The Barbarian invasions of Rome in Late Antiquity are inextricably bound up with the decline of Western Roman imperialism (ca. CE 300–550), and seen by many historians as inaugurating the Middle Ages http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/12012013/article/barbarians-at-the-gates-of-rome
The real danger for the world democracies is their failure to recognize and to act upon the growing danger of the barbaric 7th century wave of Muslim extremists whose goal is to establish worldwide caliphate.
“Today, the terrorist threat has transformed from a single group to the Global Jihad Movement, consisting of AL-Qaeda and its operationally associated groups in Asia, Africa, Middle East, and the Caucuses, as well as the self-radicalized homegrown cells. As the spearhead of the Global Jihad Movement, AL-Qaeda presents the most significant threat both to Muslim regimes and Western societies. AL-Qaeda’s philosophy of global jihad and methodology of suicide attacks has gained popularity and traction within politicized and radicalized Muslims. Its philosophy urging Muslims to fight their local governments [local jihad], the US and its Allies [global jihad] is gaining worldwide acceptance.” http://news.siteintelgroup.com/blog/index.php/submissions/21-jihad/44-reassess
The silent majority.
“So while I understand that most Muslims are not at war with us, they’ve proven in their silence and inaction against jihad that they’re not on our side either, and there’s nothing we can say or do to change that. We just have to finally accept it and stop expecting them to come around, while doing our best to kill those who are trying to kill us.”
“We didn’t use terms such as “Radical Nazism”, “Extremist Shinto” and “Militant Communism” in the past. “Militant Islam”, Political Islam”, etc., are redundant terms. Our pretending otherwise has proven disastrous. Thousands of American lives, both civilian and military, have been sacrificed because of policies predicated on the myth that “Islam means peace.” We didn’t try to reform Shinto or Nazism during World War II; the major changes in those cultures took place only after we thoroughly DE-militarized them.”
“As the Israeli government counterattacks against terrorism, we need a parallel counterattack against today’s intellectual and ideological support structure for totalitarian terrorism, which emboldens extremists, intentionally or not. In this battle of ideas we must accept complexity, acknowledge fluidity, reject false moral equivalences, and question biases, no matter how trendy.
As an academic, I feel betrayed by my many colleagues who enable totalitarian terrorism with their simplistic slogans regarding Israel. Academics thrive on complexity; we can complicate anything, leveraging it into papers, lectures, and cocktail riffs. Yet, when Israel is involved, oversimplification and obfuscation prevail, encouraging demonization.” http://blogs.jpost.com/content/counterattack-fight-totalitarian-terrorists-and-their-enablers
Diversion: “Military. A feint intended to draw off attention from the point of main attack.” http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/diversion
I wonder if Muslims are using Europe's organic antisemitism to divert the European's attention from Islam's real goal – the wold caliphate.
"As a universal religion, Islam envisages a global political order in which all humankind will live under Muslim rule as either believers or subject communities. In order to achieve this goal it is incumbent on all free, male, adult Muslims to carry out an uncompromising struggle 'in the path of Allah,' or jihad. This in turn makes those parts of the world that have not yet been conquered by the House of Islam an abode of permanent conflict (Dar al-Harb, the house of War) which will only end with Islam's eventual triumph.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worldwide_Caliphate
Unfortunately it is impossible for Israel alone to defeat the caliphate. And if the world will not wake up from it's delusion soon it better get ready for a new order – Islam.
This letter was written by a French Jew. Sunday, August 3, 2014, 10:20 PM
I decided to publish this because this is not about the Jews, or Christians or Buddhists. It is about all of us. All peaceful people on this planet - what starts with Jews inevitably happens to all civilized people and nations. So please don't turn away because it is not about you or because you are too busy. It is about you. It is about all of us.
Once again, the real news in France is conveniently not being reported as it should.
To give you an idea of what's going on in that country where there are now between 5 and 6 million Muslims and about 600,000 Jews, here is an e-mail that came from a Jew living in France ...
Please read! "Will the world say nothing - again - as it did in Hitler's time?"
"I AM A JEW -- therefore I am forwarding this to everyone on all my e-mail lists. I will not sit back and do nothing. Nowhere have the flames of anti-Semitism burned more furiously than in France ...
