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The Council Has Spoken!! Our Watcher’s Council Results

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The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

“Good courage in a bad affair is half of the evil overcome.”
– Titus Maccius Plautus

“He who does not punish evil commands it to be done.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

“Shall I tell you what the real evil is? To cringe to the things that are called evils, to surrender to them our freedom, in defiance of which we ought to face any suffering.” – Seneca

“The trouble with Islam is deeply rooted in its teachings. Islam is not only a religion. Islam (is) also a political ideology that preaches violence and applies its agenda by force.” – Dr. Wafa Sultan

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This week’s winning essay,Joshuapundit’s’s How Pakistan Celebrated Easter …And The Message it Sends Us Is my reaction to certain events that occurred in Pakistan on Easter Sunday…and their wider meaning for the rest of us. Here’s a slice:

Today was Easter Sunday, and many people took their families for an outing. In Lahore, Pakistan, many Christians took their children to Gulshan-e-Iqbal park for a special outing in an area set aside for them.

A Taliban faction called Jamaat-ul-Ahrar set off a huge bomb in the parking area, right near the swings, the picnic area and the children’s rides, with the exploding vehicles in the parking area adding to the carnage. One source, ARY News estimated that as much as five to six kg of explosives may have been used. The blast was heard all over the city. Javed Ali, a 35-year-old who lives opposite the park near the center of the city, said the force of the blast shattered the windows of his home. “After 10 minutes I went outside. There was human flesh on the walls of our house.”

According to Senior police official Haider Ashraf, ball bearings were found all over the crowded park. That’s a common tactic, one frequently used by the Arabs whom call themselves Palestinians against Israelis. The blast force turns the ball bearings into high velocity anti-personnel weapons, rather like shrapnel.

As Jamaat-ul-Ahrar spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan told the Associated Press in a phone call, “The target was Christians.”

It was indeed. It was their way of saying ‘Happy Easter, infidels.’

At least 72 people have been pronounced dead so far, many of them children. The injured are still being treated and number is over 300 so far, many of them in critical condition. The death toll will undoubtedly go higher.

The Pakistani authorities, of course, have officially condemned the attack and the chief minister of Punjab province, Shahbaz Sharif, has announced three days mourning and pledged to ensure that those involved in the attack are brought to trial.

But this is Pakistan, where Christian churches are routinely bombed and burned, where Christian girls are abducted, raped and forcibly converted to Islam and where Pakistan’s ISI, the equivalent of MI5 or the CIA collaborated in the horrific attacks on Mumbai in 2008. Any action taken will likely be marginal and based on eliminating a few convenient jihadis rather than actually eliminating the cause…the hatred many of Pakistan’s Muslims have for anyone who isn’t one.

As I reread what I wrote after Mumbai, I sadly see I was exactly right when predicted that the open attacks on soft targets in large cities was a successful tactic and that we would see it in the near future in places like Paris, Boston and Brussels.

And I also wrote that the West was wasting its time expecting Islam to moderate itself. Individuals can and do, but the faith as a whole never will. And it is more than just a few ‘fanatics perverting a great religion’ as President Obama is fond of saying in between golf games and tango sessions. It is a mainstream and accurate reading of the Qu’ran, Sunna and Hadiths, the Muslims scriptures. And a significant number of the Muslim world follows and agrees with that reading whether they actually participate in the killing, finance it, or simply cheer it on.

And for those Muslims whom don’t, whom disobey Qu’ran 5:51 too openly*, they have a lesson to teach them and any others with the same idea. So even many of those Muslims disgusted by jihad and worried about the effects on their peaceful life in the West generally keep their mouths shut. It’s not like the western governments, America included are listening to them anyway. Many others, who see the great strides triumphalist Islam is making in the appeasement minded West are listening to what’s being preached in their mosques and on social media and moving in that direction, something called ‘radicalization’ by the usual suspects.

Is there a solution?

President Obama thinks he has one. As he mentioned today in an Easter message that barely mention Easter, his idea of a solution is to bring even more of these people to America expose them to our freedom and they will change like magic. And to make it even harder to vet them, he’s had his people openly tip off these ‘refugees’ to scrub their Facebook and other social media accounts.

