Tuesday, 16 January 2018

A German’s View on Islam, does it apply to us Muslims?

A German’s View on Islam, does it apply to us Muslims?

‘A German's View on Islam - worth reading because this is by far the best explanation of the Muslim terrorist situation I have ever read. His references to past history are accurate and clear’.

‘The author of this email is Dr. Emanuel Tanya, a well-known and well-respected psychiatrist--a man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, and owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide and shape our attitude toward the present day Islamic fanaticism. He said:

"Very few people were true Nazis, but many enjoyed the return of German pride the Nazis brought to the German nation, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, the Nazis were in control of the nation, they owned us, and we had lost control. Suddenly they plunged the country into a devastating and costly world war, and by the end of the war we had woken up to a new reality - our world of comfort, peace and freedom had come to an end. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.

"I see the same situation playing out today with respect to the attitude of the majority towards the the current Islamist movement. We are told again and again by 'experts' and 'talking heads' that Islam is the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. This unqualified assertion may be true, but the fact is that it is entirely irrelevant!’

‘It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who are waging any one of the 50 shooting wars currently going on worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups in Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, and carry out the so - called honour killing. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers. The hard and quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the 'silent majority,' has been cowed and made extraneous and irrelevant."

"Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. 

China's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people."

"The average Japanese individual, prior to World War II, was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians, most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet." 

"And who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were 'peace loving'?" 

"History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt. Yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because, like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun. 

Peace loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late."

"Islamic prayers have now been introduced into Toronto and other public schools in Ontario, and, yes, in Ottawa too while the Lord's Prayer was removed due to being so offensive! But to whom? Not to the vast majority of Canadians but to the few Islamic fanatics!"

"The Islamic way is only peaceful until the fanatics move in and take control. In Australia, and indeed in many countries around the world, many of the most commonly consumed food items now have the halal emblem (i.e a sign or instruction that says this product is not to be eaten, consumed or used because Islam forbids it) on them. Just look at the back of some of the most popular chocolate bars, and at other food products in your local supermarket. Foods on aircraft have the halal emblem, just to appease the privileged minority who are now rapidly expanding throughout the world. 

In the U.K, the Muslim communities refuse to integrate and there are now dozens of no-go zones within major cities across the country that the police force dare not intrude upon. Sharia law prevails there, because the Muslim community in those areas refuses to acknowledge British law. As for we who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts -- the fanatics who threaten our way of life."

Anyone who doubts the seriousness of this issue and just deletes without sending it on, is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand. So, extend yourself a bit and send this on and on and on in the hope that thousands, world-wide, read this, think about it, and send it on’ [truncated by WhatsApp]

On Monday, January 15, 2018, 12:10 PM, Narayan Nair <nygvos@gmail.com> wrote:

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Courting disaster, Afrasiab Khattak

Courting disaster, Afrasiab Khattak
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while commenting on the current political impasse in the country in a recent speech mentioned the crises of 1971 in the then East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) when disrespect for the aspirations of people expressed through vote had led to the disintegration of Pakistan. His detractors labeled this analogy to be far-fetched one and a mere flight of imagination. But any serious and rational consideration of the dangerous internal and external challenges faced by Pakistan today would prove the gravity of situation beyond any shadow of doubt. I remember a small public gathering in Lahore in 1971 organised by students to oppose military action against the elected representatives in the then East Bengal. Apart from poet of the people Habib Jalib and prominent leftist leader Begum Tahira Mazhar Ali Khan, some student leaders also addressed the gathering. I was one of them. We didn’t get any media coverage and police started raids for our arrest. JI and other “patriotic parties” started holding big rallies in support of military operation. The rest is history.
Fast forward to the present situation post 2013 and to the story of denying the mandate of the majority Punjabi voters by the Punjabi dominated security establishment. As far as the population wise smaller provinces like Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Sindh are concerned their mandates have been violated a number of times with impunity. Not only that. Their protest against violation of their fundamental rights has always met with severe state repression which also included military operations. But after 1971 it’s for the first time that the security establishment has refused to put up with a ruling party which is elected by majority voters of the Punjab.
 The real rulers are out to demolish the popular political leader of Punjab by using every trick of political engineering and coercion in the bag of intelligence agencies controlled by the army. What is most extraordinary is the fact that Nawaz Sharif, so far the most popular Punjabi leader, has refused to bow out in the face of all kinds of pressures. Major portions of print and electronic media are churning out establishment’s narratives against the civilian dispensation but thanks mainly to social media some people can see through these one sided campaign. It goes without saying that the strategy of “shooting our way through “used by army generals in the then East Bengal or in the smaller provinces is not an option in the Punjab because bulk of the security forces and bureaucratic elite belong to the same province. But the dichotomy is bound to hurt the country.
The second glaring similarity in two situations is the international isolation. In 1971 the despotic military dictatorship of General Yahya Khan had totally isolated itself in the world by launching a brutal military operation against the people of the then East Bengal for electing and supporting a political party that wasn’t in the good books of ruling military junta. Even an intelligent and bright foreign minister like Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had failed to break that isolation. Today’s Pakistan is dangerously isolated due the large scale presence of religious extremism and terrorism in the country.
 The scariest thing is that the more the civil government is losing control over the state system the greater and the more prominent is the footprint of extremists and militants in the country. The so called Defense of Pakistan Council (DPC) which is the biggest conglomerate of religious extremists and jihadists, and  which also includes proscribed organisations held its conference in the Chief Minister House in Peshawar last Sunday.
Pervez Khattak, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa publicity declared to support the aims and objectives of DPC. Most prominent one of their objectives is to support “Jihad” in Afghanistan and impose Sharia in the country. Symbolically handing over to Jihadist elements a province adjacent to Afghanistan amounts to owning Taliban’s war in Afghanistan. This policy is suicidal to say the least. Who has framed this policy and who will be responsible for its consequences? Pakistan is caught in an eyeball to eyeball confrontation with US on Afghanistan.
News about drone strikes and drone flights on Kurram Agency are being blacked out in the so called mainstream media. But even for the best friends of Pakistan, policies of soft corner towards terrorism are frustrating. If the BRICS Summit Declaration 2017 is anything to go by even closest friends like China find it impossible to defend such adventurist policies. Heating up of western front at a time when military conflict is escalating on Line of Control with India in Kashmir on the eastern front is yet another indicator of the gravity of situation.
Political engineering in Balochistan just a few months before general election is another case in point of courting disaster. Balochistan which is facing the longest nationalist insurgency and the longest military operation of its history is also coming under threat from the escalation of conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran in West Asia. Saudis are pouring in money for expanding the footprint of Wahabi and Salfi elements in Balochistan. JuD ( former LeT) is building many new centres in Makran division not far from Iran’s border. It’s pretty clear that Iran will also not sit idle. Iran has an impressive track record when it comes to being “pragmatic“ in supporting the enemies of its enemies.
It didn’t hesitate from supporting the hard core Sunni Alqaida and Taliban, once regarded as dangerous enemies, in their fight against US in Afghanistan. What would stop Iran from supporting Baloch nationalists for countering Saudi activities? This is obviously the time when Balochistan needs stability. But lo and behold the provincial government of Balochistan was chosen for the vote of no confidence for unraveling PML (n) government in the federation. Dissolution of provincial     assemblies of Balochistan, Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh within January, along with agitation in Punjab and resignations by the opposition members of Parliament is the path towards premature packing up of the current dispensation. 
Suppressing dissent by abducting critics can’t solve any problem. Putting our house in order by letting democratic process continue and by implementing NAP to eliminate extremism and terrorism from the country is the only way out. We all know that those who don’t learn from history are condemned to relive it.