Trumpophobia Run Amok - Megyn “Butch” Kelly: No I Really Am a Journo
By AUGUST WILLIAMS
January 27, 2016 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org – With the fate of the Free World in the balance, caught between the pincer jaws of a Marxist inspired cultural revolution and the bloody hand of Islamic jihad one might think that the “Fair and Balanced” news network would take its role a bit more seriously.
Launched during October 1996, Fox News had built a solid reputation among what has come to be its core viewership, conservatives, libertarians and yes…fair minded Democrats who had become dissatisfied with the legacy media’s knee jerk liberalism.
The network’s impact has been dramatic and much of the credit rightfully accrues to the brilliance of Roger Ailes.
But that was 20 years ago and this is the news business after all, which by its very nature attracts a demographic which politically, is skewed far left of center. Far from being a conspiracy, this taint is understandable, given those entering Columbia Journo School are almost without exception there because they “want to change the world” or “make a difference.”
Since “the world” these folks wish to change has largely been formed organically, thinking in terms of Burke’s three principles: “prejudice,” “presumption,” and “prescription,” [look it up, this isn’t Political Science 101, sorry] the subtext of journothink really, is rebellion against tradition, inarguably a radical point of view.
Television news has and always will encompass a large element of entertainment and or celebrity. No one can command an audience of millions night after night and not in some way have been able to carve out a niche persona with whom many identify, be it the now ancient example of Walter Cronkite’s avuncular authoritativeness, the near hysterical ravings of a Chris Matthews or the pink fascism of Rachel Maddow.[Read More]
ISIS Gained Strength in 2015, Represents Global Existential Threat
January 26, 2016 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org – As frequent readers of this journal know, we have a great deal of respect for the work done by the Institute for the Study of War [ISW]. The organization’s frequent briefings especially those regarding the ME conflict.
The subject which immediately comes to mind when discussing political developments in that very troubled part of the world is the advance - and bloody footprint - of ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria…the Caliphate.
The President continues to downplay the threat posed by these Sunni jihadis, variously having called them the “JV team” and in his recent State of the Union Address openly mocking those who are alarmed at its rapid rise.
It’s beyond understanding how anyone could refer to a group which whose atrocities are the stuff of the 10th century, being characterized as a bunch of bumbling, gun toting whack jobs, "on the back of pickup trucks and twisted souls plotting in apartments or garages."
Of note, these, apparently non-ideological “twisted souls” have struck the West three times over the last 2 ½ months, killing nearly 150 and maiming dozens more. This is of course aside from the thousands within ISIS’ main battle space whom they have, with a grotesque level of cruelty, exterminated and defiled.
Though the President continues to represent his ISIS policy as working, the facts on the ground contradict him.[Read More]
National Review’s History of Moral Cowardice
January 23, 2016 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org – Forward: National Review, an inside-the-beltway publication [crafted to be read inside-the-beltway, one of the reasons it's ailing] is now actively trying to scuttle the candidacy of Donald Trump, devoting an entire issue to attacking him. Given that NR really died even before seminal conservative intellectual William. F. Buckley passed away [i.e., during the time during which he increasingly became incapacitated] what real clout it maintains is questionable, again outside of DC. That aside we thought readers might be interested in this piece which this writer authored 10 years ago. In our estimation nothing has changed at NR in the succeeding years, it remains an arrogant, misguided shell of its former self. More pointedly Rich Lowry demonstrated his moral cowardice, as detailed in the following piece, a long time ago. Why he or anyone really at NR thinks they can speak with any moral authority when it allowed itself to be gang-raped by the Council on American Islamic relations is beyond comprehension.
We also believe this article is testament to the soundness of our analysis and judgment.
National Review - Which Side Are You On?
By WILLIAM MAYER
March 31, 2005 - Washington, DC - PipeLineNews - CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations, bills itself as an Islamic Civil Rights group, along the lines of the NAACP. In actuality CAIR is neither a civil rights organization, nor is it like the NAACP.
