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Hollywood Discovers Intolerance

That’s a laugh. Intolerance is as old as Hollywood (get it?).

The blacklist in Hollywood used to be against leftists. That was wrong, even if the truth has been revealed that the Marxist dupes (Lenin’s “useful idiots”) were being consciously and unconsciously manipulated by Moscow. That blacklist lasted about 13 years, from 1947 to 1960.

What about the blacklist against conservatives? How long has that been going on? Question for another time.

Today, liberals join conservatives in condemning an entire culture:

The Beverly Hills Hotel has been a haven for Hollywood’s elite since 1912 — two years before the City of Beverly Hills was even created.

But now some stars are rushing for the exits.

On Monday, a number of celebrities took part in a demonstration across from the famed Sunset Boulevard lodge, protesting not the hotel but its ownership — an investment group controlled by the Sultan of Brunei.

In late April, the small Muslim nation on the northern coast of the island of Borneo implemented Sharia law, marked by strong punishments for those found guilty of homosexuality or adultery — including stoning the convicted to death. The law was praised by the sultan, who isn’t just the country’s ruler but also a major political and cultural figure.

“We’re just making people aware,” Jay Leno, who was among the demonstrators, told CNN.

“It’s not a political issue. This is not something that’s debatable. … It’s people being stoned to death,” he said.

Omigosh, that’s awful!

Why didn’t Hollywood tell us that Muslims could do such things?

[O]nce upon a time, Hollywood could make movies about the enemies of the United States and the free world.

But those days are gone. Today US political leaders believe there are no enemies, no war – just “overseas contingency operations” and “man-caused disasters.”

And, Hollywood is just as delusional. The California cowards are afraid to link Islam and terror and afraid to portray the horrors of fanatical Islamists who declared war on America over a decade ago.

Maybe someday Hollywood will wake up. We can hope.

RRRRRRING! I guess that’s Hollywood’s alarm going off.

[S]uch notables as Ellen DeGeneres and mogul Richard Branson have announced they won’t patronize the hotel or other properties in the Dorchester Collection of luxury hotels, which owns and manages the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air.

“I won’t be visiting the Hotel Bel-Air or the Beverly Hills Hotel until this is resolved,” DeGeneres tweeted to her 28.8 million followers.

Resolved…meaning what? Until Islam embraces homosexuality and feminism? I got news for you, Ellen, sweetie, it ain’t just Brunei:

The 3rd US-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum set for Los Angeles is about a month away. This landmark three-day gathering, which builds on highly successful events in Chicago and Atlanta, will highlight the U.S.-Saudi commercial and trade relationship and how U.S. companies can participate in Saudi Arabia’s extraordinary economic growth as well as provide a unique platform for American and Saudi executives to establish new and lasting business ties.

Saudis? In Los Angeles? Did I miss that boycott?

With its central location in Downtown Los Angeles, the JW Marriott provides a deluxe level of comfort and personal service within a unique hotel environment designed to reflect its location. Guests enjoy convenient access to LA, whether visiting the revitalized downtown area or other parts of the city.

The property features 100,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space in Downtown Los Angeles and serves as the headquarter hotel for the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The JW Marriott shares space with The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, and The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE in a distinctive 54-story tower designed by Gensler.

That was just last summer. And Hollywood was silent. Better late than never, I guess. We conservatives welcome our SoCal cousins to the censorious side of the street. We’ve been calling out Islam—some of us, anyway, calling out some Muslims—for over a decade, with nothing but silence or scorn from your lot. Come on in, the holy water’s fine.

Now, can you have a word with that other pillar of liberalism, academia?

A Saudi prince has donated $20 million each to Harvard University and Georgetown University to advance Islamic studies and further understanding of the Muslim world.

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Alsaud — whom Forbes magazine ranks as the fifth wealthiest person in the world, with assets worth $23.7 billion — is the nephew of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah.

“Bridging the understanding between East and West is important for peace and tolerance,” Alwaleed said in a statement released by Harvard.

