Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thoughts on the Week of Terror in Canada

As the dust settles in Ottawa after yesterday's terror attack, it appears that Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was the lone gunman. Whether he had links to the previous jihadist killed in Canada two days earlier is still being investigated. A couple of things are becoming clear. First, lone wolf jihadists in the West are hearing the call of ISIS to strike however they can in Western countries. The threat of more attacks is real, indeed certain. Pinhead professors like Juan Cole of the University of Michigan can pooh-pooh it and dismiss warnings as racist and Islamophobic all they want. They will eventually be laughed out of  the public discourse by real events.

As for Islamophobia, I would guess that after this week's events, a few million more Canadians have become Islamophobes. They may be fodder for UC Berkeley professor Hatem Bazian's Islamophobia Research and Documentation Center, but the numbers can only grow rather than diminish.

For everyday brings news of another atrocity, whether it be an attack in the West, a car bomb in Iraq, a beheading in Syria, a stoning in Afghanistan, a kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria, a death sentence for blasphemy in Pakistan, or for apostasy in Sudan; it is a daily occurrence.

Once again I repeat my usual disclaimer: I don't condemn all Muslims and neither should you. God forbid that we in the West begin retaliating against innocent Muslim citizens living in the West. Yet it is becoming very tiring to hear apologists like CAIR and MPAC "condemn" the acts of ISIS and al Qaeda while refusing to condemn the acts of Hamas directed towards Israelis. (Yesterday, a Palestinian in Jerusalem aimed his car at a crowd and killed a three-month-old baby, an act that was applauded, if not ordered, by Hamas.) The story line of the CAIR types is that they "condemn all acts of terror against innocent civilians" (a phrase wide enough to drive a truck through according to their definitions.). Yet CAIR's biggest concern is lashing back against any outcry against terror as being Islamophobic. They and others tell us that these acts have nothing to do with Islam-even though they are being carried out in the name of Islam. They tell us how the Qu'ran forbids the taking of human life-side skipping the caveats and the fact that all the peaceful verses they recite are Abrogated by later contradictory verses that urge the Muslim to kill the unbelievers. (I capitalize abrogate because that is an Islamic scholarly principle of interpreting the Qu'ran.) The final major chapter in the Qu'ran is sura 9 which is also its most hateful and violent. It virtually abrogates any verses recorded earlier in time which are contradictory. (The final sura-110- consists of only a couple of sentences.) Yet we are to believe that Islam is a religion of peace.

The apologists and propagandists also tell us that the Prophet Mohammad was a kind and generous man who forgave his enemies. In truth, Mohammad was a warrior and military leader who spread Islam at the point of a sword and oversaw the executions-by beheadings- of captured prisoners and the sale of their wives and daughters into slavery. This is historical fact not slander. What ISIS is doing today is what Mohammad's armies did 1400 years ago. Muslims themselves know it because it is heralded in Islamic texts themselves. Also well chronicled in the Qu'ran and the hadith (the life and traditions of Mohammad) are constant hateful references to Jews and Christians. Those hateful references continue to this day in thousands of mosques around the world even in the West.

So as we watch the never-ending series of attacks against non-Muslims, the persecution of Christians across the Islamic world and even wars between Sunni and Shia, the apologists ask us to believe that Islam is a religion of peace and that what we are witnessing is not Islam. As much as we may want to believe this, it strains credulity. The "peace" is only meant to be among Muslims themselves-and among the same branches of Islam no less.

If what the CAIR types tell us is true, where are the million man marches-at least in the West if not within the Islamic world itself? As we speak, yesterday was proclaimed by CAIR to be a Day of Action. Action against what-the "hijacking" of Islam by ISIS, al Qaeda, Boko Haram and all the other terror organizations running around the globe? Was it a call for Muslims to engage in some self examination? No, it was a protest against police brutality and incarceration of brown and black people-a cynical attempt to rally other minorities to their own cause.  It will be a cold day in Hell before millions of Muslims take to the streets and demand a cleansing of this evil or a Reformation within Islam that would rid it of its violent and intolerant aspects. In truth, they cannot without rejecting Mohammad and the Qu'ran itself. By their definition, that is apostasy, a "crime" by the way, punishable by death under Sharia law.  No, that is not going to happen.

In addition, CAIR has a long track record of former officials who have been uncovered in terrorist plots or providing other terrorist support. The rest of these activists and so-called Muslim leaders are what we call "stealth jihadists" forsaking violence to work within the system to bring about the same goal as ISIS-a worldwide Islamic caliphate.

