"Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.
Alexander Hamilton

Monday, November 16, 2015

"Perhaps we have already lost this generation of angry, idle men who mask their own shortcomings by rationalizing that the West is responsible for their failures. But we haven’t lost the next generation. "

(The ARAB News is an English language newspaper published in Saudi Arabia. It was meant for the thousands of expats that lived and worked there. Printed on green newspaper, we called it“ the green truth.” Click here for some history on this paper. I chose to publish it here for perspective only.  Of additional interest is the use of the term "Daesh" to refer to ISIS and that the article was authored by a woman.)

Paris attacks: A wake-up call to the world


Published — Monday 16 November 2015

The disgusting terrorist act that killed over 129 people in Paris late Friday should serve as a wake-up call to Muslims and non-Muslims. It is clear without a shred of doubt that this wholly un-Islamic band of murderers is gaining a foothold not only in the Middle East, but also in Europe. There is no western nation that can claim immunity from Daesh.
If I am stating the obvious, well then I am not so sure that western countries are fully aware of their vulnerability to an ideology that has led to the recruitment of thousands of men and women to form states in Syria and Iraq. We are not talking about stateless actors committing solo acts of terror, but what is essentially a new country determined to wage war against innocents for what they perceive as the crimes of their governments.
Every Muslim and non-Muslim country appears to be at a loss on how to deal with Daesh other than airstrikes. No country is willing to commit ground troops and no country is willing to sacrifice military lives to stop Daesh. If recent history is any indication, allied nations will continue to back away from military commitment to fighting Daesh. Instead nations will fall back on plans that have obviously failed in the past and will fail in the future.
Nations vulnerable to terrorist attacks will increase security at their own borders, double down on airport security, increase the militarization of local and state police departments and spy, arrest and detain individuals without probable cause. They will make a mockery of their constitutions because specific protections of citizens will prove inconvenient in the fight against terrorism.
If that is the road Muslim and non-Muslim take, then we will hand yet another victory to Daesh. These terrorists consistently prove that they, and they alone, can bend nations to their will.
There is little doubt after the Paris attacks that Muslims need to clean their own house, but it can’t be done alone. Muslims and non-Muslims need each other in this escalating war. Muslim communities in western countries and every country in the Middle East and North Africa need to take an active role in educating its youth. Ignoring the problem — and the Ummah and the West must plead guilty to this — will only serve Daesh’s interest and help create a new generation of militants.
The West must rethink its usual heavy-handed approach. Tighter border controls, heavy airport security and police armed with military-grade weapons in commercial and residential neighborhoods will create a police state and the illusion that we are safe. It will not stop homegrown terrorists, especially in the United States where firearms are easily accessible.
Without a strategy that involves the leading Arab countries — with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, England and France at the forefront — there is little chance that we can stop Daesh. Unfortunately, that strategy must include military force and the potential for loss of life, but it also must be combined with education for children beginning at a very young age. Perhaps we have already lost this generation of angry, idle men who mask their own shortcomings by rationalizing that the West is responsible for their failures. But we haven’t lost the next generation. We will, though, if governments continue to attempt to beat terrorism with the same unworkable plans as it has in the past.


Joseph Cormier said...

"A study done at the University of Chicago in 2013 found that by thinking in a foreign language we can reduce deep-seated and misleading biases, thereby preventing emotional and unconscious thoughts from interfering with the analytical thinking aspect of decision making.

So by using Daesh – or any foreign language term – decisions can be made with more clarity and less clouded by emotion, while also refusing to buy into the group’s claims of legitimacy."


... and I thought not using the term "radical Islam"
was just a political topic for the talking heads regarding political correctness.

"... by thinking in a foreign language we can reduce deep-seated and misleading biases ..."

Tell that to a bullet in the head.

Terence C. Jatko said...

Islam is fundamentally incompatible with freedom. Coming to a country near you, and soon:


Anonymous said...

