Thursday, 28 February 2013

Death for Genocidal Jihadist.

A death sentence has been passed on Delwar Hossain Sayedee for his part in the atrocities committed during the 1971 Bangladeshi war of independence. There had been violent opposition to the trial & calls for justice in general, as mentioned in a previous post but there does seem to be a will for secular justice in this Muslim majority country. This, from the Guardian this morning:

Bangladesh sentences Jamaat-e-Islami leader to death for war crimes
Islamic party enforces general strike on day Delwar Hossain Sayedee is found guilty of crimes relating to independence war

A special war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh has sentenced the leader of an Islamic political party to death for crimes stemming from the nation's 1971 fight for independence, a politically charged decision that sparked violent protests.

The Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee was found guilty of eight counts out of 20 involving mass killings, rape and atrocities during the nine-month war against Pakistan, the prosecutor Syed Haider Ali said. The verdict was announced by the presiding tribunal judge ATM Fazle Kabir in a packed courtroom.

"Justice has been done to those who lost their loved ones at the hands of Sayedee," Ali said.

Lawyers for the defendant boycotted the tribunal during the verdict and rejected it as politically motivated. Sayedee's lawyer Abdur Razzak said they would appeal.

Jamaat-e-Islami was enforcing a nationwide general strike on Thursday to denounce the trial and to demand Sayedee be freed.

Supporters of Sayedee clashed with police in Sirajganj district while protesting against the verdict, leaving two people dead, the private television channel Ekattor TV reported. Police were not immediately available to comment on the reported deaths.

Sayedee is the third defendant to be convicted of crimes against humanity since Sheikh Hasina's government initiated the tribunal in 2010.

In the first verdict in January, the tribunal sentenced the former Jamaat leader Abul Kalam Azad to death on similar charges.

Another Jamaat leader, Abdul Quader Mollah, was sentenced to life in prison in February for atrocities during the war.

Another seven top leaders of Jamaat are on trial for their alleged role in the atrocities during the war.

Jamaat-e-Islami, the largest Islamic party in Muslim-majority Bangladesh, had campaigned against the 1971 independence war, but it denies committing any atrocities.

Jamaat, a key ally of the country's largest opposition party, the Bangladesh Nationalist party, led by the former premier Khaleda Zia, was a partner in her government from 2001 to 2006.

Zia's party has questioned the conduct of the tribunal, saying the trial was aimed at destroying the opposition.

International human rights organisations also questioned the fairness of the trial, referring to the disappearance of a witness for Sayedee.

Bangladesh says the 1971 war left 3 million people dead, 200,000 women raped and forced millions to take shelter in neighbouring India.

While I don't agree with the death penalty for civilised countries like ours, it does seem to be a must for countries teetering on the precipice of anarchy like Bangladesh or having been dragged out of anarchy like Germany in the late 1940s. So I'm glad about this. String the bastard up & then bury him with a mouthful of bacon. Such should be the recompense for anyone following the Sunna of the prophet to the extent of murder & rape.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Activism Works: Reading University Disinvites Cleric.

The Imam of Green Lane Mosque in Birmingham,  Abu Usamah at-Thahabi, was due to speak at Reading University tomorrow as part of Islamic Awareness Week. However, his invitation had to be withdrawn today under circumstances related by the Reading Chronicle (hat-tip to EastAnglianDivision):

Protest threats force Islamic preacher to drop university date

AN INVITATION to Islamic preacher Abu Usamah at-Thahabi to speak at Reading University tomorrow night was withdrawn tonight after threats of violent protest from extremist groups.

The preacher was due to address the university's Muslim Society at the Palmer Building - one of a series of talks designed to raise awareness of Islam as a faith as part of its Discover Islam Week.

But members of a campaign group calling itself Student Rights, claiming that Abu Usamah is ant-gay [sic], issued a call for demonstrators to assemble outside the venue 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the event.

Tonight University spokesman Alex Brannen issued a statement saying that the event had been cancelled because the "safety of students, members, staff and visitors is of paramount importance".

The full statement read: " Reading University Muslim Society, Reading University Students Union (RUSU) and the University of Reading are in agreement that the laudable aims of the Muslim Society's Discover Islam Week are undermined by the increasing threat of violent protest from extremist groups outside the University community.

"A careful assessment of the threat to the events on Wednesday and Thursday evening have led all three organisations to reluctantly agree to the cancellation of these talks.

"Our priority is to the safety of all those who had planned to attend or to peacefully protest outside the talk and we are very disappointed that we have had to take this course of action. However, the safety of our students, members, staff and visitors is of paramount importance.

"Both the University and RUSU are committed to supporting the Muslim Society in its aims of raising awareness of Islam and building mutual understanding. We are delighted that other events in the week's programme will be going ahead as planned.

"As part of the review of these events, the University has agreed to work with RUSU to ensure its policies reflect the need to protect the principles of freedom of speech in balance with the rights of all constituent parts of the student community.

"The University is committed to upholding both the right to free speech and the right to lawful protest within an environment that guarantees the safety of all users of our campuses."

Let us have a look at a few things this personage has vouchsafed to his public in the past to see just how 'laudable' the aims of the Reading University Muslim Society can be in their efforts to 'build mutual understanding' shall we?

No one loves the kuffar. No one loves the kuffar, not a single person here from the muslims loves the kuffar, whether those kuffar are from the UK or from the US. We love the people of Islam and we hate the people of kufr. We hate the kuffar.

I don't believe them as they are kuffar, and lying is part of their religion. These kuffar, they do whatever they want to do.

If you leave off the prayer out of negligence, then you are a kaffir. If he dies like that you have to bury him with the kuffar. You can't marry him.

So much for building mutual understanding, your typical Islamic hatred & supremacism as we've come to expect. But we can take heart from the fact that people out there are active & aware & have made their presence known in Reading, at least. It is, this time, the press that is out of step referring to the protesters as extremists.

People are waking up, speaking up & showing up those who would presume to lecture the rest of us.

Underage Rape Victim Sentenced to 100 Lashes.

Here is a story of the beauty & justice of sharia law in practice in the Maldives from Minivan News yesterday:

Under-age rape victim convicted of fornication, sentenced to 100 lashes

A 15-year-old rape victim from the island of Feydhoo in Shaviyani Atoll was convicted of premarital sex at the Juvenile Court today and sentenced to 100 lashes and eight months of house arrest.

In June 2012, the girl gave birth to a baby that was discovered buried in the outdoor shower area of her home. Her stepfather was later charged with child sexual abuse, possession of pornographic materials and committing premeditated murder.

Her mother was meanwhile charged with concealing a crime and failing to report child sexual abuse to the authorities.

An official from the Prosecutor General (PG)'s office told Minivan News in January this year that the fornication charges against the minor were related to a separate offence of premarital sex that emerged during the police investigation. The charges were filed on November 25, 2012.

In its verdict delivered today, the Juvenile Court ordered the state to transfer the girl to the Children's Home in Villigili to enforce the sentence of eight months house arrest, according to local media reports.

The girl reportedly confessed at the trial to having consensual premarital sex.

The Islamic Shariah punishment of flogging would be administered when the girl turns 18. However, the sentence could be implemented earlier should the minor request expedition, a court official explained to local media.

In late January, the PG's Office told Minivan News that it was reviewing the decision to press charges against the minor. Two hearings at the Juvenile Court were subsequently cancelled upon request by the PG.

However, the trial resumed after the PG decided earlier this month not to withdraw the charges.

Officials from the PG were unavailable today to clarify whether the male offender faced the same charge of premarital sex.

The case of the 15 year-old had prompted concern from the executive following international media coverage. The government announced last month that it would review and "correct" laws that victimise young women and minors who have suffered sexual abuse.

President's Office Spokesperson Masood Imad told Minivan News that from government's perspective, the 15 year-old girl was a victim who needed to be protected, not punished by authorities.

"We will be talking with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs over this manner and will review and correct the problem," he said.

Masood said that the Maldives had experienced a number of similar cases of late where young women had been victimised and punished by authorities – a situation he said the government was looking to prevent.

"We are reviewing this right now and if we have to go to the extent of changing existing laws then we would look to do this," he said.

"Absolute outrage"

The criminal charges against the minor was slammed by Amnesty International last month, which called the prosecution "an absolute outrage."

