Senator Carper seemed to forget his moderate image and boycotted the Netanyahu address, while Senator Coons and Congressman Carney found common ground with his concern about Iran. While Carney faulted Boehner for politicizing the format, he thought Netanyahu gave a strong speech and was acting in his nation’s interests.
I agree with Congressman Carney that the PM was acting his nation’s interest, but I also think the Speaker was. He was asserting the duty of Congress to bring to the forefront a critical issue that affects our national interest. It is not politicizing something to debate and discuss it. 90% of the politicizing was on the side of the Obama administration and Minority leader Pelosi. They are the ones who appeal to partisanship and image while refusing to discuss the issue. That is the essence of politicizing the issue.
Netanyahu struck a tone of reconciliation to Democrats in the beginning but did not compromise on his hardline toward Iran. Most Democrats attended the event despite efforts to rally a boycott. The address even enticed former Congressman, now Governor, John Kasich back to the chambers. For those with slower internet, a taste of the address is below and for those watching, go to about 22 minutes.
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The Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam because John Kerry said so? That is the stupidest statement out of the State Department in a long time. I guess a jobs plan will solve the issue.
I liked the President’s statement that they are a perversion of Islam. That is what Kerry should have said. It is an extreme perversion that is corrupting Islam and threatening the stability of the Middle East. The interpretation of these folks are around a quarter of Islam. They are in at least 16 countries. If we deny the basis of the movement, we can not fight it. We will just go from one organization to another and not fight the movement. Reagan understood that Communism must be defeated as a movement not individual countries or guerrilla groups. We need the same approach to radical Islam.
We cannot defeat an enemy that we are afraid to engage on the ground, and refuse to engage on the battlefield of ideas.
The fact that Russia has given up on the South Stream pipeline for Southern Europe and is striking a deal with Turkey is not shocking. Turkey is growing and wants energy from somewhere not the Middle East.
What is more interesting is that Turkey has been supplied the best arms as NATO member and refuses to be a significant partner in the war against ISIS. The few sanctions that the E U levied against Russia for the situation in Ukraine are undermined by Turkey rushing to fill the gap. Now Putin calls Turkey his strategic partner.
Turkey is supporting Hamas. It is fighting the Kurds behind our back instead of aiding Kurdish fighters in Syria. It blasts Assad but runs to his enabler.
Turkey has a long history of moderate Islamic leaders. It was the center of Islam’s golden age. Many fear it is sliding the wrong way, but what explains this turn to its long time rival in the region, Russia?
“I know some in Washington would like us to start leaving Iraq now. To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we’re ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region and for the United States. It would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al Qaeda. It would mean that we’d be risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It would mean we allowed the terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan. It would mean increasing the probability that American troops would have to return at some later date to confront an enemy that is even more dangerous.”
President George W. Bush in 2007
Is Vladimir Putin attempting to rebuild the Soviet Union and build a new hegemonic power or simply attempting to retain his Black Sea naval port. The world waits as Russia gains China’s support and defies world opinion.
Would Putin have take such action if the Unite States had elected stronger leadership?
Some people dared exercise freedom of speech and advocated for a pro-business mayor of Newark. Hundreds of jobs were on the line and their side won. Now some people are decrying the notion that a group “bought” the election by spending a mere 45k. What really happened? Some people got motivated, worked the streets, bought advertisement, and made contact with like minded individuals on their own. The last time I checked, that is their right. I am glad to see people stand up and fight for their future as they see it. Labor and business joined with private citizens to fight the anti-job mafia in Newark. I say, good for them.
Dover wants to tear down one of its parks and recreation buildings when space is at a premium. It can’t afford to spend 80k to repair it, but watch out for proposals to spend millions to build another one. Talk has already started.
Senator Rand Paul R-KY is at it again. He is sponsoring a 4th amendment protection bill. I stand with Rand. GOD bless him.
The people of Afghanistan have spoken in their council of leaders. 2500 from all across the country were summoned by President Karzai. He said he would not sign the status of forces agreement without their support. He wanted a consensus from the country. They overwhelmingly approved the training and anti-terrorist forces and urged it be signed quickly. Now he says–I didn’t really mean it. Who are these guys anyway. I agree with one local who says he sounds like he is losing his mind. I think it is just that he doesn’t know how he will make money off it. Call me cynical. The people of Afghanistan have some legitimate complaints they want addressed, but they support America’s presence here. President Karzai is out on a limb of his own making.
