Monday, September 25, 2017

The uniquely offensive nature of Islamic jihad

http://introduccionalahistoriajvg.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/muqaddimah-english2-copia.jpg
In a notice on Jihad Watch some four years ago, Spencer alerts the reader to the normative extremism of Ibn-Khaldun, the great 14th century Muslim version of a Thomas Aquinas whose name is titular for the sumptuously accredited university "Chair" (at American University in Washington, D.C.) on which a certain Muslim academic, Prof. Akbar Ahmed, seats his prodigously moderate behind and from which, when he's not doing supposedly scholarly work, he propagandizes ex cathedra about how Islam is peachy keen and critics of Islam are "Islamophobic". 

Spencer quotes from Ibn-Khaldun's great work the Muqaddimah --

“in the Muslim community, the holy war is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the Muslim mission and (the obligation to) convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force.”

Another telling quote from the Muqaddimah which Spencer did not quote:

“The other [i.e., non-Muslim] religious groups did not have a universal mission, and the holy war was not a religious duty to them, save only for purposes of defense.

This (in conjunction with the quote Spencer provided) is as direct an avowal of the fundamentally offensive nature of Islamic war as any -- and a surprising admission of the uniqueness of Islam in that regard.  

This is something no Islamopologist in our time -- including, no doubt and with supreme irony, Prof. Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C, himself -- would ever dare avow, lest the much stronger Infidel Enemy in whose midst the good professor plies his trade wise up to the ultimate goal of his Islam before the time is ripe.

The full quote (from this scholarly translation available as a pdf, pp. 408-409):

In the Muslim community, the holy war is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the (Muslim) mission and (the obligation to) convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force. Therefore, caliphate and royal authority are united in (Islam), so that the person in charge can devote the available strength to both of them at the same time. 


The other religious groups did not have a universal mission, and the holy war was not a religious duty to them, save only for purposes of defense. It has thus come about that the person in charge of religious affairs in (other religious groups) is not concerned with power politics at all. (Among them,) royal authority comes to those who have it, by accident and in some way that has nothing to do with religion. It comes to them as the necessary result of group feeling, which by its very nature seeks to obtain royal authority, as we have mentioned before,and not because they are under obligation to gain power over other nations, as is the case with Islam. They are merely required to establish their religion among their own (people). This is why the Israelites after Moses and Joshua remained unconcerned 

(Note: the above-linked pdf seems to have no page numbers; so the reader may simply search for a phrase in the quoted paragraph, such as "universal mission" or "religious duty".)

For more on Muslims like Akbar Ahmed and the gullible Christians who fawn all over them, see my essay Liberal Christians and Islam. (And here is a key link which did not work in that older article.)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A glimpse into the African Jihad

https://terrortrendsbulletin.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/la-fg-boko-haram-denies-truce-20141101.jpg

The Jihad is a global mosaic, of which different regional jihads are the ostensibly separate tiles, all together realizing over time a unified, pan-Islamic tesseration.  The ultimate goal, of course, being the submission of the entire world to Allah and His Prophet -- through submission, by indefinite proxy, to Muslim rule.

The global Jihad is also diverse, disparate, and often seemingly disunited -- a complex of data which causes those who have PC MC reflexes to miss the jungle for the trees and dismiss an underlying & overarching unity. 

This report on one outbreak of that global Jihad (Boko Haram in West Africa) by FSSPX.NEWS -- the communication agency of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X -- is brief, but should alarm anyone who hasn't had their hearts & minds deformed by PC MC (Politically Correct Multi-Culturalism).

On September 17, 2014, during the Nigerian Bishops’ Conference in Warri, Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme, bishop of Maiduguri, capital of the State of Borno, made a list of the progress of the armed Islamic group Boko Haram. The northeast of Nigeria is partially under Boko Haram’s control, declared the bishop, pointing out that in one month, ten cities of the state of Yobe, ten of the state of Borno, and five in Adamawa have fallen into the hands of the radical Islamist rebels, who demand the creation of a caliphate in the region. “As a nation, we have almost lost this battle, because the situation is out of control,” stated Bishop Doeme. 

Boko Haram’s progress threatens to make the Nigerian government lose control of the whole region bordered by Cameroon, Chad and Niger. In a communication sent to the agency Fides, the bishop of Maiduguri -- whose diocese includes the States of Borno, Yobe and a part of the State of Adamawa, where Boko Haram is very present – declared that the destruction accomplished by the Islamist sect over the last month can be compared to that of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. “Thousands of people have been obliged to take refuge in caves, mountains and forests, or to flee to Cameroon and live in miserable conditions.” Every day many leave their country: “We expect the number of fugitives to the three neighboring countries to reach 95,000 before the end of the year,” warned Babar Baloch, spokesman for the High Commissariat of the UN for refugees (HCR), in Geneva. 

Bishop Doeme insisted on the sophisticated arms the Islamist group has obtained over the last few months -- tanks, anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons, huge quantities of ammunition -- and accused the military of remaining “lukewarm” in the face of the threat the sect represents. And he added: “we can be afraid, we can remain silent and unable to speak of a plan that aims to Islamize the north of Nigeria or all of Nigeria, (but) what we are seeing at present in the north of Adamawa is a clear confirmation that such is their goal,” concluded Bishop Doeme.

