Beyond the Cusp

March 12, 2018

The World Ruled by Iran and Shia Islam

 

Shia Islam is not as well understood to many in the Western World and even Islam is greatly unknown or misunderstood. Islam has a completely separate value system to that of the Judeo-Christian Western World. Islam places a higher priority on the afterlife and portends that the life here amongst the living is supposed to be miserable and hardening of the senses while all pleasure awaits the holy who are obedient in the afterlife. It is part of this philosophy from which the concept of the martyr receiving seventy-two raven haired perpetual virgins in the hereafter. These virgins regain their virginity immediately after the martyr having taken them while additionally his lands have lush green meadows with rivers and waterfalls and the wine flows in near torrents and all the food one could ever imagine becomes available. The afterlife for the martyr is presumed to be the ultimate in sensual pleasures which were denied them on earth as they are considered to have lived perfect lives as martyrdom erased their every sin and replaced it with Quranic study or its equivalence thus not only is every physical and sensual pleasure available in the most perfect of imaginable surroundings, but the martyr will always be in total preparedness to take advantage of these pleasures eternally. This perfection in the afterlife stands in contrast to the defined perfect life for a follower of Islam in this life in the present here on Earth.

 

Let us now look into the defined perfect lives which presumed to be lived and are to be forced upon the people of Earth according to the founder of Iranian Shia Islam, Grand Ayatollah and Leader of the Iranian Islamic Revolution Sayyid Ruhollah Mūsavi Khomeini. His edicts and defining laws are to be enforced by every following Grand Ayatollah and Supreme Leader and have been thusfar by the second Supreme Leader, Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei. Iranian law is based upon Ruhollah Khomeini’s interpretations of the Quran and the Hadiths. These interpretations use the far more austere Shia Islamic versions of these writings as they split from Sunni Islam upon the death of Muhammad as the Shia believe that the right of passage for power must remain within the relatives of Muhammad and disagreed with the choice made by the Sunni Muslims.

 

This split came when the Shia believing that Ali ibn Abi Talib, who was married to Muhammad’s daughter Fatimah, was the rightful successor to Muhammad while the Sunni believed that leadership should fall to the person who was deemed by the elite of the community to be best able to lead the community and thus invented the position of Caliph which led to a series of dynasties. At one point, Ali led both branches as he was selected as the fourth Caliph, but his lead was short lived as he was killed in the Battle of Kufa where the backers of another they desired to be the Caliph assassinated him and seventy-two members of his family in an attempt to stamp out his lineage. The Sunni continued with choosing Caliphs and the Shia next followed Hasan ibn Ali and continued through their Twelve Imams.

 

The definitions and rules set forth by Sayyid Ruhollah Mūsavi Khomeini for Iranian subjects were to follow as applied to Shia Islam. These are the laws which the world would be ruled under, should the dream of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini become reality, once Iran reestablishes the Persian Empire with Iran ruling the world. We will be using mostly quotes from his speeches, interviews and writings which will be in bold-italics. Our first quote is, “Allah did not create man so that he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer. An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious. Islam does not allow swimming in the sea and is opposed to radio and television serials. Islam, however, allows marksmanship, horseback riding and competition… (source is from Meeting in Qom “Broadcast by radio Iran from Qom on 20 August 1979.” quoted in Taheri, The Spirit of Allah (1985) p.259)). So, first off forget parties with alcoholic drinks, music, laughter and spirited joy. There will be no jokes or humor so Saturday Night Live is replaced with an Imam reading Hadiths so as to raise your spiritual essence. Radio and television will be utilized for the glory of Allah and the furtherance of the rule of the Supreme Leader, the Grand Ayatollah. This quote pretty much defines itself and is not requiring our additional commentary, as many of his quotes will prove to be similar.

