Last week on ABN I filmed this show with David Wood and Sam Shamoun.
Last week on ABN I filmed this show with David Wood and Sam Shamoun.
The Iranians are thrilled, the Israelis are dismayed: that's how you can tell that this was a deal brokered by the Obama Administration.
"Iran president: Nuclear 'rights' sealed," from the Associated Press, November 24:
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says the nuclear deal reached with world powers recognizes Tehran's "rights" to maintain an atomic program.
The remarks come just hours after Iranian envoys and world powers reached a first-step accord in Geneva aimed at easing Western concerns that Tehran could one day seek nuclear weapons.
Rouhani on Sunday repeated Iran's claim that it would "never" seek atomic weapons.
But they might just happen to find them anyway.
This use of a new tactic to achieve the same old goal is obvious to everyone except Barack Obama. "War is deceit," said Muhammad. "Iranian leader: Nuclear negotiations merely a maneuver to reach Islamic goal," by Reza Kahlili for the Daily Caller, November 20:
As the world’s 5+1 powers resumed nuclear negotiations with Iran in Geneva on Wednesday, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attacked Israel and the U.S., saying the Islamic regime is using those negotiations as a gimmick to get stronger.
Khamenei, in a speech to thousands of commanders of the Basij militia, which has been suppressing millions of Iranians seeking freedom from the mullahs’ rule, referred to the negotiations and said: “Some have translated [Iran’s] ‘heroic flexibility’ [in] stepping back from goals and values of the Islamic regime [to achieve a nuclear settlement] and some enemies based on this have claimed retreat by the Islamic Republic.”
However, Khamenei said, that is a “misunderstanding.”
“The ‘heroic flexibility’ means an artistic maneuver and the use of different tactics to reach different goals and ideals of the Islamic regime,” he said. Stalling tactics for more than a decade have allowed Iran to greatly enhance its nuclear capability, allowing to mobilize as a fully-armed nuclear nation within weeks.
Khamenei had previously supported the negotiations by the regime’s new government under President Hassan Rouhani and talked of “heroic flexibility,” implying that the regime will give up some ability of its nuclear program.
However, as the Daily Caller previously reported, the Iranian delegate demanded U.S. and Western recognition of Iran’s right to nuclear enrichment and the removal of major sanctions on its banking and oil industries, which have paralyzed the Islamic regime’s economy. In return, Iran offered only to stop its uranium enrichment at the 20 percent level, a level that is much higher than needed for peaceful purposes.
“The holy Quran necessitates this decree for all prophets, faithful and the ordinary people where all of us must answer in the face of our covenant to God,” Khamenei said. “[B]ased on the clear decree in the Quran, this covenant [is] to stand against the enemy in the fronts of military, political and economy and also not back down from the enemy.”
Khamenei called Israel a “rabid dog,” “unclean,” “illegitimate” and “a bastard.”
“The Zionist regime is destined to destruction, because this miserable regime was imposed [on the Middle East] based upon force, and no imposed phenomenon can last,” he said....
"War is deceit," said Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, and Mohamed A. Salim evidently took his words to heart: "Salim said that he stopped filming shortly thereafter and that Dahlberg left his cab but then returned to punch him. But Morrogh said cellphone records show that Salim placed a call to 911 'just seconds' after the filming ended, which was not enough time for an assault to occur. Morrogh also said that Salim never mentioned the punch during the emergency call and that a defense lawyer might argue that the hairline fracture Salim pointed out was an old injury. Morrogh said he is exploring filing a charge of making a false report."
"Charges in alleged attack of Muslim cabdriver Mohamed Salim are dropped," by Justin Jouvenal for the Washington Post, November 14 (thanks to Joey):
Charges were dropped Thursday in the case of a Fairfax County businessman accused of fracturing a Muslim cabdriver’s jaw after a profanity-laced tirade against the driver and his religion that was captured on video.
After reviewing cellphone records and other evidence in the alleged attack, which some Muslim groups termed a hate crime, prosecutors said they did not believe Mohamed A. Salim’s account.
Prosecutors asked that the suspect be held without bond in a road rage incident outside Montgomery Mall.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh (D) said he did not condone the language Ed Dahlberg used in the encounter, which gained national attention after the recording surfaced. But Morrogh said his office concluded that the Clifton man was innocent of the misdemeanor assault charge.
“Some people took this incident and ran with it to make political points,” Morrogh said.
The altercation occurred 11 days after the Boston Marathon bombing, and the [Hamas-linked] Council on American-Islamic Relations had asked prosecutors to designate it a hate crime. It said it was one of a handful that occurred after the Boston attacks. Salim told his story to The Washington Post, CNN and other news outlets.
Salim said he picked up Dahlberg at a Northern Virginia country club in April. When Salim arrived, he said, Dahlberg was holding a beer, and Salim told him that he had to finish it before getting in the cab. Soon after, Dahlberg began to complain about the time on the taxi’s meter, so Salim began filming with his cellphone as a precaution.
On the 11-minute video, a man can be heard chatting normally with Salim, but the conversation eventually takes a nasty turn. The man asserts that most Muslims are terrorists and that the Koran directs Muslims to kill nonbelievers. He answers in the affirmative when Salim asks whether he is threatening him.
Near the end, Salim is heard asking: “Why are you punching me? Sir, why are you punching me?”
The passenger replies: “You’re a [expletive] Muslim.”
Salim said that he stopped filming shortly thereafter and that Dahlberg left his cab but then returned to punch him. But Morrogh said cellphone records show that Salim placed a call to 911 “just seconds” after the filming ended, which was not enough time for an assault to occur.
Morrogh also said that Salim never mentioned the punch during the emergency call and that a defense lawyer might argue that the hairline fracture Salim pointed out was an old injury. Morrogh said he is exploring filing a charge of making a false report.
Dahlberg, who has maintained his innocence, was vindicated, his attorney said. “The defendant was trying to egg him on,” said the attorney, John Kenneth Zwerling. He added later: “This was all about money.” Dahlberg declined to comment.
Salim, an Army veteran and Somali immigrant who lives in Great Falls, said he was shaken by the charges being dropped. He said he sticks by his account and will ask federal authorities to pursue charges against Dahlberg. He said he also plans to file a civil suit.
Salim previously said he had a headache, lost hearing in one ear and had blurred vision after the alleged punch.
“This is a hate crime,” Salim said. “If this is not a hate crime — God forbid.”
"The city of Al Quds has an Islamic character and the occupation will not be able to take away its character and identity, even if it continues committing crimes and forging the facts.” This is total projection: the ones trying to create a false alternative history are the "Palestinians," not the Israelis, whose historical claim to that area is abundantly established by archaeology.
"Mufti: Jerusalem is 'Islamic,'" by Dalit Halevy for Israel National News, November 12 (thanks to Twostellas):
The Supreme Palestinian Mufti, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein, has issued a warning against what he says are the dangerous repercussions of excavation work Israel is allegedly carrying out next to the Al Aqsa Mosque, in territory he says is under the control of the Muslim Waqf trust, which administers the Islamic Al Aqsa complex.
