A Relevant and Brief History of Islam

Introduction

Recently, Tom Scholl, who identified himself as a pastor of churches in Ohio and New York, as well as holding positions in several ecumenical organizations, wrote a 3-part article for my local newspaper, The Macon Telegraph, entitled "What the Koran says about Christianity." I thought it would be an interesting series to read, but I was greatly disappointed and not a little irked.

It could have been an apologia about the goodness of Islam, using selective passages from The Koranthe Koran (photo, left), and being charitable to some elements of Christianity. But his apologia went further than the usual arguments and Koranic exhortations attempting to show that Jihad and terrorism were not promoted by the teachings of the Koran and Islam. The pastor, in fact, went on to truncate and condemn the history of the Christian Crusades — the Crusades of the Middle Ages being recently targeted by liberal secularists as the real boogie man of religious history — defending Islam as a peaceful religion. Mr Scholl thus wrote:

"Christians should be very familiar with misguided and/or violent followers of the faith. For hundreds of years, the Christian Crusades sent many thousands of warriors to kill huge numbers of Muslims and Jews."

And that was not all. Scholl went on to mention the internecine Christian and political conflict in Northern Ireland; racial hatred and black lynchings that reopen wounds that have nothing to do with Islam or the Crusades; and to add even more flavor into the brewing mix of hatred toward his own religion and culture, he continued:

"Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland planted bombs killing each other’s children. Not too many decades ago, church-going white men lynched blacks — grandsons and great grandsons of the slaves of Christian owners. Some Christian clergy fall prey to lust and greed."

And not even the witch hunters of Salem, Massachusetts are spared in his condemnation of Western history and his defense of the benignity of Islam. For good measure, they are thrown into the mix along with the old Jim Crow laws:

"From witch burnings in Plymouth [sic; I suppose he meant Salem], Mass., to Jim Crow, to corrupt but 'religious' politicians today, the list seems endless. People claiming Christianity, without any sign of God in their lives, are found all over the world. When Jesus saw such hypocrisy in the Pharisees he condemned them. Mohammed did, too, when he faced it."(1)

It was then I responded and further elaborated about this piece to answer the misguided pastor for I felt he might be misleading his flock if he was still preaching. Mr. Scholl had picked and chosen what he wanted to believe about what the Koran ostensibly says about Jesus and Christianity. His intentions, I posit, were derived in part from good intentions, originating in fantasy, Freudian dreams, desiring wish-fulfillment. But I also detected a convoluted hatred of Harun al-Rashidunresolved conflicts with his own religion, history and culture, as evinced in the above quotations.

Unfortunately fantasy and make-believe, even if pronounced with good motives and intentions, can still be conducive to a dangerous soporific to lower our guard and lead us to error and destruction. The truth is that we are dealing with a very militant, resurgent religion that has not been tempered by its own Renaissance, Reformation, or the Ages of Enlightenment and Reason — not since the golden age of Harun al-Rashid (AD 763-809; photo, right) and the book of One Thousand and One Arabian Nights.

It only takes but a relatively small number of zealot terrorists to disrupt a country. The "Arab Spring" is becoming a fundamentalist "Islamic Winter" of the world's discontent and a nightmare for the vast majority of peaceful Muslim denizens under which it is proclaimed.

We must remain informed and vigilant for the fate of Western civilization — which admittedly uses Judeo-Christian principles sometimes only as an adornment and not as a guiding light — is still the best hope for the world and yet its survival remains on the line. Allow me now to briefly recount the History of Islam, based on facts and not fantastic tales of beneficence and kindness.

A Brief History of Islam

Mohammed (AD 570-632) was brought up by his famed uncle, his guardian, Abu Taleb. His grandfather was the Prince of Mecca, hereditary guardian of the Kaaba, who expelled the Christian Abyssinians from the port of Aden and the kingdom of Yemen and sent them back to Ethiopia.

