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The dark clouds of Islamic-fascistic “democracy” (‘non-Muslims’ Winter’)

November 29, 2011

The dark clouds of Islamic-fascistic “democracy” (‘non-Muslims’ Winter’)


Egypt’s Coptic Christians Fear Fewer Rights After Elections | News …
With Islamist groups expected to do well in Egypt’s parliamentary elections, many Coptic Christians are concerned that their limited rights will ..
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/middle-east/Egypts-Coptic-Christians-Fear-Fewer-Rights-After-Ele ctions-134663563.html


Egyptian elections stir disquiet in Israel
(CSmonitor 29, Nov, 2011)
The Arab Spring could open the door for Islamists – as seen in Egypt elections – and threaten Israel,…
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2011/1129/Egyptian-elections-stir-disquiet-in-Israel


Democracy Question Remains Amid Arab Revolution ‎ Christian Broadcasting Network – Gary Lane – Tuesday, November 29, 2011
But with uprisings in places like Egypt, Yemen and Syria, the question remains of whether the revolution result in democracy or radical Islamic rule.
http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2011/November/Democracy-Question-Remains-Amid-Arab-Revolution-/


Moroccan wolf in sheep’s clothing
Jerusalem Post – Jonathan D. Halevi (11/28/2011)
The writer is a senior researcher of the Middle East and radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) and a former advisor to the Policy …
http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=247340


Lebanon Maronite Church patriarch fears Arab Spring … –
2 Nov 2011 – The head of Lebanon’s Maronite church said he feared for the fate of Christians in the Middle East if the Arab Spring brought “radical groups” to …
http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2011/11/02/lebanon-maronite-church-patriarch-fears-arab-spring-e xtremism/


Christian minorities fear Arab Spring may threaten their existence
11 Oct 2011 – The rapid transformation in the Arab region – the result of popular rejection of authoritarian regimes – has raised fears among Christian …
http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/node/504107


Arab Minorities in Fear of Arab Spring | Spirituality Ireland Blogs
http://spiritualityireland.org/blog/index.php/2011/10/arab-minorities-in-fear-of-arab-spring


Arab Minorities in Fear of Arab Spring. Posted on October 28, 2011 by Danny Pio . Last week saw Coptic orthodox Christians in Ireland rallying outside the Dáil …
In the Arab Spring, Christians Fear Religious Freeze – Christian
http://www.christianity.com/11647581/

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ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN – ITS QUDS AND HEZBOLLAH ARM – ATTACKS ON COUNTRIES, POPULATION [updated 0ct/11]

October 12, 2011

ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN – ITS QUDS AND HEZBOLLAH ARM – ATTACKS ON COUNTRIES, POPULATION

  • 1979, Iran’s Islamic revolutionary guards hijack Americans at the U.S. embassy in Tehran.[1][2]
  • Attacking US Marine Barracks in Oct. 1983, killing 241 Americans and 58 French soldiers.[3][1][4] Marking a milestone in global terror – massacres tactics, with Hezbollah’s introduction of the ‘massive bombing’ by suicide, by the ‘truck bomb.’[5] Under the “spiritual” guidance of Sheik Fadlallah.’[6][7][8]
  • The 1983 attacks on US and French embassies in Kuwait. Six people (including the bomber) killed, more than 80 injured.[1][9][10] This time, the Iran backed terror group using an alias name “the call.”[11]
  • Hijacking of Kuwaiti airlines in 1984 – flight 221, four passengers are murdered,[12] in 1988 – Flight 422.[13][14]
  • In 1984 Iran attacked Kuwaiti and Saudi oil tankers.[15][16]
  • 1984-6 Kidnap, torture and murder of Lebanese Jews.[28]
  • Bombing of US embassy in Lebanon in April 18, 1983, killing 63.[29][1]
  • Sept. 20, 1984, Hezbollah bombs the U.S. embassy annex in Beirut, killing 24.[30][31]
  • Bombings in Paris, France, in 1985 and 1986, 13 killed, hundreds injured.[13]
  • April 12, 1985 bombing of a restaurant in Madrid, Spain, 18 Spaniards killed, 15 Americans injured, Hezbollah claimed responsibilty under its “Islamic Jihad” alias.[32][33]
  • Hijacking of TWA flight in 1985 en route to Rome from Athens.[34][35] Robert Dean Stethem was brutally beaten by the Hezbollah before being executed.[36]
  • Attacking Israel via Hezbollah and Hamas[37][38] terror “freedom fighting” Jihadi organizations.[39][40][26] More noticeably – Iranian equipped[41] and technoligally supported[42] – missile attacks by the Hezbollah on residents beginning in mid 1993,[43] continuing after the IDF pulled out of Lebanon[44] and in the war of 2006. Hamas’ massacres targeting Israeli civilans have caused great havoc, heavy casualties, especially during the height of the “intifadas,” it rose since 2000.[45] The two terror groups cooperate, [46] at times even join in attack.[47]
  • Downing of a French airline in October 1989 (Palestinian-Hezbollah linked operation).[48]
  • Unsuccessful attempt to carry out attacks in Cyprus in 1988; a plot, foiled by Spanish police, to carry out attacks against Jewish targets in Europe in 1989; an unsuccessful attempt to detonate a car bomb outside a Jewish community building in Romania in 1992; and a planned 1996 attack, also foiled by police, on an Israeli institution in Paris.[49]
  • 1992 Bombing of Israeli embassy in Argentina. Killed 29.[50][51]
  • 1994 Bombing of AMIA Jewish community building in Argentina, killed 85 and wounded 300, both, Iran and Hezbollah were charged.[52][53]
  • July 19, 1994 bombing of Panamanian airline. Kills everyone (21) on board.[54][55]
  • July 26, 1994, Israeli embassy bombing in London, injuring 14.[56]
  • 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, 19 American servicemen killed, over 500 people injured in the apartment complex. Iran is linked.[57][32]
  • US court finds Iran and its Hezbollah arm involved in the 9/11 massacre [September 11, 2001, where close to 3,000 people died], that they aided the attackers.[58][59][60][61][62] Hezbollah also initiated/invented the ‘9/11 Conspiracy Theories’ on its ‘s television station al-Manar, six days after 9/11 which brought the ugliness of of: ‘9/11 Conspiracy Theories Take Root in Arab/Muslim World.’[63] True that “Qaeda No 2” said that “Iran propagated 9/11 theory.”[64] Hezbollah offered help for the M. Moore’s film: ‘Farenheit 911.’[65]
  • Killing of many American and British soldiers in Iraq (its trainers and weapons found, Dating at least since November 24, 2003 as reported then by the New York Times.[66] The Iranian/Hezbollah involvement includes training Iraqis how to kidnap Americans.[67][68] Iran’s Quds have been blamed for planting IED devices.[69]
  • Killing of many of US, NATO soldiers in Afghanistan (backing Taliban).[70][71][72]
  • Hezbollah “activities” in Somalia (as accused by United Nations monitors) helping the terrorists Islamists.[73][74]
  • Many (Christian and moderate, pro-western) Lebanese citizens fell victims to the terrorizing Hezbollah mob.[75][76][77]
  • In 2009, Hezbollah plotted attacks on Egyptian targets.[82][83]
  • In May 2009, Azerbaijan said Iran-Hezbollah plotted to attack the Israeli embassy in that country.[84][85]
  • In 2010, Mexico foiled a plot by Hezbollah to establish a new network throughout Latin America, according to Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Seyassah.[86]
  • In 2011, after Tehran has been seeking to destabilize and annex the island nation for decades. It established a military wing for Hezbollah in Bahrain, and its thugs incited “protests” in that country.[87]
  • At the 2011 uprising in Syria, Iran, its Hezbollah thugs helped Syrian tyrants to oppress, kill protesters and commit atrocities against its civilians.[88][89]
  • In May-September, 2011, Iran [its Quds arm] plotted to hire Mexican drug cartel to assasssinate Saudi ambassador with a bombing attack on a restaurant that would kill hundreds.[90][91][92][93][94]
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The bloody: Hezbollah – Iran – Syria/Alawite – Hamas axis

July 3, 2011

Syria Crisis Offers U.S. Opportunity to Break Axis with Iran …www.cnsnews.com › News – 24 Jun 2011 – Satloff was referring to the longstanding alliance between Shi’ite Iran and Alawite-ruled, Sunni-majority Syria, the Hezbollah and Hamas …

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/syria-crisis-offers-us-opportunity-break

More of: Alawites-Hezbollah-Iran-Syria bloodshed in Lebanon

At least 6 people are killed in sectarian clashes in Lebanon – Panorama.am
14:37 18/06/2011
Gunmen from Sunni Bab al-Tabbaneh district and Alawite neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen, Tripoli, Lebanon have clashed on Friday, “Radio Liberty” reports.
According to the source, at least 6 people are recorded to be killed in the aftermath of severe clashes.
Residents from the two districts have clashed intermittently in recent years, but Friday’s incident came amid heightened tension over the widening popular uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad. Jabal Mohsen is the stronghold of the pro-Syria Arab Democratic Party, led by Ali Eid.

http://www.panorama.am/en/society/2011/06/18/libanan/

Sectarian Clashes Erupt in North Lebanon – Al-Arabiya

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2011/06/18/153829.html

Child killed in renewed clashes in north Lebanon – Ya Libnan

http://www.yalibnan.com/2011/06/17/child-killed-in-renewed-clashes-in-north-lebanon/

Kabbara says Assad’s “thugs” targeted Tripoli’s Bab al-Tabbaneh
NOW LEBANON – Jun 22, 2011
Future Bloc MP Mohammad Kabbara said on Wednesday that Friday’s Tripoli clashes are directly linked to current Syrian events. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s “Shabeeha” (thugs) attacked the rally held in Bab al-Tabbaneh in support of anti-regime …

http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArticleDetails.aspx?ID=284546

Seven people charged in northern Lebanon clashes Ya Libnan

http://www.yalibnan.com/2011/06/21/seven-people-charged-in-northern-lebanon-clashes/

Hezbollah weapons used in north Lebanon clashes, report Ya Libnan
June 20, 2011
March 14 MP Hadi Hobeich said on Monday that weapons backed by Hezbollah were used in the clashes that broke out on Friday in the city of Tripoli in northern Lebanon
“The data points toward Hezbollah-backed arms that were distributed in Tripoli,” the MP told the Voice of Lebanon
In a reference to Hezbollah, Hobeich said that “there is a party that is armed and that is distributing weapons to everyone.”
“We only benefit by having security across the country,” he added, voicing hope that the newly formed Lebanese cabinet will work on “disarming all Lebanese, including Hezbollah.”
He said that only the Lebanese government should have the authority to use weapons.
Armed clashes erupted in Tripoli on Friday following a rally in support of Syrian protesters. The military official of the Hezbollah and Syrian backed Arab Democratic Party, Ali Fares was killed and 6 others including one army soldier and a seven year old child. At least 59 others were reportedly injured and some are in serious condition .
Many analysts questioned why the Alawite party should have a military official.
Jabal Mohsen ( home of the Arab Democratic Party) and Bab al-Tabbaneh areas have been in recent years the scene of intense clashes between Sunni supporters of Lebanon’s former PM Saad Hariri and Alawites who are loyal to the Hezbollah-led coalition backed by Iran and Syria.

http://www.yalibnan.com/2011/06/20/hezbollah-weapons-used-in-north-lebanon-clashes-report/

Why Hezbollah Had a Really Bad Week David Schenker July 1, 2011 | 12:00 am Why America Should Be Hoping Bashar Assad Gets Overthrown Meet the Women of Hezbollah Back in 2006, the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah was riding high. Having fought the Israeli army to a standstill, the organization’s leader Hassan Nasrallah declared "divine victory." The war was a public relations coup for the militia, which emerged from the campaign as the most favorable personification of Shiism in the largely Sunni Muslim world. So impressive was the alleged victory that the campaign sparked a widely reported trend of conversion to Shiite Islam in the region. But if 2006 was a divine victory, this week’s Special Tribunal on Lebanon (STL) indictments of four Hezbollah officials and affiliates in connection to the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri, may prove a divine defeat.

While the first reports of a Hezbollah role in the assassination of Hariri surfaced some two years ago, the formal announcement of the indictments will likely serve as an exclamation point to a longer process of depreciation in the group’s reputation that started in 2008, when the organization invaded and occupied Beirut, turning the weapons of "the resistance" on the Lebanese people. That depreciation continued through 2009, when the organization’s chief financier was arrested in a Bernie Madoff-like Ponzi scheme. More recently, in an ironic twist, Hezbollah—which at one time was known as the "Party of the Oppressed"—has emerged as the strongest regional backer of Syria’s murderous Assad regime. Straining credulity, Nasrallah himself has now given two speeches vouching for Assad’s pro-reform bona fides.

Now, for an organization that has long described itself as "the Resistance" to Israel, the revelation that it also specializes in killing Sunni Muslims will, at a minimum, be problematic. Although Nasrallah has spent the better part of the past two years trying to discredit the tribunal, few in the largely Sunni Muslim Middle East will question the court’s accusation that the militia played a central role in the murder of Hariri, the leader of Lebanon’s Sunni community. Indeed, the Arab Spring has contributed to a spike in Sunni-Shiite tensions. Pro-democracy demonstrations in Bahrain, for example, were largely seen by Gulf Arabs as an attempt by the Shiite theocracy in Iran to subvert the Sunni monarchy. In Syria, meanwhile, the rallying cry of the largely Sunni Muslim opposition to the Alawite Assad regime has been "No to Iran, No to Hezbollah!" Given these sentiments—and despite the residual respect for the accomplishments of the organization—the indictment will likely be seen through a largely sectarian prism.

