The Muslim Rape of Christian Nuns

Posted August 28, 2014 by danmillerinpanama
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The Muslim Rape of Christian Nuns, Front Page Magazine, August 28, 2014

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[R]aped nuns is a phenomenon that goes back centuries.

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Despite how unsavory and barbaric Islamic groups and persons around the world have been acting—whether Nigeria’s Boko Haram, Mesopotamia’s Islamic State, Somalia’s Shabaab—perhaps few things are as disgusting and cowardly as the Muslim rape of nuns: defenseless Christian women who sacrifice much of their lives to help sick and needy Muslims.

The latest such attack comes from Bangladesh, which is over 90% Muslim in population.  In early July, dozens of men armed with machetes, knives and iron rods attacked the convent of PIME (Pontifical Institute of Foreign Missions nuns in Boldipuku), a village mission in north Bangladesh.

In the words of Bishop Sebastian Tudu “the nuns were beaten and molested, ending when police arrived.”

Catholic Online has the complete story:

[S]ome 60 men attempted to loot the building and rape the nuns… The attackers first tied the hands and legs of the mission’s two night watchmen and gagged them in the early morning hours. They then broke down the door of the room where the assistant pastor Father Anselmo Marandy was sleeping. They then raided the convent located in the mission campus…. Three PIME nuns suffered attempted rape and were sent to their provincial house in Dhaka, the national capital where they are trying to overcome the shock and mental suffering.  “It’s very sad that the sisters cannot continue to work for the people, but our sisters are no longer safe,” Rosaline Costa, a Catholic human rights activist lamented.  Local Christians are currently living in fear since the attack. Christians form only 0.8 percent of Dinajpur district’s three million people.

Although some of those quoted in the Catholic Online report say that this attack is “unprecedented,” the fact is, raped nuns is a phenomenon that goes back centuries.   According to Muslim historian Taqi al-Din al-Maqrizi (1364-1442), during his raids on then Christian-majority Egypt, Caliph Marwan II (r.744–50) “made captive a number of women from among the nuns of several convents. And he tried to seduce one of them.”

The account describes how the enslaved nun tricked him into killing her, by claiming she had a magic oil that make skin impenetrable: “She then took some oil and anointed herself with it; then stretched out her neck, which he smote with the sword, and made her head fly.  He then understood that she preferred death to defilement.”

Writing in the 10th century, the Coptic chronicler Severus ibn Muqaffa records that “the Arabs [i.e., Muslims] in the land of Egypt had ruined the country….  They burnt the fortresses and pillaged the provinces, and killed a multitude of the saintly monks who were in them [monasteries] and they violated a multitude of the virgin nuns and killed some of them with the sword.”

After the Islamic conquest of Constantinople in 1453, according to eyewitness accounts, “Monasteries and Convents were broken in. Their tenants were killed, nuns were raped, many, to avoid dishonor, killed themselves. Killing, raping, looting, burning, enslaving, went on and on according to tradition.”

Such is history—expunged as it is in the modern West—even as it repeats itself today. Thus, in August 2013, after torching a Franciscan school in Egypt, “Islamists,” in the words of the AP, “paraded three nuns on the streets like ‘prisoners of war’” and “Two other women working at the school were sexually harassed and abused as they fought their way through a mob.”

Indeed, the rise in attacks on Christian nuns throughout the Islamic world further demonstrates that they are no more inviolable than other “infidel” women:

•Somalia: In response to Pope Benedict’s historical quotes which, like so many other things so enraged the Islamic world, Muslims in Somalia shot Leonella Sgarbati—a 66-year-old nun who had devoted 30 years of her life working in Africa—in her back.  Her last words before dying in hospital were: “I forgive; I forgive.”

•Pakistan: In September 2012, gunmen on motorbikes dressed in green (Islam’s color) opened fire on the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cathedral in Hyderabad, murdering at least 28 people.  Their immediate target was a nun, Mother Christina.

•Libya: In February 2013, after the fall of Col. Gaddafi, Islamic rebels threatened nuns into fleeing the nation. They had been there since 1921, focused primarily on helping the sick and needy.

•Palestinian Authority: Last year, nuns of the Greek-Orthodox monastery in Bethany sent a letter to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urging him to respond to the escalation of attacks on the Christian house, including the throwing of stones, broken glass, theft and looting of the monastery property.

•Philippines: In an article discussing a Christmas Day church bombing in a Muslim-majority region, we learn that the jihadi group responsible “has been blamed for several bomb attacks on the Roman Catholic cathedral in Jolo since the early 2000s and for kidnapping priests and nuns.”