At Harvard, the money will fund four new senior staff professorships as well as an endowed chair in the name of the 48-year-old billionaire.

While we’re speaking of Islamofascists and the Ivy League:

ranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday questioned why Iran can’t have a nuclear program when the United States has one, repeated his inference that historical accounts of the Holocaust are myths, and denied that there are homosexuals in Iran.

“In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country,” he said, to laughter and boos from the audience. ‘In Iran we do not have this phenomenon. I don’t know who’s told you that we have this.”

But enough of pointing out the Left’s hypocrisies. We’d be here all day.

Christopher Cowdray, the Dorchester Collection’s CEO, said the celebrities and groups protesting are taking out their anger on the wrong place.
“The actions they’re taking are unfounded,” he said.

“It’s going to hurt our employees and this has nothing to do with them whatsoever,” he said. “It’s not their fight.”

The sultan has owned the Beverly Hills Hotel since 1987. The Dorchester Collection was established in 1996 to oversee that hotel and others in its luxury portfolio, including the Hotel Bel-Air, Paris’ Plaza Athenee and London’s Dorchester.

Cowdray said that celebrities wanting to influence politics in Brunei would be better off lobbying the U.S. State Department to take action.

That’s ridiculous. Whom does Hollywood know in Washington, DC?

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Hey Hollywood, write your Congressman!

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2,000 Year Old Damascus Synagogue Burned By Mob

More peace and tolerance from the Arab Spring

The 2,000-year-old Jobar Synagogue in the Syrian capital of Damascus was looted and burned to the ground.

The Syrian army loyal to President Bashar Assad and rebel forces are blaming each other for the destruction of the historic synagogue, according to reports on Sunday.

The rebels said the Syrian government looted the synagogue before burning it to the ground, Israel Radio reported Sunday.

The government said the rebels burned the synagogue and that so-called Zionist agents stole its historic religious items in an operation that had been planned for several weeks, the Arabic Al-Manar Television reported, citing the Arabic Syria Truth website.

The synagogue, one of the oldest in the world, was damaged earlier this month by mortars reportedly fired by Syrian government forces. A video posted online by the Syrian opposition shows extensive damage done to the outside of the synagogue

The Jobar synagogue was built atop a cave that, according to tradition, was used by the prophet Elijah to conceal himself from prosecution. The synagogue is said to have been built by Elijah’s successor, the prophet Elisha, and repaired during the first century by Eleazar ben Arach.

Six World Heritage sites in Syria were damaged by the Syrian civil war from shelling and open fire between regime forces and rebel fighters. The fighting left historic buildings, archaeological sites and residential areas in ruins.

Does it really matter who did it – government sponsored antisemites or “rebel” antisemites? All the same to me. They are what they are.

- Aggie

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Won’t You Come Home, Shmuel Bailey?

I’m not saying the poor bedraggled resident of Gaza (in their swank malls and modern water parks) wish Israel would return to occupy their strip, rather than “occupy” it. (“Occupation” is occupation without being physically present: Gaza has been judenrein for seven years.)

I’m saying that’s what they should wish for:

The Hamas-run government in the Gaza Strip will not oppose the establishment of any new political party as long as the process is carried out according to Palestinian law, an interior ministry spokesman said Saturday.

Shahwan highlighted that the Hamas government asked founders of the Salafist new Al-Nur party to submit an official application to the ministry before they announce their party.

The Salafist movement in Gaza announced last Monday the creation of a new political party to be called An-Nur party (party of light). They said the party would begin officially operating on Thursday after a news conference to announce its creation. The party will work towards implementing Sharia law in order to improve people’s lives, they added.

Who said Arabs couldn’t get the hang of democracy? Spring comes to Gaza; winter comes to Gazans.

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Being A Woman In Saudi Arabia

- Aggie

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Will the Last Liberal Leaving Egypt Please Turn Off the Lights?

