‘History’ Won’t Defeat ISIS The folly of progressive foreign policy By Mona Charen
Friday, August 22, 2014
National Review : Bad actors around the globe keep getting confused about the calendar, and it falls to the Obama administration to set them straight.
The Russians, Secretary of State John Kerry protested back in March, have forgotten what century we’re living in: “You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on a completely trumped up pretext.” Kerry was echoing President Obama’s observation that by seizing Crimea, Russian president Putin was putting himself “on the wrong side of history.”
It’s a theme this president sounded in his first inaugural address, warning that “those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent” are “on the wrong side of history . . . ” He returned to it in his remarks (bracketed by golf outings) about the horrific murder of James Foley. After describing just how barbaric the Islamic State terrorists are, Obama offered the following complacent analysis:
“And people like this ultimately fail. They fail, because the future is won by those who build and not destroy and the world is shaped . . . by the overwhelming majority of humanity who are appalled by those who killed [Foley] . . . One thing we can all agree on is that a group like ISIL has no place in the 21st century.”The great task for a leader of the United States, Obama appears to believe, is to get out of history’s way.
That’s why it’s a good idea to reduce our army to its smallest size since 1940, and to reduce the Marines by 8 percent. According to the American Thinker, the Army chief of staff recently testified that due to cutbacks in training funds, 75 percent of our forces are not combat-ready. Apparently that’s okay, because according to the words of Martin Luther King Jr., which Obama had embroidered into the Oval Office rug, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
James Foley’s family might not agree. Nor would the Yazidis, or the hundreds of thousands of Syrians murdered by gas and artillery and barrel bombs, or the 100,000 Bosnians and others killed in the heart of Europe in the late 20th century, or the 1 million Rwandans killed in 1994, or the roughly 2 million Cambodians massacred between 1975 and 1979. “History” in all cases looked on impassively.
The Grotesque Gaza Inquiry Syria and Iran are pointing fingers at Israel. By Claudia Rosett
National Review : Bias against Israel is the most glaring problem with the new Gaza inquiry that the United Nations Human Rights Council launched last month. Comment : Yes, of course the UN accepts anti-Jewish violence and rejects Jewish self-defense. The UN is a leading anti-Semitic organization, so it views violence against Jews as a basic human right and Jewish self-defense as inherently criminal
The council has appointed as its chief investigator a Canadian lawyer, William Schabas, who has said in recent years that he’d like to see Israel’s prime minister and president hauled before the International Criminal Court. The resolution authorizing his inquiry is crammed with vilifications of Israel, but it makes not a single mention of Hamas, the terrorist group that rules Gaza and that is dedicated in its charter to obliterating Israel and killing Jews.
And in the current Gaza conflict that the U.N. purports to investigate, Hamas plays no minor role: It is against the thousands of rockets fired by Hamas and the many miles of attack tunnels — conduits for Hamas death squads — that Israel, in Operation Protective Edge, has been defending itself.
This U.N. inquiry is not a problem just for Israel, however. With its unabashed prejudice, it is an assault on all those who stand up for genuine human rights, anywhere, around the globe.
Ultimately, it is an attack on the foundations of a civilized world order.The Human Rights Council, which spawned this latest “independent international commission of inquiry,” touts itself on its website as “the principal United Nations office mandated to promote and protect human rights for all.” That’s the theory. In practice, many of the world’s worst rights abusers gravitate to the council for the chance to redefine human rights in ways that target free societies, such as Israel and the U.S., and deflect attention from their own violations.
Among the council’s 47 members today are such notorious violators as Russia, China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Congo, Ethiopia, Venezuela, and Vietnam.
Schabas’s appointment as head of the new Gaza inquiry was announced earlier this month by the president of the Human Rights Council, Baudelaire Ndong Ella, a career diplomat of the West African country of Gabon. Ndong Ella’s presence at the helm of the council is no favor to the cause of human rights in Africa, or anywhere else.
Gabon is an oil-rich despotism, ranked by Washington-based Freedom House as “Not Free,” with harsh prison conditions, no independent judiciary, and a population beggared by decades of misrule. Gabon is under the sway of President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who acquired power in 2009 upon the death of his father, who had ruled Gabon for the previous 41 years. In a 2014 report, Freedom House writes this of Gabon: “The government is still mired in corruption, and the country’s oil wealth still ends up disproportionately benefiting a wealthy elite.”
Revisiting it is useful, as it highlights some important points. The
article follows below in italics, with new observations interspersed in
regular font: Iraqi man grieves at funeral of his two brothers, slain for being “infidel” Christians.
Last week [April, 2011] an Iraqi Muslim scholar issued a fatwa that,
among other barbarities, asserts that “it is permissible to spill the
blood of Iraqi Christians.” Inciting as the fatwa is, it is also
redundant. While last October’s Baghdad church attack which killed some
sixty Christians is widely known—actually receiving some MSM coverage—the fact is, Christian life in Iraq has been a living hell ever since U.S. forces ousted the late Saddam Hussein in 2003.
The important point here is that the plight of Iraq’s Christians did
not just begin under the Islamic State, as many seem to believe, but
rather from the very first day the (secular) autocrat was removed. Read it all here............
Blazing Cat Fur : ...At
the same time that President Obama has called for an all-out war
against the "cancer" of ISIS, he has regarded Hamas as having an easily
curable disease, urging Israel to accept that terrorist group, whose
charter calls for Israel's destruction, as part of a Palestinian unity
I cannot imagine him urging Iraq, or any other Arab country,
to accept ISIS as part of a unity government. Former President Jimmy Carter and Bishop Desmond Tutu have gone even
further, urging the international community to recognize the legitimacy
of Hamas as a political party and to grant it diplomatic recognition. It
is hard to imagine them demanding that the same legitimate status be accorded ISIS...
James Taranto on Obama’s condemnation of ISIS: No true believer
Blazing Cat Fur : “Let’s be clear about ISIL,” President Obama declared yesterday after it
was confirmed that the terrorist group (known as ISIS in our stylebook)
had murdered American journalist Jim Foley by decapitation.
