The Case for Affirming the Independence of the Armenian Republic of Artsakh/Nagorno-Karabagh

David Boyajian sends this update to his earlier reports on the ongoing conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

The Case for Affirming the Independence of the Armenian Republic of Artsakh/Nagorno-Karabagh

by David Boyajian

In recent years, many territories’ declarations of independence have been justifiably affirmed through international agreements. The Republic of Artsakh/Nagorno-Karabagh’s declaration of independence from Azerbaijan three decades ago is as legitimate as any of those. Artsakh is the republic’s ancient Armenian name.

Artsakh and Christian Armenia have been under attack by Azerbaijan, Turkey, jihadist terrorists, and ISIS since September 27. Turkey is using its army, American-built F-16 jets, drones, and other weapons against Armenians. Azerbaijan’s arsenal comes mostly from Israel, including illegal cluster bombs being targeted against civilians. Israel is currently resupplying Azerbaijan.

Artsakh, like Armenia, is thousands of years old. In contrast, no country named Azerbaijan existed before 1918. It was cobbled together out of a diverse population of what were called Muslims or Tartars, as well as Armenians, Persians, Russians, and others. No such identity as ‘Azeri’ had ever existed.

We’ll show that Artsakh justifiably and legitimately voted for self-determination as it separated from Azerbaijan, its previous temporary but brutish overlord.

The Stalinist Giveaway

Turkey and Azerbaijan speak Turkic dialects. Therefore, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin fantasized (incorrectly, as it turned out) that Mustafa Kemal (Ataturk) and his incipient Turkish Republic could be lured into the USSR’s web. So in the early 1920s, Stalin transferred Artsakh — then 96% Armenian — and the Armenian territory of Nakhichevan to Azerbaijan. Stalin’s blunder is the root cause of the present impasse over Artsakh.

Shortly before the transfer, Azerbaijan massacred Armenians in Artsakh, Baku (Azerbaijan), and elsewhere. These crimes were part of the Armenian Genocide that Turkey had already been committing from 1915 on.

Stalin also transferred Armenian land to Azerbaijan such that Artsakh became geographically cut off from Armenia. Many majority Armenian areas were also excluded from Artsakh. The latter became a nominally “autonomous” region within Soviet Azerbaijan but, in reality, under the latter’s heavy jackboot.

Artsakh voted for self-determination in accordance with Soviet law in 1988 and international law in 1991. Self-determination and territorial integrity have equal standing under international law. In response, Azerbaijan massacred Armenians in its own cities of Baku, Kirovabad/Ganja, and Sumgait. A war ensued which the outnumbered and outgunned Armenians won in 1994.

Artsakh’s long nightmare through seven decades of Azerbaijani rule was due not to Communism but rather to raw Azeri ethno-racial fanaticism.

Artsakh’s Long Nightmare

Under Azeri rule, Artsakh’s Armenians dropped from 95% to 76% of the population — the product of deportations, exile, murder, theft, oppression, and Azerbaijan’s calculating importation of Azeris to replace the Armenian majority.

The KGB’s Heydar Aliyev — father of current Azeri dictator Ilham Aliyev — admitted to exiling Artsakh’s Armenians and bringing in Azeris. Reported Russia’s REGNUM news agency: “I tried to increase the number of Azeris and to reduce the number of Armenians.”

Armenian historical figures’ titles were crudely Islamized to “Pasha” or “Bey.” The fifth-century Armenian historian Movses Khorenatsi became Muhammed al-Khojayi.

References to Armenian history in textbooks were excised. Even the written word Artsakh was banned.

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Religiously-Motivated Attacks on Armenia and Artsakh

David Boyajian, writing for Armenian Americans for Human Rights (AAHR), has issued another press release about the war between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh). In a prefatory note, he says:

AAHR respectfully encourages readers — wherever they live — to ask the USCIRF to condemn aggression against Armenia and Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh) by Azerbaijan, Turkey, and terrorists, and to ask all countries to cease supplying weapons to Turkey and Azerbaijan.

Please also ask USCIRF to relay its statement to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

You may use the two USCIRF email addresses below (and request that your message be forwarded to all USCIRF Commissioners and Staff): (Ms. Erin D. Singshinsuk, Executive Director)

October 12, 2020

Armenian Americans for Human Rights (AAHR) Asks the Official United States Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in Washington, DC to Condemn Azerbaijan’s Aggression Against Armenians

AAHR sent the following letter on October 9, 2020 to the USCIRF’s Commissioners and Staff.

