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While the world’s eyes are on the continuing armed conflict between Israel and Islamist groups in Gaza, on Monday a top Iranian commander of their so-called elite Islamic Revolution Guards Corps told the nation that they are committed to arming “Palestinian resistance groups” in the West Bank in retaliation for the alleged Israeli penetration into Iran’s airspace.
The IRGC had claimed Monday morning that it’s surface-to-air missile shot down an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly called a drone. Iran alleges that the UAV was a state-of-the-art, stealth drone which attempted to enter Iranian airspace over its Natanz nuclear zone. The intruding drone was intercepted and brought down by a missile, the Iranian claimed.
“We will speed up arming the West Bank and retain the right for any response,” Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh told Iranian news outlets in Tehran in reaction questions about the Israeli aircraft.
The issue of arming the Palestinians with more deadly and destructive weapons gained momentum after Iran’s Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said that the Muslims living in the West Bank must be in a position to repel the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) especially since the Israelis launched an offensive against Palestinians living on the Gaza Strip on July 8.
On July 29, in a sermon on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr — the last day of Ramadan when Muslims break their fasts — Imam Khamenei noted Iran’s support for the “Palestinian resistance groups in their fight with the Israeli regime.” He also accused the United States of seeking to disarm Palestinian fighters in order to assist the Israeli’s in suppressing Hamas and other organizations such as the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
“Unlike the view and effort of supporters of ‘the child-murderer Zionist regime’, the whole world and the Islamic world in particular, have an obligation to arm the Palestinian nation as much as possible,” the nation’s spiritual leader said, according to Iran’s state-run news media.
Meanwhile on Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said, “Iran will sue Israel legally over its alleged violation of Iran’s air space here on Monday following reports that Iran had downed an Israeli stealth drone in its airspace.”
“We will take a proper defensive measure over the clear violation of our country’s integrity, and we preserve the right to follow up the issue in the legal and international bodies,” Afkham was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.
Media conveys immediacy, but it doesn’t convey culture. Its famous flattening effect makes shoppers at a Staples in D.C. or a Whole Foods in Berkeley feel like they’re right among the toppled buildings of Aleppo or Gaza, without actually giving them any insight into the motivations of the players.
They’re watching foreign movies in a language that they don’t understand and attributing their own motivations to the main characters. They assume that the differences are incidental, but if the differences really were incidental, America would look a lot more like Iraq.
It’s been a while since Westerners lived in a society in which human life was truly worthless, in which no one trusted anyone else and it was easier to kill than not to kill.
Outside of a few urban centers in the Middle East where the elites start the revolutions that end up stringing them from the gallows, life is cheap and worthless. Men kill their wives and daughters over petty suspicions. Clans murder each other in vicious brawls. Wedding celebrations begin with firing guns into the air and end with bodies on the ground.
Everything is worth more than people. A camel has value. A pickup truck has value. A smartphone has value. All these things are hard to make.
People are easy to make.
The birth rates are high. Everywhere there are too many people. Too many sons to inherit. Too many daughters to marry off.
The UN and a whole bunch of international organizations slop in enough aid to keep hunger and disease away, but not enough to make life livable or worthwhile. The wealthy have satellite dishes on which they watch American reality shows and Turkish soaps. The poor kidnap them and hold them for ransom. It’s not just life in the Middle East. It’s the whole Third World experience.
About the only reliable source of wealth comes out of the ground and the countries that have it are usually too lazy to get it themselves. That’s what the armies of Western engineers are for. They don’t build their own skyscrapers with the oil money. That’s what the disposable Asian workers are for.
Killing is the easiest solution to most problems. Men kill over honor. Women kill themselves out of desperation. Children grow up torturing animals.
Clerics settle religious questions with murder. It’s just easier that way.
Theological debates are complicated and impossible to settle, but fly the black flags, seize a village, kill the men and force the women to convert to the true faith of the machine gun and the sword and the debate is over.
ISIS is how Islam has been settling questions of theology since the 7th century. Why stop now just because you can order takeout from your smartphone? Westerners are innately fascinated by new technology. For the Middle East, technology is a tool for settling medieval disputes. Twitter is just a way of showing off your latest crop of severed heads. The pickup truck substitutes for a camel.
Politicians settle political debates with more murders. Elections are complicated. Democracy is messy. It’s easier for a colonel to take everyone out back and shoot them. And then spend the next twenty years building palaces with his people’s wealth. And the people mostly like it that way too.
