PROOF BY THOMAS WICTOR THAT BURNING OF JORDAN PILOT WAS STAGED…PILOT MADE TO BELIEVE HE WOULD LIVE SO HE COOPERATED

Head bowed in submission. Later he was on his knees in submission. Before he had been marched around under direction of a “Director”. Theme of Islamic State in this film production is SUBMISSION…submission to the on high! Most simple explanation is that he was promised he would live if he cooperated. He was shot in the head and flames were added by technology (this technology is really simple and according to Thomas Wictor in this case crudely applied) This explanation is OPPOSITE of conspiracy thought. It offers the SIMPLEST explanation! I fight Holocaust Denial conspiracists like David Icke by seeking the simplest explanation for phenomena.

FELIX QUIGLEY SAYS…This is the only explanation that makes sense about the burning of the Jordan pilot. The whole thing was staged by the Islamic State director (film director…or somebody with some knowledge of same). The question is why he did not fight back fiercely if he knew he was going to be burned alive. He was a military man. He was an Arab man. So why cooperate. That has never been explained until now…so give this a read.

I am very opposed to conspiracy theory. I seek always the simplest solution. And this is the simplest solution as to why the pilot ( brave man by very nature of his profession) did not fight for all he was worth

An extract “The terrorists had a Muslim pilot. They could make a statement about their own fearsomeness, the vulnerability of the aircraft they hate, and the danger of “betraying Islam.” It could be the greatest recruiting tool of all time—as long as the pilot were controlled. A military man, Lieutenant al-Kasasbeh would almost certainly fight if he were told he was going to be burned alive. What would he gain by cooperating?

His life. I believe he cooperated and mimed being burned to death because he was told that he would be spared and kept prisoner. Someone else suggested that he cooperated in exchange for a more merciful death by gunshot. I don’t think that would guarantee his cooperation.

Italian security contractor Fabrizio Quattrocchi was kidnapped in Iraq by al Qaeda. When they took him out on April 14, 2004, to murder him for a propaganda film, he fought, he tried to tear off his hood, and he shouted, “I’ll show you how an Italian dies!” before being shot.

Fabrizio_Quattrocchi

The video of the murder was useless for propaganda purposes.

More recently, a defector from the Islamic State explained why he left the group.

He said he found the courage to attempt an escape after seeing a Kurdish fighter beheaded.

“I decided to risk my life to escape after I witnessed a wounded, captured Kurdish YPG fighter publicly beheaded. He was about my age, but unlike me he was extremely brave,” said Omer.

“He spat on every jihadist around him. He shouted slogans about Kurdish freedom and Abdullah Ocalan. I had never seen anyone so brave in my life. His fingers were cut yet he shouted insults against the jihadists. He was finally beheaded from behind to suffer, and salt was put on his half-cut neck to make him die in agony, but he did not give up until he painfully died,” he said.

Imagine if Lieutenant al-Kasasbeh had fought every attempt to put him in the cage. What if he’d spat and shouted insults? This couldn’t be risked, given that the Islamic State is not likely going to get another pilot anytime soon. Islamic State fighters are sadistic barbarians, but their leaders have rational, long-term plans. That’s why they staged the burning. It was the only way they could be assured that Lieutenant al-Kasasbeh would cooperate.

They wanted him to look penitent as he burned, holding his head in his hands, and they wanted him to sink to his knees in defeat, begging Allah for forgiveness. If they’d drugged him, he wouldn’t have been able to follow the director’s instructions. He had to be motivated, which means they promised him that he would live. Also, if he’d actually been burned alive, he may have toppled the cage in his involuntary death throes. Since they were going to use CGI flames, they needed to have the cage perfectly stationary.”
http://www.thomaswictor.com/why-would-the-islamic-state-fake-the-video/

I CALL ON ALL OF IRELAND AND ISRAEL TO ALSO SUPPORT TOTALLY EL SISI

El Sisi is different. Unlike Netanyahu he is not simply a talker. I will never and can never forgive Netanyahu because he watched Hamas and Islamic Jihad bombs rain down on Sderot for 7 years without acting thus sacificing Jews. El Sisi acted the next morning after the horrific murder of poor Egyptian Copts in Libya by Islamic State savages.

I support el Sisi and call on all of Ireland and Israel to also support el Sisi.