The president kept his promise of clarity only for a few sentences:
“They have rampaged across cities and villages--killing innocent,
unarmed civilians in cowardly acts of violence. They abduct women and
children, and subject them to torture and rape and slavery. They have
murdered Muslims--both Sunni and Shia--by the thousands. They target
Christians and religious minorities, driving them from their homes,
murdering them when they can for no other reason than they practice a
different religion. They declared their ambition to commit genocide
against an ancient people.” But then he descended into sophistry: “So ISIL speaks for no religion.
Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to
massacre innocents. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday,
and for what they do every single day.”
Peshmerga Fighters Reclaim Ground from Islamic State: The Battle for Iraq (Dispatch 7)
Until the US stepped in with airstrikes, the Islamic State’s rapid advances threatened the Iraqi Kurdistan capital of Erbil, and seemed set to dash the Kurdish peshmerga’s reputation as fearless warriors.
With American warplanes circling overhead and constantly striking Islamic State positions, the front line quickly stabilized, and the peshmerga slowly began to recover ground. Now the scene was set for battle, and the recapture of the strategic Mosul Dam.
VICE News travelled with a Kurdish official to Khazer, near Mosul, and towards the front line of the fight between the Islamic State and peshmerga fighters.
ISIS is believed to have as many as 17,000 fighters
An ISIS execution (screenshot from video)
Blazing Cat Fur : WASHINGTON — The Sunni militant adversary the United States is
confronting in Iraq is a highly mobile force that may number as many as
17,000 fighters and can move across the Iraq-Syria border with impunity,
according to American military and civilian officials.
To counter recent advances by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the
Pentagon on Thursday announced that American warplanes conducted six
more strikes on ISIS targets in the vicinity of the Mosul Dam,
destroying three Humvees, another vehicle and several improvised
explosive device emplacements. The attacks brought to 90 the number of airstrikes conducted by the
fighter jets, drones and bombers that the United States has unleashed on
the Sunni militants since President Obama authorized the strikes as
part of the battle against ISIS. There have been 20 attacks since the
militants beheaded an American journalist and threatened to behead
others if the United States did not stop the airstrikes.
National Review : Baghdad called President Obama’s bluff and he came through.
He had refused to provide air support to Iraqi government forces until the Iraqis got rid of their divisive sectarian prime minister.
They did. He responded.
With the support of U.S. air strikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces have retaken the Mosul dam. Previous strikes had relieved the siege of Mount Sinjar and helped the Kurds retake two strategic towns that had opened the road to a possible Islamic State assault on Irbil, the capital of Kurdistan.
In following through, Obama demonstrated three things: the effectiveness of even limited U.S. power, the vulnerability of the Islamic State, and, crucially, his own seriousness, however tentative.
The last of these is the most important. Obama had said that there was no American military solution to the conflict. This may be true, but there is a local military solution. And that solution requires U.S. air support.
It can work. The Islamic State is overstretched. It’s a thin force of perhaps 15,000 trying to control a territory four times the size of Israel. Its supply lines are not just extended but exposed and highly vulnerable to air power.
Stopping the Islamic State’s momentum creates a major shift in psychology. Guerrilla armies thrive on a sense of inevitability. The Islamic State has grown in size, demoralized its enemies, and attracted recruits from all over the world because it seemed unstoppable, a real caliphate in the making.
People follow the strong horse over the weak horse, taught Osama bin Laden. These jihadists came out of nowhere and shocked the world by capturing Mosul, Tikrit, and the approaches to Kurdistan, heretofore assumed to be impregnable.
Now that’s begun to be reversed.
These are the worst people on earth. They openly, proudly crucify enemies, enslave women, and murder men en masse. These are not the usual bad guys out for land, plunder, or power. These are primitive cultists who celebrate slaughter, glory in bloodlust, and slit the throats of innocents as a kind of sacrament.
In any case, some Muslims believe that smoking
cigarettes is displeasing to Allah. But killing those who smoke
cigarettes — that doesn’t bother the Islamic deity at all.
“Boko Haram ‘executes’ 2 for smoking cigarettes Militants take Nigeria town,” AFP, August 21, 2014: KANO, Nigeria, Aug 21, (AFP): Boko Haram has seized
control of a town in northeastern Nigeria, the latest to fall into
Islamist hands in the crisis- hit region, witnesses and a local official
Several residents who fled the Boko Haram assault on
Buni Yadi in Yobe state said it began late last month, with the
insurgents ultimately taking over the main government building. They have reportedly raised their flag above the building and have
carried out summary executions, including of two people who were caught
Rather, it is a territory with arbitrary borders, which at this time is contested by three rival governments. In the west, there is the Islamic State, a group of fanatical, genocidal terrorists, committed to the destruction of Western civilization, Eastern civilization, and all those who refuse to submit to their totalitarian-cult rule.
In the south, there is the Baghdad regime, controlled by a gaggle of corrupt Shiite Islamist sectarian politicians, tribal leaders, and gangsters allied with and backed by Iran. Finally, in the northeast, there is the de facto Kurdish state, displaying a level of religious tolerance, women’s rights, rule of law, private enterprise, pursuit of economic development, and friendliness toward the United States, Israel, and the West in general that is exemplary in the region.
Question: Which of these three governments should America support? The fact that this question even needs to be asked is indicative of the total senility of current U.S. foreign policy. But it’s worse than that, because if your answer was “the Kurds,” your career prospects in the Obama State Department would be quite dim.
In fact, not only do the Kurds yield priority of State Department preference to the Iran-allied Baghdad regime, whose continued economic and political domination over the Kurds the administration insists upon, but — in terms of real action, rather than rhetoric — the Obama administration has arguably done more to favor the Islamic State as well.
Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti denounces Islamic State as “enemy number one of Islam”
Jihad Watch : “Although
senior Wahhabi clerics endorse execution by beheading for offences that
include apostasy, adultery and sorcery, oppose women driving or working
and describe Shi’ites as heretics, they differ from al Qaeda and
Islamic State militants in opposing violent revolt.”
That is the closest
this report gets to what this is really about. The Grand Mufti isn’t
saying that the Islamic State is the “enemy number one of Islam” because
he thinks that its murders of apostates, beheadings of Infidels, or
kidnappings of infidel women are un-Islamic.
He can’t say that, because
the Saudis have spent billions spreading exactly that understanding of
Islam around the world. No, he only objects to their carrying out a
“violent revolt.” That is, the Islamic State is a caliphate that styles
itself as the ruler of all Muslims worldwide. In the eyes of the Islamic
State’s leaders, then, the Saudi Kingdom has no legitimacy.
of Saud has no legitimacy. And so the House of Saud’s house Mufti duly
issues this condemnation. “Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti denounces Iraq’s Islamic State group,” Reuters, August 19, 2014 :
John Kerry: Islamic State is “an ugly insult to the peaceful religion they violate every day with their barbarity”
Jihad Watch : The
imam Kerry did not explain how the Islamic State is violating the
Religion of Peace.
He is just sure that they must be doing so. The
possibility that they might be acting in accord with the Qur’an never
enters his mind, even to be rejected. Even to consider such a
possibility would be “Islamophobic.” But what do you expect?
This is a
man who learned about Islam from a Board member of a lobbying group for
the Islamic Republic of Iran, Reza Aslan.
“John Kerry: ISIS ‘Must Be Destroyed,’” by Marina Koren, National Journal, August 20, 2014: Secretary of State John Kerry vehemently condemned the
Islamist militant group responsible for American journalist James
Foley first kidnapped by Obama-funded “moderate” Free Syrian Army group
Jihad Watch : Then
he was turned over to the Islamic State as a token of this Free Syrian
Army group’s allegiance to the new caliphate.
The Free Syrian Army are
the “moderates” to whom the Obama Administration has given weapons in
Thus the incoherence of the Obama foreign policy is laid bare: he
is funding what he considers to be heroic freedom fighters in Syria who, when they cross over into Iraq, become bloodthirsty terrorists.
“James Foley Allegedly Used As Token Of Allegiance By Group That Joined ISIS,” by Erin Banco, International Business Times, August 20, 2014: According to Syrian sources who have worked previously to
locate and rescue kidnapped journalists in Syria, American journalist
James Foley, who was beheaded by Islamic State in a video the militant
group made public on Tuesday, was most likely used by another guerrilla
group as a token of allegiance to ISIS.
National Review : France last employed the guillotine in 1939 — beheading has assumed a much-deserved taboo.
Call it moral progress if you like: In the West, we no longer accept as permissible rending a human being in twain.
Which is what Islamic State jihadists were counting on when they beheaded American journalist James Foley this week.
Foley was kidnapped in Syria in 2012, and little was known of his whereabouts until the appearance of a video purporting to show his decapitation. The video is reminiscent of others we have seen in recent years: The murders of Daniel Pearl in 2002, and Nick Berg and Paul Marshall Johnson Jr. in 2004, all American citizens, were similarly broadcast.
Scholars of Islam debate whether the Koran actually sanctions beheading. Whether it does or not, what is clear is that sword-wielding jihadists of the Islamic State type believe that it does.Beheading is not just a warning or a promise; it is a ritual expression of an ideology.
That this ideology seeks to annihilate and tyrannize is clear from the jihadists’ beheading method: not a quick, clean blow, but a slow, agonizing sawing motion that keeps the victim alive to experience his own execution. This is not the guillotine: It is torture. And its perpetrators glory in it.
Welcome to the Islamic State.
Blazing Cat Fur ; It is the now familiar nightmare image. A kneeling prisoner, and behind
him a black-hooded man speaking to camera.
The standing man denounces
the West and claims that his form of Islam is under attack. He then saws
off the head of the hostage. Why did Wednesday morning's video stand out? Because this time the
captive was an American journalist - James Foley - and his murderer is
speaking in an unmistakable London accent.
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Blazing Cat Fur : "When your enemies are telling you what they are, and what they think,
and what they will do, you better damned well listen to them and not to
their complicit, supine, dhimmi translators cum apologists in the
Western world. "Read it all here........
Lazy Muslim MP Quits NDP Because They Don't Hate Israel Enough
Blazing Cat Fur : OTTAWA
-- A New Democrat MP has quit the caucus over what she felt was an
excessively pro-Israel stance on the current conflict in Gaza and
demeaning party demands to toe the line.
"For me, a party leader should be loved like (former leader) Jack Layton
and not feared," wrote Hassainia, who is originally from Tunisia. "Today, I have the courage to make a significant gesture, to take a weight off my shoulders and stand by my convictions." However, NDP sources said Hassainia has never before voiced concern over
Mulcair's position on Israel and accused her of simply looking for an
excuse to cover the fact that she rarely shows up for work.
Growing up with a father who believed “Hitler
was a great man whose one mistake was that he did not kill enough Jews,”
the British-born Muslim of Pakistani descent has experienced firsthand
how an innocent child becomes an Islamist dedicated to the death and
destruction of those who are different.
Hafeez, who intended to become a Jihadist, was “saved” after reading The Case for Israel by Alan Dershowitz and then taking a trip to the Jewish State to justify his life by proving the Harvard professor wrong.
“I’m standing with my head against the Western Wall, and for me it
was like a moment of silence in my own mind,” he said. “I experienced
this moment of clarity. I’ve
met people of all colors, races and religions who are happy here, who
are content here. And for years I’ve spread poison about wanting to
murder these people. How wrong have I got it, how much have I messed
Hafeez is now a self-proclaimed “Muslim Zionist” on a mission to tell
his story and work to save his Jewish brothers and sisters, as well as
all minorities under attack in the Middle East. With the support of the
pro-Israel education group StandWithUs,
Hafeez travels the country telling his story, educating anyone who will
listen about the realities the civilized world faces from radical
Islam. But for Hafeez, that isn’t good enough.
