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Fareed Zakaria: Iraq Withdrawal Is Victory For Iran

October 31, 2011 Leave a comment

CNN – Oct 22, 2011

(Another) Act of War and What We Can Do About It

October 29, 2011 Leave a comment

The revelation that Iran was planning to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States by blowing up a restaurant he frequented in Washington, D.C. should finally put to rest any hopes that the regime in Tehran is a credible partner for peace. This brazen attempt to carry out a terrorist act on American soil, potentially killing Americans in the process, represents a significant and dangerous escalation that demands a firm and determined response from the U.S. and its allies.

The plot fits squarely into an overall pattern of warlike escalation on the part of Tehran: for some time now, the regime has been increasing its direct assistance and material support to the Taliban in Afghanistan and Shia extremists in Iraq — two groups directly responsible for killing U.S. and NATO forces. Even worse, this past summer
the U.S. unveiled evidence that Iran is directly aiding al-Qaeda, an alliance once thought unlikely. That Shia-controlled Iran is now aiding the Sunni perpetrators of 9/11 signals just how radical and intransigent the current leadership in Tehran has become.

How should the U.S. respond? First and foremost, we must reject the outdated notion that we are in a ‘cold’ or proxy war with Iran that should be dealt with in a diplomatic vacuum. Iran is directly responsible for killing U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is now plotting to kill Americans and foreign diplomats inside U.S. borders. That is the definition of a ‘hot’ war, and U.S. policymakers must accept that, particularly since Iran is aggressively pursuing a nuclear weapons capability. If Iran is a threat now, imagine it with the capability to launch a nuclear terror attack against the U.S. or its allies.

Second, the U.S. must aggressively pursue a strategy to isolate Iran further — much further. Outrageously, a number of international companies like Nokia-Siemens, Fiat, Honeywell, and Daelim still do business in Iran, many of them in Iran’s energy sector, which is dominated by known terrorist entities like the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The hard currency these business activities provide Iran directly funds its ability to acquire and develop weapons of mass destruction, and pursue terrorist activities around the globe.

United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) has worked hard at the grassroots level to pressure companies into ending their irresponsible business activities in Iran. Yet in the case of the many international companies that continue to do business there, it is necessary for governments to act. The U.S. and international community must make clear, through the imposition of much tougher sanctions, that doing business in Iran will no longer be tolerated. This requires serious action, including sanctioning Iran’s Central Bank to sever the regime from the international financial system, imposing an asset freeze and travel ban on top Iranian officials, banning imports of Iranian oil, and passing legislation such as the Iran Transparency and Accountability Act, which would require companies that avail themselves of U.S. capital markets to publicly disclose their Iran business.

In the event the UN Security Council will be unwilling to adopt these sanctions given likely Chinese and Russian vetoes, the U.S., EU, Asian allies, and other like-minded nations should harmonize efforts and adopt coordinated multilateral sanctions that will give Iran no choice but to change course.

Third, the U.S. and other countries must work to actively support pro-democratic elements in Iran. It is no coincidence that Iran ramped up its efforts to aggressively crack down on internal protests earlier this year, as its neighbors were dealing with uprisings like those the regime faced in 2009 and 2010. Back then, the U.S. was reluctant to support the protestors due to the mistaken assumption that the current leadership in Tehran could be persuaded into peace. Now, it’s time to get serious. As part of a strategy to support opposition groups in Iran, America should state clearly and unequivocally that it no longer bestows any legitimacy on the current regime in Iran, and U.S. policy should affirm that.

President Obama extended an olive branch to Iran within the first two months of his taking office in 2009. Yet since then, Iran has responded by killing U.S. forces, aiding al-Qaeda, and plotting to detonate an explosive device at an American restaurant. The Iranian regime has been emboldened by American inaction and reliance on diplomatic overtures, and the U.S. should now make clear that it is willing to respond to acts of war by Iran with swift and effective financial and military action.

Iran clearly sees itself as a nation at war with the U.S. It is time for America to recognize that grim reality, and act accordingly.

Ambassador Mark D. Wallace is President of United Against Nuclear Iran. He served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Representative for U.N. Management and Reform. Frances Townsend is a member of the United Against Nuclear Iran Advisory Board. She served as Assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and chaired the Homeland Security Council.