CAIR is an Islamist pressure group - a captive of Wahhabist/jihadi theology, an enemy of secular, republican government. No lesser authority than Middle East historian, Dr. Daniel Pipes characterized the organization, in an April 22, 2002 article, as "'Moderate' friends of terror."
Since January, CAIR has succeeded in cowing Fox Broadcasting, Dell Computer and Spherion Staffing, into ridiculous measures to atone for trumped up "anti-Muslim" actions.
In the case of Dell, CAIR went so far as to take advantage of a group of about 30 Somali nationals - who were resettled in Tennessee, from the hell-hole which is Africa, by the US Dept. of State - and use them to wage psychological jihad against Dell on the groundless charge that Dell was impeding their free exercise of the Islamic religion on the job.
Now CAIR has mounted the head of Rich Lowry, Senior Editor of National Review, on their trophy wall, alongside that of Fox's Gail Berman and Michael Dell.
National Review was once the most hallowed of modern conservative icons; created by William F. Buckley at a time when few remembered the towering intellect of Edmund Burke.[Read More]
Judicial Watch Founder Files Lawsuit Challenging Obama on Guns
January 21, 2016 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org – A challenge in federal court has been filed against the expansion of gun control laws by President Barack Hussein Obama. Larry Klayman filed the first-in-the-nation lawsuit Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida (Case No. 9:16cv80087). [see, FreedomWatchUSA to view complaint]
On January 4, 2016, Obama announced new gun control rules by unilateral executive action. Obama ordered the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms ("ATF") and other agencies to enforce a new re-interpretation of the laws Congress passed. Citing Congress' failure to agree with him, Obama claims the power to unilaterally change governing statutes by reinterpreting them.
The lawsuit alleges Obama does not have legal authority to redefine laws enacted by Congress. Obama has ordered ATF to redefine, in its enforcement activities, who is a "dealer" in firearms "engaged in the business of selling firearms." The change of interpretation now sweeps up persons who do not seek to earn a livelihood or make a profit, who buy or sell as few as one or two guns a year. Worse, the new rules are so vague and subjective that Klayman challenges them as "void for vagueness." Being treated as a dealer now creates the obligation to conduct background checks for those sales.[Read More]
Hillary Mishandled “Sensitive Compartmented Information” Jeopardized Intel Sources
January 21, 2016 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org – In an exclusive story from Fox’s star national security reporter, Catherine Herridge, the hard drive on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s “homebrew server” contained material classified at a level far beyond what most people view as most critical, “top secret.”
“Intelligence from a "special access program,” or SAP, is even more sensitive than that designated as "top secret" – as were two emails identified last summer in a random sample pulled from Clinton's private server she used as secretary of state. Access to a SAP is restricted to those with a "need-to-know" because exposure of the intelligence would likely reveal the source, putting a method of intelligence collection -- or a human asset -- at risk. Currently, some 1,340 emails designated “classified” have been found on Clinton’s server, though the Democratic presidential candidate insists the information was not classified at the time. “There is absolutely no way that one could not recognize SAP material,” a former senior law enforcement with decades of experience investigating violations of SAP procedures told Fox News. “It is the most sensitive of the sensitive.” [source, Catherine Herridge, Pamela K. Browne, Inspector General: Clinton emails had intel from most secretive, classified programs - for current acronyms and explanations for security levels please refer to: Current U.S. Intelligence Classifications]
The quick takeaway is that Clinton’s wanton disregard of the protocols essential to maintain such things as the identity of intel assets has seriously compromised national security. The minimally secured data network array that she used contained two servers, one dedicated for her use and the other a shared system with the Clinton Foundation. Both servers had the same IP address.
From the IG’s notification:
“To date, I have received two sworn declarations from one IC element. These declarations cover several dozen emails containing classified information determined by the IC element to be at the CONFIDENTIAL, SECRET, and TOP SECRET/SAT levels...Due to the presence of TOP SECRET/SAP information, I provided these declarations under separate cover to the Intelligence Oversight Committees and Senate and House leadership.”
