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  1. (www.)"hosted.ap/dynamic/stories/M/MUSLIMS_POPE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT"]Link[/url] Sep 18, 3:56 PM EDT Iranian Leader Urges More Papal Protests By LEE KEATH Associated Press Writer CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Al-Qaida in Iraq warned Pope Benedict XVI on Monday that its war against Christianity and the West will go on until Islam takes over the world, and Iran's supreme leader called for more protests over the pontiff's remarks on Islam. Protests broke out in South Asia and Indonesia, with angry Muslims saying Benedict's statement of regret a day earlier did not go far enough. In southern Iraq, demonstrators carrying black flags burned an effigy of the pope. Islamic leaders around the world issued more condemnations of the pope's comments, but some moderates in the Middle East appeared to be trying to put a damper on the outrage, fearing it could spiral into attacks on Christians in the region. On Sunday, Benedict said he was "deeply sorry" over any hurt caused by his comments made in a speech last week, in which he quoted a medieval text characterizing some of the Prophet Muhammad's teachings as "evil and inhuman" and calling Islam a religion spread by the sword. Benedict said the remarks came from a text that didn't reflect his own opinion, but he did not retract what he said or say he was sorry he uttered what proved to be explosive words. The Vatican on Monday sought to defuse the anger, ordering papal representatives around the world to meet with leaders of Muslim countries to explain the pope's point of view and full context of his speech. Roman Catholic leaders stepped forward to defend the pontiff. At an Italian bishops' conference, Cardinal Camillo Ruini underlined the bishops' "total closeness and solidarity to the pope" and said they deplored interpretations of the pope's comments "which attribute to the Holy Father ... errors that he has not committed and aim at attacking his person and his ministry." Few in the Islamic world were satisfied by Benedict's statement of regret. "The pope's words have caused a deep wound in the hearts of Muslims that won't heal for a long time, and then only after a clear apology to Muslims," Egypt's religious affairs minister, Mahmoud Hamdi Zaqzouq, wrote in a column in the government daily Al-Ahram on Monday. An influential Egyptian cleric, Sheik Youssef al-Qaradawi, called for protests after weekly prayers on Friday, but maintained they should be peaceful. Extremists said the pope's comments proved that the West was in a war against Islam. Al-Qaida in Iraq and its allies issued a statement addressing the pope as "a cross-worshipper" and warning, "You and the West are doomed, as you can see from the defeat in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya and elsewhere. "You infidels and despots, we will continue our jihad (holy war) and never stop until God avails us to chop your necks and raise the fluttering banner of monotheism, when God's rule is established governing all people and nations," said the statement by the Mujahedeen Shura Council, an umbrella organization of Sunni Arab extremist groups in Iraq. Another Iraqi extremist group, Ansar al-Sunna, challenged "sleeping Muslims" to prove their manhood by doing something other than "issuing statements or holding demonstrations." "If the stupid pig is prancing with his blasphemies in his house," the group said in a Web statement, referring to the pope, "then let him wait for the day coming soon when the armies of the religion of right knock on the walls of Rome." In Iran, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei used the comments to call for protests against the United States. He argued that while the pope may have been deceived into making his remarks, the words give the West an "excuse for suppressing Muslims" by depicting them as terrorists. "Those who benefit from the pope's comments and drive their own arrogant policies should be targeted with attacks and protests," he said, referring to the United States. The anger recalled the outrage earlier this year over cartoons depicting the prophet published by a Danish paper. The caricatures, which Muslims saw as insulting Muhammad, set off large, violent protests across the Islamic world. So far, protests over the pope's comments have been smaller. However, there has been some violence: Attackers hurled firebombs at seven churches in the West Bank and Gaza Strip over the weekend, and a nun was shot to death in Somalia. Some 200 Khamenei loyalists in the Syrian capital, Damascus, held a protest Monday at an Islamic shrine, dismissing the pope's apology. "The pope's sorrow was equivocal," read one banner. Dozens protested outside the Vatican Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, and schools and shops in the Indian-controlled section of Kashmir shut their doors in protest. "His comments really hurt Muslims all over the world," Umar Nawawi of the radical Islamic Defenders' Front said in Jakarta. "We should remind him not to say such things which can only fuel a holy war." Islamic countries also asked the U.N. Human Rights Council to examine the question of religious tolerance. Malaysia's foreign minister, Syed Hamid Albar, said Benedict's apology was "inadequate to calm the anger." In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood said the anger should not be allowed to hurt ties with the Middle East's Christian minorities. But worries among Christians in the region are high. Guards have been posted around some churches, and the head of Egypt's Orthodox Coptic Church, Pope Shenouda III, disassociated himself from Benedict's statements. The Dominican mission in Cairo also criticized Benedict's words, saying he chose a text for his speech that "revived the polemics of the past." "These comments, seen by many Muslims as hurtful, risk encouraging extremists on all sides," it said in a statement, "and put in danger all the advances in dialogue made in recent decades." © 2006 The Associated Press. Khamenei is a jerk !!! And somehow he blames the U.S. What else is new ? And what's the story with the 'protests' ? Is it a Muslim thing, or what ? These guys just love to jump around in the street, burning stuff and chanting 'Death To ...'. Don't these people work ? That's why the Middle East is so screwed up. They're always 'protesting' something when they should be a work, being productive. Thin-skinned crybabies, if you ask me.
  2. (www.)"philly/mld/inquirer/news/editorial/15536020.htm"]Link[/url] Posted on Sun, Sep. 17, 2006| 'Conversions' curiously hushed. When two kidnapped journalists were forced to embrace Islam, many should have protested. By Jonathan Last On Aug. 14, Steve Centanni, a Fox News reporter, and Olaf Wiig, his cameraman, were traveling in Gaza City. A Mitsubishi stopped in front of them. A pickup truck boxed them in from behind. Four men, three of them masked, emerged from the Mitsubishi wielding pistols and Kalashnikov rifles. They put guns to the journalists' heads, pulled them out of their SUV and shoved them into the pickup's back seat. When Wiig asked where they were going, he was told: "You're going to hell." Centanni and Wiig were brought to a tent where their hands were painfully bound behind them with plastic ties. They were hooded, blindfolded, and transferred to a dark garage. Whenever they tried to talk, they were butted with guns. Eventually they were transferred to a house, stripped of all possessions and given ill-fitting track suits. Wiig was told Centanni was to be executed. Then, abruptly, on Aug. 23, they were taken to the Gaza City Beach Hotel and set free. You may be less familiar with the video released shortly before Centanni and Wiig were let go. Five minutes and 23 seconds long, it featured the two reading from scripts. They condemned the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Centanni said the West "should turn to the purifying power of Islam" and asked that George Bush and Tony Blair "open your minds to Islam." Standard hostage fare. Less standard is when Centanni says: "My name is Steve. I'm an American. After I entered Islam, I changed my name to Khaled. I have embraced Islam and say the word Allah, and my leader is the prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him." Wiig makes a similar declaration. Both had been converted. After his release, Centanni said: "We were forced to convert to Islam at gunpoint... . It was something we felt we had to do because they had guns." There are many parts of the world where Islam has a conversion problem. Freedom House's Paul Marshall reports that non-Muslims in Sudan, Iran and Nigeria are commonly forced to choose between conversion or death. Writing in National Review Online in 2002, Julia Duin noted the horrific forced conversions in Indonesia: "Christians who refused to convert were killed; those who did convert were then separated from the families, given Muslim names, and forcibly circumcised - without anesthetic, and with dirty instruments. Scissors were used on adults... . The women underwent female genital circumcision." Sharia - Islamic law based on the Koran and on practices approved by Muhammad and taken as legally binding - frowns on the notion of Muslims converting from Islam. Breakaway Muslims can face severe reprisals. The most famous case is Salman Rushdie's, but Marshall notes that Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Sudan, Mauritania, and the Comoros Islands all have laws that carry the death penalty for Muslim apostates. Egypt, Pakistan, the Palestinian territories, Turkey, Nigeria, Indonesia, Somalia and Kenya either have laws with loopholes allowing the killing of apostates or rely on seldom-prosecuted vigilante groups to mete out their bloody brand of enforcement. Religious conversion has an unpleasant history. People have been conquering and converting one another for as long as they've been believing. Romans told early Christians to convert or be fed to the lions; Christians had their Inquisition(s). Ibn Warraq, author of Leaving Islam, notes that Muslims had their own serious inquisition, the minha, in the eighth century. But while many parts of the Muslim world still take conversion quite seriously, other major religions have largely left the issue behind. A double standard therefore exists, a gap between cultures. Imagine the furor that would - rightfully - erupt if a video emerged from Abu Ghraib showing a Muslim forced to convert at gunpoint. The Council on American-Islamic Relations did not mention the Centanni-Wiig videotape (but it did issue a call for their release soon after their abduction). When called for comment, CAIR's communications director, Ibrahim Hooper, declined to condemn the incident; instead, he said: "I don't think you can consider them 'conversions.' There's no legitimate conversion at the point of a gun." The New York Times reported on the release of Centanni and Wiig without a word about their conversions. Instead, the Times noted that the two men "were released unharmed." The assumption: The whole thing wasn't serious; the men wanted to live and said anything their captors required. This attitude exists because the West has become so secularized that few people see the idea of a forced conversion as the savagery it is. In our culture, religion is seen as an expression of personal choice, not as part of a living, communal whole - a matter of self-fulfillment, not eternal and literal truth. Hey - professing to an alien faith might be unpleasant, but it's certainly not worth losing your head over. We find it hard to believe that some cultures could regard religion as the most important of all issues. That's why, when we see foreign cultural conflicts from afar, we impute them not to culture or religion but to other issues. Why are they acting like that?, we wonder. Couldn't be just religion. Must be income inequality or postcolonial grievances. This attitude is a mistake. You cannot effectively engage on any level - culturally, diplomatically, or militarily - if you don't understand the worldview with which you're dealing. And to some people, the question of faith is still a matter of life and death. Interesting.