1. In Lyon, a car was rammed into a synagogue and set on fire.
2. In Montpelier , the Jewish religious center was firebombed.
3. So were synagogues in Strasbourg and Marseilles;
4. So was a Jewish school in Creteil - all recently.
5. A Jewish sports club in Toulouse was attacked with Molotov cocktails.
6. And on the statue of Alfred Dreyfus, in Paris , the words 'Dirty Jew' were painted.
7. In Bondy, 15 men beat up members of a Jewish football team with sticks and metal bars.
8. The bus that takes Jewish children to school in Aubervilliers has been attacked three times in the last 14 months.
9. According to the Police, metropolitan Paris has seen 10 to 12 anti-Jewish incidents PER DAY in the past 30 days.
10. Walls in Jewish neighborhoods have been defaced with slogans proclaiming 'Jews to the gas chambers' and
'Death to the Jews'.
11. A gunman opened fire on a kosher butcher's shop (and, of course, the butcher) in Toulouse , France.
12. A Jewish couple in their 20's were beaten up by five men in Villeurbanne, France (the woman was pregnant).
13. A Jewish school was broken into and vandalized in Sarcelles , France...this was just in the past week.
So I call on you, whether you are a fellow Jew, a friend, or merely a person with the capacity and desire to distinguish
decency from depravity, to do - at least - these three simple things:
First, care enough to stay informed. Don't ever let yourself become deluded into thinking that this is not your fight.
I remind you of what Pastor Neimoller said in World War II: 'First they came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up, because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me.'
Second, don’t visit France and don’t buy French products. Only the Arab countries are more toxically anti-Semitic and, unlike them, France exports more than just oil and hatred.
Third, send this along to your family, your friends and your co-workers. Think of all of the people of good conscience that you know and let them know that you - and the people that you care about - need their help.
The number one bestselling book in France is.... 'September 11: The Frightening Fraud' which argues that no plane ever hit the Pentagon!
PLEASE PASS THIS ON. LET'S NOT LET HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF! THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME!
This has been written over 3 years ago but I think this article is as relevant today as it was then. Different country, another conflict but really nothing changed. Nothing. Violence and wars and blood. Over and over again. For as long as humanity exists. Why is that in order to exist humans have to be at each other throats all the time. No other animal does this. It seems that most of the energy and ingenuity of people is directed on better ways to kill each other. And yet there is always hope. It has to be. Otherwise life would be impossible. As I am reading this old letter and as I am writing this foreword I do hope that some day, some distant day humanity will grow up and stop the madness. I STILL HOPE.
Some thoughts about current and not so current events
This war will never end. This war began with the creation of the Universe.
It is the eternal war of two opposites.
Call it the forces of Light and Darkness, Life and Death, Love and Hate.
The forces of light represent progress, advancement and growth.
The forces of dark - regression, death and entropy.
The Entropy and Regression are older, more probable states of the Universe.
The moment the forces of Light become complacent, relax, look the other way the Darkness advances, gets stronger.
We are at that stage now
Terrorism is like a dark poisonous cloud that creeps around the world slowly advancing and filling every available void.
The Evil is evolving, adapting, changing. It creeps up on the unsuspecting world filling every void created by absence of forces of Light.
It is filling Afganistan, Iraq, Africa, Lebanon, Gaza, Europe.
Yet the world does nothing
It is not enough to destroy the darkness. One has to replace it with light, fill the void.
There can not be Gray. If the forces of Light do not fill the void, the darkness comes in.
Israel can not do it alone.
America cannot do it alone
Europe cannot do it alone (not that it is trying)
Because the forces of dark are always ready to fill the void.
When the Israelis left Lebanon 6 years ago they left the void. The world did nothing to fill the void.
The Darkness came in.
Unless the forces of Light and Life unite, the forces of Dark and Death will win.
In supporting the oppressive regimes around the world we are just delaying the inevitable.
These regimes will explode. Dictatorships always crush. Meanwhile there are undercurrents of anger, frustration and opposition that in many cases become violent and directed toward America. There is a price we pay for supporting dictators and being on the wrong side of history. Always.
So maybe this time we got a little smarter handling crisis in Egypt and Tunisia.
Smarter by not invading or forcing the outcome.
Smarter by being on the right side of history.
Not that there is anything new about it, but one hopes that people and countries learn from past experiences. Unfortunately it is not the case.
Europe during WWII did nothing to stop the Nazis. Europe gave Czechoslovakia to Hitler. Europe did nothing to save the Jews from the Holocaust.
And current events are a sad confirmation of that unfortunate reality. An inept decadent society, Europe is unable and unwilling to stand up to evil.
Muslims rioting in France. "It is the third time in a week where pro-Palestinian activists have clashed with the city's Jewish residents. On Sunday, locals reported chants of , "Gas the Jews" and "Kill the Jews", as rioters attacked businesses in the Sarcelles district, known as "little Jerusalem". http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/07/22/france-jewish-shops-riot_n_5608612.html
Where are the French police? Where is the outrage? It is there but the French are outraged by Israel's "criminal act" against poor, innocent, oppressed Hamas.
