Turkey anno 1992 #2

1992 Turkey analysed

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Presidential flag of Turkey. The 16 stars represent 16 claimed historical Turkic empires. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A republic of Asia Minor and southeastern Europe, Turkey has coastlines on the Aegean, Black, and Mediterranean seas. Area: 779,452 sq kin (300,948 sq mi), including 23,764 sq km in Europe. Pop. (1992 est.): 58,584,000. Cap.: Ankara. Monetary

Lit: Turkish lira, with (Oct. 5, 1992) a free rate of 7,511 liras to U.S. $1 (12,768 liras = £1 sterling).

President in 1992, Turgut Oral; prime minister, Suleyman Demirel.

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The coalition government formed by Suleyman Demirel, leader of the centre-right True Path Party, with Erdal Inonu‘s Social Democratic Populist Party (SHP) as a junior partner, continued the policy initiated by Pres. Turgut Ozal of establishing Turkey as a bastion of stability in a troubled region.
Turkey’s willingness to work with the U.S. in promoting stability was stressed by Prime Minister Demirel when he conferred with Pres. George Bush in Washington on Feb. 11, 1992. A similar message was conveyed to French Pres. François Mitterrand when the latter went to Ankara on April 13. Demirel visited the Turkic republics of the former Soviet Union between April 27 and May 3 and Moscow on May 25-26.

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Prime Minister of Greece Konstantinos Mitsotakis (left) and Prime Minister of Turkey Süleyman Demirel. (1992 World Economic Forum) (1992 Dünya Ekonomik Forumu) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On June 25 Turkey was host to the first summit meeting of the Black Sea economic cooperation region, a project that had been launched by President Ozal. The summit, which brought together the leaders of Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, and Greece, was followed by Turkish attempts to help find a peaceful solution to the dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.
Turkey also played an active part in efforts to halt the bloodshed in Bosnia and Hercegovina, but its advocacy of threatening the Serbs with air strikes did little to ease the position of Bosnian Muslims. The Black Sea summit allowed Demirel to confer with his Greek counterpart, Konstantinos Mitsotakis, but once again the conclusion of a friendship pact was postponed pending solution of the Cyprus dispute.

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Costermongers in Istanbul – 1992

At home, the government’s parliamentary majority was reduced by defections from the SHP, while the opposition was weakened by President Ozal’s efforts to wrest control of the Motherland Party, which he had founded, from the kinds of its current leader, Mesut Yilmaz. The first rift in the ranks of the Social Democrats occurred over the Kurdish issue. After the government intensified military measures to counter the terrorist campaign of the separatist Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK), 18 radical Kurdish members of Parliament, who had been elected on the SHP ticket in October 1991, resigned and rejoined the — predominantly Kurdish — People’s Labour Party. Then in September, after Parliament revoked a law passed in 1980 banning all political parties existing at the time, the SHP’s precursor, the Republican People’s Party, was reconstituted and elected Inonu’s rival.

Deniz Baykal as its leader. Baykal and 17 other members of Parliament thereupon resigned from the SHP, while former prime minister Bulent Ecevit lost four members of his small Democratic Left Party.

The Kurdish campaign caused over 1,000 casualties in 1992. The worst incident occurred on September 29 when some 23 members of the security forces and up to 200 terrorists were killed in an attack on a post guarding the Iraq frontier. The government responded by launching ground and air operations both within the country and across tin frontier. At the same time, it reached agreement with tin governments of Syria and Iran, and with leaders of the Iraq Kurds, to deny the terrorists facilities across the border Masoud Barzani and Jalal Talabani, the two main leader: of the Iraqi Kurds, visited Ankara, and in October forces under their command attacked PKK camps in northern Iraq. By late November more than half the PKK forces had reportedly been killed, wounded, or captured.

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Living situations in central Turkey – Cappadocia 1992

After stagnating in 1991, the economy grew by over 6% in the first half of 1992. The new government’s promise to halt the rise in prices could not be fulfilled, and the consumer price index rose by 44% in the first eight months Nevertheless, a good export performance and the revival of tourism after the Gulf war led to an increase in foreign currency reserves, and Turkey was able to service its foreign debt of some $50 billion and to attract fresh foreign investment.
The first two power units of the Ataturk dam on the Euphrates, the centrepiece of the vast southeast Anatolia project, were commissioned on July 25.

Text: Andrew Mango, Foreign Affairs Analyst, 1993 Britannica Book of the Year p.393

Photos not credited to Wikipedia by Marcus Ampe & Marjolein Pronk

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Cappadocian smith – 1992

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  2. Noahs Ark
  3. Archaeology and the Bible
  4. Turkey and Pictures for the times coming
  5. Ageing and Solidarity between generations
  6. Migrants to the West #6
  7. Problems by losing the borders
  8. Turkey a wolf in the sheep house of the European Union
  9. Negative consequences of Special Labelling and Trade-Restrictive measures
  10. Humanitarian crisis in Syria
  11. Relieve the current humanitarian crisis in Syria
  12. Growing separation and problems in Turkey
  13. Turkey vs. Israël
  14. Unprecedented violence against protesters and social protest
  15. Islamic State forcing the West to provide means for Kurdistan
  16. Caliphs and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government

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  3. Teruggave St.Pauluskerk in Tarsus
  4. Schieten op hulpgoederenvoorzieners
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Additional reading:

  1. Turkey toward 2000
  2. Turkey’s Candidacy for EU Membership
  3. Turkey’s Choice: Istanbul or Constantinople?
  4. Turkey’s March West
  5. Turkey Is Too Important to Leave Completely out of the European Union
  6. Turkey’s Role in the Middle East: An Outsider’s Perspective
  7. Turkey: Turkey, Islamists and Democracy: Transition and Globalization in a…
  8. Turkey Is Critical to a More Moderate Islam
  9. Turkey’s Rising Clout Leaves Iran Fuming on Sidelines of Arab Spring
  10. Turkey’s Neighborly Interests; Thinking Ahead on Iran, Iraq, Syria
  11. Turkey Wants Iraq Disarmed; Is Committed to Finding Peaceful Resolutions
  12. Turkey Stays out of Syrian Conflict; Nation Will Keep Cool Head, Leader Asserts
  13. Turkey’s Relations with Arab States and Israel
  14. Turkey’s Foray into the Fertile Crescent
  15. Turkey Responds Angrily to Perry Remarks
  16. Turkey’s Meager Harvest of Gulf Promises
  17. Turkey Leans on Museums to Return Their Lost Treasures
  18. Turkey’s New Index for Ties to the World with Kurd Leader Due to Be Tried,…
  19. Turkey Makes Deal with Iraqi Kurds on Border Security
  20. Turkey’s Pursuit of Kurds Disturbs the Neighbors Ankara Feels Surrounded by…
  21. Turkey Uses U.S. Arms to Attack Kurds
  22. Precarious Kurdish Unity
  23. Winning Kurdish Hearts & Hands
  24. A Time to Kill? Sad Litany of US Assassination Plots
  25. Polls Close in Iraqi Kurdistan Elections
  26. ‘Last True Enemy’ of Saddam Vows Guerrilla-Style Warfare Interview with Kurdish Rebel
  27. A Turkish Foreign Ministry delegation visited northern Iraq to meet Masoud Barzani in order to dispel ongoing “rumors” of a rift between Ankara and the KDP: Crosscurrents
  28. Tulsa Minister, Inhofe Gain Kurdish Cleric’s Freedom
  29. Kurds Defy Critics, Unify on Vote after First Free Election, Rival Iraqi…
  30. Democracy or Partition: Future Scenarios for the Kurds of Iraq
  31. The Turkish Incursion into Iraq: “Operation Steel” Is a Legitimate Response…
  32. Turkey: How Erdogan Did It-And Could Blow It
  33. Turkey: The Mideast’s Real Revolution
  34. Turkey Accepts Offer for Cyprus Envoy: Move Raises Hopes for Talks with Greece
  35. Turkey: Dimensions of Western Foreign Direct Investment in Turkey
  36. Turkey: Why ‘Armenian Genocide’ Resolution May Hurt US Interests
  37. Turkey’s Unified Front; Will It Continue to Trust the United States?
  38. Turkey Seeks Stronger Ties with Africa
  39. Turkey Takes Lead in Rebuilding Somalia
  40. Armenia (country, Asia)
  41. Armenia, Turkey Seek Better Relations; Power Balance May Shift Away from…
  42. Prospects for Normalization between Armenia and Turkey: A View from Yerevan
  43. Armenia, the Regional Powers, and the West: Between History and…
  44. Dispatch from Armenia: The Not So Frozen War
  45. Armenia Strives for Independence Soviet Republic Introduces Rapid Reforms to…
  46. A Nation That Lost the Ark; Travel Mail, Armenia Was Once Noah’s Safe Haven,…
  47. Blurred Borders: Armenia vs. Azerbaijan. (Global Notebook)
  48. Forgotten Armenia Unnoticed amid Bosnia and Somalia, Armenia’s Need This…
  49. A Bittersweet Return to Armenia ; Driven out by Civil War, Refugees from…
  50. West Prepares to Enforce UN Peace Plan for Bosnia Thousands of NATO Troops…
  51. Nagorno-Karabakh
  52. Azerbaijanis and Nagorno-Karabakh
  53. Nagorno-Karabakh in Limbo
  54. The Wannabe Nation of Nagorno-Karabakh
  55. The Nagorno-Karabakh Settlement Revisited: Is Peace Achievable?
  56. Breakaway State Still Struggling for Recognition; Nagorno-Karabakh Eyes Law…
  57. What Is the Solution to the Armenian-Azerbaijani Conflict? Armenian View:…
  58. Territorial Stalemate: Independence of Nagorno-Karabakh Following the…
  59. Ethnic Conflict and Forced Displacement: Narratives of Azeri IDP and Refugee…
  60. Ethnic Conflict in Ex-Soviet Region Keeps Riches out of Reach Fierce Rivalry…

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  • The World Bank’s Support of the Dictatorship in Turkey (1980-1983) (therebel.org)
    The World Bank tried very hard to make the the Turkish military appear salutary, and to avoid criticising their interventions.The official comments from the Bank, that the 1980 coup d’état would not jeopardise the Bank’s intention to lend, were very courteous. 
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    Under Robert McNamara, Turkey’s geostrategic importance led the World Bank to increase its efforts to improve matters. A few months after becoming president, in July 1968, Robert McNamara visited Turkey. He knew the country well since it had been a military ally of the United States. As Defense Secretary until 1967 he was in close contact with Ankara. Anxious not to repeat what had happened with Pieter Lieftinck, the World Bank took great care not to appear too openly intrusive in the 1970s  |2|. By the end of the decade it had gradually increased its pressure on the Turkish government, particularly in 1978 when the left-wing nationalist, Bülent Ecevit, became Prime Minister. In particular, the Bank tried to force an increase in the price of electricity.
  • After Gezi: Erdoğan and political struggle in Turkey (revolution-news.com)
    In the year after the Gezi uprising, protests continue against the government’s urban redevelopment plans, against police repression, in response to repression of the Kurdish and Alevi populations, and in honor of the martyrs that lost their lives as a result of the uprising.
  • Turkey: Ukraine crisis to affect natural gas supply (peakoil.com)
    Touching on the possibility that Turkey might encounter dilemmas regarding its natural gas supply due to the Ukrainian crisis, Yıldız said, “Over the past week, the EU, Russia and Ukraine have taken mutual steps and progress has been made in negotiations. We import half of our natural gas from Russia. So, there is a possibility that we may face issues in natural gas supply because of Ukraine. We need to increase geothermal [energy].”
  • Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as U.S. drops arms to defenders (bangordailynews.com)
    Turkey’s refusal to intervene in the fight with Islamic State has frustrated the United States and sparked lethal riots in southeastern Turkey by Kurds furious at Ankara’s failure to help Kobani or at least open a land corridor for volunteer fighters and reinforcements to go there.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington had asked Ankara to help “get the peshmerga or other groups” into Kobani so they could help defend the town, adding he hoped the Kurds would “take this fight on.” The European Union also urged Turkey on Monday to open its border to allow supplies to get through to residents of Kobani.

    If the reinforcements come through, it may mark a turning point in the battle for Kobani, a town where Syrian Kurds have struggled for weeks against better-armed Islamic State fighters trying to reshape the Middle East.

  • EU calls on Turkey to open borders for Kobane support (sundiatapost.com)
    European Union (EU) Foreign Ministers on Monday called on Turkey to open its border with Syria so supplies could reach the besieged Kurdish town of Kobane.

    “The EU appreciates efforts by Turkey to shelter refugees from Kobane and calls on Turkey to open its border for any supply for the people of Kobane,’’ the bloc’s foreign ministers agreed in a statement.

    They unreservedly condemned the attacks, atrocities, killings and abuses of human rights perpetrated by the Islamic State and other terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria, and by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

  • Turkey denies giving U.S. access to Incirlik airbase (riyadhvision.com)
    Staff Sgt. Rodney Johns marshals an F-16CJ Fighting Falcon to a parking spot at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, after an Operation Northern Watch mission enforcing the northern no-fly-zone over Iraq on Jan. 11, 1999.

    Turkey denied on Monday having granted the United States access to its Incirlik air base to be used for attacking Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants in Syria.

    A government official said there was no new agreement over the use by the United States of the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey, which U.S. air forces already use for logistical and humanitarian purposes.

    “There is no new agreement with the United States about Incirlik,” the official, who asked not to be named, told AFP in Ankara.

    “Negotiations are continuing” based on conditions Turkey had previously laid out such as a safe zone inside Syria backed up by a no-fly zone, the official added.

  • Turkey Allows Iraqi Kurds to Send Peshmerga to Besieged Syrian-Kurdish City of Kobane (muftah.org)
    Turkey’s decision to allow Peshmerga fighters into Kobane marks a shift in policy. If the Peshmerga is able to provide effective aid to the town, this could have knock on effects on relations between Turkey and the Turkish-Kurdish Kurdistan Workers’ Party (Kurdish: Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan; PKK), and more significantly between Syrian and Iraqi Kurds.

    Turkey has a record of abuses against its Kurdish population, and has prevented any communication and exchanges between Kurds in Syria, Turkey, and Iraq since the start of the Syrian uprising. Turkey fears that allowing these communities to work together will help Kurds consolidate power and eventually establish a Kurdish state. For these reasons, Turkey has blocked the exchange of aid and fighters between Iraqi, Syrian, and Turkish Kurds, which are aimed at repelling ISIS.

    At the same time, Turkey is the Iraqi-Kurdish Democratic Kurdish Party’s (DKP) closest ally in the region.

  • Turkey would oppose US arms transfers to Kurds (nzherald.co.nz)
    Turkey wouldn’t agree to any U.S. arms transfers to Kurdish fighters who are battling Islamic militants in Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying Sunday, as the extremist group fired more mortar rounds near the Syrian-Turkish border.

    Turkey views the main Syrian Kurdish group, the PYD and its military wing which is fighting IS militants as an extension of the PKK, which has waged a 30-year insurgency in Turkey and is designated a terror group by the U.S. and NATO.

    Washington has said recently that it has engaged in intelligence sharing with Kurdish fighters and officials have not ruled out future arms transfers to the Kurdish fighters.

    “The PYD is for us, equal to the PKK. It is a terror organization,” Erdogan told a group of reporters on his return from a visit to Afghanistan.

    “It would be wrong for the United States with whom we are friends and allies in NATO to talk openly and to expect us to say ‘yes’ to such a support to a terrorist organization,” Erdogan said. His comments were reported by the state-run Anadolu agency on Sunday.

  • Greek Cypriots set to submit EU complaint against Turkey (worldbulletin.net)
    Greek Cypriots will attempt to block Turkey’s ongoing progress in EU accession talks in response to Ankara’s gas exploration activities in waters off the so-called exclusive Greek Cypriot economic zone.

    The Greek Cypriot administration’s National Council announced details of the measures they will take against Turkey in their Tuesday session.

    The administration’s spokesperson, Nicos Christodoulides, said that Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades could submit a formal complaint against Turkey to EU leaders next week, during a Council of Europe meeting, aimed at halting Turkey’s full EU membership process.
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    Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot government have strongly opposed any unilateral move by the Greek Cypriot administration to explore hydrocarbon resources around the island, saying that its natural resources should be exploited in a fair manner under a united Cyprus.

    The island of Cyprus has remained divided into Greek and Turkish parts since a Greek-Cypriot coup was followed by a Turkish peace mission to aid Turkish Cypriots in the north of the island in 1974.

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Turkey anno 1992

Looking at several pictures of bloggers their postings I enjoy so much of what they are willing to share. They can go places where I perhaps shall never be able to come, but can now have some taste of the beauties which are there to be found.

When I was a child I did not like photographs at all and later when pictures were taken on stage or on the film-set, I did not want to have them for my personal files. (Pictures of me or my company and reviews in the dance magazines were given by me to the Flemish Theatre Institute archive at the beginning of the 21st century.)
But so many years later I regret not having many witnesses of my past. The pictures I had in 1999 helped me a lot to recover from my very serious accident which paralysed me for several months and got me a loss of memory. Everything I had to learn again, moving my fingers, moving my legs, but also putting my mind in order and getting back to speak (any language) properly. Lots of the languages I forgot and did not get back into my mind.

My memory is not how I would like it and often I have problems to remember what happened where and when, or even can not find the words straight away. What was curious after I started getting my memory back, after my second near death experience, was that the very old things came back first.

Now 15 years later I love to take up the track and share some of the past travels and enjoyments of nature.

Because a few days ago I was boasting over Turkey, I will start with sharing some pictures, which I had to scan, because a digital camera was not an asset then. Later on I shall also present some trials with my little digital camera, in the hope others can enjoy such personal views like I enjoy the views of others on the internet.

Certain areas in our world have many things to brag. The northern half of the globe may have beautiful natural sites with lots of history to tell.

