And whoever emigrates for the cause of Allah will find on the earth many locations and abundance," (Qur'an 4:100).
Immigration or Invasion?
At last - the hard truth behind this appalling and highly emotionally charged tragedy. Wealthy Saudi Arabia (and other Gulf states) don't want to help their own brothers and sisters. Just like they never help the Palestinians, but only cry crocodile tears over them.
In the midst of the emotional reaction to the photo of little Aylan Kurdi, lets face up to some serious issues in helping Muslim refugees.
A single photograph of a three-year old boy named Aylan Kurdi, lying dead on a Turkish beach, has rocked the conscience of the world. He drowned in a failed attempt to sail from Turkey to the Greek island of Kos.
The picture will remain seared in our collective memory forever, just as the image of a nine-year-old girl running naked on a road after being severely burned on her back in a napalm bomb attack shook us up on June 8, 1972. That was Phan Thi Kim Phuc, who later settled down in Canada.
Despite what was initially reported by Canadian media, Alan Kurdi was never headed to Canada. His aunt in Vancouver, Tima Kurdi, tried to sponsor Alan's uncle and family under what is known as a "G5 privately sponsored application for asylum." Citizenship Minister Chris Alexander personally took up her application after receiving it from Fin Donnelly, the MP for Port Moody-Coquitlam. However, because the UN in its wisdom wouldn't register the Kurdi family as refugees, and because the Turkish government wouldn't grant them exit visas (as they didn't have passports), the application for asylum in Canada couldn't proceed any further.
Instead of targeting the real villains in this drama, Canada's Liberals have gone after their political opponents.
With no legal options, the family did what tens of thousands of refugees in Turkey have done - they took a risky boat ride from Bodrum in a flotilla of dinghies headed for the Greek island of Kos. The boat capsized about 30 minutes after it set off. Alan, his brother Ghalib, 5, their mother Rehan, and many others drowned.
It's a tragedy that should have brought out the best in all of us.
Unfortunately, the New Democrats and Liberals tried to use it to attack Chris Alexander and the Conservatives and depict them as heartless and cruel, in the most unethical and immoral manner.
To understand the calamity unfolding in the Mediterranean, illustrated by the photograph of Kurdi, we need to step back a century, but even a year is helpful.
In essence, it's the story of a Kurdish family that fled an Arab country after an Islamist attack and took refuge across the border in Turkey, a country known for its hostility towards its own Kurdish population. In the words of the boy's aunt in Vancouver, the treatment of her family in Turkey was "horrible."
Instead of targeting the most visible and apparent villains in this drama - the Assad regime in Syria, the Turks, ISIS, Saudi Arabia and Qatar - the Liberals and the NDP sharpened their knives and went after Canadian Citizenship Minister Chris Alexander, the very man who has been quietly helping people escape tyranny and settle down in Canada.
We cannot lose sight of the Syrian Revolution that began as protests in the early spring of 2011 as part of the Arab Spring. Instead of paying heed to his people, President Bashar al-Assad unleashed his military forces in violent crackdowns that forced 3.2 million people to flee the country and internally displaced 6.5 million others. Alan was just the latest victim.
Hadi Elis, spokesman for the Kurdish Community Centre of Toronto, told me he was shocked how Trudeau and an NDP MP from British Columbia used Alan's tragic death to attack Alexander. "Minister Alexander has been one of the strongest allies of the Kurdish community and stood by the Syrian Kurds in their darkest hour in Kobani from where the boy and his family fled in the face of attacks on them by Islamist ISIS and their Turkish allies," Elis wrote in an e-mail. "It is despicable for Liberal and NDP politicians to use the dead boy as a political tool to score partisan political points. Shame on them. They want Canada to stop attacking ISIS, and then shed crocodile tears when a victim of ISIS drowns on a Turkish beach," he continued.