Dutch in Open Revolt - Citizens Violently Resist Elite’s Support of Muslim Savages
By WILLIAM MAYER
January 19, 2016 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Though reported in a very limited [and often clownishly biased] manner, the Continent is being turned – upon the arrival of hundreds-of thousands of young, truculent and violent Muslim males – into a minefield, with pitched battles now a daily occurrence between native born citizens and the elected representatives who have foisted this folly upon them.
None involved are showing any sign of dialing it back.
Rather than moderating their position, legislators are doubling down on plans to integrate increased numbers of aggressive, brutal Islamic aliens into Christian monocultures where a way of life developed over millennia is now being threatened.
Yes, of course we are aware that Europe’s church going habits have been on the decline for some time, but it’s beyond argument that their cultural norms and morals remain based up the precepts of both Jewish and Christian ethics.
The West’s entire legal system has been so derived.
We filed two reports yesterday dealing with the increasing gravity of these clashes [see, Special Report: Can the West Survive Rape Jihad? and Euro Civil Unrest Increasing: Dutch City of Heesch Riots Over Forced Settlement of Muslim Invaders ] and today’s posting builds upon those foundational articles.[Read More]
Euro Civil Unrest Increasing: Dutch City of Heesch Riots Over Forced Settlement of Muslim Invaders
January 18, 2016 - San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – Dutch news sources are reporting that over 1,000 residents of the city of Heesch rioted on Monday evening over the prospect of Muslim asylees being forced upon their community.
“The demonstration [numbering about a thousand protesters] came against the presence of asylees at a reception center in Heesch Monday got completely out of hand…Riot police were pelted with fireworks, eggs and logs… Some protesters unsuccessfully attempted to set off Molotov cocktails but the effort failed…all access to Heesch has been cordoned off…” [source, Demonstratie tegen azc Heesch loopt uit de hand “Demonstration Against Heesch Refugee Center Spirals Out of Control. Law Enforcement Suppresses Protest Under Martial Law,” Omroep Brabant News]
‘Net posting from Heesch protest organizers:
“We are pleased to see that…people continue to show that they are not happy about the arrival of a refugee center. Everywhere in Heesch there are more signs, banners and the like to assist. We also want to show you some worrying reports of things that are happening in AZCs [“refugee” centers] in the Netherlands. So you see that these things are not only happening in Germany or Sweden…” [source, Protest Heesch Refugee Center, Facebook]
Through their protest – and dozens of others like it throughout Europe - these Dutch citizens are proving that the Judeo-Christian ethic will not be put down by the ruling class like a sick animal, it will resist with no small amount of force. If Western leaders continue the mad policy of resettling Muslim invaders under the pretext of calling them refugees, it will not turn out well.
With the New Year’s Eve mass sexual assault by North African Muslim men against over hundreds of women in Cologne, Germany, the issue has been crystallized as only an event of this nature and scale could have done.
Islamic rape jihad has now clearly been defined as the clear and present danger and hence, the face of the enemy in the clash of civilizations.[Read More]
Special Report: Can the West Survive Rape Jihad?
Warning, this article contains graphic material of a sexual nature
By WILLIAM MAYER
January 18, 2016 - San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – As anyone paying attention should be aware of by now, New Year’s Eve in Europe and especially in the German Federal Republic, wasn’t celebrated in the traditional manner this year. Instead, in major cities such as Cologne, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Düsseldorf at least 560 women were sexually assaulted and brutalized by organized hordes of newly arrived disciples of Allah.
What is especially disturbing about these incidents is that they weren’t just rogue acts of criminality that coincidently happened to occur simultaneously. They’re the physical manifestation of a comprehensive Islamic theory of how to impose dominion over non-Muslim populations, the paying of the jizya being another example.
To provide a contextual basis for this behavior we present the following remarkable video produced by the Middle East Media Research Institute, which kindly granted us permission to publish it.
