Arkiv for 23. september 2011

Amitai Etzioni om det begrebsforvirrede Mellemøsten

Om imamer, meningsmålinger, revolutioner, demokrati og mere:

Toward a Nonviolent, Pluralistic Middle East

September 11: A Decade Later

by Amitai Etzioni – Fall 2011

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The 2001 attacks on the United States have intensified the debate that has existed since the dawn of Islam: How is the West to respond to the followers of Muhammad? Some—most famously Bernard Lewis and Samuel Huntington—held that the contest is between two rather monolithic civilizations that are bound to clash. In a 2007 award acceptance speech at the American Enterprise Institute, Lewis described a history of clashes between Islam and the West. He stated that at first Muslims sought to spread their nascent faith through conquest throughout the then-Christian world; then the Christians invaded the Muslim world (the Crusaders); then the Muslims pushed back into Europe (the Golden Age of Islam); then the West retaliated by colonizing the Muslim world; and now the Muslims are again rising against Christendom by terrorism and flooding Europe with immigrants.[1] Huntington argued that “Islam’s borders are bloody, and so are its innards. The fundamental problem for the West is not Islamic fundamentalism. It is Islam, a different civilization whose people are convinced of the superiority of their culture and are obsessed with the inferiority of their power.”[2] By contrast, President George W. Bush stated in the wake of the 9/11 attacks that “Islam is peace,”[3] while British prime minister Tony Blair argued that the problem was not Islam but “extremists trying to hijack it for political purposes.”[4]

Mere HER i Middle East Quarterly.

Robert R. Reilly om revolution med islamisk begrænsning

Islams Allah synes at stå i vejen:

Will the Arab Spring turn into winter?

By Robert R. Reilly – September 22, 2011

Catholic News Agency LogoWith the lunatic tyrant Moammar Gaddafi almost gone from Libya and the ground shaking under Bashir Assad’s feet in Syria, one could only wish that hopes for the Arab Spring were on as solid a foundation as many seem to think. One’s heart naturally goes out to those who have been trampled for generations by one-party states or megalomaniac supreme leaders. These people are getting their first taste of freedom, and it is exhilarating for them and for all in the West who wish them well.

For example, John O’Sullivan celebrates that “Egyptians, Tunisians, Syrians, and Libyans have now proved that they too value liberty and that they are prepared to make terrible sacrifices for themselves and their fellow-countrymen. That does not establish that liberal democracy can thrive in the Middle East, but it settles the question of whether Arab societies want it. They do.”

Mere HER hos Catholic News Agency. Westminster Institute her.

Iran frigiver amerikanske gidsler

Fjolserne var på vandring – hike – langs den iranske grænse, da de blev pågrebet. Iranerne påstod, at de spionerede og har holdt dem fængslet i 2 år:

U.S. hikers Bauer and Fattal are freed by Iran, arrive in Oman

By Thomas Erdbrink – September 21, 2011

Tehran - Two American hikers jailed in Iran since 2009 were freed from prison Wednesday and flown to Oman, where they were reunited with joyful family members.

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Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, both 29, were released Wednesday evening local time after spending more than two years in prison on charges of illegal entry and espionage since they and a companion, Sarah Shourd, were arrested on the border between Iraq and Iran while hiking in the mountainous region. Shourd, who was freed last year and is engaged to Bauer, was on hand in Oman to greet the two as they ran down the stairs from the private plane that picked them up in Iran and flew them to freedom.

Mere HER i The Washington Post. Tidligere blogget om gidseltagningen:

Andre kilder: DR, Wikipedia,

Raymond Ibrahim – mere om apostasi

Henrettelser af ikke-kriminelle er åbenbart en del af den højt besungne muslimske fred:

A Tale of Two Apostasies

by Raymond Ibrahim – September 16, 2011

Cases dealing with apostasy in Islam—whereby Muslims who convert to other religions are tortured and executed—are on the rise and need to be acknowledged for what they are: one of Islam’s most visible attempts to suppress the human conscience—a phenomenon that has dire implications beyond religious freedom. Consider these two recent stories. First, from Somalia:

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“A kidnapped Christian convert from Islam was found decapitated on Sept. 2 … Juma Nuradin Kamil was forced into a car by three suspected Islamic extremists from the al-Shabaab terrorist group on Aug. 21, area sources said. After members of his community thoroughly combed the area looking for him, at 2 p.m. on Sept. 2 one of them found Kamil’s body dumped on a street. The kidnapping and subsequent manner of murder suggests that al-Shabaab militants had been monitoring him, Christian leaders said. Muslim extremists from al-Shabaab, a militant group with ties to al Qaeda, have vowed to rid Somalia of Christianity.”

Mere HER i Middle East Forum. Jihad Watch her. Victor Davis Hanson’s Private Papers her.

The Real Iran

by Raymond Ibrahim – September 21, 2011

In a globalized world where debate and diplomacy predominate, there is one sure way to discern the sincerity of any particular government: see how it behaves at home, where it is in power; see especially how it treats its minorities.

Consider the government of Iran. Gearing up for the Durban III Conference, supposedly against racism, scheduled to take place in New York City this week, Tehran and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad no doubt plan on complaining to the international community about Israel as in former conferences—portraying the Jewish state as “the most cruel and repressive racist regime,” a “barbaric” government that engages in “inhuman policies” against the Palestinians.