  3. (www.)"msnbc.msn/id/14789076/"]Link[/url] Iran closes down 2 opposition newspapers One ridiculed Ahmadinejad; ruling clerics renew effort to stifle dissent Iranian journalists of the prominent reformist daily Shargh read the last editions of their newspaper on Monday. The paper was closed down by the Iranian Press Supervisory Board on Monday because of what journalists said was a cartoon dealing with the country's controversial nuclear program. Updated: 7:09 p.m. ET Sept 11, 2006 TEHRAN, Iran - Iran closed down two opposition newspapers on Monday, one of which had recently poked fun at hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the way his government has handled nuclear talks with the West. It was a fresh show of determination by Iran’s ruling clerical establishment to silence dissent over its handling of nuclear talks with the West and deny reformers a chance to air their views ahead of elections scheduled for Dec. 15. The rights group Reporters Without Borders voiced concern last week about harassment of Iranian journalists, including prison sentences and interrogations. Ahmadinejad has purged dozens of journalists, university professors and government officials seen as supporting warmer ties with the West. Iran’s most prominent reformist daily, Shargh, or East, ran a cartoon Thursday depicting a horse and donkey facing each other on a chess board. The donkey — a symbol of ignorance in Iranian culture — has his mouth open and light around him, while the horse shows no emotion. The donkey in the light Iranian judiciary officials apparently took the donkey to represent Iran in nuclear negotiations with the West, journalists said. Ahmadinejad reportedly said he felt there was a light around him, and that world leaders focused unblinkingly on him when he addressed the U.N. General Assembly last year. Ahmadinejad is reportedly planning to address the assembly again later this month. “We got a call from the Press Supervisory Board saying that we have no right to publish our newspaper as of today,†Shargh editor Mohammad Ghouchani told The Associated Press. Iran’s official news agency reported the paper was ordered closed down for “dozens of violations,†including the cartoon’s publication and “publication of material against the rulings by the Supreme National Security Council.†The council handles Iran’s nuclear negotiations with the West. “In recent months, nuclear officials have been warning the press to be careful over what they publish over Iran’s nuclear policy and not write anything that contradicts what they do,†reformist lawmaker Esmaeil Gerami Moghadam told the AP. State-run television said Shargh was shut because it failed to appoint a new managing director to “more aggressively supervise material published in the paper.†The current managing director, Mahdi Rahmanian, denounced such a demand. “Pressure on the press to change their managing director is illegal. The law doesn’t allow the board to make such a demand,†he said. The Press Supervisory Board also ordered the political monthly Nameh, or Letter, to be closed down, IRNA reported Monday. ‘Insult’ from a poem The paper’s editor, Majid Tavallaei, said the reason behind the closure was the publication of a poem from dissident female poet Simin Behbahani. The text of the poem was not immediately available. “Publication of the poem is seen as the main reason for the closure. They have taken that as an insult,†Tavallaei said. Echoing the rhetoric of the nation’s 1979 Islamic revolution, Ahmadinejad appears determined to remake Iran by reviving the fundamentalist goals pursued under the republic’s late founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Upon taking office last year, Ahmadinejad replaced nearly all his country’s governors and lower provincial officials, as well as 40 ambassadors. Many of Iran’s top government officials are now either former commanders of the elite Revolutionary Guards or former hard-line security officials. Last week, he urged students to push for a purge of liberal, secular university teachers, and dozens of such instructors have been sent into early retirement during Ahmadinejad’s rule. ‘Press freedom predators’ Ahmadinejad and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei both appear on a list of “press freedom predators†compiled by Reporters Without Borders each year. Iran saw a wave of newspaper closures in past years amid a confrontation between reformers and hard-liners during the 1997-2005 tenure of reformist President Mohammad Khatami. The hard-line judiciary shut down more than 100 pro-reform newspapers and jailed dozens of editors and writers on vague charges of insulting authorities. But Moghadam said the new wave of press crackdown meant no tolerance for criticism ahead of upcoming elections. “It is a clear message that they don’t tolerate any voice of opposition. They also don’t want reformers to convey their message through Shargh to the people ahead of the elections,†he said. Iran is preparing to hold elections for the Assembly of Experts, a clerical panel that has the authority to choose or dismiss Iran’s top leader, and city council elections. Both are slated for Dec. 15. © 2006 The Associated Press. Way to go, Mahmoud. Another stab in the Iranian peoples back. I wonder how long the Iranian people will put up with that little creep Ahmadinejad and the medieval mullahs ?
  4. (www.)"hosted.ap/dynamic/stories/I/IRAQ_FIGHTING_KIDS?SITE=NYTRO&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT"]Link[/url]Sep 19, 1:48 PM EDT Young Children Fight U.S. Troops in Iraq By ANTONIO CASTANEDA Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Shiite militias are encouraging children - some as young as 6 or 7 - to hurl stones and gasoline bombs at U.S. convoys, hoping to lure American troops into ambushes or provoke them into shooting back, U.S. soldiers say. Gangs of up to 100 children assemble in Sadr City, stronghold of radical anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and his Mahdi Army militia, and in nearby neighborhoods, U.S. officers said in interviews this week. American soldiers have seen young men, their faces covered by bandanas, talking with the children before the rock-throwing attacks begin - and sometimes handing out slingshots so the volleys will be more accurate, the troops said. "It's like a militia operation. They'll mass rocks on the last or second-to-last vehicle" in a U.S. patrol, said Capt. Chris L'Heureux, 30, of Woonsocket, R.I. "There's no doubt in my mind that they're utilizing these kids in a deliberate, thought-out way." Al-Sadr's followers insist they are not organizing attacks by children. "Such behavior by Iraqi children is spontaneous and the natural reaction from innocent children who are witnessing horrible deeds committed by the occupation forces in Iraq," Ali al-Yassiri, an aide to al-Sadr, told The Associated Press. Militants have used children before. Marines in the volatile city of Ramadi say Sunni Arab insurgents often send children to check out U.S. defenses or warn of approaching patrols. And israeli troops have long faced stone-throwing Palestinian kids. But the increased use of children in the high-profile Baghdad battle poses a new challenge to American troops seeking to curb Iraqi militias. The tactic also shows the lengths to which militants will go in confronting U.S. troops in a high-stakes fight for control of the capital. The incidents have seemed to increase since U.S. soldiers moved their security crackdown into Shiite neighborhoods surrounding eastern Baghdad's Sadr City. The U.S. crackdown in the capital is aimed at curbing the power of the Mahdi Army and other sectarian militias. At one checkpoint, soldiers said hundreds of rocks rained down on their vehicles as they sealed off a neighborhood during a house-to-house search for weapons and militants. U.S. officers believe the militias are trying to provoke American soldiers into firing on the children or chasing the soldiers into areas where snipers lie in wait. "Right now the reason we're not (pursuing) is because it's a trap," 1st Lt. Bernard Gardner, 25, of Kinnear, Wyo., said as a group of children pelted his Stryker armored vehicle with rocks. "There's probably one or two snipers out there waiting for us to get in range." The soldiers are also leery of firing even warning shots in return - worried that could enflame sectarian passions and turn Shiite civilians against the Americans. Part of the offensive's aim is to bolster public confidence in coalition and Iraqi forces. "If we point a gun at a kid and they take a photo of it, they'll make a zillion flyers out of it," Gardner said. "That's why we have to be so delicate with the rock throwers." He said just one bullet fired near a group of children would be "like the shot heard 'round the world." Most children, even in traditionally hostile areas, typically approach U.S. troops to ask for water or candy, not to ambush them. Even as unruly gangs roamed the areas near Sadr City on one recent day, soldiers kept playing with curious children on tamer blocks nearby. Army intelligence officers say they predicted before the offensive began this summer that militants in Baghdad would make use of children. As expected, the harassment started with small groups of youngsters throwing stones, then escalated into bigger groups of children hurling larger rocks and even pieces of cement blocks. Attackers are becoming even more brazen: Children recently have begun hurling bottles of oil and even a homemade firebomb at U.S. vehicles, soldiers say. One child recently jumped on a passing convoy and untied the straps on a load of supplies. Another young boy ran alongside a moving Stryker vehicle before throwing a rock at a soldier. No serious injuries have been reported in the attacks by children, although one platoon commander was hit in the face with a rock. Since firing back is considered out of the question, U.S. soldiers have resorted to other methods to control the children. On a major road leading into Shaab, a Shiite neighborhood in eastern Baghdad, U.S. soldiers stopped all civilian vehicles and pedestrians to pressure adults into dispersing a group of children that were attacking American vehicles. "If you can't control your kids, you can't use this road," yelled Sgt. 1st Class Eric Sheehan, 33, of Jennerstown, Pa. One pedestrian responded: "But they're not from this neighborhood." Some adults eventually persuaded the children to leave - for at least a few hours. "They're gone," Sheehan said. "For now." Other Iraqi adults have been more helpful. After several rocks were thrown at passing U.S. vehicles in Shaab, soldiers followed one child home. When soldiers told his mother what had happened, she slapped her son across the face in front of them. Soldiers are also using new tools, such as high-decibel speakers, to scare away children. Some youngsters scampered away this week as soon as a soldier pointed a hand-held speaker in their direction. © 2006 The Associated Press. Not exactly 'Parents Of The Year' material. Those Mahdi Army guys are real tough, letting babies fight for them.
