Friday, June 23, 2017

Faith Goldy: Refugee Beats Wife with Hockey Stick

Bill Warner: Islam and Inbreeding

Gradualism: The Strategy of the Tortoise

Gradualism: The Strategy of the Tortoise

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by LINDA GOUDSMIT June 23, 2017

London's Muslim mayor Sadiq Khan believes that terrorist attacks are part of living in a big city. REALLY? Why should Western cities and societies accept the barbarity of jihadis determined to conquer the West and impose Islamic sharia law? Mayor  Khan's attitude of submission is extremely troubling. Is Mayor Khan part of Islam's gradualism strategy that seeks to lull the West into a false sense of safety? Is Mayor Khan's bizarre statement "I want to reassure all Londoners, and all our visitors, not to be alarmed. Our city remains one of the safest in the world" part of Islam's tactic of taqiyya? Or is Mayor Khan simply out of touch with objective reality and living in the politically correct dreamscape of subjective reality? 

Whatever the answer, Mayor Khan's attitude will never keep Londoners safe and this is why.    


The Tortoise and the Hare

an Aesop Fable
        One day a hare was bragging about how fast he could run. He bragged and bragged and even laughed at the tortoise, who was so slow. The tortoise stretched out his long neck and challenged the hare to a race, which, of course, made the hare laugh.       "My, my, what a joke!" thought the hare.       "A race, indeed, a race. Oh! what fun! My, my! a race, of course, Mr. Tortoise, we shall race!" said the hare.     The forest animals met and mapped out the course. The race begun, and the hare, being such a swift runner, soon left the tortoise far behind. About halfway through the course, it occurred to the hare that he had plenty of time to beat the slow trodden tortoise.        "Oh, my!" thought the hare, "I have plenty of time to play in the meadow here."      And so he did.     After the hare finished playing, he decided that he had time to take a little nap.       "I have plenty of time to beat that tortoise," he thought. And he cuddle up against a tree and dozed.The tortoise, in the meantime, continued to plod on, albeit, it ever so slowly. He never stopped, but took one good step after another.
The hare finally woke from his nap. "Time to get going," he thought. And off he went faster than he had ever run before! He dashed as quickly as anyone ever could up to the finish line, where he met the tortoise, who was patiently awaiting his arrival.
Slow and steady wins the race.  
The Tortoise and the Hare is the story of gradualism and is a cautionary tale for Western societies interested in preserving their democracies and freedoms. The moral of the story is the essence of gradualism - Slow and steady wins the race. 

European societies lead by left-wing liberal globalist leaders (the hare) are bragging about their tolerance, virtue, humanity, as they continue the mass importation of Muslim immigrants with cultural norms hostile to their own. The Europeans (the forest animals) are excited about the race and support their leaders   by welcoming the hostile immigrants to their forest. The Europeans believe in the superior abilities of their leaders and laugh with derision at the idea that the immigrants (tortoise) could possibly pose a threat. 

Western societies are driven by speed - they believe that faster is better. Faster cars, faster computers, faster airplanes - speed equates with success in the West. Islam is not driven by speed. Islam is driven by ideology and plays the strategic long game of gradualism.  

Since the 7th century Islam has been a socio-political expansionist ideology with a religious wing. 

Islam has expanded and contracted over the last fourteen centuries depending upon its successes and failures but its mission remained unchanged - world dominion and the imposition of religious sharia law worldwide. The Ottoman Empire, carrying the mantle of Islam, lost most of its European territories until it finally collapsed in 1922 and the former empire was transformed into the nation of Turkey.  

In 1938 the discovery of oil in Saudi Arabia changed everything. Islam was back in business and on the march again.  

Oil wealth exponentially increased Arab buying power and its ability to bring Islam to the West disguised as a "religion like any other." Islam went on a buying spree. Islam began buying political influence through lobbyists paid to ignore the blatantly anti-Western tenets of Islam embraced by the Muslim Brotherhood and every one of its hundreds of offshoots. Islam began buying academic influence through enormous donations and the purchase of endowed chairs and endowed professorships that allowed Islamists to influence curriculum and hiring practices. Islam began buying properties and building mosques and Islamic centers to advance itself. Islam began buying media outlets, television stations, movie studios, and then finally the Internet gave Islam the final vehicle it needed to spread its message worldwide to a generation of Western young people easily manipulated by the disinformation they were receiving. 

Islam plays by the rules of gradualism and taqiyya - lying in the service of Islam. Islam is a supremacist ideology and considers "peace" to mean when all the world is Muslim. Islam also teaches that conquering non-Muslims (infidels) is an act of altruism because the infidels will then be brought into the superior light of Islam. Taqiyya has its own anti-infidel language and anti-infidel norms that the Middle East understands.   

The West, dangerously ignorant of Islam, has been ill-prepared to oppose the Islamic campaign that seeks to conquer the West through gradualism and taqiyya and replace Western secular constitutional governance with religious sharia law.  

