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Sunday, 24 February 2013
Mohammed And Jesus: A Negative Comparison
Jesus never murdered anyone.
Jesus never raped a woman.
Jesus never engaged in pedophilia.
Jesus never taught a woman was worth half a man.
Jesus never taught that women should be stoned.
Jesus never lied about his religious agenda.
Jesus never practiced sacred deception.
Jesus never tortured a human being.
Jesus never enslaved anyone.
Jesus never used a person as a sex slave whether male or female.
Jesus never forcefully used methods to convert people to his cause.
Jesus never raided a caravan.
Jesus never ordered his followers to assassinate his enemies.
Jesus never condoned polygamy.
Jesus never believed he had a special dispensation from God to have as many wives as he wished.
Jesus did not teach warfare against other religions.
Jesus never beheaded another human being.
Jesus never practiced necrophilia.
Jesus was never a military commander.
Mohammed did all of these things that Jesus did not. The proof is in the reading of the trilogy of Islamic sacred scriptures, better known as the Koran, the Haddiths (teachings of Mohammed) and the Sira (the life of Mohammed). I defy you to prove me wrong.
This blog is especially addressed to the clergy and parishoners of Calvary Episcopal Church who have invited Imam Rauf to speak at their Lenten Service next week. Also to the administration, faculty and students of Rhodes College as they listen to the great deceiver, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf next week. And finally to the clergy and congregants of Heartsong United Methodist Church in the suburban Memphis. All of the above are dangerously close to denying the foundations of our great Judeo-Christian culture and values.
There was a man who changed history for the better . His name was Jesus, not Mohammed.
Wake up before you find your heads on the Muslim chopping block, literally. Return to the teachings of the Gospels and Jesus ! Know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free.
Over 30 participants in a counter-demonstration against anti-Islam group arrested Saturday in Copenhagen.
The Anti-Muslim organisation Stop Islamisation of Denmark (SIAD) held a march Saturday morning in support of the city's Jewish population, which has reported increasing levels of discrimination.
While only a few dozen SIAD supporters attended, hundreds of demonstrators from anti-fascist networks turned out for a counter-demonstration against SIAD, who they accuse of capitalising on the discrimination of Jews in order to promote a racist agenda.
Participants in the counter-demonstration attempted to approach the SIAD demo, which caused police to block off Dronning Louises Bridge and Frederiksborggade. Some of the counter demonstrators fired off maroons and roman candles and 32 of the anti-fascist demonstrators were arrested.
All credit to the Copenhagen Post for reporting that the arrests were of the 'anti-fascists' who used fireworks to prevent peaceful protest. If you read the BBC report on the EDL demonstration in Cambridge yesterday you would not know that an Cambridge Unite Against Fascism supporter was arrested for hitting a policeman with a missile.
Islamists are suspected of vandalizing monuments to two of Egypt’s most important cultural icons - singer Umm Kulthum and Taha Husayn, one of the most important intellectuals of the 20th century.
In the town of Mansoura, the hometown of Kulthum, vandals placed an Islamic veil on a statue of her, according to a report in the current issue of Al-Ahram Weekly, which was released last week.
Umm Kulthum, known also as The Star of the East, was one of the Arab world’s most famous singers in the 20th century and she broadcast legendary concerts monthly from Cairo from the 1930s to the 1970s. She grew up in a rural village and moved to Cairo with her family like many others who sought a better life in the city. She sang in various genres, from religious to nationalistic songs.
In Minya, vandals cut off the head of a 10-year-old marble memorial bust of Taha Husayn in a square named after him, according to the Al Ahram Weekly. Husayn was a famous Egyptian writer who wrote novels and political opinion. He went blind at the age of two and in 1902 he went to study Islam at al-Azhar, the most important Sunni center of learning. He clashed with the conservative views there and later moved to study in secular institutions, including the Sorbonne in France.
He was named the minister of education in 1950 and some of his writings angered religious authorities and Islamists, which helps explain why his monument was targeted.
This follows news from late last year that Islamists want to destroy the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx... Because these monuments come from the pre-Islamic period (known as Jahiliyya), or the era of ignorance before the revelation of the Quran to Muhammad, these monuments are deemed to be a form of idolatry.
Afghan Government, Islam-Addled, Makes Preposterous Charges Against Americans
Afghanistan says U.S. special forces may be behind torture, murder
By Josh Levs, CNN
February 24, 2013
U.S. toops patrol in Wardak province of Afghanistan in 2010.
(CNN) -- The Afghan government says a group of armed people who may be U.S. special forces is carrying out acts of torture and murder.
The U.S. military says it is investigating.
NATO's International Security Assistance Force must stop all special force operations out of Wardak province, where such horrors have been taking place, and all U.S. special forces must be gone from the province within two weeks, Afghanistan's National Security Council demanded.
At a meeting of the council, chaired by President Hamid Karzai, "it became clear that armed individuals named as U.S. special force stationed in Wardak province engage in harassing, annoying, torturing and even murdering innocent people," Karzai's office said in a statement. It did not indicate who "named" the group a U.S. special force.
Nine people "disappeared in an operation by this suspicious force," the statement said. And in another incident, a student was taken from his home at night, and his "tortured body with throat cut was found two days later under a bridge," the statement said. [ah, yes, that's a dead giveaway that the Americans did it, for cutting throats is their hallmark]
It added that the United States rejects any suggestion that its special forces carried out any such operation.
Afghan forces must protect people in the province "by effectively stopping and bringing to justice any groups that enter peoples' homes in the name of special force and who engage in annoying, harassing and murdering innocent people," the statement said.
"We take all allegations of misconduct seriously and go to great lengths to determine the facts surrounding them," U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and the International Security Assistance Force said in a statement. Until military officials speak with Afghan officials about the issue, "we are not in a position to comment further," the statement added.
"This is an important issue that we intend to fully discuss with our Afghan counterparts."
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy,” Hamlet tells his good friend, and likewise in "Hamlet Made Simple" there are more and deeper revelations about the contents of the Shakespeare works than are dreamt of by most commentaries on them.
David Gontar’s book of essays is a real treasure. He guides us to look beneath the surface of the poems, plays and sonnets, where wondrous surprises are waiting to be discovered. In some ways his writings and insights can be compared favorably with those of Harold Bloom or Harold Goddard, but Professor Gontar also wields a powerful additional weapon, akin to a pair of goggles with night vision, resulting is a series of previously unseen and startling images.
Gontar is a Shakespeare scholar and is quite able to confront various questions within the traditional or Stratfordian context, but he is also a pioneer in being able to expand and deepen that context to include entirely new layers and levels of contemporary English history and biography. He is one of the first critics in my experience who deals with the “authorship question” after, not before, examining aspects of Shakespeare’s creations on their own terms.
In terms of the power and originality of Gontar’s insights, this book may be placed on the shelf quite near to the masterful "Shakespeare’s Lost Kingdom" by Charles Beauclerk. By stating clearly and concisely that “Hamlet” and “Shakespeare” are “ultimately two names for the same person,” Gontar begins to put on those goggles with the night vision. Meanwhile he is quite outspoken from the start:
“Those who would seek to eliminate all discussion as to the identity of the author of the works of Shakespeare must rank among the most reprehensible of today’s censors. The sentimental legend of the man from Stratford who rises from humble glover’s son to become the cynosure of the literary world is a rags-to-riches saga of which many are enamored. But legends have a way of disappointing … Traditionalists, who promote the miracle of Stratford-upon-Avon, go so far as to aver that there is ‘no question’ that the author was its poetic swan. If so, there is nothing to discuss, and no reason to listen to those who would make themselves heard on the issue. And that is censorship.”