Mohammed married a rich widow from Mecca, Khadijah (Cadijah). She was the first to believe the message of the Prophet. After her death, Mohammed married his most beloved wife, Ayesha (Abu Bakr, First CaliphAisha), daughter of his successor Abu Bakr. It is stated that she was nine years old when the marriage was consummated. Her father, Abu Bakr (photo, left), a close friend and companion of the Prophet was assigned by Mohammed to lead the prayer at the Mosque of Mohammed (at Medina) and became the First Caliph (AD 632-634) after the death of the Prophet. Like Mohammed, he died a natural death ("caught a chill and died in his old age").

But the successors, following the acts of Mohammed, lived by the sword and died by the sword in the name of Islam.

By the time of Mohammed and Abu Bakr, the Arabian peninsula had been conquered by the sword. Infidels must submit by the sword, convert to Islam, or pay tribute, or die by the sword. Khalid (AD 592-642) the companion of Mohammed, the great Arab warrior and conqueror of Arabia, Persia, and the Holy Land was called "the Sword of Allah" and the "Scourge of the Infidel." As a conqueror, he was unmatched until the advent of the Mongols in the 13th century.

The Second Caliph, Umar al-Khattab (AD 586-644), conqueror of the Persian Sassanid Empire, Jerusalem and the Holy Land, and two-thirds of the Christian Byzantine Empire, died by the sword, stabbed to death by a captive Persian.
Uthman, Third Caliph
The Third Caliph was Uthman (AD 579-656; photo, right). Under his watch, parts of North Africa including Morocco as well as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, etc. were conquered. He was assassinated, beaten to death, in the Islamic struggle for power. Although the Umayyads had fought against Uthman, after the latter's death, they rallied to avenge him as an expediency to gain power. Attaining the Caliphate, the Umayyads, under the prudent Caliph Muawiyah, moved the throne first to Damascus and latter Baghdad. His successors in Damascus and  Baghdad were neither statesmen nor holy saints, but they were the temporal as well as the spiritual heads of the Faith.

We next come to Ali (AD 624-680), son of Abu Taleb. Ali, Mohammed's young cousin, was the first male figure to believe the Prophet, and he married Mohammed's surviving and most beloved daughter, Fatima (AD 605-633). Fatima became the "leader of all women in this world and Paradise." Ali became the Fourth Caliph, but in the relentless and bloody power struggle that later became Shia (Shiite) vs. Sunni, he was assassinated in the Great Mosque of Kufa, Iraq, becoming the First of the Twelve Imams, the Infallible, of the Shia religion as well as the Fourth Caliph of the Sunni sect.

Ali's sons were Hasan (AD 624-680) and Hussein (Husayn; AD 626-680). They were the Second and Third Imams of the Shia sect. Hasan was poisoned by his wife on Battle of Karbalaorders of the Sunni Caliph Muawiyah. Hussein was killed in the internecine religious feuds and beheaded at the Battle of Karbala (Iraq; photo, left). Iran and Iraq, where much of this bloodshed took place, became sanctuaries of the Shia religious sect of Islam.

Ayesha was to ally herself with the Umayyads, led by Muawiyah, a son of Abu Sophian, former and bitter enemy of Mohammed at Mecca, who after his defeat by the Prophet had reluctantly embraced Islam. Ayesha was an implacable enemy of Ali and his descendants with Fatima. Ayesha died at the famous Battle of the Camels with the Arabian chieftains who had rebelled against Uthman, who had then supported Ali and Hasan.(2)

The 4th through 11th Imams venerated by the Shia sect were all poisoned in the interminable political struggles and religious feuds that followed in the next two centuries. So all of the Shia Imams were assassinated except for the 12th and Last Imam, who is considered the Mahdi.

In the 19th century, a Mahdi, Mohammed Ahmad, rose against the British, seizing Khartoum and causing great bloodshed in the Sudan. General George Gordon Pasha died in Khartoum trying to lead an evacuation of the city (1885). The British waited for the right time and at the Battle of Omdurman (1898), under General (later Field Marshall) "Lord Kitchener of Khartoum" exacted their revenge, but I am digressing...

The last Imam lives in "occultation" until his return is willed by Allah. His return is still awaited by the Shia faithful.

