Islamism

Terrorism from Turkish Santa no surprise

A manhunt is on in Turkey for an assailant in a Santa hat who unleashed a salvo of bullets in a crowded Istanbul nightclub during New Year’s celebrations Sunday, killing at least 39 people.

A tit for tat erupted on Sunday as the government denied the attacker was in costume, despite video evidence.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters on Sunday: “There is no truth to this. He is an armed terrorist as we know it.

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It should be no surprise to anyone that the Islamic terrorist in Turkey chose a Western symbol associated with a Christian religious holiday for his murderous spree. In Turkey, many ordinary Muslims are intolerant of western religious holidays and traditions and some are violently hostile towards them.

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Gay Pride Parade in Middle East city trouble free

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Contrary to popular belief Tel Aviv is in the Middle East.

In my almost-30 years, I’ve never felt such freedom and seen so many different people gathered around the same values as during the celebration of Gay Pride in Tel Aviv. Joyful, colorful, powerful, sometimes a bit terrifying, but, for me, at certain moments, painfully touching. Although I knew what the day would be like, I wasn’t expecting to have such a visceral reaction to it.

More than 200,000 people, both locals and foreigners—and among them an estimated 35,000 tourists—make the city’s authority-funded Pride event the biggest of its kind in the Middle East.

Young and old, gay men, lesbians, straight people, trans women and men, gender benders, couples with children; all possible body types, different nationalities, ethnicities, and religions: there was room for everyone. And this year the huge street party’s theme was “Women for Change,” promoting women’s role in the LGBT+ community.

“Dear friends, we have been marching for years, and we will keep on marching in a search for equality,” veteran Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai told the crowd before the start of the march. “We will keep on walking the streets of Tel Aviv in the hope that pluralism, tolerance, and the liberal values of this city will spread throughout the country, Middle East, and the whole world,” said Huldai, who has run the city since 1998.

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More Islamic terror against Christians

So much for peace and goodwill.

Another Islamic terror attack over night has killed Christian women and children celebrating Easter.

A suicide bomber has killed at least 65 people, mostly women and children, at a public park in the Pakistani city of Lahore, striking at the heart of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s political base of Punjab.

The blast happened in the parking area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, a few metres away from children’s swings. More than 280 people were injured in the explosion, officials said.

Local police chief Haider Ashraf said the area was crowded with Christians celebrating the Easter holidays on Sunday (local time), and many families were leaving the park when the blast occurred.

A Taliban faction has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying Christians were the target.   

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Muslim killed by another Muslim for wishing Christians a happy Easter

A Muslim has killed another Muslim for wishing Christians a happy Easter on Facebook.

Did this happen in Karachi or Islamabad? No.

What about in Syria or Iraq? No. It happened in Glasgow.

A popular shopkeeper was stabbed to death by another Muslim in a “religiously prejudiced” attack hours after posting an Easter message on Facebook to “my beloved Christian nation”.

Asad Shah, 40, a devout Muslim originally from the Pakistani city of Rabwah, had his head stamped on during a savage attack, according to one eyewitness.

Around four hours earlier the victim wrote online: “Good Friday and a very Happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation.

“Let’s follow the real footstep of beloved holy Jesus Christ and get the real success in both worlds.”

On Friday afternoon, police confirmed that a 32-year-old Muslim man had been arrested in connection with Mr Shah’s death.   Read more »

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Time to face facts on Islamic Terrorism

It is time to face facts on Islamic terrorism

How many more excuses are we going to make before we face the facts? How many more fifth-rate, sixth-form debates will we have to sit through? Why, whenever any act of Islamist terror is carried out on Western society do we race to ask all the wrong questions, all based on the central fallacy that this is somehow our own fault? We wring our hands and make excuses. And then we blame ourselves. “What did we do to make this happen?” we ask, time after time.

Unfortunately, there are always people on hand eager to feed our self-absorption and ignorance. “It is your foreign policy,” they say. Perhaps after Brussels people might question this response a little more searchingly. Aside from Bhutan, Belgium probably has the least interventionist foreign policy of any country in the world.

Other apologists answer that terrorists are moved to blow up trains and gun down people in cafes because they feel disenfranchised and ostracised, with few employment opportunities. This is particularly strange when you consider that there is record unemployment in Southern Europe right now and none of our cities has yet been visited by a jobless Catholic Italian modelling a suicide vest. It is about poverty, excuse-seekers say. Yet nobody from the most deprived estates of Glasgow has yet carried this idea to its illogical conclusion.

Indeed, people like to think that deprivation and radicalisation go hand in hand; they claim that the areas these young men are forced to live in aren’t nice enough and it makes them feel marginalised. Molenbeek in Belgium lacked “gentrification”, apparently, and this was a causal factor. If only we could only find them somewhere nice to live, they would find it easier to integrate.

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Europe has some choices to make

Nathan Smith writes at NBR:

I almost didn’t write anything about the Brussels bombings because, well, what else is there to say that hasn’t already been said?

