Send In The Clowns

Another one from The Firewall:

Reporter and author Colin Flaherty has taken a cold, clear-eyed view of the statistics that don’t make the news because they are suppressed by the news. He reports, for example — again in 2010 — the National Crime Victimization Survey reported approximately 13,000 black-on-white rapes and 39,000 black-on-white robberies — both violent crimes. The statistics show that the number of white on black rapes and violent robberies were so small that they had to be rounded to the nearest whole number, and that whole number was ZERO.

Critics will say that I am using these statistics to justify the murder of Michael Brown. But I said at the beginning — if Michael Brown were shot in cold blood then the police officer needs to pay the price for murder. This has nothing to do with Michael Brown. This has EVERYTHING to do with the narrative that the President, the Attorney General, and all of these race hustlers are trying to create using Michael Brown.

There is, in fact, a racial war of violence and hatred in America. Open racism is simply not tolerated in white America today, but black racism is the toxic glue that holds the progressive coalition together. Tolerance of — in fact, as we see from the events in Ferguson, open encouragement of black rage at a narrative that not only does not exist but reverses the daily outrages that do exist, is what defines modern progressivism. It is the politics of envy, anger, entitlement, lawlessness, violence and bald-faced lies.

And of all the promises broken by this man, surely none is more heartbreaking than the one promise that got him elected in the first place: the promise of a post-racial future. He and his racist progressive cohorts can never surrender the weapon that has gotten them everything, not the least of which is personal political power and trillions of dollars of redistributed wealth. And this latest outrage in Ferguson is yet another example — as if another was needed among the economic wreckage, creeping totalitarianism, and foreign-policy disasters — that he and his leftist cohorts would rather rule over ruins than disappear into the dustbin of a healthy and healed nation.

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A few things to notice: First, this book by Colin Flaherty, whom Bill Whittle mentions, is self-published. That means he updates it as circumstances require:

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Multiculturalism — The Final Solution

The following essay by Nick McAvelly was originally published at Partiot’s Corner in a slightly different form.

Multiculturalism — The Final Solution
by Nick McAvelly

“One belief, more than any other, is responsible for the slaughter of individuals on the altars of the great historical ideals — justice or progress or the happiness of future generations, or the sacred mission or emancipation of a nation or race or class, or even liberty itself, which demands the sacrifice of individuals for the freedom of society. This is the belief that somewhere, in the past or in the future, in divine revelation or in the mind of an individual thinker, in the pronouncements of history or science, or in the simple heart of an uncorrupted good man, there is a final solution.

“This ancient faith rests on the conviction that all the positive values in which men have believed must, in the end, be compatible, and perhaps even entail one another. ‘Nature binds truth, happiness and virtue together by an indissoluble chain’, said one of the best men who ever lived, and spoke in similar terms of liberty, equality and justice.

“But is this true? It is a commonplace that neither political equality nor efficient organisation nor social justice is compatible with more than a modicum of individual liberty, and certainly not with unrestricted laissez-faire; that justice and generosity, public and private loyalties, the demands of genius and the claims of society can conflict violently with each other. And it is no great way from that to the generalisation that not all good things are compatible, still less all the ideals of mankind . But somewhere, we shall be told, and in some way, it must be possible for all these values to live together, for unless this is so, the universe is not a cosmos, not a harmony; unless this is so, conflicts of values may be an intrinsic, irremovable element in human life. To admit that the fulfilment of some of our ideals may in principle make the fulfilment of others impossible is to say that the notion of total human fulfilment is a formal contradiction, a metaphysical chimera.”

— Berlin, Isaiah (2012-12-31). The Proper Study Of Mankind: An Anthology of Essays (pp. 237-238). Random House. Kindle Edition.

Finally, the mainstream media are beginning to acknowledge the poisonous fruits of multiculturalism. For years journalists have been afraid to speak the truth about what is happening in Britain, just as the council workers in Rotherham who were responsible for child welfare were afraid to speak the truth. And what is the truth they have been so afraid to give voice to? Multiculturalism is a failure, both as a political theory and as a matter of fact.

When the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany joined forces at the beginning of the war, Time magazine referred to the enemies of civilization as “Communazis”. Each had their final solution to the question of how human beings should live together on earth, and they were both willing to employ absolutely any means in order to achieve that end. We have seen the same mindset in government, both at a national level and in local councils up and down the land for many years now. Their final solution to the question of how we are to live is “multiculturalism”, and woe betide anyone who questioned that unproven, impossible theory.

