SHOCK POLL: Third of Syrian Refugees ISIS Sympathizers, 13 Percent Support

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A poll released in November but ignored by the mainstream media shows a third of Syrian refugees do not want the Muslim terrorist group ISIS defeated. The survey results buttress concerns by the dozens of U.S. governors who have announced opposition to President Barack Obama’s plan to import 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year.

The poll shows thirteen percent of Syrian refugees have a completely positive opinion of ISIS with another ten percent having mixed feelings on the terror group, suggesting that nearly one quarter are open to recruitment by ISIS.

Factoring the survey results with the 10,000 Syrian refugees Obama plans to bring to the United States means Obama will bring in 1,300 ISIS supporters and a total of 3,100 who do not want the US to defeat ISIS.

The Obama administration imported about 1,600 Syrian refugees in the past fiscal year. That means around 200 Syrian refugee ISIS supporters and a total of nearly 500 Syrian refugee ISIS sympathizers are already in the country.

The telephone poll of 900 Syrian refugees was conducted by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies as part of a larger survey of sis hundred people in each of six Arab nations and the Palestinian territories about ISIS. The group surveyed Syrian refugees in “equal proportion” located in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. The survey also covered residents of Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Palestinian territories.

The poll has a margin of error rate of plus or minus four percent.

The survey result for the other Arab countries show similar levels of support for ISIS which ought to prompt a reevaluation of the U.S. policy for immigrants and refugees from the Middle East. The sole exception is Lebanon where less than one percent have a positive view of ISIS.

At the other end of the spectrum, even more supportive of ISIS than the Syrian refugees, are Palestinians.

The survey shows twenty-four percent of Palestinians have a positive view of ISIS with another thirty-six percent only having a somewhat negative opinion of ISIS. The survey also shows Palestinians as the only group where less than fifty percent (48) support the defeat of ISIS .

A Google News search shows only Investors Business Daily and The Blaze have reported on the survey. In Canada, which has pledged to take in 25,000 Syrian refugees, it appears only The Rebel has reported on the survey.

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  • Trialdog

    These are universal statistics.
    In France, almost a 1/3 of Muslim immigrants sympathize with ISIS.

    Don’t forget, the Boston bombers were Muslim refugees.

  • Darkheart11

    All the more reason to not allow a single one of them to leave the Middle East sump.

  • freeinaz

    If these so-called refugees are allowed into the country they need to be settled in Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Georgetown, and Obama’s neighborhood in Chicago. Let’s see how welcome they are when they’re in their neighborhoods and how much faith the people living there have in the federal govt. on the vetting process.

    John Kerry and Hillary Clinton have numerous residences, why can’t they pony up a couple of them for these poor deserving refugees.

  • saturn

    And the 2/3 are lying and also supporting ISIS.

  • ridgerunner

    As Bill Clinton says, “It depends on what your meaning of ISIS”. I define them as terrorists.

  • Mark

    Ha, ha, ha…..! That few?
    The rest will quietly support them.

  • gram56

    How many refugees is Saudi Arabia taking in?? none..

  • Hy Feiber

    Not a shock at all!

    One more year of Sedition, unless the Grand Old Putzes Represent US!

    The Declaration of Independence mandates a Second American Revolution.


  • TimesTheyAreAChanging

    Should poll Democrats to see how many support ISIS

  • Scott

    So, Germany now has around 300,000 Isis sympathizes?

    What could possibly go wrong?

  • Cuffy

    Charity begins at home…

  • formwiz

    Why does this not surprise me?

    Syria’s always been the nut case of the Levant.

  • JimmaObama

    Ofuksticks civilian army coming….obama is a traitorous bastard……

  • Zigger

    Can’t wait till they start demanding citizenship and voting rights too.

  • Carolingian

    The rest of them were smart enough to lie in this poll.

  • AndrewInterrupted

    And they were Chechens. Westerners are being fooled by the “country of origin” carrot & stick. Islam transcends nationalities. Chechens are some of the worst. Ask Putin.

  • NoObama

    Our great leader Obama is 100% sympathetic with ISIS.
    Thanks Obama voters.

  • pugly

    They’re the reserve.

  • pgroup

    Jihadis want to cut your head off.

    Moderate mooslime want them to do it.

  • Dindu B Nuffins

    Kill them all.

  • Americadies

    I am truly amazed democrats use the compassion excuse to plead we here in America take in Syrian refugees. These refugees are people who did nothing to save their own homeland, they let people murder their families, they let people take their land and what do they do, flee to the west looking for handouts.
    Why should we let these people come into our countries to demand we accept their religion, allow them to have their laws and watch them riot and burn when they do not get their way?
    Send them home and tell them to get their own house in order.

  • Americadies

    Send them all to San Francisco, New York City or Chicago. Should be fun to watch how they interact with the democrats feral black pets.

  • US.Patriot1776

    Do a Majority of Young French Muslims Support ISIS?

    What portion of that key 1.3 million ISIS supporters is Muslim?

    A 2014 opinion poll found that ISIS had an approval rating in France (at 16%) almost as high as President Francois Holland (at 18%).

    In the 18-to-24-year-old demographic, ISIS’ support jumped to 27%. Muslims comprise about a tenth of France’s population, so the results imply that ISIS had the support of the overwhelming majority of French Muslims (and especially Muslim youth), as well as the endorsement of a large part of the non-Muslim Left.

    Religious statistics can be harder to come by from France than some European countries, so these are estimates, but they do provide a clearer picture.

    Something like half of the Muslim population of around 5 million in France is under 24. That means Muslims are a much higher proportion of the youth than of the general population. This same picture repeats itself across Europe and even in the United States. The median Muslim age across Europe is 32.

    What portion of that key 1.3 million ISIS supporters is Muslim? As with another UK survey of ISIS support in London, it appears to suggest that the majority of young Muslims in France support ISIS.

    Everything that has been happening can be viewed as the early years of a bloody civil war in which the terrorists are the vanguard of a larger conflict between populations.

  • drattastic

    And the other 87% are FKin liars who support ISIS.

  • drattastic


  • smokedsalmoned

    Poll of U.S. Muslims Reveals
    Ominous Levels Of Support For Islamic Supremacists’ Doctrine of Shariah, Jihad
    – Center for Security

    Press Releases | June 23, 2015 | The Muslim
    Brotherhood in America, Understanding
    the Shariah Threat Doctrine

    to a new nationwide online survey (Below) of 600 Muslims living in the United
    States, significant minorities embrace supremacist notions that could pose a
    threat to America’s security and its constitutional form of government.

    numbers of potential jihadists among the majority of Muslims who appear not to
    be sympathetic to such notions raise a number of public policy choices that
    warrant careful consideration and urgent debate, including: the necessity for
    enhanced surveillance of Muslim communities; refugee resettlement, asylum and
    other immigration programs that are swelling their numbers and density; and the
    viability of so-called “countering violent extremism” initiatives that are
    supposed to stymie radicalization within those communities.

    the survey, which was conducted by The Polling Company for the Center for
    Security Policy (CSP), suggests that a substantial number of Muslims living in
    the United States see the country very differently than does the population
    overall. The sentiments of the latter were sampled in late May in another CSP-commissioned Polling Company nationwide survey.

    to the just-released survey of Muslims, a majority (51%) agreed that
    “Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to
    shariah.” When that question was put to the broader U.S.
    population, the overwhelming majority held that shariah should not displace the
    U.S. Constitution (86% to 2%).

    than half (51%) of U.S. Muslims polled also believe either that they should
    have the choice of American or shariah courts, or that they should have their
    own tribunals to apply shariah. Only 39% of those
    polled said that Muslims in the U.S. should be subject to American courts.

    notions were powerfully rejected by the broader population according to the
    Center’s earlier national survey. It found by a margin of 92%-2% that
    Muslims should be subject to the same courts as other citizens, rather than
    have their own courts and tribunals here in the U.S.

    more troubling, is the fact that nearly a quarter of the
    Muslims polled believed that, “It is legitimate to use violence to punish those
    who give offense to Islam by, for example, portraying the prophet Mohammed.”

    contrast, the broader survey found that a 63% majority of those sampled said
    that “the freedom to engage in expression that offends Muslims or anybody else
    is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and cannot be restricted.”

    one-fifth of Muslim respondents said that the use of violence in the United
    States is justified in order to make shariah the law of the land in this

    for Security Policy President, Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., observed:

    findings of the Center for Security Policy’s survey of Muslims in America
    suggests that we have a serious problem. The Pew Research Center estimates that the number of Muslims
    in the United States was 2.75 million in 2011, and growing at a rate of 80-90
    thousand a year. If those estimates are accurate, the United States would
    have approximately 3 million Muslims today. That would translate into roughly 300,000 Muslims living in the United States who believe
    that shariah is “The Muslim God Allah’s law that Muslims must follow and impose
    worldwide by Jihad.”

    is incumbent on the many American Muslims who want neither to live under the
    brutal repression of shariah nor to impose it on anybody else to work with the
    rest of us who revere and uphold the supremacy of the U.S. Constitution in
    protecting our nation against the Islamic supremacists and their jihad.

    150612 CSP Polling
    Company Nationwide Online Survey of Muslims – Topline Poll Data

    150612 CSP Polling
    Company Nationwide Online Survey of Muslims – Crosstabs(1)

    Center for Security
    Policy – Nationwide Survey – Topline Results – 5.21.2015


  • smokedsalmoned

    Bloomberg Poll: Most Americans Oppose
    Syrian Refugee Resettlement

    Americans agree with Republican
    presidential candidates on refugees, but are divided on whether to send U.S.
    troops to Iraq and Syria to fight the Islamic State, according to the poll.

    Margaret Talev margarettalev

    November 18, 2015 — 2:23 PM EST

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    infiltrations after the Paris
    attacks, siding with Republican presidential candidates, governors, and
    lawmakers who want to freeze the Obama administration’s resettlement

    findings are part of a Bloomberg Politics national poll released Wednesday that
    also shows the nation divided on whether to send U.S. troops to Iraq and Syria
    to fight the Islamic State, an idea President Barack Obama opposes,
    and whether the U.S. government is doing enough to protect the homeland
    from a comparable attack.

    percent of U.S. adults in the survey, conducted in the days immediately
    following the attacks, say the nation should not continue a program to resettle
    up to 10,000 Syrian refugees. Just 28 percent would keep the program with the
    screening process as it now exists, while 11 percent said they would favor a
    limited program to accept only Syrian Christians while excluding Muslims, a
    proposal Obama has dismissed as “shameful” and un-American.

    Read the questions and methodology here.

    broadly, terrorism and the Islamic State group surged to the top of Americans’
    concerns immediately following the deadly attacks, even as Republicans and
    Democrats remain divided over how best to address threats. The percentage of
    those rating terrorism or the Islamic State as top concerns has nearly doubled
    since the poll last was taken in September. At the same time, those who
    think the U.S. is on the right track fell to 23 percent, the lowest rating
    in more than three years. Obama’s disapproval rating rose to 51 percent, up
    4 percentage points since September.

    trends may offer momentum to the Republican leaders of Congress as they begin
    hearings and consider threatening a government shutdown over Obama’s Syria
    policies, even as 64 percent of Americans say Islam is an inherently peaceful

    Terror in
    general, and specifically ISIS, the group that claimed responsibility for last
    week’s attacks, are cited by a combined 35 percent of Americans as the top
    issue in the survey conducted Nov. 15-17. That’s about the same as concerns
    about jobs, immigration, health care and the federal deficit combined. ISIS
    alone is the top issue for 21 percent of Americans, up from 11 percent in
    September. Terrorism is the top issue for 14 percent, up from 7 percent two
    months ago.

    ongoing tensions between the U.S. and Russia, 53 percent of Americans favor a
    U.S.-Russia military coalition to fight Islamic terrorism.

    finding is a reflection of the “any-friend-in-a-storm” psychology, said J. Ann
    Selzer, who conducted the poll. “Vladmir Putin is not a popular personality in
    this country,” she said of the Russian leader. “However, we’re facing a common
    threat. Here’s an opportunity to align. both Republicans and Democrats seem to
    say, ‘Let’s go.’”

    There is
    no consensus about whether to send U.S. troops to Iraq and Syria to fight ISIS,
    with 44 percent for the idea and 45 percent against it, or whether the U.S. has
    done enough to protect the homeland from a Paris-style attack.

    break sharply along partisan lines; 64 percent of Republicans support sending
    U.S. troops, and 59 percent of Democrats oppose the idea, while Democrats are
    nearly twice as confident as Republicans that the U.S. is doing enough to
    protect Americans at home. On the refugee question, only 12 percent of
    Republicans want to keep the current program compared with 46 percent of

    majorities in both parties agree that Islam is inherently a peaceful religion,
    evangelicals are split, with 46 saying Islam is inherently violent. On the
    other side, 45 percent of evangelicals call Islam an inherently peaceful
    religion with some adherents who twist its teachings to justify violence.

    national poll of 1,002 adults was conducted Nov. 15-17 for Bloomberg Politics
    by Selzer & Co. of Des Moines, Iowa. It includes a smaller sample
    of 628 adults who were asked questions about the Paris attacks on Nov. 16
    and 17. The overall sample has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1
    percentage points. The smaller sample has a margin of error of plus or minus
    3.9 percentage points.

  • smokedsalmoned

    Email: Hillary Clinton ‘Often Confused’

    MARK TAPSCOTT 11:32 AM 11/16/2015

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was “often
    confused,” according to an email made public Monday from former co-chief of
    staff Huma Abedin to frequent Clinton companion Monica Hanley.

    In a Jan. 26, 2013, email, Abedin asks Hanley if she has “been going over calls
    with [Clinton] for tomorrow? So she knows Singh is at 8?”

