Yes, Muslim leaders and academics in Egypt believe they have found the source of jihad. No it’s not the teachings of radical clerics – it’s the cartoon Tom and Jerry and violent video games that have been driving young men to shoot others and blow them up.
For the liberal elites and the beautiful people in Hollywood, music and the fashion industry, the Communist Island of Cuba is evidently the place to see and be seen – more to be seen. Communist Cuba is cool, assuming you know nothing about it.
It seems Mt St Helens is recharging. Scientists are detecting tiny earthquakes deep below ground – an indication the mountain is slowly coming back to life. There’s nothing to worry yet, but it is again just a matter of time.
by: the Common Constitutionalist
One of my favorite movies of all time, if not my favorite, is the 10 Commandments, starring Charlton Heston. Not just for the story but also the scope and scale of the movie. It was estimated that if they were to make it today, it would cost $1 billion or more.
Anyway, toward the beginning, the young Egyptian Prince Moses, comes home as a conquering hero. He says to Pharaoh that rather than conquer Ethiopia, he has brought them into the Egyptian empire as an ally. Yet he also proclaims to Pharaoh that there are umpteen treasure barges full of “tribute” from Ethiopia to Pharaoh coming up the Nile.
So in other words the Ethiopians are now, in effect second-class, quasi-Egyptians, forced to pay protection money to Pharaoh.
by: the Common Constitutionalist
Maybe we can learn a little from the Egyptian army and I’m only being half facetious. Not that I agree with the wholesale slaughter of people, but the Egyptian military appears to have little tolerance for uprisings and Islamists.
Now wholesale slaughter may not be accurate. I’m not currently in Cairo and wasn’t during the last week of violence and hundreds of dead. As far as I can tell there has been no determination of massive loss of “innocent” lives. It may very well be mostly Muslim Brotherhood radicals. If that’s the case, it’s fine by me.
The most recent incident of Egyptian authorities intolerance for Islamists was at the Fateh Mosque in Rameses Square, Cairo. One report from a witness inside the mosque claimed that they were 700 people including women and children. One has to wonder if the women and children were to be used as human shields.
NBC news reported that armed men began entering the Fateh mosque last Friday night and on Saturday gunmen in the mosque “unleashed bullets at security officials below”. The gunmen were positioned on a minaret.
The Huffington Post reported that Egyptian security forces stormed the mosque after firing tear gas at hundreds of “Islamists” barricaded inside. Huff Po also reported that gunmen on a minaret fired first.
The New York Times described the scene similarly and also called the mosques occupants “Islamists”.
The Egyptian security forces did storm the mosque and did clear out the “Islamists”. They didn’t give a second thought to returning fire when fired upon from inside a mosque.
Although I feel for the innocent civilians being caught up in the violence, that’s not what this is about.
What surprised me, a little, was the liberal use of the word “Islamist” by the lefty news outlets. Although, not surprisingly, Al Jazeera made no mention of that word. They called them protesters.
In not one of the mainstream media articles I read, was there any mention of “freedom fighter” or “insurgent”. I guess those terms are reserved for those who kill Americans.
It also appears that the mainstream media has little problem with the Egyptian security forces “rules of engagement”. Nowhere did I see any condemnation or any editorial comment regarding the firing upon or storming of a mosque. Funny how that is.
So why don’t the Egyptian military or police appear to care? Simple; they want to win and do so quickly and decisively.
This prompted me to look back at America’s politically correct “rules of engagement” for some contrast.
It seems that if we fire upon a mosque even after being first fired upon, it will just lead to further jihadist recruiting and riots in the streets – that a mosque attack would just further the notion that America is at war with all of Islam.
A military spokesman said US soldiers do not enter mosques. They are to respect the sanctity and holiness of all places of worship. I wasn’t aware firing an AK-47 was integral to prayer.
During the Iraq war soldiers were forbidden from entering mosques even during a firefight without permission of senior commanders under consultation with Iraqi authorities.
A military strike that might have caused more than 30 civilian casualties had to be signed off by the Secretary of Defense. You read that right; The Secretary of Defense!
Yet even according to the Geneva Convention – a place of worship, a hospital or any structure that is used for military purposes is considered a “dual structure” and can be targeted.
So the politically correct girlie men that set American military engagement policy evidently believe the Geneva Convention doesn’t go far enough.
Andrew Exum, a former Army Ranger and counterinsurgency specialist said: “They (our leaders) are thinking – How’s that gonna play on Al Jazeera? ”
In contrast, the Egyptian military evidently couldn’t care less what Al Jazeera thinks. That’s why they will most likely win. And that’s why we haven’t won a war since the Second World War and assuming we don’t change, why we never will again.
