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The roots of ‘jihadism’

Posted in islam, united states by Blimp deflator on September 4, 2013

As I said in my previous post, I have been looking at a few of the analyses of current events that I have been receiving from the Stratfor think tank. Another statement that I took issue with was:

“…as long as the ideology of jihadism survives, its adherents will pose a threat…”

to which I replied:

As long as the US continues its push for global domination, in part by attacking, invading, occupying and brutalizing Muslim countries, there will be “jihadism”. It’s your baby, just as Hezbollah is Israel’s baby. Where was Hezbollah before Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982? Where was “jihadism” before the US started its cynical, self-serving meddling in the Middle East?

Furthermore, your claim that al-Qaeda was responsible for 9/11 is absurd. The planning of 9/11 began in the 1960s in the philosophy classes of Leo Strauss at the University of Chicago, and was developed by people with dual Israeli/American citizenship in what became known as the neoconservative movement. As former Italian President Francesco Cossiga said in 2007, all intelligence agencies know that 9/11 was run by the Mossad. The planes flying into buildings, the cries of “al-Qaeda, al-Qaeda, al-Qaeda”, were just a spectacular diversion for the masses. What we have here is an example, par excellence, of Joseph Goebbels’ Big Lie — the lie that is so huge, so stupendous that everyone believes it.

And why would members of a Zionist/neocon cabal kill thousands of their fellow citizens in an act of the most egregious evil? Well, you have to go back to the Nazi philosophies of Leo Strauss and Carl Schmitt for the answer to that one.

Tom Scott, you’re clueless

Posted in islam, syria by Blimp deflator on March 28, 2013

Iran on Syria
This isn’t the first time that Dominion Post cartoonist Tom Scott has paraded his ignorance on the Middle East. In the above cartoon, published on February 7, 2013, he first naively accepts the Israeli claim that Israel “attack[ed] missile shipments bound for Lebanon”.

(On January 31, 2013, Aljazeera reported: “It is unclear . . . what the exact nature of the target of Wednesday’s air strikes was. Syrian state media said that the strikes targeted a military research centre near Damascus, while regional security sources told the Reuters and AP news agencies that the target was a convoy of trucks allegedly carrying anti-aircraft missiles for Hezbollah in Lebanon.”)

Next, Scott claims the “Syrian Government attacks Syrian people . . .” as though the conflict were as simple as that. Actually, it’s complex, and involves a number of players, including Sunni jihadist groups made up of fighters from around the Muslim world. Some of these groups are supported by the Western powers, the Gulf states and Saudi Arabia. Increasingly, it’s a sectarian conflict, pitting Sunnis against Alawites and other minorities (including Christians), rather than a rebellion by disfranchised civilians against an autocratic ruler.

The objectives, as far as the Western powers are concerned, are to remove another obstacle to Israeli hegemony in the region, to cut the link between Iran and Hezbollah, and to lay the groundwork for an attack on Iran. They aren’t too concerned about the “evil dictator” Bashar al-Assad, as they are only too happy to do business with Third World dictators who play ball.

NOTE: The above clipping is from The Dominion Post of February 12, 2013.

Crescent International, August 2012

Posted in islam, israel, libya, saudi arabia, syria by Blimp deflator on August 12, 2012

Crescent August 2012
Crescent International’s issue for August 2012 includes articles on “How to deal with the fitnah of Al Saud” (see below), “The Anglo-Wahhabi-Zionist war on Syria” and the “backward advance” of “Israel-NATO’s new Libya” — a wrecked country where “rival militias slug it out”. The cover story, by Tahir Mustafa, begins:

The tribal-owned network, Al-Jazeera, has dubbed it the “War in Syria.” Its news broadcasts run this banner on the screen while reporting on Syria. This tries to create the impression that there are two clearly identifiable sides in the conflict: one comprises the opposition groups while the other consists of government forces. This is a grossly simplistic and inaccurate projection of the far more complex reality on the ground. True, there are myriad groups battling government forces, but they are neither independent nor have the support of the Syrian people. The overwhelming majority is made up of mercenaries financed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar — two “shining examples” of democracy in the Muslim East — and aided and abetted by the US, Israel, the Hariri clan in Lebanon and and odd assortment of US allies from Europe. Nor is the uprising in Syria as spontaneous as those that occurred in Tunisia and Egypt. The Syrian uprising has multiple layers and numerous players. Its roots can be traced as far back as 2005, according to the Washington Post (April 16, 2011) when a number of Syrian opposition figures were recruited by the George Bush administration…

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Collapse of Islam predicted

Posted in islam, new zealand by Blimp deflator on May 16, 2012

Collapse of Islam predicted
This article is from the May 3, 1990, edition of Challenge Weekly, New Zealand’s Christian newspaper. The collapse of Islam is said to be “impending”, which means “about to take place”. Well, we’re still waiting.

