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Islam Through the Looking Glass: The Collected Essays and Reviews of J. B. Kelly, Vol. 3
edited by S. B. Kelly
The Real Nature of Religion
by Rebecca Bynum
As Far As The Eye Can See
by Moshe Dann
Threats of Pain and Ruin
by Theodore Dalrymple
The Oil Cringe of the West: The Collected Essays and Reviews of J.B. Kelly Vol. 2
edited by S.B. Kelly
The Impact of Islam
by Emmet Scott
Sir Walter Scott's Crusades and Other Fantasies
by Ibn Warraq
Fighting the Retreat from Arabia and the Gulf: The Collected Essays and Reviews of J.B. Kelly. Vol. 1
edited by S.B. Kelly
The Literary Culture of France
by J. E. G. Dixon
Hamlet Made Simple and Other Essays
by David P. Gontar
Farewell Fear
by Theodore Dalrymple
The Eagle and The Bible: Lessons in Liberty from Holy Writ
by Kenneth Hanson
The West Speaks
interviews by Jerry Gordon
Mohammed and Charlemagne Revisited: The History of a Controversy
Emmet Scott
Anything Goes
by Theodore Dalrymple
The Left is Seldom Right
by Norman Berdichevsky
Allah is Dead: Why Islam is Not a Religion
by Rebecca Bynum


















Friday, 30 January 2015
Sharp rise in halal abattoirs slaughtering animals without stunning them first
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The number of animals killed in halal abattoirs without being stunned first soared in the last year, figures have revealed. Campaigning by Muslims for traditional methods of slaughter has led to a 60 percent rise in the number of non-pain free killings, industry experts said.

Last year 2.4 million sheep and goats had their throats cut without being stunned in halal and kosher abattoirs, according to the British Veterinary Association (BVA). In halal premium, 37 per cent of sheep and goats, 25 per cent of cattle and 16 per cent of poultry were killed without being stunned first.

For meat to be halal, the animal must be alive when its throat is cut and die from loss of blood. 

Cattle take up to two minutes to lose consciousness after their throats are cut, while sheep are awake for only 20 seconds, according to the European Food Safety Authority. Critics say such practices harm the welfare of animals. John Blackwell, president of the BVA, said that the practice “unnecessarily compromises animal welfare at the time of death”.

Awal Foneini, certification manager of the Halal Food Authority, told The Times that the rise in non-stun killings was due to “stronger campaigning” from Muslims who wrongly believed that stunning killed animals. 

Last week a petition demanding an outright ban on slaughtering animals without stunning them first attracted more than 100,000 backers. However the Government insisted it still had "no intention" of outlawing religious slaughter. 

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Posted on 01/30/2015 4:59 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 29 January 2015
Armed Man Demands Airtime On Dutch Broadcaster
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Sky News says:Dutch national broadcaster NOS temporarily went off air after an man armed with a gun entered the building and demanded airtime. The RTL press agency said a building belonging to NOS in Hilversum was cleared on Thursday evening after the man walked into the building.

He was later arrested at the scene, the agency added.

Reports claimed the man was aged 19 and claimed to be from a "hackers collective". He was led into an empty studio by a security guard, and after pacing the studio said: "This is taking too long." Police then stormed into the studio, ordered the man to lie down and he gave up without a struggle.

In a statement, they said he demanded airtime and threatened that bombs would go off at several locations if his demand was not met.

The BBC says:- Police have stormed the studio of the Dutch national broadcaster to arrest an armed man who demanded airtime. Thursday's evening edition of the news was not broadcast. NOS director Jan de Jong initially said it was not clear how the man got through tight security. 

The Guardian has some video of his apprehension here. 

And while I didn't hear any 'allah akbaring' from him Dutch News has some information about him that the British press are not mentioning. 

The young man who forced his way into the headquarters of Dutch public broadcaster Nos on Thursday evening is a 19-year-old youth from Pijnacker, close to Delft, the public prosecution department told a news conference.

The youth, who gave himself up when ordered to by police, had demanded access to airtime. He has been named on social media as Tarik Zahzah and according to unconfirmed reports is a student of chemistry at Delft University of Technology.

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Posted on 01/29/2015 4:54 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 29 January 2015
Habituation, Or, Becoming Inured To Muslim Violence
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Posted on 01/29/2015 2:10 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 29 January 2015
Islam Through the Looking Glass: The Collected Essays and Reviews of J.B. Kelly, Vol. 3, edited by S.B. Kelly and Published by New English Review Press
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New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our seventeenth book, Islam Through the Looking Glass: The Collected Essays and Reviews of J.B. Kelly, Vol. 3, edited by S.B. Kelly.

The resurgence of Islam is a constant theme in the writings of J.B. Kelly from the 1980s to his death in 2009, and it is appropriate, therefore, that it should be reflected in the title of this third, and final, volume of his collected essays and reviews. The title was, in fact, originally a phrase which he gave to a lecture he delivered to the Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C. in 1980. It captures the surreal, Alice in Wonderland, nature of Middle Eastern politics. He intended that the lecture, given to promote his new book on Arabia, the Gulf and the West (Weidenfeld & Nicolson/Basic Books,1980), should enable his American audience to peer through the looking glass of the Middle East and to understand how to navigate the political labyrinth of the Persian Gulf and the wider region. His subsequent essays and reviews written while he was in Washington D.C. were intended to serve the same purpose. The introduction by the editor gives readers a guide to the political context of his writings, especially his involvement in the struggle over the sale of F-15 enhancements and AWACS to Saudi Arabia. The later writings in this volume are the fruits of his retirement in France, from whence he tried to counter the received wisdom about Western policy towards Iraq and other matters.

Reading the essays in this volume one is struck by their relevance to our understanding of the causes of the revolts in the Middle East in 2011 and after against the last generation of oriental despots, and the resurgence of militant Islam. This volume, like the earlier ones, should be required reading for policy-makers in the West.

 

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Posted on 01/29/2015 12:37 PM by NER
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Thursday, 29 January 2015
Cologne Karneval scraps Charlie Hebdo float
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A second item from the German edition of The Local

Cologne's planned Charlie Hebdo float in its Rosenmontag parade was a false start, after the organising committee scrapped its construction over security concerns. 

The Festival Committee of the Cologne Carnival said in a statement on Wednesday that despite the overwhelming support for the Charlie Hebdo float, construction on it was halted. "The Festival Committee wants everyone to be able to celebrate in safety and without concerns," it said in a press release on Wednesday.  

Reports had already said that no other floats wanted to directly precede or follow the Charlie Hebdo float out of safety reasons. The Festival committee said that this wasn't true. "Many members contacted the festival committee directly to say they wanted to accompany this float to show they support freedom of expression," read the press statement.

The parade is always known for its floats that don't shy away from making a political statement. "The Rosenmontag parade in Cologne lives for freedom of expression with its parodies every year," the statement said.

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Posted on 01/29/2015 12:36 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 29 January 2015
Frankfurt man loses airport job over Isis links
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From the German edition of The Local

In a decision announced on Wednesday, a Frankfurt court upheld the dismissal of a man from his job at Frankfurt airport over his close friendship with a foreign citizen with ties to terrorist group Isis. Judges found that the man, who was in regular contact with the terrorism suspect on a mobile number known only to his close friends, and had lent the suspect €2,000, was too much of a security risk to work in sensitive areas at the airport.

In court, the airport worker argued that because his friend hadn't been convicted of anything, the assumption of innocence should apply to him as well. But the judge said that he had no automatic right to be declared reliable by the state of Hesse.

He added that the man's refusal to acknowledge guilt over the traffic offence and apparent close relationship with the suspected Isis supporter – a colleague and school friend – were enough to justify the airport authorities' decision.

Since the airport worker was unable to convince the judge that he didn't know about his friend's radical views, the judge upheld the police decision under the Air Safety Law (Luftsicherheitsgesetz) – one of Germany's strictest regulations.

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Posted on 01/29/2015 12:32 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 29 January 2015
Rotherham Victim Says Abusers 'Untouchable'
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A Sky News investigation into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham learns that hundreds of new cases continue to emerge. A survivor of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham claims she still sees her abusers "driving young girls in their car", as a Sky News investigation reveals hundreds of new cases continue to emerge.

In August 2014, the Alexis Jay report identified 1,400 cases of child sexual exploitation in the Yorkshire town. But Sky News has learned that hundreds more cases were known to authorities prior to its publication and that hundreds more are being reported.

Victims continue to feel let down by authorities. One survivor "Gemma" told Sky News: "It's still going on if not worse, because now they're having to hide it more. I'm still seeing my abusers driving young girls in their car. They're untouchable."