Dear USCIRF Chair Manchin, Vice-Chairs Perkins and Bhargava, Honorable Commissioners, and Staff:

I am the Chair of the Armenian Americans for Human Rights (AAHR).

Armenian Americans, Armenia, and the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh) have not characterized the ongoing conflict with Azerbaijan as religious in nature.

However, given the deliberate attack (September 27, 2020) by Azerbaijan, Turkey (using Turkish military personnel and American-supplied F-16s), and their explicitly anti-Christian jihadi/terrorist allies, those parties clearly intend religion to be a major factor in their war against Armenians.

  • Jihadis/terrorists have come from Syria and elsewhere specifically to attack Christian Armenians. ISIS is also present.

    This is no surprise. Azerbaijan used mujahedin and similar jihadists against Armenians in the early 1990s.

  • On October 8, 2020, Azerbaijan deliberately targeted and severely damaged the well-known Ghazanchetsots Cathedral in Shushi, Artsakh.
  • Over the years, Azerbaijan’s army used pickaxes and dump trucks to destroy the 9th century Armenian Christian cemetery in the Azerbaijani territory of Nakhichevan (formerly Armenian, but cleansed of Armenians over the course of the 20th century). Please see this live video, “New Tears of the Araxes”.

Given the above, AAHR finds it perplexing that USCIRF has apparently issued no statement condemning the current religiously-motivated attacks on Armenia and Artsakh.

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Culture-Enriching Jew-Hatred in the 19th Arrondissement

The following story concerns a Jewish man who was beaten and robbed by two culture-enrichers in Paris back in August. Although it’s not current, I doubt that situation for Jews in Paris has improved since then.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from Le Figaro:

Investigation opened into anti-Semitic aggression in Paris

A young father was severely beaten. The attack arouses indignation from politicians

by Claire-Line Nass
August 12, 2020

Thursday, August 6 at the end of the afternoon. David is going to visit his parents in the 19th arrondissement of Paris to pick up his 7-month-old daughter. As soon as he taps the code to enter the apartment building, two men slip in behind him and follow him into the elevator. Once at the floor where David’s parents live, the insults begin: “Dirty Jew! Dirty race! We’re going to kill you!” The two assailants, described by the young man of 29 years as being, “of African origin”, beat him and choke him to the point of his losing consciousness, then flee after stripping him of his valuable watch. David’s father, alerted by the noise, leaves his apartment and finds his son unconscious.

David files a complaint later in the evening. Examined by doctors at the medical-judicial unit of Creteil, he is excused from ten days of work for temporary incapacity (ITT). “He was bruised everywhere, his brow and his eye were swollen. These men could have killed him. All this, just because he was wearing a kippah!” protests Sammy Ghozlan, president of the National Bureau of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism (BNVCA). The case, assigned to territorial security, has been opened for theft with violence, in concert, and due to the religion of the victim.

An increasing problem

“We are asking that everything be done to find the attackers. We are awaiting results of fingerprints and hair traces, and video surveillance cameras on the street are in the process of being checked by police,” says Sammy Ghozlan. “If the prosecutor identifies the perpetrators, and they are brought before the criminal court, we will become a civil party,” explains Mr. Charles Baccouche, attorney for BNVCA. He notes, “In my eyes, there are way too many complaints of anti-Semitism; it is shameful that an entity like BNVCA even has to exist in 2020.”

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Azerbaijan’s War Against Artsakh and Armenia

Azerbaijan’s ongoing aggression against Armenia began more than a week ago, but has not been widely covered by the mainstream media. Of special interest is the fact that Turkey has funded the movement of ISIS mujahideen from Syria to the Caucasus to act as mercenaries for Azerbaijan.

Armenian Americans for Human Rights (AAHR) was founded in Massachusetts in early 2018. Its chair is David Boyajian, a number of whose essays have appeared in the past at Gates of Vienna (see the list at the bottom of this post).

Below is a press release issued yesterday by AAHR.

Map: Regions of the Caucasus (See Note 6)

AAHR Calls for an Immediate End to Aggression Against Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh) and Armenia

We strongly condemn the latest aggression by Azerbaijan against the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh) and the Republic of Armenia.

On Sunday morning, September 27, 2020, Azerbaijan flagrantly violated a negotiated ceasefire by launching a massive, unprovoked attack on Artsakh and Armenia.

