Australia warns citizens against fighting in Syria
Jihad in Syria:
Jihadists destroy, loot churchesÂ (Pamela Geller)
Oh yes, we have much to learn from the religion of tolerance and pluralism. We must always turn our societies inside out to accommodate their hair-trigger sensitivity,Â but the slaughter of non-Muslims, the desecration of churches, the sexploitation of young infidel girls? Respect it!
“Activists” say 30 people are killed as a building used by pro-regime militiamen is targeted in Salamiyeh.
I just listened to Dennis Ross, who has spent his entire professional life on the fool’s errand of trying to pretend that the Jihad of the Arabs against Israel is something else, a “two tiny peoples each struggling for its homeland” business. Or even worse, perhaps he actually believes, is not merely pretending to believe, that the war the Arabs are waging against Israel is not a world-without-end Jihad but something else. And Dennis Ross was going on and on about the “humanitarian tragedy” in Syria, and how if the situation were not resolved, with American participation, then all kinds of bad things could happen in neighboring countries — you know, “instabiilty” and things like that. And he, like so many others, for some reason believes that the American government should be helping the Sunni Muslims, theÂ soi-disantÂ “moderates” who are “moderate” because they are not part of Jubhat al-Nusra and, what’s more, they say they are “moderate” (and that should be reassuring to anybody), to overthrow the Alawites.
He isn’t alone. He’s representative of almost all American analysts.It’s bizarre.
The more resolute and convinced and fanatical Muslim groups are everywhere in the ascendant. In Tunisia, the Ennahda Party (Muslim Brotherhood) now in power in Tunisia, held back only by the dignified Caid Essebsi Bey in his mid-80s, the hyper-secular Moncef Marzouk, andÂ other determined secularists.In Egypt, the Ikhwan rules the roost, with Morsi getting away with Muslim-Brotherhood despotism on every front (and still the Americans send him those planes, those tanks, that money), and in Libya, the Ikhwan threatens here and there but has not taken over the whole country because no group can take over a place now given over to tribal warfare and a kind ofÂ bloody campanilismo that pits Benghazi against Tripoli, and Misrata against Benghazi, and every town against razed formerly all-black Tawergha, and so on, for after Qaddafy’s disappearance it’s the rule of the tribes and the individual towns, and no central government is likely to be able to see its writ run very far, unless it adopts the same methods as Qaddafy.
Yet here is Dennis Ross, bewailing our failure to take the side of yet another group of Sunni Muslims, who if they were to overthrow the Alawites, would almost certainly, in their turn, come to be dominated byÂ Jabhat Al-Nusra, well-financed and then even better armed by Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Can’t Dennis Ross see how wonderful the war in Syria is, as it slowly drains money and weaponry from Iran (who do you think is now paying for Syria’s war, when it has just about run out of cash and its economy has collapsed). It makes the Sunnis in Iraq even more implacably opposed to the Shi’ite ascendancy, makes the Sunni Muslims in Lebanon even more opposed to Hezbollah. It is a steady drain on the budget, and the armories, of the Islamic Republic of Iran. And meanwhile the Kurds in Syria have discovered that just like the Sunni Arabs in Iraq who massacred Kurds, the Sunni Arabs in Syria are also intent on crushing them (more than the Alawites ever did — for the Alawites, pan-Arabism was mainly a way to try to fit in, to make a claim to legitimacy that possibly the Sunni majority would recognize — it never worked). And the Druse, especially those on the Syrian border with Israel’sÂ Golan, must now realize that their best hope lies in making an alliance with Israel, for the Sunni Muslim Arabs are their real enemy, as manyÂ Druse in the Golan, who for decaades in Israesl have actedÂ as trustedÂ trackers for the IDF, as well as part of the Israeli border police, long ago understood. Let the Alawites hold on, just, and keep acting as a drain on Iran and, what’s more, on Hezbollah, which the more it fights on the side of the Alawites in Syria, the more it enrages Sunnis in and out of Lebanon, and this weakens its position no matter if the Alawites hold on or if they fall.
The war in Syria is not quite as helpful to the world’s non-Muslims as was the Iran-Iraq War. That war was wonderful for non-Muslims — it soaked up money, weapons, men, attention — just as our fiascos in Iraq and Afghanistan squandered men, money, materiel, attention. But it’s close. Why look this gift horse, certainly the best thing to have come out of the ballyhooed misundersrtood generally pretty awful “Arab Spring,” in the mouth?
This way they would have a chance to gain a place in Paradise, guaranteed to those who “kill and are killed” for Allah (Qur’an 9:111).
“Saudi Arabia Sent Death Row Inmates to Fight in Syria in Lieu of Execution,” fromAINA, January 20:
(AINA) — A top secret memo sent by the Ministry of Interior in Saudi Arabia reveals the Saudi Kingdom sent death-row inmates, sentenced to execution by decapitation, to Syria to fight Jihad against the Syrian government in exchange for commuting their sentences.
According to the memo, dated April 17, 2012, the Saudi Kingdom negotiated with a total of 1239 inmates, offering them a full pardon and a monthly salary for their families, who were to remain in the Kingdom, in exchange for “…training for the sake of sending to the Jihad in Syria.”
The memo was signed by Abdullah bin Ali al-Rmezan, the “Director of follow up in Ministry of Interior.”
According to the memo, prisoners were of the following nationalities: Yemenis, Palestinians, Saudis, Sudanese, Syrians, Jordanians, Somalis, Afghanis, Egyptians, Pakistanis, Iraqis, and Kuwaitis.
There were 23 Iraqi prisoners.
A former member of the Iraqi parliament, who spoke to AINA on condition of anonymity, confirmed the authenticity of the document and said most of the Iraqi prisoners Saudi Arabia sent to Syria returned to Iraq and admitted that they had agreed to the deal offered by the Saudi Kingdom, and requested the Iraqi government to petition the Saudi government to release their families, who were being held hostage in Saudi Arabia.
Yemeni nationals who were sent to Syria also returned to Yemen and asked their government to secure the release of their families, according to the former Iraqi MP, who said there are many more documents, like the one shown below, about Iraq, Libya and Syria.
Initially Saudi Arabia denied the existence of this program. But the testimony of the released prisoners forced the Saudi government to admit, in private circles, its existence.
According to the former Iraqi MP, the Russians threatened to bring this issue to the United Nations if the Saudis continued working against President Bashar al-Assad. The Saudis agreed to stop their clandestine activities and work towards finding a political solution on condition that knowledge of this program would not be made public.
Here is the translation of the memo:
This is a document issued by
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Ministry of Interior
Follow-up LOGO Number: 71466/J/H
Date: 25/5/1433 H. [April /17/2012 AD]
His Excellency General Suood Al-Thnayyan
The Classified [Secret] Office at the Ministry of Interior May Allah protect him
Peace be upon you and Allah’s mercy and blessings
In reference to the Royal Court telegram No. 112, dated on 04/19/1433 H [March 3, 2012], referring to those held in the Kingdom jails accused with crimes to whichIslamic Sharia law of execution by swordÂ [decapitation] applies, we inform you that we are in dialogue with the accused criminals who have been convicted with smuggling drugs, murder, rape, from the following nationalities: 110 Yemenis, 21 Palestinians, 212 Saudis, 96 Sudanese, 254 Syrians, 82 Jordanians, 68 Somalis, 32 Afghanis, 94 Egyptians, 203 Pakistanis, 23 Iraqis, and 44 Kuwaitis.
We have reached an agreement with them that they will be granted pardon from the death sentence in return for a monthly salary for their families that are going to be held in Saudi Arabia, versus rehabilitation andÂ training for the sake of sending to the Jihad in Syria.
Please accept my greetings.
Director of follow up in Ministry of Interior
Abdullah bin Ali al-Rmezan
Authority of enforcement of the common good and prevention of forbidden
Copy for general intelligence