Thursday, August 31, 2006


Top 10 Reasons Islam Might Not Be a Religion of Peace

Top 10 Reasons Islam Might Not Be a Religion of Peace -->Written by Don FederThursday, August 31, 2006
A passenger revolt occurred on a Malaga-Manchester flight. Vacationing Brits refused to fly with two Arabic-speaking men. This came in the wake of arrests of 21 British-born Muslims who were plotting to blow up as many as 11 trans-Atlantic flights.

A spokesman for Britain’s opposition Tory party said the passengers panicked into “behaving irrationally.” Fancy that, not wanting to fly with members of a faith whose adherents keep trying to blow things up. Oh, how irrational!

Within days of this incident, a Lebanese student was arrested for trying to plant bombs on German trains. In India, meanwhile, a group with alleged ties to al-Qaeda threatened to blow up the 17th century Taj Mahal.

If Muslims make travelers nervous, it’s not without cause.

Would you be more likely to have an anxiety attack at 20,000 feet if the passenger seated next to you was: A) An Irish nun saying the Rosary? B) A Mormon missionary in regulation white shirt and narrow, black tie? C) A Hari Krishna in a standard-issue saffron robe? or D) A bearded bloke of Middle Eastern complexion holding a well-thumbed Koran?

When you hear of a terrorist incident, is the first thought that pops into your head: Probably some crazy Muslim? Guess what? It probably was some crazy Muslim!

Guessing the religion of those who plant bombs, highjack planes, fire into crowds of civilians, take hostages, and murder hostages is the world’s ultimate no-brainer.

And yet our leaders, the media, and many of us pretend there’s absolutely no connection between psychopathic, ideological killers and the religion which exalts the slaughter of unbelievers.

To counter confusion here, a la Letterman, I humbly offer The Top 10 Reasons Why It’s Quite Possible That Islam Isn’t Exactly a Religion of Peace.

#1 While it’s certainly true that not all Muslims are terrorists, it’s equally true that most terrorists are Muslims.

Think about the really ghastly terrorist incidents over the past two decades: the 1983 Beirut Marine barracks bombing (242 dead), the 1988 Pam Am 103 bombing (259 dead), the 1993 World Trade Center attack (6 dead, more than 1,000 injured), the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish Center (86 dead), the 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam (291 dead, 5,000 wounded), the 2000 attack on the U.S.S. Cole (17 dead), September 11, 2001 (over 3,000 killed), the 2002 Moscow theater hostage-taking (94 dead), the 2004 Beslan school hostage crisis (344 dead), the 2004 Madrid train bombings (192 dead), the 2005 London underground bombings (56 dead) and the 2006 commuter train bombings in Mumbai--formerly Bombay--(at least 200 dead).

In each and every case, the killers were …? That is correct, sir: Muslims! What other religion condones savagery committed in its name? Jesus said turn the other cheek. Muhammed said cut off the other guy’s cheek. The Torah says show kindness to strangers. The Koran says: If you can’t convert them, kill them.

#2 Muslims don’t play well with other children. Wherever there’s religious bloodshed anywhere in the world, it’s invariably Muslims versus someone else. Could this be a coincidence?

Israel, Gaza and Lebanon – Muslims verses Jews. Kashmir – Muslims vs. Hindus. Kosovo/Bosnia – Muslims vs. Serbian Orthodox. Nigeria, the Sudan – Muslims versus Christians. Indonesia – Muslims vs. Christians. Myanmar – Muslims vs. Buddhists. The Northern Caucuses– Chechen Muslims against Russia Orthodox, and so on.

Inquiring minds want to know why the “religion of peace” can’t behave peaceably with any other religion.

Answer: Islam remains what it was at its beginning 1,300 years ago: a violent, expansionist faith that will tolerate no competitors. What other religion has the concept of jihad (holy war) – the notion that if you die fighting for Allah you get 72 virgins (exhausting as that must be) in Paradise? Muhammed started by eliminating the competition – annihilating Jewish tribes in the Arabian Peninsula. More than a millennium latter, it’s still business as usual for his successors.

3. For Muslims, violence and threats of violence are always the first resort to any perceived insult or injury.

Recall the Muslim response to Danish cartoons of their beloved prophet. The Danish embassy in Beirut was burned to the ground. There were death threats against the cartoonists and the editors of papers that published the cartoons. (In London, protestors held signs proclaiming “Those who insult Islam should die” and “Europe is a disease. Islam is the cure.”)

