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Thursday, 10 July 2014
How The Guardian Covers Israel's Warning To Civilians
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Posted on 07/10/2014 8:20 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 10 July 2014
In Malmo, Someone Puts Out An Israeli Flag
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And the result can be read about here.

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Posted on 07/10/2014 7:52 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 10 July 2014
In Malmo, Someone Puts Out An Israeli Flag
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And the result can be read about here.

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Posted on 07/10/2014 7:52 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 10 July 2014
Released House Testimony confirms author Ken Timmerman’s Dark Forces allegations about the Benghazi Attack
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Gen. Carter F. Ham, former head of the U.S. Africa Command, shown here in June 2014, testified about the Benghazi attacks in a closed-door meeting with lawmakers. (Thibault Camus / Associated Press)

Testimony of senior military released yesterday by  House Armed Services and Government Oversight Committees confirms author Ken Timmerman’s allegations in his expose, Dark Forces: The Truth About What Happened in Benghazi .  That the mortar attack on the CIA annex that killed ex-Navy Seals and CIA contractors, Tyrone Woods and Glen Guthrie was professionally planned and executed.  However, the closed door testimony by retired US Army General Carter F. Ham, Former AFRICOM commander and the Tripoli embassy defense attaché, did not connect the dots with evidence presented in Timmerman’s book.That the Benghazi attacks were coordinated and planned by Iran’s Quds Force with the Ansar al-Shariah Al Qaeda militia as a cover pick up team.

In our interview with Timmerman published in the July NER he noted:

Gordon:  Ken, what happened at the Annex? We know that unfortunately two ex-Navy Seals and CIA Contractors were killed with mortar fire. Could the Ansar al-Sharia pick up team do that?

Timmerman:  That is one of the specific things that I discovered in writing this book. The Libyans had no experienced mortar men, not in the Libyan Army and not amongst the guerilla fighters. The mortar men were Iranians. I believe they were Iranian nationals who came as part of a special unit that arrived in Benghazi on July 31st with a specific intent and orders to carry out this terrorist attack.

AP reported the release of closed door testimony earlier this year from nine senior military, including former AFRICOM commander retired Gen. Ham.   The House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Investigations conducted interviews with these military officers on separate days over the period from January to April, 2014.   Their testimony suggested that there may have been two separate groups of terrorists, with the one attacking the CIA Annex professionally capable of a complex mortar attack, “New testimony suggests separate Benghazi attacks”.   As Timmerman has argued in Dark Forces, the Benghazi attack was planned and executed by senior Iranian Quds Force and Hezbollah operatives under the direct control of Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani, chief of the covert force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps. The AP cited the following in support of Timmerman’s revelations in Dark Forces:

The second attack in the eastern Libyan city, which killed two American security contractors, showed clear military training, retired U.S. Gen. Carter Ham told Congress in closed-door testimony released late Wednesday. The assault probably was the work of a new team of militants, seizing on reports of violence at the diplomatic mission the night before and hitting the Americans while they were most vulnerable, Ham said.

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The military attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, told Congress the first attack showed some advance planning. The Libyan police officer guarding the diplomatic compound fled as it began.

The defense attaché, whose name wasn't released, suggested the attackers “had something on the shelf” — an outline of a plan based on previously obtained information about the compound and its security measures, so they were ready to strike when the opportunity arose.

“They came in, and they had a sense of purpose, and I think it sometimes gets confused because you had looters and everyone else coming in,” he said. “It was less than kind of full, thought-out, methodical.”

Gen. Ham noted this about the CIA Annex mortar attack:

Given the precision of the attack, it was a well-trained mortar crew, and in my estimation they probably had a well-trained observer,” …. The attack showed “a degree of sophistication and military training that is relatively unusual and certainly, I think, indicates that this was not a pickup team. This was not a couple of guys who just found a mortar someplace.”

Ham said the nearly eight-hour lapse between the two attacks also seemed significant. “If the team [that launched the second attack] was already there, then why didn't they shoot sooner?” he asked.

“I think it's reasonable that a team came from outside of Benghazi,” he said of the second attack in testimony on April 9. Violent extremists saw an opportunity “and said, “Let's get somebody there.”  He also acknowledged that the absence of American security personnel soon enough after the first attack “allowed sufficient time for the second attack to be organized and conducted”.

At the State Department Press Briefing today, spokesperson Ms. Jen Psaki doubled down on the fiction that Benghazi was a spontaneous attack by local al Qaeda militia groups provoked by the cheaply made US internet anti-Muslim video.  Note this exchange with a Questioner at today’s press briefing:

QUESTION: But how come a year and a half after the attacks, we’re still hearing about reports? And this wasn’t testimony to Congress; this wasn’t General Ham being interviewed by members of the State Department or members of the Administration.

MS. PSAKI: Well, these were interviews that were released that were closed-door interviews. But just like any different reports or different individual accounts, you have to take those as one of many. And obviously, assessments are made about – through investigations and through an overall review about what actually happened, but it’s ongoing.

QUESTION: Are you ready to finally acknowledge that the attacks were not spontaneous?

MS. PSAKI: Well, Lucas, I think we’ve been pretty clear or we’ve stated many times and very consistently that we believe it was an opportunistic attack on our mission that did not involve significant preplanning. It still doesn’t change the fact that at the time, there were known protests all around the region dominating the news at the time. There were a range of reports on those that probably every outlet in this room reported on. So we’re not in a position to make any conclusive confirmation today of anything. We’ll let the investigation conclude.

QUESTION: And I noticed you didn’t mention the video this time. Have you guys dropped that one?

MS. PSAKI: I think we’ve referred to the video before. Nothing has changed on that particular point.

A few days before its publication, Timmerman had personally presented a copy of Dark Forces to Rep. Trey Gowdy who will lead the House Select Committee on Benghazi investigations and hearings that might begin later this year following the mid-term elections.  In the interim both the House Armed Services and Government Oversight Committees might hold public hearings on yesterday’s revealed testimony with independent experts including Timmerman. For starters, news media like FoxNews might invite Timmerman for interviews to connect the dots in what is quickly emerging as a possible act of state terrorism by Iran.

 

 

           

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Posted on 07/10/2014 7:43 PM by Jerry Gordon
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Thursday, 10 July 2014
Fatah Propagandist Abdallah Abdallah: Israel Headed Toward Nazism
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Here.

You know people who are still unable to grasp what minds on Islam are like? Have them spend an hour or two at www.MEMRITV.org. That should do it.

