Kerry Indicates US Will Defend Iran from Israel


‘No Inspections': Iran to Test its Own Covert Nuclear Sites
Israeli minister, senior diplomat warn US ‘crossed red lines’ letting Iran collect samples from Parchin in classified section of deal.

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By Ari Yashar

First Publish: 7/24/2015, 8:47 AM
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Israeli diplomats have responded with shock to secret details of the Iran deal revealed in the Senate hearing of US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday, in which classified sections of the deal not originally released were unearthed.
One particularly troubling detail that was divulged is that the covert military base Parchin, which Iran has admitted to using to test exploding bridge wire nuclear detonators, will be off limits to international inspectors, exactly as Iran has threatened. Instead Iran will take its own samples from Parchin and do its own testing of the covert site.
Kerry responded in the hearing by saying the agreements on Parchin are part of the classified section of the deal, and that he trusts the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) when it says it is satisfied with them; ironically, the IAEA has in numerous reports warned that Iran is conducting nuclear weapons testing at the site, and requested numerous times to inspect the site – requests that Iran rejected.
Responding to the revelation, a senior Israeli diplomatic source was cited by Yedioth Aharonoth saying, “not only did the Iranians receive a warning time of 24 days (before inspection) to clean things up, apparently they don’t even need to worry because they’re the ones collecting the samples.”
“That means it just allows the Iranians to fabricate the samples and there is no chance that breaches (of the deal) will be found. It means there won’t be real inspection.”
A senior minister of the Israeli government who is also a member of the Security Cabinet was likewise quoted on condition of anonymity in the report responding to the self-testing issue.
“In this deal and its annexes there are lots of astonishing things, like the fact that Iran is the one to collect the samples from nuclear sites, and that the world powers obligated to help Iran prevent sabotage at nuclear facilities,” said the minister.
He added, “each day it becomes clear how awful this deal is. This deal is full of holes. Everyone understands that they (the Iranians) tricked them. The more we go deeper into deals and annexes we discover that the Americans and the international community crossed many red lines.”
Heightening the concern over Parchin, satellite photos have shown Iran has been modifying the site, possibly expanding the nuclear tests and covering up their existence. Given that international inspectors will not be allowed in the site, Iran would apparently be allowed to ramp up its covert nuclear weapons program unfettered.
Reports tied the Parchin base to Iran’s nuclear program following a mysterious explosion at the site last October.
IAEA reports in November 2011 pointed to nuclear weapons development previously conducted at the site, and a 2012 IAEA report likewise confirmed explosives containment vessels were at the site and likely used to test nuclear detonators.


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Commentators On Arab TV: Obama Supports Iran Because His Father Was A Shi’ite



On March 25, during an interview on Hiwar TV, broadcasting from London, Syrian writer Muhydin Lazikani said that “all the childhood memories of the man who rules the White House are Shi’ite memories” and that “that is why he is so anxious for Iran to emerge victorious.” On April 10, London-based Iranian opposition activist Abu Muntasir Al-Baloushi said: “Barack Hussein Obama is the son of a Shi’ite father… Some people call him the Iranian lobby in America.” He was speaking on the Saudi 4Shbab TV channel.

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Leading Lebanese Journalist Ibrahim Al-Amin: I Support Fighting U.S., France, and Britain; Saudi Arabia Is The ‘Kingdom Of Evil’


During a recent interview with the Hizbullah-owned Al-Manar TV channel, leading Lebanese journalist Ibrahim Al-Amin called Saudi Arabia the “kingdom of evil” and said that “getting rid of the rule of the Saud clan was no less important than wiping Israel out of existence.” Al-Amin, who serves as Chairman of the Board of the “Al-Akhbar” newspaper, further said: “I support fighting America, France, and Britain.” The interview aired on April 10, 2015.

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Inquiry and Analysis Series Report | 1167 | June 11, 2015 The Middle East Media Research Institute

Khamenei Rejects Agreement Reached On Token Inspection Of Military Sites And Questioning Of Scientists;

U.S. Willing To Close IAEA Dossier On Iranian PMD, To Settle For Inspecting Declared Nuclear Sites Only, And To Rely On Intelligence; EU Objects

By: A. Savyon and Y. Carmon*


This past week, members of Iran’s nuclear negotiating team revealed details about the Iran-U.S. nuclear negotiations. The negotiations were dealt a blow when Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei rejected an agreement reached by the two sides concerning a token inspection of military facilities and questioning of several nuclear scientists and “military personnel”; these were to be the response to the IAEA’s open dossier on possible military dimensions (PMD) of Iran’s nuclear program to which Iran has so far refused to respond.

