Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/14/2015

The Republican Party of Palm Beach County in Florida has received a warning from the Joint Terrorism Task Force that one of its upcoming events is causing terrorist chatter on the Internet. The event in question is an appearance by Geert Wilders, who was invited to speak at the Lobsterfest fundraising dinner in August.

In other news, the Italian navy and financial police have rescued more than 1,300 migrants off the coast of Libya.

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Financial Crisis
» Why Are Exchange-Traded Funds Preparing for a ‘Liquidity Crisis’ And a ‘Market Meltdown’?
» Hackers Are Draining Bank Accounts via the Starbucks App
» House Bill Seeks to Eliminate Online Ammo Sales
» Jeb Bush Clears Air on Iraq War Stance, Says He Would Not Have Authorized Invasion
» Liberal Teacher: Common Core Like Education System I Saw in Soviet Union
» Republicans Go Full Pelosi in Shameless Push to Pass Ultra-Secret TPP Trade Deal So We Can All Find Out What’s in it
» Terrorist Task Force Picks Up Internet Jihadist Chatter Regarding Palm Beach Co. Event
Europe and the EU
» 6 Arrested Over Suspected IRA Plot to Kill Prince Charles
» Into the Glacier Tours Put the Ice in Iceland
» Italy: Muslims Disrupt Catholic Procession With Insults and Threats
» Italy: Pirelli Q1 Revenues Rise 6.5% to 1.57 Billion Euros
» Sweden: Rewarding Jihadists
» UK: Terror Arrests Reach Record Level, Says Metropolitan Police
Israel and the Palestinians
» Op-Ed: The Vatican Against the Jews
» Vatican and Palestinian Agreement Helping Hand to Christians in the Middle East
Middle East
» “Whoever Disbelieves, Strike Off His Head”: Muslim Persecution of Christians, February 2015
» Iraqi Nun Says Islamic State Wants the Human and Cultural Genocide of Christians
» ISIS: 10 Syrian Soldiers Beheaded in Palmyra Battle
» Saudi Arabia Promises to Match Iran in Nuclear Capability
» Baltic Countries to Ask NATO for Thousands of Permanent Troops
South Asia
» India: A Centre for Disabled Children Run by Augustinian Nuns Attacked in Madhya Pradesh
» Malaysia Sends Back 800 Rohingya Refugees Coming in by Boat
» Romeo and Juliet: Brutally Beaten to Death and Burned Before a Mob in India
Far East
» China’s Secret Space Weapons Targeting U.S.: “Soon Every Satellite Will be at Risk”
» Former U.S. Government Official: U.S. Is Already at War With China and Russia
» DHS Caught Busing in Illegal Somalis From Mexican Border
» EU Resettlement of 20,000 Not Enough Says Save the Children
» Italy Reports 3,600 Migrant Rescues in Two Days
» MEPs Challenge Orban’s ‘Horrible’ Migration Survey
» Over 1,300 Migrants Rescued Off Libya
» The EU is Preparing for ‘Boots on the Ground’ In North Africa
» The Netherlands to Take 4% of Refugees Under Brussels Plans
Culture Wars
» Girl Scouts of America Opening Their Tents to Boys in Skirts
» Sex Education Today
» Why is Cuba Suddenly Pro-Gay?

Why Are Exchange-Traded Funds Preparing for a ‘Liquidity Crisis’ And a ‘Market Meltdown’?

Some really weird things are happening in the financial world right now. If you go back to 2008, there was lots of turmoil bubbling just underneath the surface during the months leading up to the great stock market crash in the second half of that year. When Lehman Brothers finally did collapse, it was a total shock to most of the planet, but we later learned that their problems had been growing for a long time. I believe that we are in a similar period right now, and the second half of this year promises to be quite chaotic. Apparently, those that run some of the largest exchange-traded funds in the entire world agree with me, because as you will see below they are quietly preparing for a “ liquidity crisis” and a “ market meltdown” . About a month ago, I warned of an emerging “ liquidity squeeze” , and now analysts all over the financial industry are talking about it. Could it be possible that the next great financial crisis is right around the corner?

According to Reuters, the companies that run some of the largest exchange-traded funds in existence are deeply concerned about what a lack of liquidity would mean for them during the next financial crash. So right now they are quietly “ bolstering bank credit lines” so that they will be better positioned for “ a market meltdown” …

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Hackers Are Draining Bank Accounts via the Starbucks App

Thieves are stealing money from people’s credit cards, bank and PayPal accounts — by first tapping into their Starbucks mobile app.

Starbucks (SBUX) on Wednesday acknowledged that criminals have been breaking into individual customer rewards accounts.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

House Bill Seeks to Eliminate Online Ammo Sales

A proposed House bill introduced by a freshman democrat would eliminate the ability for consumers to purchase ammo over the internet.

Introduced on Tuesday by New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, H.R. 2283, known as the “Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2015,” primarily seeks to “require face to face purchases of ammunition.”

“This bill would take the most basic steps to slow the proliferation of guns and ammunition, helping to prevent events like what we saw in Aurora, Colorado three years ago,” Coleman announced in a press release. “Congress can, and must do more to keep our families safe, and we’re urging them to do just that.”

The bill, which has already been co-sponsored by 30 House Democrats, would also require the federal government to issue licenses to ammunition dealers, in addition to requiring them to report bulk ammo purchases of over 1,000 rounds by “unlicensed persons.”

Responding to New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone’s remark that someone in the possession of 6,000 rounds of ammo “boggles the mind,” Mark Chestnut writing for highlighted that competition shooters typically use up 1,000 rounds per day.

“And when you tend to burn through ammo by the caseload each week, buying it online to save even a few cents per round can ease your shooting budget more than just a little,” Chestnut notes.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Jeb Bush Clears Air on Iraq War Stance, Says He Would Not Have Authorized Invasion

Likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush cleared the air Thursday concerning his answer to whether he would have authorized the 2003 invasion of Iraq, saying he would not have, “knowing what we know now.”

At a town hall event in Arizona, Bush said, “I would not have gone into Iraq.”

His response appeared to end a near week-long controversy that was developing into a serious political headache for his yet-to-be-announced campaign.

The likely 2016 contender had given evolving answers all week on the issue, after he was first asked by Fox News’ Megyn Kelly whether he would have authorized the war “knowing what we know now.”

In that Fox News interview, Bush said he would have, while acknowledging “mistakes.”