 

Supreme Leader and Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini

Supreme Leader and Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini

 

Islam and divine governments … have commandments for everybody, everywhere, at any place, in any condition. If a person were to commit an immoral dirty deed right next to his house, Islamic governments have business with him. …. Islam has rules for every person, even before birth, before his marriage, until his marriages, pregnancy, birth, until upbringing of the child, the education of the adult, until puberty, youth, until old age, until death, into the grave, and beyond the grave.” (statement to his students in Najaf, 28 September 1977. Found in Khomeini, Sahifeh-ye Nur, vol.I p.234-235) quoted in Dabashi, Theology of Discontent, (1993), p.476-7) As far as the Supreme Leader and Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Mūsavi Khomeini is concerned, his rule and the rules of Allah as interpreted by him already spread to the entirety of the world. He probably is using the belief that Adam and Eve were Muslims and all of humankind are born as Muslims and are diverted from the true course of surrender to Allah allowing Islam to rule there every act throughout life. This means that the Grand Ayatollah already is presumed to be the true ruler of the world and there are only temporary obstructions preventing this reality, small obstinate reprobates known as nations and followers of other religions and philosophies being utilized to guide the lives of their inhabitants. Of course there are two in particular which were the most foul and offensive to the Supreme Leader and Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini which have alternate reference, the Great Satan and the Little Satan which are also known as the United States and Israel. There is another nation which has also been given special attention, Saudi Arabia. The Supreme Leader and Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini believes that the Royal family are all sinners and blasphemers unworthy of holding rule over the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. This is another item which Iran is being armed and prepared to remedy this unacceptable situation.

 

And I am confident that the Iranian people, particularly our youth, will keep alive in their hearts anger and hatred for the criminal Soviet Union and the warmongering United States. This must be until the banner of Islam flies over every house in the world.” (source Wright, In the Name of God 1989, p.196) Here we again see the solid intent to rule the entirety of our planet as well as his intent to overpower the two presumed greatest powers of his age. “If you have any tie or link binding you to this world in love, try to sever it. This world, despite all its apparent splendor and charm, is too worthless to be loved.” (source Islam and Revolution, p.357) Again we see the belittling of this world claiming it to be pathetic and unworthy of our affections, unlike the afterlife which is filled with splendor. This is an enticing reason for the state of life where the majority of the population is barely scratching out an existence, let alone having excess. The problem is that once people do achieve some level of affluence, even the slightest of affluence, then life takes on some happiness and this is a warning to these people that they should distance themselves from these enjoyments as they are evil sins and only wretchedness in this life is to be found as holy.

 

We are against this prostitution. We object to such wrongdoings … Is progress achieved by sending women to the majlis? Sending women to these centers is nothing but corruption.” (source Speech in Qom quoted in Esfandiari, Iran: Women and Parliaments Under the Monarch and Islamic Republic pp.1-24, quoted in The Last Great Revolution by Robin Wright c2000, p.151) This is self explanatory. “Islam differs sharply from communism. Whereas we respect private property, communism advocates the sharing of all things – including wives and homosexuals.” (source Abrahamian, Ervand, History of Modern Iran, Columbia University Press, 2008, p.179) There is enough stated here. “Since Allah Almighty has commanded us to follow the Messenger and the holders of authority, our obeying them is actually an expression of obedience to Allah.” (source Khomeini, Islam and Revolution, (1981), p.91) The interesting inclusion here is not so much obedience to Allah as Judaism believes in obedience to Hashem and most of Christianity preaches obedience to Hashem as well and some pray to Mother Mary while others to Jesus, but neither command obedience to the Rabbis or Priests or others in the religious hierarchy, but he is demanding as equal to Allah the commands coming from Imams, Ayatollahs and specially from the Grand Ayatollah and Supreme Leader as well as leadership of the government. This is support for totalitarian governance.

