“Ideology goes into the heart of a person, you cannot kill that ideology unless you kill that person, and for us to deal with this, we have to kill 1.7 billion people.” – Reza Safa
by, Morgan Frances | Wink News | h/t Blazing CatFur
FORT MYERS, Fla.- A pastor visiting Southwest Florida is on a mission to inform Americans about the dangers of Islamic extremists and ISIS. He has a unique perspective. He grew up as a radical Muslim in Iran.
“I grew up in a radical home in Iran,” said pastor Reza Safa. “My father was a Muslim scholar, and ever since I was a child I started practicing Islamic law.”
As a teenager, Safa says he heard the voice of God, and made the decision to convert to Christianity.
“Of course, right after that,” he said, “my troubles began. My accepting Christ, my father decided he wanted to kill me. My mother tried to put me in a mental hospital. My father disowned me, and so I had a very hard life right after my conversion.”
The things he preaches can seem extreme.
“Ideology goes into the heart of a person,” Safa explained. “You cannot kill that ideology unless you kill that person, and for us to deal with this, we have to kill 1.7 billion people.”
He’s referring to the number of radical Muslims in the world. He says they believe the Earth is corrupt and the only solution is to establish Islamic law for the entire planet.
“Some get involved with ISIS and warfare because the situation has opened up for them to get involved physically with weapons and mass killing,” Safa said, “and some don’t.” He continued, “(for) those who do not, (it) doesn’t mean they don’t have that same desire. It just means they haven’t taken that step yet.”
Safa believes military force won’t fix anything, and his view of the future is dark: the religious war between Shiite and Sunni Muslims has been going on for 1,500 years. Safa believes lasting peace is just a dream.
Ms. Ali was once a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and now she is a freedom fighter of the highest order
by, Jennifer Kabbany | The College Fix | h/t Blazing CatFur
A video released Thursday of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s recent speech at Yale University included a shocking revelation from the global women’s rights activist and outspoken critic of Islam: At one point in her young life she considered herself a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
She couched this admission in a much larger explanation of how and why radical Islam is oppressive and breeds violence, and to explain how she knows personally that it does.
She’s been accused of being angry at Islam. She’s been accused of not being an expert on Islam. She’s been accused of not understanding Islam.
But in her speech that the Yale Muslim Student Association didn’t want her to give, she delves into her Islamic credentials and exposes what she calls “the cancer” of Islam:
Why is my experience relevant? Is it because I was raised a Muslim? Is it because I was married off or had my genitals cut? No.
Is my experience relevant because my citizenship in Holland was revoked? No. Is it because I am traumatized, because I am angry, and I decided to blame my family and my past? No. I am not angry, I have been happy for a very long time and I am not blaming anyone.
I’ll tell you why (my life experience) is relevant to what we are seeing now. I learned from my early teachers of Islam that to be a Muslim was to testify that there is no God but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger. I learned to pray five times a day. … To give alms to the poor and to attempt at least one trip to Mecca.
She goes on to say that the typical Muslim is peaceful and loving. But when she was 15, a different type of instructor came along who differed from the instructors of her youth. These new teachers created an “enlightened vanguard” of Muslim students who were taught that neglecting religious duty makes them an infidel, that their duty is to command right and forbid wrong. These teachers made students vigilantes, and she recalled one such “preacher teacher” in particular:
He preached like all the others, incessantly about hell. … He encouraged us to be relentless in enforcing the rules of Islam … for the stubborn who refused to obey and observe, we were to cut ties with them … he encouraged us to convert non-Muslims or cut ties with them. … Jihad – we were to wage Jihad for the sake of Islam. Martyrdom, the best thing to ever happen to us was to die while fighting for Allah. We were to strive for the establishment of Sharia law in our society and beyond … be suspicious of Christians if they refused to convert to Islam … and aspire to destroy the Jews, all Jews, not only the ones in Israel. The preacher teacher would rant against gays, they were to be hanged, and women were to know their place … their place was at home (and they were to) sacrifice everything, even life and the lives of their children for the sake of Allah. … We were supposed to cover ourselves from head to toe when running errands outside the home.
