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RIP James Foley, Rot in Hell ISLAMIC State

We offer our condolences to the family of James Foley, New Hampshire’s own:

When war reporter James Foley wasn’t writing for GlobalPost or recording video for AFP or appearing on the PBS “NewsHour,” he occasionally shared stories on his own blog, aptly titled “A World of Troubles.”

For a subtitle, he chose the famous Carl von Clausewitz sentence “War is fought by human beings.”

And that is exactly what Foley sought to show with his reporting: humanity amid the horror of war.

Foley was abducted while on a reporting trip in northern Syria in November 2012. He was never heard from again.

A video published Tuesday by the extremist group ISIS showed Foley being beheaded. It is not known when or where the video was recorded.

For Foley’s family and friends, the recording was the answer they hoped they’d never hear to their questions about his disappearance.

“We have never been prouder of our son Jim. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people,” his mother, Diane, said Tuesday night,

She called him “an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person.”

Foley was the oldest child of Diane and John Foley of Rochester, New Hampshire. He had four siblings.

Someone doing what he did would have known that something like what happened to him was a real possibility. But I still salute him for trying. I wouldn’t do it, but if he saw himself as a reporter, and he didn’t put a wife or children through the agony of what happened, I won’t take anything away from his sacrifice.

What I did not need was his death to tell me how subhuman the ISLAMIC State is. They have made it abundantly clear. They make fellow Islamic savages, Boko Haram, look like the Marylebone Cricket Club. In fact, Foley’s death isn’t even the most grisly death of a reporter (though it’s a close second). Daniel Pearl’s live-from-Kabul decapitation will never be, uh, topped, by the mere fact that Khalid Sheik Muhammad (or whoever) acted just after Pearl proudly and fearlessly admitted to being a Jew.

ISIS may be the baddest mofos on the planet right now (they think they are), but they are hardly unique:

As Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria butcher thousands of “infidels” and carry off their women and children into slavery, many in the West are inclined to see this as an unique outcrop of Islamic fundamentalism. Yet after overrunning a Bosnian town on 11th July 1995, Bosnian Serb – ostensibly Christian – forces, cold-bloodedly massacred 8,000 Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica. Hutu genocide of Tutsi in Rwanda, Khmer Rouge mass-murder of Cambodian city-dwellers, Nazi genocide of Jews, Gypsies and the disabled…. the list of savagery is as long as it is profoundly depressing.

The Serbs may have been “ostensibly Christian”, and their victims were certainly Muslim, but was the massacre religiously motivated? Better put, was the primacy of one religion over the other the reason for the slaughter? It is so overwhelmingly among the ISLAMIC Staters and their ilk, but I don’t think Bosnia was a religious war. I am aware of no Serbs shouting “God is great!” as they committed their unspeakable atrocities.

Finally, people will do savage things if their leaders tell them it is acceptable to do so, particularly if they have given their selves to the group self. The Rwandan genocide was switched on by a series of radio broadcasts by a small group of leaders to a population who, by that instruction, were turned into savage murderers of former friends and neighbours who were in the out-group. The soldiers of the Soviet army committed mass rape as they invaded Germany in 1945 because senior commanders had advocated it. Islamic State fighters are slaughtering unarmed Christians and Yazidis because their leaders have told them that this is the right thing to do.

True, but only to a point. I believe that in all these cases the beasts would have behaved bestially or without exhortation.

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How Embarrassing!

In the ongoing Competition for Carnage™ between ISIS and Boko Haram, Boko takes a huge blow:

Chadian troops have rescued 85 Nigerians kidnapped last week by the Islamist terror group Boko Haram, security and human rights sources in Nigeria said Saturday.

Dozens of Boko Haram insurgents stormed the Doron Baga fishing and farming village on the shores of Lake Chad late Sunday through Monday and took away 97 young men and boys plus several women, residents said. The raiders killed 28 residents and burned scores of homes, according to residents.

It’s all well and good to murder and pillage, but if you’re going to kidnap people, they damn well ought to stay kidnapped:

Chadian security officials reported intercepting a convoy of buses carrying 85 Nigerians” believed to have been kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists from Baga,” a Nigerian security source said.