"This is an absolute outrage, regardless of the reason for her charges. Victims of rape or other forms of sexual abuse should be given counselling and support – not charged with a crime," said Abbas Faiz, Amnesty International’s Maldives Researcher.

"We urge the Maldivian authorities to immediately drop all charges against the girl, ensure her safety and provide her with all necessary support.

"Flogging is a violation of the absolute prohibition on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment. The Maldivian authorities should immediately end its use regardless of circumstances. The fact that this time a 15-year old girl who has suffered terribly is at risk makes it all the more reprehensible," said Faiz.

"Flogging is not only wrong and humiliating, but can lead to long-term psychological as well as physical scars."

In response to a Minivan News report in 2009 of an 18 year-old woman fainting after a 100 lashes, Amnesty International called for a moratorium on the "inhumane and degrading punishment."

Of the 184 people sentenced to public flogging in 2006, 146 were female, making it nine times more likely for women to be punished.

In November 2011, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged the authorities to impose a moratorium on flogging and to foster national dialogue and debate "on this issue of major concern."

"This practice constitutes one of the most inhumane and degrading forms of violence against women, and should have no place in the legal framework of a democratic country," the UN human rights chief told MPs during a maiden visit to the Maldives.

Her remarks sparked protests by Islamic groups outside the UN building and drew condemnation from the Islamic Ministry, NGOs and political parties.

According to statistics from the Department of Judicial Administration, almost 90 percent of those convicted of fornication in 2011 was female.

Of 129 fornication cases in 2011, 104 people were sentenced, out of which 93 were female. This included 10 underage girls, 79 women aged 18-40 and and four women above 40 years.

So, women are NINE TIMES more likely to be flogged than men, goes to show how misogynistic sharia law is. And, how illogical; 93 women were sentence for fornication but only eleven men. Who were these other 82 women fornicating with, each other.

Plus, who the hell can believe that this poor girl confessed freely to consensual sex after she had already been raped & her dead baby dug up. Can you imagine what psychological state she must have been in at the time, to be incarcerated with a bunch of religious zealots who already considered her guilty. It hardly bears thinking about.

This is the sharia law that Rowan Williams wants importing into the UK. Clueless twit.

You will be pleased to know that there is a petition you can sign at Avaaz.

Here is another similar story from Bangladesh in 2011 in which the girl died. (Hat-tip to Atlas Shrugs.)

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Wanting War Crimes Punished is now Hurtful to Religious Feeling.

Which religious feelings would these be then? Is it the feeling that if you hold fast to Yahweh's covenant you will not die? Is it the feeling that if you perform acts of altruism in this life it will add to your weight of Karma in the next? Is it the feeling that if you wash your sins in the blood of Christ, you will enter his Kingdom? Or – & this is really pushing the envelope – is it the feeling that Allah's word should be supreme & all acts of jihad in his name are righteous, lawful & good? Ah, I think we're on to something here.

The war crimes referred to by the vision of gorgeousness in the embedded news report are the 1971 atrocities committed during the civil war between Pakistan & what is now Bangladesh.

It is estimated that up to 3000000 people were murdered during this nasty little war with minorities – especially non-Muslim minorities – & the intellectual elite targeted by Pakistani units that can only be described as resembling the einsatzgruppen & the resulting scenes were comparable to those left by the Khmer Rouge. No one has been prosecuted & those who call for prosecutions are routinely shut down, as the report says. One blogger has been hacked to death, even. What other religion would do that? What other religion would claim hurt feelings while carrying out fresh savagery on top of old & wanting old atrocities carried out in its name quietly forgotten?

Islam has to be ground into the dust like the filth it is.

Homophobia & Dhimmitude at Manchester University.

Well, another student society shows its true colours, in Manchester this time. No matter what names these societies give themselves they just cannot conceal the true nature of the filth they espouse for more than two minutes. When I was at college the Hizb ut-Tahrir front society (for it is surely them) were calling themselves the International Debating Society, or something like that, they'd have 50 people attend their inaugural meeting, all wearing beards or headscarves or both.

This came from The Mancunion 18th instant:

Homosexuals would be "killed" in ideal world, says speaker at society event

A speaker at a Students' Union affili ated society workshop said that homosexuals would be executed in an ideal Islamic state, describing the practice of two men kissing as an "atrocity."

1st year Middle Eastern studies student Colin Cortbus attended a public meeting organised by Global Aspirations at the Students' Union last Wednesday 13th February and asked the chairperson of the meeting whether "in the Islamic society in which you strive for," they would "feel comfortable, personally and morally, to kill a gay man."

She responded, "Absolutely," and added later that homosexuality was an "atrocity, because it goes against what God says."

Mr Cortbus sent an undercover re cording of the talk to The Mancunion the following day.

In the meeting Mr Cortbus also asked whether in the Islamic state they were advocating they would feel confident to kill him if he "did something as com pletely innocent as kiss another man outside the Students' Union."

In response, the chair of the meeting said to the small group, "Yeah, abso lutely," adding, "But it’s the fact that you can't just see it as it is. People have this issue that the punishment, penal code, everything is so completely inhumane, but who even says that these things are inhumane?"

When the debate moved onto the subject of the supposed negative effect of homosexuals on society, the chair declared that homosexuality "does not lead to social cohesion," citing their in ability to "pro-create" as evidence.

At this point, another attendee joined the debate, asking, "If they can't have kids, why didn't they die out ages ago?"

Mr Cortbus also asked for the chair person's position on stoning adulterers. She reasoned: "Who's to say that some one else might see that and think 'well if he's allowed to do it why can't I do it'."

When Mr Cortbus argued that stoning was not an Islamic practice, the chair person said: "Even if you went to some one who was a Muslim, whether they like the idea of stoning an adulterer or not, they will still say to you that it is something that is in Islam.

"There aren't Muslims who could say to you that it's not part of Islam to stone an adulterer."

The society lists its purpose on the Manchester Students' Union website as "to highlight the universal aspirations of women and create discussions on cam pus as to what these are and what can be done about it."

They further claim to "create an environment in which students can come together and discuss concerns."

Though their page on the Students' Union website makes no reference to Islamic beliefs, their Facebook page – which has 91 likes – describes them as: "A UoM society set up to discuss the aspirations of women, whether these can be achieved under the current system and showing Islam as an alternative."

In December, Global Aspirations of Women invited Julie Breen, a British convert to Islam, to come and give a talk at the Students' Union to around 20 people. In an interview posted to YouTube, she says she makes "no apology for capital punishment in an Islamic state" and supports an Islamic state over democracy.

Khadijah Afzal, chair of Global Aspirations and speaking on behalf of the society, told The Mancunion, "Not once in the discussion was any of this advocated. It was a hypothetical discussion in which people were open to discuss their views, which or may not have necessarily been that of the society.

"The fact that you have pin pointed only the discussion on the punishment system in Islam shows that you are ignorant of Islam as a political system, and hence decided to play the media rhetoric of Islam equates to harsh punishments and lack of humanity."

"People hold various views and opinions about a number of issues on campus, including fascists who are openly allowed to propagate their views under the guise of freedom of speech. What I ask of you is not to be intolerant towards debate especially when it goes against the grain of what you ardently hold on to."

A statement from Students' Union Wellbeing Officer Cat Gray, read: "We are deeply concerned with the covert filming of a student event within the Union. We are also deeply concerned by the suggestion that comments of a homophobic nature have been made. The Union operates a safe space policy where students should not be subject to any form of intimidation or discrimination. We encourage students who wish to report incidents which have made them feel unsafe to contact any member of the Exec Team."

You have to laugh at this 'Wellbeing Officer' Cat Grey, the first objection she raises is the filming of the hideous attitudes, not the hideous attitudes themselves. This ties in very nicely with the Islamists thinking; reporting Islamic hatefulness is Islamophobia. We're not allowed to know or discuss what is happening to our society. 

