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Muslims’ Victim Mentality

January 29, 2008

Muslims’ Victim Mentality

26 Jan 2008

As a group, Muslims are paranoid and suffer chronically from the disease of victimization. That is, they either victimize the helpless whenever and wherever they can, or scream murder against the strong. This mentality is one of the many bequests that Muhammad left for his Ummah.

Recall that Muhammad himself bemoaned his victim plight in Mecca, packed his bags and fled to Medina where the Jews were not as vicious as his own Quraish tribe operating the lucrative tourist business of the idolaters. Then the infighting started in earnest among the various factions, as soon as Muhammad died. People began jockeying for power and doing their Muslim-best to destroy their competition. Ali, Muhammad’s son-in-law was elbowed out of the way by the more powerful disciples of the Prophet and had to wait his turn to head the already fractured and feuding Ummah.

A number of the faithful resented the fact that Ali was not allowed to take over the reign. Some felt victimized by Omar and his powerful conspirators and hated Ali for not standing and fighting like a man. Some real stand-and-fight Muslims decided that Ali should be punished and he was knifed to death on his way to the mosque.

The death of Ali was the real stirring of the hornet’s nest, so to speak. All kinds of power struggle, infighting and bloodletting started among the followers of the religion of peace.

Ali’s boys, namely Hassan and Hussein, decided to salvage their dad’s honor by standing and fighting like a good Muslim should, as well as enjoying the perks that come with being the leaders of the gang.

So, a real fight was joined. On the one side was Yazid with his mighty army and wealth, and on the other side were Hassan and Hussein with their rag-tag band of followers. Hassan was killed unceremoniously in short order, but Hussein was not about to bow out. Hussein started a dialogue with his adversary, Yazid.

Hussein: I am the rightful inheritor of the house of Muhammad. I demand that all believers, including you Yazid, accept me (bayat) as the head of the Ummeh.

Yazid: Nothing doing man. Muhammad’s Ummah is not a family business. It is the faith of Allah that must follow his laws. The people select the most righteous man as the head of the faith, just the way the Caliphs did. The faith of Allah is based on meritocracy and not heredity.

Hussein: You are wrong, Yazid. My granddaddy started the business, my daddy gave his life for it, my brother was murdered to claim it, and I intend to take what is rightfully mine.

Yazid: Hussein, you seem to be just as stubborn as Hassan. You are not amenable to reason, so let the sword of justice settle our dispute.

So, you know the rest of the story. Hussein stubbornly refused to relinquish his claim to the powerful Yazid and ended up with his head cut off by Shimr, impaled on a spear and presented to Yazid as a trophy.

The followers of the house of Ali and his lineage, a minority of about 10 percent of the Muslims, felt victimized by the evil Yazid. Since there was very little these lovers of Ali’s house could do to materially change things, they assumed the role of victim. Year after year, century after century, they commemorated the victimization events of the time of Hussein, have beaten and slashed themselves bloody for their ancestors not going to the aid of Hussein, and bloodied themselves all aimed to atone for their ancestral sins.

Well, the Yazid-Hussein bloody drama was some 1400 years ago. Isn’t it time to let go? Why is it, particularly to Iranian Shias, that they just keep on continuing and promoting the tragic events associated with two Arabs fighting for personal power?

We Iranians don’t have a dog in this fight. In fact we should rid ourselves of all Islamic stains, Shia, Sunni, or whatever, and with it stop playing victims of one power or another. Playing victim may give psychological relief but doesn’t solve any problems on the ground. And problems of the ground we have aplenty.

Again, give it up my countrymen. Enough playing victim: victims of the Jews, our perennial excuse that we have been using to victimize them whenever we can; victims of America; victims of the Crusaders. We are victims alright: victims of Islam that invaded our land and implanted a raft of pathological ideas in our heads.

Victimization is an Islamic disease. Islam, irrespective of sects, either victimizes the people it can, or plays victim to the real or imagined oppressors. This victimization mentality is at the root of Muslim’s backwardness and primitiveness.

