Somalis Shocked By Al-Shabaab Attack On Turkish 'Muslim Brothers'
From All AfricaMogadishu — Al-Shabaab is keeping to its promise to inflict violence during Ramadan with its latest attack against the Turkish Embassy complex in Mogadishu at the weekend.
Somali and Turkish leaders immediately condemned the July 27th attack, and vowed that it would not shake their resolve to fight terrorism and build on the partnership the two countries have forged over the past few years.
At least six people were killed in the attack, including a Turkish security guard, two Somali civilians and three al-Shabaab militants, local embassy staffer Abdi Mohamed told Sabahi. Nine people were injured, including four members of the Turkish security force that was charged with protecting the complex.
The attack started when an al-Shabaab suicide bomber detonated a car bomb at the entrance of the complex. Two armed al-Shabaab fighters then tried to enter the complex but were intercepted by Turkish security forces and killed before they gained access to the building, according to local employees working with the Turkish mission who spoke with Sabahi.
In an attempt to justify the attack, al-Shabaab posted a message on Twitter calling Turkey "anything but Islamic".
"The Turkish are part of a group of nations bolstering the apostate regime and attempting to suppress the establishment of Islamic Shari'ah," it said.
Al-Shabaab spokesman Ali Mohamud Rage vowed that the militant group would continue to target Turkish people in Somalia.
"The mujahedeen will continue their attacks targeting the offices of Turkish employees in Mogadishu unless Turkey stops its intervention in Somalia's affairs," Rage said in a statement broadcasted by Andalus Radio, the mouthpiece for the group.
Rage described Turkish relief workers and diplomats in Somalia as infidels "who have truly caused the Muslim people, particularly in Somalia, a lot of problems and have plotted against them".
"It is possible that many among the people will ask themselves why the Turkish people, who are Muslims, were attacked, but we want to make it clear to the people that Turkey has abandoned Islam and God's religion," he said. "They have attacked the home of the Muslims."
There are moods and times of day when one wants to read something intelligent but undemanding, and for this purpose there is nothing better than the literary essays and biographies of Sir Edmund Gosse. Once regarded as a colossus of literature, or at least of literary criticism and scholarship, he is now almost forgotten except for his memoir of his relationship with his father, Father and Son, which is indeed one of the most touching evocations of a highly unusual childhood known to me. more>>>
Something the most vehement non-Muslim defenders of Islam often tell me is they have no fear of the consequences of Islamization, either for themselves or for their descendants, whatsoever. The idea of misogynous, homophobic, antisemitic, anti-American communities proliferating on American soil while openly seeking the overthrow of the Constitution is not a cause for concern. They believe Muslim societies can easily co-exist in a secular world, despite ever mounting evidence to the contrary. These people wear their lack of concern as a badge of honor – as evidence of superior tolerance and thus of superior moral sensibility.
Instead, what they often tell me (usually in highly hysterical tones) is that their greater fear – much greater fear – is of Christianity and Christians. more>>>
How courtesy would seem to cover sin
When what is done is like an hypocrite,
The which is good in nothing but in sight.
I. Introduction: Shakespeare's Moral Philosophy
In As You Like It, when young Orlando is about to flee from the homicidal rage of his brother Oliver and usurping Duke Frederick, he realizes that to escape requires financial reserves he doesn't possess. more>>>
Bat Ye’or and her late husband, David Littman, promised a collection of their papers to the New York Public library. That collection encompasses the speeches by Littman delivered at various forums, most prominently, the UN Human Rights Council, and also Bat Ye’or’s lectures and talks during the formative years of her pioneering study of dhimmitude. more>>>
When I was a boy of about 9 or 10 the BBC used to broadcast to schools (I haven’t the faintest idea whether it still does). We had to sit still in rows and listen to the broadcasts, all of which I have forgotten except one. It was about dinosaurs. more>>>
“I always know when it’s time to wash my knickers.” – Kate Winslet
When fish started walking, it wasn’t about race. Eventually, there were mammals, and then primates, and then a variety of ape that preferred to strut rather than swing. Swinging would eventually make a comeback in another era – in another context. more>>>
Kurds Go To War Against "The Jihadi Forces Or Forces Of Darkness"
From The Associated Press:
After Hisso, a Kurdish leader, once jailed by the Assad regime, is killed by the group:
Syria’s Kurds mobilize to fight al-Qaida groups
By BASSEM MROUE
| The Associated Press
Jul 30 2013
Beirut • A powerful Kurdish militia said Tuesday it is mobilizing against al-Qaida-linked rebels in northeastern Syria after a Kurdish opposition leader was killed in the area.
