The Mighty Military Arsenal of ISIS


ISIS should have been bombed into extinction months ago, yet they continue to fight on, thanks to an international online video recruiting program that has been both incredibly shocking… and highly successful. But the true secret of ISIS’ military success lies in its vast and terrifying arsenal of military equipment, some purchased illegally, but most of which…

…is American.


June 23, 2014 photo of Islamic State fighters parade in a captured Iraqi security forces armored vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq. (Credit: Associated Press)

The spectre of ISIS looms across the world – they seem to be everywhere, lurking in every shadow, behind every tree. And in the Middle East, there is a sense that they are not only unbreakable, but their ranks continue to swell with new recruits each passing day. In our Western countries, they are the threat of death and destruction in any / all of our major cities.

Of course, that’s all nonsense, and quite frankly their greatest mouthpieces are our own Western media outlets, who portray them as the 900-pound gorilla boogeyman under the bed. In fact, Reuters reported in January 2016 that in the previous year, ISIS lost 40% of its territory. The same article reports that in fact they have been steadily losing ground since mid-2014. However, that’s certainly not the message that our media is portraying, and regardless, helping ISIS win a propaganda war, whether intentionally or not, makes them culpable for every crime committed by the terrorist thugs.

However, there is absolutely no doubt that they are well-equipped in their Middle East military missions – this is neither mere propaganda nor myth. ¬†And ¬†we can indirectly thank the military of the United States of America for that. ¬†I’ll explain more as to why in a moment.

Here is a taste of what the Allied powers are facing every day, as they fight this ISIS nightmare in Syria and Iraq:


T-55 Tanks

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It’s reported that ISIS has¬†30 Soviet T-55 tanks, produced from the end of World War II through the 1980s. Analysts aren’t sure if ISIS even knows how to maintain them (or frankly,¬†even how to OPERATE them) but despite their age, the tanks¬†¬†remain operational in up to 50 armies around the world. They¬†hAve heavy armor, along with a 100-mm rifled gun and a secondary 7.62-mm machine gun.


T-62 Tanks

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The T-62 is heavily armored, has a¬†115-mm main tank gun along with two secondary machine guns. It’s¬†estimated¬†that ISIS has 15 T-62 model tanks. THey were the¬†main Soviet battle tank that was developed to replace the T-55, and were used extensively by the Iraqis to considerable success during the Iran-Iraq war.


T-72 Ural Tanks

(Credit: Jacob H. Smith/US Army)

ISIS militants have an estimated five to 10 T-72 tanks, although it is unknown whether they can keep the vehicles in working order. The T-72 tank is the second-generation Soviet battle tank, first entering production in 1971, and still rolling off the assembly line today.  The tanks are heavily armored and feature a 125-mm main gun, a secondary machine gun and an antiaircraft gun.


BRDM-2 Armored Vehicles

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ISIS has captured an estimated six of these armored vehicles. The BRDM-2 is an amphibious armored patrol car that was first created by the Soviet Union in the 1960s.  Operated by a crew of four, the vehicle has a 14.5-mm heavy machine gun as its main armament, along with a 7.62-mm secondary general-purpose machine gun.


MT-LB Armored Vehicles

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(Credit: Twitter)

ISIS is believed to have two BRDM-2s, both of which were captured in Iraq. Like the BRDM-2, the MT-LB is a Soviet amphibious auxiliary armored vehicle, first introduced in the late 1960s and still operating today. In 2012, the Iraqi Army struck a deal with Bulgaria for the procurement of 500 MT-LBs, which can fit 13 people each. Its main armament is a 7.62-mm machine gun.


BMP-1 Infantry Fighting Vehicles

(Credit: Twitter)
(Credit: Twitter)

ISIS is believed to have 20 such infantry fighting vehicles in its arsenal. The BMP-1 is a Soviet amphibious tracked infantry fighting vehicle. Introduced into service in the late 1960s, the vehicle was first used in combat during the Yom Kippur War by Egypt and Syria against Israel.  The BMP-1 can fit 8 trooms and 3 crew members. It has a 73-mm semiautomatic gun along with a 7.62-mm secondary machine gun.


122 mm 2S1 Gvozdika Self-Propelled Artillery

(Credit: Twitter)
(Credit: Twitter)

ISIS has an estimated three 2S1 Gvozdikas. First introduced into service in the early 1970s, this Soviet piece of self-propelled artillery is highly maneuverable and amphibious, whigh ISIS can bring to the front easily.  The Gvozdika fires 122 mm shells at a semiautomatic pace. It has a conventional range of 9.5 miles.


Humvees

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ISIS acquired an entire fleet of US-built Humvees when it stormed Mosul. The US had provided these same Humvees to the Iraqi Army, who idiotically¬†fled the city like cowards and left it open to plunder by ISIS. ¬†The vehicles allow for quick and effective movement across rough terrain.¬†Humvee’s heavy armor protects forces against small-arms fire as well as against collateral damage from indirect explosions. The vehicles offer little protection against land mines or buried IEDs, however.


AK-47s

(Credit: Flickr/Carsten Lorentzen)
(Credit: Flickr/Carsten Lorentzen)

Although ISIS does not have a weapon of choice, the AK-47 has become the group’s standard assault rifle because of its low cost, durability, availability, and ease of use. ¬†Originally developed by the Soviets but quickly spread to other armies and irregular forces around the world. AK-47s are lightweight, fairly effective, and remarkably easy to obtain.


82 mm B-10 Recoilless Rifle

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(Credit: Twitter)

The B-10 recoilless rifle is an old Soviet weapon system first introduced into service in the 1950s. Although the weapon is now considered obsolete, it was used by a wide range of countries during the Cold War, including Syria and Iraq.  ISIS likely stole the B-10 from various military bases in regions now under its control in both Iraq and Syria. The recoilless rifle fires modified artillery shells that function well against tanks and other heavy armor.


105 mm M40 Recoilless Rifle

(Credit: Alambar News)
(Credit: Alambar News)

It is believed that ISIS only has one M40 recoilless rifle. The M40 recoilless rifle is a lightweight antitank weapon that was made by the US. The weapon entered into service in the mid-1950s, and it quickly became used throughout the world.  Syria and Iraq never purchased the weapons, bur somehow the weapons fell into the hands of various rebel forces in Syria before ultimately being captured by ISIS forces.


M79 Osa Rocket Launcher

(Credit: Alanbar News)
(Credit: Alanbar News)

The M79 Osa rocket launcher fires a 90-mm shell that is highly effective against tanks and fortified positions.¬†Investigative journalist Elliot Higgins (perhaps better known as Brown Moses) believes that these weapons originated in Croatia before being smuggled to Syrian rebels by Saudi Arabia. ISIS has used these rockets to devastating effect against the Iraqi Security Forces’ armored vehicles.


RBG-6 Grenade Launchers

(Credit: Brown Moses)

This semiautomatic grenade launcher is lightweight and intended for infantry use. ¬†Saudi Arabia smuggled Croatian RBG-6 launchers into Syria, according to Brown Moses. The grenade launchers eventually found their way into ISIS’ hands and are now being used in Iraq as well.


RPG-7s

(Credit: Associated Press)
(Credit: Associated Press)

Iraq is awash with RPG-7s, with the Iraqi Security Forces, the Kurdish peshmerga, and ISIS all using rocket-propelled grenades. ¬†RPG-7s are highly portable unguided shoulder-launched antitank weapons. These systems are durable and relatively low cost. They’re also fairly simple to use, and¬†can reach distances of up to 920 meters, although at greater range the projectile may self-destruct without hitting a target.


Multiple Rocket Launchers

(Credit: Dmitry A. Mottl/Wikipedia)
(Credit: Dmitry A. Mottl/Wikipedia)

Photographs distributed by ISIS supporters and media show the group having access to three varieties of multiple-rocket launchers: the 57 mm UB-16, the 107 mm Type 63, and the 122 mm BM-21. These systems can fire multiple rockets a second at a range of approximately 13 miles. ISIS has had multiple opportunities to seize the weapon systems from a number of conquered military bases in Iraq and Syria.


M198 Howitzer

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(Credit: Wikipedia

The M198 howitzer is a medium-size artillery piece that must be towed between locations. It was developed for service within the US Army after World War II.  The M198 can fire rounds upward of 14 miles. This howitzer can launch a variety of munitions, including high explosives, rocket-assisted projectiles, and white phosphorus. ISIS most likely captured these American howitzers from Iraqi Army troops after they fled their bases.


Type 59-1 Field Gun

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The Type 59-1 is a Chinese copy of the Soviet M-46 M1954 towed field gun. The M-46 was first produced by the Soviets in 1954. At one point, the M-46 had the longest range of any artillery system in the world with a 17-mile maximum firing range.  The Type 59-1 is a licensed Chinese copy of the significantly lighter M-46. Both the Syrian and Iraqi militaries made use of the Type 59-1 field gun, providing numerous source points from which ISIS might have acquired this weapon.


D-30 Howitzer

(Credit: Wikipedia)
(Credit: Wikipedia)

The D-30 Howitzer is Soviet artillery piece that was first created in the 1960s. The D-30 must be towed between locations, and the barrel of the D-30 is used in the 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled artillery (which ISIS also has).

The weapon can fire a sustained five to six rounds per minute at an effective firing range of approximately 10 miles.


Antiaircraft Guns

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(Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The ZU-23-2 is a Soviet antiaircraft autocannon firate produced in 1960 ano continuing to the present day. This autocannon fires 23-mm rounds at a rate of 400 rounds per minute.  The ZU-23-2 can fire effectively at up to two miles, and it is designed to strike at low-flying targets as well as armored vehicles. This weapon has been used heavily so far in the Syrian Civil War, and it is also in the arsenal of the Iraqi Army.  ISIS captured small numbers of 14.5 mm KPV, 14.5 mm ZPU2, 23 mm ZU-23, 37 mm Type 65, and 57 mm AZP S-60 antiaircraft guns from the Syrian and Iraqi arimes.


23 mm ZSU-23-4 Self-Propelled Antiaircraft Guns

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(Credit: Twitter)

ISIS has at least two ZSU-23-4s in its arsenal. The ZSU-23-4 is a lightly armored antiaircraft system, is radar-guided and self-propelled, allowing for it to be easily transported between locations. Although the ZSU was only produced into the 1980s, it continues to be used in various countries that had arms agreements with the Soviet Union.  ISIS likely captured the ZSUs in their inventory from the Syrian military.


9K32 Strela-2 MANPADS

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(Credit: Twitter)

The Strela-2 is the first generation of Soviet shoulder-fired surface-to-air missile systems, introduced in the late 1960s.  The Strela-2 continues to be used in places where the Soviets once sold weapons, including both Iraq and Syria Рallowing ISIS many opportunities to seize them.


Antitank Missiles

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(Credit: Wikemedia Commons)

The HJ-8 is an antitank missile that has been manufactured by China since the late 1980s. HJ-8s have an operational range of up to 6,000 meters, and the system is partially based on the US BGM-71 TOW missile.  HJ-8s are highly effective against armor, bunkers, and fortifications. The Free Syrian Army has been using these missiles to great success against the Syrian Arab Army since June 2013, although now ISIS has managed to incorporate these weapons into its arsenal.  ISIS has also acquired 9M14m Malyutka-M, 9M111M Faktoriya, 9M113 Konkurs, 9K115-3 Metis-M, 9M133 Kornet, and I-RAAD antitank missiles for its inventory.