Iran says it will slow down its nuclear program in exchange for relaxing sanctions. The people in the area, the Gulf states and Israel are very skeptical of the agreement. The people in favor of it seem to have the least to lose. I don’t know what that says. I guess it is better than war. We shall see. It is too bad that the agreement does not include not taking that money released for terrorism and proxy wars. Iran has enough money to fund wars in Lebanon, Syria, and Israel’s Palestinian majority areas, but not enough to help its people. Then again we do that too.
Republicans are searching like Diogenes for the perfect candidate. In reality, a good candidate grounded with real issues who has a great organization and messaging beats a perfect candidate most of the time. Technique and organization matter as much as the candidate. Republicans need to start campaigning in the 21st century. President Obama got that. He won because he reached his voters again and again and we did not start until around August/September. That is party work. He did it for 2 years and we did it for 4 months. By the time we started, his voters had been contacted 3 or more times in person, by phone, and electronically.
Those are my thoughts.
When I think of a strong leader on the International stage, I think of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli Prime Minster is tough, smart, and works for the betterment of his country every waking hour. I wish we could work out a trade. They can pick any 10 of our federal leaders and we get Bebe.
As evidence of this fact, I submit the recent nomination of Iran to a senior seat on the Disarmament committee is like Columbian drug lords being given a chance to pick people for senior DEA slots. Who is the only leader speaking up? Is it the leader of the free world? The prime minister at the head of the great British Commonwealth? Is it the French? No, it is the PM of little is Israel.
Leadership is exuded by this former commando and 3 time PM.
North Korea warns Japan, Tokyo will be the target if war breaks out on the on the Korean Peninsula.
In a communique released by the Central News Agency (KCNA), North Korea warned Tokyo, that their standing orders to destroy missiles launched toward Japan, will bring a nuclear strike on Tokyo. “Japan is always in the cross-hairs of our revolutionary army and if Japan makes a slightest move, the spark of war will touch Japan first,” the KCNA report said.
Japanese defense officials replied that Japan, “will take every possible measure to respond to any scenario.” US Secretary of State warned that a North Korean missile launch would be a huge mistake.
With rhetoric ratcheting up in the current North Korean aggression, many insiders and political pundits are predicting the inevitability of a war on the Korean peninsula. that could draw the entire Pacific Theater of Operations into the fray, including the US holdings of Hawaii and Guam, which are within striking range of Korean missiles.
With or without US ratification, the UN Global Arms Trade Treaty appears to be headed towards becoming International Law, as soon as 50 countries have ratified the controversial measure.
North Korea, Iran and Syria attempted to block an effort to approve the treaty last week by consensus. The US voted in favor of the measure despite pressure from the National Rifle Association and the US Senate, which stated it would work to ensure the Senate would not ratify it. Russia led a group of nations that abstained.
US diplomats said much of what’s in the legislation is in practice in the United States, where weapons companies are forbidden from selling to nations or groups likely to commit genocide.
Partially Sourced from United Press International
An Iranian American Professor at Rutgers University believes he can run against Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and win, in Iran’s upcoming elections.
Professor Hooshang Amirahmadi, 65 is a Public Policy Professor with dual American-Iranian citizenship. He has lived in the US for 40 years, married and raised a family in America but feels overwhelmingly compelled to run for Iran’s Presidency against current two-term President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Other sources claim that Amirahmadi’s Candidacy in not a serious one at all and say that his American citizenship will easily disqualify him with Iran’s Guardian Council headed by Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, despite his claim of dual citizenship. All candidates must be approved by the Guardian Council to be eligible to run for office, however Amirahmadi is confident he will be approved.
Amirahmadi has stated that he doesn’t believe the problem between the US and Iran is nuclear enrichment, but instead, it is a lack of trust. He further stated that Iran has a right to nuclear enrichment and he has the best chance to bring the US and Iran together.
