The Prophet Isaiah, in describing the condition of the world leading up to the Second Coming of Christ, says that “the curse [alah] has devoured the earth, And those who dwell in it are desolate” (Isa 24:6). Yes, the word here for “curse” is the Hebrew word “alah” …
By Reza Kahlili – “The Iranian government, through a website proxy, has laid out the legal and religious justification for the destruction of Israel and the slaughter of its people.
The doctrine includes wiping out Israeli assets and Jewish people worldwide.
Calling Israel a danger to Islam, the conservative website Alef, with ties to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the opportunity must not be lost to remove ‘this corrupting material. It is a ‘jurisprudential justification’ to kill all the Jews and annihilate Israel, and in that, the Islamic government of Iran must take the helm.’
The article, written by Alireza Forghani, a conservative analyst and a strategy specialist in Khamenei’s camp, now is being run on most state-owned conservative sites, including the Revolutionary Guards’ Fars News Agency, showing that the regime endorses this doctrine.
Because Israel is going to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, Iran is justified in launching a pre-emptive, cataclysmic attack against the Jewish state, the doctrine argues.
On Friday, in a major speech at prayers, Khamenei announced that Iran will support any nation or group that attacks the ‘cancerous tumor’ of Israel. Though his statement was seen by some in the West as fluff, there is substance behind it.
Iran’s Defense Ministry announced this weekend that it test-fired an advanced two-stage, solid-fuel ballistic missile and boasted about successfully putting a new satellite into orbit, reminding the West that its engineers have mastered the technology for intercontinental ballistic missiles even as the Islamic state pushes its nuclear weapons program.
The commander of the Revolutionary Guards, Brig. Gen. Seyyed Mehdi Farahi, stated in August that the Safir missile, which is capable of transporting a satellite into space, can easily be launched parallel to the earth’s orbit, which will transform it into an intercontinental ballistic missile. Western analysts didn’t believe this would happen until 2015. Historically, orbiting a satellite is the criterion for crediting a nation with ICBM capability.
Forghani details the Islamic duty of jihad as laid out in the Quran for the sake of Allah and states that ‘primary jihad,’ according to some Shiite jurists, can only occur when the Hidden Imam, the Shiites’ 12th Imam Mahdi, returns. Shiites believe Mahdi’s return will usher in Armageddon.
In the absence of the hidden Imam, Forghani says, ‘defensive jihad’ could certainly take place when Islam is threatened, and Muslims must defend Islam and kill their enemies. To justify such action, Alef quotes the Shiites’ first imam, Ali, who stated Read more…
The leader of Turkey may be no spring chicken, but even he believes what all radicals believe: “The minarets are our bayonets; the domes are our helmets. Mosques are our barracks, the believers are soldiers. This holy army guards my religion. Almighty, Our journey is our destiny, the end is martyrdom.” What better political model is there for the “Arab Spring” regimes to follow other than one which promotes the pro-Caliphate aspirations of Islamist revolutionaries, denies that murdering hundreds of thousands of Christians should be considered genocide, impedes freedom of the press and freedom of speech, promotes jihad, and makes verbal attacks against Israel “a central feature” of its political discourse? Yes, Turkey is a useful model for the new Arab regimes indeed …
A survey published Thursday by the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation, a non-governmental think-tank, found almost 80 percent of respondents in the Middle East had a favourable view of Turkey, and three out of five considered the country a model for a modern Islamic state.
Following last year’s Arab Spring uprisings, an unprecedented wave of popular revolt that swept the Arab world and led to the ouster of a string of dictators, many analysts are wondering if Turkey serves as a useful example of what a moderate Islamist democracy looks like.
The country is seen as having ‘reconciled two dynamics: economic growth and a democratic system put in place by an Islamist-derived party,’ Turkish foreign policy expert Sinan Ulgan said.
Turkey, a secular Muslim-majority country that straddles Europe and Asia, is viewed especially favourably by many in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt, countries in which Ankara backed the sprawling Arab Spring protest movements which led to the toppling of their dictators…
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AKP party, the Islamist-based party that has been in power since 2002, won a broad victory in June parliamentary elections, gaining 50 percent of the votes.
But some analysts temper the notion of Turkey as a model democracy, pointing to clampdowns on journalists and ongoing problems with the country’s sizable Kurdish population.” Read more.
