Thursday, October 30, 2014
Israel is benefiting from the chaos engulfing most of the Middle East, as Islamic terrorists fight each other and many Arab nations side with the Jewish state against the jihadists and the nuclear threat posed by Iran. Prime Minister Netanyahu walks a fine line. (photo right)
Hamas has been humbled for the third time, after Israel pummelled the stupid Palestinian terrorist group over the summer, which was started by the murder of three innocent Israeli teenagers. Hamas got what it deserved....Big Time! Hezbollah in Lebanon and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are busily killing other Arabs.
Egypt is effectively collaborating with Israel on security and intelligence matters. Just today it has initiated blasting a hugh 500 meter-wide buffer zone along the border with Gaza and blocking the smuggling tunnels with a water-filled moat.. Also Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are on the same side as Israel in the truggle against terrorism and a nuclear-armed Iran.
Turkey -- once an Israeli ally and now increasingly Islamist -- is enmeshed in a self-inflicted morass of domestic and regional conundrums with no obvious exits. It's refusal to let Turkish Kurds cross the border and help their comrades fight to defend Kobani from the murderous ISIS army angered the surrounding nations.
Israel is regionally dominant militarily and vibrant economically and technologically. It can do without the support of the vacillating European Union. Its political relations with the Obama administration are chilly, but its ties to the U.S, Security and Defence officials are warm and close.
Trade, investment and educational collaboration with China, India, Japan, South Korea and other Asian nations has never been stronger and is increasing steadily.
However if one thing is certain about the Middle East, it is that things will change. Iran will continue to strengthen economically, as Western sanctions crumble. It will become a nuclear-armed nation; or that 75-year-old Supreme leader Ali Khamenei will die, (photo left) and a power struggle will follow that will destroy the brutal theocratic regime. If Iran develops a nuclear weapon, it would be a threat to all of its Arab neighbours and especially to Israel.
The Turkish government will come to its senses and stop taking self-destructive measures, or President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will drive Turkey towards joining the club of failed states. ISIS will continue to spread throughout Syria and Iraq and will eventually defeat the Kurds; or the coalition against it will triumph, and the terrorist army will implode into isolated pockets of conflict and control, similar to the fiefdoms of Hamas and Hezbollah. The Kurds of Iraq and Syria would then declare independence.
In Syria, President Bashar al-Assad (photo right)will eventually re-establish control in his three-year civil war, or
the country will fragment into Alawite, Sunni and Kurdish segments. There's the possibility that Hezbollah could return in force to Lebanon after an end of the Syrian conflict, take control of that devastated country and attack Israel, not with rockets, but with guided missiles supplied by Iran. Those idiots in Hamas could overthrow the rival Palestinian Authority government in the West Bank either by elections or by force. Another coup in Jordan might overthrow the Hashemite monarchy.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in his September speech at the United Nations indicated a new strategy to deal with the Palestinian problem: continue to strengthen ties with Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE and let them impose a settlement. Those Arab nations have a security interest in a demilitarized West Bank and Gaza Strip, as shown by the astonishing offer of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi to provide an area in the Sinai adjacent to Gaza to serve as a Palestinian state. Something I have called for as the only logical answer over the last 10 years.
The Way I See It........Israel must prepare for such monumental uncertainties I just pointed out. It needs to continue to strengthen its defense forces and intelligence resources. Israel must pursue quiet diplomacy to solidify its gains with Egypt , Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE and continue to tie the region together with a web of natural gas supply contracts. Israel will have to wait until President Obama leaves office to restore political ties, but it should continue to strengthen relations with Asia. Israel is currently in an enviable position, but it must adopt policies and strategies to enhance the positive elements and defend against the negative developments that are sure to take place.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Working in the wedding business in America always has been stressful but now there are new worries for Christians who hold a traditional view of marriage - they could be sued, fined or even put out of business if they refuse to provide service to a same-sex couple. Just in the last two years, dozens of cake makers, photographers, florist and even farmers have been forced by state governments to provide their services to same-sex couples wanting to get ''married''. If they refuse, they are told they must offer their services to both types of couples, or not offer them at all. (I hate having the homo crowd using the word ''Marriage'' in this manner when they would get more of us heterosexuals on their side if they used the proper word for their bonding as ''a Union.'')
