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Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures,
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Weather Report, Live at the Beat Club, 1971

Joe Zawinul - Keyboards
Miroslav Vitous - Bass
Alphonse Mouzon - Drums
Dom Um Romao - Percussion
Wayne Shorter - Sax

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Ex-Muslim Says Beheader’s Mosque in Oklahoma Taught Caliphate, Destruction of US & Israel


This is what is preached in Mosques all over the United States.

From Jihad Watch:
I went to the same mosque the Oklahoma Muslim who beheaded his co-worker today. I live ten minutes away! 
The Imam was Imad Enchassi the last I heard. He was a friend of mine. He is a Lebanese-born Sunni who hates Israel. 
He once gave a sermon that the Israelis were trying to collapse al-Aqsa mosque by digging tunnels underneath it. 
They have no issue with Palestinian suicide bombings because, as it was explained to me, that is the only weapon the Palestinians have. 
They sold Milestones in the book shop while I was there, which as you know calls for replacing all non-Islamic governments with Islamic ones. 
I remember listening to a tape a friend of mine, Yahya Graff, another white convert to Islam, had that prayed for the destruction of Israel and America. 
The imam when I first converted, Suhaib Webb, is hailed as a moderate by liberals in the United States but he was the one that explicitly told me that according to Islam, three choices are to be given to non-Muslims: convert, pay the jizyah tax and live under Islamic rule, or jihad.
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Oklahoma Beheader Jah’Keem Yisrael Tied to Terror Leader Awlaki and Al-Qaeda


The Islamic Council of Oklahoma has stated that Alton Nolen, AKA Jah’Keem Yisrael, is “not known to any of the leadership in Oklahoma mosques,” however his Facebook page shows several photos of Jah’Keem interacting at “the Islamic Mosque in Oklahoma City.” (Truth Revolt)


Suhaib Webb, an Imam with ties to former Al Qaeda mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki, had also previously been the leader of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, which had been attended by Alton Nolen — the man who on Thursday beheaded a former coworker after recently converting to Islam, Breitbart News has learned. Webb now serves as Imam of the sister organization of the mosque attended by Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Go read the story.

ALSO THIS:


Oklahoma Beheading Suspect Facebook Celebrates Terrorists, Has Photo Doing One Finger ISIS Salute…Update: Has Pictures Of Beheading, Osama Bin Laden, “Islam Will Dominate World, Freedom Can Go To Hell”

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Two Videos of American Airstrikes on ISIS That Should Scare Iran


From the National Interest:
US Central Command has released several videos of strikes on ISIS facilities. Two of these videos demonstrate advanced bombing techniques that analysts have noted will be important in an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. 
Writing in International Security in 2007, Whitney Raas and Austin Long dug into the technical side of a possible Israeli strike. 
Many of Iran’s nuclear facilities, such as the huge centrifuge halls at Natanz, are hardened and buried to make the attacker’s task harder. One bomb—even a “bunker buster” designed for the task—might not be enough to dig through all the dirt and high-strength concrete. 
“One method” for dealing with this, Raas and Long say, “is to use [laser-guided bombs] targeted on the same aimpoint but separated slightly in release time to ‘burrow’ into the target.” 
A former Israeli Air Force general said that this method could “eventually destroy any target.” But hitting the same spot again and again takes extreme precision. 
And that’s exactly what we see in this footage of a strike on “an ISIL compound” near Raqqa on Tuesday.

GO READ THE REST AND SEE THE VIDEO OF THE OTHER AT WORK.
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Europe Sends Almost As Many Jihadists To Fight For ISIS As They Sent To Aid US During The Iraq War


Let me be clear that I, personally, do not include the UK as being part of Europe.

I know the UK is part of the European Union, but the UK has never conducted itself like other European nations. 

The UK sent almost 50,000 troops to Iraq to join the United States in our coalition against the Jihad.

But the rest of Europe only sent 7470 troops to fight the Jihad in Iraq.

So, Europe could only muster up 2 1/2 times as many troops to fight against the Jihad as they have sent to fight for the Jihad.

If you take Italy (3200 troops) and Spain (1300 troops) out of the equation, you get 2970 troops ...

So then, Europe sent MORE Jihadists to fight for ISIS than they sent to help the USA fight against the Jihad.

France sent NO TROOPS. Germany sent NO TROOPS. 

That tells you what you need to know about Europe. 
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IF YOU ARE EVER TEMPTED TO THINK ISLAMOPHOBIA IS A REAL CONCERN ...

HERE'S WHAT MUSLIMS DID AFTER YESTERDAY'S BEHEADING IN OKLAHOMA


Muslims shouting ‘Praise Allah’ surround Oklahoma cops after a press conference on the beheading in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Muslims read from the Koran during the press conference.
AND YET:

Saad Mohammad, a spokesman for the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, said leaders of the society’s mosque in northwest Oklahoma City are on alert and taking security precautions to protect the Muslims who gather there from any violence that someone might try to attempt in retaliation for the Moore incident.
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The Gathering Storm (September 26, 2014)

Guest Mark Alexander (author of The Dawning of a New Dark Age: A Collection of Essays on Islam), WC, and I discussed the recent beheading in Moore, Oklahoma:

Check Out Politics Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with WC Always On Watch on BlogTalkRadio with Gathering Storm Report on BlogTalkRadio

I found out about the beheading just a few moments before we went on the air.

Mark Alexander is our guest again next week, October 3, 2014.

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“The key to undermining American power is raw violence, the more shocking the better”

From “The Management of Savagery”.

Published in 2004 by a jihadist who called himself Abu Bakr Naji, the book posits a world in which the superpower halo of the United States has disappeared and the Muslim world within the colonial boundaries known as the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement has descended into chaos — “savagery,” as the author bluntly puts it.

HIGH INFORMATION CITIZENS OF THE WORLD.. READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE

The money section:
The manifesto proposes that the jihadists draw an overstretched America into a war in which it will eventually become “exhausted” and give up. This strategy requires polarizing the Muslim world and convincing those moderates who had hoped for U.S. protection that it’s futile.

Naji argues that if the United States overextends itself militarily, this will lead to its demise. “The overwhelming military power (weapons, technology, fighters) has no value without … the cohesion of (society’s) institutions and sectors.” Loss of America’s media reputation as an all-dominating superpower “removes the aura of invincibility which this power projects, [and reveals] that nothing at all stands in front of it.”

