Taqiyya at the Beeb

The two articles below about the BBC were published successively in 2013 by Michael Copeland.

BBC Fog-Making: Soldier Murder in Afghanistan

by Michael Copeland

This article was originally published at Liberty GB, 4 April 2013.

Colonel Lapan, spokesman for the US Joint Chiefs of Staff commented, “we don’t know what’s causing them [insider killings], and we’re looking at everything.” (FrontPage Mag)

In Afghanistan earlier this year (2013) there was yet another dreadful soldier murder and multiple wounding by an Afghan trainee. The BBC, in a shameful piece, “What lies behind Afghanistan’s insider attacks?”, blames a “rogue soldier”. Yet a soldier obeying instructions in his manual is no “rogue”.

Read the Koran, BBC, instead of having an unnamed author refer to unidentified “many analysts” and tipping a barrow load of red herrings such as this:

But perhaps worryingly for Nato the motivation for many of the assaults cannot be pinned down so precisely. Many analysts believe they are rooted in underlying, even subconscious, resentments that are prone to flare up and with deadly consequences.

This is fog-making, reprehensible and damaging. Completely contrary to what the author claims, the motivations can be pinned down precisely: they are in the manual revered by every dutiful Soldier of Allah, namely the Koran, the book of fighting the unbeliever. Everywhere that is not Dar al Islam, ‘The House of Islam’, is Dar al Harb, ‘The House of War’ (What the West Needs to Know). Non-Muslims are “the worst of creatures” (Koran 98:6), “the vilest of beasts” (8:22, 8:55). “Allah is the enemy of the unbelievers” (2:98), so therefore must all Muslims be also: “The disbelievers are ever to you a clear enemy” (4:101). NATO, treated as an ‘occupier’, is doubly an enemy.

When a Soldier of Allah murders an infidel ‘occupier’ he is obeying the instructions in his war manual. Some 64% of the Koran concerns non-Muslims, the kafirs, and how to fight them. Islam is political: it concerns land, and involves fighting. It aims for “Mastership of the World”, as the Muslim Brotherhood leader Muhammad Badi proclaimed in 2011.

“The mosques are our barracks,” recited Recep Tayyip Erdogan, before he was Prime Minister of Turkey, “the domes our helmets, the minarets our spears, and the faithful our soldiers.” It was to the BBC that Anjem Choudary explained: “Nothing else is mentioned more than the topic of fighting in the Koran.”

Don’t the BBC listen? Can’t they read? Do they think they know better? Or are they negligently and recklessly allowing the anonymous author to supply them with fog? Thus do they directly imperil our soldiers’ lives. Shame on you, BBC. Will you name your author? Who are the “many analysts”? Cite them. Show us where we can read their analyses.

The Koran cannot be brushed aside: it forms part of Islamic Law. To deny any verse in it calls for the death penalty (Manual of Islamic Law o8.7 (7)). Its content is billed as “true from eternity to eternity” (Sam Solomon, former professor of Shariah Law). Here are just a few of the many, many fighting instructions:

  • Kill the polytheists wherever you find them. 9:5
  • Fight those who do not believe in Allah. 9:29
  • Slay them wherever you find them. 4:89
  • Fight the idolaters utterly. 9:36
  • And that Allah may … exterminate the infidel. 3:141

Remember that when a soldier of Allah has killed infidels it was not he that did the killing: “You killed them not, but Allah killed them.” (8:17) There are instructions about relationships with non-Muslims, the kuffar (a word cognate with ‘dirt’), who are “unclean” (9:28), “the most despicable” (98:6):

  • Do not take the Jews and Christians as allies. 5:51
  • Muslims are merciful to one another, but ruthless to the unbeliever. 48:29

Osama bin Laden wrote: “Battle, animosity and hatred — directed from the Muslim to the infidel — is the foundation of our religion.”

The doctrine of “Permissible Lying” (Manual, r8.2) authorises the Muslim to maintain piously a false appearance of friendship. The revered collector of traditions, Sahih Al-Bukhari, recorded that Mohammed’s companion Abu Ad-Darda’ said, “We smile in the face of some people although our hearts curse them.” Mohammed himself said, “War is deceit” (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 52, 269). So, too, with agreements: Mohammed is quoted in the Hadith, the traditions, saying, “If I take an oath and later find something else better, I do what is better and break my oath” (see Sahih Bukhari 7.67.427). Agreements with infidels are not binding. An Afghan who appears friendly but who turns his gun on NATO personnel is no “rogue”: he is doing EXACTLY what it says in his book. This is why there should not be any joint patrols, or armed Afghans within NATO bases.

