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Obama’s Speech: ISIS IS NOT Islamic?? What World Does He Live In?

Friday, September 12th, 2014

{Re-posted from author’s website,  The Phyllis Chesler Organization}

I tried to watch That Man, I really did, but after five minutes I had to walk out of the room.

He lost me when he referred to ISIS as ISIL, thus undercutting their view of themselves as a routinely Islamist imperialist venture which views not only Iraq and Syria as part of their future “Caliphate,” but one which includes Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, and the disputed Palestinian territories—and perhaps Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Emirates–as theirs to command.

He lost me when he said—he actually said—that “ISIL is not Islamic. No religion condones the killing of innocents and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslims.”

ISIS is most definitely “Islamic” as is the far-from-defeated Al-Qaeda, Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Shabab, Hezbollah, and the Pakistani and Afghan Talibans, to name only a few such terrorist groups—all non-state actors, most funded by states.

Does President Obama really believe that America must still curry favor with “the Islamic world” by saying that ISIS is not “Islamic?” Does the man not know that, on his watch, America has lost the trust of every Arab and Muslim country?

Does this man not know anything about Islamic history? Of course, the majority of ISIS’s victims have been Muslims; the Sunni-Shiia religious split and civil war among Muslims has been the overriding story of Islam for countless centuries.

Why did President Obama mention other “religious minorities” (that means Christians, Yazidis) second? Why did he minimize their persecution and near-extermination by counting their losses as (only) in the “tens of thousands”? If there are currently fewer Christians and Yazidis, not to mention Kurds, in the cross-fire, (let’s not forget the Christians of Lebanon or Egypt at the hands of Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood), it is only because those who could, fled long ago or were just forced to flee and now swell the ranks of refugees living on the edge, far, far greater in number than the poster-children among refugees, the Palestinians.

This man does not mention Israel or Jews or the fact that the Arab Middle East has been “judenrein” for a very long time. President Obama did not take this opportunity to bring Israel into the fold nor did he mention Iran, Qatar, or Turkey as primary funders of the very Islamic terrorism which is currently raging in the region and which is not confined to ISIS alone.

Obama certainly did not take this opportunity to point out that Hamas is no different from ISIS and that it has most recently conducted a campaign of terror against civilian Israelis; that the Israelis, acting strictly in self-defense, did not target civilians but on the contrary, targeted mainly adult male combatants. Even Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia have made a tactical and probably temporary alliance with Israel.

America, under Obama, still refuses to do so.

ISIS is not America’s only problem nor is it the only Islamic group in the world that is terrorizing Christians or which desires to destroy the West and democracy. Think of Boko Haram in Nigeria; think of the Sudanese government which jailed and wished to execute Maryam Yahya Ibrahim because she dared to remain Christian; think of the Muslims—yes Muslims–who have been invading Hindu India, appropriating property, kidnapping Hindu girls and women, raping them, converting them by the sword, and then either marrying them or selling them into the sex trade.

I could go on. My point has been made

But one more thing. Speaking as a psychologist: President Obama’s heart was not in what he said. He spoke dully, monotonously, without the charisma and passion for which he has been lauded. He read the words on the teleprompter but these words did not express him, as he would like to see himself: the Loved One, the Messenger of Peace.

ISIS is to America as Hamas is to Israel

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Reprinted from The Gatestone Institute Website

President Barack Obama has rightfully condemned the ISIS beheading of American James Foley in the strongest terms.

This is what he said:

“There has to be a common effort to extract this cancer so it does not spread. There has to be a clear rejection of the kind of a nihilistic ideologies. One thing we can all agree on is group like (ISIS) has no place in the 21st century. Friends and allies around the world, we share a common security a set of values opposite of what we saw yesterday. We will continue to confront this hateful terrorism and replace it with a sense of hope and stability.”

At the same time that President Obama has called for an all-out war against the “cancer” of ISIS, he has regarded Hamas as having an easily curable disease, urging Israel to accept that terrorist group, whose charter calls for Israel’s destruction, as part of a Palestinian unity government. I cannot imagine him urging Iraq, or any other Arab country, to accept ISIS as part of a unity government.

Former President Jimmy Carter and Bishop Desmond Tutu have gone even further, urging the international community to recognize the legitimacy of Hamas as a political party and to grant it diplomatic recognition. It is hard to imagine them demanding that the same legitimate status be accorded ISIS.

