PipeLineNews Archives: April 2013


Ayatollah Khameinei Addresses Jihad Conference In Tehran: Revolutionary Islam Mandatory Interpretation Of Qur'an
 
 
April 30, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On Monday, the 29th, Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei delivered opening remarks as Iran hosted the "Islamic Awakening, Ulema Conference." The event was held in Tehran.
 
His 3,600 word speech was devoted to an analysis of what has come to be called the "Arab Spring."
 
We note two major themes of the Ayatollah's address:
 
1. Khameinei views as being very positive for the spread of Islam, the multiple Muslim-led revolutions which are taking place in the Middle East and North Africa in that they have the potential of starting the process of establishing the world-wide caliphate:
 
"...Today the subject of Islamic Awakening, which you will discuss in this conference, tops the list of the issues of the Islamic world and the Islamic Ummah, an amazing phenomenon that will result in the re-emergence of Islamic civilization - for the Islamic Ummah and then for all of the world - in the not too distant future providing that, with Allah's permission, it stays healthy and continues..."

The turmoil in these Muslim [and also in his eyes, "pre-Muslim," countries] is caused by a revolutionary form of Islamic ideology which the Ayatollah views as being the correct interpretation of Qur'anic scripture, in that it is aggressive, uncompromising and is geared towards global domination.
"...This is the first sign of the political and revolutionary events in North Africa and the Arab region on a global scale, which itself is a harbinger of greater truths that will come to pass in the future..."

  "...The dimensions of this auspicious awakening are widespread and mysterious, but what was witnessed of its immediate outcomes in a few North African countries can make hearts confident about the great and amazing outcomes that will be achieved in the future..."
 
For some perspective on the terrorist nature of  the Islamic Awakening movement, its website features a piece written by the ex-pat Iraqi terrorist Muqtada al-Sadr, who now resides in Iran, on need of the Ulema [Islamic scholars] to properly direct, the revolution.
 
 "...[the] Ulema should oversee the ongoing Islamic revolutions in order to guide them into the right path of Islam..."
 
Sadr - a Shiite - created the "Mahdi Army" in 2003 which operated out of Baghdad's vast slums - renamed in homage to him, Sadr City - to wage asymetrical warfare against the American troops and Iraqi government.
 
2. Destruction of Israel continues to be a centerpiece of jihadist theory:
 
"...Since the first day up until today, the tragedy of Palestine has been a combination of killings, assassinations, destruction, usurpation and transgression against what is held sacred in Islam. The necessity of putting up a resistance against this warring and usurping enemy and fighting him has been agreed upon by all Islamic denominations and all honest and healthy national currents. Any current in Islamic countries which disregards this religious and national responsibility out of consideration for the domineering demands of America or under the pretext of unreasonable justifications should not expect to be viewed as loyal to Islam and sincere in its nationalistic claims. This is a test. Anybody who does not accept the slogan of liberating Holy Quds [Jeusalem] and saving the Palestinian nation and Palestinian territories or anybody who sidelines this slogan and turns his back on the camp of resistance, will be condemned. The Islamic Ummah should keep this clear and fundamental standard in mind everywhere and at all times..."
 
What are some of the conclusions which can be drawn from Khameinei's speech?
 
1. The ideas of Sayyed Qutb [an Egyptian Islamist theoretician, and the intellectual father of contemporary Muslim terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and its bretheren] basically a "purification" of Islam which stresses that it is Islam's destiny to govern the world - are the motivating force behind the jihadist/Arab Spring movement.
 
2. Additionally, for those inclined to continue to believe that a"peaceful Islam" is lurking just around the corner, it remains a non-negotiable tenet of Islamist ideology that Israel must be destroyed.
 
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Feature Story: The Threat from Qatar and Al-Qaeda’s “Next Generation” 
 
By EMERSON VERMAAT
 
 
April 25 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews org - Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are playing a nefarious role in the Middle East and elsewhere, even though these Arab states are publicly supporting the United States. They also  strongly support the Muslim Brotherhood and even more radical so-called Salafist groups in Syria and other countries. Radicalized citizens from Saudi Arabia, Syria, the UAE and the Gulf states were involved in terrorism or Al-Qaeda operations. Al-Qaeda leader and 9/11 plotter Osama bin Laden had a Saudi background, so had eight of the nineteen  9/11 hijackers. One of the four suicide pilots, Marwan Al-Shehhi, was a student from the UAE who moved to Germany in 1996. A Syrian Al-Qaeda operative in Spain played a role in preparing the 9/11 attacks. Very recently, two Al-Qaeda militants who planned to derail a train were arrested in Canada. According to media reports one of them was a Tunisian named Chiheb Esseghaier and the other one was Raed Jaser, a Palestinian with citizenship in the UAE.
 
The Al-Nusra Front in Syria openly declared itself to be a branch of the notorious Al-Qaeda in Iraq. About 500 to 600 young Muslims and Muslim converts from Europe have now joined the Al-Nusra ranks hoping to die as a martyr. If they do not die in Syria, they will return to Europe as well trained and hardened terrorists who will pose a very serious security threat indeed.
 
Terrorism expert Bruce Riedel claims that Al-Nusra “gets crucial support from the Al-Qaeda core in Pakistan.” “Al-Qaeda leader Al-Zawahiri issued a public call in February 2012 in which he urged ‘every Muslim and every free and honest person in Turkey, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon to rise and help their brothers in Syria.” “At least one senior member of the Al-Qaeda Shura Council in Pakistan has traveled to Syria to further coordinate plans and operations with the core hiding in Pakistan.” “One estimate suggests that as many as 5000 foreign fighters have gone to Syria.” Among them are so-called holy warriors (Mujahideen) from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Palestine, Lebanon, Australia, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Kosovo, Chechnya, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Iraq. Not only does Al-Nusra want to “liberate” the whole of Syria, but also do they plan to wage jihad against Lebanon, Jordan and Israel. They pose a direct security threat to Israel, especially if they would succeed in getting control of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal.
 
Al-Nusra is believed to receive money and weapons from the Arab Gulf states and Saudi Arabia. Fox News recently quoted a commander of one of the smaller Syrian opposition groups who blames Qatar, “saying the oil rich Gulf state directs its backing to rebels with a more Islamist ideology.” Qatar “has emerged as one of the strongest international backers of the rebellion against Syrian president Bashar Assad,” Fox News reported. However,  “some rebel brigades complain they are left out in the cold from the flow of money and weapons, sparing rivalries between secular and Islamist groups.” Although Qatar denies that money and weapons have been sent to the most radical Islamist Al-Nusra Front, there is no doubt about it that this group is very well armed, trained and financed.
 
The same happened in Libya in 2011, by the way. A former American defense official quoted by Daniel Greenfield in Frontpage Magazine criticized the Qatari role in Libya when cargo planes with arms shipments from Qatar and the emirates could not be interdicted by NATO planes. “Nobody knew exactly who they were,” the official said about the rebels supported by Qatar and the emirates. “The Qataris are supposedly good allies, but the Islamists they support are not in our interest.” “In Egypt, Qatar has been a strong backer of President Mohammed Morsi, a veteran of the Muslim Brotherhood,” Fox News says.
 
 
Qatar’s increased influence in Europe
 
Oil rich Qatar is promoting Islamist causes in Europe, too. Qatar is currently financing so-called “social projects” in the poor immigrant neighborhoods  in major cities in France, Italy and Greece. Most of these immigrants are Muslims. There was a row in France over Qatar’s intention to poor cash money into the restive and troubled suburbs of Paris, the so-called “banlieus.” The French government led by Socialist President Francois Hollande quickly announced it would also invest in the project. “At the heart of the controversy surrounding the fund lies widespread French suspicions over Qatar’s soft-power intentions in France’s disadvantaged banlieus, home to a significant number of France’s estimated 4-6 million Muslims,” FRANCE 24 reported. FRANCE 24 is a leading French TV channel. “There is something going on. Nothing is Free, that’s for certain,” French Middle East expert Karim Sader told FRANCE 24. “We’re tempted to link the funding for the suburbs to Qatar’s Islamist leanings, given the countries role in financing the Arab Spring Revolutions and the Muslim Brotherhood,” Sader said.
 