DShK 1938 Machine Gun

(Credit: Wikipedia)
(Credit: Wikipedia)

The DShK 1938 is a Soviet heavy machine gun dating from 1938. It became the standard heavy machine gun of the Soviet Union during World War II, and it is still in production around the world.  The DShK has several uses, including as an antiaircraft weapon and heavy infantry support weapon. It can fire 600 rounds per minute. The weapon can be mounted on cars for easy use and maneuverability. ISIS most likely stole these machine guns from either the Syrian or Iraqi armies.


MiG fighter jets

(Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
(Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

It is highly doubtful that ISIS has the capability to fly the MiGs it captured during the fight over Taqaba ‚ÄĒ the planes may not even be airworthy.

ISIS has captured plenty of weaponry that it most likely doesn’t have the expertise or military infrastructure to operate, including a Russian version of the American Sidewinder missile that was looted from Taqaba and a¬†ballistic missile that it paraded through Raqqa, Syria. ¬†Nevertheless, ISIS fighters posed in front of Russian-made MiG-21B fighters after the battle:

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Posted July 31, 2016

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Russian Approval Rating for US Leadership: 1%

According to 2015 Gallup World Poll results, median U.S. leadership approval in 132 countries was 45%.


usa-russia-war_0President Obama’s 2008 campaign pledge to improve the image of the United States around the world doesn’t seem to have reaped any of the harvest of good will that he jawed on about for the last 7+ years.

Nowhere is that seen more clearly than after the now-infamous (and totally embarrassing) symbolic attempt to push the “reset” button on U.S.-Russian relations in the early days of the Obama administration.

You may recall that on March 6, 2009, then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Geneva, Switzerland to present her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov with a red button with the Russian text ‚Äú–Ņ–Ķ—Ä–Ķ–≥—Ä—É–∑–ļ–į‚ÄĚ.

Secretary of State Clinton gives Russia a “reset” of diplomatic relations – or does she? (Credit: CNN)

It was intended that this would be the Russian word for “reset“. Clinton explained that she wanted to reset relations between Russia and the United States, which had according to her and the Obama administration had stagnated and even deteriorated over the previous decade.

However, Lavrov explained to Clinton that ‚Äú–Ņ–Ķ—Ä–Ķ–≥—Ä—É–∑–ļ–į‚ÄĚ actually means ‚Äúovercharge”. The two pressed the button anyway, with Clinton explaining that the American side meant it; they wanted a new era of better ties. You can see the video here, one of the more cringe-worthy moments in recent diplomatic history.

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“Reset” button (Credit: Free Republican)

Today, 7 years after this “reset” relationship, the misspelled button may have been more accurately symbolic then earlier believed, as we learn that a decade-low one percent (1%) of Russians approveof American leadership, according to new poll results released May 26, 2016 by U.S. pollster Gallup.

In fact, Gallup said that Russia’s view of the U.S. is the lowest in the world and comes at a time when Moscow is flexing its military muscle in hotspots like Syria, while Obama is struggling to use force.

(Editor: So THIS is what progressive politics looks like and achieves. Not sure I get what all the fuss and hoopla is about. Perhaps this definition of “progressive” is what they are referring to:

pro·gres·sive

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adjective
(of a disease or ailment) increasing in severity or extent. (“progressive liver failure”)

And no matter how the loony left paints this, it does matter what the world thinks of America. I’m not referring to a mentally-weak, neurotic need to be noticed, even (God forbid) loved.

I’m talking about an America that in a very real sense is at risk of attack and/or even sudden destruction… if her enemies think that for even 5 minutes, they catch Her asleep at the switch.

Overly dramatic? Fear-mongering? Consider the things Russia has done when America has been wide awake:

March 2012 – at the beginning of the now 5-year Syrian Civil War, America supported a measure to bring sanctions to the Assad government, which was vetoed by Russia, to the frustration of all.

Tupolev_Tu-95_Bear,_Russia_-_Air_Force_JP7607398July 2012 two Tu-95 Bears were intercepted by NORAD fighters in the air defense zone off the U.S. coast of Alaska, where they may have been practice-targeting Fort Greely and Vandenberg Air Force Base.

August 2012 – An Akula-class submarine had conducted a patrol within the Gulf of Mexico without being detected, raising alarms of the U.S. Navy’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities.

February 12, 2013 – just hours before the 2013 State of the Union Address, two Russian Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers equipped with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles circled the United States territory of Guam. Air Force F-15 jets based on Andersen Air Force Base were scrambled to intercept the aircraft. The Russian aircraft reportedly “were intercepted and left the area in a northbound direction.

russia-crimea-invasion-1April 2014 Р10,000 unmarked Russian soldiers seized the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine, an invasion that followed Ukraine’s ousting of a pro-Moscow leader. Despite denials from Russian President Vladimir Putin at the time that the troops belonged to Russia, he later admitted that he deployed them. Over 8,000 people, mostly civilians, are killed.

th6KSNSO1BJuly 17, 2014 Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, a Boeing 777 flying from the Netherland to Malaysia’s capital, Kaula Lampur, disappears from radar and the jumbo jet is soon discovered blown to pieces in a field in the Ukraine. The Russians are accused by the Ukrainians, in the midst of a war, of shooting it down with a surface to air missile, but the BBC thinks a military jet may have shot it down. 298 people are killed, the worst aviation disaster in 20 years.

September 30, 2015 Russia lands troops in Syria and immediately begins over 1,000 airstrikes against stated “ISIS” targets (though ISIS resources were never anywhere nearby). As a result of Russia’s efforts, it’s estimated that 400 settlements and 10,000 km2 of land was reclaimed for Syrian government

As we reported earlier in the year, Russian fighter jets staged a mock attack on a US ship in the Black Sea region.

The Russians in fact have made it a bit of an art form to mock and ridicule the United States, especially her lightning-rod President. For example, the New York Post reported last month that:

A Russian company is trying to cash in on the chilly relations between Moscow and Washington by releasing an ice cream called ‚ÄúLittle Obama‚ÄĚ, irritating U.S. officials.

thC3Y8Y272The product, called ‚ÄúObamka‚ÄĚ in Russian, is glazed with chocolate and its wrapping features an image of a smiling young African boy, wearing an ear ring and holding an ice cream.

You might think that this is just harmless business fun – a little big-boy teasing?

No America, it’s time to wake up. You can’t afford 4 years of Hillary Clinton as President. I fear you couldnt afford the years you already had with her as Secretary of State either. An indictment or several on the former First Lady might assist in balancing that out.

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ūüϧ By Retro Russia, Founding Blog Member
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Russian Fighter Jets ‘Mock Attack’ U.S. Destroyer

Soviet_Union_USSR_Grunge_Flag_by_think0 (2)ūüϧ By Retro Russia ¬¶ A Founding Blogger of the Calling Out Community
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Secretary of State Clinton gives Russia a “reset” of diplomatic relations – or does she? (Credit: CNNJ)

On March 6, 2009 (seven years ago last month) U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Geneva, Switzerland to present her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov with¬†a red button with the Russian text “–Ņ–Ķ—Ä–Ķ–≥—Ä—É–∑–ļ–į”.

It was intended that this would be the Russian word for “reset“. Clinton explained that she wanted to reset relations between Russia and the United States, which had stagnated and even deteriorated over the previous decade.

The “Reset” button (Credit: Free Republican)

However, Lavrov explained to Clinton that “–Ņ–Ķ—Ä–Ķ–≥—Ä—É–∑–ļ–į” actually means “overcharge“. The two pressed the button anyway, with Clinton explaining that the American side meant it; they wanted a new era of better ties.¬† You can see the video here, one of the more cringe-worthy moments in recent diplomatic history.

Now fast forward 7 years.¬† Where has this “reset” of US – Russian relations gotten us?¬† Or has it been in fact an “overcharge”?

Early on, things were great РAmerica helped Russia enter the World Trade Organization (WTO), as his predecessor Bill Clinton had done with China years before.  While the former has not yet had time to play out on the world stage, the latter with China has been an international financial disaster for the U.S.

A file picture dated 17 June 2013 shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and US President Barack Obama (L) during bilateral talks on the first day of the G8 summit at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland, Britain. (Credit: EPA/Alexeo Nikolsky/Ria Novostti/KREM)
(Credit: EPA/Alexeo Nikolsky/Ria Novostti/KREM)

By 2013, however, things became more strained, thanks to Edward Snowden and Russia’s support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. One widely shared photograph (left) from¬†a June 17, 2013 G-8 meeting in Northern Ireland, is said to capture the mood of Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obam.¬†¬†Reports say that¬†US President Obama later cancelled another meeting with Russian President Putin, after Russia granted asylum to US whistleblower Edward Snowden.

In 2014, the fall of Viktor Yanukovych’s pro-Russia government in Ukraine created a crisis.¬† Soon thereafter, the Russian military invaded the Ukrainian territory of Crimea.¬† On March 1, 2014, President Obama phoned President Putin and spent over 90 minutes on the phone with him, as the United States condemned the invasion,¬†and called on Russia to withdraw its forces back to bases in Crimea. The U.S. later issued a “strongly worded statement”.

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That situation escalated on March 15, 2014, when Russia vetoed a U.N. Security Council draft resolution that declared a planned referendum on the status of Ukraine’s Crimea region. Samantha Power, the American ambassador to the United Nations, was so furious (photo right), she was seen¬†marching over to her Russian counterpart, Vitaly Churkin, in the Security Council meeting room, and blasting him in public with a “strongly worded” piece of her mind.¬† At least someone in the American government has balls.

The Syrian Civil War has been a political and PR disaster for America, namely because Russia simply flew and sailed into the Syrian area, set up shop and ran their own show, completely outside of the U.S. or international community’s thoughts.¬† Sentiment after that has grown increasingly ugly between the superpowers.

The guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook conducts a close quarters exercise while underway in the Atlantic Ocean. (Credit: Mate Airman Eben Booth / US Navy)
(Credit: Mate Airman Eben Booth / US Navy)

Now, this week, the situation has grown dire.¬† The USS Donald Cook, a guided missile destroyer on exercises this week¬†in the Baltic Sea, came under what was later chacterized as a “mock attack” by several Russian SU-24 attack aircraft on April 11, making 20 passes over the American ship, some coming as close as 1,000 yards away, but at one point screaming less than 100 feet above the destroyer¬†as they flew over it.¬† The following¬†day, two Russian helicopters circled over the ship taking photos.¬† Then, two jet fights again made numerous close¬†passes to¬†the ship.

As CBS New reported:

Russian jets made provocatively close passes to an American warship, as tensions continue between Moscow and Washington over the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.

A senior defense official told CBS News that two recent incidents were ‚Äúmore aggressive than anything we‚Äôve seen in some time.‚ÄĚ

The first, on April 11, involved two Russian SU24s, when the USS Donald Cook left the Polish port of Gdynia and was about 70 nautical miles from Kaliningrad in the Baltic Sea. The official said the Russian jets made 20 passes of the American ship and flew within 1,000 yards at an altitude of just 100 feet.

