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U.S Shi’ite Muslims to visit Dearborn for weekend conference

July 20, 2009

Freep.com 3 July 09

our comments in red

Muhummad’s slave and adopted son, Laid, and his cousin, Ali, the son of Abu Talib and, his close friend Abu Bakr- father of Ayesha.

Shi’ite Muslims from across the United States are coming to Dearborn for a conference this weekend that is centered on the life of Imam Ali, the son-in-law of Islam’s prophet. 

 Muhammad’s friend and follower offered his 6 year old daughter to Muhammad to play with- he then married this child.- When she was 9 years old she became his bride!

Organized by the Muslim Congress, the three-day event that starts today Friday is expected to draw up to 1,500 Muslims, said conference organizers. The event comes at a time when the U.S. government is showing a growing interest in how to reach out to the Muslim world after President Barack Obama’s major speech on Islam (in Egypt) last month. The name of this year’s conference is “Imam Ali, the Perfection of Humanity.”

“It’s a great opportunity for Muslims and non-Muslims to learn,” said Bilal Dabaja, 24, of Dearborn, a conference volunteer.

The conference is to feature scholars and religious leaders who are often relied upon by Shi’ites to help guide them in their lives. The sessions include lectures on marriage, stress, the Quran and Imam Ali.

“We try to emulate Imam Ali,” said Hyder Syed, of Houston, Texas, secretary of the Muslim Congress. “He was very courageous.”

Tarek Baydoun, 24, of Dearborn said the conference is a “good way for the community to come together and remember our faith.”
Contact NIRAJ WARIKOO : 313-223-4792 or warikoo@freepress.com

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Muslim TV Exec Beheads Wife Over Divorce

June 25, 2009

Battle Cry    Mar/Apr 09

A killing in Buffalo, New York has horrified Americans and provided varying degrees of shock in the Muslim community.  On February 12, a Pakistani Muslim TV executive, Muzzammil Hassan, walked into a local police station and confessed that he had killed his wife, Aasiya, and her beheaded body could be found in the TV studio where they were both employed. She was the third one of his wives to file for divorce because of his violent behavior.

Authorities are tight lipped about the motive and method of killing but the internet is buzzing with comments. Muslim sources deny that the killing was more than domestic violence that got out of control. Others are pointing out the similarity to so-called “honor killings” that are fairly common in Pakistan and other Muslim cultures.

Muslim leaders who claim that violence, domestic or otherwise, is not part of Islam, have a lot of explaining to do. They must begin with the modern practice of suicide bombers who are persuaded to blow themselves up for the cause of their god, Allah. Violent revenge is prescribed by the Qur’an on one’s enemies. “Heretics” who refuse to convert to Islam are to be beheaded.

Muhammad a Poor Role Model

Besides the violence encouraged by Islam’s “holy book,” Muhammad, himself, indulged in brutalities seldom equaled in history. When it comes to violence, ex-Muslim Mohammad Al Ghazoli, in his book, Christ, Muhammad and I documents some horrific episodes.

In one instance, Muhammad directed his men to systematically behead 900 captives while their wives and children watched. Afterward, Muhammad examined the women and picked the most beautiful one for himself. When she spit at him and refused to marry him, he kept her as a slave and forced her to have intercourse with him while her feet and hands were tied down.

Ghazoli describes another instance when a 70-year-old woman was captured along with her daughter. Muhammad directed one of his men to rape the daughter while her mother watched. He then had each leg of the mother tied to two camels that were forced to gallop in opposite directions ripping her into two pieces.

Whenever someone questioned Muhammad’s actions, Ghazoli says that “Gabriel” would carry down a verse from Allah, justifying it. Ghazoli asks: “What kind of god orders something so cruel, and allows killing, raping, adultery, robbing, and slavery? Surely that ‘god’ was the fabrication of Muhammad’s imagination. It could not be the real, loving, merciful God.”

In Christ, Muhammad and I, Ghazoli tells how, early in life, he was disillusioned with Islam’s capricious god, Allah, and Muhammad, his barbaric “prophet.” Yet, it was not until near the end of his days that someone handed him a Bible and said: “read!” In it he discovered a much different God who forbids revenge and instructs us to love our enemies, instead. Captivated, he devoured this amazing Book and committed his life to Christ.

Is it little wonder that Muslim nations forbid their citizens from owning such a Book? Conversion to Christ can lead to “honor killing” by one’s own family. Islamic leaders know that if news of this God of love gets out, their power over their people will vanish.

Pictures of Aasiya and Muzzammil on the internet show an attractive and accomplished couple. How very sad that no one was able to reach them with the gospel of peace provided by a loving God.

But God has brought millions of Muslims to our doorsteps. All are deluded into following this Arabian moon god who promotes pagan, primitive barbarism. What are we waiting for to present them with the Book that tells of the true and living God of love who died for them? Many of them would respond, as Mohammad Ghazoli did.