Killing infidels in a situation where the killer himself may well be killed may seem puzzling to a Western mind, but this is a main component of the motivation:

“Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain” (Koran 9:111).

This is the justification for the ‘martyrdom’ (suicide) bombing. The ordinary Muslim can never be sure whether his good deeds will sufficiently outweigh his bad deeds so that he will not be consigned to Hell in the afterlife. In contrast, those who “slay and are slain” are guaranteed immediate entry to Paradise with seventy-two beautiful dark-eyed girls each, perpetually virginal, and boys like pearls, where there will be wine and sumptuous fruits. In Islam’s teachings the martyr achieves his wedding in heaven. The Muslim loves death as the Westerners love life, Osama bin Laden explained.

These matters of Islamic doctrine are what are taught in the mosques. They are not surprise news to Muslims. They can be found without difficulty on the internet. These are what the BBC’s anonymous author refers to as “the complex web of factors that lead Afghan soldiers to turn their guns on their allies.”

Evidently they are not too complex for an Afghan tribesman. Shame on you, BBC.

BBC Deception

by Michael Copeland

This article was originally published at Liberty GB, 28 October, 2013

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Fake News, Fake Interpreters, Fake Refugees

It seems that just about every more-or-less secular Afghani has stood up, raised his hand, and said, “I, too, was an interpreter for the Bundeswehr!”

At least that’s the way it looks as the Afghan “refugees” pour into Germany, aided and encouraged by various factions of the German government.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Tichys Einblick:

Fake local staff!

An Afghan unpacks: Good contacts brought me to Germany

In Brandenburg it turned out that more than half of the evacuated Afghans were not German local workers. The reception centers were bathed in the sloppy politics of Berlin. At the same time, unbelievable stories came to light and were silently swept under the carpet

Brandenburg remains a target country in several ways. Not only do hundreds of irregular migrants arrive at the Polish border every day, the Berlin-Brandenburg airport also regularly brings more “visitors” into the country, also from safe transit and countries of origin such as Turkey or Greece. Everyone is currently backing up in the Brandenburg asylum system, whose employees are unlikely to have any breathing space.

In addition, as early as August some of the “local staff” from Afghanistan and their relatives, who had initially landed in Frankfurt am Main, were distributed to the federal states by buses. All in all, 266 Afghans came to Brandenburg this way. Now it turns out that only 25 of them had actually been local government employees in Afghanistan. That was the result of the examination by the Brandenburg immigration authorities. A total of 91 relatives had entered the country. This in turn means that more than half of those flown in were neither local workers nor some of their family members — even though the federal government has expanded its definition of local workers more and more in recent weeks. The term ‘local force’, which has now become politically contaminated, has been obscured more and more in the past few weeks, filled with new content, and meaningless.

Residue-free removal of one’s own work

Strictly speaking, “local staff” are to be understood as the employees of the Bundeswehr during an assignment abroad. To this day, the Ministry of Defense insists that local staff can only be those who “worked for a department on the basis of an employment contract”. For the Bundeswehr, a spokesman for the Bundeswehr Operations Command told TE , this means that around 1,300 people worked for the Bundeswehr during the entire twenty years of the Afghanistan mission. That’s a relatively limited number, and not all of them — maybe only half — would be eligible under today’s rules.

However, not all ministries are so strict about evacuation. It was the Foreign Office under Heiko Maas that expanded the term local staff to include “people from the fields of science, politics, judiciary, NGOs, culture and the media” and thus completely devalued it. If it’s up to the Foreign Office and the accommodating Ministry of the Interior, tens of thousands of Afghans now have a right to humanitarian protection in Germany. In the end, this endless expansion serves only one goal: the most complete possible relocation of the new Afghan intelligentsia to Germany. But what have you been committed to for twenty years, only to remove the results of your own work today with practically no residue? Shouldn’t one rather advertise that parts of the former “civil society” keep their place under the Taliban and thus ensure a somewhat pluralistic Afghanistan? Can’t we at least expect this much heroism from the champions of the Western way of life in Central Asia?

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Why Don’t We See News Stories Like This?

