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Tuesday, 2 September 2014
A Musical Interlude: Beautiful Girl (Harry Reser Orch.)
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Posted on 09/02/2014 8:57 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Tuesday, 2 September 2014
The Candlestick and the Two Hags
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There are a couple of questions that I have often been asked but to which I still have found no satisfactory answer. The first relates to history: What use is it?

I do not mean to imply that if it had no use, it wouldn’t be worthy of study. There is of course the possibility that something could be worth studying for its intrinsic interest, as an end in itself. There must be ends in themselves, or else everything we do would be for the sake of something else which itself would be worth pursuing only for the sake of something else, and so on, ad infinitum.

Not that that would be likely to satisfy the skeptic as to the value of history. He will probably be armed with the glib aphorism that the only thing that history teaches is that no one learns anything from history. And certainly past situations can only be at best analogical with present ones, so that the lessons to be learned from them, if any at all, will depend on how close the analogy is. And how close the analogy is depends at least as much on the eye of the beholder as any closeness in fact. There are no controlled trials in history, and there is no evidence that the historically informed are better at making decisions of great moment than the historically ignorant.

I suppose I would resort to what Cicero said: that to be ignorant of what occurred before one was born is to remain always a child, for what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history? This, however, is no clincher, for my skeptic might allege that he and his friends get on perfectly well without knowing what occurred before they were born, and that they are the best judges, not I, of whether this is so. I haven’t won the argument, yet I remain as certain as ever that I am in the right.

The other question to which I have found no satisfactory answer, despite having been asked it many times, is what is a conservative. My reply is that a conservative has no fixed doctrine to which he must subscribe. He has, rather, a general attitude, namely that man is fallible, that regress is as much to be feared as progress is to be hoped, that human action always has unforeseen consequences so that prudence is a virtue, that ignorance is always greater than knowledge, that those who came before us were as intelligent as we, that tradition contains wisdom as well as irrationality, that life cannot be lived according to a preconceived plan, that wickedness lies in wait for all of us, that man is imperfectible.

No interlocutor has yet been satisfied by my answer, and neither, perhaps, am I. Some have wanted a dictionary or taxonomic definition so they can spot a conservative the way I can spot a Scutigera coleoptrata (a 15-legged centipede) in my path. In vain do I suggest that words should not be made to bear more precision than they are capable of; we cannot measure the meanings of words in Angstrom units.

Yet at the same time I think there really is a conservative outlook that is opposed to the liberal one (liberal in American, not classical economic, terms). I think the difference has to do with the recognition or not of the reality and universality of Original Sin and of man’s radical imperfection and imperfectability.

A friend who recently stayed at my house, an eminent medical professor, is much more liberal than I. On matters medical we see nearly eye to eye; we discuss cases and the scientific disputes of the day with almost entire agreement. (We are often surprised by how flimsy the scientific claims of much of medical practice are, and yet we are not skeptics or cynics about medical practice: eppur si muove.)

Yet on other issues—some indirectly related to our shared profession—we are poles apart. I mentioned, for example, the story about a widow in the United States and her stepson who were awarded $16 million in compensatory damages against a tobacco company, and $26 billion in punitive damages, because, back in 1996, her 36-year-old husband had died of lung cancer. He had smoked heavily since the age of 13, that is to say since 1973.

Now it seemed to me that the whole case could only have rested on a tissue of lies or half-truths. It is true, of course, that tobacco companies long did their best to hide or minimize the harmful effects of their products, targeted young people with their advertising, and increased the nicotine content of their tobacco to enhance its addictiveness. And all this was clearly immoral.

But that is surely not the whole of the matter. The dead man was 13 when he took up smoking, and I think it highly likely (though I do not know the full details of the case) that he knew at the time that he was doing what he ought not to do; indeed, its wrongness was probably part of its attraction for him. And even if he was influenced in his decision by advertising, it was still his decision, because many young people subjected to the same advertising did not take up smoking. By 1973, at any rate, everyone knew that smoking was very bad for you, even if this particular teenager did not know just how bad.

I qualified as a doctor in 1974, and I have never met a patient since, including adolescent patients, from the highly educated to the uneducated, who did not know that smoking is extremely harmful to one’s health. Smokers might occasionally say things like “I have a grandfather who’s 98 and has smoked 60 cigarettes a day for 80 years, and he is as fit as a fiddle,” but such talk is clearly a smoker’s way of granting himself permission to continue with what he does not want to give up but knows that he should. It is not the product of any tobacco company’s propaganda, but the spontaneous product of the self-deceiving human mind.