In the second incident on April 12, two Russian KA27 Helix helicopters flew several circles around the Donald Cook, apparently taking photos, after which two jets again made numerous close passes of the ship in what the official described as ‚ÄúSimulated Attack Profile.‚ÄĚ (Emphasis mine)

landscape-1448465103-moscowThese simulated attacks come days after the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said the ‚Äúinability to predict the leadership plans and intentions of the Putin regime in Russia‚ÄĚ constituted the ‚Äúbiggest intelligence failure‚ÄĚ since 9/11.¬† I agree – Putin was given far too much room to grown and maneuver in his early rule and now this ‚Äúreset‚ÄĚ has inarguably been a miserable failure,¬†with Russia is re-introducing the possibility of great power conflict to Europe.

The Russian military is once again rising up in power. After miserable outcomes in Afghanistan and the First Chechen War, the Russian military has rallied, winning a messy victory in the Second Chechen War, winning its short conflict with Georgia in 2008, invading the Ukraine and rapidly annexing the Crimea, and most recently stabilizing the Assad regime and winning back hundreds of square miles of lost Syrian territory.

China's military buildup is a global concern
China’s military buildup is a global concern (Credit: ABC News)

In fact, universally President Obama has been a foreign relations flop.  China is growingly aggressive in the Pacific, North Korea is testing long-range missiles, Russia invaded the Ukraine and is flexing its military muscles in Europe and the Middle East, Iran is gaining new economic strength and access to international arms markets, and of course ISIS is extending its reach well beyond the Middle East.

GOOD JOB, DICKHEAD. And to think, the Democrats may just nominate for their Presidential¬†candidate one of the architects of this mess – a lady who couldn’t even hire a proper Russian translator to come up with the word “reset”.

America, your nation is in such good hands with Democrats.


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Elementary School Muslim Thugs – Part 2

ūüϧ By Islam Rising ¬¶ A Founding Blogger of the Calling Out Community
‚úí Posted April 11, 2016
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Yesterday (Sunday, April 10) we brought you a very shocking story, through our partner blogger Islam Rising, that focused on the allegations of Muslim kids from Syrian families – as young as Grade 3 – that were attacking other children in a Halifax elementary schoolyard with chains, making hand gestures of decapitation and shouting pro-Islamic statements.

It was without a doubt one of the most-read stories we have ever had on the Calling Out Community site – in fact the #3 most-read story of all time out of more than 110 posts in the last year. We are particularly proud of the fact that we picked up on this story up to half a day before much bigger players did so.

The reactions were mostly favourable, minus that of one Muslim woman who had the gall to blame the reaction of the paper, after pulling the story without warning, as being the result of “poor journalism practices“:

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You were partly correct. There is a newspaper strike into its 80+ day, and the article would have been written by a freelance author. However, that in no way affected the decisions made, nor was the writing of the article in any way the issue – it was the resulting editorial decisions (and accusations made against concerned citizens like ourselves) that we are now quite FURIOUS BEYOND WORDS ABOUT, and we are going to get even.

The paper posted a very revealing response today to the backlash created by stories like ours. What was offered was perhaps the worst piece of yellow journalism CRAP, which they considered their justification for retracting the story:


untitledCHRONICLE HERALD | PUBLISHED APRIL 8, 2016 – 8:01PM | UPDATED APRIL 11, 2016 – 9:01PM

The Chronicle Herald published a story Saturday that has drawn the wrath of many of our readers, particularly online.

It was based on two parents’ allegations of physical bullying and threatening behaviour by some of the children who recently arrived with refugee families.

The school cited in the article, Chebucto Heights Elementary, has had an influx of new students in recent weeks.

The story quoted two mothers who didn’t want their names used for fear of reprisals against them or their children. A third person, a grandparent, was interviewed and had similar concerns.

Since the article ran, another family has contacted us with a similar complaint.

Bullying is a sensitive subject. So is the integration of newcomers, particularly those who have faced challenges, even trauma, on their way here.

Our story was incomplete and insufficiently corroborated, given the serious nature of the allegations.

Readers also rightly pointed out that the headline ‚ÄėParents worried over school kids‚Äô brutality‚Äô was unfortunate. Using the word brutality to describe children, particularly of an identifiable cultural group, is problematic.

Reaction to the story was all over the map, from thoughtful to downright scary.

Many journalists called publishing the story irresponsible. Some parents weighed in on social media on the need for better discipline and more supports to help newcomers in our schools.

Appallingly, anti-Muslim groups with words like ‚Äėcrusade‚Äô and ‚Äėjihad‚Äô in their names started sharing the article.

We pulled it from our website.

Since then, some readers have contacted us to object to the article’s removal.

Our concern is about more than reaction.

Social media is not a great place for the cautious, well-considered examination of problems. A newspaper ought to be. We should have done better and we will.

We’ll start by asking more questions and getting more answers.

We will also run letters and commentary. Please email us at letters@herald.ca.


Unbelievable.

Here’s our thoughts – 6 things to take away from this piece:

confidentialApparently, in order for a source to be considered valid to this paper, they have to be publicly named? Is that a joke? One secret informant in 1972 brought down a sitting President (Nixon), sent several to jail, and earned the journalists a Pulitzer Prize after the Watergate scandal. Yet, apparently this paper thinks abused kids, terrified by little Islamic thugs already, need to also be exposed publicly for the audacity of criticizing the Muslim community.

 

images821ROVCJThe little Islamic thugs remain free and clear. There even seems to be some justification for their behavior. Notice the soft language used to describe them: they are called ‘newcomers’, ‘some of the children who recently arrived with refugee families’, ‘those who have faced challenges, even trauma, on their way here.’ Oh BOO HOO, poor little Mohamed. Don’t be upset that he choked your kid with a chain around his neck – cause he’s had a rough go. Right, and there are no abused kids in Halifax homes already? They should just shut up and take it?

 

childabuseApparently two different families can complain about the same thing and it’s still not enough. WHOA!  Wait a minute – but isn’t the paper now admitting that parents or grandparents have come forward now from four different families with the same story? How many kids have to come forward before its considered a story? What’s your child abuse minimum, Halifax Chronicle Herald?  (Oh yes, by the way Herald Chronicle,  ignoring or worse, even justifying child on child attacks is a form of abuse too).

 

These kids are ISIS soldiers - brutality can be a learned behaviour at any age.
These kids are ISIS soldiers – brutality can be a learned behaviour at any age.

“Using the word ‘brutality’ to describe children, particularly of an identifiable cultural group, is problematic.”  Wow, I guess the cultural elite in Halifax don’t get out much.  Perhaps it’s best we don’t tell the sensitive little darlings at this paper that there are videos on YouTube of Palestinian 3 year olds singing “death to Israel” songs (yes, there actually are songs) while brandishing knives.  Little ISIS soldiers under 10 years of age are slicing people’s heads off in other video horrors.  Kids can be brutal if they are taught to be.   But apparently in Halifax, it’s not considered ‘brutality’ when kids choke other kids in Grade 3 with chains. An autistic kid is threatened with decapitation but that’s not brutal? Children are even told that “Muslims will conquer the world”.  And yet you believe that the only truly problematic part of this story is the fact that some thinking people called it “brutality”?

thought-police-e1369141340932“Appallingly, anti-Muslim groups with words like ‚Äėcrusade‚Äô and ‚Äėjihad‚Äô in their names started sharing the article.” And that is the reason, dear friends, why a newspaper deleted its own stories from its own site.  Because someone was sharing it.  Sorry, is that not a newspaper’s actual REASON FOR EXISTENCE?  And is it in fact not the ULTIMATE MARKETING PLAN of most news media outlets today to boldly share controversial stories without compromise, and to have people you don’t even like or agree with share that story with others?

We used to call that “promotion“.  Are left-wing media outlets today so insecure about their messages that they now try to decide who gets to even read them One wonders what the editors of this paper would do if they knew that people actually use their newspaper to dry newly-washed windows, soak up any urine the new puppy might dribble out, cover the bottom of the bird cage, or to use as lightweight packing material for boxing up shiome nuts.  My God, the Halifax paper would fold in a week (pardon the pun).  Let’s keep these revelations our little secret – the poor ‘journalistic’ darlings are apparently dealing with enough.

Protecting parents and their kids with warnings about a real threat to their safety is not relevant, I guess – nor apparently is it the lack of this protection on an elementary school playground  the fact that the editors found to be most appalling.

Protecting Muslim reputations is paramount, no matter what the cost to  journalistic integrity or credibility. Clearly Muslims forced them to take the story down – otherwise this newspaper just provided us with a copy of their suicide note.

So, on behalf of the people of Halifax who have depended on you for generations to tell the truth, the whole truth (the W-5 who, what, when, where, why and how), we ask this question of the editors:

Herald Chronicle,  you bluntly stopped readers from being able to access a controversial story on your site, simply because some folks had the audacity to share it.  Therefore, can you now define for us going forward – what the hell is your REASON FOR CONTINUED EXISTENCE? 

This is an truly and incredibly bad example of total CENSORSHIP – from a newspaper of all places.  And we call “B.S.” on this nonsense about an identified “anti-Islamic’ group who would have the word Jihad in their name.  AND SO WHAT IF THEY DO? They have every right to free speech in this country, which one would have thought a newspaper would defend loudly and long.  The Herald-Chronicle has lost their way in this 80 day journalist’s strike I guess, as now they believe they are our den mother or hall monitor, not the provider of the news?

How people use the information a newspaper provides is quite frankly not a journalist’s main concern nor actually any of their business – telling the true story is their only task.

Since when does this paper suddenly feel the need to protect Islamic groups over all others?  How did Muslims suddenly manage to become the victims in this story – or in general?  We’re pre-supposing that anti-Israeli or pro-BDS groups can share this newspaper’s articles to their hearts content, and such actions won’t trigger story retractions from this site, because the stories themselves are often anti-Israel or pro-BDS.

 

Spect_Revolt_Elites_Anton-EmdinIt was hard to pick a winner, but in the end, we chose this sentence as our ultimate lame-ass  favorite: “Social media is not a great place for the cautious, well-considered examination of problems. A newspaper ought to be. We should have done better and we will”.

Well guess what ladies and gentleman? Apparently you’re too stupid to figure this stuff out yourself. Don’t be talking around the water cooler or your Twitter feed about thinge. The cultural elite will tell you exactly how to think.

Here’s our message to the Chronicle Herald – SCREW OFF. No one asked the you to give a “cautious well-considered examination” of anything. Tell the damn story – who, what, when, where and why. We can figure out what it means for us, thanks just the same.

FINAL WORD

imageFolks, forget what these idiots have to say. They gave up their right to be heard when they deleted their story.

If you want to know what’s really going on with this story, checkout the Rebel Media video. They have boots on the ground in Halifax and they have uncovered a shocking story that the cultural elite – and the Liberals – don’t want you to know. What else is new.

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Media Protects Syrian Child Attackers

ūüϧ By Islam Rising ¬¶ A Founding Blogger of the Calling Out Community
✒ Posted April 10, 2016
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On Saturday, April 9, the Halifax Chronicle Herald¬†published a very provocative story with the title “Parents worried over school kids‚Äô brutality at Chebucto Heights Elementary School.”. The story, along with the rest of the Saturday paper, was distributed¬†to 72,000 homes that morning, according to 2014 circulation stats.

