The horrors have gained their appropriate abhorrent reactions and their tributes and commemorations replete with that rarest of all commemorations, international condemnations and a memorial parade with more leaders, diplomats, representatives and sheer numbers than any such commemoration in recent memory. The political cartoons were consistently sympathetic and memorializing except yesterday in the United States where they were largely derisive largely mocking President Obama’s absence and the lack of any ranking administration representative marching with the rest of the leading officials from around the world and especially as the French are the oldest and original ally without whom the United States may have never broken free from English rule. Even at this early point there have already been the beginning rumblings laying blame for the attacks anywhere but with Islam noting that the perpetrators were not acting in accordance with the tenets of Islam. There will be exchanges of accusations and excuses alternately followed by secondary arguments from both sides with discussions becoming more terse, tense and heated. There will be Western leaders who will also claim that those terrorists who perpetrated the horrific events in and around Paris, France towards the end of last week do not represent Islam because Islam is the religion of peace. Then there will be the claims by the many who make their livelihood writing books and making speeches linking these acts of terror with radical Islam and who point to the Imams who fire sermons which help to radicalize their followers. Then there will be those such as Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who will make Israel the central figure to blame for the actions of the Islamist extremists at Charlie Hebdo and at the kosher market with some making the fact that one of the targets was a kosher market as proof that this was largely about Israel. It has never ceased to amaze and befuddle me that if in any way when there are extremist terrorist acts as these and any target can be tied in any way to Jews then the apologists turn everything on its head and it becomes all about a protest against Israel and the lack of peace with the Palestinians. Just wait for it as it will most assuredly surface somewhere before everything has been said and done. There are so many items which need to be discussed which are actually important to address to make sure that such events as the world suffered last week can be avoided in the future.
One subject which if addressed would make the possibility for more such events less likely would be to make greater efforts in a number of areas all of which will unfortunately take time, but the longer these efforts are postponed, the longer the threats for more Charlie Hebdo massacres and similar terrorist events. One change is there must be a huge outreach effort to incorporate the people living in immigrant communities incorporated into the mainstream societal communities. This can be best accomplished through education outreach and occupational training and other work outreach programs. Another necessity is to have education requirements for all immigrants which teach the history, civics and other important material which will inform and better incorporate immigrants providing them with the necessary knowledge to feel and become more attuned with the society as a whole. The children of immigrants must be educated in schools which include educational materials which will assist them in incorporating into the society as they will learn about the historic events, civics and things which reflect the cultural identity of the nation and of Europe for those nations in the European continent. The programs to address the situations which it is claimed act as the harbingers of feelings of being alienated which lead some into the hands of extremists as they seek acceptance and thus become discontented and become more likely to act in destructive ways often in the belief that they are serving some greater cause.
Another track which must be considered is to slow the rates of immigration such that the immigrants already within nations which have any significant numbers or percentages of immigrant populations which are disaffected and sufficiently unincorporated into the workforce and population until such disparities are reduced significantly, or preferably, completely. Another contributing factor is completely independent from the rest of the problems which many European nations are having concerning immigrants and immigration but absolutely a central item which contributes to some of the problems. Many of the immigrants came to Europe seeking exactly what the Arabs came to the areas where the Zionist Jews were beginning to settle starting in the middle of the nineteenth century, economic opportunities which were vastly more enticing and provided far better opportunities. The immigrant populations continued to reproduce at or near the levels which were far above that of the native European populations which many have been suffering from below replacement rates. Over time the immigrants continued to come to reap the benefits of the promise of better economic opportunities. Then Europe’s economies began having a slowdown which took a nosedive when the 2008 recessions struck and had also hit some difficulties in the late 1990s. These downturns hurt the immigrant populations far more severely than it did the native European populations. When the added numbers of immigrants which resulted from the continuing arrival of more immigrants and the younger generation from the existing immigrant populations ran into the slowed economic conditions they had difficulties finding employment which led to their disenfranchisement which allowed for radicalization and the rest is history. The economic difficulties being a major contributing factor and amongst all of those factors we identified, it is the one that must be improved for any immediate ameliorating actions to take place in anything resembling an immediate solution. Educations and integrations into the society takes time and is best if started with early education and will be best if consummated by having ample employment providing a promising future with relative wealth and a promising future with sufficient opportunities.
