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John Kerry Shows His Idiocy Once Again




Gary Fouse
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Hat tip CNS News

"The response to Islamist extremism, which “exploits a legitimate and beautiful religion,” must include offering alternatives to young people who lack opportunities and “feel oppressed,” Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday."




John Heinz Kerry has once more illustrated that not only is he ignorant of the Middle East, he is also ignorant about Islam.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/kerry-extremism-exploits-beautiful-religion



“We’re also going to win it with better alternatives for a whole bunch of young people who today live in places where they feel oppressed, where they don’t have a lot of opportunity, there’s not enough education, they don’t have jobs,” he said. “But they know what the rest of the world has because they all have smart phones, they all have mobile devices, and they’re all seeing what’s going on and they trade thoughts.”


Old Horse Face forgets about the thousands of ISIS fighters who traveled from Europe, Australia, Canada and the US to join the Islamic jihad. They had education at their fingertips and smart phones in their hands. Kerry is still peddling the line that extremism is born of poverty. He forgets that Usama bin Laden was the heir to a multi-million dollar construction firm in Saudi Arabia. His successor, Aymam al Zawahiri, is an educated man, and the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, has a PhD in Islamic studies. Rich man, poor man. They have both joined the Islamic jihad, John-John.



And then there was this gem:

“And so we have to push back. We’re not going to win this exclusively through our efforts on the ground in this coalition with kinetic efforts,” he said, referring to the U.S.-led coalition’s military operations against the jihadist group. “We’re going to win this with ideas.”


(Amazing resemblance)

Ideas!??! What ideas? It's not like this administration is brimming over with ideas. And what "kinetic efforts" on the ground is he referring to? He must be referring to the heroic Kurds going it alone in Kobani aided by German and Dutch biker gangs, be jeezus! We ourselves are not doing anything on the ground.

How's this for an idea, John-John? Let's offer refuge to the last remaining Christians in the Middle East, get the hell out of there, become energy self sufficient, start supporting Israel again, and let those Arabs kill each other to their hearts' content?



"That's too simplistic."

The fight against Female Genital Mutilation has lost a great champion

It is rare that you will see me stand up for anything related to or from the United Nations but there are exceptions to everything. This is acknowledging Efua Dorkenoo and all she did to combat Female Genital Mutilation that is a problem in many countries, mostly MUSLIM countries. She passed away on October 18th in London.

FGM is a particularly heinous practice and is most commonly practiced in Muslim countries and by Muslim, Asian immigrants.

Below is the obituary from the our local fish wrapper and note that the tone of the obituary is quite politically correct and ensures that Islam and Muslims are not to be blamed for this disgusting and barbaric practice even tough it has been proven over time that this is practiced in Islam and encouraged under Islamic sharia law. This does not change or dilute the effective works of Efua Dorkenoo in the fight against FGM. PatriotUSA

From the Bend Bulletin:

Waged successful battle against genital cutting

By Douglas Martin

Efua Dorkenoo



 Efua Dorkenoo, who helped lead a successful 30-year campaign against the tradition of genital cutting of girls and women, mainly in Africa and the Middle East, by casting the practice as a human rights violation, died Oct. 18 in London. She was 65.
Equality Now, a London-based women’s rights organization she helped lead, said the cause was cancer.

Dorkenoo started organizations to battle genital cutting and coordinated the effort more broadly as acting director of women’s health at the World Health Organization in the late 1990s.

She wrote articles and an influential book — “Cutting the Rose: Female Genital Mutilation” (1996) — and lobbied the British government and international organizations. She also knocked on doors in London immigrant neighborhoods and African villages to spread her message.

Jane Kramer of The New Yorker, writing on the magazine’s website, called Dorkenoo the “warrior in chief” of the struggle against genital cutting of women. “She inspired a generation of feminists across the world to take up the cause of banning the procedure,” Kramer wrote.

Last year, the U.N. General Assembly voted unanimously to recognize female genital cutting as a human rights violation. This year, the British government prosecuted it as a crime for the first time, another of Dorkenoo’s objectives.

And an African-led organization she helped found, The Girl Generation: Together to End FGM, began work this month. Dorkenoo (Mama Efua to her admirers) was to have led the team, which is based in London and Nairobi.

Even more encouraging for her supporters, the practice is declining in many nations, the U.N. Children’s Fund reported last year. 

In Egypt, where more women have been cut than in any other nation, surveys showed that 81 percent of 15- to 19-year-olds had undergone the practice, compared with 96 percent of women in their late 40s.