But today, just one day later, you will find the following, when you attempt to view the story on their website:

If you didn’t or couldn’t read the retraction statement, we’ve taken the liberty to reprint it:

This story has been removed. ¬†Bullying is a sensitive subject. ¬†So is the integration of newcomers, particularly those who have faced challenges, even trauma, on their way here. ¬†Our story was incomplete. ¬†More work needs to be done and will be done before the story is republished. ¬†We should have done better and we will.”

If I were this reporter, I would sue. ¬†This is lamest thing we have ever read. ¬†“Bullying is a sensitive subject” – yah WE KNOW. ¬†That’s why we need to actually read about it – especially when the article alleged that¬†it’s happening on¬†elementary school property, at the hands of¬†Grade¬†3¬†Islamic thugs using chains to choke other kids, utilizing hand signals to signify cutting off their heads and announcing that Muslims are gonna conquer the world.

img_7082We especially need to read about it when it’s perpetrated by these so-called¬†Syrian “refugees” that our Prime Minister is paying a fortune from our national piggy bank to ram down our throats. Seemingly almost desperate to swamp us with these¬†Third World backwater-and-rape-culture suspects, Trudeau even ordered the selling off our remaining gold reserve¬†to pay for¬†their golden tickets to Canada, and our abundant social welfare programs.

We at Islam Rising (as well our hosts the Calling out Community) don’t care what their reasons were – the Chronicle Herald has demonstrated a gross lack of journalistic integrity with this story, and we’re all about shaming them for it today.¬†¬†If¬†the facts were wrong or the story was made up, then simply state that to the readers. ¬†Don’t papers fact-check stories, especially ones that are this explosive, before¬†they go to print?

This “incomplete story” nonsense, framed with references to “bullying” and “integration of newcomers”, says to us that they in fact¬†were also¬†bullied by¬†possibly the same Muslim community to shut up.

img_7080Staff at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris criticized Islam and were brutally slaughtered for it. Therefore, excuse us if we refuse to tolerate the bullying of our Canadian media by these Islamic hordes.

To be sure, there won’t be a republished story. ¬†They hope in 2 days you’ll forget all about it. ¬†We’re gonna make sure that doesn’t happen. So here now is the original story in its entirety.¬† The editors at the Chronicle Herald may have been scared into silence. The same knee jerk reaction/retraction after bullying will not be duplicated here. ¬†Enjoy.


img_7078HALIFAX ‚ÄĒ Concerned parents are reporting incidents of violence by refugee students at Chebucto Heights Elementary School.

Reports of students choking, pushing, slapping and verbally abusing their fellow classmates are causing parents to worry about the school’s disciplinary action.

‚ÄúThere has always been some fighting and bickering going on at the school but never to this degree,‚ÄĚ said Missy, the mother of two children who attend Chebucto Heights. She asked to be referred to by her nickname for this story.

Missy said her daughter, who is in Grade 3, was choked on Monday and Thursday last week by two refugee boys. A chain was used on both occasions, but she cannot confirm the size or strength of the chain. She said one boy yelled ‚ÄúMuslims rule the world‚ÄĚ while choking her daughter. School staff intervened, but to her knowledge, the students were not disciplined further.

According to the Halifax Regional School Board, refugees began registering at Chebucto Heights, located in the Cowie Hill neighbourhood of Halifax, in mid-February.

School board spokesman Doug Hadley said, as of last week, there are currently 252 refugee students enrolled in the region, with another 71 waiting on settlement of permanent housing.

Missy’s son, who is in Grade 5, has also been the subject of rough play on the soccer field. During games, refugee students reportedly take their thumb and slide it across their neck from left to right while staring into the eyes of their competitor; imitating the slicing of the throat.

Missy said the school’s response to this and other on-field violence was to cancel intramurals and soccer. But cancelling of recreational activity is not beneficial to students like Missy’s son who has ADHD and relies heavily on physical activity.

‚ÄúSoccer is what gets my son through the day,‚ÄĚ she said.

When asked about the violence at Chebucto Heights, Hadley said he couldn’t confirm whether an individual student had been involved in any behaviour that broke the board’s code of conduct.

He said there‚Äôs no connection between the cancellation of extracurricular activities and any violent behaviour. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs a term teacher at Chebucto Heights that is finished their term in the next week or so, and they just finished the unit on soccer,‚ÄĚ he said. Intramurals will resume in May when the next term teacher begins.

Another mother, who asked not to be named, said her daughter was slapped after she and a classmate disagreed in the schoolyard. Her daughter reported the incident to her teacher.

‚ÄúThe school didn‚Äôt even call me to let me know.‚ÄĚ

She called and left a message, but said no one has returned her call. She said her daughter begs not to go to school because of the persistent bullying.

A language barrier could be a factor. Many refugee families do not speak English and integrating students into a primarily English speaking environment is bound to cause a few problems.

Missy suggests having an interpreter on staff to help new students understand curriculum or the reason for disciplinary action. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm all for the transition,‚ÄĚ said Missy.

‚ÄúI just think there should be people in the school to help and guide them.‚ÄĚ

The school board says there are currently 19.5 English as a second language teachers working in regional schools. ‚ÄúWe have a long history of welcoming newcomers all over the world to Nova Scotia,‚ÄĚ said Hadley. He encourages an open stream of communication between the school staff, students and parents.

‚ÄúIt doesn‚Äôt matter if the student is new to Canada or if they have been in school for many years in our system,‚ÄĚ said Hadley. ‚ÄúSchools would address it no matter who the child is the same way.”

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So media tells a shocker that could bring a very real warning about danger to our kids Рand then just deletes it- most likely after pressure from the Islamic community.  Now, greater pressure from Canadians should be levelled on these editors for making this cowardly decision to pull this story.  This relates to real children in a real Canadian schools who have been attacked and whose very lives have been threatened by real Islamic thugs.

'Oddly enough, I feel offended...'
‘Oddly enough, I feel offended…’

A question to ponder:  if the grade 3 children in this family so easily perpetrate these crimes, imagine what the parents who raised them are like?

Our take on it? Round up the families of every child who instigated this violence and send them all back where they came from.

Don’t give us the “civil society / light shining on a hill” crap either. ¬†This is not redeemable behaviour – and if we allow it to continue we won’t have a civil society anymore. ¬†

These kids are¬†programmed to hate from birth, and their parents may be here to cause us harm. Kids that age don’t pick up “Muslims will rule the world” on Sesame Street.

To¬†our Prime Minister @Justintrudeau: At least for one day in your tumultuous reign and trust-fund-privileged life, can you cut the crap, drop the drama lessons, put the politics aside, grab some balls (maybe your “wife” will let you borrow hers) and do what’s right for Canada.

At least for one day.

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Mother Bear Pawed Through Syria – Why?

Russia marched and flew into the Syrian Civil War, set up shop and started bombing the heck out of ‘someone’, ‘somewhere’ and they then packed up, stating they had accomplished ‘something’.¬† Are we ever going to know what at least¬†‘some’ of those facts are?


Update: June 26, 2016
The Geneva Convention bans 'incendiary weapons' as seen here raining down on Syrian opposition forces from Russian planes (Credit: Daily Mail)
The Geneva Convention bans ‘incendiary weapons’ as seen here raining down on Syrian opposition forces from Russian planes (Credit: Daily Mail)

Reuters broke the story 3 days ago that the Syrian opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) called on United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday to launch an investigation into its accusations that Russia has repeatedly used air-delivered incendiary weapons in Syria.

Russian military jets are seen at Hmeymim air base in Syria, June 18, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS/Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defense Ministry via Reuters)
Russian military jets are seen at Hmeymim air base in Syria, June 18, 2016. (Credit: REUTERS/Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defense Ministry via Reuters)

Russia deployed warplanes to Syria last year to support President Bashar al-Assad against rebels seeking to end his rule. A crackdown by Assad on pro-democracy protesters five years ago sparked a civil war and Islamic State militants have used the chaos to seize territory in Syria and Iraq.

“Russian air forces have repeatedly deployed incendiary weapons and cluster munitions to kill, main and terrorize Syrian civilians, including in at least 10 documented incidents,” Riad Hijab, coordinator of the opposition HNC, wrote to Ban.

“They have violated the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons and breached international humanitarian law,” he wrote.

Original Post:  March 26, 2016
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Russian Bear Stomps Through Syria. (Credit: Latuff Cartoons)

“MOTHER RUSSIA” – also known as The Bear,¬†The Empire, or¬†The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The West has always been suspicious of Russia’s motives – partly due to the fact that she never looked (nor do any nicknames sound) very motherly.

For one thing, as the recent conflict in Syria so aptly demonstrated, she can be and is an extremely brutal bully.

Yeltsin & Gorbachev at the breakup of the Soviet Union. (Credit: FindingDulcinea.com)
Yeltsin & Gorbachev at the breakup of the Soviet Union. (Credit: FindingDulcinea.com)

Underneath it all, the old mistrust and even fear of Russia has been reborn. The Soviet Union we saw under Mikhail Gorbachev and even Boris Yeltsin didn’t look, act or feel right when it was reborn as the Russian Federation¬†– it didn’t quite pass the smell test.¬† After all, how could such a brutal Communist dictatorship just vanish, replaced by rainbows, unicorns and doves for so long, as we saw under Gorbachev?¬† Or in the case of Boris Yeltsin, in a bottle of vodka?¬† A dictator alone cannot rule a dictatorship of 11 time zones singularly – he must have hundreds of thousands of cruel dictatorial helpers.

Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a cat as he inspects housing built for victims of wildfires in the village of Krasnopolye, in Khakassia, a region in southeastern Siberia, Russia, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. (Alexei Druzhinin/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a cat as he inspects housing built for victims of wildfires in a  village in southeastern Siberia on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. (Credit: Alexei Druzhinin/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Well, the Russia we knew wasn’t dead.¬† She was apparently just sleeping – and she was awakened under the steel-blue gaze of¬†Russian President Vladimir Putin,¬†a President of Russia we can understand and not relate to¬†– just as it was with Brezhnev, Andropov, Kruschev and the rest of their ilk all the way back to¬†Lenin and Stalin.¬† Putin gives you the impression that he will play with¬†his kitten right now – but later tonight, he’ll burn your house down.

In all his¬†years of¬†rule, Putin never acted more like a Russian¬†President normally does, than he did concerning the subject of Syria’s bloody 4-year Civil War.¬† The brutal war has left approx. 250,000 Syrians dead, as we reported well over a year ago:

“CNN reported that the death toll has doubled every year for the last several years:¬†¬† ‘Since civil war broke out there, 310,000 people have been killed, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday. A year earlier, SOHR‚Äôs tally stood at 162,402. And the year before, the United Nations put the death toll at 70,000.’¬† According to the CNN report, this crisis is the equivalent of the complete emptying of Greater Boston and the displacement of its 7.5 million people, as well as the starvation of the entire population of Moscow, the capital of Russia.”

However,¬†the real toll has been on the living – according to the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) website on the “Syrian Arab Republic”.¬† As of June 2015 they reported:

Zaatari: the Syrian city in exile. (Credit: Mandel Ngan/AP/Press Association Images)
Zaatari: the Syrian city in exile. (Credit: Mandel Ngan/AP/Press Association Images)

149,200 Iraqi¬†refugees (which the UNHCR notes is a government figure for Iraqis living in Syria.¬† Why on earth would Iraqi refugees reside in Syria, next door neighbor or not, when it’s being bombed to smithereens in a Civil War?)

