Mideast Media Sampler – Al Qaeda and Iran?, Iran-funded Hezbollah building a media empire, Too late in Syria? No good side to support, the nazi Assad or the Al Queda ranks of the islamic rebels? Iraq Protests and sectarian violence, FAIL: Al Queda alive Taliban alive, Security of women in Afghanistan at risk, More… related, Global jihad, and more on the Boston Bombings…

Posted on April 28, 2013

Mideast Media Sampler Al Qaeda and Iran?

Posted by David Gerstman Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:15pm

1) Shia is Shia and Sunni is Sunni and never the twain shall meet

A couple of Al Qaeda terrorists were arrested in Canada. So of course, expect the LA Times to start its account with this:

Police in Canada said Monday that two men suspected of plotting to derail a passenger train…

Cyber Propaganda

Hezbollah supporters wave the party's flags in 2011 / AP

BY:   —  April 26, 2013 1:30 pm

The Lebanese terror group Hezbollah has positioned itself as the most influential extremist group on the Internet in recent years and operates more than 20 websites in seven different languages across the globe, according to an Israeli intelligence organization.

Hezbollah Drone Shot Down Over Israel

BY:   —  April 25, 2013 9:41 am

Hagel: ‘I Don’t Know’ If Sanctions Will Work to Stop Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions

BY:   —  April 26, 2013 10:48 am
Was he really dumb enough to say that? Yep! Unfortunately he is the only one that doesn’t seem to know they haven’t worked, they are working, they will continue NOT to work going forward.

childbride13n-2-webSharia in action in Iran: 850,000 female children are married [like their Nuke ambitions, nothings stopping this either!]

“The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with ‘Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death).” — Bukhari 7.62.88

Muslims take this seriously and imitate Muhammad in this. Article 1041 of the Civil Code of the Islamic Republic of Iran states that girls can be engaged before the age of nine, and married at nine:

April 28, 2013 The Taliban think that democracy and Islam are incompatible, and are murdering candidates to drive home their point. Democracy, they say, is just for Jews and Christians. Apparently the Taliban are all greasy Islamophobes.

“Eight people killed as Pakistani Taliban target more candidates,” from CNN, April 28 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

(CNN) — At least eight people were killed Sunday as the Pakistani Taliban continued to attack candidates in that country’s upcoming elections, authorities said.The Pakistani Taliban, in a statement obtained by CNN, took responsibility for the bombings at the offices of candidates in Peshawar and the Orakzai Agency.

The Taliban said it targeted secular candidates, but many parties have been hit by the increasing violence.

“A man cannot be secular and Muslim at a time. These are two different doctrines in nature,” the statement said.

The elections in May mark the first time in Pakistan’s history that one democratically elected government will give way to another.

The nation has experienced three military coups, been ruled by generals for half its life, and it remains mired in near-constant political turmoil.

Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud has told Pakistanis to stay away from the elections.

“We are not in favor of democracy, democracy is for Jews and Christians,” he said in recent propaganda video.

“They are intended to divide Muslims; we want the implementation of Sharia (law) and for that jihad is necessary,” he added.

Both attacks Sunday targeted independent candidates.

Five people died and 22 were wounded by Sunday’s explosion in Orakzai, said Dilawar Khan Bangish, police chief of the Kohat District.

In Peshawar, three people were killed and eight wounded, said Khalid Mehmood Hamdani, a senior police official.

The bombings follow three attacks Saturday and one Friday….

Special Report

Behind the Iraq Protests

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi| 4.18.13

Dispelling some common myths, whether about pending civil war or Syrian spillover.

2014 Looming


BY:   —  April 25, 2013 6:14 pm

Congressional members and foreign policy experts expressed concerns about the security of women in Afghanistan after the 2014 political transition and American military drawdown at a congressional hearing Thursday afternoon.

“Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of”

syrian-rebels-2-600x350If Obama intervenes, he will be aiding the jihadis and enabling the creation of yet another Sharia state that will be unshakably hostile to the U.S. Of course, that doesn’t mean he won’t intervene.

Andrew Bostom has some illuminating historical background here.

