12 Jul, 2007
- • Dr. Ayman Al-Zawahiri–Al-Qaeda mastermind and number two man, a surgeon.
• Dr. Mohammad Rabi Al-Zawahiri–Ayman’s father and a Muslim Brotherhood enthusiast, pharmacologist and professor.
• Dr. “Abu Hafiza”– Moroccan psychiatrist andAl-Qaeda master planner.
• Dr. Abdel Aziz Al-Rantisi–Late HAMAS leader, pediatrician;
• Dr. Mahmoud Al-Zahar–HAMAS co-founder and leader, surgeon and lecturer at the Islamic University in Gaza;
• Dr. Fathi Abd Al-Aziz Shiqaqi- physician -Late founder of Islamic Jihad and active in Fatah.
Another widely accepted myth is that Islamic radicalism is merely an understandable and predictable response to post WW II Western foreign policy, particularly that of the United States due to its support for Israel and involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan etc. This simplistic explanation totally disregards the inflammatory effect of the radical Islamic ideologues of the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s, before America had any involvement with the Middle East and well before Israel even existed. The inescapable historical truth is that influential thinkers such as Hassan al Banna, Sayeed Qutb and Mualana Sayeed Abul Ala Maududi were the modern revivalists of an ideology as old as Islam itself ; an ideology founded on the belief of Islamic superiority with its dream of world domination. It was the later Saudi and Iranian windfall oil wealth that allowed those countries to promote, finance and export radical Wahabbi and Khomeinist armed jihad to countries both within and outside the Middle East, Hizbollah being a prime example. Hassan al Banna’s al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun (Muslim Brotherhood) is indisputably the progenitor of all modern radical Islamist groups.
The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Maududi’s Jamaat-e-Islami in Pakistan sought to restore the Islamic theocratic ideal, namely the union of religion and state, whilst conveniently blaming the decline of Muslim societies on the contrary secular Western idea of the separation of church and state. Qutb and Maududi inspired a whole generation of Islamists, including Ayatollah Khomeini, who developed an Iranian version of their works in the 1970s.
Despite the gullible Westerner’s certitude that terrorist attacks are “all to do with Iraq and Afghanistan”, they are, in fact, all about Islam’s desire to rule the world as a borderless Caliphate. Whenever the willfully deluded Westerner or duplicitous Muslim seeks to explain away these terrorists attacks as reactions to U.S or British foreign policy, simply ask them what it was that precipitated the first world trade centre attack in 1993 – ten years before Iraq and eight years before the U.S. became involved in Afghanistan!
What was it in Khomeini ‘s revolution , if not expansionist ideology, that refused to be satisfied with their stated objective of ridding Iran of the Shah and Western influence, but then, going on to spread Islamic revolution to the rest of the world ?
Khomeini tells us that:
“Islam says: Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword! People cannot be made obedient except with the sword! The sword is the key to paradise, which can be opened only for holy warriors!
There are hundreds of other [Koranic] psalms and hadiths urging Muslims to value war and to fight. Does all that mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim.”
“Islam grew with blood . . . . The great prophet of Islam in one hand carried the Koran and in the other a sword . . . . Islam is a religion of blood for the infidels but a religion of guidance for other people.”
—Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
But of all the ideologues whose works were a source of radical inspiration to tens, if not hundreds, of millions, Maududi is the most direct and unambiguous in his description of Islam’s ultimate aspirations:
“Islam is not a normal religion like the other religions in the world and Muslim nations are not like normal nations. Muslim nations are very special because they have a command from Allah to rule the entire world and to be over every nation in the world.”
“Islam wishes to destroy all States and Governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and programme of Islam regardless of the country or the Nation which rules it. The purpose of Islam is to set up a State on the basis of its own ideology and programme, regardless of which Nation assumes the role of the standard bearer of Islam or the rule of which nation is undermined in the process of the establishment of an ideological Islamic State.”