"If there is anyone who is guilty of this crime, it is Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UN, all those who have refused to embrace hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing war, not Minister Chris Alexander who needs no lectures on compassion by politicians who are catering to the Islamists inside Canada."
Neither the NDP nor the Liberals dare say a single word against Turkey, Saudi Arabia or even Pakistan for fear of losing the imagined Muslim vote in Canada's large riding-rich cities. Instead, by depicting the Conservatives and Alexander as anti-refugee and anti-Muslim, they hope to harvest a supposed rich crop of pro-Islamist voters.
Refugees fleeing war zones in the Arab World could easily be accommodated in Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
It's possible they might even succeed in this venture given the way many mainstream media outlets have formed a lynch mob targeting the Conservatives with disdain and shameless partisanship.
Canadian voters, on the other hand, must recognize the stories they're reading or watching also reflect an illiteracy and ignorance among Canada's chattering heads on matters of the Middle East and South Asia - ignorance they cover up by ensuring no one with a background in the area is given the opportunity to challenge what wrongly passes for objective and balanced discourse.
The fact is all these refugees fleeing war zones in the Arab World could very easily be accommodated in Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Instead, while Turkey wants to dump them in the sea and hope bleeding-heart, guilt-ridden liberal Europeans embrace them and pay for their resettlement, the Saudis have an even simpler solution: Shut down the border and seal it so not a single Alan Kurdi dare walk across from Iraq or the new "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" into its territory. Period.
Strictly from a management perspective and common sense, Saudi Arabia has the land, the resources and lies in the vicinity of the crisis. The refugees and the Saudis speak the same language and settlement and integration could happen sooner and at a fraction of the cost. But it's far easier to call for the head of Chris Alexander than to be honest and admit the villain in the drama is Saudi Arabia and criticising the Saudis might upset the Islamist vote bank both the Liberals and the NDP covet.
Tarek Fatah, a founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress and columnist at the Toronto Sun, is a Robert J. and Abby B. Levine Fellow at the Middle East Forum.
The Times of Israel
Europe's challenge: How to prevent Islamic extremism entering along with its victims
As Europe grapples with a migrant crisis, its leaders might ask themselves if they could have done more to alleviate some of its causes. These are early days in the new migrant crisis facing Europe. It could grow to dwarf its current scale. But at the risk of adding more questions than answers, I wonder:
1. Is Europe paying a price for its efforts to stay out of certain recent and ongoing Middle East crises, notably the civil war in Syria? The West has known all along, in terrible, gory detail, that President Bashar Assad has been massacring his own people. And yet, to its immense moral discredit, it has allowed him to carry on doing so.
Panaceas for the Syrian civil war are in short supply. It's easy to demand military intervention, and to complain about its absence, and far harder to put together a plan for intervention with a realistic chance of success. And yet the Butcher of Damascus has been allowed to eclipse the last Butcher of Damascus (his father) with near-impunity, permitted even to gas his own people without significant consequence.
Europe was certainly not insisting that US President Barack Obama punish Assad for his use of non-conventional weapons; indeed, it was the British Parliament, convening an emergency session in August 2013 to reject Obama's promised US-led punitive action, that provided the president with at least a partial pretext for climbing down.
2. What exactly are the Middle East's migrants fleeing?
Among the factors for the drastic upsurge in desperate efforts to escape this treacherous region are Assad's murderous regime and others like it; regimes that are "merely" repressive rather than murderous; the brutality of Islamic State, al-Qaeda and other Islamist terror groups; poverty and inequality; and a host of related causes.
With the best will in the world - and there are plenty of Europeans, including some European governments, that do not lack for good will - such root causes are not going to be effectively addressed overnight. But an insistent reluctance in the West to tackle rogue regimes and to address the root causes of Islamic extremism - in this region's leaderships, media, education, and spiritual messaging - has exacerbated the crisis. So, too, the failure to help stabilize nations that may be tottering but have not yet fallen.