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    Hanley responds, saying “[Clinton] was In bed for a nap
    by the time I heard that she had an 8 am call. Wiii (sic) go over with her.”

    Abedin then warned Hanley “Very Imp (sic) to do that.
    She’s often confused.”

    The email was made public Monday by Judicial Watch, the
    government watchdog that has filed more than three dozen Freedom of Information
    Act requests regarding Clinton’s use of a private homebrew server located in
    her New York home and a private email account instead of a government email to
    conduct official business during her tenure as the chief U.S. diplomat.

    The email will fuel renewed speculation about whether
    Clinton suffered more serious injuries in a December 2012 fall in her home.
    President Clinton said last year that his wife required six months to recover
    from the incident. She has since denied having any long-term problems stemming
    from the fall.

    Nick Merrill, Clinton’s spokesman, has not responded to
    a request for comment. Clinton is the leading candidate for the 2016 Democratic
    presidential nomination.

    Abedin has been a focus of intense media scrutiny as the
    seemingly unending parade of Clinton scandals has unfolded in recent months.
    The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross reported Friday that Abedin signed but failed to comply with a State Department separation
    agreement requiring that she turn over to the government all emails concerning
    any aspect of her official work.

    The emails released Monday by Judicial Watch also
    include evidence that Abedin used her position of access in government to
    benefit at least one private sector employer with which she was connected.

    “The Abedin correspondence includes several instances in
    which the Clinton top aide attempted to obtain special treatment from the State Department for business
    associates and relatives. In the first instance, Abedin apparently
    worked with Teneo co-founder and Clinton Global Initiative official Doug Band
    to intercede on behalf of an individual seeking a visa,” Judicial Watch said.

    “In the second instance, Huma Abedin received an email from her
    mother, Saleha Abedin (a controversial Islamist activist) who founded and serves as dean at Dar al-Hekma
    University in Saudi Arabia. In the December 11, 2011, email, Saleha
    Abedin seeks the assistance of her daughter to help the president of her
    college, Dr. Suhair al Qurashi, attend a State Department “Women in Public
    Service” ceremony, which included remarks by Hillary Clinton,” according to Judicial Watch.

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  • smokedsalmoned

    Obama’s ISIS Ignorance Is Stunning — And

    JAMIE WEINSTEIN 11:20 PM 11/17/2015

    Has President Barack Obama gotten a single briefing on
    the nature of Islamism in the nearly seven years he’s occupied the Oval Office?

    Considering what he said at the Asia-Pacific
    Economic Cooperation summit in the Philippines Wednesday morning, it doesn’t
    sound like it.

    “When individuals say we should have a religious test
    and that only Christians, proven Christians should be admitted, that’s
    offensive,” he declared. “I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for
    ISIL than some of the rhetoric that’s been coming out of here during the course
    of this debate.”

    The president’s comment is stunning for a couple of
    reasons. For starters, it’s not true. It’s hard to imagine that a single person
    will join ISIS mainly because of the debate in the U.S. over whether we should
    accept Syrian refugees, or what type of refugees we should accept.

    But it also suggests we should change our actions just
    because ISIS may be able to use them to recruit more members. Should we
    stop educating girls because it offends ISIS and may help it with recruitment?
    Should we abandon Israel because it offends ISIS and may help it with
    recruitment? Should we shut down Hollywood because the movies it produces
    offends ISIS and may help it with recruitment?

    Should we not stand up for the Christians ISIS is
    slaughtering or the Yazidi girls ISIS it is enslaving because those stands
    probably offend the terror group and may help it with recruitment?

    Should we stop drone strikes against terrorists because
    it offends ISIS and may help it with recruitment?

    Are we now going to run our lives and control our
    debates over what may or may not theoretically help ISIS with recruitment?

    In reality, one of the most potent recruitment
    tools for ISIS is the perception that it is winning. The more successful terror
    attacks it is able to stage, the longer it is able to control vast swaths of
    territory, the more radical Muslims will want to join what is
    perceived to be a winning team to create the first Caliphate in nearly 100

    You know who has a little say in hampering this
    recruiting tool? Could it be the man in charge of the most powerful military in
    human history?

    Developing a coherent strategy to deliver a crippling
    blow to ISIS would do far more to hurt ISIS’s recruitment program
    than abandoning our debate over what to do about Syrian refugees.

    But President Obama appears too busy demagoguing
    Republicans to bother himself with that.

    Read more:


  • smokedsalmoned

    ,Poll: Majority of Americans Want to Reject
    Syrian Refugees

    By Ben

    question of whether the U.S. should follow through on its commitment to accept
    10,000 Syrian refugees has become a high-profile issue since the Nov. 13 Paris
    terror attacks. Many Republican politicians argue that ISIS operatives could
    slip into the United States among legitimate refugees; others point out that
    the refugee screening process is fairly extensive and that most of the men who
    carried out the Paris attacks appear to have been French, not Syrian. For what
    it’s worth, a new Bloomberg poll indicates that at this point a majority of Americans side with the Republican position:

    Screen shot/Bloomberg,

    it happens, that’s about the same breakdown that the predecessor to the Gallup
    organization got in 1939 when it posed a similar question:

    Ben Mathis-Lilley edits
    the Slatest. Follow @Slatest on Twitter.

  • smokedsalmoned


    By Aaron Goldstein on 11.17.15

    President Obama continues with his demagoguery against
    Republicans where it concerns Syrian refugees. In a speech before the APEC
    Summit in the Phillipines, the President remarked, “I cannot think of a
    more potent recruitment tool for ISIL than some of the rhetoric that’s coming
    out of here during the course of this debate.”

    This from a man who tells us to get off our high horse when
    talking about the evils of ISIS because of the Crusades.

    This from a man who tells the UN the century does not belong
    to those who slander the Prophet.

    This from a man who this past summer claimed Republicans
    were making common cause with the mullahs in Iran.

    This from a man whose own Secretary of State just stated
    there was “a legitimacy, a rationale” to the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

    This from a man whose weakness does more to help ISIS
    recruitment than anything Republicans could say or do regarding the admission
    of Syrian refugees.

    Is Obama honestly try to tell us that ISIS would cease
    plotting attacks if we were to admit more Syrian refugees? I know he doesn’t
    think we’re very smart, but he sure has a way of insulting our intelligence.
    ISIS doesn’t give a damn if we admit Syrian refugees or we don’t. We are
    infidels just the same.

    Obama also claimed that Republicans are “scared of widows
    and orphans coming into the United States of America.” What about New
    Hampshire’s Democrat Governor?

    If only ISIS could arouse as much anger in Obama as
    Republicans do.

  • smokedsalmoned

    Honduras Detains US-Bound Syrian Refugees Carrying ‘Stolen
    Greek Passports’

    CHRISTIAN DATOC 3:59 PM 11/18/2015

    Honduran officials on Tuesday detained a group of Syrian
    refugees planning on entering the United States.

    The five Syrian men were held in Honduras’s capital
    Tegucigalpa after authorities discovered they were carrying stolen, Greek

    According to police, the passport photos had been replaced
    with photographs of the detained Syrians, Reuters reports.

    Additionally, the men confessed that they planned to cross
    into Guatemala from Honduras, then Mexico and eventually enter America at its
    southern border.

    There are currently “no signs of any links” to last week’s
    terror attacks in Paris.

    This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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  • smokedsalmoned

    American fear of accepting refugees is not new

    11/18/15 04:22 PM By Nicole Brown

    The resistance to allowing Syrian refugees into the United
    States in light of the terrorist
    attacks in Paris echoes the concerns expressed by many
    Americans about accepting Jewish refugees before and during World War II.

    Polls taken in 1938 and 1939 found that the
    majority of citizens did not want the government to allowrefugees from
    Europe to settle in the United States. Multiple polls from the time
    period were tweeted Monday by an account called Historical Opinion, which
    shares historical polls and surveys.

    One of the polls, published in Fortune magazine in
    July 1938, asked participants, “What is your attitude toward allowing German,
    Austrian and other political refugees to come to the U.S.?”..

    More than half of those polled, 67.4%, chose the response, “With
    the conditions as they are, we should try to keep them out.” About 23% said the
    country should accept refugees, but many of those said they would only agree
    if it would not raise the immigration quota.

    The anti-refugee sentiment was likely related in
    part to the economic situation at the time, as the U.S.was just coming
    out of the Great Depression. The poll also did not specify that
    most of the refugees were Jewish.

    A second poll in January 1939, however, asked specifically if
    the government should allow 10,000 mostly Jewish refugee children from Germany
    into the country. Sixty-one percent said no, while 30% said yes and 9% had no

    Conducted by the American Institute of Public Opinion (which
    later became Gallup), the survey was conducted after Kristallnacht,
    or the “Night of Broken Glass,” a violent attack on Jews in Germany.

    Polling methodology at the time was less exact
    than it is today, but anti-Semitism
    was prevalent during the run-up to World War II, historians
    say, and contributed to the hesitation about accepting Jewish

    On June 1, 1939, the German
    liner St. Louis was denied entrance to the Havana, Cuba harbor. Carrying 917
    German Jewish refugees, the ship was later denied entrance to the US and returned
    to Germany.

    Also in 1939, the SS St Louis, a
    ship carrying over 900 Jewish refugees, arrived on the coast of Florida
    after being rejected by Cuban officials. The United States also refused to let
    it dock, and the captain was forced to take the ship back to Europe, where
    Belgium, France, Holland and the United Kingdom took in the refugees.

    During the war, many Americans expressed concern that
    refugees could be secretly associated with the Nazis.

    “Once the United States entered World War II, the State
    Department practiced stricter immigration policies out of fear that refugees
    could be blackmailed into working as agents for Germany,” the United State
    Holocaust Memorial Museum website says.

    A column in the Saturday Evening Post in March
    1941 expressed that
    view as well, warning that “disguised as refugees, Nazi agents have
    penetrated all over the world, as spies, fifth columnists, propagandists or
    secret commercial agents.”

    Such fears have been echoed by a number of elected
    officials since the terrorist attacks in Paris on
    Friday. Many Republicans and some Democrats have said the U.S. should
    not accept Syrian refugees for fear that ISIS affiliates could enter the
    country hidden among the migrants.

    A Reuters/Ipsos poll released Monday found 52%
    of Americans believe countries where Syrian refugees are accepted are
    less safe. Forty percent said those countries should continue to accept
    refugees, while 41% said they should stop accepting them. The poll did not ask
    specifically about the United States.

    The State Department has said it will move forward with the plan
    to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next year.

    Before the Paris attacks, a Pew Research
    Poll found that 51% of Americans approved of the
    government’s decision to increase the number of refugees accepted into the

    Many of those who support continuing the refugee program argue
    that those leaving Syria are
    fleeingterrorism themselves.

    But, history shows, it may be a while before the public
    fully supports an influx of refugees. During World War II, the United
    States only took concrete steps to help Jewish refugees after
    Americans became fully aware of the genocide taking place in Europe. Near the
    end of the war, in 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt set up the War
    Refugee Board to help Jews escape to the United States.


    (Posters comment. FYI to
    Obama it was the same for Irish, Italians, North Koreans and Vietnamese. Once again Obama puts forth a straw man and
    or a false argument. That said, we
    arguably did not fear these past refugees blowing themselves up in our city
    streets or cutting the throats of our citizens.)


  • smokedsalmoned

    ….ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape – The New York Times 8-13-15

    QADIYA, Iraq — In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old
    girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about
    to do was not a sin. Because the preteen girl practiced a religion other than
    Islam, the Quran not only gave him the right to rape her — it condoned and
    encouraged it, he insisted.

    He bound her hands and gagged her. Then he knelt beside the bed
    and prostrated himself in prayer before getting on top of her.

    When it was over, he knelt to pray again, bookending the rape
    with acts of religious devotion.

    “I kept telling him it hurts — please stop,” said the girl,
    whose body is so small an adult could circle her waist with two hands. “He told
    me that according to Islam he is allowed to rape an unbeliever. He said that by
    raping me, he is drawing closer to God,” she said in an interview alongside her
    family in a refugee camp here, to which she escaped after 11 months of

    The systematic rape of women and girls from the Yazidi religious
    minority has become deeply enmeshed in the organization and the radical
    theology of the Islamic State in the year since the group announced it was
    reviving slavery as an institution. Interviews with 21 women and girls who recently
    escaped the Islamic State, as well as an examination of the group’s official
    communications, illuminate how the practice has been enshrined in the group’s
    core tenets.

    The trade in Yazidi women and girls has created a persistent
    infrastructure, with a network of warehouses where the victims are held,
    viewing rooms where they are inspected and marketed, and a dedicated fleet of
    buses used to transport them.

    A total of 5,270 Yazidis were abducted last year, and at least
    3,144 are still being held, according to community leaders. To handle them, the
    Islamic State has developed a detailed bureaucracy of sex slavery, including
    sales contracts notarized by the ISIS-run Islamic courts. And the practice has
    become an established recruiting tool to lure men from deeply conservative
    Muslim societies, where casual sex is taboo and dating is forbidden.

    A growing body of internal policy memos and theological
    discussions has established guidelines for slavery, including a lengthy how-to
    manual issued by the Islamic State Research and Fatwa Department just last
    month. Repeatedly, the ISIS leadership
    has emphasized a narrow and selective reading of the Quran and other religious
    rulings to not only justify violence, but also to elevate and celebrate each
    sexual assault as spiritually beneficial, even virtuous.

    “Every time that he came to rape me, he would pray,” said F, a
    15-year-old girl who was captured on the shoulder of Mount Sinjar one year ago
    and was sold to an Iraqi fighter in his 20s. Like some others interviewed by
    The New York Times, she wanted to be identified only by her first initial
    because of the shame associated with rape.