In Azerbaijan, the NATO member Turkey has deployed and is using its own armed forces and advanced arms, including American-supplied weapons such as F-16 jets, to attack Artsakh/Armenia.

Using American-supplied weapons for other than self-defense is a grave violation of American law for which the United States must bear full responsibility.

Azerbaijan and Turkey have been deliberately targeting innocent civilians, schools, and homes in Artsakh, resulting in hundreds of deaths and injuries, including those of children.

Turkish President Erdogan and his country have no business intruding into this conflict — particularly on the side of the aggressor.

For years, Israel has been selling billions of dollars in armaments, including advanced attack drones, to Azerbaijan for use against Armenians. Israeli personnel have even fired such weapons against Armenians.

Israel is now resupplying these weapons to Azerbaijan.

This is not surprising, because Israel, which demands worldwide acknowledgement of the Holocaust, has always refused to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide committed by Turkey from 1915-1923.

Leading Jewish American organizations (ADL, AJC, AIPAC, and others) had long colluded with Turkey and Israel to deny/diminish the Armenia Genocide and/or actively defeat Armenian Genocide resolutions in the U.S. Congress[1].

For years, Israel has also been guiding Jewish writers to publish falsehoods about Armenia, Artsakh, and Armenians.

The American people and the international community will ultimately not tolerate such hypocrisy.

Consistent with American interests and values, for nearly 30 years America and the American people have generously provided economic, charitable, and political support to Armenia and Artsakh, which also have excellent relations with the European Union.

Armenia participates in NATO’s Partnership for Peace and has supported the U.S. in Afghanistan.

America, the European Union, and NATO must act now, not merely talk, to stop Azeri/Turkish aggression.

Artsakh and Armenia are democracies. Azerbaijan is headed by dictator Ilham Aliyev, and, like Turkey, imprisons political opponents and journalists.

America is now energy independent. It need not sell itself to corporate interests whose only goal is profiting from Azerbaijan’s gas and oil deposits.

Azerbaijan has threatened to bomb Armenia’s Metsamor nuclear power plant, a crime against humanity that would spread radiation throughout the world.

Turkey has now sent jihadist terrorists from Syria, Libya, and elsewhere to Azerbaijan to fight against Armenians[2].

Former ISIS commander Sayf Balud is going to Azerbaijan, courtesy of President Erdogan[3].

This continues Turkey’s practice of supporting terrorist organizations such as ISIS[4].

The U.S. State and Defense Departments as well as Congress should be embarrassed that they have long turned a blind eye to Turkey’s support for terrorists — thereby making a mockery of America’s “Global War on Terror.”

In the early 1990s, Azerbaijan deployed Afghan Mujahedin, Chechen militants, Turkish Grey Wolf neo-fascists, and others to fight Armenians.

Perhaps not surprisingly, given his financial investments in Turkey and deep ties to the corrupt Erdogan family, President Trump is ignoring Turkey’s support for terrorist factions, aggression against Armenians (and others), and illegal use of American-supplied weapons.

Similarly, the Democratic Party and its presidential nominee Joe Biden have said little about Turkish and Azeri aggression against Artsakh/Armenia. This implicitly aligns Mr. Biden and Democrats with President Trump with whom they allegedly disagree on issues involving Turkey and Erdogan.

Artsakh is Armenian

In 1921, the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and Bolsheviks used “divide and rule” tactics to place Artsakh inside Azerbaijan, even though Artsakh was Armenian and Armenians constituted 95% of the population.

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What They Say

It’s important to note that the following compilation is JIM-free.

