Archaic Islam Promotes Terrorism

The following guest-essay was sent in by Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant, a retired general in the Indian army.

Taliban fighters

Archaic Islam Promotes Terrorism

By Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant, VSM

“Islam means Peace”. However, in its 14-century long history it has rarely promoted peace. Violence in all its forms has been its hallmark The turbulent times that its founder, the Prophet Mohammed, peace be on him, saw and experienced convinced promoters of new religion that violence was the panacea for all worldly ills. The Prophet was himself banished from his place of birth and work, Mecca, to find refuge in Medina. It was only through an armed struggle that he regained Mecca. Thereafter it was the sword of Islam which spread the new faith to many continents. The faithful followers indeed reaped what they sowed.

The Prophet Mohammed breathed his last in 631 AD. The war of succession followed. The great divide then took place, followed by violence and war of great magnitude. The Shi’ite and the Sunni sects parted ways forever. The Sunnis almost imposed their will on Shi’ites regarding succession through violence and slaughter. The Shi’ites have been mourning their losses ever since.

Violence as a creed to give effect to political plans grew firm roots in Islam. Perhaps the terrorists of today have inherited this philosophy of life, along with a conviction that ends can be achieved by terrorising opponents. A terrorist snatches away from the terrorised individuals the most precious right, namely, the right to life. Obviously a civilised society cannot afford to find excuses to condone an act of terror, be it in the name of religion, faith or anything else.

Islam, as it is interpreted and practised in Madrassas, the archaic schools of religious teachings, breeds hatred for non-believers who are contemptuously called Kaffir. The maulvis and imams, in their post-prayer Friday prayer sermons, preach violence and contempt for those who do not believe in Islam. There may be exceptions, but these are few and far between. Those who do not believe in Islam are terrorised to embrace it. As a result, terror is promoted as a part of belief in Islam in Madrassas and mosques. Moderate elements in Islam turn Nelson’s eye to the spread of what Tony Blair termed a “perverted form of Islam”. Terror is the tactic to subjugate those men and women who do not toe the line of the promoters of the belief that the world revolves around Muslims, and that others have no right to live in it.

The archaic laws applied by Muslim countries are far removed from modern jurisprudence. The teachings by archaic schools of Islamic thought adopt the psychological methods of brainwashing, and convert young recruits ready to die for all the wrong reasons. The term fidayeen is an offshoot of an archaic and misplaced belief that an Islamic terrorist who kills others and is in turn killed goes to Heaven. Terror takes root in minds of men who discover this shortcut to Heaven.

It is relevant to add that the concept of Heaven in Islam is a place where a ghazi or a martyr receives in abundance all that is forbidden in this mortal world. Wine and women find a place of prominence among comforts offered to a martyr in an Islamic heaven.

Where do we go from here?

All sane persons should encourage moderate elements in Islam not only to oppose archaic thoughts by word of mouth, but by action. Ideas have to be combated with ideas. The obscurantist preachers in mosques should be singled out and put through reformatory schools. Modern jurisprudence and progressive laws of the land, both civil and criminal, should be compulsorily applied to Muslims, too.

China has done so with success. In China Muslim males are not permitted to take four living wives at a time. The principle followed in China is Nan nyu ping deng, that is, equality between men and women. In Islam women are not allowed to have four living husbands at any given time, likewise men should not be permitted to have four living wives at a given time. It is worth emulating. It should be strictly enforced all over the world. It will make Muslims realise that they cannot be beneficiaries of an archaic system prevalent in medieval times in a Middle Eastern society. This will in turn promote modern social thinking and wean away the misguided youth from maulvis. The youth will indeed learn to merge with the mainstream of social life.

The Islamic terrorism of today is a global problem. It has to be tackled globally by men and women of all creeds and castes, region and religion. No one, neither individual or nation, should look for excuses to condone terrorism. Ideas have to be fought with ideas, and the likewise terror committed by a sect or a religious group has to be fought with all might at the command of a country or a group of countries. The rule of law is fine, but it should be borne in mind that Islamic terrorism has to be eliminated at all costs. One should not hesitate in putting into practice the primitive law “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” This was put to practical use by the Police in the Punjab, India against Sikh terrorists and separatists and by the British army in Malaysia to put down terrorism ruthlessly. Of course, new laws may have to be enacted banning preaching of religious terrorism in mosques and the eulogising of slain terrorists or honoring them as martyrs. Active support of moderate Muslims should be forthcoming in rooting out Islamic terrorism.

Muslim women, if and when liberated from the clutches of obscurantist males, will have a major role to play. They are oppressed souls now. Many Muslim priests are opposed to allowing women inside mosques to say prayers. Women have no role in decision-making. The system of Triple Talaq gives Muslim males right to divorce their wives at will by just pronouncing “talaq talaq talaq” These triple pronouncements spell doom for the marital life of a Muslim female.

When Muslim women are liberated, they will have a sobering influence on society and discourage irresponsible thought and action by their loved ones. A fine example of liberated Muslim women playing a responsible role in a society is that of Turkey. With the result that the government, especially the armed forces, ensures that Turkey does not revert to an archaic form of Islam. The modernisation of Islamic society by Kemal Ataturk showed them the path to prosperity and peace of mind. It is for others to follow suit and help curb terror through liberalisation of Islamic concepts. A country which does not wish to liberalise its archaic dogmas will only be promoting concepts conducive to terrorism.