The real pioneering aspect of Gontar’s work is not only an attempt to effect “a paradigm shift in our understanding of Shakespeare’s texts based on a radical alteration in our perception of his identity,” but also to somehow reconcile and unite “the two warring factions” of Stratfordians and Oxfordians. "Hamlet Made Simple And Other Essays" marks a bold new step toward that seemingly impossible goal.
Have you wondered why Hamlet hesitates and delays his revenge? There are answers here to ensure that your perception of this play will never again be the same. Have you wondered about the author’s real purpose in the writing of "Lucrece"? The illumination here is fairly blinding. In all there are nineteen essays followed by a preface and “An Introductory Word to Students.” This is careful work, to be read, savored and re-read. I highly recommend it.
THE devastated family of a nine-year-old boy who hanged himself say he took his life after racist taunts by Asian bullies. Aaron Dugmore — thought to be one of Britain’s youngest suicides after bullying — was found in his bedroom after months of jibes at school, they claim.
But despite complaints to the school, where 75 per cent of pupils come from ethnic backgrounds, they claim nothing was done to stop the bullying. Aaron joined Erdington Hall primary in Birmingham last September after the family moved nearby. But Kelly-Marie, 30, and stepdad Paul Jones, 43, noticed a change in him from his first day.
Paul said: “He became argumentative with his brothers and sisters, which wasn’t like him at all. Eventually he told us that he was being bullied by a group of Asian children at school and had to hide from them in the playground at lunchtime.
He said one kid even said to him, ‘My dad says all the white people should be dead’.
”Kelly-Marie claimed: “He was even threatened with a plastic knife by one boy. When Aaron stuck up for himself he said it’d be a real one next time. I went to see head Martin Collin a few times, but he only said, ‘You didn’t have to come to this school, you chose to come here’.”
A spokesman for the school, rated unsatisfactory by Ofsted, said that Aaron had 'settled in quickly'. Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the youngster's death.
Emergency crews, including paramedics and police, were called to Aaron's family home in Erdington, Birmingham, earlier this month.
He was rushed to hospital where doctors desperately attempted to revive him but he died the following day from a suspected cardiac arrest.
According to the Ofsted report the main languages of the 75% non British element at the school are Urdu, Murpiri (spoken in Kashmir) and Punjabi. A lot of Sikhs speak Punjabi but I'll bet my bottom dollar these children were not Sikh.
With True Believers In Islam, There Is No Getting To Yes
I've reposted below a piece first put up on Oct. 1, 2008, along with a few comments that followed, and my reply to those comments.
Fitzgerald: A simpleton appealing to other simpletons
The "conflict resolution" business comes mostly from Roger Fisher and the "Getting to Yes" boys who turned Fisher's banalities into a well-packaged presentation. That presentation has become (and not only in Cambridge) a vast "Negotiations" or "Conflict Resolution" industry, with plenty of academic positions, and still more important, lots of opportunities to be hired as consultants by businesses, to come in and show them how to Get To Yes.
Of course, the whole enterprise is based on the belief that no one, anywhere, cannot be reasoned with, and is not susceptible to permanent compromise. One points to Hitler. One points to Stalin or Chairman Mao. And one points to the ideology of Islam, which is absolutely clear on certain things.
Muslims are superior to non-Muslims, and the only faith that is true is Islam. All others are inferior, and some even more inferior than others.
All of humanity divides into Muslims and non-Muslims, Believers and Infidels. Muslims have a duty to engage in the "Jihad" or "struggle" to remove all obstacles to the spread, and then the dominance, of Islam. That is, the Lands Where Islam Dominates and Muslims rule – the Dar al-Islam – must be steadily expanded, at the expense of the Bilad al-Kufr (Lands of the Infidels) -- or as it was normally called, the Dar al-Harb (“Domain of War”), where non-Muslims still ruled, and Islam had not overcome obstacles to its spread and its necessary dominance. For there is no equality of faiths in Islam; the word “pluralism” in the sense in which that word is widely understood has no place.
Traditionally, the expansion of Islam, the “removal of all obstacles to the spread of Islam,” was accomplished through qitaal, or combat. Nowadays Muslims describe certain acts as a form of qitaal that we Infidels have no trouble describing as acts of terrorism. For they are aimed at civilians and noncombatants and do not take place on a field of battle. Rather, they are attacks on school busses and schoolyards, on pizza parlors and office buildings -- everywhere that non-Muslims innocently gather.
Furthermore, the conditions of present-day life now permit an expansion of the instruments of Jihad beyond the traditional qitaal. And the most potent of these instruments are the result of the trillions of dollars (some 11-12 trillion since 1973 alone) that the Muslim states of OPEC have received, and the millions of Muslim migrants allowed into the countries of Western Europe by heedless and negligent political and media elites. Those elites were apparently indifferent to what was contained, undeclared, in the mental baggage of those Muslim immigrants.
According to Islamic theology, non-Muslims must in the end yield to Muslim rule. In those lands where the non-Muslims have yielded in the past, usually by military conquest (though some places, such as the East Indies, succumbed differently), Christians and Jews were allowed both to live and to practice their faith. And later, Zoroastrians and Hindus, solely for practical reasons, were treated as "honorary" People of the Book. However, they were also subject to a series of onerous political, economic, and social disabilities. These were occasionally relieved by a more benign and relaxed ruler (see Akbar), but over time these disabilities naturally caused many to convert to Islam in order to avoid that status of humiliation, degradation, and physical insecurity that constituted the life of the "dhimmi."
What do the epigones of the late Roger Fisher make of an ideology that sees real “compromise” as impossible, as negating what Islam inculcates? Fisher, after all, started out with a business -- the “Negotiation Project” -- which some celebrated fellow HLS professors, finding the consulting business infra dig, were known to call “the Negotiation Racket.” Negotiated compromise is impossible in Islam, though, of course, Muslims conclude treaties with Infidels. In that they are following the example of Muhammad in his treaty-making, that 10-year “hudna” or truce-treaty he concluded with the Meccans in 628 A.D. at Hudaibiyya. As soon as he felt his side had become stronger, Muhammad immediately discarded that treaty and went on the attack. The advice that Muhammad so famously gave – “war is deception,” is just one of the many indications that deception, subterfuge, taqiyya, kitman all are not to be deplored, but rather receive religious sanction in Islam.
How can someone, anyone, whose professional life is based on the notion that everyone can come to final terms with everyone else, deal with the most important geopolitical question of the age – that of the doctrine of Jihad? That doctrine for a while fell into desuetude because of the perceived superior power of the West. But it is now being revived with vigor, and because of the OPEC trillions and the Muslim migrant tens of millions, is being pursued everywhere. It is being pursued in southern Thailand and the southern Philippines and the southern Sudan and southern Nigeria. What was the Biafran war except, as Col. Ojukwu said, an attempt by the Christians of Nigeria to become independent of those conducting a “Jihad,” as he put it, against them? It is being pursued in the attempts to wipe out Israel, or to change forever the legal and political institutions of the countries of Western Europe, so that inexorably they will no longer flatly contradict the Sharia, but come to a greater consonance with it. And what else but a Jihad is the attempt to make Westerners forget their own histories, their own achievements, and to rewrite everything so that they will come to believe the Muslim narrative, or at least great parts of it? The canonical texts of Islam – Qur’an, Hadith, and Sira – do not say to leave to the Infidels what the Infidels possess. The texts do not say that when Muslims are in Infidel lands, they should conform to Infidel ways. The texts do not say that the world is to be shared between Muslims and non-Muslims, and in some places one will prevail, and in some, the other.
No, the texts are very clear: Islam is to spread across the earth, the earth that belongs to Allah and to the Muslims. Actually, because Islam is a vehicle for Arab supremacism, the earth belongs not merely to the Muslims but to those Muslims who consider themselves to be Arabs, “the best of peoples.”
