Let Me Tell You Something, President Bush

Note from the Baron: The following post is the first of a series of old posts by Dymphna, which I’m calling “Dymphna’s Greatest Hits”. I’ll post one every Monday unless something intervenes. They’ll be published under Dymphna’s byline and using her GoV UserID, which will otherwise no longer be seen.

The following post is from December 2005, and is from her series called “I Could Scream”. That was the title of her blog on Wretchard’s site from a few months before this one was posted at GoV. Unfortunately, Wretchard eventually had to close his umbrella site, and as far as I know all her posts from there were lost.

In those days she carried about 80% of the load here at Gates of Vienna, sometimes posting three or four times a day. In recent years she had been despondent about her declining abilities — it was hard for her to focus well enough to write like she used to. In 2004 and 2005 she was a powerhouse.

Let Me Tell You Something, President Bush

by Dymphna
Originally published on December 27, 2005

I wasn’t going to post on Nour Miyati’s suffering again. I swore I wouldn’t. Maybe I thought if I didn’t put up anything, then it would all just go away. However, being an ostrich has real limits. And if we aren’t at least willing to bear witness to another’s agony, then do we have the right to speak at all?

What the Saudis have done, what they have permitted to be done, to Ms. Miyati is so inhumane that it almost beggars description.

Let’s begin with some background from previous posts.

First of all, this woman didn’t go to the authorities — her owner dropped her bruised and battered body at the hospital, denying any responsibility for her condition:

A 25-year-old maid who came to Saudi Arabia as a guest worker will leave behind most of her fingers and toes and part of her right foot when she is repatriated to Indonesia. In addition to the amputations, necessitated by gangrene, several teeth had been knocked out and she is in danger of losing an eye as a result of severe beatings.

That was back in April of this year. I warned then that she would be under the aegis of sharia law, and thus her life — being a mere female, Muslim or not — wasn’t worth much. I also noted that the jerks who did this to her would be let go. Prince (at the time) Abdullah, busy doing a quick cover-your-a** move, stuck his big nose into it, insisting that she get good care and transferring her to the lad-de-dah King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center. Abdullah even sent the Health Minister over to check on her. They both declared her experience at the hands of her employers “disgusting”.

That was then. In May, things started to go sideways. All of a sudden, it wasn’t the employers’ fault. Or if it was, they were only guilty of neglect. But the maid, she was really the guilty party. That woman had the nerve to accuse her owners employers of mistreating her. Therefore she had violated the law by making false allegations. Here are my remarks in May, followed by the hideously criminal medical report from a bunch of Saudi butchers with M.D. after their names:

Brutalization is not just a family affair in Saudi Arabia. The state is a willing and eager partner. And it can twist arms with a mighty force, especially arms with hands whose fingers are missing. On the one hand, there is the medical committee’s report:

A medical committee set up by Riyadh Governor from a number of specialists from the Ministry of Health concluded that the maid suffered wounds and bruises to her body, “suggesting she has been the victim of violence and that the gangrene could not have been caused as a direct result of beating and that it probably was caused by an inherent disease suffered by the patient.”

Her “inherent disease” is simply the grinding poverty which drove her to seek employment far from home. She wound up in Hell. The “inherent disease” of the Saud tribe is corrupt, terminally evil governance. These spawn of Stalin are unspeakable.

Now, to bring you up to date, in case you’ve managed to avoid this until now. It’s hardly “news” anymore, since it’s been floating around the blogosphere for awhile. The Religious Policeman (whose blog is dedicated “In Memory of the lives of 15 Makkah Schoolgirls, lost when their school burnt down on Monday, 11th March, 2002. The Religious Police would not allow them to leave the building, nor allow the Firemen to enter”) had a few sardonic things to say about how judges arrive at their numerology when it comes to handing down lashings for false allegations:

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Cyberattack on Iran

President Trump ordered a cyberattack yesterday on Iranian military systems. This is interesting news for three reasons:

1.   It avoids the media frenzy that would have erupted after a missile strike. CNN reporters would have stood next to piles of smoking rubble and interviewed wailing Iranian women about the death of their puir wee bairns. It’s harder to gin up public outrage over the disabling of a puir wee server farm.

In terms of military effectiveness, I don’t know which is preferable, the missile strike or the cyberattack. However, in terms of the Information War — which is largely what this is — the cyberattack is a better move.