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Liberal Teacher: Common Core Like Education System I Saw in Soviet Union

I come from a staunch Democrat family. By most people’s standards, I would be considered liberal. I am also, however, very much against Common Core. Public dissatisfaction with Common Core is not a partisan issue. It is a matter of importance for anyone interested in doing what’s best for the children of New Hampshire.

She points out that this current path that education is on is one she saw in the former Soviet Union.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Republicans Go Full Pelosi in Shameless Push to Pass Ultra-Secret TPP Trade Deal So We Can All Find Out What’s in it

(NaturalNews) Of all the times Republicans have made fun of Nancy Pelosi for saying we have to pass Obamacare so we can find out what’s in it, they’re now invoking the exact same twisted logic with the push for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). They want to enact the agreement without the public — or even most lawmakers — having a chance to read it first.

The TPP is a secretive trade deal that the Obama administration refuses to make public. Click here for Wikileaks documents on the TPP, and click here to read how the TPP threatens natural supplements and cosmetic products…

The TPP promotes free trade in exactly the same way the U.S. Patriot Act promotes patriots. It doesn’t, in other words. The name is a marketing gimmick to conceal the true nature of the agreement, which remains shrouded in astonishing secrecy.

Far from promoting free trade, the TPP seems to be a globalist-oriented corporate-pushed framework that would strip power from the U.S. Congress and destroy national sovereignty on trade issues. It would allow foreign governments to dictate what products U.S. companies can sell to the American people, and under what terms. And under the provisions being pushed by Republicans, Congress would be powerless to stop it. (Today’s spineless Republicans just can’t wait to give up more power and make Congress totally irrelevant, it seems…)

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Terrorist Task Force Picks Up Internet Jihadist Chatter Regarding Palm Beach Co. Event

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Tracking Terror! There’s a new warning from state and federal agencies for Palm Beach County.

The alert from the Joint Terrorist Task Forces involves Internet chatter from terrorists surrounding a controversial Dutch politician scheduled to speak later this summer.

As the chairman of the Republican Party of Palm Beach County, Mike Barnett is used to visitors coming by his office.

But, having members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force knock at the door was a first for him.

“They just wanted to make sure that we’re taking the proper precautions,” said Barnett, “making sure that we were doing everything we needed to do to be safe.”

Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, as well as the FBI, have picked up social media chatter by jihadist terrorists about Barnett’s organization.

Dutch politician Geert Wilders, known for what many believe to be a hostility of Islam, is scheduled to speak at the Lobsterfest fundraising dinner in August.

“We want to have a speaker who speaks about controversial topics,” said Barnett, “we should be free to do that.”

Wilders also was a keynote speaker at a “Draw Muhammed” art contest in Texas, which was attacked by terrorists earlier this month.

Because jihadists are following closely and talking about his upcoming visit to South Florida on the Internet, counter-terrorism agents told Barnett not only to start scrutinizing his mail, but to also consider increasing security at the office.

“I don’t think that (the Joint Terrorism Task Force) or local law enforcement would be doing their due diligence if they didn’t make that visit,” said counter-terrorism expert Chad Jenkins, who is a former Army Ranger with four tours in Iraq, as well as a former FBI counter-terrorism agent.

He says that prior to and certainly after 9/11, there has been a continuous link between South Florida and support — both financial and logistical — for terrorism.

The fact that a man targeted by al Qaeda is coming here, will certainly raise the threat level.

“Action will always beat somebody else’s reaction,” said Jenkins, about law enforcement now being on alert. “We have to find a way to be more proactive, more out front.”

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6 Arrested Over Suspected IRA Plot to Kill Prince Charles

Six men have been arrested in the Republic of Ireland over a plot to assassinate Prince Charles and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall, who are due to visit next week.

It is understood the men all have links with the Continuity and Real IRA, both of which are illegal in Ireland and designated terrorist organizations in the UK.

Two of the suspects were arrested in the Glenfarne areas of Leitrim, roughly one hour away from Mullaghmore, where Charles is due to visit as part of a four-day tour of the Republic.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Into the Glacier Tours Put the Ice in Iceland

A dream hatched in 2010 is about to become an amazing and chilling reality.

Beginning June 1, tourists to Iceland will be able to walk deep into Europe’s second-largest ice cap glacier via tunnels carved through the ice in a destination called Into the Glacier.

Iceland’s newest tourist attraction explores part of the Langjökull Glacier Ice Cap with its vastness of ice that is up to 1,900-feet thick, 31 miles long and up to 12 miles wide.

Into the Glacier, as its two adventure tour operators described it on their website, puts the ice in Iceland, as visitors will see magnificent blue ice buried deep beneath the surface.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Italy: Muslims Disrupt Catholic Procession With Insults and Threats

On Sunday morning, a group of young Muslim immigrants interrupted a Catholic procession in honor of the Virgin Mary with verbal insults, shouting, and threats as the group passed in front of the Islamic Cultural Center in Conselice, a small town in lower Romagna.

In predominantly Catholic Italy, the month of May is dedicated to the traditional processions carrying a statue or image of the Madonna, usually accompanied by the singing of hymns and praying of the rosary.

Apparently understanding the procession to be a provocation, a group of Muslim youth from the Islamic Center began hurling verbal abuse and threats at the passing procession.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Italy: Pirelli Q1 Revenues Rise 6.5% to 1.57 Billion Euros

Net profit for continuing operations rise 12.2% in Q1

(ANSA) — Milan, May 13 — Italian tire multinational Pirelli on Wednesday reported first-quarter revenues of 1.57 billion euros, up 6.5% over the same period last year. Its EBIT came in at 210.1 million euros, climbing from 201.0 million on March 31, 2014.

The EBIT margin was 13.4% on March 31, compared to 13.6% on the same date last year.

Net profit for continuing operations rose 12.2% to 101.4 million euros for January to March, compared to the first quarter of last year. Majority ownership of Pirelli is being sold to China National Chemical Corporation in a complex deal.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Sweden: Rewarding Jihadists

The Swedish capital of Stockholm has released its new policy document for dealing with ISIS fighters returning to the city after having had their fill of rape and beheadings of civilians. At first blush it seems strange that such a document would be all of 9 pages.

I mean, “Shoot!” should only take up one page, even with a large font.