Besides Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, and even the much-maligned Iraq gave varying degrees of freedom to their women. Maybe Muslim women will come forward and raise the flag of liberation, liberation from bigotry and fanaticism, so that their children and children’s children live in peace and prosperity along with their brothers and sisters of other faiths all over the world. All will walk on the path of righteousness and eliminate the very concept of terror.

Women form half of the human society. The Chinese say “Pan tian” , that is, they are half of the universe. If our women join the war on terrorism, no Osama will dare promote it in any part of the world. The 9/11 in New York, the 7/7 in London and that dastardly terrorist attack on the Hindu temple of Ayodhya will indeed become history. We will await that glorious sunrise.

Let all sections of society move together for improving the quality of life in the civil society, irrespective of personal beliefs of a section. As the Vedas, the most ancient book in Man’s library, say: “Sangacchdhwam samvadadhwam samvo manasi jantam”, that is, “Let us walk together, let us talk together.” Let us shape our thoughts together for the good of one and all. Let all sections of a civil society know that we must swim or sink together. This change of mind and heart will sound the death knell of terrorism.

A Brief History of the Transatlantic Counterjihad, Part II

Islam over Europe, seen from orbit

This is the second of an eight-part history of the Transatlantic Counterjihad. Part I is here.

Many thanks to the Counterjihad Collective for all the effort that went into this project.

A Brief History of the Transatlantic Counterjihad
by the Counterjihad Collective

II. Conferences

Copenhagen, 2007

The first Transatlantic Counterjihad conference was organized in the spring of 2007.

The online activities of the 910 Group had brought anti-sharia activists from Denmark, Britain, and the USA into contact with one another, and the Mohammed Cartoon Crisis had brought Denmark into prominence, so Copenhagen was the obvious choice for a venue. The UK and Scandinavia Counterjihad Summit was held there on April 14, 2007, under the auspices of Stop the Islamization of Denmark (SIAD).

The purpose of the meeting was to bring various groups into face-to-face acquaintance with one another, and to share information that would help them formulate strategies to oppose sharia and resist Islamization in their various countries. Representatives from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the UK, and the USA were in attendance. For a report on the afternoon’s events, see this Gates of Vienna post.

Brussels, 2007

Brussels Summit 2007

As a result of the preliminary work in Copenhagen, a more ambitious event was organized in Brussels on October 18-19, 2007, hosted by the Flemish nationalist party Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest). Counterjihad Brussels brought together a large number of participants, and featured well-known experts on Islamic law and theology as speakers. The keynoter was Bat Ye’or, and other speakers included Andrew Bostom, Dr. Arieh Eldad MK, Lars Hedegaard, Prof. Hans Jansen, David Littman, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, Sam Solomon, Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo, and Robert Spencer.

Robert Spencer, David Littman, Bat Ye'or, Brussels

Participants came from Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Switzerland, Sweden, the UK, and the USA.

Bat Ye'or in Brussels 2007

Guest speakers were featured at the first day of the conference, which was held in the European Parliament building. The presentations were of two types: a speaker for each of the European countries that participated gave a report on the level of sharia and Islamization in his or her own country, and these country reports were interspersed with speeches and audio-visual material on topics of general interest to the Counterjihad.

Dr. Eldad’s presentation was particularly important, since the position of Israel is so crucial to the rest of the Western world. Israel, as a bastion of democracy in a despotic region, is on the front lines of the resistance to jihad. One of the major points of agreement among the participating organizations was the necessity for support of Israel.

On the second day, the conference reconvened at the Flemish Parliament. The day’s events consisted of workshops and a final plenary meeting before the conference concluded. During the day attendees broke up into smaller groups and attended facilitated workshops on practical ways to effect political and legislative change that could slow the spread of sharia in Europe.

Vienna, 2008

Counterjihad Vienna was held on May 11-12, 2008. This meeting took the form of facilitated workshops interspersed with talks and general discussion. Topics included civil liberties, the repression of free speech, and the implications of the proposed European Arrest Warrant for activists who oppose sharia and Islamization.

The evening keynoter on the 11th was Serbian-American historian Dr. Srdja Trifkovic, whose expertise on the Ottoman conquest of the Balkans provided a fresh perspective on Islamization.

Attendees came from Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Flanders, Germany, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the USA.

Copenhagen, 2009

A transatlantic leadership group convened for Counterjihad Copenhagen on May 16-17, 2009, with attendees from Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the USA.

This meeting took the form of facilitated discussion groups held in the plenary. The sessions focused on helping different groups improve their organizational skills, suggesting different techniques that could be adapted for the unique circumstances found in individual countries.

Topics covered included media operations, security, the use of the internet, international coordination of anti-sharia action, and strategies for dealing with the growing repression of free speech in Europe.

Zurich, 2010

Counterjihad Zurich, held on June 12-13, 2010, followed up on Copenhagen with a continuing emphasis on intensifying cooperation and sharing of information among different groups and networks. Representatives came from Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Switzerland, the UK, and the USA.

As in Vienna and Copenhagen, the sessions were mostly in workshop format, with moderated general discussion in a roundtable format. The English Defence League, which had come into being and risen in importance since the previous year’s meeting, was one of the prominent topics.

There was also a workshop presented by the French organization Alliance to Stop Sharia, which focuses on the fact that sharia demonstrably violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the European Convention on Human Rights, the English Bill of Rights, the American Bill of Rights, and the French Declaration of the Rights of Man.

