The Russian government has been forced to admit it is worried not only about Islam's proliferation in the North Caucasus, but also about the proliferation of ideas of the North Caucasian militants spreading to other regions of Russia. Russian authorities are trying to prevent the spread of jihadi ideas above all in the Volga region, and regard it as the weakest link in the chain of affected areas of the Russian Federation
The government's latest strike hit a Muslim group in St. Petersburg. On February 8 and 9, a large-scale police operation targeting radical Muslim groups was conducted in various parts of the city. The Federal Security Service (FSB) and police used significant manpower to carry out this operation. The building of the Main Investigative Office for St. Petersburg and the surrounding Leningrad region alone processed 271 Muslims who were arrested during the operation. Reports of the total number of people detained varied, with some estimates as high as 700 people. This suggests that an astoundingly large police action was carried out in the city sometimes referred to as the northern capital of the Russian Federation. A police press release stated the operation was "aimed at searching for and detaining persons who may be involved in terrorist and extremist activities".
On her way out the door, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the unsayable. Literally. Until last month, when she repeatedly warned in congressional testimony concerning the Benghazi debacle that we confront a "global jihadist threat," the Obama administration did not allow the use of the words jihad and threat in the same sentence.
How ironic that the principal architect of this "see-no-jihad" policy is John Brennan, President Obama's current Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism Advisor and his choice to head the Central Intelligence Agency.
Setting aside the obvious questions about why Mrs. Clinton chose her swan song on Capitol Hill to state the obvious but impermissible truth, if she's right, then why on earth would the Senate want to entrust critical collection and analysis of intelligence to the very person who has epitomized and enforced a policy of willful blindness toward the central threat of our time: the supremacist Islamic ideology of Shariah and the holy war, or jihad, its adherents are obliged to wage?
Brennan has repeatedly insisted that jihad is not about holy war. Rather, as he put it in a speech in May 2010, "Jihad is holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam meaning to purify oneself or one's community."
"Jihad is holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam meaning to purify oneself or one's community"
If 99% of the Islamic population uses the term to mean violent struggle it doesn't matter the legal definition is. After all the West isn't allowed to say "Crusade" because clearly there is only one meaning and that is anti-Islamic war.
Most gays do not understand or deny the abundant evidence of the Koranic hostility to homosexuality.
Similar with feminists.
There are even Ahmadis in the US who spend a dozen hours every week defending Islam while moslems persecute the Ahmadis in majority moslem countries.
There are blacks who refuse to admit the abundant evidence that moslems were the biggest slave traders.
It is rather remarkable.
Posted by: lord garth ||
The left does not understand the threats to their being from our enemies from without or within. They are so busy bending over backwards or forwards trying to look accepting of everything, hip and cool, and liberal that they miss the threats. That's how we got who we got in the WH--someone who spends his time on the golf course, thinks he is hip, cool, and the smartest man that was ever, constantly campaigns on pop TV, and does nothing but screw up the country into one big cluster%#*!.
The ironic thing is the right supports defending the west against Islam in order to preserve the things the left holds dear yet the left so loathes the right (and so blinded by their own heirarchy of grievences) that they backstab and give aid and comfort to those that want to destroy them.
Also, it is a foundational piece of leftist dogma that the rattlesnake, the scorpion, the black widow and the cobra have as much right to be in the crib as the baby does. There is no "good" or "evil..."
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
This isn't shocking, I mean, if the left actually did understand something, that'd be shocking.
[Dawn] THE brutal killing of a leading lawyer in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar ...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire. last Friday, apparently for his belief, should awaken everyone who wields any authority in Pakistain to the dangerous consequences of the continued failure to address the root causes of sectarian violence in the country.
The liquidation of Malik Jrar Husain, a soft-spoken, non-controversial lawyer and a prominent campaigner for human rights ...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty... , is the latest in a series of high-profile sectarian killings in Peshawar. Earlier, some weeks ago, two senior doctors, one an eye specialist and the other a gastroenterologist, had been rubbed out. And an additional sessions judge barely survived a bullet injury.