Pope Benedict was right at Regensburg. The world owes him an apology.
Blazing Cat Fur : And if the message of the photos and videos were not getting through
our thick western skulls, we have today a direct warning from the leader
of the ancient Christian community that has been decimated by ISIS.
Chaldean Catholic Church traces its heritage to St. Thomas, the
doubting Apostle of Christ. A few days ago, we all saw the headline
saying that, for the first time in 1600 years, Mass was not being said
in the ancient Christian town of Mosul because all the Christians, all
the Chaldean Catholics, had been either killed, expelled or kidnapped,
to be sold later into chattel slavery.
Speaking from his exile in the dubious and perhaps temporary safety
of the northern Iraqi town of Erbil, the head of this lost and grieving
community, Archbishop Amel Nona, the Chaldean Catholic Archeparch of
Mosul, told us quite bluntly, and without the niceties required by Pope
Benedict’s civilized academic audience, that the time for indulging our
comfortable liberal fantasies is over. “Our sufferings today are the prelude of those that you, Europeans
and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future,” said the
archbishop in an interview with Corriere della Sera.
“I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been
occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my
community is still alive. “Please, try to understand us. Your liberal and democratic principles
are worth nothing here. You must consider again our reality in the
Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever growing
number of Muslims.” He warns us, “Also, you are in danger. You must take strong and
courageous decisions, even at the cost of contradicting your
Erbil is 55 miles east of Mosul, in territory currently holding off
IS attackers, but it is certainly in their path. Corriera della Sera
reports that the bishop has asked for material aid for the exiles
huddling in shock there. “8,000 people, many elderly, a disproportionate
number (for us Westerners) of children, babies of a few months, many
dehydrated with diarrhea. A septuagenarian asks for insulin. Others
write on scraps of crumpled paper the names of medicines that nobody
knows where to find.
“Tens of rusty wheelchairs were donated by humanitarian organizations
for the sick and are used as chairs for the old. The local Christian
organizations together with UN agencies have improvised a canteen
service that distributes white rice, bread, bottled water. The toilets
are almost useless.”
The archbishop continues: “You think all men are equal, but that is
not true: Islam does not say that all men are equal. Your values are not
their values. If you do not understand this soon enough, you will
become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed in your home.”
ISIS jihadi who murdered US journalist James Foley looks to be British
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Jihad Watch : Will
Theresa May ban this chap from Britain? Or would that be
And meanwhile, is anyone looking into where he learned
his understanding of Islam, and where this understanding is being spread
Or would such an inquiry impair “community cohesion”?
“ISIS fighter who executed US journalist looks to be British, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond says,” by Robin de Peyer, London Evening Standard, August 20, 2014 : The ISIS fighter who beheaded a US photojournalist in a
savage act of brutality appears to be British, the Foreign Secretary
Philip Hammond said the horrific video of James Foley being executed
by a masked jihadi militant has the hallmarks to suggest it is genuine
as he warned of the “cancer” of the Islamic State. Footage posted online by ISIS terrorists shows the 40-year-old
freelance journalist handcuffed and clad in orange robes before being
savagely executed by a fighter apparently speaking in a British accent
in the desert.
Jihad Watch : The
Islamic State jihadis think of the U.S. as a Christian nation, and so
they think of destroying it as breaking the cross, which language is
also reminiscent of this:
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “By Him in
Whose Hands my soul is, son of Mary (Jesus) will shortly descend amongst
you people (Muslims) as a just ruler and will break the Cross and kill
the pig and abolish the Jizya (a tax taken from the non-Muslims, who are
in the protection, of the Muslim government). Then there will be
abundance of money and no-body will accept charitable gifts. (Bukhari 3.34.425)
“Islamic State vows to ‘break the American cross,’”
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Islamic State, the Sunni militant
group which seeks to establish a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria,
released a video on Tuesday that gave the strongest indication yet it
might attempt to strike American targets.
The video with the theme “breaking of the American cross” boasts
Islamic State will emerge victorious over “crusader” America. It follows
a video posted on Monday warning of attacks on American targets if
Washington struck against its fighters in Iraq and Syria.
Recording this brutal beheading, the jihadist group thinks it’s being strategic. Its leaders — who likely hold a number of other Western hostages, and appeared to show one of them in the video — hope the video will terrorize America into leaving them alone. They believe that when we see Foley’s death in a barren wilderness, we’ll cede them their empire of death.
Tellingly, and simultaneous with the video’s release, Islamic State supporters began tweeting associated threats.The video, entitled “A Message to America,” begins with President Obama’s announcement of military operations against ISIS. It then transitions to a sandy hilltop, where James Foley kneels before a man in black coveralls and a full black mask. Foley is wearing an orange jumpsuit and begins to read a forced message:
He is made to tell us that “he died” the day that America intervened against the Islamic State. He’s made to blame his brother, a U.S. Air Force serviceman, and President Obama for his looming death. He’s made to state that he wishes he had “more time” and “the hope of freedom” (the Islamic State revels in teasing its prisoners with lost hope) to see his family again. Foley is made to say that he wishes he “wasn’t an American.”
Then, waving a knife, in a British accent dripping with hatred, the ISIS fanatic speaks.
He complains about American interference in Iraq. He claims that the Islamic State represents all Muslims and thus possesses inherent moral sovereignty.
He then beheads Mr. Foley.
We see Foley’s decapitated head sitting upon his handcuffed torso.
Sherman in Gaza The Israeli army has been eerily Shermanesque. By Victor Davis Hanson
National Review : William Tecumseh Sherman 150 years ago took Atlanta before heading out on his infamous March to the Sea to make Georgia “howl.”