In the aftermath of President Barack Obama lifting a ban on allowing Libyans to train as pilots in the United States, Libyan Islamic terrorists belonging to the group Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) boasted on Saturday that they invaded and took control of the Tripoli International Airport. The airport had been under the control the pro-secular militias, according to Middle East news outlets.
“Acting without U.S. Congress knowledge or approval, President Barack Obama’s administration is now allowing Libyan nationals to come to the United States and signup for flight schools or attend American universities to train as nuclear scientists,” according to an August 14, 2014, Examiner news story.
Fajr Libya’s victory claim has led to increased concern that the Islamists may cause the pro-secular militias to retreat from the city of Zintan and eventually could be driven out of the capital city of Tripoli.
Tripoli’s airport had been occupied by militia groups since the 2011 rebellion that, with the help of the United States Air Force, toppled Libya’s former leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi, who was beaten to death by rebels. But since July 13, 2014, the Islamist fighters launched a number of attacks to wrest control of it.
Intense combat between the Islamists and secularists has left more than 100 Libyans dead and another 450 wounded just within Tripoli’s city limits. But the terrorists have expanded their assaults to other major cities such as Benghazi. Middle Eastern news media claim that the battles have turned into a full-fledged civil war.
While the United Nations Support Mission in Libya said its representatives will continue seeking a cease-fire between the rival groups, it also said it expects its efforts to be a fruitless effort. According to officials, “The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) condemns the continuing fighting in Tripoli and Benghazi, especially the indiscriminate shelling of residential neighborhoods and public facilities as well as the use of aircraft in military operations.”
The Jihadi Serial Killer No One’s Talking About
by Michelle Malkin
For two bloody months, an armed jihadist serial killer ran loose across the country. At least four innocent men died this spring and summer as acts of “vengeance” on behalf of aggrieved Muslims, the self-confessed murderer has now proclaimed. Have you heard about this horror? Probably not.
The usual suspects who decry hate crimes and gun violence haven’t uttered a peep. Why? Like O.J.’s glove: If the narrative don’t fit, you must acquit. The admitted killer will be cast as just another “lone wolf” whose familiar grievances and bloodthirsty Islamic invocations mean nothing.
I say: Enough with the whitewashing. Meet Ali Muhammad Brown. His homicidal Islamic terror spree took him from coast to coast. The 29-year-old career thug admitted to killing Leroy Henderson in Seattle in April; Ahmed Said and Dwone Anderson-Young in Seattle on June 1; and college student Brendan Tevlin, 19, in Essex County, New Jersey, on June 25. Tevlin was gunned down in his family Jeep on his way home from a friend’s house. Ballistics and other evidence linked all the victims to Muhammad Brown. Police apprehended him last month hiding in an encampment near the Watchung Mountains of West Orange, New Jersey.
While he was on the run, he disguised himself in a Muslim keffiyeh. He carried a notebook with jihadist scribblings and advice on evading detection. I obtained the latest charging documents filed in Washington state, which detail the defiant domestic terrorist’s motives.
READ THE CHARGING DOCUMENT HERE: 20140820145129074
Muhammad Brown told investigators that Tevlin’s slaying was a “just kill.” The devout Islamic adherent proclaimed: “My mission is vengeance. For the lives, millions of lives are lost every day.” Echoing jihadist Fort Hood mass killer Nidal Hasan, Muhammad Brown cited Muslim deaths in “Iraq, Syria, (and) Afghanistan” as the catalysts for his one-man Islamic terror campaign. “All these lives are taken every single day by America, by this government. So a life for a life.”
When a detective asked him to clarify whether all four murders were “done for vengeance for the actions of the United States in the Middle East,” Muhammad Brown stated unequivocally: “Yes.” He added that he was “just doing (his) small part.”
Seattle’s left-wing mayor, Ed Murray, rushed to issue a statement — which might as well have sported an insipid “Coexist” bumper sticker across the page — asserting that Muhammad Brown’s seething, deadly hatred did “not reflect the values of Muslims.” But the fact is Ali Muhammad Brown has plenty of company. Seattle alone has been a long-festering hotbed of anti-American, anti-Semitic jihadism.