Female genital cutting involves pricking, piercing or amputating some or all of the external genitalia. Sometimes the vulva is closed, leaving a small hole for the passage of urine and menstrual blood.

The practice is believed to have originated about 4,000 years ago in Egypt or the Horn of Africa. Today it is prevalent in 27 countries in Africa, as well as in Yemen and Iraqi Kurdistan and to a lesser extent in communities of immigrants around the world. 

The World Health Organization says female genital cutting has no health benefits and can cause severe bleeding, problems urinating and, later in life, cysts, infections and infertility. It is said to be intended to reduce women’s sexual pleasure — and does — and to preserve a woman’s virginity until marriage.

World health authorities say that more than 125 million women living today in the countries where it is concentrated have experienced such cutting.

Efua Dorkenoo was born in Cape Coast, Ghana, on Sept. 6, 1949, one of 11 children. She emigrated to London at 17 and became a nurse. She was aware of female genital cutting, she said, but did not personally experience it. She saw the procedure firsthand in the 1970s, when she attended a birth. The mother was so badly scarred, she said, that she could not deliver her baby through natural childbirth.

Dorkenoo began campaigning against the practice in the early  1980s. After earning a master’s degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, she published one of the first reports on the practice.

That helped her secure funds to establish, in 1983, the Foundation for Women’s Health and Development to promote the health of African women and girls, with a focus on abolishing female genital cutting. Britain outlawed it within two years.

Dorkenoo’s work with the foundation led to her joining the World Health Organization in 1995. As acting director of women’s health, a post she held until 2001, she coordinated national action plans against female genital cutting in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan. She also persuaded the organization to classify it as a human rights violation.


Source is here.


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Our Feckless State Dept. in Action




Gary Fouse
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Hat tip Washington Free Beacon, Frontpage Magazine and Hastings


Even under good conservative administrations, our State Department is by nature a feckless entity consisting of pseudo intellectuals who think they are a cut above the average American. I know because I spent as total of 8 years with DEA stationed at an embassy and a consulate overseas. In addition, I spent two years with DEA in our International Training section doing training seminars overseas, which were funded by State. I know first hand the arrogance of these folks (not all, mind you).

Having said that, I am constantly amazed by  DOS' two principle spokesholes, Jen Psaki and Marie Harf, both political activists who were rewarded by the Obama administration with the jobs they now occupy. The latest outrage is by Psaki who here insists that a Palestinian youth who was throwing Molotov cocktails at Israeli cars before he was shot dead was not a terrorist.

The Washington Free Beacon and Frontpage Magazine have the story.

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/state-dept-throwing-molotov-cocktails-at-jews-not-terrorism/

Would not the prudent course of action (DOS traditionally acts "prudently") have been to not get involved in the issue at all?

"But," you say, "the kid was a US citizen".

So was that 3-month -old baby deliberately run over by a Palestinian driver in Jerusalem last week. The US embassy in Israel referred to that as a "traffic accident".

Rory Gallagher









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RIP Jack Bruce

After the sad news today of Jack Bruce's passing, I thought it might be worth putting up this magnificent documentary of Ginger Baker, a man after the Patriot's heart! Jack Bruce is interviewed for the film, and of course there is quite a bit of his music in the film as well. This is a sad day indeed.



And here's another reminder of Jack Bruce's music, from the Cream, 1966.




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Nothing To Do With Islam

Nothing To Do With Islam
Source: The Telegraph.


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Fast and Furious: Judicial Watch Receives Vaughn Index of Withheld Documents




Gary Fouse
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Hat tip to Squid and a big hat tip to Judicial Watch


After two years of legal struggle, the Justice Department, under a judge's order, has turned over a list of documents withheld from Congress in its investigation of the Operation Fast and Furious scandal to Judicial Watch. This is called a Vaughn index, which lists each document withheld and the reason(s) why they are withheld. There are over 15,000 such documents, which President Obama put under his personal protection by asserting executive privilege. Stunningly, it has been revealed that e-mails between Eric Holder and his wife (who is not a government employee) and even his mother have been protected.

Judicial Watch also suggests that the release of these documents may be tied to Holder's announced resignation.

