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Islam does as Islam is, March 23, 2013

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

This post was originally posted on August 5, 2011 under the title A primer on Islam on the eve of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. I am re-posting it now because I am going away for three months or so and wanted to leave readers something important to think about as I won’t have regular access to a computer during that time and won’t be able to write and post new material at anywhere near the same rate I have in the past, if I can write and post at all.

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Islam does as Islam is, previously posted as A primer on Islam on the eve of the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Islam’s practice and growth affects us all, whether we subscribe to the religion or not. Islam is becoming more and more prevalent in our society and we are constantly being asked to accommodate it at the expense of our values, principles, institutions and way of life. Many far-sighted, well-informed people think our culture is doomed and our country will be turned into an Islamic state if it is left unchecked.

That having been said, the vast majority of us know nothing about Islam and as such cannot make informed decisions about it or fully appreciate the threat it poses, even in the face of unspeakable events like the 9/11 attacks which were carried out in its name. This primer will hopefully fill the gap in our knowledge and understanding. At the very least the information herein should make us less susceptible to being manipulated into thinking Islam is tolerant, peaceful and benign and not the unforgiving, destructive and evil phenomenon it really is.

One brief caveat before we begin. This primer is about Islam It is not about Muslims. Muslims are individuals and should be dealt with solely on their merits, the same way we deal with everyone else. No Muslim should be maligned, stereotyped, rejected or harmed because of anything contained in this primer.

Islam means “submission to the will of God”, or Allah as he is referred to by believers. The Koran is Islam’s holy book and is considered to be the literal word of God (Allah) as revealed to the Prophet Muhammad 1,400 odd years ago. Since Allah is seen as perfect his words are seen as perfect too and cannot be questioned or challenged because doing so would be viewed as questioning or challenging Allah himself. Besides, Allah and his words are perfection personified and perfection cannot be improved upon. Indeed, not one of the Koran’s 114 suras (chapters) has been changed over the centuries. Islam requires believers to unconditionally accept and obey Allah’s words as given in the Koran, even if that brings them into contact with the wider society they live in. There are terrible consequences for those who don’t.

Islam teaches that it is the one true religion and that all other religions and belief systems are false and not accepted by Allah. Believers are seen as inherently superior to unbelievers. There is no respect or tolerance for people of other faiths or beliefs in Islam, who are thought of as contemptible, unworthy, enemies of Allah and less than human. Islam teaches that it is the sacred duty of believers to convert, subjugate or kill all unbelievers in order to purify the earth, which belongs to Allah alone. It justifies any act which leads to their conversion, subjugation or death. There is no mention of Allah’s love or regard for unbelievers in the Koran. Allah’s hatred for them and cruelty towards them are mentioned over 500 times however.

Islam’s purpose is to have everyone on earth live under Islamic rule and Islamic law, Sharia. The fact that this means destroying all non-Islamic societies and shedding vast amounts of blood is irrelevant. The command comes straight from Allah through Muhammad to the Koran and is non-negotiable, like everything else in the book. All other forms of government are seen as a sin and an insult to Allah and striving to institute Sharia worldwide is an Islamic imperative. Jihad is the individual and communal effort to expand the territory ruled by believers, to spread the rule of Islam and Islamic law throughout the world by whatever means are necessary. Believers have conducted jihad against unbelievers from Islam’s beginning to the present time. Indeed, every single day that goes by is full of examples of believers conducting jihad against unbelievers and carrying out horrific acts in the name of Islam, up to and including mutilation, torture, homicide and mass murder.

Islam permits lying by believers to unbelievers and is in fact the only major religion with a well-developed canon sanctioning this. Lying to unbelievers takes one of two forms in Islam, taqiya or kitman. Taqiya is lying or deceiving by saying something which isn’t true and kitman is lying and deceiving by omission, by telling only part of the truth and withholding the rest. Both come from Allah and the Koran and may be used in a wide variety of circumstances, one of them being to gain the trust of unbelievers to make them weaker and more vulnerable prior to defeating them, another being to comply with any of Islam’s myriad imperatives. Taqiya and kitman have been used extensively throughout Islam’s history to deceive unbelievers and to gloss over Islam’s true nature and intentions and spread the rule of Islam and Islamic law. Our time is no exception. Believers are constantly lying to unbelievers to bring them under Islam’s yoke.

