"George Bush is trying to rot Islam from within and America is attacking Indonesian Muslims with ideas. That's why I'm fighting America.

...The democratic system is not the Islamic way. It is forbidden. Democracy is based on people but the state must be based on God's law - I call it Allahcracy."

- Abu Bakr Bashir

"[During the fifth-year anniversary of 9/11,] Al Jazeera calmly released a video of Osama bin Laden from before 9/11...

The film reveals bin Laden strutting through his Afghanistan terrorist camp - and blessing those who were preparing the 9/11 suicide attacks.

...Instead of having any precise claim against America, these killers showed that their hurt arose from their own sense of envy and collective failure - as the now all too familiar references to "being humiliated" and lost honor in the tape attest.

- Victor Davis Hanson, 9/14/06

THREE Christian high school girls were beheaded as a Ramadan "trophy" by Indonesian militants…

The girls' severed heads were dumped in plastic bags in their village in Indonesia's strife-torn Central Sulawesi province, along with a handwritten note threatening more such attacks...

Hasanuddin allegedly returned from a visit to members of Philippines Islamist group the Moro Islamic Liberation Front… after further discussion with friends, he decided that beheading Christians could qualify as an act of Muslim charity.

- The Australian, 11/9/06

"The Muslims take their religion very seriously and non-Muslims must appreciate that and must also understand that there may be serious consequences if you insult Islam and the Prophet.

Whoever insults the message of Mohammed is going to be subject to capital punishment."

- Anjem Choudary, 9/22/06

"There is no such thing as unrealistic. Just as Israel... Just like Hitler fought the Jews - We are a great Islamic nation of Jihad, and we too should fight the Jews and burn them."

- Hisham Sham'as on Al-Manar TV, 12/16/05

"The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies - civilian and military - is an individual duty for every Muslim...in order to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Holy Ka'ba Islamic shrines from their grip,"

- Osama bin Laden fatwa, 1998

Muhammad Sharaf Al-Din [to the children in the audience]: "Ruqaya, what did you learn from today's show?"

Voice of Ruqaya: "I learned that the Jews are the people of treachery and betrayal..."

Muhammad Sharaf Al-Din: "Allah Akbar! Say Allah Akbar! What did Ruqiya say? The Jews are the people of treachery and betrayal. May Allah give you success… May Allah bless you, Ruqaya. That is the most beautiful thing I have heard - that the Jews are the people of treachery, betrayal, and vileness."

- transcript from Egyptian TV
al-NAS, Nov. 2006

"Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has warned Western leaders to follow the path of [Allah] or "vanish from the face of the earth"...

"They are angry with our nation. But we tell them 'so be it and die from this anger'. Rest assured that if you do not respond to the divine call, you will die soon and vanish from the face of the earth," he said.

The outspoken president also maintained Iran's defiance over its controversial nuclear programme, saying it was on course to fully master nuclear technology. Iran however insists its nuclear programme is solely aimed at generating energy."

- AFP news, 12/6/06

Elias Hanna, a retired Lebanese Army general, said of the Israeli allegations, "Of course there are hidden invisible tunnels, bunkers of missile launchers, bunkers of explosive charges amongst civilians."

He added: "You cannot separate the southern society from Hezbollah, because Hezbollah is the society and the society is Hezbollah..."

Asked whether Hezbollah should be seen as responsible for the deaths of Lebanese civilians in the war, he replied: "Of course Hezbollah is responsible. But these people are ready to sacrifice their lives for Hezbollah. If you tell them, 'Your relative died,' they will tell you 'No, he was a martyr.'"

- New York Times, 12/6/06

"The [Iraq Study Group] report proves that this is the era of Islam and of jihad," said Abu Ayman, a senior leader of Islamic Jihad in the northern West Bank town of Jenin.

..."[With it], the Americans came to the conclusion that Islam is the new giant of the world and it would be clever to reduce hostilities with this giant... [T]he end of the Americans and of all non-believers is getting closer," Abu Ayman said.

...Abu Abdullah [senior leader of Hamas] said following a withdrawal from Iraq, the U.S. will be defeated on its own soil.

..."It is the dawn of the real Islam what we are seeing now, young people who are leaving everything in their countries and are coming to fight in Iraq,"

- World Net Daily



Islam and jihad
11) Jihad - the last 100 years


"I swear by God we shall not rest from jihad until we...blow up the filthiest house known as the White House."

- audio recording by the leader of Iraq's al Qaeda wing, 11/13/06

"The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That's not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace."

- George W. Bush, 9/17/01


Is there a problem with Islam?