Turkey, being on the verge of tradition, old and new world, with one foot in Europe and one foot in Asia, has probably to tell most of ancient history. Over-there I found most treasures of ancient Greeks and remainders of ancient people. History is there close to modern times and should be preserved for further generations.

In 1992 we did a round-trip in the Republic of Turkey visiting Asia Minor, Anatolia (Anadolu) and the European part, the small area of eastern Thrace (Trakya) and a few offshore islands in the Aegean Sea, just to get some idea of this vast coutnry with a total area of 780,580 sq km (301,384 sq mi), extending about 1,600 km (994 mi) se–nw and 650 km (404 mi) ne–sw. (Comparatively, the area occupied by Turkey is slightly larger than the state of Texas.)

Of the overall area, 97% is in Asia, and 3% in Europe. Turkey lies athwart the important Black Sea straits system — the Dardanelles, the Sea of Marmara, and the Bosporus. It is bordered on the n by the Black Sea, on the ne by Georgia and Armenia, on the e by Iran, on the se by Iraq, on the s by Syria and the Mediterranean Sea, on the w by the Aegean Sea, and on the nw by Greece and Bulgaria, with a total land boundary of 2,648 km (1,645 mi) and a coastline of 7,200 km (4,474 mi).

We also visited Turkey’s capital city, Ankara (formerly Angora) which was a Hittite settlement and remained a provincial city throughout its history and became the economic and transport centre of Anatolia. It is located in the northwest central part of the country.  In 1976-1978 I had the opportunity working with some of the National Ballet Company dancers and choreologists, but in 1992 I did not go to visit my colleagues there.

In 1992 there was not so much to see in Ankara, but the trip to it, crossing the Bosporus was worthwhile.

Before we went to Ankara and the centre-part of Turkey we visited the great cosmopolitan city which was full of life and had so much to offer we certainly have to go back for more than the three day we were there. It made a mark on world-history as Byzantium, then Constantinople, to become the modern Istanbul which was founded at a crossroad between Europe and Asia, Christianity and Islam. It was the capital city of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires and briefly the capital city of the Turkish Republic enduring lots of attacks because it had so much to offer.

The Byzantine and Ottoman Empire spent countless fortunes building palaces, churches, and other buildings. Dozens of earthquakes have shaken the city throughout its history, turning buildings to dust. Like many cities in the world, Istanbul long ago lived its golden era. In 1992 we could witness its poverty, pollution, and social problems that besiege the city. With the population explosion, the city has suffered the breakdown of transport, electricity, gas, and water supply. Temporary shantytowns, or gecekondu s, gradually have transformed into permanent tenements. In older quarters of the city, graceful wooden houses have given way to blocks of characterless apartments. Nevertheless, this ancient capital of two great empires retains a rich architectural heritage and extraordinary setting, so that Istanbul remains one of the great cities of the world.

You have to go over one of the two bridges across the Bosporus, which connect the European and Asian suburbs, and a new business centre which has developed further to the north, to visit the beautiful railway-station on the Asian side.

Boat-trip on the Bosporus - Istanbul 1992

Boat-trip on the Bosporus – Istanbul 1992

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The beautiful houses of the rich to be seen from up the Bosporus water – Istanbul 1992

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A view from the boat on the Bosporus Istanbul 1992

We did not manage to see the art-nouveau area with the Independence Avenue, Istiklal Avenue running through the Beyoğlu and Karaköy districts featuring lots of stores, art galleries, bookstores, clubs and historical restaurants. An avant-garde combination of Byzantine, Art Deco and modern architecture, millions of people visit the street every year to see the world’s second oldest subway station called the Tunnel. Reason enough to have Istanbul still on our bucket-list to see once more its exuberance, its charm, and its place in history.

Istanbul, the only city in the world straddling two continents (Europe and Asia) victim of its own popularity and its population not caring enough of its treasures and making sure the tourists would find a nice place to stay longer.

Istanbul, the only city in the world straddling two continents (Europe and Asia) victim of its own popularity and its population not caring enough of its treasures and making sure the tourists would find a nice place to stay longer.

The ever busy city Istanbul in 1992

The ever busy city Istanbul in 1992

One of the many palaces in Istanbul visited by a huge crowd  in 1992

One of the places, in front of the many palaces in Istanbul, visited by a huge crowd in 1992

One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World which should be visited in Turkey is Ephesus (EphesosEfes) the ancient Greek city of Asia Minor. Near the mouth of the Caÿster River (modern Küçük Menderes), in what is today W Turkey, S of Smyrna (now Izmir) it is one of the greatest of the Ionian cities, which had become the leading seaport of the region. The Greek city was near an old center of worship of a native nature goddess, who was equated with the Greek Artemis. The large temple built c.550 BCE burned down in the 4th cent. BCE, but rebuilding was begun before Alexander the Great took Ephesus in 334 and got destroyed in 262 CE but the remains still can capture our attention. Excavations (1869–74) of the ruins of the temple brought to light many artifacts. Later excavations uncovered important Roman and Byzantine remains.

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Ephesus 1992 – One of the many remains with my wife examining the construction-technique of the ancient Greek.

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Ephesus 1992 Greek Temple remains

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Greek mastery at Ephesus – Photo from the 1992 round trip through Turkey

Ephesus was captured by Croesus of Lydia (c.550 bc), Cyrus the Great (c.546 bc) and by Alexander the Great (334 bc), falling eventually into Roman control (133 bc). Today, it is one of the world’s principal archaeological sites.

In many villages around Turkey we could find a nice atmosphere and in Summer the temperature were ideal for us.

Bursa was the first major conquest of the early Ottomans in 1324. A modest Byzantine provincial market town, it quickly developed as the first capital of the growing Ottoman Empire, featuring many of the finest examples of early Ottoman architecture. Positioned on the northern foothills of Uludağ (Bithynian Mount Olympus) close to the Sea of Marmara, with easy access to the Mediterranean and on the natural extension of Anatolian routes, it became a major international commercial center, where European, mainly Genoese, merchants bought silk and other Eastern goods. It was also widely known for its abundant hot springs and magnificent baths. {Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa | 2004 | Kunt, I. Metin}

Streets of Bursa - 1992

Streets of Bursa – 1992 Photos from our pictorial remembrances of one of our trips to Turkey.

A place not to forget and to return to is to be found inland between Lake Tuz and the Euphrates, north of Cilicia. Stretching from the Halys valley E to the Euphrates River, from the Black Sea S to the heights of the Taurus and Anti-Taurus ranges Cappadocia, also known as Hatti in the late Bronze Age, was famous for its mineral resources, particularly its copper and iron. But it got me enchanted with its tuff landscape, caused by eruptions of the volcano-Dagi, and limestone which shows karst phenomena and a whimsical landscape. The villages underground with it Churches in the karst caves built in the course of time astonish us by the size.

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Marjolein Pronk in one of the villages in Cappadocia 1992

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Marjolein Pronk in one of the villages in Cappadocia 1992

Marcus Ampe in his younger years in the overwhelming landscape nearby Göreme, Cappadocia - 1992

Marcus Ampe in his younger years in the overwhelming landscape nearby Göreme, Cappadocia – 1992

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Villages in the rocks of Cappadocia 1992

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Village on one of the plateaus in Cappadocia 1992

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Tuff (from the Italian tufo), a type of rock consisting of consolidated volcanic ash ejected from vents during a volcanic eruption with the results of erosion gives lovely views in Cappadocia – 1992

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When we went in 1992 to Cappadocia several houses in the tuffstones were still inhabited.

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The sunlight creates constant changing colours – Cappadocia 1992

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Not only above ground in the tuff could be found houses – Cappadocia 1992

Cappadocia 1992  f38hFor non-trinitarians this part of the gospel world may be important because it was here that several people had to find safety under the ground for the Christian groups who wanted to kill all those who did not want to take on the holy trinity faith. It later also was used to protect the Christians from Muslim Arabs during the Arab–Byzantine wars (780-1180)

Kaymaklı Underground City about 19 km from Nevşehir, on the Nevşehir-Niğde road, has houses in the village constructed around the nearly one hundred tunnels of the underground city. The tunnels in 1992 were still used as storage areas, stables, and cellars. The underground city at Kaymaklı differs from the ancient multi-level underground city in the Derinkuyu district in terms of its structure and layout. The tunnels are lower, narrower, and more steeply inclined. Of the four floors open to tourists, each space is organized around ventilation shafts (see the cover in the photo underneath). Those ventilation systems made the temperature in the spaces very nice and it was surprising how airy it felt in those spacey room.  (No problem at all for claustrophobic.) This makes the design of each room or open space dependent on the availability of ventilation. The underground cities have vast defence networks of traps throughout their many levels. These traps are very creative, including such devices as large round stones to block doors and holes in the ceiling through which the defenders may drop spears.

The underground cities could be closed from the inside with large stone doors and each floor could also be closed off separately.

Church under the ground - Cappadocia - Nevsehir Valiligi - 1992

Church under the ground – Cappadocia – Nevsehir Valiligi – 1992

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Deep under the ground could be found villages with different living quarters for man and animal, plus storerooms for food – Cappadocia – Nevsehir Valiligi – 1992

Due to its inland location and high altitude, Cappadocia has a markedly continental climate, with hot dry summers and cold snowy winters, so in summer it is an ideal place for people with rheumatism.

In 1992 we could find a successful example of a non-Arab land where Islam and democracy coexisted and inhabitants were more modern clothed than the Turks in West Europe (Belgium, Holland and France). Though some years later Islamic dress had taken over the streets. At that time Turkey was still considered a land bridge between East and West which perhaps could become a strong partner for the European Union. For decades it has tried to impress Europe and to persuade Europe to let it join the European Union, but there were enough issues which made it difficult to accept it in a democratic country where freedom of speech should be very important and where human rights would be respected by all citizens and by all member-states.

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Find more on Turkey:

  1. Hasankeyf: A City On The Edge Of Disappearing
  2. Noahs Ark
  3. Archaeology and the Bible
  4. Turkey and Pictures for the times coming
  5. Ageing and Solidarity between generations
  6. Migrants to the West #6
  7. Problems by losing the borders
  8. Turkey a wolf in the sheep house of the European Union
  9. Negative consequences of Special Labelling and Trade-Restrictive measures
  10. Humanitarian crisis in Syria
  11. Relieve the current humanitarian crisis in Syria
  12. Growing separation and problems in Turkey
  13. Turkey vs. Israël
  14. Unprecedented violence against protesters and social protest
  15. Islamic State forcing the West to provide means for Kurdistan
  16. Caliphs and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government

In Dutch:

  1. Staat Europa voor vrijheid van godsdienst
  2. Kerk in Tarsus blijft museum
  3. Teruggave St.Pauluskerk in Tarsus
  4. Schieten op hulpgoederenvoorzieners
  5. Eucharistie in Van
  6. Gevolgen van beperkingen van vrijheid in Turkijë
  7. Muziek van imam Ahmet Muhsin Tuzer al of niet ‘onislamitisch’

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Additional reading:

  1. Turkey, Kurds and Paris Hilton; Turkish-Kurdish War Comes Closer
  2. Turkey Steps Up
  3. Turkey Is Critical to a More Moderate Islam
  4. Turkey’s Neighborly Interests; Thinking Ahead on Iran, Iraq, Syria
  5. Turkey Responds Angrily to Perry Remarks
  6. Turkey’s Meager Harvest of Gulf Promises
  7. Kaymaklı Underground City
  8. The closest I’ve gotten to flying – Cappadocia, Turkey.
  9. Top 15 Places To Visit Before You Die

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  • Around Istanbul in 25 Photos (all-that-is-interesting.com)
    Istanbul is the largest city of the Republic of Turkey. With a massive population of 14.1 million, the city is the largest in Europe, second largest in the Middle East and fifth largest in the world. A truly transcontinental city, Istanbul spans across the Bosporus Strait, claiming Europe and Asia as footholds.
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    Constructed at the narrowest part of the Bosporus, Rumeli Hisarı was built by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in preparation for the storming of Constantinople. Only in use for a year, it later became an open-air theatre.
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    Yoros Castle. Only the ruins of this once great citadel remain watching over the confluence of the Bosporus and the Black Sea on the Asian side of the city. Visitors can explore the ruins and stop at the nearby village of Andalou Kavagi.
  • Impunity of the Erdogan Regime (venitism.blogspot.com)
    Turkey’s politicized and faction-riven judiciary has contributed greatly to the perpetuation of a culture of impunity for serious human rights violations by Erdogan, police, military, and state officials. As a result, the victims of these abuses face significant obstacles in securing justice. The Obama administration’s policy of cozying up to an increasingly absolutist and Islamist Turkey makes no sense.
  • Turkey, the Kurds and Iraq: the prize and peril of Kirkuk (mercatornet.com)
    They flatly rejected Damat Ferid’s apparently misguided appeal — declaring that the Turks were unfit to rule over other races, regardless of their common Muslim identity — and told him and his delegation to leave. The Western powers then proceeded, through their own bickering, to divide the post-Ottoman spoils.
  • The Rift Between Antichrist Nation of Turkey And The West Is Beginning (shoebat.com)
    Turkey with its rise of Islamic dominance and its rejection by the European Union is trying to have this issue covered as it seeks other places to replace western relations. Turkey looks towards Iran in which the two are locked together in their destiny (Ezekiel 38, Revelation 13:2). This beast is the body of a Leopard (Revelation 13:2) (The Greco-Roman) and not European, with its feet of the Bear (Iran).

    Turkey’s rise has been due to that it has really been able to normalize, reintegrate with its immediate neighborhood. Its trade volume, its political dialogue, its relationship with its immediate neighborhood has improved considerably. To give you some figures, for instance, Turkish trade with Iran in December 2006 had a 54.9 percent boost in comparison with the trade volume in December 2005 and rises every year. With Russia, where we had $200 million of trade volume in 1989, currently the trade volume has reached $20 billion.
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    Today, there are several declarations of caliphates, but these are local, nevertheless, over the past decade the Turkish AKP Party has established strong relations in the Middle East, and it was also relatively successful in this endeavor. Some say that this failed due to the Arab Spring arguing that Turkey is facing grave problems in its foreign policy due to Turkey’s mishandling of the ongoing civil war in Syria, the deteriorating state of affairs in Libya and regime change in Egypt.

    But that is exactly what Turkey needs. Davutoglu foresaw that authoritarian regimes would collapse. But he believed that Islamic parties inspired by the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood would take their place. He saw the fall of the Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi as a turning point. What he failed to take into account was the resilience of Arab socialism and Arab nationalist currents. But Turkey has not given up and are becoming the main force behind the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt awaiting for another comeback. It will chisel on Bashar of Syria until he falls.

  • Istanbul, The City That Lies in Two Continents (amusingplanet.com)
    Being the only water route between the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea, the Bosporus has been the site of significant settlement and cities for a long time. In particular, the Golden Horn, an estuary that joins Bosphorus Strait at the immediate point where the strait meets the Sea of Marmara, and forms a large, sheltered harbour. It was here, on the European side of the Bosphorus, the city of Byzantium was founded by the ancient Greeks around 660 BCE, the city which later became Istanbul.
  • Watchtower of Turkey by Leonardo Dalessandri @leodalessandri (bluesyemre.com)
    Over than 3500 km traveled in 20 days, capturing landscapes from the bluish tones of Pamukkale to the warm ones of Cappadocia, the all passing by a great variation of colors, lights and weathers through six other cities. I’ve crossed Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Istanbul, Konya; and tasted baklava, kunefe, …
  • ‘Watchtower of Turkey’, A Colorful and Chaotic Video Capturing a 20-Day Tour Across the Country (laughingsquid.com)
    “Watchtower of Turkey” is a video directed by Italian photographer Leonardo Dalessandri that captures a 20-day, 3,500-kilometer trip across Turkey in a chaotic and colorful fashion. The fast-paced result makes for a fascinating short wordless video travelogue.
  • Good morning Cappadocia (bkpk.me)
    In the Cappadocia region of Turkey you feel like you’ve gone through some sort of tunnel and come out in another world. The landscape is fairy tale like with strange rock chimneys created by volcanic activity and caves along all the mountain sides. There are even hotels where your room is basically a cave fitted with some modern amenities.
  • Turkey – My Home Away From Home (ireport.cnn.com)
    Ever since my first trip to Turkey, I fell in love with the country and have kept coming back! Right now I’m spending two months traveling through this beautiful country, exploring 12 cities and their surrounding towns and sites on the coast and then Cappadocia in the center.

    For many people, Turkey doesn’t seem too appealing due to it’s location on the map, but it is really one of the most beautiful and welcoming countries I have ever visited, and has left a mark on me and on every other visitor. I guess there are thousands of reasons why I adore it, but I’ll try and categorize everything into four topics so this post doesn’t get too long! :)

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Where is the USA wanting to go with the freedom of their people

The last few months in Europe we can only frown our brows. I think the Americans also would best knit their brows when everything continues to go with several groups demanding their rights but not respecting the rights of others.

English: Front and back of the atheist sign at...

Front and back of the atheist sign at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Released with a GNU license by the Freedom From Religion Foundation to represent the sign in promotion. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last year we heard a lot to do about the Christmas trees and Christmas celebrations, than we got to hear about priests , ministers and churches getting fines because they did not have their place open for everybody or did Bible Studies without a public place permit. In many places religious symbols had to disappear and they even went so far demanding religious groups not to wear t-shirts or clothing attributes with religious signs.

Sports can also not escape the race against religious symbols. Football players at Arkansas State University were ordered to either remove a Christian cross decal from their helmets or modify it into a mathematical sign after a Jonesboro attorney complained that the image violated the U.S. Constitution.

The cross decal was meant to memorialise former player Markel Owens and former equipment manager Barry Weyer, said athletic director Terry Mohajir.  Weyer was killed in a June car crash. Owens was gunned down in Tennessee in January.

The players and coaches voluntarily decided to memorialise Barry Weyer jr and Markel Owens and wanted to carry their spirits to which the university’s athletic director agreed to have that sign of their faith.