The speaker is Sheikh Muhammad Ayed as he addressed congregants at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem; hence he speaks with great authority:
"(The infidels) want us to be tormented. They want us to be humiliated. (The Quran) says: 'The Jews and the Christians will never be pleased with you,' but we will never follow their religion. This dark night will be over, and soon, we will trample them underfoot, Allah willing. Germany is not a compassionate country that wishes to absorb refugees from Syria and Iraq, and Palestinian refugees in the Levant and elsewhere. Europe has become old and decrepit, and needs human reinforcement. No force is more powerful than the human force of us Muslims. Oh Muslims, the Germans say, in their economic reports, that they need 50,000 young workers. Now, they have got 20,000, and they want another 30,000 and more, to work in their factories. They are not motivated by compassion for the Levant, its people, and its refugees. Throughout Europe, all the hearts are infused with hatred toward Muslims. They wish that we were dead. But they have lost their fertility, so they look for fertility in their midst. We will give them fertility! We will breed children with them, because we shall conquer their countries – whether you like it or not, oh Germans, oh Americans, oh French, oh Italians, and all those like you . Take the refugees! We shall soon collect them in the name of the coming Caliphate. We will say to you: These are our sons. Send them, or we will send our armies to you."
Considering the incendiary remarks made by Sheikh Ayed, it wouldn't be stunning news to find out that the New Year’s Eve assailants in Germany were, almost without exception, Muslim, in this case asylees from Northern Africa, many of whom had been on the Continent for less than two weeks.[Read More]
Muslim Asylees Sexually Harassed Women in Germany, Finland and Sweden – Copycat Behavior on New Year’s Eve
By EMERSON VERMAAT
January 11, 2016 - San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – On New Year’s Eve, angry and aggressive Muslim males assaulted young women in at least three German cities as well as in the Finnish capital of Helsinki and in Sweden. A number of women were raped; most of the others were subjected to frightening sexual assaults or thefts.
In the German city of Cologne, 516 women reported these crimes to the police, a staggering number. Some 40 percent of the crimes were linked to sexual harassment or rape. These mass assaults on women occurred just in front of the city’s central railway station and the huge cathedral nearby.
The Wall Street Journal reported on January 8, 2016, that a spokesman for the German Interior Minister detailed the origin of the suspects from that night sought by the federal police. “Among 32 suspects identified as of Friday night, he said, were 22 people registered as asylum seekers. The identified suspects included 17 people from Algeria and Morocco, as well as three Germans and one U.S. citizen.” Among the suspects were also asylum seekers from Syria and Iran. “Police say the wave of attacks were perpetrated by groups of ‘Arab or North African’ men in the city center, in what they described as ‘a new dimension in crime,’” the British Daily Mail reported on January 6.
There are strong indications that the perpetrators planned, coordinated and organized their assaults on women quite well. This is what German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview on Sunday, January 10, 2016. Similar mass assaults on women occurred in the German cities of Hamburg, Stuttgart, in the Finnish capital of Helsinki and in the Swedish city of Kalmar – copy cat behavior on New Year’s Eve (via social media). In Hamburg, groups of five to fifteen Muslim men surrounded young German women and tried to rape them. These extremely aggressive mobs stole lots of cell phones and purses from their defenseless victims. 516 women reported these crimes to the police. And in Stuttgart 15 young Arabic looking males surrounded two 18-year girls and assaulted them. Both teenagers later discovered that their cell phones had also been stolen.[Read More]
Hoekstra’s Hot Air
January 11, 2016 - San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – Last week Pete Hoekstra, former Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, blasted the U.S. intelligence service over allegations that the WH was made privy to communications intercepted by the NSA on members of Congress along with Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu as he prepared to address the legislative body on the issue of the nuke deal with Iran.
“Both are serious violations of the public trust, but the NSA case is potentially so egregious that it threatens the very credibility of the IC. Whether conservative, progressive, Republican, Democrat or Libertarian, all Americans fear the immense capability of government to target them. A proportional reaction is required because it extends to the very heart of constitutionally guaranteed protections.” [source, Pete Hoekstra, NSA Spying on Congress Requires Suspending State of the Union Invite , Breitbart]
Hoekstra’s outrage however is selective given that data collection on Americans at a very high level of detail has been routine for a decade, is only getting worse under this administration and yet the Congressman seems concerned only when his former buds in the legislature get swept up in the electronic dragnet.
Perhaps it was understandable post 9/11 that the U.S. would need to ramp up its data collection capacity with less concern for civil liberties than many might have preferred at the time. But that was nearly 15 years ago and repeated claims by the American intelligence apparatus [comprising at least 17 separate agencies] that indiscriminate data collection has been scaled back appear to be the opposite of what is now routinely going on.
Much of the government’s discussion about the extent to which U.S. intelligence agencies intercept electronic communications from Americans is intentionally less than clearly stated. There are assurances of “procedures being in place,” references to FISA/FISC [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance] Court oversight, mentions of search warrants where indicated, talk of “limits” placed on domestic surveillance etc., none of which really clarify the matter, nor are they really intended to because the truth would be unsettling.
How does Hoekstra’s recent high dudgeon regarding spying on Congress square with facts already in the public record?
In a March 12, 2013 Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing Senator Wyden [D-OR] engaged Director of National Intelligence James Clapper as follows:
Explaining the Saudi Mass Executions
January 7, 2016 - San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – On Saturday the House of Saud executed over 40 individuals it had judged as threats to state security. Most of them were Sunnis who supported jihadist groups such as al-Qaeda or were actually members thereof.
For example, consider Faris al Shuwail al-Zahrani:
“The notion that Saudi Arabia believes it is facing not only a physical threat, but an ideological battle with a rival interpretation of Salafi Islam, was strengthened by state media's focus on Faris al-Shuwail al-Zahrani among the executed. Zahrani, bearded, bespectacled, and in prison since 2004, is portrayed in Saudi media as al Qaeda's main ideologue during a series of attacks on expatriate housing compounds, police stations and oil facilities that killed hundreds.” [source, Angus McDowall, Saudi executions driven by fear of militancy, signal combative policy , Reuters]
Then there is the case of the Iranian asset, Shia Sheikh, al-Nimr - a candidate for media canonization about whom we wrote just a few days ago.
Al-Nimr was a well known commodity, identified for his ties to Iran, within the American intelligence service, and long history of subversive activity.
“Al-Nimr, a former follower of the late Ayatollah Mohammad al-Husseini al-Shirazi, now follows the religious leadership of Iraqi Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi al-Mudarrasi, the Karbala-based spiritual leader of the Islamic Action Organization. In the meeting with PolOff, al-Nimr complimented both Ayatollahs for being leaders in combining the power of the mind with the power of the Quran in determining guidance for public life. Al-Nimr described his and al-Mudarrasi's attitude towards Islamic governance as being something between "wilayet al-faqih," in which a country is led by a single religious leader, and "shura al-fuqaha," in which a council of religious leaders should lead the state. Al-Nimr, who conducted religious studies for approximately ten years in Tehran and "a few" years in Syria, [source, Meeting with Controversial Shi’a Sheikh Nimr Al-Nimr, August 23, 2008, WikiLeaks]
So what exactly is the Islamic Action Organization and why is it of importance in ascertaining if al-Namr was a threat to the Saudi government?
"Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammad Taqi al-Modarresi (born 1945, in Karbala, Iraq) is a Grand Iraqi jurist marja', and described as the ‘mastermind’ behind the strategy of the Shiraziyyin, a Shia Islamist sect that follows the teachings of Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammad al-Husayni al-Shirazi.Al-Modaressi was the leader of the Iran-based Islamist paramilitary organization, the Islamic Action Organization (also known as Islamic Amal). The Organization was conceived of as a ‘secret revolutionary avant-guard’ to spread Khomeini-inspired revolution throughout the Arab world. Al-Modaressi was chosen to lead the Organization by Ayatollah Khomeini. It was responsible for numerous actions in Iraq in the 1980s including suicide bombings. In 1980, the Islamic Action Organization sought to assassinate Iraq’s deputy prime minister, Tariq Aziz,which helped precipitate the Iran-Iraq war. [source, Mohammad Taqi al-Modarresi, Wiki]
The prosecution rests...[Read More]
Cologne Mayor - Henriette Reker – Blames Victim’s Behavior For Massive New Years Sex Jihad
January 6, 2016 - San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – Less than a week after a coordinated New Year’s Eve attack by over 1,000 Muslim immigrants against women in Cologne, Germany, the city’s mayor Henriette Reker is blaming the victims, essentially saying that those who were sexually assaulted by North African asylees were, “asking for it.”
“Reker proposed a "code of conduct" for young women and girls, "so that such things do not happen to them." An updated version of the current code will soon be available online, the mayor said. Among the guidelines was the suggestion to maintain an arm's length distance from strangers…” [source, Twitter storm as Cologne mayor suggests women stay at 'arm's length' from strangers , Deutsche Welle]
Though Reker was immediately subjected to a withering attack on social media, as of this writing the mayor hasn’t apologized or attempted to further explain her controversial comments taking the side of Muslim sex jihadists over their victims.
Given the state of European politics, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to find out that Reker’s outlandish suggestion is actually somewhat moderate by Continental standards, with the leader of Germany’s Green Party warning citizens not to blame the perps for the crimes they commit.[Read More]
Cologne Muslims Conduct Military Scale Assault Against German Women – Media Forced to Cover
By WILLIAM MAYER
January 5, 2016 - San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – As reported by the Dutch media source Elsevier, on New Year’s Eve a large number of German women were physically and sexually assaulted in Cologne by a horde of Muslims, possibly numbering over 1,000.
“Dozens of women on New Year's Eve in Cologne assaulted and robbed by a group of men. At least one woman was raped. It was a completely new dimension of violence, "said the German Police Wolfgang Albers…Dozens of women were surrounded and assaulted, both on the station and on the square in front of Cologne Cathedral...Police in Cologne has set up a special investigation team that will include going to view video from the station. The research focuses on the entire group of 1000 men.” [source, Elif Isitman, Massa-aanranding Oud en Nieuw in Keulen: zestig aangiftes , “Mass Assaults in Cologne on New Year’s, 60 Police Reports Filed” Elsevier]
Police Chief Wolfgang Albers’s characterization of the event as a new dimension of violence is an understatement. Far beyond criminal in nature, it was a military scale assault in a major German city with a population of over 1 million conducted almost certainly by male North African Muslim “immigrants” [some actually in possession of assylum documents] against non-Muslim women - a class often referred to within immigrant Islamic culture as “fresh meat.” Of note, such brutality is thoroughly consistent with the Shari'a.
Indicative of the organized nature of the attacks is the fact that these weren't merely the actions of a wild mob. Instead the violence was optimized with individuals grouping themselves into military type squads or platoons…gangs in the modern lexicon of journalism.
“German authorities said on Tuesday that coordinated attacks…” [source NY Times]
What is lacking in much of the coverage is properly identifying the location as being in front of Cologne’s historic Gothic cathedral, certainly an item of potential relevance and one consistent with a pre-planned attack by members of Allah’s army.[Read More]
Iranian Operative - Sheikh Nimr Baqr al-Nimr - Executed By Saudis
~ Team Obama Shills for Shia Radicals ~
January 4, 2016 - San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – On Saturday the Saudi government executed Sheikh Nimr Baqr al-Nimr, a Shia cleric [from the town of al-Awamiyah, in Eastern Saudi Arabia] who had for years been working with Iranian interests for the overthrow of the House of Saud.
Al-Nimr was a vocal and long time critic of Saudi rule intimating that in a revolution he would be on the “side of the people.”