The Soviets would as a matter of practice smear individuals who questioned the party line by declaring them to be Nazi sympathisers, and the Communazis who have been running rampant in the UK for years now have, as we all know, adopted the same policy. Anyone who questions them is immediately said to be a “Nazi”, “far right” (whatever that even means) and of course, a “racist”. The new Communazis of the UK will happily sacrifice the livelihoods and reputations of dissenting individuals in the name of their final solution.

As we have just seen, the new Communazis have been willing to sacrifice thousands of vulnerable young girls in the name of their final solution, too. In their minds, any price must be paid, if it means their final solution is to come to pass.

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The Love Jihad in India

In India, the common Muslim practice is to kidnap young Hindu women, forcibly convert them to Islam, and then marry them (or turn them into sexual slaves). The process is known as the “Love Jihad”, and it bears a strong resemblance to the “grooming and pimping” epidemic in the UK.

An Indian commenter named Yog left some useful information about the Love Jihad in the comments on Tuesday’s news feed. The post below is adapted from his comment.

There are many many good reports on this phenomenon, but nearly all in Hindi (and many are documentary shows running one to two hours long, but all of those are in Hindi). The problem is that English language media in India is controlled by a small number of powerful groups, and ALL of them are left-secular leaning. In India that means whitewashing any crime done by Islam (be it historical, or more current). You could say that is one of the top planks on which the left-secular movement stands. So they simply deny or play down any instances of “Love Jihad” — this being the name given to it by Hindu organizations.

Here is a website with links, not very good (go to parent of this URL for more links).

Here are statistics confirmed by police investigations. In the states of Kerala (Muslim population 30%) and Karnataka, over 3000 Hindu and Christian girls have gone missing over the past three years. Some are never found again. Some resurface as Muslims.

Usually the girl goes missing. A few months later, her parents receive a letter (with picture of her) saying, “I have converted to Islam. Don’t look for me anymore.” In many cases, the girls are used in the terrorism pipeline, as couriers etc. Some end up as sexual slaves for Jihadi warriors.

Some Hindu organizations have done video documentation of cases where the girl actually tried to run away etc. For example, one is here. All the material is in Hindi, though…

I myself have worked with an organization that helps Hindu girls in this situation, and so know ground details. The numbers and the methods of “disappearance” are really quite staggering. In the region of Marathwada (in state Maharashtra) alone, each year 300 Hindu girls go missing in this way. Police will not act because of political pressure to deny this phenomenon. Parents cry and cry till the tears dry away. They run pillar to post for someone to help find and bring back their daughter. All they have is a letter saying “I have converted.”

Rape is a part of this process.

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What’s the Real Story in Ukraine?

Ivan Winters returns with a guest-essay that takes a look behind the curtain of media hype at the crisis in Ukraine.

What’s the Real Story in Ukraine?
by Ivan Winters

I am writing this article to help interested persons make head or tail of the ongoing shambles that is the situation in Ukraine and to give some (hopefully accurate) information about the main players in the situation. One of the things that has driven me to contacting the team to offer to write this article has been the disgraceful, shallow, ill-informed coverage in much of the UK Press. The coverage on the two main TV News providers, BBC and ITN has been pathetic and has been propagandising an EU version of events (I will give some examples of this in the article).

Most of the print media has been nearly as bad. In fairness, during the past few weeks, since mid-February, the Daily Mail has started to take the situation seriously and provided much more accurate coverage, particularly in some of the op-eds. The best TV news coverage has been from Al-Jazeera (AJ). I suppose AJ is giving unbiased coverage for the simple reason that as an Islamic-funded broadcaster they have no particular brief for any of the parties in the region. There is also a channel for non-EU-tainted coverage on Russia Today (RT). RT is as you would expect: pro-Russian, putting the official ‘Moscow spin’ on all its reporting. It is also on occasions hilariously technically incompetent and some of its presenters speak very strongly accented English (some of the other staff are, however, Western European).

The first thing to get straight about the situation is the claim that the document that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign was a ‘EU Trade Pact’ (or similar names). This was in fact an innocuous and misleading wrapper put around a preliminary agreement for Ukraine to begin accession procedures with the EU, a process that can take decades (for example, Turkey!). Why was this misleading name used?