Flashback: Turkey Acts as Mentor for Emerging Islamists in Middle Eastern Region – “The media spin doctors and minions of the willingly ignorant continue to paint a positive face on ‘moderate’ Turkey and the popular Islamist goverment of Prime Minister Erdogan, yet these rose-colored spectacle-wearing ‘journalists’ remain conspicuously silent when it comes to the fact that the popularity which Turkey’s ‘moderate’ AKP party now enjoys would not have risen to the level it has had it not been for Erdogan’s very public anti-Israel vitriol. Diplomatic relations between Turkey and Israel are now at an all-time low as a result and show no signs of improving any time soon, if ever. If the new Islamist governments of Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Libya, and potentially even Syria (and perhaps others) are inspired by Turkey’s so-called ‘Justice and Development’ politics, who in their right mind can reasonably expect anything different from Islamist governments inspired by Turkey’s example? If anything, this is nothing but another indication in a long list of many that we are continuing to see a ‘bad crescent-moon rising‘ …” Read more.
Flashback: Turkey: Secular Opposition Laments the Rise of Islamism in Turkish Government and Society, Christians Under Increasing Pressure – “In a Turkey with a secular constitution and a government and population of the Muslim faith, the social-democrat opposition has denounced an attack by the government and the presidency on the tradition of Ataturk festivities, symbol of the state’s secular nature. The alarm has come on a day in which a daily paper provided details on a report by the Association of Protestant Christian Churches noting numerous ‘attacks’ on Christian communities.” Read more.
“A photograph that went viral on Facebook this week, showing what was claimed to be an Israel Defense Forces soldier pointing a weapon at a young Palestinian girl, prompted anger and cries for clarification across the social network.
The photo, uploaded by a Facebook user named Wesley Muahammad, shows a uniform-clad soldier, his face out of frame, pressing a boot to the stomach of a helpless girl lying on the floor while pointing an AK-47 rifle at her face.
Soon after the picture began circling the social network, Facebook users began refuting its authenticity. Many posted the photograph again, explaining that the caption claiming the soldier was Israeli had to be false because his uniform was not that of the IDF’s, nor does the Israeli army regularly use AK-47s.
‘Don’t believe everything you see on the Internet,’ wrote blogger Omar Dakhane, who uploaded a wider framed version of the image, showing a crowd surrounding the soldier and the girl. ‘This picture was taken in Bahrain 2009 during a street theater.’
Other refuters said the photograph was taken during a riot in Syria.
The wider framed shot also shows that the soldier has a home-made Israeli flag patch pinned to his jacket, and the crowd of bystanders watching the scene without any moving toward the soldier or the girl.
The photograph was taken down on Wednesday, although by the time any action was taken, it had already become an internet sensation.” Source – Haaretz.
Kuwait: Islamists Experience Overwhelming Gains in Parliamentary Elections, Women and Liberals See Dismal Losses
It also saw a new exclusion of women from the 50-seat parliament after none of the 23 women candidates, including the four incumbents, could secure enough votes to win even though women made up around 54% of the voting bloc.
Overall change to the parliament composition over the latest one, which was dissolved in December following bitter clashes with the government, was about 54 per cent as 27 new lawmakers made their way to the green seats.
The Islamists have now 22 seats from the Salafist and Muslim Brotherhood movements as well as independent MPs.
‘This reflects a regional state of mind following the Islamists’ wins in other Arab countries,’ analysts for Al Aan news said. ‘It is reflective of the weakness and limitations of the civil society in Kuwait.’
However, liberals were, like in the other Arab countries where national elections were held, on a downward spiral and kept only one of the five seats they had in the outgoing parliament.
‘Some of the MPs are known for their attacks on other Kuwaitis and for their sectarianism and this could spell trouble,’ the analysts said.
Mohammad Al Suhaili, a Kuwaiti political analyst, said that the new formation would spell trouble.
‘Tribalism and Islamism have proven that they are undisputedly the most significant factors in the elections, way ahead of any other consideration,’ he said. ‘There will be numerous clashes between the lawmakers whose backgrounds and orientations sharply contrast as well as standoffs with the government. I do not think that this parliament will go to the full extent of its term. It is way too explosive to remain,’ the Bahrain-based analyst told Gulf News.” Read more.
Nadin Khoury said the assault occurred because he’s small for his age and his family is African. Khoury made the rounds on television talk shows like the CBS’ ‘The View,’ which are often eager to highlight the victims of bullying in America.
But what about Christians in other countries who are attacked and sometimes even killed because of their faith, especially if they’re converts from Islam?
Assaults like the one against Khoury occur regularly in Muslim countries around the world and the American mainstream media is unlikely to tell you about it.