Naji’s war plan was written in the aftermath of America’s 2001 invasion of Afghanistan and 2003 invasion of Iraq. His theme was the need to draw the United States even deeper into conflict across Muslim lands.

The author’s premise was that the United States was a paper tiger that would become fatigued by a long war in Muslim countries and by social problems back home: “Work to expose the weakness of America’s centralized power by pushing it to abandon the media psychological war and the war by proxy until it fights directly.”


The key to undermining American power is raw violence, the more shocking the better, he argues. It wasn’t just that this ultra-violence would expose the West’s feebleness but also that it would force Muslims to make a choice. In the disorder of formerly stable Arab lands, the jihadists would make their name through “management of savagery.” Naji even urged his readers to consult books on business administration.
Note the theory of Hassan Abbassi strategy planner for Iran, circa 2005:
To hear Mr. Abbasi tell it the entire recent history of the U.S. could be narrated with the help of the image of “the last helicopter.”

It was that image in Saigon that concluded the Vietnam War under Gerald Ford. Jimmy Carter had five helicopters fleeing from the Iranian desert, leaving behind the charred corpses of eight American soldiers.

Under Ronald Reagan the helicopters carried the bodies of 241 Marines murdered in their sleep in a Hezbollah suicide attack. Under the first President Bush, the helicopter flew from Safwan, in southern Iraq, with Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf aboard, leaving behind Saddam Hussein’s generals, who could not believe why they had been allowed live to fight their domestic foes, and America, another day. Bill Clinton’s helicopter was a Black Hawk, downed in Mogadishu and delivering 16 American soldiers into the hands of a murderous crowd.

According to this theory, President George W. Bush is an “aberration,” a leader out of sync with his nation’s character and no more than a brief nightmare for those who oppose the creation of an “American Middle East.”

Messrs. Abbasi and Ahmadinejad have concluded that there will be no helicopter as long as George W. Bush is in the White House. But they believe that whoever succeeds him, Democrat or Republican, will revive the helicopter image to extricate the U.S. from a complex situation that few Americans appear to understand.

Mr. Ahmadinejad’s defiant rhetoric is based on a strategy known in Middle Eastern capitals as “waiting Bush out.” “We are sure the U.S. will return to saner policies,” says Manuchehr Motakki, Iran’s new Foreign Minister.

Are there ANY QUESTIONS?
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It’s key to know when we DON’T HAVE capitalism: Fed oversight of LARGE BANKS? A CHARADE

Greed and Corruption are NOT capitalism, they are immoral and criminal.
NYP:

Tapes showing meek oversight of Goldman are about to rock Wall Street

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Just a disgruntled worker. Nothing more. Move along, people.

 And we're not sure of his religion. What do ya care? I mean what are ya, some kinda bigot?

From IJ Review

33 Things We Learned About the Oklahoma Beheading Suspect: What His Hand Signal Means Will Chill You

By Justen Charters

 

As most people know, a thirty-year-old self-described Muslim by the name of Alton Nolen horrifically murdered a woman in Moore, Oklahoma, on Thursday by beheading her.

Just your average case of “workplace violence,” or a clear act of terror inspired by Islamic extremism?
A look at some of the disturbing posts from what, by all appearances, is Nolen’s Facebook page may provide some clues:

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Alton Nolen

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Proper wardrobe for a conversation with those engaging in DAWA in the workplace



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Mahavishnu Orchestra Live at the BBC, 1972



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The Silence of a Candle

Ralph Towner - Solo Nylon-Stringed Acoustic Guitar



Oregon, Live
Colin Walcott - Sitar
Ralph Towner - Guitar
Paul McCandless - Oboe and Bass Clariinet
Glen Moore - Bass



Alexey Kozlov (By the way, this dude has an incredibly beautiful tone on the Soprano Sax, which is probably my favorite instrument behind Bass. I own a Soprano Sax and play it sometimes, but I suck. In heaven, I want to play like this dude.)



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Hundreds of Scuzlims Attend Funeral of Muslim Who Was Slain While Attempting To Behead Policemen

So yeah, you know the guy in the story below, who tried to behead two Policemen?

His Scuzlim brothers and sisters fucking love him.

Fuck them. Man, that's a target-rich environment.

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ISIS Supporter Shot Dead After Allegedly Attempting To Behead Police Officers In Melbourne, Australia


From Buzzfeed:
The 18-year-old slashed one officer with a knife as he attempted to shake his hand before stabbing another officer in the arm, stomach, and head. 
According to police, the first officer then pulled out his gun and shot Haider, ending the incident, which took place outside the Endeavour Hills station in southeast Melbourne. 
Both police officers underwent surgery overnight, with one still in critical condition. 
According to The Age crime reporter John Silvester, Haider “planned to behead” the officers and drape their bodies in an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) flag. 
Fairfax Media reported that Haider had been planning to post the images to social media websites to be included in ISIS’s latest web propaganda. 
Victoria’s police commissioner, Ken Lay, said monitoring of the teen began three months ago. 
Police concerns were raised when he appeared at a Melbourne shopping mall last week with an ISIS flag.
MEANWHILE:

Muslim Arrested in Ferguson Threatened to Behead Critics
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Every American Citizen Needs To See These Headlines and Think About Them

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Obama Bombs - ISIS Overruns Another Iraqi Army Base, Executes 300 Soldiers

Me and Bigbird and Elmo, We Gon' Fuck You Up

From IBT:
Militants from ISIS have overrun an Iraqi military base near Baghdad and executed 300 soldiers, according to a breaking news report from CNN. 
While details of the exact location outside Baghdad are unavailable, the news comes after ISIS has been weakened by U.S. airstrikes in the north of the country. 
It now appears that the group has made gains in the central belt of the country and has an eye fixed on the nation’s capital, which it attacked a few days ago as well. Over the past few weeks, 
ISIS fighters in the north of Iraq and more recently in the west of Syria have been bombarded by U.S.-led strikes. 
Strikes in Syria from the U.S. Air Force, Navy and allies, plus Tomahawk missiles, disabled much of the militants’ infrastructure and also hit their income-generating oil wells.
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Freddie King
Live in Europe 1973 & 1974

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Muslim Population In American Up 60% In Just Four Years - Jumps From 1.5 Million To Nearly 2.5 Million

I Will Stand With The Muslims

From Breitbart:
Approximately 2.5 million immigrants from “predominantly Muslim countries” reside inside the U.S. right now, a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies found. 
The four-page report, which details which countries and world regions from which immigrants in the U.S.—both legal and illegal—came to this country, found that since 2000 nearly a million more immigrants from such Muslim countries came to the U.S. 
In 2000, there were 1,518,755 immigrants from Muslim countries in the U.S. In 2010, That number stood at 2,184,664, and in 2013 it stands at 2,480,407. Between 2010 and 2013, there was actually a greater increase in the number of immigrants from the Middle East than from Central America. 
During that timeframe, 207,758 more immigrants moved to the U.S. from the Middle East, whereas only 113,744 immigrants came from Central America.
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A Beheading in Oklahoma

Islam is the trigger.  

