Muslims Battle Buddhists in Thailand’s Troubled South

Muslims tell tall tales about Thai army atrocities

* Suckers wanted to peddle Islamo-fascist propaganda: Gavin King to the front!

It’s a time-honored technique, hallowed by successful use by Hizballah and others. So far it always worked. Why should it be different this time?

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By Jürgen Kremb/Spiegel Online


Muslim separatists in the south of Thailand want to secede from the Buddhist north and have targeted monks and other representatives of the state. But they also claim to have been victims of government atrocities.

Udom Dhamakhani, 67, lifts himself laboriously from his wooden cot, on which he has just recited his Buddhist sutras. He straightens his saffron-colored robe and peers out through his oversized reading glasses.
Unusually for a monk’s cell, the room contains a monitor showing images from four surveillance cameras: the veranda, the door of his cell, the main temple — and a bunker. The shelter is occupied by soldiers who have turned Wat Lakmnang monastery on the outskirts of the southern Thai city of Pattani into a fortress. “It’s all because of the trouble out there,” the monk grumbles.

More than 2,400 have already died “out there,” in Songkhla, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat provinces, in an insurgency started by Muslim rebels. They want the region in southern Thailand, which is home to 1.9 million Malay-speaking Muslims, to secede from the rest of the predominantly Buddhist country.

* Curiously, this German reporter states very clearly what the goal of the ‘Insurgency’ is. Why do others seem to have such a problem nailing it?

Dhamakhani is not just the abbot of Wat Lakmnang, but also the head of all Buddhist temples in Pattani province. Because his fellow monks have reported on the radio about the atrocities being committed by the rebels, Dhamakhani is also in danger. He has already survived three rebel attacks. He would have been dead long ago without the protection of the two dozen soldiers stationed at his monastery.

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A Thai soldier provides security to participants during a Buddhist festival in Thailand’s restive Pattani province in this April 2007 file photo.

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It is seven in the morning, and reports of night attacks are already crackling from the walkie-talkie on his night table. Twelve schools were burned to the ground, but this time there were no casualties. For the rebels, Buddhist temples, military barracks, public buildings and minor officials, such as local mayors and teachers, are all hated symbols of the government in Bangkok.
At 10:15 a.m., an informant reports an explosion on National Route 409 near the village of Yarang, a 15-minute drive from the monastery. Dhamakhani immediately dispatches one of his reporters.

The police have sealed off the road. An armored vehicle has arrived with a soldier wearing a bulletproof vest and steel helmet in the turret, his machine gun in position. He nervously surveys the area. The rebels often place explosives in the underbrush, designed to explode when the troops arrive. There is a gaping hole in the asphalt. The explosion hurled a Toyota van with seven soldiers inside into the ditch. One soldier was beheaded and the others were injured.

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A Volatile History

Tuwnedaniya Tuwaemaengae, 24, insists that he has nothing to do with the rebels. Although he is a chemistry student in Bangkok, he says that the Islamic revolution is currently more important to him than his studies. He organized a demonstration a few weeks ago which brought the provincial capital Pattani to a standstill. Now he is taking journalists on a tour of a village where soldiers allegedly committed atrocities against Muslims.

* Green helmet man sends his regards…


The villagers line up along the road to greet their visitors. The region in Narathiwat province is part of the “red zone” where the rebels collect taxes from the villagers to fund their insurgency. In the house of the local imam, villagers tell the story of an army raid and the murder of two young Muslim men. They point to two fresh grave mounds as evidence. But there is not a single bullet hole in the mosque, which villagers claim came under Thai army fire for several minutes.
Kritsada Pornwiriyaongkol, 67, sits drinking a beer in front of the empty office of Pattani’s chamber of commerce. The rebels’ influence in the province has robbed of all hope of ever being able to return to his land.

He operated a crab farm for 16 years.
According to Kritsada, young men from nearby villages began loitering around his farm two years ago. Whenever he walked by, they would laugh and draw their index fingers across their throats.

Kritsada, intimidated, shut down his farm, but he doesn’t want to leave the south. “Where should I go?” he asks. “This is my home. I will stay here, even if it’s just to die.”

Today’s Jihad News from Russia:

Russia: Devout Muslims Kill 4 Policemen, But Original Target was Children’s Festival

* No doubt it was all because of Israel!

