The ends justify the means.
Oh my God. https://t.co/WnzEdolWXV
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) December 10, 2013
The ends justify the means.
Oh my God. https://t.co/WnzEdolWXV
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) December 10, 2013
Yet another phenomenon with a long paper trail in Islamic history has just taken place, even as the Western “mainstream”—little acquainted with true history or reality—dismisses it as an aberration. Asia News has the details:
Islamist rebels have kidnapped a group of nuns from the Greek Orthodox monastery of St Thecla (Mar Taqla) in Maaloula [an ancient Christian community where Christians were earlier forced to convert to Islam or die]… “Armed men burst in the monastery of St Thecla in Maaloula this afternoon [Dec. 2]. From there, they forcibly took 12 women religious,” Mgr Zenari said …. Neither the nuncio nor the Greek Orthodox Church know [the] reason behind the kidnapping.
Maaloula: ancient Christian site where inhabitants still spoke Aramaic, language of Jesus, before being devastated by the jihad, its nuns abducted, its ancient churches desecrated.
The “reason behind the kidnapping”? Sexual abuse and rape certainly should not be discounted, as these have been the lot of thousands of women abducted by U.S.-sponsored “freedom fighters” in Syria. Indeed, a new report issued by the National Reconciliation Commission in Syria states that some 37,000 women have been raped since the war started.
To keep the jihad in Syria alive, pro-war Islamic clerics have issued any number of fatwas, or Islamic rulings, permitting sexually-frustrated, female-deprived rebels to rape women. Most of these are based on the simple fact that Islam permits jihadis, based on the example of their prophet, to copulate with any captured woman—or, in the words of the Koran, “what your right hands possess” (see “The Jihad on Christian Women: Abduction, Rape, and Forced Conversion,” pgs. 186-199 in Crucified Again for detailed information).
One cleric permitted the abduction and rape of any Syrian woman, provided she is not Sunni. Yet apparently because there are still not enough women for the jihadi hordes, many of whom are foreigners—one Christian child was recently raped by 15 men before being killed—Sunni Muslim women are also being targeted through sex jihad fatwas.
So would such jihadis and their clerics have any special respect for Christian nuns?
The fact is, raped nuns is a phenomenon that goes back centuries. According to Muslim historian Taqi al-Din al-Maqrizi (1364-1442) during his raids on Egypt, Caliph Marwan II (r.744–50) “made captive a number of women from among the nuns of several convents. And he tried to seduce one of them.” The account describes how the enslaved nun tricked him into killing her, by claiming she had a magic oil that make skin impenetrable: “She then took some oil and anointed herself with it; then stretched out her neck, which he smote with the sword, and made her head fly. He then understood that she preferred death to defilement.”
Writing in the 10th century, the Coptic chronicler Severus ibn Muqaffa records that “the Arabs in the land of Egypt had ruined the country…. They burnt the fortresses and pillaged the provinces, and killed a multitude of the saintly monks who were in them [monasteries] and they violated a multitude of the virgin nuns and killed some of them with the sword.”
After the Islamic conquest of Constantinople in 1453, according to eyewitness accounts, “Monasteries and Convents were broken in. Their tenants were killed, nuns were raped, many, to avoid dishonor, killed themselves. Killing, raping, looting, burning, enslaving, went on and on according to tradition.”
Such is history—expunged as it is in the modern West, even as it repeats itself today. Thus, in August 2013, after torching a Franciscan school in Egypt, “Islamists,” in the words of the AP, “paraded three nuns on the streets like ‘prisoners of war’” and “Two other women working at the school were sexually harassed and abused as they fought their way through a mob.”… Keep reading
White House press secretary Jay Carney said that they’re leaving the investigation of an American teacher shot in Benghazi up to the Libyans.
The Libya Herald reported that chemistry teacher Ronnie Smith, 33, was running on Dubai Street in Benghazi’s Digadosta district when he was shot multiple times. According to witnesses, Smith was approached by a black SUV that “drove up to him and retreated several times before shots were fired from the vehicle.”
Smith had lived in Benghazi for 13 months with his wife and their 2-year old while teaching at Benghazi International School. His wife had flown back to America a few weeks ago and Smith was due to join them in Texas for Christmas, the Herald reported.
“The State Department has issued a travel warning that’s been in place for sometime about — warning Americans about the dangers of traveling in Libya. You know, so for greater detail on how those assessments are made and why, I would refer you to the State Department,” Carney told reporters at the daily briefing.
“We do expect the Libyan government to investigate this. At this point, we don’t have very much information to share about who is responsible or how it happened or why,” he added. “But we certainly do expect the Libyans to investigate.”
The Herald reported that authorities were trying to ascertain whether the motive was terrorism or robbery. Libyan officials have been mounting a concerted offensive against militants in recent weeks, with escalated fighting in Benghazi a couple weeks ago in which residents were even offering guns and ammo to the military to help them drive out terrorist groups.
In a statement posted over the weekend, American al-Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn urged Libyans to conduct attacks in revenge for the seizure of Abu Anas al-Libi.
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf confirmed that Smith was killed.
“We offer our deepest condolences to the victim’s family, friends and loved ones. We are in contact with the family and are providing all appropriate consular assistance,” she said. “Out of the respect for the privacy of those affected, I don’t have a lot of further details at this time. For questions on the investigation, of course, we’d refer everyone to the Libyan authorities.”
“…As everyone knows, there are pretty severe travel warnings in effect for Libya, particularly Benghazi. But we don’t keep track of American citizens in that way, obviously, operating overseas.”
Harf said the State Department doesn’t have an idea of how many Americans might be living in Benghazi.
“Again, our travel warning is very explicit in advising against all travel to this area. That’s sort of what we can do, is advise our citizens, and then it’s up to people individually to make decisions. I just don’t have any way to characterize it,” she said. “…I’d, in terms of an investigation, refer you to the Libyan authorities. We are working with those authorities to ascertain the facts related to the case, which, again, there are a lot of unknowns right now, because this tragedy occurred just recently today. So we’ll update folks as we get more.”
Meanwhile, Libyans reached out on Twitter to console Smith’s family and each other.
The main thing about Mr.Smith was he was the only one who didnt give up on us. Its time we dont give up on us either.
— Rahman Bader (@RahmanBader) December 5, 2013
#MrSmithMemories “sir, they tore my favorite sweater” “they did you a favor, you looked like a sheep on Eid”
— yomna ❁ (@yzentani) December 5, 2013
#MrSmithMemories spending all of our lunch break talking about breaking bad
— nuria (@libyanduchess) December 5, 2013
I asked him once why did you name your kid Hosea he said so when he grows up and asks for sim thin’ I’d say no way Hosea.Lol #ThankYouSmith
— مــــو المصــــري (@moe_almasri) December 5, 2013
10 days ago.
— LibyanTweep (@LibyanTweep) December 5, 2013
In President Obama’s quest to empty Guantanamo of its inmate population, the Defense Department announced the transfer of two detainees to Algeria.
Djamel Saiid Ali Ameziane was captured by Pakistani forces in 2001 while trying to flee Tora Bora with other al-Qaeda operatives. A 2008 assessment determined Ameziane a “high risk, as he is likely to pose a threat to the US, its interests, and allies.”
Bensayah Belkecem was arrested by Bosnian authorities in 2001 for involvement in a terrorist plot against the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo. His 2008 DoD assessment noted he was not only a high risk to the U.S. but held high intelligence value.
“As directed by the president’s Jan. 22, 2009, executive order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of these cases. As a result of that review, which examined a number of factors, including security issues, these men were designated for transfer by consensus of the six departments and agencies comprising the task force. In accordance with congressionally-mandated reporting requirements, the administration informed Congress of its intent to transfer these individuals,” the Pentagon said early this morning.
“The United States is grateful to the Government of Algeria for its willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The United States coordinated with the Government of Algeria to ensure these transfers took place with appropriate security and humane treatment assurances.”
This leaves 162 detainees at Guantanamo.
Members of the House Intelligence Committee learned in a closed-door briefing yesterday that more contractors are corroborating the report that the Obama administration had plenty of time to respond to the attack on the Benghazi diplomatic facility.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) called the new information “outstanding testimony.”
“And essentially what they were able to prove today, they basically backed up the other contractors who were on the ground in the two previous hearings. So this is an ongoing investigation,” Nunes said Tuesday evening. “And I think they gave us a lot of good leads today and I feel very comfortable moving forward with where we are at today.”
The congressman confirmed the White House claim that the attack was sparked by protest over a YouTube video “was a completely lie, and we always knew that.”
“But what I think, some important testimony came out today. So these gentlemen found out about this right around dusk. And they knew the ambassador was missing, and they were in Tripoli. So, and then you have this whole time, you’re talking about roughly 9 to 10:00 at night, until 5:00 in the morning,” he said. “And at that point, you know, essentially the attack was still ongoing.”
“Because they arrived at the time the mortars hit and killed two additional Americans that were not killed at the embassy compound earlier. So this is — there is just nothing there the administration is standing on anymore, as to what were they doing? How come nobody came to help? I think that was clear, nobody knew even at 5:30 that the attack was going to be over.”
Nunes said the timeline begs the question: “What if the attack had went on for another 24 hours?”
“Would they have eventually sent help then? I mean, there is no accountability in this process that I’ve seen so far. And nobody knows what the president knew and when he knew it,” he said.
The recent testimony, though, hasn’t shed any additional light about what President Obama was doing the night of the attack, as the people testifying Tuesday “are the guys that are on the ground that saved everybody’s life.”