Moreover the claim that, because the deceased was addicted, he could at no time between the age of 13 and his death have given up smoking, is clearly false. Millions of people in his situation have quit smoking, not least of them my own mother, and whatever happens must be possible. To say that he could not give up because he did not give up would be true if, and only if, people could only do what they actually do do. But this, of course, would include the executives and lesser employees of tobacco companies. The plaintiff’s argument that the fact that the man smoked on the day he died is proof of the degree of his addiction was plainly bogus, since to give up smoking once you have inoperable lung cancer would be an irrational thing to do if smoking still gave you pleasure or stopping gave you discomfort.

The man’s contribution to his own untimely demise, it therefore seemed to me, was so great that the tobacco company could not be held responsible for it, even if it had behaved very badly.

My friend, the liberal, did not see it like that. He thought the plaintiff was probably a poor and quite possibly stupid person (stupid by nature or through lack of opportunity to be anything else), who was in effect the human plaything of the tobacco company, a weak reed bending in the wind of the company’s nefarious propaganda and pharmacological manipulations. Even if this was not so, he said, the company deserved to be punished for its dishonesty. (What about government, you might ask, the greatest beneficiary of all of tobacco sales—ought it be punished?)

The difference between us, amicably discussed I am glad to say, was one of Weltanschauung, world outlook, and unlikely to be reconciled soon by any appeal to mere facts. I began to think of the vices of both outlooks. That of my outlook was the possibility of the harsh and censorious discounting of extenuating circumstances. We are all of us weak creatures in need of understanding and sometimes forgiveness, and to withhold these is cruel. That of his outlook was the possible denial of most human beings’ agency, with the condescending result that human beings come to be considered objects rather than subjects.

We need a little of both outlooks all the time, but this is as difficult to achieve as to see both aspects simultaneously of one of those trick drawings that is a candlestick when viewed one way, the faces of two old hags when viewed another way.

Liberals and conservatives need each other.

First published in the Library of Law and Liberty.

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Posted on 09/02/2014 3:53 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 2 September 2014
Steven Sotloff 'beheaded by Islamic State'
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Poor Mrs Sotloff. We would all do whatever it took to save our children, no matter how old or independent they are. Her video plea was never going to be heeded. ISIS are not your old fashioned story-book caliph capable of being moved by a mother's faith, or Sherherezade's stories.

You all have a favourite news website. These are points you might not have seen.

Rob Crilly reports:

Quote There was speculation when the Foley video was released that Sotlof was murdered at the same time. However, Eliot Higgins, tweeting as Brown_Moses, who identified the site of the Foley killing using open source information, suspects the two were killed in different locations:

Sky Breaking News:
A masked figure in the video warned governments to back off "this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State" and threatened other western hostages in Iraq or Syria with death.

He said: "I'm back, Obama, and I'm back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State... despite our serious warnings."

Sky's US Correspondent Dominic Waghorn said Site, a US video monitoring agency in Maryland, said the video showed Mr Sotloff being beheaded by the same man, believed to be British, who killed Foley.

Sam Kiley, Sky's Foreign Affairs Editor, watched the video and said: "The killer is holding an identical knife, standing just behind and to the left of Mr Sotloff. He is also armed with a shoulder holster identical to the one that carried a pistol on his last video, just prior to the murder of James Foley.

"He has got exactly the same accent... but it is clear that the voice has been somehow treated or adjusted. I think that it is the authentic voice of the killer in that it isn't dubbed over the top just because they found somebody who speaks English. But there is some kind of disguising mechanism that has been put to use to try to further hide his identity in addition to the black mask that reveals only his eyes."

Sky TV news said to the effect that this second piece of film will assist in identifying the murderer via the unique pattern of veins on the back of his hands. The sooner the better.  

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Posted on 09/02/2014 2:24 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 2 September 2014
Al-Nusra Front Might Free Fijians If Its Demands Are Met
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And these are the demands:

"Fiji's military commander said Tuesday that the Nusra Front has issued three demands for the release of the Fijian peacekeepers.

Brig. Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga said the Nusra Front wants to be taken off the U.N. terrorist list, wants humanitarian aid delivered to parts of the Syrian capital Damascus, and wants compensation for three of its fighters it says were killed in a shootout with U.N. officers."

