Burma: Looted Bangladeshi Buddha statues recovered from Muslim Rohingya camp

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Three bronze Buddha statues looted from temples during communal riots at Ramu, Cox’s Bazaar, in Bangladesh, have been recovered from a Rohingya market. The statues were apparently on sale at Baktar market at the official Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp.

Maj Sarwar-e Alam, a RAB officer at Cox’s Bazar’s RAB-7 camp said that Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion recovered the statues last Wednesday. Two Rohingya men were also arrested in connection with the stolen Buddha statues.

One of the men was Jafar Alam Dipu, 35, the owner of the shop that was trying to sell the statues, and his associate Imam Hossain, 22.

According to BDNews, the statues were reportedly looted on September 29 and 30 during a communal riot at Ramu and Ukhia “over a Facebook post, which was thought to be derogatory to Islam.” A young Buddhist man was blamed for the post, although he denied the accusation, saying he had been tagged on Facebook by someone he did not know.

The attacks are believed to have been carried out by Rohingya refugees from neighboring Myanmar as well as Islamist extremists allied to Jamaat-e-Islami. It has also been speculated that some of the 500 Buddhist looted in the riots were being shipped for sale abroad. This is the third recovery of Buddhist artifacts.

Saudi man is trying to sell his ‘castrated black African slave’ on Arab version of Facebook

The black slave trade is alive and well in Saudi Arabia, a place where one can still visit the seventh century, and not be in a museum.

Tundra Tabloids (h/t Susan K)

There has been many posts and stories about the ongoing African slave trade in Arab Muslim countries that seems to go unnoticed by the UN and most of the world. If the video first person accounts by former slaves didn’t convince you, here is an ad that was recently placed by a Saudi at Facebook:

ABDUL FOR SALE: Castrated black African slave

The Arabic blogger at Basees.blogspot has the following Google translation of the above ad:

I saw this ad on facebook and have no confirmed validity of the publication, but it seems to me that it is real. This site link is advertising it and although removed from the site, the ad was title: “Slave for sale (very special)” still exist in the top of the page and prove that he really is Matrouh.

رأيت هذا الإعلان منشور على الفيسبوك ولاأعرف مدى صحته، ولكنه يبدو لي بأنه حقيقي. وهذا رابط موقع الإعلان – إضغط هـنـا – ورغم إزالته من الموقع الآن، إلاّ أن عنوان الإعلان: “رقاقة للبيع (خاصة جداً)” لايزال موجود في أعلى الصفحة ويثبت أنه كان مطروح فعلاً.

لايوجد أي أساس لإنكار هذا الإعلان وتكذيبه، فالرق مشروع في الإسلام ولايحده زمان أو مكان. ولاشك بأنه لايزال يمارس بحكم شرعيته، بل يطالب البعض جهاراً نهاراً بإرجاعه – إضغط هـنـا وهـنـا – من قبل هؤلاء الذين لاتأخذهم في إلههم وشرائعه لومة لائم.

The ad:

Peace be upon you …

I have a [male] slave I bought from an African country and arranged for his visa and stay till I got him to Saudi [Arabia]

His description:

1 – Black skin. Tall 172 sm. Weight 60 kilos.
2 – Castrated (excellent for working with a family as he won’t rape your wife or children). You can check him out with a doctor or yourself if you have experience in the matter.
3 – [His] health is quite undamaged and has no imperfections.
4 – Age 26 years.
5 – Religion is Muslim and [he is] obedient and will not disobey you except in what displeases God. Please, the matter is very serious and is not a joke.

No it’s not a joke. Saudi Arabia had an estimated 300,000 slaves in 1960. Slavery was then officially abolished, but unofficially continues to exist.

Saudis who travel outside their country sometimes bring their slaves with them, leading to run-ins with the law. One of the ugliest such incidents was the murder of a slave by a Saudi prince in London.

The court had heard that the murder of Abdulaziz was the final act in a “deeply abusive” master-servant relationship in which the prince carried out frequent attacks on his aide “for his own personal gratification”.

Jurors were told that by the early hours of 15 February, Abdulaziz was so worn down and injured – having suffered a “cauliflower” ear and swollen eye from previous assaults – that he let Saud kill him without a fight.

Saud tried to cover up the true nature of his relationship with his servant, claiming they were “friends and equals”, but a porter at the Marylebone hotel where they had stayed said Abdulaziz was treated “like a slave”.

If progressives really cared about racism and sexism, they would take a hard look at the Muslim world. But of course, they don’t.

The slave owner has also posted links to clerics and Koran experts who clarify that slaves and sex slaves is perfectly legal in Islam and in accordance to Sharia:

Afshin Ellian under death threats: “Israel is what I wished Iran would be after the fall of the Shah”

 

“I fled the Middle East, but the Middle East followed me. I knew that this time I had nowhere else to flee except maybe the moon.”

[Robert Spencer/Jihadwatch] An extraordinary voice for truth and free speech. “Bard on the run: Iranian-born scholar still at risk in Holland,” by Cnaan Liphshiz for JTA, November 29:

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LEIDEN, the Netherlands (JTA) — Among his many talents, Afshin Ellian has a knack for making people want to kill him.

It’s a trait he demonstrated as a fugitive in his native Iran after the Islamic Revolution; then as a refugee in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where he angered secular Stalinists; and finally in Holland, where he lives under 24-hour police protection because of his criticisms of Islam.

Ellian has never been someone to toe the line, however. As many in Europe were rushing to condemn Israel’s operation in Gaza earlier this month, Ellian, probably the most famous Iranian in the Netherlands, used his platform at the Dutch magazine Elsevier to blame Hamas “for putting their people in an inhumane position by needlessly waging war.” He has criticized the Western media for ignoring massacres in Arab countries and focusing instead on Israel. And he has drawn death threats from Muslim militants for zingers like this: “Radical Islamists are so determined to prove Islam is the religion of peace that they are willing to kill for it.”

Having found himself in the line of fire so many times, it’s unsurprising that the 46-year-old philosopher, poet and law professor dismissed suggestions that he might be deterred by Hamas rockets from carrying through with his first trip to Israel, a country he first heard of as a young political activist in Iran.

“Israel is what I wished Iran would be after the fall of the shah’s regime,” Ellian said in an interview last week at his office at Leiden University. “Its democratic nature is seen as a weakness by the Islamists in power but is a powerful model for young Iranians seeking change. Israel is also a central element — a made-up enemy — in the identity of the Iranian Islamic Republic, which oppresses them and has made me stateless. In short, Israel is relevant to my life.”

A refugee from the Iranian revolution, Ellian has a high profile in the Netherlands. The author of several books, some of them on radical Islam, he is also a columnist for Elsevier and appears regularly on Dutch television as a Middle East commentator. His Op-Eds also have appeared in The Wall Street Journal and Der Spiegel.

For a small country, the Netherlands has produced more than its fair share of political provocateurs who live under constant threat of death for their views. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born former parliamentarian, lived for years under armed guard following the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh, with whom she collaborated on a piece critical of Islam, before leaving for the United States. The anti-immigrant politician Geert Wilders also lives under police protection.