We Iranians are descendants of an optimistic, enlightened, and positive people. We are the children of Cyrus the Great and not blind slaves of an Arab cult called Islam. Islam has brought us nothing but misery. Let go of Islam; bury it along with the memories of two Arabs, Yazid and Hussein, who fought for leadership. Don’t bloody yourselves for ten days every year to bemoan Hussein’s plight. All of Islam is not worth one drop of an Iranian’s blood. And blood we have given to this blood-sucker Islam by barrel-full.

http://www.amilimani.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=92&Itemid=2

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Related:

Bishop hits at Muslims’ ‘victim mentality’ – Independent Online …
Bishop hits at Muslims’ ‘victim mentality’. By Andrew Johnson. Published: 05 November 2006. The Church of England’s only Asian bishop has spoken out against … http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/article1956624.ece

Muslims urged to drop victim mentality  – National – www.theage.com.auAustralia’s Muslims must drop their victim mentality and build a confident Muslim identity, controversial Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan says.
http://www.theage.com.au/news/National/Muslims-urged-to-drop-victim-mentality/2005/01/03/1104601297041.html

Huckabee: ‘Iran’s leader – Evil, we have to fight the Islamofascism movement’

January 29, 2008

Huckabee [in an interview (Jan. 28, 08 at 8:45/54 PM ET) to Wolf Blitzer on “CNN Election Center”: Iran’s leader – Evil, we have to fight the Islamofascism movement.

The no PC Huckabee!

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Dec. 2007

Huckabee tells Brody File: “I’m Stronger Than Most People” on Terror and Immigration, In fact I think I’m stronger than most people because I truly understand the nature of the war that we are in with Islamo fascism.

http://www.cbn.com/CBNnews/266712.aspx

Some highlights of the monstrous radical ISLAMIC THREATS around the world in this month (January 2008) alone

January 28, 2008

Some highlights of the monstrous radical ISLAMIC THREATS around the world in this month (January 2008) alone

Aid worker’s abductors ‘did their homework’
Globe and Mail, Canada – January 28, 2008
KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN — The American aid worker kidnapped in Kandahar city this weekend was likely the victim of a well co-ordinated Taliban snatch …
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080128.wafghan28/BNStory/Afghanistan/home
Terror Threats Weigh on UN Staff Abroad
Asian Tribune, Thailand – January 28, 2008
… Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan and Lebanon. Osama bin Laden, described as the mastermind behind the terror attacks on the United States in September 2001,
http://www.asiantribune.com/?q=node/9338
 
Hezbollah’s bags of cash
Town Hall, DC – January 28, 2008
Sources in Lebanon and the US tell me that up until a year or so ago, much of the Iranian money was transferred to terrorist organizations
http://www.townhall.com/Columnists/WThomasSmithJr/2008/01/28/hezbollah%E2%80%99s_bags_of_cash
Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb’s dilemma
Middle East Times, Egypt  [January 28, 2008]
… motivated by joining the global jihad. In light of the recent defections, it is possible that a split-off of the Algerian terror group might occur
http://www.metimes.com/International/2008/01/28/al-qaida_in_the_islamic_maghrebs_dilemma/1237/
 
Seven killed in Beirut riots
AFP – January 27, 2008
Violence swept the southern suburbs of Beirut, a stronghold of the Shiite militant movement Hezbollah which is spearheading a campaign…
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5jMu3bTw9o-kufNx6afyHmSq8yYcw
 
Extremists plotted attacks across Europe, Spanish paper says
SI.com – Jan. 27, 2008
The cell planned three attacks in Spain, one in Germany and others in France, Britain and Portugal, according to the informant, El Pais reported. …
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/cnn/2008/WORLD/europe/01/27/spain.europe.terror.plot/
EU’s flawed combat against terrorism
OpEdNews, PA – Jan. 27, 2008
by Goesta Groenroos Page 1 of 1 page(s) “Injustice is the best ally for terrorism,” reiterated Dick Marty, the Swiss senator in a press conference last week …
http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_goesta_g_080127_eu_s_flawed_combat_a.htm
 
Defence minister says terror threat still real in Singapore
Channel News Asia, Singapore – January 27, 2008
… propaganda in publications, videos and the Internet, while Maksham Mohd Shah developed similar views and tried to make bombs for use in armed jihad. …
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/325334/1/.html
 