He accuses Israel of trying to take over the mosque.
"The radical settlers continue the daily damage to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque,” Hussein wrote in a statement. “They burst into the territory of the Al Aqsa Mosque and pray in it.
"The city of Al Quds [Jerusalem – DH] has an Islamic character and the occupation will not be able to take away its character and identity, even if it continues commiting [sic] crimes and forging the facts.”
The World Union of Muslim Sages declared Friday, November 22, a special day of support for the Al Aqsa Mosque and for Al Quds / Jerusalem. They called upon Muslim residents of Jerusalem to gather at the mosque in order to “protect it from the plots of the occupation authorities and the extremist Jewish groups.”
These Jewish groups, the Union of Muslim Sages said, seek to enable Jewish prayer at the site or demolish it and build the “false” Jewish Temple upon its ruins.
The Temple Mount is Judaism's holiest site, where the two holy Temples of Israel stood prior to their destruction, and where some Jewish traditions teach that the creation of the world began.
But despite that fact, Jewish visitors to the Mount are subject to severe restrictions, including a complete ban on prayers or the performance of any other religious rituals, due to the presence of an Islamic complex there that is built on the ruins of the two Jewish Temples. This despite court orders rejecting such bans as illegally infringing on the right to freedom of religion.
Temple Mount activists have often cited such restrictions as an added imperative for Jews to frequent the Temple Mount, as a way of asserting Jewish rights at the holiest site in Israel. They also fear the "abandonment" of the Temple Mount to the Muslim Waqf, which stands accused of the systematic destruction of Jewish artifacts on the Mount.
The credulity of some people never ceases to amaze me. There are armed Islamic groups all over the world committing violence that they themselves explain and justify by referring to Islamic texts and teachings -- in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Burma, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Israel, Nigeria, and elsewhere -- and still John Esposito tours all over the country explaining that it is all about how Americans "misunderstand" Islam, and people lap it up. His agenda here is identical to that of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which routinely ignores how Islamic jihadists quote the Qur'an and invoke Muhammad to justify violence and terrorism, but cries "Islamophobia" when non-Muslims quote those jihadis quoting the Qur'an and invoking Muhammad. They want to fool people into thinking that non-Muslim "Islamophobes" are responsible for "linking Islam with terrorism," when actually the ones doing that linking are the jihadis. The objective is to intimidate non-Muslims into thinking that it is "bigoted" and "hateful" to discuss the Islamic motives and goals of jihadis, much less to resist them -- so that those jihadis can do their work unopposed and unimpeded.
John Esposito is the director of Georgetown University's Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU), a professor of religion and international affairs, and one of the most prominent scholars of Islam and the Middle East in the nation. He has called Muslim Brotherhood Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who advocates jihad-martyrdom suicide bombings and has praised Hitler's genocide of the Jews, a champion of a “reformist interpretation of Islam and its relationship to democracy, pluralism and human rights.” Esposito has called the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) “phenomenal organization” and has spoken at CAIR fundraisers in order, he explained, to “show solidarity not only with the Holy Land Fund [that is, the Holy Land Foundation], but also with CAIR.”
The Holy Land Foundation was shut down and prosecuted for funneling money to the jihad terror group Hamas, which once boasted on its website about its murders of civilians in pizza parlors and on buses; the Justice Department named CAIR an unindicted co-conspirator in the case. Esposito himself refuses to condemn Hamas, as the Investigative Project notes: “In a 2000 interview in The United Association for Studies and Research’s (UASR) Middle East Affairs Journal, Esposito refused to condemn Hamas, which at the time was already designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the U.S. State Department.”
Esposito has also co-edited a book, Islam and Secularism in the Middle East, with Azzam Tamimi. Palestinian political scientist Muhammad Muslih calls Tamimi “a Hamas member.” Tamimi has said: “I admire the Taliban; they are courageous,” and “I support Hamas.” When University of South Florida computer science professor Sami al-Arian was accused of involvement with the leadership of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which has claimed responsibility for the murders of several civilians, he became a cause célèbre, with his defenders ascribing his prosecution to “Islamophobia.” Esposito rushed to his defense, avowing: “Sami Al-Arian’s a very good friend of mine.” In 2008, Esposito advocated for al-Arian’s release, saying:
Sami Al-Arian is a proud, dedicated and committed American as well as a proud and committed Palestinian. He is an extraordinarily bright, articulate scholar and intellectual-activist, a man of conscience with a strong commitment to peace and social justice.
Al-Arian later pled guilty to “conspiring to provide services to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a specially designated terrorist organization, in violation of U.S. law.” Al-Arian also, according to Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA), has “longstanding connections to associates of al Qaeda.” Wolf quotes a federal affidavit noting that “‘Sheik Rahman (the ‘Blind Sheik’) visited Al-Arian at his residence in Tampa and spoke at his mosque.’ Rahman is currently serving a life sentence in U.S. prison for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center attack and additional terror plots.”
Also associated with the Blind Sheikh is the man Esposito calls “my old friend Siraj”: the popular Muslim speaker Siraj Wahhaj. Wahhaj was designated a “potential unindicted co-conspirator” in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing for taking the Blind Sheik to speak at mosques in New York and New Jersey in the early 1990s. Wahhaj has warned that the United States will fall unless it “accepts the Islamic agenda.” He has also asserted that “if only Muslims were clever politically, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate.”
This is the "expert" whom the Washington Post calls upon to clear up Tony Blair's "misconceptions" about Islam.
"Speaker seeks clarity on Islam," by Bill Sherman for the Tulsa World, November 9:
John Esposito has logged 3 million miles over the past four decades traveling to and from Islamic nations of the Middle East and Asia.
He speaks and reads Arabic. And he thinks Americans misunderstand the religion embraced by a quarter of mankind.
Esposito, who will speak Thursday in Tulsa, is author of 45 books, professor of religion and international affairs and of Islamic studies at Georgetown University, presidentelect of the American Academy of Religion, and founding director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown.
America’s exposure to Islam began with the Iranian revolution, he said, when they saw daily televised reports of people chanting death to America and burning the U.S. flag.
“The tendency is to generalize from a narrow experience,” he said.
“And there’s a deeper rooted issue,” he said. Islam has always been viewed as “over there,” grouped with Far East religions like Hinduism and Buddhism, instead of as a monotheistic Abrahamic faith that sees itself connected to the great prophets of Judaism and Christianity.
He said that after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Americans’ interest in Islam spiked.
But a wave of opposition to mosque construction and Shariah law began with the controversy over building a mosque near ground zero in New York City.
He said Islamophobia, an irrational fear of Islam, is a social cancer that has swept the nation in the last 10 years, spurred by anti-Islamic authors on speaking tours and anti-Muslim web sites.