“The convoy being led by six Boko Haram gunmen was stopped on the Chadian part of the border along Lake Chad for routine checks and the huge number in the convoy raised suspicion,” said the source, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak on the issue.

An official of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Maiduguri confirmed the rescue of the 63 male and 22 female hostages.

The source, who asked that his name not be used, said more than 30 hostages were still being held by Boko Haram. He said their captors sped off with them in motorboats when they spotted the convoy being questioned by Chadian soldiers.

Run away!

What a pack of nancy-boys. You don’t see ISIS losing their captured, or running from Chadian troops (Chadian troops!) at the first sign of trouble. Those they don’t kill, they convert; those they don’t convert, they rape—to take the blond hair and blue eyes out of their lineage. That’s how you terrorize a population.

Yadda-yadda-yadda. Get your act together, Boko.

PS: As I wrote above, this is how you terrorize a population.

In yet another harrowing chapter in the tragic plight of Iraq’s Kurdish Yazidi population, eyewitnesses have described how girls raped by Muslim fighters from the Islamic State” (formerly ISIS) committed suicide en-masse after returning to their families, as evidence of systematic rape by Islamists against non-Muslims continue to surface.

Among the tens of thousands of Yazidi refugees trapped in the Shingal mountains while fleeing IS’s deadly advance through Iraq, several survivors told Kurdish Rudaw TV how a group of three girls were returned after being abducted and raped – only to hurl themselves off a cliff after being traumatized by their ordeal.

A Kurdish reporter said the mother of one of the girls had given an interview in front of the camera, but claimed Kurdish fighters from the YPG militia had seized the camera and erased the interview – possibly in an attempt to avoid sowing panic.

The mother reportedly told of how in their desperation the girls begged other refugees to kill them, but when no one would comply they killed themselves.

Game, set, match, ISLAMIC State.

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#bringbackourblondes

The ISLAMIC State just kidnapped 100 Yazidi women.

Or doesn’t anybody care?

Extremist fighters swept into a Yazidi village in northern Iraq on Friday, killing at least 80 men and taking more than 100 women captive, officials told CNN.

The report of the brutal attack on the village of Kojo comes a day after U.S. President Barack Obama — citing the success of targeted American airstrikes — declared an end to an ISIS siege that had trapped tens of thousands of Yazidis in mountains.

That’s the secret of comedy, Mr. President: timing.

I don’t want to ruin anyone’s weekend, but you know why Boko North wants the women, don’t you?

They’re blonde:

Fears are growing for the 300 Yazidi women reportedly kidnapped by Islamic State fighters last week amid claims they would be used to bear children to break up the ancient sect’s bloodline.

The minority group is originally Aryan and has retained a fairer complexion, blonde hair and blue eyes by only marrying within the community.

But in a furious bid to convert all non-Muslims, ISIS jihadists have vowed to impregnate the hostages.

But President Obama says mission accomplished, our work is done. Sorry, ladies, but you might as well lie back and think of Mosul. You may get a Twitter campaign out of the deal, as well as a half-terrorist baby.

PS: Say hi to the Nigerian #girls if you see them.

PPS: Beyond desperately sad, this is fascinating. What do we do when confronted by cold, dark evil? Very little, if you’re President Obama. Any results from our troops in Nigeria looking for the #girls? Not that I’ve heard of. And ISIS will rape and pillage until somebody stops them. Evidently that somebody is not going to be us. Oh well, ISLAMIC State happens.

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Meanwhile, Our Brave And Brilliant President Refuses Help To Families Trapped On A Mountain

You thought we were helping those poor people, didn’t you? Mission Accomplished!

The United States military has concluded that there are too few Yazidi refugees still trapped in the mountains of northern Iraq to warrant mounting a potentially risky rescue, the Pentagon said late Wednesday.

Military advisers who earlier in the day visited the Sinjar mountains, where as many as 30,000 people were thought to still be trapped, said that they found “far fewer” Yazidis than expected and that those who were there were in better condition than anticipated. Food and water dropped in recent days have reached those who remain, the Pentagon statement said.