Tikoitoga didn't say if the demands would be seriously considered. He said the U.N. had sent hostage negotiators to Syria to take over discussions from military leaders.

"Negotiations have moved up to another level with the professional negotiators now in place," he said.

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Posted on 09/02/2014 12:04 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Tuesday, 2 September 2014
To Deal With Uighurs, China Chooses A Dangerous Policy
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That policy is to bribe people into "inter-ethnic" marriages -- that is, marriages between Han and Uighur, non-Muslim and Muslim -- on the theory that this will diminish the pull of Islam and increase the loyalty of the products of these marriages to the non-Muslim Han people and government. But isnt it more likely that people who are half-Muslim will be raised as Muslims, or even if not raised as Muslims will be keenly aware of the Muslim part of their heritage, and at some point, better able to blend in with the Han Chinese, at some point -- all kinds of reasons, including the usual endless set of personal difficulties and disappointments -- chose to re-identify fully with the Uighurs, and with Islam. 

It's a dangerous policy, and one whose results will not be available for a generation -- when the products of such marriages grow up -- but one can look around the world, and see how the children of these half-Muslim marriages turn out. There are already plenty of those who have been the products of such , and  have been discovered, after perfectly happy childhoods and seemingly seclar identification, to have switched, to have decided to find The Answer in Islam. Among those is the half-Pakistani man who had two names (one American, one Muslim) and two identities, and ended up working with the worst killers in Al Qaeda. His name is David Headley. Or Sayid Gilani. In the end, he used the name "David Headley" for the outside world, but inside he was Sayid Gilani.

In dealing with Islam, the Chinese turn out to be just as dumb as the Americans and Europeans . That's not sufficient consolation.

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Posted on 09/02/2014 9:21 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Tuesday, 2 September 2014
A Musical Interlude: I've Got To Pass Your House (Don Bestor Orch., voc. Neil Buckley)
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Posted on 09/02/2014 8:12 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Tuesday, 2 September 2014
Americans Bomb Al-Shebab Leaders
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American forces have bombed a site, in a forest, where they believed the leaders of Al-Shebab had been meeting. The story here.

People are being rounded up, suspected of working for the informants. It's exactly what has happened in Yemen, as Al-Qaeda has become hysterical about "spies" working for the Americans, and what happened in Gaza, as Hamas became hysterical about "spies" working for the Israelis. It is impossible for such people to understand the advanced devices that are used -- for watching, for listening -- by advanced non-Muslim peoples, who are held  "in the arms of science" as Churchill noted in that famous passage on Islam and Muslims in "The River War."

But let's take another tack. Let's assume that there are spies who are warning the Americans. Who would they naturally or likely be? Somalis who have come from America, ostensibly to join Al-Shebaab. There's no time and no way to sort them out. So all of them should be killed. What's more, in order to warn any Somalis back in Minnesota or Lewiston, Maine or other Somali centers not ever to think of working for the American government, perhaps family members of any Somali living in America should be rounded up, and held permanently, with a few killed as a warning to those Somalis living abroad. How else can Al-Shebaab discourage those present or possibly future Somali spies who might betray them to those Ameican drones?

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Posted on 09/02/2014 7:59 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Tuesday, 2 September 2014
What Is "Radicalization"?
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What is it? What does Cameron, what does Hammond, what do the heads of MI5 or MI6, or the CIA or the FBI, or the members of the editorial board of The New York Times, or The Times of London, or ten thousand other glasses of mental fashion and molders of mental form, mean when they talk --and talk they do, all the time -- about people, that is Muslims, in Western Europe or in North America, being "radicalized"? What does it mean? Why won't any of them stop to tell us? And why won't anyone, on any of the networks, discuss the use of this term, and what it might, can, must mean?

"Radicalization" means exactly this: taking what is in the Qur'an and Hadith, and the example of Muhammad, the Perfect Man, in the Sira, completely to heart, and acting upon it. It does not mean to have a false view of Islam, to have misunderstood some part of Islam, but to have a view of Islam, favored by converts (who consist almost entirely of the psychically and socially marginal, which covers both criminals and the dizzy girls who want to find true love with someone conducting Jihad -- that is, those who seek to give their wretched lives a Higher Meaning through violence and warfare against a comfortably, because clearly, defined enemy, the Infidel).