Raymond Ibrahim of the Middle East Forum explains the language of Islam and the dilemma it poses for the West:

"Whereas it may be more appropriate to talk of 'war and peace' as natural corollaries in a Western context, when discussing Islam, it is more accurate to talk of 'war and deceit.' For, from an Islamic point of view, times of peace-that is, whenever Islam is significantly weaker than its infidel rivals-are times of feigned peace and pretense, in a word, taqiyya.

Islamic law unambiguously splits the world into two perpetually warring halves-the Islamic world versus the non-Islamic-and holds it to be God's will for the former to subsume the latter. Yet if war with the infidel is a perpetual affair, if war is deceit, and if deeds are justified by intentions-any number of Muslims will naturally conclude that they have a divinely sanctioned right to deceive, so long as they believe their deception serves to aid Islam 'until all chaos ceases, and all religion belongs to God.' Such deception will further be seen as a means to an altruistic end."  

Central to understanding taqiyya and the principles of deceit is Muhammad's famous utterance "War is deceit." 

According to Islam the world is still at war so deception is fully endorsed and has extreme implications for our new President Donald Trump. If President Trump intends to make America-first decisions in the Middle East he needs a translator because the Arab leaders speak "Islamic" English and not the same English that President Trump is speaking. Words like peace, terrorism, and extremism have very different meanings in the West than they do in the Middle East. 

Former FBI counterterrorism special agent John Guandolo gives a brilliant explanation of the challenges President Trump is facing in his report: 

"In his speech, which preceded President Trump's comments, Saudi King Salman made many references to "terrorism" and "extremism" and the need to eradicate it from the planet.  Specifically, he said the world must  "stand united to fight the forces of evil and extremism whatever their sources are in response to the dictates of our Islamic religion...Terrorism is a result of extremism."
When muslim leaders use words, those words must be understood as they are defined in Islam, not as they are understood in the West.

"Terrorism" is defined in Islam as "killing a muslim without right." Under sharia muslims may be killed if they apostasize from Islam, kill another muslim without right, or if they violate any other law under sharia for which there is a capital crime. Otherwise, to kill a muslim is to be a "terrorist."

"Extremism" in Islam is to exceed ones ability - to move the Islamic Movement ahead too quickly, thus putting the muslim ummah (global muslim community) in danger because this risks losing muslims who do not understand their duties under sharia and exposing Islam's true intentions to the non-muslim community thus bringing violence upon muslims - terrorism.

Saudi King Salman spoke at the summit yet he sent two messages:  one for the muslims and one for the non-muslims.  Americans and the rest of the non-muslim world heard the King say he is going to eradicate "terrorists" from the planet and thought he was talking about ISIS and Al Qaeda.  The muslim world heard that the United States was providing hundreds of millions of dollars and weapons to support the Islamic world's effort to destroy anything on the planet that stands in the way of the complete implementation of sharia - a command from Allah in the command and reflected in the words and actions of Islam's prophet Mohammad.

Therefore, since President Trump has already killed muslims without right under sharia by ordering the U.S. military to launch strikes against Syria and elsewhere, Islam views him as a "terrorist," and the Saudi King is speaking about the U.S. President and the United States when he says "Terrorism" must be eradicated.

The Saudi King was not referring to muslims who bomb an arena in Manchester, England or kill Americans in an Orlando, Florida bar or muslims who fight on battlefields in Iraq or Afghanistan when he uses the word "terrorist."

Understanding this necessarily completely changes America's perspective of what took place in Saudi Arabia last weekend.

The President of the United States is being given counsel and advice from U.S. officials who appear to lack any understanding of any of this, which will lead America's to defeat. Exactly the Islamic world's objective." 

Understanding Islam's gradualism and taqiyya's stealth jihad as it is practiced against the West exposes the mass immigration of Muslims into Europe as the Islamic war tactic called population jihad. Former radical Muslim Isis Abla identifies 8 distinct jihads being waged against the unsuspecting West: Population jihad, Media jihad, Education jihad, Economic jihad, Physical jihad, Legal jihad, Humanitarian jihad, and Political jihad.

While the West brags like the hare about its speed, tolerance, and moral superiority, the slow-moving tortoise speaking Islam's deceptive language of taqiyya is confident his gradualism and creeping stealth jihad will win the race. The Tortoise and the Hare is a cautionary tale. 

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Linda Goudsmit is a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She and her husband owned and operated a girls clothing store in Michigan for 40 years and are now retired on the beach in sunny Florida. Linda graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, earning a B.A. in English literature. Having a lifelong commitment to learning, she is an avid reader and observer of life. She has shared her thoughts, observations, and philosophy of behavior in her book DEAR AMERICA Who's Driving the Bus? Linda is currently working on a children's book series titled Mimi's STRATEGY that offers helpful problem solving techniques encouraging resourcefulness and critical thinking skills for kids.