A car bomb blast outside a state cultural center killed four policemen in Ingushetia’s city of Nazran in Russia’s North Caucasus region. The 2 kilo bomb, which went off at 7:15pm on August 31, was inside a Russian Lada car parked near the cultural center where a children’s festival was to be held the next day.

Western Resistance has more…

Taleban vows to abduct more foreigners

Terrorism pays: South Korea paid Taliban $2.46m for hostages

* Kidnapping and hostage taking for ransom is traditional Muhammedan business. Its not clear why the Taleban are trying to sound apologetic.

Spencer explains, here

Why argue with success? Terrorism works: Every time the brave mujaheddin kidnap Westerners, or in this case Korean would-be missionaries, their respective governments cave in and reward the kidnappers for their crime:

(AP) Al Bebeeceera

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Terrified, dhimmified, submissive, forcibly converted to Islam?

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The men accompanying the last hostages freed gave an unsigned note to journalists accusing the South Koreans of coming to Afghanistan on a mission to convert the staunchly Islamic country to Christianity.

They came to our nation to change our faith,’ the handwritten note read. The Afghan people have given their lives for their faith. This is the reason we arrested them.’

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JANDA, Afghanistan – Taleban militants vowed to abduct more foreigners after ending a six-week hostage drama by releasing the last seven of a group of kidnapped South Koreans under a deal with the Seoul government.



We will do the same thing with the other allies in Afghanistan, because we found this way to be successful,’ Taleban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi told the Associated Press via cell phone from an undisclosed location.

The seven hostages were handed over Thursday to the International Committee of the Red Cross in two separate exchanges close to the central Afghan city of Ghazni, Red Cross officials and an Associated Press reporter said. The freed hostages did not speak to reporters.

The final three released _ two women and a man _ were handed over by armed men on a main road in Janda district after apparently walking through the desert for some distance. Covered in dust, they were quickly bundled into a Red Cross vehicle and driven away.

The seven were part of a group of 23 church volunteers who were abducted on July 19 as they traveled by bus along a dangerous road in southern Afghanistan. The militants killed two men soon after taking them, and released two women earlier this month in what they termed a goodwill’ gesture. On Wednesday, the Taleban released the 12 other hostages.

Michelle Malkin: ‘Why caving in is a bad idea’

Al-Azhar University, the most respected institution in Sunni Islam, endorses ‘Umdat al-Salik, a manual of Islamic law that says this: “When a child or a woman is taken captive, they become slaves by the fact of capture, and the woman’s previous marriage is immediately annulled” (o9.13)? If the capture of non-combatants is forbidden by Islam, are we to believe that these captured women and children were acting as soldiers? If the vast majority of Muslims reject this sort of thing, why does Al-Azhar say that ‘Umdat al-Salik “conforms to the practice and faith of the orthodox Sunni community (ahl al-Sunna wa al-Juma’a)”?

If the killing of these hostages is likewise forbidden, why does the same manual stipulate that prisoners can be killed, exchanged for ransom (why exchanged for ransom, if they are not hostages?), enslaved, or released, depending on what is best for the Muslim community (o9.14)?

* Update:

Al Reuters uses a Muhammedan stringer  (Sayed Salahuddin) to cook the news for you:

South Korea pays Taliban $20 million ransom, Taliban promises to kidnap, kill more foreigners

Terrorism pays.


A senior Taliban commander said on condition of anonymity at the weekend that the deal also included a ransom payment of more than $US20 million ($24.32 million), which would be used to buy weapons and fund suicide attacks.

Savitch sez: “You can have any freedom of expression, as long as its Islamic..”

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* Click on image to enlarge!

The Qu’ran:

8:12 Remember thy Lord inspired the angels (with the message): “I am with you: give firmness to the Believers: I will instill terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them.”

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* Walid Shoebat sez: ‘What part of killing don’t you understand..?’

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world:

‘…a fanatical frenzy, worse than hydrophobia in a dog…’ (Winston Churchill)

“Death to Larsen, Down with Sweden..”

Soldiers of Allah exercise free speech in Pakistan

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Pakistani protesters rally holding a flag with the name of artist Lars Vilks, as they condemn the publication of a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad in a Swedish newspaper, Friday, Aug. 31, 2007, in Lahore, Pakistan. (AP Photo/K.M.Chaudary)

* Usually the MSM calls these jihad apes ‘students of Islam’- regardless, even if they are 50 or 70 years old. Perhaps islam is such a difficult subject to study that it takes forever to study. Perhaps that is why we have so many misunderstanders of Islam….