4,194,554 Syrian refugees, as of June 2015, living in mostly giant tent cities set up in the deserts of Jordan, Syrian areas not directly affected by bombing, etc.

160,000 “stateless” people, which UNHCR defines as:¬† “persons who are not considered as nationals by any State under the operation of its law. This category refers to persons who fall under the agency’s statelessness mandate because they are stateless according to this international definition, but data from some countries may also include persons with undetermined nationality”.¬† So what, they just refused to tell UNHCR where they are from then?¬† Hmmmm.

7,632,500 “internally displaced persons (IDPs)” – the true horror of this conflict, which UNHCR defines as:¬†Persons who are displaced within their country and to whom UNHCR extends protection and assistance. It also includes people in IDP-like situations. For the most part, they simply have no home to go back to.

Total in need of United Nations assistance, of June 2015:

11,925,806 people

The city of Aleppo, formerly Syria’s second largest city, held nearly 2.3 million residents (2005) before the war.¬† Now, according to British newspaper the Guardian:

Residents run from a fire at a gasoline and oil shop in Aleppo. (Credit: CNN)
Residents run from a fire at a gasoline and oil shop in Aleppo. (Credit: CNN)

Those who remain in eastern Aleppo, roughly 40,000 from a prewar population estimated at about a million

[Aleppo proper РAleppo metro is 2.3 million], have been without electricity or running water for more than a year.  [emphasis mine]  Now a bombed-out shell, with nearly a million displaced from their homes

– what the United Nations is now calling the largest refugee crisis in world history -Russia came into the fray, told everyone else to get the Hell out of the way – and everyone did. Then they declared their objectives met after pounding Syria with over 1000 airstrikes, and headed for home.

What Did Russia Accomplish in Syria?

According to Al-Jazeera, as of January 20, 2016:

“At least 1,505 people have been killed in Russian air strikes since they started in September 2015. We have documented their names and can say at least 346 of them were children and only at least 47 were fighters,” Bassam al-Ahmad, spokesperson for the Violations Documentation Centre in Syria (VDC), told Al Jazeera on Wednesday.

The VDC is an independent, non-governmental organization that has been monitoring the conflict in Syria since April 2011.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at 1,015, adding that 238 of those killed were children. The Observatory also said that at least 1,141 fighters had been killed, including fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.”

And yet the Civil War isn’t even close to being finished yet, and ISIS is still alive and well. So what were they doing in Syria? And why such a high proportion of civilians?¬† We’ll likely never find out for sure.¬† And that’s thanks to the weak leadership of Barack Obama.

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ūüϧ By Retro Russia, Founding Blog Member
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✒ Posted March 26, 2016.  Updated June 26, 2016.
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ISIS and Israel Showdown Looms

The United States and Russia may be hitting ISIS harder than anyone, with constant attacks from the air, but Israel is the only country the Islamic State group truly fears, according to a German reporter who spent 10 days with the organization in Iraq and Syria.


J√ľrgen Todenh√∂fer (Credit: http://www.warumtoetestduzaid.de/)

‚ÄúThe only country ISIS fears is Israel,” J√ľrgen Todenh√∂fer, 75, who visited the territory under the control of ISIS accompanied by his son, told British online news site Jewish News. “They told me they know the Israeli army is too strong for them.‚ÄĚ

In 2014,¬†Todenh√∂fer, a former member of the German Parliament from Chancellor Angela Merkel‚Äôs Christian Democratic Union, visited Syria and Iraq, becoming the first Western journalist to be allowed extensive access to¬†¬†ISIS territory – and to return safely from the trip.¬†He has since written¬†the book “My 10 Days in the Islamic State“, published in 2015.

US airstrikes hit ISIS targets in Syria. (Credit: WN.com)

In a subsequent interview he explains that ISIL is a reaction to violent actions taken by¬†western countries in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. ‚ÄúThey think they can defeat U.S. and U.K. ground troops, who they say have no experience in city guerrilla or terrorist strategies. But they know the Israelis are very tough as far as fighting against guerrillas and terrorists,‚ÄĚ Todenh√∂fer told Jewish News

At the same time, Israel does not seem to fear the same thing with ISIS.¬† Former head of IDF Intelligence Amos Yadlin on Wednesday expressed a contrarian opinion on the dangers of the terrorist group ISIS, responsible for the beheadings of ¬†journalists, as well as thousands of ‚Äúinfidels‚ÄĚ in Iraq and Syria who do not subscribe to their particular brand of Islam. According to Yadlin, there’s nothing to fear from ISIS.

Israeli F-15 Fighter Jets over Auschwitz Concentration Camp, September 2013
Israeli F-15 Fighter Jets over Auschwitz Concentration Camp, September 2013. (Credit: Israeli Air Force)

Nor should they worry.  The Israeli Defense Forces is one of the most powerful militaries on earth Рwith 176,500 active soldiers, and a reserve force of 450,000 that can be called up at any moment, they dwarf the estimated military strength of ISIS (approx 20,000 fighters) by nearly 30 to 1.

But Israel’s secret strength is in its mandatory military service for all 18 year olds in¬†the country, both male and female. ¬†In fact, the 1.6 million females trained and fit for service gives¬†Israel the greatest¬†shoeing¬†of female military might¬†possibly in world history. ¬†

Mandatory conscription means that today, over 1/2 of Israel Рmore than 3 million people Рhave been actively trained and have served in the Israeli forces over the last 60+ years.

Israeli Merkava tanks near Israel-Gaza Strip border. (Credit: The Guardian)
Israeli Merkava tanks near Israel-Gaza Strip border. (Credit: The Guardian)

Then there’s the equipment – while ISIS apparently is in possession of a few tanks, Israel’s military equipment is vast: with¬†over 3,700 tanks, 6,000 armoured personnel carriers, 1,200+ artillery pieces, 680 F15 and F16 fighter jets, over 50 naval ships and even 5 submarines, the legendary armies of Israel could even take on a military the size of America’s

Speaking at an Ashkelon College in September 2014, Yadlin said that despite the shocking videos the group released showing the beheadings of journalists Steve Sotloff and James Foley, ‚Äúthere is no real reason to fear. ISIS is very good at media relations, and using the media to frighten people. They murder their captives in a shocking manner in order to get media attention.‚ÄĚ

Defense Attaché at the Israeli Embassy Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin. (Credit: Public Doman)

The terrorist group may have been bolstered this week when Russia announced it was suspending their air strikes in Syria, declaring their mission a success. ¬†Yet ISIS remains as strong as ever in the embattled country torn apart by a four-year Civil War, so clearly they were not Russia’s intended¬†target. However, Russia “obliterated” a key ISIS base in Syria in October 2015 with a series of airstrikes, so they did have some supporting role to play in the conflict that can’t be denied.

President Vladimir Putin stated yesterday (Thursday, March 17) however¬†that Russia could scale up its military presence in Syria again “within hours” and would still bomb terrorist groups there despite a partial draw-down of forces ordered after military successes.

However, it’s their definition of what constitutes a “terrorist” group that has some scratching their heads.¬† And though they continually state they are “bombing ISIS targets”, they aren’t in the right part of the country to be able to make that claim.

As ISIS and Israel move toward a showdown, stay tuned, this story is definitely not yet fully told, and we will bring it to you as it unfolds.

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By Islam Rising, Founding Blog Member
Calling Out Community
Posted
December 7, 2015.  Updated March 18, 2016

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President Obama Intentionally Saved ISIS Oilwells

Islamic IslamRising: Special feature to the Calling Out Community, 
Posted January 1, 2016.

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On November 25, 2015, former Obama CIA Director Mike Morell appeared on¬†PBS’ Charlie Rose show, and¬†dropped a bombshell that the Media Party didn’t at first pay much attention to.¬† During that hour, Morell surprised many by claiming that President Obama¬†has intentionally not ordered the¬†bombing of the oil fields now controlled by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS):

“we didn‚Äôt go after oil wells, actually hitting oil wells that ISIS controls, because we didn‚Äôt want to do environmental damage and we didn‚Äôt want to destroy that infrastructure.”

maxresdefaultISIS depends on those oil fields for the majority of its operating revenues, and U.S. Air Force jets have specifically avoided bombing them because the White House was concerned about adding to the carbon emissions that promote global warming.¬† In the DESERT?¬† Is that seriously not the dumbest thing you’ve heard so far this year?

According to the IBT Pulse Newsletter, ISIS continues to sell about 100,000 barrels of oil at an average of about $20/barrel (discounted), for a take of $2 million every day.  ISIS generals may be radical whacko jihadists Рbut the privates are reportedly soldiers for hire who are first and foremost trying to earn a paycheque, and are not merely fighting for some twisted ideology.

Many experts believe that if we can cut off this ISIS cash stream, the Islamic State army would quickly disappear –¬†making President Obama’s¬†decision especially bewildering and exasperating.¬† By putting the priority on a potentially minor impact on the local environment¬†rather than on the global security concerns that such inaction may allow and even encourage, ISIS was able to “miss the bullet” and continue its murderous¬†rampage through the Western world, killing people at random.

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USAF jets over Kuwaiti fires (1991)

This brings back¬†stark memories of the destruction of the Kuwait oil fields back in April 1991.¬† Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army set between 605 and 732 oil wells on fire during the first Gulf War, as they retreated from Kuwait.¬†¬†Almost immediately, the #looneyleftwing was out in full force, predicting an environmental disaster to come:

  • Paul Crutzen, a noted atmospheric scientist, predicted that a ‚Äúnuclear winter‚ÄĚ might ensue with a cloud of smoke covering half the Northern Hemisphere for at least 100 days.
  • U.S. astronomer and best-selling author Carl Sagan argued that the effects of the destruction of Kuwaiti oil fields could be comparable to the explosion of the volcano Tambora in 1815, which produced ‚Äúa year without summer.‚ÄĚ
Struggling camels silhouetted against the oil-fire, Al-Ahmadi oil field, Kuwait in 1991. (Credit: Steve McCurry)
Struggling camels silhouetted against a 1991 oil fire at Al-Ahmadi oil field, Kuwait  (Credit: Steve McCurry)

Ummmm nope, neither of those things happened, though some of the fires burned into November that year, releasing 1.5 billion barrels of oil into the environment, the largest oil spill in human history.

Even so, atmospheric scientist Patrick K. Dowling wrote¬†in his paper, ‚ÄúThe Meteorological Effects of the Kuwaiti Oil Fires,‚ÄĚ that the smoke only affected the weather pattern throughout the Persian Gulf and surrounding region during the periods that the fires were burning in 1991. A 1992 National Institutes of Health study found that emissions of carbon dioxide from those fires accounted for only 2% of global emissions.

The Kuwait oil fields produced about 2 million barrels per day before the Gulf War ‚ÄĒ at least 20 times as much as the ISIS oil wells generate. The Kuwaiti fires dwarf anything that potentially destroyed ISIS oil wells could produce in terms of harmful environmental effects.¬† So it would be completely rational and logical to destroy this critically important cash-generator for ISIS.¬† NOW.

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Russian SU-27 fighter jet

Thank God, my friend, one air force completely agreed with that assessment – and on November 20, 2015, Russian fighter jets¬†attacked a convoy of over 500 oil trucks illegally carrying petroleum and crude oil from ISIS fields to their territories in Iraq (see this article’s Featured Image).¬† A few days prior (November 16), Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that he had recently told his G20 colleagues that 40 countries including G20 nations are financially helping ISIS by purchasing this illegal oil.

