Archive for June, 2010

June 25, 2010

Pakistan – Sunni Islamists attack females for studying

PAKISTAN — Sunni Islamists attack females for studying

By Lee Jay Walker
THE MODERN TOKYO TIMES

Schoolgirls in Pakistan

The nation of Pakistan is currently in crisis because many parts of this nation are out of control and central forces can do little to stem the tide of Sunni Islamic hatred. Given this reality, the Taliban and other radical Sunni Muslim organizations have warned young females from obtaining an education. This policy is not related to the government of Pakistan but the government of this nation must be held accountable for not protecting females and teachers.

Instead this barbaric policy is being introduced by radical Sunni Islamic forces who desire to rule by fear. Attacks which began to increase in 2009 have continued in 2010 and schools have been bombed by pro-Taliban forces.  Therefore, how can Pakistan and other nations stop this madness and mass cruelty?

Of course the political correct liberals in the West and the “well meaning” who try to excuse every crime committed by these fanatics, remain mainly silent when issues like this occur. Therefore, we hear so much about Guantanamo Bay but what about the dark forces of radical Sunni Islam, why don’t we get more information about this global reality?

Yes, Guantanamo Bay can be questioned because of the violation of international law. Yet what about informing people about the brutal ideology of radical Sunni Islam? After all, they support the persecution of women, killing homosexuals, killing converts from Islam, stoning people to death for adultery, closing female schools, killing teachers who teach females, and many other barbaric and draconian measures.

Yet the political correct who were aghast by Guantanamo Bay, say very little about the reality of radical Sunni Islam. Therefore, today we are seeing a new wave of radical Sunni Islam in parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan once more. This means a new drive against women in order to maintain a firm male grip over society. However, the mass media, on the whole, appears to be asleep on this issue and feminists remain mainly silent and the same applies to moderate Muslims who only see Islam in a positive light?

Therefore, in the early part of the 21st century we are witnessing a militant Sunni Islamic ideology which supports destroying schools which teach females, killing teachers who teach young girls, and other brutal methods in order to rule by fear.  This is being done in the name of Islam and this barbaric way of thinking appears to be gaining ground and minorities also fear persecution, therefore, Ahmadiyya Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, and others, fear an “Islamic year zero.”

This mindset somehow appears to be growing in parts of Pakistan and the hands of funding from Saudi Arabia and other draconian nations is enabling this.  Alas, the liberal mass media wants to say little or excuse every possible crime which is being done in the name of Sunni Islam.

To the followers of this radical Sunni Islamic ideology, they deem the killing of innocents and ruling by fear to be Godly. In their eyes it is right to humiliate and persecute women, Shia Muslims, Ahmadiyya Muslims, Christians, Hindus, and Sikhs; kill converts who leave Sunni Islam; to chop hands and feet off for minor crimes; to stone women to death for adulter;, and so forth. This ideology is similar to Nazism, it is about the destruction of all alternative thought patterns and it is based on ruling by fear.

This radical Sunni Islamic Sharia state which is desired by Islamists would mean a return to an age of complete barbarity. If a political movement in any developed nation rose up like this, then all liberals and democrats would be aghast, however, many parts of the mass media are ignoring the reality of what radical Sunni Islam means. Therefore, without any major political desire, this problem will be left unchallenged and females will be the first victims and after them the rest will follow.

Given this, the government of Pakistan and outside nations must work closely together in order to support the most vulnerable in society. Pakistan also must close down all radical religious schools because these schools are breeding grounds for radical Islamists who indoctrinate very young people. Therefore, the “real war” must be the control of “education and welfare services.”

America and NATO are now bogged down in Afghanistan because Islamic Sunni militants can freely move between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Yet while the military is needed to prevent the Taliban from taking power; this policy must be more dimensional. Secular schools are needed and all welfare services must be taken over by both central governments. At the same time, all moderate Sunni religious leaders must work alongside the government in order to stop the next generation from being brainwashed.