They like it dark over there:

Al-Akhbar newspaper, the second largest state-owned newspaper in Egypt, has cancelled the opinion page that often published articles by prominent writers known for their critical views of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The privately owned El Badil website on Wednesday quoted Momen Khalifa, the editor of the opinion pages at Al-Akhbar, as saying that only one of three opinion pages was cancelled.

The move comes after Al-Akhbar refused to run an article by prominent literary critic Abla al-Ruwainy on what she called the “Brotherhoodization” of the state, in which she criticized the Brotherhood for trying to dominate the state and its apparatuses.

Al-Akhbar had also recently banned an article by well-known novelist Youssef al-Qaeed titled “No Obedience,” in which the author denounced President Mohamed Morsy’s supporters who surrounded the Media Production City and threatened the journalists who held critical views against the Brotherhood last week.

Khalifa claimed that the decision was made because “our own writers deserve more space. Also, we need to cut costs and make space for more important economic news or letters for the editor.”

For his part, Qaaed said the page was cancelled because most of its writers are against the Muslim Brotherhood. “The editor-in-chief is pro-Brotherhood and will not allow it,” he said.

This month the Brotherhood-dominated Shura Council, the upper house of Parliament, appointed the new chief editors of state-owned newspapers, raising concerns over the Muslim Brotherhood’s alleged attempt to monopolize state-owned papers.

Some analysts accused the Shura Council of choosing chief editors known for their loyalty to the Brotherhood.

Again, if this is the Egypt Egyptians want, so be it. But presumably this is not the Egypt Obama wanted (unless it is), and it sure as hell ain’t the Egypt Israel wants (again possibly Obama’s intention). I can’t figure out what the hell Obama thought he was doing with Egypt—and how the hell he got away with it.

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For This Mubarak Had to Go?

Way to go, President Obama. Egypt’s so much better now.

Unrecognizable in fact:

Two Egyptian journalists will go on trial accused of incitement to murder President Mohammed Mursi and sowing sectarian discord, prosecutors say.

Tawfiq Ukasha, the owner of the private al-Faraeen TV station, and Islam Afifi, the editor of the private al-Dustour newspaper, will be tried in Cairo.

The move is seen by some analysts as an attempt by Egypt’s powerful Muslim Brotherhood to suppress the opposition.

Mr Mursi, who was elected in June, is a member of the Islamist movement.

On Sunday, he ordered the retirement of the influential head of the armed forces, Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, and the chief of staff, Gen Sami Annan.

Mr Mursi also issued a constitutional declaration giving him broad legislative and executive powers.

When George Bush decided to engage in regime change, he at least had the judgement to decide which sort of regime he was changing to. Obama deposed Mubarak (or delivered the final blow) without any thought or care to what would follow.

Unless he’s fine with what has followed. His education (so much as we can surmise without seeing a single transcript), his entire upbringing, has been defined by the rejection of the establishment and the embrace of revolutionary movements—foreign and domestic. He doesn’t judge. If they are fascistic, misogynist, racist, it’s all the same to him, as long as their tribute statues of him show his good side.

PS: I acknowledge that some things are out of even a president’s control. If the overwhelming majority of the Arab world wants to reject democracy in favor of strict religious law, why shouldn’t they? In this case, they actually used to democracy to impose strict religious law. Sure, there are a few educated liberals, women, Christians, etc. among them who are now screwed, but history is packed with losers in life’s struggles. (What are they going to do, move to Syria?) I would expect an American president to preach American values, however, to be proud of his country, and to affirm its beliefs and its interests. What we want out of the Middle East is oil and a secure Israel, and we’re willing to pay the market rate for both. If that’s too much to ask, then eff ‘em. Enjoy the 9th Century, Islamists; say hello to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse for me!

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Egyptian Presidents Say the Darnedest Things!

It’s not just for clerics anymore!

Following are excerpts from a speech delivered by then Egyptian presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi, which aired on Misr 25 TV, and was posted on Youtube, on May 13, 2012.

Mohamed Morsi: The Koran is our constitution.