 

Khomeinism Essays on the Islamic Republic

Khomeinism Essays on the Islamic Republic

 

When conspiracy dominates political action, then “those with view different from one’s own were members of this or that foreign conspiracy. Thus political activists tended to equate competition with treason, … One does not compromise and negotiate with spies and traitors; one locks them up or else shoots them.” (source Abrahamian, Khomeinism: Essays on the Islamic Republic, p.130) This explains the reasoning behind the treatment in Iran of any dissidents. They disagree with the rulers thus are foreign agents and thus spies who are to be treated most harshly. The authorities in Iran often make sweeps through the universities taking any student who has taken part in demonstrations against the government and send many to Evin Prison while the ringleaders are simply tortured and then executed usually by hanging or shooting.

 

The next quote requires an introduction in order to make any sense. Khomeini believed that the huge turnout of Iranians in anti-Shah demonstrations during the revolution meant that Iranians had already voted in a `referendum` for an Islamic republic, and that in Muslim countries Islam and Islamic law, truly belong to the people. “In contrast, in a republic or a constitutional monarchy, most of those claiming to be representatives of the majority of the people will approve anything they wish as law and then impose it on the entire population.” (source Khomeini, Islam and Revolution, (1982), p.56) Here he is simply restating that those with the real power will exercise their power and the people have selected such a governance thus their rule has been validated and no further renewal of the theocratic structure need be taken and everything is set in stone.

 

We shall export our revolution to the whole world. Until the cry ‘There is no god but Allah’ resounds over the whole world, there will be struggle.” (source 11 February 1979 (according to Dilip Hiro in The Longest War p.32) p.108 from Excerpts from Speeches and Messages of Imam Khomeini on the Unity of the Muslims.) Do we really need to comment on this? Well, then we will use another quote. “Establishing the Islamic state world-wide belong to the great goals of the revolution.” (source Resalat, 25.3.1988) (quoted in The Constitution of Iran by Asghar Schirazi, Tauris, 1997, p.69)) Clear yet or do you need some more? Well, we can do that. “We have often proclaimed this truth in our domestic and foreign policy, namely that we have set as our goal the world-wide spread of the influence of Islam and the suppression of the rule of the world conquerors … We wish to cause the corrupt roots of Zionism, capitalism and Communism to wither throughout the world. We wish, as does Allah almighty, to destroy the systems which are based on these three foundations, and to promote the Islamic order of the Prophet … in the world of arrogance.” (source Bayan, No.4 (1990), p.8) This should clarify the aim of the Supreme Leader and Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini set for Iran during his rule and forever after this is the goal set for all Supreme Leaders and Grand Ayatollahs who may follow him. They have the design to end the rule of world conquerors by being the final world conquerors themselves. What could make any more sense? These are the thoughts, designs set for Iran which they actually plan to make these plans into reality, and they seriously believe that they were chosen by Allah to rule the entirety of the world and believe the writings in the Quran which set as the supreme effort of Islam to become the sole religion of Earth. Now the Sunni believe it should be their version of Islam, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey believes he is to be the one by reestablishing the Ottoman Empire and, of course, the Supreme Leader and Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini firmly believed that Shia Islam through Iran is to rule the world. The common thread between these rulers who believe they must conquer and subdue the world is Islam which makes it not just a religion, but also a theory of governance and a military initiative and the developed world had best take note of these delusions because they will be attempted to initiate and complete by actually conquering the world using every ability they can implement from open warfare to infiltrations, subversion, mass conversions, using the tools of democracy to vote Islam and Sharia into power and once in power ending the true democratic form of governance and replace it with the same theocracy as in Iran, as the land would be incorporated into Iran by either surrender or other form of absorption. There is a great similarity between fascism and Iranian Islam and other forms of Islam where voting is actually a sham and the real power is in the hands of the religious leadership through imposing Sharia and the absolute power of the Imams and Ayatollahs with the Supreme Leader and Grand Ayatollah being perceived as directly in line immediately below Allah and Muhammad and only to be superseded by the return of the Twelfth Imam or the coming of the Mahdi. Either would also be a signal of the end times which makes who is ruling at the time of the coming of the end times soon becomes quite irrelevant. Still, the ideas and beliefs of Ruhollah Khomeini spell out the reality about Islam and its designs on the future, namely that Islam must rule all of mankind unless prevented by those wishing not to be ruled by their theocratic hell on earth just so the afterlife will be equally pleasant as our lives were miserable.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

