THE RELIGION OF PEACE STRIKES AGAIN: Islamic State in Syria abducts at least 150 Christians

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Yesterday I reported that the Islamic State had kidnapped 90 Christians; now the number is up to 150. How many is it going to take before the feckless narcissist in the White House determines that he should act? Or more precisely, how many is it going to take before the weak and directionless Republicans decide they should push him to act?

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isis 3Brace yourself for the next round of videos. Say what you will about President Bush, when journalist Daniel Pearl was beheading it caused a national furor. Bush went after the savages and their supporters. One beheading and we went to war against the jihadists – in concert with our coalition partners. In July 2002, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, a British national of Pakistani origin, was sentenced to death by hanging for Pearl’s abduction and murder. And in March 2007, at a closed military hearing in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed stated that he had personally beheaded Pearl. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s trial has been stuck for nearly three years in pre-trial wrangling.

Under Obama such acts are weekly, sometimes daily, and he barely shrugs – and his lockstep media follows suit. He talks about leading from behind and some such nonsense but the world is a vastly different place under his sanction and submission to these savages. The beheaders of American journalist James Foley, aid workers Steve Sotloff, Peter Kassig, Kayla Mueller, British aid workers Alan Henning and David Haines, French journalist Hervé Gourdel, Japanese journalist Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa continue to act with impunity, knowing Obama will do nothing.

“Islamic State in Syria abducts at least 150 Christians,” by Suleiman Al-Khalidi, Reuters, February 24, 2015:

(Reuters) – Islamic State militants have abducted at least 150 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria they had raided, Christian Syrian activists said on Tuesday.

A Syrian Christian group representing several NGO’s inside and outside the country said it had verified at least 150 people missing, including women and elderly, who had been kidnapped by the militants.

“We have verified at least 150 people who have been adducted [sic] from sources on the ground,” Bassam Ishak, President of the Syriac National Council of Syria, whose family itself is from Hasaka, told Reuters from Amman.

Earlier the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 90 were abducted when the militants carried out dawn raids on rural villages inhabited by the ancient Christian minority west of Hasaka, a city mainly held by the Kurds.

Syrian Kurdish militia launched two offensives against the militants in northeast Syria on Sunday, helped by U.S.-led air strikes and Iraqi peshmerga.

This part of Syria borders territory controlled by Islamic State in Iraq, where it committed atrocities last year against the Yazidi religious minority.

Islamic State did not confirm the kidnappings. Supporters posted photos online of the group’s fighters in camouflage attire looking at maps and firing machine guns. The website said the photos were from Tel Tamr, a town near where the Observatory said the abductions occurred.

Many Assyrian Christians have emigrated in the nearly four-year-long conflict in which more than 200,000 have people have been killed. Before the arrival of Kurds and Arab nomadic tribes at the end of the 19th century, Christians formed the majority in Syria’s Jazeera area, which includes Hasaka.

Sunday’s offensive by Kurdish YPG militia reached within five km (3 miles) of Tel Hamis, an Islamic State-controlled town southeast of Qamishli, the Observatory said.

At least 14 IS fighters died in the offensive, in which Assyrians fought alongside Kurds, it added. Eight civilians were also killed in heavy shelling by the Kurdish side, which seized several Arab villages from Islamic State control.

Last year, Islamic State fighters abducted several Assyrians in retaliation for some of them fighting alongside the YPG. Most were released after long negotiations….

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Obama’s Lies are Getting to be Kind of Funny

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By David Lawrence / 20 February 2015
OBAMA’S LIES ARE KIND OF FUNNY

Islamic butchers are burning and beheading people all over the world and Obama refuses to admit that Islamic terrorists are Islamic. His lies keep us from confronting our true enemies.

If this weren’t so tragic it would be funny. What intellectual would be blinded enough to say that orthodox Muslim killers of innocent victims were not really killing in the name of their religion because their religion—Islam—is really a religion of peace; therefore, the beheaded must be beheaded by some undefined, not peaceful killer.

Obama defines Islam as peace. Therefore, peace being peaceful can’t kill.

