Sunday, March 10, 2013

Humanitarian Crisis in Syria Ignored By Obama and The West & ACLU Investigates Militarization Of US Police Forces & Irony Abounds As Far Right Anti-Muslim Dutch Leader Converts To Islam

Humanitarian Crisis as Refugees from Syria increase dramatically to over 1 million this week while President Obama and his Western lackey offer little substantial aid and are more interested in sending hundreds of millions in weaponry and funds to aid the Jihadist extremists who now control the Rebels in Syria.

Americans especially are very reluctant to give any sort of humanitarian aid to their fellow citizens whether in the form of disaster relief or welfare or medical care or housing or food stamps and so forth believing each individual is in essence entirely alone and on their own and must provide for themselves or slowly die from hunger , exposure or disease . Such a truly Christian nation they trumpet believing all the lies they tell themselves.

According to America's Real Hero who is not MLK or FDR but rather is Ayn Rand (typified by the Soulless Greedy CEOs and Wall Street Thugs ) who argued that charity and altruism and caring about your neighbors or even strangers is a sign of moral and mental weakness. Whereas war for Americans is a cleansing the natural hygiene and the only real thing that matters that is proving America can kick ass and as Obama tells us kill anyone anywhere no matter how powerless or powerful.

Or to put it simply America's real Idol is not Jesus but the All Mighty Dollar and doing onto others before they do unto you.

Once again this time in Syria as the Western Nations led by the US declared war on a nation or at least its leaders the resulting humanitarian crisis is ignored. Now millions of Syrians are refugees who are in need of Humanitarian aid but the West is more concerned with funding, training and arming the rebel forces in Syria without any concern for the Syrian people. Though the West claims it is interfering in Syria on behalf of the people as they also said when they attacked Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan etc. but each time the words ring hollow as the displaced people and refugees who have fled to neighboring countries are virtually ignored. The US and the West are willing to commit Billions to fund the Rebels but are unwilling to ensure the health and safety of internal displaced persons or the refugees in neighboring countries.

ACLU on the Militarization of Police Forces Across The USA. Police forces treat average citizens as all being potential terrorists so it is no wonder that police are so eager to try out their new shiny toys to teach civilians who has rights and who does not.  During the Occupy Movement we saw how America now treats wide-spread protests with draconian militarized police actions to send a chilling message to any who are thinking about taking part in such activities.

The right to assembly, to freedom of expression, the freedom to protest and air one's grievances in a peaceful manner are no longer absolute rights because it depends on one's message .

 Being anti-Wall Street and Bank bail outs and insisting on the rule of law applying to the rich and powerful President Obama  by not interferring in the brutal crackdown  on the Occupy Wall Street Movement showed where his sympathies and loyalties lie that is with the rich and powerful and he appears to regard these protesters as being unAmerican and treasonous .

As we have said before if Obama had been around during the Civil Rights movement he would have been one those conservative African Americans warning his fellow Blacks to calm down and just wait and to of course stop breaking the law even the Jim Crow laws. We keep waiting for Obama to take one brave action to prove us wrong.

Irony abounds as former extreme right winger and former Islamophobe converts to Islam.
Arnoud Van Doorn of the Netherlands "Freedom Party" Former far right Islamophobe and friend and confidante of anti-Islam bigot and Crusader notorious Geert Wilders surprises many as he Converts to Islam.

This refugee crisis in Syria  is nothing new since the US has done all this before claiming to be on the side of the people of a nation even though they are against the Regime itself until it comes to coughing up some real money not just a few million that might only last a couple of weeks  as in the first Gulf War against Saddam by George Bush Sr. and the second Gulf War by George Bush Jr. in which millions of Iraqi Displaced Persons within Iraq and the 3 million Iraqis who left their homes and crossed the borders received little or no help .

In the first Gulf War thousands if not tens of thousands died waiting for military help to prevent Saddam from committing  mass murder which he in fact carried out or waiting for aid which never arrived and left them as sitting ducks to be murdered or transferred to various parts of Iraq in some cases left to die in concentration camps while the leaders of the so called Free World and superior civilization were too busy playing politics as if it were all a game without serious consequences for the ordinary people caught once again in the cross fire .