Muslims living in some village, 99% of them illiterate, as they did for centuries, knew of course that they lived in Muslim lands, and that there were no Infidels nearby, but if there were, they were of course to be treaed with contumely. But now Muslims are no longer illiterate, though still self-primitivized by Islam, and modern technology --- first radio, then television, then audiocassettes, then videocassettes, and now the Internet,  a non-Muslim invention whose use, however, has not been denied or curtailed for Muslims (what about preventing anything in Arabic or Urdu or Farsi from appearing on the Internet? That would be a start.) but made freely available, and that helps to ensure that Muslims to the manner born or, still more dangerous, the converts or potential converts, can receive the full message of Islam. And Muslims now live among non-Muslims in their own lans, non-Muslims who have been remarkably accommodating but still do not understand that their subservience to Muslims ought to be a matter of law, that by right the whole world belongs to Allah and to the "Best of Peoples." And while Muslims are willing, indeed past and present masters, of taking advantage of every conceivable benefit offered by generous and naive Western welfare states -- free housing, free education, free medical care, family allowances (which support the large Muslim families, as Muslims everywhere in Europe outbreed, and by a lot, the indigenous non-Muslims, and find other ways too -- bringing brides from abroad -- to keep enlarging their numbers), they still find maddening that they must live among Infidels who do not adopt the appropriate attitude, who continue to believe that man-made, Infidel-made, laws are the law of the land, not Sharia, and who dare to think these laws are to be enforced even when they conflict with Muslim laws, especially in such obvious areas as family law. 

"Radicalization" is simply a word that is applied to those Muslims who are not content to conduct the Jihad slowlly, carefully, by ostensibly non-violent means -- for all Muslims are required to participate, collectively, in Jihad through whatever instruments are available and deemed effective -- but, rather, often being young and vigorous, want to do so at once, participate as individuals and not as a collective, and through immediate violence, not the slow violence of relentless quotidian conquest.

There is not a single thing thatthe members of ISIS (or a hundred other groups, smaller and given less attention) do that does not have deep Qur'anic justification, and justification too, in the recorded behavior, that is the Sunnah, of the earliest Muslims, as recorded in the Hadith and Sira. And intelligent Muslims know this perfectly well, but do not wish that you, the non-Muslims of this world, come to understand this. For if you do, logically you would move heaven and earth to diminish, or to remove, the Muslim presence in the Western midst. For that large-scale presence of Muslims in the West has led to a situation that is far more unpleasant, expensive, and physically dangerous, for all non-Muslims, than would be the case without that large-scale Muslim presence.

I've been posting that last line, in a thousand posts, unchanged, for at least the last ten years.

At this point, can anyone of sense disagree?

Can anyone, at this point, possibly disagree?

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Posted on 09/02/2014 7:29 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Tuesday, 2 September 2014
The Hamas Lion that did not Roar
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On September 13, 1939 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth narrowly avoided death when Nazi German bombs landed on part of Buckingham Palace when they were there. The royal couple, by staying in London throughout World War II, were determined to show they would share the same dangers from Nazi attacks as the rest of the British people. Their defiant decision not only illustrated courage but even more importantly symbolized solidarity with the population and the symbols of national resistance.

Whatever else can be said of the qualities of the political leader of the terrorist group Hamas, his absence from the scene of danger has not illustrated a similar profile in courage. We know the Hamas leader, Khalid Meshaal, is a busy man. From his luxurious hotel rooms in Doha, Qatar he goes, always well dressed, to the grated Hamas media office to give interviews to the BBC, Charlie Rose, and other media outlets. Like a gyroscope he is always spinning, but not really going anywhere, least of all back to the Gaza Strip which he has not visited for some time.

Meshaal interprets every military loss by Hamas as a victory. As a result, this 58 year-old leader, safe in Qatar, has issued his “demands.” Israel must stop its aggression in Gaza, lift the siege, open cross borders, while the “free world” has the duty of reconstructing Gaza. His absence from Gaza has not prevented him from offering advice on August 25, 2014 to President Barack Obama to stop the Israeli “holocaust” against the Palestinians. Meshaal explained there was no difference between Israeli actions in Gaza and what “the Nazis did in the 1930s and the 1940s.”

