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Friday, July 06, 2007

Islam's Global War Against Christianity

Posted GMT 7-5-2007 15:1:28

From Nigeria to Indonesia, Christians are under siege in virtually every single country in the Muslim world, the victims of countless acts of discrimination, depredation, brutality, and murder that are so widespread and systematic that it can rightfully be called the new Holocaust. This time, however, the perpetrators of this Holocaust aren't wearing swastikas, but kufi skull caps and hijabs.
Some of the oldest Christian communities in the world are subject to relentless attack and teeter on the brink of extinction at the hands of the "Religion of Peace": Palestinian Christians in Gaza and the West Bank; Assyrian, Syriac and Chaldean Christians in Iraq; Coptic Christians in Egypt; Evangelical and Orthodox Christians in Eastern Ethiopia and Eritrea; Armenian Orthodox Christians in Turkey; and Maronite Christians in Lebanon. Several of these communities date back to the beginning decades of Christianity and all have weathered wave after wave of Islamic persecution for centuries and more, but in the very near future some will simply cease to exist. In our lifetime, the only trace of their past existence will be in footnotes in history books (and probably only Western history books at that).
Meanwhile, we in the West hear much from radical Islam's apologists how the US is engaged in a war against Islam citing of our military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. We are lectured on the inviolability of the Muslim ummah and justifications of defensive jihad.
But an extensive search this past weekend of the websites of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America, the Islamic Circle of North America, the Muslim American Society, the Muslim Student Association, the Fiqh Council of North America, and the Muslim Public Affairs Committee - the most visible institutional representatives of Islam in America - found not a single mention or reference of the religious persecution of Christians by their Islamic co-religionists, thereby making them tacit co-conspirators in the Final Solution to the Christian problem in the Muslim world.
The global war on Christianity by Islam is so massive in size and scope that it is virtually impossible to describe without trivializing it. Inspired by Muslim Brotherhood ideology and fueled by billions of Wahhabi petrodollars, the religious cleansing of Christians from the Muslim world is continuing at a break-neck pace, as the following recent examples demonstrate.
Iraq: In the current issue of the American Spectator, Doug Bandow observes that centuries of dhimmitude have left Christians in the war-torn country without any means of self-defense. Washington policymakers have refused to lend assistance for fear of showing partiality, despite the murder of hundreds of Iraqi Christians, the kidnapping and torture of Christian clerics, the repeated bombings of Christian churches, the torching of Christian businesses, and the flight of close to half of the entire Iraqi Christian population since April 2003. Those who remain have been subject to the imposition of shari'a by the Shi'ite Mahdi Army and Sunni militias (al-Qaeda doesn't bother with such niceties, preferring to murder them immediately instead), including the recent published threat in Mosul of killing one member of every Christian family in that city for Christian women not wearing the hijab and continuing to attend school. (Be sure to remember that the next time an Islamist apologist claims that the hijab is a symbol of women's liberation.)
Egypt: Journalist Magdi Khalil chronicles in a new report ("Another Black Friday for the Coptic Christians of Egypt") the campaign of violence directed against Christian Copts almost weekly immediately following Friday afternoon Muslim prayers. Inspired by Islamist imams preaching religious hatred in mosques all over the country and protected by government officials willing to look the other way, rampaging mobs of Muslims set upon Christians churches, businesses and individuals, from Alexandria to cities all the way up the Nile. Coptic holy days are also favorite times for Muslim violence, which the Egyptian media likes to describe as "sectarian strife" - as if it were actually a two-sided affair.
Gaza: Ethel Fenig recently noted here at American Thinker ("More Gaza Multiculturalism") the systematic destruction of churches and desecration of Christian religious objects by Jihadia Salafiya following the HAMAS takeover of the Gaza Strip from their Fatah rivals and the imposition of Islamic rule. The head of Jihadia Salafiya told reporter Aaron Klein that any suspected Christian missionary activity in the area will be "dealt with harshly". (Ynet News)
Saudi Arabia: According to the Arab News, a Sri Lankan Christian man barely escaped with his life in late May when he was found working in the city of Mecca, Islam's holiest city, which is officially barred to non-Muslims. In December, an Indian man had been sentenced to death for accidentally entering the city, but was spared after the Indian embassy made an urgent appeal to the Saudi Supreme Court.
Pakistan: In Islamabad, Younis Masih was sentenced last month to death under the country's frequently invoked blasphemy laws, which were also used against six Christian women suspended from a nursing school after they were accused of desecrating a Quran. And as protests against Salman Rushdie's knighthood raged, a Muslim mob armed with guns, axes and sticks attacked Christians worshipping in a Salvation Army church in Bismillahlpur Kanthan. (Associated Press; United Press International; Mission News Network)
Bangladesh: Almost a dozen Christian converts in the Nilphamari district were beaten last week by Muslim villagers wielding bricks and clubs, and threatened with death if they did not leave town immediately. Local hospitals subsequently refused them treatment. Christians in the area have also been prevented from using the only potable water well in the area after a pronouncement by religious authorities at the mosque in Durbachari. This came after 42 former Muslims were baptized as Christians in the local river on June 12. (Compass News Direct)
Malaysia: Government authorities demolished a church building on June 4th in Orang Asli settlement in Gua Musang in Ulu Kelantan, despite prior government approval of the project. The church was built on donated property after the entire village had converted to Christianity just a few months ago. Also in late May, the Malaysian high court ruled that Muslims who convert to Christianity must appeal to the religious shari'a courts to officially be deregistered as Muslims and reregistered as a Christians. (Journal Chretien; Associated Press)