Crowds: The Koran is our constitution.

Mohamed Morsi: The Prophet Muhammad is our leader.

Crowds: The Prophet Muhammad is our leader.

Mohamed Morsi: Jihad is our path.

Crowds: Jihad is our path.

Mohamed Morsi: And death for the sake of Allah is our most lofty aspiration.

Crowds: And death for the sake of Allah is our most lofty aspiration.

Mohamed Morsi: Above all – Allah is our goal.

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The shari’a, then the shari’a, and finally, the shari’a. This nation will enjoy blessing and revival only through the Islamic shari’a. I take an oath before Allah and before you all that regardless of the actual text [of the constitution]… Allah willing, the text will truly reflect [the shari’a], as will be agreed upon by the Egyptian people, by the Islamic scholars, and by legal and constitutional experts…

Rejoice and rest assured that this people will not accept a text that does not reflect the true meaning of the Islamic shari’a as a text to be implemented and as a platform. The people will not agree to anything else.

I like the way he talks, and I’m thinking of trying it around the house: “The Sam Adams Summer Ale, then the Sam Adams Summer Ale, and finally the Sam Adams Summer Ale.” BTL will not agree to anything else!

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iSlave

In a story about slavery in Mauritania and Sudan, I commented that slavery was forbidden in Islam. Reader Carol piped up to cite theory and practice indicating otherwise.

But not only is she not a Moslem, she’s not male, so why should I believe her?

Now, I’m a believer:

Following are excerpts from a statement by Dr. Saud Al-Fanisan, former dean of Islamic law at Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University, Saudi Arabia, which aired on Al-Risala TV on March 16, 2012:

Dr. Saud Al-Fanisan: Allah permitted the purchase and sale of slaves. Slaves are the property of their owners. This is slavery in the shari’a, yet a slave enjoys a great deal of freedom. The only thing he is deprived of is the right to own [himself]. That’s it. He enjoys freedom of thought, freedom of belief, the freedom to work, the right to deny [Islam], and the right to command good and forbid evil. A slave enjoys all these liberties, so how can it be claimed that there is no freedom [in Islam]?

I regret the error.

PS: While we’re on the subject of sharia:

Following are excerpts from an interview with Egyptian cleric Muhammad Hussein Yaaqub, which aired on Al-Nas TV on March 16, 2012 :

To the lives of people and to the life of the Islamic nation… The shari’a must be exalted.

Anybody who attacks a home, a shop, a bank, a factory, or anything… When an armed gang enters a place in order to take things by force, they are fighting Allah and His Messenger.

The [hiraba] punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and who strive to spread corruption in the land, is for them to be executed, or to be crucified, or to have their hand and foot chopped off on opposite sides, or to be banished from the land. The implementation of this punishment will guarantee security.

I’ve argued against the notion of sharia law in Western societies. But if it’s what they want…

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As Egypt Goes…

So goes Libya?

The Arab Spring may quickly become an Islamist Winter in Libya, reads a new report circulated among federal law enforcement and written for policymakers on Capitol Hill.

An advance copy of the report entitled “A View to Extremist Currents In Libya” and obtained by Fox News, states that extremist views are gaining ground in the north African country and suggests a key figure emerging in Libya formerly tied to al Qaeda has not changed his stripes.

“Despite early indications that the Libyan revolution might be a largely secular undertaking … the very extremist currents that shaped the philosophies of Libya Salafists and jihadis like (Abd al-Hakim) Belhadj appear to be coalescing to define the future of Libya,” wrote Michael S. Smith II, a principal and counterterrorism adviser for Kronos LLC, the strategic advisory firm that prepared the report.

On Nov. 3, 2007, senior al Qaeda leaders announced that LIFG had officially joined Usama bin Laden’s network, according to the State Department which designated LIFG as a terrorist organization.