The day before the November 20 convoy attack, Russian General Valery Gerasimov announced that Russia would be allocating 25 strategic bombers for the Syrian mission. Separately, Russian Air Forces will be strengthened with advanced 37 aircraft, including eight Su-34 bomber jets and four Su-27 fighter jets.

So while Canada pulls out of the air strike campaign altogether, and the U.S. worries more about global warming than getting the bad guys, Moscow is more than doubling the strike potential of the Russian Air Force in the region.

Once again, Obama says he wants to fight terrorism, but everything else comes first.  And once again, if you need to get something done properly in the world, you have to call Vladimir Putin.

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Jews Didn’t Attack Paris

At least twice in the last 24 hours, as I discussed the ISIS attacks in Paris (and my latest article on same) with some of my nearly 1,300 Twitter followers and a few on Facebook, I was amazed to hear people actually blame the State of Israel for the Friday the 13th attacks in Paris that left 129 dead and 352 injured.

First up was Margot Wallstrom, Sweden’s Foreign Minister, who irresponsibly blamed Israel for the Paris attacks.

The French have been already releasing the names of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) terrorists who masterminded and carried out the plots at various locations in Paris.  CNN reports:

imagesV1YHHC3AAbdelhamid Abaaoud, probably in his late 20s, isEdit believed to be close to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and is likely the link between the senior ISIS leadership and ISIS operatives in Europe, European counterterrorism officials have said.

Clearly the Swedish government is playing a classic game of deflection. According to the Swedish edition of The Local, the largest English-language news network in Europe with more than 4.5 million readers, Sweden may indirectly be to blame for the attacks itself!

Young men from Gothenburg head to Iraq and Syria to join up with Islamic extremist groups such as Isis. (Credit: AP/TT)
Young men from Gothenburg head to Iraq and Syria to join up with Islamic extremist groups such as Isis. (Credit: AP/TT)


Gothenburg, in western Sweden is, per capita, the European city from which most people have joined Islamic extremist groups, according to Swedish integration police chief, Ulf Boström.

The largest of these groups is Islamic State (Isis), which claims to have carried out the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday that killed 129 people.

Sweden has very little to say constructively in this regard.  It is no secret that Islamic fundamentalism is now drowning their country in a violent crime wave against their citizens, and the government seems to be doing little about it.

Perhaps to appease this group, the Swedish Foreign Minister stated:

‚ÄúTo counteract the radicalization we must go back to the situation such as the one in the Middle East of which not the least the Palestinians see that there is no future: we must either accept a desperate situation or resort to violence,‚ÄĚ Margot Wallstr√∂m told Swedish television network SVT2T (link in Swedish) a short while after the November 13 attacks, which were claimed by the Islamic State terrorist organization.

Meanwhile, Palestinian incitement went a step further than Wallstrom; an op-ed in an official PA daily paper claimed Israel actually carried out the attacks. 

Palestinian Media Watch flagged al-Hayat al-Jadida:

It is not a coincidence that human blood was exploded in Paris at the same time that certain European sanctions are beginning to be implemented against settlement products, and while France leads Europe in advising the security council that will implement the two-state solution, Palestine and Israel ‚Äď which the Israelis see as a warning of sudden danger coming from the direction of Europe, where the Zionist, occupying, settling endeavor was born . . .

The wise and correct thing is to look for who benefits. In short: They need to search the last place reached by the octopus arms of the Mossad‚Ķ It is clear that its ‚ÄėMossad‚Äô will burn Beirut and Paris in order to achieve [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu‚Äôs goals. He, who challenged the master of the White House, hides in his soul enough evil to burn the world.

uuu800And here’s an ugly cartoon posted on Fatah’s Facebook page (via Elder of Ziyon).  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is sighting a target for an ISIS fighter to take aim, in view of the Eiffel Tower:

 

Not only is this incredibly anti-Semitic as well as an outright lie, it is not helpful in assisting the French legal community, seeking out for punishment those responsible.  It also ironically dilutes the messages that ISIS is trying to deliver Рwhich is a positive outcome.

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Friday the 13th “Acts of War”

Islamic IslamRising: Special feature to the Calling Out Community, Posted November 15, 2015.

A body, draped with a white cloth, lies outside the Bataclan restaurant, one of several sites that ISIS fighters attacked on Friday the 13th. (Credit: CNN)
A body, draped with a white cloth, lies outside the Bataclan restaurant, attacked by ISIS November 13. (Credit: CNN)

Once again, radical Islamic terrorists have struck at the heart of France – the city of Paris – and with devastating results.

The scenes were heartbreaking, as France faced its most deadly assault since the Second World War on Friday the 13th (November 2015).  With 129 dead and over 350 injured, it follows only ten months after three terrorist attacks in the French capital took the lives of 17 people.

images2ZPARCV8French President Francois Hollande ¬†condemned the attack as an “act of war” and vowed that France “will be merciless toward the barbarians of Islamic State group.”

An emergency security meeting was called to plan the French government’s response, and upon completion, Hollande declared three days of national mourning and raised France’s security to its highest level. In a very blunt statement, the French¬†President declared:

“ISIS is a terrorist army … a jihadist army, against France, against the values that we defend everywhere in the world, against what we are: A free country that means something to the whole planet.”

He vowed to show “no mercy” to ISIS militants – and earlier today (Sunday, November 15), CNN broke the news at 1:23 PM that in fact he had already kept his word:

The French Ministry of Defense has announced what it called a major bombardment of Raqqa, Syria, an ISIS stronghold.

In one hour Sunday there were at least 20 airstrikes on the city, according to both a pro-ISIS news agency and the activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently.

1086023_630x354The French have not backed down from the war rhetoric Рthey have in fact launched a large-scale military operation in response.  Which brings me to a very important point regarding the North American response to this tragedy.

Article 5 of the Charter of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, ratified on April 4, 1949 states:

Article 5

NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium
NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium

The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.Any such armed attack and all measures taken as a result thereof shall immediately be reported to the Security Council. Such measures shall be terminated when the Security Council has taken the measures necessary to restore and maintain international peace and security.

Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator - Tuesday October 7, 2014 ISIS mission reveals Liberal divide When Justin Trudeau leads the Liberal Party of Canada Monday in opposing a Canadian military mission against ISIS in Iraq, he will do so against the better judgment of many of his party√ēs grandees, who between them have influenced Canada√ēs military response to global conflicts, from Rwanda and Kosovo to Afghanistan and previous wars in Iraq. The genocidal jihadists, including Canadians and other Westerners, who fight under the banner of ISIS √íhave to be whacked, and whacked good,√ď Lloyd Axworthy, a former Liberal foreign affairs minister who aimed to put √íhuman security√ď at the heart of foreign affairs, said on CTV last week. √íIf you really want to stop them, you√ēre going to have to give a full-court press.√ď He was not alone in supporting the action Mr. Trudeau has vowed to reject, or in undermining the leader√ēs rhetoric before he used it. Former interim Liberal leader Bob Rae, for example, rejected the comparison, later made by Mr. Trudeau, to the √ífiasco√ď of the 2003 Iraq War. Former Liberal Senator Rom¬éo Dallaire dismissed a campaign of air strikes without ground troops as pointless, and former Liberal cabinet minister Ujjal Dosanjh calling for √írobust√ď Canadian military action. All these comments were made before Mr. Trudeau vowed to oppose the government motion for the ISIS mission. But by accusing Prime Minister Stephen Harper of using √íoverheated and moralistic rhetoric √Č to justify a war,√ď Mr. Trudeau has chosen a strategy that is likely to colour his political fortunes for months to come. And by favouring purely humanitarian action over military force, Mr. Trudeau seems to have broken with many of the party√ēs eminences √Ď if such a rift is already apparent, it could well go deeper. (Source: National Post) http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/10/05/isis-mission-reveals-liberal-divide-partys-grandees-express-support-for-robust-canadian-mission/ Earlier
Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Tuesday October 7, 2014

In one of his first official acts as Prime Minister, Prime Minister Trudeau called his American counterpart and philosophical ally, President Barack Obama.¬†¬†Trudeau advised the media that, during the October 23¬†phone call, he iterated Canada’s intent to pull our CF-18s out of the airstrike program against ISIS.¬† At the time, the leftwing patted its own back in self-congratulation.

That decision was meant to be ideological, and to show that Canada doesn’t get pushed around by the U.S.¬† Well, at least we’ll assume those were the goals, because frankly it just came across as stupid as hell.¬† ISIS is a known threat to Canada, has even stated previously that they will kill Canadians in their own bedrooms.¬† This incredibly immature Prime Minister, and equally pacifist Cabinet and party, honestly believes that if they just back off of ISIS, they will stop threatening us.¬† Again, stupid as hell.

Even more astounding than the government’s outrageous backtrack on international commitments and the security of Canadians is the Canadian news media’s response to it, in light of France’s current nightmare scenario. They seem incredulous – even openly stating their opposition – to Trudeau’s announced decision to continue with his plans to resettle refugees and pull our jet fighters from the fight with ISIS.¬† Some comments include:

  • Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, a Liberal, reiterated his opposition to Trudeau‚Äôs position to shut down the combat mission even as he told reporters that Canada should not step back from its commitment to accept Syrian refugees.¬† ‚ÄúThe democratic world is at war,‚ÄĚ Couillard told reporters. ‚ÄúIt is naive to think that we are not facing a state of war, different from the wars we have known but equally threatening.‚ÄĚ
  • Rona Ambrose visits a memorial in Paris to the terrorist victims from the Friday the 13th attacks.
    Rona Ambrose visits a memorial in Paris to the terrorist victims from the Friday the 13th attacks.

    “The fight against ISIS requires a strong humanitarian response, but also a¬†military response,”¬†Rona Ambrose, Leader of the Opposition, told reporters¬†Saturday. “It’s important that we remain resolute and support our allies.” Ambrose said Prime¬†Minister¬†Justin¬†Trudeau¬†will have the full support of the Official Opposition if he chooses to¬†reverse his position on Canada’s role in the¬†airstrikes.(CBC

  • Trudeau and ISIS: Is the bombing still a bad idea?¬† (CBC, Nov. 14)
  • After Paris attacks, Trudeau‚Äôs soft power already under fire (Globe¬†& Mail, Nov. 14)
  • ‘Canada ran away‚Äô: Online jihadists celebrate Trudeau‚Äôs win as they anticipate end to¬†airstrikes (National Post, Oct. 29)
Foreign Minister Lester B. Pearson signs the North Atlantic Treaty in 1949. (Credit: NATO)
Foreign Minister Lester B. Pearson signs the North Atlantic Treaty in 1949. (Credit: NATO)

Canada’s current government, under Prime Minister Trudeau, has absolutely no right to unilaterally ¬†pull out of NATO obligations – the organization has protected the nations of the North Atlantic for 67 years.

The Friday the 13th attacks by ISIS/ISIL, unlike any other terrorist attacks seen on a large scale in recent history, were a coordinated effort by a Sunni Muslim jihadist terrorist group that is in fact an army Рwith tanks, armed personnel carriers, rocket launchers and many other sophisticated weapons, as well as an estimated 20,000 troops, according to the Telegraph.