Riots About To Erupt After Minnesota Just Handed Full Control To Muslims To Take Down ‘Infidels’

Riots About To Erupt After Minnesota Just Handed Full Control To Muslims To Take Down ‘Infidels’


The cancer of Islam is rapidly spreading across the planet, thanks to liberal politicians who keep letting these vermin invade westernized countries. As terror attacks committed by Muslims are now becoming an almost everyday occurrence, what’s even more horrifying is that distraught citizens are being silenced for speaking out against Islam, as we continue to see people across Europe being imprisoned for saying negative things about Muslims, as “Islam anti-blasphemy” laws are now being held up in courts. While we would expect that sort of nonsense to go on in countries like Canada and Germany, that very sort of thing was just established in Minnesota.

Muslims understand fully that in order to establish their global caliphate ruled by Sharia Law, they must first infiltrate every facet of westernized society through massive immigration and breeding. As these Muslim invaders infest our government, our schools, and our law enforcement agencies, Muslims are working furiously to silence Americans who are calling them out, which is why we see Muslims constantly labeling people “Islamophobes” and “bigots” as a way to bully American citizens into submission.

Anti-blasphemy laws have been a massive victory for Muslims across the world, as now followers of Islam can have people who speak out or criticize their religion thrown into prison. In an unprecedented and unconstitutional move, liberal politicians Minneapolis, Minnesota, have just set up a hotline where Muslims can call in and report any American who “harasses” or speaks out against their religion.

While this sounds like something you’d read off of a conspiracy website, it’s really happening. According to Minneopolis’ local newspaper, the Star-Tribune, the hotline was set up as a way to target Trump supporters, who Muslims believe are the group of people most likely to “harass them.” The Star Tribune reported:

The city of Minneapolis has set up a hot line for residents to report hate-crime incidents and other acts of intolerance.
The service, operated through the city’s 311 help line, is aimed to aid targets of any “harassing behaviors motivated by prejudice,” according to a city news release issued on Monday.
The announcement comes amid signs of a recent surge of such incidents affecting Muslims and Jews across the country, many of which go unreported.
“Since the general election, many of us have experienced, witnessed firsthand or heard of actions of: racism, xenophobia, sexism and bigotry directed at people here and in cities across the United States,” Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights Director Velma Korbel wrote in a statement posted on the city’s website. “In no uncertain terms, hate-motivated speech and actions have no place in Minneapolis nor will they be tolerated.”

The city’s Department of Civil rights along with mayor is leading the charge for this government-enforced fascism, as this new hotline will now encourage citizens to turn in their neighbors for holding opinions deemed forbidden by the state. This hotline flies right in the face of our United States Constitution, where it goes to the heart of denying American citizens their inalienable rights of the First Amendment, which governments CAN NOT DO.

Of course the rabid liberals controlling the city have little regard for the Constitution or the rights of Americans, as they are using their position to establish a soft version of anti-blasphemy laws. “In no uncertain terms, hate-motivated speech and actions have no place in Minneapolis nor will they be tolerated,” Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights Director Velma Korbel wrote in a statement posted on the city’s website.

The Department echoes the unconstitutional sentiments of Minneapolis’ mayor, Betsy Hodges, who went on to blast President Trump, pushing her insane narrative of there being an epidemic of bigotry and hate in our country since he got into office. She stated:

“I will not compromise the public safety of the people of Minneapolis to satisfy Trump’s desire to put politics before public safety. Minneapolis is being built and strengthened by people from all over the world and I am grateful for their commitment to our city. I stand with them today and will continue to take that stand as the President-elect prepares to take office.”

This is absolutely insane that an anti-blasphemy hotline is being established in our country, as the city of Minneapolis is clearly violating the doctrine of separation of church and state. But startlingly, this is only the beginning of Democrats’ plans for full-blown fascism in our country. Hillary Clinton advanced a United Nations resolution U.N Resolution 16/18 that encouraged nations to criminalize a person who defames or criticizes a person’s religious views.

This hotline is nothing more than a sneaky backdoor approach to establishing full-blown anti-blasphemy laws in America. And trying to normalize the concept of turning in your neighbor for their opinion is nothing short of chilling, especially when you think of the what went on with the Nazis in the 1930’s.

SHARE this story to expose what is going on right under our noses! This is nothing more than a sneaky attempt to SILENCE Americans from speaking out against the very people who WANT TO KILL US!
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Eye on Iran: U.S. On Collision Course With Syria And Iran Once De Facto Islamic State Capital Falls


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Trump administration officials, anticipating the defeat of the Islamic State in its de facto Syrian capital of Raqqa, are planning for what they see as the next stage of the war, a complex fight that will bring them into direct conflict with Syrian government and Iranian forces contesting control of a vast desert stretch in the eastern part of the country. To some extent, that clash has already begun. Unprecedented recent U.S. strikes against regime and Iranian-backed militia forces have been intended as warnings to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Tehran that they will not be allowed to confront or impede the Americans and their local proxy forces. As regime and militia forces have begun advancing eastward, senior White House officials have been pushing the Pentagon to establish outposts in the desert region. The goal would be to prevent a Syrian or Iranian military presence that would interfere with the U.S. military's ability to break the Islamic State's hold on the Euphrates River valley south of Raqqa and into Iraq - a sparsely populated area where the militants could regroup and continue to plan terrorist operations against the West.