August 6, 2017

The Reason this War is Being Lost

 

It is very difficult to fight a war against a determined foe when much of the population simply could not care less and do not believe that there is any war being waged and that everything can be set right if we just express our regrets for perceived offences and spread sufficient love mixed with heart-felt apologies. There will be a small difficulty getting the governments involved in defending a people who hold protests claiming that we need to accept the enemy as our friends because they are simply misunderstood and that is why they lash out and commit terrorism. When a large portion of the people think that terrorism is caused by our own policies and that if we could just explain that we have changed and are no longer oppressing them, then things could be worked out and all would be roses and daisies. The reality was expressed well by Sir Salman Rushdie who said in an interview with the magazine L’Obs last June, “I am in fundamental disagreement with these left-wing people who do everything to dissociate fundamentalism from Islam. Islam has been radicalized for fifty years. When the people of the Islamic State attack, they do it by saying ‘Allahu Akbar.’ So how can we then say that this has nothing to do with Islam? It must be stopped.”

 

The French government tried a program which was doomed for failure even before the ink dried on the printout. The program, as described by Giulio Meotti, where Islamists desiring to enter this program could be assisted in what was stated as deprogramming as if they had been brainwashed by some cult. The problem is that a Salafist Muslim does not desire to be deprogrammed because they are doing exactly what Allah has commanded of them. They believe everything which was taught them by their Imams who, as the majority of Muslims in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) believe, told them that they were to follow the Medina teachings of the Quran and those teachings which contradicted the softer words of the Mecca Quran were considered abrogated. Abrogated, for the unwashed, means they may as well never have been written, but they do have a purpose which is why they have never been removed, they are there to fool the fools who rely on Muslims to teach them what is written in the Quran. The soft, peaceful words of coexistence are there so they can be quoted by CAIR and other presumably respected Islamic organizations in the Western World. The kind worlds are used to put aside suspicions and to enable Islamic organizations to claim that Islam refutes terrorism and is no different than Christianity and only want to live in peace and tranquility with their neighbors. When somebody does quote something from their holy Quran which purports violence against non-Muslims, they quote a calming Quranic verse and in a soft and reassuring tone lecture how the other person is Islamophobic and that is why they are telling such lies that Muslims commit terror attacks, after all, there have been Christians who committed terrorism against abortion providers and other such attacks. That claim is supposed to make one believe that there are just as many Christians committing terrorism as Muslims. This is propaganda which is defined in the Quran as Taqiyya.

 

Taqiyya defined in plain and simple easy to understand terms

Taqiyya defined in plain and simple easy to understand terms

 

Here is something the citizens of the Western World need to understand, there is a war of civilizations which has been waged in stages for the last fourteen-hundred-years. It began when Muhammad finally decided that his Islamic army could do far more than just robbing caravans and sharing the bounty. The idea likely came to him after his Islamic Army decimated two Jewish tribes living in the vicinity of Medina. He then returned with his army to Mecca where he took out his revenge against the very people who had rejected his religion when he preached there in his youth. After he took Mecca, he then spread across the entirety of the inhabited areas of the Arabian Peninsula and broke out into the Middle East. Then his Islamic army spread taking over Persia and pushed the weakened and failing Byzantine Empire from the Holy Lands continuing until they hit Constantinople whose walls refused their assaults. The larger part of the Islamic army took the path of least resistance across northern Africa. Soon his Islamic Army had conquered the majority of the MENA areas and had crossed the Straight of Gibraltar into Spain, which the Muslims renamed Al-Andalus (see map below).