The Swiss People’s Party (SVP) was represented at the meeting, and an SVP member gave an outline of his party’s successful referendum campaign that imposed a ban on the building of new minarets.

Other topics covered included strategies for proposed parliamentary legislation, encroachments on freedom of speech, and the opportunity offered by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (see the detailed section on the OSCE, below).

London, 2011

In the two years since the formation of the English Defence League in 2009, events in Britain have galloped ahead of the rest of Europe. As the only significant grassroots anti-sharia movement in Europe, the EDL was the one of the major topics of Counterjihad London on September 24-25, 2011.

Islamization has perhaps proceeded further in Britain than in any other European nation. At least eighty officially-sanctioned sharia courts are now operating in the UK, and Muslims have gained political control of the mayoralty in the borough council of Tower Hamlets. Critics of sharia are marginalized, demonized, harassed, and prosecuted.

The purpose of the two days’ meetings was to bring the EDL together with other interested groups, including action-oriented people whose goal is to form a new political party having opposition to Islamization as one of its major policy positions.

[In the weeks since the meetings in London, Paul Weston was elected chairman of British Freedom, and the EDL announced its support for the new party.]

In addition to the UK, representatives from Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, and the USA were present, bringing an international perspective to the discussions of British issues.

Conferences Not Sponsored by ICLA, But Attended by ICLA Members

Identity Crisis: Can European Civilisation Survive? Rome, March 13-14, 2008

“Memorial Oriana Fallaci 2008”, Florence, September 14-15, 2008

Panel Discussion In Vienna, November 11, 2008, sponsored by the Akademikerbund, Vienna,

Facing Jihad: Jerusalem, December 14, 2008

International Legal Conference on Freedom of Speech and Religion, October 27-28, 2009, Congressional Auditorium, U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, Washington, D.C.

Next: Part III(a), The Transatlantic Counterjihad at the OSCE

Photo credits: The Bat Ye’or composite and the view of the plenary in Brussels are © Snaphanen).


2011   Nov   24   Part I, Introduction

Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/24/2011

Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/24/2011Portuguese labor unions brought the country to a standstill today by staging a general strike. Workers were protesting the latest austerity measures proposed by the government to meet the conditions for another EU bailout. Coincidentally, the Fitch ratings agency downgraded Portugal’s debt today, due to the country’s less-than-optimal economic outlook.

In other news, a new report says that the increase in the minority population in the United States — up by 2% since the 2008 election — may guarantee the re-election of Barack Hussein Obama. The overwhelming majority of minority-Americans prefer Mr. Obama over any Republican, according to the latest polls.

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Ignoring the Warning Signs

The trial of Mohammad Shafia has been big news in Kingston, Ontario for the last several weeks. Mr. Shafia is accused, along with his current wife and his son, of the “honor killing” of his three daughters and their mother, his ex-wife.

The video below is from a SUN TV news story about the case. In it you will hear a description of the testimony given by two school principals who failed to heed the warning signs displayed at school by two of the murdered girls, who were obviously in great distress not long before they were killed.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this clip:

A Brief History of the Transatlantic Counterjihad, Part I

Islam over Europe, seen from orbit

After Paul Weston published his brief account of our role in the Counterjihad Brussels 2007 conference, several people have asked me to write a history of the Counterjihad movement.

As it happens, such a history was already in preparation at the time Paul wrote his testimonial, and had been for several months. It was written by the Counterjihad Collective, a group of people (including myself) who have firsthand knowledge of the history of the transatlantic Counterjihad.

The paper has just been completed, but it’s too long for one blog post. I’ll post it here in eight parts, broken up into its numbered topics, which are of varying lengths.

Many thanks to all the people who contributed to this project.

A Brief History of the Transatlantic Counterjihad
by the Counterjihad Collective

I. Introduction

Over the past few years a transatlantic political and social movement that is now commonly known as the Counterjihad has gained increasing prominence. As it became more mainstream, it attracted attention from the legacy media, especially in Europe, where the debate over Islamization has made it to the pages of major newspapers.

The resistance to Islamization and sharia started long before September 11, 2001. The roots of the movement can be traced back to antiquity, since the first violent razzia against Christian civilization in the 7th century, under Mohammed and the early Caliphs. Successive jihad attacks destroyed the Christian cultures of the Middle East, North Africa, and parts of southern Europe. With each wave of Islamic invasion, Europeans became aware of Islamic ideology through its deadly praxis. Popes, Patriarchs, and scholars wrote about the nature of the Mohammedan aggression, and the necessity for resistance to it. European Christians massed forces to launch Crusades in an attempt to reclaim Muslim-conquered territories in the Near East for Christendom.

Moorish Islam was expelled from Spain by the Reconquista in 1492, and the tide of the Ottoman expansion was turned back at the Gates of Vienna in 1683. For the next two centuries European civilization was ascendant, as Turkish power gradually receded and disappeared from the Balkans and Greece. Europeans were technologically superior to Islamic cultures, and became the colonial masters of Muslims in North Africa, Asia Minor, the Arabian Peninsula, the Indian subcontinent, and the archipelagoes of the Indian Ocean.

During those years the ideology of Islam ceased to matter to Europeans, and the violent and expansionist doctrines of the Koran, the hadith, and the Sunna no longer drew much attention among non-Muslims. Occasionally a European writer — most notably Winston Churchill, in The River War — would analyze the barbaric, inhumane, and imperialistic ideology of the Mohammedans. By and large, however, the menace of Islamic violence, which had been intimately familiar to millions of Europeans for a millennium, was forgotten.

