A US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan on March 19 killed the senior Al Qaeda military commander Qari Yasin, who has been linked to numerous attacks in his native Pakistan, the United States military confirmed on Saturday.
‘The death of Qari Yasin is evidence that terrorists who defame Islam and deliberately target innocent people will not escape justice,’ Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a statement.
A native of the Pakistani region of Balochistan who has ties to the Tehrik-e-Taliban group, Yasin was accused of plotting the September 20, 2008 bombing of a Marriott Hotel in Islamabad.
According to US President Trump’s strategic advisor Steve Bannon, the “Judeo-Christian West is collapsing, it is imploding. And it’s imploding on our watch. And the blowback of that is going to be tremendous”.
The impotence and the fragility of our civilization is haunting many Europeans as well.
Europe, according to the historian David Engels will face the fate of the ancient Roman Republic: a civil war. Everywhere, Europeans see signs of fracture. Jihadists seem to be leading an assault against freedom and against secular democracies. Fears occupy the collective imagination of Europeans. A survey of more than 10,000 people from ten different European countries has revealed increasing public opposition to Muslim immigration. The Chatham House Royal Institute of International Affairs carried out a survey, asking online respondents their views on the statement that “all further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped”. In the 10 European countries surveyed, an average of 55% agreed with the statement.
France is losing its Jews, who prefer a place where their children are free to live normal lives, where they are defended and can defend themselves.
Abdelghani Merah, the brother of the terrorist who, five years ago, killed a little girl, a rabbi and two of his children in front of Toulouse’s Jewish school Ozar Hatorah, is busy these days with a kind of “journey” of tolerance to preach against his brother’s deeds. That massacre was the first of a long series of anti-Semitic attacks, culminating in the attack at the supermarket Hyper Kasher in Paris.
But Merah’s victims, the Jewish community, is busy with another kind of “trip”. Le Figaro newspaper reported the data on the situation in the French city. 300 Jewish families have packed and left Toulouse since the killing spree. The French newspaper speaks openly of “exile”.
The man thought to have once provided security for the world’s best-known terrorist is short and stocky — just 1.65 meters (5′ 5″) tall, as Sami A. told a journalist in an interview last year. “And I’m supposed to be dangerous?”
But that’s what the security authorities in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia believe. They paint a dark picture of the 40-year-old. They say he received terrorist training in Afghanistan and later served as one of Osama bin Laden’s guards. They also believe him to be a member of the radical Islamist group Tablighi Jamaat and a fundamentalist cleric who has persuaded young men to join the jihad. Two of his alleged protegés have already been prosecuted in Germany. In rejecting his asylum application, the Higher Administrative Court in Münster wrote in 2015 that Sami A. represents “a considerable threat to public safety.”
“…The fact is, thoughts and prayers and teddy bears are no longer an appropriate reaction to an enemy now openly living within the gates of Western civilization, and boasting about his antipathy to it.”
Last Thursday, the Canadian Parliament voted overwhelmingly for a motion to condemn Islamophobia, as proposed by rookie Liberal MP Iqra Khalid.
A reflection of Parliament’s moral position, a motion has no legal force. However, this one has certainly stirred the Canadian public, only 29 percent of whom supported it, according to a poll released on the day it came to the House floor for a vote.
Many feel that adoption of the term “Islamophobia” in the motion, which is poorly understood politically and academically, is ill-advised and potentially captures any negative comments made about the religion of Islam, thereby stifling free speech.
But Aslan’s stunt raised questions in many minds. Is cannibalism really so bad? A Facebook friend volunteered that he wouldn’t mind (health considerations aside) having his own brains consumed after death.
Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, has accused the messaging service WhatsApp of giving terrorists “a place to hide” as she revealed the US firm has failed to hand over the content of the last message sent by Westminster attacker Adrian Ajao.
Scotland Yard and the security services cannot access encrypted messages sent on Whatsapp, meaning they have no idea what Ajao said – or to whom – in his final communication three minutes before he began Wednesday’s slaughter.
Ms Rudd said: “This terrorist sent a Whatsapp message and it can’t be accessed.”
People may be familiar with the term “The Greatest Generation,” now almost past, who fought World War II and rebuilt America in the shadow of the Great Depression.
Now there is “The Grateful Generation” — those who were touched by “The Greatest Generation,” their kindness and love in rebuilding the world after World War II. We in Asia and parts of the Middle East have a special place in our hearts for America.
From the graves of brave Americans at Normandy to freeing East Germany from Soviet domination, the United States has been the major force in leading the world for good.
After the end of World War II, General Douglas McArthur put out a call for 10,000 young men and women to help rebuild postwar Japan. Decades of abuse under a terrible dictator began slowly to heal.
My parents came to Japan, separately, from the West, met in Japan, married there, had their family and served the country for nearly 60 years.
Useful Idiot Melanie Joly and Islamist 5th Columnist Iqra Khalis Lie About M103
A dash to the finish is not always a win.
A well intentioned motion, with the potential to result in a greater sense of community and awareness between Canadians, now also has the ability to isolate, misinform and perpetuate the violence and hate it intends to eliminate.
Canadians have raised concerns with the anti-Islamophobia motion M-103, brought by Mississauga-Erin Mills MP Iqra Khalid. Instead of listening to their concerns and encouraging discussion on a topic that affects most communities in Canada, the government chose to end the parliamentary debate.
If the government had been willing to encourage dialogue on the topic, they would have heard Canadians want more answers. The haste displayed by the government reveals a lack of interest in the concerns of Canadians and a total disregard for addressing them.