Posts Tagged ‘Europe’
Five years after March 11th, which made Spain a target of the Islamist terror, Interior Minister has stated that “Spain is now a source of Human Resources for future terrorists”, “situated in the 1st place in the ranking of their preferred recruitement’s places for Al-Qaeda in Europe, and, at the same time, it continues to be a target of international terrorism”.
Hmm, just tell this to Obama. Giving money to Hamas is not the solution cannot be considered a way to show respect for Muslims.
The issue at hand is the closure of the “Stop Islamisation” blog at the El Pais online community after the blog accepted a prize for showing “Solidarity with Israel.” It is an act of censorship which I regard as wholly unwarranted, given that there was no hateful speech, incitement to immoral conduct, or what could in any way be construed as a violation of the norms of conduct El Pais posts on its community site. No; this was an act of silencing pro-Israeli speech within Spain and on the web. That is an outrage.
By way of a personal note I wish to add, the “Stop Islamisation” movement in Europe represents a multi-national effort to oppose actions among Muslims residing on the continent to take advantage of the tolerant attitudes of a multi-cultural Europe to implement Sharia law within their communities, which frequently results in gross and overt violations of national law, constitutional rights, and what can only be described as human dignity. Just check out the Google search returns on “Stop Islamisation” if you want an idea as to the extent of this popular response among Europeans. It is widely-expressed speech that deserves its place within the popular consciousness.
The deleted blog is not back. Go over to the link above to read the rest.
A big part of the reason for this dismaying American response to the cartoon affair is, of course, that Islamization hasn’t progressed as far in America as in Europe, and there’s consequently an incredible level of ignorance in America both about what’s really going on in Europe and about the very nature of Islam. In the current presidential campaign, only a small portion of the electorate seems to think that the war with jihadist Islam is a major issue. The one candidate who understood best what we’re up against, and who took it most seriously, Rudy Giuliani, was ridiculed across the political spectrum for being obsessed with 9/11 — as if the events of that day had been some kind of fluke or accident that has virtually no meaning for us today.
In depressing numbers, in short, Americans seem not to grasp the lessons of 9/11 — which should hardly be a surprise, considering how many journalists and politicians keep repeating that the terrorists are betraying a great and peaceful religion, that jihad means doing good works, and so on. A while back, in response to rumors that Barack Obama is a closet Muslim, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof argued that it would be a matter of utter indifference if the president of the United States were a Muslim. Of the hundreds of people who commented on this article on the Times website, the overwhelming majority applauded Kristof.
As ever, this is some Americans seem not to grasp the lessons of 9/11…
Despite a growing interest in the Muslim faith, many mosques across the central European country of Bulgaria remain closed during the holy fasting month of Ramadan over the lack of imams to lead the worshippers.
“Two major factors are leading to this problem,” Mustafa Haci, Bulgaria’s Grand Mufti, told IslamOnline.net.
“The first goes back a long time ago, during the communist rule, when Islamic schooling was forbidden, and this has led to the current severe shortage of imams,” he explained.
“The other factor is the limited resources of the Fatwa House to pay imams’ salaries.”
The leftist-Islamist rule as it really is: totalitarians only unite themselves to end free societies.
German police Saturday banned an extreme-right “anti-Islamification” rally in Cologne just as it was about to begin, following clashes with thousands of opponents, a spokesman said.
The spokesman said public safety was at stake, after police battled with leftists who flooded into the city centre to protest against the rally called by a local group following municipal approval for one of Europe’s biggest mosques.
The police spokesman said officers had been attacked by demonstrators who threw stones and tried to steal their weapons. Police had responded with batons.
Some 3,000 police had been drafted in and part of the old city sealed off as authorities appealed for peaceful protests against a two-day congress called by the far-right group Pro-Koeln (For Cologne).
Pro-Koeln had hoped 1,500 people would attend Saturday’s rally in the city center to oppose the mosque and an “immigrant invasion” of Europe, due to start at midday (1000 GMT) Saturday.
Those attending the congress, including far-right leaders from Belgium, Austria and Italy, were protesting against “Islamification,” and voicing support for Europe’s “shared, thousand-year history” and “Western values and Christian traditions”.