The fight between the Kurds and the extremists has become a war within a war in Syria’s oil-rich region. Clashes between Kurdish gunmen and members of al-Qaida-linked Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant over the past weeks left dozens of gunmen dead from both sides.
The fighting claimed a prominent casualty Tuesday, as a car bomb killed Kurdish leader Issa Hisso, said the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, the most powerful faction of the ethnic group in the region.
"We condemn this ugly criminal act and we promise the martyr and his comrades that we will stand idle," the party said in a statement.
Hisso opposed and was imprisoned in the past by President Bashar Assad’s regime. He also spoke out against radical Islamic groups, including the al-Qaida-linked Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Both groups have gained influence in the opposition after leading several battles.
Though no group claimed responsibility Tuesday for Hisso’s slaying, suspicion fell on the al-Qaida-linked organizations. Nawaf Khalil, a spokesman for the party, said fighters hoped to clear the groups out of Kurdish areas.
"The military units have declared mobilization," he said. "The jihadi forces or forces of darkness have been attacking Kurdish areas so it is normal that there be military and political mobilization.
Kurdish gunmen and al-Qaida-linked groups already have fought sporadic battles over the past months.
Kurds, the largest ethnic minority in Syria, make up more than 10 percent of the country’s 23 million people. Their loyalties in the conflict are split, though Kurds in opposition areas have carved out a once unthinkable degree of independence in their areas. They’ve creating their own police forces, issuing their own license plates and exuberantly going public with their language and culture. [something they have been forbidden in Syria, in Turkey, in Iraq][
Meanwhile Tuesday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a car bomb went off in the town of Maabadeh in Hassakeh province. It said the blast wounded some people and was followed by deployment of Kurdish gunmen in the area.
More than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict and millions have been driven out of their homes, seeking shelter in safer areas of the country or in the neighboring Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
Activists also reported that an Italian Jesuit priest, Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, has gone missing while on a trip to the rebel-held northeastern city of Raqqa. Dall’Oglio is an Assad opponent who was expelled last year from Syria, where he had lived for 30 years.
He reportedly went in to Raqqa to meet with al-Qaida-linked militants there. On Saturday, he posted on his Facebook page in Arabic that he felt happy to be in a "beautiful, free" city. Videos posted online showed him surrounded by a boisterous crowd in Raqqa this past weekend, giving a speech.
The Observatory said Dall-Oglio had told an activist in the city Monday that he was going to meet with the al-Qaida-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. It was not clear whether he was still on his mission or had been abducted.
Earlier in the day, mortar attacks and air raids in two major cities in Syria killed at least 17 people, activists and government officials said.
The deadliest attack struck the central city of Homs, which has been an opposition stronghold since the beginning of the two-year conflict and is now the target of a withering offensive by President Bashar Assad’s forces.
Three mortars slammed into a government-held district of Dablan before dawn Tuesday, killing 10 people and wounding 26 others, a government official. He said many living in the neighborhood fled there to escape fighting elsewhere in Homs. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations for civil servants.
The Observatory said 11 people — including a child — were killed. It cited hospital officials and also said attack happened late Monday close to midnight.
Homs has been the center of protests against Assad’s rule since the Syrian revolt started in March 2011. In recent weeks, the city has been the scene of fierce fighting between Assad’s troops and rebels fighting to topple his regime. On Monday, government troops captured Homs’ strategic area of Khaldiyeh after a monthlong battle, bringing Assad’s regime closer to its goal of capturing all of Syria’s third largest city.
In northern Syria, regime warplanes hit the town of Andan, killing seven people, including five children, the Observatory said.
Parade’s Mend: a Cultural Conundrum and a Code of Conduct
by Alexander Zubatov (August 2013)
I want to start by discussing an old novel and then proceed to discuss an old problem which, more like a fine fix than a fine wine, just keeps on getting worse as it gets older. The old novel, on the other hand, has not lost an iota of its greatness and is, as I hope you will shortly discover, more relevant than it ever was. more>>>
“Peak Times” – Youth Cultural Identity and English
by Ben Greenhalgh (August 2013)
Youth Culture is one of the driving forces of language change but why does youth culture have such a profound effect on our language and why does it suffer the most critique?