In 2011, a Muslim terror ring led by Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif and Walli Mujahidh plotted “to kill officers and employees of the Department of Defense who worked at the (Military Entrance Processing Stations) located in the Federal Center South building in Seattle, Washington, and to kill other persons assisting such officers and employees in the performance of their duties” using “fully-automatic weapons pistols, and fragmentation grenades.”
In 2007, Seattle jihadist James Ujaama pleaded guilty to terrorism charges related to his plan to establish a terror-training ground in Bly, Oregon. He had previously pleaded guilty to aiding the Taliban.
The Obama administration violated U.S. law when it secretly exchanged five Guantanamo Bay imprisoned terrorists for a U.S. Army soldier — who was captured by the Taliban after allegedly deserting his post — and the violation is punishable by jail time, suspension and removal from office, according to a report from an Inside the Beltway watchdog group on Friday.
Judicial Watch obtained a copy of a government investigation summary that reveals the U.S. Department of Defense violated section 8111 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2014 when its officials traded five terrorists being detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the release of a U.S. prisoner of war being held by members of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
According to a Examiner news report on the prisoner swap, the five terrorists were turned over to the nation of Qatar — a nation considered by counterterrorism experts to be highly suspect — without giving notice to members of certain congressional oversight committees. What Section 8111 prohibits is the Defense Department “using appropriated funds to transfer any individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay unless the Secretary of Defense notifies certain congressional committees at least 30 days before the transfer.” Because officials at the DOD used its appropriations to break the law, in addition to violating a provision of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2014, officials also violated the Anti-Deficiency Act.
The investigative arm of the House of Representatives , Government Accountability Office (GAO), accused President Obama, acting in his capacity as Commander in Chief, of breaking a “clear and unambiguous” law when he authorized the swapping of five high-level terrorists for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who is accused of deserting his guard post and going AWOL in Afghanistan in 2009.
According to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the GAO described a violation that is a serious breach of federal law which may have severe consequences for the perpetrator or perpetrators. Penalties may include fines, imprisonment, administrative discipline, suspension from duty without pay or removal from office, the rules specifically state.
“Congress must be notified before acts of this magnitude are committed and the president completely disregarded the legislative branch. In fact the Department of Defense (DOD) failed to notify Congress at least 30 days in advance of the exchange, a flagrant violation of the law, and misused nearly $1 million of a wartime account to make the transfer,” the GAO report says.
“They held positions of great importance within the hard-core anti-American Taliban, including the Chief of Staff of the Taliban Army and the Taliban Deputy Minister of Intelligence. They have American blood on their hands and surely as night follows day they will return to the fight. In effect, we released the ‘Taliban Dream Team.’ The United States is less safe because of these actions,” according to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
Judicial Watch officials stated:.
“In a nutshell, Obama and his appointees flipped the finger at Congress, the American public and the rule of law. We’ve seen this many times during this president’s two terms and will likely see it over and over again before he moves out of the White House.
As the United States government ponders its response to the global jihad, especially with the likes of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) now tearing through Iraq, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) squeezing the life out of Yemen, Al Shabaab terrorizing both Somalia and Kenya, Boko Haram is Nigeria, Al Nusra Front leading the charge in Syria and other Islamist groups, the news media are focusing attention on what’s commonly referred to as the 9/11 Truth Movement.
During the days following the devastating destruction and death that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, there were a number of Americans who questioned the media’s coverage of what actually happened to the World Trade Center and the U.S. Pentagon.
While in the midst the President George W. Bush administration there were several media outlets that gave credence to the voices from the 9/11 Truth Movement — of Truthers, for short — but when President Barack Obama took office, those same news media voices were no longer interested in pursuing the story and theories put forward by the so-called Truthers.
However, on April 3, 2014 the well-respected and relatively unbiased C-Span cable television show “Washington Journal” invited the usually bombastic Democratic congressman, Representative Jim McDermott who appeared to have opened up the 9/11 controversy once again.
McDermott (D-WA), while a guest on “Washington Journal” took a question via telephone from a member of the television audience about the destruction of New York City’s World Trade Center’s Building 7 on 9/11. The caller addressed the evidence by several architects and structural engineers who believe that explosives of some kind brought it down. The Congressman McDermott surprised many when he said that after seeing videos covering the issue and “the questions surrounding it are legitimate, meriting further investigation.”
“…one day we will have further examination of that issue…I think the sooner the better, but that’s just my personal view.” said McDermott during his C-Span interview.
