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Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Heacham Parish Church and the 1617 Bible
I visited Heacham in Norfolk again recently. As part of the 400th anniversary of the Authorised version of the Bible, better know to our US readers as the King James Bible there was an small exhibition of significant Bibles, including the one dated 1617 which parish tradition has was the gift of King James and Queen Anne to Rebecca Rolfe, born Matoaka, best known as Pocahontas.
In 2007 when I wrote the original article about Pocahontas the Bible was kept in Norwich. This year I was allowed to look at it and take some photographs. It was quite a profound and thoughtful experience to touch something so old and significant in our history.
This is a detail of one of my favourite passages from the Gospel of St John. Chap 14.27 and Chap 15.1. In my New English Bible it reads Peace is my parting gift to you, my own peace, such has the world cannot give. Set your troubled hearts at rest and banish your fears.
And, I am the real vine and my Father is the gardener.
I think I rather prefer Husbandman. And look at the illumination of the first capital of this Kalendar and table for the order of psalms amd lessons, and the border combining the English Tudor rose with the Scottish thistle.
Thanks again to the people of Heacham for a warm welcome.
Darwish: Sharia Vigilante Street Justice in America
Islamic Hate Crime Victim in St. Louis
My colleague Nonie Darwish has this gripping story on FrontPage Magazine of Sharia vigilante justice meted out to an Iraqi Muslim emigre on the Streets of St. Louis in broad daylight for writing a poem defending Jews. The circumstances as descrribed in her report would lead you to believe that the victim, Mr. Alaa Alseagh, was deemed an apostate and threatend with corporeal punishment under a Fatwa . This is the constant danger that all apostates from Islam face in America. So much for media attention to the fate of this individual. What our Federal Justice department, Division of civil rgihts does with this is quite another matter given the philo-Muslim stance of Attorney General Eric Holder.
Here is what Nonie Darwish wrote and take a look at Mr. Alseagh's back and send an email to Mr. Holder in Washington requesting an investigation. But don't hold your breathe for a reply.
Sharia Vigilante Street Justice in America
Posted By Nonie Darwish On September 27, 2011 @ 12:40 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 38 Comments
About a year ago, I posted an Arabic language poem titled “Tears at the Heart of the Holocaust” on my website, ArabsForIsrael.com. The poem expressed its Arab author’s love for the Jewish people and his mourning over what happened to them in the Holocaust. The brave poet, Mr. Alaa Alsaegh, is an immigrant to the US from Iraq, who now lives in Missouri. Such poems did not sit well with the Muslim community, which caused Mr. Alsaegh to be alienated from it. He received threats because of his support for the Jewish people, was called an infidel and a traitor to Islam, but he continued with his writing of poems and did not take the threats too seriously.
Mr. Alsaegh, as well as Muslim critics and former Muslims who are accused of apostasy, are living under threats, but, lo and behold, if we dare to speak about our fears, we are immediately silenced and accused of being Islamophobes. The mainstream media insist that there is no need to fear Sharia or its enforcers in America and that we are exaggerating our plight from Islam. We are told that what happens in the Arab streets can never happen in the streets of America.
Tell that to Alsaegh, after the unthinkable happened to him, when on August 14, 2011 and in broad daylight and heavy traffic, he was viciously attacked on the streets of St. Louis, Missouri. According to Mr. Alsaegh, as he was driving at 10:30 in the morning on Compton St. near Park Ave., a small white car cut him off and hit his car, while another car stopped behind him. The occupants of the cars, some of whom wore security guard-type uniforms, quickly entered Alsaegh’s car, pointing a gun at him. They pushed his upper body down against the steering wheel, stabbed him and pulled off his shirt to expose his back. Then, with a knife, they carved the Star of David on his back while laughing as they recited his pro-Jewish poem. Mr. Alsaegh believes that the attackers could be Somalis, but he was not sure. After the attackers fled the scene, Mr. Alsaegh was surrounded by witnesses to the crime and was taken to the hospital. The photo representing this story was taken at the hospital.
After I learned of the attack on Mr. Alsaegh, I did not want to rush to judgment and waited until he told me that the FBI concluded that this was a hate crime. I believe that my article on this incident is the first to be reported in the media. This incident has been totally ignored by the mainstream media.
Why is it that attacks perpetrated by Muslims against Muslim infidels or honor crimes are ignored? Crimes done by Muslims against other Muslims who are considered apostates should alert the American public of what is coming to American streets if Muslims start increasing in numbers. The dirty little secret of Islamic hate and intolerance is clear from this story, and no one in the media cares to expose it and alert the American public.
This story strikes at the heart of what the American media establishment is trying to advocate when it comes to Islam — that it is somehow a religion of peace and that those who criticize jihad and Islamic Jew-hatred are “Islamophobes.”
Are we going to call Mr. Alsaegh and those of us who have had similar threats “Islamophobes“? Are American media outlets covering up Islamic atrocities not only in the Middle East, but also in America? We former Muslims are putting our lives on the line to tell America that we are all in danger from the Islamic doctrines of jihad and Sharia, but few are listening, and our own media and politicians are calling us Islamophobes. Is that the America I love?
Mr. Alsaegh is now scared to death and wants to move away to another state where he can live and write anonymously. He is now left with the hospital emergency room bill to take care of.
I have been personally attacked recently by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and was listed by the government of Iran, together with others, as a threat. Such threats should never be taken lightly.
As to those who defend Sharia as “nothing to be scared of,” I say, welcome to Sharia vigilante street justice in the streets of America.
A Mali parliament member says seven people were hurt and tens of thousands of dollars of damage were done after a group of Muslims attacked a hotel and nightclub complex he owns in the capital of Bamako. Nataniel Dembele said Tuesday the followers of a nearby mosque had been threatening his complex for some time saying it was too close to their place of worship. The complex is about 320 feet (100 meters) away. Dembele said more than 100 men armed with sticks, machetes and molotov cocktails attacked the building early Monday morning.
After viewing the damage Tuesday, Mali's Minister for Tourism Mohamed El Moctar said those responsible for the attack would be punished. He said the attack could not be taken as proof of a rise in fundamentalist Islam in Mali
Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani awaits execution in Iran as he refuses to renounce his Christian faith for the second day in a row. He will be asked to recant in two more court hearings on the 27 and the 28, and if he again refuses, execution by hanging will follow as early as Wednesday.
