Obama #IHave ADrone has to be an alien. I mean from outer space, not Mexico

This nice chap I looked up to here & here and brought up in two major religions of Islam and Christianity, just spouts nonsense!

Obama quotes - no religion

Statement by the President on ISIL

State Floor

9:01 P.M. EDT

My fellow Americans, tonight I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.

As Commander-in-Chief, my highest priority is the security of the American people. Over the last several years, we have consistently taken the fight to terrorists who threaten our country. We took out Osama bin Laden and much of al Qaeda’s leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We’ve targeted al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen, and recently eliminated the top commander of its affiliate in Somalia. We’ve done so while bringing more than 140,000 American troops home from Iraq, and drawing down our forces in Afghanistan, where our combat mission will end later this year. Thanks to our military and counterterrorism professionals, America is safer.

Still, we continue to face a terrorist threat. We can’t erase every trace of evil from the world, and small groups of killers have the capacity to do great harm. That was the case before 9/11, and that remains true today. And that’s why we must remain vigilant as threats emerge. At this moment, the greatest threats come from the Middle East and North Africa, where radical groups exploit grievances for their own gain. And one of those groups is ISIL — which calls itself the “Islamic State.”

Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not “Islamic.” No religion condones the killing of innocents. And the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state. It was formerly al Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq, and has taken advantage of sectarian strife and Syria’s civil war to gain territory on both sides of the Iraq-Syrian border. It is recognized by no government, nor by the people it subjugates. ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.

In a region that has known so much bloodshed, these terrorists are unique in their brutality. They execute captured prisoners. They kill children. They enslave, rape, and force women into marriage. They threatened a religious minority with genocide. And in acts of barbarism, they took the lives of two American journalists — Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff.

So ISIL poses a threat to the people of Iraq and Syria, and the broader Middle East — including American citizens, personnel and facilities. If left unchecked, these terrorists could pose a growing threat beyond that region, including to the United States. While we have not yet detected specific plotting against our homeland, ISIL leaders have threatened America and our allies. Our Intelligence Community believes that thousands of foreigners -– including Europeans and some Americans –- have joined them in Syria and Iraq. Trained and battle-hardened, these fighters could try to return to their home countries and carry out deadly attacks.

I know many Americans are concerned about these threats. Tonight, I want you to know that the United States of America is meeting them with strength and resolve. Last month, I ordered our military to take targeted action against ISIL to stop its advances. Since then, we’ve conducted more than 150 successful airstrikes in Iraq. These strikes have protected American personnel and facilities, killed ISIL fighters, destroyed weapons, and given space for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to reclaim key territory. These strikes have also helped save the lives of thousands of innocent men, women and children.

But this is not our fight alone. American power can make a decisive difference, but we cannot do for Iraqis what they must do for themselves, nor can we take the place of Arab partners in securing their region. And that’s why I’ve insisted that additional U.S. action depended upon Iraqis forming an inclusive government, which they have now done in recent days. So tonight, with a new Iraqi government in place, and following consultations with allies abroad and Congress at home, I can announce that America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat.

Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy.

First, we will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. Working with the Iraqi government, we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense. Moreover, I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.

Second, we will increase our support to forces fighting these terrorists on the ground. In June, I deployed several hundred American servicemembers to Iraq to assess how we can best support Iraqi security forces. Now that those teams have completed their work –- and Iraq has formed a government –- we will send an additional 475 servicemembers to Iraq. As I have said before, these American forces will not have a combat mission –- we will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq. But they are needed to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces with training, intelligence and equipment. We’ll also support Iraq’s efforts to stand up National Guard Units to help Sunni communities secure their own freedom from ISIL’s control.

Across the border, in Syria, we have ramped up our military assistance to the Syrian opposition. Tonight, I call on Congress again to give us additional authorities and resources to train and equip these fighters. In the fight against ISIL, we cannot rely on an Assad regime that terrorizes its own people — a regime that will never regain the legitimacy it has lost. Instead, we must strengthen the opposition as the best counterweight to extremists like ISIL, while pursuing the political solution necessary to solve Syria’s crisis once and for all.