•Guinea: In June 2013, during a mob-led frenzy, Christians and their churches were savagely attacked in the Muslim-majority nation—with some 95 Christians slain and 130 wounded—including “the quarters of the nuns, [which] was looted before being torched.”

•Syria: Islamic rebels forcibly abducted 13 Christian nuns and three maids, holding them captive for three months.  They were finally released after the Bashar government agreed to release some 150 female criminals in exchange.

The above examples come from several countries that have little in common with one another—neither race, language, culture, nor economics—only Islam.

That alone should say something.

But no matter.  Far from discussing Islamic history and doctrine, and how they tie to current events—especially the subhuman treatment of non-Muslim “infidels”—the predominant Western mentality simply dismisses Muslim violence as the West’s fault, or, in the words of ex-nun Karen Armstrong and Islamic apologist extraordinaire, “We did this.” Armstrong—who quit the nunnery only to engage in pro-Islamic mummery—insists that what’s needed is for us to focus more on “Muslim pain, Muslim suffering.”

Such, according to the leftist mentality, are the “real” reasons why, wherever Muslim-majorities live near non-Muslim minorities, from the dawn of Islam till today, the latter are being attacked into extinction.

Analysis: A new wakeup call for Israel

Posted August 28, 2014 by Peter
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Analysis: A new wakeup call for Israel

The rebel takeover of the Syrian Golan shows how changing events affect Israel’s security doctrine

Twelve hours after Israelis sighed in relief as the ceasefire in the Gaza war appeared to take hold, they awoke Wednesday morning to realize that a new source of concern had emerged on their northern border. Syrian opposition forces, after fierce battles with the Syrian army, had taken over Syria’s Quneitra border crossing with Israel on the Golan Heights.

The crossing is the only official gate between Syria and Israel, manned by the United Nations Disengagement Observation Force since the end of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war. Reports that the Nusra Front – Islamists identified with al-Qaida and supported by Saudi Arabia and Qatar – were the ones who had seized control of the area only increased Israeli concern. That concern was somewhat eased hours later, when new reports suggested that the secular unit of the Free Syrian Army was in control of the crossing, rather than the fundamentalist Muslim group.

Nevertheless, the incidents in Quneitra are a wake-up call for Israel, demonstrating how the changing events in the Middle East, from the advances of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, to turmoil in Libya and the Gaza war, are affecting old Israeli security doctrines and stability.

For three and a-half years, Israel tried to stay away from the Syrian civil war, having one ultimate interest in mind: maintaining security and stability on the border and preserving the daily routine of Israel’s rural communities in the Golan Heights, captured from Syria in the Six Day War of June 1967. On occasion, Israel interfered in the war when its intelligence uncovered attempts by President Bashar Assad’s regime to supply weapons – mainly long-range Iranian or Syrian-made missiles – to Hezbollah as payment for the Shiite Lebanese movement’s support in fighting the rebels.

The Israeli Air Force attacked such supply convoys and weapons depots six times, but never claimed responsibility for the actions. This provided a deniability that also enabled the Syrian government to turn a blind eye to the blatant Israeli violations of its sovereignty and thus to avoid any need to retaliate.

In other instances, Israel responded with mild artillery fire whenever errant fire or mortars landed on the Israeli side of the border as a result of the clashes between opposition forces and the Syrian army. Israel believed it was thus preserving its deterrence vis-à-vis the Syrian government, without humiliating the Assad regime. But in the last year, the opposition forces – the Nusra Front and the Free Syrian Army – have taken over most of the Syrian army positions on the Golan areas bordering Israel. As of Wednesday, they control virtually all of the 100-kilometer area along the border.

In light of these evolving events, Israel has been reaching out to opposition forces to prevent them from turning hostile. It opened a field hospital on the border and has in the last year treated more than 1,000 wounded Syrian combatants and civilians. On the face of it, this is a humanitarian gesture, but it also helps Israel maintain good neighborly relations with the opposition forces in Syria, hoping to ensure that the border stays relatively calm.

Nevertheless, other hostile elements such as the Islamic State are also gaining strength in the region. These forces are small and insignificant in the parts of Syria near Israel, but hold a potential threat to the stability of what has been Israel’s quietest border for decades.