Charles Martel at the Battle of ToursIncidentally, the Crusades were a picnic compared to the Islamic conquests of the 7th through the 17th centuries, until the Islamic momentum was stopped in the West at the Battle of Tours (AD 732) by Charles Martel ("The Hammer"), when the Moorish onslaught was finally stopped in France (photo, left). It took Spain until 1492, another seven centuries, to expel the Moors from the Iberian peninsula, "La Reconquista." By the time that the Christians had been rallied by Pope Urban II for the First Crusade (1095), the sword of Islam had conquered nearly two-thirds of the Christian world, and under the Ottoman Turks in the 15th and 16th centuries, they would conquer, by blood and scimitar, more Christian lands, including Asia Minor and Constantinople (the second Rome; 1453) — i.e., Turkey and Istanbul today! The Conquest of India was particularly brutal.(3)

Incidentally, the First Crusade was convened by the pope so that Christians would be allowed to enter and worship at Jerusalem again, not to conquer territories for loot or for European culture aggrandizement. Christians had been allowed to worhsip in Jerusalem for centuries, but I have written about this elsewhere.(4)

The Three Jihads — in Summation

But to recapitulate let's say that much has been said and extrapolated into contemporary politics about the evils of the Christian Crusades by "popular culture" historians as well as sundry left-wing liberals, veritable wolves in sheep clothing, bent on deriding Western civilization and tearing apart the great fabric of America, whether it was capitulating to communism during the cold war or to Islamic terrorism in the post-Soviet era. In fact, there has been at least three of these defeatist liberals writing in my local newspaper, The Macon Telegraph: One being Mr. Scholl himself, the inspiration for this "Islam 101" article, who now serves in the Editorial Board of the paper.

At the risk of historiographical repetition, let's then point out there have been three major Jihads, which I now summarize as follow:

The First Jihad, much of which I have already related, commenced in A.D. 622 in Arabia headed by Mohammed himself and ended at about A.D. 750. In the mid-8th century A.D., the Charles Martelvictors thus satiated after such an incredible feat and magnificent triumph rested, an unparalleled triumph of religious zealotry. They were only stopped by the triumph of Charles Martel at the Battle of Tours in France in A.D. 732.(5) Much of the occurrences of this First Jihad was related in aformentioned paragraphs.

The Second Jihad (1071-1683) resumed the wars of Islamic conquest over Christendom as well as India. This time it was the Seljuk Turks who invaded Europe, defeated the Byzantine army at the Battle of Manzikert in Armenia in 1071, and shamefully captured the Byzantine Emperor Romanus IV Diogenes (1068-1071), who was later executed in Constantinople for his heinous defeat and surrender.  The Turkish army resumed its advance in the Balkans, and at the Battle of Kosovo inflicted another defeat on the allied Christian armies. Much of the Balkans were conquered. In India, Persians, Afghans, Turks, and Mongol descendants ravaged the land, destroyed Hindu temples, and conquered much of the Northern Indian subcontinent. But on the Iberian peninsula, the Spanish armies of the Fall of Constantinople in 1453Christian kingdoms began their slow Reconquista as noted. In Asia Minor, Constantinople finally fell (photo, right) to the Ottomans led by Sultan Mohammed II (or Mahomet II, "The Conqueror") in 1453.

In his book Jihad in the West: The Moslim Conquests from the 7th to the 21st Centuries, author Paul Fregosi graphically describes what happened after the savage capture of Constantinople by Mahomet II in 1453 and his Ottoman Turks:

"Several thousand of the survivors had taken refuge in the cathedral: nobles, servants, ordinary citizens, their wives and children, priests and nuns. They locked the huge doors, prayed, and waited. Mahomet had given the troops free quarter. They raped, of course, the nuns being the first victims, and slaughtered.

"At least four thousand were killed before Mahomet stopped the massacre at noon. He ordered a muezzin [the Muslim leader who issues the call to prayer] to climb into the pulpit of St. Sophia and dedicate the building to Allah. It has remained a mosque ever since.

