Monday, July 25, 2016

It Was a 'Dark and Stormy Night' (for Cruz, the Media, and Hillary) - Clarice Feldman




by Clarice Feldman

Cruz’s “Conscience”


Cruz played dog in the manger at the Republican convention. Someone should have whispered in his ear these words from Omar Khayyam:
" “The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”
Some say his phrase “vote your conscience” was just a call to support the entire ticket. I don’t. I think the delegates who booed him had it right. As my friend JM Hanes observed:
"Vote your conscience" is a veritable NeverTrump theme song, so it seems entirely fair to construe it is asking folks not to vote for Trump, even if not actively soliciting votes for Hillary. Hence the need to remind folks of down ticket races, so the folks who abstain from the presidential vote won't just stay home.”
I think Charles Krauthammer had it right.
Charles Krauthammer said that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) "blew it" at the Republican National Convention with his address in which he did not endorse Donald Trump.
"What Cruz delivered was the longest suicide note in American political history and this morning he added an addendum," said Krauthammer. 
Krauthammer weighed in on America's Newsroom this morning after Cruz spoke to Texas delegates (some of them angry), doubling down on his message from last night and going even further.
Cruz explained that he is "not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father."
Krauthammer said Cruz "undid the great political, philosophical reasons he offered last night" for not endorsing Trump by making it personal. 
"As of this morning, I think he's destroyed his political career right there," said Krauthammer.
The notion that he refused to endorse Trump because of personal pique, his explanation the following morning, does evince that his move was not out of principle as his still ardent supporters claim. In any event it distorts the genesis of the attacks which in both cases were started by Cruz supporters. In the case of Heidi Cruz supporters instigated the kerfuffle when a pro-Cruz Utah PAC circulated a nude picture of Melania and in the case of his father, in an interview Trump responded to a National Enquirer article only after the senior Cruz attacked Trump.

And then there’s the issue of the pledge. In order to receive valuable mailing lists and support from the RNC all the candidates pledged to support the eventual nominee. If my reading of Cruz’ speech which matches that of the audience is correct, Cruz violated that pledge. So much for his “principles”.

One of my favorite posters (Ignatz Ratzkywatzky) commented, tongue in cheek, on the pledge and the ginned up media claim that Melania had cribbed some banal offerings from Michelle Obama:

“Somebody linked to an article "Did Ted Cruz sign the pledge?"

Cruz: "Well, listen, I pledged at the outset I will support the Republican nominee, whoever it is... when I give my word for something, I follow through and do what I said."

Thank goodness he didn't say his word is his bond because;

1. It isn't and;
2. It would have been obvious plagiarism since the last half of the sentence is word for word Michelle.”

Further evidence that his intent was self-promotion, not a tardy defense of family honor, is that the morning after his nonendorsement he circulated a fundraising letter. He thought he was paving the way for a 2020 run in the assumption that Trump would either lose or have only one term. I believe that speech will be his epitaph, not a ticket to the White House.”

And to those who continue to claim he was the only true constitutionalist in the pack, history shows his adherence to the constitution is less true than his self-serving:

When thugs prevented a Trump appearance in Chicago, the “constitutionalist” took the side of self-promotion over the right to free speech and assembly:
Mr. Trump’s opponents, Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich, condemned the disruptions, but said Mr. Trump was responsible for the tenor of his rallies. Mr. Cruz said Mr. Trump “affirmatively encourages violence.”
I think he’s a perfect example of why no father should raise his son to believe he is “the anointed one”.

Trump’s handling of Cruz at the convention was strategically brilliant, something rarely seen in Republican ranks.

Cruz offered up a draft of his speech two hours before and Trump knew what Cruz planned to say. He could have withdrawn the invitation but let Ted self-immolate instead, and entered the auditorium to boos for Cruz and cheers for him.

Quoting Politico, James Taranto at the Wall Street Journal described the scene:
At least some of the booing that capped Cruz’s speech was the result of a concerted whip effort by the Trump campaign, Cruz’s campaign manager Jeff Roe told the Chris Stigall Show in an interview on Philadelphia radio. Roe said the Trump campaign was in talks with Cruz about the contents of the speech up until the senator walked out onto the stage. Once it became clear that Cruz would not be offering an endorsement to Trump and would not be praising him, Roe said, the “active whip operation got active.”
“There were certainly people being ginned up to boo,” Roe said, according to a BuzzFeed report that detailed his interview. “But this isn’t a whining moment at all. This isn’t a whining moment at all. It was their convention.”
Trump also stole some of Cruz’s thunder by entering the convention hall while Cruz was speaking and not long after the booing began. We were watching CNN, which showed a split screen of the nonendorser and the nominee. It seems as if the Trump campaign scripted the whole production, like a professional wrestling match -- a sport, or rather “sport,” with which Trump has some experience.
It was a dark night for the media

The strategy Trump used to defuse the NeverTrump Cruz backers was not the only sign of strategic genius he displayed.