Belhadj, who joined the group at its inception, had fought against the Soviets in Afghanistan in the late 1980s. He was arrested in Malaysia in February 2004, reportedly interrogated by the CIA, before he was sent home to Libya. He was released from prison in 2009 as part of a rehabilitation program.

“Libyans have been featured prominently in the history of core al Qaeda. Libyan LIFG member Abu Yahya al-Libi is regarded as core al Qaeda’s top Sharia official and many analysts anticipated he would be appointed bin Laden’s successor. His brother is Abd al-Wahad al-Qayid, a founding member of the LIFG who was one of the six LIFG leaders who authored the group’s corrective studies while imprisoned in Libya.”

The Kronos report says that “Libya is of such strategic interest” to al Qaeda that for years it was its own entity separate from its north Africa affiliate — al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
Libya was considered important to al Qaeda because of its geographic proximity to Egypt and its perceived ability to “affect the jihadist political situation in Egypt.”

For this reason, among others, al Qaeda’s new leader Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri in April 2011 called on jihadis to prepare to mount an insurgency against any Western forces in Libya.

I guess I should have written as Libya goes, so goes Egypt.

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Belgian Awful

Effing Belgium, man. What’s up with that?

Following are excerpts from a statement by Belgian Islamist Sheik Abu Imran opposite the Atomium Monument in Brussels, which was posted on the Internet on December 11, 2011:

In the name of Allah, the Merciful the Compassionate. Praise be to Allah, and prayers upon the Prophet, his family, his companions, and his followers. This is a short message to the King of Belgium, the Belgian government, the Belgian people, and specifically to the Muslims in Belgium. This is the flag that, Allah willing, will soon be flying on top of that building over there. There you see the flag of the Taghut, of the infidels, and soon, the flag of “there is no god but Allah” will be flying there, on top of that palace…

Demonstrator: Say: Allah Akbar.

Crowd: Allah Akbar.

Abu Imran: …and on top of all the other palaces in Europe, until, Allah willing, we reach the White House. We will not rest, despite the lawsuits and intimidations, and despite the war they wage against the Islamic nation. We swear by Allah, the one and only God, that we will not rest, we will not stop, until this flag flies on top of that building.

Demonstrator: Say: Allah Akbar.

Crowd: Allah Akbar.

Abu Imran: We can see nowadays how people are taking photos, and how people from Brussels and from all over Europe come here for what is called “tourism,” and take photos of this monument. They hold on to this monument. Allah be praised. On top, you can see the Belgian flag. This monument is a symbol of Belgium. They have put this symbol on the euro, and they have printed it on banknotes. This is a symbol of the state of Belgium. Soon, Belgium will fall apart. May Allah disperse them and their country.

Crowd: Amen.

Abu Imran: Then this symbol will be useless to them. Look how people view this monument as their Taghut, their idol.

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Between 1995 and 2001, Mullah Omar, may Allah protect him, destroyed the symbols of idolatry [in Afghanistan], so we too should destroy these monuments. How can we demonstrate that we are Muslims? When we see that in Egypt, people hold on to pyramids, to the Sphinx… They have become places for tourists, for millions of businesses, and they even make little souvenirs for tourists, just like they have done with this monument here, the Atomium. They make little models of it for tourists, and sell them in souvenir shops. That is why we must free ourselves from this idolatry, and why we call upon everyone to stay away from idols and idolatry.

One of these idols is this Taghut here behind us, with the flag of the Taghut government on top of it, a symbol of the Taghut regime, the Taghut system, ruling this country. But Allah willing, Belgium will soon be freed from polytheism and idolatry. Belgium will be freed from the system of idolatry. We promise to clean Belgium of the system of idolatry, as well as of the idols themselves. Then we will demolish this symbol, this monument. Andy why? Not because of hatred.

I know people will try to twist my words, in order to prove that I call to destroy things. So why? Simply because the Belgian community could better use all the millions spent on renovating this monument, spent on electricity, spent on tourism.

