I am a retired American Diplomat. I served my country abroad for twenty-five years, a ten of those in Islamic countries. I held the highest levels of TOP SECRET security clearances with Code Word access to Sensitive Compartmentalized Intelligence (SCI). I was awarded a medal for VALOR, for actions I took during the war in Cambodia in 1975. Among other things, I worked very successfully in embassy and diplomatic security, counter intelligence, and counter terrorism. Portions of my highly rated [...]READ MORE »
Daily archives for September 17th, 2012
By obsessing over the 14-minute YouTube Muhammad video and its maker, the mainstream media ultimately exonerates the inexcusable and murderous response of the Islamic world.
There is only one question: did those who make this movie break any law? No, they did not—and so the matter should end there, and the media should move on. Focusing on those who did not break any American laws as a way to take the focus off those who murdered and initiated an act of [...]READ MORE »
A 20-year-old Egyptian woman was murdered earlier this month after being assaulted, the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECWR) reported.
According to their statement on the incident in Upper Egypt’s Assuit, the young woman had been walking on a main street with a friend when a man began grabbing her body.
She then turned around and spit in his face and reportedly verbally lashed back, saying “I will get my rights back. I will get my rights back against your will.”
The ECWR [...]READ MORE »
Tutakal is a remote village nestled in Kurdistan’s parched mountains, accessible only through its dusty mountain tracks.
Here in this village, women circumcision was a common norm practiced by many families. All but two of the women and girls from about 17 families in the village have been circumcised, most of them at a very early age.
Her chin marked by a faded blue traditional tattoo, and her hair pulled back inside a black headscarf, Amena’s face is one many Iraqi Kurdish [...]READ MORE »
As Prime Minister, Julia Gillard struggled to explain how Muslim children could be used to incite violence; eight-year-old Ruqaya yesterday fronted a congress of Islamic fundamentalists in Sydney to espouse her love for jihad. Addressing a 600-strong crowd at the Australian chapter of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Bankstown in the city’s west, the young girl urged all Muslim youth to fight for the restoration of the Islamic caliphate, a single global government for all Muslims established under strict sharia law.
“My dear [...]READ MORE »
Iran’s government will “track down” those responsible for making an amateurish film clip mocking the Prophet Muhammad, a senior official said, Iranian media reported on Monday.
The video made in California and posted on YouTube portrayed the Prophet Muhammad as a womanizer and a fool. It has ignited a week of violent protests across the Muslim world.
“The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran condemns…this inappropriate and offensive action,” First Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi said, according to the Mehr news agency.
“Certainly [...]READ MORE »
A family drama unfolding in Abu Dhabi Criminal Court (pictured) has a stepmother and son trade incest charges against each other.
According to a report in Al Khaleej newspaper, the incident came to light when police received complaints from a head of the family that his son had raped his wife.
However, investigations revealed a muddled up situation at their home.
The man’s wife alleges that the son threatened her and forced her into a relationship.
But the son denied his step-mom’s allegations and [...]READ MORE »
When a Saudi woman threatened to report her husband’s pre-marriage affairs to stop him from having a second wife, he simply called her bluff, apparently not expecting punishment for teenage sexual adventures. He was wrong.
After seeing tapes showing him in obscene acts with women in other countries before his marriage, a court sentenced him to nine months in jail and ordered him lashed 100 times in public. Instead of feeling triumphant, the wife regretted it.
The unnamed husband was preparing to [...]READ MORE »
A suicide car bomber killed seven Iraqis and wounded 11 others, including a member of parliament, close to an entrance to Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone on Monday, where several Western embassies are located, police sources said.
The attack was close to the July 14th suspension bridge which leads into the central area, known officially as the International Zone, which houses diplomatic missions including the U.S. embassy.
“I was on my way to enter the Green Zone when the blast happened. I was [...]READ MORE »
A political solution in the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program is still possible, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday, but she added Tehran posed a threat not just to Israel but to the whole world.
“I support a political solution … and I believe that we are not at the point where the search for political solutions has been exhausted,” she told a news conference in Berlin.
The U.N. atomic watchdog chief said earlier that the agency will hold further talks [...]READ MORE »
The recent mass deployment of UK and U.S. forces in the Arabian Gulf has been downplayed by defense experts on Sunday, brushing off suggestions that the substantial military moves were linked to a possible Israeli military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Asked if the exercise has anything to do with the ongoing tension between Israel and Iran, Lt. Greg Raelson, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet in Bahrain, told Al Arabiya English: “No; this international mine countermeasures exercise 2012 [...]READ MORE »
Blame the movie.
Blame the movie.
Even though “the movie” was on YouTube for months prior to the collective indignation of thousands of Middle Eastern Islamists all coming together on the eleventh anniversary of September 11th (through a wild coincidence, no doubt), we are being told by our government and our media overlords that we must blame the movie.
You see, if we blame the movie for the burning of our foreign outposts and the brutal murders of four Americans (including our Libyan [...]READ MORE »
Iranian newspapers are reporting that a religious foundation has increased a reward for killing British author Salman Rushdie to $3.3 million from $2.8 million in response to alleged insults to the Prophet Muhammad.
The Sunday reports in the hardline Jomhoori Eslami daily and other newspapers appeared to be a reference to an anti-Islam film that sparked a series of protests across the Muslim world.
The report said that the 15 Khordad Foundation will pay the prize to whoever acts on the 1989 [...]READ MORE »
INDONESIA: Hundreds clashed with police outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, hurling rocks and firebombs and setting tires alight. It was the first violence seen in the world’s most populous Muslim country since international outrage over the film exploded last week. Eleven policemen were rushed to the hospital after being pelted with rocks and attacked with bamboo sticks, while four protesters were arrested and one was hospitalized.
Demonstrators burned a picture of President Barack Obama and tried to ignite a fire [...]READ MORE »
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah called for a week of protests across Lebanon over a film mocking Islam.
Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon’s powerful Shiite Muslim group, made his call for protests in a televised speech broadcast just hours after Pope Benedict XVI left Lebanon following a historic three-day visit in which he prayed that Middle East leaders would work towards peace and reconciliation.
“The whole world needs to see your anger on your faces, in your fists and your shouts,” Nasrallah said, [...]READ MORE »
Around 100 U.S. citizens have been evacuated from Tunisia since an attack on the embassy in Tunis by angry Muslim protesters that left four people dead, several sources said on Monday.
“The American nationals were evacuated on Sunday,” a diplomatic source told AFP, without saying how many had left the country.
A security source said 100 Americans, including embassy officials and residents, left the capital on a Tunisair flight.
Washington ordered non-essential diplomatic staff and their relatives to leave Sudan and Tunisia following [...]READ MORE »
Hundreds of Afghans burned cars and threw rocks at a U.S. military base as a demonstration against an anti-Islam film that ridicules the Prophet Muhammad turned violent in the Afghan capital early Monday.
The air was thick with smoke on the Jalalabad road—a main thoroughfare into the city center where the crowd burned shipping containers and tires. Sirens wailed as fire engines rushed to the scene. At least one police vehicle was burned by the mob, according Daoud Amin, the police [...]READ MORE »
Jordanian media experts on Sunday said the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims” violated international law governing freedom of expression.
“The film cannot be considered part of freedom of expression because it spreads hatred and hurts the feelings of Muslims. The film faked historical facts and it has nothing to do with free expression,” Yahya Shuqeir, an analyst and expert on media laws in Jordan, told The Jordan Times on Sunday.
“The provocative film violates Articles 19 and 20 of the International Covenant [...]READ MORE »