“Islam is a revolutionary faith that comes to destroy any government made by man. Islam doesn’t look for a nation to be in a better condition than another nation. Islam doesn’t care about the land or who owns the land. The goal of Islam is to rule the entire world and submit all of mankind to the faith of Islam. Any nation or power that gets in the way of that goal, Islam will fight and destroy. In order to fulfill that goal, Islam can use every power available every way it can be used to bring worldwide revolution. This is Jihad.”
—Sayeed Abdul A’la Maududi, ‘Jihad in Islam’
The following comments, by other prominent Muslims, leave us in no doubt how widely these views are held.
“One day, millions of men will leave the Southern Hemisphere to go to the Northern Hemisphere. And they will not go there as friends. Because they will go there to conquer it. And they will conquer it with their sons. The wombs of our women will give us victory.”
—Former Algerian President Houari Boumedienne’s prophetic warning to Europe in a speech at the U.N. In 1974. Thirty three years later, his prediction is in the process of unfolding.
“Soon we will take power in this country. Those who criticize us now, will regret it. They will have to serve us. Prepare, for the hour is near.”
— Belgium-based imam in 1994. “De Morgen”, Oct. 5, 1994. Cited in Koenraad Elst, “The Rushdie Rules”, Middle East Quarterly, June 1998.
“The Quran should be America’s highest authority”. “Islam is not in America to be equal to any other religion but to be dominant.”
— Omar Ahmad, CAIR’s (Council on American-Islamic Relations) chairman of the board.
“I would like to see the Islamic flag fly, not only over number 10 Downing Street, but over the whole world,”
— Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed, (former leader of the extremist Al-Muhajiroun movement in Britain) in an interview with Reuters.
“I want to see the U.S become an Islamic nation.” —-Ibrahim Hooper of CAIR.
“We are not fighting so that you will offer us something. We are fighting to eliminate you.”
—Hussein Massawi, the former Hezbollah leader behind the slaughter of U.S. and French forces 20 years ago.
“Jihad and the rifle alone. NO negotiations, NO conferences and NO dialogue.”
—Sheikh Abdullah Azzam— (Osama bin Laden’s late mentor.)
“Allah revealed Islam in order that humanity could be governed according to it. Unbelief is darkness and disorder. So the unbelievers, if they are not suppressed, create disorder. That is why the Muslims are responsible for the implementation of Allah’s Law on the planet, that humanity may be governed by it, as opposed to corrupt man-made laws. The Muslims must make all efforts to establish the religion of Allah on the earth”
—Muhammad ‘Abdus Salam Faraj, “Jihad: The Absent Obligation”, p43
And finally, Anjem Choudary, Omar Bakri Mohammed’s successor, claim Islam’s sovereignty in the U.K. and U.S.A.
What is it in these clear statements of intent that Western people find so hard to comprehend and come to terms with?
The important thing to know about left-wing agitator Michael Moore is that he just doesn’t get it.
Recently, John Stossel interviewed Michael Moore on the ABC program 20/20, and found that Moore has curious ideas on government and force.
“‘But government is force,’ I said to him. He was incredulous.
“Michael Moore: Why do you see it as force?
“Me: Because government takes money with force from people and gives it to others.
“Moore: No, it doesn’t, actually. The government is of, by, and for the people. The people elect the government, and the people determine whether or not they’ll allow the government to collect taxes from them.”
It takes one to know one, and the best-selling author of Stupid White Men would know.
Or maybe he wouldn’t. In his stage persona as a slacker schlub Michael Moore unwittingly tells the story of how the progressive movement of Peace and Justice has betrayed slacker schlubs like the one he plays on TV.
Michael Moore in Roger and Me faced the awful truth about union jobs and turned away. How could General Motors CEO Roger Smith close auto plants and put good working people out of work? FDR told folk like Moore’s parents and grandfather that they and theirs had lifetime jobs at General Motors with good union wages and benefits and had nothing to fear but fear itself. How could General Motors turn around and close plants and lay off union workers and teeter on the edge of bankruptcy?