  5. (www.)"foxnews/story/0,2933,215231,00.html"]Link[/url] Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan Says He's Seriously Ill Friday, September 22, 2006 CHICAGO — Minister Louis Farrakhan said in a letter to followers this month that he is seriously ill, and he asked the Nation of Islam's leaders to carry on in his absence to make sure the movement "will live long after I and we have gone." Farrakhan, 73, said he began suffering pain earlier this year similar to 1998, when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent surgery. He said doctors discovered an ulcer in his anal area during a visit to Cuba in March. Since then, he has lost 35 pounds while battling "serious infection and inflammation," Farrakhan said in a letter dated Sept. 11 and published in the Nation of Islam's The Final Call newspaper. Farrakhan said he will work hard to recover "because I do not believe my earthly work is done." He said he asked his executive board to solve problems during his recovery. Farrakhan likened his situation to that of Fidel Castro, who temporarily relinquished power because of illness. "While many rejoiced — believing and thinking that if Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution expired they could move Cuba and the Revolution in a new direction — his absence from the helm only proved that Cuba will not fall apart over the absence or passing of their illustrious leader," Farrakhan wrote in the letter. He also warned followers to be "ever watchful for any smart, crooked deceiver and hypocrite who would create confusion over my present condition." Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
  6. The Evils Of Television

    (www.)"inter-Islam/Prohibitions/prohibitdex.htm"]Link[/url] The Evils of Television By A Student of Darul Uloom Holcombe, Bury, U.K Contents Introduction The Pictures of Television Making of Pictures Keeping of Pictures Entering Homes Wherein Pictures are Displayed Looking at Pictures of Animate Objects Nudity, Immorality and Television Television as an Agent of Zina (Fornication) The Female Voice Music And Television Television Diverts Man’s Attention from The Remembrance of Allah Conclusion Introduction All praise is for Allah Lord of the Worlds and Peace and Blessings be upon His Messenger Muhammad sallallahu alaihe wasallam whom He sent as a mercy for the worlds. Without doubt in the modern innovation of television there lies a host of un-Islamic factors. Even one of those when scrutinised under the light of Qur’aan and Hadith would be enough to render this monster of modern civilisation helplessly Haraam. Insha Allah in this article I shall present a number of these factors with reasons for their im-permissibility so that no doubt remains about the illegality of television. I ask Allah the Almighty that He, through His Infinite Grace and Mercy, forgives all those people who took part in the production of this booklet and those who seek to derive benefit from it, Aameen. The Pictures of Television The Holy Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihe wasallam said, "The severest punished on the Day of Qiyaamah will be the picture makers." (Agreed) Without any doubt, the consensus of Islamic legal opinion is that pictures of living objects are Haraam. Not a single Islamic Law book or a single jurist of Islam has given a contrary opinion. It is only some of the ‘learned’ ones of the 20th century who have and are endeavouring to abrogate the Law of Allah by despicably attempting to legalise pictures of animate objects. The Law of Allah on pictures of human beings or animals is final and irrevocable. Pictures are condemned and outlawed by the Shari’ah. Television is a medium whose life and existence is dependent on pictures and the institution of picture production. Without pictures there is no television. The very term television means: "The electrical transmission of pictures in motion…" Islam forbids all uses and so-called benefits derived from pictures. Thus: (i) the making of pictures, (ii) the keeping of pictures, (iii) entering houses wherein there are pictures displayed and (iv) looking and gazing at pictures with desire or satisfaction are all forbidden in Islam. A person who keeps a picture of a photo of an animate object is guilty of transgressing one or two of the above-mentioned Islamic prohibitions associated with pictures, for he may keep a picture without displaying it and looking at it occasionally. But, one who purchases a television set and enjoys its programmes is guilty of breaching all the Islamic prohibitions set out above. Let us deal with each factor individually. Making of Pictures The first and foremost warning of Islam against pictures is directed at the picture-makers. Our Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam said, "Every picture maker will be in fire." "The severest punished on the Day of Qiyaamah will be the picture makers." (Agreed) "The severest punished persons on the Day of Qiyaamah will be those who imitated Allah’s aspects of creation." (Agreed) (NB: Our Nabi sallallahu alaihe wasallam made this statement while destroying a picture.) The television is a medium that not only displays, but also actually produces pictures. By switching on your TV set you are actually assisting in picture-production. Thus, those who indulge in TV are guilty of the Kabirah (great) sin of producing pictures for which terrible chastisement has been threatened by our Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam. Keeping of Pictures Islam has likewise forbidden the keeping of pictures of animate objects. Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam said, "The Angels (of Mercy) do not enter a house wherein there are pictures or a dog." (Agreed) Hazrat Aisha radiyallahu anha narrates, "The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihe wasallam returned from a journey and I had screened (the entrance) with a curtain on which were pictures. Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam ripped it (the curtain) off and said, ‘The severest punished people on the Day of Qiyaamah will be those who imitate Allah’s aspects of creation (i.e. life)." Another reason for the prohibition of keeping pictures is the factor of Tashabbuh bil kuffar or imitating the unbelievers. Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Shafi, Grand Mufti of Pakistan, says, "One of the factors for the prohibition of pictures is Tashabbuh bil kuffar." Angels of Mercy do not enter your home when your TV set is portraying the pictures of animate objects. Our Nabi sallallahu alaihe wasallam commanded that pictures are destroyed, but the lover of television acts in direct contradiction to the command of Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam by bringing into existence pictures by way of the institution of TV. So, when you switch on your television set then remember that you are guilty of a Kabirah sin of keeping and displaying pictures in your home. Your home is therefore deprived of Allah’s Mercy; the Angels of Mercy do not approach it; the Shayateen enter it and Allah’s wrath and our Nabi’s sallallahu alaihe wasallam displeasure settles with you. In maintaining the TV pictures on your TV screen you are just as guilty as the one who decorates his walls and home with swill pictures. You should know that the pictures on the television screen are also still pictures like all other pictures or photos. The motion you see on your TV screen is illusory and false. The ‘motion’ depicted on the screen is simulated by the rapid transmission of a large number of still pictures. The Encyclopaedia International states: "The illusion of motion in television is produced by showing 30 still pictures, or frames, each second. Through persistence of vision the brain retains each picture until the next comes along. We are not aware of the fact that our eyes are really seeing a rapidly changing sequence of a large number of slightly different still pictures." Entering Homes Wherein Pictures are Displayed The abhorrence of Islam for pictures of living things is so great that even entry into houses wherein pictures are displayed is not permissible. The Angels of Mercy do not enter such houses. The Holy Messenger sallallahu alaihe wasallam said, "The Angels (of Mercy) do not enter homes wherein there is a dog or picture." Prophets of Allah do not enter homes wherein there are pictures displayed. The following incident in this regard is related by the noble wife of Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam, Hazrat Aisha radiyallahu anha: She had purchased a cushion decorated with pictures. When Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam saw it, he remained outside at the entrance, and did not enter. She perceived disgust on his face, hence she said, "O Messenger of Allah e, I repent unto Allah and His Messenger. What sin have I committed?" Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam replied, "What is this cushion for?" She said, "I bought it for you to sit on and recline." Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam said, "Verily, the owners of these pictures will be punished, and it will be said to them, ‘Give life to that which you tried to create." Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam added, "Verily, the home which has pictures in it is not visited by Angels." (Agreed) The Fuqahaa (Jurists of Islam) say on the basis of these Ahaadith that it is not permissible for a Muslim to enter a house in which pictures of living beings are displayed. Imaam Nawawi rahmatullahi alaihe states in Sharhul Muslim that Imaam Zuhra rahmatullahi alaihe said, "It is not permissible to use an object with pictures on it nor is it permissible to enter a house wherein there are pictures." Now when you switch on your TV set remember that you are guilty of the sinful act of displaying pictures in your home. When the TV is playing in your home it is not permissible for Muslims to enter your home. The Angels do not enter such a home and Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam did not enter and chose to remain outside in disgust. In playing your TV set you are guilty of aiding and abetting a naked act of Haraam. And, Allah commands in the Holy Qur’aan: "And do not assist each other in sin and transgression." (Qur’aan 5:6) Looking at Pictures of Animate Objects The Shari’ah of Islam has declared pictures of animate objects totally Haraam, hence it is not permissible to derive any type of benefit or use from pictures. The prime purpose of a picture is to look at to gaze at it thus deriving mental satisfaction and pleasure. A picture is of no use to a blind person. He cannot admire or criticise it. Since a picture is produced to be admired, to be looked at, to be gazed at, looking with admration or looking with satisfaction at it will constitute the fulfilment of the actual and prime purpose of picture making. A picture is meant to be looked at and admired. Thus in fulfilling the purpose of pictures which are Haraam we are aiding this Haraam practise of pictures, and in so doing we are transgressing Allah’s command in the Qur’aan, "And do not aid (each other) in sin and transgression." (Qur’aan 5:6) The Shari’ah ordains: To derive pleasure (or satisfaction) by looking at Haraam objects is Haraam. Even if no evil factor is associated with the picture, looking at it is not permissible because a picture according to Allah’s Law is Haraam, and the most important use or benefit of a picture is to look, gaze and admire it. If any un-Islamic element or evil factor is associated with the picture, sallallahu alaihe wasallam.g., the picture is of a female or a woman whose satar is uncovered or the picture is of a person consuming or advertising alcohol, etc., then the prohibition of looking at such a picture will be stronger. (NB: Satar, i.e. that part of the human body the covering of which is compulsory according to the Shari’ah. The satar of a man is from the navel to just below the knees. The satar of a woman is from head to feet.) It is not permissible for men to look at women, Hazrat Jabir radiyallahu anhu reports, "I asked Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam about the gaze which falls suddenly (and unintentionally on a woman), and he (Rasoolullah) ordered me to divert my gaze (from the woman on which the gaze fell suddenly." (Muslim) Like it is not permissible for males to gaze at females it is not permissible for females to gaze at males. The following verse of the Holy Qur’aan is explicit in this prohibition. "Say (O Muhammad) unto the believing men: cast down your gaze and guard your modesty… And say unto the believing women: cast down your gaze and guard your modesty…" (Qur’aan 23:30-31) Our Nabi sallallahu alaihe wasallam also ordered women not to gaze at men: Umme Salamah radiyallahu anhu narrates that she and Maimunah radiyallahu anha were with Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam when Ibne Umme Maktoom (who was a blind Sahaabi) came to him. Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam ordered them (i.e. his wives): "Seclude yourselves from him (the blind Sahaabi)." I said, "O Rasoolullah. But he is blind, he cannot see us." Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam replied, "Are both of you blind as well? Can you not seen him?" (Ahmad, Tirmizi, Abu Dawood) Hazrat Ali radiyallahu anhu narrates that he was once with Nabi sallallahu alaihe wasallam when he asked, "What is best for women?" They (the Sahaabah) remained silent (i.e. no one answered). Ali said, "When I returned (home) I asked Fatimah, ‘What is best for women?’ She replied, ‘They should not look at men nor should men look at them (women).’ I then narrated this to Nabi sallallahu alaihe wasallam who replied, ‘Fatimah is a part of me (i.e. she said what I wanted to say – she understood it well)." There are many other Ahaadith of our Nabi sallallahu alaihe wasallam on the same subject, i.e. forbidding the sexes gazing at one another. Leave alone gazing at women; our Nabi sallallahu alaihe wasallam forbade males looking at even the thighs of men: Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam said, "O Ali! Verily, the thigh is an object of concealment (satar). Never reveal your thigh, nor look at the thigh of a living or a dead person." (Abu Dawood, Ibn Majah) And, leave alone looking at the satar of men or women, the Shari’ah ordains that it is not permissible to look at even the clothing of women if this stirs up passion in a man. "Verily, looking at clothes (of a female) with lust is forbidden even though the clothing be such that the body cannot be seen through it." (Durrul Mukhtar) It will be seen that ‘looking with lust’ is a crime in Islam. Now, wherever this element is present, the ruling of prohibition will apply. Whether looking at a woman or at the picture of a woman, the ruling of prohibition will apply because the element of lust exists in both cases. The Fuqahaa have clarified this point for us: "…this (the prohibition of looking with lust) is contained in the chapter of ‘looking at a female via a mirror or water (i.e. looking at her reflection in the mirror or in water)… …looking (at females) is forbidden because of the presence of the lust, and that (element of lust) exists here (i.e. looking at a woman or at her reflection in a mirror)." The Shari’ah has forbidden ‘looking with desire’ at women; it has declared Haraam ‘looking without even desire or lust’ at the satar of males or females; it has banned ‘looking at the garments of females with lust’. The Shari’ah has forbidden ‘looking with desire’ at even alcohol. The Shari’ah ordains that it is forbidden to look at even the reflection of women in a mirror – therefore it can never be permissible to look at pictures of women, especially the pictures of scantily clad women on TV performing in a ‘lifelike’ manner. You will now be in a position to easily understand that the Shari’ah has forbidden looking at unlawful things with desire or lust, and every picture on the television screen is Haraam, hence looking with satisfaction, amusement and enjoyment at it is Haraam. You are committing a Kabirah sin by your constant gazing at the Haraam on your television screen. Nudity, Immorality and Television The most glaring evil propagated by the television media of the world is the crime of nudity and sexual immorality. Commercialised nudity and sexual immorality under the camouflage of educational pictures are accepted and necessary features of world television. The Western World is haunted by the obsession of illicit sex, and it is this carnal obsession of illicit sex coupled with the unbelievers’ god of materialism that makes capital of the female body on TV as well as all other mass media. The Islamic concept of morality and modesty is the very antithesis of the immorality dished out to the world via TV. Islam demands the concealment of the female body. The Holy Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihe wasallam said, "The woman is an object of concealment." (Tirmizi - Mishkat) TV is an institution which is widely used to exhibit the female body. Islam has banned all forms of immorality and immodesty, but TV exhibits immodesty and immorality in their crudest forms by depicting the actual sex acts and, above all, it audaciously and shamelessly passes these off as educational. Television as a prime agent of immorality is very well borne out by the following report: The Evening Post dated 21st February, 1975, reports: "In the film Dr. Christopher is seen holding up a contraceptive sheath and explaining its use to a class of boys and girls. Called ‘Sex and the 14 year old’, the film concentrates on advising young people how to avoid pregnancy." The above quoted extract will suffice to indicate the sordid mess and mass of unspeakable immorality portrayed by the TV. Leading non-Muslims too have voiced their concern over the evils and filth shown on TV. Television as an Agent of Zina (Fornication) Allah says in the Holy Qur’aan: "And come not near to Zina." (Qur’aan 18:32) The term, ‘come not near,’ means: Stay away from all such things and practices which lead to Zina – which are stepping-stones to fornication. All practises, things and institutions which aid and foster fornication and immodesty are forbidden by Islam. There are different categories of this abominable crime of Zina. Our Holy Nabi sallallahu alaihe wasallam said: "The Zina of the eyes is to gaze (at that which is unlawful, sallallahu alaihe wasallam.g., nudity). The Zina of the ears is to listen (to talks of nudity which excites the carnal desire). The Zina of the tongue is to speak (what is evil). The Zina of the hand is to touch (the female which is unlawful to you). The Zina of the feet is to walk (towards immorality). The Zina of the heart is to desire (what is unlawful), and it is the private part which either commits or shuns the actual act of fornication." (Muslim) In this Hadith the Holy Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihe wasallam speaks of the Zina committed by the various parts of the human body. Thus, to look at the nudity and evil portrayed on the television screen constitutes the Zina of the eyes as said by Rasoolullah e: "The Zina of the eyes is to look." To listen to the immodest and illicit sex talks of the television is Zina of the ears, as Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam said: "The Zina of the ears is to listen." Lust which is aroused by the display, discussion of nudity and perversion on the TV screen constitutes the Zina of the heart as our Nabi sallallahu alaihe wasallam said: "The Zina of the heart is to desire." Television, therefore, is without any doubt a powerful agent and a stepping stone for fornication. In one Hadith our Nabi sallallahu alaihe wasallam said that among the signs of the Final Approaching Hour is that the whole family (mother, father and children) will collectively indulge in Zina. Hazrat Moulana Yusuf Binnuri has interpreted this Hadith as a reference to the modern mother of immorality, the TV. We find today the whole family – father, mother, sons and daughters – sitting huddled together around the TV set viewing the obscenity and the nudity exhibited on the TV screen. Together, in a display of stark shamelessness, the whole family is committing Zina of the eyes, Zina of the ears and Zina of the heart, and Allah knows how many multitudes of men and women indulge in the final act of fornication as a result of watching and being aroused by the evil on the TV screen. Ponder over the words of Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam. Islam lays a great emphasis on modesty, so much so, that our Nabi sallallahu alaihe wasallam said, "Modesty is a part of Imaan (Faith)." TV with its emphasis on illicit, depraved and bestial immorality is the very negation of the Islamic concept of modesty and shame. Mother, father and children together viewing the Zina – the fornication and vice on the TV screen – what is now left of humanity? May Allah protect us and our children from the filth and depravity of the Western World sunk in perversion and immorality. The Female Voice The female voice, according to Islam, is also included in the category of satar, i.e. it has to be concealed and not revealed. Since the female voice is satar it is not permissible for males to listen to women singing or even reciting the Holy Qur’aan. Allah, the Creator, is well aware of the lure for men which exists in the female voice, hence women in Islam are not permitted to raise their voices when speaking; neither are they permitted to recite aloud during salaah. When necessity demands that they have to speak to males then their speech should not be attractive, gentle and alluring like the deliberate ‘lure’ put in speech by the ‘trained’ women of the kuffar. Recognising the danger of allurement in the female voice, the Holy Qur’aan commands women thus: "And do not speak in alluring tones so that he in whose heart there is disease (of lust) desires." (Qur’aan 33:32) The indulgence in soft alluring speech by women is a cause of raising amorous hopes in the listener, as speech of women is an important source of sexual excitation. Van de Velde in his book ‘Ideal Marriage’, states, "The tone-colour of a voice, and the intonation of a single word – and it may be a word of no special meaning or association in itself – may excite incredible intensity of desire. The unique and precious significance that a woman’s voice can give to ‘you’ or ‘thou’ can suffice to overwhelm man’s power of endurance and control…" Islam has, hence, forbidden its women to speak in a soft or ‘sexually’ sweet tone. If anyone is aware of the springs of sex-psychology he will clearly see the justification for Islam’s restriction in this matter. Islam commands the concealment of the female voice and prohibits its display in public, but television demands the contrary. Great use is made of the female voice on TV to advertise, to allure, to excite lust, and female singing with the accompaniment of music is most popular. Mufti Muhammad Shafi sahib says: "It is categorically Haraam – and it is Haraam without any difference of opinion – to listen on a gramophone to such a voice, the listening to which is Haraam in the real state. For example – singing of women even without music, and singing of men with music." Television portrays voices, many of which are unlawful according to Islam, e.g., the female voice, the male voice singing with music. And this portrayal of unlawful voices and sounds is done in no small measure. The importance of television programmes, like the importance of all mass media of the kuffar hinges on the maximum exhibition of the female body and the female voice which have been subverted by the bestial culture of the unbelievers, to pamper the inordinate sexual desires of men who have no belief of Allah in them – of men who have no fear of Allah left in them. Music And Television We can consider music as an integral part of television programmes. No TV show is complete without music. Islam has forbidden music in no uncertain terms. Islam categorically forbids all types of music. Music in Islam is regarded as a kabirah (great) sin. Concerning music our Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam said: "Music sows hypocrisy in the heart like water causes seeds to grow in soil." (Baihaqi) The following verdicts are recorded in the Law Books of Islam: "Musical instruments are Haram according to the unanimous opinion of the Fuqahaa (Jurists) of all the lands (of Islam)" "The playing of musical instruments and listening to them are Haraam." The Fuqahaa say that the verse of the Holy Quraan: "And among mankind are those who purchase futile talk so as to lead astray men…" was revealed specifically to ban music and singing. According to the Law of Islam one who participates in music is regarded as a Fasiq, and as such, the Fuqahaa state that the evidence of such a person is not to be accepted. Television Diverts Man’s Attention from The Remembrance of Allah Our Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam said, "Every play (sport or amusement ) of the world excepting three (types of play) is Baatil (baseless, null and not permissible) - (The three types being) your practising with your bow and arrow; your training your horse and your playing with your family." (Narrated by Hakim in Mustadrak, the Hadith is Sahih in terms of the conditions of Imaam Muslim) Allah Ta’laa says in the Holy Qur’aan, "The life of this world is but play and amusement. And the Abode of the Hereafter is best for those who fear (Allah)." The above stated Hadith and verse of the Holy Quraan, as well as many other verses of the Qur’aan and Ahadith make it Quite clear that Islam does not tolerate futility, idle sport and amusement, This is because amusement and entertainment divert ones attention from the Remembrance of Allah Ta’ala. Amusement and entertainment which Islam describes Lahw, La’b make a person indolent, negligent and irresponsible. Hence, we find The Holy Prophet condemning very strongly even such play as chess and backgammon, etc. The Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam said, "Whosoever plays with backgammon (chess) has dipped his hands in the blood of swine." (Muslim) On the basis of this Hadith as well as other Ahadith and the general spirit of Islam as regards futility and amusement, the Fuqahaa state: "It is forbidden to play chess, backgammon; the indulgence in every amusement (or play) is forbidden because this is futile and idleness. And, this (futility) is Haraam. The Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam said, ‘The play of a Mu’min (believer) is baatil (baseless, null and not permissible), but on three occasions – his training his horse; his practising with his cross-bow, and his playing with his family.’ And because it (chess) is a kind of play which diverts one’s attention from zikrullah (Remembrance of Allah), and from attention of Jama’at Salaat. Therefore it is Haraam. (Also) Because the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam said, ‘Whatever diverts your attention from zikrullah is gambling.’ Imam Abu Yusuf and Imam Muhammad maintain that it is not permissible to offer salutations (to say assalamu alaikum) to people indulging in chess games. This is, so as to act as a warning to them." (Hidayah, as well as other Fiqh books) Islam can never condone or permit an institution that plays havoc with the spiritual, mental and moral development of mankind. The consequences of television are most disastrous for the well-being of man. Television, in fact subdues and subverts the entire nation morally, culturally and spiritually. The moral fibre of a nation is destroyed by the evil effect of TV. A nation of TV lovers becomes obsessed with immorality and crime. The spiritual development of man is in the Islamic conception of man’s life on earth. Islam categorically states that Allah has created man only for the purpose of worshipping and obeying Him. All other facets and aspects of life are to be made subservient to this prime purpose of man’s life, i.e., obedience unto Allah. Man’s social life, political life, economic life are all to be subjected, governed and controlled so as to foster the spiritual progress of man. Any practice or institution harmful to the spiritual well-being of man; Any agent which interferes with the full realisation of the Purpose for which Allah has created man, can never be tolerated by the benevolent law of Allah. It is very simple for a believer to understand what the attitude of Islam is with regard to television with its fanfare of immorality when the attitude of Islam to games such as chess and amusement, singing, music, etc., is of uncompromising prohibition. In the Holy Qur’aan Allah says, "And amongst men, are those who purchase idle-tales without any knowledge; so that they may mislead (men) from the Path of Allah; And, they make a mockery of the Laws of Allah; They are the ones for whom there is a disgraceful punishment; And, when our Laws are rehearsed to them, they turn away in pride as if they did not hear them; As if there are plugs in their ears; Give them the news of a dreadful punishment." (Qur’aan 31:6-7) The commentators of the Qur’aan and the Fuqahaa say that this verse was specifically revealed to declare as unlawful; music, singing and novels (romances) which divert man’s attention from Allah. The Mufassireen define the terms ‘idle tales’ (lahwal hadith) which appear in these verses as follows: "i.e. That which diverts the attention from things which are of benefit, such as stories which have no true basis, amusements and futile talk." Although the reason for the revelation of these verses was specific, i.e. they were revealed to forbid music, singing and novels, they have a general application in so far as the guidance of man is concerned. Hence, Allah uses a general term (lahwal hadith). If the purpose of the verse was to forbid only music or novels, then it would have been revealed with specific terms indicating what actually is prohibited – in this case music and novels. However, it is the intention of Allah to save His servants from all such practises which will have the same effect as music, singing and novels on His servants. Precisely for this reason are the terms (lahwal hadith) used. And, the term (lahw) in Arabic means all such things which divert the mind of man – and, in the case of Muslims, divert the mind of the Believer from the Remembrance of Allah. The warning of a dreadful punishment sounded in these verses of the Qur’aan applies not only to, music and novels, but to all such practises and things which constitute (lahw) – futility, nonsense, and diversion from the Remembrance of Allah. Now, if the terrible punishment is for only the single crime of music or novels, then the warning of the verse shall apply to a much greater extent to an institution which is a conglomeration of many evils. Thus, television, on the basis of Principles of Fiqh (Islamic Law) – the Shari’ah – is aptly covered by the above mentioned verses of the Holy Qur’aan, by the Ahaadith of our Nabi sallallahu alaihe wasallam mentioned herein as well as by many other Ahaadith and verses of the Qur’aan. For all the reasons stated in this article, television can never be passed as lawful on the basis of Shari’ah. The evils are too many, the harmful effects are disastrous, and the immorality gorged out by television is ruinous to the moral structure of mankind. Islam can, therefore have no truck with such a destructive institution as television. Muslims have a sacred duty and obligation unto Allah, and a sacred responsibility to their children, i.e. to stay away from the evil of television so as to gain the Pleasure of Allah; to be saved from the chastisement of the Hereafter; and, to protect their children from the moral and spiritual destruction which ensues in the wake of television. Allah, in stating some of the noble qualities of the Believers, says in the Qur’aan: "And, when they hear laghw (futility and nonsense) they turn away from it, and, they say: For us, our deeds, and for you, your deeds. Peace be upon you, we do not follow the ignorant ones." (Qur’aan 28:55) And Allah says about the Believers, "And when they pass (by chance), upon laghw (futility and sin) they pass by it in noble dignity (i.e. they do not indulge in it)." (Qur’aan 25:72) The aforementioned quotations will suffice to show that amusement and entertainment are prohibited in Islam. The reasons for their prohibition can briefly be summed up as follows: 1. It is futility and idleness which our Nabi sallallahu alaihe wasallam forbade. 2. It diverts ones attention from the Remembrance of Allah and, Remembrance of Allah is in fact the purpose for which Allah has created man. 3. It interferes with one’s Ibadat causing neglect of salaat and jamaat attendance. 4. It causes one to become neglectful of one’s social duties. The Islamic ban on entertainment and amusement applies to all forms and practises which contain the above-mentioned elements. In fact, the following statement of the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam covers all types of diversionary play and amusement: "The play of a Believer is Baatil." "Every play of the world is Baatil, excepting three types of play..." (hadith already quoted above). Besides the four above-mentioned factors (futility, diversion of attention from zikrullah, interference with Ibadat and negligence in one’s social duties) several other outright evil elements (as already explained) exist in television. Research has established the ‘diversionary’ influence of television. The addictive grip that TV exercises on its viewers is such that it very effectively diverts the attention from the Remembrance of Allah and from things of importance. When Islam has forbidden games such as chess because of the existence of two or three harmful factors, it is inconceivable that television with a host of evil and harmful elements could be permissible. Conclusion In conclusion it has now been seen that in the TV there exists the following un-Islamic factors: 1. Pictures 2. Music 3. Immorality – nudity, etc. 4. Agent of Zina 5. Negation of Hayaa (shame) (e.g., promotion of singing and the female voice) 6. Wasting time 7. Interferes with one’s religious duties 8. Diverts one’s attention from the Remembrance of Allah 9. Falls under the category described by Islam as lahw. In view of this formidable array of evil factors and harmful effects no one can doubt the im-permissibility of TV. May Allah, in His Infinite Mercy, protect us all from the evils of television, Aameen. WOW !! Some pretty heavy stuff. Anyone want to sell their t.v. or camera ? Or computer ? :D
  7. (www.)"http://msnbc.msn/id/14963302/"]Link[/url] Chirac says no evidence bin Laden has died French newspaper published details of alleged intelligence memo Updated: 40 minutes ago PARIS - President Jacques Chirac said Saturday that information contained in a leaked intelligence document raising the possibility that Osama bin Laden may have died of typhoid in Pakistan last month is “in no way whatsoever confirmed.†Chirac said he was “a bit surprised†at the leak and has asked Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie to probe how a document from a French foreign intelligence service was published in the French press. The regional newspaper l’Est Republicain on Saturday printed what it described as a copy of a confidential document from the DGSE intelligence service citing an uncorroborated report from Saudi secret services that the leader of the al-Qaida terror network had died. The DGSE transmitted the document, dated Sept. 21 or Thursday, to Chirac and other top French officials, the newspaper said. “This information is in no way whatsoever confirmed,†Chirac said Saturday when asked about the document. “I have no comment.†In Washington, CIA duty officer Paul Gimigliano said he could not confirm the DGSE report. The Washington-based IntelCenter, which monitors terrorism communications, said it was not aware of any similar reports on the Internet. “We’ve seen nothing from any al-Qaida messaging or other indicators that would point to the death of Osama bin Laden,†IntelCenter director Ben N. Venzke told The Associated Press. Last date known is June 29 Al-Qaida would likely release information of his death fairly quickly if it were true, said Venzke, whose organization also provides counterterrorism intelligence services for the American government. “They would want to release that to sort of control the way that it unfolds. If they wait too long, they could lose the initiative on it,†he said. The last time the IntelCenter says it could be sure bin Laden was alive was June 29, when al-Qaida released an audiotape in which the terror leader eulogized the death of al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq earlier that month. Chirac spoke at a news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Compiegne, France, where the leaders were holding a summit. Putin suggested that leaks can be ways to manipulate. “When there are leaks ... one can say that (they) were done especially.†Earlier the French defense ministry said it was opening an investigation into the leak. “The information diffused this morning by the l’Est Republicain newspaper concerning the possible death of Osama bin Laden cannot be confirmed,†a Defense Ministry statement said. The DGSE, or Direction Generale des Services Exterieurs, indicated that its information came from a single source. “According to a reliable source, Saudi security services are now convinced that Osama bin Laden is dead,†said the intelligence report. There have been periodic reports of bin Laden’s illness or death in recent years but none has been proven accurate. According to this report, Saudi security services were pursuing further details, notably the place of his burial. “The chief of al-Qaida was a victim of a severe typhoid crisis while in Pakistan on August 23, 2006,†the document says. His geographic isolation meant that medical assistance was impossible, the French report said, adding that his lower limbs were allegedly paralyzed. The report further said Saudi security services had their first information on bin Laden’s alleged death on Sept. 4. In Pakistan, a senior official of that country’s top spy agency, the ISI or Directorate of Inter-Service Intelligence, said he had no information to confirm bin Laden’s whereabouts or that he might be dead. The official said he believed the report could be fabricated. The official was not authorized to speak publicly on the topic and spoke on condition of anonymity. U.S. Embassy officials in Pakistan and Afghanistan also said they could not confirm the French report. Gen. Henri Bentegeat, the French army chief of staff, said in a radio debate last Sunday that bin Laden’s fate remained a mystery. “Today, bin Laden is certainly not in Afghanistan,†Bentegeat said. “No one is completely certain that he is even alive.†© 2006 The Associated Press. It would be great if Osama did die a slow, painful death from typhoid, but I don't believe it till I see his filthy corpse on a slab. He's probably living in Paris. That is where all the dirtbags go.
  8. Us 'threatened To Bomb' Pakistan

    What do I have to apologize for ? And there is something immoral about making up B.S. stories to sell books. I think that's what Musharref did.
  9. America hating anti semites. Also, Mumia Abu Jamaal , Ira Einhorn and Roman Polanski. Plus, somehow they think Jerry Lewis is a genius.
  10. Show Me Where We're 'stealing.'

    ... never-ending malicious policies of grabbing the natural resources and wealth of others countries... This is a quote from poster 'Ahsan'. I hear this claim on this site often. Can someone show me where the U.S. has 'stolen' a countries resources ? If you're talking about oil, it seems we are paying $67 a barrel for the stuff. Oil producing nations incomes are higher now than ever. Doesn't sound like 'stealing' to me.