Like Hirsi Ali and Wilders, Ellian came to embrace the Jewish state, both as the adversary of a shared enemy and a model of what a religiously inspired democracy in the Middle East could look like. He first heard of Israel as a teenager in Iran, fleeing the Islamists who would pick out political activists like himself in universities and on the street. His cousin, also an activist, was executed and dumped in a mass grave.

“I was in a bakery and Ruhollah Khomeini, the revolution’s spiritual leader, promised that the war with Iraq will lead to Jerusalem,” he said. “The baker and I had no idea where that was. I figured it had to be a village in Iraq.”

In Israel, Ellian delivered a lecture at the University of Haifa organized in part by Irgoen Olei Holland, an association of Dutch immigrants. The event is held each year on Nov. 26, the anniversary of a defiant 1940 speech by Rudolf Cleveringa, a non-Jewish Leiden professor, opposing the expulsion of Jews from academic and public life in Nazi-occupied Holland.

After his flight to Israel was diverted so the KLM crew could disembark — the airline had barred its employees from the country during last week’s fighting — Ellian wrote that the crew could “learn something about courage from Cleveringa.”

They also could learn something about courage from Ellian himself. The son of two left-leaning intellectuals, Ellian went into hiding soon after Islamists swept to power in Iran in 1979. At 17, he already was hiding with the liberal underground’s shrinking network of safe houses.

“I shacked up in a Christian cemetery one night,” he recalls. “The sexton told me I might as well find a grave.”…

In 1987 he fled again, this time with his wife to Holland, where he set his mind to his studies, earning three master’s degrees at the University of Tilburg within six years of his arrival — a first in the university’s history.

“I thought I could finally say anything,” he says of his current home. But danger was still lurking.

In 2000, he received the first of what would become many death threats after he criticized the Prophet Muhammad’s orders to kill critical poets in Medina, among other aspects of Islam. But Ellian would not be silenced. He accused the Iranian regime of “barbarity” and the “silent majority” of Muslims of complicity in the acts of violent radicals. The threats continued….

“I have nothing against Islam,” Ellian told JTA. “But I should be able to criticize it in the same way that I am able to criticize Judaism and Christianity.”

Ellian was placed under 24-hour police protection shortly after receiving his first death threats. Four years later, after the van Gogh murder, security was beefed up considerably at his Leiden office, where he sits behind electronically locked doors.

“I was shocked,” Ellian said. “I fled the Middle East, but the Middle East followed me. I knew that this time I had nowhere else to flee except maybe the moon.”

 

 

Burma begins verifying Muslim citizenship

Published November 30, 2012

Associated Press

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    Nov. 10, 2012: In this photo, Muslim refugees walk as Burma police officers stand guard at Sin Thet Maw relief camp in Pauktaw township, Rakhine state, western Burma. (AP)

SIN THET MAW, Burma –  Guarded by rifle-toting police, immigration authorities in western Burma have launched a major operation aimed at settling an explosive question at the heart of the biggest crisis the government has faced since beginning its nascent transition to democracy last year.

It’s a question that has helped fuel two bloody spasms of sectarian unrest between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims since June, and it comes down to one simple thing: Who has the right to be a citizen of Burma, and who does not?

A team of Associated Press journalists that traveled recently to the remote island village of Sin Thet Maw, a maze of bamboo huts without electricity in Burma’s volatile west, found government immigration officials in the midst of a painstaking, census-like operation aimed at verifying the citizenship of Muslims living there, one family at a time.

Armed with pens, stacks of paper and hand-drawn maps, they worked around low wooden tables that sat in the dirt, collecting information about birth dates and places, parents and grandparents — vital details of life and death spanning three generations.

The operation began quietly with no public announcement in the township of Pauktaw on Nov. 8, of which the village of Sin Thet Maw is a part. It will eventually be carried out across all of Rakhine state, the coastal territory where nearly 200 people have died in the last five months, and 110,000 more, mostly Muslims, have fled.

The Thailand-based advocacy group, the Arakan Project, warns the results could be used to definitively rule out citizenship for the Rohingya, who have suffered discrimination for decades and are widely viewed as foreigners from Bangladesh. Muslims in Sin Thet Maw echoed those concerns, and said they had not been told what the operation was for.

“What we know is that they don’t want us here,” said one 34-year-old Muslim named Zaw Win, who said his family had lived in Sin Thet Maw since 1918.

So far, more than 2,000 Muslim families have gone through the process, but no “illegal settlers have been found,” said state spokesman Win Myaing.

It was not immediately clear, however, what would happen to anyone deemed to be illegal. Win Myaing declined to say whether they could deported or not. Bangladesh has regularly turned back Rohingya refugees, as have other countries, including Thailand.

Few issues in Burma are as sensitive as this.

The conflict has galvanized an almost nationalistic furor against the Rohingya, who majority Buddhists believe are trying to steal scarce land and forcibly spread the Islamic faith. Burma’s recent transition to democratic rule has opened the way for monks to stage anti-Rohingya protests as an exercise in freedom of expression, and for vicious anti-Rohingya rants to swamp Internet forums.

In the nearby town of Pauktaw, where all that remains of a once-significant Muslim community are the ashes of charred homes and blackened palm trees, the hatred is clear. Graffiti scrawled inside a destroyed mosque ominously warns that the “Rakhine will drink Kalar blood.” Kalar is a derogatory epithet commonly used to refer to Muslims here.

Burma’s reformist leader, President Thein Sein, had set a harsh tone over the summer, saying that “it is impossible to accept those Rohingya who are not our ethnic nationals.”

But this month, he appeared to change course, penning an unprecedented and politically risky letter to the U.N. promising to consider new rights for the Rohingya for the first time.

In the letter, Thein Sein said his government would address contentious issues “ranging from resettlement of displaced populations to granting of citizenship,” but he gave no timeline and stopped short of fully committing to naturalize them.

The operation observed by the AP in Sin Thet Maw appeared to be part of an effort to resolve the issue.

By law, anyone whose forefathers lived in Burma prior to independence in 1948 has the right to apply for citizenship. But in practice, most Rohingya have been unable to. They must typically obtain permission to travel, and sometimes even to marry.

Discrimination has made it hard to obtain key documents like birth certificates, according to rights groups. Many Rohingya, having migrated here during the era of British colonial rule, speak a Bengali dialect and resemble Muslim Bangladeshis, with darker skin than other ethnic groups in Burma.

The road to naturalization grew more difficult with a 1982 citizenship law that excluded the Rohingya from a list of the nation’s 135 recognized ethnicities. Since Bangladesh also rejects them, the move effectively rendered the Rohingya living in Burma stateless — a population the U.N. estimates at 800,000.

The issue is so fraught that even the word “Rohingya” itself is widely disputed. Buddhists say the term was made up to obscure the Muslim population’s South Asian heritage; they do not accept the Rohingya as a separate ethnic group, and instead call them “Bengali” — a reference to the belief they are in fact Bangladeshis who entered illegally.

