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Friday, 18 July 2014

'Proportionality' in Israel & Gaza?


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IMAGE CREDIT: Wiki Commons


Many people may think that the death toll in Israel is low compared to the 200 or so Palestinians who’ve recently been killed in Gaza in the last two weeks. Leftists will no doubt quote the UN’s ratio of civilian-to-military casualties which is said to be 70 percent civilian.


(Where have these percentages come from? From Hamas. So it’s not a surprise that Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman, Lt-Col Peter Lerner, has disputed the figures. Indeed where else could the figures come from? Hamas rules Gaza. The BBC has also just been reprimanded for supplying fake pictures from Pallywood… or Gaza as it is also sometimes known.)


There’s a simple reason for that “lack of proportionality” (as academics in the West often put it) which seems to have been overlooked by Manuel Hassassian (a Palestinian Authority envoy in the UK) when he said:
“There are no shelters, no bunkers, no place to go, except their homes.”
Israel has built many air-raid shelters and other means of protection for its citizens . It also employs air-raid warnings in response to Hamas rocket attacks. Hamas, on the other hand, doesn’t provide its people with either of these things. (See this article on Gaza’s lack of bomb shelters.)


The other thing is that Hamas deliberately places its fighters amongst the Gaza civilian population – as is now well-known and well-documented.


What is the reason for Hamas’s suicidal policies?


It’s primarily because this Muslim Brotherhood political party wants some – or even many – of its people to be killed.


So why does Hamas want that?


There are various reasons; though the main one is the Western response to such deaths; such as the 600 mainly Muslim and student-Leftist demonstrators who took over the streets of Bradford (in the north of England) city center this weekend.


In other words, Palestinian deaths do the Hamas cause a lot of good in the West (primarily in the case of Leftist students and their academic leaders). And that’s one of the reasons why Hamas doesn’t provide shelters for its people.


(I mention the radical/Marxist Left in this piece primarily because it sets almost the entire agenda when it comes to Israel and Gaza; whether in terms of the Marxist theories about Israel - which even non-Leftists and National Socialists use - or the frequent demonstrations and movements against Israel: which are almost all led by Trotskyists. Indeed the same Trotskyist/SWP faces – in the UK - keep on popping up, whether that be Stop the War, Respect, the boycott-and-divest-from-Israel movement or whatever.)


The other important point to bear in mind is that, according Hamas theology/ideology, every Palestinian who is killed by Israelis is deemed to be an automatic martyr for Islam. In addition, a Hamas motto is: “We love death more than life.”


Palestinians also say that they have “nowhere to go” when the Israeli air attacks come. Yet that’s not entirely true either because Israel gives advanced warnings before such attacks. For example, Israeli forces dropped leaflets into the Gaza town of Beit Lahiya which warned of future air strikes.


Only Civilians?



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PHOTO CREDIT: Wiki Commons


It can’t by any stretch of the imagination be said that Israel is aiming its onslaught against Palestinian civilians. For example, on Monday Israel hit three Hamas training camps in Gaza city. Israel has also targeted weapons stores and destroyed various Hamas security headquarters and police stations. All in all, the IDF has hit some 1,320 Hamas sites in Gaza.


In any case, would Muslims prefer a ground invasion instead? Of course not. What they would prefer is no Israel and no Jews at all in any “Islamic land”. I’m not just talking about Gaza and the West Bank; but also in Syria, Iraq, Algeria and so on. In fact Jews have already been ethnically cleansed from Saudi Arabia, Libya, Jordan and other Arab lands. (Thus fulfilling the demands of the Prophet Muhammad: “I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslims” – Sahih Muslim 4366.)


Now since Muslims are even trying to Islamise Western towns and cities as diverse as Bradford, Birmingham, Malmö, Rotterdam, Oslo, Marseilles and Paris, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they take the Islamisation - and therefore the ethnic cleansing of Jews and Christians - of the Arab world even more seriously.


Why Israel?



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Pro-Hamas Rally in Damascus, Syria: PHOTO CREDIT: Wiki Commons


As I mentioned earlier, 200 Palestinians have been killed in the latest stage of the Israel-Palestinian war.


Compare that with the 100,000 (or more) who have died in Syria since 2011; and the carnage in Iraq as a result of ISIS’s own attempt at Islamisation in Iraq. And that’s not to forget the recent historical Islamic genocides in Sudan between the 1991 and 2002 in which one-and-a-half million Christians and animists were murdered by the Islamic regime in Khartoum and the jihadists of Jangaweed; as well as the Algerian civil war between 1991 and 2002 (up to 150,000 deaths). On top of all that there are Muslim conflicts, Islamic persecutions and Islamic terrorism in Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, Nigeria, Mali, southern Thailand, the Philippines, Libya… Basically, wherever there are Muslims living next to non-Muslims, there is conflict. Indeed there is even conflict wherever Muslims live alongside Muslims of a different sect.