Iran has fostered defiance and disturbing rhetoric against the US and Israel, threatening to eliminate Israel as a nation. Iran has longed claimed their Uranium enrichment program is to be used in peaceful applications, but this claim has lacked worldwide credibility, as Iran’s war-drum rhetoric has increased as its nuclear capabilities have neared nuclear weapons status.
Amirahmadi is the founder and president of American-Iranian Council, holds a Ph.D. in planning and international development from Cornell University and is a professor of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.
He has served as Director of Rutgers University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies as chair and graduate director of his department at the Bloustein School.
He registered as a candidate for President in the Ninth Presidential Election in Iran in June 2005. Amirahmadi is also the president of Caspian Associates, Inc., an international strategic consulting firm headquartered in Princeton, NJ.
Though most insiders consider him a long shot in Iran’s Presidential race, Many Iranian Americans find hope in his candidacy.
“From this time on, the North-South relations will be entering the state of war and all issues raised between the North and the South will be handled accordingly,” a statement carried by the North’s official KCNA news agency said.
KCNA said the statement was issued jointly by the North’s government, ruling party and other organizations.
There was no sign of unusual activity in the North’s military to suggest an imminent aggression, a South Korean defense ministry official said.
The North has been threatening to attack the South and U.S. military bases almost on a daily basis since the beginning of March, when U.S. and South Korean militaries started routine drills that have been conducted for decades without incident.
Many in the South have regarded the North’s willingness to keep open the Kaesong industrial zone, located just a few miles (km) north of the border, as a sign that Pyongyang will not risk losing a lucrative source of foreign currency by mounting a real act of aggression.
The Kaesong zone is a vital source of hard currency for the impoverished state and hundreds of South Korean workers and vehicles enter daily after crossing the armed border.
“If the puppet traitor group continues to mention the Kaesong industrial zone is being kept operating and damages our dignity, it will be mercilessly shut off and shut down,” KCNA quoted an agency that operates Kaesong as saying in a statement.
The threat to shut it down could sharply escalate tensions because it would suspend a symbolic joint project run by the rivals. It could also trap hundreds of South Korean workers and managers of the 123 firms that have factories there.
The North has previously suspended operations at the factory zone at the height of political tensions with the South, only to let it resume operations later.
The project has been kept running despite the North’s move on Wednesday to cut off a military hotline used to process the hundreds of workers and vehicles that cross the Demilitarized Zone border.
“We have been exercising extreme restraint considering the plight of medium and small companies whose livelihood depends on the Kaesong industrial project as an immediate shutdown will drive them to bankruptcy and people jobless,” KCNA quoted the agency as saying.
The South’s Unification Ministry, which handles political ties with the North, said earlier in the day that the Kaesong industrial park was operating as normal with workers and vehicles crossing the border both says.
“North Korea’s statement today (on entering a state of war) … is not a new threat but is the continuation of provocative threats,” a ministry statement said.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Friday signed off on an order putting its missile units on standby to attack U.S. military bases in the South and the Pacific, after the United States flew two nuclear-capable stealth bombers over the Korean peninsula in a rare show of force.
U.S. officials said the B-2 bombers were on a diplomatic sortie aimed at reassuring allies South Korea and Japan and were also aimed at trying to nudge Pyongyang back to dialogue, although there was no guarantee Kim would get the message as intended.
The South Korean government brushed off the North’s latest statement on entering a state of war, saying there was nothing fresh in it to cause greater alarm. South Koreans went about with daily lives as they have done through March under the North’s constant threat of attack.
Hours after President Barack Obama was re-elected, the United States backed a UN committee’s call to renew debate over a draft international treaty, to regulate the $70 billion global conventional arms trade. UN talks broke down in July 2012 largely because Obama feared attacks from Republican rival Mitt Romney, if his administration was seen as supporting the treaty, a charge that Obama has denied.
Talks are to open in New York Monday for the UN to negotiate a UN Treaty that will supposedly regulate the global arms trade. Sources state that although the UN Treaty would not substantially control the domestic use of weapons in any country, it would prohibit states that ratify the treaty from transferring conventional weapons if they would violate arms embargoes or if they would promote acts of genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes.
In July 2012, NRA’s CEO Wayne LaPierre told the UN that the NRA wants no part of a treaty that infringes on the American citizen’s right to bear arms. “Any treaty that includes civilian firearms ownership in its scope will be met with the NRA’s greatest force of opposition,” he said.