The following fictional report is modeled on this BBC story about Wednesday’s attack in Norway, with relevant nouns and adjectives changed:

Rawalpindi: Knife Attack Appears to be Terrorism — Officials

A deadly knife attack in Pakistan which left five people dead appears to have been an act of terror, Pakistan’s security service (ISI) said.

However, a motive has not yet been determined.

The suspect, a 37-year-old Afghan citizen, had converted to Christianity and there were fears he had been radicalised, police say.

He is accused of killing four women and a man on Wednesday night in the northern town of Rawalpindi.

Why do Christian converts not carry out violent attacks?

Why is it that nobody ever has to be concerned about the “radicalization” of a convert to Christianity?

When is the last time you heard of a convert to Christianity killing someone for religious reasons?

The situation is not at all symmetrical. Contrary to what the media and your political leaders keep telling you, Islam is not a “peaceful religion just like other religions.”

Another Arrest in the Saman Abbas Case

Back in June I posted about the case of Saman Abbas (most recently here), an 18-year-old Pakistani girl in Italy who was honor-killed by members of her family, but whose body has never been found. Ms. Abbas had committed the unforgiveable crime of refusing an arranged marriage with her cousin.

Her parents fled to Pakistan, and their whereabouts are unknown. Her cousin and her younger brother were arrested not long after the crime, and now her uncle has been arrested in Paris.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this news report, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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Come to Jalalabad am Rhein!

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from PolitikStube:

Didn’t feel comfortable in Italy! Evacuated Afghans move on to Germany

Afghans who had previously been evacuated by the USA to Poland, Italy and other EU countries have been arriving in Germany in recent weeks. That was to be expected; Germany offers an extremely attractive range of benefits and a good life at the expense of taxpayers. Mosques, shops, etc. are also in abundance and you feel at home. No wonder, GerMoney has the largest Afghan community in Europe, and it is growing every day until the land of the former thinkers and poets is actually in the Hindu Kush.

Even Italy, one of the most popular holiday destinations for Germans, cannot keep up, and that is less because of the sun, the delicious food, the delicious wines, the cheerful way of life, the beaches and the sea, it is more because of the marginal all-round service and the range of accommodations that do not exactly provide a feel-good factor.

Epoch Times:

In the past few weeks, the federal police found “70 Afghan nationals who have possible links to a previous evacuation by the US armed forces from Afghanistan to another EU member state,” the agency told the world. Among them, 32 people were believed to have previously been evacuated to Poland, 26 to Italy, seven to France and five to Spain.

In addition, Afghans who had been evacuated not by the US armed forces but by the armies of the EU partner countries have also been apprehended. For example, a family of five was found on a train at the German-Austrian border who had been flown out of Afghanistan by the Italian military. According to their own statement, they had applied for asylum there to the Federal Police, but “did not feel comfortable”. The family was then taken to a refugee facility.

At the beginning of September, Afghans living in Germany were also apprehended while allegedly trafficking compatriots. They accompanied ten people evacuated from Kabul to Italy in a bus to northern Germany. The evacuees had already applied for asylum in Italy. At the weekend there was a similar case, according to information from the “world” from security circles. Here a group of four Afghans who had been evacuated to Italy were picked up on a train to Hamburg and taken to a refugee home.

Afterword from the translator:

I don’t know about you, but to me this looks like a slow hostile takeover of Germany by Afghanistan. I wonder if the CCP is financing these “trips”?

“Our Citizens Owe Afghanistan Nothing”

The following video features a member of the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany) speaking in the Landtag, or regional parliament, of North Rhine-Westphalia. His remarks refer to the Green Party’s demand that Germany admit thousands of new Afghan “refugees”.

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

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A New Cabinet? Not Bloody Likely.

It turns out that the débacle in Afghanistan has caused casualties in the interim Dutch cabinet. Our Dutch correspondent H. Numan has the report.

A new cabinet? Not bloody likely.

by H. Numan

At the beginning of March the Dutch went to vote. That’s a cool six months ago. A new cabinet coming soon? No, that will take a while. A very long while. Yesterday the Dutch vice-premier and minister for foreign affairs, Sigrid Al Qaq, was forced to resign. Again, as the current cabinet is demissionary. It had already resigned. She was the first Dutch victim of the US surrender in Afghanistan.

Both the (demissionary) ministers of defense, Ank Bijleveld, and for foreign affairs, Sigrid Al Qaq, had to explain themselves in parliament about Afghanistan. Before the surrender parliament had asked both to take measures for proper evacuation, which they hadn’t followed up. Parliament didn’t like the answers, and approved a motion of censure. Ank Bijleveld refused to resign, but Sigrid Al Qaq did. A motion of censure is not a motion of no confidence. In the first case, a minister can resign. In the second case, a minister must resign. It took a while to get some sense into Mrs. Bijleveld, but after 24 hours she finally resigned as well.

That makes the already very difficult cabinet negotiations next to impossible. Why? The voters voted for the impossible. Let’s have a quick look at the results: the VVD won (= didn’t loose a lot) with 34 seats. Runner-up was D66, with Sigrid Kaag — Al Qaq, they got 24 seats. Next was the PVV with 17 seats. Those are the big parties. CDA (Christian democrats) lost massively; they have 15 seats left over.

On the right side of the ballot a lot of new parties gained and lost seats. But none of them got over 7 seats. On the left side everybody lost. Some not so much, others a lot.

The powers-that-be don’t want a conservative government. In real life, that’s impossible anyway. To form a truly conservative cabinet you need no less that seven parties. That has never happened. The largest Dutch coalition had five parties, and collapsed within a couple of months.

The most logical solution would be a continuation of the present coalition, as it could be a workable cabinet. However… before the elections began, the Christian Union (Communist Calvinists) explicitly ruled out working together with D66. Sigrid Al Qaq retaliated likewise. So that option is a clear no-no.

The next option was a progressive cabinet. That might work, too. However, the lame (PvdA, our Labour party) firmly hold hands with the blind (GreenLeft, the communist party). They want to rule together or not at all. That demand is completely unacceptable for the VVD, for a very obvious reason. In such a cabinet they would become the minority party. Such a cabinet would effectively be a communist cabinet, with the VVD as a convenient scapegoat.

That leaves only two options: a minority cabinet or new elections. Calling for new elections has never happened. But it seems painfully clear this option is the only workable one. Why? Because the results of the elections are already old hat!

Since March a lot has happened. The Christian Democrats (CDA) committed suicide by ousting their enfant terrible, Pieter Omtzigt. They have 15 seats at the moment, but are polling at 9. Right now, that is. Because they are in the political elevator going down. Fast. I have no idea why they committed suicide. With Omtzigt as leader, they would have won the elections. Possibly enough to have him as the new prime minister. They would at least have recovered from their downward track. I wrote about this just after the elections.

However, they kicked him out. Or rather, they forced him out. He wasn’t ousted from the party, but they made him resign. Which he duly did. Now he’s running as an independent. We don’t know what he will do. If he sets up his own party, which is almost certain, that party is already polling at 20-26 seats. At least six of those seats will come from the CDA.

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The Hazards of the New Balkan Route to Western Europe

Even before the collapse of the American-backed government in Afghanistan, there was an intense pressure from Afghan “refugees” on the external borders of the European Union.

The following report on the new migration route through the northern Balkans is from Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR, Central German Broadcasting, the public broadcaster for Thuringia, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt). Many thanks to Hellequin GB for the translation:

Afghan refugees on their way to the EU

Because Croatia and Hungary have erected high border fences on the Balkan route, refugees are now increasingly trying to get to the EU via Romania. The number of illegal border crossings rose by 200 percent in the first half of the year. Important hub: the western Romanian city of Timisoara. Many people seeking protection want to find a truck there that they can use to get to Western Europe undetected.

Ahmadi’s brown eyes look sadly into the distance; he is holding his destroyed cell phone in his left hand. The 17-year-old is sitting on a meadow in Timisioara in western Romania, in what is known as the Afghan Park, as Ahmadi and his compatriots call their meeting point at a shopping park. Almost every day there are checks by the police and gendarmerie, from which Afghan refugees repeatedly report that they’re been attacked or had their cell phones destroyed.

Ahmadi considers it pointless to report the incident to the police. That doesn’t help him get a new cell phone, either, he says. The telephone was his orientation aid on the run; he was able to use it to call up routes across the Middle East and now in Europe. Without a cell phone, he cannot contact his smuggler who is supposed to bring him to Germany.

On the run for over a year

The young Afghan left his home region of Nangarhar long before the international troops withdrew, otherwise he would have had to join the radical Islamic Taliban at home or hide from it, he says. “I preferred to forge on ahead.” He also wants to lead an economically better life in Western Europe. He has already covered around 5,000 kilometers, a large part of it on the Balkan route from Greece via Bulgaria to Serbia. In four months, he hopes, he will be with his brother in Germany, but Ahmadi has been on the run for over a year now.