In the discussion that follows please note the difference between ‘Europe’ and the ‘EU’. Some reporters use the two names interchangeably. They are not the same. Europe is a geographical entity, a continent, consisting of over 40 countries. The EU is a group of 28 countries within Europe that have decided democratically (!) to form a supranational bloc. Reasons for the use of the misleading name for the rejected treaty are numerous and include:

a.   Attempting to hide the real nature of the EU attempt to expand its bloc up to the Russian border. The EU were perfectly aware that if Russia realised what was happening, Putin had two ‘weapons’ at his disposal. The first is that much of the population in Southern and Eastern Ukraine is pro-Russian (Russian-speaking and often Russian Orthodox). These peoples would much prefer Ukraine to increase its links with Russia rather than the EU, and Putin could easily motivate then into vociferously objecting to the proposed treaty.

The other weapon is that Russia supplies Ukraine with its oil and gas, and Ukraine regularly owes Russia for unpaid deliveries. For example, as of 1st March the unpaid balance was approx $1.59 billion (approx £980 million). Russia can (and has in the past) cut off Ukrainian fuel deliveries in mid-winter using the unpaid balance as an excuse. A collateral result of this is that some other EU countries lose some of their oil/gas deliveries as they use the pipelines running through Ukraine.

b.   The EU were well-aware that many Ukrainians, while perfectly happy to see Ukraine increase its links with Western Europe, would not be keen to see accession to the EU. After all, having got out of one supranational bloc in 1992, why would anyone want to join another such bloc? The image many East Europeans have of the EU is that of another expansionist supranational bloc led by a bureaucracy that comes up with the same incompetent decision-making as occurred in the Soviet bloc (see discussion and comment programs on RT to see this stereotype regularly repeated). A further image problem for the EU is that many people around the world see it as a putative ‘Fourth Reich’ dominated by Germany! Accurate or not, most Ukrainians have bad memories of their last involvement with Germany.
c.   Many of the EU’s social and cultural standards expected of accession nations are inimical to the Ukrainian people. As one example out of many, countries acceding to the EU are expected to legitimize same-sex marriage. This has already caused a problem with the latest accessing nation, Croatia, a proudly Catholic country, where a national referendum has rejected same-sex marriage. The Ukrainians are also proudly religious and the majority object to same-sex marriage. In fact most Ukrainians didn’t realise involvement with the EU included support for same-sex marriage until an advertising campaign in the local press — the campaign was paid for by a oligarch who is a friend of Vladimir Putin.
 

Having disposed of the narrative that the Ukrainian President was signing up to a trade pact, there is of course one simple fact that has to be recognised: President Yanukovych was a democratically elected president. If a democratically elected president wishes to change his mind before signing up to a treaty, that is his prerogative in a democracy and that is no reason for his overthrow. To give an obvious example: you are perfectly entitled to walk away from a potential house purchase provided you have not ‘exchanged’ contracts. The worse that can happen is you might have to pay some fees for solicitors/valuer etc.

Who was behind the rioting mob in Kiev that used the non-signature of the Trade Treaty as an excuse for a coup? Two answers actually: the US and the EU. The US has for the past two decades pursued a policy of trying to detach the former Soviet Republics from the Russian economic sphere and move them into the Western sphere, including such little sweeteners as ‘candidate member of NATO’ status. One of the most famous examples of this was Georgia. The Georgian government expected that in the event of a border dispute with Russia, NATO would intervene, all guns blazing. Instead, during the South Ossetia crisis they got French President Sarkozy to negotiate a ceasefire!

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The Jihad Boys Bring it All Back Home

Ann Corcoran does exemplary work.

Today we were sent a link to her latest post on Austria’s PC/MC dhimmified decision to accept Muslim asylum seekers. Actions have consequences: the dhimmis, having grasped this nettle, are now stamping their feet about the pain while Counterjihadists roll their eyes and reply, “Well, duh…what did you think those battles for Vienna were about, anyway?”

Below is today’s post from Refugee Resettlement Watch. Her links to her previous posts about this issue may be found at her URL.

Like Gates of Vienna, Ann keeps a subject archive; it’s linked on the post I’ve mirrored (though I have omitted her links in this mirroring, but you can find them there).