Father Patrick Tor Alumuku, director of the Social Communications of the archdiocese of Abuja, confided to the agency Fides that “even the Nigerians who supported Boko Haram can no longer control the group; it has become an international movement, emancipated itself from its Nigerian sponsors, and risks becoming a problem for all of western Africa.” The press, he added, has denounced the financial support that Boko Haram has found in the ranks of the president’s own party, in order to insinuate that the head of State is not able to ensure the safety of the population. “All because President Goodluck Jonathan is a Christian from the south and his internal opposition are Muslims from the north who do not want him to run again in the 2015 presidential elections,” explained Fr. Tor Alumuku. “However, even if the Muslims won the elections, they would no longer be able to control Boko Haram, for the sect has become an international organization, connected with other jihadist movements, including the Somalian Shabaabs and the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria,” he added. “Boko Haram has proclaimed a caliphate in the zones under its control in the north of Nigeria, and I do not think that they will give this caliphate up just because a Muslim becomes president of Nigeria. 


What began as a fire in the north of Nigeria thus risks becoming a huge blaze in the heart of Africa,” concluded the spokesman for the archdiocese of Abuja. During the Ad Limina visit of the bishops of Cameroon to the Vatican on September 6, 2014, Pope Francis asked them to develop a “dialogue of life with the Muslims in a spirit of mutual trust,” for this dialogue “is indispensable today in order to maintain a climate of peaceful cohabitation” and “to discourage the development of violence of which Christians are the victims”… Cameroon, which is 20% Muslim, is particularly, in the north, under the influence of the Islamist sect Boko Haram, located in neighboring Nigeria.  How much longer can we impose upon the atrociously persecuted Christians the mirage of a dialogue from the paneled offices of the Vatican? The Syriac Catholic Patriarch Younan, answers: “Dialogue does not stop the extremists...”  (Sources: apic/fides/afp/unhcr/imedia – DICI no.302 dated October 10, 2014).

* * * * *

It also takes a trained eye (trained from years of autodidactic investigation into this problem to make up for the dereliction of duty on the part of our education system and our MSM) to see dots that call for connection.

For example: 

Bishop Doeme insisted on the sophisticated arms the Islamist group has obtained over the last few months -- tanks, anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons, huge quantities of ammunition...

That indicates support from other Muslim groups, support from zakat (the "charity tax" all Muslims are supposed to pay which time and time again has been found to support various jihads around the world) and, last but not least: support from other Muslim countries.  This last includes no doubt our "staunch ally" Saudi Arabia -- if not perhaps also Egypt under the "moderate" Al-Sisi following in the footsteps of his great predecessor, the "secular nationalist" Nasser who, during the Biafra crisis (known by Western media as the "Nigerian civil war" but of course really one more jihad in a relentless series of jihads going back centuries) of the late 1960s, when Egypt assisted the terrorism of the Nigerian mujahideen against Christians of the region by sending the Egyptian air force to strafe the already terrorized Christian people.

Another dot to connect:

Bishop Doeme ... accused the military of remaining “lukewarm” in the face of the threat the sect represents.

That's the military of the Christian part of Nigeria (no doubt infiltrated, as the West is, by “moderate” Muslims -- "Muslims from the north"), mirroring the sinister problem noted by Bishop Doeme's fellow Christian, Father Alumukui, mentioning that:

The press...  has denounced the financial support that Boko Haram has found in the ranks of the president’s own party...

This is echoed indirectly by what Bishop Doeme says immediately afterwards:

“...we can be afraid, we can remain silent and unable to speak of a plan that aims to Islamize the north of Nigeria or all of Nigeria...

No doubt he is referring to a common tendency of timidity to the insidious advance of Islam within its society which is also prevalent throughout the West in the form of PC MC, and among so many non-Muslims throughout the Muslim world in the form of dhimmitude -- both perhaps based in a kind of protracted PTSD (Post-Traumatic/Terrorized Stress Disorder).

We then, as we continue our dot-connection exercise, detect this PTSD linked up in later parts of this report, when another Nigerian Christian, Father Patrick Tor Alumuku is solicited for his observations:

“...even the Nigerians who supported Boko Haram can no longer control the group; it has become an international movement, emancipated itself from its Nigerian sponsors, and risks becoming a problem for all of western Africa.” 

And again:

“However, even if the Muslims won the elections, they would no longer be able to control Boko Haram...
 
These assumptions from Father Alumuku imply a  belief in Muslims who do not desire to enable Boko Haram, presumably because they don't believe in Boko Haram's perfectly Islamic aims.  Paradoxically, this supposed majority of Moderate Muslims in the region who are supposed to oppose Boko Haram -- even the ones who (in the past tense) "supported Boko Haram" -- can no longer control Boko Haram's aggrandizement.  We see Father Alumuku indulging the same kind of assumption so many Westerners do, that the jihadists-cum-terrorists who are metastasizing around the world somehow cannot be controlled by the supposed vast majority of Moderate Muslims; never pausing to wonder if this does not indicate the paradigm of a supposed vast majority of Moderate Muslims isn't fundamentally flawed.  Particularly when we factor in the first dot we noted above -- the remarkable ability by the putatively Tiny Minority of Extremists to acquire large quantities of sophisticated military materiél.  Not to mention what the good Father noticed about the "Muslims from the north" who are supposedly disunited from Boko Haram:

“... President Goodluck Jonathan is a Christian from the south and his internal opposition are Muslims from the north who do not want him to run again in the 2015 presidential elections...”   

