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September 10, 2013 - 8:38 am

Some interesting and provocative discussions during Day 2 of the World Summit on Counter Terrorism in Herzliya, Israel (my Day 1 overview is here). Some of the highlights from the second day of proceedings:

A report released at the conference announced an estimate that the Assad regime in Syria has 1,000 tons of chemical weapons.

Syracuse professor William Banks offered his assessment, in line with one offered the previous day, that while the Syrian regime may have violated international law with the use of chemical weapons (even though they are not a signatory to the chemical weapons convention), the remedies do not include the use of force, much as President Obama is proposing.

Qanta Ahmed warned against the virulence of Islamist ideology, claiming it was more dangerous than nuclear weapons, and stressed the importance of moderate Muslims unmasking the “wolves in sheeps’ clothing,” i.e., so-called “moderate” Islamists.

Undoubtedly the most lively discussion of the day involved Canadian columnist and author Tarek Fatah. During his speech, which you can see in the clip below, he notes that missing from much of the debate over the use of chemical weapons by Syria, and even Iran’s budding nuclear program, is that Pakistan already possesses 100+ nuclear weapons.

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Fatah also added that two of the top Islamic partners in the “war on terror,” Turkey and Pakistan, are among the biggest purveyors of the jihadist ideology we are confronting globally (Saudi Arabia could also be added to that list).

Brian Jenkins of RAND Corp noted the diminishing effectiveness of strikes aimed at decapitating terrorist organizations. According to his research, a terrorist group that suffers decapitation in the first year of its existence is 8.5 times more likely to disintegrate than if the leadership continues; after 10 years existence, that rate is cut in half; by 20 years (al-Qaeda would fall in this category) the effect of a leadership decapitation strike is negligible.

Jenkins also added that it appears the West is headed towards a permanent state of war with Islamic terrorism.

King’s College professor Peter Neumann said that the number of foreign jihadist fighters traveling to Syria is higher than any other conflict previously seen, which will pose a considerable threat to Western countries down the road.

Former FBI and Treasury official Matt Levitt talked about his new book on the Lebanon-based Hezbollah. He noted that many Hezbollah plots have a U.S. nexus.

Levitt also predicted that regardless of who comes out on top in Syria (Hezbollah is actively fighting on behalf of the Iranian-backed Assad regime), Hezbollah will come out the loser. Gone is their status as “freedom fighters” now that they are waging widespread warfare outside of their own country, severely damaging their credibility.

Thomas Hegghammer from the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment reported that there are 4,000-5,000 foreign fighters now operating in Syria. He also added that despite much of the jihadist activity around the world, the threats to Western countries — including the U.S. — are still primarily coming out of the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.

Former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy offered the most provocative thesis of the day, saying that “there has to be a revolution in law and jurisprudence” when it comes to terrorism. In the clip below, he says that rather than having government continuing to run to the courts to see what judges will allow, the process needs to be reversed, with governments telling judges and courts what results are needed and leaving it to the courts to find a way to get there:

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I will be traveling to the Syrian border by the Golan Heights tomorrow, missing the last day of the conference. But I’ll be providing a report following that trip.

Patrick Poole is a national security and terrorism correspondent for PJMedia. Follow me on Twitter.

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Then stop allowing them to emigrate here, you farking chuckleheads!

Are you people stupid, or were you hit in the head with a hammer as a child? There=bad; here=somehow OK.

Morons. As if a change in geographical location makes Muslims suddenly go, "Oh, OK, now I'm in the West, now I am FREE." NOT.
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Bingo. Flush with oil money, it's Jihad has funding again. And thanks to Western decadence and hubris, we've imported and continue to import millions upon millions of the agents of Islam into our polities, socieities and territories, so that they may wage their war of supremacy over us inside all of our institutions.

Enjoy!
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We only exist at a state of permanent war because we refuse to acknowledge that we are at war and we are the only country in the world, minus possibly Russia, who might possibly have the will to call a spade a spade and wage total war in such a manner as to end the war.
31 weeks ago
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Let just one 12er Sect get nukes and use them, and all bets are then off.
31 weeks ago
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We are on the path of proving that behind chuckleheads can be fatal. Yes, we must fight accordingly and stop the Political Correctness nonsense.
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"I will be traveling to the Syrian border by the Golan Heights tomorrow, missing the last day of the conference. But I’ll be providing a report following that trip."