The case began in October 2009 when Nadarkhani protested at the local school of his two sons. The government had recently passed a law stating that Islam must be imposed on children in local school, and even on Christian children.
Nadarkhani publically protested at the school, stating the law was unconstitutional because it did not allow the free practice of religion. His protest caught the attention of the police and government.
After being a pastor in a series of churches for the past ten years, Nadarkhani was arrested, along with his wife and other Christian followers, while attempting to register his own church in June 2010. He was tried in local Rasht court for apostasy, or a renunciation of Islam, and evangelizing Muslims.
His lawyer, Mr. Mohammed Ali Dadkhah, argued that because he was not a practicing Muslim before becoming a pastor, he did not technically “renounce” Islam. The Supreme Court retorted by stating that Nadarkhani’s Muslim ancestry makes him guilty. Considering that Iran is 99 percent Islam, Dadkhah questions the ability of any citizen to be considered exempt from Islam ancestry.
The Supreme Court did provide Nadarkhani with one option of survival: the ultimatum of “renounce or die.”
Defense attorney Dadkhah uses Iran’s violation of the country’s law and constitution, especially its written approval of freedom of speech, as his main premise for defense. Dadkhah is also under fire for his participation in this case. A founding member of the Iranian organization Defenders of Human Rights Center, he is currently appealing charges of nine years imprisonment and 10 years ban on practicing law for “actions and propaganda against the Islamic Regime,”
32 witnesses will be called to give evidence at a hearing about how an incorrect order allegedly led to a violent assault on two police officers at a western Sydney McDonald's in April.
Mouhamad Khaled, 23, his 20-year-old girlfriend Daphne Florence Austin and his father Walid Khaled, 53, have been charged over the brawl at the Bankstown fast food outlet.
In Burwood Local Court yesterday, Magistrate Christopher Longley set a hearing date in February for Austin and Walid Khaled, who have each pleaded not guilty to charges linked to the brawl. Mouhamad Khaled is yet to enter a plea to six charges, including inflicting grievous bodily harm on a police officer, and will be dealt with at a separate hearing.
Police allege the trouble began when the group began abusing counter staff because their hamburger contained bacon.
Police who were on the premises spoke to Walid Khaled about his alleged offensive behaviour. When he allegedly continued to swear, police tried to arrest him. Police allege they were assaulted by Mouhamad Khaled and Austin, prompting them to use capsicum spray and batons. Austin is charged with assaulting and hindering police, and Walid Khaled with resisting police, behaving in an offensive manner and offensive language.
Burwood Local Court was told in August that Austin is due to give birth in November.
As Austin is fully decked out in abaya and hijab I hazard a guess she has converted to Islam and has even been through a nikah ceremony with Khaled Jrn. However as that is not a marriage in law I like that she is described correctly by the authorities as ‘girlfriend’.
Leo Rennert On the Washington Post's Sanitized Abbas
For decades the loyal Holocaust-denying henchman of Arafat, as corrupt as any of his warlords (ask where his children, now "businessmen" in Dubai -- or it Doha? -- got their fortunes in the first place), has been sanitized by much of the Western press, that has falled for Abu Mazen's Mahmoud-No-One-Here-But-Us-Accountants Abbas disguise and routine. It's absurd.
Leo Rennert takes issue here with yet one more example of this, from The Washington Post:
With Mahmoud Abbas's drive to obtain statehood recognition from the UN in full gear, the Washington Post publishes artilcles riddled with falsehoods -- all designed to put the Palestinian leader on a lofty pedestal as a trustworthy peacemaker, while censoring his more dubious embrace of violence and terrorism.
For example, in the Post's Sept. 23 edition, Jerusalem correspondent Joel Greenberg serves up an ode to Abbas as an apostle of non-violence ("In Palestinian bid, new role for Abbas -- Bold statehood initiative thrusts low-key leader into the limelight" Page A8).
Greenberg writes that Abbas is "outspoken about the need to resolve the conflict with Israel through negotiations and not violence." Which is rather strange since Abbas just picked the mother of four terrorists to launch his statehood drive in Ramallah. Also strange since Abbas keeps glorifying terrorist killers and suicide bombers by eulogizing them as "holy martyrs," and names all sorts of public places after them.
To buttress his roseate view of Abbas, Goldberg quotes an Israeli Arab legislator, Ahmed Tibi, as vouching that Abbas is a "man of negotiations and peaceful resistance." Goldbergis article is replete with similar quotes from other Abbas fan-club members. Goldberg easily could have found at least one "expert" with a somewhat contrary view of Abbas, but why spoil a pretty portrait without any warts?
Having given Abbas a kosher certification seal, Goldberg then proceeds to use another falsehood -- this time again from the obliging Tibi to claim that Prime Minister Netanyahu has been "increasing settlements." Which is patently false because both under Netanyahu and his predecessor, Ehud Olmert, Israel has imposed a freeze on the number of settlements. There has been no increase in settlements. Instead, existing settlements have been frozen in their boundaries, not allowed to expand nor to acquire any additional land for settlements. The only growth has been within existing settlements.
Goldbeg knows all this, but in pursuit of his Abbas-good-Bibi-bad agenda, he gives free rein to lies about both Abbas and Netanyahu. With regard to Abbas, gone completely is a reporter's critical mindset and skepticism -- a need to show Abbas's well-documented dark side, not just to puff him up as a Gandhiesque saint.
In the same edition, Post reporter Joby Warrick joins Goldberg in the Abbas-admiration society with an article headlined: "Last-minute push for Mideast talks at U.N."
Here's her howler: The peace process has stalled for more than a year for failure to "reach agreement on a Palestinian request that Israel cease building settlements in the occupied West Bank."
Never mind that the talks have been stalled because Abbas refuses to enter negotiations without pre-condtions. Never mind that Israel already had "ceased building settlements" under Netanyahu's policy and directives [for nearly a year, wiating for the Arabs to respond by agreeing to negotiate] And never mind that the West Bank is not "occupied" territory since it never belonged to the Palestinians" [and Israel's legal title remains unaffected by the Arab possession between 1948 and 1967]. Since both sides have conflcting claims about its ownership, this land is obviously "disputed" real estate. But again, accuracy is dispensed with, trumped by pro-Palestinian bias.