How do they afford to arm themselves?  The Foreign Policy site reported:

ISIS captured many tanks from the Iraqi army, including the relatively modern Soviet T-72, of which it may have as many as 10.
ISIS captured many tanks from the Iraqi army, including the relatively modern Soviet T-72, of which it may have as many as 10.

Much of the Islamic State’s arms and ammunition were captured on the battlefield, but intelligence reports have suggested that the group’s income from oil sales and other sources is high enough to finance purchases of additional weapons directly from the companies and dealers that routinely profit from strife in the Middle East. 

While the complete list of countries is unknown, Newsweek stated on September 16 that the United States, Russia, France, Great Britain, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Israel and Iran are all fighting ISIS.¬† Canada wasn’t mentioned I guess in error.

ISIS territory mapped (The Economist, June 2015)
ISIS territory mapped (The Economist, June 2015)

Unlike Al Qaeda, Boko Haram or any other previously seen terrorist group, ISIS has a set geographic area of the world in which they are headquartered and operate – or more appropriately to state, which they have majority “control” over.

Territory is both being conquered and lost by ISIS on an almost daily basis. In fact, the venerable New York Times reported, on the morning of Friday the 13th, that several factions of Kurdish and Yazidi fighters had just retaken the city of Sinjar from ISIS fighters.

Satellite map showing the first day of fighting over the city of Sinjar, which Kurdish forces retook from ISIS on November 13. (Credit: Planet Labs)

They have a “capital city” of sorts – in Raqqa, Syria – which is exactly where French fighter pilots have attacked just today.

I’ve had it with President Obama and his pacifist BS. I’ve had it with “Prime Minister” Trudeau and his weak, emasculated, pathetic (I’m trying not to swear so this’ll have to do) world philosophy.

As my beloved home-away-from-home Paris was burned, bombed and blown up, over 350 hundred were rushed to hospitals, and 129 were driven to the morgue, in a series of coordinated attacks on Friday the 13th (not likely a coincidental date) I grew angry enough watching the news clips to fly over there, grab a gun and start defending her.

What did the two pathetic leftwing pantywaists have to say? Obama called it an “attack on humanity” – which basically dismissed it from being an attack on a sovereign nation like France, so he could cover his bases possibly if the NATO Charter was invoked; or an attack on a Western power, because frankly this socialist doesn’t give a damn about the West, including his own country.¬† But at least the US is still fighting ISIS regardless.

Justin-TrudeauPrime Minister Justin Trudeau offered ‚Äúall of Canada‚Äôs support‚ÄĚ to France on Friday night in the wake of ‚Äúdeeply worrying‚ÄĚ terrorist attacks.

ALL of our support? That doesn’t include our military obviously, as he just ordered them out of the fight against ISIS, and confirmed 24 hours ago that, regardless of the horror played out Paris, that the stupidity would continue.

Trudeau is giving lip service to mass murder. We should be ashamed of this asshole. I know I am.¬† It wasn’t an attack on humanity – it was an attack on a Western power, the second in France alone in 10 months. Both were horrific events that brought the world to a standstill.

I’m sorry to remind both of you pantywaists this, but France is a member of NATO. French President Hollande has declared the Friday the 13th terrorist attacks an ACT OF WAR. Under the NATO Charter,¬† both Canada and the United States may¬†have a legal responsibility to come to the aid of a member nation when attacked in an act of war.

The Jerusalem Post has asked the question – will France invoke Article 5 of the NATO Charter, as NATO did after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States.¬† The Post doesn’t think France will actually do it, however.

Regardless, how dare¬†you violate a 67-year old international accord for your own ideological purposes? This must be discussed by the people and/or the Parliament of Canada.¬† Canada deserves better leadership than this.¬† We are pulling out of Syria only because air strikes were started under the Conservatives.¬† Would you have pulled out of D-Day for the same reasons?¬† The Korean War?¬† We think you would –¬†which is why we will never trust you, nor acknowledge you as our Prime Minister.¬† You are a coward, a sham leader, and the global village idiot.

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ISIS / ISIL Terror Group’s #2 Leader… Is Dead

by Calling Out Community, Posted August 21, 2015

The ISIL #2 Leader, Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, killed this week by a U.S. drone
BREAKING NEWS: As I was about to put a story to bed about the growing power and influence of the ISIS – Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militant group (or ISIL – Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as it’s known now), CBC News broke the news today (Friday, August 21)  that National Security Council spokesman Ned Price had just issued the following press release:

Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, also known as Hajji Mutazz … was killed in a U.S. military airstrike on [Tuesday, August 18, 2015] while travelling in a vehicle near Mosul, Iraq, along with an ISIL media operative known as Abu Abdullah.

This undated photo of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, released by the terrorist group
This undated photo of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, released by the terrorist group
According to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, He was seen as ‘senior deputy’ to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and had reportedly been involved in the offensive that led ISIS to capture Mosul, Iraq last summer.  He also was allegedly involved in moving large numbers of weapons and supplies and people between the organization’s strongholds in Iraq and Syria.

Price said that the militant was involved in the terrorist group’s ‘finance, media, operations, and logistics,’ according to the Wall Street Journal.

The U.K.’s Daily Mail reported today (August 21, 2015) that back in December 2014:

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A U.S. unmanned drone, much like the one pictured, has killed the deputy leader of the ISIS / ISIL group. (Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press)

…intelligence officials said that multiple ISIS leaders had been killed in airstrikes including a man called Haji Mutazz. At the time the militant, believed to be from the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar, also reportedly went by Abu Muslim al-Turkmani.  Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff [General Martin Dempsey] also erroneously cited the death at the time, according to NBC News

A US official told NBC News on Friday [August 21, 2015] that Dempsey either misspoke or was misquoted in December. A source also told CBS News that the ISIS member [killed in December] was not the group’s ‘number two’, but was still a very significant figure to the group in Iraq.

The Defense Department said in December that Mutazz had previously served time at the former U.S. military prison Camp Bucca, located on the Kuwait/Iraq border.  The infamous camp (named for Ronald Bucca, a Fire_Marshal who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack) was reported by the U.K.’s The Independent newspaper to have detained some of the Iraq War‚Äôs most radical jihadists.  

Former U.S. military prison Camp Bucca, now shut down in 2009 by the Obama administration. 90% of its inmates are again fighting for ISIS
Former U.S. military prison Camp Bucca, now shut down in 2009 by the Obama administration. 90% of its inmates are again fighting for ISIS

On 17 September 2009, only 8 months after Obama was sworn in for his first term as President, the US military announced that the prison camp would be closed.  Hundreds of the remaining inmates at that time were freed, 90% of whom created the group ISIS.  In fact, current leaders of ISIS / ISIL were held at one time in that camp.  No wonder then that The Independent’s entitled their feature article on this prison camp “The US prison that became the birthplace of ISIS“.  Thank you, Obama team, for that brilliant move.

Mutazz had previously served as a lieutenant colonel in Saddam Hussein’s Special Forces and was believed to have been involved with Al Qaeda at one point as well.  What a resume.

Rest… In Pieces.  One more martyr for ISIS – one more resident in Hell. 

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ūüďď The World Weeps Over Syria

by Calling Out Community, Posted April 17, 2015

Jewish women and children arriving at Auschwitz, May 27 1944. Credit: History in Color's Photos - History in Color | Facebook Source: Facebook/HistoryInColor
(Jewish women and children arriving at Auschwitz, May 27 1944. Credit: Facebook/HistoryInColor)

Holocaust. ¬†The very word itself causes us to bow our hearts and our heads, both in prayer and in horror. ¬†The origins of the word itself (from the Greek ŠĹĀőĽŌĆőļőĪŌÖŌÉŌĄőŅŌā hol√≥kaustos: h√≥los, “whole” and kaust√≥s, “burnt”) conjure up horrific images of the ovens of the Auschwitz crematorium. ¬†To take a moment to stop and¬†truly contemplete¬†what the smoke belching from those chimneys actually represented, we run the risk of facing complete insanity. ¬†Our¬†innocence was shot to pieces at Treblinka; our belief that¬†man is basically good was beaten to death at Sobibor; our hope for humanity’s future was ripped to shreds at Ravensbruck.

The Holocaust becomes more horrific, more difficult to digest, and more impossible to ignore, when one also considers that it was¬†systematically and intentionally¬†planned, and orchestrated¬†and executed with an evil, insane perfection that only the Third Reich could¬†muster. ¬†Every arm of Germany’s bureaucracy was involved in the logistics of the genocide, turning the Third Reich into “a genocidal state” (1). ¬†Our¬†hearts are broken with grief, more than¬†70 years later, to realize that Hitler’s “Final Solution to the Jewish Question” was unbelievably¬†close to… finalization.

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The entrance at Dachau Concentration Camp. (Credit: Elwood J. Blues)

The¬†numbers are staggering –¬†of the nine¬†million Jews who had resided in Europe before the Holocaust, approximately 66%¬†(or 6 million people) were mass-murdered – one¬†million of those being¬†children (2), almost completely shutting off¬†the entire future blood line of the Jewish race. ¬†Poland once had the largest Jewish population¬†in Europe – more than three million¬†– until¬†90% were¬†murdered¬†in the¬†Holocaust. ¬†Concentration camps were also filled¬†with¬†Gypsies, Poles, communists, homosexuals, Soviet POWs, and the mentally and physically disabled¬†–¬†in total, approximately 11 million people were killed, using a¬†network of¬†42,500 facilities in Germany and German-occupied territories to concentrate, confine, and kill Jews and other victims.¬†¬†Between 100,000 and 500,000 people were direct participants in the planning and execution of the Holocaust.

At the centre of this evil was the extermination camp system¬†Auschwitz-Birkenau¬†– though most may not know that it¬†was actually an organization of 48 camps, consisting¬†of Auschwitz I (the original camp), Auschwitz II‚ÄďBirkenau (a combination concentration/extermination camp), Auschwitz III‚ÄďMonowitz (a labor camp to staff an IG Farben factory), and 45 satellite camps. ¬†At the height of its horror, the camp processed and executed 25,000 people a day – with a final death toll of over one¬†million people. ¬†Today,¬†one outside wall at the camp bears a slogan, written in 5 languages –¬†the¬†simple phrase¬†“NEVER AGAIN”.

A Rwandan boy covers his face from the horrific stench of dead bodies, victims of the Rwandan Genocide. Credit: Reuters.
A Rwandan boy covers his face from the horrific stench of dead bodies, victims of the Rwandan Genocide. (Credit: Reuters)

But less than 50 years later, we had already…. forgotten to never forget. ¬†On¬†April 6, 1994, the plane carrying the President of Burundi and¬†President Habyarimana of Rwanda (the latter a Hutu by race) was shot down over¬†Rigali, Rwanda’s capital. ¬†Almost immediately, the Hutu majority (85% of the population) in Rwanda pointed the finger of blame on the Tutsi minority (14%) that lived amongst them. What happened next was so horrific it beggars description. The Rwandan military whipped machete-armed civilians into a 100-day bloodbath¬†– and¬†an estimated 800,000 people¬†were killed. ¬†When it later came to light that the Hutu majority actually conspired to kill their own President &¬†party leader in order to start this genocide on purpose, one could be forgiven for going catatonic.

