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Friday, 27 November 2015
Evidence Paris attack weapons shipped from Germany

From Deutsche Welle

A German newspaper has reported possible links between the illegal arms trade in Germany and the November 13 terrorist attacks. Officials have declined to comment on the report.

 34-year old German man was arrested on suspicions of illegal weapon trade earlier in the week, officials said Friday. "He was allegedly converting non-lethal weapons to firearms and then selling them online," a spokeswomen of Stuttgart prosecutors office said.

However, the authorities declined to comment on the Friday report by German mass-circulation newspaper "Bild," which claimed that the Paris attackers used at least four rifles supplied by the alleged arms dealer, Sascha W., from southeast Germany.

According to "Bild," the German man had sold two Chinese-made Kalashnikovs and two Zastava M70 machine guns to an "Arab in France," on November 7. French officials believe that the guns were among those used in the Paris attacks, the newspaper said, citing sources close to the German prosecution and investigators.

The police allegedly discovered four emails concerning the sale to an "Arab in Paris" while searching the suspect's smartphone.

Posted on 11/27/2015 9:40 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Friday, 27 November 2015
The Golden Age of Unctuousness
We live in a golden age of unctuousness, at least if the covers of the Lancet, one of the most important medical journals in the world, are anything to go by. On those covers, the editor, or some employee of the journal, chooses a sentence from the current edition to be inscribed upon it in large letters, presumably on the grounds of its importance or elegance.
The last time I looked, the sentence picked out for this distinction was as follows:
Put simply, planetary health is the health of human civilisation and the state of the natural systems on which it depends.
Perhaps I should not criticise the sentence too severely for as Dr Johnson said it is useless to criticise what will not be read: but is there any other kind of civilisation, I wonder, than human? Armadillo civilisation, for example, or anaconda?
If, as Buffon remarked, the style is the man himself, then whoever wrote the above had the soul of an apparatchik: but also of a moral exhibitionist. He was not so much trying to convey a truth - it is not altogether easy to discern what the words actually mean - as convey an impression of himself as a person of vast intellectual concern and moral vision.
What is 'planetary health'? Does it mean the health of the planet itself, or of the people living on it? If the former, what exactly is a healthy planet? Is Pluto or Uranus a healthy planet because there are no living creatures on it to pollute its atmosphere? 
What exactly is a healthy civilisation? A civilisation in which all people are healthy, or at least as healthy as possible? But how does health differ from civilisation? Is civilisation more important than health or the other way round? The people of many civilisations were not healthy by our standards, but their civilisations were magnificent. Are we to believe that no civilisation was healthy until our own? And will our civilisation cease to have been healthy once a future population is heathier than ours?
It is hardly worth pondering these questions, because the meaning of the words, if any, is not their point. Put simply, indeed! Put simply, our age, or at least the Lancet, seems to have an infinite appetite for high-sounding, sanctimonious, sentimental, self-righteous, Pecksniffian guff of this kind, a kind of substitute for evangelical preaching at its most nauseatingly complacent. The covers of the Lancet are like a hybrid of Pravda and Elmer Gantry.
First published in Salisbury Review.
Posted on 11/27/2015 6:01 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 27 November 2015
More Muslims, More Surveillance and Yes, It's Expensive

Fox News:

With as many as 1000 active cases, Fox News has learned at least 48 ISIS suspects are considered so high risk that the FBI is using its elite tracking squads known as the mobile surveillance teams or MST to track them domestically. 

“There is a very significant number of people that are on suspicious watch lists, under surveillance,"  Republican Senator Dan Coats said.   

Coats, who sits on the Select Committee on Intelligence, would not comment on specifics, but said the around the clock surveillance is a major commitment for the bureau. "The FBI together with law enforcement agencies across the country are engaged in this. It takes enormous amount of manpower to do this on a 24-7 basis.  It takes enormous amount of money to do this," Coats explained.

These elite FBI teams are reserved for espionage, mob violence and high priority terrorism cases, like a joint terrorism task force case last June, where a 26 year old suspect Usaama Rahim, was killed outside a Massachusetts CVS.  When a police officer and FBI agent tried to question him, the Boston Police Commissioner said Rahim threatened them with a knife, and was shot dead. 

With at least a dozen agents assigned to each case, providing 24/7 coverage, this high level of surveillance reflects the severe risk associated with suspects most likely to attempt copycat attacks after Paris. 

"It is a big resource drain.  Yes it is.  Almost overwhelming,"  Coats said when asked about the demand placed on the FBI.   "There will be a lot of people over the Thanksgiving weekend that will not be enjoying turkey with their family.  They'll be out there providing security for the American people and the threat is particularly high during this holiday period." ...

Posted on 11/27/2015 5:52 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Friday, 27 November 2015
Another Sunni Attack on Shia in Bangladesh

Another Friday, another (attempted) massacre. Reuters:

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack on a Shi'ite Muslim mosque in Bangladesh on Thursday, killing one person and wounding three as they prayed, the second attack on the country's tiny Shia Muslim community in a month.

Witnesses said three young men stormed into the mosque in northwestern Bogra district and shot at worshippers indiscriminately.

"The attackers entered the mosque and opened fire on the devotees after locking the main gate and then fled immediately after the shooting," police official Ahsan Habib said.

Two people from two nearby villages had been picked up for questioning about the attack, another police officer Arifur Rahman said.

SITE monitoring service said that Islamic State had claimed responsibility for the attack, just as it did for the previous bombing on the biggest Shi'ite shrine in the country.

Muslim-majority Bangladesh has seen a rise in Islamist violence in recent months, with two foreigners, four secular writers and a publisher killed this year...

Posted on 11/27/2015 5:29 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Friday, 27 November 2015
Top European court upholds France's headscarf ban

From Deutsche Welle

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled in favor of a hospital in France, which had enforced a ban on headscarves at work. The court said the ban did not affect religious freedom. 

The Strasbourg-based international court's ruling upholds a ban on employees in the public sector wearing headscarves and other religious symbols. In 2000, Muslim social worker Christiane Ebrahimian, who worked in the psychiatric department of a hospital in the Parisian suburb of Nanterre.

When she learned that her contract would not be renewed because she refused to take off her headscarf despite complaints from patients and colleagues, she decided to sue the hospital, taking her case all the way to the European Court of Justice.

The Strasbourg judges argued that the ban did not violate freedom of religion in a country where secularism and strict religious neutrality is enshrined in the constitution.

Religious freedom, they stressed, did not mean a right to express their religious views in the workplace. 

In 2014, the Strasbourg court also rejected a challenge to France's general ban on the burqa - a full-face veil for women - in public places. The ban came into force in 2010. Belgium also banned the burqa in 2011

Posted on 11/27/2015 2:51 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Friday, 27 November 2015
Berlin police raid mosque and arrest two people

From the Belfast Telegraph and the German edition of The Local

German police have raided a mosque in Berlin where a bombing attack was allegedly being planned. 

Two suspected Islamists accused of belonging to an unidentified extremist group were arrested in Britz as part of the operation today.A spokesperson for Berlin police said special forces stormed the Seituna Mosque in Charlottenburg, an affluent western district in the German capital, at 3pm local time. A car thought to be associated with the arrested men, aged 28 and 46, has also been cordoned off after a suspicious object was found, with police evacuating homes within a 300m safety cordon.

Officers also searched an Islamic centre in Sophie-Charlotten-Straße in the western district of Charlottenburg, a police spokesman told The Local, but no weapons or dangerous items had been found by the time the raid ended.

Police said that they launched the raids after receiving clues from members of the public about a "dangerous situation" - but insisted there was no evidence of a plan to attack the German capital.

Security sources told Der Tagesspiegel on Thursday evening that Islamists may have planned an attack outside Berlin in a western German state. Police said that the raids were conducted by members of the city SEK (SWAT), but were unable to confirm reports from Bild that Germany's elite anti-terrorist police unit GSG-9 were involved.

Posted on 11/27/2015 2:05 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Friday, 27 November 2015
"In the Beginning There Was an Arab With a Knife": David Collier in Israel National News Sums Up 100 Years of Excuses For Muslim Jihad Against Jews

A chillingly memorable piece by a UK-born writer named David Collier that appeared in Israel National News on November 25.

'Op:Ed: In the Beginning There Was an Arab With a Knife.  100 Years of Excuses."

'A trip down the blood-soaked timeline of Arab (that is: Muslim Arab, or indeed, one might just say, Muslim - CM) violence against Jews.'

'During the height of the second Intifada, the media and politicians in general were adamant that only total desperation could cause one human being to walk onto a bus full of innocent civilians and blow himself up.

'This twisted logic unashamedly blames the victims for the act of violence that kills them and removes personal responsibility from the terrorist.

'It is also a logic that only applies in Israel as we find [that] the same media and the same politicians have no trouble identifying the true cause of the brutal violence when it hits closer to home.

I'm not so sure about that, given the amount of hand-wringing bleatings of NothingtodowithIslam and Whatdidwedotoupsetthem that I am seeing in the western press in the wake of the latest Allahu-akbaring Muslim butchery of helpless unarmed Infidels in Paris, France...- CM

'On April 30th 2003, at about 00.45, 22 year old Asif Muhammad Hanif entered Mike's Place, a live music tourist pub on the Tel Aviv beachfront.

'Asif, from London, and his friend, Omar Khan Sharif from Derby, had been born, grew up and were educated in the UK.  Their entire itinerary had been planned using the latest Lonely Planet Guide book, and they had spent the evening with a hundred other tourists at the Hayarkon Hostel, just up the road.

'Upon entering the pub, Asif detonated his bomb, killing 3 and injuring 50, with the damage restricted by the brave actions of Avi Tabib, the security guard.

'One of the fatalities was 29 year old French-born Dominique Haas, a personal friend of mine.

'It would be difficult to argue that Asif and Omar were any more desperate than you or I.  Young, British, and university-educated, they had their whole lives before them, but simply believed there was more to gain from murdering Jews in Tel Aviv instead.

'It is now October 2015, and Jews are again being murdered on the streets of Israel.

Rephrase: "It is now October 2015, and Muslims are murdering Jews on the streets of Israel." - CM

'Today, we are being told that the reason that Arabs (sic: say rather, Muslim Arabs - CM) are murdering innocent Jews is because the 'status quo' on the Temple Mount is being threatened.

'It is a false rumour that has been used before, but let us embark on an historical exercise, and follow this logic to its obvious conclusion.

'This from Gaza, in October 2015.  For those that haven't watched it, the call for stabbing, the knife, the religious references are highly disturbing viewing.