“And they were radioing everything upstairs, they assumed that people knew, but they didn’t know — they were on the ground trying to save people’s lives,” Nunes said.
The same month that Obama tried to wage war on behalf of the jihadi rebels in Syria (citing “human rights” concerns), some of the war’s worst atrocities were committed against that nation’s Christian minority, most notably in Ma‘loula, an ancient Christian region where the inhabitants still spoke the language of Jesus.
There, among other things, the al-Qaeda-linked jihadis fired mortars and missiles onto at least two ancient churches before looting them; some 80 Christians trying to defend their homes were killed. Others who could not flee were forced on pain of death to convert to Islam.
One man’s last words before being slaughtered by the rebels were: “I am a Christian, and if you want to kill me for this, I do not object to it.” A nun involved with humanitarian relief said the man “Is a Martyr in Christ in the full sense of this word, since he was murdered solely because of religious hatred!”
The Christian Post reports:
Jihadists reportedly forced one man to convert to Islam at gunpoint and slit the throat of another Christian woman’s fiancé and then [mockingly] told her, “Jesus didn’t come to save him.”…. “I saw people wearing Al-Nusra headbands who started shooting at crosses,” the Christian senior told the AFP. One of the shooters, he said, “put a pistol to the head of my neighbor and forced him to convert to Islam by obliging him to repeat ‘there is no God but God’ [Islamic shehada]…Afterwards they joked, ‘he’s one of ours now.’”
In al-Thawrah, Syria, Christians were also singled out for attack by jihadi invaders. In one incident, they stopped three residents, releasing two who identified themselves as Muslims, while bludgeoning to death the third after identifying himself a Christian (graphic image). They also destroyed the Antiochian Orthodox church of Sts. Sergius and Bacchus among other churches.
In Raqqah, a city in northern Syria, the al-Qaeda linked “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” broke the crosses off the area’s two Christian churches and placed al-Qaeda’s Islamic flags. They also set the contents of the churches—the Church of the Annunciation and the Church of Martyrs—aflame. In one video, a Muslim “freedom fighter” smashed a statue of Virgin Mary to shouts of Islam’s victory cry, “Allahu Akbar!”
These latest attacks come in the context of yet another fatwa appearing in September and issued by 36 Islamic scholars who legitimized “the right of the faithful Sunni Muslims to seize and take possession of goods, homes, property belonging to Christians, Druze and Alawite and members of other religious minorities ‘who do not profess the Sunni religion of the Prophet.’” (Earlier, before the “sex jihad” solved the problem by luring Muslim women from Tunisia and elsewhere to provide their sexual services to jihadis in Syria fighting to make Allah’s word supreme, another fatwapermitted jihadis to rape all non-Sunni women.)
Meanwhile, when publicly asked about the jihadi nature of the rebellion and the fact that the rebels often shout Islam’s supremacist war-cry, Allahu Akbar (such as when firing at Chrisitan churches), John McCain insisted that shouting “Allahu Akbar” is equivalent to a Christian saying “Thank God,” and that the rebels in Syria are “moderates and I guarantee you they are moderates.”
Similarly, when John Kerry was also asked in September about the jihadi and al-Qaeda elements of the Syrian rebels, the U.S. Secretary of State argued that “The opposition has increasingly become more defined by its moderation … more defined by its adherence to some, you know, democratic process and to an all-inclusive, minority-protecting constitution”—an assertion that prompted Russian President Vladimir Putin openly to call Kerry a liar.
The rest of September’s roundup of Muslim persecution of Christians around the world includes (but is not limited to) the following accounts, listed by theme and country in alphabetical order, not necessarily according to severity... Continue for full report
As it returns to session today, the U.S. House will take up a bill to renew the ban on “undetectable” firearms — plastic guns, guns printed on 3D printers, and so forth. After Cody Wilson demonstrated that 3D guns are a real thing, such guns are driving government to do what it does best — arrive late to the party and to little that makes any sense.
While Congress obsesses over what expensive machines can do after you’ve fed them with detailed 3D models and scans, look what Evan Booth did with batteries and other odds and ends he bought at an airport terminal.
A battery in the “gun” runs an electric current through a piece of wire when the trigger is pulled, melting the condom with heat. The water from the condom mixes with the lithium, and that reaction heats up the deodorant can so quickly that it explodes, forcing the “shot” – in this case, pennies – out of the rolled-up magazine barrel.
The BLUNDERBUSSiness Class, which was made from magazines, a pack of Mentos, a Red Bull can and some other stuff, fired pennies right through the drywall in the video. While it took about 10 seconds to fire after the “trigger” pull, it did hit its target and it did survive to be fired again. In the video it had massive recoil. But how much would a suicidal terrorist really care about that?
He bought all the materials to construct all of these weapons after passing through airport security screening.
The implications of all this, both for the House’s anti-plastic gun law, and for TSA’s Thousands Standing Around junk-touching security theater, are profound.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said this morning that we’re not safer from terrorism today than we were just one or two years ago.
“I think terror is up worldwide, the statistics indicate that, the fatalities are way up. The numbers are way up,” she said this morning on CNN. “There are new bombs, very big bombs, trucks being reinforced for those bombs. There are bombs that go through magnatometers. The bomb maker is still alive. There are more groups that ever and there’s huge malevolence out there.”
Her House counterpart, Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), said he “absolutely” agreed “that we’re not safer today for the same very reasons.”
“So the pressure on our intelligence services to get it right to prevent an attack are enormous. And it’s getting more difficult because we see the al-Qaeda as we knew it before is metastasizing to something different, more affiliates than we’ve ever had before, meaning more groups that operated independently of al-Qaeda have now joined al-Qaeda around the world, all of them have at least some aspiration to commit an act of violence in the United States or against western targets all around the world,” Rogers said.
“They’ve now switched to this notion that maybe smaller events are okay. So if you have more smaller events than bigger events, they think that might still lead to their objectives and their goals,” he added. “That makes it exponentially harder for our intelligence services to stop an event like that.”
Feinstein said there’s “real displaced aggression in this very fundamentalist, jihadist, Islamic community.”
“And that is that the West is responsible for everything that goes wrong, and that the only thing that’s going to solve this is Islamic Sharia law and the concept of the caliphate,” she said. “And I see more groups, more fundamentalists, more jihadists more determined to kill to get to where they want to get. So, it’s not an isolated phenomenon. You see these groups spread a web of connections. And this includes North Africa, it includes the Middle East, it includes other areas as well.”
Rogers said the world is now dealing with nearly 25 weak governments who can’t control large regions of their territory, making it attractive for safe havens.
He added that a number of Americans and other westerners who went to fight with al-Qaeda units in Syria have returned home. “We are very, very concerned that these folks who have western paper have gone there, participated in combat events, are trained, are further radicalized, now have the ability to go back in western countries.”
“…This is all starting to spread. Iraq is having its problems now. It’s spreading into Lebanon, Jordan has issues, Turkey along the border has issues. This is very, very, very concerning.”
“There is now a bomb that can go through magnatometers. People can get on aircraft with those bombs. They have tried to send four into this country, two in printer cartridges, one by Abdulmutallab, and one, asset, was able to obtain out of Yemen,” Feinstein said. “These were coming into this country, two of them aimed at synagogues in Illinois. Now, having said that, the only way to stop this was with intelligence. The only way you could stop that is putting clues together to ferret out where this was coming from.”
Rogers said they recently learned “three al-Qaeda affiliate groups have changed the way they communicate means it’s less likely that we’re going to be able to detect something prior to an event that goes operational, meaning that they’ve already started the final planning stages to blow something up or shoot someone.”
“The bad guys, the al-Qaeda affiliates, Russian intelligence services, Chinese intelligence services, the Quds force that operates terrorism events all around the world, those are the folks we need to focus our attention and our energy on in order to keep America safe,” he added.
“…I think people think what the senator was talking about, Dianne was talking about, was people think, ‘well, we’ve got this thing beat, it’s kind of over. We don’t have to worry about al-Qaeda anymore.’ And what we see is that’s not the case.”
A member of the House Intelligence Committee said one of the mysteries still remaining for members of Congress about the Benghazi attack is exactly what Ambassador Chris Stevens was doing in the Libyan city.
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) said lawmakers have learned that the CIA did inform people at the diplomatic facility “that there’s been a lot of chatter.”
“We want you on high alert. And, you know, they shared that information with the RSOs over at the temporary facility, even invited the guys over to spend the night with them,” he said on Fox.
“And I don’t know why in the world the ambassador would have been making that trip. He made a — we understand that he did go to the opening of a school or something there in Benghazi. And two of the CIA agents were asked to go along with him on that for extra protection. But what other than that he was doing there, we really don’t know.”
Congress heard testimony during the Benghazi hearings that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was interested in opening a consulate there, but numerous theories have been floated since the Sept. 11, 2012, assault about Stevens’ actual reason for the visit.
“What’s interesting is that when we heard this testimony that when they arrived at the facility, that none of the RSOs or the regional security officers that were there were armed. In fact, one of them was barefoot. We had one individual testify that he saw two of them riding around in a Land Cruiser,” Westmoreland said.
“And so, you know, none of them had a weapon. As far as they know, no shots were fired. And so, I mean, that is completely inadequate especially in Libya at the time of September the 11th. And so we don’t understand exactly what kind of preparations these gentlemen have. Now, what we understand is the guy that was leading the thing had just graduated from the school there at the State Department and had been in Benghazi less than 10 weeks.”