For Cynthia and Robert Gifford, (photo right) owners of Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, New York, it was an easy decision. While their main business is growing vegetables, they occasionally host marriage ceremonies in the lower level of their house and outdoors in a field. When a lesbian couple called to book the farm for their ''wedding'', Cynthia politely declined. But these bitches secretly recorded the phone conversation and then immediately filed a complaint with the New York Division of Human Rights. Liberty Ridge Farm was fined $13,000 and ordered to start serving same-sex clients or none all.
''We have decided not to hold wedding ceremonies at all and we are not going to hold them on the farm until we are allowed to choose who we contract with,'' says Cynthia. The couple, who are devout Christians, not like the lesbian atheists that reported them, hired an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, which specializes in religious liberty cases. The are now appealing their case in
state court. Their lawyer, James Trainor, said the state of New York is stomping all over the First Amendment rights of Christian business owners. But the Giffords are not the only Christians being hauled into court rooms because they won't bend to their state's new definition of marriage. Cases have popped up all over America. Here's another example.
Jack Phillips (photo below) owns and operates Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, and has been in business since 1993. He pours his creative spirit into each wedding cake, which he
The Colorado Civil Rights Division ordered him to reverse his policy, educate his employees on how to serve all clients equally and submit quarterly compliance reports to make sure he has fully removed his religious views from his business decisions. The decision was upheld by an administrative judge. ''The state has made it clear. Jack's First Amendment rights, Jack's freedom to express himself or more importantly, not express himself, must bow to the ratbag complainant's message,'' said Nicole Martin, the ADF attorney representing Phillips. ''And all I can say is what that looks like to me is something very frightening, and that's nothing more than diversity through conformity, and that's not diversity at all. Phillips is now appealing his case to the Court of Appeals.
Peter Sprigg, (photo right) senior fellow for policy studies at Family Research Council, said religious liberty is on the wane in a post-Christian America. ''What we see from those who deny this liberty which infringes on First Amendment rights, is that they have a very narrow view of religious freedom. It's what I call the ''four walls view'' of religious freedom.'' he states. To those who hold this view, a Christian has the right to religious liberty as long as they stay inside their church or home. Sprigg said, ''These damn same-sex activists have nothing to lose when a Christian business declines to provide a service. But the Christian business has potentially everything at stake....and these queers know it!''
The Way I See It.......the dark cloud of Christian entrepreneurs are seeing hovering over the wedding industry isn't likely to recede anytime soon. I'm afraid it is going to gain steam because the ultimate goal of the homosexual activist is not just to obtain equal legal rights, it's nastier than that, they want to obtain a society where nobody ever says anything, anywhere, that implies their relationships are different in any way from heterosexual relationships or in any way harmful. They really want to stifle any of that discussion in the public square. Take that attitude to the Middle East and see what happens to your ''holier-than-thou'' attitude and lifestyle.
It's ironic that, forty-five years after the Stonewall Inn riots against public intolerance, they now claim to be in favour of tolerance, yet the activists are shutting down a whole segment of artists from the right to expressing themselves. So it's not just a matter of picking something off the shelf and handing to the customer. It's not only a matter of freedom of religion but freedom of speech.
One of the worst cases of this activity I have recently heard of is that Chris Penner, owner of the Twilight Room Annex bar in Portland, Oregon was fined $400,000 under the 2007 Equality Act for excluding transsexual men who dressed as women, who had been understandably alienating other customers by using the women's restroom. According to the Settle Times, 11 people - calling themselves the ''T-Girls'' -- ''will get money, with awards ranging from $20,000 to $50,000 for emotional and mental and physical (?) suffering.'' No justice ! I don't know of a better way to alienate the heterosexual population better than keeping up this nasty, pushy, in-your-face activist attitude. I am just waiting for the righteous BACKLASH. to come to some city near you.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
I've visited Chicago a few years ago. It's a beautiful city and what an awesome waterfront along Lake Michigan. However, I just have to laugh when I think of the level of radicalism and corruption in Chicago politics. Here is the line-up of famous Chicago reprobates:
James Daley, Saul Alinksy, Barack Hussein Obama, Michelle (Robinson) Obama Hillary Rodham Clinton, Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, Jesse Jackson Sr and Jr (the latter being a federal prison resident), Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko, Louis Farrakhan, David Plouffe, and of course Al Capone. Now combine that with the number of incarcerated former politicians and the fact that in June of this year, the Communist Party of the United States held its 30th convention in Chicago. A regular alphabet soup of the scum-of-the-Earth.