Islam and violence cannot be separated. They are virtually one and the same and always have been. Violence is at the heart of the religion and violent men and acts are revered and venerated. There are at least 109 verses in the Koran espousing violence and it is required of all believers, especially against unbelievers. Since the verses are immutable and unchangeable because they are thought of as the literal word of Allah they are just as relevant, obligatory and in force today as they were when they were received. Violence and jihad are completely ingrained in Islam and the narrative and history of the religion from the beginning right up to the present time leave no doubt about this whatsoever. Violence is also commonly directed inward as well as outward and believers and their spouses, children, relatives and associates have always been brutally victimized too. Violence is simply part and parcel of Islam and Islamic law and the religion cannot be practiced without it because it is required by Allah.

Christians and Jews are held in particularly low regard in Islam. They are especially reviled because they are seen as fellow peoples of the book who refuse to accept the supremacy of Allah, Muhammad and the Koran. Peoples of the book refers to followers of a monotheistic religion with a revealed scripture e.g. primarily Christians and Jews in the Islamic context. Historically, they were allowed to live in Islamic lands but only as second class citizens and only to reinforce Islam’s supremacy. They had to pay a poll tax called the Jizya to affirm their inferior status and indigenous Christians and Jews had to pay a land tax called the Kharadj as well. They were also discriminated against in many other legal ways, all of which were designed to punish, humiliate and degrade them and keep them in their place. Even in the best of times their existence was extremely precarious and they could be forced to convert or killed for real or imagined transgressions on a moment’s notice. Hatred, revulsion and discrimination towards Christians and Jews has always been an intrinsic part of Islam and remains so to the present day. Christians and Jews continue to be vilified, discriminated against and victimized by Islam, often violently. Attacks of all sorts are very common throughout the world. This is the will of Allah as expressed to Muhammad and is entrenched in the Koran.

Misogyny and maltreatment of women are fundamental precepts and defining characteristics of Islam. Under Islam women are treated as chattels, marginalized, dehumanized, objectified, mistreated, beaten, raped, disfigured, persecuted, dominated and killed as a matter of course. This is all perfectly legitimate and is sanctified by Allah’s revelations, the Koran, Muhammad’s behavior and Islamic law. It is endemic in Islamic societies now and has been since Islam first came into existence. Women have no real rights under Islam at all, including the most basic ones of all, the right to life and the right to personal safety and security. Among other things, Islam teaches that a woman is worth less than a man, women are required to cover themselves, women are not allowed to be alone with a man who is not a relative, husbands are allowed to beat their wives, the testimony of a woman in court is worth half of a man’s, women cannot travel by themselves, adulterers are to be put to death, a woman must have four male witnesses to prove rape and her testimony is not accepted and on and on in the same vein. In Islam women are under the charge of men and completely subservient to them, be they husbands, fathers, sons, relatives or others.

Islam commands that those who insult Allah, Muhammad or Islam itself should be killed. So should those who desecrate the Koran or commit other acts of blasphemy. Mocking, satirizing, questioning or criticizing are all considered acts of blasphemy. Blasphemy applies to both believers and unbelievers. Blasphemy provisions in Islamic law are very broad and are used to stifle dissent and criticism and to incite retribution and violence against those who dare to ask questions, voice concerns, depart from the party line or detract from Allah, Muhammad, the Koran or Islam itself in any way, shape or form. The draconian blasphemy provisions in Islamic law make discussion and examination impossible because even the mildest comment or expression can be taken as insulting or blasphemous and result in the blasphemer’s death. They are a real threat to freedom of speech and freedom of expression because they intimidate critics, dissenters and other interested people into silence…they are all-encompassing and anyone who violates them or is accused of violating them could easily find themselves in very serious trouble.