[Mr Collier links the footage of the Muslim cleric who called for the stabbing of Jews in Israel. - CM]

'But logic works a certain way, and in the given argument if we remove the said cause, the effect should just disappear.  So let us step back a year.

'It is 2014.  The status quo on the Temple Mount is not being threatened.  This is an attack by a 16-year-old terrorist (that is: a 16 year old Muslim Arab jihadist - CM) who began stabbing Jewish customers at the Rami Levy supermarket in Mishor Adumim.

[Mr Collier links the footage. - CM]

'You can read more about it here [link provided in original - CM].  The reason given by Western media and politicians alike, for the violence of late 2014, was that the conflict in Gaza earlier in the year had created a feeling of desperation, and a need for revenge.

'If that is the case, let us go further back.

'It is October 2000, the conflicts against Hamas-run Gaza (jihad armed camp Gaza - CM) are still a decade away, but the Second Intifada is upon us.  Israelis (specificallyJews - CM) are about to be murdered on the streets of Netanya, Afula, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, anywhere in fact that they can be reached.

Anywhere that Muslims can get at them. - CM

'Two Israelis (Two Israeli Jews - CM) Vadim Nurzhitz and Yossi Avrahami, having accidentally entered Ramallah, were "arrested" by P.A. policemen and taken to the local Police Station.  There they were "beaten, stabbed, had their eyes gouged out, and were disembowelled" by a mob of Palestinians.

By a mob of Allahu-akbaring Muslim Arabs enacting the Jew-hatred that is hard-wired into the canonical texts of Islam

Mr Collier includes the horrifying picture of one of the Muslim mobsters joyfully displaying his bloody hands. - CM

'The picture is of Aziz Salha, one of the lynchers, waving his blood-stained hands from the police station window.

'Salha was later arrested by Israel and sentenced to life imprisonment, but was released in 2011 as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange.

'The general consensus amongst politicians and the Western media was that this outbreak of brutal violence was the result of Ariel Sharon provoking the Palestinians (i.e. provoking the Muslims - CM) by stepping foot on the Temple Mount.

'If that is the case, let us go further back.

'It is September 1999 and Ariel Sharon's foot has not yet been placed on the Temple Mount.

'Haifa couple Sharon Steinmetz and Yehiel Finfeter went hiking in the Megiddo region, when they were stabbed and murdered by an Israeli Arab (i.e. an Israel-passport-holding Muslim Arab - CM) , Abdullah Salah Aghbariya.

'Aghbariya reportedly first attacked Finfeter, 25, with a knife and stabbed him several times in front of his girlfriend, before hitting her with a rock and stabbing her to death.

'Although the terrorist suggested that he had murdered these two "because they were Jewish", the media and politicians of the time were having none of it.  They suggested that the late 1999 tension was caused not by the self-declared hatred of Jews of the terrorist, but by the friction and stagnation of the peace process.

'If that is the case, let us go further back.

'It is late 1993, and the stagnation of the peace process is yet to be seen on the distant horizon.  "Hope" is now the keyword as Israelis and Palestinians (as Jews and mostly-Muslim Arabs - CM) embark on a mission of mutual recognition that results in the beginning of the Oslo peace process.

'Within weeks, on 24.9.1993, Yigal Vaknin became the first of many victims of this process, as he was stabbed to death (as a local Muslim stabbed him to death - CM) in an orchard near the trailer home where he lived.  Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

'The violence over the coming years, some of it the most brutal seen inside Israel since 1948, was explained away as a 'side effect' of the peace process itself.

'Over 250 Israelis died (that is: "Muslims murdered more than 250 Jews in Israel" - CM) in the years immediately following the Oslo accord, sacrificed for a peace that never came.

'Western media and politicians explained away these terrorist actions as the desperate measures of extremists intent on stopping the process.  

'If that is the case, let us go further back.

'It is 21st March 1989 and the Oslo Peace Process is not yet even a seed in Yossi Beilin's mind.

'The First Intifada has hit its peak, and Muhammad Zakut, an Arab (Muslim - CM) construction worker in Tel Aviv began randomly stabbing Israeli civilians (that is: stabbing Jews - CM) in Tel Aviv on the Jewish holiday of Purim.

'Zakut stabbed three Israelis with a commando knife as he shouted "God is great".

A slight correction.  "Zakut stabbed three Jews with a commando knife as he shouted "Allahu akbar", "Allah is greater"."- CM.  

'One of the victims, Kurt Moshe Schallinger, 73, was killed as he left his car on a Tel Aviv street full of children in costume.

'Zakut received a life sentence, but like Aziz Salha from the Ramallah lynching, Zakut was released as part of the Gilad Shalit exchange.  

'Around 160 Israelis were murdered during the first Intifada (ie. 'During the First Intifada Muslim Arabs murdered around 160 Israeli Jews' - CM) with western press and politicians blaming frustration at the "occupation" and the building of settlements (that is: the building of Jewish homes, farms and towns in Judea and Samaria - CM) for the outbreak of violence.

'So if that is the case, let us go further back.

'It is 1966.  The entire West Bank (that is: all of the Old City of Jerusalem including the Temple Mount, historic Jewish Quarter, and Mount of Olives, together with Judea and Samaria - CM) and Gaza are in Arab hands (that is, in Arab Muslim hands - CM) and there is no "occupation". Not a single settlement exists.

Not one Jew is present anywhere in the Old City nor even permitted to visit and no Jew is living anywhere within Muslim-dominated and Muslim-ruled Judea and Samaria, all these places - where substantial numbers of Jews had somehow managed to persist in despite of the Muslim imperium 7th-19th century - having been rendered entirely Judenrein by the British-armed and British-supported Jordanian Muslim regime during the war in 1948. - CM

'The situation has been the same for 17 years and because most of the attacks against the Jews in Israel began beyond the border, the terrorists were armed with guns or explosives rather than knives.

'There were massacres on buses, attacks on trains, [attacks on] archaeologists, cross-border shootings, and numerous sniper attacks.

'The knife still made its appearance with an attack against the odd shepherd, kidnap rape and murder of women, and various random attacks where specific details have been lost through time.

'Between 1949 and 1967, when Israel was in existence completely behind the "Green Line", hundreds of Jewish people were murdered in Israel.

That is, "Muslim Arabs murdered hundreds of Jews in Israel". - CM

'Rather than take the available option and declare a Palestinian State, the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation) was formed in Cairo in 1964 with the express intention of destroying Israel.

'Through all this violence, western media and the politicians placed the blame on the tensions in the region caused by the status of the refugees created during the War of Independence that followed the birth of the State of Israel.

'If that is the case, let us go further back.

'It is December 2nd 1947.  There are no refugees, no occupation, and Israel does not yet even exist.

'The Arabs of the area (that is: "the Muslim Arabs of the area and the Dhimmified Christians among them" - CM) have not yet even labelled themselves as "Palestinians".

'It is three days after the United Nations voted in favour of Partition, pushing a two-state solution that the Arabs totally rejected.

'The Arabs (that is, the Muslim Arabs - CM) begin a riot in Jerusalem, with 8 Jews reported as being killed.

'The New York Times pointed out that it was the knife that was the weapon of choice.

The knife is the ritual instrument used in halal slaughter of animals, one might remember.  I think that might have something to do with this Muslim obsession with knives and the letting of blood, Jewish blood, infidel blood. - CM

'The killings had begun even earlier with an ambush against buses near Kfar Syrkin on November 30th, and the following months were to see escalating violence as civil war erupted throughout the British Mandate of Palestine.

'Arabs began to leave the region within weeks, with 100,000 having fled by March.

'In January irregular Arab armies entered the arena to wipe the Jews out, and the neighbouring Arab countries declared openly that Israel would never be born.

Wherever one sees the word 'Arab' in this context one must remember that it has to be understood as "Muslim Arab".  Those who departed from Egypt, for example, to attack the Jews of nascent Israel, were all Muslims who believed themselves to be engaging in Jihad against the Jews for whom they had a Quranically-driven murderous hatred; one has only to read John Roy Carlson's "Cairo to Damascus" to understand that. - CM

'It is impossible to calculate precise Jewish losses over each period in a conflict that was to turn from civil to regional war, but in total over 6000 Jews were to be killed in the following 18 months.

'Proportionally, more than the UK lost in the entire 7 years of WWII.

'According to Western politicians and media of the time, this was all because of the "understandable" Arab reaction to the resolution 181 and partition.

'If this is the case, let us go further back.

'It is April 19-20, 1936.  There is no partition, no Israel, no settlements, no occupation and no refugees.

'Even the original suggestions of partition first raised by the Peel Commission are still some time away.

'But "The Bloody Day in Jaffa" is upon us, and the first day of the "Great Arab Uprising".  By the end of the first week, 17 Jews had been murdered.

Or, to put it another way, "By the end of the first week, Muslim Arabs had murdered 17 Jews". - CM

'The revolt was to last 3 years and led to an almost absolute curb on Jewish immigration into British Palestine.

Which meant that European Jews would nearly all be trapped where Hitler could kill them. - CM

'The British and the media placed the blame for the murders and the violence of the revolt on Arab opposition (which was, essentially, Muslim Arab opposition - CM) to growing Jewish immigration that was caused by Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany.

'If that is the case, let us go further back.

'It is 19th August, 1929. There is no partition, no Israel, no settlements, no occupation and no refugees.

'Adolf Hitler is out of jail, but yet to receive major popular support at an election.  Zionist immigration is still on the slow-dripping Fourth Aliyah rather than the fast-flowing Fifth Aliyah.

'A young Sephardic Jew named Abraham Mizrachi was stabbed to death by an Arab (by a Muslim Arab - CM) near Mea Shearim.

'The following Friday, August 23rd, a violent Arab demonstration took place at the Western Wall, and that afternoon a massacre of Jews in Jerusalem began (17 Jews murdered).  The violence spread across British Palestine and in the coming days Hevron (65+ massacred and tortured) and Safed (18+ massacred) saw the worst of the incidents.

One may note, incidentally, that the Jewish communities that the Muslims targeted for slaughter - Jerusalem, Safed, Hebron - were ancient, with a documented continuity of Jewish presence reaching back into the early middle ages.  Jews, stubbornly enduring despite the humiliation, degradation and constant physical peril of Dhimmitude, had been living and studying Torah in all three places for centuries before the birth of Theodore Herzl. - CM

'The massacres and killings were to lead to the Shaw Commission analysing the cause of tension.

'It found that Arab leaders had created and spread propaganda to incite the trouble.  They spread rumours of a Jewish takeover of the Temple Mount (sound familiar?).