The giant blade of Obama’s neglect is cutting off the heads of children. He can’t label it. He can’t say it. He does not want to call the killers Islamist.

obamaliesWhy? Because he is still a covert sympathizer with his roots in Islam. He was brought up in the Muslim religion, being influenced by his father and his step-father.

In addition he knows that recognition of the horrors of Islam might lead us into WWIII. And he ran as the peace President, winning a Nobel Peace Prize and criticizing George Bush for leading us into two wars.

He’d rather duck the truth and avoid another war until he gets out of office leaving the mess for a new president. Why not let his successor be responsible for World War III while he polishes his Nobel Peace Prize?

He thinks that the soft treatment we give prisoners at GITMO is too cruel and doesn’t give a darn when he goes out golfing right after Foley’s decapitation or refuses to identify twenty-one decapitated heads as Christian on the beach in Libya.

Obama is the peace President. His appeasement might indeed lead to America’s apocalypse. And while this rock star allows the stage to burn with pyrotechnics, he is fiddling like Nero while the world burns like the Jordanian pilot burned.

But it’s so funny. I won’t even argue with Obama about his ellipsis of Islamic terrorism. It’s so obvious a ruse by a president who is so bewildered that he thinks he will get away with protecting his legacy by not calling the terrorists Islamists. And we discuss his ridiculous thesis like there is a remote possibility that the killers are not Islamic terrorists. Like the impossible is so by saying that it is so.

You can’t argue with a liar and the self-deluded. Let him go. His failures will lead us retrospectively to not be such dolts in the future. He will be our lesson. He will be an historical traitor against American excellence.

Obama is a smooth talker. A stalker of an embrace with our demise. An insincere argument; a lie that is not worth answering.

We insult ourselves to answer his pro-Muslim embrace. It shows that we take his ridiculous arguments seriously rather than the dangers of his failure to prepare a reasonable future for us who he was supposed to protect rather than betray.

Obama’s spoke woman Marie Harf says that the only way to defeat ISIS is by giving them jobs. She says that “We cannot win this war by killing them, we cannot kill our way out of this war.” She does not understand hatred. She does not understand that no job would cause Islamists to lose their blood lust. That you cannot win a war by not killing your enemies.
Read more at http://eaglerising.com/15362/obamas-lies-getting-kind-funny/#CGjiFZTFRMjZug4K.99

Obama to Hold Talks w/Taliban Leaders He Freed

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Now we know why Obama is freeing so many terrorists from Gitmo on any thin shred of an excuse he can find. He’s just looking for peace partners to negotiate with and appease all their legitimate grievances. (Like the Gitmo mashed potatoes having too many chunks, synagogues having too much security and Christian heads being too hard to chop off.)

 

Members of the Afghan Taliban were due to hold direct talks with American officials in Qatar on Thursday, two senior militants told NBC News.

The delegation is led by Tayyab Agha, a close aide of Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar, one of the sources told NBC News from Qatar. He added that it also includes five former Taliban commanders freed from Guantanamo Bay in a controversial exchange for American soldier Bowe Bergdahl in May 2014.

“Finally we are going to sit with each other. The first round of our talks with U.S. officials is being held today on Thursday,” that senior member of the Afghan Taliban said by the telephone. “We aren’t hopeful it will resolve all the differences in one day, [but] it can provide us an opportunity to study each other’s mind and pave the way for further talks.”

If these work half as well as the Iranian talks, the Taliban will have nuclear weapons and control three Middle Eastern countries by next year.

And Qatar, the state sponsor of Hamas, ISIS and Al Jazeera, is the perfect venue for these negotiations.

MEET LORETTA LYNCH – OBAMA’S ATTORNEY GENERAL NOMINEE WHO MIGHT BE EVEN WORSE THAN ERIC HOLDER

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Eric Holder made a career out of protecting and coddling financial oligarchs (his 1999 memo essentially invented “Too Big to Jail”)

by MICHAEL KRIEGER | LIBERTY BLITZKRIEG | JANUARY 30, 2015

On matters of policy, Ms. Lynch called capital punishment “an effective penalty” and said she disagreed with Mr. Obama’s statements that marijuana was no more harmful than alcohol. She called the National Security Agency’s collection of American phone records “certainly constitutional, and effective.”