While some Rohingya have lived in Burma for generations and have documents to prove it, others arrived more recently. There is little distinction between these two groups, though. During the last official census in 1983, the Rohingya were excluded.

In places like Sit Thet Maw, Rakhine Buddhist elders believe they are on the front line of a population explosion, and they are worried.

Some 70 years ago, there were about 1,000 Buddhist and 100 Muslim inhabitants here, according to Said Thar Tun Maung, a 59-year-old Rakhine who works as a local government administrator. Today, the Buddhists are a minority: They number just 1,900, compared to 4,000 Rohingya residents.

Tun Maung blamed the demographic changes on higher birth rates among Muslim families, and the illegal arrival of new migrants hunting for fertile farmland and good fishing. Several thousand more Muslims arrived in October after Rakhine mobs burned their homes in the town of Kyaukphyu, swelling the Muslim population here even further. The refugees’ presence is considered temporary — they are currently camped along the beach beside their ships.

“This is our land,” Tun Maung said. But “it’s slowly being taken away from us, and nobody is doing anything to stop it.”

The AP team that visited Sin Thet Maw observed four-man government teams conducting interviews with dozens of Muslim families. The Rohingya live in a separate part of Sin Thet Maw that is completely segregated from the Buddhist side of the village by a wide field running hundreds of meters (yards) inland.

Most of those interviewed had temporary national registration cards that were issued by authorities ahead of elections in 2010 in an apparent effort to secure their support. The cards granted the Rohingya the right to vote, but they were stamped with a major caveat that read: “Not proof of citizenship.” Most also showed government-issued forms on which their family members had been registered.

There was one question, though, that the officers did not ask — the one that mattered above all the rest. It was represented on the forms by a blank line beside the entry: “Race/Nationality.”

After each interview, the officers filled in the empty space with the words: “Bengali,” or, “Bengali/Islam.”

The consequence of such answers is unclear. One officer, Kyi San, said only: “We’re collecting data, not making decisions on nationality.”

But several Muslims interviewed by the AP complained that officers refused to classify them as Rohingya, declaring that “the Rohingya do not exist.” One man said he was beaten after refusing to sign a form identifying himself as Bengali.

“Being Bengali means we can be arrested and deported. It means we aren’t part of this country,” said Zaw Win, one of the Muslims who had been interrogated. “We are not Bengali. We are Rohingya

Saudi religious police uncover a ‘lake’ made of liquor

Saudi media are reporting that the religious police, the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, has uncovered an entire lake that was being used to create bootleg booze.

According to the articles, it contained some 500 tons of fermenting beverage.

In addition, they found some 712 1.5 liter bottles of the illicit liquor ready to be shipped.

The bootleggers have not yet been caught.

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Original article:

العثور على بحيرة تحوي 500 طن من المسكرات في سد

عثر رجال هيئة الأمر بالمعروف والنهي عن المنكر في مركز العزيزية في محافظة خميس مشيط، أمس الأول، على بحيرة للخمور في سد تندحة تحتوي على نحو 500 طن من المواد المخمرة و712 قارورة سعة لتر ونصف جاهزة للبيع والترويج.
واستأجر رجال الهيئة مواتير لشفط المياه المخمرة، فيما لم يتمكنوا من العثور على مشغلي البحيرة.
وكان رجال الهيئة توجهوا إلى مناطق وعرة خلف السد حتى تم العثور على هذه البحيرة وسط تجويف صخري تم طمره، واستمر تمشيط رجال الهيئة للموقع منذ السادسة صباحاً وحتى السادسة مساء.
من جهته، أوضح الناطق الإعلامي لفرع هيئة عسير الشيخ عوض الأسمري، أن رجال الهيئة نجحوا في تنفيذ مهمة شرق محافظة خميس مشيط وتمكنوا من ضبط تجويف صخري يحوي مياهاً مخمرة معدة لأن تكون خموراً يتم تصفيتها وتعبئتها وترويجها، موضحاً أن الكمية كبيرة، لافتاً إلى أن رجال الهيئة قاموا بشفط المياه بمواتير شفط، وتم إتلاف الكميات المضبوطة.
وحذر الأسمري الشباب من تعاطي هذه المادة لما لها من أضرار صحية بليغة، عوضاً عن أنها محرمة شرعاً، كما حذر من التعامل مع مشغلي مثل هذه المصانع أو التستر عليهم أو إيوائهم.

Islamic Crusades 5: Why did they hate us in 1783?

One of our favorite series on a historical overview of Islamic aggression put together by Occidental Soapbox.

Most on the Left say that Muslims hate us because of our “imperialistic” behavior in the Middle East. Many on the isolationist paleo-Right say that we provoked Islam’s wrath because we left our own borders and meddled in foreign entanglements against the warnings of our founding fathers.

I ask both camps, what did we do to deserve Jihad in 1783?

1) We were a rural backwater by global standards.

2) Our federal government had trouble exerting authority over the States, let alone such a far off domain as the Middle East.

3) Our federal government did not possess a Navy, and so could not carry out an aggressive foreign policy if it wanted to.

Why did they hate us in 1783?

Why do they hate us? was a universally asked question in the United States following the 9/11 attacks. A majority on the Left and a sizable minority on the Right believe it was blow-back from our imperialistic foreign policy in the Middle East. They consistently cite three primary offenses: US support for repressive Arab regimes, US support for Israel, and the stationing of US troops in Saudi Arabia.

If those are the root causes, why did the United States come under Jihadist assault only 7 years after the Declaration of Independence, when we had only just won the right to our own land, and had not the will nor the means to impose our alleged imperialist ambitions on the Middle East?

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“Why do they hate us?” was a universally asked question in the United States following the 9/11 attacks. A majority on the Left and a sizable minority on the Right believe it was “blow-back” from our “imperialistic” foreign policy in the Middle East. They consistently cite three primary offenses: US support for repressive Arab regimes, US support for Israel, and the stationing of US troops in Saudi Arabia.

Let’s hear from the left in their own words:

VIDEO: Noam Chomsky:

“And as for their motivations I think we have a good understanding, they’ve been very clear about it. As for the Americans they turned against the United States when from their perspective the United States was occupying Muslim lands by putting permanent military bases in Saudi Arabia. The United States supports brutal and corrupt regimes which block democracy and modernization and development. They oppose particular policies like the decisive US support for the 35-year military occupation of Palestinian territory which has been harsh and brutal, and relies crucially on US military and diplomatic support.”

If those are the root causes Mr. Chomsky, why did the United States come under Jihadist assault only 7 years after the Declaration of Independence, when we had only just won the right to our own land, and had not the will or the means to impose our alleged imperialist ambitions on the Middle East? Why were Americans routinely killed, kidnapped, ransomed, and enslaved by Muslims 184 years before Israel took control of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and 165 years before there even existed a state of Israel for the United States to support?