Why then the double standard regarding ISIS and Hamas? Is it because ISIS is less brutal and violent than Hamas? It’s hard to make that case. Hamas has probably killed more civilians — through its suicide bombs, its murder of Palestinian Authority members, its rocket attacks and its terror tunnels — than ISIS has done. If not for Israel’s Iron Dome and the Israeli Defense Forces, Hamas would have killed even more innocent civilians. Indeed its charter calls for the killing of all Jews anywhere in the world, regardless of where they live or which “rock” they are hiding behind. If Hamas had its way, it would kill as least as many people as ISIS would.

Is it the manner by which ISIS kills? Beheading is of course a visibly grotesque means of killing, but dead is dead and murder is murder. And it matters little to the victim’s family whether the death was caused by beheading, by hanging or by a bullet in the back of a head. Indeed most of ISIS’s victims have been shot rather than beheaded, while Hamas terrorists have slaughtered innocent babies in their beds, teenagers on the way home from school, women shopping, Jews praying and students eating pizza.

Is it because ISIS murdered an American? Hamas has murdered numerous Americans and citizens of other countries. They too are indiscriminate in who they kill.

Is it because ISIS has specifically threatened to bring its terrorism to American shores, while Hamas focuses its terrorism in Israel? The Hamas Charter does not limit its murderous intentions to one country. Like ISIS it calls for a worldwide “caliphate,” brought about by violent Jihad.

Everything we rightly fear and despise from ISIS we should fear and despise from Hamas. Just as we would never grant legitimacy to ISIS, we should not grant legitimacy to Hamas—at the very least until it rescinds its charter and renounces violence. Unfortunately that is about as likely as America rescinding its constitution. Violence, anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism are the sine qua non of Hamas’ mission.

Just as ISIS must be defeated militarily and destroyed as a terrorist army, so too must Hamas be responded to militarily and its rockets and tunnels destroyed.

Obama Decides that ISIS Does not Speak for Islam

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

President Barack Obama has pontificated that the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) does not speak for Islam.

ISIS “speaks for no religion,” said the President, who doubles as de facto Secretary of Islamic Defense.

How does he know ISIS does not speak for Islam? He explains, “Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents.”

America’s expert on religion apparently never learned about the Crusades, nor does he know that leading Christian leaders justify killing homosexuals because they are deemed a threat to Christianity.

“ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings,” Obama continued, taking time off from his vacation at Martha’s Vineyard to explain that ISIS’s radical Islamic ideology is “bankrupt,” an implied assumption that bankrupt ideology does not speak for anyone.

Perhaps Hitler did not speak for Germans?

Responding to the ISIS’s beheading of American photojournalist James Foley, President Obama continued, “ISIL stands for the Islamic State of Iraq & the Levant while ISIS stands for the Islamic State of Iraq & Syria. The aims and objectives of ISIS/ISIL are clear – establish an Islamic caliphate in the Middle East and eventually a global caliphate. That global caliphate includes The White House. This means purifying Islam. Those Muslims who are deemed insufficiently Muslim will be killed….

“One thing we can all agree on is that a group like ISIL has no place in the 21st century.”

What constitutes someone speaking for a religion? There are no lack of usurpers who challenge the authority of Judaism and Christianity. Each faith has many sects that are not recognized by each other, but who, except for Obama, decides what religious leader speaks for Judaism or Christianity.

The answer, outside of the Vatican and Israel where religion and state are intertwined as a matter of self-survival, lies in valid surveys.

A 9/11/13 Pew Survey revealed that a “median of 57% across the 11 Muslim publics surveyed hold an unfavorable view” of Al Qaeda. That is a polite way of saying that 43 percent of Muslim dis not state an unfavorable view of the terrorist network.

A Gallup poll in 2008 stated that 36.6 percent of the world’s approximately 1.8 Muslims partially, totally, or in some way justified the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

In numbers, that means approximately 600,000,000 Muslims are roaming the world with radical Islamic views.

Not all of them, and perhaps a small minority of them, are ISIS enthusiasts. Many more are big on Al Qaeda, Taliban, Hezbollah the Army of Islam, the Muslim Brotherhood and its offspring Hamas.

If the definition of ISIS radicalism is beheading and establishing an Islamic caliphate in the Middle East, these groups are not far apart, unless Obama preaches that their ideology is no less bankrupt than suicide bombers who blow up women and children, and Hamas executions who shoot people in the head and the back, drag their bodies in the street and cart off body parts of Israel soldiers as souvenirs or booty for ransom.

Hamas = ISIS [video]

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

A fascinating exchange is going on in the Twitterverse.

Hamas’s online Jihadi supporters and groupies are desperately trying to differentiate between their support for Hamas and supporting ISIS. It appears that supporting ISIS, even among these radicals, is not yet 100% acceptable (but give it a year, and it will be), probably because of the beheading.