Mark D. Wallace & Frances Townsend
Oct 28, 2011

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Alleged Iranian Covert Operations

October 29, 2011 Leave a comment

C-SPAN – Oct 26, 2011
Witnesses testified on recent allegations that Iran attempted to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in the U.S., and Iran’s other international covert operations. Among the topis they addressed were cooperation between Iran and organizations such as Hezbollah and Mexican drug cartels, the effectiveness of sanctions, and strategies to counter Iran’s influence

Hillary Clinton Lullabies Iranians with her Talks

October 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Parazit DJ interview Hillary Clinton
Her remarks are not promising at all, in fact it is like a lullaby for putting Iranians into another winter sleep of unresponsiveness. i.e., she encourages Iranian students to “come and study in the United States”. In other words, hey kids you are not going to have a land for living and studying for some years if not decades to come, get ready to get out of that country !!!! See we are here to help you out !!!! [DID]

Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory in Iraq

October 24, 2011 Leave a comment

President Obama has announced that all U.S. troops will leave Iraq by the end of the year, with the exception of 160 soldiers to guard the embassy. The premature withdrawal will force the Iraqi leadership into Iran’s arms, bringing the regime closer to its dream of creating a Shiite crescent to destroy Israel. And in a shrewd political maneuver, President Obama took credit for the “success” and left out the inconvenient fact that the timeline he followed was signed under President Bush.
The administration is deceitfully saying that this was the plan all along when that is demonstrably false. The U.S. pressured the Iraqis to come to an agreement on

extending the U.S. stay into 2012, and almost every Iraqi political party approved. General Lloyd Austin asked that 14-18,000 troops remain; a number that did not make President Obama happy. The number was reduced to 10,000, earning the support of Secretary of State Clinton. That, too, was too much for President Obama. It fell to 3-4,000, raising significant concern about whether it’d be enough. Now, it has been announced that all of the remaining 39,000 troops will come home by Christmas, except for 160 attached to the embassy in Baghdad.

Left behind will be 5,000 security contractors for the State Department and 9,500 for the Defense Department. Thousands of more American contractors will stay for logistical support. Also staying in Iraq will be Iran’s proxies like Moqtada al-Sadr, who vowed to target every single U.S. soldier remaining in Iraq next year. Let’s hope he doesn’t view the contractors as legitimate targets, because the U.S. won’t have the forces on the ground to fight his forces. Other Iranian-backed militias like Kaitab Hezbollah, Asaib Ahl al-Haq and the Promised Day Brigade will also still be around, and will outnumber the Americans.
It is true that the final decision to carry out a complete withdrawal was based on the Iraqi refusal to grant immunity to American soldiers. Prime Minister al-Maliki wanted to grant them immunity, but it was politically impossible because the Sadrists could bring down his government. The U.S. was defeated politically by al-Sadr, but it didn’t have to be that way.

The U.S. could have put the soldiers on the payroll of the U.S. embassy, automatically granting them diplomatic immunity, instead of seeking the approval of the Iraqi parliament. The issue would have been separated from the negotiations. Additionally, the U.S. failed to reach out to other Iraqi political parties and figures, such as Iyad Allawi, a secular Shiite opposed to Iran, whose support could have allowed al-Maliki to approve immunity. There was already bad blood between Allawi and the Obama Administration. After Allawi won the elections in 2010, he complained that the U.S. wasn’t supporting his attempts to form a government because it wanted to appease Iran.
As a result of this diplomatic failure, the U.S. gave an “unprecedented strategic gift to the Islamic Republic of Iran,” in the words of Mohsen Milani of the University of South Florida. Frederick Kagan, one of the architects of the surge,said that a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq was Iran’s “single most important demand it has pursued for years.” It is sometimes argued that Iranian domination of Iraq is inevitable, but that isn’t necessarily true. Less than 20 percent of Iraqi Shiiteslook favorably upon Iranian influence, and in the last elections, the pro-Iranian parties lost in a landslide.
There is a direct correlation between U.S. strength and Iraqi willingness to stand up to its enemies. When the security situation was at its worst in 2006, themajority of Iraqis wanted U.S. forces to depart. Once the surge began, al-Maliki took on the Iranian-supported militias. Moqtada al-Sadr fled to Iran. The Iraqislooked upon the U.S. presence more favorably as the country stabilized. This summer, when Iran escalated attacks on American forces, the U.S. said it would not stand for it and would take action. The Iraqis privately confronted Iran, and the attacks sharply and quickly fell. On the other hand, when the U.S. declined to back Iraq in its confrontation with Syria in 2009, it decided to mend its ties with the Assad regime. The Iraqi government is now taking Assad’s side as he tries to crush the uprising against him.