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Area Muslims Eye Obama Speech

June 9, 2009

Leaders ready to bridge religious gaps

Detroit Free Press    4 June 09

BY NIRAJ WARIKOO

During the Bush administration, Yahya Basha ( our comments- just like several other Muslim spokesmen- most of which are connected with supporting terrorism CAIR’s top organizers- and leaders in prison for doing just that.  See Holy Land Foundation court case)  of West Bloomfield was a frequent visitor to the White House, acting as a liaison between Muslim Americans and the U.S. government.

 Over the years, the doctor said, he saw a shift in tone as “the Muslim community was pushed away.”

Basha, 63, is still a Republican, but the Arab-American Muslim said he hopes President Barack Obama succeeds today in reaching out to the Muslim world with what’s expected to be a major speech in Egypt on Islam. It’s a talk that will be closely watched by Michigan’s sizable Muslim population and one where Obama might mention the contributions of Muslim Americans.

 “I think there’s a significant new approach,” Basha said. “People in the Middle East see the United States now has a president whose middle name is Hussein. He looks more like them. He has the name, the look, and the strongest country in the world behind him.”

  Obama’s speech comes after a year of intense debate over his own relationship with the religion — which included false ( our comments- he is a muslim.  That’s what muslims claim) rumors he was Muslim — and over the U.S. government’s relationship to the Islamic world.

From detainees at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the issue of Islam has become a major focus of government policies.

And so, Muslims in metro Detroit hope they can act as a bridge to help close the gap between the two.

“America needs its Muslim voices,” said Victor Begg of Bloomfield Hills, chairman of the Council on Islamic Organizations of Michigan. “Muslim Americans can be a huge asset in terms of changing attitudes within the Muslim world, and bringing the Islamic world closer to America.” (our comments- so why don’t they do it?)

Obama’s father was born into a Muslim family and Obama once lived in Indonesia, the most populous Muslim-majority country in the world.

But during the election campaign, Obama repeatedly stressed he was Christian. (our comments- but he doesn’t act like a Christian- ex. abortion) In recent months, though, Obama has shown an increasing willingness to talk about his Muslim past and about Muslim Americans.

In April, he told the Turkish Grand National Assembly in Ankara  that Islam “has done so much over the centuries to shape the world(our comments- and all for the worst- not the better) including in my own country. The United States has been enriched by Muslim Americans. Many other Americans have Muslims in their families or have lived in a Muslim-majority country — I know, because I am one of them.”

And Obama said this week he would bring up the issue of Muslim Americans today.
“One of the points I want to make is, is that if you actually took the number of Muslim Americans, we’d be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world,” he told a French television station. (our comments- Wrong data, Muslims are less than one percent of our population)

Those comments are encouraging, say local Muslims.

“I would hope that President Obama makes every effort to build bridges of understanding between American Muslims and the non-Muslim community,” said Suehaila Amen, 30, of Dearborn. “There is too much hate in the world.” (our comments- the hate is one sided.  Muslims tell us they intend to take America for Islam.  The hate speech is Islam against the free world.)

The relationship between Muslim Americans and the government cannot only help Muslims, but America’s standing in the world, said Muslim Americans and some government officials.

Imam Abdullah El-Amin of Detroit said that Obama can show that “the United States is not anti-Islam” and “will work with the Muslim world.”

Obama’s talk also will be watched by local members of the Jewish community, many of whom have strong ties to Israel. Some are concerned about Islamic extremism and hope that Obama will highlight the importance of fighting radical movements such as Hamas.

“Radical forces within the Islamic world need to be silenced” in order for peace to prevail, said Rabbi Jason Miller of Congregation t’Chiyah in Oak Park.

Todd Mendel, president of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Metro Detroit, said he hopes Obama talks about the threat of Iran and doesn’t pressure Israel to stop settlements on the West Bank — a sticking point in Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.

“I’m hoping he won’t focus on the smaller issues … like settlements,” Mendel said.

Some metro Muslims say that Obama should talk about putting pressure on Israel to help solve the Palestinian issue. (our comments- Notice!  Obama is willing to put pressure on Israel but we see his “pressure” on Hamas or Hezbullah.  We give them weapons, see Aaron Kleins book: “Schmoozing with Terrorists.”)

“The entire problem in the Muslim world is because of Palestine,” said Taher Rasheed, 69, of West Bloomfield.

Regardless of the differing views, both groups say the speech is important because it comes during a critical time for the United States and the Muslim world. (our comments- Yes. Iran and their constant threat against Israel- their goal to destroy Israel (and America by extension))

“I expect to see massive change,” Basha said.