Iranian reports on these developments show that in order to arrive at a comprehensive agreement, the U.S. is willing to forgo actual inspection of Iranian military facilities and to settle for inspection of declared nuclear facilities only, as set forth under the Additional Protocol, while the ongoing monitoring of Iran’s nuclear program will be left to intelligence elements.

Thus, at this stage, there is a deadlock: Iran is refusing both to respond to the IAEA dossier on its PMD, and to allow actual inspection of facilities that are not declared nuclear facilities.

Furthermore, the EU has announced its objections to a comprehensive agreement with Iran in the absence of satisfactory answers from it regarding the IAEA dossier on its PMD. It said that the IAEA investigation of the PMD “will be essential” to a nuclear deal. IAEA Director-General Yukio Amano has also linked the investigation of Iranian PMD to the attainment of such an agreement.

The Issue: Inspection Of Iranian Military Sites, Questioning Of Iranian Scientists

On May 25, 2015, in an Iranian television interview, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister and head negotiator Abbas Araghchi disclosed that this issue had been agreed upon, but that when the Iranian team returned to Tehran for Khamenei’s approval, Khamenei had rejected this agreed solution out of hand (see MEMRI TV Clip No. 4928, Top Iranian Nuclear Negotiator Abbas Aragchi: We Reached Solution with P5+1 on Site Inspection, But Khamenei Rejected It, May 25, 2015 and Appendix I).

It was evident also from Aragchi’s statements that after Khamenei rejected the agreed solution, Iran even reneged on what had been agreed as part of the Additional Protocol, and is now insisting that limitations and restrictions that are part of the Protocol be implemented in a way that will make future inspections difficult. As part of Iran’s backpedaling, Araghchi repeatedly emphasized that “so far, nothing has been concluded” regarding the issue of the inspections.

U.S. Willingness To Disregard IAEA PMD Dossier

Statements by negotiating team member Hamid Baidinejad show that in return for willingness on Iran’s part to sign a comprehensive agreement, the U.S. was willing to forgo actual investigation of the IAEA’s open PMD dossier on Iran and instead to conduct a token inspection of military sites and questioning of Iranian nuclear scientists and military personnel. The U.S. asked Iran to carry out a number of specific steps, thereby paving the way to a comprehensive solution for this issue. These steps included inspections at several points in Iran, including two military facilities, and questioning several senior military officials and scientists (see Appendix II).

Iranian Negotiators’ Two Versions Of Events

An analysis of these statements by the Iranian negotiators shows that there are two different versions of what took place in the negotiations. According to Araghchi, the Iranian team agreed to the U.S.’s demand for a token inspection, but when the team returned to Tehran, Khamenei completely rejected this token inspection. Aragchi’s disclosure that the Iranian negotiators had arrived at an agreement with the Americans that was subsequently rejected by Khamenei caused an uproar in the Iranian political system, triggering harsh criticism against both the negotiators and the leaders of the pragmatic camp, and even leading to a public confrontation between Khamenei and pragmatic camp leader Hashemi Rafsanjani.

The sn of events emerged after the uproar sparked by Aragchi’s revelations. Another negotiator, Baidinejad, in an attempt to correct Araghchi’s claim, stated that the Iranian negotiators had rejected the U.S. demands, even the demand for token inspection, but that the Americans had pressed them to present the demand to Khamenei anyway; when they did so, at the Americans’ urging, Khamenei rejected it outright.

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Gulf Journalists: The West’s Current Paralysis Vis-à-vis Iran Parallels Its Inability To Deal With Nazi Germany Prior To WWII

In his March 19, 2015 column in the Saudi Al-Jazirah daily, Dr. Hamza Al-Salem compared the “Iran of the ayatollahs” to Nazi Germany, and warned that the Nazis’ secret military buildup prior to World War II could be repeated in much the same way by Iran.