This process of indoctrination that I describe, that affected me, I considered myself once a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, it’s this the process of indoctrination that I have seen from up close and personal that makes my experience relevant. It’s this process of indoctrination that is overlooked. We focus on the Jihad, the violence, but we ignore the Dahoa, we ignore the years and years and years of preaching.
Dahoa in the West is protected under religious freedom, but Jihad is not. We have to rethink that. Dahoa leads to intolerance, and eventually violence. This preaching teacher … is the cancer … this preaching teacher is active in our communities here in the United States and in the U.K., and in Europe and the rest of the world. This preaching teacher is embedded in homes, streets, neighborhoods, schools, colleges and mosques and Muslim centers. … His goals are clear, and he’ll use any and all means necessary to indoctrinate young and impressionable minds with the creed of Jihad.
Ahmad Faiq, Ameen Noori and Nasir Huq, all 18, outside Croydon Magistrates’ Court. Photo courtesy of: Croydon Advertiser
by, Gareth Davies | Croydon Advertiser | h/t Blazing CatFur
Two teenagers have appeared in court accused of raping women with learning difficulties.
Ameen Noori and Nasir Huq, 18, are charged with raping the two alleged victims at a flat in Croydon in April 2013.
A third man, Ahmad Faiq, also 18, is accused of attempting to rape the women at the same address.
The three college students appeared at Croydon Magistrates’ Court today (Wednesday).
Aided by an interpreter, they spoke only to confirm their names and addresses.
Noori, of St James’s Road, Croydon, is charged with one count of raping a woman aged 16 years or over between April 17 and April 20, 2013.
He is also accused of attempting to rape a woman at the flat between April 4 and April 7, 2013.
Huq, of Neville Road, Croydon, is charged with raping a woman at the address between April 17 and April 20, 2013.
Faiq, of Parry Road, South Norwood, faces a charge of attempting to rape a woman aged 16 or over between April 4 and April 7, 2013.
He is also charged with assault by penetration of a female over the age of 13 between the same dates.
The defendants did not enter a plea and were given conditional bail until a hearing a Croydon Crown Court on October 1.
They must not apply for travel documents, contact the prosecution witnesses and report to Croydon Police Station on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
by, Institute for the Study of War
BAGHDAD, Iraq: On September 18, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) launched a complex attack likely targeting the Adala Prison in Baghdad’s Kadhmiyah neighborhood in northern Baghdad. According to the Baghdad Operations Command, the attack was intended to break into the prison but was foiled. ISIS also launched another attack in Baghdad’s Iskan neighborhood that likely targeted the offices of the Iraqi Shi’a political group and militia, the Badr Organization.
ISIS’s attack included mortar rounds, Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIEDs), and Suicide Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (SVBIEDs). The mortars were likely launched from the areas of the northern Baghdad belt including Taji. Fourteen mortar rounds reportedly targeted the Adala prison and in the vicinity of Kadhmiyah, and other mortar rounds fell in the Greaat area in northern Baghdad which is adjacent to Kadhmiyah. An SVBIED also targeted the prison, resulting in the death of three people and injury of 10. Two attackers who had intended to attack the prison while wearing an explosive vest (SVEST) were arrested. Another VBIED exploded in a restaurant area in Kadhmiyah that resulted in the death of four people and the injury of 11 people. Iraqi police also defused yet another VBIED that was also found in Kadhmiyah. As a result of these attacks, security forces raised alert levels in Kadhmiyah. Security Forces also ordered commercial shops to be closed in the predominantly Iraqi Sunni neighborhood of Adhamiyah. Adhamiyah lies just across the Aaima bridge from Kadhmiyah. Elsewhere in Baghdad, a VBIED detonated in the Iskan area in western Baghdad. The VBIED targeted the office of the Badr Organization, a Shi’a militia organization that has taken a leading role in directing Iraqi Shi’a militia operations to counter ISIS.