Michael Moore in Bowling for Columbine faced the awful truth about government education and turned away. How could middle-class kids shoot up their wonderful public school? It must be the level of violence in the United States, or aggressive US foreign policy — or maybe sport hunters, or defense contractors, or Michigan Militia members, or maybe the stultifying conformism in Littleton, Colorado, or maybe a “climate of fear.” It couldn’t be that public education had failed.
Now Michael Moore in SiCKO faces the awful truth about government-controlled health care and turns away. After half a century of government regulation and spending in health care he is shocked to encounter horror stories of for-profit insurance companies denying coverage to sick Americans. How could this be? In his mind, it’s simple:
Government doesn’t regulate enough. It should take over the whole system like single payer Britain and Canada. It could not be that in the land of single-payer the government health system is worse than evil HMOs, and denies not merely coverage but actual health care with waiting lists.
No wonder that Michael Moore really doesn’t know the difference between freedom and compulsion. Whether as slacker schlub or as gifted left-wing agitator, he cannot admit that his way of building a better world is powered by the clunking fist of force.
At least Michael Moore is good for something. He and his lefty friends have done a fine job over the years pointing out the hypocrisies of the United States government. Noam Chomsky has pointed out that the global superpower is indeed a wielder of power, and it uses propaganda and manipulation to “manufacture consent.” Howard Zinn has written A People’s History of the United States to remind us that the United States did not experience a virgin birth and committed outrages upon everyone from native Americans to African slaves and union workers. In Bowling for Columbine Michael Moore shows us that US foreign policy has resorted to force numerous times since World War II.
What our lefty friends cannot admit is how their progressive program of Peace and Justice is from first to last a program of force and compulsion.
That is why Michael Moore maintains that when “the people elect the government” the stain of force is washed away from government action.
“The people” do not do force. Only imperialists and fascists are into force.
Sorry, Michael. Government is force, even genuine democratic government. Everything government does involves compulsion.
When Democrats set up a government pension plan and force everyone to contribute, that is force, even though it achieves a noble aim of assisting people in their old age.
When Democrats set up a government health care program for seniors and force the workers to support it, that is force, even though it achieves a noble aim of relieving seniors of most health care costs in their old age.
When Democrats stand in the schooolhouse door at the bidding of government school workers and block all reform of a failing government school system, that is force.
And the question every Democrat must be forced to answer is: Why? Why is your vision for America always about force?
It doesn’t take a genius, or even a public policy analyst to figure out that what we already have with giant HMO’s and “Managed Care” companies is a dim preview of the fiasco that a single-payer system of Nannystate care would inevitably produce. And I’m not just talking about low quality, inefficiency, less availability and perhaps an even higher price tag. There is a very good argument that the more that somebody else pays your medical bills, the more Sicko you will be.
At least that’s the actual result I have seen in our own family. For a number of years, we had “umbrella” health insurance, provided by my husband’s corporate employer. It paid nearly the full cost of every single healthcare item in our family budget, including dental work. Our coverage even extended to eyeglasses and the hearing aids for our deaf son. It even covered therapy and pills if we got depressed. That insurance was the biggest umbrella we ever had, and we used it whether the rainy day was a real gusher or merely a sprinkle. Even a little mist in the air would see us raising that umbrella.
I found myself running to the doctor every time one of our children so much as sneezed twice. Every time any of us had the slightest fall, I insisted on emergency-room visits and full-tilt x-rays. A fever of any degree became absolutely intolerable and always justified a doctor’s visit. Our son had meningitis at age 3, and that experience alone kept my motherly alarm system set perpetually at Code Red, but having all of that lovely insurance played a big part in enabling my over-indulgence.