It was particularly difficult, he says, in Serbia, where meter-high fences have made access to the EU almost impossible since the great refugee movement in 2015. He made nine attempts to come to Croatia. He tried to cross the Serbian-Hungarian border three times, all without success. Most recently, he took the route via neighboring Romania, which for a long time was considered a dead end among those seeking protection: since the EU country does not belong to the Schengen area, all borders in Romania are strictly controlled — including that with the EU neighbor Hungary.

Over 530 kilometers of green border with Serbia

But for a few months now, the Eastern European country has seen a significant increase in the number of refugees and migrants. The Romanian border authority registered almost 9,000 border crossings in the first half of the year, 200 percent more than in the same period of the previous year. The majority of those seeking protection do not come from Ukraine or the Black Sea, but from Serbia over the green border, which in some places meanders along the Danube, and runs through countless forests and fields.

The Romanian press recently wrote that a “new Balkan route” led through western Romania. An assumption that the border police in Timisoara do not want to share, even if most border crossings were on their 530-kilometer stretch with Serbia this year. “Regardless of whether this is called the new Balkan route or not,” says the spokesman for the Timisoara border police, Petre Nicola, “we are well prepared for every scenario.”

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Stuck Inside of Kabul With the Saxon Blues Again

German authorities aren’t overly exercised about Germans who happen to be stranded in Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover. Culture-enriching “Germans”, however, are another matter. The following story describes an Afghan family from Wolfenbüttel in Lower Saxony. The puir wee Afghan bairns came to Germany as refugees because their lives were in danger in their homeland, so much so that they could only return home occasionally on vacation.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from RegionalHeute.de:

Schoolchildren are stuck in Kabul: “Suddenly it’s so real”

The twins, who originally came from Afghanistan, traveled to their old homeland with their parents and siblings during the summer vacation.

by Anke Donner

Wolfenbüttel. Three students from the Henriette Breymann School (HBG) are currently stuck with their family in Kabul. A family visit turned into a nightmare for the family of eight — because terror, destruction and unrest reign in the country that was once their home. Nobody knows when the family will be able to return to their new home in Wolfenbüttel.

“It’s very strange that what you usually only know from the news suddenly becomes so realistic,” says HBG headmistress Katrin Unger in an interview with RegionalHeute.de. The news that three students from her school are stuck in the crisis area, exposed to the Taliban terror and uncertain when they will be back in Germany, was received by Katrin Unger a week before school started. The father of her pupils — a pair of twins attending the eighth grade — informed her by email that the third child of the family could not be enrolled at the HBG as planned because they were in Kabul and it was not possible to leave the country. “I then immediately contacted the father and asked what we could do,” reports Katrin Unger, who is still stunned.

The family had traveled to Kabul at the beginning of the summer vacation to visit their family. “Of course, the first question is always why the family flew to Afghanistan in the first place. In fact, the family went there with a portion of good faith. And they were not entirely alone in their assessment. There were politicians who also misjudged the situation,” she says. A return trip for the family — the youngest child is only one and a half years old — was then simply no longer possible. “They were completely surprised. It came so suddenly. Suddenly the Taliban were there and the airports were closed. That must have been exactly how it was perceived in the media. And the family didn’t want to go into the throng with the small children.”

Fear and insecurity accompany everyday school life

Many students and teachers are very affected, says Katrin Unger. There is fear and great uncertainty among classmates and teachers. Especially with those who know the siblings well. “There are a lot of teachers who are very affected. And the closer the teachers and students were to the children, the greater the sympathy. It was already a mess for them to get started and the joy of seeing them again.”

The situation in Afghanistan is now being discussed more intensively in school in order to educate and take away fear and insecurity. “There are now two empty places. And it was clear from the start that the colleague would address the issue of the children. The students had to find out the background and of course we tried to calm them down. But we also had to make it clear to them about where and why one has to worry,” says Unger.

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Mutti Pays Off the Taliban

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from JournalistenWatch:

600 million for Taliban-Afghanistan: Why isn’t Merkel charged for supporting a terrorist organization?

by Stefan Schubert
September 11, 2021

What is the difference between needy flood victims in Ahrtal and the radical-Islamist terrorists in Afghanistan? The people in Germany have been robbed of their entire existence, not the least by the failure of politics; they can, perhaps — beginning in October — fill out online forms to apply for state subsidies, which will then, after a review, be paid out sometime. The Merkel government has immediately transferred €600 million to the Taliban terrorists without any bureaucracy or evidence. So much for the priorities of this federal government.