So throughout the world today, and in recent history, literally millions have died in the ongoing process of Islamisation and ethnic cleansing (of Christians and Jews) in both the Arab world and in the larger Muslim world. Yet, as ever, Israel’s rational and understandable treatment of Hamas - which deliberately hides itself among civilians - still takes up so much media (even when it’s not pro-Palestinian) airtime.


And that must be because so many Westerners see the Israel-Palestinian conflict to be both unique and far worse than all the other conflicts I’ve just mentioned.


Why is that?


It’s primarily because the Western Left (as well as the more woolly-minded left-liberals who still get much of their ‘theory’ about Israel from the radical Left) is utterly obsessed with both Israel and its treatment of the Palestinians. Now much of that monomania is literally a result of political fashion (or just plain fashion). However, that political hipness itself is grounded in the radical Left’s hatred of capitalism; its hatred of nationalism (though not, of course, Palestinian, African and other forms of nationalism); and its deep distrust of what they call “capitalist democracy”: all of which are instantiated in one – and only one – Middle Eastern state: Israel.


Finally, why has Hama upped its rockets attacks against Israel recently?


It will have at least something to do with Hamas attempting to tap into the Sunni-Muslim wars which are currently occurring in Syria and Iraq. In fact rockets attacks into Israel have already been carried out from Syria.


Hamas and ISIS have a lot in common. (It's rumoured that ISIS is already in Gaza and fighting with Hamas.) However, Hamas, being Muslim Brotherhood, has even more in common with the many Muslim Brotherhood “rebels” fighting in Syria. You know, the people Barack Obama is both funding and training.

The Labour Party's New Stance on Immigration?

 




Edward Miliband and other Labour MPs are keen to tell us that the now old New Labour Party (prior to 2010) “became too disconnected from the concerns of working people". Ed's New New Labour Party, instead, is offering us lots of vague and mushy alternatives to the previous bigoted dismissals of millions of British people.


The Shadow Prime Minister, for example, has said that immigration should now be "properly managed". (Sorry - did old New Labour say that immigration should be improperly managed?) Yvette Cooper has also called for a “sensible” debate on this controversial subject.


There is a problem here for New New Labour.


As soon as individuals or groups (such as UKIP; though many others too) offer the voters concrete – rather than mushy – proposals about immigration, they are still dismissed - by the Labour Party - as being... yes, you guessed.... “close-minded” (Tony Blair's word), “bigots” (Gordon Brown's word) or “racists” (every Leftist's favourite word). So there's no real change there then.


What we have here is the predictable, required and necessary acknowledgement that New Labour had gone way too far with its knee-jerk dismissal of millions of Brits. Indeed New New Labour has even admitted that Gordon Brown's infamously bigoted response to a Labour voter – which nonetheless simply encapsulated the Labour Party's general position – simply wasn't cricket. (Or at least it created too much negative publicity for the Labour Party and for Gordon Brown himself.)


So now the Labour Party is even trying to convince the gullible amongst us that - this time! - things are actually going to be done about immigration. After all, there's an election next year!


The other thing is that the Labour Party has talked tough before; usually just a few minutes before an election. (Not unlike the Conservative Party, then.)


Prior to the 2005 and 2010 elections, for example, the Labour Party gave us some hard talk about controlling the number of asylum seekers. Indeed Gordon Brown even talked about “British jobs for British workers”. (Even this wasn't what it seemed. It wasn't a call to stop immigrants taking British jobs. It was simply about improving the training of British workers.)


And on top of all that, it's still the case that Ed Miliband thinks that the list of “biggest issues” for the next election doesn't happen to include immigration. (It's not even at the bottom of the list.) That list includes, instead, schools, the cost of living and the NHS.


This shopping list for the election, then, appears to be a direct contradiction of the other things Ed Miliband has said on the issue of immigration recently (some of which are noted in this piece). So there's no surprise there then.


Essentially, the Labour Party is in a bind when it comes to immigration.


(The sincere and intricate emptiness of the Fabian Society's own recent pronouncements on immigration – which square very well with what Ed Miliband and co. have recently said on the subject - can be found here.)