In the first Gulf War it was the Kurds and Shia of Iraq who were encouraged to rise up against Saddam and that the US would give them military and financial support but for political reasons they were abandoned to the brutality of Saddam so Kurds and Shia Iraqis were butchered by the tens of thousands as they were abandoned by the US and the West and even the Western Media.

So it is as usual mere rhetoric and an attempt to justify a regime change in Syria by military force when President Obama and the West claim they are intervening in Syria because of their concern for the people of Syria . Instead this is just all part of the US and the Western Powers geopolitical agenda as part of The New Great Game. Bashar Assad is a brutal dictator who has no hesitation or qualms about killing his own people in order to maintain power.

Humanitarian Catastrophe in Syria

Published on 9 Mar 2013

Omar Dahi: Western Powers and GCC countries fail to provide aid at levels needed, in spite of professed interest in the Syrian people

Irony abounds as anti-Islam politician and top level leader of Geert Wilders far right Dutch party after years of condemning Islam and all Muslims converts to Islam.

We can wish him well now that he has seen the error of his ways that Islam is not a religion which primarily teaches the necessity of violence to spread Islam . Jihad is meant to be primarily applied to one's personal struggle as a believer to become a better Muslim. The other side of Jihad is meant to be an armed struggle when Islam and the Muslim community are under physical attack .

If one looks at and studies the history of Christianity it is readily apparent how the religion and theology have been misappropriated or hijacked to justify various unChristian agendas from murdering Jews over the last thousand years or so to mass murdering Muslims or aboriginal or indigenous peoples in the Americas or in Africa or elsewhere to Christians killing other Christians over doctrinal theological differences. If we look at the history of Judaism and the Israelites as depicted in the Old Testament the Israelites on entering the Promised Land committed genocide in order to remove the so called unbelievers, pagans and so forth from the land. But this sort of violence was not part of the Jewish Diaspora for almost 2,000 years the Jewish people were in fact persecuted mercilessly by the European Christians more so than they were in Pagan or Islamic lands at least until the modern era.

According to the Prophet Muhammad Muslims were instructed to treat the peoples of the Book which includes Christians and Jews with respect unfortunately there have been supposed followers of Islam of the Prophet Muhammad who ignored such instructions and would comb the Holy Qur'an for a justification (proof texting)for persecuting Christians and Jews.

Far-right Dutch Politician Finds Islam, March 5, 2013

AMSTERDAM – A leading member in far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders’ party has reverted to Islam after an extensive study about the Islamic religion and Muslims.

“I can understand people are skeptic, especially that it is unexpected for many of them,” Arnoud Van Doorn told Al-Jazeera English satellite channel.

“This is a very big decision, which I have not taken lightly.”

The news about Doorn’s reversion first came to the surface last month when he tweeted “new beginning”.

He later posted a tweet in Arabic pronouncing the Shahadah (proclamation of faith).

The politician later announced that he reverted to Islam, giving no more information about the reasons behind the decision.

“In my own close circle people have known that I have been actively researching the Qur’an, Hadith, Sunnah and other writings for almost a year now,” he said.

“In addition, I have had numerous conversations with Muslims about the religion.”

Driven by his party’s anti-Islam discourse, Doorn decided to dig in for the truth about the religion himself.

“I have heard so many negative stories about Islam, but I am not a person who follows opinions of others without doing my own research,” he said.

“Therefore, I have actually started to deepen my knowledge of the Islam out of curiosity.

“My colleague Aboe Khoulani from the City Council in The Hague has brought me further into contact with the as-Soennah mosque, which has guided me even further.”

A member of the Dutch parliament and The Hague city council, Doorn’s name has long been associated with Wilders’ anti-Islam, far-right PVV party.

Wilders himself is known for his rants against Islam, Muslims and the Noble Qur’an.

