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Bits and Pieces – 20170722, Saturday

Commentary: Trump may finally be getting it together with a strategic counteroffensive: Trump Preparing Counteroffensive; Begins Investigating Mueller’s Team For Conflicts, Trump launches all-out assault on Mueller probe, Trump Legal Shake Up: Kasowitz Out As Personal Attorney, Corrallo Resigns, an attack on Sessions’ performance Sessions: “I Will Continue Serving As Attorney General As Long As That Is Appropriate”, and a shot at Comey, “We Take Confidentiality Seriously At DOJ” Rosenstein Blasts Comey For Leaking Trump Memo.

It’s interesting to see the collateral damage appearing among former Obama officials: New Scapegoat Emerges In Unmasking Scandal: Meet Obama’s Former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, as well as recent revelations against Susan Rice (Confirmed: Susan Rice “Unmasked” Trump Team) and Loretta Lynch (Loretta Lynch Plot Thickens As New Details Emerge Of Her Dealings With The Hillary Campaign).

Civil Unrest: The depth of the Hamburg civil unrest has been ignored but Martin Armstrong has been following it: The Rising Youth & Civil Unrest.

From the Left: At the heart of the European migrant crisis we find … George Soros of course: Soros-sponsored immigration network in Italy.

The War on Cash: There is a steady stream of articles related to this topic that I have not bothered to report on, but here’s one: 95% Of Europeans Reject EU Efforts To “De-Cash” Their Lives. The issue is government control, not crime prevention. More sinister reasons are it will be necessary for the full implementation of global government and Agenda 21.

The American Empire (AE): I had published a link a little earlier to an article on the return of Syrian refugees to areas that war had moved on from. Scientists were surprised how soon life began to return to the areas of ash and pyroclastic flows of Mount St. Helens after the eruption. Human life can recover as quickly: Photos Of Aleppo Rising: Swimsuits, Concerts And Rebuilding In First Jihadi-Free Summer.

Canada Corner: Eat your hamburg with respect: Animal Rights Activists Yell About “Insulting” to Cows. Onward and upward in Canada’s housing market: HIGHEST JUNE MONTHLY RISE ON RECORD. And here’s another area where we rank highly: Greatest Fools? The Countries That Trust Their Government Most (And Least).

Goldman Sachs sees the Canadian housing market in not quite as dire terms as earlier reports here: Is Canada Really “In Serious Trouble”: Goldman Responds. It is not the case that borrowers are not as exposed to interest rate hikes as discussed in the past but that the banking sector can survive a large-scale default better than previously expected.

Bits and Pieces: I haven’t written much on socialism lately but here’s an EU update: On Europe’s Unsustainable Welfare State.

Tired of looking for Russians under every desk and coffee table and not finding them? Try this angle: Is Russiagate Really Hillarygate?.

A rather wonderful aspect of natural organization: Nature – Taking Care of the Elderly. We on the other hand, hunt them down and kill them.

The blind behavior of European authorities towards reporting and fighting Muslim crime has always puzzled me. Why haven’t the sheeple revolted? Perhaps Sweden is the worst example, and we read: Is Sweden A Failed State?

Flash Point: The Muslim Demographic in Europe

We wish to capture a link to a study referenced in Zero Hedge and done by Pew research, that reviews the Muslim demographic in Europe: Europe’s Ethnic (R)Evolution – It Will Never Be The Same Again. As a percentage of total population, France has the most Muslims at 7.5% while Germany has the largest number in absolute terms (over 4.7 million). The map pictured in the study is most helpful.

When Europeans Were Slaves: Research Suggests White Slavery Was Much More Common Than Previously Believed

The following is an in-house book review by Jeff Grabmeier of a new book by professor Robert Davis  published at Ohio State University and reprinted by permission of the author. More of Robert’s work can be found on Amazon.

A new study suggests that a million or more European Christians were enslaved by Muslims in North Africa between 1530 and 1780 – a far greater number than had ever been estimated before.

In a new book, Robert Davis, professor of history at Ohio State University, developed a unique methodology to calculate the number of white Christians who were enslaved along Africa’s Barbary Coast, arriving at much higher slave population estimates than any previous studies had found.

How Christian communities Die in the Middle East: The Sorry History of Armenia

Here is Part A of essay Three in the series: The Suffocation of Christian Communities in the Middle East from Paul Merkley, reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of Paul’s work.

Christian individuals, Christian families, and historic Christian communities in the Middle East

As we contemplate the imminent suffocation of the Christian community in the Middle East, we have to keep in view two distinct but related historical processes.