The Pentagon said the visit proved that the actions the United States had taken in recent days had succeeded in preventing the Islamic State from capturing and executing the Yazidis, members of a religious sect that Sunni extremists view as heretics. It said the assessment team encountered no hostile forces during its visit and “did not engage in combat operations.”

Brett McGurk, the State Department’s deputy assistant secretary for Near East Affairs, said the assessment team had spent 24 hours in the mountains. He declared via Twitter that the U.S. actions had “broken the siege,” a sentiment repeated by State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf: “President said we’re going to break the siege of this mountain, and we broke that siege.”

Well, aren’t we special? We broke the siege. Phew. The people who are still on that mountain are just fine, don’t you worry your pretty little head.

And what exactly was happening on that mountain anyway? There are reports that children are so thirsty, their parents are cutting their own hands so that their kids can drink the blood of the parents. Sounds sort of religious, doesn’t it? Only as I understand it, ordinary parents are not supposed to be offering their blood up to their children.

So I don’t know, and I don’t suppose that any of us really do. If it is ok for more than 170,000 civilians to die in Syria, why are we obsessing about this group on the mountain? On the other hand, how can we be so cruel as to ignore this? What is the matter with us?

Here’s the real question: If we’d had competent leadership in the White House, would we be talking about any of this?

- Aggie

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“Palestinian ‘Work Accident’” Hits ISIS

Not:

Story of ISIS Bombing Instructor Blowing Up Class Is Just a Rewrite from February (UPDATED)
by Evan McMurry | 12:49 pm, August 11th, 2014 NOPE
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UPDATE 2:52 p.m.: Belfast Telegraph has since deleted the story.

Not hard to see why: A suicide bombing teacher blowing up his own class, and thus taking out a whole pocket of future suicide bombers, carries with it an inherent sense of ironic justice. It also did so back in February, when the incident actually occurred. The Telegraph article, which has today’s date, appears to describe an incident covered by the New York Times on February 10. The incidents occurred in the same location, with the same sequence of events, and the same body count.

Today’s article:

An Isis commander at a terrorist training camp north of Baghdad accidentally detonated a belt packed with explosives during a demonstration in front of a group militants on Monday, killing himself and 21 nearby trainees.

The Times article from February:

In what represented a cautionary tale for terrorist teachers, and a cause of dark humor for ordinary Iraqis, a commander at a secluded terrorist training camp north of Baghdad unwittingly used a belt packed with explosives while conducting a demonstration early Monday for a group of militants, killing himself and 21 other members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, army and police officials said.

I don’t blame the Belfast Telegraph. “Palestinian ‘Work Accidents’” are so common, they have their own entry in the Urban Dictionary. We have at least 20 posts on the subject in our own archives. No reason to believe ISIS can’t be just as inept as Hamass.

Elder of Ziyon expressed his concern a few months ago:

I count 20 Palestinian Arabs killed by “work accidents” and rockets that have fallen short in 2014.

Perhaps one of the international organizations that the PLO had joined will be able to give advice on workplace safety for terrorists.

Find another line of work, perhaps.

Like farming:

Well, something!

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Rats Joining the Sinking Ship

What others see as a worry or a concern, BTL sees as an opportunity:

U.S. spy agencies have begun to see groups of fighters abandoning al-Qaeda affiliates in Yemen and Africa to join the rival Islamist organization that has seized territory in Iraq and Syria and been targeted in American airstrikes, U.S. officials said.

The movements are seen by U.S. ­counterterrorism analysts as a worrisome indication of the expanding appeal of a group known as the Islamic State that has overwhelmed military forces in the region and may now see itself in direct conflict with the United States.

“Small groups from a number of al-Qaeda affiliates have defected to ISIS,” as the group is also known, said a U.S. official with access to classified intelligence assessments. “And this problem will probably become more acute as ISIS continues to rack up victories.”

Now that President Obama has woken up to the reality of slaughtered Christians, starving Yazidis, and depraved, subhuman savages in ISIS, this just makes our job easier. It may be hard to pick off Al Qaeda pockets here, there, and everywhere. But if the terrorists want to hop into the pool of blood that is Iraq, I say come on in the water’s fine. Just drop bigger bombs.