There is one overriding force behind the acts we just witnessed in Paris. There was one very telling act which will not be given the scrutiny as it will be dismissed as inconsequential and obviously due to the Israelis occupation and had nothing to do with France or the main assault on Charlie Hebdo which was the central act. Still, it is important that the kosher market was chosen to be the target and that it was to be struck just before the Sabbath when it would have the most number of Jewish patrons who would be making their final shopping before the Sabbath lighting of candles just before sundown. The fact that the Jews are often targeted by Islamic radical terrorists is undeniable. The murderous assaults against Jews have been part and parcel of Islamic violence since the early parts of the twentieth century with large scale rioting targeting the Jews who had returned to their ancestral homes in pogroms of starting in the mid-1920s and continued through the late-1930s and only stopped temporarily as World War II brought large numbers of British troops to the British Mandate lands and the formation of the Palestinians Brigades saw Jews volunteering forming units which fought with the British. The Palestinian Brigades were made up of virtually only Jews as the Jews were referred to as the Palestinians while the Arabs were called either Arabs, Jordanians or Syrians and only coopted the title and name of Palestinians in 1964 with the formation of the Palestinian Liberation Organizations (PLO) which was formed to destroy all of Israel, as there were no occupied lands as they are referred to improperly today as the Six Day War did not occur until June of 1967, a full three years later. One of the contributing factors to there being no pogroms by the Arabs against the Jews in the British Mandate lands was due to the fact that the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Mohammed Effendi Amin el-Husseini fled the Middle East seeking refuge in Berlin. While there Mohammed Amin el-Husseini aided the Nazi actions in executing the Final Solution for the elimination of the Jews of Europe where he also organized Muslim troops in the Balkans forming the 13th Waffen SS division, known as the Hanjar division which was responsible for the murder of about 90% of Bosnia’s Jews and destroyed numerous Serbian churches and villages. He continued upon his return to the Holy Lands after World War II ended where he led troops of Syrian and Jordanian Arabs against the nascent Jewish state of Israel in the war aimed at eliminating the country of Israel the morning when it was declared a state along with the armies of at least six Arab nations.
There is another item which has been considered to be too delicate to be discussed openly, that Islam has a violent streak evidenced by the repeated numbers of events such as the attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo last week where the terrorist extremists commit the acts in the name of Islam. Whether Islam is itself the religion of peace or if it is the religion which divides the world into two distinct worlds, Dar al-Islam (دار الإسلام), the world of Islam where Muslims rule and Sharia is enforces and non-Muslims must assume the position of Dhimmi (ذمي) and defer to Muslims even to the point of walking in the drainage area off the curb refused permission to walk on the sidewalk and must not ever hold their head above a Muslim’s head as such would be an offense. The non-Muslims also must pay a confiscatory and punitive tax called the Jizyah. This is the interpretation taught by some Imams, where Islam will be the dominant religion and eventually will be the sole religion on Earth. They teach that Islam should be spread initially through persuasion and proselyting until people under their rule have been granted the opportunity to convert and adopt Islam three times. If they still refuse then life can be made uncomfortable and eventually unbearable eventually getting to the point where they are demanded to surrender to Islam and Allah or die by the sword. This is the way under Islamic rule within Dar al-Islam. The remainder of the world is called Dar al-Harb (دار الحرب) which translates as House of War and is where non-Muslims rule and the lands have yet to fall to Islam by conversion or conquest. According to these Imams who are presumably knowledgeable about the Quran (القرآن), the Hadiths (حديث) and all the writings and teachings of Islam and thus to be believed and taken as the ones who hold the truths of all of Islam. These Imams have been known to issue Fatwas (فتاوى), which is a legal order, holy dictate or mandatory instruction to be obeyed and followed out to the letter. Some Imams have interpreted the teachings of the Quran as instructing Muslims to kill all the Jews in order to facilitate the coming of their Mahdi (مهدي), their messiah who will bring the end-times.
Such teachings were likely to have been centrally involved in the choosing of the kosher market and explains why the terrorist who entered the market and informed the patrons and store employees that they were going to have to die because they were Jewish. Then there was the miracle which occurred in the basement of Hyper Cacher, that very same kosher market, where a market employee named Lassana Bathily kept his cool and ushered a number of store patrons into the freezer in the basement and raised the temperature as much as he dare as well as turning off the light assuring them they would be fine as long as they remained quiet. Did Lassana Bathily also enter that freezer to hide? No, he remained outside and also contacted the police and gave them vital information. Those patrons he hid survived the terror assault due to the store employee named Lassana Bathily who also happens to be a Muslim. (more information in the article titled Two Faces of Islam in Charlie Hebdo Attacks ) He gave us a glimpse at the other Muslims, those who are in the majority which we are constantly assured by virtually every Western leader. Perhaps they are correct which would definitely be a relief to the rest of us but there is a person who desires to address those Muslims, especially those who believe that Islam must be made the preeminent religion and reach an agreed adjustment in this view and rather than making Islam preeminent by any means required to permitting other religions to have space for being practiced side by side with Islam without any restrictions. This reformer is the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi who addressed Cairo’s Al-Azhar University, the most prestigious Islamic school of higher learning. These are Imams and professors who will mold the future Imams, professors and leaders of Islam. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt’s speech and commentary can be found in the article titled The Islamic Reformer in Egypt. It is the actions of those like Lassana Bathily whose actions though seemingly small are loud and proclaim vividly and beyond the shadows of doubt that there is a side of Islam which is laudable and set a standard for everyone else to match, Muslim and non-Muslim alike and there is the address and hopeful follow-through with the hoped for results started by Egyptian President Abdel el-Sisi and carried forward by the ranks of Islamic authorities who make up the teaching and other student oriented staff whose assistance is critical if el-Sisi’s visions will have any hope of coming to fruition.
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