Conventions are designed to rev up the base. He did that by emphasizing he had better economic policies and was determined to provide law and order, end open borders, and stamp out terrorism. Then he reached out with effective messaging to those tranches of the Democratic base, which might be persuaded to jump ship.

I thought it was brilliant to appeal to the LGBTQ community by highlighting Peter Thiel saying that we need to regard these cultural wars as distractions from the main issues, and then noting jihadists want to and do kill them and therefore it is in their interest to support the Republican immigration policy. He reached out to blacks and Hispanics by arguing that they are hurt most by the lack of jobs due to immigration and bad economic policies and the Democrats’ embrace of the teachers unions at great cost to their children.  Ivanka emphasized that mothers need help and Trump suggested by implication that single mothers (a major Democratic constituency) have more to gain with a vibrant than a stagnant economy. He appealed to evangelicals -- that they are entitled to speak freely in their churches without losing their tax exemptions -- and to Jews who support Israel that they have more to gain with him as president than with Hillary. The Republicans cannot win without a big tent and he selected issues on which these voters should be in agreement with him if the facts are known.

He appealed to national pride and the rising and substantial distaste for political correctness, derided political corruption (of which Hillary is the avatar) and the downside of the globalist bent of his opponent. “We must break free of the petty politics of the past. America is a land of believers, dreamers, and strivers that is being led by a group of censors, critics, and cynics… they will say anything to keep our rigged system in place.”

To Chuck Todd’s endorsement, the flakey democratic flak operating as a journalist, Chris Matthews, even suggested Trump’s mentioning the names of American cities beset by rising crime was another dog whistle to racists. It’s apparently now not politically correct to name Chicago or Baltimore or Washington, D.C. in polite company. (Stick with Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe even if they are not crime-ridden.)

It’s obvious that not only has Trump soundly defeated his party opponents but as well he’s rocked the media on its heels. They are, despite their best efforts, unable to deal with this Republican candidate as they’ve dealt with others in recent contests. He is a hardball, offensive player and McCain and Romney were like kids staring blankly as their candy was stolen from them.

To the media, as if by uniform decree from Hillary operative John Podesta (A “dark and frightening speech") they regarded the speech as – well -- dark and frightening. Bryon York nailed it in a tweet: “To journalists noting 'dark' speech: Trump must have been reading your recent nation-on-edge, violence-leaves-Americans-anxious headlines.”
James D posted along the same lines:
“The Democrat message is:
America is an evil racist society. And also homophobic. And Islamophobic. Basically, we are intolerant, bigoted monsters who hate everyone, everywhere.
Police regularly murder upstanding young black men for no reason at all.
Wealth inequality has created a new feudal order of greedy, inhuman capitalist overlords.
Student loan debt is destroying the lives of an entire generation.
All young men are rapists; most young women who to college will be raped.
This is what Hillary and Bernie (and Obama, and the MSM) regularly tell us.
But, yeah, it's Trump and the GOP who are the dark and gloomy ones. Sure thing.”
So did jimmy k:
“The hysteria of the NYT and MSM over the speech just shows how wild their agenda is, and their realization that Trump can win. I didn't find the speech dark at all. It pointed out obvious problems with terrorism and lawlessness, but was optimistic about being able to get the country back on the right track.
But instead of addressing the substance of Trump's candidacy, the left/MSM has to make him out to be a Hitler monster, because he's got them beaten.”
Hillary has to be scared.

This is not the campaign cakewalk to the White House she imagined.

Late this week, Wikileaks made public thousands of DNC internal emails it had hacked, which proved Trump’s point to Sanders’ supporters that she had rigged the election. They show that the DNC was doing everything in its power to glide her path to the nomination. If she were such a strong candidate, why did the DNC have to deploy so much effort to defeat a man who was essentially a kooky nonentity when the race began?

Sanders supporters are already planning a challenge to the super delegate rule, and the DNC convention may not be the giant show of unity that they and the presumptive candidate had choreographed.

In his acceptance speech Trump said Hillary’s legacy as Secretary of State was, “Death, destruction and terrorism and weakness.” He attacked her lawlessness:
“In fact, her single greatest accomplishment may be committing such an egregious crime and getting away with it, especially when others who have been far less have paid so dearly.
When that same Secretary of State rakes in millions of dollars trading access and favors to special interests and foreign powers, I know the time for action has come.”
It’s hard to see, even with an almost uniformly toadying media, she can overcome these charges. Nor evade public distaste for her promise to increase immigration from Islamic countries as terrorist incidents here and abroad increase.

You can be for security, law and order, and the rule of law, or you can be for Hillary.