Jayne Senior, who ran an outreach programme for victims in Rotherham called Risky Business, has revealed that she reported nearly 1,700 cases of grooming or sexual exploitation to the council's children's services between 1999 and 2011. This was a shorter time period than that examined by the report.

"I was accused of saying too much, of sharing too much information, reporting too much intelligence," she told Sky News in her first interview. "Risky Business didn't make all this up. It was accused of making it all up and Alexis Jay exonerated all of that." The report found Risky Business was seen by the borough's social care services "as something of a nuisance".

Risky Business was shut down in 2011 and victims have expressed frustration that a recent application to set up a new support group has been turned down by the council despite recommendations in the Jay report. "It shouldn't have been shut down," one victim told Sky News. "Because that was an agency that was trying to tackle the situation. But knowing now that it was all a cover-up then I think it was closed down because they were trying to tackle the problem."

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Posted on 01/29/2015 11:40 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 29 January 2015
Has the Administration Failed to Recognize the Threat of Global Jihad?
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As a Former Army Intelligence officer, we were trained to evaluate the credibility of sources and then delve into the intel they were providing. We were also trained that if you didn’t identify the threat doctrine of your enemies then you couldn’t formulate a winning strategy, let alone protect your forces. The Obama Administration has been evading the capabilities of military intelligence echelons to assist it  in fashioning a winning strategy in the war against Global Jihad. One would have thought that when the members of Seal Team Six killed  the late Osama Bin Laden and scooped up disk drives and documents that the West Wing would have considered it a treasure trove. The vital raw intelligence would have determined the aims and global strategy of so-called “core Al Qaeda” and its burgeoning affiliates across the Muslim Ummah and the West. (Groups like AQAP, AQIM, al Nusrah, Al Shabaab and Boko Haram.)  Unfortunately, as this Weekly Standard article by Fox News ‘Special Report’ panelist, Stephen F. Hayes illustrates, President Obama  may have evaded  his oath of office as Commander in Chief, Former Defense Intel Chief Blasts Obama.

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (ret.) former DIA Head

Former DIA head Gen. Flynn’s cautionary tale.

Hayes uses a speech by former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) chief, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to fellow intelligence professionals to illustrate why the Administration cannot be trusted.  Flynn retired after being brushed off by the National Security team in the West Wing and the politicized CIA. He was seeking to deploy his resources at the DIA to evaluate and derive meaningful intelligence on Al Qaeda its aims and strategies from the treasure trove of Obama bin laden computer files captured during the Seal Team Six assault. This would have enabled the Commander in Chief and his national security team to articulate the threat of global radical Islam and fashion a strategy that would protect our forces engaged in a war against Islamic Jihad. Instead the Administration myopically evaded its responsibilities opting to promote the meaningless and opaque threat as “violent extremism.” Instead Flynn and his team of military intelligence analysts were brushed off after having unearthed the goals of “core Al Qaeda” and its network of empowered affiliates

Here are excerpts from the Hayes Weekly Standard article that illustrates these points:

Lt. General Michael Flynn, former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, [said], “The dangers to the U.S. do not arise from the arrogance of American power, but from unpreparedness or an excessive unwillingness to fight when fighting is necessary.” The Obama Administration doesn’t understand the threat, Flynn said, noting that the Administration refuses to use “Islamic militants” to describe the enemy. 

“You cannot defeat an enemy you do not admit exists,” he said.

The administration, he continued, wants “us to think that our challenge is dealing with an undefined set of violent extremists or merely lone-wolf actors with no ideology or network. But that’s just not the straight truth.”

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The failure to exploit the captured Bin Laden file.

 The CIA was responsible for the first scrub of the collection of more than 1 million documents and retained “executive authority” over the cache when it was completed. But the CIA stopped analyzing or “exploiting” the documents after that first quick and incomplete assessment and the Agency made no attempt to systematically examine and codify all of the intelligence included in the intelligence haul.

Flynn assembled a team at the DIA to do exactly that, but the CIA initially refused to share the documents. After a lengthy bureaucratic battle, DIA analysts were given limited access to the bin Laden documents and undertook an exhaustive exploitation. The documents provided the U.S. government with its best look at al Qaeda and its operations and challenges—from the inside. There were letters between Osama bin Laden and other terrorist leaders, plans for future attacks, details about fundraising successes and failures, descriptions of relationships between al Qaeda and governments in the region. The documents remain unexploited to this day.

Derek Harvey, a senior DIA official and former director of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Center of Excellence at CENTCOM, led the DIA team that exploited the documents. He recently told TWS that the U.S. government hasn’t “done anything close to a full exploitation.”

And what was Flynn’s overall assessment?

In classified analyses based heavily on the documents, the DIA directly challenged the Obama administration’s claims that the threat from al Qaeda was diminished or fading. Flynn hinted at this in an interview he gave to James Kitfield of Breaking Defense shortly after he left government. “When asked if the terrorists were on the run, we couldn’t respond with any answer but ‘no.’ When asked if the terrorists were defeated, we had to say ‘no.’ Anyone who answers ‘yes’ to either of those questions either doesn’t know what they are talking about, they are misinformed, or they are flat-out lying,” Flynn said. 

 

Gen. Anthony Zinni, former CENTCOMM commander

Source: Pensacola News Journal

Enter former CENTCOM Commander Marine General Zinni on the lack of a Strategy.

Recently, we heard former CENTCOMM Commander, Four Star Marine Gen. (ret.) Anthony Zinni talk about the lack of a meaningful Obama Strategy in the war against the Islamic state.  See; Pensacola News Journal article, “General discusses 'Situation in the Middle East.

Among those gathered to hear him were former colleagues at CENTCOMM. He was introduced by Marine Lt. Gen. Duane Thiesen, president and CEO of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. Zinni shared his insights gained from long experience serving in the Middle East and his engagement in strategic defense studies about terrorism and stability or the lack thereof in the Arab World. He opened up his speech with an anecdote about a conversation with two Arab leaders in the UAE on the day when the US-led coalition invaded Iraq in 2003. His two interlocutors said this was a disaster, because” it would unleash the Persian threat and ignite a religious war between Sunni and Shia.” Zinni had disagreed with the Bush strategy that without overwhelming force to seal the borders of  Iraq, that sectarian fissures and conflicts would arise and that victory would not be achieved. In his remarks referring to the current situation he said, “Obviously, it’s the rise of the extremists – their ability to recruit now and reach out globally having bases from which they can operate.” He was dismissive of regional and bi-lateral initiatives saying that “the nation’s leaders need to take a strategic look at the world. “This globalization is connected by a network” A network according to Zinni including space, cyberspace, sea, air, land communications and trade resulting in global impact.

  Before his talk I chatted with him briefly and gave him my question for the Q+A:

We are now several months into Operation Inherent Resolve – a US led coalition “to degrade and destroy”, the Islamic State, formerly ISIS. What is your current assessment of the conduct of this Operation and what in your view could be done to achieve the ultimate objective?

He smiled and said,  “The short answer is we should not be afraid to put boots on the ground.”  

When the question was posed to him by the Tiger Bay moderator, Zinni differentiated between, a strategy for Iraq versus one for Syria. He suggested that perhaps two US brigades, coupled with Kurdish Peshmerga and both Iraqi Special Forces and Sunni militias with meaningful air support would enable the recovery of Mosul and Anbar province. He cautioned that the US now finds itself in the odd situation where Iran’s Quds Force is on the same side in Iraq. He noted this is part of a strategy by the Islamic Regime in Tehran to surround the Arabian Peninsula.That is illustrated by the US failure in Yemen, with the Houthi Shia rebels toppling the central government, the Shia majority in Bahrain, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Assad clinging to control in Syria. A Shia crescent cutting across the Gulf stretching as far as the Mediterranean coast. It is a hegemonic strategy that includes state sponsored terrorism and achievement of nuclear breakout, further destabilizing the region and threatening the Saudi Kingdom. As regards the Houthi uprising in Yemen, despite the death of King Abdullah and succession of King Salman, Zinni contended that the Saudis might move troops into Yemen. He suggested that US drone campaign against Al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula  would not aid in saving the failed state. He was dismissive of direct involvement in Syria as there are too many disparate sectarian forces both within the Sunni majority and among the minority Alawites, Christians, Druze and Kurds. As illustrated by the US coalition strategy in the four months struggle that succeeded in freeing  the embattled city of Kobani on the Turkish border, the Kurdish YPG and Peshmerga Forces were the"boots on the ground." His assessment  is reflected in a recent Wall Street Journal article depicting the failure of CIA training of opposition Sunni militias in Syria. He believes that the map of the modern Middle East, created in the wake of the fall of the Ottoman Empire and by the WWI Sykes Picot Agreement, may not survive. 