Don’t expect justice from God, says Bill Millward

Posted in islam, religion by Blimp deflator on February 25, 2012

Don't expect justice from God, says Bill Millward
The World Council of Churches is the bete noire of Christian Zionists, for reasons that become clear in the second paragraph of this letter to the editor of Challenge Weekly, New Zealand’s Christian newspaper (August 29, 2011, edition). But it is the last paragraph, which states that “the Almighty may not be too concerned about . . . social justice”, that is most interesting.

Most religious people, and Muslims in particular, see justice, which has been defined as “the application of fairness to moral situations”, as one of the attributes of God. Indeed, it is difficult to conceive of a universal God, as opposed to a primitive tribal deity, who would be unjust — and favor one party not on the basis its rightness or claim to fair treatment, but on its racial, religious or other status.

Should Christians burn the Qur’an? asks college lecturer

Posted in history, islam by Blimp deflator on February 23, 2012

Since my retirement on March 31, 2011, I have fallen behind in my reading of Challenge Weekly, New Zealand’s Christian newspaper, which the publisher sends to my former office at the Manawatu Standard in Palmerston North. But here are two interesting columns by Mark Keown, lecturer in New Testament at Laidlaw College, published on April 11, 2011, and May 16, 2011, respectively.

The first article is unremarkable until we reach the last paragraph, where we read: “The Qu’ran [sic] is not to be burnt by believers [Christians], despite what it leads a small minority of extremist Muslims to do” [emphasis added].

Needless to say, the claim that the Qur’an — not the American/Israeli invasion and occupation of Muslim lands, and the massacre of millions of Muslims* — prompts some Muslims to commit terrorist acts is another example of Christian/Western propaganda. Since we in the West are the “good guys”, and since everything we do in the Muslim world springs from the noblest of motives, we can’t possibly be at fault. So if a Muslim sets off a bomb somewhere, he must be acting in accordance with “instructions” in his holy book.

To me, this raises a fascinating question: As the Qur’an has been around for a rather long time, and was certainly around when I was a boy in the 1950s, why was there little or no “Islamic terrorism” before the 1980s?

There was terrorism, especially in connection with the Algerian struggle for independence, but it was never, as far as I recall, identified as “Islamic”. Indeed, that was the period of pan-Arab nationalism, when the organizations and movements of the day, with the possible exception of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, were keen to keep (potentially divisive) religion on the sidelines.

As late as the 1970s, any list of leading terrorist organizations comprised such names as the Red Army Faction (the Baader-Meinhof Gang), the United Red Army of Japan, the Symbionese Liberation Army, the IRA, the Black Panthers, the Tupamaros, ETA, al-Fatah, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. All were either secular or Marxist-Leninist.

What were committed Muslims doing in those days? Weren’t they reading the Qur’an — and those ayahs that allegedly encourage them to commit acts of terrorism?

Should Christians burn the Qur'an?
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The second column (below) reveals an uncritical acceptance of the “official line” that is typical of superficial Western commentators. “Surely, if anyone’s death is justified, this man’s [Osama’s] is,” Keown writes. “After all, he masterminded Sept 11…”

But hang on a minute! Where is the evidence that Osama masterminded the attack on the World Trade Center? (See “FBI says it has ‘No hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11′” at Information Clearing House.)

One also looks in vain for explicit recognition of two key facts: that an extra-judicial execution is murder, and that torture is illegal in all circumstances under the United Nations Convention Against Torture, which the United States signed. Instead, we find wishy-washy statements and questions, like “I feel sad” and “Is this [torture] ever right?”

Oh for a little Islamic rigor here!

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* Keown acknowledges, in the second article, that millions have died “across Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan” as a result of the so-called war on terrorism, but apparently does not see those deaths as a possible cause of Muslim outrage and further acts of terrorism.

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  • A perverse tribute to ‘Islamic mathematics’

    Posted in islam by Blimp deflator on January 29, 2012
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    The two sides of the French burqa debate

    Posted in france, islam by Blimp deflator on May 15, 2011

    The two sides of the French burqa debate
    Cartoon by Malcolm Evans from the Manawatu Standard of April 16, 2011.

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    Spying on New Zealand mosques revealed

    Posted in islam, new zealand by Blimp deflator on April 13, 2011

    Charles Wardle
    Security Intelligence Service spy Charles Wardle, in a photo taken by Phil Doyle. The article, by Michael Field, is from the Sunday Star Times of April 10, 2011.

    THE WAY Charles Wardle tells it, a warehouse converted into a mosque is where jihad might some day be launched on New Zealand.

    Wardle’s quietly told story is almost beyond verification but it has left New Zealand’s 36,000-strong Islamic community severely embarrassed and distressed that the Security Intelligence Service (SIS) is targeting them over claims of a holy war they say does not exist.

