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Friday, 8 February 2013
A New Website to Honor Heroism of Lars Hedegaard
A new website has been set up to honor the heroism of Danish free speech "hero" Lars Haedegaard, executive editor of Dispatch International . We received this from a colleague Bjorn Larsen announcing the new site and how you might support his effort to protect free speech against the literal onslaught of murderous Jihadis. You may recall this quote from the AP story about the assassination attempt on his life at his home in Denmark this week. :
Hedegaard, 70, said the gunman rang the doorbell of his apartment building on the pretext of delivering a package, and when Hedegaard opened the front door, the man pulled out a gun and fired a shot that narrowly missed the writer's head.
"The bullet flew past my right ear, after which I attacked him and punched him in the face, which made him lose the gun," Hedegaard told AP. He said the gunman then fled.
Hedegaard heads the Free Press Society in Denmark and its international offshoot, the International Free Press Society. He is also among the publishers of a [regular print newspaper (Dispatch International) that deals with many problems and issues – one of them being Islam and immigration].
A primary focus of the site will also be to garner support for Lars and Ingrid’s work on Dispatch International – in that regard the site is offering up for sale Honest Press Certificates, numbered and signed by Lars himself, issued directly to the buyer – please see http://larshedegaard.info/get-honest-press-certificates/. These certificates are becoming a “part of free speech history” and is a perfect vehicle for supporting one of the only newspapers in the world speaking the truth – get one now before they run out since only 1,000 has been printed.
Please distribute this as far and wide as you can.
Recently I applied to my local council for a renewal of my parking permit. The cost had risen by 333 per cent in 12 months. Needless to say there was no explanation of, much less apology for, this rather steep increase: but I suppose that no explanation or apology was deemed necessary. Someone, after all, has to pay for the unfunded pensions of retired council workers, an ever-larger reserve army (to use Marxist terminology).
The letter that accompanied the parking permit successfully conveyed the new relationship between the public and the public service, so called: that is to say on whose foot the boot now is.
The permit must be displayed so that all the details can be seen clearly when inspected from the outside. Failure to do so could result in a Penalty Charge Notice being issued for non display.
No niceties such as ‘Please display the permit so that, etc., etc…, because you might be given a ticket if you do not.’ Why bother with verbal chivalry when you don’t have to, and when it might in any case mislead people about the real power relations between them and the council?
What does the council do in return for my money, other than refrain from issuing me with a parking ticket if I park my car in my street. Not a lot, really:
The permit does not guarantee the holder a parking space nor does it render the Council subject to any liability in respect of loss or damage to any vehicle in a parking space or the contents or fitting of an such vehicle.
The council is not under any obligation to ensure that no one else parks in the street for much of the day, and in so far as it enforces parking regulation for strangers some of the time, it does so more to raise revenue for itself than to protect the interests of residents. If a resident finds that he has no parking space, he has to park elsewhere in the town on the same expensive terms as a complete stranger.
Of course I recognise that there is a problem of large numbers of cars and that the council cannot assume responsibility for criminal acts; but it could, for example, say that it will do its best to protect property by providing a bobby on the beat. Gone, however, are the days of Your obedient servant: the town is the council’s and the fullness thereof.
Un enfant quand je veux si je veux… The battle cry of the feminists marching for freedom from fertility—“a baby when I want one if I want one”—was ringing out in the streets of Paris when I came to live here in 1972. After lagging behind the United States, where the diaphragm + spermicide had been available to married women since the 1940s and oral contraception since 1957, France caught up with The Pill in 1967 and legalized abortion in 1975, championed by Auschwitz survivor and then Health Minister Simone Veil. The process has gone forward on all fronts, with generalized use of fail-proof methods, unfettered access to abortion when fail-proof fails, reimbursement across the board including, just recently, 100% free contraceptive pills for women 15 to 18. more>>>
Ahmadinejad's Talk In Egypt About The Need For Muslim Unity Apparently Had No Effect
February 8, 2013
Iraq bombs kill 31 as Sunnis stage protest rallies
Tens of thousands of Sunni protesters rallied in five cities against Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite accused of monopolizing power. Sunnis also complain of official discrimination.
Sunni protester leaders have rejected a recent call by an al-Qaeda-linked group in Iraq to take up arms against the government, but there is concern militants are trying to exploit the discontent.
In the city of Samarra, rally speaker Sheik Mohammed Jumaa sent a warning to the prime minister. "Stop tyranny and oppression," he said. "We want our rights. You will witness what other tyrants have witnessed before you."
In the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi, both in the western Anbar province, demonstrators blocked the main highway to Jordan, performing Friday prayers, the highlight of the religious week, as part of the protests. Anbar province is a former al-Qaida stronghold that saw some of the fiercest fighting against U.S. forces during the Iraq war. Other rallies were held in the cities of Mosul and Tikrit.
Sunni protesters have staged weekly anti-government marches in Iraq since mid-December.
Earlier Friday, suspected Sunni insurgents detonated four car bombs, killing at least 31 people and wounding 71 in the bloodiest day of attacks since mid-January, police and health officials said.
The bombings targeted an outdoor pet market in Baghdad's northern Kazimyah neighborhood and in a vegetable market in the Shiite town of Shomali in Hillah province, south of the Iraqi capital.
Every Friday, Iraqis converge on markets to shop and spend family time during the Muslim weekend. Markets are a frequent target for militants who seek to inflict large numbers of casualties.
In Baghdad, the first car bomb exploded around mid-morning at the entrance to the Kazimyah market, two police officers said. When panicked shoppers tried to flee the area, a second parked car exploded a few meters (yards) away, according to the officers.
At least 17 people were killed and 45 were wounded in the two blasts, police said. All the victims were civilians.
About an hour later, two car bombs exploded simultaneously at the Shomali market, killing at least 14 people and wounding 26, two police officers said.
Health officials confirmed the casualty figures in each attack. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.
Violence has dropped in Iraq since the worst sectarian fighting in 2006-2007, but insurgents carry out near-daily attacks on security forces and civilians in an attempt to undermine the Shiite-led government.
The current spike in attacks comes just over two months ahead of Iraq's April 20 provincial election, the first country-wide voting since the withdrawal of U.S. forces more than a year ago.
Both Iran And Syria Having Trouble With A New Version Of Project Yehudi
From Hinshaw, Georgia, USA: When we were growing up my father used a curious expression when something happened around our house for which nobody would take the blame. Dad would say, ‘Yehudi did it’. Thus the blame was laid on a phantom scapegoat. Dad’s roots are from North Carolina, but he has no explanation for this expression. The only Yehudi I ever heard of was Menuhin. Where does this expression originate?
A The most common story ties it to the Pepsodent-sponsored Bob Hope radio show on NBC, which started in 1938. There was a running gag on the show, a catchphrase of supporting player Jerry Colonna, who would regularly ask: “Who’s Yehudi?”. This became extremely popular and provoked a song in 1941. (These were simpler days.)