Swedish PM Responds to Iran and Pakistan

The Prime Minister of Sweden, Fredrik Reinfeldt, responds to the Muslim world’s ridiculous rage over the dreaded roundabout dogs of blasphemy: SvD: Reinfeldt om Muhammedprotesterna.

Translation thanks to Charles from LGF:

I think it is important to say two things. The first is that we have been very keen on a Sweden that will be a country where muslims and Christians, those that believe in God and those who don’t, can live side by side in mutual respect. We think that we have come very far. I have a responsibility for this to continue and to take initiative to deepen this reciprocity and respect.

* Fredrik Reinfeld will quickly find out that his failed idea of social engineering is a dead end when it comes to the soldiers of Allah…

At the same time we are very focused on standing up for freedom of expression which is a basic right in the law and which comes natural to us and which ensures that we do not make political decisions about what is published in newspapers. I want to keep it this way.

Another member of the government, Fredrik Malm, said:

There is no reason to keep quiet about this question. One must be crystal clear that in Sweden it is not the government that decides what appears in newspapers. Iran should change their own press laws and not try to change ours.

* Right on, Fredrik! May the Winds of Jihad blow all over Sweden!

* The Gates of Vienna has more here

Islam in Sweden

The number of ghettos (a phenomenon that until recently was unheard of in wealthy and egalitarian Scandinavian nations) has been increasing explosively. 14 years ago, there were only 3 such areas in all of Sweden. Today, there are 136. “Ghettos” are here defined as areas where fewer than 60% of the adult population are working, where few people vote and where school results are significantly below national minimum requirements. Integration spokesman for Folkpartiet, Mauricio Roias, is afraid that if nothing is done about the situation, these quarters will “break loose”, and that “people might get shot”
What Roias isn’t saying is that people ALREADY “get shot”, and stabbed, and mugged, and raped and get stones thrown at them in Sweden’s suburbs. The latest fad right now seems to be putting fire to schools, as quite a few school buildings have burnt down from suspected arson recently.

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Australian Muslim Leader Delighted With Burka Mary

From the wankers & flakes department:

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Piss Christ, Dung Madonna and now ‘Burka Mary’-: Aussie Art Stupidity on Display:

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* Brave libertarian ‘artists’ are convinced that they have moved the boundaries for ‘art’ once again: As long as it doesn’t provoke the soldiers of Allah who retaliate by burning embassies, killing people in their hundreds in a fanatical frenzy its all good, isn’t it?

* Strange that the depiction of the Muslim ‘prophet’ Muhammad is frowned upon. Strange that the depiction of humans is considered ‘haram’ in Islam. Even more strange that Muslims leaders are so obviously delighted with the useful idiots and attention seekers who defecate on their own culture and religious symbols. Or do they just see it as another victory for Islam in the jihad conquest of the West and its decadent, degenerated fools and useful idiots?

The Anglican bishop of South Sydney, Robert Forsyth, said he was surprised by offended reactions to the artwork.

“Christians are not about to go and kill people because someone did some cartoons – it’s not the way we respond,” he said. …

The Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, said: “As a person of faith and religious background I think it’s important to reflect on the icons of our faiths. Unfortunately, some contemporary art is tedious and trivial. These couple of works demonstrate this.

“Regrettably, attempts to insult Jesus and Mary have become common in recent years, even predictable.Too often it seems that the only quality which makes something art is the adolescent desire to shock.

“If this is the best the Blake Prize can do, it has probably outlived its usefulness.”

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But the leader of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, Ikebal Patel, thinks it’s excellent to see Mary in a burqa.

But Australian Federation of Islamic Councils president Ikebal Patel said the statue was “not at all offensive”, because both the Virgin Mary and Jesus were revered figures in Islam.

* Ikebal would only be offended of his ‘profit’ Muhammad was depicted, like here:

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“So [Mary wearing a burqa is] no different to how our mothers and sisters are expected to be modest in their dressing,” he said.

* No doubt Ikebal would prefer to see all Australian females in the proper Muhammedan attire:

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He has a little more of a problem with the Jesus-Osama image, mostly because it’s taboo to have any drawing at all of an Islamic prophet.