    Wardle, 28, said he was working for the SIS when he joined Manukau’s Masjid At-Taqwa and that was when he heard the mosque youth talking jihad and going on hikes together to get ready for it.

    But At-Taqwa youth organisation head Fauzan Ali reckoned it was all a set-up, saying Wardle was trying to incite jihad.

    “Before I went to Saudi Arabia, [Wardle] was still coming to our mosque and he told me that he used to do all these things in Saudi Arabia and he said he would give me contacts for people to go and see to speak about jihad,” Ali said. “He was trying to incite me.”

    Wardle was in Pakistan during the 9/11 terror attacks in the US in 2001 and, although not Muslim, tried to join groups fighting in Afghanistan.

    He said he was persuaded to convert to Islam by Sajid Mir, the leader of Lashkar-e-Taiba (Army of the Righteous), known as LeT. Mir was heard on phone intercepts directing the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that left 166 dead and 308 wounded.

    Wardle met him at LeT headquarters near Lahore.

    “He is one of the most charismatic people I have met in my life. He was so busy you would hardly ever meet him and yet when you meet him you get the impression he really likes you and is interested in you,” Wardle said.

    Mir did not trust him because he was not Muslim so Wardle converted, even undergoing circumcision. “He should have trusted me after that.”

    He was sent to northern Iraq with Ansar al-Islam (Partisans of Islam), escaping with his life after an American bombing, after which he asked to go to Afghanistan. “But [Mir] wanted us foreigners to go back to our home countries and conduct terrorist attacks.”

    He was then sent for explosives training in Ajman, in the United Arab Emirates, with the aim that he return to New Zealand and launch terror attacks here. But with a World Bank conference due to take place in Ajman he was expelled by the authorities and sent back to New Zealand in 2003, where the Police Special Intelligence Group questioned him.

    He was asked if he was willing to talk to the SIS and says he met a woman in the Hyatt, and after several meetings, agreed to work with them, controlled by a staffer whose business card describes him only as being with the New Zealand government.

    Ad Feedback The man, on the electoral roll as “employee”, answered the phone number given on the card but hung up.

    Wardle signed secrecy provisions of the Official Information Act and said he had no contract, was paid in cash, starting at $25 per hour and later $450 per week. He was told his pay was tax-free and it would not affect his student allowance.

    He says his handler told him after a year that he was one of the most highly paid agents, but the SIS gave him no training and was vague about what it wanted.

    He was part of a group that set up an Islamic centre in Mt Eden, giving him inside contact with Muslim leaders. But the SIS would not give clear directions or pay to develop the operation. “They didn’t want to put money into anything except evidence collection.”

    Wardle said he would meet his handler each month at a restaurant. His interest centred on the At-Taqwa mosque and a room above a Mt Roskill supermarket where mainly Bosnian and Chechen Muslims discussed jihad.

    “They had all sorts of good qualities, they are not into stealing, drink driving… I didn’t see any of them as bad. But there’s definitely something you need to change about them. You need to investigate.

    “They sit around and watch jihadist videos and talk about jihad, and one time they set up some training, but my concern is that it will take only one or two to attack and the whole community will suffer.”

    He questioned his SIS superiors, saying their standards were poor. “Their oversight is minimal. The policeman I talked to said there were big egos. That was the impression I got, too. They didn’t send out guidance for me except on the people they wanted to investigate.”

    Wardle said he discovered that men at the Mt Roskill site were going on a training camp. He wanted to attend and his handler agreed, but the SIS could not agree on what to do.

    “When they started doing the training for jihad I asked the SIS what they wanted me to do. They couldn’t tell me anything. I was pretty much left to my own devices.”

    He said the SIS got him to supply jihadist material to Muslims, which Fauzan Ali saw as entrapment.

    “We thought he was like a normal person, we thought he was a Muslim. We thought of him as a friendly and amazing person.”

    But when they learned Wardle was with the SIS “it was a shock to all of us in the community and a shame to the SIS for the kind of work they were doing. It was a big shame and was ridiculous, using these kind of people to get into our mosques.”

    IN JUNE 2009, Wardle told his handler he was quitting because of the stress of being undercover.

    He said he wrote to Prime Minister John Key describing SIS failures but received no answer. Key’s office declined comment. “We don’t comment on security and intelligence matters,” a spokesman said.

    In his letter to Key, Wardle complained that at the time he was becoming involved in training for jihad. He wanted to stick it out but the SIS were cutting off his expenses.

    Three months later Auckland police raided his home, taking computers, books and the handler’s business card. All the property was later returned.

    The raid was reported at the time, but no mention was made of Wardle’s SIS role and police instead implied they were checking out his terrorist background. Wardle said he was being open about his past because he believes New Zealand needs a better security service and the SIS is failing in its role.