Islam defines apostasy as unbelief which follows belief. An apostate is a believer who rejects Islam and leaves it for another religion, or no religion at all. Apostates not only reject Islam but by definition they reject Allah, Muhammad and the Koran as well. Islam takes apostasy very seriously and apostates are put to death under Islamic law. Believers are not free to leave Islam. Once a person becomes a believer they are forced to remain one for the rest of their lives or be killed. Islam is the only religion in the world which compels its adherents to remain in the fold upon pain of death. The death sentence is in effect regardless of whether the apostasy took place in an Islamic state or not. Muhammad himself killed many apostates and whoever kills one today is simply following his lead and obeying Islamic law.

Islam permits believers to steal from unbelievers but not from other believers. Unbelievers do not have a right to property and whatever property they do have may be taken from them by believers as they wish. Theft from unbelievers is permitted for three reasons. First, Allah promised believers that they would profit in the jihad against unbelievers, second, Allah promised believers believers that he would always sustain them and theft from unbelievers is a legitimate way of doing that and third, unbeliever’s property is not considered theirs because their lack of belief and resultant diminished status does not give them the right to own it in the first place. When believers steal from unbelievers it is viewed as returning property to a superior being and not as theft at all. In ancient times Muhammad frequently stole from unbelievers and believers have been following his example ever since. In modern times believers living on the dole is seen as stealing from unbelievers and part of the jihad against them. Conversely, the Koran states unequivocally that a believer who steals from another believer shall have his or hers hands cut off. Believers who balk at this are subject to punishment in turn because it is construed as rejecting their religion.

Believers consider lands which were once possessed by Islam to be Islamic forever, even if they were lost and regardless of how much time has gone by since the loss occurred. Whether the current occupants were on the land prior to Islam also doesn’t matter. Once an Islamic land always an Islamic land is the belief, no matter how long ago its status changed. Islam views lands which were once Islamic as holy and makes it imperative that they be re-conquered and restored to Islam’s rightful rule. That is Allah’s will and it must be followed. This is but one reason the conflict in the Middle East between Israel and her Islamic neighbors is so intractable. Israel sits on land which was once Islamic and Islam mandates its return to the fold even though Jews were there long before Islam appeared. This guarantees a perpetual state of war in the region. For that matter, Spain and much of Europe, among other places, also sit on land that was once Islamic. In fact, anyplace a mosque existed, or exists, is considered by believers to be forever Islamic.

Islam’s apologists point to a few early verses in the Koran as proof that Islam is a religion of peace, tolerance, compassion and love. This is false however (taqiya anyone?) because those few early verses are abrogated by later verses and are cancelled and rendered invalid as a result. Only abrogating verses carry the weight of Islamic law and compulsion. Abrogated verses in the Koran are called mansukh and abrogating verses are called nasikh. Nasikh were all revealed after mansukf and cancel and render invalid mansukh in every case. Apologists like to use Sura 2.256 (“let there be no compulsion in religion; truth stands out clear from error”) to deceive unbelievers about the true nature of Islam. That was an early verse and was abrogated by Sura 9.5, a later verse commonly known as the verse of the sword, which reads “Slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them, and confine them, and lie in wait for them at every place of ambush”. Every passage in the Koran with any sort of a positive message for unbelievers is abrogated by a later verse, every one, which means that there is nothing in the Koran that is positive for unbelievers, nothing at all. The few verses that speak of peace, tolerance, compassion and love are all replaced and supplanted by abrogating verses which command violence, war, intolerance, revulsion, disdain and hate, commands which come straight from Allah according to Islam.

That’s Islam in brief. So how does it manifest itself in today’s world? The answer is violently, viciously and totally uncompromisingly, the same way it has since its birth. Every day all over the world believers are murdering, maiming, torturing, beating, raping and otherwise horribly treating men, women and children of all ages in its name. Every day all over the world Islam is trying to force unbelievers to submit to its imperatives, to make everyone live under Islamic law. Every day all over the world Islam is attacking freedom, democracy, secularism and pluralism. Every day all over the world Islam is trying to wipe out freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of religion and everything else that is requisite in free, non-Islamic societies. Every day all over the world Islam is committing terrorist acts, often including mass murder. Islam is a violent, destructive, intolerant, supremacist, expansionist religion and mindset and it proves the point wherever it is found, including wherever you happen to live. None of this is occurring, or has ever occurred for that matter, because anyone misinterprets or misunderstands it either. That is what Islam is and always has been, pure and simple.

There you have it-A primer on Islam on the eve of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Draw your own conclusions. Mine are that Islam is fundamentally incompatible with free, democratic, secular, pluralistic, modern societies, that no society can call itself civilized if it is governed in whole or in part by Islam, that the Western world and Western values, principles and institutions are under attack, that the Islamization of the Western world is well and truly underway, that Islamization must be stopped and reversed if the West is to survive, that the United States (my home country) and Israel are primary targets, that every Western country is seriously threatened, that it is incumbent upon freedom loving humanitarian people to fight and overcome the scourge that is Islam and that reality, history and Islam itself tell us exactly what will happen if they don’t.

Palestinians and their Arab brethren must stop hating Jews, Re: Palestinian Arabs to Obama: “We Don’t Want Anything Peaceful, Only Bullets and Missiles”, FrontPage Magazine, March 21, 2013

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

During his just completed two-day state visit to Israel President Obama spoke extensively with Israeli and Palestinian leaders about peace and expressed the view that peace between Israelis and Palestinians is possible.

He failed to mention the biggest, most basic, most fundamental impediment there is to peace between Israelis and Palestinians to anyone however.

That impediment is Arab hatred of Jews.

Palestinians and their Arab brethren have to stop hating Jews because that hatred is the root cause of the conflict between Israel and her neighbors and because the conflict will never end until the hatred is eliminated.

There cannot be peace until Palestinians and their Arab brethren recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state and stop trying to wipe her off the map, stop trying to destroy her and allow Israelis to live in safety and security free from constant threats, attacks and war. None of that can happen as long as the Jew hatred exists, which is why it must be eliminated before there can be peace. Palestinians and their Arab brethren have to change their behavior towards Israel before there can be peace and in order to do that they have to get rid of the Jew hatred first.

That is the message Obama should have given the Palestinians and their Arab brethren, in no uncertain terms. If they really want peace they have to stop hating Jews and change their behavior towards them, towards Israel. There is no possibility of peace unless that happens and that is the message Obama should have imparted.

By failing to do so Obama failed to advance the cause of peace, which means that his trip was a failure, at least as far as peace is concerned, cosmetics, glad-handing, photo-ops and rhetoric notwithstanding.

Too bad he didn’t impart that message.

Too bad he doesn’t recognize and understand that hatred of Jews by Palestinians and their Arab brethren is the biggest, most basic, most fundamental impediment there is to peace between Israelis and Palestinians

Too bad he isn’t knowledgeable enough to know that the Jew hatred is blind, visceral, rooted in Islam, goes back 1,400 years to Islam’s birth and has nothing to do with Israel or anything she does or doesn’t do as such.

Too bad he doesn’t recognize and understand that Palestinians and their Arab brethren hate America and Americans almost as much as they hate Israel and Israelis.

Too bad he doesn’t recognize and understand that Israel is the proverbial canary in the coal mine and that as Israel goes the United States goes too.

Too bad, too bad.

President Obama and Islam top the list, Re: What are the major threats facing the US?, Al Jazeera English, March 14, 2013

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Al Jazeera English wants to know what the major threats facing the United States are.

The two at the top of the list are President Obama and Islam.

There are many others of course but President Obama and Islam top them all.

To be specific.

The financial, social and military decline of the United States under President Obama…the United States going from the world’s only superpower and a beacon of freedom, democracy, enlightenment and hope (A City Upon a Hill as the saying goes) to a bankrupt, sick, weak, hobbled country that is a shadow of its former self…a country that is unable and unwilling to stand up for its own interests, ideals and way of life…a country that no one can depend on and one that is rapidly losing the ability to defend and protect itself or anyone else…a country whose people are cowed and submissive instead of vigorous and free…a country where political correctness runs amuck and freedom of speech and freedom of expression are becoming a thing of the past…a shallow country where stupidity, ignorance and silliness dominate…a country whose people are under the thumb of all-knowing, all-seeing government.

The attempts by President Obama to eliminate the rule of law and the boundaries and restraints of the Presidency and turn himself into a quasi dictator beholden to nothing and no one except himself and his anti-democratic, anti-American, pro-Islamic ideology and mindset…to rule by executive fiat instead of govern…to continue to eviscerate America’s most cherished, fundamental values and institutions…to continue to fundamentally change the nature, character and essence of the country…to continue to assault America and everything it stands for and has ever stood for.

Islamists attempts to Islamize the United States and to replace American freedom, democracy, secularism, pluralism, civil liberties, values and institutions with Sharia, Islamic law…to conquer the U.S. and turn America into an Islamic country governed by Islamic law…to coerce or force everyone everywhere into living an Islamic life according to Islam’s precepts and imperatives…to bring Islam and its inbred violence, hatred, intolerance, misogyny, cruelty, brutality and atavism to everyone everywhere…to replace man-made law with religious law…to make Islam reign supreme in the land…to say goodbye to the twenty-first century and hello to the seventh, the century Islam was born in and in which it still resides.

There are of course many other major threats facing the United States, Iran’s single-minded pursuit of nuclear weapons, cyber warfare, cyber espionage, the rise of Islam throughout the world (especially the free, civilized world), the Russians, the Chinese, the North Koreans, Al-Qaeda, terrorists, terrorism and worldwide economic instability to name but a few, but they are all encapsulated in the top two and it is the top two which pose the most imminent, immediate threat to the survival of the United States as a free, democratic, secular, pluralistic country.

There you have it…President Obama and Islam…the major threats facing America and Americans on this 14th day of March, 2013.

Palestinians caught lying yet again, Re: UN Reports the Truth: Hamas Killed BBC Reporter’s Baby in Gaza, EuropeNews, March 12, 2013

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

The United Nations just released a report from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights which found that a BBC reporter’s baby who was killed in Gaza during Israel’s Pillar of Defense anti-terror operation last year was killed by Hamas and not by Israel.

The 11 month old baby boy was killed by a rocket fired by Hamas which struck his home. Hamas blamed Israel for firing the rocket which killed the baby and callously and shamelessly used the death to spread propaganda and lies about Israel and Israelis and vilify and demonize both in the eyes of the world even though it knew the rocket was its own.

The United Nations report proved conclusively that the rocket was fired by Hamas, which is what Israel said all along. The rocket was fired from a populated area in Gaza and fell short, landing on the baby’s building and killing it. The baby died because Hamas was using residents of the neighborhood as human shields, knowing that Israel would not retaliate by firing into populated areas.

Using human shields is something that Hamas is well-known for and so are its are its attempts to spread propaganda and lies about Israel and Israelis and vilify and demonize both in the eyes of the world by doctoring photographs, reports and accounts and manipulating reporters and news organizations for its own ends…truth be damned.

Given its well-documented track record of lying through its teeth and given that such lying is perfectly legitimate and permissible under Islam you really can’t believe anything Hamas says about anything because the odds are overwhelming that all its doing is lying to you. The just released United Nations report is merely the latest proof of the pudding.

The report also criticized Palestinians for indiscriminate attacks on Israel, for targeting Israeli civilians, for launching rockets from populated areas in Gaza and thereby placing the public in danger and for breaching humanitarian law by summarily executing alleged Israeli spies.

Using human shields, lying through its teeth, targeting civilians, summary executions, manipulating the world’s media…doesn’t say much for Hamas and its fellow Palestinians does it?

It does reveal them for the liars and savages they really are though.

Never forget, never whitewash, never excuse, never glorify – March 11, 2013

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Two years ago today an Israeli family of five named Fogel was murdered in cold blood by Palestinian terrorists as they slept…make that slaughtered, butchered, in cold blood by Palestinian terrorists as they slept.

I am re-posting the following post I wrote at the time in the Fogel’s memory and to implore the world not to forget them or whitewash, excuse or glorify those who killed them and those who exulted in their deaths.

The murders and the response were evil, savage, barbaric and inhuman.

Sad to say, similar murders could easily occur today and the response would be the same.

Palestinian baby killers butcher children yet again, Re: Hamas Praises Savage Attack on Jewish Settlers in Arabic, Denies Responsibility in English, Translating Jihad, March 13, 2011

Last Friday night five members of an Israeli family were murdered in their sleep, a father and mother in their mid 30’s and three children aged 11 years, four years and three months. The father and baby had their throats slit and the others were stabbed to death

Palestinians reacted to the murders by taking to the streets and celebrating and passing out candies and sweets. There were some tepid expressions of regret by the Palestinian leadership, in English not Arabic, but the overwhelming response of the Palestinian community, the Arab street if you will, was exhilaration and joy. Hamas even praised the attack and excused the murders because the victims were settlers.

There is no possible rationalization or justification for such heinous acts. They are barbaric, savage and inhuman and so are the people who commit them, the communities that enable them and the apologists that excuse them. Stabbing children to death in their sleep because they are Israelis, settlers…it doesn’t get any more barbarous than that. Slitting the throat of a three month old baby…the savagery and inhumanity is beyond words. Celebrating the commission of these acts…that’s inhuman and beyond words too.

Pure evil, that’s what all of this is, pure evil.

This brings the number of Israeli children killed since 2000 to 123. All of them were killed on purpose, not accidentally, every single one of them. Many of the killers have been glorified and are part of Palestinian folklore. Palestinian baby killers is an apt description, that’s for sure.

What a bunch of primitive, primeval, atavistic barbarians. They have no place among civilized human beings and their attitudes and behavior should be denounced and rejected in the strongest possible manner.

He should, but he won’t, Re: Obama should use Israel trip to promote real peace, Washington Times, March 10, 2013

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

President Obama will be visiting Israel soon and the eyes of the world will be on him as they are on all American Presidents when they travel internationally.

The trip is an ideal opportunity for him to promote real peace between Israelis and Palestinians but the chances of him doing so are virtually nil.

Never mind virtually, they are nil.

In order for Obama to promote real peace he would have to tell Palestinians the truth and he simply won’t do that.

That’s the real truth, the honest truth, the objective, unvarnished truth, not the manufactured truth Palestinians believe, which of course is nothing more than falsehoods and propaganda and not really true at all.

Will Obama come down squarely in support of Israel, will he roundly reject the false Palestinian narrative, will he condemn unacceptable Palestinian attitudes towards Jews and their manifestation in hatred and violence against Israel and Israelis, will he blame Palestinians for the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, will he tell Palestinians that the key to solving their problems is in their hands, that whatever problems they have are of their own making, will he put the onus on the Palestinians to change their attitudes and behavior towards Israel and Israelis as a necessary precursor to peace, will he tell Palestinians that the United States is fed up with being manipulated, used and taken advantage of (not to mention vilified,threatened and attacked) and that it is withdrawing material and financial aid until necessary changes are made, will he say that Israel is a fellow Western democracy and essential to the national security of the United States and that the U.S. cannot and will not side with her enemies?

Obama won’t say any of that, he won’t do any of that.

Pity.

There will never be real peace between Israelis and Palestinians until Palestinians accept the real, honest, objective, unvarnished truth and then change their attitudes and behavior accordingly.

Obama will voice pious platitudes catering to whatever audience he is speaking to but telling Palestinians the truth and backing up his words with actions is just not going to happen.

If the purpose of his trip is to encourage and enable peace between Israelis and Palestinians he might as well just stay in Washington because he won’t tell Palestinians the home truths they need to hear.

Why?

Because he doesn’t have the knowledge, sense, strength or sincerity to do so, that’s why.

Should Obama use his trip to Israel to promote real peace between Israelis and Palestinians?

Yes he should.

Will he?

No he won’t.

Both scenarios are damning, Re: State Dept. Defers Award to Samira Ibrahim, Washington Free Beacon, March 8, 2013

Friday, March 8th, 2013

U.S Secretary of State John Kerry and First Lady Michelle Obama were due to present Egyptian Samira Ibrahim with a 2013 International Woman of Courage Award in Washington today. Ibrahim was going to be given the award for rallying worldwide attention to the Egyptian military conducting “virginity tests” on female protesters in Egypt. It was decided to postpone granting her the award because anti-American, anti-Semitic, anti-Israeli, terror and terrorist supporting views she expressed on her twitter account became public and granting her the award would have been embarrassing now that Americans knew what she really thought.

Her views are very clear and very blunt and cannot be mistaken for anything else than what they are…anti-American, anti-Semitic, anti-Israeli and terror and terrorist supporting. Three examples of many will suffice to make the point.

Last July 18 after five Israeli tourists and a bus driver were murdered by a suicide bomber in Bulgaria she tweeted “An explosion on a bus carrying Israelis in Burqas airport in Bulgaria on the Black Sea. Today is a very sweet day with a lot of very sweet news.”

Last August 4 she described the ruling Al Saud family as “dirtier than the Jews” while commenting on demonstrations in Saudi Arabia at that time.

Last September she tweeted while a mob was attacking the United States embassy in Cairo and raising al-Qaeda’s flag after pulling down the American flag “Today is the anniversary of 9/11. May every year come with America burning.”

Why not cancel the award altogether and apologize for granting it to her to begin with?

Ibrahim has claimed that her twitter account was hacked and that she disavows and bears no responsibility for the views on the account. This is exceeding dubious because the tweets go back several months and were not removed until they became public and an issue after the award announcement was made. Ibrahim also has a blog which makes her views about the U.S. and Israel crystal clear.

The State Department has postponed granting her the award until an official investigation is conducted and a determination is made about whether or not her account was hacked. If the conclusion is that she was hacked she’ll get the award. If the conclusion is that she wasn’t hacked she won’t.

All things considered, it is virtually impossible to believe that she was hacked…that the views are not her own and that she didn’t express them.

In any event, the matter should have been cleared up before a decision was made to grant her the award in the first place.

Why wasn’t it?

There are only two possible scenarios and both are damning.

The first is that the vetting process is inadequate and that whoever investigated her did a lousy job. That is certainly possible.

The second is that she was vetted and her anti-American, anti-Semitic, anti-Israeli, terror and terrorist supporting views were acceptable and not enough to disqualify her.

Given the views and the track record of Obama and his administration I’d bet on the second.

Actions speak louder than words after all and the actions of Obama and his administration can rightfully be seen as anti-American, anti-Semitic, anti-Israeli and terror and terrorist supporting.

Methinks the lady doth protest too much as the saying goes.

Methinks Obama and his administration doth protest too much as well.

 

Don’t hold your breath, Re: End the Arab Boycott of Israel, International Herald Tribune/New York Times, March 6, 2013

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Peace in the Middle East between Arabs and Israelis is possible.

A Palestinian state is possible.

Neither are going to happen anytime soon however.

Why?

Because in order for there to be peace between Arabs and Israelis and in order for a Palestinian state to come into existence Palestinians and their fellow Arabs have to recognize Israel’s legitimate right to exist as a Jewish state, accept her existence, quit committing atrocities against her and her citizens, quit demonizing and vilifying her and her citizens, quit trying to wipe her off the map and guarantee the safety and security of Israelis and of Israel itself. Palestinians and their fellow Arabs are neither willing or able to do any of that and it is precisely that unwillingness and inability which makes peace impossible and makes a Palestinian state impossible as well.

Until all of that stops, until all of that changes, peace is simply not going to happen and a Palestinian state isn’t going to happen either. All that will happen is more of the same…more destruction, more bloodshed, more death, more atrocities, more violence, more hatred…more war. Nevertheless, anyone who thinks that Palestinians and their fellow Arabs are going to change their attitudes and behavior in order to bring about peace and a Palestinian state is sadly mistaken. It simply isn’t going to occur, not anytime soon anyway.

The author of the article is correct. Ending the Arab boycott of Israel does make a great deal of sense and would be beneficial to Palestinians and their fellow Arabs in any number of ways. To Israelis too

Don’t hold your breath waiting for it to happen though.

Want peace in the Middle East?

Want a Palestinian state?

Boycotts won’t bring either about.

Getting Palestinians and their fellow Arabs to change their attitudes and behavior will.

In the meantime, the precious few voices in the Arab/Islamic world who are trying to make that happen against all odds deserve our gratitude and congratulations for their efforts.

And courage.

Can’t get any clearer than that…now what are Americans going to do about it?, Re: ‘We Are Above The Law of The Land’, WorldNetDaily, March 4, 2013

Monday, March 4th, 2013

The Council on American-Islamic Relations was founded in 1993 to act in a fundraising and political capacity for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States and to advance the cause of Islam in the U.S., the cause being to turn the United States into an Islamic country governed by Sharia, Islamic law…to make Islam and Sharia all-encompassing in the country and have everyone live an Islamic life according to their precepts and imperatives.

CAIR is well-known for undermining and attacking American values, principles, institutions and the American way of life and for fermenting and inciting discontent, lawbreaking and civil disobedience among Muslims in the U.S. The organization is suffused with a rogues gallery of Islamists, terrorists and their apologists and always has been and its nefarious activities and ties to terrorist organizations are beyond dispute. It has tried to portray itself as benign but the public record is very different and exposes it for the malignant growth on the body politic and American life that it really is.

CAIR wants to bring about the downfall of American freedom, democracy, secularism, pluralism, the American way of life and everything America stands for and has always stood for and replace them with Islam and Islamic law. It has been working to do exactly that from the very beginning. The ongoing Islamization of the United States is testimony to its efforts and to say that it seriously threatens American freedom, democracy, secularism, pluralism, the American way of life and everything America stands for and has always stood for is no exaggeration whatsoever.

CAIR’s Chairman is on record as saying “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Quran…should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth.”.

The Executive Director of CAIR’s Dallas-Fort Worth branch just told a rally for Islam in Austin Texas that members of the faith should not be bound by American law. Mustafa Carroll said “If we are practicing Muslims, we are above the law of the land”.

Those two statements and CAIR’s track record present a clear picture of what CAIR is all about and what it is trying to achieve.

Can’t get any more anti-American than that, can you?

Now what are Americans going to do about it?

Will they show Carroll and CAIR that they aren’t above the law of the land, that in America no one is?

Will they stand up for themselves and their country and excise the malignancy?

They have every legal means necessary but will they actually do so?

They better if they want their freedom and their way of life to survive.

Soon.

Budget cuts all Obama’s fault, Re: Obama signs sweeping US budget cuts into effect, BBC News, March 2, 2013

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

President Obama just signed off on a series of budget cuts which will take eighty-five billion dollars out of the federal budget in the United States this year.

The cuts could have been avoided if Obama was willing to compromise with Republican Congressional leaders but since compromise isn’t in his vocabulary and he was therefore totally unwilling to compromise on tax hikes over and above the ones he was granted on January 1 he signed off on the budget cuts last Friday. The Republicans compromised on several occasions during the negotiation process but Obama refused to do so and he was forced by law into signing off.

The cuts will be across the board rather than carefully targeted and will negatively impact everything the federal government funds, including national defense and homeland security, because Obama rejected a Republican plan which would have given him flexibility to carefully allocate the eighty-billion dollars rather rather than cutting across the board.

No one really knows why he did this but there is speculation that he did it to avoid personal responsibility for any of the individual cuts and the impact they will have…he is also trying to avoid personal responsibility for the overall cuts by blaming the Republicans for the impasse, which is of course nonsense because he could have and should have kept them from happening, because his total intractability and pigheadedness caused them to happen in the first place.

That along with his narcissistic personality and socialist, big government ideology.

Sorry Barack, you can’t avoid responsibility for the cuts and the impact they will have because they are entirely of your own making. This ones on you, nobody else, just you. You can blame anyone else you want to but its your fault and yours alone.

In fact, your stewardship of the economy has been utterly disastrous for America and Americans and you can’t avoid responsibility for that either.

That’s on you too.