Both Gens. Flynn and Zinni decry the failure of strategic thinking by the Administration frozen in the headlights of an oncoming Global Jihad that it refuses to acknowledge as a threat to the West.

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Posted on 01/29/2015 9:38 AM by Jerry Gordon
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Thursday, 29 January 2015
While The World Burns
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The Internet ad-click optimizers -- the most relentless and cunning of mind-manaclers -- want you to click on, among this week's ten thousand similar lures and lurid enticements, "Stars who altered tats of exes."

Take this cup from me.

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Posted on 01/29/2015 9:39 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 29 January 2015
Sunni Kurds Rightly Suspicious Of Sunni Arabs
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Perhaps you have noticed that the thousands of reports on the Islamic State, and on Kobane, refer to the Kurds, but never bother to mention whether the Kurdes are Sunni or Shi'a, or why that might matter, for such mention  would lead to further question. So let's answer that question: Most, though not all, Kurds are Sunni. Why then, do the Sunnis of the Islamic State treat the Kurds, all of them, with such ferocity, and why do the Kurds, so many of them being Sunnis, remain apparently unlured by the siren song of the "Caliphate" when so many of the Sunni Arabs, at least before they got a sufficient dose of the Islamic State, not fight against, but embrace the Islamic State? Surely it is in the raising of such questions, and in seeking to provide the answers, that a journalist fulfills his true function, which is not merely to report facts, but to make sense of them.

One of Professor Bernard Lewis's most useful books is "The Multiple Identities of the Middle East." Religion, Lewis explained, was one part of the identity; another was ethnicity; a third, much weaker than the other two, and of significance only in a few countries, was the sense of belonging to a particular nation, inhabited by a particular people, with a long history. The great religious dividing line in the Middle East is that between Muslims and non-Muslims; a secondary one is that which divides Sunni Muslims from Shi'a Muslims. The great ethnic divide is between Arabs and non-Arabs, and the growing recognition, by the latter, that their mistreatment, of all kinds (linguistic and cultural repression, economic discrimination, political impotence) at the hands of the Arabs, has something to do with Islam, which in many ways is and has always been a vehicle for Arab supremacism. And while the nation-state is a European idea, one alien to Muslims, who naturally find their solidarity with fellow members of the Umma, the world-wide Community of Believers, there are two mainly-Muslim countrie, Egypt and Iran, with a sufficiently long history and self-consciousness, with much of that history predating the arrival of Islam, and with monuments from that pre-Islamic past that are impossible, in their size and significance -- the Pyramids in Egypt, the ruins of Persepolis in Iran -- to ignore or dismiss.

Most Kurds may be Sunni, but the Kurdish identity has finally become as, or perhaps even more, important than the Islamic identity. That has happened because the Kurds have understood, after the mass killings (182,000 Kurds were killed, some by poison gas as at Halabja) by the Arabs of Iraq, with no Arabs elsewhere expressing the slightest dismay (a silence that Kanan Makiya noted but, apparently unwilling to recognize the indifference of the Arabs to non-Arab Muslims, unless those non-Arab Muslims were fighting non-Muslims, found himself unable to provide an explanation rooted in Arab supremacism, and in its source and permanent support, Islam).

 


 

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Posted on 01/29/2015 7:45 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 29 January 2015
The French Prisons, "Radicals," And Hiring More Imams
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Here's an article on the French prison system, and a particular French prison where "radicalisation" -- never defined, never explaineed -- apparently takes place and where Amedy Coulibaly was himself "radicalised." Hollande's solution is to hire 80 more imams -- but what, after all, can those imams do? They know what's in the Qur'an and Sunnah. How will they be able to persuade their supposed charges in prison, who anytime they want have simply to read the Qur'an and the Sunnia, and have learned to take what is in those books -- the unabrogated hate-and-violence-inculcating verses, which are to be found throughout the Qur'an, and reinforced by what is to be found in the Hadith (the Sahih or "authentic" collections of Al-Bukhari and Muslim among them) to heart, and to want to act,  using violence, to bring terror to the hearts of the Kuffar?

It is not more imams that are needed, not still more Muslims being employed by the state, in the vain hope that they will be able to prevent or undo this always-undefined "radicalisation" among still other Muslims. What needs to be done is to recognise what is in those texts, that cannot be changed, and cannot be ignored, and then to try to limit the numbers, the power, the influence, of Muslims in the West. The more Muslims, the more Muslim terrorism and the more Muslims disrupting our lives even as they conduct, by their mere presence, Jihad in other ways  -- the Jihad of the "tongue" or of "wealth." And the advisers to the flailing French government should be not smiling imams,some of whom, for all I know, want desperately to believe, for their own sakes, that Islam is not really what it is, but others. And those others should be the selected from among both the Defectors from the Army of Islam, and those non-Muslims who have well-prepared themselves by study and observation, and who have learned to recognize, and steel themselves, against all the hissing tariq-ramadans and their collaborators and admirers.

 

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Posted on 01/29/2015 6:49 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 29 January 2015
Kerry Hoisted by His Own Petard
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By a Hindu, Iraq combat vet. congresswoman from Hawaii!

“Just a couple of days ago, Secretary Kerry said in a speech that ISIS and al-Qaeda are engaging in, quote, ‘criminal conduct rooted in alienation, poverty, thrill seeking and other factors.’ Now if we really look at what he’s saying and if that’s really the cause, then the solution would be to give them a trophy, give them a hug, give them a good paying job, $10,000, and a skateboard so they can go and get their thrills and say, OK, great, they’re going to be happy and they won’t be fighting anymore,”

http://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2015/01/16/tsr-intv-blitzer-gabbard-radical-islam.cnn

Just give them a hug and a skateboard – how easy is that?

 

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Posted on 01/29/2015 8:03 AM by Richard Butrick
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Thursday, 29 January 2015
Ilana Freedman: The Alternate Universe of Barack Obama
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Our astute colleague Ilana Freedman has zeroed in on the parallel universe of President Obama in her latest op-ed, “The Alternate Universe of Barack Obama.” Her observations mirror the comments of contributing editor Dr. Richard Rubenstein in a 2010 NER Symposium video interview who called Obama the “most radical US President ever.” This morning in a phone conversation, we commiserated about a scoop she had on the Obamites in his circle engaged in advising and funding the Labor Hatnua leftist coalition in the current snap election campaign in Israel scheduled for March 17th. A leftist coalition is rumored to be fashioning a possible new coalition with the recently unified Arab parties, despite their seditious policies favoring the destruction of the Jewish State. 

The hypocrisy of the Obama West Wing is reflected in his rationale of why he won't meet with Israeli PM Netanyahu when he comes to speak at the AIPAC Policy Conference on March 6th and give his third address before a Joint Session of Congress: they claimed it is not their policy to meet with foreign leaders during domestic political campaigns. Balderdash. As Freedman recently reported, the Administration is enlisting outside experts to advise the leftist political allies in the Knesset general elections running against Netanyahu. That news broke Tuesday. See:  Breitbart News, Obama Campaign Team Arrives in Israel to Defeat Netanyahu in March Elections.

Freedman’s comment:

Really? Interesting. But according to our sources close to the political centers of Washington, the Obama team has already sent campaign advisers and funneled $10 million to Netanyahu’s opponents in the upcoming national elections in order to help defeat Netanyahu’s Likud party in March. So much for that “long-standing practice” of not getting involved!

There is a precedent for that in the 1999 general elections in Israel. Clinton campaign managers, pollsters, and media experts, James "snakehead" Carville, Stanley Greenberg, and Bob Shum signed on to advise  Labor’s Ehud Barak's election defeating incumbent PM Netanyahu resoundingly. Barak had promised to withdraw from the Security Belt by 2000 that saw the unseemly evacuation of the South Lebanese Army allies and created a vacuum for Hezbollah to take over the area north of Israel's border.

The late Barry Rubin of GLORIA  noted in a review of external factors in the 1999 General election, published in a  Middle East Review of International Affairs December 1999 article, this telling comment:

One journalist wrote, "[The Administration] has made little effort to conceal its interest in a victory for Ehud Barak." Another noted, "It does not take much detective work in the corridors of Washington to see how the Clinton administration is cold-shouldering Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and subtly trying to help his more conciliatory challengers.”

Thus President Obama's rationale is duplicitous and reminiscent of what Clinton winked at in Israel’s 1999 general election. It looks like it is back to the future in Israel’s upcoming snap Knesset election. The good news is that Israelis seem to be getting good and tired of Obama's shenanigans and have finally awakened to the fact that he doesn't have their back. The result may well be a resounding re-election for Bibi, as the drums of war rattle in the north as well as the south. 