In rioting in Nigeria, Libya, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, 139 died. Protestors were particularly offended by the implication of the cartoons – that Muhammed and his religion encourage murder and mayhem. The irony of “They say Islam promotes violence? For that they should die!” was lost on demonstrators.

4. Islam is virulently anti-Semitic.

Jews have been described as the miner’s canary of the world. Those who start with the Jews never stop there. The 20th century’s mass murderers--the Nazis and communists--saw Jews as a special threat. Hitler killed 6 million Jews--as well as millions of non-Jews.

The Koran connects genocide to the end times: “The last hour will not come before the Muslims fight the Jews and the Muslims kill them, so Jews will hide behind stones and trees and the Stone and the tree will say ‘O Muslim, ‘O servant of God! There is a Jew behind me; come and kill him.’” Muhammed called Jews “the descendants of apes and pigs.”

Every anti-Semitic canard in history has currency in the Muslim world, including the Blood Libel (that Jews murder non-Jewish children and use their blood to bake Passover matzo) and The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (“exposing” a Jewish conspiracy to subdue humanity).

Jew-hatred is a staple of Muslim rhetoric.

In a recent interview with the Egyptian weekly Al-Ahram, Gen. Hamid Gul (former head of Pakistani Intelligence) said Mel Gibson was right, “Jews cause all the wars.” Egyptian Mufti Sheikh Ali Gum’a says the war in Lebanon once again exposed the “Hebrew entity” (Israel) as “the bloodsuckers… who prepare matzos from human blood.” In Britain, popular Islamic cleric Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal (a Jamaican convert) tells audiences “Jews should be killed… as by Hitler.”

When he met John Paul II in 2001, Syrian President-for-Life Bashar Assad told the pontiff that the Jews "try to kill all the principles of divine faith with the same mentality of betraying Jesus and torturing him."

And Adb al-Rahman al-Sudais, sheikh of Mecca’s Grand Mosque, in Islam’s holiest city, calls Jews “the scum of the earth,” and calls for the genocide of a people who are, in the sheikh’s words, “an ongoing continuum of deceit, obstinacy, licentiousness, evil and corruption.”

Muslims really have a hard time deciding whether the Holocaust: 1) Never happened 2) Is grossly exaggerated or 3) Didn’t go far enough.

#5 – Public Opinion in the Muslim World Is Scary.

Muslim public opinion can be summarized as acid hatred, chauvinism and revenge fantasies--leavened with paranoia. In the five years since 9/11, polls consistently show that, irrefutable evidence to the contrary notwithstanding, worldwide, a majority of Muslims believe the World Trade Center attack couldn’t possibly have been committed by Arab Muslims.

Naturally, they attribute the crime to “Zionists.” If someone wrote a book titled “How to Fly a Plane Into a Skyscraper Whilst Using Human Blood to Bake Matzos: A Zionist Training Manual,” it would top the Tehran Bestsellers List.

#6 –Generally, the more Muslim a nation, the more lunatic and dangerous it is.

Think Iran. Think Saudi Arabia. Think Afghanistan while the Taliban was in power.

Think of the fate of women in these regimes--consigned to the status of breeding stock. Think of their attitudes toward democracy, civil liberties and minority rights: No way, Jamal.

As a rule, the more a nation is governed by Islamic law and customs, the more it hates the West, supports terrorism (Iran’s support for Hezbollah, Syria's support for Hamas, Al Qaeda training camps in Taliban Afghanistan. Radical mosques in the United States financed by the Saudis), and covets weapons of mass jihad (witness Iran’s nuclear program).

If Islam is the religion of peace, where is its St. Francis of Assisi, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mother Teresa? Where are the Islamic equivalents of the Quakers and Jehovah’s Witnesses?

Far from making rulers more enlightened, Islam specializes in the mass production of Ayatollah Khomeinis, Osama bin Ladens, Mullah Omars, Hafez Assads, and Saddam Husseins.

#7 – When a young Muslim becomes more involved with his religion, his thoughts often stray to suicide bombing.

I was in London when the latest terrorist conspiracy went down. On the evening news, I heard a BBC reporter interviewing a neighbor of one of the suspects. “He was a good lad,” the neighbor opined. “Played football” (British soccer). “Recently, he became very involved with his religion” (hint: not the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints).

How often have we heard those fatal words? Born-again Christians witness and do good works. Born-again Muslims work with liquid explosives.

Converts to a cause are usually the most enthusiastic. Paul became Christianity’s first missionary and foremost proselytizer.