And here in America now — in the 21st Century.



From AOL.com:
Oklahoma man beheaded female co-worker and stabbed another while reportedly shouting Islamic phrases

...Alton Nolen, 30, killed Colleen Hufford, 54, at the Vaughan Foods processing plant before an off-duty reserve Oklahoma County Deputy that works for the company shot him, Moore police said during a Friday morning media briefing, according to KWTV.

He also stabbed Tracy Johnson, 43, authorities said. She is in critical condition but expected to recover from her injuries.

The deputy has been identified by the station as Mark Vaughan, the company's chief operating officer. Vaughan shot him multiple times with a rifle, sources told KFOR.

Police said Nolen had recently been terminated from his job on the company's production line and began the rampage by ramming at least one vehicle in the parking lot before entering the building.

Nolen was taken to a nearby hospital and is expected to recover, cops said. He was in the process of converting to Islam, KFOR reported.

Federal agents with the FBI have been called in after it was reported Nolen was shouting Islamic phrases during the attack and previously tried to also convert co-workers to Islam, KWTV reported.

Nolen has multiple tattoos on his torso including one that says "as-salaamu ataikum," a common Arabic greeting, according to Oklahoma Department of Corrections records. He also has praying hands tattooed on his body....
More at the above link.

We shouldn't really be surprised or shocked, however.

Islam is as Islam does.

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"And here we go...."



Oklahoma Woman Beheaded

From Twitchy

BREAKING: Woman beheaded in Oklahoma; Update: Assailant reportedly tried to convert co-workers to Islam; Update: FBI investigating, victims identified; Update: Suspect identified as 30-year-old Alton Nolen; Update: Police praise company CEO who shot and killed Nolen


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Somalian Jihadist (On Canadian Passport) Warns of NYC Attack

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Interview With Culturist John

Eeyore, from Vlad Tepes Blog, interviews Culturist John:

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Britain First Party Leader, Paul Golding, Arrested Yesterday


Could it be they are arresting him because they also arrested Choudhary and 8 other Jihadists?

Are they using Golding's arrest as a hedge against charges of Islamophobia?

I bet they are.

From Britain First:
Yesterday, during an interview with the police, party leader Paul Golding was arrested by the country’s top anti-terrorism cops. Malicious allegations had been made against Mr. Golding, but we are unable to discuss these online due to the strict and ridiculous bail conditions set down by Counter Terrorism Command. 
This is the 6th time this year that Mr. Golding has been arrested in the line of duty for opposing radical Islam in the UK. Counter Terrorism Command also conducted extensive raids on addresses across the South East – but we cannot tell you why on police orders. 
Once again, the post-arrest bail conditions include an almost total ban on informing our supporters as to the nature of this police harassment. Mr. Golding is not allowed to discuss or post any details whatsoever about the ongoing investigation. 
The police raids have caused some unavoidable disruption to the administration of Britain First – our main phone lines are down, for example. We will get our phone lines back online as soon as practicable. 
Counter Terrorism Command surely would have better things to do than harass legal and law-abiding political parties, but it seems not. Mr. Golding is completely obstinate in his refusal to bow down to the unremitting pressure of the State. 
This latest assault is another attack on the freedom of our country and another march towards the coming Police State. 
Mr. Golding is, unfortunately, bearing the brunt of this assault on our freedoms at the moment, but one day it will be you! Mr. Golding was released this afternoon on bail.
MEANWHILE:

Schoolgirls in Havering being targeted for sexual abuse and exploitation 
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Bad Ass Early 80s Jazz

Sonny Rollins / Jack DeJohnette / David Murray
Jazz Jamboree Live (1983)
(thanx Pasto!)

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Justice Department Announces New Program to Counter ‘Violent Extremism’ — but Website Excludes References to Islam, Muslims


From the Blaze:
With Islamic State threats mounting and at least 100 Americans known to have traveled overseas to train or fight with the brutal terror group, Attorney General Eric Holder this month announced a new program designed to identify and root out sources of “violent extremism” across the nation. 
The problem? It isn’t a new idea. 
National security experts say the concept has already proven to be “a complete failure.” And lacking from a description of the program is any reference to radical Islam. 
“These programs will bring together community representatives, public safety officials, religious leaders, and United States attorneys to improve local engagement; to counter violent extremism; and – ultimately – to build a broad network of community partnerships to keep our nation safe,” Holder said. (Alarm going off!!! Alarm going off!!!) 
On the surface, it sounds reasonable. Shouldn’t we embrace every effort to combat homegrown terror? Jonathan Gilliam, a former Navy SEAL and former FBI special agent said yes. 
But, he told TheBlaze, programs like these get muddled because the politicians at the top of the food chain stop listening to the operators on the ground. “I’m just not sure how much more this program could fail.” 
“How can you target something without a scope, without proper sights?” he said. The former special operator finds it especially frustrating that the Justice Department refuses to allow monitoring of mosques where known terrorists gather. 
“When political correctness becomes your scope you probably aren’t aimed at the right target anymore,” Gilliam told TheBlaze.
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First Female Arab Fighter Pilot Leads Mission Against ISIS, Family Disowns Her

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Three Points About The Ebola Epidemic That No One Wants To Talk About


I heard a man on the radio today (who was replacing a local Talk Show Host for Rosh Hashanah) make some pretty startling claims about the Ebola epidemic.

