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Sectarian attacks in Iraq and Christian Church bombed in northern Nigeria

Sectarian attacks in Iraq and Christian Church bombed in northern Nigeria

Walter Sebastian and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

Islamists once more have killed innocents during the religious period of Eid al-Adha, including a bomb attack which killed several children near a play area in the capital of Iraq. In Afghanistan worshippers were killed while praying inside a mosque and in Syria several terrorist attacks have taken place. Meanwhile, in northern Nigeria a Christian church was hit by a bomb attack. Therefore, religious zealots within the Sunni Islamic faith have been going on a killing spree like usual during this holy period for Muslims.

The Iraqi authorities clearly understand the mindset of Islamists because security was tightened. However, despite greater precautions, it is abundantly clear that little can be done to stop determined terrorists from spreading death, hatred and sectarianism. Even laying bombs near a school playground during Eid doesn’t concern Sunni Islamist fanatics who are being indoctrinated by Islamist clerics.

Sadr City in Baghdad is overwhelmingly Shia and the double-bomb attacks left at least 13 people dead. Whereas the attack in the Bawiya area of the same city, killed seven people including the lives of three children who just wanted to play. The death toll may increase further but clearly Muslims and non-Muslims can’t even rest in peace during holy periods. This is because of the hatred of Islamists who lack any notion of morality.

In northern Nigeria the same Islamists which seek power and control by fear, hatred, violence and spreading sectarianism, have once more attacked a Christian church. Sometimes, the same Islamists attack Muslims for desiring peace with their fellow Nigerians. Therefore, just like in Syria, nobody feels protected in certain parts of northern Nigeria from religious zealots which seek to spread chaos, sectarianism and fear. The same menace is now turning against Sufi strands of Islam in northern Mali and Libya, just like hatred is widespread towards the Shia, Ahmadiyya Muslims, Christians, Hindus and others in Pakistan.

It must be remembered, that some Islamist clerics are demanding the slaughter of Alawites and the Shia in Syria. Christians are also attacked by the same religious fanatics who recite the Koran while beheading people and torturing in unbelievable cruelty. Mainstream Sunni Muslims face the same wrath in Syria if they support a united Syria based on the mosaic of this nation.

The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, referred to the need that “all churches in the Arabian Peninsula must be destroyed.” Similarly, the same nation is exporting hatred within the educational curriculum and for this reason monitoring is essential. Therefore, it is clear that something is wrong within certain branches of Islam which seek to rule by fear. After all, they have no qualms in killing Muslims and non-Muslims alike in order to fulfill their hatred and spread sectarianism.

Currently it is known that seven people have been killed by a suicide bomber against a Christian church in Kaduna, northern Nigeria. Christians in this church, just like Muslims in the mosque in Afghanistan, were praying to the God of Abraham. However, for Islamists, you have no sanctity to either life or holy places – therefore, both holy places were attacked during Eid.

Several months earlier in June over 50 people were killed in the same part of northern Nigeria after three Christian churches were attacked. This reality meant that security officials in northern Nigeria, just like in Iraq, knew that during Eid that Islamists would try to ferment more hatred. The desire of Islamists is to spread fear in the hearts of all people, irrespective if Muslim or non-Muslim, in order to rule by fear. Likewise, the other objective is to spread sectarianism therefore Shia Muslims are frequently killed and attacked in several nations.

Baseem Mohammed in Bawiya, Baghdad, told AP news that “Nobody expected this explosion because our neighborhood has been living in peace, away from the violence hitting the rest of the capital….We feel sad for the children who thought that they would spend a happy time during Eid, but instead ended up getting killed or hurt.”

The Shabaks in Iraq were also killed in Mosul in the northern part of this country. This minority fully understands religious hatred because many attacks have happened against the Shabaks after the US led invasion of Iraq.

Other attacks by Sunni Islamists in Iraq have also killed Shia Muslims from Iran who were on a religious pilgrimage during Eid. This reality means that mosques, churches, pilgrims, children and so on – are not free from Islamist hatred even during holy Muslim periods like Eid and Ramadan.

 

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Kurds and Christians in Syria should fear the FSA, Islamists, Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia

Kurds and Christians in Syria should fear the FSA, Islamists, Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia

Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

In recent days the intensity of mistrust between the Kurds and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is clearly boiling over after the FSA entered Kurdish areas. The FSA Islamists are being openly supported by Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. France is probably the most dangerous equation within the triangle of America, the United Kingdom and ruling elites in Paris. Therefore, the Kurds have every right to fear the brutal FSA and the various different Islamist terrorist organizations in Syria.

After all, the Kurds have been struggling for decades in Turkey and vast numbers have been killed. At no time did Saudi Arabia and Qatar concern themselves about this. More importantly, the Kurds are much more secular and given the Islamist nature of the FSA and many different Islamist organizations; then clearly the Kurds will become a future “lamb to be slaughtered” under the “watch” of Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Christians also have much to fear from the FSA terrorists who have sacked countless number of Christian churches and killed Christians. This isn’t surprising, after all in Saudi Arabia not one single Christian church is allowed and Muslim apostates to Christianity face being beheaded. Likewise, many videos have been circulated by the FSA and various Islamist terrorist organizations whereby they are beheading Alawites, Shia Muslims and Sunni Muslims who are loyal to the government of Syria.

Given the nature of Saudi Arabia and that beheading is enshrined in the legal system of this nation, then this is another clear link to the barbarity of the FSA and Islamist terrorist networks. In the last 24 hours it is known that a Christian Armenian church was ransacked by the FSA Islamists. This isn’t anything new because in many Christian strongholds they have been forced to flee persecution and murder at the hands of the FSA and Islamist terrorist organizations.

Bishop Antoine Audo commented that “In the city of Homs, home to what was the country’s second-largest Christian community, all but a few of the faithful were forced to leave after a wave of persecution — all the churches desecrated.”

The Kurds will face the same Christian fate if the FSA and Islamists grow in strength because these movements care nothing about the mosaic of Syria. On the contrary, Islamists which are being funded by Qatar and Saudi Arabia desire a Sharia Islamic state based on the draconian Salafi branch of Islam. Therefore, not only are Christians and Kurds threatened by this new dynamic within Syria – but mainstream Sunni Islam will also face the wrath of Salafists – if they grow in power. Likewise, for Alawites, the Shia and Druze, then they also must understand that Saudi Arabia isn’t funding the FSA and Islamist groups for democracy, religious liberty and female emancipation.

After all, it is the government of Syria which supports religious freedom and female emancipation. Indeed, the secular nature of Syria is an affront to Saudi Arabia and Qatar. In the past, this also would apply to Turkey but not under the Erdogan government which desires to scratch away at secularism within the body politic of Turkey. Therefore, during the last week you have not only witnessed Kurdish demonstrations in Turkey but also a mass demonstration by secularists in this nation because they don’t trust the Erdogan government.

In Aleppo the FSA and Kurds have been fighting after the FSA became interested in showing their power mechanisms alongside appeasing the government of Erdogan which is playing a very dangerous game. Sadly, for Syria, this outside meddling by Turkey which is the main conduit for international terrorists, covert operatives and military arms; then the result is tragic. This applies to vast numbers of Syrians being killed because of the collective policies of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. France is also involved in many areas while America and the United Kingdom are useful allies from a distance even if differences exist about the methodology.

During the recent fighting between the Kurds and FSA it is known that over 20 people were killed and it is also reported that over one hundred people have been taken by opposing forces. The FSA admits that at least 16 individuals from this mercenary and terrorist organization were killed. However, it is clear that the FSA is only interested in a truce in the short-term until they are powerful enough to crush the Kurdish Democratic Union Party. Likewise, the various Islamist organizations are not interested in democracy and secularism. Therefore, for Christians, Kurds and the Syria people collectively, it is apparent that under the FSA and various Islamist organizations that this country will enter a new period of oppression, wanton destruction and whereby religious liberty and female emancipation will be crushed.