However, the athletic director being 100 percent behind our students and coaches, had no choice but to remove the crosses after he received a message from the university’s legal counsel.

“It is my opinion that the crosses must be removed from the helmets,”

University counsel Lucinda McDaniel wrote to Mohajir.

“While we could argue that the cross with the initials of the fallen student and trainer merely memorialize their passing, the symbol we have authorized to convey that message is a Christian cross.”

According to documents provided to the Fox News writer by Arkansas State, McDaniel gave the football team a choice – they could either remove the cross or modify the decal. And by modify – she meant deface.

“If the bottom of the cross can be cut off so that the symbol is a plus sign (+) there should be no problem,”

she wrote.

“It is the Christian symbol which has caused the legal objection.”

Where is that land of so called freedom going to? Ministers which do not want to perform same-sex marriages in their church also may face fines and jail, though is not everybody free to chose their own church or to go to whatever denomination he or she wants. What can be the problem then when everybody is free to choose the groups in which she or he wants to feel at ease. When the rules or attitudes do not please the person why should he become a member of such groups or go to meetings of such a group?

For certain elements negative reaction are only coming in when the media has put its eye on it. The football-team had been wearing the decals for two weeks without any complaints. That changed after September the 5th nationally televised game against the Tennessee Volunteers.

Jonesboro attorney Louis Nisenbaum sent McDaniel an email complaining about the cross decal.

“That is a clear violation of the Establishment Clause as a state endorsement of the Christian religion,”

Nisenbaum wrote.

“Please advise whether you agree and whether ASU will continue this practice.”

Ironically, the university’s legal counsel admitted in a letter that there were no specific court cases that addressed crosses on football helmets. Nevertheless, she feared the possibility of a lawsuit.

“It is my opinion that we will not prevail on that challenge and must remove the crosses from the helmets or alter the symbols so that they are a (plus sign) instead of a cross,”

she wrote in an email to the athletic director.

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation fired off a letter congratulating the university on cleansing the helmets of the Christian symbol.

“The crosses appeared to confer State’s endorsement of religion, specifically Christianity,”

the FFRF wrote.

“The inclusion of the Latin cross on the helmets also excludes the 19 percent of the American population that is non-religious.”

FFRF co-presidents Annie Lauire Gaylor and Dan Barker went so far as to suggest alternative ways for the football players to mourn.

“Many teams around the country honor former teammates by putting that player’s number on their helmets or jerseys, or by wearing a black armband,”

they wrote.

“Either of those options, or another symbolic gesture free from religion imagery, would be appropriate.”

That suggestion set off the athletic director.

Today it looks like one group on the Americans want to tell the other group how to behave, what to wear, how to decorate and even how to grieve or how to remember others.

Have the North Americans come to consider that every citizen has to believe the same and has to behave the same?  Do they agree that only certain organizations may decide how they have to behave and what to wear? Or even may tell how others have to grieve?

Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom & no such thing as publick liberty without freedom of speech, Benjamin Franklin, 1722.

Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom & no such thing as publick liberty without freedom of speech, Benjamin Franklin, 1722.

I think Freedom of speech and freedom of thought includes that everybody in the community has the right to dress how they want as long as they do not endanger the others, and that everybody has the right to feel differently as long as he or she with her feelings does not endanger those who are not yet ready to cope with such feelings. You could agree with prohibitions of older persons having ‘avances’ to too young people, but if adults want to have more intimate contacts with members of the same sex, that is their business as long as they do not force others to feel the same or to agree with their sexual behaviour. They should allow everybody else to have other feelings and to have the right to say their opinion or to exclude them from specific occasions especially for groups with a certain demand. If they are not careful soon everybody can be against restrooms or lavatories for certain specific sex-groups, so in the near future toilets for men and women separate or changing rooms for men and women separate shall be belonging to the past. In Europe men face already the difficulty that lots of women enter the toilets of men like nothing, but if they (the men) would enter a restroom for women they (the women) would cry ‘murder and fire’, though women toilets are closed and nobody can see the person doing their action whilst in the men lavatories the man often have to stand before open urinals, so that everybody can see everything – they are not given the privacy women get (I would call that discrimination).

Pamphlets for Bible reading-courses or invitations to Christian meetings with Christian symbols or with pictures of the Bible may not be given around in several states, but pamphlets which promotes ‘social justice’ and the love of Satan or with invitations for Halloween and Black Masses may be distributed to children. Would this not demand more attention from the parents? It looks more like the Americans are in the ban of “Freedom from religion”.

Freedom From Religion Foundation Logo

Freedom From Religion Foundation Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I totally agree with Mohajir that everybody grieves differently and that nobody has the right to tell their students how to memorialise their colleagues, their classmates or any loved ones they have.

While Mr. Weyer told Todd Starnes, host of Fox News & Commentary, he supports the university “100 percent”, he said he took great offense at the FFRF’s attack.

“The fact is the cross was honoring two fallen teammates who just happened to be Christians,”

he wrote on his Facebook page.

“I just have a hard time understanding why we as Christians have to be tolerant of everybody else’s rights, but give up ours.”

Freedom From Religion Foundation got this sign...

Freedom From Religion Foundation got this sign put up on busy 2nd Street in Harrisburg, PA. Hopefully it gets through to some people. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On the other hand lots of Americans do cry out about them being Christian and about us having to be tolerant, - showing respect for the rights or opinions or practices of others. Where is the tolerance gone for those who have certain believes? Today we can not see much of that a fair and permissive attitude toward those whose race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one’s own. It seems the citizens of the United States of America have gone far way from freedom from bigotry. What is there so much troubling the American soul that those who do not believe or have another faith than the Christians should go so much against those Christians their symbols and festivals?

How can it be that when Americans vote for their own values they want to see kept high are facing juridical departments with laws against fundamental religious freedom?

Mr. Weyer said he’s not a political man – but he is a Christian man. And I can understand him when he’s tired of having to kowtow to the politically correct crowd.

“It’s time that we as Christians stand up and say we’re tired of being pushed around,”

he said.

“We’re tired of having to bow down to everyone else’s rights. What happened to our rights? The last time I checked it said freedom of religion – not freedom from religion.”

With Todd Starnes, I also can say

Well said, Mr. Weyer. Well said.

And I dare to ask the Americans:

What happened to the aim of their ancestors who strove for spiritual development and social civilty and freedom of speech?

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Please read Mr.Todd Starnes article Football team forced to remove Christian crosses from helmets at Fox News and my article on Our World: Idaho wedding chapel to either perform same-sex weddings or face jail time and up to $1,000 in fines

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Additional reading:

  1. Happiness mapping and getting over gender mapping
  2. Subcutaneous power for humanity 2 1950-2010 Post war generations
  3. 2013 Lifestyle, religiously and spiritualy
  4. People of 2013
  5. A so called man of God say Christ was wrong about marriage
  6. Bishop Marriage Equality: Praying for Marriage Equality Is Blasphemy
  7. Division and defrocking because of same-sex wedding
  8. The Most Hated Family in America
  9. Christmas, Saturnalia and the birth of Jesus
  10. American atheists most religiously literate Americans
  11. Some Christians do have problems with the Christian connection with Jews
  12. Who are the honest ones?
  13. Judeo-Christian values and liberty
  14. Migrants to the West #10 Religious freedom

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If you want to read more ridiculous or strange actions against Christians:

  1. 10 Commandments monument toppled in Washington
  2. Verdict in for pastor arrested for reading Bible
  3. High School Student Claims She Was Suspended For Saying ‘Bless You’ After Classmate Sneezed – CBS Charlotte
  4. Teacher Bullies Student for Saying Bible Is ‘Nonfiction’ in Calif.; Christian Legal Group Responds
  5. Harvard to host satanic black mass
  6. Satanic ‘black mass’ gets green light from U.S. city
  7. Okla City will not cancel pornographic play mocking Bible
  8. Judge: Foreigners can sue U.S. pastor over sermons
  • ASU football players get crosses back on helmets to honor (theglobaldispatch.com)
    Arkansas State University football players will once again be permitted to place cross decals on their helmets to honor two teammates who died. The change in school policy was quick after thousands contacted the university and claimed that the ban was religious discrimination and violated freedom of speech.
    Charisma News reports that 25,000 people e-mailed ASU demanding that the football players crosses be put back in place after the American Family Association (AFA) sent an Action Alert to its 1 million supporters. An ASU player also contacted Liberty Institute, which contacted ASU President Charles Welch.

    The crosses stay! photo/ASU

    “Arkansas State University football players scored a major win for religious liberties today. We asked our supporters to weigh in, they unified their voice, and religious liberty was heard. This is a victory for all Americans to celebrate. We thank the Liberty Institute for their work in this case and for so quickly reaching out to the university. And we also thank Arkansas State University for rightly protecting the religious liberties of their players by reversing their original mandate to remove the cross from the team helmet,” AFA President Tim Wildmon said in the article.

  • Know Jesus Or No Jesus? The Coming Persecution Of Christians (thesleuthjournal.com)
    There is a war going on against Christians. For a long time the war has been covert and centered around  issues such as nativity scenes at Christmas. More recently, the satanic influence which is beginning to dominate American public lives is becoming demonstrably open and aggressive and this spirit has invaded the sports world where so many young people look for role models.
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    The front page news is inundated with NFL players being disciplined for lack of moral character and fiber. We hold players on the proverbial pedestal as ‘role models’ and are disappointed/betrayed when they beat their families , act financially irresponsible, and generally conduct themselves like gangsters. And then here we have a moral and responsible adult molding young men into civilized adults and teaching them self-respect, love of God and family and the ‘reward’ for this coach is the loss of livelihood by suspension. We say we want our coaches to be moral mentors, yet are disappointed by the obvious result.
  • Know Jesus or No Jesus? The Coming Persecution of Christians (thecommonsenseshow.com)
    Washington Redskins quarterback, Robert Griffin III (RG3) was wearing a Christian T-shirt at a post-game press conference until the NFL said “No way,”  RG3’s shirt read “Know Jesus Know Peace” and, also, “No Jesus No Peace.”
    The NFL and Christianity do not go together.Michael Phillips, a sportswriter for the Richmond Times Dispatch, who was in the room tweeted: “RG3 was wearing a t-shirt that said ‘Know Jesus, Know Peace.’

    RG3 acquiesced and turned his shirt inside-out. This certainly will not earn him bonus points on Judgment Day. Yet, I cannot help wondering if the T-shirt said ” “Allahu Akbar” (الله أكبر)”, the NFL would not have dared to say a word.

  • American Football Team Forced to Remove Christian Crosses from Helmets! (socioecohistory.wordpress.com)
  • Football team forced to remove crosses from helmets (debatepolitics.com)
    These militant atheists have failed at life. I pity them. And they don’t have true respect for liberty, nor do they interpret the Constitution with integrity.
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    I respect the rights of atheists to be such, and find that most are quite decent human beings with whom I get along very well. I would hesitate, therefore, to lump all atheists together, as you seem to, and accuse them of having no respect for liberty.I would say, however, that there is a fringe of litigious-minded people out there, who happen to be atheists, who really do go out of their way to redefine “ridiculous.”In the case of my OP, the players on the team chose to honor a fallen teammate with the symbol of the cross – mainly because the individual who died was devoutly Christian. In my mind, that is a very thoughtful gesture, and one meant to honor who he was and what he stood for in life. I think for anyone to want to take away their ability to grieve as they see fit is not only wrong, but also cruel and not productive.

    What did this lawyer gain from his victory?

    Sometimes, we, as a society, take political correctness to absurd lengths. This is one of those times.

  • Football Team Forced to Remove Christian Crosses from Helmets (tpnn.com)
    “It’s time that we as Christians stand up and say we’re tired of being pushed around,” he said. “We’re tired of having to bow down to everyone else’s rights. What happened to our rights? The last time I checked it said freedom of religion – not freedom from religion.”
  • Todd Starnes: Arkansas State lifts ban on football helmet crosses (foxnews.com)
    How sad that we live in a nation where it is against the law for a university football coach to design a memorial that includes a religious icon.

 

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Caliphs and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder and first p...

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey with Abdullah I of Jordan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The great statesman Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, renown as the founder of the Republic of Turkey, had a struggle to liberate the people from the chains of in-doctrinal repression. Greeks had been driven away with their Greek culture of many gods as well. Offices of sultan and caliph were separated in November 1922 by the Grand National Assembly.

Turkey did not need a Caliph or person acting in Muhammad‘s place after his death.

Until 1924 there have been several Caliphs, but all of these have had only limited influence, they have represented no continuation of the Caliphs of Baghdad, and in more than one case, these caliphhoods have been motivated by political motives, and few or none religious. The Muslim world have never agreed upon uniting behind anyone of these. {All about Turkey on Caliphs}

The Caliphate, 622–750 Brown: Expansion under Muhammad, 622–632 Orange: Expansion during the Rashidun Caliphs, 632–661 Yellow: Expansion during the Umayyad Caliphate, 661–750

For years, the aim was to create “Kemalist/nationalist generations,” holding the sake of the state above everything else. In Turkey they managed what even the democratic countries France or Belgium did not seem to be able to do, keeping religion separated from the political evolution of the country. Over there Catholicism was very much grounded in the culture and governing power. With Kemalism it was thought that it is only the republican regime which can best represent the wishes of the people, who should be able to have their free choice of religion and of political thinking. The Kemalist reforms represented a political revolution; a change from the multinational Ottoman Empire, where generally religious groups were allowed  to continue to practice their own faiths within the conquered territories, to the establishment of the nation state of Turkey and the realization of national identity of modern Turkey.

Turkey wanted in the past to keep religion and state separate. In recent years we shamefully saw a different trend coming over the people of that big nation. Having a large Sunni majority it seems that lots of people got sucked into the fever of religious zeal engulfing Muslim communities. Even Iran and its Shiite Islamic regime might not at the end of the day prove immune to the deleterious effects of the jihad Tehran itself whipped in Syria. The ayatollahs would find that religious hatred is an epidemic more easily started than contained.

Brother Arthur Wright wrote in one of his letters, dated June 06, 2013:

The violent Sunni-Shiite schism of the seventh century offers a case in point. In the overcharged contemporary climate, with its high stakes and geopolitical rivalries, a fresh outbreak of Shiite-Sunni strife could become “the mother of religious wars.”
Non-Muslim outsiders likely to be caught up in this clash, like the US and Israel, are unfortunately unprepared and ill-equipped for coming to grips with this menace on their doorstep.

He also wrote about the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East:

Most Bible margins give “Sanctify war” for “Prepare war” making this a war based on religious contentions. The present conflicts in Syria and Iraq are being promoted by Islamic leaders with divergent beliefs. Such a war was fought centuries earlier but reappears in a much more deadly form.

For years lots of citizens of Turkey looked down at the Kurds and of ten had difficulties with their call for their own and previous old Kurdistan (Extensive mountainous and plateau region in sw Asia, inhabited by the Kurds and including parts of e Turkey, ne Iran, n Iraq, ne Syria, s Armenia and e Azerbaijan). the last few years the Turkish government did everything to silence the Kurdish voices and the voices of those who saw that their country was going back to the middle-ages. At the same time hunger strikes and solidarity demonstrations from Kurdish people were taking place in Belgium, the United Kingdom and beyond. Anti-war groups organised an entirely separate and potentially conflicting protest.

It can well be that now several Turks do not like the attitude of the West, willing to help the Kurds and fighting against the people who would love to see an Islamic State in those regions.

The consulates of Canada, Belgium, Germany, France and the United States in Istanbul were sent envelopes containing suspicious yellow power on Friday October 24, 2014. Authorities said the Hungarian Consulate in Istanbul received a similar package on Monday.
Some of the consulates were evacuated, and Turkish authorities said 25 people were hospitalized as a precaution. All of them were released on Monday, the Health Ministry said in a separate statement.

Kurds attempting to cross the border to help stop a massacre as a IS flag waves in the background are hindered by Turkish soldiers and some even think that some NATO country took action against the Kurds and against the BBC whose crew’s van was put on fire by shooting tear gas through the window from close distance.

In the October 2014 issue of Jewish Standpoint magazine Israeli journalist and political analyst Inna Lazareva wrote:

The quick-moving sands of the Middle East have shifted once again. Now Turkey and Israel stand once again at odds with one another, the Iraqi government is an Iranian proxy, and the US and Iran appear to be edging closer to each other. Out of the rubbles of devastation in the region we may yet witness the birth of a Kurdish state, to which Israel has been a helpful, if self-interested, midwife.

In June 2014, former Zionist president and war-criminal Shimon Peres had already  informed US president Barack Obama:

“The Kurds have, de facto, created their own state, which is democratic. One of the signs of a democracy is equality to women.”

About this equality of women there might be a huge problem in the Middle East, and Israel is not escaping it either. women in Israel are also not permitted to come in certain places (only restricted to devout Jews) In august 2012 four women were arrested for praying in the women’s section of the Wailing Wall.

Israel Labour Party member and Member, Constitution, Law and Justice Committee Merav Michaeli’s who was a  journalist, TV anchor, radio broadcaster and activist commented on the news:

Understanding matters of security and life and death are also an asset and symbol of masculinity; and secular men, like religious men, do not allow women to step into their holy of holies“.

She had already argued in 2012 for society to “cancel marriage.”

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan an...

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou in Erzurum, Turkey. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the 1920s onwards, secular governors tried to get an equal status for the women in Turkey with men. They wanted a moderate and adapted to modern life Islam. Many Turks valued the moral and spiritual bases of Islam, and revere it as a guide to right living and ethical conduct, but liked to be ruled by shari’a (Islamic religious law) and a body of medieval social custom for 500 years during the Ottoman Empire. A traditional Turkish man expects a woman to stay in a perfectly immaculate house looking after all their little babies.

Looking at statistics…. today, lots of Turkish women are in work places and traffic. But the present head of government with the conservative religious people do find that those women got to much a strong voice and the men got to Americanised. Both women and men in Turkey have a negative attitude toward women managers. Traditionally, men have been seen as better suited than women to hold executive positions. The qualities associated with being a successful manager have been associated with masculinity, such as ambition, objectivity and an authoritative manner.