VIDEO: Howard Zinn:

INTERVIEWER RIZ KHAN:

“Sir I want to quote an issue on terrorists that you mention in the book. When it comes to terrorists you say ‘Reagan bombed Libya, and Bush made war in Iraq, and Clinton bombed Afghanistan and also a pharmaceutical plant in Sudan, to send a message to terrorists. And then came the horrors in New York, Washington, Madrid, London, Bali, Egypt, Iraq. Isn’t it clear by now that sending a message to terrorists through violence doesn’t work, that it only leads to more terrorism?’

HOWARD ZINN:

“Terrorism comes out of very deep-felt grievances felt by millions of people, and of those millions of people who feel those grievances, a very small number of them will become fanatic enough and extreme enough to commit acts of terrorism.”

Mr. Zinn, if Muslim grievances stem from the US actions you enumerated, why did they see fit to punish us for these crimes a full two centuries before Reagan bombed Libya, or Bush invaded Iraq, or Clinton bombed Afghanistan and Sudan?

Prominent voices on the isolationist right use much the same language; let’s hear them in their own words:

VIDEO: Ron Paul:

“… intervention was a major contributing factor, have you ever read about the reasons they attacked us? They attack us because we’ve been over there, we’ve been bombing Iraq for ten years, we’ve been in the Middle East… I believe very sincerely that the CIA is correct when they teach and talk about blowback. When we went into Iran in 1953 and installed the Shah, yes there was blowback. The reaction to that was the taking of our hostages, and that persists. And if we ignore that we ignore that at our own risk. If we think that we can do what we want around the world and not incite hatred, then we have a problem. They don’t come here to attack us because we’re rich and we’re free, they come and they attack us because we’re over there.”

Ron Paul says they attack us because we’re over there. Why then did the Muslim Barbary Pirates attack us in the late 18th century, when the United States did not even possess an armed naval force? Why did they see fit to attack us preemptively, 170 years before we installed the Shah in Iran?

VIDEO: Patrick Buchanan:

“Well, listen, the reason the terrorists were over here is because we are over there… We were attacked because of what we do. It is the United States policy in the Middle East and in that part of the world that has enraged and antagonized these evil people. They’re coming over here because they want us out of that part of the world… When has America ever been attacked? Why do you think Bin Laden attacked us?”

Mr. Buchanan, can you explain how the presence of peaceful American trading vessels in the Mediterranean so “enraged” and “antagonized” Muslims that they felt the need to take Americans as slaves? You asked, “when has America ever been attacked?” We were attacked in 1783:

The so-called Barbary States were a collection of Islamic sultanates along the coast of North Africa, which today comprise the nations of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya. For centuries they raided coastal cities in Europe in search of booty and slaves. They enslaved over 1 million Europeans, most of whom were young women who were taken as 2nd, 3rd or 4th wives, and young boys who were castrated because they were valuable as eunuchs. The pirates also plundered merchant vessels throughout the Mediterranean and the North Atlantic.

This Jihadist piracy evolved into a nice money-making scheme. European powers would pay bribes to the Barbary rulers to avoid having their ships raided and crews enslaved. The British participated in this protection racket, so vessels from America did not have to worry about Muslim pirates – that is, until the United States declared its independence.

And then, in 1783, the attacks on American shipping began. The US had a weak federal government and meager tax revenues, and so did not possess a navy. In 1784, the Moroccans captured a ship called “Betsey” and enslaved its crew. Soon afterwards, the ruler of Algiers declared war on the US. Spanish diplomacy helped free the crew of the “Betsey”, but other American vessels were plundered by Algiers in the coming months.

The situation worsened with each coming year, but for the life of them, the Americans could not figure out what they did to bring this violence upon them. They must have asked themselves, “Why do they hate us?”

In May 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, then serving as American ambassadors to France and Britain respectively, met with Tripoli’s ambassador to London, Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja. During their discussions, they questioned Ambassador Adja as to the source of the unprovoked animus directed at the infant US republic. As Adams and Jefferson later reported to the Continental Congress, the ambassador said the raids were a jihad against infidels. Adja was reported to have said:

“ … that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman (Muslim) who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise. ”

To quote the scholar Andrew Bostom, “an aggressive jihad was already being waged against the United States almost 200 years prior to America becoming a dominant international power in the Middle East. Moreover, these jihad depredations targeting America antedated the earliest vestiges of the Zionist movement by a century, and the formal creation of Israel by 162 years- exploding the ahistorical canard that American support for the modern Jewish state is a prerequisite for jihadist attacks on the United States.”

The ambassador’s justifications in 1786 were well grounded in Islamic law, and were practiced by Mohammed himself:

At the Battle of Badr, Muhammed commanded a force of 300 Muslims against 1000 warriors from the pagan tribe Quraysh. The outnumbered Muslims won the battle handily, and this was a major turning point in Islam. It is still referenced today to encourage outnumbered and outgunned Jihadists from Iraq to Thailand. As the Quraysh approached, Muhammed encouraged his men.

“This is the caravan of Quraysh carrying their property, so march forth to intercept it. Allah might make it as war spoils for you. By God in whose hand is the soul of Muhammad, no man will be slain this day fighting against them with steadfast courage, advancing not retreating, but God will cause him to enter Paradise.”

This rationalization for war and piracy was operative in Muhammad’s time, in the time of the Barbary Pirates, and it is still framed in the same terms today:

VIDEO: Abu Hamza al-Masri:

“What makes Allah happy? Allah is happy when the kafirs (non-Muslims) get killed… You see the Islamic rule. If a Kafir (non-Muslim) goes into a Muslim country and he’s walking by, he’s like a cow, boy, anybody could take him. That is the Islamic rule, and this is the opinion of Islam, it’s not my opinion, if you read the books of Jihad, you’ll see… A kafir (non-muslim) is walking by, he went inside- you catch him, ‘what are you doing here?’ Then he’s a booty, you can sell him in the market… If Muslims cannot take him, you know, and sell him in the market then you just kill him. It’s ok.”

Ron Paul likes to talk about the intentions of the founders, how they warned us to stay out of foreign entanglements. He speaks of the halcyon days when the US was an agrarian republic that kept to itself and refrained from international conflicts. Ever since the founders died, politicians of all stripes have co-opted their writings and statements to bolster their own contemporary political positions. But when the Barbary Pirates attacked, the founding fathers were still alive; they were still running our government. They were told in no uncertain terms that they were being attacked in the name of Jihad, and they digested this lesson.

When searching for the root causes of Jihad, it would be best to ignore the proclamations of pseudo-intellectuals on both the left and the right. It would be best to consult the facts history, and take seriously the explanations that Muslims themselves employ.

Links:

Occidental Sopabox

“America’s First Jihad” by Andrew Bostom:
http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=55E5C6C2-B801-4FF3-B59E-F…

The Battle of Badr:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Badr

“Booty” verses in the Koran:
http://hotair.com/archives/2007/10/28/blogging-the-qur%E2%80%99an-sura-8-%E2%…

By popular request here’s a direct link to Quran Sura 8:
http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/quran/008.qmt.html

Islamic Crusades 4: Lessons From the Thai Jihad

An excellent presentation on the history and development of Islamic violence in South Thailand, where persecution and execution of Buddhists occur on a daily basis.