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Posted on 07/10/2014 7:34 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 10 July 2014
In Tizi Ouzou, Some Berbers Openly Eat And Drink During Ramadan
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Here.

The Berbers are the original inhabitants of all of North Africa. The Arabs who arrived, bearing the "gift of Islam," also inevitably imposed the Arabic language, and Arabic culture, and have tried to make the Berbers forget that they are Berbers, tried to force them to forget the Berber language (even making it illegal), trying to make them believe that they are Arabs.

Many Berbers are not having it. The most famous example is an Algerian writer who deliberately chose to write in French and never in Arabic, the late Kateb Yacine.

As for the other part of the article, referred to in the headline, about  "reopening synagogues" -- that means hardly anything. Only a handful of Jews remain, frightened, in Algeria, and none will be coming back from France or anywhere else.

 

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Posted on 07/10/2014 7:38 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 10 July 2014
Quick Quiz
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The Person From Porlock, and Benedict Cumberbatch, the celebrated actor, can be linked. How?

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Posted on 07/10/2014 7:23 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 10 July 2014
The Collapse Of Authority In Benghazi Makes It Just The Place To Become The New Capital
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The story here.

In partes tres soon enough, like Iraq, and de-factively, Syria, and possibly Yemen as well. What are those three parts: Tripolitania, Fezzan, and....oh, for god's sake, what's the third one?

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Posted on 07/10/2014 7:21 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 10 July 2014
Bring Back The Real Bac
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Discontent over, contempt for, the current bac and the all-shall-have-prizes outcome (87% pass rate, when 20% would be more sensible), reflected in a Figaro on-line vote here.

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Posted on 07/10/2014 6:38 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 10 July 2014
Boko Haram Agrees With Lord Scott: For Peace To Reign, Christians Must Convert To Islam
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Boko Haram spokesman Abu Qaqa explained some months ago that in order to bring peace to Nigeria, there is only solution: Christians must convert to Islam. Peace comes when there is no tension, because there is no longer any "Islamophobia," which so upsets Muslims and causes them -- normally so peaceful -- to act with unwonted violence.

It's the same prescription as that offered by Lord Scott.
 

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Posted on 07/10/2014 2:04 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 10 July 2014
Lord Scott's Prescription For Lessening Islamophobia: Turn More Christians Into Muslims
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After all, if a Christian becomes a Muslim, he will no longer be susceptible to "Islamophobia." By extension, the more non-Muslims in the United Kingdom convert to Islam, the fewer the possibilites for "Islamophobia." The logic here is impeccable. But what else would you expect from someone of Lord Scott's impeccable background?

Some of that background is here;

"Lord Justice Scott, bridge-player, opera lover, fox- hunter, conservative with a small 'c', whose soubriquet in the Court of Appeal is 'the human dynamo', and who was once described as a graceful adornment of the Establishment, is exhibiting an independence and intellectual rigour that has evidently surprised and alarmed the politicians.

They should have known better. The judge who tried the Spycatcher case and made the landmark ruling in 1987 that ministers could not gag forever the loquacious former MI5 agent Peter Wright (a judgment now overtaken by secrecy legislation), was scarcely a man to do the Cabinet's dirty work. He was the choice of the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Taylor, but Downing Street approved the appointment. Now they are huffing and puffing over his investigative style, hinting that it was not what was intended - and that perhaps it is not even just. The rubbishing of the Scott Report seems to have begun even before it has been written.

THIS may be good sport, but it is unlikely to be wise politics. Richard Scott is a product of the old school, the gentlemanly one that pre-dates the current brand of Conservativism. He was born on 2 October, 1934, in Dehra Dun, a British army garrison town in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, where his father, Tom Scott, was a lieutenant-colonel in the 2/9th Gurkha Rifles. Both Richard Scott's grandfathers had been clergymen in Bedfordshire. His early days were spent in Peshawar, near the North West Frontier, during the Indian summer of the Raj. His father, a brilliant horseman, rode Lucifer to victory in the Lucknow Grand National. The family spent summers in the coolness of the mountains of Kashmir.

The imperial idyll was interrupted in 1942, when Tom Scott, a veteran of the campaigns of Gallipoli and Mesopotamia, where he had been wounded, quit the Indian Army on medical grounds and migrated with his family to South Africa. They settled on a 500-acre dairy farm at Mooi in Natal province, and young Scott was sent to Michaelhouse College, a public school on the English model, where he proved a first-rate scholar and sportsman. He boxed, played rugby, sprinted, excelled in debating and appeared as Antonio in The Tempest.

He went to Cape Town University (where he met a student destined to become Lord Justice Hoffmann, another Court of Appeal judge) and then, on a Commonwealth Scholarship, to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he took a first and won a rugby Blue - wing forward - in 1957. A year teaching at the University of Chicago followed. There he met Rima Ripoll, a flamenco dancer born in New York and whose Panamanian mother was a former Ziegfeld girl who had danced in the Paris Folies. On his return to Britain, they married in 1959, after he landed a studentship at Denis Buckley's Inner Temple chambers. They have two sons and two daughters.

Scott joined the Chancery Bar, took silk in 1975, and within seven years had been elected Chairman of the Bar at 48. During his term he introduced ethnic monitoring to the profession, with the aim of increasing the numbers of black barristers. "

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Posted on 07/10/2014 1:52 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 10 July 2014
Racist thugs jailed for 36 years for battering two men almost to death with baseball bats because they weren't Muslim
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From the Daily Mail

Six thugs have been jailed for 36 years after battering two men almost to death because they were black and non-Muslim. Ringleader Abu Bakr Mansha was with a teenage boy when the pair began the unprovoked attack at a busy Tesco store in Bow, east London.

He assaulted the two victims before following them home to discover where they lived - then called four other thugs to help. Armed with baseball bats, they beat the two men in a vicious attack which left both victims needing hospital treatment for serious injuries. One of the victims, who were 40 and 49 at the time, suffered two broken wrists and a fractured skull.

The Inner London Crown Court heard there was both a religious element and a racial element to the attack on the two men, who were black and non-Muslim.

The vicious assault sparked an investigation by the Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorism command.

All six of the attackers, who the Met Police confirmed were Muslim, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent.

Judge Ian Darling said: 'Not only was there a religious aspect to this offence, but there was an undoubted racial element. Both prior to and after the attack, Mr Mansha is heard to use language that is foul, unacceptable and which reveals a degree of racial intolerance that is worrying.'