No mention, of course, of jihad terror attacks. Fort Hood? Boston? The dizzying number of failed jihad plots, from the Portland Christmas tree jihadi to the Times Square car bomber jihadi? Pah! It's all an "irrational fear of Islam" caused by "anti-Islamic authors on speaking tours and anti-Muslim web sites."
Major politicians are using language about Islam that they would never use about other religions, calling it a threat to the West, he said.
Not just "major politicians"! A captured internal Muslim Brotherhood document, “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America,” explains that the Brotherhood’s agenda in the U.S. is subversive: the Muslim Brothers “must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.” But for some reason John Esposito pretends this document does not exist.
He called that viewpoint naive and a frustration.
Democracy has never developed in the Middle East, he said, not because of Islam but because when modern states emerged, they were authoritarian regimes ruled by kings and their military.
Residents of the Middle East have functioned under that type of government for decades, but polling shows that most Muslims admire Americans and want what Americans have — political freedom and economic opportunity, Esposito said.
Authoritarian governments are concerned with staying in power. They use religion for their own strategic purposes, but their underlying motive is power, he said.
Even Osama bin Laden appealed to religion to mobilize people, but his primary driver was political, not theological, he said.
Esposito will speak at the 2013 Dialogue and Friendship Dinner and awards ceremony of the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest, formerly the Institute of Interfaith Dialog.
The dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Downtown Doubletree Hotel, 616 W. Seventh St.
Honorees will be:
Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz: leadership award
City Councilor G.T. Bynum: public service award
Lutheran Bishop Emeritus Floyd M. Schoenhals: Fethullah Gulen Peace Award
Fethullah Gulen: the "Turkish Khomeini."
KWGS Public Radio Tulsa: media award
Ozark Christian College student Ashley Weece: dialogue award
Tickets for the dinner are $50 and can be purchased at bit.ly/dialoguedinner.
Bill Sherman 918-581-8398
2013 Dialogue and Friendship Dinner
When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Downtown Doubletree Hotel, 616 W. 7th St.
Tickets: $50, available at bit.ly/dialoguedinner
"War is deceit," said Muhammad. But to take him at his word would be "Islamophobic."
"VIDEO: Iranian president brags about deceiving the West," by Reza Kahlili for the Daily Caller, September 22:
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has gone on a charm offensive lately with multiple interviews with American media promising collaboration, but a recent video shows he takes pride in deceiving the West.
“Gone is the age of blood feuds,” Rouhani stated in an op-ed in the Washington Post. “World leaders are expected to lead in turning threats into opportunities,” he wrote in the Post Friday.
In interviews with ABC and NBC, Rouhani said that Iran will never develop nuclear weapons and that he has the authority to make a deal with the West. “In its nuclear program, this government enters with full power and has complete authority,” Rouhani said. “Under no circumstances would we seek any weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, nor will we ever.”
Rouhani, who is one of the most trusted figures of the Islamic regime’s supreme leader, has served the Islamic Republic at the highest levels since the 1979 revolution. He has been the deputy speaker of Parliament, the head of the Executive Committee of the High Council for War Support during the Iran-Iraq War, the deputy to the second-in-command of Iran’s joint chiefs of staff, a member of the Expediency Council, a member of the Assembly of Experts (the body that chooses the supreme leader), a former nuclear negotiator, and, most importantly, the representative of the supreme leader to the Supreme National Security Council since 1989.
Despite the recent charm offensive in the American media, a recently revealed video of an interview prior to the June Iranian election shows him bragging how he, in his role as Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, deceived the West during negotiations on Iran’s illicit nuclear program even as Iran expanded its nuclear power. At the same time, Rouhani managed to relieve pressure by the West, especially in convincing the Europeans to avert possible military aggression by the Bush administration.
“The day that we invited the three European ministers [to the talks], only 10 centrifuges were spinning at [the Iranian nuclear facility of] Natanz,” Rouhani boasted on the tape. “We could not produce one gram of U4 or U6 [uranium hexafluoride]. … We did not have the heavy-water production. We could not produce yellow cake. Our total production of centrifuges inside the country was 150.”
But then Rowhani admitted in the video the purpose of prolonging negotiations: “We wanted to complete all of these — we needed time.”
He said the three European ministers promised to block U.S. efforts to transfer the Iran nuclear dossier to the United Nations, using veto power if necessary. He called Iran’s claim that it stopped its nuclear program in 2003 a statement for the uneducated and admitted that the program not only continued, but was significantly expanded under his tenure.
While President George W. Bush was increasing pressure on Iran in 2007, a report by American intelligence agencies concluded that Iran halted its nuclear program in 2003 and that the program had remained frozen since.
In the interview, Rouhani said that after he took over the country’s nuclear project, the country’s 150 centrifuges grew to over 1,700 by the time he left the project.
Then Rouhani made his boldest statement: “We did not stop; we completed the program.”
He said that Iran’s nuclear activity was under the supervision of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and that he, as Khamenei’s representative, was to ensure this deceit....
The PA media lies to stir up murderous age and hate, while their friends and allies in the U.S. spuriously claim the moral high ground and insist that those who oppose them are the "hatemongers."
"Settlers Contaminate Water Container near Bethlehem," from WAFA (Palestinian News & Info Agency), September 16 (thanks to Maxwell):
BETHLEHEM, September 16, 2013 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers Monday contaminated a water container used to store water for drinking and for agricultural purposes belonging to a resident of al-Khader, south of Bethlehem, according to a local activist.
Coordinator of the committee against the apartheid wall, Ahmad Salah, told WAFA that settlers broke into the container, swam in it and also performed Jewish prayers.
He said that this is not the first attack by settlers against the village residents; settlers have been destroying and contaminating water wells while soldiers prevent farmers from building new wells in their land under the pretext that they need to obtain a permit first.
ANTI "Islamophobia" advertisements due to screen on major free-to-air channels from today rely on a fabricated quote from Irish playwright and avowed atheist George Bernard Shaw, from a book that does not exist, according to the International Shaw Society.In response to "misinformation," spread some more. Good work.
The 30-second ads have been funded by the Sydney-based Mypeace organisation, which says it hopes to "build bridges" between Muslims and other Australians.
Animated with voiceovers and with quotations displayed on the screen, they feature major historical figures including Mahatma Gandhi and Shaw praising the prophet Mohammed.
The advertisements quote Shaw proclaiming the prophet Mohammed was "the saviour of humanity" in a book he is supposed to have written entitled The Genuine Islam.
But International Shaw Society treasurer Richard F Dietrich said he had compiled a complete list of Shaw's works, which did not include the book.
"I think The Genuine Islam is bogus," he said. In his writings, Shaw described the religion in a 1933 letter to Rev Ensor Walters as "ferociously intolerant".