The Islamic Crusades series was created by the author to provide a counterpoint to the Christian Crusades. His goal was to remind a self-loathing West that our alleged sins are not to blame for the Islamic aggression we see today. Thus far he has  covered episodes in the Middle Ages that took place parallel to the Crusades, in which Muslims embarked upon Jihad and committed atrocities against Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians. A second means to the same conclusion is to expose situations in which Muslims are in conflict with non-Western peoples. These conflicts are isolated from the baggage of Christianity, the Crusades, European colonialism and the other canards that apologists cite to excuse Muslim violence against the West, yet they unfold in much the same way.

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The Southeast Asian nation of Thailand is 95% Buddhist. Of 63 million Thai citizens, about 2.8 million, or 4.6%, are Muslim. The Muslim population is heavily concentrated in three provinces in the far south where they make up about 80% of the population; Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala. Since 2001 nearly 3,000 Thai citizens have been killed in an ongoing Islamist insurgency in the south. In comparison about 1,000 Israeli citizens have died since the beginning of the Second Intifada in 2000. Yet there is a drought of media coverage on the Thai Jihad, and few Westerners are aware of it outside of a small niche of blog readers.

Jihadist attacks began in earnest in 2001, focusing on symbols of government authority, such as police and military installations and even schools. 19 policemen were killed in 50 insurgency related incidents by the end of the year. The government reflexively blamed the attacks on criminal, commercial or clan rivalries in the local area. In early 2002, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra stated, “There’s no separatism, no ideological terrorists, just common bandits.” In July 2002, after 14 policemen were killed within seven months, Thaksin publicly denied the role of religion in the attacks and was quoted as saying he did not “think religion was the cause of the problems down there because several of the policemen killed were Muslim.” The Thai Interior Minister suggested that the attacks were a backlash against a recent drug crackdown by police.

The knee-jerk reaction of many in the West was to blame the troubles on economic marginalization, but the Deep South’s economy has improved markedly in recent years. Between 1983 and 2003 the average per capita income of Pattani Province grew more than 500%. From 2002-2004 household income improved about 20% in the three southern provinces, compared to 9.4% growth for Thailand as a whole. Between 2000 and 2004 the poverty rate in Narathiwat Province fell from 40% to 18%.

Nor did the Muslims suffer from political exclusion. By the late 1990’s Muslims were holding senior posts in Thai politics, such as Wan Muhammad Nor Matha who served as the Chairman of Parliament and Interior Minister in Prime Minster Thaksin’s administration. The government included 14 Muslim members of parliament and several senators when violence broke out in 2001. Also, Muslims dominated the local governments in the three Muslim-majority provinces and were able to voice their political grievances openly.

And yet, the violence accelerated. In 2002, 75 insurgency-linked attacks amounted to 50 deaths among police and army personnel. In 2003, officials counted 119 incidents. From January to March 2004 more than 600 people were killed in a new wave of shootings and bombings. The mounting scale and sophistication of the insurgency eventually forced the government to recognize that this was more than mere banditry. The Buddhist citizens demanded action and the military imposed martial law in the insurgent provinces. Despite this new measure, Thaksin was not ready to give up on appeasement. He mobilized the nation to fold a hundred million paper cranes as a peace offering. In December 2004, 50 Thai army planes saturated the South with what became known as a “peace bombing”. The Jihadists were not impressed. Hours later militants shot a prosecutor dead in Pattani province. The next morning four Thai troops were bombed at a rest-stop and a local official was severely injured by a car bomb.

In March 2005, respected former Prime Minister Anand was appointed as chairman of the National Reconciliation Commission, tasked with bringing peace to the South. A fierce critic of the government’s crackdown, he especially deplored the declaration of martial law. He submitted his final recommendations in 2006, which included the introduction of Islamic Sharia law, deploying an unarmed peacekeeping force, and establishing a Peaceful Strategic Administrative Centre for Southern Border Provinces, an agency that sounds about as useful as the UN.

Also in 2005, Generel Sonthi, a Muslim, was appointed Thai army chief. In August 2006, following the simultaneous bombing of 22 banks in Yala province, General Sonthi broke with government policy and insisted on negotiating with the jihadists. Sonthi himself admitted he was unsure of who to negotiate with, as the jihadists remained nebulous and seemingly leaderless. Still, on September 22, 2006, he and a group of disgruntled officers led a coup and deposed Prime Minister Thaksin. In November 2006 the new coup-appointed Prime Minister explicitly apologized to southern Muslims. He adopted a more conciliatory tone and committed the government to improving socio-economic conditions and educational standards in the south. The reaction to this apology was a dramatic increase in assassinations, bombings and arson attacks. The monthly death toll increased by 30% in the 5 months after the coup compared to the 5 months before the coup.

It would be hard to find a society more alien to the West than Buddhist Thailand, yet the Thai government and populace have gone through an eerily similar progression of reactions in combating Islamist violence:

DENIAL:

THAILAND: Their first reaction in 2001 was denial; they denied any religious component to the violence and cited economic and political oppression as the root cause. THE WEST: During the 2005 riots in France, the French government and global media downplayed the Islamic angle. The perpetrators were described as “immigrant youths”, or more seldom as “North African youths”, but never as Muslims, and economic and political deprivation were deemed to be the root causes.

MORAL VACILLATION:

THAILAND: In 2004, facing a spike in violence, the Thai government was compelled to react with harsh measures, but they soon lost their focus and reverted to such absurd gestures as “peace-bombing” the south with paper cranes. THE WEST: In the months following 9/11, Americans stood resolutely in pursuit of a decisive confrontation with Islamic fascism. Over time the focus has dissipated into weariness over long-running wars and frustration over cumbersome security measures.

FLIRTATION WITH SHARIA:

THAILAND: In 2006 the Thai National Reconciliation Commission recommended the institution of Sharia law in the south as a concession to the Islamists. THE WEST: In 2006 the Dutch Justice Minister suggested that Sharia law would be acceptable in his country if approved by a 2/3 majority. In the same year the Swedish Democracy Minister said, “We must be open and tolerant towards Islam and Muslims, so that when we become a minority, they will be so towards us.” In 2008 the Archbishop of Canterbury called Sharia law in Britain “unavoidable,” and in fact Sharia courts were recently established to handle civil matters within the British Muslim community.

APPEASEMENT AND PASSIVITY BACKFIRE:

THAILAND: In September 2006 the Thai military, led by a Muslim, deposed the democratically elected government, and started in immediately with apologetics and appeasement. This emboldened the terrorists and was met by a 30% increase in bloodshed. THE WEST: In August 2005 Israel unilaterally pulled its soldiers and civilians out of the Gaza strip. Left-wing American Jews purchased existing greenhouses and farms from the Gaza Jews so that they could be given to the Palestinians as a goodwill gesture. Since then they have been converted into terminals for weapons-smuggling tunnels. The concessions emboldened the Islamists who proceeded to shower thousands of rockets into Israel-proper and demanded that the Jews evacuate those areas as well.