So therefore, it actually should come as no surprise to find out Hillary Clinton and famed leftist Jewish community organizer, Saul Alinsky, exchanged correspondence. For your reference, Alinsky's infamous book, Rules for Radicals, is dedicated to Lucifer. (I guess, after being told to ''Go to Hell'' so many times, Saul figured he'd get Carte Blanc with this dedication.)
As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, ''Previously unpublished correspondence between Hillary Clinton and the late left-wing organizer Saul Alinsky revealed new details about her relationship with the Chicago activist and shed light on her early ideological development (indoctrination?). Clinton met with Alinsky several times in 1968 wile writing a Wellesley College
Clinton's relationship with Alinsky, and her support for his philosophy, continued for several years after she entered Yale law school in 1969, two letters obtained by the Washington Free Bacon show. (The Hillary Letters: http://www.scrbd.com/doc/240077031) Both Barack and Michelle Obama had strong links with Alinsky as well, and I exposed their connection in OBAMA: Lucifer is my Home Boy! (September 13, 2012) read it on this page: http://back-doc.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/obama-lucifer-is-my-homeboy.html and The Very Radical Racist Background of Michelle Obama! (November 8, 2013) http://back-doc.blogspot.com.au/2013/11/the-very-radicl-racist-background-of.html
The last thing America needs is another left wing ideologue espousing progressive socialist policies. The problem for Hillary Clinton is that she's tried very hard to hide her radicalism - as a matter of fact, she's doing everything possible right now to distance herself from ol' brother Barack. However, she's not trusted by the progressive Left or the rest of America either. Oh yes, there will be a number of Generation Xers and Ys that'll wet there panties wanting to vote for a female president regardless of her sordid background. It was these same idiots who voted Obama in....TWICE !
We all know, or should all know, that Hillary Clinton is a shrewd deceptive operator, not personable and willing to tell a lie at the drop of a hat. Plus, the Clintons have more scandals following them than the days are long - hmm, sounds like a familiar tune of the past six years. See my recent blog listing Barak Obama's White House scandals. After all, they were all spawned from the same corrupt social organizing machine. They are just serious rivals.
The Free Bacon reports the letters it obtained ''are part of the archives for the Industrial Areas Foundation, a training center for community organizers founded by Alinsky, which are housed at the University of Texas at Austin.'' On July 8, 1971, Clinton reached out to Alinsky, them 62, in a letter sent via airmail, paid for with stamps featuring Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and marked ''Personal.'' It read, ''Dear Saul, When is that new book [Rules for Radicals] coming out - or has it comeand I somehow missed the fulfilment of Revelation? I have just had my one-thousandth conversation about Reveille [for Radicals] and need some new material to throw at people,'' she added (a reference to Alinsky's 1946 book on his theories of community organizing. In this 1971 letter, Clinton assured Alinsky that she had ''survived law school, slightly bruised, with my belief in and zest for organizing intact.''
A self-proclaimed radical, Alinsky advocated guerrilla tactics and civil disobedience to correct what he saw as an institutionalized power gap in poor communities. His philosophy divided the world into haves - middle class and wealthy people - and have nots - the poor. He took an ends-justify-the-means approach to power and wealth redistribution, ad developed the theoretical basis of community organizing. ''The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold on to power,'' wrote in his 1971 book. ''Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away.''
So does Hillary Rodham Clinton - indeed the progressive socialist Left - really give a stuff about middle income America? Trust me they don't. You and those Xers and Ys are the bourgeoisie (those of the middle class that worked and risked their future to build a business to succeed) against which the proletariat (the workers who are too lazy to make an effort to rise above their labour-for-hire mentality) must struggle and ultimately overthrow. What Alinsky believed in was anathema to that of the fundamental principles and values of America. His message was easily an American communist manifesto of sorts.