Because of these negative beliefs, women make slow progress up the organizational hierarchy. In addition to these stereotypes, there are some other obstacles that prevent women reaching managerial suits such as low participation in male networks that limits their access to decision-making processes about promotion, negative discrimination against women in hiring and promoting policies, and the negative attitudes of employers and subordinates toward women managers. Aycan (2004) examined the factors that influence women’s career advancement in Turkey and showed that self-confidence and determination to achieve their career objectives are key success factors for women managers in Turkey. Similarly, support from family and organizations comes next and cultural norms toward gender roles to be found as the most significant barrier for attitudes toward women managers.

Some studies (Sakalli and Beydogan 2002; Aycan,2004) have pointed out that male exhibited less positive attitude toward women managers than did female and cultural norms toward gender roles were found as the most significant barrier for attitudes toward women managers. Contrary to findings in the literature, according to the study conducted by Semra Güney, Raheel Gohar, Sevcan Kılıç, Akıncı Mehmet and Mutlu Akınci in 2006 women’s attitudes toward women managers were more negative than that of men’s.

Coming closer to the 21st century it looked like certain men in Turkey, would find it normal to degrade the female being. Certain female tourists became projects of ‘free play toys’. From 2012 onwards several stories have gone outside Turkey of females been raped and severely wounded in front of everyone and no one tried to help.

The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research has surveyed attitudes in seven major Muslim-majority countries: Tunisia, Turkey, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Pakistan and Egypt.  It found that most women would prefer that a woman completely cover her hair in public, but not necessarily her face. Respondents were shown six cards with various types of head cover, ranging from the fully covering burka to none at all.

The most conservative responses were displayed in Saudi Arabia. Sixty two per cent of respondents there said that women should wear the niqab, the headdress that allows over a narrow slit over the eyes. In Iraq and Pakistan, 32 per cent and 31 per cent of respondents respectively judged the cloaklike hijab, which reveals the full face, to be most appropriate.

The most popular was the more designed hijab (4th from the left), which was approved by a majority in Tunisia and Egypt, and a large minority in Turkey and Iraq. The research did not reveal the gender of respondents.

It also asked if women should be allowed to choose their own clothing. In Tunisia and Turkey more than 50% said yes. Iraq, Pakistan and Egypt got less than 20%, with Egypt only 14%.

Today we can say Atatürk‘s reforms which hoped to blast these centuries-old traditions to smithereens, and to liberate women completely so they could participate in every aspect of society equally with men, have failed. a few years ago we could still say

without Atatürk, there would be no modern Turkish Republic, well ahead of its Islamic neighbors in democratic, social, cultural and commercial progress.

For years, the aim was to create “Kemalist/nationalist generations,” holding the sake of the state above everything else. Now, the government seeks to raise a non-questioning “pious generation,” as Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who was prime minister at the time, said in 2012.

The present government has chosen to go a totally different way where one sort of religion has to be put before all the rest of religions, even when the books do not have to tell everything openly.

The government decided that not only female students as young as 10 years old will be allowed to wear headscarf at schools, it will be considered the preferred dress for a female to cover her head. From 12 years old most of the bare female body has to be covered and girls and boys shall have to follow the mandatory religious course in which the Islam is presented as the only right religion.

In the schoolbooks religions other than Islam are not very much worth mentioning.The children may have some information on other ways and sects but Sunni Islam is according the official books the true Islam that all should follow. Throughout the curriculum it is praised as “the religion of peace, love and tolerance,” with obviously no mention of the beheadings made in the name of Islam.
The subjects continue with “basmala,” “the reasons we should be grateful to Allah,” “the concepts of virtue and sin” and so on, all explained according to Sunni belief. Nine-year-old kids are constantly reminded that “Allah awaits your prayers.”

Students in Turkey are given mandatory religious classes for nine years, from the fourth grade to the 12th. The nine textbooks for the classes consist of 1,086 pages in total; Alevism – a liberal Islam-influenced belief that has millions of followers in Turkey and abroad – together with Bektashism only makes up 16 pages in the seventh grade and 12th grade books. Complaints from Alevis had led to the landmark recent ECHR ruling.

According to information gathered by Hürriyet, other sects within Islam, such as Shiite and Caferism, are briefly mentioned in the 11th grade. Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Christianity are mentioned in a total of one-and-a-half pages in the eighth grade, while the rest of the curriculum is filled with the Sunni way of belief, prayer, morality and lifestyle.

Of course, the curriculum also includes atheism.

“Atheism, which is a reaction against faith in Allah, has been embraced by some Western philosophers, but has lost its intellectual basis and is weak nowadays,”

the official ninth-grade textbook reads. It also claims that atheists explain the world with “coincidences” and atheism may lead to

“degeneration of basic social and cultural values and alienate people from national and moral sentiments.”

The last few years it seems going into the minds of certain male citizens from Turkey, Egypt, Iraq, Syria that women who do not wear a hijab are asking for it if, for example, they are raped. Many girls, especially in small towns and conservative neighbourhoods, will be forced to wear the headscarf in order not to be labelled as a “tramp.”

Today Turkey goes further and further form the idea of separation of state and religion and gets more and more in indoctrinating its future generation with a new sectarian belief, founded on mandatory religious courses based on a restricted Sunni view, shallow history classes, and poor mathematics and science lessons.
It shows clearly where AKP eagerly wants to get her ‘people’ with the production of  “pious generations” .

The next step in this struggle is gender segregated education, which does not seem like a distant possibility any-more.

The U.S. decision to air-drop weapons to Kurdish forces in Syria on the same day Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan dismissed them as terrorists is the latest false note in the increasingly discordant mood music coming out of Washington and Ankara. On the 24th of October Reuters had this to say about Turkey:

Turkey’s leaders have never been afraid of sticking to their guns in the face of international opinion. Both Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutolgu are driven by a vision of the Middle East united by a Turkish brand of political Islam. Both believe their foreign policy is supported by moral imperatives, and that they are on the right side of history.

Adding:

But unless Ankara aligns itself more closely with international opinion it will become ever more isolated, and its goals will remain out of reach, many experts believe.

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Want to know more about the magnificent country turkey?:  please do find Burak Sansal’s very informative site All About Turkey

Preceding articles:

Islamic State forcing the West to provide means for Kurdistan

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Additional reading:

  1. Peres: Israelis love Kurdistan
  2. Israel: ‘Be a woman and shut-up’
  3. It is time for a corporate time-out in Israel
  4. Opposition leader Tzipi Livni, could you still represent Israel to the world?
  5. Arm Kobane
  6. “listen to Kurdish voices”
  7. Journal of International Women’s Studies Volume 8 |Issue 1, Article 15 Nov-2006, Bridgewater University, Attitudes to ward Women Managers in Turkey and Pakistan
  8. Grand Bazaar – Go with a male friend
  9. ISIS, Mosul Dam and threatening lives of those who want to live in freedom
  10. Egypt in the picture
  11. Turkey’s U.S. relations show strain as Washington’s patience wears thin

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  • The Rift Between Antichrist Nation of Turkey And The West Is Beginning (shoebat.com)
    the media is beginning to see two issues: 1) The vision of Turkey’s imperial plans and “vision of the Middle East united by a Turkish brand of political Islam” and 2)  “But unless Ankara aligns itself more closely with international opinion it will become ever more isolated” from western powers.Its not us only who is concluding this, its Reuters and other major media.

    Everything is going according to God’s plan, to allow the formation of the threat spoken of by John. The West and the Muslim world are on a collision course to part ways.

  • ISIS Is The Ugly Underbelly of Islam Coming To The Surface (disquietreservations.blogspot.com)
    Saying ISIS is not Islamic is like saying George W. Bush is not America or that Benjamin Netanyahu is not a Zionist.
  • Understanding The Middle East Crisis: Rekindling Fundamentalist Islam Part 3 of a Series (freenorthcarolina.blogspot.com)
    Following the defeat of Muslim forces in Austria in 1683, Muslim power declined, and Islam became relatively quiescent. The Armenian genocide of 1894-96 carried out by the Ottoman Turks against Armenian and Greek Christians, however, reminded a horrified Western world that Islam had a cruel, intolerant, and violent side. More than 250,000 Christians were slaughtered or murdered by rampaging Muslim mobs and Turkish soldiers.
  • US Begs Turkey To Fight ISIS: Why Would Turkey Fight What It Feeds? (clashdaily.com)
    The Obama administration has been imploring Turkey to fight ISIS, which is now at the border of Turkey mercilessly butchering the Kurds of Kobane. A recent development of Turkey agreeing to allow US and allied forces to use their airbases to fight ISIS, may serve as a deception…but make no mistake: Turkey is funding and training ISIS.
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    This new Islamist majority ruling Turkey is not behaving itself at all…
    — as reported by Islam specialist Walid Shoebat, there are ISIS “training centers in Orfa, Ghazi Antab and Antakia (Antioch) set up by the Turkish government for more terrorists to be sent to Syria.”
    according to an Egyptian official, Turkey is providing direct intelligence and logistical support to the ISIS terrorist organization, which was further confirmed by VP Joe Biden (before he was reprimanded and reneged).
    Kurds on the ground, persecuted in Kobane by ISIS, KNOW Turkey supports ISIS.
    — Daniel Pipes writes:

    Ankara may deny helping ISIS, but the evidence for this is overwhelming. “As we have the longest border with Syria,” writes Orhan Kemal Cengiz, a Turkish newspaper columnist, “Turkey’s support was vital for the jihadists in getting in and out of the country.” Indeed, the ISIS strongholds not coincidentally cluster close to Turkey’s frontiers.

    It’s a well-established fact that the Turkish government is not best-buds with the Kurdish people, since the Kurds desire their own country.

  • Geopolitics of the war against Syria and against the Daesh , by Thierry Meyssan (voltairenet.org)
    We are witnessing the third crisis in the camp of the aggressors since the beginning of the war against Syria.
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    After Turkey and France tried to enrol the United States in a vast bombardment of Syria, by staging the chemical crisis of the summer of 2013, the White House and the Pentagon decided to regain control. In January 2014, they convened a secret meeting of Congress and made it pass a secret law approving a plan for dividing Iraq into three and secession of the Kurdish region of Syria. To do this, they decided to fund and arm a jihadist group able to achieve what international law prohibits to the US Army: ethnic cleansing.
  • Chuck Hagel: Turkey’s Friend in High Places (counterpunch.org)
    The Key Kurdish city of Kobani in Northern Syria has been under siege by the ISIS terrorists since September 16, 2014. A self-governing city for the last two years, Kobani is located in a strategic place near the border with Turkey. Since everybody has been predicting its fall and the massacre of its civilian population, especially the enslavement of the Kurdish women, the Kurds singlehandedly have been defending their rightful territory. On October 12, 2014, Terri Moon Cronk stated that Kobani could fall to ISIS. Mr. Hagel again echoed General Dempsey who said, “I am fearful that Kobani will fall.” The General spoke to his Turkish counterpart a couple of days ago about the conditions in Kobani. Nobody came forward to help the Kurds because the Turks believe the political party in control of Kobani is affiliated with the PKK, a Kurdish Pishmerga partisan and freedom fighter group.
  • Geopolitics of Da’ash and the Conflict in the Levant (syria360.wordpress.com)
    Thierry Meyssan exposes the geopolitical reasons for the failure of the war against Syria and the real objectives of the so-called war against Daesh. This is particularly important for understanding current international relations and the crystallization of conflict in the Levant (Iraq, Syria and Lebanon).
  • Impunity of the Erdogan Regime (venitism.blogspot.com)
    Turkey’s politicized and faction-riven judiciary has contributed greatly to the perpetuation of a culture of impunity for serious human rights violations by Erdogan, police, military, and state officials. As a result, the victims of these abuses face significant obstacles in securing justice. The Obama administration’s policy of cozying up to an increasingly absolutist and Islamist Turkey makes no sense.
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    Much of AKP narrative about the sacred march is propaganda that appeals to the sentiments of Turkey’s conservative voters, who, after decades of marginalization and humiliation by secularists, yearn for pride and glory. It is more sentiment than strategy. However, the very existence of this narrative influences the AKP’s current strategies, or at least its political behavior.
  • ISIS: Negotiation, Not Bombing (transcend.org)
    ISIS, Islamic State in Iraq-Syria, appeals to a Longing for the Caliphate” writes Farhang Johanpour in an IPS column.
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    The historical-cultural-political position of ISIS and its successors is strong; the West is weak, also economically. The West cannot offer withdrawal in return for anything as it has already officially withdrawn. The West, however, can offer reconciliation, both in the sense of clearing the past and opening the future. Known in USA as “apologism” a difficult policy to pursue. But the onus of Sykes-Picot is for once not on the USA, but on UK-France. Russia dropped out after the 1917 revolution, but revealed the plot.Bombing, an atrocity, will lead to more ISIS atrocities. A conciliatory West might change that. An international commission could work on Sykes-Picot and its aftermath, and open the book with compensation on it. As a principle; the West cannot pay anyhow.

    Above all, future cooperation. The West, and here USA enters, could make Israel return the West Bank, except for small cantons, the Golan Heights, and East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital–or else!–sparing the Arabs and the Israelis horrible long-lasting warfare.

    This would be decency, sanity, rationality; the question is whether the West possesses these qualities. The prognosis is dim.

  • Middle East Forum: How Turkey Went Bad By DANIEL PIPES (yonkerstribune.com)
    Only twelve years ago, the Republic of Turkey was correctly seen as a stalwart NATO ally, the model of a pro-Western Muslim state, and a bridge between Europe and the Middle East. A strong military bond with the Pentagon undergirded broader economic and cultural ties with Americans. For those of us who work on the Middle East, time in Istanbul, Ankara, and other Turkish cities was a refreshing oasis from the turmoil of the region.And then, starting with the still-astonishing election of 2002, the country dramatically changed course. Slowly at first and then with increasing velocity since mid-2011, the government began breaking its own laws, turned autocratic, and allied with the enemies of the United States. Even those most reluctant to recognize this shift have been forced to do so. If Barack Obama listed Turkey’s dominant political leader, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as one of his five best foreign friends in 2012, he showed a quite different attitude by having a mere chargé d’affaires represent him at Erdoğan’s presidential inauguration a few weeks ago – a public slap in the face.
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ISIL will find no safe haven

The world may face an upcoming big counter-terrorism campaign to safeguard the democratic values of all our Western nations.

In my previous post Not true or True Catholicism and True Islam I replied to those Americans who consider that IS, ISIS and/or ISIL are real true followers of the Islam and that most if not all Muslims agree with them and are hoping to find themselves living in such an Islamic State. the article was a reaction on ‘s “If ISIS Is Not Islamic, then the Inquisition Was Not Catholic There is no such thing as ‘true’ religion where he also mention the words of the president of the United States of America, which you can find in full here below.

Lots of eyes are turned on the great nation which has already taken on lots of battles in the East. No wonder that several Europeans expect that the United States shall offer itself to lead a “broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat” with a clear objective, to “degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy.”

On the 11th of September the U.S.A. president spoke:

I just addressed the nation about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.

Let’s be clear: While this group may call itself the “Islamic State,” it is not “Islamic.” No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. Nor is it a “state.” It is not recognized by any government, nor by the people it subjugates.

This is nothing but a terrorist organization with no vision or goal other than to slaughter all who stand in its way. While we have not yet detected specific plotting against our homeland, these terrorists have threatened America and our allies. And the United States will meet this threat with strength and resolve.

Already, our military has conducted more than 150 successful airstrikes over the past month against ISIL targets in Iraq — strikes that have protected American personnel and facilities, killed hundreds of ISIL fighters, and helped save the lives of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.

Going forward, our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy.

Here is what that strategy looks like.

First, we will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. Working alongside the Iraqi government, we’ll expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people to hit ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense. And we will continue to hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, whether in Iraq or Syria. They will learn what leaders of other terrorist organizations have already learned: If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.

Second, we will increase our support to the forces fighting these terrorists on the ground. We will send an additional 475 service members to Iraq to support Iraqi and Kurdish security forces. These American forces will not have a combat mission. But they are needed to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces with training, intelligence, and equipment — and tonight, I again called on Congress to give our military the additional authorities and resources it needs to train and equip the Syrian opposition fighters.

Third, working with our partners, we will continue to draw on our substantial counterterrorism capabilities to prevent ISIL attacks. Working with our partners, we will redouble our efforts to cut off its funding, counter its warped ideology, improve our intelligence, strengthen our defenses, and stem the flow of foreign fighters into and out of the Middle East.

And fourth, we will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the innocent civilians displaced by this terrorism organization. This includes Sunni and Shia Muslims who have borne the brunt of this terror, as well as tens of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities.

I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL. But I believe we are strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together. So I welcome congressional action to support this effort in order to show the world that Americans are united in confronting this danger.

This mission will not be like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil. This effort will be a steady and relentless approach to take out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting our partners on the front lines.

This is American leadership at its best: We stand with people who fight for their own freedom. And we rally other nations on behalf of our common security and common humanity.

When American forces helped prevent the massacre of civilians trapped on Mt. Sinjar, here is what one of them said:

“We owe our American friends our lives. Our children will always remember that there was someone who felt our struggle and made a long journey to protect innocent people.”

That is what the United States of America does. That is the difference we make in the world. And moving forward, our own safety and security depends upon our willingness to do what it takes to defend this nation, and uphold the values that we stand for.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since September 22, the US and its allies, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Jordan, have been conducting airstrikes against the ISIL inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.

On the 22 of September 2014 U.S.A. President Barack Obama ordered American armed forces to begin targeted airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria. Speaking from the White House South Lawn the 23° before heading to the United Nations General Assembly, the President made it clear that these strikes are part of the U.S. campaign to deliver one message on ISIL: They will find no safe haven.

The U.S. military actions also included strikes to disrupt plotting against the U.S. and their allies by the Khorasan Group — a cell of seasoned al Qaeda operatives in Syria.