Indonesia: Agence France Presse reported last month on an attack by the Islamic Anti-Apostate Movement, who stormed a church service in a Protestant church in the West Java town of Soreang. The AFP report notes that more than 30 churches have been forced to close in West Java and dozens more throughout the country in recent years due to Muslim violence, churches which were among the few spared during the outbreak of hostilities during 1997-1998, where hundreds of Christian churches were burned to the ground and never rebuilt.
Turkey: The Christian community is still reeling from the torture and ritual slaughter of three Protestants at a Christian publishing house in Malatya in April by an armed Islamist gang, which was preceded by the murder last year of Catholic priest Andrea Santoro in Trabzon and the assassination of Armenian journalist Hrant Dink in Istanbul in January. An additional six men allegedly associated with the same Muslim gang were arrested on May 30th for plotting an attack on a Christian pastor in Diyarbakir. (Lebanon Daily Star; ADKNI)
Cyprus: The Cyprus Mail reports that during a meeting last month in Rome the Archbishop of the Cypriot Greek Orthodox Church pleaded with the Vatican Secretary of State for the Pope's assistance to pressure Turkish authorities in restoring and repairing Christian sites and churches in areas occupied since the invasion of the island nation by Turkey in July 1974 and the ethnic cleansing of 160,000 Greek Christian Cypriots.
Lebanon: More than 60,000 Christians have left the country since last summer's war between Hezbollah and Israel, fearing the rise of both Sunni and Shi'ite extremism and terrorist activity. The Sunday Telegraph recently revealed the results of a poll finding that at least half of Lebanon's Maronite community were considering leaving the country. More than 100,000 have already submitted visa applications at foreign embassies.
Algeria: In what is considered one of the more "moderate" Muslim regimes, Al-Quds Al-Arabi announced that the Algerian government has just issued regulations requiring advance permission for non-Muslim public events, following a 2006 law aimed at limiting Christian evangelism in the Kabylia region and the Sahara. (MEMRI )
Morocco: In the country that The Economist magazine in 2005 anointed "the best Arab democracy", all Moroccans are considered Muslims at birth and face three years in prison if they attempt to convert. They are also prohibited from entering any of the few churches permitted to operate for the foreign inhabitants of the country. Moroccan Christians must operate covertly for fear of imprisonment by the government and attacks by Islamists. They cannot bury their dead in Christian cemeteries, and they must be married by Islamic authorities or face charges of adultery. Late last year, a 64 year-old German tourist, Sadek Noshi Yassa, was sentenced to six months in jail and fined for missionary activity. (Journal Chretien)
Nigeria: Police in Gombe arrested sixteen suspects after a Muslim mob stoned, stripped, beat, and finally stabbed to death a Christian teacher, Christiana Oluwatoyin Oluwasesin, after she caught a student cheating on an exam in March. Her body was then burned beyond recognition by the mob who falsely accused her of desecrating a Quran. The suspects were released last month without any charges being filed, prompting Christian leaders to accuse government authorities of a cover-up and raising concerns about additional attacks. (Christian Today)
Eritrea: Just a few weeks ago, the Islamic government installed a new Orthodox Patriarch after they removed the previous Patriarch and placed him under house arrest for no stated reason. Compass News Direct reported in February the death of Magos Solomon Semere, a Christian who had been imprisoned in a military jail for four and a half years for illegal Christian worship, the third Christian to die in government custody since October. Authorities have also cracked down on unapproved churches, jailing at least two thousand Protestants and members of the Medhane Alem Orthodox renewal movement since the beginning of the year and publicly burning confiscated Bibles. (Christian Post; Compass News Direct ; Journal Chretien)
It is not an exaggeration to say that I could extend this brief list ad infinitum with additional Islamic countries and news items from just the past few weeks' worth of incidents of violence, discrimination, intimidation and murder targeting Christians in the Muslim world. In many instances, the government and religious authorities in these Muslim countries work hand-in-hand in their campaign of religious persecution.
A scene in the Academy Award-winning movie Schindler's List gives us some insight into what is happening all across the Muslim world with respect to Christianity. As the SS Commandant Amon Göth and his Nazi Stormtroopers prepare to liquidate the Jewish ghetto in Krakow, Poland, Göth (played in the movie by Ralph Fiennes) gives his men a peptalk:
For six centuries there has been a Jewish Krakow. Think about that. By this evening, those six centuries are a rumor. They never happened. Today is history.
This scene is being repeated in the Friday sermons in mosques and on Islamic satellite TV all over the world, only this time it is the Christians in addition to the Jews who are targets. Great efforts are being made to make the two-thousand year history of Christianity in North Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia a blasphemous rumor. Soon students in Turkey will be taught that the Hagia Sophia, the greatest architectural structure in the Muslim world, wasn't built by the Christian Emperor Justinian in the Sixth Century, but by the Sultan Mehmed II a thousand years later after the Ottomans seized the Byzantine capital. That Christians lived at all in the Muslim world, let alone that much of the territory occupied by Muslims used to be Christian lands before the Islamic Wars of Conquest, will be nothing but a rumor by the end of this century punishable according to the precepts of shari'a.
President Bush announced last week that he will be sending a special envoy to the 57-member Organization of Islamic Countries. Hopefully, the systematic persecution of Christians and other religious minorities will be the first and primary item in the new envoy's portfolio, with the 2007 annual report of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and the State Department's Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, which name virtually every single country in the OIC for its human rights abuses and religious cleansing, as evidence for our country's concern.
The fact remains that not a single Christian or Jew lives in peace in the Muslim world, and if it is truly our nation's foreign policy to spread democracy around the world, this issue is the perfect topic for us to press. Back at home, raising Islam's global war on Christianity should be the immediate response to the seemingly endless media grievance machine of radical Islam's Western apologists. Until they begin to address the new Holocaust perpetrated in the name of Islam, their complaints and denials are nothing but bald hypocrisy.
By Patrick Poole