* Unfortunately the islamic Jesus, ‘Isa’-, is a completely different figure from the the one in the Christian bible: The Muslim Isa will return on judgement day to break the crosses, abolish the jiziyah and slaughter the swine. (The swine are the Christians) but don’t wait for Patel or any other Muhammedan to tell you that…

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But Mr Patel said he was affronted by the image of bin Laden’s face blending into that of Jesus, who is deemed a prophet in Islam.

“You have a revered prophet of Islam being equated to somebody like Osama bin Laden.

”Also in Islam, we don’t have any paintings or drawings depicting any of our prophets, so I find it quite offensive.“

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Al Reuters has more details on these works of fine art:

“Bearded Orientals: Making the Empire Cross” by Priscilla Bracks is a “double vision” print that depicts both Jesus and bin Laden.

Luke Sullivan’s “The Fourth Secret of Fatima” is a statue of Mary, her head and torso obscured by a blue burqa like the one Afghan women had to wear under the militant Taliban.

The artworks were among more than 500 entries in the Blake Prize for Religious Art, and have been included in an exhibition at the National Art School in Sydney.

Thailand: No Peace In ‘Restive’ South

 AFP reports that the ‘insurgents/militants/shadowy groups/rebels’ in the south don’t want peace talks. Why would that be?

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Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont said Wednesday that separatists fighting in Muslim-majority provinces have refused to take up his offer to launch peace talks.

“As of now, there has been no progress on starting negotiations, because that would require the agreement of both sides. So there are no talks for now,” he told reporters.

“My government is still adhering a policy of non-violence, but cooperation from the people is crucial,” he said.

Since Surayud took office following a military coup last year, he has made a series of peace gestures to the militants fighting along the southern border with Malaysia.

But the violence has only escalated since the coup, and the government has deployed thousands more troops and paramilitary forces to the region.

Human Rights Watch said in a report Tuesday that despite the peace gestures, Thailand still has no concrete strategy to end state-sanctioned abuses.

* “Human rights watch” is an euphemism for a commie/Muslim infiltrated scam-org. which supports Islamic causes.

The report warned that the conflict was degenerating into a brutal armed conflict in which 89 percent of the fatalities have been civilians.

Foreign Minister Nitya Pibulsonggram welcomed the report and said he believed it would help the international community understand why Thailand has struggled to find ways of reining in the shadowy insurgency.

“The international community will have a positive attitude toward Thailand. The report is fair and does us justice,” he said.

“We always regret the loss of life, regardless of who the victims are,” he said.

More than 2,500 people have been killed since the separatist unrest erupted nearly four years ago. The region was annexed by Buddhist Thailand a century ago.

* AFP never misses that last slur. As if Thailand was somehow  in the wrong for defending its territory… 

The Footbath Circus & The ATM Jihad

Doing that wudu that they do so well: Universities Install Footbaths to Benefit Muslims, and Not Everyone Is Pleased

Yesterday’s Washington Times included Andrea Billups’s excellent story on the installation of footbaths for Muslim students at the University of Michigan Dearborn. Billups reports that the footbaths “were requested as an accommodation by a Muslim Student Association’s task force.” The object of the demand for footbaths is to secure the expenditure of public funds to support Islam. The phenomenon is insidious.

A little background on the MSA should provide a clue. Founded in 1963 by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the MSA is, according to Stephen Schwartz, MSA “a key element in the Wahhabi lobby, and a cornerstone of the conspiracy by Saudi-backed extremists to control American Islam, as well the public discourse about Islam in America.” It appears to be closely linked to the Islamic Society of North America, a key unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation prosecution. Joe Kaufman’s “MSA: The missing co-conspirator” provides background.

John Matthies, assistant director of Islamist Watch, a Philadelphia-based think tank, said more than a dozen colleges and universities across the nation have foot baths or are in the process of creating them. He thinks the foot bath amounts to “specific rights accorded to a particular demographic.”

“I think it’s shocking that the university administration has become so susceptible to this kind of pressure from student groups. It is wrong for people to remain quiet because this is clearly not a question of racism or of civil rights,” Mr. Matthies said. “If small concessions like these are allowed to go forward with little or no discussion, then we leave ourselves open to demands for privileged or segregated space. This is one particular group singled out using taxpayer money to do it. It has nothing to do with openness or inclusiveness.”

