Monday, 25 August 2014

Islamic State – the evils of religious misinterpretation.

"Jihadi John"- Wanted for Murder!

As the Middle East continues to variously burn as regional disintegration becomes seemingly viral, more and more reports are emerging of wholesale slaughter of men, women and children and in the most horrific manner possible. Most recently, executions of hostages by way of beheading have been beamed around the world courtesy of social media and other such devices, one of the most notable being the murder of journalist James Foley by what appears to be a British born thug, aka ‘Jihadi John’. More on him, and creatures of his ilk later with suggestions too, as to how they might be dealt with once identified and located.

Throughout the ages, religion and the interpretations thereof, has been used as a pretext or permission-giver for the implementation of wholesale mass-slaughter. For example, the Inquisition cut swathes across humanity during its reign of terror during the 12th Century, its origins being in France. In brief, the Inquisition was an ecclesiastical court and process of the Roman Catholic Church setup for the purpose towards the discovery and punishment of heresy which wielded immense power and brutality in medieval and early modern times.

The Inquisition's function was principally assembled to repress all heretics of rights, depriving them of their estate and assets which became subject to the ownership of the Catholic treasury, with each relentlessly sought to destroy anyone who spoke, or even thought differently to the Catholic Church. 

This system for close to over six centuries, became the legal framework throughout most of Europe that orchestrated one of the most confounding religious orders in the course of mankind. For example, Pope Innocent III declared thus: “Anyone who attempts to construe a personal view of God, which conflicts with church dogma, must be burned without pity”

During the 16th Century in England, men and women – doubtless children too – would lose their lives as Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monastries Act was ruthlessly carried out as he forcibly introduced Anglicanism in the light of his 'spat' with the Pope over his divorce with Queen Catherine, his first wife. Interpretations of scripture have been used with deliberate manipulation in order to justify the actions of the few against the many. Today’s unfolding events are every bit similar, for Islamic State does not represent true Muslims by any imaginative stretch of one’s thinking.

A Muslim friend and neighbour of this columnist guided the writer towards key sources of research material on this topic, some of which is shared below:

In his book, Minhaaj as-Sunnah, Shaykhul-islaam Ibn Taymiyyah explains that “there are none more harmful to the Muslims than the khawaarj, neither the Jews nor the Christians, for they strive to kill every Muslim who did not agree with their war, declaring the blood of Muslims, their wealth and the slaying of their children to be lawful, whilst declaring them to be disbelievers. And they considered this to be worship due to their ignorance and their innovation which caused them to go astray”

This was written some 750 years ago by Taqî ad-Dîn Aḥmad ibn Taymiyyah, who was born in Harran in 1263. He lived to become an early Islamic scholar and Philosopher. He died in Damascus in 1328.

Even more tellingly, during the First Century of Islam, one of the pious originals, Imam Az Zuhree who died in 124 AH –al Hijra, wrote thus:

“Never was a severed head of an enemy brought the Messenger of Allah ever (may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) not even on the day of the battle of Badr.

When a severed head was brought to the first Caplih Abu Bakr (may Allaah be pleased with him) he forbade it. Once, when a severed head was brought unto Abu Bakr, so he ascended to the pulpit and said ‘We are not in need of this conduct; this is the way of non-Muslims and non-Arab’s’.

Ibn Shihab al-Zuhri is regarded as one of the greatest Sunni authorities on Hadith.

Several hundred British born men and apparently women, have made their way via Turkey to Syria and Iraq to wage their misguided war of terror upon mankind and many will wish to visit their evil ways upon the people of Great Britain, the land whence they derived their birth and infant nurture. 

It is strongly to be hoped that our Intelligence Services and agents thereof, are busily identifying these Godless creatures and that in turn, they will duly and perfunctorily neutralise them, for they and their kind should have no home nor sanctuary here, or anywhere else for that matter. 