In September 2012, a French government spokesman was quoted in the Paris newspaper Le Monde as saying that the government hoped that the project would attract “enterprises which would be economically interesting to Qatar.” One month earlier, Sheikh Hamad Ben Khalifa Al-Thani, the autocratic Emir of Qatar, paid a visit to France where he was received by President Hollande. Their main topic was Syria, but they also discussed the growing economic cooperation between the two counties.
 
One of Qatar’s powerful economic instruments is the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). In Holland and Germany, for example, the QIA finances major companies (such as German car manufacturer Porsche) and a few banks. Qatar is also very active in the United States and Britain, funding British mosques and investing in British banks. CNN’s program Inside the Middle East (IME) closely cooperates with the Qatar Foundation, Qatar’s propagandistic cultural arm. (“Inside the Middle East, in association with Qatar Foundation.”)
 
Last March, Sheikh Hamad bought the small Greek island of Oxia in the Ionian Sea. He now plans to buy at least five more small Greeks islands. “As  debt-stricken Greece tries to lease off its assets to balance its books, the Emir had negotiated a bargain price for his purchases: he bought Oxia for 4.9 million euros and the next five for 3.5 million euros in total,” The Times (London) reported.
 
The Emir’s most important public relations project is the successful TV channel Al Jazeera based in Qatar’s capital of Doha. There is the more conservative Arab media outlet and the seemingly more Western English outlet. Although very vocal in criticizing human rights violations in other Arab countries, both outlets never ever criticize the human rights situation in Qatar itself. This is because Al Jazeera is not an independent network such as CNN or Fox News but a government sponsored propaganda media outlet and very supportive of the totalitarian and anti-Semitic Muslim Brotherhood. Influential Muslim Brotherhood ideologue Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi frequently lashes out against Israel and the West on Al Jazeera. He praises Hamas and justifies suicide bombings by Muslims. Daniel Pipes  quotes the militant Sheikh as saying that attacks on enemies are not suicide operations but “heroic martyrdom operations” in which the kamikazes are not “out of hopelessness and despair but are driven by an overwhelming desire to cast terror and fear into the hearts of the oppressors.”

Qaradawi, who lives in Doha, is president of the dubious “European Council for Fatwa & Research” in Brussels. Many Muslims in Europe see him as a great authority on matters of faith. His books and speeches have been translated into many languages. Among the things he advocates are polygamy and wife beating.
 
The former Al Jazeera correspondent in Berlin is quoted by the German magazine Der Spiegel. He calls Al Jazeera a “propaganda outlet.” Emir Hamad does not hesitate to interfere with Al Jazeera program policies blocking independent minded journalists. Al Jazeeera’s General Director is a relative of the Emir,  Der Spiegel reports.
 
 
Al Qaeda’s “next generation” and the “Boston Marathon Bombers”
 
Al-Qaeda expert Abdel Bari Atwan recently published the interesting book “After Bin Laden: Al-Qa’ida, The Next Generation.” He spells “Al-Qaeda” as “Al Qaida” or “Al-Qa’ida.” He writes that “Al Qaida after Bin Laden has expanded in reach by cementing new alliances and exploiting the opportunities regional turmoil affords. The Arab Spring has opened new battlegrounds for jihadists, particularly in Libya, the Sahel and Egypt.”
 
Very important is what Atwan writes about the Sinai Peninsula: “The advent of Al-Qaida facilitated by a security vacuum in the aftermath of the Egyptian revolution, is a dangerous new development for Israel and potentially world shipping since the Sinai neighbours the Suez Canal.” “In August 2011, Egyptian papers reported that an umbrella group called the Salafist Group of Northern Sinai had established Islamist courts and was introducing a security force of 6,000 men.” “In early 2012, another group called Ansar Al-Jihad appeared, claiming responsibility for pipeline attacks. The change of name is most likely a rebranding excercise; the new group announced its allegiance to Ayman Al-Zawahiri and endorsed his leadership of Al-Qai’da with an online message in Januari 2012.”

He also writes about “The Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus” and “the involvement of Anwar Al-Awlaki and several Chechen jihadists in two thwarted attacks by Al-Qaeda affiliated sleeper cells in Europe in 2010 and 2011. The Ansar Al-Mujaheddin website was used  to raise funds and recruit for a group – Sharia4Belgium – which intended to target Christmas shoppers in Belgium in 2010. When this group was arrested it was found to contain three Chechens as well as men from Belgium, Holland, Germany, Spain, Morocco and Saudi Arabia. In April 2011, a cell was disrupted in the Czech Republic which included one Chechen, two Dagestanis, Moldovans and Bulgarians. Some of the men told investigators they had attended training camps in Pakistan.”
 
I do not agree with everything that Atwan writes, though. He believes, for example, that in the future some kind of dialogue is possible between Al-Qaeda’s “political wing” and the international community. “The Taliban is an obvious candidate – they have already indicated their willingness to engage in diplomacy with the international community, as the opening of an office in Qatar suggests.” Atwan ignores the fact that these Muslim radicals are as fanatic as the Japanese and the Nazis were during the Second World War. A dialogue with mass murderers is out of the question. Look at what is now happening in Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan.
 
Tamerlan and Dzokhar Tsernaev, the two  Boston Marathon Bombers, were Chechen immigrants in the United States who were also inspired by Anwar Al-Awlaki. This U.S. citizen was the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP). He was killed in a drone attack on September 30, 2011. Awlaki initiated the online Al-Qaeda magazine Inspire. One of the magazine’s issues contained a bomb making manual. A U.S. official told Fox News that the Tsernaev brothers “built the bombs with instructions from Inspire magazine.”
 
Last year, two Chechens and a Turk were arrested in Spain. One of the Chechens had been trained by the Pakistani terror group Lashkar i-Taiba. Very recently, two Al-Qaeda terrorists, Hassan El Jaaouani, a Moroccan national, and Nou Mediouni, an Algerian national, were arrested in Spain. Spanish authorities claim that they had “a similar profile” as the Boston bombers.
 
In decades past, many Western countries, including the United States and Canada, allowed too many Muslim asylum seekers, so-called refugees or economic migrants from risk countries such as Somalia, Kenia, Nigeria, Mali, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Chechnya, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Lebanon. But multiculturalism is not always a blessing. Backward and violent cultures will only harm the cause of freedom. Just look how women are treated, how Christians are persecuted and killed, and how Jews are called “descendents of apes and pigs.” This is not what we want in the West.
 
 
Emerson Vermaat is an investigative reporter in the Netherlands. Website: emersonvermaat.com.
 
 
 
Sources:
 
BBC News, April 23, 2013 (“Iran denies link to Al-Qaeda plot”); Het Parool (Amsterdam), April 23, 2013, p. 2, 3 (“Aanslag op trein  in Canada verijdeld”).
 
Bruce Riedel, Jabhat Al-Nusra is growing menace to Mideast and beyond, Al-Monitor, April 8, 2013.
 
NRC Handelsblad (Amsterdam), April 10, 2013, p. 11 (“Al-Qaeda eist rol in Syrië officieel op”).
 
Daniel Greenfield, Poor media still pretending not to understand how Al-Nusra Front keeps getting Saudi and Qatari weapons, Frontpage Magazine, March 29, 2013 (quote from former defense official).
 
France24.com, September 25, 2012 (“Qatar pours cash into France’s troubled suburbs”).
 
Le Monde (Paris), September 24, 2012 (“Banlieues: Arnaud Montebourg aurait accepté le fonds du Qatar”).
 
Gerbert van der Aa (Doha), De geheime agenda van de gassjeiks, Elsevier (Amsterdam), March 30, 2013, p. 47-51 (Qatar’s role in Holland and Germany).
 
