solidarity against terrorism

Al Shbaab map
Al Shabaab locations in yellow.

A no I don’t mean a group looking to impose Communist rule.  This is solidarity against terrorism.

This is a heart warming story about the solidarity of humans in the face of brutal attacks from terrorists.  Nice to see these Kenyan Muslims stand up to their attackers who were demanding to slaughter only the Christians.  More evidence of the incompatibility between radical Islam and Christians and what we’ve seen before regarding Christian persecution.

The Threat from Islam is Real

Here is a chilling exchange between a Muslim student and David Horowitz.  We have to give her points for being honest!

But if this doesn’t demonstrate the threat urgency of the threat we face from Islamic terror, nothing will.  When a Muslim (a self-proclaimed religion of peace) is able to stand up and agree with another Muslim that all Jews need to congregate in Israel to make it easy for Muslims to kill them all without batting an eye—that is a sad day.  However, this video also demonstrates the greatness of our country where this exchange can take place!

Islamic State flag Image credit Wikimedia Commons.
Islamic State Flag

Changing the Variables

For the sake of argument, lets change the variables.

Lets say that a Muslim speaker was speaking on a topic and during the question and answer session a Christian stood up and asked the Muslim why they wanted to kill all Christians.

And in so doing the Muslim responded by asking a follow-up question: Do you believe that Jesus is the only way to Heaven or Paradise and that all other religions are wrong?

And the Christian answers yes.

Political Correctness Run Amok

Can you imagine the outrage that would be levied at the “intolerant” Christian that was simply answering a question posed to him/her by another.  Those who claim to be “tolerant” of other views would show their true colors and demand the Christian apologize for “imposing” their beliefs on another, when that is exactly what Muslims want to do.  They want to conquer the world by force.

The fact that this does not get media play is not surprising.

The fact that there was no outrage in the audience when she answered coldly and simply, “Yes.” is surprising.

First, this non-response by the audience is political correctness run amok.  Like the neighbor in San Bernardino who saw something suspicious but was afraid to report it due to not wanting to be called “racist.”

Second, wanting to see all Jews killed means that it shows the lie to their mantra that Islam is a religion of peace.

Terrorism’s Elephant in the Room

Elephant in the room
The Elephant in the Room

The phrase “the elephant in the room” comes from the 1950s and means something that one can see but no one wants to talk about.  It looms over a conversation and people can hint at it, but no one definitively discusses it.  The elephant in the room regarding the Global War on Terrorism is something most don’t realize.

Terrorism’s Elephant

It is something that is so simple most would agree.

Yet, it is complex that most do not want to discuss it.

However, I am taking a stand because we have entered a now or never phase.  Terrorism has attacked America again.  And it is time for all the facts to be made known.

The elephant in the room isn’t Islam.  Though there is a violent strain of Islam and the Koran is not peaceful.  Islam is not the elephant.

It isn’t Wahhabism.  Although it is a radical strain of Islam this particular elephant follows.

The elephant in the room is Saudi Arabia.  Lets look at the facts.

Facts about Terrorism and Saudi Arabia

There is some connection of financial support from Saudi Arabia for the 9/11 terrorists.

We do know that 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi Arabian nationals.  That is almost 80%.

A recently released and redacted CIA report has raised more questions than it answered.  And an article from 2013 quotes individuals saying they were

absolutely shocked about the level of foreign state involvement in the attacks.

And earlier this year, 2015, Zacarias Moussaoui, alleges several Saudi royal family members provided financial support to Osama bin Laden.

Here are more headlines regarding Saudi Arabia and 9/11:

In regards to the attacks in San Bernardino, Farook traveled to Saudi Arabia and returned radicalized.  Seems that the common sense approach is to not only look at Islam but Saudi Arabia as well.  Perhaps your life depends on it.

35 Reasons Against Gun Control

EDIT: Since the post, four more people have confirmed injured in the tragic shootings in California.  This brings the total to 35.  35 reasons against gun control.


Tragically yesterday there was a shooting yesterday in San Bernadino, California at a holiday party being hosted at a government center.  Being California this means it was a de facto gun free zone.

31picSad Math

14 people are already confirmed dead.

17 people are confirmed injured and the news is reporting that some are critical so the number might go up.