This is a continuation of the previous section. Much credit for the following list goes, again, to James M. Arlandson, and also to a "9/11" five-year anniversary article by Ann Coulter.

I expect you have lived through many of the latter events listed below. Partly for that reason I offer no commentary on them. Other than concisely annotating their occurrence, what really remains to be said?

1917 Jews of Tel Aviv are deported by the thousands; thousands are not allowed to take any provisions.

1929 Arabs in Palestine revolt against the Jewish population.

1931-1935 Sheik Izz al-Din al-Qassam and followers terrorize Jews of Palestine until al-Qassam is shot dead by police. Al-Qassam is hailed as a hero, and later a type of rocket is named after him.

1933 Nazi Germany adopts the jihadi practice of forcing Jews to wear identifying colored patches on their clothing, and later marks on their bodies.

1941 Islamic Hajj Amin el-Husseini, former Mufti of Jerusalem, foments a pogrom against Jews in Baghdad. His effort to install in pro-Nazi government in Iraq fails.

1943 El-Husseini petitions Hitler's Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop to disrupt an effort to transfer of 4,000 Jewish children to Palestine. Ribbentrop later hangs at Nuremburg.

1943-1944 El-Husseini successfully petitions German, Rumanian, and Hungarian government officials to cancel nearly a half-million exit visas granted to Jews. Those Jews eventually go to Polish concentration camps.

1944 El-Husseini recruits Bosnian Muslims for Nazi SS units. Broadcasting to the Arab world from Berlin, he states, "Kill the Jews wherever you find them. This pleases God, history, and religion." El-Husseini disappears back into the Middle East. A young subordinate of el-Husseini's was Yasser Arafat.

June 1968 Senator, US Attorney General, and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy is shot dead and five others wounded by Palestinian Islamic gunman Sirhan Bishara Sirhan for Kennedy's support of Israel.

March 1973 Yasser Arafat and company storm the Saudi embassy in Khartoum, seizing US Ambassador Cleo Noel and others to demand Sirhan Sirhan be released. When President Nixon refuses to release him, Arafat has the ambassador and others executed.

November 1979 Islamic gunmen seize the US embassy in Iran and hold 52 American hostages for 444 days; one of the gunmen is believed to be Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

1982 Islamic gunmen (mostly Hezbollah) began a nearly decade-long habit of taking Americans and Europeans hostage in Lebanon, killing William Buckley and holding Terry Anderson for six and a half years.

April 1983 Islamic gunmen (Islamic Jihad or possibly Hezbollah) bomb the US Embassy in Beirut, killing 16 Americans.

October 1983 Islamic gunmen (Hezbollah) blow up the US Marine barracks at the Beirut airport, killing 241 Marines.

December 1983 Islamic gunmen (al-Dawa) blow up the US Embassy in Kuwait, killing five and injuring 80.

September 1984 Islamic gunmen (Hezbollah) explode a truck bomb at the US Embassy annex in Beirut, killing 24 people, including two US servicemen.

December 1984 Islamic gunmen (probably Hezbollah) hijack a Kuwait Airways airplane, land in Iran and demand the release of the 17 members of al-Dawa who had been arrested for the bombing of the US Embassy in Kuwait, killing two Americans before the siege was over.

June 1985 Islamic gunmen (Hezbollah) hijack TWA Flight 847 out of Athens, diverting it to Beirut, and taking the passengers hostage in return for the release of the Kuwait 17 as well as another 700 prisoners held by Israel. When their demands are not met, the Muslims shoot US Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem and dump his body on the tarmac.

October 1985 Islamic gunmen (Palestine Liberation Front backed by Libya) seize an Italian cruise ship, the Achille Lauro, killing the wheelchair bound 69-year-old Jewish American Leon Klinghoffer by shooting him repeatedly and then dumping his body overboard.

December 1985 Islamic extremists (backed by Libya) bomb airports in Rome and Vienna, killing 20 people, including five Americans.

April 1986 Islamic extremists (backed by Libya) bomb a discotheque frequented by US servicemen in West Berlin, injuring hundreds and killing two, including a US soldier.

December 1988 Islamic extremists (backed by Libya) bomb Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 on board and 11 on the ground...

February 1989 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issues a fatwa against essayist Ahmed Salman Rushie and "all those involved in [The Satanic Verses'] publication". Their sentence is death for the "nearest Muslim' to carry out." (Rushdie's novel dealt with the Qur'an basically like The DaVinci Code dealt with the Bible.) As a result, Hitoshi Igarashi, the Japanese translator of the book was murdered in July of 1991; Ettore Capriolo, the Italian translator was stabbed the same month; and William Nygaard, its Norwegian publisher, was nearly killed in October of 1993.

