Top Islamic Leader Calls on U.S. to Wage ‘Jihad for Allah’
January 31, 2014 by Raymond Ibrahim
A video of Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi calling on the U.S. government to wage jihad for Allah in Syria, is currently making the rounds on Arabic media and Facebook, to mockery and dismay.
In the recorded speech, Qaradawi—one of the most influential Islamic clerics in the world, spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, author of over 100 books on Muslim doctrine, and head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars—sarcastically thanks the U.S. for supporting the “freedom fighters” in Syria, adding that “Allah willing, your [U.S.] aid will increase.”
Then, while working himself up because the U.S is only providing weapons to the jihadis in Syria, as opposed to directly intervening, Qaradawi declares in frustration: “We want America to take a manly stand—a stand for Allah!”
As the CIA's famed analyst Clare Lopez summarizes for the Gatestone Institute:
[T]he current administration consistently and repeatedly appeared to respond eagerly to the calls for revolution from the Muslim Brotherhood’s senior Islamic scholar, Yousef al-Qaradawi. When al-Qaradawi said that Mubarak had to go, the U.S. waited a whole three days before throwing America’s key ally in the Middle East for over three decades under the bus. When al-Qaradawi called for Libyan rebels to kill Muammar Qaddafi (so the al-Qa’eda jihadis in his jails could get out and join the revolution), the U.S. led the Western military campaign that brought al-Qa’eda, the MB, and chaos to Libya. And when al-Qaradawi issued a call for jihad in Syria, in early June 2013, the U.S. quickly issued an invitation to Abdullah bin Bayyah (al-Qaradawi’s vice president at the International Union of Muslim Scholars), who told an Al-Jazeera reporter that, “We demand Washington take a greater role in [Syria].” It took the U.S. less than one week after al-Qaradawi’s fatwa to announce authorization of stepped-up military aid to the al-Qa’eda-and-Brotherhood-dominated Syrian rebels. The White House announcement came just a single day after bin Bayyah met with National Security and other senior administration officials.
The problem, then, is not that Qaradawi has in desperate senility confused the U.S. with the jihadis, but rather that he may know that U.S. leadership is committed to struggling “in the cause of Allah”—and so he unwittingly employed jihadi rhetoric to remind it of its duty.
Unfortunately, in today’s surreal climate of U.S. politics, no interpretation is so absurd as to be implausible.
CYBERSPACE AND OUTER SPACE
A former Director General of Israel’s Defense Ministry revealed that a committee he established recommends the launching of dormant satellites into space that could be used to attack enemy targets on earth, Israeli daily Walla reported on Thursday.
Major General (ret.) Udi Shani made his remarks Wednesday night at the Ninth International Conference on Space in Herzliya that was organized by the Israeli Space Agency, a branch of Israel’s Ministry of Science and Technology.
Shani, who served as Director General of the Defense Ministry during the administration of Prime Minister Ehud Barak, said at the gathering that this special committee was established a few years ago with the aim of assessing the feasibility of developing an Israeli space program, Walla reported.
Regarding the committee’s most interesting recommendation, Shani said on Wednesday: “I think it is worthwhile to develop an attack capability from space, with systems that can be activated once the situation on the ground has reached a critical state.”
Shani explained to the hundreds of assembled delegates that the development of an Israeli space capability is crucial since the region’s terrestrial and marine military options have been exhausted, Walla said.
However, Shani asserted, “There are two spheres in which the possibilities remain vast… cyberspace and outer space.”
Shani then urged Israel’s political establishment and military apparatus to develop a space program by investing time and treasure in the extraterrestrial endeavor. “Resources must be allotted, even at the expense of other programs. We should aspire for complete independence as we pursue this capability. We cannot be reliant on any foreign power,” Shani said.
The former Director General concluded by saying that access to the advanced space technology of close allies should not be taken for granted.
Every aspect of an Israeli space program should be, “blue and white,” Shani said.
AGB: Let the international community BDS that!
You Can’t Save the World
For only ten dollars a day or a month you can feed all the starving children in Africa. For only the price of a cup of coffee a year, you can make sure that no one in Kansas City ever goes hungry again. For just a third of your paycheck, you can subsidize a vast bureaucracy that will conduct studies on the best way to save the world and then come up with proposals that will only cost you half your paycheck.
This misplaced philanthropic confidence is the idiot stepchild of a free enterprise society where anything can be accomplished for the right price. Do you want to build a house on the edge of a cliff? Do you want to play on every golf course in the world? Do you want to clone a dinosaur so you can hunt it?
It hasn’t been done yet, but it’s probably doable.
So why can’t we end world hunger for only the price of a cup of coffee every six seconds or forty percent of the national debt or some other appealing figure that looks good on an infographic?
Hunger isn’t a resource shortage problem. The Soviet dissident writer Vladimir Voinovich told an American cab driver about meat rationing in the USSR. The cab driver demanded to know why people didn’t just set up more chicken farms.
Voinovich tried to explain to the incredulous driver that under Socialism, setting up more chicken farms doesn’t produce more chickens.
Most “hungry” countries aren’t Communist, but they are dysfunctional. They aren’t going to be fixed for the price of a cup of coffee a day, an hour or a second. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been poured into Africa and it’s the opinion of African economic experts that the money did more harm than good by crippling developing economies with a weak global social safety net.Every “free” item sent to another country is one item that isn’t going to be sold or manufactured there.
The Nightmare of the Egalitarian’s Dream
So President Obama and his fellow travelers want to eradicate, or at least ameliorate, “income inequality.” What else is new?
But why stop there? An intellectually and morally consistent egalitarian knows that if inequality in the prices of labor (i.e. income) is an injustice deserving of rectification, then so too is inequality in the prices of all other “commodities” an injustice deserving of the same.
The price of an Apple computer and that of a pencil are radically “unequal.” So too are there massive “disparities” between the respective prices of a Mercedes Benz and a tricycle; a package of underwear from Walmart and a Gucci Coach Bag; a necklace from Tiffany’s and graphic novel from Barnes and Noble; admission to a movie matinee and reservations aboard a two week vacation on a Cruise ship.
If the government is obligated to “close the gap” between “the rich” and “the poor,” then is as well obligated to close all of these “gaps” as well.
A consistent leftist egalitarian would recognize that there is no principled ground for not taxing every red cent of either the wealthiest “one percent” or, for that matter, of that earned by anyone else. There may be prudential reasons for drawing an arbitrary line at some tax rate or other. In principle, however, if it is morally permissible for the government to tax (confiscate) some of the legitimately acquired assets of citizens, then it must be just as permissible for the government to tax (confiscate) all of their resources.
To acknowledge this, though, our consistent egalitarian would then have to acknowledge that the idea of self-ownership is nothing more or less than a “capitalist” or “bourgeoisie” fiction, for if a person is not entitled to refuse the government any of his resources, then he does not own those resources. And if he doesn’t own the resources in his labor, time, energy, and money, then he doesn’t own himself.
Rather, it is the government that owns all.
TRY THIS ON FOR SIZE - IT IS FAIR & BALANCED, NO?
The media, Rather, Dan, than running interference between government and the people, looking after the people's interest and informing them, instead has run over them...and they know it.
...necessary viewing for both the political LEFT and the rest of America...
ATTACKING THE ONLY NATION THAT HAS BEEN FIGHTING GLOBAL WARMING
FROM TIMES BEFORE AGW BECAME A HOUSEHOLD WORD.
Oxfam, founded in Oxford, England, in 1942, as the ‘Oxford Committee for Famine Relief,’ is now one of the world’s largest international charities, with an annual budget of more than a billion dollars to fight famine and poverty.
So when Scarlett Johansson, a Jewish actress who had been an Oxfam Global Ambassador for eight years — longer than many famously short-lived Hollywood marriages — was invited to become a celebrity spokeswoman for Israel’s SodaStream, she believed the company’s practices were compatible with Oxfam’s mission of fighting poverty that she had been helping to promote around the world.
“SodaStream is a company that is not only committed to the environment, but to building a bridge to peace between Israel and Palestine, supporting neighbors working alongside each other, receiving equal pay, equal benefits and equal rights,” Johansson said in a statement when the charity publicly questioned her decision to appear in SodaStream’s $4 million Super Bowl ad this Sunday.
“I remain a supporter of economic cooperation and social interaction between a democratic Israel and Palestine,” Johansson asserted.
In fact, in one factory, SodaStream employs 900 people, about half of them Palestinian Arabs, in a Ma’ale Adumim facility that even includes an on-site mosque
Israel is the MAJOR employer of "Palestinians," former Bedouins and fellow travelers across North Africa to Arabia who settled into the West Bank precisely to obtain employment - because the Arab world around Israel failed to employ their own. This process has been ongoing ever since early Arab leaders congratulated and thanked the Zionists
Former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said he answered a question from a group of Iranian students in Tehran on when the West might give up its support for Israel, with, “Forget it. Never.”
"In disquisitions of every kind there are certain primary truths, or first principles, upon which all subsequent reasoning must depend." --Alexander Hamilton
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