– From the New York Times article: Criticism of Holder Dominates Hearing on Loretta Lynch, Attorney General’s Possible Successor

Eric Holder made a career out of protecting and coddling financial oligarchs (his 1999 memo essentially invented “Too Big to Jail”). This was such a lucrative decision for Mr. Holder, that it allowed him to climb all the way to the top of his profession. The dividends that supporting this man ultimately paid to Wall Street criminals were priceless. Not only were they bailed out despite wrecking the U.S. economy, they have since funneled all of the wealth gains since 2008 to themselves, while remaining above the law. This truly remarkable heist is what both Barack Obama and Eric Holder will be remembered for by history. Congratulations guys.

When Eric Holder announced his resignation, many of us breathed a sigh of relief thinking it can’t get much worse, but not so fast. The authoritarian streak and rampant cronyism of the Obama administration is a well oiled machine. You didn’t think you’d get off that easily did you? Enter Loretta Lynch.

I’ve touched upon Mrs. Lynch’s record previously, in the post, Wall Street Journal Reports Obama’s Attorney General Nominee Has Been Involved in $904 Million in Asset Forfeitures. Here’s an excerpt:

    As a prosecutor Ms. Lynch has also been aggressive in pursuing civil asset forfeiture, which has become a form of policing for profit. She recently announced that her office had collected more than $904 million in criminal and civil actions in fiscal 2013, according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Liberals and conservatives have begun to question forfeiture as an abuse of due process that can punish the innocent.

Naturally, that was just the tip of the iceberg. What we have learned from her ongoing confirmation hearing is that she’s a lover of NSA spying and the death penalty, while disagreeing with the statement that “marijuana is no more harmful than alcohol.”

I wonder if she has much personal experience to base this opinion on, or if it’s just more of the same we “know what’s best for you plebs, despite the fact that we have no idea what we are talking about.”

Meet the new Attorney General, same as the old. From the New York Times:

    Ms. Lynch had steeled herself for tough questioning from a new Republican-controlled Judiciary Committee, particularly on her views of President Obama’s immigration policy. But the questioning was mostly cordial, and, most important, the Republicans on the committee who hold the key to Ms. Lynch’s confirmation — she needs three of their votes to proceed to a vote by the full Senate — showed little opposition.

Of course it was cordial. Other than perhaps immigration, she basically espouses complete and total neo-con principals.

On the issue of immigration, Ms. Lynch said she found it “reasonable” that the Justice Department had concluded it was lawful for Mr. Obama to unilaterally ease the threat of deportation for millions of unauthorized immigrants. Mr. Holder similarly endorsed that view.

Democrats see some Republicans, such as Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Orrin G. Hatch of Utah and Jeff Flake of Arizona, as possible confirmation votes. Mr. Flake said he had made no decision on Ms. Lynch but had come away with a favorable impression and expected that she would be confirmed.

On matters of policy, Ms. Lynch called capital punishment “an effective penalty” and said she disagreed with Mr. Obama’s statements that marijuana was no more harmful than alcohol. She called the National Security Agency’s collection of American phone records “certainly constitutional, and effective.”

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat on the panel, said she had given “a flawless performance.” Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, called her testimony “among the most accomplished and impressive that I’ve seen as a member of this committee.”
Oh, but there’s more. As if you needed proof that Ms. Lynch shares Eric Holder’s financial oligarch coddling tendencies, the International Business Times reports that:

WASHINGTON — In advance of her nomination hearing, Loretta Lynch did what every cabinet nominee is required to do: fill out a questionnaire listing all her media interviews so lawmakers can evaluate her candor. But the questionnaire U.S. attorney general nominee Lynch submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee has a notable omission. Lynch failed to include an interview in which she defended the controversial settlement she orchestrated with the bank HSBC.

The bank was accused of knowingly allowing Mexican drug cartels to launder money and of allowing violations of economic sanctions against countries including Iran, Libya, Sudan and Cuba. Lynch, then the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, allowed the bank to avoid prosecution in 2012 by paying a $1.9 billion fine and submitting to a monitor for five years to oversee compliance. Critics slammed the deal as an example of the Obama administration’s pattern of going easy on the financial industry. In the Dec. 11, 2012, interview she did with CBS News, Lynch endorsed the settlement and dismissed criticism of the deal as “shortsighted.”