I wrote 3 days ago the following:

“Libya was a relatively settled and prosperous country with many improvements made on the basis of its oil development market by Colonel Gadhafi, who also to his credit had a strong line in assistance to the impoverished Africa and Africans south of Libya
That all came to a shuddering end when NATO, America and leaders like William Hague attacked Libya placing Jihadists in power. The above and much more is the result.
We as a Trotskyist organization said at the time that leaders like Gadhafi had to be defended against the Jihad. There is no if and but. To block the deadly Jihad it is necessary to defend all secular leaders against the Jihad.
This certainly applied to Milosevic, but also much wider, namely the Shah against Khomeini, Gaghbo in Ivory Coast, Ben Ali in Tunisia, Mubarak and now el Sisi in Egypt, Assad and of course Gadhafi
Under Obama, under Cameron, under Sarkozy – we descend into a dark night.

http://4international.me/2015/02/13/libya-under-obama-we-are-descending-into-the-dark-night-of-humanity/

LIBYA – UNDER OBAMA WE ARE DESCENDING INTO THE DARK NIGHT OF HUMANITY

Pictures from the Pamela Geller website interposed by picture of the murder of the American Ambassador.
Libya was a relatively settled and prosperous country with many improvements made on the basis of its oil development market by Colonel Gadhafi, who also to his credit had a strong line in assistance to the impoverished Africa and Africans south of Libya
That all came to a shuddering end when NATO, America and leaders like William Hague attacked Libya placing Jihadists in power. The above and much more is the result.
We as a Trotskyist organization said at the time that leaders like Gadhafi had to be defended against the Jihad. There is no if and but. To block the deadly Jihad it is necessary to defend all secular leaders against the Jihad.
This certainly applied to Milosevic, but also much wider, namely the Shah against Khomeini, Gaghbo in Ivory Coast, Ben Ali in Tunisia, Mubarak and now el Sisi in Egypt, Assad and of course Gadhafi
Under Obama, under Cameron, under Sarkozy – we descend into a dark night.
These corrupt leaders and their bankrupt capitalist system cause enormous sufferings to humanity
Pamela Geller says it all (Pamela banned from Britain by Teresa May!!!) while this happens in the suffering world:
The Muslim fighters of the Islamic State kidnapped a dozen Christians and executed them because they were Christian – but Obama say, the Islamic State is not Islamic. Terror in the White House. Obama armed and aided these savages.
Libya – this is the poison fruit of Obama’s handiwork in that once stable country. Look at the world in 2008 and look at it now. Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Egypt, Syria, Iraq ….. and Obama’s obsession is his hatred for the Jews and the arming and legitimizing of the world’s largest sponsor of terror, Iran.
Why is it the enemedia never questions Obama’s Libya catastrophe? – See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2015/02/the-islamic-state-kidnaps-and-executes-12-christians-in-libya.html/#sthash.MsselKLi.dpuf

THERE ARE MAJOR EFFORTS BEING MADE TO STOP OUR PEOPLE FROM UNDERSTANDING WHAT ISLAM REALLY IS (IT IS SHEER VIOLENCE)

America, The West, IS At WAR With Islam: What’s To Be Done? Commentary By Adina Kutnicki

INDEED, it may appear to this site’s vast readership that there is nothing else to concentrate on, ad infinitum, other than Islam’s incessant barbarism against Israel, America and the west in toto.  

YES, while there are other pressing concerns which are addressed at this site, the fact remains that since Islam IS at war with Israel, America, and nations which refuse to submit to its dictates, concomitantly, these same nations are at war (they should be) with Islam. Agreed?

IN other words, if the definition of survival is the defense of ones personal safety and national security, surely the above paradigm has to be true. As such, doesn’t it make sense that the highest priority is placed on said (worldwide) incendiary area of concern?

SO atop yesterday’s highlighted commentary it was blared: there is a clash of civilizations. Plain and simple. 

BUT it is not enough to just assert a position, sans a concrete evidentiary case. Therefore, the following is more than germane, in order to rip off Islam’s mask!

IN this regard, America’s jihadi cells are primed, and they are ready to blow!

TO wit, once imbibed, how can one not assert:

“We are at War with Islam:  Muslims in America R Unwelcome Guests”

“A Radical Muslim’ is a ‘Practicing Muslim’, a ‘Moderate Muslim’ is a ‘non Practicing Muslim’ or otherwise known as an Apostate of Islam” – by Dave Gaubatz (Islam Exposed: Ask the Expert …ISIS, Islam And Obama: Understanding The Threat To The Free World

By keeping in mind my definition of Practicing and non Practicing Muslims, we should have shown the door to Muslims the day after Sept. 11, 2001.  Sharia law and the U.S. Constitution are not compatible and only one can operate in America.  I pick the U.S. Constitution.

We must stop kidding ourselves about Islam.  This ideology is very dangerous and has no place in this world, especially in America.  How many examples of violence in the name of Islam does it require to convince people Islam and Sharia law go together.  They are one in the same.  Sharia law is the 10 Commandments equivalent of Christianity.  You can no more as a Muslim practice Islam without Sharia law than a Christian could practice Christianity without the 10 Commandments.

It appears to be a simple solution to help prevent Islamic based terrorist attacks in America we should deport ‘all’ Muslims who practice Islam.  We should shutdown all mosques and Islamic centers.  We must close all of the acronyms related to Islam, beginning with CAIR National.