Oh well, let’s see how Stockholm intends to handle terrorist-trained and combat-hardened fanatics. Here are a few translated highlights to capture the gist of things:…

           — Hat tip: Steen [Return to headlines]

UK: Terror Arrests Reach Record Level, Says Metropolitan Police

Terror-related arrests in England, Wales and Scotland reached record levels last year, when 338 people were held, Scotland Yard has said.

More than half of those arrests were related to Syria, Met Police assistant commissioner Mark Rowley said.

Police said more than 700 potential terror suspects are now thought to have travelled to Syria.

About half of those people — said to be of “significant concern” — are believed to have since returned to the UK.

The total number of terror-related arrests was up from 254 in 2013/14 — an increase of about a third.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Op-Ed: The Vatican Against the Jews

By Giulio Meotti

For over forty years after the Jewish State won independence in 1948, the Vatican adopted a diplomatic policy copying that of Israel’s enemies: total non-recognition of the Jewish statehood. Despite the acceptance by all Western nations, including, at the beginning, the Communist bloc, the Vatican’s recognition of Israel occurred only in 1993.

The same Church that didn’t recognize Israel opened diplomatic relations with the PLO, a terror organization whose goal is the “liberation” of the Holy Land from the Jews who live between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River. The Church formally recognized Israel’s existence only two decades after Israel’s foe, Egypt, signed a peace treaty with the Jewish State.

And the Vatican had diplomatic relations with over 130 states. It acknowledged their legitimacy even as it disputed, in some cases, their borders.

Why has such a different standard been applied to Israel? Because of anti-Semitism and the aversion they felt upon seeing Israel again among the family of nations. For the Vatican, an independent Jewish State bearing the name “Israel,” with Jerusalem as its capital, and a renewal of life in the land of the Bible, has been the most complex theological Christian problem and a total contradiction to Church dogma.

And now, because of the same anti-Semitism, the Vatican has hurried to recognize the “State of Palestine”, this Trojan horse against the Jewish people, a tool to dismantle the State of Israel and a proto-Nazi entity from which all the Jews are to be cleansed.

We note in shock Pope Francis’ eagerness to recognize the “State of Palestine” before it has even yet arisen and we recall the eagerness of another Pope to recognize the Nazi regime just four months after it was established.

They are both declarations of moral war against the Jewish people. […]

[Shame — I suppose he prefers muslim Christian killers to Jewish ‘Christ-Killers’, weep for Vatican 2]

           — Hat tip: MC [Return to headlines]

Vatican and Palestinian Agreement Helping Hand to Christians in the Middle East

“For us Palestinians it is a time of joy, which we hope will reflect and have implications on the political and religious center of the whole Middle East region.” “The message this relays, two days before the canonization of the Palestinian sisters, is that Christians are an integral part of society.”

Rome (AsiaNews) — “The Comprehensive Agreement” between the Holy See and the “State of Palestine” which was announced yesterday brings to conclusion a journey that started in 1994, when the Vatican established official relations with the PLO .

Interviewed by l’Osservatore Romano, Msgr. Antoine Camilleri, under-secretary for Relations with States, who led the Vatican delegation, said the accord “aims to promote the life and activity of the Catholic Church and its legal recognition for a more effective service to society. “ At the same time, it expresses “the hope for a solution to the Palestinian question and the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians as part of the Two-State Solution”.

The same Msgr. Camilleri said that despite the outcry over the use of the term “State of Palestine”, it is not new to the Holy See. “On November 29, 2012 — he said — a resolution that recognizes Palestine as a nonmember observer state of the United Nations was adopted by the UN General Assembly, and the same day the Holy See, which also has the observer status at the United Nations, issued a statement “. And already the Pontifical Yearbook of last year in the list of the diplomatic corps the “Representation of the PLO” has been replaced by “representative of the State of Palestine.”

The initial response of the Israeli government has been negative. A source in the Foreign Ministry claimed that the agreement “does not advance the peace process” and “distances the Palestinian leadership from being able to return to bilateral relations.”

AsiaNews approached Prof. Bernard Sabella , a Catholic representative of Fatah in Jerusalem and Executive Secretary of the Middle East Council of Churches Palestinian refugee service, for a comment on how this accord affects Palestinians.

For us Palestinians is a time of joy, which we hope will reflect and have implications on the political and religious life of the entire Middle East region. We greatly appreciate the role of the Vatican in the interests of peace and reconciliation. And its incessant work to keep Christians, and not only Palestinians, in the region, dedicated to open and friendly relations with the other actors. The step taken by the Vatican is a simple and clear message, not a diplomatic one.

The agreement reached between the Vatican and the Palestinian State is the natural development of the position the Vatican has always maintained, on the need to recognize the Palestinian State on the one hand, and on the other of the right of Palestinians to have their own State. As the Vatican has always maintained, there can be no peace if Israel and Palestine do not reach an agreement ensuring a State for the Palestinians.

The Vatican also carefully noted the development of relations in the region and in Europe, with Sweden who recently recognized the Palestinian State and that France is seriously considering the possibility of recognition itself, which goes beyond the vote that was a non-binding motion.

The recognition of Palestine is also a message to Israel, which says that there is no future for peace and reconciliation, without the two-state solution.

The message that it conveys to us as Palestinian citizens, two days before the canonization of the Palestinian sisters, is that Christians are an integral part of society as were these two sisters. They, who served not only the local community but the entire society in difficult circumstances. An example to be followed not only by Palestinians, Christians and non-Christians, but all Arabs.

These two saints tell us that we Christians are part of society, this model of holiness is an invitation to practice our faith within society.

Moreover, the recognition of the Palestinian State and the canonization of the two sisters is also a message not only for the Christians of the region, but also for Arabs and Muslims. It means that the Church is for everyone, to uphold the rights of all and in favor of justice, so that we all may live in peace and harmony.

The presence of a Palestinian delegation at the celebration, composed of Christians but also including the Palestinian President Abu Mazen and other Muslims, is a sign of acceptance that the Middle East needs all its citizens to build a future far from conflict, violence, wars and persecutions. A world open to all, a very strong message, we love everyone in the Middle East and we celebrate the two Palestinian Saints, whose love for people should be a future guide for us all.

The agreement between the Vatican and Palestine should be an example that others should follow, like Israel with which negotiations have been stalled for time. In all these years Palestine has always defended the rights and property of the Church, so the agreement reached yesterday is just the legalization and legitimization of a situation in place since 1993, but it is another positive step forward.