Mere HER hos Hudson New York. FrontPageMagazine her. Raymond Ibrahim her. Middle East Forum her.

Video: Brigitte Gabriels tale om tiåret for 9/11

Et  flot angreb på politisk korrekthed:

Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Brigitte Gabriel commemorates 9/11 on the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

Gabriel starter først efter 8½ minut:

Se eventuelt også Der Spiegels uforskammede portræt af Brigitte Gabriel HER (prinversion).

Audio: Robert Spencer & Janet Mefferd

Et fint angreb på det idiotiske begreb, islamofobi. Fra 16. september 2011:

Audio Icon Blue SmallJanet Mefferd Radio Show

Robert Spencer from Jihad Watch talks about his latest book Islamophobia.

Startes HER – åbner Windows Media Player. Varighed 20 minutter. Herefter fortsætter programmet med noget andet.

Andre kilder: Janet Mefferd,

Israel, Palæstina, FN

Emner, der altid fylder meget i medierne, men for tiden mere end ellers:

Can Israel Survive?

By Victor Davis Hanson – September 22, 2011

Will Israel survive? That question hasn’t really been asked since 1967. Then, a far weaker Israel was surrounded on all sides by Arab dictatorships that were equipped with sophisticated weapons from their nuclear patron, the Soviet Union. But now, things are far worse for the Jewish state.

Egyptian mobs just tried to storm the Israeli embassy in Cairo and kill any Israelis they could get their hands on. Whatever Egyptian government emerges, it will be more Islamist than before — and may renounce the peace accords with Israel.

Mere HER i The Patriot Post. Kan også læses i The National Review Online her. The Washington Times her. The Orange County Register her.

Logo Palestine FN 2011Palestine Logo Suggests Elimination of Israel

Sep 21, 2011 • By Anne Bayefsky

The logo of “the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations” – on their website and on top of their official statements at the U.N. – shows the Palestinian Authority’s claim to a Palestine that stretches throughout the entire historical entity of the former Palestine mandate.

Absent from the logo is any hint that Palestine consists of anything other than Arab territory. No nod is given even to the U.N.’s 1948 decision to divide the region into Jewish and Arab sectors. As for the shape of Israel by the time it was forced into waging the defensive Six Day war in 1967: irrelevant. The logo illustrates that the Palestinian bid before the U.N. for support of a unilateral declaration of statehood is disingenuous and dangerous.

There is not too much left to the imagination here: Israel is “wiped off the map.”

Mere HER i The Weekly Standard.

Obama Says Palestinians Are Using Wrong Forum

By Helene Cooper – September 21, 2011

President Obama declared his opposition to the Palestinian Authority’s bid for statehood through the Security Council on Wednesday, throwing the weight of the United States directly in the path of the Arab democracy movement even as he hailed what he called the democratic aspirations that have taken hold throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

“Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the U.N.,” Mr. Obama said, in an address before world leaders at the General Assembly. “If it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now.”

Mere HER i The New York Times.

Andre kilder: The Jerusalem Post, The Jerusalem Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Star, Foreign PolicyCarne RossWikipedia,

Soft jihad

Islamisk indoktrinering i amerikanske skoler:

Public schools: Key site for ‘soft jihad’

Dr. Karen Gushta – September 22, 2011

Islam outThe followers of Mohammed have a long tradition of taking the children of Christians and indoctrinating them to become fanatical soldiers. Called “Janissaries” (new soldiers), these children — as Dr. D. James Kennedy explained in his sermon “Training Your Children” — “had been taken as young children and had been taught the doctrines of Mohammedanism, and when they grew older, they were taught the arts of warfare.” In 1453, when Constantinople was sacked, 20,000 of these children of Christians, turned into rapacious warriors, led the charge.

When Dr. Kennedy preached his sermon in 1993, he used the example of the Jannisaries to show how humanist teaching was carrying away the children of Christians. In 2011, we are beginning to see the earlier history of the Jannisaries being repeated as children in public schools are now being “taught the doctrines of Mohammedanism,” while their own Christian religion is defamed.

Mere HER i OneNewsNow. Kan også læses her hos Truth in Action Ministries.

Kai Sørlander om demokratiets overlevelse

Jeg fik ikke blogget denne kronik før valget, så det må der lige rådes bod på:

Det vigtigste spørgsmål

Selvfølgelig er det vigtigt at få orden på økonomien, men er det også det vigtigste? For at kunne tage stilling til det spørgsmål må man begynde med at gøre sig klart, hvad demokratiet kræver.

Kai Sørlander – 13. september 2011

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Længe så det ud som om den økonomiske krise skulle fortrænge alle andre emner i valgkampen. Men da Lars Løkke Rasmussen i søndags fastslog, at udlændingepolitikken må føres på en bund af værdier, som ikke kan gøres relative, åbnede han for en ny diskussion. Samme dag udtalte professor Mehdi Mozaffari fra Aarhus Universitet til Ekstra Bladet, at sharialoven håndhæves i større eller mindre omfang i alle danske ghettoer. [...]

Mere HER i Berlingske Tidende.


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