Obama Cites Ayatollah’s Fatwa on Road to Nuclear War


As Iran continues edging closer to developing nuclear weapons—a major threat to the entire Mideast region, especially longstanding U.S. ally Israel—U.S. President Obama has come to the aid of the Islamic Republic, by citing an Islamic fatwa no less.  In a video recording posted on the White House’s website, Obama said, “Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons, and President Rouhani has said that Iran would never develop a nuclear weapon.”

This is the same Rouhani who, after recently showcasing Iran’s newly developed missiles, described his nation’s diplomatic talks with the U.S. as an active “jihad”: “Our negotiations with the world powers are a source of national pride. Yesterday [during the Iran-Iraq War], your brave generals stood against the enemy on the battlefield and defended their country. Today, your diplomatic generals are defending [our nation] in the field of diplomacy–this, too, is jihad.”

Other administration officials—such as Secretary of State John Kerry and Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes—have previously referred to the ayatollah’s reported fatwa in the context of the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran.

The Obama administration’s citation of this fatwa is utterly wrongheaded on many levels.

First, the Islamic doctrine of taqiyya permits Muslims to deceive non-Muslims.  Islamic prophet Muhammad himself regularly lied to his infidel enemies, often resulting in their murder (such as the case of Ka‘b ibn Ashraf). He also proclaimed that lying was permissible in three contexts, one being war. Moreover, throughout the centuries and due to historic circumstances, taqiyya became second nature to the Shia—the sect currently ruling Iran.

Then there is the fact that Islamic law takes circumstance into account.  When Muhammad was weak and outnumbered in Mecca, he preached peace and tolerance (hence why Meccan Suras appear peaceful); when he became strong in Medina, he preached war and went on the offensive (hence why Medinan Suras are violent and intolerant). This dichotomy—preach peace when weak, wage war when strong—has been Islamic modus operandi for centuries.

Speaking of fatwas, Dr. Yusuf Burhami, a prominent Islamic cleric in Egypt, recently said that destroying churches in Egypt is permissible if not advisable—but not if doing so prompts Western infidels to intervene and occupy Egypt, which they could do “because the condition of Muslims in the current era is well known to the nations of the world—they are weak.”  Burhami further added that circumstance is everything, “just as the prophet allowed the Jews to remain in Khaibar after he opened [conquered] it, once Muslims grew in strength and number, [second caliph] Omar al-Khattab drove them out according to the prophet’s command, ‘Drive out the Jews and Christians from the Peninsula.’”

And who can forget Yasser Arafat’s reference to Muhammad’s Hudaybiya pact?  In 1994, soon after negotiating a peace treaty criticized as conceding too much to Israel, Arafat addressed an assembly of Muslims and said: “I see this agreement as being no more than the agreement signed between our Prophet Muhammad and the [infidel] Quraysh in Mecca.” In other words, like Muhammad, Arafat gave his word only to annul it once his ranks became strong enough to go on the offensive.

In short, it’s all very standard for Islamic leaders to say they are pursuing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes while they are weaker than their infidel foes—as Iran is today—but once they acquire nukes the jihad can resume in earnest

US Muslim soldier: “We would love to do something like the brother in Paris did”


What did the “brother in Paris” do? He murdered some of the “enemies of Allah”: Muhammad cartoonists and Jews.

More on this story. “Two Illinois men arrested on terror charges,” by Ray Sanchez and Wesley Bruer,CNN, March 26, 2015:

(CNN)An Army National Guard member and his cousin have been arrested in Illinois for allegedly conspiring to provide material support to the terrorist organization ISIS, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

The alleged plot included a plan to attack a U.S. military installation in Illinois.

In the past 18 months, the Justice Department’s National Security Division has prosecuted or is prosecuting 32 cases of people attempting to travel abroad to join or providing support to terrorist groups. Of those cases, 18 allegedly involve support to ISIS.

Spc. Hasan Edmonds, 22, was arrested Wednesday night at Chicago Midway International Airport while attempting to travel to Egypt to eventually join ISIS, according to Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin and other federal officials said.

His cousin, Jonas “Yunus” Edmonds, 29, was arrested at his home in Aurora in connection with an alleged plot to carry out an armed attack on an unspecified U.S. military facility in northern Illinois where Hasan Edmonds had been training.

The two U.S. citizens were charged, in criminal complaints filed in U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois, with one count each of conspiring to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization.

The cousins were scheduled to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheila Finnegan. It is unclear if they have attorneys.

