Monday, June 29, 2009

Swedish translation of the correspondence between the last Persian king and his Muslim conqueror

Erik Hellsborn has translated the 7th century letter from Caliph Umar to the defeated Persian Shah, as well as the Shah's spirited but futile rebuttal. I discuss these documents in my video "What's In A Letter?"

Find the Swedish translation here. Thanks Erik.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Third Jihad: Radical Islam's Vision for America

"The Third Jihad" is a feature-length film released by the Clarion Fund, the same folks who produced "Obsession" a few years ago. The main narrator is Zuhdi Jasser, a man who may be the only true "moderate Muslim" on earth. Many in the Counterjihad have been highly critical of Jasser and the film because they use the term "radical Islam" rather than blaming the orthodox tenets of Islam itself for Jihadist violence. Though I do believe that mainstream interpretation of the Koran itself is the root of Islamic violence, I also believe that it's important to support Jasser because he is a Muslim who is willing to confront all aspects of Jihad honestly (including subtler forms like the legal jihad, prison conversion, and academic propaganda). The man has certainly put his life on the line to oppose Jihad, so if he insists believes in a mythical peaceful version of Islam let him believe in it. The important part is that he is a patriotic American of Muslim heritage alerting the population to real threats.

UPDATE: Looks like the videos were removed shortly after I embedded them. In lieu of them the abridged version is below:










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Thai PM in favor of Sharia law for southern Thailand

From Jihad Watch:

More on this story. While the prime minister says Sharia's criminal law aspects would not be considered, validating the jihadists' reason for fighting and granting a partial concession will only embolden them to fight for more. Then there is the matter of the inequality enshrined in the Sharia law in general. Suppose, for example, a woman in Yala would rather have her inheritance decided under Thai law, because she is, after all, Thai. Also unresolved is the legal status of non-Muslims, a particularly slippery slope which the country's Buddhist organizations seem to recognize.

"PM favours admin zone for South," by Wassana Nanuam and Waedao Hari for the Bangkok Post, June 15:


The government is exploring the idea of proclaiming the South's three predominantly Muslim provinces a special administrative zone as a solution to the region's unrest.

But even before the idea has been fully explored, Buddhist organisations yesterday came out in opposition.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday said during his weekly television talk show that turning Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat into a special administrative zone would be acceptable to the government. However, the proposal must be in line with the constitution.

He also warned that the proposed term "special administrative zone" must not create a misleading impression.

"The term could lead to confusion," he said. "Some even go so far as to call it a self-rule area, which is not so," Mr Abhisit said.

"The primary requirement is that it [the special zone] must come under the constitution. Thailand is an indivisible kingdom."

The prime minister said some forms of special administration in terms of the economic and financial management would be acceptable.

He said the application of certain Islamic shariah laws regarding inheritance and other family affairs in the proposed area was possible, although Islamic laws regarding criminal offences would not be considered.

"But the issue of direct election of their own leaders is not certain," he said.

The prime minister said he had information of the existence of insurgent groups but details of their structure as an organisation and their line of command were sketchy.

The government would not negotiate with insurgents....


Also from Jihad Watch: Thailand: Jihad against Buddhist construction workers.

For more on this subject check out Islamic Crusades 4: Lessons From the Thai Jihad:



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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Obama's disgraceful silence on Iran

Amir Fakhravar is an Iranian dissident, writer, and the Secretary General of the Confederation of Iranian Students in Washington, DC. Before coming to the US in 2006, Amir was jailed in Iran for his pro-democracy activities. Read Phil Klein's interview at http://spectator.org/archives/2009/06... and Amir's blog at http://fakhravar.com/. Here he addresses the Center for Security Policy's National Security Lunch meeting on the situation in Iran.



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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Gingrich: Why doesn't America believe the messages Iran is sending us?



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Scenes from the new revolution in Iran

Is Mir Hossein Mousavi a pro-Western savior? Maybe not. But among other reforms he wants to free the Iranian media from government control. He supports Iran's nuclear program, as do the majority of nationalist Iranians regardless of their religious zeal. But unlike Ahmadinejad he probably sees it as a deterrent and a key to regional hegemony, rather than the means to provoke an apocalyptic nuclear exchange with Israel and the West.