Then the bottom fell out. Aside from the gearbox and a rattle of the ageing engine, oh and the boot needing the skill of a safecracker to open, my little Ford was doing remarkably well in its time and mile worn age. However, as I had feared in the past few weeks, it was sick and the final straw was the overly angled speed bump coming into the council centre car park. more>>>
The Covenant at Sinai and Greek Rhetoric – A Proposal Writer’s Credo
by Geoffrey Clarfield (August 2013)
I am a development anthropologist and project manager who has spent much of his professional life writing and implementing fundable research and development proposals. From this experience I have developed what I have come to call “A Proposal Writer’s Credo” which describes how and with whom I work. Having read numerous books and articles on this topic I have yet to come across anything as simple and direct as what I am about to describe in this short piece. For those who write proposals, or who are considering writing one, I hope that this credo will help you succeed in your task. more>>>
an interview with Lori Lowenthal Marcus by Jerry Gordon (August 2013)
The American public was aroused by allegations and documentation of political discrimination by The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released in hearings before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in May and later hearings before the House Ways and Means Committee in June and July 2013. The hearings were triggered by a report released on May 14, 2013 from The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, “Inappropriate Criteria Were Used to Identify Tax-Exempt Applications for Review.” The report revealed a broad pattern of discrimination against several hundred conservative groups who had filed for tax exempt status under Section 501 (c) (4) of the Internal Revenue Code. President Obama was appalled, Congressional committees were angered and soon a parade of witnesses including retired and former IRS Commissioners appeared. One senior IRS official, Lois Lerner, look the Fifth Amendment in her appearance. A House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Hearing on July 18, 2013 had appearances by both current Cincinnati and recently retired Washington, DC senior tax personnel that appeared to tie the disputed special reviews to a political appointee, IRS General Counsel, William Wilkins. more>>>
Steven Paas, a Presbyterian minister from the Netherlands with advanced degrees from the University of Amsterdam and the Theological University of Apeldoorn, has a problem with Christian Zionism, a movement that attributes religious value to the modern state of Israel. more>>>
Rebellion Against the Arab Spring Inflames the Middle East
by Jerry Gordon and Mike Bates (August 2013)
Egypt’s military led by Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi eclipsed the short autocratic reign of (Former) President Mohammed Morsi on July 3, 2013. The coup came in response to the rebellion of millions in major cities across Egypt representing the Tamarod, organized by four opposition group leaders. Hundreds have been killed in the ensuing violence by Muslim Brotherhood, opposition, military and security police. One of those casualties was an American college student, Andrew Pochter, killed as a bystander at an Alexandria demonstration outside a local Muslim Brotherhood office. more>>>
One of the world’s most stay-at-home day traders has described the teenage torment of coming to terms with a desire to make money from his living room, and urged young people to ignore socializer bullying. In a moving letter to his 14 year old self, Ewing Berg describes how he once considered suicide because of the shame he felt at trading online. It happened in conjunction with a very bad morning on the Paris Bourse. “It was only because all my cutlery is disposable that I didn’t do myself some very serious harm. Plus I gained a bit back in Seoul after lunch.” more>>>
So desperate was the journalistic need for a credible explanation that I heard soon after the explosion on 15 April, even on sources like NPR with reputations to protect, some earnest voice blame the familiar bugaboo of gun-crazy right-wingers, even though no guns were visibly involved. Other publicists no doubt found an opportunity to raise one or another favorite villain whenever some medium gave them a national forum. That’s how the media work nowadays, leaving me with the suspicion that some off-stage editors or producers are ventriloquists for the “reporters” we hear on air or read in newsprint. more>>>
On Having a New English Review Article Plagiarized in the Nigerian Leadership
by Shai Afsai (August 2013)
It recently came to my attention that a New English Review article I wrote, “Igbo Jews of Nigeria Strive to Study and Practice,” which was published in the July issue (going online on July 4, 2013) accompanied by three photographs I took, was plagiarized in the Nigerian Leadership. more>>>
Joel Brinkley, Best Of Those Reporting On Afghanistan, On Hideous Karzai And The Afghan Folly
The last straw in Afghanistan
Karzai's insistence on levying customs fees on U.S. equipment should signal the end of American involvement there
By Joel Brinkley
6:00 AM EDT, July 31, 2013
For American forces in Afghanistan, this should be the last straw.