2.   This is not the response the military-industrial complex would have preferred. They don’t have much skin in cyberattacks. They want to see expensive physical assets employed so that expensive replacements must be procured by the Pentagon. They want to be able to test their weapons systems under real-life battlefield conditions. This did not meet their needs at all.
3.   A number of years (maybe even more than a decade) ago, it was rumored that the Israelis and the Russians had collaborated to make sure all of Iran’s military computer systems were infected by malware, so that a cyberattack could be launched by either country whenever it became necessary. I don’t remember the source for the story, but it was more credible than DEBKA.

The Russians have been enabling the Iranian nuclear program, which under normal circumstances wouldn’t make any sense, given the proximity of Iran to the southern border of Russia. However, if they’ve ensured that all the Iranian systems are reliably booby-trapped, they can make a lot of money by supplying Iran with technical expertise, and then disable everything if it becomes a threat to them.

Below are excerpts from an article in The Washington Times:

U.S. cyberattack strikes Iran’s military computers

The U.S. launched a sweeping cyberattack against the Iranian military last week in direct response to Iran’s downing of an American surveillance drone, U.S. officials told the Associated Press over the weekend, confirming that President Trump personally approved the retaliatory measures.

The response was aimed at Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a branch of the nation’s military that the White House officially labeled a terrorist organization earlier this year. The cyberattack targeted computer systems that control the Corps’ rocket and missile launchers, administration officials said.

Yahoo News first reported the strike over the weekend.

The cyberattack was presented to the president as one of several options following last week’s incident in which Iran shot down a U.S. drone over the Strait of Hormuz. While no Americans were abroad the aircraft, the shoot-down still added more fuel to growing military tensions between the two sides and brought Mr. Trump to the brink of ordering airstrikes against Iranian targets.

Also, here’s an article about the attack from CBS News, but I haven’t really looked at it yet.

Gaza Meddling in Swedish Politics

The following report was published earlier at Fousesquawk in a slightly different form.

Gaza Meddling in Swedish Politics

by Fousesquawk

The article below by Tobias Petersson in Katerina Magasin, a Swedish site, describes how Palestinian activists in Gaza are meddling in Swedish politics on behalf of those Swedish politicians who support their cause, namely Social Security Minister Annika Strandhäll and Foreign Minister Margot Wallström.

Translation by Fousesquawk.

Foreign Influence Campaign for Strandhäll Driven by Anti-Semitic Activist Group

Now Gaza is involving itself in (the fact that) a Swedish opposition party has submitted a declaration of mistrust against Social Security Minister Annika Strandhäll. It is the activist group Ihbid Electronic Army which supports Strandhäll. Ihbid Electronic Army is a Palestinian propaganda network in Gaza which has launched a campaign for the Social Democrats on Facebook and Twitter. This is revealed by Tobias Petersson, an opinion writer against violent extremism and anti-Semitism.

That is what the activist group has written in Arabic on its Facebook page with 35,000 followers. “Social (Security) Minister Annika Strandhäll is being subjected to attempts to remove her by the right alliance and pro-Zionist parties. She is known for her positions in support of the Palestinian cause. She and her party had the courage to make the decision to recognize the Palestinian state, which made Sweden the first European country to do so.”

The activist group has spammed a Facebook post from Parliament member Anders Österberg (S) in support of Annika Strandhäll. On their Facebook page, Ihbid Electronic Army urges its activists to write positive comments in the comment field on Österberg’s post for Strandhäll. “What a wonderful person and wonderful minister!” And “You should fight back and be strong!” people are asked to write to Strandhäll. Österberg’s contributions have received thousands of comments, mostly from the activists of the Palestinian activist group. Currently, Österberg’s Facebook page has been removed or inactivated.

The activists in Gaza have also released a video in Arabic with English text where they accuse Israel of acting like the Nazis in Nazi Germany. To compare Israel’s current policy with the Nazis is anti-Semitic, according to the IHRA’s working definition of anti-Semitism.

This weekend, the “Ihbid Electronic Army” also tried to influence the EU election by urging its Palestinian activists to spam Foreign Minister Margot Wallström’s Facebook page with positive messages. Unfortunately, I do not think it is entirely without Social Democratic involvement that this happens.