This attack is very significant. It is the first infantry-like, complex, and penetrating attack in Baghdad city by ISIS since the fall of Mosul in June of this year. ISIS likely carried out the attack to release some of the pressure it is facing as a result of the recent U.S. air campaign targeting its positions. The attack also signifies that, despite the heightened defenses of Baghdad in the aftermath of the fall of Mosul, ISIS is still able to carry out attacks in an area where it is unlikely to have active sleeper cells given Kadhmiyah’s predominantly Iraqi Shi’a demographic. The mortars were likely launched from Taji due to ISIS’s historical presence in the area and its ongoing activities there.
The attacks will not likely divert great deal of resources of the ISF and Iraqi Shi’a militias into other areas. The government will want to maintain a strong defense of Baghdad by preserving the same posture. More likely, however, the attacks will trigger increased activities of Iraqi Shi’a militia in Baghdad in order to target ISIS sleeper cells and predominantly Iraqi Sunni areas including Adhamiyah.
Pope Francis I. Photo courtesy of: Newsmax
by, Sandy Fitzgerald | Newsmax
It is Christianity’s “turn” to suffer religious persecution, Pope Francis told a World Jewish Congress delegation visiting his home in Rome Wednesday night, saying that Christians are being killed while the world remains silent.
Francis and World Jewish Council President Ronald Lauder both condemned attacks against the world’s Christians, reports Haaretz, particularly in the Middle East, where extremists with the Islamic State (ISIS) have targeted Christians in Iraq and Syria.
“In the world, there is still great suffering,” the Pope told the delegation. “First it was your turn. Now it’s our turn.”
Francis also told the 40-member delegation, which included WJC CEO Robert Singer and Claudio Epelman, director of WJC Latin America in Argentina, that he wants to visit refugees in Jordan who have fled there to escape violence in Syria and Iraq.
Lauder told Haaretz that Christians in Iraq and Syria are even being identified with a symbol bearing the letter Jewish letter nun, or N, for Nazarene, which he said identifies Christians’ homes much “as the yellow star was used in the past against European Jewry.”
“Israel is the only place that is safe for Christians in the Middle East, ” Lauder said.
Also during the meeting, Francis drew comparisons between the World War II Holocaust and the persecution of Christians in Syria and Iraq, reports The Telegraph.
“Pope Francis told us privately that he believes we are in World War Three,” said Lauder. “But unlike the first two world wars, instead of happening all at once this war is coming in stages,” he said.
Further, Lauder said, that the Pope’s words meant that “first Jews suffered savage attacks that were met with the world’s silence and now it is Christians who are being annihilated and the world is silent.”
The Islamic State has also encouraged “lone wolf” attacks against Western Christians, The Telegraph reports, while emptying Christian towns in Iraq and Syria and demanding Christians either convert, flee, or face death.
The Pope has in the past said, that ISIS should be stopped, reports The Telegraph, saying “in cases like this, where there is an unjust aggression, then it is licit to halt the aggressor.”
However, he stressed “halt,” rather to “bomb or make war” against the insurgents.
The Pope’s words, plus his standing as the most prominent Christian leader in the world, has led the Islamic State to issue “credible threats” to murder Pope Francis, a warning that comes as the pontiff plans a trip to Muslim-dominated Albania on Sunday, Iraqi Ambassador to the Vatican Habib al Sadr told the Italian newspaper La Nazione, reports Breitbart.
Sadr said he does not have specific details of a threat but is convinced the Pope is in real danger.
“I think they could try to hit him during his travels or even in Rome, because there are members of ISIS who are not Arabs but also Canadians, Americans, French, British, and Italian,” Sadr said.
by, Bill Roggio | The Long War Journal
Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) claimed that Pakistani Navy officers were involved in the failed attempt to hijack a Pakistani warship and launch missiles at US Navy vessels in the Indian Ocean.
AQIS’ spokesman, Usama Mahmoud, made the claim today in a statement released on his Twitter account. Mahmoud’s statement was obtained by the SITE Intelligence Group.