“Islamist Rebels’ Gains in Syria Create Dilemma for U.S.,” by Ben Hubbard in the New York Times, April 28 (thanks to Andrew Bostom):

CAIRO – In Syria’s largest city, Aleppo, rebels aligned with Al Qaeda control the power plant, run the bakeries and head a court that applies Islamic law. Elsewhere, they have seized government oil fields, put employees back to work and now profit from the crude they produce.Across Syria, rebel-held areas are dotted with Islamic courts staffed by lawyers and clerics, and by fighting brigades led by extremists. Even the Supreme Military Council, the umbrella rebel organization whose formation the West had hoped would sideline radical groups, is stocked with commanders who want to infuse Islamic law into a future Syrian government.

Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of.

This is the landscape President Obama confronts as he considers how to respond to growing evidence that Syrian officials have used chemical weapons, crossing a “red line” he had set…

McCain,  GOP Lawmakers: Syrian Chemical Weapons Threaten US

                Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons  could be a greater threat after that nation’s president leaves power and could  end up targeting Americans at home, Republican lawmakers are warning as they  consider a response that stops short of sending military forces there…

Mideast Media Sampler – 04/26/2013 – Too late in Syria?

Posted by David Gerstman Friday, April 26, 2013 at 10:45am

Next in Syria

Why hasn’t the United States acted more strongly against Bashar Assad?

Tony Badran@AcrossTheBay
Read: http://nyti.ms/12Ke82b on Assad’s effort to sell his line to the US. Then this on why WH has already bought it: http://mme.cm/887R00

9:30 AM – 25 Apr 2013

Syria Campaigns to Persuade U.S. to Change Sides

As Islamists increasingly fill the ranks of Syrian rebels, President Bashar al-Assad is waging an energized campaign to persuade the United States that it is on the wrong side of the war.

The New York Times@nytimes

The New York Times reports on Syrian efforts to influence American thinking.


How red does the chemical weapons red line in Syria have to be?

Posted by William A. Jacobson Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 2:05pm

The use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime was supposed to be a red line.

Two days ago, when Israel suggested chemical weapons had been used, it was dismissed as Israel trying to maneuver U.S. policy.

The U.S. now has evidence that such weapons were used, and that…

McCain: ‘Red Line’ Has Been Crossed In Syria With Chemical Weapons

BY:   —  April 25, 2013 1:39 pm

Obama and U.S. Ambassador to Egypt are “die-hard defenders of the Brotherhood-Salafist Islamist project”

The Salafists are even more strongly committed to imposing Sharia than is the Muslim Brotherhood. And now Salafist leaders have been invited to the U.S. by two mosques led by Salafists in the U.S. And there is talk in Egypt that Obama may back these hardline Islamic supremacists. “Finally, Salafists to visit the US: On their first visit to Washington, how will Egypt’s Salafists present themselves, especially on issues like democracy, women and Copts?,” by Mohamed El-Menshawy for Ahram Online, April 27 (thanks to David):

Mugged by Reality

Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon / AP

BY:   —  April 26, 2013 5:00 am

You have heard the words. You know the narrative. Let’s not rush to judgment. These were lone wolves. They were self-radicalized. The system worked. The dots were connected. Osama Bin Laden is dead; GM is alive. Al Qaeda is a shadow of its former self. It is time for nation building at home.


Boston and the Infantilism of Jihad Denial »

April 26 2013 / by

Diagnosing the psychology behind the deadly refusal to accept reality.


The FBI’s Favorite Imam Sounds Off on Boston »

April 26 2013 /by

But why won’t he condemn the monstrous attack?


Russia’s Multiple Warnings About Tamerlan Tsarnaev »

April 25 2013 /by

A frightening look at the root of our intelligence failures.


The Left’s Top 6 Boston Bombing Lies »

April 25 2013 / by

What progressives want you to think about the Islamic terror in Boston.


Did Terrorism Denial Cause the Boston Bombings? »

April 25 2013 / by

How our willful blindness creates a terrain where jihadists are free to plot and kill.