 

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Detroit-area Muslims laud talk; Jewish reaction wary

June 5, 2009

June 5, 2009

Detroit-area Muslims laud talk; Jewish reaction wary

BY NIRAJ WARIKOO
DETROIT FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

Muslims in metro Detroit praised President Barack Obama’s landmark speech on Islam, in which he cited the contributions of Muslim Americans and intertwined the values of their faith with the ideals of the United States.

“I think Obama has closed the gap between the Muslim world and America,” said Ned Fawaz, 69, of Dearborn.

Speaking in Cairo, Egypt, on Thursday, Obama described the successes of Muslim Americans as an example of how the principles of Islam and those of the United States are compatible. At one point, he cited U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., a Detroit native who became the first Muslim congressman.

“Let there be no doubt: Islam is a part of America,” Obama said.

Suehaila Amen, 30, of Dearborn said that Obama is “giving the Muslim-American community the praise and respect that it has not been given in the past.”

Obama also stressed the importance of religious freedom, saying that Muslims have the full right to practice in the United States — but added that they should work on promoting tolerance of non-Muslims.

“Freedom in America is indivisible from the freedom to practice one’s religion,” Obama said. “That is why there is a mosque in every state in our union. … That’s why the United States government has gone to court to protect the right of women and girls to wear the hijab.”

Obama spoke of the U.S. commitment to Israel, but added that the country’s West Bank settlements must end. The remarks prompted criticism from some Jewish Americans in metro Detroit.

“The settlements are not the problem,” said Mark Segel, 56, of Southfield. The White House is “pressuring the wrong people” and should focus on Islamic extremists, he said. ?

Robert Cohen, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Metro Detroit, said: “We share the vision and hope that the president set forth for Arab-Israeli reconciliation.”

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My Comments:

Robert Cohen should clarify his statement – Because “We share the vision and hope….” doesn’t say what is important.

Israel is our only friend and we Americans are the only hope for Israel.

We MUST prevent Israel from being destroyed by do-gooders who know nothing about the terrorist elements (Hamas, Hezbollah) who plot Israel’s destruction.

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Muslims vandalize Christian graves

May 27, 2009

Read + Fume. D

Muslims vandalize Christian graves

Crosses smashed: ‘We don’t feel safe anymore’


Posted: May 25, 2009
8:15 pm Eastern

WND’S JERUSALEM BUREAU
WorldNetDaily Exclusive

By Aaron Klein


WorldNetDaily

JERUSALEM – Palestinian Christians in a normally quiet village are reeling from a series of grave desecrations this week that they say are indicative of intimidation tactics from the town’s growing Muslim population.

“Christians don’t feel free anymore. Our way of life is changing while the Muslim population grows,” a local Christian told WND. The Christian would only give his first name, Anis, for fear of Muslim retaliation if he speaks out. He pointed out there are several other Anis’s in his village, Jisna, which is located near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

This week, 70 Christian grave sites in Jisna were vandalized, with the crosses on top of the graves found smashed off, local Christians told WND.

Jisna is primarily a Christian village, but over the last 6 to 8 years, the town has seen a steady stream of Muslims, mostly due to Jisna’s good quality of life. Two years ago, the first mosque was constructed in the village. If the Islamic influx continues, Jisna might go the way of so many other Palestinian cities, like Ramallah and Bethlehem, which used to be predominantly Christian but now have large Muslim majorities.

Is Israel already done for? Find out in Aaron Klein’s “The Late Great State of Israel”

And like Bethlehem, Ramallah and other Palestinian cities that became mostly Muslim, as the Islamic population rises in Jisna local Christians are complaining of an increased atmosphere of intimidation.

“They (Muslims) are trying to impose their way of life,” said Anis.

A relative of Anis who lives in the same village said Christians don’t feel safe drinking alcohol on the streets or even in private gardens that can be seen from the street. Consuming alcohol is banned in Islam.

“I used to go to a store owned by my friend and inside we’d drink beers together. But now we can’t do it because the Muslims get offended,” said the second local Christian.

“Our freedom and our way of life is much more limited. At times we don’t feel safe for us, our families and our Christian friends,” the Christian said.

Just this week, a Palestinian Authority spokesman admitted to WND that Christians in the Palestinian territories are being “watched.”

“We have been watching this Christian organization and for the moment there is nothing special in their activity,” said Adnan Dmeire, spokesman for the PA’s security organizations in West Bank.

Dmeire was referring to the Association of the Holy Book, one of the main groups that attends to the needs of Christians in the Palestinian territories. The group has been accused by both the PA and Hamas of carrying out missionary activities. A Bible store the association sponsored in the Gaza Strip – the only Christian bookstore in the territory – was attacked by Islamists several times. The store’s owner, Rami Ayyad, was found shot to death in 2007, his body riddled with bullets.

Dmeire was responding to a WND inquiry regarding a Hamas accusation earlier this week that the PA was allowing the Christian association to carry out missionary activity in the West Bank.