Converts to Islam frequently end up shooting total strangers (John Muhammad and Lee Malvo), try to detonate planes with explosives in their shoes (Richard Reid), fight against their country (American Taliban John Walker Lindh), and frag fellow GIs (Hassan Akbar ). When was the last time you heard of a Jewish convert going after civilians with a high-powered rifle, or a Catholic convert waging jihad to avenge Thomas Moore?

Religion usually makes people better (kinder, more compassionate, and more tolerant). The religion of peace is the exception to the rule. You might say that Islam is to religion as rap is to music.

#8 – Islam isn’t minority friendly.

In Freedom House’s 2006 Global Survey, of the eight countries with the worst human rights records, five are Muslim: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Libya, Syria and Sudan. The other three--Cuba, North Korea and Burma--are communist dictatorships. Cuba and North Korea are frequently aligned with radical Muslim regimes.

Which would you rather be: a Muslim living in Tel Aviv or a Jew living in Tehran? A Coptic Christian in Egypt or an Egyptian Muslim in Rome? An Orthodox Serb in Muslim Kosovo or a Turk in Germany?

Islam has the concept of the dhimmi (non-Moslem living under Islam), which is several steps below blacks in the Jim Crow South--though slightly better than Jews in Nazi Germany.

#9 – Where Have All the Moderate Muslims Gone--Long Time Passing?

If suicide bombers are radical Muslims, apologists for suicide bombers must be moderate Muslims. (In a letter to Tony Blair following the unraveling of the latest plot, 40 Muslim community leaders--including six members of Parliament--claimed Britain’s foreign policy gave “ammunition to extremists.”)

If someone slaughtered hundreds of innocents in the name of Christianity, everyone from the Pope and Billy Graham to your parish priest or local pastor would denounce the crime as an obscenity--without reference to the fall of Constantinople.

Hardly a day goes by that evil isn’t perpetrated in the name of Islam somewhere in the world. When it comes to denouncing same, moderate Muslims are mostly AWOL.

Occasionally, we’ll hear from a Muslim not mired in the Dark Ages. Usually, they’re wondering where all of the other moderate Muslims are. One is Irshad Manji, a fellow at Yale University and the author of “The Trouble With Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith.”

Ms Manji can author such a book while safely ensconced in New Haven. If she wrote a book suggesting--or even hinting--that Islam is less than perfection, while residing anywhere in the Muslim world, she’d be dead. In fact, in many parts of the Islamic world, a woman can get in serious trouble for reading a book.

# 10 – Islam is bent on global conquest.

“Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran … should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth.” – Omar Ahmad, founder of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).

“Islam will return to Europe. The conquest need not necessarily be by the sword. Perhaps we will conquer these lands without armies. We want an army of preachers and teachers who will present Islam in all languages and all dialects.” Dr. Al-Qaradawi, Egyptian-born, Qatar-based spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.

“The Muslims are required to raise the banner of jihad in order to make the Word of Allah supreme in the world.” -posting on the website of the Islamic Affairs Department of the Saudi government. (These oil-rich fascists control roughly 80% of U.S. mosques.)

“Islam is advancing according to a steady plan, to the point that tens of thousands of Muslims have joined the American army and Islam is the second largest religion in America. America will be destroyed. But we must be patient.” -Saudi Professor Nassar bin Suleiman al-Omar on al-Majd TV.

Within 100 years of Muhammed’s death, Islam had conquered the Middle East and spread across North Africa before it was finally stopped in southern France. Today, due to immigration, one in every 10 Frenchmen is a Muslim and an estimated 50,000 convert to Islam each year.

In Britain, with 1.5 million Muslims, attendance at mosques is higher than at services for the Church of England. Islam is spreading down both coasts of Africa--in Nigeria, Kenya, the Sudan, and Ethiopia--as well as in the Balkans, former Soviet republics, Asia, and the Philippines.

Whether they bury us with swords, explosives, or immigration and procreation, the fate Islam has in store for us is the same.

If you don’t get it, you’re not paying attention. Or, perhaps your religion (liberalism) blinds you to the truth.

Islam is: A) A religion of peace B) A religion of rest in peace C) A religion that leaves you in pieces or D) A religion that wants a piece of what you have now--the rest later?
About the Writer: Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer and syndicated columnist, currently making a modest living as a political/media consultant and free-lance writer. He's the author of "Who's Afraid of The Religious Right" and "A Jewish Conservative Looks at Pagan America." His writings can be found at "RETIRE THIS YEAR ... And Still Make A Six-Figure Income!" You can do it – once you know the proven secrets to writing a simple letter like the one you’re about to read. Imagine a job in which you set your own hours, and live where you please: at the beach, in the mountains, in Paris.