The Free Beacon says, ''according to the letter, Clinton and Alinsky had kept in touch since she entered Yale. The 62 year-old radical had often given her advice on campus activism. The Beacon
adds, ''Clinton's connection to Alinsky has been the subject of speculation for decades. It became
The Way I See It.....there's a saying down South the ol' folks use -- people will know you by the company you keep -- something Americans missed when it came to Barack Hussein Obama's radical friends and mentors. (See my 3 postings Barack Obama's Un-Holy Trinity (Mentors of Ill-Repute! - August 31 and September 2, 2012)
I found it absolutely hilarious how the Left went after Mitt Romney for supposedly ''bullying'' some kid back in high school or something. They went after him for having a dog ride on a car roof/ However, here we go with the logical idea that a cancer festers in Chicago, and I can bet not a single leftist progressive media outlet is covering this story - check out how they stayed silent about the Federal government exonerating New Jersey bully-boy Governor Chris Christie in the ''Bridgegate'' scandal. God Help America !!!
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Jesse Lee Peterson, author, television and radio host and lecturer has always said ''Don't give power to a radical homosexual.'' Case in point: the city of Houston.
Why would the mayor want to silence Christians? After all, aren't LGBT people all about ''tolerance''.
Well, no. Mayor Parker and her radical, (don't you hate that they usurped the word ''gay'' from us normal folk?) queer activists want to criminalize and censor anyone who speaks out against the perverse LGBT agenda and the hell with the First Amendment!
LGBT groups and the left-wing media have campaigned to portray homosexuals, and now transgender people, as minorities bullied by Christians. (Have these Homos ever tried living in the Middle East?) As a result, the LGBT agenda has a foothold in the popular culture. Homosexuals have ascended to positions of power.
LGBT activists across America are proposing bizarre laws that are blurring gender lines. Ass-kissing California Democrats passed AB 1266 (co-ed bathroom law). which allows transgendered boys to use girl's bathrooms and locker rooms. Despite this all-out effort by the far left to portray the LGBT lifestyle as ''normal'', there is growing evidence revealing the disturbing truth.
Dr Paul R. McHugh, (photo left) the Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital said that transgenderism is a ''mental disorder.'' Dr McHugh also reported on a new study showing that the suicide rate among transgendered people who had reassignment (sex change) surgery were 20 times higher than the suicide rate among non-transgender people.
Dr McHugh further noted studies from Vanderbilt University and London's Portman Clinic stating that 70-80 per cent of children who had expressed transgender feelings ''spontaneously lost those feelings'' over time. He stated; ''So if kids weren't being pressured to embrace being transgendered, most would eventually get beyond the feelings.'' But you won't hear about these findings in the mainstream media because it threatens their whole concept that LGBT people are ''born'' that way.
|Jesse Lee Peterson|
If these homos want to go after intolerance, why don't they target mosques and imams? Islam has harsh edicts against homosexuality. Maybe a few beheadings will help them focus on a worse problem than they have with Christian pastors. They won't go after Muslims because they need them as part of their coalition to take down the Christians. Weakness emboldens Evil. I see a leadership vacuum and a lack of effective activism within the conservative Christian movement today, and that has emboldened the filth on the left.
The Way I See It.....Christians may not agree on everything, but they can certainly agree on the need to protect their freedoms and family. But one doesn't win playing defense all the time. For proof that playing defense is a losing strategy, just look at the Republican Party. GOP leaders are so afraid of being called ''racists'' that they're letting Obama have his way. Meanwhile, Obama is constantly putting them under pressure by going on offense with his evil agenda. It doesn't have to be that way.
Despite a major push by ratbag LGBT groups to equate their agenda to the civil rights movement, a 2013 Pew Center study shows that 49 per cent of blacks oppose same-sex marriage. (And there's another word the LGBT's besmirched rather than calling their unnatural joining a ''Union" ) But if
There's no reason to lose this fight....it's not an option. Many Christians have unforgiveness and anger in their hearts but don't realize it. Peterson adds; ''The left is angry too, but their training complements their anger. They have no qualms about being malicious to advance their godless agenda.'' On the other hand, too many Christians don't know how to go on the offense. Turning the other cheek doesn't mean not fighting back. It means to forgive your enemy while you're kicking his tail! If the tactics Christians are using do not result in a victory, then something is wrong. For many Christians victories these days are relatively few. It's time they stop playing defense and take the fight to the enemy starting with that dyke mayor.
''mendacity'' adv. addicted to telling lies (Random House Dictionary)
I covered a lot of this before in a previous blog posting, which I'll leave you to search for in amongst the 450 postings I've written. I am just going to up date things and give you a quick tour relating to the title above. Remember these pearls of deceit?
"Of course you can keep your health coverage, and your doctor. And we'll cover everyone while your premiums plummet.''