14 + 17 = 31

31 persons killed or wounded celebrating the holidays with no—legal—way to defend themselves.  It is unclear how many people were at the party but if one person had a gun, the outcome could have been a lot different.  Just another example of how gun control kills people.  Murder is a crime.  Criminals do it anyway.

Some are suggesting this was terrorism.  While there are no “known” links at this time, ISIS is celebrating the shootings carried out by at least one devout Muslim.  We live in a heightened state of alert.  It is time for true common sense approach: let Americans defend themselves.

Yesterday we had all the proof we need that gun control does not work—sadly 31 reasons.

The Demise of Turkey

With the downing of a Russian fighter plane that crossed into Turkish airspace, the Cold War is back between Russia and the West with Turkey, once again, playing a pivotal role in the conflict.  However, this incident, I believe, marks the beginning of the end of Turkey as we know it.  The key to this understanding is looking at this from the broader perspective of where Turkey fits in the Islamic spectrum.

Brief History of Turkey

This video does it much better than I could.

But to pull a major threat alluded to in the video and elaborated on in the classic book by the esteemed Middle East historian, Bernard Lewis, What Went Wrong?, Turkey shifted towards Europe and the West.  Ataturk switched the script from right-to-left to left-to-right and in so doing began the alignment of Turkey towards Europe instead of the Middle East.  This alignment was complete with Turkey’s ascension into NATO.

Turkey’s Involvement in NATO

Turkey joined NATO alongside Greece in 1952.  There were two strategic goals to both of these inclusions.  For Greece, the country was recovering from what some call the first clash between Capitalism and Communism as Greek communists were attempting to take over the country.  Including Greece into NATO legitimized the ruling government, provided stability for the people and—most importantly—provided a strong signal to the Soviet Union their intervention would be met with force.

Turkey’s inclusion into the union had two important geopolitical ramifications.  First, NATO was concerned about communist activity in the Middle East, specifically Iran, and Turkey’s entrance provided NATO engagement and basing opportunities should communism creep up their “southern flank.”  Second, the Soviet Union does not have a warm water port.  This is a source of anxiety for any Soviet/Russian leader.  The only way for Russian ships to transit from the Black Sea are through two natural straits connecting the Black Sea to the Aegean Sea: the Bosphorus and Dardanelles.

Image of Bosphorus (top) and Dardanelles (bottom-left) Straits.

According to the Wikipedia article, the Bosphorus Straits are the narrowest, internationally navigable water channel in the world.  They are so narrow that only a chain is needed to impeed ships from crossing them.

Yet, it is these two channels that provide Russia her easiest access to warm water.

Turkey’s inclusion into NATO meant that these two straits would be continuously monitored for Soviet ship movement and provide NATO easy access to block Soviet ship movement in the event of hostilities.

Ergodan’s Turkey and Turkey’s Demise

A BBC article highlights the importance of Ergodan’s rule in Turkey as

harbouring a secret agenda to turn Turkey into a fundamentally conservative Muslim society.

And here is a Guardian posting providing more details on Ergodan’s rise in power with some caveats.

However, the point is that under Ergodan, Turkey is enjoying immense staying power, even if his calls for Assad to step down have been rebuffed by the world and Russia as well.  Russia has actively begun supporting his Syrian ally against Turkey, NATO and the U.S. who are supporting rebels who have been fighting to remove Assad from power for over two years.

On the heels of the shoot-down Russia releases a report and various news articles pick it up, claiming that the Ergodan family supports ISIS, primarily through purchasing their oil.  I’m not making claims on this one-way-or-the-other, because the Russian press certainly is used as a mouth piece for the Kremlim’s talking points, but as Ergodan wants to increase his Muslim stature and given ISIS’ popularity, from an Islamic point-of-view, supporting ISIS could be seen as a good strategic move.  One has to wonder why ISIS hasn’t gone into Turkey?  It could be that Turkey is secretly supporting them or it could simply be that ISIS can read.  Article V of the NATO Treaty makes clear that an attack on one is an attack on all member-states and they are obliged to contribute either money or forces to the organizations defense.  Ironic that France is looking to invoke the clause after not participating in military matters for much of the organizations history.

Should Turkey be taking the side of Islam it could mean the end of Turkey as we know it, with Ergodan leading the way.