He said:

1)  An Ebola-laden corpse is completely infested with Ebola - the human body contains it's highest levels of the virus at the time of death.

2) In Liberia and other African nations, it is the custom for family and friends to was the corpse as part of the preparation for burial - they do this without taking any precautions against infection

3) the common people of African nations do not trust the words of people with the World Health Organization - so when the WHO tells the people not to touch the corpses of dead friends and relatives, they do not listen - they seem to literally believe that the WHO BRINGS the Ebola virus with them because "when the WHO shows up, people die" and they believe that means the Ebola virus was BROUGHT to them by the WHO

Has anyone else heard this?

Ahh, here we go, from the Washington Post:
The virus is extraordinarily lethal, killing about half the people infected, though in some regions it has killed close to 70 percent. The virus is spread by bodily fluids; corpses are viral bombs, and the traditional practice of washing the dead for burial has been implicated in the explosion of the disease.

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Iraq has received ‘credible’ intelligence that ISIS militants plan to launch attacks on subway systems in Paris and the United States, the country’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has claimed.
Mr Abadi said he was told of the plot by Baghdad, and that it was the work of foreign fighters belonging to ISIS in Iraq. Asked if the attacks were imminent, he said, ‘I’m not sure.’
Asked if the attacks had been thwarted, he said, ‘No’ but added that America had been alerted.
He went on to say that the suspects included Islamic extremists originally from the United States and France who have been fighting alongside ISIS terrorists in Iraq.
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ISIS kill women’s right activist for ‘apostasy’ when she criticised them on Facebook for being religious bigots



  • Samira Salih al-Nuaimi was taken from her home after criticising ISIS online
  • She posted Facebook messages condemning destruction of religious sites  
  • Was brought before a Sharia law court before being tortured for five days
  • She was eventually sentenced to public execution and was killed on Monday 
  • Al-Nuami was a well-known campaigner for human rights in Iraqi city Mosul
  • ISIS militants seized control of Iraq’s second largest city back in early June
From the0 MailOnline
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Holder Stepping Down

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UK: Anjem Chouhary and Nine Others Arrested For Being Members of An Extremist Organization


Very good news. England is getting tough. They really have no other choice.

From the BBC:
Nine men, including the radical Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary, have been arrested in London on suspicion of being members of a banned organisation. 
Officers are searching 18 premises in London and one in Stoke-on-Trent. 
The Met Police said it was part of an ongoing inquiry into Islamist-related terrorism and not in response to any immediate threat to the public. 
Mr Choudary is the former UK head of the Islamist group al-Muhajiroun or Islam4UK, banned in the UK in 2010. 
The arrested men, aged between 22 and 51, are being held at police stations in central London.
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BBC:

Anjem Choudary held in London terror raids

Anjem Choudary Radical Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary was one of nine men aged between 22 and 51 who have been arrested

Nine men, including the radical Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary, have been arrested in London on suspicion of being members of a banned organisation.

Officers are searching 18 premises in London and one in Stoke-on-Trent.

The Met Police said it was part of an ongoing inquiry into Islamist-related terrorism and not in response to any immediate threat to the public.

Mr Choudary is the former UK head of the Islamist group al-Muhajiroun or Islam4UK, banned in the UK in 2010.

The arrested men, aged between 22 and 51, are being held at police stations in central London.

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BREAKING GOOD NEWS!!!

Fox:

Holder stepping down from Obama administration, official says



Attorney General Eric Holder plans to announce Thursday that he is leaving the Obama administration, a Justice Department official confirmed to Fox News.
The official said Holder has agreed to stay on the job until his successor is confirmed.

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Islamic State Opens A ”Cinema” In Mosul To Show Videos Of Their Murderous Rampage


From Zee News:
The Islamic State (IS) Sunni radical group has opened an outdoor “cinema” to show videos of their brutal crimes and terrorise residents of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which they have controlled since June. 
The macabre spectacle began last week amid the groves and thickets along the banks of the Tigris river, the only place that people have to relax and ease the tensions caused by the IS occupation of Iraq`s second-largest city. 
A large number of young people, children and families gathered at the site waiting to see the programme that the extremists would deliver on big screen monitors that had been installed for the purpose. 
After the curtains were drawn back, hymns were sung encouraging people to join the Sunni jihad movement and, in particular, IS, which has occupied large swaths of Syrian and Iraqi territory. 
Then, viewers were horrified to see scenes of various bloody slayings by IS executioners, including beheadings and murders of hostages and prisoners of war.
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This Week On The Gathering Storm

Listen to The Gathering Storm Radio Show, hosted by WC and Always On Watch.

The show broadcasts live for 30 minutes every Friday beginning at noon, Pacific Time.

Our scheduled guest this week is Mark Alexander of A New Dark Age Is Dawning.

The call-in number is 646-915-9870. Callers welcome!

Listen to the September 26, 2014 edition of The Gathering Storm Radio Show, live or later, by CLICKING HERE.

UPCOMING SHOWS:
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"Harmful Cultural Norms." Liberal-Speak for Whatever America Likes is Bad

In the U.S., the leader's unelected wife has the power to change and sometimes create policy. Talk about your harmful cultural norms.


Michelle Obama: American Women Subjugated By Harmful Cultural Norms

From Breitbart 

By Pam Key

Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama said that American women are suffering under "harmful cultural norms" at a U.N. education event.

Mrs. Obama said, "Women here are still woefully underrepresented in our government and the senior ranks of corporations. We still struggle with violence against woman and harmful cultural norms that tell woman how they are expected to look and act."

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Minority support extremism? Only 2 out of 14 Mosques (14%) in Denmark were willing to distance themselves from the Islamic State


From the Muslim Issue:
TV2 East television station contacted a number of mosques in East Jutland and asked them the simple question whether they would denounce the Islamic State. 
A mosque in Horsens took clear and unambiguous distance from IS and called it a terrorist organization. 
Two mosques in Randers and Silkeborg did not respond. 
In Aarhus, only one in six mosques say that they distance themselves from the Islamic State. 
Three mosques were impossible to get hold of, despite extremely strenuous efforts from the journalist to make clear what the question was, and how to contact him. 
Two mosques refused to comment — including the Grimhøjvej mosque (known for recruiting jihadis). 
It would have been the easiest thing in the world for the mosques in this survey to denounce the Islamic State, if that had been what they wanted to do. But they obviously do not wish to. 
This trend aligns with the fact that no imams wanted to attend last weekend’s demonstrations in Denmark against the Islamic State. [translated by Nicolas Sennel]
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Gurkhas. Great pickels, fearless fighters. Oh wait... Okay. Well, at least they're fearless fighters

 Gurkha who returned to base with Taliban commander’s head, cleared for duty


From Britain First

The Nepalese soldier with 1st Battalion, Royal Gurkha Rifles who was removed from Afghanistan after beheading a Taliban commander, has now been cleared for duty after a four year investigation.