The Israeli army was eerily Shermanesque when it went into Gaza. The IDF targeted the homes of the wealthy Hamas elite, the private sanctuaries of the tunnels, and the rocketry and other infrastructure of the Hamas terrorist state. The homes of civilians who did not have rockets in the backyard or tunnels in the basement were usually not hit, and that sent a telling Shermanesque lesson.
Long after the international media’s cameras have left, Gazans will argue over why one man’s house was leveled and another’s was not, leading to the conclusion more often than not that one was being used by Hamas, either with or without its owner’s consent, while the other was not. But all Gazans suffered amid the selective targeting — as did all Georgians and Carolinians for their allegiance to a plantationist class whose own interests were not always the same as those of the non-slave-owning white poor.
Fairly or not, the IDF was reminding the people of Gaza that while it tried to focus exclusively on Hamas, such selectivity was often impossible when Gazans followed such reckless leaders who deliberately shielded themselves among civilians.
The IDF taught the supposedly fearsome Islamic warriors of Hamas, who adopted the loud bells and whistles of primordial killers and who supposedly love death more than life, that nondescript Israeli conscripts, through hard training and with the help of sophisticated technology, were in fact far deadlier than a man in a suicide vest or an RPG-wielding masked bandit.
The IDF, then, like Sherman, sought to dispel the romantic notion that a uniformed conscript army cannot fight a warrior culture, or that it becomes so baffled by insurgencies and asymmetrical warfare as to be rendered helpless. The IDF went into the heart of Gaza City and came out largely intact after defeating all those it encountered.
Sherman was obsessed with separating bellicose enemy rhetoric from facts on the ground.
He believed that unless humiliation was a part of defeat, a tribal society of ranked hierarchies would always concoct myths to explain away failure. Southern newspapers boasted that Sherman was a Napoleon trapped deep in a Russia-like Georgia and about to be cut apart by Confederate Cossacks. Yet when his Army of the West sliced through the center of the state, Sherman smiled that some Southerners had suggested that he go instead over to South Carolina and attack those who “started” the war.
Cherson & Molschky: Boko Haram kills nearly 1,000 Christians -- Where is the media?
smoldering wreckage of St. Theresa Catholic Church at Madalla, Suleja,
just outside Nigeria’s capital of Abuja on Dec. 25, 2011 (Photo: Afolabi
Blazing Cat Fur : As Hamas breaks yet another ceasefire, the mainstream international
media remains intent on focusing on the “poor” Palestinians and the
Celebrities, easily conned by heartbreaking propaganda in the form of
Pallywood, come out against Israel and demonstrate their anti-Semitic
tendencies. The entire world, it seems, is fixated on Israel. Yet when Boko Haram kills nearly 1000 people in a Christian town in a matter of days,
it does not make the headlines... CASE IN POINT: Story from today in the rather obscure Morning Star News:
Muslim Herdsmen in Nigeria Kill 18 Christians in Plateau, Kaduna States: JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – The 14 people killed in an attack by
Muslim Fulani herdsmen last week in Plateau state were Christians killed
for their faith, not cattlemen slain for their livestock, area
Christians said. In Yelwa, where Muslim Fulani cattlemen have largely replaced Christian
ethnicities over the years by means of slash-and-shoot attacks, a throng
of heavily armed herdsmen attacked the remnant Christian community in
the early hours of Aug. 11, the sources said. “These Muslim Fulani gunmen were more than 150, and they were armed,” a
40-year-old Christian from the village who fled to Jos told Morning Star
News. “They attacked us in Yelwa. Many of the members of our community
were killed by them. And they also burned down our houses.
Those of us
who survived had to run out of the village, some to Shendam town and
others to places like Garkawa, Langtang, Pankshin or Jos.”
Tripoli: Islamic salafis ban Christian crosses and icons
Jihad Watch : In
Tripoli, roaming bands of armed Salafis—Muslims went door to door of
the city’s jewelry stores, ordering the owners to stop selling any
crosses or Christian icons.
“Immediately thereafter,” report Arabic
media, “the store owners collected all the crosses and Christian icons
and delivered them to their Christian villages outside of Tripoli.
Other store owners hid the Christian crosses and icons deeply, in the
hopes of transferring them somewhere later, because they live in Tripoli
and have no outside Christian villages to deliver the banned Christian
Islamic State jihadis screaming “Allahu akbar” burn Bibles, cut fingers off for wedding rings
Jihad Watch : “Wedding rings cut off fingers, bibles burned. Chaldean Catholics Remain Faithful,” Catholic Online, August 19, 2014: LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – Your Catholic Voice
Foundation is continuing in its sincere and faithful mission to save and
support Chaldean Catholics displaced by the Islamic State in northern
These amazing and resilient people belong to some of the oldest
Christian communities and societies on the planet. This is literally
true, their Christian communities easily date to the time of the
earliest apostles. Despite their ancient, fruitful and peaceful presence – they have
never fought wars against their neighbors – they have been
systematically rooted out of their homes and forced to flee.
stayed behind have been killed in one of the world’s most shocking acts
of genocide in decades. Help these Christians who have lost everything for the faith. For those who have fled, the stories are all identical. Upon arriving
at the outskirts of Mosul and other communities, they were forced to
pass through a checkpoint. All Christians were searched thoroughly
before being sent into 120 degree heat of the Iraqi desert, deprived of
everything. And we mean everything.
Pockets were emptied of everything, jewelry was confiscated, even
wedding rings. Rosaries were stolen for their value in gold and silver.
When one woman in Mosul was unable to remove her gold wedding ring, they
cut off her finger to get at it. Bibles, some old family heirlooms treasured by those who carried
them, were taken at gunpoint, tossed into piles and later burned to
cries of “Allah ackbar!”
Afghan Sikhs: One of the world’s most persecuted minorities
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Jihad Watch : Afghanistan
is 99% Muslim and is the home of the Taliban, the “Students,” who call
themselves that because they are students of Islam.