University of Michigan at Dearborn establishes Islam, constructs Islamic footbaths 

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* There is no such thing in all of Islamistan. In most places the worshipers of the prophet would be happy to have a hose…

1st of July 2009 Update:

Thanks G-d They’re Dumb: Four ‘googled ATM bomb plan’

Four men hatched a plot to rob ATMs after one of them used the Google search engine to find out how to blow up ATM machines, police say.

The men, all from Sydney’s west, aimed to “own the world starting with Lakemba”, according to police documents tendered in Sydney Central Local Court today.

But police fact sheets instead exposed the men as bungling amateurs who left a glaring communications trail about their plans to blow up ATMs.

Police said they practised manufacturing the explosive in a public park at night.

Three of the men, who were among five arrested yesterday in a joint operation by federal and NSW police, were denied bail by a Sydney court today.

Fadi Bassil, 20, from Lakemba, Elias Taouk, 19, from Kingsgrove, and Badawi Nassour, 20, of Greenacre, were all remanded in custody until October 23.

A fourth man, Linley Desire Jose Anthony, 20, of Yagoona, was refused bail when he appeared in the same court yesterday. The fifth was released after questioning by police.

Police said the arrests followed a tip-off from Northern Territory authorities about the purchase of otherwise legal chemicals that could be used in the manufacture of nitro-glycerine.

The police documents said the men bought 23 litres of chemicals as well as mixing equipment such as beakers, thermometers and droppers from a Darwin company.

The products could have been used to manufacture up to 40kg of nitro-glycerine.

The men never received the chemicals they ordered as police replaced them with an inert substance prior to delivery.

Police alleged internet surveillance revealed that Bassil had googled “how to blow up ATM machines” and “how much money is kept in bank ATMs”.

The men also had googled a recipe for the explosives, and eventually gained all they needed from the internet in terms of knowledge and know-how to carry out the job, police alleged.

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“Stop Debating Armenian Genocide or Israel/Jews Will Get Hurt” sez Turkish Envoy

First the bad news -the rest is not much better-, though:

TOLERANT TURKS ELECT (ex) ISLAMIST PRES

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Ex-Islamist? WTF? That’s like a little bit pregnant. New oxymoron. Does that make him an apostate? Ex-Islamist? Sort of like a chaste ho. Scroll down and read about Gul’s mentor, Erbakan.

Turks elect ex-Islamist president

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BS from Al Bebeeceera:

Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, a former Islamist, has been elected president in a parliamentary vote. He is the first politician with an Islamist background to become head of state since the creation of the deeply secular Turkish Republic in 1923. Mr Gul was elected in a third round of voting, after months of tension between Turkey’s ruling Islamist-rooted AK Party and the secular establishment.

* No such thing. Turkey was always deeply Islamic, it is only due to Ataturks reforms and the military that upholds secularism, otherwise Turkey would be just like Saudi Arabia. But Erdogan & Gul are working towards that…

On Monday the military warned about threats to the secular constitution.

Mr Gul, whose wife wears a Muslim headscarf, has pledged to respect Turkey’s secular institutions.

The headscarf is currently banned from public institutions in Turkey and Mr Gul has said wearing it is a matter of personal choice.

Ummah News Links.

The Anti-Defamation League’s reversal last week of its position on the Armenian genocide has set off a flurry of diplomatic activity in Turkey and Israel.

Officials in Ankara and Jerusalem, in coordination with American Jewish leaders, were working this week to contain the fallout from the ADL’s statement, which recognized the World War I massacres of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as “tantamount to genocide.”

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Jewish leaders warned that recognizing the genocide, as Congress is now considering, could undermine American strategic interests in the Middle East and Turkey’s robust military and economic partnership with Israel. Also deemed at risk was the security of Turkish Jewry, which sent a letter earlier this year opposing a congressional resolution on the matter.

Nabi Sensoy, Turkey’s ambassador in Washington, told JTA that his government was strongly opposed to any congressional action, but that the Turkish Jewish community had nothing to fear in any case. Sensoy was less sure that Turkey’s relations with Israel and the United States would survive a resolution unscathed.

“I cannot really dismiss that if this resolution does pass that there will be certain impacts on certain relationships,” Sensoy said. “There is no doubt about it.”

Of those raising the specter of reprisals against Turkish Jewry, Sensoy said, “I’m very disturbed to hear this kind of remark coming from anywhere. They seem to be forgetting the history of Turks and Jews, which goes back at least 500 years. We’ve always had the best of relations between Turks and Jews and the Turkish Jewish community is part and parcel, and an integral part, of the Turkish community.”

