Matza Balls, Chopped Liver; Not Homous and Falafel

19 05 2015

The “Olive Harvest” season ( October/November) in Occupied Palestine is the time when armed Jewish settlers and thugs come out of their rat holes and sewers, muster the courage under the protections of the infamous Israeli Army, energized with substantial cash infusion from their Jewish Zionist American sponsors, go on rampage burning and uprooting century old olive trees, shooting and harassing Palestinian villagers as they go about their annual ritual of “hassad al-zietoun”.

Of course most if not all of these criminal Jewish thugs do not work for a living, generously funded by rich Jewish American philanthropists who make their money fleecing poor Americans, Bingo games, gambling, pimping and generously funded by tax exempted American Jewish organizations.

It seems there is nothing wrong with funding these Jewish terrorists and thugs, but it is a major crime to fund Muslim charities that support schools, orphanages and hospitals. It is well known fact that American Jewish philanthropists and tax exempted organizations are the life line for these criminal thugs, running racketeering organizations engaged in murder, theft, fraud, land and property theft.

Because of these annual “Jewish Krystal Nights” committed by Jewish thugs, I decided to do some research on the issue of olives and of course “Jewish Cuisines”.

I knew from my days in New York City in the late 70’s that Humous and Falafel became an “Israeli” dishes very popular around Mid-town, around NYU and of course Downtown. The same is true in Paris Jewish Quarter “ le Marais” where most of the small restaurants serve humous, falafel and tabbule are “Jewish”.

I guess there is nothing wrong with the “Jews” adapting to the culture and tradition of the countries they lived in. However to claim humous, falafel, tabblue, baba ghanoug and kunafeh, as an authentic Israeli and Jewish dishes is little too much to accept when majority of Israelis are silent as these settlers torch thousands of olive trees every year.

New York City, with the largest Jewish population in the world has some of the best delicatessens around, with great offerings and great variety of sandwiches one can ask for. When I worked Downtown, I always made sure that I eat lunch at least twice a week at some of the Jewish delicatessens around Wall Street, always asked for extra crisp kosher cucumber pickle with my order of corn beef on rye, or pastrami sandwich of course on rye.

Falafel, humous and baba ganoug were not main dishes of New York City Jewish delicatessen at the time. They were offered on street carts. Now almost all Jewish delicatessen offers these “Arab” dishes as Israeli dishes.

Most of the “Jewish” and Israeli cuisines are influenced by the different Jewish communities, such as the “Ashkenazi” of East and Central Europe; the “Sephardic” with origins in Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Turkey and the Balkans; the “Mizrahi” of North Africa to include Morocco, Tunisia and referred to as “Judeo-Arabs” of Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Iraq, with each community having its own distinctive dishes, with the famous “chicken soup” being most common among these groups, but humous, falafel, tabbule and baba ghanoug are not one of them.

When we eat a nice hot bagel and lox we celebrate Jewish cuisine. When we eat chopped liver we celebrate Jewish cuisine, when we eat matzo balls, we celebrate Jewish cuisine, when we have a cold and we eat chicken soup, we celebrate Jewish cuisine. But we do not celebrate Jewish let alone Israeli cuisine when we eat falafel, tabbule, or humous with pure cold pressed virgin olive oil (that escaped the murderous hand of Jewish thugs and criminal trespassers). When we eat and enjoy hot falafel sandwich with “taratour” made up of chopped tomato, chopped onion, chopped parsley, chopped garlic mixed with lemon and tahine we celebrate an Arab dish, but not an Israeli let alone a Jewish dish.

Of course Jewish communities from the Arab world not only shared with us the cuisine but they excelled at it as well, with famous Jewish “couscous of Fez” or the “kusa mahshi” of Aleppo.

However for the most part “Jewish” cuisines is full of East European dishes with meat and potato, pickled herrings, lokshen (noodles) challah, chmura matzo, matzah brei (fried crumbled matzo with grated onion) and latkes (potato pancake), matzo balls as main dishes.