Al-Salem noted that in the 1930s, the Allies focused on rebuilding their economies following World War I, and chose to disregard the Nazi regime’s military buildup even after the latter invaded Austria and Czechoslovakia and thus enabled it to occupy all of Europe. He wrote that Iran is now secretly developing destructive technology, just as the Nazis had, and went on to warn that it could deceive and distract the world. He also compared the inaction and apparent paralysis of the Obama administration in this situation to that of the Allies prior to World War II.

Ahmad Al-Jarallah, editor of the English-language Kuwaiti newspaper Arab Times, compared the nuclear deal with Iran to the Munich Agreement signed with Hitler in 1938. He wrote that, just like Nazi Germany, Iran is managing to swindle the world and obtain a deal on its own terms. The only question that remains, he said, is which Arab country will take the place of Austria or Poland and be the first country to succumb to Iran’s expansionist ambitions.    

The following are excerpts from the two articles:

Dr. Hamza Al-Salem: Resentment and Murderousness Qualities Nazi Germany And Iran Have In Common

Dr. Hamza Al-Salem wrote: “After losing some two million men, the German Empire lost the war it had launched and conceded defeat to the Allies in World War I. Because of the death of U.S. president [sic.], the American leadership was absent from the post-war accords, and the allies divvied up Germany and took away areas that belonged to it. They also burdened Germany with the cost of the war, but later settled for an economic siege [on it] to prevent it from being able to spark conflict and launch wars. The Allies were euphoric after playing a tune of victory, thus distracting themselves from the pain left by the war. The wounded Germany had not a moment of calm or comfort, and neither supporters nor allies, and it bent under the burden. It was paralyzed by the economic siege, and in its death throes.

“Then came the Great Depression. American and European banks quickly withdrew their funds from Germany, thus pouring salt in Germany’s wounds and causing them to fester. As a result, the vilest of Germany’s sons rose to power.

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The various] countries dealt with the Great Depression in accordance with their own circumstances. The Allies rebuilt their economies at the expense of rebuilding their militaries [while] Nazi Germany turned to a secret military buildup, at the expense of its economy. The U.S. reduced military expenditure in favor of industrial and housing government projects, ignoring warnings by its generals as did Britain. France ignored De Gaulle’s recommendation to build up its armored units, claiming that he was a mentally damaged prisoner of war, and threw him aside. De Gaulle wrote a book warning his people of the coming war, which he said would arrive in tanks [but it was] the Germans who eagerly absorbed De Gaulle’s book and followed his advice. They entered Paris in tanks, forcing France into surrender within weeks. Nazi Germany needed no more than a decade to throw off the screen of secrecy and camouflage from its massive modern army that swept across Europe in only a few months…

“Even if the Iran of the ayatollahs is not the same as Nazi Germany, the essence of the two evils is. The qualities of resentment, hatefulness, and murderousness are shared by them both, and there are similarities too in their isolation and in the oversight [imposed on them], as well as in their secrecy and deception.

“Though the craft of military killing has changed substantially [over the years], technologically speaking, Iran, under the false embargo, is just as capable as the Germans of creating [means of] destruction and killing and hiding them under the turbans of the ayatollahs, and [these means] are no less lethal, deadly, evil, and powerful [than those produced by the Germans].

“The loss of life and massive economic damage inflicted upon Germany in the first [world] war did not prevent its sons from repeating the disaster. Despite having witnessed [the first disaster], they took part in [another one] and tasted the sorrow that it caused them, which broke them to pieces. So what makes us think that the ayatollahs of Iran will fear the consequences [of their actions], when they do not know the disastrous results of wars and have not experienced their tragedies and results? We cannot expect them [to fear the results of war] when their hands are stained with the blood of their Iranian people, in addition to that of others… The ayatollahs of Iran are no smarter than the Nazis, and are no less criminal or murderous.

“If [WWI] did not prevent Nazi Germany from violating its commitments and did not deter it from betraying its ally Russia, then we should not expect anything from the ayatollahs of Iran other than betrayal at any opportunity.”