Monday, September 18, 2017

Another addition to my Blogroll...

https://www.dannybritt.com/photos_files/Morello.jpg

As I mentioned in my last post, Introducing a new Hesperado offshoot, I've created a new adjunct, called "The Daily Jihad Watch Café" -- now linked on my blogroll. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Introducing a new Hesperado offshoot

I call it "The Daily Jihad Watch Café".  It's basically my quick two cents on either a Jihad Watch story or, more often, some comment(s) amongst the Counter-Jihad Civilians who comment there.

Since I was banned from commenting there about two years ago, I no longer have the itch to want to participate, as I did for the first couple of months after being cast into the outer darkness to gnash my teeth.  That doesn't mean I don't still have thoughts about what is being said there.  Indeed, I've penned quite a few essays here on that basis. However, they invariably turn out to be top-heavy and verbose, and the time & energy it takes to do them has inhibited me from weighing in more often.

Hence "The Daily Jihad Watch Café", where I hope to restrain myself and be as concise as possible.  The first entry there, today, while much shorter than most of my essays here, is still not punchy enough.  I'll have to work on that.  Until then, dear readers, enjoy.

The Daily Jihad Watch Café

 https://s3-media2.fl.yelpcdn.com/bphoto/JXqqU5ZEXEZ1X2UbIRXu8A/348s.jpg

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Cognitive Dissonance

http://www.wheelofpersuasion.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/cognitive_dissonance.jpg
About three years ago, when I was still commenting on Jihad Watch comments fields (about a year before I finally had had enough with the incessant attacks on me by "Angemon" and "Philip Jihadski" and by the utter lack of support I received from other Jihad Watch commenters -- including veteran commenters -- while I was being regularly pestered and mocked by these two clowns), I had occasion to expatiate on one Nick Lowles, a politically correct multi-culturalist in the UK.  His behaviors gave me an opportunity to articulate an analysis of the paradox, the cognitive dissonance, in the heart & mind of the typical PC MC.

I wrote that Nick Lowles is:

...a front-line soldier on our side — unfortunately fighting on the wrong side of our war of ideas — Nick Lowles, the PC MC from the UK on the forefront of helping “moderate Muslims” in their propaganda war and, as Spencer says, who had a leading hand in having the UK forbid Spencer and Geller from entering the UK.

As Spencer describes Lowles’ psychology, consequent upon Lowles thumping his chest to condemn the TMOE (the Tiny Minority of Extremists who are the only problem) and to try to sound strongly anti-“jihadist”:

This is Nick Lowles in a hard place, as the Islamic supremacism he has now aided and abetted is in full bloom in the Islamic State, and he can see vividly what he has been enabling. Others can as well; hence his furious denunciation of the Islamic State and call for it to be confronted — for otherwise “Islamophobes” will take advantage of the situation by spreading “poison about ordinary Muslims.” For some clarity in his befogged mind, Lowles should ask this “ordinary Muslim” friends where he can find a program in any mosque or Islamic school in the UK that teaches young Muslims and converts to Islam why they should reject on Islamic grounds the Islamic State’s understanding of Islam…

While Spencer is correct that the mind of such a PC MC is “befogged”, there is a logic to it: it is the logic caused by the enormous pressure which the unavoidable data of pernicious Islam causes as it increasingly impinges on the PC MC paradigm defending the false peaceful Islam it has constructed. And because that false Islam is logically joined at the hip with a feeling of (self-)righteous tolerance for the majority of Muslims deemed to be ever threatened by our evil white Western bigotry, it becomes in such a befogged mind a major human rights issue, making him feel he is standing on the right side with the angels, helping to stem the “backlash” tide of evil white Western bigotry, hate and racism.

The mental and emotional energy he should be directing at the actual human rights catastrophe of a global revival of Islam is thus redirected perversely to protect Islam and its vast majority of “decent” Muslims; but — and here is the key point — the enormous pressure caused by the actual data of pernicious Islam (the real Islam, which doesn’t go away — and is actually metastasizing and getting horribly worse daily — when someone, like a Lowles, fantasizes about a pseudo-Islam) creates a cognitive-emotional dissonance in his mind, where his conscience (you know, that area of the human being that actually loves the truth and the good) is increasingly in tension against his politically correct Internal Censor which he has assimilated from his surrounding culture that governs his conscious thoughts. And so he lashes out against ISIS and against the evil white “bigots” who would extend the problem beyond ISIS to Islam, and to Muslims in general.