           — Hat tip: C. Cantoni [Return to headlines]

“Whoever Disbelieves, Strike Off His Head”: Muslim Persecution of Christians, February 2015

All throughout February, Copts, the largest Christian minority in the Middle East, were slaughtered

Around mid-February, the Islamic State released a video depicting 21 Coptic Christians being decapitated. The executions took place in Libya, another nation along with Syria and Iraq where the Islamic State has carved a niche for itself. While holding their victims’ bodies down, Islamic State members shoved their fingers in the Christians’ eyes, craned their heads back, and sliced away at their throats with knives—all in the name of Allah and Islam, even as the slaughtered called out on the “Lord Jesus Christ.”

Over one month before the video appeared, the BBC had falsely reported that the majority of those now slaughtered Copts were “released.” (Such downplaying of Muslim persecution of Christians is standard for the BBC.)

In the video, the lead executioner waves his dagger at the camera while saying, “Oh people, recently you have seen us on the hills of as-Sham and Dabiq’s plain [Syrian regions], chopping off the heads that have been carrying the cross for a long time. And today, we are on the south of Rome, on the land of Islam, Libya, sending another message.” He concluded by declaring: “We will fight you [Christians] until Christ descends, breaks the cross and kills the pig” (all eschatological actions ascribed to the Muslim “Christ,” Isa).

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Iraqi Nun Says Islamic State Wants the Human and Cultural Genocide of Christians

Speaking before the US Congress, Sister Diana described the plight of Iraqi Christians, victims of jihadist violence. The nun said that the situation “is grave, but not without hope”. She appealed to the international community and the United States to guarantee the future of Iraq and its children. AsiaNews continues its fundraising campaign.

Washington (AsiaNews) — Iraqi Christians are victims of a “human and cultural genocide” that threatens to place “the whole region on the edge of a terrible catastrophe,” said Sister Diana Momeka, a Dominican nun from Iraq, who yesterday went before the US Congress in Washington.

The nun, who had been initially refused a visa by US authorities, described the plight of the Christian population, victim of atrocities perpetrated by the jihadists of the Islamic State group.

Following her testimony, which appears below, Sister Diana noted that “The situation for my people and my country is grave, but not without hope”. In view of this, she urged the international community and the US government to act so “that diplomacy and not genocide [. . .] determine the future for Iraq and all of her children.”

Meanwhile AsiaNews continues its “Adopt a Christian from Mosul” campaign, which has raised so far € 1.3 million (US$ 1.35 million), which have been used to meet the daily needs of Iraqi refugees who fled from Mosul under the threat of the Islamic State group.

The campaign is a response to Pope Francis’s call on Christians to “pray intensely” in an “effective participation” and as a sign of “tangible support” for all of them.

Our agency calls on readers and friends to continue their support for the “Adopt a Christian from Mosul” campaign in order to provide refugees — following the immediate emergency — a more stable situation.

The latter entails moving all Christian refugees — about 130,000 people or 21,000 families — to permanent housing, where they can restart their lives, get a job, and think about their children’s future. The cost of this project now stands at about € 3.5 million (US$ 4 million).

In order to promote this campaign and help others understand the situation in which our brothers and sisters live, AsiaNews has produced a video for viewing, downloading and sharing (click here).

Thank you Chairman Royce and distinguished Members of the Committee, for inviting me today to share my views on Ancient Communities Under Attack: ISIS’s War on Religious Minorities. I am Sister Diana Momeka of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, Mosul, Iraq. I’d like to request that my complete testimony be entered in to the Record.

In November 2009, a bomb was detonated at our convent in Mosul. Five sisters were in the building at the time and they were lucky to have escaped unharmed. Our Prioress, Sister Maria Hanna, asked for protection from local civilian authorities but the pleas went unanswered. As such, she had no choice but to move us to Qaraqosh.

Then on June 10, 2014, the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria or ISIS, invaded the Nineveh Plain, which is where Qaraqosh is located. Starting with the city of Mosul, ISIS overran one city and town after another, giving the Christians of the region three choices: 1.) convert to Islam, 2.) pay a tribute (Al-Jizya) to ISIS or 3.) leave their cities (like Mosul) with nothing more than the clothes on their back.

As this horror spread throughout the Nineveh Plain, by August 6, 2014, Nineveh was emptied of Christians, and sadly, for the first time since the seventh century AD, no church bells rang for Mass in the Plain of Nineveh.

From June 2014 forward, more than a hundred and twenty thousand (120,000+) people found themselves displaced and homeless in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, leaving behind their heritage and all they had worked for over the centuries. This uprooting, this theft of everything that the Christians owned, displaced them body and soul, stripping away their humanity and dignity.

To add insult to injury, the initiatives and actions of both the Iraqi and Kurdish governments were at best modest and slow. Apart from allowing Christians to enter their region, the Kurdish government did not offer any aid either financial or material. I understand the great strain that these events have placed on Baghdad and Erbil however, it has been almost a year and Christian Iraqi citizens are still in dire need of help. Many people spent days and weeks in the streets before they found shelter in tents, schools and halls. Thankfully, the Church in the Kurdistan region stepped forward and cared for the displaced Christians, doing her very best to handle the disaster. Church buildings were opened to accommodate the people; food and non-food items were provided to meet the immediate needs of the people; and medical health services were also provided. Moreover, the Church put out a call and many humanitarian organizations answered with aid for the thousands of people in need.

Presently, we are grateful for what has been done, with most people now sheltered in small prefabricated containers or some homes. Though better than living on the street or in an abandoned building, these small units are few in number and are crowded with three families, each with multiple people, often accommodated in one unit. This of course increases tensions and conflict, even within the same family.

There are many who say, “Why don’t the Christians just leave Iraq and move to another country and be done with it?” To this question we would respond, “Why should we leave our country — what have we done?”

The Christians of Iraq are the first people of the land. You read about us in the Old Testament of the Bible. Christianity came to Iraq from the very earliest days through the preaching and witness of St Thomas and others of the Apostles and Church Elders.

While our ancestors experienced all kinds of persecution, they stayed in their land, building a culture that has served humanity for the ages. We, as Christians, do not want, or deserve to leave or be forced out of our country any more than you would want to leave or be forced out of yours.

But the current persecution that our community is facing is the most brutal in our history. Not only have we been robbed of our homes, property and land, but our heritage is being destroyed as well. ISIS has been and continues to demolish and bomb our churches, cultural artefacts and sacred places like Mar Behnam and Sara, a fourth century monastery and St. Georges Monastery in Mosul.