And unfortunately France is not alone in blaming Israel for defending it's citizens from terrorists. http://www.jewishjournal.com/martini_judaism/item/youre_not_my_friend_anymore
Europe is hostile to Israel for several reasons: business relations with Arab countries, fear of their own Muslim population and deeply rooted anti-Semitism.
One more reason in my opinion is the false feeling of superiority based on the history of Europe and it's aristocracy.
And it is not just about Israel.
Europe does nothing to stop this megalomaniac, Putin, from blatant, reckless actions in eastern Europe - Russia's invasion and destabilization of Ukraine continues.
There are several reasons why Europe does not want anything to do with this:
It's public and politicians are lazy and incapable of any strong action.
European leaders are afraid that strong actions may affect their economy and jeopardize their chances of reelection. Many European businesses have strong ties with Russian businesses and have concerns about profits.
In short - political careers and business profits are more important for Europeans than European and world security.
Some perfect examples of what I am talking about: France sold military navy ships to Russia even after the Malaysian plane disaster. http://www.businessinsider.com/france-to-deliver-first-warship-to-russia-despite-mh17-downing-and-angry-allies-2014-7
London (AFP) - Britain is still exporting arms and military equipment to Russia, according to a parliamentary report released Wednesday just hours after Prime Minister, David Cameron, rapped France for selling weapons to Moscow.
So, in short, Europe is irrelevant and it is a known fact around the world.
In the last 100 years, all Europeans have bragged about their history.
But the past is gone and it is a real possibility that, considering the influx of Muslims, proud and arrogant Europe will be nothing but history.
The evil is coming. Usually it starts with Jews. The rise of Antisemitism is the first sign of the coming apocalypse. It happened before and it will happen again if the world did not learn anything from the past!
How one word in a Chicago Tribune article changed the whole meaning of said article that was published first in the L.A. Times. According to the Tribune the World is concerned not as much about the bloodshed but that not enough Israelis died in this conflict. They just changed the position of one sentence and added one word.
Despite the concentrated attack, militants continued to fire rockets at a broad swath of Israel, setting off warning sirens in Tel Aviv and the coastal city of Haifa. A teenager became the second Israeli civilian to be severely wounded in six days of fighting when two rockets landed in the city of Ashkelon. No Israelis have been killed by the rocket strikes.
In Gaza, the death toll rose to at least 167, fueling international alarm over the casualty count. The U.N. says the majority of the victims have been civilians. Seventeen members of one extended family were killed late Saturday when a home and nearby mosque were hit. More than 1,000 people have been injured.
Chicago Tribune, July 14, Nation and World (page 11, Section 1).
I could not find this article online. Maybe you will have better luck.
Israel Unleashes Strike on Gaza
“Despite the concentrated attack, militants continued to fire rockets at a broad swath of Israel, setting off warning sirens in Tel Aviv and the coastal city of Haifa. A teenager became the second Israeli civilian to be severely wounded in six days of fighting when two rockets landed in the city of Ashkelon.
No Israelis have been killed by the rocket strikes. In Gaza, the death toll rose to at least 167, fueling international alarm over the lopsided casualty count. The U.N. says the majority of the victims have been civilians. Seventeen members of one extended family were killed late Saturday when a home and nearby mosque were hit. More than 1,000 people have been injured.”
So in the opinion of the Chicago Tribune, the Israelis should turn off the Iron Dome defense system and let the Hamas rockets fall on the Israeli cities...to the satisfaction of the world and the editors of the Chicago Tribune.
The redneck "pledge of allegiance" to the Ignorant Stupid Idiots Society (ISIS)
We refuse Obamacare, this social Muslim medicine, even if our life depends upon it. It is better to be fat, sick and free than to be a thin healthy socialist. And take your Government's dirty hands off our Medicaid and Medicare!
Eat junk food only to show this black Muslim communist bitch, Michelle Obama, that you love freedom and you will not be enslaved by this “healthy” food because Obama adds stuff in this food that makes us slaves.
Follow the Constitution that says you can pollute with your truck as much as you want.
“Rednecks are now modifying their trucks to destroy the environment as much as they can all because they don't like Obama. You know, because somehow wanting to breath clean air is a liberal attack on freedom. “ http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=19323698
Don't believe a word these liberals are saying about the Climate. They are just trying to scare us and take our trucks from us. There is no “climate change” - the Constitution says that freedom-loving true Americans are exceptional and should not be afraid of any Climate. That is why we have guns.