Writing in the Wall Street Journal on Monday, former US Sens. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., and Mark Kirk, R-Ill, called for reimposing FATF countermeasures against Iran. Lieberman chairs the anti-deal lobby group United Against Nuclear Iran, while Kirk is an adviser to the group. "Iran remains the world's leading state-sponsor of terrorism [and] has done little to enact the anti-money laundering policies requested by the FATF," their op-ed states. "Over the past year, Iran has continued to provide money, weapons, training and troops to the cause of terrorism throughout the Middle East. From the Houthis in Yemen to propping up Bashar [al-]Assad's forces in Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon and supporting Shiite militias in Iraq, there's no shortage of examples of Iranian influence over some of the most violent groups in the world." While Iran has long provided support to militant organizations on the US State Department's list of terrorist organizations, the money it gives generally does not go through banks.


The United Nations secretary general appears to have softened his predecessor's criticism of Iran last year over its missile tests, a volatile issue in Iran's relationships with other powers, including Israel and the United States. The milder language is contained in a report by the secretary general, António Guterres, to the United Nations Security Council that has not yet been released. A softening of the criticism would be significant partly because the United States has called Iran's missile tests unacceptable. The Trump administration imposed sanctions on Iran in February and May in response to what it described as "bad behavior" with respect to the tests. Mr. Guterres's relatively mild language in a passage of the report concerning those tests could complicate any American-led effort to further penalize Iran for them at the United Nations. A copy of the report, dated June 14, was seen by The New York Times on Wednesday.

NUCLEAR & BALLISTIC MISSILE PROGRAM


In the hours after Iran launched ballistic missiles at Islamic State targets in Syria on June 18, Western intelligence sources guessed that these were Shahab-3 medium-range ballistic missiles. The following day, this assessment changed to Zulfiqar ballistic missiles instead. These relatively sophisticated missiles have a maximum range of 700 kilometers (435 miles), are equipped with independent navigation systems and are able to adjust trajectory in the air. Zulfiqar solid-fuel propellant rockets are produced by the Iranian military industry. From Israel's viewpoint, the missiles that Iran launched June 18 failed to hit their target, but demonstrated the missile construction and launching capacities developed by Iran. These kinds of missiles constitute one of the greatest nightmares known to Israeli security systems. Should Hezbollah acquire them, for instance, they could be used to target Israeli air force bases and other strategic targets as well.


Iran said it won't hesitate to shore up its missile capability and presses ahead with the program in the future, its government spokesman said on Tuesday. "As explicitly stipulated by president, the government backs all missile activities of the Guards (IRGC) and (other) armed forces," Mohammad Bagher Nobakht told a press conference in Tehran. "The government sees no cap to boosting defense and missile capability, and backs up missile launches and research," he added. Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) fired missiles at Islamic State's major strongholds in eastern Syria, killing at least 50 ISIS militants, what Nobakht acclaimed as "a symbol of national clout." The IRGC had vowed revenge for the Tehran terrorist attacks which killed 18 people and accused Saudi Arabia and the U.S. of being indirectly behind the raids. Backing the missile operation, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted: "Iran's missile capability protects its citizens in lawful self-defense & advances common global fight to eradicate ISIS and extremist terror."  

U.S.-IRAN RELATIONS


A senior Iranian leader and confidant of the Islamic Republic's president is threatening to "depose" President Donald Trump if he continues his policy of confronting Iran and its terror proxy groups in the Middle East, according to recent comments that come as Iranian military leaders threaten missile strikes on U.S. forces and bases in the region. Mostafa Tajzadeh, a leading Iranian politician and ally to President Hassan Rouhani, claimed this week that the Trump administration is too "fragile" to confront Iran and that if U.S. officials do "anything unwise against Iran," the Islamic Republic will see that Trump is "deposed," according to Farsi-language comments independently translated for the Washington Free Beacon. The threats come as Iranian politicians and military leaders amp up their rhetoric against the Trump administration following a series of strikes in Syria on Iranian-backed forces bolstering embattled President Bashar al-Assad.


Saudi Arabia's new crown prince and likely next king shares U.S. President Donald Trump's hawkish view of Iran, but a more confrontational approach toward Tehran carries a risk of escalation in an unstable region, current and former U.S. officials said. Iran will almost certainly respond to a more aggressive posture by the United States and its chief Sunni Arab ally in battlefields where Riyadh and Tehran are engaged in a regional tussle for influence. Saudi King Salman made his son Mohammed bin Salman next in line to the throne on Wednesday, handing the 31-year-old sweeping powers, in a succession shake-up. Prince Mohammed, widely referred to as "MbS," has ruled out any dialogue with arch rival Iran and pledged to protect his conservative kingdom from what he called Tehran's efforts to dominate the Muslim world. In the first meeting between Trump and MbS at the White House in March, the two leaders noted the importance of "confronting Iran's destabilizing regional activities." But that could have unintended consequences, said some current and former U.S. administration officials.

