Jihad Report: February 16, 2017
Despite setbacks, the Trump Administration continues to mentally prepare the American people…
…to fight the ideological war being waged against us… Dave
Josh Siegel The Daily Signal February 13, 2017
Sebastian Gorka, a Trump counterterrorism adviser, says a “whack-a-mole” military strategy focused on killing terrorists is not enough to defeat groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda. (Photo: Dabiq/ZUMA Press /Newscom)
One of the key figures driving President Donald Trump’s national security policy outlined a counterterrorism vision on Monday squarely focused on defeating ISIS beyond the battlefield.
Sebastian Gorka’s view of the ISIS threat melds with many in the White House who believe that the U.S. is engaged in a nontraditional war against radical Islam.
Gorka, and others in Trump’s orbit, allege that previous administrations have not properly combatted the ideology they say fuels terrorism, and that the U.S. government has struggled to define the war it is fighting.
“In this current warfare environment, body bags are not a good metric for winning,” said Gorka, a deputy assistant to the president, during an event at The Heritage Foundation. “You can kill a jihadi high-value target. But what happens if the next day, 20 people volunteer to replace that jihadi? The last 16 years we have become preeminent in exquisite whack-a-mole. Oh, and we are good at it.”
“We look at physical battlefield actions as the metric for success,” Gorka continued. “We have to understand 80 percent of this war will be fought in the mind, and 80 percent of our conflict will be fought in the media domain.”
With over 40 Australian women lured into joining ISIS, a new study helps to better understand ISIS’ effective tactics in recruiting women.
Codi Robertson The Clarion Project Tue, February 14, 2017
A new report written by Sofia Patel at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute explores the persuasive techniques used by Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) on Western women. This is of increased importance as ISIS has lured over 40 Australian women into its ranks.
According to Patel, it is a mistake to view female ISIS members as taking on merely passive roles as jihadi brides. Their roles have evolved to warrant consideration as “perpetrators and preventers of terrorist attacks.”
The report also sheds some light on how ISIS has been successful in its recruitment of Western women. The group’s main strategy is to offer a narrative of empowerment. And it is not difficult to see why such a narrative would prove successful as women seek empowerment all over the world.
The terror group promises its female recruits missions of “divine responsibility and duty, [and] promise[s] liberation and an idealized, utopian existence in the caliphate.”
It is not uncommon for any person to seek greater meaning and purpose in their lives. But the kind of Westerners with whom ISIS has had the most success seem to have an even greater yearning for meaning and purpose.
It is telling that the report finds that these tactics do not actually express how ISIS really feels about women, which is a completely different story. In actuality, ISIS sees the primary value of women as helpers to maintain the male mujahideen (jihadists) numbers.
The report also found that women who are successfully recruited by ISIS are seeking a feeling of sisterhood that is based on shared experiences and goals. In addition, they seek adventure, romance and the reclaiming of spirituality.
To increase the efficacy of their recruitment of females, ISIS women write the group’s propaganda that populates the online world, especially social media.
In order to combat these tactics the report recommends these following actions…
Once again, we get confirmation that Trump is doing the will of the people…
…which is not the will of the Mainstrem Media and its puppet masters… Dave
Brandon Morse The Blaze Feb 13, 2017
During the elections, polls were not kind to now President Donald Trump, but they certainly seem to be now. A new Gallup poll released today shows that most Americans view Trump as a strong leader, but even more of them believe he’s a President who keeps his promises.
According those polled, 62 percent believe that Trump “keeps his promises.” Moreover, 59 percent believe he “is a strong and decisive leader.”
Most surprisingly, over half of Americans believe Trump “can bring about the changes this country needs” at 53 percent…
Michelle Malkin Freedom’s Back February 15, 2017
The resignation of national security advisor Michael Flynn has the anti-Trump media declaring the new administration a “mess,” in “turmoil” and thrown into “chaos.”
Funny, these same Chicken Littles barely shrugged their shoulders during the turmoil-laden first 100 days of Barack Obama’s first term. Some perspective is in order.