Regardless, it's heartening to see the Iranian people take to the streets and oppose a regime that aspires to genocide. Remember, unlike the self-righteous leftist agitators who regularly took to the streets against President Bush, these people are actually risking their lives and the lives of their families.

Subscribe to Iran Tube for the latest protest videos.

WARNING: SOME OF THIS IS VERY GRAPHIC







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Thursday, June 11, 2009

United Against Nuclear Iran

I had never heard of this organization before. Check out their website here. This video sums up the case against Iran effectively and succinctly. Featured interviewees include James Woolsey, Dennis Ross, Richard Holbrooke and Fouad Ajami:



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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Vlad Tepes analyzes the Arkansas atrocity

Includes extended footage of the Muslim "counter-protester" who showed up to defame the dead soldier. I had not seen the part where she pulls out the "Jews in the media" chestnut. From Vlad Tepes:



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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Insight into the Islamic worldview

Often Islamic advocacy groups have a hard time denouncing specific Jihadist organizations. CAIR has refused to condemn any terrorist organization (other than al-Qaeda) by name. For example, they have never condemned the actions of Hamas or Hezbollah. When pressed by reporters they often give a generalized response such as: "Islam condemns the murder of innocents in all circumstances."

The recent Muslim convert who shot an army recruit to death in Arkansas confirms that CAIR and others are not lying when they say they condemn the murder of "innocents." They just have a different definition of "innocent."



"I don't think it was murder, because murder is when a person kills another person without justified reason... and what I did is Islamic justified and also justified by common sense..."

- Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, Arkansas Jihadist


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Michael Savage on Obama's shameful Cairo performance

Found at the Minority Report:



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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Bangladesh: Muslim woman caned for talking to Hindu man

More Islamic supremacism in Bangladesh. For an overview of the problems on the Indian subcontinent check out Islamic Crusades 7: India's Modern Struggle. The following is from Jihad Watch:

DHAKA (AFP) — A Muslim mother has been caned for talking to a Hindu man in Bangladesh, police said Saturday, prompting fresh concerns about a rise in cases of harsh treatment of women under strict Islamic law.

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"The villagers got bundles of 25 sticks and hit her four times on the back. They claimed it was a symbolic punishment. But she's humiliated and has been in great mental pain," Monowar said.

It was the third such reported case in two weeks in the country and stirred concern among women's groups in Muslim-majority but officially secular Bangladesh about what they say is a rise in brutal treatment of women under locally applied Islamic laws.


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Saturday, June 6, 2009

A skeptic's guide to President Obama's Cairo speech

I must say, this speech was hard to stomach. So much pandering, so many historical inaccuracies, so many half-truths, distortions and outright lies. One could write a book on the flaws of this shameful excuse for a speech, but for now I'm analyzing the most glaring inaccuracies in the first ten minutes.



As is customary a full transcript follows:



“I am honored to be in the timeless city of Cairo”

Cairo is not a timeless city. Jerusalem has been a permanent settlement for an estimated 5,000 years. Rome was founded about 2,800 years ago. These are timeless cities. Cairo is barely 1,000 years old. The ancient capital of Egypt moved dozens of times, to sites ranging up and down the Nile River valley; none of them were Cairo. Then Alexandria, founded by Alexander the Great, served as Egypt’s Capital for nearly 1,000 years (332BC-641AD), until the Arab Islamic conquest in 641AD. At that point the Arab military commander founded a garrison-city called Fustat to administrate the newly conquered territory. It wasn’t until 969AD that Cairo was founded nearby, and not until 1169AD that it became Egypt’s permanent capital.


“The relationship between Islam and the West includes centuries of coexistence and cooperation, but also conflict and religious wars.”

The conflict and religious wars you speak of started shortly after Mohammed’s death in 632 AD. Muslim armies invaded and overran about half of the existing Christian world in the space of one century. The Islamic caliphate steamrolled over the Middle Eastern and North African domains of the Byzantine Empire, and an Islamic army crossed into Spain in the year 711AD, invading European territory unprovoked nearly 300 years before the First Crusade, and about 800 years before the beginning of the European colonial period. But of course the aggression was not only directed at the West and Christians. Islamic armies also conquered the ancient empire of Persia and by the dawn of the 8th century had carved out a foothold into the Indian subcontinent, slaughtering Zoroastrians, Buddhists and Hindus along the way.