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The Assumption of Dignity

In her latest essay, Tabitha Korol discusses Rashida Tlaib, who represents Palestine in the United States House of Representatives.

The Assumption of Dignity

by Tabitha Korol

Rashida Tlaib, the Muslim congresswoman who proclaimed that she feels more Palestinian than American in Congress, and wrapped herself in a Palestinian terrorist flag at her victory party on Friday, May 10, proudly declared, “There’s always kind of a calming feeling, I tell folks, when I think of the Holocaust.” We were deeply offended but not surprised as she had already revealed her lack of empathy for the tragic suffering of so many millions of innocents because she was raised in a culture of disrespect, contempt, bloodshed and death. The Hebrew Commandments mandate respect and reciprocity (The Golden Rule), and the Hebrew and Christian Bibles were able to humanize the savages that had existed previously, while the Koran commands that Muslims torment and kill Jews, Christians, and others unless they convert to Islam (2:120; 3:56; 3:85; 3:118; 3:178; 5:14; and more).

Tlaib added, “When I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their ‘human dignity,’ their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people’s passports.”

Clarification is required here. The “tragedy of the Holocaust,” in her view, is that there were sufficient Jews who survived the Holocaust to re-establish their ancient homeland, Israel! As for the Arabs who “lost their land and livelihood,” they left their homes based on a hollow promise that they would return when the five Arab armies defeated and eliminated the Jews. Life presents choices, and the Arabs who chose to leave (fewer than 750,000) not only forfeited their homes but were also treated as outcasts by their own brethren, never being absorbed into the huge Islamic land mass. They were also held as bargaining pawns, neglected by their own so that the United Nations took on the responsibility of their subsistence. The Arabs who stayed in Israel are the grandparents of today’s Arab Israeli citizens. Unlike their Arab counterparts, the Jews (~850,000) who fled persecution in Arab lands were welcomed and absorbed, primarily into Israel, but also into Europe and the US.

So, the “outcast” Jews and the “outcast” Arabs had the same time, land and climatic conditions to create a home where they were, but the difference is “inherent dignity.” Out of malarial swampland and desert, the Jews worked tirelessly to build a successful, thriving country, today among the most advanced in the world, whereas the Arabs, now named “Palestinians,” continue to this day to wallow in victimhood and world pity, teaching their children to do the same, and extending their hands for additional “humanitarian” aid. Dignity is inherent, or it is not.

Let’s correct some intentional misinformation. The Jews are the indigenous people in what is now Israel. Israel became a nation in 1312 BCE, two thousand years before the rise of Islam. The Hebrews conquered the land in 1272 BCE and held dominion over it for a thousand years, with a continuous presence for the past 3,300 years. Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as Palestinians in 1967, two decades after the establishment of the modern State of Israel, after losing yet another aggressive war against Israel and in need of a fallacious narrative on which to establish a tie with the land.

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A Syrian in Germany Confounds the Narrative on the “Civil War” in Syria

The following video features the remarks by a Syrian-German named Manaf Hassan. Mr. Hassan’s parents were actual refugees, not like the “Syrian” “refugees” that are currently flooding the country.

His talk was a part of a symposium hosted by the Greens (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) on May 15 entitled Die Zukunft Syriens — Perspektiven eines zerstörten Landes, “The future of Syria — Perspectives of a ruined country”. As far as I can tell, the video of the full event is here, but I didn’t have the patience to watch the whole thing in order to determine whether Mr. Hassan’s remarks were actually included in the footage.

The Greens had gathered to weep over the puir wee bairns and other victims of the war in Syria, and to condemn the evil actions of the dictator Bashar al-Assad. They were plainly agitated and discomfited by what Manaf Hassan had to say, since he veered off the Narrative and said any number of things that are not permitted to be spoken in public.

Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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Imprisoned in Qatar, Parts 2 and 3

A couple of days ago we posted the beginning of an interview with Jean-Pierre Marongiu, a French entrepreneur who spent five years in prison in Qatar. Below are parts 2 and 3 of the same interview. Based on the end of part 3, it seems there will be at least one more installment of this interview.

Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translations, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling. Note: The end of part 2 and the beginning of part 3 overlap, so there are a few sentences of repeated content.

Part 2:

Part 2:

Video transcript #2:

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In the Qatar, Unable to See the Stars

Jean-Pierre Marongiu is a French entrepreneur who spent five years in prison in Qatar. He has recently written a book about his experiences, entitled InQarcéré.