The Real Fear Is The Technology Of Death And Destruction That The Iranians Produce In Secret

“We must not make light of the ayatollahs’ tricks and nefariousness… And today, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and Libya can almost smell the scent of the ayatollahs’ malice every time blood is spilled, and can almost see the black color of their devilish robes in the mourning [clothes] of every widow and orphan. The sound of their sermons can be heard in the moans of everyone whose honor was violated or whose child was harmed, and every [woman] whose modesty or home were damaged…

“Exporting the [Shi’ite] sect of the ayatollah regime is not the thing we should fear, since a person still belongs to his father’s sect so long as the enemy has not killed his father, oppressed his people, and imposed its sect upon him…

“The real fear is of what [the Iranians] are hiding on their land that is the production of technology for killing, corrupting, and destroying, which is easy to hide and can cause widespread damage. The ayatollahs themselves yearn for the day of blood and killing, since evil is the essence of the ayatollahs’ being, and they emerge from it and return to it.

“When Hitler invaded Austria and the unthinkable happened, the weakness of Europe’s armies and its focus on the economy paralyzed it, which is why it was remiss in helping [Austria]. Europe justified its negligence by saying: This is the [German] nation restoring its own land. Later Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia, and then Europe said: This is the revenge of the [German] nation. After that, Hitler conquered all of Europe.

“[Similarly], what currently paralyzes Obama in [dealing with] Syria, Ukraine, Iraq, and ISIS is his promise to his people [that] if they reelected him president he would extract them from the quagmire of his predecessor’s wars, and would not involve their sons in a war under any circumstances. His excuse was: ‘I am fulfilling my promise to my voters.’ Israel has an army to defend it, America has enough oil for its needs, and the Arabs have [both] oil and a legacy of courage that they boast. So they should use them both, as they please.”[1]

Ahmad Jarallah: “Iran Of 2015 Is Behaving Like The Adolf Hitler Of 1938″

Ahmad Al-Jarallah wrote:[2] “As the six countries led by the United States of America scurry to contain Iran through diplomacy during the final stages of Iran’s obscure nuclear program pact, Tehran continues to toughen its stance as if it is the one calling the shots. Iran (of 2015) is behaving like the Adolf Hitler of 1938. The Munich Agreement hurled the world into the furnace of the World War II and when then British MP Winston Churchill discovered the truth he opposed the agreement before the House of Commons. In his speech, Sir Winston Churchill said, ‘All these calamities fell upon us because of evil counsel, because tribute was not offered to them at the right time nor yet were they resisted; but when they (Nazis) had done the most evil, then was peace made with them’.

“US Foreign Secretary John Kerry met [with] his Iranian counterpart Muhammad Jawad Zarif for six hours. At the height of the meeting, [Kerry] left in despair empty-handed on the background of the Iranian refusal to throw open its military facilities for inspection. I dare ask again if these global powers realize the core of Iran’s delay.

Ahmad Al-Jarallah (image: Arab Times, Kuwait)

“Long ago, we stated that the Western fear, especially the US’s of Iran, is just an illusion. [We said that] the exaggeration of Iran’s nuclear program is just for show, to blackmail the world. The evidence of this fact is whenever the issue of inspecting Iran’s nuclear facilities surfaces, Iran raises the ceiling of its conditions, and every time, the West or the ‘Five plus One’ nations yield to these conditions…

“Even if Iran manages to possess those weapons, it will never be in a better position than North Korea, which keeps harping on the old tune, boasting about its weapons of mass destruction while 95 percent of North Koreans go hungry. That is to say, Pyongyang has operated under the formula of hunger and oppression in return for nuclear weapons. Every day the world hears loud voices from North Korea threatening to destroy the US and other countries and every day the North Koreans continue to suffer from hunger and poverty that has reached the bottom level, thanks to Pyongyang’s sick demented leadership which exterminates its officials with anti-aircraft missiles for falling asleep during a ceremony attended by their leader.

“The same applies to Iran, but the difference between Pyongyang and Tehran is [that] the latter banks on a creedal ethnical expansionism scheme which Iran has been marketing for the past 36 years not only through the formation of militia gangs in some Arab countries but even by sending Revolutionary Guards to fight in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. Therefore, Iran’s refusal and its persistent [attempts] to raise the ceiling of conditions denote only one thing — [that it means] to pull wool over the eyes of the world and see the sanctions being lifted to allow the flood of money — believed to be $140 billion — gushing into Iran.