US Secretary of State, John Kerry maintains that the US is committed to reaching an agreement during the new talks. The last round of talks were stalled when the US said it needed more time to consider the proposed accord. Russia and China also asked for a delay.
On Thursday, Rep. Mike Kelly, R-PA, introduced a bipartisan resolution opposing the treaty, which states the proposal “places free democracies and totalitarian regimes on a ‘basis of equality’ and represents a national security threat.”
An official at the British US mission said Washington’s objectives have not changed. “We seek a treaty that contributes to international security by fighting illicit arms trafficking and proliferation, protects the sovereign right of states to conduct legitimate arms trade, and meets the concerns that we have been articulating throughout. We will not accept any treaty that infringes on the constitutional rights of our citizens to bear arms.”
How do you, the citizen believe this will affect America’s Second Amendment rights?
Sources in part: from Foxnews and Reuters
President Karzai said during New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s visit that the U.S. and Taliban were collaborating while the Taliban was setting off bombs by homicide/suicide agents. He went as far to say the bombs were at the service of the U.S. The typical reaction is that he has come unhinged. I am not so sure.
Karzai Accuses U.S. of Taliban Collusion as Hagel Visits
By Gopal Ratnam – Mar 10, 2013 6:05 PM ET
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was greeted on his first visit to Afghanistan since taking office by suicide bombs, threats and Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s accusation that the U.S. is colluding with the Taliban.
As Hagel prepared to leave a U.S. military compound in Kabul on March 9, a Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Ministry of Defense, and another suicide bomb detonated in Khost province. Yesterday, Karzai said that those attacks, which together killed 19 people, aided U.S. goals. A joint Hagel-Karzai press conference at the presidential palace was canceled for what Pentagon officials said were security reasons.
Enlarge image U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he told Afghan President Hamid Karzai that “it was not true that the United States was unilaterally working with the Taliban trying to negotiate anything.” Photographer: Jason Reed/Pool/Getty Images
While the Taliban said the attacks were aimed at sending a message to Hagel that the insurgents remain a powerful force, Karzai said in a speech yesterday that the U.S. is holding peace talks with the radical Islamists and the bombs were in the “service of America.”
The truth is the Afghans have been abandoned by the U. S. before. Once we used them, we left them alone without making sure they had proper support. They fell into civil war and the Pakistan supported Taliban controlled most of the country with a reign of tyranny and terror. Now Pakistan and the Taliban have arranged secret meetings with the U. S. in Qatar. It is understandable that Karzai is afraid of being left out of any deal. The Obama Administration denies that talks have occurred since they were suspended a year ago, but the denials are carefully worded. They do not say we are not considering or prepared to start talks unilaterally. Trusting this administration is like leaning on a cardboard cutout for support. It may look strong, but eventually you end up flat on your face. Karzai is taking a preemptive strike to distance himself from any such talks without him and send a message that he needs to be at the table, in my view.
Although six world powers, including the US are due to resume nuclear talks with Iran on February 26 in Kazakhstan, after an eight-month delay, few expect a breakthrough because Iran is preparing for elections in June.
The Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is Iran’s supreme leader and has rejected the possibility of direct talks with the US, rejecting a proposal by the Obama Administration to ease the stalemate over Iran’s nuclear program. Ali Khamenei has the final say on all strategic decisions in Iran, as official holder of the title “God’s Deputy on earth.”
Sanctions were tightened yesterday on Iran by the US, forcing Iranian oil importers into barter arrangements to further restrict cash flow into the country. The moves taken yesterday were described by a senior Obama administration official as “a significant turning of the screw” that will “significantly increase the economic pressure on Iran.”
“You Americans are pointing the gun at Iran and say either negotiate or we will shoot. The Iranian nation will not be frightened by the threats” Khamenei told Air Force commanders in a speech today.
Khamenei has authorized Talks with the six world powers and said today, via Twitter, that “having relationships and negotiating with countries who had no deceit against us, is in our national interest.”
Information received from The Christian Monitor.
As expected Prime Minister Netanyahu won in Israeli Elections and his allies hold a majority. That is all that was as expected. In a high turnout election, a new centrist party emerged and over took Labor to be the second largest party.