Watch President Obama speak from the South Lawn that morning.

In his statement, the President made clear that the fight against these terrorists “is not America’s fight alone”:

“The people and governments of the Middle East are rejecting ISIL, and standing up for the peace and security that the people of the world deserve. Not since the Gulf War has the United States been joined in direct military action by such a broad coalition of Arab partners. Meanwhile, we will move forward with our plan — supported by bipartisan majorities in Congress — to ramp up our effort to train and equip the Syrian opposition, who are the best counter-weight to ISIL and the Assad regime.”

President Obama also previewed his trip to the U.N. General Assembly, where the world’s leaders gathered in New York the 24th where he was going to continue building support for the effort against ISIL:

“Over the next several days, I will be meeting Prime Minister Abadi of Iraq and with friends and allies at the United Nations to continue building support for the coalition that is confronting this profound threat to peace security. This overall effort will take time. There are challenges ahead. But we’re going to do what is necessary to take the fight to this terrorist group — for the security of our country, the region, and the entire world.”

President Obama spoke to them directly in an address that warrants the attention not only of those leaders, but of all Americans. It was clear, candid, and compelling. The President talked about the world as it is, and the world as we all hope it can be.

The President said that, for all the hard-won progress we see in the world, there is also what he today called a “pervasive unease.”

A deadly Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa, Russian aggression in Ukraine, and the group of medieval murdering terrorists known as ISIL, which, left unchecked, could pose a growing threat beyond the region — including the American homeland.

So when President Obama addressed the leaders of more than 140 nations on the 24th of September, he posed two fundamental questions that will help define both the world’s future and our own:

  • Can the major powers set aside their differences and meet their responsibilities as leaders?
  • And can the world reject the cancer of violent extremism?

The President knows the answer is yes — if we make it so. The way he answers these questions is an important illustration of the principles we stand for as Americans, and a window into the future we look to help build. See what he had to say.

He described the compelling need for a global response to global issues. For fighting violent extremism requires a broad coalition of nations willing to stand up for their citizens, and unite against those who seek to “divide us among fault lines of tribe or sect, race or religion.”

Defeating this extremism means defeating its false promise, instead embracing the real promise we see in the Middle East: investing in civil society and in the groups and people who are rejecting hate and division in favour of peace and tolerance.

In the past 20 months, I’ve traveled more than 550,000 miles through 55 countries. I have touched down in Iraq and Jeddah to focus on defeating the threat that ISIL poses. I’ve flown to Kiev and stood in the Maidan to reaffirm our commitment to supporting Ukraine’s efforts to shape their own future and make their democracy a success. I’ve worked with the leaders of Afghanistan to help secure the gains for which so many Americans have sacrificed so much over the past 13 years.

From Kabul to Cairo and Beijing to Juba, here’s what I can tell you: The world’s nations have more in common than sometimes we realize — particularly at a time when every turn seems to present a new danger. Everywhere I’ve gone, no matter how precarious the society or volatile the situation, I have seen the “longing for positive change” that our President spoke of today.

The United States, he said, “will never shy away from the promise of this institution, and its Universal Declaration of Human Rights — the notion that peace is not merely the absence of war, but the presence of a better life.”

Nearly six years into his presidency, President Barack Obama is as committed as ever to the potential of that promise to light the world. And he’s right. And that is precisely why the United States are taking action against immediate threats wherever they threaten the American security at the same time they work towards a world in which those threats will one day be replaced by opportunity.

This is a speech you need to hear from the President himself. Watch the whole thing below, and please make sure you pass it along to someone else who needs to see it.

Whenever challenges face the world, one fact is clear: The world looks to the United States.

On the 29th of September, in an interview with 60 Minutes, President Obama explained why the United States is “the indispensable nation” when trouble arises in the world. From responding to humanitarian crises to confronting terrorism, America leads.

Because — as the President said — ” That’s how we roll.

President Obama also spoke to service men and women at MacDill Air Force Base about the U.S. strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL — a terrorist organization that is killing innocent, unarmed civilians in both Iraq and Syria. ISIL, also known as ISIS or the Islamic State, is also responsible for the brutal murders of American journalists Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff.

Here are the key points the President made regarding ISIL and our strategy to defeat their forces:

1. ISIL is threatening America and our allies.

Our intelligence community has not yet detected specific plots from ISIL against our homeland, but they have repeatedly threatened our core interests, including our personnel, our embassies, our consulates, and our facilities in Iraq, Syria, and in the broader Middle East. “If left unchecked, they could pose a growing threat to the United States,” he said.

2. The U.S. continues to conduct targeted airstrikes against ISIL.

The U.S. Air Force has conducted more than 160 airstrikes against ISIL, successfully protecting our personnel and facilities, killing ISIL fighters, and giving space for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to reclaim key territory.

“They’ve helped our partners on the ground break ISIL sieges; helped rescue civilians cornered on a mountain; helped save the lives of thousands of innocent men, women and children,” the President said.

3. American forces that have been deployed to Iraq do not and will not have a combat mission.

“As your Commander-in-Chief, I will not commit you, and the rest of our Armed Forces, to fighting another ground war in Iraq,”

the President told servicemembers.

Along with our airstrikes, U.S. forces will train, equip, advise, and assist local partners on the ground “so that they can secure their own countries’ futures.”

4. This is not and will not be America’s fight alone.

The U.S. will lead a broad coalition of countries who have a stake in this fight. France and the UK are already flying with us over Iraq, and other countries have committed to join this effort. Saudi Arabia has agreed to host American efforts to train and equip Syrian opposition forces. Australia and Canada are going to send military advisors to Iraq, while Germany is sending paratroopers to help offer training. Arab nations have agreed to strengthen their support for Iraq’s new government, a key ally in our strategy to defeat ISIL.

International partners will help us cut off ISIL funding, gather intelligence, and prevent foreign fighters from entering — or leaving — the Middle East. And nearly 30 nations have joined American humanitarian relief to help civilians, including Sunni, Shia, Christian, Yezidi, or other religious minorities, that ISIL has driven from their homes.

5. Congress should provide the authorities and resources the U.S. military needs to succeed.

The President has called on Congress to support our military with the necessary resources to train and equip Syrian opposition fighters. As he has said, America’s leadership position is strongest when the President and Congress work together and show a united front.

“Sending our servicemembers into harm’s way is not a decision I ever take lightly,” the President said. “It is the hardest decision I make as President. Nothing else comes close.”

But this strategy will require the best military force in the world:

Frankly, there just aren’t a lot of other folks who can perform in the same ways — in fact, there are none. And there are some things only we can do. There are some capabilities only we have. That’s because of you — your dedication, your skill, your work, your families supporting you, your training, your command structure. Our Armed Forces are unparalleled and unique. And so when we’ve got a big problem somewhere around the world, it falls on our shoulders. And sometimes that’s tough. But that’s what sets us apart. That’s why we’re America. That’s what the stars and stripes are all about.

“In an uncertain world full of breathtaking change, the one constant is American leadership.”

And, because of the strength and dedication of America’s military, the President made clear that we will send an unmistakable message to ISIL:

Whether in Iraq or in Syria, these terrorists will learn the same thing that the leaders of al Qaeda already know: We mean what we say; our reach is long; if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven. We will find you eventually.

May we believe that the allied forces shall be able to destroy what many of us consider “evil?” Europeans and North Americans do expect their governments will do everything to secure our safety. The only problem is how they shall handle the whole situation to defend our nations but even more important our values that we want to stand for –

“timeless ideals that will endure long after those who offer only hate and destruction have been vanquished from the Earth.”

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  • Obama speech to detail anti-ISIL efforts, coalition (politico.com)
    President Barack Obama on Wednesday outlined a U.S.-led coalition’s plans to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant through airstrikes and support for Syria’s opposition, stressing to a weary nation that he is not leading the nation into another war.
  • Army chief: don’t rush into war against Isil (telegraph.co.uk)

    In an interview with The Telegraph, Gen Sir Peter Wall says the mistakes made in Iraq and Afghanistan cannot be repeated.

    He indicates that the Government must be cautious because it has little idea of the capabilities and strengths of the terrorist organisation.

    In his valedictory interview he urges David Cameron to be cautious after the Prime Minister indicated that Britain could join military strikes as soon as next week.

    “We have to be very careful that we do not get sucked into an international conflict without having a proper understanding of the situation on the ground and providing sufficient military firepower to execute a decisive plan,” Sir Peter says.

  • For Republicans ISIL is Only an Excuse to Attack Our President (politicususa.com)

    According to Republicans, ISIL’s Abu is about to land like Cortez on the shores of the New World and start burning our cities to the ground. But there is only so much room to hide under Lindsey Graham’s bed.

    Consequently, there has been much pressure put on President Barack Obama to do something about ISIL. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), when he is not hiding under his bed, says the president is AWOL and calls his foreign policy “delusional.”

    Nothing short of full-scale war will satisfy the chickenhawks of course, who do not plan to do any fighting themselves when the little guy is so much more expendable. And they have no intention of spending money on bodies broken by bullets when they can just spend it on more bullets, the profit-margin on bullets being so much better for their stock portfolios.

  • US joined by its allies in strikes against ISIL; did not take Syria’s permission for air-strikes: Barack Obama (dnaindia.com)
    President Barack Obama on Tuesday said the participation of a group of Arab states in US-led airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria shows that America is not alone in combating the dreaded extremist group.
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    The US said it did not inform or took permission of the Syrian regime before carrying out the strikes. “The President made clear in his speech to the nation on September 10 that the United States would not hesitate to take direct action against ISIL and terrorists inside Syria who were threatening the United States,” State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said.
  • Chambliss Statement on President’s Speech Announcing Plans to Counter ISIL (chambliss.senate.gov)
    U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement this evening reacting to President Obama’s address outlining plans for U.S. efforts against ISIL:

    “After calling on the president to take additional actions against ISIL, I am encouraged by his statement this evening and his willingness to take strong action to defeat ISIL.  Tonight, the president has announced the United States’ willingness to lead a coalition to destroy ISIL, and I support these efforts.  Now is the time for our allies in the Middle East to step up and help us rid the region and the world of the threat this group poses. We cannot afford to rule out military options or allow ISIL to make any further progress. Our unequivocal and unrelenting goal must be to pursue these terrorists wherever they go and destroy them.”

  • Erdogan Says to Take on ISIL, Other Terrorists (therebel.org)
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised to fight the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and “other terrorist organizations”, in his clearest remarks yet that Turkish forces could join a US-led coalition battling the group in Iraq and Syria.
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    Turkey is not a part of the US-led coalition, but has sent tanks to border areas threatened by ISIL advances towards Kobane, a Kurdish-majority Syrian border town known as Ain al-Arab in Arabic.Ankara has not yet indicated what form its assistance could take although Erdogan has repeatedly called for a buffer zone on the Turkish border inside Syria, backed by a no-fly zone, to ensure security.

    However, Erdogan said “tons of air bombs will only delay the threat and danger,” adding that the safe return of Syrian refugees in Turkey was also a priority.

    “We are open and ready for any cooperation in the fight against terrorism. However, it should be understood by everybody that Turkey is not a country in pursuit of temporary solutions nor will Turkey allow others to take advantage of it.”

    “We will continue to prioritize our aim to remove the Syrian regime, to help protect the territorial integrity of Syria and to encourage a constitutional, parliamentary government system which embraces all citizens,” he said.

  • Netanyahu says Iran greater threat than ISIL (punchng.com)
    Addressing the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday, Benjamin Netanyahu described Iran, ISIL and Hamas as part of a single team, and compared them all to Germany’s Nazis in World War II.“The Nazis believed in a master race, the militant Islamists believe in a master faith,” Netanyahu said. “They just disagree who among them will be the master of the master faith.”

    “Make no mistake, [ISIL] must be defeated,” Netanyahu added. “But to defeat [ISIL] and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war.”

  • ‘ISIL executing US policies in Syria’ (therebel.org)
    “This terrorist group (ISIL) is implementing the US policies,” said Commander of the Basij Force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, adding that the ISIL is the handiwork of the US and the West.The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control parts of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Izadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.
  • Anti-ISIL strikes meant to destroy Syria infrastructure: Iran official (theunhivedmind.com)
    Iran’s Majlis speaker has criticized the US-led aerial military campaign in Syria, saying the strikes are meant to destroy the infrastructure of the Arab country.“The US president (Barack Obama) has declared that he will obliterate ISIL. However, this served as an excuse to assemble a coalition and destroy Syria’s infrastructure,” Ali Larijani said in Tehran on Wednesday.

    He also warned the leaders of the countries that have participated in the US-led strikes of Washington’s plans to further its military dominance in Iraq and bring its puppets to power in Syria.

  • ‘Anti-ISIL raid targets Syria infrastructure’ (therebel.org)
    On September 29, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said, “The illegal and insane US attacks on Syria will only lead to further strengthening of extremism in the region.”He noted that the US is actually destroying the Syrian infrastructure in its so-called campaign against ISIL Takfiris, arguing that that Washington must prove its honesty by blocking the Takfiri group’s financial transactions.
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Not true or True Catholicism and True Islam

The Inquisition was not Catholic

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Pope Innocentius III excommunicating the Albigensians (left), Massacre against the Albigensians by the crusaders (right) (British Library, Royal 16 G VI f. 374v) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Inquisition with its censorship was in itself not Catholic, like ISIS is not in fact “true Islam.” When Pope Innocent III (1160 or 1161–1216) considered  the dualistic religious movement of the Cathars, descended from Gnosticism and Manichaeism and echoing many of the ideas of Marcion a greater menace to Christianity, a greater menace to Christianity than the Islamic warriors who pummeled the crusaders and who threatened all of Europe he took up the weapons against believers of the same God and followers of the same teacher Jeshua (Jesus). To satisfy his outrage, he ordered the only Crusade ever launched by Christians against fellow Christians, declaring as heretics the Albigensians, as the Cathars of southern France were known. It would be totally wrong to say that the Catholics all were in favour of the killing and murdering which took place at the catholic wars like the Inquisition and the military campaigns sanctioned by the Latin Roman Catholic Church during the High Middle Ages and Late Middle Ages, such as the Albigensian Crusade, the Aragonese Crusade, the Reconquista, and the Northern Crusades. They all were papal-led expansion attempts by Western Christendom but that does not make it that Christendom nor Christianity were in favour of those so called defensive wars against Islamic conquest.

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Burning_of_the_Waldensians (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Also when Protestantism got more followers throughout Europe and Pope Paul III (1468–1549) established the Congregation of the Inquisition (also known as the Roman Inquisition and the Holy Office) in 1542, it where not all Catholics who hated those different thinking Christians. It also where not all Catholics who wanted to kill those other Christians. The Holy Office was less concerned about heresies and false beliefs of church members than they were with misstatements of orthodoxy in the academic writings of its theologians. When Carafa became Pope Paul IV in 1555, he approved the first Index of Forbidden Books (1559) and vigorously sought out any academics who were prompted any thought that offended church doctrine or favoured Protestantism.

True or not true Islam

is annoyed that there are apologists who claim that ISIS is not in fact “true Islam.” In his article: “If ISIS Is Not Islamic, then the Inquisition Was Not Catholic There is no such thing as ‘true’ religion” he argues:

if ISIS is not Islamic, then the Inquisition was not Catholic. The fact is that there are no defensible criteria for whether a faith is “true,” since all faiths are man-made and accrete doctrinesaid to come from God, but itself man-madethat becomes integral to those faiths. Whatever “true faith” means, it doesn’t mean “the right religion: the one whose God exists and whose doctrines are correct.” If that were so, we wouldn’t see Westerners trying to tell us what “true Islam” is.

As far as he can see, there are only two such principles:

true to scripture or true to some code of conduct that the writer approves. But these definitions often contradict each other, so no “true” religion can be specified.

You also can question what is a true religion and what is the right religion, if they ever exist. But when we have certain faith groups we can compare the findings in those groups or see how they keep to their own religious way of thinking and their rules of faith.

According to the author of the article truest religion could be that which sticks the closest to scripture, which I would consider as the main element for a ‘true faith of God”. For in that case the “truest” Christianity and Judaism would be “literalist and fundamentalist”. But to stay true to the Holy Scriptures does not have to mean we have to be taking every word literally for what people do understand for that word today. In the Old Times people did have an other way of speaking and used much more ‘a way of speaking.’ The I & II world war and boom generations are also brought up with a lot of ideomatics whilst the children of today do not know many ideomatics any more. So if they literally would believe we take old cows out of the river when we argue with somebody, they are totally mislead. And if they would go really scratching my back in the expectation I would literally scratch theirs as well, they like me are not getting to get what we both would like to receive, and I would clear out bag and baggage.

Religions of all sorts of kinds and menace to the world

To have a true religion is also not the same as keeping to their true religion. Some heathen or pagan believer will normally consider himself worshipping his ‘true’ gods, whilst for me he will be a pagan worshipping false gods. There are many gods in this world and many different faith groups which consider certain followers in that faith group good or right followers whilst others false teachers and schisms or even sects.

Sam Harris, the author of the bestselling books, The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, and Waking Up and cofounder and the CEO of Project Reason, as an atheist cannot help it wondering when what he calls the scrim of pretense and delusion will be finally burned away.

He writes:

It may be true that no faith teaches people to massacre innocents exactly — but innocence, as the President surely knows, is in the eye of the beholder. Are apostates “innocent”? Blasphemers? Polytheists? Islam has the answer, and the answer is “no.”

Harris over exaggerates by writing:

More British Muslims have joined the ranks of ISIS than have volunteered to serve in the British armed forces.

this is totally absurd. Then ISIS would have a huge army by now. True it might be to say that this group has managed to attract thousands of recruits from free societies throughout the world. Belgium may have even presented the highest percentage pro mile citizens of the country.  We shall not deny that this group calling for an Islamic State tries to convince the others that they alone are the way to the paradise, but are doing this with repression and sectarian slaughter in Syria and Iraq and even try to bring havoc in Western countries which they threaten with terrorism. And the menace we should not take light.