Lebanon vows to fight ’empire of terror’ after killings
AFP – Jan 26, 2008
BEIRUT (AFP) — Lebanon’s senior security chief on Saturday vowed to fight what he called “the empire of terror” as angry mourners vowed revenge at the …
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5g_-TnywtfmwqvcsRtk6Qm4UN4Jvw
We planned terror bomb targets in UK
Sunday People, UK – Jan 26, 2008
By Tom Carlin The Pakistani terror cell smashed in Barcelona last week was planning suicide bomb attacks in Britain…
http://www.people.co.uk/news/tm_headline=we-planned-terror-bomb-targets-in-uk&method=full&objectid=20299508&siteid=93463-name_page.html
Two armed Islamist militants killed, Algerian Interior Ministry says
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria – Jan 26, 2008
Authorities in Algeria have been battling the remnants of an Islamic insurgency that broke out in the early 1990s, when the army canceled the second round…
http://www.pr-inside.com/two-armed-islamist-militants-killed-algerian-r406414.htm
 
Urgent Manhunt Across Europe for Terror Plotters
ABC News – Jan 25, 2008
… News has learned that the manhunt that began in Spain for suspected terror cell members has now extended to France and other European Union countries
http://www.abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4191953&page=1
German Court Cases Highlight International Face of Terrorism
Deutsche Welle, Germany – Jan 25, 2008
Also on Thursday, a court in Schleswig-Holstein sentenced a German of Moroccan origin to jail for setting up an Al-Qaeda cell in Sudan, Africa, …
http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,3088558,00.html
Top Islamic militant killed in Kashmir
NEWS.com.au, Australia – Jan 25, 2008
… Islamic militants facing charges of orchestrating terror attacks. Violence in Kashmir has been declining since India and Pakistan began a slow-moving
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23112019-23109,00.html
 
INDIA-PAKISTAN: Winter War
Strategy Page – Jan 25, 2008
Many of the Islamic terror attacks inside India are carried out by terrorists originally from camps inside Pakistan, and who sneak across the Line …
http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/india/articles/20080125.aspx
Blacklisting Terrorism Supporters in Kuwait
Washington Institute for Near East Policy, DC – Jan 25, 2008
Given the Kuwaiti government’s mixed record in cracking down on terrorism financing, there is reason to be skeptical that it will take strong action.
http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/templateC05.php?CID=2709
The Terrorist Cancer and the Cure for the Middle East
Canada Free Press, Canada – Jan 25, 2008
Until the West understands that the front line of the Jihad is everywhere that a Muslim population exists, there will be no peace only more death and …
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/1565
 
Terrorist 007 and Islamist Internet adventures (3)
Spero News – Jan 24, 2008
Here they dressed up in camouflage, used guns in target practice and made a video to recruit others for jihad.
http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?id=13923
 
German Court Convicts Terror Suspect
The Associated Press – Jan 24, 2008
Prosecutors also charged that he helped form a terrorist group in Sudan that aimed to set up a training camp…
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gGyNUWQ9iy6gjj8nAiffDAFNDyWwD8UCLCD80
UK mosques too radical for Iraq, says minister
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom – Jan 23, 2008
Mr Ellwood revealed the comments during a debate on terrorism in Whitehall on the 16th January. Dr Salih’s comments come at a time of heightened tension…
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/01/23/nmosque123.xml
 
Al-Qaida’s ‘black widow’ warns France of punishment
Times of India, India – Jan 22, 2008
PARIS: Widow of a slain al-Qaida terror mastermind, Fatiha Mejjati, known as the “black widow” of al-Qaida, has warned that France would be the target
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Al-Qaidas_black_widow_warns_France_of_punishment/articleshow/2722480.cms
 
A Pakistan Link in Europe Arrests – TIME
Monday, Jan. 21, 2008
The arrest of 14 jihadists in Barcelona points to concern that the threat there stems … received his training in a terror camp run by Pakistani jihadists. …
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1705561,00.html
Spanish Minister: 14 Terror Suspects Arrested May Have Planned Barcelona Attack
Saturday, January 19, 2008
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,324010,00.html
 
US Embassy in Algiers receives terror alert
Jan 19, 2008
The December bombings in Algiers were the deadliest in a string of recent attacks blamed on al-Qaida in Islamic North Africa, the successor to an Algerian …
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1200572489476&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull
 
UK Security Chief Cracks Down on Extremist Muslim Web Sites
E-Commerce Times – Jan 18, 2008
By Julia Horton Web sites aimed at recruiting people into extremist Muslim terrorist networks may be removed in a UK crackdown…
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/UK-Security-Chief-Cracks-Down-on-Extremist-Muslim-Web-Sites-61265.html
Barrage of rockets hits Sderot as kids go to school
Israel Insider, Israel – Jan 17, 2008
The Hamas Izz al-Din al-Qassam brigades claimed responsibility for the ongoing barrage. Since the Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in mid-June 2007
http://web.israelinsider.com/Articles/Security/12578.htm
 