The Times (London), March 6, 2013, p. 27 (Sheikh moves in to buy Greek islands”); De Volksrant (Amsterdam), March 6, 2013. p. 2 (“Emir Qatar koopt Grieks eilandje”).
 
Daniel Pipes, The suicide Jihad menace, Jerusalem Post, July 27, 2001.
 
Stefan Meining, Eine Moschee in Deutschland (Munich: C.H. Beck, 2011),  p. 199 (on Qaradawi).
 
Der Spiegel, February 9, 2013 (“TV-Sender: Bröckelnde Insel”). Al Jazeera: A propaganda outlet.
 
Abdel Bari Atwan, After Bin Laden: Al-Qai’da, the Next Generation (London: Saqi Books, 2012), p. 219-221 (Sinai Peninsula), p. 230 (Caucacus), p. 265 (Al-Qaeda’s “political wing”).
 
Fox News, April 23, 2013 (“Boston Bombing suspects built explosives with help of online Al-Qaeda magazine, official says”).
 
El País (Madrid), April 24, 2013, p. 20 (“La policía detiene a dos magrebíes vinculados con el terrorismo islamista”). 
 
 
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U.S. State Dept. Disinformation Campaign Continues: Islamic Jihad Is Legitimate Response To "Economic And Political Needs"

By WILLIAM MAYER

April 23, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - During yesterday's State Department briefing, the subject of a recent attack in Nigeria by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram was addressed by Patrick Ventrell, Acting Deputy Spokesperson, in a manner indicative of this administrations twisted thinking regarding terrorism perpetrated by Muslims.

According to Mr. Ventrell, Islamic jihad is caused by government's not addressing long festering local social problems. State's thinking on this is dangerously simplistic in that it implies that absent societal grievances, jihad would not exist.

Below, some of the operative text of yesterday's exchange, see State Department Presser, April 22, 2013.
Q. "...But 200 people have been killed in an attack in Nigeria, and this is really the latest in a string of recent attacks related to Boko Haram. Are you concerned that there’s been really an uptick in violence in recent months? And is the U.S. still supportive of President Jonathan’s posture that Boko Haram is a group that can be negotiated with?

A. "...Well, thanks for the question, Guy. The United States does condemn the violence that took the lives of so many innocent civilians in Baga Borno state. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of those who died or were injured as a result of these attacks. We support the Nigerian authorities in their efforts to bring the perpetrators of violent acts to justice, and stress the importance of respecting human rights and protecting civilians in all security responses. So we urge all parties to refrain from reprisal attacks..."

Sure Mr. Ventrell, this weasel worded response [a condemnation it is not] to the killing of over 175 villagers in Baga Borno state, Nigeria will strike fear in the hearts of the Boko Haram butchers.

But Ventrell wasn't done making the case proving State's ineptitude...
[continuing] "...But really the context, Guy, here is that we’ve been very clear that we want them to respond - Nigerian authorities - but want them to do so respecting human rights and in that broader context. So they have to address these vulnerable communities’ concerns. They have to do so in not necessarily a heavy-handed way, but in one that is effective and focused on their legitimate economic and political needs in the north as well...our response is that violent extremism requires more than just a security response. So the group as - Boko Haram exploits legitimate northern grievances to attract recruits and public sympathy. So the response should be to address some of those legitimate needs and concerns of the people in the north so that that’s not being exploited by this group, who clearly has perpetrated some very awful violence..."

Huh?

These Islamic fanatics engaged in a fire fight with government forces [during a trial cease-fire, please refer to our April 18 piece, Nigeria Starts Process Of Amnesty For Boko Haram Butchers] and as a result the entire village burned to the ground. Many of those killed during the attack were aged and not very mobile and hence were roasted to death in their thatched huts, and yet the State Department seems to be directing much of its ire towards the soldiers whose job it is to end Boko's reign of terror - approximately 3,000 killed over the last 18 months.

Ventrell's carefully constructed response demonstrates that rather than placing the entire blame on the terrorists, State instead conflates the government's response with Boko's Medieval sense of Islamic justice.

But there was a follow-up...
Q. The reported use of rocket-propelled grenades by Boko Haram in this violence is an escalation for them. Is there any concern on the part of the State Department that this might indicate what – a fear that you have expressed before, that Boko Haram may be integrated more with this threat of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb across the Sahel?

A. " I don’t have any particular information on the munitions that were used. But clearly we’re concerned about the context of them trying to have deeper ties with other violent extremists throughout the region, and that’s something that we’re very focused on and watching very closely.

This must be very reassuring to the shaky Nigerian government. The State Department, by this statement, seems to have no idea what really happened in Baga Borno state as anyone who has read the press reports knows that Boko Haram has been using RPGs for some time now, not just in this instance. It should be noted that it was probably these RPGs which started the conflagration.

Lastly we find it completely unacceptable that this [heavily Islamist influenced] administration will not publicly admit what everyone familiar with Boko Haram knows - that it's an al-Qaeda affiliate, so as to "deeper ties," we can't imagine how much more closely bound the two groups could be.

This is the kind of absolute bullshit which is being dished nearly every day by Obama and his lackeys and it's this manure which is consumed word-for-word by the MSM who simply regurgitate it on command because likewise, the press can't bring itself to call a Muslim terrorist...a Muslim terrorist.

It may defy belief but the folks in State [and their boss in the WH] actually think this way, that no matter what level of horror is involved, as long as Muslims are the ones doing the killing, Team Obama will always search for a motivation outside the obvious - Islamic scripture.

Hence, the operative concept, the brutal imposition of the Shari'a, will never be mentioned because it would lay bare as a sham, the entire thrust of this president's foreign policy.
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Well Boston Are We At War Yet?

By WILLIAM MAYER

April 22, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - This piece is going to piss a lot of people off.

Good.

The truth has a nasty habit of catching up with those who deny reality, so on the 15th, a "mass casualty" terrorist attack came to the cradle of the American Revolution, Boston.

How surprising, the bombers are Muslims...and hail from Islamic terror central in Russia's North Caucuses, Chechnya.

Re Chechnya, a bit of history for the stooge scribes in the MSM, especially the NY Times and the boobs who man the desks at AP.
"On September 1, 2004, a group of Chechen terrorists took hostage and two days later murdered at least 335 schoolchildren and parents in Beslan, a town in the Russian republic of North Ossetia. The atrocity focused world attention on Chechnya. The Russian government used the event to reiterate its arguments that Chechen terrorists and foreign jihadists supporting them have ideological, financial, and operational ties with Islamist terrorist organizations such as Al-Qaeda. Although President Vladimir Putin and top Russian security officials provided evidence of links between Chechen fighters and Al-Qaeda, European politicians and mainstream Western journalists focused instead upon the Russian army's brutality and dismissed Putin's claims as an attempt to gain sympathy in the West and deflect criticism of Russia's handling of a nationalist insurgency..."
And...
"...Over the last decade, Islamist terrorists have co-opted the Chechen cause as part of a global jihad. Umar Ibn al-Khattab, a Saudi native who became the leader of the foreign mujahideen in Chechnya, said, "This case is not just a Chechen matter but an Islamic matter, like Afghanistan..." [Lorenzo Vidino, How Chechnya Became A Breeding Ground For Terror, Middle East Quarterly, Summer 2005 edition]

Enough said, the Muslim terrorists in that godforsaken country are driven by the ideology of political Islam which is, in turn, justified by Qur'anic scripture. This is not some off-the-cuff remark by someone who dabbles in the meaning of Islam's holiest of texts, no, it is taken directly from the lips of jihad's major practitioners and theorists such as Ayman al-Zawahiri [please refer to Exoneration, his 2008 treatise on jihad] who relied upon a fatwa issued by Nasir al-Fah, then Saudi Arabia's chief cleric, which justified the use of WMDs as a legitimate form of jihad. This lends credence to the belief that if given access to nuclear weapons that they would then be used against Western targets as part of a holy war to establish the caliphate.