The Alternate Universe of Barack Obama

By Ilana Freedman

 

A perfect storm is gathering in the Middle East, fueled by revolution, increasingly organized Islamic terrorism at its most brutal, and the repositioning of world leaders as they struggle to wrap their arms around the growing threat. The gathering storm is being fed in the most unlikely way by a man who is at once afraid of his own power and, at the heart of it, delusional about his vision and his ability to achieve it.  He leaves critical decisions to others no more competent than himself, and delays implementing them, often until the need to act has passed. He panders to our enemies and offends our allies. He has undermined the strength of his nation and fed power to those who would destroy it.  (Read more here.)

 

 

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Posted on 01/29/2015 5:25 AM by Jerry Gordon and Ilana Freedman
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Thursday, 29 January 2015
An Offering For Allah
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I have been going to church all my life. In the early 1950’s when I was four years old my Dad would give me a dime to place in the offering plate at church. By the time I was in elementary school I was getting a quarter each and every Sunday that was to be used as my offering to my church and to the Lord. I really enjoyed watching the ushers pass the plate among the pews. Being a typical seven year old I found the worship service boring and  confining. I was never good at sitting still for a full hour which seemed like eternity. When the offering was received it gave me a chance to stretch in a holy cause. I could fish around in my pocket for the quarter. If I was really lucky there were no other parishioners sitting nearby in the pew which would mean I could stand up, take a few steps and pass the plate to the next waiting church member. This action was the ecclesiastical equivalent of the Seventh Inning Stretch.

As I grew older I developed a deeper understanding of the offering. It was not simply about money. It was also about time and talents. How we gave of ourselves in service to others and to God. Indeed, I came to realize that we best showed our love for God by serving our fellow human beings. The offering was a central part of worship whereby each week we dedicated ourselves to the service of humanity. The offering in my thinking had evolved into a practical way for putting the Golden Rule into action.

Muslims have a far, far different understanding of offering. First in Islam, there is no Golden Rule. Muslims do not recognize equality in the human family. There are literally three tiers of human beings. At the top of the heap are Muslim males. Next come Muslim women who are always owned by some Muslim male; husband, brother, father or even one of her sons. All Muslim women are the property of some Muslim male. At the very bottom are all of us unbelievers or kaffirs. We exist to furnish the Muslims with what ever they need through the payment of the jizya. We are subhumans who are to be killed. That is our destiny under the Sharia.

The Muslim offering is best expressed in the beheading of the unbelievers. Muslims talk all the time about the sacrifice of the unbelievers to their blood thirsty primitive god, Allah. Our slaughter is a highly formalized ritual of human sacrifice with a litany of “Allahu Akbar”. Hideous decapitation is to be fate of every infidel on the planet. This did not begin with ISIS. This horrible ritual is far older. It started with the perfect Islamic man, Mohammed, himself over 1400 years ago. Mohammed was the original Islamic beheader.

This resurgence of beheading that has taken place in such diverse locations as Mosul, Iraq and Moore, Oklahoma will literally spread all over the globe unless we stop it. The fate of Western Civilization hangs in the balance. For starters we need to totally annihilate ISIS. What are the lives of 30,000 ISIS sadists compared to the billions of good people they wish to decapitate as an offering to their monster god, Allah? This deranged movement needs to be stopped; the sooner the better. Mercy to these madmen is cruelty to the decent people of the world.

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Posted on 01/29/2015 5:21 AM by John Constantine
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Thursday, 29 January 2015
Anti-Semitic attack youths locked up
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From the Express

FOUR racist teenagers have been locked up for an attack on a ­Jewish man walking home from a religious studies class.

Hassnain Aliamin, 18, Kesa Malik, 19, Balawal Sultan, also 18, and a 16-year-old youth travelled to the Orthodox Jewish community in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, to find a victim. 

left to right - Balawal Sultan, Hassnain Aliamin and Kesa Malik

They identified the man as ­Jewish by his traditional ­Orthodox clothes.They chased him until he tripped and, as they ­surrounded him, one of the youths threatened to kick him in the head. The teenagers, from ­Newcastle, admitted racially aggravated common assault over the ­incident in July last year.

Aliamin, Malik and Sultan were sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders’ institution. The youth, now 17, received a four-month detention order. All four defendants have been given a restraining order protecting the ­victim and are banned from the area for three years.

Judge Brian Forster QC said: “This offence was founded in ignorance and stupidity.Our country is the sort of place where people come from many different backgrounds and ­people do their best to live together in harmony.”

Stupidity that they would not be caught maybe. But not in ignorance. No, these youths were knowledgable about the tenets of the Koran, and the example set by their founder, the Warlord Mohammed.

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Posted on 01/29/2015 4:27 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Magdi Khalil, In The White Trunks
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And against this Coptic writer on human rights, in the black trunks, some nasty Tunisian who quotes the Holocaust-denying, Stalinist-turned-fanatical-Muslim Roger Garaudy, as his authority.

You'll like Magdi Khalil, and can shut off the other one whenever it becomes unbearable to watch

Here.

 

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Posted on 01/28/2015 10:11 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Tareq Yousef Al-Masri: Admit It -- Muslims Are Time Bombs, We Hate Christians
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Here.

He can't allow himself to locate the source of the problem in the Qur'an, in the Hadith, in the example of Muhammad -- though he does indicate that the "kind verses" in the Qur'an are treated by those who apply "naskh" (abrogation) as of no value, demonstrating that there are other, unkind verses in the Qur'an, leading to the unkindest cuts of all. 

But he's stating some home truths, to fellow Muslims. He describes those Muslims who, "repenting" of their Western decadence, pick up bombs by way of showing they have Got That Old-Time Religion. He mentions that Muslims hate Christians -- but he sticks to the example of their refusing to wish Christians "Merry Christmas" and does not discuss the verses in the Qur'an that inculcate hatred of Jews and Christians, and of course of all those who are not even Ahl Al-Kitab, "People of the Book."

It's remarkable. One wonders how that imam is now faring.
 

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Posted on 01/28/2015 10:03 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Amir Mohebbifar, Muslim "Refugee", Jailed For Rape of Non-Muslim Girl; One More Reason Why No More Muslims Should Be Let Into Australia
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He came here by boat in March 2013, claiming asylum, and was foolishly granted his request.  In January 2014, having been in Australia less than a year, he raped an Aussie non-Muslim woman (and he is not the first or the only Muslim who, admitted into Australia as 'migrant', as 'refugee' or as 'student', has very quickly proceeded to attack the local non-Muslim women). 

Three accounts of the case, the trial and sentence, each containing additional details, have appeared in our papers: in the Telegraph, the Sydney Morning Herald, and the Australian.

First up, Ben McClellan's report in Sydney's Daily Telegraph.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/iranian-on-bridging-visa-amir-mohebbifar-sentenced-to-six-years-jail-for-aggravated-sex-assault-of-19-year-old-on-anzac-bridge/story-fni0cx12-1227192330777

"Iranian on Bridging Visa Amir Mohebbifar sentenced to six [sic: it says 'eight' in the text - CM] years' jail for aggravated sex assault of 19 year old on Anzac Bridge".

"An Iranian immigrant (that is: an Iranian Muslim immigrant - CM) sentenced to eight years' jail for raping a teenage girl said [that[ in his home country western women were "portrayed as whores", a court heard yesterday.

So what? That's not a mitigating factor. He had been in Australia for nearly twelve months when he carried out the attack, plenty time enough for the relevant people to have impressed upon him, loud and clear, on multiple occasions, and in his own language just to make sure it got through, the fact that unislamically-dressed Australian women and girls are NOT whores and are not to be treated as such.  If they (our authorities and assorted immigration department employees) didn't, they should have.  And they should also have told him - but clearly they did not - that he must obey OUR rules, OR ELSE; and that if he laid so much as a finger on any woman or girl, in Australia, against her will and without her consent, that he would be arrested, charged, punished, and then sent back to Iran.  Of course, all of this mess would have been avoided had he - as an identifiable Muslim male - never been allowed into the country in the first place. - CM

'Amir Mohebbifar, 27, pleaded guilty to the aggravated sexual assault of the 19 year old woman in a brutal early-morning attack on Sydney's Anzac Bridge on January 16 last year [2014].

'Mohebbifar admitted he had pushed the young woman into bushes on a pathway leading up to the bridge in Pyrmont and then proceeded to rape her.

'In sentencing him yesterday, Judge Donna Woodburne said Mohebbifar had preyed on a vulnerable young woman who was simply trying to get home.

