You Say Islamist – I Say Wahhabist

by: the Common Constitutionalist

According to Saudi’s Arabia’s Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Asheikh, both ISIS and al-Qaeda are enemy number one. I guess he couldn’t choose just one. Maybe it’s one of those 1 and 1A kinds of things.

Off topic as it is – who chooses the names for these characters anyway? Do they get to choose? If so, why must they always be so long? Could you imagine having to endorse a check or sign one of the tiny electronic keypads at the grocery store – or signing autographs for the Grand Mufti groupies? Sheesh!

Anyway, the Mufti – oh excuse me – the Grand Mufti stated emphatically that, “The ideas of extremism, radicalism and terrorism … have nothing to do with Islam and (their proponents) are the enemy number one of Islam.”

Yet about the time he was condemning the two terror groups for their barbarism, he was signing off on one of the largest mass executions in the country’s history. They executed 47 “criminals.” Among these criminals was a Shiite cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr (again with the names). This did not please Shiite Iran, as response to the executions, they attacked and burned the Saudi embassy in Tehran.

No one knows exactly what  their “crimes” were – only that the verdict against the “47 criminals was based on Allah’s Book and the Prophet’s Sunnah.” read more

The Face of a Radical Islamic Sympathizer

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Last week Guardian.com reported: “Controversial blogger and activist Pamela Geller has paid $100,000 to place advertisements on New York City buses and in subway stations that feature anti-Islamic messages and images including one of James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by ISIS in August… All the posters carry messages critical of Islam.”

Gee, it’s hard to say what side of the fence the Guardian comes down on, isn’t it.

But this is nothing new for Geller. She did the same thing in 2012 and many of the legally displayed posters were spray painted over, defaced or covered with stickers.

The 2012 posters caused quite a stir in leftist circles, as well as in the professional Islamist sympathizer community.

In 2012 the HuffPo wrote: “New York City’s resident Islamaphobe is back with yet another anti-Islamic subway ad. Pamela Geller’s latest features a photo of the World Trade Center exploding in flames next to a quote from the Koran that reads, ‘Soon we shall cast terror into the hearts of the unbelievers’. When Geller last bought ad space in the New York City underground, New Yorkers didn’t react kindly. Nearly all the signs, which read, ‘In any war between civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad’, were vandalized.”

Israel vs Jihad

Again, I can’t really determine where the HuffPo stands after reading that middle-of-the-road report.

As for the posters – they simply seem to state the facts and the second one I quoted, appears to me to be in support of Israel’s continued struggle against Islamic jihad. read more

The Islamic State Declares War On…Muslims

from The American Thinker:

The new “caliphate” of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – the Islamic State, formerly ISIS – recently made clear that it means to follow in the footsteps of the original caliphate of Abu Bakr (632-634).  It will do this specifically by directing its jihad against fellow Muslims – in Islamic parlance, the “hypocrites” and “apostates,” or in Western terminology, “moderates.”

This came out in the context of the current conflict between Israel and Hamas, with some Muslims asking the newly formed “caliphate” when it would launch a jihad on the Jewish state.

The Islamic State’s response?  “Allah in the noble Koran does not command us to fight Israel or the Jews until we fight the apostates and hypocrites.” read more

Ahh…Peace in the Middle East

Commandos from the Israeli navy’s Flotilla 13 unit boarded a cargo ship, the HS Beethoven, in the Mediterranean Sea on Sunday night on suspicion it was trying to smuggle weapons to the Gaza Strip.

The ship, which was flying a Liberian flag, was intercepted by Israel Navy vessels approximately 260 km. from Israel’s coast. Commandos boarded the ship with the captain’s consent and began searching cargo containers for arms.
Searches were still ongoing at press time and IDF officers said that they could continue until the morning.

The IDF said that the operation was part of a routine patrol and that the ship’s route was likely what raised concern that it may have been carrying weapons for either Hamas or Islamic Jihad in Gaza.

The HS Beethoven left Beirut on Friday and was scheduled to arrive in Alexandria, Egypt, on Monday evening. Before stopping in Lebanon, it had stopped in Limassol, Cyprus. If the ship was carrying arms, they were likely meant to be smuggled into Gaza via tunnels located under the Philadelphi Corridor between Sinai and Gaza.

Last March, the navy intercepted a cargo ship called Victoria that was carrying some 50 tons of weaponry and was on its way to Egypt. It was also flying a Liberian flag and was headed to Alexandria.

The weapons seized on the Victoria included a number of sophisticated radar-guided Iranian anti-ship missiles that were intended for terrorist organizations in Gaza.

Attribution: Jerusalem Post