(Reuters) – Authorities suspect around 130 people resident in Austria – most of them foreign nationals – have allied themselves with Islamist militants fighting abroad, officials in Vienna said on Friday, raising their estimate by nearly a third.

Public safety director Konrad Kogler told a news conference the 130 figure included “people actively participating in combat as well as ones who have returned to Austria, because both groups of people are relevant for us”. He thought around two-thirds of them had come back to Austria and one-third were in battle or on the way there. Officials were tracking the target group’s foreign travel and monitoring their activities when they return given the security risk they might pose, he said.

He said 40 of the 130 were Austrian citizens. The others were primarily from Russia, the Balkans and Turkey.

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Kogler did not confirm reports that the nine suspects – one aged just 17 – were Chechens, but said many were Russian citizens.

The suspects had mostly come to Austria as young people and got political asylum that could be revoked should they be convicted of joining a terrorist organization, officials said.

To which Ms. Corcoran adds this exasperated note:

“Big deal! I am sure those budding Jihadists are concerned about the revocation of their political refugee status!”

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I looked for some of our reports on the subject of Austrian jihadists and came up with this series from early 2013, focusing on “The Votive Church” and the harm leftists have done to the Catholic Church and to the citizens of Austria with their naïve calculations and disruptions:

Just in case you think our American Left is any smarter, read this sad tale:

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As Nice As ISIS Is…

…it’s not as nice as the beach or the golf course.

The Islamic State has thrown Western heads of state off their game. Their political game, that is — not their other games. It’s August, after all, and those fun-in-the-sun games are proceeding very nicely at Martha’s Vineyard and Polzeath, thank you very much.

First it was Barack Obama, fist-bumping with his buddies on the links. Now it’s David Cameron, showing off his trim prime ministerial physique in the surf on a Cornish beach. Below is the cover from today’s Daily Mirror:

Our British correspondent JP notes:

Islamic surf’s up, however, it alludes to the Sun headline of 11 Jan 1979 when Jim Callaghan denied that there was ‘mounting chaos’ during Britain’s ‘Winter of Discontent’.

In other ISIS news, JP sends more about what the meaning of “IS” is. The twelfth item down in today’s Telegraph headlines— if made all-caps with the punctuation removed — reads:

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Beheaded by a Feckless Delusion

The video below is a snip from a speech given by John Brennan on June 29, 2011. At that point Mr. Brennan was Homeland Security Advisor to President Barack Hussein Obama. He is now the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

In his speech he mocked radical Islam’s “grandiose vision of global domination”:

Mr. Brennan dismissed any threat of a Caliphate with these words:

Our strategy is also shaped by a deeper understanding of al-Qa’ida’s goals, strategy, and tactics. I’m not talking about al-Qa’ida’s grandiose vision of global domination through a violent Islamic caliphate. That vision is absurd, and we are not going to organize our counterterrorism policies against a feckless delusion that is never going to happen. We are not going to elevate these thugs and their murderous aspirations into something larger than they are.

What a difference three years makes!

I haven’t read any comments from the esteemed CIA director since ISIS declared a Caliphate, ethnically cleansed Mosul of its Christian population, besieged the Yezidis on Mount Sinjar, and beheaded James Foley. At a press conference yesterday, however, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were singing a different tune:

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Our Love Affair with the Ikhwan

Some interesting points came up in the comment thread on last night’s post about ISIS. A couple of issues raised by our commenters merit further discussion.

First, the questions posed by maninthepub:

What made you make that assumption [that the Ikhwan has compromised government decision-making]? How could the Muslim Brotherhood exercise such control? Who benefits other than the Muslim Brotherhood?

I’ll tackle these questions in reverse order.

Depending on the exact policies that are formulated, a lot of different interests other than the MB could well benefit. For example: the trans-national oil companies, or the munitions industry. It depends on who needs to sell oil at what price. Or who wants to buy weapons, and who’d like to sell them.

It’s well-known that the Muslim Brotherhood has highly-placed agents in the Pentagon, State, the CIA, the White House, etc. This is not classified information. It’s on the public record, if you’re willing to dig into the organizations these men and women belong to, and follow the trail back to the Ikhwan. Steve Emerson’s site is a good place to start.

The number of these culturally enriched “advisors” increased exponentially after 9/11. Suddenly, after those nineteen misinterpreters of the Koran brought down the Twin Towers and redecorated the Pentagon, the military and the executive needed much more information about Islam. So who better to provide it than these pleasant, urbane, cultivated Muslims who just happened to be hanging around Washington D.C. already, relaxing in their plush executive suites?