Thus, as interpreted by far too many Muslims, taken literally the Qur'an is a revolutionary work meant to inspire and justify the imposition of Islam, at the point of a sword if need be, on the non-Muslim world.

Let's conduct a thought experiment.

What if on the 15th, instead of high explosive devices, a chemical, biological or radiological weapon was employed, perhaps a small suitcase or tactical nuke?

Please note: a typical tactical nuke might have the explosive power of 5-10 kilotons, 5-10 thousand tons of TNT...a baby compared to strategic nukes but far larger than any single convention high explosive weapon]
What would have been the reaction?

Shock, fear and then...pandemonium.

With 9/11 in perspective most people would immediately grasp that a nuke or CBW attack would represent a sea-change, an escalation several orders of magnitude beyond the carnage of the World Trade Center being destroyed. [the economic cost of the 9/11 attacks is estimated to have been between 1.5 a 2 trillion dollars, a nuke or cbw attack would cause incalculably more financial hardship].

This would be a new and terrible reality, not simply because of the immediate carnage that such a device would cause but also because the very image of a "mushroom cloud" invokes a nightmare scenario, of cities going dark and glowing without warning or explanation.

In an instant we would all become the hunted and the nation would never be the same again.

Martial law would be invoked immediately as a necessary precaution because despite its outward robust appearance [even in the midst of a 6 year old recession], this society is highly technologically advanced, but...the appearance of order and control is razor thin...pierce it deeply enough and you are plunged back into the jungle, huddling against the cold with only a sharpened stick for defense.

Those who do not know or comprehend this would in very short order grasp the severity of the new reality. If previous natural disasters can be used as a template we know that grocery store shelves across the nation would be empty in less than 24 hrs.

The same would hold true for gas stations...pumped dry in hours.

Panic, sheer flop-sweat panic would be the order of the day and this emotion would ripple and ultimately roar from coast to coast as the rumor mill started.

Question - How many policemen does your city employ?

The [very low crime] mid-size San Francisco Bay Area city where I reside has less than 50 officers to police about 15 square miles, a heavy responsibility and of course all of these officers can't be on the street simultaneously. Hence there is no way to maintain order without the consent of most of those in the community.

Absent that and you have an escalating pattern of increasing unruliness.

This will happen in many if not most communities, panic causes people to do commit rash acts.

Soon the states might be forced to call out the National Guard to attempt to quell trouble in hot spots, especially the big cities where a sense of rage has been stoked by radical Democrats for decades.

But it's too late, things will escalate rapidly and it will get very ugly.

Ok now Boston resident how do you protect your family, because now YOU - not some city paid employee in blue with a badge and a sidearm - are both the first and last point of defense.

Again, what do you do?

Break out the steak knives?

Please keep in mind that before this hypothetical attack, most of you claimed to abhor firearms and especially firearms which are effective for home defense. This feeling is shared by much of the Northeast voting public.

But that was then, this is now and you feverishly break out grandpa's almost antique revolver which looks so weathered and abused it might as well be a club. Inconveniently, gramps failed to include a box or two of functional ammunition...wasn't that thoughtless of him?

Now Mr. and Mrs. Boston, what do YOU do when strangers start showing up on your doorstep or in your backyard, demanding God knows what?

Are you planning on reasoning with some lout who too is scared of what seems to be going down? Will you refuse him when he asks for your canned goods, will you still refuse when he pulls a Beretta 92 and points it at your belly?

Thought not, you and your family will be lucky indeed if your canned veggies will satiate him...remember panic tends to brutalize people's sensibilities, they become so self-centric that they lose all perspective - and these are your normal type citizens, not the outcasts, misfits, crazies and sociopaths who might just be around the corner.

Hey kids what time is it?

Well boys and girls it's Zombietime!

Ok we will pose the question again: What the hell will you do when u look down into the frightened eyes of your daughter and wife as they realize that you [all of 5' 8" tall, 180 flabby pounds in weight and totally out of shape] have no way of defending them?

You and your family are now nothing more than meat for the taking.

Boston boy, will your belief in non-violence and rejection of the use of force still be in effect or would you do anything to get your hands on an AR and a thousand rounds of 5.56 NATO ammo?

Ahhh...but the ARs will be gone, purchased and stored away many years ago by people who understood that the beauty of this society is only a veneer papering over what is often the dark nature of man.

Mr. Bean town, we truly wish you luck but we don't feel much compassion...because you got exactly what you wanted - to be left defenseless in a world where security is a chimera.

Oh...so NOW you get the picture...too friggin' bad, the hysteria that you and your ilk whipped up has come back to bite you in the ass, the firearms have disappeared from the shelves, ditto ammunition of just about any type.

Sorry dude, no guns for you...life sucks when you really screw up.

Hint...at that point you might consider making amends with the NRA member around the corner, you know the one you referred to as a "right wing lunatic," the one who has the "Stand and Fight" bumper sticker on his pickup and the "Defended by Smith and Wesson" placard on his front door ...you just might find he is far more reasonable and compassionate than you previously realized.

Note: the fact that the above is a worst case scenario is for effect, it does in no way weaken the central argument at all.

Think about it, two smallish homemade bombs killed less than 10 people and injured probably about 200 more, chump change really such as these things could have gone. Yet though the attack was relatively minor an entire metropolitan area was under lockdown for an extended period of time. For days the perps were on the loose and, Mr. and Mrs. Boston, the threat would have been exactly the same...two heavily armed Muslim fanatics roaming your countryside.

You know damn well that you couldn't have protected your family even under such a minimal threat.

And this holds true for any major natural disaster. The police are not bound to protect you. Victims can't sue police departments for negligence in allowing senseless violence to occur.

That's your job, now man-up, grow a pair and above all get prepared.

You have been warned.

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Informed Speculation - Was The Boston Marathon Bombing Carried Out By Jihadists?
 
By BEILA RABINOWITZ
 
April 15, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - At 2:50 today [EST] two bombs were detonated along the route near the end of the Boston Marathon. The explosions occurred several minutes apart.
 
As of this writing 2 people are dead and over 86 injured.
 
Unconfirmed reports stated that a "foreign national" is being guarded at an undisclosed Boston hospital.
 
Police have surveillance video of a man with a backpack placing bombs in trash cans.
 
Today is also a local holiday in Boston known as "Patriots Day."
 
On April 12th 2012 the Muslim pharmacist from Boston, Tarek Mehanna,was sentenced by a federal court in Boston to 17 and one half years in prison for conspiring to provide aid to al-Qaeda. Mehanna is thought to have conspired with Ahmad Abousamra who is believed to have received military training during several trips to Pakistan. He has since, gone to ground, and is among the FBI's Ten Most Wanted individuals [see, http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/alert/ahmad-abousamra/view].
 
Coincidence?
 
Perhaps not, as a huge campaign by Muslims and leftists demanding his release has been ongoing since his arrest. At this point in time it is pure speculation,  but if the bombings turn out to be the result of Islamist terrorism there is a great likelihood that they are linked to the efforts to free Tarek Mehanna .
 
His supporters have set up websites and awarded him via his parents the Sacco-Vanzetti award for social justice calling him a champion of free speech.
 
At his sentencing a defiant Mehanna stated that, "I mentioned Paul Revere – when he went on his midnight ride, it was for the purpose of warning the people that the British were marching to Lexington to arrest Sam Adams and John Hancock, then on to Concord to confiscate the weapons stored there by the Minuteman. By the time they got to Concord, they found the Minuteman waiting for them, weapons in hand. They fired at the British, fought them, and beat them. From that battle came the American Revolution. There’s an Arabic word to describe what those Minutemen did that day. That word is: JIHAD, and this is what my trial was about."
 