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Wednesday, August 30, 2006


HEZBOLLYWOOD STRIKES AGAIN: Just when you thought Hezbollah

Just when you thought Hezbollah
couldn't sink any lower...

the Bagel blogger- bringing fresh news to you
Eight years after an Australian Navy Submarine de commisioned a Vessel named the Torrens which has laid on the ocean floor for the last eight years, it has now miracolously re appeared, been re commisioned by the Israeli Navy only to be sunk in the heat of battle.
This is all without the Israeli Navy knowing they had another extra 'ghost ship'.

[Click Mr Bagel to Read the report!]

Whoops another classic Hezbollywood moment
Hezbollah celebrates another mighty Victory!!
- an Iran-based website run by the Hezbollah terrorist group - is running this Photo. (above) of what it claims is the Israeli ship it hit with a missile last month.
This is the same link in English: PhotoLink

Now look at the Royal Australian Navy’s picture below - as published by Defence Industry Daily - of its sinking of the decommissioned Australian destroyer-escort HMAS Torrens off the coast of Western Australia in 1998 .
We were told at the time the Torrens was deliberately sunk by a torpedo fired by one of our own Australian submarines, the HMAS Farncomb.

Has Hezbollah attacked Australia ? - or is this just the latest proof that Hezbollah will spin any lie for propaganda gain?

An Australian Naval Vessel is de commisioned and used for target testing in 1998

Well done Hezbollah you really are performing miracles, your now destroying vessels that have laid on the oceans bottom for 8 years over 10,000km around the other side of the world. I'm sure this victory is as meaningful as your now vigourously celebrated victory.

Herald Sun: Andrew Bolt

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Aug. 24, 2006 10:26 Updated Aug. 28, 2006 5:49


By 8 a.m. May 26, 2000, the day after the Israeli withdrawal from south Lebanon was completed, there were already some spectators at Fatima's Gate, a former checkpoint between Israel and Lebanon, and the new Lebanese frontline with Israel.

Some were armed Hizbullah men with yellow flags, others curious citizens who came to observe the Israeli soldiers patrol the border just a few meters away.

Here you could buy some refreshments with which you could more fully enjoy your time at the border, or perhaps some Hizbullah memorabilia such as yellow T-shirts with the organization's emblem or pins of Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah.

Operating with their usual efficiency, Hizbullah activists quickly turned the spot into a theme-park, offering free guided tours of the area and information about the Israeli withdrawal and the historic victory of God's party. Stoning Israeli soldiers who came close to the fence was an added bonus for those who waited long enough.

After the first Lebanon War, one of those who came to stone "the Zionists," proudly posing for the camera, was renowned Palestinian historian Edward Said. Back in 2000, Said remarked: "The liberation [of south Lebanon] is a great achievement, nothing of this magnitude has happened in my lifetime... For the first time, an Arab group liberates land from Israeli forces not in the moral or... symbolic sense, but in the real and practical one. (Lebanese As-Safir newspaper, July 2000. Translation courtesy of MEMRI.)

Obviously, there were those who made sure that Said's words would be carried out - in Lebanon and beyond.

Preparing for the final battle
Hizbullah's presence in southern Lebanon was never a secret; the party's flags and posters of Nasrallah were seen from Israeli territory by the naked eye. Hizbullah men often paraded along the new border holding arms. The party's annual military parade was held in both Nabatiya and Bint Jbeil where some of the toughest battles happened this summer.

During these parades large quantities of arms, among them Katyushas, were displayed for all to see. And as Chekhov's rule states, if you introduce a gun in the first act, it must go off by the last.

Hizbullah activists, dressed in military uniforms and holding their yellow flags, didn't come out of thin air. Many were - and still are - residents of south Lebanese cities and villages, or had relatives there. They were many, they were armed, and they had cash; lots of it.

During the past six years, the South had experienced a remarkable recovery that was sponsored mainly by Hizbullah. The organization's construction company built community centers, hospitals and schools that were needed in the area. Their hospitals were better and cheaper than the government's, their schools offered free education and free meals for kids from needy families. Their construction company also lent materials for those who wanted to build their own houses to replace their old huts.

As it turned out, not only posh villas with red roofs were erected in Bint Jbeil and Ayta ash-Shaab, but also weapons warehouses, bunkers and military bases.

