Friday, September 14, 2012

Special Report: on the brink of war

The increase in tension is ten-fold and with that ratchet we approach what is, by all signs the famed "clash of civilizations" spoken about by Samuel Huntington.  In the last 4 days we have seen a rise in anger unlike anything since the first intifada in 2000.  We are witnessing a paradigm shift in thinking as to how we respond to threats and intimidation, with the trend now being capitulation and abject regret for our actions.  The calls for the head of the man who made the movie, the brutal attacks on our embassies and personnel and the collective demands for justice, Islam style are increasing exponentially.  To top it off, our dear leader and his merry band of yes-men continue to make it more difficult to identify and fight Islamic ideology and the jihad being waged.  Refusing to use words like jihad or Islamic extremists or Muslim  terrorists, apologizing for our behavior and principles, promoting censorship over free speech, buying into the victim mentality of Islam by supporting blasphemy laws, deliberately ignoring the creep of sharia law into American jurisprudence, bolstering the "democratic" uprising in the Middle East while these same rebels are cleansing their lands of Christians and all non-Muslims, ignoring Israel and the threat of Iran to concentrate on the "Islamophobes" who dare make a movie mocking Muhammad and Islam which, by the way is not the reason for the outrage.  It is a pretense but not the underlying factor for the rage.  The MSM, the White House, pundits of all stripes and politicians on all sides are drinking the Kool-Ade by the truck-load, believing their own filth and wallowing in their attempts to spin this as a positive for the Muslim world.  I am ashamed to be an American right now, because my President is a fool and is abdicating his responsibility to protect and safeguard the citizens of America.  All in the name of political correctness and the sin of judging another religion.

There is so much news pouring out of the Middle East it is tough to get a grasp on it all.  I will, in the next few days post as many articles as I can, to give you the most complete and context-filled news there is.   As the late, great Paul Harvey used to say, "Stand by for News!"

As I said earlier, the rage has nothing to do with the movie, and here is proof.

From USA Today September 13 by Sara Lynch and Oren Dorrel

Deadly embassy attacks were days in the making
CAIRO -- Days of planning and online promotion by hard-line Islamist leaders helped whip up the mobs that stormed the U.S. Embassy in Egypt and launched a deadly attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya that killed an ambassador and three others.

As the U.S. tightened security worldwide at embassies and Libya's president apologized for the attack, details emerged of how the violence began, according to experts who monitor Egyptian media.

Christopher Stevens, 52, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, was killed, along with three other Americans, on Tuesday night when a mob of protesters and gunmen stormed the embassy in the eastern city of Benghazi.

In response, the Obama administration sent an anti-terrorism detail of Marines to reinforce security at U.S. diplomatic facilities, and the Pentagon said two warships were moving toward the Libyan coast.

The killings in Libya followed demonstrations in front of Cairo's U.S. Embassy, where protesters tore down the U.S. flag and scaled the embassy's wall.

The protest was planned by Salafists well before news circulated of an objectionable video ridiculing Islam's prophet, Mohammed, said Eric Trager, an expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

The protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo was announced Aug. 30 by Jamaa Islamiya, a State Department-designated terrorist group, to protest the ongoing imprisonment of its spiritual leader, Sheikh Omar abdel Rahman. He is serving a life sentence in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

When the video started circulating, Nader Bakkar, the spokesman for the Egyptian Salafist Noor party, which holds about 25% of the seats in parliament, called on people to go to the embassy. He also called on non-Islamist soccer hooligans, known as Ultras, to join the protest.

On Monday, the brother of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri, Mohamed al Zawahiri, tweeted that people should go to the embassy and "defend the prophet," Trager said.

Zawahiri justified al-Qaeda's 9/11 attacks in an interview with Al Jazeera last month.

"If America attacks the Arab peoples and their regimes do not defend them, somebody who does defend the Arab and Muslim peoples should not be considered a criminal," Zawahiri told the television network, according to a translation by MEMRI. "We have done nothing wrong."

A U.S. official, speaking to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the situation publicly, said the Obama administration is investigating whether the assault on the U.S. consulate in Libya was planned to mark the anniversary of 9/11.

The State Department identified one of the other Americans as Sean Smith, a foreign service information management officer. The identities of the others were being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

A senior administrations official -- who briefed reporters on the details but requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly -- describe the assault as an intense hours-long firefight between heavily armed gunmen and U.S. and Libyan security personnel attempting to defend the diplomatic mission.

This is the official's story:

Stevens was on a routine visit to the consulate in Benghazi when the compound came under fire from unidentified gunmen. In 15 minutes the gunmen gained access to the compound.

Stevens was in the building with Smith. About 45 minutes into the battle U.S. security personnel assigned to a nearby security annex attempted unsuccessfully to fight their way into the building but were driven off. More than 30 minutes later U.S. and Libyan security personnel tried again and were able to get into the main building. They rescued the remaining staff and hustled them to the nearby annex.

Soon after, the annex came under fire in a battle that lasted two hours. After the fighting died down, Stevens was brought to a Benghazi hospital. His body was later turned over to the Americans at Benghazi airport.

The Muslim Brotherhood on Wednesday condemned the violence.

Special Report continues... 

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