We see pretty much the same psychological dynamic operative in the Counter Jihad Softies as well — with perhaps an even more intense pressure of cognitive dissonance, as I explained in my blog essay Ethical Narcissism:

… for the garden-variety PC MC, this presents less of a problem, since they don’t set up the enormous cognitive dissonance which the asymptote [i.e., the Counter-Jihad Softy] creates in his own heart and mind. I.e., the PC MC is already predisposed to try to feel good about Muslims, to embrace and respect them and their Culture, and so he has ordinarily little tension between that and his logical extension of this, when he proceeds in one or more of a variety of ways to do just that, in word and/or in deed — to embrace and respect Muslims and their Culture.

[Note, the contrast I am drawing is relative to the differences; it doesn’t mean that a PC MC like Lowles isn’t feeling a good deal of cognitive dissonance — it only means that the asymptotic Counter-Jihad individual feels that much more, for the reasons I am arguing here. To continue:]

The asymptotic Counter-Jihadist (or “asymptote”), on the other hand, can often generate a good deal of internal tension and dissonance, because he is otherwise familiarizing himself with an inordinate amount of ugly data about Muslims and their Islam, and he likely is supplementing this autodidactic learning curve with an activity of participating, more or less, in a self-reinforcing subculture of discussion about how evil Islam is — whether in discussion forums, chat rooms, book clubs, town meetings, informal gatherings, and so on. In this ongoing context, which is not static, but must be growing apace with the continuing escalating metastasis of Islamic jihad around the world, the asymptote will increasingly feel a deep discomfort, because his own self-worth is joined at the hip with how good he feels about himself as an ethical person, and his ethics in turn are dependent — in part — on the PC MC still resident in his heart and mind through his asymptotic tendency.

To put it simply, the residue of PC MC in his heart and mind tells him to be nice to Muslims, while his growing knowledge of Muslims and their Islam tells him this will be very difficult, if not impossible to do, if he wants to protect his society and if he wants to stand up for human rights. Indeed, what often occurs is the development of a tension between two competing ethical concerns: the ethical concern to be nice (or “humane”) to Muslims, and the opposite ethical concern to stand up for the rights of the various victims of Islamic violence and oppression. Of course, this wouldn’t be much of a tension, nor much of a problem, if one is convinced (as the mainstream PC MCs are) that Muslims by and large (other than a “Tiny Minority of Extremists”) aren’t doing that much violence or oppression. But the tension can become enormous, the more that a person has opened his mind to learn the full catastrophe: that is, the horrifying, growing mountain (nay, volcano) of data out there about the grotesquely ghoulish and gruesome atrocities Muslims are perpetrating around the world, getting worse by the day, enabled by a larger, amorphous context of taqiyya sophistry indulged by Muslims and the high numbers of fanaticism in Muslim populations (e.g., Pew polls) -- in a context, furthermore, of a concerted desideratum in their mainstream Islamic holy texts to conquer the world and try to destroy our free world using a combination of terrorism and stealth jihad.

Further Reading:

Various essays of mine on this Google page, concerning "asymptotic" psychology.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Andromania

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ck4lat8VAAAovEm.jpg

I'd never heard of this word before I read the article about the 14th century Orthodox theologian and archbishop (not to mention saint) Gregory Palamas that formed the basis of my essay I posted here over a year ago, Speaking Truth to Jihad.  It means a disordered, excessive lust by a man for other men (and/or boys).

Here's the relevant information:

According to historian G. Georgiades Arnakis, the 14th century theologian Nicephoras Gregoras alleged that the Muslims [Turks at the time, 14th century] "among whom sexual perversion was very common, frequently abused [sexually] their Christian captives..." and that they sexually abused the archbishop Gregory Palamas whom they had kidnapped, subjected him to "the most shameless of carnal and conspicuous vices, in a more theatrical manner."

And Arnakis in the same context notes that Palamas himself spoke of "andromania" ("lust for men") as "one of the vices of the Turks."

Source: "Gregory Palamas among the Turks and Documents of His Captivity as Historical Sources", G. Georgiades Arnakis, Speculum, Vol. 26, No. 1 (Jan., 1951), footnote 5, p. 119.

(Note:  Arnakis says that the imputation Gregoras makes about Palamas's captors sexually abusing him "may be untrue" -- but offers no evidence to back up his skepticism.)

Further Reading:

Islam and Homosexuality

The punishment for homosexuality according to Islam

Sexual Schizophrenia

Misunderstanding Islamic Sexual Mores

And this long posting where, if the reader searches for "diana west" then reads from that point forward, he will find indirectly relevant material.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hugh and the Hui

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_XBVuysvwMI/Vb7GwNI-DoI/AAAAAAAAHl0/X8m4M4VCXlw/s1600/Sambutan%2BHari%2BRaya%2BAidilfitri%2Bdi%2BChina%2BD.jpg

In his article on the Muslims of Burma published at Jihad Watch last week, Hugh Fitzgerald wrote:

...the Hui Panthays — a Muslim Chinese people — live in perfect security, free to practice Islam, in Myanmar, perhaps because that doesn’t fit the narrative of anti-Muslim mad monks that has been so successfully peddled in the West. Unlike the Rohingya, the Hui Panthay have not attacked and displaced Buddhists, as the Rohingya, Bengali Muslims, attacked and displaced the Buddhist Rakhine people in parts of Rakhine state.