Clarice Feldman

Source: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/07/it_was_a_dark_and_stormy_night_for_cruz_the_media_and_hillary.html

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Islamism Rises from Europe's Secularism - Giulio Meotti




by Giulio Meotti

"Nature abhors a vacuum": This is the truth to which our élites do not want to listen; Islamism rises from what William McGurn, George W. Bush's speechwriter, called "Europe's feckless secularism"

  • In France, the Socialist government imposed a "secularism charter" in every school, banning Christianity from the educational system. Municipalities have already changed the enrollment form for schoolchildren by eliminating the words "father" and "mother", replacing them with "legal manager 1" and "legal manager 2". It is George Orwell's "Newspeak".
  • After two major terror attacks in 2015, France, instead of promoting a cultural "jihad" based on Western values, responded to Islamic fundamentalism with a ridiculous "Day of Secularism" to be celebrated every 9th of December.
  • This narrow secularism has also prevented France from openly supporting Eastern Christians under Islamist oppression.
  • The empty 13th century Oude Kerk church in Amsterdam is now used for exhibitions and can be rented for gala dinners. In front of it there is "Sexyland", offering "Live F*ck Shows", a coffee shop for drugs and an "Erotic Supermarket" for dildos. For seven euros one can also visit the church.
On October 2000, in the sunny French city of Nice, the 105-member European Convention drafted the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

Drawn up by the committee of former French President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, the document only referred to the "cultural, religious and humanist inheritance of Europe". The European Parliament had rejected a proposal from Christian Democrat MEPs and Pope John Paul II, to include in the text Europe's "Judaeo-Christian roots".

In the 75,000-word Charter there is not a single mention of Christianity. Since then, a wind of aggressive secularism has pervaded all EU policies. The European Court of Human Rights, for example, asked to remove crucifixes from classrooms: they were allegedly a threat to democracy.

The city of Nice -- where exactly sixteen years ago Europe's rulers decided to eliminate the Judeo-Christian roots from the (never approved) EU Constitution -- has just witnessed the bloody manifestation of another religion: radical Islam. "Nature abhors a vacuum": This is the truth to which our élites do not want to listen; Islamism rises from what William McGurn, George W. Bush's speechwriter, called "Europe's feckless secularism".

You can see it not only in Europe's churches, three-quarters empty, and the boom of Europeans converting to Islam, but also from what is happening in Europe's schools. The trends do not support Viktor Orbán's vision for a Christian Europe.

A few days ago, Belgium, which was recently targeted in terror attacks, decided that religion classes in French-speaking primary and secondary schools will be cut in half starting in October 2016, and replaced with an hour of "citizenship classes": lessons in secularism. In Brussels, half the children in public schools already choose to take classes in Islam.

In France, the Socialist government imposed a "secularism charter" in every school, banning Christianity from the educational system. That charter is the manifesto of the "révolution douce" ("soft revolution"), France's extreme secularism. It is an attempt to eliminate any claim of identity. A Jewish yarmulke, a Christian cross and an Islamic veil are treated the same way. This secularism is what has been rightly defined "the Left's blind spot with Islam".

It is a secularism that has also gone mad. The Yves Codou elementary school in the village of La Môle, for example, celebrated "Parents' Day" instead of Mother's Day, in order not to upset gay couples. Municipalities have already changed the enrollment form for schoolchildren by eliminating the words "father" and "mother", replacing them with "legal manager 1" and "legal manager 2". It is George Orwell's "Newspeak".

After two major terror attacks in 2015, France, instead of promoting a cultural "jihad" based on Western values, responded to Islamic fundamentalism with a ridiculous "Day of Secularism" to be celebrated every 9th of December.

It is not that this secularism "exacerbated" cultural tensions, as many liberals say. It is that this secularism severed French culture from the very ideals that created the West. Severing it made this culture blind to the incompatibility of Islamism with secular-minded values. A French teacher, Isabelle Rey, after the massacre at the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, wrote that
"many of our students do not share our dismay at the events. We can pretend to have a consensus, but it is a fact that a significant portion of our population believes that the journalists deserved their fate or that the Kouachi brothers [the murderers] died as heroes".
This narrow secularism has also prevented France from openly supporting Eastern Christians under Islamist oppression. The music group "The Priests" had planned to advertise an upcoming concert in Paris with a banner on a poster that said proceeds would go towards the cause of Christians persecuted in Iraq and Syria -- but the company operating the Paris subway system initially banned the ad, saying it considered the banner as a violation of secularism.

Sweden, one of the European countries more infiltrated by radical Islam, is listed as "the least religious" nation in the West. According to Statistics Sweden, just 5% of Swedes are regular churchgoers, and one in three couples that get married chooses a civil ceremony. How did Sweden get there? Many years ago, the Swedish government banned any religious activities in schools except for those directly related to religion classes.

Not only has secularism no answers for terrorism; it also leaves Europeans unsure about what is worth fighting, killing, and dying for. If you believe, as the secularists do, that our values are mere accidents of history and that the highest good is comfort, then you will care nothing for the future of civilization.
The symbol of this Euro-Secularism is the Oude Kerk, dating from the 13th century, and one of the most famous churches in Amsterdam. The empty church is now used for exhibitions and can be rented for gala dinners. In front of it there is "Sexyland", offering "Live F*ck Shows", a coffee shop for drugs and an "Erotic Supermarket" for dildos. For seven euros one can also visit the church.