Education and the welfare sector is the “real war” and the central governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan must be supported in these vital areas. The world must act and it must act alongside moderate forces within Afghanistan and Pakistan. If not, then this radical Sunni Islamic movement will threaten other societies and nations, for example Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nigeria, and others.

In modern day Afghanistan and Pakistan you have many people who face persecution. This applies to females who merely want to go to school, Shia Muslims who face enormous persecution, moderate Sunni Muslims, different sects within Islam, converts to Christianity or other faiths, and so forth. The NAZI style methodology of radical Sunni Islam is clearly very potent and just like in NAZI Germany, all alternative points of views are deemed to be punishable by death or other forms of coercion by the use of brute force.

If Afghanistan and Pakistan, alongside outside nations, can not protect females throughout all of society, then who can be protected from these dark forces? The battle ground is clear for all to see, it is about the control of the education sector and welfare sector. At the same time, internal corruption must be ended via genuine reforms and international financial support must be aimed at creating “a just society” and not just window dressing.

Of course this will not be easy, but the military option by itself is not viable and the same applies to maintaining the current status quo. Major institutions in both nations need to be changed alongside greater centralization where central power is very weak. Also, moderate Sunni Muslim clerics must come forward because radical Sunni Islam desires to destroy everything, including the diversity of Sunni Islam. The Taliban and other organizations desire a world where women are stoned to death for adultery and where women remain in the shadows; this radical ideology needs to be challenged by all forces which support humanity, if not, this crisis will grow and spread.

 LEE JAY WALKER

http://leejaywalker.wordpress.com

http://themoderntokyotimes.wordpress.com

https://islamicpersecution.wordpress.com

June 24, 2010

Kosovo and the crisis of ignoring international law and global opinions

Kosovo and the Crisis of Ignoring International Law and Global Opinions

 

By Lee Jay Walker
The Modern Tokyo times

 
Kosovars celebrate their independence in Pristina and show off their new flag. Photo Courtesy of Getty Images   – THE SEOUL TIMES

Kosovo obtained part independence when America and many European nations gave the go ahead for the creation of this new nation. However, it is clear that things are not plain sailing because many other nations did not support this elitist adventure, therefore, the wider international community was ignored. Therefore, today we have a situation where some nations support this new state, however, the majority of nations in Africa, Asia, and South America, have not given their consent.

Also, the Russian Federation, Spain, and some other European nations, refuse to accept this American led adventure. Therefore, what does the future hold for Kosovo and international law?

Firstly, the current status of limbo is a shock to America and many European nations because they believed that the majority of other nations would follow suit, however, at the moment this isn`t happening. Therefore, the influence of the Russian Federation, China, India, and other nations who are against the independence of Kosovo, is much deeper than America imagined. Also, many nations are aghast by the elitism of this new venture and of course many nations worry that the same may happen to them.

Another negative side effect is the fact that Abkhazia and South Ossetia in Georgia have clear justifications to claim the same rights, with regards to the American model of bypassing international law and the United Nations. So if America can violate international law so easily, then America should expect other nations to follow suit. Therefore, many other would be nations in other parts of the world also claim to have the same natural rights. Of course the United States, the United Kingdom, and others, are claiming that Kosovo is unique, but this is not based on reality because you have too many conflicts all over the world. So a “can of worms” is the real cause and effect of this naive policy.

Nations which are against this American led venture have stated clearly that they are very unhappy with the blatant attitude of elitist Western nations. The Foreign Minister of Argentina, Jorge Taiana, stated “if we were to recognise Kosovo, which has declared its independence unilaterally, without an agreement with Serbia, we would set a dangerous precedent that would seriously threaten our chances of a political settlement in the case of the Falkland Islands.”