Mahmoud had previously claimed on Sept. 13 that AQIS executed the attack on the Pakistani warship, and published a diagram purporting to show the layout of the PNS Zulfiqar. He said that the attackers had planned to take control of the PNS Zulfiqar and launch missiles at US warships in the Indian Ocean. The PNS Zulfiqar carries at least eight C-802 surface to surface anti-ship missiles. [See LWJ report, Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent claims 2 attacks in Pakistan.]
In today’s statement, Mahmoud accuses the Pakistani military and media outlets of attempting “to deliberately cover up the truth of this operation and the nature of its objectives,” according to SITE. “In an obvious attempt to deceive the world, the official spokesmen for the army and navy portrayed the attack as targeting the Pakistani Navy alone, and its arsenal in the city of Karachi in particular.”
But Mahmoud says the “true objective of the operation … is the American naval fleet that is stationed in the Indian Ocean.”
The AQIS spokesman denied that the Sept. 6 assault on the PNS Zulfiqar at the naval base in Karachi was carried out by “intruders,” and instead said that Pakistani naval “officers” executed the attack.
“The official Pakistani story alleged that the attackers were merely a group of intruders that breached a military institution of the Pakistani Navy, and broke in from outside,” Mahmoud says. “However, all the participants in this fearless operation were officers serving in the ranks of the Pakistani Navy.”
The naval officers, Mahmoud claims, “responded to the appeal of the scholars and jihad and joined the ranks of the mujahideen.”
Mahmoud described the officers’ involvement in the attack as a “rebellion” and not just an attempt to strike at the US.
“Therefore, this operation does not represent an attack on the Americans alone, but it is a rebellion against the Pakistani Navy by its own elements, striking the policy of humiliation and subjugation to America, which the Satanic alliance – represented in the Americanized generals, selfish politicians, and corrupt government employees – imposes,” Mahmoud says.
Mahmoud goes on to explain AQIS’ “reasons for targeting America.” The reasons are standard for al Qaeda, and include the US’ perceived war on Islam, and America’s support for Israel, Muslim countries, and “secular movements.”
The US Navy was chosen as a target because “through its naval military superiority, America is able to control ours straits, our channels, and our waters, and loot the fortunes of our Ummah [Muslim community],” Mahmoud says.
Reports of collusion within Pakistani Navy
While Mahmoud’s claim that Pakistani naval officers executed the attack on the PNS Zulfiqar cannot be proven, Pakistani officials and press reports indicate that at least some of the attackers are members of the Pakistani military.
Khawaja Asif, Pakistan’s Defense Minister, said that “some of the navy staff of commissioned ranks and some outsiders” were involved in the attack, according to Dawn.
The Nation reported that a former naval officer known as Awais Jakhrani was killed during the attack. Jakhrani, the son of a Karachi Police Assistant Inspector General, had “links with [a] banned organization.”
Additionally, three “Navy officials” were arrested in Quetta in Baluchistan while trying to flee to Afghanistan.
Pakistan’s Navy has long been thought to be infiltrated by al Qaeda. In late May 2011, Pakistani journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad wrote an article in the Asia Times on the jihadist attack on Pakistan Naval Base Mehran in Karachi. That attack was carried out by Brigade 313, a unit led by al Qaeda and Harakat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami leader Ilyas Kashmiri. In his article, Shahzad noted that Pakistani officials had begun investigating jihadist “groupings” within the Navy in the spring of 2011 and discovered a “sizeable al Qaeda infiltration within the navy’s ranks.”
After military officials detained and interrogated suspected jihadist infiltrators, al Qaeda threatened to launch attacks against military bases. The Pakistani military opened negotiations with al Qaeda, which ultimately failed. Then Osama bin Laden was killed by US forces in Abbottabad on May 1, 2011. Al Qaeda and allied Pakistani jihadists decided to take revenge, obtaining detailed information on Mehran from their Navy infiltrators.