McCaul (R-TX): Boston jihad bombers part of “wider conspiracy”; Manchin (D-WV): DoJ “pulled the trigger too soon” in Mirandizing Tsarnaev

It is good that these things are being said. However, with the Obama Administration in charge and a mainstream media eager to carry water for it, we may never know the full story. “Rep. Michael McCaul: Boston bombing suspects had help,” by Sean Lengell for The Washington Times, April 28:

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee says evidence suggests that the Boston bombing suspects had help in the attack and that there likely is a “wider conspiracy.”“Given the level of sophistication of this [explosive] device, the fact that the pressure cooker is a signature device that goes back to Pakistan and Afghanistan … leads me to believe there was a trainer,” Rep. Michael T. McCaul, Texas Republican, told “Fox News Sunday.”

“The question, where is that trainer or trainers? Are they overseas in the Chechen region, or are they in the United States. And [with] my conversations with the FBI, that’s the big question.”

Mr. McCaul says U.S. officials are casting a “wide net” worldwide to find anyone responsible for aiding the suspects, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is in custody, and his brother, Tamerlan, who was killed in a shootout with police during the manhunt for the two.

The lawmaker said he believes the mother of suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev played a significant role in his radicalization and is a “person of interest.” He said if she comes to the U.S., she likely will be detained by authorities for questioning.

Mr. McCaul criticized some in the Obama administration for an initial “rush to judgment” that the brothers didn’t have foreign help.

“Right out of the box, U.S. officials anonymously are saying there is no foreign connection to this case when in fact the FBI just began its investigation into this case,” he said. “And yet the narrative played out by some in the administration is that, no, there’s no foreign connection.”

“I reserve judgment until all the evidence comes in.”

Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” also said he’s not convinced the brothers acted alone.

“This is a pretty … sophisticated bomb they made and how they did it,” he said.

Mr. Manchin added that the Justice Department “pulled the trigger too soon” in reading Mr. Tsarnaev his Miranda rights on Monday.

“I don’t know what the rush to file chargers [sic] were,” he said. “I would’ve liked to have seen the process of him being interrogated go much further before Justice dropped the gauntlet.”

Boston jihadis’ mother told Tamerlan Tsarnaev to go to “Palestine”

Instead, he opted to wage jihad in the U.S. This illustrates that the Boston bombings are part of the same jihad that Muslims are waging against Israel, and against free people all over the globe.

In photos of her as a younger woman, Zubeidat  Tsarnaeva…

Russia Tapped Phone of Tsarnaev Mother and Tamerlan – Discussing JihadRussia Tapped Phone of Tsarnaev Mother and Tamerlan – Discussing Jihad

April 27, 2013 By

The Russians “secretly” recorded a phone call with Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his wacky Jihadi mother Zubeidat, in 2011. Apparently, our FBI still wasn’t interested – oh but, not – guess they didn’t know until after the bombings. Right. We had told them to bug off twice, so maybe they didn’t tell us. Russian authorities…

Dzhokhar Friends Under Arrest are Two Men In The Times Square Photo With HimDzhokhar Friends Under Arrest are Two Men In The Times Square Photo With Him

April 27, 2013 By

We’ve seen the photos of Marathon Terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Times Square with friends. All faces were blurred out to protect their identity, with the exception of Dzhokhar. Now we find that two of those men are the same two taken into custody on April 20, 2013 in New Bedford, Massachusetts at a housing…

Tsarvaev: May Have Sold Pot to Finance Terror: Tamerlan’s Friend Was Found Dead Covered with PotTsarvaev: May Have Sold Drugs to Finance Terror: Tamerlan’s Friend Was Found Dead Covered with Pot

April 25, 2013 By

Three men were found dead, murdered with ice picks or knives, their bodies “covered in marijuana.” One of the men, Brendan Mess, was considered Tamerlan’s closest friend in the U.S. and his sparring partner in the gym boxing ring. Suspicions now surfacing that the Brothers Tsarnaev may have sold pot to fund their bombing…

Abdul Rahman Al-Harbi Visited White House Multiple Times, Stayed for 16 hours Once, Twice for 12 HoursAbdul Rahman Al-Harbi Visited White House Multiple Times, Stayed for 16 hours Once, Twice for 12 Hours

April 25, 2013 By

What you see below is also included in an earlier post but I believe the information concerning White House visits by someone with same name as the Saudi National (Abdul Rahman al-Harbi) once designated by DHS with the highest level of terrorist ties, deserves it’s own headline.