Nowhere did I see humous, falafel, tabbule, baba ghanoug, kusa mahshi, or “salatet fellaheen” as main dish in the many Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Chanukah and Purim. Most dishes for these holidays are Ashkenazi dishes but not Middle East dishes. Recently Kunafeh Nabulsia did not escape the Israeli appetite for taking over every thing Palestinians. Kunafeh is not a Russian or Polish Jewish dish. It is pure Palestinian dish well known in Nablus. Soon the Palestinian checkered black and white “Kafia” will be marketed around the world as Israeli Kafia.

I had the pleasure to eat first class Middle East cuisine with humous, tabbule, falafel, and baba ghanoug as “mezze” or appetizers before main dishes of “mashwi”, kusa mahshi, rice pilaf with pine nuts, in the homes of my Israeli Jewish friends Yigal and Yoav. I also enjoyed some of the best falafel sandwich and humous in gas stations outside Tel-Aviv in the company of my good friend Avi. However nothing beat the falafel, humous of Abdu at Manara Square in Ramallah.

Of course the best city to offer such a wide variety of food especially Middle East fast food is Riyadh, with thousands of restaurants offering the best there is. Yes, when it comes to food and service, the Lebanese are the best at in terms of service, presentation, and quality of food and hospitality.

The worst perhaps are the Moroccans where service in restaurants is shameful and fall far short of the mark, and does not give a country such as Morocco with great and exciting cuisine the service to match the variety and taste of the Moroccan cuisine and fail the test of hospitality Moroccans are known for.

I always suggested that Lebanon should open a food service hospitality courses and clinics in Morocco to teach graduates of hospitality schools in Morocco the art and refinement of food service hospitality. Of course the Jews of New York especially those working in Jewish delicatessen, well known for being too brash, but then the food is good.

I wish we had more to share than just humous, falafel and baba ghanoug. I wish we can share a life, hopes and dreams, a country together; perhaps we can share water, perhaps the same roads, where we can look forward to the olive harvests as a time of celebration not time of fear, without these criminal and misfits from the American Jewish ghettos of Brooklyn descending on Palestinian villages and towns uprooting and burning olive trees. Enjoy.


Sane Approach Must to Resolve Cyprus Issue

15 05 2015

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by Adnan Oktar

The Cyprus issue is an internal matter of Turkey. Turkey has always seen the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus as another city of Anatolia, as an inseparable part of the country. An entire generation grew up hearing about the Cyprus issue, fought for Cyprus, fell as martyrs in Cyprus, held rallies in Istanbul for it and raised voice for it wherever they could. Cyprus is probably the only issue on which all the previous Turkish governments have agreed. No one has ever considered compromising on the Cyprus issue and no one would even think of such a possibility.

Since it is a matter of such a national importance, the words of the new President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus about Turkey caused outrage among the Turkish people. Mustafa Akıncı said that the relationship with Turkey shouldn’t be one of a mother and child, but rather like a relationship between siblings. He wants to act as independently as possible from Turkey and hopes that in this way, he will be able to make peace with Greek Cyprus. Although the harshest reply came from President Erdogan, other Turkish political leaders were also outraged.

At this point, it is important to look at the issue from two perspectives: From Turkey’s point of view, and Northern Cyprus’ point of view.

From Turkey’s point of view; Cyprus has been a national matter, for which many Turkish people laid down their lives. Giving up on it has always been considered defeat and Turkey has never hesitated to stand up for and defend the rights of the Turkish Cypriots and has always offered her unconditional financial and moral support. Although the EU has used the Cyprus issue as leverage against it for the past 50 years, Turkey never bowed down. For us Turks, Cyprus is a part of Turkey. Therefore, the independence of the Turkish people there is a crucial matter that concerns all the citizens of Turkey. For this reason, Turkey was incensed at the words and attitude of Akıncı. Devlet Bahçeli, the opposition party leader, in Turkey also weighed in on the matter with the following important remarks: “For those who don’t care about the difficulties that were embraced for existence, that are unaware of the prices paid, the future is pitch dark.” Being conscious of this price doesn’t amount to being a supporter of the status quo, it means being loyal.