Not only money, but also weapons were pouring into the South, turning it into a Hizbullah bastion. Providing a wide social network for the population and fighting for the rights of local citizens - already sympathetic to the causes of God's party - Hizbullah activists gained overwhelming support and 100 percent freedom of movement and action in the area.

Moreover, in 2001, Hizbullah, whose funding came in part from the large hashish fields in the South, openly confronted the central government that insisted on eradicating these crops in the Beqaa valley. Hizbullah's MPs used the press to attack the government and the decision to eradicate the hashish fields in Beqaa was never fully implemented. This was just one more sign of the organization's rising strength - and the Lebanese government's growing weakness.

DRIVING TO the South from Beirut just a few days prior to the breakout of hostilities in the region, it struck me that I hadn't seen even one Lebanese army post or members of the Lebanese police force since I left the outskirts of Beirut. Not even traffic police appeared. (It turns out that there are moments when you actually do want to see traffic police.)

Since Israel pulled out of the South, neither the Lebanese nor the Syrian army had filled in the gap. Here, and in the southern suburbs of Beirut, there was little sympathy for the central government dominated by Christian Marronites and Sunni Muslims who seemed insensitive to the needs of the population in the South.

Even on the day of murdered prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri's funeral, the only regions that seemed unaffected by grief and sorrow were Harat al-Hreik in the southern suburb of Beirut, and Nabatiya - the capital of the South. In the vacuum created by the IDF's 2000 withdrawal, Nabatiya has also arguably become the capital of Hizbullahland.

Why didn't the Lebanese army deploy in the South right after Israel's withdrawal in 2000? I put the question to a colleague, a Lebanese journalist who covered south Lebanon affairs at the time.

"It was never a real option," he said. "Hizbullah was always a dominating force in this region, and the Lebanese army was indeed too weak to dictate its power. Some people in the government realized what a grave mistake it was making, but were not able to make a move. You also have to remember that at the time, Syria still held Lebanon firmly in its jaws."

Although the Syrian army was never deployed in the South (it had units in Beirut, Metn, Bekaa Valley, Tripoli, Batrum and Kafr Kalous), many arms deliveries that came through the Syrian-Lebanese border were conveyed or brought with the help of the Syrian army, which felt quite at home in Lebanon.

As for public opinion in the South, many Lebanese, not only among the Hizbullah supporters, always felt threatened by Israel and believed that in the case of attack or aggression, they could only seek the protection of "the resistance." Both in Lebanese cities and in Palestinian refugee camps I heard people saying, "They [Israel] will never leave Lebanon alone." Just a few months ago, when things were still quiet at the border with Israel, a man in the Ein-Hilwe Palestinian Refugee Camp, near the Lebanese town of Saida, showed me the machine-gun on the roof of his house and explained that it was meant for the Jews, when "they come."

As for the residents of south Lebanon, who have witnessed many Israeli incursions, they always trusted the armed resistance movements where their own sons had fought. They did not trust the impotent Lebanese army.

The trouble spot
There were some Lebanese who didn't wish to see the South turning into the Hizbullahland that it eventually became. A few courageous politicians and journalists constantly warned about the phenomena that threatened both Lebanese sovereignty and stability.

Among those who incessantly spoke and wrote about this menace was An-Nahar newspaper editor, Jibran Tweini. "We want to know, honestly, who supports the exclusive right of Hizbullah to conduct operations from Lebanese territory, according to its will and the will of its regional partners. We want to hear a clear position and not 'diplomatic' declarations supporting the problem but not clarifying if they actually support the operation, the decision-making [that led to it] and its implementation - unless the ghost of fear - of whom? - has taken control of those responsible and put a dampener on them and their independent decision-making," Tweini wrote in 2003.

Another famous Lebanese journalist, Khairallah Khairallah, warned that if measures weren't taken soon, every Lebanese would pay a high price for the impossible situation in the South.

"What is distressing, in light of all this, is that Hizbullah will not be the only loser in Lebanon if it continues to cling to its current position, [i.e.] refusing to move on to political activity following disarmament. The loser will be Lebanon - the country with no majority, merely groups of minorities that either win together or lose together," Khairallah wrote in the London Arabic paper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat in April 2005.

There were also some ministers and MPs who felt that Lebanon was in fact sitting on a barrel of explosives. But not the pro-Syrian president Emile Lahoud, who often said publicly that the disintegration of the South from the country was a somewhat alarming development and the speaker of the parliament, ex-leader of the Shiite Amal organization, Nabieh Berry. According to them, Hizbullah was not a militia, but a legitimate resistance organization which was fully entitled to exist. "If the resistance had not existed, Lebanon should have created it," said Berry, publicly speaking in May 2005 in Nabatiya (translation courtesy of MEMRI).