'The Commission believed that the underlying cause was Jewish immigration and the threat that local Arabs felt a Jewish presence in Palestine brought.

Never mind that the Jews of Safed, Hebron and Jerusalem could claim an unbroken presence running back into the 17th, 16th, 15th and 14th centuries, and before. - CM

'This is no different than if today wild mobs streamed into towns in Europe or the US that have large immigrant populations with the intent to carry out bloody massacres against innocent civilians.

'But for the British, world politicians and the media this was excuse enough for Jews to be killed.

'So if this is the case, let us go even further back.

'It is 1920.  There is no partition, no Israel, no settlements, no occupation, little immigration, and no refugees.

'Even the Mandate has not yet officially begun.

'San Remo, the conference that was to decide the fate of the Middle East, has not yet occurred.

'We are now back in Jerusalem at the time of the Nebi Musa festival.  A time that was to see riots that had Arabs (Muslim Arabs - CM) murdering Jews in yet another "excusable" massacre in Jerusalem.  The knives were out again.

'5 Jews were murdered and 216 were injured.

The Muslims murdered 5 Jews and injured 216. - CM

'The Palin Commission of Inquiry (don't the British love making up excuses for violence against Jews?) found that Arab disappointment at the non-fulfilment of the promises of independence was the primary cause.

'So if that is the case, let us go even further back.

'It is 1910.

'We have left British Palestine, because it does not yet exist.

'There has been no promise of independence to the Arabs, there is no Balfour declaration, no Mandate, no partition, no Israel, no settlements, no occupation, and no refugees.  Ariel Sharon's foot has not even been born.

'We are in Shiraz to witness a massacre (a Muslim massacre - CM) of Jews in 1910 that was sparked by a blood libel (also in 1892 and 1897).  Twelve were killed, another fifteen were stabbed or hit with bludgeons or bullets and many more were injured.

'We can then travel back even further before the very beginning of the Zionist movement, to the Damascus Affair and the blood libel of 1840.

'And we find contemporary "mob attacks on Jewish communities throughout the Middle East".

Mob attacks carried out by Muslims, against stateless and powerless Dhimmi Jews. - CM

'We also find Jews were being murdered throughout the 19th century, just for being Jews, in Aleppo (1850 and 1875), in Damascus (1840, 1848, 1890), in Beirut (1862, 1874), in Dayr Al-Qamar (1847), in Jaffa (1876), in Jerusalem (1847, 1870 and 1895), in Cairo (1844, 1890), in Mansura (1877), in Alexandria (1870, 1882), and in Damanhur (1871, 1873, 1877, 1891).

'Each and every one before the first Zionist congress took place in 1897.

'Before the Partition, before Israel, before the settlements, before the 'occupation', before the 'refugees', before Sharon walked on the Temple Mount, before the 'wall', before immigration, before Balfour, and before even Zionism (or, to be precise, modern Zionism - CM) itself.

'In the beginning there was an Arab with a knife and he murdered a Jew simply because he was a Jew.

Or, to refine this, "In the beginning, from the time of the rise of Islam and Mohammed's attacks upon Jews in Arabia, most notably those of the Khaybar Oasis, there was a Muslim Arab - or, one might say simply, a Muslim, since non-Arab Muslims, such as Persian or Turkish Muslims, animated by the Jew-hatred that is coded into the canonical texts of Islam, have been equally eager to kill Jews - with a knife and he murdered a Jew simply because he was a Jew." - CM

'It is an absurd logic that attempts to blame Zionism for creating violence against Jews when modern Zionism only came about because of relentless violence against Jews, both in (Christian and secular - CM) Europe and in the (Muslim - CM) Middle East.

'You cannot place the cart before the horse.

'Enough with the excuses."

Click on the link and read the original of this powerful piece in situ, so as to take advantage of the many embedded links and images of historic newspaper headlines that the author has provided. 

Post scriptum:  As testimony from the pre-Mandate period I would like to offer a further glimpse of the situation of the Jews in the land of Israel late in 1917, as described by a young Australian Light Horse trooper who took part in the campaign there that broke Ottoman Turkish power and thus ended the Muslim imperium.  In December 1917, in his book "The Desert Column", which is based on the detailed daily diaries that he kept during the campaign (up until the point where he was severely wounded at Jaffa and invalided out of the war), he writes as follows:

"I think this is the 17th (December, 1917). Yesterday we rode by numbers of vividly-pretty little red-roofed towns. The inhabitants are very fair-skinned, mostly Jews. They are by far the most cleanly people we have yet met.  They are very hospitable, although they do charge us a hefty price for brown bread, honey and tobacco.

"Lots of them have had a hard time from the Turks.  They seem to live between two devils, the Turk and the Arab. (That is: "between the Muslim Turk and the Muslim Arab" - CM).  Apparently the Turk prevents the Arab from massacring them outright, because the Jews are a very handy people to squeeze taxes (that is, JIZYA - CM) from...".

Next time you hear anybody waffling on about how Jews and Muslims 'lived together in peace' and 'shared the same plate' in the Holy Land under Ottoman Muslim rule just recall these words grimly to mind  - "They (the Jews) seem to live between two devils, the Turk and the Arab.  Apparently the Turk prevents the Arab from massacring them outright, because the Jews are a very handy people to squeeze taxes from." 

Furthermore, when Idriess says "Lots of them (Jews in the land of Israel in 1917) have had a hard time from the Turks", this is if anything an understatement.  In 1914 there had been perhaps 110 000 Jews in Ottoman-ruled 'Palestine'; by 1917 - as noted by, for example,  Adolf Boehm in his book "The Zionist Movement" - only 55000 remained, the others having been murdered, or driven out, or forcibly rounded up and deported.  Between 1914 and 1917 the Turks, for example, evicted 2000 Jews from Gaza, though after the British victory there, these people returned.  They were driven out of Gaza again - and let us bear in mind that Jews were not johnny-come-lately foreign blow-ins in Gaza, the Sabbath hymn Ya ribon olam was composed by the chief rabbi in Gaza in 1600 - by Muslim mob violence in 1929 that killed 150 Jews.  In 1917 the Muslim Turks also drove out 8000 Jews from Tel Aviv; indeed, many Jews who had been living in 'Palestine' in 1914 were forced to flee during the war.  Boehm argued that if the British had not defeated the Ottomans in the Holy Land in 1917 all the Jews then resident there - both the new Zionist communities and those whose roots went all the way back to pre-Islamic times - might well have been slaughtered or driven out.

Posted on 11/27/2015 12:32 AM by Christina McIntosh
Thursday, 26 November 2015
What's More Important to the EU: Terrorism or Bananas?

Brussels, the capital of Belgium, has been on alert for several days because of fear of serious and imminent Islamist terrorist attacks on various places in the city.  Schools and universities, many workplaces, and the subway system for a time have been closed, and parts of the city were sealed off.

The Belgian government is now considering making changes to improve its security against terrorism.  It is now aware that the area of Brussels named Molenbeck, with a large Turkish and North African population, was the place where those responsible for the Paris massacres on November 13, 2015 had planned the attacks.

Brussels is also the capital of Europe, since it is the headquarters of the European Union (EU).  In the city, those headquarters are separated geographically by a canal from Molenbeck and seemingly dwell in a different political universe.  The 28-member EU entity has been less concerned with responding to the terrorists in Molenbek and to the challenge of the Islamic State (ISIS or Daesh) than with the momentous question of making sure that European consumers eat the right kind of banana – or, more strictly, that they do not eat the wrong king of banana.

On May 24, 2014, a 29-year-old French national of Algerian origin killed three people at the Jewish Museum in central Brussels.  He had fought with Islamist rebels in Syria and had links to ISIS.  On January 7, 2015, the massacres took place in Paris at Charlie Hebdo and at the Jewish supermarket.  These Islamist attacks were supposed to lead the EU, at a minimum, to greater cooperation among the security forces of the EU countries in order to stop further Islamist terrorism in Europe.

The Paris attacks clearly showed the deficiencies in that security cooperation and the insufficient sharing of intelligence data and information.  If the EU had, for the most part, open borders, it did not have open information among European countries.  The alleged mastermind behind the Paris attacks, who had evaded intelligence gathering, was an accomplice of two jihadists who had been killed by the police in the Belgian town of Verviers, near the German border, on January 15, 2015.  Another of the terrorists had a Syrian passport and had entered Greece as a "refugee" in October 2015.

Shamefully, some political figures do not understand the threat, but instead concentrate their fire on Israel.  The chairman of the Dutch Socialist Party, Jan Marijnissen, claimed on November 16, 2015 that it was the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that explains the terrorist attacks and that the conflict is "the growth medium for such an attack."  Similarly, the Swedish foreign minister, Margot Wallstrom, on Swedish TV linked ISIS with "Palestinian frustration."  She held that the problem is that the Palestinians see no future – either accept a desperate situation or resort to violence.

One need make only four brief comments about these absurd statements.  The EU politicians betray the innate obsession with and hostility toward the State of Israel, which had no connection, direct or indirect, with the Islamist massacres.  Their statements ignore the nature of the Islamist ideology of the perpetrators.  They do not help, but rather hinder further response against all forms of Islamist terrorism.  And they ignore the disturbing fact of continuing Palestinian terrorism that has led to more than 20 Israeli civilians being  murdered and many more injured by Palestinian terrorists since October 2015 in Jerusalem, Hebron, Tel Aviv, and Netanya.

The EU is unwilling or hesitant to deal with ISIS since it has been preoccupied with the more momentous appeal of bananas.  The European Commission on November 11, 2015 adopted a notice providing interpretation of the origin of goods from the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967.  It provided information, supposedly helpful to member states, businesses, and consumers about the products originating in Israeli settlements "beyond Israel's 1967 borders."  The fact that there are no 1967 borders appears to have escaped the notice of the EU, or more likely the EU is inventing them.

The essence of the EU notice is that products – e.g., fresh fruit and vegetables, wine, honey, olive oil, eggs, poultry, and cosmetics – entering the EU and coming from Israeli settlements must not be labeled "Made in Israel" because that would be misleading.  Since 2009, the U.K. has had, as have also Denmark and Belgium, voluntary guidelines distinguishing produce coming from Israeli settlements in the West Bank from Palestinian West Bank produce.  The EU notice asserts that the indication of origin of the products from the settlements will give European consumers the possibility to make an informed choice on what banana not to buy, an otherwise difficult choice, since all bananas look alike.  The choice will no doubt be important for the increasingly large Muslim minorities in Europe, especially in France, the country with the largest number of Muslims in Europe.