Third, we will continue to draw on our substantial counterterrorism capabilities to prevent ISIL attacks. Working with our partners, we will redouble our efforts to cut off its funding; improve our intelligence; strengthen our defenses; counter its warped ideology; and stem the flow of foreign fighters into and out of the Middle East. And in two weeks, I will chair a meeting of the U.N. Security Council to further mobilize the international community around this effort.

Fourth, we will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to innocent civilians who have been displaced by this terrorist organization. This includes Sunni and Shia Muslims who are at grave risk, as well as tens of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities. We cannot allow these communities to be driven from their ancient homelands.

So this is our strategy. And in each of these four parts of our strategy, America will be joined by a broad coalition of partners. Already, allies are flying planes with us over Iraq; sending arms and assistance to Iraqi security forces and the Syrian opposition; sharing intelligence; and providing billions of dollars in humanitarian aid. Secretary Kerry was in Iraq today meeting with the new government and supporting their efforts to promote unity. And in the coming days he will travel across the Middle East and Europe to enlist more partners in this fight, especially Arab nations who can help mobilize Sunni communities in Iraq and Syria, to drive these terrorists from their lands. This is American leadership at its best: We stand with people who fight for their own freedom, and we rally other nations on behalf of our common security and common humanity.

My administration has also secured bipartisan support for this approach here at home. I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL, but I believe we are strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together. So I welcome congressional support for this effort in order to show the world that Americans are united in confronting this danger.

Now, it will take time to eradicate a cancer like ISIL. And any time we take military action, there are risks involved –- especially to the servicemen and women who carry out these missions. But I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil. This counterterrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist, using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground. This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years. And it is consistent with the approach I outlined earlier this year: to use force against anyone who threatens America’s core interests, but to mobilize partners wherever possible to address broader challenges to international order.

My fellow Americans, we live in a time of great change. Tomorrow marks 13 years since our country was attacked. Next week marks six years since our economy suffered its worst setback since the Great Depression. Yet despite these shocks, through the pain we have felt and the grueling work required to bounce back, America is better positioned today to seize the future than any other nation on Earth.

Our technology companies and universities are unmatched. Our manufacturing and auto industries are thriving. Energy independence is closer than it’s been in decades. For all the work that remains, our businesses are in the longest uninterrupted stretch of job creation in our history. Despite all the divisions and discord within our democracy, I see the grit and determination and common goodness of the American people every single day –- and that makes me more confident than ever about our country’s future.

Abroad, American leadership is the one constant in an uncertain world. It is America that has the capacity and the will to mobilize the world against terrorists. It is America that has rallied the world against Russian aggression, and in support of the Ukrainian peoples’ right to determine their own destiny. It is America –- our scientists, our doctors, our know-how –- that can help contain and cure the outbreak of Ebola. It is America that helped remove and destroy Syria’s declared chemical weapons so that they can’t pose a threat to the Syrian people or the world again. And it is America that is helping Muslim communities around the world not just in the fight against terrorism, but in the fight for opportunity, and tolerance, and a more hopeful future.

America, our endless blessings bestow an enduring burden. But as Americans, we welcome our responsibility to lead. From Europe to Asia, from the far reaches of Africa to war-torn capitals of the Middle East, we stand for freedom, for justice, for dignity. These are values that have guided our nation since its founding.

Tonight, I ask for your support in carrying that leadership forward. I do so as a Commander-in-Chief who could not be prouder of our men and women in uniform –- pilots who bravely fly in the face of danger above the Middle East, and servicemembers who support our partners on the ground.

When we helped prevent the massacre of civilians trapped on a distant mountain, here’s what one of them said: “We owe our American friends our lives. Our children will always remember that there was someone who felt our struggle and made a long journey to protect innocent people.”

That is the difference we make in the world. And our own safety, our own security, depends upon our willingness to do what it takes to defend this nation and uphold the values that we stand for –- timeless ideals that will endure long after those who offer only hate and destruction have been vanquished from the Earth.

