The tempest that has recently blown over the US-Israel relations has one unique source, the personality and far-leftist ideology of one man, President Obama : his narcissistic belief and arrogant unilateral acts that are anathema to the American political system, his intolerance to dissenting views that brook no dissent from the other co-equal branch of government, the US Congress, or from a foreign Prime Minister such as Netanyahu, his disdain of the US Constitution and his violation of its most cherished tenets, and his vindictive and punishing reactions against those who dare infringe upon his dictatorial fiats, like a monarch insulted by his vassals who committed the crime of "lese-majeste."
As many pundits observed, Obama's "temper tantrums" against Netanyahu were caused by the prime Minister successes ,first in his brilliant speech loudly acclaimed in the Congress by both Republicans and Democrats, and later, in his resounding victory in Israeli elections that will allow him to continue as Prime Minister, an anathema to Obama who spared no effort to defeat him, even using taxpayer money and sending political hacks to Israel in that endeavor , which is a gross and ugly interference in a foreign country's elections.
Before the Israeli elections, Obama unleashed his attack-dogs minions to launch a campaign of vilification against the Prime Minister of Israel, the only real US ally in the disintegrating Middle-East. They called him names like "chickenshit," amid accusations of "spying," and ominous threats such as "Israel will pay a heavy price," the US may abandon Israel at the UN," etc.
This abominable treatment of a beleaguered ally, surrounded by ferocious enemies sworn to its destruction, was never inflicted on US enemies, not even on the decapitators of ISIS.
The International Institute for Strategic Studies claims that 70% of all armed conflict fatalities in the WORLD last year involved Muslims. Yes, 70%; and in 2013 there were almost 12,000 terrorists “incidents” in the world. Not all Muslims are violent, but a high percentage of the world’s violence is perpetrated by Muslims and is sanctioned by their religion, with a high percentage of the victims being Muslim themselves. In the forefront of fighting this violence are two tiny countries, Israel and the Netherlands (the USA and UK are currently passive at best about counter-jihad). The purpose of this article is to draw attention to the valiant work of some of the leading counter-jihadist in the Netherlands. The reality though is that it is not the country but her citizens who are leading the charge in the Netherlands where the establishment denies that Islam or Muslims are the problem, instead Dutch authorities have largely focused on attacking those who criticize Islam. This article was written in honor of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s new book, “Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation” which is being published on March 24, 2015 by Harper Collins.
Pim Fortuyn (1948-2002), Dutch politician, civil servant, sociologist, author, columnist, and professor was murdered 6 May 2002 in Hilversum, North Holland by Volkert van der Graff (an “old Dutch” native) who claimed that he wanted to stop Fortuyn from using Muslims as scapegoats. Fortuyn’s murder was the beginning of widespread Dutch (and by extension Western) awareness of the problems inherent in Islam. His murder was a precursor to that of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh (1957-2004). There is a direct line between Fortuyn’s murder and the rise and persecution of Geert Wilders and his Party for Freedom (PPV). All of them proclaimed the danger of Islam to the Netherlands and to the rest of Western civilization. The names of these four: Fortuyn, van Gogh, Hirsi Ali, and Wilders, are sometimes linked as their stories intersect with each other, and they all have been prominent in the fight against Islam although each in a different way. It began with the assassination of Fortuyn, the first Dutch political assassination (except during WWII) since 1672. The murderer of Pim Fortuyn was released from prison last year.
Fortuyn’s stands on multiculturalism, immigration and Islam led to his being referred to as “far-right” despite his rejection of that label and despite his sexual orientation. He was a Marxist initially but sometime before 1992 switched to the Labour Party. In August of 2001 he was quoted as saying that “I am also in favor of a cold war with Islam. I see Islam as an extraordinary threat, as a hostile religion.” But what really galvanized attention was his calling Islam “backwards” and his call for banning immigration to the Netherlands from Islamic countries. He had left the Labour Party by then and joined the “Livable Netherlands” (Party) – this was prior to the Dutch election of 2002. His call for a ban on Islamic immigration in February 2002 resulted in his being rejected by “Livable Netherlands” and his founding of Pim Fortuyn List (LPF) just a few days later taking many “Livable Netherlands” members with him. So the intolerant left in the media and elsewhere used this as a reason to express their tolerance.
Nick says that he is both excited and humbled by the opportunity. We have always considered him a natural choice as director, because of his great talent but also because he cares so deeply about the project.
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Some of Nick's first activities will be to cast actors, select locations and create the production schedule. An increased budget will allow us a longer shooting schedule, more locations and stronger actors. A greater budget will also let us tell more about the thousands of lives that were lost at the hand of Gosnell, and the redemption that was miraculously experienced by others.