"Fifty thousand of the inhabitants, more than half the population, were rounded up and taken away as slaves. For months afterward, slaves were the cheapest commodity in the markets of Turkey. Mahomet asked that the body of the dead emperor be brought to him. Some Turkish soldiers found it in a pile of corpses and recognized Constantine XI by the golden eagles embroidered on his boots. The sultan ordered his head to be cut off and placed between the horse's legs under the equestrian bronze statue of the emperor Justinian. The head was later embalmed and sent around the chief cities of the Ottoman empire for the delectation of the citizens.

"Next, Mahomet ordered the Grand Duke Notaras, who had survived, to be brought before him, and asked him for the names and addresses of all the leading nobles, officials, and citizens, which Notaras gave him. He had them all arrested and decapitated. He sadistically bought from their owners [Muslim commanders] high-ranking prisoners who had been enslaved, for the pleasure of having them beheaded in front of him."(6)

Battle of ViennaIn the West, the Reconquista was completely accomplished with the fall of Granada in 1492 to the Most Catholic Monarchs, Isabella of Castille and Ferdinand II of Aragon. In the East, on the other side of the geographical crescent, the Ottoman Turks were finally defeated and the Islamic wave began to recede almost a millennium after the First Jihad. The blow to the Turks took place at the Battle of Vienna in 1683 (photo above), fought on the Christian side by the alliance of the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold, Pope Innocent IX, young Eugene of Savoy, and the great King of Poland, Jan Sobieski III. The re-conquest of the Balkans that followed was led by the indomitable and ever present Prince Eugene of Savoy, (photo below) who inflicted the final defeat upon the Ottomans* at the Battle of Belgrade in 1717.

ConclusionPrince Eugene of Savoy

Christianity is the most populous religion in the world with 2 billion faithful. But despite the military setbacks of years past, Islam is growing very rapidly. It is the second largest religion with 1.1 billion Moslems worldwide, and it is set to double its number in the next 20 years. I am told though that in Africa where Islam has taken a heavy toll on the recalcitrant Christian and Animist populations, Islam is on the decline and cannot sustain itself. That is to be seen.

The Third Jihad began, as you might have guested, with 9-11 and remains in progress.

Thus in concluding this essay, attentive reader, please forgive my frequent but necessary digressions and repetitions. it is the end of my brief but factual rather than wishful-thinking history of Islam. The reader can now draw his/her own conclusions about whether Western civilization should be defended (7), and to the relative benignity or militancy of Islam. This "Brief History" should give us an inkling of what we can expect and to what the future might hold, if we continue to swallow the liberal media-administered soporifics of political correctness and acquiescence that have been inducing us to apathy and deadly slumber.
 
And I do thank Mr. Scholl for writing his intended journalistic soporific that unwittingly aroused me from my own slumber, prompting me to sound the bugle and write this unassuming piece on a beautiful winter, Sunday afternoon.

* During the 19th century, the empire of the Ottoman Turks became known as the "Sick man of Europe," and the territories of the Sublime Porte would have been easy pickings for the expansionism of the Russian empire of the Czars had it not been for France and England, which supported Turkey as the key to the access to the Black Sea and the maintenance of the balance of power in Europe.

References

1. Scholl, Tom, What the Koran says about Christianity: Part 2. The Macon Telegraph, February 12, 2012.

2. The Islamic invasions from the 7th Century AD, through the Medieval period, up to the 15th Century AD is discussed in Will Durant’s The History of Civilization (Volume 4) — The Age of Faith, in the subchapters “The Arab Conquest” and “The Sword of Islam,” pages 151-205.

3. The conquest of India was protracted and brutal, and it is discussed graphically by Will Durant in his masterpiece, The History of Civilization (Volume 1; 1935) — Our Oriental Heritage in the subchapter “The Moslem Conquest,” pages 459-476. 

4. Faria, Miguel A. On the Spanish Inquisitions and the Crusades, September 12, 2011. Available from: http://haciendapublishing.com/randomnotes/spanish-inquisition-and-crusades

5. Stolinsky, David C. Charles martel, where are you? HaciendaPublishing.com, October 30, 2014. Available from: http://www.haciendapub.com/articles/charles-martel-where-are-you-david-c...