I’ll never forget the time our daughter had a fever that spiked on a Saturday. I rushed her to a packed emergency room, waited six hours for “treatment” and finally left happily with the diagnosis, “viral infection,” and a simple instruction for cure: “Take Tylenol.” The bill was $1,248. And I thanked my husband’s god-like employer for all that heavenly insurance.
That was then.
For the past 15 years, both my husband and I have been self-employed and have thus chosen the most economical health insurance available to individuals. It is a Blue Cross policy with a $10,000 per year, per person deductible that is obviously meant to provide catastrophic medical coverage. And that’s all. Everything else – from sore throats and skin rashes to sprained ankles and stitches-needed cuts – we pay for out of the vacation fund or the home improvement fund, or even the grocery fund, if family health problems arise during a bad business month.
The first three years without that umbrella health insurance cost us the proverbial arm and two legs. Our new reality – and the steeply rising cost of healthcare – forced us to reevaluate. We either had to change our ways or give up our house just to pay the doctor. We changed. Big time.
The first thing we did was get back to basics. We – like most other folks we knew – were the beneficiaries of a wealth of common knowledge about staying healthy from parents and grandparents. They didn’t need obscenely expensive studies to tell them that if you wanted to stay well – and keep the doctor away – you had to eat “right,” gets lots of exercise, sleep plenty and use care when operating machinery or climbing a ladder. You also had to avoid obviously sick people whenever possible, always wash your hands after using the restroom and before meals, and never, ever drink things like Drano. Those generations weren’t overly fond of medicines either, which they were prone to call “drugs,” and thought they should be used very cautiously and only when the benefit was certain to outweigh the “bad.” Take a pill to sleep? My grandfather would have accused me of being a drug addict (and an idiot to boot!) Every one of these things was known long, long, long, long before the first researcher donned a surgical mask and fleeced the public to tell us so.
Once our family was forced to pay the real price a few times for “forgetting” everything we knew about basic health, we suddenly “remembered,” and quickly changed our habits. We explained to our children that from now on, our family would concentrate on staying healthy – not being Sicko. We even incentivized the program. Everyone (ourselves included) got a spending-money bonus in the budget for perfect compliance with the basic health rules and punitive deductions for “forgetting.” And we instituted new – very strict – guidelines for seeking professional “cures.” In the first year of our new program, we reduced our healthcare expenditure by a whopping 98%.
But the old “ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” has saved us in other, even more important, ways as well. When we taught our children about sex and our abstinence expectations, we stressed morality first, according to our Catholic faith. But in a very close second came our strenuous admonitions about those horrific, many deadly, ST-diseases! And to this day our children tell us that their fear of “death by sex” kept them on the straight and narrow path much, much more than their fear of hell. Immorality, they knew, could be forgiven on any given Saturday, but an ST-disease might make them infertile, plague them for life or even kill them before they had a real chance to live! Just imagine a medical system freed from the needed treatment for the more than 4,000 already-identified ST-diseases.
It would really take a book for me to enumerate all of the benefits we have reaped from our changed focus to merely staying healthy. And our children, now grown, are continuing on that path, which is essentially the same one trod by our parents and grandparents and all of those many generations before them.
That our Nation is now facing a healthcare (or is it health cost?) crisis is undeniable. Most pols are beginning to hawk their own “cures” to much fanfare. And our family, too, has a keen interest in reforming the system, because the setup we have now revolves around an inflated volume of Sicko people using “umbrella” insurance at the expense of folks like us who are forced to subsidize all of those “contract rates” by paying full price.
Those of us who are not in the Nanny Health Care System have to take care of ourselves. If we get so sick that we must see a doctor, then we know up front that the cost in dollars will be what we consider absurdly disproportionate to the actual service provided, and that it will be demanded in cash and in full immediately. We also know that because of all the folks using the doctor for every ache or sniffle, the waiting room will be packed, the staff will be grumpy and resentful, and the doctor will be rushed.