'Mohebbifar was sentenced to serve eight years in jail with a minimum non-parole period of six years.

Why grant him even the possibility of parole? He's a menace to every nonMuslim female in Australia that he might happen to meet.  Make him serve out the full eight years; and then kick his backside all the way back to Iran where he belongs. - CM

'Ms Woodburne said the sexual assault, in which Mohebbifar violently shoved two fingers into the victim's vagina and "pushed hard" would have been "sheer terror" for the woman.

'She kicked, screamed and even bit him to make him stop.

'The university-educated Mohebbifar, who came from a middle-class Iranian family, told a psychologist that Western women were "portrayed as whores" in Iran.

That's no excuse, and he should have been told as much. - CM

'In explaining the reasoning behind (sic; I would have written - "In attempting to invent excuses for..." - CM)  his horrific attack he also said that he had been depressed because he had been unable to make friends since arriving in Australia.

Ah yes, it's all our fault...He wuz depressed, poor dear, so he just had to sneak up on some poor girl, drag her into the bushes, and subject her to violent sexual assault.  Pfffft!  But: make friends with whom? If he's a Muslim, then he's not supposed to make friends with the dirty kuffar.  He's only supposed to be friends with his fellow Muslims; Shiite if Shiite, Sunni if Sunni. If his fellow Muslims didn't embrace him that's his problem and theirs, not ours.  - CM

'Mohebbifar sobbed in the court as his sentence was read out.

Fake tears, betcha. - CM

'He sat next to a Persian interpreter (I'd like to know whether that interpreter is Muslim or non-Muslim; if Muslim, I wouldn't trust a word they said - CM) and told the court through a letter he was "truly sorry and deeply regretted" what he had done.

I'll bet he's only sorry he got caught. - CM

'Mohebbifar was living in Australia on an expired bridging visa after arriving by boat in March 2013.

His visa had expired.  Why wasn't he tracked down and given the boot?  Memo to our immigration minister: can we please, please, please not let into the country any more males like 'Amir Mohebbifar"? They're a menace. 

And now to Stephanie Gardiner of the reliably Islamophile Sydney Morning Herald, who seems to have swallowed all those taqiyya tears and fake remorse.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/anzac-bridge-rapist-jailed-for-six-years-20150121-12v4ee.html

'Anzac Bridge Rapist Jailed for Six Years".

Anzac Bridge Muslim Rapist Jailed For Six Years.  That's what it should say. Because...Mohammed, who is the permanently-valid role model for all pious Muslims, raped non-Muslim captive women - Rayhana, Safiyya, Juwariyya, and the hapless slave, Maria the Copt - and approved of and acquiesced in the rape of non-Muslim women by his 'companions'.  Islam encourages in Muslim men an attitude of total contempt and of sexual aggression toward non-Muslim women and girls; as we have seen in the multiple horrific cases of Muslim male gangs preying upon underaged girls in the UK, in the past twenty years and more. - CM

"Hi, are you walking home?"  With those seemingly friendly words, Amir Mohebbifar began a violent sexual attack on a 19 year old woman as she walked home on the Anzac Bridge.

Ignore the empty words; focus on the violent deeds. That is the way to see Islam for what it is, Muslims for what they are. - CM

'After drinking most of a bottle of whiskey, Mohebbifar accosted the woman as she walked towards Balmain, in Sydney's inner west, forced her into bushes and raped her just after 2 am on January 16 2014.

Drinking alcohol is forbidden by Islam (though many a Muslim is known to indulge in the hard stuff behind closed doors); but raping an uncovered woman, a dirty kuffar female, is perfectly halal, a logical follow-on from the misogyny - and the hatred of the  filthy unbelievers - that is hardwired into Islam

See an indepth discussion of the subject, here (Frontpage symposium from 2006,  "To Rape an Unveiled Woman")

http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=5347

'In the Downing Centre District Court on Wednesday, Judge Donna Woodburne sentenced Mohebbifar to at least six years' jail for what she described as a serious and traumatic attack.

"To be accosted and seized and dragged off the street could only have been a terrifying experience", Judge Woodburne said. 

'The woman, who cannot be identified, did not give a victim statement to the court.

'Mohebbifar, an Iranian asylum seeker who arrived in Australia by boat in March 2013, was on a bridging visa at the time of the attack.

'The court heard that he had become frustrated and bored in Sydney because he found it hard making friends and was unable to work under the conditions of his visa.

So what?  Plenty of other people who are frustrated, bored, and out of work, or are having trouble making friends, do not leap upon random teenage girls and drag them into bushes and sexually assault them. - CM

"In the commission of his offence, he exhibited a sheer lack of respect and total disregard for his victim", the judge said.

Yes.  And no amount of frantic excuse-making can make that fact go away. - CM

"In the face of the victim's protests, screams and struggles, Mr Mohebbifar continued".

"The attack perpetrated..was an aggressive sexual attack committed on a vulnerable young woman, committed on a street at night.  The Australian government..is not responsible for that.  Mr Mohebbifar is, as he recognises".

He got caught and he's trying some damage control. I don't believe a word he says. As for the government not being responsible...they are responsible insofar as they stupidly let him - and other barbaric Muslim males like him, of whom we have had not a few (gang rapists, indecent assaulters, taxi-driver rapists, online 'groomers' of underage girls) into the country in the first place.  They placed this dangerous Muslim's lying sob story - whatever it was - ahead of their duty of care to the non-Muslim citizens of Australia, especially the female citizens.  The girl's family would be well advised to sue the Immigration Department. - CM

'Mohebbifar, who was found hiding under a car and "sweating profusely" after the attack, said he was ashamed of himself and was remorseful.

Pull the other leg, mate, it's got bells on. - CM

'He told a psychologist he lost control, but stopped the attack after about 20 minutes, because he knew it was wrong and "it was like a bad dream".

I don't believe him.  He might have realized that just perhaps he was going to get caught - as he did - and get in trouble with the Infidel law enforcement in Australlia - as he did - and that he might get given the boot - as I certainly hope he will be. That's all . - CM

'The court heard Mohebbifar told the psychologist, "I came to myself. My conscience came back to me and I stopped. What I was doing was not making sense to me".

I'd like to hear from the victim.  I'd like to know whether someone came to her help, and how long it was between the attack and when this creep got arrested.  I'd like to know whether there is CCTV footage. Because, to be blunt, I don't believe a word that issues from Mohebbifar's mouth. My guess is that he's saying whatever he thinks  the kuffar psychologist and judge and jury want to hear from him.  Damage control.  - CM

'The former design student grew up in a happy, warm and liberal family environment in Iran, and his actions had brought shame upon his relatives, the court heard.

"He acknowledged that in Iran, Western women are portrayed as whores, but in his family, he had been taught to respect all people", Judge Woodburne said.

Really?  "All people"? Or just "all Muslim people"?  And - supposing his parents were 'liberal', that doesn't necessarily mean he shared their views.  Again, I have to say, given what he did - to a citizen of a country that had offered him hospitality - that I don't believe him.  And now for a sob story:

'The court heard Mohebbifar was forced to leave Iran after being threatened and intimidated by the family of his girlfriend, who did not approve of their relationship.  He was also worried about the possibility of harm against his girlfriend.

I don't care. Send him back to face the music. He can flit to some other Muslim country if he likes. - CM

"There's a gap between the concern he felt for his Iranian girlfriend and the utter lack of concern he felt for the welfare, safety and security of his 19 year old victim", the Judge said.

Yes.  And the gap is explained by Surah 48: 29: "Muhammad is the apostle of allah. Those who follow him are merciful to one another, and harsh [Arabic ashiddaa - also translatable as 'violent', 'vehement', 'ruthless', 'hard', and in French, 'dur' and 'terrible'] to the unbelievers".  The girlfriend in Iran is a fellow Muslim; the uncovered girl on the Anzac Bridge is a dirty kuffar.  The former is to be respected; the latter, not. - CM

'Mohebbifar, who trembled and cried throughout the sentencing (crocodile tears - CM) pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault.

'He was sentenced to a maximum term of eight years, and will be eligible for parole in January 2020.

Please, no parole.  Make him serve the full eight years in jug and then...put him on a plane to Iran. No matter how loudly he weeps and wails. We don't need him. We don't want him.

And now for the report from Lauren Farrow  of The Australian.

You will notice that not one of these reports anywhere mentions the word Islam or Muslim or says anything at all about the way in which, within the canonical texts of Islam, women in general, and non-Muslim women in particular, are described and how those texts say that women - Muslim and non-Muslim - are to be treated; and how and why that explains the fact that in fervently-Shiite-Muslim Iran Western - that is, Western non-Muslim - women are represented as "whores". - CM

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/convicted-sydney-rapist-to-be-sentenced/story-fn3dxiwe-1227191635931

'Anzac Bridge Attacker Jailed for 6 Years'.