From Northern Cyprus’s point of view, it is essential to see the good intentions behind some of the requests. Akıncı is the president of a country. He has been elected as a result of his promises to fulfill the requests of his people in an independent manner. He made concrete promises such as reopening Maras under UN supervision, which has been closed since 1974 and using the port of Magusa and Ercan airport for direct commercial and non-commercial flights and he has shown enthusiasm in starting trade with the Greek side, which is currently suffering from a financial crisis. If there are two states on one island, it is the most natural thing for them to share their resources and have trade relations. The Greek side welcomed this approach with the following words of President Nikos Anastasiades, “Finally we are once again hopeful that our country can unite”.

It is understandable that the Cypriots do not want to support the status quo, as peace cannot be achieved with the policies that have been implemented thus far. However, there are two errors in that thinking: Rejecting the status quo doesn’t equal denying the guarantor status of Turkey. It is possible to develop new policies together with Turkey. The second mistake is forgetting that the Greek side has always impeded peace. Even the financial crisis in the Greek side of the island couldn’t convince the Greeks to make peace and ultimatums by the Church always kept the Greeks away from the Turks.

In the meantime, it has to be kept in mind that Turkey is a guarantor country in the negotiations regarding Cyprus, just like Greece is. This guarantor power was certified with the London and Zurich agreements, which were approved by UN and are the strongest treaties allowed by international laws. According to these agreements, a guarantor power is not something that can be changed on the spot anytime a country wishes. Therefore, the attempt of the new Greece administration to revoke their guarantor status, calling it a “an old era model” doesn’t look credible, and it most likely arises from their very real financial concerns. Greece may not want to spend any further money on Cyprus or send troops there, but officially they are still guarantors. Therefore, both Turkey and Greece will always be a part of the picture in the Cyprus issue.

Independence has always been one of the most important things for Turks during their thousands of years of history. And independence for the Turkish Cypriots, who have been under our rule for 307 years, is also a non-negotiable matter for us. Compromising on the bi-communal, two-part state model that Turkey has been suggesting since the beginning will mark the beginning of the formation of a state that will be ruled by Greeks; this is the biggest danger. Some people might recklessly defend the idea of accepting Greek rule instead of independence just to be able to benefit from some EU facilities. However, if that is the condition for “peace” on the island, Turkey will reject that with all its might using its “guarantor” power, as this is what has to be done. However, Turkey will continue to do everything possible to build a state recognized by the two communities on the island, just as it has been working to achieve so far. We believe that the new president will make very good steps toward peace and we support his personal decisions and wish him success. However, we also have to remind him that such steps are strong and intense steps and as he makes those steps, Turkey’s presence is vital in every way.

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com


The “American Knesset”; Their Money, Our Votes

10 05 2015

When I first began to use the term “American Knesset” I did that knowing well, when it comes to Israel, there is much more freedom, more robust, more challenging and engaging debate in the Israeli Knesset, than here at our own “American Knesset”.

While in Israel Benjamin Netanyahu receives shouts and insults, he receives standing ovation over and over every time he appears in Congress. That should tell us something about the “instilled fear and intimidation” AIPAC and Pro-Israeli groups as they exercise unchecked power and influence. Simply put members of Congress are “afraid to death” so is every one in media or academia.

This should remind us of the shocking if not troubling statement of the former head of AIPAC when he told a reporter that he can present a “napkin” and get 80 US senator to sign off on it. I doubt if any one in Israel can say that about members of Israeli Knesset willing to sign off on a paper napkin.

The power and influence of AIPAC over Congress has put America’s security and interests at grave risks, with human, financial and political consequences that will take years to repair, mend and for sure will never bring back the lives of all those who died for “Israel’s War”.

Since the costs of getting elected to a national office are getting higher and higher, with the average costs per Senate seat is $10.7 (NY Post), and $ 1,689,580 for House members (Maplight) with members of congress need to raise $ 2,315 per day. It cost Senator Elizabeth Warren over $52 millions win her senate seat.

Though AIPAC does not contribute directly to the financial campaigns of political candidates, its associates do and they contribute tens and hundreds of millions each election cycle. However with an average of $5 billions or more voted for Israel each year, the return on investment is at least 1000% if not more. No American citizen group, or state can match that.

However AIPAC or its affiliates are not the only major contributors to members of congress. It is all about money, and money is not for free, it buys influence and any one who tells you otherwise is either stupid or a liar.

With each election cycle costing billions, it became necessary for corporations, organizations and special interests groups to contribute. Citizen groups no matter how organized they are could never match corporate or special interests contribution.

