Friday, June 24, 2005

Maoist jihad

IANS reports....."PATNA: It's now a Maoist jihad that makes India stunned! The Centre has ordered a high-level probe after a large number of Maoist guerrillas ran amok in a Bihar district bordering Nepal reportedly killing up to 21 people.

The central home ministry asked the Bihar administration how the Maoists, apparently in hundreds, launched a massive onslaught in East Champaran district on Thursday afternoon, virtually taking over the Madhuban block for hours.

The attackers included several woman rebels dressed in military fatigues.

While a senior police officer put the death toll at around 15, other reports from the economically backward region spoke of at least 21 fatalities....."

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Money not ideology behind violence

Al Mendhar reports...WASHINGTON: Violence by insurgents in Iraq is largely driven by money, not ideology, with former regime members paying militants as little as $US100 per attack, a top US military commander said today.

Army Lt. Gen. John Vines, commander of coalition forces in Iraq, also said that foreign governments including Syria did not appear to be directly involved in supporting the insurgency.

But he said "facilitators" based in Syria were helping militants penetrate Iraq. "We believe that this insurgency is driven in large measure by money. What we find is that there's monetary value assigned to attacks against the coalition," said Vines, speaking to Pentagon reporters from Iraq via teleconference....

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

From Norway

"Not all Muslims terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims" : Carl Hagen, Progressive Party Norway

"All terrorists are Muslims" Progress Party leader Carl I. Hagen sees the fight against terrorism as a fight against Islam. "I know that not all Muslims are terrorists, but we have seen that all terrorists are Muslims," Hagen told Aftenposten after an appearance on TV 2 on Thursday, referring to the attacks in London and New York.

Hagen said that comparisons to Northern Ireland and Basque terrorism in Spain were "national conflicts" that did not fit into the picture. On TV 2's program Hagen said his party wanted tougher measures to battle terrorism, and said that "we must expel people who resist western values and encourage terrorism". Hagen said that measures must be taken against those who spread fear and rejected the idea that his stance might do the same.

"No, no absolutely not. We fight for democracy and freedom of speech," Hagen said.

The head of SOS-Racism, Trond Thorbjørnsen, believes that Hagen runs the risk of standing accused of fearmongering if such legislation is passed.

"It is peculiar that a law and order party distinguishes between terrorism in internal Christian conflicts and terrorism in international conflicts where Muslims are involved. This doesn't matter much to the victims," Thorbjørnsen said.

Monday, June 20, 2005

A Madrassa in America

Daniel Pipes in Frontpagemagazine writes:

Welcome to Universal School, where alienation, resentment, supremacism, and isolation feed the Islamist temperament.

Islamic schools constitute perhaps the least known area of Muslim institutional life in the United States, acting largely out of public view but with many signs suggesting their radicalization. When a reporter has the rare chance to interview faculty and students, especially with a photographer in tow, it’s an important opportunity.

Marguerite Michaels of Time Magazine got “an unusual degree of access” to the inside of the Universal School in Bridgeview, Illinois, sixteen miles southwest of downtown Chicago, with 638 students in pre-K through 12th grades. She wrote up her impressions at “The Model School, Islamic Style” and Robert A. Davis took some striking pictures.

Unfortunately, Michaels proved clueless about the real nature of the Universal School. She portrays it as a moderate institution, but the information she herself provides points to its being a school imparting an extreme version of Islam.

Several examples concern sexuality:

· “Casual conversation between girls and boys is discouraged at all times,” she reports. “They can’t socialize,” so any communication between the sexes is limited to writing.

· “Older girls must wear the hijab (light blue for middle schoolers, gray or white for high schoolers) and a calf-length navy top that resembles a raincoat.” The astonishing photograph of eight covered girls playing basketball brings to mind the female Islamist revolutionaries who rose against the shah of Iran in the late 1970s. Students realize how off-putting most Americans find this apparel; a freshman, Gulrana Syed, points out how “It’s kind of impossible to blend in wearing a head scarf.”

· When a high school senior, Ali Fadhli, tells about his “problems” dealing with America outside the school environment, he mostly means sexual temptation. This 18-year-old male will likely have difficulties adjusting to the mainstream of American life; he could end up isolated and perhaps violently rejecting the society around him.

Other attitudes concern the place of Muslims in the United States:

· Until 9/11, says Safaa Zarzour, vice chairman of the school’s board and its former principal, Muslims like other immigrants experienced a “little discrimination.” Since 9/11, however, “people don’t think there is any such thing as a good Muslim.” One school family actually fled the United States after 9/11 for the United Arab Emirates, saying it did not feel “welcome here as Muslims.”[1] This siege mentality furthers the Islamist agenda of grievance and demanding special privileges.