'An Iranian-born (and Muslim-reared - CM) man had found it difficult to "adjust" to Australian women's "revealing garments" before sexualling assaulting a woman on Sydney's Anzac Bridge.

Oh, poor little persecuted petal, surrounded by all those wicked kuffar whores with their head hair, ears, necks, arms and legs from the knee down exposed, he simply couldn't control himself...waaah!  And we let this man into Australia? Why??? - CM

'Amir Mohebbifar, 27, who had arrived at Christmas Island in 2013 and been granted a bridging visa, has been sentenced to at least 6 years in prison for the aggravated sexual assault last year.

'He had told the court he had initially had issues with the clothing of Australian women but had always been taught to respect people.

I'd like to know his exact words. Because non-Muslims are not, of course, 'people'; they are "the worst of beasts", so says the Quran. - CM

"The Australian government and community is not responsible for that; Mr Mohebbifar is", Judge Donna Woodburne said in sentencing him at Sydney's District Court on Wednesday.

'Mohebbifar approached the 19 year old woman on the bridge early on January 16.

'She initially managed to brush off his questions (I'd like to know more about this: what questions, precisely? - CM) but soon after heard his footsteps quickening into a run towards her.

'Despite her screaming and protests, he pushed her into a bush and sexually assaulted her, Judge Woodburne said.

'He unzipped his pants but suddenly stopped and left.

Maybe he realized that he was going to be in big trouble with Aussie - non-Muslim - law enforcement. - CM

'Police later discovered Mohebbifar "hiding under a car, sweating profuselfy and breathing heavily".

Frightened of having annoyed the local kuffar enough to get booted back to Iran? - CM

"To be accosted, seized, and dragged off the street by a complete stranger must have been terrifying", Judge Woodburne said. (describing the victim - CM)

"She was doing nothing more than peacefully going about her business, walking along public streets to go home".

'The court heard Mohebbifar had felt excluded, depressed and socially isolated in the lead-up to the attack (so what? plenty of Aussie non-Muslim men, feel  excluded, depressed and socially isolated and don't jump out and sexually assault random females - CM) and did not know why he carried it out.

Pffft.  He was brought up in Muslim Iran.  That's enough to explain it. - CM

"I wasn't myself and I'm truly sorry" he said.

'he said he had stopped the assault after unzipping his pants because "it was like suddenly my conscience woke up".

Really?   - CM

"He wanted a girlfriend but was not sure how to make contact", Judge Woodburne said.

Piffle.  He is, supposedly, university-educated; he had been in Australia for nearly a year; he should have known at least something about local customs and laws. - CM

'Mohebbifar cried as he was sentenced to a minimum of six years and a maximum of eight.

"The fact that he will or might be deported is irrelevant to this sentencing exercise" Judge Woodburne said..".

Deport him. Deport him. Deport him.  I hope that the victim's family and friends are writing to the Immigration Minister and other relevant people right now, demanding that this man a/ serve out his full eight years behind bars, no parole and b/ sentence served, he be sent inexorably back to Islamic Iran, where he belongs. And they and all the rest of us Aussies need to be lobbying all our politicians day in and day out with one simple demand - "No. More.  Muslims!".  The Muslims we've already let in have shown themselves to be, far too often, both expensive and dangerous; it's time to stop importing them before the situation gets any worse.  - CM

 

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Posted on 01/28/2015 8:39 PM by Christina McIntosh
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Wednesday, 28 January 2015
A Musical Interlude: Who's That Knocking At My Door? (Annette Hanshaw)
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Listen here.

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Posted on 01/28/2015 9:47 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Latest Idiotic Made-Up Fashionable Pseudo-Field
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"Digital Humanities."

To use a line from Pale Fire, "do those clowns really believe what they teach?"

Christ on a crutch.

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Posted on 01/28/2015 9:41 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Defend Free Speech!
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The very cornerstone of the great Western democracies has been the Judeo-Christian belief in the freedom of expression. In the United States this God given right has been enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution. This amendment guarantees the freedom of the press, speech, religion and peaceful protest.

Recently, all of these divine values came under attack in France. Violent, fanatical Muslim terrorists killed 12 members of the staff of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine that dared to publish cartoons of the prophet Mohammed. The terrorists were offended by mere cartoons !

Well, I for one am offended by their barbaric ideology that drives their murderous acts. They took precious human lives due to their warped and godless beliefs. This is a direct assault upon freedom throughout the world . It is a direct assault upon the One True God who teaches love and freedom for all humanity.

Freedom of the press, of speech and of religion must be defended at all costs. Without these freedoms we will become slaves of this mutated, evil strain of Islam. Freedom is the most precious gift given by God to humanity,

I know not what others will do, but I will oppose this monstrous evil that seeks world domination in every way possible. Dietrich Bonhoeffer a Lutheran pastor wrote near the end of World War II, “To remain silent in the face of evil, is evil itself.” I refuse to cower, I refuse to remain silent. I will speak outagainst this spreading black shadow that threatens  to engulf the world and destroy our hard won freedoms. I refuse to become complicit with evil.

So help me God.

First published as a letter to the editor in the Jonesboro Sun.

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Posted on 01/28/2015 5:10 PM by John Constantine
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Wednesday, 28 January 2015
The Appalling SOTU
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The president’s State of the Union message last Tuesday was in many respects, and as has been much remarked upon, an appalling document. It was verbose, stylistically grating, and largely fraudulent, as it took credit for benign developments that have not occurred and unctuously denounced political practices of which he has been the chief practitioner. There was a high point, near the end, when he said: “Surely we can agree that it’s a good thing that for the first time in forty years, the crime rate and the incarceration rate have come down together, and use that as a starting point for Democrats and Republicans, community leaders and law enforcement, to reform America’s criminal-justice system so that it protects and serves all of us.” Surely the country can, but having said that “we may have different takes on the events in Ferguson and New York,” he gave no hint what his take was, and he did not propose anything to accelerate the very modest start that has been made to lower levels of crime and incarceration. 

It is a notorious fact and an American shame before the whole civilized world that has been mentioned a number of times in this space, that the American criminal-justice system is a mockery of the country’s professed championship of the rule of law and the objective fairness of American justice. The Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendment guarantees of due process, the grand jury (as an assurance against capricious prosecution or an official whitewash), no seizure of property without just compensation, access to counsel (of choice), prompt justice, an impartial jury, and reasonable bail have been shredded and burned, while the Supreme Court has sat as mute as pumpkins. It is an inexpressible scandal that 99.5 percent of prosecutions are successful, 97 percent without trial, because of the hideous deformation of the plea bargain, in which witnesses are threatened with prosecution if they do not, with immunity from charges of perjury, deliver incriminating evidence against a target — whose assets are often frozen in ex parte proceedings over false charges of ill-gotten gains — to prevent a serious defense by America’s avaricious trial lawyers. No sane person would dispute the president’s evident conviction that there are many wrongs to be righted, but apart from a minor reduction of sentences for some soft-drug offenders, all the over-prosecuted citizens of the carceral state of America have heard from their president on this issue is the sound of one hand clapping.

This, I regret to remind, was the high point of the president’s State of the Union message, and it came after a test of the listeners’ staying power of nearly an hour, devoted altogether to a rewrite of recent American history, in which Mr. Obama emerged (unrecognizably) as the pristine champion of successful diplomatic suavity abroad and of nonpartisan virtue at home. He claimed huge credit for job-creation figures that were very inferior to those of the Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Kennedy-Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, and Clinton years, and claimed that this success was based on the reversal of outsourcing. It wasn’t. He took credit for reducing dependence on foreign oil, though his docility before the eco-radicals caused him to fight against much of what has produced the increased domestic production of which he now boasts. He claimed credit for reduction in oil, gasoline, and other fuel costs, though the reduction is due to the increased production he obstructed and Saudi production increases motivated largely by Obama’s failure to take effective action against the Iranian nuclear military program, Iran’s support of Hamas and Hezbollah, and Iranian and Russian meddling in Syria. He was taking credit for the success of developments he opposed and the actions of countries motivated by his failure to act.

In domestic affairs, the president gave a menu of blissfully unattainable legislative ideas clearly designed to enable him in his memoirs to claim that he was sandbagged by Republican reactionaries from transforming Jeremiah Wright’s racist and exploitive America into a serene, law-abiding, uniformly prosperous commonwealth. He proposed seven days of sick leave for everyone. We’ll have to see his bill, but that sounds like seven more holidays, when he should have said full pay for people absent because of sickness, within reason — that is the norm with most employers. His plan for free community-college education: Again, we will want to see how he funds this immense cost, but unless he has the most creative moments of his public life, apart from his talents as a mythmaker, this won’t fly either. The president proposed an “infrastructure plan that could create more than thirty times as many jobs per year” as the XL pipeline he opposes (which requires no government financing and should be built). It is a false comparison.