All that changed when the ownership of Middle Eastern oil fields passed from European and American corporations into the hands of Muslim emirs. Suddenly the Islamic world was awash with wealth. And, for the first time in history, all that bounty became available to Muslims without the necessity of conquest and slaughter.

The reality of Islamic economic power drew the attention of the West during the oil crisis of 1974. The satraps of Muslim countries were able to put a thumb on the petroleum carotid of Western Europe and bring European political leaders to their knees. In the ensuing years, the Islamic colonization of London, Paris, Marseille, Brussels, and Rotterdam began in Europe. The first urban Islamic enclaves formed in those cities and others, becoming the nuclei of the notorious no-go zones and sharia enclaves that have metastasized for the last three decades all across Western Europe.

Among Sunni Muslims the fundamentalist revival was spearheaded by a group known as Al-Ikhwan Al-Muslimeen, or the Muslim Brotherhood. Founded in Egypt in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna, the Brotherhood grew in popularity during the middle of the 20th century, even under official state repression by the Nasser regime. Al-Banna was assassinated in 1949, after which Sayyid Qutb took over the leadership of the group. Qutb was a prolific writer and theoretician, and his works inspired millions of Sunni Muslims throughout the Middle East and beyond. By the time he was hanged in 1966, the Muslim Brotherhood had become a formidable force in Middle Eastern politics, even though it was banned. The stage was thus set for the oil-funded Islamic revival.

The current crisis began with the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979. The origins of the Counterjihad may be traced to the writer V.S. Naipaul, who was the first prominent observer to understand what was at stake, and what lay ahead. He visited Iran and other Muslim countries in the wake of the Iranian revolution in an attempt to understand the Islamic awakening. The following report, from the hinterlands of Sind in Pakistan, presents the Islamic worldview in a nutshell*:

The maulana’s [religious teacher’s] room was more enclosed than the guest house, but not less bare. He had been lying down on his string bed; he sat up to talk to me. He was turbanned and bearded, an old man, but still vigorous, and not gentle. In the late-afternoon gloom, soon made gloomier by a very weak electric bulb, in the dust and bareness of his peasant setting, he was alive with a religious passion that was like malevolence: the passion for the true faith running, as it can easily run, into the idea of Islam in danger, the need for the holy war, the idea of the enemy.

He asked me about myself and my travels. I told him I had been to Iran.

He said, “Khomeini is a good man. He is Islamic.”

“Why do you say that?” I had expected him, so orthodox and fierce, to disapprove of Khomeini’s Shia Islam as a deviation.

He said, “He has banned women from appearing on television.”

This was all that he knew of Iran since the revolution.

He said, “We don’t have an Islamic government here.”

How could he say that? The government had ordered civil servants to break off every day and say their prayers It had legislated for Koranic punishments like whipping and stoning to death. It was talking of levying a Koranic tax, to be paid out to the poor as alms. The president had just made the pilgrimage to Mecca. What more did the maulana want?

He said, “They haven’t abolished interest in the banks.” The Prophet had outlawed usury; a banking system that depended on interest was not Islamic.

What kind of banking system did he want? How did he want the financial affairs of the country to be managed?

He didn’t know. He hadn’t thought about it. But he didn’t care. He said, “If Pakistan makes money in an Islamic way, everything will follow.” He was pleased with that thought — logic was one of the subjects taught at his school — and he repeated it slowly.

He was half a politician, a man of local influence; and in his criticism of the government there was no doubt some local or personal grudge. But he was not being disingenuous; he lived by his rules. His world had shrunk to a hut in a crumbling village. He was prepared for even that to crumble away further, once the faith was served.

Mr. Naipaul was prescient in his analysis of the ideological imperatives of Islamic doctrine, anticipating the rest of us by more than twenty years. His brief account includes the Sunni-Shi’a divide, jihad, the subjugation of women, barbaric Islamic punishments, sharia-compliant finance, and Islam’s theological indifference to the material well-being of its adherents. All of these issues are now routinely highlighted by 21st-century Counterjihad activists.

The Third Wave of the Great Islamic Jihad was further inflamed by the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, which also took place in 1979. Over the next decade the United States covertly armed and trained the Afghan mujahideen as an anti-Soviet resistance force, laying the groundwork for what eventually became the Taliban.

Islamic violence intruded more and more on Western consciousness throughout the late 1980s and 1990s. The death fatwa against Salman Rushdie, the first World Trade Center attack in 1993, the Khobar Towers bombing in 1995, the African embassy bombings in 1998, the attack on the U.S.S. Cole in 2000: all of these served to increase public awareness of Islam’s propensity for violence, and forced Western political leaders to adjust their policies to take the new reality into account.

During these “prodromal” years in the 1990s, members of the Muslim Brotherhood quietly inserted themselves into positions of influence in federal, state, and local governments in the United Stares. Their new roles allowed them to exert subtle influence over the direction of American government policy vis-à-vis Islam. A parallel Brotherhood infiltration occurred in Western Europe during the same period, especially in cultural institutions.

These preparations left the Ikhwan fully prepared to neutralize any serious attempts by Western governments to deal with radical Islam within their societies. Brotherhood operatives developed a shrewd understanding of modern Political Correctness and Multiculturalism, which allowed them to exploit the weak spots in Western culture by invoking the shibboleths of “racism” and “xenophobia”.