February 1993 Islamic extremists (al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, possibly with involvement of friendly rival al Qaeda) set off a bomb in the basement of the World Trade Center, killing six and wounding more than 1,000. Documents seized later revealed the intent was to collapse the tower.

Spring 1993 Islamic extremists (al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, the Sudanese Islamic Front and at least one member of Hamas) plot to blow up the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, the U.N. complex and the FBI's lower Manhattan headquarters.

November 1995 Islamic extremists (possibly Iranian "Party of God") explode a car bomb at US military headquarters in Saudi Arabia, killing five US military servicemen.

June 1996 Islamic extremists (13 Saudis and a Lebanese member of Hezbollah, probably with involvement of al Qaeda) explode a truck bomb outside the Khobar Towers military complex, killing 19 American servicemen and injuring 384. Among the wounded - 147 Saudis, 118 Bangladeshis, 109 Americans, 4 Egyptians, 2 Jordanians, 2 Indonesians, and 2 Filipinos.

February 1998 Sudan's Muslim government prevents emergency humanitarian efforts to feed the predominantly Christian province of Bahr el-Ghazal. Within a month, 60,000 men, women, and children die of starvation.

July 1998 Iran states it is rescinding the fatwa against Salman Rushdie and company.

August 1998 Islamic extremists (al Qaeda) explode truck bombs at US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing 224 and injuring thousands. "

October 2000 Islamic extremists (al Qaeda) ram an explosives-laden motor boat into the US Navy destroyer USS Cole, killing 17 US sailors.

July 1999 Again Sudan prevents emergency humanitarian efforts, this time in an attempt to feed over 200,000 in need. Unconfirmed thousands die.

Sept. 11, 2001 Islamic extremists (al Qaeda) hijack commercial aircraft and fly planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania, killing nearly 3,000 Americans.

January 2002 Islamic gunmen kidnap journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan and cut his throat; filmed for broadcast.

April 2002 Palestinian Islamic gunmen from Hamas and the PLO seize the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem to use priests and nuns as human shields against Israeli forces. Gunmen desecrate the interior with machine gun fire and their own excrement. After a 38 day standoff, Israel grants militants' demands that a third of them be released free into various European countries. Militants set over 40 booby-trapped bombs throughout the church before they leave.

October 2002 Abu Bakr Bashir and the group Islamic Jemaah Islamiyah bomb a nightclub on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, killing 202 persons from assorted countries. The Islamic government sentences him to thirty months. He and others later receive sentence reductions in celebration of Indonesia's Independence Day.

May 2003 In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia a suicide bomber kills 34. Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz dismisses the allegation that al Qaeda claimed responsibility.

May 2003 A chain of suicide bombings in Casablanca kill 44 and injure over 100. Suspects belonged to a banned Islamic extremist group and had fought Russian forces in Chechnya.

November 15, 2003 Multiple car-bomb attacks throughout Istanbul, Turkey kill 26 and injure 390. Al Qaeda claims responsibility.

November 20, 2003 Again in Istanbul, truck-bombs at an internet cafe, British bank, and British consulate kill 26 and injure 450. Al Qaeda claims joint responsibility with the Islamic Great Eastern Raider's Front.

February 2004 Islamic extremist group Abu Sayyaf ignites a superferry after it leaves Manila. Twelve confirmed dead and 180 are reported missing at sea.

March 2004 Militants backed by the Islamic group al Qaeda plant a total of 440 pounds of dynamite on four separate trains in Spain, killing 191 passengers. In April, likely mastermind Moroccan Muslim Jamal Ahmidam and others blow themselves up when police arrive to arrest them.

April 2004 British and US intelligence agencies foil a plot to create a chemical vapor bomb of osmium tetroxide in London. Authorities decline to reveal the nationalities of the suspects.

April 2004 Fabrizio Quattrocci and three fellow security guards are kidnapped by Muslim jihadists in Iraq. He is forced to dig his own grave, but afterwards yanks off his black hood and shouts "Now I will show you how an Italian dies!" He is quickly shot in the neck. Though filmed, it is believed his defiance ruined the intent of the picture and the piece is not as widely distributed as later beheading videos.

May 2004 Muslim extremists led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi kidnap and saw off the head of Nicholas Berg; filmed for broadcast.

May 2004 Muslim extremists led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi kidnap and saw off the head of Kim Sun-il; filmed for broadcast.