It was al-Nimir’s desire, in his “yearning for democracy,” to replace the current Sunni theocracy with an even more brutal Iranian puppet state. Al-Awamiyah and the surrounding area is strongly Shia and has been a locus of pro-Hezbollah and anti-government activity. It’s been on an official U.S. Dept of State lockdown status advising against casual travel and the need to maintain situational awareness.
True to form, the Obama administration is castigating the Saudis for acting against a truly dangerous subversive, rather than al-Nimr’s pro-Iranian revolutionary activity.
“We have previously expressed our concerns about the legal process in Saudi Arabia and have frequently raised these concerns at high levels of the Saudi Government. We reaffirm our calls on the Government of Saudi Arabia to respect and protect human rights, and to ensure fair and transparent judicial proceedings in all cases. The United States also urges the Government of Saudi Arabia to permit peaceful expression of dissent and to work together with all community leaders to defuse tensions in the wake of these executions. We are particularly concerned that the execution of prominent Shia cleric and political activist Nimr al-Nimr risks exacerbating sectarian tensions at a time when they urgently need to be reduced.” [source, U.S. Department of State, http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2016/01/250934.htm]
One would hope that the Einsteins at State were cognizant that the “sectarian” tensions between Shia and Sunni Islam have been in existence since Islam’s earliest days, but that might be expecting too much given the cant of this administration and its bureaucratic handmaidens.[Read More]
The Neo-Ottoman Turks, ISIS and Global Jihad
January 1, 2016 - San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – A brief history lesson…on March 3, 1924 the Turkish National Assembly [under the administration of Mustafa Kemal, nee Atatürk] abolished the Ottoman Sunni Caliphate which had existed since the Middle Ages [ 1362, reign of Murad I]. Known for their military prowess and pathological cruelty, during much of their 500 years of influence, the Ottoman Turks were duly feared from North Africa, through the Balkans into Asia.
Defeated by a naval force raised by Europe’s Christian princes - the sea battle of Lepanto  - and decisively turned back as the Siege of Vienna was broken [by a smallish - cavalry heavy - army under command of the Polish King, Sobieski] in 1683, the Ottoman threat slowly receded until its ignominious garroting by Atatürk in the events following the Empire’s final military defeat during World War I. [“ I put the ax in the dual root of this sinister and reprehensible theory of government by destroying the Khalif and the Sultan .”]
But dreams of empire are never far below the surface in Islamic cultures since in theory, a land once conquered remains forever under claim despite subsequent military or political developments. For example, Spain having suffered hundreds of years of occupation under the Muslim “Moors” [the Umayyads] is often, even contemporaneously, still referred to as Al-Andalus.
“The Islamic religion contains within it a deep assumption that a land conquered and settled by Muslim becomes part of an inalienable Islamic patrimony, a waqf; should it then fall under non-Muslim rule, that is an unnatural and intolerable circumstance that eventually must be reversed.” [Daniel Pipes, PhD., Dreaming of Al-Andalus, Middle East Forum]
“This is not the first time al-Qaeda leaders have referred to the Iberian Peninsula as occupied Muslim territory to which the commandment of jihad applies until it is liberated and Islamic rule is imposed there. On 29 September 1994, Osama bin Laden wrote to Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Baz, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia: ‘All in all, we request of Allah...that the [Islamic] nation should regain its honor and prestige, should raise again the unique flag of Allah on all stolen Islamic land, from Palestine to Andalus, as well as Islamic lands that were lost because of the treachery of leaders and the helplessness of the Muslims.’" [source, Ami Isseroff, Al-Qaeda: The Next Goal Is to Liberate Spain from the Infidels , Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Vol. 7, No. 16 11 October 2007]
With ISIS in ascension throughout Syria, Iraq, Libya and other countries the idea of a caliphate is no longer theoretical, a fact most certainly not lost on Turkey’s Recep Erdoğan, the country’s now apparent, “President for Life.”[Read More]