Meanwhile, al-Qaeda is ''decimated'' and these Islamic State guys are just the jayvee team. In fact (fact?), they're not even Islamic -- although they may not be quite a 'secular' as the Muslim Brotherhood. Just extremists. (Extreme about what? Don't ask!) "My advisors say that jihad is just a 'purification of the self ' ...or at most, 'workplace violence' that involves some beheading to satisfy the Quran's commands,'' was the Presidential verdict.
''Benghazi? A spontaneous 'protest' incited by a video. ''I was not told it was a terrorist attack....except by the Secretary of Defence a while after it started'' Long before he responded by....going to Vegas, where he promptly announced al-Qaeda was ''on the path to defeat.''
''Rest assured that the State Department's top priority is the safety of American personnel although we did reduce security after our facility was attacked and our ambassador, Chris Stevens, and his three security men were killed.'' It's common knowledge, Obama missed over 50% of the State Department's security briefings over his past term and this half one.
''And rest assured that Eric Holder's Justice Department would never let guns walk.'' Except for the thousands its Fast and Furious program transferred to violent gangs --who've used them in
who knows how many crimes, including the murder of a Border Patrol agent Brian Terry (photo).
Still, at least there's ''not a smidgen of corruption at the IRS'', where citizens are harassed, especially if they are Tea Party members. Where evidence keeps disappearing, and the official at the center of it all takes the Fifth to avoid giving incriminating testimony.
Then there is the NSA's secret warrantless mass surveillance programs of which the IRS and the DEA's Special Operations Division (SOD) share culled information. Obama repeatedly has assured Americans that the NSA does not collect the private information of its ordinary citizens. That statement is not true.
Worse, DEA and IRS agents were told to lie by the administration, to lie to judges and defence attorneys about their use of NSA data, and about the very existence of SOD. Last year, at a press conference, President Obama reassured the nation that ''America isn't interested in spying on ordinary people.'' In other words, do not worry, because the information will only be used for narrow counterterrorism or broader foreign intelligence purposes. But the latest revelations show that these assurances too are a lie. The United States is now a mass surveillance state!
Lack of his foreign leadership showed Obama to be indecisive, even afraid with an inability and unwillingness to face the many threats developing over these past three years. Mainly, not pushing the dreadful Nouri al-Maliki and his Iraqi government harder to allow a residual force to remain when troops withdrew in 2011. He was so obsessed with getting out of Iraq which he campaigned for in 2008 that he created a vacuum in terms of the ability of Iraq stabilize itself, and it's out of that vacuum that ISIS began to breed.
No matter...that's old news. Just take heart that Ebola is not coming to the United States....um, well, if it does come there will be no outbreak....but, er, ''if there is an outbreak, we have careful protocols and healthcare professionals fully trained to deal with it.'' With 35 countries already having flight bans for anyone flying from the three African countries most affected, Obama says, ''I don't think it's necessary at this time.''
OK....even if the protocols don't work and the professionals don't have adequate training, we''ll have a rigorous monitoring program for anyone who is exposed....or maybe a self-monitoring program for people who will isolate themselves....unless of course, we tell them to go ahead and hop on a plane. Well, look, at least we can promise there won't be a ''serious'' outbreak.
As you guessed it. President Obama , once finished with his announced appointment, quickly flew out and returned to his busy fundraising schedule. It reminded some people of the statement in July, during another crisis, of the president's communications director, who said that when the president rushes back to Washington ''it can have the unintended consequence of unduly alarming the American people.'' Yes, Americans are such sissies. Actually, when Mr Obama eschews a fundraiser to go to his office to deal with a public problem they are not scared....only surprised.
The Way I See It......mendacity and incompetence rules supreme in the Obama administration. With two more books released, one by Hillary Clinton and the other by Leon Panetta (photo right), giving an insight into what it was like working in the White House, up close and personal with a leaderless president. Panetta lands a hammer blow on his old boss; ''He approaches things like a law professor in presenting a logic of his position. My experience in Washington is that logic alone doesn't work. Once you lay out a position, you are going to roll up your sleeves and you have to fight to get it done. In order for Presidents to succeed, they cannot just....when they run into problems....step back and give up.''