Terence, your article is not accurate and it draws many incorrect conclusions.

Terence C. Jatko said...

To Anon. at 9:43 AM : Tell it to the Parisians murdered last Friday.


Read it and Weep said...

Excerpt from an article dated August 31, 2015.

The surge in Germany's Muslim population — propelled by a wave of migration unprecedented since the Second World War — represents a demographic shift of epic proportions, one that critics of the country's open-door immigration policy warn will change the face of Germany forever.

There are 20 million refugees waiting at the doorstep of Europe." — Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.

In addition to the newcomers, the natural rate of population increase of the Muslim community already living in Germany is approximately 1.6% per year (or 77,000), according to data extrapolated from a recent Pew Research Center study on the growth of the Muslim population in Europe.

Based on Pew projections, the Muslim population of Germany reached an estimated 5,068,000 by the end of 2014. The 640,000 Muslim migrants arriving in Germany in 2015, combined with the 77,000 natural increase, indicates that the Muslim population of Germany will jump by 717,000, to reach an estimated 5,785,000 by the end of 2015. This would leave Germany with the highest Muslim population in Western Europe.

In addition to security concerns (Islamic radicals are almost certainly trying to enter Germany disguised as refugees), they say, the surge in Muslim immigration will accelerate the Islamization of Germany, a process that is already well under way.

Islam is the fastest growing religion in post-Christian Germany. This is evidenced by the fact that an increasing number of churches in Germany are being converted into mosques, some of which are publicly sounding calls to prayer (the adhan) from outdoor loudspeaker systems. The increase is such that some neighborhoods in Germany evoke the sights and sounds of the Muslim Middle East.

Islamic Sharia law is advancing rapidly throughout Germany, with Sharia courts now operating in all of Germany's big cities. This "parallel justice system" is undermining the rule of law in Germany, experts warn, but government officials are "powerless" to do anything about it. At the same time, German judges are increasingly referring and deferring to Sharia law in German law courts.

Polygamy, although illegal under German law, is commonplace among Muslims in all major German cities. In Berlin, for example, it is estimated that fully one-third of the Muslim men living in the Neukölln district of the city have two or more wives.


Thank You said...

Timothy McVeigh was a Christian and a US military veteran.
Hope this helps all of that religion bashing.
Thank You.

Terence C. Jatko said...

Ah, the old McVeigh chestnut. Since you brought it up:


Remember, they won't check for the "Coexist" bumper sticker on the Prius before they open fire.

Anonymous said...

Timothy hasn't been alone. There was Jim Jones and over 900 followers and lets not forget the David Koresh.

Terence C. Jatko said...

Timothy hasn't been alone. There was Jim Jones and over 900 followers and lets not forget the David Koresh.

Ah, yes, let's not forget the 80+ US citizens, including children the liberals love so much, needlessly incinerated by Janet Reno and the Clinton administration.

Anonymous said...

Ah, Mr. Jatko, you do forget or choose not to remember, the nearly 5 million orhpans in Iraq, the 200,000 plus killed by direct war violence and the 400,000 plus dead from war related causes And we wonder why the hatred for America exists?

Joseph Cormier said...

Solution to the declining school enrollment numbers!

Could also help with the gym, including jobs to build it.

This could be a true Testimony to Community and Understanding and "brotherhood".

Might provide more voters, then the present 200-300 folks at the town meeting and chart the towns "paths"...and they would be younger folks ... you know!

Don't have to own property to vote, just be a resident. Rent! Low-income housing could help as well.


Too Many Questions and Too Few Answers said...

Joe, the Union Leader article indicates only 20 refugees are from Syria but nothing about the other 400 plus slated for NH resettlement. Is the U.L article meant to make us feel better because if it is, it doesn't.

Why all the secrecy concerning the refugees and their county of origin? American citizens have a right to know who's being "invited" into our neighborhoods.

