Take slavery in Iraq to the International Criminal Court – Walk Free

https://www.walkfree.org/iraq-slavery-icc/?utm_source=Listrak&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=https%3a%2f%2fwww.walkfree.org%2firaq-slavery-icc%2f&utm_campaign=iraq-slavery-icc&utm_content=Iraq-Isis_Petition_Chaser_EN_ATs_Ex_25Aug16

Coptophobia: Christian Heads Also Fly

http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/9024.htm

Along with Jews (“descendents of pigs and monkeys,” according to Islamic State propaganda), who are clearly the root cause of everything bad, and Hindus, Sikhs, Baha’i, Muslims who refuse to join their ranks, and anybody else who isn’t them–IS has been quietly conducting a campaign of genocide against the already tiny population of Coptic Christians, who once thrived in Egypt, albeit as dhimmis after the Muslim conquest.

As dhimmis, Christians are to be protected under Shari’a law, in return for a special tax on top of the customary taxes due from Muslims.  However, IS has declared that existing Shari’a is not “authentic,” and have taken it upon themselves to rewrite the law.  The well-vocalized aim of IS is to impose a new Caliphate, and this appears to include re-writing the Qran and Hadiths, to the exclusion of laws extant since the seventh century C.E. (Common Era).

If there is a reason that the venerable Ban Ki Moon chooses to ignore this unconscionable injustice, and allow this entire people and their rich culture to be  wiped out at the whim of a rogue faction, I cannot fathom it.

If a tiny fraction of the news and rhetoric currently devoted to the current crisis in the Land of Israel  were used to publicize the dire situation of the Coptics, it is my fervent hope that the Christian world, at the very least, would come to the aid of their brethren in Egypt.

No doubt the spectacular art and architectural masterpieces of the Coptics would be lost; but there are lives and culture and traditions that, if not saved, and quickly, will be lost forever.

Unlike the good fortune of the Baha’i, who managed to escape the harsh persecution of the Persian regime and found sanctuary in Israel (then called by the Roman name “Palestine”), the Coptics find themselves pinned down with nowhere to go.

Already the Christian population of Nazareth and Bethlehem have found themselves under the “leave or die” policy of the Palestinian Authority.  Many have been outright murdered.  The rest have fled to the PA-unoccupied portions of The Land, where they live in safety.  But the Copts, that is, the few that remain, are unable to leave Northern Africa.

It would take an operation such as the Israeli airlifts of Ethiopian Jews to rescue the Copts.  Unfortunately, that would involve bloody battles in which additional Coptic, and many Israeli, lives would be lost.  And in all candor, I believe that the teeth of the once fearsome and heroic Israeli commandos have been blunted out of fear of “world opinion.”  Today, I doubt whether the spectacular 1976 rescue of over 100 Jewish hostages at Entebbe, Uganda, would have even been considered as an option.

Did you know that according to the website adherents.com, which in my opinion is the least biased of the world religion tabulation sites, there were, as of 2005, 2.1 billion Christians (as a whole), 1.5 Muslims (although, since it is the fastest growing religion world wide, the numbers are many more today, while Christianity is slowly decreasing), and a mere 14 million Jews–even fewer than “Spiritists” (sorry, I’m not familiar with that term) and Sikhs?

So why does it fall to Jews to rescue who needs rescuing and take the blame for who needs blaming?

I call upon Christians, both religious and by tradition, to hear the cries of your brethren who are being slaughtered by “a new Pharaoh…[who] has arisen in Egypt” (paraphrase, Exodus 1:8).

May they be delivered in time, and may their oppressors vanish.

Iraqi Journalist Comes Out Against Claim That ISIS Has Nothing To Do With Islam

http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/8985.htm

Egyptian TV Host: ISIS Is Israeli-British-American Made, Al-Baghdadi a Jew

Had your daily dose of the absurd yet?  This won’t take long.  I laughed so hard, my coffee went up my nose!.

http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/5169.htm

Ad Ana..How Long?

While the world reels from the news of the Paris massacre, millions of observant Jews the world over will not know what has happened until after sundown Saturday night.

That is because during our Sabbath, which begins shortly before sunset on Friday and ends after sundown on Saturday, observant Jews do not listen to radio, watch TV, use the computer, or do anything besides pray, share festive meals, study Torah (our sacred texts), and rest.

Clearly, I’m not observant at this time.

But when I was, I remember emerging from the Sabbath bubble on Saturday night to hear of one or another horrible acts of mass destruction. 

I can only imagine the terror, the overburdened communication services as Jews fly to the phones, Skype, email, etc, to try to locate family and friends in Paris, on Saturday night.

This is what the terrorists want.  They want terror!  And they will keep getting what they want, as long as we keep giving it to them.

A good friend, who will not know about the Paris massacre until tomorrow night, said this to me yesterday:

There are two ways to think about the problem.  There is the Saul way, and there is the David way.

Saul said, “No, we can’t possibly fight the Philistines!  There are too many of them!  They are giants!  They are demanding that we send out our best hero, and we don’t have any hero to send out!”

David said, “Fuck a bunch of that.  My God is all the hero I need.”

Even if you don’t believe in such a thing as a God (I’m not sure), it’s crucial to look at things from David’s point of view.  Are we going to let ourselves be globally bullied in the name of political correctness, or are we going to demonstrate to those who would kill us that it’s really not worth the trouble?

We are stuck between the fire and the frying pan in a lot of ways.

The late Walt Kelly, creator of the comic strip Pogo, once wrote, “We have met the enemy, and they are us.”  I quote this often, because I believe it’s a risk we take when we react to violence with violence.

Another problem is that when dealing with an enemy for whom the best possible outcome is to become a “martyr” (in quotes because dying for one’s beliefs historically does not include taking innocent lives with you), paying violence back with violence simply fans the flames.

On the other hand, doing nothing, or trying to broker peace by means of words, does not buy peace.  Our enemies see this as weak.

It seems that no matter what we do, no matter how easy we make it, how many doors are opened, there is a large and growing faction that now is not content merely to murder Jews and become martyrs.  This new “caliphate” actually DOES want to take over the world.

When IS first raised its head the world laughed.  How could a handful of rabid extremists do more than blow themselves up in town squares in Syria? 

The world is not laughing now.  More and more disaffected youth from every part of the world are going into training camps to become IS fighters.  Young women willingly travel to Syria to marry fighters and make more of them.  Girls are kidnapped, raped, and forced to marry IS fighters, to make more of them. 

Americans watch TV and say,  “That’s on the other side of the world.  It has nothing to do with us.  It’s a passing thing.”

I watch the Western world’s reaction to the growing violence, and I think of the same reaction during the run-up to World War II, the outrageous rounding up of Roma, gays, Catholics, and, of course, Jews.  No one could believe that this was happening, because it was unbelievable.

When I speak this way, people shout me down, accuse me of being a pessimist, a Chicken Little, tell me this is a whole different thing, a tempest in a teapot, etc.

But it’s not.

It’s the same thing, different day, and this time it’s not just the Jews (although it seems that anytime is open season on Jews).

It’s everybody.

So I ask you…is Goliath really so big nowadays that one mighty force cannot destroy him?

Tell me what you think.  I’m listening, and I’m afraid.