oppressor had been thrown out, and things could only get better. In fact the "oppressor", the Shah, was, like Ataturk, the best a Muslim country could hope for and more than it deserved.
Giving a Muslim country freedom and democracy is like giving a child a loaded gun. They must rid themselves first of Islam, by facing its consequences, uncushioned by Western aid and Western oil money. They must stew in their own halal juice.
Democracy in the Muslim world? Not worth the bones of one British - or American - grenadier.
Breaking News: Arrest in Shelbyville Terror Threat Case
Shelbyville Terror Grafitti suspect arrested
Late last month there were allegations about a terror threat, "All Americans Must Die" scrawled on a women's washroom wall in the Tyson Foods poulty plant in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Local police and Tysons Foods conducted investigations and tightened security. The story became an instant urban legend in the blogosphere following a Nashvile WSMV Channel Four TV report and following stories from Brian Mosely, AP-Awarding winning journalist at the Shelbyville Times-Gazette. See our last post on the continuing story.
Yesterday, Nashville Channel 5 WTFV picked up a story about second terror grafitti warning scrawled on an interior wall and discovered Saturday night.
This afternoon, on the heels of this latest report comes a breaking story from The Shelbyville Times Gazetts of the arrest by local police of a 24 year old Zachary Wilson, of Unionville, a production worker and temporary hire, allegedly involved with the first terror threat. The Shelbyville Times Gazette promises more on this developing story in its Tuesday edition. Here is the latest report:
Another bomb threat was allegedly made at Shelbyville's Tyson Foods plant over the weekend, while a man was arrested today for vandalism inside the facility.
According to WTVF in Nashville, Shelbyville Police reported that a bomb threat was made Saturday night at the Tyson plant. They say the threat was written in graffiti on a wall inside the plant.
Meanwhile, a 24-year-old Unionville man has admitted to writing threatening graffiti last month inside the plant.
According to a statement from Jeff Watson, human resources manager at the complex, Zachary Wilson signed a confession today and was taken into custody by Shelbyville police.
The Shelbyville Tysons Foods poultry processing facility has been the subject of a series by Mosley on the community culture clash between Somnali Muslim workers hired after Tyson Foods was fined by federal authorities for hiring illegal hispanic alien workers. That clash is the subject of a documentary, "Welcome to Shelbyville", being shown by the State Department in US legations around the world. As our colleague Ann Corcoran of Refugee Resettlement Watch has written, the State Department American Documentary Showcase was the subject of a recent Fox News program about the biases and problems with the program. The "Welcome to Shelbyville" documntary that premiered in the middle Tennessee community will be shown as part of the PBS Open Lens series this spring.
Almost all of the Nazis, and almost all of the hundreds of thousands of direct participants in the Nazi murders, got away with it scot-free. Only nine of the defendants were hung at Nuremburg. If you managed, in what had been Occupied Europe, not to die in the war, nor to be killed in the first few months after the war, you very likely would face no trial at all, or if you did, you would find in West Germany that, conveniently, the death penalty had been revoked and, what's more, within a year or two or three, you would be out, and a respected member of your German community again. And if you went to Madrid, or to the Arab countries, or South America, why you could live on the loot the Nazis stole and have a high old time, for a long time.
The Nazi intelligence chief Reinhard Gehlen, was approved as post-war chief of West German Intelligence by some morally atrocious people in Washington. And what has just been revealed this week, that the German intelligence service knew where Eichmann was living, and under what name, eight years before the Israelis snatched him, and that, furthermore, West German intelligence employed Klaus Barbie as an agent in Bolivia, would not have surprised T. H. Tetens or anyone who has followed the whole dismal story of how de-Nazification failed, and how hundreds of thousands of those who committed mass murder got away with it, and enjoyed life to ripe old ages, in Germany, in Egypt and Syria, in Argentina, Bolivia, and Brazil, in Spain, and even in the good old U.S.A., and good old Canada, too.
ONE of Nazi Germany's most notorious war criminals was recruited as an agent by the post-war West German secret service, according to recently unearthed archives.
The revelations about Klaus Barbie were published yesterday and will come as further embarrassment to German spymasters, who last week were accused of hiding the whereabouts of Adolf Eichmann, a key planner of the Holocaust.
Known as the Butcher of Lyons, Barbie was the Gestapo chief in the French city during the German occupation of France. He ordered the deportation of Jewish orphans to Auschwitz, supervised the torture of women and ordered the breaking of the arms and legs of the French resistance leader Jean Moulin.
After the war Barbie fled to Latin America and was sentenced to death in absentia by a French court. Yet in 1965, according to documents found in the Koblenz Federal Archives, he was hired by the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), West Germany's secret service. Barbie, using the pseudonym Klaus Altmann, had established himself in Bolivia as a well-connected businessman, supplying raw materials to a major German pharmaceuticals company.
His friends, according to the declassified documents, included Bolivia's Interior Minister, the head of one of the country's secret police units and the mayor of La Paz.
This was shortly after the Cuban missile crisis and there were fears in the West that a revolution against the Bolivian junta could push the country into the Soviet sphere of influence. Barbie's mission was to tip off West Germany about any signs of unrest. His recruiter, a former SS man, described him in glowing terms as "German to his very roots and a determined anti-Communist".