Uprooted and forcefully displaced, we have realized that ISIS’ plan is to evacuate the land of Christians and wipe the earth clean of any evidence that we ever existed. This is cultural and human genocide. The only Christians that remain in the Plain of Nineveh are those who are held as hostages.

The loss of the Christian Community from the Plain of Nineveh has placed the whole region on the edge of a terrible catastrophe. Christians have for centuries been the bridge that connects Eastern and Western cultures. Destroying this bridge will leave an isolated, enculturated conflict zone emptied of cultural and religious diversity. Through our presence as Christians, we’re called to be a force for good, for peace, for connection between cultures.

To restore, repair and rebuild the Christian community in Iraq, the following needs are urgent:

1. Liberating our homes from ISIS and helping us return.

2. Coordinating an effort to rebuild what was destroyed — roads, water and electrical supplies, and buildings, including our churches and monasteries.

3. Encouraging enterprises that contribute to the rebuilding of Iraq and inter-religious dialogue. This could be through schools, academics and pedagogical projects.

I am but one, small person — a victim myself of ISIS and all of its brutality. Coming here has been difficult for me — as a religious sister I am not comfortable with the media and so much attention. But I am here, and I am here to ask you, to implore you for the sake of our common humanity, to help us. Stand with us as we, as Christians, have stood with all the people of the world and help us. We want nothing more than to go back to our lives; we want nothing more than to go home.

Thank you and God bless you

* Dominican Sister of St. Catherine of Siena in Mosul

           — Hat tip: C. Cantoni [Return to headlines]

ISIS: 10 Syrian Soldiers Beheaded in Palmyra Battle

Concerns that ancient city will be destroyed, SOHR

(ANSAmed) — BEIRUT, MAY 14 — Ten Syrian regime soldiers were decapitated on Thursday by the Islamic State (ISIS) after their capture during the jihadists’ advance towards the ancient ruins of the UNESCO site Palmyra. There are grave concerns that the ancient ruins will be destroyed, stated the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), as has been the case with other archaeological sites ISIS has taken over.

Another 16 Syrian soldiers were killed in fighting between Palmyra and Sukhna, 30 kilometers east of it, for control of the strategic road that leads towards Deir Al-Zor. The SOHR reported that the jihadists had hit the new city of Palmyra, located a few kilometers from the ruins, with mortar shelling. A few kilometers north of Palmyra are the Shaer natural gas fields, which were at one point taken over by ISIS but later retaken by regime forces. Fighting continues for control of them.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Saudi Arabia Promises to Match Iran in Nuclear Capability

When President Obama began making the case for a deal with Iran that would delay its ability to assemble an atomic weapon, his first argument was that a nuclear-armed Iran would set off a “free-for-all” of proliferation in the Arab world. “It is almost certain that other players in the region would feel it necessary to get their own nuclear weapons,” he said in 2012.

Now, as he gathered Arab leaders over dinner at the White House on Wednesday and prepared to meet with them at Camp David on Thursday, he faced a perverse consequence: Saudi Arabia and many of the smaller Arab states are now vowing to match whatever nuclear enrichment capability Iran is permitted to retain.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Baltic Countries to Ask NATO for Thousands of Permanent Troops

The three Baltic states have written a letter to NATO asking for hundreds of soliders to be stationed in each country. They have expressed fears of possible aggression from Moscow.

Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia announced on Thursday that they would petition NATO to permanently station troops throughout the Baltic region as Russia has done little to allay concerns that it may pose a threat to its three small neighbors. “Russia sees NATO as its main nemesis and this has put the Baltic countries on the front line, so to say,” said Roland Murof, speaking for the Estonian defense ministry. “Hence, NATO’s deterrence needs to involve real military presence.”

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

India: A Centre for Disabled Children Run by Augustinian Nuns Attacked in Madhya Pradesh

Unknown attackers threw heavy bricks on the house of the Augustinian nuns in Pipaldhar, in the Diocese of Khandwa. The building is also home to a centre for disabled children. The sisters are enlarging the facility to make it more welcoming. “The attack is an affront against society itself,” said a Christian activist. “Their night-time raid reflects the darkness of their minds and hearts.”

Mumbai (AsiaNews) — The temporary home of Augustinian nuns (OAS) in Pipaldhar, in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, was attacked in the early hours of the morning, last Tuesday.

Unknown attackers threw heavy bricks on the roof of the building, which is home to rehabilitation centre for children with mental disabilities. Fortunately, at the time of the incident, there were no children. The four nuns inside the building were unharmed.

“It was 3:15 am Tuesday (12 May),” Sister Jaya, from the Congregation of Augustinian nuns, told AsiaNews. “Everyone was asleep, when suddenly heavy bricks were thrown on the roof of the house and fell into the room where we slept. Thanks to the Lord’s Divine Providence, no one was injured and the children were not present at that time. Now we sisters are afraid.”

Sister Jaya explained that the nuns had set up a centre for the rehabilitation of children with mental disorders inside their residence, which is located in the Diocese of Khandwa.

Over the past four years, 14 children have benefited from the care of experts and now the congregation is building a new and larger facility for children in need.

“We want to build this centre in our own home,” she explained. “For this reason, the sisters are now staying temporarily at another home.”

Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), slammed the incident in no uncertain terms.

“This is an attack not only against the sisters but also against children, those with more difficulties. All this makes the misdeed worse,” he said.

“The attack is an affront against society itself, to which the women religious offer a tireless and generous service by caring for needy children,” he added. “The sisters re-educate children that society marginalises.”

Lastly, “The authors of the crime show a lack of morality. Their night-time raid reflects the darkness of their minds and hearts.” Such a terrible act has to be “condemned in the strongest terms.”

The congregation has requested for police protection. Tuesday afternoon, it also filed a complaint at the Sendhwa police station.

Anti-Christian attacks are not new in the state. Also on Tuesday night, Hindu radicals attacked three churches in Indore, Madhya Pradesh’s largest city.

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Malaysia Sends Back 800 Rohingya Refugees Coming in by Boat

Langkawi’s officials have turned back over 800 migrants who came to the Malaysian coastal city by boat. The refugees, including 6,000 others, remain stranded at sea with no country willing to take them in.