As for stoning not being in Islam, here is what it says in Sahih Bukhari:

Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Umar : The Jew brought to the Prophet a man & a woman from amongst them who have committed (adultery) illegal sexual intercourse. He ordered both of them to be stoned (to death), near the place of offering the funeral prayers beside the mosque." 2:23:413

Narrated 'Aisha: Sad bin Abi Waqqas & 'Abu bin Zam'a quarreled over a boy. Sad said, "O Allah's Apostle! This boy is the son of my brother ('Utba bin Abi Waqqas) who took a promise from me that I would take him as he was his (illegal) son. Look at him & see whom he resembles." 'Abu bin Zam'a said, "O Allah's Apostle! This is my brother & was born on my father's bed from his slave-girl." Allah's Apostle cast a look at the boy & found definite resemblance to 'Utba & then said, "The boy is for you, O 'Abu bin Zam'a. The child goes to the owner of the bed & the adulterer gets nothing but the stones (despair, i.e. to be stoned to death). Then the Prophet said, "O Sauda bint Zama! Screen yourself from this boy." So, Sauda never saw him again. 3:34:421

Narrated Abu Huraira & Zaid bin Khalid Al-Juhani: A bedouin came & said, "O Allah's Apostle! Judge between us according to Allah's Laws." His opponent got up & said, "He is right. Judge between us according to Allah's Laws." The bedouin said, "My son was a laborer working for this man, & he committed illegal sexual intercourse with his wife. The people told me that my son should be stoned to death; so, in lieu of that, I paid a ransom of one hundred sheep & a slave girl to save my son. Then I asked the learned scholars who said, "Your son has to be lashed one-hundred lashes & has to be exiled for one year." The Prophet said, "No doubt I will judge between you according to Allah's Laws. The slave-girl & the sheep are to go back to you, & your son will get a hundred lashes & one year exile." He then addressed somebody, "O Unais! go to the wife of this (man) & stone her to death" So, Unais went & stoned her to death. 3:49:860

Narrated Ibn 'Umar: The Jews brought a man & a woman who had committed illegal sexual intercourse, to the Prophet & the Prophet ordered them to be stoned to death, & they were stoned to death near the mosque where the biers used to be placed. 9:92:432

Sahih Muslim also has a few words on the subject:

Abu Huraira reported that a person from amongst the Muslims came to Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) while he was in the mosque. He called him saying: Allah's Messenger. I have committed adultery. He (the Holy Prophet) turned away from him, He (again) came round facing him & said to him: Allah's Messenger, I have committed adultery. He (the Holy Prophet) turned away until he did that four times, & as he testified four times against his own self, Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) called him & said: Are you mad? He said: No. He (again) said: Are you married? He said: Yes. Thereupon Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Take him & stone him. Ibn Shihab (one of the narrators) said: One who had heard Jabir b. 'Abdullah saying this informed me thus: I was one of those who stoned him. We stoned him at the place of prayer (either that of 'Id or a funeral). When the stones hurt him, he ran away. We caught him in the Harra & stoned him (to death). This hadith has been narrated through another chain of transmitters. 17:4196

Jabir b. Samura reported: As he was being brought to Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) I saw Ma'iz b. Malik-a short-statured person with strong sinews, having no cloak around him. He bore witness against his own self four times that he had committed adultery, whereupon Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Perhaps (you kissed her or embraced her). He said: No. by God, one deviating (from the path of virtue) has committed adultery. He then got him stoned (to death), & then delivered the address: Behold, as we set out for Jihad in the cause of Allah, one of you lagged behind & shrieked like the bleating of a male goat, & gave a small quantity of milk. By Allah, in case I get hold of him, I shall certainly punish him. 17:4198

Jabir b. Samura reported that there was brought to Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) a short person with thick uncombed hair, muscular body, having a mantle around him & he had committed adultery. He turned him away twice & then made pronouncement about him & he was stoned. Then Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: We set out for Jihad in the cause of Allah & one of you lagged behind & shrieked like the bleating of a male goat & one of then (goats' gave a small quantity of milk. In case Allah gives me power over one of them, I will punish him (in such a way that it may have a deterrent effect upon others). In another narration transmitted on the authority of Sa'id b Jubair (the words are), that He (the Holy Prophet) turned him away four times." 17:4199

Ibn Umar reported that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) stoned to death the Jews, both male & female, who had committed adultery. The Jews brought them to Allah's Messenger (may peace he upon him). The rest of the hadith is the same. 17:4212

Jabir b. 'Abdullah reported that Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) stoned (to death) a person from Banu Aslam, & a Jew & his wife. 17:4216

Muslims will argue that because there is no explicit passage in the Koran that deals with stoning, or rajm, (they have a specific Islamic term for it, but it doesn't exist) the above – just a very small sample of what’s available – are the actions of Mohammed. They are sunna, they are, therefore, Islam.

Finally, if stoning is not part of Islam then who is doing what’s shown below, Buddhists?

Islamic Propaganda in a Texas Classroom.

Something very strange is happening in the American curriculum. This worrying report comes from Fox News. (Hat-tip to Answering Muslims.)

State Investigation Launched After Students Dress in Burqas

A Texas lawmaker is launching an investigation after a teacher reportedly invited female students to dress up in Islamic garb and then told her classroom they should call Muslim terrorists – freedom fighters.

State Sen. Dan Patrick, chairman of the senate education committee, told Fox News he is very disturbed by the photograph as well as reports that students were exposed to a story that blamed Egypt's turmoil on democracy – rather than the Muslim Brotherhood.

"Parents are very sensitive to any issue that seems to be anti-American – that blames democracy for some sort of trouble in the world," he said.

The lesson on Islam was taught in a world geography class at Lumberton High School. The teacher brought burqas and other Islamic clothing for the female students to wear. They were also assigned to write an essay based on a Washington Post story that blamed Egypt's troubles on democracy – instead of the Muslim Brotherhood.

"I am outraged," one of the parents, who asked not to be identified, told Fox News. "I felt my blood pressure go through my head."

The parent said she was not aware of the lesson until she discovered a photograph of her 14-year-old daughter wearing a burqa on Facebook.

"As parents we should have been made aware this and I felt like the line had been crossed," she told Fox News. "Christian kids who want to pray have to do it outside of school hours – yet Islam is being taught to our kids during school hours."

Sen. Patrick said he understands why the parents are upset.

"Could you imagine if someone asked a Muslim student to dress up as a priest," the senator asked. "The parents of a Muslim student might be rather upset about that."

The young girl's father wondered why the teacher was giving children lessons about Islam in a geography class.

"She went from learning about Mexico to learning about Russia to learning about Islam," he said. "Islam is not a country. Islam is not a continent."

The parents said they confronted their daughter and told her to explain exactly what she had been taught.

"They were asked about their perception of Islam," she said. "Most of the class said they thought about terrorism. And her response was, 'we're going to change the way we perceive Islam.'"

The teacher reportedly told the students that she did not necessarily agree with the lessons –but she was required to teach the material.

The Lumberton Independent School District released a statement to Fox News defending the class.

"The lesson that was offered focused on exposing students to world cultures, religions, customs and belief systems," the statement read. "The lesson is not teaching a specific religion, and the students volunteered to wear the clothing."

The school district said Judaism and Christianity were also part of the lesson. However, the parents said Christianity was not discussed in the classroom. "The Christian perspective was not taught," she said. "They went in-depth into Islam and I'm not comfortable with it."

The district said the photograph does not reflect the entire aspect of the lesson.

"The lesson encompassed diversity education so students receive a firm understanding of our world and why people are motivated differently," the statement read.

The parents said they immediately contacted the principal of the high school who defended the program and said it was required under CSCOPE – a controversial electronic curriculum system that provides online lesson plans for teachers.

"The principal told me it was world geography and they have to learn this stuff," she said.

However, the school district said the lesson taught at the high school was not part of written CSCOPE lesson.

"This is the normal answer from every school using CSCOPE," said Janice VanCleave, a vocal critic of the program and the founder of Texas CSCOPE Review. "They are definitely promoting the Islamic religion."

VanCleave said the trouble is that teachers are not giving students the full story.

"They are not telling students how these young women are treated in this religion," she told Fox News. "In the Islamic countries women are not treated well at all."

Last month, evidence was presented at a state hearing showing that CSCOPE offered a number of lessons about Islam.

One particular lesson instructed teachers to provide classroom readings of selected texts from the Koran.

Students were also taught that Allah is God.

CSCOPE offered no comparable lessons on Christianity or Judaism, VanCleave told Fox News.