With that, a few months later, the host of “Washington Journal,” Peter Slen invited the leader of a group of engineers, architects and building construction experts onto his show to discuss the allegations that, in essence, the 9/11 tragedy that destroyed an entire Manhattan building complex and killed close to 3,000 innocent people, was in fact an inside job.
Slen’s guest, Richard Gage, explained that his group of experts, Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, believes that the World Trade Center was brought down by explosive demolition on September 11, 2001 and not because of aircraft flying into the Twin Towers. Gage founded his group of highly credentialed experts in 2006 and said its mission was to “expose the official lies and cover-up surrounding the events of September 11, 2001 in a way that inspires the people to overcome denial and understand the truth.” Mr. Gage spoke via video link from San Francisco, California.
According to Gage, AE911Truth has studied the available information regarding the destruction of World Trade Center’s Buildings 1, 2, and 7. He stated that the evidence gathered includes video and audio recordings, photographs, eyewitness accounts, and physical evidence.
MI5, the United Kingdom’s internal intelligence and security agency, early Sunday morning reported that the British Muslim terrorist who allegedly butchered and killed the American journalist James Foley in a videotape that’s gone viral on the Internet has been identified. The case of of a murder by a suspected believed to be a British national has renewed fears in the West of terrorist organizations such as the ruthless Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) successfully recruiting hundreds of foreign fighters from Europe and the United States.
The masked man with a London accent, who is said to be known to fellow fighters as “Jihadi John”, was seen in the shocking video of Foley’s death released by the Isis extremist army last week, according to MI5 (Military Intelligence Section 5) and confirmed by Britain’s foreign intelligence service MI6.
While the British government provided limited details about the man, they did report that their primary suspect is 23-year-old Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary whose Egyptian family live in a multi-million dollar mansion west London. According to British security officials Bary deserted his obviously opulent surroundings last year in order to join the jihadists in Syria.
The homegrown radical Muslim was so proud of his brutality that he circulated a picture of himself holding up a severed head on the social media web site Twitter.com.
Concerns in the U.K. continue since a disproportionate number of young British citizens have been going to Syria, and now Iraq, to help Islamist groups in their rebellion against both the Syrian and Iraqi governments’ military forces. What troubles Prime Minister David Cameron is the prospect that many of these jihadists are expected to return home better trained with a taste for blood.
In noticeable contrast with U.S. President Barack Obama, Cameron has been on top of the investigation from the moment he heard about Foley’s execution-style murder. While he had been on vacation, he quickly returned to 10 Downing Street and began “working the phones,” contacting the U.K.’s military, intelligence, security and law enforcement officials including Scotland Yard.
“Cameron wasn’t seeking photo ops because he’s been pretty low-key preferring to back his minions with logistical support and remaining on top of his commanders within the military and police communities,” said Larry Lorre-Reid, a former police inspector who has training hundreds of police investigators in intelligence gathering and analysis.
“Unfortunately, even though Foley was an American citizen, after Obama’s televised announcement about the Foley murder within an hour he was back on the golf course. One suspects that Obama has little regard for American citizenship since he appears more animated and more concerned over illegal aliens and their treatment by cops,” Lorre-Reid stated.
The British intelligence agency MI5 estimates that about 500 British extremists are already fighting in the Middle East, but many of them are expected to return home, possibly with assignments to commit terrorist acts.
According to an Examiner news story last May, “British Islamists are the largest group of foreign fighters in Syria helping al-Qaida and other terrorist groups to battle the Syrian military and helping to overthrow the brutal and oppressive regime of President Bashir al-Assad.
A man claiming to be a jihadist, who was charged in the shooting and killing two men in Seattle, Washington, and the murder of a young college student in New Jersey in June, was officially charged on Wednesday with shooting a 30-year-old man to death in Seattle’s Skyway area in April 2014. He reportedly admitted to police detectives that the four killings were revenge for the United State government’s activities in the Middle East.
The suspect, Ali Muhammad Brown, allegedly told investigators and the prosecutor is that his actions were justified and that he was retaliating for the deaths of his brother jihadists at the hands of U.S. soldiers and law enforcement agents, according to a police detective, Morris Hempner, who is following the terrorism case. Brown is also a registered sex offender, according to the Essex County, New Jersey, Prosecutor’s Office.
The 29-year-old American-born suspect was charged at his arraignment on Wednesday with first-degree murder by the King County, Washington, Prosecutor’s Office for the the shooting death of 30-year-old Leroy Henderson on April 27, 2014. Police said Henderson was shot with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun 10 times in the back as he was walking towards his home.