* Hmm, lets see: how many Jews are there left/alive in Turkey these days?

On Sunday, the ADL released a second statement reiterating its support for a joint Turkish-Armenian commission to investigate the matter — a move Turkey supports — and its opposition to a resolution in Congress. Foxman also wrote to Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, “to express regret for any pain we have caused to you and the Turkish people in these past few days.”

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In Turkey, those steps were seen as backtracking. Erdogan said the ADL had rectified its “mistake,” according to the Turkish Daily News. Sensoy said he felt the ADL had reversed itself again and that its current position reflected a more “balanced situation.”

“We are expecting the American Jewish organizations to be neutral about this,” Sensoy said. “Although we’re aware of the fact that this is a very sensitive issue for the Israeli people and the Jewish community, what we have to seek is the truth.”

* Terrorism, blackmail and intimidation works. Every time.

JTA

ADL reinstates director who was first to say Turkey committed ‘genocide’

Bostom: Congress must recognize the Armenian Genocide

Endless delusions on display: “No genocide”; “Turkey is a loyal and trustworthy US Ally”; “Turkey is an Israeli Ally”; “Turkey is good to its Jews, but don’t pass the bills because of what Turkey will do to its Jews!”

All this and more from Andrew Bostom at the American Thinker.

Sample: “559 villages whose surviving inhabitants were converted to Islam with fire and sword; 568 churches thoroughly pillaged, destroyed and razed to the ground; of 282 Christian churches transformed into mosques; of 21 Protestant preachers and 170 Armenian priests who were, after enduring unspeakable tortures, murdered on their refusal to accept Islam.” Lepsius concluded with this rhetorical question: “Is this a religious persecution or is it not?”

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And in his eloquent Wednesday 8/22/07 column “No Room to Deny Genocide” the Boston Globe’s Jeff Jacoby emphasized the nexus between the jihad genocide of the Armenians, the contemporary depredations of jihad, and the dangers of denial:
“And at a time when jihadist violence from Darfur to Ground Zero has spilled so much innocent blood, dissimulation about the jihad of 1915 [emphasis added] can only aid our enemies.”

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This Turk doesn’t want to hear about it

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A poster on Jihad Watch nails it:

The contemptible and intolerable thing is that our misguided President, and our government generally, do not attribute this genocidal behavior to its true origin–Islam. They seem to think (or wish to think) it has something to do with tribalism, legitimate political grievances, or local geographical disputes.

The minority populations in Islamic lands, aside from being humiliated economic slaves, are all convenient hostages held to influence Western behavior–especially to attract jizya.

In our own defense, and in defense of the real refugees from Islamic genocide, we must quarantine the Islamic world. As part of this quarantine, immigration into Western lands from any foreign territory should be absolutlely restricted to non-Muslims only. As part of this quarantine, we must make it clear to the Muslim world that we know what Islam is–tyranny, with genocide of the “other” as its primary goal, and that we do not approve of it anywhere or accept it as a legitimate societal order under any conditions.

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The forgotten Holocaust: The Armenian massacre that inspired Hitler 

When the Turkish gendarmes came for Mugrditch Nazarian, they did not give him time to dress, but took him from his home in the dead of night in his pyjamas.

The year was 1915, and his wife, Varter, knew that she was unlikely to see her husband alive again. Armenian men like him were being rounded up and taken away. In the words of their persecutors, they were being “deported” – but not to an earthly place.

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2 women lose Nato jobs after marrying Muslims

From the Asian Age

 “Open hearts, Open legs, Open wallets, Open borders”. 

* “Racism and Islamophobia-alert: How can anyone lose a job for marrying a Muslim? Are you enraged already?

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The Hague, Aug. 29: Two Dutch women, have lost their jobs at a Nato base in Geilenkirchen over their marriage to Muslim men which took place during a holiday in Tunisia.

One of the women was the personal assistant of Colonel Jelle Zijlstra, deputy commandant of the base. Both women – who were identified only by their first names Patricia and Gerda – had a level of security clearance that would have allowed them to access possible Nato secrets, the NIS report said.

Following their weddings in Tunisia to local men who they met on while on holiday to the North African country in 2007, the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service withdrew the women’s Nato security clearance.



According to a report by the Dutch daily De Telegraaf, the two Tunisian men were classified as “extremely high-risk.”