One is the ubiquitous fact of attrition – the steady whittling down, one by one, of numbers of Christians everywhere, owing to defection, some of it voluntary, most of it not. As the days go by, individuals raised as Christians, persuaded by the benefits of submission (that is the literal meaning of Islam, the religion of the powerful) are defecting from the Church.

The other process involves intact communities of Christians,  made up of individuals  who draw their social identity from belonging to a conspicuously separate body that has worshipped together in a language distinct from the common language of the region, using a unique liturgy, in buildings heavily decorated (by Western standards) with distinctive works of religious art that they have cherished and protected from Muslim contempt for  fourteen centuries.

How European Empires came to the Rescue of Christians and Jews in the Nineteenth Century

Here is Part B of essay Two in the series: The Suffocation of Christian Communities in the Middle East from Paul Merkley, reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of Paul’s work.

The “Discovery” of the Middle East in the Nineteenth Century. 

Historians note a conspicuous improvement in the situation of the Christians and the Jews of the Middle East beginning around the middle of the Nineteenth Century. The immediate cause was the “discovery” of the Middle East by the public and by politicians in Europe and America.

Ironically, modern re-discovery of interest in the Middle East began with an eccentric gambit of Napoleon Bonaparte. In 1798, General Bonaparte, the hero of the campaign of 1795 to drive the Austrians out of Italy , took to his political masters in Paris (the Directorate) a hare-brained scheme to put the British Empire out of action by attacking and annexing Egypt . The plan was adjudged brilliant by the Directorate, whose whole motivation was to get him  off the political scene. Napoleon’s military expedition (1798-1799) bogged down almost immediately, and so Napoleon applied his usual remedy in times of disaster – he turned the project into something bigger and sold it again under an improved label. The new game plan was to conquer the Holy Land and break up the Empire of the Turks by liberating the Jews and the Christians of the region. Within weeks of the defeat of his armies by the Ottomans, aided by the British,  Napoleon fled the scene, returned to Paris ,  and picked up the usual reward of French generals after disasters – promotion. A few years later, he became the Dictator of France under the title of First Consul. About five years later, this self-appointed Messiah of Democracy had become the Emperor of the French and the Imperial master of Europe (1804-1815.)

Barack Hussein Obama and the Isra of Muhammad

Here is Part 5 of the series, Zero-Sum Historiography: The Palestinian Assault upon History. Reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of the series. This is an important series as Palestine and the myths and misunderstandings around it propagated by the mainstream media (MSM) and the Western intelligentsia (to use an oxymoron) are rampant.

Barack Hussein Obama’s relation to Islam

This is (at least for the time being) the last of a series of essays on the topic of Muhammad’s teaching about History. This essay is intended to take us to where the rubber hits the road – that is, to where we can surely see the effect in current world politics of this uniquely mischievous and devious historiography.

I begin with a word of caution to anyone intending to research and/or hoping to publish anything about Barack Hussein Obama’s relationship to Islam. The presumption in leading opinion circles is that merely raising such a question – Is Barack Hussein Obama really a Muslim? Is he truly a Christian? — exposes a spirit of bigotry. It pegs you at once as a right-wing fundamentalist. The only scholar of first-rate reputation whom I have found walking  up to, instead of walking away from,  this live-wire theme is Daniel Pipes, an intellectually brilliant, roundly-certified academic scholar of Middle East History (with special reference to Islam), President of the Middle East Forum, Editor of the Middle East  Quarterly Journal, and the leading light behind the website http://www.danielpipes.org/. Pipes has offered a number of brief essays on this theme, beginning in 2007, but his findings are updated and effectively summarized in a three –part essay published in the Washington Times  in September, 2012. [Daniel Pipes, “Obama’s Muslim Childhood”http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/NewBeginning/transcripts] while focusing on the brief passages that provide testimony to the theology that guides Barack Obama.

Muhammad the Historian

Here is Part 4 of the series, Zero-Sum Historiography: The Palestinian Assault upon History. Reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of the series. This is an important series as Palestine and the myths and misunderstandings around it propagated by the mainstream media (MSM) and the Western intelligentsia (to use an oxymoron) are rampant.

History and Anti-History

In my previous essay, “The Muslim Claim to Jerusalem,” I considered the anti-historical motivations that govern the ruminations of Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam, about what might be called the Pre-History of Jerusalem. In the last lines of that essay, I refer regretfully to the disposition among the leaders of our churches to acquiesce, out of an imagined spirit of goodwill, in Islam’s anti-historical spirit. This habit of mind reflects the growing tendency in our culture to surrender the distinction between fact and fantasy.