Most of the world’s newspapers are running copy-and-paste stories with only the names and details of previous and similar attacks changed. Islam, of course, is at the centre again. And it doesn’t matter whether the author writes to condemn Islam, defend Islam or draw attention to the “good” people of the religion. It’s all been written before and I’m sick of it.

The facts are simple and full of heart wrenching tragedy: three bombs killed more than 30 people and wounded 200 others in the heart of Europe. One attack was at the Brussels international airport while a second targeted the metro line nearby. Two explosions appear to be suicide attacks, making them the sixth and seventh suicide bombings in Europe’s history (the first five occurring during the November 2015 Paris attacks).

A third suicide vest was discovered in the vicinity of the airport. A police raid on a house in the Brussels neighbourhood of Schaerbeek also uncovered another explosive device, chemical products and an Islamic State (IS) flag. A manhunt is now under way for a man captured on CCTV footage at the airport.

But I’m not going to discuss the details further. I’ve already pointed out on multiple occasions why the war on terror is so hard to fighthow terror attacks are the new normal and the attraction ofsoft targets” to terrorists such as airports and metro subways. Nowhere is safe and that’s always been true.

All the expected talk of multiculturalism’s failure or the influx of millions of refugees, both “breaking down the cultural norms of Europe,” will be enjoyable dinner table conversation (it’s also a good way to lose friends, and that’s always been true too).

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Why left-wing critics of Islam are ostracised by Labour in Britain

Robbie Travers. (Photo: © Robbie Travers)

Robbie Travers. (Photo: © Robbie Travers) Travers is a left-wing student of law at Edinburgh University. He is the Executive Director at Agora, a non-partisan think tank for young people and he is also involved with the Human Security Centre, a non-profit foreign policy think tank based in London.

I was challenged the other day on the blog, by a commenter who was critical of an article  where I criticised the Left for their silence on Islam. I hope this article will contribute to the discussion, as it shows why people like myself have gained that impression of the Left. It turns out that there actually are some on the Left who would combat Islamism but they are prevented from engaging in an honest dialogue because of the following problems within the Labour/Left-wing movement:

  1. Many share the racism of low expectations.
  2. Many feel that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
  3. Many support movements and ideology without understanding their beliefs or considering the consequences.
  4. Many feel self-loathing and “white guilt”.
  5. Many share a determined belief that an Islamist is just like them and isn’t actually motivated by the Koran.
  6. The Labour Party has lost its way and no longer represents the needs and views of the working classes it purports to represent.

It seems to me that the left wing here in New Zealand have a lot in common with the left wing in Britain. Perhaps we need a non-partisan think tank here in New Zealand, where conservative activists like myself can work with left-wing activists. Together we could promote a common cause and engage in an honest dialogue about the incompatibility of Islam with the values of our progressive, democratic society.

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Daesh behead 14-year-old boy for being an apostate

Truth Revolt reports:

A 14-year-old Syrian boy missed Friday prayers at a mosque in the city of Jarablus and, for that reason, he was beheaded in front of his parents by members of ISIS.

This death sentence was applied after an ISIS-led Sharia court decided the boy was guilty of apostasy, reports ARA News. A civil rights activist in the city told the news agency that the beheading was carried out in public:

Dozens of people attended the brutal execution, including the victim’s parents who were forced to witness the beheading of their own son.   Read more »

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Pope tells Europe to take refugees because, you know, the Vatican is taking none

Once again we see the leader of a major church, the Pope in this case, telling everyone to do something that he won’t do himself.

The migrant crisis engulfing Europe poses a big challenge to Europe’s values and traditions but the continent should be able to integrate the newcomers without undermining the safety of its citizens, Pope Francis says.

More than one million people sought refuge in Europe last year, many of them fleeing violence in Syria and Iraq.

A majority of the migrants are Muslims and Europeans are worried about how to integrate them, especially since the November 13 attacks by Islamist militants in Paris that killed 130 people.     Read more »

Do you want the good news or the bad news?

First, good news.

There were fewer suicide attacks worldwide in 2015 than 2014, “only” 452 as compared with 592, according to a new report by an Israeli research team.

But drawing conclusions from a mere comparison of the overall figures is “not smart,” cautions Yoram Schweitzer, the head of the Program on Terrorism and Low Intensity Conflict at Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies. For one thing, the 2014 figure was strikingly high (2013 saw a markedly lower 382 suicide attacks), so nobody should start feeling encouraged.

So, only sort of good news…suicide attacks were less than the last year but still up on the year before that.

“Unlike what people usually think, last year was not exceptionally ‘wild’ as regards suicide attacks. There were far fewer attacks than in 2014, although the number of fatalities remained almost the same — 4,370 people killed in 2015 as compared with 4,400 people the year before.”

Which means, “to put it another way, the terror attacks are more deadly.”

Schweitzer elaborates: “As far as the number of suicide attackers, there were roughly 735 in 2015 as compared with 937 the previous year. As regards the ratio of suicide attackers to terror attacks, there were almost two suicide attackers per terror attack in 2014, and the statistic for 2015 is not too far from that either.”

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