The earliest example in print of Yehudi, in a sense of something that isn’t there, is from the Science News Letter of September 1940: “The machine has not received a nickname as yet. Since it deals with imaginary numbers, it may answer to the name of ‘Yehudi’.” In 1942, a film entitled Crazy Cruise featured an invisible battleship, the SS Yehudi. The following year, one of the very earliest US military stealth projects was called Project Yehudi.
I haven’t been able to find any earlier references, so the word really may have its origin in Jerry Colonna’s catchphrase. If it does, then there may well be a connection with Yehudi Menuhin. The story claims that Menuhin was engaged to play on one of the early shows, but that Jerry Colonna didn’t know who he was, and went around asking the cast. This is supposed to have led to the running gag of his trying to identify Yehudi.
Part of the popularity of Yehudi as a term for an invisible entity may lie in a linkage in people’s minds with a rhyme by Hughes Mearns that was set to music as The Little Man Who Wasn’t There in 1939 — just when the Colonna catchphrase was becoming known:
As I was walking up the stair I met a man who wasn't there.
He wasn't there again today. I wish, I wish he'd stay away.
Almost a month after France went to war against AQIM in northern Mali, Vicki Huddleston, who served as US ambassador to the country from 2002-05, accused Paris of building up the very threat its soldiers are now fighting against.
And France, in turn, could denounce the United States, for sending weapons to the mujahedin in Afghanistan, which weapons were then of great use to the Taliban. And it could denounce the United States for supporting, for many decades, with money and military aid, the endlessly meretricious Muslim state of Pakistan, which used that American money to pay for A. Q. Khan and the military projecte.
And both France and the United States could accuse Great Britain of giving asylum to many well-known Muslim fanatics, fanatics who are then impossible to dislodge.
And every government in the Western world should issue a je m'accuse, and beg forgiveness of those whom in presumes to instruct and protect, for having over the past decades allowed so many carriers of Islam to settle in their countries, where their deep behind what Muslims themselves are taught to regard as enemy lines, and where their large-scale presence has led to a situation, for the indigenous Infidels, that is more unpleasant, expensive, and physically dangerous than would be the case without that large-scale Muslim presence.
It's not just the ransoms, that the French and others have paid. And not only in money: sometimes they have paid in the coin of appeasement. Think of how many "Palestinian" terrorists have been freed prematurely, in order to "avoid trouble" -- by France, by Italy (the Klinghoffer killer), by Germany.
There's been several decades of wilful ignorance about Islam, and idiocy in the Western response.
Wouldn't it be something if Rachid Ghannouchi from now on would have to worry that a Tunisian, determined to evenge not just for Chikri Belaid, but for other secularists killed, might now kill him? From now on, wouldn't it be something if the man who had gone into exile in London and then returned triumphantly to Tunisia to plot and scheme (he was caught on tape urging his followers to have patience, as Ennahda apparatchiks determinedly infiltrated into all the areas of Tunisian politicial, economic, and social influence), would now find that he couldn't walk the streets, he couldn't address crowds, he couldn't allow anyone to suddenly come up to greet him or to hand him a gift or a petition, because of fear that he, Rachid Ghannouchi, would be killed because he is regarded by many as an assassin, and by many Tunisians is now Wanted For Murder?
Just another sun-soaked afternoon in Pillnitz, eastern Germany.
Photo by Matthias Hiekel/AFP/Getty Images
Thanks to Fox News and its expert commentators, millions of Americans now understand the real, hidden reason why Germany's solar-energy industry is so much further along than ours. Turns out it has nothing to do with the fact that Germany's government has long supported the industry far more generously, with policies like feed-in tariffs that stimulate investment in green technologies. No, the real reason is much simpler, explained a trio of journalists on Fox & Friends: It's always sunny in Germany!
"The industry's future looks dim," intoned host Gretchen Carlson at the beginning of the segment, which was preserved for posterity by the liberal blog Media Matters for America. She and her co-host went on to ridicule Obama's "failed" solar subsidies, adding, "The United States simply hasn't figured out how to do solar cheaply and effectively. You look at the country of Germany, it's working out great for them." Near the end of the segment, it occurred to Carlson to ask her expert guest, Fox Business reporter Shibani Joshi, why it might be that Germany's solar-power sector is doing so much better. "What was Germany doing correct? Are they just a smaller country, and that made it more feasible?" Carlson asked.
Joshi's jaw-dropping response: "They're a smaller country, and they've got lots of sun. Right? They've got a lot more sun than we do." In case that wasn't clear enough for some viewers, Joshi went on: "The problem is it's a cloudy day and it's raining, you're not gonna have it." Sure, California might get sun now and then, Joshi conceded, "but here on the East Coast, it's just not going to work."
Gosh, why hasn't anyone thought of that before? Wouldn't you think that some scientist, somewhere, would have noticed that the East Coast is far less sunny than Central Europe and therefore incapable of producing solar power on the same scale?
You would—if it were true. As Media Matters' Max Greenberg notes, it isn't. Not even remotely. According to maps put out by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, virtually the entirety of the continental United States gets more sun than even the sunniest part of Germany. In fact, NREL senior scientist Sarah Kurtz said via email, "Germany's solar resource is akin to Alaska's," the U.S. state with by far the lowest annual average of direct solar energy.
A map of the relative direct solar-energy availability in the United States, Spain, and Germany. Red = highest, purple = lowest.
Illustration courtesy of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
I look forward to Fox News' correction. Meanwhile, enjoy toggling between the video above and the map below and shaking your head.
After Israel's most recent military operation in Gaza, which ended with a cease-fire, Hamas has been claiming victory and enjoying popularity with the Palestinians, which comes as a setback for Hamas's rivals; Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah faction.
With Hamas popularity on the rise, Abbas was left with one desperate option to boost his image: pressing his quest for UN recognition of Palestine as an independent state.
Still, Abbas has other problems in his own house; there is friction within Abbas's Fatah, as Abbas's rival, Muhammad Dahlan, is still very influential and has a huge following.
Dahlan was a senior member of the Fatah Central Committee and the chief of the Palestinian Preventive Security Service. For years, he served as the main Palestinian counterterrorism coordination figure with Israel.
Abbas's Fatah managed to expel Dahlan in June 2011 following allegations by Abbas that Dahlan had murdered Arafat using poison.
Dahlan lives in exile now, but he has the money and the followers to disrupt Abbas nonetheless, if not necessarily to topple him. It is not unlikely that rivalry between Abbas and Dahlan would evolve into further friction between their followers should Abbas exhibit further signs of weakness or step down.
