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the evolution of jihadism in europe

A wide-ranging article on the recent growth of Islam in Europe and the Middle East. Worth reading in full.

“The geography of Islam--and of the Islamic imagination--has shifted in recent years. The faith has become portable. Muslims who fled their countries brought Islam with them. Men came into bilad al kufr (the lands of unbelief), but a new breed of Islamists radicalized the faith there, in the midst of the kafir (unbeliever).

“The new lands were owed scant loyalty, if any, and political-religious radicals savored the space afforded them by Western civil society. But they resented the logic of assimilation. They denied their sisters and daughters the right to mix with "strangers." You would have thought that the pluralism and tumult of this open European world would spawn a version of the faith to match it. But precisely the opposite happened. In bilad al kufr, the faith became sharpened for battle.”

“Europe is host to a war between order and its enemies, fuelled by demography: 40% of the Arab world is under 14. Demographers tell us that the fertility replacement rate is 2.1 children per woman. Europe is frightfully below this level; in Germany it is 1.3, Italy 1.2, Spain 1.1, France 1.7 (this higher rate is a factor of its Muslim population). Fertility rates in the Islamic world are altogether different: they are 3.2 in Algeria, 3.4 in Egypt and Morocco, 5.2 in Iraq and 6.1 in Saudi Arabia. This is Europe's neighborhood, and its contemporary fate. You can tell the neighbors across the Straits, (and within the gates of Europe) that you share their dread of Pax Americana. But nemesis is near.

“Five centuries ago, the Castilians took Granada from Boabdil. They were a hardy breed of sheep-herders driven by a Malthusian logic, outgrowing their grazing lands, pushing southward--and into the New World from Seville--to answer Castile's needs. Today there is great turmoil in Islamic lands, and a Malthusian crisis. Were it only true that those in harm's way in Europe are solely the friends of the Americans.”

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is it ok to nuke people if you want to? are iranian loons saying yes?

The status of this report remains unclear to me as yet.
It seems to suggest the same mind set as socialists where ‘the end justifies the means’.

This interests me in part because there are several similarities in jihadi dogma and socialist dogma. Mind you, the two have been in a poisonous mix for much of the last century, associated with ‘nationalist’ movements and stirring from Moscow central.

“A new fatwa from Islamic clerics in the city of Qom, Iran, says that Allah would have no problem if Iran decided to nuke someone - as long as it's for a good reason.

“The spiritual leaders of the ultra-conservatives [in Iran] have accepted the use of nuclear weapons as lawful in the eyes of the shari'a. Mohsen Gharavian, a disciple of [Ayatollah] Mesbah Yazdi [who is Iranian President Ahmadinejad's spiritual mentor], has spoken for the first time of using nuclear weapons as a counter-measure. He stated that 'in terms of the shari'a, it all depends on the goal.' ”[Quoted from littlegreenfootballs]

marker at abelrd.org

“Gharavian's statement is the first public statement by the Mesbah Yazdi group on the nuclear issue. Until now, none of the top-ranking religious [leaders] have authorized, on religious grounds, the use of nuclear weapons. But now it seems that the ultra-[conservatives] in Iran have launched a new effort to prepare the religious grounds for use of these weapons [...]” [Quoted from memri.org]

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http://www.abelard.org/news/fundi0601.php#nukem_190206

cartoon rage and cringing - a round-up

  • Cartoon rage - Diana West
    “ We need to learn a new word: dhimmitude. I've written about dhimmitude periodically, lo, these many years since September 11, but it takes time to sink in. Dhimmitude is the coinage of a brilliant historian, Bat Ye'or, whose pioneering studies of the dhimmi, populations of Jews and Christians vanquished by Islamic jihad, have led her to conclude that a common culture has existed through the centuries among the varied dhimmi populations. From Egypt and Palestine to Iraq and Syria, from Morocco and Algeria to Spain, Sicily and Greece, from Armenia and the Balkans to the Caucasus: Wherever Islam conquered, surrendering dhimmi, known to Muslims as "people of the book [the Bible]," were tolerated, allowed to practice their religion, but at a dehumanizing cost.”