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They present themselves as the religion of peace, but they are intolerant, eager to crush truth and the noncompliant. They will force their peace upon you, like it or not. Their methods are usually violence beyond one’s imagination, so that the only ones who achieve complete peace are those who have been killed quickly, not burned, or hanged, crucified, beheaded, made to endure hundreds of lashes, buried waist high and stoned to death, thrown from a cliff, succumbed to infection from acid or barbaric Female Genital Mutilation, having one’s limbs chopped off, or kidnapped for sexual slavery. Add to these Boko Haram’s cooking or burying people alive, and realize these have been done to as many as 400 million over 1400 years.
Although most of this brutality remains prevalent in the Middle East and Africa, a new conquest has appeared on the horizon. In an interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Nurat Nazarov, aka Abu Kholidi Kulobi, a jihadist under the (Islamic State), said he will build mosques in Native American territories and “live with them according to the laws of Allah” (Shari’a).
What can we expect to happen with American Indians? We can predict their fate. Through their successful strategy of deceit, Islam will replace one culture with another, and the proud Native American will become a craven servant of Allah. If there is no violence, then Islamic holy war will be waged against their holy sites. As we learned from the Israeli experience, Muslims will create a false narrative to delegitimize the people to their land. Their historic sites will be destroyed, as were the tombs of Biblical Jonah, Daniel, and Joseph, and the numerous layers of Jewish civilization, still producing items that bear witness to the Hebrews’ centuries of connection to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Natan Sharansky described the excavation as “the largest archaeological catastrophe to mankind.” The Dome of the Rock atop Judaism’s holiest site was built by Caliph Abd al-Malik to commemorate his conquest of the capital and, most importantly, to erase Jewish history.
For the same reason, the Taliban have demolished the thousands-of-years-old Buddha in Afghanistan and mausoleums in Timbuktu, Mali (all UNESCO World heritage sites), tens of thousands of Hindu temples together with tons of artifacts, the loss of a people’s past. Islamic jihadists are also bulldozing and looting Iraq’s world-famous ancient cities of Nimrud and Hatra, with their ancient carved-stone reliefs; Assyrian statues; artifacts in a Mosul museum; and thousands of books and manuscripts in Mosul’s library, to eradicate pre-Islamic civilization. This mindset was also the motive behind the 9/11/01 bombing of the World Trade Centers, to destroy the symbol of American achievement and reverse Islam’s trend of decline since their defeat in the Battle of Vienna, 9/11/1683.
When I found myself hoping that my college-bound granddaughter will not "come out" as Jewish, I realized I had time-traveled back to the Germany of the 1930s—and I wasn't singing "Willkommen."
My fears were only heightened this week as I watched the film "Crossing the Line 2," at its Boston premiere. (http://www.campusintifada.com) The film details the spreading infection of anti-Israel (read anti-Semitic) activity on American college campuses. Guest of honor and speaker at the showing was the noble and beautiful Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who said that watching the film was like "having a bucket of ice water" dumped on her head.
In "Crossing the Line 2" (the second film on the same subject by the producers, Jerusalem U/Step Up For Israel) we see raucous, scary mobs of students (and obvious non-students) in kafiyahs and hijabs, bellowing and bullhorning "We support the intifada!" "F-- you, Zionist scum!" Nazi pigs!" and more. We see "die-ins," apartheid walls, guerrilla theater, mock eviction notices, and other pro-Palestinian antics. And, by contrast, we meet Jewish students facing, and even facing down, the obscenities and bullying. Perhaps they were screened by the producers at central casting, but they all seem fresh-faced, sensible, and mannerly.
But their task is formidable. For instance, Becky Sebo of Ohio University is shown attempting to read a statement in support of Israel to the student senate. Appallingly, in the midst of her remarks, the campus police arrive and she and three others are arrested and taken away in handcuffs. Sarah Abonyi of the University of New Mexico correctly identifies the sources of the hatred: the group called Students for Justice in Palestine, and most important, faculty, particularly tenured faculty. As Aviva Slomich, a CAMERA campus director, says, "Students come and go, but professors stay."
As a Roman Catholic, I often grow livid over others’ insinuation that Christianity remains no different from other religious practices, even from the two sister monotheistic, Abrahamic faiths of Judaism and, especially, Islam. Nothing could be further from the truth; Christianity remains fully exceptional in both its doctrine and its origination. It fulfills the destiny of Jews and underscores the deviation of Muslims. While Christianity has offered Judaism a means of maturity, it is with Muhammad’s Islam where comparisons are most egregious; all similarities professed between Christianity and Islam come from the decided ignorance of Muhammad ibn Abdallah and his modern followers. For this reason, I have decided to take the Christian tradition of Lent to illuminate the differences between the sacred faith of my ancestors and Islam: the Stations (or Way) of the Cross.
