Fear surely rules in Hamastan. Whispered stories describe Gaza-based scribblers facing Hamas death threats, and the Foreign Press Association has belatedly condemned terrorist intimidation. But maybe CNN-type ambitions are at work, too. Either way, correspondent Uriel Heilman put it best. Covering the Israel-Hamas fighting, Heilman wrote that unreported Hamas censorship and press self-censorship mean the public is “only getting half the story.” “And where I come from,” he added, “a half-truth is considered a lie.”
Something to remember when relying on media for intelligence about our future in a dangerous world.
Mark Steyn checked in with Hannity on Fox News to discuss the President’s penetrating insight that ISIS was merely the junior varsity team of jihad. As Mark saw it, the only JV player on the geopolitical court is Obama.
“I promise you things are much less dangerous now than they were 20 years ago, 25 years ago or 30 years ago,” Obama said after referencing challenges posed by the Islamic State terror group, the Ukrainian crisis and China’s advancing economy.
The president’s remarks came just hours after U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron warned that his county is facing the “greatest terrorist threat” in history and as U.S. officials say there has been a “significant increase” in jihadi chatter leading up to the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
The churches of the Middle East have for decades taught pacifism, taking a misconstruing of the biblical concept of peace and applying it against Christian militancy. But now things are changing. As Henry Sarkis, one of the Christian militants fighting ISIS, has said:
We keep talking about Jesus and peace, and now we’ve reached the point where it’s not enough… The age of waiting for the Peshmerga to take back territory while we sit is over. We took the decision that, with our limited abilities, we will try to participate… We’re being killed in our homes, so why not defend ourselves? Then even if we die, we die with dignity… We didn’t want to reach this point – we just want to live in our areas
This notion of peace as pacifism, I believe, is refuted by Augustine when he wrote:
For peace is not sought in order that war might be undertaken, but a war is undertaken so that peace might be acquired. (Epistle 189)
The Islamic State has blitzed its way into control across a huge swath of Syria and Iraq in recent months, and on Friday, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia issued a dire warning: Jihadists could reach Europe and America in a matter of months.
“Terrorism knows no border and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East,” said the king who was speaking at a welcoming ceremony on Friday for new ambassadors, including a new envoy from Saudi ally the United States.
“If there is a JV player on the court at the moment, if you ask Putin, if you ask the mullahs, if you ask the Chinese Politburo, if you ask ISIS, if you ask every rinky-dink jihadist on the outskirts of Benghazi who the JV player is on court, they’re going to have no problem telling you it’s President Obama. A man who’s shredded American foreign policy and left Al Qaeda, ISIS, and its affiliates running around, gamboling across a vast swathe of territory from West Africa to Afghanistan – that’s the JV player on the court today.”
The words of the “Shahadah” saved a number of lives during the 2013 al-Qaeda-linked attack at Kenya’s Westgate Mall. To weed the Muslims out from the infidels, terrorists asked people to recite the shahadah to prove their faith. They asked other things too, like certain key passages of the Koran, the name of Mohammad’s mother, that sort of thing — it was al-Qaeda Question Hour. The wrong answer meant death.
There are an estimated 30 million slaves throughout the world today.India, China, Pakistan and Nigeria currently lead the world in the slave industry. Almost 100% of the slave owners are “non-white”, as are the slaves.The majority of the slave owners and traders are Muslim and the majority of the slaves are “non-Muslim” Christians and Hindus. Many of the slaves are young girls that were stolen and forced into sex-slavery. A new report claiming to be the most comprehensive look at global slavery says 30 million people are living as slaves around the world.