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2014/10/obama-asserts-fast-furious-executive-privilege-claim-holders-wife-2/


"Fed up with the interminable delay caused Holder’s gamesmanship and stonewalling, JW renewed its request to the Court to allow our transparency lawsuit to continue.  Thankfully, this past July, Judge John D. Bates ended the 16-month delay and ordered the Obama administration to produce a Vaughn index of the alleged “executive privilege” records by October 1. Judge Bates noted that no court has ever “expressly recognized” President Obama’s unprecedented executive privilege claims in the Fast and Furious matter.

Unhappy with having to produce the records prior to the elections, Justice lawyers asked the judge to give them one extra month, until November 3 (the day before Election Day!) to produce the info.  Judge Bates rejected this gambit, suggested that the Holder’s agency did not take court order seriously.  Rather than a month, Judge Bates gave Justice until yesterday to cough up the Vaughn index. Judge Bates issued his smack down on September 23.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation two days later."


There can be little doubt that if these documents ever see the light of day,  they would reveal:

1 Fast and Furious was cooked up in DOJ Hqs with the involvement of the White House.

2 Eric Holder and his top lieutenants were intimately involved in overseeing the operation.

3 Holder perjured himself before Congress.

4 The Obama White House and top levels of DOJ including Holder have been involved in a massive cover-up.

Now if we only had a Justice Department to investigate it all.

Thoughts on the Week of Terror in Canada




Gary Fouse
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http://garyfouse.blogspot.com


As the dust settles in Ottawa after yesterday's terror attack, it appears that Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was the lone gunman. Whether he had links to the previous jihadist killed in Canada two days earlier is still being investigated. A couple of things are becoming clear. First, lone wolf jihadists in the West are hearing the call of ISIS to strike however they can in Western countries. The threat of more attacks is real, indeed certain. Pinhead professors like Juan Cole of the University of Michigan can pooh-pooh it and dismiss warnings as racist and Islamophobic all they want. They will eventually be laughed out of  the public discourse by real events.

As for Islamophobia, I would guess that after this week's events, a few million more Canadians have become Islamophobes. They may be fodder for UC Berkeley professor Hatem Bazian's Islamophobia Research and Documentation Center, but the numbers can only grow rather than diminish.

For everyday brings news of another atrocity, whether it be an attack in the West, a car bomb in Iraq, a beheading in Syria, a stoning in Afghanistan, a kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria, a death sentence for blasphemy in Pakistan, or for apostasy in Sudan; it is a daily occurrence.

Once again I repeat my usual disclaimer: I don't condemn all Muslims and neither should you. God forbid that we in the West begin retaliating against innocent Muslim citizens living in the West. Yet it is becoming very tiring to hear apologists like CAIR and MPAC "condemn" the acts of ISIS and al Qaeda while refusing to condemn the acts of Hamas directed towards Israelis. (Yesterday, a Palestinian in Jerusalem aimed his car at a crowd and killed a three-month-old baby, an act that was applauded, if not ordered, by Hamas.) The story line of the CAIR types is that they "condemn all acts of terror against innocent civilians" (a phrase wide enough to drive a truck through according to their definitions.). Yet CAIR's biggest concern is lashing back against any outcry against terror as being Islamophobic. They and others tell us that these acts have nothing to do with Islam-even though they are being carried out in the name of Islam. They tell us how the Qu'ran forbids the taking of human life-side skipping the caveats and the fact that all the peaceful verses they recite are Abrogated by later contradictory verses that urge the Muslim to kill the unbelievers. (I capitalize abrogate because that is an Islamic scholarly principle of interpreting the Qu'ran.) The final major chapter in the Qu'ran is sura 9 which is also its most hateful and violent. It virtually abrogates any verses recorded earlier in time which are contradictory. (The final sura-110- consists of only a couple of sentences.) Yet we are to believe that Islam is a religion of peace.

The apologists and propagandists also tell us that the Prophet Mohammad was a kind and generous man who forgave his enemies. In truth, Mohammad was a warrior and military leader who spread Islam at the point of a sword and oversaw the executions-by beheadings- of captured prisoners and the sale of their wives and daughters into slavery. This is historical fact not slander. What ISIS is doing today is what Mohammad's armies did 1400 years ago. Muslims themselves know it because it is heralded in Islamic texts themselves. Also well chronicled in the Qu'ran and the hadith (the life and traditions of Mohammad) are constant hateful references to Jews and Christians. Those hateful references continue to this day in thousands of mosques around the world even in the West.