In addition, the Arab Spring has drawn attention from the Palestinian cause as a whole and from Abbas as the poster child for the Arab-Israeli conflict; the media now has Syria, Egypt and other hot-spots to cover over Abbas's heart-felt speeches, or his meetings with world leaders.
As a result, Palestinians in the West Bank are no longer seeing Abbas in the international media, or mingling with world leaders, and are therefore focusing more on their miserable living conditions, which, as revealed by a recent poll by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, 70 percent of them believe are due to PA corruption.
Last October, prominent Israeli political scholar and Arabist Mordechai Kedar told a crowd in London that "the biggest victim of the Arab Spring is the Palestinian cause, as the world's media is no longer occupied with it" - and with the fading significance of the Palestinian cause goes Abbas's own significance.
Adding to Abbas's woes is that the Palestinians in the West Bank do not seem to be too enthusiastic about his quest to gain UN recognition for Palestine as an independent state.
While Abbas's UN stunt succeeded - Palestine is now an observer state in the UN - its very success could cause Abbas's disappearance from the political scene, because the Oslo peace agreement requires the Palestinians to not unilaterally seek international recognition as a state, and therefore Abbas's stunt gives Israel the full legal right to end Oslo altogether.
But say he does disappear, due to a "Palestinian Spring," a coup by his rivals or even retirement - the man is 77 after all - would the PA survive? First of all, the PA is not favored within its own jurisdiction, as confirmed by the above-mentioned poll by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research. In 2005, renowned scholar Daniel Pipes reported Palestinians under the PA were already saying that "Israel's hell was better than Arafat's paradise," and considering that Arafat had much more credit with the Palestinians than does Abbas, one can only imagine how Palestinians would view a PA without even Abbas.
In fact, a 2011 poll conducted by Pechter Middle East Polls in partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations, when asked if they preferred to become a citizen of Palestine, with all of the rights and privileges of other citizens of Palestine, or a citizen of Israel, only 30 percent chose Palestinian citizenship."
True, Abbas's second in command, Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayad, has a reputation for transparency and decency, but since Abbas appointed him in June 2007, the Palestinian Legislative Council has not confirmed his appointment. It is therefore unlikely he would be able to secure the presidency.
With no heir apparent for Abbas, who could secure public support and control the various military factions? With the PA's reputation for corruption and the disapproval of it among the Palestinian public, it is possible that the PA's future will be in jeopardy if Abbas steps down, quits, or retires.
While there are a few who argue that the West Bank should be handed to the Hashemite regime in Jordan, King Abdullah faces his own domestic challenges. Despite the media's low coverage of unrest in Jordan, there is an on-going, relentless public call to topple the Hashemite regime. Those hoping the Jordanian regime could play a future role in the West Bank ignore the possibility that the Hashemite regime itself might not exist in the near future.
It is about time those concerned with peace and regional stability start considering contingency plans for a West Bank without Abbas, and possibly even without the Palestinian Authority. There is much to consider, and not necessarily as much time.
The writer is a Palestinian-Jordanian [Arab] living in the UK.
Drive-by gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on health workers about to give polio vaccines to children in northern Nigeria, killing nine women in twin attacks blamed on Islamic fundamentalists. Another four people were injured in the two separate incidents in Kano in Nigeria's majority-Muslim north, where the al-Qaeda-allied militant group Boko Haram operates.
The group has previously claimed that inoculations were a Western plot to sterilise Nigerian women, and its members were suspected in another shooting in October that left two guards at a polio vaccine centre dead.
"The health workers were assembling at a dispensary before beginning their daily rounds when the first attackers arrived and opened fire," said Musa Mugaji, Kano's police spokesman. "There was another attack just soon after elsewhere in the city. Today nine good people helping others have been killed."
One woman who was shot in the back described from her hospital bed how two gunmen stormed into her clinic and opened fire, killing two of her colleagues. They then set fire to a curtain in the consultation room and fled, shutting the door behind them.
"We summoned courage and broke the door because we realised they wanted to burn us alive," the woman said. She was too afraid to give her name.
One senior Muslim leader in Kano claimed a decade ago that polio vaccines "were corrupted and tainted by evildoers from America and their Western allies". Panicked families stopped inoculating their children, leading to an outbreak of polio in Nigeria, one of only three countries in the world, with Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the virus is still endemic.
A young militant who locals say had ties with terror leader Moktar Belmoktar blew himself up Friday near a military checkpoint on the outskirts of Gao, fueling fears of a looming insurgency by the jihadists who fled into the nearby desert just two weeks ago.
The suicide attack, the first of its kind since the French-led mission began in January, highlights the challenges that remain despite the retaking of northern Mali's largest town by French and Malian forces nearly two weeks ago.
They faced little resistance in initially recapturing Gao, though the discovery of industrial-strength explosives and Friday's bombing suggest the Islamic radicals are far from defeated.
Residents of Gao on Friday described the suicide bomber, who killed only himself, as an 18-year-old Arab man who spoke French well and had lived in the town for about seven months in a house known as a jihadist hideout. They said he was known by the name Al Farouk.
The suicide bomber ignited his explosives belt just after 6 a.m. near a military checkpoint, according to Malian military spokesman Modibo Traore. Hours later, the charred and mangled remains of the bomber's motorcycle lay strewn in a field not far from the checkpoint. Blood stained the wall on a building where three soldiers stood guard.
Malian soldiers said that nearby villagers had taken the bomber's remains away and buried them following the attack.
Chaos grows as Tunisia buries assassinated opposition leader
Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid was buried as a martyr for freedom and democracy in a country that is threatened with the loss of both, as an uprising against the ruling Islamist party gained momentum.
Mr. Belaid’s assassination triggered a ferocious backlash against the main Islamist party, Ennahda, one that continued during the funeral Friday, attended by as many as 100,000 people.
The murder of Mr. Belaid and his funeral were closely watched throughout Egypt and other parts of the Arab Spring world and appeared to mark a turning point in Tunisia’s tense and increasingly fractious political scene.
The opposition used Mr. Belaid’s slaying to galvanize the fight between the secular and Islamist visions of postrevolutionary Tunisia. That fight threatens to explode in the coming months, as the conservative wing of Ennahda resists pressure to dismantle the government and hold early elections.
The midafternoon funeral on Friday was a largely peaceful event marred by bouts of violence – and brief periods of panic – as crowds tried to outrun billowing clouds of tear gas aimed at demonstrators and looters on the edges of the vast El Gellaz cemetery, the main burial site in central Tunis. The funeral came as Tunisia was paralyzed by a general strike that closed the airport, shut almost all stores and left the streets full of rotting garbage. Police arrested about 200 people for looting.
As Mr. Belaid was being buried, Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, a member of the moderate wing of Ennahda, ramped up his effort to appoint non-partisan ministers to run government departments. He wants the political parties freed up so they can devote their energies to writing the long-delayed constitution and launch early elections.