Terror plot against Tel Aviv-Jerusalem train thwarted
Ynetnews, Israel – Jan 17, 2008
An Islamic Jihad terror cell planning to wire the tracks of one of Israel’s busiest train lines was arrested in a joint IDF and Shin Bet operation
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3495629,00.html
 
Thai official claims Al Qaeda funding Muslim separatists
AFP – Jan 17, 2008
BANGKOK (AFP) — Thailand’s government spokesman Friday for the first time claimed Al Qaeda is funding Islamic separatists in the southern provinces, …
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hcWuw5wCgeWQhAsroV3JC5zkLrWA
 
Europe ‘is new base for terror’
Gulf Daily News, Bahrain – Jan 16, 2008
The US Marines will train Mauritanian Camel Corps soldiers who patrol the northeast desert quadrant bordering Algeria, the Western Sahara and Mali. …
http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=206011&Sn=WORL&IssueID=30303
 
Xinhua, China – Jan 11, 2008
The trial was subject to strict security measures, which were tightened even further following a terrorism alert in Brussels. Belgium has been on high alert…
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-01/11/content_7407348.htm
 
Report: French Investigate Terror Threat – Jan 11, 2008
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h1-TbSrQvff5rdUtLlH9MwyyaDfQD8U3UJ2G0
Terror Blogger Claims Paris Attack Plan
CBS News, NY – Jan 9, 2008
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/01/09/terror/main3690700.shtml
 
Terror Threats Cancel Dakar Rally
The Associated Press – Jan 9, 2008
Al-Qaida in Islamic North Africa is the rebranded name of an Algeria-based insurgent group known as the Salafist Group for Call and Combat…
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jOBBfadrDWE4XZWyvWTXWWwQcR2gD8TVBNFG1
 
Dakar Rally Canceled Due to al-Qaeda Threat
ThreatsWatch.Org – Jan 6, 2008
That report provided information on two recent terrorist strikes perpetrated by AQIM in Mauritania in late December, the first a shooting attack against a family of French tourists…
http://threatswatch.org/rapidrecon/2008/01/dakar-rally-canceled-due-to-aq/
Belgium under terrorist threat
Courrier International, France – Jan 3, 2008
Belgian authorities decreed a state of maximum emergency on December 21st because of terrorist threats.
http://europe.courrierinternational.com/eurotopics/article.asp?langue=uk&publication=03/01/2008&cat=POLITICS&pi=0
 
The War on Terror in Africa: Assessment and Prospects for 2008
Family Security Matters, NJ – Jan 3, 2008
With the gathering strength of AQIM to its north and its own internal difficulties, Nigeria – and with it the rest of West Africa
http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/global.php?id=1386032
 
Algeria Car Bomb Kills 4 Police Officers
The Associated Press – Jan 2, 2008
Algeria’s Islamic insurgency broke out in the early 1990s, when the army canceled the second round of the country’s first multiparty elections…
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gbxjDeIT78rvtj-Xanbua4A9AMPQD8TTSSO80
 
BEHIND THE LINES:
Our Take on the Other Media’s Homeland Security Coverage

Over there: Disparaging any manhunt for al Qaeda leaders as pointless, Pakistan’s president said Tuesday that Osama bin Laden is less of a threat to his regime than the Taliban running roughshod over part of his country, The News notes — while AP has an administration official venting dissatisfaction with the quality of info it’s getting about jihadis operating in Pakistan’s volatile tribal area. Extensive intel has allowed coalition forces to push al Qaeda out of numerous Iraqi provinces, but a top commander stays cautious, “saying the terrorist group’s ability to re-emerge is constant,” The Washington Times tells. Afghanistan’s president warned the World Economic Forum in Switzerland yesterday that the whole world could suffer from the “wildfire” of terrorism engulfing his region, The Voice of America mentions.

