Middle East

A besieged people

William Pollack discusses Israel in the wake of the killings by Palestinian terrorists in a synagogue in Jerusalem.

Just days ago, Barack Obama, the Commander in Chief and honorary Islamic Protectorate, stated the savage beheading of yet another American by ISIS, Peter Kassig, was not representative of “any faith, LEAST of all Muslim.” If Muslims are the “least” representatives of worldwide terrorism, whom might we expect to be more prominent, Lutherans?

Days ago and now vanished from the headlines, four Jewish worshippers in a Jerusalem synagogue and a security guard were viciously attacked by Palestinian MUSLIM terrorists armed with meat cleavers, axes and guns. President Obama’s all-too-common response was to make a moral equivalence between Israel, a nation of laws, and a band of cold-blooded murderers. The Palestinian Authority’s leadership response was typically indifferent, coughing up a statement of regret that “any” citizens were harmed,  then blaming Israel for everything under the sun.

Reminiscent of the Palestinians celebrating dead Americans following the 9/11 attack on the United States, Palestinians handed out candy in honor of killing men dressed in prayer shawls. This horrific event followed weeks of savage Palestinian attacks on Israelis, including ramming cars into bystanders. One of the numerous casualties was a child.

The United Nations, a wasteful and irrelevant piece of real estate, paused momentarily from their relentless condemnation of everything Israel to offer stoic regret. With the notable exception of the sincere and meaningful comments by Stephen Harper, the Prime Minister of Canada, worldwide statements of sympathy for the slain innocents were matched by the obligatory nod for more peace talks; as if Israel has a Palestinian peace partner; which they don’t.

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Defeating ISIS with psychological warfare

We have already heard that ISIS soldiers don;t like fighting women Peshmerga troops for fear that they will be killed by inferior women, and thus miss out on the 72 virgins promised in heaven for killing hordes of unbelievers.

Now the Kurds have gone one step further and declared that women are equal to men.

Predictably ISIS are enraged but also probably quivering in their sandals and tea towels.

The local government in a majority Kurdish area of Syria has passed a decree granting women equal rights in what a monitoring group called “an affront” to discriminatory jihadist moves.

Published on the local government’s official Facebook page on Wednesday, the decree states that women and men should enjoy “equality… in all walks of public and private life”.

Last year, Syria’s Kurds created autonomous governments in the three regions where they are a majority, establishing self-proclaimed rule.

Arabs also hold office, and the decrees apply to all ethnicities living in the self-governing areas.

The decree, passed by the leaders of the Al-Jazira canton — officially Hasakeh province — stipulates that women have the right to equal labour rights, including pay.    Read more »

Dissent of the Day – There is nothing to worry about? Yeah, Nah!

by Travis Poulson

After the post Dissent of the Day – There is nothing to worry about I thought I’d do a little homework in regards to the writers attitude of ‘we’re not that bad really‘.

Below I have compiled a list of current world conflicts and highlighted the ones that involve Muslims or Islamic extremists in bold text, not exclusively but involved as a combatant in some capacity.

For some of the conflicts I have listed the groups for the obvious lesser known involvement

+Mexican drug war Iran (alleged), Hezbollah (alleged)
+Syrian Civil War
+Iraqi insurgency
+2014 Iraq Crisis
+ISIS War
+South Sudanese Civil War
+Israeli–Palestinian conflict
+Afghan Civil War (Taliban insurgency)
+Somali Civil War (numerous Islamist groups) Read more »

Dissent of the Day – There is nothing to worry about

One of 12 entrances to one of the holy sites (A twin 2km pedestrian tunnel complete with travelators). The whole complex can handle 300,000 people per hour.

One of 12 entrances to one of the holy sites (A twin 2km pedestrian tunnel complete with travelators). The whole complex can handle 300,000 people per hour.

A reader emails:


 

There is nothing to worry about.

There is no cunning Islamic Plan to take over NZ or the world.

I have held back on my comments over the past few months. But the daily anti-Islamic comments are surprising given the “I am not a racist” attitude of many of your commentators.

I have just had the pleasure (no honour) in participating in a 4 week trip to Saudi Arabia visiting the two holiest sites of Islam, Makah (Mecca) & Medina as part of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

I can assure your readers that ISIS and the brain dead followers were not there recruiting, nor are they at the mosques I attend in NZ.

We were a proud group of Kiwis, representing NZ, walking behind the Silver fern (picture attached) amongst 4 million other peace loving people.

I met, stayed with, talked & generally shared 4 weeks with doctors, teachers, Engineers , farmers, (Nigerian Businessmen.. nearly cracked up on that one),  from virtually every country. (I could not  find anyone from North Korea).

We (Kiwis) came from NZ, Fiji, Pakistan, Somali, & the Middle East.. but all call NZ home.    Read more »

Mocking ISIS, they “milk the goat even if it is male”

One way to defeat terror is to laugh at it. I saw this in Israel as they enjoy life and mock terror by living that life well.

In Arab countries though mocking ISIS could get you dead and so anyone mocking them in those countries is brave, very brave. But heroism always shows through.

Have you heard the joke by Iraqi Kurds about ISIS fighters milking male goats? The comedy comes from fact that you can’t milk a male goat but you can perform a sexual act on the goat using a similar motion. Enough said.

Well, many in the Middle East have heard that one and many others as Muslim and Arab comedians are on the front lines in fighting ISIS.  However, these satirists’ weapon of choice isn’t airstrikes, but rather comedy, which they are employing to ridicule ISIS on TV shows and in YouTube videos.  And nothing is off limits as they mock ISIS on everything from being hypocrites when it comes to Islam to being bumbling idiots to simply smelling like crap.

What’s truly remarkable is that some of these comedic performers are waging their comedy battle in countries were ISIS is fighting them, such as those involved in the new Iraqi TV show that began airing Saturday that lampoons ISIS.  Unlike us, they don’t need to watch ISIS on TV; they can see ISIS from their front window.

No one doubts that these comedians will be killed if ISIS captures them. ISIS doesn’t want to be laughed at, they want to be feared.  In fact, just a few months ago, ISIS threatened to cut the tongue out of anyone who referred to them as “Daesh,” which is the Arabic acronym for ISIS.  Why? Because ISIS learned that many Arabs use that term as an insult, because Daesh in Arabic also can mean “a bigot who imposes his view on others.”

And keep in mind that even pre-ISIS, an Iraqi comedian was killed in 2006 for comically mocking those in power.    Hard to find a tougher room for a comedian to play than Iraq, and it’s even more dangerous today.

I wonder what the mostly lefty comedians ion New Zealand think about this…they are mostly Palestinian loving apologists, so it would be interesting to see.

I bet they’d enjoy a lot of milking of goats, even if they are male.

 

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Sharia law…seems legit.

Ever heard the Old Testament phrase of an eye for an eye?

Christianity

You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”. But I say to you, do not resist an evildoer. If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
This saying of Jesus is generally interpreted as criticism of the Old Testament teaching, and often taken as implying that “an eye for an eye” encourages excessive vengeance rather than an attempt to limit it.

-wiki

 

Islam

The Qur’an mentions the “eye for an eye” concept as being ordained for the Children of Israel.The principle of Lex talionis in Islam is Qasas (قصاص) “O you who have believed, prescribed for you is legal retribution (Qasas) for those murdered – the free for the free, the slave for the slave, and the female for the female. But whoever overlooks from his brother anything, then there should be a suitable follow-up and payment to him with good conduct. This is an alleviation from your Lord and a mercy. But whoever transgresses after that will have a painful punishment.” Shi’ite countries that use Islamic Sharia law apply the “eye for an eye” rule literally.

-wiki

 

A court in Iran has ruled that a man who blinded a woman with acid after she spurned his marriage proposals will also be blinded with acid.

The ruling was reported in Iranian newspapers on Thursday.

The punishment is legal under the Islamic Sharia principle of qias, equivalence or analogy, which allows retribution for violent crimes.

The court also ordered the attacker, 27-year-old Majid Movahedi, to pay compensation to the victim.

The acid attack took place in 2004. The victim, Ameneh Bahrami, went to Spain for surgery to reconstruct her face but efforts to restore her sight failed.

The ruling was a response to her plea to the court in the Iranian capital Tehran for retribution.

-BBC News 28 November 2008

 

You may be interested to know that in the end the victim did not get her retribution.

 

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Ameneh Bahrami holds a photo showing herself before she was blinded with acid by Majid Movahedi. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

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The Evolution of Marriage

mrge01

When Gay marriage was being debated marriage itself came under the spotlight. All of a sudden we were asking ourselves..

What is marriage?

Is marriage about children?

Is marriage a religious institution or a secular one?

I wondered about the origins of marriage, the purpose of marriage and how it has evolved from the past to what we recognise as marriage now.

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Faces of the day

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Media just making stuff up about SAS

Yesterday the Herald ran an article suggesting that NZSAS troops could be deployed to Iraq to battle ISIS.

The problem with that article was that John Key actually said it was his least preferred option for dealing with ISIS.

Today they follow it up with an outright denial, not once but twice from Jonathan Coleman, but not content with that they run off to a journalist and an academic for them to suggest, that just maybe, possibly, the NZSAS might already be overseas or getting ready to deploy overseas.

You can’t make this up…the Minister says no and they think maybe it might be something else.

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman has dismissed suggestions the elite SAS force is ready and waiting for the green light to go into combat against Isis (Islamic State) militants in Iraq.   Read more »

What is life like under the boot of ISIS?

VICE reports:

Earlier this week, a video aired on French television showed scenes of daily life in Raqqa, Syria, the de-facto capital of the Islamic State.

Filmed in secret and at a huge risk by a Syrian woman who hid a camera behind her niqab, the footage shows armed men patrolling the city, a woman carrying an AK-47 into a playground, and an internet café where foreign women who traveled to the caliphate phone their relatives back in France, saying they love it there.

The video, like VICE News’ The Islamic State before it, once again brought the attention of the world to Raqqa, a city where life under the Islamic State is as inscrutable to outsiders as it is terrifying — a reminder of the caliphate’s brutality as much as of its bureaucratic efficiency.

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