    “He kept telling me this is ibadah,” she
    said, using a term from Islamic scripture meaning worship.

    “He said that raping me is his prayer to God. I said to him,
    ‘What you’re doing to me is wrong, and it will not bring you closer to God.’
    And he said, ‘No, it’s allowed. It’s halal,’ ” said the teenager, who escaped
    in April with the help of smugglers after being enslaved for nearly nine

    Calculated Conquest

    The Islamic State’s formal introduction of systematic sexual
    slavery dates to Aug. 3, 2014, when its fighters invaded the villages on the
    southern flank of Mount Sinjar, a craggy massif of dun-colored rock in northern

    Its valleys and ravines are home to the Yazidis, a tiny
    religious minority who represent less than 1.5 percent of Iraq’s estimated
    population of 34 million.

    The offensive on the mountain came just two months after the
    fall of Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq. At first, it appeared that the
    subsequent advance on the mountain was just another attempt to extend the
    territory controlled by Islamic State fighters.

    Almost immediately, there were signs that their aim this time
    was different.

    Survivors say that men and women were separated within the first
    hour of their capture. Adolescent boys were told to lift up their shirts, and
    if they had armpit hair, they were directed to join their older brothers and
    fathers. In village after village, the men and older boys were driven or
    marched to nearby fields, where they were forced to lie down in the dirt and
    sprayed with automatic fire.

    The women, girls and children, however, were hauled off in
    open-bed trucks.

    “The offensive on the mountain was as much a sexual conquest as
    it was for territorial gain,” said Matthew Barber, a University of Chicago
    expert on the Yazidi minority. He was in Dohuk, near Mount Sinjar, when the
    onslaught began last summer and helped create a foundation that provides psychological support
    for the escapees, who number more than 2,000, according to community activists.

    Fifteen-year-old F says her family of nine was trying to escape,
    speeding up mountain switchbacks, when their aging Opel overheated. She, her
    mother, and her sisters — 14, 7, and 4 years old — were helplessly standing by
    their stalled car when a convoy of heavily armed Islamic State fighters
    encircled them.

    “Right away, the fighters separated the men from the women,” she
    said. She, her mother and sisters were first taken in trucks to the nearest
    town on Mount Sinjar. “There, they separated me from my mom. The young,
    unmarried girls were forced to get into buses.”

    The buses were white, with a painted stripe next to the word
    “Hajj,” suggesting that the Islamic State had commandeered Iraqi government
    buses used to transport pilgrims for the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. So many Yazidi
    women and girls were loaded inside F’s bus that they were forced to sit on each
    other’s laps, she said.

    Once the bus headed out, they noticed that the windows were
    blocked with curtains, an accouterment that appeared to have been added because
    the fighters planned to transport large numbers of women who were not covered
    in burqas or head scarves.

    F’s account, including the physical description of the bus, the
    placement of the curtains and the manner in which the women were transported,
    is echoed by a dozen other female victims interviewed for this article. They
    described a similar set of circumstances even though they were kidnapped on
    different days and in locations miles apart.

    F says she was driven to the Iraqi city of Mosul some six hours
    away, where they herded them into the Galaxy Wedding Hall. Other groups of
    women and girls were taken to a palace from the Saddam Hussein era, the Badoosh
    prison compound and the Directory of Youth building in Mosul, recent escapees
    said. And in addition to Mosul, women were herded into elementary schools and
    municipal buildings in the Iraqi towns of Tal Afar, Solah, Ba’aj and Sinjar

    They would be held in confinement, some for days, some for
    months. Then, inevitably, they were loaded into the same fleet of buses again
    before being sent in smaller groups to Syria or to other locations inside Iraq,
    where they were bought and sold for sex.

    “It was 100 percent preplanned,” said Khider Domle, a Yazidi
    community activist who maintains a detailed database of the victims. “I spoke
    by telephone to the first family who arrived at the Directory of Youth in
    Mosul, and the hall was already prepared for them. They had mattresses, plates
    and utensils, food and water for hundreds of people.”

    Detailed reports by Human Rights
    Watch and Amnesty
    International reach
    the same conclusion about the organized nature of the sex trade.

    In each location, survivors say Islamic State fighters first
    conducted a census of their female captives.

    Inside the voluminous Galaxy banquet hall, F sat on the marble
    floor, squeezed between other adolescent girls. In all she estimates there were
    over 1,300 Yazidi girls sitting, crouching, splayed out and leaning against the
    walls of the ballroom, a number that is confirmed by several other women held
    in the same location.

    They each described how three Islamic State fighters walked in,
    holding a register. They told the girls to stand. Each one was instructed to
    state her first, middle and last name, her age, her hometown, whether she was
    married, and if she had children.

    For two months, F was held inside the Galaxy hall. Then one day,
    they came and began removing young women. Those who refused were dragged out by
    their hair, she said.

    In the parking lot the same fleet of Hajj buses was waiting to
    take them to their next destination, said F. Along with 24 other girls and
    young women, the 15-year-old was driven to an army base in Iraq. It was there
    in the parking lot that she heard the word “sabaya” for
    the first time.

    “They laughed and jeered at us, saying ‘You are our sabaya.’ I
    didn’t know what that word meant,” she said. Later on, the local Islamic State
    leader explained it meant slave.

    “He told us that Taus Malik” — one of seven angels to whom the
    Yazidis pray — “is not God. He said that Taus Malik is the devil and that
    because you worship the devil, you belong to us. We can sell you and use you as
    we see fit.”

    The Islamic State’s sex trade appears to be based solely on
    enslaving women and girls from the Yazidi minority. As yet, there has been no
    widespread campaign aimed at enslaving women from other religious minorities,
    said Samer Muscati, the author of the recent Human Rights Watch report. That
    assertion was echoed by community leaders, government officials and other human
    rights workers.

    Mr. Barber, of the University of Chicago, said that the focus on
    Yazidis was likely because they are seen as polytheists, with an oral tradition
    rather than a written scripture. In the Islamic State’s eyes that puts them on
    the fringe of despised unbelievers, even more than Christians and Jews, who are
    considered to have some limited protections under the Quran as “People of the

    In Kojo, one of the southernmost villages on Mount Sinjar and
    among the farthest away from escape, residents decided to stay, believing they
    would be treated as the Christians of Mosul had months earlier. On Aug.
    15, 2014, the Islamic State ordered the residents to report to a school in the
    center of town.

    When she got there, 40-year-old Aishan Ali Saleh found a
    community elder negotiating with the Islamic State, asking if they could be
    allowed to hand over their money and gold in return for safe passage.

    The fighters initially agreed and laid out a blanket, where Ms.
    Saleh placed her heart-shaped pendant and her gold rings, while the men left
    crumpled bills.

    Instead of letting them go, the fighters began shoving the men
    outside, bound for death.

    Sometime later, a fleet of cars arrived and the women, girls and
    children were driven away.

    The Market

    Months later, the Islamic State made clear in their online
    magazine that their campaign of enslaving Yazidi women and girls had been
    extensively preplanned.

    “Prior to the taking of Sinjar, Shariah students in the Islamic
    State were tasked to research the Yazidis,” said the English-language article,
    headlined “The Revival of Slavery Before the Hour,” which appeared in the
    October issue of Dabiq.

    The article made clear that for the Yazidis, there was no chance
    to pay a tax known as jizya to be set free, “unlike the Jews and Christians.”

    “After capture, the Yazidi women and children were then divided
    according to the Shariah amongst the fighters of the Islamic State who
    participated in the Sinjar operations, after one fifth of the slaves were
    transferred to the Islamic State’s authority to be divided” as spoils, the
    article said.

    In much the same way as specific Bible passages were used
    centuries later to support the slave trade in the United States, the Islamic
    State cites specific verses or stories in the Quran or else in the Sunna, the traditions
    based on the sayings and deeds of the Prophet Muhammad, to justify their human
    trafficking, experts say.

    Scholars of Islamic theology disagree, however, on the proper
    interpretation of these verses, and on the divisive question of whether Islam actually
    sanctions slavery.

    Many argue that slavery figures in Islamic scripture in much the
    same way that it figures in the Bible — as a reflection of the period in
    antiquity in which the religion was born.

    “In the milieu in which the Quran arose, there was a widespread
    practice of men having sexual relationships with unfree women,” said Kecia Ali,
    an associate professor of religion at Boston University and the author of a
    book on slavery in early Islam. “It wasn’t a particular religious institution.
    It was just how people did things.”

    Cole Bunzel, a scholar of Islamic theology at Princeton
    University, disagrees, pointing to the numerous references to the phrase “Those
    your right hand possesses” in the Quran, which for centuries has been
    interpreted to mean female slaves. He also points to the corpus of Islamic
    jurisprudence, which continues into the modern era and which he says includes
    detailed rules for the treatment of slaves.

    “There is a great deal of scripture that sanctions slavery,”
    said Mr. Bunzel, the author of a research paper published by the Brookings
    Institution on the ideology of the Islamic State. “You can argue that it is no
    longer relevant and has fallen into abeyance. ISIS would argue that these
    institutions need to be revived, because that is what the Prophet and his
    companions did.”

    The youngest, prettiest women and girls were bought in the first
    weeks after their capture. Others — especially older, married women — described
    how they were transported from location to location, spending months in the
    equivalent of human holding pens, until a prospective buyer bid on them.

    Their captors appeared to have a system in place, replete with
    its own methodology of inventorying the women, as well as their own lexicon.
    Women and girls were referred to as “Sabaya,” followed by their name. Some were
    bought by wholesalers, who photographed and gave them numbers, to advertise
    them to potential buyers.

    Osman Hassan Ali, a Yazidi businessman who has successfully
    smuggled out numerous Yazidi women, said he posed as a buyer in order to be
    sent the photographs. He shared a dozen images, each one showing a Yazidi woman
    sitting in a bare room on a couch, facing the camera with a blank, unsmiling
    expression. On the edge of the photograph is written in Arabic, “Sabaya No. 1,”
    “Sabaya No. 2,” and so on.

    Buildings where the women were collected and held sometimes
    included a viewing room.

    “When they put us in the building, they said we had arrived at
    the ‘Sabaya Market,’” said one 19-year-old victim, whose first initial is I. “I
    understood we were now in a slave market.”

    She estimated there were at least 500 other unmarried women and
    girls in the multistory building, with the youngest among them being 11. When
    the buyers arrived, the girls were taken one by one into a separate room.

    “The emirs sat against the wall and called us by name. We had to
    sit in a chair facing them. You had to look at them, and before you went in,
    they took away our scarves and anything we could have used to cover ourselves,”
    she said.

    “When it was my turn, they made me stand four times. They made
    me turn around.”

    The captives were also forced to answer intimate questions,
    including reporting the exact date of their last menstrual cycle. They realized
    that the fighters were trying to determine whether they were pregnant, in
    keeping with a Shariah rule stating that a man cannot have intercourse with his
    slave if she is pregnant.

    Property of ISIS

    The use of sex slavery by the Islamic State initially surprised
    even the group’s most ardent supporters, many of whom sparred with journalists
    online after the first reports of systematic rape.

    The Islamic State’s leadership has repeatedly sought to justify
    the practice to its internal audience.

    After the initial article in Dabiq in October, the issue came up
    in the publication again this year, in an editorial in May that expressed the
    writer’s hurt and dismay at the fact that some of the group’s own sympathizers
    had questioned the institution of slavery.

    “What really alarmed me
    was that some of the Islamic State’s supporters started denying the matter as
    if the soldiers of the Khilafah had committed a mistake or evil,” the author
    wrote. “I write this while the letters drip of pride,’’ she said. “We have
    indeed raided and captured the kafirahwomen and drove them like sheep by the
    edge of the sword.” Kafirah refers to infidels.

    In a pamphlet published online in December, the Research and Fatwa
    Department of the Islamic State detailed best practices, including explaining
    that slaves belong to the estate of the fighter who bought them and therefore
    can be willed to another man and disposed of just like any other property after
    his death.

    Recent escapees describe an intricate bureaucracy surrounding
    their captivity, with their status as a slave registered in a contract. When
    their owner would sell them to another buyer, a new contract would be drafted,
    like transferring a property deed. At the same time, slaves can also be set
    free, and fighters are promised a heavenly reward for doing so.

    Though rare, this has created one avenue of escape for victims.

    A 25-year-old victim who escaped last month, identified by her
    first initial, A, described how one day her Libyan master handed her a
    laminated piece of paper. He explained that he had finished his training as a
    suicide bomber and was planning to blow himself up, and was therefore setting
    her free.

    Labeled a “Certificate of Emancipation,” the document was signed
    by the judge of the western province of the Islamic State. The Yazidi woman
    presented it at security checkpoints as she left Syria to return to Iraq, where
    she rejoined her family in July.

    The Islamic State recently made it clear that sex with Christian
    and Jewish women captured in battle is also permissible, according to a new
    34-page manual issued this summer by the terror group’s Research and Fatwa

    Just about the only prohibition is having sex with a pregnant
    slave, and the manual describes how an owner must wait for a female captive to
    have her menstruating cycle, in order to “make sure there is nothing in her
    womb,” before having intercourse with her. Of the 21 women and girls
    interviewed for this article, among the only ones who had not been raped were
    the women who were already pregnant at the moment of their capture, as well as
    those who were past menopause.

    Beyond that, there appears to be no bounds to what is sexually
    permissible. Child rape is explicitly condoned: “It is permissible to have
    intercourse with the female slave who hasn’t reached puberty, if she is fit for
    intercourse,” according to a translation by the Middle East Media Research
    Institute of a pamphlet published on Twitter last December.

    One 34-year-old Yazidi woman, who was bought and repeatedly
    raped by a Saudi fighter in the Syrian city of Shadadi, described how she fared
    better than the second slave in the household — a 12-year-old girl who was
    raped for days on end despite heavy bleeding.