The First Station: Jesus is condemned to death. After having been born in the most vulnerable way imaginable – in a stable under literal sentence of death – Christ accepted crucifixion under Roman law to sacrifice His life for us sinners. No other religious faith begins to approach the acceptance of humanity by a god, and yet our God took matters a step further. He accepted earthly justice, even if it took His Son’s life. That is, Christ expanded upon “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s…” by accepting even the rule of tainted temporary leaders. He knew that, as tainted creatures, our leaders would be even more tainted through greed, power, and ambition. Nevertheless, God did not say that earthly laws should be abandoned. Rather, Christ offered us a Way of accepting such transgressions because in the context of eternity, our problems on earth are as inconsequential as last night’s nightmare. The radical Islamic jihadists murder in order to abolish earthly laws and even target fellow Muslims who share Western concepts of democracy.
"There is a certain people, scattered and dispersed among the other peoples in all the provinces of your realm, whose laws are different from those of any other people….If it please Your Majesty, let an edict be drawn for their destruction…."
Every Jewish child recognizes that miserable request as the whiny voice of Haman, the voice of doom for Jewry were it not for Queen Esther, who, when told, said, "How can I behold the destruction of my people?" thus setting in motion instead the destruction of Haman—and giving us the festival of Purim.
Now, by fate or coincidence, on the day before Purim, Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is scheduled to address the United States Congress. Like Esther, he will plead for Israel, threatened this time by the modern Haman in the modern Persia, busily assembling the very latest tools of destruction. For as an Iranian computer engineer said not long ago, according to YNet News, the Islamic Republic "could destroy the Jewish state in less than nine minutes." Apprised of that potential, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, approvingly said, "The Zionist regime is a cancerous tumor and it will be removed."
Last week Elie Wiesel noted the Purim connection, pleading for government leaders to join him at Netanyahu's speech, "in hearing the case for keeping weapons from those who preach death to Israel and America." The question is how many will indeed join Wiesel, in view of the fact that President Obama is overtly instructing Democrats to boycott the prime minister. This diktat should not be surprising, given Obama's open hostility toward Netanyahu. Recall the president's leaving Bibi to cool his heels in a White House meeting room while he, Obama, went upstairs to have dinner; recall Obama's "anonymous" taunt of Netanyahu as a "coward" and "chickens-t." Recall his crack to President Nicholas Sarkozy on a hot mike, "You're fed up, but I have to deal with him [Netanyahu] every day." And as we know, at this moment, Obama has his own campaign workers in Israel working against Netanyahu's re-election.
“In this kind of battle, the victory will be won by him who has the courage not to throw down his arms or put aside his confidence in God.”Dom Lorenzo Scupoli, 1589.
A great debate has enveloped much of the United States: Why will President Obama not join the terms ‘Islamic’ and ‘Terrorist’ together? The answer is painfully obvious. Barack Obama apparently believes that religion must be approved by and subject to public authority. It is for this reason that the Obama justice department attacks Catholic nuns for violating his administration’s preference for socialized birth control. It exists within his ridicule for those Americans that like to read the Bible. It remains painfully present in his determination to “fundamentally transform” a nation reared on Judeo-Christian tradition. And it is evident in his refusal to single out Islamic jihadists: The terrorists at war with the United States have not earned his permission to be called Muslim and, therefore, President Obama will do everything in his power to hide the enemy from his administration’s eyes. Religion is by the grace of his determination.
So far be it for the president to acknowledge the time-honored Christian “iron-clad law” against evil – “either fight or die”. If the U.S. president can extinguish religion, he can also extinguish the concept of evil itself. Without evil, every action of human beings can be scrutinized as a social byproduct best left for academics to ponder. Therefore, the ISIS fighters beheading and burning non-believers commit these atrocities simply because they remain jobless or disadvantaged. Also, the “Warlike faith” of Muhammad – that even seventh century Jews found distasteful – becomes a religion of peace within the modern world. In the eyes of the Great Definer of Religion, Barack Obama, history is rewritten to suit. Thus, the Crusades become not a defense against 400 years of Muslim aggression, but the instigator for 1,400 years of faith-by-warrior. Obama now becomes like God, where one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as if one day.
This leads us to another great debate of today: How to deal with ISIS? Again, the answer remains painfully obvious. We must hunt down every leader of the Islamic State and kill or capture them. Those whom we catch should be sifted for valuable information. Afterwards, we should nail their bodies to the nearest mosque door with the inscription “This is what happens to anyone that seeks to harm Americans or our friends.” If the unacquainted should reel back in horror over this statement, then they should know that even God created the archangel St. Michael (“Who is like God?”) to set his foot upon the head of the Dragon and pierce the heart of Lucifer with his lance. Aside from this figurative depiction, St. Michael remains no less “God’s Marshal” and challenges all who seek to equate him or herself with Michael’s Master.