Christian persecution trend

Christians living in the Palestinian territories have not faired well under PA or Hamas rule.

In 2006, a YMCA in the northern West Bank was attacked. Gunmen destroyed the locks on the YMCA’s entrance gates, crushed the gates, then entered the building and set it ablaze. Local fire brigades reportedly rushed to the scene and stopped the blaze before it spread to neighboring buildings. The attack occurred just after a PA-linked preacher accused the YMCA of missionary activity.

Following the YMCA attack, one Christian leader, an aide to Jerusalem’s Latin Patriarch Michel Sabah who asked his name be withheld for fear of Muslim retaliation, called the rampage part of a general trend of Christian persecution in Palestinian areas.

“It’s been happening all over the West Bank and Gaza,” said the aide.

There have been rampant reports of abuses and persecution in several West Bank towns taken over by the PA.

Anti-Christian riots have been reported in Ramallah, Nazareth and surrounding villages as well as in towns in Gaza, where Christians have been targeted in scores of attacks, some deadly. In Bethlehem, local Christians have long complained of anti-Christian violence. The city’s Christian population, once 90 percent, declined drastically since the PA took control in December 1995. Christians now make up less than 25 percent of Bethlehem, according to Israeli surveys.

Christian leaders and residents in Bethlehem told WND they face an atmosphere of regular hostility. They said Palestinian armed groups stir tension by holding militant demonstrations and marches in the streets. They spoke of instances in which Christian shopkeepers’ stores were ransacked and Christian homes attacked. One of the most urgent problems involves the unilateral confiscation of Christian property by local Islamists.

“It is a regular phenomenon in Bethlehem,” Samir Qumsiyeh, a Bethlehem Christian leader and owner of the Beit Sahour-based private Al-Mahd (Nativity) TV station, told WND. “They go to a poor Christian person with a forged power of attorney document, then they say we have papers proving you’re living on our land. If you confront them, many times the Christian is beaten. You can’t do anything about it. The Christian loses, and he runs away.”

In the Gaza Strip, Christians fare worse under Hamas rule. The Islamist group took over the territory in 2007. About 3,000 Christians live in the Gaza Strip, which has a population of over 1 million.

In December, Christian leaders in Gaza told WND they held only small, quiet Christmas celebrations after local leaders received warnings from Muslim groups against any public display of Christianity during the holiday season. Hamas claimed the Christian celebrations were muted to protest what it said was an Israeli siege of the coastal Gaza Strip.

Since Hamas’ rise to power, Christian in Gaza repeatedly have been targeted. Jihadia Salafiya, an Islamist outreach group with a so-called military wing, is suspected of many of the Islamist attacks, such as a May 2007 shooting against a United Nations school in Gaza after it allowed boys and girls to participate in the same sporting event. One person was killed in the attack.

In the case of Ayyad, the bible store owner, WND quoted witnesses stating he was publicly tortured a few blocks from his store before he was shot to death. The witnesses said they saw three armed men, two of whom were wearing masks, beat Ayyad repeatedly with clubs and the butts of their guns while they accused him of attempting to spread Christianity in Gaza. The witnesses said that after sustaining the beating, Ayyad was shot by all three men.

Christians warned: Accept Islamic law

Sheik Abu Saqer, leader of Jihadia Salafiya, told WND in an exclusive interview after Hamas first seized Gaza that Christians could continue living safely in the Gaza Strip only if they accepted Islamic law, including a ban on alcohol and on women roaming publicly without proper head coverings.

“[Now that Hamas is in power,] the situation has changed 180 degrees in Gaza,” said Abu Saqer, speaking from Gaza.

“Jihadia Salafiya and other Islamic movements will ensure Christian schools and institutions show publicly what they are teaching to be sure they are not carrying out missionary activity. No more alcohol on the streets. All women, including non-Muslims, need to understand they must be covered at all times while in public,” he said.

“Also the activities of Internet cafes, pool halls and bars must be stopped,” said Abu Saqer. “If it goes on, we’ll attack these things very harshly.”

Abu Saqer accused the leadership of the Gaza Christian community of “proselytizing and trying to convert Muslims with funding from American evangelicals.”

“This missionary activity is endangering the entire Christian community in Gaza,” he said.

Abu Saqer claimed there was “no need” for the thousands of Christians in Gaza to maintain a large number of institutions in the territory.

He said Hamas “must work to impose an Islamic rule or it will lose the authority it has and the will of the people.”

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Ill-Founded Assumptions of Obama’s Address To Muslims

February 5, 2009

EXCELLENT ARTICLE!  Don

THIS ARTICLE IS FUNDAMENTAL READING BY ANYONE WHO IS SERIOUSLY INVOLVED IN

ANTI-JIHAD WORK.