    “He destroyed her body. She was badly infected. The fighter kept
    coming and asking me, ‘Why does she smell so bad?’ And I said, she has an
    infection on the inside, you need to take care of her,” the woman said.

    Unmoved, he ignored the girl’s agony, continuing the ritual of
    praying before and after raping the child.

    “I said to him, ‘She’s just a little girl,’ ” the older woman
    recalled. “And he answered: ‘No. She’s not a little girl. She’s a slave. And
    she knows exactly how to have sex.’ ’’

    “And having sex with her pleases God,” he said.

    Correction: August 13, 2015

    earlier version of this article misstated the location of Matthew Barber when
    the invasion of Mount Sinjar began in August 2014. He was in Dohuk, near Mount
    Sinjar, not on the mountain itself.

    Correction: August 16, 2015

    of an editing error, an earlier version of this article misstated the gender of
    the author of an editorial in Dabiq. The author is a woman, not a man.

  • smokedsalmoned

    Europe’s Rape Epidemic:

    OCTOBER 8, 2015 BY NEO

    I mentioned this in passing the other day, here,
    but it needs talking about. The main question is why Europe permits such
    an outrage. I can think of several reasons, none


    Perhaps, the only reason Europeans pretended to
    respect women

    was the thin veneer of Christianity they used to
    wear; that is possible since

    the advance in the rights of women has always
    been linked to Christianity.

    Perhaps, Europeans are just too wimpish to any
    longer protect

    their women, in which case they are doomed
    because a man who won’t protect his

    wife and/or daughter will not protect himself or
    his civilization either.

    Perhaps, the Europeans simply hate their (and

    civilization so much that any outrage committed
    against it is fine with them.

    Perhaps all of the above, or maybe other
    reasons. It doesn’t

    really matter, Europe has given up. I suspect a
    secondary reason is the very

    reason they have always resented us
    Anglo-Saxons, as they call us,

    the very evident fact that historically we have
    made sure we are free to take

    action with or without government sanction,
    against a crime in the street.

    Sadly, Britons have largely given up that right,
    leaving it the sole possession

    of Americans, who firmly believe it.

    Make no mistake, Westerners are about to be made
    to suffer from

    Europe’s Rape Epidemic and the reason is that
    our leaders fully believe that we

    deserve to.

    Readers will be more than aware that Sweden has
    become Europe’s

    rape capital. Its government has blamed this on
    everything from increased

    reporting to the internet to the weather. Norway
    and Denmark also have

    some rather alarming rates of rape, but those
    countries are more readily

    willing to admit the cause.

    In Norway, recent statistics revealed that 100 per
    cent of violent street-rapes

    committed in the capital city of Oslo were
    committed by “non-western”

    immigrants. It’s a similar story in Denmark,
    where the majority of

    rapes are committed by immigrants, usually

    In England, it’s been rape after rape – tens of
    thousands of

    young British girls are brutalised, tortured,
    beaten and raped by organised

    gangs comprised almost exclusively of Muslims.
    And now we have Germany. When

    Chancellor Merkel threw open the doors of her
    country to hundreds of thousands

    of migrants from the Middle East and Africa, she
    opened the door to the rape of

    German women.

    Rape and sexual assault (as well as forced
    prostitution) is

    rampant within the refugee camps in Germany, and
    it has spilled out to the

    nearby towns. Rape in has already been described
    as an “epidemic” and one that the German authorities, and media, are

    keeping rather quiet about. The reality is that
    German authorities, who

    know that many of these asylum seekers are
    rapists, will allow those men to

    live freely among German women – they have
    decided to allow German women to be

    raped, just like authorities all across Europe.

    Women of Europe must understand what is
    happening here. This

    is not Page Three, or aCarry Onfilm sexist joke
    (for the record, I

    wouldn’t be without my Carry On collection);
    this is a truly

    brutal hatred of women that demands we are
    slaves and absolutely believes it

    has the right to rape women who don’t submit.
    The men think of women this

    way because that is where they come from, that
    is what they know.

    And there is this, from The Gatestone

    “They are also taught that white non-Muslims are
    easy, cheap,

    dirty sluts and that it is their right [to take
    them]. … On top of this,

    teaching people to hate anyone who is not a
    Muslim — as is done in many mosques

    — will, of course, lead to a lot of people
    hating anyone who is not a Muslim. …

    The problem, however, is also due to police,
    judges, lawyers, and teachers,

    fearing the words ‘racist’ and ‘Islamophobe’ —
    and nothing is being done to

    stop that.” — Toni Bugle, women’s rights
    activist, founder of Mothers against

    Radical Islam and Sharia, and victim of

    “When girls are raped, they are referred to by
    the rapists as

    ‘white trash,’ ‘white whores’ and ‘white
    kuffir.’ It is said to the girls quite

    openly. And the girls tell the police. Yet the
    assaults are never recognized as

    ‘racially motivated. … “I am sick of being told
    that I matter less because, I

    was born white, or that someone else matters
    less because he was born a

    different color. Such terms are themselves
    racist. People now seem to be using

    the race card to behave in the most appalling
    manner.” — Toni Bugle.

    Many British girls still stay silent. The
    perpetrators threaten

    and intimidate them: “This would be enough to
    silence most girls. In addition,

    the police ignore the pleas of these girls, so
    they do not trust the police. I

    do think the silence of the community means it

    In Islam, only non-Muslims may be taken as
    slaves — a rule that

    is unfortunately only further evidence of a
    supremacist doctrine within Islam:

    that Islam is superior to other religions, and
    its adherents therefore entitled

    to privileges not afforded to members of other

    I would remind you that slavery ended in the
    west (including the

    United States) because British and then American
    Christians decided that it

    must. Nobody else cared, really. Apparently, our
    so-called leadership elites no

    longer care either, and so an old evil returns
    to Europe, and soon the United

    States as well.

  • smokedsalmoned

    Op-Ed: Europe Braces For Rape Epidemic From Incoming Migrant

    They welcome the predators uncritically, sacrificing their
    daughters and wives on the altar of political correctness.

    Published: Thursday, September 10, 2015 2:12 PM Jack

    Swedish school authorities are warning their girls to keep
    their knees and arms covered for fear of this fresh influx of refugees.

    Who might they be, these refugees? People from China, Japan,
    Canada, the United States?

    You win if you guessed Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and
    mostly, as of late, Syria.

    Teachers are saying this new influx into Sweden, which is
    already the rape capital of world due to a previous influx of the same kind,
    brings with it men who simply have a different way of looking at girls and women.
    They are not used to women who – well, they simply are not used to women,

    Where they come from women are toys, playthings and birthing

    So the Swedes are warning their kids to be extra careful
    because these new people come from a place where women get no respect. They
    expect to be abused.

    They expect to be raped. Raping is normal in that part of
    the world.

    That is not how I read it in the paper just the other day,
    but since I lost that particular clipping readers will please rely on my
    interpretation – for in fact the Swedes never used such terms as “abuse” or
    “rape.” That would be un-Swedish and so un-European. Political correctness must
    be observed.

    Nor will they admit that nearly all these asylum-seekers are
    men without women.

    So what they say is that these new refugees, mostly from
    Syria, bring with them a different culture – and it is a culture that must be

    Therefore it is not for them to adapt to us – it is for us
    to adapt to them. When they rape, it is our fault. They can’t help themselves.

    They see a woman – and she is theirs for the taking. These
    well-fed lusty men simply cannot control themselves and their thrill-seeking

    It is their way of life and they cannot be blamed.

    So say the Swedes, but by use of European Talk, which means
    using metaphors and avoiding any truth that stares you in the face, like the
    EU’s plague of rapists.

    My Swedish waitress Olga — Is she upset about what’s
    happening to her home country?

    “Yes,” she said. “Those poor people. We must have

    Strangely, Israel’s Arabs are having no part of the stampede
    onto Europe. They seem quite content to stay put.

    She does not mean the rape victims. She means the brutes.
    This does not make her heartless. This makes her European. That is how they

    That is how they are being destroyed from within, and
    illustrates how absolutely futile it is to reason with Europeans or with
    American Liberals.

    They are entirely too busy being merciful to the wicked…and
    we know how that ends.

    They welcome the predators who can’t control their sexual
    appetites, as to turn them back would prove that some people are different.

    For the typical European and for the typical American
    Liberal, this is the guiding creed – All people are the same. All people are

    Rather than face the fact that people are different, that
    Christians and Jews share no values with cannibals from Islam, Europe is
    prepared to roll over to accept the virtues of brute force. Europeans are ready
    to make the switch from the Bible to the Koran; from the belief that women are
    to be honored and protected to a custom that treats women like cattle.

    This is your Europe of today, a place being gobbled up by
    people, among them savages, who know how to prey upon Western heartstrings.
    Strangely, Israel’s Arabs are having no part of the stampede onto Europe. They
    seem quite content to stay put. Very strange.

    “The Koran has arrived and it has come to devour the Bible,”
    we wrote in this book. Finally, we are correct.

    One by one they go with the flow of Islam.

    In time the cultured European will be inseparable from the
    primitive, at the expense of women who already have no place to hide.

    Still they come, and tomorrow Mr. Obama is bringing them to
    the United States.

    So do not laugh at Sweden and poke no fun at Europe. Lock
    your daughters. More jihadists are coming next door.

    New York-based author and bestselling novelist Jack
    Engelhard writes a regular column for Arutz Sheva. His novel “Indecent
    Proposal” was translated into more than 22 languages and turned into a
    Paramount motion picture starring Robert Redford and Demi Moore. His latest
    thriller is “The Bathsheba Deadline.” Website:


  • smokedsalmoned

    INCREASE 500% – Muslims Involved in 77% of All Rape Cases

    Sweden now has the
    second highest number of rapes in the world, after South Africa, which at 53.2
    per 100,000 is six times higher than the United States. Statistics now suggest
    that 1 out of every 4 Swedish women will be raped.

    January 29, 2013 Daniel

    Sweden has imported huge numbers of Muslim immigrants with catastrophic effect.

    Sweden’s population grew from 9 million to 9.5 million in the
    years 2004-2012, mainly due to immigration from “countries like
    Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia”. 16 percent of all newborns have mothers
    born in non-Western countries. Employment rate among immigrants: 54 percent.

    Sweden now has the second highest number of rapes in the world, after South Africa, which at 53.2 per 100,000
    is six times higher than the United States. Statistics now suggest that 1 out of every 4 Swedish womenwill be raped.

    In 2003, Sweden’s rape statistics were higher than average at 9.24, but in 2005
    they shot up to 36.8 and by 2008 were up to 53.2. Now they are almost certainly
    even higher as Muslim immigrants continue forming a larger percentage of the

    With Muslims represented in as many as 77 percent of the rape cases and a major increase in rape
    cases paralleling a major increase in Muslim immigration, the wages of Muslim
    immigration are proving to be a sexual assault epidemic by a misogynistic

    The statistics are skewed by urban centers where
    the Islamic colonists cluster. In Stockholm this summer there was an average of 5 rapes a day. Stockholm has gone from a Swedish city to a
    city that is one-third immigrant and is between a fifth and a quarter Muslim.

    Sweden, like the rest of the West, will have to
    come to terms with the fact that it can either have female equality or Muslim
    immigration. It cannot have both.

  • smokedsalmoned

    Islamic Supremacism and Rape

    by ANDREW C. MCCARTHY August 28,
    2014 5:36 PM

    As recounted in Ian Tuttle’s
    bracing reports (here and here) about rapes committed by Muslims in Rotherdam,
    England, this is a longstanding European scandal the cover-up of which brings
    shame – more shame – to the Western media. In my 2010 book The Grand
    Jihad, on the Islamist-supremacist threat to the West, I described rape by
    Muslim immigrants as “the unspoken epidemic of Western Europe.” The book goes
    on to discuss the unmentionable Islamic doctrinal and cultural underpinnings of
    the epidemic:


    As a violent jihadist tactic,
    [rape] has long been an infamous weapon in the Sudanese Islamist regime’s
    genocidal arsenal, used first against Christians and animists in the south in
    the early Nineties and, more recently, in western Sudan against the Muslims of
    Darfur, whom Islamists judge to be insufficiently Islamic. Now, with the
    tide of immigration, jihad by rape has been imported to Europe, where
    indignation by the politically correct press is predictably reserved not for
    the perpetrators but for the few journalists willing to report on it.

    Consistent with [top Muslim
    Brotherhood sharia jurist] Sheikh [Yusuf] Qaradawi’s aforementioned view that
    the rape victim is to blame for her plight if she has failed to adhere to
    fundamentalist protocols for women’s attire, Shahid Mehdi, a top Islamic cleric
    in Denmark, has explained that women who fail to don a headscarf are asking to
    be raped (an admonition also given voice by Sheik Faiz Mohammed, a prominent
    Lebanese cleric, during a lecture he delivered in Australia) (See Sharon
    Lapkin, “Western Muslims’ Racist Rape Spree”,, Dec. 29, 2005).
    Not surprisingly given such encouragement, Fjordman painstakingly documents
    that it has become a commonplace for young Muslim men to participate in sexual
    assaults and absolve themselves from culpability. (See here, here and here.) As
    a psychologist working in the prison system, the incomparable Theodore
    Dalrymple witnessed the six-fold spike in Britain’s Muslim inmate population
    between 1990 and 2005. He bluntly notes that “thanks to their cultural
    inheritance, [the Muslims’] abuse of women is systematic rather than unsystematic
    as it is with” white and black inmates. (See Theodore Dalrymple, “Our prisons
    are fertile ground for cultivating suickde bombers”, The Times of London, July
    30, 2005.) Robert Spencer elaborates [in “The Rape Jihad”,,
    Sept. 24, 2004]:

    Islamic legal manual ‘Umdat al-Salik, which carries the endorsement of Al-Azhar
    University, the most respected authority in Sunni Islam, stipulates:
    “When a child or a woman is taken captive, they become slaves by the fact
    of capture, and the woman’s previous marriage is immediately annulled.”
    Why? So that they are free to become the concubines of their captors.
    The Qur’an permits Muslim men to have intercourse with their wives and
    their slave girls: “Forbidden to you are . . . married women, except
    those whom you own as slaves” (Sura 4:23-24).