New Beginning

Doorn’s decision to embrace Islam has won mixed reactions in the Netherlands.

“According to some people I am a traitor, but according to most others I have actually made a very good decision,” he told Aljazeera.

“The reactions are generally positive and I also received quite some support via twitter.

“It feels good that people who do not know me personally have understanding of my situation and support me in my choice.”

For the Dutch politician, finding Islam was finally guiding him to the true path in his life.

“I have made mistakes in life as many others. From these mistakes I have learned a lot,” Doorn said.

“And by my conversion to Islam I have the feeling that I finally found my path.

“I realize that this is a new start and that I still have much to learn as well.”

Departing from his earlier life as a PVV member, Doorn expects much resistance in his political life.

“The expectation is that I will continue to face much resistance, also from certain government institutions,” he said.
“I have all faith in Allah to support me and to guide me through these moments.”

During the brutal crackdown in the US of the Occupy Movement in various cities across the country we saw how militarized local police forces have become and how their tactics were more suitable for an armed insurrection by citizens using terrorist tactics than would be more suitable to mostly peaceful protests. Just because protests spread across the nation and in some cases as many as 250,000 protesters took part in a single day's event does not give the police the right to gas and use brute force without any constraints short of killing protesters. This is the only difference one can see between how the US police treat peaceful protests and how other nations such as Bahrain, Egypt, Syria, Libya , Saudi Arabia etc. treat peaceful protesters.

In those cases where there was some push back by Occupy protesters including violence and vandalism these acts were committed by a small minority including mostly the violent prone Anarchist organization known as Black Bloc . In dealing with the Black Bloc the police in such cases are supposed to separate this groups from the majority and then round them up rather than attacking everyone who was taking a part in the protests.

So the ACLU intends to launch a nation wide investigation of these military style tactics combined with military style weaponry to put pressure on the local police , the American public and the federal and state governments to re-evaluate this militarization of police forces.

ACLU Launches Nationwide Investigation into Police Use of Military Technology & Tactics
Militarization of Local Law Enforcement Erodes Civil Liberties, Encourages Overly Aggressive Policing , ACLU Press release,March 6, 20133

NEW YORK - March 6 - American Civil Liberties Union affiliates in 23 states today simultaneously filed more than 255 public records requests to determine the extent to which local police departments are using federally subsidized military technology and tactics that are traditionally used overseas.

"Equipping state and local law enforcement with military weapons and vehicles, military tactical training, and actual military assistance to conduct traditional law enforcement erodes civil liberties and encourages increasingly aggressive policing, particularly in poor neighborhoods and communities of color," said Kara Dansky, senior counsel for the ACLU's Center for Justice. "We've seen examples of this in several localities, but we don't know the dimensions of the problem."

The affiliates filed public records requests with local law enforcement agencies seeking information on the use of:

Special Weapons and Tactics teams, including:

- Number and purpose of deployments
- Types of weapons used during deployments
- Injuries sustained by civilians during deployments
- Training materials
- Funding sources.

Cutting edge weapons and technologies, including:

- GPS tracking devices
- Unmanned aerial vehicles, or "drones"
- Augmented detainee restraint, or "shock-cuffs"
- Military weaponry, equipment, and vehicles obtained from or funded by federal agencies such as the Departments of Defense and/or Homeland Security.

Affiliates filed a second request with state National Guards seeking information regarding:

- Cooperative agreements between local police departments and the National Guard counter-drug program
- Incidents of National Guard contact with civilians.

"The American people deserve to know how much our local police are using military weapons and tactics for everyday policing," said Allie Bohm, ACLU advocacy and policy strategist. "The militarization of local police is a threat to Americans' right to live without fear of military-style intervention in their daily lives, and we need to make sure these resources and tactics are deployed only with rigorous oversight and strong legal protections."

The affiliates which filed public records requests are: Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Once the information has been collected and analyzed, if needed, the ACLU will use the results to recommend changes in law and policy governing the use of military tactics and technology in local law enforcement.

More information can be found here:

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