"Kenya is now officially a war zone and as such any tourists visiting the country do so at their own peril…"

In Kenya, Muslim Attackers Took Care To Kill Only Non-Muslims

The gunmen went door to door in the Kenyan costal town, demanding to know if the men inside were Muslim and if they spoke Somali. If the extremists soldiers of allah did not like the answers, they opened fire, witnesses said on Monday.

Kenya attack: al-Shabaab warns tourists to stay away from Kenya as it claims responsibility for deaths

Al-Shabaab, Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked terror group, has claimed responsibility for an attack by dozens ofextremists on a Kenyan coastal town on Sunday night in which 49 people were killed.

The Islamist group also told tourists and foreigners to stay away from Kenya.

“To the tourists visiting Kenya we say this: Kenya is now officially a war zone and as such any tourists visiting the country do so at their own peril,” the group said. “Foreigners with any regard for their safety and security should stay away from Kenya or suffer the bitter consequences of their folly. You have been forewarned!”

The claim came after witnesses reported gunmen killing anyone who wasn’t Muslim and those who didn’t know the Somali language in the attack on Mpeketoni. (Read more by Esmerelda Weatherwax)

Kenya: Madrassa students and teacher arrested on way to join jihad terror group

Now wait a minute. Madrassa students spend the bulk of their time studying and memorizing the Qur’an. So according to the conventional wisdom, they’re the last people who would be interested in joining a jihad terror group, because they know well that Islam is a Religion of Peace that eschews violence. So how did they, [JW]Continue Reading »

Now That Kenya Is Under Muslim Assault, Has Obama Bethought Himself?

by Hugh Fitzgerald

I ran across a reply I wrote six years ago to an article that took seriously (or pretended to) the connection Raila Odinga, a Kenyan Muslim, claimed to have with Obama. I thought I’d re-post that reply, and put in bold the remark made then about an independent Kurdistan:

I don’t think this is either a convincing or a clever line of attack [that article claiming a connection between Obama and Raila Odinga]

It is, rather, the kind of criticism that is likely to be mocked and thus, in the end, to undercut the perfectly legitimate many worries about Barack Obama in his view of the Middle East and in his view of Islam, including his being opposed to the war in Iraq for all the wrong, and none of the right, reasons, and his dreamy belief that Afghanistan is the “central front” in the war when if one understood things better one would recognize that there is no “central front” in the war of self-defense against the Jihad being conducted — it is merely the sum of all the local Jihads, conducted both against Infidel nation-states, and against regimes in Muslim countries deemed insufficiently Muslim, and against non-Muslims in both Dar al-Islam (to push them back into submission, as with the Copts in Egypt, or to push them out altogether, as with Hindus and Christians in Pakistan).

There are so many things about Barack Obama and those upon whom he has relied for information in the past (Rashid Khalidi), and at least some of whom he relies on in the present, that this kind of thing gives the appearance of right-wing craziness, always to be avoided. He has shown no great understanding – none at all in fact — of Islam. Most of his new, more “acceptable” because mainstream advisers, such as some taken over from Clinton, including the egregious Albright and Dennis Ross, are limited, and wedded to the formulas and understandings and nostrums of the past, the past that was devoid of an understanding of the meaning, and menace, of Islam, and of the various instruments, and manifestations of the Jihad, from the killings of non-Muslims in Thailand and the Philippines, to the persecution even within already Muslim-ruled lands of Christians, Hindus, and others (see Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Sudan).

And that is not the only problem. As discussed here, Obama’s view of Islam is based on childhood memories, and seen through the prism of that childhood, attending a school that contained Muslim children from the most tolerant Muslim families (else they would not have sent their children to school with Christians) and in Indonesia forty years ago, at a time when the largely secular nationalists (Sukarno, Suharto) of the early post-war period were still in control (they are no longer, and many in Indonesia appear to be reverting to the full-bodied Islam), he has acquired a skewed view (as skewed as the view acquired by Paul Wolfowitz when he was the naive American ambassador to Indonesia). Furthermore, Obama’s Search For His Roots — meaning his absentee father — intorduced him to Islam in Kenya, again mild-mannered(given the Christian majority, it has to be) and, forty or fifty years ago, before the Saudi and other Arab money transformed so many mosques even in black Africa, such an “Islamic identity” in Kenya might have meant something milder.

This is a problem. Unlike the defectors from Islam — Wafa Sultan, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Ibn Warraq — who have experienced the real and undiluted thing, Obama has not. Yet he thinks, and others presume that he knows, something about it.

Obama may harbor the illusion — he certainly gives that impression – that the mixture as before will do. He thinks we need to “explain” ourselves better. We don’t. We need to understand the meaning of Islam better, and work to identify the various means used to further Jihad — Jihad being the “struggle” to remove all obstacles to the spread, and then the dominance, of Islam, everywhere. We need to exploit pre-existing fissures — sectarian, ethnic, economic — within the Camp of Islam. We need to to identify, and then undo, the main weapons of Jihad in the West — the Money Weapon, campaigns of Da’wa, demographic conquest. We need to find a clever way to discuss this.

But Obama, like McCain, is still in this area one of Yesterday’s Men. And unlike McCain, there are few signs that he senses the threat (McCain’s problem is that he continues to misunderstand the nature of that threat from Islam, so believes that a “victory” in Iraq — that is a stable, unified Iraq — is better for us, for some reason, than an unstable source of permanent Sunni-Shi’a friction, and were an independent Kurdistan to come into existence, that would constitute a conceivable cynosure, for non-Arab Muslim eyes, of non-Arab Muslims throwing off the Arab yoke (and thus would emphatically underline the Arab supremacism that accompanies, is a natural part of, Islam).

Obama has surrouned himself with the old guard, the weary yet constantly hopeful and misguided peace-processers of the “Arab-Israeli dispute” (in reality, a Jihad against Israel that has no end, and to which there is no solution save that of deterrence, or of forcing the Arab side to invoke Darura, Necessity, the necessity of recognizing Israel’s permanent military superiority or at least its ability to inflict such counter-damage as should end, or dampen widespread Arab enthusiasm, so costly to the Arabs themselves, for attempts to undo the Infidel nation-state of Israel). Just look at the names: Dennis Ross, whose entire professional life has been spent ignoring Islam, ignoring the real nature of the war being made on Israel. He can’t admit to that, can’t admit he has missed the main point, and so he continues as before. His amour-proper is at stake, his reason for being is at risk. And it is no different with Madeleine Albright or other Clinton inheritances. They all have failed to make Islam the center of their study, sturdily refusing to consult the texts, the tenets, the history of Islam, wilfully unable to connect the dots between what happens when Christian children are decapitated in Indonesia, Buddhist teachers and monks killed in southern Thailand, 2 million Christians killed in southern Sudan, Copts persecuted in Egypt, Maronites on the run in Lebanon, Assyrians and Chaldeans, their Ba’athist — therefore “secular” — protector Saddam Hussein gone, either being killed, or threatened into fleeing Iraq, and then of course there are the bombs in London and Madrid, the killings and threats in Amsterdam, the hundreds and hundreds of plots uncovered, one after the other, all across Europe, and the ceaseless demands everywhere in the Infidel world by, at this point already very aggressive Muslim groups and spokesmen, engaged in a simulataneous well-financed propaganda effort to convince some (George Bush is a believer) that Islam is a “religion of peace” or, at the very least, is no different from, is just like, “all other religions,” and at the same time, a deadly strategy to everywhere remove obstacles to the spread and dominance of Islam, little by little by little, to force Infidels to accommodate Islam at every step and what’s more, to become acclimated to this sudden new irruption of Islam into their lives, and to make them feel that there is something disreputable, something not quite right, even about inquiring into the nature of Islam, into the figure of Muhammad, so that the habit of mental subission that Islam encourages in its own Believers, is in turn being encouraged in Unbelievers, by Muslims determined at all costs to defend from free inquiry, and thus from possible critical analysis, Islam.

That is what counts. That is what is so worrisome about Obama. His naivete, combined with the conviction that he “knows” about Islam because of his experiences in Indonesia between the ages of 6 and 10, or because he “knows” about his father, a nominal Muslim, in Kenya, or because he “knows” — how could such a person not know? –that Everyone Wants The Same Thing, All Religions Are Exactly Alike, and The Whole World Is Kin. These are Articles of Faith. They are remarkably like the Articles of Faith of Karen Hughes and George Bush. The main difference is that Bush and Hughes are also defenders of economic privilege. And Obama is a defender of other kinds, more specific kinds, of privilege, including that enshrined in the immoral policy of affirmative action.

But let’s not start railing about Raila Odinga, because he claims to have “a close personal relationship” with Obama. All kinds of people can claim all kinds of things.

There is plenty to worry about. False worries merely prevent the real worries from being seen clearly, or make it harder for them to get a hearing.