    “You don’t want an intelligence organisation that doesn’t know where to go, where to get information from and who it needs to look at. If you have an intelligence agency that isn’t well-informed, they’re going to be targeting everyone and missing people.”

    Other than a business card and phone numbers, Wardle has no proof he worked for the SIS. But he wrote to Intelligence and Security inspector-general Paul Neazor in 2009 complaining the SIS had not paid “the annual bonus and travel that had been verbally contracted”.

    Neazor replied he would discuss the matter with the SIS director “and once I have sorted out what I can properly deal with, will respond further”. So far Neazor hasn’t.

    KICKBOXER WAS A TRAINEE

    TALL AND fit, Charles Wardle is a skilled kickboxer and cage-fighter.

    The 28-year-old Auckland born and educated man says he was something of a troubled teen, angry with the world and the United States in particular.

    Unemployed, he did the military’s limited services volunteer course – no combat training but plenty of discipline, exercise and education.

    After his Middle Eastern adventures, he completed a BA in psychology and management at the University of Auckland and is now doing a BSc in biology.

    He did not come to the Star-Times with his tale, he came to notice ahead of the trial in Chicago next month of Tahawwur Hussain Rana, an associate of an American Pakistani, David Headley, who scouted targets in Mumbai for terror group LeT.

    Headley pleaded guilty and is serving a life sentence for the Mumbai killing, but Hussain denies involvement.

    Headley, in interrogations last year with Indian authorities, spoke of going to a training camp in Pakistan around August 2002.

    “During this training there was a trainee from New Zealand and he had a lot of difficulty following the training as he was a recent convert.”

    Wardle says he was the New Zealander involved.

    As a result, Indian and US security officials have a real interest in knowing who he met, and what role they played.

    Prominent is Sajid Mir, the terrifying head of LeT, whose voice was heard on phone intercepts directing the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

    During the attacks, one of the terrorists had 50-year-old Norma Rabinovich held hostage.

    On the phone Mir told the terrorist: “Stand her up this side of your door. Shoot her such that the bullet goes right through her head and out the other side. Do it. I’m listening. Do it, in God’s name.”

    Wardle has no memory of Headley, but remembers Caribbean-Frenchman Willie Brigitte, a member of alQaeda, who planned to attack the Lucas Heights nuclear plant outside Sydney.

    He was caught and deported, and in 2007 was sentenced to nine years’ jail. Without explanation, Brigitte was released last September.

    Wardle was lucky US forces didn’t catch up with him in Iraq.

    Australian David Hicks, who took a similar route, was captured in Afghanistan on the same jihad, and spent six years in solitary at Guantanamo Bay.

    NO NEED TO SPY ON KIWI MOSQUES AND ISLAMIC GROUPS

    MUSLIM LEADERS say the SIS does not need to spy on mosques and Islamic groups.

    Fauzan Ali, the head of the At-Taqwa youth organisation, said his mosque was open at any time to the public and the SIS was welcome to come along.

    “I have been interviewed by the SIS a few times, when they wanted to speak to me, they wanted to meet me in a restaurant or cafe. I said no, if it related to my religion come and see me at my mosque.”

    Ali, who feared his phone was tapped, said SIS officers had asked him about jihad and whether he watched DVDs on it.

    He replied: “If it’s available and it is legal, I will watch it.”

    Federation of Islamic Association president Anwar-ul Ghani has also met SIS officials, who had sought comments at various times on issues they were concerned about.

    “The liaison between the community and the various agencies is pretty strong. We ourselves want to ensure our community remains as peaceful as it has been.”

    Asked if Islamic groups were a legitimate SIS target, he replied it would depend on the severity of allegations: “So far in New Zealand we do not have any of those issues and I do not believe we will have.”

    Ghani said the term jihad, used in mosques around the world, did not necessarily mean holy war.

    An individual’s personal struggle to make a life, maintain their religion and raise their families was also jihad.

    Last year, Abdul Qadir Siddiquei, the iman or mufti at New Zealand’s biggest mosque, the South Auckland Islamic Centre, left for Pakistan when he lost his visa after members of the mosque objected to his teachings.

    “I am not a terrorist, I do not believe in terrorist things,” he said.

    On their website, the SIS says counter-terrorism is an important part of their work with individuals and groups in New Zealand with links to overseas organisations.

    “There are extremists who advocate using violence to impress their own political, ethnic or religious viewpoint on others.”

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    The above clipping is from the Manawatu Standard of April 11, 2011.

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    The attraction of Islam: It’s ‘very blokey’

    Posted in islam, new zealand by Blimp deflator on March 6, 2011

    The attraction of Islam: It's 'very blokey'
    Challenge Weekly, New Zealand’s Christian newspaper, is always good for a laugh. The article on the left is from the issue of February 28, 2011.