An example of someone tweeting the difference between Hamas and ISIS.

An example of someone tweeting the difference between Hamas and ISIS.

When confronted by pro-Israel Twitter activists comparing Hamas to ISIS, the affronted Hamas Jihadi supporters try to backpedal and claim that Hamas and ISIS are not similar at all, and they don’t support ISIS, only Hamas.

The primary proof they’ve use is that ISIS is expansionist, and Hamas (they claim) isn’t.

In reality, besides the color of their flags, its impossible to really differentiate between the two.

Both want to create Islamic states. Both brutally murder, torture and oppress their political and religious opponents and citizens. Both use and brutalize children. Both drag dead bodies (they killed) through the streets. Both hate Israel. Both promote Jihad. Both are Islamic.

In truth, the online Jihadi supporters raise an important point. There is one fundamental difference between the two terror organizations / Islamic states.

ISIS is interested in setting up a Global Caliphate, whereas Hamas would be satisfied with setting up an Islamic state only where the State of Israel exists today.

So, could it then be that the fundamental difference is not actually between Hamas and ISIS, but rather with these Hamas supporters?

These Jihadi supporters only want the Jews and Israel destroyed, but don’t necessarily want an Islamic Caliphate in their own backyard (NIMBY).

Apparently, even the Red-Green alliance (Radical Left + Islam) has its limits.

These social media activists don’t seem to grasp that their double-standard political position (only kill the Jews, but not the whole world) is not as morally superior as they think it is.

 

Video: Hamas prefers cutting off legs, not heads (and that makes Hamas morally superior?)

 

Here’s Prime Minister Netanyahu also comparing ISIS to HAMAS:

Arab Mother: ‘Death For Jerusalem Is Natural For Us’

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

The sooner the Western world recognizes the true goals of those who are now fighting Israel, the better chances it will have of winning the next world war.

Is there anything left to be shocked at when considering Islamic violence? Muslims slaughtering fellow Muslims, Christians and Jews has become commonplace; the establishment of a worldwide Caliphate has been announced; “honor killings” and torture of their own daughters and wives is accepted – we have become jaded by news of Islamic cruelty.

Of course, the above “we ” does not include most of the Western world, which has yet to internalize that the all-out war extremist Islam has declared in many parts of the East and Middle East is planned for the West as well. Then again, war hardly ever catches the defenders well prepared.)

The evil of extremist Islam has become so banal that no explanation can be found for it other than “that’s the way it is.” That, at least, is how an Arab woman explained it last week to an Arabic-speaking Israeli reporter. She and her baby son were in an Israeli hospital receiving treatment for his heart problem, and she calmly explained, “Death is natural for us. We are not afraid of death – from the youngest infant, to the oldest. We all sacrifice ourselves for Jerusalem.”

“Arafat said a million shahids [martyrs]for Jerusalem,” she continued, “and I say more than a million; all of us! Jerusalem is totally ours. We feel we have the right to have it. It’s a religious issue; it’s infidelity to say that Jerusalem is not ours.”

Pressed by the reporter to elaborate, the smiling young mother serenely went on: “Death is very conventional and normal. Life is valuable, but not for us. Life is zero, life is worthless. That is why we have all the suicide bombers; they are not afraid of death. All of us, even our children, are not afraid of dying. It is natural for us.”

Asked if she would want her little son in the nearby hospital bed to be a shahid, she said, “Of course. If it’s for Jerusalem, no problem.”

The stark contrast to Judaism is chilling. Our Torah is a “tree of life,” and our prayers are replete with praise of and requests for life. Life is sacred and its preservation and nourishment are paramount.

But let us assume that Islam does not agree. Let us presume that according to Islam bringing a life into the world is only for the purpose of taking it away when the opportunity arises to kill an opponent or scream out “Allahu Akbar” for some thing or another. But since when has Jerusalem become a holy religious objective for Muslims? What makes Jerusalem a religious excuse for the death for which this woman and so many others like her strive?

The answer: Whenever its political needs dictate it; only then does Islam “wake up” to its barely existent “sacred ties” to Jerusalem.

Islam’s connection with Jerusalem is based solely on the fact that it is the “place chosen by God” in the Torah, the site of the Holy of Holies, the seat of the first national Jewish government, and the object of Jewish longing. We know this because the first time Islam embraced Jerusalem was when Muhammad wished to win over the Jews living near his hometown of Medina. He thereupon announced that from then on, prayers would be directed toward Jerusalem. However, like a scorned suitor, once he saw the Jews were not interested in his advances, he turned against them – and against Jerusalem – slaughtering many and directing prayers in a different direction, toward Mecca.

