Protesters have attacked Western embassies in
Protesters also clashed with police in
Islam is “a legitimate subject of historical inquiry. I think there’s a degree to which Muslims, far more than Christians, have felt that the foundation myths of their religion are somehow historical fact, and it seems to me that they’re clearly not.” Tom Holland, author, Islam: The Untold Story. The BBC has cancelled the screening of a documentary about the history of Islam after the presenter was threatened with physical violence.
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
They say “Jews control the world.” Strangely, after 64 years of independence, Jews are still not even in control of their own country. We are still terrorised by Arabs and most of our land is still occupied by enemies. Let us give up imaginary control of the world and take control of our own land and destiny!
Pakistani Federal Minister for Railways Ghulam Ahmed Bilour announced a $100,000 bounty for the killing of the
person who produced an online film that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad. He
also asked the Taliban and al-Qaida to extend support to the would-be killer.
The minister said whoever is responsible for blasphemy deserves death:
"The American who produced the sacrilegious film in the
Obama Plans to Free Terrorists, but not Pollard
President Barack Obama is about to release or transfer 55 Gitmo
prisoners, despite reports that the Libyan believed to be behind the killing of
US Ambassador Christopher Stevens was a former
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas warned that the standstill in peace could lead to PA Arabs being left in an Israeli-run apartheid state. "Without a tangible shift from a conflict management approach towards a just and lasting political agreement... Israelis and Palestinians will inevitably slide into one state governed by the principles of apartheid." (He is right! PA wants to remove all Jews from Judea and Samaria, like they were transferred from Gaza - why can’t Israel transfer them out? The only way avoid the "apartheid state” is for Israel to start working on transferring all Arabs and fake Palestinians from Jewish land, by implementing the Sinai option!)
The US has decided to remove the Iranian dissident group Mujahadin-e Khalq (MEK) from its list of terrorist organisations. Many members of the MEK are stranded in Iraq, even as the group fell out of Baghdad's favour after the fall of Saddam Hussein. The MEK, also known as the People's Mujahideen Organisation of Iran (PMOI), led a guerrilla campaign against the US-backed Shah of Iran during the 1970s, and also opposed Iran's religious leaders who replaced the shah. (Many Islamic ‘insurgence’ groups are still not recognised as terrorist organisations by US and some European countries!)
Hamas leaders Mahmoud A-Zahar and Deputy commander of its military arm Marwan Issa spent the second week of September in Beirut and Tehran finalising and signing protocols covering a detailed and binding commitment by the radical Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip to join Iran, Syria and Hizballah in a war on Israel.
In his speech to the UN, US President
Barack Obama clarifies his position on
PA official has expressed outrage over Jewish bar mitzvah celebrations at the
Western Wall (Kotel). Ahmed Kariya,
head of a PA committee on
Bibi Shelving Levy Report
The historic Levy Report declared that Judea and Samaria are not “occupied,” and that Israelis have the legal right to live in the area. However, in the weeks since, it has been quietly pushed aside. The report’s findings have not been the subject of discussion in government - not even in the ministerial committee for settlement.
According even to Libya's president, an anti-Islam film that sparked violent protests in many countries had "nothing to do with" a deadly attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi earlier this month. "Reaction should have been, if it was genuine, six months earlier. So it was postponed until the 11th of September." Magarief said there were no protesters at the site before the attack, which he noted came in two assaults, first with rocket-propelled grenades on the consulate, then with mortars at a safe house. "It's a pre-planned act of terrorism," he said. (It is obvious, but Obama is still making apologies, even in UN!)
Quote of the Week:
“The world tells
by Husain Haqqani,
professor of international relations at Boston University
and Pakistan's former ambassador to the US.
…the mob violence and assaults should be seen for what they really are: an effort by Islamists to garner support and mobilise their base by exacerbating anti-Western sentiments. When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tried to calm Muslims by denouncing the video, she was unwittingly playing along with the ruse the radicals set up.
…Protests orchestrated on the pretext of slights and offences against Islam have been part of Islamist strategy for decades. Iran's ayatollahs built an entire revolution around anti-Americanism. While the Iranian revolution was underway in 1979, Pakistan's Islamists whipped up crowds by spreading rumors that the Americans had forcibly occupied Islam's most sacred site, the Ka'aba or the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Pakistani protesters burned the US Embassy in Islamabad… In each case, the insult to Islam or its prophet was first publicised by Islamists themselves so they could use it as justification for planned violence. …the political intent of Islamists for whom every perceived affront to Islam is an opportunity to exploit an issue to wedge for their own empowerment.
…And insults, real or hyped, are not the problem. At the heart of Muslim street violence is the frustration of the world's Muslims over their steady decline for three centuries, a decline that has coincided with the rise and spread of the West's military, economic and intellectual prowess.
During the 800 years of Muslim ascendancy beginning in the eighth century - in Southern Europe, North Africa and much of Western Asia - Muslims did not riot to protest non-Muslim insults against Islam or its prophet. There is no historic record of random attacks against non-Muslim targets in retaliation for a non-Muslim insulting Prophet Muhammad, though there are many books derogatory toward Islam's prophet that were written in the era of Islam's great empires.
...A religion is what its followers make it, and Muslims opting for violence have chosen to paint their faith as one that is prone to anger. Frustration with their inability to succeed in the competition between nations also has led some Muslims to seek symbolic victories.
Yet the momentary triumph of burning another country's flag or setting on fire a Western business or embassy building is a poor but widespread substitute for global success that eludes the modern world's 1.5 billion Muslims (for example, the 57 member states of the Organization of Islamic Conference account for one-fifth of the world's population but their combined gross domestic product is less than 7% of global output). Violent protest represents the lower rung of the ladder of rage; terrorism is its higher form.
…Muslims blame everyone but themselves for this situation. The image of an ascendant West belittling Islam with the view to eliminate it serves as a convenient explanation for Muslim weakness.
…Only in a free democratic environment will the world's Muslims be able to debate the causes of their powerlessness, which stirs in them greater anger than any specific action on the part of Islam's Western detractors. Until then, the US would do well to remember Osama bin Laden's comment not long after the Sept. 11 attacks: "When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature they will like the strong horse." America should do nothing that enables Islamists to portray the nation as the weak horse.