Westmoreland said he believes that much of it boils down to “they wanted us to, you know, look like we weren’t afraid, that we were trying to be part of the neighborhood and that was just not the case.”
“And the security that was even sent down with the ambassador was very light. And in fact, they took the same route that the British ambassador had been fired upon about three months earlier,” he said. “So I don’t know how much really preliminary work they had done on preparing for the ambassador to be there.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that the nuclear option not only detonated the filibuster, but most of the leverage he held to get answers from the Obama administration about Benghazi.
“After today, I fully expect President Obama to stack the D.C. Circuit Court with liberal, rubber-stamp judges. This court has primary jurisdiction over lawsuits that challenge Obamacare regulations. It is no accident the rules were changed to stack this court,” Graham said after the vote Thursday.
“President Obama is committed to protecting Obamacare, his signature achievement, regardless of the damage done to millions of Americans,” he continued. “He is even willing to throw the judiciary into chaos if necessary. Any American who wants to bring a legal challenge to the thousands of Obamacare rules and regulations lost big today.”
Graham then noted that “the hold I placed on many Obama nominees until Congress was able to speak with the Benghazi survivors has been greatly eroded.”
The senator said he was “very pleased” that his hold resulted in the first Senate interview of a State Department Benghazi survivor on Wednesday, 14 months after the attack.
“I, along with several Senate colleagues, spoke at length to this individual who provided new and compelling information about the attacks on our compounds in Benghazi,” Graham said.
“Unfortunately, Americans who want to get to the truth about what happened in Benghazi were hurt by today’s vote. Without the ability to delay nominations, presidential administrations are likely to be even more successful in their stonewalling efforts,” he said.
“Finally, one of the great concerns about this rule change is without the requirement to work with the minority party to select judges, the judiciary will become dominated by ideologues. One of the biggest winners of this move is liberal groups who will be pushing radical, liberal judges to serve on the federal bench.”
Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran (R) is trying to get an amendment tacked onto the defense appropriations bill that would require the U.S. government to probe the threat posed by Al-Shabaab.
Moran’s amendment requests a classified, joint intelligence assessment from the Departments of State and Defense and the Director of National Intelligence to evaluate the threat of Al-Shabaab to the United States and U.S. citizens in the Horn of Africa.
That would include a requirement to probe Al-Shabaab’s funding sources and the nature of its relationship with al-Qaeda.
“As Al-Shabaab attempts to seek resources and recruits within the United States and successfully carried out an attack on civilians in Kenya, it’s imperative that we adequately assess the risk this U.S. designated foreign terrorist organization poses both domestically and to Americans serving in the region,” Moran said.
Moran said that reports on Al-Shabaab, listed as a foreign terrorist organization in 2008, aren’t current or comprehensive enough.
Al-Shabaab’s donors are believed to include people within the United States, in addition to its fundraising through smuggling, extortion, kidnapped civilians, and stealing from Islamic charities.
The group is getting a renewed focus on Capitol Hill after the September 2013 terrorist attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, that left at least 61 civilians and six Kenyan soldiers dead.
However, the Senate adjourned until Dec. 9 without taking up the defense bill.
The bill failed to pass a cloture vote yesterday after Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) sought to kill any debate on amendments.
That vote came when Republicans weren’t exactly in the mood to help Dems with any votes, as just a couple of hours before Reid had detonated the nuclear option to push through President Obama’s nominees.
Arguing that Muslim blood is more precious than infidel blood, Muslim clerics in and out of Sudan are outraged because a Sudanese court has condemned a Muslim man to death—simply because he murdered a non-Muslim, the American diplomat John Granville on January 1, 2008.
2008: The four Sudanese murderers behaving like heroes after being convicted of murdering an American “infidel.” They later “escaped from a maximum security prison.”
A 2009 report offers context:
The court had sentenced the men [originally four] to death in June for killing Granville and his driver in January 2008, but the sentence was cancelled in August after [his Muslim driver] Abbas’s father forgave the men.
Under Islamic law, the victim’s family has the right to forgive the murderer, ask for compensation (fedia) or demand execution.
Granville’s mother, Jane Granville, at the time had asked for the men’s execution, but her letter was rejected because it was not notarized.
The judge said the sentence was confirmed because Granville’s family, from Buffalo, in northern New York State, had requested it.
Then, in 2010, the four men convicted of murder, in the words of the U.S. State Department, “escaped from a maximum security prison” in Khartoum. One of the men, Abdul Ra’uf Abu Zaid Muhammad Hamza, was recaptured and is currently in prison awaiting execution.
Finding the punishment unjust, several international Islamic organizations, most recently, the London-based Islamic Media Observatory, have been trying to commute the death sentence, mostly by arguing for Abdul Ra’uf’s “human rights.”
However, the Legitimate League of Scholars and Preachers in Sudan (an influential body of Muslim clerics) issued a statement last month titled “Let no Muslim be killed because of an infidel”—a verbatim quote, in fact, from Islam’s prophet Muhammad—revealing the true reason why so many Muslims are trying to overturn the death sentence.
John Granville and his murderers
The Arabic language statement begins by asserting that “Allah has honored human beings over creation and multiplied the Muslim’s honor over the infidel’s, because Islam elevates and nothing is elevated above it. The value of the blood of Muslims is equal, or should be, but not so the value of the blood of others.” (The Koran itself, e.g., 2:221, confirms this idea that even the lowliest Muslim is superior to any non-Muslim.)
Next, the statement quotes the clear words of Islam’s prophet, Muhammad, as recorded in a canonical hadith: “Let no Muslim be killed because of an infidel.” … Continue reading
Obama’s Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, is defending Obama’s policy on Syria, whatever that policy actually is, according to Politico.
Power is keen on believing Assad when he and the Russians say that he is destroying his chemical weapons, which the Russians (and maybe the Iraqis) supplied him.
“It is a very good thing for the world and a good thing for the Syrian people that Assad’s chemical weapons are being taken away,” Power said at a POLITICO Women Rule event at The Willard Hotel in Washington. “By the same token, none of us can be satisfied” with that step alone, she added.
It’s not a very good thing for the world that the Obama administration is taking Assad’s word, and is allowing the Iranians to proceed with their nuclear weapons program. Not good at all.
Power wants the American people to be very aware that Obama is very aware of the problems in Syria, for some reason. The American people don’t really want either side in Syria to win, since both sides are bad. The American people aren’t keen on Obama’s particular brand of blame-everyone-but-myself-for-all-my-problems leadership.
Power said the Obama administration and Obama personally remain closely focused on the violence and civilian deaths in Syrian’s civil war.
“President Obama has put in play every other tool in the toolbox, short of military action — short of engaging Syria,” she said. “I’d be careful about suggesting we are not taking the atrocities seriously. This is something the president gets briefed on every day. He’s always asking what we can do.”
I believe President Obama skips his “Syria is still Syria” briefing right after his “Al Qaeda is still on the run” briefing, and just before his “Obamacare is still teh suxx” briefing.
House Intelligence subcommittee Chairman Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) said that for the first time, last week Congress got to speak behind closed doors with five CIA contractors who witnessed the Benghazi attack.
“Basically, the timelines are the same as far as when these activities started. There is a little discrepancy, between, you know, was it 9:32, 9:42. But, basically we know when it started. The big question has been was there any lull in the activity? And you know in Benghazi, after talking to these guys, it wasn’t unusual at night to hear gunfire or explosions or whatever,” Westmoreland said on CNN this morning.
“So once they got back to the annex, they did take some small arms fire, maybe an RPG, but you know, during the night, it was probably — they were probably arranging for the attack that happened about 5:00. And so, yes, there was movement probably all night and it was probably some probing fire, but as far as an un — just an ongoing gun battle, that was not true,” he continued.
The question of whether there was a lull in the firefight leads to the question of whether additional support could have been brought in.
“I don’t believe it was over after the first attack, but I do believe there was a lull in the fighting. Now, there was still probing, you know, guns being shot. As far as getting somebody else there, they had been a directive issued in August of 11 that basically tell the personnel in Libya, you are on your own. So we are looking into that directive to find out exactly who put that out and this was brought to our attention during the hearing,” the congressman said.
Westmoreland said if not for the security staff who were present, “I believe every American in Benghazi would have been killed at the complex and at the annex.”
“And these guys were very heroic in what they did. And naturally, they were calling for all the support they could get. They were fixing to go into an unknown situation, seven of them. Sure, they were calling for support, but they were calling for the eyes of the drone — the overhead intelligence and, you know, they had been in different places in the world and probably were used to having some different type of coverage, I’m sure they were asking for everything, you know, with the kitchen sink. But what the reality of that coming was — I don’t think was ever there.”
Westmoreland added that he doesn’t think Congress is being stonewalled by the CIA.
“You know, it took us a long time. We want to try to get these witnesses back-to-back, and you can imagine some of these guys have been re-deployed. Some of them had retired. Some of them are working for other companies. They live in different parts of the United States, and different parts of the world, but we want to do something like an attorney would do preparing a case,” he said. “We wanted to get all the FBI, all the CIA, all the State Department, we want to get those out and our committee has had 13 different committee hearings talking to these agencies. Then we wanted the eye witnesses to come in. The last two or three months has probably just been coordination of trying to get them here together because we didn’t want to do them one individually and let an air leak out, so we didn’t want to contaminate the witness. So that’s the reason it took so long.”