The latest revision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act has sparked concerns in Europe. The Act now allows the U.S. government to mind data in the “Cloud” that does not belong to U.S. citizens if the servers are owned by U. S. companies. A report to European policy makers blows the lid off the U.S. power grab. Some consider it a threat to the sovereignty of the E.U. and others a threat to the privacy rights of its citizens.
From RT News:
An intelligence bill has put the frighteners on EU citizens as it allows the US access to their personal data stored in internet clouds like those used on Facebook and Google. The law is a ‘grave risk’ to the rights of EU citizens, says an EU report.
The amendments to Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Monday.
US lawmakers passed a five-year extension to 2008 amendments of the FISA at the end of December, allowing the US to keep tabs on phone calls and emails in and out of the country by US citizens.
However, a new EU study entitled ‘Fighting Cyber Crime and Protecting Privacy in the Cloud’ states the real threat lies in the US monitoring of information stored in US-owned public data clouds. The report writes that the legislation has “strong implications for EU fundamental rights” because it allows the US to lawfully extract any information from the clouds without any prior warning or consultation.
All data in the US clouds “becomes liable to mass-surveillance – for purposes of furthering the foreign affairs,” writes the document.
“FISAA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Ammendment Act] can be seen as a categorically much graver risk to EU data sovereignty than other laws hitherto considered by EU policy-makers,” notes the report.
In essence, at the behest of a secret government order US companies operating in the EU will be obliged to hand over data on European citizens. Non-American citizens dwelling outside the US are not subject to the search and seizure protections of the Fourth Amendment, and as such are easy picking for American snooping.
The report concludes that EU citizens should be warned that the information will be freely accessible to the US authorities and calls for EU citizens to be given the same rights as US citizens in American courts. Additionally, it recommends that privacy violations of data cloud information should constitute a cyber crime.
The report’s co-author, Caspar Bowden, former chief privacy advisor to Microsoft Europe told news site slate.com that the lack of attention paid to the bill by EU authorities was “shocking.”
“It’s like putting a mind control drug in the water supply, which only affects non-Americans,” said Bowden, adding that FISAA was “carte blanche for anything that furthers US foreign policy interests,” including the “continuous mass-surveillance of ordinary lawful democratic political activities.”
Senator Marco Rubio had the best characterization of the new independent report. He said that it showed this was a planned act of terror not related to some obscure video.
His office released this statement last week.
Rubio Statement on Independent Report Regarding Attacks on U.S. Mission Facility and Annex in Benghazi
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after an independent report was released regarding the attacks on the U.S. mission facility and annex in Benghazi:
“The independent report on the September 11 attacks on our mission facility and annex in Benghazi confirms what we have long known to be true: that Ambassador Stevens and the other Americans who lost their lives in the attacks could have been saved by better protection, a swifter military response and more attentive leadership from Washington. In the months leading up to the attacks, credible reports were brought to the attention of the State Department alleging insufficient security in the area. These reports also contained warnings of rapidly growing radical militias that threatened anti-American attacks. Despite all of the information available to them, the State Department failed to construct an adequate safety plan, declined to provide sufficient security personnel and failed to consider closing the mission given the growing threat.
“This is evidence of a flawed process to access and provide security for our diplomats. Such oversight failure and neglect is unacceptable. The report made strong recommendations regarding personnel who should be held accountable, and I am pleased that some individuals in positions of responsibility have resigned today. However, such resignations are a small step toward addressing this issue, which can only be fully resolved by an open and transparent internal review of the State Department’s relevant policies, operations and procedures. The men and women who represent our nation have the right to expect that our government is taking every possible measure to ensure their safety, and it is now clear that a leadership failure at the State Department led to grossly inadequate protection of our diplomats in Benghazi. I join my colleagues in wishing Secretary Clinton a speedy recovery. However, as she is ultimately responsible for the department and U.S. posts around the world, her testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is indispensable to any effort to address this failure and put in place a process to ensure this never happens again.”
The Olympic games seem to be a China v. U. S. competition. Is this friendly rivalry limited to sports field? I think not as the BRICS (economic alliance) and the military buildup show. China desires to be a superpower. That is not a bad thing. What is bad is that we do not seem to take them as seriously as we should. Wake up America, the next 25 to 50 years are going to be Pacific rim dominated not Atlantic dominated.
