Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Coming Caliphate

Stakelbeck on Terror

 

Erick Stakelbeck

 

Was Oct. 23 a Turning Point for the New Caliphate?

 

Sunday, October 23, 2011 might very well be remembered as a major turning point in the march for a reformed Islamic Caliphate. Here's why:

1) We learned that Islamists would be the likely winners in the Tunisian elections, in the first free vote of the so-called Arab Spring. Given that Tunisia is widely viewed as the most moderate Arab state, the election result–combined with the reemergence of formerly exiled Islamist leader Rachid Ghannouchi as a major power player–sends a distressing signal about the possibility for "democracy" in Tunisia.

Of course, the mob attack on a synagogue in Tunis a few months back should have been the first sign of trouble.

2) We learned that the newly "liberated" Libya, trumpeted as a foreign policy triumph by the Obama administration, will enshrine strict Islamic law as the basis for governance, including such gems as a ban on interest and the legalization of polygamy.

Ah, those freedom lovin' Libyan rebels. I wrote last Thursday that the most likely beneficiaries of a post-Gaddafi LIbya would be Al Qaeda/related Salafi groups, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Iran.The interim government's full-throated embrace of sharia doesn't exactly make me alter my thinking.

3) Barry Rubin, one of the world's top analysts on the Middle East and downright prophetic from the start when it came to predicting the Islamist trajectory of the Arab Spring, revealed that the Obama administration is actively embracing the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist elements inside Syria.

Rubin actually wrote about this on Oct. 22 but hey, since I didn't read it until the Oct. 23, I'm counting it. By the way, I believe Bashar al-Assad will hang on to power longer than most expect in Syria. In fact, I simply cannot see any scenario under which Iran–increasingly bold and ambitious–allows its most important client to fall by the wayside.

There's actually another, more important reason that I believe Assad is likely to hang on a while longer. It has to do with Isaiah 17. More on that in another blog later this week.

4) Iranian despot Mahmoud Ahmadenijad and the mullahs in Tehran are licking their chops following President Obama's announcement that all U.S. troops will be pulled out of Iraq by year's end. Ahmadenijad said he expects "a change will occur" in the Iran/Iraq relationship and that the two nations have "special relations."

Expect Iran to seek to dominate its heavily Shia neighbor as it continues its strong push to lead a renewed Caliphate.

5) This one isn't Arab Spring related, but is definitely significant in the grander scheme of things. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, our man in Kabul, declared that in the event of a war between Pakistan and the United States, Afghanistan would back its neighbor.

"If fighting starts between Pakistan and the U.S., we are beside Pakistan," Karzai said in an interview with Pakistani television station GEO. "If Pakistan is attacked and the people of Pakistan need Afghanistan's help, Afghanistan will be there with you." This despite continued tension between Afghanistan and Pakistan over a host of issues. At the end of the day, it's still Islam uber alles.

In fact, "Islam uber alles" could be quite a catchy slogan for the Arab Spring–and a fitting one. Yet the Obama administration is apparently going to use the Arab Spring–soon to be remembered as the "Islamist Winter"–in the 2012 campaign as a sign of its foreign policy prowess.

Good luck, fellas. By the way, we didn't even mention Egypt, where the Brotherhood might soon score its biggest victory yet. Ain't Middle East democracy grand?

 

The Attacks on Christians in Egypt are Crimes Against Humanity

The attacks on Christians in Egypt are crimes against humanity

 By SHERIF EMIL, The Gazette October 14, 2011

 

Last May, I wrote a long Opinion article for The Gazette on the aftermath of the Egyptian revolution. The headline, "Still waiting for an Egyptian revolution" expressed my disappointment at its results and my concern for the Islamic radicalism it had let loose on society, particularly on the Christian minority. Describing the surge in Islamic violence, I wrote:

"The Salafists, the Muslim Brotherhood and the tens of millions of their supporters smell an Islamic state in the making. Only one barrier stands in their way: 10 million indigenous Egyptian Christians who have preserved their faith intact despite 14 centuries of uninterrupted suffering. And so the Islamists are accelerating their attacks that led to last week's bloodshed, and whose end no one dares to imagine."

This last weekend, we were forced to imagine it. A week before, a mob had burned down a Christian church in a small southern village – the fourth incident of its kind in less than a year. The church was 60 years old, had all the valid permits from the government, and had already agreed not to hang a cross or ring its bells. Yet that still wasn't enough. In yet another sign of lawlessness and a drive for hegemony by radical Islamists, the governor of the province condoned the church's destruction and refused to bring the perpetrators, who in the meantime had also destroyed several Christian homes in the village, to justice.