This is the kind of thing that unnerves those whose money and prestige and jobs come from the deep and untested and untrue belief that Compromise Is Always Possible, That We Can Always Get To “Yes.” Roger Fisher, by the way, was a real, genuine simpleton about the world, and was ignorant of history, and, bien entendu, of Islam. This did not prevent him from producing a quakerish getting-to-yes history-less series, "Arabs and Israelis," for WGBH in Boston, and then trying to flog the program elsewhere in the world.
What else can you expect from such people? They don’t want to study. It’s too tiring. Besides, they have their doctorates or their law degrees and their jobs. Now what they need is glory and money. And that doesn’t require long hours of study; it requires a simpleton appealing to other simpletons.
Unfortunately, your analysis is over-simplistic. I agree that there can be no negotiations with terrorists. Terrorists such as Bin-Laden are only one aspect of the problem. I agree with Dr. Phil when he says "all relationships are negotiated". That includes the relationship between the west and the Islamic world.
Note also the El-Anbar awakening - a great example of what can occur when the west works together with moderate, reasonable Muslims against their common enemy.
"Radical proponents of Islam only come to the table for one thing, to try and negotiate a better position for themselves." - thehistorysage
Well, isn't that what anyone comes to the table for? The only question that remains, then, is : Is there a possible situation that can be found that represents a better position for the highest amount of people? Ideally, that is the outcome of negotiations and compromise. Thats why we do it.
"Unfortunately, your analysis is over-simplistic. I agree that there can be no negotiations with terrorists. Terrorists such as Bin-Laden are only one aspect of the problem. I agree with Dr. Phil when he says "all relationships are negotiated". That includes the relationship between the west and the Islamic world.
Note also the El-Anbar awakening - a great example of what can occur when the west works together with moderate, reasonable Muslims against their common enemy."
-- from a posting above
So my "analysis" -- of what? I thought I was attacking the assumptions of the tom-hastings of this world, who without understanding that Islam inculcates the notion of a clear division of the world between Believers and Infidels, preaches an uncompromising hostility between the two camps, a state of permanent war if not always of open warfare, and furthermore, requires that Muslims support or directly participate in the Jihad or "struggle" to remove from every part of the globe all obstacles to the spread, and then the dominance, of Islam. Such tenets, based on immutable texts, are not likely -- indeed it would be impossible -- to lead to any permanent "negotiations" leading to a true, not feigned peace, and what Infidels should expect, at best, is a feigned "hudna" or truce-treaty, lasting just as long as it suits the Muslim side, and not one minute longer.
I'm glad you take your geopolitical marching-orders from Dr. Phil; I prefer Machiavelli, or Halford Mackinder, or others of that unsentimental ilk.
Finally, you describe "The Awakening" in Anbar Province "as a great example of what can occur when the west works together with moderate, reasonable Muslims against their common enemy." No, it is not that. It is an example of what can happen when one group of Muslims, the Sunni tribes of Anbar Province, are repeatedly and wantonly attacked by another group of Muslims, those of Al Qaeda in Iraq, and only because of that, not because of any outrage at Al Qaeda attacks either on Americans or on Shi'a Muslims, those Sunni tribesmen go to the Americans to see just how much money, and how much weaponry, they can obtain -- useful now, against Al Qaeda in Iraq, and useful later, when the Americans leave, against the Shi'a, and if the Americans don't leave, useful of course against the Americans themselves.
The Anbar "Awakening" is merely a case of short-term bribery of a number of Sunnis who, in any case, were motivated not out of any deep or abiding or even nascent love for the Infidel Americans, but out of a desire to use the Americans, as best they could, to further their own interests and status within Iraq. The minute the Americans stop bribing them -- i.e., keeping tens of thousands on the American payroll -- and do not give them what they want in weaponry -- the little temporary and one-millimeter thick alliance will stop.
After all, now that Al Qaeda has stopped being a threat, what will the Sunni tribes in Anbar do? You appear confident that everything is swell, but you don't fill us in on what's to come, because it's still unsure. So I'll tell you: they will turn, slowly and inexorably, on the Shi'a government, and possibly on the Kurds in the north. They are Muslims. For they will not be satisfied with whatever they are offered. The spirit of compromise is not instilled in them; outcomes of Victor and Vanquished are; violence is; aggression is. They can do no other.
Amos Shuchman Loved Everything About New York Except The New York Times
From The New York Times:
Paid Notice: Deaths
Published: February 2, 2013
SHUCHMAN--Amos, of New York, on February 1, 2013. Beloved and caring husband of Alice Shuchman for 51 years, father of Daniel (Lori Lesser) and Nina (Brian Roth), grandfather of Jacob, Sarah, Aaron and Ariela. Born in Tel Aviv in 1928, fought bravely in the Haganah. Loved his family, his birth and adopted countries, finance, skiing, opera, ballet and biking in Central Park. Loved everything about NYC, except the New York Times. Services at Beth El Cemetery (Or Zarua section), Paramus, NJ, Sunday at 11am. Memorial contributions to a charity of your choice. His fearless heart still beats within all of us. Shalom, Saba.
A day after a team of researchers claimed that neither Israeli nor Palestinian textbooks dehumanize the other, it was Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs — not the Education Ministry, which boycotted the study — that lashed back.
During a press conference at Jerusalem’s Government Press Office (GPO), Kuperwasser attacked not only the research’s methodology, but even its premise.
“Putting us and the Palestinians in the same context is outrageous,” he told journalists. “The Palestinians have a big problem and they need to do something about it.”
Kuperwasser and his research team had tracked not only Palestinian school textbooks, but also Facebook pages of Palestinian schools, which they claimed reflected what was really taught in class, and other official Palestinian government publications.
One such Facebook page cited a famous Islamic tradition (Hadith) calling on Muslims to kill Jews on the Day of Judgment, while another glorified a female suicide bomber.
The Palestinians, charged Kuperwasser, made no attempt to educate children for peace and coexistence with Israel. The textbook study — tasked with tracking portrayals of “the other,” and focused solely on written material — could simply not acknowledge what was not there.
And what was there, he added, was intentionally or mistakenly ignored by the research team.
One textbook compared Jews to vipers; a 12th-grade linguistics textbook required students to punctuate the sentence “Do not consider the occupier human”; and a third book erased Hebrew script from the picture of a British Mandate postal stamp, so as to deny a historic Jewish presence in the land, he demonstrated.
Zayzafouna, a children’s magazine funded by the Palestinian Authority (PA) in 2011, presented Adolf Hitler as a role model, alongside Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz and medieval Islamic conqueror Saladin.
Despite these damning findings, Kuperwasser defended the Ministry of Education’s decision not to cooperate with the research group.
“Most Israelis who were not politically motivated left the project,” he said, adding that his ministry’s findings were readily available to the textbook researchers,” he told The Times of Israel.
Despite all of its shortcomings, Kuperwasser admitted that the research had adequately proved that Palestinian textbooks were considerably worse than Israeli books in portraying “the other.” He derided Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad for endorsing the study’s findings.
“Somebody misread the report,” he said, referring to Fayyad’s claim that Palestinian textbooks were found to not contain any “blatant incitement.”
“This research only gives Palestinians more excuses. If you let them stick to these narratives, there will never be peace,” Kuperwasser said.
'Dies Gloriae', IX: From Saint John 'Theristus' To Saint John The Sarumite
Gosh! Already we've reached Week Nine in the NER Kalendar1. It feels as if it were just yesterday that we were celebrating the Church's New Year (Advent), Christmas and the secular New Year. Even if one isn't a Christian I'm sure that those mid-winter celebrations enliven the gloomy days of winter -- excepting, of course, for the humourless, vile and offensive Mohammedans who just cannot accept that other people are allowed to think, believe, act and party differently from them. Wherever one finds people who are not Mohammedan but who are ruled by Mohammedans there you will find people who suffer from the most egregious persecution.