The recent clash emerged after Kurds from all political persuasions demanded that the FSA leave their area. This isn’t surprising given the cleansing of Christians in many places by the FSA. When the FSA witnessed this then it is reported that they fired on innocent Kurds. Luckily, the Kurds, unlike Christian areas under FSA control, can’t be pushed around by the FSA and terrorized. Yet, the Kurds should know that if the FSA isn’t crushed in Kurdish areas and the military arms keep on flowing to the FSA; then one day this balance will tip against the Kurdish community. Once this happens, then Kurds will share the fate of Christians in places like Homs.

Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are not interested in religious liberty, the future of Kurds within Syria and secularism. The dynamics within Turkey could change because many Turkish nationals don’t support the foreign policy objectives of Erdogan. However, for Saudi Arabia and Qatar then their goal will not change under the current monarchy based politics of both nations.

Christians and Kurds have much to fear given the ongoing persecution under the FSA and various Islamist terrorist factions in parts of Syria. Likewise, the Alawites, Shia and Druze know full well that Saudi Arabia isn’t interested in religious pluralism. Similarly, the Alevi suffer institutional discrimination in Turkey. Therefore, the dark forces being unleashed by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar threatens the mosaic of Syria alongside destroying the independence of Syria which will please America, France and the United Kingdom.

 

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Why no US sanctions against France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UK for supporting FSA terrorism?

Why no US sanctions against France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UK for supporting FSA terrorism?

Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

The United States after the barbaric attack by mainly Saudi citizens on September 11 stated that they would adopt a policy aimed at crushing terrorism. If so, will France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UK face American sanctions for supporting the brutal terrorist policies of the Free Syrian Army (FSA)? This is a fair question because the FSA is behind countless terrorist attacks including killing politicians, targeting journalists, using car bombs to slaughter innocents and other vile deeds.

Individuals may or may not support the government of Syria; however, this isn’t the point. At no time in recent history was a terrorist organization like the FSA supported openly by so many governments. The United States is clearly involved in CIA covert acts against Syria and this is notable in Turkey because of the geopolitical reality. However, despite this the Obama administration is at pains to distance itself from al-Qaeda and other Islamist networks which are also causing carnage in Syria. This doesn’t mean that members in the Obama administration don’t welcome the Islamist angle at the moment but given the sensitivity over September 11, then actions must be based on being cunning and manipulating the media.

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Saudi Arabia and Qatar are clearly supporting sedition and the knock on effect of this is sectarianism and terrorism. Likewise, the former leader of France and the new leader have openly sided with the FSA against the government of Syria. This is despite the vile acts of the patchwork of terrorists and mercenaries within the FSA. After all, the FSA have killed religious minorities, done car bombs, killed journalists, assassinated political ministers, beheaded individuals, killed Iraqi refugees in Damascus – and a whole array of evil deeds.

The United Kingdom appears to be following the path chosen by the Obama administration. This applies to condemning the Syria government and armed forces while remaining muted when the FSA is blamed for killing people. Also, just like America, it is clear that British covert operatives are utilizing the many links with regional nations. However, political leaders in London and Paris appear to want to intervene militarily on the side of terrorism but both nations want the full support of America before stepping over the direct interventionist line.

Media outlets continue to shame themselves by adopting a constant policy of incitement against Syria. Likewise, Human Rights Watch (HRW) appears to be the “political wing” of the FSA by constantly condemning the Syrian government while remaining muted about the vile deeds of the FSA. Indeed, by mentioning massacres from time to time by the FSA some media outlets and HRW are trying to cover their tracks but clearly media corporations and many human rights organizations are playing their part in inciting hatred.

Tony Cartalucci (Land Destroyer Report) comments that It was recently pointed out that the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) currently arming, funding, and commanding entire brigades of the so-called “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) is designated an Al Qaeda affiliate by the United Nations pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999) and 1989 (2011), in addition to being listed by both the US State Department and the UK Home Office (page 5, .pdf) as a foreign terrorist organization and a proscribed terrorist organization respectively.”

“This means that the United States, the UK, NATO, and the Gulf State despots of Saudi Arabia and Qatar are knowingly and willfully funding designated affiliates of Al Qaeda contrary not only to US and British anti-terror legislation, but contrary to UN resolutions as well. Western and Gulf State support of the FSA constitutes state sponsorship of terrorism. Should the UN fail to enforce its own resolutions, while playing host to further sanctions and considerations for military intervention against the Syrian government, it will have entirely resigned its legitimacy and authority as nothing more than a tool of Western corporate-financier interests.”

The above comment raises the already known fact that American ratlines to FSA terrorism is in “a very dark and deep danger zone.” It is difficult to image after September 11 that any American administration would side openly with international terrorism. However, the role of Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice and many others in covering up the crimes of the FSA while bridging international support for this vile terrorist organization, is not only sickening but it raises deeply disturbing issues.

After all, what is the point in offering “American soldiers to Islamists” in Afghanistan and Iraq respectively, if the same evil forces are then supported to topple a secular government in Syria? Are the deaths of thousands of American soldiers so cheap?  It should be raising serious questions in America because now the same Islamists who were fighting American troops in Iraq are now being allowed to enter Syria courtesy of the friends of America in Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Clearly the recent terrorist attack which killed many people during a funeral procession means little to political circles in Ankara, Doha, London, Paris, Riyadh and Washington. Therefore, the FSA is showing the world that democratic nations are openly siding with feudal monarchies in Qatar and Saudi Arabia in funding and supporting this brutal terrorist organization. It means that to the above political elites that killing minorities, beheading people who support the Syrian government, hanging individuals, car bombs, destroying Christian areas, inciting massacres against the Alawites, political assassination, killing journalists who support the Syrian government and a whole array of barbaric acts is not only being tolerated but it is being supported.

If the United States is serious about defeating the forces of terrorism then firstly this nation should be putting sanctions on France, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. After this, then political elites in Washington involved in ratlines should be charged with spreading terrorism in Syria. Of course, this isn’t going to happen and clearly September 11 this year is an event which is going to be politicized by the same forces supporting terrorism, sectarianism and sedition against Syria.

The mainly Christian Karen forces in Myanmar have been fighting for decades against various governments of this nation. However, this organization isn’t supported openly because the “wrong religion” to elites in Riyadh and Washington. Also, they don’t go around beheading people and video-taping their crimes. This rebel movement isn’t brutal enough to be supported despite their cause being based on ethnic and religious persecution.

The madness of the FSA is that political elites in Washington, Paris, London, Ankara, Riyadh and Doha have all sunk to new lows and this says a lot given the past history of these respective nations. Therefore, it is currently open season against secular Syria and the various minorities of this nation whereby a rich civilization faces Talibanization and utter brutality. Media agencies and HRW have all jumped on the bandwagon and now they resemble the “FSA party machinery.” Moscow is disgusted that nations are supporting sectarianism, terrorism and sedition but while their words of rebuke can be heard the same terrorist ratlines keep on increasing.

In a world based on international law and “the genuine fight against terrorism” then America would firstly put its allies in the “political dock” and then enter elites within America in “the same dock.” However, in the world of reality it is clear that the FSA can behead people, hang loyalists, do car bombs, kill government politicians, invade major cities to spread more carnage, attack people at funerals, kill refugees, kill journalist, torture people, cleanse Christians and target anyone deemed to be an enemy. If this is the new world order then God help the next country which will be targeted by evil forces in Washington, London, Paris, Ankara, Doha and Riyadh.