The people of Egypt, for instance, are not yet attempting to flee en masse, but they can reasonably be expected to try to do so if their economy collapses, and yet Western efforts to help salvage the Egyptian economy, to push for greater transparency and thus to facilitate credible investment, have been distinctly underwhelming.
3. Sorry to mention that Israel thing, but might I ask whether, had certain world leaders and forums been a little less obsessed with the notion of Israel as the root of all Middle East evil, and a little more focused on tyranny and religious extremism as the root of most Middle East evil, Western diplomatic and economic leverage could have helped alleviate at least some of the horrors that various people in this part of the world are now seeking to escape?
4. And, apologies again, do the world powers truly believe that their latest act of "statesmanship" - rewarding Iran for its rogue nuclear program with a deal that sends tens of billions into the regime's coffers and thus entrenches the rapacious, human rights-abusing ayatollahs in power - is going to foster greater stability in this part of the world?
5. Isn't Europe overdue for some coherent immigration policies?
We appear to be witnessing the umpteenth example of world leadership patently incapable of strategizing, and forced to formulate ad hoc policies at critical moments. What now, for instance, is Germany, the economic powerhouse of Europe, to do in the face of what is certain to be the ongoing escalation of demands by the world's oppressed to be allowed to join its citizenry? How can Germany, with its 20th century history, allow itself to close its gates to the needy and persecuted?
But how, simultaneously, to avoid a stark growth in right-wing extremism in reaction to the influx? And how to ensure that those seeking refuge and new opportunity today truly wish to integrate, rather than to skew Europe's open societies? How to prevent the evils of Islamic extremism entering along with its victims?
6. To get parochial again, how should Israel be acting? Should the Jewish state throw open its borders to the peoples of the north, brought up to hate us? Plainly not. But we do have some obligation to the persecuted masses around us. Maybe the Druze of Syria are a special case, on whose behalf we should act more energetically?
It's hard to imagine the West condemning us now for choosing, over the past few years, to seal off the border with Egypt in order to prevent the tens of thousands of African asylum-seekers who made their way to the only land-accessible democracy in the area swelling into the millions. It's harder now to dismiss those Israeli leaders who contended that migration across a porous border could remake Israel's demographic balance.
Should we allow people of Palestinian origin to cross from Syria and Lebanon into the West Bank, as PA President Mahmoud Abbas has demanded? Plainly, that would be easier if we were at peace with the Palestinians, rather than deadlocked, and if Abbas had publicly renounced the demand for a "right of return" that wields demographics as a weapon against Israel.
Too many questions; too few answers. And the validation of a familiar assertion: The Middle East is the dinner guest who never goes home. Ignore it or seek to disengage from it at your peril.
In case you were wondering, Saudi Arabia accepted precisely 8 Syrian refugee applications between 2011 and 2014.
Or is it Invasion ?
My German friend shared this observation - along with Michael Moore's photo.
"I tell you what: if in my country would be a terrible war, I would first send my kids and wife out of here to a safer place. Never could I leave them behind. Also I would send my old parents to a safer place.
That's the very reason I doubt that those majority of young male refugees are really refugees.
Next will be the rise of rapes and crimes in our cities.
They want only to Germany, not because it's not safe enough for them in Hungary or Poland, but because in Germany they get lots of money. This is my opinion."
Following that - also from Germany
German Girls Must Cover Arms and Legs to Appease Syrian "Refugees"
So many non white invaders from the Middle East have entered Germany over the past few months that a school headmaster in Bavaria has been forced to ask female pupils to cover up their arms and legs - for their own protection against local Syrian "refugees."
In a letter sent to parents, Martin Thalhammer, head of the Wilhelm-Diess-Gymnasium in the town of Pocking, Bavaria - which has a normal population of around 15,000 - female pupils have been asked to refrain from wearing "revealing clothes" because "refugee accommodation" has been set up next to the school's gym.