How Wonderfully Intelligent Is the Western Intelligentsia

The Western Intelligentsia, which includes the Mainstream Media, totally misread the ‘Arab Spring’, seeing it through their red-coloured glasses as a grassroots drive for democracy. In Egypt we now have an infant democratically elected Muslim theocracy under the control of the Muslim Brotherhood. We’re not sure what the Arab Spring has lead to in Libya. We suspect the primary difference between the current regime and the Gaddafi regime is simply the lack of Gaddafi.

But this gem of insight came across our desk today from Ed Steer’s via his daily email report:

RUSSIA TO WEST: We Told You Not To Overthrow Qaddafi!

On Wednesday Russia blamed Western countries for creating the current turmoil in Africa by arming Libyan rebels, Timothy Heritage and Gabriela Baczynska of Reuters report.

“Those whom the French and Africans are fighting now in Mali are the [same] people who…our Western partners armed so that they would overthrow the Gaddafi regime,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a news conference.

The toppling of Libyan ruler Muammar Qaddafi led to “perhaps the greatest proliferation of weapons of war from any modern conflict,” Emergency Director of Human Rights Watch Peter Bouckaert told The Telegraph.

This very short story appeared on the businessinsider.com Internet site on Wednesday. It’s certainly worth skimming…and it, too, is courtesy of Roy Stephens. The link is here.

The idea is that by ousting the Gaddafi regime the West inadvertently armed an array of Muslim groups including Al Qaeda, leading to the destabilization of Mali and likely increasing insurgency across all of Northern Africa (witness the Algerian hostage taking).

The US, by overthrowing Saddam Husein and the Sunni ruling class in Iraq, destroyed the metastable relationship between Sunni Iraq and Shiite Iran leading to years of sectarian warfare that flourishes today, long after the US turned tail and ran – much like they are doing in Afghanistan at this time.

In short, Western intervention in Libya has directly lead to the problems in Mali.

Flasf Point: Why the Muslim World Hates the US

In Flash Point: Where’s the Thunder? we noted that if the Arab street did not erupt over the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s publishing of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, then the perceived blasphemy of the American video that allegedly sparked riots worldwide was in fact not the issue. Rather latent anti-Americanism was.

We suggest that one of the major causes of this anti-Americanism is the way the US operates in the Muslim world. From Yemen to Somalia to Pakistan and Afghanistan, the US is waging aggression on sovereign soil through unmanned drone attacks and special forces operations. Now we find that they are moving into Libya as reported by Stratfor: U.S. Explores Retaliatory Options in Libya. Key features of this current aggression in Libya are:

  • U.S. special operations forces are in Libya … to collect information on militant networks in the country.
  • the dispatch of a dozen or so special operations aircraft to the Mediterranean region … [including] four versions of the C-130 Hercules, namely the MC-130H, HC-130N, HC-130P and AC-130U.
  • The AC-130U gunship Stratfor notes, is not a dedicated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance asset, … [but is] there to provide fire support if necessary.
  • the United States is very likely coordinating with the Libyan government and also has deployed a number of CIA personnel in the country.

This is hardly the way to win friends when you conduct military operations in sovereign nations at will.

Flash Point: Where’s the Thunder?

Anyone who has witnessed a thunderstorm knows that there is a delay between the lightning flash and the sound of the attendant thunder. As an aside, those who witnessed no delay cease to be witnesses (not a trivial point). As another aside, by counting one thousand and one, one thousand and two, … one can get a rough idea of the corresponding distance away the lightning was in miles, one or two miles …

Anyway, when the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad on Wednesday we started counting. Recall that in response to the avalanche of news items from our regular sources in response to the American video, we published Flash Point: What You Won’t Get from the MSM. Within a few hours, most of the Muslim world was on fire. Now we repeat the exercise tabulating the response to the french insult to the Prophet:

  • Iran: Protests Begin At French Embassy: Up to 100 people protested at the French Embassy in Tehran on Sept. 20 after a French magazine published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, AFP reported. Police around the embassy compound prevented the crowd from approaching.

So more than 24 hours later, that’s the response from the Muslim world. The West’s response, however, has been another matter with critical comments in most Western media such as this from Spiegel Online: France to Shut Embassies Over Muhammad Cartoons.

Admittedly the lightning strike might have been farther away than we thought with the thunder still on its way. Should the Hebdo event in the end turn out to be a flash in the pan instead of a lightning strike, we will have learned a very interesting and critical lesson. That the response to the video was not a response to the defamation of the Prophet but an expression of a strong, latent ant-Americanism. If that’s the case, Obama can shrug off responsibility for the video but he must come to the realization that he and his administration own the problem of anti-Americanism.

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