It is said that Mr Jrar Husain was being considered for elevation to the high court bench. At a time when scores of posts of high court judges are said to be lying vacant in the country for want of qualified candidates his death is doubly painful. One wonders whether Peshawar is becoming another Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... , where the assassination of prominent professionals seems to have resumed.
A month has passed since the nation-wide protest against the Jan 10 massacre of the Hazara Shias in Quetta had rattled the powers that be and the Raisani ministry had been sent packing. Mercifully, no major incident has been reported from Quetta since then, although one wonders why the law-enforcement agencies, that were in command even before the imposition of governor raj, had failed to establish order earlier.
Elsewhere, however, the monster of sectarian violence has been taking its toll. Only the other day two religious scholars were killed in Bloody Karachi. Earlier, 27 people were killed in a blast outside a mosque in Hangu. The attacks on Eid Milad processions at some places in Punjab indicate that the virus of sectarian intolerance has also spread to the villages.
Notwithstanding the imposition of governor rule in Balochistan ...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it... , the shock caused by the Quetta massacre and the bereaved families' refusal to bury the dead for four days has scarcely galvanised the state and society into action against the menace of sectarianism.
What makes the situation especially serious and disquieting is the fact that the administration is still treating assassinations for sectarian differences wholly as a law and order matter and that too in a narrow sense. The emphasis continues to be on increasing the ring of security for vulnerable communities and individuals. An example is the federal interior minister's assurance to the president of the Jafaria Alliance that additional security was being provided to the Hazaras in Balochistan. The public has not been taken into confidence as to what 'additional security' means.
The complaint that even the task of catching the culprits responsible for the major incidents of sectarian bloodshed is not carried out does not seem to be baseless. The organizations behind the killing of the Hazara Shias and quite a few members of other sects in Balochistan have been known for many years. One of them made its plans to exterminate the Hazara Shias known in advance. The statement that the organization to which the killer gangs belonged was banned long ago is meaningless. For one thing the new identity acquired by the outlawed organization is known to the authorities, and for another the relevant laws do not exempt persons belonging to banned outfits as well as those committing crimes after their organizations are banned.
Besides, no action has been reported against the instigators of sectarian violence. A great deal of literature is published year after year that causes hatred among the various religious sects. Suppression of such activity was one of the primary objectives of the law designed to deal with terrorism and sectarian violence, an objective that, for all practical purposes, seems to have been discarded. Those having access to pulpits and possessing public address systems continue to preach hatred, extol violence and incite impressionable youth to murder anyone who does not share their belief.
That sectarian madness cannot be cured by courts and law-enforcement agencies is now a cliché. Yet alternative strategies are not developed to answer the need for a battle of minds that the situation demands. The recent accord in Bloody Karachi between two religious organizations belonging to different sects for a joint protest against fratricide was welcome but they need to do much more to promote inter-sect harmony.
The problem with initiatives for a better understanding between different sects and mutual tolerance of one another is that exchange of views and making of compacts are limited to leaders/scholars of the parties involved; the process is not carried to the grassroots. Ordinary members of the different communities, especially in the vast countryside, get messages of inter-sect goodwill in bits and pieces through the media or intermediaries and often remain unconvinced. There is great need for the leaders of the various sects to address, jointly as well as separately, their followers in towns and villages.
One does not know whether it is possible to persuade the Learned Elders of Islam of various inclinations to concentrate on the elements of unity in Islamic thought instead of excommunicating all those who wish to seek salvation from one of the many other legitimate paths open to them. The reason is that often sectarian exclusivity is pursued for worldly gains. Separate mosques, madressahs and debating caucuses are built and organised as a means to acquire power over ordinary people and also to harness methods of better living. Often the arguments for sectarian peace and harmony fail to break the rock of material interest. And now sectarian controversies are politically motivated as well.
A nation-wide effort by religious scholars as well as lay persons and civil society activists to keep sectarian forces out of politics is urgently needed during the run-up to the general election. One can already see growing polarisation in society, and political and religious parties, along sectarian proclivities. There are grounds for apprehension that certain elements might exploit sectarian differences to undermine the democratic character of elections. The danger of violence too cannot be ruled out. That will be a great disservice to both religion and politics and, as in the case of nuclear fallout, the next generation of none of the sects will escape the dehumanising effect.