It is true that Israel, as defined by the EU, has by the EU-Israel Association Agreement preferential tariff treatment into the EU.  It is also true that the bilateral trade amounted to 30 billion euros in 2014.  EU imports from Israel were 13 billion euros, and exports to Israel were 17 billion euros.

Moreover, the EU claims that it does not support any form of boycott or sanction against Israel.  But the new policy is discriminatory and can be considered supportive of the BDS movement, a movement with anti-Semitic implications.  The EU should be helping to stop BDS, not moving toward it with its restrictive and probably illegal trade rules.

Two other comments are relevant.  One is that the EU guidelines will be unhelpful in any attempt to bring peace to the region and to negotiate an agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.  They may also hinder the bilateral negotiations between the U.S. and the EU over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

In contrast to the unfriendliness towards Israel, the EU has been more helpful to Palestinians in a number of ways: financial bilateral allocation, which amounts to 620 million euros in 2015; the European Neighborhood Instrument of 309 million euros; the PEGASE program of direct support to the Palestinian Authority of about 160 million euros a year to support the PA recurrent costs; and support for Palestinian refugees through UNRWA of about 80 million euros a year.

It is paradoxical and incongruous that in the same week as the November 11 guidelines, the EU issued a statement of its new funding for Palestinian refugees and vulnerable Palestinian families through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.  It will provide an additional 10 million euros for UNRWA schools and services for Palestinian refugees.  The EU support in 2015 for UNRWA is 102 million euros.  In addition, Austria and Portugal provide 1.5 million euros in financial aid through the PEGASE scheme.

In view of the EU's lack of support for Israel, it is worth pointing out that that the EU is the largest multilateral donor of international assistance to Palestinian refugees since 1971.  Between 2007 and 2014, it gave over 1 billion euros in support of UNRWA.

Surely, the EU might be equally generous towards its own citizens.  Withdraw the iniquitous guideline notice and instead let the hungry European consumers know that Israeli bananas, whatever the piece of land from which they come, are delicious, very good, and healthy for you.

First published in the American Thinker.

Posted on 11/26/2015 11:28 AM by Michael Curtis
Thursday, 26 November 2015
Reports that Quds Force Commander Gen. Suleimani Injured in Syria

Iranian Quds Force Commander, Gen. Qassem Suleimani

 US Amy Brig. Gen. (ret.) Ernie Audino, former Combat Adviser to the Kurdish Peshmerga, brought us interesting news.  Kurdish sources reported Iranian Quds Force commander, Gen. Qasem Suleimani has been wounded in action near Aleppo, Syria and evacuated to Tehran. If confirmed this is a stunning development as Suleimani was de facto commander of combined Iranian, Syrian national and Hezbollah forces propping up the Assad regime and directing Shiite militias in Iraq. This news comes following reports of IRGC heavy casualties in Syria. This will not be good news for the alleged interests of Putin in Syria. The issue is who caught Suleimani and his security unawares in Syria, Was it the Free Syrian Army, ISIS, al Nusrah, or the Syrian Kurdish YPG?

Here is the Kurdish BASNews report.

Reports: Iranian General Qassem Suleimani Wounded in Syria

TEHRAN – Local media are reporting that Iranian Quds Force Commander General Qassem Suleimani has been wounded in fighting in Syria, and is currently receiving medical treatment in Tehran.

Al-Arabiya TV claims that Amir Mousavi, director of the Center for Strategic Studies and International Relations in Tehran has confirmed Suleimani is injured and is in a stable condition in hospital.

In a press conference, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that while they have heard the news, they cannot confirm it.

Syrian opposition media reported that Suleimani wounded about 12 days ago in clashes around Aleppo, northern Syria, with two others. So far the Iranian government has not commented.

There were also reports in late October that claimed Suleimani was wounded in Syria; however the Iranian army dismissed the rumors. Iranian casualties in Syria are on the rise, notably the death of Hussein Hamadani, a senior Iranian commander and close friends of Suleimani.

According to media reports, in the last two months alone almost 80 Iranian soldiers have been killed by anti-Syrian regime forces.



Posted on 11/26/2015 5:38 AM by Jerry Gordon
Thursday, 26 November 2015
Investigation uncovers ISIS sympathising women meeting in council-owned centre

The ISIS supporting women uncovered by Channel 4 met in the Asian centre in Orford Road Walthamstow. I recognised the hall. So did the council who own the hall and I'm glad to see that they took immediate action. From the Waltham Forest Guardian

A COUNCIL owned community centre being used by a group of ISIS sympathising women has stopped the group from meeting there after their shocking preaching was exposed.

The Asian Centre in Orford Road has been used for a ladies group every Tuesday, but undercover filming shown on Channel 4 on Monday revealed the shocking preaching of those attending.

In the documentary ‘ISIS: The British Women Supporters Unveiled’ a woman went undercover to meet with women supporting jihadists. After eight months of talking to them online she met with them and was allowed to attend an invitation-only meeting – which was held in Walthamstow. 

A woman named Umm Saalihah, who says online Muslims should go to Syria, preached to the group. Speaking about the bombing campaigns in Syria, she said: “Not like the cowards throwing air strikes at the Khilafah (Islamic State) and killing innocent people."

Umm Saalihah also praises hate preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed, who has been banned from Britain and is now in jail in Lebanon, and speaks of her admiration for jihadi fighters saying ‘hasten his release’. Umm went on to brag about ISIS fighters she is in contact with over the internet.

During filming, the women can be seen contacting each other over Twitter and meeting with members associated with banned group They Tweet and tell people not to vote in the UK, not to wear the poppy and they re-tweet messages from jihadists.

The investigation was brought to a close a month before the terrorist attacks in Paris when one of the female ISIS supporters became suspicious of an undercover reporter.

Last night, the Orford Road Asian Centre displayed a sign stating women’s groups were cancelled from yesterday. The council has been asked to comment, 

The comments are good. There was a time when the comments of the Waltham Forest Guardian were full of the sort of naive well-meaning people who insisted that Islam is a religion of peace and anybody who raises valid criticism is a vile racist. Three EDL demos faced enormous opposition. But I believe that a combination of the nature of that opposition, and events such as the Muslim Patrol have opened a few eyes, and given the courage to speak to others whose eyes were never shut

Posted on 11/26/2015 4:37 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Coming soon: More immigrants from Muslim nations than population of D.C. — 680,000

Paul Bedard writes in the Washington Examiner:

President Obama's open-door immigration policy is set to accept more immigrants from Muslim nations over the next five years than the entire population of Washington, D.C., according to federal documents.

Figures from the Department of Homeland Security show that the president has already issued 680,000 green cards to immigrants from Muslim nations over the past five years. Unless Congress changes his policy, that number will be repeated in the next five years.


What's more, the president is also planning to add over 100,000 more with refugee status, many from Syria. Refugees can also petition the government for their relatives.

DHS data released by the Sen. Jeff Sessions' Judiciary subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, noted that refugees, who must apply for a green card within one year, have instant access to federal welfare and entitlements, along with local benefits and education services; these costs are not offset.

More from the Washington Examiner

The DHS number of 680,000 does not include temporary migrants who return home nor births or deaths.

The subcommittee said that "assuming no change in visa policy, the U.S. can expect to give green cards to another 680,000 more migrants from these countries over the next five years. A green card entitles recipients to access federal benefits, lifetime residency, work authorization, and a direct route to becoming a U.S. citizen."

That is a group bigger than Washington, D.C.'s population of 658,893.

And it could grow far more. The Census Bureau suggests that migration fromthe Middle East is fast growing.

Immigration is one of the most controversial topics in the nation due to Obama's policies on undocumented children and parents and lately his plan to settle up to 85,000 Syrian refugees. Several governors and the House have caused for a pause on the program due to concerns it will let terrorists pretending to be Syrians into the U.S.

Already, the foreign-born population in the United States is at a record 41.3 million.

Critics are considering limits to green cards and student visas,

"Without such changes, the Census Bureau projects that, for each coming year the total number of immigrants in the United States will increase, the annual rate of immigrant admissions will increase, and the foreign-born share of the population will increase," said the Alabama Republican's subcommittee release.

"Pew polling data shows that 83 percent of the public (across all parties) opposes this baseline and believes the level of immigration should either be frozen or reduced. By a nearly 10-1 margin, Americans of all backgrounds are united in their shared belief that companies with positions to fill should raise wages instead of bringing in new lower-wage labor from abroad. And yet, despite this, the Senate's Gang of Eight bill would have tripled the issuance of green cards over the next decade, and this year's I-Squared bill would substantially increase both low-wage guest worker admissions and green card allotments – all on top of the existing record-breaking and unprecedented growth in future immigration," it added.

Green Card Totals, FY09-FY13:

Pakistan (83K), Iraq (83K), Bangladesh (75K), Iran (73K), Egypt (45K), Somalia (31K), Uzbekistan (24K), Turkey (22K), Morocco (22K), Jordan (20K), Albania (20K), Lebanon (16K), Yemen (16K), Indonesia (15K), Syria (14K), Sudan (13K), Afghanistan (11K), Sierra Leone (10K), Guinea (8K), Senegal (7K), Saudi Arabia (7K), Algeria (7K), Kazakhstan (7K), Kuwait (5K), Gambia (5K), United Arab Emirates (4K), Azerbaijan (4K), Mali (3K), Burkina Faso (3K), Kyrgyzstan (3K), Kosovo (3K), Mauritania (2K), Tunisia (2K), Tajikistan (2K), Libya (2K), Turkmenistan (1K), Qatar (1K), Chad (1K)

Posted on 11/25/2015 3:50 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Muslim female governor 'chose to sit apart from men'

The female governor at a private Muslim school in Birmingham - at the centre of criticism from Ofsted - chose to sit separately from men, says the school.

Inspectors criticised Darul Uloom school when they saw a "female governor sat out of sight of the male governors in an adjacent room". 

They highlighted particular concern about Darul Uloom Islamic High School in Birmingham, where inspectors observed that "the only female governor sat out of sight of the male governors in an adjacent room to the main meeting. As a result, she could only contribute to the meeting through a doorway. Governors told inspectors this was their usual arrangement. A senior HMI has pointed out to the school that this practice is unacceptable as it fails to show proper respect for women."

In response, a statement from the school says that visitors, parents and governors can "sit where and how they wish as they feel comfortable, and we never assert any restrictions on this".