The newly elected President of Cyprus, Dimitris Christofias, was even more outspoken because he stated “The one thing that Kosovo and Cyprus have in common, as far as the situation in these regions is concerned, is that in both cases, the basic principles of international law and legality, as well as UN decisions, are constantly being violated.” A similar comment was made by Miguel Angel Moratinos, the Spanish Foreign Minister, because he made it clear that “the Government of Spain will not recognise the unilateral act proclaimed by the assembly of Kosovo […] We will not recognise because we consider […] this does not respect international law.”

Therefore, this issue is very important and complex and it is not about denying either the majority Kosovo Albanians independence or supporting minorities like the Serbians, Roma, and other minorities in Kosovo. It is about a deeper issue and this applies to international law. So if America and her supporters can justify Kosovo then what about creating new independent nations for the Abkhazians and South Ossetians in Georgia, Palestinians, Karen in Myanmar, Tamils in Sri Lanka, West Papuans in Indonesia, Basques in Spain, Balochis in Pakistan, and the list can go on and on; so do these ethnic groups deserve independence?

This is the problem because you can not seriously claim that Kosovo is special or unique. After all, you have countless conflicts in the world and many ethnic groups face terrible persecution. Therefore, many other ethnic groups are aghast by events and Yasser Abed Rabbo, a Palestinian politician, stated “Kosovo is not better than us. We deserve independence even before Kosovo, and we ask for the backing of the United States and the European Union for our independence. If things are not going in the direction of continuous and serious negotiations, then we should take the step and announce our independence unilaterally.”

Also, the international community, on a whole, is saying that this colonial attitude is really not warrented and of course major institutions, like the United Nations, have been violated and the same applies to international law. So we have a genuine dilemma over this issue and again if the United Nations and international law can be violated, then why have either? Sadly, nations like the United States believe that they are above the international community because they also bypassed international law when they attacked Iraq and bombed the former Yugoslavia.

You also have problems within Kosovo itself and major divisions still exist. This especially applies to northern Kosovo because the Serbian community is relatively sizeable throughout this region. Therefore, you still have major flashpoints and Serbians, the Roma, and other minorities, feel isolated or abandoned. Also, the international community must still guard and protect Serbians, the Roma, and other minorities, throughout the whole of Kosovo. This in itself is evidence that the institutions of Kosovo are weak.

Therefore, the longer this situation remains in limbo the worse it will get because we have already seen convulsions in Georgia based on the Kosovo model. Whereby nations can now clearly state that America, the United Kingdom, France, and others, violated international law, therefore, other nations can follow suit and support their own self interests. So what does the future hold for Kosovo, countless other conflicts throughout the world, the United Nations, and international law?

Lee Jay Walker

http://leejaywalker.wordpress.com

https://islamicpersecution.wordpress.com

leejayteach@hotmail.com

June 4, 2010

Turkey and the Islamic and nationalist card

Turkey and the Islamic and nationalist card

LEE JAY WALKER

THE MODERN TOKYO TIMES

PM ERDOGAN OF TURKEY

The current Prime Minister of Turkey is playing the Islamic and nationalist card in order to boost his image.  Recep Tayyip Erdogan clearly knows how to garner public attention and Turkish nationalism is very potent in Turkey and others seek Islamization or a more overtly Islamic state.  Therefore, Israel is the usual “whipping” nation in the mainly Muslim world and Erdogan is appealing to the most common of all denominators.

After all, anti-Semitism or Israeli bashing, or a combination of both, is a common theme throughout many mainly Muslim nations and in Europe many media outlets are clearly pro-Palestinian.  Israel appears to be a “whipping boy” for people who are left-wing or supporters of the far-right, and this suits the Islamists because they can use this nation in order to ferment more hatred and to increase their respective power base.

Therefore, Erdogan will make the most of any opportunity in order to increase the power base of Islam in Turkey and he can also appeal to nationalists.  Erdogan commented in the past that “A Muslim can never commit genocide.”