It started in early July, when President Obama was once again so furious with Afghan President Hamid Karzai that for the first time he began talking about the so-called "Zero Option" -- bringing home the entire American military presence next year.
This came after Mr. Karzai lambasted the U.S. for trying to arrange peace negotiations with the Taliban. Lost in his latest fit of pique, Mr. Karzai summarily terminated the continuing negotiations over a long-term American presence in the state after the bulk of forces leave next year.
Today, with Mr. Karzai's latest display of greed and audacity, the Zero Option should be back on the table. Right now, Karzai's government is trying to level a $1,000 customs fee on every U.S. vehicle moving military equipment in shipping containers -- tanks, jeeps, APCs and the rest -- out of the state. Afghan troops have been blocking the exit roads until the U.S. pays up. Can you even imagine?
Think about how many pieces of equipment, wheeled and otherwise, the military has used in Afghanistan over the last 12 years. Already the Afghan government says the U.S. owes $70 million in these unpaid so-called customs fees. The Air Force can fly most of the equipment out of the country instead of using the roads, but the Pentagon says that would cost up to $2 billion more. Why should we pay that?
It's time to stop simply looking the other way every time Mr. Karzai tries to extort his American patrons. Mr. Karzai knows full well that all the military equipment was there to keep him, his colleagues and citizens alive.
With this, Mr. Karzai wins my prize for the most ungrateful, indecorous (and a few words not fit for print) world leader. He's the one who constantly harangues U.S. ambassadors and military commanders with the farcical accusation that America's goal is to "divide Pakistan and weaken Afghanistan" to pursue its fight against terrorists.
That came from a WikiLeaks disclosure a few years ago. He said as much during a speech to American officials, among others, in Doha this spring.
The WikiLeaks documents also showed Karl Eikenberry, the U.S. ambassador in Kabul then, writing back to Washington: "Karzai continues to shun responsibility for any sovereign burden, whether defense, governance or development." Mr. Karzai's brother Wali, the memo added, "is widely understood to be corrupt and a narcotics trafficker."
If the U.S. ambassador knew that, then of course so did Mr. Karzai. To this day, has he done anything about that -- or anything else of consequence? Of course not.
According to WikiLeaks, Omar Zakhilwal, the Afghan finance minister, told the Americans Mr. Karzai is "an extremely weak man who did not listen to facts but instead" chooses to believe "even the most bizarre stories and plots against him."
As for governance, even after the United States has spent more than $100 billion in development aid over the last decade, statewide literacy stands at 28 percent, the CIA says, while Afghanistan also still maintains the world's highest infant mortality rate -- 12 of every 100 children die before they reach age 1. What more do we need to say about Mr. Karzai's effectiveness as president for the last 12 years?
The available evidence, though, shows that the fate of his people is not even his smallest concern. Without a doubt, his first passion is making himself rich. Don't forget that while charging unwarranted customs fees at the border, his finance ministry has been levying nearly $1 billion in unwarranted taxes on United States aid agencies that build roads, schools, hospitals for the Afghan people -- even though the U.S. and Afghan governments signed agreements a decade ago saying these aid agencies were tax-exempt.
A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that American support for the war is continuing to plummet. Now only 28 percent of those polled in July say the war has been worth fighting. That's an 11 percent drop just since March.
The vast majority of Americans, Democrats and Republicans, say it's past time to bring the troops home. And that was before they knew about these bogus "customs" charges. So far the military says it's not paying them. And, thus far, Mr. Karzai has not said a word about this, his latest shakedown. (Some of the proceeds would undoubtedly wind up in his pocket.)
The U.S. military has been talking about flying the equipment out, at great cost. Don't do it! President Obama needs to tell Mr. Karzai to lift the border blockade, stop these endless extortion scams -- or the Zero Option will become the official U.S. policy.
Joel Brinkley is the Hearst professional in residence at Stanford University and a Pulitzer Prize-winning former correspondent for The New York Times.