America and Americans have always been a land of friendly people and we have built America by allowing from all over the world migrate to this beautiful country.  From the beginning though we should have insisted all Americans must pledge allegiance to America.  Is this asking too much?

Muslims are taught to show no allegiance to any person, government, or country.  CAIR and ISNA send out brochures informing Muslims to not pledge their allegiance to America.  This should be a hint to senior law enforcement and politicians that trouble may arise from the people who will not show their allegiance to America.

Here are a list of words that mean the opposite of allegiance:

Do any of the opposites to allegiance have even a glimmer of hope that they are good for America?  Of course not.I ask each reader to answer one question.  Do you believe Islam is a healthy, fruitful, peaceful and non violent religion?  Only Obama and Sharpton would argue with you.  Most of you understand Islam is not good for the world.  Why then do we allow it to flourish in America?We allow Islam to flourish because politicians and the media (liberal and conservative) propagandize Islam as a peaceful religion that has been hijacked by radicals.  We have people like Hannity and O’Reilly (Fox News) who should be the voices of truth about Islam, yet each night they continue to broadcast that Islam was founded by a peaceful religious leader (Mohammed) and there are people within Islam (Al Qaeda, ISIS, etc..) who distort the true meaning of Islam and Muslims.  This must stop.Islamic based terrorist events make great news for media outlets.  These outlets spend millions to bring you firsthand information about terror events, but they never attack the basic ideology of Islam.  They will never tell you the Quran and ideology of Islam are the true dangers to our world.  Why will they not tell you the truth?  Because they make many more millions in revenue from broadcasting the terror events, but they understand if they come too close to telling you that Islam is violent and Islam was founded by a child rapist, they would lose sponsors.So the cycle will continue.  Muslims from around the world will continue to murder, rape, and sell innocent children into slavery.  They will continue to bomb our shopping malls, media outlets who begin to tell the truth about Mohammed and Islam, and sadly they will soon be attacking our children at their schools.If you love America and want your children to be safe from Islamic based terrorism committed by Muslims (not radicals), it is time we no longer provide a safe haven in America for practicing Muslims.  Being born in America does not meet the definition of an American.  You must pledge allegiance to this great country or you are no better than the worst of Boko Haram.  We do not need you if you cannot put America’s interest ahead of Prophet Mohammed’s violent ideology.Islam is at war with the world and Americans are at war with Islam.

MIND you, stating the obvious is an unpopular position to stake out. Boo hoo. Regardless, there is no other alternative, when one understands what is at stake. But for some added disinfectant, listen to what Thomas Jefferson had to say, afterwards, we can segue to Winston Churchill’s foresight.

Thomas Jefferson’s response to Muslims in 1801 is more important today than ever. America’s first war with Islamic terrorists should be remembered.

The First Barbary War (1801–1805) also known as the Tripolitan War or the Barbary Coast War, was the first of two wars fought between the United States and the Northwest African Berber Muslim states known collectively as the Barbary States. These were the Ottoman provinces of Tripoli, Algiers, and Tunis, which were enjoying a large autonomy, as well as the independent Sultanate of Morocco. The war was fought because U.S. President Thomas Jefferson refused to pay the high tributes demanded by the Barbary states and because they were seizing American merchant ships and enslaving the crews for high ransoms. It was the first declared war the United States fought on foreign land and seas.

In 1786, Jefferson and John Adams met with Tripoli’s ambassador to Great Britain. They asked this ‘diplomat’ by what right his nation attacked American ships and enslaved her citizens and why the Muslims held such hostility toward this new nation, with which neither Tripoli nor any of the other Barbary Coast nations had any previous contact. The answer was quite revealing. Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja (the ambassador) replied that Islam:

“Was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Qur’an, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman (Muslim) who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.”

READERS, as promised, let Winston Churchill’s sage advice ring in your ears:

“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity.

The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities – but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.”

As the Liberty Party press release on Weston’s arrest noted, following this portion of his remarks:

“Reportedly a woman came out of the Guildhall and asked Mr Weston if he had the authorisation to make this speech. When he answered that he didn’t, she told him “It’s disgusting!” and then called the police.

Six or seven officers arrived. They talked with the people standing nearby, asking questions about what had happened. The police had a long discussion with Mr Weston, lasting about 40 minutes.

At about 3pm he was arrested. They searched him, put him in a police van and took him away.”

ABSOLUTELY, Europe has gone off the rails. But the question begs asking: is America next?

IN the immortal words of George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

BREAKING DOWN THE NATION STATE INDEPENDENCE – THE BREAKING OF ISRAEL IS AT ITS CENTRE

The essence of the New World Order. The above picture shows Serbian youth beheadings by the Clinton Alliance with the Bosnian Islamist Izetbegovic and with the Arab marauders into Yugoslavia. The Serbs suffered greatly, their country destroyed, but the NWO had the Media on its side – totally

This remarkable article from www.wnd.com shows that the New World Order is no conspiracy theory but is a reality.