CONGRESSIONAL ACTION


House Republicans are stalling a hugely popular bill to slap Iran and Russia with economic sanctions over a procedural issue they're blaming the Senate for creating. Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says "the problem is the Senate screwed up." At issue is a constitutional requirement that legislation involving revenue originate in the House. The sanctions bill was crafted by the Senate, which passed the measure overwhelmingly last week and then sent it to the House for action. McCarthy says the Senate can repair the bill or the House can write its own sanctions legislation. He didn't provide a timetable for either pathway. Democratic lawmakers and aides are mystified over the delay. They fear the House is seeking to water the bill down at the Trump administration's behest.

SANCTIONS RELIEF


Iran has begun exporting gas to Iraq, an Iranian official told the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Wednesday, after a several years of delays. The neighbors, both members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, initially signed a deal in 2013 for Iran to supply Iraqi power stations, but officials in the past blamed poor security in Iraq for hampering implementation. Exports had started at approximately 7 million cubic meters per day and would eventually reach up to 35 million cubic meters per day, Amir Hossein Zamaninia, the deputy oil minister for trade and international affairs, told IRNA. Iran signed two contracts to export gas, one for the Iraqi capital Baghdad and the other for southern Iraqi city of Basra, IRNA reported. Iran, which has huge gas reserves alongside its oil resources, exports small amounts of gas to Turkey but production has struggled to keep pace with rising domestic consumption.


OPEC members are considering further oil output cuts but should wait until the effect of the current reduced level of production is made clear, Iran said on Wednesday, hinting at possible further OPEC action after oil sank to a seven-month low. OPEC and allied outside producers agreed on May 25 to extend an existing supply cut into 2018, but oil has declined sharply since on rising production from the United States and Nigeria and Libya, two OPEC members exempt from cutting output.  "We are in discussions with OPEC members to prepare ourselves for a new decision," Iranian oil minister Bijan Zanganeh said after a cabinet meeting, according to the website for the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB).  "But making decisions in this organization is very difficult because any decision will mean production cuts for the members." The reason for the discussion is an increase in the levels of United States production which members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries had not predicted, Zanganeh said.


Iran's Airtour Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for 45 Airbus A320neo aircraft, Airbus said on Thursday, in a deal unveiled at the Paris Airshow. Iran has stepped up its orders of planes after international sanctions against Iran were lifted in return for curbs on the country's nuclear activities. The Airtour Airlines deal follows a similar one with Iranian airline Zagros that was also announced at the Paris Airshow.

SYRIA CONFLICT


Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered weekend missile strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria, Revolutionary Guards said, contradicting a previous report that they were authorised by the country's security council. The Guards fired six mid-range surface to surface missiles from western Iran into Syria's Deir al Zour province on Sunday night, the first attack of its kind carried out by the Islamic Republic in years. The Guards statement, published on Wednesday by Sepah News, ran counter to a statement by President Hassan Rouhani who said earlier that the strikes were authorised by the Supreme National Security Council, which includes the heads of the three branches of government as well as the head of the Guards and other ministers. Senior Guard commanders said on Monday that the missile strikes were intended to send a message to "terrorists" who carried out attacks in Tehran two weeks ago as well as their regional and international supporters, a reference to Saudi Arabia and the United States. Khamenei's personal directive for the missile strikes, as reported by the Guards, highlighted their symbolic importance.

MILITARY MATTERS


Pakistan's foreign ministry has confirmed the country's air force shot down an unmanned Iranian drone in southwestern Baluchistan province. The Pakistani Air Force initially declined comment, after reports emerged on Tuesday that one of its jets shot down the drone. But on Wednesday, foreign ministry spokesman, Nafees Zakaria, released a statement on the matter. He says the drone was downed on Monday as it flew up to 4 kilometers, or 2.5 miles, inside Pakistani territory, in the Panjgur sector close to the Pakistani-Iranian border. Zakaria says Pakistani authorities have shared the information with Iran about striking down the drone. Iran has expressed concern over militants operating along the Pakistani border and warned that the country was willing to strike militants inside Pakistan - remarks that drew strong protests from Islamabad.

DOMESTIC POLITICS


Tensions are mounting between Iran's supreme leader and the country's president after the latter's landslide victory in last month's election.  Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, 78, has sharpened his criticism of the reformist president, Hassan Rouhani, including humiliating him in a meeting of the country's most senior officials.  A hardliner keen to preserve his legacy, Khamenei is believed to have tacitly backed Ebrahim Raisi, Rouhani's rival, in the election. The president, who increased his mandate by 5m votes when he won his second term, fired back this week by saying that the political legitimacy of a religious leader is determined by the "people's will and invitation" - comments that supporters of Khamenei, whose position as supreme leader is a lifelong appointment, have received with disdain. Clerics sympathetic to Khamenei argue that the legitimacy of the leader, or the rule of the Islamic jurist (Velayat-e-Faghih) is divine.

