Some hefty reads today. If you just want to read one or two…
The first article is definitely key, especially if you are a prayer warrior and/or news watcher. The article begins, “Five years before the 9/11 attacks, al-Qaida declared war on America, the West, Christians and Jews – and virtually no one noticed. ” We need to learn from our mistakes and be vigilant. This time, it’s not an unknown entity.
Two other articles of note. The Gaza Strip story is a fantastic look at the complexity of the Palestine issue by a British journalist. He reports from inside the strip and is aware that the version of the story that is being told by most mainstream media outlets is unbalanced propaganda for Hamas. I don’t agree with everything Peter Hitchens expresses, but he’s more educated than most on the true state of the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Perhaps you recognize the name Hitchens. Christopher Hitchens in the British atheist who continues to rail against the idea of God despite his recent cancer diagnosis. Christopher is Peter’s brother, and they stand at odds of the existence of God. Interesting read.
- Muslim Brotherhood ‘declares war’ on U.S.
- The Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Muhammad Badi, who was elected only months ago, has “endorsed anti-American Jihad and pretty much every element in the al-Qaida ideology book,” writes Barry Rubin, author and director of the Global Research in International Affairs Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs Journal. The Brotherhood – the dominant Islamic organization in the West that has spawned most of the major Muslim terrorist groups, including al-Qaida, along with the largest “mainstream” organizations – is giving the signal that it is “ready to move from the era of propaganda and base-building to one of revolutionary action,” says Rubin. In a sermon published Sept. 30 titled “How Islam Confronts the Oppression and Tyranny [against the Muslims],” Badi said waging jihad against both Israel and the United States is a commandment of Allah that cannot be disregarded. – WORLD NET DAILY
- Support for Israel Costs Canada Seat on U.N. Security Council
- Canada’s increasing ties with Israel and its defense of Jerusalem have cost it a seat on the United Nations Security Council, diplomats here are saying after days of maneuvering by Arab countries, Brazil, and Cuba. Canada’s failure to capture a seat on next year’s Security Council will break a tradition in which America’s northern neighbor has been elected to the most prestigious United Nations body in every decade since 1948. Canada withdrew its candidacy in today’s election for five available council slots after it realized that Portugal had sewn up enough General Assembly votes in the secret ballot to win the only contested seat. Several sources told me that members of a powerful voting bloc in the 192-member assembly – the 57 countries of the Organizations of Islamic Conference – were united in voting for Portugal over Canada, mostly because of Mr. Harper’s record of supporting Israel. – NY SUN.com
- Gaza Strip: Lattes, beach bbqs and dodging missiles in the world’s biggest prison camp
- There are dispiriting slums that should have been cleared decades ago, people living on the edge of subsistence. There is danger. And most of the people cannot get out. But it is a lot more complicated, and a lot more interesting, than that. In fact, the true state of the Gaza Strip, and of the West Bank of the Jordan, is so full of paradoxes and surprises that most news coverage of the Middle East finds it easier to concentrate on the obvious, and leave out the awkward bits. Which is why, in my view, politicians and public alike have been herded down a dead end that serves only propagandists and cynics, and leaves the people of this beautiful, important part of the world suffering needlessly. If you think Israel is the only problem, or that Israelis are the only oppressors hereabouts, think again. — DAILY MAIL
- Hitchens Brothers Agree To Disagree Over God
- Journalist Christopher Hitchens is an atheist who says the world would be better off without religion. His brother, Peter, a conservative Anglican, says goodness is impossible without religious faith. The brothers have publicly argued over faith for years. But now that Christopher has been diagnosed with cancer, the theoretical argument is real.
- The Hitchens brothers have fought over God — with barely concealed disdain — for years. But now the tone feels different.
“I really don’t see the point in spoiling a good argument by getting angry with your opponent,” Peter Hitchens says. “And he has been my opponent for most of my life. I certainly have in the past been angry with him. But I would say that that is over.”
For his part, Christopher Hitchens praised his brother’s book and laughed at his jokes. As for facing death, he suspects that you have the same emotions, whether or not you believe in God. – NPR.org
- Iran Pledges to Reveal Future Secret Nuke Sites
- SATIRE – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today repeated his frequent declaration that Iran’s nuclear program is for energy only, and promised the international community that he would reveal any future secret Iranian nuclear site plans as soon as he became aware of them. “If the Islamic Republic were building a secret nuclear facility, I would tell you,” the Iranian leader said at a news conference. “If, instead of merely providing for our own electricity needs, we were actually secretly building nuclear missiles to wipe Israel from the face of the map, do you think I would not openly confess this before Allah and the world?” Mr. Ahmadinejad also said he would give 60-days notice “before unleashing any surprise attacks on Israel using the missiles that we almost certainly do not have, to the best of my recollection.” — SCRAPPLEFACE.com
- Obama Mulls Fatwa Against 24% Who Think He’s Muslim
- SATIRE – The White House today refused to comment on reports that President Barack Obama has considered seeking a fatwa — a kind of religious ruling — against the 24 percent of Americans who incorrectly think he’s a Muslim. However, the president did clarify that a fatwa, despite popular misconception, does not necessarily involve a death sentence. — SCRAPPLEFACE.com