 

Moreover Islamic State and its total Nazi type destruction is part and parcel of this.  It was thought at one time unthinkable that the Nazis would set out to murder all of the Jews in the world but they indeed did set out to do so. The things that now ISIS is doing a year ago would have been thought impossible or unthinkable. But there is a logic to all of this “impossible to conceive” action.

 

The Nazis were so horrific that afterwards anything was possible. It is the same with this ISIS violence.

 

We enter a new stage in the disintegration of the capitalist system which drives now towards barbarity as stock market crash is being forecast even on WND aside posts.

 

Consider the general drift and one thing becomes obvious (if the wage slaves have the time or energy to stop and think). The nation state barriers are being broken down as the Empire makes war on nation.

 

It was Yugoslavia which was destroyed in the 90s. Many Serbs today are rotting in Hague jails as Jonathon Pollard rots in an American prison.

 

The intervention in Afghanistan destroyed that country. The removal of Saddam was the most important attack of Empire along the line to the New World Order. With Saddam gone there was no block to the Jihadist forces.

 

Then it was in this order with carefully staged strategy – Ben Ali of Tunisia, Gaghbo, Mubarak, Gadhafi and the attention switched quickly to Syria. The Egyptians fought back so valiantly against the Obama/Muslim Brotherhood alliance and that is still unresolved because Obama has not given up on the destruction of Egypt.

 

All this time you will notice world Antisemitism grows and Israel (which is the heart of the nation state concept) is enfeebled by a terrible set of leaders WHO WILL NEVER ACT.

 

Now the US turns even more on North Korea. To top it all Obama is in close alliance with all sections of Jihad and above all with Iran, the genocidal against Jews Iran and the Gay Hanging Iran!

 

 

 

(see http://www.wnd.com/2015/01/obamas-globalist-treachery-and-its-gop-enablers/)

The 114th Congress will be sworn in next week, and the media campaign for President Obama’s next power grab is already under way.

 

The New York Times, Washington Post and Politico (Tiger Beat on the Potomac) are all telling us the GOP Congress is ready to surrender its oversight responsibilities and grant extraordinary new powers to Obama under the rubric of fast track “trade promotion authority.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is the fulfillment of a plan at least six decades in the making.

 

Fast track would empower Obama to secretly negotiate the TransPacific Partnership and a TransAtlantic global governance agreement and sign them before showing them to Congress. When Obama does send them to the Hill, he would bypass committee hearings, dictate limited debate and outlaw any amendments or filibusters.

 

While these are labeled as “free trade” agreements, they are in fact a blueprint for international governance that kills American sovereignty and overrides the Constitution. Secretary of State John Kerry admits their purpose is to merge the U.S. economy with other nations, and a White House insider describes them as “the most important institutions that the president will leave as a legacy.” Not to be outdone, Vice President Joe Biden explicitly stated that the TransPacific Partnership fulfills the Obama administration’s vision for a new world order.

 

The TransPacific Partnership and its kin are the next step in a project conceived decades ago and pursued under both Democratic and Republican administrations. Their goal is to render independent nations null and void, and hand power over to unaccountable, transnational corporatist authorities.

 

This may sound like a plot lifted from a Bond super-villain, but it was in fact detailed at a congressional hearing in 1967.

 

George Ball, a globalist of the first order who kept himself busy on Wall Street when he wasn’t undersecretary of state for presidents Kennedy and Johnson, appeared with David Rockefeller at a hearing entitled “The Future of U.S. Foreign Trade Policy” before the Congressional Joint Economic Committee in 1967. They laid out a vision of a corporatist New World Order that did away with outdated “individual national governments.”

 

Let’s go to the Congressional Record transcript of the hearing. George Ball’s testimony speaks for itself. [Emphasis added]

 

“Today, a corporate management in Detroit or New York or Dusseldorf or London may decide that it can best serve the market of country Z by combining the resources of country X with labor and plan facilities in country Y – and it may alter that decision six months from now if changes occur in costs or prices or transport. … But to fulfill its full potential, the multinational corporation must be able to operate with little regard for national boundaries – or, in other words, for restrictions imposed by individual national governments.

 

“To achieve such a free trading environment we must do far more than merely reduce or eliminate tariffs. …

 

“Implied in this, of course, is a considerable erosion of the rigid concepts of national sovereignty, but that erosion is taking place every day … and I think it desirable that this process be consciously continued. … [M]odern business – sustained and reinforced by modern technology – has outgrown the constrictive limits of the antiquated political structures in which most of the world is organized, … the present crazy quilt of small national states … [C]ommercial, monetary, and antitrust policies – and even the domiciliary supervision of earth-straddling corporations – will have to be increasingly entrusted to supranational institutions. …

 

“[B]usiness decisions are frustrated by a multiplicity of different restrictions by relatively small nation states that are based on parochial considerations, reflect no common philosophy, and are keyed to no common goal.”