The Sikhs in
Afghanistan have been persecuted and continue to be vulnerable to
Islamic jihadists. Islamic supremacists in the West, meanwhile, attempt
to co-opt the Sikhs into their victimhood narrative (which is designed
to intimidate people into thinking it wrong to oppose jihad terror), and
to their shame, some Sikh leaders have gone along.
On the other hand,
Sikhs stood with us for freedom at our Ground Zero Mosque rally in 2011
and again yesterday at our rally for Israel and persecuted religious minorities. “Afghan Sikhs: one of the most vulnerable minorities in the world,” by David Blair, the Telegraph, August 17, 2014 : The Sikhs of Afghanistan are one of the world’s smallest and most vulnerable minorities. Numbering no more than a few hundred families, they have endured
persecution both from the Taliban and wider society in a country that is
99 per cent Muslim. If the migrants who were discovered at Tilbury Docks on Saturday are
indeed Afghan Sikhs, as Essex Police claim, then they would have a clear
motive for leaving their homeland.
But that still leaves some unanswered questions. On the face of it,
the Sikhs of Afghanistan would have enough fear of persecution to be
able to make a formal application for asylum in Britain. Why this group
chose to arrive illegally inside a shipping container is unclear.
Australia Muslim leader: “My flag is the flag of Allah,” not Australian flag
Jihad Watch : “For
me to have the Shahada flag, as it’s called, that’s a flag that I stand
and live and die for and I don’t stand and live and die for the
So says Wissam Haddad. But Tony Abbott says: “My
position is that everyone has got to be on Team Australia.” One of them
is going to have to give. “Islam in Australia:
Living and dying for the flag of Allah,” by Geoff Chambers, The Daily Telegraph, August 19, 2014 : A SENIOR leader of radical Sydney-based Islamic
organisation al-Risalah has denounced the Australian flag, as the
group’s supporters posted Facebook messages about beheading “non-believers”.
Wissam Haddad, the head of the al-Risalah Islamic Centre in Sydney’s
southwest, yesterday told The Daily Telegraph he followed the “flag of
Allah” rather than the flag of Australia. The flag, called the Shahada, is the same as the one used by Islamic
State terrorists who have been spreading death and terror across the
Middle East. “I’m not comfortable personally holding the (Australian) flag because
this flag does not represent me as a Muslim. My flag is the flag of
Allah. That’s my flag.
Islamic State forcibly circumcises Christian men, sells 700 Yazidi women
Jihad Watch : Circumcision:
“Circumcision is obligatory (for every male and female) (by cutting off
the piece of skin on the glans of the penis of the male, but
circumcision of the female is by cutting out the bazr ‘clitoris’ [this is called khufaadh 'female circumcision']).” — ‘Umdat al-Salik e4.3, translated by Mark Durie,
Sex slavery: “Certainly will the believers have succeeded: They who
are during their prayer humbly submissive, and they who turn away from
ill speech, and they who are observant of zakah, and they who guard
their private parts except from their wives or those their right hands
possess, for indeed, they will not be blamed” (Qur’an 23:1-6).
“ISIS Forcefully Circumcised Assyrian Christian Men in Mosul, Sold 700 Yazidi Women,” AINA, August 18, 2014 :
Hamas and Islamic Jihad fully control UN agency for “Palestinian” “refugees”
Jihad Watch : “Hamas’
takeover of the UNRWA institutions and UNRWA staff should set off
alarms regarding the possibility of funding given by donor countries —
primarily the United States — finding its way to financing the salaries
of Hamas and Islamic Jihad activists.”
Yep. “Report: Hamas Jihad fully controls UN agency for Palestinians refugees,” World Tribune, August 17, 2014:
WASHINGTON — Hamas and Islamic Jihad have effectively
captured the United Nations agency to care for Palestinian refugees, a
report said. The Center for Near East Policy Research asserted that Hamas and
Jihad controlled the UN Refugee and Works Agency in the Gaza Strip. In a
report, the U.S.-based center said Hamas operatives were in control of
UNRWA’s labor union and that refugee camps served as a recruiting ground
for Islamist fighters.
“Over the years, UNRWA has become a convenient surrogate for
terrorist organizations, led by Hamas, which unrestrictedly dominates
the UNRWA workers union, and its men — along with educators from the
Islamic Jihad and other groups — are the ones who educate generations of
descendants of Palestinian refugees about the values of jihad against
Israel and all infidels,” the report, titled “The UNRWA-Hamas Axis,”
Pope Francis OKs force to stop huge outbreak of misunderstanding of Islam
Jihad Watch : Last
November, Pope Francis wrote that “authentic Islam and the proper
reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.”
Unfortunately for him and for the world at large, so many Muslims have
misunderstood their own religion that now he is emphasizing that it is
“licit to stop the unjust aggressor.”
Pope Francis is faced with the
strange prospect of a nation-sized entity – the self-styled new
caliphate – with supporters around the world who have misunderstood
their own religion as he has characterized it.
One wonders if the Pope
has pondered this anomaly, and wondered how it could have come about,
and what can be done about it. Should he dispatch a team of Jesuits to
the lands controlled by the Islamic State to teach them that authentic
Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of
Meanwhile, Islamic jihadists are greeting these careful and temperate
words from the Pope by claiming hysterically that he has called a new
Crusade — as if he was calling for military force to go into the Islamic
State and convert the people there to Christianity. This hysteria is,
of course, a recruitment tool. “Pope OKs protecting Iraq minorities, wants UN OK,” by Nicole Winfield, Associated Press, August 18, 2014:
HuffPo stands strong for Hamas and Islamic State, bashes AFDI rally for their victims
Jihad Watch : The
Huffington Post does not deign to mention the point of the rally, which
was to support Israel and persecuted religious minorities.
say anything about how this was the first rally of its kind: the first
to bring together the disparate victims of jihad terror and Islamic
supremacism, presenting a common front in defense of freedom.
conclusion that can be drawn is that the Huffington Post does not want
such a coalition to be formed, and does not want resistance against
jihad terror to solidify. In that the HuffPo is typical of the
mainstream media today. Who has bought them, and how do they sleep?