When anyone is forced to accept a 2-hour wait to see a doctor for 4 minutes, who more often than not gets the wrong diagnosis on the first few hits, and he is also forced to pay cash in amounts from $200 to $500 for a simple prescription for antibiotics, then he is going to do everything humanly possible to make that a very, very rare occasion. And we do. But people sometimes do get sick, no matter what. And we are positive that if we were buying our healthcare in a truly free market, and not having to compete with mega-contract-buyers – insurance companies – then everyone would be getting better service for less cash.
That’s why I support the Free Market Cure for our healthcare crisis. If each of us does his part by being as responsibly healthy as he can, thereby decreasing demand, and the market does its part by being forced to re-focus on quality service instead of quantity, then our de-humanizing, assembly-line medical industry will go the way of the dinosaur. As it ought to, in my opinion.
And in the bargain, we all get to be a lot less Sicko and have more time to enjoy our lives.
On the other hand, if we opt for Michael Moore’s pseudo-utopian fix, the system itself might seem less Sicko, but we the people stand to be a whole lot more Sicko. That’s not what I call “progressive.” That’s what I call Super-Duper-Sicko.
“200 explosive belts seized in Iraq,” by Robert H. Reid for the Associated Press:
BAGHDAD – Iraqi security forces seized 200 explosive belts along the Syrian border Wednesday, a police spokesman said, reinforcing Baghdad’s claims that its western neighbor isn’t doing enough to stop the flow of fighters and weapons to al-Qaida in Iraq.
The belts were found during a search of a truck that had crossed into Iraq from Syria at the Waleed border station, Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf said.
“When the truck was searched, 200 explosives belts were found in it,” the general said. He said the driver was detained but he would not give his name or nationality.
Iraqi and U.S. authorities have long complained that Syria is not doing enough to stem the flow of weapons, ammunition and foreign fighters into Iraq. Syria insists it is trying to stop the flow but that it is impossible to seal off the long desert border.
That would only begin to qualify as an excuse if all points along the border were equally used to cross over into Iraq. The jihadists and weapons don’t materialize from thin air at the border; there are nearby towns, supply lines, and networks of people facilitating the transit that could be undermined, if the Syrians felt like it, which they don’t.
But U.S. military spokesman Brig. Gen. Kevin Bergner told reporters that 60 to 80 foreign fighters enter Iraq “in any given month” — 70 percent of them through Syria. He said up to 90 percent of the suicide attacks in Iraq were carried out by “foreign-born al-Qaida terrorists.”
Bergner did not offer detailed evidence to support the claim.
However, he cited the July 1 suicide attack that collapsed part of a major bridge across the Euphrates River north of Ramadi. A second bomber was supposed to have attacked the bridge but backed out and was captured, Bergner said.
The surviving attacker told interrogators he had been recruited by al-Qaida in his home country, flown to Syria and smuggled across the border to Ramadi, where he stayed for about 10 days before the attack.
Bergner would not give the would-be attacker’s nationality, but other military officials said he was a Saudi. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not supposed to release the information.
“The munitions were confiscated and turned over to the Iraqi police for destruction.”
Somehow that doesn’t inspire a great deal of confidence that they’re gone. “Coalition discovers Iranian weapons stash in Iraq,” from Iran Focus:
London, Jul. 11 – Coalition troops in Iraq discovered Iranian-make weapons during a para-trooping operation, the U.S. military said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Paratroopers from Bravo Troop, 1st Battalion, 40th Cavalry Regiment, from Fort Richardson, Alaska, conducted the operation finding caches of weapons, money, cell phones and numerous types of media as well as detaining 13 suspected insurgents”, the Multi-National Corps – Iraq (MNC-I) said.
“During the operation the paratroopers discovered various weapons caches containing three Iranian hand grenades, military type uniforms, and 40 mortar casings ranging from 40 millimeter to 81 millimeter”.
The munitions were confiscated and turned over to the Iraqi police for destruction, the statement added.