6. Fregosi, Paul. Jihad in the West: the Muslim Conquests from the 7th to the 21st Centuries. pp. 256-257.

7. Faria, Miguel A. A defense of Western culture and civilization without apologies. HaciendaPublishing.com, November 16, 2014. Available from:http://www.haciendapub.com/articles/defense-western-culture-and-civilization-without-apologies

Written by Dr. Miguel Faria

Miguel A. Faria Jr., M.D. is Associate Editor in Chief and World Affairs Editor of Surgical Neurology International. He is a former Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery and Adjunct Professor of Medical History. Dr. Faria is the author of Cuba in Revolution — Escape From a Lost Paradise (2002). He has written numerous articles on the blessings of liberty and the venalities of totalitarianism, collectivism, and communism — all posted at his website: www.haciendapub.com & www.drmiguelfaria.com

This article was published exclusively for HaciendaPublishing.com on February 18, 2012, and it was last and significantly updated on January 19, 2015.

The article can be cited as: Faria MA. A relevant and brief history of Islam. HaciendaPublishing.com, February 18, 2012. Available from: http://www.haciendapub.com/randomnotes/relevant-and-brief-history-islam

Copyright ©2012 Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD

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Dealing with the Taliban massacre at Mazar-e Sharif

Afghan casualties in Taliban Mazar-e Sharif attack pass 100 — BBC, April 22, 2017

“More than 100 Afghan soldiers were killed or wounded in a Taliban attack on an army base on Friday, the defence ministry has confirmed. Fighting lasted for several hours near the city of Mazar-e Sharif in northern Balkh province. Insurgents targeted those leaving Friday prayers at the base's mosque and others in a canteen, the army said. The Taliban said in a statement they had carried out the attack, using suicide bombers to breach defences. Earlier estimates put the death toll as high as 134, but a statement from the defence ministry on Saturday gave a figure of about 100 killed or injured. At least 10 Taliban militants were killed in the fighting and one attacker was detained. [emphasis added.]

"The Taliban fighters wore army uniforms and drove through military checkpoints before launching the raid, a military spokesman said. [emphasis added] US military spokesman John Thomas described the attack as a "significant" strike, but he praised the Afghan commandos for bringing the "atrocity to an end...”
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Commentary: History teaches valuable lessons, which added to common sense can be used to solve problems. Why? Because human nature has not changed since recorded history despite the Hollywood crowd and the liberal media repeatedly attempting to tell us otherwise, that the human mind has evolved ushering social and redistributive justice under the guidance of the all-seeing and "benevolent" eyes of the State. Thus the communist attempted to forge the "New Socialist Man," a man motivated by pure zeal & altruism, not money or profit. The New Socialist Man like the omelets never materialized; what did take place was the barbarism of communism with 100 million victims of collectivism in the hands of their own totalitarian governments!

And what does this little introduction amount to? That when suicidal bombers wear deceptively the uniforms of the enemy as the Taliban did near the city of Mazar-e Sharif in Balkh wearing this deceptive enemy clothing, thus breaching Afghan defenses easily, deserve to be treated as spies and saboteurs in war time and summarily executed by hanging and buried with pig lard, as the ultimate and well-deserved punishment for cowardly and dishonorably violating every code of war and convention.

The rationale is that Moslems believe that contact with an unclean animal such as pigs, will deprive the Jihadists of the rewards of martyrdom, traditionally of the fruits of paradise — supposedly the 72 virgins houris awaiting them in heaven.

While fighting the Moros of Mindanao province in the Philippines at the turn of the 20th century, U.S. General John J. Pershing (1909-1913) was said to have advocated but apparently never did carry out this threat. Actually, he acted as recommended by his previous commander-in-chief, President Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909), advised “speak softly but carried a big stick”— wiping out the insurgency without much ado. Perhaps it is time we should do as has been recommended as earthly as well as spiritual retribution, whether effective or not; it will let the treacherous suicide bombers know how contemptuously we view their treacherous massacre. As fellow Moslems, the Afghan military should consider this policy with our blessings.— MAF (My comment was updated at 11:20 AM, EST)

Avenging the prophet!