"Mahomet rose up at the risk of his life and insulted the stones (that the Arabs worshipped) shockingly, declaring that there is only one God, Allah, the glorious and the great . . . And there was to be no nonsense about toleration," Shaw wrote.
"You accepted Allah or you had your throat cut by someone who did accept him, and who went to Paradise for having sent you to Hell."
The suggestion that Shaw may have written a book entitled The Genuine Islam has its origins in an interview between Shaw and Muslim propagandist Maulana Mohammed Abdul Aleem Siddiqui published in a Muslim periodical in January 1936.
The interview took place in Mombasa, Kenya, some time between April 10 and 20, 1935, and copies of the periodical remain.
It contains a quotation which describes Mohammed as the "saviour of humanity" and Islam as having "wonderful vitality" and "the chance to rule of Britain, nay Europe, in the next hundred years", but these are not recorded as the words of Shaw.
The quotation appears in a separate quotation box without attribution, and not in the main body of the interview.
However, the main body of the interview does feature Shaw challenging Siddiqui from a rationalist perspective.
"How can you possibly present the picture of Heaven and Hell, which is portrayed in the Koran, in a manner convincing to persons conversant with science, whose minds are inured to accept nothing without visible or palpable proof?" Shaw asks.
Another account of the conversation between Shaw and Siddiqui, published in the Tanganyika Herald of May 3, 1935, does not mention the purported quotes from Shaw, but quotes him commenting on a lecture Siddiqui had given.
"You spoke on Philosophy of Peace, but as a Muslim it would have been more appropriate if you had delivered a lecture on the Philosophy of War, for Islam doubtless was spread at the point of the sword," Shaw is quoted as having said.
Mypeace, a Muslim organisation dedicated to fostering understanding of Islam, did not respond to The Australian's requests for comment. Mypeace founder Diaa Mohamed told the Daily Telegraph the advertisements were a response to "misinformation" about the prophet.
"Mohammed is the most influential man in history and the commercials will show what scholars and historians have said about him," Mr Mohamed said.
In this revealing interview, Rauf shows himself to be as oleaginous, disingenuous, and slick as ever -- and still smarting over the resounding defeat Pamela Geller and I gave him when he tried to build a triumphal 16-story mega-mosque at Ground Zero, with the groundbreaking scheduled for September 11, 2011.
"Feisal Abdul Rauf: The RealClearReligion Interview," by Nicholas G. Hahn III for RealClearReligion, July 8 (thanks to Neil):
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is a controversial figure, to say the least. His Cordoba Initiative's proposed Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan -- the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque" -- ignited a firestorm that garnered international attention. After speaking at this year's Council on Foreign Relations workshop in New York last month, Imam Rauf and I revisited that controversy as well as what President Barack Obama could do better in his engagement with the Muslim world.
RealClearReligion: Are you disappointed that the proposed Park51 mosque has not yet been built?
Feisal Abdul Rauf: There were some things that were naturally disappointing. The negative reaction we received was a serious disappointment. On the other hand, we were happy to see the incredible rallying around us by people of all different religions, religious leaders, political leaders, groups like the ACLU, and many people who thought what was happening was the worst of America. The ability to do this represents the best of America.
No, the best of America was represented by the 70% of Americans who opposed this monument to Islamic supremacism and insult to the memories of those killed on 9/11. There are triumphal mosques on the sites of jihadi victories all over the Islamic world; the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount are the best known, but by no means the only ones. We don't need one in New York City -- and despite the stated intentions of the sinister and oily Rauf, that is exactly how this mosque would have been understood in the Islamic world, where there are no mosques of reconciliation, but plenty of mosques of triumph.
RCR: Do you hope the center will eventually be built?
FAS: We are working on that. The agreement is still alive. I'm still hopeful that within my lifetime we'll see something like that emerge.
And within my lifetime, we'll resist it.
RCR: Why use the name Cordoba?
FAS: When I started this, it was a multi-faith initiative where many Christian and Jewish friends of mine urged me to do something that would help improve U.S.-Muslim relations. Because this was a multi-faith initiative, we wanted a name that would have a positive connotation for not only Muslims, but for Christians and Jews, as well.
This is just as I explained at the height of the controversy: Rauf knows that Americans, fed ahistorical nonsense about Cordoba being a proto-multicultural paradise, would react positively to the name, whereas Muslims would also react positively, viewing Cordoba as a high-water mark of Islamic conquest and subjugation of the Infidels.
RCR: There are some who would say Cordoba didn't represent historically positive Christian-Muslim relations.
FAS: That's like saying America represents nothing but negativity. Look, there is no era in history that was absolutely perfect.
Good of him to admit that Cordoba was hardly a paragon of interfaith harmony.
RCR: But weren't mosques in Cordoba built on the ruins of Christian churches?
FAS: Not always. What happened in Cordoba was a period of cooperation between Christians, Muslims, and Jews. It was a time of a great transfer of knowledge. All the books that were translated from Greek into Arabic were translated into Latin. Francis Bacon studied in Cordoba.
"Not always," In other words, sometimes. And those were mosques of triumph, like his proposed Ground Zero Mosque. It was a period of cooperation between Christians, Muslims and Jews as long as the Jews and Christians knew their place as subjugated dhimmis; when they got out of line, they were killed. In Granada in 1066, a genuinely tolerant Muslim ruler appointed a Jew as vizier of the city; enraged Muslims, knowing that Islamic law forbade the dhimmis to hold authority over Muslims, then rioted and murdered 4,000 Jews.
It was an important period in time in terms of cooperation, in terms of history, in terms of a transfer of information -- which actually kick started the Renaissance and the Reformation. We need this kind of cooperation today.
RCR: Near the end of the Cordoba period, though, theological debates within Islam ended with the Mu'tazili, who were all about this transfer of knowledge, losing.
RCR: Aren't the ascendant voices in Islam now the anti-Mu'tazili, anti-reason, Salafists and Wahhabists?
FAS: This is why the West separated Church and State. When religion becomes politicized and when a particular interpretation of religion becomes supported by a political power, it can push its particular view all over the world. This what has happened in much of the Muslim world.
RCR: How can we reengage the Muslim world with these Mu'tazili ideas?
FAS: I wouldn't try to bring back these terms of Mu'tazili and others because they are fraught with certain connotations within the Muslim intellectual arena. Their ideas were perfectly rational and reasonable. The reason why they lost is because they didn't align with the political powers of the time.
Now, there is a lot of rationalism within the Muslim world today. The problem has to do with the marriage of political power with religion.
He doesn't, you see, want a return of a rationalist understanding of the Qur'an.
RCR: What did you mean when you said the United States "has more Muslim blood on its hands than al-Qaeda has on its hands of innocent non-Muslims"?
FAS: I didn't say those words.
Oh, yes, he did. Pamela Geller uncovered it and has it all here. He said: "We tend to forget, in the West, that the United States has more Muslim blood on its hands than al Qaida has on its hands of innocent non Muslims."