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Muslims murder 3,000 innocents in New York and expect no criticism.

Muslims murder 202 tourists in
Bali and expect no criticism.
Muslims murder 333 schoolchildren and their teachers in Beslan and expect no criticism.

Muslims murder 292 innocents, mainly Kenyans and Tanzanians at two US Embassies and expect no criticism.

Muslims murder 241 US and 58 French peacekeepers in Beirut and expect no criticism.

Muslims fire 4,000 Katyusha rockets into
Northern Israel killin g over 50 innocent civilians and expect no criticism.

Muslims murder 52 in
London and 191 in Madrid and expect no criticism.

Muslims murder 200 in Mumbai and expect no criticism.

Muslims behead Western hostages in Iraq , Buddhist monks in Thailand and Christian schoolgirls in Indonesia and expect no criticism.

Muslims murder 500,000 in
Darfur and expect no criticism.

Muslims regard Jews as 'sons of pigs and monkeys', and vow to nuke Israel and expect no criticism.

Muslims force women to wear hideous sacks, stone to death women for getting raped and for leaving the home unescorted, engage in honor killings of sisters and daughters for unapproved dating, and expect no criticism.

Muslims danced in the streets http://rotternet/israel/dancing_palastinians.mpeg and handed out sweets to their kids to celebrate the 9/11 atrocity, and still expected no criticism.

Since 9/11 Muslims have killed over 26,000 and wounded over 50,000 in terrorist attacks worldwide and expect no criticism.

Since 9/11 Muslims have committed terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, Algeria , Bangladesh, Belgium, Chad , Chechnya , Dagestan , Denmark , East Timor , Egypt , England , Eritrea , Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ingushetia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Jordan-Iraq, Kabardino-Balkans , Kenya , Kosovo , Kuwait , Kyrgyzstan , Lebano n , Mauritania , Morocco, etherlands, Nigeria , Pakistan , Gaza-Palestinian Authority, Philippines , Qatar , Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Somalia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey , United Arab Emirates , United Arab Republic , United States , Uzbekistan and Yemen, and still expect no criticism.

Muslims have carried out over 5,800 fatal terrorist atrocities since 9/11, and countless thousands since Islamic conquest began in 623 AD and expect no criticism.
But when the Pope dares to tell the truth about Islam....... by some twisted reach of logic, the arrogant bastards demand the Pope issue an apology.

Feel free to write CAIR and tell them what YOU think.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Well, That Didn't Work Out So Great

Iowahawk Guest Commentary
By Kahlid Ahmed, MD
Board Certified Gastroenterologist and former Jihad Associate, al Qaeda UK

Ever have "one of those days?" Sure, all of us go through the occasional
rough patch, but I swear there are times when I think Allah must really
have it in for me. I mean, I know the "Big Guy" is supposed to have a
sense of humor, but do I always have to be the punchline?

Take for example this last week. A few mates and I had been planning a
big martyrdom weekend for quite a while; it's something we first began
discussing a few years ago in medical school back in Amman. We were
sitting around the dorm eating pizza, cramming for a big anatomy final,
when Ali said "you know, after graduation, we should get together for
something really big." We talked about a fishing trip to Canada or
something, but most of the guys thought that sounded pretty boring.
Abdul suggested a golf weekend in Cancun, but the all-inclusives there
can get pretty pricey in-season. Hassan (who's really into motorcycles)
suggested renting Harleys and going to Sturgis for the Biker Rally, but
we heard that crowd can get pretty rowdy.

So, Achmed finally says, "how about packing cars with explosives and
killing hundreds of random infidels in a coordinated series of gigantic
fireballs?" And we're like, Fuckin' A! Not only would we be it an
awesome bonding experience (with plenty of Paradise poontang, LOL), we
would be doing a valuable community service. Okay, so we high-fived and
made a solemn promise that we'd target two years after graduation for
the big weekend prank blowout.

I know how it usually goes with these kinds of fraternity things; what
with starting up a medical practice, honor killing obligations, and
starting a family, it's easy to lose touch with the old school buddies.
But this thing -- our thing -- was serious, you know? Thanks to email we
were able to keep in touch and keep the plan going. As luck would have
it, we all won Achmedinejad scholarships to do our residencies in
England for the National Health Service. We got our families together
most every weekend for backyard cookouts and self-flagellation and TV
football matches. Afterwards me and the other guys would slip out to the
garage for cigars, and to pack shrapnel.

So okay, the big weekend arrives, and the guys come over to my place
bright and early, everybody's jazzed about rolling up some serious kafir
carnage. All the propane tanks and propellant and nail cannisters are
ready to go. I look at Ali and say, "okay mate, back up your car to the
garage and I'll start loading it up." He gets this dumbstruck look on
his face and says, "my car? I thought Hassan was going to do the
martyrdom." And then Hassan does a massive spit-take with his tea, and
he's like, "whoa dude, I rigged the cell phones, I didn't agree to blow
up. I thought Mohammed was going to do the blowing up." Then Mohammed's
like, "don't look at me, pal, I thought I was just providing the
spiritual guidance. Plus my car's in the shop for transmission work."
From there it just descended into this big shouting match. Holy
frickin' prophet, two years of planning this prank and now everybody
wants to pussy out on the actual martyrdom.

Long story short, we decided to draw straws. And guess who wins? Yep,
yours truly, good old sucker Khalid, the same guy with a pile of charge
card receipts for petrol and propane and hardware. The same guy who
ended up having to host two thirds of the martyrdom planning parties at
HIS house, because his good old college "pals" always have some
convenient excuse about "kitchen remodeling" or "MI6 surveillance," and
never lift a finger to help clean up the empty bottles or paper plates
or the C5 mess. Well, you know what they say: no good deed goes
unpunished. Then the other short straw get pulled by Bilal, and I'm
like, oh, great. Now I'll be banging some celestial virgin with that
wanker looking over my shoulder.

So, I'm like, "okay, who's donating the cars?" And these dicks just look
around at each other, and ANOTHER big argument breaks out, because "I
still have 28 payments left," or "it's due for a tyre rotation," or some
other lame excuse. So we draw straws again to pick the explosion cars,
and guess who wins? Yup, my Benz, the same fucking car I just paid
£129.95 to have detailed. So I go to the house and tell my wife Jumanah
about the whole deal, and here it comes -- The Look. Complete with the
whole exasperated eye roll and head shake. I swear, if her dad wasn't my
uncle, I'd be smacking that irritating sneer right off her face. So
she's like, "Fine, go have your fun with your lazy jihad buddies and
your 72 virgins. Just leave me the keys to the Jeep so I can get groceries."

After that, I guess I was pretty much ready to get it over with. I
called up the office and had them cancel the rest of my patient
appointments for the day and drove the Benz to London, which
incidentally cost me another £40 for gas and tolls. When I got to
Picadilly and parked in front of the nightclub and called Achmed on my
cell to let 'er rip. Nothing. I sat there waiting 3 minutes waiting for
the cell phone detonator to go off, nothing. I saw a cop walking toward
the Benz, so I hopped out and started booking it and almost got run over
by a double decker. I got on the Tube, thinking I was safe, but then all
the stupid racist kafirs started giving me the stinkeye because
apparently they're freaked by panting Arabs smelling of gasoline. I got
out in Ealing and went to the mosque where the other guys were supposed
to be, and they're all standing around like a bunch of sheepish idiots.
So I'm like, "WTF? What happened with the detonation?"