May God bless our troops, and may God bless the United States of America.

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If Osama is a part of Z=((ZxZ)+C)

All civilizations make the mistake of looking at other people from their own perspective and value judgement.

English: Osama bin Laden interviewed for Daily...

English: Osama bin Laden interviewed for Daily Pakistan in 1997; behind him on the wall is an AK-47 carbine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Removing a tiny fragment of a fractal cannot destroy it.

 

You have to be completely naive to believe that a person who lives by his conscience can be eradicated. I’m no great lover of a fanatic nor do I condone the devastation, pain and suffering this one man caused.

In fact, I find his idealism frightening. But please understand your opponent before you step into that ring.

Article in AJE I Knew Bin Laden

Seen recently in a blog I follow

Commentary: Al Qaeda’s Resurgence | The National Interest

[Link here]

WMD, Lying Politicians, Imbedded Journo’s, Skewed reporting. Truth is left to the seeker

Faith is belief without evidence  R. Dawkins

We are fed information drip by drop that pre-conditions us to accept the conviction displayed by, say for example, Tony Blair and we too imbibe and absorb, till gradually, slowly our  irascible ire transforms into willing acceptance.  Images of 9/11 cloud our brain and we are in unison (figuratively speaking) against the cave dwelling, bearded men that are flashed on our screen and told this is the work of Al Qai’da, even disregarding the grating american-ism of George Bush.

Evangelist of terror

Tony Blair sold a solution; Invade.

The fear he preached with such zeal was no different from any hell fire preacher  of yester-year  who offered you  Jn 3:16 and salvation.

No different to the seller of indulgences that led Martin Luther to pin his Ninety-Five Theses on the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany, of the Holy Roman Empire, that famously held one of Europe‘s largest collections of holy relics.

As with any cult, you have to admire his personal conviction, but politely disagree.  We are never going to change his mind.  Tony Blair is still just as deluded as he was then, believing that his legacy will respect him. Somehow I doubt it.

Hope and fear and the flip sides of the same coin.

Bush and Blair offered us the Precautionary Principle [The precautionary principle states that if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment,…en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precautionary_principle]

Truth and reconciliation of South Africa has taught us that people do begin to glimpse that they were wrong.

A video:  

C.I.A. no al-qaeda ever existed – BBC documentary the power of nightmares

We used to believe that the victor in any major famous conflict of past humanity had the freedom to write his-story.  While this maybe true, nowadays however the narrative of events is rehearsed, choreographed and steered towards the sanitized bite-size version that we regurgitate.

Ideology vs Conscience. “The Innocent Prophet” (postponed)

New calls from Islamists for international blasphemy law at UN

Posted: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 15:55

Soon after the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) announced that it had abandoned its plans to persuade the UN to impose a global blasphemy law, the Arab League has stepped in to take up the cry.

Imran Firasat (Spain) & Terry Jones (USA). Testing global free speech. (Release date postponed)
The Innocent Ptophet

Is a concept/belief/ideology dangerous if Egypt seeks fundamentalism?

Osama bin Laden had one such. 

There will be others like him, because they embody – “seeking after truth”;  Purely by their persistence in following what they consider to be a just cause.   They and they alone, are TRUE followers. 

They appear to live an exemplified life of dedication, piety and most definitely lead by example.

In trying to understand his beliefs.

Lengthy theological open letter by  Usama bin Muhammad bin Laden

Open Letter to King Fahd on the Occasion of the Recent Cabinet Reshuffle.

In Wikipedia
or as Word .doc
Date: 02/13/1416 H 07/11/1995

Contents

• 1 The First: Your Ruling with other than what God has revealed and allowed

• 2 The Second: Allegiance to the Infidels and Hostility towards Muslims

.2.1 The Economic Situation:

. 2.2 The Military Situation

• 3 Annotations

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Contrary to prevalent Western beliefs, Wahhabism is not an old Islamic tradition and the House of Saud does not enjoy a credible historic claim to rule over Arabia. Indeed, Wahhabism emerged only 250 years ago under the guidance of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab who later formed an alliance with a group of desert nomads, the Sauds. From the time they established their covenant to the creation of the modern Saudi state, the Saudi-Wahhabi movement spread across the peninsula brutally defeating and enslaving non-Wahhabi elements.