Mayor Fritz Schramma, whose city council gave the green light for the construction of the huge mosques, slammed Pro Koeln as “arsonists and racists” hiding under the cloak of a “citizens’ movement” in a speech earlier Saturday.
Well, it’s very sad that anti-islamification has this kind of publicity in the press, because far-rightists want to fulfill their own agendas and have began supporting anti-Islamification when they have seen it suited them. I really don’t think this is good for the anti-Islamism movement.
BUT it’s curious that the “public safety” was not risked by far-rightists, but by leftists who “flooded into the city center to protest against their rally“. The curious thing is that freedom of expression must be accepted from all sides. So why if there is a leftist rally, no one disputes they are putting into effect their own freedom of expression, but if this people go to a rally, it is not tolerated?
And then there is the conspiracy theories: their supporters will begin claiming they are not allowed to rally, because the powers-that-be are conspiring to transform Europe into Eurabia. And after that, they consider themselves as martyrs on the altar of freedom of expression.
If European authorities (and citizens) would be a little more intelligent, they would see their behaviour is, at least, ridiculous. Specially when this same measures (and citizens’ rallies to defend Europeans against racism) are not held when Islamists call for the beheading of Europeans or for new 9-11 to be held…
Read also what Michael has posted over at Poligazzette.
The conference includes plans for a protest Saturday against the construction of a large mosque in the western German city. Several hundred people are expected at the nationalist protest and up to 10 times as many at counter-demonstrations, police said.
City officials, churches, labor unions and left-leaning political parties have organized protests throughout the weekend. Dozens of local bars and cafes are also joining in, using the name of the city’s local brew, Koelsch — called “No Koelsch for Nazis” — for a protest that aims to block nationalists from Cologne’s downtown square.
“The organizers of this congress want to feed prejudices, fan fears and sow hatred,” said Antonia Kuehn, a political youth leader.
Experts say nationalists are using the mosque issue to mask their real intentions — founding a right-wing political party that is attractive to Germans who fear a growing immigrant population.
We will have to see where this leads. I really don’t like Muslims build mosques (normally with foreign funding which has no control…), when no temple from any other religion can be built in Muslim countries. But even if denouncing immigration is something really needed because its management by European Governments has been rather shocking (at the least), some groups are not interested in this but to achieve their own agenda.
Anyway, saying “founding a right-wing political party that is attractive to Germans who fear a growing immigrant population“, if it’s only what it says, wouldn’t be any dangerous, it would be absolutely legitimate. The problem as I said, is that this legitimate target (whether you agree with it or not) can be used by extreme nationalist types, who in Europe are Neo-Nazis or similar. That, for me, is truly dangerous.
Those attending the event starting Friday in the west German city include Filip Dewinter, head of Belgium’s far-right Vlaams Belang party, and Andreas Mölzer, the Euro MP once ejected from Austria’s Freedom Party for being too extreme.
Also adding his support to what organisers call Europe’s “shared, thousand-year history”, identity and “Western values and Christian traditions” will be Mario Borghezio from Italy’s anti-immigration Northern League. Jean-Marie Le Pen, the veteran head of France’s financially stricken Front National who has several past convictions for racist and anti-Semitic outbursts, has declined an invitation to attend, however.
The rally is being organised by the far-right Pro-Köln (For Cologne), which says it on its website that “half a dozen” coaches have been hired to bring supporters from Belgium. A “high-ranking delegation” is also expected from Austria, as are supporters from Italy, Spain and Britain, it says.
“You often hear that Afghanistan is the root for all the evils in terms of drugs problems in the world,” UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) country representative Christina Oguz told reporters.
“I think this is wrong. It is not correct to blame Afghanistan alone for the heroin problem in the world,” she said.
Afghanistan produces more than 93 percent of the world’s opium and UNODC estimates that 60 percent of it was last year turned into heroin inside the country.
All the chemicals for this process are smuggled into Afghanistan.
“These chemicals originate from China, South Korea, the Russian Federation, Europe and some other countries,” Oguz said.
The UNODC estimates that about 13,000 tons of chemicals are required for the amount of heroin produced in Afghanistan, with opium output at about 8,200 tons.
No, clearly Afghanistan is not the only one to blame in this process…