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27Apr/160

Campaign by Turkey to distort history.

Posted by Nate

Today in the Chicago Tribune is a full-page ad by the “Turkish Platform” from Istambul

"Truth = Peace"

Unlike Germany that admitted its crimes and teaching their children about their terrible past, Turkey is trying to whitewash its past. It would be much easier to reconcile if the Turkish government owned up to past crimes.

http://www.armenian-history.com/Nyuter/HISTORY/ARMENIA20/armenian_genocide.htm

History site

Armenian genocide.

You cannot change history.

In 1915, leaders of the Turkish government set in motion a plan to expel and massacre Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire. Though reports vary, most sources agree that there were about 2 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire at the time of the massacre. By the early 1920s, when the massacres and deportations finally ended, some 1.5 million of Turkey’s Armenians were dead. http://www.history.com/topics/armenian-genocide

Pro Turkish site: There is no legal consensus to support the Armenians’ attempts to portray these actions as a willful, deliberate attempt to commit genocide of the Armenian people – a specific crime defined by international law. Despite being given multiple opportunities to do so, international courts have never designated these tragic events as genocide. http://factcheckarmenia.com/

FALSE! The events of 1915 constitute a clear-cut genocide against the Armenian people.

100 years have past since the official commencement of the Armenian Genocide – a dark chapter of human history which sadly we have yet to come to grips with. Despite overwhelming evidence, there are still those who deny that the Armenian Genocide occurred at all. 100 years later, no one has held the Ottomans – and their direct successor, Turkey – accountable for the unconscionable barbaric acts they committed. Shockingly, even countries such as Israel and the United States have yet to recognize this horrific event in human history that nearly eliminated the entire Armenian population.  http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Lessons-not-learned-The-Armenian-genocide-396478

13Apr/160

The Last Leaf

Posted by Nate

Late fall

The last leaf

I am looking through the window

All is gray, wet and cold.

Droplets bombard the glass.

A black tree skeleton on the low heavy gray sky.

Air is mixed with water and dust and feels cold even from the inside

It makes my room feel warm and cozy.

Anticipation of winter in the air

Nature is ready for a long slumber.

Sleepy trees are shaking off their last yellow and brown leaves.

I noticed a single leaf

Still there, clinging to the black branch

Refusing to let go

The last leaf, it looked cold and lonely

The tree doesn't want it anymore

But for the leaf it is so hard to let go

It was born there

There is a desperate hope, an illusion

The last leaf

It does not want to die

It does not know - it is dead already

But the tree knows.

The spring will come again

It will wake up to a new bright sunshine

Sun will paint the sky blue

Eagerly anticipating summer

The tree will grow new leaves, a new beautiful coat

The last leaf does not know that it is dead already

It is holding on

It feels that the Universe will end if it let go.

The last leaf.

New leaves.

A gust of wind

The leaf falls now indistinguishable from others

Nobody noticed this drama except me

Life goes on

Nothing changed in the universe

There will be another stubborn leaf next fall

And I wonder about us humans.

11Apr/160

Barbarians are at the gate. My old article from 2014.

Posted by Nate

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

ISIS in Europe

London

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 a 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, the 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.”

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2011/bosch-fawstin/non-muslim-muslims-and-the-jihad-against-the-west/

The appeasers.

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 world 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.

ISIS plans

Not just Israel

   

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