In July of 2010 Gurkha soldiers conducted a raid in Helmand province to kill or capture a high value individual.
gurkha

The troops killed their man, but the mission had very specific instructions to bring back proof that they had got the right guy.

Initially, the Gurkhas attempted to retrieve the entire body for identification, but soon found themselves engaged in an intense Taliban counter attack.

The Gurkhas needed to break contact, but they also needed to complete their mission.

The soldier made the heat-of-the-moment decision to pull out his traditional Kukri knife and take only the Taliban commander’s head, allowing his men to remain mobile and complete their objective.

Rather than acknowledging the soldier for placing the mission first and his quick initiative under hostile fire, POG commanders, who place public relations in a higher priority bracket than mission, went on a campaign of shaming the individual to the media as they rushed him out of country.

Eventually, common sense won out, and now the soldier is finally being commended for his dedication to duty.

Britain First stands shoulder to shoulder with our Gurkha allies and soldiers.
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German Car Commercial Makes Fun Of Islamic Suicide Bombers

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ISIS Fighters Raping 'Thousands' of Women to Populate New Caliphate

The Muslims Are Restless

From Truth Revolt:
The New York Post is reporting that ISIS fighters are running wild in the Middle East, raping thousands of women in order to create spawn to populate their new Caliphate. 
Young militants are running wild to the chagrin of their more sophisticated and p.r.-savvy commanders, an Iraqi official told The Post. The motivation of the rapists is twofold: They want to make ISIS babies — and they are just plain out for twisted thrills. 
An official said “You have these young ISIS fighters carrying machine guns and they . . . want to have sex.” 
The ISIS commanders have ordered the men to stop it but they are refusing to listen. 
“The ISIS commanders take a more official position,” the source said. “They don’t want them to mess around with the women. They only want them to fight.” But the younger fighters "claim that they’re answering to a higher calling." 
“The fighters say that they’ve been ordered to have sex by a cleric in Saudi Arabia,” the Iraqi official said. “It’s really just an excuse.” 
Each rapist’s goal is to impregnate multiple women and breed children within their villages and towns, he said, adding, “They want to intertwine themselves within the communities. 
“They want to become part of the fabric of the cities they control so they can live on for generations.”
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Obama Bombs ISIS - ISIS Seizes MORE Territory


From Reuters:
U.S. and coalition planes pounded Islamic State positions in Syria again on Wednesday, but the strikes did not halt the fighters’ advance in a Kurdish area where fleeing refugees told of villages burnt and captives beheaded. 
U.S. President Barack Obama, speaking at the United Nations, asked the world to join together to fight the militants and vowed to keep up military pressure against them. 
Syrian Kurds said Islamic State had responded to U.S. attacks by intensifying its assault near the Turkish border in northern Syria, where 140,000 civilians have fled in recent days in the fastest exodus of the three-year civil war. 
Washington and its Arab allies killed scores of Islamic State fighters in the opening 24 hours of air strikes, the first direct U.S. foray into Syria two weeks after Obama pledged to hit the group on both sides of the Iraq-Syria border. 
But the intensifying advance on the northern town of Kobani showed the difficulty Washington faces in defeating Islamist fighters in Syria, where it lacks strong military allies on the ground.
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French Report: Syrian Woman Secretly Films Life in Raqqa under ISIL

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Humpday Blues

Muddy Waters
Live at The Forum '78


1. Off The Wall
2. Muddys intro
3. Blues Had a Baby
4. Deep Down In Florida
5. Baby please Don't Go
6. Long Disteance Call
7. Kansas City (feat. James Cotton )
8. Mannish Boy

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President Obama at UN General Assembly: Palestinian-Israeli conflict not the main source of problems in the region


This is the first time I have ever heard such a statement come out of Obama's mouth. Wow. WTF?

From Will at THE OTHER NEWS:

IMRA

...the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis...The situation in Iraq, 
Syria and Libya should cure anyone of the illusion that this conflict is the 
main source of problems in the region; for far too long, it has been used in 
part as a way to distract people from problems at home. 


The White House 
Office of the Press Secretary 
For Immediate Release September 24, 2014 
Remarks As Prepared for Delivery by President Barack Obama, Address to the 
United Nations General Assembly 
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/09/24/remarks-prepared-delivery-president-barack-obama-address-united-nations- 

Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and 
gentlemen: we come together at a crossroads between war and peace; between 
disorder and integration; between fear and hope. 

Around the globe, there are signposts of progress. The shadow of World War 
that existed at the founding of this institution has been lifted; the 
prospect of war between major powers reduced. The ranks of member states has 
more than tripled, and more people live under governments they elected. 
Hundreds of millions of human beings have been freed from the prison of 
poverty, with the proportion of those living in extreme poverty cut in half. 
And the world economy continues to strengthen after the worst financial 
crisis of our lives. 

Today, whether you live in downtown New York or in my grandmother’s village 
more than two hundred miles from Nairobi, you can hold in your hand more 
information than the world’s greatest libraries. Together, we have learned 
how to cure disease, and harness the power of the wind and sun. The very 
existence of this institution is a unique achievement – the people of the 
world committing to resolve their differences peacefully, and solve their 
problems together. I often tell young people in the United States that this 
is the best time in human history to be born, for you are more likely than 
ever before to be literate, to be healthy, and to be free to pursue your 
dreams. 

And yet there is a pervasive unease in our world – a sense that the very 
forces that have brought us together have created new dangers, and made it 
difficult for any single nation to insulate itself from global forces. As we 
gather here, an outbreak of Ebola overwhelms public health systems in West 
Africa, and threatens to move rapidly across borders. Russian aggression in 
Europe recalls the days when large nations trampled small ones in pursuit of 
territorial ambition. The brutality of terrorists in Syria and Iraq forces 
us to look into the heart of darkness. 