The Drug Enforcement Agency handed down an indictment this month in the case of a top Suriname counter-terrorism official. The DEA alleges that Dino Bouterse, ”who held himself out as Commander of [Suriname's] Counter-Terrorism Unit,” sought to aid Hizballah’s global drug trafficking network, its operations in South America, and its operations against the United States. The scheme included training terrorists to launch attacks against the United States.
Bouterse is the son of Suriname President Desi Bouterse. He was arrested in Panama on August 29, 2013, and moved to the United States the following day.
Bouterse maintains his innocence.The operation he allegedly agreed to engage in hearkens back to conditions in pre-9-11 Afghanistan, when the Taliban harbored al Qaeda as it planned its devastating attacks on the United States.
According to the unsealed indictment, Bouterse sought to use his power and influence in his northern South American nation to assist Hizballah and even set up a training base in his country. That base was to host dozens of Hizballah agents. As part of the multi-million dollar deal, he also wanted an armed Hizballah guard for himself. He had agreed to provide false passports for Hizballah agents to facilitate their travel worldwide and into the United States. He agreed to help them build cover stories for their travel. He had also worked to supply cocaine for shipment to the United States, to fund Hizballah’s operations.
What Bouterse did not know was that the Hizballah operatives he believed he was dealing with were actually U.S. anti-narcotics agents. The confidential U.S. agents initially posed as Mexican narcotics cartel members. The U.S. agents obtained video and audio recordings of some of their meetings with Bouterse.
In 2013, Bouterse used his position to assist individuals he believed were members of Hezbollah. In exchange for a multimillion-dollar pay-off, Bouterse agreed to allow large numbers of purported Hezbollah operatives to use Suriname as a permanent base for, among other things, attacks on American targets. In furtherance of his efforts to assist Hezbollah, Bouterse supplied a false Surinamese passport for the purpose of making clandestine travel easier, including travel to the United States; began determining which heavy weapons he might provide to Hezbollah; and indicated how Hezbollah operatives, supplied with a Surinamese cover story, might enter the United States.
In June 2013, Bouterse and Defendant-1 met in Suriname with DEA confidential sources (the “CSes”), in a local government office. During the meeting, Bouterse showed the CSes a rocket launcher and a kilogram of cocaine.
Approximately one month later, Bouterse and Defendant-1 worked to provide transportation and security for cocaine being sent through Suriname to the United States. As a test run, Bouterse and Defendant-1 sent ten kilograms of cocaine on a commercial flight departing from Suriname. Bouterse personally verified the arrangements for the 10-kilogram cocaine shipment in a text message. The cocaine was intercepted by law enforcement officials after it departed Suriname.
In July 2013, Bouterse met with one of the CSes to discuss opening Suriname to the CSes’ purported Hezbollah associates.
In a long-overdue move, the White House announced this morning that it will designate Nigeria’s Boko Haram, which has been training with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Al-Shabaab, as a foreign terrorist organization.
Today’s designation also includes Ansaru, an offshoot of Boko Haram.
“In the last several years, Boko Haram and Ansaru have been responsible for thousands of deaths in northeast and central Nigeria, including dozens of attacks on churches and mosques, targeted killings of civilians, and the 2011 suicide bombing of the United Nations building in Abuja that killed 21 people and injured dozens more,” Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco said in a statement.
“By cutting these terrorist organizations off from U.S. financial institutions and enabling banks to freeze assets held in the United States, these designations demonstrate our strong support for Nigeria’s fight against terrorism and its efforts to address security challenges in the north,” Monaco continued. “As President Obama emphasized when he met with Nigerian President Jonathan in September, we encourage Nigeria to pursue a comprehensive counterterrorism approach that uses law enforcement tools effectively, creates economic opportunity, and ensures that human rights are protected and respected. The United States stands firmly with the people of Nigeria in their efforts to bring the terrorist violence perpetrated by these groups to an end.”
The White House announcement comes on the same day of a House Foreign Affairs joint subcommittee hearing on the continuing threat of Boko Haram. In the run-up to hearing, members were critical of the administration for a lack of FTO designation for the Nigerian terrorists.
Testifying from the administration will be Linda Thomas-Greenfield, assistant secretary of the Bureau of African Affairs at the State Department.
“Boko Haram – which translates into ‘education is prohibited’ – is another example of how the threat from al-Qaeda is spreading,” Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said last night. “For years, the ‘Nigerian Taliban’ has been working to impose its strict ways in the country’s Muslim north. Once believed to be strictly local, its fighters are increasingly linking up with other al-Qaeda linked groups in the region.”
“The United States has a security interest in seeing a stable Nigeria,” Royce added. “Designation as a Foreign Terrorist Organization will allow U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies the necessary authority to freeze Boko Haram’s assets and to stop entities providing support to the organization.”
Yesterday (11/12/13) Palestinian Media Watch released video extracts of a November 8, 2013 sermon broadcast on the official Palestinian Authority (PA) TV network by PA Minister of Religious Affairs, al-Habbash. The good Minister insisted (despite expert forensic opinion to the contrary) Yasir Arafat was poisoned by Jews.
Validating my analysis of the founder of the modern Palestinian Arab Muslim jihadist movement, ex-Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin el-Husseini, in a monograph just published 11/9/13, al-Habbash invoked the alleged poisoning of Islam’s prophet Muhammad by a Khaybar Jewess. This salient example of Islam’s ancient, Jew-hating canon (i.e., in the hadith and sira) was promulgated by el-Husseini, notably in a 1937 “fatwa,” which sought to galvanize the global Muslim umma to wage an annihilationist jihad for the destruction of Palestinian Jewry. El-Husseini’s accurate recapitulation of the canonical Muslim source narrative, in his 1937 proclamation, maintains:
The Muslims conquered Khaybar, drove out most of the Jews, while Muhammad concluded a treaty with the remaining Jews and assured the peace. Only after this devastating blow could the Islamic realm develop peacefully. It is, however, no wonder, considering Jewish character, that the Jews did not give up their dark plans in spite of the agreed treaty, and tried by all means to destroy Muhammad. They invited Muhammad to a banquet and he accepted the invitation without suspicion. Splendidly roasted lamb was set before him, which was served him by Zaynab, the Jewess, the wife of Sallam b. Mishkam. There was talk about the treaty and the good understanding which now prevailed, and nothing was further from Muhammad’s mind than to suspect treachery. Muhammad and his faithful follower Bishr b. al-Baraa each took a piece of the lamb, but Muhammad did not swallow his, because he noticed an odd flavor and said “The bone tells me that the lamb is poisoned.” Muhammad had Zaynab the Jewess summoned and asked whether this meat was in fact poisoned. She answered: “You know that I have a good reputation among the Jews, and I admit that I poisoned the lamb. I thought that, if you are only a king, I would be killing a king, but if you are a true prophet, you would know that the meat was poisoned.” Muhammad’s companion died as a result of the poison. The little bit of poison that Muhammad had on his tongue became more and more noticeable, and there are historians who attribute his death to the effects of this poison. They refer to a hadith passed on by Abu Huraira in which Muhammad shortly before his death said: “The meal of Khaybar makes itself noticed repeatedly until I die.” The Muslims must think again and again of the meal of Khaybar. If the Jews could be so treacherous to Muhammad, how treacherous will they be to them.
The verbatim canonical hadith which chronicle Muhammad’s alleged poisoning by a Khaybar Jewess (reproduced below, and referenced here), confirm el-Husseini’s paraphrase of these accounts. (However, el-Husseini did incorrectly attribute to Abu Huraira the hadith reports of Aisha and Anas which recorded the long-term, purportedly terminal effects of Muhammad’s poisoning. Abu Huraira did describe the poisoning, but not its ostensibly chronic, lethal impact.)
Ibn Abbas replied, “That indicated the death of Allah’s Apostle which Allah informed him of.” Umar said, “I do not understand of it except what you understand.” Narrated Aisha: The Prophet in his ailment in which he died, used to say, “O Aisha! I still feel the pain caused by the food I ate at Khaibar, and at this time, I feel as if my aorta is being cut from that poison.”
Anas reported that a Jewess came to Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) with poisoned mutton and he took of that what had been brought to him (Allah’s Messenger). (When the effect of this poison were felt by him) he called for her and asked her about that, whereupon she said: “I had determined to kill you.” Thereupon he said: “Allah will never give you the power to do it.” He (the narrator) said that they (the Companions of the Holy Prophet) said: “Should we not kill her?” Thereupon he said: “No.” He (Anas) said: “I felt (the affects of this poison) on the uvula of Allah’s Messenger.”
Narrated Abu Huraira: When Khaibar was conquered, a (cooked) sheep containing poison, was given as a present to Allah’s Apostle.
Narrated Abu Huraira: When Khaibar was conquered, Allah’s Apostle was presented with a poisoned (roasted) sheep. Allah’s Apostle said, “Collect for me all the Jews present in this area.” (When they were gathered) Allah’s Apostle said to them, “I am going to ask you about something; will you tell me the truth?” They replied, “Yes, O Abal-Qasim!” Allah’s Apostle said to them, “Who is your father?” They said, “Our father is so-and-so.” Allah’s Apostle said, “You have told a lie. for your father is so-and-so,” They said, “No doubt, you have said the truth and done the correct thing.” He again said to them, “If I ask you about something; will you tell me the truth?” They replied, “Yes, O Abal-Qasim! And if we should tell a lie you will know it as you have known it regarding our father,” Allah’s Apostle then asked, “Who are the people of the (Hell) Fire?” They replied, “We will remain in the (Hell) Fire for a while and then you (Muslims) will replace us in it” Allah’s Apostle said to them. “You will abide in it with ignominy. By Allah, we shall never replace you in it at all.” Then he asked them again, “If I ask you something, will you tell me the truth?” They replied, “Yes.” He asked. “Have you put the poison in this roasted sheep?” They replied, “Yes,” He asked, “What made you do that?” They replied, “We intended to learn if you were a liar in which case we would be relieved from you, and if you were a prophet then it would not harm you.”