However, by a casual Googling of "hui panthays", I found that there was in fact a "Panthay rebellion", about which Wikipedia tells us:

The Panthay rebellion (1856–1873)... was a rebellion of the Muslim Hui people and other (Muslim) ethnic minorities against the Manchu rulers of the Qing Dynasty in southwestern Yunnan Province, as part of a wave of Hui-led multi-ethnic unrest. 

This is pretty much what Hugh describes about the Rohingya Muslims (and we reasonably assume this "rebellion" was a jihad attendant with the usual Mohammedan atrocities).  And it's ironic, given that elsewhere in his article, Hugh chides the Western mainstream for failing to learn the historical context:

Should the history of Muslim-Buddhist relations in Myanmar be better known, with journalists taking it upon themselves to learn about, and then to transmit, this history, it is possible that the “international community” would address the current violence differently.

Not only that, but the Wikipedia entry also notes that:

The name "Panthay" is a Burmese word, which is said to be identical with the Shan word Pang hse. It was the name by which the Burmese called the Chinese Muslims who came with caravans to Burma from the Chinese province of Yunnan. 

Thus these Chinese Muslims whom Hugh naively thinks were really peaceable also manifested what I call the "Jihad of the Feet" (migration) which Hugh himself notes about the Rohingya Muslims causing trouble now in Burma -- a subtype of Jihad which has been a pattern of Islam's "bloody borders" throughout the world and across history right into our own present -- indeed our very West -- as one crucial component of the perennially aggrandizing jihad of Muslims to conquer the Earth (only periodically waning -- or, more pertinently, regrouping -- for reasons beyond the control or desire of Muslims following their Islam script).

Summary:

Hugh here is not merely lapsing into his tendency I've seen before (usually, if I recall, with assorted obscure central Asiatic Muslim peoples) -- of according undeserved praise to Muslims who ostensibly happen to be refraining from jihad; he's also not even doing minimal diligence to check and see if his assumption about their pacific nature is warranted.  At any rate, Hugh's flaw here is his failure to follow the rule of thumb of rational prejudice when it comes to appraising any and all Muslims.

As an adjunct to that rule, I might add, there is the meditation on the question: Why is this Muslim group (or individually, this Muslim) refraining from jihad as far as we can tell?  The question acquires pedagogical usefulness when we bracket out -- i.e., refuse to assume -- any benign reasons that would explain this apparent deficiency of jihad.  For, such a meditation (informed by the mountains of data and oceans of dots to be connected that abound concerning the dangerous pathology of Islam) helps us to adumbrate & augment our knowledge of the "stealth jihad" -- that is, of the jihad that seems to be an absence of jihad.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Slouching towards Bethlehem: Another 911 anniversary...

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/02/Freso_-_Rachel_is_weeping_for_her_children.jpg 
                                                      —Rachel is weeping for her children

֍ ֍ ֍ ֍ ֍

And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan in the way, when yet there was but a little way to come unto Ephrath: and I buried her there in the way of Ephrath; the same is Bethlehem. -- Genesis 48:7

But thou, Bethlehem, house of Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose exoduses [ἔξοδοι] have been from of old, from everlasting. -- Micah 5:2

Turning and turning in the widening gyre 
The falcon cannot hear the falconer; 
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; 
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, 
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere 
The ceremony of innocence is drowned; 
The best lack all conviction, while the worst 
Are full of passionate intensity. 

. . .

When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi 
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand; 
A shape with lion body and the head of a man, 
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun, 
Is moving its slow thighs, 
while all about it 
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds. 
The darkness drops again but now I know 
That fourteen centuries of stony sleep 
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle, 
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, 
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? 

-- William Butler Yeats ("The Second Coming")

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Equivalencism

http://i.imgur.com/Y8tLQCb.jpg

In the past, I've taken a couple of stabs at this subtopic of the Problem of the Problem (where the primary problem is, of course, Islam, and the secondary problem is the West's persisting, maddening myopia to that primary problem).  The two essays are:

The Fruit Salad of Equivalencism

and

Christians and Muslims: Apples and Oranges?

In those essays, I covered a lot of ground on this subtopic of Equivalencism, but it seems necessary to lay down some general guidelines about it.

First, I remind the reader what Equivalencism is: It is my term for the tendency to respond to the problem of Islam by dragging all other religions (usually evil white Christianity, of course) into the discussion, to be corralled together as all approximately equally problematic.  This, needless to say, pertains only for those who consider that Islam is problematic at all.  Years ago, I may have thanked Allah for such small favors; but I've grown weary of the maddeningly incremental learning curve on this problem by mainstream Westerners.

So we don't cut the Equivalencists slack just because they concede that Islam is a problem at all.  Why are we so unforgiving? Not only because Islam is at least 1,000 times worse than any other religion or ideology on the planet (and 1,000 is very generous -- more like a million times worse); but more importantly because its worseness threatens the very survival of our civilization.

Why would a reasonably intelligent person think Islam is "not much worse" than all other religions (especially evil white Christianity, of course), when the evidence indicates the contrary to a staggering degree?  Not just to a modest or slight degree, but to a monstrously astronomic degree of disparity.  Even worse, why would millions upon millions of Westerners routinely and persistently manifest this Equivalencist spasm?