Then came September 11th. Millions of people who had never paid any attention to Islam suddenly became aware of the destructive power that was inherent in its ideology. They began to educate themselves and talk to other people whose interest had been similarly awakened. They formed volunteer organizations, did research, and published articles. With the onset of blogging, anyone could contribute to the cause, and many thousands did.

Thus was the Counterjihad born.

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In September 2006 the 910 Group was founded in a Gates of Vienna comments thread on a post entitled “The Emperor is Naked”. A collection of interested commenters, most of them Americans, joined the discussion and decided to form an activist group that would do more than just talk about resisting the jihad. The focus over the next few weeks was on organizing a movement that could actually initiate action against the encroachment of sharia in Western Society.

The British Counterjihad formed at about the same time as a reaction to the March for Free Expression in September 2006. The American and British activists soon encountered each other, and gathered under the 910 Group umbrella along with volunteers from Canada, Australia, and other parts of Europe, particularly Denmark.

In 2007 an expanded version of the group changed its name to the Center for Vigilant Freedom (CVF).

A year or so later CVF was folded into the International Civil Liberties Alliance, reflecting an extended network of associated groups. In addition to English, the ICLA website now publishes material in Spanish, Dutch, Italian, and German.

From its inception the purpose of the organization that eventually became ICLA was to facilitate alliances among existing groups. Its mission is to be a “network of networks”: to promote communication and common action among the various organizations that have sprung up since 9-11 to combat sharia and resist the Islamization of Western Culture.

The paramount goal of the Counterjihad is to reverse the encroachment of sharia (Islamic law) in the Western democracies. Sharia contradicts all Western constitutions, and is fundamentally incompatible with the rule of law as is commonly understood in Europe, the United States, Canada, and Australia. Because Islam is a unified system embracing religion, political ideology, and jurisprudence, preventing the establishment of sharia also serves to prevent the Islamization of countries with a substantial Muslim minority.

Thus the goal of Counterjihad groups is to stop the spread of sharia within their own societies. Activists realize that initiatives against sharia must be mounted on two distinct fronts: at the national level (in the legislatures and judicial systems of individual democratic countries) and in international bodies (the European Union, the United Nations, etc.).

The latter front is particularly important, since the EU and the UN are undemocratic and unaccountable to the people they purport to represent. The Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which functions as the collective expression of the world’s Muslim-majority countries, wields a disproportionate amount of influence at the United Nations, and vigorously pursues its sharia-based agenda there.

Coming up: Part II, “Conferences”

* V.S. Naipaul, Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey, Alfred A. Knopf, 1981, pp 92-93

British Freedom Breaks into the MSM

British Freedom: Paul Weston

From tomorrow’s edition of The Independent:

Angry face of far-right protest prepares to storm local elections

English Defence League to enter electoral politics after signing pact with British Freedom Party

by Kevin Rawlinson

The English Defence League plans to field candidates for the first time in local elections after an alliance is finalised between the far-right group and the British Freedom Party, which was set up by disgruntled members of the British National Party.

Senior figures said that the EDL, which has become known for its protests in English towns with Muslim populations, needed to “detoxify” its name by moving into politics with an existing party. Their new partners hope to capitalise on the EDL’s ability to mobilise a large number of supporters.

Both groups will retain a measure of independence but will support each other. EDL members will be invited to join the newly affiliated political wing and stand as candidates under its name. “There is a gentleman’s agreement in place, we are looking at the EDL becoming political early next year,” said Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, the leader of the far-right group. Mr Yaxley-Lennon, who also goes by the name Tommy Robinson, confirmed he had met the British Freedom Party leader Paul Weston and that discussions were at an advanced stage.

Mr Weston confirmed the plans and revealed he would offer Mr Yaxley-Lennon a place on the party’s executive committee. He added: “We are going to say we support the principles of the EDL. We will get a lot of people who can stand in local constituencies and they will get a genuine political party in return.”

The move is likely to meet with some resistance from those EDL members who want to see the group remain a “street movement”. Mr Yaxley-Lennon acknowledged the issue, saying he will consult the leaders of the group’s local divisions.


Babs Davis, an EDL member, backed the move if the leadership thought it was in the best interests of the group. “A lot of people have said that we should go political but the movement never really wanted to do it,” she said.

“If that is what Tommy Robinson thinks is the right thing to do, then I agree with him. I think he has done a brilliant job. The whole point of being in the EDL is to follow what the leadership says.”

Dr Goodwin, who is a professor at the University of Nottingham, said: “Since the widespread defeat for the BNP in last year’s general election, the far right-wing landscape of British politics has seen the emergence of several small political parties and movements, all attempting to fill the gaps left by Nick Griffin’s party and exploit wider public concerns about immigration.”


Allies on the right: The leaders

Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, aka Tommy Robinson

Tommy Robinson and the Metropolitan Police

The former BNP member is the founder and leader of the EDL. He has recently forged a strong relationship with British Freedom Party leader Paul Weston.

He is known for wearing a St George’s Cross mask when making public appearances and was one of two EDL members who protested on the roof of FIFA’s Zurich offices about the attempt by world football’s governing body to ban England players from wearing poppies during a recent match. Earlier this month he received a 12-week sentence for assault, suspended for a year, at Preston magistrates’ court.

Paul Weston

A former electoral candidate for UKIP, Mr Weston is described by Mr Yaxley-Lennon as a “charismatic public-schoolboy type”.