 

After dismissing the notion that governments represent the interests of their citizens as “parochial considerations,” Ball went on to say the European Union, then known as the Common Market, provided the roadmap to the borderless world he dreamed of. In fact, the EU shows us the “economic integration” now envisioned for the U.S. made the sovereign nations of Europe merely empty flags to be waved at soccer matches, with crucial decision-making powers stripped from national parliaments and vested in transnational institutions unaccountable to citizens.

 

David Rockefeller, the High Priest of the Eastern Establishment, followed George Ball and echoed his sentiments before the congressional panel.

 

Rockefeller made the case for merging North American economies in a North American Union and, at the prompting of a congressman named Donald Rumsfeld, advocated giving the president fast track negotiating power so Congress couldn’t get in the way of implementing his globalist plan.

 

(You can read the testimony yourself in the Congressional Record from 1967. Testimony by George Ball and David Rockefeller begins on page 271 of the pdf.)

 

You will find everything Ball and Rockefeller called for in the TransPacific Partnership and on the agenda of the new GOP-controlled Congress. Sen. Mitch McConnell has said he will work with the White House to give Obama so-called fast track trade promotion authority to enact the TransPacific Partnership and its evil twin, the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

 

These Obamatrade agreements are not about “free trade” – they are about creating international regulatory institutions whose diktat trumps the U.S. Congress, the Constitution and even the Supreme Court.

 

Why would anyone sworn to uphold the Constitution give President Obama the fast track power he and David Rockefeller want him to have?

 

And why would Republicans, elected on the promise to reign in an out-of-control president, choose to give him even more power?

 

Contact Congress and tell them to vote No on fast track for the TransPacific Partnership.

CAN THE WORLD STAND BY AND DO NOTHING AS HISTORICAL HERITAGE IS DESTROYED?

This is a terrific post which has great information about Islam and while there are a few things I would question, as a whole it is totally worthwhile to read and to store as a reference in future discussions:

The Destruction of the Middle East

By Denis MacEoin, GATESTONE INSTITUTE

We are living through ferocious times. Stories about the self-proclaimed Islamic State [ISIS/ISIL/Da’esh] abound in the media, in what has now become a daily round of beheadings, suicide bombings, and general mayhem from Nigeria to Malaysia. It seems that wherever there is a Muslim country, there is extreme violence. But one part of the Islamic State narrative has received less attention than the gruesome rounds of killings: the continuing onslaughts on cities such as Mosul, Aleppo, Raqqa and Kobani. The Islamic State and related movements have rampaged across parts of Iraq and Syria, destroying the entire heritage of ancient regions, demolishing historic churches, synagogues, mosques, Sufi and Shi’i shrines, and major archaeological sites. All this vandalism is driven by a relentless passion to enforce religious purity on the regions they now control.

Around the world, art historians, antiquities experts, and archaeologists scarcely dare open their e-mails every day, fearing loss of another irreplaceable site. Physical destruction in the Islamic realms has now reached proportions of the Mongol invasions of the thirteenth centuryosul, the Islamic State set out on an operation of “cultural and historical cleansing” across the city. The group deploys a unit called the Kata’ib Taswiyya, or settlement battalions, who are ordered to identify sites for culling. The unit razes to the ground any mosques, churches or, invariably, shrines that have been built over tombs; such places may attract devotees to pray in them, thereby creating polytheism — in Islam one of the crimes most censured. In addition, the painting or sculpting of the human form is anathema; if man was created in God’s image, to represent man is to presume to know God and therefore to diminish Him.

Graveyards are flattened, headstones are bulldozed, and statues of cultural significance to the people of Mosul are destroyed.

As we face the Islamic State and all the rapidly expanding jihadist movements in the Middle East and beyond, we are starting to recognize that airstrikes have only limited results. If we are to contain or defeat the adversaries in our midst, we have to understand their motivation, their psychology, and their sense of rootedness.

Politicians who proclaim that Islam is a religion of peace do us a disservice; Islam has never been at peace with the world around it. The Islamic State’s behavior is solidly rooted in Islamic ideology, law and practice. Only when this fundamental fact is grasped will we be able to address what confronts us. It is time that not only active jihadists, but their ideological sponsors in Salafi, Wahhabi, Mawdudist, and other classical and modern interpretations of Islam, be discussed openly before they do more harm. They and we do not have the leisure to wait until the oil money runs out and leaves the Saudis or Qataris weak.