ISIS Kidnaps 10-year-olds for Army, Ultimate Aim: Jerusalem

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

In Syria and Iraq, the Al Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) is now kidnapping boys as young as 10 years old to “recruit” them for a Shari’a (Islamic law) army whose ultimate goal is to “liberate” Jerusalem.

Some of the boys are joining up voluntarily, according to a report posted on the RT website. But many more are being conscripted against their will, and forced to fight in a jihad (Islamist holy war) they barely understand.

The two terrorists killed last Friday in Gaza in a surgical air strike by Israeli fighter pilots were both members of ISIS who had infiltrated the region. The terrorist group has begun to make its way towards Israel via the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt and Hamas-ruled Gaza. It has already seized control of the sole border crossing between Jordan and Iraq — a victory that prompted the United States to send troops overseas to “advise” officials in the Iraqi army, and quietly assist its ally, Jordan.

The report in RT quoted The Daily Beast, which described the youngest known ISIS fighter, 10-year-old ‘Abdullah,’ fighting with the group in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

The report described the young boy – who in this case joined up voluntarily, following his father and brother — as being masked and toting a heavy machine gun that was “about as big as him.”

But equally disturbing was the declaration by a gunman with the boy who told the news outlet, “We believe they will conquer all of Iraq and Persia and that they will liberate Jerusalem.

“They have a dream and their dream is to establish an Islamic state.”

Children in the ISIS bases undergo a 25-day course in which they are taught an extremist form of Islam and Shari’a law in daily classes, as well as the principles of jihad ideology. In addition, they are given field and combat training and are taught to use weapons, ITV reported.

The United Nations has apparently confirmed at least some of the above, noting in its annual report published in May, “children fighting in Syria with ISIS are reportedly paid like adults (35,000 Syrian pounds, approx. $200) and undergo both weapons and jihadist indoctrination training.”

Some of the children are subsequently sent on suicide bombing missions, according to a report published on June 24 by the Human Rights Watch organization.

The ISIS force currently fighting in Iraq is comprised of some 7,000 to 10,000 guerrillas.

ISIS-ISIL Changes Name to ‘Islamic State,’ Declares Worldwide Caliphate

Monday, June 30th, 2014

ISIL has learned the basics of 21st century public relations.

The Al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams or Syria (ISIS) – also known as the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant (ISIL) – has shortened its name.

Unfortunately, the news comes along with a chilling announcement: ISIS announced that it has changed its name to just ‘Islamic State’, claiming the “legality of all emirates, groups, states and organizations becomes null and void by the expansion of the caliph’s authority.”

In plain English, on the first day of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan, the Al Qaeda-linked group declared the establishment of a new Islamic state across the territories it now controls in Iraq and Syria, and is demanding worldwide Muslim allegiance.

The group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was declared the new Caliph. Muslims around the world have been ordered to support and swear allegiance to him.

“The legality of all emirates, groups, states and organizations becomes null by the expansion of the caliph’s authority and the arrival of its troops to their areas,” said Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, ISIL spokesman, in an audio statement posted on the Internet on Sunday.

“Listen to your Caliph and obey him. Support your state, which grows every day.”

The new Islamic state, as defined by Adnani, is described as running from northern Syria to the Iraqi province of Diyala, along the border and already under the group’s control.

It remains to be seen how many observant Sunni Muslims around the world will comply.

But the broad global jihad movement sparked years ago by Al Qaeda has already inspired thousands of young Muslims via the Internet to hop on to planes and head to the Middle East. Those who are local to the region – not to mention those across Europe — also stream across borders to “join the fight.”

One key question is, how will international Al Qaeda terrorist chief Ayman al-Zawahiri – who publicly disengaged his group from ISIL back in February – react?

Another is how the United States and other Western nations will respond.

“ISIL’s strategy to develop a caliphate across the region has been clear for some time now,” State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters at a briefing. “That is why this is a critical moment for the international community to stand together against ISIL and the advances it has made.”

On Sunday, meanwhile, the Iraqi government appeared to have succeeded to taking back control over the city of Tikrit, hometown of former dictator Sadaam Hussein. Clashes continued in the city, however, and it was uncertain how long the Iraqi military would be able to hold off ISIL forces.

Meanwhile, ISIL remains in control of the largest oil field in the country – a major asset for the terrorist organization.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/isis-isil-changes-name-to-islamic-state-declares-worldwide-caliphate/2014/06/30/

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