The school issued a statement from the unnamed governor saying that "my request to sit as I please" was a way of "demonstrating the school's strong promotion of both Islamic and British values". "The right for a person to choose is a universal value," she said. But she claimed that the "British values" requirement was opposed to this.

Darul Uloom, now rated as inadequate, had been inspected by Ofsted inspectors since 2011.

Posted on 11/25/2015 7:24 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Actual Headline at Washington Post: Want to stop Islamic terrorism? Be nicer to Muslims.

As David Burge (Iowahawk) has said, "We don't have enemies, just friends who haven't beheaded us yet."

click here for the WaPo story.

Posted on 11/25/2015 7:03 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Sen. Sessions Reveals 12 Refugee-Jihadis Charged this Year,


Sen. Jeff Sessioans is out with a list of 12 vetted refugees who quickly joined jihad plots to attack the United States.

He’s spotlighting the refugees-turned-jihadis because he’s trying to prod GOP leaders into halting Congress’ normal practice of giving the president huge leeway to import foreign migrants and refugees into the United States.

This year, Obama is promising to bring in an extra 10,000 low-skill, potentially difficult-to-integrate Syrian migrants into the United States. Sessions and other critics fear he’ll use his many powers — and Congress’ autopilot funding for refugee programs — to bring in far more than 10,000 migrants.

In fact, from 2010 to 2015, Obama has allowed more than 200,000 low-skill migrants from Central American to enter the United States, and then disappear into the nation’s growing population of at least 11 million illegal immigrants.

Obama says the new refugees will be vetted. But top security officials say the Syrians can’t be vetted because the U.S doesn’t know what they were doing in Syria before they applied for refugee status.

Besides, many of the jihad attempts in the United States are launched by the children of Muslim refugees and migrants. That list include the two Chechen brothers who bombed the Boston Marathon, and Anwar al-Awlaki who was killed by a U.S missile strike when he fled to Yemen after the 9/11 atrocity. That means the Americans’ federal government is actively importing national-security problems that will eventually cost billions of dollars to manage, but cannot be eliminated.

Congressional leaders will set funding levels, and possible curbs, during the December appropriations debate.

“This list — which only covers 2015 and not the many jihadis from prior years — illustrates just how incapable our government is of vetting refugees or predicting post-entry radicalization,” said a Hill aide. “Yet the president wants a completely blank-check [in the appropriaitons bill] to fund not only all of these existing refugee programs from across the globe, but to add a permanent Syrian resettlement program to it — funded directly out of Americans’ paychecks and retirement accounts,” the aide said.

The new — but incomplete — list of refugees-turned-jihadis include:

  • On January 29, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, a federal warrant was unsealed for the arrest of Liban Haji Mohamed – a native of Somalia who sources indicate came to the United States as a refugee, adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status, and subsequently applied for and received citizenship – for allegedly providing material support to Harakat Shabaab Al-Mujahidin, also known as Al-Shabaab and Al-Qaeda. Mohamed is believed to have left the U.S. on July 5, 2012, with the intent to join Al-Shabaab in East Africa. Mohamed previously lived in the metro D.C. area and worked as a cab driver, and is believed to have snuck across the border to Mexico after being placed on the no-fly list. Carl Ghattas, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Washington, D.C. Field Office emphasized the importance of locating Mohamed, “because he has knowledge of the Washington, D.C. area’s infrastructure such as shopping areas, Metro, airports, and government buildings . . . [t]his makes him an asset to his terrorist associates who might plot attacks on U.S. soil.” Arrest Warrant

  • On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Abdinassir Mohamud Ibrahim – a native of Somalia who came to the United States as a refugee in 2007 at the age of 22 and subsequently adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status – was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for conspiring to provide material support to Al-Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization, and for making a false statement in his immigration paperwork. Ibrahim knowingly lied in his application for citizenship, and previously lied on his request for refugee status, by falsely claiming that he was of a member of the minority Awer clan in Somalia and subject to persecution by the majority Hawiye clan. However, Ibrahim was actually a member of the Hawiye clan and not subject to persecution. In fact, according to the Complaint, “Ibrahim’s family was famous . . . [and] [t]hrough his clan lineage, Ibrahim was related to known Somali terrorists[.]” Ibrahim also admitted he had lied on his citizenship application by having previously lied on his refugee application by falsely claiming that he had not provided material support to a terrorist group, when he had in fact provided material support in the form of cash to an Al-Shabaab member. Criminal Complaint Indictment

  • On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Abdullah Ramo Pazara – a native of Bosnia who sources indicate came to the United States as a refugee, adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status, and subsequently applied for and received citizenship in 2013 – was named in an indictment against six individuals listed below. Pazara was not charged because, purportedly, he is believed to be dead. According to the Indictment, the others listed provided material support to Pazara, who left the United States to go to Syria and fight with ISIS just eleven days after becoming a citizen. Among other things, Pazara allegedly told an individual about a mission where they “captured a large area, killed even individuals, captured one, and added that they intended to slaughter the prisoner the follow[ing] day.” According to press accounts, at the time Pazara was purportedly killed in Syria, he was a deputy to one of the top ISIS commanders. Indictment

  •  On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Ramiz Zijad Hodzic – a native of Bosnia, and a purported Bosnian war hero who came to the United States as a refugee – was charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, with providing material support to terrorists, and conspiring to kill and maim persons in a foreign country. According to the indictment, among other things, Hodzic obtained money that he used to “purchase materials and supplies including: United States military uniforms, tactical combat boots, military surplus goods, tactical gear and clothing, firearms accessories, optical equipment and range finders, rifle scopes, equipment, and supplies . . .  intending that the materials and supplies would thereafter be transferred to, and used to support” Abdullah Ramo Pazara and ISIS. Indictment

  • On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Sedina Unkic Hodzic – the wife of Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, and a native of Bosnia who came to the United States as a refugee – was charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, and providing material support to terrorists. According to the indictment, Sedina, along with her husband, collected money from third parties and wired it to terrorists abroad. Also according to the indictment, Sedina shipped six boxes of U.S. military uniforms, combat boots, tactical clothing and gear, military surplus – was charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, and providing material support to terrorists. According to the indictment, Sedina, along with her husband, collected money from third parties and wired it to terrorists abroad. Also according to the indictment, Sedina shipped six boxes of U.S. military uniforms, combat boots, tactical clothing and gear, military surplus items, firearms accessories, rifle scopes, optical equipment, first aid supplies, and other equipment to terrorists abroad. Indictment

  • On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Armin Harcevic – a native of Bosnia who came to the United States as a refugee, and subsequently adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident statuswas charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, and with providing material support to terrorists. According to the Indictment, Harcevic collected money from third parties and wired it and his own funds to terrorists abroad. Indictment

  • On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Nihad Rosic – a native of Bosnia who sources indicate came to the United States as a refugee, adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status, and subsequently applied for and received citizenship – was charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, providing material support to terrorists, and conspiring to kill and maim persons in a foreign country. According to the indictment, Rosic sent funds to terrorists abroad, and attempted to travel to Syria to join terrorists in Syria and Iraq. According to press accounts, Rosic was a truck driver and former mixed martial arts fighter who had previously been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after punching a woman in the face while she held a child, and in a separate incident, was charged with assault after allegedly beating his girlfriend with a belt. Indictment

  • On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Mediha Medy Salkicevic – a native of Bosnia who sources indicate came to the United States as a refugee, adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status, and subsequently applied for and received citizenship – was charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, and providing material support to terrorists. According to press accounts, Salkicevic was formerly an employee with a cargo company that deals with items coming in and out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. According to the indictment, Salkicevic collected money from third parties and wired it and her own funds to terrorists abroad. Indictment

  • On February 5, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Jasminka Ramic – a native of Bosnia who sources indicate came to the United States as a refugee, adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status, and subsequently applied for and received citizenship – was charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, and providing material support to terrorists. According to the indictment, Ramic collected money from third parties and wired it and her own funds to terrorists abroad. Indictment

  • On April 20, 2015, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Abdurahman Yasin Daud – who was born in a refugee camp in Kenya, came to the United States as a refugee when he was a child, and subsequently adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status – was charged (along with six others) with conspiracy and attempt to provide material support to ISIS. Daud and another individual drove from Minnesota to San Diego to attempt to get passports, cross the border into Mexico, and fly to Syria in an attempt to join ISISCriminal Complaint Indictment

  • On April 20, 2015, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Guled Ali Omar – who was also born in a Kenyan refugee camp, and sources indicate came to the United States as a refugee when he was a child, adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status, and subsequently applied for and received citizenship – was charged with conspiracy and attempt to provide material support to ISIS. Omar is the younger brother of another indicted fugitive, Ahmed Ali Omar, who left the United States in 2007 to fight for Al-Shabaab. Another one of his brothers, Mohamed Ali Omar, was convicted in March of threatening federal agents when they came to the family’s residence to interview Guled Omar. During a press conference, U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota, Andy Luger, said that Omar “never stopped plotting,” and had previously attempted to leave the United StatesCriminal Complaint Indictment

  • On August 12, 2015, in the United States District Court for the District of Idaho, Fazliddin Kurbanov – a native of Uzbekistan who came to the United States as a refugee in 2009 – was found guilty on charges that he conspired and attempted to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and possessed an unregistered destructive device. U.S. Assistant Attorney General John Carlin stated that he “conspired to provide material support to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and procured bomb-making materials in the interest of perpetrating a terrorist attack on American soil.” According to press reports, Kurbanov began his life as a Muslim, but faced persecution after his family converted to Orthodox Christianity. After coming to the United States with his family as a refugee, Kurbanov is said to have converted back to Islam and radicalized. Superseding Indictment Original Indictment (Idaho) Original Indictment (Utah)

Posted on 11/25/2015 5:16 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Hungary Detains Group Heading to Capital with Explosives, Finds Bomb Lab


Hungarian anti-terrorist police last week detained four people heading to the capital with explosives in their car, and found a bomb-making laboratory set up for a mass killing, the unit's chief said on Tuesday, declining to rule out a link to Islamist militants.

Security has been tightened for senior officials entitled to "top protection", the Counter Terrorism Centre said in a statement.

The center's director general, Janos Hajdu, said the suspects had been detained last week as police stepped up investigations that touched on the security of these officials, whom he declined to name.

After the suspects in the car were detained, a subsequent house search revealed a bomb-making laboratory with "explosives and devices that were suitable for killing people to the utmost extent", Hajdu told the state television channel M1.

He said police had also caught two other people with submachine guns, ammunition and silencers in their car, and that it was not clear whether the two groups were connected.

Asked whether the suspects had jihadist links, he said: "Let me reply to that in the next few days."...