I sense that Panetta is right about Obama's unwillingness to fight. Lately, the President's body language has too often conveyed disgust and cynicism. He seems defeated by the trivial pursuits of the media and his opponents. He does not have the sunny conviction necessary to carry the country through a period of near biblical plagues and wars. His policies and popularity (down to 41%) have been crippled by his dour political sense. A basic law of politics: ''this cannot last'', has been lost on him. But I have no idea what comes next. God help America!
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Survivors of the fighting in Kobani have described the horrors they witnessed as Isis militants took control of parts of the town from Kurdish forces. These refugees, staying in Suruc, Turkey, have told The Daily Mail how relatives and neighbours were beheaded by the militants, while another spoke ''hundreds'' of decapitated corpses in the besieged town.
Armin Fajar, 38, father-of-four who left Kobani and crossed the border to Suruc, said ''I have seen tens, maybe hundreds, of bodies with their heads cut off. Others with just their hands or legs missing. I have seen faces with their eyes or tongues cut out - I can never forget it for as long as I live.'' Belal Shahin, another refugee in Suruc, told MSNBC, ''Isis came into the villages. They beheaded people as well as animals. They took some animals and the girls; they left nothing alive. Even animals don't do what Isis is doing. They are doing these things and it's not acceptable to our religion.''
ISIS militants have laid siege to the town for nearly four weeks and fought their way into it in the past week. On Friday, the UN Syria envoy warned the hundreds still trapped in Kobani will be ''massacred' by the militants if the town falls, where only a small corridor remains open for the people to flee. More than 200,000 have already escaped across the border to Turkey but up to 700 remain inside the town. Some good news came from a video yesterday showing fighting in the streets of Kobani, showing Kurdish fighters holding their ground and even catching attackers in an ambush, killing 36, of which all were foreigners.
The battle for the Syrian town has also sparked major protests in Turkey against its perceived inaction, with the media showing its tanks lined up on a border hilltop overlooking Kobani. But
Turkey faces a deadly dilemma. The Turks could be forced to take military action in a conflict they have been trying to avoid with Isis. The hesitation of President Tayyip Erdogan (photo right) is based on the fact that ISIS is holding 44 of its diplomats, taken at the Turkish consulate in Mosul many months ago, with the threat of being killed if Turkey enters the conflict.
As ISIS is pouring reinforcements into Kobani, there is a growing mismatch between the opposing sides while the Turkish government still refuses to allow a corridor between the border and Kobani to allow Kurdish volunteers from Turkey and Syria to join the fight, prompting the Kurds to accuse Ankara of siding with the Islamic State. ISIS could force Turkey's hand, if it takes Kobani and threatens a religious shrine in a Turkish enclave there. (see photo left) This is the Tomb of Suleyman Shah, the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire. The territory surrounding the complex, about the size of two football fields, is physically located inside Syria but considered Turkish territory. Turkey has told ISIS that any attack on the tomb and the 60 elite special forces guarding it would
The underlying problem is that Ankara sees the Kurds as a greater danger than the Islamic militants. Turkey is also concerned about the gains the Kurds have made in the Syrian civil war. For 30 years now, Turkey has battled a self-rule insurgency, mounted by the Stalinist Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, and the Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPG) which is an offshoot of the PKK. Turkey opposes actions that boost the strength of the Kurds, potentially giving the PKK additional leverage to push for autonomy in Turkey. There is now a faltering peace process with those 15 million-strong Kurds, but PKK activists said if Kobani falls, then the peace process will be finished. Turkey is sort of stuck between ''a-rock-and-a-hard-place.''
The fight for Kobani will test U.S. strategy that at a pussy President Obama's insistence has been limited to air strikes, depending on uncertain local allies on the ground to do the actual fighting. U.S. officials say they are angry that Turkey has refused to do more to avert a slaughter, largely because of its own bloody history with the Kurds. The second piece of the U.S. strategy involves training as many as 5,000 moderate Syrian rebels per year to fight ISIS on he ground. But that's a long term Bashar Assad than in combating ISIS.
|Turkish Tanks Overlooking Kobani from Turkish Border|
ISIS has frustrated air strikes by abandoning key outposts - which would be easier to hit - and breaking into smaller units. The terrorists are also moving into civilian areas they know the coalition won't bomb - especially without intelligence from on-ground scouts. Obama has refused to dispatch such spotters as part of his ban on U.S. ground troops in the conflict. Former CIA Director General Michael Hayden stated that many of the targets in Syria hit by U.S. air strikes were ''easy targets'' and that obtaining good intelligence for choosing air strike targets is a major problem.