· So too does a comment of Universal’s principal, Farhat Siddiqui. “We’re telling our kids they’re American. But the doors of opportunity have been shut since 9/11. What’s the password to open them?” This is nonsense, for all evidence indicates that Muslims are flourishing socio-economically in the United States, no less after 9/11 than before it.

· The high school senior quoted above also believes that “America” sees Muslims as the “new enemy.” A student named Ryan Ahmad observes that “Americans seem to have more fun. Muslims try to be American, but we don’t know how. The cultures are so different.” Seeing Americans and Muslims, or more accurately, non-Muslims and Muslims, as separate populations is a key component of the Islamist project.[2]

A preoccupation with foreign policy rounds out the picture:

· “They are obsessed with foreign politics,” says Steve Landek, the mayor of Bridgeview. “I come to talk to them about better sidewalks. They want to know how to run for Congress so they can change America’s Israeli policy.”

· Assigned in English class to write about his American Dream, a 15-year-old wrote that the territories under Israeli control should be returned to the Palestinians and “the Jews should be left to suffer.”

I finished Marguerite Michaels’s article doubly dismayed. First, that a veteran Time journalist cannot see an American madrassah before her very eyes, replete with the alienation, resentment, supremacism, and isolation that feed the Islamist temperament. Secondly, that this “model school” quietly and openly churns out graduates hoping they will create an Islamic States of America.

UK Cleric's message

UK Cleric's hate message finds place in website; From Hindustan Times ^ | June 18, 2005

Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammad called the Tottenham mullah, despite watch on him by anti-terror units, has reportedly again called on Muslims to kill the non-believers. He is said to have appeared on an Islamic website urging supporters to rise up and support a holy war.

Bakri was shown in front of a cheering crowd, demanding supporters seek out non- Muslims-Kafirs-and kill them. He also, according to a media report, appeared to suggest the US embassy should be stormed. He was quoted saying, " We're going to incite people to do jihad, incite people to hate the new pharaoh (President Bush). Why not do more? Maybe take over the Embassy."
Bakri, a former asylum seeker who lives with his family of eight, is already under investigation by Scotland Yard for similar speeches.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Actions speak louder than words e

Actions speak louder than words. By their deeds shall you know them.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Communism looms behind the scenes

A newspaper in India reports: Armed groups of Maoists have abducted some 1,000 students and teachers from different schools in western Nepal for forceful indoctrination on rebel ideology, state-run media reported today.
The rebels abducted students mainly from Class 9 and 10 and two teachers from each school in Jajarkot district, 'The Rising Nepal' daily said.

Maoists forcefully took away 150 students and two teachers from Shankar Secondary School at Bahun Thana of Jajarkot district yesterday, the daily said quoting a teacher of the school. They have taken other 850 students and teachers from 11 schools of the district towards unknown destination.

The students and teachers have been taken by the Maoists to indoctrinate them into the Maoist ideology and to forcefully make them attend their programme, the daily said.

The daily also reported that the southeastern district of Chitawan is in grief four days after the landmine blast triggered by the Maoist that killed at least 40 and wounded dozens traveling on the passenger bus........"

Thursday, June 09, 2005

The Vulnerable, At Risk Youth

Hindustan Times reports:

"...Some European Muslims are being drawn towards militant Islamism while still in their teens, in a trend that is increasingly worrying security services.

Police and intelligence officials say they are concerned about evidence that disaffected young Muslims, born and bred in Europe as children of immigrant families, are easy targets for radicalisation..."

A Saudi Writer

The Saudi writer Turki al-Hamad wants to shake the younger generation attracted by militant Islam. His new novel, a thinly disguised sketch of four Sept. 11 hijackers, seeks to warn those weighing suicide missions.

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Mohamed El-Dakhakhny for The New York Times
ON SOCIAL REFORM "Sometimes I don't want elections here. I want public freedoms and public rights. . . . the problem is not from outside, the problem is from ourselves — if we don't change ourselves, nothing will change." Turki al-Hamad

The Kingdom's Lonely Voices
This article is the first of a series examining the prospects for democracy in the Middle East.
Mohamed El-Dakhakhny in the The New York Times writes
ON EDUCATIONAL REFORM "Religion has been made so superficial. . . . Why waste time on these trivial things? I don't get it. Teach the students how to think, give them a scientific project, teach them skills." Fawaziah B. al-Bakr
"Put your luggage aside and think," reads the opening page to the book, called "The Winds of Paradise" and just released in Arabic.

"I wrote the latest book just to say that the problem is not from outside, the problem is from ourselves - if we don't change ourselves, nothing will change....."

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