If so, Erdogan should look back to 1915 because Muslims slaughtered at least 1.5 million Armenians, Assyrians, and Greek Orthodox Christians and of course how did Islam get to become 99% in modern day Turkey given the reality that this nation was once the bastion of Orthodox Christianity?

I negate to mention that Mohammed himself was responsible for the ethnic cleansing of Judaism in Arabia once his power base increased.  Also, I am sure that Assyrian Christians, Armenian Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, and Zoroastrians, and many others, would beg to differ. This also applies to African Christians and Animists in southern Sudan who witnessed the onslaught of Islamization and Arabization in more recent times.

Turning back to recent events then clearly Turkey is furious after at least nine people were killed on board the Turkish flagged Mavi Marmara.  At least eight were Turkish nationals and given the pro-Palestinian element and the way Israel is viewed, then clearly tensions and passions are running high.

Yet how would Turkey like it if Israeli nationals began to take aid to Kurds in Turkey?  Would Erdogan be happy about this situation and when we magnify this by the nature of Hamas then clearly this issue is complex.

Erdogan and many others also point out that the blockade on Gaza is cruel.  This is also ironic because Turkey have enforced a cruel blockade on Christian Armenia but of course this gets little media attention. 

The blockade of Armenia by Turkey began in 1993 and this is not only brutal but given the legacy of 1915 and the systematic genocide which took place then it is clearly beyond belief.   Also, unlike the situation for Israel, it is clear that Armenia have not used force or broken any laws against Turkey, however, Hamas often fires rockets at Israel and many terrorist attacks have taken place.

If we turn to Erdogan’s past then clearly he supported a greater role for Islam in modern day Turkey and in recent years he appears to be playing the “Muslim card” in order to boost himself and the political party he represents.

Past comments by Erdogan apply to the following:


“We will turn all our schools into İmam Hatips [religious schools]”—Cumhuriyet, Sept. 9, 1994
 

“Thank God Almighty, I am a servant of the Shari’a.”— Milliyet, Nov. 21, 1994

“I am the imam of Istanbul.”—Hürriyet, Jan. 8, 1995
 

“I support the proposal to inaugurate the parliament by reciting the Qur’an.”—Milliyet, Jan. 8, 1996

More recently it is clear that Erdogan will exploit any issue whereby he can claim that Muslims are being victimized and this suits his past agenda.  Therefore, he strongly rebuked China in 2009 after major disturbances in Xinjiang and he stated that “The event taking place in China is a kind of genocide.”

It is clear that the “victimization card” suits Erdogan and he will use Islam and nationalism, or a mixture of both in order to further his cause.  He also appears to be moving closer to nations which are more anti-Western. 

 For example, Soner Cagaptay (Washington Institute for Near East Policy) stated that “the AKP’s foreign policy has not promoted sympathy toward all Muslim states. Rather, the party has promoted solidarity with Islamist, anti-Western regimes (Qatar and Sudan, for example) while dismissing secular, pro-Western Muslim governments (Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia).”

 Erdogan also supports Ahmadinejad who is the leader of Iran because he congratulated Ahmadinejad despite major demonstrations in Iran after elections were held in 2009.  Robert Tait, a writer at The Guardian newspaper stated that “Erdogan’s partiality towards Ahmadinejad may surprise some in the west who see Turkey as a western-oriented democracy firmly grounded inside Nato…but will be less surprising to Erdogan’s secular domestic critics, who believe the prime minister’s heart lies in the east and have long suspected his Islamist-rooted Justice and Development party (AKP) government of plotting to transform Turkey into a religious state resembling Iran.”

It is clear that Erdogan uses emotive language and panders to both Turkish nationalism and Islamism when it suits him.  He also threatened to deport Armenians workers because he stated that “There are currently 170,000 Armenians living in our country. Only 70,000 of them are Turkish citizens, but we are tolerating the remaining 100,000.”  He further continued that “If necessary, I may have to tell these 100,000 to go back to their country because they are not my citizens. I don’t have to keep them in my country.”

