The move away from secularism in Turkey is being aided in large part by an Islamist living in exile right here Pennsylvania, Fetulleh Gullen.
Seattle Times - Everett officials say they’re not planning to make any changes to the program, which features Raymond Ibrahim, associate director of the Middle East Forum. Ibrahim’s appearance is “consistent with the belief that students be exposed to a variety of views,” said John Olson, Everett vice president for college advancement.
But the Washington chapter of the Terrorist Front Group Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and several local religious leaders said they fear Ibrahim’s views could incite violence against Muslims.
“Everything Mr. Ibrahim has done in his career seems to have the single-minded focus of portraying Islam and Muslims as evil, deceitful, conspiring to take over the world, and … feeding the perpetual questioning and mistrust of their presence in the West,” reads the letter by Arsalan Bukhari, executive director of the Washington chapter of CAIR.
Ibrahim responds, “Always be leery of those who fear and would stifle free speech — who would stifle the open exchange of knowledge — such as that unindicted co-conspirator, CAIR.” To which Bukhari reponds, (CAIR) supports freedom of speech, but Ibrahim’s appearance is a case of “privileged speech” because he was invited by the school, promoted as an expert and is being given a platform to speak.
Human Events - (H/T Rob E) - Within a week of the takeover of the oil by the rebels, and while the White House was still promising to send the CIA to Libya to “figure out” who the rebels really were, the U.S. and NATO had brokered a sweet deal for them to control Libya’s oil and sell it to Qatar. The rebels sent the first shipment, worth about $100 million, by tanker in the beginning of April.
It’s a windfall that the al-Qaeda infiltrated rebels, led by a former Gitmo detainee and two former jihadistsfresh from battle in Afghanistan, couldn’t possibly have achieved without the help of US airpower in Libya . With billions they’ll eventually reap in profits from the oil each year, they could easily wage a multi-front jihad and have plenty of money left over for a bio weapon to wipe out the entire American East Coast. The thought of what these jihadist thugs could do inside our borders with the kind of money Obama and NATO helped secure for them ought to terrify Americans.
There is little doubt that al-Qaeda and like-minded groups are behind the Libyan efforts. Regional leaders tried to warn us that the rebel movement in Libya was al Qaeda-backed and affiliated, but the American media largely brushed that off. This week, as the world sat glued to the TV, taking in the bin Laden assassination story, the Christian Science Monitor reported that al-Qaeda fighters are streaming into Libya to help the Obama-backed rebels. Despite this, the rebels say they are expecting to receive $2 to $3 billion in aid from the U.S., France, and Italy in the coming week.
According to UPI, bin Laden himself was so ecstatic about these developments that he became almost sloppy in the weeks before his death, breaking cover and traveling between Afghanistan and Pakistan in an effort to “merge al-Qaeda’s war against the West with the wave of uprisings across the Arab world.”
The pattern by the Obama administration is almost eerie. First, al Qaeda-led rebels capture part of a country and declare it an Islamic emirate or caliphate. Then Obama backs the overthrow of that country’s embattled leader, declaring that he must go in the interest of democracy, even when that goes against U.S. interests in the War on Terror.
That’s exactly what happened in Libya. It’s what happened again in Yemen. Within a week of al-Qaeda rebels seizing a
province there earlier this year, Obama stunned foreign policy experts by suddenly calling for the ouster of Yemen’s president Ali Abdullah Saleh, a critical ally of ours in the war on terror.
Many of the recent attempted attacks on America were planned in Yemen, which has become a base of operation for al-Qaeda. So it was baffling to many that Saleh was thrown under the jihadist bus by Obama even though his help has been critical to the U.S. in tracking and apprehending the al-Qaeda andjihadist
plotters attempting to overthrow Yemen. This raises a question. If Obama isn’t for Saleh in Yemen, exactly who is he for? The options are pretty awful—unless you are partial to radical jihadist thugs.
The whole pattern is similar to what Obama did in Egypt, where he backed a democracy movement that quickly proved to be a poorly disguised vehicle for those sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood to take over the country.