Posted on 11/25/2015 5:04 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
President of Iceland fears Saudi Arabian funding of Reykjavík Mosque will fuel Muslim extremism in Iceland

From the Iceland Magazine

The president of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, fears that Saudi Arabian financing of a Reykjavík mosque will fuel radical Islam in Iceland. The president told the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service that he was shocked to the point of paralysis when he learned last March, in a meeting with Saudi Arabian Ambassador, that the government of Saudi Arabia had decided to interfere in Icelandic religious life by donating one million US Dollars to the planned mosque. 

The president claimed Saudi Arabia has not only fostered religious extremism but also forces which have attacked the West and western values. 

In a second interview with the local radio station Bylgjan, following the Paris terrorist attacks, the president had warned that Iceland could no longer act as if violent religious extremism did not concern Iceland and that we should not let "childish naiveté" delude us to think these problems could be solved simply with tolerance and social reforms.

“But we must come to terms with, in a realistic way, that we are not an island in the world. And when we learn, as I did while meeting the representatives of a foreign state some while back, that a state which has fostered radical Islam and the forces which have attacked Western Civilization, has decided to interfere in the religious life of Iceland, it is of course a sign that we are not an island in the word. And there are many examples which show us we cannot discuss this issue as if it was a problem of somebody else. This decision by a foreign state to begin to interfere in Icelandic religious life in the same way as it has done around the world, financing schools where radical Islam is cultivated, and young men trained in those views, it is a reminder to us Icelanders we must begin a new discussion. At the same time we must not condemn refugees and run away from a society of multiculturalism and tolerance we should not live in childish naiveté that we can deal with this problem with some actions of tolerance and social reform.”

These statements, especially the statement about “childish naiveté”, has caused some controversy in Iceland, as some feel the president has been stoking the fires of islamophobia. Others have raised questions as to why the president did not make his concerns over the planned Saudi Arabian funding of the Reykjavík mosque known immediately.

According to the diary of the President on the president's official web page the Ambassador told Ólafur Ragnar at the meeting that Saudi Arabia would donate one million US dollars toward the building of a mosque in Iceland and that he had visited and inspected the location of the planned mosque.

In an interview on Sunday for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service Ólafur Ragnar said he had been shocked by the announcement. Asked whether he had protested the planned gift at the meeting in March the president explained he had not because the news had taken him by complete surprise. In fact, he been virtually paralyzed by surprise and shock:

“I didn’t [register objections] at that meeting, because this took me completely by surprise, and I was, at the end of the meeting, I simply didn’t know how to react. So, I was really just so surprised, and so paralyzed, by this announcement, that I just accepted it, and then sat down and thought it over, and decided I should make it public, as I did.”

At the time the president did make the announcement known on his web page. He has not explained why he choose to stay quiet about his concerns for more than eight months.

He was damned if he did and damned because he didn't. The apologists would have criticised him whatever. Also I suspect that the massacre in Paris, a worldshattering single event, is actually less of a worry than the constant and increasing state of fellow Scandinavian countries. The violence in Malmo, the rape epidemic in Oslo, he won't want that in Reykjavík.

Posted on 11/25/2015 1:54 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
A French Interlude, II: Chant a Sainte Jeanne d"Arc

A poem by Saint Therese of the Little Flower, given a rousing and beautiful musical setting by Vincent Lecornier.



Posted on 11/24/2015 7:05 PM by Christina McIntosh
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
A French Interlude, I: The Bells of Notre Dame De Paris

In 2013 the Cathedral, 850 years old, received a new ring of bells.

Listen to the voices of the Bells of Notre Dame: Emmanuel, Marie, Gabriel, Anne-Genevieve, Denis, Marcel, Etienne, Benoit-Joseph, Maurice, and Jean-Marie.


Here is the first sounding of the new bells on 23.3.2013.




And here is a recording of the Sonnerie du Grand Solennel: Plenum.

Posted on 11/24/2015 7:00 PM by Christina McIntosh
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
After the Tears and Flowers and Songs, Young French Patriots Are Applying to Join the Army

Which is an entirely natural normal and healthy response to the acts of war committed by jihad ghazi raiders against Paris - the capital city of France - within the past year.

As reported - one wonders with what chagrin and dismay - by Jon Henley for the grovellingly Islamophile 'Guardian', here:

"Paris Attacks Lead to Surge in Applications to Join French Army".

'Military says requests for information and applications through website trebled to 1,500 a day after massacre.

'Applications to join the French army have soared since the Islamic State attacks on Paris, according to figures obtained by the newspaper Le Monde.

'The military did not want to announce the figures during France's three-day period of national mourning, but has now said that requests for information and applications through its website had tripled, from about 500 a day to about 1,500 a day, since the 13 November attacks, the paper reported.

Dear France: if they're sound in wind and limb and of sound mind sign them all up (except for any that are Muslim; you don't want a Fort Hood-style attack from within) and put them through boot camp. You will need them all, and then some, for homeland security, soon enough. - CM

'The series of suicide bombings and shootings (carried out by Muslim ghazi terror raiders - that's the bit that "The Guardian" prefers not to mention - CM) at a popular music venue, the national stadium, cafes and restaurants killed (sic: murdered - CM) 129 people from 19 countries, but most of the victims were French and many of htem young, on a Friday night out.

On a Friday, nota bene. This attack was carried out, as so many Muslim terror raids are carried out, on a Friday, the Muslim 'holy' day. - CM

"I'm staggered", Col Eric de Lapresle, head of the army recruitment service's marketing and communications department,  told the paper.  "This is an entirely unprecedented phenomenon".

'The French president, Francois Hollande, partially reversed planned military personnel cuts in the wake of January's Charlie Hebdo attacks, which left 17 people dead (sic: which murdered 17 people - CM), and has now frozen them entirely.

Common-sense kicking in.  And if the flood of eager and rationally angry new recruits wanting to sign up to defend their country - themselves, their families, their friends and fellow citizens - against the Global Jihad that struck home so horribly on 13 November continues, then M le President would be wise to increase resourcing of the military and sign up every one of those new recruits who is capable of holding and firing a rifle and put them through boot camp, pronto. - CM

'As a result, De Lapresle said, the army needed 15,000 new recruits this year, and 16,000 in 2016.

If 1500 a day are applying, and this maintains itself over the next year, say, without falling off, then the numbers will more than exceed requirements.  Sign them all up, mate, while the iron is hot. - CM

'Applications had already jumped from around 130 a day in 2014 to 500 a day since the Charlie Hebdo attacks (what a fascinating coincidence - CM) and had now multiplied further.

Excellent. - CM

'De Presle said the army's five recruitment centres were also experiencing unprecedented demand.

Like I said; if they're sound of mind, wind and limb and can hold and fire a rifle, sign them all up and put them in boot camp.  Whatever it costs. This is about the survival of France as a free Infidel country. -  CM

'The French army had around 115,000 personnel in 2014, some 3,000 of them deployed across Africa.

They will be needed on home ground, soon enough, to combat the Mohammedan fifth columnists, now reinforced by the thousands upon thousands of menacing, glowering military-age Muslim males that are pouring into Europe from the south-east.  Time to take a leaf out of Israel's book - or Switzerland, or Singapore - and focus grimly on training your young people for homeland defence. One day soon you will need to take back the banlieues, and the only thing that works with the Mohammedan Mob is overwhelming force unhesitatingly deployed. Those young French Infidels -  I would hazard the guess that those rushing to sign up, in the wake of the jihad ghazi raids, are all Infidels - who are now showing fight must be welcomed and trained in the arts of war, as quickly as possible.  - CM

'In the past it has relied heavily on conscription to fill its ranks, but military service was abolished by President Jacques Chirac in 1996 and formally ended in 2001 - although young people must still register with the armed forces for possible conscription if needed.

If 1500 would-be French soldiers a day continue to apply over the next year, that would add up to at least 300 000 young French volunteering to fight for their country - more than twice the number of the present standing army. 

Here is another story on the same topic, on what seems to be a military-issues website.

'Young French People are Flocking to Enlist in the Wake of Paris Attacks".

'The number of young French people hoping to enlist in the armed forces has tripled since the November 13 terror attacks that killed 129 people in the French capital (sic: "since the November 13 terror attacks in which seven Muslim ghazi raiders murdered 129 people in the French capital". - CM), army officials have said.

'Colonel Eric de Lapresle, head of marketing and communications for the army's recruitment arm, told French daily "Le Monde", that he was "floored" by the surge in applications.

'According to de Lapresle, the army's recruitment website -, which translates as "enlisting" - is currently fielding an average 1,500 applications a day, versus 500 a day before the attacks.

'France's Armed Forces Information and Recruitment Centres are also facing an influx of candidates, although exact figures have yet to be released.

'On the "Why Enlist?" page of its website, the army's recruitment service lists several arguments for joining the military, including the chance to "defend the French, France and its values", and to "experience a brotherhood of arms".

'The site offers recruitment options to candidates who have dropped out of high school, candidates with a degree, and those with up to five years of secondary education.  

'The rise in enlistment comes just three days after President Francois Hollande opened his extraordinary address to both houses of parliament with the statement, "France is at war".

'In a speech that indeed had all the tones of a call to arms, the president compared Friday's tragic attacks to "acts of war".

Correction.  That should have been, "The president identified the attacks on Friday as acts of war."  They were not 'tragic'. They were acts of war, acts of deliberate and focused human malevolence with the aim of furthering the expansion and dominance of the Dar al Islam. - CM

"I know I can count on the devotion of police officers, gendarmes, soldiers, and you, representatives of the nation", Hollande said in the televised speech.  "You know the meaning of duty and, when the circumstances require it, the spirit of sacrifice."

'Holland also announced that he would freeze planned military personnel cuts through 2019, and suggested using the country's reservists to form a home guard.

Good idea. - CM

'The government had already reviewed proposed defense cuts in the wake of the January 2015 attacks that left 17 people dead (that murdered 17 people - CM) in and around Paris, when radical Islamic militants (sic: Muslims engaging in a ghazi terror raid - CM) attacked the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket.

'According to Le Monde, the French army will have 15,000 new recruits by the end of 2015 - 5,000 more enlistments than in 2014.  The estimated number of new recruits for 2016 is 16,000.

'The 15,000 who join the army in 2015 will be recruited from a pool of 160,000 applicants, with only 60,000 candidates submitting to the various physical, medical and psychological evaluations and tests required to join. Still, the number of people considering a career in the military is significantly up from 2014, when 120,000 people filed their initial application.

