First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people

These people are idiots—or evil.  Nah.  These two are idiots.  It's their masters who are evil:

Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said in separate interviews Thursday that the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime means the red line laid out by the Obama administration has been crossed and should trigger further involvement from the United States in the Syrian civil war...

...Graham laid out what he thinks the next steps should be: "I think the international community should rally around helping the rebels by having a no-fly zone some place they can operate safely, arm the appropriate groups within the rebel forces...

Read the whole thing.

It's what they've been waiting for. And now that it's happened, what could possibly go wrong?


(AINA) -- Syria's Christians fear an Islamist takeover should the current government be overthrown. During the ongoing civil war there has been a well-documented rise in the number of salafi-jihadist groups operating in Syria that pose a direct threat to Syria's Christian community. These militant opposition forces espouse an Islamist ideology, which incorporates elements of Wahhabism and Salafism and whose stated goals and objectives are by definition hostile towards Christians. Firsthand accounts from Syrian Christian refugees in Lebanon reported by award winning investigative journalist Nuri Kino detail the horror in which they described kidnappings, rapes, harassment, theft and other violent reprisals at the hands of Islamist groups...

...Christian persecution is prevalent not only throughout Syria but also the entire region. Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Virginia) has consistently published reports testifying that Christians throughout the Middle East, specifically in Syria, Egypt and Iraq, have been suffering persecution at an alarming rate, including a sustained campaign of violence, discrimination, mass emigration and internal displacement -- all of which too often go unrecognized and unreported...

In other words, the "Arab spring" has been a Christian winter.

For any decent people who know any history—which excludes the Turkish and US administrations—this should seem eerily familiar.

My dad was of the generation who would often hear grown-ups exhorting kids to finish what was on their plates because they ought to "remember the starving Armenians."  Remember who?

People like this:

...April 24...marks the “Great Crime,” that is, the Armenian genocide that took place under Turkey’s Islamic Ottoman Empire, during and after WWI.  Out of an approximate population of two million, some 1.5 million Armenians died...

...What do Americans know of the Armenian Genocide?  To be sure, some American high school textbooks acknowledge it.  However, one of the primary causes for it—perhaps the fundamental cause—is completely unacknowledged: religion...

...There is no denying that religion—or in this context, the age-old specter of Muslim persecution of Christian minorities—was fundamental to the Armenian Genocide.  Even the most cited factor, ethnic identity conflict, while legitimate, must be understood in light of the fact that, historically, religion—creed—accounted more for a person’s identity than language or heritage. This is daily demonstrated throughout the Islamic world today, where Muslim governments and Muslim mobs persecute Christian minorities—minorities who share the same ethnicity, language, and culture, who are indistinguishable from the majority, except, of course, for being non-Muslims...

...what is happening to the Christians of today from one end of the Muslim world to the other is a reflection of what happened to the Armenian Christians of yesterday.   We can learn about the past by looking at the present.  From Indonesia in the east to Morocco in the west, from Central Asia in the north, to sub-Sahara Africa—that is, throughout the entire Islamic world—Muslims are, to varying degrees, persecuting, killing, raping, enslaving, torturing and dislocating Christians...

We've seen this before:

...In her memoir, Ravished Armenia, Aurora Mardiganian described being raped and thrown into a harem (which agrees with Islam’s rules of war).  Unlike thousands of other Armenian girls who were discarded after being defiled, she managed to escape. In the city of Malatia, she saw 16 Christian girls crucified: “Each girl had been nailed alive upon her cross, spikes through her feet and hands, only their hair blown by the wind, covered their bodies.”

Read the rest.

So before folks get all euphoric over the (presumed) deposing of Assad and his replacement with the "rebel" forces—think back a mere couple of years to the beginning of the "Arab spring" and the replacement of Mubarak with the democracy-loving...Muslim Brotherhood.

And then think back a century:

In 1915, Adolf Hitler rationalized his genocidal plans, which he implemented some three decades later, when he rhetorically asked: “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”

Who indeed?