RCR: What did you mean when you said Osama bin Laden was "made in the U.S.A."?
FAS: Osama bin Laden was trained by the CIA to fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan. And after we won the Cold War, the unfortunate thing that happened thereafter was that the United States did not continue engaging with those elements and those countries to develop those countries in a positive way.
Bin Laden was not actually trained by the CIA. Certainly other mujahedin were, in a spectacularly short-sighted policy. But not OBL.
A lot of what has happened and a lot of the negative sentiment, which exists in various parts of the Muslim world, has to do with our very heavy presence in the Muslim world. Now, it's not because of our cultural differences. The French women go bare breasted on their beaches, but there's not as much angst about France because France is not as politically involved in the Muslim world as America is.
RCR: If America were to retreat from the Muslim world, would the jihadist attacks stop?
FAS: It has to do with how we are perceived in the Muslim world. Are we perceived as people who are helping those countries develop and empower themselves? Or are we seen as a factor for things that are undesirable?
The short answer to your question is that the solution is not to withdraw. The solution is to make our engagement more properly nuanced.
FAS: It's like a relationship between a man and a woman. They both love each other, but seem to say the wrong things to each other. They love each other, but if a man says something wrong, he'll get a slap in the face from the woman and he'll say, "Women must be from Venus." It is the same kind of thing. You have to understand people's sensitivities and how you promote certain things.
If we understand the aspirations of the Muslim world, we should be able to frame our language in ways that make them respond positively. President Obama took ideas from my writings and went to Cairo, Turkey, Indonesia and spoke in that voice. Look at the response he got!
RCR: Yes, look: the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt; a dead Ambassador in Libya; civil war in Syria.
Beautiful answer, Mr. Hahn. Spot on.
FAS: Well, the problem was with the follow through. They had high expectations because [Obama] said all the right things, but the question is: did he follow through with actions? Doing that is where the rubber hits the road. There are people who know how to do it. But for various reasons, words are not being implemented.
We have to engage properly.
War is deceit, said Muhammad. "Accused ex-Hezbollah member referred to as 'god of death,'" by Guillermo Contreras for MySanAntonio.com, May 30:
In the defense's version, Wissam Allouche was a former linguist for the U.S. Army who ran a gas station in Northeast San Antonio as he became an American citizen.
But to counterterrorism officials, Allouche, 44, belonged to Hezbollah, falsely claimed to be a U.S. special forces officer during visits to Fort Sam Houston, and even tried to hook up with women at the post, possibly to gain access to sensitive information.
The two pictures emerged during a bail hearing Wednesday for Allouche, whose own statements recorded by investigators or stated in interviews often were contradictory about his allegiances to Hezbollah.
They prompted U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Bemporad to declare: “It is difficult to determine how much is true or not.”
Allouche was arrested by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force here last week after being indicted on charges of not disclosing, during his quest to obtain his U.S. citizenship, his membership in the Amal militia and Hezbollah in Lebanon in the 1980s.
He's also charged with not disclosing his prior membership in those groups when he applied for a security clearance with the Defense Department as he sought a contracting job.
Before 2009, Allouche worked for L-3 Communications, which provides linguistic services for the U.S. military, and he was deployed for several months to Iraq. He has lived in the U.S. since about 2002, and once owned Windcrest Mobil, a gas station at Walzem Road and Interstate 35, his lawyer said.
He's not charged specifically with espionage or terrorism....
The FBI raided his then-home in Universal City in 2011, and found documents which they claim he fabricated to falsely show he had security clearances, membership in U.S. special forces and Defense Department intelligence units.
“He admitted on tape that he was a member of Amal and that he was a commander of Hezbollah,” prosecutor Mark Roomberg told the judge, who agreed to keep Allouche behind bars pending trial.
Roomberg also claimed Allouche admitted “sodomizing and murdering an Israeli POW.”
Allouche entered a not guilty plea to the charges, and his lawyer, Cynthia Orr, challenged the government's characterization of her client.
Much of “the evidence comes from his disgruntled ex-wife and his disgruntled ex-father-in-law,” Orr told U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Bemporad.
Orr argued Allouche's past did not become an issue until 2010 — after a bitter divorce with Jennifer R. Allouche, a member of the U.S. Army. The two met in Germany in 1999, and they were married for 14 years, Orr said.
Their divorce was finalized in 2009 in Bexar County, a few months after Wissam Allouche became a naturalized U.S. citizen, according to court records and testimony.
“No derogatory information was found about his character, loyalty and honesty,” an official with the Homeland Security Department wrote about Allouche, and he was granted citizenship, according to documents submitted at Wednesday's hearing.
But the department also asked the Joint Terrorism Task Force to take a look.
Army Criminal Investigations agent Jeff Cram, a member of the task force, testified that an investigation revealed Allouche's ties. And, Cram said, Allouche was seen by at least two people at Fort Sam dressed in U.S. military uniform displaying insignias from special forces...
She did not actually say he was not being deported. She didn't answer the question at all. "Janet Napolitano Responds to Report of Deportation for Former ‘Person of Interest’: ‘Not Worthy of an Answer,’" by Madeleine Morgenstern for The Blaze, April 18 (thanks to iOwnTheWorld):
A visibly irritated Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano refused to answer a Republican congressman’s questions about the possible deportation of the Saudi national questioned as a witness in the Boston Marathon bombings.
Napolitano called South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan’s question “so full of misstatements and misapprehension that it’s just not worthy of an answer.”“We have someone who’s being deported due to national security concerns,” Duncan had said during a Capitol Hill hearing Thursday. “We’ve got this guy who was there, we know he was there…and yet we’re going to deport him? We’re going to remove him from the scene?”
“If I might, I am unaware of anyone who is being deported for national security concerns at all related to Boston,” Napolitano said.“He is being deported,” Duncan said.
Napolitano said as she understood it, the man was not technically a person of interest or a suspect, and “this is is an example of why it is so important to let law enforcement do its job.”“I want them to do their job,” Duncan said. “Wouldn’t you agree with me that it’s negligent for us as an American administration to deport someone who was reportedly at the scene of the bombing and we’re going to deport him, not to be able to question him anymore?”
“I am not going to answer that question it is so full of misstatements and misapprehension that it’s just not worthy of an answer…there’s been so much reported on this that’s been wrong I can’t even begin to tell you, congressman,” Napolitano replied. “We will provide you with accurate information as it becomes available.”