Soon enough, they will find they need every French non-Muslim of fighting age who is capable of firing a rifle and following orders.  And not for any overseas adventures, but for taking back control of the soil of France. - CM

 'This can partly be explained by the army boosting its recruitment efforts following the January attacks, and raising the number of annual recruitment drives from three to five.  But, according to de Lapresle, "Even when we stopped advertising, numbers did not go down or went down very little."

'In 2014, he told Le Monde, the army's website was fielding an average of 130 requests a day through its website (up to 300 or 400 during an advertising campaign) with those numbers soaring to 500 in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks (up to 800 during an advertising campaign),,,",

There were Comments permitted for this story.  One read as follows, from 'Rothbard' - "For better or for worse, I'll be off to join them in the FFL in July."

Paris, bloodied and disfigured by the global Jihad, is calling....Which makes one wonder just how many applications the French Foreign Legion will be receiving, too, from now on, from among Infidels of suitable age, fitness, freedom of action and grim Islamo-awareness.

And now, a final piece, written by one Theo Chapuis, that introduces us to a few of these young Infidel French - three men, and a young woman - who are seriously considering joining the army.

'Four Young French People Explain Why They Want to Join the Army'.

'Laura, Maxandre, Theo and Benjamin - four young French natives with one thing in common: they are all seriously considering joining the army following the Paris terror attacks of Friday 13 November.

'And, as it happens, they're not alone.  According to the French army, unprecedented numbers have started inquiring about the recruitment process; Colonel de Lapresle...speaks of "colossal" popularity.

',,,While not everyone has the makings of a career in the military, the enthusiasm for the job is very real.

'We spoke to these four young people to find out how the current climate has led them to reflect upon a career in the army.

'I've come to realize that no-one is safe'.

'Maxandre lives in Paris's 17th arondissement.  The 17-year-old high school student explains that, while the idea of becoming a soldier had already crossed his mind, last week's attacks triggered something else within him.  He wants to fight against "insecurity" and "defend others".

He states: "You can hear everyone offering up ideas each better than the next, but for me, the best thing to do is to get moving and defend ourselves...I told myself, "Shit, I can't sit here with my arms crossed."

Bravo, mate.  Now, study the stories of Jean Parisot de Valetta, and Charles Martel - and find out that you are the but the latest to step forward to defend the Camp of the Infidels.  Go to the great basilica Saint Denis and at the tomb of Charles Martel "the Hammer' swear to him that what he saved, you will defend, so that he may sleep in peace. - CM

'The same motivations are cited by Theo, an 18 year old studying economic science and management at Lille University.  Referring to his twelve years of karate, he states that he has no problem with "discipline and respect" which are "the bases of martial arts". He claims simply to want to "defend [his] country" and others:

"I've come to realize that no-one is safe, and that we need to defend the people, whether they be in France or elsewhere. To defend them, we need to be deployed where the threat is."

I  hope you will soon come to understand, dear Theo, that the main threat is now within, lodged within all the cities of France, wherever there are mosques, wherever there are Muslims swarming and strutting and threatening jihad and teaching their children to hate and despise everything that we mean by France. Wherever there are Msulims, there is Jihad. There are many Muslims in France, and they feel very strong, and so there is Jihad: attacks upon and murder of Infidels, Jews and Christians and atheists, first many smaller attacks (e.g. the kidnap and murder of the Parisian Jew, Ilan Halimi, and the murderous attacks by Mohammed Merah upon French soldiers and French Jews) and finally, this year, the mass murder of 'blasphemous' cartoonists and of Jewish shoppers, and the massacre at the Bataclan. - CM

'Laura is 19 years old and has lived in Aix-en-Provence for a short time; before, she lived in the Paris region.  "Shocked" by the attacks, and undecided on her future career path, she saw the army as more than just a vocational stream; she saw it as a real "revelation".  Just like the others, her willingness to serve comes from altruistic and selfless reasoning. Talking to these young people, one would assume that it's a dirty job, but someone has to do it.

"I want to do something meaningful, and help people....But it would be much better if we didn't need this kind of job".

'She continues, speaking of her "admiration" for the men and women (I assume, law enforcement, first responders, and the military - CM) that she has seen risking their lives, sometimes live on television, such as last Friday, when she was impressed by these peoples' "courage".

'Benjamin is 22 years old, and has all the airs of a true sportsman.  A third-year student of a physical education course, this young man from Nantes - who lifeguards when he's not in school - states that he trains "six days out of seven" with the idea of joining the French Armed Forces at the back of his mind.

"In the long term, I would like to join an intervention platoon; at best GIGN (National Gendarmerie Intervention Group), at worst PSIG (The Gendarmerie Investigation and Surveillance Platoon)."  It is not that he does not enjoy the studies that he has undertaken but he fears "regretting not getting involved now".  

'He continues:

"I said to myself that France needed a certain number of people (given Muslim demographics, Infidel France will need every able-bodied son and daughter that she has, in the near future - CM) and upon inquiring here and there, I came across entry tests for the GIGN and information about their daily life (training, etc).  That's exactly what I think I am made for.  As well as that, you have to add in the gratifying aspect of protecting other innocent human beings".

And sometimes, to do that, you have to kill those who intend murder and not only murder but the destruction and enslavement of your entire society and the civilisation of which it is a part. - CM

'These young people, among whom some are currently destined for something else entirely, know that they will have to carry a gun...and sometimes use it.  They have shared their desire to become a soldier with their friends and family.

'The parents of 18 year old Theo aren't opposed to the idea, "But they want me to start off as a sous-officier (a non-commissioned officer) not a militaire du rang (a superior ranking)".  There is no talk of discouraging him; on the contrary, his friends support him, while some of them even tell him he is "made for it".  "That's perhaps a sign", he says.

'On the other hand, Maxandre's family and friends are much more doubtful.  Like when one of his friends asked him if he "wanted to kill", an issue he admits he still feels uncomfortable with. "That is very awkward as a question, so I avoid talking about it".

'As for his family, he counts on his parents-in-law to "sweeten the pill" at the dinner table when the conversations are sometimes "stormy" owing to his parents' anti-military sentiment.  

One may hope that his parents, reflecting on the Muslim massacre of hapless unarmed Infidel civilians in Paris, may be rethinking their opposition to the army. - CM

'Benjamin is still at the research phase, and hasn't spoken about it to his parents, yet..."...".

'While they all refer to the need to "protect their country' not one among them evokes a feeling of vengeance or a blind need for violence...".

Of course. These are civilised young French people, not Mohammedan mobsters.  God bless them, and all the others like them who - whether they understand fully what they are doing, or not - are preparing to step up and into the firing line against the Global Jihad. 



Posted on 11/24/2015 5:29 PM by Christina McIntosh
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Russian rescue helicopter 'shot down by Syrian rebels' while searching for pilots of plane downed by Turkey

First, the Turkomen on the ground shot the Russian pilots in cold blood as they descended in parachutes.

Anthony Bond writes in The Mirror:

A Russian rescue helicopter has been shot down by Syrian rebels while searching for pilots missing after Turkey downed a Russian jet.

The helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in a government-held area in Syria's Latakia province.

A Syrian insurgent group, which uses U.S. Tow missiles, said its fighters hit the helicopter with an anti-tank missile.

Video footage has emerged online appearing to show the helicopter after it crashed in dense woodland.

Plumes of smoke can be seen coming from the aircraft.

Vladmir Putin earlier warned Turkey of "significant consequences" after the Russian plane was shot down.

The Russian President also said the action by Turkey was a "stab in the back" and said it would have serious consequences for his country’s relations with Turkey.

Turkey claimed it shot down the fighter jet because it violated its airspace.

However, Putin said the jet was shot down in Syria, 4km from the Turkish border.

He told a media conference: "This event is beyond the normal framework of fighting against terrorism.

"Of course our military is doing heroic work against terrorism... But the loss today is a stab in the back, carried out by the accomplices of terrorists.

"....Our aircraft was downed over the territory of Syria, using air-to-air missile from a Turkish F-16."

Posted on 11/24/2015 6:18 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Everytime I hear it, it's like nails on a chalkboard. Stop it. All of you. Now.
Posted on 11/24/2015 2:33 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
At Least 12 Dead in Attack on Tunisia Military Bus

Probably another ISIS sucess story from ABC:

TUNIS — At least 12 people were killed on Tuesday after an explosion tore through a bus full of Tunisian presidential guards in an attack one source said was probably carried out by a bomber detonating his explosives in the vehicle.

Ambulances rushed wounded from the scene and security forces closed off streets around Mohamed V Avenue, one of the major streets in the capital Tunis and where the charred wreckage of the bus lay not far from the interior ministry.

It is the third major attack to strike Tunisia this year after a militant killed 38 foreigners at a beach hotel in June and gunmen killed 21 tourists at the Bardo Museum in Tunis in March. Islamic State claimed both those attacks.

Posted on 11/24/2015 1:59 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
ISIS claims responsibility for bombing in Egypt’s Sinai

From Reuters via Al Arabiya

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) Egyptian branch claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed four people in a hotel in North Sinai capital al-Arish on Tuesday where judges overseeing a parliamentary election were staying.

A suicide bomber tried to drive a car bomb into the hotel before security forces opened fire on him, causing the car to explode, security sources said. At least two judges were among the injured, authorities added

The statement by the Sinai Province group was circulated by its supporters on Twitter and the encrypted messaging system Telegram.

“A brother ... seeking martyrdom hit with his car bomb the security force protecting the Swiss (Inn) hotel were 50 judges were staying only to be followed by a lion ... who broke into the judges’ base with his automatic weapon ... then blew up his explosive belt among them,” read the statement.

Posted on 11/24/2015 11:24 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Why did Premier Valls Raise the CBW Threat after the Paris Attacks?

Microscopic Cryptosporidium oocysts

Last Sunday’s Lisa Benson Show had a segment on the possible Chemical and Biological threat posed by ISIS to  Europe and the West in the wake of the November 13th Massacres in Paris and the battle in the predominately Muslim St. Denis banlieuse suburb.  Belgium and especially Brussels continues under lockdown as there could be another series of devastating attacks by ISIS operatives given the significant presence in the significant Muslim population with radicalized  elements in suburban Molenbeek. On the Lisa Benson Show segment we asked why French Premier Manuel Valls had raised concerns over possible ISIS operatives use of chemical and biological agents?  Dr. Jill Bellamy, noted bio-warfare threat reduction expert, whom we have interviewed in the NER, provided some answers. See our January 2013 interview her, The Dangers of Syria’s Bio-Warfare Complex Should Assad Fall.