It’s a sad fact, but a fact nonetheless.
by: the Common Constitutionalist
I heard a little ditty back in May of this year. It’s sure to be a hit to millions worldwide. It wasn’t on American Idol or the Voice. No, it was at a political rally – in Egypt.
The event was for then president Mohammed Morsi, the Obama administration’s preferred Egyptian ruler and member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
At the rally they sang this song:
“O those who long to die a martyr’s death,
you are all Hamas,
banish the sleep from the eyes of all the Jews
forget about the whole world, forget the conferences
take up your arms
say your prayers and call to Allah…”
Prior to the singing of that short yet poignant ballad another Brotherhood member spoke. Sheikh Safwat al-Higazi spoke of nonpartisan secularism and unity. Like MLK he too has a dream.
Higazi declared: “We see the dream of the Islamic Caliphate, the dream of the land of the Caliphate realized, God willing, by Mohammed Morsi, and his supporters and his brothers and his political party. We have seen the great dream, that we all share, the United Arab States! United Arab States will return, God willing. The United Arab States will be restored by this man and his supporters, God willing. The capital of the caliphate, the capital of the United Arab States will be Jerusalem, God willing. It’s capital will not be Cairo, nor Mecca, nor Medina, only Jerusalem, God willing, and our call will be millions of martyrs are marching to Jerusalem.”
Yes, it sounds just like a peaceful democracy, just as the administration predicted. And did you catch the several references to “United Arab States”?
Well, according to Dr. Mordechai Kedar, the name “United Arab States” was inserted quite purposefully. He claims it was inserted to equate the caliphate to the strength of the United States. And worse, the doctor says the suggestion came from an American. An American currently employed at the State Department.
Others and I have been warning for years of the Muslim Brotherhood infiltration into our government.
But, you might say, Morsi and the brotherhood was just ousted. True but that is a temporary setback. Look at the region to understand the progress they’ve made in just the past decade.
The Muslim Brotherhood has outright or effective control of Turkey, the Palestinian Authority, the Gaza Strip, Tunisia, Morocco and Kuwait. Most likely adding Libya and Syria to that list. All supported by the very rich and very powerful Emirate of Qatar and the al- Jazeera network.
So why has the United States government supported and continue to support them? Because governments are stupid and employ a lot of myopic idiots that claim to be experts. Hillary Clinton was a shining example of this. What did she know about diplomacy or foreign affairs. She was/is a leftist political hack who was given the job as a thank you and to keep her out of the country.
After 9/11 it was thought that the Brotherhood was more moderate than al- Qaeda and the Bush and Obama administrations could more easily deal with their rule of the Middle East. Again, this idea was pushed by the U.S. State Department.
That same department has been trying to reassure Israel that the Brotherhood can be partners in peace, and some, even in Israel are stupid enough to buy it.
King Abdullah of Jordan seems to be one of the few leaders that isn’t buying into the Brotherhood or United States pressure.
He has called the Brotherhood “wolves in sheep’s clothing” and worse.
He understands there is no working with them and does not wish to relinquish his throne for the benefit of the caliphate. He believes that holding the Brotherhood at bay is even more important than the Iranian conflict.
Yet for all the evidence to the contrary, our White House and State Department keep pushing and promoting the radical Brotherhood agenda.
Could they all really be that gullible or is there another agenda?
An ancient Egyptian city swallowed by the sea more than 1,200 years ago has started to reveal its secrets.
Items including 16ft sculptures, gold coins and giant tablets are among some of the objects recovered from the ancient port city which lies 20 miles northeast of Alexandria in the Mediterranean.
For hundreds of years it was believed to be a legend, but the city of Heracleion, also called Thonis, was found during a survey of the Egyptian shore at the beginning of the last decade.
Now, an international team of marine archaeologists is preparing to show some of the objects found in the underwater city.
The city was mentioned by the Greek historian Herodotus, who told of Helen of Troy visiting Heracleion with her lover Paris before the Trojan war.
No evidence of the city was found until 2000 when French researcher Franck Goddio discovered it with a team from the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology.
The paper said weights from Athens have also been discovered at the site, confirming beliefs the city was once an important trading port.
Elsbeth van der Wilt, a University of Oxford archaeologist working at the site, told the paper the port was an important hub in the network for long-distance trade in the Eastern Mediterranean.
She said: ‘Excavations in the harbour basins yielded an interesting group of lead weights, likely to have been used by both temple officials and merchants in the payment of taxes and the purchasing of goods.