In the following TV interview Mr. Marongiu talks about what happened to him in Qatar. Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Les Observateurs has an article (in French) about Mr. Marongiu’s ordeal.

Video transcript:

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Islam Can’t Change and Won’t Change

The following essay by H. Numan was originally published in Dutch at E.J. Bron’s website, and has been translated into English by the author.

Islam can’t change and won’t change

by H. Numan

Most of the time I fully agree with Geert Wilders, but not all the time. In this case I think Wilders has very few options. In nearly every interview he points towards ‘bad’ mohammedans, and rightly so. He always says they have to adapt to our values and cultures. That’s where he goes wrong. It doesn’t happen. They don’t do it, and worse: they will not do it. I’m pretty sure Wilders knows that better than anyone else. But what can he say? Even though he is 100% correct, every judge in Holland or Europe would condemn him. For whatever reason they can think of.

Let’s start with the koran and Mr. Mo himself. All religions reason in circles; the worst offender by far is islam. The koran is the word of god, dictated by the angel Gabriel to Mohammed. Who is also appointed to be the last prophet ever. How do we know that? Mo said so. What’s the proof for that? It is written in the koran. In other words, the koran is proof for the veracity of the koran. Mo’s appointment as last prophet is quite important. Because all subsequent prophets, for example Joseph Smith (Mormonism) or Ron Hubbard (Scientology) are automatically false prophets. It’s written in the koran that God himself didn’t want to work with prophets after Mohammed. Therefore anyone claiming to be a prophet must be false.

The entire religion is set up so it cannot be changed. Normal books are mostly written in chronological order. Not the koran. The surahs are ordered by length. Those verses were revealed to Mo over a period of 23 years. Very often in dreams, when Mo was in bad need of divine backup. A great example are the Satanic verses:

Mo had taken Mecca, which at the time already was the Lourdes of Sandland. Allah existed, but wasn’t the one and only god yet. It was one of the many gods that could be worshiped — for a small fee, of course — there. The Meccanos made a handsome dirham out of this business. Mo’s order to abandon the entire business except for Allah didn’t sit very well with them. They politely asked the prophet to really think long about it, perhaps sleep on it. Give his command the next morning, not right now. Supposing tomorrow his command would stand? Well, not a problem. They would behead the prophet, so he could discuss it in person with the great god himself. Sweet dreams! In the night Gabriel appeared and told Mo that the order was false. Allah hadn’t given the order. It was Satan. Therefore, no worries. Business as usual.

We see this happen lot with Mo: Gabriel coming to the rescue in a dream. Polygamy was common in that area, but usually no more than 3-4 women. When questions were asked why Mo kept a whole herd he told them he was given permission. In a dream. Same story when people wondered if Aisha wasn’t a tad too young to marry: “Allah told me I could”. In a dream? “Of course in a dream! You didn’t think the supreme being would bother to visit his humble prophet in the flesh, do you? Oh, before I forget. Allah also gave permission only to me. You can’t marry toddlers. Only prophets can. And I’m the last one. Sorry about that.”

The ordering of the koran is also a mystery. At least to anyone who is not a mohammedan, that is. The ordering is not chronological, but by length of surahs. That’s not a coincidence. The friendly chapters (surahs) were written when Mo lived in Medina and tried to be friendly. He had to; at the time he didn’t hold absolute power. As Mo was anything but friendly, those are the shortest verses. That changed completely when Mo conquered Mecca. Friendliness went out of the window immediately.

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Schrödinger’s Caliph is Alive

A new video has surfaced of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Caliph of the Islamic State. Mr. Baghdadi has been reported killed on multiple occasions, but he keeps popping up again. This is said to be the first video of him to be released in almost five years.

The clip below contains a brief excerpt from the new video. A subtitled version of the full-length video of the caliph’s remarks is currently being processed, and will be available soon. In the meantime, enjoy these samples of the wit and wisdom of the Mujahid-in-Chief.

Many thanks to Ibn Al Malek for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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I Take This Woman…

Tabitha Korol’s latest guest-essay takes a look at the plight of women under Islam.