Malaysian officials on Thursday sent back over 800 refugees who had landed on their coast. The refugees were Rohingya Muslims fleeing ethnic conflict in Myanmar, lured by human traffickers who charged them large sums of money to help them cross over to Thailand, Indonesia or Malaysia. They were joined by Bangladeshi migrants trying to escape poverty in their country.

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Romeo and Juliet: Brutally Beaten to Death and Burned Before a Mob in India

by Phyllis Chesler

Earlier this week, an Indian man, Jairam Manjhi, aged either 36 or 25, and Parvati Kumari, a 16-year-old girl related to her lover’s wife, were kidnapped by the girl’s family and brutally beaten to death; the girls’ family publicly burned their corpses while 100 villagers stood by and watched the entire grisly episode.

Although accounts are unclear, it seems that both were members of the same caste: Dalits, formerly known as “untouchables.” Also, the teenaged Parvati was related through marriage to her alleged lover: she was the niece of her lover’s wife, who was therefore possibly her paternal aunt. If so, their crime was not one of caste violation which, according to my pioneering study on this subject, was found to be the dominant reason for “horror”/honor killings among Hindus in India.

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China’s Secret Space Weapons Targeting U.S.: “Soon Every Satellite Will be at Risk”

The Pentagon has declared “China possesses the most rapidly maturing space program in the world.” […] Among the key issues are the Chinese regime’s experiments with space weapons. It has tested several of these, and has consistently told the public that it was testing something else.

The United States is concerned that the Chinese regime’s “continued development of destructive space technologies” is a “threat to all peaceful space-faring nations,” states the Pentagon’s 2015 annual report to Congress on the Chinese regime’s military and security developments.

The report is particularly concerned with China’s use of directed-energy weapons, satellite jammers and other technology that can be used to take out the communications grid and weaken U.S. military positions:

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Former U.S. Government Official: U.S. Is Already at War With China and Russia

U.S. Has Already Started WWIII

Top economic and political experts say we’re drifting towards World War 3. And see this.

We noted in March that we’re already at war with Russia. Many experts agree …

Former White House official Dr. Philippa Malmgren — former presidential adviser and member of the U.S. President’s Working Group on Financial Markets — said last December that the United States is already at war with China and Russia:

I was recently at a meeting with a lot of very senior people from the defense community, and their view is that we are already in a nose-to-nose confrontation (war) with China and Russia. But these (wars) are being conducted through cyberspace rather than through traditional conventional weapons.

An advisor to the US government — Scott Borg, CEO of US Cyber Consequences Unit — says that the United States has already started launching widespread hostile cyber warfare against Russia, China and Iran…

NATO is formed out of 28 states, if just one of them gets involved into a conflict with Russia, the contract obliges all of them to assist. And out of a sudden we get a third world war.

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DHS Caught Busing in Illegal Somalis From Mexican Border

The U.S. is bringing in 100,000 Muslims every year through legal channels such as the United Nations refugee program and various visa programs, but new reports indicate a pipeline has been established through the southern border with the help of the federal agency whose job it is to protect the homeland.

They are coming from Somalia and other African nations, according to a Homeland Security official who was caught recently transporting a busload of Africans to a detention center near Victorville, California.

Somalia is the home base of al-Shabab, a designated foreign terrorist organization that slaughtered 147 Christians at a university in Kenya just last month. It executed another 67 at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2013, and has put out warnings that it will target malls in Canada and the U.S. Dozens of Somali refugees in the U.S. have been arrested, charged and convicted of providing support to overseas terrorist organizations over the past few years.

Libya is also awash in Islamist terror following the death of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. ISIS beheaded 21 Coptic Christians on a Libyan beach in February.

[Comment: This is clearly intentional and is “creating the problem” in the “problem-reaction-solution” method. Their “solution” is martial law.]

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EU Resettlement of 20,000 Not Enough Says Save the Children

Europe ‘can and must do more’

(ANSA) — Rome, May 13 — The EU’s newly adopted plan to resettle up to 20,000 asylum seekers in Europe is not enough, Save the Children NGO said Wednesday.

“Given the high number of asylum seekers and refugees who have put their lives in the hands of traffickers, the number…is just the minimum threshold that Europe can and must receive,” Save the Children Italy Director Valerio Neri said.

“EU States’ responsibility begins before the migrants reach European borders,” he added.

“Europe must also be in the middle of the Mediterranean, where thousands of children we have met watched their parents, relatives and friends die”.

Neri added that children and vulnerable people must be given “absolute priority” in the EU’s resettlement plan.

Today’s approval of the Migration Agenda is “just the first step” in a long and difficult process, the NGO said.

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Italy Reports 3,600 Migrant Rescues in Two Days

(Reuters) — Almost 3,600 migrants have been rescued from overcrowded boats sailing from Africa to Europe over the past 48 hours, Italy said on Thursday, with sea conditions seen as perfect for attempting the crossing.

As more than 600 migrants were brought ashore at the port of Catania in Sicily, rescuers plucked another 2,500 from rickety boats off the coast of Libya, the coast guard said.

Most of those who arrived in Catania had been picked up by the British warship HMS Bulwark and were Somali and Nigerian, port officials said.

With Libya engulfed in strife, people smugglers are increasingly free to pack migrants onto unsafe boats, and they are expected to push total arrivals in Italy for 2015 to 200,000.

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MEPs Challenge Orban’s ‘Horrible’ Migration Survey

Liberal members of the European Parliament on Tuesday (April 28) urged the European Commission and fellow members states to verify that a public consultation on migration launched in Hungary complies with EU values and laws.

In a questionnaire to be sent out to 8 million citizens over 18 years of age, Hungarians are asked to answer 12 questions on whether “the mismanagement of the immigration question by Brussels may have something to do with increased terrorism”.

They are also asked if they would support the Hungarian government in detaining illegal migrants who “themselves should cover the costs” of staying in Hungary.

In a letter accompanying the survey, prime minister Viktor Orban writes: “Economic migrants cross our borders illegally, and while they present themselves as asylum-seekers, in fact they are coming to enjoy our welfare systems and the employment opportunities our countries have to offer”.

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Over 1,300 Migrants Rescued Off Libya

Navy and Finance Guard rescue four boats

(ANSA) — Rome, May 14 — Italy’s Navy and Finance Police rescued 1300 migrants on Thursday from ships traveling from the Libyan coast, officials announced.

Four boats carrying adults and children were rescued 30 miles north of Libya.