"I do think CSCOPE promotes the Islamic religion," she said. "I don't think it’s right to be proselytizing the Islamic religion in our schools."

Patrick said every time they've asked CSCOPE leaders about the lessons on Islam, lawmakers were told "those were old lessons."

"In this particular case – there's a photograph and there's a letter from the school district and there's another companion lesson," he said. "You start adding these issues up and it puts CSCOPE under the microscope more."

Since independence, it been one of the tenets of the United States that religion plays no part in the running of any branch of government, that goes for schools too. This is why one of the parents in the article mentioned that Christian prayer had to be done out of school. Yet we have this Islamic proselytisation as part of a lesson plan along with terrorist propaganda & the white-washing of the misogyny & tyranny endemic in Muslim lands.

It can only mean that this CSCOPE organisation is funded or run by some element of the Muslim Brotherhood inveigling its way into the US. Were I an American, I'd be telling this Senator Patrick that he could do a lot worse than be talking to one Frank Gaffney.

A Little Episode in the Rapejihad.

A young lady in Leigh had a nasty encounter with an 'Asian' on 20th January. This is from the Leigh Journal on 15th instant. (Hat-tip to The Rape Jihad.)

CCTV image released of man wanted in connection with sex attack in Leigh

DO you recognise this man?

Police have issued this CCTV image of a man wanted in connection with a sexual assault in Leigh.

The 27-year-old victim was walking down Ledbury Street by an alleyway when she was approached by the offender.

He started sexually assaulting her before she managed to push him away and he ran off.

The woman was not hurt but left shocked by her ordeal.

It happened at about 12.30am on Sunday, January 20.

The attacker is described as Asian, around 28 years old, 5ft 4in tall, slim build and had a moustache.

Det Sgt Graham Clare, from Wigan CID, said: “This was a disturbing sex attack on a woman walking home at night.

“Thankfully the victim had the presence of mind to push him away and he ran off before the attack could get even more serious.

“I now want to hear from anyone who either saw or heard anything that night or who recognises the man in the image."

Anyone with information or who thinks they know the identity of the man in the picture should contact Wigan CID on 0161 856 5307.

I've never been to Leigh in my life, or anywhere near, so I cannot tell Wigan CID what this animal's name is. I can tell you what it isn't. It's not Singh, it's not Bannerjee, it's not Chandrasekhar, Gupta, Gandhi or Patel. When the boys in blue eventually catch up with this dysfunctional little savage his name will turn out to be Mohammed, Ali, Sabir, Hussein, Ahmed or Iqbal. These are names used by those who follow the Sunna of the prophet. You mark my words.

Monday, 25 February 2013

A Little Bit of Life in Rapidly Dying Tunisia.

When the people of North African countries staged the Arab Spring we knew that they genuinely did want true freedom. We also knew that the Mullahs were waiting in the wings to take over. Here, a group of young Tunisians allow a little light to shine in the darkness as their country slowly slides into the seventh century. Naturally, the authorities are shocked, shocked d’you hear? about the whole distressing episode. This, from Now:

Tunisia probes "Harlem Shake" students as video goes viral

Tunisian authorities have ordered a probe into the staging of a "Harlem Shake" show in a Tunis suburb by students who dance wildly and imitate sexual acts, after a video recording went viral on the Internet.

"The ministry of education has demanded an investigation and the department will take appropriate measures," Education Minister Abdellatif Abid said on private Radio Mosaique.

He said there could be possible "expulsions" of students or "sacking" of educational staff who were behind the staging of the dance.

Video footage, which shows participants smoking, dancing wildly in uncoordinated manner and simulating sexual acts, has spread on the Internet, with dozens of different versions attracting millions of views.

The dance was purportedly staged by students from Menzah 6 district of Tunis in a school compound, with some dancing in shorts and others wearing fake beards and tunics showcasing proponents of radical Salafist movement.

The secular opposition regularly accuses Tunisia's ruling Islamist party Ennahda of allowing a slow Islamisation of the society.

The education minister is a member of Ettakatol, a center-left secular ally of Ennahda.

The incident comes as more and people around the world emulate the "Harlem Shake" craze, which was sparked by a group of Australian teenagers who uploaded a 31-second clip "The Harlem Shake v1 (TSCS original)" onto YouTube earlier this month. It has since been viewed almost 16 million times.

Only a tiny bit of investigation reveals that this has become quite popular:

They've also started in Morocco:

Islamists & their politically correct dhimmi stooges regularly accuse people like me of being haters but nothing could not be further from the truth. I love these guys. I only hate what's going to happen to them.

Beer-Swilling Bigot, Anjem Choudary.

Here's a video from Tony Graves telling it how it is about the hypocritical Islamofascist monster that is Anjem Choudary. Could not have said it better myself:

Man after my own heart, there. I devote an entire page to our Anjem at the main site, Islam Exposed.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Youngest Suicide in the UK Induced by 'Asians'.

This, at once, tragic & repellent story hit the news early this morning in the Sun:

Aaron, 9, 'bullied to death for being white'
Family blames Asian yobs for suicide

THE devastated family of a nine-year-old boy who hanged himself say he took his life after racist taunts by Asian bullies.  

Aaron Dugmore — thought to be one of Britain's youngest suicides after bullying — was found in his bedroom after months of jibes at school, they claim.

His family say that Aaron was threatened with a plastic KNIFE by one Asian pupil — who warned him: "Next time it will be a real one."

But despite complaints to the school, where 75 per cent of pupils come from ethnic backgrounds, they claim nothing was done to stop the bullying.

Heartbroken mum Kelly-Marie Dugmore is convinced the taunts led to her son killing himself two weeks ago. She sobbed: "We are not racist people. Aaron got on with all the children at his last school, and for him to have been bullied because of the colour of his skin makes me feel sick to my stomach."

Aaron joined Erdington Hall primary in Birmingham last September after the family moved nearby. But Kelly-Marie, 30, and stepdad Paul Jones, 43, noticed a change in him from his first day.

Paul said: "He became argumentative with his brothers and sisters, which wasn't like him at all. Eventually he told us that he was being bullied by a group of Asian children at school and had to hide from them in the playground at lunchtime. He said one kid even said to him, 'My dad says all the white people should be dead'."

Kelly-Marie claimed: "He was even threatened with a plastic knife by one boy. When Aaron stuck up for himself he said it’d be a real one next time.

"I went to see head Martin Collin a few times, but he only said, 'You didn't have to come to this school, you chose to come here'."

A spokesman for Erdington Hall, labelled unsatisfactory by Ofsted, said Aaron had "settled in quickly". West Midlands Police are investigating the causes of Aaron's death.

Yet again, we see the term 'Asian' being abused in an effort to protect the good name of Islam. We know, damn well, that this wasn't Sikhs or Hindus. It is only Islam that prescribes harassment or any minority in its midst, & that remark from the thug's father was very telling. That is what they are all saying in private, they came to the West ready to hate us though they may seem friendly. As it says in the Koran:

Let not the believers take disbelievers for their friends in preference to believers. Whoso doeth that hath no connection with Allah unless (it be) that ye but guard yourselves against them, taking (as it were) security. Allah biddeth you beware (only) of Himself. Unto Allah is the journeying. 3:28

Ibn Kathir clarifies:

Allah said next, (unless you indeed fear a danger from them) meaning, except those believers who in some areas or times fear for their safety from the disbelievers. In this case, such believers are allowed to show friendship to the disbelievers outwardly, but never inwardly. For instance, Al-Bukhari recorded that Abu Ad-Darda' said, "We smile in the face of some people although our hearts curse them.'' Al-Bukhari said that Al-Hasan said, "The Tuqyah is allowed until the Day of Resurrection.'' 

Think about that when you're queueing for your kebab of a Saturday night.

At least, however, the Sun mentioned the nature of the animus motivating the thugs, the Express didn't think to make reference to it & neither did the Daily Mail.

The BBC, however, did not care to report this death at all, did not consider the suicide of a nine-year-old boy fitting fair for their audience & neither did the Guardian.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

More of that Wonderful Islamic Tolerance in Libya.

Islam, you see, is such a wonderful, civilised way of life that it can hold its own against all comers & so doesn't have to resort to oppressive practices. It's beautiful. This came from Morning Star News earlier today: 

More Arrests in Libya after Detention of Foreign Christians

Egyptian accused of distributing Christian books allegedly tortured.