What They Say

Compiled by Michael Copeland

  • “Wherever it has dominated, it has broken the impulse towards progress and checked the evolution of society.” — Andre Servier
  • …offers no answers to the questions of modern life. — Hamed Abdel-Samad
  • …is boring and has nothing positive to contribute. — Fjordman
  • I cannot find redeeming qualities… — tim gallagher May 9, 2020 at 12:38 am
  • …. hostile to the …. Constitution, especially the principles of democracy, the rule of law and a political system based on human dignity.” Voice of Europe
  • truly as bad as it appears to be, violent, morally depraved, and a grave threat to the West’s freedoms and security. — Agostino Armo Pellegrini May 25, 2020 at 6:23 pm
  • it’s an ignorant superstition, explicitly violent, and dangerously bigoted in that it encourages hatred and murder for debased reasons. — Agostino Armo Pellegrini Sep 15, 2020 at 5:56 pm
  • Not only is there “no benefit”, but there is a severe security risk to the host country, as well as an immense financial burden. ALL downside NO upside. — James Lincoln Apr 29, 2020 at 3:27 pm
  • entrenched violence and social dysfunction has been the norm in their home nations for generations. — Alexandra January 4, 2020 at 11:09 pm
  • The vast majority … lives in filth, squalor, terror, violence, fear and want, and rightly so. Wherever they live and breed, they bring misery, violence, terror, hatred and death. They are a plague on humanity and civilization. — Verk says Aug 4, 2020 at 1:54 pm
  • malevolent to its very core — supremacist, ungracious, denying a true Golden Rule for all, hostile to the very human desire for romantic love, horribly control-freakish, rooted in sanctioned violence to spread itself around the globe, et al. — Wellington Jul 26, 2020 at 7:35 pm
  • …a dangerous set of political ideologies intending to dominate the World. — Frosty Wooldridge
  • A creed that does not allow questioning is clearly morally bankrupt. — gravenimage Aug 30, 2020 at 11:06 pm

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What Would Be Missing?

What would be missing?

by JLH

Discussions and reports about Islamization in the West tend to focus on violence between Muslims and non-Muslims and on the clash between civil liberties and sharia law. We rightly fear what Orwell feared, but do we even consider what ultimate cultural defeat would really mean? What would life be like if the Turks had taken Vienna, Charles Martel had lost at Tours, the Moors had never left Spain? Outside of elegant calligraphy, and marvelous architecture, what would inform our lives?

No one would rejoice with Rossini and Mozart, waltz with Strauss, rap with Offenbach, groove out with Vivaldi, triumph with Tchaikovsky, reverberate with Grieg.

Rembrandt and Breughel, Manet and Dürer would be replaced by Koranic calligraphy, and Raphael by domes and arches.

No one would chuckle with Rabelais and Chaucer, ponder with Faulkner and Dostoevsky, soar with Tennyson and Schiller, smile with Burns and Cervantes.

And none of us would ever leave a movie theater filled with the pathos, joy, sympathy and humor of Bergman, Capra, Ustinov, Wilder, Fellini, Eastwood.

Talk about a cultural wasteland!

The “Good” Kind of Jew-Hatred

In his latest video rant, Gerald Grosz talks about the Muslim Jew-hatred that has been imported into Austria via mass immigration.

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

Video transcript:

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Culture-Enricher Attacks a Synagogue and a Bordello in Graz

An immigrant in the Austrian city of Graz has enriched the city’s culture by attacking a synagogue and a bordello, among other targets.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from the Kronen Zeitung:

Spread all over Graz

Synagogue-Attacker carried out further attacks

In the shocking case of the attack on Elie Rosen and the Graz Synagogue, further details have come to light. The Graz police informed Am Sonntag that the suspect thus far is believed to have committed seven criminal acts in the city area. The man who is being searched for at full speed is also under strong suspicion of having attacked a RosaLila Panthers clubhouse and thrown rocks at a bordello on Grenadier Street, where he also is said to have mocked prostitutes.

In addition, according to the police, the man committed further acts of vandalism in the city area of Graz, where among other things he sprayed pro-Palestinian slogans on house walls on the Annen Street and near the main train station. Window panes at the bordello on Grenadier Street were broken as a result of rocks being thrown.

Big wave of support

Already on Saturday and Sunday, a large wave of support formed in solidarity with the Jewish community in Austria and other victims. In the Steiermark Governor Hermann Schützenhöfer and Graz Mayor Siegfried Nagl (both ÖVP) as well as their representatives, stood “shoulder to shoulder” and condemned the attacks in the sharpest terms.

Elie Rosen: “I am coming to terms with it”

On the day after the assault on him Rosen said: “I believe that every physical attack, even when there are no physical results, have a thoroughly psychological impact. I would be lying if I said I was relaxed. I am coming to terms with it.” The Jewish community and he will not allow themselves to get down.

Protection for Rosen half hour too late

In respect to the accusations that the Graz police acted too late, the authorities made clear at a press conference on Sunday that increased protection for the synagogue is already in effect. To have such a guard around the clock, a longer lead time and planning time are needed. Personal protection for Elie Rosen should have been started a half hour after the attack.

Police set up an investigation team

On Sunday police set up an investigation team in order to arrest the suspect as quickly as possible. Land police director Gerald Ortner said that the perpetrator may have attacked the synagogue for the first time on Wednesday. He explained that, “It is not just an anti-Semitic perpetrator, but also a homophobic one.”

On Sunday, images of the video surveillance were publicized, in which the suspect can be recognized. In all, seven crimes are attributed to the perpetrator.

The Multifaceted Multiculture of the Dutch Utopia

Below three articles translated by FouseSquawk about recent events in the Modern Multicultural Dutch Utopia.

The first two articles concern last week’s rioting. According to local sources, the rioters in the Hague and Utrecht are Moroccans.

From De Telegraaf, a report on Friday night in Utrecht:

Riots in Kanaleneiland [neighborhood], youths throw fireworks bombs

Utrecht — Riots broke out Friday evening in the Kanaleneiland neighborhood in Utrecht. In social media, including Snapchat, you can see how a bus stop was destroyed. Fireworks bombs were also thrown, and cars and scooters drove through the streets honking their horns.

Around midnight police blocked the area, and a mobile unit began sweeping the streets. It is unknown whether arrests were made. Around 1am, by use of a loudspeaker, police announced an emergency order was in force and that anyone still on the streets would be arrested.

“Surpass the Hague”

A resident of Kanaleneiland could see the rioting youth from her living room. “On Thursday, I saw a call on Snapchat in which they said they wanted to surpass the Hague. Well, it worked. The Hague has been surpassed. I didn’t know it would be so violent.”

According to her, the riots began around 8:30pm. “I am in shock over how many people there were. Every 15 minutes, you hear firework bombs. How can that be when the police are present?” The police won’t say more than there is unrest in Kanaleneiland. “There are many youths on the street; there is unrest and vandalism.” As to how many youths there are, a spokesperson cannot say.

It was further reported that a car was set on fire. “There was a car fire, which was put out by the fire brigade.”

Earlier in the day there was a call to riot in Kanaleneiland. “There was a report going around on social media that there was a call to riot tonight at the Rijnbaan. We don’t know how true that is and if it will happen. Yet we are calling on our youth to maintain the peace! Talk to them and above all, do not forget that we must protect our Kanaleneiland neighborhood,” the Kanaleneiland Information Center announced Friday afternoon on Facebook.

The second article is from the Belgian outlet, but concerns events in the Netherlands:

Large-scale rioting in Schilderswijk [The Hague]

[Photo caption: A group of 100-150 youths gathered on the Parallelweg. They threw rocks and eggs. The unrest began Tuesday with the opening of fire hydrants.]

Wednesday evening a large group of immigrant youths caused a lot of damage in the Schilderswijk area of the Hague. At least 100 people came out onto the street, opened fire hydrants, lit fires, and caused a lot of damage to cars and street construction. When the police arrived to bring the situation under control, they were pelted with eggs and stones.

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There Will Be More Killings

The following article by Michael Copeland was originally published in May 2014 at LibertyGB.

There Will Be More Killings

by Michael Copeland

There will be more killings. It is an uncomfortable prospect, but it is there. We need to face it squarely and honestly. There is no mileage in shying away, cocooned in wishful thinking. When, in the 1930s, a politician sounded warnings about Mr. Hitler in Germany, nobody wanted to know. People were all too unwilling to contemplate yet further conflict so soon after the dreadful Great War. They were pre-occupied with raising their families in difficult circumstances, thinking about precious holidays, and trying to forget the ghastly experiences of twenty years earlier. Mr. Hitler was abroad: he did not concern them. The politician was left marginalized, a voice in the wilderness. He was Winston Churchill.

Soldier Lee Rigby was butchered in broad daylight in an Islamic jihad killing, the perpetrator explaining “The Koran forces us in Sura At Tawba…” Remember, the Koran is not arranged in date order. That “Sura”, or chapter, Chapter 9, being the latest, overrides and “abrogates” all the peaceful verses elsewhere. Verse 5 commands “Kill the unbelievers wherever you meet them.” The Woolwich killing was not “a betrayal of Islam”, as claimed in a monumental failure by David Cameron and Judge Sweeney. It was an obedient fulfillment of that command. “Muslims must kill non-believers wherever they are unless they convert to Islam,” said Ali Gomaa, Grand Mufti of Egypt, the highest Muslim religious authority in the world (Citizen Warrior, October 2010). He follows the same source text.

The Woolwich killer, Mujahid Abu Hamza, a convert to Islam, had studied his Koran: he listed on a piece of paper a selection of verses that authorised him, and handed it to an onlooker. Those commands are ongoing, “valid from eternity to eternity” (Sam Solomon, former professor of Sharia law), and “true … universal and trans-time” (North London Central Mosque). Because they are in the Koran they form part of Islamic law. One who denies any verse is to be killed (Manual of Islamic Law o8.7(7)). The killing can be carried out, vigilante style, by anyone without penalty “since it is killing someone who deserves to die” (Manual o8.4). “You people will never be safe,” said the killer, a warning repeated since by one of his fellows.

We can expect other Koran-fulfilling Muslims to be driving around with weapons in their cars. One such carload was discovered completely by chance when police stopped a car with Muslim Men in it one summer Saturday in 2012: the computer had alerted them it was uninsured. The car was impounded, but rather too casually left uninspected until the following Monday, when bombs, knives and guns were found in it.

The occupants had intended to jihad-bomb an English Defence League demonstration in Dewsbury, targeting Tommy Robinson, and using the weapons to attack those fleeing. The demonstration had ended early, so their purpose was unfulfilled. The car’s keeper had in fact remembered to insure the car: inadvertently he had mistyped the reference number in his application. Thus, quite by chance, a Boston Marathon-type jihad bombing was avoided, and, quite by another chance, the six jihad-bomb conspirators were discovered.

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Dispatch From Pandemia

We’re entering the sixth month of the Coronamadness, with no end in sight. Or, more accurately, no end in sight before November 4, 2020. If Trump wins, the madness will ratchet up a notch or two. And if Biden wins, full socialism will be implemented beginning on January 21, 2021. Which will undoubtedly closely resemble the “new normal” we have become accustomed to since early March.

I’ve written a number of times in this space about the difference between my local Food Lion and supermarkets in Charlottesville and other metropolitan areas. Food Lion is at the low-class end of the grocery store spectrum, which means it predominates in small rural towns. The one I frequent had been a refuge from the insanity of stores in Charlottesville. It had an ostensible mask rule, but it was not enforced, and most of the time only about 50% of the people in the store — staff or customers — wore the Corona Hijab. The atmosphere was relaxed. No one screamed at anyone else for not wearing a mask. And the social distancing rules were largely ignored.

All that changed a few days ago. The two Food Lions nearest me have instituted “Entrance” and “Exit” doors, and a Coronavirus Compliance Officer is stationed at the entrance to make sure every customer wears a mask. If you don’t have one, a mask will thoughtfully be provided for you.

Food Lion is now indistinguishable from Whole Foods and Walmart and all the other major retailers in Woke cities like Charlottesville.

The only remaining places of refuge are the Amish markets. There are substantial Amish colonies in this part of Central Virginia, and once an Amish community reaches a certain size, its entrepreneurs open up a market to sell bulk foods, deli items, and other odds and ends. Evidently the Amish don’t believe in masks, because you never see any of the staff wearing them. Some of the customers do, while others like me brazenly enter the store with a naked visage.

It’s a good thing the Amish markets sell a lot of stuff I need, because I’m going to do as much of my shopping there as possible. There’s a big one on a remote back road not too far from me, and I expect I’ll be visiting it frequently. It usually has some really good bargains.

I’ll bet the Amish didn’t close their churches during the lockdown. And I doubt Governor Coonman would have had the nads to try and force them to.

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I haven’t yet experienced the new coronacompliant Food Lion firsthand. I learned about it this morning at (for want of a better word) “church”.

You’re probably wondering why I put the word “church” in quote marks. Let me explain…

Since Governor Ralph “Coonman” Northam relaxed his lockdown rules for churches, some congregations have been holding limited services, while others haven’t. I’ve heard that the Catholics are celebrating mass in some form, and there’s at least one Presbyterian church in the area that has opened. Baptists, being a fissiparous denomination, vary in their policies — some churches are open, others not. I saw a group of (masked) congregants outside a Baptist church near my house this morning. As I understand it, some congregations are holding outdoor, socially distanced services. Others are gathering in church parking lots and sitting in their cars to hear the word of the Lord.

The Methodists are still locked down, however. And so are the Episcopalians, of which I am one.

After the governor, in his infinite wisdom, issued a new ukase that softened his draconian lockdown order, our diocesan bishop meditated on the situation and came up with a set of “guidelines” — they are mandatory — for parishes that are considering reopening. Below are excerpts from the lengthy document sent out to vestries:

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Islam is Government

I’ve often said in this space that Islam is not a religion, but a totalitarian political system with a quasi-religious superstructure. In the following essay Michael Copeland cites authoritative sources to support this thesis.