Over here: “Sleeper cells are walking around the infidels’ land using different cover methods
and white names that don’t attract American internal security’s attention, but . . .
it’s al Qaeda’s lone wolves that disrupt [the FBI’s],” The Jamestown Foundation quotes a jihadi Web posting.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations has backed off on its defense of two Muslim college students caught driving with explosives and a how-to video on bomb-making, WorldNetDaily relates. Concerns about the safety of serving Muslim military personnel arose after it emerged that their personal details were among those of 600,000 people held on a filched Royal Navy laptop, The Sunday Times tells. Releasing updated guidelines, British university leaders agree to inform the police of any extremist behavior by students or visiting speakers they suspect may lead to terrorism, The Guardian reports — while AP has U.K. police offering to train the academics.

Holy Wars: “How does a single individual go from standing on a
street corner to flicking a switch and blowing himself up? The question is superficially simple. The
answers are not,” The Observer explores in a two-partseries.
Jihad doctrine;
Shariah (Islamic law); designs for a global caliphate through jihad (terrorism) and the spread of Shariah (Islamization): We pretend they are not factors in the free world’s experience with Islam,” a Washington Times columnist waxes wroth. “Nowadays, quite a few Islamic religious leaders issue fatwas against Westerners—or moderate Muslims—thus energizing the people against other nations, in a battle resembling the one between light and darkness in Manichaeism,” a Worldpress.org essay asserts. A Palestinian resistance group gaining strength on the West Bank “sounds like Hamas — or even al Qaeda — but doesn’t support suicide bombings or secret militias,” The Christian Science Monitor profiles.

http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?parm1=1&docID=hsnews-000002659597

The “I” [Islamofascism] word is denied in Dallas

January 27, 2008

The “I” word is denied in Dallas


original-atf-billboard-design.jpg
edited-atf-billboard-design.jpgcomment by Jerry Gordon

Pictures are worth a ten thousand words. Contrast these America’s Truth Forum Symposium bill board in Southlake, TX in the Dallas Forth Worth Metroplex. Note the very PC language changes in the two bill board design. The missing “I” word for Islamists says it all.

Note this comment from Bob Spencer at Jihad Watch:

Why the changes? The sales manager of a Dallas-area billboard company explained: “My boss wouldn’t go along with this type of advertising since we have an international clientele — some of whom might be on the other side.”

The other side? On the side of the jihadists?

Imagine an American billboard company in 1942 toning down an anti-Nazi billboard because, well, some of their clients are Nazis!

Hugh Fitzgerakd of Jihad Watch delves into the suppression of free speech in this Jihad Watch posting. He believes that the focus on terrorism, while important misses the opportunity to discuss the 800 pound elephant in the virtual room of ideas at the ‘next’ conference-cultural Jihad:

The next conference should not be about “Terrorism,” “Islamist” or otherwise. Instead, it should be all about the “instruments of Jihad.” And those instruments include, but are not limited to, terrorism. Subjects of talks should include, but not be limited to, these: “The Money Weapon, and How To Diminish It.” “Campaigns of Da’wa In The West, And How To Counter Them.” “Demographic Conquest by Muslims, and How To Halt, and Even Reverse It.”

Give the conference in New York.

Give a European version of the same conference in London, or Brussels, or Paris.

Don’t stop.

A tip of the chapeau to Stephanie.

January 21st, 2008 at 10:41 • Jihad Watchcultural JihadCensored billboards in DallasIslamic intimoidationAmerican Truth Forum Terrorism Symposium0 Comments

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Islamists Hezbullah’s murder upon their own population goes on in Lebanon

January 27, 2008

Islamists Hezbullah’s murder upon their own population goes on in Lebanon

9 killed , dozens injured during Hezbollah-led protests in Lebanon http://yalibnan.com/site/archives/2008/01/9_killed_dozens.php

Bombing Kills Lebanese Intelligence Officer – New York TimesBEIRUT, Lebanon — A powerful bomb killed a senior Lebanese intelligence official … against the Islamic militants in the refugee camp in northern Lebanon
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/26/world/middleeast/26lebanon.html?ex=1359003600&en=de2b07e481f1c1b8&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

[A liberal says?] I oppose Islamofascism because…

January 27, 2008

[A liberal says?] I oppose Islamofascism because…

First Things Next

Filed under: Feature, Independent Liberal — Deafening Silence on January 23, 2008 @ 12:55 am CET

This post first appeared in January, 2007. As Martin Luther King Day approached once more, I decided to re-post it. Mr. van der Galien was kind enough to let me post here, as well.I should apologize. I have not made myself clear.This blog was a gift from a dear friend and in my eagerness to master basic blogging skills such as editing posts and linking- all very new things to me- I neglected to stop and properly introduce myself.

