House Majority Leader John Murtha?!

Muslims in glass houses

Muslims in glass houses

Why is the Muslim sense of victimhood so inflated, given that many Muslim societies won’t put their own houses in order? And why is this double standard downplayed so much in Britain?

Mohammad Siddique Khan, ringleader of the July 7 bombers, justified his action as revenge for the killing of Muslims by Western forces in the Middle East. Dhiren Barot, sentenced yesterday for plotting to kill thousands of civilians, gave a similar rationale for his crimes. Much has been said about the moral squalor of these comments, but far less about their sheer incoherence.

Let us grant that the invasion of Iraq was a mistake, and overlook the inconvenient fact that most Muslim deaths there are now the fault of other Muslims. Forget the equally unpalatable truth that large majorities of Muslims in Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan support Western intervention in their countries. Look instead beyond Iraq and Afghanistan, back well before 9/11, and you see innumerable Christian communities on the defensive against rampant forms of Islam.

Siddique Khan and his associates were allowed to practise their religion freely in Britain, but there is scarcely a country from Morocco to Iraq in which Christians are able to worship without harassment.

Though horrifying, the carnage in Iraq is dwarfed by that of Sudan, where the Islamic Government has been responsible for killing two million Christian and other non-Muslim civilians since 1989.

Christians in Turkey, Jordan and Pakistan, among other countries, live in regular fear of attack, and there is strong evidence that the attitudes underlying such aggression are fomented through official channels. In a recent letter to Kofi Annan, campaigners for the charity Christian Solidarity International wrote that “the role of the Saudi-based Organisation of the Islamic Conference, representing 57 Muslim states, in creating a climate for violent confrontation is a cause of deep concern”.

The reason we hear so little about religious oppression in the Muslim world is straightforward: young Christians in the West don’t become “radicalised”, and persecuted Christians tend not to respond with violence. That should make them more worthy of attention and support, not less.

Mullahs’ Islamic “Censorship, Dungeon & Executions” Paid Off in Iran

Mullahs’ Islamic “Censorship, Dungeon & Executions” Paid Off in Iran
Nov 9, 2006
Reuters

Iran’s once active campuses falling silent

Iran’s university campuses are falling silent. Student activists, once at the vanguard of a movement seeking political and social change in the Islamic Republic, say they are increasingly afraid to speak out.

“I used to take part in so many protests. I was arrested twice, once in 2001 and once in 2003,” said student Mehdi Aminzadeh, describing his role in rallies during the tenure of pro-reform former President Mohammad Khatami.

“The situation has changed a lot since that time. The pressures have pushed us to be more cautious,” said the 29-year-old, who says he has been barred from registering for a masters in political science.

Since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took power in August last year vowing a return to Islamic revolutionary principles, activists say 181 students have been summoned to university disciplinary boards and 105 of them were suspended.

Most have been reinstated but Aminzadeh is among a handful who activists say are still barred from registering to study.

Many students, who wanted more radical change to Iran’s system of clerical rule than reformist politicians proposed, became disenchanted even before Khatami left office in 2005. Reformists, when in power, failed to deliver on many promises.

Critics say the authorities, since Ahamdinejad’s election, have been slowly tightening the screws on rivals, not in sweeping gestures, but with measures that send a clear message about the cost of opposition and silencing activists.

As well as clamping down on students, critical professors say they have been pushed into early retirement. A leading pro-reform newspaper has been shut. And Western diplomats say their cultural events or exchanges are facing obstacles.

The government dismisses such charges, saying they welcome criticism and encourage free speech. University officials say students are only being punished if they break rules.

‘CORRUPTING RELIGIOUS PEOPLE’

“Some students have committed acts that are inconsistent with religious, national and university standards,” the head of Tehran University, Abbas Ali Amid-Zanjani, was quoted as saying in September by the daily Farhang-e Ashti.

“We have to deal with student offences so they will not recur. We shall not be too harsh, of course,” he added.

But critics say the appointment of Amid-Zanjani, the first cleric to head Tehran University and seen as a presidential ally, shows the government is filling educational establishments with its own people.

Ahmadinejad has called for students to denounce professors sullying the Islamic Republic‘s universities with “secularism”.

