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Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

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The female San Bernardino shooter pledged support to ISIS, [1] the Islamist terrorist group’s de facto capital IS IN Raqqa, Syria, [2] and the female “San Bernardino Shooter Passed [a] DHS Counterterrorism Background Check.” [3] “FBI director James Comey testified for the second time this year before Congress that the Administration was flatly unable to screen Syrian refugees.” [4] Syria is in absolute chaos, filled with terrorists from ISIS, [2], Hezbollah, Al Qaeda, Iran, the Assad regime, etc. [5] “Syria is at the nexus of some of the Middle East’s most central problems, meaning that fallout from its uprising is likely to ripple, in unpredictable ways…” [5] ISIS may have “scores of ‘trained soldiers’ positioned in 15 [American] states.” [6] ISIS successfully attacked Paris. Why wouldn’t any of the many America-hating groups in Syria use “refugee resettlement” to infiltrate the U.S.?

[1] http://abcnews.go.com/US/female-san-bernardino-shooter-pledged-support-isis-sources/story?id=35579983
[2] http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/airstrikes-target-isis-capital-syria-kill-32-militants-article-1.2457279
[3] http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/428013/obama-administrations-much-touted-counterterrorism-screening-fails-jim-geraghty
[4] http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/12/04/refugee-resettlement-contractors-mislead-on-vetting-crime-and-terror/
[5] http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2012/0607/Syria-conflict-5-warring-factions/The-Assad-regime
[6] http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/05/06/purported-isis-warning-claims-terror-cells-in-place-in-15-states/


‘Largest Massacre of Christians in Syria’ Ignored

Monday, November 25th, 2013

by Raymond Ibrahim*

One of the worst Christian massacres—complete with mass graves, tortured-to-death women and children, and destroyed churches—recently took place in Syria, at the hands of the U.S.-supported jihadi “rebels”; and the U.S. government and its “mainstream media” mouthpiece are, as usual, silent (that is, when not actively trying to minimize matters).

The massacre took place in Sadad, an ancient Syriac Orthodox Christian habitation, so old as to be mentioned in the Old Testament. Most of the region’s inhabitants are poor, as Sadad is situated in the remote desert between Homs and Damascus (desert regions, till now, apparently the only places Syria’s Christians could feel secure; 600 Christian families had earlier fled there for sanctuary from the jihad, only to be followed by it).

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Middle East and Syria: Obama has forgotten lessons of the recent past

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

by Gary Gerofsky

The Obama administration lies, feigns horror, ignores history (especially recent history), and purposely chooses to make the wrong conclusions. Obama panders to Islamists, nationally and internationally. Mistakes are piling up on other previous mistakes, quickly forgotten, and then repeated with reckless abandon. The theatre of the absurd is taking place before our eyes with implications that have far reaching impact on America for the worse. The Libya and Tunisia debacles have led to Egypt which led to Benghazi which has led to Syria. The common thread is a doctrine that the U.S. president is following to empower Islamists who promise America “democracy” and non-violence. But “Islamist democracy” and “Islamist non-violence” are oxymorons. Obama buys into these contradictions as if they were real possibilities. Following the dictates of Syrian “rebels” and having them direct American policy is like taking advice at face value from those who sent our airliners into the World Trade Center on 9/11. Selective indignation and political correctness have amounted to a complete political and military debacle in the U.S. which also involves and endangers other stakeholders. Every attempt is being made to isolate one act of chemical warfare after a series of chemical attacks in a country (and region) where they have experienced the same for many decades under the Assad family dictatorship — without much objection from the world community or the U.N. Questions need to be asked. There are too many contradictions, inconsistencies, befuddled thinking and lies to enumerate, but here are a few:

Contradictions and inconsistencies:

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Islamism’s Likely Doom

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

by Daniel Pipes*

As recently as 2012, it appeared that Islamists could overcome their many internal dissimilarities – sectarian (Sunni, Shi’ite), political (monarchical, republican), tactical (political, violent), or attitudes toward modernity (Salafi, Muslim Brotherhood) – and cooperate. In Tunisia, for example, Salafis and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) types found common ground. Differences between all these groups were real but secondary, as I put it then, because “all Islamists pull in the same direction, toward the full and severe application of Islamic law (the Shari’a).”

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Muslim Civil Wars Stem from a Crisis of Civilization

Friday, June 7th, 2013

by David P. Goldman*

Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum (where I am associate fellow) replies this morning to Bret Stephens‘ June 3rd Wall Street Journal column, “The Muslim Civil War: Standing by while the Sunnis and Shiites fight it out invites disaster.” The Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s, when the Reagan administration quietly encouraged the two sides to fight themselves to bloody exhaustion, did America no good, Stephens argues:

In short, a long intra-Islamic war left nobody safer, wealthier or wiser. Nor did it leave the West morally untainted. The U.S. embraced Saddam Hussein as a counterweight to Iran, and later tried to ply Iran with secret arms in exchange for the release of hostages. Patrolling the Strait of Hormuz, the USS Vincennes mistakenly shot down an Iranian jetliner over the Gulf, killing 290 civilians. Inaction only provides moral safe harbor when there’s no possibility of action.

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Will Syria’s Strife Rip Lebanon Apart?

Monday, March 11th, 2013

by Hilal Khashan*

The assassination of Lebanese security chief brigadier general Wissam Hassan on October 19 has rekindled fears of renewed confessional strife in Lebanon. The anti-Assad opposition quickly blamed the Syrian regime for eliminating one of its foremost Beirut opponents while enraged demonstrators took to the streets to demand the resignation of prime minister Najib Miqati.[1]

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Anti-Islamism in an Islamic Civil War

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi*

Recently a video emerged in which pro-Assad militiamen can be seen beating and shooting a prisoner to death. What might seem remarkable is that the militiamen are insulting Islam in the process, mocking the takbir — that is, the cry of “Allahu akbar” — the Islamic conception of paradise for martyrs. In the first half of the video, one of the executioners — disparaging Muhammad — shouts, “F—k you and your prophet.” Later, another of them yells, “Damn your God.”

It may come across as odd that pro-Assad militiamen would disparage the Islamic religion in such a crude manner, but it should be noted that there are many videos like this in which the anti-Islamic sentiment takes a more subtle form.

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The Arab Street – Quo Vadis?

Friday, December 14th, 2012

by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger

The assumption that the rising tide of the Islamist forces, on the Arab Street, is led by politically-pragmatic and moderate Islam, is divorced from reality.

The supposition that the surging Islamic forces, on the Arab Street, aim to eschew violence, moderate the Arab Street, focus on economic growth rather than the spread of Islam and engage the US strategically, sacrifices realism on the altar of wishful-thinking.

The presumption that the Arab Street is experiencing an “Arab Spring,” whereby democracy-seeking youth, independents and moderate Islamists collaborate in the effort to topple despotic regimes, has crashed against the rocks of Middle East chaotic reality.

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