The Thai Jihad demonstrates that Islamist violence is not rooted in economic and political alienation, or in a rebellion against Western imperialism and capitalism, nor in a backlash against Christian fundamentalism. Islamist violence is rooted in Islamic ideology. Thai Muslims tend to study abroad in the Middle East and Pakistan. Many return to Thailand to teach in religious schools, passing the extremism to a new generation. Pattani Muslims are reported to have received training at al-Qaida centers in Pakistan, and have forged links with groups such as the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the Philippines and the Free Aceh Movement in Indonesia. This is a global phenomenon; oil money funds radical mosques and schools, locals are radicalized, and violence proliferates. It’s the same in London and Jerusalem as it is in Pattani and Yala.

Perhaps the most important lesson of the Thai Jihad is that insurgent Muslims, who make up less than 5% of the population, have overshadowed the political landscape for a decade. It has been the bloodiest insurgency on earth outside of Iraq. It was the primary reason behind a coup that brought down the central government in Bangkok. Those who worry that 3-5% Muslim minorities may significantly undermine Western Europe are branded “paranoid” or “racist” by the media. The story of Thailand makes it clear that relatively small minorities can destabilize a national government and throw a society into chaos, let alone 10% or more as in a country like France.

The sheer brutality of the conflict is extreme even by Jihadist standards. At least 30 people have been beheaded. Up to 1,000 schools have been shut down due to arson or threats and 30 teachers have been killed. One reason is that Thai Muslims are very much aware that they are on the periphery of the global Jihad, with world media focused disproportionately on the Middle East. They hope audacious attacks will attract more notoriety and prestige to their cause. Another reason is that Buddhists are considered by Muslims to be idolaters. While Christians and Jews under Islamic domination may choose between conversion, death, or a gradual humiliating decline as dhimmis, idolaters do not have the dhimmi option; they must convert or die.

With all these statistics flying around it is easy to forget that real people in Thailand are being murdered daily in savage fashion. If you have a strong stomach, visit the link I’ve provided to the Zombie Time (*WARNING* Graphic Images, Please Use Discretion) blog for a truly disturbing visual portrayal of the Jihad in Thailand.

Above all I encourage you to research the situation in Thailand further. Spread the word to your liberal friends and acquaintances. They will be baffled when they realize they can’t fall back on their usual anti-Western talking points to explain Jihadist violence in this formerly peaceful Eastern nation.

Links:

Occidental Soapbox

Exposure of Movie Predicting Shiite Messiah Causes Turmoil Within Iranian Regime

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by Reza Kahlili — a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Ahmadinejad fires his chief of staff, Iraq’s Grand Ayatollah Sistani calls the film “very worrisome,” and the filmmakers claim they prescreened the movie for Ahmadinejad and Khamenei before release.

Ever since I exposed the Iranian documentary The Coming is Upon Us — which promises the imminent coming of the twelfth Shiite imam, Imam Mahdi — a heated argument has been taking place within the Iranian establishment. There is panic and concern over the coverage of the movie in the West.

The film reveals the regime’s true ideology and plans for the world. As I stated in my release, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei — President Ahmadinejad’s top adviser and chief of staff — was directly involved with this project, and he was the first one to be sacrificed over the movie’s publicity in the West. Ahmadinejad, who had strongly supported Mashaei, had no option but to fire him from that position, which was announced on April 8.

One day later, Mashaei denied any involvement with the makers of the movie, though he did not deny all of its facts.

However, the objection to this movie came not only from those opposing Ahmadinejad but also from some hardline radicals, including Hossein Shariatmadari — the managing editor of Kayhan, Iran’s major state newspaper. He lambasted everyone, claiming that now the enemy (the West) is using this video to weaken Iran by showing the intimacies of their sacred beliefs to the world.

The Iranian regime never intended for the documentary to be made public. Reports indicate that funds for its production came directly from the Revolutionary Guards: they intended to distribute it en masse throughout the Middle East to incite further uprisings, while calling for the unification of Arabs to overthrow U.S.-backed governments and promising the destruction of Israel and the imminent coming of the Shiite messiah.

The revelations in this movie have even caused the Grand Ayatollah Sistani in Iraq to show concern, as he has long opposed the radicalism coming out of Iran. Said Sistani:

The analysis for the timing of The Coming of the last Imam is quite concerning. These analyses could weaken the very belief of Muslims. Such activities should not take place in Iran. … This is very worrisome.

All of this caused the makers of the documentary — who call themselves “The Conductors of The Coming” and who worked in collaboration with the Iranian president’s office and with the Basij (Iranian paramilitary force) — to hold a press conference. They defended the movie and stated some very interesting facts, including that the movie was pre-screened for the supreme leader prior to availability:

At first, they harshly criticized those attacking the movie and responded to a question posed that the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and President Ahmadinejad had seen the movie. They stated:

“We can tell you with utmost assurance that they have seen the movie as it touches on a very important subject and it relates directly to them. The enemy now has zoomed in on this issue. We did show it to the supreme leader and the president for their review ourselves and there was no objection.”

In response to another question the film makers defended the comparison of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei to the mythical figure “Seyed Khorasani,” who per the Hadith creates the circumstances for the reappearance of Shiites’ 12th imam and passes the flag of Islam to the last imam, by noting several points: “One is that on many occasions when others have called him Seyed Khorasani, he has smiled and nodded without refusing the claim. Many have asked him to verify his position and he has chosen silence. Well if it was not true, if it was not in accordance with his own belief, then wouldn’t the supreme leader come out and say this is not true and stop this argument?”

The producers of the movie then continued by reaffirming the facts that the Revolutionary Guard Commander Jabari and former Chief Commander of the Guards Yahya Safavi, and even Grand Ayatollah Kazem Haeri and many more prominent figures, have called the supreme leader “Seyed Khorasani” in front of him and His Excellency has nodded.

It is important to note that in the video, Grand Ayatollah Khomeini — the founder of the Islamic Republic — is quoted as saying that he had three goals for Iran:

1. Overthrowing the shah

2. Establishing an Islamic state

3. Creating the situation for the return of the last imam

It goes on to say that the one following him will be the one to pass the flag of Islam to Imam Mahdi for the conquest of the world by Islam. There is also a quote claiming Khomeini personally told Ayatollah Khamenei that he will be the one to bring about the End of Times and the final glorification of Allah.

While the Iranian leaders are scrambling to stop the damage caused by the publicity over this video, it is important to note: they truly believe their mission to destroy Israel and bring about the reappearance of Imam Mahdi.

This morning, reports claim the Iranian regime has filtered the website of “The Conductors of The Coming,” along with the movie and all of the related information.

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Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the author of the award winning book, A Time to Betray. He is a senior Fellow with EMPact America and teaches at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy (JCITA).