Shortly afterwards, the West German security service, apparently undisturbed by Barbie's past, was transferring him a monthly retainer of 500 German marks, plus bonuses, via the San Francisco branch of the British Chartered Bank.
He supplied more than 35 detailed reports, sent to a teacher in West Germany who would forward the unopened post to a BND cover address in Hamburg. Various internal appraisals describe him as "utterly discrete", "reliable" and "highly intelligent". His codename was was Adler, the German word for eagle.
Shortly before Christmas 1966, however, the BND summoned him to Madrid and declared him redundant. "Because of the substantial reductions in the budget the service has decided to withdraw from Latin America as an intelligence-gathering area," Barbie was told.
It is believed that the decision may also have been because his past made him vulnerable to blackmail by the KGB, which had become active in South America.
Barbie was eventually tracked down in 1972 by the Nazi hunters Beate and Serge Klarsfeld. After years of diplomatic argument between Bolivia and France, he was extradited in 1983 and jailed for crimes against humanity. He died in prison in 1991.
His case, and that of Eichmann - the BND knew his hiding place in Argentina eight years before he was snatched by Israeli agents - will boost the cause of Ernst Uhrlau, the BND chief, who has been campaigning for an official service history against fierce internal opposition.
Die Spinne, translated as The Spider, was the "leading post-war SS organization led (in part) by Otto Skorzeny" (Infield, p.8), Hitler's commando chief, as well as Nazi intelligence officer Reinhard Gehlen, who was later instrumental in the formation of the post-war German intelligence agency, the BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst) (Infield p. 238-239) The International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg branded the SS, which supplied members and resources for Die Spinne after World War II, as an 'army of outlaws' (Infield, p.8) reflecting the cruel and opportunistic nature of the Nazi Party and its political and military operations. According to Infield, the idea for the Die Spinne network had actually begun in 1944 as Hitler's chief intelligence officer Reinhard Gehlen foresaw a possible downfall of the Third Reich (Infield p.201) due to Nazi military failures in Russia. T.H. Tetens, expert on German geopolitics and member of the US War Crimes Commission in 1946-1947, referred to a group overlapping with die Spinne as the Führungsring "a kind of political Mafia, with headquarters in Madrid... serving various purposes" (Tetens p.31). The Madrid office built up what was referred to as a sort of Fascist International, per Tetens (Tetens p.73). Within Germany, the leadership circle, according to Tetens, also included Dr. Hans Globke, who had written the official commentary on the Nuremberg Laws. (Tetens p.38) Globke held the important position of Director of the German Chancellery from 1953 until 1963, serving as adviser for Konrad Adenauer (Tetens pp.39-41)
The "Fascist International"
During the period from 1945 to 1950, Die Spinne leader Skorzeny facilitated the escape of Nazi war criminals from war-criminal prisons to Memmingen, Bavaria, through Austria and Switzerland into Italy (Infield p.197). The skillful and well-planned escapes were unnoticed by many US military personnel, although certain US military authorities supposedly knew and took no action (Infield p.197). The Central European headquarters of Die Spinne as of 1948 was in Gmunden, Austria (Wechsberg p.116). A coordinating office for international Die Spinne operations in Madrid, Spain, by Otto Skorzeny, under the control of Generalissimo Francisco Franco (Infield, p.8), whose victory in the Spanish Civil War was guaranteed by economic and military support from Hitler and Mussolini. When a Die Spinne Nazi delegation visited Madrid in 1959, Franco stated, "Please regard Spain as your second Fatherland" (Tetens p.73). Skorzeny used the resources of Die Spinne to allow Nazi Concentration Camp "Doctor" Joseph Mengele, conductor of innumerable torturous 'medical experiments' detainees to escape to Argentina in 1949 (Infield, p.209). Die Spinne leader Skorzeny requested the assistance of ultra-wealthy German industrialist Alfried Krupp, whose company controlled 138 private Concentration Camps under the Third Reich, and this was granted in 1951. Skorzeny became Krupp's representative in industrial business ventures in Argentina (Infield p.199), a country harbored a strong pro-Nazi political element throughout World War II and afterward (Wechsberg p.337-338), regardless of a nominal declaration of loyalty to the Allies as World War II ended. It was in Argentina, Chile, and Paraguay that Die Spinne became most influential in the Western Hemisphere by the early 1980s, with the help of Die Spinne leaders in Spain, with ties involving Paraguayan dictator Alfredo Stroessner (Wechsberg, p.166). War Crimes investigator Simon Wiesenthal claimed that Joseph Mengele had stayed at the notorious Colonia Dignidad Nazi colony in Chile in 1979 (Infield p.208), and ultimately was harbored in Paraguay until his death. As of the early 1980s, Die Spinne's Mengele was reported by Infield (p.210) to have been advising Stroessner's ethnic German Paraguayan police on how to reduce native Paraguayan Indians in the Chaco Region to slave labor (Infield p.210). A wealthy and powerful post-World-War-II underground Nazi political contingent held sway in Argentina as of the late 1960s, which included many ethnic German Nazi immigrants and their descendants (Wechsberg pp.123-124, 159, 162).