Which brings us back to bin Laden. His assassination is the one fact that doesn’t seem to fit Obama’s otherwise perfect pattern of aiding jihadist thugs in the overthrow of relatively stable countries. That’s because taking out bin Laden wasn’t about hurting al-Qaeda. It was about helping Obama get reelected. So far though, al-Qaeda seems to have come out way ahead in the deal.
Let’s see how they change their tune after a Muslim terrorist attack on Germany.
SPIEGEL (H/T Susan K) - Schadenfreude, the enjoyment of others’ suffering, may be a famously German concept, but it is apparently not a feeling that many Germans aspire to. The political and public fallout following Chancellor Angela Merkel’s statement on Monday that she was “glad” Osama bin Laden had been killed was among the most hotly debated topics in the German media this week.
Politicians, including those within her own center-right coalition, said that no death was cause for celebration, and reproved the remark as un-Christian and vengeful.
But Hamburg judge Heinz Uthmann went even further. He alleges that the chancellor’s statement was nothing short of illegal, and filed a criminal complaint against Merkel midweek, the dailyHamburger Morgenpost reported Friday.
“I am a law-abiding citizen and as a judge, sworn to justice and law,” the 54-year-old told the paper, adding that Merkel’s words were “tacky and undignified.”
In his two-page document, Uthmann, a judge for 21 years, cites section 140 of the German Criminal Code, which forbids the “rewarding and approving” of crimes. In this case, Merkel endorsed a “homicide,” Uthmann claimed. The violation is punishable by up to three years’ imprisonment or a fine.
“For the daughter of a Christian pastor, the comment is astonishing and at odds with the values of human dignity, charity and the rule of law,” Uthmann told the newspaper.
While the judge’s reaction may seem extreme, his sentiments are apparently shared by 64 percent of the German population. That was the proportion of Germans who said bin Laden’s death was “no reason to rejoice” in a poll published by broadcaster ARD on Friday.
Among respondents who said they identified with Germany’s three main opposition parties, an even greater proportion were disgusted with the jubilation over the al-Qaida leader’s death. Their views mirror recent comments made by opposition politicians on the issue.
But even among supporters of Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and their junior coalition partners, the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP), barely half of those polled said they empathized with Merkel’s view.
The chancellor has declined to withdraw her statement, but the outcry prompted government press spokesman Steffen Seibert to defend her on Thursday. “The reason for her happiness was the thought that this man would no longer pose any danger,” he said, adding that her statement had been reported out of context.
Seibert added that Merkel “appreciates that those who heard only this sentence … might have found the combination of the words ‘death’ and ‘glad’ in one phrase to be inappropriate.”
Any wonder why so many American Muslim homegrown terrorists are former prison inmates who were converted to Islam in jail?
Qur’an 8:59: “The infidels should not think that they can get away from us. Prepare against them whatever arms and weaponry you can muster so that you may terrorize them.”
Tabari IX:69: “Killing disbelievers is a small matter to us.”
Qur’an 8:12: “Your Lord inspired the angels with the message: ‘I will terrorize the unbelievers. Therefore smite them on their necks and every joint and incapacitate them. Strike off their heads and cut off each of their fingers and toes.”
Tabari VIII:38: “The Messenger of Allah commanded that all of the Jewish men and boys who had reached puberty should be beheaded.
Where were the crew? Apparently nowhere to be found.
UK DAILY MAIL - (H/T Lee S) - John and Barbara Jeffery had been enjoying the trip of a lifetime when the violent pirates tried to take over the ship they were sailing on. As gun shot rang out, the couple defiantly armed themselves with deck chairs, tables and whatever came to hand as they helped to beat off the outlaws. Mr Jeffery, 65, was hit twice, with one bullet grazing his leg and a piece of shrapnel from another still lodged inside his body.
The couple had been enjoying a three-week trip which was due to take them from Durban in South Africa through the Red Sea and the Suez Canal before touring the Mediterranean before docking in Italy.
But terror struck just one week in, when the MSC Melody was off the coast of Somalia, a spot haunted by pirates, when the couple and their fellow cruise passengers spotted a small speed boat following them.
Mr Jeffery described how the bandits struck in the night: ‘It was about 11.30 in the evening. ’We were on an outer deck at the back of the ship and we were having a bottle of wine. ’There would have been about 15 to 20 of us on deck. We had decided to enjoy our drinks outside as the entertainment in the bar area wasn’t up to much.