At the same time, these and other regional events in Iraq and Kurdistan also provide an opportunity for new alliances. It was revealed this week that Iran is supplying Iraqi Kurdish authorities with ammunition and weapons to repel the IS. Israel, a traditional ally of the Kurds, is also still assisting them in the security and military field. For the first time since 1979, when Iran overthrew the Shah and became an Islamic republic which termed Israel the “small Satan,” the two countries find themselves supporting the same side on one of the Middle East’s major fronts.

Israel may now be having second thoughts, too, about events in Syria and might prefer – maybe even passively support – that the Assad regime remain in power despite the fact that its long-sworn enemies, Iran and Hezbollah, are allied with Damascus.

Yossi Melman is an Israeli security and intelligence commentator and co-author of “Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel’s Secret Wars”.

Golan Heights residents fear Syria conflict creeping closer

Posted August 28, 2014 by danmillerinpanama
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Golan Heights residents fear Syria conflict creeping closer, Israel Hayom, Danny Brenner, August 28, 2014

“Who will pay the price? All the residents of the Golan Heights. The militants of ISIS will not differentiate between us. They will kill everyone. We see videos on TV, Facebook. The danger is getting closer to us,” Golan resident Badi’a Ahmed says.

Smoke rises in Golan HeightsSmoke rises from explosions in the Golan Heights caused by nearby fighting in Syria | Photo credit: JINI

Residents of the Golan Heights say fighting across the border in conflict-torn Syria is creeping closer to them.

Syrian rebels, including fighters from an al-Qaida-linked group, seized control of a frontier crossing with Israel in the Golan Heights on Wednesday after heavy clashes with Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces, activists and rebels said.

On Wednesday, stray fire from the fighting resulted in an Israeli officer and a civilian being wounded. The officer was moderately wounded by an errant mortar round and the civilian suffered light wounds from an errant Syrian tank shell which hit a kibbutz winery he was working at. The officer was airlifted to a local hospital.

Shortly after the incident, local media reported that Syrian rebels took hold of the Quneitra border crossing.

“Who will pay the price? All the residents of the Golan Heights. The militants of ISIS will not differentiate between us. They will kill everyone. We see videos on TV, Facebook. The danger is getting closer to us,” Golan Heights resident Badi’a Ahmed said.

Another resident of Golan Heights, Khaled Safadi also worried. “This is the reality that danger is getting close to us,” he said.

Shelling from the Syrian civil war has occasionally spilled over onto the Golan, including what Israel has said were deliberate attacks on its troops.

Shimon Ben Shushan, 25, from Katzrin, was standing mere feet from his father when a tank shell fired from Syria exploded in the kibbutz winery they were in and lightly wounded his father. According to Ben Shushan, a half hour before the tank shell exploded there had been another explosion in the western part of the Kibbutz and as a result the owner of the winery decided to evacuate his family members who were there at the time.

“A half hour later the shell hit the winery,” Ben Shushan said on Wednesday. “I was with my father in the production area of the factory. My father, who is in charge of assuring the winery’s kashrut, got out of the production area seconds before the shell exploded in the office. I ran to see what happened and was engulfed by a gray cloud of dust and there was a sharp smell of gunpowder in the area. My father was lucky to be standing between wine barrels,” he said.

Ben Shushan’s father was in the office only 15 seconds before the tank shell exploded in it. “It was a real miracle. The explosion caused ricochets to fly everywhere and one of them cut my dad on the back of his neck.” Ben Shushan says his father was saved by standing between the wine barrels.

While the Syrian army has a presence on the Golan, some areas are controlled by rebels fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad, including al Qaida-inspired militants hostile to Israel.

Kenan Mohammed, a spokesman for the Western-backed Syrian opposition, said rebels aimed to push Assad’s troops from all of Quneitra. He also said opposition forces posed no threat to Israel.

“Our aim isn’t Israel right now, and we in the [Free Syrian Army] haven’t targeted Israeli lands,” he said, adding that the rebels’ focus is on Assad and the extremist Islamic State group. “The matter of Israel — it’s not for now, and it’s more political.”

Israeli forces caught up in Al Qaeda’s complex toils in both Golan and Gaza

Posted August 28, 2014 by danmillerinpanama
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Israeli forces caught up in Al Qaeda’s complex toils in both Golan and Gaza. DEBKAfile, August 28, 2014

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The cross-border incident on the Golan Wednesday, Aug. 27, in which an Israeli officer was injured by stray fire from the fighting between Syrian army and rebel forces near Quneitra, put this battle zone on the front pages. However,DEBKAfile’s military sources report that this incident, fought by only 300 combatants on each side backed by 10 tanks, had no real military importance for the Syrian conflict at large. The Syrian army, helped by Iran and Hizballah, is winning and the rebel side is crumbling.