Additional confirmation of el-Husseini’s overall narrative regarding Muhammad’s poisoning is provided by the sira accounts of Ibn Ishaq, and Ibn Sa’d. Ibn Ishaq’s report concludes that Muhammad ultimately died from this poisoning episode, and notes his death was considered an act of “martyrdom”:
When the apostle had rested Zaynab d. al-Harith, the wife of Sallam b. Mishkam prepared for him a roast lamb, having first inquired what joint he preferred. When she learned that it was the shoulder she put a lot of poison in it and poisoned the whole lamb. Then she brought it in and placed it before him. He took hold of the shoulder and chewed a morsel of it, but he did not swallow it. Bishr b. al-Bara b. Ma’rur who was with him took some of it as the apostle had done, but he swallowed it, while the apostle spat it out, saying, “This bone tells me that it is poisoned.” Then he called for the woman and she confessed, and when he asked her what had induced her to do this she answered: “You know what you have done to my people. I said to myself, If he is a king I shall ease myself of him and if he is a prophet he will be informed (of what I have done).” So the apostle let her off. Bishr died from what he had eaten. Marwan b. Uthman b. Abu Sa’id b. al-Mu’alla told me: “The apostle had said in his illness of which he was to die when Umm Bishr d. al-Bara’ came to visit him, ‘O Umm Bishr, this is the time in which I feel a deadly pain from what I ate with your brother at Khaybar.’ ” The Muslims considered that the apostle died as a martyr in addition to the prophetic office with which God had honored him.
Ibn Sa’d (in his Kitab Al-Tabaqat Al- Kabir) focuses on the putative Jewish conspiracy behind Muhammad’s poisoning, while insisting adamantly that the Khaybar Jewess perpetrator was put to death:
The Jews discussed about poisons and became united in one poison. She [a Khaybar Jewess, Zaynab Bint al-Harith] poisoned the goat putting more poison in the forelegs. . . . The Apostle of Allah took the foreleg, a piece of which he put into his mouth. . . . The Apostle of Allah sent for Zaynab Bint al-Harith [and] . . . handed her over to the heirs of Bishr Ibn al-Barra [who the Jewess had also poisoned, leading to his rapid death] who put her to death. This is the approved version [emphasis added]. . . . The Apostle of Allah lived after this three years, till in consequence of his pain he passed away. During his illness he used to say: “I did not cease to find the effect of the poisoned morsel I took at Khaybar.”
House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) said the number of vacancies in key national security posts shows that the Obama administration isn’t fulfilling its responsibility.
“Nearly half of the top leadership positions within the Department of Homeland Security, which is the national security agency, are vacant,” McCaul said this morning on Fox. “That to me is a signal from the administration that they’re not taking homeland security seriously, they’re not taking national security seriously.”
For example, Janet Napolitano left her post at the end of August but Obama didn’t even nominate Jeh Johnson to fill the post until Oct. 17.
“Every day I get warnings of terrorists trying to fight into the country. And if we don’t have a head of — Customs and Border Patrol, if we don’t — if we have an acting deputy secretary, we don’t have a current secretary, we don’t have a watchdog,” McCaul continued. “The inspector general watchdog position within the Department of Homeland Security and so many other countless positions that we don’t have time to go into, that’s a failure of leadership.”
“If you don’t have leadership, the organization will fail. Can you imagine a business that had nearly 50 percent of its top leadership, not in place? I think it’s sort of a serious issue.”
McCaul did note that Johnson called him yesterday to say that, if confirmed, he would fill those vacancies within DHS.
“I certainly appreciate that, but I would have liked to have had a guy who was not sort of a on-the-job training, somebody that immediately could come in, command respect and stature, like a Ray Kelly type from New York, who we all know and respect. Like an Ed Davis type from the Boston Police Commissioner, after the Boston bombing, so much of this job is dealing with state and local police. And we saw how critical that was in Boston,” he said.
“And so, you know, this guy is gonna have to earn our respect, on the job training, he is kind of the president’s lawyer. And I don’t want a political hack in that position. I want someone who can lead on national security issues.”
Johnson’s nomination hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is scheduled for Wednesday.
“Again, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, he does have good experience from the Department of Defense. He has a good counterterrorism experience on the bin Laden raid, cybersecurity experience, all that stuff’s important,” McCaul said. “But again, I don’t want a yes man for the president, I want a guy who can jump in from day one, and really lead this organization that is crying out for leadership.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he won’t pull his hold on Obama nominees when asked if he’d do so in light of 60 Minutes retracting and apologizing for its latest Benghazi exposé.
CBS ran an apology at the end of Sunday night’s broadcast, saying their main source, British security contractor Dylan Davies, misled them and gave a different account of events that night than he gave to the FBI. Davies told the news program that he was in the thick of the fighting and saw Ambassador Chris Stevens’ body while previously telling his employer that he didn’t reach the compound.
“My request has been going on for a year, to talk to the five survivors of the State Department. I never asked for the British contractor. I didn’t know he existed,” Graham said Sunday on CNN.
“We’ve written one letter to the president — myself, Kelly Ayotte and John McCain; two to Secretary Kerry. On the 24th of September, we said we would like to interview the survivors, the five State Department officials, who have been interviewed by the administration, but not by Congress,” he continued. “The 60 Minutes story says that the attack on the compounded was not a protest, but a preplanned al-Qaeda attack that you could see coming for months. And people who said that were not the British contractor.”
Graham stressed he still has a range of questions for the survivors including whether they ever told the FBI that there was a protest outside the diplomatic facility and what they saw in terms of al-Qaeda buildup in Benghazi.
The Obama administration faces a Senate hold on all of its upcoming nominees — including Fed chair nominee Janet Yellen and President Obama’s pick for Homeland Security secretary, Jeh Johnson — unless it makes Benghazi survivors available to be interviewed by appropriate committees in Congress. A coalition of longtime advocates of a full Benghazi investigation is also demanding to see the FBI transcripts from the interviews conducted with the survivors some 48 hours after the Sept. 11, 2012, attack when they were flown to Germany.
Graham said he met with the State Department on Thursday “about my desire to talk to the five survivors, American personnel, State Department employees, American citizens, independent of the State Department’s Accountability Review Board. Nobody in Congress has got to talk to these people.”
“I released two ambassadors that I had a hold on, because we’re trying to work out a bipartisan way to interview these witnesses. Why? Oversight is important. I want to perform oversight,” he added. “I’m not trying to defend the British contractor. I want to hear from the people that worked for us, that are American citizens in harm’s way — what did you feel like when you were told nobody was coming to help you?”
But the holds in general remain until Congress gets access to the survivors, Graham said.
“The only reason is I’ve been trying for a year to get the interviews without holds. And you just can’t allow something this bad and this big of a national security failure, for the administration to investigate itself. I don’t want to hold anybody,” he said. “All I want to do is talk to the survivors, protecting their security, protecting their identity, to find out exactly what did happen.”
According to Egyptian newspaper El Watan, a group of Egyptian lawyers has submitted a complaint charging U.S. president Barrack Hussein Obama with crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court.
The complaint charges Obama of being an accessory to the Muslim Brotherhood, which incited widespread violence in Egypt both before and after the June 30 Revolution.
Along with Obama, the complaint reproduced by El Watan mentions several Brotherhood members by name, beginning with the leader of the organization Muhammad Badie, and other top ranking leaders such as Mohamed al-Beltagy, Essam al-Erian, and Safwat Hegazi, adding that “Obama cooperated, incited, and assisted the armed elements of the Muslim Brotherhood in the commission of crimes against humanity in the period from 3/7/2013-8/18/2013, in the Arab Republic of Egypt.”
The pilot father of a student who caused outrage by dressing up as the World Trade Center for a nightclub fancy dress competition has said he is ‘not happy at all’ about his daughter’s behaviour.
Amber Langford and Annie Collinge, both 19, won the contest and a £150 prize at a Chester nightclub despite lampooning the worst terrorist attack in modern history.
Miss Langford’s father Martin, who was flying in the U.S. at the time of the atrocity, said: ‘I didn’t know anything about it, but I’m not happy at all.
‘She knows I’m a pilot and that’s not cool at all. We will be having a little chat, I think.’
I know they are young and clueless but…come on.
Also, let’s give Halloween back to the little kids.
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry tried goading Americans into supporting military action against Syria by dubbing Bashar al-Assad another Hitler. That sales pitch didn’t work, mainly because while Assad is evil so are most of his civil war enemies. The whole war fervor died down to a very low murmur when Russia stepped in to broker a deal by which Syria would supposedly destroy its chemical weapons arsenal.
Russia and Syria are two of the least trustworthy regimes on the planet, but we’re not supposed to worry about that. We’re supposed to believe them both when they report that Syria is destroying its chemical weapons.
A new Rasmussen poll reveals just how weak Obama’s hand is now on the whole question of dealing with the brutal regime. Both brutal regimes, actually.