Remember the withdrawal of Obama’s pick for National Intelligence Council chairman, Charles Freeman, in March 2009? Obama had tapped the former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia for the sensitive post despite abundant conflicts of interests. Freeman had served for four years on the board of the China National Offshore Oil Corporation, a company owned by the Chinese communist government. The state-owned firm has invested in Sudan and Iran. Freeman also led the Middle East Policy Council, a Washington, D.C.-based group funded by the Saudi government. And he chaired Projects International, a consulting firm that had worked with foreign companies and governments.
Obama knew all that and looked the other way at Freeman’s role as a de facto lobbyist for Saudi royalty. Even worse, he ignored Freeman’s Jew-bashing and tyrant-coddling record with a Blame America axe to grind. Freeman carped that our country exhibited “an ugly mood of chauvinism” after the 9/11 attacks and condemned his fellow countrymen for connecting the dots of Islam and Saudi-funded jihad: “Before Americans call on others to examine themselves,” he fumed with Jeremiah Wright-style bombast, “we should examine ourselves.”
In fine form, Freeman inveighed against the “Israel Lobby” in his resignation letter.
The screed said less about Freeman than it did about the Obama administration’s AWOL vetting system. Where were the watchdogs to guard against terror-friendly conspiracy-minded kooks slipping into sensitive intelligence positions?
The Freeman withdrawal came after a series of Obama nominee withdrawals that the amnesia-suffering Beltway media has now conveniently forgotten in its haste to declare Trump’s transition the worst disaster ever…
Joel B. Pollak Breitbart News 14 Feb 2017
The media, and the left in general, are attempting to smear former Breitbart editor Sebastian Gorka, who serves as Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States, as a Nazi sympathizer.
As any of his Breitbart News colleagues could testify, Gorka is not only pro-Israel but “pro-Jewish,” and defends both against the threat of radical Islamic terrorism.
But facts do not matter to the left and the mainstream media in their efforts to frighten the public and harass the administration.
The ridiculous accusation is based on a medal that Gorka was seen wearing at an inaugural ball. Eli Clifton of the LobeLog blog wrote on Sunday that Gorka “has appeared in multiple photographs wearing the medal of a Hungarian group listed by the State Department as having collaborated with the Nazis during World War II.”
Clifton notes that the medal is associated with a military order, the “Hungarian Order of Heroes, Vitezi Rend” created after the First World War.
He goes on to speculate (wrongly — see below) that the medal could have been won by Gorka’s grandfather. The order, he adds, was later associated with Hungary’s Nazi-aligned government during the Second World War, and later banned by the Soviets. But Clifton notes: “The order was awarded to members of the Hungarian diaspora and individuals in Hungary since 1983.”
Clifton does not bother to report why the order was awarded then, or even why the “Hungarian diaspora” existed in the first place; he shows no interest in the order as an anti-communist symbol, merely noting that the Soviets banned it.
And of course Clifton offers no evidence — none at all — that Gorka, or his antecedents, had any kind of empathy for the Nazi regime or its views.
Clifton could have consulted Gorka’s book, Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War, to know more about his background. His father grew up during the Nazi siege of Budapest and later joined the anti-communist resistance. He was betrayed by Kim Philby, a British double agent for the Soviet Union, arrested and tortured…
Lack of Security on Canadian Border? Clarion Project’s National Security Analysut Ryan Mauro speaks on Fox about President Trump’s meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, Canada’s response to the U.S. suspension of refugee admission and lax security on the Canadian border.
Ann Corcoran Refugee Resettlement Watch February 15, 2017
Editor: If you visit RRW often, you know that we occasionally post comments (and guest opinion pieces) from readers. This was sent to our gmail account a few days ago and I wanted you to see it. I’ll make an observation at the end.
From someone whose family has lived in Lewiston for almost 100 years:
I just wanted to give you an update on what Refugee Resettlement can do to a city, Lewiston, ME is the home of my Grandparents, since the early 20’s, yes the 1920’s.
Most of my siblings were born in and around Lewiston, as well as my Mother, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.
I was really surprised when I returned after being away for about 20 years, to see the Somalian refugees in the town. I don’t mind other people, but the sheer numbers of people, then I spoke to my cousins who have lived there all their lives, and they explained the issues of crime, school violence, poverty, rejection of American values, and the general hatred of women by the Somali refugees.