“If this happens, the six countries will have made the same mistake which was made by Britain, France and Italy in 1938. The only difference today will be the fact that the place from where Iran could have flexed its muscles [i.e., Houthi-controlled Yemen] is shut down by Operation Decisive Storm. Hence, the question is: ‘Which Arab country will take after Austria or Poland, [and be the country from which] the Persian Hitler will kick off his expansionism scheme, [right] under the noses of the international community, which bets on containing the Iranian evil through diplomacy?'”[3]

Sacred Trust



What a cruel world that we live in!

Originally posted on Steve McCurry's Blog:

There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children.
There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected,
that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want
and that they can grow up in peace.
– Kofi Annan

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DSC_8662, Philippines, 01/2014, PHILIPPINES-10139NF4. A boy pushes a cart with wood. Retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 2/9/2014Philippines

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Child labor and poverty are inevitably bound together,
and if you continue to use the labor of children as the
treatment for the social disease of poverty,

you will have both poverty and child labor to the end of time.
 –  Grace Abbott

01844_12, Lavazza, Honduras, 2005, HONDURAS-10044NF3. A boy carrying sticks.  retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 09/05/2014Honduras

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies is, 
in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are
cold and are not clothed.  This world in arms is not spending money alone.
It is spending the sweat of its…

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Sacred Trust


Originally posted on Steve McCurry's Blog:

There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children.
There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected,
that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want
and that they can grow up in peace.
– Kofi Annan

SAM_2957; Rajasthan, India; 05/2008, INDIA-11398. Girl carrying stone.  retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 03/19/2015India


DSC_8662, Philippines, 01/2014, PHILIPPINES-10139NF4. A boy pushes a cart with wood. Retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 2/9/2014Philippines

Hazaras, Kabul, Afghanistan, 2006, AFGHN-13034NF. A father helps his son make candy. MM7424_061007_11017 Confectionary factory, Kabul, Afghanistan, 2006. Pg 234. Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs. retouched_Sonny Fabbri 11/14/2012Afghanistan

Child labor and poverty are inevitably bound together,
and if you continue to use the labor of children as the
treatment for the social disease of poverty,

you will have both poverty and child labor to the end of time.
 –  Grace Abbott

01844_12, Lavazza, Honduras, 2005, HONDURAS-10044NF3. A boy carrying sticks.  retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 09/05/2014Honduras

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies is, 
in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are
cold and are not clothed.  This world in arms is not spending money alone.
It is spending the sweat of its…

View original 254 more words




Roberts: Have your fun, but you just soiled the Constitution.

If you are among the many Americans — of whatever sexual orientation — who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision. Celebrate the achievement of a desired goal. Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner. Celebrate the availability of new benefits. But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.

Scalia: We just destroyed democracy.

A system of government that makes the People subordinate to a committee of nine unelected lawyers does not deserve to be called a democracy.

The strikingly unrepresentative character of the body voting on today’s social upheaval would be irrelevant if they were functioning as judges, answering the legal question whether the American people had ever ratified a constitutional provision that was understood to proscribe the traditional definition of marriage. But of course the Justices in today’s majority are not voting on that basis; they say they are not. And to allow the policy question of same-sex marriage to be considered and resolved by a select, patrician, highly unrepresentative panel of nine is to violate a principle even more fundamental than no taxation without representation: no social transformation without representation.

Scalia: The majority think they are smarter than everyone else.

They have discovered in the Fourteenth Amendment a “fundamental right” overlooked by every person alive at the time of ratification, and almost everyone else in the time since. They see what lesser legal minds — minds like Thomas Cooley, John Marshall Harlan, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Learned Hand, Louis Brandeis, William Howard Taft, Benjamin Cardozo, Hugo Black, Felix Frankfurter, Robert Jackson, and Henry Friendly — could not.

Scalia: I’m not a bigot.

These Justices know that limiting marriage to one man and one woman is

contrary to reason; they know that an institution as old as government itself, and accepted by every nation in history until 15 years ago, 21 cannot possibly be supported by

anything other than ignorance or bigotry. And they are willing to say that any citizen who does not agree with that, who adheres to what was, until 15 years ago, the unanimous judgment of all generations and all societies, stands against the Constitution.