The symbol of Euro-Secularism is the 13th century Oude Kerk in Amsterdam. The empty church is now used for exhibitions and can be rented for gala dinners. In front of it there is "Sexyland", offering "Live F*ck Shows", a coffee shop for drugs and an "Erotic Supermarket" for dildos. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

Welcome to Amsterdam, where the most practised religion is Islam.
 

Giulio Meotti, Cultural Editor for Il Foglio, is an Italian journalist and author.

Source: http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/8530/islamism-europe-secularism

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Germans Debate Use of Force against Jihadists - Soeren Kern




by Soeren Kern

The Bavarian Criminal Police Office has now launched an internal investigation to determine if police were justified in shooting a jihadist.


  • "I am a soldier of the Caliphate and am launching a martyrdom operation in Germany. ... I have lived among you, lived in your homes. I planned this in your own land. And I will slaughter you in your own homes and in the streets. ... I will slaughter you with this knife and sever your necks with an axe, if Allah permits. " – Germany's axe-attacker, in an Islamic State video.
  • "Künast should not be watching so many bad movies. Who would believe that if someone attacks the police with an axe and a knife, the police are supposed to shoot the axe out of the attacker's hands? That is really clueless and stupid. If police officers are attacked in this manner, they will not engage in Kung Fu. Unfortunately, it sometimes ends in the death of the perpetrator. This will not change." – Rainer Wendt, Chairman of the German Police Union.
A 17-year-old Afghan asylum seeker brandishing an axe and shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("Allah is the greatest") seriously injured five people on a train in Würzburg, Bavaria. The assailant was shot dead by police after he charged at them with the axe.

The teenager, who had claimed asylum after arriving in Germany in June 2015 as an unaccompanied minor, had been placed with a foster family just two weeks before the attack as a reward for being "well integrated."

Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said police had found a hand-painted Islamic State flag in his room at his foster home in the nearby town of Ochsenfurt. They also found a farewell letter to his father which read: "Now pray for me so that I can take revenge on these infidels. Pray for me that I can get to paradise."

Shortly after the attack, the Islamic State released a video purporting to show an Afghan asylum seeker holding a knife and making threats against Germany:
"In the name of Allah, I am a soldier of the Caliphate and am launching a martyrdom operation in Germany.
"Here I am. I have lived among you, lived in your homes. I planned this in your own land. And I will slaughter you in your own homes and in the streets.
"I will make you forget about the spectacular attacks in France, if Allah permits.
"I will fight to the death, if Allah permits. I will slaughter you with this knife and sever your necks with an axe, if Allah permits."
In the video, the Islamic State identified the attacker as Muhammad Riyad, who can be heard speaking Pashto, a language spoken in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran. But German media identified the attacker as Riaz Khan Ahmadzai. The discrepancy raised questions about the teenager's true identity.

Police found a Pakistani document in the teenager's room, leading some to believe he may have lied about being from Afghanistan in order to improve his chances of securing asylum. German authorities generally classify migrants from Pakistan as economic migrants and those from Afghanistan as refugees. But Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said there is no reason to doubt that the attacker was indeed from Afghanistan.

There are also unresolved questions about the teenager's ties to the Islamic State. Herrmann, the Bavarian interior minister, said the video is authentic: "The man in the video is the Würzburg attacker." The federal prosecutor's office in Karlsruhe said it believed "the attacker committed the offense as a member of the Islamic State."

Left: The 17-year-old Afghan asylum seeker who seriously injured five people on a train in Germany, while shouting "Allahu Akbar," is shown in an Islamic State video saying, "In the name of Allah, I am a soldier of the Caliphate and am launching a martyrdom operation in Germany... I will slaughter you in your own homes and in the streets." Right: The attacker's body is removed from the place where police shot him, after he charged at them with the axe.

By contrast, De Maizière said the attacker was a self-radicalized "lone wolf" who had been incited by Islamic State propaganda. The public prosecutor in Bamberg, Erik Ohlenschlager, said "We have no evidence that he was in direct contact with the Islamic State."

After the blood-filled train — an eyewitness said it "looked like a slaughterhouse" — came to a stop at a station in Heidingsfeld near Würzburg, the teenager jumped off and tried to escape. Surrounded by police, he lunged at them with an axe. Police shot the attacker dead because "there was no other option."

Green Party MP Renate Künast criticized the police for using lethal force. In a tweet, she wrote: "Why could the attacker not have been incapacitated without killing him???? Questions!"

Künast's comments provoked a furious backlash, with many accusing her of showing more sympathy for the perpetrator than for the victims. The outpouring of anger against Künast indicates that Germans have had enough of their politically correct politicians.

The chairman of the German police union, Rainer Wendt, said:
"The final rescue shot is clearly regulated by law. The policemen were attacked and used their firearm to defend against an immediate danger to life and limb. That is their statutory duty. The Green MP Renate Künast has absolutely no idea about reality of dangerous police actions."
Speaking on N24 television, Wendt added:
"Künast should not be watching so many bad movies. Who would believe that if someone attacks the police with an axe and a knife, the police are supposed to shoot the axe out of the attacker's hands? That is really clueless and stupid.
"If police officers are attacked in this manner, they will not engage in Kung Fu. Unfortunately, it sometimes ends in the death of the perpetrator. This will not change."
The head of the police union in Bavaria, Peter Schall, said: "If a police officer is not allowed to shoot in such situations, he might as well stop carrying a weapon."