A triple howler in one sentence -- a new Post record for deceiving readers with pro-Palestinian falsehoods.
The White House announced today it planned to expand a program to secure and destroy Libya's huge stockpile of dangerous surface-to-air missiles, following an ABC News report that large numbers of them continue to be stolen from unguarded military warehouses.
Currently the U.S. State Department has one official on the ground in Libya, as well as five contractors who specialize in "explosive ordinance disposal", all working with the rebel Transitional National Council to find the looted missiles, White House spokesperson Jay Carney told reporters.
"We expect to deploy additional personnel to assist the TNC as they expand efforts to secure conventional arms storage sites," Carney said. "We're obviously at a governmental level -- both State Department and at the U.N. and elsewhere -- working with the TNC on this."
ABC News reported today U.S. officials and security experts were concerned some of the thousands of heat-seeking missiles could easily end up in the hands of al Qaeda or other terrorists groups, creating a threat to commercial airliners.
"Matching up a terrorist with a shoulder-fired missile, that's our worst nightmare," said Sen. Barbara Boxer, D.-California, a member of the Senate's Commerce, Energy and Transportation Committee.
Though Libya had an estimated 20,000 man-portable surface-to-air missiles before the popular uprising began in February, Assistant Secretary of State Andrew Shapiro told ABC News today the government does not have a clear picture of how many missiles they're trying to track down.
"We're making great progress and we expect in the coming days and weeks we will have a much greater picture of how many are missing," Shapiro said.
The missiles, four to six-feet long and Russian-made, can weigh just 55 pounds with launcher. They lock on to the heat generated by the engines of aircraft, can be fired from a vehicle or from a combatant's shoulder, and are accurate and deadly at a range of more than two miles.
Peter Bouckaert of Human Rights Watch first warned about the problem after a trip to Libya six months ago. He took pictures of pickup truckloads of the missiles being carted off during another trip just a few weeks ago.
"I myself could have removed several hundred if I wanted to, and people can literally drive up with pickup trucks or even 18 wheelers and take away whatever they want," said Bouckaert, HRW's emergencies director. "Every time I arrive at one of these weapons facilities, the first thing we notice going missing is the surface-to-air missiles."
The ease with which rebels and other unknown parties have snatched thousands of the missiles has raised alarms that the weapons could end up in the hands of al Qaeda, which is active in Libya.
"There certainly are dangerous groups operating in the region, and we're very concerned that some of these weapons could end up in the wrong hands," said Bouckaert.
"I think the probability of al Qaeda being able to smuggle some of the stinger-like missiles out of Libya is probably pretty high," said Richard Clarke, former White House counterterrorism advisor and now a consultant to ABC News.
Tommy Vietor, spokesman for the National Security Council, told ABC News in a statement similar to Carney's remarks that, "Since the beginning of the crisis, we have been actively engaged with our allies and partners to support Libya's efforts to secure all conventional weapons stockpiles, including recover, control, and disposal of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles."
Boxer: U.S. Passenger Jets at Risk
Adding to the urgency is the fact that America's passenger jets, like those of most countries, are sitting ducks, despite years of warning about the missile threat. Since the 1970s, according to the U.S. State Department, more than 40 civilian planes around the world have been hit by surface-to-air missiles. In 2003, Iraqi insurgents hit a DHL cargo plane with a missile in Baghdad. Though on fire, the plane was able to land safely. Four years later, militants knocked a Russian-built cargo plane out of the sky over Somalia, killing all 11 crew members.
Now there are calls in Congress to give jets that fly overseas the same protection military aircraft have.
"I think we should ensure that the wide-bodied planes all have this protection," said Sen. Boxer, who first spoke to ABC News about the surface-to-air security threat in 2006. "And that's a little more than 500 of these planes."
Boxer sent a letter today to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano urging the two to establish a joint program "to protect commercial aircraft from the threat of shoulder-fired missiles."
According to Boxer, it would cost about a million dollars a plane for a system that has been installed and successfully tested over the last few years, directing a laser beam into the incoming missile.
"For us to sit idly by and not do anything when we could protect 2 billion passengers over the next 20 years [with] a relatively small amount of money [from] the Department of Defense, I think that's malfeasance," said Boxer. "I think that's wrong." And it could be more practical than trying to round up all the missing Libyan missiles.
"Once these missiles walk away from these facilities, they're very difficult to get back, as the CIA realized in Afghanistan," said Bouckaert.
When the Afghan mujahideen were fighting the Soviets more than two decades ago, the CIA supplied the Afghans with 1,000 Stinger surface-to-air missiles, which had a devastating effect on Soviet military aircraft. After the Soviets had retreated, however, the CIA spent millions of dollars trying to buy back the remaining missiles from the Afghan fighters.
According to Bouckaert, the CIA spent up to $100,000 a piece to reacquire the Stingers.
"In Libya we're talking about something on the order of 20,000 surface-to-air missiles," said Bouckaert. "This is one of the greatest stockpiles of these weapons that has ever gone on the loose."
(Reuters) - Washington has just about had it with Pakistan.
"Turns out they are disloyal, deceptive and a danger to the United States," fumed Republican Representative Ted Poe last week. "We pay them to hate us. Now we pay them to bomb us. Let's not pay them at all."
For many in America, Islamabad has been nothing short of perfidious since joining a strategic alliance with Washington 10 years ago: selectively cooperating in the war on extremist violence and taking billions of dollars in aid to do the job, while all the time sheltering and supporting Islamist militant groups that fight NATO troops in Afghanistan.
Pakistan has angrily denied the charges, but if its critics are right, what could the explanation be for such duplicity? What strategic agendas might be hidden behind this puzzling statecraft?
The answer is that Pakistan wants to guarantee for itself a stake in Afghanistan's political future.
It knows that, as U.S. forces gradually withdraw from Afghanistan, ethnic groups will be competing for ascendancy there and other regional powers - from India to China and Iran - will be jostling for a foot in the door.
Islamabad's support for the Taliban movement in the 1990s gives it an outsized influence among Afghanistan's Pashtuns, who make up about 42 percent of the total population and who maintain close ties with their Pakistani fellow tribesmen.