And so, despite criticism from certain circles, UN Resolution 1559 and a 17-month-old national dialogue aimed at disarming Hizbullah, the arms race in the South, Beqaa Valley and the southern suburbs of Beirut went on.

Back to the future
As we speak, the Lebanese army units are deploying in south Lebanon for the first time in 40 years. Just like Hizbullah combatants in May 2000, soldiers are being greeted by locals with flowers, rice and sweets, but also with Hizbullah banners on their houses.

The soldiers, many of whom are Shiites, entered the cities only to find themselves warmly embraced by a thick ring of locals, jollied at the view of "al-watan" (or "nationals," the nickname for the Lebanese army soldiers).

Will they and can they fulfill the difficult task of both guarding the area, preventing violations of the cease-fire and, at a later point, disarming Hizbullah and its ally Palestinian organizations in the area? The omens are not good.

It seems that the current Lebanese government is determined to preserve the cease-fire at any cost, publicly threatening anybody who puts it at risk.

At a press conference in Beirut held on July 20, Lebanese defense minister, Elias al-Murr, said that "anyone who will dare fire a rocket from the South will be dealt with as a traitor and subjected to military court."

But it seems as if keeping the cease-fire, at least for the moment, is also in Hizbullah's interests, since the organization needs some time to recuperate, reorganize and deal with the economic hardship of the local population. The burning question today is will and can the Lebanese army, with the help of neo-UNIFIL, stop the flow of weapons to the South, given that the Syrian-Lebanese border still remains the major port for such deliveries from both Syria and Iran.

Further, one of Hizbullah's websites has recently published an internal Lebanese army statement, circulated among forces in the past week, which calls for troops to "stand alongside your resistance and your people who astonished the world with its steadfastness and destroyed the prestige of the so-called invincible army after it was defeated."

The issue has also been discussed widely in the studio of Hizbullah's TV channel, Al-Manar. Its journalists repeatedly say that there is an understanding between the "resistance fighters" and the army over searching houses and fields for arms and confiscating them.

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The "palestinian" Islamic Inquizition: "Convert or die!"

The "palestinian" Islamic Inquizition: "Convert or Die!"
Kidnapped journalists freed in Gaza JERUSALEM Two journalists kidnapped in
Gaza were released unharmed Sunday after being forced at gunpoint to say on a
videotape that they had converted to Islam.

Now you can understand how Bethlehem became Islamized too.


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Tuesday, August 29, 2006


The Islamic Inquisition by Jamie Glazov

The Islamic Inquisition

By Jamie Glazov April 25, 2006

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Frontpage Interview's guest today is Ali Sadeghi, a former political prisoner in Iran. He is the author of the forthcoming book Persia, The Cradle of Infidels, a memoir of his courageous struggle for liberty under the Iranian Mullahs’ iron-grip of terror.

FP: Ali Sadeghi, welcome to Frontpage Interview.

Sadeghi: Thank you.

FP: Tell us a bit about your background and how you ended up being imprisoned in Iran.

Sadeghi: My story begins in college. In 1996, I entered college as an engineering student with a fantasizing mind about how to fulfill all my suppressed desires through the supposedly open environment of the university. Soon I realized the colleges in Iran are as well governed and dominated by harsh Islamic rules as the entire society. My hopes of respiring in a free environment faded away, and my first instinctive reaction was to join a secret oppositionist organization which has been fighting for secularism by the mean of causing deep cultural amends especially throughout the collegiate.

Furthermore, the famous backlash of 1999 took place in Tehran University, and consequently many students and dissidents were captured, including the recognized members of the mentioned organization. Describing the causalities of this backlash needs more than our limited space in here. I have tried to depict this demonstration in my book.

By the way, I was arrested too, and, ever since, I have been carrying the mark of a dissident, being captured several more times in different occasions thereafter, no matter whether I was involved in any activities or not.

FP: I apologize for asking this, but can you describe some physical and mental tortures that the regime inflicted on you and other prisoners?

Sadeghi: Once somebody tends to oppose the government in Iran in any sense, he or she should be prepared to face an Intelligence Service with unconstrained authority; an ideological mafia which has the sanction of the court even for the use of torture. As you might know, using the torture is not illegal in my country. But, what's more interesting is that "beating" a defendant under the interrogation is not considered "torture".