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Nigeria Starts Process Of Amnesty For Boko Haram Butchers

April 18, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Demonstrative of the basic reason why al-Qaeda and other Islamic terror groups have quickly regrouped, after having been defeated in Iraq - a weak central governing authority, Nigeria which has seen thousands of its citizens butchered by Boko Haram, is attempting to implement an amnesty arrangement with the group.
"...Nigeria's federal government has set up a special inter-agency committee to discuss the possibility of granting amnesty to members of the Islamic sect Boko Haram..."If amnesty is eventually considered as an option, the committee is also expected to make recommendations regarding the modalities to be employed in handing the amnesty," a top official of the presidency said...The meeting was called to discuss the increasing activities of the sect, which has killed over 3,000 people since it started its armed campaign in 2009..." [source, Nigeria considers amnesty for Boko Haram, African Manager, African news website]
The Muslim terrorist group is an al-Qaeda affiliate and has been savagely brutalizing Nigerian citizens for nearly 5 years. The list of atrocities committed by its members is horrifying, even by African standards where machete attacks are so commonplace that they no longer even rise to the level of "news" on that continent.

Of course the Nigerian people have not been consulted on this matter, we have a suspicion that such a decision would have little support.

Nigerian Catholic Bishops are alarmed that this event may occur and have spoken out [about 40% of Nigeria's approximate population of 175M are Roman Catholic and 50% are Muslim] against the concept.
"...Several Catholic bishops warned the Nigerian government to be wary of the consequences of granting amnesty to Boko Haram, a sect that wants to impose strict Islamic law, and at least one said Mass attendance had dropped because the Islamist sect often targeted churches... Archbishop Felix Alaba Job of Ibadan, referring to Boko Haram's targeting of civilians, questioned why the government should "grant amnesty to vandals of human souls and bodies..." [source, Peter Ajayi Dada, Nigerian bishops: Government should be wary of amnesty for Boko Haram, Catholic News Service]
The protocol established by the Nigerian government - in hopes on ending the bloody war - requires that members of the group disarm within 60 days.
"...Members of the Boko Haram sect will be given a 60-day window within which to disarm under a Federal Government dialogue and amnesty programme announced yesterday..." [source, Isiaka Wakili And Ismail Mudashir, Boko Haram to Get 60 Days to Disarm, All Africa news website]
We predict that this effort will fail, not because of any intransigence by the Nigerian government, because Islamists, like leftists, can't be bought off, the issue is never the issue the issue is always the revolution...and Islamism is without a doubt a revolutionary ideology of domination.

The worst case scenario, which we also predict - assuming that this amnesty process goes forward - is exactly what happens when Israel temporarily halts operations against Hamas; the terrorists will take advantage of the temporary lull and use the period to re-arm, re-deploy its forces and come back stronger than at the beginning of this sham amnesty period..

Boko Haram and its brethren will view this development only one way, a sure sign that total victory is within reach.

 
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Boko Haram - African Atrocities By Jihadist Group Continue - Slit School Kids' Throats


April 15, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - While this administration is knee-deep in stirring up domestic unrest, intentionally, many may not realize the potentially devastating product that such callous and indifferent manipulation and stoking of long-held hates and grievances may produce.

Witness what is on daily display in the North of Africa where long standing tribal/ethnic disputes have been exacerbated, then exploited by Islamist forces in an effort to impose Shari'a on a people unwilling to accept it voluntarily.

In the extant case we are referring to Boko Haram [Jama’atul Ahlis Sunnah Lid’ Awati]  and its increasingly gruesome campaign of terror in Nigeria. This is not a problem which is localized, but rather is widely occurring across the span of the continent, even in nations which are overwhelmingly Christian, such as Kenya where nearly 90% of the population is non-Muslim.

The topic itself [brutal Islamist violence] is seldom covered in the Western press. It's viewed as being toxic because it directly challenges one of the neo-Marxist left's core beliefs - that all cultures and societies are of equal moral stature.

If reported at all domestically, the reports are sanitized in an effort to protect the left's version of its sensibilities. They certainly want no part of advancing the idea that these African butchers are morally depraved and what they do is pure evil.
"[the]...Sunday Tribune learnt that the gunmen killed many students of Monguno Secondary School by slitting their throats, after laying an ambush for them as they returned home from centres where they wrote the West African Examination Council (WAEC) Senior Secondary Certificate Examination..." [source, Boko Haram slaughter WAEC candidates like ram after exam in Bornu, Osun Defender, a popular news website in Nigeria]

Teachers have likewise been targeted. Preceding the above incident six local teachers were also slaughtered by members of Boko Haram.

Though the terrorist group's directorship is unclear many suspect that a former Nigerian politician is responsible for directing these and other recent attacks.
"...The Presidency has described former Head of State and presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), as the major sponsor of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram and a leading protagonist of violence. [source, NIGERIA: Buhari Is Boko Haram’s Major Sponsor – Presidency,  Codewit World News website]

Though desire for political power may be motivating Buhari [or some similarly obsessed party] these cases,  Boko Haram has clearly defined its mission as one of widespread murder directed against Christians.
"...Boko Haram explained that the numerous bombings and mass shootings it carried out against churches and government buildings in the last few years are part of its mission to drive out Christians from Nigeria. The African country is divided by both geographical and religion lines, with most Christians concentrated in the South and Muslims in the North. "The Nigerian state and Christians are our enemies and we will be launching attacks on the Nigerian state and its security apparatus as well as churches until we achieve our goal of establishing an Islamic state in place of the secular state," Boko Haram said in no uncertain terms in June 2012..." [source, Christian-Killing Terrorist Group Boko Haram Rejects Nigeria's Amnesty Offer, Christian Post]

This administration has essentially done nothing about Muslim on Christian violence anywhere in the world, no statements of condemnation, no promise or offer of aid. Nor has the U.S. Africa Command been especially mindful, other than issuing pointless warnings, of taking any on-[the-ground action against these [or really any other Africa based terrorists, the overwhelming majority of which are al-Qaeda affiliates.

The media can, and will, continue to purposefully ignore the looming danger to American security emanating from al-Shabaab, Boko Haram and the myriad of similarly motivated Islamist terror groups.
At some point, as was the case with bin-Laden in Afghanistan [and previously bin-Laden in Sudan where he started organizing his cadre of mujahideen]  this Shari'a borne jihadism will undoubtedly show up on these shores...again.
It's only a question of when...and as we go to press we are mindful of the multiple terrorist  bombings which took place along the route of today's Boston Marathon.

A "foreign national," is under law enforcement supervision in a Boston hospital, suspected of complicity.

Though it should be clear to anyone charged with maintaining the security of the United States that as far as the Muslim world is concerned the threat comes from an ideology rooted in Islamic law, rather than simply the singular entity, al-Qaeda, this is not the case.

In this matter [as with many others] Team Obama is in league with his acolytes in the media, neither want their sacred cows gored by the truth...it's so inconvenient.

This  game will only end when American blood flows on American streets, at which time there will be an accounting, with many parties found wanting.

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Why Did President Obama Refuse To Defend The Benghazi Embassy?

April 9, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - This administration has [with the aid of a  conniving U.S. media] never been forced to answer any of the relevant questions regarding the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack against the American Embassy located in Benghazi, Libya which resulted in the death of four Americans including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

President Barack Hussein Obama and his corrupt DOJ under AG Eric Holder have stonewalled requests for information from the relevant Congressional Committees and House Speaker John Boehner has been MIA during the whole affair, typical for this hopelessly befuddled politician...perhaps he is chain-smoking while hiding under his desk.

With this in mind, Representative Frank Wolf [R, VA] has introduced H.R. 36, which calls for the creation of a select committee to investigate the matter. H. Res. 36 has, so far garnered 62 co-sponsors. The bill's text appears at the end of this piece.

Yesterday, in an unprecedented development, over 700 Special Ops Veterans signed an open letter to Congress, expressing their support for this legislation and urged that it be enacted. In this document these Spec Ops Vets have posed 16 questions which they consider essential in helping to determine exactly what happened during that attack. They want to know what actions Mr. Obama took - if any - do defend the American Embassy, it's employees and any special operators or military assets who were on the ground at the time.