Jon Cruddas's Marxist Analysis of Immigration


The Labour Party could go with the Marxist analysis of the immigration situation as offered by Jon Cruddas MP. (No; I'm not saying that Cruddas is a Marxist. I'm simply saying that his analysis is - largely - Marxist.)


To Cruddas (as well as many other Labourites and Leftists), “it's all about jobs, housing and training”. Basically, if everyone had a job, there wouldn't be any critical remarks about immigration.


But what if it isn't “all about jobs”? What if it's also about the behind-the-scenes experiment in mass immigration which the Labour Party carried out between 2000 and 2010, the countless Muslim ghettoes of England, “white flight” from London, Muslim grooming gangs, Roma criminal gangs, parts of England which now look like Karachi or Mogadishu, prejudice or indeed racism towards the white (non-Leftist) working class, the closing down of free speech against Islam and immigration and so on?


If it were all about jobs, then that would mean - on this crude though very common Marxist analysis - that all those who voice concerns about immigration would be unemployed. Yet that is palpably false.


Despite that, it should be stated here that many Leftists say that UKIP, for example, is a “multimillionaires party” (as the SWP-UAF's Sabby Dhalu put it). Of course such Leftists easily get around that small problem with the auxiliary Marxist hypothesis that UKIP - and other such parties - are indeed capitalist or bourgeois (in the old language) in nature: it's just that they manage to hoodwink many unemployed and working class people (all of whom suffer from "false consciousness") into supporting and even voting for them.


Yet that's manifestly untrue too!


Not all the supporters (not leaders) of UKIP are either unemployed or working class. In fact many Leftists - in other contexts and for other political/ideological purposes - have stated that themselves!


Now, if it's not case that all the people who have a problem with immigration are unemployed (or in low-paid work), then that must mean that there are other reasons why so many people are against further immigration. It's precisely those other reasons (as mentioned above) which are rarely – if ever – tackled by the Labour Party. And that's the case either because these reasons don't fit into the Labour Party's socialist/Marxist analysis of racism and immigration; or they are simply deemed to be unacceptable reasons.


John Cruddas further elaborated upon his class analysis of immigration in a 2010 New Statesman article . In that piece he said the Labour Party was “co-opting” the (racist?) “language” of the BNP when it talked tough (though still acted soft) about immigration. At the same time, according to Cruddas, the Labour Party only “pay[s] lip service to the 'white working class'”.


Diane Abbott MP


It's to be expected that an ideological zealot and career anti-racist like Diane Abbot will have none of this new (pretend?) soul-searching from the Labour Party. Predictably, then, this well-documented anti-white racist comes out with sub-Trotskyist stuff which should have died in 1984 (or even well before that).


In the spirit of Gordon Brown (circa 2010), for example, Diane Abbot believes that even to opens one's mouth for one second on the subject of immigration (unless to talk of its supreme and complete beneficence) is to do so from the “gutter”; not from, say, a large house in a leafy London suburb.


What if Dianne Abbot is saying what many Labour MPs believe but don't say? After all, if she were that at odds with Labour Party, she'd have been kicked out a long time ago. (Yes, the Labour Party's a “broad church”; though there's broad and then there's broad.)


You see, because immigration is a non-issue to Ms Abbot, then any talk about it that the Labour Party actually manages to get around to must – it simply must! - be, as she puts it, “in response to the supposed electoral threat from UKIP”.


Diane Abbot also commits this howling non sequitur in a Guardian article.


In response to Ed Miliband acknowledging the blindly-obvious fact that mass immigration is putting various kinds of pressure on many British people, Abbot said that there would be no NHS without immigrants working in it.


And keeping up the Dave Spart logic, Diane Abbot then went on to
(predictably) say the immigration is indeed all about race; just as all criticism of Islam and individual Muslims (according to The Guardian's Seamus Milne) is also... yes, you guessed it... all about race.


So immigration isn't all about jobs after all - it's also about race?... Hold on a minute. Marxism is even more reductionist and essentialist than that. Yes, it's far more neat and tidy.


As I said earlier, according to Marxist theory, people become racists (or, alternatively, become critical of mass immigration) simply because they don't have a job. Thus it's all about race because it's all about jobs.


Tony Blair


Although Tony Blair is no longer at the heart of the Labour Party, he once was. And what he says today faithfully concurs with what many in the leadership (though not its “grass roots”) still believe on issues such immigration and the EU.


And like Cruddas earlier, Tony Blair's analysis sees it all in terms of jobs and the fear - or even the hatred - of the post-structuralist Other.