Meshaal perhaps does not drink alcohol, but he certainly doesn’t drink from the fountain of knowledge. He believed that the war that Hamas had provoked by its endless firing of hundreds of rockets, was “forced on us, but we were on the way to liberation.” He also spoke of what Israel had done in Gaza in “targeting mosques, destroying hospitals, and UNWRA schools.” He did not know, as foreign journalists knew, that all these places had been used as launching sites for Hamas rockets and missiles against Israeli civilians.

Nor did he know, when asked, how many rockets Hamas had, though every objective analysis calculates it to be about 10,000 before Israel retaliated. Meshaal explains: “I am the head of the political bureau. I direct the policies and the positions, but not the details when it comes to military issues.” Apparently the 10,000 rockets possessed by Hamas are merely one of the “details.” So are the 33 tunnels built by Hamas that the IDF destroyed and the large number, perhaps 1,000, of the Hamas terrorists killed.

It is likely that Meshaal engages in dream dancing or lives in a fantasy world. He did know that Gaza had “dazzled the world with her victory… and that victory is only a milestone to reaching our objective.” From his secure base in Qatar he declared that Hamas would not cease resisting Israel until all its demands are met. Thus, he opposed any proposal for Hamas to be disarmed.

Meshaal may or may not have accurately counted the destruction and casualties caused by Hamas aggression. He was really inaccurate or deceitful in description of his own role. He explained this in his conversation with Charlie Rose on July 31, 2014. At that moment he remarked, “We (Hamas) are one single movement. When the political leadership commits to something, then the military wing will commit itself too.”

It is now an open question whether there are now significant differences among the Hamas terrorists in the roles they play and their personal rivalries. It is said that Meshaal telephoned Mohammed Deif, the chief of the Izz-el-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the Hamas military wing, during the fighting, thus giving away to Israeli intelligence the location of Deif’s home in northwest Gaza. Within a short time Israeli planes bombed the house, though it is still not clear if Deif escaped. However, no one dare assert that Meshaal’s indiscreet call was linked to the Israeli Mossad in any way.

Meshaal’s policies are stark and unqualified. The Gaza Strip must not be disarmed because it must continue to resist. The weapons of the resistance, he said, are sacred. Somewhat surprisingly, though suggesting it was not an act of official policy, Meshaal justified the kidnapping and killing of the three Israeli teenagers since all Israelis in the West Bank are aggressors and illegally living in these occupied and stolen lands. Therefore, it is the right of Palestinians to resist them, a euphemism for killing schoolboys.

The Hamas Charter is clear in stating its objectives: killing Jews and eliminating the State of Israel. In his mildest statement, Meshaal has declared he is not a fanatic, and is not against Jews because of their religion, though he stopped short of saying that some of his best friends are Jews. But he has made clear regarding the possibility of coexistence with Israel that he will not coexist with occupation, with settlements, or with Judaization.” Meshaal with considerable temerity called on Egypt to open the Rafah border into Gaza and urged the United Nations to draw up a timetable for “the Israeli occupation of Palestine” to end.

Unlike Meshaal who continually speaks of “resistance”, the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas did not call for “resistance,” but for truce talks to avoid more casualties and sacrifices. The ceasefire discussions were in fact initiated by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo, a strong opponent of Hamas, the ally of the Muslim Brotherhood. Abbas has never been the epitome of a policy of complete coexistence with Israel, nor of tolerance towards Israelis. His statement of July 28, 2010 is still memorable: “I will never allow a single Israeli to live among us on Palestinian land.”

Abbas cannot be considered an ally of Israel but on the Gaza issue he was accurate. He blamed Hamas for causing thousands of unnecessary deaths by prolonging the fighting in Gaza. He now doubted that the unity government he had formed earlier in 2014, that was backed by Hamas, could survive. It is imperative that Fatah and the Palestinian Authority divorce itself from Hamas. It should reenter the Gaza Strip and govern the population as Hamas has done for seven years.

Finally, the Palestinians should accept the helpful suggestion of French President François Hollande. He proposed that the European countries could help oversee the destruction of the remaining Hamas tunnels that the terrorists planned to use against Israeli civilians, and that they could monitor the Gaza border crossings with Egypt and Israel. That would be a step on the road to peace that the Palestinians should follow.

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Posted on 09/02/2014 7:38 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 2 September 2014
We Have a Winner!
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Keith Simmonds has won our August Crossword Competition - again. 

Come on you crossword addicts - someone has challenge these few regular winners. Get in there and work the September Crossword. No cussing or tearing your hair out, either.

Good luck!

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Posted on 09/02/2014 7:32 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 2 September 2014
Indiana: 3 Columbus churches vandalized overnight - Infidels and Quranic quotations
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COLUMBUS, Ind. — The Columbus Police Department is investigating after three churches there were vandalized with spray paint.

Vandals painted religiously fueled messages on the facades of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, East Columbus Christian Church and Lakeview Church of Christ overnight on Saturday, according to police. A member of St. Bartholomew said "INFIDELS!" and "Quran 3:151? were written in black spray paint on the exterior of the church.

When translated into English, the cited Quran verse reads, "We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve for what they have associated with Allah of which he had not sent down (any) authority. And their refuge will be the fire, and wretched is the residence of the wrongdoers."

"It's certainly not a warm and fuzzy verse. It talks about the infidels, their refuge being the fire," said Father Doug Marcotte of St. Bartholomew. "Is there somebody that really believes this, that we're all infidels, so they felt the need to write it all over our church? Is this some sort of nasty prank? Is this someone that's trying to incite people against Muslims?"

Nassim Khaled of the Islamic Society of Columbus thinks the message behind the verse has been taken out of context because it refers to a time when people were persecuting Muslims.

Zulkifly Yusuf, president of the Islamic Society of Columbus, released a statement Monday about the vandalism of three churches with the word "infidels" and references to the Quran. The statement said the society is "deeply concerned and saddened by the events of vandalism."

"Our community condemns such actions and believes Columbus is not a place for such behavior," the statement said. "We send our deep regret and offer a strong support for our fellow community members of East Columbus Christian Church, St. Bartholomew Catholic Church and Lakeview Church of Christ."

The society said in the statement that it hopes that the authorities will apprehend the perpetrators soon.

Ron Bridgewater, a minister at East Columbus Christian, agrees with Khaled. "Nobody really thought it was somebody from the Islamic community," Bridgewater said. "We just thought it was probably some kids trying to stir up some hate."

Young people? probably. But which young people?

Stirring hate? probably? But hate for what? 

In Bethnal Green and Dewsbury they thought the same, but came to learn differently.

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Posted on 09/02/2014 3:01 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 2 September 2014
France bans Muslim worker from nuclear sites
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From the French edition of The Local

A French court Monday upheld a ban on a Muslim engineer from accessing nuclear sites, citing his links with jihadist networks but his lawyer said it was a case of Islamophobia.

The 29-year-old working for a firm subcontracted by energy giant EDF had been granted access to nuclear installations as part of his job throughout 2012 and 2013. But in March 2014 the man, who cannot be named according to French law, had his pass to enter the Nogent-sur-Seine nuclear power station revoked.

Officials said he had links with a jihadist terrorist group and that he was in touch with an imam involved in recruiting youngsters to fight in Iraq.

In June 2014, Guez Guez successfully had the ban revoked by an appeals court. But when the engineer turned up for work, he found he was once again refused access -- this time by EDF -- to his place of work and his lawyer appealed again.

A court in the north-eastern town of Chalons-en-Champagne upheld the ban saying the management could prevent those "undergoing a process of political and religious radicalisation" from accessing sensitive sites.

The lawyer for the man cried foul and argued that his client had no police record.

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Posted on 09/02/2014 2:45 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 1 September 2014
Variations On The Jizyah: The Turkish Varlik Vergisi Of 1942
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Posted on 09/01/2014 9:22 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 1 September 2014
Wafa Sultan On Women In Islam (In Arabic)
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It's Greek to me -- and I won't be learning Arabic until the apricot tree blooms out back -- but it's got to be good.

Here.

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Posted on 09/01/2014 8:45 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 1 September 2014
Nalanda University Re-Opens After 800 Years
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The story here.  But we are told in that story that "foreign invaders" destroyed the university, not that these were Muslim foreign invaders, determined to destroy a center of Buddhist (and other Indian)  learning -- and that the destruction of Nalanda University is regarded by historians as hastening the disappearance of Buddhism from most of India, and of the loss of much of India's cultural heritage.

Here is a hint, from handy Wikipedia,  of Nalanda University's significance:

"The complex was built with red bricks and its ruins occupy an area of 14 hectares. (488 by 244 metres)[5] At its peak, the university attracted scholars and students from as far away as Tibet, China, Greece, and Greater Iran.[6] Nalanda was ransacked and destroyed by an army of the Muslim Mamluk Dynasty under Ikhtiyar ad-Din Muhammad bin Bakhtiyar Khilji in 1193. The great library of Nalanda was so vast that it is reported to have burned for three months after the invaders set fire to it, ransacked and destroyed the monasteries and killed or drove the monks from the site."

Decline and end

Evidence in literature suggests that in 1193, the Nalanda University was ransacked by[37] Bakhtiyar Khilji, a Turk.[38] The Persian historian Minhaj-i-Siraj, in his chronicle the Tabaqat-i-Nasiri, reported that thousands of monks were burned alive and thousands beheaded as Khilji tried his best to uproot Buddhism. The burning of the library continued for several months and "smoke from the burning manuscripts hung for days like a dark pall over the low hills."[39]

The last throne-holder of Nalanda, Shakyashribhadra, fled to Tibet in 1204 at the invitation of the Tibetan translator Tropu Lotsawa (Khro-phu Lo-tsa-ba Byams-pa dpal). In Tibet, he started an ordination lineage of the Mulasarvastivada lineage to complement the two existing ones.

When the Tibetan translator Chag Lotsawa Dharmasvamin (Chag Lo-tsa-ba, 1197 – 1264) (Chag Lo-tsa-ba, 1197–1264) visited the site in 1235, he found it damaged and looted, with a 90-year-old teacher, Rahula Shribhadra, instructing a class of about 70 students.[40][41] During Chag Lotsawa's time there an incursion by Turkic soldiers caused the remaining students to flee. Despite all this, "remnants of the debilitated Buddhist community continued to struggle on under scarce resources until c. 1400 when Chagalaraja was reportedly the last king to have patronized Nalanda."[42]

D.C. Ahir considers the destruction of the temples, monasteries, centres of learning at Nalanda and northern India to be responsible for the demise of ancient Indian scientific thought in mathematics, astronomy, alchemy, and anatomy.[43]

 

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Posted on 09/01/2014 8:30 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 1 September 2014
Rotherham Researcher A Decade Ago Made To Take "Ethnicity And Diversity" Course
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This is not Alexis Jay, but another researcher, who years ago produced a report about forded underage prostitution and rape by Pakistani men in Rotherham. The local child protection services then sent her for brainwashing. And sternly warned her that she should "never, ever"  identify Pakistani men as the perpetrators of these rapes, these threats, this violence. And what's more, her supporting data -- or some of it - disappeared from the office where she had left it.

Heads should roll, and many mouths be permanently stopped up. But will that happen?

The story here.

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Posted on 09/01/2014 7:53 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 1 September 2014
Roger Scruton: The Rotherham Gang-Rapists
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Posted on 09/01/2014 3:58 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 1 September 2014
"Engage More With Muslims"? The West Has Been Doing That For Decades
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One more example -- there is no end to this -- of the  by now self-evidently idiotic prescription, about "the need to engage with Muslims" rather than "demonizing" them. Has the the entire West done much of anything aside from trying to "engage with," "dialogue with," "understand," "reach out to" the "Muslim community" in the United States, in Canada, in Great Britain, in France, in Germany, in Belgium, in (Your Country Here) for years and years, and at long last people are beginning to realize that they've been doing exactly the wrong thing, that it hasn't worked but merely helps to prevent unwary Infidels from studying the texts, and teachings, of Islam, and trying to understand why the behavior of Muslim immigrants, everywhere in the Western world, is so different from that of any other immigrant group, so aggressive, so unyielding, so determined to push its own demands, so meretricious, so deliberately misleading, so cunningly defensive, and will continue to be, because that is how it must be when Muslims, the True Believers, live in Dar al-Harb where they are still dominated by -- so unjustly, so unnaturally -- by non-Muslims who do not realize that the entire world ultimately belongs to Allah and to the Muslims, the "best of peoples."
 