I take this woman…

by Tabitha Korol

The internet provides everything you’d want to know about courtships, weddings, married life, but few of them include the instructions on wife-beating. There is a brief but enlightening film, produced by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) and posted on Jihad Watch, of a Muslim sociologist who demonstrates the “proper” wife-beating technique. Of course, the sociologist assures his audience that Islam is merciful, and that the man, the head of the household, should not have to beat his wife every day, and to do so lightly, never to hit her face or head, bruise, break bones or cause blood to flow (m10:12, Reliance of the Traveller, A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law — ROTT). But the cautionary statement rings hollow when the wife’s bruises will never be seen because she must be covered from head to toe. And, should she become inured to the discipline’s sameness, there are other means of control and punishment available to him, all sanctioned by The Religion of Peace.

When is it necessary to beat one’s wife? The sociologist did posit that there are women who prefer domineering, authoritative, and even violent husbands. For the most part, however, beatings are needed when the wife has disobeyed him and the strict Islamic rules of marriage. She may have refused to wear a hijab (m:2:7-8, ROTT) or the finery he chose for her; or fancied attending school with the hope of one day having a career and earning a wage. She may have wanted to leave the house unaccompanied or without her husband’s permission; she is literally under house arrest.

The Shari’a marriage contract contains her virginity status, the dowry amount, and grants sexual intercourse rights to the male, giving him total control over his wife or wives. Should she refuse his advances, be too ill or too young to have sex, or if she engages in sex with another man or was raped, he could stop her daily (financial) maintenance. The woman is considered a she-devil, equal to a domestic animal, harmful and with crooked character. Therefore, he may disallow her to sleep in his bed; or lock her in a room, naked, and without food. Should he choose to enact a simple divorce by repeating “I divorce you” three times — she may receive no more than three months’ maintenance and could lose her children older than age seven.

The Muslim husband has the right to accuse her of adultery, in which case he might gather his friends and neighbors together to bury her almost up to her shoulders and stone her to death. The film The Stoning of Soraya M portrays the true story of Soraya, in Iran, whose husband Ali convinced their two sons and the townsfolk that she was committing adultery so that he could marry a 14-year-old girl. The Internet has an actual film of a Syrian woman being stoned to death by ISIS. About four women per day are murdered in “stove bursts” in Pakistan, by husbands or in-laws who claim the wives’ scarves caught fire while they were cooking.

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Who Needs Tyranny With a Democracy Like This?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suffered a significant loss when the mayoralty of Istanbul fell into the hands of the opposition in the recent local elections. But he and his party are not willing to concede without a fight.

JLH, who translated the following article about what happened in Istanbul, includes this introductory note:

Why does this sound so familiar? Perhaps Ilhan Omar can explain
the close philosophical resemblance of Democrat socialism and Turkish Islam.

The translated article from Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (which itself was translated from Turkish to German):

Letter From Istanbul: We Simply Do Not Accept That We Lost the Election

By Bülent Mumay
April 11, 2019
Translated from Turkish to German by Sabine Adatepe

Erdogan has not yet overcome the shock of having lost Istanbul, where he began his regime 25 years ago. The head of state who had made the “will of the people” sacred and transfigured the voting urn to a mythical icon, is trying every possible trick to avoid handing over the city, which he lost by a nose. On March 31 he lost the metropolis and its nine million voters by 20,000 votes. Although he had publicly conceded defeat in his balcony speech after midnight, he tried several strange schemes in the dawning hours of April 1. Erdogan was able to remain dominant in several communities, but lost in several metropolitan areas. Why is he fighting above all for Istanbul?

We begin with how Istanbul was lost. Before the March 31 election, there were two prominent names: Erdogan’s candidate for mayor of Istanbul was Binali Yildirim, his comrade since the days of working in local politics, to whom he had left his post of Prime Minister. Yildirim’s opponent was Ekrem Imamoglu, who had administered a smaller district of Istanbul for the CHP (Republican People’s Party [Kemalist]). When his candidacy was announced two months before, only 30% of the voters knew his name. How did it happen that the AKP (Justice and Development Party), which had run the city for 25 years, lost to a less popular challenger?