Each of these problems demands urgent attention. But they are also symptoms 
of a broader problem – the failure of our international system to keep pace 
with an interconnected world. We have not invested adequately in the public 
health capacity of developing countries. Too often, we have failed to 
enforce international norms when it’s inconvenient to do so. And we have not 
confronted forcefully enough the intolerance, sectarianism, and hopelessness 
that feeds violent extremism in too many parts of the globe. 

Fellow delegates, we come together as United Nations with a choice to make. 
We can renew the international system that has enabled so much progress, or 
allow ourselves to be pulled back by an undertow of instability. We can 
reaffirm our collective responsibility to confront global problems, or be 
swamped by more and more outbreaks of instability. For America, the choice 
is clear. We choose hope over fear. We see the future not as something out 
of our control, but as something we can shape for the better through 
concerted and collective effort. We reject fatalism or cynicism when it 
comes to human affairs; we choose to work for the world as it should be, as 
our children deserve it to be. 

There is much that must be done to meet the tests of this moment. But today 
I’d like to focus on two defining questions at the root of many of our 
challenges– whether the nations here today will be able to renew the purpose 
of the UN’s founding; and whether we will come together to reject the cancer 
of violent extremism. 

First, all of us – big nations and small – must meet our responsibility to 
observe and enforce international norms. 

We are here because others realized that we gain more from cooperation than 
conquest. One hundred years ago, a World War claimed the lives of many 
millions, proving that with the terrible power of modern weaponry, the cause 
of empire leads to the graveyard. It would take another World War to roll 
back the forces of fascism and racial supremacy, and form this United 
Nations to ensure that no nation can subjugate its neighbors and claim their 
territory. 

Russia’s actions in Ukraine challenge this post-war order. Here are the 
facts. After the people of Ukraine mobilized popular protests and calls for 
reform, their corrupt President fled. Against the will of the government in 
Kiev, Crimea was annexed. Russia poured arms into Eastern Ukraine, fueling 
violent separatists and a conflict that has killed thousands. When a 
civilian airliner was shot down from areas that these proxies controlled, 
they refused to allow access to the crash for days. When Ukraine started to 
reassert control over its territory, Russia gave up the pretense of merely 
supporting the separatists, and moved troops across the border. 

This is a vision of the world in which might makes right – a world in which 
one nation’s borders can be redrawn by another, and civilized people are not 
allowed to recover the remains of their loved ones because of the truth that 
might be revealed. America stands for something different. We believe that 
right makes might – that bigger nations should not be able to bully smaller 
ones; that people should be able to choose their own future. 

These are simple truths, but they must be defended. America and our allies 
will support the people of Ukraine as they develop their democracy and 
economy. We will reinforce our NATO allies, and uphold our commitment to 
collective defense. We will impose a cost on Russia for aggression, and 
counter falsehoods with the truth. We call upon others to join us on the 
right side of history – for while small gains can be won at the barrel of a 
gun, they will ultimately be turned back if enough voices support the 
freedom of nations and peoples to make their own decisions. 

Moreover, a different path is available – the path of diplomacy and peace 
and the ideals this institution is designed to uphold. The recent cease-fire 
agreement in Ukraine offers an opening to achieve that objective. If Russia 
takes that path – a path that for stretches of the post-Cold War period 
resulted in prosperity for the Russian people – then we will lift our 
sanctions and welcome Russia’s role in addressing common challenges. That’s 
what the United States and Russia have been able to do in past years – from 
reducing our nuclear stockpiles to meet our obligations under the Nuclear 
Non-Proliferation Treaty, to cooperating to remove and destroy Syria’s 
declared chemical weapons. And that’s the kind of cooperation we are 
prepared to pursue again—if Russia changes course. 

This speaks to a central question of our global age: whether we will solve 
our problems together, in a spirit of mutual interests and mutual respect, 
or whether we descend into destructive rivalries of the past. When nations 
find common ground, not simply based on power, but on principle, then we can 
make enormous progress. And I stand before you today committed to investing 
American strength in working with nations to address the problems we face in 
the 21st century. 

As we speak, America is deploying our doctors and scientists – supported by 
our military – to help contain the outbreak of Ebola and pursue new 
treatments. But we need a broader effort to stop a disease that could kill 
hundreds of thousands, inflict horrific suffering, destabilize economies, 
and move rapidly across borders. It’s easy to see this as a distant 
problem – until it isn’t. That is why we will continue mobilizing other 
countries to join us in making concrete commitments to fight this outbreak, 
and enhance global health security for the long-term. 

America is pursuing a diplomatic resolution to the Iranian nuclear issue, as 
part of our commitment to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and pursue the 
peace and security of a world without them. This can only happen if Iran 
takes this historic opportunity. My message to Iran’s leaders and people is 
simple: do not let this opportunity pass. We can reach a solution that meets 
your energy needs while assuring the world that your program is peaceful. 

America is and will continue to be a Pacific power, promoting peace, 
stability, and the free flow of commerce among nations. But we will insist 
that all nations abide by the rules of the road, and resolve their 
territorial disputes peacefully, consistent with international law. That’s 
how the Asia-Pacific has grown. And that’s the only way to protect this 
progress going forward. 

America is committed to a development agenda that eradicates extreme poverty 
by 2030. We will do our part – to help people feed themselves; power their 
economies; and care for their sick. If the world acts together, we can make 
sure that all of our children can enjoy lives of opportunity and dignity 

America is pursuing ambitious reductions in our carbon emissions, and we 
have increased our investments in clean energy. We will do our part, and 
help developing nations to do theirs. But we can only succeed in combating 
climate change if we are joined in this effort by every major power. That’s 
how we can protect this planet for our children and grandchildren. 

On issue after issue, we cannot rely on a rule-book written for a different 
century. If we lift our eyes beyond our borders – if we think globally and 
act cooperatively – we can shape the course of this century as our 
predecessors shaped the post-World War II age. But as we look to the future, 
one issue risks a cycle of conflict that could derail such progress: and 
that is the cancer of violent extremism that has ravaged so many parts of 
the Muslim world. 