Arrests continue of Christians accused of proselytizing in Libya, with a total of seven now known to be in custody including one reported to have been tortured, sources said.   

Four expatriate Christians in the eastern coastal town of Benghazi were arrested on Feb. 10, accused of proselytizing. Libya's Preventative Security Unit arrested the Egyptian, South African, Korean and dual Swedish-American Christians, who have yet to be officially charged.

On Feb. 13, Preventative Security officers picked up two more Egyptian Christians, and another Egyptian Christian was arrested by Feb. 16, sources said. All the detainees were being held in Benghazi. It was unclear what led to their arrests.

Preventative Security spokesman Hussein Bin Hmeid said in a statement to Reuters that the four Christians originally arrested were printing books calling for conversion to Christianity. He said the country is 100 percent Muslim and that proselytizing "affects our national security."

Only one of the four arrested on Feb. 10, Sherif Ramses of Egypt, has been publicly identified. When Ramses was arrested, he allegedly had 30,000 Bibles in storage, a figure that Libyan police inflated to 45,000 in published statements, sources said. Ramses ran a small printing service in Benghazi and a bookstore that sold both Christian and secular books.

Sources close to the arrests told Morning Star News that Ramses has been tortured, saying he was severely bruised. Several other sources independently told Morning Star News that Preventative Security was able to get the names of other Christians in Libya from Ramses, possibly by accessing information on his cell phone. It was unclear, however, if any Christians subsequently detained had any significant links to Ramses' work.

Preventative Security is an internal police force formed during the Libyan Revolution by regional rebel leaders.

Rumors were circulating throughout Libya about unknown others thought to be arrested.

Another wave of arrests was said to have taken place on Sunday (Feb. 17) in Tripoli. Sources in Libya reported to contacts in Egypt that no one has been able to contact these detainees, learn their location or even get an estimate of the number of those said to be arrested.

"They say it was a large group," a source in Cairo receiving updates from Libya said. "They were supposed to be released, but there has been no word."

There has been no information about the possibility of Libyan nationals being picked up in any of the expatriate sweeps.

Those monitoring the situation said that they thought all the detainees would be released except for Ramses, who will likely stand trial. It was unclear what penalty a guilty verdict would bring for Ramses, as the proselytizing law is a hold-over from the previous regime deposed in October 2011, and Libya has yet to approve a new constitution. When arrested and asked why he thought he could hand out Bibles in Libya, Ramses reportedly told his captors, "They say Libya is supposed to be a free country."

The arrests are the latest in a series of recent incidents in Libya against Christians or Christian symbols. In December, two Egyptian Christians were killed and two were wounded when suspected Islamic extremists threw a homemade bomb into a Coptic Orthodox Church building in Dafniya, in western Libya. Several communities of Catholic nuns left Cyrenaica Province after receiving credible death threats. In addition, on many occasions suspected Islamic militants have desecrated graves with crosses on them of Britain's World War II dead.

What blind faith Ranses has that Libya is a free country. Almost as much as he has in his god, clearly. Those of who knew what Islam is all about saw this coming. 

Addendum: I detect some leakage here, the security spokesman said something strange to western ears. Proselytising other religions is a security threat to the Islamic state, apparently. Does this mean that his view of religious conversion is essentially political, not to say invasive? Is that, therefore, his view of Muslim migration to the West? Is it the view of the migrants themselves? One is forced to say yes, yes & yes.

Despotism Masquerading as Piety.

The ayatollahs have been having at it with the fatwa app on their iPhones with a ban on 3G technology. This came from Al Arabiya yesterday:

Iran's first encounter with 3G technology chastised by Fatwa

Four grand ayatollahs issued a fatwa that strips Iran's third mobile phone operator from its rights to use a new 3G mobile internet operator.

The fatwa was issued towards Iran's mobile service provider, Rightel, which enables customers to use video calling and multi-media messaging technology. The service uses 3G technology which is Iranian's first encounter with telecommunication expansion.

Iran's conservative parliament and the four grand ayatollahs are working on shutting down the 3G operator. Ayatollah Alavi Gorghani said providing this technology to the public would inflict damages on the country's political and religion systems. Another ayatollah said the 3G service Rightel is leading to corruption of Iranians rather than benefiting them.

"It will cause new deviances in our society, which is unfortunately already plagued with deviances," said ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi.

Residents of Qom, a religious city in Iran, signed a petition against Rightel on Feb. 10, the 34th anniversary of the Islamic Republic accusing the phone company of facilitating "access to sin and decadence".

Despite what the Iranian government labels Rightel’s 3G service, citizens in Iran are delighted to experience the speedy internet.

Now, let's look closely at this, mobile phones have been around in Iran for almost as long as they've been around in the West, along with camera phones & access to the Internet. We know this because we all watched Neda Agha-Soltan die on the pavement after being shot in the chest by the Basij for having the effrontery to walk the streets of Tehran in jeans & a t-shirt.

Ah, so that's it. These paragons of Islamic virtue have seen what access to technology can do to enable Iran's downtrodden people, & want to call halt to any more advancements in the art of citizen reportage.

They clearly know that their grasp on power is growing evermore tenuous & anticipate more violent clashes with their own people in the very near future. Bad enough that Neda's appalling demise be broadcast to the infidel in the West, imagine what havoc live reporting from the midst of a demonstration could wreak?

Not even Iran can go round confiscating mobile phone's to stop any more filming but, clearly, Internet connectivity has already been dealt with in some way otherwise why the clumsy, Soviet-style last sentence in that report?

So what we are seeing is, in effect, Islam being put to political uses but then, isn't that always the way? We are constantly told that Islam is a whole system of government. 

Bomb Plotters Wanted Revenge.

Here is another report on the recently convicted plotters from Birmingham, this time, from Channel 4.

Birmingham men convicted of bomb plot 'to rival 9/11'

Three men from Birmingham accused of plotting suicide attacks potentially deadlier than those of 9/11 face life sentences after being found guilty of terrorism.

Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, from Birmingham, have been found guilty at Woolwich Crown Court of being "central figures" in an elaborate suicide plot. The trio planned to dispatch as many as eight suicide bombers to detonate rucksacks stuffed full of explosives in crowded areas across the country.

Their detailed plotting was captured by security services as they discussed their plan from a safe house in Balsall Heath, Birmingham.

"They were deadly serious and they were hell bent because of the training they'd had and the things they said", said Detective Inspector Adam Gough, from West Midlands Police.

"On committing these acts there's no doubt whatsoever they were going to build bombs and martyr themselves and kill as many people as they could."

Prosecutor Brian Altman QC told the jury: "The police successfully disrupted a plan to commit an act or acts of terrorism on a scale potentially greater than the London bombings in July 2005, had it been allowed to run its course."

From Birmingham to Pakistan

Naseer, known as 'Chubbs' or 'Big Irfan', and Khalid, nicknamed 'Little Irfan' both spent a total of 15 months, during two trips, in terror training camps in Pakistan, and made martyrdom videos. In September 2011, when they started to experiment with making bombs, officers, who had them under surveillance, decided to arrest them.

Counter terrorism officers, who bugged their conversations, overheard them discussing the use of AK47 assault rifles and poisons, as well as blowing themselves up. No specific target locations were mentioned.

But the plans were also tainted with a level of incompetence.

In surveillance recordings, Naseer was heard talking about the possibility of mixing poison into creams such as Vaseline or Nivea and smearing them on car handles to cause mass deaths.

The plotters even considered welding blades to a truck and driving it into people. In a reference to the black comedy film, Ali also told his estranged wife Salma Kabal: "Oh, you think this is a flipping Four Lions. We're one man short."

The trio raised more than £13,000 over 23 days in bogus Muslim Aid collections in Sparkbrook for their plot. They only had a licence to collect for one day. Only a fraction of the money reached the charity.

Khalid even boasted that the attack was "another 9/11" as "revenge for everything".

Mr Justice Henriques told the trio that they will all face life in prison when they are sentenced in April or May.

New British terrorist threat

The trio is part of a new wave of British extremists identified by the security services who travelled abroad for training at al-Qaeda camps in Pakistan specifically to carry out attacks in their homeland. Naseer and Khalid both travelled to terrorist training camps in Pakistan between 2009 and 2011 to learn about bomb-making, poisons and firearms.