This is an astonishing phenomenon, and it reveals some very uncomfortable truths about the failures of multiculturalism, the inherent vulnerability of open societies, and the terrifying power of bad ideas. Many people consider it to be religions being the cause of civilian and holy wars, but even when people would not have had their own ideas about gods and worshipping they would have looked for making and enlarging borders and found causes to threaten others, willing to bring them under their power.

Having regard for a culture or faith

When people choose to belong to a group of people or to a faith group, it are normally several things which attracts them and enough matters that pleases them to join. when feeling part of a culture or religion one expects that those persons do have respect for that culture and for the signs of that religion.

With ISIS we do see that those Jihad fighters do not at all have any respect for their previous Muslim constructions.  Igor Volsky and Jack Jenkins of ThinkProgress are right in claiming ISIS is not, in fact, Islamic because

ISIS clearly has little regard for this or other fundamental tenets of Islam. They have sparked the rage of Iraqi Muslims by carelessly blowing up copies of the Qur’an, and they have killed their fellow Muslims, be they Sunni or Shia. Even extremist Muslims who engage in warfare have strict rules of engagement and prohibitions against harming women and children, but ISIS has opted to ignore even this by slaughtering innocent youth and using rape and sexual slavery as a weapon.

No matter which Quran, belonging to a Sunni, Shiite, Christian or Jew, that book always be a Quran and by Muslims to be considered holy and not allowed to be damaged or to be disacrated or dishonoured. Burning, bombing or tearing up a Quran is blasphemy because the Holy Quran belongs to the sacrilege writings.

“No matter how many people they kill to gain power, how many fellow Muslims they terrorize into submission, or how loudly they scream their self-righteous blasphemy to the heavens, ISIS is notnor will ever beIslamic.”

Volsky and Jenkins write.

Original Holy Scripture and additional human writings

pleas:

there is a case to be made that a fundamentalist Southern Baptist is a “truer Christian” than a liberal Unitarian, and a misogynist Orthodox Jew a truer believer than a modern reform Jew.

And questions why shouldn’t adherents to a far greater number of verses than in the Bible, calling for violence, characterizing Jews as “apes and swine,” dictating the killing of infidels and apostates, and dooming nonbelievers to hell, be considered “true” Muslims?

He continues:

Many beliefs of some Muslim sectslike female genital mutilation and devaluating a woman’s testimony in court (according to sharia law, it’s worth only half of a man’s) are not explicitly given in the Qur’an, the word of Allah supposedly dictated to Muhammad. Rather, they have become associated with Islam through the hadith and the sunnah (reported sayings, practices, and beliefs of Muhammad), or through simple tradition. ISIS has an extreme and fundamentalist interpretation of Muslim doctrine. But in exactly the same way, dogma about the immorality of abortion, homosexuality, premarital sex, and divorce have become part of Catholicism. They are theological interpretations of scripture that appeal to some people’s sense of morality. Others disagree. Whose faith is “truer”?

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Front cover of Musnad Imam Ahmed Ibn Hanbal Urdu translation, published by Maktabae Rehmania, Lahore, Pakistan.

With this saying he himself points to the danger of all religions, where human traditions are preferred to the words written in the original or main book of faith. The hadith or hadis which is a report of the sayings or actions of Muhammad (qawli) or his companions (qudsi), together with the tradition of its chain of transmission. As in Christianity it is a human writing which became in Islamic law (shariʿa) a source of legislation second only to its basic Holy Writing, the Qurʾan. We should take the Ḥadīth (Arab., ‘narrative’) for what it really is: a Muslim tradition — accounts of the ‘words, deeds or silent approval’ of Muḥammad, from whose proclamation of Qurʾān Islam derives, during the period of his preaching, but especially after the beginning of the Qurʾān revelations. [Although the plural is ahādith, Hadith is used in English as a collective for ‘traditions’, as well as the word for a single tradition. {Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions}]
As in Christendom we may find several different traditions by the many faith-groups of that religion, it is no different by the Muhammadans. Like in Christendom those human writings creating division, they also created schisms in the Islam world. As such the  Sunnis are accused by the Shīʿa have their own collections of ḥadīth, and have many sects, of which the following are or have been important: Ithnā-ʿAsharīya (Twelvers), Zaydis (Seveners, see ISMA-ʿĪLĪS), Bātinites, Nizāris (now called Aga Khanids), and the Druzes. Shīʿa communities are found as majorities in Iran and parts of Iraq, and as sizeable minorities in India, Pakistan, Lebanon, SW Syria, and Hawran district of Israel/N. Palestine.

As in the Bible the Quran refers to certain elements, like prayer, in general terms only. According Muslims it is the Sunna/Sunnah* which supplies the detailed explanation.’ (“L’tibar” by al Hamdani).  Sunnah (or Sunnat) and Hadis are technically synonymous terms, but sunnah

    “implies the doings and practices of Muhammad.” (Sahih Muslim Introduction, page IX of Volume I). ‘It is thus a concrete implementation, a tangible form and the actual embodiment of the Will of Allah….”(ibid.). Literally it means a “path”, “way”, “a manner of life”.
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Ahlus Sunnah Website Preview

If Mohammed is reputed to have done something it is “sunnah” to his followers. This obviously applies also in the negative sense: if Mohammed rejected or condemned something, it is forbidden to all Muslims.

In the Islam one expects the Muslim to seek guidance for his actions in every aspect of daily life in the Hadith. To copy the sayings and doings of Mohammed, is (to the Muslim) the safest way to live a life pleasing to Allah. Therefore salvation is sought by copying as closely as possible the life of the Prophet, who is considered to be the greatest of all human beings for a Muslim. Most Muslims believe that Mohammed’s life and everyday talk were as inspired as the Quran itself. Sober scrutiny will cast doubt on the reliability of the Hadith, however. To give an example: Abu Da’ud, one of the collectors of Hadith, accepted only 4 800 traditions out of 500 000 and even in his careful selection, he states that he had written down only “those which seem to be authentic and those which are nearly so.” {Ibn-Khallikan Volume I, page 590}.

The Sunnah is thought off to regulate all aspects of the life of Muslims but some Muslims deny that the Sunna may abrogate the Quran and there is disagreement concerning this point.

In fact, it cannot be imagined that one reject the entire probativeness of the Sunna and remain a Muslim. For the foundation of Islam is the Qur’an, which cannot be described as Allah’s word when one unconditionally rejects the probativeness of the Sunna since the fact that the Qur’an is Allah’s word was not established by other than the Prophet’s — Allah bless and greet him — explicit statement that this was Allah’s Word and His Book. That statement is obviously part of the Sunna. Therefore, to say that the Sunna is no proof is no different than a denial of an integral part of the Religion and an attempt to undermine the basis of the Religion. {The Probativeness of the Sunna, part 1 Introduction}

To be a true Muslim demands than at least to hold onto some Sunnah rules or writings. But it would also mean somebody going totally against those writings would not really to be considered a Muslim and as such we do find those ISIS fighters going against to many traditional Islam writings and therefore I would not consider them true Islamists or not real Muhammadans.

No “true” religion in the factual sense

agrees that in the end, there is no “true” religion in the factual sense. He probably knows very well that any religion is made up by human beings and has its human imperfections and shortcomings. Several religious organisations want to define marks and grow in power. It is that urge to growth and power that often kills the purity of the religious group, church or denomination. For the many denominations or churches or mosques or masjids or Madrasas, the Islamic schools, for children, and for adult studies there is in a certain way no good evidence supporting their claims to truth.

Every faith justifies itself and its practices by appeal to authority, revelation, and dogma. There are just some religions we like better than others because of their practical consequences. If that’s what we mean by “true,” we should just admit it. There’s no shame in that, for it’s certainly the case that societies based on some religions are more dysfunctional than others. Morality itself is neither objectively true nor false, but at bottom rests on subjective preferences: the “oughts” that come from what we see as the consequences of behaving one way versus another.

No concern with traditional law rules

Throughout history the way of thinking how to behave changed and continuously new rules about morality became considered the right way to behave in the future and often became part of a new law. Also by the followers of Muhammad there were “regulations of God‘s law” or Shariʿa as transmitted through their prophet. Also by them, like in many Christian societies their ‘Law’ also depends on theology brought forward by the human beings who considered themselves as allowed to discuss and to present (new) laws.

When we look at IS we do not seem to see that they do give validation of law by resting on textual sources, “whose divine origins and truth are known”.

Furthermore, all sciences that are used to attain a knowledge of law and theology are considered Shariʿa sciences, even if their subject matter is not legal or theological. Therefore, the Arabic language, hadith (verbal statements of Prophetic traditions), exegesis (interpretations), and even logic are deemed Shariʿa —even if designating logic this way has always been controversial. {Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa}

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Sunni Islam mosque

For ISIS none of the numerous schools of jurisprudence which emerged in the course of Islamic history seem to belong to the ‘true Islam’. though four coexist today within Sunni Islam, with one or more dominant in particular areas — Maliki or madhhab (N and W Africa), Hanafi (Turkic Asia), Shafii (Egypt, E Africa, SE Asia), and Hanbali (Saudi Arabia; see Ibn Hanbal, Ahmad). While these schools of jurisprudence vary on certain rituals and practices, they are often perceived as complementary rather than mutually exclusive. Twelve-Imam Shiite jurisprudence is often referred to as Jafari.

We do know that the Muhammadans give great importance to Islamic law. In nearly all nations with a Muslim majority population we see that the extension of sharīʿa is made particularly by ijmaʿ, qiyās and ijtihād, and in practice through fatwā made by a.o. a  muftī according to a particular madhhab (‘school of law’) and often being modified by local custom (adat). But here by this group of Jihad fighters we do see that they follow mainly one leader, Mohammad Al-Areefi, who has made up his own rules and has no concern with traditional law rules. sam Harris writes:

The man has 9.5 million followers on Twitter (twice as many as Pope Francis has). If you can find an important distinction between the faith he preaches and that which motivates the savagery of ISIS, you should probably consult a neurologist.

In his speech responding to the horrific murder of journalist James Foley by a British jihadist, President Obama said:

ISIL speaks for no religion… and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day. ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings. Their ideology is bankrupt…. we will do everything that we can to protect our people and the timeless values that we stand for.

I could agree with the saying that ISIS is “a strain of Islam that is barbaric and dysfunctional”, but can not agree by calling it “a nonsense that it’s a “false religion.”” I do not think we might say ISIS is really a religious movement based on the faith in Allah. They use the title of the Most High Allah, but only to cover up their aim to create an own rich empire. Their supposed faith, “which is belief in the absence of convincing evidence” (according Jerry A. Coyne, professor of Ecology and Evolution at The University of Chicago and author of Why Evolution is True), “isn’t true or false, but simply irrational”.

Devout Muslims merely want what everyone wants—political and economic security, a piece of land to call home, good schools for their children, a little leisure to enjoy the company of friends. Unfortunately, most of my fellow liberals appear to believe this. In fact, to not accept this obscurantism as a deep insight into human nature and immediately avert one’s eyes from the teachings of Islam is considered a form of bigotry.

writes Harris. While he also reminds his readers that many Muslims happily ignore the apostasy and blasphemy of their neighbours, view women as the moral equals of men, and consider anti-Semitism contemptible.

But there are also Muslims who drink alcohol and eat bacon. All of these persuasions run counter to the explicit teachings of Islam to one or another degree. And just like moderates in every other religion, most moderate Muslims become obscurantists when defending their faith from criticism. They rely on modern, secular values — for instance, tolerance of diversity and respect for human rights — as a basis for reinterpreting and ignoring the most despicable parts of their holy books. But they nevertheless demand that we respect the idea of revelation, and this leaves us perpetually vulnerable to more literal readings of scripture.***

Religion shall always have impact on one’s behaviour

When people come to a certain faith, this will influence them. We can not deny that religion has an impact on one’s behaviour. As in Christianity we would say Faith without works is death. Without any difference between a person of a faith and another person who does not keep to that faith, that religion would not contribute much to that person nor the society.

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Kansas City Chiefs Husain Abdullah after he kneeled for a post-touchdown prayer was penalized 15-yards and may be fined by the NFL for doing what many NFL

Today we can see many cases of genuine Islamophobia, like penalizing someone who shows their Islamic belief in public while letting off others who do the same thing in the name of the Christian God, which the main-group in the U.S.A. considers the right God. ** First of all it is totally wrong to claim god for one self or for only one faith group. The Divine Creator who created all human beings in His image belongs to everybody and wants people to live peacefully together, not hating one each-other, believer or non-believer.

The ones who really seriously live by faith should not be afraid to show it and should live according to that faith, being a good example for that faith. This can not be said of the people behind the “war for an Islamic State” (IS).

The way people behave should others give the right impression or make them to believe those people live according to their ideas of faith, regulations, laws and their faith- or holy books. Too many expressions, too many actions ISIS undertook were contrary to basic Quran teaching. Therefore we can not take them to be people of the ‘True Islam”.

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Notes:

° This is a reaction on: If ISIS Is Not Islamic, then the Inquisition Was Not Catholic There is no such thing as ‘true’ religion & WhyEvolutionIsTrue.

* According to some scholars, Sunnah predates both the Quran as well as Muhammad, and is actually the tradition of the Prophets of God, specifically the tradition of Abraham. A broad form of Sunnah was already being practised by the Christians, Jews and the Arab descendants of Ismail, when Muhammad reinstituted this practice as an integral part of Islam. Both Sunnah and Quran are equally authentic and the former includes worship rituals like salat, Zakah, Hajj, fasting in Ramadan as well as customs like circumcision. {Ghamidi, Javed Ahmad (1990 (tr:2009)). Mizan (translated as: Islam – A Comprehensive Introduction) (in Urdu). Lahore: Al-Mawrid. Retrieved 1 June 2011.}

** Addictinng Info reports that a Muslim football player, Husain Abdullah, the safety for the Kansas City Chiefs, prostrated himself before Allah after scoring a touchdown in a 31-14 win over the New England Patriots. For his religious display he was penalized, his team losing 15 yards.

*** One of the reasons, you could say, not bad to have a look at the Quran and compare it to the Bible: Quran versus older Holy Writings of Divine Creator

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  16. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #18 Fulfilment
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  18. Creator and Blogger God 6 For His people
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  24. Christianity to be enshrined
  25. Religious Practices around the world
  26. Kill the messenger
  27. Religion, fundamentalism and murder
  28. Christian fundamentalism as dangerous as Muslim fundamentalism
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  • The War on the Cathars (newdawnmagazine.com)
    The “Cathar heresy” that struck Southern France in the 13th century, and was viciously persecuted by the Roman Catholic Church, remains a pool of interest and intrigue. What really happened, and what did the Cathars actually believe?
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    an estimated 200,000 to one million people died during the twenty year campaign, which began in earnest in Béziers in July 1209. Papal troops marched to Béziers where they ordered that 222 people, suspected of being Cathars, be handed over to them by the town’s citizens. When this was refused, the papal troops decided to attack. One of the crusaders asked their leader, the Papal Legate Arnaud-Amaury, how to distinguish between the 222 heretics and the thousands of faithful Catholics that lived in the city. “Kill them all,” was the abbot’s alleged reply. “God will recognise his own!” The number of dead that day was between 7,000 and 20,000, the latter figure being the one quoted when Arnaud-Amaury reported back to the Pope.
  • Cathars – the crushing of a medieval heresy (thetemplarknight.com)
    Rome had fought to establish its primacy as the centre of the church – with the pope, as the successor of Saint Peter, as its leader. This was not a given in the early days of Christianity and there were still some who baulked at the idea of Rome telling them what they should be thinking and how to pray. One such group were the Cathars and their beliefs were complete anathema to Rome.
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    the Cathars looked at the Catholic church and saw the work of the evil deity with its prelates and bishops decked in jewels and fine robes.  What made this situation so dangerous for Rome was that the Cathars included much of the southern French nobility in the Languedoc.  If the secular power could not be trusted to deliver the people’s souls to the church – and their contributions – then rocky times lay ahead for the Pope.
  • ‘Credible Threats': Islam Determined To Assassinate Pope; Trip To Pro-ISIS Turkey Looms (patdollard.com)
    Pope Francis is at risk of an assassination attempt by the Islamic extremists of I, the Vatican has been warned, ahead of his first visit to a Muslim-majority country this weekend.
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    Jihadists from Isil have in recent weeks boasted of wanting to extend their caliphate to Rome, the heart of Western Christendom, and have talked of planting the jihadist black flag on top of St Peter’s Basilica.
  • The Holy Inquisition: Dominic and the Dominicans (insightscoop.typepad.com)
    We must first realize that there were two inquisitions or, to put it better, two currents of inquisition, quite dissimilar in their origins and functions. The first, in the thirteenth century, was the result of a long process set in motion by the popes; it is often called “the pontifical inquisition”. The second answered to an initiative of the Catholic kings of Spain who, in 1478, asked the pope to reorganize the former institution. This tool of royal absolutism – aimed at the religious minorities of Jews and Moslems, who were being assimilated with difficulty into the national life, and at the current trends of thought which seemed to be threatening the social order – would not be suppressed until the nineteenth century. This was the object of “the black legend”, so tenacious that even today the term “inquisition” immediately arouses emotional reactions and evokes concepts of fanaticism and intolerance among the people. The kings of Spain often appealed to Dominicans like Thomas of Torquemada, but more often, from the end of the sixteenth century on, to Jesuits.
  • The Cathars (thepressnet.com)
    The end of Catharism began with the Albigensian Crusade ), which was initiated in 1209-1229 by Pope Innocent III to annihilate the “heresy” in the South of France and maintain the power of the Roman Church. Many of the handed texts show the distorted image of the Cathars which was drawn in order to discredit them and to banish them from society like the pestilence.
  • Osama bin Laden Death – Vengence (stevenddeacon.wordpress.com)
    Most Muslims share our condemnation of these Islāmic Extremists and worship according to Islāmic traditions of love and faith.
    As we are vigilant we must also be mindful of the fact that there is blood on Christian hands as well.
  • Muslim Coalition Denounces ISIS for Steven Sotloff’s Murder (pr.com)
    The murder of innocent civilians is immoral, illegal, barbaric, and in direct contravention of the major tenets of Islam and Islamic law. No cause or purpose is served by this heinous act other than a clear manifestation of this group’s cruel and un-Islamic nature.
    “We are outraged that we once again find ourselves in the position to condemn this organization that calls itself the ‘Islamic State’, also known by the acronym ISIS, for killing Mr. Sotloff, especially so soon after its members murdered journalist James Foley,” said Oussama Jammal, USCMO secretary general.