Islam is Government

by Michael Copeland

Islam is government. This sober reality is so important that it deserves to be repeated, with no distractions:

Islam is government.

Culpably and very reprehensibly, Western leaders fail to warn the public of this serious concern, and persist in treating Islam as a matter only of worship. Islam, though, is emphatically NOT restricted to worship. It concerns very public matters — territory, criminal law, punishments, marital law, restrictions on speech, second-class status for non-Muslims, rules of dress, diet and fasting — inflicted on all — and a host of other details. More than that, it contains the built-in command that it be imposed over everyone — by force if needed. The imperative is that it must displace all other systems. Our politicians have given us no inkling of this, and very probably have no inkling themselves.

Islam is a system

“Islam is the perfect system for all mankind”, says the placard. “System” here means system of rules, of laws, namely, government. The system is, in Tariq Ramadan’s favoured phrase, “all-encompassing”, that is to say, totalitarian. Though billed as “a” total system there is no choice available. Islam is THE ONLY system permitted: “If anyone desire” [a system] “other than Islam never will it be accepted of him”, says Koran 3:85, part of Islamic law. Islam’s system is neither inclusive nor tolerant:

“My religion doesn’t tolerate other religion. It doesn’t tolerate”, … “The only one law …anywhere… has to be Islam”,

says the cleric Abu Bakr, in Australia. Membership is compulsory. There is no private conscience in Islam. The Egyptian sheikh Yassir al-Burhani makes this clear in an interview:

“…is it the right of the Muslim to convert to Christianity or another religion?”

“Of course this is not a right.”

For anyone who leaves Islam the penalty is death: leaving is treated as treason against the government. Any vigilante can perform the killing: there is no penalty, “since it is killing someone who deserves to die” (Manual of Islamic Law, Reliance of the Traveller, o8.4).

The revered 20th-century Pakistani scholar Maududi explains:

“Islam is not a ‘religion’ in the sense this term is commonly understood. It is a system encompassing all fields of living. Islam means politics, economics, legislation, science, humanism, health, psychology and sociology. No one can regard any field of his affairs as personal and private. The Islamic State bears a kind of resemblance to the Fascist and Communist states.”

Islam, the system, has a prayer component which makes it also a religion, and the two are inseparably conjoined. In Mohammed’s day the leader ruled through the mosque: there was no distinction between mosque and state. The threat of everlasting divine hellfire is what gave the law its power. Islam has not undergone change since. It continues to meld the two together in one. Scholar Dr. J.S. Idris of Sudan confirms,

“Separation of mosque and state is not an option.”

Islam’s system is a rival system

Islam has no use for man-made legislation: its laws, Sharia, are already established and unchangeable, and have to be enforced.

Dr. Ijaz Mian in Derby, UK, told his mosque listeners:

“… you have to live like a state-within-a-state — until you take over. There will be no House of Commons.”

Islam also has no use for nation states:

“The Muslim nation is one nation, to the exclusion of all others”,

reads the placard in an Oxford Street pro-Sharia march (ThinkAfricaPress at 0.31).

It is through the mosques that Islam administers its government.

Islam’s system is hostile to the West

The Islamic system of government, as applied in mosques, is hostile to Western laws. It is instructed as intrinsically superior to them, being not man-made, but from Allah. The Islamic system has no room for any other system. Democracy, monarchy, republic, communism, all must be made to yield to the Global Caliphate under Islam. Muslims are under a duty to impose Islam’s system, Sharia, on non-Muslims. Hear what spokesmen say:

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Jew-Hatred in the Netherlands is a Turkish and Moroccan Affair

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from De Dagelijkse Standaard:

Turkish-Dutch and Moroccan-Dutch websites are packed with anti-Semitism. “Tracking it is more necessary than ever!”

by Tim Engelbart
July 7, 2020

Anti-Semitism on Dutch websites is beginning to spill out, reports the anti-Semitism watchdog CIDI today with the release of a new report on Internet anti-Semitism. The websites with the most anti-Semitic utterances are and, as the group discovered in collaboration with the investigative bureau, Kantar.

Tackling online anti-Semitism is more “necessary than ever”. So says the CIDI, which has long monitored anti-Semitism in the Netherlands. This conclusion is drawn after the publication of a report (pdf) by the investigative bureau Kantar into the extent of Jew-hatred on the Internet in 2019.