The battle for Qoneitra, fought 200 meters from the Israeli border, is much more important as a touchstone in quite a different setting, that concerns not only Israel but the complicated US posture against the many-headed Al Qaeda peril in the Middle East.

The US, Jordan and Israel are quietly backing the mixed bag of some 30 Syrian rebel factions which Tuesday, Aug. 26, seized control of the Syrian side of the Quneitra crossing, the only transit point between Israeli and Syrian Golan. However – here comes the rub – Al Qaeda elements have permeated all those factions.

The crossing is formally under the control of UNDOF, an international peacekeeping force, which too is falling apart as contingents are recalled by their governments.

Damascus hit back at the rebels Thursday, Aug. 28, by sending the Syrian air force to destroy the new rebel positions. This was a flagrant contravention of Israel-Syrian armistice agreements. The Israeli air force might have been justified in scrambling to combat the Syrian air incursion, but was not ordered to do so.

This appeared to contradict a fact which Israel has kept very dark: The 30 or so Syrian rebel offensive to wrest Quneitra would have stood no chance without Israel’s aid – not just in medical care for their injured, but also in limited supplies of arms, intelligence and food. Israel acted as a member, along with the US and Jordan, of a support system for rebel groups fighting in southern Syria. Their efforts are coordinated through a war-room which the Pentagon established last year near Amman. The US, Jordanian and Israeli officers manning the facility determine in consultation which rebel factions are provided with reinforcements from the special training camps run for Syrian rebels in Jordan, and which will receive arms.

All three governments understand perfectly that, notwithstanding all their precautions, some of their military assistance is bound to percolate to Al Qaeda’s Syrian arm, Jabhat Al-Nusra, which is fighting in rebel ranks. Neither Washington or Jerusalem or Amman would be comfortable in admitting they are arming Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front in southern Syria.

And not only Nusra: It turned out in this week’s incident that some of the rebel fighters come from the terrorist group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, a coalition of Al Qaeda contingents based in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula and Gaza Strip. Another piece of this dissonant jigsaw is Al Maqdis’ close alignment for its violent operations with the Palestinian Hamas ruling Gaza, with which Israel has just been locked in a deadly 50-day war.

Wednesday night, at his news conference to sum up that war, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu included in his list of Israel’s diplomatic successes, the winning over of world opinion to the perception that Hamas and Al Qaeda belong to the same family of terrorists and share the same fundamentalist ideology, which must be fought.

As he spoke, Al Qaeda fighters, intermingled with Syrian rebel factions, fetched up just yards from Israel’s northern border fence.

DEBKAfile’s military sources say that Washington, Amman and Jerusalem can expect to keep the embarrassing fact fairly quiet only until the first black Al Qaeda flag is raised over a rebel position at the Quneitra crossing or a captured Syrian post opposite the line of Israeli positions on the Golan. Israel will then face a new dilemma on this sensitive front, which will take some explaining.

Northern Israelis Evacuated as Fighting Nears Golan Border; ISIS Said to be Close (VIDEO)

Posted August 28, 2014 by danmillerinpanama
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Northern Israelis Evacuated as Fighting Nears Golan Border; ISIS Said to be Close (VIDEO), Algemeiner, Dave Bender, August 27, 2014

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Claiming that the strategic situation “was worse than Gaza” for Israel, Awidat charged that ISIL “was a cancer” that would destabilize the region.

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In the Golan, fierce battles between pro-and anti-Syrian government forces close to the border with Israel on Wednesday prompted the army to evacuate residents and tourists from certain areas close to the northern and southern ends of the frontier, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.

Latest reports from Syria indicate that several hundred fighters of the al-Qaeda-linked al Nusra Front have managed to overtake the southern Quneitra Crossing from Syrian government forces. Israel Radio, however, quoted Syrian sources as saying that the victors were from the more secular Free Syrian Army.

A Syria TV and Iranian Press TV reporter on the Syrian side of the border, speaking with Israel’s i24 News, said ISIS/ISIL personnel were also among those fighting (see video link below).

“…there is huge fighting between the ISIS and the Syrian army, and also the Israeli army. There are three teams … three armies that are fighting now,” according to Hamat Awidat.

He asserted that both ISIS and al-Nusra had been in the vicinity for “a few months,” and said that there were casualties.