  11. Show Me Where We're 'stealing.'

    (www.)"http://newsmax/archives/articles/2005/6/1/211629.shtml"]Link[/url] Iran Plotting to Seize Iraq Charles R. Smith Thursday, June 2, 2005 Tehran Sends Agents, Money and Bombs to Baghdad According to several top U.S. officials, Iranian intelligence agents are actively trying to take over Iraq. The Iranian operation to destabilize Iraq has been going full steam since the collapse of Saddam's regime in April 2003. Story Continues Below U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld recently stated that operatives belonging to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps are currently infiltrating Iraq. There are mountains of evidence to support Rumsfeld's claims. In September 2003, Iraqi security forces arrested a dozen Iranian agents in Baghdad, allegedly as they were planning bomb attacks. According to the U.S. Defense Department, in August 2004, 30 Iranians were captured fighting for anti-U.S. cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr. In addition, U.S. and Iraqi forces guarding the Iranian border seized two truckloads of weapons reportedly destined for Sadr's Mahdi militia. Iranian Activities in Iraq "We are drowning in information about Iranian activities in Iraq," stated Michael Ledeen of the American Enterprise Institute. Ledeen, a resident scholar and author, is also a leading Middle East policy analyst at the public policy institute. "After the battles of Fallujah and Hilla, we found names of Iranian contacts, locations of safe houses, telephone numbers, and photographs that document Iranian activities. That information led directly to the current campaigns against the terrorists," noted Ledeen. According to a recent article published in Jane's Defence Weekly, Iraq's General Security Directorate (GSD) chief Mohammed Abdullah Al-Shahwani accused Iran's embassy in Baghdad of masterminding an assassination campaign in which 18 of his agents were killed. Al-Shahwani claimed that raids on three Iranian safe houses in Baghdad uncovered a large cache of documents that linked Tehran to the campaign and to recruiting operatives from within the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq. Al-Shahwani claimed that the documents showed that Iran had funneled $45 million to terrorists inside Iraq as part of an overall destabilization plan. Treachery Backed by Friends "Welcome to the treachery championships of Iranian, Iraqi and Syrian – with Chinese, French and Russian interests lurking beneath – 'politics' which America has now frontally engaged," stated Scott Newark, a Canadian security analyst. "The Iranian Shia regime is concerned about an Iraqi Shia regime that might not be under its control although they're glad to see the Iraqi Baathists gone except that they helped fight and fund the enemies of the Great Satan," said Newark. "Meanwhile in Damascus, Assad the Lesser is hearing American footsteps but is equally antsy about Islamic forces that think Allah rather the Assad family should be in charge," noted Newark. "If anything might produce results that actually benefit the folks living in these countries as opposed to those ruling them – a remarkable concept called democracy – it's the American and hopefully Allied presence that provides it. Don't expect Newsweek or the N.Y. Times or Al-Jazeera to report it, but it's that 'light on the hill' specter of hope that has always been America's best feature that may just win the day in the end," said Newark. "I suspect that most Iranians and Syrians hope that America hangs in there long enough for them to wrest control of their countries like Iraqis have done to have a future free from the need for U.S. troops and the dictators that enslave them," concluded Newark. All Rights Reserved © 2006 NewsMax I don't think Iran is controlling EVERY terrorist in Iraq, I'm sure there are some 'free agents'. But they are definately the biggest player. The Madhi militia is the biggest group in Iraq, and they are a proven Iranian puppet organisation.
  12. France seems to enjoy hosting scumbags.
  13. You don't find these stupid headlines on CNN or any other reputable news agency because they are made up fairy tales. They'd be out of business in a week. But toads like Fiske can sit in his parents basement and churn out these fantasies because he doesn't have anything to lose. He doesn't have to report the truth, just sensationalized rubbish. The world laughs at guys like him and at people like you, bluesky, for swallowing his bunk.
  14. Thin-skinned Ahmadinejad Closes Two Reformist Newspapers

    As Mark Twain once said.. " If you don't watch the news, you are uninformed. If you do watch the news, you are misinformed Watch the news ? I didn't know there was t.v. in Marks' day. Must have been one of those candle powered sets.
  15. Us 'threatened To Bomb' Pakistan

    ...'Musharraf declined to comment further, citing a book deal...' Funny how, after five years, he comes out with this now, right before the release of his book. Sounds like an attempt at book-selling hype.
  16. And the 6,000 were killed by 'Iraqi freedom fighters', setting off bombs in markets while old ladies shop. Cowards.
  17. Us 'threatened To Bomb' Pakistan

    (www.)"http://hosted.ap/dynamic/stories/B/BUSH?SITE=MNWIN&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT"]Link[/url] Sep 22, 7:27 PM EDT Bush 'Taken Aback' by Musharraf Comment By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush said Friday that if a U.S. official tried to strong-arm Pakistan into fighting the war on terror after the Sept. 11 attacks, he didn't know about it. Standing beside Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, Bush brushed off any idea of disagreement, praising Musharraf for pursuing terrorists, including Osama bin Laden. "We're on the hunt together," Bush said after an Oval Office meeting with the general who is leader of the world's second-largest Islamic nation. Musharraf has contended that after the Sept. 11 attacks, then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage told Pakistan's intelligence director that the United States would bomb the country if it didn't become a partner in the war against terrorism. "The intelligence director told me that (Armitage) said, "Be prepared to go back to the Stone Age,'" Musharraf told CBS' "60 Minutes" in a report to air on Sunday. The president said he first learned of the purported conversation from news reports. "I just don't know about it," he said. "I guess I was taken aback by the harshness of the words." Musharraf declined to comment further, citing a book deal. "Buy the book," Bush quipped. Armitage said he never threatened a military strike but did tell Pakistan firmly that "you are either for us or against us." Armitage, who met with Musharraf on Thursday, told Associated Press Radio concerning the bombing quote: "I was not authorized to say something like that. I did not say it." In Pakistan, Ameer ul-Azeem, a spokesman for the hard-line opposition Islamic coalition Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal, said Musharraf's contention would anger Pakistani people who have long believed that they were forced "at gunpoint" into supporting the war on terror. Bush's meeting with Musharraf, following the president's U.N. speech on Tuesday, gave the White House a new chance to persuade voters that Republicans have better credentials than Democrats on national security. However, with the November congressional elections approaching, it also offered a reminder that bin Laden is still on the loose five years after the Sept. 11 attacks. In a recent interview, Bush said he would order military action inside Pakistan if intelligence indicated that bin Laden or other top terror leaders were hiding there. Some Pakistani officials took issue with that, saying that Pakistan was a sovereign country. "All I can tell you is, is that when Osama bin Laden is found, he will be brought to justice," Bush said. Musharraf shrugged off the issue as an exercise in semantics. "We will deal with it. We are on the hunt together," Musharraf said. The Pakistani president later told students at The George Washington University that Pakistan "joined the war not so much for the world but for ourselves." He described his government as moderate and progressive and said, "I am the greatest believer in democracy." Musharraf seized power in a 1999 coup. Responding to a student's question, Musharraf acknowledged that "we are moving slowly" in reforming the Islamic madrassas, or extremist schools, in his country. But he said they accounted for only 5 percent of the country's schools. The United States has urged Pakistan to do more to stop militants from crossing from its tribal regions into Afghanistan. Violence fanned by Taliban extremists has reached the deadliest level since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled the hard-line government in Afghanistan in 2001. Pakistan, which has deployed 80,000 troops along the border, signed a truce this month with tribal figures in an area where bin Laden is believed to be hiding. Musharraf said the truce calls for no al-Qaida or Taliban activity. Some Afghan officials have labeled the truce as a deal with the Taliban, but Musharraf strongly rejected that. "This deal is not at all with the Taliban," he said. "As I said, this is against the Taliban, actually." Bush said Musharraf briefed him on the details of the truce. "When the president looks me in the eye and says, the tribal deal is intended to reject the Talibanization of the people, and that there won't be a Taliban and won't be al-Qaida, I believe him, you know?" Bush said. Bush is playing the role of middle man between Pakistan and Afghanistan - two U.S. allies in the war on terror who accuse each other of not doing enough to crack down on extremism. Bush will follow his meeting with Musharraf with one next Tuesday with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Then the three will have a sit-down and working dinner at the White House on Wednesday. Human rights activists are asking Bush to press Musharraf to restore civilian rule in Pakistan, end discrimination against women and stop using torture and arbitrary detention in counterterrorism operations. Instead of giving up his military uniform in 2004 as promised, Musharraf changed the constitution so he could hold both his army post and the presidency until 2007. Bush said that during their meeting, Musharraf renewed his commitment to holding elections in Pakistan next year. Associated Press Diplomatic Writer Barry Schweid contributed to this report.