Apparently emboldened by the funeral’s turnout and the outpouring of grief and support for Mr. Belaid, Mr. Jebali said at a press conference: “It is very important for all the parties to regain consensus, a neutral government neutral toward the parties, that will spend its energies to achieve the goals of the revolution.”
The assassination of Mr. Belaid has put extreme pressure on the Islamist government to respect and achieve the goals of the revolution – the creation of an all-inclusive, democratic society – or get out of the way.
Since Ennahda was elected in October, 2011, in Tunisia’s first free election in the the first Arab Spring country, harassment of, and violent acts against, opposition party officials and members of secular society have climbed at an alarming rate, to the point that many Tunisians think the country is in danger of failing as a democratic state. “Ennahda must leave,” said Mounir Ben Salem, 46, an information-technology engineer who went to school with Mr. Belaid. “We need another revolution.”
Mr. Belaid, 47, was a leftist human-rights lawyer and the father of two young children. He was best-known as a relentless critic of Ennahda which he accused of tolerating, even encouraging, violence; attempting to roll-back freedoms; and harbouring a secret agenda to set up a theocracy. Mr. Ben Salem called Mr. Belaid called “a generous man, committed and courageous” who was devoted to his working-class neighbourhood, called Jbel al-Jloud, in the southern outskirts of Tunis.
His murder was considered a political assassination designed to instill fear in any political leader who dared to question the authority of the Islamist government. While senior Ennahda official condemned the murder as “odious” and “an act of terrorism,” vowing to catch and punish his assailants, many Tunisians blame the party for failing to crack down on the violent groups who may have been responsible for his death.
On Friday night, a well-known Tunisian journalist, Zied El Heni, used an appearance on Nessma TV to accuse an official at the Ministry of Interior Affairs of responsibility for Mr. Belaid’s murder. He asked prosecutors to investigate the matter. The accusation was widely reported and came as a shock to many Tunisians.
Mr. Belaid’s funeral procession started in the late morning near his family’s home in Jbel al-Jloud and attracted thousands of supporters, ranging from friends to lawyers, who were also on strike, and who had worked with Mr. Belaid.
Their anger was palpable. The throng shouted “The Ennahda government is a terrorist government” and “Your blood was not spilled for nothing.”
Many called for a new revolution as they condemned Ennahda for the rise in violence. “These people are not moderate Islamists; they are extremists,” said Donia, a 37-year-old communications worker who did not want to give her last name because her company sometimes works with the government. “What Jebali did [by asking for a technocrat government] was the right thing for the nation.”
But the Ennahda government is giving no indication that it will meet the demands of its prime minister. On Thursday, the day after Mr. Jebali said that he intended to dissolve the government, the party said that Mr. Jebali had no legal right to do so and that it had not been consulted on his decision.
As Ennahda continues to dig in, Mr. Jebali is toying with new strategies, including announcing a cabinet reshuffle that may have the same effect as dissolving government. His reshuffle would apparently put technocrats in key government ministries.
Many Tunisians expect a battle between the moderate and more conservative arms of Ennahda in coming weeks, one that would destabilize the government and lead to more demonstrations. “Everyone is convinced that this government has failed but we don’t think it will step down without a huge fight,” said Ousema Helal, a corporate lawyer who attended Mr. Belaid’s funeral.
Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute Center for Religious Freedom in Washington, DC, turns the spotlight on a story that the mainstream media has missed in Iraq and now Syria; Christians exiting Syria, first to enclaves in Lebanon and ultimately to their Disapora. Ken Timmerman has written about the flight of over half of the Assyrian Christians from the Plains of Nineveh who sought refuge in Syria and Jordan, only to ultimately depart for their Disapora. As Shea notes in this engrossing article in the National Review On-line (NRO) , The Corner, "The Silent Exodus of Syria's Christians", the 2 million Syriac Christians have no militias to defend them and flee when Free Syrian Army Muslim militias take over towns where they reside. If the Iraqi and Syrians depart their ancestral homelands, what will be left of Christians in the Middle East, but the dwindling numbers in neighboring Lebanon and the estimated 10 to 12 millions Copts in Egypt . An Egypt devolving into a Muslim Brotherhood dominated failed state with a Sharia laden constitution depriving religious minorities of their civil and huiman rights, subject to extra-judicial violence reported in stunning detail by Shea's Hudson Institute colleague, Samuel Tadros. As our colleague Dexter Van Zile has written mainstream Christian denominations have repeatedly failed to come to the aid of their beleagured brethren in the Middle East.
In Syria’s rebellion, no religious or ethnic group has been spared horrific levels of loss and suffering, but its 2,000-year-old Christian minority is now facing a distinct persecution.
Under the cover of war and chaos, this group, which alone lacks militias of its own, is easy prey for Islamists and criminals, alike. These assaults are driving out the Christians en masse. This 2,000-year-old community, numbering around 2 million is the largest church in the Middle East after Egypt’s Copts, and it now faces extinction.
Archdeacon Emanuel Youkhana of the Assyrian Church of the East, despite recent heart surgery, is now constantly on the road in Lebanon and Iraq trying to cope with the refugee crisis. He wrote to me today:
“We are witnessing another Arab country losing its Christian Assyrian minority. When it happened in Iraq nobody believed Syria’s turn would come. Christian Assyrians are fleeing massively from threats, kidnappings, rapes and murders. Behind the daily reporting about bombs there is an ethno-religious cleansing taking place, and soon Syria can be emptied of its Christians.”
Official information and media reports about the Christians’ fate has been sparse. A new report yesterday, by Nuri Kino, a Swedish journalist of Assyrian background, sheds valuable light on the atrocities visited upon the Christians inside Syria, and their ordeals in attempting to escape, relying as they must on exploitative human-trafficking networks that have sprung up. Entitled “Between the Barbed Wire,” the report resulted from a trip sponsored by a Swedish charity, the Syriac Orthodox Youth Organization, to assess the needs of refugees. It is based on over a hundred interviews this past Christmas with Christian refugees in Turkey and Lebanon.
The refugees and the Lebanese bishops whom Kino and his team interview relate that Christians are leaving in a torrent. Once they cross into Lebanon, guided by Middle Eastern versions of “coyotes” through a harrowing series of checkpoints guarded by various sides in the conflict, they mostly seek out the local Christian communities for help. A clearly overwhelmed Archbishop George Saliba, on Mount Lebanon, says about the refugees: “I want to help as many as I can, but it is not sustainable. We have hundreds of Syrian refugees who arrive every week. I don’t know what to do.”