They kept saying, we can’t get out here to look at a location where family used to live, and how the area had really gone down hill since the refugees arrived. Some of my cousins were victims of violence from Somali Gangs, and that the schools were in shambles because they couldn’t handle the language and culture issues that arise when you dump 15,000 Somali’s on a small town in Maine.
The destruction is irreversible, and horrific, I cried when I saw some of the town and how much it had changed. For example Kennedy park was a beautiful place where my Mom and sisters went to picnic and how nice it was. We were told to stay in the car because Somali drug dealers had taken over the park, and it wasn’t safe.
This type of immigration, the dumping of large numbers of refugees, does not work, it doesn’t help integration. I’m from Orange County California, I went to school with Mexican Gangs, who had their territory, Vietnamese gangs that arrived in large numbers in the 70’s and Korean Gangs that had arrived in the 60’s. Immigrants do not integrate when we drop them in large numbers, it doesn’t work, they don’t integrate.
I love the diversity of America, I am the product of immigrants, but all you have to do is look at what we have done in the past to see that mass integration [does he mean mass immigration?—ed] does not work. We need to drop these immigrants in small numbers across America so they can integrate and become part of the culture instead of allowing them to cluster in large numbers which means that integration will be slow if at all.
My thoughts on this issue of numbers and integration…
First, the Open Borders Left wants to use the word ‘integration’ rather than the word ‘assimilation,’ see here.
But, more importantly readers should know that refugees move in America—especially Somalis who got to Lewiston many years ago after they ‘discovered’ Maine’s generous welfare (see here).
Somalis can be placed (and they are) all over America by the resettlement contracting agencies, but often quickly move to be with their own kind of people in Minneapolis, Columbus, Seattle, San Diego, Lewiston and elsewhere.
So for all of you pushing for your governors to block resettlement (it will help some), remember though that you can’t stop secondary migration!…
Ann Corcoran Refugee Resettlement Watch February 15, 2017
This is so funny! If you have followed RRW for the last almost ten years, you will recognize the name Omar Jamal. I call him the ‘Jesse Jackson’ of the Somali ‘community’ in America.
When Somalis are in ‘crisis’ (when aren’t they in crisis!), here comes Jamal to direct lazy and gullible reporters so that they spin their stories to involve him and his view of the ‘community.’
I wish I had the time to go over the many many posts we have on Jamal who was originally found guilty of immigration fraud (he snuck in here from Canada!) but was never deported. He apparently speaks English well, so reporters glom on to him and he helps them get their story straight—the way he sees it! He is good!
Just to give you an idea before you read about his take on the supposed flood of desperate Somalis heading to Canada across the Minnesota border (remember readers those Somalis headed to Canada are in the US ILLEGALLY), here is one post I wrote in 2008.
Denver dead Canadian Somali story! Here in 2008, Jamal helped spin the media about something you have long forgotten or maybe never knew.
A Canadian Somali was found dead in a Denver hotel just before the 2008 Democratic Convention there. He had enough cyanide to kill hundreds. Jamal jumped in to the story (from Minneapolis) to say the guy was just a nut, nothing to see, move along, and the media did!
Here is our complete archive on Omar Jamal, the Somali spin-meister!
So here he is again, in his element, fielding media questions about the poor Somalis headed to Canada and the possibility that they could freeze to death (sniffling! dabbing eyes!)…
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The Clarion Project Tue, February 14, 2017
Senator Jacqui Lambie’s comments were ‘racist, Islamophobic and crude’, an online petition states.
Ben Winsor SBS (Australia) 15 Feb 2017
Muslim community members are demanding an apology from the ABC over a heated debate on Monday’s Q&A episode, which saw a shouting match over Sharia law between Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie and youth activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied.
“We demand an apology from Q&A for its poor handling of the debate and for its failure to uphold its values of respect and integrity,” an online petition reads.
It appears Ms Abdel-Magied has not publicly endorsed the petition or asked for an apology, and could not be reached for comment at the time of publication.
The petition has been signed by the Australian Islamic Mission, La Trobe University Islamic Society and numerous members of the Muslim community.