 

Even more fatuous were: “Let’s simplify the [tax] system and let a small-business owner file based on her actual bank statement, instead of the number of accountants she can afford.” And: “Let’s close the loopholes that lead to inequality by allowing the top 1 percent to avoid paying taxes on their accumulated wealth. [Yes, he said “wealth” and not “income.”] We can use that money to . . . pay for child care and . . . college. We need a tax code that truly helps working Americans trying to get a leg up in the new economy.” At best, this smacks of Jimmy Carter’s pre-election fulmination in 1976 that “the tax code is a disgrace to the human race.” The species has greater embarrassments, but Carter failed to change it significantly, and he had the excuse of not having yet been elected president when he said that. Whose leg did the president think he was pulling by imagining that he could smoke a simplified tax code and a wealth tax through a Congress both houses of which are controlled by his opponents, who, though one would never imagine it from his ungracious reflections on the Republicans in his remarks, had just thrashed the president to a pulp, running directly against him, in midterm elections two months before?

All this was a mere sorbet; then came foreign policy. “I believe in a smarter kind of American leadership. We lead best when we combine military power with strong diplomacy; when we leverage our power with coalition building. . . . Around the globe, it’s making a difference.” He claimed credit for pioneering the idea that the U.S. should assist local governments in threatened countries in promoting a victory of the civilized local options. But this was the Truman Doctrine in Greece and even Korea, the Nixon Doctrine, including Vietnamization in South Vietnam, and even Reagan’s assistance to the Contras in Nicaragua. And it is not consistent with Obama’s somewhat churlish departure from Iraq, which was just as mindlessly abrupt as George W. Bush’s plunge into that country, and which helped create the vacuum in which the Islamic State flourished.

But we need not fear: “We’re demonstrating the power of American strength and diplomacy. . . . Last year, as we were doing the hard work of imposing sanctions along with our allies, Mr. Putin’s aggression, it was suggested, was a masterful display of strategy and strength. . . . Today it is America that stands strong and united with our allies, while Russia is isolated, with its economy in tatters . . . [owing to America’s] persistent, steady resolve.” It is completely inappropriate, as well as vain and hazardous, to ridicule a foreign leader in such an address when not at war with him. In fact, the United States fumbled and blustered; the allies milled about like worried sheep; and the Saudi oil-price reductions, provoked by American-led Western feebleness, achieved the conditions Obama exaggerated and claimed for his own account.

As the president who has tried to force the Roman Catholic Church to pay for the most expensive birth-control products to ensure that even its most sexually active employees and students avoid procreating, it was piquant for Obama to cite Pope Francis in implicit support of his overture to Cuba.

And then, the ne plus ultra: If the Congress persists in its ambition to layer in new sanctions if Iran does not agree to an agreement forswearing nuclear weapons, he will veto that. In furtherance of this, he prevailed upon the beleaguered British prime minister, David Cameron, to lobby U.S. senators against a veto override. The Churchill-Roosevelt, Thatcher-Reagan tradition has fallen to this — a breach of protocol. (So, admittedly, is the Republican leadership’s invitation to Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress without speaking to the White House, but after the stunts Obama has pulled, it is hard to become too angry with the Republicans.) The proposed senatorial action would apply only if these negotiations fail, and Obama fears that this would give the Iranians (but also him) a pretext for the failure of negotiation. But the agreement that is deemed so inviolate reduces Iranian centrifuges only from ten to six times what is necessary for a nuclear application, and promises the delivery of eight tons of nuclear material to the Russians (whose leader Obama had just denounced as a belligerent incompetent whom he had just outmaneuvered). If Iran is allowed to achieve even this advanced state, many other countries, including several in the Middle East, will purport to require an equivalent nuclear-threshold condition and Iran will conduct itself with the swagger of a nuclear state, as it would only be about three undetectable months away from a deliverable nuclear weapon. Further, the president purports to regard any agreement as not requiring Senate ratification — which may be correct, and would make the pending bill that he is making threats against the only look Congress will get to have at this very dubious policy of appeasement of Iran.

From here the speech tapers off into jeremiads about global warming, though that phrase has been abandoned by the eco-terrorists in favor of the blancmange “climate change,” since there has been no appreciable warming in 75 years, though the president claimed otherwise. And then, mercifully, it ended, after an hour sprinkled with acoustically painful invocations of “folks,” “kids,” and “mom” (he’s the president, not Mr. Rogers). The State of the Union cannot be good when its twice-chosen leader summarizes it in such an orgy of claptrap. As Tex Ritter used to sing, during his unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Senate from Tennessee in 1970, “God bless America, again.”

First published in National Review Online.

— Conrad Black is the author of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom, Richard M. Nixon: A Life in Full, A Matter of Principle, and Flight of the Eagle: The Grand Strategies That Brought America from Colonial Dependence to World Leadership. He can be reached at [email protected] .

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Posted on 01/28/2015 2:56 PM by Conrad Black
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Wednesday, 28 January 2015
State Department Hosts Pro-Muslim Brotherhood Egyptian Contingent Furthering Administration Support of Radical Islam
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Waleed Sharaby

Secretary  General of the Egyptian Revolutionary Council Flashes Rabia MB resistance sign

 US State Department 1-27-15, Source: screenshot

Tuesday evening in Washington, DC, we had more evidence of the Administration’s policy of appeasing Muslim Brotherhood opponents of the Al-Sisi government in Cairo, the latter seeking to reform radical Islamic doctrine espousing Salafist Jihad.  Adam Kredo of the Washington Free Beacon reported this latest example of outreach to Radical Islamist groups in the Ummah, Muslim Brotherhood-Aligned Leaders Hosted at State Department:”

One member of the delegation, a Brotherhood-aligned judge in Egypt, posed for a picture while at Foggy Bottom in which he held up the Islamic group’s notorious four-finger Rabia symbol, according to his Facebook page.

That delegation member, Waleed Sharaby, is a secretary-general of the Egyptian Revolutionary Council and a spokesman for Judges for Egypt, a group reported to have close ties to the Brotherhood.

The delegation also includes Gamal Heshmat, a leading member of the Brotherhood, and Abdel Mawgoud al-Dardery, a Brotherhood member who served as a parliamentarian from Luxor.

Sharaby, the Brotherhood-aligned judge, flashed the Islamist group’s popular symbol in his picture at the State Department and wrote in a caption: “Now in the U.S. State Department. Your steadfastness impresses everyone,” according to an independent translation of the Arabic.

Another member of the delegation, Maha Azzam, confirmed during an event hosted Tuesday by the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID)—another group accused of having close ties to the Brotherhood—that the delegation had “fruitful” talks with the State Department.

Note this comment of Eric Trager of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy:

Maha Azzam confirms that ‘anti-coup’ delegation, which includes 2 top [Muslim Brothers], had ‘fruitful’ conversations at State Dept,” Egypt expert Eric Trager tweeted.

“The State Department continues to speak with Muslim Brothers on the assumption that Egyptian politics are unpredictable, and the Brotherhood still has some support in Egypt,” he said. “But when pro-Brotherhood delegations then post photos of themselves making pro-Brotherhood gestures in front of the State Department logo, it creates an embarrassment for the State Department.”

Sam Tadros, Egypt expert at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom in Washington, DC commented:

“I think the Muslim Brotherhood visit serves two goals,” Tadros said. “First, organizing the pro Muslim Brotherhood movement in the U.S. among the Egyptian and other Arab and Muslim communities.”

“Secondly, reaching out to administration and the policy community in D.C.,” Tadros said. “The delegation’s composition includes several non-official Muslim Brotherhood members to portray an image of a united Islamist and non-Islamist revolutionary camp against the regime.”

Counterterrorism expert, Patrick Poole said:

What this shows is that the widespread rejection of the Muslim Brotherhood across the Middle East, particularly the largest protests in recorded human history in Egypt on June 30, 2013, that led to Morsi’s ouster, is not recognized by the State Department and the Obama administration,” Poole said.

“This is a direct insult to our Egyptian allies, who are in an existential struggle against the Muslim Brotherhood, all in the pursuit of the mythical ‘moderate Islamists’ who the D.C. foreign policy elite still believe will bring democracy to the Middle East,” Poole said.