"War is deceit," said Muhammad. And when it comes to the "Palestinian" jihadists, Obama is so willing, even eager, to be deceived. "PA removed monument in shape of map of "Palestine" that encompasses Israel so that Obama would not see it," by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik for Palestinian Media Watch, March 24:
Palestinian Media Watch has documented that the official maps of the Palestinian Authority erase the entire State of Israel and replace it with "Palestine." These maps appear in the offices of PA officials, in schools and on monuments, just to name a few examples. Before his first election, US President Obama criticized such maps that anticipate a world without Israel, calling them a threat to Israel's security:"I will never compromise when it comes to Israel's security... Not when there are terrorist groups and political leaders committed to Israel's destruction. Not when there are maps across the Middle East that don't even acknowledge Israel's existence." (emphasis added)[AIPAC Conference, June 4, 2008]
After the UN vote in November 2012, the PA built a monument in a central square in Bethlehem called "The State Monument," which shows the "State of Palestine." However, the model of "Palestine" also includes all of Israel, thereby erasing it completely. The monument celebrates the UN vote on statehood as well as the first PLO/Fatah terror attack against Israel in 1965, which is seen as the beginning of the Palestinian "revolution" and Fatah's anniversary date. The words on the map-shaped monument are:"Birth certificate of the State of Palestine - Nov. 29, 2012,
The outbreak of the glorious revolution - Jan. 1, 1965"
The monument it turned out was on President Obama's route in Bethlehem, so in order to prevent him from seeing it, the PA had the monument removed before he arrived, the official PA daily reported. This, however, outraged the local Palestinians who witnessed its removal:"In the city, there are those who not only welcome the visit of the American President, but are willing to go even further... Residents were surprised to find that a model of the map of Palestine engraved with details about the Nakba ("Catastrophe" i.e., Israel's creation) and an olive tree were removed from the Al-Karkafa Square, to be replaced by a model of what was described as a peace dove. This enraged many people who gathered there."
PMW has documented that the PA hides its ideology, activities and goals from the US and European donors, in order to get political support and funding. The temporary removal of the map-shaped monument, so Obama would not see it, is consistent with this deception policy. (See PMW's book Deception for extensive documentation.)
In response to the popular anger that the PA daily had reported, the PA then tried to deceive its own people as to the reason for the removal of the monument. Two days after the first story appeared, the paper reported on a press conference held by the Bethlehem District Governor with the Mayor of Bethlehem, at which they claimed that the monument was removed in order to be "redone" and expanded. The fact that it was immediately before Obama's visit was coincidental, according to the PA. In the words of the District Governor: "Everyone knows that Americans do not dictate any Palestinian decisions."...
No, it's the other way around.
UPDATE April 13: Nabeel Hashmi is either disingenuous or misinformed. His organization’s website (http://umaine.edu/msa/) acknowledges that it is part of the national MSA and the national MSA website lists (http://msanational.org/2012-2013-affiliated-chapters-list/) his organization as an affiliated chapter. Thanks to Cultural Jihad via Creeping Sharia for the info.
UPDATE: Nabeel Hashmi has contacted me; he says that his chapter of the MSA is an independent group and has no affiliation with the MSA national, which is a Muslim Brotherhood organization.
Events like this one happen all the time all over the country, and no one ever points out that the Muslim Students Association is a Muslim Brotherhood group. The Muslim Students Association was established by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. In "An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America," by Mohamed Akram, May 19, 1991, the MSA is listed as one of the Brotherhood's allied organizations. And the memorandum explains that the Brotherhood's agenda in the U.S. is subversive: the Muslim Brothers "must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and "sabotaging" its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions."
Anyway, if Nabeel Hashmi really wants to "break" the "misconception" that "terrorism is mainly associated with Islam," he should direct his efforts toward fighting against the jihadist understanding of Islam within Muslim communities, and working toward a genuine rejection of the literal meaning of the martial exhortations of the Qur'an, not retailing soothing nonsense to non-Muslims. But that is a road we have been down many, many times before.
"Islamic Center open house to feature speakers on Islam and terroism [sic]," by Judy Harrison for the Bangor Daily News, March 21:
ORONO, Maine — A California marriage and family counselor will outline the “Psychology of a Terrorist” at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the annual open house at the Islamic Center of Maine, 151 Park St.
Yassir Fazaga of Mission Viejo, Calif., will talk about what factors, including religion, shape a terrorist. He also will discuss “Misconceptions About Islam” at 9 a.m. Friday, March 22, at the Wells Conference Center at the University of Maine.
The programs are sponsored jointly by the University of Maine Muslim Students’ Association and the Orono mosque.
Fazaga was invited to speak in Maine after officers in the Muslim student group heard him lecture last year at a national conference.
“In this country, terrorism is mainly associated with Islam,” Nabeel Hashmi, 20-year-old president of the Muslim Students’ Association, said Wednesday. “We want to break that misconception.”
Hashmi, who graduated from Bangor High School, said that the student group and members of the mosque were looking for a “hot topic” that would be relevant and entice people to attend the event.
Vice President Abdulraheem Sbayi, 20, of Lincoln said the Muslim Students’ Association is partnering with the Honors College in an effort to broaden students’ education and to bring more cross-cultural involvement to the Orono campus.
“There are many misconceptions about Islam, but a lot of them are minor details,” Hashmi said. “There is a lot of mixing between religion and culture. We want to be able to help students separate the religious form the cultural. It is also important to have a more intellectual discourse about Islam.”...
"There is a lot of mixing between religion and culture." This suggests a common practice from Islamic apologists in the U.S.: to ascribe any negative aspect of Sharia -- the mistreatment of women, the oppression of non-Muslims -- to "culture." The idea that after centuries of Islam, the culture of countries like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are not thoroughly suffused with Islam is absurd, but credulous non-Muslims fall for this line anyway. In reality, as we have illustrated many times here, the second-class status of women and non-Muslims is embedded deeply within Sharia. But instead of confronting that, these "moderates" are much more likely to obfuscate it.
Counter-jihadists have known about taqiyya for years, but they've been dismissed as greasy Islamophobes with no credibility. Mainstream (i.e. politically correct, as you can see from the denials below that there is anything distinctively Islamic about taqiyya) counterterrorism experts, however, are now beginning to realize that the "Islamophobes" were on to something.
Qur'an 3:28 warns believers not to take unbelievers as "friends or helpers" (َأَوْلِيَا -- a word that means more than casual friendship, but something like alliance), "unless (it be) that ye but guard yourselves against them." This is a foundation of the idea that believers may legitimately deceive unbelievers when under pressure. The word used for "guard" in the Arabic is tuqātan (تُقَاةً), the verbal noun from taqiyyatan -- hence the increasingly familiar term taqiyya.
Ibn Kathir says that the phrase Pickthall renders as "unless (it be) that ye but guard yourselves against them" means that "believers who in some areas or times fear for their safety from the disbelievers" may "show friendship to the disbelievers outwardly, but never inwardly. For instance, Al-Bukhari recorded that Abu Ad-Darda' said, 'We smile in the face of some people although our hearts curse them.' Al-Bukhari said that Al-Hasan said, 'The Tuqyah [taqiyya] is allowed until the Day of Resurrection." Abu Ad-Darda' was a companion of Muhammad.