 

http://landdestroyer.blogspot.jp/2012/08/uk-sends-5-million-to-listed-terrorists.html

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Libya and Mali: Salafi Islamists destroying shrines courtesy of Saudi Arabia and Qatar

Libya and Mali: Salafi Islamists destroying shrines courtesy of Saudi Arabia and Qatar

Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

The “bomb democracy” Western and Gulf policy in Libya brought on the massacres of black Africans, killing of Gaddafi loyalists and creating a “new society” based on disorder which is currently ongoing. Indeed, the chaos which is engulfing Libya is now destabilizing Northern Mali and creating problems for Tunisia. This destabilization is based on vast quantities of military hardware being available and more dangerously the Salafi ideology is spreading because of money from Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Salafi ideology is now intent on destroying Sufi shrines in Libya, Northern Mali, Somalia, and in other parts of the world, where this dangerous ideology fused within a faith is growing in power. In their worldview all other Muslim places of worship and Muslim shrines are deemed to be un-Islamic. This blind hatred can be seen in places like Somalia where all converts to Christianity face death by Islamists in this country.

This isn’t surprising because Saudi Arabia supports killing all apostates to Christianity and not one single Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh and Christian place of worship is allowed. However, just like old men marrying little children in Saudi Arabia and both Qatar and Saudi Arabia supporting terrorism against Syria. Nothing appears to raise the heckles when it comes to the policies of London, Paris, Washington and other governments which throw human rights out of the window when dealing with Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The appeasement of institutional religious discrimination in Saudi Arabia and trampling down on the rights of women is a policy which is “cheapening” democracy. Likewise, this appeasement shames the United Nations and the various bodies connected with this major international institution.

Turning back to Libya and Northern Mali then currently Salafists are intent on destroying all Islamic thought patterns outside of their “blinkered monoculture” which thrives on hatred and fear. Indeed, in Syria some video evidence survives which makes it clear that the Western and Islamist “marriage of convenience” is now spreading this dangerous ideology within Syria. Therefore, mainstream Islam and religious minorities have much to fear in Syria but like usual political leaders in London, Paris and Washington will support any form of barbarity providing it meets their geopolitical ambitions.

Ongoing attacks against Sufi shrines which venerate Sufi Muslim saints in Libya are now under attack. The same Islamists destroyed a Christian graveyard in this country. These blatant crimes of destroying culture and attacking the diversity within Islam are now in full flow in the capital of Libya just like they reached Northern Mali.

The shrine of al-Shaab al-Dahmani in Tripoli follows on from the attack which took place in Ziltan against the tomb of a notable scholar who enriched the Sufi faith. In Ziltan the rich history of the tomb dedicated to Abdel Salam al-Asmar was attacked. Therefore, just like Northern Mali the history of the past is being eradicated by Islamists who obtain funding and indoctrination from their Salafi brethren in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Attacking “infidel” mosques and shrines is now part of the new “Islamist holy war” being funded and supported by organizations and wealthy individuals in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. One can only imagine what will happen to Alawites, Christians, the Druze and mainstream Sunni Islam in Syria if the same Islamists grow in power. If Saudi Arabia and Qatar remain unchecked then the richness of religious diversity within Islam will end up in some nations like Buddhism in Afghanistan in past history. This applies to being decapitated and destroyed by an ideology which seeks only a world based on monoculture.

In the BBC article about the attack against Sufi shrines in Libya one student commented that “There’s a large group of Salafists – they are the one with the bulldozers, and some military police are also present…They seem to be overseeing the process, rather than preventing it… There are some bystanders who seem to approve.”

Similar acts and much worse are now common in Northern Mali because Salafists are intent on destroying the beauty and wisdom of African Islam in Mali. Therefore, historical monuments, shrines and mosques which have been the envy of nations throughout the world, are now on the frontline of Islamism. Sadly, it currently appears that the liberal version of Islam in Mali is being torn apart by outside forces emanating from Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

In a past article by Modern Tokyo Times it was stated that The same foreign Islamists in Mali are akin to the Islamists in Syria. It is a direct mirror looking into another mirror and the Saudi Arabia angle can be seen along the way. In Syria it is much more open while in Mali it is more covert and through channels outside of the government. However, the same violence is the main theme and the same applies to the desire for a monoculture to oppress all alternative thought patterns.”

In other nations like Tunisia the confusion of recent events is enabling massive funding from wealthy individuals and organizations in Saudi Arabia and Qatar to spread their “Islamist Year Zero” policies. It is abundantly clear that an internal ideological war is being funded and supported to spread Salafi Islam. Therefore, the frequent attacks against Shia Muslims and other branches of Islam by Islamists is part of the same conflict which is destroying Muslim shrines in many parts of the world.

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Syria: Christians fleeing to government areas from Sunni Islamic terrorist networks

Syria: Christians fleeing to government areas from Sunni Islamic terrorist networks

Murad Makhmudov, Jibril Khoury and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

The American led invasion of Iraq led to the demise of all non-Muslim minorities because the brutal reality of Sunni Islamic terrorism meant that they were easy targets. Similarly, Muslims also fled their homes and homeland in vast numbers in order to escape radical Sunni Islamic terrorist movements. Many of these refugees fled to different parts of Iraq and to other nations. Syria figured prominently for many refugees fleeing the “political vacuum” in Iraq which led to sectarianism, terrorism, chaos, and a complete breakdown of society.

In Syria the dual forces of important conservative Sunni Islamic dominated nations and leading Western powers, are conspiring together in order to further their respective agendas. Therefore, both forces have unleashed terrorism and sectarianism against the central government of Syria once a “political vacuum” emerged throughout the region. This combined Western and Sunni Islamic force is manipulating events in order to further their respective geopolitical objectives.

For Saudi Arabia and Qatar both nations are still smarting over the rise of powerful Shia political forces in Iraq. They both fear that Iran could utilize the religious angle in order to influence the Levant under a different branch of Islam. This means that Saudi Arabian is viewing itself to be the guardian of its version of Sunni Islam and this can be seen by its political power projections in Bahrain and Yemen respectively, whereby the Shia are viewed with contempt. Turkey, on the other hand which persecutes Alevi Muslims, is playing a more opportunist role because in the past this nation had favorable relations with Iran and Syria. However, the crisis in Syria which was encouraged and then militarily supported by outside powers, showed the real “hand of Turkey” which is angered about the current political situation in Iraq.

The weakening of Syria and creating another unstable and weak nation in the Middle East sounds like a golden opportunity for Israel. In the past secular forces in Egypt and Syria had threatened the existence of Israel. However, the Gulf nations have remained rather placid and clearly Saudi Arabia doesn’t have any intentions on spreading radical Salafi Islam and terrorism against Israel internally. In saying that, Saudi Arabia’s influence is growing in Gaza but the strong bonds between America and Saudi Arabia remains firm despite areas of negativity.

America, Israel, and Saudi Arabia, all want to decrease the influence of Iran in Bahrain, Lebanon, and Syria respectively. The major “jewel in the crown” is Syria because this nation is the last independent secular nation in the Arabic speaking world which had powerful central functioning bodies. Therefore, if the Bashar al-Assad government collapses a new Sunni Muslim sharia state will emerge and alter the political and religious landscape.

The situation of Christians, Shabaks, Mandaeans, Yazidis, and the role of women, have all suffered badly in Iraq since the American led invasion. Similarly, this once powerful nation is but “a pale shadow of its past.” In truth, since outside meddling began it is clear that you don’t have a central state which is powerful throughout Iraq. Instead, you have a nation which is divided on religious and ethnic grounds, and other factors. The ongoing chaos in Egypt means that this powerful nation is also in a weakened state and the same applies to Libya and Tunisia. Indeed, currently the Middle East resembles a region which is weak and fragmenting quickly because of the continuing manipulation of events by outside forces.

Coptic Christians in Egypt face an uncertain future because of the power struggle between the Muslim Brotherhood, Salafists, and the return of the “old regime.” Ironically, the return of the “old regime” may happen after the presidential election concludes with a winner. Either way, it is clear that tensions will continue to erupt in major cities like Cairo and Alexandria. Therefore, the functioning central state and the army face an uphill struggle to regain the trust of many segments within Egyptian society. In the meantime, secularists, socialists, Coptic Christians, and other areas within Egyptian society, are worried about the growing influence of the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists – with Salafi Islamists being the main concern.