Out of respect for those readers who have been kind enough to stop by and browse, I will take a moment to clarify my position on some matters.

You have a right to know what you’re in for.

I am a lifelong liberal. I am a registered Independent. I believe in individual rights and personal freedom. I also believe in personal responsibility and the obligation to speak one’s mind when those rights and freedoms are at stake.

I believe those individual rights and personal freedoms are now at stake and I am using this space to speak my mind and to try to persuade fellow liberals to open their eyes and raise their voices as well.

You are sorely needed.

I have never in my life voted for a member of the Bush family. I believe in a woman’s right to choose. I support equal rights for homosexuals. I disagreed with the invasion of Iraq.

And I am unalterably opposed to Islamofascism.

Here is how I define it:

Islamofascism is an aggressive movement determined to impose fundamentalist Islamic theocracy on all the peoples of the world by means of violence and propaganda. Its aims are Imperial and its appetite for conquest obsessive; it will continue to gleefully bomb and murder no matter how unlikely its ultimate success may seem to the rest of us.

I oppose Islamofascism but I do not oppose Islam. I believe there can be a difference between the two, but that difference will remain obscure and indistinct so long as Islamofascism goes unchallenged.

It is up to those of us who believe in personal liberty and freedom to pose that challenge. With the approach of Martin Luther King Day we should all take a moment to remember those who struggled and suffered and died for those freedoms before us- the brave ones who marched in the face of firehoses and attacking dogs; the women who endured beatings and forced feedings in prison to win the right to vote; the miners and factory workers who risked what little they had to stand up to the bosses and demand decent working conditions and fair treatment; the brave investigators of government crime who have helped to push the corrupt out of powerful positions.

We rest comfortably on the rights and expectations they purchased for us with their struggles. Now it is our turn.

I want to be clear, so let me lay this out as plainly as I can:

  • I oppose Islamofascism because I believe in the separation of church and state.

Coerced belief is unbelief; religious ritual without freedom of conscience is as pointless as a beating heart without pair of working lungs.

  • I oppose Islamofascism because I believe in freedom of speech.

Freedom of speech- including to freedom to criticize and even give offense- is the very crucible that hones and tempers personal conviction. Those who criticize and those who are criticized often teach one another without realizing it. That which stings most can also galvanize. This is precious to society.

  • I oppose Islamofascism because I believe in freedom of religion.

This includes freedom from religion. The agnostic, the atheist, the undecided- all have a spiritual contribution to make; they are both a check on and a provocation to the devout. And for the believer, the freedom to question and doubt is a building block of true devotion. You may believe God is infallible, but we humans certainly are not.

  • I oppose Islamofascism because I oppose slavery

From child labor to female servants treated as virtual prisoners, Islamofascism is rife with de facto slavery. Slavery is by no means unique to Islamofascism- it is a centuries-old scourge- but in Islamofascism it is excused and practised with particular boldness- including in the United States.

  • I oppose Islamofascism because I support Gay Rights.

Islamofascist rhetoric against homosexuals is offensive in this country, but that is nothing compared to actual laws currently applied by theocratic regimes in the Islamic world. Iran regularly hangs teenagers suspected of homosexuality. It is an ‘offense’ punishable by death. I could not look my gay friends in the eye knowing I did nothing to protest this.

  • I oppose Islamofascism because I support freedom of the press.

Many people are not aware of the degree of cencorship forced on the press in much of the Islamic world. Government control of newspapers and tv gives otherwise fair-minded people a very distorted and hateful picture of the West. We have only to look at the threats and violence engendered by the Danish Cartoon Controversy to see an example of this.

  • I oppose Islamofascism because I believe in a woman’s right to vote and to hold public office.

This is a breathtaking rarity in many parts of the Islamic world. And it is still new enough in our own country that we must fiercely protect and defend it. Recent years have seen the first women cast into powerful government roles. We must not let them be the last.

  • I oppose Islamofascism because I believe in a woman’s right to own property.

The legal right to an independent income and property is a woman’s best defense against abuse. It is a tool to help free her from an abusive mate; it is a stepping stone to education; it is a piece of security in an often insecure world. It allows a woman to stand upright in her own name. There is no substitute for this.