Partial text of letter:

April 8, 2013

To: Members of The U.S. House of Representatives

Subject: The Benghazi attacks on 9/11/ 2012

The undersigned are a representative group of some 700 retired Military Special Operations professionals who spent the majority of their careers preparing for and executing myriad operations to rescue or recover detained or threatened fellow Americans. In fact, many of us participated in both the Vietnam era POW rescue effort, The Son Tay Raid, as well as Operation Eagle Claw, the failed rescue attempt in April of 1980 in Iran, so we have been at this for many years and have a deep passion for seeking the truth about what happened during the national tragedy in Benghazi.

The purpose of this letter is to encourage all members of the US House of Representatives to support H.Res. 36, which will create a House Select Committee on the Terrorist Attack in Benghazi. It is essential that a full accounting of the events of September 11, 2012, be provided and that the American public be fully informed regarding this egregious terrorist attack on US diplomatic personnel and facilities. We owe that truth to the American people and the families of the fallen.

It appears that many of the facts and details surrounding the terrorist attack which resulted in four American deaths and an undetermined number of American casualties have not yet been ascertained by previous hearings and inquiries. Additional information is now slowly surfacing in the media, which makes a comprehensive bipartisan inquiry an imperative. Many questions have not been answered thus far. The House Select Committee should address, at a minimum, the following questions:

Sixteen Questions Which Demand Answers:

1. Why was there no military response to the events in Benghazi?
a. Were military assets in the region available? If not, why not?
b. If so, were they alerted?
c. Were assets deployed to any location in preparation for a rescue or recovery attempt?
d. Was military assistance requested by the Department of State? If so, what type?
e. Were any US Army/Naval/USMC assets available to support the US diplomats in Benghazi during the attack?
f. What, if any, recommendations for military action were made by DOD and the US Africa Command?

2. What, if any, non-military assistance was provided during the attack?

3. How many US personnel were injured in Benghazi?

4. Why have the survivors of the attack not been questioned?

5. Where are the survivors?

6. Who was in the White House Situation Room (WHSR) during the entire 8-hour period of the attacks, and was a senior US military officer present?

7. Where were Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey during the crisis, and what inputs and recommendations did they make?

8. Where were Tom Donilon, the National Security Advisor, Denis McDonough, his deputy, Valerie Jarrett and John Brennan during the attacks, and what (if any) recommendations or decisions did any of them make?

9. Why were F-16 fighter aircraft based in Aviano, Italy (less than two hours away) never considered a viable option for disruption (if not dispersal) of the attackers until “boots on the ground” (troop support--General Dempsey’s words) arrived?

10. Were any strike aircraft (such as an AC-130 gunship) in the area or possibly overhead that would cause former SEAL Tyrone Woods to laser-designate his attacker’s position and call for gunship fire support, thereby revealing his own location that led to his death?

11. Who gave the order to “STAND DOWN” that was heard repeatedly during the attacks?

12. What threat warnings existed before the attack, and what were the DOD and DOS responses to those warnings? What data (which will reveal exact timelines and command decisions) is contained within the various SITREPS, records, logs, videos and recordings maintained by the myriad of DOD, Intelligence Community and State Department Command Centers that were monitoring the events in Benghazi as they unfolded?

13. Why did the Commander-in Chief and Secretary of State never once check in during the night to find out the status of the crisis situation in Benghazi?

14. What was the nature of Ambassador Stevens’ business in Benghazi at the time of the attack?

15. What guidance has been provided to survivors and family members since the time of the attack, and who issued that guidance?

16. Why are so many agencies now requiring their personnel that were involved in or have access to information regarding the events that took place in Benghazi sign Non--?Disclosure Agreements?

H. Res. 36:

RESOLUTION

Establishing a select committee to investigate and report on the attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Resolved, That

SECTION 1. ESTABLISHMENT.

There is hereby established a select Committee to investigate and report on the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya (hereinafter referred to as the `select committee').

SEC. 2. COMPOSITION.

(a) The select committee shall be composed of 19 members as follows:
(1) The chair and ranking member of the Committee on Armed Services (or a designee from among the members of that committee).
(2) The chair and ranking member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (or a designee from among the members of that committee).
(3) The chair and ranking member of the Committee on Homeland Security (or a designee from among the members of that committee).
(4) The chair and ranking member of the Committee on Intelligence (or a designee from among the members of that committee).
(5) The chair and ranking member of the Committee on the Judiciary (or a designee from among the members of that committee).
(6) The chair and ranking member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (or a designee from among the members of that committee).
(7) Five members appointed by the Speaker.
(8) Two members appointed by the Speaker after consultation with the minority leader.
 
If the chair or ranking member of any such committee declines to serve on the select committee, then the Speaker in the case of a chair, or the Speaker after consultation with the minority leader in the case of a ranking member, shall designate the member or members from that committee to serve on the select committee.
 
(b) The Speaker shall designate one member as chairman and the minority leader shall designate one member as the ranking minority member of the select committee.

SEC. 3. INVESTIGATION AND REPORT ON THE ATTACK ON THE UNITED STATES CONSULATE IN BENGHAZI, LIBYA.

Not later than 90 days after the initial meeting of the select committee, the select committee shall conduct an investigation of and submit to the House a report on--

(1) any intelligence known to the United States relating to the attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012;
(2) any requests for additional security, or actions taken by Federal agencies to improve security at the consulate before the attack;
(3) a definitive timeline of the attack;
(4) how the relevant agencies and the executive branch responded to the attack and whether appropriate congressional notifications were made;
(5) any improper conduct by officials relating to the attack;
(6) recommendations on what steps Congress and the President should take to prevent future attack; and
(7) any other relevant issues relating to the attack or the response to the attack.

SEC. 4. PROCEDURES OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE.

Rule XI of the Rules of the House of Representatives, including clause 2(j)(1) (guaranteeing the minority additional witnesses) and clause 2(m)(3) (providing for the authority to subpoena witnesses and documents), shall apply to the select committee.

SEC. 5. JOINT OPERATIONS.

The chair of the select committee, in conducting the investigation described in section 3, may consult with the chair of any Senate committee conducting a parallel investigation regarding meeting jointly to receive testimony, the scheduling of hearings or issuance of subpoenas, and joint staff interviews of key witnesses.

SEC. 6. STAFF; FUNDING.

(a)(1) To the extent practicable, the select committee shall utilize the services of staff of employing entities of the House. At the request of the chair in consultation with the ranking minority member, staff of employing entities of the House may be detailed to the select committee to carry out this resolution and shall be deemed to be staff of the select committee.
(2) The chair, upon consultation with the ranking minority member, may employ and fix the compensation of such staff as the chair considers necessary to carry out this resolution.
(b) There are authorized to be appropriated from the applicable accounts of the House such sums as may be necessary to carry out this resolution. Payments for the expenses of the select committee shall be made on vouchers signed by the chairman and approved in the manner directed by the Committee on House Administration. Amounts made available under this subsection shall be expended in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Committee on House Administration.

SEC. 7. DISSOLUTION AND DISPOSITION OF RECORDS.

(a) The select committee shall cease to exist 30 days after filing the report required under section 3.
(b) Upon dissolution of the select committee, the records of the select committee shall become the records of any committee designated by the Speaker.
 
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The Dam Is About To Break
 
By DENNIS. T. AVERY
 
April 8, 2013 - Churchville, VA - PipeLineNews.org - When a dam is about to break, the first sign of collapse is a little trickle of water over its top. Last, week Geoffrey Lean of London’s Telegraph scooped a little trickle of water over the top of the man-made warming dam—which has been holding back human hopes for decades. Lean has been an environmental correspondent for 40 years, and no one had more loudly demanded lowered CO2 emissions “to protect the planet.”
 
On April 5, Lean admitted “recent research suggests that climate change might not be as catastrophic as the gloomiest predictions suggest.” Not that he’d been wrong, of course; the man-made warming will still be “extreme.”
 