The term torture, according to the heartrending experiences of many freedom fighters in Iran, is used when we talk about displacing somebody's fingernails using pliers, or burning one's flesh with hot iron, or using some drugs that cause unendurable internal pain in the body. These Middle Aged tortures have been used so many times in the prisons of Iran, and thus someone like me who was only beaten under the interrogation don't dare say that I was tortured. Yet, the mental torture is a completely different matter. They kept me in solitary confinement for quite a few months, and they made me believe that my father was also arrested, being kept in a cell next to mine! Within a very short time of staying in such traumatizing state, the first grey hairs appeared on my head at the age of 25.

FP: The last time you were arrested, you were prosecuted not only as a dissident, but also as an infidel. Can you talk about that?

Sadeghi: In my last imprisonment, although my initial accusation was similar to the previous times namely taking part in student movements, the Intelligence Service discovered in my apartment some proofs denoting I had anti-Islamic attitudes and anti-religious views in general. These proofs mostly included my own "unpublished" critiques on religious culture and Islamic contexts, also a short psychoanalysis over the process of producing suicide bombers. Moreover, I had a vast collection of "prohibited books" in my house. These evidences could result in my death sentence, for according to Islamic law of Shari'a, apostates to Islam are condemned to death.

FP: Tell us how you survived and how were able to win your freedom.

Sadeghi: Simply, I accepted death. During the interrogations, once the threat of being sent to the court as an apostate reached to the extreme, I just faced the risk without thinking twice, and asked the Interrogators to do their best to get me executed.

My expected miracle happened, and they refrained from sending the mentioned evidences to court for mere one reason: I had the support of the media. If they had executed me because of some unpublished critiques, in the blink of an eye the whole world would have been informed via my very active journalist friends. This could cause a human rights crisis for the government which was already going through a rough time because of the causalities of the suppression of young students in some recent backlashes.

Hence, they just released me on bail, and I instantly left the country before they could find any chance to "secretly" carry out the mortal command of their ideology. Iranian intelligence mafia has a well-known reputation of secretly murdering intellectuals when it's not possible to openly hang them before the eyes of the world.

In so many words, the main factor which saved me was the potential power of the media. Of course, the process of such survival was much more complicated than I describe here. I have written it all down in my book which will be published very soon.

FP: Tell us a bit about the book you are writing.

Sadeghi: My book, "Persia, The Cradle of Infidels", is written to introduce to the free world a new born generation in Iran; a generation that is very angry, highly skeptical, and deeply voracious for modernism. It's a narrative non-fiction novel, describing what I had been through in Iran, and the psychic path through which I could reach a profound rebirth in my ideological life, starting from my deeply embedded religiosity and ending with my freedom from beliefs, infidelity. I have shown how thousands and thousands of my young compatriots have gone or are going through the same road of insight, and how the oppressed state of the Islamized society actually accelerates the formation of such metamorphosis in the new generation of Iran. This generation is capable of establishing secularism in not a very distant future. Moreover, short descriptions of some social and political issues in Iran have been presented in this book.

FP: Why do you think that, at the foundation of the Mullah tyranny, there is such a demonization of women and sexuality?

Sadeghi: Demonization of sexuality rises from the essence of all religions, as in Christianity the man himself is the fruit of "sin". In case of Islam, however, we notice some more excessive attributions that are being already discussed all over the world today.

Depending on the psychology of people, religion either makes them better people or brings the worst out of them, and, an ideological mindset can cause crucial destructions with an entirely clear conscience. Now, once a governmental system is based on such harmful mindset, the consequences are obvious.

Islam is a political ideology, having served its fossilized ideologists during the history, and it firstly and mostly attacks the most sensitive cells of the body of the society: women. According to Islamic laws, women's inheritance is half the amount of men; and the right to divorce is basically given to men. Men's right of polygamy is another mentionable example, and so on.

Such ideology justifies and gives power to Mullahs to enslave and paralyze half the society, namely women. The other half, of course, are never left in peace either.

The consequence of sexual oppression in Iran has been a kind of sexual revolt in a great part of youth; a revolt which is hidden, and sometimes symptomatic. It also wastes a tremendous part of youth's energy, abilities, and capabilities which could be used in really constructive fields. Not to mention the psychological relation between this sexual oppression and the increasingly widespread use of drugs throughout the country.

FP: What do you think of the Mullahs' attempt to get a hold of nuclear weapons? It appears that any day now they will have the capacity to launch a nuclear strike. They have already made it clear that they are ready to use them, especially against Israel. This is a terrifying situation. What are your thoughts? What can and must the West do?