Around the time that the ticking in Wendy's biological clock boomed louder, she began to feel that her body was a receptacle of doom. It wasn't so much the physical changes that were occurring inside her, but an unfathomable emptiness, sharpened by years of living alone and honed by lovers who left her without regret. more>>>
This Summer the French National Museum, the Jeu de Paume, once famous for its display of Impressionist paintings, is hosting an astonishing photography exhibit, Phantom House. The work of an Israeli Bedouin woman, Ahlam Shibli, it assembles an eclectic series of photographs that depict a number of different groups whose homes are really not theirs, or who do not have homes—people who “live under oppression.” These include Bedouin “Trackers” who enlist in the IDF, “Palestinians” living in the Galilee and Jordan, Polish children in orphanages, Middle Eastern LGBTs who live in Western countries, the French of Corrèze during the Nazi occupation, and, in by far the most elaborate of the exhibits, the Palestinian families of “martyrs” who “resisted” the “occupation,” standing with the pictures, posters, and graves of their “disappeared” relatives.
The exhibit has elicited predictable controversy. These alleged “martyrs” who “took control of their own deaths,” the object of loving devotion by their families, are actually mass murderers who killed themselves in order to murder as many children, women, civilians as they could. Like so much of the Palestinian narrative, these photos give no place to the “other” except as faceless colonial oppressors. For one Jewish woman, a patron of the museum, the experience was horrifying. Looking at these pictures of “martyrs,” she recognized people who had blown up restaurants and buses, which were chosen precisely because there were children there.
Outraged objections poured in. The museum’s response was to post a notice that insisted that this was not propaganda and quoted the artist insisting that she was “not a militant, not judgmental.”
Of course, all of this is nonsense. If not propaganda (like the famous pipe that is not a pipe), it is a display of lovingly presented photographs of propaganda. The artist is decidedly judgmental, presenting her fellow Bedouin who serve in the IDF as pathetic sell-outs to a colonial regime (they appear strikingly comfortable and secure with themselves in the photos), peppering her exhibit on French victims of the Nazi occupation with comments on how they turned around after liberation and became colonial oppressors in Indochina and Algeria. The unalloyed admiration for the “resistance to occupation” of the Palestinians, juxtaposed with that of the French resistance to the Nazis, plays on a common, if grotesque, theme of Palestinian propaganda—that the Israelis are the new Nazis and the Palestinians the new Jews.
How can the French, who know what Nazi occupation was like, compare their experience to that of Palestinians in the West Bank? How they could not notice that while the Nazis killed hundreds of thousands of civilians in occupied Europe as part of their deliberate policy of collective punishment, the Palestinians kill thousands of civilians as part of their “resistance”? How could they miss the difference between an “occupation” that kills 6 million Jews and one that produces a Palestinian population with the highest standard of living in the non-oil-rich Arab world? How can they glorify a movement that embraces and intensifies Nazi Jew-hatred? And why do they view Jews who attempt to protect themselves from that aggression through the eyes of those who foment hatred? How did such a profound moral disorientation occur, and why has it been elevated to the level of high art?
The answer takes us back to the beginning of the Second Intifada, known as the Al-Aqsa Intifada, on Sept. 30, 2000, when Charles Enderlin, the French-Israeli correspondent for France2 broadcast a news story on how the Israelis targeted a father and son, killing the son and badly wounding the father. The story rapidly gained mythical power in both the Muslim world and in the West. For some Palestinians, Al Durah became “the martyr of the world” and an inspiration to suicide bombers seeking to revenge his death; in the capable hands of Osama Bin Laden, he became a call to all Muslims to join the global Jihad.
In France and beyond, Europeans embraced this story as a liberation from Holocaust guilt. The respected French news anchor Catherine Nay spoke for many when she noted, “This death annuls, erases the picture of the boy in the Warsaw Ghetto.” In other words, the picture of one boy, caught in a cross-fire, replaces a picture that symbolizes the deliberate, cold-blooded murder of over a million children.
Under the aegis of this wildly popular image, which came to be known as an icon of hatred, the morally deranged (and sadistic) substitution theology of Palestinian war propaganda entered the European mainstream. From the first rally of French progressives and Muslims reacting to the Al Durah story—where at least one banner read “Star of David = Swastika = picture of the Al Durahs under fire” in 2000, and protesters cried, “Death to the Jews! Death to Israel!”—to the most recent ravings of the British Liberal Democrat Party, who compared Israel to the Nazis, the idea of Jews as Nazis became acceptable discourse among European elites.
Nothing better illustrates the danger involved in this moral derangement than the way this icon has operated in French society. Ironically, as French TV repeatedly showed this gratifying “get-out-of-Holocaust-guilt-free-card” to their French audiences, they waved the flag of Jihad in front of their restive Muslim youth. Not understanding that this Jihad targeted them as well, they assumed (for some strange reason), that those aroused to violent hatred of both Israelis and their cousins, French Jews, did not also consider them legitimate targets of Jihadi wrath. Thus as violence, both verbal and physical, against French Jews rose sharply, the French privately told Jews who complained that this is payback for Israeli deeds and publicly denied any anti-Semitism.