It’s not much of a back-off, but the continuing pressure of the non-warming will soon crumble the whole rotten blockage into the valley—sweeping terrified Green true believers willy-nilly across the landscape.
 
Lean’s statement follows the March 30 issue of the Economist, which admitted that the earth might not be as sensitive to additional CO2 as the climate models had told us. Months earlier, the big German magazine Der Spiegel had “adopted” Fritz Vahrenholt, and his best-selling book, The Cold Sun. That book documented the natural and moderate 1,500-year climate cycle that gave us the Little Ice Age, the Medieval Warming, the Dark Ages, and similar cycles back into prehistory.
 
Did the natural climate cycle also give us our Modern Warming? This is the trillion-dollar question that the media and the EPA refuse to address. They’d counted on not having to address it. After all, they had all the first-world nations standing on the edge of the energy cliff and promising to jump on the count of three.
 
Then it stopped warming.
 
Now the ultimate irony: The public is waiting for the same mainstream media that declared the false emergency to tell us when it’s over! Naturally, the “journalists” are waiting as long as possible before admitting their culpability, hoping we will forget or they will retire. The true believers still represent perhaps one-third of our public. The IPCC will unveil its 5th assessment this year, just as thought somebody still cares. The Environmental Protection Agency stands ready to tax cost-effective coal out of American power plants. For what valid purpose?
 
Even so, the game is over. We are the losers, especially the poor. The less skilled in America cannot find jobs. The Third World’s even-poorer people cannot get a little kerosene to save their women and children from indoor wood fires and lung cancer. The winners didn’t win much beyond those plane tickets to Bali and the chance to preen in front of their “less-sustainable” neighbors.
 
Will there ultimately be penalties against the scammers? What to do about the “scientists” who parlayed computer-modeled “evidence” into a global scare while garnering billions of dollars in grants for themselves? They knew that a Modern Warming must follow the Little Ice Age.
 
Worse were the First-Amendment “journalists” who were charged with protecting us from such trickery. And how about all those well-educated people who told us CO2 warming was too complicated to explain—either because they hadn’t bothered to understand it or because they wanted higher taxes for income re-distribution.
 
We can’t blame our government, however. Any government will cheerfully accept any excuse to increase its own power and taxing authority. It doesn’t matter much whether that government is led by Hugo Chavez, Barack Obama, or Mother Theresa. The late great H.L. Mencken warned us “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” This is a line to remember.
 
Dennis T. Avery, a senior fellow for the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., is an environmental economist. He was formerly a senior analyst for the Department of State. He is co-author, with S. Fred Singer, of Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1500 Years. Readers may write to him at PO Box 202 Churchville, VA 2442; email to cgfi@mgwnet.com. Visit our website at www. cgfi.org
 
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CAIR Intimidates Associated Press Into Self-Censorship -  Organization Bans Use Of Term "Islamist."

April 8, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations has succeeded [we imagine they didn't have to push too hard given AP's obviously anti-American, left-wing bias] in rolling the Associated Press [AP] into providing "guidance" for its dronish journos that hereafter, the word Islamist must be stricken from any copy.

For those not intimately familiar with CAIR, a brief bio:

CAIR is a radical Muslim pressure group intent upon incrementally forcing Shari'a  compliance on the West. The organization's associations are so noxious that it was named as an unindicted co-conspirator and/or joint venturer  [see original document at, U.S. Dist. Court Document U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation For Relief and Development ] in the nation's most extensive prosecution of domestic funding of the terrorist group Hamas, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation.

In that proceeding, all of the defendants were found guilty on a total of 108 charges.

One of those convicted was Ghassan Elashi:

"Ghassan Elashi was a founder and Chairman of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF). He was also a member of the founding Board of Directors of the Texas branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)..." [source, Ghassan Elashi, co-founder of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development]

At the time of his HLF conviction, Elashi was already serving a long prison sentence, convicted in U.S. vs. InfoCom, another Hamas related terror case.

In post prosecution Federal Court proceedings following HLF, CAIR was specifically linked/associated with Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group created by Egypt's terrorist Muslim Brotherhood [which now controls the Egyptian state government under longtime MP kingpin, president Mohamed Morsi] to kill Israelis and destroy the Jewish state.

"The government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA, NAIT, with NAIT, the Islamic Association for Palestine, and with Hamas," U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Solis said in the July 1, 2009, ruling" [source, The Investigative Project, Federal Dist. Court filing]
 
The Cliff's Notes version of the above is simple, CAIR is engaged in a furious jihad against Western values hoping eventually to Islamize the U.S., i.e., the group is engaged in the "soft-jihad," the velvet glove inside which is lodged the steel fist of a cruel, take-no-prisoners resurgent Islamic caliphate...a dynastic, global minded, theocratic Muslim governing structure headed by a caliph, Arabic for chief of state, which will presumably rule over the Islamic world...the Ummah.

A key component of CAIR's fifth column activities centers on pressuring the media to refrain from calling Muslim terrorists...well...Muslim terrorists, and in this venture  the group has been quite successful. The federal government has already banned the use of nearly all of the descriptors by which this enemy is defined and members of CAIR are routinely seen in the WH of Barack Obama.

"According to the Jewish Press, President Obama’s aides have held numerous closed-door meetings with a jihad-linked lobbying group, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR is widely known to support terrorism and terrorists organizations such as Hamas and is also considered the U.S. arm of the radical Muslim Brotherhood..." [source, Obama administration official admits meetings]

It's a classic military principle that you can't defeat an enemy which can neither be  named nor described.

Battlefield dialogue, "Who are we fighting Sarge? Well son, I could tell you, but then I would have to kill you..."

Imagine waking up the day after the 1941 sneak attack on Pearl Harbor to find the media of the time failing to even mention that the attackers were Japanese, instead referring to them simply as renegades in airplane with bombs.

In such a scenario, against who or what entity would a counterattack be carried out?

Another classic principle, this one primarily political, is that he who controls the language controls the argument. So it is understandable that AP's announcement was found praiseworthy by CAIR.

In its presser, the group greeted the news with jubilation, "The nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today said the decision by The Associated Press (AP) to revise its Stylebook reference to the term "Islamist" is a "step in the right direction... "Unfortunately, the term 'Islamist' has become shorthand for 'Muslims we don't like.' It is currently used in an almost exclusively pejorative context and is often coupled with the term 'extremist,' giving it an even more negative slant."  [source, CAIR website]

Thus Muslim terrorists become defined as people we don't like, with no identifying characteristics provided...for all we know it could be your in-laws.

Underlying all of the above is the ethical rot called multiculturalism which prevents one from making judgments regarding the comparative - sometimes ethical/moral - worth of various societies. In this theory, well developed by leftist intellectuals, all cultures are of equal value and merit.

In the resultant topsy-turvy world, there is no moral difference between a machete wielding Rwandan butcher, a suicide bomber blowing up a busload of innocents in Haifa, Israel, and the average Joe on the street trying to get to work.

The presumption here is that it is inherently unfair and quite possibly racist to judge other societies according to our system of values.

Under such insane logic - which now largely governs the behavior of the America's political elite, legacy media and the entities most responsible for changing societal mores,  education, the law, the arts and entertainment industry and the government - we have sought to blind ourselves.

So yes, CAIR did win one here, but note its language, this thuggish muzzling/censoring of the press which these jihadis forced is merely, "a step in the right direction."

How can this only be a step since it seems a total victory?

The answer is easy if one analyzes Islamism in terms of it being an ideology because it has many similarities with totalitarian leftism. Among members of the left it is almost axiomatic that that "the issue is never the issue, the issue is always the revolution," so compromise is impossible, the bar will always being raised.

Thus there can be no real negotiation, no political give-and-take - and above all no compromise - with the totalitarian Islamist. To paraphrase a popular saying during the American leftist student rebellion most active in the late sixties through the mid 70s, "they want it all...and they want it now."

Until this is understood and internalized, the global Islamic jihad will continue to gain strength.