According to reports, one of the migrant boats sank following the transfer of refugees to Navy and Finance Guard ships.

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The EU is Preparing for ‘Boots on the Ground’ In North Africa

A “broad range of air, maritime and land capabilities” will need to be deployed by the European Union across Libya if it is to take out the migrant smuggling networks in North Africa, the EU has outlined in a strategy paper for the United Nations.

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The Netherlands to Take 4% of Refugees Under Brussels Plans

The European Commission’s plan to spread refugees throughout the community if too many arrive in one particular country would require the Netherlands to accept 4.35% of them, broadcaster Nos says on Wednesday. The quota system to deal with refugees already in the EU is based on the size of the local population, GDP and current refugee numbers. The plans have been drawn up to cope with the influx of boat refugees in Mediterranean countries, particularly Italy, Malta and Greece. The proposal was announced by Commission deputy chairman Frans Timmermans in Brussels. European foreign affairs ministers are due to discuss the proposals on Monday ahead of a summit in June. Under the proposals, Germany would take the largest percentage — 18.4% — followed by France, Italy and Spain.

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Girl Scouts of America Opening Their Tents to Boys in Skirts

GSA seems to be losing sight of the fact that it is membership and not pandering to the politically correct that keeps them going.

“A new Girl Scouts of America (GSA) policy states it will extend membership to boys who identify as girls. (American Family Association, May 14, 2015)

“This means girls in the organization will be forced to recognize and accept transgenderism as a normal lifestyle. Boys in skirts, boys in make-up and boys in tents will become a part of the program. This change will put young innocent girls at risk.

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Sex Education Today

In the 1940s and ‘50s, what passed for sex education was literally about the birds and bees as metaphors for inception and child birth. The emphasis was on waiting until marriage to engage in sex. There were instructional books with a mostly medical orientation to the information they provided but whether they could be found in the schools is anyone’s guess.

Somehow that generation (and earlier ones) managed to learn enough about sex to engage in it within the context of a society that regarded sex outside of marriage as sinful. By the 1960s, the generation fathered in the wake of World War Two told everyone not to trust anyone over thirty and that sex, drugs and rock’n roll were the only things that really mattered in life.

In 1979, with Jimmy Carter’s blessing, the federal government took control of the nation’s educational system via the Department of Education, but the real takeover began much earlier. It has been in serious decline ever since with huge dropout rates and failures to learn reading and math that put us well behind when compared to other nations. Traditional American values have often been abandoned.

Eugene Delgaudio, president of Public Advocate of the United States, recently emailed members and those who follow the organization’s issues about “a little first grade boy (who) asked his mother if he was ‘transgender,’ and if he could be ‘a girl in love with a girl.’“

His school, Mitchell Primary School in Maine was teaching about the “transgender” lifestyle. His mother was upset to learn about this, but as is frequently the case, parents are the last to learn about sexual information and attitudes being taught. In this case, isn’t first grade just too damn early for transgenderism to be a part of the curriculum?

[Comment: Social engineering designed to breakdown family structures.]

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Why is Cuba Suddenly Pro-Gay?

(American Thinker) — “More than 1,000 gay, lesbian and transgender Cubans marched through Havana on Saturday,” reports Reuters, “proudly displaying their truest selves.”

This once-unthinkable display in Cuba was no less than its eighth annual “March Against Homophobia and Transphobia.” This one took on extra special meaning for 20 couples who “symbolically exchanged” wedding vows, even as same-sex marriage remains illegal in Cuba, but obviously not for long. If this can happen under the dictatorial nose of despots Fidel and Raul Castro, then it’s already permissible…

If you’re surprised, you shouldn’t be. I’ve followed this for quite some time. I document it in my coming book, Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage.

[Comment: Communist use the gay agenda since it meshes with the Communists goal of destructino of families and the middle class.]

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19 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/14/2015

  1. >> In a letter accompanying the survey, prime minister Viktor Orban writes: “Economic migrants cross our borders illegally, and while they present themselves as asylum-seekers, in fact they are coming to enjoy our welfare systems and the employment opportunities our countries have to offer”. <<

    This monster must be stopped.

    • It won’t be until the traitors that are running the West are removed from power. Which means the entire political class and those in the MSM who are their chief enablers and who censor the public voice who oppose the political class.

  2. Regarding Geert Wilders proposed attendance at a Palm Beach County, FL event, it appears that none other than Allen West, that darling of the right, counseled Mike Barnett, the event organizer, to cancel Mr. Wilders’ appearance for reasons of “safety.” So another fair weather conservative gives in to the muslims and allows them to continue dictating the new version of the American right of free speech – which is [shut up] or we will kill you. I’ve lost all admiration for West considering I voted for him when I lived there. This in a county with some 85,000 concealed carriers. It could have been an interesting event.

    • That’s unfortunate. Allen West is not proving his mettle in the long run, which is too bad given his deployment in Afghanistan. IOW, he *knows* what we’re up against. But he was playing to the large contingent of Palm Beach lefty Jews who don’t like Wilders.

      • Ultimately, it reflects a truth about the Mo-toons that I’ve expressed earlier. When it really comes down to it, most sane people with real combat experience aren’t all that eager to kill anyone for disliking Mo-toons.

        What happens when the Islamists get their act together and embed their active terrorist Jihadis in a large crowd of angry Muslims who are (in theory) keeping their protest in the bounds of accepted public demonstrations?

        Nothing good.

        Either event security reacts by shooting into the crowd of protesters, or they hesitate long enough for the active Jihadis to inflict significant casualties on event security or the event attendees.

        This is why I can’t help but regard the focus on Mo-toon’s as a dangerous trap. Because by nature, we cannot legitimately round up and detain everyone who protests against them, the way we could make an argument for arresting at gunpoint people who are advocating violence. Just because Islamists are currently too full of their successes to resort to the ‘cowardly’ tactic of emphasizing that they have a free-speech right to non-violent protests against Mo-toons, that doesn’t mean they won’t remember how that distinction can be exploited at the worst possible time for the Counter-Jihad.

        We got a victory at Garland, because Jihadis are stupid sacks of something. But Allen West is quite correct to identify that there is an unacceptable danger here. He has more defensible ground he’d rather occupy, given a choice.

        The question is whether we still have a choice…and I believe that the answer is still yes. We can and must make an argument against Islam which nobody can protest without intrinsically expressing their direct support of violence, thus removing the possibility of the use of protected non-violent free speech to mask and shield violence.