[Source]

I have extensively copied material from the essay by Professor Ahmad Moussalli, January 30, 2009 Wahhabism, Salafism and Islamism: Who Is The Enemy?

My suggestion, (if you are interested of course) you read the essay for yourself.

I neither endorse nor confirm these accounts to be accurate   This is merely  a personal quest in coming to grips with events within my own life-time.

[here]. Wahhabism, Salafism and Islamism: Who Is The Enemy? Professor Ahmad Moussalli, January 30, 2009

Orthodox Sunni Muslims believe that they are the true bearers of pure Islam since the time of al-salaf and that they, therefore, have roots in al-salaf. They are represented however today by the four surviving authentic schools of Islamic jurisprudence: Hanafi, Shafi‘i, Maliki, and Hanbali schools (madhahib). This is on the one hand. On the other, the Wahhabis — who claim to be the champion of Sunni Islam. They perceive the Sunnis as having been wrong for over ten centuries and have been living a state of pre-Islamic paganism (jahiliyya [literally, ignorance]) since they moved away from the way of al-salaf. They even accused the majority of orthodox Sunni Muslims who were living under the Ottoman caliphate and the caliphate itself of reprehensible innovation (bid‘a) and unbelief (kufr) because they had been living under a political system that is unknown to al-salaf . Ibn Taymiyya (1263-1328) who was admired and followed by Muhammad Ibn Abd all-Wahhab as a role model strayed from orthodox Sunni Islam on important issues of creed (`aqidah) and worship (`ibadat) and was accused of reprehensible bida’ and even kufr (unbelief). Unlike the majority of Muslims, Ibn Taymiyya and the Wahhabi’s anti-orthodox and controversial theological and legal positions can be summarized in the following points: 1) the claim that Allah’s attributes are “literal,” thereby attributing God with created attributes and becoming anthropomorphist, and the claim that created things existed eternally with Allah; 2) the opposition to the scholarly consensus on divorce 3) his opposition to the orthodox Sunni practice of tawassul (asking Allah for things using a deceased pious saint as an intermediary); 4) saying that Allah has a limit (hadd) that only He knows and that Allah literally sits on the throne (al-kursi) and has left space for Prophet Muhammad to sit next to Him; 5) the claim that Allah descends physically; 6) his classifying of oneness in worship of Allah (tawhid ) into two parts: tawhid al-rububiyya and tawhid al-uluhiyya, which was never done by pious adherents or al-salaf.