Raffaello Pantucci, a senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, said the change is partly because camps in the mountainous region of Waziristan in Pakistan are under increasing threat of drone strikes.

He said: "We have seen this trend starting to emerge for a while. If you look back in time you can see how the time spent training foreign fighters by al-Qaeda or affiliated networks is now being constrained because there is the threat of drone strikes. The command and control element is drawing back.

"I think the conclusion for the security services is that the pressure in Waziristan is working."

Karen Jones, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "These men had dangerous aspirations and, whilst the precise targets remained unclear, the potential for damage and loss of life from their plot should not be under-estimated.

"The evidence we put to the court showed the defendants discussing with awe and admiration the attacks of 9/11 and 7/7. These terrorists wanted to do something bigger, speaking of how 7/7 had 'gone a bit wrong'.

"Having travelled to Pakistan for expert training and preparation, Naseer and Khalid returned to the UK, where they discussed attacks involving up to eight rucksacks. Had they not been stopped, the consequences would have been catastrophic."

A few details here that were not present in the BBC report I commented on yesterday: the references to putting poison in Nivea cream clearly demonstrate a wish to target women. Islam isn't Islam without a healthy dose of misogyny. Secondly, one of these savages said the attacks would be 'revenge for everything'.

For what, precisely? Could it be for Western military actions in the Muslim world, like the 7/7 bombers? Surely some reference to Iraq or Afghanistan would have been made. Could it be that they were victims of racism? Hardly likely, as Muslim areas have now become monocultures due to native Britons being hounded out, so they would never have encountered Englishmen on a daily basis.

Could it just be an amorphous, low-level resentment of people who are happier than them, wealthier than them & freer than them who do not feel the need to prostrate themselves to a shattered rock in Mecca five times a day & suffer all the other constrictions of life & thought that their miserable religion induces. Could that be it? I rather think so.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Adumbrations of Genocide in Egypt.

The persecution of Copts is ratcheted up another notch in Egypt with the declaration by a new jihad group calling itself Jihad al-Kufr that all non-Muslims in Egypt must convert or die. This from Fox News:

Islam or death? Egypt's Christians targeted by new terror group

A group of Christian priests from a local Coptic church in Egypt were told to convert to Islam or face death, according to an Arabic news site.

The incident, which comes in the midst of continued persecution and pressure on Egypt's Christian community, took place this week in the town of Safaga, near the Red Sea, the El Balad site reported.

According to El Balad, the threats are from a new group in Egypt, Jihad al-Kufr, whose name translates to Jihad against non-believers or non-Muslims. The group targets non-Muslims, and reportedly pressures them to convert to Islam.

"It's not the first time. This is happening every day," said Adel Guindy, president of Coptic Solidarity and a member of Egypt's Coptic community who travels between Paris and Cairo. "This one incident caught the attention of the news agencies, but there are worse things happening to the Christians every day in Egypt," he said.

Christians have felt increasingly at risk since the fall of former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, which resulted in the rise of President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood movement.

"It has definitely worsened under the revolution. Once the worst part of the society surfaced -- the Islamists -- the Copts are paying a heavy price. The West doesn't really feel our pain. It's a war of attrition," Guindy said.

Copts are the largest Christian community in the Middle East, and the most prominent religious minority in the region. Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt's 85 million people.

Egypt's new constitution has come under scrutiny by many for including elements of Sharia, or Islamic law, while simultaneously legitimizing the marginalization of the country’s religious minorities by denying them legal protection. It also granted increased powers to Morsi, who self-declared sweeping powers in a Nov. 22 power grab that prompted heavy international criticism.

The new constitution was ratified after its second referendum in late December, winning more than 70 percent of the vote. Moderate Egyptians took to the streets to protest the rushed ratification, but the demonstrations were quickly quashed.

Some believe members of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamic extremists, emboldened by the constitution’s passage, have stepped up attacks against Egyptian Christians.

"There was a relative amount of freedom (for Christians) before Egypt's revolution, and many were hoping for more freedoms, and now things are unfortunately much worse and much more difficult," said Jason DeMars, founder of Present Truth Ministries, a Christian advocacy group that tracks religious persecution around the world.

"It's what they've always wanted to do, but Mubarak held some of that back because of the support he got from the United States and other Western countries," DeMars said. "People were paying attention, but now the extremists are seeing this as an opportunity to crack down on the community there."

Extremists over the weekend set fire to a Christian Church in the Province of Fayoum, the second such assault against the town’s Coptic population in a month. The attackers ripped down the church’s cross and hurled rocks at church members, injuring four people including the priest, according to a report by Morning Star News.

There have also been several reported cases of rape and harassment of Coptic women. Two women in traditional Islamic headdress cut off the hair of two Christian women on the subway in Cairo in December, the Egypt Independent reported. It was the third such incident in two months.

And last week, an Egyptian court forced two Coptic Christian boys, ages 10 and 9, to face trial for "insulting the Koran," according to reports. The boys were arrested after playing in a pile of trash, which authorities claimed included pages of the Koran.

Egypt's Coptic Christian leader, Pope Tawadros II, spoke openly this month when he dismissed the new constitution as discriminatory.

"We are a part of the soil of this nation and an extension of the pharaohs and their age before Christ," he told the Associated Press. "Yes, we are a minority in the numerical sense, but we are not a minority when it comes to value, history, interaction and love for our nation."

So often, stories like this featured in Jihad Watch begin with: "I tried to tell you…" As well he did but everyone who knew anything about Islam could see the Arab Spring for what it was & knew what was coming.

City University Displays Just the First Glimmer of Islamorealism.

Good news here. It would seem that some common sense is just starting to trickle through the eaves of the ivory tower. The dons at City University have woken up to the fact that Islamic societies on campus might just be a little bit fighty & malignant. In response to being refused access to proposed discussion points & guest speakers, the college authorities have taken to locking the prayer room of a Friday. This, from the BBC (hat-tip to Jihad Watch):

City University London locks Muslim prayer room on Fridays

City University in London has been accused of discrimination by a group of Muslim students after it started locking a room used for Friday prayers.

A group of students have formed Muslim Voices on Campus, calling on the university to reverse its decision.

The group said it was being "unjustly targeted".

City said it acted because students had refused to submit the proposed content of sermons to the university before prayers to check its "appropriateness".

Wasif Sheikh, who leads the group, said: "We feel we are being unjustly targeted. All of our sermons are open, we welcome all students and all staff.

"But when you start submitting your sermons to be monitored and scrutinised then there's a chance for it to be dictated what's allowed and what's not allowed. We, as students, don't accept that."

'Confrontational atmosphere'

Three years ago, the counter-extremism think tank the Quilliam Foundation released a report on the sermons at Friday prayers at City University, in central London.

Wasif Sheikh leads the group Muslim Voices on Campus It claimed hardline views and a confrontational atmosphere were being encouraged.

In one sermon, which was recorded, the speaker said: "The Islamic state teaches to cut the hand of the thief. Yes it does. And it also teaches us to stone the adulterer.

"When they tell us that, the Islamic state tells us and teaches us to kill the apostate, yes it does."

BBC London has seen no evidence those views are still being spread now, but some argue the episode shows the need for greater scrutiny.

'Vicious history'

Dr Usama Hasan from the Quilliam Foundation said: "If there was no past history at the university, I think what the students are saying would sound extremely reasonable.

"However, there has been quite a vicious and nasty history there. They have to deal with that and give a bit more to the university.

"Both sides need to compromise here and negotiate with some difficult conversations."

The challenge faced by many universities is how to deal with any potential extremism threat, without being seen to restrict freedom of speech.

A statement from the university said it needed to be sure of the "appropriateness" of what was being discussed in sermons as authorised university events.

It said it also needed to be assured that all "students eligible to deliver" prayers and sermons "are considered equally and given the opportunity to do so".

The statement went on: "The university could not continue to condone an activity taking place on its premises where it cannot exercise reasonable supervision."

In addition, the university said it had suggested a number of alternative places for students to pray nearby.

I loved that last bit. Prayer rooms were always a means of forcing the infidel to make special provisions for Muslims & cater for their every need. Now it looks as though these 'sacred spaces' are not so sacred after all. Will we soon see these little dens of bile turned into healthy, life-enhancing bars? Don't hold your breath.