If not from Syria where are the refugees coming from? Ethiopia, Somalia, Yemen, one of the Turkestan countries? Could some be from the 24,945 refugees the Saudi's arrested and expelled from the Kingdom? The Saudi's said the refugees were expelled to combat crime. So where are these 24,945 refugees? In the U.N queue waiting to be processed to an unsuspecting country?

After the recent murders by terrorists, of innocent people in Paris and new threats on our Homeland, in particular NY city and the Capitol, the prudent course is to put a hold on the refugee program. Congress and the Senate need accurate information on the multitude of questions surrounding this program.


Anonymous said...

Too many, you need to read the article you linked. The Saudis deported them, not just turned them loose. The far right panic on this issue is not founded on fact. Most of the terrorists in France were French and Belgian nationals for example. Perhaps you also support Mr. Trumps suggestion that the first amendment doesn't apply to Mosques. It is the far right that is destroying America. The left is the last best hope.

Joseph Cormier said...

In light of the Dollar Store decisions (the legal, not the emotional), there's a rumor that the MoBo Planning Board will be following a new site plan model! See the map in this link.


"The Saudis deported them, not just turned them loose."

Deported to where ... place of origin ... Washington D.C, hopefully.

The U.S "released" prisoners from Guantanamo, as well. Where did some them wind up, returning to.

"Most of the terrorists in France were French and Belgian nationals for example."

Does that negate they were all "radical islamists", albeit, don't mention the words.

"It is the far right that is destroying America. The left is the last best hope."

Says it all!

Terence C. Jatko said...

One cannot help but wonder how many Syrian refugees our liberal friends will be taking in to their spare bedrooms. I'm betting that number is real close to zero. Liberalism is easy; no need to do anything, just pretend that you "care", vote to raise other peoples' taxes, maybe wear a ribbon or participate in a useless "candlelight vigil", and bask in your own imagined self righteousness. No meaningful action required.

Anonymous said...

I would suspect none, but they are hardly doing nothing. You are very mistaken on your view of " liberalism." Perhaps you are in agreement with Trump to have your religious faith registered, your name placed in a database and your place of worship closed. How very conservative of you. It is truly wonderous to hear all about the constitutional rights to carry guns, but how easy it is for these same people to take away someone elses constitutional right. A tad hypocritical me thinks.

Anonymous said...

Aren't they God's children, too?

Terence C. Jatko said...

To Anon.20 Nov. @ 1702: "Perhaps you are in agreement with Trump to have your religious faith registered..." Trump made no such suggestion; the rumor is a fabrication by a reporter asking a "gotcha" question from which Trump had already moved on. Perhaps if you took the time to actually review the audio of the conversation, you would learn something. It's readily available, but might require some effort on your part or actual interest in facts, which apparently leaves you out.

Anonymous said...

Here is the video of the interaction. I would have to disagree that it was a " gotcha" question as Trump went on to say how he would go about registering Muslims. Trump Tweeted 11/20 "I didn't suggest a database — a reporter did."
SO what who suggested it? He certainly did not disavow such a notion. I find his comments and his apparent inability to own up to them, very concerning.


Moultonboro Blogger said...

In response to Terence's comment ( .."how many Syrian refugees our liberal friends will be taking in to their spare bedrooms. I'm betting that number is real close to zero.") We would not call ourselves liberals, but we would volunteer our home to house a few and I know there are others, liberals,moderates and conservatives as well. There is also talk of a local church in town housing some. Bravo! As a reporter for the NY Times wrote "...confusing refugees with terrorists is morally unacceptable and, as a matter of strategy, misguided."

Mike Brooker said...

To all the bleeding hearts: read the Koran if you believe Islam means you well. Until then you views have no informed merit. Islam is unique among the major religions in that it has never undergone a humanist reformation. I don't use the term "radical Islamists", I use the term "devout Muslims" as the bombers, shooters, stabbers, rapists and pedophiles are simply following the dictates of their Book.