“People like Ahmadinejad genuinely believe ideas presented to students and by students to the people can corrupt religious people,” said one Iranian analyst, who asked not to be named.

Two prominent reformists, Saeed Hajjarian and Mohsen Kadivar, have been sacked from their posts as university lecturers, Iran’s student news agency ISNA reported last week.

“The head of philosophy group of the university has told me that he has been under pressure because of my presence in the group,” Kadivar, a cleric, told ISNA. “The pressure has been because of our beliefs and our critical positions.”

In Khatami’s era, such pressure sent students out into the streets or at least campus protests. In 1999, when the judiciary shut the reformist Salam newspaper, students started the worst unrest since the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic revolution.

When Sharq, Iran’s leading reformist daily in recent years, was shut in September there was only a deafening silence.

Mohammad Ali Abtahi, a cleric who was a vice-president in Khatami’s administration, told Reuters reformists have little power now to support students. But he said students — who have called for boycotts of past elections — would vote in next month’s local council elections..

“They have to pay heavy price if they want to be politically active,” he said. “It does not mean they will not participate in the (forthcoming) elections.”

Jihadists Beg to Differ

Jihadists Beg to Differ

Democrats were indignant when Republicans called them appeasers.  But Islamic jihadists see the congressional election results as an American defeat.

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Making the congressional elections a referendum on the Iraq war, as the Democrats did, has far reaching implications.  Not the least of them is emboldenment of Islamic jihadists to intensify and to broaden their terrorism, with the expectation that the Democrats will do nothing more menacing than to refer each case to the UN.

A Reuters dispatch dated November 10th is headlined: Khamenei calls elections a victory for Iran.

It continues, “This issue (the elections) is not a purely domestic issue for America, but it is the defeat of Bush’s hawkish policies in the world,” Khamenei said in remarks reported by Iran’s student news agency ISNA on Friday. “Since Washington’s hostile and hawkish policies have always been against the Iranian nation, this defeat is actually an obvious victory for the Iranian nation.”

“With the scandalous defeat of America’s policies in Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon and Afghanistan, America’s threats are empty threats on an international scale.”

Another Reuters dispatch dated November 10th is headlined : Al Qaeda gloats over Rumsfeld

Reuters reports:  A purported audio recording by the leader of Iraq’s al Qaeda wing gloated over the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, as a top U.S. general said the military was preparing to recommend strategy changes. Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, also known as Abu Ayyub al-Masri, said in the recording posted on the Internet on Friday that the group had 12,000 armed fighters and 10,000 others waiting to be equipped to fight U.S. troops in Iraq.

“I tell the lame duck (U.S. administration) do not rush to escape as did your defense minister…stay on the battle ground,” he said.

He said his group would not rest until it had blown up the presidential mansion in Washington.
“I swear by God we shall not rest from jihad until we…blow up the filthiest house known as the White House,” the voice on the recording said.

One probable reason for no repetition of 9/11 in the United States is the Bush administration’s unexpectedly strong reaction to Al Queda’s attack.  Jihadists calculated correctly that new 9/11s would solidify the American’ public behind an aggressive foreign policy.

Jihadists understood that they had only to wait for the American public to revert to pursuit of hedonism and to elect an anti-war Democratic regime.

Before 9/11, Osama Bin Ladin said that the Americans are paper tigers who cannot endure the bloodshed required to fight back against militant Islam.  He was surprised when the Bush administration didn’t react to 9/11 as the Clinton administration did when suicide bombers attacked the U.S.S. Cole and killed 17 sailors in 2000. 

Then, President Clinton followed the path advocated today by “sensitive” liberals like Senators John Kerry and Teddy Kennedy: treat it as a criminal-law case and dispatch the FBI to investigate and prepare an indictment.

That is evidently what Islamic radicals expect from now on, with a Democratic Congress controlling the military expense purse-strings. 

Let’s hope that my analysis is completely wrong.  But I won’t be surprised at waves of new terrorist attacks around the world and here in the United States

Muslims and sex crimes in London

Friday, November 10, 2006

Muslims and sex crimes in London

Sir Henry Morgan whom we first visited for his study of the Religion of Peace figures on worldwide terror attacks since 9/11, is back with a study correlating London police sex crime statistics with census figures on the percentage of Muslim inhabitants in London boroughs. While there is some roughness around the edges of his study, I think it is clear that there is some correlation between the presence of a significant number (5-10 percent) of Muslims and sex crimes.