The costs of national elections keep going higher and higher from $1.69 billion in 1998 to $ 3,66 billion in 2008 to a staggering $6.2 billion in 2012. With Citizens United it is expected to go even higher and higher.

We need to keep in mind that AIPAC, while a major player in the election campaigns, other organizations, associations and rich individuals play key role in congressional and presidential elections.

These are some contribution figures for selected groups and organizations:

– Service Employees International Unions $ 222 .3 millions
– National Education Associations: $92.6 millions
– American Federations of Teachers: $ 69.5 millions
– Las Vegas Sands: $69.4 millions
– Carpenter Union: $ 69.4 millions
– Goldman Sach: $51.8 million.
– Soros Fund Management: $ 45 .7 millions
– Kotch Industries: $28.2 millions

However we also need to keep in mind that in additions to these organizations, rich individuals also contribute generously to elections and to SuperPac advancing and promoting their own social and ideological agenda.

Leading the pack, the Kotch Brothers contributing $290 millions in 2014, with Tom Snyder contributing $74 millions and the Israeli First, Sheldon Edelson contributing $93 millions even going further having his own Republican/Israeli primaries.

Contrary to what we all believe, the American Congress was never a place for a “ citizens” from Main Street but was always an elite place with the rich and powerful always well represented.

In the early days of the Republic, 1787 delegates (not just members of Congress) were considered wealthy with strong educational background as politicians, jurists, statesmen, soldiers and diplomats.

Though “term limits” was discussed it was never adopted formally, with Thomas Jefferson leaving it to “voluntary” rotations. While term limits will never be decided by the Supreme Court, it is always decided at the voting booth. The “seniority” system also does not help advance “term limits” since only senior members of Congress have all the influence over committees and budgets. Hence the high return of incumbent members of Congress.

Our Congress is becoming rich and richer with millionaires counting for over 50% of members of Congress. It is really the “Rich Man Club” deciding benefits for the rich such as the passing of $ 858 billion tax break for the rich during the lame duck session of 2010.

With the composition of Congress, you know damn well the poor and Main Street is “poorly represented with hardly any voice and we can see that every day.

Both Democrats and Republicans consistently failing to truly represent Main Street, we must not feel helpless. We can and we shall make a difference at the polling booth.

The need for a Third Party is more urgent that ever, not a Tea or Coffee parties but well organized party with paying members in the tens of millions with a mission to elect only its own members to Congress “ Main Street” one seat at a time.

For more specific amounts of contributions to members of Senate and House please visit this link. See how much your senator or congressman/woman collected. Keep in mind that tens of billions in aid and arms are voted on with debate and only voice and no one dare to be absent that day.

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France Needs Its Former Colonies

10 05 2015

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by Adnan Oktar

Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Cameroun, The Comoros, Congo, Mali, Niger, the Central African Republic, Senegal, Togo and Upper Volta…..

The common feature of these African countries wracked by civil wars, hunger and epidemic diseases but rich in underground resources is that they are all former French colonies.

France recognized the independence of these countries in the 1960s, before the rich underground resources in the Sub-Saharan nations had been discovered. The main reason behind that decision was that it had no more need for these countries’ labor forces and the high costs of coping with their domestic affairs.

In granting these countries their political independence, France still sought to maintain a degree of economic control to prevent these newly independent countries from being exposed to difficulties in the event of possible upheavals.

France still maintains a major presence in Africa, with six military bases in Djibouti, Senegal, Gabon, Chad, the Central African Republic and Ivory Coast. In addition to these bases, France also sent 3,000 troops to support Mali, despite its economic problems, but failed to pull them out at the predicted time. It also decided to raise the number of troops in the Central African Republic from 400 to 1,400. There are also French troops in Congo, Burundi, Ruanda and Somalia.

France has close economic and strategic relations with its former colonies. Nuclear energy is one of those issues. France meets more than 75% of its electricity needs from nuclear energy. It imports the uranium it needs in order to produce that energy from Niger; Niger and its neighbor Mali are therefore of vital importance for France.