We are engaged in what is primarily a war of ideas, and .lacking even the capability of adequately describing our common enemy we will continue to remain inadequately defended - having ceded the intellectual battlefield to those whose intense cultural/theological/ideological confidence presumes eventual and total victory.
 
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Is Warming the “Civilization-Killer”?
 
By DENNIS T. AVERY
 
April 3, 2013 -  Churchville, VA - PipeLineNews.org - Author Eugene Linden writes books on the far edge of the environmental movement. He recently wrote, a bit hysterically, in The Daily Beast: “we need leaders with the courage to steamroll the deniers and the vested interests . . . Climate change is a civilization killer, and if we go on down the climate rapids…” I am not sure what “steamrolling entails; but I do know, that the warmer periods are the civilization savers.
 
Clearly, Linden knows exactly nothing about the forces that have killed off every culture prior to our own—most of them for centuries at a time and many of them permanently. With few exceptions, the hundreds of failed cultures collapsed in the “little ice age” phases of the natural 1,500-year Dansgaard-Oeschger climate cycle. No one has dared disagree on that.
 
Did the Greenland Vikings die out during the warmth of the Medieval Warming, or did they disappear after the arrival of the Little Ice Age, when vicious winter temperatures fell more than 4 degrees C? Even the Inuit disappeared!
 
Did the Viking raiders terrify Europe for 250 years during the long warmth of the climatically stable Roman Warming—or during the advancing sea ice and the desperate drop in Scandinavia’s codfish catch during the Dark Ages that followed?
 
Egypt’s fabulous Nile River culture has been regarded as humanity’s most sustainable—but the Old Kingdom collapsed for centuries at 2200 BC, the Middle Kingdom again collapsed for more centuries at 1640 BC, and the New Kingdom fell in desperate famine at 1085 BC. Each collapse period marked the onset of a “little ice age” when the Nile floods failed.
 
The fabulous temples and their supporting rice culture at Angkor Wat collapsed twice. They built a thriving culture during Roman Warming and lost everything to the Dark Ages. During the Medieval Warming the temples we see today were built; the civilization disappeared forever during the Little Ice Age. The great cathedrals of Europe and the Sun Temple in Indiaz were also built during the Medieval Warming.
 
The Fordham University Medieval Sourcebook estimates the population of Europe at 27 million during the Roman Warming, 18 million during the Dark Ages, 73.5 million in the Medieval Warming, and 50 million during the Little Ice Ages. Tell us again what kills civilizations, Mr. Linden.
 
Warming always brings more vegetation, which in ancient history meant more game animals for the hunting bands. Warming produced long, sunny summers and lots of grain as civilization settled into farming—until the famines of the next little ice age.
 
The warmings and coolings of our 1500-year cycle last only about 500–750 years. But Mother Earth’s most “recent” long-term warming was called the Holocene Optimum. It lasted from 9,000–5,000 BC, with the Arctic about 4 degrees C warmer than today, and Siberian winters 3–9 degrees warmer than today. The Arctic Ocean was virtually ice-free, according to the Norwegian Geological Survey. Glaciers melted in the Alps and the Andes, and both the Greenland and Antarctic ice caps show the shift. Now that is a warming, and all the species living today went through it.
 
Oddly enough, NOAA is on record now saying, “In summary, the mid-Holocene, roughly 6,000 years ago, was generally warmer than today, but only in summer and only in the northern hemisphere. Moreover, we clearly know the cause of this natural warming, and know without doubt that this proven “astronomical” climate forcing mechanism cannot be responsible for the warming over the last 100 years.”
 
Can we ask “why not?” Dr. Phil Jones, the man-made warmist guru from Britain’s University of East Anglia told the BBC that the global warmings 1860–1880 and 1915–1940 were not caused by CO2 (which didn’t surge until after 1940). He says only the 1976–98 warming was man-made—then he admits that the three periods are “statistically indistinguishable.”
 
So how do we know that the sun, which causes our days and nights, our summers and winters, and our 90,000-year Ice Ages, and 4,000-year warmings does not also control the 1,500-year climate cycle? Seabed sediments show the cycle goes back at least one million years!
 
Did the sun that warmed us up from the Little Ice Age suddenly take a vacation about 1975—and if so, why?
 
Dennis T. Avery, a senior fellow for the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., is an environmental economist. He was formerly a senior analyst for the Department of State. He is co-author, with S. Fred Singer, of Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1500 Years. Readers may write to him at PO Box 202 Churchville, VA 2442; email to cgfi@mgwnet.com. Visit our website at www. cgfi.org
 
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Muslim Turks in Uproar Over Boy Adopted by Lesbian Couple, Dutch Officials Freak

By WILLIAM MAYER, translation from the Dutch by BEILA RABINOWITZ

April 2, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a country and part of the world that is cascading from crisis to crisis, one would imagine that the government of Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan would be attending to important matters of state.

Not so...

Right now it seems that much of the Turkish electorate and the PM are preoccupied with the fate of a nine year old boy who was removed - at a very early age - from the custody of his biological parents who abused and neglected him and then placed in the home of a lesbian couple who have taken care of him for nearly all of his life.
"...Turkish media has made an enormous ruckus over the nine year old Yunus who lives with Christian lesbian foster parents. Yunus lives there at the behest of a judge due to abuse and neglect by his parents. Yunus was five months old when he was placed there. Now he is nine  years old. The government of Erdogan and his party in the Turkish parliament have been occupied with Yunus..." [source,  Elsevier Netherlands]
At one time Westerners held great hope that Mr. Erdogan would be able to steer his country around the global rising tide of Islamism, but his actions since taking office have proven that his intent is to slowly return Turkey to a Shari'a controlled state.

As this matter develops in Turkey, officials in the Netherlands have taken notice, registering alarm and consequently are investigating the country's Turkish organizations.

These cultural affairs types have expressed concern over the inability or unwillingness of Muslim immigrants to integrate into the society and apparently feel that Turkey's public display of "bigotry," regarding sexual preference might be a component in the failure of Muslims to assimilate into the Dutch culture.

The Netherlands has, to put it mildly, taken a very permissive attitude regarding its Islamic population, most of whom have emigrated from Northern Africa. The inaction of the Dutch government in this matter is scandalous in that these Muslim immigrants are responsible for an unprecedented general wave of lawlessness including anti-Semitic violence and intimidation. So great is the perceived threat that Holland's Jews have been unofficially advised to leave the country.

Though giving it lip-service, Islamic radicalism in the Netherlands has largely been ignored despite the clear linkage between this burgeoning population and a rising rate of criminality. Actually its far worse than the statistics make it appear...many of Holland's Muslims appear to be in a near state of war against the larger society - Islamic communities within Holland's larger cities have become "no-go" areas, places where law enforcement dares not trod.

The country's Muslims have refused to integrate, displaying a level of intolerance against the larger society that is really unprecedented. Muslims have been allowed to issue death threats with impunity against those that dare speak out against Islamist bigotry and excesses. As a result, growing numbers of people are being forced to hire body guards and in some cases live underground lives in hope of avoiding deadly confrontations such as the one which befell Theo van Gough who was assassinated - nearly decapitated in public - by the son - Mohammed Bouyeri - of a Muslim immigrant in November of 2004.

Geert Wilder an outspoken Dutch MP is another one marked for death; he lives under constant threat and must move from safe-house to safe-house to escape a fate similar to van Gogh's. Ex-Muslim, Ayan Hirsi Ali, now a vocal critic of the religion, made the decision  to flee the Netherlands to avoid a promised nasty end and took up residence in the United States.

So it is with a certain sense of irony that the Turkish controversy is being taken so seriously by some Dutch authorities. While they pursue a question for which they already know the answer - Muslim [and of course Turkish] organizations in Holland actively stoke the fires of intolerance, bigotry and Islamic supremacy - they fail to act on this clear and present danger while they play bureaucratic games designed to show concern but do nothing about the problem.
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