Chris Green 

Beşparmak Media Services

Monday, 18 August 2014

Blair’s Middle East Folly – the legacy explodes!

Middle-East 'Peace Envoy', Tony Blair - the very antithesis of Peace.

In a small, picturesque town square, is gathered a sizeable group of men, elderly women and boys, some as young as just ten years of age. Above the town hall flutters a large, menacing black flag, the symbol of the Islamic State terror group and the murder squads who front them. The younger women and girls of this predominantly Christian community have all been spirited away; presumably, their fate is one of slavery and servitude. They are ‘marketable’, of course. The group of men and boys huddle together, fear seared across their very features and with very good reason, for unless they convert to the branch of Islam apparently practiced by IS they will be executed. After a hiatus period of several hours, they are slaughtered, their bodies piled high.

IS murder squads in action

The above scenario is not, however in Northern Iraq or Syria it is in the quintessentially English setting of Ambridge, the name of the fictitious town made famous by the long running radio series, The Archers. Yes, the above image is equally fictitious and deliberately so, but it is perhaps this kind of situation that Prime Minister Cameron is alluding to when he penned his eerily ‘Blair-like’ predictions, in an article in the Sunday Telegraph and in which he sets out his views as to the risk posed to Great Britain by Islamic State (IS) an organisation accurately described by MP George Galloway as a ‘Serpent of Hate’.

The Prime Minister could be right in some respects, for there are a great many radicalised British-born young men who have gone to wage terror and murder for the murder squadrons of IS. It could well be that those who return to these shores, will themselves establish such units and subjugate our towns and villages to the inhumane treatment being meted out to Yazidi’s and others in Northern Iraq, where the above scenario is almost a daily event.

Finishing the 'job' - IS savages at work

This is where British Intelligence and their military support networks have to do their work thoroughly, by way of identifying those who have departed these shores to perform their terrorist calling and it then behoves to the authorities to deny these people the right to return here. In fine, their nationality should be stripped from them forthwith and they are either incarcerated or better still, expelled.

We would not of course, be having this debate were it not for Blair’s Folly, that of invading Iraq in 2003 with his counter-part in international crime, George Dubya Bush. Since that wholly avoidable and unnecessary intervention on the pretext of Iraq holding WMD’s (they didn’t – and David Kelly was killed for saying so) the whole region has become immersed in sectarianism and is now ablaze as is Syria where in excess of 250,000 people have been slaughtered and millions more displaced, perhaps for ever. Turkey is awash with refugees –to the credit of the Turkish people – and now the Yazidi’s are arriving in South-West Turkey too. There is growing evidence however, that considerable enmity is growing as the numbers of refugees swell. There is a limit to even Turkish hospitality. Recently, groups of Syrian refugees and Turkish residents exchanged Molotov cocktails in Istanbul, or so it was reported. 

RAF Tornado GR1's

Today, we are hearing that Britain is being braced for an extended period of operational involvement in Iraq and not all of this will be humanitarian. RAF Tornado GR1 jets have been deployed to RAF Akrotiri in south Cyprus from where they are flying recon: sorties as well for intelligence gathering purposes. This is of course a euphemism for target acquisition for future air-strikes. We are being told that there will be no British ‘boots in the sand’ but nevertheless, we are intervening again in the bitter soup that we helped to stir up during Blair’s Folly in 2003.

The Middle-East burns and not only because of the baking summer sunshine; it burns because of the activities of the many and various warring factions who are active across the entire region and seemingly the only thing they have in common is the American weaponry that they employ, for certainly IS are not only well armed, trained and organised they are exclusively US armed and led by someone who is apparently of the Jewish faith. Of course, the overall ambition here (casus beli supra omnes) is for the control of fossil fuel energy that derives in the region, but the current and escalating conflict can be directly linked to 2003 and for which both Blair and Bush will long be so condemned, for on their hands is the blood of millions. History is rarely wrong, after all!


Chris Green

Beşparmak Media Services