OPINION & ANALYSIS


Iran's missile program has accelerated since the signing of the nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers in 2015, a new report by the National Council of Resistance of Iran revealed. According to NCRI's findings, which were made public at a press conference held at the council's Washington office on Tuesday, the scope of Iran's missile program is much more extensive than was previously thought. The report indicates that the Revolutionary Guards, which is in charge of Iran's ballistic missile program, has been carrying out operations at 42 locations, 12 of which were previously unknown. One of the reported missile complexes is tied to SPND, the organization in charge of pursuing the building of nuclear bombs. The information disclosed by the NCRI were obtained by the People's Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the group that first revealed Iran's illicit nuclear program. In an interview with Fox News, Alireza Jafarzadeh, deputy director of the NCRI's U.S. office, said, "The findings show the first full picture of the missile program of the Iranian regime, which is very extensive and costly. It also shows a close tie between the nuclear weapons program and the missile program."


Since the June 7 terrorist attacks in Tehran, the Iranian government has made dozens of arrests and highlighted the fact that ISIS claimed responsibility. The country's leaders have driven the narrative that Iran is yet another victim of this global terrorist network - even going so far as to launch missiles targeting ISIS operations in Syria. But it is increasingly apparent that, while outside terrorists may have played a role, the government's focus on their involvement hides a more complex truth, with significant implications for U.S. policy. Through recent news reports we've learned that those rounded-up as part of the attacks are all members of the Kurdish and Baluch ethnic minorities. The conflict with Iran's Kurdish and Baluch minorities is not new: Tehran has been battling for close to a decade a much larger insurgency with both groups, without any evidence of direct links to ISIS. Most recently, on the eve of the Tehran attacks, a Kurdish nationalist group - with no global terrorist connections - killed two Iranian border guards near the city of Urmiya.






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The Long War Journal (Site-Wide)

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Posted: 22 Jun 2017 06:52 AM PDT
A Taliban suicide bomber targeted security personnel and civilians as they lined up to collect their pay prior to the start fo Eid al Fitr. The Taliban has targeted Kabul Bank branches in the past.
Posted: 21 Jun 2017 09:49 AM PDT
The Islamic State demolished the Great Mosque of Al-Nuri earlier today. Abu Bakr al Baghdadi delivered his first speech as "Caliph Ibrahim" at the mosque in July 2014. Just days earlier, the Islamic State declared itself a so-called caliphate, ruling over large parts of Iraq and Syria.

Germanic Umma

Germanic Umma



A Germany with a new purpose and new faith.

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Germany will be Islamic in about two decades.  The process by which this happens and the results of this transformation will be consequential beyond measure, not just for Europe, but for the world.

 And Germany’s acceptance of Islam as its national religion will be peaceful and seamless.  In making this prediction, I am certainly not alone; many books are being written about the fall of Europe.  Yet while many assume this is the “end” of Europe, that the wave of Islamic immigration and migration will cause a collapse,. I am not so certain.

Europe is not “dying.”  Western Civilization as we have known it for two millenniums is dying, but Europe as a grouping of over 700 million people with technology and economies that match America and China is far from dying.

Germany, a little over 70 years after the utter destruction of the Third Reich and Hitler’s dream of ruling Europe, is now the dominant European power.  The Wehrmacht may not be blitzkrieging its way through France and Poland anymore, but Germany does rule Europe.  We call Europe weak, old and dying.  Maybe someday, but Germany, at this point in time, is none of those things.  Possessing the fourth largest economy in the world, with its exports and manufacturing, its education system and workforce, Germany’s financial might is anyone’s envy.  Berlin is the de facto European capital.

But despite the past decades of  progress and the build-up of technology, Western Europe is racked with guilt; a bloody century that left tens of millions of dead will do that to a continent and a civilization.  WWI itself seemed to pull the cord out of what remained of Christian Europe.  By the time of the Armistice, Christendom had collapsed.  With the breakup of the Royal Empires came the guilt of colonialism, imperialism, and the shadow cast by the “white man’s burden” loomed large over European culture.  And that is just Western Europe.  What specifically of Germany?

The culture and the nation that gave the world so much wonder and beauty had been betrayed by its own hubris.  The culture of Bach, Goethe, Beethoven and Schiller became the nation of Hitler and the SS and the death of over 11 million in the camps, 6 million of them Jews.  The horror of Auschwitz, the vision of the camps, the death pallor will hang over Germany, and Germans, forever.

Christianity, which died on the fields of Flanders in the First War, utterly failed Germany.  Yes, there were the Bonhoeffers and thousands more Christian martyrs that died in the camps at the hands of the Nazis, but on the whole, the churches, Lutheran and Catholic alike, share in the nation’s guilt.  The Lutheran Church of old Prussia, in particular, acquiesced and was silent, its head bowed in forever shame.

Germany is a robust manufacturing and economic powerhouse with superb infrastructure.  There is much to envy.  But a people, a nation and a culture have to believe in something more than good cars.  Belief in the “Fatherland” is verboten, to say the least.  Nationalism is a dirty word.  When one travels to Berlin, one is struck by the multitude of building cranes across the city and in the old East Berlin there is a rampant race to resurrect and refurbish buildings from Germany’s Imperial past.  The Nazi era has rightly been shunned, so what else is there?  Germany, as a united country, is only 147 years old.  This reach to restore the grandeur of the Imperial Germany of the Kaisers will result in magnificent buildings and palaces, but the Hohenzollerns are long gone.