There are several reasons. Two elections preceding March 31 showed the AKP losing strength in Istanbul. In the referendum of 2017, Erdogan’s constitutional reform had won nationwide approval. But in Istanbul the nays were slightly ahead. In the presidential election of 2018, Erdogan barely made 50%. The economic crisis, which was more pronounced in metropolitan areas, hastened the weakening of the AKP. The integrative approach of the CHP candidates versus Erdogan’s polarizing rhetoric assured that the social democrats also received votes from the center-right. To the question of whether the regime’s repressive policies worked in favor of the opposition: Those responsible for the fact that the opposition was invisible in 95% of the controlled media now think, “Keeping the opposition off television backfired.”

When it was clear that Istanbul would be lost, Erdogan instituted an interesting plan. He intended to prevent the opposition from going into the streets to celebrate its triumph and also to postpone the feeling of defeat among his own voters. The AKP had raised no objections in the local elections, but as the results began to turn negative, it claimed there had been irregularities. While they were in the lead, they said nothing. But when they began to lose, they claimed irregularities in the system of the election commission, which was under their control. The AKP’s demand to recount the invalid votes again was accepted by Erdogan’s hand-picked members of the commission. This yielded a slight lessening of the CHP’s lead, but not enough to endanger Imamoglu’s victory.

Democratic Elections as a Putsch

In their 25 years of local rule and 17 of national rule, the AKP had, with consistent outrage, denied objections by the opposition at elections. And now they themselves raised objections. AKP Interior Minster Süleyman Soylu had even maintained: “We are among the few countries where elections are not doubted.” The palace Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin had proudly declared: “In Turkey, there is no deception at the ballot box.” And former Vice President Bekir Bozdag said: “Anyone who says there was fraud at the ballot box has already lost.” Mehmet Özhaseki, the defeated AKP candidate for Ankara, had reproached the opposition just days before the election: “When they encounter facts, they say ‘Votes were stolen’.” The sharpest turnabout came fro the vice-chair of the AKP, Ali Ihsan Yavuz. Shortly before the election, “We are probably worldwide the country with the greatest election security.” After the loss in the cities, he said: “This election is a monstrous stain on our democracy” and called for AKP supporters to gather before the election commission.

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Multiculturalism Claims Another Victim

Multiculturalism claims another victim

by H. Numan

Something big in the news in Thailand and Germany: a female German tourist was brutally raped and murdered on the lovely island of Koh Chang in Thailand. The victim was Mariam Beelte, 27. Her body was discovered under a pile of stone. Her rapist and murderer was a Thai man, Ronnakorn Romruen, 24. He has admitted his crime. He was strongly under the influence of methamphetamine, which has been confirmed by tests. In other words: he was high as a kite. He’s currently under arrest and may very well face the death penalty. The latter is not reported in Germany.

Yesterday I spoke with a German friend who asked me if Thailand has become more dangerous over the last five years. Because that is being reported by the Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda the German media.

No, it hasn’t. Not noticeably so. Much unlike Western Europe, which is fast going doing the drain. I haven’t been there for a long time — and very much hope to not be there for a long time to come. Far too dangerous, far too dirty and generally very unsafe. Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome or Madrid. It doesn’t matter. Those cities are highly unsafe now. However, multiculturalism is the cure for all problems, so that cannot be it. Therefore, Thailand must have become much more unsafe. And that is widely reported.

Before I moved to Thailand 25 years ago I read anything I could find about it. So I would understand the country I was moving to. Travel guides, books written by people living there, history books, anything. Most of them warned travelers to be very careful. Thailand, they said, was a very safe country provided you stay on the beaten track. Leave that well-trodden path, and you’re on your own. Women in particular were cautioned never to travel alone, and especially not in remote areas.

Nothing to do with Thai men in particular, mind you. All travel guides included this caution. A woman traveling alone at night on a deserted beach wasn’t asking for trouble, but screaming for it. Thailand, Spain, Portugal, Africa, even boring old Germany and Holland — anywhere. A woman alone shouldn’t travel off the beaten path. That’s simply asking for trouble.

And then came multiculturalism. Together with its evil sister extreme feminism. Women can do anything they want. Provided it pays well, and the top positions only. Otherwise we aren’t really interested. Only white men do nasty things. They are the source of all evil — down with the male patriarchy! All cultures are equal, people are generally good, friendly and nice. The world is your unicorn.

Those warnings disappeared from the guides. Because those ‘liberated’ women felt restrained by it. They couldn’t do what they wanted — which probably is getting shag… silly. Traditional values are so old fashioned. If a woman wants a tattoo, she expresses her individuality! Forgetting that when everyone gets tattooed is more a kind of a uniform and the very opposite of individuality.