  • I oppose Islamofascism because I believe rape must remain a crime- no exceptions and no excuses.

When I was young we were taught that rape was always an act of aggression and that victims were not to blame. This core belief is now in danger. Radical Imams in Australia and elsewhere are openly preaching that some women are ‘asking for it,’ and, most horrifying of all, some female government officials are hurrying to agree with them. On this subject, we must hold firm and give no quarter. Rape is always wrong; it is always a crime; this basic reality will not be changed to appease any militant belief system.

  • I oppose Islamofascism because I believe domestic abuse must remain a crime- no exceptions and no excuses.

Abuse does not ‘teach her a lesson’ or show a child ‘the error of his ways.’ Abuse simply hurts. Sometimes it kills. If the Islamofascists are correct and the Koran really does prescribe beating one’s wife or child, then Islam will simply have to learn to live with a certain a certain amount of frustration and self-restraint. Domestic abuse must never be tolerated for any reason. It is a crime. And we are required to protect and defend the victims.

  • I oppose Islamofascism because I believe in a woman’s right to acquire as much education as her intellectual talents will permit.

From Elizabeth the First to Madame Curie, educated women have been indispensable to civilization. A society that prizes docile illiteracy over informed contribution smothers itself, not just its women. Men and women suffer equally from its failures.

  • I oppose Islamofascism because I wish for all Muslims- Shia, Sunni, Sufi, Druze, and every other sect- to enjoy freedom of conscience and peaceful worship.

Muslims suffer under Islamofascism just as non-Muslims do. Their beliefs are picked apart and they are persecuted for doctrinal differences. They are subjected to threats and intimidation. I recognize that some self-identified Muslims support the aims of Islamofascism- perhaps more, regrettably, than most people are willing to admit. But for those who do not, I wish an end to the feelings of dread and hopelessness- and a new beginning in freedom.

  • In short, I oppose Islamofascism because I am a liberal.

And there you have it- for now. This is the first time I have spoken specifically about my beliefs, but it will not be the last. In the meantime I will try to present examples of threats to these core beliefs and freedoms- threats that have been going unheeded. And I will also present Muslim voices arguing for coexistence and peaceful change.

We are all needed- each of us- in this fight. It’s our turn, now.

http://poligazette.com/2008/01/23/first-things-next-for-the-2nd-time/

Lebanon Convicts 2 (Muslims) In German Bomb Plot

January 13, 2008

Lebanon Convicts 2 (Muslims) In German Bomb Plot – washingtonpost.com

Lebanon Convicts 2 In German Bomb Plot. Students Targeted Commuter Trains. By Craig Whitlock. Washington Post Foreign Service Wednesday, December 19, 2007;
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/18/AR2007121801887.html  

Arab racism, Islamic bigotry and discriminatory practices are the most divisive issues in the Sudan

January 10, 2008

Arab racism, Islamic bigotry and discriminatory practices are the most divisive issues in the Sudan
because they are the major factors

http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article21799

UN fears on (Islamic) Pakistan’s nukes

January 10, 2008

UN fears on (Islamic) Pakistan’s nukes
TheAustralian ^ | 01,10,08

UN fears on Pakistan’s nukes

A WARNING from the UN atomic watchdog that Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal could be seized by al-Qa’ida has been endorsed by reports that say extremists have penetrated “the state machinery”.

The Daily Times asked: “How big is the number of those inside the state apparatus who owe allegiance to al-Qa’ida or hate the United States enough to place the country’s nuclear assets in the hands of those they regard as the most legitimate ‘Islamic response’ to the policies of the US?”

The newspaper suggested last month’s escape from custody of alleged al-Qa’ida trans-Atlantic airline bomb plotter Rashid Rauf was an “inside job” and said he had been “helped to vanish into the no-go territory of the tribal areas that have been virtually annexed by al-Qa’ida and its Taliban followers”.

Leaks from the investigations into the assassination of Benazir Bhutto “point again and again to a facilitating hand inside the state structure”, the paper said.

(Excerpt) Read more at theaustralian.news.com.au

Islam’s Global Army

January 8, 2008

Islam’s Global Army
by W. Thomas Smith, Jr.

Posted: 01/07/2008 Print This

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=24304&s=rcme
 
With the exception of Al Qaeda, no terrorist organization on earth is responsible for the deaths of more Americans than Hizballah: The group that drew first blood during its formative years when in 1983 one of its suicide bombers drove a truck packed with explosives into the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, killing 241 Americans.