The Churches of Germany are empty; Christianity, for many, is a religion of the past, a bygone era, one that has left beautiful music and stunning architecture, but the message of Luther has died.  There are holdouts, particularly in parts of Catholic Bavaria and parts of the Rhineland, but they are a small minority.

Germans are not without pride; there is a feeling of German exceptionalism.  They may lord over Europe in different ways then they did 75 years ago, but lord over it they do.  And how can a German not feel “superior” in their accomplishments when just one trip to Greece or Portugal, or even France, leaves one in awe of German technology and progress.  But with the demise of Christianity and nationalism considered verboten, what outlet remains in which to channel that pride?

One can say that the Germans have lost their will to fight, that it was beaten out of them in the two great wars.  Perhaps.  But can a nation of people and a culture that did almost nothing but fight for over 2,500 years, instilling fear from the Urals to the Pyrenees, from Ancient Rome to modern France, lose all of that in one generation?  Or will it be forced to find another outlet?

Germans are arrogant and I don’t mean that as a pure pejorative. Americans are arrogant as well; the English were over 100 years ago.  Americans, it can be said, have a right to be.  How could we not be arrogant with what we have achieved in the course of human history?  Our arrogance is usually restrained by enough touches of humility to keep us from being too dangerous.  But what of the Germans?

And what of Islam?  It is a martial religion, a warrior religion and faith that is all consuming.  Hitler admired Islam; he was not the only one, Napoleon did as well.  It is not a religion for the weak; it does not turn the other cheek.  It gives a purpose to a people and a nation; it is in many ways the antithesis to Christianity.  We see Islam as ISIS and Osama Bin Laden living in a cave.  But there is a grander tradition of Islam, a seductive tradition of Islam that has lured, and forced by conquest, a billion people into its fold in the past 1,500 years.

I do wonder if Germany thinks it can meld Islam into its culture, into its traditions and make an accommodation.  A special brand of Germanic Islam.  The Ottoman Turks embraced Islam and created a vast empire that ruled for over 500 years.  In embracing Islam, Germany could find its purpose, its clean break from the past, one that it feels no guilt over. After all, Islam is the epitome of a politically correct religion in these times.  The Germans may actually think they can bend Islam to their will.  And the truly frightening thing is, maybe they can.  A Germany with a new purpose and new faith, ruling over Europe as they do already, but all with an Islamic flavor.  Some will say it is fantasy.  I say it is time to be worried.

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Ex-Muslim Journalist Explains Sharia Law: Incompatible with U.S. Constitution

Ex-Muslim Journalist Explains Sharia Law: Incompatible with U.S. Constitution



Anni Cyrus, a former Muslim who works for the American Truth Project, gives a clear breakdown of what Sharia law is and how it impedes upon the lives of millions of people living in the United States.

Cyrus, who was brought up in a strict Muslim household in Iran under Sharia law, was forced into an arranged marriage and consequently raped and beaten by her husband as well as police.
“I went through much prison time, rape, forced marriage and much more because there were no rights for women under Islamic law,” Cyrus told Daily Wire in 2015.
In her video, she explains:
As a Muslim, if you decide to follow Sharia, you will have a very limited life because, in Sharia, there are details all the way from how to walk into your bathroom, amazingly, all the way to how to, successfully, finish your term of life — meaning, how to die.
Because of those limitations, in a strict guidance, for someone who lives in America to follow Sharia, they will have no choice but to stop enjoying their freedoms and also start disobeying the constitution of America.
Or, if they decide to obey the constitution and enjoy their freedom, then they would have no choice but to stop following Sharia, which would make them a non-devoted Muslim. Therefore, most the people in America who come here from other countries, who were raised as Muslim, always have that conflict.

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Turkey's Failed Grand Design for the Middle East