  18. Iraqi Terrorists Stoop To A New Low

    (www.)"http://hosted.ap/dynamic/stories/I/IRAQ?SITE=IDBOI&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT"]Link[/url] Sep 21, 10:04 PM EDT Iraqis Using Kidnap Victims As Bombers By DAVID RISING Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Insurgents are now using unwitting kidnap victims as suicide bombers - seizing them, booby-trapping their cars without their knowledge, then releasing them only to blow up the vehicles by remote control, the Defense Ministry warned Thursday. The Iraqi announcement - the latest development in the deadly war waged by the insurgency - came as widespread lawlessness swept the capital Thursday with kidnappings, deadly attacks on police, the discovery of more mutilated death squad victims and a brazen daylight bank heist by men dressed as Iraqi soldiers. It was unclear from the Defense Ministry's statement whether the insurgents are using kidnap victims because they are having trouble finding recruits for suicide missions. Suicide car bombs are responsible for 7 percent of the total Iraqi deaths this year - down considerably from 25 percent of the overall deaths in the last eight months of 2005, according to an Associated Press count. A U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity said he was aware of such incidents but was unable to provide further details. American officials have said in the past that insurgents often tape or handcuff a suicide driver's hands to a car, or bind his foot to the accelerator pedal, to ensure that he did not back out at the last minute. The remains of such hands and feet have been found at blast sites. Although roadside bombs are the main weapon used by insurgents, suicide car bombers are often their most effective one - designed to maximize casualties and sow fear among the population. According to the Washington-based Brookings Institution, since the fall of Saddam Hussein to Sept. 17 there have been 343 suicide car bombings involved in attacks causing multiple deaths around Iraq. "According to our intelligence information, recent car bomb explosions targeting checkpoints and public places have nothing to do with (traditional) terrorist operations," the Defense Ministry said in its statement. It said that first "a motorist is kidnapped with his car. They then booby-trap the car without the driver knowing. Then the kidnapped driver is released and threatened to take a certain road." The kidnappers then follow the car and when the unwitting victim "reaches a checkpoint, a public place, or an army or police patrol, the criminal terrorists following the driver detonate the car from a distance." The U.N. Assistance Mission in Iraq's Human Rights office warned that the number of Iraqi civilians killed in July and August hit 6,599, a record high number that is far greater than initial estimates had suggested and points to the grave sectarian crisis gripping the country. It offered a grim assessment across a range of indicators, reporting worrying evidence of torture, unlawful detentions, the growth of sectarian militias and death squads, and a rise in "honor killings" of women. The United Nations' chief anti-torture expert warned Thursday that torture may now be more widespread than it was under Saddam's regime, with militias, terrorist groups and government forces disregarding rules on the humane treatment of prisoners. "What most people tell you is that the situation as far as torture is concerned now in Iraq is totally out of hand," Manfred Nowak said in Geneva. More than a dozen apparent victims of death squads were found in the capital Thursday, many showing signs of torture. A U.S. soldier was killed Thursday while operating in the restive Anbar province west of Baghdad, the military announced. Earlier in the day, the military said another American soldier was killed in northern Baghdad on Wednesday when a roadside bomb exploded next to the vehicle in which he was traveling. Despite the bloodshed, coalition forces moved ahead with plans to turn security responsibilities over to Iraqi troops by the end of 2007. Italy formally handed over the reins of the relatively quiet Dhi Qar province in the south. It was the second of Iraq's 18 provinces to be turned over to local control, and paves the way for most of Italy's 1,600 troops to return home by the end of the year - a campaign promise by new Prime Minister Romano Prodi. The overall U.S. strategy calls for coalition forces to redeploy to larger bases and let Iraqis become responsible for their security in specific regions. The larger bases can act in a support or reserve role to Iraqi troops should they need help. No timeframe has been set for the eventual drawdown of troops from Iraq. In the Baghdad bank robbery, an AP reporter saw about 15 armed men in three pickup trucks pull up outside a branch of the Rafidain Bank in the Karrada area, a downtown commercial neighborhood. The well-organized robbery appeared to witnesses to be a regular salary pickup. Two or three of the men entered the bank, then five people exited with bags, accompanied by a man in civilian clothes who appeared to be carrying documents. They got back into their vehicles and drove off. No shots were heard, but police 1st Lt. Mahmoud Khayyoun said a bank manager was injured and the assailants got away with an unknown amount of cash. Associated Press reporters Patrick Quinn, Qais al-Bashir, Muhieddin Rashad and Bushra Juni contributed to this report from Baghdad. © 2006 The Associated Press. And these guys are supposed to be 'defending the Iraqi people' ? I guess that argument just went out the window. 6559 Iraqis were killed in July and August by terrorists paid for by Iran.
  19. Iraqi Terrorists Stoop To A New Low

    Thank You.
  20. Iraqi Terrorists Stoop To A New Low

    Where is the outrage ? I didn't think so.
  21. How Long Before Someone Takes A Shot At Benedict Xvi ?

    No it isn't the truth. He's wrong on just about everything in that article. And 'pretty close to the truth' is like being 'a little bit pregnant'. P.S. still spinning off-topic
  22. Show Me Where We're 'stealing.'

    Still laughing, chief ? There's plenty more where they came from.
  23. Show Me Where We're 'stealing.'

    ...or try this... (www.)"http://rferl/featuresarticle/2006/03/ea014483-48dc-495f-9bad-ebfa1f3b392d.html"]Link[/url] Iraq/Iran: Has Tehran Crossed The Line? By Kathleen Ridolfo Iraq observers have spent much of the past three years debating the extent of Iranian influence in Iraqi affairs. There is a growing belief in both Iraqi and U.S. circles that Iranian agents have permeated the Iraqi security apparatus, as well as the extra-governmental militias that engage in armed conflict with Iraqi police and army units and multinational forces. Iranian-style weapons -- in particular, more powerful improvised explosive devices -- have also made their way to Iraq in increasing numbers, posing a considerable threat to Iraqi and U.S. security forces. Last week, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld repeated allegations that the Iranian government is "putting people into Iraq to do things that are harmful to the future of Iraq." Speaking to reporters at a March 7 press briefing in Washington, Rumsfeld added that "they're putting Iranian Al-Quds Force-type people into" Iraq. Asked if these forces were carrying out violence or trying to instigate political instability, Rumsfeld replied: "I don't think we could consider them religious pilgrims." General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at the same briefing that the U.S. has found some improvised explosive devices and weapons that it believes can be traced to Iran. Pace added that there has been an influx of "individuals" across the Iran-Iraq border but declined to say how many. Asked if the people entering Iraq were backed by the Iranian government, Pace said simply "I don't know." Asked the same question, Rumsfeld was more ominous. "Well, of course," Rumsfeld said. "The Revolutionary Guard doesn't go milling around willy-nilly, one would think." He added that the Iranian government might some day view its role in Iraq as an "error in judgment." Years Of Speculation Iraq observers have spent much of the past three years debating the extent of Iranian influence in Iraqi affairs. There is a growing belief in both Iraqi and U.S. circles that Iranian agents have permeated the Iraqi security apparatus, as well as the extra-governmental militias that engage in armed conflict with Iraqi police and army units and multinational forces. Iranian-style weapons -- in particular, more powerful improvised explosive devices -- have also made their way to Iraq in increasing numbers, posing a considerable threat to Iraqi and U.S. security forces. In an August 2005 feature, the newsweekly "Time" argued that the Iranian regime began planning its infiltration to Iraq in late 2002, setting up military units along the Iran-Iraq border. The units reportedly accompanied Iraqi opposition parties and militias when they entered Iraq during the opening days of the war. "Time" reported that as many as 12,000 people entered Iraq from Iran in the early days after the U.S-led invasion, including agents of the Iranian security services. Three years later, Iran appears to have entrenched its intelligence and paramilitary forces in Iraq by playing two sides of the conflict: Shi'ite parties and militias who share a common religious outlook, and Sunni Arab Islamists bent on establishing an Islamic caliphate in Iraq. Among the possible Iranian goals in Iraq that have been bandied about are (1) establishing an Islamic state and preventing the formation of a pro-Arab, pro-U.S., secularist regime; (2) driving U.S. forces from Iraq; (3) preventing the revival of Al-Najaf over Qom as the seat of Shi'ite scholarship; and (4) obtaining influence over the exploitation of Iraq's natural resources, namely oil. A fifth possible goal is to establish a secure route linking Iran to Syria, thereby enabling the movement of goods and hardware that could be used as leverage in Iran's relationship with israel. Moving In Iraq's leading Shi'ite political party, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), was based in Iran for some 20 years prior to the downfall of the Saddam Hussein regime. SCIRI's armed wing, the Badr Corps (now known as the Badr Organization) was trained by Iran's Al-Quds Force, a special-operations unit of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps. The Cairo-based weekly "Al-Ahram" contended in 2005 that Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad played a role in the formation of the Badr Corps and hence wields influence over the organization today. However, the veracity of that allegation is not known. As the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 got under way, Badr forces -- hundreds of whom are Iraqis with military training who defected to Iran in the 1980s -- entered Iraq. They quickly took control of security, local governance, and aid organizations in Shi'ite-populated towns in Mada'in, located some 30 kilometers south of Baghdad, and as far north as Samarra, located 100 kilometers north of Baghdad. Many analysts believe the Badr forces were accompanied by Iranian Al-Quds Force troops. Within a month, their sphere of influence had spread to other areas of the country. SCIRI head Abd al-Aziz al-Hakim announced on April 23, 2003, that Badr forces "are in most villages and areas" in the country. "Nobody can drive them out," he said. The lack of security along the 1,000-kilometer Iran-Iraq border allowed for the free flow of weapons into Iraq. In areas where these forces could not seize overt control, they turned to local clerics to bolster their influence. In areas where they faced resistance, they bought influence in local councils or seized power by force. Meanwhile, Iranian intelligence agents employed a systematic program to eliminate anyone with close ties to the United States, as well as former military personnel and technocrats who served under Hussein, Cairo's "Al-Ahram Weekly" reported on July 6, 2005. The Situation Today Iran's influence in Iraq today reportedly extends to all corners of the country but is most pervasive in the south. Iranian-backed militia consolidated their control over Al-Basrah by 2004. Now, they dominate the police, governorate council, security apparatuses, and even humanitarian organizations. The militias in the city have virtually eliminated local opposition. Now, minority Christians, Sunni Arabs, and secular Shi'ites are subjected to strict Islamic conduct in the region. Journalists have either abandoned their work altogether or work clandestinely. In central Iraq, Iran has reportedly funded insurgents through Syria, setting up intelligence networks that some have claimed were better organized than Iraqi intelligence. In its August 2005 report, "Time" magazine wrote that it had obtained IRGC files from August 2004 showing at least 11,740 Badr Corps members were still on the IRGC payroll. In October 2005, London's "Sunday Telegraph" reported that the Al-Quds Force had established three main smuggling routes into Iraq through Al-Basrah, Al-Amarah, and Baghdad from a base in Ahvaz, which is located inside the Iranian border southeast of Al-Amarah. Support For Al-Sadrists Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr denies any relationship with the Iranian regime, but he visited Iran in June 2003, where he met with high-level Iranian officials. Al-Sadr visited Iran again in January 2006, meeting with Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Larijani. Since that time, it appears relations have deepened, and some U.S. and Iraqi officials have alleged that Iran is funding al-Sadr's Imam Al-Mahdi Army. An Al-Sadr fighter in Al-Najaf in August 2004 (AFP)Following the fall of the Hussein regime, al-Sadr, a low-level cleric, aligned himself with Qom-based Iraqi Ayatollah Kazim al-Ha'iri, relying on the ayatollah to issue fatwas that supported his agenda. The relationship was soon on rocky ground after al-Sadr clashed with the clerical establishment in Al-Najaf in late 2003. Later clashes between al-Sadr loyalists and U.S.