That was finally enough for the Christians. On Sunday, they marched peacefully in Cairo to protest and stage a sit-in in front of the national television building, whose news anchors had waged a campaign against Christians for the last several months. What followed was statesponsored terrorism directed at the state's own people, a crime against humanity. The army fired live ammunition into the crowds, and used its armoured personnel carriers to mow down protesters. Thirty people were killed, and more are dying every day of serious injuries. More than 100 Christians have lost their lives to violence in Egypt since the beginning of this year alone.

On Sunday, Egyptian army soldiers were killing their own countrypeople indiscriminately, yelling "Allah Akbar." They were encouraging marauding gangs with clubs, machetes, and swords to capture and kill Christians. Victims were mutilated, and many corpses were riddled with bullets. Egyptian state television, now slave to a new master – Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, the supreme commander of the armed forces – incited the people to come out and defend the army against the Coptic Christians. It aired interviews with soldiers and others describing Christians as "sons of dogs" and "not worthy of living." The next morning, anchors were rationalizing this behaviour by claiming that there are more churches than mosques in Egypt.

The Egyptian official establishment – government, army and media – has evidently decided to join other elements of society in marginalizing Christians. Each Friday, sermons blasted on mosques' loudspeakers describe Christians as infidels, foreigners, crusaders, aliens. Imams are directing their followers to boycott Christians, turn their faces away from them, prevent their children from playing with Christian children. The prime minister, Essam Sharaf, has stood and watched, unwilling to enforce existing laws against incitement of violence, let alone indiscriminate killing and destruction of property.

Does all of this sound familiar? It should.

Egypt has become a pregenocidal society, where a segment of the population has been singled out for labelling as sub-human, unworthy of rights, unworthy of protection. The message is that Christians can be killed with impunity and their property and rights can be violated without repercussions. This is no longer just the work of Islamist groups. It has now been condoned and institutionalized by the government and the military, a military infiltrated with Islamists, a military that still receives $1 billion a year from the U.S. government. The end result that we dare not imagine is dangerously close.

Sunday's events will quickly fade from the news – until the next massacre. But we, who thanks to television and the Internet have witnessed peaceful young Egyptians dragged, clubbed and killed, who hear the terror in the voices of our families in Egypt, who can attest to the resilience of Egyptian Christianity in the middle of unbridled hostility – we will not let this pass. We will call these incidents what they are: crimes against humanity.

We will ask Western governments to immediately cut off all aid to the Egyptian military – a military that is behaving more like a street gang than a professional army. This is no longer a time for statements, condemnations or marches. It is a time for action. This is Egypt's last chance to step back from an intensely dark future, and it is our collective responsibility to see to it.

Dr. Sherif Emil is a Montreal physician. He left Egypt at age 17.

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Invitation for an evening with Dr. Salim Mansur

 


ACT!  For Canada, Conservative McGill,

International Free Press Society-Canada,

Le Réseau Liberté-Québec and

 The Prince Arthur Herald

 

Invite you to a special evening at McGill University with

 

DR. SALIM MANSUR

 

He will be discussing his recent book “Delectable Lie: a liberal repudiation of multiculturalism”

 and the future of Canadian immigration and the impact on our society.

 

                Date:        Monday, October 17th, 2011     

                Time:       7:30 p.m.

                Place:       McGill University

                                McConnell Engineering Building – Room 204

                                Directions are attached

                Cost:        $10 for non-students; free for students

 

There will be a question and answer period following Dr. Mansur’s lecture.

 

Dr. Salim Mansur is an Associate Professor in the faculty of social sciences, University of Western Ontario, London, and teaches in the department of political science. He is the author of "Delectable Lie: a liberal repudiation of multiculturalism" (2011) & "Islam’s Predicament: Perspectives of a Dissident Muslim" (2009). He writes a weekly column for the Toronto Sun and his Sun columns are published across Canada in newspapers owned by the Sun Media.

 

In Dr. Mansur’s own words:

 

"Once we assert that individuals are free and equal irrespective of their ethnicity or beliefs, we then have arrived at the summit of political philosophy… From this summit of individual rights and freedoms, any so-called advance in the name of multiculturalism, ironically, can only mean going downward to an inferior or relatively degraded political arrangement… An open society, liberal democracy, and the rule of law are not the natural state of man but historical achievements that have come about at great expense. Though their values are universal, they have been realized, if not in their entirety, at least in great measure only in the West against the indefatigable opposition of those who decry the role of reason over religious doctrines, loathe openness and freedom in favour of the closed circle of tribal and collectivist values, and denounce democracy as a recipe for anarchy. The enemies of open society are vast in number and, like tidal waves relentlessly beating down on dykes that, if not regularly attended, would break and be washed away, they remain unforgiving and tireless in their effort to wreck the open society and freedoms that distinguish liberal democracy from any other form of political arrangement in the history of man and society."

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

VALERIE AND EVIE

ACT! FOR CANADA/QUEBEC CHAPTER