Three More Muslims Found Guilty of Birmingham Bomb Plot.

The final three Islamic plotters, out of a gang of nine, were convicted on twelve counts of terrorism-related offences at Woolwich Crown Court yesterday & warned they would serve lengthy minimum sentences. This, from the BBC:

Birmingham men guilty of mass bomb plot

Three would-be suicide bombers who plotted to carry out an attack to rival the 7 July and 9/11 atrocities have been found guilty of terrorism charges.

Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, from Birmingham, were found guilty at Woolwich Crown Court of being "central figures" in the plan.

Jurors were told they planned to set off up to eight bombs in rucksacks, using timers to detonate the charges.

Police described the men as "committed, passionate extremists".

The trio were arrested in 2011 amid fears an attack was imminent.

Detectives believe it is the most significant terror plot to be uncovered since the 2006 conspiracy to blow up transatlantic airliners using bombs disguised as soft drinks.

Khalid even boasted that the attack was "another 9/11" and "revenge for everything".

'Charity workers'

The three men were found guilty of 12 counts of preparing for acts of terrorism between December 2010 and their arrest in September the following year.

The jury heard that Naseer and Khalid had received training from al-Qaeda contacts in Pakistan - and had recorded martyrdom videos there before returning to the UK.

Having recruited others, the group posed as legitimate charity workers on the streets of Birmingham and collected thousands of pounds from unsuspecting members of the public.

Naseer played a key role in sending four other Birmingham men to Pakistan to receive training. All of these have already pleaded guilty to preparing for acts of terrorism: Ishaaq Hussain, 21, Shahid Khan, 21, Naweed Ali, 25, and Khobaib Hussain, 22.

Two other Birmingham men who were part of Naseer and Khalid's plans, Rahin Ahmed, 27, and Mujahid Hussain, 21, have also pleaded guilty to terrorism charges.

The judge told the men they would all face life in prison when they were sentenced in April or May.

Mr Justice Henriques told Naseer he had been convicted on "overwhelming evidence" and that he faced "a very long minimum term".

He said: "You were seeking to recruit a team of somewhere between six and eight suicide bombers to carry out a spectacular bombing campaign, one which would create an anniversary along the lines of 7/7 or 9/11. It's clear that you were planning a terrorist outrage in Birmingham."

Surveillance recordings

BBC home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani said the convictions represented a major success for counter-terrorism officers in the West Midlands who, along with MI5, ran one of the largest undercover operations in recent years to identity the plotters and stop them.

Nine men in all have been convicted as a result of the investigation.

The jury heard that the security services had the men under such close surveillance that they recorded them laughing and joking about their plans and how they did not need to worry about their car's MOT, because they would be dead by the time it expired.

The men were arrested after recorded conversations revealed Naseer's depth of knowledge about bomb-making and the three discussed time frames for attacking targets.

They had discussed targets while under surveillance but had not settled on a final plan. During his police interview, Ali told detectives that they wanted to wear explosive vests and had considered attacking British soldiers.

The trial heard the men were inspired by sermons of US-born Islamist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in Yemen in September 2011.

'Maim and kill'

Karen Jones, specialist counter-terrorism prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "These men had dangerous aspirations and whilst the precise targets remained unclear, the potential for damage and loss of life from their plot should not be underestimated.

"The evidence we put to the court showed the defendants discussing with awe and admiration the attacks of 9/11 and 7/7. These terrorists wanted to do something bigger, speaking of how 7/7 had 'gone a bit wrong'."

The men carried out fraudulent charity collecting on the streets of Birmingham Detective Inspector Adam Gough of West Midlands Police led the investigation into the men.

"There's no doubt whatsoever that they were the real deal," he said. "They are committed, passionate extremists. They had a real stated intention to kill and maim as many people as they possibly can. More than that, they not only had that intention, but they had the capacity and training to make that intention a reality.

"Naseer is a very devious and calculating man. He is someone who had a real hatred of western values, someone who wants to bring his influence to others and a compulsive liar. A very dangerous man."

Irfan Naseer told the trial that the hours of secret recordings of him talking about terrorism and bomb-making were all nonsense.

He said he had pretended to be a terrorist because he wanted to end rumours in his local community that he was a Pakistani spy. Ashik Ali denied wanting to be a terrorist. Irfan Khalid did not give evidence in his defence.

Now, look here, if you were planning to do a bit of terrorism, who would you tell? Maybe, just maybe, you'd tell one person who you knew had the same sentiments & whom you knew you could trust but nine? How could that be possible? How could the process of recruiting eight of your mates be possible without — in any other community — at least one potential accomplice going to the authorities? It must be — must be — because such attitudes towards the Western society within the Muslim community generally make them go along with such evil. Islam has normalised such actions for them. As it says in the Koran:

As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world & in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help. 3:56

Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority. 3:151

I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them. 8:12

Mohammed is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard against the disbelievers & merciful among themselves. 48:29

It cannot be argued that their terrorism is, in any fashion, our fault. With scripture like this, you know it was not white racism or economic deprivations that caused them to hate us. Were it racism, Hindus & Sikhs would be doing too. And it cannot be economic because they've become richer here, on our benefits, than they ever would have been at home. They came to this country hating us. They imbibed hatred with their mothers' milk.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Sunni & Shiite Atrocities in Pakistan.

Once everyone embraces Islam, there will be peace in the world. So we kuffar are constantly told by the various mullahs around the world who haven't been sufficiently appraised of the need of taqiyya in the West.

Islam, you see, is a religion of peace & once everyone is a Muslim there will be no need to fight, or rape each other's daughters, or blow each other to smithereens. You want to bet?

Sunnis & Shiites have been wading through blood for centuries & there is no sign of a let-up, as this article from Dawn, based in Karachi, attests:

Hazara killers — supported from Punjab to the Middle East

In the aftermath of the Quetta massacre, the arrests of a few Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) militants have been looked upon warily as nothing more than a ploy to placate an angry nation.

If there was sincerity and strategic considerations behind this move, however, the headquarters of the Sunni extremist group in Punjab would have been dismantled much earlier.

But with elections approaching, a full-fledged and whole-hearted operation against such militant groups seems highly unlikely, especially in the Punjab, the breeding ground of sectarian militants. This has much to do with the fact that in Punjab, extremist and militant groups have a strong electoral presence.

"I doubt that there will be a real crackdown," says author and journalist, Zahid Hussain, talking to Dawn.com: "The Punjab government has been looking the other way for too long and pursues the policy of appeasement." He added that it had even made a covert deal for the release of LeJ leader Malik Ishaq.

Seconding Hussain, defence analyst Hasan Askari Rizvi added: "The Punjab Government is known for patronising the LeJ and (its predecessor) Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP)."

But it's not only the Punjab government complicit in the inaction against extremist sectarian outfits. The centre hasn't appeared earnest about the issue either.

Hussain has serious reservations about Pakistan's National Counter Terrorism Authority, for example. The authority was created in 2009 under an executive order. "It remains dormant and a toothless body because the bill has yet to be passed in the National Assembly. There is also the unresolved matter of whether it should fall under the umbrella of the interior ministry when in the original charter, it was to be under the prime minister," he explains.

And so the scourge of extremism will continue, as was seen last week when terror revisited the Shia Hazaras on Kirani Road in the south-western Pakistani city Quetta. The attack was also a grim reminder that without a national consensus in Pakistan on how to deal with domestic terrorism, the next attack is not far behind.

The bomb that killed over 90 people and injured more than 160, many of them critically, was the second major attack on Pakistan's minority Shia Hazaras this year. A twin-suicide attack at a snooker club on January 10 had killed 92 and wounded 121. With the Hazara community living huddled together in certain localities, they have become an even easier prey and large numbers can be annihilated in minutes.

Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) Chairperson Abdul Khaliq Hazara told Dawn.com that the terror and fear had reached such a crescendo that the Hazaras had stopped venturing out of their locales. "There is no place left in Quetta that remains safe for Hazaras, be it an educational institution, school, bus stops, government offices or a marketplace. Public space is increasingly shrinking for us," he said.