Mike Mohring, a politician with the ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU), called for stiffer penalties for those who attack police officers. He said attacks against police are on the rise across Germany and "the only effective deterrent is that the law provides an appropriate penalty." He also said German police should be outfitted with body cameras to protect both the police and the public.

Bavarian Justice Minister Winfried Bausback called on Künast to resign: "Anyone who publicly suspects police in such a situation without any knowledge of the matter — as Künast has done in her tweet — is unacceptable as chairman of the parliamentary legal committee."

Green leader Cem Özdemir distanced himself from Künast:
"I did not understand what she wrote there. It is always a good idea to think about what you are writing before you send a tweet. What are police officers supposed to do if they are attacked? They protected others and they protected themselves. Her view is not the position of my party."
Andreas Scheuer, the general secretary of the Christian Social Union, the Bavarian sister party to Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU, said Künast's comments were "perverse." He added: "The CSU's policy is: protection of victims takes priority over protection of perpetrators."

German commentator Klaus Kelle wrote:
"Our police in Germany do an excellent job and are hardly ever thanked for it. They are poorly paid ... and repeatedly are whipping boys for errors of policy. Endless overtime, violent attacks, even in harmless situations such as illegal parking, is part of everyday life for our sons and daughters, who serve all of us.
"Where are the politicians who support our policemen, rather than those who mindlessly criticize them, as now? Ms. Künast, does the presumption of innocence apply to police officers in this country?"
The Bavarian Criminal Police Office has now launched an internal investigation to determine if police were justified in shooting a jihadist.
 
 
Soeren Kern is a Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute. He is also Senior Fellow for European Politics at the Madrid-based Grupo de Estudios Estratégicos / Strategic Studies Group. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter. His first book, Global Fire, will be out in 2016.
Source: http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/8528/germany-wurzburg-attack-jihad

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VA Gov. McAuliffe evades court order on felons voting - Thomas Lifson




by Thomas Lifson

Let's call this "structured voting.


Not one to let an order from the state’s supreme court hinder his effort to deliver Virginia’s electoral votes to Hillary Clinton, Governor Terry McAuliffe will individually sign executive orders granting felons the vote that they lost by bveing convicted of grave crimes. Alice Ollstein of Think Progress exults:
Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) is taking action to restore the voting rights of thousands of ex-offenders in the state after a court decision Friday put them in jeopardy. He’s getting around the Virginia Supreme Court’s ruling against him by signing 200,000 individual clemency grants to the state’s ex-offenders to ensure their right to vote in November.
Excuse me: “Ex-offenders”? How can one be an ex-offender? Did the crime disappear from history? Were the people harmed restored to pre-crime states of health, wealth, and mental equanimity? I am sorry, the offenders are still offenders – people who put their own desires and impulses above society’s laws.

So, McAuliffe will evade the court’s orders, and not rely on categorical grants but will individually sign them. This is analogous to drug dealers breaking up their cash bank deposits into sums below $10,000 so that banks don’t have to report them to the feds. That is itself a crime, called structuring. Ask Denny Hastert. Let's call this "structured voting."

McAuliffe will have a might sore wrist if he tries to sign 200,000 documents. The temptation of the auto-pen will be mighty


Thomas Lifson

Source: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/07/va_gov_mcauliffe_evades_court_order_on_felons_voting.html

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Sudanese Cleric Muzammil Faqiri In Eid Al-Fitr Sermon: ISIS Is Merely Implementing Muslim Brotherhood Methodology - MEMRI




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"The Prophet Muhammad said: 'The kharijites are the dogs of Hell.' The kharijites of our times are the Muslim Brotherhood and their offshoots, such as Al-Qaeda, Sururism, and recently, ISIS


Sudanese cleric Sheikh Muzammil Faqiri slammed the Muslim Brotherhood in a sermon delivered on Eid Al-Fitr. In the sermon, he said that ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and all the other Jihadi organizations had emerged from the Muslim Brotherhood and that "ISIS members are merely implementing the methodology devised by Sayyid Qutb, one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood," who "accused entire societies of heresy, and called for killings, bombings, and assassinations." The sermon was posted on Sheikh Faqiri's YouTube account on July 13, 2016.


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Muzammil Faqiri: "The Prophet Muhammad said: 'The kharijites are the dogs of Hell.' The kharijites of our times are the Muslim Brotherhood and their offshoots, such as Al-Qaeda, Sururism, and recently, ISIS. ISIS and the other organizations emerged from the Muslim Brotherhood. The same holds true for the (Egyptian) Takfir wal-Hijra organization.

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"All these organizations emerged from the Muslim Brotherhood. They have accused the Muslims of heresy, killed them, and killed their children, sparing (only) their women. This happened five days ago, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, when an ISIS member, 18 years old, killed his father with a knife, slaughtered his mother like a sheep, and stabbed his sister and his brother. His father and mother died on the spot, and his sister and brother are still in hospital.

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"This is the religion of the Muslim Brotherhood. They consider this to be Jihad - indeed, the loftiest form of Jihad - for the sake of Allah. They have accused the Muslims of heresy. The person behind this theory and this deception is Sayyid Qutb, may Allah punish him wherever he may be.

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"He will get what he deserves from Allah, because he said: 'Humanity has forsaken worship of the Lord.' Humanity in its entirety has forsaken the worship of the Lord, he said. He accused entire societies of heresy, and called for killings, bombings and assassinations. (ISIS) members are merely implementing the methodology devised by Sayyid Qutb, one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood."
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Turkish crackdown continues as Erdogan closes 2250 schools and charities - Rick Moran




by Rick Moran

Erdogan is living out a paranoid fantasy. Or, he has coldly calculated what he has to do to aggrandize power unto himself.


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is continuing his assault on Turkey's institutions, as he has ordered the closure of 2250 schools and charities connected to the exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Erdogan has already fired 20,000 teachers and school administrators, as well as thousands of lawyers and other educated people from government.

The schools, hospitals, and social service organizations targeted by Erdogan are private institutions.

Associated Press:
In a new tactic against suspected coup plotters, Turkey on Saturday announced it had seized more than 2,250 social, educational or health care institutions and facilities that it claims pose a threat to national security.
The health ministry said patients at hospitals that are being seized will be transferred to state hospitals, highlighting the sweeping impact of the government's crackdown after a failed July 15 coup attempt.
A top Turkish official also accused some European countries of downplaying the grave danger posed by the failed insurrection, an apparent response to Western concerns about possible human rights violations in the government's crackdown.
"Some European colleagues think this is a Pokemon game, this coup attempt," said Omer Celik Turkey's minister for EU affairs. "Come here and see how serious this is. This is not something we play in a virtual game. This is happening in real time in Turkey."
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also sharply criticized concerns that the large-scale purges, which have left at least 10,000 people in jail and about 50,000 fired or suspended, could jeopardize basic freedoms. Erdogan told France 24 on Saturday that Turkey has no choice but to impose stringent security measures, after the attempted coup that killed about 290 people and was put down by loyalist forces and protesters.
"We are duty-bound to take these measures. Our Western friends fail to see it that way. I cannot understand why," Erdogan said. "I'm under the impression that they will only see that once all the political leaders of Turkey are killed, and then they'll start to dance for joy."
Turkey has imposed a three-month state of emergency and detained or dismissed tens of thousands of people in the military, the judiciary, the education system and other institutions. Turkish leaders allege that supporters of a U.S.-based cleric, Fethullah Gulen, infiltrated state agencies and groomed loyalists in a vast network of private schools as part of an elaborate, long-term plan to take over the country.
Erdogan is living out a paranoid fantasy. Or, he has coldly calculated what he has to do to aggrandize power unto himself. Is he seriously suggesting that 50,000 people were plotting against him? If that were true, Turkey would possess the absolute worst internal security apparatus in the world. 

Instead of looking at ties to Gulen, perhaps we should start examining the political leanings of those in jail. I have a feeling we'd find a lot more political opponents of Erdogan than supporters of an exiled cleric.


Rick Moran

Source: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/07/turkish_crackdown_continues_as_erdogan_closes_2250_schools_and_charities.html

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The Islamic Republic of Iran: At War with the U.S. - Robert Spencer




by Robert Spencer

But the Obama administration hasn’t noticed.


The Jerusalem Post Wednesday quoted the Speaker of the Iranian Parliament, Ali Larijani, “warning the US administration and its House of Representatives and Senate that injurious measures against the nuclear agreement have reached such a point that there is no way left for Iran but to counteract.”

As I show in my new book The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran, Larijani’s bellicose language and thinly-veiled threat may have come as a surprise to those who believe that Barack Obama and John Kerry brought peace for our time by means of the nuclear deal, but it was nothing new to those who have been paying closer attention to Iran than the Obama administration has.

When the nuclear deal was concluded, Ali Wambold, a member of the Qajar Dynasty that ruled Iran from 1785 to 1925 and a longtime critic of the Islamic Republic, pointed out that the Constitution of the Islamic Republic “proclaims ‘the ideological mission of jihad,’ which it defines as ‘extending the sovereignty of God’s law throughout the world,’ through Iran’s Army and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.” Thus, he said, “to treat with the Islamic Republic over the particulars of its weaponry while failing to address the very purpose of its bellicosity is delusional. The so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action does nothing to change the fact that, in plain Farsi, Iran is committed to world conquest by Islam, with its clerics as warlords. Those to be conquered include America (the ‘Great Satan’), Israel (the ‘Little Satan’) and the Sunni-led Gulf States.”

Back in July 2005, then–Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said essentially the same thing: “The message of the Revolution is global, and is not restricted to a specific place or time. Have no doubt … Allah willing, Islam will conquer what? It will conquer all the mountain tops of the world.”