"The Syrian citizens are mainly Muslims and speak Arabic. The refugees are marked by their own culture. Because our school is directly next to where they are staying, modest clothing should be adhered to. Revealing tops or blouses, shorts or miniskirts could lead to misunderstandings."
The "misunderstandings" to which the letter refers are, of course, sexual attacks upon the white girls, as has happened everywhere else where Third World males have been allowed free rein in European communities.
Cologne experiences an outbreak of taharrush - New Year's Eve 2015.
Taharrush is the Arabic word for the activity in which non Muslim women are encircled by groups of men and sexually harassed, assaulted, groped and raped.
Some in Europe are starting to realise that a culture that has a specific word for sexual assaults of women by groups of men is a danger to all women. The existence of the word indicates that the phenomenon is widespread. Article by Gatestone Institute.
ISIS warned Europe of an invasion of 'migrants.
This immigrant flood is an act of war of ISIS and it is orchestrated.
"To emigrate in the cause of Allah - that is, to move to a new land in order to bring Islam there, is considered in Islam to be a highly meritorious act. And whoever emigrates for the cause of Allah will find on the earth many locations and abundance," says the Quran. "And whoever leaves his home as an emigrant to Allah and His Messenger and then death overtakes him, his reward has already become incumbent upon Allah. And Allah is ever Forgiving and Merciful" (Quran 4:100).
And now, looking at Europe and America, a migration invasion of a much greater magnitude is underway. Good luck people.
The question no one is asking is why all these people, all of a sudden? Did millions of Muslims across the Middle East and Africa get a text message that said, go now? This is clearly orchestrated. ISIS warned Europe of an invasion of 'migrants'. This, too, is an act of war. How many jihadists are among the hordes? They told us in February!
ISIS has threatened to flood Europe with half a million migrants from Libya in a 'psychological' attack against the West, it was claimed today.
Transcripts of telephone intercepts published in Italy claim to provide evidence that ISIS is threatening to send 500,000 migrants simultaneously out to sea in hundreds of boats in a 'psychological weapon' against Europe if there is military intervention against them in Libya.
Many would be at risk of drowning with rescue services unable to cope. But authorities fear that if numbers on this scale arrived, European cities could witness riots.
Separately, the militants hope to cement their control of Libya then cross the Mediterranean disguised as refugees, according to letters seen by Quilliam the anti-terror group, reported by the Telegraph.
Publications released by the Islamic State (ISIS) for its followers lay out a frightening plan for dispersal and dominance in Europe, reports The Investigative Project on Terrorism. According to the non-profit research group, a 99-page manifesto published by ISIS in January claims sleeper cells were established in Europe as early as 2012, right under the noses of security officials.
"They were quick to take the opportunity," reads Black Flags From Rome, "of entering into the different countries of Europe (most probably as early as 2012). All this was happening under the nose of the European intelligence services whose job during this time (2012) was only to prevent European Muslims from entering Syria. (This shows how quick the Islamic groups were in planning ahead. Years before Europe even knew where its Muslim citizens were going - experienced Islamic fighters had already found safety in Europe.)"
According to the manifesto, refugees arriving from Syria to places like Italy had ties to ISIS and other Islamic extremist groups. "No doubt, some of these refugees were undercover fighters of Al Qa'idah and the Islamic State."
The manifesto also explains that these sleeper agents are highly trained in combat techniques and encouraged to build ties with other cells as well as local communities.
"These young Europeans had been professionally trained, and given training most specific to the context of the war they would battle within Europe," the manifesto stated. They were instructed to wait for orders from self-proclaimed Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to "continue the Jihad and . . . seek revenge for the Western occupation of Muslim lands."
The manifesto brags that its recruits are superior to al-Qaeda's fighters, calling the latter "untrained" and "vulnerable."
An updated version of the January manifesto, this one entitled Black Flags from The Islamic State, was released last month, in the wake of the Paris attacks. Of the assault on the French capital, the pamphlet says it was "one of the first organised attacks done by the Islamic State in Europe which involved a Network of Cells working together in an organized way."