So as we watch the never-ending series of attacks against non-Muslims, the persecution of Christians across the Islamic world and even wars between Sunni and Shia, the apologists ask us to believe that Islam is a religion of peace and that what we are witnessing is not Islam. As much as we may want to believe this, it strains credulity. The "peace" is only meant to be among Muslims themselves-and among the same branches of Islam no less.

If what the CAIR types tell us is true, where are the million man marches-at least in the West if not within the Islamic world itself? As we speak, yesterday was proclaimed by CAIR to be a Day of Action. Action against what-the "hijacking" of Islam by ISIS, al Qaeda, Boko Haram and all the other terror organizations running around the globe? Was it a call for Muslims to engage in some self examination? No, it was a protest against police brutality and incarceration of brown and black people-a cynical attempt to rally other minorities to their own cause.  It will be a cold day in Hell before millions of Muslims take to the streets and demand a cleansing of this evil or a Reformation within Islam that would rid it of its violent and intolerant aspects. In truth, they cannot without rejecting Mohammad and the Qu'ran itself. By their definition, that is apostasy, a "crime" by the way, punishable by death under Sharia law.  No, that is not going to happen.

In addition, CAIR has a long track record of former officials who have been uncovered in terrorist plots or providing other terrorist support. The rest of these activists and so-called Muslim leaders are what we call "stealth jihadists" forsaking violence to work within the system to bring about the same goal as ISIS-a worldwide Islamic caliphate.

As for the rest of us, all we can do is await the next attack on our home soil. The day is going to come when the "Islamophobia" overflows our societies. Hopefully, that will not result in hate and retaliation against innocent people who do live peaceful lives and have no wish to harm us or change our way of life. It should, however, force our heretofore feckless leaders to call a halt to Islamic immigration and to take decisive action against the jihadists-stealth or otherwise- who are walking among us and preparing for that envisioned day when Islam will reign supreme. We cannot afford the luxury of having to rely on our diplomatic, immigration, intelligence and police forces of having to weed out the bad from the good.

As for that Islamophobia Research and Documentation Center at UC Berkeley, I suggest Mr Bazian request additional funding to expand his facility. He's going to need a lot of file space.

Power Comes From Lying



Everyone knows how commendable it is for a prince to keep his word and live by integrity rather than by cunning. And yet our own era has shown that princes who have little regard for their word have achieved great things, being expert at beguiling men's minds.

Machiavelli, Niccolo (2009-01-01). The Prince (Vintage Classics) (p. 64). Random House. Kindle Edition.



The latest atrocity committed in the Islamic State has just been released into the public consciousness. According to reports in the mainstream media, a teenage boy has been crucified after being found guilty of betraying the religion of Islam. The devout Muslims who murdered the boy made sure that his ordeal lasted for three days. [1]

This brings to mind the Islamic forces who invaded Malta in 1565, who after finally defeating the Knights of St. John at St. Elmo, beheaded the corpses then nailed them on to crosses before floating them across Grand Harbour to their brothers at Senglea.

One is struck by the attempts by both groups of Muslims to take possession of the Christian narrative and use it for their own dark purposes.

In the face of the atrocities that are being committed daily by the Muslims of the Islamic State, the Prime Minister of Great Britain, David Cameron, acknowledges that “they (the Muslims of the Islamic State) claim to do this in the name of Islam”, but insists that 'that is nonsense, Islam is a religion of peace'. [2] Cameron has already made his position on the religion of Islam clear, stating after the murder of a British soldier on the streets of London by two 'soldiers of Allah' called Mujahid Abu Hamza and Ismail Ibn Abdullah that 'there is nothing in Islam that justifies this truly dreadful act'. [3]

In order to evaluate Cameron's position on the religion of Islam, we need to familiarise ourselves with some basic logical concepts. A categorical proposition is a statement which relates members of one group to members of another. It has a subject term and a predicate term, and it can be expressed in the following standard forms: All S are P, No S are P, Some S are P and Some S are not P.

One attribute of categorical propositions is quantity. This refers to whether the proposition makes a claim about every member of the class denoted by the subject term. The propositions 'All S are P' and 'No S are P' both say something about all members of the class denoted by the subject term S, so those propositions are said to be universal. The propositions 'Some S are P' and 'Some S are not P' say something about one or more (but not all) members of the class denoted by the subject term S, so those propositions are said to be particular.

Another attribute of categorical propositions is quality. A categorical proposition claims that some or all the members of the class denoted by the subject term are also members of the class denoted by the predicate term, which is affirmative, or that they are not, which is negative. So the propositions 'All S are P' and 'Some S are P' are affirmative and the propositions 'No S are P' and 'Some S are not P' are negative.