    As atrocious as rape is on its
    own, the Sudanese experience demonstrates that it is even more harrowing as a
    component in a broader intimidation campaign. Writing in Frontpage
    Magazine, the former Australian army officer Sharon Lapkin has recounted
    (article linked above, my italics in excerpt):

    Australian detective Tim Priest warned in 2004 that the Lebanese gangs, which
    emerged in Sydney in the 1990s—when the police were asleep—had morphed out of
    control. “The Lebanese groups,” he said, “were ruthless, extremely violent, and
    they intimidated not only innocent witnesses, but even the police that
    attempted to arrest them.” Priest describes how in 2001, in a Muslim
    dominated area of Sydney two policemen stopped a car containing three
    well-known Middle Eastern men to search for stolen property. As the police
    carried out their search they were physically threatened and the three men
    claimed they were going to track them down, kill them and then rape their
    girlfriends. . . . As the Sydney police called for backup the three men
    used their mobile phones to call their associates, and within minutes, 20
    Middle Eastern men arrived on the scene. They punched and pushed the police and
    damaged state vehicles. The police retreated and the gang followed them to the
    police station where they intimidated staff, damaged property and held the
    police station hostage. Eventually the gang left, the police licked their
    wounds, and not one of them took action against the Middle Eastern men. Priest
    claims, “In the minds of the local population, the police are cowards and the
    message was, ‘Lebanese [Muslim gangs] rule the streets.’”

    The situation, Lapkin learned, was
    the same in Malmo, Sweden’s third largest city, where police concede that they
    are no longer in control. Muslim immigrant gangs rule the streets.
    To make their dominion emphatic, even ambulance personnel are routinely
    attacked and abused. They won’t go into many neighborhoods without police
    protection, and the police, in turn, will not enter without additional

    Islamists are taking the measure
    of the West and finding it to be a shallow, self-loathing husk. When
    Muslims riot over mere cartoons, the intelligentsia’s first impulse is to
    condemn the publisher. After an Islamist terrorist’s brutal murder of
    Theo van Gogh, who directed Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s screenplay “Submission,” about
    the treatment of women in Islam, the first impulse of the Netherlands was to
    encourage Ms. Hirsi Ali to leave the country. In Birmingham, a
    conservative group called the “English Defense League” has demonstrated in
    opposition to what it is careful to call militant Islam, stressing that it has
    no quarrel with Islam or with Muslims who do not wish to change British law or
    life. Predictably, Muslim groups reacted violently, exhorted by imams at
    the Birmingham Central Mosque to show the umma’s “solidarity.” The first
    impulse of the British media? To side with the rampaging Muslims, whom
    they portrayed as heroic “anti-fascists”—fighting side-by-side with their
    socialist allies, to challenge the “anti-Islamic” activists of the right-wing.”
    (See here and here.)

    These are but a surface scratch of the mosaic
    that gives Sheikh Qaradawi such confidence that Islam will “conquer”
    Europe—that Islam is this minute conquering Europe—and that it will eventually
    bring America to heel as well.

    Read more at:

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    by ANNE-MARIE WATERS6 Oct 2015

    20 years ago I lived in the Netherlands. Amsterdam to be precise. I don’t
    know if it is still the same but finding decent affordable accommodation in
    Amsterdam is an onerous task – especially when you are on a budget, as I
    was. After some difficulty, I did find a fairly decent flat, but I left
    it, in the middle of the night, with my rucksack and all my possessions,
    because my landlord did not understand, nor did he want to accept, that I
    wasn’t interested in a sexual relationship with him.

    Fast forward eight months or so, and I am living in a new flat
    with a female friend of mine. Late one night, while my friend and I were
    sitting talking in her room, someone let himself in. He immediately decided to
    take his trousers off and walk in to the bedroom with a stupid “entitled” grin
    on his face. We left the flat, there and then, with our rucksacks and all our
    possessions. So, twice within a year I had to leave the place I lived because
    of nasty little men who thought they had every right to treat women as if we
    owe them sex.

    In both cases, the
    landlords were Moroccan immigrants who had not long been living in Holland. On a separate occasion, a taxi driver drove past
    several times while I was walking with a friend in central Amsterdam. He threw a rather grim present out the window at us. It didn’t hit us.

    Much more recently, I travelled from Copenhagen to Malmo by
    train. Only moments after the train entered Swedish territory, I was witness to
    what I can only assume to be representative of the new Sweden: a young blonde
    woman was jogging and had the misfortune of passing a group of men (I have been
    heavily criticised for describing them as “Middle Eastern-looking men” but that
    is what they were) who proceeded immediately to harass her – blocking her way,
    shouting, grabbing their genitals. Soon afterwards, in the centre of Malmo, I
    was treated to a “pro-Palestinian” rally which I have no doubt at all was
    attended by many a Jew-hating Islamist, as is common in the new Sweden.

    Readers will be more than
    aware that Sweden has become Europe’s rape capital. Its government has
    blamed this on everything from increased reporting to the internet to the
    weather. Norway and Denmark also have some rather alarming
    rates of rape, but those countries are more readily willing to admit the cause.

    In Norway, recent
    statistics revealed that 100 per cent of violent street-rapes committed in the
    capital city of Oslo were committed by “non-western” immigrants. It’s a similar story in Denmark, where the
    majority of rapes are committed by immigrants, usually Muslim.

    In England, it’s been
    rape after rape – tens of thousands of young British girls are brutalised,
    tortured, beaten and raped by organised gangs comprised almost exclusively of
    Muslims. And now we have Germany. When Chancellor
    Merkel threw open the doors of her country to hundreds of thousands of migrants
    from the Middle East and Africa, she opened the door to the rape of German

    Rape and sexual assault
    (as well as forced prostitution) is rampant within the refugee camps in
    Germany, and it has spilled out to the nearby towns. Rape in Germany
    has already been described as an “epidemic” and one that the German authorities, and media, are keeping
    rather quiet about. The reality is that German
    authorities, who know that many of these asylum seekers are rapists, will allow
    those men to live freely among German women – they have decided to allow German
    women to be raped, just like authorities all across Europe.

    Women of Europe must
    understand what is happening here. This is not Page
    Three, or aCarry On film sexist joke (for the record, I wouldn’t be
    without my Carry On collection); this is a truly brutal hatred
    of women that demands we are slaves and absolutely believes it has the right to
    rape women who don’t submit. The men think of
    women this way because that is where they come from, that is what they know.

    Reports reveal that the
    bulk of “asylum seekers” now piling in to Europe are from countries including
    Pakistan, Somalia, Afghanistan, and other places where women are treated
    appallingly as a matter of course. It’s not the
    “extreme fringe” or a “tiny minority”; it is the norm, the mainstream, and the
    law of the land.

    It’s true, women are
    abused everywhere, but in most countries it’s against the law. In Islamic states, it is the law.

    Many of the men on their
    way to Europe were raised, as in Pakistan, to believe that a woman who isn’t
    all-but invisible is asking to be raped. On the legal books
    in Pakistan, a woman can be stoned to death for being a victim of rape. What on earth do we expect from the bulk of men who
    grow up under these rules? How will they view women, and
    rape? And what on earth do we expect to happen when they
    come en masse to Europe? They will suddenly become
    feminists en route? No, they bring this misogyny with
    them, and it’s a misogyny that Europe’s women are about to become very familiar
    with. Migrants leave behind many things when they leave their country. Their
    beliefs are not among them.

    In a letter to the German
    government, women’s rights activists described how some men in refugee camps “regard
    women as their inferior and treat unaccompanied women as “fair game”.

    Our leaders are now
    allowing men from violent misogynistic cultures, where women are stoned to
    death for being raped, to come to Europe in massive numbers. They’re allowing known rapists to mingle freely with
    European women. They know what this will mean for our safety, but
    they do it anyway. A Swedish lawyer recently
    explained exactly why this is.

    Following the brutal rape
    of a dying woman in Stockholm, the prosecution did not attempt to deport the
    rapist and claimed that this Somali citizen could not be removed because he
    would present a danger to the women of his home country. It
    mattered not a jot the danger he presented to Swedish women, because in the new
    Europe, Europeans matter far
    less than migrants. Ingrid Carlqvist wrote recently: “the destitute Swedish senior citizen must
    choose between paying 100,000 kronor ($12,000) to get new teeth or living
    toothless, a person who does not even have the right to stay in Sweden can get
    his teeth fixed for 50 kronor ($6)”. In Germany,
    property has been confiscated from
    German citizens to be handed over to migrants. According to
    Carlqvist, this is on the cards in Sweden as well.

    In response to the rape
    epidemic, European authorities have decided to follow the Islamic way entirely;
    they’ve decided to place restrictions on the freedoms of their own women,
    rather than the freedoms of known rapists. In Germany, women
    were advised not to travel to and from the train station unaccompanied.

    So there you have it, the
    removal of a woman’s most basic freedom – the freedom to go about her business
    in safety – is the German authorities’ solution to rape. Young
    girls have been told not to wear shorts in another German town, because this
    might lead to misunderstandings (“misunderstanding” is Newspeak for
    rape in progressive modern Germany).

    So it is the girls who
    have their freedoms removed, and the emphasis is placed on theirbehaviour,
    while rapists are permitted to run free. This is only the
    start. Will girls be prevented from playing sports to avoid
    “misunderstandings”? Just how much freedom are our
    leaders going to give away to appease Muslim men? We’ve already
    handed over free speech, now it’s time to hand over women’s freedom.

    It should come as no
    surprise that free speech has disappeared in Europe as the Muslim population
    has grown.

    We know about the
    shootings, and the stabbings, the politicians on the run, and the forbidden
    cartoons, but now Angela Merkel wants to prevent us from expressing any
    negative view of her suicidal immigration policy. We found out
    recently that the Chancellor has had a quiet word in the ear of Mark Zuckerberg about keeping that dreadful
    racist disapproval far away from the pages of Facebook.

    You’ve got to wonder –
    why on earth would Europe’s leaders do this to their own people? What is causing this?

    Some have told me it is
    stupidity, short-sightedness, or even insanity, but it isn’t – it’s hatred.

    This is all part of a
    broad-ranging, virulent, and vicious hatred of the West, and of Western people
    (especially white Western people).

    The Western world is
    dominated by leaders who despise its history and its heritage and are
    determined to bring an end to its power. They wish to
    extinguish Western culture, and opening the borders is a hell of a good start.

    Merkel recognised that
    she was changing Germany beyond all recognition and that the Germany we know
    today will not exist for much longer. Much worse is that
    she considers this a positive thing. What does that
    tell us about her attitude towards
    the country she leads? The same can be said for
    the Swedes, who have leaders who praise the way of life of immigrants
    (regardless of the misogyny etc.), while telling native Swedes that they don’t even have a
    way of life.

    The West is being disarmed – to demolish our cultures, our
    leaders are persuading us that there is nothing within them that is worthy of
    defence. Our identity is expendable.

    Examples of attacks on
    European or Western identity are too numerous to mention.

    There is also vast
    inconsistency with regard to national or ethnic identity. Just look at the difference in how the Left – which
    is behind all of this – views nationalism. Scottish
    nationalism here in Britain is applauded by the Left, as is Welsh and Irish,
    but English nationalism – however mild – must be suffocated at birth (even
    flying the English flag can be controversial in England). Thus we know that the Left is not against
    national identityper se, just when the big Western
    powers are involved.

    Jamaica recently demanded that the British pay them billions of pounds in
    compensation for slavery. But what about slavery today? Why not focus on that? Furthermore, why
    just the West? Why not hold to account the Islamic countries which
    also traded in slaves for centuries (and some still do today)? What about
    the black Africans who colluded in the Atlantic slave trade, selling off their
    own people? Will Jamaica be claiming reparation from them? No, because this isn’t about slavery at all, it’s
    about attacking Western powers, for which they’ll get an enormous helping hand
    from the Left.

    The biggest problem we’ve got is that our leaders are of the
    same bent, and believe that the West, and only the West, deserves to be
    perpetually punished for its past crimes.

    In stark contrast to
    today’s culturally suicidal politicians, I believe strongly that the Swedish
    government, the German government, and the British government ought to
    unequivocally and without reluctance put the best interests of their own people
    first – that means keeping rapists out, as well as refusing entry to those who
    violently threaten our right to speak. This isn’t because
    I think Westerners are entitled to more protection than other people. Contrary to what my enemies would love to believe, I
    do actually care about women in the most misogynistic countries in the world,
    but we do nothing to advance the cause of women’s rights globally by destroying
    the rights of Western women – quite the opposite in fact.

    The reason a government
    ought to put its own people first gets right to the heart of nation-state
    democracy; the duty owed by the elected to the elector. Politicians
    should answer to those who elect them – it is the purpose of the vote. This is something the Left rejects of course because
    it rejects the freedom (specifically the market freedom) that nation-state
    democracy inevitably constructs, and sadly the Left is now calling the shots.

    Make no mistake,
    Westerners are about to be made to suffer, and the reason is that our leaders
    fully believe that we deserve to.


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    Jihad: Europe’s
    Muslims Name Their Rape Gangs “Take Your Turn”- Polish Men Send Message to

    by Maggie • January 17, 2014 •

    women in Muslim countries must be delighted that these raping barbarians, so
    common in their “culture,” have moved to the West where they can no longer rape
    their daughters, their son and themselves, that is until they make a visit back
    home. In Oslo, Norway there is a Muslim-rape epidemic with 100 percent of the
    rapists being “non-western males,” with 9 out of 10 attacks against Norwegian
    women. These statistics are said to be documented by Norwegian police. Note in
    the transcript below that an Iraqi Muslim man, who is living in Norway and is
    “respected,” says there is a “clash of cultures.” Well, yes, but it’s more than
    that. It’s the inherent hate of infidels that Muslims are spreading across the
    globe. The “respected” Mr. Kubaisi, says the rapes are a “big problem,” and
    calls it a “clash of cultures,” which translated means: ‘my culture believes
    rape is justice but yours does not.” He may not realize that’s what he is
    saying, but there is no other interpretation that makes sense. According to the
    video below, the many leftist Norwegians are trying to silence the stories of
    epidemic “Take Your Turn” Muslim rape gangs. But in Poland? Not so much — see that message below. Video and
    transcript below.

    NARRATOR: “100
    percent of assault rape between strangers were committed by immigrant
    non-western males, and 9 out of 10 of their victims were native Norwegian women.
    Some blonde Norwegian women have reportedly begun dying their hair black and
    many travel only in groups.”

    NARRATOR: Kristen
    Spitznogle is a Norwegian therapist who has counseled some of the rape victims.
    She has been attacked in the medial for saying what many will not, that the
    rape problem is primarily Muslim men raping non-Muslim women and any woman who
    does not dress modestly and wear the Muslim headscarf could be considered by
    some Muslim men as fair game.

    them I the hijab is symbolic marker which separates the submissive, proper
    Muslim women from what they see as Norwegian whores. But when I say ‘whores,’
    I’m really just referring to their own words. This is what they told a

    NARRATOR: Spitznogle
    says Norway’s left-wing establishment has been blaming the victims because the
    whole notion that Islamic culture is dangerous to women, is very politically
    incorrect here.

    Herland is the author of the best-selling book, Alarm, Thoughts on a
    Culture in Crisis.

    HERLAND: It’s
    not all values from Islamic countries or cultures are excellent to bring into
    the European society. And I think many times the Norwegians fear to speak about
    that, in fear of being called a racist.

    it’s hard to call a Muslim immigrant a racist for speaking out against his
    fellow Muslims. Walid al-Kubaisi is a respected Norwegian writer and a Muslim
    who came from Iraq. He told us he is concerned about radical Islamic elements
    within the larger Muslim community in Norway.

    have a problem…nobody…all deny…nobody say that, we have a big problem, but this
    will give a bad result in the future.”

    in other Europe cities, parts of Oslo are now Muslim zones, and may be subject
    to Sharia law or to the rules of local Imams. When we interviewed Walid
    [al-Kubaisi] in June, nobody had any idea that a crazed gunman would start
    killing people because of Muslim immigration, but al-Kubaisi made what now
    feels like a chilling prediction.

    you think there will be a backlash reaction against immigrants?

    KUBAISI: Clash
    of civilization. It will happen.

    NARRATOR: Civil

    don’t know. I am not a prophet but something will happen. Something will
    happen. I don’t know, but I feel it.

    NARRATOR: Some
    on the Left in Europe are trying to use the Oslo massacre to stifle criticism
    of Islam, but not talking about it won’t make Norway’s problems go away,

    CNS video with Dale Hurd narrating.

    Washington Examiner:

    “gangs of Muslim men are throughout Europe, especially Scandinavia and Great
    Britian, have taken gang rape to such proportions that the rape-gang members
    themselves have nicknamed their sexual attacks “tournante,” French for
    “take your turn.”

    Radio Poland notes that “patrols” in Warsaw, Poznan and Krakow will
    begin escorting women from “the ‘threats’ of getting involved with Muslim men…

    men send a message:

    Poland, there will be NO sharia law. NO headbanging or shouting Allahu Akbar in
    the streets. NO insulting our religion and our culture. NO burning cars like in
    France. NO burning down police stations [like in Sweden]. NO imposing your ways
    on us. NO calling us the sons of apes and pigs. If you do, we will be the ones
    waging jihad…on YOU!”

    much of Norway shuts out voices of the victims of Islam, Hanna Herland (quoted
    above) says she is “ashamed to be Norwegian” because “Jews are not welcome in
    Norway.” A very interesting article, read it at the Tundra

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    Law is Awesome!????

    – Being
    gay is a death penalty offense.

    – If you
    say I divorce you three times you can divorce your wife. Simple and no fuss. FYI, women don’t get to keep the kids.

    – If you
    convert away from the Muslim faith, it is a death penalty offense.

    – If a
    woman cheats on her husband she may be either killed or instead she could be
    gang raped in the public square by various men as a punishment.

    – If a
    woman is raped, the punishment for enticing the male to rape her is that she be
    gang raped in the public square.

    – Teaching
    girls to read, write, think can be punishable by death (Taliban regularly burns
    down girl’s schools, with the girls inside of course).

    – If you
    make fun of Mohammed or create a representative image of him then the penalty
    is death.

    – Women
    are not allowed out of the house unless chaperoned by another female or by a
    male relative.

    – I
    could go on and on but you get the gist of how awesome Sharia law is -Unless
    you are a woman – or Gay – or like freedom of speech – but otherwise its just
    fracking fantastic. Isn’t it Ironic how
    tolerant the left and democrats are of the Muslim faiths law as practiced daily
    by hundreds of millions.

    (Bear in
    mind this is Sharia Law that is sponsored by a number of Governments around the
    world and that “moderate” US, British, European muslims, etc, want the right to
    practice in non muslim countries in lieu of national law…..ostensibly without
    the death penalty aspects for now I suppose0

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    ,..Many Missteps in Assessment of ISIS Threat

    29, 2014

    WASHINGTON — By late last
    year, classified American intelligence reports painted an increasingly ominous
    picture of a growing threat from Sunni extremists in Syria,
    according to senior intelligence and military officials. Just as worrisome, they
    said, were reports of deteriorating readiness and morale among troops next door
    in Iraq.

    But the reports, they
    said, generated little attention in a White House consumed with multiple brush
    fires and reluctant to be drawn back into Iraq. “Some of us were pushing the
    reporting, but the White House just didn’t pay attention to it,” said a senior American
    intelligence official. “They were preoccupied with other crises,” the official
    added. “This just wasn’t a big priority.”

    The White House denies
    that, but the threat certainly has its attention now as American warplanes
    pound the extremist group calling itself the Islamic State in hopes of
    reversing its lightning-swift seizing of territory in Iraq and Syria. Still,
    even as bombs fall from the sky thousands of miles away, the question of how it
    failed to anticipate the rise of a militant force that in the space of a few
    months has redrawn the map of the Middle East resonates inside and outside the
    Obama administration.

    Obama fueled the debate in an interview broadcast over the weekend
    when he said that intelligence agencies had underestimated the peril posed by
    the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. Mr. Obama accurately quoted James
    R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, acknowledging that he
    and his analysts did not foresee the stunning success of Islamic State forces
    or the catastrophic collapse of the Iraqi Army.

    But by pointing to the
    agencies without mentioning any misjudgments of his own, Mr. Obama left
    intelligence officials bristling about being made into scapegoats and critics
    complaining that he was trying to avoid responsibility.

    “This was not an
    intelligence community failure, but a failure by policy makers to confront the
    threat,” said Representative Mike Rogers, Republican of Michigan and chairman
    of the House Intelligence Committee.

    A spokesman denied on
    Monday that Mr. Obama was blaming intelligence agencies in his interview on “60
    Minutes” on CBS News. “That is not what the president’s intent was,” said Josh
    Earnest, the White House press secretary. “What the president was trying to
    make clear” was “how difficult it is to predict the will of security forces
    that are based in another country to fight.”

    Mr. Earnest added that
    “the president’s commander in chief and he’s the one who takes responsibility”
    for ensuring the national security based on the information provided by
    intelligence analysts. “And the president continues to have the highest degree
    of confidence in our intelligence community to continue to provide that
    advice,” he said.

    Caught Off Guard

    A reconstruction of the
    past year suggests a number of pivotal moments when both the White House and
    the intelligence community misjudged the Islamic State. Even after the group’s
    fighters stormed across the border into Iraq at the start of the year to
    capture the city of Falluja and parts of Ramadi, the White House considered it
    a problem that could be contained.

    Intelligence agencies
    were caught off guard by the speed of the extremists’ subsequent advance across
    northern Iraq. And the government as a whole was largely focused on the group
    as a source of foreign fighters who might pose a terrorism threat when they
    returned home, not as a force intent on seizing territory.

    “I’m not suggesting
    anyone was asleep at the switch necessarily, but the organization definitely
    achieved strategic surprise when it rolled into Iraq,” said Frederic C. Hof,
    who previously handled Syria policy for the State Department under Mr. Obama
    and is now at the Atlantic Council.

    Many Missteps in
    Assessment of ISIS Threat Part 2

    In interviews in recent
    weeks, administration officials privately agreed that they had not focused
    enough on the Islamic State’s territorial ambitions but said they were
    hamstrung in responding by an Iraqi government that was fanning the sectarian
    divide that helped give rise to the Sunni extremists in the first place.

    While Prime Minister Nuri
    Kamal al-Maliki asked for American weaponry and airstrikes, both Mr. Obama and
    Congress reacted negatively. The White House resisted being seen by Sunnis as
    “Maliki’s air force,” as a number of officials put it. Instead, they pressed
    Mr. Maliki not only to respond militarily but also to create a more inclusive
    government that would undercut support for the Islamic State even as the
    country headed toward elections.

    “It was frustrating
    because we recognized that there was a need to do more and do it more quickly,
    but the Iraqi go-slow approach made that a challenge,” said a senior
    administration official, who like others insisted on anonymity to discuss
    internal deliberations. “That was something we were constantly pushing up

    The Islamic State was
    born out of the ashes of Al Qaeda in Iraq, which was crippled by the time Mr.
    Obama withdrew American forces from Iraq at the end of 2011. The civil war that
    erupted in neighboring Syria pitting President Bashar al-Assad against a
    variety of rebel organizations provided a haven for the Qaeda affiliate to
    reconstitute itself with an influx of foreign fighters.

    “To anyone watching developments
    in Iraq from mid-2010 and Syria from early 2011, the recovery and rise of ISIS
    should have been starkly clear,” said Charles Lister, a visiting fellow at the
    Brookings Doha Center in Qatar. “The organization itself was also carrying out
    an explicitly clear step-by-step strategy aimed at engendering the conditions
    that would feed its accelerated rise.”

    Iraqi Resistance

    Administration officials
    said that they tried to “get our foot back in the door” in Iraq after the troop
    withdrawal, as one put it, to create a joint counterterrorism effort, but that
    Baghdad was eager to be rid of the Americans and resisted. In 2012, when there
    were roughly five suicide bombings in Iraq a month, that did not seem to be a
    major issue. But a year later, there were as many as 50 a month as the Syrian
    war increasingly spilled over the border.

    “There were a lot of us
    saying this is a real massive problem,” said another senior official. “The
    Syria policy people are so focused on taking down Assad, they were blind to
    this problem.”

    The United States resumed
    surveillance flights in Iraq in 2013 but flew them only occasionally because of
    Iraqi sensibilities. “It was a walk instead of a run,” a different official
    said. An effort to create a joint intelligence center to share information
    proved modest. Mr. Maliki asked for F-16 fighter jets and Apache helicopters,
    but Congress was hesitant.

    Mr. Obama pushed Mr.
    Maliki to modify his own autocratic governing style. “The president really
    hammered him,” the official said.

    By late December, alarm
    over deteriorating security in Iraq was growing and the United States quietly
    rushed dozens of Hellfire missiles and low-tech surveillance drones to help
    Baghdad combat an explosion of violence. Intelligence officials were warning in
    classified reports at the time that the Islamic State had become a potent force
    in northern and western Iraq, with armed convoys intimidating towns,
    assassinating local officials and using explosives to kill Iraqi soldiers.

    On New Year’s Day,
    convoys of up to 100 trucks flying the black flag of Al Qaeda and armed with
    mounted heavy machine guns and antiaircraft guns stormed into Falluja and
    Ramadi as they sought to establish an Islamic caliphate stretching across
    national borders. Their victories sent a chill through the American military,
    which had fought some of its bloodiest battles in that part of Iraq.

    Many Missteps in Assessment
    of ISIS Threat Part 3

    “Falluja and Ramadi had
    huge emotional resonance for our veterans, and now the Iraqis were losing it,”
    said a senior Defense Department official.

    And yet American
    officials said there was no serious talk of intervening directly at the time.
    Since Falluja and Ramadi had long been hotbeds of Sunni extremist sentiment,
    American officials assumed the Islamic State could be checked there and
    eventually rolled back.

    Intelligence agencies
    warned against such an assumption. “ISIL probably will attempt to take
    territory in Iraq and Syria in 2014, as demonstrated recently in Ramadi and
    Falluja,” Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said in his annual threat
    assessment to Congress on Feb. 11.

    Even so, Mr. Obama was
    determined not to let the United States be dragged back into a war that he had
    opposed from the start and that he had promised during his first campaign for
    the White House to end. After five years in office, aides said, Mr. Obama was
    convinced that the United States was too quick to pull the military lever
    whenever it confronted a foreign crisis. He would not repeat what he considered
    the mistake of his predecessor President George W. Bush.

    While he would help
    Iraq’s government, he would not use American military force nor would he
    escalate involvement in Syria’s brutal civil war after having decided the
    previous fall to call off a plan to launch a missile strike against Mr. Assad’s
    government in retaliation for using chemical weapons on civilians. Government
    officials referred to that as the “nonstrike incident” and told foreign policy
    experts last spring that the president would take a “minimalist approach” to

    By spring, Iraqi forces had
    reached a stalemate against Islamic State forces in the west, and Mr. Maliki
    reversed course and asked the Obama administration to intervene directly. In a
    May 11 meeting with Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III and American diplomats, Mr. Maliki
    asked that Iraq be provided the ability to operate drones; if the United States
    was unwilling to do that, then he indicated he was prepared for the United
    States to carry out strikes itself. He later made the same point to Vice
    President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and sent a written request.

    At the time, Mr. Obama
    was not open to such a move. He gave a speech at West Point eschewing what he
    deemed the overuse of American force to solve world problems. But he promised
    more aid to moderate Syrian rebels. The White House sent a proposal for a $500
    million program to train and equip the rebels back to the Pentagon several
    times, but the president eventually announced it.

    By then, though, it was
    too late. On June 10, thousands of Sunni militants poured over the border from
    Syria and seized control of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city. Armed gunmen
    then headed south toward Baghdad and east toward the autonomous region of
    Kurdistan. The Iraqi Army crumbled in the face of the assault, as soldiers
    dropped their weapons, shed their uniforms and fled.

    “We were surprised by
    their regional ambitions, the speed of their advance into Mosul and the
    collapse of the Iraqi security forces,” said a senior Army general with combat
    experience in Iraq.

    Many Missteps in Assessment
    of ISIS Threat Part 4

    The Turning Point

    Speaking at a symposium
    months later, Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, suggested that the
    intelligence community had underestimated the Islamic State’s transformation
    “from an insurgency to an organization that was now also focused on holding
    ground territory.

    “It’s an area we talked
    about,” he said, “but in hindsight, I wish we had been a little — I’ll only
    speak for me and for N.S.A. — I wish we’d been a little stronger about.”

    The Mosul takeover proved
    to be the turning point for Mr. Obama. He began to consider intervening
    directly to prevent Baghdad itself from falling. “That was a very galvanizing
    moment for us,” a senior official said.

    Further complicating the
    situation were the American hostages held by the Islamic State. Even as Mr.
    Obama began contemplating airstrikes in Iraq, he authorized a secret Special
    Forces operation into Syria in July to try to rescue the hostages. His top
    aides watched the operation unfold from the Situation Room, only to be deflated
    when the troops found no hostages. “Dry hole,” came the dispiriting news over
    the radio.

    As Islamic State forces
    continued to march across Iraq and threatened civilian massacres, Mr. Obama
    ordered American airstrikes. He had largely concluded, his aides said, that he
    would have to do the same on the other side of the border in Syria as well even
    before two of the hostages were killed on grisly videos.

    “I don’t know if Obama’s
    fully switched or not,” said Andrew Tabler, a Syria specialist at the
    Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “But he had to fundamentally make
    changes in his approach.”

    For Mr. Obama, the
    question now is whether this approach works any better than the last one.

  • smokedsalmoned

    Blair: Iraq invasion not to blame for rising extremism –
    Syrian war is (part 1)

    Iraq, Politics, Syria, War Apparently, the bloody wave of
    Islamic extremism gripping Iraq is an internal occurrence and was in no way
    facilitated by the Western invasion. This is former UK Prime Minister Tony
    Blair’s version of events concerning the entire Middle East..

    In fact, the former prime minister describes at length how
    it’s necessary to rid oneself of any feeling of responsibility that the
    crumbling country and region have been pushed over the edge by well-meaning
    Western interventionism.

    An extensive essay of Blair’s, posted on his website argues
    that the crisis in Iraq involving the explosive expansion of the jihadist Sunni
    militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS) is actually
    the fault of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Shiite minority government, as
    well as the war in Syria.

    In the essay entitled ‘Iraq, Syria and the Middle East,’
    Blair laments on how “the problems of the Middle East are the product of bad
    systems of politics mixed with abuse of religion” and that in places where
    there was less direct Western intervention, the situation was much worse. To
    illustrate this, Blair brings up Syria, adding that “inaction” by the West
    resulted in it being in the “worst state of all.”

    The essay comes shortly after revelations that the US has
    been supplying both the Syrian political and civilian opposition with “lethal

    Blair asserts that we have to “fight [the] extremism” which
    inevitably arises after a revolution, and that “revolution is only the
    beginning and not the end of the challenge.”

    But while the former PM offers a series of causes and
    effects, there is a huge and tedious focus on Islamic fundamentalism as being
    somehow in its own vacuum and arising out of itself, a result of exclusive
    views of Islam by religious sects, which, sadly, the West could not help
    eradicate even when it tried to instigate regime change and get everyone to
    live peacefully together.

    Blair accurately zeroes in on the problem – extremism. And
    in order to heed the lessons of the past, the former PM believes that “We have
    to liberate ourselves from the notion that ‘we’ have caused this. We haven’t.
    We can argue as to whether our policies at points have helped or not; and
    whether action or inaction is the best policy and there is a lot to be said on
    both sides. But the fundamental cause of the crisis lies within the region not
    outside it.”

    Blair, who went ahead with the United States and offered
    support in the form of British troops in 2003, resents being associated with
    any negative outcomes currently affecting Iraq and the surrounding region. If
    Saddam Hussein had stayed in power, the former PM argues, the upheaval would
    have been just as brutal – even more so, because you’d have Shias ruling in one
    country, Sunnis in another, and as a result the region would turn into a battle
    between national armies of different religious affiliations.

    So, what the world is currently seeing – the all-out
    collapse of Iraq’s armed forces, the desertions in the military, the fears of
    rising Sunni majority sentiments within it threatening to sink the country into
    a bigger war than ever before, all while ISIL is on Baghdad’s doorstep with a
    billion dollars in seized American weapons and equipment – is all either
    Maliki’s own fault or the fault of Syria for allowing this radicalization to
    take place inside their country and threaten Iraq’s otherwise stable situation.

    “The whole of the Middle East is under threat” as the war in
    Syria has its associated outcome in the way the state disintegrates.

    Blair: Iraq invasion not to blame for rising extremism –
    Syrian war is (part 2)

    Now, while admitting that there were no weapons of mass
    destruction to be found in Iraq – a premise on which the entire invasion
    rested, Blair goes on to compare Saddam Hussein to President Bashar Assad of
    Syria, who was allegedly caught in the act of using chemical weapons on his
    people. “We only discovered this when he used them. We also know, from the
    final weapons inspectors’ reports, that though it is true that Saddam got rid
    of the physical weapons, he retained the expertise and capability to
    manufacture them,” Blair writes.

    It must be noted here that no concrete proof that the
    chemical attacks were carried out by Assad’s forces has been presented to this
    day. In fact, the majority of evidence points in the opposite direction. This
    doesn’t make it into Blair’s essay.

    What he does say, however, is that Al-Qaeda had been all but
    eradicated, and if it weren’t for the extremists in neighboring Syria, Iraq
    would not have once again sunk into its own sectarian nightmare.

    “Three to four years ago Al Qaeda in Iraq was a beaten
    force. The country had massive challenges but had a prospect, at least, of
    overcoming them. It did not pose a threat to its neighbors. Indeed, since the
    removal of Saddam, and despite the bloodshed, Iraq had contained its own
    instability mostly within its own borders,” the former PM states.“Though the
    challenge of terrorism was and is very real, the sectarianism of the Maliki
    government snuffed out what was a genuine opportunity to build a cohesive Iraq.
    This, combined with the failure to use the oil money to rebuild the country and
    the inadequacy of the Iraqi forces have led to the alienation of the Sunni
    community and the inability of the Iraqi army to repulse the attack on Mosul
    and the earlier loss of Fallujah. And there will be debate about whether the
    withdrawal of US forces happened too soon.”

    And of course, the Syrian connection: “The operation in
    Mosul was planned and organized from Raqqa across the Syria border. The
    fighters were trained and battle-hardened in the Syrian war. Islamist extremism
    in all its different manifestations as a group rebuilt, refinanced and rearmed
    mainly as a result of its ability to grow and gain experience through the war
    in Syria,” Blair explained.

    Blair goes on to make a series of recommendations about
    working with partners in the region, helping Iraq stand up on its feet (despite
    past reports of billions of aid dollars being squandered or disappearing) and
    finally, tackling the Syrian conflict by “[putting] aside the differences of
    the past and [acting] now to save the future.”

    Published time: June 15, 2014 19:48


  • smokedsalmoned

    ….Read Obama’s ISIS Speech in which
    he denies ISIS is Islamic. That must be
    news to them.

    President Barack Obama addressed
    the nation Wednesday evening 9-10, outlining his strategy for defeating the
    Islamic State, the militant group also known as ISIS or ISIL.

    Read the full speech below, as
    prepared for delivery:

    My fellow Americans – tonight, I
    want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and
    allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.

    As Commander-in-Chief, my highest
    priority is the security of the American people. Over the last several years,
    we have consistently taken the fight to terrorists who threaten our country. We
    took out Osama bin Laden and much of al Qaeda’s leadership in Afghanistan and
    Pakistan. We’ve targeted al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen, and recently eliminated
    the top commander of its affiliate in Somalia. We’ve done so while bringing
    more than 140,000 American troops home from Iraq, and drawing down our forces
    in Afghanistan, where our combat mission will end later this year. Thanks to
    our military and counterterrorism professionals, America is safer.

    Still, we continue to face a
    terrorist threat. We cannot erase every trace of evil from the world, and small
    groups of killers have the capacity to do great harm. That was the case before
    9/11, and that remains true today. That’s why we must remain vigilant as
    threats emerge. At this moment, the greatest threats come from the Middle East
    and North Africa, where radical groups exploit grievances for their own gain.
    And one of those groups is ISIL – which calls itself the “Islamic State.”

    Now let’s make two things clear:
    ISIL is not “Islamic.” No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the
    vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a
    state. It was formerly al Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq, and has taken advantage of
    sectarian strife and Syria’s civil war to gain territory on both sides of the
    Iraq-Syrian border. It is recognized by no government, nor the people it
    subjugates. ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no
    vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.

    In a region that has known so much
    bloodshed, these terrorists are unique in their brutality. They execute
    captured prisoners. They kill children. They enslave, rape, and force women
    into marriage. They threatened a religious minority with genocide. In acts of
    barbarism, they took the lives of two American journalists – Jim Foley and
    Steven Sotloff.

    So ISIL poses a threat to the
    people of Iraq and Syria, and the broader Middle East – including American
    citizens, personnel and facilities. If left unchecked, these terrorists could
    pose a growing threat beyond that region – including to the United States.
    While we have not yet detected specific plotting against our homeland, ISIL
    leaders have threatened America and our allies. Our intelligence community
    believes that thousands of foreigners – including Europeans and some Americans
    – have joined them in Syria and Iraq. Trained and battle-hardened, these
    fighters could try to return to their home countries and carry out deadly

    I know many Americans are concerned
    about these threats. Tonight, I want you to know that the United States of America
    is meeting them with strength and resolve. Last month, I ordered our military
    to take targeted action against ISIL to stop its advances. Since then, we have
    conducted more than 150 successful airstrikes in Iraq. These strikes have
    protected American personnel and facilities, killed ISIL fighters, destroyed
    weapons, and given space for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to reclaim key territory.
    These strikes have helped save the lives of thousands of innocent men, women
    and children. (Text continues)

    Part 2 of text of speech. But this is not our fight alone. American
    power can make a decisive difference, but we cannot do for Iraqis what they
    must do for themselves, nor can we take the place of Arab partners in securing
    their region. That’s why I’ve insisted that additional U.S. action depended
    upon Iraqis forming an inclusive government, which they have now done in recent
    days. So tonight, with a new Iraqi government in place, and following
    consultations with allies abroad and Congress at home, I can announce that
    America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat.

    Our objective is clear: we will
    degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained
    counter-terrorism strategy.

    First, we will conduct a systematic
    campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. Working with the Iraqi
    government, we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and
    humanitarian missions, so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on
    offense. Moreover, I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who
    threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take
    action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my
    presidency: if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.

    Second, we will increase our
    support to forces fighting these terrorists on the ground. In June, I deployed
    several hundred American service members to Iraq to assess how we can best
    support Iraqi Security Forces. Now that those teams have completed their work –
    and Iraq has formed a government – we will send an additional 475 service
    members to Iraq. As I have said before, these American forces will not have a
    combat mission – we will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq. But they
    are needed to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces with training, intelligence and
    equipment. We will also support Iraq’s efforts to stand up National Guard Units
    to help Sunni communities secure their own freedom from ISIL control.

    Across the border, in Syria, we
    have ramped up our military assistance to the Syrian opposition. Tonight, I
    again call on Congress to give us additional authorities and resources to train
    and equip these fighters. In the fight against ISIL, we cannot rely on an Assad
    regime that terrorizes its people; a regime that will never regain the
    legitimacy it has lost. Instead, we must strengthen the opposition as the best
    counterweight to extremists like ISIL, while pursuing the political solution
    necessary to solve Syria’s crisis once and for all.

    Third, we will continue to draw on
    our substantial counterterrorism capabilities to prevent ISIL attacks. Working
    with our partners, we will redouble our efforts to cut off its funding; improve
    our intelligence; strengthen our defenses; counter its warped ideology; and
    stem the flow of foreign fighters into – and out of – the Middle East. And in
    two weeks, I will chair a meeting of the UN Security Council to further
    mobilize the international community around this effort.

    Fourth, we will continue providing
    humanitarian assistance to innocent civilians who have been displaced by this
    terrorist organization. This includes Sunni and Shia Muslims who are at grave
    risk, as well as tens of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities.
    We cannot allow these communities to be driven from their ancient
    homelands. (text continues)

    Part 3. This is our strategy. And in each of these
    four parts of our strategy, America will be joined by a broad coalition of
    partners. Already, allies are flying planes with us over Iraq; sending arms and
    assistance to Iraqi Security Forces and the Syrian opposition; sharing
    intelligence; and providing billions of dollars in humanitarian aid. Secretary
    Kerry was in Iraq today meeting with the new government and supporting their
    efforts to promote unity, and in the coming days he will travel across the
    Middle East and Europe to enlist more partners in this fight, especially Arab
    nations who can help mobilize Sunni communities in Iraq and Syria to drive these
    terrorists from their lands. This is American leadership at its best: we stand
    with people who fight for their own freedom; and we rally other nations on
    behalf of our common security and common humanity.

    My Administration has also secured
    bipartisan support for this approach here at home. I have the authority to
    address the threat from ISIL. But I believe we are strongest as a nation when
    the President and Congress work together. So I welcome congressional support
    for this effort in order to show the world that Americans are united in
    confronting this danger.

    Now, it will take time to eradicate
    a cancer like ISIL. And any time we take military action, there are risks
    involved – especially to the servicemen and women who carry out these missions.
    But I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different
    from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat
    troops fighting on foreign soil. This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged
    through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist, using
    our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground. This strategy
    of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the
    front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for
    years. And it is consistent with the approach I outlined earlier this year: to
    use force against anyone who threatens America’s core interests, but to
    mobilize partners wherever possible to address broader challenges to international

    My fellow Americans, we live in a
    time of great change. Tomorrow marks 13 years since our country was attacked.
    Next week marks 6 years since our economy suffered its worst setback since the
    Great Depression. Yet despite these shocks; through the pain we have felt and
    the grueling work required to bounce back – America is better positioned today
    to seize the future than any other nation on Earth.

    Our technology companies and
    universities are unmatched; our manufacturing and auto industries are thriving.
    Energy independence is closer than it’s been in decades. For all the work that
    remains, our businesses are in the longest uninterrupted stretch of job
    creation in our history. Despite all the divisions and discord within our
    democracy, I see the grit and determination and common goodness of the American
    people every single day – and that makes me more confident than ever about our
    country’s future.

    Abroad, American leadership is the
    one constant in an uncertain world. It is America that has the capacity and the
    will to mobilize the world against terrorists. It is America that has rallied
    the world against Russian aggression, and in support of the Ukrainian peoples’
    right to determine their own destiny. It is America – our scientists, our doctors,
    our know-how – that can help contain and cure the outbreak of Ebola. It is
    America that helped remove and destroy Syria’s declared chemical weapons so
    they cannot pose a threat to the Syrian people – or the world – again. And it
    is America that is helping Muslim communities around the world not just in the
    fight against terrorism, but in the fight for opportunity, tolerance, and a
    more hopeful future. (text continues)

    Part 4. America, our endless blessings bestow an
    enduring burden. But as Americans, we welcome our responsibility to lead. From
    Europe to Asia – from the far reaches of Africa to war-torn capitals of the
    Middle East – we stand for freedom, for justice, for dignity. These are values
    that have guided our nation since its founding. Tonight, I ask for your support
    in carrying that leadership forward. I do so as a Commander-in-Chief who could
    not be prouder of our men and women in uniform – pilots who bravely fly in the
    face of danger above the Middle East, and service-members who support our
    partners on the ground.

    When we helped prevent the massacre
    of civilians trapped on a distant mountain, here’s what one of them said. “We
    owe our American friends our lives. Our children will always remember that
    there was someone who felt our struggle and made a long journey to protect
    innocent people.”

    That is the difference we make in
    the world. And our own safety – our own security – depends upon our willingness
    to do what it takes to defend this nation, and uphold the values that we stand
    for – timeless ideals that will endure long after those who offer only hate and
    destruction have been vanquished from the Earth.

    May God bless our troops, and may
    God bless the United States of America.

  • smokedsalmoned

    Obama’s terrorist catch-and-release program is a success (In 2009 Obama released the now leader of ISIS
    who is brutally taking over Iraq and creating a fundamentalist Califate for Al

    We posted earlier about the unspooling tragedy that is the Obama-Clinton foreign policy in
    the Arab world. Perhaps the only thing in competition for the political
    equivalent of the Darwin Awards is the administration’s policy of releasing
    terrorists known to be both dangerous and committed to their cause. We all know
    about the five Taliban commanders handed over for American deserter Bowe

    Now we have another success to add. The leader of the ISIS, the al Qaeda
    affiliated terrorist group that is rampaging through Sunni Iraq, was released
    from US custody in 2009. What else happened in 2009? An obscure, left wing
    radical from Chicago with an implacable hatred of American power became
    president. From the Washington Post:

    But the narrative
    solidifies in 2005, when he was captured by American forces and spent the next
    four years a prisoner in the Bucca Camp in southern Iraq. It was from his time
    there that the first known picture of Baghdadi emerged. And it’s also there,
    reports Al-Monitor, that he possibly met and trained with key al-Qaeda fighters.

    He gained enough respect
    that by 2010, after several leaders of the insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq were
    killed, he assumed control of it. At that time, the power of the Islamist
    militancy in Iraq was at its lowest ebb, and the number of killings had plunged. The Sunni rebellion, which it had once
    spearheaded, was on the verge of collapse.

    But then Syria happened.
    The civil war there, which left a vacuum of authority in large tracts of the
    country, fueled a resurgence of the group. The upheaval gave rise to the
    Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Over the following years, as many as
    12,000 militant Islamists — 3,000 of whom were from Western countries — flocked
    to the region to fight, according to the Soufan Group, an intelligence

    Note that here again the nexus of two
    Obama-Clinton policies — indifference to Iraq and a monomaniacal desire to
    prove George Bush wrong — that create a perfect storm of geopolitical disaster.

    (Diary) | June 12th, 2014 at 07:15 AM | 14

    ( Per Smokedsalmoned – note when he was
    released – Hillary was secretary of State.)

    (I wonder if Eric Holder gave him guidance
    on this release of terrorists?)


  • smokedsalmoned

    ISIS leader has doctorate in Islamic studies, believes “each
    religion has its state except Islam, and it should have a state”

    JUNE 12, 2014 1:26 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER

    AbuBakralBaghdadiHe has a doctorate in Islamic studies and
    yet is waging violent jihad in order to restore the caliphate? How could this
    have happened? Are greasy Islamophobes in charge of Islamic studies at Baghdad
    university? John Esposito, call your office! Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — Dr. Abu
    Bakr al-Baghdadi — is a misunderstander of Islam who is fostering the spread of
    Islamophobic stereotypes! He must be stopped at once! Call out Daniel Martin
    Varisco! Get Reza Aslan on the phone! Send Faisal Abdul Rauf to Mosul! This
    Islamophobia must be nipped in the bud!

    “Leader of Iraq insurgents is jihad’s rising leader,” by
    Mariam Karouny, Reuters, June 11, 2014:

    BEIRUT (Reuters) – The leader of radical Sunni fighters who
    have made rapid military advances in Iraq is the rising star of global jihad,
    driven, Islamist fighters say, by an unbending determination to fight for and
    establish a hardline Islamic state.

    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, commander of the Islamic State in Iraq
    and the Levant (ISIL), now controls large parts of eastern Syria and western
    Iraq, a vast cross-border haven for militants in the Sunni Muslim core of the
    Middle East.

    Despite his power – and a $10 million U.S. reward for
    information leading to his capture – little is known about a man who for his
    own survival has shunned the spotlight.

    Fighters from ISIL and its rivals who spoke to Reuters
    praised Baghdadi as a strategist who succeeded in exploiting turmoil in Syria
    and Iraq’s weak central authority after the U.S. military withdrawal to carve
    out his powerbase.

    He has proved ruthless in eliminating opponents and showed
    no hesitation in turning against former allies to further his ambition of
    creating an Islamist state.

    Enemies, even those from rival radical groups who broadly
    share ISIL’s religious ideology, are fought and defeated. Captured fighters –
    and non-combatants – are usually shot or decapitated, their deaths recorded in
    grisly videos which inspire fear and revulsion among opponents.

    “In short, for Sheikh Baghdadi, each religion has its state
    except Islam, and it should have a state and it should be imposed. It is very
    simple,” said one of his non-Syrian members, speaking from inside Syria.


    According to the U.S. reward notice, which depicts a
    round-faced, brown-eyed man with closely cropped beard and short dark hair,
    Baghdadi was born in the Iraqi town of Samarra in 1971.

    He got a doctorate in Islamic studies at Baghdad university,
    jihadi websites say, and after years of fighting with al Qaeda groups became
    leader of its Islamic State in Iraq in 2010.

    A year later, sensing opportunity when the uprising against
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad erupted, Baghdadi sent an aide across the
    border to expand al Qaeda’s foothold there….

    “He is becoming very popular among jihadis. They see him as
    someone who is fighting the war of Islam,” said a Nusra Front fighter from the
    Syrian city of Aleppo, adding bitterly that Baghdadi’s supporters “cannot see
    the damage he is inflicting”

    “He has received letters expressing loyalty from Afghanistan
    and Pakistan as well,” the Nusra fighter said. “Sheikh Zawahri is trying but I
    think it is too late.”

    From Nusra’s perspective, Islamists in Syria have “entered a
    cycle of blood and nobody will come out of it,” he added.

    To his followers, Baghdadi represents a new generation of
    fighters working to fulfill the next stage of bin Laden’s dream, moving from
    Qaeda – which can mean ‘base’ in Arabic – towards the fully fledged radical

    “Sheikh Baghdadi and Sheikh Osama are similar. They always look
    ahead, they both seek an Islamic state,” said a Syrian ISIL fighter….


  • Jason

    Just one question…exactly what background are these people checked against, as the vast majority have no identification except for those that have stolen an ID? Do you really think these people won’t give false information in order to get in to the country?

    Also…considering your essentially outright dismissal of this poll…do you plan to take in eight refugees since you don’t seem to believe that one of those eight are not ISIS sympathizers? Do you believe it to be only one in maybe 10 or 15? What are the acceptable odds for you? Just curious…

  • denise smith

    It is going to get really bad and the left are on there side as well encouraging them to come.

  • TopAssistant

    We need everyone’s help to get each and every senator to co-sponsor Sen. Cruz’s new bill (S. 2230) that will force hearings/discussions on the Muslim Brotherhood in America and the plan they wrote to destroy us from within by what they call their “Civilization-Jihad Process” plan.

    Next, each of us must ask our House member to cosponsor Rep. Diaz-Balart’s bill (H.R.3892) ‘‘Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2015’’ Both the House and Senate bills are the same, just
    different numbers. We need to ask the politicians to co-sponsor the bills and if not why not!

    Contact your two senators and ask them to cosponsor Sen. Cruz’s bill ‘‘Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2015’’, S. 2330.

    On November 3rd Sen. Cruz (R-Texas) filed (S. 2230) and Rep. Diaz-Balart (R-Florida) filed (H.R.3892) both bills titled ‘‘Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2015’’. These bills will require the Secretary of State to submit a report to Congress on the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization, and for other purposes.

    Multiple countries have declared the Society of the Muslim Brothers (commonly known as the ‘‘Muslim Brotherhood’’) a terrorist organization or proscribed the group from operating in their countries.

    Here is a link to the November 4, 2015 Press Release: Sen. Cruz and Rep. Diaz-Balart Introduce Bill to Designate Muslim Brotherhood as Terrorist Organization. However, on one browser it takes me to all of the press releases so here is the one for S.2230.

  • K

    I say NO to the Syrian Refugees and I’m a big Trump supporter but since when can we trust the numbers from the Arab Center For Research & Policy Studies? Those stats are probably all crooked to make the refugees look better from their point of view and worse in ours! i hope I’m wrong and if I am please explain why! Thanks.

  • Not Chicken Little

    And just who is shocked by this? FLASH: In another “disturbing” poll, pollsters are shocked, shocked I say, that snakes bite and scorpions sting!

  • Not Chicken Little

    Fine, so we can put you down to receive 1000, in YOUR home…and you will be responsible for any harm they do.

    Oh, no? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

  • Cornelius

    somehow, I’m not surprised………………..what surprises me is that any American would want to make their country more crowded with people who will not assimilate and hate us as we are.

  • itsy_bitsy

    Here’s a news flash!! This comes as NO surprise at all! It is exactly what conservatives have been saying since the mass exodus from that area began! The only surprise is that it is only 33%! My personal bet is that the figure is well over half of them feel this way, in fact I will bet the figure is closer to 75%!

  • itsy_bitsy

    You forgot the “want to kill us” part!

  • K

    I really was hoping someone had a smart answer 🙁

  • ata777

    A poll, yes. Shocking? Hardly.

  • Christine

    Think of the alarming number of children these people churn up. The average European or US family has only one or two. That will significantly change the countries in question. Long live la France, Germany and England. And good luck.

  • ferkan

    “The poll shows thirteen percent of Syrian refugees have a completely positive opinion of ISIS with another ten percent having mixed feelings on the terror group, suggesting that nearly one quarter are open to recruitment by ISIS.”

    The poll says nothing of the sort. Whoever wrote this article has a problem with reading comprehension. According to the survey data:

    80% of refugees consider ISIS to be a direct threat to their country.

    10% of refugees consider ISIS to be positive to some extent (of which 4% endorse the stronger ‘positive’. 83% have a negative view of ISIS, and 4% did not answer.

    The author seems to intend to deliberately mislead. I suggest anyone wanting to comment reads the actual source. Kristinn Taylor, is it your normal tactic to link to sources and then lie about what they say?