 

Expansion of Islam Across MENA and threaten Europe before Ottoman Rule

Expansion of Islam Across MENA and threaten Europe before Ottoman Rule

 

Eventually the Islamic army reached points where the resistance prevented their further conquest. From Spain that was at Tours where Charles “the Hammer” Martel won the war and sent the Islamic army retreating back into Spain. In Eastern Europe they were stopped twice at the gates of Vienna, the more noted time in history came when the siege of Vienna was relieved by King John III Sobieski of Poland who led his entire army after receiving assurances from his neighboring countries that his Poland would be safe and not invaded. Constantinople did fall once the invention of the siege cannon (see image below) which was utilized by Sultan Mehmed II to finally breach the formerly impenetrable and massive walls of Constantinople. The Muslims renamed Constantinople Istanbul and turned the great cathedral, the Hagia Sophia, into a mosque. This was a practice used often by Islamic conquerors when they took control of religiously significant places, they either changed the structures in question into mosques or built mosques upon these locations as in Jerusalem where they placed the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque atop the Temple Mount, which they renamed the Noble Sanctuary, as they were unsure of the exact location of the two Jewish Temples and so covered as much area as they could. They have since in the recent past used heavy equipment to dig down and destroy any and all evidence they are able in order to destroy evidence of the previous Jewish presence.

 

Great Turkish Bombard Siege Cannon Utilized by Mehmed II in his Siege and Breaking of the Impenetrable Great Walls of Constantinople

Great Turkish Bombard Siege Cannon
Utilized by Mehmed II in his Siege
and Breaking of the Impenetrable
Great Walls of Constantinople

 

So, why give this information about history as it is all behind us and nobody lives with such dreams of world conquest any longer. Well, that applies to the industrial and advanced Western World but not so much in the rest of the world. One example is North Korea’s Kim Jong-un who desires to take over South Korea and Japan, as a starter, and take down the United States so there will be nothing to prevent him and those he sees as friends, Russia and China, from conquering the world. The Muslims are of a different sort as the Quran tells them that Allah has commanded them to fight the unbelievers until none worship except those who worship Allah.

 

Qur’an (3:83) – “Are they seeking a religion other than Allah’s, when every soul in the heavens and the earth has submitted to Him, willingly or by compulsion?”
Quran (8:38-39) – “Say to those who have disbelieved, if they cease (from disbelief) their past will be forgiven… And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and polytheism: i.e. worshipping others besides Allah) and the religion (worship) will all be for Allah Alone [in the whole of the world]. But if they cease (worshipping others besides Allah), then certainly, Allah is All-Seer of what they do.”
Quran (9:29) – “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”

 

There is even a special abrogation which speaks specifically about the need for the warriors of Islam to fight and kill Jews otherwise the end times would never come. This is particularly troubling because the majority of Muslims desire the coming of the end times and the perfection of earth as these times are when the armies of Islam will be led to their final conquest of all the peoples of the Earth. But they will not be permitted this time where all they see becomes theirs for the taking in conquest but as this time can only come while they fight the Jews, guess what many Muslims desire to do in order to facilitate the coming of the Mahdi, the coming of the end times, they desire fighting and killing Jews and listening hoping the rocks and trees call out to them, that would be the finest of events they could ever experience. The verse is below.

 

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “The Hour will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them. The Jews will hide behind rocks and trees, and the rocks and trees will say: ‘O Muslim, O slave of Allah! There is a Jews behind me, come and kill him!’ (All the trees will say this except for the Gharqad (box-thorn), for it is one of the trees of the Jews.’” (Reported by Imam Ahmad; it is a Sahih Hadith)

 