Iran May Be Close to a Plutonium Bomb, German Defense Experts Warn

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By David P. Goldman On November 27, 2012

Iran might be “on the verge of producing weapon-quality plutonium,” Germany’s daily Die Welt reported Nov. 26. Hans Rühle, a former top official in the German defense ministry and foreign editor Clemens Wergin cite clues pointing to an Iranian crash program to build a plutonium bomb in the just-released International Atomic Energy Agency report on Iran’s nuclear activity. Rühle headed German defense policy planning during the 1980s; Wergin is one of the most capable young journalists writing in any language. Their report should be read in dead earnest.

The IAEA reported that Iran removed fuel rods from the Bushehr light water reactor—supposedly a peaceful application of nuclear energy—on October 22. There might be a technical explanation for the premature extraction of fuel rods from a light water reactor, Rühle and Wergin observe. But “it may also mean the starting-point for production of weapons-grade plutonium. That would mean a dramatic expansion and acceleration of Iran’s nuclear armaments program (my translation).”

Although light water reactors are not designed to produce weapons-grade plutonium, the design can produce large amounts of weapons-grade plutonium in a short period of time. In a matter of months, the authors report, the low-enriched uranium fuel in the Bushehr reactor could yield enough plutonium for dozens of atomic bombs:

In a light water reactor, which is operated with low enriched uranium (four percent), the fuel remains in the reactor up to 60 months when the reactor is run at maximum power generation,. But it takes only a few months to produce plutonium 239, that is, weapons-grade plutonium…In the 1970s a British company had shut down a light-water reactor prematurely. The result: was around 450 kilograms of plutonium, or material for about 70 bombs.

It would take only three or four months to convert the plutonium from the Bushehr reactor’s spent fuel rods into weapons-grade plutonium, the authors report. Depending on how long the fuel rods were used before Iran removed them on Oct. 22, they would yield between 150 kg and 300 kg of plutonium, or enough fissile material for 25 to 50 bombs.

Western negotiators previously ignored the Bushehr reactor, on the grounds that it constituted peaceful use of energy. Oliver Thränert, head of the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich, told Die Welt, “If Iran does not give a convincing explanation for the early removal of fuel rods, a correction in this policy should be urgently considered.”

Last February, I cited Rühle’s analysis of the logistics of a possible Israel strike on Iran, in which the German expert argued that Israel had the capacity to set the program back by years.

 

 

Iranian Video Says Mahdi ‘the 12th Imam’ return is ‘Near’ – after exterminating the Jews and Israel

New evidence has emerged that the Iranian government sees the current unrest in the Middle East as a signal that the Mahdi–or Islamic messiah–is about to appear.

CBN News has obtained a never-before-seen video produced by the Iranian regime that says all the signs are moving into place — and that Iran will soon help usher in the end times.

While the revolutionary movements gripping the Middle East have created uncertainty throughout the region, the video shows that the Iranian regime believes the chaos is divine proof that their ultimate victory is at hand.

‘The Coming is Near’

The propaganda footage has reportedly been approved at the highest levels of the Iranian government.

It’s called The Coming is Near and it describes current events in the Middle East as a prelude to the arrival of the mythical tweflth Imam or Mahdi — the messiah figure who Islamic scriptures say will lead the armies of Islam to victory over all non-Muslims in the last days.

“This video has been produced by a group called the Conductors of the Coming, in connection with the Basiji — the Iranian paramilitary force, and in collaboration with the Iranian president’s office,” said Reza Kahlil, a former member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards who shared the video with CBN News.

Kahlili, author of the book, A Time to Betray, worked as a double agent for the CIA inside the Iranian regime.

“Just a few weeks ago, Ahmadenijad’s office screened this movie with much excitement for the clerics,” Kahlili told CBN News. “The target audience is Muslims in the Middle East and around the world.”

To watch the video in its entirety, visit Kahlili’s website.

The video claims that Iran is destined to rise as a great power in the last days to help defeat America and Israel and usher in the return of the Mahdi. And it makes clear the Iranians believe that time is fast approaching.

“The Hadith have clearly described the events and the various transformations of countries in the Middle East and also that of Iran in the age of the coming,” said a narrator, who went on to say that America’s invasion of Iraq was foretold by Islamic scripture–and that the Mahdi will one day soon rule the world from Iraq.

Other ‘Prophetic’ Signs

The ongoing upheavals in other Middle Eastern countries like Yemen and Egypt–including the rise of the Muslim Brotherood — are also analyzed as prophetic signs that the Mahdi is near — so is the current poor health of the king of Saudi Arabia, an Iranian rival.

“Isn’t the presence of Abdullah, his illness, and his uncertain condition, great news for those anxious for the coming?” asks the narrator.

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khameini, and Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Iran’s terrorist proxy Hezbollah, are hailed as pivotal end times players, whose rise was predicted in Islamic scriptures.

The same goes for Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad, who the video says will conquer Jerusalem prior to the Mahdi’s coming.

“I think it’s a very grave development,” Mideast expert Joel Rosenberg, author of The Twelfth Imam, told CBN News, “because it gives you a window into the thinking of the Iranian leadership: that they believe the time for war with Israel may be even sooner than others had imagined.”

Kahlili says The Coming is Near will soon be distributed by the Iranian regime throughout the Middle East.  He explained that their goal is to instigate further uprisings in Arab countries.

Iran: Nuclear enrichment will advance with ‘intensity,’ says country official

The statement, attributed to nuclear chief Fereidoun Abbasi, could escalate tensions between Iran and the West.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 10:06 AM

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	Fereidoun Abbasi Davani, Iran's Vice President and Head of Atomic Energy Organization delivers a speech at the general conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, at the International Center, in Vienna, Austria, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.<br /><br />

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Fereidoun Abbasi Davani, Iran’s Vice President and Head of Atomic Energy Organization, delivers a speech at the general conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency at the International Center in Vienna, Austria, in September 2012.

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TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s nuclear chief says uranium enrichment will move ahead with “intensity” with a sharp increase in the number of centrifuges used to make the nuclear fuel.Wednesday’s statement attributed to Fereidoun Abbasi by state TV is likely to escalate tensions between Iran and the West, which fears the enrichment program could lead to warhead-grade material. Iran says it only seeks to make fuel for energy and research reactors.

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But it appears unlikely that the stepped up work would be at higher enrichment levels than already acknowledged to U.N. nuclear watchdogs.

The remarks come days after the U.N. agency said Iran is poised to double its output of higher-enriched uranium at its fortified Fordo underground uranium enrichment facility, which could put Tehran closer to possible warhead capabilities.

Leaked graph shows Iran is computer testing for bomb 3x as powerful as Hiroshima blast

“Is Iran working on a nuclear bomb?” Uh, Hello! Wake up! This is how thick the media is.
Obama doesn’t want to deal with this problem in the right manner and is instead antisemistic, blaming victims of 1,400 years of extreme and horrid hate crimes and serious human rights violations. Just wait when his lenience will bring it onto his own doorstep – aggravated and made possible by the extremely weak and poor foreign policies of the Obama administration.