The French economy is also tightly linked to those of the Financial Community of Africa (CFA: Communaute Financiere Africaine) consisting of former colonies, the foundation of which dates back to 1945. It is very difficult for these countries to make any economic or political moves without French approval. All the aforementioned countries use the CFA Franc and economically act in harmony with France.

Due to signed agreements, members of the CFA are obliged to keep their foreign exchange reserves, not in their own central banks, but in the French National Bank. Between 1945 and 1973 they were obliged to keep 100% of their foreign exchange reserves in France, but as a result of mutual agreements this rate was reduced to 65% in 1973 and 55% in 2005. In addition to that 55%, another 15% of foreign exchange reserves is kept in France as a Guarantee Fund. Moreover, all revenues earned abroad by the members of this union are also kept in the French National Bank. In other words, 90% of these countries’ foreign exchange earnings are kept in France. Furthermore, gold reserves of member countries are also held in France.

The former colonies are believed to have billions of dollars in France. Franc-zone countries send all their money to France without spending any foreign exchange. If they need to withdraw some of their money there, they withdraw it from the Guarantee Fund, but they have to pay interest for using the Guarantee Fund.

Under the terms of the foundation agreements of the CFA, the member countries are free to leave the union.

Since 1960, there have been 67 military coups in 26 African countries, 16 of them being former French colonies. French Foreign Legion troops have often played a leading role in these coups.

Although among nationalist voters in France there are increasing reactions against immigrants and the Muslim population, it is these unwanted communities, held in contempt by so many, that are keeping France propped up in its current crisis. Especially the money its former colonies are forced to keep in the French National bank is of vital importance to France.

The population of France is aging and accustomed to a comfortable life thanks to their high incomes. Despite the crisis in the country it has one of the lowest weekly working hours. The Muslim population in France, on the other hand is young, dynamic and they need to work. France has the third largest Muslim population in Europe. The six million Muslims in France, 10% of the overall population, are of critical importance to it.

If France wants a bright future, and if it doesn’t want to keep struggling with even more problems, before all else it must keep the migrants and Muslim population of the country happy. It must be careful to avoid violating the human rights of Muslims with the precautions taken in its fight against radical terror organizations, and it must scrupulously protect them. Based on the principle of ‘common use’ rather than ‘exploitation’, France must revise its policies known as ‘Françeafrique’ and make them more humane. If France fails to make such a change in its policy, it appears that she will face many more serious problems.

 

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com


From Tel-Aviv to Baltimore With Love !

5 05 2015

The events of last week show how close a relationship and value system both Israel and the US have with each other. Certainly love for each other, but not love for their own citizens specially if they are Black.

In Tel-Aviv as in Baltimore, it is clear that Israeli and American police share the same philosophies and practices. All citizens especially if they are Black are “Palestinians” to be dealt with in the same way, as suspected terrorists.

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Immediately after 9/11 taking advantage of having one of its own in high ranking position in Home Land Security, JINSA, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, made it a point to create close, perhaps too close a relationship between it, Israel and America’s national security agencies specially Defense, CIA, Home Land Security, certainly the police, with the views that Israel through close relationship with the military-industrial complex can contribute to the national security of the US with the aims to “ engage the American defense community about the role Israel can and does play in securing Western democracies interests in the Middle East”.

No reason to go into details about “whose whom” in JINSA, many served at top officials of the US while serving at JINSA. All of them without exception played a key role in America’s wars against Afghanistan and the destruction of Iraq. Promoting “ not just invasion but total wars on Iraq, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Palestinian Authorities” the Nation September 2, 2002.

So it should not come as a surprise for all of us, specially the Blacks and the Black leadership, that JINSA through its Law Enforcement Exchange Program enabled tens of thousands of police men and major city police chiefs to train in Israel. The “Week long program designed to strengthen American law enforcement counter terrorism, practices by facilitating dialogue with and studying techniques used by their Israeli counterparts to keep citizens safe”.

In November 2008, the International Association of Chief of Police honored the Israeli National Police at is annual conference in San Diego. Recognizing the role JINSA’s program in shaping American police rules of engagement.

Last week in Tel-Aviv Israeli police used “stun grenade” clubs and tear gas, at the rally organized by Israeli-Ethiopians demonstrating not only police brutality but also deep-rooted racism in Israel.