He took over the chairmanship of the British Freedom Party two weeks ago. Like many of the party’s founders, he is said to be an experienced political campaigner. He is thought to want to keep his party free from the “historical baggage associated with parties such as the BNP”.

Previous posts about British Freedom:

2011   Nov   9   It’s Time for British Freedom
        16   Standing for British Freedom
        19   The English Defence League and British Freedom

Giving Thanks, Yet Again

Blasted Tree

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers — and everyone else, too, for that matter.

Dymphna wrote her wrap-up to our Autumn Fundraiser on Tuesday, which amounted to an early Thanksgiving. However, one of the features of our quarterly fundraisers is that donations always continue to trickle in, even after the final wrap-up, making our thankfulness extend through the rest of the week.

A new country may now be added to the list of donors: Luxembourg. As far as I can recall, this is the first gift from Luxembourg we have ever received.

Other latecomers checked in from Australia, Florida, Illinois, Norway, Pennsylvania, and the UK. Once again, our gratitude goes out to all of those who contributed to a happy Thanksgiving here at Schloss Bodissey.

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We’ve pointed out repeatedly over the last few years that our times seems to have a 1938 feel about them. There is a widespread sense that an enormous storm will soon shatter the illusory calm that has prevailed for the past four decades in the Western democracies. It’s impossible to predict exactly when the first lightning bolt will strike, and the crucial moment may not be as clear-cut as the invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939.

As if the demographic crisis, the suppression of civil liberties, the Islamic incursions, and the Iranian nuclear threat weren’t enough, we now face an economic catastrophe that may well destroy the major currencies and wipe out the European Union along with our prosperity.

So the gratitude we feel for all that has been granted us by Providence is tempered by the melancholy sense that all we have now will not last much longer, for 1939 is surely bound to arrive.

With these somber thoughts in mind, we revisit a poem by Louis MacNeice written in the late 1930s. Like the poet, we remain grateful for the sunlight on the garden, while it remains:

The Sunlight on the Garden
by Louis MacNeice

The sunlight on the garden
Hardens and grows cold,
We cannot cage the minute
Within its nets of gold;
When all is told
We cannot beg for pardon.

Our freedom as free lances
Advances towards its end;
The earth compels, upon it
Sonnets and birds descend;
And soon, my friend,
We shall have no time for dances.

The sky was good for flying
Defying the church bells
And every evil iron
Siren and what it tells:
The earth compels,
We are dying, Egypt, dying

And not expecting pardon,
Hardened in heart anew,
But glad to have sat under
Thunder and rain with you,
And grateful too
For sunlight on the garden.

Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/23/2011

Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/23/2011Belgium’s continuing failure to form a government has caused its borrowing costs to rise. Interest rates on its bonds have reached a ten-year high as investors reassess the risk of Belgian sovereign debt, given the current political crisis and the country’s debt-to-GDP ratio of 100%. Some observers believe that Belgium may be next in line after Italy for a euro-debt crisis.

Meanwhile, more and more people are touting Eurobonds as a solution to the EU’s fiscal woes. But the Netherlands is opposed to any creation of a Eurozone-wide bond.

In other news, the woman who is languishing in an Afghan jail for the crime of being raped has been offered a way out of her predicament: marry the man who raped her and fathered her child. She is reportedly willing to take the offer.

To see the headlines and the articles, open the full news post.

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“This Has Got to Stop”

In this segment from his program on SUN TV, Michael Coren interviews two Canadian men who have been persecuted for “hate speech”.

His first guest is a Christian pastor named Mark Harding, who was charged under hate speech laws for creating pamphlets describing the treatment of Christians in Muslim countries. His second guest is Damian Goddard, a sports broadcaster who was fired without warning by his network for stating in a private tweet, on his own time, that he believed that marriage is a union between a man and a woman.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this excellent video:

Robert Spencer in Australia

As mentioned here a couple of times last month, Robert Spencer is about to begin a whirlwind tour of Australia under the auspices of the Q Society.

The Q Society just sent out a press release with Mr. Spencer’s full itinerary for Down Under (dated tomorrow, because it’s already tomorrow in Australia):

Q Society of Australia Inc
24 November 2011

Robert Spencer in Australia

America’s outspoken researcher and bestselling author on Islam and Jihad is about to start his Australia tour. Robert will visit the following cities:

Melbourne   26 November
Perth   27 November
Sydney   29 November
Brisbane   1 December
Cairns   4 December

The Melbourne lecture is already sold out and interest in the other cities is not far behind.

While more Islamic countries fall into turmoil impacting immigration and refugee flows to Western countries, Australians are increasingly concerned about balancing humanitarian response and the consequences of Islamisation upon our security and the social, legal, economic and cultural fabric of society.

At this critical time comes a unique opportunity to gain valuable insights from one of the foremost experts in understanding the Islamisation process and what is at stake. The key theme for Spencer’s first Australian lecture tour is Socio-Political Jihad: Conquering the West without Swords, Guns or Bombs.

Robert Spencer (49, MA, Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) has been studying Islamic theology, law, and history in depth since 1980.

He has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the FBI, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the U.S. intelligence community.

Robert is the director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Centre, and author of ten books, including New York Times best-sellers ‘The Truth About Muhammad’ and ‘The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam’. He has also written monographs for the David Horowitz Freedom Center: Islamophobia: Thought Crime of the Totalitarian Future (with David Horowitz); Obama and Islam (with David Horowitz); What Americans Need to Know About Jihad; The Violent Oppression of Women In Islam (with Phyllis Chesler); Islamic Leaders’ Plan for Genocide; and Muslim Persecution of Christians.