The Ikhwan teaches its Western operatives to be “the nicest person in the room”, and that’s the way these people are. Just compare them with the profane, sweaty, irate, shouting “Islamophobes” — who would you believe?

The Muslim Brotherhood has no need to exert control as such — influence is sufficient. Like their Communist predecessors, if they place their agents shrewdly and wait patiently, eventually the moment will arrive when a crucial policy decision can be nudged in the right direction. Less than eight years after 9/11 the words “Islam” and “jihad” disappeared from all federal government training manuals on terrorism and “extremism”. How likely is it the pointy-heads at the FBI and the Pentagon thought that one up all on their own?

Also worth mentioning is the Independent’s discussion of the current mess as if it were primarily the creation of the Obama administration.

It’s important not to focus too much on the current occupant of the White House when examining the origins of the present mess. Barack Obama made everything much worse, of course, but today’s policies were firmly in place long before Mr. Obama first put his feet up on the Oval Office desk. They predate George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and possibly even George H.W. Bush.

One might say that the love affair with the mujahideen began during the Reagan administration, when the CIA provided arms, logistical assistance, and training to no fewer than seven jihad groups fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan. That enterprise turned out so well — what with the USS Cole and Osama bin Laden and all — that they decided for a reprise in the 21st century in Mesopotamia. Why abandon a proven strategy?

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The Monster has Escaped the Laboratory

Satan has been unleashed in the world.

Or, if you are an atheist or secular and uncomfortable with theological imagery: Dr. Frankenstein’s monster has escaped the laboratory and is rampaging across the landscape.

The most recent atrocities committed by the Islamic State — notably, the beheading of an American journalist by an ISIS mujahid on video, as a warning to President Obama (see Fox News, CNN, and the Mail Online) — demonstrate that something unprecedented is at work in the Middle East. Not since the defeat of the Ottoman army in 1683 has barbarity of this magnitude gone unchecked in the region.

Actually, you’d have to go back farther than 1683, or even 1453, to find comparable events. During its entire suzerainty over Mesopotamia, the Ottoman Empire did not engage in the systematic demolition of Shiite mosques. But that is exactly what ISIS is doing, even as it massacres and enslaves Christians and Yezidis.

This is a moment of enormous historical import. The proclamation of a Caliphate by the Islamic State has electrified Islamic zealots all over the world, which is why the black flag of jihad is appearing now in so many places. ISIS is saying to the Ummah: “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” And getting an enthusiastic response, based on all the demonstrators who have taken to the “Muslim street”.

The process that has now reached its maturity in Syria and Iraq began in earnest more than three years ago, when a Tunisian street vendor immolated himself and initiated what eventually became known as the “Arab Spring”. It became obvious fairly quickly that this was a moment that both the Muslim Brotherhood and the Western intelligence services had been waiting for. Assets that had been kept ready were set into motion, and long-standing plans were systematically implemented in the months that followed.

Much of the analysis below is pure speculation, but it is based on factual material. It is an attempt to fit the known facts into a plausible general framework that would help explain them. I don’t have the time (nor will my eyes hold up long enough) to find links to all the relevant material; readers are advised to hit the search engines to find corroborating material.

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For several years I’ve been assuming that the Central Intelligence Agency — along with various other parts of the Executive Branch of the American government — has been thoroughly co-opted by agents of the Muslim Brotherhood. The heart of Al-Ikhwan al-Muslimeen is in Qatar, and not Egypt, as many people believe. The analysis below refers to “CIA/Qatar” when describing this convergent nexus of the American intelligence establishment and MB notables in Qatar and elsewhere.