It should not be left unmentioned here that the federal government called on the population to financially support the victims of the flood catastrophe. The citizens with some of the world’s highest taxes and fees should also pay for the failures of politics with additional compensation payments. In the aftermath of the flood catastrophe, it became known that the federal government was responsible for large gaps in disaster control. Over 1,300 special vehicles were lacking, which the federal government was required by law to provide to the states for disaster control. Special vehicles for protection from and for the elimination of biological, radiological, and nuclear dangers are short by about 30%. The former chief of Technical Relief (THW), Albrecht Broemme, was quoted in Der Spiegel with the following words on disaster control in Germany: “The whole world is laughing at us”.

Taliban: Murderers of German soldiers receive German tax money

Until the takeover of the Taliban, politics and the mainstream media observed the same assessment of the fully-bearded radical-Islamists: A brutal, Middle Ages terror organization that oppresses girls and women, including forced marriages, rape, and stoning. Homosexuals are not only verbally persecuted, but sometimes end up on the gallows, and Islamic Sharia stands above any law or human rights.

The Taliban were mainly described as a brutal terror organization, who with bombs and suicide attackers blew up and mutilated thousands of Western soldiers. Afghans who were accused of being collaborators with the West were shot on the spot without any due process. In addition, the Taliban are close allies of other Islamist terrorist organizations, like Al Qaeda, who murder worldwide in the name of Islam as well as persecute and terrorize Western citizens as “unbelievers”.

Has anything changed in any of these points since the Taliban took Kabul in a coup and inflicted a humiliating military defeat on the West?

No, it has not. The blood of countless victims of their reign of terror, including the blood of dozens of murdered German soldiers, still clings to the hands of the Taliban and their close allies from Al-Qaeda.

What are the survivors and traumatized Afghanistan-veterans supposed to feel when the Chancellor of the Federal Republic stands in front of the microphones of the capital city (Berlin) press and announces talks now with the Taliban? These bloodthirsty Middle Ages monsters have now, from one day to the next, been upgraded by Mrs. Merkel to equal negotiating partners?

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The Crash of Civilization

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The Crash of Civilization

by Fjordman

The terror attacks of September 11, 2001 were the type of shocking event where many people remember exactly where they were and what they did that day. Personally, I was living in Egypt at that time. I had started studying Arabic language at the University of Bergen in western Norway. In 2001 I continued these studies at the American University in Cairo.

My linguistic skills in Arabic were mediocre. Since I left the Middle East in 2003 and haven’t practiced the language since, my Arabic has deteriorated and is now quite poor. For me, studying Arabic primarily became a door into studying Islam and Islamic culture. I was far better in this field of study, and continued my personal studies of Islam for years. I am at heart not a linguist, but rather an analyst with a strong interest in history.

Before September 2001, I was already growing more skeptical of Islam based on my own studies and personal experiences. Still, living in the largest city in the Arabic-speaking world during the September 11 Jihadist attacks was certainly interesting. The Mubarak regime imposed a curfew on Tahrir Square and parts of downtown Cairo that day. Perhaps they feared that some local Muslims would publicly celebrate the attacks, the way some Palestinian Muslims did. When Egypt received billions of dollars in aid from the USA, this would not have been good publicity.

I followed the news and newspapers back home via the Internet. They claimed that all Arabs and Muslims were sad and horrified by the attacks. This is not true. I know. I was there. Some of my Egyptian Muslim neighbors celebrated with cakes and said openly that they were very happy about the attacks.

To me, the most shocking thing about this was not that many Arabs and Muslims hated the West in general and the USA in particular. I already knew that. What was truly disturbing was that virtually the entire Western world seemed to be in complete denial about this fact. This was an entire civilization which once used to cultivate logic and reason, yet now seemed to have lost the ability to think rationally. That really scared me.

The Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu completed his book The Art of War around the year 500 BC. Despite being more than 2,500 years old, it remains surprisingly fresh and relevant. This is because Sun Tzu focused mainly on the psychological aspects of conflict. While human technology has changed greatly in 2,500 years, human psychology has changed a lot less. One of the most famous quotes from The Art of War is this:

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

From what I observed in September 2001, it seemed that the Western world had forgotten who our enemies are. Far worse, though, was that we had even forgotten who we are, and the roots of our own civilization.