Lynch’s boss at the time of the HSBC deal, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, who was then head of the Department of Justice’s criminal prosecution division, resigned after a scathing Frontline piece that highlighted Justice’s failure to try any of the banks tied to the recession and the risky trades that led to it. It was during a discussion of HSBC before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Attorney General Holder famously said some banks — although not HSBC specifically — were too big to prosecute.
Well there you have it. This woman, like Eric Holder, will be an unmitigated disaster for freedom in America.
That’s what “liberal” looks like in today’s America.

ISIS threatens Obama, Japanese and Jordanian hostages in new online messages

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A new, grisly beheading video from ISIS includes a direct threat against President Obama and is one of at least three new warnings from the terror organization, including pledges to kill Jordanian and Japanese hostages if a hostage held by Jordan is not freed.

In a new online video discovered by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) on Tuesday, three Islamic State fighters stand behind a kneeling Kurdish fighter as one of the extremists launches into a diatribe against the U.S. and other Western nations.

“Know, oh Obama, that will reach America,” says one of the fighters, clad in black and wearing a balaclava, in a translation from Arabic provided by MEMRI. “Know also that we will cut off your head in the White House, and transform America into a Muslim Province.”
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The extremist also issued warnings to European nations.

“And this is my message to France and to its sister, Belgium,” he said. “We advise you that we will come to you with car bombs and explosive charges, and will cut off your heads.”

The video fades to black as one Islamic State fighter brings a knife up to the unidentified Kurdish fighter’s throat.

In a separate online message, Islamic State warned Tuesday that a Japanese hostage and Jordanian pilot the extremists are holding have less than “24 hours left to live.” They demand that Sajida al-Rishawi, a woman who has been held by Jordan for nine years after she admitted her role in deadly attacks at Amman hotels that killed at least 57 people, be freed in exchange for the men.

Al-Rishawi, who Islamic State calls a “sister of the Caliphate,” was sentenced to death in 2006. But, that same year, Jordan imposed a moratorium on the death penalty.

“Any more delays by the Jordanian government will mean [that] they are responsible for the death of their pilot, which then will be followed by mine [i.e. my death],” says a voice believed to be that of Kenji Goto Jogo, one of two Japanese hostages shown in a video released a week ago, along with a demand for $200 million from Japan. “I only have 24 hours left to live, and the pilot has even less. Please don’t leave us to die.”

Jogo is a freelance journalist who was captured in Syria late last year, after reportedly traveling there to try to help Haruna Yukawa, a private soldier who had gone earlier to fight and was captured. Yukawa is believed to have been beheaded after Japan refused to pay the ransom.

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Jordanian pilot Mu’adh Safi Yusuf al-Kasasibah was captured in Syria in December and has been held by Islamic State ever since, although the audio message released Tuesday was the first tying his fate to the release of Al-Rishawi.

Jogo’s audio message, which is just under 2 minutes long, was released in a file that includes a still photo of himself holding a picture believed to be of al-Kasasibah, the captured Jordanian pilot.

“I’ve been told [by ISIS] that this is my last message,” the Japanese hostage says, adding that the only obstacle remaining for his release is the Jordanian government and that “time is now running very short!”

Yet another ISIS video was released online on Tuesday, according to MEMRI, bringing to three the total of audio and video messages from the terror group since the weekend.

Tuesday’s video matched a message released over the weekend, though neither bore the logo of the Islamic State group’s al-Furqan media arm. The video released over the weekend appeared to show Jogo holding the body of his murdered countryman.

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the new threats, including the one directed at President Obama. In that video, the Islamic State fighters also single out Masoud Barzani, the president of the Kurdish-controlled portion of Iraq.

“But as for you, oh Masoud, you dog, we are going to behead you and throw you into the trash bin of history,” he shouted during the video, while waving his fist in the air. “Know that we are men who fear no one. We will institute the laws of Allah, may He be exalted and praised.”

He then issued another warning, saying that for every missile launched by Kurdish forces, that they would behead one of their soldiers before slitting the throat of the Kurd fighter as people gathered to watch the incident on a public street.