Elsewhere in Lebanon, St. Gabriel’s monastery has opened its 75 unheated rooms to over a hundred refugees. In another Lebanese Christian town, the Syrian Catholic patriarch Ignatius Ephrem Josef III has converted a school building into a shelter for the hundreds of refugees there now and the others constantly arriving. The patriarch describes it as the “great exodus taking place in silence.” He also says he houses Christians who fled several years ago from Iraq. All of the Christian towns visited for the report are scrambling to keep up with the influx of Syrian Christians. Church leaders were grateful for the beds, washing machines, heaters, and medicine brought by the Swedish visitors.
Some of the Syrians say they plan to stay in Lebanon until Syria “calms down” and they can return to their homes. Many others say going back is “unthinkable” and are making plans to try to get to Europe either on valid visas or by paying smugglers the going rate of $20,000. They are largely small-business owners and skilled professionals — an engineer and his family, a jeweler and his, a hairdresser, a medical student, etc. Many hope to be smuggled to Sweden and Germany, where they can receive some state subsidies until they find work. The town of Sodertalje seems to be a popular destination, with 35 new Christian families arriving from Syria each week. Kino, himself a citizen of Sodertalje, relates that there are already many Syrian Christians living there, and Arabic is more common than Swedish.
The refugees were panic-stricken, pointing to some horrifying triggering event that forced them out — a kidnapping of a relative, a murder, or a robbery. They feel they are targeted for being Christian, which means that militants and criminals can assault them with impunity. Some point to a government that fails to protect them; others to Islamists rebels who want to drive them out. A refugee tells Kino: “Two men from a strong Arabic tribe decided one day to occupy our farmland, just like that. When I went to the police to report, I was told there was nothing they could do. The police chief was very clear that they would not act, as they didn’t want the tribe to turn against the regime.”
A woman from Hassake recounts how her husband and son were shot in the head by Islamists. “Our only crime is being Christians,” she answers when asked if there had been a dispute.
A father says: “We’re not poor, we didn’t run from poverty. We ran from fear. I have to think about my twelve-year-old daughter. She’s easy prey for kidnappers. Three children of our friends were kidnapped. In two cases they paid enormous ransoms to get the children back, and in one case they paid but got the child back dead.”
Another man attests: “In Syria, you don’t know who is your friend and who is your enemy. The wealthy have it the worst. Criminals wait in line to kidnap them.”
The refugees all fear the Islamists. When the jihadi rebel units show up and take over a town, like Rasel-Eyn, it loses its Christian population over night. One man from there tells Kino: “The so-called Free Syrian Army, or rebels, or whatever you choose to call them in the West, emptied the city of its Christians, and soon there won’t be a single Christian in the whole country.”
There is no complete data on the number of refugees. How many Christians have fled is not known and escapees continue to come across the border each day. We are only beginning to understand the peril they face.
Archdeacon Youkhana pleads: “The world must open their eyes to the plight.”
— Nina Shea is director of Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom and co-author of Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians (Thomas Nelson Publishers, March 2013).
Paul Sheehan in the Sydney Morning Herald Draws Attention to the Panic Exhibited by Some Ahead of Geert Wilders' Impending Visit to Australia
Mr Sheehan needs to read some vintage Conor Cruise O'Brien and sharpen up his own assessment of Islam a bit; but he still manages to make quite a bit of sense; much more so than, for example, the hysterical Natalie O'Brien in 'The Age', whose hit-piece I will reproduce in conjunction with Mr Sheehan's, so readers can contrast and compare.
'Fear Doesn't Need a Visa, and It's On Tour Already'.
'Two of the films nominated for best pictures in the coming Academy Awards, Argo and Zero Dark Thirty, contain warnings, with plenty of creative licence, but also plenty of historical accuracy, about the challenge to democracy posed bya resurgent strain of uncompromisingIslam.
He should rather have written: 'the war against all non-Muslim humanity that is being waged by resurgent Islam.' As Conor Cruise O'Brien wrote, in an article from 1995 that I put up here at New English Review not so very long ago...before the murderous jihad raid on that energy complex in Algeria..."Islam is indivisible", and "the Jihad is back". - CM
'The threat has been deemed real enough in the Netherlands, which now has more than a million Muslims in a nation of 16.7 million people, for a million Dutch voters - one in seven [sic: I think this should be, 'almost one in seventeen' - CM] - to vote for the party For Freedom, led by Geert Wilders, who will be making a lecture tour in Australia later this month.
'Four years ago, in an interview with ABC radio, Wilders was asked why he wanted to curb Muslim immigration into the Netherlands.
'He said the integration of Muslims was failing.
"If you look at all the statistics, you see that non-Western people, often from...Morocco and Turkey...(that is, from overwhelmingly Muslim Morocco and Turkey - CM) are over-represented many, many times when it comes to crime, when it comes to prison population, when it comes to illiteracy, when it comes to dependency on social benefits.
"We see also in the second-biggest city of the Netherlands, Rotterdam, that in three years' time the majority will be from non-Western backgrounds. (And most of those will be...Muslims. - CM). You see in the same city, and most of the south...55 percent of the Moroccan youth (that is, 'Moroccan Muslim youth' - CM) under the age of 25 have been in contact with the police. You see that there are more mosques being built than churches. You see that once again the Dutch people are tolerant...but they fear for the identity of their own country".
'All of this is contested territory.
'Muslims protest about being lumped in with the fundamentalist fringe.
That is, they do all they can to distract us from noticing that those who wage violent jihad - such as the Moroccan Muslim man who murdered Theo Van Gogh in broad daylight on a sunny morning in a Dutch street, in front of horrified bystanders, to punish him for helping apostate-from-Islam Ayaan Hirsi Ali to make an arty little film that told the truth about the Quranically-sanctioned abuse of women within the Ummah - are those who take Islam to heart, who are the most purely orthodox. - CM
'They protest, too, that traditional problems associated with immigration are conflated with Muslims.
Some of the most dangerous jihad-minded Muslims in Europe, and those forming the 'Muslim Patrols' attempting to impose sharia upon non-Muslims in Islamified areas of London today, are not first-generation immigrants; their families have been in Europe for two or three generations. They are behaving worse, and more aggressively, than their parents or grandparents did. This is not a pattern followed by non-Muslim immigrants. The Buddhist Vietnamese in Australia, for example, are integrating rapidly; the jet-black Sudanese Christians are joining suburban Aussie churches in droves. Furthermore, superficially the problems associated with Muslim immigrants may look like those associated with other immigrants, but those who have examined the picture in detail - such as Nicolai Sennels, in Denmark - have found that the problems are far greater with Muslim immigrants than with non-Muslim immigrants; that is, the Muslims appear to be refusing and resisting either integration or assimilation, much more aggressively than the other immigrants, and they appear to have significantly higher rates of criminality than do non-Muslim immigrant populations. - CM
'What is not contested is that a dangerous Islamic fringe is active in numerous countries.