 Following the program, Dr. Bellamy posted her assessment of what triggered Valls ‘comments; the theft of bio-protection suits and threats to France water supply system.  See her Biological Warfare blog post, “France and Belgium Prepare for CBW Attacks While Europe Sleeps.”

In May 2013, we posted on the possible terrorist to US water supply systems after two incidents had occurred. We refer to the arrest and arraignment by federal prosecutors in Manhattan of Ahmed Abassi, a Tunisian national and chemical engineering graduate of Laval University in Quebec, on Asylum fraud and an alleged WMD attack on a municipal water system, the Quabbin reservoir in Massachusetts.  The possible biological agent involved is cryptosporidium (Crypto).  We noted:

In the US we have had two mass Crypto outbreaks in water supply systems in Carrollton, Georgia in 1987 and in Milwaukee in 1993.  The Georgia outbreak affected 13,000 out of 16,000 residents.  Because the Milwaukee water supply system draws from Lake Michigan, Crypto pathogens might have entered from drainage or in ice breakup during the early spring.  In the Milwaukee case, the epidemiologists and public health specialists estimate that more than 400,000 succumbed to Crypto causing massive outbreaks of watery diarrhea over a period of two weeks or more.  108 deaths occurred involving those with immune deficiencies from cancer treatment, AIDS and other maladies. Within immunocompromised communities, exposure frequently leads to severe and permanent diarrhea, decreasing absorption of nutrients resulting in progressive dehydration and eventual death.

Here are excerpts from Dr. Bellamy’s Biological Warfare post.

On the missing bio-protection suits and Eau de Paris water supply.

While France and Belgium prepare their populations for continued terrorist attacks and the possible use of chemical or biological weapons, other EU states avoid the obvious conclusion that a prepared public is better than an unprepared one. Several smaller states, excluding Spain and Germany, continue the drum beat that there is no significant threat to them or their civilian populations. In study after study this has not been proven to be the case and public preparedness has been shown to reduce casualties. PM Valls statement on the bio-chem threat was in part motivated by the apparent loss of several bio-chem suits from a Paris hospital. While its possible these suits were misplaced or that inventory lists were incorrect, and warnings are not based singularly on bio-chem suits being unaccounted for, the French have taken appropriate measures.  Belgium has increased security at its nuclear facilities and France has increased protection for water supply facilities taking note of analysis by French intelligence  that ISIS is capable of producing crude chemical agents.


"Eau de Paris, the capital's state-run water company, has banned access to six sensitive sites to all but key personnel following the Government's decision to declare a state of emergency for three months.”Our eight security agents are the only ones to be accredited by the defense ministry and are in permanent contact with the terrorism cell of Paris police headquarters," a spokesman told Le Parisien." "The storage and treatment sites have protective fencing and special sensors to detect intrusion. To limit the risk of contamination, Eau de Paris has increase the amount of chlorine added to water at five supply sites." "The dose injected has been raised," said Celia Blauel, president of Eau de Paris. Chlorine is a key indicator of any anomaly in the water. "When the chlorine level drops, it means there is a biological contamination." she said." 

"It emerged last week that hospitals and emergency services across France have been supplied with the most powerful antidote to sarin and other nerve gas chemicals for the first time. Under a November 14 decree, the army's medical service was ordered to distribute stocks of the drug atropine. Manuel Valls, the French prime minister, said that the country could rule nothing out when it came to terrorists bent on mass murder, including "chemical and biological weapons".

On French and Belgian CBW intelligence and threat reduction capabilities.

The security services of both France and Belgium are to be commended. Both countries share similar population demographics and have extensive experience with terrorism. Additionally, they have both worked, since 911, to prepare their populations for such bio-chem attacks, some of these scenarios I developed and ran myself with their government officials in attendance. Far from being the weakest link, as some media outlets have portrayed the situation, they are in fact the best prepared within the EU to counter such threats.  The weakest link are those countries who have not prepared their public, are currently bombing IS and have announced it on the nightly news without one moment of thought to the risk they have placed their population in and no counter-terrorism or counter intelligence experience to fall back on. 

In 2005, French Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin called for international cooperation against bioterrorism at an Interpol meeting in Lyon. He promoted the idea of creating a joint database and a rapid alert network for theft, diversion and illegal transfer of biological agents, as well as a list of designated groups and individuals of concern. De Villepin also proposed the creation of an international center for monitoring bio terrorist threats. Mr. de Villepin went on to plead for a better coordination of Biotox style (the French government response to the deliberate introduction of the smallpox virus) plans at European level. "Why not to imagine for example a European reaction plan against a biological attack?"he asked. Furthermore, he added, the EU should initiative an update on reserves of vaccines so that each country knows the nearest country to turn to in case of emergency." See:

For over a decade the French government has established itself as the gold standard when it comes to bio-security, bio-safety and certainly countering, on the ground threats from would be bio-terrorists. In 2003, French authorities discovered ricin like substances in Gare du Lyon train station. Subsequently nine suspects of North African descent, who had trained in the Pankisi Gorge and were associated with AQ were arrested. While this is just one high profile example of a possible bio-threat, the French have developed outstanding and what I would describe as comprehensive capabilities to counter the threat of bio-terrorism. This depth of expertise offers a lot from which Member States within the EU could well benefit. 

As well, as we trust the US and UK bio-terrorism threat reduction programs.




Posted on 11/24/2015 10:06 AM by Jerry Gordon
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Giving Hypocrisy a Bad Name

How horrible is it to be a mischievous and malignant hypocrite. In recent days in November 2015, religious and American academic groups have unabashedly illustrated that false face hides what the false heart knows.

On this seventieth anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials of the Nazi criminals, it is well to remember the words of Robert H. Jackson, the chief American prosecutor, on November 21, 1945. He spoke of the wrongs that have been so calculated, so malignant, and so devastating that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored because it cannot survive their being repeated.  He urged prosecution of those Nazi leaders who had possessed great power, who used it to set evils in motion, and who terrified the world.  

Some mainstream religious groups, the World Council of Churches and the National Council of Churches, are not as willing as was Jackson to label and name those responsible, those gangsters and militarists, in the modern world for racial hatreds, terrorism and violence, arrogance and cruelty of power.  

The two religious groups have issued statements on the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015. Both of those statements, well-meaning in their usual fashion, suffer from refusal, hypocritical or not, to tell the whole truth. They do not identify the people and the ideology that committed evil. 

The Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches on November 14, 2015 stated in English, French, and Arabic that “the people of Paris again confronted terror, violence and death, following attacks that left more 120 people dead and hundreds more injured.” The WCC articulated that its hearts and minds were with the victims, but was silent about who were the murderers. Surely the WCC does not really believe that aliens from outer space were responsible for the evil act of terror in Paris. Or does it, since the name of the Islamist terrorism by the Islamic State, ISIS, or that of any other group, is never mentioned? 

Similarly, Jim Winkler, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, condemned the November 13 attacks. He urged, “these acts of horrific violence not be mistaken as part of a war between Christianity and Islam.” Mr. Winkler not only has forgotten the name of the perpetrators in Paris but also the events of history. The last Christian Crusade to defend Holy Places against Muslims ended in 1291 when the last city controlled by the Crusaders, the town of Acre, was captured by Muslim forces.  

In this respect it is unfortunate that President Barack Obama on February 5, 2015 made an ill-advised moral comparison when speaking of “the terrible deeds in the name of Christ” committed during the Crusades and the Inquisition. Of course, Christians have committed terrible deeds in the past, but Obama’s emphasis on the atrocities of Christians can be seen as an example of moral equivalence between Christians and Muslims. The non-Muslim world has not declared war on Islam, but only on Islamist terrorism which has declared war on the civilized world, terrorism which the WCC and the NCC have difficulty in specifically condemning. 

It is symptomatic of the political correctness, shameful ignorance and unsatisfactory nature of present day academics in American universities that they seem ignorant of, or dismiss as irrelevant, the existing menace to world civilization by Islamist terrorists and those responsible for the evils committed in Paris, Brussels, Beirut, and Mali, to take only the most recent. Instead, whether out of prejudice or bias, or as a result of weakly succumbing to unremitting Palestinian pressure organizations, some academics register indignation and urge action against what they see as the one, and only, violator of human rights in the universe, the State of Israel.  

Apart from a lunatic Arab fringe element, no political or religious group has attributed the massacre of 130 people in Paris to instructions by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to citizens of the State of Israel or in particular to the ubiquitous Mossad that the fringe element regards as engrossed in plots of world conspiracy. 

Certainly members of the American Anthropological Association do not believe this, or at least have not started it publicly. But they did, after three years of Palestinian organization and pressure, on November 20, 2015 at a meeting in Denver of 1,400 of its members, pass a resolution by 1040 to 36 calling for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions. A final vote on this resolution will be taken by all AAA 10,000 members at its annual meeting in April 2016.  

The brutality and criminality of ISIS actions should be denounced by everyone, especially those genuinely concerned with the maintenance of human rights. The actions have gone far beyond any moral parameters of human behavior. All true humanitarians are mourning the deaths and injuries of hundreds in Paris and should urge that the evil ISIS perpetrators be brought to justice.  

Even admitting that real problems exist in Israeli-Palestinian relations and must be solved, it appears weird if not pathological for supposed scholars, few of whom in the AAA have any real expertise in the complexities of Middle East affairs, to focus on what it calls Israel’s systematic maintenance of the occupation and denial of basic rights to Palestinians.  Instead of stressing compassion and comfort for the victims of ISIS terrorism, and calling for a response to it, the AAA fritters away its time and calls for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions until these institutions end their (unstated) complicity in violating (unstated) Palestinian rights.  

The AAA resolution is the result of prejudice against the Jewish State, and is counterproductive in excusing and even abetting the Palestinian unwillingness to come to the bargaining table to make peace. But like the statements of the WCC and the NCC that of the AAA is hypocritical. Indeed, it gives hypocrisy a bad name. The AAA resolves that the boycott, part of the broader BDS movement, pertains only to Israeli academic institutions and not to individual scholars. One is left wondering who remains in the academic institutions who are not individual scholars. The answer can only be the janitors and cleaners of the building. 

Those janitors should complain to the International Criminal Court that their basic human rights are being violated by the leaders of the American Anthropological Association, and those leaders should stand judgment at a modern version of Nuremberg, not for abstract speculation of which scholars are fond, but for practical harm they are causing to innocent and hard-working Israeli people.

First published in the American Thinker.

Posted on 11/24/2015 7:33 AM by Michael Curtis
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