On Wednesday, January 7, 2015, twelve innocent people were slaughtered in a cold-blooded terrorist attack in Paris. The attack took place at the satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, which had frequently satirized Muslims and prophet Mohammed. The brutal attack was carried out by two masked men wearing masks, using Kalashnikov rifles, and a rocket launcher. One of them was heard yelling, "the prophet has been avenged."

Ten journalist staffers and two police officers were brutally massacred. The barbaric attack was clearly an attempt to thwart freedom of speech in a free, democratic European country, a nation which has proudly given asylum and shelter to million of immigrants over the years, particularly Middle Eastern refuges.

Perhaps France and the rest of Europe and the world, will learn anew the dark lesson of September 1938, when British Prime Minister thought he had brought "peace in our time" from his Munich conference with Adolph Hitler. Appeasement begets tyranny and endangers freedom. The cataclysm of World War II was the result. Western civilization is again in danger, and yet many European nations continue to practice appeasement and institute policies conducive to national suicide.

This most recent barbarity encapsulates the evil faced by Western civilization and should be a final wake up call to the free world. This savage brutality should condemned by all free and civilized people everywhere, including Muslims. In this moment of grief and mourning, we stand by freedom and in solidarity with the people of France.

Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D.
President, haciendapub.com

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Dear Colleagues,

What we are witnessing is the repeat of the 1930’s in Germany. The rise of a radical group that eventually took over control of a culture and country. Everyone was afraid to say the truth. On top of that was the economic depression, unemployment, antisemitism, and the need to divert the public from the failure of the government systems. Then came World War II, which most are too young to remember. It was easy to blame others. Many around the world went along with it and still do today. The signs were all there, but no one wanted to see them. There was massive denial. It has happened in other countries and civilizations throughout history. It is happening today in a number of places in the world including South America and sadly is progressing  the USA.

This problem did not start yesterday but has been building for years or more and in the USA since at least the time of President Woodrow Wilson. But it started more than 2000 years ago as a human problem. It is the surrender of Freedoms to the demagogues, who will say and promise anything to attain power and be elected. It happens to your children with bullies. It is about Power and Fear. When it involves large groups of people, it becomes centralized power. It is the result of collectivism and centralized control with people whose interests are power and money. It is the surrender of Principles. This disease is happening in almost every country in the world. In the Holocaust, the Jews did not want to recognize the problem and were in denial. It has been easy for others to blame someone else for their failures.  It is a problem that is being ignored by the Press everywhere including the USA — except for a few who wanted Freedom of Speech until Wednesday, January 7 and the massacre in Paris, where 12 innocent people were killed by a terrorist attack.

The time to act is instantly when something wrong is done. Appeasement will only encourage this kind of behavior. I have read today that in many countries in Europe, France included, there are “No go” zones where the police and even the rules of the country are ignored because of fear of offending the immigrant populations. I witnessed this myself when in Paris 3 months ago. What will this behavior produce in the future? More and worse than yesterday. The process is too far along to stop. The outrage from yesterday will die down because people are not willing to make the personal sacrifices to stop this uncivilized behavior. It has nothing to do with skin color, religion, or anything else but what is Right and what is Wrong. Under Collectivism, religion is rejected as it represents an authority that is greater and commands the attention of the people. It is against those who want centralized control. That is why morals and ethics have collapsed world wide. When there is a wrong people should stand up and stop it. Studies of 18-23 year-olds show that many, 40%, do not know the difference between Right and Wrong. It is OK to lie and cheat, they say! 

The collectivism happens in the neurosurgical world. It even happens in our neurosurgical societies local, national, and international. Power corrupts and people want power over others. So, we should not be so quick to react to these atrocities. What are we doing ourselves?  What are we letting happen to our patients by governments and what is happening to the “common man” who is suffering under all of this oppression. Read Animal Farm. It is all coming true. The fundamental tenet of Socialism or Collectivism or Marxism is to get control of the health care of the people. That is being achieved almost everywhere including the USA, sadly. When you control  the lives of the people, you control the people.