May 2004 Turkish police foil an attempt by Muslim extremists to bomb a NATO summit meeting in Istanbul.

June 2004 Paul Marshall Johnson Jr. is kidnapped in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia by Muslims of the self-described Mujahedeen of the Falluja Squadron. The West is given 72 hours to evacuate all infidels from the Arabian Peninsula. When the deadline arrives, Johnson's head is sawn off; filmed for broadcast.

September 2004 Muslim gunmen seize a school with 1,200 children and teachers in Beslan, Russia. (Beslan is a largely Christian enclave of the predominantly Muslim region of the south Caucasus.) Infants are bayoneted; the rest are corralled into the gymnasium which is rigged with explosives and detonated, causing fire and a partial building collapse. Over 700 hospitalized, over 350 killed; mostly children. Shamil Basayev claims responsibility and threatens repeats of Beslan unless Chechnya is granted independent Islamic rule.

September 2004 Scotland Yard and British anti-terror police nab a Saudi-affiliated gang of four attempting to purchase radioactive material to complete a dirty bomb.

September 2004 Islamic extremists led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi kidnap Eugene "Jack" Armstrong, Jack Hensley, and Kenneth Bigley. Each is beheaded on separate days; each filmed for broadcast.

October 2004 Seif Adnan Kanaan is kidnapped in Iraq by Islamic gunmen of the self-described Army of Ansar al-Sunna and beheaded to serve as an example of what happens to those who befriend or cooperate with Americans.

November 2004 Amsterdam - Filmmaker Theo van Gogh is shot and his throat slit after he makes a film highlighting the abuse of women under Islam. A letter is found pinned to his body with a dagger. Mohammed Bouyeri carried out the assassination for the Islamic extremist group Saif al-Din al-Muwaheed (Sword of Justice of the Faithful).

November 2004 Shosei Koda is kidnapped by al-Zarqawi's Jama'at al-Tawhid wal Jihad and beheaded; filmed for broadcast.

January 2005 Russian security forces attack and kill Islamic Chechens preparing to seize a school in Dagestan; allegedly to repeat Beslan (see September 2004, first entry).

February 2005 Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reinstitutes the reversed fatwa against Salman Rushdie and the others previously targeted. The Iranian state news agency broadcasts that the fatwa for their deaths will remain in place for eternity.

May 2005 Indonesia - Two bombs in a crowded market kill 22 and wound 40 in Sulawesi island's Christian-dominated town of Tentena.

July 7, 2005 Islamic extremist group al Qaeda stages six separate explosions which rip through buses and subway cars in London, killing a total of 56.

July 21, 2005 Al Qaeda operatives stage a second wave of attacks on London, but they fail when detonators don't trigger the explosives.

July 23, 2005 The Abdullah Azzam Brigades in Syria and Egypt take credit for car bombs used to attack the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula. Explosions at the Ghazala Gardens hotel and Old Market kill 83, wound over 100.

September 2005 Twelve cartoons appear in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten featuring caricatures of Muhammad. The goal was to illustrate the different ways Muhammad is thought of throughout the world. At least three cartoons were not favorable. Muslim protests and violence eventually erupt in 50 countries. Denmark's Prime Minister describes it as their worst international crisis since World War II. Very few newspapers reprint the cartoons.

November 2005 Australian police raid an Islamic terror cell and seize chemicals, weapons, and computers in 23 locations at Sydney and Melbourne. Abu Bakr Bashir is identified as the ringleader.

September 2006 Global riots ensue, churches are burned throughout the Middle East and Africa, two Catholic nuns are murdered, death threats are issued, and calls for global jihad abound after Pope Benedict XVI makes a remark interpreted to suggest Muslims might be prone to violence. The Pope apologizes. . .


And on and on the list goes of violence in the name of Islam and jihad for Allah. While my list stops where it does, hardly a day goes by when another incident makes the local or national news. Even a quick glance at the lists below will give a taste of the thousands of acts committed per year. Take a look at one to understand the truly widespread nature of the problem of Islamic jihad.

http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/ (last three months)









http://lindasog.com/public/terrorvictims.htm (jihad against Israel)

(Islamic instruction guide on how to track and kill westerners)


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George W. Bush has been criticised for not brokering a permanent peace agreement in the Middle East ... like each of the five presidents before him had done.

If "permanent" only means 2-4 years, maybe the problem isn't a lack of signed papers.

Will politicians and pundits ever learn that photo ops and promises are less important than understanding and addressing the real problem?

Will voters??