…. Professor Ahmad Moussalli hopes that his paper will allow world powers, policymakers, academicians, intellectuals, terrorism experts, journalists, and many others to distinguish between and understand the logic of the radical and the moderate, the active and the inactive, the jihadi and the peaceful, the takfiri and the tolerant, the modern and the traditional, and the rational and irrational. This essay will also clarify the terminology used. In 1902 the Wahhabi movement resurfaced when Abd al-Aziz Bin Abd al-Rahman returned from Kuwait and initiated a series of organized incursions to spread Wahhabism and to establish the third Saudi Wahhabi state. However, Abd al-Aziz later clashed with the Wahhabi Ikhwan (brethren) who wanted to continue spreading Wahhabism and waging jihad against other Muslims. …… By living in their own societies, they believe that this is the effective way to avoid any resemblance to infidels. For the same reason, they also reject all entertaining distractions: music, theatre and places of pleasure and entertainment such as cafés, discotheques, and dance clubs. Perfume, the cinema, television and photographs are considered part of infidel cultures. 16 The salafists emphasize that the roots of their concern with the community system lies more in a willingness to withdraw from corrupting innovations and to liv in accordance with the example of al-salaf al-salih, rather than in a revolutionary activism to create a totally Islamic society. The doctrine of al-wala’ wa al-bara’ developed by the salafists is reminiscent of the thoughts expressed by Ahmad Ibn Taymiyya. He developed the idea that the dissimilarity between believers and unbelievers must be total. In his book entitled Iqtida’ al-Sirat al-Mustaqim, he explained in detail all aspects of differences that should be drawn by Muslims in their encounters with non-Muslims. According to him, Muslims, for instance, should speak Arabic in preference to any other language and should cut their hair and leave beards to grow long in a manner different from that of Jews and Christians. The followers of these two religions (Ahl al-Kitab) were seen by Ibn Taymiyya as active agents of unbelief who posed a threat to Islam. 17 Unlike the original Wahhabi da‘wa, the salafist da‘wa is distinguished by its apolitical nature and by not giving priority to politics. Again, like the Wahhabis, other Salafists’ doctrine of tawhid mean to accept and believe in the oneness of God and His absolute authority. Then they divide tawhid —the indivisible—into three sub-concepts: tawhid ‘ubudiyya (unity of worship), meaning a true servant of Allah must single out Allah in all acts of worship and He alone should be worshiped with complete and utter loyalty; tawhid rububiyya (unity of lordship), meaning that a faithful Muslim must accept that Allah as the creator of all things and that sovereignty over them belongs only to Him. Asma’ wa al-sifat (unity of Allah’s names and attributes) means a faithful Muslim believes in Allah’s names and attributes mentioned in the Quran and the authentic sunna, in accordance to their Arabic meaning.Without any of these sub-concepts, a Muslim loses his true creed. Submission to God, therefore, is not a personal or public act but the focal point that engulfs members of Muslim society in all aspects of their lives. Consequently, the distinction between the personal and the public is replaced by the distinction between the religious and the non-religious. However, the theological perspectives of most non-Wahhabi salafist groups are closer to the Sunni orthodoxy, especially on rejecting divine anthropomorphism, and they uphold rather the majority’s view as developed by theologians like alAsh‘ari and al-Maturidi. More importantly, they also reject (ijtihad) independent legal reasoning, as advocated by Muslim reformists. From their point of view, ijtihad involves reason, which should play no role in religious matters ….They legitimize this resort by associating jihad with da‘wa and argue that jihad constitutes a form of Islamic propagation to build an ideal, alternative society free from Western cultural influence and control. It is aimed at giving a correct understanding of prescriptions covering ‘aqida (creed), ‘ibada (worship), and mu‘amala (social interaction). In this case, many salafists and even Wahhabis easily have entered into the radical Islamism, and consequently created many takfir-jihadi neo-Wahhabi and neo-salafist and radical Islamist groups. And this is exactly what happened to the Arab Afghans and al-Qaida and other salafist jihadist groups. …For instance, when Muslims were discussing the human nature of political power and the need to reform it in accordance with shura (consultation) and ijma‘ (consensus) the West was still holding to the notion of the divine nature of power. When Islamic thought then acknowledged the rights of minorities as a consequence of accepting Christianity and Judaism as recognized religions, the West looked only at Muslims as infidels, and Islam was not recognized or allowed to be practiced — even as misconstrued images of other religions. Shura and ijma‘ represent two key Islamist doctrines that Muslims can use today for the religious development of democratic notions of government and politics as well as human rights. For they take away the divine perception of political government and reduce its legitimacy to people’s choice. ….These new-salafist, neo-Wahhabi and radical Islamist ideologies and formations are the takfiri jihadist. They are trying to establish a religious state and have managed to turn themselves into an outlet for different parties in the region, and indirectly became involved in different context. They represent the transformation of rather different contradictory Islamic trends into takfiri jihadism. Al-Qaida could only partially be understood as a production of the failure of moderate Islamism, official Wahhabism, and conservative salafism in their established forms today along with Islamic traditionalism to bring about serious positive changes in the Muslim world’s political systems and way of life. Furthermore, takfiri jihadism has created a new front in the Muslim world’s encounters with the West. However, part of this front lies within the Muslim world itself, namely, the current political regimes, both religious and secular.

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