 We must learn to speak the truth, especially in high places. In the tenth century, Islam abandoned reason and rational pursuits in favor of revelation and revealed law that could not be challenged. Ethics were defined by what Allah said was good or evil in Sharia law. Islam has remained frozen ever since. We cannot go on patronizing this, and nodding acceptance that Muslims know best. Very few grasp the quandary in which non-extremist Muslims, like their ancestors, are captured. Western rationalism, Western ethics, and Western standards of peace and justice need to remain, or the world we know could be trampled underfoot by men and women who prefer death to co-existence, and fundamentalism to tolerance.

There are many wise and sensible Muslims who favour a shift to a more updated way of thinking. Many cannot openly declare their thoughts for fear of reprisals and even execution; others are faithful Muslims who see a desperate need for a valid reinterpretation of their religion.

Today, such Muslims use the freedoms bestowed on them in the West to write, network, and debate their thoughts about the fundamentalist interpretation of Islam by the Islamic State, other Salafis, Wahhabis, Mawdudists, and all other clerics and extremist supporters of murder and destruction. It is their mosques and shrines and ancient monuments that are being crushed; it is their heritage — as much as that of Jews, Christians, Yazidis and Baha’is — that is being wiped from the pages of history.

Losses so far include:

  • The statues of Mulla ‘Uthman al-Mawsili (1845-1923), a famous musician and poet, of a woman carrying an urn, and of Abu Tammam (788-845), author of the celebratedHamasa, one of the greatest literary compilations ever made in Arabic.
  • The destruction of the greatly venerated tomb of ‘Ali ibn al-Athir al-Jazari (1160-1233), a major landmark that had stood in the centre of Mosul for centuries. Ibn al-Athir is celebrated as the author of The Complete History, one of the most important histories of Islam ever written.
  • The Islamic State’s destruction of the Tomb of Yunus (Jonah) Mosque, which was blown to pieces along with all its contents. Even before the explosion, fighters took sledgehammers to ancient tombstones in the building. The mosque was of importance not just to the Muslims of the city, but as a place of pilgrimage for Jews and Christians. St. George’s Monastery church, one of the oldest in the region, has also gone forever.
  • In Kirkuk, the Islamic State has destroyed the tomb of the Prophet Daniel, and in Nineveh, the ancient ruins of which lie across the River Tigris from Mosul, sprawl damaged archaeological ruins.
  • In Mosul, the 13th-century shrine of Imam Awn al-Din — with a stunning vaulted ceiling, designed to resemble a honeycomb, inside a pyramid-shaped tower on the banks of the Tigris, and among the city’s most precious sites — was one of the very few structures to have survived the devastation of the 13th-century Mongol invasion On July 25, 2014, members of the Islamic State reduced it to rubble.
  • In Tikrit, the city’s most famous and most beautiful church of St. Ahoadamah, known as the Green Church, dating from the 7th century, has been erased from history.
  • In Syria, the Jabhat al-Nusra’s destruction of the Deir el-Zour Armenian Church, that stood as a memorial to the 1.5 million slaughtered in the Armenian genocide in Turkey, was blown up.
  • In Mali, much of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site of Timbuktu (Mali) was destroyed during the battles of Gao and Timbuktu, fought between the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad and the Islamist Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa between June 26 and 27, 2012. Afterwards, the Islamist group Ansar Dine went on a rampage identical to that of the Islamic State. An official for the group, Abou Dardar, boasted that “not a single mausoleum will remain in Timbuktu.”
  • Sufi shrines have been pulverized in Egypt, Libya, Mali, Pakistan, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco, India, and the Balkans.
  • In Bahrain, 43 Shi’i mosques and tens of other religious structures have been destroyed and damaged by the ruling Sunni government there.
  • Across Syria and Iraq, ancient archaeological sites have been wrecked. They were not just the heritage of those countries, they were central to our understanding of the ancient world, where human civilization first developed in city-states. Apamea, with its famous colonnade and beautiful mosaic, capital of the Seleucid empire, was a major center of Roman rule in the Levant, a leading city in Byzantine Syria, and at one time among the best-preserved archaeological sites in the region. Today, it looks like the face of the moon. Its devastation, the work of demolition done by looters using heavy earth-moving machines, took a mere four or five months.
  • In eastern Syria, one of the world’s richest archaeological remains, Dura-Europos, the “Pompeii of the Syrian Desert,” was obliterated. Remarkable finds had been brought to light: temples, wall decorations, inscriptions, military equipment, and tombs. It had been home to a third-century painted synagogue as well as to the oldest example in the world of a Christian house-church, which contained the earliest depictions of Jesus Christ ever found, dating back to 235 AD. The Islamic State looted the site and, as elsewhere, has apparently sold its treasure on the black market of the antiquities trade, presumably using the proceeds to inflate their already swollen coffers for the promotion of jihad.
  • Both Shi’i and Sufi shrines and mosques have fallen afoul of the Islamic State’s fanaticism. Jewish sites have been targeted so extensively that UNESCO has held aspecial session on threats posed to them. UNESCO’s Director-General Irina Bokova has described the Islamic State’s activities in this respect as “a form of cultural cleansing.” Many other Jewish sites were also destroyed or under threat from Islamist entities in Libya, where an ancient Jewish heritage was all but wiped out under the regime of Mu’ammar Qadhafi, and where what is left is succumbing to fresh attacks.