“Lambie used undignifying, demeaning slurs that were personal attacks against Abdel-Magied and her integrity as a Muslim woman,” the petition reads.
“We wish to remind Q&A that Yassmin’s appearance in itself is brave as it puts her in danger of being a target to online fascists who are relentless in attacking public Muslim Australian figures, and particularly Muslim females.”
The petition said the program breached its stated aim to provide a “safe environment” where people can “respectfully” discuss their differences.
Debate between Senator Lambie and Ms Abdel-Magied reached its peak over Sharia law.
“The fact is, we have one law in this country and it is the Australian law – it is not Sharia law, not in this country, not in my day” Senator Lambie said, drawing applause.
“In Sharia it says you follow the law of the land you are on,” Ms Abdel-Magied said.
As the pair shouted over each other, Senator Lambie demanded an answer to why women are treated like second class citizens, and “why gays are killed”.
“That is not my religion,” Ms Abdel-Magied said, as Q&A host Tony Jones intervened.
“Can I just say that shouting at each other is not going to help – so please stop,” he said.
Ms Abdel-Magied followed up her appearance with a video for an online news organisation explaining what Sharia law is.
“Sharia is not a system of laws like Australia’s legal system is a series of laws that everybody must obey – Sharia is about a Muslim’s personal relationship with their god,” Ms Abdel-Magied said.
Sharia law is not a parallel legal system, she said.
Senator Lambie said she accepted her words could come across as hateful to a minority.
“But the majority want to feel safe, be safe,” she said.
“Stop playing the victim, we’ve had enough … Your ban got lifted, get over it – it hasn’t hurt you at all.”
The petition characterised Senator Lambie’s comments as “racist, Islamophobic and crude”.
“If Q&A wants to invite Muslim individuals to its forum, it should be able to guarantee a safe environment,” the petition states.
In secret elections, Hamas chose its senior military man Yahya Sinwar, who is described as ruthless and extremist even by Hamas standards.
Meira Svirsky The Clarion Project Tue, February 14, 2017
Former Hamas leader in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh (left) with newly-elected leader Yahya Sinwar (Photo: © SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)
Have you ever noticed that Islamist leaders tend to have a “look”?
Their eyes radiate evil… They “look” like people who should be locked up for life… Dave
In secret elections, Hamas chose Yahya Sinwar to head its operation in Gaza. Sinwar, described as ruthless and extremist even by Hamas standards, emerged from the military wing of the organization versus previous leaders who were chosen from the political wing.
He has been characterized as an “ideological purist” who killed Palestinian collaborators with his bare hands.
In his acceptance speech, Sinwar spoke of resorting to all measures to free Hamas prisoners from Israeli jails, recognized as code words for the green light to kidnap Israeli civilian and soldiers to use as bargaining chips.
“His victory indicates that Hamas’s military wing, which is more hardline and extreme than the political leadership, has taken charge of an important position in Hamas’s leadership,” noted expert Shaul Mishal, speaking to the The Jerusalem Post.
“Palestinians who have met with Sinwar characterize him…as someone who speaks in apocalyptic terms about perpetual war with Israel,” reported the Israeli daily Haartez…
George Russell February 15, 2017 FoxNews.com
Russian warplanes and the aircraft of dictator Bashar al-Assad are still bombing civilians and civilian infrastructure in opposition areas, attacking U.S.-backed opposition forces to advantage radical jihadists, and consolidating Assad’s grip on major parts of the battered country, even as a United Nations-sponsored effort to produce peace in Syria staggers toward a Geneva meeting on Feb. 23.
But those forces, especially Assad’s rag-tag military and militia, though bolstered by thousands of Iranian and Iranian-trained foreign irregulars and members of radical Hezbollah, are still not enough to win outright victory.
Net result: behind a façade of preparations for peace talks, “the scale of attacks is going back up again” after a decline following the fall of the rebel stronghold of east Aleppo City last December, warns Dr. Ahmed Tarakji, president of the Syrian American Medical Society.
SAMS is a non-profit organization that maintains more than 100 medical facilities in Syria, mostly in non-government areas, and has been deeply involved in training doctors and other medical personnel to cope with the havoc of the civil war..