In particular, Pakistan's powerful military is determined there should be no vacuum in Afghanistan that could be filled by its arch-foe, India.
Pakistan has fought three wars with its neighbor since the bloody partition of the subcontinent that led to the creation of the country in 1947, and mutual suspicion still hobbles relations between the two nuclear-armed powers today.
"They still think India is their primary policy," said Talat Masood, a retired Pakistani general and prominent political analyst. "India is always in the back of their minds."
In an interview with Reuters on Tuesday, Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani - unprompted - complained that Washington's failure to deal even-handedly with New Delhi and Islamabad was a source of regional instability.
Aqil Shah, a South Asia security expert at the Harvard Society of Fellows, said Islamabad's worst-case scenario would be an Afghanistan controlled or dominated by groups with ties to India, such as the Tajik-dominated Northern Alliance, which it fears would pursue activities hostile to Pakistan.
"Ideally, the military would like Afghanistan to become a relatively stable satellite dominated by Islamist Pashtuns," Shah wrote in a Foreign Affairs article this week.
Although Pakistan, an Islamic state, officially abandoned support for the predominantly Pashtun Taliban after the 9/11 attacks on the United States in 2001, elements of the military never made the doctrinal shift.
Few doubt that the shadowy intelligence directorate, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), has maintained links to the Taliban that emerged from its support for the Afghan mujahideen during the 1979-1989 Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
Until recently, there appeared to be a grudging acceptance from Washington that this was the inevitable status quo.
That was until it emerged in May that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden - who was killed in a U.S. Navy SEALs raid - had been hiding out in a Pakistani garrison town just two hours up the road from Islamabad, by some accounts for up to five years.
Relations between Pakistan and the United States have been stormy ever since, culminating in a tirade by the outgoing U.S. joint chiefs of staff, Mike Mullen, last week.
Mullen described the Haqqani network, the most feared faction among Taliban militants in Afghanistan, as a "veritable arm" of the ISI and accused Islamabad of providing support for the group's September 13 attack on the U.S. embassy in Kabul.
The reaction in Islamabad has been one of stunned outrage.
Washington has not gone public with evidence to back its accusation, and Pakistani officials say that contacts with the Haqqani group do not amount to actual support.
However, Imran Khan, a Pakistani cricketer-turned-populist-politician, said this week that it was too much to expect that old friends could have become enemies overnight.
He told Reuters that, instead of demanding that Pakistan attack the Haqqanis in the mountainous border region of North Waziristan, the United States should use Islamabad's leverage with the group to bring the Afghan Taliban into negotiations.
"Haqqani could be your ticket to getting them on the negotiating table, which at the moment they are refusing," Khan said. "So I think that is a much saner policy than to ask Pakistan to try to take them on."
The big risk for the United States in berating Islamabad is that it will exacerbate anti-American sentiment, which already runs deep in Pakistan, and perhaps embolden it further.
C. Raja Mohan, senior fellow at New Delhi's Center for Policy Research, said Pakistan was probably gambling that the United States' economic crisis and upcoming presidential elections would distract Washington.
"The real game is unfolding on the ground with the Americans. The Pakistan army is betting that the United States does not have too many choices and more broadly that the U.S. is on the decline, he said.
It is also becoming clear that as Pakistan's relations with Washington deteriorate, it can fall back into the arms of its "all-weather friend," China, the energy-hungry giant that is the biggest investor in Afghanistan's nascent resources sector.
Pakistani officials heaped praise on Beijing this week as a Chinese minister visited Islamabad. Among them was army chief General Ashfaq Kayani, arguably the country's most powerful man, who spoke of China's "unwavering support."
In addition, Pakistan has extended a cordial hand to Iran, which also shares a border with Afghanistan.
Teheran has been mostly opposed to the Taliban, which is dominated by Sunni Muslims while Iran is predominantly Shi'ite. But Iran's anti-Americanism is more deep-seated.
"My reading is the Iranians want to see the Americans go," said Raja Mohan, the Indian analyst. "They have a problem with the Taliban, but any American retreat will suit them. Iran in the short term is looking at the Americans being humiliated."
ARMY CALLS THE SHOTS
The supremacy of the military in Pakistan means that Washington has little to gain little from wagging its finger about ties with the Taliban at the civilian government, which is regularly lashed for its incompetence and corruption.
"The state has become so soft and powerless it can't make any difference," said Masood, the Pakistani retired general. "Any change will have to come from the military."
Daniel Markey, a senior fellow for South Asia at the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, said the problem lies with a security establishment that continues to believe that arming and working - actively and passively - with militant groups serves its purposes.
"Until ... soul-searching takes place within the Pakistani military and the ISI, you're not likely to see an end to these U.S. demands, and a real shift in terms of the relationship," Markey said in an online discussion this week. "This is the most significant shift that has to take place."
Sydney: Muslim fan of jihad preacher Al-Awlaki arrested after police foil robbery
I came across this story at jihadwatch - I had missed it myself in a skim of our national news pages earlier today, but another vigilant Aussie had found it and flagged it. These Muslims in Western Sydney were engaging in armed robbery but the nature and amount of the material found by the raid suggests that they may have had bigger things in mind. Where, in the case of Mohammedans, does Organised Crime or Piracy end, and Jihad begin?
As reported in Melbourne's "The Age", Dylan Welch reporting.
'A Sydney man (that should be, 'a Sydney Muslim man' - CM) with "demonstrated connections" to one of the world's most dangerous terrorist preachers (to one of the world's most dangerous jihad gang bosses - CM) has been arrested by Sydney police over allegations he broke into a cash machine.
Mohammed was a thief and a robber and his followers are like him - CM
'Milad bin Ahmad-Shah al-Ahmadzai was arrested after three other men were prevented from robbing a cash van at gunpoint in far western Sydney yesterday morning.
'Ahmadzai, 21, is alleged by Australia's domestic intelligence agency, ASIO, to have had contact with the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda preacher, Anwar Al-Awlaki.
'Awlaki is of great concern to Western intelligence agencies due to his repeatedly demonstrated ability to radicalise (that is, to recruit for combat Jihad - CM) via the internet young Muslim men in Western countries.