Recent events in Syria continue to highlight the precarious situation for Christian and Muslim minorities in this part of the Middle East. All fear the Iraq scenario because many different Sunni Islamic terrorist networks are spreading their hatred towards different religious minority communities. The plight of Middle Eastern Christianity and minority faiths outside of Islam and within Islam, all face a bleak future if the central government of Syria is defeated by the combined forces of leading Western and Sunni Islamic nations. Also, mainstream Sunni Islam faces the genuine threat of radical Sunni Islamic forces which have turned on moderate Sunni Muslim forces in northern Nigeria, Somalia, Pakistan, and in other nations.

Russia Today (RT) commented that “The Christian minority in Syria is facing a growing threat and thousands are being forced to flee their homes as they face harassment and discrimination from radical Islamist factions of the opposition.”

“At least 9,000 Christians from the western Syrian city of Qusayr were forced to seek refuge after an ultimatum from a local military chief of the armed opposition, Abdel Salam Harba, Fides News Agency,reports.”

Catholic priests in Qusayr have openly stated that they heard the threats against the Christian community from Sunni Islamic minarets who are ordering their flock to oppress and persecute Christians. A further 10,000 Christians reside near Qusayr in surrounding villages and clearly you may have a further exodus of Christians in this part of Syria.

Another interesting aspect of this is that it is reported that Christians are fleeing various different Sunni Islamic armed groups. This in turn may lead to future tensions between the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) and a patchwork of different Sunni Islamic terrorist networks. The FSA is being supported by outside nations in order to overthrow the government of Syria and in the past this movement was also implicated in cleansing Christians and other minorities. However, just like in Bosnia, whereby one Muslim force was loyal to the Bosnian Serbs, this may be pointing to even more fragmentation. Therefore, if the central government is defeated then chaos will be the most likely outcome along with enormous sectarian bloodletting.

Nations that have instigated this chaos should be held accountable for the crimes they have unleashed against the people of Syria. Now, many different outside nations are fostering different terrorist groups and at the same time Saudi Arabia and Qatar are exporting their version of militant Sunni Islam. The Sunni Islamic terrorist networks in Iraq also loathe all minorities and moderate versions of Sunni Islam. For Christians and all minorities another Iraq is on the cards, whereby rich cultures and religious groups will be decimated because of the folly of outside nations.

It is noticeable that Christians are fleeing to Syrian government controlled areas in order to be protected by the Syrian armed forces. Of course, this fact will not mean anything to leaders in America, the United Kingdom, and France. The same applies to the mass media, shameful human rights so-called organizations like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, and international political leaders; which are fueling sectarianism and encouraging a bombing campaign against the government of Syria.

All leading major religious figures in Syria have spoken out against outside meddling but their voices are being ignored. Instead, the flow of money from the proxies of America, keep on supporting all “the dark forces” in Syria. The Russian Federation is doing everything in its power to reach a peaceful solution and to reduce the bloodshed. However, given past history, then the future looks bleak for Syria unless friendly nations really support this nation politically, economically, and militarily.

President Bashar al-Assad introduced political and constitutional reforms during the crisis, which is very rare given the seriousness of the situation. Bashar al-Assad also welcomed observers from the United Nations and clearly he is open to changes which will benefit Syria. Despite this, outside nations have done everything in their power by manipulating the media, spreading poverty by enforcing an economic blockade, funding terrorist organizations, sending covert operatives, and using foreign nations to build up the FSA and other sinister forces. The upshot of all this is more violence and carnage and now just like in Iraq different minorities are fleeing radical Sunni Islamists and criminal elements within the opposition.

 

http://www.rt.com/news/syria-christians-exodus-opposition-778/

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Syria: terrorist bomb factory blows up and Christian churches destroyed

Syria: terrorist bomb factory blows up and Christian churches destroyed

Murad Makhmudov, Boutros Hussein and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

The people of Syria have become the target of “a geopolitical game” by powerful nations in the West and by “Sunni Islamic Wahhabi/Salafi” power games emanating in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and with Turkey taking the position of both forces. This means that the chances of reaching an internal political solution in Syria, is being reduced by the day because of outside meddling which is fermenting sectarianism. Also, the recent terrorist bomb factory which blew up and killed many individuals in Hama highlights the duplicity of the international community.

After all, just like the military insurrection in Libya, the military arming of terrorists in Syria also happened “overnight” and within a ridiculously short period of time. Therefore, it is abundantly clear that outside meddling; geopolitical games to enter the “vacuum” that opened-up in the Middle East and North Africa; promised deals with military personnel to turn them into mercenaries; the movement of international terrorists via the usual ratlines; and a host of other factors related to “a geopolitical game” and “Sunni Islamic Wahhabi/Salafi” opportunism, have all entered the fray. The upshot of all this is that innocent civilians are being killed and sectarianism is being used in order to weaken Syria because of political and geopolitical factors.

If individuals http://www.sana.sy/eng/337/2012/04/26/414867.htm check this link by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) then clearly the photos are harrowing. It is important to note that the so-called “Free Syrian Army (FSA)” and terrorists within the FSA, and other terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda, have no qualms in setting up terrorist houses in the middle of housing and heavily built-up areas. They also have no qualms about attacking religious minorities, killing individuals who don’t support their objectives, firing on the armed forces of Syria, and then melting back into built-up areas knowing full well that the armed forces will fire back in order to defend themselves.

The weakness in the Kofi Annan plan, despite good intentions, is that it means that terrorist bases of various Sunni Islamic terrorist organizations and the FSA, have a free rein to maintain and develop their power bases. This is because outside nations are continuing to send military and economic support to a variety of terrorist and mercenary organizations. Therefore, unless these “forces of darkness” are forced out to a special buffer zone inside Turkey and the ratlines of funding terrorism is stopped – then how can political dialogue and the Kofi Annan plan work?

Clearly, nations which are meddling into the internal affairs of Syria desire to see the Kofi Annan plan fail. After all, the deaths of Syrians killing Syrians doesn’t concern them because Western powers have political objectives to pursue and Saudi Arabia and Qatar have religious objectives to implement by stealth – with Turkey being sat in the middle and happy with both situations. This means more violence and the death of innocent civilians who are caught-up in all of this because the FSA and various other terrorists organizations, have built up their forces within major cities.

Therefore, while many international media outlets mention the ongoing crisis in many parts of Syria, not enough are focusing on what it is like under the control of the FSA/terrorist organizations which are spreading their hatred. This is where the picture breaks down because in areas controlled by the government of Syria all individuals, irrespective if Alawite Muslim, Sunni Muslim, Orthodox Christian, Roman Catholic, Druze, or irrespective of having no faith – all reside in peace and based on the mosaic of Syria. In contrast, areas under the control of the so-called opposition are based on sectarianism and destroying the mosaic of Syria.

The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom published an interesting article written by Constanze Letsch (link below this article). This writer comments that A few streets down, Ferit’s schoolfriend Ahmet was sitting in his garden, chatting with his parents-in-law, Ibrahim and Meryem, who are from Homs. At the end of February they fled their house in Hamidiyeh, a predominantly Christian neighbourhood, to live with relatives in Tartous, and two weeks ago, they joined their daughter Rana, their three granddaughters and their son-in-law Ahmet in Samandagi.”

“Armed men of the opposition have destroyed all 12 churches in the neighbourhood of Hamidiyeh,” said Ahmet, a master tailor. He added that many houses had been severely damaged, while others had been vacated by people fleeing from the violent conflict in the city.”

“In some cases, opposition members allowed people to take their possessions,” Rana said. “But the insurgents live in the houses now, fighting against the army.”

“Asked if he had recognised any of the armed men, Ibrahim shook his head.”Their faces were covered. Some of them wore bandanas that said: ‘There is no God except Allah.’”

“Meryem said she has been threatened for not wearing a headscarf.”They told us: ‘We will cover you up, too’ and ‘It will be your turn [after the Alevis].’ We are very scared.”