Get this: Mohammed, whose only job it was to call in a simple fucking
detonation code, switched his cell carrier to get the new iPhone and
forgot to transfer his goddamn detonation contact list. So I'm like,
"how about Bilal? Did he explode? Please tell me HE exploded." The dopey
expressions around the room told me otherwise. Faaaack. Now there's NO
dead infidels, NO horny virgins, and I'm out one leased Mercedes with a
£12,000 balloon payment.

So I go, "Here's the deal guys. I just put my ass on the martrydom line,
and it was Allah's will that it didn't happen. So why don't we just call
it good, and try again in another two years." Crissakes, you would have
thought I just took a dump in their falafel. They started talking about
"Ummah Pride," and "giving it all for ol' Central Jordan U.."

So I said fine, let's draw straws again. Because, hey, what are the odds
of me pulling martyrdom duty twice in a row? Guess I should have been a
stat major, because there I was holding the short stick again. When
Bilal pulled the other short stick, I just went ahead and volunteered my
Jeep because I figured the way this day was going it was gonna get blown
up one way or the other.

When Bilal and I got back to my house Jumanah had just gotten back from
Tesco and was unloading groceries. "I thought you were supposed to be in
Paradise by now," she said, in that stupid irritating voice. "Change of
plans," I said. "We need to head up to Glasgow to blow up the airport."

Here it came again. The Look.

"Um, and we need to use the Jeep."

The Look, like, double.

"And our faces are all over the TV, so we need you to drive us."

I won't even bother trying to describe her face at that point. We loaded
up the rest of the explosive cannisters in the back of the Jeep and
headed north on the M1 in the middle of the out-of-town holiday rush
traffic. Jumanah pretty much seethed the entire way, complaining about
the traffic and the gasoline fumes. Needless to say when we finally got
to Glasgow and dropped her off at a roadside cafe, I was pretty much
geared up for the sweet release of death.

Okay, so Bilal and I get psyched up, check all the equipment to make
sure it's ready for a big boom, point the Jeep at the terminal, and mash
the throttle. I'm shouting "Allahu Akbar," and Bilal's shouting "Allahu
Akbar" and "Go Martyrs" just like the old pep squad days at CJU. And I'm
thinking, "Grease up them virgins, Allah, 'cause Dr. K's luck is about
to change." BAAAAM! Right into the glass!

I was probably out for maybe two, three seconds. Bilal and I peeled our
broken noses out of the airbags, which meant we were still alive, which
meant the goddamn cannisters didn't explode, again. Maybe we went
through into the terminal and killed some infidels, I thought, then I
saw we hadn't made it in more than a couple inches into the terminal. I
mean, WTF? The Jeep salesman kept going on about how the Jeep was this
awesome unstoppable American SUV that crusader cowboys use to bulldoze
their way through mountain forests, with an easy payment plan, and the
damn thing can't make it through a bloody plate glass window. I restart
the engine and now the piece of shit just sits there spinning the tyres.
"All-wheel traction," my arse.

Okay, plan B: Bilal and I start pushing backup detonation buttons and
cell codes. A couple of pops, but they were all duds. Then I see the
cops coming at me.

As Allah is my witness, I really can't explain what happened next; maybe
it was stress, or confusion, or frustration. Whatever the reason, I
decided it was a reasonable idea at that point to pour a can of petrol
over my head and flick the Bic.

Here's a handy health tip from Doctor K: if you ever get a wild urge to
start yourself on fire, sit down and relax until it goes away. Because
(A) it's not a particularly effective method for killing infidels, and
(B) it... So much that I almost enjoyed
the distraction those high-pressure water cannons and getting my lights
punched out by that crazy mumble-mouthed Scottish baggage handler.

By the way, did I mention I also started the Jeep on fire? Only 37 more
payments of £438 to go.

After that, I really didn't mind getting bludgeoned by those angry
bagpipers. The sound was horrible, but at least they got the rest of the
flames out. I was almost relieved when the cops were cuffing me face
down on the pavement, because by that point I was pretty much
reconsidering this whole college martyrdom pledge thing and I figured
the worst was over.

No such luck. Here's another handy health tip from Doctor K: if your
skin is half melted and bubbly hot, avoid lying down on any surfaces
that aren't Teflon coated. And please note: the Glasgow sidewalks aren't.

After a some time with a spatula and a few cans of Pam, the cops finally
got 95% or so of me peeled off the sidewalk. I looked down at my legs
and realized that I'll be saving a lot of money on clothes from now on,
because I'm sporting a permanent pair of melted-on black polyester trousers.

And then the kicker: I looked down at my package and noticed "Little
Khalid" was AWOL. As they were loading me into the the police wagon I
glanced back over my shoulder and saw what was was left of him
charbroiling on the sidewalk. Then one of the bomb sniffing dogs gobbled
him down like a snausage. A fat lot of good those 72 virgin are going to
me now.

Final box score: I'm out one Mercedes, one Jeep, £2000 in miscellaneous
bomb materials, several layers of skin, and one very low-mileage penis.
Infidels killed: nil. So the next time you want to bitch to me about how
bad your day is going, don't expect a lot of sympathy.

Well, gotta go. The interrogators are coming, and afterwards I've got an
appointment to have my arse skin grafted on to my face. But I will leave
you with one more handy tip from Doctor K: no matter how many virgins
they promise, don't ever join a fraternity.

How a Jewish patriot saved America

Posted: July 4, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern


By Richard Booker

In 1975 the United States Postal Service issued a stamp honoring a man named Haym Salomon for his contribution to the cause of the American Revolution. This stamp was uniquely printed on the front and the back. On the glue side of the stamp, the following words were printed in pale, green ink: "Financial Hero – Businessman and broker Haym Salomon was responsible for raising most of the money needed to finance the American Revolution and later to save the new nation from collapse." I personally have one of these stamps. Historians who have studied the story of Salomon all agree that without his "contribution to the cause" there would be no America today.