“Within a week, insiders at PNS Mehran provided maps, pictures of different exit and entry routes taken in daylight and at night, the location of hangers and details of likely reaction from external security forces,” Shahzad wrote.
Shahzad’s article, which was published on May 27, 2011, is widely believed to have resulted in his murder at the hands of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate. He was kidnapped and murdered just two days after it was published.
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by, J. Schuyler Montague
AQIS intent was to hijack an Armed Pakistani Naval Ship in the following class and use it to launch attacks on US warships in the Indian Ocean:
Pictured above: PNS-Zulfiquar Class
General characteristics of the Zulfiquar class are as follows:
The F-22P or Zulfiquar-class frigate (Urdu: ذوالفقار English: Sword class), is a general purpose frigate built by Pakistan and China for the Pakistan Navy (PN). They are an adaptation of the Type 053H3 frigates of China but include elements of the Type 054 frigates as well. The frigate’s primary surface-to-surface missile armament comprises eight C-802 subsonic anti-ship missiles carried in two launchers with four cells each, fitted between the foremast and the funnel.
All photos in this article courtesy of: The Daily Telegraph
Muslim Terrorists Were Planning to Carry Out
‘..Mass Casualty Shootings and Beheadings..’
by, Simon Benson & Matthew Benns | The Daily Telegraph | h/t F/j
Pre-dawn operation in Sydney and Brisbane involving 600 officers
15 people arrested, one charged
Suspected terrorist cell was ‘close to an attack’
Scipione: ‘intended to hurt random member of public’
Tony Abbott says orders coming from local senior member of ISIL
Hundreds of ASIO and heavily armed police officers swooped in anti-terrorism raids to prevent a mass casualty shooting in Sydney and possible beheadings.
Police backed up by armoured cars arrested dozens of people in a dozen separate pre-dawn operations across NSW and Brisbane.
The combined effort amounted to the largest anti-terrorism operation in Australian history — and senior officers revealed the attack by a suspected terrorist cell was imminent.
It is believed the plan was to kidnap a random member of the public and murder them by beheading, while filming the act to post on social media.
It is also understood the group had planned to target a tourist, possibly in Martin Place in the CBD.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said intelligence showed there were orders coming from an Australian who is senior in ISIL or Islamic State.
He said this morning the planned attacks were “not about people’s religion”.
“These people do not hate us for what we do, they hate us for who we are and how we live … That is what makes us a target,” Mr Abbott said.
“We have got to guard against terror attacks in Australia … and that’s exactly what our security forces have done today.”
Mr Abbott said he was briefed on the raids last night and that they went “smoothly” and “professionally”.
He said he would be going to the air force base to farewell armed forces travelling to the Middle East today.
Police have arrested at least 15 people during the raids and one has been charged with “terrorism-related offences”.
The charged man has been named as Omarjan Azari, who will face court today.
The AFP does not believe the raids in Queensland are directly linked to those in NSW, but are investigating links.
Australian Federal Police Acting Commissioner Andrew Colvin said this morning the anti-terror operation, dubbed Operation Hammerhead, started earlier this year and “the decision was made by the experts that now was the time to move”.
Meanwhile, controversial Liberal Senator Cory Bernadi has this morning stood by a controversial tweet linking Australia’s biggest terror raids with the burqa.
Mr Bernadi was commenting on the largest terror raids in Australia’s history when he appeared to call for the head dress to be banned: “Note burqa wearers in some of the houses raided this morning? This shroud of oppression and flag of fundamentalism is not right in Aust.”
NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the group intended to target random members of the public on Sydney streets.
“The intent was to commit serious violence on a member of the public on the streets,” he said.
“We won’t be letting that happen … We will not be tolerating misbehaviour on our streets.”
Mr Scipione said this morning’s operation involved more than 500 police officers and would be ongoing.
He said they have seized “at least one weapon” during the raids.
Meanwhile, a Facebook page has been launched this morning calling on Muslims to attend a “snap protest” at Lakemba station tonight.