More details can be found on the website

Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/22/2011

Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/22/2011German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that Eurozone member states that do not stay within budgetary rules will face a partial loss of national sovereignty. Yet any country that submits to the EU’s budgetary restrictions has already lost part of its national sovereignty. That’s some catch, that Catch-22!

In other news, the Emirate of Qatar has decided to allow the sale of pork, as it already allows the sale of alcohol, to non-Muslim foreigners holding a license for the purchase of such haram products. In the few days since pork products went on sale, the lone retailer selling them has almost sold out.

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Strange Bedfellows

Owen and Mzee

This is my wrap-up post for the Autumn Bleg, even though I’ve gone missing for most of it. Not that I wasn’t thinking about it, about our “endorsers” and our donors, about the Baron being left to follow through, and hoping each day that I’d be able to participate. Finally, at the last moment I’m back… for however long.

The topic of this bleg, “Community”, has always been on the front burner for us both. What with our being foreigners here in the foothills, we were forced to grasp what being an outsider meant for each of us, and how we might flourish in that role, either because of it or despite it. The usual forms that work in suburbia or in an urban single life don’t translate to rural ways. Not at all.

I guess I’m trying to say we’ve looked at this every which way you can imagine here in the rural outback of Central Virginia. We compared childhood notes, we talked about communities of college students and which parts become permanent, we argued about the aspects of extended kin networks which function well, and which we found more problematic. For a long time, we were active in our Episcopalian diocese.

Thus, long before we turned to begging for a living, the notion of community had been a recurring theme in our decades of conversations in the halls of Schloss Bodissey. The Breivik slaughter propelled the subject to the forefront. How to preserve our network? How to “hide the ones in trouble out under the bed”? How to avoid being “shut down” by those in charge? How to protect the premises of Gates of Vienna from constant verbal attacks by the ignorant and over-educated lurkers who waited impatiently to publicize their vitriol on our bandwidth?

We felt anxious and protective of members of our group such as Fjordman and Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff. What protection did they have where they were? The media were, as usual, treacherous. We knew the labels were being pasted to our foreheads even as we were unable to prevent them from being stuck there. In the end what else is there to do? You go with the flow, trying to take care of one another through the worst of it.

So far everyone is surviving, though both Elisabeth and Fjordman have a long row to hoe. The English are making inroads, miraculously. And the Netherlands is an equally hopeful place where change might be possible. So various communities are beginning to take shape, and others are retrenching and moving on. The Sweden Democrats have not been squelched by this, much to the disappointment of the leftists. The Danes are looking at Norway’s experience with mass murder and its mirror opposite, mass immigration forced on an unwitting community. Denmark’s decision to set limits for her immigrants has proved to be the right path.

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Before I get to the inspiration of this wrap-up post, I need to address again what is constantly before us.

As all of you know, those who push back against the imposition of sharia law in the West have come under severe attack ABB (After Breivik’s Blowup). July 22nd was a watershed moment for us all. Breivik’s cut-’n’-paste “Manifesto” gave our adversaries a battering ram: those named by Breivik were held to be guilty by association, even if our so-called connection to this disturbed individual was all on his side. It was still our fault and we were still responsible. In Norway, Fjordman bore the full brunt of his conformist culture and its enforcers.

Thus, the aftermath of Breivik’s lethal assault on the fabric of Norway cast a long shadow on our summer fund-raiser. And that shadow is still here to some extent. The serial hatemailers have largely gone back under their respective rocks, and the police in Oslo are beginning to admit the less-than-salubrious experience of having so many unassimilated immigrants assaulting Norwegian citizens. The nicety-nice stage set they’d erected over the years and painted so carefully is fraying at the edges.

Norway’s oil wealth bought them the best in Potemkin illusions for a long time. Thus the fury descended, like lightning seeking ground, as the reality began to impinge on everyday life. The consequent rage directed at the Counterjihad was simply in proportion to the intense fear Breivik elicited by his calm deliberate slaughter of the next generation of Norway’s leaders.

The multicultis had a double disadvantage here: the first was the public mass execution (by one of their own) so coolly filmed by the media’s insistent camera as the killer calmly walked by the finished-off victims who lay on the shoreline. Is it not most strange that the media folk in the helicopter did not interfere with these systematic killings? They merely “captured” his walk down the shore, taking careful, easy aim. Has anyone in Norway asked why the media were not charged as accomplices — accomplices in the fact, not after? That cameraman watched the slaughter. So did the pilot. What in God’s name were they thinking?

In such a strongly shame-driven culture is there no social sanction for purported “innocent bystander” behavior from a “profession” that makes its living off scandal ? Where is the shame for their behavior?

The word “vultures” comes to mind. As much as I dislike American media, I can’t quite imagine them acting as the Norwegian media did — i.e., absolutely nothing except to watch and record events as their fellow-citizens were being slaughtered. Their behavior remains an eerie, unanswered part of the whole drama.

The second disadvantage was quickly obvious to the people in charge. A full frontal assault was needed to prevent a close inspection of the lengthening splits in the canvas on which they’d painted those pretty pictures of nicety-nice Norway.

The most immediate goal was to direct attention away from the reality of Norway’s fracturing consensus. What better way to do it than to haul a native Norwegian critic into the limelight? They could better assign the root cause of Breivik’s killings to a candidate unable to fight back very well: shame cultures cannot function without scapegoats.