HUGH FITZGERALD IS THE VP OF JIHAD WATCH.

Fitzgerald: The Ill-Founded Assumptions of Obama’s Address To Muslims

The notion that America managed, under Bush, to lose some kind of special place in the affections of the Muslim world — a special place that it possessed because America “had no colonial legacy” — is the kind of thing you read in the cheesiest potted summaries of the postwar period (“because, boys and girls, America had no colonial legacy….”). Does Obama think that the Muslim attacks, from without and within, on the Hindus of India have to do with some “colonial legacy”? Does he think that the attacks on Christian Filipinos in the southern Philippines, or on Buddhists in southern Thailand, have to do with a “colonial legacy”? Does he think that Muslim aggression against non-Muslims in southern Sudan, or southern Nigeria, has to do with a “colonial legacy”? Well, only insofar as Muslims, wherever they do not yet completely dominate but are present in sufficient numbers to attempt to work their will on non-Muslims, will do so.

The business of America not having a “colonial legacy” and thus being somehow more natively attractive to Muslims misses the point, misunderstands reality. The Arabs of the Arabian peninsula – present-day Saudi Arabia – never suffered from “colonialism.” The Arabs of the littoral areas – Muscat and Oman, Yemen (and the Hadramaut), the tribal sheikdoms that became the United Arab Emiratesnever endured colonialism. What they did have was the Royal Navy, suppressing the slave trade from offshore, and then, in this century, a few small garrisons, one at the entrepot of Aden Town, guarding the route to India, and a few among the sheikdoms known Trucial States — so-named because, of course, they were constantly warring, and it was the British who kept the constantly-warring Arabs from being at each other’s throats.

The only “colonialism” in the Middle East was that of the Ottoman Empire, and it was the British (and, to a lesser extent, the French) who freed the Arabs from the Turks. The British remained for all of ten years in Mesopotamia, roughly from 1922 to 1932, creating, and attempting to stabilize, that region. In Syria-Lebanon, the French were there until just after World War II, and similarly, were there as a Mandatory power, not a colonial one. It was the British who ripped out all of Eastern Palestine and handed it over to Abdullah, Jordan, one of the Hashemites, as a consolation prize, the Emirate of Transjordan, because Abdullah’s younger brother Feisal had been given the kingship of Iraq.

Even in North Africa, the French were hardly “colonial” powers for very long. In Morocco and in Tunisia, they controlled things for about 40 years, and in that period the non-Arab Berbers were given rights that the Arabs have been taking away ever since. The only long-term “colonial” presence in the Arab world is that of the French in Algeria, who arrived in 1830 to suppress, after years of other attempts, the war made on Christian shipping, and who remained until 1932. In Algeria the French established, in this “colonial” period, the first schools, the first universities, the first hospitals, and built beautiful broad-boulevarded cities (Oran, Algiers); they brought in modern agricultural methods, too. Since the French left, Algeria has slowly descended into violence that is unlikely to stop. No, this business of the Arabs once being “friendly” to America because America had no “colonial legacy” implies that the Arabs suffered greatly from colonialism. Not only did they suffer far less than any other peoples in Asia, Africa, or Latin America, but they were themselves, and remain, the practitioners of the most successful colonialism, or imperialism, in human history. They conquered vast lands and imposed their language and their culture, everywhere causing the pre-Islamic civilizations of those they conquered to wither and die, with no one to take an interest in them, and everywhere used Islam as a vehicle for Arab supremacism. It is naïve to lump together the experience of those who did indeed suffer from colonialism, such as sub-Saharan Africa, with the history of the Arabs and their extensive conquests.

No, America is not liked for the same reason that the European former colonial powers are not liked, and for the same reason that Hindu India, for that matter, is and will remain a target of Muslim hostility and, whenever possible, aggression. For these are all Infidel lands. If Barack Obama or those who advise him are, just like their predecessors, unwilling or incapable of learning what is in the Qur’an, Hadith, and Sira, incapable of studying and then assimilating what the ideology of Islam inculcates, incapable of recognizing that it contains both a politics and a geopolitics, that its hold over the minds of men is far greater, far more akin to the ideologies of Communism and Nazism as a totalitarian regulation of every aspect of life, or at least would like to attain to that in its ideal, most comprehensive reception, then they are likely to make the same kind of colossal mistakes as the Bush administration did in Iraq, with its squandering of men, money, materiel, and morale.