The page has invited 1500 people to attend to “stand as one tonight” to “denounce this demonisation and oppression of Muslims”.
The protest meeting will start at 7pm.
ABC is reporting a man involved in this morning’s raids has been taken to hospital with injuries he claims he received from police.
The arrests follow the execution of a number of search warrants in Beecroft, Bellavista, Guildford, Merrylands, Northmead, Wentworthville, Marsfield, Westmead, Castle Hill, Revesby, Bass Hill and Regents Park.
Guilford residents woke to the sound of a helicopter overhead and heavily armed police calling through a loud speaker: “Your house is surrounded with armed police.”
The esidents have described their horror at the arrest of an alleged terrorist in Bursill Street Guildford before dawn.
One woman who wished not to be named said she was woken by the sound of a helicopter and her dog barking about 4.20am.
She said she heard police say five times over a loud speaker: “ You have to come to your front door, your house is surrounded with armed police.”
“It still took them a long time to come out,” she said.
Another woman, who wished not to be named, said the people moved in only two weeks ago, but she had not seen them.
Neighbour, Hassan Albatat, a Shia Muslim who emigrated from Iraq 12 years ago, was horrified by the allegations that his neighbours were involved in a terrorist plot.
“Some people are crazy,” he said.
“I come here to Australia to live to be safe, not in a dangerous way.”
Federal and NSW police continue to search the home.
One man was arrested at the Bursill Street address soon after police raided the home before dawn.
Another man with grazes to his forehead and left cheek walked free about 9.45am.
The man ran from the media’s cameras calling out: “come here and do it.”
Two women, including one whose face is hidden behind a head-to-toe niqab, remain in the house.
Detectives have brought cards and counted cash on the porch of the house.
Other items have been taken behind the closed roller doors of the garage.
Eyewitness Chris from Chester Hill told Triple M he looked out of his window at 5am and “saw 30 or 40 coppers” in the street.
“They had blocked off the road, it was only six doors down. It was pretty surreal,” he said.
The raids are linked to an earlier raid on an Islamic bookshop in Brisbane last week, where two men were arrested and charged with recruiting and funding people to travel to Syria to engage in hostile acts.
Warrants are also being executed in the Brisbane suburbs of Mount Gravatt East, Logan and Underwood.
Police sources said that raids, which involved more than 600 officers from the Australian Federal Police, NSW counter terrorism unit and ASIO, were ordered because it was understood a terrorist network had been planning to carry out a series of attacks in Australia.
The raids follow the lifting of the national security alert level from medium to high last Friday by the outgoing director general of ASIO David Irvine. Commuters on the Manly ferry this morning were reminded to take their bags with them because of the heightened security level.
It is believed the size of the raid eclipsed that of Operation Pendennis in 2005 when several hundred ASIO, AFP and NSW police arrested 13 men across Melbourne and the Sydney suburb of Bankstown, who had been planning bomb attacks in both capitals.
Australians have travelled to Syria to join the Islamic State with two of the most notorious, Mohamed Elomar and Khaled Sharrouf, posting pictures of themselves holding up the severed heads of Syrian soldiers.
In Marsfield, female forensics officers clad in hijabs joined the raids at a number of addresses.
They are focusing on a number of garages and vehicles and a short time ago took fingerprint swabs from a white Toyota Hilux ute.
Residents say they pounced on Waterloo Road early this morning and were assisted from the air by police helicopters around 5:30am.
Officials are focusing on a property along the street and it is understood a number of forensic tests have been performed.
Albert, a taxi driver, said the property houses a number of men who wear “long white gentlemen’s hijabs” and sport beards.
“They are often walking along the street very early, like 5am,” Albert said.
They are receiving support from others in Australia. Yesterday the Lakemba money transfer business Bisotel Rieh, which is owned by Sharrouf’s sister Damour and her husband Ahmed Alwash, was suspended amid concerns that it was sending millions of dollars to terrorists in the Middle East.