James I Ausman, M.D. PhD., Editor-in-chief of Surgical Neurology International (SNI). Professor of Neurosurgery, UCLA.

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Excellent summary of our situation. Many, even in counter-terrorism, have forgotten one of the most important purposes of terrorism, and that is to force the government of the targeted country to become more oppressive and abusive to the populace in order to stop the terrorism. This in turn turns the people against their own government. History should have taught us that once people lose faith in their government, it will be replaced by a more oppressive government-- a police state. This is what happened in Germany in 1920s. The collectivist mindset was established in the Weimar government but the anarcho-communists began a concerted terrorist-like attack on the society. Soon anarchy reigned and the people demanded protection against the communists and the anarchists.

Hitler and his National Socialists appeared as the solution to these "extremists" groups. Few read Hitler's book and therefore ignored his intentions and goals for Germany and eventually the world. Those who did read his book and sounded warnings were ignored. Sound familiar? Sol Alinski wrote a book (Rules for Radicals) describing how to use community organizing and communist/socialist principle to capture and fundamentally change America. Those who have read his book and that of his Marxist predecessor, Antonio Gramsci, are ignored and ridiculed.

If you read the books of ex-Nazis who finally came to realize what had happened, they finally realized that under the conditions of total assault on their society by the communists and anarchists they ran into the arms of a tyrant. The moderate parties of Germany (the Social Democrats), despite having the largest party, were rejected as being too weak to restore Germany. This has happened in every country that the communists eventually dominated--i.e., Russia, China, Cuba, South American countries, Korea, etc. The Cubans thought nothing could be worse than Batista so they made Castro their hero and leader; subsequent events tell the rest of the story.

Now, this very same scenario is happening in our country. The pattern is always the same because it always works. But, in order for it to work some preparation of the society must take place. The educational system must become a propaganda system and not teach real knowledge, the youth must be corrupted with anarchistic ideas and rebellion, the country must be flooded with mind-altering drugs (with a resulting creation of massive gangs in every major city and village), patriotism and love of country must be incessantly attacked, the moral fiber must be undermined and this requires infiltrating the churches and turning them into centers of social activism (teaching not the moral laws of God, but rather social engineering by legislation and fiat), one must constantly attack the institution of the family, life must be cheapened in the eyes of the youth, the economy must be sabotaged so as to make it look like the free market and private property ownership is the cause of all social ills and people must be made to accept the idea of collectivism-- that is, that only the masses matter not the individual. Under this system, all expressions of individualism must be attacked. Finally, one of the most important ideas to instill in the minds of the people, especially the youth is that justice can only come from a centrally controlled society and this is based on the idea of a progressive evolution of man into a god-like state, that is, the perfection of man as chosen elites. The communist Russians of the former USSR called him "the new Soviet man." These chosen elites can then usher in what man has dreamed of since recorded history-- the perfect utopian state. This is the lure that is driving all that is happening in our modern world. The Judeo-Christian concept that man is corrupt and sinful is rejected by the elite collectivist. In their mind, and the image they project, we will all be ruled by angels, perfected beings.

Great summary, Jim. You are doing a great service to us all.

Russell L. Blaylock, M.D.
Theoretical Neurosciences Research, LLC
www.blaylockwellnesscenter.com
www.russellblaylockmd.com

Holder in Paris but not at unity rally!

"Attorney General Eric Holder is in Paris this week to attend a meeting on fighting terrorism, but did not participate in a march with world leaders Sunday to honor the 17 people killed last week in France.

"More than 40 world leaders marched arm in arm through Paris to rally for unity and freedom of expression and to honor the victims of the three days of terrorist attacks.

"The leaders headed a demonstration of at least tens of thousands of people who converged on the capital after three gunmen last week attacked a newspaper office, kosher supermarket and police.

"Among the world leaders attending the event, under extremely tight security, are French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

"Holder is the top Obama administration official to attend the terrorism meeting... "[But he is no where to be seen!]

[Holder's contribution:] "Speaking from Paris, Holder said in a series of interviews with the Sunday morning news shows in Washington that investigators at this point don't have 'any credible information' to determine which terrorist group was responsible for the attacks in Paris..."

[Meanwhile contradicting Holder:] "Al Qaeda's branch in Yemen has said it directed the attack by two brothers against a newspaper that lampooned Islam and other religions, and the gunman in the hostage-taking at a kosher market is seen in a new video pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group..."

Holder, top U.S. official in Paris for terror talks, not seen at unity march, Fox News/ Associated Press, January 11, 2015.

Abdicating responsibility!

Ben Damron (in the MT Jan 12, 2015):

"Obama AWOL in Paris: The Message to America' allies is we don't care!" Fox News, 1/12/15.

"One million strong gather at anti-terrorism rally in France.

"Sunday, President Obama morally abdicated his place as the leader of the free world. His decision to stay home instead of standing side by side with French President Hollande as millions marched in Paris in solidarity with the slain journalists of Charlie Hebdo in opposition to radical Islam – an enemy fiercer than we have seen in decades – sent a clear message to the world: Obama just doesn’t care. His words about the horrendous terrorist attack this week were not enough. They came off as inauthentic at best and offensive at worst. To speak about the most serious terrorist attack on Western soil since 9/11 in between speeches about his free demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding for the gravity of the situation in Paris and, indeed, the world.

"To this end, it is not surprising that President Obama is the only Western leader who has refused to call this attack Islamic terrorism, even though President Hollande has declared that France is at war with radical Islam. And to not even send Vice President Joe Biden or Secretary of State John Kerry in his place shows a level of disrespect that makes me ashamed of our nation.

"We are at war with radical Islam. And President Obama needs to say it. DEM STRATEGIST: I've never been more disappointed in Obama...

Rastafarian!

Speaking of Ethiopia...

I always wonder how the Ethiopians felt about the communists' rape and desolation of their country and traditions. Bob Marley was a Rastafarian and follower of Marcus Garvey and Haile Selassie of Ethiopia.

Moreover, their legendary leader, said to be the descendant of the Queen of Sheba and Solomon, via king Menelik, Emperor Haile Selassie I (1892- 1975), Lion of Judah, was overthrown, deposed, degraded in a cell and unceremoniously strangled by the communist Derg led by bloodthirsty tyrant Mengistu Haile Mariam. Mengistu escaped from Ethiopia in 1991 an despite his genocidal crimes was sheltered and lives in Zimbabwe protected by his comrade Robert Mugabe.

I have not read about a general condemnation from the Rastafarians for this tragedy in Ethiopia and the humiliation and assassination of their beloved leader Haile Selassie. Nothing certainly has come from the popular media.

And speaking of Egypt and the Arab Spring...

The Egyptian Coptic church is suffering greatly, as I write this words, as a result of revolution and the instability of the "Arab Spring." Sharia law could result in a religious "genocide" there; let's hope it doesn't.

Interestingly, it was a naturalized Egyptian-American Coptic Christian who was unjustly blamed for the tragic Benghazi incident. He had put together the homemade video that insulted Moslems and that Obama blamed for the assault on the Libyan embassy and the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans on September 11, 2012. We know better. Ambassador Stevens had requested assistance since August, and Obama received 230 warning from Benghazi before the attack. One of two drones sent by the Pentagon recorded the incident as it took place in real time in Benghazi. Obama in the White House watched the tragedy unfold and did nothing!

Perhaps divining the future, the first day of the Stock market in Egypt (after President Morsi passed a decree assuming near dictatorial powers), has today reportedly tumbled nearly 10% – only a few days after our own Thanksgiving!



Diary of Dreams performs at the 2016 M’era Luna festival in Hildesheim, Germany. M’era Luna, “one of the biggest dark music events in Germany,” is held each year on the second weekend in August. Close to 25,000 people attend the festival annually to hear gothic, metal and industrial music performed on two large festival-style stages.