The new administration may think it is “turning a new page,” but is it? Is it not repeating the mistakes of the previous administration? Is it not, like that administration, equally unable to come to grips with Islam as a Total Belief-System, still unwilling to consult the Western scholars of Islam who studied and wrote long before the Age of Arab Money (that has so corrupted academic studies of Islam) and the Great Inhibition, such people as Snouck Hurgronje, Joseph Schacht, Henri Lammens, Arthur Jeffrey, David Margoliouth, Charles-Emmanuel Dufourcq, Georges Vajda, and many others? Is it not still unwilling to listen to, much less heed, the testimony of the articulate Defectors from the Army of Islam — Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Walid Shoebat, Mark Gabriel, Wafa Sultan, Ibn Warraq, Ali Sina? All of those people should be invited to deliver, in solemn conclave assembled, their views directly to Obama and to his chief aides, so that, indeed, “fresh thinking” can take place.

But so far, it appears that it will be some approximation of the mixture as before, that is, hopeless, hapless, pointless “peace-processing” that may result – such things always do – in tangible concessions by Israel, a giving up of its legal, historic, and moral claims to land. These concessions will be made in order to obtain a “peace” treaty that on the Muslim side is – and must be – merely a “truce treaty” that will, as all treaties made by Muslims with Infidels must be, broken at the earliest opportunity, in ways little and big. For the lasting model is the Treaty of Hudaibiyya, and unless and until that phrase – “Treaty of Hudaibiyya” – is well-understood in the White House and the State Department – there will be all sorts of wasted efforts and naïve hopes, always to be dashed (but at Israel’s expense, and not ours, not at the expense of those who pressure Israel into these colossal, largely undoable surrenders).

And so, ignorant of Islam, we continue to lavish aid on Pakistani generals, for it was the Americans who paid for, who provided the discretionary funds for, A. Q. Khan and his science project. It is the Americans and Europeans who now keep the Slow Jihadists of Fatah going, who supplied Arafat with billions that have disappeared into the ether, and who continue to supply aid to his longtime henchman and Holocaust-denier, Mahmoud Abbas, who more recently says he has “chosen peace as a strategic option.” (But unless we know about Islam, and about Hudaibiyya, we do not know what that phrase must surely mean.) Abbas is having a good run as the nobody-here-but-us-accountants public face of the Slow Jihadists. They are more worldly, more corrupt, more willing to delay a bit in order to get that Western aid steadily coming in, so that so much of it can be diverted for the use of the Fatah bigshots and their retinues. They seem “good” only by comparison with the Fast Jihadists of Hamas, but with the latter, in reality, they share the exact same goals, and differ only on questions of tactics, timing, and who gets the lion’s share of what loot.

The same goes for Egypt, a country that has not fulfilled a single one of its solemn commitments under the Camp David Accords to encourage friendly relations, at the level of both governments and people, with Israel. Egypt is in the forefront of the diplomatic war waged against Israel. Egypt has allowed, its government even encouraged, antisemitism on its official television channels, Recently a whole series was based on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. But this gets no attention in Washington. Meanwhile, the United States has lavished close to seventy billion dollars on Egypt, that is, on Mubarak and his courtiers, to pay for his Family-and-Friends Plan.

The corrupt Mubarak regime, one more in a series of stratokleptocracies in Egypt, allows itself to be given credit in the West for its supposed “moderation,” as reflected in its new enmity toward Hamas. But for years the Egyptians not only allowed Hamas to smuggle in gigantic amounts of weaponry, but many Egyptians acted as partners, and received a cut of the proceeds from Gazan Arabs in the tunnel-building and the arms smuggling through the Sinai to those tunnels. If Egypt today is not happy with Hamas, this has nothing to do with a change of heart toward Israel, but reflects only the Egyptian regime’s fear that a Hamas victory, or the perception of such, might encourage the Ikhwan, the Muslim Brotherhood, in Egypt proper. And that is something the Egyptian regime cannot abide.

The failure over many decades of successive American governments and its peace-processors to learn about Islam has resulted in all those Rogers Plan and Kissinger Plans, and the plans of James Baker, and in all the endless shuttling-diplomacy of all those peace-processors, including those four horsemen (in declining order of intelligence), Dennis Ross, Richard Haass, Martin Indyk, and Aaron Miller. All of them are innocent of Islam, and by this point willfully so. For if they allowed themselves to learn about Islam and to figure out why exactly it matters and what it means, then they would also have to admit to themselves that their past efforts were exercises in missing-the-point, squanderings of time and effort, while the real subject – the worldwide efforts to promote Jihad (that is, the “struggle” to remove all obstacles to the spread, and then the dominance, of Islam) – wandered off by itself while the American government, fixated on making “peace” between Arabs and Israelis, did not so much lose the plot as never figure out the real plot in the first place.