What might have been a brief disorientation, damaging but limited, has become a disastrous commitment to this new paradigm, even as the evidence for its deleterious effect on France (and, more broadly, Europe) multiplied. In 2004 and 2005, Spanish and English citizens found out that they, too, could be considered legitimate targets of Jihadi wrath. Several months later, in response to a false report that French police had killed two young French Arabs, the suburban “sensitive zones” erupted in rioting and vandalism, while the police stood aside lest intervention lead to photographs of police killing Arab youth and inspire suicide terror attacks.
Those French who, ignoring the plethora of minor subsequent incidents, might have thought their problems were more or less on a path toward resolution were shocked anew in 2012, when a young French-born Algerian Jihadi, Mohamed Merah, after killing three French Muslim soldiers, went to a Jewish school and deliberately killed three children and a father. Why? “To avenge those Muslims in Palestine murdered by the Israelis,” he said.
For the Jihadis, the war against Israel is part of a larger war against the West, and images of Israelis killing Palestinian children feed a war machine that targets all infidels who resist submission to Islam. And yet, few French tread this path of inquiry (although it might be said that their implacable hostility to Israel and its defenders betrays an unconscious knowledge of, and desire to appease, the anger that any support for Israel elicits from Jihadists). On the contrary, French commentators insisted, the riots in 2005, for example, had “nothing to do with Islam,” and the code word for Muslims who misbehave violently is “jeunes.”
Instead of awareness, a school of “lethal journalists” became dominant in Europe (and elsewhere)—information specialists who take Palestinian war propaganda (lethal narratives about the IDF as child-killers) and spread it to unsuspecting (and often gratified) audiences in the guise of news reporting. In 2002, for example, Europe’s lethal journalists told their audiences that the operation in Jenin to stop a two-year campaign of Palestinian suicide terror had massacred hundreds of innocent civilians—a claim that was later proven to be both false and deliberately manufactured for propagandistic purposes.
Rarely in the history of the modern press has a story with less substance had so much malevolent power.
Yet every time hostilities broke out over the course of the decade, European papers overflowed with images of Palestinian victims, with nary a mention of Palestinian hate propaganda inspiring suicide terror. And not surprisingly, these lethal journalists have done everything possible to protect the sanctity of their icon, Al Durah, the image chocde l’Intifada. The European press did not report on the evidence indicating that the original broadcast by Charles Enderlin was based on material that shows extensive signs—enumerated yet again in the recent Israeli-issued Kuperwasser Report—of having been staged for the cameras. Rarely in the history of the modern press has a story with less substance had so much malevolent power.
The French might have found out more, when Enderlin and France2’s recent attempt to use the courts to silence his critics for “defamation of character” backfired. The judges in one case, despite being on France2’s side, asked to see the “rushes” of the cameraman upon whom Enderlin relied for his devastating broadcast. They discovered that the majority of “action sequences” were staged. They accordingly found his critic, Philippe Karsenty, innocent, and had harsh words for Enderlin’s journalistic principles. But rather than analyze that story and present the evidence to the public, journalists formed a petition in support of Enderlin, warning that the verdict threatened “freedom of the press.” And many of the most prominent people who signed did so without seeing the evidence. A medieval guild of journalists, communautaristes to the hilt—fought for their personal freedom to pass along lethal narratives unimpeded by independent critics and, not coincidentally, preserved their tarnished icon of hatred.
Thus, cognitively disoriented by both their media and their academics to such a degree, it is altogether possible for the curators at the Jeu de Paume to put up an exhibit celebrating mass murderers—and to believe that, in so doing, they were siding with the innocent and “speaking truth” to Israeli “power.” And so they raise war propaganda that targets their own culture to the level of high art.
BEIRUT (AFP) – Jihadist groups linked to Al-Qaeda have taken hostage around 200 Kurdish civilians after violent clashes with Kurdish fighters in two villages of eastern Syria, a monitoring group said.