Locals survey the hill of rubble that resulted from the destruction of the Tomb of Yunus (Jonah), in Mosul, Iraq. The Islamic State blew up the tomb and mosque on July 24, 2014.

The Islamic State, however, does not restrict its demolition to Christian, Jewish or pagan sites. Its members have also evidently culled what may be thought of as their own heritage. In Tikrit, they demolished the country’s oldest Islamic site, the Arba’in (Forty) Shrine and mosque, where forty of the companions (Salaf) of the Prophet were buried.

In this, there is desperate irony, for the form of Islam followed by the Islamic State is Salafism, based on imitating the ways of Muhammad and his companions.

The heritage of centuries has been wiped out in little more than a year. There will be many who argue that this devastation is, at root, the fault of the West; that its colonization, imperial ambitions, and general interference have forced the people of the Middle East to rise up against Europe and America, and find their only solution in the creation of an Islamic state where Shari’a law will dominate and justice prevail. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Syria was never a French colony, but a mandate territory between 1922 and 1936 — fourteen years. Lebanon was a mandate territory from 1922 to 1943 — twenty-one years. Iraq was a British mandate from 1922 to 1932 — ten years. All were colonies of the Muslim Ottoman empire for centuries: Iraq between 1543 and 1918, Syria from 1516 to 1918, and were, before that, colonies of earlier Islamic empires from the Umayyads to the Abbasids to the Mamluks — and so on.

This alone exposes the reality, that the actions of groups such as the Islamic State have their true roots in Islam itself. The Prophet and his companions fought jihad wars and destroyed pagan idols as well as places they may have been concerned would become centers for cults. During the Arab conquests, many religious centers were destroyed, notably in India, where temples were looted and razed, and whole towns ruined by the Ghaznavids and Timurids.

Eventually the need to wipe out all traces of unbelief became more or less obsessive. At one time, for instance, Egyptian law demanded that any house found to contain a copy of The Apology of al-Kindi (a book containing a polemical dialogue between a Muslim and a Christian) would be demolished, along with forty houses around it.[1]

In more recent times, in 1802, during the first of the three Saudi states, Wahhabi armies attacked the major Shi’i religious town of Karbala in Ottoman Iraq, where they killed 5,000 inhabitants and destroyed the shrines of Muhammad’s son-in-law ‘Ali (the first Shi’i imam and the fourth Sunni caliph) and his son Husayn, the prophet’s grandson. The following year, Wahhabi forces under the leadership of the first Saudi ruler, ‘Abd al-‘Aziz, entered Mecca, where they destroyed tombs and shrines, and in the process, removed much of the city’s history — as is being repeated today in Mecca and Medina.

Between 1913 and 1927, extremist Wahhabi forces, known as the Ikhwan, rampaged through the Arabian peninsula, much as members of the Islamic State do now, killing and destroying anyone and anything they deem contrary to the Puritanism of their creed, which extremists interpret as preaching the annihilation of all that is not Islam.

Today, the Mecca and Medina of the first and second centuries of the Islamic faith have been all but wrecked, not by the Islamic State or any other radical entity, but by the Wahhabi Saudi government. Over the past two decades, major historical sites in Mecca and Medina, all related to the lifetime of the Prophet and shortly after, have been destroyed or disfigured to the point where neither city is recognizable save for the Ka’ba and the Grand Mosque in Mecca, and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina.

Although much has been done to accommodate the increasing millions of pilgrims who go there for the hajj pilgrimage, most of the demolition appears to relate to a Wahhabi and Salafi fear that pilgrims may pray at the graves of Muhammad’s companions, at the house where he was born, or at other buildings associated with the first era of Islam. There seems to be an insistence that anything that might compromise God’s oneness must be eradicated, and this concern may have prompted the country’s rulers to destroy them.

The vast Jannat al-Baqi cemetery, which holds so many remains of Muhammad’s family, close companions and the earliest Muslim saints, has been levelled, and all domes and mausoleums turned to dust. That act followed earlier levelings by Wahhabis in 1206 and the Ikhwan in 1925. Those included the graves of the martyrs of the Battle of Uhud and that of Hamza, the prophet’s uncle and most beloved supporter. So too the Mosque of Fatima (Muhammad’s daughter), the Mosque of the Manaratayn (the twin minarets), and the cupola that marked the burial place of the prophet’s incisor tooth.

In Medina as well, the home of Muhammad’s Ethiopian wife, Maryam, where his son Ibrahim was born, has been paved over.