A decade later, another terror attack would have an even more direct impact on my life. Both attacks became national traumas. Yet the 2011 attacks in Norway were carried out by a single individual acting alone, whose alleged terrorist network only existed inside his mentally disturbed head. The 2001 attacks in the USA were carried out by many different individuals from a real international terror network whose ideology has adherents worldwide. Moreover, when a small country is attacked, this is bad for that small country. When a large and powerful country is attacked, this has geopolitical consequences.

By 2011, I had been living in the same flat in Oslo for eight years, since my return from the Middle East. When the July 22 attacks happened, some people blamed me personally for the atrocities. I suddenly found myself near the epicenter of an international news story. This was extremely unpleasant, but in some ways also educational. If the 2001 attacks weakened my trust in Western mass media, the 2011 attacks totally destroyed it.

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Been There. Done That.

Unless some compelling reason emerges in future years, this will be my last 9-11 anniversary post.

It’s been an educational twenty years, to say the least. The first three anniversaries came up before Dymphna and I started blogging in October of 2004. During those years we had begun our studies of Islam and sharia, eventually launching Gates of Vienna to make our own small contribution to what later became known as the Counterjihad. From 2005 onward, one or the other of us always did a commemorative post when September 11th rolled around.

I still remember what I was doing when I heard the news on that bright, cool September morning, and how the day subsequently unfolded, but I’m not going to write about all that — I’ve covered it too many times before. And I’ll stay away from the political sequelae, except to note that the way the Patriot Act was eventually abused was at least as bad as the most skeptical libertarians predicted, and probably worse.

Over the next decade I spent a lot of time educating myself about Islam and sharia. Beginning in 2009, retired Major Stephen Coughlin was especially helpful in furthering my education. He made me understand the depth and breadth of the penetration of the federal government and the military by the Muslim Brotherhood, to the point that we had written sharia into the constitutions that we devised for Iraq and Afghanistan.

At first it seemed that a combination of ignorance and cluelessness had led to such foolhardy behavior, but as time went by — especially after the Islamophiles in the Obama administration got going full throttle — I realized that there was more than mere ignorance at work. Yes, there were plenty of ill-informed and stupid people at the upper levels of the government and the military, but John Brennan — just to pick an example — was not one of them. There was no way that he could have failed to understand exactly what the Muslim Brotherhood was up to. Thus we can only conclude that Islamization is part of the Deep State’s plan for the deconstruction of Western Civilization.

As the teens wore on, my cynicism and disillusionment about our government got worse and worse. I had started out with the naïve idea that there were decent people among our political leaders who really were attempting to do their best for the country. However, the true state of affairs eventually became ineluctable: corruption and malevolence were (and are) the norm, from the lowest to the highest levels of government. There are a few very rare exceptions, but they play no meaningful role in steering the ship of state.

The five years since Donald Trump stormed onto the political scene have really clarified the extent of the evil rot that has eaten out the core of our political and cultural institutions. The investigation and impeachment of Mr. Trump revealed the true purpose of the Patriot Act. And last fall’s election showed that the Deep State now has full control over the counting of the votes, so that no future elections will show any results other than those they intend. Diehard Republicans who are salivating over the midterms or 2024 are the most clueless of all. If they haven’t yet realized the nature of our new totalitarian dystopia, they probably never will. There’s no voting our way out of this.

So here we are, twenty years later. Afghanistan has reverted to what it was in 2001, except with much better roads, airfields, telecommunications, and surveillance equipment. We just handed the country over to the mujahideen we overthrew back then, lavishing upon them such quantities of state-of-the-art munitions and equipment that they will be the most powerful jihad army ever assembled, courtesy of the United States of America.

Here at home we are entering the full Corona despotism that the paranoid cynics among us have been predicting ever since the start of the “pandemic”. Since I intend to remain unjabbed, by this time next year I don’t know whether I’ll be able to get medical treatment, or eat in a restaurant, or even shop in a supermarket. By September 11, 2022 I might be unable to post a 9-11 commemoration, even if I wanted to.

I remember the ubiquitous “Never Forget” banners that popped up all over the place after 9-11. I didn’t forget.

I remember the “Let’s roll!” spirit that emerged. I rolled as best I could.

I remember when George W. Bush promised to hunt down the evil perpetrators and bring them to justice. And he did manage to round up quite a few of them and stash them in Gitmo until they were released to become ministers in the new government of Afghanistan.