A popular governor who had a successful economic reputation leads the return of a party formerly blamed for past economic doldrums. Governor Enrique Peña Nieto focused on the future and rebuilding the economy as the centerpiece of his campaign. His party raised and spent a great deal of money driving the theme home in a first class marketing campaign. If exit polls are correct, he will be the first candidate of his party to win the Presidency after 12 years out of power.
Will Governor Romney be able to pull off the same feat? The narratives are uncanny. We shall see. It has only been 4 years here.
Why is the Obama State Department Silent while ethnic cleansing is rampant in Libya? Blacks are being slaughtered by Muslim North Africans in our new NATO paradise, Libya. Lynchings are back. Real torture is occurring, not scaring people with water. People are being targeted because their skin is a certain color, black. Amnesty International had this to say on page 71 of their report,
The Battle for Libya, Killings, Disappearances, and Torture
With the justice system virtually paralysed, no coordination between the Department of
Public Prosecution and individuals abducting, detaining and interrogating suspects, and no
civil society organizations or independent local media addressing these concerns, victims of
abuses by opposition forces have no means of seeking redress or having their grievances
“The protesters in al-Bayda have been able to seize control of the military airbase in the city
and have executed 50 African mercenaries and two Libyan conspirators. Even in Derna today,
a number of conspirators were executed… This will be the end of every oppressor who stands
‘Amir Sa’ad, political activist in Derna, 18 February 2011136
In the first days of the uprising, groups of protesters killed a number of captured soldiers and
suspected mercenaries in al-Bayda, Derna and Benghazi. Some were beaten to death, at least
three were hanged, and others were shot dead after they had been captured or had
surrendered. Those killed were presented as “African mercenaries” but their identities are not
known. Most were believed to be Libyan soldiers with dark skin and some may have been
Sub-Saharan African nationals wrongly presumed to be “mercenaries” (see Chapter 6).
Critics have noted that the ethnic cleansing of some Northern African States is creating a black free zone in Northern Africa. The conflict between the Arabs and Blacks is being stoked by those who desire a “Clash of Civilizations” to fund the global war machine. If the intervention in Libya and the clamored intervention in Syria and elsewhere was to save lives, why not use our influence to peaceably persuade those we arm to do the same? How about a simple doctrine, you commit ethnic cleansing, we do not arm, support, or aid you?
American Interventionism feels good, but it creates more harm than good because we are inconsistent and unwilling or unable to work for long run solutions. We end up creating more instability not less. It is the concept of blowback.
My message to those who insisted we support the effort to stop the slaughter of innocent armed rebels so they can lynch, torture, and create black free zones is thank you for creating a genocide with our approval. Before we listen to you again, start correcting the string of failures that you have left.
News Release from Persecution.com Analysis by me at the end
Recent attacks on Christian-owned businesses in northern Iraq’s Kurdish region have put believers on edge in an area that was formerly considered safe for Christians.
In a sermon on Dec. 2, 2011, Mullah Mala Ismail Osman Sindi complained of moral corruption in the northern town of Zakho. Incited by the sermon, a Muslim man stood up afterward and called out the names of Christian-owned businesses. A group of young men then marched to Zakho carrying banners declaring “There is no God but Allah.” They attacked and burned about 30 businesses, most owned by Christians. The men also tried to attack a Christian neighborhood in Zakho, but they were stopped by authorities. A VOM team in the region had to evacuate quickly.
Violence erupted again the following morning, Dec. 3, in two Christian neighborhoods on the outskirts of Dohuk, where Muslims attacked liquor stores and burned a Christian cultural club. Two days later, on Dec. 5, smaller incidents of violence against Christian communities were reported near the Kurdish capital of Erbil and in the center of Sulaymaniyah, 124 miles to the south.
“The interesting thing with this incident is the place where it happened,” said Emanuel Youkhana, an archdeacon of the Assyrian Church of the East. “[The Kurdish Regional Government] is, for the most part, safe and secure, and all inhabitants enjoy prosperity and security, until now at least. The future is, by all means, bleak for Christians and other minorities living there.”