Thus in short order was Fjordman hauled center stage, tricked out in a Nazi uniform, and shoved into a wheelchair to assume the scapegoat position. This satire was nasty in the extreme. In the normal order of things in Norway, one never ever makes fun of the physically impaired. But desperate times call for desperately mean measures, so it was full bore against “Fjordland”, with the real paraplegics being interviewed and saying they thought assigning their infirmity to this evil scapegoat was the right thing to do.

Heine Fjordland

When some event exposes the Janus-faced nature, there has to be much scurrying to find shelter from the shame of disclosure. On the one side, nice Norway, which requires much energy to maintain. On the other side? A relentless pursuit of people who can play the part of necessary scapegoats, as vessels to hold all the ugly stuff no one wants outsiders to see. Such is the nature of projection. Virtuous Norway vs. the mad, bad, sad individuals who need to be silenced for their own good and for the comfort of the culture at large.

That iconic Nazi was brutal and ugly. But we all know that brutal and ugly is simply the flip-side of nicety-nice. Those who live by the shame structures of Nice are too far inside the system to grasp the inherent ugly underbelly which every similarly composed group must resolve in the face of an unbearable internal tragedy.

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How does all this fit into our ideas about community and what it means to be part of the Counterjihad connection? Why bring up Breivik again after moving on from the summer?

Two things: first, there is the news that Oslo’s pretty face is beginning to dissolve. We can ask “why now?”, why go public with culturally-enriched assault # 351, when the others were shoved under the rug? What made this one the tipping point? Why has the head of the police announced “we have lost the city” here in November, when it was just as certainly lost in July, before Breivik? What’s the government’s ploy in this?

There is something rotten in officialdom in Norway. It has rotted from the inside out… and no one has enough testicular fortitude to fix it. Norway is simply too nice to survive.

The second theme of Community is quite different. Its emphasis is the strange bedfellows created by necessity. Our forebears understood this much better than we do. Right now, we’re all insulated by wealth and good fortune; we’re not required to depend on one another anymore (I’ll except the Baron and me from that company. Without depending on our faithful donors we’d definitely be doing something else). But as the Baron has said again and again, the arithmetical certainty of economic implosion cannot be avoided. Even though we don’t know what forms it will take, or how we will manage in the face of the coming extremities, we know it will eventually arrive. How in God’s green world will we survive?

Back at the planning stage of this Autumn fundraiser, we both independently remembered a moving story from the aftermath of the horrific tsunami on Boxing Day, 2004. The whole world watched in horror as the water was sucked out an immense distance before it came rushing back to inundate the shore:

The earthquake was caused by subduction and triggered a series of devastating tsunamis along the coasts of most landmasses bordering the Indian Ocean, killing over 230,000 people in fourteen countries, and inundating coastal communities with waves up to 30 meters (98 ft) high. It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history. Indonesia was the hardest hit, followed by Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand.

If you haven’t already seen it, that wiki on the 2004 earthquake will immerse you once more in the maelstrom.

But the aftermath concerns me here, the ways in which people helped one another, and especially the fate of two unlikely candidates for fame and the rebirth of hope. Does anyone remember Owen and Mzee? I think of them often. Here’s what I wrote the following year:

The tsunami in December, 2004 caused many deaths, many upheavals, untold sorrow. Because the organisms of Earth are adaptable, we began once more to put pieces back together, to fashion new pieces for the missing ones — the ones who vanished in the wave and would never return.

In the midst of the chaos, death, and subsequent corruption that followed one of the world’s horrible tragedies, a few redeeming stories emerged. For me, last year, it was a love story. A genuine willingness to make the best of things and to connect with another in a way that brought satisfaction to both.

Owen was a baby hippo who’d been orphaned in the tsunami. Mzee was a 100-year-old tortoise who’d seen it all:

Owen and Mzee (small)A baby hippo rescued after floods in Kenya last week has befriended a 100-year-old tortoise in Kenya.

The one-year-old hippo calf christened Owen was found alone and dehydrated by wildlife rangers near the Indian Ocean.

He was placed in an enclosure at a wildlife sanctuary in the coastal city of Mombasa and befriended a male tortoise of a similar colour. According to a park official, “they sleep together, eat together and have become inseparable.”

The hippo follows the tortoise around and licks his face.

The tortoise is named Mzee, which is Swahili for old man.

As I said at the time, “Owen did more than merely ‘befriend’ Mzee. He adopted Mzee as his mother. The tortoise was less than delighted with the idea of motherhood at his stage in life — confirmed bachelorhood — but Owen, that resilient baby hippopotamus, persisted in his attentions towards Mzee.”

Five years later, this story is still a beacon to me. The way Owen persisted in his attentions, the way Mzee gradually became a parent of sorts to Owen. It was the best they could do in their blasted world, and their keepers permitted the rest of the world to see how they managed. For a long time, pilgrimages to see the unlikely pair continued.

That defines relationship for me. The community which appeared to cheer them on and the resilience of both spoke to an eternal human need: connection. As I said at the time, the world is full of mystery and magic, and the greatest magic of all is mysterious love.

We have deep bonds of affection for all those who keep Gates of Vienna going. Not one of you is taken for granted. We know how perilous are the times, how tenuous the connections. But like Owen and Mzee, we will persist day to day, rejoicing and sorrowing together and ignoring the differences in order to build our extraordinary community.

Thanks to you all, Breivik does not win.

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California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia

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Gratias plena, y’all.