This followed three days after police officers in Holon; the Tel-Aviv suburb severely beat an Israeli-Ethiopian in army uniform and from the video shown on public television, without provocation. Being Black is sufficient.

Desperate for immigrants to meet its demands for cheap unskilled labor force, Israeli government and the Jewish Agency began to look around the world to see which group it can define as “Jews” and organize to come to Israel.

The Falasha Jews of Ethiopia were one such group. Poor almost illiterate, unskilled was the right group to serve as cheap labors in farms, cleaning city streets, picking up garbage, serving in cheap restaurant and doing the White Man job no longer desired.

In 1984, with the help of the late Sudan president Jafar Numairi, Israel was able to airlift some tens of thousands directly to Israel. Today the Falasha’s numbers around 135,000 or 2% of the Israeli population, but like the Blacks in the US have the highest rates of incarceration (1/3 of the total prison population), with the highest rates of unemployment, divorce, domestic violence and suicide.

Since racism runs deep in Israel, even the chief Rabbinate in Israel had and does have grave doubt about their “Jewishness” requiring “conversion” rituals before approving marriage.

Adding insults to injuries, in 1966, the Israeli Health Ministry “dumped” donated Ethiopian blood because of fear of HIV, with many signs appearing around the country, “no rent” “no sell” to Ethiopians.

However one must not feel so sorry for these poor bastards. They always display and engage in the most brutal attacks on demonstrating Palestinians, ready to engage in shoot to kill and display the most vulgar racist attitude toward the Palestinians. They are also trespassers and land thieves.

Here in America, not only we will need to question the wisdom of sending our police force to train in Israel but we also need to redraw new social contracts between citizens and police, especially between Blacks and police.

To be fair to the police, they are in a clear and present danger every day they are on the beat. America and Americans are the most violent nation in the world.

Nowhere else do we see the kind of killings and murder that takes place in America. A call on a domestic violence case can end the life of a policeman. Even a routine traffic violation stop can also end the life of a policeman or a trooper. Not only the police has to reform but we as a society has to change and reform.

No segment of society in need of change or make over than the Black community in America. We have major problems social, cultural, racial, and economic issues that the government alone could not solve.

Our Welfare system as we know it is the worst thing that could happens to Blacks. It created generation after generation of reliance which perpetuate the a cycle of “social neglect” and demeaning that contribute a great deal to the fact that Blacks have the highest risk of incarceration from among the many ethnic or social group, with family breakdown as cancer that kills hope.

The deck is stacked against the Blacks from the day they are born. They have to work harder, overcome so many obstacles to even catch up with other groups. They have to be exceptional to make it in commerce, and in the profession. Prominent leaders, those who made it are often targeted for closer scrutiny with the intention to defame, humiliate and demean the community.

While I do not claim to have all the answers or pretend to be an expert in sociology or psychology, I can only say, it is time for the Black leadership in America to stop going to funeral and public rally and call for a National Summit of Black America not only in the White House, and Congress but in every city and house.

Time for the Black community to take charge of its own destiny, to solve its own chronic problems and issues. Time for the Black community to learn from other communities that arrived as of late. Indians, Arabs, and Orientals have made it in America. Off the boat or plane without language for the most part, extended families stuck together living in same house allowing members of the families to work two jobs, with kids excelling in schools and are among the top graduates in major universities moving toward successful careers in business, industry, medicine, science, IT, law and universities.

There are NO reasons that the Blacks could not learn from these immigrant communities. They must be doing something right. There is nothing “extrinsic” about the Blacks that hold them back. Color is not an impediment to success, poor excuses are.

The Black leadership working within the community must set a target of one generation to get the Black out of the perpetual trap they are in. Family, schooling, education, and commitment to self-help can transform a society.

Here in America we have and must learn to demonstrate against wrongs, to go out in the hundreds of thousands and demonstrate peacefully, without resorting to violence or property destruction or looting.

The police also have to learn that we as citizens have the right to demonstrate against police violence, wrongs, and racial profiling. We must remember, our safety and security is also the police safety and security.