No less an authority than the Ayatollah Khomeini had said from the beginning that the goals of that Revolution were global: “We shall export our revolution to the whole world. Until the cry ‘There is no god but Allah’ resounds over the whole world, there will be struggle.” The Iranian politician Mohsen Rezaei once told a cheering Iranian crowd: “We will build a force that will demolish the enemies of Islam, continue the path of our great prophet Muhammad, and raise the flag of Islam in all corners of the world.”

A neon sign in Tehran’s Mehrabad International Airport reads, in English, “In future Islam will destroy Satanic sovereignty of the West.” Iran’s commitment to world conquest in the name of Islam—and to the defeat of America in particular—precludes lasting peace with the United States.

According to IRGC deputy commander Hossain Salami on February 1, 2014, Israel and the U.S. can be defeated—if only Muslim unity can be achieved: “This region is ideologically united by similar faiths and common goals. If these goals can be merged, and the Muslim peoples are ideologically, strategically, and politically united, then Western, and particularly American, political breathing space will be restricted. Even the Zionist regime, which is America’s political, military, economic, and security bridgehead, will have no air to breathe.” 
Salami also issued this threat: “Whoever seeks to talk to our nation in intimidating language—we will not be deterred by geographic borders from endangering their interests. Wherever they may be—we will be there as well. We will not confine the conflict to any border. We announce this loud and clear.”

On September 23, 2015, two months after the JCPOA was finalized, Supreme Leader Khamenei published an article entitled “The Idols Will Be Shattered,” illustrated with a drawing of the Statue of Liberty shattered in pieces. In it he declared, “The idol of the soul, the idol of pride, [and] the idol of sexual lust; the idol of tyranny and subservience; the idol of global tyranny [that is, the U.S.]; the idol of sloth and irresponsibility; and the other idols that shame the precious human soul—a plan that will spring forth from the depths of the heart will shatter them.”

In a Friday sermon in September 2014, senior Iranian cleric Hujjat al-Islam Sayyed Mohammad Sa’idi declared that Iran’s Islamic Revolution heralded a “new world order”: “Iran’s Islamic Revolution, as part of the new world order, has shaken the foundations of the order imposed by the West on Muslim nations. This success is due to the efforts and guidance of the late Imam Khomeini and those of Ayatollah Khamenei.”

According to Iran’s state-run Ahlul Bayt News Agency, “the Qom Friday Prayer leader stressed that the custodians of the old order, with slogans such as freedom, democracy and human rights has attracted some people but that for a long time, Westerners and Americans have based their slogans on deceptive rhetoric. They seek to dominate the intellectual and moral values of the world. However, they have suffered a disadvantage because their slogans have faded and people have found them to be false.”

Freedom, democracy, and human rights were on their way out. Islam was coming in to replace then, courtesy of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The confrontation between Iran and the U.S. that the Iranian mullahs so desire has not been canceled by the nuclear deal. On the contrary: the deal has made the mullahs bolder than ever, and the confrontation is coming.


Robert Spencer

Source: http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/263595/islamic-republic-iran-war-us-robert-spencer

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Europe’s anti-Zionists partly to blame for Bastille Day attack - Richard Mather




by Richard Mather

Europe’s anti-Zionist leftists have the sown the wind of Islamic extremism by aiding and abetting the worst elements in Palestinian Arab society, and now Europe is reaping the whirlwind.

 
For decades, Europe’s anti-Zionist leftists have castigated and demonised the State of Israel, urging the Jewish state to relinquish territory to Arab enemies whose refusal to negotiate with Israelis can be attributed to the fact that religion (Islam) – and not land – is at the core of their rejectionism.
 
Anti-Jewish violence in the Middle East has always been religiously-motivated. Documents, news reports and speeches from the 1920s and 1930s clearly show that Arab invective was couched in extreme religious terms. The anti-Jewish rhetoric of Amin al-Husseini is a case in point. A democratic Jewish state, where Jews run their own affairs, is anathema to the supremacist instincts of those Arabs want either a pan-Arab nation or an Islamic caliphate where Jews and other minorities are stripped off their rights and/or murdered.

The West, which has become increasingly secular in recent decades, is blind to the religious warfare being waged against Jews and other so-called infidels. Europe’s left-wing idealists are inept in their understanding of religious conflict.


They attribute acts of terror not to religion but to poverty, alienation, mental illness – anything but Islam. They are simply incapable of recognising the Islamist character of terrorism when it occurs in Nice, Paris, London and Madrid.

This is where the Islamists have the advantage. They understand only too well that the war against Jews and the West is an imperial-religious, even apocalyptic, war of conquest. Europe, by contrast, is ignorant of this reality because it is embarrassed by its own colonialist past and has rejected religion as a way of life.

The near-total destruction of Jewish life in the 1930s and 1940s, combined with the post-1945 deChristianisation of Europe, has left the continent without a religious counter-ideology on which to base a comprehensive response to Islamist supremacism.