    “The publication of the Muhammad cartoons solicited by Denmark's Jyllands-Posten was an act of anti-dhimmitude. Since no Danish artist would dare illustrate a PC children's book about Muhammad for fear of Islamic law (and Islamic violence), the newspaper boldly set out to reassert the rule of (non-Islamic) Danish law. It's as simple as that. And as vital. The cartoons ran to establish - or re-establish - Denmark as bastion of Western-style liberty. But in trying to set up a force field against encroaching sharia, Jyllands-Posten and the Danes have showed us that no single bastion of Western liberty can stand alone.

    “So, how do you say solidarity in Danish? If we don't find out now, our future is more dhimmitude.”

    Clarity of mind grows with growing threat - “Do we have your attention? If not, we can kill some more of you.”

    Germany submitted to this before, under national socialism. There are even confused idiots trying to equate the swastika, symbol of socialist oppression, with cartoons - which are a resistance to theocratic oppression.

  • free speech, debate and expressing opinions, according to (some) muslims
    “In the light of the offensive images against Rasool Allah (SAW) across Europe, Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain issues the following points:

    •This issue is not about free speech.

    •This is not about freely expressing opinions; Muslims welcome debate and discussion about any aspect of their Deen.

    •This is an insult and abuse about a people's beliefs. This should not be acceptable to any civilised people.”

    The above is indeed a refusal to debate, it is also arrogant and idiotic. It reads, “we will only debate if you accept our ridiculous framing of debate”.

    Merely asserting that it “is not about free speech” is unacceptable.

    Muslim groups are are not some god who may decide what may or may not be debated. Therefore, the reality is that the speaker does not welcome debate; therefore, the speaker makes a false statement.

    Nor is the speaker able to speak for ‘muslims’. The speaker is merely ably to speak for himself.
    Therefore, the speaker makes (another) false claim.

    The speaker is not god, just another human with an opinion, in this case a very silly opinion.

    Worse, the speaker spreads falsehoods.

  • those cartoons again and jihadi lies

    Recommended background reading.

    “It turns out that the Danish cartoons were republished on the front page of the Egyptian newspaper al Fagr back in October. Did the editor of al Fagr get death threats? Did mobs ransack the world for Egyptians to kidnap in revenge? Were there enraged demonstrations in Egypt at this insult to Islam? Of course not. There wasn't so much as a peep of protest. But when various European newspapers republished them, there was global insurrection. That's because, contrary to the cultural cringe from much of the British media and the man of straw in the British Foreign Office, this uproar isn't about insulting the religion at all. It's a put up job by the jihadis.”

  • what amazes is the anglo fossil media reporting their own cowardly demise
    A picture, of course, would be worth a thousand cringes.

    “But what all the arguments amount to is simple: the press is refusing to do its job.

    “The fundamental job of journalists is to give you as much information as possible to make sense of the world around you. And in this story, where the entire controversy revolves around drawings, the press is suddenly coy. You can see Saddam Hussein in his underwear and members of the royal family in compromising positions. You can see Andres Serrano's famously blasphemous photograph of a crucifix in urine, called Piss Christ. But a political cartoon that deals with Islam? Not our job, guv. Move right along. Nothing to see here.”

    “ On the web there are no editors filtering fact from fiction. But in a case like this it's an easy decision. If you want the full story, including indispensable information to make sense of it, you have to go online....

    “But the bad news is that the Islamists have just scored a huge victory. Their hope has always been what can only be called creeping sharia. Bit by bit, free societies abandon small freedoms to accommodate the sensitivities of Muslims or Christian fundamentalists or the PC police or other touchy fanatics. Bit by bit, we cede our freedoms to fear and phoney civility - all in the name of getting along.

    “Yes, in this new war of freedom versus fundamentalism I always anticipated appeasement. I just didn't expect the press to be among the first to wave the white flag.”

    More fool you, Andrew Sullivan

  • Michelle Malkin gives a list of a few of the cringers.

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france does the right thing - perhaps they do have regrets!
well, go look!!

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http://www.abelard.org/news/fundi0601.php#cartoon_rage_130206

they laughed at you, said alice - off with their heads, said the jihadi loonies

On those peaceful muslims - in London, Friday 3rd February, 2006

Muslim demonstrators in central London. Image credit:allah pundit
note masks in other images from this page [michellemalkin.com]

Muslims in central London. Imge credit: samizdata
click for larger image [http://www.samizdata.net]

Masks, and the police accompanying the demonstrators, yet no arrests made.
Is incitement to murder now a civil right in the UK to be protected by the police?

marker at abelrd.org

above the usual pass mark standard of Charles Moore - worth a read

“It's some time since I visited Palestine, so I may be out of date, but I don't remember seeing many Danish flags on sale there. Not much demand, I suppose. I raise the question because, as soon as the row about the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in Jyllands-Posten broke, angry Muslims popped up in Gaza City, and many other places, well supplied with Danish flags ready to burn. (In doing so, by the way, they offered a mortal insult to the most sacred symbol of my own religion, Christianity, since the Danish flag has a cross on it, but let that pass.)”

“ There is a great deal of talk about responsible journalism, gratuitous offence, multicultural sensitivities and so on. Jack Straw gibbers about the irresponsibility of the cartoons, but says nothing against the Muslims threatening death in response to them. I wish someone would mention the word that dominates Western culture in the face of militant Islam - fear. And then I wish someone would face it down.”

Charles Moore even chooses the correct word for the ‘man’ of straw - gibbering.

marker at abelrd.org

And now for some searches from Google:
[data from Frinkenstein and Energumen]

"angry muslims" = 33,600
"angry christians" = 975
"angry jews" = 847

"militant muslims" = 77,200
"militant christians" = 716
"militant jews" = 1,560
"militant buddhists" = 415
"militant hindus" = 833
"militant sikhs" = 744

"violent muslims" = 9,960
"violent christians" = 678
"violent jews" = 726
"violent buddhists" = 394
"violent hindus" = 482
"violent sikhs" = 64

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why it is essential that jihadis be mocked and offended

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http://www.abelard.org/news/fundi0601.php#red_queen_040206

france does the right thing - perhaps they do have regrets!

update 3:

French television shows the cartoons during news broadcast.

marker at abelrd.org

“ [...] one Jordanian paper reprinted them [the Danish cartoons] urging Muslims to "be reasonable".”

“Jordanian independent tabloid al-Shihan reprinted three of the cartoons on Thursday, saying people should know what they were protesting about [...] ”
The papers were rapidly withdrawn from circulation.
Further, apparently the journalist concernd has been sacked.


“ [...] journalists at France Soir stood by their editor's decision on Thursday, printing a front page picture and editorial in which they strongly defended the right to free speech.” [Quoted from bbc.co.uk]
Successor is said to have resigned as part of protest.

Hizbullah lunatic, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, says:

“Had a Muslim carried out Imam Khomeini's fatwa against the apostate Salman Rushdie, then those lowlifers would not have dared discredit the Prophet, not in Denmark, Norway or France” [Quoted from reuters.co.uk]

marker at abelrd.org

“The BBC today said it would broadcast the cartoons which have caused a storm of protest in the Islamic world and led to the sacking of a French newspaper editor.” [Quoted from dailymail.co.uk]

I'll believe it when I see it.

update 2:

S
Credit ... well ... I’m not too sure they want a credit.

Well it looks more like Krishna than Buddha to me (consultation with experts in progress), and most of the English sources seem to have the translation wrong. The concensus seems to be that this is, indeed, a thin Buddha, identified because of his topknot; so where’s Krisna then in these days of equal opportunity?

update: France Soir managing editor reported sacked by christianist franco-eygyptian owner.

France Soir is publishing the whole set of Danish depictions on big Moh plus, on the front page, a cartoon with

Moses, Jesus, Mohammed and Buddha all up on a cloud.
Jesus says:
“Don’t complain Moh, we’ve all been caricatured here.”

The accompanying text in France Soir reads,

“No religious dogma can impose itself on a democratic and a secular society”.

The German Die Welt and Berliner Zeitung also now claimed to have reprinted some of the cartoons. Are the giants starting to stir?

Also apparently joining the move, La Stampa of Italy, an un-named Norwegian outlet, also El Periodico from Spain.

Meanwhile
Danish ‘youth’ are reported to be planning a public koran burn-up.
A German source ‘regrets’ the partial Danish apology.

Saudi and Syria reported as recalling ambassadors. A bomb threat to the Danish embassy in Syria also reported - I guess it is the weak, illegitimate Syrian ‘government’ posturing.
Libya is getting in on the macho stakes by threatening to close the Danish embassy there.
Even ‘Iraq’ is blustering.

This is growing into a wonderful demonstration of how the bigots hate to be mocked.

All this over a few cartoons.
So many of the dictators in the region whining.
So many ignorant peasants on the shuffle again.

What is it about people that they only act over things that do not matter?
Mostly they only protest against good things.

Lefties shuffle in support of Madsam,
arabs raving against fun.

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muslim organisation calls for boycott of denmark - look upon the horrid reasons

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http://www.abelard.org/news/fundi0601.php#danish_cartoons_010206

lunatic central broadcasting-lunatic central broadcasting-this is lord abadaba

Quotes as from Hasan Abassi, who heads the Center of External Security Doctrinal Analysis of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

“The leaders of the Islamic world need to be brave and announce: Islam and western democracy have nothing in common. Islam has nothing in common with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Islam has nothing in common with western liberalism and that kind of freedom. Islam stands in opposition to these ideas. According to Nietzsche, the founding of a civil society means the death of God.

“What does the Koran say? It says: "Permission to fight is granted." When your honor is being attacked, you are permitted to fight. But the Iranian reformist calls Jihad violence and the foreign reformist calls it terrorism. I've had the honor to attack your liberalism, your civil society and your human rights. I am honored to say that the forces of heresy... the forces of God's enemies and of the Muslim's enemies... Isn't it true that these are the infidels' forces? If it is possible to do something so that the infidels will be seized with fear and trembling, then this terrorism is sacred. Go ahead and write: "Abbasi is the theoretician of violence and of sacred terrorism." This terrorism is sacred. We have been claiming this for a long time. The Lebanese Hizbollah was nurtured by these hands. Pay close attention! Mr. Khatami, this is not violence. It is the dialogue between civilizations that is tying the hands of organizations like Hizbullah. Do you see these hands? These are the hands that have nurtured Hizbullah, Hamas, and the Islamic Jihad. Rest assured that if beyond the borders of Iran young people can stand firm, then inside Iran we can also educate youth such as these to strike the mouth of the arrogant.” [Quoted from memoritv.org]

“If 11 people succeeded in causing September 11, is it not clear that we are capable of acting? We don't need nuclear weapons. You have 6,000 nuclear warheads on your soil. Those 6,000 warheads are the target of our plans. The guerilla groups will go and destroy those warheads there. Not Iranian guerilla groups, but groups from all Islamic countries. You can expel all of them. We are also working on the Mexicans and the Argentinians. We will organize everyone who has problems with America. When our Internet site goes up, the American friends should get hold of the address. We've prepared plans concerning the American Achilles' heal and their weaknesses. We have identified all of their weaknesses on land, in the air, by sea, their technological weaknesses, etc., and we will pass on addresses to the guerilla organizations of the entire world concerning these, America's weaknesses.

We have established a department that will take care of England. England's demise is on our agenda."[Quoted from memoritv.org]

Much more of interest on the site, with plenty less irrational than the above. Latest item at time of posting is numbered xxx. The site monitors M.E. TV output.

the web address for the article above is
http://www.abelard.org/news/fundi0601.php#abassi_210106

on the fruitcake in iran

“For those who believe, the devotion is real. Tears stream down the cheeks of 2,000 men ripe for the return of the Mahdi, the 12th Imam they expect will soon emerge to bring justice and peace to a corrupt world.

“Eyes stare upward and arms open wide to receive God's promised salvation. The storyteller's lyrical song speaks of tragedy on the path to salvation, prompting cries of anguish and joy.

“As at a Christian revivalist meeting that promises healing and redemption, many weep as they pray for the Shiite Muslim version of the second coming of the Messiah. "Sometimes I feel they don't need me," says Mahdi Salashur, the religious storyteller, after leading congregants on an emotional late-night journey. "They are wired to God in their hearts."

“Among the true believers is Iran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad[...]”

“ "O mighty Lord," Mr. Ahmadinejad intoned to his surprised audience, "I pray to you to hasten the emergence of your last repository, the promised one, that perfect and pure human being, the one that will fill this world with justice and peace."

“Later, at a private meeting with a cleric that was caught on video, Ahmadinejad shared his views of the moment. "I felt that all of a sudden the atmosphere changed, and for 27 to 28 minutes the leaders did not blink," he said. "They were astonished.... it had opened their eyes and ears for the message of the Islamic Republic." “

And more in like vein.

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