In another article about Syria published by Modern Tokyo Times it was stated that If democrats in the West believe that their version of history is winning, then not only do these people have blinkers on, but more alarming they are supporting forces which are hostile to democracy, religious pluralism, the rights of women, and all progressive forces. The Muslim Brotherhood, Saudi Arabian, and Western alliance, is a “strange bedfellow” if looked at rationally. Therefore, is the alliance based on Western governments supporting Islamism or is it based on naivety, a picture unseen, or other factors?”

“Either way, for Alawites, Christians, the Druze, Sunni Muslims, secularists, women, and so forth; the growing menace of radical Sunni Islam threatens the civilization of Syria and the multi-religious nature of this society. The so-called forces of “democracy” have killed over 2,000 soldiers and police officers in Syria; attacked Christians; threaten the rights of women; and are spreading their terrorism throughout Syria.”

It is essential that the FSA/terrorist organizations are forced out of major cities because until this happens then the bloodshed will just continue. The government of Syria can’t be forced to sit and watch, while terrorists continue to enter the country and internal mercenaries persecute religious minorities and women.

Turning back to the article by Constanze Letsch it was also stated that Mehmet, the owner of a textile shop across the street, said he had had to fire all of his four employees.”Business dropped by 95%. There used to be many Syrians who came for a day or two to shop here, but that has stopped.” He paused. “Many of us want Bashar [al-Assad] to stay, and stability to return to Syria. We were better off before.”

“They are not the only Turks who quietly express support for the regime in Damascus. Religious minorities including Christians, Alevis (a Turkish Muslim sect) and Alawites (their Arabic-speaking counterparts) are increasingly anxious that the government’s active support for Syria’s armed opposition could have a distinctly negative upshot.”

“Cemil Mityasoglu, a Christian wholesale market trader from Antakya, summed it up: “For many Alevis and Christians, Syria seemed like a safe haven. For them it was reassuring to live so close to the Syrian border, knowing that they could always go there if things became ugly in Turkey.”

Whatever the real truth is about the situation in Syria and why so many Syrians have been killed. It clearly can’t be separated by the funding of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to spread radical Sunni Islam in Syria – and the political agreement with certain Western powers and Turkey to enter the “political vacuum,” which was opened by the so-called Arab Spring. The current situation in Syria began because of outside meddling and the ongoing chaos suits their agenda. After all, many outside nations desire direct military intervention in order to not only weaken Syria but to alter the political and religious landscape based on religious fundamentalism.

The religious mosaic of Syria is being threatened and the same applies to the rights of women. It is essential that political reforms come from within the government of Syria and with other political organizations which are opposed to outside meddling and terrorism. If the center in Syria collapses then a future nightmare awaits Syria because over 100,000 people in Iraq were killed and even today terrorism is a daily threat. Similarly, in Afghanistan you have had over 30 years of chaos and untold numbers of people have been killed because of outside meddling. This applies to firstly supporting radical Sunni Islamic terrorism and organizations – and then, after September 11, fighting former allies. Either way, both periods just engulfed the people of Afghanistan and after 30 years the country is worse off than before.

http://www.sana.sy/eng/337/2012/04/26/414867.htm 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/25/tough-times-turks-border-syria

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Saudi Arabia, Sept 11 & no churches: never mind, more military sales from US and UK

Saudi Arabia, Sept 11 & no churches: never mind, more military sales from US and UK

Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

International terrorism, the radical Sunni Islamic angle, and massive funding coming out of Saudi Arabia, is clear for all to see despite the continuing lambast of Iran. Indeed, the vast majority of individuals involved in September 11 came from Saudi Arabia and only Saudi Arabian funding schools have preached hatred towards Christians, Jews, and others, in the United Kingdom. However, despite this, and much more, the clattering of commerce outweighs everything.

Therefore, political leaders who only care about democracy when the time suits their political objectives, send innocent American and British soldiers to distant lands whereby many are killed or disabled. At the same time political leaders play the democracy and “shared civilization card” but under all the political manipulation both nations continue to pander to Saudi Arabia.

It matters not if the government is Democratic or Republican in America, or if Conservative or Labour in the United Kingdom – because the central theme of supporting Saudi Arabia remains the same. This means that elected officials in both nations abuse the political system in order to support the most undemocratic, gender biased, and hater of religious diversity on the face of this planet. Yes, this applies to Saudi Arabia which crushes all diversity and maintains a firm gender apartheid and religious system.

Astonishingly, despite the complete mass discrimination of Saudi Arabia this nation sponsors major Islamic networks throughout the world in order to spread conservative Islam. In return, the West and the non-Muslim East sells its soul and demands nothing in return. The upshot of all this is that not one single Christian church, Buddhist temple, Shinto shrine, Zoroastrian temple, Hindu temple, Jewish synagogue, and other non-Muslim places of worship like the Sikh faith, is tolerated.

More alarming, all male Saudi converts to Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, or to any non-Muslim faith, face the death penalty for merely leaving the Islamic faith. Also, from a gender point of view you have female apartheid because Saudi women are not allowed to own their own passports and to mix freely in society. Indeed, several years ago many young girls were allowed to burn to death because the fire services feared being punished for entering a female school. This all happens in the land of institutional hatred and where brave Saudi individuals face massive intolerance at the hands of the state apparatus.

Shia Muslims also face severe oppression and in many of the higher institutions of Saudi Arabia the followers of Shia Islam are denied full representation. At the same time the government of Saudi Arabia is helping the Sunni Muslim elite to clampdown on the Shias of Bahrain and many Shia followers have been killed by Saudi Arabian duplicity in Yemen.

Currently the leader of the United Kingdom is in Saudi Arabia whereby he hopes to “broaden and deepen” the UK-Saudi relationship. Of course, the relationship is all one sided because non-Muslims have no equality in Saudi Arabia and women, homosexuals, the followers of the Shia, face so much discrimination. However, the military expansion of this religious and gender apartheid nation will continue because of new enormous military contracts.

Recently, the ethical policy of the Obama administration was seen for what it is after announcing a 60 billion dollar military deal with Saudi Arabia. Clearly the leader of the United Kingdom will follow suit and announce another major arms deal with the most authoritarian and draconian nation in the world where religious freedom and gender equality is crushed.

The terrorist angle and September 11 should have woken many people up because the US and UK were involved in murky dealings in the past in Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Pakistan, to name just a few. Therefore, the CIA and other covert ratlines in the 1980s and 1990s were allies of radical Sunni Islam in several parts of the world because of so-called security concerns.

David E. Kaplan in his article called How billions in oil money spawned a global terror network which was published in U.S. News, commented that “The evidence was indisputable: Saudi Arabia. America’s longtime ally and the world’s largest oil producer had somehow become, as a senior Treasury Department official put it, “the epicenter” of terrorist financing. This didn’t come entirely as a surprise to intelligence specialists. But until the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. officials did painfully little to confront the Saudis not only on financing terror but on backing fundamentalists and jihadists overseas. Over the past 25 years, the desert kingdom has been the single greatest force in spreading Islamic fundamentalism, while its huge, unregulated charities funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to jihad groups and al Qaeda cells around the world. Those findings are the result of a five-month investigation by U.S. News. The magazine’s inquiry is based on a review of thousands of pages of court records, U.S. and foreign intelligence reports, and other documents. In addition, the magazine spoke at length with more than three dozen current and former counterterrorism officers, as well as government officials and outside experts in Riyadh, the Saudi capital.”

It is apparent that Saudi Arabian ratlines got away with September 11 and religious leaders in the West and non-Muslim East have been shackled by political governments and political correctness which is switched on and off at random. The outcome is that the nation of Saudi Arabia continues to fund conservative Islam to the tune of over 100 billion dollars since the mid-1970s in the non-Muslim world. However, not one Buddhist temple and Christian church is allowed in Saudi Arabia. Therefore, not surprisingly nations like the UK now have around 100,000 converts to Islam with the vast majority being followers of the Sunni faith.