Tarakji’s organization is receiving “hourly” reports of the destruction, he said, but declined to put numbers to the resulting civilian casualties, saying instead that “the pattern of injuries is scaling up” as a result.
“The regime has not ceased fire anywhere,” says Valerie Szybala, executive director of The Syria Institute, an independent non-profit research institute based in Washington that is focused on the battered country. “There is constant bloodletting. We are just waiting for the next large-scale atrocity.”
One definite casualty, if not fatality, is the peace process itself — even a portion being orchestrated by Russia, Iran and Turkey, with the U.S. and Europe on the sidelines, has been wounded…
If the goal is to create permanent killing fields in the Middle East…
…that draw jihadists from around the world into ISIS territory, where they will be slaughtered…
…it sounds like a plausible plan…
…as long as we don’t allow anyone who goes there to come back…
Obama and other Western leaders have refused to this last critical action…
…but Trump and the rising nationalists of Europe have set out to do the right thing: shut down immigration…
Just when you thought ISIS couldn’t sink any lower…
February 15, 2017 Associated Press
ANKARA, Turkey – Europe’s top human rights institution is urging Turkey’s leaders to “urgently change course” and reverse violations of media freedoms and the rule of law, voicing alarm over democracy in the country.
The call comes as Turkey is set to hold a referendum in April on switching to a presidential system — a move critics fear will concentrate too many powers in the hands of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muiznieks, said in a report released Wednesday that Turkey’s already worrisome state of media freedoms and freedom of expression had reached “seriously alarming” levels since a state of emergency was declared following a failed coup attempt…
George Igler The Gatestone Institute February 15, 2017
The “rise of populism” has become an absorbing subject for political commentators in the West, yet as the Cato Institute scholar, Alberto Mingardi, helpfully observes, the term is “as slippery as it is popular.”
Perhaps the most noteworthy feature of this current political trend is why we are struck by it. The nations of the West are, after all, democracies: systems of government designed to translate popular concerns into legislative instruments.
An answer to this dysfunction might lie in the layers of transnational governance, which proliferated after the Second World War, superseding national, and by implication democratically-accountable, decision making.
The horrendous carnage that ripped the world apart in the middle of the last century led to a principled decision by the world’s leaders to promote the formulation, and then ratification, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Today, the most senior transnational body responsible for preserving such rights, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), housed within the Palace of Nations in Geneva, is arguably a pathetic joke.
To say so is not an exercise in polemic; it is a product of soberly assessing the facts.
The following nations, for example, have been elected by the UN to the UNHRC, and charged with upholding “the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights,” for 2017, according to UN Watch:
The United Arab Emirates: The UAE is an autocracy where political parties are banned. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), the Gulf state “often uses its affluence to mask [its] government’s serious human rights problems. The government arbitrarily detains, and in some cases forcibly disappears, individuals who criticized the authorities, and its security forces face allegations of torturing detainees.” Violence against women is frequently recorded in the UAE, as is the abuse of the migrant workers who form 88.5% of its population, and who often live in slave-like conditions…
Saudi Arabia: Executions for “crimes” — including apostasy, adultery and witchcraft — take place in the founding nation of Islam. There is no freedom of religion — despite 4.4% of the country secretly identifying as Christians — and there is no freedom of speech. Saudi Arabia was also, absurdly, chosen by the UNHRC to hold a conference on “combatting religious discrimination” in June 2015. The ruling monarchy in the country is reputedly increasingly unpopular. It apparently chose to salve this decline in its appeal by beheading one its many princes in October 2016. It is also well known for flogging — nearly to death — anyone who might suggest a thought with which the ruling monarchs and clergy might not agree…
Bangladesh: Bloggers and secular intellectuals live in perpetual fear of indiscriminate Islamist attacks in Bangladesh. A three-year “murder spree” in the country also “spread to aid workers, minority religions and Muslims who did not want their country reshaped by extremist Islam,”…
Congo: According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, “serious” human rights violations are “pervasive” in the Congo. These include, “arbitrary executions, rape, torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment,” which are mostly committed by “the army, police and intelligence services.”…