* The Asian Age did not say what kind of ‘extremely high-risk-‘ sure it has nothing to do with Islam….

* A comment from an American professor in Turkey:

Aaah, those “Tourist marriages”. I see alot here in Turkey. Usually not overly attractive or older European women and younger macho uneducated men. I’ve had students who were workers at various vacation spots and they tell me “Open hearts, Open legs, Open wallets, Open borders”. 

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Austria to limit building of mosques

Al Reuters reports:

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With thanks to Morgan

It is reported that Austria’s Joerg Haider, governor of Carinthia, is planning to prevent mosques and minarets being constructed in his home province. It is his contention that planning laws should take into account ‘religious and cultural tradition’, when dealing with construction requests. He said: ‘We don’t want a clash of cultures and we don’t want institutions which are alien to our culture being erected in Western Europe.’

Now this is interesting. There is no transgression of human rights legislation because Muslims will still be free to practise Islam, and prayer rooms in buildings may be as abundant as required. What is noteworthy is the objection to the symbolism of mosques and minarets being built to ‘advertise the power of Islam’.

This has been the concern behind the colossal new London mosque planned for the site of the Olympics. In magnitude it will be bigger than St Paul’s Cathedral or Westminster Abbey, and its location will bring the eyes of the world upon it in 2012. It is considered by many to be an overtly political statement and a religious assertion of supremacy, and petitions have been signed by thousands to halt the proposal.

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Jorg Haider

But neither Herr Haider’s objections nor the petition against the London mosque are likely to realise their objectives. There is no will in the West to contend either for two thousand years of culture or religion. There is simply acquiescence, accommodation, compliance, deference, and, ultimately, submission.

There is, of course, no reciprocity. While Muslims may build their mosques even in the Royal Parks of the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Christians may not build churches in Islamic lands. And where they exist, they are firebombed, vandalised, and believers live in fear of the consequences of daring to follow their Lord. And the West utters not a word.

Even as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia bans visitors from all items and articles belonging to religions other than Islam, there is no objection from any Western government. If you are visiting Islam’s holiest land, you may no longer take your Bible, even for your own devotional purposes. There is also a ban on crosses, crucifixes, statues, carvings, and items with religious symbols such as the Star of David. They will be confiscated, permanently.

Pace Herr Haider, could one ever conceive of the West banning mosques, Qur’ans, crescent moons, and prayer mats?

Daniel Pipes has a strategy for dealing with the Saudi government. He suggests that until they change their ‘detestable policy’, its airline should be disallowed from flying into Western airports. Cranmer would go further, and demand of Western governments that they cease diplomatic relations and all trade agreements with a country which the United States has termed ‘among the most religiously repressive in the world’. But, of course, it is about oil. The land which spawned Osama bin Laden, and spreads the Wahhabi poison throughout the world and into the mosques of the United Kingdom, is ultimately untouchable.

Reciprocity may well be requested of equals, but when there is an ascendant power, with a victor and a vanquished in sight, reciprocity is simply a nice word for political consumption, and a vain dream of self delusion.

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Fitzgerald: A tribute to Jorg Haider

THE Austrian right-wing firebrand Joerg Haider said yesterday he plans to change building laws to prevent mosques and minarets being erected in his home province of Carinthia. — from this article
Jorg Haider is akin to, but worse than Le Pen. He is one of those Austrians who drove the late Thomas Bernhard to maddened distraction, the kind who claim that Austrians were the “first victims” of Hitler (forgetting those cheering crowds, that delight at Anschluss). He exhibits every sign of antisemitism except, perhaps, that exhibited by the BBC World Service and The Guardian and Robert Fisk — that is, not quite so systematically vicious when it comes to the state of Israel.

Haider, by the way, owes his considerable wealth to a fluke. In 1938, someone fleeing Austria had to give up his castle in Carinthia (it’s the title of an old book: “A Castle in Carinthia”), selling it , out of desperation, for a song to Jorg Haider’s uncle, who then left that bit of booty, when he died, to his nice heel-clicking nephew. Many fortunes in Europe were made that way. Why, the book and antiques trade in Austria and Germany has been living off such goods — see the sale of Kafka’s library, which he left to his sisters who were murdered in Nazi death camps, and ask just how that library came into the possession or this or that antikvariat or auction house, and multiply that by tens of thousands of examples. Oh, there was money to be made, and there still is.

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