"Fighters of Al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have seized control of Tall Aren village in Aleppo province and are laying siege to another village nearby, Tall Hassel. They have taken hostage around 200 civilians from the inhabitants of the two villages," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Was it coincidence last week that the Bulgarian Interior Ministry identified the Hezbollah perpetrators of the July 18, 2012 Burgas terror bombing and the EU finally listed the military wing as a terrorist group? On July 18, 2012 five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian tour bus driver were killed in a bomb blast in the Black Sea resort that occurred on the 28th anniversary of the 1994 Jewish AMIA Center bombing in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A bomb blast that may have been organized by the late assassinated Hezbollah terrorist mastermind, Imad Mughniyah and incoming President Iranian Hassan Rouhani may have participated in the planning. The Long War Journal (TLWJ) of the Washington, DC based foundation for the Defense of Democracies issued a report on July 25th by David Barnett based on Bulgarian investigation that identified the two perpetrators as Australian and Canadian nationals of Lebanese origin. Benjain Weinthal in today's Jerusalem Post reports that the two perpetrators may have smuggled the bombs used in the attack in Bulgaria via train from Warsaw. in late June 2012. The terrorists identified are:
The first Hezbollah operative identified by Bulgarian authorities is Meliad Farah (a.k.a. Hussein Hussein), an Australian national. Farah, who has been previously described as a "bomb maker of Lebanese descent," was born on Nov. 5, 1980.
The second operative identified by Bulgarian authorities is Hassan El Hajj Hassan, a Canadian national. Hassan was born on March 22, 1988. Hassan is reportedly related to the unnamed terrorist who died in the attack. Hassan was born in Lebanon, but moved to Canada at the age of eight. According to Canadian authorities, the suspect has not been a "habitual resident" of Canada since he was 12.
Note how freely the two perpetrators cased possible sites for their deadly attack in the beach resorts of Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast and where their forged US drivers’ licenses were produced:
Between their arrival in Bulgaria on June 28 and the day of the attack in Burgas on July 18, both men were "spotted in the regions of Ruse, Varna, Nesebar, the "Sunny beach" resort and the village of Ravda," the Ministry of Interior said in a statement. The ministry further said that the men "registered themselves at hotels and accommodations, using fake identities under the name of Brian Jeremiah Jameson, Jacque Felipe Martin and Ralph William Rico. They are also believed to have rented cars using the mentioned fake identities."
Press reports had previously revealed that all of the driver's licenses were forged by the same printer in Beirut, which is tied to a Hezbollah operative. The printer is reportedly also known to have produced forged documents for other Hezbollah members.
Israel may be tracking their whereabouts in Southern Lebanon:
While Bulgarian authorities did not say where they believe Hassan and Farah currently reside, reports have previously said that authorities are fairly certain the two suspects returned to southern Lebanon after the attack and remain there. For example, on July 23 the Israeli daily Haaretz reported, based on comments from a senior member of Israel's Foreign Ministry, "the men are hiding in southern Lebanon, and that Israel is searching for them."
Notice the tie-in with the EU designation of the military wing of Hezbollah with the case of the Cyrpus conviction of a Lebanese Swedish operative casing locations for a terrorist attack on Israeli vacationers, the similarity of bombs used in other Hezbollah terrorist attempts in Israel and Thailand and last week’s release of the identities of the two Hezbollah perpetrators:
Bulgarian officials first charged that Hezbollah was behind the attack on Feb. 5, 2013. "We have followed their [the suspects] entire activities in Australia and Canada so we have information about financing and their membership in Hezbollah. A reasonable assumption can be made that the two of them were members of the militant wing of Hezbollah," Tsvetan Tsvetanov, then Interior Minister, said at the time.
With the accumulated evidence from the Bulgarian Burgas bombing investigations with the cooperation of Australian, Canadian and Israeli counterterrorism echelons, the question is why did the EU conveniently stop with terrorist listing for Hezbollah’s military wing only when the political wing is the overall control of the group’s global terrorist activities? It would appear to this observer that the two Burgas bombing Hezbollah operatives are following in the footsteps of the late Imad Mughniyah. It is alleged to have been taken out by a Mossad bomb planted in the headrest of his Mitsubishi Pajero SUV after leaving the Iranian Embassy in Damascus in February 12, 2008 where he and others were celebrating the anniversary 1979 Islamic Revolution. Will these identified Hezbollah terrorists suffer the same fate?
Watch this CBS 60 Minutes interview by Leslie Stahl with former Mossad Director Meir Dagan discussing Mughniyah’s assassination: