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Sunday, 24 May 2015
Syria says Islamic State executes hundreds in Palmyra
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From Reuters

Islamic State fighters have executed at least 400 people in Palmyra since capturing the ancient Syrian city four days ago, Syrian state media said on Sunday.

It was not immediately possible to verify the account, but it was consistent with reports by activists that the Islamist fighters had carried out executions since capturing the city from government troops.

"The terrorists have killed more than 400 people.. and mutilated their bodies, under the pretext that they cooperated with the government and did not follow orders," Syria's state news agency said, citing residents inside the city.

It added that dozens of those killed were state employees, including the head of nursing department at the hospital and all her family members.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors violence in the country with a network of sources on the ground, says that some people were beheaded in the town since it fell but has not given an estimate for the toll among civilians.

Leith Abou Fadel a Syrian journalist has tweeted pictures and details of some of those killed. One of the nurses he names as Hala Madek Wardah  Elsewhere it is claimed that she had American citizenship.

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Posted on 05/24/2015 10:58 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 24 May 2015
In Dabiq Magazine, A Stout Islamic Defense Of Sexual Slavery
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Posted on 05/24/2015 5:51 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 24 May 2015
Jeanette Bougrab: In France Still No Grasp Of The Muslim Menace
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An interview with Jeanette Bougrab, here.
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Posted on 05/24/2015 5:41 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 24 May 2015
Annika McKenzie, A Concerned Parent
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Posted on 05/24/2015 5:26 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 24 May 2015
The Latest Addition To Las-Vegas-By-The-Kaaba
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Here.

The Guardians of the Two Holy Places have no taste; the damage they have done to Mecca can, however, be considered by those who dislike Islam to be a good thing, for their buildings, each more hideous than the next, mock and diminish the solemnity of the Hajj and the walking widdershins round that Magic Wonderstone, itself now put permanently in the shade thanks to so many light-blocking looming luminaries of architectural mauvais goût.

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Posted on 05/24/2015 4:51 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 23 May 2015
Uzay Bulut: Europe, Hamas, And The Road To Statehood
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At The Gatestone Institute, here.
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Posted on 05/23/2015 9:01 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 23 May 2015
ISIS Pledges To Expel All Shiites From Arabian Peninsula
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Why not? The Shiites are not real Muslims but dangerous hypocrites,and even  worse than Jews and Christians, they are Rafidite dogs, they are Safavid swine. That's the view of Uber-Sunnis, including the Saudi clerics, and not just of members of the Islamic State. Many Sunnis will be delighted to see the Shiites driven out of the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. Others look forward to Iran coming to the defense of its co-religionists, for it is, after all, Iranian aggressive moves that have endangered Shiites, as never before, in Yemen, in Bahrain, in Lebanon, in Pakistan, in Saudi Arabia. Is it possible that Shiite Islam may be so weakened by this conflict that it will never recover? Could that be the final legacy of the Ayatollah Khomeini -- the destruction of Shi'a Islam?

Story here.

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Posted on 05/23/2015 8:39 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 23 May 2015
Endless Cruelty Of The Slave-Masters Of Qatar
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And their Nepalese slaves, who are building the infrastructure for  Qatar-corrupted FIFA, are not allowed even to return home for funerals.

Story here.

There's not much to be done save to call Congressmen to demand  that the American military base that provides the Qataris with a sense of security should be removed, and to call cable-comp;anies to demand that they cease to broadcast Al-Jazeera, the propaganda arm in America of the cruel and vicious state of Qatar and its waddling emirs.

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Posted on 05/23/2015 8:11 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 23 May 2015
Three Muslims, Apparently All French Converts, Suicide Bombers In Iraq
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All three identified themselves in those names converts just love to concot for themselves (what a thrill these names, this special language, provides these miserable wretches) as  "Abu" this or that, and then "Al-Faransi" -- "the Frenchman" -- but they died not "mort pour la France" but  fi sabil Allah, fighting in the path of Allah, that is in the Jihad to make sure that the True Islam dominates everywhere, and everywhere, True Muslims rule.

At least two of the three were suicide bombers who died in the recent fighting in Anbar Province in Iraq by the Islamic State. How did they convert? They were poor, had grown up in a housing project (a cité named after the mathematician Nicolas Bourbaki, the fabulous creation of, among others, Andre Weil) where, surrounded by Muslims, they had to fit in in order to protect themselves, and the only way to fit in, as white Frenchmen, was to convert to Islam. The French state did not foresee this, did not protect them from this, did not move them out. And then, having converted, they had an instant community of bruvvers, and  a Simple Explanation of the Universe, and a Reason For Being -- to kill Infidels, which includes "hypocritical" Muslims who are not near,ly Muslim enough.

The socially and psychically marginal in the Western world naturally find Islam a solution to their desperate lives; it justifies rather than condemns their resentment of their condition, channels their aggression and, what's more, justifies it. They feel good -- right up to the moment that they blow themselves up. The prevention of such conversions should be part of the policy of the intellligent non-Muslim state. But that depends on recognizing that Islam, the ideology of Islam, is a permanent danger to non-Muslims. Can the French state, can those who presume in any non-Muslim country to protect and instruct the people over whom they rule, or whom they govern, admit this publicly, and formulate policies to limit the presence and power of Islam?  

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Posted on 05/23/2015 3:52 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 23 May 2015
At NYU's English Department, An Order Of Human Rights And Indigeneity (And Hold The English)
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The degringolade in American education continues, in every possible way.

A telling NYU Job Announcement, no different in its dismal intent and disastrous effect from a thousand others, here.

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Posted on 05/23/2015 3:33 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 23 May 2015
Why We Honour Queen Victoria
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Tomorrow is the 195th birthday of Her Imperial Britannic Majesty Victoria, Queen and Empress, which we celebrated with the holiday last Monday. All my youth, with the fireworks displays, it was one of my favourite holidays.

I recall with particular pleasure when the metal rod from which my father was launching May 24 rockets slipped and the already lighted rocket took off almost horizontally and went through a neighbour’s window, buzzed about the walls emitting small flames and erupted spectacularly over about 10 blazing seconds. After another ten seconds, as my father expressed the hope there had been no one in the room, an ancient gray head festooned with curlers and still sizzling sparks appeared, shaky but purposeful and emitting an unholy rage. She shook her fists, screamed a few epithets, and receded, like a geriatric cuckoo-clock bird, slamming the window and pulling closed the curtains, as we were all splitting our sides with unhoped for holiday mirth.

My father, a literate man with a formidable deadpan sense of humour, replied, for our benefit, with the famous line from John Greenleaf Whittier’s poem about Barbara Frietchie, who defied General Stonewall Jackson by waving the Union flag and shouting: “Shoot if you must this old gray head, but not” — and here my father improvised, “your neighbour’s children,” continuing, from Whittier, a bit late: “Who touches a hair on yon gray head dies like a dog.” All in all, it was the most riveting fireworks display I have witnessed.

In so far as there is a point to any of this, it is that we all happily observed Queen Victoria’s birthday without a thought of why we were doing it. Of course she was a long-serving queen of England and affiliated jurisdictions, including Canada, but not one person in a hundred then, nor, I suspect, one Canadian in 10,000 now, could say why anyone in this country should observe that queen’s birthday. In fact, it is the least we can do. When still in her twenties, Victoria, in her first of over six decades as queen, dissented from what Stephen Leacock described (in the case of colonial secretary Lord Stanley) as the “magnificent stupidity” of trying to retain the government of Canada in the hands of colonial governors with no system of popular approval. She took matters into her own hands and insisted on the appointment as governor of Canada of the enlightened former governor of Jamaica, Lord Elgin, in 1847, with a clear mandate to bring in what was called “responsible government”: autonomy in domestic matters for ministers responsible to an elected legislature of what was then called the United Province of Canada, effectively Quebec and Ontario together.

There followed a gradual recognition that unless they were united, the provinces north of the United States would have no ability to resist the magnetic power of that country even in peaceful conditions, much less if the U.S resorted to force after its sanguinary Civil War. The Americans emerged in 1865 from that war forcibly united at a cost of 750,000 dead (in a population smaller than Canada’s is now), with the greatest army and most talented generals in the world and unencumbered by any affection for Britain or Canada, as Britain had almost overtly favoured the Confederacy in the late war.

The leaders of the drive for responsible government in Canada, Robert Baldwin and Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine, had recognized that to become a successful and independent country, Canada would have to be governed by the English and French-speaking populations jointly and that a majority would be required from both communities on very important questions; the country would not function if the English simply imposed their majority on the French. This message was carried forward by their successors, John A. Macdonald and George-Etienne Cartier; these men, with George Brown and others and with the  encouragement of Queen Victoria, directly (when they visited her in the mid-1860s) and through her governor-general, Viscount Monck, negotiated Confederation.

Canada became and remains the only trans-continental, officially bicultural, parliamentary confederation in the history of the world. Despite considerable skepticism in the British Parliament and in the United States, that Confederation has endured and generally prospered these 148 years. Of the world’s countries with a population as large as Canada’s, only the United Kingdom and the United States have been governed by the same political institutions for a longer time. At the time of Confederation in 1867, France and Russia and the central European congeries of nationalities grouped around Austria and Hungary were all empires, Germany and Italy were fragmented in various kingdoms and principalities, and Japan was an under-developed hermit kingdom.

Victoria saw clearly that Canada had the potential to be an important country, and that the French-Canadians could not be treated as a conquered people (which they never were — the British army defeated the French army at Quebec and Montreal but no one has ever conquered any significant part of Canada).  She and her enlightened consort, Prince Albert, were in a minority in the British establishment that did not favour a Confederate victory in the U.S. Civil War, and realized that Britain could not, even tacitly, favour slavery and secessionism.

Queen Victoria took a great and helpful interest in Canada throughout her reign, which began at the time of the Gilbert and Sullivan rebellions of Mackenzie and Papineau in 1837. She sent the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) to Canada on a visit in 1860, during which he opened the Victoria Bridge in Montreal, then the longest bridge in the world, and laid the corner-stone for the Parliament buildings in Ottawa. She sent her son-in-law, the Marquess of Lorne, to serve as governor-general of Canada from 1878 to 1883, and always treated Macdonald and Sir Wilfrid Laurier with great respect when they came to England. They served her as prime minister of the Dominion or co-premier of the United Province for a total of 43 years.

When Macdonald won the 1891 election on an anti-annexationist platform, Victoria sent him congratulations via Governor-General Lord Stanley (son of the sluggish colonial secretary from 45 years before); when Macdonald died later that year, she had Sir Casimir Gzowski (ancestor of the popular broadcaster) lay a wreath of roses from her on his coffin. Macdonald’s preferred successor, Sir John Thompson, died while on a three-day visit to Windsor Castle in 1894. She arranged, unprecedentedly, a Roman Catholic state funeral for him in London and had a Royal Navy cruiser painted black for the return of Thompson’s casket to Halifax.

Victoria saw clearly that Canada had the potential to be an important country, and that the French-Canadians could not be treated as a conquered people (which they never were — the British army defeated the French army at Quebec and Montreal but no one has ever conquered any significant part of Canada).  She and her enlightened consort, Prince Albert, were in a minority in the British establishment that did not favour a Confederate victory in the U.S. Civil War, and realized that Britain could not, even tacitly, favour slavery and secessionism.

Queen Victoria took a great and helpful interest in Canada throughout her reign, which began at the time of the Gilbert and Sullivan rebellions of Mackenzie and Papineau in 1837. She sent the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) to Canada on a visit in 1860, during which he opened the Victoria Bridge in Montreal, then the longest bridge in the world, and laid the corner-stone for the Parliament buildings in Ottawa. She sent her son-in-law, the Marquess of Lorne, to serve as governor-general of Canada from 1878 to 1883, and always treated Macdonald and Sir Wilfrid Laurier with great respect when they came to England. They served her as prime minister of the Dominion or co-premier of the United Province for a total of 43 years.

When Macdonald won the 1891 election on an anti-annexationist platform, Victoria sent him congratulations via Governor-General Lord Stanley (son of the sluggish colonial secretary from 45 years before); when Macdonald died later that year, she had Sir Casimir Gzowski (ancestor of the popular broadcaster) lay a wreath of roses from her on his coffin. Macdonald’s preferred successor, Sir John Thompson, died while on a three-day visit to Windsor Castle in 1894. She arranged, unprecedentedly, a Roman Catholic state funeral for him in London and had a Royal Navy cruiser painted black for the return of Thompson’s casket to Halifax.

First published in the National Post.

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Posted on 05/23/2015 2:18 PM by Conrad Black
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Saturday, 23 May 2015
It's Not Psychology, It's You
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Leslie Mann interviews Theodore Dalrymple in the Chicago Tribune:

Modern psychology can do more harm than good, asserts retired psychiatrist Anthony Daniels (pen name: Theodore Dalrymple) in his book, "Admirable Evasions: How Psychology Undermines Morality."

Instead of taking responsibility for ourselves, "checklist psychiatry" allows us to blame any pattern of behavior on a "disease," said Daniels, 65.

When he is not writing books (this is his 23rd), Daniels serves as an expert witness at murder trials, chases wild boars from his wife's garden and dreams of having a tidy study. He and his wife, Agnes, a retired psychogeriatrician, split their time between their homes in France and England.

The Tribune caught up with Daniels during a recent trip to the U.S.:

Q: Why the pen name?

A: When I started writing books, I was a prison psychiatrist, so I wanted to keep my name separate. I thought "Theodore Dalrymple" sounded old-fashioned and ill-tempered.

Q: You lead with Shakespeare's King Lear saying mental illness is "the excellent foppery of the world, that when we are sick in fortune…we (blame) the sun, the moon and the stars."

 

A: Four hundred years later, it's still true, but we blame psychology instead of astrology. We call it progress.

Literature is far more illuminating into the human condition than psychology could ever hope to be.

Q: By giving us excuses for our behavior, you say, psychology becomes a barrier to self-understanding?

A: It's not our fault if we're obese, for example. It's a disease. It's the food manufacturers' and restaurants' fault. Portions are too big.

Q: What are our primary excuses?

 

A: Our genes, evolution, our neurochemistry, our brain scans, chemical imbalances, our childhoods. I have a friend who goes up to people at parties and says, "I hate my parents; don't you?" People always go on about how their parents caused all their problems.

Q: Do we have an epidemic of depression?

A: We've loosened the definition of "depression" to include most forms of unhappiness. The result: 13 percent of adults (2013 Mayo Clinic are on antidepressants.

Saying "depressed" instead of "unhappy" means someone has to cure it for us. Using antidepressants is the modern-day equivalent of exorcising alien spirits.

I like the quote from the late Dr. Thomas Szasz: "Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by the living to the dead, now attributed by adults to children and by children to adults."

Q: How is profit a factor?

 

A: For a doctor to be reimbursed by the insurance company, he must fit the patient into a category, and the DSM ("Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders," the industry bible) keeps adding more. The new edition (DSM-5) includes hoarding disorder, penetration disorder, impulse-control disorder and gambling disorder.

You could say I have a "book-buying disorder" because I cannot walk by a bookstore without buying a book.

Then, you must stay in therapy so the doctor keeps getting paid. I cite one woman in the book who has had 4,000 appointments. It's expensive, so we justify it.

Q: So we undergo psychoanalysis, as you explain, "ad infinitum"?

 

A: It's a journey from which we don't return. The most minor utterance is potentially the profoundest significance. Thus criteria of importance are lost.

Instead of spending years and years in therapy talking about yourself so you can find yourself, you should lose yourself in a cause, interest or activity. I'm working on three books; they're my purpose.

The paradox is overtreatment of people who don't need treatment and undertreatment of people who are genuinely disturbed.

Bad behavior can be the result of genuine mental or physical illness, but that's the small percentage of cases.

Q: Is there such thing as a perfectly behaved person?

A No. We're all imperfect, and no one's life is fully satisfactory. If there was a perfect person, imagine how extremely boring he would be.

 

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Posted on 05/23/2015 7:44 AM by NER
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Saturday, 23 May 2015
A Little More About that Formerly-Aussie-Resident Muslim Who's Now Dead In Syria; While the Prime Minister Wastes His Time Urging Muslims Not To Heed the Jihad Directive
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As reported in the Herald-Sun, by James Dowling and Tom Minear.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/teen-killed-fighting-with-islamic-state-contacted-two-other-melbourne-extremists/story-fni0fit3-1227359436780

"Teen (it would be more accurate to say, "Young man" - 19 is old enough to vote, drink, and drive, 19 is a man, not a 'teen' - CM) Killed Fighting with Islamic State Contacted Two Other Melbourne Extremists".

Melbourne didn't make them 'extreme'. Melbourne didn't make them Muslim. Melbourne didn't make them go jihad. The fact that they all happened to reside in Melbourne is pretty much irrelevant, except that it indicates that Melbourne has a problem: a large and rapidly-becoming-more-aggressive Mohammedan colony. -  CM

'A teen who died fighting with Islamic State was in contact with two other Melbourne extremists in the Middle East.

No: 'in contact with two other Melbourne-reared Muslim jihadis in the Middle East.' - CM

'Irfaan Hussein, who the Herald-Sun revealed [had] died fighting with the death cult (that is: fighting on behalf of the Sunni branch of Islam, the religion of blood and war - CM) had links with fellow fighters Yusuf Yusuf and Sharky Jama.

'All three are believed to have grown up in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs.

They all three grew up in Muslim families. That's the common factor that matters. - CM

'The Federal Government said security agencies were working to confirm reports of Hussein's death, but warned it was difficult to get information from a war zone...

'Hussein left Australia last year; Jama and Yusuf left together last year.

'Jama, a former male model, was reportedly shot dead in Syria last month.  It is believed he spent some time fighting with the extremists in Iraq.

He's dead. He won't come back. One less to have to expensively keep tabs on. - CM

'Yusuf's last known location was in Islamic State's de facto capital, Raqqa, where he had bragged about watching the death cult set a Jordanian pilot on fire.

Enjoying and approving of the torture-murder of another Muslim, as punishment for being insufficiently-Islamic. If he's fine with doing that to another Muslim, what would he approve of doing to us dirty Infidels?  And this young Muslim man, Yusuf, with his Aussie passport, he approved.  We don't want him back. Ever.  - CM

'The extent of the relationship between the three Melbourne men (the three formerly-Melbourne-resident Muslim men - CM) is not clear.

'Hussein had connected with Jama and Yusuf via Facebook but social media accounts of all three have since been removed.

'Hussein was a close friend of Numan Haider, who was killed when he stabbed two police officers in Endeavour Hills last year.

Which mosque or mosques or "Islamic centre" did they and/ or their families attend? That's what I want to know. - CM

'Jama, who with his father is well known in the Somali community (the Somali Muslim community - CM), also seemed to know Haider.

Did they all go to the same mosque? Is anyone checking? - CM

'On November 2 he posted a "tribute to my beloved akhi (brothe)" and claimed the teen had intended to leave Australia.

'Prime Minister Tony Abbott renewed calls to young Australians (sic: young Australia-resident Muslims - CM) not to fall for the terrorist group's message.

"Do not go.

No! No! No!  Prime Minister, why do you want to keep them here, to be a permanent and ever-increasing menace to everybody here who is not a Muslim? This is madness. Let them go. Then slam and lock the door behind them. - CM

'That's my message. And if you do go, and you do try to come back, as far as I'm concerned, you will be arrested, you will be prosecuted, and you will be jailed, because there is no place in our society for people who have been radicalised...by...these terrorist movements", Mr Abbott said.'

You're wasting your breath, Prime Minister.  These pious young Muslims - whether raised-Muslim or converts to Islam - are obeying the call to wage jihad fi sabil allah.  They won't listen to you: you're merely a filthy Infidel, a dirty unbeliever, one of the "worst of beasts" because of your refusal to bow to allah.  You identify as a Christian, which makes you a practitioner of shirk, which for Muslims is the worst of crimes, much worse than murder.

So, Prime Minister, here are my ideas.

First, be thankful that these piously-murder-minded young Muslims want to leave the country and "slay and be slain" fighting "in allah's cause" in a country already dominated and ruined by Islam.  Don't try to stop them. Don't tell them not to go. Say nothing.  Let them go and don't let them come back, ever.   (Meanwhile, surely it isn't beyond our capacity to discreetly - and massively - assist the desperate Yazidis and Assyrian Christians to defend themselves against all those pious and zealous imitators of Mohammed - all those wannabee murderers, rapists and slave-traders?).

Second: DON'T give money to Muslim 'community organisations' to carry out 'deradicalisation'. They won't. They can't.  Muslims won't lift a finger to stop their own from Going Jihad as and when they think the time is ripe.  The only 'deradicalisation' that means anything, from the point of view of a jihad-threatened Infidel, is full-on publicly-declared apostasy from Islam...and no Muslim entity will encourage that

Third: put an end to Muslim immigration!  There is no place in our society for any more adherents of the death cult, the Religion of Blood and War...Islam. The ones we've already got are both deadly dangerous and very, very expensive.  Instead of bringing more in we should be trying to work out how to discourage those already present, from remaining.

And fourth:  where is the campaign to put Aussie non-Muslims, especially the young impressionable ones, right off the very idea of converting to Islam? The shilling for Islam, the glamourising of Islam, the propagandising for and flattering of Islam and the constant feting of sleekly-be-hijabbed converts to Islam and smilingly-besuited Muslim dawa artists like Walid Aly in our media - the nationally-funded ABC and the rest of it - needs to stop.  I don't want any more Jake Bilardis. Where is the public platform and the megaphone for the intelligent ex-Muslims like Magdi Cristiano Allam and Daniel Shayesteh and Wafa Sultan, Mona Walter and Ibn Warraq?  For sober non-Muslim scholars like Rev Dr Mark Durie? Or for those who foolishly converted to Islam but then came to their senses and bolted and have cautionary tales to tell? Such people - sadder and wiser people -  exist. They should be telling their stories on prime-time tabloid TV - "Don't join the Mob!"  Conversion to Islam needs to be perceived as seriously uncool.

Do all that, Prime Minister, and we'd be on the way to defending ourselves against the global Jihad. - CM

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Posted on 05/23/2015 4:06 AM by Christina McIntosh
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Saturday, 23 May 2015
And Yet Another Aussie-Passport-Holding Muslim Gets Killed Waging jihad With Islamic State in Syria
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It is, of course, not absolutely certain, as yet.  But it seems highly probable.  News that broke at the beginning of this week.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-18/melbourne-teen-reportedly-killed-in-middle-east-fighting-for-is/6477286

"Melbourne Teen Irfaan Hussein Reportedly Killed Fighting With Islamic State; DFAT Seeking Confirmation.

'News Corp has reported [that] the family of Melbourne teenager Irfaan Hussein, 19 (that is: "the Melbourne-resident family of young Muslim man Irfaan Hussein, 19" - CM) said he had died while fighting with members of Islamic State (IS) in the Middle East.

'Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the department's ability to follow up reports of deaths in either Iraq or Syria was "severely limited".

Understatement of the year.  One does, however, understand why it's a good idea to try to make sure they're dead. We don't want them presumed dead and then sneaking back in under a different identity to wreak mayhem, months or even years down the track...- CM

"If this report is correct, he will be one of more than 30 Australians (sic: she should be saying, "more than 30 Australian-passport-holding Muslims" - CM) killed in this terrorist cause", she said in a statement.

Offing themselves for Allah and in hopes of furthering the grand program - Total World Domination for the allah gang or Mohammedan Mob.  - CM

"It is profoundly disturbing that young Australians (sic: "young Australia-resident Muslims, whether raised-Muslim or converts to Islam" - CM) are being lured to their death by this barbaric terrorist organisation.

Isn't it what they are aiming to do to others - and the nature of the truly, madly, deeply Muslim Caliphate they are trying to help create - that should disturb you much more than their deaths? - CM

'The Australian Government is taking action to prevent the flow of terrorist fighters and funds to Daesh (Islamic State)."

If they remain in Australia, sooner or later they will Go Jihad on Australian non-Muslims, somewhere or other.  Keep them here, and risk an Australian Beslan.  So, let them go. Don't let them come back.  But if you're worried about them murdering Yazidis and Assyrian Christians, there are things that can be done to make that harder for them to achieve.  Find ways of making it easier for Yazidis and Assyrian Christian refugees to escape to Australia and other majority-Infidel lands...and/ or make supply arms, assistance, and military training, whether covert or overt, to any able-bodied Yazidi or Assyrian Christian who is prepared to dig in and fight back against the genocidal Muslim attackers.  Help them - those Yazidis and Assyrians - and them alone.  Oh, and a further step that should be taken, to buy us a bit of time and start bringing our homeland security headache back toward manageable proportions - stop importing Muslims. Not one more Muslim of any sort, under any pretext whatsoever, shoudl be permitted to enter Australia henceforward. - CM

'In March this year, another Melbourne teenager, Jake Bilardi (dear ABC: that should be "Jake Bilardi, a convert to Islam" - CM) was killed after allegedly being involved in a series of suicide bombings coordinated by Islamic State in Iraq.

And that reminds me of something else that needs to start happening, fast: an upfront campaign to inoculate non-Muslim Aussies against Muslim dawa.  Starting by open, public discussion of the reality of the Islamic apostasy law - they really are supposed to kill, and very often do kill or try to kill, anyone who tries to leave the cult.  The fewer people convert to Islam the better.  Islam needs to be seen for what it is, not only bizarre (the hatred for dogs, the masking and covering of women, the suppression of music and visual arts) but also a deadly dangerous, a cult that behaves like an organised crime 'family'. - CM

'Ms Bishop urged Australians (sic: Australia-resident Muslims - CM) not to travel to Syria or Iraq.

Why are you trying to stop them?  If you keep these high-on-Islam young Muslims here, sooner or later - and probably sooner - you will get an atrocity like the Beslan school massacre, or the bombing of the Boston marathon, or the beheading of Lee Rigby or the kidnap and torture-murder of Ilan Halim, or the assault upon the Westgate Mall in Nairobi.  Let them go; don't let them come back; and then arm and train and help the Yazidis and Assyrian Christians so that the murderous jihadis instead of battening on helpless prey will find themselves getting their heads bitten off by lions. - CM

"Not only are they putting their own lives in mortal danger (they don't care two hoots about that, Ms Bishop; they are all fired up for the glory and dominance of the allah gang if they win and stay alive and if they get killed, well, that means they're an Islamic 'martyr' and they think they're in for all those luscious houris, besides getting exemption from the dreaded 'torments of the grave' for a selection of lucky friends-and-relations. - CM) they are adding to the suffering of the people of Iraq and Syria." her statement said.

But adding to the suffering is what it's all about, Ms Bishop. They want to add to the suffering: the (as they see it, deserved and allah-ordained and pleasing-to-allah) suffering  - the punishment, up to and including capital punishment - of all those heretical Alawites, heretical Shiites, and filthy, filthy, not-really-human Yazidi and Christian unbelievers.  - CM

'Hussein reportedly attended Lyndale Secondary College at North Dandenong with Abdul Numan Haider.

The non-Muslim state school he attended is quite irrelevant, except insofar as it seems to have had other Muslims on campus. It would be much more relevant to ask what mosque or mosques he attended. - CM

'Haider, 18, was shot by police in September last year after stabbing two police officers outside the Endeavour Hills Police station in Melbourne's south-east.

'In a statement, the school said it tried to provide a positive influence for students.

Do they permit Muslim 'religious instruction' on campus? Do they go out of their way to validate and accommodate Muslim dress, 'prayers', food restrictions?  If they do, then they should stop.  No special treatment for Muslims. If they don't, then they can hardly be blamed for the Muslim religious zeal that is nurtured not only by Islamic sites online - over which a school has no more control than over any other site its students may, when at home and on non-school computers - choose to access, but also by the home, the mosque, the Ummah or Mohammedan Mob. - CM

"Our staff work tirelessly to provide pathways and options for all of our students while at school", the college said in a statement. "What students do once they have left our school is something we have no control over."

Yes.  Instead of focusing on the hapless secular school it would make more sense to focus on the families - immediate and extended - and the mosques within which these young Muslims are being formed; in which they are becoming the kinds of people who are all too willing to heed the summons to Jihad. - CM

'News Corp also reported that Hussein was connected to three of the men arrested in terror raids linked to Anzac Day in Melbourne in April."

What a surprise. Not. 

Oh well, he's gone. With any luck he's dead and will never be coming back to be a permanent menace to any and all non-Muslim Aussies.  - CM

 

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Posted on 05/23/2015 2:44 AM by Christina McIntosh
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Saturday, 23 May 2015
What's Happening In Palmyra Is As If Muslim Fanatics Had Seized The Louvre
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"La folie barbare de l'Etat islamique" in Palmyra (Tadmor) should be understood as akin to the Islamic State seizing the Louvre, and destroying what it contains (except, of course, for the soi-disant "Islamic art").. But in a half-century, or possibly before, if the demographic situation in France is not dealt with, could this not happen?

Here.

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Posted on 05/23/2015 2:52 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 23 May 2015
In Australia, "Middle Eastern" Criminals Are Very , Very Busy
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And somehow I do not think that they are primarily from culturally-Christian or culturally-Jewish backgrounds.

First, the illegal tobacco business, which is booming.  As reported by David Hurley for the Herald-Sun

http://m.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/middle-eastern-crime-gangs-main-players-in-australias-illegal-tobacco-boom/story-fni0fit3-1227361875279

"Middle Eastern Crime Gangs Main Players in Australia's Illegal Tobacco Boom".

'Middle Eastern Crime gangs are behind the massive boom in the illicit tobacco market in Australia.

'The gangs are flooding our cities with illegal cigarettes and tobacco as they seek to cash in on smokers looking to save money on the black market.

'Figures reveal a huge increase in the importation of ilelgal cigarettes and "chop chop" tobacco via sea and air over the past year.

'The chief executive of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, Roman Quaed-Vlieg, said authorities were now contending with "more players" in the black market, with increasing numbers of criminals attracted to the lucrative business.

"Certainly, onshore, the people who are involved in the Australian end of the importation are ethnically-based crime gangs and predominantly Middle Eastern", Mr Quaedvlieg said.

I doubt that they're Jewish. I'd be surprised if those engaged in this activity turned out to be mostly of culturally-Christian backgrounds - though there might be some.  So what belief system is most likely to have shaped the character and attitudes of those engaged in all this criminal activity? - CM

'Chop-chop bound for Australia usually comes from Indonesia (and which belief system suffuses the culture and society there? - CM) while the millions of illicit cigarettes that enter the country come from the UAE.

That is, from the overwhelmingly-Muslim Emirates. - CM

'Between July and December last year, authorities made 27 detections of chop-chop, weighing 69 tonnes, in sea cargo.

'Almost all of the tobacco entered Australia through Melbourne and Sydney ports.

'In the same period, 16 million cigarettes which entered the country via sea cargo were seized.

'The amount of illegal tobacco being smuggled by air also shot up dramatically, with more than 500 detections in the last six months of 2014, including 7 million illegal cigarettes. 

'The same period the year before saw only 190 detections.

"We recognise this problem", Mr Quaedvlieg said. "It is a priority and we are dealing with it. We are seeing the same scattergun phenomenon which we see in the importation of drugs, with illicit tobacco.

"We are seeing scattergun imports across air cargo, international mail and travelling passengers.  The air stream has become an efficient and fast supply chain."

'Australian authorities are working closely with overseas agencies and big tobacco companies to try to clamp down on illicit tobacco smuggling.  "We are being a lot more active with our overseas partners", Mr Quaedvlieg said.

"I have recently talked to my counterpart in Indonesia, the Director-General of Customs and Excise. We talked about information sharing and operational activites."

Good luck, if you think that Muslim Indonesia or Muslim UAE - societies suffused with Islam and riddled with corruption - can be trusted to make any real effort to stop Muslims from their countries pouring illicit drugs into Infidel Australia in order to enrich the Ummah in Australia.

And besides illegal tobacco, there is "ice".  Cops from the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad just made a huge drug 'bust' in Sydney.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-21/police-arrest-six-men-iin-major-sydney-drug-bust/6487264

"Six Men Allegedly Involved in Major Sydney Drug Syndicate Arrested in Police Operation.

'Six men have been arrested as part of a police operation targeting an alleged major drug syndicate in Sydney's west.

'Detectives and the NSW Tactical Operations Unit arrested three men aged 17, 18 and 21 at a car park in Wentworthville and another three men aged 19, 24 and 30 at Merrylands, on drug and firearms-related offences.

'After the arrests, detectives and riot squad officers (observe the use of the riot squad? - CM) carried out eight simultaneous search warrants at properties in Millers Point, Rozelle, Pemulwuy, Arncliffe, Guildford, South Granville, and two in Canley Vale.

'Police conducted extensive searches of the properties, during which they located and seized three kilograms of the drug ice along with firearms, and more than $100,000 in cash.  A number of vehicles were also seized during the raids.

'Hurstville police Commander Peter McErlain said the syndicate appeared to be behind a major supply of the drug ice.

'Ice dealers, they devastate families, they disrupt our children", Commander McErlain said. "They just damage lives and careers of people. It's just a damaging drug."

'Violent' syndicate operated for six months, police say.

"To have this amount of the drug ice off the streets is a very, very significant milestone for us.  Our colleagues in the FBI in the US refer to ice dealers as two-legged rats and I probably think they're being too kind."

'The detectives were part of Strike Force Dawed, which included officers from the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad, which was set up in February to investigate the alleged supply of prohibited drugs throughout Sydney.

That sentence is a little unclear.  It is Strike Force Dawed which was set up in February; not the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad, which has been going for a good deal longer; which was, in fact, created in response to the very particular type and intensity of crime that began to proliferate after the number of Muslims in Australia - mostly from the Middle East, notably Lebanon - simply exploded, from the late 1970s onward. For more on that topic, see former cop Tim Priest's classic article, "The Rise of Middle Eastern Crime in Australia", which would have been more accurately titled had it been called "The Rise of Muslim Crime in Australia"  - CM

'Commander McErlain said one of the men arrested would be accused of a shooting in Wentworthville in March in which another man was shot in the lower leg with a shotgun.

"It would show the propensity of violence that these people were considered using just to protect their drug franchinse", he said.

"It is a fairly significant disruption of a violent criminal syndicate which has been operating certainly in the south-west and north-west [of Sydney] for over six months."

'Commander McErlain said it was a major operation and there could be more arrests to follow.

'"We're certainly looking for a number of other members of the syndicate, and investigations will continue until they're arrested."

Now, there are bad apples in all barrels.  I stand prepared to correct as required, should some of those arrested in these latest raids turn out to be non-Muslim Aussies.  But bitter experience, in Australia and in the UK and across Europe and in the USA, is showing that as soon as one has a largeish colony of Mohammedans one finds that a significant percentage of them seem to get involved in criminal activity, much of it 'organised' (extortion, fraud, drug smuggling, car rebirthing), and often accompanied by extreme violence.   Which is not so surprising once one stops and reflects that Mohammed and his 'companions', once they really got going, made a living from armed robbery and slave-trading, and that the dhimma system is basically an extortion racket.  - CM

 

 

 

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Posted on 05/23/2015 1:15 AM by Christina McIntosh
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Friday, 22 May 2015
Col. Kemp’s Bar-Ilan U. Speech: The International Media’s Amoral Campaign against Israel
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Col. Richard Kemp CBE, Begin Sadat Center, May 19, 2015

On May 19, 2015, Col. Richard Kemp CBE gave a speech at the Begin Sadat Center of Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv. The prior day he was awarded an honorary degree by  Bar Ilan.  Col. Kemp was the former Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan who subsequently worked with the UK Joint Intelligence Committee and later the British Cabinet national crisis group on counter terrorism.  He has testified as an expert witness  defending Israel before the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict and the UN Human Rights Council on the controversial Goldstone Report.  Col. Kemp has been a much sought after speaker on Israel and the IDF roles in the three Gaza wars with Hamas , the most recent being Operation Defensive Edge in 2014. Those talks have addressed IDF purity of arms military doctrine, false accusations of excessive civilian collateral casualties and Hamas’ use of human shields.  He has frequently appeared as an expert military analyst on media in the US and UK regarding  Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. However, with the exception of FoxNews, he has not been invited to discuss the case for Israel’s operations against terror proxies, most especially Hamas in Gaza.

His talk at the Begin Sadat Center was titled, The Amoral Revolution in Western Values, and its Impact on Israel.  The synopsis prepared by the BESA noted points  Kemp made:

To fight for Israel on the international stage is also to fight for the values of democracy, freedom of speech and expression, and civilized social values everywhere. Unfortunately, the morality and values of the West have been transformed and undermined over the past thirty years almost beyond recognition. Judeo-Christian principles of honesty, honor, loyalty, family values, patriotism, religious faith and respect for the state have all been eroded; whereas negative values, such as the acceptance of betrayal, duplicity and deceit, have flourished. The Western media is chiefly culpable in advancing this deleterious values transformation. And this transformation is the basis for the growth of anti-Jewish and anti-Zionist perspectives, and anti-Israel narratives.

Watch Col. Kemp’s Begin Sadat Center speech:

Col. Kemp started by drawing attention to his days as an student cadet at Sandhurst , the UK equivalent of West Point . They studied  the Israeli victories in several  wars, notably the June 1967 Six Days of Wars and the Yom Kippur War of 1973. He also drew attention to his youth when the common perceptions in Britain were that the Israelis were David fighting the Arabs, depicted as Goliath. These were  traditional set piece battles and wars, albeit with unconventional, yet successful strategies by the IDF. Hence, the compelling reason why during his Sandhurst years, study of Israeli military campaigns was part of the mandatory curricula. As he noted in his speech that seemed like ages ago. Unfortunately that paradigm has flipped.  Currently, the media has reversed that stance and consider the IDF the new Goliath ‘occupying’ disputed territories fighting Iran-backed Hezbollah, Hamas and Salafist terrorist groups falsely depicted as the new David.  He chastises the media for creating this amoral inversion of roles compounded by deceit and deception.  Fighting this antagonistic view of Israel  perpetuated  by  victimhood portrayals of Islamist terrorists in the Western media  is the crux of the political warfare.   Kemp believes Israel must defeat this  in the court of world opinion to regain its previously well regarded  moral position.

Note these excerpts from Kemp’s address.

Why the perceptions of Israel versus Arab/Islamist enemies have reversed:

All that has changed about this has been that Israel has made repeated costly concessions, including giving up land, for peace. Concessions which have not been reciprocated by the Palestinians, but instead exploited at the grave expense of Israel. Concessions which have not been acknowledged or remembered by the international community, who, like the Palestinians, simply and uncompromisingly demand more and more and more and more.

Nor have the Arabs fundamentally changed. We have of course peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan. And the growing threats from Iran and from expanding Sunni jihadism may be leading to some temporary and below the radar mutual cooperation from parts of the Arab world.

But the underlying perspective and agenda, especially among the Palestinians, is the same as it was in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Rejection of Jewish communities in the land of Israel. The destruction of the Jewish State.

In my view if such events as the Gaza conflict last summer were played out in the 1960s and 70s, the support for Israel in the West would have been greater than it was even then. The savage and murderous actions of the Palestinians are far more shocking today.

So I again ask the question, what has changed? And the answer is: The morality and values of the West. They have been transformed almost beyond recognition.

The underpinnings of the reversal are erosion of values:

The 80s ushered in the insidious campaign of political correctness and moral relativity that has over the last 30 years gripped and taken over so much of our society.

Balanced, level-headed, impartial reporting in our media has been replaced by sensationalism as the purpose of mass media has swung from informing, educating and edifying to making money – and only too often to making the news rather than just reporting it. These negative and destructive values are being promoted constantly in the media.

Why the media has painted Israel as the proxy for the US:

Israel has increasingly become a proxy for the United States, for three reasons.

Firstly, the US President and the US Government is at present left wing and liberal and thus harder for left-wing liberals to attack. Second, Israel is smaller and more easily bullied and impacted by corrosive media sniping than is a superpower. Third, Israel can be portrayed as a Western colonial outpost in a rightfully Arab world.

These three things are underpinned by a pervasive and increasing anti-Semitism which intensifies the obsession with Israel and its portrayal as a true evil to be attacked at every possible opportunity.

This contrasts with the post-Colonial guilt …. combined also with a frequent desire to appease violent Islam and promote its cause and values as being superior to our own and certainly to Israel’s.

Any anti-Islam comment or perspective cannot be tolerated, while anti-Jewish, anti-Zionist and anti-Israel perspectives are all acceptable and encouraged.

How Hamas and the PA manipulate conflicts for maximum media impact:

Hamas and the other Palestinian terror groups don’t use human shields in the hope that Israel will refrain from attacking their rocket launchers, weapons dumps, command centers, terrorist bases or tunnel entrances. They use human shields in the hope that Israel will attack and kill their people

They do this for one purpose: to gain the global condemnation of the State of Israel.

Their particular target is the media, which they know will magnify and intensify their message to the world and force national governments, the UN, human rights groups and other international organizations to bring down unbearable pressure onto Israel.

[…]

Fatah and the Palestinian Authority have a similar strategy. Their violence is of a different nature. Incentivizing terror by paying terrorists and the families of terrorists killed or imprisoned for attacking Israelis. By inciting anti-Israel hatred through speeches, newspapers, broadcast media, school textbooks and school teachers.

[…]

The next stage for the Palestinian leadership of course is to exploit anti-Israel pressure through the United Nations, the International Criminal Court, the European Union, the universities, businesses, trade organizations and now even FIFA.

 […]

It is the media, the agents of moral relativism, the tools of the Palestinian leadership that are Israel’s enemies in this conflict today. They can win over not just Western leaders but the public who are imbued with the new morality.

What Kemp thinks should be the offense in the media political war:

The offense in this form of political warfare is in exposing the bias, distortions, and untruth of the media. This is much more difficult but it is vital. As in all forms of war, the best form of defense is attack. Without effective offensive action our defensive work will succeed much less and can never produce decisive results.

Some good and vital work is already being done by a range of groups. But their effects remain limited. This campaign has had much tactical success and needs to continue and if possible to intensify. But so far there has been no real strategic impact. Nothing that has forced major media networks to fundamentally re-think their anti-Israel agenda.

Of course strategic effect requires strategic assets. And by strategic assets I mean the combination of significant funds, concerted and sustained will and large-scale, thoroughly planned and carefully-focused effort. The challenge is of course immense, and as with any battle, there is no guarantee of success.

As for myself I have gone through the transmutation from Infantry officer to fighter in this new form of political warfare.

 

 

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Posted on 05/22/2015 5:31 PM by Jerry Gordon
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Friday, 22 May 2015
Cab driver Anis Sardar jailed for Iraq bomb murder
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From the BBC

A London cab driver has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 38 years for the murder of a US soldier in a roadside bombing in Iraq in 2007. Anis Sardar, 38, from Wembley, built bombs as part of a conspiracy to kill Americans fighting in the country.

Sardar showed no emotion as Judge Mr Justice Globe told him he must be detained for "an extremely long time".

...handing down his sentence at Woolwich Crown Court, the judge rejected Sardar's defence that he had been involved just once in bomb-making to protect the Sunni community. He said: "I am satisfied that at the material time of the offences you had a mindset that made Americans every bit the enemy as Shia militias. Both were in your contemplation at all times."

Mr Justice Globe described the bombs built by Sardar and his co-conspirators as "professionally made" and "in effect landmines".

The judge told Sardar that Sgt Johnson, a family man with two young children, had been described by his commanding officer, Major Eric Adams, as showing "deep compassion" in leading his platoon.

US Army Staff Sergeant Mark Aggers, (left - with Globe J) who served as a gunner on the Stryker, gave evidence. He was left with serious shrapnel wounds, while three further servicemen suffered concussion. 

Prosecutor Max Hill QC read a short message from Sgt Johnson's widow Claudia in which she said: "Thank you so much, it's a big relief to know that justice has been served. However, it does not change much for us. Randy will be greatly missed."

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Posted on 05/22/2015 6:10 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 22 May 2015
Rudaw Columnist Romano On Those Forewarned About Ramadi
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Posted on 05/22/2015 5:40 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 22 May 2015
Historian Alain Besançon: Throughout History, Muslims Have Never Blended In With The Surrounding Population Of Non-Muslims
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In every land, at every period,  that Muslims have conquered, they have subjugated the non-Muslim population, and converted or expelled-- quickly or gradually --  the non-Muslims. They are at this moment finishing the job, killing or expelling or making life so unpleasant and insecure that many will leave, in Iraq and Syria, and the Christians of Lebanon have been much diminished, and had Al-Sisi not rescued them, or at least been doing the best he can, the Copts would be fleeing Egypt by the millions instead of, as now, by merely the hundreds of thousands.

The observations, with a long historical perspective, of the historian Alain Besançon, has been re-published here.

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Posted on 05/22/2015 5:19 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 22 May 2015
Eric Zemmour Reviews Alain Besançon's Latest Book
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Alain Besançon, a celebrated historian (primarily, but not exclusively, of Communism), has written a book -- that has just appeared -- on the subject of comparative religion and, above all other religions, that fanatical faith and immiscible population fof True Believers -- that is, Islam and Muslims.

Here is a link to the short form of Zemmour's review. When the full review is made available to non-subscribers to Le Figaro, I will post it.

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Posted on 05/22/2015 5:07 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 22 May 2015
The WaBenzi Of Erdogan's Turkey
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Here.

I learned decades ago that the African rulers and their courtiers in East Africa were wittily referred to by locals as the "waBenzi" or "people of the Mercedes Benz."

Erdogan, who has built himself a 1,150-room palace, is not against extravagance, as long as it is his or that of his courtiers. And one of Erdogan's courtiers is the current Director of Religions Affairs, Mehmet Gormez, who saw fit to have the government pay $384,000 for his very own Mercedes. An outcry followed; Gormez promised to return it; now Citizen Erdogan, who is also Padishah of all he surveys, has promised to supply another.

These are the waBenzi of Turkey, a country that has been descending into something like the sub-Saharan countries where the waBenzi were first  identified and appositely named.

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Posted on 05/22/2015 4:56 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 22 May 2015
Hezbollah Crows Over Victory In Qalamoun
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Posted on 05/22/2015 3:21 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 21 May 2015
Iraqi Adviser: Coalition Helped The Islamic State Forces Take Ramadi
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Here.

A high-ranking Iraqi government adviser claims that the "Coalition Forces" (that is, the Western allies, above all the Americans, who, to help Iraq, have been steadily bombing the Islamic State)deliberately gave weapons to the Islamic State, thereby helping in its takeover of Ramadi.

Make of this not what you will but what you should.

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Posted on 05/21/2015 2:46 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 21 May 2015
Realism From Hezbollah: In Syria, War Without End
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Posted on 05/21/2015 2:25 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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