American diplomacy in the Middle East, so time-consuming, so exhausting, so largely vain, has been based, as the goals in Iraq, and even perhaps the original invasion of Iraq, on a misunderstanding of the real situation. Just look at those professional peace-processors. Their entire professional lives have been spent ignoring the relevance, the centrality, of Islam. Islam, of course, is not something you can see. It is not something that accompanies a smiling Arab leader or diplomat, as he tells you exactly what he wants you to hear (which often overlaps with what he thinks you want to hear). Only after years and years does the meretriciousness, the deception, as a way of life manage to sink in. And even then, what is not being talked about, what is the Great Unspoken – the Great Unspoken is Islam, which you have to know about in order to recognize what it does to the minds of men, or so many men, that it cannot be ignored, cannot be minimized. In the life of individual Muslims, and Muslim states and societies, Islam is the central fact.

Yet, even those who Middle Easterners of Muslim background remain, out of filial piety or fear or other considerations (“effectiveness” might be one that they rely on), those who are certifiably fine people, the kind you might spend an evening with, real charmers such as Fouad Ajami and Azar Nafisi, never ever discuss Islam straight on, flat out, with non-Muslims in public – and instead refer glancingly or obliquely to this famous Elephant In the Room, the first by offering adjectives about “this tragic land, that had never known peace” (well, why was that, Professor Ajami?) or “the Arabs, who preferred to live in the past, in a dream world” (well, how does that connect to Islam?) and, in the Nafisi Persian-patriot Hafiz-Sa’adi-Firdowsi version or variant, we get “Irahn has a 3000-year-history, Irahn is much more than the Islam that the Arab invaders brought, and you cannot put all Muslim countries together.” And thus even Fouad Ajami and Azar Nafisi are in the end unsatisfactory guides to Middle Eastern reality. Do they in fact see right to the bottom of the thing, or do their own family memories get in the way of understanding, because they confuse those who ignored much of Islam with Islam itself, and do not grasp the truth of that statement that “there are moderate Muslims, but Islam itself is not moderate”?

They have invested too many years, even decades, of their professional lives – in essence, their entire professional lives – on the notion that there is a “solution” to the “Arab-Israeli” “problem,” and that this “solution” involves surrender of territory by Israel in exchange for “guarantees” by the Arabs, that is, the Arab Muslims. They think that this will constitute a durable “solution” even if, necessarily, it means that Israel loses essential control of the “West Bank,” with its invasion routes through the Jordan Valley, and is reduced to the ridiculous dimensions in which it was left at the end of the 1948-49 war, dimensions which the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in a study commissioned in 1967 and not released for fully sixteen years, recognized as absurd and militarily indefensible. Not one of these has considered the difference between Making A (Delusive) Peace and Keeping the Peace. Right now Israel is, through deterrence, Keeping the Peace. It’s the best, given the texts and tenets and attitudes inculcated by Islam, that Israel or those who wish it well can ever hope for. Hardly perfect. Intermittent violence, no doubt. But it is only deterrence, only the concept of Darura, or Necessity, that will keep the peace. Darura is to be invoked by Arab leaders, in order not to go to war, and it can be invoked only if Israel is perceived to be overwhelmingly more powerful, so that a war would lead to certain Arab defeat.

But if you don’t study Islam and don’t recognize that Fatah consists not of peacemakers, however reluctant, but rather of warmakers, Slow Jihadists willing to be a little more patient and various in their methods than the impatient Fast Jihadists of Hamas, then you will continue to prate about “two-state solutions” and, with great self-assurance, tell the world, as does Aaron Miller (“adviser to five presidents and a Middle East expert”) hither and yon, that there are four core issues: settlementssecurityrefugeesJerusalem, or securitysettlementsJerusalemrefugees, or Jerusalemrefugeessecuritysettlements or…well, you get the idea), and once these “four core issues” are settled, it will practically be some variant of Edward Hicks’s “Peaceable Kingdom” smack in the middle of the Middle East. Oh No It Won’t.

And of course, inattention to Islam has been encouraged by Mr. Big, that is, Saudi Arabia. Decades ago the propagandists of ARAMCO, churning out material for that glossy magazine ARAMCO World, and also helping supply material for those National Geographic articles on Saudi Arabia (usually with photographs by the ubiquitous Robert Azzi) helped to present a picture of, and spin a tale about, Saudi Arabia that, as J. B. Kelly wrote, “the ghost of Scheherezade could not have bettered.” There was Saudi Arabia, so ably ruled by the noble Al-Saud, who brought peace and harmony to the warring Arabs (even as Muhammad did, in the early seventh century A.D.), and who had been fast friends of America ever since Ibn Saud had met with FDR on that warship. And things had only gotten better and better. Yes, Saudi Arabia, with a little help of a small army of Western hirelings who served as such able propagandists, was presented, and until just the day before yesterday continued to be perceived, as a “staunch ally” of the United States. It is, of course, nothing of the kind. It is a country that has spent one hundred billion dollars all over the world on mosques, madrasas, Islamic propaganda, and buying votes at international organizations, buying “friends” in the capitals of the West, buying “academic experts” by setting up pseudo-academic institutes where nothing contrary to Saudi desires may be done, where all those of independent bent (see Denis MacEoin, and his experiences at Exeter, or was it Durham, in England) are driven out. The field of Islamic studies has, in too many places, become the preserve of apologists, both Muslim and non-Muslim, for Islam. Saudi Arabia is a state based on Islam, more fanatical in that state-supported Wahhabism than any other Muslim state, and it cannot be anything other than a dangerous enemy of all Infidels, even of the United States. It is true that the Saudis and the Americans collaborated in Afghanistan, but they did so for different reasons, and the Americans did not quite understand. Saudi Arabia was not so much waging war against international Communism, etc. as it was waging war against Russian Infidels. The temporary miscomprehension allowed the Americans to make the fatal mistake of opposing the Soviets by building up the muhajedin. No one seemed to understand that the Soviet Union, already greatly weakened, was hardly in the same league as a revived Islamic world, a world in flames (and not in flames because of Israel, as the apologists say), with Jihad on worldwide scale now seemingly made plausible by OPEC trillions, and by the millions of Muslim immigrants now settled deep within Western Europe.