Australia has vowed to fight the Islamic State. Later today Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Labor leader Bill Shorten will meet at Amberley RAAF Base, 40 kilometres southwest of Brisbane, to farewell air force personnel being deployed to the United Arab Emirates.
Some of the 600 Australian troops to be deployed to Iraq left Sydney on Tuesday.
President Barrack Obama told troops at MacDill air force Base in Florida that Australia was part of a coalition joining forces to target ISIS. “We’re going to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy.”
“But — and this is something I want to emphasise — this is not and won’t be America’s fight alone.”
He said Australia and Canada were sending military advisers to Iraq, France and the UK were flying missions, Saudi Arabia was hosting training programs for Syrian rebels and German paratroops were providing training.
Senior government ministers were unable to shed more light on the raids in Sydney and Brisbane, but praised the work of authorities.
“I note the security agencies, the Police, ASIO are working hard to ensure that we are safe,” Coalition frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull told ABC radio this morning.
“Our security is the consequence of continued vigilance and hard work on the part of the security agencies.
“There is no cause for being complacent about security.”
by, Tarek Fatah | Middle East Forum
When U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sat down in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on the 13th anniversary of 9/11, surrounded by the leaders of 10 Arab states, to build a coalition against Islamic State (ISIS), the scene dripped with irony.
For decades, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, along with Arab billionaires in Gulf Arab states, have financed the breeding grounds of Islamic extremism in the tens of thousands of madrassas spread around the world, from Philippines to Philadelphia.
Take the case of the al-Shabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane, whose death President Barack Obama boasted about at the Wales NATO summit as an example of America’s approach to dismantling al-Qaida-affiliated groups.
What Obama failed to mention was the fact Godane became a jihadi terrorist only after obtaining a Saudi scholarship to study radical Islam at madrassas in Sudan and later Pakistan.
Assuming the objective of the American/Arab coalition was to fight the misogynist murderers of ISIS, it was also ironic not a single woman sat at the table. Not even a female State Department staffer or assistant.
This was not a coalition that will defeat ISIS; it was a coalition that will end up reinforcing Islamic State as the one true answer to the crimes being committed against the Arab people by its own leaders.
Islamic State is being formed exactly the way Saudi Arabia was formed when thousands of bloodthirsty jihadis rose from the Sultanate of Nejd and invaded the Kingdom of Hejaz, slaughtering the country’s citizens into submission in 1925.
Sen. Ted Cruz Q&A in Armed Services Committee Hearing on ISIS:
Remember, Saudi Arabia is a kingdom where the king had his own daughters held hostage to force their mom, his runaway wife, to return.
Then we have Turkey as a NATO ally sitting in on secret meetings where the West bungles its way trying to figure out the difference between “strategy” and “tactic”.
As the New York Times disclosed today “one of the biggest source of (ISIS)recruits is neighboring Turkey, a NATO member.”
The challenge posed by ISIS will not be resolved with the American airstrikes or by British Prime Minister David Cameron’s declaration echoing George Bush’s cliched chant that, “Islam is a religion of peace”.
This will merely strengthen the jihadis’ resolve and make more Muslims turn to ISIS.
Here is a five-point plan that will make ISIS weak from within:
Recognize Iraqi Kurdistan as an independent country, a UN member state with a security pact with NATO.
Recognize the Kurdish Workers Party in Turkey (PKK) as an ally, not a terrorist group.
Recognize the exiled Iranian Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) as an ally, not a terrorist group.
Recognize the Balochistan struggle for independence from Pakistan and Iran as a legitimate national liberation struggle, similar to those of the Baltic Republics, Kosovo, East Timor and Eritrea
Expel Turkey from NATO as it is an ally of the Muslim Brotherhood and represents a threat to the West.
As for Islamic leaders in North America and Europe, they should stop their exercise in “Muslim patriotism” and for once speak the truth.
Listening to the rhetoric from some leaders of my Muslim community reminds me of car company executives who, instead of addressing the problems with their cars, are more concerned with protecting the reputation of their brand.
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Sen. Ted Cruz Discusses ISIS with Sean Hannity: