Sunday, 24 February 2013

Is islam inherently terrorist?

Is islam inherently terrorist? Let's look at a case study:

Excerpts from Marc Sageman’s The next generation of terror, Foreign Policy 2008

“…of young people in and around Toronto. The youths they apprehended were mostly second-generation Canadians in their late teens or early 20s'and from secular, middle-class households. They were accused of planning large-scale terrorist attacks in Toronto and Ottawa, and when they were arrested, they had already purchased vast quantities of bomb-making materials.

The core members of the group were close friends from their early high school years, when they had formed a "Religious Awareness Club," which met during lunch hours at school. They also created an online forum where they could share their views on life, religion, and politics. Eventually, a number of the young men and women intermarried while still in their teens.

The group expanded their network when they moved to other parts of the greater Toronto area, attending radical mosques and meeting like-minded young people. They also reached out in international chatrooms, eventually linking up with Irhabi007 prior to his arrest. Through his forum, they were directed to Web sites providing them with information on how to build bombs. Other militants in Bosnia, Britain, Denmark, Sweden, and even Atlanta, Georgia, also virtually connected through this forum and actively planned attacks. Again, there is no evidence that any of the core Toronto plotters were ever in contact with al Qaeda; the plot was completely homegrown.

Is islam inherently terrorist? It sure as hell looks that way!

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Code Pink Terrorist Lackeys

CODEPINK Plans Vigil for Drone Victims Outside the Pakistani Embassy with Members of the Pakistani Community                      (Modified 23 Feb)
Medea Benjamin, Code Pink's boss

Criticizing US imperialism is cool, but how come Code Pink and its ilk never find anything to criticize about the poor victims, and especially the people lurking behind the poor victims?
Nobody disputes that North Waziristan contains dozens of Al-Qaida training camps. In Norway 2 terrorists were convicted who had trained in N Waziristan and intended to murder Danish journalists. Do Danish journalists’ lives count for nothing?

POSTSCRIPT: Today I read a report in the NY Times entitled Britain Convicts 3 in Plot to Rival ’05 Transit Attack, by John F. Burns (NY Times February 21, 2013). I cite some relevant passages:

Two of the men, Mr. Naseer and Mr. Khalid, were tracked by the security services leaving Britain and entering terrorist training camps linked to Al Qaeda on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
Later, the prosecution said, the two arranged for four other young Birmingham men to go to Pakistan for terrorist training. Those four were among the six who pleaded guilty earlier.
The prosecution said that the three main Birmingham plotters were overheard criticizing the 2005 transit attackers for failing to include loose nails in their bombs to make them more lethal.
The court heard that Mr. Naseer and his fellow plotters were heavily influenced by the propaganda of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born cleric who was killed by an American drone strike in Yemen.

That really proves Code Pink’s point about how futile drone strikes are, huh?

I especially relish that bit about “the … Birmingham plotters were overheard criticizing the 2005 transit attackers for failing to include loose nails in their bombs to make them more lethal.” Yes, naturally, every self-respecting deeply religious person nowadays stashes loose nails in her bombs as a matter of course. 

I reiterate my question, now applying it to the intended victims of the devout Birmingham gents: Do the lives of English people count for nothing? 
Pakistani national hero

By the way, I have a suggestion: During your vigil tonite before the Pakistan embassy -- together with those distinguished members of the Pakistani Community, of course -- why don't you include these Birmingham chaps in your prayers as well? After all, it was only by a miracle that they weren’t blown to smithereens, too, by those nasty imperialist drones, while they were strenuously training to fulfill their religious duties, doncha think?

I can understand that Pakistanis are indignant about the loss of life caused by imperialist aggression. I also agree that it is of the greatest importance for the US to become more beloved by Pakistani public opinion. But that can easily be arranged, namely by erecting a statue of Adolf Hitler on the Washington, DC Mall. You see, the late great Führer is extremely popular in Pakistan. That must explain why Pakistanis are so horrified by bloodshed!
3 of Ms. Benjamin's protégés now face life in prison

An alternative manner to stop US drone strikes would be for the terrorists to get the hell out of N Waziristan. That would be just as effective in terms of protecting human life. But does Code Pink ever propose anything like that?  Hell, no! They just want to bitch about the US. Understandable, but hypocritical.
Why do they bitch and whine about Israeli attacks on Gazza, but never mention the fact that Gazza shoots rockets at Israel?  Why don't  they have the slightest word of criticism for the brutal human rights violations committed by the Hamas régime that grinds Gazzans under its heel and exposes them to Israeli attack through its reckless provocations? Those dirtbags were never elected to govern Gazza. They won the Palestinian general elections in 2006, but that was 7 years ago. They took power in Gazza through  a bloody coup in 2007 and haven’t bothered to legitimize their rule through new elections. The reason is well known: most Gazzans detest Hamas and wouldn't vote for them. What difference is there between Hamas and any tin-pot Latin American dictator?

Until convincing evidence to the contrary appears, I shall continue to consider Code Pink just a bunch of hypocritical terrorist lackeys, despite all their tear-jerking pseudo-humanitarian twaddle.

Igor Slamoff

Mohammedan Genocide Machine

NOTE ON ACCURACY: This map contains many data from many sources. Only the most important sources of data are cited. Although the terminology and images may be polemical, a good-faith effort was made to present all data as objectively as possible. Nonetheless  there are certain to be errors, omissions and inconsistencies.  Since this map contains grave accusations, Slaughterfaith would sincerely appreciate comments from ANY source, and will make every effort to delete any accusation that we determine are false and modify any data found to be inaccurate. 

The Mohammedan Genocide Machine
Countries where native Christians are routinely murdered by Mohammedan fanatics: Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, Sudan & Syria
Mohammedan countries where all (or almost all) native Christians were killed or expelled long ago: Afghanistan, Algeria, Libya, Mauretania, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Turkey & United Arab Emirates
Sources:  Raymond Ibrahim,, Der Spiegel, Oxford History of Islam 

Monday, 11 February 2013

Courageous Islamic Social Research

Cites from a Jadaliyya interview with Junaid Rana in April 2011, about his book Terrifying Muslims: Race and Labor in the South Asian Diaspora. Durham: Duke University Press, 2011.

Comments by Igor Slamoff

Junaid Rana: “In the … United States … Pakistani immigrants are located as people of color in relationship to their place of origin and religion. … because of their religion they are often understood as linked to or are mistakenly combined with Arab Americans. In this way, forms of racializing Muslims take Arab and South Asian Americans as a singular group, which confuses complex histories and geographies.”

Igor Slamoff : Oh, I see. So being a Muslim is irrelevant. Is ALL that stuff about the Umma just meaningless hogwash?

Junaid Rana: "…. an under-researched aspect of the scholarship on the South Asian diaspora, [namely migrants from]   … Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh … I was … working on the dynamics of labor exploitation under globalization, of which racism is a part, the role of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim racism became especially relevant.”

Igor Slamoff: Junaid Rana, that courageous researcher on the Muslim South Asian Diaspora and on the dynamics of labor exploitation under globalization, has inexplicably neglected to research that portion of the Muslim South Asian diaspora whose labor is exploited in Arab countries.

According to  Sharq el Awsat, “Half [a] million Bangladeshi laborers in the Gulf are swindled and exploited. Must pay to sponsor $200 out of their $300 monthly pay. Many resort to theft, increasing insecurity of society.”
Living Off One Hundred Dollars, Sharq el Awsat, 18/09/2008

... The United Arab Emirates, 80% of whose population are migrant workers, most of them rice eaters from Asia ...

Why are brave defenders of Islam like Junaid Rana silent about this exploitation of South Asian Muslims by Arab Muslims? 

Junaid Rana: “… the role of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim racism became especially relevant. My focus on racialization made it important to traverse some tricky ground that scholars are just beginning to cover concerning … the pressing need to study racism against Muslims.”

Igor Slamoff: "Racism against Islam” is like sexism against penguins. When you say “tricky ground”, who is being tricked?  

Junaid Rana: “… popular forms of racism that consistently target Muslims based on their religious comportment, including dress and physical appearance. The recent murder of Shaima Alawadi in her home in San Diego, California, and the accompanying note that expressed xenophobic hatred, is an example of this.”

Igor Slamoff:  It now transpires that Shaima was not murdered by an Islamophobe, but by a Muslim, namely her husband. I estimate that 180 times more Muslims are murdered by other Muslims than are murdered by Islamophobes.

It is interesting to note that during  the interview by Jadaliyya, Junaid Rana speaks about his research in general terms like:

·         “My focus on racialization made it important to traverse some tricky ground that scholars are just beginning to cover concerning the relationship of race to Muslims and Islam.“
·         “In terms of academic genealogy, this research follows the legacy of Edward Said and his critique of Orientalism as a form of knowledge and power as it is tethered to the practices of imperialism and the machines of war.“
·         “ … racism and domination is a tool of twenty-first century imperialism in which an American empire has been created … “

All these aspects are doubtless of the greatest importance. However they don't sound like empirical social research to me. Rather they sound like ideological assertions with no connection to any actual observation made by Junaid Rana.  

Moreover, his methodological focus on Western imperialism led him to ignore the plight of Bangladeshi laborers in Arabia, i.e. Muslims on the brink of starvation in an thoroughly Islamic society, and forced to resort to crime against other Muslims in order to survive.

As a matter of fact throughout the interview Junaid Rama mentions only one specific fact, namely the murder of Shaima Alawadi. However her murder was not part of the subject matter of his research project. It was just a convenient handle onto which  he could hang his denunciations of the West.

Furthermore, as I noted above, Junaid Rama not only tells us that Shaima Alawadi was murdered, but his brilliant forensic mind at once identifies the murderer: some evil Western Islamophobe. It now proves that this claim is false. He introduced the subject merely as another pretext to prolong his ideological rant. She was actually murdered by her jealous husband, thus confirming the hoary Orientalist cliché of Arab male chauvinism.  

Conclusion   The reader may draw her/his own concludion about the real purpose of Mr. Rana's research.