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Posted on 09/01/2014 1:41 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 1 September 2014
New French Education Minister Will "Listen To The Parents"
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The French system of public education, the product of long thought about tne nature and function of education from such pedagogues -- in the true sense -- as the celebrated Jules Ferry, after whom a school is named in practically every small town in France --has been based on the idea, not wrong, that there are those who know better than the parents what their children need to be taught, and how to teach it. And the dedication of teachers, held in high regard, that explains the success of that educational system. But the system is coming apart because of the intrusion, into a well-ordered nation, of an alien and disruptive presence -- Muslim students, and their aggressive, quick-to-be-aggrieved parents. The horror stories of Muslim indiscipline in the schools, and the refusal of Muslim students to follow the curriculum -- especially in history and literature -- when it is not to their liking (and the history of France is not to their liking, the history of the Holocaust is not to their liking, the history of French colonialism, if not merely taught as an unending series of colonial outrages, is not to their liking, the mention of Islam, if it is not totally favorable, is not to their liking, nor to their liking are Christianity, or the Enlightenment, or the French Revolution, or the laic state, and so on) are never told outside France; inside France, these stories are known best to those who are the teachers, who may share their experiences with a few others, but such stories seldom make it to the press or television. But I've heard them directly from teachers, and they make your hair stand on end.

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Moroccan-born, the photogenic but shallow new Minister of Education (the Ministry is located on the rue de Grenelle, which is why, in the story, that street keeps being mentioned), is all for listening not to the teachers, but to "the parents." Which parents? Oh, you know perfectly well which parents. The parents of the "marginalized," the parents of those children who don't want to study, don't want to learn, don't really want to go to school, don't want to obey the rules, don't want to recognize the order, educational or otherwise, of the French state. Those "parents." If she were to listen to the other parents, the non-Muslim parents, she would get an earful, about the effect of Muslim students on the conduct of classes, on the atmosphere in the schools, on the damage they are doing to the non-Muslim children of France, and to the competitive examination system, and the elite schools,and the meritocracy that worked for so long, a system in which those permanently hobbled by the mind-forged manacles of Islam cannot possibly compete successfully.

That's why so many in France are so upset --and so many teachers so disaffected --at this time of the Rentree.

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Posted on 09/01/2014 1:23 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 1 September 2014
Three Churches Vandalized with Islamic Graffiti in Indiana
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From WTHR13:

COLUMBUS, Ind. - Columbus Police said they've never had anything like it - three churches vandalized in the same night.

Someone spray painted them on the outside. It's the words used, though, that have some people asking if this was more than a prank.

“It was just one word. It said ‘Infidels!'” Father Doug Marcotte said of what was spray painted on Saint Bartholomew's Catholic Church in Columbus overnight Saturday.

Parishioners saw that, along with the word "Qur'an 3:151" on their way into mass Sunday morning.

“It's certainly not a warm and fuzzy verse. It talks about the infidels, their refuge being the fire,” explained Father Marcotte.

Specifically, that passage of the Qur'an reads: "We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve for what they have associated with Allah of which He had not sent down [any] authority. And their refuge will be the Fire, and wretched is the residence of the wrongdoers."

Saint Bartholomew's wasn't the only Columbus church vandalized.

“It's really bizarre and the fact that they hit two other Christian Churches. It's not like we're all in a line. So why did they pick the three of us,” asked Father Marcotte.

Outside East Columbus Christian Church and Lakeview Church of Christ, members there found the same kind of graffiti Sunday morning.

“Is there somebody that really believes this that we're all infidels so they felt the need to write it all over our church? “ asked Father Marcote. “Is this some sort of nasty prank? Is this someone that's trying to incite people against Muslims? I mean I don't know,” he added.

Columbus Police said they're looking at surveillance video to help figure it out.

Until they do though, parishioners at Saint Bartholomew's have been unsettled by the defacing of their church, at the very least.

“There's a lot of bad stuff being done in the name of Allah and so when people see this happening in Columbus, whether that was truly the person's intent or there's something else going on, It makes people nervous. It makes people upset. It makes them scared,” said Father Marcotte.
 

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Posted on 09/01/2014 1:26 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 1 September 2014
A Musical Interlude: Once In A While (Frances Langford)
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Listen here.

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Posted on 09/01/2014 1:16 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 1 September 2014
Paul Weston: Where are the Politicians on Rotherham's 1400 Child Rape Victims?
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If you can't see the video try YouTube.

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Posted on 09/01/2014 11:30 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 1 September 2014
Forty Years On: Jean Raspail's "The Camp Of The Saints"
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This dystopian prediction, coming true all over the confused and depressed and inhibited West, is described here.

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Posted on 09/01/2014 10:54 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 1 September 2014
Gilles-William Goldnadel: The Moral Collapse Of The French Left
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Posted on 09/01/2014 10:48 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 1 September 2014
Sikh Federation In The UK: Stop Using The Term "Asian" To Protect Islam
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Posted on 09/01/2014 10:09 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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