Scalia: The majority are pretentious narcissists.

The opinion is couched in a style that is as pretentious as its content is egotistic. It is one thing for separate concurring or dissenting opinions to contain extravagances, even silly extravagances, of thought and expression; it is something else for the official opinion of the Court to do so. Of course the opinion’s showy profundities are often profoundly incoherent.

Scalia: The majority is trying to overthrow the government, similar to the Nazis in Germany.

But what really astounds is the hubris reflected in today’s judicial Putsch. The five Justices who compose today’s majority are entirely comfortable concluding that every State violated the Constitution for all of the 135 years between the Fourteenth Amendment’s ratification and Massachusetts’ permitting of same-sex marriages in 2003.

Thomas: Gay people already had it great!

Petitioners cannot claim, under the most plausible definition of “liberty,” that they have been imprisoned or physically restrained by the States for participating in same-sex relationships. To the contrary, they have been able to cohabitate and raise their children in peace. They have been able to hold civil marriage ceremonies in States that recognize same-sex marriages and private religious ceremonies in all States. They have been able to travel freely around the country, making their homes where they please. Far from being incarcerated or physically restrained, petitioners have been left alone to order their lives as they see fit.

Thomas: We have set up a war between religion and the government.

In our society, marriage is not simply a governmental institution; it is a religious institution as well. Today’s decision might change the former, but it cannot change the latter. It appears all but inevitable that the two will come into conflict, particularly as individuals and churches are confronted with demands to participate in and endorse civil marriages between same-sex couples.

Thomas: The majority probably destroyed religious liberty.

Although our Constitution provides some protection against such governmental restrictions on religious practices, the People have long elected to afford broader protections than this Court’s constitutional precedents mandate. Had the majority allowed the definition of marriage to be left to the political process—as the Constitution requires—the People could have considered the religious liberty implications of deviating from the traditional definition as part of their deliberative process. Instead, the majority’s decision short-circuits that process, with potentially ruinous consequences for religious liberty.

Thomas: Gay people are fine without government recognition, just like slaves.

The corollary of that principle is that human dignity cannot be taken away by the government. Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity)

because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them. And those denied

governmental benefits certainly do not lose their dignity because the government denies them those benefits. The government cannot bestow dignity, and it cannot take it away.

Alito: Opponents of marriage equality will be vilified.

It will be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy. In the course of its opinion, the majority compares traditional marriage laws to laws that denied equal treatment for African-Americans and women. The implications of this analogy will be exploited by those who are determined to stamp out every vestige of dissent.

I assume that those who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes, but if they repeat those views in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots and treated as such by governments, employers, and schools.

By imposing its own views on the entire country, the majority facilitates the marginalization of the many Americans who have traditional ideas. Recalling the harsh treatment of
gays and lesbians in the past, some may think that turnabout is fair play. But if that sentiment prevails, the Nation will experience bitter and lasting wounds.




A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism. ‘Very few people were true Nazis,’ he said, ‘but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.’ 

We are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam is the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. 
The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march… It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers. 
The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the ‘silent majority,’ is cowed and extraneous. 
Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China’s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people. 
The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. 
And who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were ‘peace loving’? 
History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: 
Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. 
Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun. 
Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts — the fanatics who threaten our way of life.


Well it never changes, the fringes always take over and scare the silent majority just like the big money, the NRA, THE RACISTS, THE BIG MONEY and other such saber rattlers in our society (nazi like police forces?) well Islam is sort of a special case for its dogmas froze in a 12th century mold not to change an iota which the same social justice and rules that applied then are true now from beheadings to stoning to cutting off hands, and other extremities for appropriate ‘crimes’ or excesses. So humans are creatures of endless cruelties, thick skins, hard of hearing, unmoving hearts, and thousands of years pass between the times that a human comes with the the guts to proclaim and remind that loving God is not what it’s all about, nor loving his messenger, son, brother, image or ideas but caring for other humans as you would for one self. That wealth is for doing good not for building edifices and soaring towers but to shelter and feed the feed homeless and hungry, and keep them productive and not at our mercy.