After an undercover FBI informant posing as an ISIS fighter outside the United States sent Hasan Edmonds a Facebook “friend” request in late 2014, he began to receive private messages from him indicating that he and his cousin were willing to travel to overseas and fight for ISIS.

“InshAllah we will complete our task or be grants [sic] shahada [Arabic for martyr] I look forward to the training,” Hasan Edmonds is alleged to have told the informant in January. “I am already in the American kafir army and now I wish only to serve in the army of Allah alongside my true brothers.”

They continued to communicate over the following weeks, with Hasan Edmonds expressing concerns about Jonas Edmonds’ criminal record and whether he would be allowed to travel overseas.

“They try hard to keep people like him trapped in America,” he told the undercover FBI employee.

“I know several Muslims have been caught attempting the Turkey route so tell me why not many Americans take the Egypt route. I am open to either way,” Hasan Edmonds told the informant, according to court documents.

On February 2, Hasan Edmonds contacted the undercover informant again and said his cousin was willing to carry out an attack on U.S. soil.

“Honestly we would love to do something like the brother in Paris did,” Hasan Edmonds stated, referring to the French terror attacks in January in which 16 people were killed.

Prosecutors said Jonas Edmonds contacted the informant to arrange travel accommodations.

“Number one on my list is Mosul,” he stated, referring to Iraq’s second-largest city. “If I find myself stuck here [in the United States], I intend to take advantage of being so close to the kuffar.”

Jonas Edmonds this week accepted that he would be unable to travel and told the FBI informant of his intention to buy AK-47s and grenades to carry out an attack on the military facility. He would use his cousin’s uniform and “anticipated a body count of 100 to 150.” He was given a list of officer rankings by his cousin and advised to “kill the head,” according to court documents.

Prosecutors said Jonas Edmonds planned to carry out the attack after Hasan Edmonds left the country.

A federal complaint alleges that Hasan Edmonds came to the attention of the FBI in late 2014. The complaints uses the acronym ISIL, or Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Hasan Edmonds planned to use his military training to fight for the terrorist organization, prosecutors said in a statement. Hasan Edmonds booked airline travel to depart Wednesday from Chicago and arrive in Cairo Thursday.

The cousins presented an undercover informant with plans to attacks the military facility, prosecutors said.

Who has been recruited to ISIS from the West?

“Disturbingly, one of the defendants currently wears the same uniform of those they allegedly planned to attack,” Carlin said in the statement.

Conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine…

FB page hails pilot who deliberately crashed plane as Islamic State hero


Muslims and Leftists are furious today that some people have been asking about mass murdering pilot Andreas Lubitz’s religion — as if it is offensive on its face even to inquire whether or not Lubitz was killing for Islam and jihad. After all, who ever heard of anyone doing that? In any case, even if Lubitz was not Muslim, some Muslims and supporters of the Islamic State are hailing him as a hero of the Islamic State anyway. He did, after all, murder over 150 people. What else makes you a hero of the Islamic State?

“Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz called ‘a hero’ in sick Facebook tribute page,” by Anthony Bond, Mirror, March 26, 2015:

A sick Facebook tribute page calling the Germanwings co-pilot who deliberately crashed a plane into the French Alps ‘a hero’ has been set up.

The page – called Andreas Lubitz, world champion in Flight Simulator – was set up after officials confirmed he had flown his plane into the mountains.

One post claims to be from ISIS calling the pilot ‘the French hero’.

It reads: “OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE : The Islamic State apologizes for misspelling in the title of the page and take the opportunity to remind you that the French hero is always spelled with an s .

“The community manager was removed from office and will be beheaded to serve as a lesson.”

Another post says “Already a lot of messages of support for our hero . Thank you all .”

Officials today said Andreas Lubitz locked himself into the cockpit before smashing the plane into mountains.

The dramatic revelations have horrified people in the German town of Montabaur who said Mr Lubitz had showed no signs of depression when they saw him last.

Peter Ruecker, a member of a glider club who watched him learn to fly, said: “He was happy he had the job with Germanwings and he was doing well. He gave off a good feeling.”

Mr Lubitz had obtained his glider pilot’s licence as a teenager and was accepted as a Lufthansa pilot trainee after finishing a tough German college preparatory school, Mr Ruecker said.

He described the co-pilot as a “rather quiet” but friendly young man.

Mr Ruecker was a member of the LSC Westerwald flying club in Montabaur.

The club has paid tribute to him, saying: “With great dismay, the members of the LSC Westerwald e.V have heard of the crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525. With horror we acknowledge that among the dead is a longtime member of our association.