Saudi Arabia for decades funded a major Sunni Islamization policy and more militant individuals sponsored global terrorism. The Al-Shabaab in Somalia doesn’t dress and behave in traditional Somali ways and militants in Northern Nigeria are spreading the sword to Christians and moderate Muslims.

Irrespective of everything, including inaction after September 11, ignoring the real facts before this event, continuing to ignore the real long-term objective of conservative Sunni Islamic elites in this nation, maintaining the threat of killing all apostates, gender apartheid, and other draconian realities – it is more military sales from the nations of America and the United Kingdom. The ongoing silence about the reality of Saudi Arabia refusing religious freedom, political freedom, and gender freedom, shames both nations and many others which also ignore this reality.

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/031215/15terror.htm Terrorist network

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/1874471.stm Girls allowed to be burnt alive because they weren’t covered up – the reality of Saudi Arabia

http://moderntokyotimes.com/2011/12/19/siege-of-mecca-and-juhayman-al-otaibi-cia-and-gign-operatives-converted-to-islam/ - The Siege of Mecca and Juhayman al-Otaibi and CIA and GIGN operatives converted to Islam

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Indonesia: Spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) gets reduced sentence

Indonesia: Spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) gets reduced sentence

Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker 

Modern Tokyo Times

The radical Sunni Islamic cleric, Abu Bakar Ba’asyir, who is the spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, will feel relieved after his sentence was reduced from 15 years to 9 years. Ba’asyir will be hoping that a further appeal will also work in his favor and this crafty spiritual leader is not one to underestimate because in the past he overcame many obstacles.

In March this year he received a 15 year sentence for allegedly supporting radical Sunni Islamists in Aceh. According to the court decision Islamists in Aceh were intent on spreading a violent campaign in order to see the implementation of Sharia Islamic law. However, just like in the past, Ba’asyir denies all charges of inciting hatred and encouraging Sunni Islamic terrorism.

Indonesia is the largest mainly Muslim nation in the world in terms of population but not everything is what it appears.  This applies to the rapid growth of Christianity which is between 10% and 13% of the population according to various statistics. The official line was that Christianity was just below 10% over a decade ago but more “closet Christians” are coming out because of the growing strength of Christianity in many parts of Indonesia.

Ba’asyir and many conservative and radical Muslims are concerned about this. Therefore, one way to stem the tide and to clampdown on the Christian faith is to introduce Islamic Sharia law and then Muslim apostates would face the death penalty.

However, mainstream Islam in Indonesia is more moderate and many Muslims support a secular notion and that all Indonesians are equal. Yet, in recent times money from nations like Saudi Arabia began to spread the message of conservative Islam and you have had many attacks against Christians and Ahmaddiya Muslims.

Ba’asyir was born in 1938 and during his lifetime you have had many political changes and the gradual growth of conservative Islam meant that more people were open to his thinking. Also, Sunni Islamic funding from conservative nations in the Gulf meant that new opportunities and funding became available for religious leaders, individuals, and radical organizations.

Ba’asyir and Abdullah Sungkar opened a boarding school in 1972 in order to preach to the next generation about the need to implement Islamic Sharia law in Indonesia. In time both individuals would flee to Malaysia because the Suharto regime was in no mood to bow down to Islamists.

In 1999 Ba’asyir returned to Indonesia and clearly he and Sungkar had gained from their exile in Malaysia. This applies to meeting leading Islamists and learning a more composed way of spreading radical Sunni Islam.

Ba’asyir and Sungkar both became involved (some say founded but Ba’asyir plays with words) with Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) which was a lose patchwork of various radical Islamic organizations. The main goal was to create a super-Islamic state which would incorporate Indonesia, Malaysia, the southern Philippines, Brunei, and Singapore (some Islamists would also include southern Thailand and Cambodia).

The vastness of this region and the mass complexity is a wonder to behold, however, in the wrong hands it could become a nightmare.  After all, you have a very diverse mix of ethnic and religious groups and you already have religious bouts of violence between Christians and Muslims in parts of Indonesia and the southern Philippines. More recently, tensions have erupted between Muslims and Buddhists in southern Thailand. Also, passions often run high in Malaysia which is the most diverse nation in the region when it comes to religion and the Shia faith is illegal in so-called moderate Malaysia.

Ba’asyir can’t be ignored or brushed aside so easily because JI have been involved in many terrorist attacks and have embroiled themselves in communal violence against Christians. Also, when tensions were at their highest many years ago between Christians and Muslims, you had many Sunni Islamic organizations like JI and Laskar Jihad who supported jihad. More alarming, he often plays around with words and distances himself when needed. Therefore, Ba’asyir and terrorist organizations like Laskar Jihad (Laskar Jihad disbanded but was used by elements of the military in West Papua and can be formed easily via many fronts) can melt away from the scene and then come back either through a new organization or during times of severe tensions.

Walid Phares, author of “The War of Ideas: Jihadism against Democracy” and other books, stated “We all know that the process to become a Jihadist, is long and tenuous. It needs a Salafi-Wahabi environment to be produced. The question in Indonesia is this: Who is producing the “ideological culture” out of which Jama’ah Islamiah came from? What are the structural webs that produced Laskar Mujahidin (or Laskar e Jihad), or Laskar Jundullah or even the Sulawesi-based Mujahedeen KOMPAK?”

Walid Phares sums up this complexity by stating that “…the Jihadi “Laskars” around the archipelago are projecting themselves as the “protectors” of the territorial unity of “Muslim Indonesia.” Hence their action against non-Muslims, including in Poso, the Celebes, etc is projected as “in the interest of the nation.” They are trying to emulate Hassan Turabi’s strategy in Sudan: the defense of Islam’s lands.”

These comments by Walid Phares were stated several years ago and many radical Sunni Islamic organizations change their operational styles or disband and then come back under a different name.  This game is also part and parcel of Ba’asyir

Given this, JI moved easily between supporting Muslims during communal violence against Christians in Maluku and Poso in Indonesia; and then to targeting economic and Western interests throughout the region. At the same time you had inter-links between JI, Al-Qaeda, MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front), Abu Sayyaf and other Islamic organizations.

However, it must be stated that JI isn’t on the same wavelength when it applies to Abu Sayyaf and what is termed Al-Qaeda. Also, MILF in the Philippines is much more moderate, despite being deadly, than Al-Qaeda/Abu Sayyaf and clearly their focus is on their homeland and powerbase.  International Sunni Islamic jihad is not on the agenda of all Islamists and JI works within “a means to an end” but not on the inter-Muslim bloodletting of Al-Qaeda.

This is not meant to downplay JI because they have been responsible for many deadly deeds and this applies to killing 15 people in 2000 after an attack against the Jakarta Stock Exchange. Also, in the same year many Christians were killed during Christmas Eve bombing in Indonesia. They have also spread their terror to the Philippines with several attacks and an attack was thwarted in Singapore by intelligence agents. Other notable attacks apply to the 2002 Bali bombings and two hotels were attacked in Jakarta in 2009.

Returning back to Ba’asyir he stated in 2002 that “If non-believers have weapons capacity, the funding, then they will go to war against Islam. In the Koran Allah has said they will always wage war against you, they will always attack you as long as they have the capacity.” He further stated that “The government of Indonesia right now is being directed by America to service its needs and the primary need of America is to bury Islam particularly in Indonesia.”

Ba’asyir also stated “…Hence our religion Islam, our nation and our country is currently being threatened by foreign races with all manner of libels, with the bombings in Bali, with explosions everywhere, all of those are the plots of non-believers whose aims are to weaken and profane the believers of Islam.”

Therefore, Ba’asyir is somehow trying to claim that the Bali bombings were done by non-Muslims and this is similar to the September 11th conspiracy theory. However, this is clearly ridiculous and Osama Bin Laden and other brutal killers don’t play the “conspiracy game” when it comes to denial.  In many ways JI is much more dangerous than Al-Qaeda when it comes to a lasting legacy, ideology, and patience.