Moreover, the accusations are bound to foment discontent within Nasrallah’s organization, and potentially result in some diminished support for the militia in Lebanon. While they will not come as a shock to anyone, of course, they will reopen old wounds, enraging Lebanon’s Sunni Muslims and, perhaps, disillusioning a few of Hezbollah’s Christian allies. At the same time, some Shiites—Hezbollahis and the organization’s constituents—will likely view the indictments as a liability and may seek to provoke another conflict with Israel, a la 2006, to distract attention from the tribunal. But regardless of Nasrallah’s bravado, Shiites in south Lebanon do not crave another costly war with Israel or a return to civil war at home.

To be sure, notwithstanding the indictment of four of its lieutenants, Hezbollah will remain firmly in control of Lebanon, both politically and militarily. But the organization’s stature in the wider Muslim world will be irrevocably diminished and the change in status of this once seemingly holy Shiite organization will likewise further undermine the position of Iran and Syria in the region. It could also undermine Hezbollah in the eyes of Europe, where the militia has long benefitted from the Continent’s inexplicably tolerant view of the group’s "political" wing. Indeed, given the European Union’s expressed disgust with the ongoing atrocities perpetrated by the Assad regime and its growing frustration with the clerical regime in Tehran, the EU might be inclined to shift its views and finally lump Hezbollah in with these irredeemable regimes.

Until then, despite United Nations Resolutions calling for Lebanon to render the indicted individuals, it is all but certain Hezbollah won’t cooperate with the Special Tribunal. But while the trigger men themselves may slip the noose and be tried by the STL in absentia, the Shiite militia and its sponsors that ordered the Hariri hit will pay a steep price. Indeed, there may or may not ultimately be a conviction in The Hague, but in the Middle East court of public opinion, the verdict on Hezbollah will be guilty.

David Schenker is Aufzien Fellow and director of the Program on Arab Politics at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
http://www.tnr.com/article/world/91167/lebanon-tribunal-hariri-hezbollah

Recent on: Arab Racism

June 12, 2011

 

The Guardian Dubai’s skyscrapers, stained by the blood of migrant workers
The Guardian – ‎May 27, 2011‎
It seems to me a place where the worst of western capitalism and the worst of Gulf Arab racism meet in a horrible vortex. The most pervasive feeling is of a lack of compassion, where the commoditisation of everything and the disdain for certain …
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/may/27/dubai-migrant-worker-deaths

Another Tack: No Jews in Judea 
Jerusalem Post – Sarah Honig – ‎Jun 10, 2011‎
The international community relishes reviling ultra-tolerant Israel while it ignores and even justifies crude Arab racism. Just try to imagine what would have happened had Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stood before some Jewish forum and exclaimed that “from now on we won’t allow the presence of one Arab in our independent Israel with Jerusalem as its capital.”

…Addressing a recent emergency session of Arab League foreign ministers in Doha, Qatar, Mahmoud Abbas unabashedly declared that “when an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital is established, we won’t allow the presence of one Israeli in it.”

Not to put too fine a point on it, this is the Arabic version of the German-minted Judenrein – “clean of Jews.” Yet no Arab diplomat was discomfited or shocked. Abbas consistently accentuates the same sentence with only trivial verbal variations. In December 2010, for instance, he put us on notice that “I will never allow a single Israeli to live among us on Palestinian land.”
http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Article.aspx?id=224315

The Dark World of the Arab Child Slave Trade 
AINA (press release) – Stephen Brown – [June 12, 2011]
Arab racism is at the roots of Islamic slavery that has seen 14 million black Africans enslaved and sold around the Islamic world from the seventh to the twentieth century. Unfortunately for its victims, the abolition of Arab slavery will be difficult … 
http://www.aina.org/news/20110611201620.htm

” ‘Arab Spring,’ Christian Winter” – Islamic apartheid

June 7, 2011

‘Arab Spring,’ Christian Winter [Islamic apartheid]
Investor’s Business Daily – ‎May 20, 2011‎
Islamofascism: Obama wants to reward “democratic Egypt” with $1 billion in debt relief. Only, “democratic” Egypt is torching churches and slaughtering Christians left and right. There’s a howling disconnect between the president’s Pollyannaish …
http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/572936/201105201846/Arab-Spring-Christian-Winter.htm