Only last month, for example, Tony Blair said that it is “dangerous and wrong” for politicians to argue - or even hint at - the idea “that what's holding [British people] back is that someone else is coming in and taking their opportunity”. Apparently, that's “not true". Now is that not true simply by (multicult) definition? Is it never the case that a new immigrant takes the job of a British person?


Thus, as mentioned in the Cruddas case, there must be an assumption here that it's the state's responsibility to provide literally everyone with a job – even the UK's very recent immigrants.


Then Tony Blair outdid Gordon Brown's 2010 Bigotgate racism (it would have been classed as “racism” if the collective subjects of Brown's displeasure weren't white) by saying that Brits need to rid themselves of their “closed-minded, anti-immigrant, anti-EU, 'stop the world I want to get off'” attitudes. Yes, according to Blair, Brits must collectively cleanse themselves of their false consciousness. We must become as “open-minded”, pro-immigrant, pro-EU, wise, inclusive, sophisticated, educated, tolerant... and pious and sanctimonious as, say, all Leftists and Blairites are.


We can only hope and pray.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Iraq's League of the Righteous: Our Friend in Iraq & Enemy in Syria


 





One of the groups that America, and perhaps also the UK, may be helping (with training and funding) to fight ISIS in Iraq is Asaib Ahl al-Haq -- the League of the Righteous. This group is a Shia militia led by Sheik Qais al-Khazali. It's also funded and trained by both Iran and Lebanon’s Hizb’allah.


Of course, it can be said that any help the American government will be offering will be to the Iraqi army; not to groups like the League of the Righteous. However, there doesn't really seem to be much of an Iraqi army to speak of. It was the troops of the Iraqi army who either gave up -- more or less without fighting -- or deserted in response to the preliminary advances of ISIS. (90,000 Iraqi soldiers, in total, deserted.) So all the Iraqi government -- if not the Iraqis themselves -- really has are its militias.


The League of the Righteous (Asaib Ahl al-Haq)


By 2011, the League of the Righteous had carried out over 6,000 operations against the Americans, the Iraqi army and the Coalition.


At present, the League of the Righteous has around 10,000 men, which, on some counts at least, is less than ISIS.


The League of the Righteous is not only funded and trained by Iran, it's actually controlled by it. Indeed it operates under the jurisdiction of an Iranian general, Qassem Suleimani, who is the head of Iran's Quds Force. (This group was featured in the news a couple of weeks ago when it sent 100 “advisers” to Iraq.)


In terms of Hizb’allah, not only has the League of the Righteous been funded and trained by it: this Lebanese terrorist group has also been active in Iraq in recent years.


The League of the Righteous is a typical Islamic fighting force in that it fulfils three Islamic requirements: it's a political force, a military force, and a religious force. In fact the military, political, and religious are often blended together in Islam; as the “example of the Prophet” graphically shows.


On Monday the BBC's Jeremy Bowen met a military -- rather than religious -- leader of the League of the Righteous. One of the first things he said to Bowen was that he is “a hard man”. It's not surprising, then, that his paramilitary group prides itself on being extreme. It has more or less said that it could happily outdo ISIS when it comes to sectarianism if it needs to. And indeed the League has done so in the past.


To give just one example of how the League of the Righteous replicates the sectarian actions and attitudes of ISIS, take the case when it stormed a Sunni mosque in Baghdad's Al-Amin al-Thaniyah district (in August 2012) and converted it into a Shia mosque. All Baghdad's Sunnis were thenceforth banned from entering their own place of worship.


The League of the Righteous (or Asaib Ahl al-Haq) has also said that ISIS “is terrified” by the thought of going into battle against it.


The lesson to be learned here is that Shia Islam can be as extreme as Sunni Islam; it just depends on the time and the place.


The League of the Righteous in Syria


The important point is that the League of the Righteous has fought in Syria in defense of Bashar al-Assad's regime. That's not a surprise. Assad is a Shia (i.e., Alawite).


It has fought alongside and been funded by Hizb’allah. This Lebanese Islamic group is also Shia.


The League has also been trained and funded by Iran. Yes, Iran is a Shia theocracy.


In terms of Syria itself, it has been reported that there are between 8,000 and 15,000 non-Syrian Shia (mainly Iraqi) fighting against the Sunni rebels in Syria. In fact those non-Syrian Shia will be fighting against many non-Syrian Sunnis (including ISIS and Sunnis from the UK).


So this is the scenario.


The U.S. is training and funding Sunni “radicals” to fight Bashar Assad's regime.