Where the LeJ derives power from

The LeJ, which claimed responsibility for these attacks, is born out of SSP. It also has ties with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). In fact, some of the top TTP leaders, like the current spokesperson, Ehsanullah Ehsan, were all members of LeJ in Punjab, before they became part of the TTP.

"These groups morph and gel and even support each other," says Rizvi, who fears that "unless the government adopts a tough position and keeps up the pressure over an extended period of time" these attacks will continue.

Equally, if the government decides to pull the rug from under them, and has some successes to show to the people, it will gain legitimacy. "Nothing succeeds like success, and we saw that in Swat once the government decided to go all out; their efforts were lauded not criticized," he points out.

The HDP chairperson agreed that "The state is more powerful than the militants. We believe the state knows who the culprits are and if it wants it can round up the militants, cleanse the city off them, even kill them, in just three days." But, he adds, "They don't want to."

According to Rizvi, "Organisations like the LeJ, the SSP and the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jammat (ASWJ) are politically convenient, especially for all the Punjab-based political parties and even the present Punjab government – and they will not go beyond a certain point to enrage them."

"So while they will condemn acts of sectarian attacks and militancy, they will never muster the courage to condemn a particular group," he explains.

In addition, says Rizvi, these groups have embedded themselves in society by setting up schools, hospitals, mosques and other welfare organisations and created a strong support base, including those in the lower ranks of the police and the intelligence agencies."

It is very easy for the LeJ, a predominantly Punjabi group to thrive in Balochistan, he further explains. "With a non-existent provincial government and the support of the Taliban, the place became a safe haven."

The LeJ made inroads in Balochistan and had steadily spread its wings (since 2004-05), where the ethnic Hazara community has been their main target. Talking to Dawn.com, senior journalist Rahimullah Yusufzai said: "Call it infiltration, or what you will, but the LeJ has succeeded in recruiting many Baloch, once considered quite secular."

According to Hussain, the Baloch have "been indoctrinated into hating the Hazara community."

Khaliq points out that the whereabouts of the militant camps was common knowledge. According to reliable sources, the training camps are run in Mastung and Khuzdar, from where earlier attacks on Shia pilgrims going to Iran have taken place. Those who are apprehended, meanwhile, are released for want of enough evidence – and if the evidence is there, it’s not produced in the courts.

The desire to eliminate Shias altogether is also constantly fed from the outside. "A proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia is being waged in Balochistan." says Khaliq. It is widely held that these anti-Shia militants receive funding from the Sunni-Wahabi sheikhdoms of the Arab world. The Shias, on the other hand are perceived to be supporting Iran.

Hussain, meanwhile, expresses surprise over the mushrooming of madressas in Balochistan, which lacks "even the most basic facilities for locals". The senior journalist adds that it's common knowledge such 'nurseries' of extremism were being financed by Sunni-Wahabi leaning Middle Eastern countries.

So where do the agencies come in?

Some experts are also of the view that these assaults are carried out to deflect international attention from the ongoing separatist movement in Balochistan.

The HDP spokesperson insists that such acts of terrorism are carried out in collusion with the security and intelligence agencies.

Yusufzai, however, does not believe in this commonly held viewpoint. "These agencies would never allow their own country to get destabilised and they would never want to eliminate the Shia community. After all there are many Shias within these organisations too," he points out.

According to Yusufzai, the intelligence agencies' 'incompetence' can be attributed to "overwork".

"Their hands are full with the ongoing separatist movement in one province, and the attacks by the TTP in others – and then these other militants fanning sectarianism. And if that were not all; these agencies are also being used for political purposes!" says Yusufzai.

Hussain plays down the involvement of the agencies, but adds, "They have the knowledge of who the culprits are but they are not focused on fighting these groups. So while they may not be in direct collusion; by their inaction they are helping these extremists gets stronger."

There is going to be war for as long as Islam exists. I find it reminiscent of of the situation in Orwell's 1984, in which the powers just keep on fighting in order to maintain the proles in a state of subjection, more concerned with the exterior enemy than the oppression & corruption of their own government.

This may be born out by the complicity of the various levels of Pakistani government with the terrorists themselves. One can hardly call it appeasement.

After all, they are all Muslims. And that's what counts.

What is Happening in George Galloway's Head?

Christ Church college, Oxford hosted a debate upon the Israel/Palestine issue last night, in which the protagonists were to be a third year philosophy, politics & economics student from Brasenose called Eylon Aslan-Levy & the Respect MP for Bradford West, George Galloway. What then transpired I shall leave to The Oxford Student to relate:

George Galloway in "racist" walk out

George Galloway walked out of a debate this evening after learning that the student he was debating with was an Israeli.  

The Respect MP had just begun to debate Eylon Aslan-Levy, a third-year PPEist at Brasenose, on the motion 'Israel should withdraw immediately from the West Bank'.

But as Aslan-Levy was beginning his speech, and said, "We wanted peace, we got war," Galloway could be heard asking if his opponent was an Israeli.

After Aslan-Levy confirmed that he was, Galloway grabbed his coat and began to leave the room, refusing to continue the debate and saying: "I don't debate with Israelis. I've been misled."

Students at the talk could be heard gasping and accusing Galloway of racism, but he repeated: "I don't recognise Israel and I don’t debate with Israelis."

A video of the episode was shared on Facebook and YouTube and can be viewed here.

Mahmood Naji, who runs Oxford Debates and selected Galloway to speak, said before the event: "I chose Galloway because he is probably the most vocal and well-known voice on this issue.

"Oxford is an establishment that should prize free speech and open dialogue more than any other. This is the kind of institution that will put extreme or controversial views up to academic scrutiny and then shoot them down accordingly."

Galloway has been consistently outspoken in his views on the Israel-Palestine conflict, and in 2009 received a Palestinian passport from Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh. Hamas are considered a terrorist organisation by the US and the EU.

This was the second time this academic year that Galloway has visited Oxford. In October the former 'Celebrity Big Brother' contestant spoke at the Oxford Union, where he was met with protests by members of Oxford Feminist Network. These came after Galloway described allegations of rape facing Wikileaks leader Julian Assange as constituting "bad sexual etiquette", but added "not everybody needs to be asked prior to each insertion". These comments led to the NUS passing a motion adopting a 'no platform' policy towards the MP.

There is more at the GuardianCherwell & the Huffington Post.

While I give you a moment to ungast whatever flabber you may feel the need to, after learning the behaviour of a man who turns 59 this August, the rest of us may ponder whether the esteemed parliamentarian would see fit to flounce out of a meeting with Ahmad Tibi.
"What's that got to do with anything, he's clearly not Israeli?" I hear you ask. I put it to you that he must be as he serves as Deputy Speaker of the Knesset.

I used to be an anti-Zionist. I used think Israel was a convenient puppet constructed by the US military-industrial complex to destabilise the region for the purposes of oil imports. Or something like that. I also considered it to be on a par with apartheid South Africa.

But that was before I knew who Theodor Herzl was. It was before I'd learned that there had been an unbroken Arab Muslim presence in the Knesset since 1949 & that the Muslim Arab population of Israel has been growing all this time while the Jewish population of Arab nations has been dwindling. It was before I'd read the Sira & learned what happened at Khaybar. It was also before I'd developed sufficient myelin in my nervous system to stop me emoting when I should have been cogitating. A process that clearly has not happened for poor Mr Galloway.

When I was a student in London I would regularly attend meetings of the Socialist Worker Student Society (SWSS) I assure you, there is such a thing, where we discussed various topics & concluded that the problem was capitalism. (Surprising to think how often the problem turned out to be capitalism.)

In this one meeting, the topic of debate was the Israel/Palestine schmozzle & an Israeli graced us with her presence. As was to be expected, we didn't end up agreeing with anything she said but we stayed civil & not one of us saw fit to flounce out like the teenagers we were.

This is absolutely bizarre behaviour on the part of Mr Galloway, which does lead one to some conjecture concerning his mental well-being.

The word 'racist' is bleaching with overuse. Flung so casually, usually at people like me, it has lost the impact it once had to silence argument. However, one has to wonder whether, in this article, the term isn't right on the money.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Geert Wilders in Australia.

Here are a few videos relevant to the ongoing visit by Geert Wilders’s to Australia as a guest of the Q Society. He has had to deal with more than a few dhimmis in the process.