The self-styled jihadist was charged earlier with first-degree murder for shooting and killing Ahmed Said and Dwone Anderson-Young in Seattle on June 1, 2014. In addition, Ali Muhammad Brown is suspected of killing a 19-year-old college student, Brendan Tevlin, in Newark, New Jersey, on June 25, after Brown traveled from Seattle to New Jersey to evade a police arrest warrant. All four victims were allegedly killed by multiple gunshots from the same 9mm handgun.
According to the Seattle Mayor’s Office, King County detectives said it was surveillance video in Skyway showing a sports utility vehicle that Brown was using at the time coupled with the multiple 9mm cartridge casings found at the Henderson murder crime scene that led them to homegrown jihadist.
In court documents, police said Brown confessed to all four murders. “The one in King County on the 28th, the two in Seattle on June 1st, and the one in [Essex County] New Jersey, on June 25th?” a detective asked.
“All of it,” Brown allegedly replied, according to court papers.
“Those four murders that we’re talking about were all done for vengeance for the actions of the United States in the Middle East?” the detective asked. “Yes,” Brown allegedly replied.
A registered sex offender and a suspect in two Seattle homicides, Ali Muhammad Brown, 29, of Seattle, Washington, has been charged with murder, felony murder, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon.
In a statement Brown made to detectives in Essex County, New Jersey, Prosecutor’s office, Brown allegedly claimed the teenaged Tevlin was from his perspective a justified killing” and said he defined a “just kill” as targeting only adult men, not women, children or senior citizens.
“My mission is vengeance. For the lives, millions of lives are lost every day,” he reportedly said. “Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, all these places where innocent lives are being taken every single day … All these lives are taken every single day by America, by this government. So a life for a life.”
Can we all agree that , the recent riots in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, MO, had as much to do with the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown as it did with a hurricane in Hawaii or a square dance in Iowa?
As I have written in the past, a legitimate protest consists of tossing tea into Boston Harbor; it doesn’t involve stealing a TV. Time and again, young black thugs in Detroit, L.A., Philadelphia and now St. Louis, have taken advantage of an event to run amok, turning over cars, looting stores and setting fires. They do it because they are bottom-feeders who feel empowered by corrupt politicians, a liberal media and race hustlers like Al Sharpton, to carry out the sort of violence which when committed by one or two individuals results in jail time, but when committed by a mob results in liberal pundits justifying the mayhem.
A reader, Bob Alton, wrote to me, posing the following question: Now that Hillary Clinton is speaking out against Obama’s foreign policy, can we expect her to be branded a racist? It’s a fair question when you realize that her husband was labeled one in 2008 for no other reason than that he campaigned for his wife during the primaries, and “racist” has been branded on the rump of every Republican who has voiced an objection to anything Obama has said or done over the past six years.
It’s no secret that Democrats, including Obama, have been pressuring the older liberals on the Supreme Court to retire ASAP so that Obama can leave a longer lasting impression on America. I think it’s a move that can wind up biting the Democrats in the butt in 2016. After all, if Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 81, Anthony Kennedy, 78, and Stephen Breyer, 76, are too old for the job, which pretty much consists of sitting around reading briefs and occasionally casting a vote, it might be hard to convince people they should run out and vote for Hillary Clinton, who will be 69 when the 2016 election takes place, and a ripe 77 by the time her second term would conclude. But perhaps they simply assume that being the commander-in-chief is as easy a gig as Obama makes it seem: rounds of golf, interspersed occasionally with expensive vacations and fund-raising galas.
Speaking of things that have not only ripened, but dropped off the tree and are well on their way to being mulch, we have Jimmy Carter. According to a recent article in the Washington Times, the reason that Carter, who once condemned Israel as an apartheid nation, is such a vociferous fan of Hamas is because he blames his loss to Ronald Reagan in 1980 on Jewish voters.
As a Jew, nothing would make me prouder. However, inasmuch as Reagan garnered 43 million votes to Carter’s paltry 35 million, and 489 electoral votes to Carter’s infinitesimal 49, and that Jews represent a mere 2% of the population, it’s a bit far-fetched. What’s more, although he did better than other recent GOP presidential candidates, Reagan still managed to lose the Jewish vote 39% to Carter’s 45%.