“Huffington Post pimps for Islamic State and Hamas, defames their victims,” by Pamela Geller, August 18, 2014: This sums up what we’re up against. It best illustrates
the war in the information battlespace. Who is the Huffington Post
working for — the Islamic State? Clearly, they’d like to see my severed
head on a pole. Look at this report.
Where is the coverage of the Yazidi speaker? The
Kurd leader? The Hindu activist? Thousands are being slaughtered, and
this troll is making fun of the international human rights hero, Simon
Deng, a former Sudanese slave? Imagine recording three hours just to try
and capture a wrong word or a flubbed line or a forgotten name.
funny is that Simon had rattled off a cascade of complicated names of
numerous Islamic terrorist organizations, but that didn’t matter. When
he momentarily forgot the Islamic State, Paul Vale pounced, like the
vulture he is. And I love how he put “minorities persecuted under
Islamic rule” in quotation marks, as if I made up the fact that there
are religious minorities in Muslim countries, and that they’re being
violently persecuted. Shame on them.
Syrian Christian asks, “Why aren’t the moderate Muslims doing more to stop the extremists in their midst?”
Jihad Watch : “Why
aren’t the moderate Muslims doing more to stop the extremists in their
Do they agree with their ideology and extremism? We saw hundreds
of thousands of protesters on the streets against the abuses of the
regime, so why are we not now seeing those thousands of protesters
against what IS is doing?”
Fair questions. But no answers will be forthcoming from Muslim
leaders in Syria or anywhere else. In the U.S., Hamas-linked CAIR can
point to its condemnation of the Islamic State as if that settled the
matter — yet neither CAIR nor any other Muslim group is doing anything
to teach Muslims to reject the Islamic State’s understanding of Islam. “Aleppo’s forgotten Christians,” by Edward Dark, Al-Monitor, August 11, 2014 :
ALEPPO, Syria — Walking through the largely Christian neighborhoods of Aleppo city — Azizieh, Siryan, Sulaimaniyah and Midan — you can still see the posters of the two bishops kidnapped
by Islamist militants last year hanging on shop windows, walls and even
cars. The people here haven’t forgotten them; the event is still as
painful and fresh as if it had happened just yesterday.
kidnapping was a symbolic event, indicative of the larger collapse of
interfaith communal relations in a country under the strain of a
sectarian civil war, and marked the end of a long era of relative peace
and safety for the Christians of Syria.
Blockading Port of Oakland To end Israeli “apartheid.”
National Review : The Zim Piraeus traversed the Panama Canal two weeks ago, then turned its 964-foot deck north, toward California, where it was scheduled to offload tens of thousands of tons of cargo at the Port of Oakland this weekend — just like 1,897 other container ships last year.
But the Zim Piraeus, which arrived in San Francisco Bay on Sunday afternoon, is not unloading — and might not anytime soon.
The problem with the Piraeus is that Israel Corporation, Israel’s largest holding company, founded by the Jewish state’s government in 1968, owns 32 percent of the Piraeus’s operator, Zim Integrated Shipping Services.
For the protesters who have formed picket lines at Oakland’s docks, the container ship moored in the bay is a symbol of “apartheid,” “Zionism,” and “imperialism.”Last week posters appeared advertising a planned protest against the incoming ship: “Block the Boat, End Israeli Apartheid.” The sponsors — a Bay Area coalition of 70 organizations that includes such varied partners as the Arab Resource and Organizing Center and Critical Resistance, which opposes the “prison-industrial complex” – wrote:
“Every week, the Israeli-owned Zim shipping line docks and unloads its cargo at the Port of Long Beach. Let’s boycott Israeli Apartheid and stop the ship from ever unloading in our town. From Seattle to Oakland to Los Angeles: Turn the Israeli ship around!”
Islamic terrorist group demands Islamic state… in downtown Oslo
Blazing Cat Fur : For now Muslim settlers are flying to Iraq or Syria from European countries like to Norway to join ISIS.
Eventually they won’t have to fly anywhere.A Muslim terrorist group, Ansar al-Sunna, is threatening that if a section of the nation’s capitol isn’t transformed into a sharia-complaint Muslim nation, an attack rivaling 9/11 will be launched upon the Scandinavian nation.
“We do not want to be a part of Norwegian society. And we do not consider it necessary either to move away from Norway, because we were born and grew up here. And Allah’s earth belongs to everybody. But let Grønland become ours. Bar this city quarter and let us control it the way we wish to do it.
This is the best for both parts. We do not wish to live together with dirty beasts like you.”
The motive for the warning is the wish of this radical islamist group to establish an Islamic state in Grønland, Oslo.
Catholic Archbishop of Mosul: ‘Islam Does Not Say That All Men Are Equal’
Catholic Church in Mosul destroyed
Blazing Cat Fur : Amel Shimoun Nona, the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Mosul, Iraq, who
is now living in exile, warned that his diocese is now run by radical
Muslims and that “liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing
here,” adding that “Islam does not say that all men are equal,” and if
Westerners “do not understand this soon enough, you will become the
victims of the enemy you have welcomed into your home.”
Raymond Ibrahim : Today, August 15, marks the anniversary of Constantinople’s victory over Muslim invaders in what historians commonly call the “Second Siege of Byzantium,” 717–18. Prior to this massive onslaught, the Muslims had been hacking away at the domains of the Byzantine empire for nearly a century.
The Muslims’ ultimate goal was the conquest of Constantinople — for both political and religious reasons.
Politically, Islam had no rival but the “hated Christians” of Byzantium, known by various appellations — including al-Rum (the Romans), al-Nassara (the Nazarenes), and, most notoriously, al-Kilab (the “dogs”).
The eastern Sasanian Empire had already been vanquished, and Persia subsumed into the caliphate. Only the “worshippers of the cross” — as they were, and still are, disparagingly known — were left as contenders over the eastern Mediterranean basin.