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Afghan Refugees Vacation in… Afghanistan

Geert Wilders, the leader of the Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid, PVV) in the Netherlands, makes some pointed remarks about Afghans who vacation in Afghanistan after claiming refugee status because they are in danger in their homeland.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this editorial from De Dagelijkse Standaard:

Geert Wilders furious over vacationing “refugees” in Afghanistan: “Scandalous, let them stay there”

by Michael van der Galien
September 4, 2021

Geert Wilders thinks it is completely ridiculous that so-called refugees from Afghanistan apparently enjoy having vacations in that country, while they had a residence permit in the Netherlands because their lives were not safe there (Afghanistan). So-called because that was, apparently, pure nonsense.

Status holders

According to the media, “By far, most of the evacuees out of Afghanistan” are Dutch and status holders. “From the group brought back, 708 have a Dutch passport or a refugee passport. They are Afghans with their family members, who once came to the Netherlands for asylum, who are recognized as refugees and are naturalized Dutch.”

Status holders are “refugees” whose applications have been approved but not yet naturalized. And yes, it is a bit strange that the people were in Afghanistan. Because status holders can travel with their “refugee passport”, but they cannot do that to go to their land of origin. Not so crazy, naturally, because they claim to have fled that country. If they then go there on vacation anyway, you know that it was nonsense.

Geert Wilders

Geert Wilders is furious that the co-called refugees secretly enjoyed a vacation in Afghanistan. And that they did that, by the way, when the criminal Taliban had 70% of the country in their hands, and even a blind person could see that it wouldn’t be long before they would subdue the entire country.

“Scandalous!” writes the PVV leader, absolutely correctly, on Twitter. “Supposedly fled and yet off to Afghanistan. They have simply cheated us.”

Those are hard words, but they are true, of course. Because these types of people are not allowed to go to such a country. They lie about that, and also about the need to come to the West as refugees.

“Let them stay in Afghanistan; do not risk the life of one Dutch soldier or anyone else to save these swindlers,” concludes Wilders about the fake refugees. Because it is his reasoning that they have shown that they are wrongfully labeled as status-holders. And so let them sort it out. Since it was all just a big lie, they can try to rebuild their lives in Afghanistan.

The chance that the cabinet will do this is, of course, nil. Because Sigrid Kaag and Mark Rutte do not care about the lot of real Dutch people, fake refugees can always count on their support.

Carry Me Back to Ol’ Regensburg

The following article reports on a culture-enricher who had been deported from Germany to Afghanistan. He fled Afghanistan to avoid the Taliban, and is now in Pakistan, trying to figure out a way to get back to Germany so he can be with his fiancée (who seems to be a native German, based on her Christian name).

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this piece from Bild:

Said escaped the Taliban hell with a human trafficker!

Now he wants to go to his fiancée in Germany

He was scared to death, but he dared to flee and escaped the hell of Kabul!

Said (23) was deported to his home country Afghanistan in June. Although he is engaged to a German, although he had the prospect of training at the Red Cross in Regensburg. After his lawyer Philipp Pruy had exhausted all legal steps. Why was he deported anyway? “I drove a car without a license and was convicted for it,” he says. Staying in Afghanistan — not an option! “I’m so scared of the Taliban, my father was shot by them once. If I don’t make it back through the courts, I’ll flee to Germany again, like in 2015. Staying here would be my death sentence,” Said said in July.

Now he has escaped to Pakistan. In a phone call with BILD am Sonntag he describes: “When I noticed that the airport in Kabul was closed, I met with a tug. I gave him $ 750. The smuggler advised me to let my beard grow out so that I look like a Taliban. [Wow, my beard grows fast, but not to that extent and not overnight. Must have something to do with the “religion”. —translator] “The next day they left in the morning. I sat on the bunk of a truck with several strange men.”

After two days of driving, they reached the border with Pakistan! Said: “We were on foot. But the border was tight, hundreds were waiting at the crossing. Pakistani soldiers were everywhere. We tried three times to cross the border. But the soldiers kicked us. We didn’t get any further.”

Said wants to go back to Regensburg

Then the fourth attempt: “The smuggler bribed border guards, and we were allowed over.” Said now lives in Pakistan. His plan: “I’m going to the German embassy in Islamabad. I hope that I will get documents to come back to Regensburg to see my fiancé Elisabeth.”