Haym Salomon bought and sold financial papers to raise money for Robert Morris who was the superintendent of finance for the Continental Congress. He believed that America would be a safe haven for the Jews. But this son of a rabbi also believed that one day in the future, Jerusalem would rise from the dust, the Jews would return to their ancient homeland, and Israel and Jerusalem would once again be the home of the wandering Jew. Salomon determined to do all he could to finance the Revolution so America could survive until that future time when his people would once again fill the streets of Jerusalem.

From one crisis to the next, Robert Morris went to Haym Salomon for help, and Salomon always responded. Salomon gave his entire personal fortune of over $800,000 to the cause of the Revolution. This debt was never repaid. He died sick and penniless at the age of 45, Jan. 6, 1785, leaving behind a young widow, Rachel, and four children all under the age of 7.

Rachel tried for months after Haym's death to collect on personal loans that he had made to Morris, to the Congress and others. She was requested to turn all her securities and certificates over to the state treasurer of Pennsylvania for evaluation. After several months, she made further inquiries and was informed that all of the papers relating to her inheritance had been lost.

Haym Salomon was buried in Mikveh Israel Cemetery in Philadelphia in a grave that is now unmarked. Since we don't know which his grave is, we cannot even pay our respects at his graveside nor erect a marker.

But the story of Haym Salomon doesn't end with an unmarked grave. There is a plaque on a brick wall bordering the cemetery that was placed by Haym's great-grandson, William Salomon, in 1917. It says, "To the Memory of Haym Salomon … interred in this Cemetery the location of the grave being now unknown. …"

Was it just a coincidence that the year this plaque was erected was the same year of the Balfour Declaration issued by the British, which begins, "His majesty's Government views with favor the establishing in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people"?
Was it just a coincidence that in 1975 when the Postal Service issued the stamp honoring Haym Salomon, that same year the Israeli government issued a stamp honoring Harry Truman, the American president who was the first head of state to recognize Israel?

As Salomon believed, America has been that safe haven for the Jewish people, and Israel has been reborn. As we celebrate America, may we remember the great debt we owe to Haym Salomon. While we may not be able to repay him personally, we can honor him by standing firm in our support and prayers for a strong and secure Israel and a united Jerusalem under the rule of Haym's Salomon's spiritual descendants, the Jewish people.
Happy Fourth of July!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Illegal alien threatens 'campaign of resistance'

Monday, July 2, 2007

Illegal alien threatens 'campaign of resistance'
Fugitive in 'sanctuary' demands suspension of immigration laws

Posted: July 2, 2007
5:40 p.m. Eastern

© 2007

An illegal alien who has taken refuge in a Chicago-area church after defying

federal law by refusing to follow a deportation order now is calling for the

suspension of the nation's immigration laws and a "campaign of resistance."

Following the failure of U.S. Senate plan that would have created a legal

status for the 12-20 million illegal aliens already in the U.S., Mexican activist

Elvira Arellano demanded an immediate moratorium be imposed on all raids

and deportations.

In a written statement from the La Raza newspaper, publicized by a

the Chicago Fox News affilate's blog, she said "if the Democrats and

the Republicans cannot summon the courage to fix the broken law we

will not sit quietly and see our families and our children cut to pieces

on the broken pieces of that broken law."

Arellano has been confined – voluntarily – to a church in the Chicago area

since Aug. 15 to avoid being deported. She said such a moratorium would

allow time for the U.S. to "revive and pass a comprehensive immigration reform."

Without such action, her statement continued, immigrant organizations would

launch a campaign "aimed at bringing this government and this economy to a halt."

Several other groups also joined in her threat, confirming the plans for

"economic sanctions" against companies that support "anti-immigration legislators."

WND readers, however, had had enough.

"We have more than enough laws to get rid of illegal aliens," wrote Ken Lowder

in an e-mail. "Security on the border is real easy. Establish a 100 yard zone

along the border. … Put in an all weather road for troop movement. Set up

a support bunker every few miles. Put an ARMED Marine, soldier, or national

guardsman every 10 yards and shooting everyone who comes across for being

an INVADER that they are. Any general that says we can't do this is to be

immediately relieved and fired." (BLOGGER AGREES)

As WND has reported, the Senate's "comprehensive" immigration plan failed by a

significant margin after senators' offices were flooded with tens of thousands of calls

from citizens expressing opposition.

They have demanded that the U.S. first enforce the existing laws banning entry into

the U.S. by the midnight express.

However, WND also has reported Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff says

the federal government doesn't even have the ability to enforce its own laws.

Michael Chertoff

"We're going to continue to enforce the law. It's going to be tough,"

Chertoff said. "We don't really have the ability to enforce the law

with respect to illegal work in this country in a way that's truly effective."

Chertoff said Senate opponents deprived his department of the ability

to ensure stricter enforcement by requiring companies to enter a system

to check their employees' work status.

"That would be the single greatest additional weapon we could use if we're serious about

tackling this problem," he said. "I wish we had some of the tools that were left on the floor

of the Senate when they abandoned the bill last week, but we will do what we have to

do with the resources we have at our disposal."

However, the issue is quite simple, according to Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.: The government

needs to do what it is supposed to in order to win back the trust of the American people.

"A lot of Americans have lost faith in their government," Kyl said. "They don't think we

can control our borders, win a war, issue passports, solve other problems. So they ask

this question … why should we give more power to the government to do things it hasn't

been willing to do in the past?"

On a Chicago Fox News blog, the reaction to Arellano's demands were strong:

"I do not feel sorry for this multiple criminal illegal offender who whines and moans and

complains about the injustice of her situation. … She has overstayed her welcome; she

continues to be a criminal and break our laws. This is not her country," wrote "therman4."

Added "GregCast": "No longer will we tolerate people jumping our borders, wreaking

havoc on our social services and destroying our wages for their own selfish benefit.

This is OUR country and we are going to take it back!"

Said "Mommacat": "After re-reading this I want to point out something here …

This statement: 'Otherwise, pro-immigrant organizations will begin a campaign '

aimed at bringing this government and this economy to a halt.'' Seems kind of

threatening to this nation and the citizens who live here. I believe this could be

viewed as a possible terrorist threat! I mean, what else could be assumed by

someone wanting to bring the government and the economy to a halt! Wasn't

that part of the goal of the 9/11 attack?"