Thirty-two percent (32%) of Likely U.S. Voters believe it’s at least somewhat likely that Syria will destroy all its chemical weapons capabilities on schedule as promised, including just eight percent (8%) who say it’s Very Likely. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 58% think Syria is not likely to eliminate all of its chemical weapons on schedule, with 24% who say it’s Not At All Likely to do so. Ten percent (10%) aren’t sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
That same poll finds that even if Assad doesn’t live up to his fake deal, just 26% of Americans favoring using the US military against him.
The rush to war in Syria never made a lot of sense on its own. President Obama had issued his chemical weapons “red line” a year prior, and had then ignored evidence that chemical weapons had been used a few times, by both sides, in Syria’s civil war. But suddenly in September 2013, while denying that he ever issued a red line, there was Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize winner trying to goad Americans to support a war that would clearly assist the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda against an evil but secular dictator. America’s only interest in that fight is the same interest a Cowboys fan has when the Giants and Redskins play each other — you want both to lose somehow, or at least lose key players in the fray.
Obama probably expected the left to support him because they support everything he does, while the hawkish right would support him because — in his mind — we just support every war that comes along. That’s true for John McCain, but not for those of us who realized that attacking Assad would help the Brotherhood and various and sundry jihadist armies that had set about attacking Christians before they had even overthrown Assad. Throw in the fact that Obama and Kerry aren’t exactly Grant and MacArthur types, and that the hapless Chuck Hagel would be leading DoD, and this war was one worth sitting out. No American should be asked to die for whatever it was that Obama had in mind.
In retrospect, it’s worth pointing out that the push to war came in September 2013, the weeks leading up to October 1. On that date, Healthcare.gov went live and Obamacare swung into action. The Obama administration clearly knew that the rollout was going to be a mess, because it’s own vendors were issuing internal warnings, security had not been properly tested, it was failing load tests, and because from the president on down they knew that “If you like your healthcare, you can keep your healthcare” was a massive lie just waiting to be exposed.
Am I questioning the timing of the push to engage in a war in Syria in which no clear-cut American interests were ever at stake? You make the call.
How important, really, is history to current affairs? Do events from the 7th century—or, more importantly, how we understand them—have any influence on U.S. foreign policy today?
By way of answer, consider some parallels between academia’s portrayal of the historic Islamic jihads and the U.S. government’s and media’s portrayal of contemporary Islamic jihads.
While any objective appraisal of the 7th century Muslim conquests proves that they were just that—conquests, with all the bloodshed and rapine that that entails—the historical revisionism of modern academia, especially within Arab and Islamic studies departments, has led to some portrayals of the Muslim conquerors as “freedom-fighters” trying to “liberate” the Mideast from tyrants and autocrats. (Beginning to sound familiar?)
Today’s approach to teaching the history of the Muslim conquests of the 7th century is something as follows: Yes, the Mideast was Christian, but local Christians helped Arab Muslims invade and subjugate their countries in preference to Christian Byzantine rule, which was oppressive due to doctrinal disagreements over the nature of Christ. Hence, the Muslim conquerors were actually “liberators.”
This perspective, as with many modern Western perspectives concerning Islam, is a product of modern day epistemic distortions, chief among them: 1) repackaged narratives of the “noble savage” myth—yes, 7th century Muslim invaders were coarse, but had elevated ideals, including a fierce love for freedom and religious tolerance in comparison to Christians of the time (not to mention now); and 2) entrenched political correction that seeks to whitewash the true history of Islam followed by the uncritical acceptance of Islamic apologetics, some of which border on the absurd.
Of course, before the Islamic “liberator” thesis had become mainstream, historians such as Alfred Butler, author of The Arab Conquest of Egypt, had this to say about it:
Even in the most recent historians it will be found that the outline of the story [of the 7th century conquest of Egypt] is something as follows: …. that the Copts generally hailed them [Muslims] as deliverers and rendered them every assistance; and that Alexandria after a long siege, full of romantic episodes, was captured by storm. Such is the received account. It may seem presumptuous to say that it is untrue from beginning to end, but to me no other conclusion is possible. [emphasis added; pgs. iv-v]… Continue reading to see how all this “ancient history” affects modern day understandings of the jihad
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said this morning that the latest CBS report about the administration’s advance warning of an al-Qaeda attack on Benghazi adds weight to continuous calls in Congress for a select committee to investigate Sept. 11, 2012.
“There had been four to five additional security requests for Benghazi and Tripoli that were denied by personnel in Washington D.C,” Graham said, noting previous testimony by Gregory Hicks, the former deputy chief of mission in Libya.
“But we need to know why his request was never allowed to go to Washington. And we need to know the person who said he couldn’t send it. That’s classified. It shouldn’t be classified. Much of the information about Benghazi is classified, I think, for political reason, more than anything else,” the senator added.
Graham said on Fox that it’s indisputable that “the four Americans were murdered by Al Qaida in a pre-planned coordinated terrorist attack.”
“Why was Chris Stevens going to Benghazi in light of all this information? And how could someone in Washington, given the level of threat that was being reported continuously by Chris himself, not approve additional security request? How did the consulate become a death trap?” he said. “And now we know that this was a result of a pre-planned Al Qaida attack, with some very high-level operatives involved at leading the attack. It was never a protest as the result of a video gone bad.”
“…If we don’t have a joint select committee to get out of this stovepiping problem, we’re never gonna get the truth. The Congress should form a committee. The State Department is blaming the CIA, the CIA is blaming the State Department. Where was the Department of Defense? So I am calling for a joint select committee, but for God sakes, let the House have a select committee where you get three or four committees together to look at this situation as one unit, rather than stovepiping.”
Graham added that 14 months after the attack “the survivors, the people who survived the attacked in Benghazi, have not been made available to the U.S. Congress for oversight purposes.”
“So I’m gonna block every appointment in the United States Senate until the survivors are being made available to Congress. I’m tired of hearing from people on TV and reading about stuff in books. We need to get to the bottom of this,” he said.
“And to my House colleagues — Darrell Issa has done a great job. To Speaker Boehner, please, for God’s sake, form a joint committee to get away from this blame game and find out exactly what happened.”
“We’re just beginning on Benghazi,” Graham promised. “And to the families, we’re not gonna let this go. Congress needs to up its game.”
Sailors off the Horn of Africa have actually found a use for Britney Spears songs:
Her hits are blasted out to deter kidnap attacks, merchant navy officer Rachel Owens revealed.
Spears’s chart-toppers Oops! I Did It Again and Baby One More Time have proved to be the most effective at keeping the bandits at bay.
Second Officer Owens, who works on supertankers off the east coast of Africa, said: ‘Her songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most.
‘These guys can’t stand Western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect.’
…Ms Owens, who regularly guides huge tankers through the waters, said the ship’s speakers can be aimed solely at the pirates so as not to disturb the crew.
‘It’s so effective the ship’s security rarely needs to resort to firing guns,’ said the 34-year-old, from Gartmore, near Aberfoyle, Stirling.
‘As soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney, they move on as quickly as they can.’
Steven Jones, of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry, said: ‘Pirates will go to any lengths to avoid or try to overcome the music.’
He added: I’d imagine using Justin Bieber would be against the Geneva Convention.’
Somali Pirates, by the way, is the name of a punk band in San Diego — but Britney is surely greater torture on the ears of would-be hijackers.
The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said this morning that the new evidence unveiled showing al-Qaeda plotted the Benghazi diplomatic mission attack proves the “cries for help” from Ambassador Chris Stevens “were not responded to.”
CBS featured on 60 Minutes last night the first Western eyewitness to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack: a former British soldier involved in diplomatic security.
“About 30 minutes into the attack, a Quick Reaction Force from the CIA annex ignored orders to wait and raced to the compound, at times running and shooting their way through the streets just to get there,” the guard said. “Inside the compound, they repelled a force of as many as 60 armed terrorists and managed to save five American lives and recover the body of Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith. They were forced to fight their way out before they could find the ambassador.”
He noted al-Qaeda had promised to attack the Red Cross, the British and Americans in Benghazi, and had already carried out the first two before the Sept. 11 attack.
“They knew what they were doing,” the guard said. “That was a well-executed attack.”
Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) said the interview shows disturbing, crystal-clear warning signs ignored by the administration. “The fact that the people on the ground, for the first time, have come forward to tell their story about what happened and what they saw when they got to Benghazi before this — before 9/11 where the black flags of Al Qaida flying, they saw the Red Cross embassy attack — or Red Cross attacked, the British ambassador, an assassination attempt on him. And then the third thing, that they actually put all this on the Internet, sort of prophesying what they’re getting ready to do, was to take out our consulate in Benghazi,” he said this morning on Fox.
“This was all foreseeable, and warnings were made to State Department in Washington. And a cry for help was made by the ambassador. Those cries for help were not responded to,” McCaul added.
The chairman also noted that even though Ramzi Yousef, the 1993 World Trade Center bomber, and Saddam Hussein’s brothers were on the U.S. Rewards for Justice list, the Benghazi suspects, “these terrorists, have not been put on this list.”
“I just think it’s a sign for the administration, they’re not taking it seriously, it’s not a priority. This could bring these — these terrorists to justice. It’s been over a year. I think we had them in our sights, we let them go. And now this is the best chance we can get to apprehend them,” McCaul said.
He also predicted that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s role in blaming the attack on an anti-Muhammed video will stick with the potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate.
“She was behind all of this. And I think it’s gonna haunt her in any potential presidential election,” McCaul said. “I was one of the last ones to question her in Congress on Foreign Affairs Committee about these cables, about these warnings. ‘And what was your response, Madam Secretary?’ ‘I never saw them,’ she said.”