Of course, terrorism is not new. Speaking before this Assembly, President 
Kennedy put it well: “Terror is not a new weapon,” he said. “Throughout 
history it has been used by those who could not prevail, either by 
persuasion or example.” In the 20th century, terror was used by all manner 
of groups who failed to come to power through public support. But in this 
century, we have faced a more lethal and ideological brand of terrorists who 
have perverted one of the world’s great religions. With access to technology 
that allows small groups to do great harm, they have embraced a nightmarish 
vision that would divide the world into adherents and infidels – killing as 
many innocent civilians as possible; and employing the most brutal methods 
to intimidate people within their communities. 

I have made it clear that America will not base our entire foreign policy on 
reacting to terrorism. Rather, we have waged a focused campaign against al 
Qaeda and its associated forces – taking out their leaders, and denying them 
the safe-havens they rely upon. At the same time, we have reaffirmed that 
the United States is not and never will be at war with Islam. Islam teaches 
peace. Muslims the world over aspire to live with dignity and a sense of 
justice. And when it comes to America and Islam, there is no us and them – 
there is only us, because millions of Muslim Americans are part of the 
fabric of our country. 

So we reject any suggestion of a clash of civilizations. Belief in permanent 
religious war is the misguided refuge of extremists who cannot build or 
create anything, and therefore peddle only fanaticism and hate. And it is no 
exaggeration to say that humanity’s future depends on us uniting against 
those who would divide us along fault lines of tribe or sect; race or 
religion. 

This is not simply a matter of words. Collectively, we must take concrete 
steps to address the danger posed by religiously motivated fanatics, and the 
trends that fuel their recruitment. Moreover, this campaign against 
extremism goes beyond a narrow security challenge. For while we have 
methodically degraded core al Qaeda and supported a transition to a 
sovereign Afghan government, extremist ideology has shifted to other 
places – particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, where a quarter 
of young people have no job; food and water could grow scarce; corruption is 
rampant; and sectarian conflicts have become increasingly hard to contain. 

As an international community, we must meet this challenge with a focus on 
four areas. First, the terrorist group known as ISIL must be degraded, and 
ultimately destroyed. 

This group has terrorized all who they come across in Iraq and Syria. 
Mothers, sisters and daughters have been subjected to rape as a weapon of 
war. Innocent children have been gunned down. Bodies have been dumped in 
mass graves. Religious minorities have been starved to death. In the most 
horrific crimes imaginable, innocent human beings have been beheaded, with 
videos of the atrocity distributed to shock the conscience of the world. 

No God condones this terror. No grievance justifies these actions. There can 
be no reasoning – no negotiation – with this brand of evil. The only 
language understood by killers like this is the language of force. So the 
United States of America will work with a broad coalition to dismantle this 
network of death. 


In this effort, we do not act alone. Nor do we intend to send U.S. troops to 
occupy foreign lands. Instead, we will support Iraqis and Syrians fighting 
to reclaim their communities. We will use our military might in a campaign 
of air strikes to roll back ISIL. We will train and equip forces fighting 
against these terrorists on the ground. We will work to cut off their 
financing, and to stop the flow of fighters into and out of the region. 
Already, over 40 nations have offered to join this coalition. Today, I ask 
the world to join in this effort. Those who have joined ISIL should leave 
the battlefield while they can. Those who continue to fight for a hateful 
cause will find they are increasingly alone. For we will not succumb to 
threats; and we will demonstrate that the future belongs to those who 
build – not those who destroy. 

Second, it is time for the world – especially Muslim communities – to 
explicitly, forcefully, and consistently reject the ideology of al Qaeda and 
ISIL. 


It is the task of all great religions to accommodate devout faith with a 
modern, multicultural world. No children – anywhere – should be educated to 
hate other people. There should be no more tolerance of so-called clerics 
who call upon people to harm innocents because they are Jewish, Christian or 
Muslim. It is time for a new compact among the civilized peoples of this 
world to eradicate war at its most fundamental source: the corruption of 
young minds by violent ideology. 

That means cutting off the funding that fuels this hate. It’s time to end 
the hypocrisy of those who accumulate wealth through the global economy, and 
then siphon funds to those who teach children to tear it down. 

That means contesting the space that terrorists occupy – including the 
Internet and social media. Their propaganda has coerced young people to 
travel abroad to fight their wars, and turned students into suicide bombers. 
We must offer an alternative vision. 

That means bringing people of different faiths together. All religions have 
been attacked by extremists from within at some point, and all people of 
faith have a responsibility to lift up the value at the heart of all 
religion: do unto thy neighbor as you would have done unto you. 

The ideology of ISIL or al Qaeda or Boko Haram will wilt and die if it is 
consistently exposed, confronted, and refuted in the light of day. Look at 
the new Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies – Sheikh bin Bayyah 
described its purpose: “We must declare war on war, so the outcome will be 
peace upon peace.” Look at the young British Muslims, who responded to 
terrorist propaganda by starting the “notinmyname” campaign, declaring – 
“ISIS is hiding behind a false Islam.” Look at the Christian and Muslim 
leaders who came together in the Central African Republic to reject 
violence – listen to the Imam who said, “Politics try to divide the 
religious in our country, but religion shouldn’t be a cause of hate, war, or 
strife.” 

Later today, the Security Council will adopt a resolution that underscores 
the responsibility of states to counter violent extremism. But resolutions 
must be followed by tangible commitments, so we’re accountable when we fall 
short. Next year, we should all be prepared to announce the concrete steps 
that we have taken to counter extremist ideologies – by getting intolerance 
out of schools, stopping radicalization before it spreads, and promoting 
institutions and programs that build new bridges of understanding. 

Third, we must address the cycle of conflict – especially sectarian 
conflict – that creates the conditions that terrorists prey upon. 

There is nothing new about wars within religions. Christianity endured 
centuries of vicious sectarian conflict. Today, it is violence within Muslim 
communities that has become the source of so much human misery. It is time 
to acknowledge the destruction wrought by proxy wars and terror campaigns 
between Sunni and Shia across the Middle East. And it is time that 
political, civic and religious leaders reject sectarian strife. Let’s be 
clear: this is a fight that no one is winning. A brutal civil war in Syria 
has already killed nearly 200,000 people and displaced millions. Iraq has 
come perilously close to plunging back into the abyss. The conflict has 
created a fertile recruiting ground for terrorists who inevitably export 
this violence. 

