They are the same!

 

Trigger warning! This might offend some of my Progressive readers.

Another week and we have more beheadings, in Tunisia of a French mountaineer and of course right here in Oklahoma (a workplace violence incident, a la Major Nidal a few years back). We have also begun bombing ISIS/ISIL/IS in Syria with the assistance of the air forces of some Arab countries and apparently the French. None of this has anything to do with Islam but with ISIS and a new group the Khorassan an al-Qaeda group based in Syria. To demonstrate this we even let President Assad know of the bombing raids to ask permission (this has enraged our Moderate Allies in Syria, who are battling Assad as well as ISIS and who we are asking to be the boots on the ground to get rid of ISIS and Assad who these Moderates rebelled against, starting the whole chain of events). If you are confused don’t worry, the Administration is too but it will all work out because of, crickets… oh yeah, we are now in the 21st Century and that is how we do things now.

In the meantime, our Top Minds from the President on down we are marshalling forces against the real enemy, Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) and CO2. Our State Department, our Defense Department and now by Executive Order our entire Federal behemoth will mobilize to finds ways to combat this greatest of enemy. Much like we did during WW2, we will now take AGW into account in all its decisions. That the Earth has not warmed in 18 years despite our continued emission of CO2 in increasing amounts and that Climate scientist have proposed at least 52 excuses explanations for that fact a meeting of all the Heads of State was convened at the UN Headquarters in NY to discuss the non problem.

Islam is a Belief of Blood

This is a repost from the blog The conservative citizen, as a mental exercise after you read it replace the names of the places with Harlem, Chicago, New Orleans, Memphis, St. Louis and the names of the people with Sharpton, Jackson, Holder, Obama, etc.

Then read it again.

BY DAVE THE SAGE on SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 • ( 1 )

– by Amil Imani –

From Peshawar Pakistan to Nairobi Kenya, from Damascus Syria to Benghazi Libya, Muslims are on a killing rampage. The civilized world is shocked and distressed. Some mutation seems to take place in the humanness of the person the minute he announces his subservience to Islam by reciting the Shahada: “I bear witness that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger.” The individual becomes intolerant, violent and the shedding of blood becomes central to his life.

The Greek had their gods, so did the idolater Arabs before Muhammad appeared on the scene. Muhammad chose a minor idol as god and the only god and elected the name of Allah for him. According to Muhammad, Allah is not only the god; he is the all-everything god, embodying all imaginable attributes that were previously monopolies of different gods of the polytheists.

What in fact stands out as Allah’s dominating attribute, is his intolerant and violent nature. He is nothing like the all-merciful the Quran claims. But he certainly is the most wrathful. Since commissioning Muhammad as his emissary and giving him the manual of mayhem called the Quran, the world has never seen a day of peace. Apparently that’s just the way Allah likes it.

In Search of Meaning, why do they do it?

When Polish Jew, Henri Tajfel, left Poland to study Chemistry in Sorbonne, France he did not know that when he returned that none of his immediate family and few of his friends would be alive. The Second World War would find in France, where he volunteered in the French Army and later would become a prisoner of war a year later.

He would face a dilemma, announce to his captors deny he was a Polish Jew or claim to be a French citizen. In the end he admitted to being Jewish but claimed French citizenship. This act probably saved his life as he survived the war in a series of POW camps. This experience also embarked him on a quest to find out the reasons for prejudice and intergroup relations.

After the war he worked with a Jewish organization helping to resettle Jewish orphans and the UN’s refugee Organization, but it was his work in social psychology that is the most influential to this day. After moving to the UK to study psychology and graduating his research examining different areas of social psychology, social judgment, nationalism and prejudice that I want to talk about.

Moderate Muslims, How do we define that?

Kabul University 1970s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before the 9-11 attacks by al-Qaeda on the US, there have been many who have postulated that a modern Caliphate lead by groups like the Islamic Brotherhood would be that answer to the problems in the Middle East. The thinking that this would unite the Muslim Arabs into a Confederation that would bring stability and prosperity under Islam to the region. This is a change from the Pan-Arabism movement in the early part of the 20th Century, a Socialist minded movement that reached its peak once the Egyptians under President Gamal Abdel Nasser adopted it as official policy. Pan-Arabism as the movement was called had socialist roots, supported by the Soviet Union and some European Socialist countries was a failed attempt to re-establish a Caliphate though this early modern version was leftist ideologies not as the earlier versions which were based on theological basis.

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Kabul University 2012

The movement was gaining adherents but the defeat against Israel in 1967, started its demise. Though the leaders of the movement were ideologically Socialists, Israel was used to whip up sympathies among the less ideologically inclined. One thing the Pan-Arabism movement and the newer Islamic based movements is that they both agree, we, the West is the enemy. Western society is incomparable with their Eastern and religious tendencies. It is ironic that the only truly Western country in the Middle East is Israel, though the Leftist leaning academia and Media are always attacking. It is these same intellectuals that are influencing official policy and don’t pass an opportunity to inform us that Islam is the Religion of Peace, that most Muslims are Moderate and if that fails they try to convince anyone who would listen that the extremist are not really Muslims but just fanatics.

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An example of a caning session in moderate Indonesia.

As we gear to once again intervene in the region, it is important to understand that there is an underlying issue that try as many are is the problem. This is a struggle not only of which religion will dominate, not just the area but the World, it is a struggle of two competing philosophies: East vs. West.  The theological conflict started long ago with the creation of Islam, when the Arabic tribes banded together under the Islamic flag and invaded Christian, Jewish and Persian lands. They swept West across North Africa and into Spain only to be stopped in Southern France they also invaded West past the Levant into Anatolia, into the Balkans until they were stopped at the gates of Vienna.

Some pro-Islamists like to call Westerners, Crusaders an allegory to failed attempts by European countries to regain their Holy Lands or at least access to them. Forgetting their own excursions into other territories and their own atrocities. Like the enslaving and trade of Western women and men. The very word slave though its origins date to Roman times was used to describe those from those countries that were enslaved by Roman and later Muslims raiders. Much like they did centuries later in Africa ages before any European.

The ideological conflict is more recent, a result of the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of Socialist thought throughout Europe and the rest of the World. The weaknesses of the Ottoman Empire were already evident, even before then. Fundamentalist in Ottoman Empire had already made their presence felt. Late in the 18th century, a Wahhabi rebellion had to put down, when the House of Saud, whose descendants would later establish and rule Saudi Arabia, joined with the radical cleric Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, and rebelled against Ottoman rule. Among its main complaints; that the Ottoman Turks were too westernized and it version of Islam was impure, full of idolatry and Western influence.

The origins of Fundamentalist Islam are old, they can be traced to the teachings of Sheikh Ibn Taymiyyah who died in 1328, and who wanted to return to earlier interpretations of the Qur’an and the Sunnah and who viewed any adaptations after the first 300 years of Islam as unnecessary and a deviation from true Islamic teachings. Modern fundamentalist movements, Wahhabism, Salafism, and Jihadism all borrow heavily from his teachings. One of his teachings was the opposition to giving undue religious honors to Mosques or other religious antiquities, other than the holiest one in Mecca and Medina, which is the justifications that the Taliban borrows to destroy the Buddhist sculptures in Afghanistan, the destruction of Tomb of Jonah in Iraq by ISIS or its promise to destroy Karbala, the Shi’as holiest shrine.

As the West became more influential and powerful, we also have become more secular. This is hampering our understanding of Islam as we look at it and compare it to Christianity. Most Leftists can tell you the evils of Christianity, the danger of allowing Christian thought in schools, Christian thought of abortion, birth control, etc. Too many see Christians and by extension any who ascribe to a religion as innocent, ignorant or just plain deluded for believing in superstitions.

Palestinian Woman Stoned for adultery

Still others who believe in Christianity or other religion including Islam are unwilling to accept all the tenets of the religion. They view religion as something that can be adapted to the changing society, adopting or dropping those tenets that conflict with their views. They will willingly blind themselves of that which they may find objectionable or use false equivalents to justify their lack of acceptance.

True enough most Muslims are not looking to subdue the West and to convert all infidels to their religion. They prefer to live their lives quietly and worship their religion the same way that most others do. They do not seek or act with the same barbarity and view many things that are committed by Fundamentalist with horror and despair. I know quite a few that feel that their religion needs to embrace its most peaceful messages. Many wish and pray that the Fundamentalists would just go away.

 

Full disclosure, my best man at my wedding 23 years ago was from Bangladesh and Muslims and is still my best friend and my younger sister converted to Islam about a decade ago, her husband is also Muslim. I do not have hate towards Muslims but I do have reservations about the overall ignorance about their religion by so many people. The ignorance about the fact that while many oppose slavery, female circumcision, polygamy, honor killings, stoning, caning, suicide bombing, beheadings, etc. they are allowed and even encouraged by proponents of their religion.

 

Islam and the Decadent West

Many Muslims view the West as vulgar, decadent, lacking morals, worshipping false idols and in need of salvation. This is a view that many others also share, and I am not talking about religious adherents but even atheist. They also believe that Islam is the way to salvation and it is their duty as Muslims to ensure that will happen. Are they the silent majority of Muslims, the Moderate ones who are just waiting until Western society just falls apart so that they may pick up the pieces and establish order under Sharia Law?

Perhaps, but their acceptance of things which are viewed so barbarically in the West, will mean that whether a majority or not their acceptance even if it is by silence will put them in conflict with us. Is not that they are wrong in some respects about the West, it is not that despite what many would like to believe our involvement in the ME is causing the rise of ISIS or other fundamentalists groups. The issue is whether we as a society are willing to accept that which Muslims accept and will adapted ourselves or whether we will defend our Western philosophy or freedom and those liberties which believe in and live by, even if we have forgotten what those are. Or are willing to give up on those principles and devalue life.

Are there Moderate Muslims? I guess it depends on what the definition of a Muslim, is.

 

 

 

 

 

Mass Media as a Weapon

Whether Randolph Hearst actually said “You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war”, or it is just a made up story that help further increase his persona, there is no question that his newspaper’s coverage leading up to the Spanish-American War was influential as a weapon influencing our decisions leading to the conflict.

This was not the first use of media to build support for or influence governmental action but it is an example how Mass Media can be used to manipulate the populace into supporting such actions. Prior to Hearst’s concerted effort in support of the Cuban Revolution it was a little known conflict with few casualties, of mainly the wealthy educated Cubans trying to get rid of the Spanish Crown.

Today no one newspaper has that amount of influence by itself, but concerted efforts like the group of left-leaning journalist “Journolist“, played a great role in the 2008 Presidential Election of Barack Obama and its support of Obama’s policies meant that he would be re-elected as well. The suppression of the vetting process that all candidates go through was subverted, there are still many Americans who are surprised to hear about the racist views Rev. Wright or his dealing with former weatherman Akers.

Conversely, the media can also act as a blanket by omitting facts that they have determined are inconvenient. In the ‘Journolist’ case they both acted as cheerleaders and protection for President Obama. The Mass Media frequently omits the political affiliation of Democrats in cases of corruption and the races of perpetrators in crime cases. Lately, the Media are hiding the religious affiliation of perpetrators of acts of terrorism (Reuters has a policy of not using the word terrorist, at all), or as is the case of the Rotherham sexual assaults misnaming them altogether.

By using the term South Asians or just plain Asians as the perpetrators it tried to hide that those accused of the mass sexual abuse of some 1400 predominantly White young girls were Muslim men from Pakistan. This has enraged other South Asians that live in England, primarily those that originated from India and are not Muslims.

Can anyone think of a politician any party that was treated by the Media as Sarah Palin? From calls that she was a dumb whore to allegations that her young son Trig should have aborted or that he was her older daughter’s child the treatment that the Media gave the ex-Governor of Alaska was shameful. Some of the things for which she was pilloried were true, you can see Russia from parts of Alaska, and would invade Ukraine if we did not adjust our thinking about them and the opportunity arose.

Palin has not only weathered those attacks but has tried in her own way to strike back, as for her holding any office… that part of her political career well that is over, though I know there are many that still believe.

The Tea Party, is another group that has been under incessant attack by the Media. The members of the Tea Party have been called racist, homophobic, xenophobic, religious fanatics to a degree that it has become an accepted fact that if you support the Tea Party your are all those things.

On the opposite end the short-lived OWS movement was the Media’s darling. The glowing coverage of the movement meant that the Media would not report on the crimes that the movement’s followers were committing. I remember how fawning the Media was with the married mother of 2 who left her husband with the kids and went to New York to sleep in the park with the other occupiers. The daily rapes, mass consumption of drugs that the occupiers were engaging in barely got mentioned.

We have read and know the statistics about how Blacks are 13 percent of the nation’s population, they account for more than 50 percent of homicide victims. If the homicide rate of Blacks was that of White, 14.1 versus 1.9, the US would be one of the safest countries in the World. Minus the homicide rate only Japan and Canada have lower rates of violent crime. (Sources were the OECD Index, FBI Crime statistics).

Due to the recent shooting of Michael Brown much have been made by the Media about police discrimination and particularly police shooting of Blacks by police. The USA Today reported that the police were involved in 400 killings per year only 92 were Police shootings of Blacks. There is no break-down as to the circumstances that led to shootings or other information available. The article does point out that only 750 Law Enforcement agencies contribute the statistics to the FBI which compiles the reports, but it does not mention that while there 17000 different LE agencies nationwide the 750 that do report their statistics are the largest and cover 95% of the population. Small or rural agencies do not report to the FBI but most of them crime is rare, murder, rape or other violent crimes are usually handled by their neighboring larger agencies.

Another problem with the article and other like it is the lack of context, if out 400 yearly LE shootings only 92 are involving Blacks that squares with the crime statistics as Blacks are 13% of the population but commit 38.6% of the crimes according to the FBI. If anything this shows that LE is less likely to shoot at Blacks than Whites by a 38% crimes committed only 23% of those shoot by LE. Regardless the Media will reported as another attack on the besieged Black community, instead of acknowledging the problems and as Walter Williams says: “Blacks must confront reality”.

 

Th090214_2313_MassMediaas3.jpgere is another area where the Media has disproportionate and mostly negative influence, that is the ME and specifically Israel. As Matti Friedman, a former AP correspondent calls it; “the Most Important Story on Earth“. It is an essay on how the Media obsession with Israel, Hamas and the whole issue of the Palestinian question transforms and infects with its bias the discussions in the area. In essence the Media is the biggest obstacle to a mutual settlement between Israel and Palestine.

The Mass Media wields tremendous power, though it is being diluted by Social Media which offers an alternative to the monopoly it once had, when it only competed with niche publications that appealed strictly to a few people. The Media has an important role is a free society, and I would never advocate its censorship. Mass Media has been weaponized by the Left, which controls most of the traditional Media. When Media abandons its principal role of watchdog and assumes the role of activist the effect on society can be and has been historically detrimental and this failing can lead to disastrous consequences.

President Obama recently complained that Social Media was responsible for the perception that the World was in chaos, which is ironic as his whole ascent to the Presidency was aided by Social Media and Mass Media’s love for him. I don’t know which is scarier that the President would say it or that he really believes it. For 6 years the Media was a weapon against those that opposed the President, now that some of that Media are noticing how incompetent he really has been, he is complaining that they are not doing enough to shield him!090214_2313_MassMediaas4.jpg

Obama was a media construction, now it has become media nightmare, as it has exposed something that they have denied for years that they have a Left-Leaning tilt and have for decades. As a once Democrat supporting Hearst might have said; “You furnish the stories, I get you the Presidency”, but can he govern?