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Not Just Another April Fools’ Week

This post was first published on April 1. It was a “sticky” feature for a week; scroll down for more recent items.

Spring Fundraiser 2019, Day Seven

Update from the Baron: Burnout

The theme of this week’s bleg has been the history of Gates of Vienna. My final update, which is somewhat tangential to the main theme, is burnout. Which is a significant concern for those of us who work full-time in this field.

Tip jarBut first the nuts and bolts of what we’ve been doing this week: This is a quarterly week-long begging exercise in which Dymphna and I blather on while asking our readers to drop money in our tip cup (or use this PayPal link). This is how we keep this website alive — we don’t have jobs, no foundation sponsors us, and there are no paid ads on the site. We don’t even get any Russian money, sad to say!

And now a few brief thoughts on burnout.

This is a tough line of work. If you pay close attention to the Great Jihad and related issues, you encounter nasty things that you’d really rather not see or hear about. Add to that the drumbeat of dhimmitude — the constant stream of news reports on the cultural and political submission of the West to Islam — and it gets pretty dispiriting.

To make matters even worse, there’s the vicious opprobrium that awaits anyone whose “Islamophobic” opinions and activities are exposed to public view. We’re fortunate to live out here in the back of beyond where most people are “deplorables” of one sort or another, and hardly anybody even pays attention to this sort of thing. But people who live in big cities, especially on the East or Left Coasts, can really pay a price if their opinions become public knowledge. Their lives can be made a living hell.

All of this is a recipe for burnout. I’ve seen a fair number of Counterjihadists burn out during the past fifteen years. Some of them were actually burned out of the game by flamethrowers directed at them during the Breivik crisis. But most just reached the limit of what they could take — “I really don’t think I want to do this anymore.”

This seems to be especially true of translators. In order to translate articles or videos, they have to pay close attention to the material, and read or listen to it over and over again. If, like most people, they had previously been averting their gaze from all that ugliness, the rush of evil information they take in day after day can really weigh them down. After a while their production starts to tail off, and they gradually retire from translation.

I admire the doughty folks who have stuck to the translation task year after year. They all deserve our gratitude for their persistence.

Vlad and I have been working together for ten years, and we help keep each other from going insane in the face of all the stuff we encounter. When we have to deal with something particularly vile, we get on the phone and discuss all the various aspects of it, which prevents the monstrousness from overwhelming us entirely. I remember how bad it got back during the summer of 2014, when the Islamic State was beheading its way through Syria and North Africa. We had to watch those nightmare-inducing videos all the time. I finally had to quit watching them — “I’ve seen enough, no more for me.” I don’t know how Vlad does it.

Anyway, I haven’t burned out, not yet. I plan to carry on with this work for as long as I possibly can.

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Saturday’s gifts flowed in from:

Stateside: Alaska, Arizona, California, Michigan, and Virginia

Far Abroad: Hungary, Israel, and the UK

Canada: Ontario

The spring fundraiser will be officially over this time tomorrow. I’ll post the wrap-up — including the final list of all the locations — a day or two later.

Dymphna’s Saturday Update:

With historical endeavors, it’s probably a wise thing to start with beginnings, though in this case we just jumped right into the middle. What were we thinking? Maybe it wasn’t thinking but more like enthusiasm — e.g. “Oh, let’s talk about that”. Whatever ‘that’ was… my mind begins to resemble a trackless waste with a few desiccated cacti.

Oh, before I forget again: at the beginning of each fundraiser post I’m supposed to make the plug for donations, please.

Dinero. Shekels. Dollars. [See the Baron for the etymological connections] In other words, money enough to keep us going to the next milestone, which is but a few months away, not counting timeslips. Or times’ lips — whichever touches us first.

Our donors have been a varied bunch. Their living circumstances run the gamut from pensione to mansion, with stops in between. Back when I could function I loved looking up all the places our donors lived. Coon Rapids?? Really? Why haven’t the PC town fathers ditched that one? Traverse City, from whence (I now know) come our cherries in summer. Looking up all those places meant it took me weeks to respond to donors and that would not end well: the B got nervous about the time lag. It still remains the case: give me a new donor to thank and I’m driven to know more about their locality. Betcha don’t know whence come many of the roses (plants) you buy at the nursery, hmm? I know now, or at least my knowledge was current a few years back. And it seems like nearly every American town has a Wikipedia page, no matter how small the hamlet. That’s a good thing.