Turkey's Failed Grand Design for the Middle East

by Burak Bekdil
BESA Center Perspectives
June 16, 2017
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Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (right) and Tunisian Islamist Rachid Ghannouchi at the feet of Afghani warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar in the 1990s.
In many ways, the recent crisis between Qatar and its Gulf and other Muslim "friends" marked, among other things, the last nail in the coffin of Turkey's "grand Middle Eastern design." Once again, Turkey's leaders were trapped by their own ideological shallowness into betting on a losing horse.
Very important Turks in dark suits saw the start of the Arab Spring as a golden opportunity to realize their neo-Ottoman ambitions. In Tunisia, their Islamist brothers in arms, the Ennahdha Party, would come to power and annihilate the "secular infidels." Rachid Ghannouchi, Ennahdha's chief ideologue, never hid his admiration for Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's stealth Islamization by popular vote.
Erdoğan received one rock-star welcome after another on his visits to Beirut and Egypt. He failed, however, to detect that Lebanese Muslims' devotion to him was merely praise for his outspoken hatred of Israel. He also failed to predict the turn of political events in Egypt, investing all his political resources in the Muslim Brotherhood. In Iraq, he calculated that with some western backing, he could end the Shiite rule in Baghdad and build a Sunni regime instead. In Gaza, Hamas was, and still is, Erdoğan's ideological next of kin.
Qatar is Erdoğan's main ideological partner in the region.
In Syria, the non-Sunni [Alawi] president, Bashar al-Assad, is Erdoğan's worst regional nemesis. Erdoğan's expectation, it appears, was that Assad would be toppled and replaced by a coalition of Sunni jihadists. Eventually, a pro-Sunni belt in the Middle East would take shape, totally subservient to the emerging Turkish empire and to its emerging caliph, Erdoğan.
Such was Erdoğan's grand design for the region. Qatar was not simply the "lubricant" of Turkey's fragile economy but also Erdoğan's main ideological partner.
The story is not progressing according to that script, however. Hezbollah in Lebanon decided Erdoğan was simply "too Sunni" for their tastes, notwithstanding his virulent anti-Israeli rhetoric and ideology. In Tunisia, Ennahdha, to Erdoğan's disappointment, signed a historic compromise with the country's secular bloc instead of fighting to annihilate it. The Brotherhood in Egypt lost not only power but also legitimacy as international pressure mounted in recognition of the group's links with violence. In Baghdad, the rulers are still Shiite and controlled by Tehran. In Syria, Assad remains in power, backed by Iran and Russia, and Erdoğan's jihadist comrades are almost entirely devoid of strategic importance. Moreover, an emerging Kurdish belt in northern Syria has become a Turkish nightmare. Hamas, like the Brotherhood, is getting squeezed day by day, both regionally and internationally. Erdoğan's ambition to end the naval blockade of Gaza is already a long-forgotten promise. And now Qatar is in trouble, along with Erdoğan himself.
President Trump declared Qatar 'a high-level sponsor of terrorism.'
It is not just Erdoğan's other friends in the Gulf and the Muslim world that are now strangling Qatar through a punishing isolation. Erdoğan must also contend with US President Donald Trump, who declared that Qatar – Turkey's staunchest ally – "had been a high-level sponsor of terrorism."
Erdoğan, still a firm believer in ideology as foreign policy, is not getting any closer to reality. Immediately after the Gulf and other Muslim sanctions were placed on Qatar, the Turkish president signed two treaties with the Gulf state: one to send troops to a joint Turkish-Qatari military base in Qatar, and the other to provide Turkish training for Qatari gendarmerie units. Turkey, along with Iran, also quickly moved to send food stocks to Qatar in an attempt to ease the sanctions.
Erdoğan said the sanctions were wrong; that Ankara would continue to improve its already good relations with Doha; and that "we will never abandon our Qatari brothers." With a caliph's self-confidence, he ordered that the crisis be resolved before the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan (i.e., the end of June). As to Qatar's connection to terror, what connection? Erdoğan says he has never seen Qatar supporting terrorism. This declaration is reminiscent of his past statement that he "went to Sudan and did not see any genocide there," made in support of his "good friend" Omar Bashir, who was wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity and genocide.
Youssef al-Qaradawi
The cast of the Gulf drama reveals ideological kinships. As part of their anti-Qatar campaign, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt accused 59 individuals and 12 charity organizations of terror links. One of the accused is Youssef al-Qaradawi, the Egyptian chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars. Who is Qaradawi?
In 2004, Qaradawi said, "There is no dialogue between us [Jews and Muslims] except by the sword and the rifle." In 2005, he issued a fatwa permitting the killing of Jewish fetuses. And in 2013, when millions of secular Turks took to the streets to protest Erdoğan's Islamist policies, Qaradawi rushed to Erdoğan's aid by declaring that the "Turkish protesters were acting against Allah's will."
Once again, Erdoğan's Turkey stands on the wrong corner at the wrong moment. Some of his men fear Turkey may be next in line for international sanctions for standing in solidarity with what Washington views as a high-level sponsor of terror. This may be unlikely, but Erdoğan is ignoring two potential dangers. First, he is operating on the flawed assumption that business as usual will resume no matter how the Gulf crisis ends, and that the Turkish-Qatari alliance will be up and running according to the same ideals. Second, he believes the West is too weak to sanction Turkey either politically or economically, so it has little to fear on that front.
A less Turkey-friendly Qatar may well emerge from the Gulf crisis.
He is wrong on both counts. Doha may not be the same place after the Gulf Arabs find a way out of their crisis. A less Turkey-friendly Qatar may well emerge. Turkey's two staunchest ideological allies, the Brotherhood and Hamas, will likely be further pruned in their own corners of the Arab world, with non-Arab Turkey possibly remaining their only vocal supporter. And the impending "slap" Ankara is ignoring may come not from Washington but from Erdoğan's Muslim friends in the Gulf.
Shortly before the Qatar campaign, Turkey's defense bureaucracy was curious as to why the Saudis kept delaying a ceremony for a $2 billion contract for the sale of four Turkish frigates to the Kingdom in what would have become Turkey's largest-ever single defense industry export. Now they have an idea why. That deal, if scrapped, may be just one of the starters on a rich menu.
Burak Bekdil is an Ankara-based political analyst and a fellow at the Middle East Forum.