Now fast forward to¬†March 2011 ¬†and the¬†unrest¬†across the Middle East – a drama that played out on our nightly news broadcasts for weeks and weeks. ¬†This was something new, progressive, exciting – even liberating – as an¬†“Arab Spring” blew its winds of change across the Middle East. ¬†Egypt fell first, throwing a President in jail and electing one from the Muslim Brotherhood, with connections to Muslim fundamentalism.

In Syria, it began with¬†protests agains President Bashar al-Assad‘s government. ¬†It was hoped that this “Arab Spring cleaning”, if you will, would bring real change to this country. The conflict gradually morphed from prominent protests to an armed rebellion after months of military sieges and¬†local skirmishes between¬†pro-Assad government forces and opposition factions like ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) – now known as¬†ISIL (Islamic State of¬†Iraq and¬†the Levant) – the latter referring to the region of the Middle East including Cyprus, Hatay, Israel, Jordan,Lebanon, Palestine, and¬†Syria.

Since then, this conflict has broken out into an all-out Syrian Civil War. ¬†The chaos, human suffering and destruction has now reached almost Biblical proportions. ¬†Yet, to watch the vast majority of news networks today, you’d think the war was long since won and ended. ¬†“Out of sight, out of mind” has always been a problem in the West – we see what we want to see, and in fairness we will even tolerate and respond appropriately when we are shown what we¬†don’t want to see – as ISIS and Boka Haram have clearly demonstrated.

One of several tent cities set up in Syria and outside, to house more than 9 million displaced Syrians. Credit: UNHCR
One of several tent cities set up in Syria and outside, to house more than 9 million displaced Syrians. (Credit: UNHCR)

However, our society does not go looking for where pain and suffering exists.  There are always fringe elements that do Рbe they missionaries, aid organizations, or people that have a love for a particular country for various personal reasons.

The vast majority of the world has stopped caring and changed the channel on the issue, didn’t bother to learn about it in the first place ….or, as we suspect is likely the real problem –¬†we haven’t been given enough information by the only sources of media we have, in order to make an informed decision to care or not.

The Calling Out Community believes many residents in the West would care more if we knew how bad things had become Рbut our media outlets predominantly have failed us in reporting the scope of this crisis.  This has been corroborated by a news reporting analysis conducted on the Syrian catastrophe by the Conversation, a non-profit educational entity hosted by Boston University’s College of Communication, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Reuters, University of Birmingham (UK), the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and many others.

In that analysis, The Conversation reported:

‚Ä謆“February 2015 has already seen some major developments in Syria‚Äôs four-year conflict. At the start of February, rebels launched¬†more than 100 rockets¬†into Damascus and the Assad regime fired mortars on areas of its own capital, hoping to discredit the insurgents. At least six people were killed in the attacks.

Then came almost 50 regime air strikes on opposition-held areas near Damascus, which killed at least 82 people. Another 25 were killed in Aleppo when a barrel bomb hit a bus on a roundabout.

Meanwhile, rebels also¬†claimed¬†to have blown up 30 men fighting for the Assad regime ‚Äď Hezbollah troops, Iranians, and Iraqis among them ‚Äď at a militia headquarters west of Damascus.

All this while US-led coalition air strikes were carried out in eastern Syria against the Islamic State (IS), with Jordan in particular vowing to ‚Äúwipe them from the face of the Earth‚ÄĚ after the group¬†murdered a captured pilot.”

The Conversation then noted that the largest Western media outlets were oddly silent about Syria during that same period of time:

Syrian civilians attempt to put our a fire caused by a government airstrike on 27 February 2014 in the Aleppo neighbourhood of Kalase, Credit: EPA/ALI MUSTAFA
Syrian civilians attempt to put our a fire caused by a government airstrike on 27 February 2014 in the Aleppo neighbourhood of Kalase.  (Credit: EPA/Ali Mustafa)

“If you read The New York Times, you are unlikely to learn about much of this; the newspaper has no reporting from correspondents, only a Reuters report. The same is true of the Washington Post, CNN, and al-Jazeera English. And the BBC? As the attacks and the deaths mounted on February 5, its lead story was on the conviction of former pop star Gary Glitter on sexual assault charges; the corporation later made partial amends on its website with a story headlined Syria Conflict: Dozens Killed in Heavy Damascus Fighting.

However, both the BBC and Reuters articles relied heavily on the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which often passes off rumour and chatter gleaned from social media as a news ‚Äúnetwork‚ÄĚ inside Syria.”

How Bad Is It?

Recent warnings from aid groups in the region, and statistics gathered by government entities, now paint a picture of such overwhelming horror and catastrophe, the 15-member United Nations Security Council will need to either act now Рpossibly militarily Рor be held responsible for allowing this crime against humanity to continue.

Numbers of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries, as well as 7 million displaced people inside the country.. Credit: FocusonSyria.org
Numbers of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries, as well as 7 million displaced people inside the country. (Credit: FocusonSyria.org)

According to a March 12, 2015 New York Times article, nearly 50% of Syria’s total population – over 7.6 million people –¬† have been forced¬†from their homes by the Civil War, with 3.9 million more – half of them children – seeking refuge in other countries, according¬† to figures collected from various United Nations agencies.¬† The website of the United Nations High Council on Refugees (UNHCR) reports that Syrians are now the world’s largest refugee population under their care.

Even though the numbers are staggering, for most people they just don’t hit home close enough. ¬†CNN tried a different twist on the story¬†this week¬†in order to bring the horror to our back door, first by reporting that the death toll has doubled every year for the last several years:

“Since civil war broke out there, 310,000 people have been killed, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday. A year earlier, SOHR’s tally stood at 162,402. And the year before, the United Nations put the death toll at 70,000.”

According to the CNN report, this crisis is the equivalent of the complete emptying of Greater Boston and the displacement of its 7.5 million people, as well as the starvation of the entire population of Moscow, the capital of Russia.

From a Canadian perspective, imagine the combined metropolitan populations of Toronto and Calgary being forced from their homes Рover 7 million people Рbecause of a war that has literally ripped cities apart.  Visualize if you can, simultaneously,. that all the residents of  British Columbia have started to flee across the border, to live in the wilderness of Washington State Рwith only the clothes on their back.  No food, water, medicine, shelter.

Now picture that 50% of them are children. ¬†The United Nations¬†has held at least one donor’s conference from wealthy countries, to try to raise enough funds to feed and take care of those displacement. ¬†The budget? ¬†$6 billion.

“Not a dry eye in the room”

An eyewitness to chemical weapons attack in Syria by the Assad givernment. Credit: Al aJazeera
An eyewitness to chemical weapons attack in Syria by the Assad government. (Credit: Al Jazeera)

On Thursday, April 16,¬†Dr. Mohamed Tennari addressed the United Nations Security Council and showed a video of a suspected chlorine attack March 16 in his town of Sarmin in Idlib province, including graphic images of three children, ages 1 through 3, dying despite attempts to resuscitate them. The medical area was so cramped that one of the children was lying on top of their grandmother, who also died. ¬†“Everyone smelled bleach-like odours and heard the sound of helicopters,” Tennari later told reporters after showing them the video. He said most of the victims were women and children.

The U.S. and other council members have repeatedly blamed the Syrian government for such attacks, saying no one else in the civil war has helicopters to deliver the toxic chemicals. ¬†And this wasn’t some isolated incident of the Assad regime – there have been numerous reports in the New York Times over at least the past six months of similar situations:

September 10, 2014:  

“GENEVA ‚ÄĒ A toxic chemical, probably chlorine, was used as a weapon to attack Syrian villages in April, an international watchdog agency confirmed on Wednesday.”

Opposition forces, including ISIS, are also guilty of the same atrocities, putting Syrian civilians in the middle:

October 23, 2014:

“BAGHDAD ‚ÄĒ American security officials said Thursday that they were looking into a new report that Islamic State militants had used chlorine gas as a weapon against Iraqi police officers last month near Balad, north of Baghdad.”

US Ambassador to the United Nations reacts 16 April 2015 to the shocking video showing infant victims of a chlorine gas attack in Syria -
US Ambassador to the United Nations reacts 16 April 2015 to the shocking video showing infant victims of a chlorine gas attack in Syria – “there wasn’t a dry eye in the room”. (Credit: Al Jazeera)

The U.S., lead by Ambassador Samantha Power, has been trying to get consensus on a strong condemnation resolution against Syria, but to this point either China, Russia or Venezuela, all staunch allies of Assad’s regime, have vetoed them all down. ¬†However, chemical attacks on children can warm even the coldest hearts, and, in a rare sign of unity, on 6 March 2015, by¬†a vote of 14 in favour, zero against, and 1 abstention (Venezuela), the Council adopted¬†Resolution 2209 (2015) which:

Condemns¬†in the strongest terms any use of any toxic chemical, such as chlorine, as a weapon in the Syrian Arab Republic…[and]¬†Stresses¬†that those individuals responsible for any use of chemicals as weapons, including chlorine or any other toxic chemical, must be held accountable.”

Well now it’s happened again – and women and children are dying. ¬†The Security Council must act immediately to bring those responsible to justice.¬†

Everything’s going dark

The crisis has reached a point where it’s impact can now even be viewed… from space. ¬†

On 12 March 2015, The New York Times published an analysis of satellite photographs taken over Syria in March 2012 (the 1st anniversary of the start of the Civil War) and again in December 2014.  The photos clearly show that the country is now 83% darker at night than it was previously. Widespread migration is one of the main causes.

Hardest hit has been the city of Aleppo, an active battlefront for several years. ¬†Before the war it was home to more than 2 million people – roughly the size of Vancouver. ¬†But now…

“…the city is now 91 percent darker at night. Population migration, power cutoffs and destruction of infrastructure were the main reasons for the decline, according to Xi Li, one of the authors of the study.”

Aleppo - March 2012 (Credit: New York Times)
Aleppo – March 2012 (Credit: New York Times)
Aleppo - December 2014 (Credit: New York Times)
Aleppo – December 2014 (Credit: New York Times)

What can I do about it?

Reading the enormity of the situation, one could be forgiven for feeling very small, insignificant and useless to do anything about this crisis.  Not true Рthere are several practical things that we encourage everyone to consider doing.

GIVE Рthere are several humanitarian organizations on the ground in Syria and in neighbouring countries where millions of its refugees have fled.  We have provided links to their sites for your reference:

  1. Samaritan’s Purse¬†–¬†Islamic militants with ISIS continue their persecution of Christians and attacks against people in the Middle East. ¬†Samaritan’s Purse¬†has been actively on the ground for more than two years, caring for thousands of Iraqi and Syrian families who have fled for their lives with only the clothes their backs.
  2. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency¬†–¬†is the world‚Äôs leading organization aiding and protecting people forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict and persecution.¬†
  3. Canadian Red Cross Р Syria Crisis Fund Рthe Syrian Red Crescent is actively working inside Syria to assist two million people a month who have been displaced, while the Syrian Red Cross assists with the refugees who have fled to other countries in the region.

PRAY– only God himself can resolve this problem now – with so many factions at war with one another, and so many innocent lives in the middle, there is no hope but a miracle for this region.

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(1)¬†Dawidowicz, Lucy (1975). The War Against the Jews. New York: Bantam.‚ÄĒ‚ÄĒ‚ÄĒ (1981). The Holocaust and the Historians. Cambridge,¬†MA: Harvard University Press.

(2) Fitzgerald, Stephanie (2011). Children of the Holocaust. Mankato, MN: Compass Point Books.