        • “We got a victory at Garland, because Jihadis are stupid sacks of something. But Allen West is quite correct to identify that there is an unacceptable danger here. He has more defensible ground he’d rather occupy, given a choice.”

          That’s complete [material I deprecate]. West, and apparently you also, are allowing muslims to determine what becomes acceptable forms of discourse. Muslims become inflamed over every perceived instance of insult to their pedophile prophet yet you wish us to choose a more “defensible ground.” Why?

          Free expession should be defended at any venue, not just those which could be considered more defensible for safety’s sake. Do you believe a muslim will take the position of determining which offensive insult to his prophet is more worthy to pour his wrath onto? In his mind they all are.

          And the corollary should be our willingness to defend the freedom of speech anywhere, anyhow.

          • “Should” implies “can”.

            And right now we can’t defend every form of freedom against Islam everywhere.

            We have to pick and choose to defend things which actually help improve the overall situation, or we are choosing to ultimately fail to defend anything anywhere.

            Mo-toons should be defended…when we can defend them. And right now, it isn’t universally feasible.

            Sure, I defend them in principle. I decry those who blame the cartoonists for the reaction of Jihadis. But I’m not going to organized an event which has a high potential to draw legitimate and Constitutionally protected protests which could easily mask, shield, and reinforce Jihadist violence. Because that’s not an effective strategy.

            People ‘should’ be protected in their rights to do things that are not maximally strategically effective…when we have the ability to protect them. Which we will not get by pretending that protecting people’s rights is easy and without any costs.

      • It shouldn’t matter what a bunch of old whiny Leftists from NYC think. What are they going to do, run West down on their Rascals?

        West should have blown off these whiners and do as he pleases. That’s what a real Conservative like Joe Arpio does. But it’s clear his sort is very rare in Conservative circles.

        Those of on the Right ought to get in their heads the Left has declared war on us and intends to smash us. There is no appeasing them either.

    • Proving that you as a person is not prepared to accept self-imposed censorship of the drawing of a ‘religious’ figure like old Mo, is not the same as holding a public event to prove that conviction, because;

      1. It places the attendees at that event into a calculated risk of injury or death just to highlight a point – in this case, freedom of expression.

      2. Currently under MC/PC rules, there is no way to determine and to then counter, an ‘inflamed’ Muslim who could attend that event with a concealed carry or his/her intention for being there.

      3. It is impossible to guarantee the safety of anyone who would attend that event, nor is it possible to guarantee that the ‘inflamed’ Muslim/s would be adequately dealt with prior to or during any attack being carried out without attendees becoming victims.

      4. A good strategist would only organize an ‘event’ where the security of the attendees can be guaranteed – Alan West is a good strategist.

      • As you basically stated, there’s really no way for any agency, local, state or federal, to stop these muslim nut jobs from committing their criminal acts until they actually engage. Like West, you would rather err on the side of caution for the sake of perceived safety and give in to the nut jobs. You would rather acquiesce to them which does nothing but provide them with the victory they desire.

        They win by shutting us up. West isn’t a good strategist. He’s a coward just like all the other politicians and pundits – and a good portion of the citizenry – who refuse to stand and defend the Constitution.

        • Well, that’s not quite true either. There are things we can do to draw a defensible line.

          Recognizing advocacy of the authoritative status of the Koran an overt act of criminal conspiracy is one of them. See, saying that you will kill someone unless they participate in a criminal act is NOT protected speech. It is an act of criminal conspiracy. And asserting the authority of the Koran as a guide to how all Muslims must behave is undeniably a threat to kill those who do not engage in the overly criminal acts recommended by the Koran. And the murders of those who refuse to engage in criminal acts recommended by the Koran is proof that the threat is not idle or a matter of interpretation.

          This is not the same as people getting upset about insults to their religion. If people want to believe that the Koran is poetic or inspiring or beautiful or whatever, they can. But if they preach that those who do not obey the Koran should be killed, then they are engaging in murder just as much as someone who contracts with a hit-man to kill someone, or an officer ordering those under his command to carry out a massacre.

          We draw the line there, and anyone that shows up to protest is obviously a participant in violent crime by the simple fact of advocating the authority of the Koran. I have no problem rounding up the lot of them at gun-point and shooting any that resist at that point.

          But I do have a problem rounding up and shooting people who are just protesting a direct and intentional insult to their religious beliefs. It doesn’t really defend the principle of free speech, for one, only privileges one viewpoint over another. It is also strategically ineffective. They say the pen is mightier than the sword, because the allegiance of the best warriors is gained through persuasion rather than fear. You might cow the cowards into no longer defending Islam, and at one point in time that might have been enough. But right now we need to inspire the courageous to fight to defend Western Civilization, and killing people for being offended by denigration of their religion isn’t going to work.

          • Moe, we don’t fight wars for principles, but tangible assets. If you haven’t got the assets then you can’t have the principles. You go ahead and prove to yourself that your principles are worth protecting by goading what irritates your enemy and counting on the last man standing being yourself after all the noise, mayhem and smoke has cleared, but what will you have achieved? Did you win any tangible assets to use against your enemy later? Did you deter your enemy from being just as irritated in the future? No, what you have proven to yourself is that your principles are not negotiable even though many will have given their life in support of those principles. So who really won that battle?

            Where is the future in that? You can’t see that taking a principled stand is really a distraction our enemy gains from?

            Do you want you country back? Now that is a tangible asset worth fighting for at the time and place of your choosing, not your enemy’s. Your principles can then be easily defended after you have taken back your country.

            Don’t die for principles. Instead, put you life on the line for yourself, your family and your country. Principles are what motivates us, but are not worth losing your life over in the process of defending your own values.

        • Moe, what we now find ourselves in is a war like no other war that the West has been forced to fight – asymmetric warfare – our enemy now lives among us. And just to give better odds to our enemy, we are deliberately blinded to not recognize through MC/PC rules who the real enemy is or what it is that motivates him/her.

          There is not yet enough of us who are fully aware that we are even in a war while our enemy has full knowledge of his position.

          I’m no coward, but there are times when it is strategically necessary to retreat – in this instance to not intimidate or to irritate your enemy – particularly when your enemy has an advantage over you and is protected through law by your own government and attending public venues where that irritation may attract a few enraged enemy who would like to kill as many of us as they could is just suicidal – in my opinion.

          And no one wins wars by conducting suicide missions.

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