I've been down this road before, many a time.  The reader could take a look at my essay Quantum Ignorance, for example, or dozens of others that try to answer, or at least plumb, this question.

What I've surmised is that it's not a conspiracy theory that answers the question; nor is it stupidity (since millions who think this way are reasonably, relatively intelligent), nor greed (since it is not plausible that millions who think this way would knowingly betray their civilization for money).

What's left? I can't say for sure, other than it is, as I've said more times than I care to count, a cultural development of a change in worldview throughout the West, based upon an aberrant elevation of politically correct multiculturalism to a degree no longer reasonable.  Since this is not a conspiracy theory, and since this cannot explained by mass stupidity or greed, it must be an organic development out of the West itself.

I suppose all suicides -- whether individual, communal, or civilizational -- are such.  Organic developments out of the self.

How can we reverse this disastrous train wreck unfolding before our eyes in slow-Mo?  Well, one way I can say for sure how not to reverse it is to fail to see it for what it is.  Congrats to the two Mainstreams -- the broadly diffuse Western Mainstream and the microscopic, struggling Counter-Jihad Mainstream -- for not only failing to see it for what it is, but for feeling smug about that failure.

Friday, September 01, 2017

"Plunging necklines", a perennial Islamic fashion...

https://www.thestar.com/content/dam/thestar/news/canada/2012/04/13/photo_of_muslim_woman_wearing_face_veil_while_holding_bra_stirs_controversy/bra.jpeg 

A few days ago, I posted an essay here on the perennial Islamic phenomenon of inghimas -- a style or tactic of Qital ("physically violent combat") whereby the mujaheed (the Muslim who wages jihad -- and what Muslim does not wage jihad, once we expand the definition of that word appropriately?) -- "plunges" into the enemy in order to kill as many of the enemy as he can before then getting killed himself, thereby, in the deadly-serious game of Mohammonopoly, getting the Go Straight to Paradise, Do Not Pass Go card.

Much of that essay was a list (quite incomplete, as any list of Mohammedan atrocities invariably is) of incidents mostly in the West in recent years where various & sundry Muslims suddenly start stabbing people in public places. 

Since posting that essay, I've seen reports of more incidents of this same inghimas phenomenon:

See, for example, this Jihad Watch report with further internal links of Muslims stabbing people in public.

Or how about this: Man yelling 'Allahu Akbar' shot and killed after attacking police with machete in Belgium

Or:  UK man with machete attacks two cops outside Buckingham Palace.  Just a "man"?  Oh wait:  He was yelling "Allahu Akbar".

Or:  Sweden: Police officer stabbed in the neck in busy square in Stockholm -- which on further research, we learn, were Moroccan youths: "Police source: Moroccan street children knife the police at Medborgarplatsen". 

Which makes us wonder about another incident in Sweden:

“BREAKING NEWS: Swedish police officer stabbed in the neck in a busy square in Stockholm,” by Gareth Davies, Mailonline, August 31, 2017:

GÖTEBORG A man in the 60's was knife cut at Drottningtorget in Gothenburg on Friday morning. Now the deceased is being investigated as a suspected hate crime, writes GP. According to the police's website, the incident occurs just before eleven o'clock. A man walks around and blows with a knife and then blows another man at Drottningtorget.  Thanks to attentive witnesses, the knife man can be caught nearby. When grabbed he has a knife in his bag. The man is now suspected of attempting to drop or gross abuse.Gothenburg Post has talked with a witness saying that the man yelled "everyone in Jehovah's Witnesses should die" in connection with his attack. According to investigative investigator Christina Corneliusson, the police are investigating whether there is a hatred motive for the deceased.The knife-cut man is at the age of 60 and must have been crushed in the cheek. However, his injuries should not be serious.The grabbed man is at the age of 45. Police say that the rapid arrest probably prevented more acts of violence.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Forecast for the foreseeable future: Overcast

http://citizengo.org/sites/default/files/images/132466549.jpg

I must be the only Civilian "in the Counter-Jihad" who doesn't irresponsibly flirt with Real-Problemerism (let alone indulge in it with grim enthusiasm). Not only do I abstain from such flirtation; I positively counsel against it. Am I being naive for doing so? Perhaps. Nevertheless, I can't help detecting in its varied strains the telltale odor of conspiracy theory.  The ingredients are all there: the amorphous claims of a Sinister Cabal "really" controlling all significant sectors & institutions of the modern West for nefarious ends; the claims implying amazing, almost supernatural powers wielded by this Cabal; and the implied disdain for (or paranoia against) those who question the organic tissue of more or less implausible inferences that hold this theory together.

So, when recently I commended Baron Bodissey over at Gates of Vienna for his "sunbreak of sense", I thought he actually showed some actual sense & sensibility by articulating the Problem of the Problem in such a way as to avoid the typical locutions of Real-Problemerism.  Apparently, that absence was an artifact of his particular focus in that essay he wrote at the time; for more recently, he has penned two essays going deep into the "Deep State" as though it were an unquestionable reality of uncontroversial, yet (of course) never quite specified contours & contents.