IMPORTANT UPDATE 4/25/13 @ 1:27 pm: Fox…

Saudi National Photographic Evidence of 212 3B Status and Visits to White HouseSaudi National Photographic Evidence of 212 3B Status and Visits to White House

April 25, 2013 By

Glenn Beck has released a photo and transcript of the cover of the “Event File” opened on  Saudi National, Abdul Rahman al-Harbi, who was found injured at the scene immediately after the Boston bombings and hospitalized. We were told he was “under guard,” and depending on who and what you believe, we were told…

Manchin: DOJ Pulled Trigger Too Early On Miranda Rights

BY:   —  April 28, 2013 10:43 am

Muslim preacher charged with conspiring to set up a jihad terror training camp in Oregon

And the defense attorneys want Osama bin Laden’s name excluded from the proceedings, even though Mustafa Kamel Mustafa was an al-Qaeda operative.

Latest narrative deflection: Minimizing the Jihadist threat through misleading stats about “right-wing terrorists”

Posted by Mandy Nagy Friday, April 26, 2013 at 9:30am

Mother Jones leads the way, with Think Progress not far behind

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, a narrative on the left seems to be developing to move the focus away from terrorism connected to Islamic extremism to that of right-wing extremism.

Not surprisingly, the narrative is also being directed from one of weapons of mass destruction (which includes explosive devices)…

UK: Jailed jihadis who plotted “another 911” attack worse “than the 7/7 London bombings” to be set free in weeks

Rush to Judgment: Dina Temple-Raston ‘Scoffed’ at Possibility of ‘Saudi National’ Suspected in #Boston Bombing

Matthews: ‘All We Do Is Kill Arabs on International Television’

BY:   —  April 25, 2013 5:04 pm

Hold  Our Jihad Enablers Accountable

Ernest Istook: Just a Minute

“You treated her like a piece of meat”: Yet another Muslim sex slavery case in the UK

The Qur’an allows for the owning of sex slaves:

Sharia in action in Iran: 850,000 female children are married

“The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with ‘Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death).” — Bukhari 7.62.88

Muslims take this seriously and imitate Muhammad in this. Article 1041 of the Civil Code of the Islamic Republic of Iran states that girls can be engaged before the age of nine, and married at nine: “Marriage before puberty (nine full lunar years for girls) is prohibited. Marriage contracted before reaching puberty with the permission of the guardian is valid provided that the interests of the ward are duly observed.”

The Ayatollah Khomeini himself married a ten-year-old girl when he was twenty-eight. Khomeini called marriage to a prepubescent girl “a divine blessing,” and advised the faithful: “Do your best to ensure that your daughters do not see their first blood in your house.”

The Qur’an also allows for marriage to pre-pubescent girls, stipulating that Islamic divorce procedures “shall apply to those who have not yet menstruated” (65:4).

“Gender and Society In Iran – Part 1: The Debate Over Child Marriage, Including Child Brides Wed To Adult Men,” by Y. Mansharof and A. Savyon for MEMRI, April 24:

…Under Iranian law, girls may marry at 13 and boys at 15, and children under 10 may marry with the approval of their guardian and the [Islamic] court.[1]According to official statistics, about one million children, even under age 10, are married. The statistics also show that 85% of these one million married children are girls – meaning that most of them are married to grown men.[2]Child Marriage Is Growing, And Poses Great Risk To Society – But It’s Permitted By Islamic Law:


Let’s call Islam Islam

Common sense from an ex-Muslim. “Calling Islam ‘Islam,'” by Bosch Fawstin at FrontPage, April 26:

I wrote this a few years ago, and I think it’s worth posting again, particularly after the latest jihadist attack in Boston. I noticed, after the attack this week, that a number of people are using more proper terminology to identify this enemy, which is very important in taking on the enemy. I recall watching panel discussions after 9/11, with each panelist using a different term to describe the enemy we face. That annoyed the hell out of me as I think it’s incredibly important to identify the proper terms when speaking about our enemy, and to NEVER create terms, for whatever reason. To me, the only difference between “Islamism” and Islam is three letters. Below I try my best to make the case why we should always call Islam “Islam.”Western intellectuals and commentators refer to the enemy’s ideology as:

“Islamic Fundamentalism,” “Islamic Extremism,” “Totalitarian Islam,” “Islamofascism,” “Political Islam,” “Militant Islam,” “Bin Ladenism,” “Islamonazism,” “Radical Islam,” “Islamism,” etc….