The situation is so bad, particularly for Christians but by no means excluding those of other faiths or no faith, that even that nauseating and often grossly inaccurate publication that goes by the name of The Huffington Post finally had to admit that Mohammedans were responsible for most of the terrible persecution that goes on on this world, despite the HuffPo always having tried to paint the Mohammedans as the persecuted ones. However, even in the article behind this link, which is a reasonable summary of some of what Christians and others have to suffer, Kelly James Clark cannot resist reminding his readers, in his first paragraph, about the downright distortions of fact that he has, and others at the HuffPo also have, thrown at Christians and others, in his, and their, previous writings.
A much more balanced picture is to be found at Raymond Ibrahim's site2 whereon he regularly sums up the flagrant abuse of human rights that is systematically indulged in by the devil-soiled Mohammedans wherever they have the upper hand. Also, there is an excellent article about the Mohammedan persecutions of others behind this link at the highly informative site of Answering Muslims.
Religious Liberty Monitoring run by Elizabeth Kendal details, and offers comment upon, quite a number of disparate incidents of Mohammedan persecution of minorities, especially Christians and is a useful source of information that the mainstream media just don't report.
One of the most interesting pieces of knowledge that one can deduce from the bare facts in the recent Pew Research Center's reports is that Christians, who make up a third of the world's population, are also the most persecuted group of people on Earth and that Mohammedans are the people usually doing the persecuting (not just of Christians, but also of all other relegions, and that, obviously, gives the lie to the perpetual Mohammedan claims about worldwide so-called 'Islamophobia'). You can find the three full reports behind this link from where each report can be read and downloaded so that you, my readers, can judge for yourselves.
The victims of the never-ending filthy Mohammedan attacks are not alone. The Barnabas Fund, for example, deals with practical help for the persecuted and downtrodden, especially, but not exclusively, Christians. Unlike many Christian organisations they are not wilfully blind to the nefarious machinations and the death-dealing vileness of the Mohammedans.
One of the great sins of the Mohammedans -- a sin against both G-d and man that directly destroys the lives and freedoms of non-Mohammedans and one that they still indulge in to this day -- is slavery. The creed of Mohammedanism states categorically that slavery is permissible (read about the justifications for slavery as enshrined in the koran and the hadithat this site) and those Mohammedans who are steeped in their evil belief system clearly state that slavery is acceptable and allowed, even today; consider this statement by Sheikh Saleh Al-Fawzan, member of Senior Council of Clerics, Saudi Arabia's highest religious body, in 2003, as Dr. Pipes records it at his site3:
""Slavery is a part of Islam. Slavery is part of jihad, and jihad will remain as long there is Islam." He argued against the idea that slavery had ever been abolished, insulting those who espouse this view as "ignorant, not scholars. They are merely writers. Whoever says such things is an infidel"."
Freethought Nation has an excellent article with comments about modern Mohammedan slavery practices and there is a good survey of the awful history of Mohammedan slavery behind this link. John J. O'Neil, author of the book 'Holy Warriors: Islam and the Demise of Classical Civilization', writes about the Christian response to slavery and it's in stark contrast to the evil of the devil-inspired Mohammedan position:
"Contrary to the beliefs of some modern anti-Christian writers, Christianity brought an immediate and dramatic improvement in the living conditions of slaves in the Roman Empire. It was also, eventually, instrumental in the abolition of the entire institution. The improvement was an inevitable consequence of the Christian notion that the mistreatment of any human being, whether slave or free, was gravely sinful. In the words of one writer, "The effect of the Church upon the Empire may be summed up in the word 'freedom'." (H. F. Stewart, "Thoughts and Ideas of the Period," in The Cambridge Medieval History: The Christian Empire, Vol. 1 (2nd ed. 1936), p. 592) And, "Close upon the Church's victory follows legislation more favorable to the slave than any that had gone before."(Ibid.) Whilst it is true that "Constantine did not attempt sudden or wholesale emancipation, which would have been unwise and impossible," he nevertheless immediately "sought to lessen his [the slave's] hardships by measures which with all their inequalities are unique in the statute-book of Rome. ... he forbade cruelty towards slaves in terms which are themselves an indictment of existing practice."(Ibid., p. 593) The Gospel passages of relevance here are too numerous to mention, but we should note in particular the story of the Final Judgment as told in Mark 25: 31-46, where the King (God) tells His servants: "So long as you did it to these, the least of my brethren, you did it to me." It should be remarked also, at this point, that the whole concept of human rights, attributed by many contemporary westerners to the thinkers of the Enlightenment, is rooted in this Gospel concept - a fact admitted by the Enlightenment philosophers themselves. Human rights are a moral as well as a judicial concept. If God will hold each of us accountable for our behavior towards the lowliest members of society, this places the latter on a par, in moral terms, with the highest members of society."
Well, all that having been said you will not be surprised that my first saint for this sennight, for the twenty-fourth of February, was a slave to the Mohammedans. His name is Saint John Theristus and his mother was a slave who was captured in Calabria (southern Italy) and taken to Sicily by Mohammedans. He escaped back to Calabria whilst he was still a child and became a Benedictine monk. It is said that he helped, by miraculous means, to harvest a large crop ahead of destructive weather thus saving the locals from starvation. His title, Theristus, is Latin for 'harvester' or 'mower'.
He died in AD1129 and the Orthodox, Basilian monastery of San Giovanni Theristis at Bivongi in the Stilaro Valley (Vallata dello Stilaro) in Reggio Calabria in southern Italy holds his relics and is named after him. Let Saint John Theristus stand for all those poor people who are enslaved by the unspeakably vile Mohammedans and when you remember him then remember them also.
Saint John escaped from Mohammedan slavery on Sicily. My next saint, however, helped to bring Mohammedan occupied Sicily back into the civilised Christian world and we memorialise him on the twenty-fifth of February. He is called Saint Gerland the Bishop (Gerlando Vescovo) and he was actually the bishop Agrigento (Girgenti -- Wikipedia entry is here) on Sicily and a relative of the great liberator of that island Robert Guiscard of Normandy4.
Bishop Gerland, who was born at Besancon in France and is sometimes called Gerland of Besancon, at considerable personal risk, undertook the task of re-Christianising Sicily after the occupying Mohammedan forces had been expelled. He died in AD1104 and his relics are in a silver urn in Agrigento Cathedral, which has been dedicated to him since its rebuilding by bishop Bertaldo di Labro in 1305.
Remember Saint Gerland and all his hard work as you think about our Judeo-Christian world and its making.
I'd also like to memorialise on this day Saint Ethelbert of Kent who was King of Kent. he was born in AD552 and he married Bertha, daughter of Charibert, King of the Franks, who was a Christian, and they had three children. She converted him to Christianity and he was baptised by Saint Augustine of Canterbury in AD597. His example led to the baptism of ten thousand of his countrymen, we are told.
However, he is chiefly remembered today for being the issuer of the first written laws to the English people in the year 604. In a real sense he founded the English legal system and that's why I want to draw him to your attention. He died on this day in AD616 and his relics rest in Canterbury Cathedral.
Interestingly, this day is also the feast day of Saint Walburga. She was born somewhen around AD710 and she was the daughter of a West Saxon chieftain and the sister of Saints Willibald and Winebald. Walburga was educated at Wimborne Monastery in Dorset, where she became a nun. In AD748, she was sent with Saint Lioba to Germany to help Saint Boniface in his missionary work. She spent two years at Bishofsheim, after which she became Abbess of the nuns at the double monastery at Heidenheim founded by her brother Winebald.