Ringleader Mansha, of Newham, north London, was jailed for 10 years.

He had already been jailed under the Terrorism Act in 2005 for plotting to kill or harm a decorated British soldier who had served in Iraq. A court heard he had collected newspaper cuttings about the exploits of Corporal Mark Byles, who had been awarded the Military Cross after leading an attack in which five insurgents died.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed the Abu Bakr Mansha jailed this week was the same Abu Bakr Mansha jailed over the plot in 2005.

Of the others involved in the 2012 attack, the teenage boy - who cannot be named because he is currently 17 years old - was sentenced to an 18-month detention and training order.

Salim Jada, 32, and Javed Patel, 29, both also of Newham, were jailed for eight years each.

Ibrahim Mohammed, 32, from Newham, was sentenced to six-and-a-half years' jail, while 30-year-old Zuber Kara, of Bow, east London, received a two-year jail sentence.

The local newspaper the East London Advertiser reported only the Judge’s comment that there was a ‘religious and racial element’.  They declined to mention that the religious element was the defendant’s Islamic faith, or that the racial element was that the victims were black and the defendants were ‘Asian’.

From top left: Kara, Patel, a teenager, Jada, Mansha and Mohammed were all sentenced

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Posted on 07/10/2014 12:25 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 10 July 2014
Is Iran Behind the Rocket Blitz on Israel?
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Syrian-made M-302 missiles captured by Israeli Naval commandos on display in Eilat March 2014.

Source:  Ariel Schalit AP

Last night, both Ilana Freedman and I briefed the state coordinators of the National Security Communications Strike Team (NSCST) on the strategic development in the latest rocket war on Israel from Gaza.  We were referring to the launch of several Syrian made and Iran supplied  Khaibar M-302 rockets with  a range of 150 to 160  kms. Freedman notified the group in the briefing that the rockets launched from Gaza had ranged as far north Zikron Ya'akov 12 miles north of Tel Aviv.  Today, a rocket struck Ma'aleh Adumim where cousins live. That meant that nearly two thirds of Israel’s population, approximately 5 million, were at risk of strikes in the current rocket war by Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad  (PIJ).  There are an estimated 10 to 12,000 rockets in possession of these terrorist groups in Gaza.

In March 2014, the Israeli Navy intercepted a Panamanian - flagged vessel the Klos-C. The ship 40 of the M-302’s and a large quantity of 120mm mortar rounds and hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition for AK-47 and Kalashnikov assault rifles.  They were displayed in the southern port city of Eilat on the Red Sea.  In the NSCST briefing, Lisa Benson noted that Eilat was very close to the Jordanian town of Ma’an where ISIS supporters have battled security forces.  Freedman and I noted that  40 of those M-302 rockets were shipped from Syria to Iran, put aboard the false-flagged  Klos-C, hidden underneath sacks of flour. The ship  sailed out  of a Persian Gulf port down  the Arabian sea to be off loaded at Port Sudan and trucked overland via Egypt and the Sinai into Gaza through smuggling tunnels. 

Brig. Gen. (ret.) Uzi Rubin,  Israel ‘s missile defense architect, presented in an Israel Project interview the full capabilities of the Hamas/PIJ rocket inventory and capabilitiesBefore its News had this summary drawn from the Yid with Lid blog:

General Rubin explained that Hamas has three families of weapons:

  • Home-made, short-range (10-12km) – mainly crude manufacture -in use for 13 years;
  • ·Factory-made Grad 122mm with 40 km range used to attack Beersheba and Ashdod;
  • Another is the 4-inch M-75 rocket probably designed for the Gaza factions with a range  from 75-80 kilometers. That is the one fired at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Also it seems the missile which landed near Hadera was a Syrian M-302 , with a potential range of  150 - 160 kilometers.

  • They also have tactical mortar bombs to distract  IDF troops  close to Gaza and to hit local villages;
  • After Pillar of Defense (Nov. 2012) it was easier for Hamas to smuggle in weapons via Sinai because Egypt was controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood. The materials and machinery for local rocket production was probably also smuggled in. It was an open route. A two-way route;
  • Rockets  were smuggled in from Iran and Syria. Remember the Klos C.  A Ship intercepted by the IDF which was carrying Iranian weapons meant for Gaza;
  • The locally-made rockets M-75s  are well made with components are smuggled in. These are almost factory like but they are not sophisticated. They have the range and the warhead but not the accuracy; and
  • Iron Dome is not the solution for everything. It only targets rockets that will hit populated areas. 

Listen to The Israel Project interview with Dr. Rubin on this YouTube video:

The existence of the strategic M-302 rockets was the subject of a UN study released in May 2014 on the Klos-C weapons cargo.  The report proposed to the Security Council sanctions against Iran.  An NBC Report noted, “the Klos-C shipment traveled from the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas to the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr, and from there in the direction of Port Sudan.” Whether those sanctions might be seriously adopted in the midst of the final days of negotiations by the P5+1 with the Islamic Regime seeking to achieve a final agreement on curtailing Iran’s nuclear program is moot. That leaves Israel to ponder what to do on its own, as the Administration in Washington suggests the myopic view that both sides restrain themselves from further violence. 

This is the third day of Operation Protective Edge.  Israel’s Air Force and Navy have undertaken in excess of 500 strikes in Gaza.  It intercepted Hamas commando teams on Zikim Beach near an IDF Base in Israel. Rockets targted Israel's nuclear Facility at Dimona and an IAF air base.  No Israeli civilian casualties have been incurred, while 53 deaths and  500 injuries have been reported by Hamas spokespersons in Gaza. That umbrella of protection for Israelis is a product of the 90% interception rate for Iron Dome batteries taking down potential rocket strikes against major population centers. This is coupled with the relative inaccuracy of locally made rockets in the Hamas/PIJ inventory.  The low number of Iron Dome interceptions is purposeful, as Israel’s Home Command adopted a strategy learned during Operation Pillar of Defense in November 2012 to let Hamas/PIJ rockets harmlessly strike unpopulated areas.

Nonetheless, there appears to be resolve in Israel that this time the rocket war and the people behind it must be crushed.   That objective is not without significant costs in both blood and treasure given the difficulty pinpointing targets often hidden in schools, hospitals, office buildings and even homes in Gaza. As reported by Israel Hayom, a senior IAF officer said that they were not in possession of complete target intelligence as rocket launchings have originated in underground or disguised office buildings and even homes.  A BBC  world service report gave evidence of that when a barrage of likely Grad rockets erupted adjacent to their offices in Gaza. 