Ah yes, the 'tiny minority of extremists'. Except that there seem to be more and more of them, the more Muslims one has. People busily hatching mass-murderous plots against the non-Muslim host society are dismally common wherever there is a significant Muslim colony. Adherents of other major belief systems, present as minorities, such as the Buddhists and Hindus, do not seem to be at all interested, period, in attacking and overthrowing their hosts; we anxiously monitor mosques and Islamic preachers, but I doubt that the Australian Federal Police or ASIO lose much sleep over the very large Buddhist monastery in Wollongong.Sheehan might more accurately have written - 'jihad minded Muslims plotting mass murder of Infidels are active in numerous countries'. - CM
'Wilders will be accompanied to Australia by five Dutch police officers. He lives under permanent 24 hour security.
To ensure that he does not get murdered as Theo Van Gogh was murdered. - CM
'Fear has arrived here before him.
'On Wednesday, the organiser of the tour, Debbie Robinson, told me yet another venue had cancelled and there had been another act of corporate suppression directed at the tour.
"This morning the venue in Sydney cancelled. There was a meltdown. The events manager at the venue was screaming. Right now we have no Sydney venue."
One should note, by the by, that Sydney has Australia's single largest colony of Muslims (the second largest being in Melbourne). - CM
'It was not her only setback. "Yesterday PayPal froze the funds in the account that is processing ticket sales. They will not tell me why. All staff keep saying is the account is under review. It's been like an Orwellian nightmare".
Or, perhaps, Kafkaesque. - CM
'This follows a refusal by Westpac (one of our bigger banks - CM) to allow her to set up a payment system, and refusal by more than a dozen venues to host a Wilders event, citing security concerns.
I do not think, somehow, that they are afraid that those who come to hear Wilders will - after hearing him speak - riot, trash the venue, then roar off down the road to set fire to mosques. Rather, they are afraid that before, or during, or after the event, the Mohammedan Mob will send its Enforcers to murderously attack the venue, or its owners, or its managers, or its employees, to punish them for having given even the smallest degree of aid and comfort to a man whose only 'crime' is to refuse to bow down to Muslim demands that Islam shall be insulated from all critique of any kind and that the Jihad - the process of bringing about a world in which the only permissible thoughts are Islam-compliant, the only law is the Sharia, and Muslims rule, everywhere - must proceed absolutely unresisted. - CM
'The first attempt at a lecture tour last year was cancelled due to visa problems. The then minister for immigration, Chris Bowen, delayed granting a visa until after the cancellation.
And thereby Mr Bowen revealed himself to be a pusillanimous fool and dhimmi-in-training.- CM
'This was just the start.
'On January 21, the president of the Q Society, Geoff Dickson, sent an invitation to 830 state and federal politicians in all parliaments: "On behalf of Q Society of Australia I would like to issue you a warm invitation to attend one of the speaking engagements we are offering, to listen to the Honourable Geert Wilders".
'The invitation said Wilders would be speaking in Melbourne on February 19, Perth on February 20, and Sydney on February 22.
'"Mr Wilders is a Dutch politician who heads the Party For Freedom, which won 10.1 percent of votes in the Dutch House of Representatives at the September 2012 elections. Mr Wilders will be here to share his experiences of how Islam is changing the Netherlands in particular and Europe more generally.
"Q Society is a volunteer, Australia-wide organisation whose charter is to educate Australians as to how Islam may change this country...We believe Islam is different from other religions and poorly understood...
"If, in 20 years, some Australian politicians are living under armed guard because of comments they have made about Islam, we believe we would have failed as individuals, and collectively as a society, to protect our democracy and our freedom."
'Of the 830 invitations sent out, only four were accepted.
'The other 99.5 percent of politicians declined or did not respond.
I am hoping that one day I can find out who were the four mavericks who were brave enough and independent-minded enough to seize the opportunity to go see and hear Mr Wilders for themselves, to ask him questions, and thus make up their minds for themselves about the man and what he has to say, rather than meekly swallowing whatever it is that the media or anybody else chooses to tell them. I would like to shake their hands and congratulate them. As for the 826 who said No, or cravenly said nothing...shame on them for their gutlessness and their willingness to be told what to think. Muslims have a powerful 'bloc vote' in certain city electorates, yes, but they do not by any means control all electorates, nowhere near it, so there is no need for the vast majority of Aussie politicians to worry about whether they or their party would lose 'the Muslim vote' if they were seen attending a lecture given by Geert Wilders. They have no excuse whatever, not even a bad excuse. - CM
'Robinson is disheartened by all the fearfulness. "The Sydney event may have to be cancelled if I can't even get a venu. I'll have to refund everyone. This is supposed to be a democracy but something Orwellian is going on".
The Sydney Morning Herald is to be commended for publishing Sheehan's opinion piece, and also for permitting Comments, of which there were many. Read them and tear your hair out at the utter cluelessness displayed, even now, by many Aussies; but be heartened by the fact that there are also others possessed of common sense and a strong survival instinct, who have been doing their homework on the belief system that Churchill called 'the religion of blood and war'.
And so, let us pass from Paul Sheehan, who is some way along the learning curve about Islam and the Jihad, to another journalist, one Natalie O'Brien, writing for the SMH's sister paper, The Age, who has no clue whatsoever, and is eagerly lapping up and then regurgitating whatever nonsense and lies our Muslim spin-doctors choose to tell her. It's all about 'racism', donchaknow...
My dear, I don't think that Wilders' bodyguard is there to protect him from neonazis. That group of very large no-nonsense Dutchmen which follows him about everywhere he goes is there to guard against the kind of people who rioted in the Sydney CBD last September, wearing T-shirts proclaiming 'the sixth pillar' (Jihad being sometimes, among Muslims, called 'the sixth pillar of Islam'), waving the black flag of Jihad, and holding up placards saying things like 'behead those who insult the Prophet'. - CM
'White supremacists are urging Australian "patriots" to gather at public meetings by the controversial Dutch MP Geert Wilders, ready for trouble and a no-holds-barred fight.
'Tensions have been mounting over the impending visit of the far right-wing politician (Natalie, my dear, he is not 'far right wing', except insofar as 'far right wing' has become code for 'anybody who dares to utter even the mildest critique of any of the deeply unpleasant things taught by orthodox Islam and practised by many pious Muslims worldwide' - CM) who has been accused of Islamophobia and racism.