On as many as 286 Dutch websites anti-Semitic utterances are found, which vary from remarks that the September 11 attacks were allegedly carried out by Zionists, to Frans Timmerman being a puppet of the Jews, to the “Jewish lobby”, which is allegedly behind all kinds of sinister developments. Anti-Semitism is also rampant on Twitter and CIDI, and Kantar found some 750 tweets in which Jews were attacked because of their origin.

Remarkably enough, the websites that stand out as to the extent of anti-Semitism are often aimed at Dutch people with a migration background. On the Internet pages that have a lot of “incidental anti-Semitism”, tops the list. Aside from some consumer websites, can also be found in the top ten— this site calls itself the “virtual house of Turkey”.

On the other hand, “structural anti-Semitism” is practiced on web pages of Moroccan-Dutch origin. (“the oldest online forum for Moroccans in the Netherlands and Flanders”) contained no fewer than 85 anti-Semitic utterances, followed by forums.marokko (“‘the largest Moroccan web community in the world”) where Jew hatred showed up 53 times.

In addition to the websites aimed at migrant communities, there are also some notorious conspiracy theorists, such as Martin Vrijland, Nine for News, and Stan van Houcke.

The CIDI believes that this is all the more reason to tackle these kinds of utterances on the Internet. “Much of the most disgusting anti-Semitic content that we found is still on the Internet.” However, the watchdog is positive about the future. “CIDI expresses the hope that the National Coordinator for Combating Anti-Semitism, launched last week by Parliament, will work on this with CIDI and the judiciary.”

The New Untermensch (And Some Old Ones, Too)

Our Israeli correspondent MC weighs in on the Black Lives Matter phenomenon and associated battlefronts in the Culture Wars.

The new Untermensch (and some old ones, too)

by MC

Black lives may matter, but not, it seems, if they are either Jewish or if they are still happen to be in the womb. So it is now official: there are certain classes of people who are less equal than others; and, of course, snowy is one of them. But this time the pigs are in trouble, too, and it is the black sheep who rule.

‘Untermensch’ was a German word used by the Nazi party to describe people that they did not like: Jews, Slavs, gypsies and others. In the Nazi parlance it is much more nuanced than just the literal translation of ‘less than human’. It also implied ‘dangerous’ in a eugenic context, as in polluting the ‘Aryan’ phenotype . They also did not like Africans, Asians and Muslims, but for political reasons had to pretend to accommodate them. Africans were not really relevant and the Japanese and ‘Palestinians’ had to be treated as allies for political reasons.

To clarify the above , I use ‘Palestinian’ in its modern context, but in WW2 one might have called them Pan-Arab Nationalists, followers of Haj Amin Al Husseini, an ardent Nazi and founder of Fatah and the PLO (now the Palestinian Authority).

Because of the confusion between political ‘left’ and political ‘right’, there is a problem of nomenclature with BLM. It is a race-based movement, very similar to the Nazi movement but lacking the nationalism of the Nazis, or rather, paying heed to a ‘Nation of Farrakhan’, where Louis Farrakhan is a kind of race-based cult using the name of Islam as an image enhancement.

In the USA the ‘woke’ movement is using race, and particularly skin colour, to divide the American people, whereas the Communists traditionally used class, which was only relevant in Europe. This flexibility demonstrates just how close Nazi socialism and Communist socialism are.

So the USA now has a pseudo-Nazi political religion which is currently as untouchable as a First World War trench system, surrounded as it was by the old barbed wire upon which it is all so easy to get oneself hung.

The German Nazis showed how easily democracy could be destroyed by an extreme party which, because ‘the ends justify the means’, could lie, cheat and steal in order to exploit democratic vulnerabilities, and thus end the democratic process and replace it with tyranny. Democracy requires that participants to be willing to defend democracy by undemocratic means if necessary, but that the participants believe in the overall benefit of democracy.

The particular vulnerability that the Nazis exploited was that the role of Chancellor and of President could, under the Weimar constitution be held by one person, thus giving the one person, in this case Adolf Hitler, plenipotentiary powers to dismiss the Reichstag and rule by executive decree.

The US Constitution is a lot more difficult to crunch, and the separation of powers inbuilt into the system means that no one person can hold ultimate power. But we are seeing before us a wholesale attempt to bring down any form of constitutional government and replace it with a one-party system. Although the Democrat Party appears to be the vehicle for this, hijacking the Democrat party has been part of the process.

The vulnerable points of the Constitution are the respective roles of the Supreme Court and the role (or non-role as the case may be) of the media as the established major critic of balanced government policy and the purveyor valid information to the people.

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