If Iran dominates Iraq, the regime (especially Ahmadinejad) will view it as the fulfillment of prophecy and a vindication of its End Times-based worldview, as expressed in its documentary, “The Coming is Upon Us.” Iraq plays a central role in Shiite Islamic prophecy. A senior Hezbollah official in Lebanon was not coyabout what will follow a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. A “Shiite crescent” will form, bringing together 100 million people against Israel. Hundreds of thousands of “martyrs” will die and Israel will use nuclear weapons, but the Jewish state will be destroyed. There were two things stopping this, he said: The U.S. presence in Iraq and the potential overthrow of Bashar Assad in Syria. The U.S. withdrawal removes these two barriers.
Secretary of State Clinton warns Iran to not interpret the withdrawal as U.S. weakness. She points out that the U.S. still has bases and allies in the region. However, Turkey is far from a reliable ally now. Egypt, Yemen and Jordan are threatened with Muslim Brotherhood takeovers, which the Iranian regime also views as the fulfillment of prophecy. Qatar has moved into the Islamist camp, and Iran has the capability to massively retaliate against pro-American Arab regimes. Even if the pro-American Arab governments stand by the U.S. now, Iran will essentially have a border with Israel if it dominates Iraq and if a war commences, these states will be politically forced to side with Iran.
Many Iraqis now feel betrayed and fearful. In September 2010, when President Obama declared the end of combat operations, the New York Times learned that many Iraqis were shivering. One said it “makes us believe that America has sold us to Iran.” At the time, an Iraqi poll found that 53% opposed his decision and only one-fourth supported it. Nearly 42% said they felt that President Obama doesn’t care about what happens to their country.
These numbers have probably not changed since. Reporters are finding it easy to locate Iraqis that will express their worry, both Sunni and Shiite. “As an Iraqi citizen, I say to Mr. Obama, you will leave Iraq without accomplishing your mission,” said one. The leader of the largest Shiite tribes, who used to oppose the presence, said his mind has changed. Mithal al-Alusi, a secular Sunni whose sons were killed after he visited Israel, said, “The Iranians and their agents are celebrating.”

It is unlikely, but there is still time for President Obama to reverse course. In his speech, he said, “We will continue discussions on how we might help Iraq train and recruit its forces,” a task that would likely necessitate more U.S. troops on the ground. He invited Prime Minister al-Maliki to the White House in December. It is possible that al-Maliki will find a way to approve immunity at the last moment, or that an agreement will be reached in 2012 that sees the return of a small number of U.S. troops. The big determinant will be whether President Obama has the courage to face down his political base if such a request is made by the Iraqis.
Iraq has made immense progress since the days of Saddam Hussein and since its near-collapse in 2006. The security forces have improved in their ability to protect the country, and nearly 5,000 American soldiers have lost their lives to get Iraq to this point. If Iran steers the direction of Iraq, then it will have gone a long way in creating its Shiite crescent and the U.S. will have paid the cost for it to happen.

Ryan Mauro
Oct 24, 2011


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European Parliament "Iran Delegation" Plans Shameful Trip To Tehran

October 21, 2011 Leave a comment

European Parliament’s delegation for relations with Iran is planning to pay a five-day visit to Tehran at the end of this month.
The request for this trip was made months ago by two German MEPs Barbara Lochbieler and Kurt Lechner as part of the delegation. The trip will cost European tax-payers an estimated €100.000.
No delegation from the European Parliament has visited Iran in the current parliamentary term. It was due to concerns of atrocities committed by the Iranian authorities that the world witnessed following the sham Presidential Elections that was hijacked by Mahoud Ahmadinejad in 2009.