Arellano has been ordered deported but instead of reporting for the process, she

took refuge in Aldaberto United Methodist Church.

She had been apprehended as part of an investigation named Operation Chicagoland

Skies, an attempt to track down terrorists, which actually captured more illegal aliens.

Patricia Mendoza of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

called it a public relations stunt.

"These are all people who were basically trying to make a life for themselves and

their families," she said.

Arellano was caught because she used a fake Social Security number and was

working at a Chicago airport, where security has been heightened.

But she refused to cooperate and took up residence in the church, from which

she now runs the activist lobby United Latino Family.

She has said she'll stay there indefinitely.

"If Homeland Security chooses to send agents to a holy place, I could know that

God wants me to serve as an example of the hatred and hypocrisy of the current

administration," Arellano was quoted as saying.

Federal authorities say she isn't "less deportable" legally because she is in a church,

but it would look bad politically "to be hauling people out of churches."

Editor's note: The current edition of WND's monthly Whistleblower is a

cutting-edge look at the federal government's immigration policies – and how

the nation's most vexing problem can be solved. It's titled

"NATIONAL SUICIDE: How the government's immigration policies are destroying America."

Monday, July 02, 2007

Radical Islam’s Goal is Global Conquest
By Andrew G. Bostom | July 2, 2007

The largely failed (and/or thwarted) acts of jihad terrorism at the end of this past week in London and Glasgow show once again that the aim of the current Islamic crusade against the West is global in scope, is not about Iraq and is not a fringe development in Islam itself.

What Samuel Huntington aptly termed “Islam’s bloody borders” around the globe—flow from the timeless logic of jihad. Franz Rosenthal, the late (d. 2002) Yale University scholar of Islam, who, 50 years ago, translated Ibn Khaldun's classic Introduction To History, also wrote a seminal essay entitled “On Suicide in Islam” in 1946. Rosenthal’s research confirmed how Islam extolled “suicidal” martyrdom attacks:

While the Qur’anic attitude toward suicide remains uncertain, the great authorities of the hadith leave no doubt as to the official attitude of Islam. In their opinion suicide is an unlawful act....On the other hand, death as the result of “suicidal” missions and of the desire of martyrdom occurs not infrequently, since death is considered highly commendable according to Muslim religious concepts. (Emphasis added.) However, such cases are no[t] suicides in the proper sense of the term.

These orthodox Islamic views have been reiterated by Yusuf Al Qaradawi—“spiritual” leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, head of the European Fatwa Council, and immensely popular Al-Jazeera television personality, as well as Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University, the most prestigious center of Muslim learning in Sunni Islam. Sheikh Qaradawi openly endorsed murderous Palestinian homicide bomber “martyrdom” operations against innocent Israeli citizens (all of whom are considered “combatants” who obstruct the “call to Islam”) during a fatwa council convened in the heart of Europe (in Stockholm, July, 2003). For the past decade, Sheikh Tantawi, who is the nearest equivalent to a Muslim Pope, has also confirmed the legitimacy of homicide bombing of Jews, characterizing these grisly attacks as

…the highest form of Jihad operations…the young people executing them have sold Allah the most precious thing of all…every martyrdom operation against any Israeli, including children, women, and teenagers, is a legitimate act according to [Islamic] religious law, and an Islamic commandment, until the people of Palestine regain their land

On July 25, 2005, historian David Littman attempted to deliver a prepared text in the joint names of three international NGOs, but was prevented from doing so by the intervention of Islamic members of the United Nations Sub-Commission on Human Rights. Following repeated interruptions he was unable to complete his speech. Littman was simply trying to support the argument that those who issue fatwas to kill innocent people in the name of Islam are not real Muslims and should be treated as apostates. But as he noted, just before the 7/7/05 London bombings a major conference of 170 Muslim scholars from 40 countries meeting in Amman, Jordan gave an opinion in a Final Communiqué, dated July 6, 2005:

It is not possible to declare as apostates any group of Muslims who believes in Allah the Mighty and Sublime and His Messenger (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) and the pillars of faith, and respects the pillars of Islam and does not deny any necessary article of religion.

This unfortunate communiqué clearly provides immutable protection to authentic Islamic advocates of homicide bombing—like the “esteemed” clerics Yusuf Qaradawi and Al-Azhar Grand Imam Tantawi.

The most recent attempted atrocities in London and Glasgow are contemporary manifestations of foundational Islamic imperatives, rooted in jihad. Denial of this intimate relationship is untenable and dangerous, given the weight of confirmatory evidence, past and present.

Umar Ibn al-Khattab (d. 644), was the second “rightly guided caliph” of Islam, the word caliph deriving from Koran 2:30, and the Muslim notion of the successor to Islam’s prophet Muhammad, a vicegerent of Allah, on earth. During his reign, which lasted for a decade (634-644), Syria, Iraq and Egypt were conquered. Umar was responsible for organizing the early Islamic Empire into a supranational Muslim Caliphate. Alfred von Kremer, the seminal 19th century German scholar of Islam, described the “central idea” of Umar's regime, as being the furtherance of “...the religious-military development of Islam at the expense of the conquered nations.” The predictable and historically verifiable consequence of this guiding principle was a legacy of harsh inequality, intolerance, and injustice towards non-Muslims observed by von Kremer in 1868 (and still evident in Islamic societies at present):

It was the basis of its severe directives regarding Christians and those of other faiths, that they be reduced to the status of pariahs, forbidden from having anything in common with the ruling nation; it was even the basis for his decision to purify the Arabian Peninsula of the unbelievers, when he presented all the inhabitants of the peninsula who had not yet accepted Islam with the choice: to emigrate or deny the religion of their ancestors. The industrious and wealthy Christians of Najran, who maintained their Christian faith, emigrated as a result of this decision from the peninsula, to the land of the Euphrates, and ‘Umar also deported the Jews of Khaybar. In this way ‘Umar based that fanatical and intolerant approach that was an essential characteristic of Islam, now extant for over a thousand years, until this day [i.e., written in 1868]. It was this spirit, a severe and steely one, that incorporated scorn and contempt for the non-Muslims, that was characteristic of ‘Umar, and instilled by ‘Umar into Islam; this spirit continued for many centuries, to be Islam's driving force and vital principle.

Umar waged devastating jihad campaigns, and imposed severe limitations upon the vanquished non-Muslims aimed at their ultimate destruction by attrition. He also introduced fanatical elements into Islamic culture that became characteristic of the Caliphates which succeeded his. Indeed, the complete absence of basic freedoms of conscience and expression in these early Islamic Caliphates—while entirely consistent with mid-7th century mores—has remained a constant, ignominious legacy throughout Islamic history, to this day.

C. Snouck Hurgronje, the great Dutch Orientalist observed in 1916 (p.99) that even at the nadir of Islam's power following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the jihad imperative to complete the unfulfilled task of world Islamization, via the re-creation of a supranational Islamic Caliphate, remained a potent force among the Muslim masses:

…it would be a gross mistake to imagine that the idea of universal conquest may be considered as obliterated…the canonists and the vulgar still live in the illusion of the days of Islam’s greatness. The legists continue to ground their appreciation of every actual political condition on the law of the holy war, which war ought never be allowed to cease entirely until all mankind is reduced to the authority of Islam—the heathen by conversion, the adherents of acknowledged Scripture [i.e., Jews and Christians] by submission.

…the common people are willingly taught by the canonists and feed their hope of better days upon the innumerable legends of the olden time and the equally innumerable apocalyptic prophecies about the future. The political blows that fall upon Islam make less impression…than the senseless stories about the power of the Sultan of Stambul [Istanbul], that would instantly be revealed if he were not surrounded by treacherous servants, and the fantastic tidings of the miracles that Allah works in the Holy Cities of Arabia which are inaccessible to the unfaithful. The conception of the Khalifate [Caliphate] still exercises a fascinating influence, regarded in the light of a central point of union against the unfaithful (i.e., non-Muslims).

Nearly a century later, the preponderance of contemporary mainstream Muslims from Morocco to Indonesia, apparently share with their murderous, jihad terror waging co-religionists from al-Qaeda the goal (if not necessarily supporting the gruesome means) of re-establishing an Islamic Caliphate. Polling data released April 24, 2007 from a rigorous face-to-face University of Maryland/ interview survey of 4384 Muslims conducted between December 9, 2006 and February 15, 2007-1000 Moroccans, 1000 Egyptians, 1243 Pakistanis, and 1141 Indonesians-reveal that 65.2% of those interviewed-almost 2/3, hardly a "fringe minority"-desired this outcome (i.e., “To unify all Islamic countries into a single Islamic state or Caliphate”), including 49% of "moderate" Indonesian Muslims. The internal validity of these data about the present longing for a Caliphate is strongly suggested by a concordant result: 65.5% of this Muslim sample approved the proposition “To require a strict [emphasis added] application of Shari'a law in every Islamic country.” Moreover, an earlier survey of British Muslims indicated that up to 40% of them wished to replace Britain’s current liberal democratic system with the Shari’a.

Notwithstanding ahistorical drivel from Western Muslim “advocacy” groups such as the Muslim Association of Britain, which lionizes both the Caliphate and the concomitant institution of Shari'a—despite their legacy of brutal, often genocidal aggression, and imposition of a blatantly discriminatory, totalitarian system of rule devoid of the most basic human rights—as promulgators of “a peaceful and just society”, the findings from these polls of Muslims across the Islamic world, and within the United Kingdom, are ominous.

Ibn Warraq has observed aptly that the most fundamental conception of a Caliphate, “...the constant injunction to obey the Caliph-who is God's Shadow on Earth”, is completely incompatible with the creation of a “rights-based individualist philosophy.” Warraq illustrates the supreme hostility to individual rights in the Islamic Caliphate, and Islam itself, through the writings of the iconic Muslim philosopher, jurist, and historian, Ibn Khaldun (d. 1406), and a contemporary Muslim thinker, A.K. Brohi, former Pakistani Minister of Law and Religious Affairs:

[Ibn Khaldun] All religious laws and practices and everything that the masses are expected to do requires group feeling. Only with the help of group feeling can a claim be successfully pressed,...Group feeling is necessary to the Muslim community. Its existence enables (the community) to fulfill what God expects of it.

[A.K. Brohi] Human duties and rights have been vigorously defined and their orderly enforcement is the duty of the whole of organized communities and the task is specifically entrusted to the law enforcement organs of the state. The individual if necessary has to be sacrificed in order that that the life of the organism be saved. Collectivity has a special sanctity attached to it in Islam.

In contrast, Warraq notes, “Liberal democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom and attaches all possible value to each man or woman.” And he concludes,

Individualism is not a recognizable feature of Islam; instead the collective will of the Muslim people is constantly emphasized. There is certainly no notion of individual rights, which developed in the West, especially during the eighteenth century.

Almost six decades ago (in 1950), G.H. Bousquet (pp. 104-5), a pre-eminent modern scholar of Islamic Law, put forth this unapologetic, pellucid formulation of the twofold totalitarian impulse in Islam:

Islam first came before the world as a doubly totalitarian system. It claimed to impose itself on the whole world and it claimed also, by the divinely appointed Muhammadan law, by the principles of the fiqh, to regulate down to the smallest details the whole life of the Islamic community and of every individual believer....the study of Muhammadan law (dry and forbidding though it may appear to those who confine themselves to the indispensable study of the fiqh) is of great importance to the world today.

And sowing terror in order to promote the Islamization of infidel territories, is consistent with jihad tactics that date back well over a millennium.

Ibn Hudayl, a 14th century Granadan author of an important treatise on jihad, explained the original methods which facilitated the violent, chaotic jihad conquest of the Iberian peninsula, and other parts of Europe, during the prior six centuries (p. 40):

It is permissible to set fire to the lands of the enemy, his stores of grain, his beasts of burden — if it is not possible for the Muslims to take possession of them — as well as to cut down his trees, to raze his cities, in a word, to do everything that might ruin and discourage him, provided that the imam (i.e. the religious 'guide' of the community of believers) deems these measures appropriate, suited to hastening the Islamization of that enemy or to weakening him. Indeed, all this contributes to a military triumph over him or to forcing him to capitulate.

The 20th century historian Charles Emmanuel Dufourcq—who studied the Islamization of Spain, Portugal, and North Africa in the Middle Ages—characterized (p. 40) the impact of these repeated attacks, indistinguishable in motivation from modern acts of jihad terrorism, such as the Madrid bombings on 3/11/04, the London bombings of 7/7/05, or the (mostly) foiled attacks in London and Glasgow of 6/29 and 6/30/07:

It is not difficult to understand that such expeditions sowed terror. The historian al—Maqqari, who wrote in seventeenth—century Tlemcen in Algeria, explains that the panic created by the Arab horsemen and sailors, at the time of the Muslim expansion in the zones that saw those raids and landings, facilitated the later conquest, if that was decided on: 'Allah,' he says, 'thus instilled such fear among the infidels that they did not dare to go and fight the conquerors; they only approached them as suppliants, to beg for peace.'

Writing in 1978, Dufourcq (d. 1982), worried (even then) that historical and cultural revisionism of this established legacy of jihad (in particular, the Muslim conquest and colonization of the Iberian peninsula) might precipitate a recurrence of,

...the upheaval carried out on our continent (i.e., Europe) by Islamic penetration more than a thousand years ago

Less than a decade after Dufourcq's death in 1982, the historian Bat Ye'or (from a 1991 French interview, published in English translation in 1994) echoed his intuitive concerns about Europe's re-Islamization, and warned more broadly,

I do not see serious signs of a Europeanization of Islam anywhere, a move that would be expressed in a relativization of religion, a self—critical view of the history of Islamic imperialism...we are light years away from such a development...On the contrary, I think that we are participating in the Islamization of Europe, reflected both in daily occurrences and in our way of thinking...All the racist fanaticism that permeates the Arab countries and Iran has been manifested in Europe in recent years...

Myriad intellectuals in denial might now, at last, wish to study with care the continuing legacy of jihad war, and pay serious attention to its modern Muslim proponents—including the jihadist cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who has been lionized—with tragic irony—by London's own current mayor as a “progressive.” Here are some more of Qaradawi's apposite views on jihad and jihad terrorism:

It has been determined by Islamic law that the blood and property of people of Dar Al—Harb [the Domain of Disbelief where the war for the domination of Islam should be waged, i.e. including within Western Europe and America] is not protected. Because they fight against and are hostile towards the Muslims, they annulled the protection of his blood and his property... in modern war, all of society, with all its classes and ethnic groups, is mobilized to participate in the war, to aid its continuation, and to provide it with the material and human fuel required for it to assure the victory of the state fighting its enemies. Every citizen in society must take upon himself a role in the effort to provide for the battle. The entire domestic front, including professionals, laborers, and industrialists, stands behind the fighting army, even if it does not bear arms.

Allah has also made the prophet Muhammad into an epitome for religious warriors [Mujahideen] since he ordered Muhammed to fight for religion... the first assignment is to prepare the hero who is willing to put his life in his own hands for Allah's sake, and he who does not care whether he encounters death or death encounters him...He [i.e., a self—immolating bomber] kills the enemy while taking self—risk, similarly to what Muslims did in the past... He wants to scare his enemies, and the religious authorities have permitted this. They said that if he causes the enemy both sorrow and fear of Muslims... he is permitted to risk himself and even get killed.

Qaradawi stated his ultimate goals explicitly—consistent with orthodox jihad ideology—at a Muslim youth convention in 1995 in Toledo, Ohio: “We will conquer Europe, we will conquer America!”. Subsequently Qaradawi issued a public fatwa on December 2, 2002, calling on Muslims to conquer Europe, stating, “Islam will return to Europe as a conqueror and a victor after being expelled from it twice – once from the south, from Andalusia, and a second time, from the east, when it knocked several times on the doors of Athens.” Qaradawi’s fatwa ruled, in addition, that Muslims should re-conquer, “former Islamic colonies to Andalus (Spain), southern Italy, Sicily, the Balkans and the Mediterranean islands.”

In light of the most recent attacks in London and Glasgow will the West's intellectuals finally awaken to this threat—the jihad? Will they study with seriousness and urgency the theological-juridical underpinnings of the Islamic jihad, and its 14 centuries of brutal, imperialistic conquests, continuing through the present, whose ultimate goals are the re-establishment of a supranational Muslim Caliphate, and imposition of Shari’a totalitarianism across the globe?

Julien Benda in his classic 1928 La Trahison de Clercs (The Treason of the Intellectuals) decried with prophetic accuracy how the abandonment of objective truth abetted totalitarian ideologies, which lead to the cataclysmic destruction of World War II. Ignoring, dismissing, or worse, continuing to vilify thoughtful and intrepid scholars such as Dufourcq and Bat Ye'or reflects the broader La Trahison de Clercs of our time: the complete failure of Western intellectuals to study, understand, and acknowledge the heinous consequences of the living Islamic institution of jihad war.

Finally, in an ironic but hopeful turn of events, perhaps this impassioned mea culpa from former British jihadist Hassan Butt will at last prove clarifying for the willfully blind and timorous non-Muslim elites in the West:

…it isn't enough for Muslims to say that because they feel at home in Britain they can simply ignore those passages of the Koran which instruct on killing unbelievers. By refusing to challenge centuries-old theological arguments, the tensions between Islamic theology and the modern world grow larger every day. It may be difficult to swallow but the reason why Abu Qatada - the Islamic scholar whom Palestinian militants recently called to be released in exchange for the kidnapped BBC journalist Alan Johnston - has a following is because he is extremely learned and his religious rulings are well argued. His opinions, though I now thoroughly disagree with them, have validity within the broad canon of Islam. [emphasis added]

The Muslim community in Britain must slap itself awake from this state of denial and realise there is no shame in admitting the extremism within our families, communities and worldwide co-religionists…Muslim scholars must go back to the books and come forward with a refashioned set of rules and a revised understanding of the rights and responsibilities of Muslims whose homes and souls are firmly planted in what I'd like to term the Land of Co-existence. And when this new theological territory is opened up, Western Muslims will be able to liberate themselves from defunct models of the world, rewrite the rules of interaction and perhaps we will discover that the concept of killing in the name of Islam is no more than an anachronism.