by DEROY MURDOCK
When it comes to battling those who want us dead, Obama’s approach echoes that old saying among Soviet laborers: “We pretend to work, and they pretend to pay us.”
There is a pretend quality to Obama’s stance on radical Islamic terrorism. It starts with his refusal to utter that phrase, preferring the meaningless term “violent extremists.” Well, at least those words do not make America’s enemies uncomfortable.
But it gets worse.
As The Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes and Thomas Jocelyn of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies recently detailed in the Wall Street Journal, the May 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s Pakistani compound yielded one dead terror master and some one million documents. These included DVDs, ten hard drives, a dozen cell phones, and almost 100 thumb drives. A top Pentagon official called this “the single largest collection of senior terrorist materials ever.”
Analysts, including those at the Defense Intelligence Agency, quickly capitalized on this bonanza and generated some 400 separate reports.
However, as Hayes explains, “the senior DIA official who ran the project, Colonel Derek Harvey, says the intelligence community has fully analyzed less than 10 percent of the collection. Top DIA officials were told directly to stop providing analyses based on the bin Laden documents.” Why? This information refuted Obama’s boast that al-Qaeda was “on the run.” “
The administration had decided to end the war on terror, and no amount of new intelligence about threats from al Qaeda was going to change their minds,” Hayes added. “So they chose ignorance.”…
By Jeff Jacoby
A still frame from the 1919 documentary film Auction of Souls, which portrayed eye witnessed events from the Armenian Genocide, including crucified Christian girls.
“…Talaat Pasha, the powerful Ottoman interior minister during World War I, certainly didn’t disguise his objective. “The Government . . . has decided to destroy completely all the indicated [Armenians] persons living in Turkey,” he brusquely reminded officials in Aleppo in a September 1915 dispatch. “An end must be put to their existence . . . and no regard must be paid to either age or sex, or to conscientious scruples.”
US Ambassador Henry Morgenthau, flooded with accounts of the torture, death marches, and butchery being inflicted on the Armenians, remonstrated with Talaat to no avail. “It is no use for you to argue,” Morgenthau was told. “We have already disposed of three quarters of the Armenians. . . . The hatred between the Turks and Armenians is now so intense that we have got to finish them. If we don’t, they will plan their revenge. . . . We will not have the Armenians anywhere in Anatolia.”
If some of them survived, it wasn’t for lack of effort by the killers. Of the roughly 2 million Armenians living in the country in 1914, 90 percent were gone by 1918. The death toll was well over one million; innumerable others fled for their lives. To read eyewitness descriptions of the ghastly cruelties the Armenian Christians were made to suffer a century ago is to be reminded that the jihadist savagery of ISIS and Al Qaeda is not an innovation.
That key fact is one the pope, to his credit, refuses to downplay: Armenians were victims not only of genocide, but also of jihad. In imploring his listeners on Sunday to hear the “muffled and forgotten cry” of endangered Christians who today are “ruthlessly put to death — decapitated, crucified, burned alive — or forced to leave their homeland,” Francis was reminding the world that the price of irresolution in the face of determined Islamist violence is as steep as ever….”
There was a school board meeting Tuesday night in Rosenberg.
About 8-10 members of the public were first on the agenda. These men and women came to the microphone, introduced themselves, and gave stirring testimonies in support of Foster High School teacher Herby Woolverton.
Mr. Woolverton had been involved in a controversy since giving his senior government class an eight page handout about Islam. From the Houston Chronicle: “The eight-page handout a Richmond high school teacher gave to his senior government class asserted that Muhammad was a “false prophet” and that Islam is “an ideology of war.”
The document handed students on March 27 so frightened one Muslim girl in the class that she now is reluctant to attend. The student’s family, said Mustafaa Carroll, executive director of the Houston Council on American-Islamic Relations, also fears retaliation…
.”‘ Fears retaliation? Oh, please.
Many of the speakers at the board meeting had been former students of Mr. Woolverton, or have children who have been students. They all gave glowing reports of this teacher, saying he was the best teacher they’d ever had, he taught them to think for themselves, he was a true educator, etc.
These folks were very angry with the school board for their complete lack of support for this excellent teacher. One man was also angry that the board is “catering to a tiny minority of the population”, rather than the school population as a whole, and said “it’s all downhill from here.”
There was a standing room only crowd, the majority of them in support of Woolverton. There was rousing applause and even some standing ovations after each speaker. Have to wonder if the board members feel they made a serious mistake?
Ultra-sincere, deeply righteous CAIR spokeschick Ruth Nasrullah was interviewed during the evening.
If I heard her correctly, she was asked about a statistic from Woolverton’s handout: “38 percent of Muslims believe that people who leave the faith should be executed.” She seemed to pooh pooh this statement, saying there is no basis in fact for it.
The Muslim site “Islam Question and Answer” makes it clear that the penalty for apostasy is indeed death. “If a Muslim apostatizes and meets the conditions of apostasy – i.e., he is of sound mind, an adult and does that of his own free will – then his blood may be shed with impunity. He is to be executed by the Muslim ruler or by his deputy – such as the qaadi or judge, and he is not to not be washed (after death, in preparation for burial), the funeral prayer is not to be offered for him and he is not to be buried with the Muslims. The evidence that the apostate is to be executed is the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): “Whoever changes his religion, execute him.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 2794). What is meant by religion here is Islam (i.e., whoever changes from Islam to another religion).”
Ruth seems to misunderstand her religion. Have a look at the eight page handout if you get a chance. On the whole, it looks to be mostly accurate- if anything, it’s too kind. If the above handout link does not work, try this.
By THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D.
In a newly released video, ISIS militants threaten “payback” for Americans across the globe and suggest they may be ready to launch another major attack on American soil. The video states:
America thinks it’s safe because of the geographical location. Thus you see it invades the Muslim lands, and it thinks that the army of the Jihad won’t reach in their lands. But the dream of the American to have safety became a mirage. Today there is no safety for any American on the globe. The mujahedeen before, although they had less resources, attacked New York and bombed the Twin Towers in September 11 attacks. That blessed incursion was a fatal blow. All praise is due to Allah, the American economy was shaken.
The video shows the planes flying into the Twin Towers as well as footage of ISIS attacks throughout the Middle East.
Also included are the attack on Canada’s Parliament Hill, the testimony of French gunman Amedy Coulibably, and multiple beheadings by Islamic State Militants, along with the immolation of Jordanian pilot Muadh al-Kasasbeh.
The 11-minute video, titled “We Will Burn America,” was dated March 10 but has just now been released.
“In such a way Americans lived, and by Allah’s willing, the fear will spread among them again soon. Here it’s America now losing billions still to make sure their country is safe. But today, it’s time for payback. By the grace of Allah, today the mujahedeen are much more stronger and they have more resources. Thus, they are able to burn United States again,” the video concludes….
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