Back in the fall of 2012 I devised a theory about what happened in Benghazi on September 11 of that year, based on reading various sources — not all of them totally paranoid. Since then, everything I put together in those days has been borne out by later revelations. I’ve posted about this before, but here is a general outline of what I consider the likely process behind what happened that night:

1.   The Innocence of Muslims was produced by a man who had turned state’s evidence for the Feds, in return for a sentence of probation for his fraud conviction.
2.   He was ordered to make that video (and probably supplied with the money for it) and told to make it look like Jews were involved. He had no idea he was to be exposed and locked up after his video had served its purpose.
3.   The CIA/Qatar team arranged to subtitle the video in Arabic and release it in the Egyptian media just before September 11, 2012.
4.   When the demo in Cairo started, it was originally on behalf of the Blind Sheikh. It later morphed into an attack on the embassy in outrage over the blasphemous video.
5.   The attack on the consulate in Benghazi was also supposed to be blamed on the video. The Al Qaeda groups that had been paid off to do it were supposed to kidnap Ambassador Stevens. The plan was that after tough negotiations, he would later be released in exchange for the Blind Sheikh, who would return to Egypt in triumph. This was all designed to satisfy the Muslim Brotherhood and the Jihad Masters in Qatar.
6.   The Al Qaeda groups in Benghazi had been recruited to collect the various weapons that we had supplied them to take down Qaddafi with. They were paid to turn them over to the CIA so that they could be shipped to Syria, where we were planning a scenario like the one that had just finished up in Libya.
7.   However, the whole thing went to pieces, because Iranian intelligence had infiltrated the Al Qaeda groups (they have infiltrated everything in that part of the world, with the help of the Russians) and had outbid the CIA. They contracted with the jihadis to kill the ambassador, and thus throw a monkey wrench into US plans against Syria, which is an Iranian client state.
 

The rest is familiar to most readers.

This account may or may not be true, but it does fit Occam’s Razor — it is the simplest explanation available that uses what we know to be true about the U.S. government and the players in the region. The only assumption I have had to make is that the Muslim Brotherhood has totally compromised decision-making in the administration and at the CIA. And that seems more and more of a fact these days, and less and less an assumption.

The cover-up (which began immediately early on September 12, 2012) was simply the reflex reaction you’d expect to hide what agents of our government had been up to vis-à-vis Syria.

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Muzzled in the Rhineland

Last week we posted a translation of an “Islamophobic” essay by Frank Meyer that had originally been published at the Swiss site Blick.ch.

A newspaper in the Rhineland called the Rheinische Post subsequently republished Mr. Meyer’s essay. Since then, however, the piece has been taken down from RP’s website.

Politically Incorrect offers some speculations about why the essay was removed. Many thanks to JLH for the translation:

Rheinische Post Removes Islam-Critical Article

No doubt Mazyek* and Co. have put really heavy pressure on the editorial staff! The guest editorial by Frank A. Meyer, “Islam is a Totalitarian Religion”, which appeared originally in the Swiss illustrated newsmagazine BLICK on August 2nd and was mentioned in PI, was removed from the Post in an act of self-censorship. Meanwhile, on August 15th, the Post squeezed in, as an afterthought, a positive story on the civilizational contributions of the Muslim world (“Without the Open-Minded Islam of the Middle Ages, the Heritage of the Classical Era Would Have Disappeared”). N.B., the more obvious the contradiction between “peaceful” Islam and its totalitarian reality becomes, the more desperate are the deceptive maneuvers of the mass media.

*   Aiman A. Mazyek — German media consultant and chair of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany.

Aiman A. Mazyek (* 19. Januar 1969 in Aachen) ist ein deutscher Medienberater und Vorsitzender des Zentralrats der Muslime in Deutschland.
 

Australian Volunteers for ISIS

The Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) is a an Australian public broadcasting outfit whose stated purpose is “to provide multilingual and multicultural radio and television services that inform, educate and entertain all Australians and, in doing so, reflect Australia’s multicultural society”. Last Tuesday SBS lived up to its mission statement when it aired an episode of the discussion program Insight entitled “Joining the Fight”. The episode focused on young Australian Muslims who have chosen to join the Islamic State (ISIS) to wage jihad in Iraq or Syria.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for editing excerpts from “Joining the Fight” to make this condensed video:

One of the highlights of the show occurred when a teenaged supporter of ISIS stormed off the set. His lawyer — who accompanied him to the studio for the taping — said that she and her client had been duped by SBS’ producers.

Visit the SBS website to watch the full episode.

For a complete listing of previous enrichment news, see The Cultural Enrichment Archives.

JIM Makes a Comeback

In late June the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a.k.a. the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a.k.a. the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shaam (also ISIS) decided to codify its global ambitions by renaming itself as simply the “Islamic State” and referring to its political order as the “Caliphate”. The leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is now known as Amir al-Mu’minin Caliph Ibrahim. His name hearkens back to the first “rightly-guided” caliph after the death of Mohammed, and ISIS’ action is a proclamation of the re-establishment of the institution ninety years and four months after the Caliphate was formally abolished by Kemal Ataturk and the Turkish legislative assembly.