In September 2010, the European Parliament had authorised a delegation to Tehran on some conditions including lifting of the death penalty on Sakieneh Ashtiani who has been sentenced to death by stoning for alleged adultery. This condition was not met and the proposed 2010 delegation therefore did not travel.
Ms Ashtiani still remains on death row and nothing has improved but the new trip seems to have been planned ahead despite high criticism by international observers and NGOs. A 5-member delegation is scheduled to visit Tehran and other Iranian cities between 31 October and 4 November.
Only last month, Iran officially hanged a record high number of 100 prisoners and two weeks ago, the European Union expanded sanctions against 29 Iran officials because of their involvement in human rights abuses which the EU say have increased over the past weeks and months, including the execution of minors.
Opposition websites have warned of hundreds of newly planned executions since mid-September. A young Christian pastor, charged with apostasy, has been made to choose between renouncing his faith or die.
Last time a European Parliament delegation visited Iran in 2007, several people were hanged in public at their arrival day as well as during their visit. The delegation had justified the trip as ordinary inter-parliamentary activity.
Iran’s strictly controlled elections systems allows only the highly loyal to run for a seat in theMajlis, the Iranian parliament. The current composition of the Majlis that the EP delegation is scheduled to meet consists to nearly a third of commanders of the notorious Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) many of whom have been involved in horrendous human rights abuses in the 1980s.
The IRGC was also involved in the alleged terror-plot to assassinate Saudi Ambassador in the United States this month.
Critics say whatever good intentions the EP delegation may claim to have, the mere fact that they do visit that dictatorship gives a highly undeserved credit to that regime, at the time when the international community is increasingly united in isolating the dictatorship for cruel behaviour of its people as well as its role in international terrorism.
“An EP visit would only be interpreted by Iran, as if no matter what crimes they commit, they are still respected and welcomed by the international community!” says, Ali M. an Iranian dissident who fled Iran few months ago and has applied for asylum in Luxembourg.
“Any visit to that regime is an insult to the blood of our loved ones who were murdered by the regime’s henchmen” says Fereshte Dashti, an exiled Iranian who lost seven of her closest relatives for opposing the dictatorship in Iran.
“I am appalled to see these people insisting so much to make such trips, they seem to have nothing but personal interests. Human lives seem to mean nothing to them,” she lamented.
The idea of such trip has also prompted frustration among other prominent members of European Parliament.
Struan Stevenson, a leading British Conservative MEP and President of Parliament’s Delegations for relations with Iraq was outraged last week when he addressed Parliament’s plenary session.
“Three hundred prisoners have been transferred to death row expecting imminent execution – and these are people, mostly students, who were arrested during the uprisings in Teheran and other cities in Iran – I think it is a deeply retrograde step that this House, that the Conference of Presidents, has agreed to send a delegation to Teheran in two or three weeks time. I think Iran is now beyond the pale; to give them that kind of publicity, to give them that kind of oxygen is completely wrong,” he stressed.
He was supported by a colleague MEP Potito Salatto “I think this action will only be used as propaganda to publicise the regime in Tehran.”
Italian MEP Marco Scurria, posted a statement on his website urging the new head of the Iran delegation, Mrs Tarja Cronberg, to cancel this trip in light of Iran’s recent terror plot against United States.
“Rather than sending a delegation to Tehran it’s time for Europe to put its hopes on the Iranian people and that the winds of the Arab Spring soon arrives to Iran, a country and a people who have such great historical and cultural traditions and does not deserve such government” he stressed in a joint statement with two colleagues.
In a time when Iran and Syria together with current Iraqi Prime minister seem to have built a vicious-block to prevent any democratic change, such visits would highly jeopardise European Parliament’s reputation in the eyes of the suffering people of Iran and the rest of the Middle East.
Many are waiting to see if the newly appointed Finish Chair of the Iran delegation, Ms Tarja Cronberg will have the courage to change the course and cancel or postpone the trip to a later stage when the circumstances are less strained.
Siavosh Rajizadeh
Oct 20, 2011

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Footage shows Gaddafi’s bloodied body

October 20, 2011 Leave a comment

AlJazeeraEnglish on Oct 20, 2011

The soon-to-be Fate of Every Single Mullah in Iran.

Al Jazeera has acquired exclusive footage of the body of Muammar Gaddafi after he was killed in his
hometown, Sirte. Abdul Hafiz Ghoga, vice chairman of Libya’s National Transitional Council, confirmed
that the ousted leader had been killed on October 20, 2011 near Sirte.”We announce to the world that Muammar Gaddafi has been killed at the hands of the revolutionaries,” Ghoga told a news conference in Benghazi.The news came shortly after the NTC captured Sirte after weeks of fighting.

Iran Hikers Show Support for Occupy Movement

October 19, 2011 Leave a comment
The Iran hikers chose the city of Oakland and the Occupy movement as the backdrop for a rare public appearance Monday.

Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal took part in the an Occupy Oakland rally at Frank Ogawa plaza. They said they wanted to show their support to the movement taking place in their town.

“We were hearing about (the occupations) little bit by little bit,” Bauer said. “But it wasn’t until getting back here to this city that it really hit me, that this is serious, that this is big.”

The crowd erupted in applause. “I feel proud of this happening in my city,” Bauer said.
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Monday, the three American hikers that were freed from Iran took center stage at the Occupy Oakland protest.

Up until now Occupy rallies have been mostly economic protests, but the hikers appearance took a turn toward the political. The hikers said they also felt a solidarity with hunger strike going on now in California prisons.

This is only their second public appearance since returning home to the United States after being freed from prison in Iran. They were arrested in July 2009 after Iran said they crossed over its border during a hike in northern Iraq. Shourd was released in Sept. 2010. Bauer and Fattal were released last month.

All three graduated from University of California at Berkeley, and Shourd, who grew up in Los Angeles, has been living in Oakland since her release.

The anti-Wall Street protests started in New York City a month ago and have spread across the country.

Occupy groups cite the economic disparity between the richest 1 percent of the population and the remaining 99 percent. They have been calling for increased regulation of banks and Wall Street investment firms.
There are also occupy groups in San Jose, Walnut Creek, Santa Rosa and San Rafael and other cities. On Monday afternoon, an Occupy group protested at the gates of Pebble Beach in Monterey County.


Lori Preuitt
Oct 18, 2011

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Iran secretly executing hundreds of prisoners: UN

October 18, 2011 Leave a comment


UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — Iran’s authoritarian regime has secretly executed hundreds of prisoners, according to a new UN report detailing growing rights abuses in the Islamic republic.

The mysterious executions at Vakilabad prison in Mashhad in eastern Iran were highlighted in a report compiled by Ahmed Shaheed, the new UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran.

Shaheed, who assumed responsibility for the mandate on August 1, billed this as an interim report cataloging the most recent trends in the human rights situation in Iran.

The report, which is to be presented to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, details a raft of abuses from the denial of women’s rights to torture, but the most shocking data was the skyrocketing rate of executions.

The report, obtained by AFP after first appearing on the Foreign Policy website, said 200 officially announced executions had taken place in 2011 with at least 83, including those of three political prisoners, in January alone.

“Furthermore, authorities reportedly conducted more than 300 secret executions at Vakilabad prison in 2010,” the report said.

“Vakilabad officials, in violation of Iranian law, allegedly carried out the executions without the knowledge or presence of the inmates’ lawyers or families and without prior notification to those executed,” it said.

“It has also been reported that at least 146 secret executions have taken place to date in 2011.”

Shaheed also noted that four percent of executions stipulated no charges, that 100 juveniles were on death row, and that more than 100 executions this year alone were for drug-related offenses.

Human Rights Watch counted 388 executions in Iran in 2010, while Amnesty International put the figure at 252, ranking the Islamic republic second only to China in the number of people put to death last year.

Tehran says the death penalty is essential to maintain law and order, and that it is applied only after exhaustive judicial proceedings.

Murder, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and adultery are among the crimes punishable by death in Iran.

Iran Focus
Oct 17, 2011

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Iranian oppositions should spit over the faces of UN members. 33 years of worthless UN Security Council resolutions have not only overshadowed the violations of human rights by IRI but have provided the leisure and tranquility for the regime in Iran to commit its mass murder genocide against our young generation.

United Nation (United Governments fits much better word), has literally bought time for the criminal regime of IRI to annihilate the young generation of Iranian intellects and nationalists. This is exactly the approach of new Imperialism in 21st century in which they use their puppet regimes to get rid of the obstacles on their way of domination, exactly the patterns we are witnessing in Iran and Syria today.

United Nation which is supposed to be the alarming voice against human rights violation wherever it strike in the world, has become a hypocrite by undermining its responsibility and becoming the protector of human rights violators and in the service of Imperialist governments. 

Mansur Rastani

Killing and the Koran

October 17, 2011 Leave a comment


Muslims have been persecuting Christians ever since the time of Muhammed. But in the wake of the so-called “Arab Spring,” such activity seems to be on the rise throughout much of the Islamic world, now that Muslims in several countries are enjoying greater freedom to do things they felt more restrained from doing before. Christians are being beaten and murdered, churches attacked and destroyed.

If there is a positive side of this terrible development, it is this: if there’s more such persecution going on, more attention is finally being paid to it in the mainstream Western media. Yet even as some of the media are daring to report on these events, there remains a strong disinclination to suggest that this pattern of persecution has anything whatsoever to do with Islam.

Last Thursday, USA Today ran an op-ed which did a splendid job of presenting the persecution of Christians as un-Islamic. The author of the op-ed, a Muslim named Qasim Rashid, chided his coreligionists for persecuting Christians, and quoted the Prophet Muhammed against them: “Christians are my citizens, and by God, I hold out against anything that displeases them.” And: “We defend Christians. … No Muslim is to disobey this covenant until

Rashid went on to catalog various horrendous punishments that have recently been meted out in Muslim countries to Christians, blasphemers, apostates, and so on. In response to these acts, Rashid insisted that all of them were at odds with the dictates of Islam, because, he insisted, “the Quran commands Muslims to protect churches from attack,” “Islam requires equal rights and protection for minorities,” “the Quran forbids punishment for blasphemy,” “the Quran forbids punishment for apostasy,” “Islam does not sanction the mixing of mosque and state,” “the Quran protects the rights of women and children, condemns rape, forbids inheriting women (let alone children) against their will, and forbids compulsion in religion,” and “Islam demands absolute justice in all affairs.” Islam, in short, is not the problem – it is the solution.

To be sure, Rashid is an Ahmadi Muslim – a member of a sect that really does believe in all these good things. Describing the Ahmadi movement as being “at the forefront of taking Islam back from the corruption of such ‘Muslim’ nations” as Pakistan and Iran, he explains that “Ahmadi Muslims believe in absolute justice, reject religious compulsion, are loyal to their nations of residence, uphold the absolute sanctity and equality of human life, believe in gender equity and spiritual equality, condemn religious aggression, and champion universal religious freedom.” Rashid identifies these as Islam’s “founding principles.”

Alas, Ahmadi Muslims represent a tiny minority of Muslims around the world. Other Muslims do not even consider them Muslims, and in many Islamic countries they are persecuted and punished for identifying themselves as members of the Muslim faith. While Ahmadis, moreover, consider these “nice” passages from the Koran to be at the center of their faith, mainstream Muslim theologians overwhelmingly disagree. For them, it is not just the Koran but also the Hadith, or sayings of Muhammed, that are legitimate sources of Islamic law. Also, there’s the question of which parts of the Koran you prioritize over the others. Like those who prefer Woody Allen’s earlier, funnier movies, Ahmadi Muslims tend to stress the older, more humane portions of the Koran, while virtually all other Muslims consider those benign passages to have been abrogated by the more violent and intolerant material that came along later.

If Rashid wants to influence the conduct of Christian-baiting Sunni and Shi’a Muslims, he will have to wrestle with some of the harsh Koranic passages by which they live, such as the following:

* “O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. They are friends one to another. He among you who taketh them for friends is (one) of them. Lo! Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk.” (5:51)

* “Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, and forbid not that which Allah hath forbidden by His messenger, and follow not the Religion of Truth, until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.” (9:29)

* “O ye who believe! Lo! many of the (Jewish) rabbis and the (Christian) monks devour the wealth of mankind wantonly and debar (men) from the way of Allah. They who hoard up gold and silver and spend it not in the way of Allah, unto them give tidings (O Muhammad) of a painful doom.” (9:34)

* “O ye who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are near to you, and let them find harshness in you, and know that Allah is with those who keep their duty (unto Him).” (9:123)

There’s a lot more where these came from, of course.

Rashid means well. His goal is a reformed, humane Islam. The faith he outlines is the one he actually believes in. But newspapers like USA Today have no business publishing a piece like Rashid’s without asking that he make it clear that his interpretation of Islam is that of a minuscule minority of believers. The premise of Rashid’s piece is that the Muslims who are tormenting Christians are betraying the Koran – and he supports this argument by purveying a highly selective account of that book’s contents. This is no way to persuade any fierce jihadist to cease and desist – for the jihadists, quite simply, know better.

No, those anti-Christian and anti-Jewish passages, and all the other brutal precepts found in the Koran, need to be acknowledged and dealt with – because the people who are burning down churches and tormenting Christians have read their Koran, and they’re doing no more or less than what they think their God wants them to do.


Bruce Bawer is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center and the author of “While Europe Slept” and “Surrender.”


Bruce Bawer 
Oct 17, 2011

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Iran Opposition Group: Friend or Foe to U.S.?

October 17, 2011 Leave a comment
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Fox News – Oct 16, 2011
A number of high-rank U.S. officials wrote Obama a letter requesting delisting of MEK.
There is nothing democratic about the MEK group whose infrastructure is based on ideology of religion Islam. By default the operation of such organization is based on the principle of Islam, which is in contradiction with preserving every single principle of human rights of the people. If you inquired enough about the rules of this organization
you would find that under no circumstances a female person who does not obey the Islamic body coverage “Hijab” can be a member of this organization. Is this a democracy? MEK is in fact, on numerous aspects, more dangerous than IRI since they are not sincere enough to talk transparent about their Islamic rules and regulations and behind their masks have managed to fool the world’s mind that they have respect for democracy and human rights, which is not true.



Besides, MEk is unpopular among Iranian public. People of Iran know MEK as a traitor group because of launching war against its own people in the 8-year Iran-Iraq war. MEK has caused the death of thousands of its own members by leaving them helpless in the hands of IRI while their leaders fled the country to save their own lives.


U.S. along with NATO force most probably plan to use MEK as a domestic ground force in their aerial attack on Iran, similar to models they have used in Afghanistan and Libya, following link:


http://mansurrastani.blogspot.com/2011/04/why-did-us-give-green-light-to-iraqi.html




MEK has a long record of killing Americans in Iran during the Shah’s time, and for that reason it has been listed as the terrorist group, it would be a big mistake of U.S. policy to delist the group since it would damage the credibility of U.S. among Iranians big time.


[DID]

The Islamization of London: A Photo Tour

October 16, 2011 Leave a comment

When I arrived in London in September it had been more than forty years since I had last spent any time in the city. If I hadn’t kept up with recent events through my British contacts, the changes would have been startling indeed.
The most popular tourist spots appear much the same, and the commercial areas are still thronged with shoppers. No matter where you go, however, the presence of Islam makes itself felt. With the rapid increase in the Muslim population over the past decade, the capital of Britain has moved that much closer to becoming an Islamic city.The process of Islamization is not always as obvious as in this poster, which appeared
one morning last July at a bus shelter on the corner of Mission Grove and Carisbrooke Road, in the Waltham Forest area of East London:

A straightened out close-up provides a clearer view of what the devout Muslims of Waltham Forest are demanding:
This is the new Islamic Britain as envisioned by the fire-breathing radical Anjem Choudary and Muslims Against Crusades. MAC’s latest initiative is called The Islamic Emirates Project, and its stated goal is “Breaking the Foundations of Western Civilisation”:
Muslims across the UK collectively declared their disgust of British values and their desire to live by the Shari’ah.
As Muslim enclaves across Britain rapidly edge closer to Islamic autonomy, Muslims Against Crusades in conjunction with several other leading Muslim organisations would like to declare the next chapter in the ongoing campaign to transform Britain into a thriving Islamic state.
Mr. Choudary lives in Ilford, but he and his supporters are also active in East London, Luton, and other parts of England where Islam is ascendant. He is the most forthright and plainspoken of Britain’s Islamic radicals. No taqiyyah or kitman (sacred lying) for him. He proudly proclaims the coming Caliphate in public, volubly and repeatedly, into the microphones and in front of the cameras.
Denial is rampant among the multicultural oligarchs of the political class. The British government prefers to believe that Anjem Choudary and other Islamic zealots are not serious in their avowed intentions. Their incendiary pronouncements are thought to be mere rhetoric — what they really want is more funding, more generous welfare benefits, new state-supported Koran schools, or more parking spaces around their mosques. Everything is business as usual to the politicos.
The leaders of the three major political parties find it impossible to accept that these “extremists” mean exactly what they say. Acknowledging the problem would force the government to actually do something to save the country from destruction. In the second decade of the 21st century — with millions of Muslims already in Britain, and hundreds of thousands more arriving or being born every year — what could they do? How could Islamization ever be reversed without enormous expense or unimaginable violence?
No, it’s better to pretend that everything is harmonious and peaceful and normal in Modern Multicultural Britain.
From time to time the coming Emirate intrudes even into the tourist zones of London. On Saturday, September 24, under the sponsorship of Mayor Boris Johnson, a huge officially-sanctioned Eid Festival was held in Trafalgar Square. The domed building in the background is part of the National Portrait Gallery:
The cave-like structure below is a stage for performers. When I arrived, loud drumming was coming over the speakers. In the background you can see Nelson’s Column, which serves as a reminder of the greatness that once was, but is no longer:
The drumming was soon replaced over the PA by “Muslim rap”. A large display screen behind the fountain provides an incongruous contrast between the rapper and the nautical-themed statue in the foreground:
The Islamic presence is visible all over London. From Marble Arch to Docklands, from Piccadilly to King’s Cross: on virtually every street can be seen women in hijab, often pushing strollers, and men wearing skullcaps and Islamic robes.
One of my British contacts is a longtime observer of Muslims in the capital, and has analyzed the pattern of their street behaviors:
I regularly walk up and down Ladbroke Grove, Portobello Road and Harrow Road and have noted a process of coagulation or clumping of the sidewalks by Muslim women:
• Two Muslim women, each with baby pushcars, can present a significant amount of biomass on a sidewalk — a phalanx of piety? — to the extent that evasive action is required.
• Groups of two or three Muslim women are increasingly common — more towards the North Kensington end — in Harrow Road and Kensal Road.
• It is also increasingly common to see non-Western dress among Muslim men, both old and young.
Mosques are prominent in many different areas of the city. For example, this is the Regent’s Park Mosque, in a leafy middle-class neighborhood not far from Marylebone Road:
Certain areas of the city are more thoroughly Islamized, however. Tower Hamlets, which hosts the East London Mosque, has a majority-Islamic borough council and a Muslim mayor, Lutfur Rahman:

The Finsbury Park Mosque in North London was once the hangout of the notorious and picturesque Abu “Hooky” Hamza al-Masri, who is now in prison for terrorism offenses:

As Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan once famously said, “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers.” Allah’s faithful soldiers march up and down the streets of London every day. Their bayonets pierce the skyline, proclaiming to the city that Islam has come, Islam has seen, and Islam will conquer.

Yet the mosques are not the most striking evidence of the Islamization of London. Great Britain is metamorphosing into a formerly Christian nation. The grim truth really begins to sink in when contemplating, for example, what used to be St. Mary’s Priory on St Ann’s Road in Tottenham. At first glance the façade looks familiar enough — the cross on the gable, the Gothic Revival windows, the niche in the wall with a statue of the Virgin:

The inscription below the niche reads Sancta Maria Mater Dolorosa Ora Pro Nobis — “Saint Mary, Mother of Sorrows, Pray for Us”:

But the building is no longer a priory, and St. Mary is no longer the proprietress of the establishment. Take a look at the main entrance of the building:

St. Mary’s Priory is now a madrassa. We love you ya Mohammed Rasulullah.

For the past two years, resistance to the Islamization of England has coalesced around a group known as the English Defence League, a grassroots working-class volunteer organization. On the tenth anniversary of 9-11, in response to a Muslims Against Crusades demonstration in front of the American Embassy in Grosvenor Square, the EDL mounted a counter-demonstration. Members of the EDL planned to show solidarity with the USA and respect for the victims of the terrorist attacks by laying wreaths in front of the embassy. When the day arrived, Anjem Choudary and his fellow radicals were allowed to declaim their invective against the United States and rant about the coming Caliphate through their bullhorns, while the peaceful demonstrators of the English Defence League were forcibly hauled away from the area by the police.

Such is the state of Modern Multicultural Britain.

Later that evening a large crowd of EDL people gathered in a pub on Edgware Road, not far from Grosvenor Square. A group of Muslims came into the place and attacked two men from the EDL with knives, sending them to the hospital with serious stab wounds.

When I visited the same pub two weeks later, there was no sign of any trouble. It was a peaceful, friendly place with ordinary English people sitting around talking, eating, and drinking beer. But a reminder of what had happened was posted on the window glass next to the main entrance:

Any witness who chose to come forward might want to consider this poster, however:

The police officer who talked to the witness and took down the report could well be a member of the Association of Muslim Police, recruited for the force under one of the many diversity outreach initiatives. Police procedures mandate that Muslim officers be included on the scene in cases where Islamic “sensitivities” might be an issue.

So a witness might have to talk to a Muslim cop under those circumstances. If you were an EDL supporter, would you step forward?

This is what London has come to. Halal food in all schools. No eating in front of your Muslim colleagues during Ramadan. Special accommodations for Muslims in public buildings. Officially sanctioned Sharia courts.

And above all, no “racist” speech. Muslims may gather and scream “Death to those who insult Islam!” with impunity. But a non-Muslim who objects to the spread of Sharia may be arrested, charged, convicted, fined, and slapped with an Anti-Social Behavior Order (ASBO) forbidding him from taking part in any activist events for several years.

This is the reality of 21st century Britain. This is not creeping Sharia, it is galloping Sharia.

Ned May is the co-proprietor (along with his wife) of the Gates of Vienna blog, which focuses on Islam and the Great Jihad, particularly in Europe. Before taking up blogging he was a mathematician, a computer programmer and a landscape artist. In the last few years he has devoted his attention to assisting the development of counter-jihad networks in Europe. When he is not blogging, writing for Big Peace, or being an activist with theInternational Civil Liberties Alliance, he works as a book editor.


Ned May
Oct 14, 2011


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