The primary essay by Bodissey had the telling title, "We're Being Played" -- further clarified in the essay, if there were any doubt, in terms such as:that "those who were attempting [at the Charlottesville rally] to create a broad-based conservative coalition... [and who thought] it was a good idea to include neo-Nazis and the Klan... were played like a fiddle by the permanent government, a.k.a. the Deep State."

His essay went into deep detail about the various effects of this Deep State; but he never actually articulated what the Deep State is, institutionally and demographically, as a concrete, coherent entity it must be, to be able to exert such effects.  Apparently, Bodissey, like most who traffic in such rhetoric, assumes his readers already "know", in a kind of vaguely gnostic way, what the Deep State is.

I don't deny there are influential and powerful individuals and organizations (or at least, portions of organizations) out there with grand, utopian designs and agendas. What I object to is the notion that this diverse, "loose affiliation of millionaires and billionaires" (hat tip to Paul Simon) is a single entity controlling the direction and program of the West's major arms of sociopolitical influence.  Part and parcel with this is the tendency among various indulgers in Real-Problemerism to impute outright evil to the agents of this Deep State, rather than the "good intentions" that nevertheless may well conduce to paving the road to Hell.

Four factors act as solvents for the amorphous tissue of this theory:

1) The reasonable likeliood that the agents of this so-called Deep State are not concerted nor omnipotent, but attempt to realize their goals in tension with prevailing (Western) reality that is neither nefarious nor coherently organized for evil ends.

2) That the motives and designs of most of them are not evil, but rather utopian in a starry-eyed way, deformed by the worldview of politically correct multi-culturalism.

3) That this worldview of politically correct multi-culturalism extends out to the general demographics of Ordinary People who are neither members nor directors (if there's a distinction between these two) of this so-called Deep State.

4) That it is this broad, albeit amorphous, consensus (of worldview), developed culturally and organically over the past two to three centuries in Western history, that allows that "loose affiliation" to pursue its various agendas in relative harmony with the will of the People (despite frictions that seem to portend critical fissures but which are more often than not compromised by the deeper -- speaking of "depth" -- psycho-cultural agreement between the "Elites" and the People).

Once these solvents are applied, the tissue of the theory tends to fall apart.  We are still left with the various effects which frustrate, annoy, and increasingly anger many of us Ordinary People; but if we probe more deeply, we may find that we are doing our part, in a kind of cultural biofeedback loop, in keeping these effects coming. 

The apparently prevalent tendency of the Counter-Jihad (and the wider, amorphous demographic of disaffected White Guys in the West) to indulge this Real-Problemerism with seeming abandon, and no solvents in sight, indicates a gloomy extended forecast, if not precipitation expected.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Plunging into enemy lines to kill and be killed

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-l0zneawRf9U/T86yAjZe0oI/AAAAAAAABsQ/yy4cnLGE07M/w1200-h630-p-k-no-nu/inghimas.bmp

My title refers to the Islamic concept of Inghimas, a word which literally means "to plunge into" and which in Islamic history and culture refers to the mujaheed (practitioner of jihad) gaining the ultimate prize -- winning eternal pleasure in Paradise rather than eternal torment in Hell -- by "plunging into" the enemy in order to kill as many of them as possible before getting killed.  For such a Muslim "martyr" (shaheed), he is finally free of that almost unbearable uncertainty that haunts all Muslims: the uncertainty of their fate after death.  The torments of Hell in Islamic holy texts and tradition are frightful, taught and received in a cultural context of literalism, and in Islamic theology the Muslim is not at all guaranteed to avoid Hell even if he slavishly performs all the ritual minutiae of his faith all his life.  The one guarantee in Islam for avoiding Hell and winning Paradise is found, among many other places in Islamic teaching, in Koran 9:111:

Verily, Allah has purchased from the believers their selves and their possessions in exchange for the gift of Paradise; they fight in the path of Allah; they kill, and are killed; that is a promise binding upon Allah in the ... Koran; and who fulfils his covenant truer than God? So rejoice in the bargain you have made with Him; that is the mighty triumph.  

Of course, not all Mohammedan killing involves plunging into enemy lines and stabbing as many Infidels as possible, hoping to be killed to go to Paradise.  In two essays I've written here -- Two more Arabic words to learn from the global insane asylum called Islam, and Islam Amok, Asian Style -- I show that it has been a major style of Qital (religious killing) in Islamic history.  Especially the latter essay delved into this concept of "plunging into the enemy lines to kill and be killed".  What both essays kind of assumed, at the time, was that this was a curious pathology pertaining to the orbit of Islam, but mostly in the relatively distant past, and mostly found in eastern Islam (India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines).

When a few years ago I read a report on Jihad Watch about Muslims behaving this way in China ("Muslims kill dozens in a stabbing attack at a railway station in Xinjiang region of China"; repeated again three years later -- "Muslim kills 8 in random stabbing attack in Xinjiang region of China"),  I assumed it was a rare reassertion of that older Asian style of jihad, appropriately happening in China.

Then, however, when I kept noticing stories over the past couple (or few) years coming out about Muslims here, there, and nearly every-damn-where -- including in the West -- suddenly stabbing people in crowds, I have begun to see this is, indeed, a general Muslim phenomenon. And like most Islamic phenomena, there is little distinction between "medieval" and our 21st century.