The Way I See It.....the U.S.-led game of ''whack-a-mole'' has been under way across much of Syria and Iraq since the end of September -- and so far the moles are winning. ISISs success helps explain why, last week, the U.S. began deploying AH-64 Apache helicopters against the militants. The low-and-slow gunship is better than a jet bomber for attacking moving targets. But helicopters are more vulnerable to ground fire than jet. ISIS recently shot down a pair of Iraqi choppers, killing all four pilots aboard. For a President who wants to defeat ISIS without ground forces, the options are
UPDATE: A few hours ago Kurdish fighters took down the Black Flag of ISIS from a hill, Tell Shair, they captured overlooking Kobani. ISIS militants erected it at the beginning of their siege to intimidate the Kurdish defenders and it became the goal to retake the hill and kill as many of the Islamic filth the flag represented.
Of course we should not ban the burqa or the niqab. We do believe in Freedom don't we? But it is because we do believe in Freedom that we should still feel free to criticize those shrouds of oppression. Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott last week weighed in, confessing he found the burqa ''a fairly confronting form of attire.''
In 2011, Senator Cory Bernardi called for the burqa to be banned in Australia, branding it ''un-Australian''. Last week, he called on Tony Abbott this time to make the decision, now that there is renewed scrutiny on the Muslim community and its surreptitious support of the Islamic State. Unfortunately, even though many countries around the world have succeeded in banning the loath-some garment, the PM looks like he is reluctant to stir things up presently, so the debate about the burqa continues.
To put some perspective on the matter, it is important to know that the Quran has no requirement that women cover their faces with a veil, or cover their bodies with the full-body burqa or chador (also known as chadri in Central Asia).
The full chadri covers the wearers entire face and head except for a small region about the eyes, which is covered by a net or grille. Burqa is an Arabized Persian word of purda (or parda) meaning curtain and veil, which has the same meaning in Persian.
In other styles, like the niqab, the veil is attached by one side, and covers the face only below the eyes to be seen. The more simpler covering are the head scarfs hijab, shayla or al-amira. Many Muslims believe that the collected traditions of the life of Muhammad, or hadith, require both men and women to dress and behave modestly in public.
The Burqa/ Niqab Situation Around the World:
In Afghanistan:, it is officially not required under the present regime, but local deadshit warlords still enforce it in the southern regions. Chadri use in the remainder of the country is viable and is gradually declining. Due to political instability, women who might otherwise be inclined to wear the chadri must do so as a matter of personal safety.
In Pakistan: the use of the burqa is primarily predominant in Pashtun territories along the border areas, especially in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. However, in the remaining majority of the country, its use has greatly declined over time. However, the burqa observances remain localized and most women who observe burqa use within these areas, do not do so when they travel out of the area.
In India: the burqa is common in many areas of the Muslim population -- old Delhi, for example. It seems the obligation of a woman to wear a burqa is dependent on her age: young, unmarried women or young, married women in their first years of marriage are required to wear the burqa. However, after this the husband usually decides if his wife should continue to wear it.
In Indonesia: the term jilbab is used without exception to refer to the hijab. Under Indonesian National and Regional law female head-covering is entirely optional and not obligatory. The hijab is a fairly new phenomenon in Indonesia. The sole exception where the jilbab is mandatory is in Aceh Province, which was granted special autonomy and instigated Islamic Sharia based law.
In Malaysia: Muslim women may choose whether or not to wear the headscharf, except it must be worn visiting a mosque. It is forbidden to wear the full-face niqab as the Supreme Court cites, ''it has nothing to do with a women's right to practice her Muslim religion because Islam does not make it obligatory to cover the face.''
In Bangladesh: There are no laws the require women to cover their heads. In recent times there has been a rise in number of women wearing the hijab. The ruling secular government has increased there are reports of harassment and repression against those who wear the hijab which is seen as a symbol of Islam. This goes against the vision the government has of creating a secular Bangladesh.
In Iran : The Reza Shah banned the chador and all hijabs in 1936, as incompatible with his modernizing ambitions. During the reign of the last Shah traditional clothing was largely discarded by the wealthier urban upper-class women in favour of western clothing, although women in small towns continued to wear the chador. Niqabs and burqas are very uncommon in Iran, limited mostly in small Arab and Afghan communities in the south and east.