Erdogan is certainly changing the direction of Turkey and his past agenda appears to be coming out into the open.  Secularism appears to be on the back foot and more worryingly is that he will use any event in order to boost himself and this applies to so-called “Muslim brotherhood” or Turkish nationalism.

Therefore, Erdogan who denies the 1915 Armenian genocide is the same person who uses the word genocide when it suits him.  It is the same person who talks with love and compassion towards Sudan despite the ongoing events in Darfur.  It is also the same person who decries the blockade of Gaza but who maintains the blockade against Armenia.

It is clear for all to see that Erdogan is hoping to use events in order to foster the notion of Muslim victimization and in the past he did state that he wanted an Islamic identity for Turkey.  Therefore, he will use the anti-Jewish card and decry Palestinian persecution but he will gloss over the anti-Kurdish nature of many parts of Turkish society and the military of Turkey will continue to target Kurds within Turkey and northern Iraq. 

Lee Jay Walker

THE MODERN TOKYO TIMES

http://themoderntokyotimes.wordpress.com

https://islamicpersecution.wordpress.com

 

June 1, 2010

Iraq’s Jewish identity faces extinction

Iraq’s Jewish Identity Faces Extinction

By Lee Jay Walker
THE MODERN TOKYO TIMES

 
Ur of the Chaldees in southern Iraq: About 6,200-6,500 years ago there existed a civilization located between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers near the Persian Gulf. The area was known as Mesopotamia and the city was called Ur.

In the West I have read daily accounts about the plight of the Palestinians at the hands of the state of Israel. This article is not about the rights or wrongs of the state of Israel; instead, it is about the forgotten history of the destruction of Judaism in the Middle East outside of the state of Israel.

However, instead of focusing on the entire region I will solely concentrate on the extinction of Judaism and the ending of the Jewish legacy in Iraq. Reut R. Cohen, a journalist and researcher ( www.reutrcohen.com ), states that
“The Iraqi Jewish population once numbered at 150,000 in 1947. Today there are 7 Jews living in Iraq who hide their Jewish identity and live in fear. The community has been totally ethnically cleansed and destroyed.”

This in itself is very alarming and disturbing because we are talking about a community which thrived in this part of the world well before the onset of Islam. Yet even more alarming, is how this tragic story and others are being whitewashed before they have even been told to the general public.

Yes, information about the destruction of Judaism and the Jewish legacy will be widely known in Israel and in certain American circles; but for people like me, brought up in the United Kingdom, I can not recall this brutal and tragic reality. Therefore, I am very grateful to Reut R. Cohen and other distinguished writers who are informing me about a history which is being neglected within the mass media in general.

Also, if we ignore the “ethnic cleansing” of Judaism in Iraq then we are going to enable the ongoing “ethnic cleansing” of other minorities in Iraq. For sadly, in modern day Iraq the endless persecution of Christians, Shabaks, Mandaeans, Yazidis, and other minorities, is taking place. Therefore, the destruction of Judaism is important because the ongoing destruction of other minorities is happening and Assyrian Christianity and others are facing the wrath of Islam in modern day Iraq.

Turning back to the Jews of Iraq then I will focus on the article written by Reut R. Cohen who wrote an article called “The Persecution of Jews in Iraq” which was published on her website on January 26, 2009.

In her article she states that the “Iraqi Jews take pride in their distinguished customs till today. The Iraqi Jewish community is among the oldest in the world and has an incredibly rich history of learning and scholarship. Abraham, the father of the Jewish people, was born in Ur of the Chaldees, in southern Iraq. Jews had prospered in what was then Babylonia for 1200 years prior to the Muslim conquest in 634 AD.”

Therefore, we are talking about a community with a rich and cherished history and one which runs deep within the veins of Iraq itself. For just like the Assyrians, we are talking about two ethnic groups which were part and parcel of a great civilization and both ethnic groups have a rich history but both suffered deeply after the Islamic conquests of Iraq.