“I think this one is the most disturbing and offensive event of all the tragedy of Benghazi. And that is, you know, the military teaches that no left — no man left behind. No man left behind. And we left behind our ambassador and three other, Navy SEAL and two Foreign Service officers — we left behind to die. And what — you heard it last night. They called for additional help,” he continued.
“Al Qaida is spreading like a wildfire across Northern Africa, and is growing out of control.”
Two human rights groups launched a coordinated strike on the Obama administration over its drone program, issuing reports detailing civilian casualties from the targeted strikes and finding that they didn’t meet the guidelines President Obama promised in May.
Amnesty International prepared a report on Pakistan while Human Rights Watch assessed six strikes in Yemen. The two groups jointly presented their findings at a press conference.
Amnesty said it got “rare access” to North Waziristan to conduct “detailed field research” into nine drone strikes that occurred between January 2012 and August 2013.
Deaths included the October 2012 killing of 68-year old grandmother Mamana Bibi, killed by a Hellfire missile as she picked vegetables in the family’s fields and while surrounded by a handful of her grandchildren.
“Instead of hiding the truth, the U.S. must take responsibility,” said Steven Hawkins, executive director of Amnesty International USA. “It should be investigating unlawful killings, coming clean about who’s being killed, and holding those responsible to account.”
Many of the cases Amnesty found were civilian casualties from follow-up strikes when they rush to help the first victim. Al-Qaida has also killed at least several dozen villagers, according to the report, on the accusation that they work as U.S. spies to assist the drone strikes.
Amnesty called on Obama to lay out the facts and legal basis for the killings documented in the report and asked for congressional hearings in the Intelligence and Armed Services committees.
“The U.S. government should ensure that victims of unlawful drone strikes, including family members of victims of unlawful killings, have effective access to remedies, including reparation for harm suffered. Where there is sufficient admissible evidence, the U.S. should bring those responsible to justice in public and fair trials without recourse to the death penalty,” Amnesty said in its recommendations. “The U.S. government should end its practice of secrecy and disclose key factual and legal information about the drone program, including all available information on the number and identity of people killed or injured from drone strikes in Pakistan.”
Human Rights Watch’s report covered one drone strike from 2009 and the rest from 2012-2013. They found that two of the six strikes “killed civilians indiscriminately in clear violation of the laws of war” and the rest “may have targeted people who were not legitimate military objectives or caused disproportionate civilian deaths.”
“The US says it is taking all possible precautions during targeted killings, but it has unlawfully killed civilians and struck questionable military targets in Yemen,” said Letta Tayler, senior terrorism and counterterrorism researcher at Human Rights Watch and the author of the report. “Yemenis told us that these strikes make them fear the US as much as they fear Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.”
The group said the use of cluster bombs increased civilian casualties, such as the December 2009 strike on a Bedouin camp in the southern village of al-Majalah that killed 14 al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula fighters and 41 civilians, two-thirds of them women and children.
Another strike killed a cleric who preached against AQAP and his cousin after three AQAP members sought out the cleric to confront him about his anti-AQAP stance.
“Human Rights Watch assessed the six strikes’ compliance with international humanitarian law, or the laws of war, but the applicability of this body of law was not always clear. The Yemeni government is engaged in an armed conflict with AQAP. The US denies being a party to this fighting, claiming instead that it is in a global armed conflict with Al-Qaeda and ‘associated forces’ such as AQAP. However, the hostilities between the US and these groups do not appear to meet the intensity required under the laws of war to amount to an armed conflict,” the group’s statement accompanying the report said.
“If the war model does not apply, the US should adopt a law-enforcement approach under international human rights law in addressing armed militant groups such as Al-Qaeda and AQAP, Human Rights Watch said. Human rights law only permits the use of lethal force when strictly and directly necessary to save human life.”
One dry ice explosion occurred and multiple possible dry ices bombs were found Monday night in a restricted area of LAX, a day after a similar incident drew a multiagency response.
One time seems like a prank but twice makes one wonder if this isn’t a practice run at creating a diversion.
The chairwoman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation said she was convinced by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey in a closed-door briefing yesterday that the posture of the U.S. forces at the time of the Benghazi terrorist attack was just inadequate.
“I am grateful to General Dempsey for spending the morning with us at this difficult time to discuss a very important issue,” Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.) said this morning about the meeting. “General Dempsey confirmed my belief that there was no amount of heroic action on the part of our men and women in uniform that could overcome our lack of preparedness during the horrible Benghazi attack.”
“We simply were not postured to respond in time,” Roby added. “I continue to be concerned that more than a year after the attack, our posture has not improved enough to sufficiently mitigate the risks to Americans serving overseas and in harm’s way.”
The chairwoman said “of particular interest was General Dempsey’s impression of the Administration’s preparations in the days before September 11, 2012.”
“We were eager to understand what consultations took place between General Dempsey and the National Security Staff prior to the White House’s announcement on September 10th that John Brennan had concluded a review of U.S. Security posture to ‘prevent 9/11 related attacks as well as the steps taken to protect U.S. persons and facilities abroad, as well as force protection,’” Roby said.
“General Dempsey confirmed that while he was not personally involved in that review, elements of the Joint Staff were,” she continued. “His description of the process leads me to conclude that while it may have allowed the White House to issue a comforting press release, it was far from the rigorous examination and preparation the security of the American people deserved.”
During his October 6, 2013 speech at Bar Ilan University, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu alluded to the ex-Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin el-Husseini. Mr. Netanyahu characterized el-Husseini as, “the undisputed leader of the Palestinian national movement in the first half of the 20th century.” The Prime Minister highlighted the ex-Muft’s role in fomenting pogroms (dating back, in fact, to the so-called “Nabi Musa” riots of 1920) during the decades between the Balfour Declaration, and the eventual creation of the State of Israel in 1948.
Netanyahu’s address also focused on el-Husseini’s World War II era collaboration with the Nazis, the clear implication being that the Mufti’s murderous, Jew-hating ideology was simply another manifestation of Nazi evil, transplanted to a local “nationalistic struggle” in the Middle East. I have just published an extensive analysis (available as a downloadable pdf of 51 pp., and 120 references, embedded at the end of this blog) entitled, “A Salient Example of Hajj Amin el-Husseini’s Canonical Islamic Jew-Hatred—Introduction, Text, and Commentary” which demonstrates that Netanyahu’s rehashing of such conventional, pseudo-academic “wisdom,” does not withstand any serious, objective scrutiny.
On June 30, 1922, a joint resolution of both Houses of Congress of the United States unanimously endorsed the “Mandate for Palestine,” confirming the irrevocable right of Jews to settle in the area of Palestine—anywhere between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. The Congressional record contains a statement of support from New York Rep. Walter Chandler which includes an observation, about “Turkish and Arab agitators . . . preaching a kind of holy war [jihad] against . . . the Jews” of Palestine. During this same era within Palestine, a strong Arab Muslim irredentist current—epitomized by Hajj Amin el-Husseini—promulgated the forcible restoration of sharia-mandated dhimmitude for Jews via jihad. Indeed, two years before he orchestrated the murderous anti-Jewish riots of 1920, that is, in 1918, Hajj Amin el-Husseini stated plainly to a Jewish coworker (at the Jerusalem Governorate), I. A. Abbady, “This was and will remain an Arab land . . . the Zionists will be massacred to the last man. . . . Nothing but the sword will decide the future of this country.”
Despite his role in fomenting the1920 pogroms against Palestinian Jews, el-Husseini was pardoned and subsequently appointed mufti of Jerusalem by the British high commissioner, in May 1921, a title he retained, following the Ottoman practice, for the remainder of his life. Throughout his public career, the mufti relied upon traditional Koranic anti-Jewish motifs to arouse the Arab street. For example, during the incitement which led to the 1929 Arab revolt in Palestine, he called for combating and slaughtering “the Jews.” not merely Zionists. In fact, most of the Jewish victims of the 1929 Arab revolt were Jews from the centuries-old dhimmi communities (for example, in Hebron), as opposed to recent settlers identified with the Zionist movement.
The mufti remained unrelenting in his espousal of a virulent, canonical Islamic Jew-hatred as the focal tenet of his ideology, before, during, and in the aftermath of World War II, and the creation of the State of Israel. He was also a committed supporter of global jihad movements, urging a “full struggle” against the Hindus of India (as well as the Jews of Israel) before delegates at the February 1951 World Muslim Congress: “We shall meet next with sword in hand on the soil of either Kashmir or Palestine.” Declassified intelligence documents from 1942, 1947, 1952, and 1954 confirm the mufti’s own Caliphate desires in repeated references from contexts as diverse as Turkey, Egypt, Jerusalem, and Pakistan, and also include discussions of major Islamic conferences dominated by the mufti, which were attended by a broad spectrum of Muslim leaders literally representing the entire Islamic world (including Shia leaders from Iran), that is, in Karachi from February 16–19, 1952, and Jordanian-occupied Jerusalem, December 3–9, 1953. Viewed in their totality these data do not support the current standard assessment of the mufti as merely a Palestinian Arab nationalist, rife with a “transplanted” Jew-hatred.
