November 25, 2015
Taliban: All You White People Look Alike!
Yesterday the Taliban announced they had captured two Americans when an ANA helicopter was forced to land in territory they controlled.
Yeah, about that:
Moldova’s interior minister on Wednesday said that three citizens were on a helicopter ambushed by Taliban insurgents in northwestern Afghanistan.Not American, which is good ... but still a bummer for the two Moldovans who are apparently being held captive by the Taliban.
The interior minister, Oleg Balan, said in Chisinau that two Moldovan pilots and a flight engineer were operating the helicopter, which he said belonged to a Moldovan company doing a U.N. peacekeeping mission.
Afghan officials said the privately contracted helicopter, which was carrying military personnel, made an emergency landing Tuesday in a Taliban-controlled region of the Faryab province after suffering a technical problem.
Shocking News! CAIR Victim Arrested For Attempting to Join ISIS
Famous last words come back to haunt Saadiq Long, "If the U.S. government wanted me to question or arrest or prosecute me, they could have had me in a minute."
A military veteran and Oklahoma native who became the face against “Islamophobia” in 2013 faces charges after he was recently arrested along the Turkish-Syrian border.We accept your invitation Mr. Long. Please have a seat, someone will be attending to you shortly.
Officials said the Muslim man, Saadiq Long, 45, was attempting to join ISIS.
Well maybe not shortly, whatever.
Hat Tip: CA Patriot.
The New America! Offensive Bibles!
You know what’s also bad manners? Being such an insufferable douchebag that the mere sight of a Bible causes a meltdown.Guests seeking a Bible at Northern Illinois University‘s campus hotel now must call the front desk after a secular group complained that the sacred scripture had no place in the nightstand.Sigh.......
Out: Moderate Muslims
In: Jihadi John Beautiful, Kind and Humble
Despite allegedly banning journalists Mona Eltahawy, London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) is proudly hosting Asim Qureshi of the Salafist ‘human rights’ group CAGE tonight at an event called “Islamophobia and British values”.So wonder what CAGE has been up to. It seems they are all aflutter at the prospects for funding after a recent court ruling.
Mr. Qureshi has personally described the ISIS executioner Jihadi John as a “beautiful”, “kind” and “humble” man.
Liberal Muslim Ms. Eltahawy is unpopular with many conservative Muslims after writing books such as Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution and speaking out against sexual violence in the Islamic world and the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in her native Egypt
Shami Witness Still Rotting in Indian Prison
Muslima Sabina Selimovic Beaten To Death in Islamic State
She committed a crime, that crime being fleeing the suck that is Islamic State.
Hat Tip: Bemet'Or.
November 24, 2015
Sandcrawler PSA: Ya'll Had One Job
All I asked was that Ya'll not let the world go to pot while I was out, look at the mess you left me to clean up.
I'm back! Send money.
It's Worse: Two US Soldiers Allegedly Captured by Taliban -- UPDATE: US Denies, but might be American Contractors
The Taliban in Afghanistan reportedly captured 13 Afghan soldiers in Faryab province on the border of Turkmenistan Tuesday after a helicopter crash, Reuters reported. Three soldiers were killed in the crash, police said. The helicopter could have also been carrying U.S. military personnel.The Taliban are claiming that two US soldiers made it out alive and are now in their custody:
They are also showing the body of a man they claim is a dead US soldier. The body in question, though, appears to be that of ANA, not American. That's according to someone on Twitter who responded to the image. Either way, that one I'm not posting.
They also claim they shot down the helicopter. It's not clear why the helicopter crashed, what is clear is that the photo they are tweeting with the statement is a photoshop. A bad one.
You'll notice that I removed the name of the person tweeting. Why? REASONS.
UPDATE: It looks like there were no American military on board, and maybe even no Americans -- NYT:
But American officials said there were no American citizens aboard the aircraft. Officials said that they were looking into the possibility that an American company was operating the aircraft under contract with the Afghan Army but that they could not confirm whether that was the case.So let's hope that the Taliban jumped the gun on this and misidentified those captured. Worst case is that these are US contractors.
Col. Michael T. Lawhorn, a spokesman for United States forces in Afghanistan, said that although he was aware of reports of an aircraft crash, “we have no reports at this time of any Americans being on board.”
The good news is that the Taliban aren't ISIS. If Americans are on board, they won't kill them, they'll hold out for ransom. Yeah, I know, not really "good news", but it's better than some of the alternatives.
November 21, 2015
Rusty's Plan for ISIS, Europe, and Pretty Much Everything from Now On
What have I learned over the past decade and a half? No matter how hard we try, there's nothing we can do to bring peace and stability to the Middle East. So, we shouldn't try.
So, my plan for ISIS? Nothing. We should do absolutely nothing.
If ISIS is a threat to people in Syria, it's time for them to pick up guns and fight back. Ok, some have fought back, but for young men of military age who are able to fight the option cannot be live in a refugee camp or migrate to Europe. The option has to be live under ISIS or fight. No other choices.
If Europe really wanted to end the conflict, they'd start sending "refugees" back home with rifles. And TOWs.
It's their problem, let them solve it.
Think of it as a sort of "draft" for refugees. Even in our own most righteous war, most of our soldiers didn't volunteer. There's a good chance that your grandfather didn't volunteer, he was drafted. 61% of service members in WWII were drafted.
And if they can't or won't fight and win, then ISIS gets a state. And if this state is such a threat to its neighbors in Iraq or Jordan or Turkey, then let Iraq or Jordan or Turkey fight them.
And if ISIS wins, then let the Europeans fight them.
It's time for the rest of the world to start pulling their own weight. I'm done with helping out countries in the Middle East. Protecting maps that I did not help draw and which need to be redrawn any way.
But Rusty, you might say, what about Israel?!? The same goes with Israel. I support Israel's right to self defense, but as far as I can tell the only people helped by our "support" of Israel since the mid 1970s have been Israel's enemies.
Wars start for many reasons, but one of those reasons is that new conflicts are often a continuation of the unresolved conflict. WWI didn't really end until the Russians left nary a building standing in Berlin in May of 1945.
There are also many reasons Europe has seen it's most peaceful 70 years in its long, bloody history. One of those reasons, though, is the mass ethnic cleansing that took place after WWII. Today there are very few Germans in the Sudetenland, few Poles left in Ukraine, and East Prussia not even a glimmer of a memory in the mind of Leftist protesters.
Part of the price of European peace and prosperity were paid by the millions killed in the war and displaced by the policies of "population exchange".
If the Middle East must go up in flames, then it's a tragedy, but it's not our tragedy. My instincts say that the Kurds and Israelis would come out on top of such a conflict. And these are pretty much the only two groups of people in the region that I give any amount of a damn about.
I say pretty much because such a regional conflict would also involve a lot of Christians in the cross hairs. Such Christians really ought to get together and come up something akin to Zionism. Since they are not safe in any Muslim majority country, it's time to leave and create their own state. If it was me I'd let them have as much of Lebanon as they could take by force, but I'm also not opposed them deciding where to go on their own terms.
Now, I know we don't live in the idealized world in which other peoples and other countries are prepared to solve their own problems. But whether they are capable of solving those problems becomes a moot point when we intervene and solve the problem for them. As long as we keep promising security, these peoples and countries will never take that security into their own hands.
I think the real problem here is that we have fooled ourselves into believing that human nature has changed. We cannot live with the idea of large scale war and suffering. When people suffer we must intervene, because .... suffering!
But war is just human nature writ large. Either fallen man or survival of the fittest, either explanation will do. People kill one another. It's bad, but people are bad. A person may be good, but not people.
People are going to suffer, no matter what we do. But trying to remove the symptoms often only prolong problems generally and in the Middle East specifically.
Not intervening and letting this thing work itself out is not an optimum solution, but when dealing with human affairs there rarely is an optimum solution.
Which is why, if we must intervene -- and I don't believe that we must -- then the next least worst option is -- and by this I mean less worse than the sort of intervening we are doing now which puts us in the forefront of ISIS's crosshairs without actually doing much damage to ISIS -- is ....Read More "Rusty's Plan for ISIS, Europe, and Pretty Much Everything from Now On"
It's like Alderaan. It is as brutal as it seems, but there's no arguing that Alderaan was no longer a problem after the Death Star incident.
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November 19, 2015
Anti-Immigration Video Going Viral In Europe
Also available at Youtube, but with the music soundtrack muted.
I found a complete version at Youtube. The author of the video requests that it is downloaded and mirrored.
How The Quran Justifies The Paris Attacks
Twitter is full of Muslims and apologists who are quoting portions of Quran verse 5:32:
"Whoever kills a person, it is as though he has killed all of mankind."
The problem is, the quote above is incomplete. What is missing is the beginning where it starts out addressing Jews:
"We prescribe to the children of Israel..."
That part is always left out, either ignorantly or deliberately. The next verse, Quran verse 5:33, addresses Muhammad's Muslims:
The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned;
What is mischief? Well, the Quran gives several examples of mischief. Verse 16:88 says rejecting Allah is spreading mischief. Unbelief causes mischief according to verse 8:73 and verse 38:28. Jews, by their very existence according to Quran verse 5:64, cause mischief. So, according to the Quran, rejecting Allah is cause enough to punish non-Muslims.
David Wood explores verse 5:32-33, and analyses this concept of "mischief" as it relates to the Paris attacks in the video below.