Questioning US seriousness in ME

2 05 2015

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One of the headlines that caught my attention last week read: “60,000 brochures airdropped in Rakka.” Media outlets proudly and jubilantly announced that the US planes dropped 60,000 brochures in Syria, and boasted about the move as an intelligent one. I have always stressed the need for educating people to effectively fight the growing threat of extremism. However, the content of this brochure once again raised the question of how serious USA is about its Middle East policy.

The brochure contained a cartoon, which depicted the self-ascribed Islamic State (IS) or ISIL as a human grinder. The sign on the top right corner read in Arabic: “ISIL collection office,” while the mincing machine had a plate that read “ISIL.” Obviously, this was the new counter-terrorism method of the world’s superpower in this deeply troubled part of the world.

This prompted those familiar with the developments in the region to ask the following questions: Whom the US was telling about the violent methods of IS with these cartoons, when the whole world was already a witness to it? Is this a lesson to IS or is this educating the people there with facts? Or does the US think that this is the right method to fight the “mentalities that give rise to radicalism?”

The region where these brochures were dropped is the city of Rakka, which had been under IS control since a long time. The terrorist organization uses this city as a base in Syria. This city is completely under IS control from its education system to its courts, from its social life to utility services. Therefore, IS holds all the legislative and enforcement powers. Obviously, the residents of the city are aware of IS massacres more than anyone else and have to follow the rules of the region regardless. Therefore, people will not be discovering anything new in those brochures. This method is neither educative, nor informative, nor helpful in resolving the problem.

The real question is that if the US is aware that it will not be able to achieve anything with this method. The debate that started when President Obama asked for a congressional authority to use military power to fight IS, brought him the support of the Republicans but also raised the doubts that “US is still using old methods” in the Middle East. These doubts are reasonable as the US’ Middle East policy since its Afghanistan invasion, had miserably failed in every aspect and brought upon horrible disasters not only to the Middle East but to US itself as well.

However, the 2015 National Security Strategy published by Obama a couple of days before the draft was presented to the Congress, is thought provoking. Obama, in this letter, argued that fighting the ideologies that lead to radicalism should be a top method in order to achieve long-term success against IS and its likes. In other words, Obama offers the idea that we have been championing a long time: “Fighting the causes that give rise to terrorism instead of the terrorists.”

This approach of Obama is clear evidence that the US is very much aware of the real danger in the Mideast as well as the solution to it. Actually, it is difficult not to see it; all the other methods employed to stop terrorism gave rise to new terrorist organizations, made terrorists’ methods more brutal and made not only the countries enemies against each other but also turned Muslim communities in those countries against each other.

The fact that radicalism and terrorism intensified this much as the Middle East is constantly beaten down with rockets, shows that the problem is not about being able to deter or not, but rather, it is about the mentality.

Let us ask this question: Why is the US still using weak and primitive methods instead of an education strategy that will change the problematic mentality, even though Obama clearly pointed out to the necessity of focusing on the mentality?

One fact we encountered and has been clear for a long time: There are deep powers that have influence over the US and that they will never accept a warless Middle East due to their faiths and expectations. As long as this state of mind continues, it is difficult to see the US as a savior, or a superpower to bring democracy and freedom to the Middle East. Although the US presidents believe that education can solve the problem in the Middle East, the deep states will always continue to make US part of the war.

Even though the spokespersons of the State Department later “made the necessary corrections,” US Secretary of State John Kerry’s words of “having to negotiate with Assad eventually,” need to be also taken into account. These words, which were uttered in an apparent memory loss of the fact that Assad and his supporters shed so much more blood than IS, is a reflection of the deep state policies of the US. The deep state of the US had picked Assad over IS a long time ago thinking that “the evil we know is better than the evil we don’t know” and only for this reason, silently watched the horrific Syrian civil war unfold.

As the countries continue to pursue policies toward each other, the blood of Muslims, the innocent are being shed everyday in the Middle East. Instead of trying to solve that, throwing cartoons out of the warplanes is either not getting the situation right or not taking it seriously. If the US President and his supporters truly understood the situation in the Middle East, then they should describe true Islam and should start a comprehensive education program together with Muslims following the true teachings of Islam. The deep states might use threats, but those who realize the oppression in the Middle East must make peace their true goal and become stronger than those, who are trying to make Middle East a battlefield. This call is especially for Obama.

 

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com


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