For most of us, our equilibrium depends upon having a firm sense of place. Or as the nervous airplane passenger said, “the more the firma, the less terror”. [That’s a pun on “terra firma” and no, it can’t be removed.]

Gates of Vienna is now established as a place; a destination for those who read our random News Feed, just for one example. Some correspondents tell us this is where they go with their morning coffee.

For the B and me GoV has become where we live and move and have our being. It’s akin to housing a child who never leaves home, a permanent resident hunkering down in our divers computers, demanding attention. Electric outages and connectivity interruptions are far more freighted than they used to be before the advent of Gates of Vienna.

Many of you already know our beginnings, but I have the freedom of repeating myself at this stage. It’s one of the few privileges of age.

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New Zealand Mosque Attack: Egypt’s Grand Imam Schools the West on Terror Equality

Ashraf Ramelah’s latest essay reports on the reaction of the grand imam of Al Azhar to the Christchurch massacre, and the way Muslim leaders worldwide have used the opportunity posed by the atrocity to further their plans for Islamic expansion.

New Zealand mosque attack: Egypt’s grand imam schools the West on terror equality

by Ashraf Ramelah

The following includes a brief review of how Islam realized its presence in a country such as New Zealand (Muslims are one percent of the population) by way of intentional Islamization efforts and export across the world. The grand imam of Al-Azhar Institute, Ahmed al-Tayeb, responded to the New Zealand tragedy with comments consistent with the context of this background.

The supreme religious leader of Arab-Muslim Sunnis reacted to the Mar 15 fatal mosque shootings in New Zealand with a statement that shows us his real concern. While he is the one individual in the whole world positioned to use this opportunity to create positive reforms of Islam by saying something like “terrorism must be stopped,” he instead expressed relief that Muslims are not the only terrorists.

Under the banner of the popular Egyptian slogan, “Terrorism has no religion,” the grand imam stated that “It’s time for people in the East and West to stop repeating lies concerning Islamic terrorism.” In this quote, the lie he refers to is that terrorism belongs solely to Islam. The white, non-Islamic Australian gunman as reported by the media was a fact that debunked this assumption for the world to see.

It was not an issue of sympathy, prayers and eulogies for the head imam, but of politicizing the perpetrator and the crime. Al-Tayeb’s fixation was with having another example of terror on the world stage — the infidel and “Christian.” His focus has been entirely on blaming those who single out Islam for the terror business.

Please know that the grand imam of Al Azhar has never condemned the killings of Shia Muslims murdered by Sunni Muslims, any ISIS aggression, or any Muslim attacks on Christians and their religious institutions. Instead, through public and private TV channels, Al Azhar imams have instigated the notion that Sunni Muslims must occupy Rome, the White House and recapture Spain.

As the facts of this horrible incident were uncovered, sympathy from New Zealanders began to pour forth with various actions binding non-Muslim to Muslim, including interfaith gestures. Many Christians delivered flowers to the outside of the mosque. Many entered in. New Zealand’s prime minister opened an emergency session of parliament with the religious Islamic greeting, “Al Salam Alikom,” attended the Muslim ceremony for the dead, wore a hijab, and recited Koranic verses.

For Muslim expansion, the tragic event has brought some hope. Muslims are embraced. Their Friday worship will now be welcomed in the open air to be heard even by those who currently hold no real interest in Islam. Also, as a result of the horrible tragedy, New Zealand will now allow outdoor speakers for the Islamic call to prayer. Consequences such as these will advance the grand imam’s and the Vatican’s “Ark of Brotherhood” interfaith pact to spread togetherness throughout the West. Their agreement was signed earlier this year in Abu Dhabi.

Arab-Muslim reaction to the New Zealand tragedy

In the Arabic press, much was made of hatred toward Islam, escalation of hostilities, prejudice and growing Islamophobia with various reactions from Arab-Muslim leaders. A cleric and scholar from Al Azhar Institute pointed out that the gunman was not killed this time, whereas Islamic terrorists are always killed on the scene. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed the escalation of hostilities toward Islam. He called on the West to take emergency measures to prevent such disasters.

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