Unlike Al Qaeda, however, Hizballah is more than simply a terror network or a loose confederation of terrorist cells: Hizballah is a state-funded terrorist army with a sophisticated propaganda arm and operational teams deployed worldwide. Not surprisingly, Hizballah is on the U.S. State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. Yet some Western media — even a few American politicians — have openly defended Hizballah (as well as its parent company, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) as a legitimate force and political movement.

Last November, during a presidential campaign speech, Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) said:

“In order to declare the Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization — something we’ve never done before for a government-run militia — [Pres.] Bush was supported by the Senate. Many in our party opposed this vote, like Senator Dodd and Senator Biden, and I applaud them for that.”
Two months earlier in an interview on Hezbollah-owned Al Manar TV, former Sen. James Abourezk (D.-SD), long-time compatriot of former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D.-SD), said:

“I actually marveled at the Hizballah resistance to Israel [during the 2006 war], … It was a marvel of organization, of courage and bravery. I thought it was quite something. … The Lebanese army should ask Hizballah to come and organize it, to train them, you know. And all the Arab armies should have the Hizballah come and do that.”

Hizballah (in Arabic, “Party of God”) is a Shiia military force based in Lebanon; trained, equipped, and heavily financed by Iran, specifically the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps; and backed by Syria.

Born as of means of expanding Iran’s Islamic Revolution throughout the Middle East, Hizballah developed over the course of the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990) into an armed force and global terrorist enabler with tremendous political and media influence in Lebanon.

Hezballah calls itself a “resistance [against Israel]” — not a “militia” — which is nothing more than semantics. — Hizballah’s wordplay is a means by which it continues to exist — as an armed entity in defiance of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1559 and 1701, which call for the disarming of all “militias” in Lebanon. In truth, Hizballah is neither resistance nor militia: it is a standing army with a growing base of operations and an expanding arsenal that includes military grade missiles, anti-aircraft and anti-armor weapons, all manner of small arms and explosives, even unmanned aerial vehicles for battlefield reconnaissance.

Hizballah also “relies” upon its corps of assassins, which its leaders deny, and suicide bombers, which they admit. “The weapon of martyrdom is the main and pivotal weapon on which we can rely,” writes Hizballah’s deputy secretary general Naim Qassem in “Hizballah: The Story from Within.”

These terrorists operate freely throughout much of Lebanon, beyond the authority of the legitimate army and police. And as more than one shoulder-shrugging Lebanese Army general (many still deferring to Damascus) has told me: “Hizballah was here first.”

Hizballah is also first in terms of violence. And that violence — actual and threatened — has factored heavily into the Lebanese parliament’s inability to elect a president over the past several months. Armed to the teeth, Hizballah maintains absolute control over a multi-block suburb of Beirut. They are actively training in the Bekaa Valley. They recently conducted military maneuvers in south Lebanon — ignoring a UN “peacekeeping” force — on ground where they fought a tough summer war with Israel in 2006.

Their expressed goal is nothing less than the destruction of Israel, the United States, and the West. “Our motto which we are not afraid to repeat year after year is ‘Death to America,’” said Hizballah’s secretary general Hassan Nasrallah in a 2005 speech.

Hizballah also has global reach, and dozens of Hizballah cells have been uncovered since 9/11 inside U.S. cities like Charlotte (N.C.), Detroit, and Los Angeles.

Like any effective wartime army, Hizballah has learned the importance of an ongoing disinformation campaign. In Lebanon, Hizballah is heavily involved in telecommunications, including control of at least one major telephone hub in Beirut which international calls pass through. Hizballah controls much of the media — print and broadcast — and they have infiltrated newsrooms, manipulated previously objective editorial desks, and bought Western correspondents based in that country. In fact, Hizballah’s media agents often marginally criticize Hizballah as a means of making themselves appear legitimate: “Trying to wash their faces,” as some Lebanese say.

Hizballah is at war with us. Lebanon is their base. As such, the country is a critical front in the war on terror. I’m not advocating a U.S. invasion of Lebanon, but neither can we afford to put our heads in the sand and hope Hizballah will dissipate. Hizballah is perhaps the world’s largest globally deployed terrorist army. Hizballah is powerful, sophisticated, committed, and growing. They are violent, deceiving us in the media, and their operators are already in the Americas.