He was cleared of the hate speech charges. A charge of 'racism' is nonsensical, because Islam is a belief system, a set of ideas, not a complex of genes. Since when was it 'racist' to mock or question or criticise a set of ideas or even to criticise those who choose to hold those ideas and put them into practice? Ms O'Brien, a question for you: is it a crime - an actionable crime - to dislike a belief system whose texts liken me to urine and feces and forbid its adherents to make friends with me, except feigningly and temporarily? Is it wrong of me to dislike the allahu-akbaring hijackers of 9/11, or the pious Muslims who blew themselves up on trains in Madrid, or on buses and trains in London, or who ran amok through the streets and hotels of Mumbai murdering Hindus and foreign tourists and amused themselves by torturing to death a rabbi and his pregnant wife? Do you think that it is wrong of me to feel revulsion and rational fear concerning the rampant Judeophobia, Hinduphobia, Buddhistophobia, Christianophobia and general kuffarophobia of orthodox Muslims, which is in perfect consonance with the content of the canonical Islamic texts and all their traditional interpretations, and which one may see and hear expressed, in the ugliest imaginable language, accompanied often by the making of horrible faces and by violent gesticulations, all over the Muslim media, and in many a mosque every Friday? - CM
'One group, Australian New Nation, has been encouraging followers to react to any threat or sign of violence from Muslim protesters who might attend.
'On its website the group (of whom I have never heard until I read Ms O'Brien's article - CM) ahs posted an audio from "Radio Free Australia, the voice of white revolution in Australia", warning them to "expect an Islamic rent-a-crowd outside screaming and foaming at the mouth like the evil bastards they are".
They may have all sorts of things wrong - certainly, anyone who frames humanity's collective headache, the Global Jihad, as a white/ nonwhite conflict is simply wrong, because the nonwhite non-Muslim victims of the Jihad, both historically and today, far outnumber its 'white' victims - but there is really nothing at all unreasonable about the expectation that a Muslim mob may turn up and throw a tantrum outside a venue hosting Mr Wilders. After all, we have seen Muslim mobs throwing such collective tantrums before, not only in Australia, but all over our news reports for year after year. - CM
"we encourage all patriots to exercise their legal right of self-defence if any ragheads try to prevent them accessing the venue, or threaten, or use violence against their person. Once they try to strike the first blow, everything that follows is self-defence on your part", it said.
True enough. But one must say that if anything like this were to happen, our Aussie police will have failed to enforce the law and protect the right of Australian non-Muslims to go about their lawful business unimpeded. - CM
'The vitriolic broadcast, which lasts almost 10 minutes, goes on to say, "Go, and be prepared to defend yourself and if they take a swing at you, they push at you, they spit on you, don't hold back. You have a legal right of self-defence - do what should be done to this rag-head camel f--- Islamic filth who have no place in civilised society".
Crudely put, and it does sound as though the speaker was raring for a fight; but one must step back and ask Ms O'Brien to consider the broader question: do non-Muslims, if physically attacked by Muslims, as a society or as individuals, have a right to defend themselves...or not? And furthermore, re Ms O'Brien's horror at the speaker's stating (in vulgar language) that Muslims 'have no place in civilised society': perhaps Ms O'Brien should watch the video clip of that robed and white-bearded swivel-eyed Islamic 'cleric' in Egypt, who was waxing eloquent on the wickedness of 'naked' (that is, bare-headed unislamically-dressed) women on Tahrir Square who were just asking to be raped, and who ought to be raped, in order to punish them for their satanic wickedness; and ask herself whether she would really like such a 'cleric' to be preaching inside a mosque anywhere in Australia. And let's ask her whether she thinks that slicing out a little girl's clitoris, in obedience to the Shafiite stream of Sharia law which holds that this excision is 'obligatory', is something that should be permitted to happen in Australia, among the Shafiite-influenced Egyptian and Indonesian and Somali Muslim 'communities'. Or whether she thinks it should be legal, on Australian soil, for a Muslim man to take as his second or third or fourth wife (even against her will) and have marital relations with (even forcibly, against her will) a nine or ten year old girl. Which proceeding is perfectly in accord with the Sharia of Islam. - CM
'Muslim leaders have been encouraging their community to ignore Mr Wilders' visit and not to draw attention to his views by protesting.
Sure they are. Not because they wouldn't like to see Mr Wilders dead on the street, like Theo Van Gogh. But because they are still keeping a low profile after that little Muslim tantrum in central Sydney, last year, was slapped down so fast and hard by the Aussie police, and got such an angry and horrified reaction from so many Aussie Infidels. So now they are going to spin madly and play the 'we is poor little persecuted victims' card for all they are worth, instead. - CM
'The president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, Hafez Kassem, questioned what the authorities were doing about the "provocation by rednecks".
"Surely they must be monitoring this", he said.
it isn't just uneducated rednecks that are worried about Islam, and Muslims. It's people like me, people with secondary and tertiary education, who have read the Quran in a good translation, and who know their history - history of the West, and history of lands beyond the West - who are seriously worried about the current wave of Jihad. - CM
'Keysar Trad from the Islamic Friendship Association said while Muslims should have every right to protest peacefully, it would only draw attention to Mr Wilders. Mr Trad ( a seasoned Slow Jihadist - CM) recommended the community ignore the event.
Ms O'Brien, why are you paying any mind to anything said by the oily and sinister Mr Trad, he whom Justice Peter McClelland once famously summed up as "a disgraceful individual", and who is plainly on the record as a rabid Jew-hater? - CM
'Social media sites protesting against Mr Wilders' visits to Sydney, Melbourne and Perth have also been the target of hate messages.
I observe Ms O'Brien does not cite the text of any of these. Yes, there are people out there, angry and inarticulate and as yet ill-informed, or indeed crudely xenophobic, who will speak abusively and obscenely, and do nothing thereby to advance the cause of those who are trying to resist the Jihad. But it is also quite possible that in Ms O'Brien's book the rubric 'hate message' also covers any message that attempts to defend Mr Wilders' right to publicly and rationally criticise the teachings of Islam and the actions of Muslims that can be seen to be in accord with those teachings, and any message that itself contains a critique of Islam and Muslims, no matter how cool and rational and fact-based and scholarly such a message might be. - CM
'Stepan Kerkyasharian, the head of the Community Relations Commission of NSW, said he had not had any complaints so far about Mr Wilders's visit, but it was clear the Muslim community was concerned about the outcome of his tour.
Of course they are. Because if enough Australians pay attention to what he is saying about Islam, Islam, Islam, and about what happens when Muslims take Islam to heart, and about the highly unpleasant way in which Muslims behave toward the surrounding kuffar as their presence reaches what might be called critical mass, then the dream run that Muslims have had so far in Australia - flooding unimpeded, in ever-increasing numbers, into a naive and gullible community that carelessly assumed that Islam was nothing to worry about, that it was neutral or benign, and that Muslims would assimilate as every other migrant community has done - may come to an abrupt halt, and the beachhead and Forward Base that the Ummah, or Mohammedan mob, has established on the fifth inhabited continent might just possibly, as infidel Australian Islamo-awareness grows, and grows, be shut down and unceremoniously removed. - CM
'Mr Kerkyasharian said it was important other groups that may have their own agenda do not try to use his visit as an opportunity to vent their own venom.
"We do not want anyone looking for an opportunity such as a visit from someone from overseas to try and undermine our cohesive co-existence", he said.