But all too many of the political class will continue to speak of Islam as the “religion of peace” because to allow the truth to be known generally would then mean the populace would demand protection and that something be done to force Islam to go through a reformation such as the one Christianity experienced with the coming of the modern world and the obvious conclusion that they could never conquer the world, no single Christian sect could conquer the world and were finally tired of murdering one another. The Jews had that realization when the Judeans were conquered by the Babylonians who were conquered by the Persians who permitted the Jews to return to their lands and rebuild the Holy Temple but only as a Persian province paying their taxes. The Persians were conquered by Alexander and the Greeks who were conquered by the Romans who dispersed the Jews in two separate waves, the second including the renaming of their lands as the Romans were intent on erasing the Jews as they had the Carthaginians before them. The Jews crime was simply, revolts which cost Rome dearly, one of which actually cast the Romans from the lands of Judea for a brief period until the Romans arrived with sufficient legion to decimate any resistance. It is unknown how many tribes of peoples the Romans dispersed in such manner, as the history of the Roman period is incomplete. We know of the Carthaginians because of the Three Punic Wars which are well documented in history and we know about the Judeans because the Jews remain a distinct people to this day and actually managed to return to their ancient homelands under their own rule after more than two-thousand-years.

 

The Islamic armies, as noted in the first map spread over time reaching a maximum sometime between 1000 and 1250 depending on whether you are looking at the eastern or the western end of their empire, their Caliphates. Then came an uprising of a tribe in northeastern Turkey, the Ottomans who spread over the Islamic Caliphate making the new Islamic empire called the Ottoman Empire, which is the empire that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan desires reestablishing. For the record, President Erdoğan is another of those who dreams of empire and eventual world domination for him and his nation which would likely rename itself the Second Ottoman Empire. Below are the maps of the expansion of the Ottoman Empire. Their empire ascended from 1300 through almost 1700.

 

Ottoman Empire Ascending includes Golden Age of Islam

Ottoman Empire Ascending includes Golden Age of Islam

 

The Ottoman Empire stood while slowly shrinking until it met its final run when they allied with Germany and the Austria-Hungarian Empire in World War I. They were among the defeated and their remaining areas carved up via an agreement between France and Britain known as the Sykes-Picot Agreement. The slow shrinking of the Ottoman Empire up to World War I is shown in the map below.

 

Ottoman Empire in Decline 1800 through 1914 and Start of World War I

Ottoman Empire in Decline 1800 through 1914 and Start of World War I

 

After World War I and through World War II and for years beyond until around 1962 the Europeans released their colonies leaving us with the current boundaries existing today. That map can be seen below with dates and whose colonies were whose. The two exceptions are Iran which had a revolution in 1979 and Syria which is in the process of dissolution presently. Another change is the dividing of the Sudan with South Sudan, the non-Muslim areas, breaking off in an attempt to end a civil war which had claimed numerous slaughters. Morocco is currently in conflict with Western Sahara and Iraq and Yemen are currently unstable.

 

Dates that the MENA nations received their independence after colonial rule many since the times of the Persians or even earlier

Dates that the MENA nations received their independence after colonial rule many since the times of the Persians or even earlier

 

There are numerous other conflicts which can be traced around the MENA nations on virtually every from where Islam exists and in the majority of world conflicts from the Philippines to Europe and Western Sahara and as far south as Nigeria, Mali, Sudan, Somalia and even into northwestern China, Afghanistan, Chechnya, the Caucuses and the Balkans. But your leaders will claim that Islam is the religion of peace and it is their neighbors who must be responsible for these conflicts. The evidence is currently burgeoning throughout Europe where the same terrorist tactics which have plagued Israel since the 1920’s when the idea of a Jewish State was first mentioned in the Balfour Declarations and codified in the San Remo Conference and then the Treaty of Sèvres and finalized with the British Mandate with Israel finally receiving her independence in 1948. Look around the world, read the international news, search Boko Haram and Nigeria or the Philippines and Mindanao or just Islam and wars and allow your own mind figure things for yourself rather than believe the same politicians who lie and break promises like most of us change our socks. Trust yourself and not what you are spoon fed by a media which has been shown to promote an idea of their own making for what you need to know. Ronald Reagan said it best when he stated, “Trust but verify.” Why alter perfection.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

January 14, 2015

It’s Time to Play Let’s Make an Excuse Game

 

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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