Lent is a 40 day season during which Christians prepare for Easter by fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ, His suffering, sacrifice, life, death, burial and resurrection. The connection between the Jewish Passover and Easter is well known but Rabbi Evan Moffic argues persuasively that the preparatory period of Lent derived from the ancient Jewish tradition of Passover preparation. He goes on to identify the 40 days of Lent with the 40 years of Wilderness wanderings. Biblical Judaism provides the foundation for Christianity, it was the religion of Jesus. Lent is the season during which we reflect on the mystery of the Glory of Israel, Jesus Christ, Who was made a Light for the Gentiles. We should remember that we Gentiles have no natural claim on Him, that He was and is the Glory of His people, Israel, and that He is our Saviour by grace. In gratitude for such a gift we should pray for the good of Israel and for the people whom Jesus called 'my brethren', the Jews. It was for them that He shed bitter tears when He last beheld Jerusalem and it is for their redemption that He will appear a second time. Lent is supposed to be a beautiful time, a time of elevation.
The following is an excerpt from a fine article,What ISIS Really Wants, in The Atlantic by Graeme Wood dated March 2015. I highly recommend you go read the entire article, share it with your friends and keep a copy for future reference.
The reality is that the Islamic State is Islamic. Very Islamic. Yes, it has attracted psychopaths and adventure seekers, drawn largely from the disaffected populations of the Middle East and Europe. But the religion preached by its most ardent followers derives from coherent and even learned interpretations of Islam.
Virtually every major decision and law promulgated by the Islamic State adheres to what it calls, in its press and pronouncements, and on its billboards, license plates, stationery, and coins, “the Prophetic methodology,” which means following the prophecy and example of Muhammad, in punctilious detail. Muslims can reject the Islamic State; nearly all do. But pretending that it isn’t actually a religious, millenarian group, with theology that must be understood to be combatted, has already led the United States to underestimate it and back foolish schemes to counter it. We’ll need to get acquainted with the Islamic State’s intellectual genealogy if we are to react in a way that will not strengthen it, but instead help it self-immolate in its own excessive zeal.
Control of territory is an essential precondition for the Islamic State’s authority in the eyes of its supporters. This map, adapted from the work of the Institute for the Study of War, shows the territory under the caliphate’s control as of January 15, along with areas it has attacked. Where it holds power, the state collects taxes, regulates prices, operates courts, and administers services ranging from health care and education to telecommunications.
In November, the Islamic State released an infomercial-like video tracing its origins to bin Laden. It acknowledged Abu Musa’b al Zarqawi, the brutal head of al‑Qaeda in Iraq from roughly 2003 until his killing in 2006, as a more immediate progenitor, followed sequentially by two other guerrilla leaders before Baghdadi, the caliph. Notably unmentioned: bin Laden’s successor, Ayman al Zawahiri, the owlish Egyptian eye surgeon who currently heads al‑Qaeda. Zawahiri has not pledged allegiance to Baghdadi, and he is increasingly hated by his fellow jihadists. His isolation is not helped by his lack of charisma; in videos he comes across as squinty and annoyed. But the split between al-Qaeda and the Islamic State has been long in the making, and begins to explain, at least in part, the outsize bloodlust of the latter.
Zawahiri’s companion in isolation is a Jordanian cleric named Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi, 55, who has a fair claim to being al-Qaeda’s intellectual architect and the most important jihadist unknown to the average American newspaper reader. On most matters of doctrine, Maqdisi and the Islamic State agree. Both are closely identified with the jihadist wing of a branch of Sunnism called Salafism, after the Arabic al salaf al salih, the “pious forefathers.” These forefathers are the Prophet himself and his earliest adherents, whom Salafis honor and emulate as the models for all behavior, including warfare, couture, family life, even dentistry.
The Islamic State awaits the army of “Rome,” whose defeat at Dabiq, Syria, will initiate the countdown to the apocalypse.
The United States is handicapped by President Barack Hussein Obama who refuses to admit ISIS is Islamic, the stupidity is impossible to understand ... Except for the belief that his sympathies lie with them and cares nothing for the Christians and moderates that are being slaughtered.
Following takfiri doctrine, the Islamic State is committed to purifying the world by killing vast numbers of people. The lack of objective reporting from its territory makes the true extent of the slaughter unknowable, but social-media posts from the region suggest that individual executions happen more or less continually, and mass executions every few weeks.
Centuries have passed since the wars of religion ceased in Europe, and since men stopped dying in large numbers because of arcane theological disputes. Hence, perhaps, the incredulity and denial with which Westerners have greeted news of the theology and practices of the Islamic State. Many refuse to believe that this group is as devout as it claims to be, or as backward-looking or apocalyptic as its actions and statements suggest.
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