Rubin made the point on the Israel Project  interview  that current launches of rockets from Gaza are below that experienced during the eight day Operation Pillar of Defense in November 2012.  He commented that means that Israel could be in for a longer war than previously experienced. That led to the question of when might Israel launch ground operations in Gaza akin to that of Operation Cast Lead in 2008-2009.  Freedman noted that the reserve call up of 40,000+  authorized by the Netanyahu security cabinet might be focused on reinforcing northern and Golan frontier borders and security in Judea and Samaria. Thus, freeing up regular IDF forces for actions in Gaza.  The necessity of ground operations to destroy the infrastructure of rocket inventory, launching sites and removal of Hamas and PIJ leadership was underscored in an Israel Hayom Op-ed by Maj. Gen. (ret.) Uzi Dayan. He was  former IDF deputy chief of the general staff and former head of the National Security Council, “Ground operation necessary”.  Dayan noted:

The purposes of Operation Protective Edge must be defined precisely: the toppling of the Hamas regime and the elimination of all rockets in Gaza.

Is it possible to defeat a terrorist group? Can these objectives be achieved using military force? The answer to both questions is yes. A terrorist group with a territorial base can be deterred by threatening its hold on that base. The destruction of Hamas governing infrastructure and the targeted killing or expulsion of Hamas leaders are attainable goals.

Will this require a ground operation? Will such an operation involve the loss of troops? Yes and yes. Every military commander knows the challenge is to fulfill the mission and protect soldiers, in that order. Our sensitivity regarding the lives of soldiers is an asset, but when it becomes the main consideration, this undermines the main mission of the IDF -- providing security to the citizens of Israel.

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Will we get stuck in the "Gaza mud"? No. But we will stay in the areas we capture to deal a lethal blow to terrorist groups, dismantle the rocket infrastructure and topple the Hamas government.

Hamas and the PIJ current rocket war is not the only threat facing Israel. There is the estimated 60,000 rockets/ missiles in fortified areas of Southern Lebanon held by Hezbollah.  Those fortified positions were designed by Iranian engineers with the aid of North Korean tunneling experts as Freedman has previously pointed out.  Further, the IDF Home Command has to be concerned about an even more formidable missile in Hezbollah’s inventory, the Syrian M-600. It has a range of 250 km sufficient to cover all of Israel and capable of carrying a full range of conventional and non-conventional warheads. That is not lost on Israel's Home Command, they opened up shelters in the north.

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Posted on 07/10/2014 10:18 AM by Jerry Gordon
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Thursday, 10 July 2014
Toby Huff's Reply To George Saliba
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Toby Huff is an historian of science who, some years ago, wrote a book on why modern science developed in the West but not in the world of Islam, nor in China. His book was reviewed by a deeply upset George Saliba, a professor at Columbia who writes on the achievements, real and imaginary, of "Islamic" or "Arabic" science. Saliba's review was in turn answered by Toby Huff. Though that answer, including Huff's noting that Saliba doesn't appear to believe that there is such a thing as free inquiry, and if there is its usefulness is greatly exaggerated -- which may remind some of Edward Said's refusal to believe that Western students of the East, of its languages and its peoples, could possibly have been motivated by curiosity, but must surely have been handmaids, even in the 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th centuries, -- is a decade old, it does not date, and in his reply one can find reproduced enough of Saliba's argument on which a judgment may be made (and there are links to Saliba's original review, and to his reply to this reply by Huff).

Here.

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Posted on 07/10/2014 9:31 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 10 July 2014
Hezbollah In The News
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Posted on 07/10/2014 9:18 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 10 July 2014
Don't Stuff Yourself At Suhoor, Or Fill Up Too Fast During Iftar
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Problems -- a diurnal variant, during Ramadan, of the old feast-or-famine problem ,here.

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Posted on 07/10/2014 7:25 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 10 July 2014
Fitzgerald: The Destruction Of The Monuments[re-posted]
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[re-posted fromMay 31, 2006]:

Islam, like other religions, was ruthlessly suppressed in the Soviet Union. For some this suppression apparently took. This forcible break with Islam was something that only a regime such as the Soviet Union could allow itself to enforce. But there were many — in Azerbaijan as well as elsewhere — among whom it did not take. And so now Islam is at work again in Azerbaijan, with the destruction of the ancient Christian cemetery. The destruction of one or two graves might be the work of vandals. If an entire ancient cemetery disappears — the way the Jewish tombstones on the Mount of Olives were pulled up by British-led, British-trained and supposedly well-behaved Jordanians, and used to line the floors of their army latrines — then something else is at work: complete disrespect, even hatred, for those who are not Muslim, and for everything that might conceivably be sacred or important to those non-Muslims.

Of course in the mists of time, when no one was looking, no doubt Muslims destroyed monuments, churches, temples, cemeteries, statuary and artifacts of every kind.

 

One opens “The World of Islam” by Ernst J. Grube (Curator, Islamic Department, Metropolitan Museum of Art), part of the series “Landmarks of the World’s Art,” and finds on p. 165 a picture of the “Kutb Mosque (Quwaat al-Islam) Delhi” shown and described:

 

Built by Kutb al-din Aibak in his fortress of Lallkot near Old Delhi in 1193. This mosque is the earliest extant monument of Islamic architecture in India and its combination of local, pre-Muslim traditions and imported architectural forms is typical of the earliest period. The mosque is built on the ruins of a Jain temple…

So the earliest “extant monument of Islamic architecture in India” was “built on the ruins of a Jain temple” — that temple being made into “ruins,” of course, by the Muslim invaders.

But that was then, you think to yourself.

And this is now. And now, in the full light of history, knowing that they are being watched, surely they will not do such things. Surely, in this new 21st century, Muslims everywhere will watch their steps, and not desecrate, vandalize, destroy as before.

But then you look only at what has happened since the new century began, since 2000. And here is a tentative list off the top of my head:

“¢ Bamiyan Buddhas, 1,500 years old, in Afghanistan, destroyed by Taliban with explosives, and technical help from Saudi and Pakistani engineers.

“¢ Tomb of Joseph in Israel, reduced to rubble by the “Palestinians,” despite that site supposedly being sacred to Muslims as well as to Jews.

“¢ A Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur, where Hindus and Chinese both labor under the disguised Jizyah of the Bumiputra system.

“¢ Orthodox churches and monasteries, destroyed in Kosovo and Bosnia, in full view of NATO troops, the U.N., and the world’s media.

“¢ And then, of course, the thousands of churches destroyed in Indonesia, as recorded by the Barnabas Fund.

“¢ The remaining Greco-Bactrian artifacts among the tiny holdings in the Kabul Museum.

“¢ The damage done to the Temple Mount structure by the excavations and vandalism to Solomon’s Stables from the “Palestinians.”

“¢ Statuary vandalized by Muslims — both Christian statuary in a church in northern France, and pagan statuary in the Piazza del Popolo.

Oh, these are just things that come off the top of one’s head. Should one recall the damage done to the Parthenon by Turkish Muslim troops, or to the Sphinx by generations of Muslim Arabs in Egypt? Or the damage done to the monuments of classical antiquity or left by other pre-Islamic civlizations, all of which are, in the Muslim view, worthless, part of a general Jahiliyya (time of ignorance), and not to be treated with respect or interest?

Start your own list. Do what Sita Ram Goel and Indian scholars did in compiling merely a list of the thousands of Hindu temples destroyed by Muslim invaders. Make up a list, for example, of the Christian churches of Constantinople, for five hundred years the richest, most important city in all of Christendom.

Go ahead. Now look that list over. Now think about the Louvre, the Prado, the National Gallery, the Uffizi, the Alte Pinakothek, the Rijksmuseum. Think of what those who followed the strictures of the late Sheik Bin Baz, or the still-living Al-Qaradawi, or the primitive Ahmadinejad, would do to the contents of all those.

What do you propose to do about it?

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  1. Mr. Fitzgerald, have you formed an opinion on why the Egyptian antiquities and monuments haven’t been destroyed yet?

    And are there groups who’ve tried, or are trying to get those monuments done away with?

     
  2. Dan,

    Probably because they attract tourists with $$$ and also beguile Infidels who, by the sheer fame of those monuments, would be harder to hoodwink than they have been with regard to little Christian churches and Jewish synagogues and cemeteries and Hindu temples elsewhere. Islam could sort of get away with the destruction of Buddhist statues — it was the Taliban after all, and the Taliban is formally detachable from Islam by naive consensus, it was in some remote part of the world where only National Geographic photographers might go to be splashed one month on the cover of an issue to be forgotten after one’s dentist appointment; and the Saudi and other support was covert and swept under the rug perhaps by its realpolitikisch allies. Destruction of the most famous ancient art in the world, Egyptian artifacts, by a supposed ally and supposedly un-Talibanish orthodox Muslim regime, would go too far. When Muslims aren’t epileptically rabid, they are clever & cunning.

     
  3. Why weren’t the Bamiyan Buddhas destroyed for 1,500 years? Lack of dynamite. Lack of those Western-trained Saudi and Pakistani engineers who proved so helpful to the Taliban.

    However, what damage could be done easily was done. Lots of tomb-robbing. The Sphinx could have its face defaced, and it was. Coptic churches could be destroyed whenever the spirit moved a Muslim mob, and at times, the spirit did.

    In recent decades some, including members of the Muslim Brotherhood, have suggested that all pre-Islamic monuments be destroyed. The argument deployed by opponents of this is not that these are examples of the great and wonderful continiuum of history. Not at all. The arguments have consisted of appeals to Egyptain self-interest, that is to the loss of tourist dollars. Elsewhere, the more fanatical have not hesitated to destroy even Islamic buildings. Think of what the Saudi government has done in Mecca (for more on this, go to “The Religious Policeman”), including an old Ottoman fort, and even places associated with Muhammad.

    Nothing is safe. The fact that some things, such as the Bamiyan Buddhas, managed to survive for 1,500 years, and for more than a millennium after a Muslim presence showed up in the area, before being destroyed, should not reassure us. Why not? Look at the rubble that is the Bamiyan Buddhas today.

     
  4. Television,

    I believe Islamic invaders did loot some of the tombs. But that’s been going on since antiquity, anyway. But wouldn’t you say that many monuments in Egypt are of such size and solidity that it surely wouldn’t be easy to damage them? Would it have been even feasible to damage, say, the temple at Luxor before the age of high explosives?

    As for the future, who knows? There are rumblings.

     
  5. Pipped at the post.

    Hugh comments on what the “Saudi government has done in Mecca”. See here for more comment and a picture of the religious police blowing up an ancient mosque:

    http://www.westernresistance.com/blog/archives/001966.html

     
  6. This link provides an interesting perspective (complete with photos) regarding the Saudi destruction mentioned by Hugh.

    From: AlienSphere: How about Respecting our History?

    The Ajyad (Ecyad) Fortress stood proud on bulbul mountain in Mecca since 1781. Its purpose was to protect the holy city from invaders. As a city landmark, the Ajyad fort was a destination by itself. The image of the castle is still imprinted in my memory since my early childhood. Eventually, however, I came to realize that there is no room for pride in the world that I live in and eventually the invaders will come to the castle’s gates. And they did turn up in 2002 with their dynamites and bulldozers and leveled both the castle and the mountain that supported it. Although the destruction of common Islamic historical sites represented a wahhabi pattern, not much fury was generated in the Muslim world (except for Turkey which accused the Saudi government of performing a Taliban like cultural vandalism).

    In response to Turkey’s accusations, the Saudi government gave the usual excuses: we want to build new towers, we want to offer the pilgrims more accommodations, we want to develop and update the city, blah blah. I am asking the government, nevertheless, to tell me how many of those visitors can afford to stay in one of the newly built luxury rooms or afford a meal in any of its restaurants? In addition to the real reasons that I mentioned before, here are a couple of other explanations why this is happening:

    1- To eliminate the Idea of Moderate Islam. As put by Eric in Classical Values: “They [wahabbis] hate the idea that their religious places were once ruled by forces of moderate Islam.” So, the solution is to eradicate all traces of that past.

    2- To erase the Ottoman past from the Arabian Peninsula. The Wahhabis are even going to great lengths to eliminate Ottoman influence from existing historical architecture. The mosques of the Balkans, including Gazi Husrevbeg Mosque in Sarajevo are witness to that. And the idea of having an Ottoman era castle standing as a historical witness in their own backyard is unbearable. Historians actually point out that the castle was built by the ruling Ottomans to keep the Wahhabi sect out of Mecca.

     

     
  7. Mr. Fitzgerald, have you ever detailed in a post the destruction the Wahabis wrought in Mecca?

    If so, I would like to read it.

    I’ve read some cursory references to that damage. But no specifics.

    And if you know, I think it would help the rest of us truly appreciate the austerity and destructiveness at the heart of Wahabism.

     
  8. Wasn’t bin Laden’s father (and presumably it’s still a family business) the chief builder/ engineer for the house of Saud? The re-developments around Mecca that a lot of this destruction makes way for must be a big earner for the company and It’s likely that one fifty-third of the income would somehow find its way to the black sheep of the family. – of course, the daughters and other female beneficiaries would only get half as much as the males but you get my meaning.

     
  9. “have you ever detailed in a post the destruction the Wahabis wrought in Mecca?”
    — from a posting above

    Simply click on the excellent link provided, even before your question was out, by Yojimbo a posting or two above that posted question, and take a look at what the Saudis have done in Mecca and Medina.

    Guardians of the Two Holy Places indeed — if you like bulldozers, and mutawwa chasing you away from paying your respects to any stones but the main attraction.

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Posted on 07/10/2014 7:07 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 10 July 2014
Fitzgerald: Start Your Own List [re-posted]
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[re-posted from June 19, 2006

Of course in the mists of time, when no one was looking, Muslims destroyed monuments, churches, temples, cemeteries, statuary and artifacts of every kind. But that was then, you think to yourself.

And this is now. And now, in the full light of history, knowing that they are being watched, surely they will not do such things. Surely, in this new 21st century, Muslims everywhere will watch their steps, and not desecrate, vandalize, destroy as before.

 

But then you look only at what has happened since the new century began, since 2000. And here is a tentative list off the top of my head:

 

Bamiyan Buddhas, 1,500 years old, in Afghanistan, destroyed by Taliban with explosives, and technical help from Saudi and Pakistani engineers.

Tomb of Joseph in Israel, the grave marker reduced to rubble by the “Palestinians,” despite that site supposedly being sacred to Muslims as well as to Jews.

A Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur, where Hindus and Chinese both labor under the disguised Jizyah of the Bumiputra system.

Orthodox churches and monasteries, destroyed in Kosovo and Bosnia, in full view of NATO troops, the U.N., and the world’s media.

And then, of course, the thousands of churches destroyed in Indonesia, as recorded by the Barnabas Fund.

The remaining Greco-Bactrian artifacts among the tiny holdings in the Kabul Museum.

The damage done to the Temple Mount structure by the excavations and vandalism to Solomon’s Stables from the “Palestinians.”

Statuary vandalized by Muslims — both Christian statuary in a church in northern France, and pagan statuary in the Piazza del Popolo.

The medieval Armenian cemetery of Jugha in Azerbaijan — obliterated by Azeri authorities.

Oh, these are just things that come off the top of one’s head. Should one recall the damage done to the Parthenon by Turkish Muslim troops, or to the Sphinx by generations of Muslim Arabs in Egypt, or to damage to the monuments of classical antiquity or left by other pre-Islamic civilizations, all of which are, in the Muslim view, worthless, part of a general Jahiliyya (time of ignorance), and not to be treated with respect or interest.

Start your own list. Do what Sita Ram Goel and other Indian scholars did in compiling merely a list of the thousands of Hindu temples destroyed by Muslim invaders. Make up a list, for example, of the Christian churches of Constantinople, for five hundred years the richest, most important city in all of Christendom.

Go ahead. Now look that list over. Now think about the Louvre, the Prado, the National Gallery, the Uffizi, the Alte Pinakothek, the Rijksmuseum. Think of what those who followed the strictures of the late Sheik Bin Baz, or the still-living Al-Qaradawi, or the primitive Ahmadinejad, or the Grand Mufti of Egypt Ali Gomaa, would do to the contents of all those.

What do you propose to do about it?

Thailand has offered to pay to rebuild the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan. If Hamid Karzai does not permit this rebuilding, then the Americans will have a clear sign of what this “new” Afghanistan is all about. But they needn’t wait. They need only read about the rogues’ gallery of assorted bullies, former Taliban members who have decided to be slightly less Talibanish, drug lords and those who profit from the drug trade, and of course those battening on American and other Infidel aid, and now making out like gangs, or gangbusters.

And if Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, two of the three countries (the third was the U.A.E.) that recognized and supported the Taliban regime, do not offer to relieve Thailand of the payment, even though it was apparently Saudi and Pakstani engineers who made the destruction possible, then that too will tell us something.

Consult an article I wrote earlier, “But who will save the monuments?,” for more on what has happened to non-Muslim artifacts and monuments and religious sites around the world. And don’t be surprised to read tomorrow of irreversible damage done to Temple Mount from what the “Palestinians” have been doing with their digging inside.

Surely archaeologists and art historians must never return to any Muslim country any artifacts were acquired. In fact, the more of historic and esthetic value that is removed from such countries, the better.

Which brings us to Western Europe. What is going to happen, what has already been happening but under-reported, even in newspapers of the very places where the damage is being done, when Muslims start to destroy that fresco in Bologna, or the madonnas in museums, or what is in Assisi or in the Louvre, or the Rijksmuseum (starting perhaps with one of Rembrandt’s rabbis), or in all the other museums, large and small, from the National Gallery to the Ashmolean and the Fitzwilliam, from the Louvre to the Musee Guimet and the Musee Nissim Camondo, in every country where Muslims, taught what Muslims are taught about sculpture and paintings (see Al-Bukhari, and read closely), take their Islam seriously.

Why, after all, would you expect them to do anything less? At least, at that moment when they feel they are powerful enough to act on their beliefs?

What is done with art will be done and is being done with the laws, customs, understandings, and settled life of the Infidels. It is happening in classrooms and in courts, in police forces and in the security services, in the press and radio and television, in government offices, wherever Muslims can make their views known and intimidate, by their presence or by making known that they are watching, the apparently helpless Infidels.

Those Infidels should no longer stand by helplessly, but should move to save our heritage before more of it is destroyed.

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Posted on 07/10/2014 7:19 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 10 July 2014
Syria, And What It Lost
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Posted on 07/10/2014 7:01 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 10 July 2014
Fears that twins who ran away to war-torn Syria have been recruited as 'Jihadi brides'
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From the Manchester Evening News

Fears are growing for twin Manchester schoolgirls who fled to Syria to become ‘Jihadi brides’ for terror group ISIS. 

Salma and Zahra Halane, 16, are now at the mercy of terror fighters in the Middle East and police say their lives are at risk. The devout Muslim pair are bright high-achievers with 28 GCSEs between them.

But security sources fear they have been seduced on the internet by the ‘rebel’ cause to become ‘Jihadi brides’ for ISIS fighters in Syria. While their parents slept, they crept out of the bedrooms of their semi-detached home in Chorlton on June 26 to board a flight to Turkey before travelling overland to Syria. It is believed they had followed their brother -one of 11 siblings  - to the war-torn country.

"11 siblings" According to today's Sun newspaper (behind a paywall) a local family, a retired soldier and her son, were evicted from the council house next door to them, the mother's childhood home, so that this huge family could spread out into two houses. 

Their distraught parents, both of Somali heritage, reported their daughters missing. 

The North West Counter Terrorism Unit has now started an investigation and detectives believe it’s likely they have gone as ‘Jihadi brides’. As ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) attempts to set up a state within Syria, they want young women to start families with fighters. Security sources fear they may be abused and used as little more than slaves before eventually being abandoned in Syria. 

The twins are thought to be at risk not only from their ISIS recruiters but also from dozens of other rebel groups and from the Syrian government which has vowed to jail any foreign fighters or western ‘spies’. 

Ibrahim, the girls’ father, worships at the Al Furqan Islamic Centre on Great Southern Street in Moss Side. Omar Barud, chairman of the mosque, said the girls’ parents had been left ‘extremely distressed’ by their disappearance. 

The police insist the parents were completely unaware of their children's intentions; however the neighbours report that the girls were very quiet and well chaperoned. As Muslim girls trying to flee forced marriage have enormous difficulty escaping because their every move is monitored I am suspicious when the parents say they did not know. The brother(s) already there may well have arranged the bride price and other Islamic formalities in loco parentes.

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Posted on 07/10/2014 4:10 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 9 July 2014
Muslim Terrorist Plotted To Tarqet The Louvre
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Along with the Eiffel Tower and a nuclear plant..

 Islamist plot to blow up Eiffel Tower, Louvre and nuclear ...

www.telegraph.co.uk › ... › EuropeFrance
The Daily Telegraph
 
25 mins ago - France foiled an Islamist terrorist plot to target the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and even a nuclear power plant, it emerged on Wednesday, as the 
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Posted on 07/09/2014 3:48 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 9 July 2014
Diplomat In NZ Sex Attack Invokes Diplomatic Immunity, Escapes Home -- Take A Guess
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From what subset of countries is that diplomat likely to come?

You're right!

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Posted on 07/09/2014 3:40 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 9 July 2014
Roger Scruton On Ray Honeyford, Who Was Right About Islam In The Schools
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Posted on 07/09/2014 3:32 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 9 July 2014
Protect Our Borders from Syria and Iraq Jihadists
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From Liberty GB:

Why should people who take a bus or Tube train in London be in fear for their lives from a bomb attack? Is it right that air passengers should be afraid of terror threats when they board a plane and also be subjected to continuous disruptions for the same reason?

Every day we hear news of more young Muslims – often born and bread in the UK but not “British” in any true sense of the word – travelling to Iraq and Syria to join groups fighting in a jihad (Islamic holy war) to establish an Islamic state over there. These Muslims also promise to come back to Britain and create a climate of terror over here.

Their threats have to be taken with the utmost seriousness: we have seen from media reports and internet videos how ruthless these fighters are with the lives of others and how determined they are to ethnically cleanse the Middle East of Christians.

Despite Prime Minister David Cameron’s empty reassurances that Britain will not ignore this security threat, former MI6 director of global counter-terrorism Richard Barrett has said the numbers are too high and the security services won’t be able to monitor all the jihadists returning to the UK. It is "out of the question", he added.

Top counter-terrorism expert Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police's assistant commissioner and head of specialist operations, has warned that Britain will live with the consequences of Syria and the rise of Islamic extremism within its own borders “for many, many years to come”.

The jihadists returning from Syria, due to its relative vicinity to Europe, are considered “the biggest threat to Britain's security” and a “greater threat than al-Qaeda terrorists in Pakistan and Afghanistan”. The British Home Office identifies Syria as “the most significant development in global terrorism.”

Charles Farr - the Home Office’s terror chief - and others warned that the Syrian war is stoking the biggest terror threat to the West since September 11, and this problem is predicted to persist for as long as the hostilities will continue.

It is simply foolish to believe that the threat is minimal or behind us. So far we’ve just been lucky

Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee - which oversees the UK’s intelligence agencies -, wrote that new measures increasing security checks at airports are “unavoidable” because jihadists are deploying "devilish technical skill" to create ever more sophisticated devices to evade existing security measures.

He wrote that he had encountered a level of complacency among some elements of the public which he found "seriously disturbing", adding:

"It is simply foolish to believe that the threat is either minimal or now behind us. We have, indeed, been fortunate but, sadly, this has not been because the terrorists have, since 2005, given up trying to do us harm. As Andrew Parker, the head of MI5, has made clear, each year there have been serious plots which if they had not been identified and disrupted would have led to the deaths and mutilation of many British citizens.

"The police and the security services have been very successful but we must not underestimate the devilish technical skill of those terrorists who design ever more sophisticated means of concealing explosives in mobile devices, in clothing and in otherwise innocent objects. They have been hard at work over the last year."

Only last week Britain's airports were put on a new terror alert following intelligence warnings that al Qaeda's chief bomb maker - Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, who is now said to have sworn allegiance to ISIS - had linked up with jihadists in Syria to pass on his skills.

It couldn’t be clearer that these people mean business. Some “British” Syria fighters have admitted preparing to carry out terrorist acts.

Possible links have also been found between three Muslims based in Cardiff, Wales - Isis militants who were present in a propaganda video filmed by the group - and two other men from the same part of the city, who are in prison for having planned to blow up London's Stock Exchange.

Black flag of Islam over Downing Street

A “British” jihadist has warned of the “black flag of Islam” flying over Downing Street and Buckingham Palace.

Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the “Caliph” of the Islamic State spreading between Iraq and Syria, has promised support to “oppressed” Muslims everywhere and told his soldiers: “You will conquer Rome and own the world”. Islam supporters hacked a Facebook page dedicated to Pope Francis and filled it with vulgar and offensive words and images: just a warning about things to come.

There is no doubt that militant Islam is on the rise in the world, and we’ll ignore it at our own peril.

We must protect our borders from these would-be terrorists

We must protect our own borders. It’s suicidal to allow would-be terrorists who have already shown their allegiance to violent jihad and acted on it to return to Britain, when top intelligent and security experts have made it clear that we cannot accurately monitor this threat once inside the country.

The party Liberty GB has among its party policies the only measure that would guarantee a greater safety for British people:

“Stop from returning to the UK anyone, including British citizens, who has left the country to fight alongside or support Muslim militias or jihadist groups abroad.”

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Posted on 07/09/2014 2:49 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Wednesday, 9 July 2014
A Palestinian Jordan: Opportunities vs. Threats
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Mudar Zahran writes in the Jerusalem Post:

The concept of a Palestinian state in Jordan is not new. In fact, Jordan was created based on the Faisal-Weizmann agreement by which Jews agreed to give away 78 percent of the British Mandate for Palestine to the Hashemites to establish a homeland for the Palestinian Arabs.

The Hashemites have never kept their promise. Even today, the UNHCR reports that Jordan’s Palestinian majority is still treated as “refugees” by Jordan’s king.

Still, the concept of a Palestinian Jordan – and a Jewish Israel – has come back to life after the Arab Spring.

Jordan has an 88% Palestinian majority – as indicated by a US Embassy Amman cable – and if the king falls, that majority will elect a Palestinian president, a Palestinian parliament and a Palestinian government. Therefore, we Palestinians will have a state for the first time ever.

Countless reports confirm the Palestinians have been oppressed by this king much more than by his father; in fact, Abdullah is still stripping Palestinians of their passports.

Therefore, a Palestinian Spring in Jordan has been likely to happen for the past three years.

In 2011, I wrote several articles predicting a Jordanian revolution. This was dismissed by the king’s cheerleaders in Washington, DC, and Jerusalem. Nonetheless, the revolution took place in November 2012. Half a million, mostly from the refugee camps, took to the streets calling for a regime change.

Then, the US openly supported the revolution. Nonetheless, Israel stood up to defend the king. Israel’s lobby and diplomats particularly in Washington, DC, Moscow and Qatar were relentless and convinced the powers that be to defuse the revolution.

The king survived, but nonetheless he remained deserted by his historic allies. The US does not seem to care for him much; his pleas for additional aid were never answered. Saudi Arabia and the UAE are angered by the king’s open alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood (yes I did say the Muslim Brotherhood), Assad’s Syria and Iraq’s Shi’ite government.

Also, the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported Egypt’s President Abdel Sisi was “not eager to deal with Jordan’s king because of his support to the Muslims Brotherhood and refusal to ban them.”

The only reason the king is still in power today is because of Israel’s intelligence and diplomatic support. Nonetheless, this king makes sure to punish Israel for each favor it does him. As Yediot Aharonot reported, the king was the one who proposed US Secretary of State John Kerry’s anti-Israel “peace” plan to President Barack Obama in 2013; it is Abdullah’s plan, not Kerry’s.

Also, Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported that he asked the US for $55 billion in exchange for “accepting” his own Palestinians! Furthermore, the Hamas-Fatah unity deal was brokered directly by the king and Qatar. The king used his Muslim Brotherhood allies in Amman to lobby Hamas to accept the deal, another slap in the face to Israel.

But why is Israel tolerating all of this? Israel’s dogma is: The Palestinians in Jordan are hostile and they must be kept under the Hashemites’ control.

Nonetheless, keeping the king in power is too demanding for Israel. Can Israel keep it up forever? Also, with the amount of money and intelligence work invested in keeping the king on his throne, Israel could place any secular leader in power for a Palestinian Jordan.

Further, the Israeli establishment must understand that a Palestinian state in eastern Palestine (a.k.a. Jordan), even if hostile, is a problem on Israel’s borders, while a Palestinian state the West Bank, even if friendly, is a problem inside Israel itself.

A few months ago, the protests against the king stopped and many of his cheerleaders in Washington, DC, and Jerusalem began celebrating. Then, I warned that the peaceful protesting was over, and violence was in. My statements were again dismissed by the king’s pep squad.

Today, Maan in the south has been raging for months with gun battles between locals and the king’s police. There have been many casualties, and RPGs were used to destroy several armored carriers. Ajloun in the north, has also been burning with confrontations, and two refugee camps witnessed exchanges of fire with the police. The death toll stands at three per week and rising.

And as icing on the cake, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is now pledging to “liberate Jordan.”

Is that what Israel expected when it did everything to keep Abdullah in power? Israel has wisely kept itself distant from the entire Arab Spring affair to avoid being blamed for that mess. Israel should adopt the same policy with regard to Jordan.

Israel does not have to take action, all it has to do is let the king go. And maybe then direct its effort toward making the US support a secular Jordanian leader.

Those who claim the king will be replaced by Islamists need to examine the facts: the king has been aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) since day one, he refused the Saudis’ demands to ban the group and said in an interview with Jeffery Goldberg that there was a margin of 10% disagreement between him and the MB. The king’s minister of reform said to Al Jazeera: “The MB is a part of the Hashemites’ regime” and MB leader Zaki Bani Rusheid said recently, “The king is a necessity...and we oppose limiting any of his powers.”

Further, the MB recently held elections for its governing board and out of 100 only nine were Palestinians. Therefore, Jordan’s Palestinians are not pro-Islamist and when the king falls, the MB will fall with him.

Also, border security between Jordan and Israel will not be compromised, because the American military has one of its largest bases in Jordan already, and the Jordanian army is financed and fully controlled by the US Defense Intelligence Agency. This means borders will remain secure and no civil war will happen.

A declassified White House document aired by Al Jazeera in 2011 showed Hennry Kissinger wanted the Palestinians to win the war against Hussein in 1970 to establish what he described as “a Palestinian settlement.”

We in the Jordanian opposition support that kind of settlement by all means – and a Jewish Israel.

We would never agree to our Palestinian brothers being deported from Ramallah to Amman; nonetheless, they should become Jordanian citizens residing in Israel, not citizens of a Jewish Israel.

We see the new Jordan as a secular, demilitarized and welfare state.

The opportunity for a Palestinian Jordan and a Jewish Israel is ripe. Nonetheless, the opportunity knocks, but does not beg. 

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Posted on 07/09/2014 12:32 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
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