It is beyond time for the GOP-controlled Congress to investigate why the Administration deigns to provide auspices to invite Egyptian and other foreign Muslim Brotherhood leaders to meet publicly with White House National Security and State Department officials in Washington. This latest example continues the impression that the Obama Administration supports Radical Islamic doctrine.  It is a further example of how far the Administration has gone in fostering infiltration of Muslim Brotherhood domestic and foreign groups in the US enabling their   “messaging”.  All while this Administration persists in deracinating the vestiges of Jihad threat doctrine training for our military, homeland security and national law enforcement agencies.

 

 

 

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Posted on 01/28/2015 2:36 PM by Jerry Gordon
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Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Britain and the Arabs: David Pryce Jones Reviews JB Kelly's Collected Works
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David Pryce-Jones reviews the first two volumes of JB Kelly's collected works (published by NER Press) in National Review:

As a correspondent covering the Six-Day War of 1967 and its aftermath, I had observed Yasser Arafat mobilizing the Palestine Liberation Organization for a guerrilla campaign on the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip. According to Chairman Mao, then still much admired by left-wing intellectuals, power was supposed to come from the barrel of a gun. The Face of Defeat (1972) is the book in which I expressed the view that nothing could come from this course of armed action except endless and probably irrevocable harm to the Palestinians. Determined to keep with the trend, the Times Literary Supplement made sure to give it a disparaging review. Out of the blue, the mail then delivered the offprint of an article by J. B. Kelly in a learned journal with the apt title “‘TLS’ in the Desert.” The opening sentence had a reference to this book of mine. John Kelly had come to my defense, with a critique of the selective quotations and omissions that had misrepresented what I was saying. For the next 30 and more years, John was to be a generous friend and guide to the complexities of the Middle East.

At the time, John was a professor of imperial history at the University of Wisconsin. On a par with India and Ireland, Palestine was one of the British Empire’s failures, and the rights and wrongs of that particular issue are so clear cut that he rarely commented on them. Arabia and the Persian Gulf were his area of special study, and he knew more about it than anyone else alive. Everything there was unsettled. Borders and treaties meant different things to different people. The tribe overrode the state; the strong overrode the weak. History itself was often a matter of hearsay through which only a scholar as careful as John could find a way.

Born in New Zealand in 1925, John was 24 when he reached England, then deep in post-war socialist gloom. According to his son Saul, the editor of these two volumes of essays and occasional writings from the 1960s and ’70s, John left almost immediately for Egypt “in search of sun, warmth, and a job teaching in the British Boys School in Alexandria.” Further travels in Iraq and the Trucial States familiarized him with Arabs and their way of life. A doctorate in 1956 from the University of London led to a research fellowship in the Institute of Colonial Studies at Oxford. John greatly respected its director, Sir Reader Bullard, a robust self-made man whose postings as consul in Leningrad and ambassador in Tehran had left him with no illusions about Communism or Islam.

In person, John was courteous and soft-spoken, ready to laugh at folly. On paper, though, scorn came readily. Lawrence of Arabia’s famous Seven Pillars of Wisdom is “this dreary flow of disguised rodomontade.” For years Egypt had suffered “a grotesque Jacobean melodrama, or an opéra bouffe staged by a troupe of gulli-gulli men or conjurors.” He speaks of some militant Arabs as “a small and disputatious band of rootless intellectuals, measuring out their lives with coffee spoons in the clubs and cafés of Beirut.”

In theory, nationalist movements were liberating Arabs from the British and the French in order to set up nation-states of their own. The Left always represented imperialism as the worst of crimes, and therefore nationalism, its opposite and its bane, by definition had to be “progressive.” Deluded and wishful, the Left was celebrating destructive forces; as John put it, “losing is acceptable to enlightened opinion these days.” Not what they might seem, however, nationalist movements in fact became vehicles for officers such as Gamal Abdel Nasser in Egypt and Abd al-Karim Qasim in Iraq to manipulate themselves into power as absolute rulers. For a thousand years, John pointed out, it had been the Arab way for military commanders to stage coups, and they “doubtless will continue to do so for another thousand.” To think anything else was pure sentimentality. “The Arabs are really a very decent bunch of chaps,” John wrote in a typically sarcastic review of a book by one of the more prominent romancers. A book that claimed the superiority of Islam to Christianity he dismissed as “insolent nonsense.”

John insisted on the reality in front of him. Saudi Arabia had “a record of bloodshed, terrorism, and extortion.” Yemen had been “sunk for centuries in a squalid medievalism.” Civil war had already destroyed Lebanon. The old order in Arabia had plainly broken down, replaced by spite, dissension, and suspicion. Events have more than justified the Orwellian vision of the region’s future that he projected.

In one of his essays, John puts the question closest to his heart: “Who can say that empire is not better than the nation-state?” Britain had a record of protecting the Gulf sheikhdoms and their independence for over 150 years and therefore a moral responsibility “to continue to contribute to the upholding of peace, order, and the rule of law in an area to which she, and she alone, brought all three.” Published in 1968, his book Britain and the Persian Gulf, 1795–1880 takes the measure of the imperial achievement. Based on a comprehensive reading of the archives of the Foreign Office and the India Office, it is a masterpiece of historiography, all 911 pages of it. The actors in this narrative are Indian governors, Persian Qajars, the Wahhabis of Saudi Arabia, the sultan of Oman, tribal sheikhs, the British residents in the Gulf, and, of course, the naval officers of the fleet.

The Qawasim were assorted Gulf tribesmen, fierce marauders and pirates who attacked shipping, took hostages, and gave no quarter. They had to be subdued in the interest of trade. Slaving was an altogether more difficult issue to resolve. Every year at the right season, Arab traders would set off to round up slaves in East Africa. What should be done about it was the subject of fraught debate. The traffic was essential to the economy of the ruling few, and if it were to be suppressed they would demand financial compensation. Valuable, the slaves were apparently treated quite well, but many in England, including Lord Palmerston as foreign secretary, were determined to put slaving down on humanitarian grounds. Lord Aberdeen, another foreign secretary, hesitated to interfere with local custom and Islamic precepts. The topics have changed, but the ambiguity of Western intervention in the Arab world remains constant. A memorable scandal broke out when Professor Ali Mazrui from Mombasa used the prestigious Reith lectures on the BBC to deliver a diatribe against the West for the slave trade. For centuries, the Mazruis were the principal slave dealers on the east coast of Africa, John pointed out, publicly refusing to take moral instruction on slaving from anyone of that name.

Britain’s decision in 1971 to remove all military presence east of Suez marked a victory for the Left. Losing the power that had hitherto protected them, Bahrain, Kuwait, and the other petty sheikhdoms were now at the mercy of several aggressors, among them the Soviets, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. The rulers’ offer to pay the costs of maintaining a British garrison was rejected out of hand. The Iran–Iraq war, the Marxists in Aden, the fighting in Dhofar, and the expeditions led by Bushes I and II all testify to the instability the British were happy to leave behind. Thanks to his expertise in treaties and boundaries, John was retained to advise both Sheikh Zaid of Abu Dhabi and the Sultan of Oman, who were defending themselves against land grabs by a Saudi Arabia eager to bolster oil reserves, by force if necessary. John said that one look at the faces of officials in the Whitehall room where they met to adjudicate on the Saudi seizure of the Buraimi oasis belonging to his sponsor Oman was enough to tell him that his cause was lost: They had long since become accustomed to appease whoever was the strongest party. Hardly ever attributed to him, but all the same a fixture in current political vocabulary, “preemptive cringe” is the phrase that John hit upon to sum up this collective feebleness.

Published in 1980, his book Arabia, the Gulf, and the West is another classic, a white-hot 530-page polemic against British policy in the Gulf. As prime minister, an informed Mrs. Thatcher spoke to the Foreign Office about it and received a memorandum: “In the opinion of the Office, this man is not sound.” Washington was no better. Visiting with various think tanks, John criticized “the slow paralysis of American foreign policy which has today almost reached a terminal stage.” Between the United States and Saudi Arabia was a “strange love affair” bound to end in tears one day. He intended to write one last blockbuster to expose the Saudis as the bullies of the Gulf, and arch-hypocrites as well. That work was never completed, partly because editors of journals and newspapers, not least National Review, badgered him for contributions, and partly because he and his wife had retired to France. Still, he had absorbed the past so thoroughly that he could predict the future with accuracy. As timely and cogent as ever, these two volumes of his collected essays and occasional writings ought to make him a household name.

 

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Posted on 01/28/2015 12:16 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Wednesday, 28 January 2015
I Know You'll Agree With Me Here
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There may be flies on you and me.

But there are no flies on Jesus.

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Posted on 01/28/2015 11:12 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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