Sadeghi: Needless to say, this is a confusing situation. "The right for the peaceful use of nuclear energy" is a disguise the Mullahs have been using for getting nuclear weapons. However, possessing nuclear weapon is a different matter than "using" them. Even if the Mullahs get to nukes, I think they will never have the guts to nuke Israel. But, if Iran is attacked by the West, I am sure Israel will be the first target for the Mullahs' bloody revenge, and then, of course, the whole world will be united against Iran, and Ahmadi Nejad's schizopherenic dream to wipe out another country from the world will result in complete destruction of Iran itself. Causalities of such conflict will be beyond retrieval for all sides of the conflict.

Another aspect of the crisis is that if the West takes military measures against Iran in any sense, the Mullahs will get a chance to, under the motto of "national unity", savagely suppress all the internal opposition rising from people, and this will strengthen the bases of clerical power, prolonging their empire.

The solution: Europeans must stop flirting with the Mullahs, and must try, by any means, to convince Russia and China to stop backing the Mullahs up. This is a crisis impossible to solve through soft negotiations or politically correctness. Sides must be taken clearly, and no one should slightly doubt or underestimate the growing danger of "clerical nukes". Yet, the core of the solution is a regime-change in Iran by supporting the opposition of Iranian people against theocracy. If we Iranians are assured of the West's support, we can take down the clerics. If, however, we feel we will be betrayed, we'll have a very slim chance for victory.

FP: Well, I have to say I am a bit more pessimistic than you my friend. I don't think the Mullahs lack any courage to use nukes if they have them. This is not a matter of courage. It is a matter of a death cult getting WMDs in its hands. Death cults yearn to perpetrate mass death and suicide -- and that is why they perpetrate mass death and suicide. So when this death cult gets its hands on nuclear weapons, it will do exactly that what it yearns to do, and we simply can't take the risk of sitting around waiting to see what will happen.

You touched on the Iranian people overthrowing their dictators and how the West can help. Let's close on that note. What is the future of Iran? What can we do to help the struggle for freedom there?

Sadeghi: Iran is in the middle of a great renaissance toward achieving democracy and establishing secularism. We should be aware that democracy is a matter of achievement, and not imposition. No power can forcefully democratize a nation. The recent experience of Iraq proves this. Therefore, military measures or invasions cannot make long term amends in the culture of a nation.

What is needed from the free world is to politically support the oppositionist movements of Iranian people against theocracy. Physical removal of the oppositionists especially intellectuals and authors by the Mullahs' government should be abolished by any means of political pressure.

And this also goes to the issues of political prisoners and freedom of expression. This way, steps to democracy will be taken by this nation deliberately, completely, and maturely. And, this way, instead of a terrorist State, we'll have a "real" secular Iran that joins the free world with a great potential for construction.

But, of course, we have a strenuous way ahead of us before reaching this point.

FP: Well sir, democracy came to Japan and Germany by military defeat. At this very moment there is an incredible process of democratization occuring in Iraq --thanks to America. A brutal and sadistic dictator is gone and there have already been three historic elections there in 2005 -- thanks to the American liberation.

Sadeghi: One million Iranian lives were lost in 8 years of demolishing war with Saddam. Of course I am happy he is gone. However, I am also deeply anxious
about the consequences of another war for both Iranian people and the West. In this special phase of time, interests of Iranians and the West especially
Americans clearly meet, and, to preserve these interests, any decision should be made wisely, with calculating how to pay the least price to stop the ideological terror of the Mullahs. My nation is a victim of terrorism as well as the American nation.

FP: To be sure, if the U.S. will act, it will do only because it has the responsibility to stop a death cult from pereptrating mass death and suicide. And I don't know of any powers in the world that can beat the U.S. and Israel in its record of agonizing about how to cause the least amount of casualties in war on both sides.

In any case, Mr. Sadeghi, our hearts are with the Iranian people, and we hope that they will be able to free themselves from the tyrants that rule over them now, and that the West can help in the best and most effective way.

Thank you for joining us today.

Sadeghi: My pleasure. Thank you for the great job you do.

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Jamie Glazov is Frontpage Magazine's managing editor. He holds a Ph.D. in History with a specialty in Soviet Studies. He edited and wrote the introduction to David Horowitz’s new book Left Illusions. He is also the co-editor (with David Horowitz) of the new book The Hate America Left and the author of Canadian Policy Toward Khrushchev’s Soviet Union (McGill-Queens University Press, 2002) and 15 Tips on How to be a Good Leftist. To see his previous symposiums, interviews and articles Click Here. Email him at

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