Be safe my friend. Always wear your body armor and helmet.
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31 weeks ago
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The unholy Koran 4:49 tells one all they need to know about the religion of peace.

BTW, the immigration of moon god worshipers into the West is to help change culture. Them, and illegal alien Marxists.

So, secure your perimeter. The governments of the West have sold out to the New Age agenda. We are almost there.

31 weeks ago
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Mr. Poole, this is pretty grim stuff. I hope you can enjoy a glass of Israeli wine which is getting pretty good.
31 weeks ago
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This is some of what the dangerious crackpot George W. Bush said:

"Islam brings hope and comfort to millions of people in my country, and to more than a billion people worldwide. Ramadan is also an occasion to remember that Islam gave birth to a rich civilization of learning that has benefited mankind. Islam is a faith that brings comfort to people. It inspires them to lead lives based on honesty, and justice, and compassion. Islam is a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. It's a faith that has made brothers and sisters of every race. It's a faith based upon love, not hate. Mohammad's word has guided billions of believers across the centuries, and those believers built a culture of learning and literature and science. All the world continues to benefit from this faith and its achievements. The Islam that we know is a faith devoted to the worship of one God, as revealed through The Holy Qur'an. It teaches the value and the importance of charity, mercy, and peace". George W. Bush !!!
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For better or worse, the US government in all it's wisdom decided quite some time ago to try and distinguish between the terrorists and the "religion of peace". That's why it's a war on terror and not on Islam. There are after all 1 1/2 billion Muslims and we can't fight them all. Whether it is a useful or even a safe distinction is an open question.
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"Qanta Ahmed warned against the virulence of Islamist ideology, claiming it was more dangerous than nuclear weapons, and stressed the importance of moderate Muslims unmasking the “wolves in sheeps’ clothing,” i.e., so-called “moderate” Islamists."

"Moderate Muslims"? Islam is not moderate so how can there be "Moderate Muslims"? Any "Moderate Muslims" are apostates. Were there "Moderate Nazis"?
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Just like any other religion, there are different types of Islam. Some are more or less virulent than others. The main offenders are Wahhabist, and they've been exported all over the world to steadily radicalize different muslim populations. Indonesia used to be fairly moderate and tolerant until the Wahhabist Imams got exported there. Our own American muslim population was pretty Westernized, but we've imported quite a few Wahhabists, too. So, that's changing.

Also, the tombs that were destroyed in Africa were Sufi. Sufis are muslims in a sense, but very different than the prevailing brand. They're mystics whose teachings incorporate elements of Zoraostrianism, Greek philosophy, and Hinduism making them sort heretical to other muslims.
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Wahhabists are extremists by even Islamic standards... but they have NOT been at the point of the spear.

AQ as OBL's creation is ANTI-Wahhabist!

It's a YEMENI crew, at heart. The original, original, Black Watch was 100% Yemeni. OBL was a Yemeni by blood. (His Yemeni dad was inducted into Saudi society by the King, his BFF. Even so, that did not make him a Saudi in the eyes of the rest of the clan. In a sense, OBL was as alienated from KSA as Barry is from the USA -- on the 'outside' looking in, while actually being on the extreme inside. (!))

The Iranian fanatics/ Hez are the most professional of the Islamists.

And then there's the Punjabis of Pakistan. The guys with the nukes and attitude. The Taliban, et. al. are but puppets for the ISI. When things get tight, their assets are put in protective custody.

See The Long War Journal.

All of these crews have been more active - by far - than the Wahhabists.

31 weeks ago
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It's Islamic ideology that's the problem, not this nonsensical PC "Islamist ideology". Where there two Korans?

I am beginning to think anyone who uses "Islamist" or "Islamism" is an utter fool.
31 weeks ago
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Then stop allowing them to emigrate here, you farking chuckleheads!

Are you people stupid, or were you hit in the head with a hammer as a child? There=bad; here=somehow OK.

Morons. As if a change in geographical location makes Muslims suddenly go, "Oh, OK, now I'm in the West, now I am FREE." NOT.
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Actually, when you watch some YouTube videos of hostile muslims in Anne Arbor, Michigan, it becomes quite apparent that they enjoy using our own laws against us, exploiting with weak, indecisive climate they find themselves in. They see it as an Alice in Wonderland adventure, and they love to partake of the sinful immorality our culture permits that their religion forbids.
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