Our president’s solution is also to protect and empower Islamists, especially the Muslim Brotherhood and their jihad friendly mosques. Or to quote him,America and the world will never solve this ‘problem’ without the assistance of friendly, helpful Muslims And we had better be careful to avoid offending them in any way. Federal Agents are actually prohibited now from considering religion, immigration status or national origin in their investigations.

In Europe, it’s even worse, where people actually get arrested for defending themselves against ‘refugees’ or merely speaking up about what’s going on.

The thing is, we’ve been trying it Obama’s way since the Clinton Administration. How has this approach worked? Have jihadist attacks in America and around the world increased or decreased?

I think the answer is obvious.

Our president’s attitude, echoed by EU leaders like Angela Merkel is why Paris and Brussels happened, why the Tsarnaev brothers were able to enter America so easily and pull off a jihad attack in the heart of the Boston Marathon, why Nidal Hassan was able to kill American military at Fort Hood and why a jihadist Muslim couple were able to massacre people in San Bernardino. And why there’s a lot more of the same coming, if our present path continues.

Much more at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was the one and only Mark Steyn with his right on target piece, he One-Stop Shop for All Your Terror-Sentimentalizing Needs submitted by Joshuapundit. Steyn approaches what has become the sickening rituals that follow every jihadist attack on the West with his customary wit and it’s definitely a must read.

Here are this week’s full results. Only Fausta was unable to vote this week, but was not affected by the usual 2/3 vote penalty for not voting:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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The Council Has Spoken!! Our Watcher’s Council Results


Article written by: Tom White

Our Troubles With Islam

I am uncomfortable with the tone many conservatives have begun to take with regard to the religion of Islam. As always, my principle concern is with my own liberty, individual sovereignty, and constitutional rights. When we begin singling out religions for arbitrary treatment by the federal government, I immediately see red flags and slippery slopes and question if such rhetoric is either necessary or useful.

islam-crescentTherefore, over the past few days as our political establishments and the media have flawlessly failed to deal with Donald Trumps proposed ban on Muslim Immigrants (getting everything wrong from “It’s unconstitutional” to “It’s never been done before”), I have tried to thoughtfully consider the situation. My recommendation was to stall all immigration and to secure our borders. Clearly, this precarious situation is primarily precarious because we have a terribly flawed immigration system in the first place. I don’t see the point of focusing on “Muslims” or even “Muslim Countries” when Jihidists could come from any country, of any ethnicity, and simply banning the ones who self-report their faith is probably going to fail anyway. Not to mention, Islamist immigrants aren’t the only immigration problem we’ve faced over the last three decades.

With regard to Islam itself, however, I do believe that there is a general ignorance concerning Islam amongst Americans, who are only familiar with non-political religions. Islam is both a religious and political doctrine. American Muslims who keep to their religious faith, but who choose to recognize US Law over Islamic Law, are sacrificing half of their religious doctrine in order to enjoy the freedom and liberty in what used to be a Constitutional Republic. Any Muslim desiring to devoutly practice Islamic faith can do so free of suspicion or molestation in the Western World; and millions of Muslims avail themselves of that liberty without incident.

The threat we face is not men and women who worship Allah and attend Mosque. The threat we face is political Islam and those who believe that Islamic Law should be the law of the land. Many Muslims who have settled in the Western World seem perfectly happy living under laws derived from the Enlightenment. They avail themselves of the opportunities of capitalism and they do no harm. These Muslims, insofar as they do not ascribe to their political doctrines, are not a threat and should not be treated as a threat.

However, we Americans face an incredibly difficult challenge. It is a fact that Muslims throughout the world who only recognize Islamic Law have been trying to force or kill the people who do not. How can we tell the difference between a person peacefully practicing an Islamic Faith and a person who believes in Political Islam – that is, in the entirety of Islamic doctrine? The fact is, we really can’t.

So when Islamists (those who accept all of Islam, both the religious and political doctrine) start gunning down folks in Paris and California, Americans (with no means to tell a religious Muslim from an Islamist) are left feeling generally unpleasant about the entire thing. This isn’t bigotry. It’s fear. What are these Americans supposed to do? It is a fact that their lives are in danger because of Islamists who will kill them for their refusal to live under Islamic Law (Sharia). It is not irrational for them to desire to protect themselves.

Truly, until religious Muslims in the West figure out a way to differentiate themselves from those who believe in both political and religious Islam, how can they expect Westerners to feel comfortable with them? Though, maybe we ought not hold ourself merely to a standard of expectation.

I am not afraid of Muslims in the United States. Why? Because Muslims have lived amongst us for generations without incident. Before 9/11, how many of us had a problem with our Muslim neighbors? None of us. Christian, Jewish, and Muslim children attended school together without incident. We were neighbors without incident. We were friends without incident. Have we forgotten this so quickly? The power of liberty to join us of many faiths together into a peaceful coexistence has prevailed for hundreds of years.

I refuse to allow a large and frightening minority of Muslims, who believe in Islamic Law and Islamic Supremacy, to turn me into a fearful or hateful person. I understand why this situation is so complicated. Political Islam is no less of a threat than Communism or Fascism – and we are right to want to address that threat with the same strength and resolve with which we’ve addressed Communism and Fascism; but not all Muslims accept political Islam. These are facts.

All that said, were I a liberty-loving religious-Muslim, I would be doing everything in my power to establish a means of demonstrable separation between myself and those threatening the lives and liberty of so many innocents across the world. Some are trying, but far too few. If such a separation cannot be formed, then we will continue to face many dangerous and trying times ahead, where not only our lives, but our liberties, could be at stake. Even in the face of such confusion and danger, I will not hate another individual for their faith, their appearance, or because of my own fear. I despise fear with every ounce of my soul and I despise what it does to Man. With that fear I will take no part.


Article written by: Steven Brodie Tucker

Forum: Forum: What Is Your Reaction To The Terrorism In San Bernardino?



Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: What is your reaction to the terrorism in San Bernardino?

The Glittering Eye : Since the murders by Syed Farook and his wife in San Bernardino last week, I’ve written fourteen posts. Five have been on the subject of the police execution of Laquan McDonald. I’m actually surprised that my fellow Council members have not latched onto this subject, considering their antipathy to the Democratic Party. Not only does it have the potential to throttle Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations, it could rend the whole Democratic coalition apart.

Four of my posts were on a variety of topics. The other five have been devoted to the murders in San Bernardino:

Folie à deux
The Faceless
Threats
Reasonable Inferences
These Are the Times That Try Men’s Souls

Rather than try to summarize them, I’ll just set out some bullet points:

  • As of this writing, the president has apparently decided that the most effective strategy for opposing such incidents in the future is gun control. What specific measures does he have in mind? I predict that no Democratic candidate (or very few and those running in safe seats) will run on a platform of gun control in 2016.
  • The Democratic talking points about the strength of our vetting process and the moral necessity of accepting women and children refugees are as dead as the victims in San Bernardino.
  • Why are we accepting immigrants from Pakistan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, UAE, Libya, etc. at all? Why are we accepting immigrants from Afghanistan and Iraq other than those who worked as translators for our armed forces or their immediate families at all? And those after a rigorous vetting process? We need a moratorium on immigration to the U. S. from that part of the world and I include fiance, compassionate, refugee, and asylum visas in that.
  • Why do we allow CAIR to continue to violate the Foreign Agent Registration Act?
  • Indeed, why are U. S. imams who are supported wholly or in part by foreign donations not required to register under FARA?

JoshuaPundit : My immediate reaction, even before the names of the attackers were belatedly revealed by the media was ‘smells like jihad, but not ISIS.’

Baghdadi is smart, and he picks his targets carefully for maximum impact. A Resource center in a place like San Bernardino wasn’t it. I know the area pretty well, and San Berdoo as the locals call it is a midsize, fairly depressed inland city over two hours away from Los Angeles, traffic willing. Redlands where the jihadis were living is San Bernardino’s slightly more upscale college town neighbor to the east. Unlike Paris, there was little or no strategic value and what shock value existed was from the sheer body count. Jihad Barbi and Ken were essentially ISIS groupies. That doesn’t mean that they weren’t connected to like-minded individuals, even given some training and assistance but I doubt they were actually part of the team.

There’s a great deal we won’t find out since the FBI (almost certainly under President Obama’s orders) released the crime scene after only an unheard of forty eight hours and allowed the media to trample the crime scene and even handle physical evidence.

And of course, that’s the heart of the matter. We can make all the laws and take all the precautionary action we want, but with dysfunctional leadership that’s always going to sabotage it, we will always be stepping on our own feet. Impeachment is the first step towards winning this war.

I heard President Obama last night, and the only part of this dysfunctional jackass’s 13 minute speech that didn’t surprise me was that he failed to work in a mention of climate change. Of course, he will never admit the major part his policies have played in strengthening jihad in America and worldwide, like his illegal war in Libya and his protection and appeasement of Islamists. And that includes his role in arming, training and financing ISIS and later, al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra, now going under the name of Jaish-al-Fatah, The Army of Conquest. Or, as President Obama’s creatures refer to them, ‘the free Syrian rebels.’

I also wonder if anyone but me who was watching and heard the gun control part appreciated as I did the irony of someone whose administration sold AK-47’s to Mexican drug cartels and did his best to stonewall any kind of investigation of it talking to the rest of us about ‘sensible gun control.’

    GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD : Practicing that ol’ time religion.

    It was maddening to hear press and political cats contort themselves into risible positions to find something – anything – to smoke screen the Cali Jihad.

    Again it was a big surprise to the jihadists’ family, his mosque members etc etc. Always the same Really strange too that CAIR was right on top of this with their other worldly press conference, the family attorneys press call and how about the FBI or whomever allowing the land lord to open up the apartment to the press and public before investigators were able to haul off anything.

    Almost like the FBI didn’t want to investigate the place, seize stuff, get fingerprints and all.

    Very tough to watch after the Chattanooga Jihad – in me very own back yard, yet a pattern seems to emerge. Boston, Chattanooga and now San Bernardino – the children of mohammedist immigrants are attacking us – and with ultra conventional weaponry – rifles and bombs.

    Despite the fact that the killers Boston and Chattanooga mosques are hip and haunch together in the North American ‘You Know What’ Trust – still awaiting to see in the Riverside mosque in Cali is hooked up with NAIT (same affiliated mosque that the Pentagon plane hi jackers went to in VA) and if any action can be taken against NAIT.

    Laura Rambeau Lee, Right Reason : I must confess when I heard of the massacre I was not surprised. I knew it was only a matter of where and when the next attack would occur.

    In the aftermath of the massacre in San Bernardino, CA by radical Islamic terrorists we discovered the two killers were named as Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik. The media appeared shocked to learn a woman was involved in the murders. It took awhile for them to report the killers’ names although early on many of us were learning their identities via Twitter and Facebook. As the relationship between the two was revealed it occurred to me the K-1 visa bride more than likely radicalized her American born husband.

    With gun stores reporting record sales it appears the majority of Americans now understand, if they had not before, we are at war with radical Islamists. And it is not just America these terrorists have declared war against; it is all of Western culture and non fundamentalist Muslims. They have been waging a war on “infidels” for centuries, so anyone who says that we brought it upon ourselves must acknowledge this fight has been going on long before America was discovered.

    Americans have been preparing for this war and I pray more people will arm themselves and be able to stop or at least minimize any damage visited upon us by Islamic, or any domestic, terrorists. I have faith in our resolve and our courage.

    We know the potential threat of terrorists whether they are Islamic or any other fanatical individual or group. What is more concerning is a government consistently shifting the narrative away from speaking the name of our enemy and instead focusing on gun violence or climate change as urgent issues that need to be addressed.

    Speaking about the San Bernardino massacre and other attacks the Obama Administration and the left seems more concerned with not offending the Muslim community than recognizing and conveying the truth to the American people or taking measures to protect us. Attorney General Loretta Lynch even went so far as to say she would prosecute anyone guilty of what she considered violence-inspiring speech. So now we have the head of the Justice Department threatening to deprive the American people of their constitutional right to free speech if they speak out against radical Islam. Can we say “shari’ah?” Interesting we haven’t heard her say the same about the #BlackLivesMatter group who calls for the killing of law enforcement officers.

    Americans will not tolerate any gun control measures. We are born out of revolution and hold our God given rights sacred. Conservatives should be conveying to the American people that the Bill of Rights is a list of our human rights. These are not rights given to us by government; they predate any laws of man. The right to speak freely and the right to protect ourselves, our families, loved ones, and co-workers should never be the subject of political debate.

    This is our reality and will be for the future. We must realize electing a Republican will not immediately make this threat go away. The threat is in our country and in our cities. Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones. Take firearms classes and learn how to use a firearm safely and properly. Get your concealed license permit. Refuse to be a victim.

    Stealing from the British World Word II poster, all I can say is KEEP CALM AND CARRY!

    Well, there you have it.

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    Article written by: Tom White

    Refugee Opposition: It’s Not Bigotry. It’s Righteous Indignation.

    The American People are a compassionate people, charitable and tolerant, and always ready to embrace the challenges the world sets before us (at least eventually). This Syrian Refuge crisis, however, has broken upon a much less open America, much less worried about the poor and the hungry and the sick. It infuriates me that this reality has become accepted as a stain upon our compassion and our systemic American values. What we are witnessing is not intolerance or bigotry, selfishness or greed; but a righteous indignation toward to a government that has sold us out at every turn, has torn our Constitution asunder, and spit upon the virtue, the sovereignty, and the dignity of the American Citizen.

    REFUGEESAmericans have always had a right to great pride and confidence – a pride and confidence frayed by nearly two decades of abuse and decline. A free and prosperous people are the most likely to demonstrate the most compassion and charity, for they have the most to give and no reason to fear giving it; but that is no longer the America we live in today. Our governments no longer enforce our immigration laws. Our corporations are bringing in immigrants on work visas to be trained by US citizens for a couple months before those citizens are on the street looking for work. Our wages aren’t going up and our economy isn’t growing. In fact, to find silver linings in our economic circumstances, one must (despite how silly it is) include statistics comprised of public sector jobs which do not produce wealth or capital, but exhaust it.

    Islamists – and let me define “Islamist” (an individual who believes that Islam is the only true religion and that non-believers should either be subject to Islamic Law or killed) – are a different kind of enemy. They do not wear a uniform to battle. You’re shopping at Food Lion and seconds later you’re being torn apart by shrapnel from a suicide bomber’s vest. You’re celebrating the New Year in Times Square and someone drops a vile of biological weaponry. You’re praying in a Temple or shopping in a mall and then bullets, screams, and darkness. That so far, all we’ve faced are a few failed bombings, a few successful ones, a couple homicidal rampages, and planes flying into buildings, does not discount the crucification, rape, beheading, hotel massacres, concert massacres, and suicide bombings experienced throughout the rest of the world.

    Have our governments given us reason to feel secure? Not even a little bit. They are great at taking away our liberty, but poor at protecting us from harm.

    I am a Christian – and because I am, my heart breaks for those living in the Middle East, for the people in Syria, in Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Germany, China, Russia, and Paris, France. I want to help them and to show them love. I want a government I could entrust with that very charge and responsibility. I want a government that would work tirelessly and methodically to help orphans and widows and cripples – victims all of the horrible ideological war taking place in the Middle East. I want to trust that this government would also desire, with the same passion as the American People, to protect these very victims from their tormentors, from the Islamists, by ensuring that not one of them was given safe passage to our land.

    Yet, such a government does not exist in America. We live in a country where our government is as likely to harm us as they are to protect us.

    It’s not the victims of ideology and religion in the Middle East we’re afraid of. It’s our government and their reckless irresponsibility. We do not trust our government, nor do we even have faith in their good intentions. I would venture to say, that every person you’ve heard proclaiming that they do not want these Syrian Refugees would change their tune in an instant if they believed, for one second, our Government could be entrusted with the responsibility of caring for the widows, orphans, and injured who have suffered under the Islamist tyranny in the Middle East, while still protecting We The People.

    My heart breaks for these people, but there is so very little I can do. I live in a country ruled by leaders that have allowed gangs and criminals to cross our borders. We catch them and release them. We let immigrants overstay their visa’s – a policy which enabled blood-thirsty Islamists to slaughter over 3,000 Americans on September 11th. Did they learn their lesson? Did anything change?

    No. We love the people of the world. We do not trust our government. We care about the oppressed, yet we are increasingly oppressed ourselves. I’m opened minded to the arguments and the debate with regard to these Syrian Immigrants, but let no one proclaim that those opposed are opposed out of malicious intent, or cruelty, or bigotry, or intolerance. That’s a lie; and a disgraceful one at that.

     

     


    Article written by: Steven Brodie Tucker