The four standard form categorical propositions have traditionally been referred to using the first four vowels of the Roman alphabet. The universal affirmative proposition (All S are P) is called an A proposition, the universal negative (No S are P) is an E proposition, the particular affirmative (Some S are P) is an I proposition and the particular negative (Some S are not P) is an O proposition.

So where the subject term is Islamic doctrines and the predicate term is doctrines that justify acts of cruelty and barbarism, we can see that Cameron has explained his position on Islam using an E proposition (No S are P). This can be illustrated using a Venn diagram, as follows:




Having laid out David Cameron's position, the first thing we have to remember is that Cameron is a British politician, and as Cameron himself has acknowledged (before a Christian audience, in typically Machiavellian fashion) the United Kingdom is a Christian country, our society is founded on Judeo-Christian values, and the Bible is part of our cultural and political heritage. [4] This then, is the context in which Cameron received his education.

Cameron has acknowledged that he is not an authority on any religion, and admits he has not taken the trouble to educate himself specifically about Islam. So there is nothing to suggest that David Cameron knows the first thing about Islamic doctrines and practices. [5]

If anyone asserts that Islam is 'a religion of peace' simply because David Cameron has uttered those words, then they are obviously making an appeal to inappropriate authority. (This is a fallacy – the argumentum ad verecundiam.)

 On the other hand, there is no legitimate reason for us not take the confessions of murderers seriously. When Mujahid Abu Hamza was filmed red-handed at the scene of his crime, for example, he explicitly cited surah at-taubah, the ninth surah of the Koran but one of the last to be written, as he explained his motives to the world.

Time and again, we see Muslims who have committed acts of barbarism stating that their motives are Islamic. We see respected men like Shashank Joshi acknowledging in the national press that 'the practice of beheading is invoked in the Koran'. And we see Muslims like Professor Ednan Aslan from the University of Vienna, a man who unlike David Cameron, has taken the time to educate himself about the religion of Islam, acknowledging that everything the Islamic State is doing is 'theologically correct' because it comes directly from the foundational texts of Islam. [6]

And here we come to an important logical point. If, where the subject term is Islamic doctrines and the predicate term is doctrines that justify 'dreadful' acts of barbarism and cruelty, the E proposition (No S are P) is false, that does not mean that the corresponding A proposition (All S are P) is true.. It's important to note here that that is not what people in the Counter-jihad are saying when they draw attention to specific Islamic doctrines. (Anyone who says otherwise is attacking a straw man.)

If an E proposition is false, then as a matter of logic, we can only say that the corresponding I proposition (Some S are P) must be true. This proposition can be illustrated by another Venn diagram:




Note that the section where S and P overlap is no longer empty, but has the variable x assigned to it, where the value of that variable is undetermined.

So David Cameron's E proposition (No S are P) is false, the British government's position is untenable, taking anything Cameron says about Islam seriously is not rational behaviour, and the people involved in the Counter-jihad are telling the truth. Where the subject terms is Islamic doctrines and the predicate term is doctrines that justify cruelty and brutality, the particular affirmative proposition (Some S are P) is true.




You might think that the nonsense that we hear from the likes of David Cameron should just be ignored, and we can start discussing the real issues behind the ever-growing menace of Islamic terrorism in the Western world any time we like. But we've been waiting for just over 13 years for that to happen, and if we don't do something about it shortly, then it looks like it never will.

As Peter Hitchens says, the views of anyone who wants to discuss problems with Islamic doctrines and practices should be taken on board by their opponents and addressed using reason, facts and logic. Unfortunately, that doesn't happen in this country of ours.

We are going to have to force the issue. We need to use David Cameron's own words against him whenever he makes unsupported assertions about the doctrines and practices of Islam.


“In making this speech I claim no religious authority whatsoever.” - David Cameron, 16th December 2011.

“I'm not a scholar of any religion.” - David Cameron, 8th October 2014.


And whenever any member of the political elite repeats the assertion that Islam is a religion of peace, we need to remind people of what John Stuart Mill wrote in On Liberty:

“They have no authority to decide the question for all mankind, and exclude every other person from the means of judging. To refuse a hearing to an opinion, because they are sure that it is false, is to assume that their certainty is the same thing as absolute certainty. All silencing of discussion is an assumption of infallibility. Its condemnation may be allowed to rest on this common argument, not the worse for being common.”