I wonder if this reflects primarily a Pakistani-Muslim phenomenon in London or a more generally Muslim one. Probably the latter: Sir Henry’s findings are not surprising given the reporting by Fjordman and others on Muslim rape in Western cities; in any case, Sir Henry provides some interesting charts and readable commentary to add to the picture that is developing. I do not believe this sex criminality can be explained as simply a product of social backwardness or racism – the difference between the behaviour and success of Hindus and Sikhs and Muslims in Britain is widely noted; while backwardness and resistance to modernity surely plays a role (in which religion is both a cause and effect) this is a reflection of a monotheism modelled on the revelation and practices of Mohammed. Islam needs to change how it interprets itself, or be gone from Western cities.

Islamic hip-hop artists are accused of indoctrinating young against the West

Islamic hip-hop artists are accused of indoctrinating young against the West

Does it occur to the pro-jihad rappers (whom Jihad Watch has most recently covered here) that there would be no rap or hip-hop without the cultural influence of the old Great Satan across the pond? Do they regard their use of it as appropriating and liquidating elements of a culture under conquest, or do they really think their rights as recording “artists” and adherents of hip-hop culture would be so respected under the Sharia law they advocate? By Sean O’Neill for The Times:

HIP-HOP and rap artists are teaching young Muslims the ideology of radical Islamism through songs about the war in Iraq, the oppression of Muslims and the creation of an Islamic state governed by Sharia, or religious law.

Intelligence agencies have identified music as a “tool for indoctrination”. The phenomenon began with an American group called Soldiers of Allah. The group has since disbanded but its music and lyrics remain popular on the internet. Other groups in Britain, France and the US have been identified as giving cause for concern. Many use the derogatory term “kufur” to describe non-Muslims.

Madeleine Gruen, an American intelligence analyst, highlighted the lyrics of a British group called Blakstone as a possible gateway to extremist politics.

Ms Gruen has studied how music, internet forums, boardgames and fashion have been used to radicalise youths.

She said: “The music is very persuasive because it is giving young people ideas, and those ideas are what might motivate someone to become a jihadi. The material is all in English. It’s spreading a radical message to domestic populations that don’t speak Arabic or Urdu.”

Ms Gruen said that Blakstone’s lyrics echoed the views of Hizb ut-Tahrir (HuT), the Islamist political movement.

Blakstone operates from an industrial estate in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey. The group could not be contacted yesterday. In an interview last year, its founder, Ahmed Ashley Welbeck said that the music was “about the underdog” and offered “a middle way” between Muslim tradition and street culture.

Last night, a spokesman for HuT said that it had no formal links with Blakstone or any other rap groups.

He said: “Our message is out there, it is very widespread and it is hardly surprising that groups might pick up on it.

“HuT is a more traditional political movement. We use conferences, websites and leaflets, but rap music is not one of our things.

“There is a lot of anger out there, especially about the Iraq war. Our challenge is to channel that frustration and anger into political activism.”

THE LYRICS SEEN AS A CALL TO ARMS

Yesterday I was dreaming I dreamt of The State we made, a place with purpose and meaning. I saw my people they were smiling not grieving, I saw our kids they were safe they were breathing . . . And no more talk of war and of bombs to drop, under Allah’s Shade and Shield and fearing not. No more bleeding due scheming dogs on thrones, whom plot with foes to spread woes, the stench of rot. And that’s how it’s supposed to be. I look around and all I see today is poverty and misery from systems ruling over me with blasphemy. Their tool, kufur rule it’s a catastrophe

– From Close 2 Me, by Blakstone

No Khalifah [Islamic state] Where are we heading? Without Islam we’re stressing, implement Allah’s blessing, that’s what I am addressing. Apart from this kufur scheme. Bring Islam back to the scene. Let’s unite the Ummah [Muslim nation], following only the Koran and the Sunnah. Even if all the kufirs got together, they still couldn’t stop this Ummah. We love Islam More than we love life

– From Bring Back Islam, by Soldiers of Allah

Peace out.