Today, you only have 7 Jews left in modern day Iraq and apparently they have to hide their Jewish identity because of Islamic intolerance. Meanwhile, Assyrian Christians and other minorities are being persecuted in modern day Iraq and just like the Jewish legacy which is being dismantled brick by brick in Iraq; the Assyrians face the same fate but the world remains mainly silent.

Turning back to history once more the Islamic conquest enforced dhimmitude on all non-Muslims and Christians, Jews, and others, were forced to accept their dhimmi status or face the consequences of slavery or death. Others chose to convert to Islam in order to escape such open discrimination and during harsh times the tax levies on non-Muslims gathered in further converts to Islam because they just wanted to escape their endless misery.

Endless numbers of massacres took place over the centuries against all non-Muslims and much depended on the ruler because despite open discrimination which was based on dhimmitude, it is clear that persecution ebbed and flowed. For example, when the Turks re-conquered Iraq in 1638 it is claimed that around 10% of the Ottoman army was Jewish. However, in time the Ottoman Empire would also lead to brutal times and pogroms and systematic persecution took place against Jews, Christians, and other minorities.

The twentieth century would turn out to be the final nail in the coffin for Jews in Iraq. Reut R. Cohen in her article adds a tragic and sad personal dimension because she states that “My paternal grandfather vividly recalled his experiences living as a Jew in Baghdad and the Farhud in 1941 which took place during the traditional Jewish harvest festival holiday of Shavuot. I learned from my grandfather (pictured on the left with me in 1987) that the Farhud literally translates to “pogrom” or “violent dispossession” in Arabic. This was a Nazi pogrom coordinated with genocidal leaders like the Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini and Rashid Ali. In a two-day period Arab mobs went on a rampage in Baghdad and other cities in Iraq. Nearly 150 Jews were killed and more than 2,000 injured; some 900 Jewish homes were destroyed and looted, and hundreds of Jewish-owned shops were robbed and destroyed.”

Reut R. Cohen continues by stating that older members of her family witnessed harrowing scenes. This applies to pregnant Jewish women being raped and then mutilated. While her great-grandfather had to pretend to be Muslim in order to safeguard his entire family.

She also adds that the British “did not intervene or seem to care about what was happening to the Jewish community.” This also brings back memories of how Western powers ignored the Armenian Christian and Assyrian Christian genocide in 1915 in modern day Turkey. The same period also witnessed the Greek Orthodox tragedy and Syrian Orthodox tragedy because the genocide of Christians in Turkey embroiled the entire Christian community.

In 1950 and 1951 the Iraqi parliament allowed the government of Israel and the Jewish Agency to airlift approximately 110,000 Jews during Operations Ezra and Nehemiah. 18,000 Kurdish Jews were part of these operations and a further number of Jews were smuggled out of Iraq via Iran.

For Jews left behind their dwindling numbers did not help because 11 Jews were hanged in public in 1968 and new anti-Jewish measures were taken. It was abundantly clear by now that the Jews of Iraq were nearing the end and it is now estimated that only 7 Jews remain in modern day Iraq.

However, for some Islamists this is not good enough and now Ezekiel’s tomb at Kifel is in the process or being completely Islamized under “allegations of renovation.” It would appear, however, that renovation applies to dismantling all Jewish traces and this reminds me of the destruction of all Buddhist monuments in Afghanistan.

The article by Reut R. Cohen also relates with ongoing events today. After all, the tragedy that struck the Jewish community in Iraq is now happening with increasing force against all non-Muslims. Therefore, the rich history of Assyria and Assyrian Christianity is under threat and the same applies to other minorities, notably the Shabaks, Mandaeans, and Yazidis.

LEE JAY WALKER

leejayteach@hotmail.com

http://www.leejaywalker.wordpress.com

https://islamicpersecution.wordpress.com

 http://themoderntokyotimes.wordpress.com