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Is Iran working on a nuclear bomb? Leaked graph shows computer testing for weapon three times as powerful as Hiroshima blast

  • A leaked diagram suggests that Iranian scientists have run computer simulations for a weapon
  • Iran has previously denied any interest in such a weapon
  • Meanwhile, satellite images from North Korea suggest that the nation could be about to test long range ballistic missiles

By Steve Nolan

PUBLISHED: 08:05, 28 November 2012 |

Deadly: A leaked diagram suggests that Iranian scientists have carried out computer tests for a nuclear weapon three times as powerful as that which destroyed Hiroshima, picturedDeadly: A leaked diagram suggests that Iranian scientists have carried out computer tests for a nuclear weapon three times as powerful as that which destroyed Hiroshima, pictured

Scientists in Iran could be producing a nuclear weapon three times as powerful as that which destroyed Hiroshima during the Second World War, according to a leaked diagram.

The diagram, which suggests that experts have run computer simulations for the weapon, was released by an unnamed country which is opposed to Iran’s atomic programme and wishes to boost its view that it should be brought to a halt before a weapon can be produced.

The graph – which shows a bell curve with variables of time, power and energy – shows that the weapon would have a force of around 50 kilotons two microseconds after detonation.

In comparison, the bomb that the United States dropped on the Japenese city of Hiroshima which killed around 140,000 people in 1945 had a force of about 15 kilotons.

Modern nuclear weapons have yields hundreds of times higher than that.

The International Atomic Energy Agency — the Vienna-based U.N. nuclear watchdog — reported last year that it had obtained diagrams indicating that Iran was calculating the ‘nuclear explosive yield’ of potential weapons but did not give details of what the diagrams showed.

The diagram, obtained by news agency Associated Press, had the number five as part of its title, suggesting that it is one of a series.

David Albright, whose Institute for Science and International Security is used by the U.S. government as a go-to source on Iran’s nuclear program, said the diagram looks genuine but seems to be designed more ‘to understand the process’ than as part of a blueprint for an actual weapon in the making.

He added that the power of the weapon is too big, noting that North Korea’s first tests of a nuclear device were only a few kilotons. Because the graph appears to be only one in a series, others might show lower yields, closer to what a test explosion might produce, he said.

The senior diplomat said the diagram was part of a series of Iranian computer-generated models provided to the IAEA by the intelligence services of member nations for use in its investigations into suspicions that Iran is trying to produce a nuclear weapon.Iran denies any interest in such a weapon and has accused the United States and Israel of fabricating evidence that suggests it is trying to build a bomb.

Computer tests: The undated diagram shows a force more than three times greater than the atomic bomb which devastated the Japanese city of Hiroshima in 1945Computer tests: The undated diagram shows a force more than three times greater than the atomic bomb which devastated the Japanese city of Hiroshima in 1945

Asked about the project, Iran’s chief IAEA delegate, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, said he had not heard of it. IAEA spokeswoman Gill Tudor said the agency had no comment.

Iran has refused to halt uranium enrichment, despite offers of reactor fuel from abroad, saying it is producing nuclear fuel for civilian uses. It has refused for years to cooperate with the U.N. nuclear agency’s efforts to investigate its program.

Iran’s critics fear it could use the enriched uranium for military purposes. Such concerns grew this month when the IAEA said Iran is poised to double its output of higher-enriched uranium at its fortified underground facility — a development that could put Tehran within months of being able to make the core of a nuclear warhead.

In reporting on the existence of the diagrams last year, the IAEA said it had obtained them from two member nations that it did not identify. Other diplomats have said that Israel and the United States — the countries most concerned about Iran’s nuclear program — have supplied the bulk of intelligence being used by the IAEA in its investigation.

‘The application of such studies to anything other than a nuclear explosive is unclear to the agency,’ the IAEA said at the time.

Devastation: Some 140,000 people died when the US dropped an atom bomb on Hiroshima in 1945Devastation: Some 140,000 people died when the US dropped an atom bomb on Hiroshima in 1945

The models were allegedly created in 2008 and 2009 — well after 2003, the year that the United States said Tehran had suspended such work in any meaningful way. That date has been questioned by Britain, France, Germany and Israel, and the IAEA now believes that — while Iran shut down some of its work back then — other tests and experiments continue today.

With both the IAEA probe and international attempts to engage Iran stalled, there are fears that Israel may opt to strike at Tehran’s nuclear program. The Jewish state insists it will not tolerate an Iran armed with nuclear arms.

An intelligence summary provided with the drawing linked it to other alleged nuclear weapons work — significant because it would indicate that Iran is working not on isolated experiments, but rather on a single program aimed at mastering all aspects of nuclear arms development.

Nuclear: Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad watches from a control room as nuclear fuel rods are loaded into a research reactor in Tehran earlier this year. The country says it is producing nuclear energy for civilian useNuclear: Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad watches from a control room as nuclear fuel rods are loaded into a research reactor in Tehran earlier this year. The country says it is producing nuclear energy for civilian use

The IAEA suspects that Iran has conducted live tests of conventional explosives that could be used to detonate a nuclear weapon at Parchin, a sprawling military base southeast of Tehran. An intelligence summary said data gained from those tests fed the model plotted in the diagram.

Iran has repeatedly turned down IAEA requests to visit the site, which the agency fears is undergoing a major cleanup meant to eliminate any traces of such experiments.

Meanwhile, a new satellite picture shows that activity at a missile launch site in North Korea has stepped up a gear, suggesting that long range ballistic missiles could be tested in the next few weeks.

The image, which shows the Sohae Satellite Launch Station, was released by satellite operator DigitalGlobe Inc days after Japanese newspaper the Asahi Shimbun claimed that US intelligence were aware of moves seen as preparation by North Korea to launch a long range missile as early as this month.

It shows more tents, people, equipment and trucks at the site, similar to when preparations were being made for a failed rocket launch back in April.

Ready to launch: A satellite image shows increased activity at a missile launch site in North Korea, suggesting that the country will test long range ballistic missiles in the coming weeksReady to launch: A satellite image shows increased activity at a missile launch site in North Korea, suggesting that the country will test long range ballistic missiles in the coming weeks

A Pentagon spokeswoman declined to comment on the reported satellite images, but said the Defense Department’s position on North Korea’s missile development efforts had not changed.

She urged North Korea to comply with U.N. Security Council resolutions that ‘require Pyongyang to suspend all activities related to its ballistic missile program in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner, and re-establish its moratorium on missile launching.’

The country, which carried out nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009 and is under heavy U.N. sanctions for its atomic weapons program, has tried for years to influence major events in South Korea by waging propaganda or armed attacks.

North and South Korea have been technically at war since their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty, and regional powers have for years been trying to rein in the North’s nuclear program.

North Korea is believed to be developing a long-range ballistic missile with a range of up to 4,200 miles aimed at hitting the continental United States but the last two rocket test launches failed.

In April, under its new leader Kim Jong-un, North Korea launched a rocket that flew just a few minutes covering a little over 60 miles before crashing into the sea between South Korea and China.