Mill, John Stuart (2006-08-31). On Liberty and the Subjection of Women (Penguin Classics) (p. 24). Penguin UK. Kindle Edition.


We need to remind people of the archetypal politician Senator Roark in Sin City, who told the Machiavellian truth about politics: 'Power comes from lying – lying big and getting the whole damn world to play along with you.' And we need to ask them if they really want to give that power to a nobody like David Cameron.












References

1. Joshi, P. Isis Terror Group Release Images of Teenager Crucified for Apostasy, Yahoo News, 18th October 2014 (accessed 20/10/2014).

2. Cameron Says 'Islam is a Religion of Peace... We Will Destroy ISIL With an Iron Determination', Breibart London, 14th September 2014 (accessed 20/10/2014).

3. Morris, N. Murder of soldier in Woolwich was a 'betrayal of Islam' says Cameron as he insists Britain will stand resolute against terror, The Independent, 23d May 2013 (accessed 20/10/2014.

4. Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street, Prime Minister's King James Bible Speech, November 16th 2011 (accessed 22/10/2014).

5. Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street, David Cameron's 2014 Eid al-Adha reception speech, 9th October 2014 (accessed 22/10/2014);
Spencer, R. David Cameron on Eid Al-Adha: “Islamic State has nothing to do with the great religion of Islam, a religion of peace.”, jihadwatch, 12th October 2014 (accessed 22/10/2014);
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6. Joshi, S. Shashank Joshi: Royal United Services Institute, Harvard University (accessed 23/10/2014;
Joshi, S. Where does the Islamic State's fetish with beheading come from?, The Telegraph, 14th September 2014 (accessed 22/10/2014);
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Juan Cole Condemns David Cameron for Alerting UK Public to ISIS Fighters From Britain




Calls it Racist and Islamophobic at Speech at Cal State Long Beach 


University of Michigan history professor Juan Cole spoke at CSU Long Beach on Thursday, October 16.  I attended and videotaped the event which was organized by the Middle Eastern Studies Program with assistance from the Department of History and History Students’ Association, and is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and College of Liberal Arts. The auditorium was standing room only, so I am guessing there was around 300 students and professors in attendance. The topic was ISIS. Cole spoke on the historical events mostly in Iraq from the end of the Ottoman Empire to the present and spoke very briefly on Syria. He spoke for about an hour before taking questions. As expected, he spoke very derisively of the Bush administration's invasion of Iraq in 2003. Much of his talk focused on the displacement of the Sunnis/Baath party with the fall of Saddam Hussein and how they became fighters against the Shi'ite regime eventually morphing into ISIS.

One of the more noteworthy things Cole said, however, came during the q and a (Tape 119 at 4:15 mark) when a young man asked him about the Westerners who have joined ISIS, particularly the Brit known as Jihadi John who carried out the notorious beheadings. This led Cole into a denunciation of British Prime Minister David Cameron, who Cole said was using the issue to cause fear among the British public. Cameron, said Cole, was playing to his Conservative Party constituency, which he calls racist. He called the release of the news Islamophobic, a way to beat up on British Muslims,  and said that Cameron should be ashamed. Cole added that there are almost 4 million Muslims in Britain and that the quoted number of 400 who have reportedly gone to join ISIS is an infinitesimal number. He briefly referred to the FBI claiming that some 100 Americans have joined up but said nothing about all the other Western nations whose passport-holders have joined. In responding to another young female questioner, Cole condemned Islamophobia and stereotyping of Muslims.

 I had to leave just as the last two audience members were lined up at the microphone so I missed their questions and Cole's answers.














Comment: While Cole has probably forgotten more about the Middle East than I will ever know, I do take exception with his comments about the release of news that some 400 British Muslims have gone off to join ISIS. While it may be an infinitesimal number compared to the overall Muslim population of the UK, and may not represent majority Muslim thought, it is a cause for concern.  Four hundred ISIS fighters returning to Britain can do a lot of damage to a country that has already experienced the slaughter of a British soldier on a London street and the recent beheading of a woman by a Muslim convert. In addition, the killer who attacked the Brussels Jewish center was a French citizen who had returned from fighting in Syria-to say nothing about the pernicious influence of Anjem Choudary and his followers in the UK. Finally, such Western fighters have originated in other European countries as well as Canada, Australia and the US. This is nothing for Cole to pooh-pooh. But, let's face it: Cole has his agenda.