Claiming that the strategic situation “was worse than Gaza” for Israel, Awidat charged that ISIL “was a cancer” that would destabilize the region.

Both Israel and Syria have coordinated with the United Nations to use the crossing – the sole connection between the countries – for transferring humanitarian aid and discreet goodwill gestures, including shipping apples grown by kibbutzim and Druze farmers in the vicinity, into Syria.

“From what we know, opposition forces overran the Syrian regime forces on the Syrian side of the Quneitra crossing, some of those including the Al-Nusra Front, which ultimately leave the crossing in the opposition forces’ hands,” IDF Spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner told AFP.

He says there had been “extensive fighting” on the Syrian side of the ceasefire line since early Wednesday which had resulted in several instances of “errant fire.”

At the northern end of the Golan, a 52-year-old Israeli man sustained minor wounds from a Syrian Army tank shell that was fired at Kibbutz Ein Zivan Wednesday afternoon, Israel Radio said. Several mortars also hit the area throughout the day, according to the report.

Earlier, an IDF medical officer “was moderately wounded as a result of errant fire from the internal fighting in Syria,” according to the IDF, adding that he was evacuated for medical treatment.

“The Israeli officer injured in the Golan Heights by stray fire from Syria earlier today has been transferred by helicopter to Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa,” the hospital said in a statement.

“The 28-year-old IDF military doctor was shot in the chest, but is in stable condition. His wounds are moderate, and he is due to be operated on today,” according to the hospital.

In response, the IDF confirmed two retaliatory hits by Israeli artillery on two Syrian military positions. It is unclear if the IDF has responded to the second cross-border attack.

Golan-lenticular-cloud-panorama-web-300x138Golan Heights: lenticular clouds hover over Quneitra Crossing with Syria. Photo: Dave Bender

A visitor to Ein Zivan told The Algemeiner on Wednesday that, “since we arrived [0n Monday], we’ve heard booms, the war going on in Syria.

“[Wednesday] morning, it was just one after another after another, I mean, boom, boom, boom,” Josh Hasten, a radio talk show host, said.

An employee at a B&B where they were staying on the kibbutz, told him that outdoor activities for guests were curtailed, apparently, due to “a [mortar] shell that fell in the orchard there.”

“As we were leaving, it was crazy; [security authorities] closed route 98 – they wouldn’t let anyone go north … there were ambulances and firetrucks, and a whole lot of army,” he said.

Watch a video report by a Syria TV and Iranian Press TV reporter on the Syrian side of the border, speaking with Israel’s i24 News:

Video of evacuation of IDF officer in the Golan:

Video of IDF officer medivaced to Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center:

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Is the Gaza War Really Over?

Posted August 28, 2014 by danmillerinpanama
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Is the Gaza War Really Over?, Gatestone InstituteKhaled Abu Toameh, August 28, 2014

(Has it even really begun? — DM)

It is important to note that these cease-fire demands are not part of Hamas’s or Islamic Jihad’s overall strategy, namely to have Israel wiped off the face of the earth.

Many foreign journalists who came to cover the war in the Gaza trip were under the false impression that it was all about improving living conditions for the Palestinians by opening border crossings and building an airport and seaport. These journalists really believed that once the demands of Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad are accepted, this would pave the way for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

To understand the true intention of Hamas and its allies, it is sufficient to follow the statements made by their leaders after the cease-fire announcement this week. To his credit, Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas’s leader, has never concealed Hamas’s desire to destroy Israel.

Hamas and its allies see the war in the Gaza Strip as part of there strategy to destroy Israel. What Hamas and its allies are actually saying is, “Give us open borders and an airport and seaport so we can use them to prepare for the next war against Israel.”

Statements made by Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders and spokesmen following the announcement of the long-term cease-fire agreement with Israel this week serve as a reminder of their true intentions and strategy.

Over the past two months, the two groups, together with several armed factions in the Gaza Strip, repeatedly announced that their main goal was to end the “siege” on the Gaza Strip and build their own airport and seaport.

During the cease-fire talks in Cairo, the Palestinian groups repeatedly and stubbornly insisted that complying with these demands, along with opening all the border crossings with the Gaza Strip, was the only way to end the violence and achieve a long-term cease-fire with Israel.

However, it is important to note that these cease-fire demands are not part of Hamas’s or Islamic Jihad’s overall strategy, namely to have Israel wiped off the face of the earth.

Hamas and its allies in the Gaza Strip are not only fighting for an airport and seaport. Nor are they fighting only for the reopening of all border crossings with Israel and Egypt.