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Killing Them Softly

Let me stipulate: I’m happy. I’ve never met an Islamist terrorist I didn’t think deserved to be bombed. But I wonder.

Did President Obama drop leaflets in advance to warn people that he was about to go ballistic? Did he call them on the phone and broadcast alerts over loudspeakers?

The rampage of religious violence that Sunni Islamist extremists have wrought in Iraq had the U.S. administration talking of “genocide” on Thursday.

President Obama used the term when he announced he has authorized targeted airstrikes against the extremists, after fighters for Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, drove ethnic Yazidi families up a mountain, where they hungered and some of their children died of thirst in the scorching summer sun.

“I believe the United States of America cannot turn a blind eye,” Obama said on Friday. “We can act, carefully and responsibly to prevent a potential act of genocide.”

Great. Fire away. The only good decapitator is a dead decapitator, I always say.

But I also have to ask: will Obama set up field hospitals to treat the wounded—enemies? Will he hold fire when civilians are shown to be at risk? Will he target only infrastructure, leaving ISIS in power? Will he put the lives of young men at risk to accomplish a vital mission?

The administration has adamantly reassured Americans that it won’t put U.S. boots on the ground…

Of course not. Who would send troops into harm’s way when you could level the place thrice-over from the sky? The UN wouldn’t mind.

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Meanwhile, ISIS Is Forcing Christians To Convert To Islam, And Then Beheading Them

Hey Europe! Where are the protests? Why aren’t you attacking people on the streets over this? And for that matter, where are the protests in the US? Where is our State Department or our Great Leader, President Obama?

If you’re following the news about ISIS, which now calls itself the Islamic State, you might think you’ve mistakenly clicked on a historical story about barbarians from millennia ago.

In a matter of months, the group seized territory in both Iraq and Syria and declared an Islamic caliphate, celebrating its own shocking slaughter along the way.

“I don’t see any attention from the rest of the world,” a member of the Yazidi minority in Iraq told the New Yorker. “In one day, they killed more than two thousand Yazidi in Sinjar, and the whole world says, ‘Save Gaza, save Gaza.’”
In Syria, the group hoisted some of its victims severed heads on poles. One of the latest videos of the savagery shows a Christian man forced to his knees, surrounded by masked militants, identified in the video as members of ISIS. They force the man at gunpoint to “convert” to Islam. Then, the group beheads him.

ISIS has targeted members of numerous minority groups in the region, including Christian nuns, Turkmen and Shabaks, according to Human Rights Watch.

ISIS is apparently beheading children too. So, again, where is the Western world? Or don’t you care?

- Aggie

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Where’s Walid?

Let’s see, Arab terrorists use UN schools as weapons depots; they use those same schools as well as hospitals as firing ranges; they use people as young as babies as human shields….[UPDATE: They even blew up a donkey!]

Try not to let this story destroy your faith in Arab terrorists:

The IDF released video footage Thursday of a tunnel shaft in the basement of a mosque in the Gaza Strip. The tunnel, which is situated next to the mosque’s prayer room, extends in various directions and is connected to a larger tunnel network.

Weapons were also found at the site, according to the IDF.

In contrast, by declaring its intentions in advance, the IDF has made sitting ducks of its soldiers. See the booby-trapped tunnel yesterday that killed several and wounded dozens. Ninnies in the media bray about “disproportionate” force in this war, but if Israel acted in its own best interest, and not to please some higher power (the EU), more of their soldiers would be alive today.

PS: I don’t recall if we’ve said this explicitly, but Aggie and I send our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the fallen soldiers. Their cause is great and just, but their loss is no less devastating. You are in our thoughts every day.

PPS: Speaking of “disproportionate”, Mr. Zee made a good point in a comment earlier. Did people complain abut the “disproportionate” number (over a thousand) of convicted terrorists and criminals Israel had to spring in order to secure the return of the kidnapped Gilad Shalit?

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Palestinian Terrorist Mortars Would Several Israelis [Update: 3 Killed]

They’ll be handing out candy in Gaza and the West Bank – and in Paris and London and Rome!