‘Amongst these are an important group of Athenian weights. They are a significant archaeological find because it is the first time that weights like these have been identified during excavations in Egypt.’
While scientists are still unsure why the city suddenly disappeared, one theory suggests a rise in sea level and unstable collapsing sediment combined to submerge the city.
Dr Damian Robinson, director of the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology at the University of Oxford, who worked on the excavation, told The Telegraph: ‘It is a major city we are excavating.
‘The site has amazing preservation. We are now starting to look at some of the more interesting areas within it to try to understand life there.’
Attribution: James Rush, Daily Mail
A mother dressed up in a burka and flew to Egypt to take back her son who had been kidnapped by his father and forced to live as a Muslim.
Kalli Atteya, from Pennsylvania, put on the traditional Muslim clothing as a disguise so she could wait until 12-year-old Niko got off the school bus in the city of Alexandria.
She then grabbed his arm and moved him towards a waiting motorized cart with the words: ‘Get in.’
The boy recognized his mother by her blue eyes which peered out of a slit in the burka and without saying a word did as he was told.
The pair were taken to a safe house where they waited three weeks before returning to the U.S. as they were so paranoid the boys’ father Mohamed Atteya, who is wanted by the American authorities, would find them.
The daring rescue brought an end to Niko’s 20-month ordeal during which time his father ‘forced me to live as a Muslim, which I did not want to do,’ he said.
It also cost his mother some $100,000 and countless hours, false leads and false hopes.
The story dates back to 1999 when Miss Atteya married Mr Atteya and they settled down in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
Miss Atteya’s fatal error came on August 2011 when she agreed to meet him in Egypt because his mother was dying.
Whilst they were driving along he claimed to have car trouble, forced her and her sister out of the car then sped off and left them on a deserted road outside of Cairo.
Miss Atteya, 45, hired a Norwegian company to track him down, got a local guide and refused to give up.
She told Fox News: ‘I followed him. I mean, I came really close to him several different times. (Mr Atteya) didn’t recognize me, but my son did and when he saw me for the first time, he turned pale.’
In total, Miss Atteya made several trips to Egypt and after being tipped off by a local, finally made her move and rescued her boy, who is now back in Pennsylvania with her.
She said: ‘My son told me (the kidnapping was) to make him a Muslim.
‘He said that we lack the morality and the values that their system has. And he said that Americans were so violent, he said we are a rotting society.’
Mr Atteya, 38, who speaks Arabic, English and Chinese, is wanted by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security Service for using forged documents to obtain a passport.
Jeffrey Evans, a lawyer who lobbied to have charges filed against Mr Atteya, said: ‘If there was ever a testament to the power of a mother’s love, she embodies that.
‘She persevered through some very dark times. She showed a tenacity that not many would have. She really is something special.’
Attribution: Daniel Bates,
In the face of Sequester Armageddon, somehow the feds have found an extra $250 million just layin around. And luckly for the Muslim Brotherhood we did.
John Kerry’s Meets With President Morsi
CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday rewarded Egypt for President Mohammed Morsi’s pledges of political and economic reforms by releasing $250 million in American aid to support the country’s “future as a democracy.”
Yet Kerry also served notice that the Obama administration will keep close watch on how Morsi, who came to power in June as Egypt’s first freely elected president, honors his commitment.
“The path to that future has clearly been difficult and much work remains,” Kerry said in a statement after wrapping up two days of meetings in Egypt, a deeply divided country in the wake of the revolution that ousted longtime President Hosni Mubarak.
Egypt is trying to meet conditions to close on a $4.8 billion loan package from the International Monetary Fund. An agreement would unlock more of the $1 billion in U.S. assistance promised by President Barack Obama last year and set to begin flowing with Kerry’s announcement.
“The United States can and wants to do more,” Kerry said. “Reaching an agreement with the IMF will require further effort on the part of the Egyptian government and broad support for reform by all Egyptians. When Egypt takes the difficult steps to strengthen its economy and build political unity and justice, we will work with our Congress at home on additional support.” Continue Reading
Arab Jew-hate and the western media
by: The Warped Mirror
As much as the media like to report and opine on Israel, they usually do so in a way that presents Arab and Muslim hatred for the Jewish state as an ultimately understandable reaction to Israeli policies. The intense hatred for Jews that is so prevalent throughout the region is a topic that is rarely broached, leaving western audiences oblivious to the fact that in today’s Middle East, antisemitism is as acceptable – and perhaps even more popular – as it was in Nazi Germany.