While many Muslim spokesmen today maintain that taqiyya is solely a Shi'ite doctrine, shunned by Sunnis, the great Islamic scholar Ignaz Goldziher points out that while it was formulated by Shi'ites, "it is accepted as legitimate by other Muslims as well, on the authority of Qur'an 3:28." The Sunnis of Al-Qaeda practice it today.
Also, there is Muhammad's statement, "war is deceit." He also allowed for lying in battle and between a husband and wife. And when he gave permission to one of his followers, Muhammad bin Maslama, to murder one of his critics, Ka'b bin al-Ashraf, he also gave Muhammad bin Maslama permission to lie to Ka'b in order to lure him close enough to be killed.
And Muhammad is the "excellent example of conduct" for Muslims (Qur'an 33:21).
"Taqiyya, or the terrorist ‘art of deception,'" by Anne-Diandra Louarn for France 24, March 14 (thanks to Rosine):
A year after the Toulouse attacks by Mohamed Merah..., French counterterrorism experts are monitoring the practice of "taqiyya" - or deceiving society by concealing one’s faith – and its uses in jihadist circles.
Nearly a year ago, as one of France’s longest-ever police sieges was about to end on the morning of March 22, 2012, Mohamed Merah – also known as “the Toulouse gunman” – uttered a cry that seemed enigmatic to the uninformed, but was weighted with meaning for counterterrorism experts.
“It’s not the money, it’s the deception that’s critical,” said the 23-year-old French-Algerian shortly before he jumped off his Toulouse apartment window and was gunned down by an elite French anti-terror unit.
The somewhat cryptic cry was a likely reference to “taqiyya” – a form of religious dissimulation or legal dispensation in which believers deny their faith or even commit blasphemous acts as a deception if they are seriously threatened or at risk of persecution.
"Concealment is a technique as old as the world," explained French anti-terrorism judge Marc Trévidic in an interview with FRANCE 24. “It’s also an essential component of any war strategy, regardless of the people involved.”
Sure, but Islam is unique among religions in having a "war strategy."
In Islam, taqiyya dates back to the time when Shiite Muslims were hounded and persecuted by the Sunni caliphs following the 7th century schism between the followers of the Prophet’s son-in-law, Ali, and the Sunni caliphate.
For the traditionally persecuted Shiite minority, deception – or taqiyya – was considered a matter of survival. Although the term does not exist in Sunni jurisprudence, there have been rare cases of Sunnis practicing taqiyya in extraordinary circumstances.
Actually, because it is based on the Qur'an, many Sunnis practice it, even if they don't refer to it as such.
But it was not until the term was recovered by Sunni jihadists trained in the Afghan terror camps that it began to get the attention of counterterrorism experts as trained and radicalised young men began practising taqiyya as a means of integrating and disguising themselves in Western societies.
“Taqiyya, as it’s understood today, is actually a radicalised version of concealment, in the sense that some religious extremists have found 'dalils' (or 'evidence') in the Koran that would justify their actions,” said Trévidic.
Actually, it isn't just "extremists" who have found evidence for taqiyya in the Qur'an, but venerable centuries-old and mainstream Muslim authorities, as explained above.
From Afghanistan to Europe and Canada
In France, intelligence agencies have been aware of the radicalised adoption of taqiyya since the mid-1990s, when al Qaeda began to advocate this technique among recruits plotting attacks on Western targets. The message was also targeted at French citizens of North African origins.
“These people who took the path of taqiyya were called ‘sleepers’. This is when we began to discover that after their passage through the jihadist training camps in Afghanistan, the recruits were sent home and directed to make a show of their ordinary, integrated lives - sometimes even masquerading as unbelievers,” said Trévidic.
One of the best-known jihadist sleepers was the "Hamburg cell", the infamous group of radicalized students in that German city who went on to execute the September 11, 2001, attacks – including 9/11 leader Mohamed Atta.
Another example of a terrorist in disguise was Fateh Kamel, a handsome Algerian-Canadian who was sentenced to eight years in jail by a French court in 1999 for supporting a terrorist plot against targets in Paris.
Assessing the danger of Islamists
But while Merah’s behaviour may have been deceptive in keeping with taqiyya norms, his activities were well known to the French secret services, according to Trévidic.
According to the anti-terror judge, the challenge for French authorities is not so much to identify the followers of taqiyya, but to assess their threat levels. "That is the whole problem of the DCRI [Direction centrale du renseignement intérieur – or the French domestic intelligence agency] in the Merah case," noted Trévidic.
If Merah’s suspicious trips to places like Pakistan were being monitored and French intelligence agents were aware that he belonged to a small Toulouse-based Salafist group, they failed to distinguish between a low-level delinquent and a potentially dangerous Islamist militant – or at which point the former could become the latter.
Trévidic acknowledges that it’s a challenge for the DCRI to identify radicalised youth ready and capable of putting their plans into action. But that’s the strength of taqiyya followers: in the impoverished, immigrant-dominated French suburbs – or banlieues in French - they often behave like local gangsters or gang leaders. To escape the counterterrorism radar, it’s not uncommon for potential terrorists to engage in minor acts of delinquency.
‘Rediscovering what we already know’
"No country is truly equipped against concealment. What we know today is that practices such as taqiyya require a deep infiltration of our territory, an in-depth knowledge of groups and individuals, as well as an effective system of recovering and retrieving information in the field,” said Trévidic.
The dismantling of suspected sleeper cells, such as the March 7-8 arrests of three terror suspects in the southern French town of Marignane (a suburb of Marseille), has intensified in the wake of the Merah case. "In terrorism, we are constantly rediscovering what we already know," notes Trévidic.
It’s a view mirrored by Alain Gresh, deputy director of the left-wing monthly Le Monde Diplomatique. In an interview with FRANCE 24, Gresh noted that taqiyya is not a new phenomenon. "Who are the terrorists who shout their intentions from rooftops?" he asked.
In a blog post published on March 2, Gresh argued that the media treatment of taqiyya has sometimes been “racist” and inappropriate. "Some journalists have suggested that Arabs have a perverse way of thinking that is permitted by their religion. Concealment is not limited to radical Islam. It is found in all religious doctrines and even in political doctrines,” he noted.
Alain Gresh should know better. Taqiyya is a doctrine of Islam, not of Arabs. Does he think that all Muslims are Arabs? And no, there is nothing comparable to taqiyya in Christianity -- the Roman Catholic understanding of mental reservation probably comes closest, but is still miles away from the sophisticated and elaborate deception of unbelievers that taqiyya can involve. Christianity never encourages concealment of one's faith -- the stories of Christian martyrs frequently involve refusal to renounce one's faith even when under pressure of death. This is in sharp contrast to the Qur'an's excusing of people who deny their faith under pressure: "Whoever disbelieves in Allah after his belief -- except for one who is forced while his heart is secure in faith -- but those who open their breasts to disbelief, upon them is wrath from Allah, and for them is a great punishment" (Qur'an 16:106).