Science is a trick by liberals and socialist Marxists to enslave freedom-loving Americans. These liberals want to put chips in our brains (good luck finding it) to control us, real patriots. Science is for these sissy liberals. We have our guns.
We real Americans will not allow any foreign immigrants to come to America and take over and destroy our way of life and take our jobs that we don't want because Mexicans should do it, not exceptional Americans like us.
We the ISIS, the Christians will fight for freedom for Christians from this oppressive socialist government. And if you are not a Christian, too bad. You not Christians - you better get out of America. Go to socialist Europe and watch them play this stupid game where they kick the ball with their feet all the time and for some stupid reason, call it football!
This sinking feeling.
It is happening again.
“My heart is heavy and mine age is weak; grief would have tears, and sorrow bids me speak." Shakespeare.
The children of Israel
So tragic, so familiar.
They are somebody's sons
A small sliver of Jewish history
The unending saga of an ancient tribe.
These boys, Jewish boys, are murdered for one reason.
The eternal reason
They are Jews
These kids belong to a small, ancient tribe
A tribe that stands alone in the world.
Apart from the rest of humanity.
We are a nation.
But much more than that
But much more than that
All major religions are based on ours.
But we are much more than that.
Jews changed humanity in many ways.
Their contribution to all aspects of civilization is vastly greater than their numbers.
Proud and brilliant people.
Jews survived, persevered.
They have seen it all.
A mighty Empire rising and falling to dust
Brutal oppressors come and gone.
And yet every time the Evil rises unnoticed by humanity
Every time Evil is trying to crush the Jewish tribe
While passive humanity is pretending not to see
The Jews survive and Evil is retreating.
But it is still there
Gathering strength, again
Feeding on human hatred, ignorance and greed.
In an unending cycle Evil rises again
Now in the Middle East
Three young boys
Their future taken from them
Brutally murdered for only one reason – being Jewish.
Israel is in mortal danger
Surrounded by evil that feeds on hate and ignorance
Another chapter in the long history of these unordinary people.
I am proud to be a Jew
And I know that the page will turn
Evil will go in hiding again
Waiting for the opportune time to rise again
And we the Jews will face it again
But as always envied and disliked by the world.
The Jewish fate.
Sad knowledge and optimism.
To begin with let me state the following: I am convinced that Bush's administration committed an act of treason by pushing the United States into the criminal war and occupation of Iraq.
Greed and arrogant ignorance motivated these people who now have the nerve to blame the Obama administration for Iraq being torn apart by sectarian violence.
Balance of power in the Middle East.
There was a fragile balance of power for a while. Iraq and Iran were at each other's throats.
With the reckless invasion and occupation of Iraq, the US broke the power balance and allowed the destabilization of the region.
And now the mess in the Middle East.
The mess that the British started by creating countries and borders without taking the nationalistic and religious differences into consideration.
Iraq with a 60% Shiite majority and Kurds as a semi-independent region but ruled by the Sunni minority .
Syria is an ethnic and religious patchwork. Three quarters of the around 22 million Syrians are Sunni Muslims. Alawites and Christians each represent 10 percent of the population. On top of that, several hundred thousand Druze, Shiites and Yazidi also live in the country.
The reckless actions of the Bush administration invading Iraq and breaking the fragile standoff between the Sunnis and Shiites in the region created a vacuum of power and an opportunity for different groups to advance their agenda.
Once the strongman, Saddam Hussein, was removed and the governmental structure dissolved, the long simmering religious animosity took over. And currently the Sunni militias supported by Saudi Arabia advancing to Baghdad are establishing the Sunni region that includes part of Iraq and part of Syria. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_State_in_Iraq_and_the_Levant
So what now? Restore the balance.
Shiites in Iraq are supported by Iran. Sunnis are supported by Saudi Arabia and the rich Golf states.
Should the US use it's military? To do what? To support whom?
Who do we support? And how? Both sides! The U.S. and it's allies should work with both sides making sure that neither side gets a clear advantage...but not direct military support. Do it behind the scenes. Use proxies. Use diplomacy or whatever means possible. Quietly! And don't let these chihuahuas like McCain and Graham change your course. They will yap no matter what you do.
Iraq and Syria are not real countries and will break apart sooner or later. The ISIS - - the so-called Islamic Republic is dangerous and should be controlled and defeated. Iran and Iraqi Shiites will take care of this.
The goal is to push both sides toward some kind of agreement that will stop the violence but will keep them busy watching each other.