‘One of the passengers said they could see a small boat following us in the wake of our ship. ’I could hear the engine of the boat as well. When I looked over the side we saw their small boat had pulled up alongside us.’
The couple, from Seaton Burn, North Tyneside, who took the trip in April 2009, then realised their worst fears were about to come true as the pirates prepared to storm the ship. John said the pirates hauled themselves aboard by slinging a rope over the side: ‘I don’t know how but they had somehow managed to get a rope hooked on to one of the lower decks and there was a pirate climbing up the side.’
With no members of the crew or security guards nearby, the passengers realised they would have to take matters into their own hands. Barbara, also 65, said the stunned passengers banded together to stave off the attack:
‘We all then started to throw whatever we could get our hands on overboard. ’We were throwing everything we could at him but he was still climbing. ’We were on one of the upper decks but his rope was attached to one of the lower decks meaning he didn’t have that far to climb to get on board.
‘Luckily just as the pirate was nearing the lower deck level a chair thrown by a German passenger connected with him, sending him tumbling into the sea.’
Although the makeshift band of defenders had managed to repel the pirates initially, the furious Somalis made another attempt at boarding and opened fire on them.
John, a retired builder, said: ‘They started to fire at us with their machine guns. ’They were still close to the ship at this point so they didn’t have a great angle to hit us. ‘I think they were trying to scare us off so they could try with another rope, but we stood our ground and continued throwing things at the boat.
‘They then pulled away from the boat and started firing at us. I was amazed at how calm everyone was.’ The couple then decided to head further inside the ship but came under fire with bullets passing through windows and the steel hull of the boat. John was hit twice, most seriously by shrapnel. ’I felt my leg go numb and I looked down and saw I was bleeding,’ he said.
‘People were pulling blinds down on the windows and I thought “that won’t help, the bullets are passing through the ship”‘. John spent another six days on board being treated for his injuries but when his septic wounds failed to respond to antibiotics the couple was flown home via Jordan and France. ‘I guess we are lucky to be alive though, as those bullets were flying everywhere.’
The SUN - The last suggestion is a clear reference to the Mumbai massacre in which 164 people were killed when terrorist gunmen went on the rampage in the Indian city in 2008.
The Sun contacted warlord Awlaki – widely tipped to become al-Qaeda’s global leader following the killing of Osama Bin Laden – in an email sting. It confirmed the threat he poses to innocent British citizens. It showed the ease with which a determined extremist can link up with him. And it provided a grim insight into how al-Qaeda can recruit disciples through the internet.
Awlaki, 40, has already engineered a string of attempted outrages here and in the US. He brainwashed 21-year-old student Roshonara Choudhry into stabbing Labour MP Stephen Timms over his support for the war in Iraq.
US-born cleric Awlaki, dubbed the Bin Laden of the internet because he uses the web to spread his evil gospel, was also behind last year’s ink bomb plot to down cargo jets.
The Sun’s sting worked like this:
FIRST, we obtained an email address for Awlaki’s Yemen-based “al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula” network hidden in material on an extremist website.
THEN our investigator, posing as a UK-based fanatic named “Q. Khan,” sent an email addressed personally to Sheikh Anwar al-Awlaki. FINALLY, we received a reply from the terror chief – convinced he was in contact with the leader of a British cell eager to obey his commands. Our man “Khan” wrote:
Sheikh Anwar, the brothers and I need some help with a query about the pipe devices. We’ve had enough of talking and want to take things into our own hands as regards the situation towards the haters of the Prophet. A lot of us are suspicious about some goings on at the local masjid (mosque) and a potential Scotland Yard informer.
We are resolved to go it alone. Should we be planning to go all at once, or should one follow the other in a series of operations? Your advice will be most graciously received.
Awlaki’s reply in English: “We ask Allah to give you the strength and steadfastness to serve His religion. If you are a group of brothers who trust each other then you may work together. Otherwise we advise you to work alone. In case you decide to work together then it is definitely better to go all at once.
The options that you have for operations could be pipe bombs, assassinations or using a firearm at a location crowded with enemies. We would also suggest that if you have decided to go ahead do not contact us because this may bring surveillance on you. The message was signed: “Your brothers at al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula.”