Uniquely, at the death of Saint Winebald, Saint Walburga was appointed Abbess of both monasteries by her brother Saint Willibald, who was then Bishop of Eichstadt. She remained the Superior of both the men and the women until her death in AD779. She was buried first at Heidenheim, but later her body was interred next to that of her brother, Saint Winebald, at Eichstadt at a small church called Holy Cross around which a group of canonesses were gathered.
It is because she was canonised on the first of May that she is also often remembered on that day, and the eve of Mayday, which is traditionally celebrated with dancing, has come to be known as Walpurgisnacht ('Walburga's night') in German and Dutch, Valborgsmässoafton in Swedish, Vappu in Finnish, Volbriöö, (Walpurgi öö) in Estonian, Valpurgijos naktis in Lithuanian, Valpurgu nakts or Valpurgi in Latvian and carodejnice or ValpurÅ¾ina noc in Czech. However, it is a seventeenth century German invention that has absolutely nothing to do with Saint Walburga, that witches and sorcerers meet on Mayday eve, Walpurgisnacht. Regrettably, that bit of pagan nonsense has spread all over the world and has become associated with poor Saint Walburga who has absolutely nothing to do with it.
My saint for the twenty-sixth of February is Saint Porphyry of Gaza (who shouldn't be confused with Porphyry of Tyre, the third century neoplatonist philosopher). He was born round about AD347 and he was bishop of Gaza from AD395 until his death in AD420. So successful was he as bishop that by the time he died there wasn't a pagan or a non-Christian left in Gaza. As a symbol of that fact he erected a large church, called the 'Eudoxiana' in honour of the Empress Eudoxia at Constantinople (she was the dominant member of the court of the Emperor Arcadius), on the site of the most prominent pagan temple in the area, the Marneion.
So, by the year 420 Gaza was completely Christian and civilised. Compare that with the state of Gaza today, a place where simply being a Christian is to invite the most horrible of responses from the unspeakably hellish Mohammedans who now rule there. They have turned once civilised Gaza into an outpost of hades so that their god, satan, can feel at home there and continue to inspire them to great acts of debauched violence, not just against Christians but also against Jews and, indeed, anyone who lives in free, democratic Israel.
The saint whom I want to memorialise on the twenty-seventh of February is Saint John of Gorze5. He was born in AD900 at Vandières near Pont-à-Mousson in Lorraine in France. He was elected abbot of the Benedictine house at Gorze in the year 960 but he was also a consummate diplomat, administrator and monastic reformer. He is reputed to have had a photographic memory, and also developed a book-keeping system and capital investment policies that were very advanced for the time and probably influenced and advanced the development of capitalism.
However, in AD953, he was sent to the caliph Abd-ar-Rahman III of Mohammedan occupied Córdoba for two years as the ambassador from Emperor Otto I. Saint John arrived at the caliph's court in AD954 with his companions and with a letter from Otto as well as valuable gifts. He was lodged in a house close to the caliphal palace.
The caliph's most trusted counselor, Hasdai ibn Shaprut (a very clever and learned Jew from Jaen in free Castille who manipulated two caliphs and very successfully advanced his own career under both), met with John's embassy. The caliph, who feared that the letter from the German emperor might contain matter derogatory to Islam, had commissioned Hasdai to open the negotiations with the envoys. Hasdai, who soon perceived that the letter could not be delivered to the caliph in its present form, persuaded the envoys to send for another letter which should contain no objectionable matter.
In other words, the history of pandering to the base and violent behaviour patterns engendered in people by the disgusting Mohammedan belief system, coupled with the history of allowing the Mohammedans to believe that their foul so-called religion should never be criticised, is a long one. However, Saint John's behaviour in indulging the Mohammedan criminal occupiers in that way had a purpose and that was to gain the caliph's help in stopping the Mohammedan pirates and brigands of Fraxinet.
Fraxinet, or Fraxinetum as it was called in Latin, was the site of a tenth century fortress established by invading Mohammedan pirates at modern La Garde-Freinet near Saint-Tropez in Provence in France (the modern Massif des Maures -- 'Plateau of Moors' -- takes its name from the occupying Mohammedans of Fraxinet). From this fortress the barbaric illegally occupying Mohammedans harassed and pirated Christian shipping as well as raiding deep into northern Europe to steal from and enslave the people and to (successfully) take control of many of the Alpine communication routes so that they could extort, like some medieval mafia, vast sums for safe passage, or kill and rob travellers when they felt like it.
It was a reign of terror that was absolutely typical of the degenerate Mohammedans at the time and is still typical of them today as we can see by their piratical activities and their criminal behaviours all over the world. Regrettably, Saint John's mission to eradicate the dissolute Mohammedan base at occupied Fraxinet was unsuccessful and it wasn't until the perverted Mohammedans were finally defeated at the Battle of Tourtour by William I of Provence that they were expelled from Fraxinet, and Provence, for good.
When Fraxinet was liberated the Alpine passes were freed from Mohammedan control and re-opened for safe passage for Christian travellers. A side effect, incidentally, of the renewed easy contact between France, Italy and Germany was the dispersal of architectural and artistic styles and that led to the rise of the Romanesque style all across Western Europe.
Saint John of Gorze may have failed in his mission, and he died in AD974 one year before the Battle of Tourtour, nonetheless he must be remembered for swallowing his pride and for doing the only thing possible, and that his Emperor ordered him to do, in his efforts to try to free his people from the depraved Mohammedan pirates of Fraxinet.
I talked about the anonymous fighters and martyrs for our faith and our civilisation in Dies Gloriae VIII1 last week and for the twenty-eighth of February I want to memorialise one of them. All we know about him is that he was called Saint Llibio and that he died in Wales sometime in the sixth century.
It is possible that the small town of Llanlibio on Anglesey island in Wales is named for him but all we can deduce is that he was steadfast in the faith and died in the faith. Remember him in his almost total anonymity as best you can and remember, as you do that, that we, too, are nothing special and just as likely to be forgotten as Llibio.
On the first of March I am commemorating Saint Rudesind. He was the son of Count Gutierre de Mendenez and he was born in Galicia in Spain on the twenty-sixth of November in AD907. In AD955, he was named by King Ordoño III as Governor of the lands of Celanova -- he'd founded an abbey at Villar in Celanova. He also had jurisdiction over the lands that extended from Riocaldo (the southern boundary of Galicia) to Santa Maria de Ortigueira (on the Cantabrian coast).
The important thing about Saint Rudesind from my point of view is that as well as being a skilled, kindly and apparently miracle-working churchman and Christian he was also a skilled advisor to the secular powers and had an extensive knowledge of military matters. This latter skill was showcased when he led a successful campaign against the ravening, demonic Mohammedan horde after it had reached the Minho river in north-west Spain and was threatening Galicia, which had been liberated in AD750.
Remember this saint, who died on this day in AD977, and his successful battles against the devil as manifest in the Mohammedans he fought and also remember all those who resist the expansionist policies of the predatory Mohammedans in our times.
For the second of March I want to draw Saint John Maron, often known as Saint John the Sarumite, to your attention. He was born in AD628 in Sarum in what is today Mohammedan occupied north-west Syria and he was a member of the Frankish royal family which governed Antioch. He was educated at Antioch and at the monastery of Saint Maron, studying mathematics, sciences, philosophy, theology, linguistics and scripture. He became a monk at the monastery and added the name 'Maron' to his own.
After studying Greek and Patrology at Constantinople he returned to Saint Maron’s where he wrote on such diverse topics as teaching, rhetoric, the sacraments, management of Church property, legislative techniques, and the liturgy. He composed the Eucharistic Prayer which still bears his name. He was a noted teacher and preacher and he explained Catholic dogma to the Council of Chalcedon.
He was elected bishop in AD676 and he was assigned to Mount Lebanon with a mission to oppose heresies, to keep the Maronites united with Rome, and to support the faithful in an area that was being invaded by the demonic Mohammedans. He travelled extensively in the areas involved in combat, preaching, conducting Mass, tending to the sick, and sheltering the homeless. It is recorded that it was during this terrible period that he was given the gift of healing and that he cured many by praying over them.
The Maronites made up the bulk of the Maradite army, the 'Brass Wall', as it was called, that protected Constantinople and the Byzantine empire from the esurient Mohammedans. In AD685 the Maradites used their power and importance to choose John Maron, one of their own, as Patriarch of Antioch and all the East. John received the approval of Pope Saint Sergius I, and became the first Maronite Patriarch of the oldest see in Christianity.
The Byzantine emperor Justinian II feared the growing power of the Maradite army, and was angered that his approval had not been sought for the appointment of Saint John as Patriarch. He sent his army to defeat the Maradites and capture John. They managed to win battles against the Maradites, overrun Antioch, and destroy the monastery there, killing five hundred monks in the process. Saint John, however, escaped to Lebanon. When Justinian’s army followed, the Maradites, under the leadership of the Saint's nephew Ibrahim, defeated them decisively. Saint John then founded the monastery of Reesh Moran (Head of our Lord) in Kefer-Hay in Lebanon, and moved his see to Mount Lebanon. The Maradites sealed themselves off from the outside, and founded their own national and religious identity, though still part of the Catholic Church, with Saint John adopted as one of their great founders. He died at Kefer-Hay in AD707 and he is buried in the Reesh Moran Monastery.
Sometimes, we in the civilised world can be our own worst enemy. Just think of the many educated people who can't, or won't, see the threat posed to our ways of life and our societies by the depraved, violent Mohammedans and their stomach-churning, hellish beliefs and practices. Remember, as well, the way that not a few of us pander to the Mohammedans in order to do down our fellows or to increase our bank balances. The Emperor Justinian II was no different. He allowed his paranoia to overcome his judgement and he destroyed his best bulwark against the vile Mohammedans when he did so. Now just imagine how different history might have been had that Emperor not destroyed the 'Brass Wall' and the Maradite forces had continued in their successful campaigns against the devil-worshipping Mohammedans.
We must learn from the trials of the Saint John Maron and the Maradites and remember that we are all fighting the same battle against the monstrous, demonic Mohammedans. That fact should unite us and enable us to suppress our petty jealousies and we should avoid driving each other into small and ineffective laagers.
Finally, and just out of interest, I also want to memorialise Saint Chad who is also known as Ceadda. He was born in AD634 and was the brother of Saint Cedd and Saint Cynibild. He was a missionary monk to Ireland with Saint Egbert and he was ordained in AD653. He studied Latin and astronomy and became the Abbot at Lastingham monastery in Yorkshire in England.
Not long after Chad became abbot, Saint Wilfrid of York was chosen as Bishop of Lindisfarne, a see which was soon moved to York. Saint Wilfrid went to Gaul for consecration, but he stayed so long that King Oswiu declared the see vacant and procured the election of Saint Chad as bishop of York.
It was recorded by The Venerable Bede that Chad felt unworthy, but threw himself into his new vocation and travelled his diocese on foot preaching. When Wilfrid returned in AD666, Saint Theodore, Archbishop of Canterbury, decided that Chad’s episcopal consecration was invalid, and that Chad must give up the diocese to Wilfrid. Chad replied that he had never thought himself worthy of the position, that he took it through obedience, and he would surrender it through obedience. Archbishop Theodore, astonished at this humility, consecrated Chad himself, and appointed him bishop of the Mercians in Lichfield in AD669.
He founded monasteries, including those at Lindsey and Barrow-upon-Humber, evangelised, travelled and preached, reformed monastic life in his diocese and built a cathedral on land that had been the site of the martyrdom of one thousand Christians by the pagan Mercians. Miraculous cures have been reported at the wells that he caused to be dug for the relief of travellers.
Because of Saint Chad's name and his strange election to the see of York and his subsequent elevation to Lichfield many people today think that he would make an ideal patron saint for elections, disputes, disputed elections, losers, or some other of the elements relating to elections or democracy that were brought into sharp relief by the disputed American presidential election in 2000.
In fact, the patron saint of politicians, as of the year 2000, and, incidentally, also of civil servants, is Saint Thomas More and it's to him that one's prayers for intercession should be addressed. Saint Chad, dangling, dimpled, hanging or pregnant, has nothing to do with elections, politicians or civil servants.
However, one should note the humility with which he surrendered high office when somebody asserted that he was, perhaps, occupying it irregularly. Would that our contemporary politicians could behave so well, but then, none of them could even begin to behave like a saint -- assuming they even knew how to!
More saints next week, if I'm spared.
1) You can find the previous Eight Weeks by going to this page at NER and scrolling down.
2) Raymond Ibrahim, a Middle East and Islam specialist, is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum. A widely published author, best known for 'The Al Qaeda Reader' (Doubleday, 2007), he guest lectures at universities, including the National Defense Intelligence College, briefs governmental agencies, such as U.S. Strategic Command and the Defense Intelligence Agency, provides expert testimony for Islam-related lawsuits, and has testified before Congress regarding the conceptual failures that dominate American discourse concerning Islam and the worsening plight of Egypt's Christian Copts. Among other media, he has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, PBS, Reuters, Al-Jazeera, CBN, and NPR.(From http://www.raymondibrahim.com/)
3) Also at the inestimable Dr. Daniel Pipes' site you can find other highly informative articles on modern Mohammedan slavery: see this one, this one and this one for example. There are quite a few other articles about Mohammedan slavery practices, also, that are worth searching for at his site.
4) Robert was the lead man amongst all his brothers in the relief of Sicily. In the 'Divine Comedy' Dante sees Guiscard's spirit in the Heaven of Mars, along with other "warriors of the faith" who exemplify the cardinal virtue of fortitude. In the 'Inferno' Dante describes Guiscard's enemies as a field of mutilated shades stretching out to the horizon.
Guiscard was also the protagonist of the German poet, dramatist, novelist and short story writer Heinrich von Kleist's (1777 to 1811) unfinished verse drama 'Robert Guiskard'.
5) 'La vie de Jean, abbé de Gorze' by Jean, Abbot of Saint-Arnoul, translated into French by Michel Parisse (Picard, Paris, 1999).
Iraq, nearly a decade after the U.S. led invasion and one year after the end of the U.S. occupation is undeniably grappling with not merely an escalating sectarian crisis between the Shia-led partnership government and an increasingly disaffected Sunni minority, but also an intensifying ethnic crisis with an increasingly defiant and heavily armed Kurdish Region.
In 1991 Saudi Arabia fiercely resisted the toppling of Saddam’s regime and played a major role in pressurising the U.S. to turn its back on the popular uprising against Saddam’s tyrannical regime. In 2003, however, Saudi Arabia’s immense influence in the U.S. was dramatically weakened due to the decisive role played by Saudi nationals in the 9-11 atrocities in the heart of the U.S.
Ever since the ousting of Saddam’s regime in 2003, the Saudi regime has adamantly refused to recognise the new democratic system in Iraq and has been steadfastly determined not to have any diplomatic representation in Baghdad. Among the real underlying reasons behind the Saudi regime’s conspicuously emphatic hostility towards the fledgling democracy in Iraq, was and still is its deeply entrenched fear that the success of democracy in Iraq is an immensely harmful precedent, which would undoubtedly inspire its own people. Another reason is the deeply rooted hatred towards the Shia, which explains its fierce refusal to come to terms with the inescapable reality that the Shia in Iraq constitute the indisputable majority. The Saudi regime also accuses, Nouri Al Maliki, the Iraqi Prime Minister, and the Shia-led Central Government (CG) of giving Iran a freehand to dramatically intensify its influence in Iraq.
Since the 2010 bitterly contested national elections, the heavily Sunni-dominated Iraqiya bloc — which enjoys the full blown support of both Saudi Arabia and Qatar — has persistently accused Al Maliki and the Shia-dominated National Alliance of high-jacking the elections, despite the patently unambiguous Federal Court’s ruling permitting the formation of the biggest bloc inside parliament. The Saudi king left absolutely no doubt where his sympathies lie, underlining his unequivocal backing to the Iraqiya bloc by personally meeting its head, Ayad Allawi, immediately before and after the elections. It is doubtless that the U.S. final withdrawal from Iraq in Dec 2011, which coincided with the arrest warrant issued against, Tariq Al Hashimi, Iraq’s Sunni Vice President, provided Saudi Arabia and Qatar with a golden opportunity to ramp up the message that Sunni discrimination would dramatically escalate.
Despite the enormous geo-political concessions made by the Iraqi government on its stance towards Syria and Bahrain – before the Arab League summit held in Baghdad, in April 2012 – to specifically appease the Saudi regime. It, nonetheless, decided to appoint its ambassador in Jordan as a non-resident ambassador to Iraq, reiterating the same old message that Iraq is far too insecure and unstable. But, even more disparaging, was the Saudis and Qataris decision to restrict their representation to low level delegations. And as part of Saudi and Qatari relentless efforts to ratchet up sectarian tensions in Iraq, the Qatari Prime Minister, Hamad Bin Jassim, not only asserted that Qatar’s low level participation was aimed at highlighting Qatar’s fierce objection to the marginalisation of Sunnis in Iraq, but to add insult to injury the Qatari PM and afterwards the Saudi Foreign Minister, Saud Al Faisal, offered Al Hashimi, a formal red-carpet reception in Doha and Riyadh, even while Al Hashimi –found guilty and handed down death sentence– was facing terrorism allegations. Both Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been working tirelessly to break up the Shia-Kurdish strategic alliance in Iraq, replacing it by a Turkish strategic alliance with the Kurdish Region (KR), headed by, Massoud Barzani, which has unquestionably, not only dramatically bolstered the position of the KR in its tense confrontation with the CG over land and oil, but also ramped up the ethnic tension.
Against this backdrop of growing sectarian tension, the arrest, in Dec 2012, of nine bodyguards of Iraq’s Sunni Finance Minister, Rafe Al Essawi and his accusations to the CG of marginalising the Sunni population, this sparked protests that swept the Sunni-dominated provinces of Anbar, Nainawa, Salah Al Deen and Deyala. Although the protests started spontaneously, nonetheless, they were swiftly taken over by a number of the Iraqiya bloc leaders and hard-line Sunni clerics, who are closely connected to Saudi Arabia and Qatar. And amid Iraqiya’s strenuous attempts to win over Muqtada Al Sadr’s unarguably vital endorsement, to ensure that the protests spreads far beyond the Sunni provinces, hence, it scrambled to replace the menacingly sectarian and Al Qaida’s slogans by patriotic ones. It was, beyond doubt, Izzat Ibrahim’s –vice president during Saddam’s rule– ringing endorsement of the protests, which was followed by Al Qaida’s spokesman’s ominous call on the protesters to take up arms, that made it absolutely inconceivable for any Shia leader, let alone, Al Sadr to urge the Shia to join the protests. Indeed, the demonstrations that took place in Shia areas were by contrast highly supportive of Al Maliki’s government and have categorically refused any alterations to either the terrorism or the Justice and accountability laws.
The principal accusation of deliberately discriminating against the Sunni minority levelled at the CG, holds no water for the following reasons: Firstly, while the Sunni minority has persistently been in power since 1920, it was however, during the Baathist era –which started in 1968–and specifically under Saddam’s rule–which began in 1979–that the Sunnis were almost exclusively calling the shots in Iraq. No wonder, the Sunnis regard the prominent positions –Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister, Finance Minister and seven more ministries– given to them as woefully inadequate. Secondly, with the exception of the single clash, which occurred on 25th Jan 2013 –five weeks after the protests commenced– between the army and the protesters that caused the death of 8 protesters. It is, nonetheless, incontestable that the army has consistently been extremely patient and extraordinarily lenient. While in comparison, the army was by far much harsher in dealing with protests in Shia areas like Basra, Al Nasriya and Al Diwaniyah. Thirdly, in stark contrast to Sunni claims that Article 4 of the terrorism law has persistently been exploited to unfairly target them, in fact it was the Shia cities of Basra, Amarah, and Sadr city that experienced, in 2008, the harshest crack down and the strictest implementation of anti-terror laws. And finally, in an unprecedented move, the CG swiftly established three committees –headed by highly influential officials– to meet protesters demands. The CG is promptly meeting the protesters demands, including the release of thousands of prisoners and the return of thousands of those excluded to their jobs or receiving pensions. The protesters, however, have not only insisted that none of their demands have been fulfilled, but dramatically ramped up their demands, calling for scraping the constitution and toppling Al Maliki’s CG. This without doubt underlines that there are internal and external parties, spurring these protest not merely to persist but to dramatically escalate.
The internal parties include: Firstly, Iraqiya leaders, namely the speaker of the parliament, Usama Al Nujayfi, the Finance Minister, and the head of bloc in Parliament, Salman Al Jumaili, are desperately attempting to revive their popularity by portraying themselves as being targeted for standing up to the CG. They are also using these protests to pile the pressure on Al Maliki to force him to resign, and, above all, hoping to regain lost ground to Al Maliki –particularly in the disputed areas with the KR– whose tough stance against the KR has undoubtedly bolstered his popularity with Sunni-Arabs. Secondly, these protests are certainly music to Brazani’s ears, who has been increasingly alarmed by Al Maliki’s growing popularity among the Sunni-Arabs in the disputed areas.
The external parties include: Firstly, Al Qaida which views the on-going protests as a golden opportunity for more radicalisation and ultimately an upsurge in recruitment. Just as important to Al Qaida, is exploiting the army’s reluctance to tackle terrorist suspects in the Sunni provinces –fearing the ready-made accusation of targeting Sunnis– to re-activate the safe-havens that originally existed in the Sunni provinces. Secondly, for Saudi Arabia these protests are a dream come true: with Saudi Arabia’s popular uprising –which swept the Shia-dominated and oil-rich Eastern province– spreading to the Sunni heartland. The Saudi regime is increasingly using Iraq’s turmoil to convince its people that democracy eventually leads to instability, insecurity and ultimately civil war. The Saudi regime is also seeking not merely to fend off any potential challenge by a democratic Iraq to its leadership of the Arab World, but also to ostracize Iraq by trumpeting these Sunni protests as irrefutable evidence from the horse’s mouth that Iraq is adopting a sectarian policy against the Sunnis. Moreover, both Saudi Arabia and Qatar are exploiting the protests in Iraq as a highly effective tool to divert Iraq’s CG attention away from pursuing a diplomatic solution in Syria, as well as placating Iraq’s strident opposition to Saudi and Qatari concerted derive to, not just finance and arm the Syrian opposition –namely the extremist and hard-line Wahhabi Salafi, Jabhat Al Nusra, which is essentially Al Qaida’s branch in Syria– but also pay salaries to the insurgents. In addition, both the Saudis and Qataris are using the protests to keeps Iraq’s CG far too busy to prop up the Syrian regime. The Saudi regime is taking advantage of these protests and the sectarian strife it is deliberately stoking –in Iraq, Syria and Bahrain– to stave of dissent in its Sunni heartland by demonstrating that it is not just the guardian of Sunni Islam, but also at the forefront of combating an existential threat from the Shia, namely Iran.
The sectarian-ethnic conflicts, protests, Turkey’s open hostility and a revitalised Al Qaida are all an integral part of a modified last ditch attempt spearheaded by Saudi Arabia and Qatar to achieve their overarching goal of destabilising and ultimately dismantling the fledgling democracy in Iraq. Yet, alarmingly, even if this ferocious all-out assault fails to restore minority rule, which is almost certainly the case –since the Shia are ready to fight tooth and nail to hold-on to power and indeed the CG have shown its unwavering determination on the 15th Feb 2013 to thwart all attempts to march on Baghdad– then Saudi Arabia and Qatar are implacably determined to throw their support behind the Sunnis drive to establish a Sunni Regional Government, which is similar to the KR but under Saudi and Qatari complete control. For Saudi Arabia and Qatar, if they cannot have all of Iraq back, they are hell-bent on taking part of it for now.
Kahlili: Iranian Regime Concerned about Radiation Leak from Fordow Blast
Atomic radiation symbol Farsi Inscription at Fordow: "Fadayat Rahbar," to be sacrificed for the
Source; Wallyworld blogspotLeader". In smaller script: Shedding blood for Allah, or blood for the
path of Allah; Source DigiGlobe, January 21, 2013
The Iranian regime persists in a cover up of the Fordow blast, while panicked about radiation leaks that may spread to major cities. New details have emerged identifying the names of Iranian and North Korean scientists among the more than 76 killed of the 219 trapped underground when the blast allegedly occurred at enrichment facility near Qom on January 21st. Moreover, new information indicates that the IAEA had not visited the Facility since early December 2012, giving rise to doubts about statements by their official spokesperson in late January which were used by Iran as part of the continuing cover-up. The issue is will these latest revelations penetrate the discussions between Iran and the P5+1 delegates at another meeting with Islamic regime negotiators in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, February 26th.
According to sources cited in a new World Net Daily (WND) article by Reza Kahlili, ex-CIA Spy who had infiltrated Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, the regime has “ordered millions of antidote iodine pills from Russia and Ukraine amid fears the radioactivity will spread.” His sources noted:
Many of the personnel, who arrived after the explosion to assist with the cleanup at the site, have been taken to a military hospital suffering from headache, nausea and vomiting, according to a source in the security forces protecting Fordow.
A special team of nuclear experts was ordered to the site days ago, the source said, and detected high levels of radiation.
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The number of confirmed dead from the explosions has risen to 76, said the source, who provided exclusively to WND the names of 14 Iranian scientists and one North Korean who died in the blasts.
Security forces have arrested 17 high-ranking officers, including majors and colonels, over the incident and summarily executed Maj. Ali Montazernia, a member of the security forces in charge at Fordow.
The Islamic regime has put up a wall of silence surrounding the explosions, but with the possibility of radioactive fallout creating grave health and environmental disasters in the nearby holy city of Qom and other surrounding cities, it may not be able to maintain the secret, the source suggested
Kahlili’s source even identified Iranian and North Korean scientists killed at Fordow:
Five from a research team of the Center for Defensive Studies of the Jame Imam Hossein University of Tehran: Mohammad Rosham Entezar, Samad Doorbash, Jalal Namdar, Abdolreza Samadi and Mehdi Sufiaei.
Three from the Center for Research and Nuclear Support of Imam Hossein University in Tehran: Ali Ebadi, Majid Fakhri and Mehdi Jasoor.
Two from Physics University of Isfahan: Ahmad Abdolahipour and Alireza Parhizkar.
One from the University of Tabriz, Faculty of Physics: Hassan Soltan Nejad.
Three from Sharif University of Technology – The Center for Research of Physics: Faramarz Naghsh Ara, Hamid Boroostani and Saeid Fazeli.
One North Korean from the Atomic Research Center of Yongbyon: Chin-Hae Kang-Jun.
Kahili further notes the specious IAEA statements about when the watchdog agency last inspected Fordow:
In an unusual move on Jan. 29, the spokeswoman for the International Atomic Energy Agency, Gill Tudor, emailed reporters a brief statement: “We understand that Iran has denied that there has been an incident at Fordow. This is consistent with our observations.”
When pushed by WND, however, Tudor could neither confirm nor deny the incident had taken place and would not say whether IAEA inspectors had visited the site after the explosions, despite some media reports that they had.
The IAEA’s latest report, released on Feb. 21, states that a physical inspection of Fordow was done between Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, well before the reported explosions. The report said that as of Feb. 17, Iran continued to feed hexafluoride gas into all four cascades of centrifuges at Fordow to enrich uranium, but this information was solely based on what Iranian officials told the U.N. nuclear watchdog.
Even the regime’s Fars News Agency, in covering the recent IAEA report, confessed to that by running this headline: “Fordow site is active, according to information provided by Iran to the IAEA.”
The Fars story reported, “The IAEA in part of its report verifies that the Fordow site, based on the Design Information Questioner filed by Iran, is active.”
Kahlili noted the official dissimilitude about the Fordow event and Russian aid to Iran using lasers to enrich uranium:
Iranian officials have repeatedly lied about previous acts of sabotage, including the effect of the Stuxnet virus and the status of the Bushehr nuclear power plant. The BBC, in a Feb. 22 report, said the Bushehr plant has again been shut down and that Russia has confirmed it, despite the Iranian regime’s earlier denial.
IAEA officials were denied access to Fordow during their last inspection trip. IAEA requests to inspect the Parchin military site and four other suspect sites were also denied. The regime also failed to respond to IAEA inquiries on its activity involving laser technology for uranium enrichment.
An exclusive WND report on Jan. 22 revealed that Russians are helping to enrich uranium using lasers at the secret Bo nab site. The IAEA has revealed that Iran’s heavy-water plant in Arak could likely become operational in the first quarter of 2014. The plant, once live, could provide enough plutonium for several bombs just in its first year of operation.
The latest IAEA report also indicated that the regime has started the process of installing its advanced centrifuges at its Natanz nuclear facility, which the U.S. State Department called “yet another provocative step.”
Furthermore, 252 parliamentarians of the Islamic regime issued a statement today asserting, “There is no stopping in the Iran’s nuclear train,” and that despite the psychological war by America and all the sanctions in place, the country’s nuclear program will continue.
Kahlili’s latest report has the ring of authenticity. Will that be enough to jar the P5+1 meeting in Almay, Kazakhstan on Tuesday, February 26th? Somehow we doubt it as these reports have not been picked up by the mainstream media. News from Tehran about new uranium deposits and installation of new generation IR2M centrifuges at Natanz may have been part of the cover up to give the impression that the Islamic Republic will achieve its goal of nuclear enrichment of fissile materials by this spring. The Islamic Regime has demanded the lifting of international sanctions. The P5+1 is reported to have offered to lift restrictions on trade in precious metals. This would facilitate Turkey’s and other countries continuing purchases of Iranian natural gas. When Vice President Biden possible direct talks with Iran at the Munich Security Conference, that was dismissed as ‘deceitful’ by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei in an official statement on the 34th Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution when he said:
You aim the gun at the Iranian nation and then say 'negotiate or I shoot'! But you should know that pressure and negotiation are not compatible and the (Iranian) nation will not be intimidated by these things.
Lee Smith, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, writing in Tablet Magazine on “Why Iran Already has the Bomb”, in the wake of the North Korean atomic test , made this provocative statement:
If North Korea has the bomb, then for all practical purposes Iran does, too. If that’s so, then Obama’s policy of prevention has failed, and containment—a policy that the president has repeatedly said is not an option—is in fact all Washington has.
Smith in conclusion noted this with regard to Obama’s upcoming trip to Israel in March:
If this is the case, Obama will go down in history as the American president who presided over global nuclear proliferation, including rogue regimes. After four years of restraining the Israelis, he may now be going to visit them next month for a good reason: to apologize.