Irrespective if the organization JI exists in name isn’t important because the ideology will remain within another organization. Also, Indonesia is a very powerful nation when it comes to geopolitics and the future of this nation will influence the religious pluralism of the entire region.  

On page 166 and 167 of Zachary Abuza’s book called Militant Islam in Southeast Asia, Crucible of Terror. Zachary Abuza comments that “Although Abu Bakar Ba’asyir was named by both Malaysia and Singapore as a prime suspect and a leader of Jemaah Islamiya network, he continued to live and preach openly until October 2002.” He also told Zachary Abuza personally that “I am not a member of Al-Qaida, but I really respect the struggle of Osama Bin Laden, who has bravely represented the world’s Muslims in their fight against the arrogant United States of America and their allies.”

Yet what logic can be found in these words by Ba’asyir? After all, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban were involved in the massacres of thousands of Shia Muslims in Afghanistan. This was followed by countless numbers of terrorist attacks against Shia Muslims and other non-Sunni’s in Iraq; and of course innocent Sunni Muslims have been killed by radical Sunni Islamists in many nations.

Islamic radicalism is a serious threat in Indonesia and in many other nations. However, Ba’asyir is not your usual radical Sunni Islamist leader because he is cunning and manipulates language when it suits. Therefore, it is very difficult for the authorities in Indonesia to pin Ba’asyir and not only this, he does have connections even if the trail leads to dust.

The saga will go on and Ba’asyir will continue to be loved by his supporters and hated by individuals who support religious pluralism. Whatever happens, it is doubtful that Ba’asyir will settle for his reduced sentence and it is also doubtful that he will reject Islamic jihad and terrorism within his heart.

However, the Aceh affair does remain open to interpretation because Ba’asyir isn’t foolish nor naïve and if he believed that he would be held accountable – then the Ba’asyir that most people know, is an individual who likes to cover his angles.

http://www.meforum.org/2044/jemaah-islamiyah-adopts-the-hezbollah-model

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Buddhist history in Pakistan: art of manipulation in a major media outlet in US

Buddhist history in Pakistan: art of manipulation in a major media outlet in US

Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

The article called Museum exhibit highlights Pakistan’s Buddhist roots” by Emanuella Grinberg (CNN) was a very interesting title and I expected some real enlightenment.  Instead, it was little more than a propaganda stunt or written by an individual who clearly understands little about the history of the Indian subcontinent.

Sadly, the more I read then Melissa Chiu also followed the same theme because the Museum Director at New York’s Asia Society, also made baseless comments based on political correctness and whitewashing the ongoing persecution of all minorities in Pakistan. 

It matters not if Melissa Chiu desired this or if it was based on sensitivities or if because of other factors. The end result is that her comment distorts reality by using clever language which places Pakistan within ancient culture but clearly this is false.

Yes, it is not only Hindus and Christians who suffer in Pakistan but also Ahmadiyya Muslims and Shia Muslims are also attacked often by extremists within the Sunni Muslim community.  Or, the discrimination is state sanctioned and in modern day Pakistan both non-Muslims and Muslims face the death penalty for blaspheming against Mohammed. 

Therefore, what religious pluralism and what Pakistan history are Emanuella Grinberg and Melissa Chiu talking about?  Pakistan is a relatively new nation and since the creation of Pakistan the Hindu and Sikh population went into sharp decline and ongoing Islamization is continuing.

It is true that the land of modern day Pakistan was at the crossroads of cultural influences but this happened under “mother India.” Hindus in India welcomed religious minorities fleeing Islamic persecution in Persia (Iran) and Zoroastrians fled to “mother India.” However, constant Islamic invasions of “mother India” meant that Islamization would take place in parts of a more advanced Hindu civilization which welcomed religious pluralism – note Syriac Christians, Zoroastrians, Jainism, Buddhism and other faiths which thrived within Hindu civilization.

Indeed, since the creation of Pakistan the Hindu civilization was crushed and this applies to Hindus fleeing, greater marginalization, destruction and neglect of Hindu architecture and temples.  Therefore, while the Muslim population in India remains constant the Hindu population in Pakistan and Bangladesh in such a short period of time is in crisis.

In truth, the Hindus of Pakistan are sharing the same fate which befell the Buddhists of Afghanistan and one day virtually nothing will be left apart from minor images in museums or very small Hindu communities which have no power.

Melissa Chiu comments that “When we think of Pakistan, Americans might associate it with the place where Osama bin Laden was captured, with terrorism and natural disasters…..But actually, it has a much longer history that dates back to an ancient culture that gives us a sense of a pluralistic tradition that was all about tolerance.”

Wrong, Pakistan does not have a long history but “mother India” of course does have a long deep history and it is one of the finest civilizations in the world.  The Hindu civilization faced stagnation and being reduced in size because of Islamic invasions and then British colonialism. However, since independence India is once more emerging and this nation is a rising power and a nation based on pluralism.

Alternatively, since the creation of Pakistan the religious minorities and society on a whole is being Islamized and moderate Muslims, Ahmadiyya Muslims, non-Muslim minorities, and liberals within society are on the back foot.  Christian and Hindu women are often kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam and Ahmadiyya Muslims are treated like second-class citizens in their own land.

Ahmadiyya Muslims and Shia Muslims are not being killed in India because of their religion but in Pakistan many members from both communities have been killed. 

Melissa Chiu is using language delicately because Pakistan is a new nation state and the “much longer history that dates back to an ancient culture” does not bare a relationship with aligning this with Pakistan and it should be mentioned under “mother India.”

The “pluralistic tradition” is nothing to do with Pakistan but was part and parcel of Hindu civilization and “mother India.” Since the creation of Pakistan the Hindu population and others have suffered greatly and the old world is becoming “a modern day museum.”

Emanuella Grinberg then states “At its height, Gandhara encompassed present-day Peshawar in northwest Pakistan and parts of eastern Afghanistan, the Hindu Kush, and northwest India, making it a major center of trade, commerce and the development of arts and education. Pakistan may be 95% Muslim today, but Buddhism flourished in Gandhara between the 2nd century B.C. and 10th century A.D., giving rise to a distinct style of Buddhist visual art.”

This information is educational but look what is left out.  How did Afghanistan and modern day Pakistan become 99% Muslim and 95% Muslim respectively?  The factors will be based on multiple reasons but ignoring Islamic jihad, dhimmitude, jizya, forced conversions, pogroms, destruction of Hindu, Buddhist, Zoroastrian and Jain places of worship, is a lot to leave out.

Emanuella Grinberg crosses the line when in her article it is stated that the exhibit also demonstrates Pakistan’s dedication to preserving its multicultural heritage, Pakistan’s representative to the United Nations said.”

UN Amabassador for Pakistan, Abdullah Hussain Haroon, comments that “Buddha represents a human being whose ethereal qualities were so magnified by his enormous wisdom that his values of himself, which were espoused by Gandhi and so many others, became his contributions to mankind.”

I do not doubt the sincerity of Abdullah Hussain Haroon and clearly many people in Pakistan do genuinely support a more tolerant society.  Also, individuals like Abdullah Hussain Haroon want to preserve past history and protect civilizations which are very rich. However, the story is more complex than this and ongoing Islamization is a reality and even Sufi shrines have been attacked in recent times in Pakistan.

The BBC stated In recent years kidnapping for ransom and armed robberies have multiplied in the area and Hindus have increasingly been the focus of attacks….Many pay protection money regularly to local gangs or influential figures. But in spite of this they are still targeted.”

The Hindu American Foundation stated (Washington, D.C. (June 15, 2006)) that “The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) bemoaned the destruction of the last Hindu temple in Lahore, Pakistan. At the time of the partition of India in 1947 Lahore was known as one of the centers of culture and cosmopolitanism. Soon thereafter its great artists, musicians, and its Hindu and Sikh populations either moved voluntarily out of that city or were driven out by the fundamentalist Muslim forces that have shaped the country since then. “The last stroke in making Lahore totally Muslim is the demolition of the only remaining Hindu temple in the city”, said Ramesh Rao, member of the HAF Executive Council.”