But I would also like to know what mosque, or mosques, this Ahmadzai and his partners-in-crime, and/ or their families, regularly attended. Is ASIO looking into that? I hope they are. Search those mosques. . - CM
'Awlaki is seen as such a threat that last year he was placed on a CIA "catch or kill" list.
If they knock him off, he will be replaced by somebody else. The thing to do is to not have young Muslim men living in Western countries, in the first place. - CM
'Last year, Ahmadzai was one of 23 Australian residents (I bet that should be '23 Muslims resident in Australia' - CM) whom ASIO judged of such concern that it alerted US authorities to them. The US State Department subsequently added them to a domestic no-fly database, according to a leaked cable from the US embassy in Canberra.
Are these guys born in Australia? If not, can't we just strip them of citizenship - if so be they have acquired it - send them back where they came from, if they were deemed to be that dangerous? - CM
'But yesterday morning Ahmadzai was in a different type of trouble, arrested by detectives from the New South Wales police robbery squad at his home in Ermington in Sydney's west.
'He was arrested shortly after three other men (I'd say that probably ought to be, 'three other Muslim men' - CM) aged between 24 and 29, were found by detectives in a car park in Cecil Hills in Sydney's outer suburbs.
'The three men were in two stolen cars (one must assume the police 'found' them in the course of tracking those cars - CM) and police allege they found a rifle, two hand-guns and several balaclavas with them. An armoured cash van was also in the car park when the arrests occurred.
One must assume that the van was intended to be robbed..-CM
'The three were taken to western Sydney police stations and charged with robbery and firearms offences.
'After the arrests, police executed search warrants at Ahmadzai's home and five other locations, seizing a Subaru WRX, a pistol, ammunition, Australian and US currency, a pill press, anabolic steroids, two-way radios, laptop computers, mobile phones, and passports.
Hmmm. This looks to me like the armed robbery was by way of raising cash to finance future acts of full-on combat jihad, either in Australia or the USA. I wonder what sort of treasure trove will be found on those mobile phones and computers.?
Successfully pursue a stolen car/ armed robbery investigation, and discover that you have most likely foiled a mass-murderous jihad plot...Well done to the NSW police. But Muslims like Ahmadzai and his associates should not be in Australia in the first place. If they weren't here - if their families had not been foolishly permitted to settle here - then all armed robbery, car theft, drug dealing , fraud and other major crime engaged in by Mohammedan perpetrators, besides the perpetual plots to kill large numbers of non-Muslim Australians that keep on being detected - simply would not exist. The sooner the powers-that-be figure that out, and put a total stop to any further Muslim immigration into Australia, and start working out ways of removing from our shores the criminal and/or jihad-waging/ jihad-inciting sharia-pushing Muslims who are already here, the better.
'All four are due to face Sydney courts today".
Post scriptum: i wonder whether the newly-elected Grand Mufti of Australia's Muslims will have anything to say about this affaire?
Massachusetts Man Plotted to Blow Up Pentagon, U.S. Capitol Using Model Plane, Feds Say
September 28, 2011 | FoxNews.com
26-year-old Massachusetts man was arrested Wednesday and accused of plotting to blow up the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol using large remote-controlled aircraft laden with explosives, as well as attempting to assist Al Qaeda in attacking U.S. troops overseas.
Rezwan Ferdaus of Ashland, Mass., was arrested Wednesday in Framingham after undercover FBI agents delivered weapons Ferdaus allegedly sought for the alleged plan. The stash included what he thought was 25 pounds of C-4 explosives, as well as three grenades and six fully-automatic AK-47 assault, a press release from the Department of Justice reads.
Ferdaus was arrested after he took the the materials and locked them in his storage unit, according to an affadavit that says the storage unit was rented under a false name in June.
The public was never in danger from the explosives, as undercover agents monitored the alleged plot and kept up frequent contact with Ferdaus, the press release read. More than 30 federal, state and local agencies in the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force worked together in the operation, including police departments in Worcester, Ashland and Framingham and the ATF.
In recorded conversations, Ferdaus said he planned to attack the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol using aircraft similar to “small drone airplanes” that were guided by GPS equipment, the affidavit said. The plan called for three remote-controlled aircraft to carry out the attacks, along with six other gunmen divided into two teams, with Ferdaus coordinating the operation.
In May, Ferdaus traveled from Boston to Washington, D.C., to take photos of the Pentagon and Capitol for surveillance. He planned to launch the C4-filled aircraft from sites at the East Potomac Park, authorities allege, and an F-86 Sabre remote-controlled aircraft was delivered to Ferdaus’ storage facility in August.
Authorities say they gave Ferdaus multiple opportunities to back out of the plot, as they told him it would likely kill women and children. But Ferdaus never wavered in his plan, the affidavit said.
"I just can't stop; there is no other choice for me," he allegedly said.
Ferdaus, who is a Northeastern University graduate with a degree in physics, is accusing of beginning in early 2010 a plot to bring violent “jihad” against the U.S, who he described as "enemies of Allah."
He also supplied eight mobile phones to undercover FBI agents who he thought were recruiters for Al Qaeda, authorities said. The phones were modified to be used as electrical switches for IEDs, and Ferdaus thought they could be used to kill American soldiers, the affidavit said. Ferdaus also allegedly made a training video to demonstrate how to make more the weapons.
Ferdaus said “that was exactly what I wanted,” when he was told one of the devices killed three U.S. soldiers and injured four to five others in Iraq in June, authorities said.
Ferdaus faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of providing material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization, up to 20 years for a charge of attempting to destroy national defense premises. He also faces a five-year minimum mandatory prison sentence and up to 20 years if convicted of attempting to damage and destroy U.S.-owned buildings with explosives.
He was expected to appear Wednesday afternoon in federal court in Worcester, Mass.
"I want the public to understand that Mr. Ferdaus' conduct, as alleged in the complaint, is not reflective of a particular culture, community or religion," said Carmen Ortiz, U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. "In addition to protecting our citizens from the threats and violence alleged today, we also have an obligation to protect members of every community, race and religion against violence and other unlawful conduct."
That's because the terror group wants sole responsibility for the horrific attacks.
In the latest issue of its English-language magazine, Inspire, Al Qaeda lit into Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's repeated statements that 9/11 was the work of the American government.