As for the rest of us, all we can do is await the next attack on our home soil. The day is going to come when the "Islamophobia" overflows our societies. Hopefully, that will not result in hate and retaliation against innocent people who do live peaceful lives and have no wish to harm us or change our way of life. It should, however, force our heretofore feckless leaders to call a halt to Islamic immigration and to take decisive action against the jihadists-stealth or otherwise- who are walking among us and preparing for that envisioned day when Islam will reign supreme. We cannot afford the luxury of having to rely on our diplomatic, immigration, intelligence and police forces of having to weed out the bad from the good.

As for that Islamophobia Research and Documentation Center at UC Berkeley, I suggest Mr Bazian request additional funding to expand his facility. He's going to need a lot of file space.

Another Take on the AMCHA Initiative Report

Hat tip Campus Watch and Times of Israel

Richard Cravatts, a professor and president of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, has written his own piece on the recent study of anti-Israel academic bias in our universities and the excuses for it proffered by a group of Jewish anti-Israel professors.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Did John Kerry Really Blame the Jews for the Rise of ISIS?

This article was originally posted in Eagle Rising.

Hat tip Gatestone Institute.

Last week, John Kerry spoke at a State Department Eid (Islamic holiday) celebration. During his speech, he linked the rise of ISIS to the failure of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, a statement I characterized at the time as "dopey". Others were even harsher saying that Kerry had "blamed the Jews for the rise of ISIS". At first glance, I thought that was a bit over-inflated. But here is the statement that got everybody upset, both here in the US and in Israel:

"There wasn't a leader I met with in the region who didn't raise with me spontaneously the need to try to get peace between Israel and the Palestinians, because it was a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agitation," Kerry said. "People need to understand the connection of that. And it has something to do with the humiliation and denial and absence of dignity."

To be fair, I would like to see the entire videotape. Perhaps he meant to refer to ISIS and the Israel-Palestinian issue separately, but I do note that the word, "recruitment" is there in direct connection with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Of course, Deputy State Department Spokesperson Marie Harf was quick to deny the connection. Perhaps, but Kerry's words about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict being a cause for recruitment also contain a reference to "humiliation, denial and absence of dignity". Who is he referring to there?

One thing that stands out to me is that Kerry has little sympathy for the Israeli point of view, which reflects the views of his boss, the President. Never mind the obvious point ably brought out by the writers linked above (Gatestone Institute) that ISIS has no desire for a two-state peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinians. That idea is so absurd as to be laughable. ISIS wants the destruction of Israel, and if they consolidate their Islamic State as it is, they will eventually turn their sites on the hated Jewish state. Similarly, the myriad of ills inflicting Arab nations have nothing to do with Israel. They are a result of their own dysfunction, corruption, despotism, and age-old hatreds. Churches are not being burned in Egypt because of Israel. Christians in Syria and Iraq are not being hunted down and beheaded because of Israel. 

Two things stand out here: First of all, John Kerry is a naive fool when it comes to the Middle East. Secondly, his sympathies lie with the Palestinians because he and the administration he represents are cravenly determined to pander to the Arabs either out of the need for Arab oil, a hostility toward Israel, the recognition that Arabs are quick to pick up the sword for any reason, or a combination of all three.   

Think the Republicans Are Going to Take the Senate?

Think again.

Hat tip Hot Air

There are a lot of tight Senate races out there that the Republicans think they will win and take over the US Senate. Of course, that won't happen if the Democrats can steal a few here and there-like in Colorado, where undercover investigator James O'Keefe once again caught Democrat campaign workers ready to cheat to win the election for Mark Udall. Watch the video here at Hot Air.

I wonder how black and Hispanic voters in "ghetto" North Aurora feel after hearing this Democrat operative describe their community.

Shooter In Ottawa ID as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau (32)

Hat tip Blazing Cat Fur

Reports are now coming out that the one confirmed shooter who was killed in Ottawa is Michael Zehaf-Bibeau (32) a Canadian-born convert to Islam according to Reuters.

At this point, I would consider this as an initial report. There is still much to learn about this man.


Blazing Cat Fur, a Canadian blog, is posting several updates on this man including an alleged picture of him posted by an ISIS Twitter account.

Michael Zehaf Bibeau Pictures

"A photo that is that of the shooter in Ottawa"

According to this report from Reuters in Hot Air, Zehaf-Bibeau was known as a threat.

More Blatant Anti-Semitism Exposed in UNRWA Schools

Hat tip Algemeiner

During the recent fighting in Gaza, the world learned a thing or two about those UN schools established for Palestinians. In short, many were being used to store rockets. Now Elder of Ziyon has again exposed anti-Semitic literature in the websites of UN Relief and Works Agency schools for Palestinians.

Is October 22 Really a Day of Action?

Hat tip Algemeiner

We already know about what happened today in Ottawa (though it has not yet been determined to be an act of Islamic terror). Today in Jerusalem, an Arab man drove into a crowd killing an infant.

"A Hamas spokesman praised the attack, calling it a “natural reaction to the crimes of the occupation,” but stopped short of taking responsibility. However, Linde, in a tweet, said Hamas, did, in fact, take responsibility for the attack."

How can one praise an attack like this that kills an infant?

Surely, this is just a coincidence that CAIR has called for today to be a Day of Action.

(Save your cards and letters. I am not accusing CAIR of anything.)

Ferguson Protester Blames CNN, AIPAC and Zionists

Hat tip Creeping Sharia

Today is CAIR's self-proclaimed Day of Action in connection with the Ferguson shooting case. On Monday, it appears they got off to an early start as evidenced by this video in which the protesters grievances are blamed on CNN, AIPAC, Zionists and Israel.

Terror Attack on Canadian Parliament

Hat tip Blazing Cat Fur

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-Blazing Cat Fur

At least two gunmen attacked the Canadian Parliament complex in Ottawa today shooting a soldier in the process. One of the gunmen has been shot dead.

We will have to wait further details to know who is responsible for this attack.

Update: Here is a short video of the shooting inside the Parliament building from the Globe and Mail.

The Canadian blog, Blazing Cat Fur has a running report:

This is fast moving and some reports may later turned out to be in error. Jihad Watch is reporting that a second shooter has been killed and that a third shooting has occurred at a nearby mall.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Who Are the "Scholars For Academic Freedom"?

Hat tip Campus Watch

I have been critical of the recent letter by UC Berkeley chancellor Nicholas Dirks in which he pleaded for campus civility then tried to walk it back when certain groups objected.

Apparently, one group is the California Scholars for Academic Freedom (whoever they are) thought the letter was too tough. Here is a letter they wrote to Dirks objecting to his letter.

Let's be open and honest here. The three signatories to this letter are rabid anti-Israel professors and activists at UCLA, UC Riverside, and UC Santa Barbara.

Here is my "encounter" with UC Riverside professor David Lloyd when he hosted Palestinian ( I think he's Palestinian-he says he's Palestinian Omar Barghouti at UCR).

Fortunately, Sondra Hale has now retired from UCLA.

And Lisa Hajjar? She made headlines when she told a skeptical Jewish questioner at a UCLA event that his "Zionist hat on his head was screwed on way too tight".

It should be noted that Dirks sent a follow up letter modifying his earlier statement. I sure hope it wasn't in response to these characters.

National Lawyers Guild Letter to UC Irvine Campus Paper New University

Hat tip New University

"Dear New University...."

This week's issue of New University, the UC Irvine campus newspaper, features a letter to new UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman in response to his recent message to the UCI community on campus civility.

To be brief, the National Lawyers Guild was established in the 1930s as a legal arm of the Communist Party USA, a fact I have sent in to the online edition of New University (not yet posted).

These missives by UC chancellors are thinly-disguised pleas to the pro-Palestinian/anti-Israel voices on UC campuses to clean up their acts.

As for the NLG, their Los Angeles chapter head, James Lafferty, has spoken at UCI as part of the Muslim Student Union's annual hate-Israel week of events. He has also participated in other anti-Israel protests in Los Angeles, and has been a leader in the Occupy LA protests.

Wagdy Ghoneim: Former Imam at Anaheim Mosque

Hat tip Teri and Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch

Wagdy Ghoneim was formerly the head imam at the Islamic Institute of Orange County in Anaheim until he was deported in January 2005. Subsequently, he took up residence in Qatar. Just recently, he has been asked to leave that country. According to the below report, he is currently in Istanbul.

I point all this out because I just visited the Anaheim mosque Sunday as part of Open Mosque Day where visitors were greeted with welcomes, refreshments, guided tours, and a presentation on Islam by the current imam, Mustafa Umar. Kinda hard to reconcile with Mr Ghoneim's resume, wouldn't you say?