“More recently, tension has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations.”

What about the rights denied to infidels in Muslim-dominated lands for the past 1,400 years? What about their aspirations? The Christians and Jews in the Mediterranean world were relatively lucky. The Koran granted them "protected” status as Dhimmis. This was protection in the mafia sense, except the terms were much harsher. As people of the book, they were allowed to live as long as they paid exorbitant taxes, submitted to constant public humiliation, forfeited their legal rights and did not build any new Churches or Synagogues, or even repair existing structures. The non-monotheist civilizations to the East had it much worse. Mercy was the exception; the rule was slaughter and the abject destruction of their holy places.

And why do you only mention European colonialism? Why not Islamic colonialism which started earlier and lasted longer? Let’s take the example of the country from which you chose to address the Muslim world. Egypt was held by European colonial empires for a total of 43 years: Napolean’s army briefly held the territory from 1798-1801, and the United Kingdom ruled from 1882-1922. Now let’s look about 200 miles across the Mediterranean, to a Christian country called Greece. Greece was occupied by the Islamic Ottoman Empire from the mid-1400’s through the year 1821: about 400 years, or about ten times longer than Egypt was occupied by the West. And Greece was just one province of the European portion of the Ottoman Empire, which occupied the entirety of the Balkan Peninsula and beyond. They ruled over the largely Christian inhabitants of this area for centuries, periodically pushing into central Europe as far as Vienna, and threatening to extinguish Christian civilization in Europe completely. And yet today, we don’t see Greeks or Slavs flying planes into buildings in Istanbul, or blowing up buses in Cairo.


“Our second President, John Adams, wrote, "The United States has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Muslims."

Fair enough, but unfortunately for us this feeling wasn't mutual. John Adams accompanied Thomas Jefferson to England in 1786 to speak to the ambassador of the Islamic state of Tripoli in London. These two revered founders of our nation were in Europe to ascertain why Islamic pirates were attacking American merchant ships in the Atlantic and Mediterranean and enslaving their crews for no apparent reason. They reported the Tripolitan ambassador’s reasoning to the Continental Congress:

“ ... that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman (Muslim) who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise. ”

This puts us 10 minutes into Obama's 55-minute speech, and I'm already getting queasy.


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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Robert Spencer discusses the Jihadist attack in Arkansas on the Savage Nation

Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch spoke to Michael Savage last night on the June 3, 2009 broadcast of the Savage Nation. The main topic was the recent shooting at an Arkansas Army recruitment center that killed one soldier and wounded another. Spencer discusses the attack in the context of Islamic Jihad and the Muslim Brotherhood, a task the MSM would never dare do.



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Monday, June 1, 2009

Mitt in 2012!

It's hard to stay positive during this horror-show of a presidency... especially when the expected Republican candidates for 2012 leave so much to be desired (Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal).

I forgot about Mitt! This video reminded me. The man is intelligent, prudent and understands security threats better than any other major politician. I would vote for him based on the strength of his foreign policy/military analysis in this video alone. Watch:



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Ahmadiyya persecution in Bangladesh

More information on religious persecution in Bangladesh, this time aimed at a minority sect within Islam. Find dozens more full-length Islam-related videos at this wonderful resource called Kitman TV.



The description from Kitman TV:

This is the documentary about the continuous agitation of the Khatme Nabuwwat movement on the Bengali Ahmadis residing in Bangladesh. the video speaks for itself. Khatme Nabuwwat is an offspring of Jamaat-e-Islam Party, the fundamentalists and extremists who only practice Islam in the name and desire to gain political power by using violence.

This is how the moderate Muslims are treated within Islam.

Here is a link to an Ebook containing more information on the state sponsored persecution of Ahmadiyyas in Pakistan and other Islamic states:

http://sites.google.com/site/kitmantv/Home/TrueIslamicConceptofJihad...pdf?attredirects=0


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