There is another parallel negationist trend, which is widely prevalent: the claim that el-Husseini’s canonical Islamic Jew-hatred somehow represented a suis generis “Nazification” of Islam, which has “persisted” into our era. Paul Berman articulated an unabashed formulation of this broadly held thesis, proclaiming, that abetted by the Nazis, el-Husseini “monstrously,” and “infernally,” “blurred Islam and Nazism,” achieving
A victory of Himmler’s Islam…A victory for the Islam of fanaticism and hatred over its arch-rival, the Islam of generosity and civilization.17
During 1938, a booklet Muhammad Sabri edited, Islam, Judentum, Bolschewismus (Islam, Jewry, Bolshevism), was published in Berlin by Junker-Duennhaupt [Dünnhaupt]. Sabri’s booklet included Hajj Amin el-Husseini’s 1937 declaration—also deemed by some as a “fatwa” (an Islamic religious ruling)—appealing to the worldwide Muslim umma. El-Husseini’s declaration was extracted and reprinted, separately, by the Nazi regime as Islam und Judentum (Islam and Jewry), and distributed to Muslim SS units in Bosnia, Croatia, and the Soviet Union.
As best as I can determine, the first complete, annotated translation of this pamphlet, directly from the German, was provided in my essay. Moreover, no scholar had ever identified, let alone comprehensively explicated, the antisemitic Islamic motifs which punctuate el-Husseini’s pronouncement, from beginning to end. Accordingly, the translation was followed by a detailed commentary which addressed this critical (and frankly, self-fulfilling) lacuna in the scholarship on el-Husseini’s Jew-hatred: identifying and analyzing its traditionalist Islamic origins.
What follows is the crux of my analysis, but to fully understand its arguments requires a careful reading of all the evidence adduced in the original essay.
Such peaceful instincts…
A hate preacher wanted for recruiting killers to the group that massacred civilians at a mall in Nairobi warned yesterday that Britain was the next target.
Abubaker Shariff Ahmed, who is known to his followers by the nickname Makaburi, meaning graveyard, said terrorists are planning to murder innocent Britons on their mission to impose Sharia law across the world.
Speaking exclusively to the Daily Mail, he named David Cameron as a specific target for the Al-Shabaab terrorist group, which attacked the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, last Saturday.
Asked if terror would be brought to Britain, Makaburi said: ‘Yes. The British will be targeted personally. That means tourists on the streets will be killed. You will all die.
‘The British should be taken out. Your presidents and your cabinets, they are guilty. Obama is a mass murderer. I would give my life to get his.
‘Same thing with David Cameron. Yes, they should be killed.’
As terrorists increasingly have embraced social media, Twitter has increasingly come under criticism for hosting terror feeds. Al-Shabaab is on it sixth account after getting suspended in the past for tweeting photos of a dead French special ops soldier, and most recently the Somali terror outlet blazed through a few accounts after suspensions for gloating about the Westgate mall massacre. Their latest account, @HSM_PR, has remained active for many days now and has racked up 59 tweets. During the attack and its aftermath, journalists were checking the Shabaab feed for its latest claims and links to statements.
So when al-Qaeda announced it had launched its first official Twitter account, I, like other journalists who cover terrorism, hit the follow button. The @shomokhalislam account was suspended Sunday by Twitter after being allowed to remain open since Tuesday, posting nearly 50 tweets that included an attack on “the servants of worshipers of the cross” in a bombing that targeted staff of Pakistan’s interior minister in Peshawar.
On Saturday, I received one of those occasional emails from Twitter offering suggestions based on a recent follow — suggesting that I follow other terrorists:
The first suggested account, “Islam Workshop,” is connected to an al-Qaeda web forum to “rouse the believers” — shamikh1.info. On Saturday the feed posted a video removed by YouTube for violence, showing Qaeda- and Muslim Brotherhood-backed jihadists Ansar Beit al-Maqdes fighting Egyptian forces in the Sinai.
The second appears to be linked to the Al-Battar training camp, al-Qaeda’s program that has offered DIY as well as hands-on terrorist advice. These days Muaskar Al-Battar (Camp of the Sword) concentrates largely on bringing together groups with the same goal in a loosely connected network. The feed even has a nice camp photo as its backdrop, with more than a few Tsarnaev look-a-likes in the wooded hills:
The third suggested Twitter account appears linked to a Kurdistan-based affiliate of al-Qaeda.
The fourth claims to be “one of the foot soldiers” of Al-Shabaab, and posted several press photo from the Westgate attack while gloating about Shabaab’s gruesome accomplishments.
The last account, posing with the girl, is former Guantanamo Bay detainee Abdulaziz Sayer Owain al Shammari, who was arrested by Pakistan in 2001 and transferred to his home country Kuwait in 2005.
“Based on detainee’s deception history, it is assessed that he has received training on advanced counter-terrorism techniques, as well as above average terrorist training typically taught by Al-Qaida,” reads a 2004 Defense Department memo. “…Detainee is assessed to have connections to high-ranking Al-Qaida members.”
Twitter has said it can’t comment on users when asked to explain why terrorist accounts remain up. The only reason Al-Shabaab’s account fell a couple of times after the horrific Westgate attack was because of intense pressure from angry Twitter users in Africa and around the globe.
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What were the odds that two of the most talented combat photographers working today would be on the scene of the Westgate mall attack in Nairobi? One was the New York Times’ Tyler Hicks, who was at a nearby mall when the Al-Shabaab attack broke out, and whose wife Nichole Sobecki, also a photojournalist, ran home to get their helmets and Kevlar vests before they both plunged into the mall to cover the unfolding tragedy. The other, Goran Tomašević, has covered Serbia, Iraq, Egypt, Libya and Syria; recently he settled in Nairobi as Reuters’ chief photographer for East Africa.
The above image was one of the countless haunting images captured that day by Tomašević, who was at home when he heard about a commotion at the mall and headed there.
The man in the checked shirt shows up in several of Goran’s photos from his 4-5 hours that he was able to accompany security forces inside the mall. Many of the plainclothes men in the day’s photos were police, but Abdul Haji, 39, is a real estate executive and son of a former security official.
As reported by ABC News:
As the gunmen began their rampage in Nairobi’s upscale Westgate Mall early Saturday afternoon, Haji got a short text from his brother who was at the mall. “I’m stuck at the Westgate. It’s probably a terrorist attack. Pray for me.” Haji’s immediate thought was that militants had gone to assassinate his brother.
Until just a few weeks ago, his brother was an undercover counterterrorism official battling organizations like al Shabab, the al Qaeda-linked group that has claimed responsibility for the four-day siege that left almost 70 people dead. But a local media outlet had recently revealed Haji’s brother’s identity and the family – including their father, a former defense minister – had started receiving death threats.
Haji says he grew up around guns and lately had been carrying his pistol with him. “I left where I was and I headed straight to the Westgate,” Haji told ABC News. “Luckily on that particular day I had actually carried my licensed gun with me so I didn’t have to go back home to waste time and pick up a gun, I went straight to the mall.”
Haji realized that the attack was bigger than an attack on his brother, and jumped in with security officials to go into the mall and save people. He provided cover for Red Cross workers and systematically searched through the stores for three harrowing hours. One of the men he was fighting with was shot in the stomach. One of the terrorists taunted Haji in Swahili: “As if it was a joke to him. This whole thing was a joke to him.”
Then comes the story behind the photo:
Nearby, a woman was trapped behind a table. Haji yelled at her to run to them but the woman, 39 year-old Katherine Walker, said she couldn’t because she had three young children with her. Haji told her to send the eldest, 4-year-old Portia, who ran across. “[A] very brave girl,” said Haji affectionately. “She’s running toward a man with a gun and she was very brave.”
“I don’t know how she knew to do it but she did,” Katherine Walker later told The Telegraph newspaper, “she did what she was told and she went.”
Walker and another woman followed close behind with the other two children who then re-united outside with the family’s two teenage sons who had been shopping elsewhere in the mall. “I was worried about family in America seeing [the photo] because we haven’t really shared the whole story with them yet,” Walker told the newspaper. “For me, I know the story behind it and that it ends well. I think I owe Mr. Haji a hug or two.”
Haji told the Telegraph that his father taught him to use a gun to protect their cattle from bandits when he was growing up.
Even after receiving a text saying that his brother had escaped, Haji kept rescuing others.
The death toll in the wicked attack is currently at 72, but the Kenyan Red Cross says 61 people are still missing as security officials carefully comb through rubble for fear that the terrorists planted bombs within.
Just imagine, if President Obama had fulfilled his promise to close Gitmo…
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Two former prisoners from Guantanamo who were transferred to El Salvador 17 months ago have quietly slipped out of this Central American nation.
When and how the two men, both ethnic Uighurs, left El Salvador is unknown, but their departure is sure to fuel worries that the United States has lost track of some Guantanamo detainees who have been released.
U.S. officials declined to say when they became aware that the former prisoners were no longer in El Salvador.
Uighurs familiar with the case said it is likely the two men headed to Turkey.
Or, they came north to live “in the shadows” in the United States. Let’s grant them citizenship!
Here’s a howler:
Without valid travel documents, it was unknown how the two Uighurs passed immigration. Justice and Public Security Minister Ricardo Perdomo, who is in charge of the nation’s borders, did not respond to an email.
Ever heard of identity theft? Or document forgery? Or just hiring a coyote to smooth the illegal traveler’s path?
Here’s another howler:
Musabay said he didn’t know where the two Uighurs went but said Turkey would be a logical choice since it is “like a European democratic country.”
A much more logical choice would be to go to a democratic country closer to El Salvador where some politicians who favor illegal immigration want to grant illegal aliens the right to vote. Officially, that is — our insecure elections already make illegal alien voting possible.
I’m not saying that the two are here in the US, just noting that there isn’t all that much standing in their way if this is where they want to be.