Saudi Arabia is a permanent enemy not only of the United States, but of the entire Infidel world. And the fact that the Al-Saud have a taste for planeloads of food flown in from Hediard and Fauchon, for buying sprees and gambling junkets to the West, and summers spent in villegiature in Monte Carlo, and of course those planeloads or boatloads (right out to the yachts anchored off Marbella) of Western girls who arrive to console those Al-Saud for their oh so difficult lives (“my wives don’t understand me”), doesn’t change that fact at all. Basta con all this. Stop putting on yet another production of “Hamlet” without the prince. These student productions in Washington are really getting on everyone’s nerves. Unless you have a cadre of reliable advisers who have studied Islam, and studied the history of Muslim conquest over 1350 years of lands populated by Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians, Hindus, Buddhists, that is, people who have studied, and have had the leisure to thoroughly assimilate, both the doctrine, and the history of the practice, of Islam, more failures, different ones perhaps – in Afghanistan rather than in Iraq, for example – but still failures, will be the inevitable result. And so too will the continued dreamy belief that the Arab war made on Israel is a “problem” that has a “solution,” rather than what it is – an unassuagable, and inextinguishable, Jihad against the intolerable presence of an Infidel nation-state in the midst of Dar al-Harb, and what’s still more intolerable, one run by the long-despised Jews. And so the survival of Israel, if you care about it, depends not on any treaty-making that will result in further tangible concessions of land by Israel, but rather on Deterrence. Deterrence worked, during the Cold War, and amazingly, it was Soviet Communism that crumbled. Though Russia remains a despotic mess, it is no longer the military threat it once was to Europe, or to America. No one can predict what will happen if the Muslim world continues on its present course, a world of violence and aggression that is beginning to have its clear effects in Western Europe (the new center of the worldwide Jihad, and the place that Obama ought to be worrying about most). No one can predict what a determined effort to get off oil will do to Muslim or Arab influence, and furthermore, what might be the effect if the Western world, its elites made more aware of the meaning, and menace, of Islam, started to discuss, openly, Islam as a vehicle of Arab supremacism, and thus help make the non-Arab Muslims, who constitute 80% of the world’s Muslims, to think again about Islam and what it does to art, to science, to human possibilities and human happiness. If the non-Muslims themselves can begin to make the connection between the political, economic, social, moral, and intellectual failures of Muslim states and societies, and Islam itself, that will surely have its effects on the most advanced people who, through no fault of their own, were born into Islam.

But that requires study of Islam and of the history of Muslim conquests, and the subjugation of non-Muslim peoples, over 1350 years. Can the new Administration spare a little time for such an effort? If it wishes to avoid the colossal mistakes and squandering of the Bush Administration, it had better.

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German view on ISLAM

February 4, 2009
This can happen in any country and is happening in Africa . This is by far the best explanation of the Muslim terrorist situation I have ever read. His references to past history are accurate and clear. Not long, easy to understand, and well worth the read. The author of this email is Dr. Emanuel Tanay, a well known and well respected psychiatrist. [From Ann Arbor]
A German’s View on Islam
A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.
Very few people were true Nazis,‘ he said, ‘but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen.
Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories. We are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant.
It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectra of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.
The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder or honor-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.
The hard quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the ‘silent majority,’ is cowed and extraneous. Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant.
China ‘s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.
The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a war mongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.
And who can forget Rwanda which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were ‘peace loving’?
History lessons are of ten incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany , they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.
Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.
As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts; the fanatics who threaten our way of life.
Lastly, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just deletes this email without sending it on is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand. So, extend yourself a bit and send this on and on and on! Let us hope that thousands, world wide, read this and think about it, and send it on before it’s too late.
Thanks, and have a great day,