-led coalition forces in 2004 led to a severing of ties with al-Ha'iri -- leaving al-Sadr without the crucial backing of a senior cleric. During this period Iran reportedly set up training camps for Al-Mahdi militia inside Iranian territory, according to several sources. According to the reports, the militiamen are trained in combat tactics, reconnaissance, and espionage. It was also during this time that a number of attempted assassinations were carried out against leading Shi'ite clergy. Some Iraqis accused the Iranian Al-Quds Force of carrying out the attacks, saying Iran's clerical leadership was worried about the revival of Al-Najaf's hawzahs (seminaries), which they viewed as a threat to Shi'ite seminaries in Qom. The Al-Zarqawi Link Iran has had links to key Al-Qaeda leaders since the mid-1990s. Al-Qaeda No. 2 leader Ayman al-Zawahri was the "frequent guest" of the Iranian intelligence ministry and Al-Quds Force commander Ahmad Vahidi throughout the 1990s, according to a January 20, 2003, report by the International Policy Institute for Counterterrorism. Iran's relations with Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi's Al-Qaeda-affiliated organization reportedly began in 2001. According to a December 2005 report prepared by Dore Gold and Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Haleve for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, al-Zarqawi visited Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) training camps and received logistical support from the Al-Quds Force in 2001. Likewise, al-Zarqawi spent time in Syrian training camps in 2002. While an ideological divide separates al-Zarqawi's Salafist ideology and the Shi'ite ideology of Iran, the two share some common goals, including the overthrow of corrupt Sunni Arab regimes, the desire to establish Islamist rule across the Muslim world, and the destruction of israel and its allies, namely the United States. Therefore, it is entirely plausible that al-Zarqawi and Iran's theocratic leaders have been able to come to some sort of strategic alliance. Iran has reportedly aided Sunni Islamist terrorist organizations in the past -- in Algeria, Egypt, and Gaza. Western intelligence analysts claim that Iran's modus operandi is to "outsource" to proxy organizations the conduct of terrorist activities so that they cannot be linked to Iran. Iranian Brigadier General Qasim Suleimani of the Revolution Guard Corps said in 2004 that Iran supported al-Zarqawi because his activities in Iraq coincided with Iran's goal of preventing the establishment of a pro-U.S. government there, the London-based "Al-Sharq al-Awsat" reported in August 2004. Any al-Zarqawi-Iran connection may have been severed in recent months, however, as al-Zarqawi's ideology hardened. Al-Zarqawi announced in July that his group had formed the so-called Umar Brigade to hunt down and kill Shi'ite Badr Corps members. Despite warnings from Al-Qaeda leaders -- including No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri -- that he should cease his attacks on Shi'ites, al-Zarqawi's group has continued its activities. Around the same time, al-Zarqawi also clashed with his one-time spiritual mentor, Jordanian-based Abu Ahmad al-Maqdisi over theological issues. Iran's Ties To The Iraqi Government Iran's strong relations with members of Iraq's Shi'ite-dominated government go back to the 1980s when groups like SCIRI and the Islamic Al-Da'wah (Call) party sought refuge in Iran from Saddam Hussein's regime. Iraqi Interior Minister Bayan Jabr (RFE/RL) Within this culture SCIRI's armed wing was born, and today members of those groups are prominent in the Iraqi government, including Prime Minister and Al-Da'wah Party leader Ibrahim al-Ja'fari and Interior Minister Bayan Jabr, who is a former leader of the Badr Corps. Jabr's leadership of the Interior Ministry has been called into question after dozens of attacks on Sunni Arabs in Iraq in the past year were purportedly carried out by armed men wearing ministry uniforms. Jabr has denied any wrongdoing by his forces, saying the uniforms were worn by insurgents hoping to spark sectarian violence in Iraq. Other Iraqi Shi'ite leaders have also blamed insurgents for attacks on Sunni Arabs. Some observers have speculated that leaders such as SCIRI head al-Hakim and al-Ja'fari have lost influence over their original base of support among Iraqis living in Iran before the war. As a result, either they can't control armed Shi'a or they won't, because they are still dependent on Iranian financial support for their extra-governmental activities. The outgoing transitional government has worked hard to secure stronger relations with Iran, signing a number of economic agreements with Iraq's eastern neighbor over the past nine months. Al-Ja'fari has in the past supported recognizing Iranians as a minority group in Iraq, "Time" magazine reported in August 2005. Although Iraqi Shi'ite leaders have maintained that they do not support the establishment of an Iranian-style theocracy in Iraq, they did lobby intensively for the new constitution to spell out a greater role for Islam.
  24. Show Me Where We're 'stealing.'

    AHAHAHA You really made me laugh on that one. All you have is crack pot conspiracies about Iran. Are you sure you don’t want to some how add aliens to your conspiracies as well? You might get a larger audience, because EVERY one knows for a fact that Aliens are on earth
  25. (www.)"observer.guardian.co.uk/world/story/0,,1874191,00.html"]Link[/url] Fareeda's fate: rape, prison and 25 lashes Up to 80 per cent of women in Pakistan's jails are charged under rules that penalise rape victims. But hardliners have vetoed an end to the Islamic laws Dan McDougall in western Pakistan Sunday September 17, 2006 The Observer In the blinding white desert sunlight in a farm courtyard on the outskirts of the ancient town of Shekhupura, Fareeda nervously passes a green silk hijab between her fingers. Unusually for a young Pakistani woman, her fingernails are not pristine and carefully painted but chewed, cracked and grubby. Fareeda says she feels safe here - a safe house for rape victims run by a local NGO. Littered with rusting motorcycle carcases and parts of discarded fridges and cookers, it feels like a scrapyard. The story of this 19-year-old's journey here is horrifying. In spring 2005 she was raped by her family's neighbour, a postman, and his teenage son. She fell pregnant - and later miscarried - as a result. Her mistake was to tell her parents. With their consent, under Pakistan's orthodox Islamic laws, she was charged with fornication outside marriage and sentenced to 100 lashes, later reduced to 50 and then 25 because of her age, and sent to jail. After four months her prison ordeal ended when a family friend secretly paid a bribe. Her plight is not unique. According to a recent report by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, a woman is gang-raped every eight hours in the country. However, because of social taboos, discriminatory laws and the treatment of victims by police, campaigners believe the real figure is far higher. Women who report their rapists remain more likely to go to prison themselves than see justice, so most cases are never reported. Women who are raped can face legal difficulties anywhere in the world, but human rights groups remain particularly concerned over Pakistan's record. Their alarm is centred on enforcement of the 'Hudood ordinances', a complex set of Koranic laws whose name is derived from hud meaning 'punishment'. Similar sharia laws have existed in Saudi Arabia, Iran and Sudan for centuries, but Pakistan's were enacted by former President Zia ul-Haq only in 1979, as part of his radical attempt to 'Islamicise' the country. The legislation has always been full of legal ambiguities, and none more so than the Zina ordinance which deals with adultery, premarital sex and rape. The maximum punishment for adultery is stoning to death for married people and 100 lashes for the unwed. For a rape trial to go ahead in Pakistan, four adult Muslim men, 'all of a pious and trustworthy nature', must have witnessed the attack and be willing to testify. Evidence from female and non-Muslim witnesses is considered worthless. A woman who can't produce those witnesses can be prosecuted for fornication and alleging a false crime, the penalties for which are stoning, lashings or prison. Last week, despite claims by President General Pervez Musharraf that he was willing to reform the way rape is handled, as part of his much-trumpeted 'enlightened moderation', hardliners in the Pakistani parliament refused to sanction the introduction of a bill that would have ended the archaic laws. The vetoed legislation, the Women Protection Bill, proposed to transfer rape and adultery cases from the Islamic legal system to Pakistan's British-influenced secular penal code. The bill would have scrapped the most controversial element of the law, the need for four male witnesses. Women's rights campaigners, who marched in their thousands in Islamabad last week, claim that up to 80 per cent of women in Pakistan's jails face charges related to the Hudood ordinances and accuse the international community of ignoring the issue. Yesterday Pakistan's government announced it would now ask a parliamentary committee to review the repeatedly delayed bill. Lawyers who handle such cases say the legislation is mainly used as a means of revenge by parents whose daughters have refused arranged marriages, or by husbands in divorce cases. In conservative rural areas, where family honour is paramount, many parents file charges against children who defy tradition to choose their own partners. 'Violence against women is a universal problem,' said Kamila Hyat of the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. 'Many governments have taken serious steps to deal with it, Pakistan hasn't. There are thousands of victims of rape and few of them have come close to getting justice; many have been punished for their plight. Simply bringing a rape case to court is widely considered in itself a confession of unlawful sexual intercourse outside marriage.' But defenders of Hudood claim it is more of a deterrent than anything else, and the penalties are rarely invoked. 'We don't think Hudood laws are against human rights,' said Dr Mirajul Huda, from Jamaat-e-Islami, the biggest group in the six-party Islamist alliance that forced the legislative climbdown. 'They prevent people going to the limits. They put an obstacle on all types of obscenity and protect society.' For Musharraf, who has survived several assassination attempts since his 1999 military coup and has repeatedly angered Muslim clerics by allying himself with the US, the climbdown is seen as an attempt to placate hardliners. But it plays to fears of what some commentators call a 'creeping Talibanisation' across Pakistan. His supporters claim that Musharraf, who heads a fragile coalition, has taken some action. Several months ago he issued a decree making 1,300 women awaiting trial on Hudood violations eligible for bail, but The Observer has discovered that fewer than 400 of those have been released. 'The ordinance is like a sword hanging over the heads of all the women of Pakistan,' said Dr Rubina Saigol, director of Actionaid Pakistan, which gives shelter and legal support to victims of violence. 'It is tragic that the government has reneged on the reforms. Women's rights are not negotiable.' For Sharma Zia, another victim in the safe house, it is unlikely the fear of being raped again will go away. 'I know I can't stay here for ever,' she says. 'My home town isn't that far away, but I can't return. The men who raped me live close to my parents and even they took the side of my rapists. My allegations only brought them shame. Sometimes I feel like I only bring people shame. I wish I could leave, go abroad, but I know that will never happen.' WOW !! That sucks. Why would there even be any women left in Pakistan, with that kind of twisted treatment going on ? All I can say is "RUN, LADIES, RUN" !!!
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