“Andreas died as First Officer on the tragic flight.”

It emerged today that passengers on the doomed Germanwings plane only knew they were about to die in the terrifying seconds before it crashed into the French Alps….


A Varied and Inextricable Tangle


“I do not accept the mendacity of the so-called Moderate Islam. I do not believe that a Good Islam and a Bad Islam exist. Only Islam exists. And Islam is the Koran. And the Koran says what it says.” –Oriana Fallaci, 2006

I can sympathize with the atheists. With what is going on in the world today—the wars, the revolutions, the terrorism, the mass executions—in the name of religion, who wouldn’t be just a tiny bit disgusted with the very idea of adhering to a religion, any religion, that commands a subjugated silence for its potential opponents and dissenters? However, if one looks closely, one can readily notice that there is only one religion that exists today as the common denominator behind these recurring human tragedies: Islam. Ayaan Hirsi Ali writes, “Much as the apologists dislike hearing it, Islam is giving all religions a bad reputation. Not all of this violence is explicitly motivated by religion, but a great deal of it is. I believe that it is foolish to insist, as Western leaders habitually do, that the violent acts committed in the name of Islam can somehow be divorced from the religion itself.”

Neil Kressel referred to Islam as being “infected” with antisemitism. I disagree with this viewpoint. This is to suggest that Islam, in its very essence, is salubrious and absolutely good for mankind and that its manifestations of anti-Jewish hatred and hatred of all others came afterward, as if by chance and coincidental. Ayaan Hirsi Ali refutes such facilitative theories when she writes, “As I see it, the fundamental problem is that the majority of otherwise peaceful and law-abiding Muslims are unwilling to acknowledge, much less repudiate, the theological warrant for intolerance and violence embedded in their own religious texts. It simply will not do for Muslims to claim that their religion has been ‘hijacked’ by extremists. The killers of Islamic State and Nigeria’s Boko Haram cite the same religious texts that every other Muslim in the world considers sacrosanct.” Ayaan Hirsi Ali promotes the idea, as do I, that “Any serious discussion of Islam must begin with its core creed, which is based on the Quran…”

I don’t pay much attention to those whose arguments in defence of Islam are presented by way of “context dropping,” to use Ayn Rand’s terminology. It’s quite obvious to me that, in the Western narrative, the way we are always too accommodative for our own good, Muslim antisemitism is neatly omitted from discussion of all things Islamic. This omission has become so shameless and so commonplace that Muslims today, both clerics and laity, even those who boast of intellect and education, equate honest criticism of their conspicuously violent behaviour to the persecution suffered by Jews at the hands of the Nazis. The irony in this insouciantly false comparison—an irony which continually escapes notice—is that the Muslim today replaces the Nazi of yesterday as the anti-Jewish oppressor. The “moderate” Nazis of 1933 were those who voted Adolf Hitler into power.

Western society is being bombarded with a primarily Arab propaganda that insists we finally accept the view, despite our conscientious objections and refusals, that the Jew, according to certain Quranic sources, really is evil and quite deserving of our scorn. As Robert Wistrich writes, “Arab and Muslim antisemitism is the Trojan Horse designed to undermine the West’s belief in its own values.” Even Prof. Khaleel Mohammed, of San Diego University, that most timid of sophists, concedes that, “Antisemitism has become an entrenched tenet of Muslim theology, taught to 95 percent of the religion’s adherents in the Islamic world.”

There is only Islam. And Middle Eastern history is glaring proof that “jihad” is not a defensive ideology. The problem is, and remains, that the same Islam we are told honours the “people of the Book” is the same Islam that, apparently, does more to inspire Muslims to murder them in their beds. As I have written elsewhere, I have never expected to find that elusive Islam promised by its apologists. I don’t see it, although I’ve never stopped searching for it. The proofs against their promises of its existence have become a reductio ad absurdum. Or as Bertrand Russell once noted, “…more cranks take up unfashionable untruths than unfashionable truths.”

And how can we expect, with any measure of confidence, these apologists and sophists to admit to such tragic untruths when their religion, the Islam that exists (as opposed to the Islam promised us), has instructed them, by weight of conscience, that those hyperbolic boasts of their Quran obsolesces all other peoples and paths to paradise and proscribes against, with the threat of death, all other metaphysical considerations? But I find in their boasts—and especially in their refusal to prove the worth of those boasts—, to borrow from Primo Levi, “…the true, the possible and the fantastic were intermingled in a varied and inextricable tangle.”