The nomenclature “Islamic State” has created a delicate international issue, one that ISIS may or may not have intended, but one that was certainly unexpected by the Western media.

For the past twelve years — the last six years of the Bush Administration and all six of Obama — the United States has striven mightily to erase the word “Islam” from any reports and discussions about terrorism. When people are raped, tortured, shot, beheaded, or enslaved, no mention of jihad, Islam, or Muslims must be made — you don’t mess around with JIM! The text of official documents and training manuals and government publications has been scoured clean of references to Islam in any materials related to “violent extremism”.

Our NATO allies in Eurabia have followed suit. And the media on both sides of the Atlantic fell eagerly into line, declining to talk about JIM if at all possible when anything nasty occurs in the news. The word “Islam” is generally reserved for fawning stories about Ramadan and Eid, or accounts of interfaith outreach, or videos of women in hijab giving out fluffy pink bunnies (but not piglets!) to children at street festivals.

But with the proclamation of the Islamic State, JIM has made a comeback.

The problem, you see, is the acronym…

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Yezidis Head for the Hills

The following footage from the BBC shows the Yezidis of Sinjar being driven into the barren hills of northern Iraq by the forces of the Islamic State. The refugees left their homes hurriedly, carrying no supplies, and are now stranded in a region that looks a lot like a Martian landscape — only much hotter.

Notice that the Beeb refers to these horrendous events as a “tragedy”, as if they were caused by a tornado or an earthquake or some other natural disaster. But the situation actually constitutes an atrocity, a word that the ever-fastidious BBC is unlikely to use when discussing the “militants” of ISIS:

Hat tip: Vlad Tepes.

Child-Murdering Jewish Nasties

Paul Weston returns with a sardonic take on the international media and their ostentatious hand-wringing over those Poor, Poor Palestinian Children.

Child-Murdering Jewish Nasties
by Paul Weston

OMG!!! Have u seen what those Isralis r doing in Gazza? It’s like, totally murderous and unfair and like, really murderous! You no wat I mean? Why r these jews trying 2 kill as many Pallystinians kids as poss? I’m like, totally grossed out by them, I’ve been watching the MSM news and cant believe how this can be happening in todays day and age. I prey for peace and rainbows and prey that these innocent children be stopped being killed by brownshirted Jewsih nasties. I heard from one of my mates at uni, that the jews have like, invnted missiles that only target muslin children and my mate got it from someone who, like, works at the BBC and is like, you know, an expert on these fings.

And who can really blame such a typical attitude from such a typically half-witted, semi-educated product of progressive liberalism’s Western majority? If you rely on the MSM for your news, then what other opinion could you possibly hold? The less-than-curious amongst us have been subjected to a barrage of breathtakingly biased journalistic output from Gaza, with a particularly repellent fixation on dead Palestinian children, murdered we are unceasingly told, by Israeli Jews who are acting in a thoroughly disproportionate manner.

In actuality, there are deliberate child killers in this awful conflict in Gaza, but they are not the Israelis. Rather, they consist of a sinister multi-headed monster comprised of Hamas, Palestinians, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the Western media and Western charities such as (rather ironically) Save the Children.

Semi-educated left/liberals will stop reading at this point. Despite their twitterish excitement over the opening paragraph, they do not wish to hear an unbiased, adult, educated take on Gaza, even if it means fewer dead Palestinian children in the future. But perhaps they should read further, if only to re-tweet excerpts to their sordid little friends as an example of typical right-wing lunacy — in their opaque eyes.

Getting down to the important issues here, what did Hamas think it was likely to achieve by lobbing thousands of rockets into Israel? Clearly, the obliteration of Israel and the slaughter of its Jewish inhabitants — as per the Hamas Charter — was not a realistic ambition despite, its being a fervent desire.

No, the point of lobbing rockets into Israel, and the kidnapping, mutilation and murder of three Israeli teenagers, was done for one reason and one reason only — to provoke a reaction by Israel which could then be broadcast to the Western world as an act of disproportionate aggression. It is thus a propaganda war dependent entirely in this social media age of photographs of dead children as opposed to photographs of victoriously bearded Arab soldiers overrunning enemy positions.

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