In Saudi Arabia: The vast majority of traditional Saudi women are expected to cover their faces in public. The Saudi niqab usually leaves a long open slot for the eyes. Many Saudi women use a headscarf along with the niqab or another simple veil to cover all or most of the face when in public.
In Egypt: Since 1926, the veil gradually disappeared. However, the veil has had a resurgence,
concomitant with the global revival of Muslim piety. Now about 90% of Egyptian women currently wear a head-scarf. Small numbers wear the niqab but the secular government does not approve and there has been even some restrictions of wearing the hijab, which it views as a political symbol.
In Jordan: There are no laws banning the headscarf in public. Veils covering the face as well as the chador are rare. The hijab is increasingly becoming more of a fashion statement than a religious one with Jordanian women wearing colourful, stylish scarves along with western style clothing.
In Lebanon: The wearing of headscharves has become more common since the Israeli invasion in the 1980s. Observance of this custom ranges from no headscarf at all to just a regular hijab and/or a chador,
In Syria: Syria's Minister for Higher Education, announced that the government would ban women from wearing the Burqa at universities and public buildings. Among the prohibited garments would be the niqab, but not the hijab or related garments that do not cover the entire face. He stated that the face veils ran counter to the secular and academic principles of Syria.
In Turkey: Being officially a secular state, the burqa and hijab are banned in universities, libraries, government and public buildings in 1980. The law was strengthened more in 1997 but under the conservative party (AKP) there has been some unofficial relaxation in recent years. In cities like Istanbul and Ankara most women do not cover their heads. In 2008, the Constitutional Court reinstated the ban which was widely seen as a victory for the Turk's separation of state and religion.
In Morocco: The burqa and the hijab are not encouraged by governmental institutions and are frowned upon by urban middle and higher classes, but as yet not forbidden by law. As it is not traditional, to wear one is considered rather a religious or political decision.
In Tunisia: In 1981, women with headscharves were banned in schools and government buildings. Then in 2006, the authorities banned it public places. The government described the headscarf as a sectarian form of dress which came uninvited to the country. In January, 2011, after the revolution took place, the headscarf was authorized and the ban lifted.
In Europe: Italy was the first, in 1975, by an anti-terrorism law, to pass a law forbidding women wearing any dress that hides the face. In France, since 2004, wearing the burqa was not allowed in public schools, being judged religious symbol like the Christian cross. This was followed in 2010 with the banning of burqas and niqabs in public areas. Also in 2010 the Belgium parliament passed a bill banning any clothing that would obscure the identity of the wearer in public. In 2012, in the Netherlands followed suit with the banning of the burqa and niqab as clothing that would hide the wearer's identity.. This would pertain to public transport, health care, education and government buildings.
The United Kingdom: Is a separate case because a 2011 poll indicated that 68 per cent of British people supported banning the burqa and niqab in all public places. With 2,786, 685 Muslims living in the U.K. and making up 4.4 per cent of the population, there is a political spinelessness bordering on appeasement to this ethnic community. So, for now, if ever, a ban on burqas and face-covering clothes has been ruled out by the current Conservative-Liberal Democrat government and the pussys in he previous Labour government.
The Way I See It.....I agree with Sheikh Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi, (photo right) perhaps the foremost spiritual authority in Sunni Islam and Grand sheikh of al-Azhar University, Sunni Islam's highest institution of religious learning, was reportedly ''angered'' when he toured a school in Cairo and saw a teenage girl wearing a niqab. Asking the girl to remove her face veil, he said, '' The niqab is a tradition; it has no connection with religion.'' He instructed the girl never to wear the niqab again and issued a fatwa (religious edict) against its use in schools.
As early as 1899, the Egyptian intellectual Qasim Amin published his landmark book, The Liberation of Women, which argued that the face veil was not commensurate with the tenents of Islam and called for its removal. In 1923, the feminist Hoda Hanim Shaarawi, who established the first feminist association that called for uncovering the face and hair, became the first Egyptian woman to remove her face veil (niqab).
There's enough precedent over the last century for banning the Burqa and Niqabs in Australia. As a secular country there should be no guilt feelings on the part of our government to ban any religiously motivated face-covering in public. As ex-president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy so aptly put it; ''In our country, we cannot accept that women be prisoners behind a screen, cut of from all social life, deprived of all identity.''