Local sources said the attacks were organized by a pro-Islamic party influenced by the Muslim Brotherhood. The attacks reflect a growing attitude of intolerance among many Muslims in Iraq. Kaldo Oghanna, the general secretary of the Chaldo-Assyrian Student and Youth Union, said the attacks threaten the Kurdish region’s stability and safety.
“This attack is not a normal attack,” Oghanna said. “It threatened our businesses, and it is threatening the situation in Kurdistan. They attacked the democracy of the Kurdish region, its safety and security. Of course, we think these are international and domestic influences that made this situation escalate, but we also think this is in the mentality of those people, that they do not tolerate those who are different. This is our real struggle.”
Kurdistan had long been a region of safety for Christians in Iraq. Thousands had moved to the region from elsewhere in Iraq during the conflict. The vicar of St. George’s Church in Baghdad, Canon Andrew White, told VOM partner Release International, “We had placed so much hope on the fact that there was one place in Iraq where Christians could find security and a future. That place was Dohuk.
“Sadly, with the violence in the last few days, this hope has now gone. People are petrified and are saying, ‘What happens to us now?’ Will we stand with them and support them in this great difficulty? Faith shines a light into the darkness, hope into despair, gives a future where there is no future.”
Sources: Compass Direct News, Release International
Posted: December 16, 2011
When we fought for freedom, it should have been freedom for all. We put in troops and and a no fly zone to prevent the genocide of the Kurdish minority who were Muslims. I applaud that. Yet this Administration refuses to look at the idea of a safe zone for Christians. International report after international report speaks of the coming extinction of Christians in Iraq. Some even use the word genocide. Afghanistan is not much better. How can we be a Christian nation and not stand up for Christians’ lives under our charge? Oh, I forgot we are no longer a Christian nation according to our President. We are one of the largest Muslim nations. Okay, I don’t agree, but can we just treat everyone equally and push for the human rights of everyone? Pretend the Iraqi Christians are gay and give them foreign aid. Do something. Just to show you this is not new, here is an excerpt from a report from a Syrian ArchBishop about the situation in Iraq.
A report by the church committee for Iraqi Refugees in al-Hassake, Syria.
“In some of the cities even the streets are almost empty of Christians.”
Their conditions are no longer bearable. The people are living behind locked doors, they are compelled to take long leaves of absence from work, in Mosul and other cities, as a result of the dangers they face at work.
The universities are almost empty of Christian students, as are the schools. In some of the cities even the streets are almost empty of Christians.
It is as if they are in prison: without work, without study, without Church meetings. Fear rules over all situations and in all places.
Threats and insults are daily occurrences, and offensive graffiti is daubed on the walls of the homes of these innocent people.
There is no getting around this problem nor is there a solution to it. The people are deprived of everything that could bring security to their lives; all they can do is depend on God’s mercy or leave for the north. However, travelling to the north requires great financial means for paying the very high rent of homes there, and meeting the cost of living.
Images of the bitter reality
If a Christian wishes to rent out his house and leave, the terrorists will force the person renting the house to pay the rent to them, because according to them this house is theirs by right. And, if he dared to sell it they would threaten the person who bought it, so in the end all the money would go to the terrorists.
What is the response? Not only is the administration not putting any pressure on the Iraqi government to clean up the problem, it is not giving persecuted status to Iraqi Christians and letting in America while Muslim communities come in by the tens of thousands.Why are we not follow U. S. law and opening our hearts to hard working business people who will build our economy and correct the mess we made by the sloppy job Paul Bremer did. This is a disgrace. I think it is the biggest disgrace since we encouraged the Hungarian freedom fighters to stand up knowing that we would do nothing if they were crushed by the tanks.
The United Nations is refusing to recognize Christians in some Muslim Countries as human rights refugees in spite of the fact that they are having to flee for their lives. It is reminiscent of the West refusing to recognize the refugees fleeing from the coming Holocaust before WW2. Naturally, the Jewish persecution by constant shelling, terrorism, and plots by Iran to get a nuke to complete the final solution even if it costs them half of their own country gets no recognition either so they are not any better at there either. The link shows why this is happening. The internal politics of the UN favors a coherent block of member states. Just like it did not recognize the human rights problems of the communists because a huge block of its members were communists, now the Organization of the Islamic Conference (56 nations) is a very powerful block holding administrative positions all throughout the UN including the human rights commission and the UN High Commission on Refugees.