A Tale of Two Issues


From the Ithaca Journal (and the St. Catherine of Siena parish bulletin has substantially the same information):

The Dark Side of Chocolate screening

Ten Thousand Villages in Ithaca, the Labor Religion Coalition of the Finger Lakes and the Peace and Justice Committee of St. Catherine of Siena will sponsor a screening at 7 p.m. Wednesday of the newly released documentary: "The Dark Side of Chocolate" by Mike Mistrati and U. Robin Romano.

The Dark Side of Chocolate reveals new evidence that child labor and human trafficking continue in the cocoa fields for millions of children, nearly a decade after the major players in the cocoa industry promised to resolve these problems. A discussion will follow the film. The screening will take place in the parish center of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 302 St. Catherine Circle.

What this blurb doesn't say (although it was mentioned verbally at church this weekend) is that the cocoa fields in question are in west Africa, specifically in Ivory Coast.  

I certainly have nothing against children, Africans, or African children. Conditions in the cocoa fields may be truly horrific—I'm not arguing that point here.  What I am asking is this: what else is happening in Ivory Coast?

At The Daily:

The stories are just coming out now—see Drudge for more—

but even basement bloggers can determine quickly enough that Laurent Gbagbo is a Roman Catholic and Alassane Ouattara is—wait for it—a Muslim.

The lamestream media has extreme difficulty characterizing violent Muslims as, you know, Muslim.  Depending on the country, they are often instead described in news stories as "youths," "Middle Eastern," "Asian," or "African."

From 2010:

That "Communal Violence" In Nigeria, That "Civil War" In the Sudan

[...] You've already forgotten just a bit, haven't you? That is, forgotten the details? You remember that about 600 people were killed in north-central Nigeria - was it a week ago? Or two weeks? Or three weeks? It's hard to remember -- when Muslims of the Fulani tribe surrounded Christian villages at night, where there were mostly women and children, and set fire to their houses, and then with machetes killed them, while the Muslim-officered army and police did nothing to prevent it. And you may remember, or not, how in January there was the same story, when Muslims attacked Christians, on a Sunday, burning them alive in a church. But on that occasion, since the Christians around included men, they did fight back, and so that January story's details have been forgotten, and the BBC, and NPR, and everyone else had a high old time, in describing the six hundred Christians murdered last week, in glibly (and wrongly) calling it a "revenge" for the attacks in January -- as if the attacks in January had not been instigated by the Muslims in the first place, and the Christians only inflicting casualties because they were defending themselves....

Remember Biafra?  I didn't think so.

[...] And in 1967, and until the end of the Biafran War, and in the forty years that have followed, the West seems to have no comprehension of the Muslim campaigns against non-Muslims in Africa. It does not understand, it does not listen, to the Nigerian Christians. It does not understand what really happened, does not even have a good grasp of the number of victims of the Jihad in the southern Sudan. It pays no attention to what has been happening in Niger as a result of Saudi money, where the wahabization of the formerly syncretistic Muslims is proceeding at a terrifying pace. It has no idea of what so alarms Laurent Gbagbo and the Christians in the Ivory Coast (emphasis mine). It has no idea of what Khaddafy's money has done to spread Islam and fill with anxiety the Christians in Lome and the rest of Togo....

Read the whole thing.  And there are countless more examples.

So while we're beating ourselves up about drinking hot cocoa and putting chocolate bunnies in our kids' Easter baskets, could we talk about this other issue?  Don't you think it's time?

Taqiyya sunrise

In today's Ithaca Journal:

This originally appeared over a week ago in the Detroit Free Press, another Gannett newspaper, atop a brief column written by the cartoonist himself, Mike Thompson, in which he cites a report by the notably fair and balanced Muslim Public Affairs Council—no bias there, of course.

There's been a lot of analysis of King's hearings, both before they actually happened, as here and here, and afterwards, much of which concluded that the hearings turned out to be pretty weak beer but were at least a start on discussing the taboo topics of Muslims and Islam in the US—see here and here.

Related—in the realm of "things that make you go 'hmmmm'." Sort of on foreign policy but sort of not:

Civil war, he says?

Anyway, do read Mike Thompson's short column, and also the comments. One commenter remarked

Thompson, as usual, is full of hummus and hubris.

Another one of those things I wish I'd thought of.

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