Three people were killed and several others were seriously wounded in a mortar attack in the Eshkol Region next to the Gaza border late Monday afternoon.

The attack moderately injured a number of other people. Emergency teams evacuated at lease nine people to to Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba. Four of those injured were airlifted to the hospital.

None of those killed or hurt in the projectile attack were Eshkol residents, said a spokeswoman for the regional council.

Because they want a ceasefire, right?

The Magen David Adom spokesman tells Channel 2 that ten people are wounded by a mortar attack in the Eshkol region. Four of them are critically wounded, three are in serious condition, and three in moderate condition.

Emergency medical teams are at the scene.

More here:

Explosion seriously injures 3, moderately hurts 2 others in Eshkol region; emergency teams evacuating wounded to hospital. A Magen David Adom ambulance.
A Magen David Adom ambulance. Photo: REUTERS
A mortar shell exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council, wounding at least 10 people on Monday evening, according to Magen David Adom.

The attack seriously injured three people and moderated injured two others in southern Israeli region.

Emergency teams were evacuating those hurt to a hospital.

The mean old IDF has resumed attacks in Gaza.

- Aggie

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The Religion That Blew Up The Bamiyan Buddhas

Taliban, meet ISIS:

If you blink during the video, you might miss the moment Jonah’s tomb in Mosul, Iraq, explodes.

The first few frames show the revered shrine towering over its landscape. There’s a sudden burst of dust, fire and smoke.

Then, nothing.

CNN could not immediately confirm the authenticity of the video, which was posted to YouTube.

The holy site is thought to be the burial place of the prophet Jonah, who was swallowed by a whale or fish in both the Islamic and Judeo-Christian traditions.

Militants belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, planted explosives around the tomb and detonated the explosion remotely Thursday, civil defense officials there told CNN.

The tomb was inside a Sunni mosque called the Mosque of the Prophet Younis.

I would ask why, but these are crazed Islamists. They’d blow up the 79th Street IRT subway station if they could.

The Buddhas last moments (out of 1500 years):

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Whatever Happened to “Our Girls”?

Hey, did they find the girls while I was gone?

Sorry! It was an innocent question.

Not.

RUSH: Grab audio sound bite number 24 this afternoon on the House floor. You’ve gotta hear this during One-Minute Speeches. Members of the House get to go to the well of the House and pontificate for a minute. Nobody has to listen. There is nothing official attached to it and nothing to do with legislation, per se. They can just go mouth off.

Today, Representative Frederica Wilson (Democrat-Florida) went to the well of the House during one-minute speeches to speak about the Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram.

WILSON: (shouting) Three months without our girls means that the time is now to keep pressure on the Nigerian government! We must tweet with the fervent expression that extends beyond the glamour of a breaking news story. We cannot slow down. We cannot lose momentum. We cannot rest until our girls at home. Every morning between nine and 12, tweet #BringBackOurGirls with the hashtag: #BringBackOurGirls. #BringBackOurGirls. #JoinRepWilson. #JoinRepWilson. Hashtag! Tweet! Tweet! Tweet! Keep tweeting until we bring back our girls.

“We must tweet with the fervent expression that extends beyond the glamour of a breaking news story.”

That’s rather beautiful, actually. But even more telling. Telling of the utter vacuity that lay behind the initial “glamour” campaign.

I have to give Congresswoman Wilson credit: like Cindy Sheehan, she’s the only one still talking about the issue that so consumes her. All the Beautiful People have moved on. Well on.

Boko Haram hasn’t:

Boko Haram gunmen killed many villagers and set homes ablaze in a northeastern Nigerian town just 53 miles from the strategic center of Maiduguri before dawn Friday, according to survivors.

Residents of Damboa town called The Associated Press to say they were “piling up corpses.”

Half the town is up in flames, say civilian defense fighters there according to Nigerian Vigilante Group spokesman Abbas Gava.

Well-armed Islamic extremists attacked as residents were preparing for the 5 a.m. dawn prayers and the civilian defense fighters could only resist with clubs and homemade shotguns, he said.

What’s a “homemade shotgun”? Whatever it is, never bring one to a AK-47 gunfight.

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