The two Black Flag documents, along with another called How to Survive in the West: A Mujahid's Guide, point to a greater ISIS strategy in Europe, aimed at more than scaring foreign forces out of the Middle East. Rather, the goal is to "pave the way for the conquest of Rome" by any means possible.
The focus on Rome stems from a prophecy in a hadith found in Sahih Muslim from which the Black Flag manifestos draw their names. As cited in the Rome document, it reads:
"You will raid/attack Arabia and Allah will give you victory over it, then you will raid/attack Persia (Iran) and Allah will give you victory over it, then you will raid Rome (Italy) and Allah will give you victory over it, then you will raid/attack al-Dajjal (the AntiChrist) and Allah will give you victory over him." [Saheeh Muslim [54/50]
Although the Rome in the hadith likely refers to the Roman Empire, ISIS chooses to interpret it as modern Rome, Italy. The group wishes to "buy time for the Armageddon in Syria to finish and for the Roman invaders to be defeated."
"The day these Roman (NATO) armies set off with their 960,000 soldiers to fight the Muslims in Dabiq (Syria), they should realise half the prophecy has already come into effect. The 2nd half of the prophecy is that they will lose, and Muslims will take over Rome . . . The next stop? The AntiChrist (al-Dajjal) in Israel," explains yet another publication, Muslim Gangs: The Future of Muslims In The West.
Towards this end, the guide suggests using propaganda to drive a wedge between Muslim communities and their European hosts.
"Tell them stories of how we feel unsafe and how they make it a crime for us to morally support Muslims around the world, and they do not even let us leave the West if we want to. Tell them that they should not talk openly with the police, or else they could be taken away from their parents. These are realities Muslims face everyday, we need to make them aware. This will make the young generation stay distant from the police. They will hate it. The police will try to come to their schools to win their hearts and minds, but tell the kids: 'Who do you trust more? Your fellow Muslim brothers, or the ones who imprison Muslims?' "
Among other strategies recommended are infiltrating to learn operational techniques, aligning with left-wing groups to enlist their support, and carrying out "lone wolf" attacks to prime Europe for a greater state of war.
"The West is not fertile for a full on war yet, "Muslim Gangs explains. "Rather, the increasing amount of attacks from both sides will gradually create a state of war."
Recruits are to be attracted by the glamor of jihad and the promise of spiritual reward. White converts are especially coveted for the ease with which they can blend into society. Mosques are also mentioned as ideal bases of operations.
"As the Islamic militias begin to arm themselves and train each other, they will be able to fight more battles . . . This will make them even richer and more financially independent, buy even more advanced weaponry from the black market and cause even more damage to the enemies, "Black Flags says. "Muslim fighters from all European countries will continue the fight, breaking borders until they can reach Northern Rome."
What to do ?
First, recognise the problem.
By CitizenGO - 09/06/2015
Thousands of refugees are arriving every day into Europe. Many of them are being persecuted in their home countries by the Islamic State (IS) or other terrorist groups, and are taking refuge under life-threatening circumstances.
These refugees need our support, help and sympathy.
But, there is also a large group of refugees who are coming to Europe for economic and or other, not-so-benign reasons.
And, it is obvious from the chaos now going on in Hungary, Austria and Germany, that neither the EU, nor the individual states, have control over who is now entering to Europe.
For a long time now, the Islamic State has used the "uncontrolled migration of peoples" to send potential jihadists to Europe, mixed-in with (or concealed by) the flow of genuine refugees. The IS has also supplied fake Syrian passports to these potential jihadists, in an effort to bring war and terror to Europe.
Thus, the time for naivete is over.
Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem
Such "unfathomable mysteries" are reminiscent of the U.S. State Department's habit of inviting Muslim representatives but denying visas to Christian representatives. Since the start of 2015, 4,205 Muslims have been admitted into the U.S. from Iraq, but only 727 Christians. For every Christian granted asylum, the U.S. grants asylum to five or six Muslims -- even though Christians, as persecuted "infidel" minorities, are in much greater need of sanctuary.
Gatestone Institute U.S. and West Victimize Christians Fleeing ISIS
by Raymond Ibrahim
September 6, 2015 at 5:00 am http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/6445/west-victimizes-christians
Western nations are not merely ignoring Muslim persecution of Christians in the Middle East, they are actively supporting it by sponsoring "moderate" rebels who in reality are as "radical" and anti-Western as the Islamic State.
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Story told by father of drowned toddler Aylan Kurdi is full of holes - See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2015/09/story-told-by-father-of-drowned-toddler-aylan-kurdi-is-full-of-holes.html/#sthash.fkeIIEH4.dpuf
Story told by father of drowned toddler is full of holes.
Abdullah Kurdi's story is made-up. But his lies are now being used and rewarded by the media in full blown propaganda, while pressuring policies to force Europe to take in more economic migrants who have never experienced a war zone. The dead toddler pornography is a dream-come true PR campaign serving ISIS and their overwhelming Muslim supporters.
Abdullah was never on that boat to watch his wife and children drown. That's why he was the only survivor. The first time he learned of their death was from the hospital after the photos of his young son was circulating in the media. Listen to all the contradictions and holes in his story.
This was an attempt to send his wife and children into Europe before his own arrival to apply for refugee status as a lone woman with children, while they never even lived in a war zone.
After leaving from what they say was a war zone (Syria is huge and the entire country is not a war zone) the Kurdi family was given FREE housing in Turkey and had been there for THREE years. Abdullah Kurdi was not in any war zone. He was safe, he had food, he had over $4,400 in cash, which is over 13,000 Turkish Lira - so why did he leave?
Let's look at all the details of his story.
The report according to Abdullah's own words is that he lived in Turkey for three years and prior to that he had lived in Damascus. His sister makes the story even more confusing saying that Abdullah was a barber originally from Damascus, who fled from Kobani to Turkey but "dreamed of a future in Canada" for his family. Was he living in Damascus or Kobani? Kobani is over 500 kms from Damascus.
ISIS was not even in Kobani when Kurdi claims his family "fled" from ISIS.
ISIS was not in Damascus either three years ago when Kurdi claims he lived there.
Abdullah claims he was trying to reach Canada but was denied asylum - while Canadian authorities say they have never received any application from him at all.
What we're reading here is a story about relatives serving as people smugglers to other relatives living in Turkey. This is what happened with Kurdi. His own family in Canada are his people smugglers trying to come up with ways for him to illegally fraud the immigration system, and make up stories about threats that he never experienced.
This is what he told the press initially, as reported in the Guardian
"I took over and started steering. The waves were so high and the boat flipped. I took my wife and my kids in my arms and I realised they were all dead," he told AP.
The father, Abdullah Kurdi, is giving different stories depending on who he is talking to.
He doesn't even know what exactly happened. This man was never on that boat and never watched his wife and children drown. That is why he was the only survivor without any injuries and without any need for medical help, although he claims to have undergone a violent and desperate situation for over three hours where everyone else drowned.
Basically, the fragmented and fabricated story indicates to us that the wife and children were sent to arrive before him as a lone mother and children (easier to get accepted). Of course, this advice would come from his own family already living in Canada. The wife has clearly been told to go first, get her refugee case handled, and then help to get him entry at a later date where he can join them with a forged passport after the wife is already settled.
It's all fraud. All of this explains his dry crocodile tears. No wonder his sister Fatima was crying more than he brother who lost his entire family. She had guilt that their suggestions and strategies caused the death of a woman who could not swim and was afraid, and the death of three small children. They're intentionally frauding the system. And now they also push propaganda to open the floodgates to the rest of these fraudsters.