MEMPHIS - Two Muslim clerics traveling to a religious conference were kicked off a Delta Air Lines flight this morning at Memphis International Airport, on orders from a pilot. Imam Mohamed Zaghloul of the Masjid An-Noor Mosque and Imam Masoud Rahman, a previous imam of the Muslim Society of Memphis, were subjected to extra security screening at the gate, then barred from the flight, Rahman said.
The men cleared security at a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint and boarded their plane. “They were screened and cleared to fly,” said TSA spokesman Jon Allen. “The decision to deny boarding was made by the airline, not TSA,” Allen said.
The men, dressed in traditional Muslim cleric garb including skullcaps, were traveling to the North American Islamic Jurisprudence Council in Charlotte.
The plane left the gate, then returned, and the clerics were told to get off, said Rahman, 35. Delta was apologetic for the pilot’s actions and put the clerics on a later flight. They arrived too late for prayer and the conference’s opening activities, Rahman said.
“I don’t know what kind of pilot he was, I don’t know his mentality,” he said. “I think some action should be taken so this won’t happen with other people, any religion, any person, any professional.” (It won’t happen with anyone else, ONLY Muslims)
“It is something ridiculous,” added the Indian-born imam. “It does not happen in any country, and this is a civilized society.” (But Muslims aren’t)
Nabil Bayakly, chairman of Muslims in Memphis, said, “Both of them are good friends of mine, and I know how mild-mannered they are. I think the pilot has been really obstinate.” (Too bad)
“They are imams,” Bayakly said. “They are religious figures. They usually wear the traditional Muslim gowns and head covers. Just like what the pope would wear or the Orthodox Jew would wear.” (Catholic priests and Orthodox Jews don’t blow up planes)
Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the TERRORIST FRONT GORUP CAIR – Council on American Islamic Relations – said the men called the council after the incident. Hooper said his group would review the incident to see if further action is warranted. (Another CAIR lawsuit of course)
Calling it a “Juan Williams thing,” a reference to the fired PBS correspondent who said he was leery of flying with people in Muslim garb, Hooper added, “I think it’s possible the whole bin Laden situation factored into this with heightened sensitivity all around.”
UK DAILY MAIL (H/T Maria & bains) A protest by hundreds of Osama Bin Laden supporters sparked fury outside the US Embassy in London today as they staged a mock ‘funeral service’ for the terror leader. Police stepped in to separate the protesters and members of the English Defence League amid threats of violence from both sides.
Radicals carrying placards proclaiming ‘Islam will dominate the world’ branded US leaders ‘murderers’ and warned vengeance attacks were ‘guaranteed’.
The protest came shortly after the verdict into the 7/7 inquest was released by Lady Justice Heather Hallett. She recorded that the 52 victims had been ‘unlawfully’ killed when four terrorists attacked three London Underground trains and a bus in 2005. Lady Justice Hallett made a string of recommendations to both MI5 to prevent further atrocities and to 999 workers to react more effectively to major events.
Relatives of the victims wept openly as the judge announced her verdict and she paid tribute to their ’quiet dignity’ before reading the name of each person who died.
However just three miles from the Royal Court of Justice, Muslim protester Abu Muaz, 28, from east London claimed ‘it is only a matter of time’ before another attack and that the ‘West is the enemy’.
The capital has seen heightened security in recent days over fears of a revenge attacks by Al-Qaeda members. The protest against Bin Laden’s death was organised by controversial preacher Anjem Choudary – who praised both 7/7 and the September 11 attacks.
The former UK leader of the outlawed al-Muhajiroun and member of the ‘poppy-burning’ Muslims Against Crusades extremist group called on the U.S. to return bin Laden’s body to relatives.
He has already warned of another 7/7-style terror attack in the wake of Bin Laden’s death. Britain has followed the US in placing its embassies, diplomatic missions and military bases around the world on heightened alert in recent days.
An EDL member did manage to slip through police lines to unveil an effigy of Bin Laden in the middle of the 300-strong group of extremist Muslims. It prompted screams of ‘USA, burn in hell’ and ‘Obama, burn in hell’ from angry protesters. The protests from both sides left onlookers in Grosvenor Square unimpressed.