The situation would not be so bad if Europeans had embraced a robust and confident humanism, which emphasises critical thinking, freedom and progress. Sadly, many Europeans, again mainly on the Left, have become politically-correct automatons who tolerate the intolerable by creating “safe spaces” on campuses and institutions for anti-Semites and Islamists. And anyone who dares to criticise this sordid set-up is branded “Islamophobic,” “racist,” “a neo-con,” “a Blairite war-monger,” “a Zio-Nazi” or “Tory scum.”
But there is one thing that Europeans could do, while it is still possible. And that is to stop cosying up to the Jew-hating, misogynistic and homophobic elements within Palestinian Arab society, and instead stand alongside the democratic, secular and pluralistic Israelis who have enshrined so many things leftists are supposed to care about – workers’ rights, animal welfare, religious freedom, gender equality and equal rights for the LGBT community.

If Europe’s leftists really believe in tolerance, progress and equality, then they should support the Jewish state, not pander to Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, which regularly incite violence against Jews, murder gay people and lock up dissidents. But it seems the leftists’ obsessive anti-Zionism prevents them from seeing things clearly.

The Left’s betrayal of Israel is possibly one of the worst ethical missteps since the Nazi-Soviet nonaggression pact of 1939. By demonising and delegitimising the State of Israel, Europe has not only emboldened Muslim fascists in the region, it has also stiffened the resolve of Islamists around the world who smell the decay of Western moral failure and go on to attack civilians in European schools, cafes, promenades, bars, workplaces, supermarkets, nightclubs, trains and buses.

In other words, by picking the wrong side in what is shaping up to be a global conflict between liberal democracy and Islamism, Europe’s anti-Zionist leftists have helped unleash a very bitter whirlwind, which the rest of Europe is paying for. In other words, they are morally complicit in the Islamist attacks on the people (Jew and gentile alike) of Nice, Paris and Brussels.


Richard Mather

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/19235

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Could Clinton's VP pick hurt her chances with Israel supporters? - David Rosenberg




by David Rosenberg

The left-wing NGO J Street praised Kaine and featured him on their list of supported candidates



Senator Tim Kaine
Senator Tim Kaine
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Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s recent Vice Presidential pick of Tim Kaine has in many ways been regarded as a “safe choice”, nominally aiding her White House bid without the risk some more outspoken running-mates, like Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, could potentially have posed.

A former governor and current senator for the swing-state of Virginia, Tim Kaine worked as a missionary in Honduras and speaks fluent Spanish, an asset in an election where Hispanic voters could tip the scales in critical battleground states like Florida, Nevada, Colorado, and Arizona.

His experience in government reinforces Clinton’s campaign message of experience, and his past criticism of the Obama administration’s handling of the war on ISIS could help the ticket with independents frustrated with the White House’s approach to the growing terror threat.

While Kaine maintains a perfect 100% rating from the pro-abortion group NARAL and Planned Parenthood, he has courted religious conservatives with what he calls his “personal opposition” to abortion as a practicing Catholic.

But Kaine’s criticism of the Israeli government and snubbing of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress have stirred fears among supporters of the Jewish state, who are concerned by the Senator’s outspoken support for the Iranian nuclear deal and endorsement of the Obama administration’s efforts to force Israeli concessions as a way to lure the Palestinian Authority back to peace talks.

Kaine was among the first Democratic lawmakers to announce he would boycott Netanyahu’s address to Congress in 2015 regarding the planned Iran nuclear agreement, which was signed later that year.

Speaking to the left-leaning Jewish Daily Forward after the address, Kaine proclaimed his support for the Jewish state, calling himself “a strongly pro-Israel Democrat”. But the Virginia Senator said that he had “deep concerns about the leaders, frankly, on the Israeli and Palestinian side.”

“I want Israel to be safe and secure in the future and I worry that some of the activities vis-à-vis the Palestinians have weakened Israel’s future security, not strengthened it.”

Conservatives chided Kaine’s decision to snub the Israeli leader and noted the senator’s support in favor of the Iran nuclear deal.

Kaine has noted that he cosponsored the “Corker bill” – initiated by Tennessee Senator Bob Corker – which gave congress the right to vote down any suspension of sanctions on the Iranian regime.

Yet when the Iran deal was signed, Kaine helped filibuster Republican-led efforts to use the Corker bill – by then passed into law by a wide majority – to block the Iranian agreement.

In a press release last July, Kaine praised the agreement with Iran, saying that sanctions relief “hinges on what Iran must do”. Kaine twice voted with a minority to filibuster GOP attempts to nullify the agreement, thus paving the way for the removal of sanctions and the unfreezing of Iranian assets.

In Kaine 2013 cosponsored a Senate resolution praising Secretary of State John Kerry, who, the document reads, “is to be commended for his tireless efforts to urgently advance a negotiated two-state solution”.

The left-wing NGO J Street praised Kaine and featured him on their list of supported candidates, urging visitors to the J Street website to contribute to Kaine’s senate campaign.


David Rosenberg

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/215430

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