It is horrifying that Afghan Christians are being refused refugee status by the UN and many Western nations, including Britain. The UN claims that Afghan Christians do not meet the criteria for refugees under Statute 6B of the UN High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR), which requires refugees to have “a well founded fear of persecution by reason of his race, religion, nationality or political opinion.”
Since 1976, millions of new citizens have entered America as legal humanitarian refugees, according to reports of the US State Department. The Somalis are certified as “humanitarian refugees” under our State Department rules. Whole Muslim communities are imported into the United States, and they are supported by social services provided by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The cities who receive these huge numbers are determined by Refugee Councils. And yet back in October 2008, Muslim UN employees were “discouraging” applications for resettlement from the desperate Christian Iraqis. The Christian Iraqi population has since been decimated. By buying into the argument that Islam is a religion of peace and ignoring the penalties for apostasy, we are sentencing thousands of Christians to martyrdom and forcing others to live in the shadows in dire poverty. We need to demand that our government provide protection and asylum for Christian apostates.
Humanitarian refugees have literally won the proverbial lottery. Typically, they receive green cards as resident aliens within a year of arrival and are eligible to become full US citizens within five years, unless they violate our immigration laws, commit a felony or are deported. In the process they are provided with cash stipend and social services assistance from federal, state, NGO’s and voluntary agency contractors.The irony is the mandate of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) determines which of the world’s huddled masses comes to the US as humanitarian refugees. UNHCR trends for 2006 indicate that worldwide there were more than 32.9 million ‘persons of concern’ with approximately one third defined as ‘refugees’. Major refugee ‘hot spots’ include the Horn of Africa with Somalia, Darfur in the Sudan and Ethiopia, Iraq, Pakistan and Myanmar. The US is the third highest ranked country in terms of hosting refugees. The annual budget for the UNHCR is over $1.7 billion derived from government contributions, foundation grants and donations. A veritable cottage industry of federal and state alphabet soup agencies, NGO’s and voluntary agencies or VOLAG contractors has sprung up to facilitate absorption of humanitarian refugees. (more here)
This is no accident. We know that the UN is driven largely by the largest bloc of countries, the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation). The OIC is one of the largest intergovernmental organizations in the world.
The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is a religious and political organization. Close to the Muslim World League of the Muslim Brotherhood, it shares the Brotherhood’s strategic and cultural vision: that of a universal religious community, the Ummah, based upon the Koran, the Sunna, and the canonical orthodoxy of shari’a. The OIC represents 56 countries and the Palestinian Authority (considered a state), the whole constituting the universal Ummah with a community of more than one billion three to six hundred million Muslims.
The OIC has a unique structure among nations and human societies. The Vatican and the various churches are de facto devoid of political power, even if they take part in politics, because in Christianity, as in Judaism, the religious and political functions have to be separated. Asian religions, too, do not represent systems that bring together religion, strategy, politics, and law within a single organizational structure. (Morefrom Bat Yeor)
The OIC is a unique organization — one that has no equivalent in the world. It unites the religious, economic, military, and political strength of 56 states. By contrast, the European Union represents half as many states and is a secular body only, and the Vatican — which speaks for the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics — is devoid of any political power. Many Muslims in the West resist the OIC’s tutelage and oppose its efforts to supplant Western law with sharia. But the OIC’s resources are formidable.
Most Muslims are not the problem here so don’t bother sending this post to CAIR. What is the problem is a type of Shiria Correctness in which recognizing the abuses by some radical Muslims is seen as giving ammunition to attack the faith as a whole. The result is an enabling of the extremists and the very stain on the Islamic faith that the bureaucrats are trying to prevent. When they turn back the persecuted to their persecutors they become a party to it. When we do not make it right, we become a party to it.
I call upon our State Department to stand up and be counted. Where are you Hillary Clinton? Where would your approval ratings be if Americans knew you too busy to bother with Christian Genocide? Even worse the U. S. has troops on the ground protecting people in Afghanistan and Iraq where some of this is occuring, yet nothing for Christians? Is the Obama administration the new Chamberlain government?