During this war, many seem to have forgotten that Hamas and Islamic Jihad are actually fighting to “liberate Jerusalem and all Palestine.” The two groups have never recognized Israel’s right to exist and continue to oppose any attempt to make peace with the “Zionist entity.”

Many foreign journalists who came to cover the war in the Gaza Strip were under the false impression that it was all about improving the living conditions of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by opening border crossings and building an airport and seaport. These journalists really believed that once the demands of Hamas and Islamic Jihad are accepted, this would pave the way for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Yet these journalists, like many others in the international community, failed to look at the bigger picture or take into consideration the context of conflict. Moreover, most of them did not even seem to be listening to what Hamas and Islamic Jihad have been stating before and after the war — that their real goal is to “liberate all Palestine.”

Operation Protective Edge may have ended, but the dream to destroy Israel is still alive. Even if Hamas and Islamic Jihad eventually get their own airport and seaport, it is obvious that the two groups are now more determined than ever to pursue their fight to eliminate Israel, especially in light of the fact that they feel they have emerged from the war triumphant.

660Masked Hamas gunmen celebrate their “victory” over Israel before the international media this week. (Image source: Facebook/Palestinian Information Center)

The Egypt-brokered cease-fire may achieve some calm for Israelis and Palestinians in the foreseeable future, particularly in the aftermath of the severe blow Hamas and Islamic Jihad suffered as a result of Israel’s massive military operation.

Indeed, Hamas and its allies will now be busy rebuilding the damage in the Gaza Strip. But they will also continue to raise new generations of Palestinians on glorification of terrorism and jihad, with the hope of achieving the destruction of Israel, which they view as an alien body planted by colonialist powers in the Middle East.

To understand the true intentions of Hamas and its allies, it is sufficient to follow the statements made by their leaders after the cease-fire announcement earlier this week. Evidently, these statements show that Hamas and Islamic Jihad see their “victory” in the Gaza Strip as a first step toward “liberating all Palestine.” They also show that these groups intend to use the new cease-fire to continue preparations and amass more weapons for what they call “the mother of all battles – liberating Palestine.”

Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shalah was one of the first figures to spell out his organization’s real intentions. Hours after the cease-fire announcement, the Lebanon-based Shalah declared: “The war is not over. It will continue in other means and methods.”

He went on to warn Palestinians against resuming negotiations with Israel, saying the Oslo Accords were now “buried under the rubble of the Gaza Strip” and Palestinians should as of now only endorse the “path of resistance.”

The following day, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh crawled out of the bunker he had retreated to during the war to declare that “Gaza is now preparing for the battle of comprehensive liberation.”

He told Hamas supporters during a “victory” rally in Gaza City that “Gaza has paved the way for reaching Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

To his credit, Haniyeh has never concealed Hamas’s desire to destroy Israel. Only days before the war, he said in a speech before schoolchildren attending a Hamas summer camp that his movement’s strategy “is to liberate the land of Palestine.” He added: “Whether we are in the (Palestinian) government or outside, we will continue to educate and call for the liberation of all Palestine and the establishment of a Palestinian state on all the land of Palestine.”

For those who do not know, Haniyeh is in fact just repeating Hamas’s charter, which does not accept Israel’s right to exist on any part of what is perceived as Muslim-owned land.

Another Hamas leader, Mahmoud Zahar, went even farther by calling for the establishment of a “Palestine Liberation Army” in wake of the “victory” scored by his movement and other Palestinian groups during the war.

Further evidence that this war was not about border crossings or improving living conditions of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip was also provided by a spokesman for Hamas and several Palestinian groups that participated in the fighting against Israel.

At a press conference one day after the cease-fire announcement, Abu Obaida, spokesman for Hamas’s armed wing, Izaddin al-Qassam, declared: “Gaza won because it has revived the hopes of 1.5 billion Arabs and Muslims that the road to Jerusalem is now open and all we need is to be united and have a will.”

So for Hamas and its allies, the war in the Gaza Strip is not just about the closure of border crossings or freedom of movement. Instead, they see the war in the Gaza Strip as part of their strategy to destroy Israel. What they are actually saying is, “Give us open borders and an airport and seaport so we can use them to prepare for the next war against Israel.”

Bursting the Bonds of Civilization

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Bursting the Bonds of Civilization

Posted on August 27, 2014 by Baron Bodissey

Below is Rembrandt Clancy’s translation of an excellent essay by Leon de Winter that was originally published by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

via Bursting the Bonds of Civilization | Gates of Vienna.

 

Introduction
by Rembrandt Clancy

My most salient reason for translating this piece is the author’s attempt to grapple with the problem of evil.

Leon de Winter recognises an unrelativised objective morality, absolute at least in the sense that it is necessary for life. He recognises morality (limit) as an objective and complementary opposite of instinctuality or passion; that is, if one partner in the pair is eliminated, in this case morality, then the instinctual partner finds direct expression in blood lust where violence and sexuality are inseparable. An analogous phenomenon occurs in the autonomic nervous system: if the parasympathetic system fails to impose limits on the sympathetic system, death results from high blood pressure and overexcitement. It should not surprise us to find a similar pattern of complementarity on the psychic or spiritual level, and without implying that the spiritual is an epiphenomenon of biology.

If the two complementary opponents operate in balance, a tertium non datur results, a third factor not given by either of the first two alone. And Mr. de Winter calls that third factor “civilisation”. Therefore it is not the instinctual part of our nature which is inherently evil; rather, evil results from a disturbance of the internal equilibrium caused by possession (“possessed by jihad”); that is, by identification with either “the desires of their heart” or the “law written in their hearts” (Rom. 1:24 and 2:15, Vulgate).

About the Author

Leon de Winter was born in 1954 in the city of ’s-Hertogenbosch in the southern Netherlands, the son of orthodox Jewish parents. Today he lives in Amsterdam with his wife Jessica Durlacher, who is also a writer. He has two children. He attended film school in the 1970s, but today he is admired as an author in both Germany and the Netherlands. He is known for various genres: novels, novellas, short stories, columns, theatre and film. Mr. De Winter had his breakthrough in 1981 with his novel Looking for Eileen W. His latest novel, A Good Heart, appeared in 2013 (Sources: niederlandenet and Frankfurter Allgemeine).

For years Leon de Winter has given talks and interviews and has written essays on Islam in Europe. As recently as January of 2014, an interview with Mr. de Winter appeared on Gates of Vienna. It is called “Avoiding the Unpleasant Questions”.

Note: In his remark that “in the Western world of today every form of aggression is directly sanctioned as early as kindergarten”, Leon de Winter appears to suggest that there remains only a small level of inhibition separating the West from the attraction of jihadism. This reference to the field of education is the only allusion which Mr. de Winter makes in his essay to the contribution of the Left to his discussion of Islam. In regard to the Left, on Paul Weston’s LibertyGB, there is a short piece by Enza Ferreri which is somewhat harmonious with Leon de Winter’s essay; perhaps it even complements it. It is called “What’s the Alternative to the Left’s Programme?”. Ferreri speaks of reclaiming convictions “supplanted by leftist barbarism”, an “alternative to Islam” and “an answer to sexual relativism, pansexualism and radical feminism…”

 

 

The Barbarism of the Jihadists: In the Name of the Sword

Argumentation is pointless: The jihadists of the “Islamic State” eliminate all limitations which we have internalised in the course of the civilisational process. Combat allows them to give in completely to their instincts.

by Leon de Winter

Source: Frankfurter Allgemeine
Translation: Rembrandt Clancy

20 August 2014

Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Andrei Rublev” is among the masterpieces of cinema. It tells the true life story of an inspired icon painter and priest. The film is set against the background of 15th century Russia. In one scene, Tartars raid the city of Vladimir. They slaughter whomever crosses their path: they mutilate, rape, steal. Tarkovsky shows masterfully the feeling with which these Asiatic hordes apply their procedure — they kill with great abandon.

In the close-ups of the murderers, we look in horror at the ardent excitement in their faces. These men, having discarded all civilising inhibitions, can yield to the most primitive of their urges and impulses. They have achieved the ultimate liberation. Because they are completely unfeeling and because they reduce other men to objects of lust and subjugation, they have reached the zenith of their sexual potency and are able to act quite openly like beasts.

The current television images and the jihad videos on YouTube remind me of this scene, one of the most arresting in the history of cinema. If we ask ourselves how the Bedouin of the Arabian Peninsula in the seventh century or the Mongols in the thirteenth century conquered and plundered the world — the “Islamic state” (IS) shows us how they proceeded. They were driven by the wild desire to destroy and conquer everything which fell to their inclination.

The liberating Jihad

The regular armies of modern times must discipline the destructive energies of young men and direct them into organised paths. The provisions of the laws of war are to be observed; one must not engage in brutal behaviour unnecessarily, and commanders must be aware of the proportionality of means and avoid collateral damage. None of these things are of any concern to the fighters of the “Islamic State”. By committing themselves to jihad, they throw off the bonds of civilized behaviour. We facing the gratified visage of naked savagery.

Whoever is possessed by jihad has exceptional power. In an orgiastic fever he can rape, kill and plunder. Owing to the brainwashing which he encountered, he knows that this course of action is legitimised by his religion. And when he dies, he will go straight to heaven, where seventy-two virgins are waiting to attend upon him for all eternity. The IS fighters are an incarnation of everything that was channelled [kanalisiert] in the course of becoming civilised; namely, the sexual and destructive energies of young men. Jihad, as we have come to see, can turn this process around, and the energies and urges which young men must suppress in a civilised society are given a new focus.

In the Western world of today every form of aggression is directly sanctioned as early as kindergarten. Our sons are constrained to grow up as placid girls and are allowed to act out their (sexual) energy only in sport and with aggressive computer games, during which they kill dozens of virtual enemies day after day. Jihad liberates young men from these restrictions, which is precisely why it is so appealing to young men even in the West.

No Respect for the Dignity of Others

Instead of sitting in front of the screen, they can live out their fantasies in real life, in real time, in a real theatre of war and under the banner of a divine mandate. Instead of sublimating the untrammelled reign of everything that is brutish — of everything that permits them to conquer, to kill, to destroy and to rape — jihad makes it possible for the believer to abandon himself completely to his ecstasy. The so-called unbeliever is only an object with which the jihadist can do as he pleases according to his whim.

There is no debating with jihadists, and that is why they frighten us. They speak of their divine mandate — the establishment of a worldwide caliphate — but their means go far beyond this objective. Their practise denies the humanity of the other and allows the ultimate victory of the perpetrator over the victim, of the believer over the unbeliever, of man over woman, of the lord over his slaves. The victim is deprived of all his rights: — he can only hope for mercy, a gesture from the all-powerful victor which is calculated to humiliate. Such mercy can be given in certain cases, when the victim converts to Islam; which is tantamount to a psychic rape.

Nowadays, these hordes appear not on horses, but in all-terrain vehicles and with grenade launchers, but the earth still trembles when they come. They hoist black flags and love death more than life; but only after they have tasted the flesh of enslaved women. They blow up statues, churches, everything that falls into their hands: the dignity of the other is not respected.

Moral Imperatives do not Apply

Their motives elude our understanding. Young men with solid future prospects join the jihadists. They abjure education and marriage in favour of fighting a war in which the beheading of the victim, his ultimate humiliation, becomes an initiation ritual. Young men who wield a sword no longer entertain any doubts, know no pity, no hesitation, and in so doing they free themselves from their last inhibitions. Dozens of jihadist videos provide evidence for this brutal Stone Age ritual.

The bystanders who witness this decisive moment — which breaks through all limitations — are nervous, because the killer is not always secure, and perhaps his hand still trembles. They cry “Allahu Akhbar” to strengthen him in throwing overboard, once and for all, the last remaining doubt that may still be in him. He guides the knife and makes of the prisoner a butchered animal. Henceforth nothing binds him any longer to a moral world. Now he can kill and find satisfaction in it, and his companions respect him. He has burst the bonds of civilization.

The English philosopher, writer and cultural critic George Steiner once remarked that the Jews are hated because they invented conscience and the ideal of moral and ethical wholeness [Vervollkommnung]. Man hates them for it, because he keeps trying to fulfil these moral imperatives, but he continually fails. He fails, because no one can fulfil these high moral commandments [Geboten]. The Islamic Jihad circumvents this existential problem.

The Ultimate Fighter

Jihad allows the believers to switch off the voice of reason and conscience. They can henceforth practise raw sexual violence. The voice of the horde is the voice of orgiastic lust. These hordes slaughter men and boys and turn girls and women into sex slaves. Once again man is as defenceless as he was for the tens of thousands of years before we abolished human sacrifice and began the slow and painful process of overcoming our brutal nature.

Jihad has so much power because it can disconnect the hard-won limits which we have internalised during the process of becoming civilised. Jihad brings to the world the ultimate fighter who no longer admits of any limitations. These people require no political or religious programme. They are not driven by any kind of social or economic disadvantage. Their absurd notion of a world-spanning Caliphate is just as much of a pretext as all the other senseless ideas which demand the killing of unbelievers so that a paradise of pure believers can arise. No, it is only about the wish to rape and destroy. Our culture has a name for that: evil.


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