“A private developer was allowed to demolish the ‘Krishna Mandir’ at Wachhoowali, Rang Mahal, and construct a commercial building in its place. Government officials, in charge of protecting minority interests, were involved in the machinations that led to the destruction of the last Hindu temple in Lahore. The Evacuee Property Trust Board (EPTB), the government body maintaining properties of minorities, especially Hindus and Sikhs, was said to have concealed facts from the municipal board chairman about the nature of the building. This is not the first time the EPTB has permitted the demolition of a temple. It was only last year that the Vehari temple in Punjab was razed for the construction of a commercial building.”

“These acts of connivance of local authorities in the destruction of non-Muslim religious symbols and in harassing minority groups are in the established tradition of driving minorities out of Pakistan. The Hindu population in Pakistan, which was between 15 and 24 percent in 1947, at the time of partition of India, has now been reduced to less than two percent. “While we applaud the condemnation by several opposition members of the National Assembly like Pakistan People’s Party, and Pakistan Muslim League-N, we realize that the political, social, and religious dynamic in Pakistan allows such attacks on minorities and minority institutions with impunity,” said Dr. Mihir Meghani, President of HAF. “Unless there is worldwide condemnation of this act of destruction, and arrest and imprisonment of officials involved in the matter, there is no hope for minorities in Pakistan.” 

Therefore, the author, the ambassador and the museum director in the CNN article can state platitudes about the showing of Buddhist history.  However, Hindu and Sikhs are becoming “real museums” without having “a museum” to show the reality of Pakistan since partition.

The pluralism of past history is nothing to do with Pakistan because past pluralism was based on Hindu civilization and the Indian subcontinent.  Given this, it is deplorable that at a time when minorities face so much persecution and injustice in modern day Pakistan; that an article written by a CNN correspondent is whitewashing past history and the modern day reality of Pakistan.

The author instead comes up with allowing the following comment in her article that “...the exhibit also demonstrates Pakistan’s dedication to preserving its multicultural heritage.”

This could not be further from the truth because much of Pakistan’s past Hindu and Buddhist heritage is under attack.  Also, never mind heritage, the Hindu population since the creation of Pakistan is in clear free-fall percentage wise and institutional discrimination is widespread.

Maybe the author believes it is fine to have a museum which distorts reality and then to make political capital out of the misfortune of past history where Buddhists suffered so greatly at the hands of Islamic rule.  Also, the past eradication of Buddhism after Islamic conquests is not just history because since the creation of Pakistan it is clear that Hindu civilization and the Hindu population faces the same Islamization processes.

This applies to violence, persecution and institutional discrimination.

Also, why does the author allow the following comment: This was one of the great periods of the world of fundamental equity, of human rights and so many other important principles, which are important to Pakistan and the United States today….”

The Buddhist exhibition shows how little is left of Buddhism after Islamization took place and in recent times Hindu and Sikh communities have been forced to flee many areas after the creation of Pakistan.

When does a state sanctioned policy for supporting the death penalty for blasphemy against Mohammed become “important principles?”  Also, how does the ongoing Islamization of Pakistan become turned into“...the exhibit also demonstrates Pakistan’s dedication to preserving its multicultural heritage.”

I am sure that many Hindus will be alarmed by how ancient Hindu civilization and pluralism is being used in the same paragraph to denote Pakistan.

The article by Emanuella Grinberg is very misleading and near the end it sounds like a propaganda piece.  I am astonished that a major agency would allow such a shallow and distorted history to be allowed to be published and manipulated.

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/LIVING/08/21/pakistan.gandhara.art/index.html?hpt=hp_mid

http://www.hafsite.org/media/pr/temple-destruction-lahore-pakistan

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6367773.stm

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Sunni Islamists strike in Pakistan: 73 reported dead at paramilitary base

Sunni Islamists strike in Pakistan: 73 reported dead at paramilitary base

Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

Radical Sunni Islam is a death cult

Sunni Islamists have struck twice at a Pakistan paramilitary force academy and initial reports state that 73 people have been killed and many have been injured.  The death total could rise further and once more radical Sunni Islamic fanatics have killed innocents in Pakistan.

In the twisted world of radical Sunni Islam where they care about the burial of Osama bin Laden, despite this mass killer gloating over thousands of people being killed on September 11 in America; you will have a deadly silence from the same Sunni Islamic zealots over this latest terrorist attack.

Sunni Islamic fanatics have murdered thousands of innocent Shia Muslims and Christians in Iraq. Yet what do these Islamic fanatics desire from all this bloodshed?

Apparently, the social agenda is not important and clearly sexual freedom and religious liberty is not an issue.  On the contrary, Sunni Islamic zealots desire to enforce Islamic Sharia law on the entire nation. 

This means that the ultimate goal is to enforce dhimmitude on non-Muslims, kill apostates from Islam, stone women to death for adultery, kill homosexuals, and introduce amputations for minor crimes. 

In the dream world of Sunni Islamists in Pakistan they somehow believe that returning to the 7th century will mean progress.  However, it was Muslims who beheaded a relative of Mohammed and it was Muslims who killed the majority of the early caliphs.

What is scary to think is that once the land of Pakistan was an area which belonged to “mother India.”  Therefore, you had a thriving Buddhist community, Hindu community, Sikh community, and other faiths like Zoroastrianism and Jainism will have been part of the fabric of this multi-religious society.

However, Islamic invasions of this part of India and the calamity of partition meant that this land became Islamized.  Therefore, this mainly Islamic nation state remains beholden to Islamists and this stranglehold is destroying Pakistan.

Sunni Islamic radicalism is based on the hatred of the other.  Therefore, they care not if they kill Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Shia Muslims, Ahmadiyya Muslims, moderate Muslims, and so forth

This Sunni Islamic schizophrenic outlook is clearly dangerous because it desires the blood of the innocents and the only sacred duty is to reject all past non-Muslim culture and to reject all concepts of modernity

The joint terrorist attack will have witnessed Sunni Islamic ecstasy prior to murdering so many innocents and the vast majority of people killed in this Islamic terrorist attack will have been Muslim. 

Despite this, the indoctrinated individuals who have joined numerous different Sunni Islamic terrorist groups will still believe that they will be rewarded in heaven.

Pakistan continues to play “the terrorist card” in Kashmir and Afghanistan. Also, the hallmarks of the terrorist attack in Mumbai led all the way back to Pakistan. 

The same Sunni Islamic forces which have been unleashed in Afghanistan and Kashmir now need to know that Pakistan is serious about breaking up many Sunni Islamic terrorist organizations.

If Pakistan does not act, then the schizophrenic followers of radical Sunni Islam will eat away at the body politic of Pakistan and this will lead to “year Mohammed.”

Schools must come under state control because Islamic religious schools are using their influence and network in order to threaten the central government.  Islamic charities need to be checked for terrorist links and draconian laws need to be eradicated.

Turning back to the twin bomb attack in north-west Pakistan, then it is clear that the death of Osama bin Laden will not stop terrorism.

Despite information still being sketchy it appears that one attack was a suicide attack and the other was a planted bomb which was designed to kill many.

Ahmad Ali, a paramilitary policeman, stated that he could hear the Islamist shouting “allahu Akbar” before killing so many innocient.

Ahmad Ali commented that “I was sitting in a van waiting for my colleagues. We were in plain clothes and we were happy we were going to see our families.”

Ahmad Ali also stated that “I heard someone shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ [God is great] and then I heard a huge blast. I was hit by something in my back shoulder.

Yes, the terrorist prior to the attack was praising Allah before shedding the blood of innocents.

The blind hatred of Sunni Islamic terrorism does not have any boundaries because “the Sunni Islamic death cult” is based on murder, dhimmitude, and rule by fear.

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