"Al Qaeda ... succeeded in what Iran couldn't," wrote an author named Abu Suhail, the Jerusalem Post reported. "Therefore it was necessary for the Iranians to discredit 9/11 and what better way to do so? Conspiracy theories."
"For them, Al Qaeda was a competitor for the hearts and minds of the disenfranchised Muslims around the world," Suhail wrote.
Ahmadinejad has spoken several times about 9/11 over the years, most recently during his visit to the UN.
During his speech, he said those who question the official story of Sept. 11 are treated to "sanctions and military actions," and noted the U.S. killed Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden instead of bringing him to trial.
Iran Says Its New Cruise Missile Can 'Sink Giant Warships'
September 28, 2011
Iran has begun to mass manufacture a domestically developed cruise missile that reportedly could be used to strike Israel and potentially counter U.S. naval presence in the Persian Gulf.
The missile, called Ghader, which means capable in Farsi, has a 124-mile range and can "sink giant warships," Gen. Ahmad Vahidi, the Iranian defense minister, said in an interview on Press TV. He went on to say the missile could be launched quickly and travel at low altitudes.
The exact number of missiles produced is unclear, but they reportedly were delivered to the Revolutionary Guard’s naval division. The country often makes announcements about new advances in military technology that cannot be independently verified.
Vahidi called the manufacture of the missile a "great achievement" and denied reports circulating that the missile was not produced in the country, The Jerusalem Post reported.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled the missile in August, when he said the intention was defensive and to ensure that Iran's enemies "do not dare attack," the AFP reported.
However, Iran’s growing arsenal includes short- and medium-range ballistic missiles that are capable of hitting targets in the region, such as Israel and U.S. military bases in the Gulf. Reports of the mass production comes at a time when there appears to be increasing tension between Iran and the U.S.
The West is already concerned about Iran's military capabilities, especially the implications of the country's disputed nuclear program. The U.S. and some of its allies, as well as the U.N.'s nuclear agency, the International Atomic Energy Agency, fear that Iran is trying to produce a nuclear weapon. Tehran denies the charges.
On Tuesday, the Iran announced plans to move naval vessels out of the Persian Gulf and into the Atlantic Ocean, "near maritime borders of the United States.”
“As the global arrogance (forces of imperialism) have a (military) presence near our sea borders, we also plan to have a strong presence near the U.S. sea borders with the help of the soldiers who are loyal to the vali-e faqih (supreme jurisprudent),” said Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, as quoted and paraphrased by the Tehran Times.
Iran began a military self-sufficiency program in 1992, under which it produces a large range of weapons, including tanks, missiles, jet fighters, unmanned drone aircraft and torpedoes.
TRIPOLI, Libya — Before I left for Libya to cover Moammar Gadhafi's flight from Tripoli and its aftermath, my roommate in Cairo remarked that I didn't look excited to be going.
"I'm not sure what else I can learn about war," I said.
I wanted to believe the narrative I had been getting from news coverage of the Libyan revolution — that this revolution was spotless, clean, was a replacement for the murderous dictatorship that came before. But too many years of war disabuses any rational observer of such romanticism. I had covered the war in Iraq and the violence in Lebanon and I knew: Violence has its own logic, and political catharsis frequently confuses freedom and democracy with mob rule.
When I arrived in Libya, it was easy to believe the narrative. The rebels, now revolutionaries, shouted "Allahu Akbar" — God is great — to one another at checkpoints, as a greeting coming and going, and as an affirmation of anything they think is good.
During my first week or two in Libya I found it an affable salutation, and an inclusive one — Libyans are (almost all) Muslims. Encouraged, I participated, heartily adopting it at checkpoints and in response to questions about "what I thought" of the Libyan revolution.
Identifying myself as an American journalist elicited smiles and handshakes, thumbs up and "Thank you!" — as though I had somehow been personally involved in NATO's decision to support the rebellion. I smiled and reciprocated. The last time I had experienced anything similar in the Middle East was in 2003, after the fall of Baghdad to U.S. troops.
Then skepticism kicked in. Enjoy this honeymoon, I told myself. It took Iraqis about six months to go from shaking hands to shooting.
The revolutionaries are students, teachers, engineers, graphic designers. It was impossible not to be impressed by the people. There are undeniably positive aspects of the Libyan revolution. Perhaps most impressive is the way in which Libyans have managed to keep many aspects of daily life running, volunteering to continue their work in the absence of the government that legislated or controlled various aspects of daily life.
Young Libyans had been thrown into the deep end. They learned to swim, so fast that at first I didn't realize this was all new for them. Gadhafi's rule, though politically violent and at times tumultuous, had provided a sort of stability, nearly 42 years of it. The vast majority of the people who drove him from Tripoli didn't have any actual experience of a Libya without him, only a solid conviction that it would be a better place with him gone.
I'd gotten used to working in Iraq, where people half my age have experienced lifetimes' worth of violence. I'd gotten used to Lebanon, where the national psyche, brought on by decades of war, could be described as a constant state of readiness and a joie de vivre that comes with knowing that life can be very, very short. It took me a while to realize that whatever violence Gadhafi had used against his opponents, the idea of Libyans drawing their weapons on one another was far more unusual than it had been in other places I had covered.
The first driver I hired in Tripoli, a 21-year-old dental student, quit after the first day. We'd spent it trying to determine the fate of more than 100 bodies left to rot in a square near Gadhafi's palace and a nearby hospital. By the end of the day, the driver was weeping. He had seen enough of the war. He had no memory of Gadhafi's disastrous military campaigns in Africa in the 1980s and '90s.
But in other parts of Libya, the violence touched everyone.
"Even the gay men fought," one young man in Misrata told me, in explaining how thoroughly the city had been affected and how everyone had pitched in. "I couldn't believe it. They fought and they killed like everyone else."
The joy of the revolutionaries and their supporters after they took Tripoli was infectious. For the first week, celebratory fire was ubiquitous, especially at night, when fighters rallied by the seaside and paraded through Martyr's Square, encouraged by tens of thousands of people from all over the country who came to the square each day. Cartoons of the former leader and revolutionary slogans filled nearly every available wall in some parts of Tripoli. It looked like most of the cartoonists had spent some time practicing, or at least some time giving their work serious forethought.