In Mecca, the house of his first wife, Khadija, the first person to whom he divulged his mission, has been turned into public toilets. In 1998, the grave of the prophet’s mother, Amina bint Wahb, was bulldozed in Abwa, after which gasoline was poured on it. There is much more.[2]

Destruction of the sacred places of rival faiths or denominations is nothing new; it has happened throughout history. Henry VIII wrecked Catholic abbeys and monasteries; their ruins still pepper the English countryside. The destruction of the Babri Mosque in Ayodhya by Hindus in 1992 led to two thousand deaths. The Roman demolition of Judaism’s Second Temple marks a watershed in world history and is central to the current conflict in the Holy Land. But the most consistent use of elimination through the centuries has been the Muslim war on non-Muslims. Despite much controversy, it has been claimed that over 2000 Hindu, Jain and Buddhist temples and holy places were destroyed by Muslim conquerors in India. Churches and synagogues have been demolished or converted into mosques in many places.

When Jordan controlled East Jerusalem between 1948 and 1967, all but one of the Old City’s synagogues was reduced to rubble or converted into stables and chicken coops; the main Jewish cemetery was desecrated, and Jewish homes destroyed.

Today, in Iran, the Islamic regime has demolished all the holy sites and graveyards of an indigenous faith, the Baha’i religion.

If the depredations of the Islamic State are to have any meaning in the end, perhaps it will be because they will have shown how right the non-extremist Muslims are in calling for a deep change within Islam.

Dr. Denis MacEoin, based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, is a lecturer in Arabic and Islamic Studies and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute.


[1] Robert Reilly, The Closing of the Muslim Mind, Wilmington, 2010, p. 36.

[2] Websites where readers can read of these destructions at length include: Irfan Ahmed, “The Destruction of the Holy Sites in Mecca and Medina,” Islamica Magazine; Laith Abou-Ragheb, “Dr. Sami Angawi on Wahhabi Desecration of Mecca: Developers and Purists Erase Mecca’s History,” Center for Islamic Pluralism/Reuters, 12 July 2005; Ziauddin Sardar, ” The Destruction of Mecca,” The New York Times, 30 September 2014; Carla Power, “Saudi Arabia Bulldozes Over Its Heritage,” Time, 14 November, 2014; Jerome Taylor, “Medina: Saudis take a bulldozer to Islam’s history,” The Independent, 26 October 2012; Jerome Taylor, “The photos Saudi Arabia doesn’t want seen – and proof Islam’s most holy relics are being demolished in Mecca,”The Independent, 11 December 2014.

AS A TROTSKYIST I AM TOTALLY OPPOSED TO THE CONSPIRACY CRAZIES AND WHY THIS IS

Adina Kutnicki…excellent article by Adina on the role of the Israeli Government of Netanyahu in all of these affairs with Obama and American and NATO Imperialism is attacked by Israpundit regular commenter (url below) Bernard Ross. We will follow it. These pictures, a couple out of thousands, are strongly remindful of the Jihad against Bosnian and Yugoslavian Serbian Christians, a Jihad backed to the hilt by US and NATO, especially Clinton and Blair

Conspiracy thinking is not really thinking at all. It is the poison which eats at the heart of critical thought and real knowledge and learning. It is based on subjective idealism which can be defined as separating the ideas in people’s minds from the real world. The idea comes first, “In the beginning was the Word” that sort of thing.

Therefore I would advise people to begin to follow a debate which is now breaking out on the Israpundit website, that is http://www.israpundit.org/archives/63603324/comment-page-1#comment-63356000147623 and where I have thrown down the gauntlet to a noted conspiracy theorist calling himself Bernard Ross.

My challenge to B Ross who seems to be suggesting that Islamic State is some kind of conspiracy project (and which leads him to attack a very important writer who appears regularly on Martin DSherman Facebook is to begin with the following: (But warning do not expect a sensible answer to my question. I expect evasion and most like abuse)

 

 

B Ross writes:

 

 

You know I have never bought the story of the gulf arabs against (sic) IS (LOL) just like I never bought the GCC qatar split…. a shell game.

 

Can you elaborate on this?

 

Also you seem to be suggesting that Islamic State is a creation of the US and NATO.

 

But can you define what you think the Islamic State is then and if you disagree with the take on the Islamic State by people like Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller?

 

 

And while Muslims by the tens and even hundreds of thousands will march against a YouTube video, a Danish cartoon, the Jewish state, and perceived insults to Islam, they stay silent in the face of the most egregious Islamic supremacist violence. Silence is sanction. Why are they silent? Because it is sanctioned, commanded in the Quran and those who speak against it don’t have a theological leg to stand on.

 (shown is a picture) christianA woman walks inside a damaged church in Maaloula. The Christian town was attacked last spring by extremist forces. (REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki) – See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2014/12/the-islamic-state-isis-turning-churches-into-torture-chambers-selling-christian-artifacts.html/#sthash.ABJulc3q.dpuf