This is what is being written about it today:
 FRUM: We can prevent mass shootings. “There is of course no ‘one law’ that would prevent all gun massacres, any more than there is ‘one law’ that would eliminate all house fires, all fatal car crashes, or all smoking deaths. Yet American society has made amazing progress at enhancing citizen safety against fires, car crashes, and smoking. It’s true that ‘no one thing’ did it. It would have been utterly false to predict ‘nothing’ could do it. So with guns. … Even as crime rates decline, not only in the U.S. but in all developed countries, the United States continues to suffer mass casualty gun massacres with a frequency seen nowhere else in the developed world: 133 between 2000 and 2014, as compared to 3 in Canada, 2 in Australia, and 1 in the United Kingdom, according to one global survey.” The Atlantic.
RENNIE: Gun control is politically impossible in the United States. “Americans of different political beliefs live ever-more different lives. That adds an element of raw tribalism to what should be dispassionate questions of public policy. Guns are a grim example. Consider polls that show Americans are becoming more hostile to gun control, and more willing to say that guns are necessary for self-defence. The headline numbers are striking enough. But as so often with headline numbers, they conceal vast and widening gaps between different regions, races and classes. … Whites are almost twice as likely as blacks and Hispanics to say it is more important to protect gun rights than to control access to guns. Those living in rural areas and Americans living in the South and Midwest are far keener on guns than those in the north-east. Post-graduates are much keener on gun control than those with high school educations alone. … Questions over guns are becoming questions of identity.” The Economist.
The bottom line is that besides the hatred spawned by racist symbols and the bigotry and separatism harbored in parts of the USA as long as the means to express those feeling with such arms and ammunition that can wreak so much havoc are at large things will get worse not better and we must address these laws and weapons and change both the culture and sense of entitlement to be armed to the teeth to go to war with our surroundings at a drop of a hat!



Iranian Intellectual And Dissident: 

The Iranian Regime Is As Bad As ISIS, Yet Western Leaders Ignore Its Crimes

On October 30, 2014, Iranian intellectual Mohammad Maleki, a former president of Tehran University and a critic of the Iranian regime, published an open letter to the people of Iran in the online daily In the letter, he wondered why U.S. and European leaders are shocked by ISIS’ beheadings yet ignore the brutal crimes that the Iranian regime has been committing ever since its establishment against its own people and the people of the region. Maleki argued that the Iranian regime, under its founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and his successor Ali Khamenei – who are the Iranian equivalents of ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi – is the same as ISIS because it too executes people systematically and brutally violates the human rights of many prisoners. Maleki pointed to the mass killing of Iranian prisoners, especially of militants from the oppositionist Mojahedeen-e Khalq organization who were sentenced during the 1980s in disregard for their rights and subjected to physical and psychological torture. He claimed that the West even helped the Iranian regime by giving it a free hand in Iraq after Saddam Hussein’s ouster and letting it act against Iranian oppositionists there, in collaboration with then-Iraqi president Nouri Al-Maliki, who is an Iranian lackey.
The 81-year-old Maleki, who lives in Iran, is a member of the anti-regime National-Religious Coalition of Iran and a columnist for the reformist daily Rooz. He served as Tehran University’s first president following the Islamic Revolution and spent five years in prison for opposing the purge of the universities conducted by Khomeini as part of his cultural revolution. In 2001, he was detained for half a year on a charge of anti-regime subversion, and in 2009 he was arrested after protesting electoral fraud in the presidential elections and was charged with insulting Khomeini and Khamenei. In January 2012 he was again arrested briefly for conducting anti-regime propaganda.
In November 2012, Maleki published a letter accusing Khamenei of suppressing society and systematically murdering his critics and opponents, and held him responsible for the regime’s massacre of thousands of its citizens. He called on him to step down before a popular uprising broke out against him, and thus to spare Iran the kind of bloodshed that Syria and Libya have experienced.

Below are the main points of his letter from October 2014:

 Mohammad Maleki (image:
“The whole world is currently talking about ISIS (the Islamic Caliphate) and its crimes. The talk and the articles about the acts of slaughter and other attacks perpetrated by these murderers against Muslims take me back 30-something years and remind me of events that happened in Evin [prison], Ghazal Hasar [prison] and other prisons in Iran under Khomeini’s and Khamenei’s rule.”


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