That is why we say: We do not need these things. What we do need is free water, electricity, and gas for the Belgian people. We need to ensure the safety of Belgian Muslims and non-Muslims in the Islamic state that will replace this Taghut. Allah willing, the more Muslims who participate, the faster we will reach our goal of freeing Belgium from injustice, from tyranny, and from idolatry, and of implementing the purest form of Tawheed in our lives.

Demonstrator: Say: Allah Akbar.

Crowd: Allah Akbar.

Abu Imran: Let us live in an Islamic state, in which there is no idolatry, and there is only “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is His Prophet.”

Title reads: “Support our troops”

“http://www.shariah4belgium.com”

Take Belgium already, it’s yours! Nobody will miss it. Just shut up. God, what noise.

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Saudis Behead Woman For Sorcery

There is a video at CNN, and an article here.

DUBAI – Rights group Amnesty International has described as “deeply shocking” Saudi Arabia’s beheading of a woman convicted on charges of “sorcery and witchcraft”, saying it underlined the urgent need to end executions in the kingdom.

Saudi national Amina bint Abdul Halim bin Salem Nasser was executed on Monday in the northern province of al-Jawf after being tried and convicted for practicing sorcery, the interior ministry said, without giving details of the charges.

“The citizen… practiced acts of witchcraft and sorcery,” Saudi newspaper al-Watan cited the interior ministry as saying. “The death sentence was carried out on the accused yesterday (Monday) in the Qurayyat district in al-Jawf region”.

Saudi Arabia, an absolute monarchy, has no written criminal code, which is instead based on an uncodified form of Islamic sharia law as interpreted by the country’s judges.

“While we don’t know the details of the acts which the authorities accused Amina of committing, the charge of sorcery has often been used in Saudi Arabia to punish people, generally after unfair trials, for exercising their right to freedom of speech or religion,” Philip Luther, interim director of Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa program, said in a statement.

The related articles have to do with an Australian national who was accused of blasphemy while making the Haj, and who is serving one year in prison and will experience 500 lashes. And there has apparently been another huge fire in a girl’s school in Saudi Arabia. In 2002, they wouldn’t let the girls out with their heads uncovered.

So anyway, why is it that we support these guys, whether the Democrats or the Republicans are in power? How is this useful for the United States?

- Aggie

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“My Muslim Faith”

We look at Obama’s response to the so-called Arab Spring, and say why? Obama looks at the rise of the Moslem Brotherhood and other Islamist movements across Araby, and says why not?

In a recent article, Egyptian Coptic liberal ‘Issam ‘Abdallah attacked the Obama administration for supporting the Islamist forces in the Middle East “deliberately and in an organized manner,” rather than giving its support to the secular democrats. He said that the administration had allowed the Islamist lobbies in the US, chiefly those of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and Iran, to gain enough clout over the years to influence US Middle East policy. These same lobbies, he said, were waging all-out war against the Arab liberals and anyone else who stood up for democracy and freedom in the Middle East.

Why Do the West and the US Support the Islamists instead of the Secular Democrats in the Middle East?

“The most tragic and dangerous means of oppression [being used] against the revolutions in the Arab world is not internationally forbidden arms or the Arab dictatorships, like [that of] Mubarak [in Egypt], Al-Qadhafi [in Libya], Bin ‘Ali [in Tunisia], Saleh [in Yemen], and Al-Assad [in Syria], but that being used by the Islamist lobby in the US – or, more precisely, ‘the Islamist lobbies,’ which are the most influential and powerful [lobbies] in Washington.

“We have come to understand, like [the rest of] the enlightened people in the world, that the Obama administration is resolved to support the new tyrannical forces, which have come to power by way of ‘formal democracy.’ The MB in Egypt, the Islamist Al-Nahda party in Tunisia, the Al-’Adala party in Morocco, and the transnational Islamist militias (Al-Qaeda) in Libya were supported by Washington deliberately and in an organized manner, at the expense of the liberal and secular forces in the region.”

A disputable assertion, I suppose, but the facts on the ground (and all the liberal reformers in the ground) would support it.

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