Note: The following ghastly list of gruesome stabbings exemplifying this style of Inghimas, like most such lists when it comes to Islam, is incomplete.  Also, it is important to keep in mind that for Islam, the entire world that has not yet submitted to Allah and His Prophet is the Dar-al-Harb ("the House of War"); a combat zone for the various styles of jihad -- most of them not ostensibly violent -- to be deployed for the ultimate goal of world conquest for Allah. 

Finland: Muslims screaming “Allahu akbar” go on stabbing spree, woman and baby among victims 

Russia: “A man was running along the main streets stabbing people,” eight injured

Muslim who stabbed cop at Michigan airport repeats “Allahu akbar” at bail hearing

Italy: Muslim migrant goes on stabbing spree at Milan train station

Italy: Muslim migrant screaming “I want to die for Allah” stabs police officer, police say it’s not terrorism

Israel: Three "Palestinian" men attacked a group of police officers, killing one, before being shot dead.

“Palestinian” Muslim girl: “Stab! Stab! Stab! Stab! Stab!…Knock on heaven’s door with the head of a Jew”

London: Three Muslimas screaming “Allah will get you” stab woman, cops not treating it as terrorist 

Jerusalem: "Palestinian" Muslim attacks border guards with knife, wounding three, is shot dead

“Palestinian” Muslim stabbing spree leaves two Israelis dead, one wounded 

France: Muslim migrant stabs woman and her three daughters for being scantily dressed 

Canada: Muslim walks federal government office, slashes soldier behind the counter in the arm with a “large knife,” then tries to stab a female soldier before being subdued, says at the scene “Allah told me to do this. Allah told me to come here and kill people.” 

Israeli woman dies after being stabbed by Muslims screaming “Allahu akbar” 

Germany: Teen Muslima who stabbed police officer went to mosque every Friday and had memorized Qur’an 

Flint, Michigan: Muslim screaming “Allahu akbar” stabs police officer in “possible act of terrorism” 

Italy: Muslim tries to run down police, then stabs officer 

UK: Muslim, 66, stabs four women in supermarket parking lot 

Ohio State University: Muslim man, 34, "randomly" stabs woman in abdomen, then fled to a mosque with ties to previous jihad plots and attacks. Muslim man had a history of screaming in public at women as "F**CK YOU AMERICAN SLUTS!" 

Another Muslim at Ohio State University: Abdul Razak Ali Artan drove a car into a crowd of people, then got out and stabbed several more before he was shot and killed by campus police.

Mexico: Muslim stabs priest at the altar of Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral 

Germany: Muslim who stabbed four screamed “Infidel, you must die” as well as “Allahu akbar” 

France: Muslim stabs a Jew and assaults two other Jews in Marseille 

University of California Merced: Smiling Muslim stabs four people 

Austria: Muslim drives car into crowd, killing 3, then gets out and stabs passersby 

Hamburg, Germany: Muslim kills one, injures six, in knife attack at supermarket 

Ohio: Muslim “armed with knives” attempts to stab police at Columbus airport 

“Palestinian” tried to stab Israelis so he could “marry virgins in Paradise” 

Egypt: Muslim stabs Christian surgeon to death 

Israel: Muslim opens fire on bus, uses screwdriver to stab shoppers buying groceries, six wounded 

Minnesota: Muslim stabs 8 in mall, made references to Allah and asked potential victims if they were Muslim 

Machete-wielding Muslim slashes man’s throat in London tube station 

Norway: Two Iranian converts from Islam to Christianity stabbed, called “kuffar” 

Morocco: Muslims hack tourists with knives at holiday destination 

UK: Muslim kills one, wounds 5 in stabbings, cops say “no evidence of radicalisation” 

Video׃ Turkish Muslims want to kill non-believers: “I shall stab them one by one wherever I find them” 

Australia: Muslim who screamed “Allahu akbar” as he killed woman said he wanted to “kill everybody” 

Australia: Muslim stabs man walking dog, attacks police when they arrive 

Video from Israel: Muslim stabs, critically wounds Israeli supermarket employee 

Another “Palestinian” Muslim woman attempts to stab Israeli security guard 

Sweden: Muslim migrant lectures Swedes about “racism,” then stabs man four times 

UK: Hijab-wearing Muslima tries to stab teen on bus 

France: Muslim screaming “Allahu akbar” stabs farmer, media silent on attack 

Uruguay: Muslim stabs Jew to death while screaming "Allahu akbar" 

Jerusalem: Qur’an-toting Muslim teen girl tries to stab Jews, is arrested, tries again two weeks after release 

Ramadan finale in Indonesia: Muslims screaming “Allahu akbar” stab police officer to death

Update:

See my follow-up report about more recent stabbing incidents by Muslims.

And hot off the presses this week:

France: Muslim screaming “Allahu akbar” attacks seven people, including three police officers 

Paris: Muslim screaming “Allah” attacks soldier with knife outside metro station

France: Muslim screaming “Allahu akbar” injures two women with a hammer

P.S.:

The lists above are relevant to my recent essay, Qualitative vs. Quantitative.