But the jubilation at Gadhafi's departure belied the seriousness of what is happening beneath the surface.
I was admiring a piece of anti-Gadhafi artwork underneath a highway overpass when I became aware that rebels at a nearby checkpoint were questioning someone. The only identification he carried identified him as a citizen of Guinea Bissau. It was clear the rebels suspected him of being a pro-Gadhafi mercenary. They demanded to know where his passport was. The man looked scared.
"It's at my grandfather's house," the man, whose name was Ibraima Djalo, said, pointing to the other side of the checkpoint where he had been stopped.
Xenophobia quickly consumed the rebel forces, fueled by rumors that many of Gadhafi's soldiers were "mortezaka," foreign mercenaries paid to fight. There's no evidence that this happened, at least not on the scale that many Libyans think. But many revolutionary militiamen believe any black African without proper documentation is potentially mortezaka.
That's made the past weeks difficult, at best, for the thousands of foreign Africans working in Libya who entered the country illegally and have no documentation from the government. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of black Libyans and non-Libyans have been arrested by revolutionary forces on very little evidence and crowded into packed jails.
Djalo begged to be forgiven and allowed to simply pass. He had been living in Libya for three years, he said, cleaning houses. He hadn't had work for the last month because of the Ramadan holiday and the fighting in and around Tripoli.
"I am a Muslim," he said. "We are all Muslims."
"We are all Muslims," is something many Libyans told me when I asked them what would prevent post-revolution violence from engulfing their country.
Djalo, unfortunately, probably wasn't interested in the irony. The militiamen did not believe his story. It did not help that he spoke little Arabic and was forced to communicate with his interlocutors in broken English and French.
A sedan pulled up to the checkpoint, with three armed militiamen inside. The fourth seat was for Djalo, who would be taken, they said, to get his passport. If the document proved satisfactory, the militiamen said, they would let him go. If not, he would be taken to a military base for further "investigation." I never learned his fate.
Libyans scoff at the idea that their country could become "like Iraq," but one of the first things Iraqi militants did after the invasion was to prey upon minority groups. Later they turned on one another. With Saddam Hussein gone, factions once united in a common cause fought over power and resources.
Already, factions are emerging in Libya, with political leaders arguing that one area of the country is less represented than another. A dictatorship often creates a system of bureaucratic patrimony, and Gadhafi's appears to have been no different. The tribe of Gen. Abdulfattah Younes, the rebel military leader assassinated in July, has complained openly that it had been sidelined in the new power structure. So have the rebel fighters from Misrata.
Libya now boasts perhaps the most heavily armed populace in the world, thanks to Qatar and other rebel backers, who showered the rebels with weapons in the final months of their campaign, even as the rebels took more and more materiel from Gadfhafi's well-stocked storehouses. An unknown amount of munitions are simply missing.
Will the rebels put down their guns, favoring ballots instead of bullets? When the last outposts of Gadhafi supporters finally fall under rebel control, we will have our answer. But graffiti celebrating Gadhafi's departure is not the only writing on the wall.
In Tawergha, a village of black Libyans that has been "cleansed" by the rebels, someone had scrawled the word "abeed" — a slur for blacks that means "slave." Some of the residents of Tawergha, a historically black city on the coast 25 miles south of Misrata, were descended from slaves. Others come from Libya's southern cities. With blacks being coded as supporters of Gadhafi, the rebel rhetoric of cleansing began months before the actual act. The people of Misrata have even developed a victim's narrative for it. They began by driving out many of the residents of Goshi, a predominantly black neighborhood in Misrata.
Out of the violence against Misrata came violence against Tawergha. Crushed, feeling weak, the people of a ruined city took revenge on those of another. Coupled with the violent manifestation of feelings toward black Africans, it was chilling.
I was also told stories of heroism and solidarity — many Libyans protected blacks from the violence that took place in the months before Tripoli fell. But when my driver shouted "Allahu Akbar" as we passed a checkpoint on the way back to Misrata from Tawergha, I couldn't do it. God again had fled the war zone, if he had ever been here in the first place.
The revolutionaries in Tripoli told me that they would be better than Gadhafi, but already the prisons are filling. Perhaps I am being too harsh on people who are still at war. But with Tripoli fallen, the clock is ticking. A vacuum is a dangerous thing.
Iraqis told me, over and over, that a civil war was impossible. They listed the reasons it wouldn't happen. Many were logical and reasonable. I believed them, and I don't think it was simply because I wanted to believe them.
I want to believe it when Libyans tell me the same. But with six months of civil war building toward bloody showdowns in Gadhafi's last strongholds, I am still waiting for Libya to teach me something new about war.
Comments in response to a posting at NER discuss KJV as only one of the ways that the best English version of the Bible can be designated. KJV is also how my great-uncle, who followed the Franco-Russian's lectures in New York intermittently before, or possibly during, or possibly even after, World War II, used to refer to the remarkable Alexandre Kojève.
Kojève was born in Russia to a wealthy and influential family. His uncle was the abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky, about whose work he would write an influential essay in 1936. He was educated in Berlin and Heidelberg, Germany. He completed his Ph.D., on the Russian religious philosopher Vladimir Soloviev's views on the union of God and man in Christ, under the direction of Karl Jaspers. Early influences included the philosopher Martin Heidegger and the historian of science Alexandre Koyré. Kojève spent most of his life in France, and in 1933-1939 he delivered in Paris a series of lectures on Hegel's work Phenomenology of Spirit. After World War II, Kojève worked in the French Ministry of Economic Affairs as one of the chief planners of the European Common Market.
Kojève was an extraordinarily learned man. It is said that he was fluent in Sanskrit, Chinese, and Tibetan as well as in French, German, Russian, English, Hebrew, Latin and classical Greek.
Kojève died in Brussels in 1968, shortly after giving a talk at the European Economic Community (now European Union) on behalf of the French government. In his later years he had repeatedly expressed the position that what had, in Marx's time and afterward, been known as a European proletariat, no longer existed, and the wealthy West sorely needed to help developing countries to overcome widespread poverty through large monetary gifts (in the mold of the Marshall Plan).