The enemy calls it “Islam.”

Imagine, if during past wars, we used terms such as “Radical Nazism,” “Extremist Shinto” and “Militant Communism.” The implication would be that there are good versions of those ideologies…

“A man cannot be secular and Muslim at a time…We are not in favor of democracy, democracy is for Jews and Christians”

The Taliban think that democracy and Islam are incompatible, and are murdering candidates to drive home their point. Democracy, they say, is just for Jews and Christians.

Crucified Again by Raymond IbrahimNot Peace But A Sword by Robert Spencer Muslim Persecution of Christians, by Robert SpencerDid Muhammad Exist? The Obscene Origins of Islam

The Muslim Brotherhood in America, by Robert SpencerIslamophobia: Thoughtcrime of the Totalitarian FutureObama and IslamThe Ground Zero Mosque: Second Wave of the 9/11 Attacks

The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the KoranStealth JihadThe Politically Incorrect Guide to IslamThe Truth About Muhammad
What they’re saying about Robert Spencer

“Robert Spencer incarnates intellectual courage when, all over the world, governments, intellectuals, churches, universities and media crawl under a hegemonic Universal Caliphate’s New Order. His achievement in the battle for the survival of free speech and dignity of man will remain as a fundamental monument to the love of, and the self-sacrifice for, liberty.” — Bat Ye’or
“Robert Spencer is indefatigable. He is keeping up the good fight long after many have already given up. I do not know what we would do without him. I appreciate all the intelligence and courage it takes to keep going despite the appeasement of the West.” — Ibn Warraq
“America’s most informed, fearless, and compelling voice on modern jihadism.” — Andrew C. McCarthy, Senior Fellow at National Review Institute
“Robert Spencer is the leading voice of scholarship and reason in a world gone mad. If the West is to be saved, we will owe Robert Spencer an incalculable debt.” — Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs
“The consummate Islam critic and expert.” — Bruce Bawer
“Over the years, we have become friends, and I have received his assistance on several pieces of legislation I proposed.” — Former Congressman Tom Tancredo
“Few people are capable of applying scholarship, analytical reasoning, and objectivity to their topic — while simultaneously being readable and witty — as can Robert Spencer.” — Raymond Ibrahim
“A national treasure…The acclaimed scholar of Islam.” — Frank Gaffney, Center for Security Policy
“I am indeed honored to call him my friend.” — Brad Thor, novelist
“A top American analyst of Islam….A serious scholar…I learn from him.” — Daniel Pipes
“A brilliant scholar and writer.” — Douglas Murray
“One of my best teachers.” — Ashraf Ramelah, Voice of the Copts
“Thank God there’s at least one man with balls left in the West.” — Kathy Shaidle, Five Feet of Fury
“I read people like [Mark Steyn] and Bob Spencer and the rest of them, and I say, ‘Boortz, you’re pretending you’re an author. These people really are. They really write some entertaining, some standup stuff.’” — Neal Boortz
“Robert Spencer is the Stephen King of Jihad.” — Chris Gaubatz, Muslim Mafia
“Armed with facts and fearlessness, Spencer stands up for Western civilization.” — Michelle Malkin
“Widely read in many quarters in Washington.” — Washington Post
“My comrade-in-arms, my pal, my buddy.” — Oriana Fallaci 1929-2006

Study: OPEC Is Engaging in Price Fixing

They’re doing worse than that: Too many members are radical Islamic States that are our enemies and it’s time to break free of them and stop funding them!

Fred Smith / AP

BY:   —  April 26, 2013 5:10 pm

The president and chief executive officer of one of the world’s largest corporations called for reform of America’s role in global energy markets during a Thursday speech at the Cato Institute.

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