"Our cohesive co-existence". Ever heard of the Dar al Harb / Dar al Islam dichotomy taught by classical, orthodox Islam, Mr Kerkyasharian? Or the fact that orthodox Muslims are obliged to struggle continually to subjugate the dar al Harb and transform it into dar al Islam, bringing its territory and its inhabitants under Muslim rule and under the Sharia?
I observe, from his biography, that Mr Kerkyasharian was born in Cyprus, and is "of Armenian parentage". I wonder whether he knows by what means Cyprus was brought under Muslim domination, and by what means Muslim domination was sustained there, until it was finally, by heroic effort, liberated?
And I wonder what his views are, concerning the Muslim re-invasion and seizure of more than half of Cyprus, that took place in the latter half of the twentieth century, and what has been done to Greek Christians in Northern Cyprus, and to their historic churches, by the triumphantly-occupying Turkish Muslims, ever since?
Would he describe the condition of the Greeks, and of his own Armenian Christian ancestors, and of Bulgarian Christian dhimmis, within the Ottoman Empire, as one of 'cohesive co-existence' with their Muslim overlords?
Where would he prefer to live, if he were required to choose between the portion of Cyprus that is ruled and dominated by Muslims, and the portion of Cyprus that is not?
Mr Kerkyasharian needs to read two books - Rev Dr Mark Durie's "The Third Choice: Islam, Dhimmitude and Freedom", and its companion booklet, "Liberty to the Captives", which speaks about the subservience to Muslims, and fear of criticising or standing up to Muslims, that can be manifested among people whose forebears - as Mr Kerkyasharian's certainly did - endured the humiliation, degradation and perpetual extreme physical peril of dhimmitude under Muslim rule.
If Mr Kerkyasharian has got it into his head that somehow the Muslims in Australia are in danger of suffering at the hands of non-Muslims the fate that 2.5 million Armenian Christians suffered at the hands of Turkish, Arab and Kurdish Muslims, then he supposes wrong; indeed, he has got things entirely the wrong way around. He needs to allow himself to wonder, rather, whether there may not just possibly be quite a few Muslims in Australia who have every intention of Islamising Australia, instituting an Islamic state, and inflicting therein, on him, and on every other non-Muslim Australian, the very same misery that Muslims in the Ottoman Empire inflicted on his Armenian Christian forebears. The misery that - to greater or lesser degree, sometimes to the point of genocide, sometimes not - Muslims inflict on non-Muslims in every place where Muslims have ruled, or rule. And if there are - as I am quite sure there are, simple statistics and probability says there are - Muslims who are working toward such a goal, then they are going to have to be exposed, resisted, and stopped.
Mr Kerkyasharian, in condemning Geert Wilders, is behaving as if the dhimma - which requires dhimmis to submit meekly and without complaint or question to whatever Muslims demand of them - is already in force in Australia. And so is Natalie O'Brien.
Now, back to the rest of Ms O'Brien's article. - CM
'The Federal Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen, last year said he would not use his ministerial powers to stop Mr Wilders from visiting Australia on a speaking tour.
Given that he has allowed at least one full-on Jihad Gang Boss to enter Australia and address a terrifying Hizb-ut-Tahrir conference whose participants openly expressed their intention of transforming Australia into a sharia state, he could hardly ban Mr Wilders from entering, without being criticised for employing a Double Standard. - CM
'The tour has been organised by the Q Society of Australia.
'A spokeswoman said this week that there had been steady ticket sales online, ahead of a radio advertising campaign which starts next week.
'Steady ticket sales'. Sounds like a good few Aussies are not intimidated, and prefer to make up their own minds rather than having the likes of Ms O'Brien and Mr Kerkyasharian and Mr Trad tell them what they are allowed to think, say and do. - CM
'The venues of the meetings are being kept secret until about 48 hours before the event and will be revealed only to registered ticket holders.
And does Ms O'Brien ask herself why this must be so, whereas conferences such as that held by Hizb ut Tahrir are widely and loudly publicised, complete with venue, well before time, and nobody in the Australian Islamic 'community' seems to worry very much about security, certainly not to the extent that Q Society is having to worry? - CM
'In 2010 Sydney Sheikh Feiz Mohammad caused a controversy after he said in a speech on his website that Mr Wilders should be beheaded for denigrating Islam.
'But he later said his comments had been taken out of context (ROFLMAO. Muslims who are caught saying bloodcurdlingly Islamic things within the West always cry that they were 'taken out of context'. I'd be a rich woman if I had a dollar for every occasion in the past five years that I have heard this flimsy, rote evasion put forward. Does Ms O'Brien really believe it? How can a threat to cut off someone's head be 'taken out of context'? What sort of context would a threat to cut off someone's head have to have, in order to be considered benign and unremarkable? - CM) and he issued a statement saying that he "personally did not condone violence of any sort, whether it be physical or in the form of verbal abuse as is the case with Geert Wilders and his violent and divisive opinions".
Like all statements by Islamic spokesmen, this weasel-worded statement needs to be examined very closely, bearing in mind that in Islamspeak violent acts carried out by Muslims in 'defence' of Islam and/ or in order to extend the sway of the Ummah, are not considered to be, strictly speaking, 'violence' as such. In the eyes of a sharia-minded Muslim, the beheading of Geert Wilders, as punishment for his refusal to shut up, his insistence on publicly criticising Islam and Muslims, his encouraging his fellow kuffar to stand up and resist the Islamisation of their societies, would not be 'violence'; it would be 'just', it would be an act of 'justice'. Only non-Muslim resistance to Islam and Muslims - whether that resistance be physical or verbal - counts as 'violence'. One may note that Geert's coolly rational and factual critique of Islamic texts and teachings and conduct, a critique which does not involve name-calling or threats, but description and then a moral judgement, is viewed by Mr Mohammad as 'violence', as 'verbal abuse', as 'violent and divisive opinions'. Mr Mohammad is pretending that to tell someone that they are wrong, and offer reasons why you think they are wrong, is no different from cursing and swearing at them, hitting them or cutting their head off. One may add, finally, that Mr Mohammed has a hide to twit Mr Wilders for expressing 'divisive' opinions, when one of the core elements of Islam is its grimly absolute division of the world into Us (Muslims) and Them (the non-Muslims), dar al Islam and its perceived Enemy (the Dar al Harb or Region of War), and its teaching that the former must perpetually wage war upon the latter until the latter is destroyed.
It remains to be seen, once Mr Wilders gets here, whether the Ummah will take the advice of the Slow Jihadists and lie low, letting dhimmis like Natalie O'Brien and Mr Kerkyasharian and 826 cowardly parliamentarians do all their dirty work for them; or whether the Fast Jihadists will jump the gun and make a highly revealing spectacle of themselves. - CM