Despite not being a Marxist, Kojeve was known as an influential and idiosyncratic reader of Hegel through the lens of both Marx and Heidegger. The well-known "End of History" thesis advanced the idea that ideological history in a limited sense had ended with the French Revolution and the regime of Napoleon and that there was no longer a need for violent struggle to establish the "rational supremacy of the regime of rights and equal recognition." Kojeve's "End of History" is more nuanced than Francis Fukayama's later thesis of the same name and points as much to a socialist-capitalist synthesis as to a triumph of liberal capitalism.
Kojève also had a close and lifelong friendship with Leo Strauss, who he first met as a student in Berlin; their correspondence has been published along with a critique Kojève wrote of Strauss's commentary on Xenophon. The two shared a boundless philosophical respect for each other. Kojève would later write that, without befriending Strauss, "I never would have known[...] what philosophy is." Several of Strauss's students were sent to Paris to study under Kojève in the 1950s and 1960s. Included in those was Allan Bloom, who endeavored during his lifetime to make Kojève's works available in English, and Stanley Rosen. In the 1950s, Kojève also met the rightist legal theorist (and former Nazi) Carl Schmitt, whose "Concept of the Political" he had implicitly criticized in his analysis of Hegel's text on "Lordship and Bondage." Another close friend was the Jesuit Hegelian philosopher Gaston Fessard.
In addition to his lectures on the Phenomenology of Spirit, Kojève has published other articles and books in French, a book on Kant, and articles on the relationship between Hegelian and Marxist thought and Christianity. A book Kojève wrote in 1943 was published posthumously in 1981 by the French publisher Gallimard under the title Esquisse d'une phenomenologie du droit in which he contrasts the aristocratic and bourgeois views of right. Le Concept, le temps et le discours, also published by Gallimard, further extrapolate on the Hegelian notion that wisdom only becomes possible in the fullness of time. Kojève's response to Leo Strauss, who disputed this notion, can be found in Kojève's article "The Emperor Julian and his Art of Writing". Kojève also challenged Strauss' interpretation of the classics in the voluminous book Esquisse d'une histoire raisonnée de la pensée païenne, that includes one volume on the pre-Socratic philosophers, one on Plato and Aristotle, and one on Neoplatonism. His posthumously published book on Immanuel Kant received little attention. Recently, three more books have been published: a 1932 thesis on the physical and philosophical importance of quantum physics, an extended 1931 essay on atheism ("L'athéisme"), and a 1943 work on "The Notion of Authority;" like "Le Concept, le temps et le discours" these have not been published in English translation.
Kojève and the USSR
In 1999 Le Monde published an article reporting that a French intelligence document showed that Kojève had spied for the Soviets for over 30 years. The claims of this document (and even its existence) are disputed, and it has never been released. Kojève's supporters tend to believe that if it were true, it was probably unsubstantial as spying per se and a result of his megalomaniacal personality, a pretense to be a philosopher at the end of history influencing the course of world events.
In any case, Kojève's contribution to international French economic policy was more than substantial. Though Kojève often claimed to be a Stalinist, he largely regarded the Soviet Union with contempt, calling its social policies disastrous and its claims to be a truly classless state ludicrous. (Kojève's cynicism towards traditional Marxism as an outmoded philosophy in industrially well-developed capitalist nations prompted him to go as far idiosyncratically referring to capitalist Henry Ford as "the one great authentic Marxist of the twentieth century.") He specifically and repeatedly called it the only existing country in which 19th-century capitalism still existed. His "Stalinism" was ironic to the extent Stalin had no political chance to lead the Weltgeist; yet, he was serious about Stalinism to the extent that he regarded the utopia of the Soviet Union under Stalin, and the willingness to purge unsupportive elements in the population, as evidence of a desire to bring about the end of history, and as a repetition of the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution.
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Ma Che Sorpresa -- Quandt Of BMW, Like So Many Other German Bigshots, Revealed As A Fervent Nazi
La Bmw confessa: Quandt un nazista
Il fondatore della casa automobilistica faceva parte del regime. Nella fabbrica sfruttava 50mila prigionieri
MILANO- Il passato ritorna. E a volte bisogna farci i conti. Così dopo Hugo Boss, anche il fondatore della casa automobilistica Bmw era nazista e non «una vittima» come aveva fatto credere alla fine della guerra. A rivelarlo uno studio commissionato dai nipoti di Gunther Quandt e che doveva essere «un esercizio di apertura e trasparenza». E hanno voluto esprimere «la più profonda vergogna».
LA RICERCA- Sembra che nei suoi stabilimenti, Quandt senior abbia sfruttato - talvolta fino alla morte - oltre 50mila fra lavoratori forzati, prigionieri di guerra e dei campi di concentramento per la fabbricazione di armi e pezzi d'artiglieria destinati ad Adolf Hitler. Descritto come un imprenditore «senza scrupoli», è riuscito a cavalcare economicamente il periodo nazista a discapito della manodopera ebrea trasformando così la sua azienda in un colosso industriale.
I RAPPORTI CON GOEBBELS- Nello studio si parla di rapporti piuttosto tesi con Joseph Goebbels, ma esclusivamente per motivi personali, dopo il loro divorzio la moglie di Quandt, Magda sposò il capo della propaganda di Hitler che quindi visse con i suoi figli dopo di lui. Persino il figlio Herbert, uno dei protagonisti del «miracolo economico» tedesco del dopoguerra, noto finora per aver salvato la Bmw dalla bancarotta comprandola nel 1959, non esce bene dal nuovo quadro. Anche lui ha sfruttato lavoratori forzati quando dirigeva uno degli stabilimenti del gruppo a Strasburgo alla fine della guerra, e ha persino guidato i lavori di costruzione degli alloggi nel campo di concentramento di Sagan nell'attuale Polonia.
LA REAZIONE- Attraverso quest'opera, gli eredi Quandt, a capo di una fortuna stimata 20 miliardi di euro, hanno voluto esprimere «la più profonda vergogna» per il lavoro forzato, senza tuttavia ripudiare il nonno [why not? why can't they repudiate or reject him entirely? Diseased filial piety? No one's asking them to give up the 20 billion Euros, for god's sake]. «Ci sarebbe piaciuto che fosse un uomo diverso» ha dichiarato Gabriele Quandt, nell'unica intervista rilasciata dopo la pubblicazione della ricerca, al settimanale Die Zeit.