Stories like that of a former Muslim named Hussein. The 11-year-old publicly professed his Christian faith in Turkey by wearing a silver cross necklace in school.
‘It’s not the physical cross. It’s the meaning of the cross that is important. It is a beautiful thing,’ he explained. ‘I wanted people to ask me about it and then I could tell them about Christ.’
Hussein was 9 years old at the time. His father, Hakeem, was once an Islamic scholar who had studied the Koran in Iran and Syria. When his questions about Islam went unanswered, Hakeem searched elsewhere for the truth. He discovered it in the Bible and in church.
After he became a Christian, Hakeem decided to take Hussein and his other children to church.
‘I felt so alive hearing the hymns and singing in the church! I felt I had to learn more about this. I was so joyful,’ he recalled.
After the boy accepted Christ, Hussein wanted to share the good news with others. He was unaware of the potential dangers he faced for leaving Islam.
His sister saw him wearing the silver cross necklace and anxiously told her parents that Hussein was telling everyone that the family had become Christians.
Because they feared persecution from militant Muslims, Hussein’s parents prohibited him from wearing the cross.
‘We referred to it as Hussein’s problem. We were trying to prevent conflicts with others, but we came to realize that we were the ones with the problem, not Hussein,’ Hakeem said.
‘We decided to be like Hussein, more open about our Christianity,’ he said.
His Muslim classmates taunted Hussein in school. They spat on him and called him names. He often suffered attacks similar to the one against Khoury.” Read more.
According to Israeli TV Channel 2′s veteran Middle East expert, Ehud Yaari, the article cites three reasons for the call.
First – a religious fatwa allowing such a strike. Second – threats from Israel regarding a planned strike on Iran. And third – Iran’s alleged military capability to carry out such an attack.
The article specifies that the area between Lod and Jerusalem should be targeted, as well as Tel Nof Air Force Base.
The article seems to be part of a recent trend in Iran to step up the rhetoric regarding a possible attack on Israel. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Friday that Israel is a ‘cancerous tumor that should be cut and will be cut.’
‘We have intervened in anti-Israel matters, and it brought victory in the 33-day war by Hizbullah against Israel in 2006, and in the 22-day war’ between Hamas and Israel in Gaza, Khamenei was quoted as saying.
He added, ‘From now on, in any place, if any nation or any group confronts the Zionist regime, we will endorse and we will help. We have no fear expressing this.’
On Saturday, press outlets in Iran also widely quoted a blog post by Alireza Forghani, a computer engineer, who called upon Tehran to ‘wipe out Israel’ by 2014.” Read more.
John Kanta, regional wildlife manager for the department, tells the Associated Press that dozens of bird corpses have been recovered since Thursday afternoon. The deaths are mysterious enough that samples have been flown to a lab in Madison, Wis., in hopes of determining the cause.
Kanta says the birds could have been sickened by mold or bacteria, but officials suspect they were poisoned.
Kanta says officials are ‘worried about the incidental loss we might see with other animals’ – specifically peregrine falcons.” Read more.
“HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - State authorities are looking into why more than a thousand fish turned up dead in Henrico County. It happened in the Winchester Green subdivision, in the far west end.
It is quite the unpleasant sight, a fish kill, neighbors first discovered earlier in the week. Authorities came out to take a look, and they say more than 1,000 fish died here earlier in the week.
It’s a mystery, and it’s not pretty: all these dead fish, scattered over two ponds in an otherwise picturesque community.
Sandra register has lived here 22 years and she’s never seen anything like it.
‘We’ve never had everything die. I mean, everything is wiped out in here,’ she said.
The floating and decaying remains were first discovered Monday; including that of a large beaver, though it’s unclear if that’s related. All week, Sandra and others have been speculating as to what might have happened.
‘That someone had put something in the water,’ Sandra said.
Officials with the Department of Environmental Quality won’t confirm that. In fact, there’s little they can say for sure.
What’s clear is that it’s so upsetting to the children and adults who take great pride in what they used to be able to see, right outside their windows.
‘It’s important to me. I sit at my kitchen table and drink my coffee and watch the deer and occasionally get a glimpse of the fox running by. It’s very important to me,’ Sandra stated.
Whatever happened here to cause this, isn’t quite clear. But the DEQ continues to investigate. They say there is no risk to the public.
Neighbors say the water has yet to be tested, but there doesn’t appear to be any evidence of a chemical spill or illegal dumping.” Source – Fox19.