The U.S. may well be also training and funding Shia militias in Iraq to fight ISIS in Iraq.


Now here's the crunch.


Some of the Shia that the U.S. may be training and funding in Iraq will be fighting the Sunni radicals in Syria. That means that the U.S. is both supporting and fighting the same groups. In other words, the American government is supporting Shia in Iraq; though it's fighting them in Syria. And it's supporting Sunnis in Syria; while fighting them in Iraq. Sure, the U.S. isn't fighting and supporting the same groups in Iraq. Nor is it doing that in Syria. Still, it is fighting groups in Syria that it's supporting in Iraq.


Now all this could be played down by the American government simply by saying that the League of the Righteous hasn't got an important or relevant role in Syria. However, the Shia militia does have a fighting force, the Haidar al-Karar Brigades, in Syria which has already fought in southern Damascus and West Aleppo against the Sunni “rebels”.


In any case, even if Iraq's Shia militias weren't fighting in Syria (which they are), the Iraqi government itself wants still the Assad regime to survive and the Sunni rebels to be defeated. Thus, if we forget the League of the Righteous for one moment, we can still say that the American government is supporting a regime (the Iraqi government) which supports another regime (Assad's government) which it is also fighting against.


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Notes on American Thinker Comments


1) It can be said, by critics, that the American government is making clear and sophisticated distinctions between different kinds of Sunni and Shia group. However, that doesn't work in this League of the Righteous case.


Sure, Muslim Brotherhood (or CAIR) members wear suits and ties and even trim their beards for dinner parties in Washington. So, yes, they aren't like ISIS. Similarly, Shia multimillionaire exiles in America weren't really like the League of the Righteous (which dates back to, I think, 2006 or before) and other Shia militia in Iraq.


Despite those distinctions, it's still the case that groups the US government supports in Syria will be fighting the League of the Righteous in Syria. That has already happened.


Similarly many Sunni "rebels" (what does that word mean?) in Syria not only sympathise with ISIS in Iraq, it has been reported that many have joined ISIS. In other cases, various Sunni groups in Syria have actually given control of the wars (in Syria and Iraq) to ISIS.


Another way of putting all this is to say that many members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria will be both fighting Iraq's (Shia) League of the Righteous as well as joining - or at least allying with - ISIS.


2) ".... as the recently deceased Fouad Ajami asserted, those are the lands of 'I against my brother; my brother and I against our cousin; and my cousin, my brother, and I against the stranger'."


Yes, that's right. There are indeed many examples of Sunni and Shia coordinating or allying together.... but only when it helps the war against kuffar.


For example, Shia Iran has funded Sunni Hamas in Gaza. And you often get much all-Muslims-unite talk when it's aimed, again, against kuffar. Thus some Muslim Brotherhood, for example, have said that all the divisions in the Islamic world are because of Western "divide and rule" strategies. Yet, in Egypt, Pakistan, etc. that very same Muslim Brotherhood has come out with anti-Shia propaganda which would make ISIS blush.


Similarly with the Shia media-Muslim Mehdi Hasan in the UK. He's always downplaying the Shia-Sunni divide when it comes to fighting "Western capitalism"; yet he's on video slagging off Sunnis, Sunni Pakistan, Sunni Saudi Arabia, etc. These criticism had nothing to do with Sunnis (such as the Saudis and Pakistanis) being in cahoots with the West. His criticisms were purely theological.


3) "It's a complex situation---and it's one that really at its root was instigated by Vladimir Putin...turning who would normally be allies of the West into mortal enemies."


Are you referring to Putin's (or Russia's) support of Shia states and Shia forces? That is, if the US had supported Iran and Assad's Syria, then Putin wouldn't have stepped into the fold?


So I'm not sure what the argument is. That the US gov. should have supported Iran and Assad instead of the Sunni "rebels"?


Despite that, the US gov is supporting Shia in Iraq. Yes, it may come to pass that if it doesn't do what the Iraqi regime wants it to do ( that is, fund Shia militias and even bomb ISIS), then Russia will take its place instead. But why should that make a difference to Americans? I would prefer that Putin funded Shia militias and bombed ISIS than Americans. He can do the job for us if he wants. Still, will there be a Russian hegemony in Iraq after the possible destruction of ISIS? I've no idea really.


If the situation is "complex", as you say, then I don't think that too much emphasis can be placed on what Putin has or hasn't done. Yes, there are big powers involved; though there are also millions of Muslims involved who have their own take on things. No amount of money, oil and power (whether America's or Russia's) will change that.