The talking points were altered to erase references to al-Qaeda's involvement in the Benghazi jihad murders -- for that involvement points up the suicidal nature of Obama's support for the Libya "rebels" who turned on Ambassador Stevens and killed them, despite all he had done to help them.
"Republicans: CIA nominee involved in Benghazi talking points," by Julian Pecquet for The Hill, February 26 (thanks to Jerk Chicken):
President Obama's pick to head the CIA was involved in crafting controversial talking points about last year's attack in Benghazi, Republicans said Tuesday after viewing intelligence documents.
Lawmakers had vowed to block John Brennan's nomination unless they got to see internal communications about how to describe the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Several said the email chain of several pages, which they'd been seeking for months, doesn't change how they plan to vote either way.
“Brennan was involved,” Senate Intelligence Committee Vice-Chairman Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) said after the briefing. “It's pretty obvious what happened.”
“At the end of the day it should have been pretty easy to determine who made the changes and what changes were made.”
He described an “extensive, bureaucratic and frankly unnecessary process” that led to the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations publicly linking the attack to a peaceful protest gone awry. Republicans have accused the White House of twisting the talking points to avoid harming Obama's national security reputation ahead of the November elections.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the panel's chairwoman, said Brennan's involvement was “small” and should play no part in his confirmation. The committee is scheduled to vote Thursday now that members have seen the documents....
Then the friends and allies of Islamic supremacist clowns like Abu Islam say that counter-jihadists are demonizing jihadis. This is what actual demonization looks like: "Egyptian Cleric Abu Islam: Christianity Emerged from Penis Worship; Christian Women Raise Dogs to Replace Husbands," from MEMRI, February 13:
Following are excerpts from an address by Egyptian cleric Abu Islam, which aired on Al-Omma TV (via the Internet) on Feburary [sic] 13, 2013.
Egyptian cleric Abu Islam: I swear to God the Almighty – and believe me, I am not lying – that the Church worship originated in the worship of the penis. I swear to God. This is documented in dozens of pictures.
Let me tell you something – it's indecent, but true. Take a look at a picture of Jesus, and you'll see a penis, right here. Or is it on this side? Oh, it's on the right side. A penis, right here. There are many pictures like this. They worship it.
[Christian women] raise cats and dogs as a substitute for husbands. They train their dogs to play the husband. I swear to God, I am not lying. They buy dogs for this purpose. They train dogs to play the husband on them. Christian women do that.
He passed off a 2006 photo of a young woman who was killed in Gaza as a victim of the IDF defensive action in Gaza in 2012. As Muhammad said, "war is deceit."
"UN cuts ties with official tied to false Gaza tweet," by Stewart Stogel for the Jerusalem Post, February 7 (thanks to Jan):
NEW YORK - Kulhood Badawi, a veteran public affairs officer in the Jerusalem branch of the United Nations Office of the Coordinator of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), has been "separated" from the UN, say officials in New York.
The de facto firing, publicly explained as a contract non-renewal, comes shortly after the conclusion of an internal investigation lasting almost a year.
The investigation conducted by the UN Development Program centered on a February 2012 Twitter post containing the photograph of a dead Palestinian girl, who Badawi insisted was killed by the IDF during its shelling of Gaza.
Subsequent investigations revealed that it was in reality an archived Reuters photo originally taken in 2006.
According to Reuters, the photograph was that of a young woman killed as the result of local clashes in Gaza, not as the result of any IDF action.
Badawi, it was later discovered, had been involved in several earlier controversial actions, including a 2006 demonstration in Jerusalem in which she labeled current Defense Minister Ehud Barak a "war criminal." UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs Valerie Amos, while not disputing Badawi¹s actions, publicly questioned whether the world body could be held accountable for "personal" tweets.
As such, she launched the inquiry that Israel's UN mission charged was a "whitewash," with Ambassador Ron Prosor repeatedly insisting that Badawi be fired.
Amos then explained she was awaiting conclusions and recommendations. Yet weeks turned into months, with the investigation having been concluded in October 2012, and repeated inquiries to Amos for updates produced nothing.
On Wednesday, an email from the UN revealed that all facets of the fact-finding mission had finally been completed, and that the organization had opted not to renew Badawi's contract....
"War is deceit," said Muhammad. And when he was annoyed by Ka‘b bin Al-Ashraf's verses mocking him, he allowed one of his followers to deceive Ka‘b in order to get close enough to kill him. Muhammad asked: “Who is willing to kill Ka‘b bin Al-Ashraf who has hurt Allah and His Apostle?" One of the Muslims, Muhammad bin Maslama answered, “O Allah’s Apostle! Would you like that I kill him?” When Muhammad said that he would, Muhammad bin Maslama said, “Then allow me to say a (false) thing (i.e. to deceive Kab).” Muhammad responded: “You may say it.” Muhammad bin Maslama duly lied to Ka‘b, luring him into his trap, and murdered him. (Bukhari 5.59.369)
"Suicide blast kills two near Somali president's palace," by Abdi Sheikh for Reuters, January 29 (thanks to Kenneth):
(Reuters) - An Islamist militant persuaded Somali government officials he had defected, then walked up to the president's palace compound on Tuesday and blew himself up near the gates, killing at least two soldiers, witnesses and rebels said.
Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab rebels said the early morning suicide attack was the start of a new campaign against the country's Western-backed government and its leaders.
Palace officials said Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was abroad at the time and Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon Saaid, whose house was near the site of the explosion, was not injured.
The attack was a reminder of the threat still posed by al Shabaab, even after African peacekeepers pushed it out of the capital last year and forced it to retreat to the south....
Government officials said the attacker, Ali Abdi Hared, told them he had defected from the rebels and went on to join the country's security services on January 14.
Hared frequently visited the palace guards and was given an official pass to the palace, officials and guards at the scene said.
The government had been "rehabilitating and investigating" Hared, Somalia's information minister, Abdullahi Ilmooge, told Reuters. "The bomber was a national security soldier. The bomber had defected from al Shabaab," he added.
"A RENEWED CAMPAIGN"
When Hared walked up on Tuesday morning, the guards said they carried out a routine check and found he was wearing an explosive jacket.
The guards tried to prevent him from detonating his device, but it went off. "The man blew up himself near a wall between the Ethiopian embassy and the Somali PM's residence," Ahmed Ali, a Somali soldier at the presidential palace told Reuters.
"One guard died there and then. Another died of his wounds. They were all the guards of the prime minister," he added.
Al Shabaab - which wants to impose its strict version of Islamic law, or Sharia - said it killed seven soldiers in the attack and warned there would be more to come.
As I have pointed out many times, there is no non-strict version of Sharia. There is only implementation or non-implementation of its various provisions.
"The operation is part of a renewed campaign of attacks against Western puppets in Somalia, reminding them that the Mujahideen will get into them, whatever security precautions they take," the movement said in a statement....