What I refer to in the title is how many governments and regimes used to use the fact of Islam as a method for projecting force for more traditional geopolitical struggles such as Russia/Soviet V. US/W. Europe and many other example of same. Now that turns out to be not such a good idea.
1. Pakistan: Ready or not they are coming:
(This article contains an image of the leaked document to which it refers. Here is a larger version of that document)
South Asia: Pakistani intelligence agencies have warned the provincial governments and other law and enforcement agencies regarding the mounting threat from the ISIS militants. Recently a secret document was leaked in which Pakistani Agencies were sending information about the ISIS (Daish) activities in Pakistan.
According to the letter, dated 31st October, Daish or ISIS has recruited 10,000 to 12,000 fighters from the Hangu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Kurram tribal district in FATA. In that letter it is also mentioned that ISIS has offered some banned Islamic organizations like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamat (ASWJ) to join hands in Pakistan. Both of these organizations are Anti-Shia like ISIS. ISIS (Daish) has also formed 10-members Strategic Planning Wing, which will target the Army installations in Pakistan as Pakistani Army is working hard to eliminate these terrorists from the North of Pakistan.
2. Islamic State commanders liable for mass war crimes: U.N.
(Reuters) – Islamic State commanders are liable for war crimes on a “massive scale” in northeast Syria, where they spread terror by beheading, stoning and shooting civilians and captured fighters, U.N. investigators said on Friday.
Their report, based on over 300 interviews with witnesses and victims, called on world powers to bring the commanders before the International Criminal Court for both war crimes and crimes against humanity.
(Report — video of IS beheading)
3. Thailand: 2 killed in Pattani insurgent raid
Two suspected insurgents were shot dead and five others surrendered following a raid on hideouts in Pattani’s Nong Chik district in the early hours of Friday.
A combined team of soldiers, police and local officials rounded up the suspects wanted in security-related cases at Khok Tanod village in tambon Kholor Tanyong in Nong Chik district at about 3am, said…
4. A Turkish Quest to “Liberate” Jerusalem
Both Turkey’s President Erdogan and its Prime Minister Davutoglu have declared countess times that Gaza and Jerusalem (in addition to Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Somalia, and the Maghreb) are Turkey’s “domestic affairs.”
In truth, there is no mention of any city’s name in the Qur’an.
Turks have a different understanding of what constitutes an occupation and a conquest of a city. The Turkish rule is very simple: The capture of a foreign city by force is an occupation if that city is Turkish (or Muslim) and the capture of a city by force is conquest if the city belongs to a foreign nation (or non-Muslims).
For instance, Turks still think the capture of Istanbul in 1453 was not occupation; it was conquest.
In a 2012 speech, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (then Prime Minister) said: “Just like Mecca, Cairo and Istanbul are cities of the Qur’an.” In truth, there is no mention of any city’s name in the Qur’an. Never mind.
5. The ignorance of the boycott brigade
On 16 December 2013, a pre-eminent academic disciplinary body, the American Studies Association (ASA), used the occasion of its annual conference to push through a boycott of Israeli universities. This unprecedented attack on academic freedom came on the back of campaigns organised by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which, in its most recent incarnation, began in Britain in 2005 and rapidly migrated to the US. Cary Nelson, former president of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), describes the BDS campaign as ‘the most influential current version of a long-term effort to delegitimate the state of Israel’.
6. At this moment live, is a major ‘multi faith’ event taking place at a major Episcopalian cathedral in Washington DC. I hope that someone like Stephen Coughlin can look at this after the fact and see if it is another trick like the one played on the Pope at the Vatican Rose Garden this summer. Meanwhile, here is Diana West’s view of this event and an article at Gates of Vienna and also here about the same.
Thank you M., Don C., Yucki, Diana West and all who sent in material. More to come.