More important, Constantinople — from a theological perspective — simply had to fall.
From the start, Islam and jihad were inextricably linked. The jihad, or “holy war,” which took over Arabia and Persia, followed by Syria, Egypt, and all of North Africa — all formerly Byzantine territory — was considered a religious obligation, or, as later codified in sharia law, a fard kifaya: a communal obligation on the body of believers, to be adhered to and fulfilled no less than the Five Pillars of Islam.
As the famous 14th-century Muslim historian Ibn Khaldun put it: “In the Muslim community, the jihad is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the Muslim mission and the obligation to convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force. . . . Islam is under obligation to gain power over other nations.”
Vice News : The Central African Republic's capital of Bangui has seen its Muslim population drop from 130,000 to under 1,000 during the past few months.
Over the past year, thousands across CAR have been killed, and nearly a million have been displaced. The United Nations recently stated that the entire Western half of the country has now been cleansed of Muslims.
CAR has never fully recovered from France's colonial rule, and it has only known ten years of a civilian government—from 1993 to 2003—since achieving independence in 1960. Coup after coup, often with French military involvement, has led many to refer to the country as a phantom state. The current conflict has now completely erased the rule of law, leaving the UN and international community looking confused and impotent.
In March 2013, the Séléka, a mostly Muslim rebel alliance, rose up and overthrew the corrupt government of François Bozizé, while bringing terror and chaos across the country—pillaging, killing, and raping with impunity. In response, mostly Christian self-defense forces, called the Anti-Balaka, formed to defend CAR against Séléka attacks.
Malaysiakini - Vijay47: Former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad is absolutely correct when he says that there is little chance for a non-racial Malaysia. He should know.
He was the man who, with his gross abuse of the New Economic Policy and focus on race and religion, ensured that racism was so deeply imbedded as to thrive for generations to come.
Umno's sly thieving schemes supported by traitors like former MCA chief Ling Liong Sik and former MIC chief S Samy Vellu have ensured this.
What is even more condemnable is that these policies are even now continued by Umno, MCA and MIC.
Mahathir, the consummate hypocrite who has elevated racial discrimination to exquisite heights, has the cheek to suggest that non-Malays have not honoured the ‘social contract’, inter alia by not adopting Malay names, and are thus responsible for the present sharply divided nation.
And this regret from the patron of Perkasa, a raving bunch of fanatics bent on destroying whatever remains of Malaysia. Sadly, such entrenched attitudes will not pass even after this Malay from Kerala does.
ISIS Sleeper Cells Allegedly Planning Large-Scale Terror Attacks On Mainland America
Inquisitr : ISIS, also known as the Islamic State, has taken somewhat of a pounding in Iraq recently at the hands of the laser guided missile strikes on their positions in the region, ordered by Barack Obama.
However, according to intelligence reports on Saturday, ISIS is not just going to let the U.S. strikes against them go unnoticed or unpunished. Five intelligence officials told Bloomberg News some worrying things about ISIS and its strategy.
They alleged that the fanatical Islamist terrorist group is planning to carry out major terror attacks against targets in the United States, and possibly in Europe.
According to the intelligence officials, ISIS has sleeper cells around the world, including in Europe and America, whose goal is to gain a greater foothold in the Islamic world, politically and militarily.
U.S. Army Colonel Derek Harvey said that due to Obama’s failed policy in leaving Iraq, the country is now gripped in a “competition for jihadi leadership” between ISIS and Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, following the falling out between the two groups last year.
The Colonel also claimed that President Obama has seriously underestimated ISIS’ hold in Syria in Iraq, as well as what they are capable of in terms of 9/11 type atrocity on mainland America. Read it all here.........
Victim of Caliphate's 'Sexual Holy War' Prays for Death
Daily Mail : Please, let American jets bomb my prison... death is better than to be forced off with a strange man: 8 months pregnant, captured by Islamic thugs waging 'Sexual Holy War' - one woman issues a heartrending plea.
The call came in the early hours, the voice muffled, furtive and shaking with fear. ‘If they see me talking to someone they will kill me for sure, maybe kill all of us.’
This was Nisreen, a 17-year-old seized by the vicious Islamic State forces who have swept through Iraq and Syria spreading fear and panic.
She told how she was one of 96 Yazidi girls kidnapped when their towns and villages fell to the fanatics.
Now these teenagers wait in terror to be sold into slavery or forced into marriage with militant Islamists.
‘I know this exact number because I hear them talking,’ said Nisreen. ‘We are sure they have sold us.
We do not fear for our lives but for our dignity as women.’
It was a brave phone call from a desperate woman.
The world has heard the hideous stories of refugees fleeing the jihadists but here, for the first time, was a voice from the other side: from a kidnap victim trapped in IS’s newly-won territory.
The husband of another teenage woman, heavily pregnant, held captive by the IS told me how she would rather the US bombed her prison – with her inside – than be handed out like a piece of property to an extremist fighter. Read it all here.............
Today's Zaman : Four women were killed at the hands of their husbands and brothers on Thursday in three separate regions in Turkey: Ankara, Uşak, and Giresun.
With these killings, the total number of women murdered in 2014 has reached 169.
In Ankara, an 81-year-old identified as Y.Z.Ö. killed his 55-year-old Azeri wife of eleven months, identified as D.Ö. Y.Z.Ö.'s previous wife had passed away and he married because of loneliness reports said.
When they first married D.Ö. declined Y.Z.Ö.'s request for sexual intercourse. Again, on Thursday, Y.Z.Ö. made the same request, was once more refused and an argument ensued. The argument soon became a fight, at which point Y.Z.Ö. took out his shotgun and shot his wife, killing her in their home in the Pursaklar district of Ankara.
He was later reported to have said, “We were married 11 months ago. I insisted [sexual intercourse] several times but was rejected every time. Because of this, I felt humiliated and shot her with the rifle. Read it all here......