 

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15 jaar cel geëist voor leider Sharia4Belgium

Het Openbaar Ministerie (OM) heeft 15 jaar cel geëist voor Fouad Belkacem (32), de leider van de inmiddels opgedoekte radicale moslimbeweging Sharia4Belgium, in het terrorismeproces voor de rechtbank in Antwerpen.
Tegen Syriëganger Jejoen Bontinck is 4 jaar gevangenis en 6000 euro boete geëist voor zijn deelname aan terroristische activiteiten.

In het grootste terrorismeproces ooit gehouden in België staan in totaal 46 verdachten terecht voor onder meer deelname aan een terroristische beweging en het ronselen van jongeren voor de gewapende strijd in Syrië. Opvallend is wel dat voorlopig nog veel van de verdachten zich in Syrië blijken te bevinden. Van enkelen wordt zelfs vermoed dat ze zijn omgekomen tijdens gevechten.

Maximumstraf

Belkacem is volgens het OM de grote schuldige en zou daarom dan ook de maximumstraf moeten krijgen. Men kan niet naast hem en de andere leiders van de organisatie kijken die een ,,verpletterende verantwoordelijkheid” dragen aldus het OM.
Naast een celstraf eiste het OM ook een boete van 30.000 euro voor Belkacem.

Voor andere 15 kopstukken van Sharia4Belgium eiste Federaal aanklager Ann Fransen celstraffen van 8 tot 15 jaar en boetes tot maximaal 30.000 euro. Ze hadden jongeren geïndoctrineerd met hun salafistisch jihadistische ideologie en gerecruteerd voor de gewapende strijd in Syrië. Dat jihadistische strijdgebied was de gedroomde opportuniteit voor het realiseren van hun doelstelling: het oprichten van een islamitische staat met shariarecht. Tegen andere leden, lager in de hiërarchie, werden celstraffen tot 10 jaar gevorderd.

Nood tot bescherming van democratie en rechtstaat

Federaal aanklager Ann Fransen vindt dat onze democratie en rechtstaat beschermd moet worden tegen groeperingen als Sharia4Belgium en dat ze op alle vlakken bestreden moeten worden. Onze maatschappij moet bovendien maatregelen nemen om te voorkomen dat ze meer aanhang krijgen en hun ideologie van geweld en haat verder kunnen verspreiden.

Wij moeten ons er ook bewust van zijn welke schade de oproertaal van Fouad Belkacem voor onze aanrichtte. Er is niet enkel de verscheuring in de gezinnen en het verdriet van de ouders en familieleden voor de jongeren die zo ‘gehersenspoeld’ waren geworden dat zij bereid waren hun leven te geven voor ‘het geloof’. Veel van de jongeren die naar Syrië gingen, verwerden er volgens Fransen tot “onmenselijke personen” die afschuwelijke daden stelden tegenover mensen die een ander geloof aanhangig zijn, omwille van een “verwerpelijke interpretatie van de islam”.

Streetdawa’s

Brian De Mulder (21), ooit talentvolle voetballer in de jeugdreeksen van Beerschot

Brian De Mulder (21), die zich nog steeds in Syrië bevindt, kreeg 15 jaar. Eerder zat hij reeds  enkele weken in de gevangenis met Fouad Belkacem. Hij is de man die als straatprediker (streetdawa) kon opgemerkt worden en niet bang was om dreigementen te uiten. Op zijn You Tube-kanaal verschenen videoboodschappen die Azeddine K.B. gemaakt had en waarin uittredend defensieminister Pieter De Crem, de Nederlandse PVV-politicus Geert Wilders en ook de Belgische bevolking bedreigd werden.

Die predikers die wij ook op You Tube kanalen kunnen terug vinden blijken zeer bewust te zijn van hun  zaak, maar ook uit getapte telefoongesprekken blijkt dat er van die ‘hervormden’ werkelijk trainingen zijn gaan volgen (o.a;. in de Ardennen) en ook deelnemen aan de gewapende strijd.

Slachtoffer

Bij het voorlezen van de strafeisen was er nogal wat rumoer in de rechtbank. Zo riep de ex-militair en vader van Jejoen Bontinck, Dimitri, ,,schandalig”, toen hij hoorde dat zijn zoon 4 jaar de cel in zou moeten.

De vader van Syriëstrijder Jejoen (19), die in juni ook al veroordeeld was omdat rechter vond dat het bewezen was dat hij zijn vroegere vriendin had vastgehouden op een hotelkamer en dat hij haar geslagen had, is niet in onbesproken figuur.

© photo news. Jejoen Bontinck (links) met zijn advocaat. Fouad Belkacem was vandaag niet aanwezig.

Volgens hem is Jejoen, die eind vorig jaar met veel publicitair vertoon uit Syrië werd teruggehaald door zijn vader,  Dimitri Bontinck. Vader en zoon verbleven korte tijd in het Nederlandse Zierikzee, waarna Jejoen zich aangaf bij de Belgische autoriteiten. Hij zou nog wel moslim, maar niet meer radicaal zijn.vooral slachtoffer, mede omdat hij gevangen zat in Syrië.

Jejoen die zijn studies publiciteit verder ging afwerken na zijn Syrië avontuur is volgens zijn vader nog wel moslim, maar gematigder.

“Hij draagt geen djellaba meer en hij kust nu ook zijn tantes weer, dat deed hij voordien niet.”

Jejoen werkte mee met justitie en legde belastende verklaringen af over andere leden van Sharia4Belgium waardoor hij i n dit proces geen onbelangrijke dubbelrol kreeg van zowel verdachte als kroongetuige. Hij legde ondermeer belastende verklaringen af over zijn voormalige ‘broeders’ – ook over vermeende Nederlandse strijders, zo bleek eind augustus in de zaak tegen de Somalisch-Nederlandse terreurverdachte Mohamed Abdiuwahab A. (19). Deze ex-Syriëstrijder uit Delft was volgens het Openbaar Ministerie van plan een overval te plegen en met de buit de jihad te financieren.

Jejoen Bontinck houdt tijdens zijn verhoren vol nooit aan de gewapende strijd te hebben deelgenomen, maar volgens het OM zou hij toch in Syrië hebben gevochten en daarvoor een stevige straf verdienen.

Nora Verhoeven (21) uit Schaarbeek, de vrouw van Tarik Taketloun

Ook de moeder van Nora Verhoeven (21) vond het niet eerlijk.

“Ze heeft niets gedaan, ze is een slachtoffer”

riep ze door de zaal nadat de federale aanklager de straf voor haar dochter gevorderd had. De vrouw werd daarop door de politie naar buiten begeleid.

Het proces, dat met zware veiligheidsmaatregelen omkleed is, werd geschorst om op 8 oktober weer verder te gaan. Dan komen eerst de zogeheten burgerlijke partijen, personen die beweren schade te hebben opgelopen en een schadevergoeding eisen, aan het woord en daarna de verdediging.

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English readers may find: Demand of 15 years for leader Sharia4Belgium

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Vindt ook:

Houssien Elouassaki © kos.

Dimitri Bontinck: “Jejoen wordt behandeld als een hond”
Ook zijn getrouwen van het eerste uur – zoals Feisal Y., Hicham C., Said M., Nabil K. en Brahim B. – riskeren de maximumstraf, net zoals de vermoedelijk overleden Houssien E. Voor Elias T. werd 10 jaar cel gevraagd en voor de overige acht leidinggevende figuren celstraffen van 8 tot 15 jaar.
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Dimitri Bontinck, de vader van Syriëstrijder Jejoen die vier jaar cel riskeert, wijst in een reactie met een beschuldigende vinger naar de Staatsveiligheid. “In 2012 beschikte de Staatsveiligheid met de telfoontaps al over erg duidelijke elementen, maar toen heeft men nooit opgetreden. Dit is schuldig verzuim, nalatigheid, dit is een schande.  Het is een bewijs dat deze diensten prutsers zijn die de feiten achterna lopen (…)
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Elouassaki was diegene die zijn fiat moest geven voor hun vertrek vanuit België, hij organiseerde de reis, regelde contactpersonen voor onderweg en liet hen oppikken aan de Syrische grens. Hij had ook Jejoen Bontinck gevangengezet. In april 2013 stapte hij over naar Jabhat Al-Nusra, een andere terreurorganisatie. Er loopt ook nog een onderzoek naar hem wegens terroristische moord en gijzeling in Syrië.

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  • The attack on Jewish museum in Brussels proven to be a hoax part 3 (martinvrijland.eu)
    In my previous two articles on the False Flag attack on the Jewish museum in Brussels I pulled out several arguments why this attack is a hoax.
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    Well, the Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders, said in the video on VTM Nieuws that he called 112 and that he immediately saw two people lying [ quote ] “… but uh, I’ve seen two people on the field immediately.” With the word “field” , he probably refers to the battlefield. Why is this interesting. Well, it seems clear that one person is lying in the hall. Inside the Israeli couple has been shot, so there is still should be a victim outside or they have failed to photograph one person inside.
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    The fact that we are really witnessing a hoax (False Flag as you want), becomes very clear when we compare all media reports with the camera footage (see above) and the press release of the Jewish museum itself, as today still is displayed at their website: [ quote ] “Between 15:30 and 16:00 an armed individual entered the museum and opened fire on a couple of tourists who were at the entrance of the building. Then the gunman went to the desk where he shot the receptionist and our volunteer. There are currently three dead and one seriously injured.”
  • PVV-leider Geert Wilders prijst boek aan waarin gesteld wordt dat Obama geen Amerikaan is (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
    Atlas reader R writes, “OMG you are on the dutch leftist (tax funded!!) website joop.nl.

    De Amerikaanse weblogger Pamela Geller is een fervent fan van
    Geert Wilders. Daarnaast is ze moslim-hater. Die haat gaat zo ver dat ze
    beweert dat Obama een gevaar is voor de VS omdat hij als kind in een
    moslimland heeft gewoond.

    Het gaat om haar vorige week verschenen boek The
    Post-American Presidency; The Obama Administration’s War on America dat
    op de omslag door Wilders wordt aangeprezen. Geller beschouwt Obama als
    een gevaar voor de staat Israël en beschuldigt hem van ‘etnische
    zuivering’ omdat hij  – net als zijn voorgangers – tegen
    uitbreidingspolitiek van de Joodse nederzettingen is.

  • Analysis: Blowback from the Syrian jihad has begun (longwarjournal.org)
    As the Obama administration seeks to invest more heavily in training and arming ‘vetted, moderate’ rebels in Syria’s three-year civil war, a conflict that has already claimed over 150,000 lives and drawn the largest-ever concentration of foreign jihadists, the wisdom of this course becomes increasingly questionable. The US’ efforts so far have brought neither loyalty to the US, nor victory or even battlefield dominance for the truly moderate rebels, who are outnumbered and outweighed by al Qaeda-linked and other Islamist groups.Syria has become a de rigeur training ground for jihadists worldwide. Over 2,000 European jihadists alone have gone to Syria to fight, according to a recent European Union estimate. The US’ weak attempts to vet, arm, and train purportedly moderate fighting groups have merely fueled an ongoing conflict that shows no signs of abating and is producing a new generation of well-connected foreign fighters who leave the Syrian killing fields to extend the Islamist fight into new battle zones. The result of the continued stalemate between the Assad regime and the rebels is the spawning of a new breed of jihadist cells carrying out a widening array of terrorist activity outside Syria.
  • Members Of Belgian Islamist Group Arrested, Accused Of Torturing And Beheading Non-Muslims
    “Two Muslim politicians, who just won municipal elections in Belgium’s capital, Brussels, on October 14, have vowed to implement Islamic Sharia law in Belgium. The two candidates, Lhoucine Aït Jeddig and Redouane Ahrouch, both from the fledgling Islam Party, won seats in two heavily Islamized municipalities of Brussels, Molenbeek-Saint-Jean and Anderlecht, respectively.”
  • ‘My son was radicalized, recruited to join jihad in Syria’ – Belgian father
    Bontinck claims that his son underwent an Islamic radicalization process which took approximately two years. Prior to Jejoen’s conversion to Islam, his father said he was raised Catholic. Jejoen lived with his Belgian father and Nigerian mother in Antwerp, Belgium’s second largest city.

“Two years ago he was a western child, who had the best education you can ever imagine. He was a Jesuit. He went to elite schools in Belgium. He had a Catholic education. I’m an atheist, his mother is Catholic,” Bontinck told RT.

Bontinck believes that his teenage son embarked on the path of Islam after a failed teenage love affair, after which Jejoen became involved with a “Moroccan girlfriend who changed his mind to become Muslim.”

  • Father who searched Syria for his son says he met 18-year-old Canadian Al Qaeda member in Aleppo
    Although dozens of Canadians are believed to have left for Syria to join extremist factions, the teen encountered by the Belgian father is the youngest known to be fighting in the conflict. He was a member of the Al-Nusrah Front, a terrorist group under Canadian law.
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    He said authorities were doing little to prevent youths from leaving for Syria but deterred them from returning by threatening arrest. As a result, Western jihadists who are ready to give up fighting do not want to leave Syria, he said.

    “It’s totally the wrong way because with this attitude, more youngsters move up, more youngsters will join jihad in Syria,” said Mr. Bontinck, who wants governments to instead support families. “Our children need to be treated like victims.”

 

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Demand of 15 years for leader Sharia4Belgium

Only eight of the 46 suspects of the Sharia4Belgium group were present for the trial’s opening in Antwerp. Many others are believed to be fighting in Syria or to have died in the country’s civil war.

In June 2013 Fouad Belkacem (32), the former spokesman Sharia4Belgium, was already sentenced to eighteen months in prison and fined 550 euros for inciting hatred and violence against non-Muslims in several YouTube videos by the Court of Appeal in Antwerp. Yesterday prosecutor Ann Fransen cited parents of some of the young Belgian jihadists as saying their children would never have thought of fighting overseas if they had not been brainwashed by Sharia4Belgium. as she said that leading a terror organization carries a maximum sentence of 15 to 20 years and 30 000€ fine.

Federal prosecutor Ann Fransen does find that our democracy and rule of law must be protected against such groups like Sharia4Belgium. Such groups must be fought against. Our society must also take measures to prevent them to gain more followers and to spread further their ideology of violence and hatred.

We must also be aware of the damage the riot language and havoc Fouad Belkacem caused for our society. There is not only the mauling in families and the grief of the parents and relatives of the young people who are so “brainwashed” that they were willing to give up their live for ‘faith’. Many of the young people who went to Syria, according to Fransen degenerated to “inhuman peoplethat presented horrible deeds to people of other faiths because of a reprehensible interpretation of Islam.”

While he did not fight in Syria, unlike most other defendants, the leader of the now disbanded Salafist organisation that wanted sharia law adopted in Belgium, is considered the main driver behind the organisation and the one who is responsible for many Belgians going to fight in Syria.

“Belkacem’s words can only be interpreted as a call to violence and jihad,”

said public prosecutor Ann Fransen, listing a long line of speeches and videos in which he equalled military jihad to praying and fasting.

The prosecutor cited parents of some of the young Belgian jihadists as saying their children would never have thought of fighting overseas if they had not been brainwashed by Sharia4Belgium.

Fransen said the Belgians were deeply entwined with the al Qaeda-inspired Sunni Muslim groups fighting in Syria, including the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) and the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, both of which are now being targeted by U.S.-led airstrikes.

Authorities fear those travelling to Syria to fight will return home battle-hardened and trained to carry out attacks.

Similar fears are held across Europe, and Fransen said Sharia4Belgium had links with like-minded groups in Britain, the Netherlands, France and Germany.

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Public not informed enough about Jihad terrorism in Belgium

Not informing the public

You may wonder if it had good use not to inform the general public about certain movements in the country. For some months I also tried to get some Islamic preachers to write on one of my platforms: Stepping Toes and From Guestwriters, because I did find several Belgians get a wrong idea about Islam because of the media attention to the fundamentalist groups in Syria, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and other countries. The presentation in the media of the Belgians preaching in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq did not help to get a good understanding between Christians and Muslims. In Syria, the father and child from Sint-Pieters Woluwe preaching hate against the Western World, presented on several news channels, also abroad, could give also a wrong picture of Muslims in Belgium and have the neighbour countries as well as the United States getting a wrong pictures about the Belgians their feeling about our world. I, therefore could understand some reactions on certain American sites, but think their impression and reaction is much exaggerated.

On the other hand, having the Belgian information service not being open, it could also well be, those people living in Belgium are too much at ease.

Planned attacks

The Belgian Justice Department in recent months could intervene and take care that several Jihad attacks could not occur. The Belgian daily De Tijd (The Time)announces that several former Flemish Syria combatants and sympathizers of IS were arrested. The paper based its writings on information from judicial circles.

Those planned attacks would be similar to attacks on the Jewish Museum in Brussels at the end of May, writes De Tijd. But what goals the terrorists had in mind, does the Time not tell. From other sources we may understand that the European Commission offices in Brussel were on the list of a man and woman of Turkish origin who were picked up at Zaventem airport on their return from Turkey.

Several sources have also told the Flemish National Radio and television station VRT News that a jihadist group was detained in Antwerp during the summer. Their preparations for an attack were well advanced and they had, for example already bought weapons.

It is not clear what their target was to be or whether they had links to jihadi fighting in Syria. They are however reported to have drawn the inspiration for their planned attack for IS.

In June, a court ordered that 46 suspected members of Sharia4Belgium, a radical Islamist group believed to be involved in sending young fighters to Syria, should stand trial on various charges, including involvement in a terrorist organisation.

Hold secret to prevent unrest

The Belgian government has deliberately kept the information secret to prevent unrest. It is the first time that something comes out in the open about concrete plans for jihad attacks in Belgium. We do know about 750 Belgians who went to fight in Syria. Certainly 325 Belgians left recently to Syria to fight on the Muslim fundamentalist site. 90 of them have returned to Belgium. The police and the intelligence and security can not follow all those returned Jihad fighters. And it is not clear how their intentions are for the situation in Belgium. I also could not find a clear image from the several Muslims I spoke with the recent months. Some of them had in my eyes a too fundamentalist idea to be healthy in a democratic country. Some their non-outspokenness did even frighten me for the safety of the free mind where we should stand for.

Fundamentalist preachers giving a twisted picture of local citizens

Belgium, Holland and England have taken too much tolerance for certain fundamentalist preachers, not controlling enough those imams which spoke against our way of life and who wanted to destroy the common western attitude of living. There was not sufficient guidance nor enough support for unemployed Muslim youth, making them an easy target to recruit for the Jihad in the Middle East.

Belgium’s Nieuwsblad wrote:

 “The recent increase is striking, and is according to our information partly explainable by the enormous amount of propaganda that ISIS produces on social media. The spread of shocking images, such as the mass execution of 250 Syrian soldiers, and the execution of American journalist James Foley, seem only to send Muslim youth towards radicalization.”

Also in the Netherlands certain imams are giving wrong ideas of the inhabitants of the Low Countries. Several families find their “brothers and sisters” in the different active groups of non-controled Islam groups (outside the Islamic Confederation or Islamic Raad/Islamic Council)

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Dutch–Moroccan Islamist and convicted murderer Mohammed Bouyeri

The Hofstadgroep or het Hofstadnetwerk “Hofstad Network” is the name given by the Algemene Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdienst (AIVD) to a group of radical Islamic youths of mostly young Dutch Muslims of mainly North African ancestry. 14 of them were suspected of terrorist activities. The members of the group regularly came together in de Hofstad, the nickname of the city of The Hague, where some of the terrorists live. Abdeladim Akoudad, also known as Naoufel is one of the suspects of the Casablanca Attacks. They also regularly met in the house of  Dutch–Moroccan Islamist  Mohammed Bouyeri, the murderer of Dutch film director Theo van Gogh. Samir Azzouz, suspected of planning terrorist attacks on the Dutch parliament and several strategic targets such as the national airport and a nuclear reactor also belongs to this group which has connection with Belgian activists The group is also suspected of planning to kill several members of government and parliament.

Muslims versus other faith-groups

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Syrian Islamic Scholar, Shaykh al-Yaqoubi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A big problem with a lot of Muslims (Mahommedan, Mohammedan, Moslem, Musulman) is also that they do not see any difference between Christians and mostly think they ‘all’ are worshippers of more than one God, whilst there are enough Christians in Belgium who only believe in One God, Jehovah and only worship this One Allah. Those Unitarian Christians do take Jesus to be a prophet and man of flesh and blood who really died. Those Christians who only worship Allah but follow the teachings of the master teacher Jeshua (Jesus Christ) and not of the prophet Muhammad, are mostly very open minded to other faith groups and do not want to harm any other believer or non-believer, respecting the freedom of speech.

When the Muslim World wants to impose their doctrinal teachings on to the habitants of the West we naturally would pose questions about that. The same as we warn for the dangers of the fundamentalist evangelicals and pentecostals, we should warn for the danger of fundamentalist Islamic groups.

Freedom of faith

I would agree with some sources who find we should keep an eye onto such fundamentalist teachers, be it Muslims or Christians or people against believers. We should leave everybody to believe what they want to believe and in what they want to believe. In case they would think ‘the cow can help to heal their diseases’ let them think it can do it, by a matter of speak. In our contemporary industrialist society we should allow the modern media play their role and let people be able to use modern technology how they want to use it, as long as they do not hinder other people with it.

Returning Syria-fighters and oppression

To shadow those youngsters who came back from Syria 24 hours a day, seven days a week, may require a lot of men, but because it are young people who had their brains twisted in a certain way, I do think it would be better to use enough energy to protect the other civilians. A few rotten apples can do a lot of damage in the basket.

Today it is still, as in the old times, having politics and power having first priority and groups willing to oppress those who do not like to think the same way as they. Danger is that we can find a new crusade period, this time the other way round again, having Islamic people trying to convert the heathen, Jews and Christians. For some of those Muslims the methods of the 12th and 13th century are still very much liked. Some of them also seem to live more than 100 yeas ago, or want to go back to the middle ages.

Decadence stumbling block

Dēcadentia part of turning-point in cultures, like we have seen by the Romans. – An orgy in Imperial Rome, by Henryk Siemiradzki

I do understand that many Muslims may be very angry when they look at the “modern world”, seeing the decadence of our western society. I can agree with them we may have returned to a decadent time, like we have seen at other periods in history. Those clashes of of deterioration or decline, as in morals or art; decay, moral  degeneration of a group of people, has come more than once in human history, always at the end of some ‘High culture’. But this does not allow their anger to be put into aggression against the western public. Using terror, torture and rape as a means to convert people to their religion is totally unacceptable and would not bring anything good to Islam either. We have seen that in Christendom, where in the past centuries many tried to bring the heathen populations to Christ but by forcing conversion on them allowed them to bring heathen uses or traditions into the Christian religion, making it less pure and bringing lots of umbilical doctrines to the Christian faith.

By wanting to push their faith onto others by force, the Islamic community is undergoing more damage than receiving good. It is also no help to the Islamic community that most Muslim teachers stay quiet or do not react openly against those false teachers in the Islamic world. Because of their silence, lots of people in the west start believing that those words and acts of those fundamentalists are really funded in the Koran (Quran). Lots of people start believing that what those fighters claim to be for the good cause of faith and based on the Quran, is really based on what is written in the Quran. But that is not so. Lots of things they do are forbidden by the Quran.

Quran, Jewish and Christian Holy Writings

Noble QuranLots of Christians do not want  to see the relationship of major narratives recounted in the Jewish and Christian scriptures. Therefore it would not be bad to compare the central religious text of Islam, which Muslims believe to be a revelation from God (Arabic: الله‎, Allah) with the Book of books of Christianity. For that reason I wanted also to give some Islamic teacher the freedom to explain how the Muslims are interpreting the Quranic chapters (called suras) and its verses or ayahs. Though after months of patience nobody was willing to do that; which only gives me the choice to do it myself. To show Christians as well as Muslims where the Bible and Koran say the same or something different. I soon will start on Stepping Toes the comparison of both writings and what the Divine Creator, Allah the Most High God of gods wanted to have His creatures to hear, understand and to follow.

You shall be able to follow the comparison of the Islam Quranic verses with the Bible verses in the category Quran Quotes and in the category Bible Quotes.
I do hope more people shall be able to see where certain groups misuse the texts or give a totally different interpretation than the Holy Scriptures.

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Additional reading:

  1. Politics and power first priority #2
  2. The Advent of the saviour to Roman oppression
  3. Egypt in the picture
  4. Has the Bible’s Garden of Eden been found — and restored
  5. Ember and light the ransomed of Jehovah
  6. Prophets making excuses
  7. Temperatures rising
  8. WWW Updates Oct 2011
  9. November 2011 Articles to read
  10. This Week’s Developments in Weekly World Watch 15-21 July 2012
  11. Mocking, Agitation and Religious Persecution
  12. Syrian capital facing total destruction in the coming months
  13. Mocking, Agitation and Religious Persecution
  14. Migrants to the West #6
  15. Weekly World Watch Dec 13th – 19th 09‏
  16. Weekly World Watch 6th – 12th June 2010‏
  17. Weekly World Watch 26th Sept – 9th Oct 2010‏
  18. Russia supplying weapons to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime
  19. Humanitarian crisis in Syria
  20. Continues Syrian conflict needing not only dialogue
  21. Angry at the greedy state
  22. Turkey and Pictures for the times coming
  23. Relieve the current humanitarian crisis in Syria
  24. Reluctance to act in Syrian civil war
  25. Did the White House Help Plan the Syrian Chemical Attack
  26. NATO Convinced that the Syrian regime is responsible
  27. How far does America wants to go to being a pessimist
  28. Syria peace talks in doubt over ‘credible partners’
  29. 2013 Lifestyle, religiously and spiritualy
  30. Syria peace talks in doubt over ‘credible partners’
  31. Islamic State forcing the West to provide means for Kurdistan
  32. Chemical warsite and Pushing king of the South
  33. Serving those who served
  34. Women their education and chances to become a parliamentary
  35. UK forces EU to lift embargo on Syria rebel arms
  36. Iraqi Underclass and animosities
  37. Iraqi Christians flee homes amid Islamic militant rampage
  38. ISIS, Mosul Dam and threatening lives of those who want to live in freedom
  39. Abu Hamza is gone, but Britain is still a hotbed of radical hatred
  40. Sharing a common security and a common set of values
  41. Philosophy hand in hand with spirituality
  42. Being Religious and Spiritual 1 Immateriality and Spiritual experience
  43. How long to wait before bringing religiousness and spirituality in practice
  44. Internet absurdities
  45. Faith related boycotts
  46. Attackers silenced freedom of speech
  47. Certain people trying to stem freedom of speech
  48. Turkey a wolf in the sheep house of the European Union
  49. Not many coming out with their community name
  50. Different writers joined together
  51. Christadelphian Samaritan Fund and donation to appeals by UNICEF
  52. Anti-Semitic incidents in Australia in 2012 highest ever on record
  53. Anti-Semitism ‘on the rise’ in Europe
  54. Zionism occupier
  55. American atheists most religiously literate Americans
  56. Christian clergyman defiling book which did not belong to him
  57. Christianity without the Trinity
  58. The imaginational war against Christmas
  59. The Immeasurable Grace bestowed on humanity
  60. Not following the tradition of man
  61. Christian fundamentalism as dangerous as Muslim fundamentalism

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Further articles of interest:

  1. Iraq War: Prelude to War (The International Debate Over the Use and Effectiveness of Weapons Inspections)
  2. Iraq War (Immediate Aftermath)
  3. Persian Gulf Wars
  4. Republic of Iraq
  5. Republic of Iraq Al-Jumhuriyah al-‘Iraqiyah
  6. Iraqi Americans
  7. Fourth largest group of immigrants from the Arab world in the United States
  8. Islamic Republic of Iran Jomhuri-ye Eslami-ye Iran
  9. Syrian Arab Republic
  10. Syrian Arab Republic, commonly known as Syria, is a Middle Eastern country located at the east end of the Mediterranean Sea
  11. Islamic Republic of Pakistan Islami Jamhooria Pakistan
  12. Education in Pakistan
  13. Muslims: Beliefs and practices; Islamic civilisations, Sects of Islam; Muslims after September 11, 2001
  14. Muslim: Ethnonyms: Mahommedan, Mohammedan, Moslem, Musulman
  15. The Islamic conquest
  16. Muslim a follower of the religion of Islam
  17. Crusades, a species of holy war
  18. Crusades: military campaigns sanctioned by the Latin Roman Catholic Church during the High Middle Ages and Late Middle Ages.
  19. Decay in standards, morals, dignity, religious faith
  20. Torture: integral part of medieval and early modern criminal procedure.
  21. Definitions, Types, Psychological and Physical Effects of Torture
  22. Torture, the intentional infliction of severe physical or mental pain or suffering in order to intimidate, coerce, obtain information or a confession, or punish

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  • Jihadi attacks foiled (deredactie.be)
    Over the past few months the security services have succeeded in foiling a number of Islamist terror attacks planned for Belgium. The attacks had been planned by former jihadi fighters that had returned from Syria and sympathiser of the fundamentalist terror group IS. News of that the attacks had been thwarted appears in Saturday’s edition of the financial daily ‘De Tijd’.
  • Where Did the Islamic State Come From? (algemeiner.com)
    The simple answer – and the one you’ll hear most often – is that IS, or Islamic State (formerly ISIS) emerged out of al-Qaeda, gathering strength through the ongoing civil war in Syria and unrest in Iraq.But that’s only part of the story: the rest is based in Europe (and even in America), where governments have continually – if unwittingly – financed programs that breed radicalization in Muslim communities there. Now, more and more of those radical Muslims, most born and bred in the West, are joining IS and its jihad; and in their efforts to prevent it, Europe’s leaders in particular may in fact be strengthening the threat.
    +Last week, Dutch officials arrested two families from the town of Huizen as they prepared to join the jihad in Syria, confiscating the passports of all parents and their six children, aged eight months to nine years old. Around the same time, the Dutch-American radical known as Jermaine W successfully departed for Syria with his wife and children. Jermaine, whose father was American, is well known in the Netherlands as a member of Holland’s extremist Hofstadgroep, and as a friend of Hofstadgroep leader Mohammed Bouyeri, the terrorist killer of filmmaker Theo van Gogh. Jermaine was arrested in 2004 for a letter in which he outlined plans to murder activist and then-Parliamentarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali, but was released in 2006 on the basis of “insufficient evidence.”Many of these European jihadists, like Jermaine, travel with their children, whom they then place in jihadist training camps in the hopes of producing a new, stronger generation of Islamic warriors for the Islamic State. Recent reporting from VICE shows a Belgian father coaching his very young son to kill “unbelievers,” while other children play and train with rifles.
  • Why So Many Jihadists Come From Belgium (businessinsider.com)
    More than a thousand fighters from Western countries have joined the conflict in Iraq and Syria, with the most per-capita coming from Belgium, according to an analysis by Business Insider.Between 250 and 400 jihadists in the area are thought to have come from the small European nation, which has a population of 11 million.Although the trend may seem surprising from a highly developed state known for waffles and EU bureaucracy, a closer look at Belgium’s fractured society shows this may have been a long time coming.
  • Members Of Belgian Islamist Group Arrested, Accused Of Torturing And Beheading Non-Muslims (midnightwatcher.wordpress.com)
    Sharia4Belgium-leader Fouad Belkacem (also named Abu Imran) from Boom is back behind bars. In addition; two brothers from Vilvoorde and a man from Berchem are locked. ‘The group was supposed to be dissolved, but that’s not true,’ said Eric Van Der Sypt, spokesman for the federal prosecutor. ‘They actively recruit street youth, indoctrinate them, give them combat training and organizing violent actions in Syria and in our country. ‘Sharia4Belgium’ sent the youngest 33 radicalized Muslims from Vilvoorde and Antwerp to Syria.’ From overheard stories of warriors who have returned, that they were incorporated into fighters groups linked to Al Qaeda. ‘They took part in jihadist and Salafist terrorist activities.
  • ‘I’d Like to Join ISIS and Kill with Them': Children Volunteer for Jihad (globalpoliticalawakening.blogspot.com)
    VICE has taken another look at the inner workings of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), this time focusing on the effective and disturbing way that the radical Islamists recruit one particular group: children.
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    An ISIS preacher known as Abdullah the Belgian brought his son to the territory controlled by ISIS from Belgium; he quizzed the boy about why ISIS fights.
    “Why do we kill the infidels?” he asks the boy. “What have the infidels done?”
    “They kill Muslims,” his young son responds. “The infidels of Europe, all the infidels.”
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    Update: The Engineered Destruction and Political Fragmentation of Iraq. Towards the Creation of a US Sponsored Islamist Caliphate

    We are dealing with a diabolical military agenda whereby the United States is targeting a rebel army which is directly funded by the US and its allies. The incursion into Iraq of the Islamic State rebels in late June was part of a carefully planned intelligence operation.
    The rebels of the Islamic state, formerly known as the ISIS, were covertly supported by US-NATO-Israel  to wage a terrorist insurgency against the Syrian government of Bashar Al Assad.  The atrocities committed in Iraq are similar to those committed in Syria. The sponsors of IS including Barack Obama have blood on their hands.
    The killings of innocent civilians by the Islamic state terrorists create a pretext and the justification for US military intervention on humanitarian grounds. Lest we forget, the rebels who committed these atrocities and who are a target of US military action are supported by the United States.
    The bombing raids ordered by Obama are not intended to eliminate the terrorists. Quite the opposite, the US is targeting the civilian population as well as the Iraqi resistance movement.
  • Jihadis planned attack on the European Commission (deredactie.be)
    The Dutch public broadcaster NOS reports that two people were detained early last month on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack on the European Commission in Brussels. The Belgian Judicial Authorities are now looking for a number of other jihadi that were also involved in the terrorist attack plot.
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Live Streaming ‘World Ballet Day’

wrote for the New York Times, Arts Beat:ArtsBeat - New York Times Blog

In an unprecedented bout of internationalism, five of the world’s major ballet companies will participate in a 20-hour-long live streaming event that will give ballet fans worldwide an intensive behind-the-scenes look at company classes, rehearsals and coaching.

The event, called “World Ballet Day,” will take place on Oct. 1, and features the Australian Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, the Royal Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet in successive four-hour slots, beginning at 12 p.m. local time in Melbourne, and moving across continents and time zones to Moscow, London, Toronto and San Francisco. The live stream will be available on YouTube and on each ballet company’s website.

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The Bolshoi Ballet troupe after the reopening gala of the Bolshoi Theatre in 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Viewers will be able to ask questions and interact with each company via a live forum throughout the day, and are invited to film themselves doing a pirouette and submit it for later inclusion in a short film. And in case anyone can’t stay awake to fully compare and contrast, the full streaming will be available afterward on YouTube.

The project is an extension of Royal Ballet Live, a nine-hour streaming event in 2012 that garnered the Royal Ballet about 200,000 viewers and 2.5 million subsequent views of edited material on YouTube. A Royal Ballet spokesman said that the company had initiated the event as part of its audience engagement activity; each company taking part is responsible for the funding for its own stream.

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