Yet, we also see signs that this tide could be reversed – a new, inclusive 
government in Baghdad; a new Iraqi Prime Minister welcomed by his neighbors; 
Lebanese factions rejecting those who try to provoke war. These steps must 
be followed by a broader truce. Nowhere is this more necessary than Syria. 
Together with our partners, America is training and equipping the Syrian 
opposition to be a counterweight to the terrorists of ISIL and the brutality 
of the Assad regime. But the only lasting solution to Syria’s civil war is 
political – an inclusive political transition that responds to the 
legitimate aspirations of all Syrian citizens, regardless of ethnicity or 
creed. 

Cynics may argue that such an outcome can never come to pass. But there is 
no other way for this madness to end – whether one year from now or ten. 
Indeed, it’s time for a broader negotiation in which major powers address 
their differences directly, honestly, and peacefully across the table from 
one another, rather than through gun-wielding proxies. I can promise you 
America will remain engaged in the region, and we are prepared to engage in 
that effort. 

My fourth and final point is a simple one: the countries of the Arab and 
Muslim world must focus on the extraordinary potential of their people – 
especially the youth. 

Here I’d like to speak directly to young people across the Muslim world. You 
come from a great tradition that stands for education, not ignorance; 
innovation, not destruction; the dignity of life, not murder. Those who call 
you away from this path are betraying this tradition, not defending it. 

You have demonstrated that when young people have the tools to succeed –good 
schools; education in math and science; an economy that nurtures creativity 
and entrepreneurship – then societies will flourish. So America will partner 
with those who promote that vision. 

Where women are full participants in a country’s politics or economy, 
societies are more likely to succeed. That’s why we support the 
participation of women in parliaments and in peace processes; in schools and 
the economy. 

If young people live in places where the only option is between the dictates 
of a state, or the lure of an extremist underground – no counter-terrorism 
strategy can succeed. But where a genuine civil society is allowed to 
flourish – where people can express their views, and organize peacefully for 
a better life – then you dramatically expand the alternatives to terror. 

Such positive change need not come at the expense of tradition and faith. We 
see this in Iraq, where a young man started a library for his peers. “We 
link Iraq’s heritage to their hearts,” he said, and “give them a reason to 
stay.” We see it in Tunisia, where secular and Islamist parties worked 
together through a political process to produce a new constitution. We see 
it in Senegal, where civil society thrives alongside a strong, democratic 
government. We see it in Malaysia, where vibrant entrepreneurship is 
propelling a former colony into the ranks of advanced economies. And we see 
it in Indonesia, where what began as a violent transition has evolved into a 
genuine democracy. 

Ultimately, the task of rejecting sectarianism and extremism is a 
generational task – a task for the people of the Middle East themselves. No 
external power can bring about a transformation of hearts and minds. But 
America will be a respectful and constructive partner. We will neither 
tolerate terrorist safe-havens, nor act as an occupying power. Instead, we 
will take action against threats to our security – and our allies – while 
building an architecture of counter-terrorism cooperation. We will increase 
efforts to lift up those who counter extremist ideology, and seek to resolve 
sectarian conflict. And we will expand our programs to support 
entrepreneurship, civil society, education and youth – because, ultimately, 
these investments are the best antidote to violence. 

Leadership will also be necessary to address the conflict between 
Palestinians and Israelis. As bleak as the landscape appears, America will 
never give up the pursuit of peace. The situation in Iraq, Syria and Libya 
should cure anyone of the illusion that this conflict is the main source of 
problems in the region; for far too long, it has been used in part as a way 
to distract people from problems at home. And the violence engulfing the 
region today has made too many Israelis ready to abandon the hard work of 
peace. But let’s be clear: the status quo in the West Bank and Gaza is not 
sustainable. We cannot afford to turn away from this effort – not when 
rockets are fired at innocent Israelis, or the lives of so many Palestinian 
children are taken from us in Gaza. So long as I am President, we will stand 
up for the principle that Israelis, Palestinians, the region, and the world 
will be more just with two states living side by side, in peace and 
security. 

This is what America is prepared to do – taking action against immediate 
threats, while pursuing a world in which the need for such action is 
diminished. The United States will never shy away from defending our 
interests, but nor will we shrink from the promise of this institution and 
its Universal Declaration of Human Rights – the notion that peace is not 
merely the absence of war, but the presence of a better life. 

I realize that America’s critics will be quick to point out that at times we 
too have failed to live up to our ideals; that America has plenty of 
problems within our own borders. This is true. In a summer marked by 
instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, I know the world also 
took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri – where a young 
man was killed, and a community was divided. So yes, we have our own racial 
and ethnic tensions. And like every country, we continually wrestle with how 
to reconcile the vast changes wrought by globalization and greater diversity 
with the traditions that we hold dear. 

But we welcome the scrutiny of the world – because what you see in America 
is a country that has steadily worked to address our problems and make our 
union more perfect. America is not the same as it was 100 years ago, 50 
years ago, or even a decade ago. Because we fight for our ideals, and are 
willing to criticize ourselves when we fall short. Because we hold our 
leaders accountable, and insist on a free press and independent judiciary. 
Because we address our differences in the open space of democracy – with 
respect for the rule of law; with a place for people of every race and 
religion; and with an unyielding belief in the ability of individual men and 
women to change their communities and countries for the better. 

After nearly six years as President, I believe that this promise can help 
light the world. Because I’ve seen a longing for positive change – for peace 
and freedom and opportunity – in the eyes of young people I’ve met around 
the globe. They remind me that no matter who you are, or where you come 
from, or what you look like, or what God you pray to, or who you love, there 
is something fundamental that we all share. Eleanor Roosevelt, a champion of 
the UN and America’s role in it, once asked, “Where, after all, do universal 
human rights begin? In small places,” she said, “close to home – so close 
and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are 
the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school 
or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works.” 

The people of the world look to us, here, to be as decent, as dignified, and 
as courageous as they are in their daily lives. And at this crossroads, I 
can promise you that the United States of America will not be distracted or 
deterred from what must be done. We are heirs to a proud legacy of freedom, 
and we are prepared to do what is necessary to secure that legacy for 
generations to come. Join us in this common mission, for today’s children 
and tomorrow’s.
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