Taliban Leaders Freely Used Twitter and Facebook’s WhatsApp as They Took Power in Afghanistan

According to Reuters,

“The Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan poses a new challenge for big U.S. tech companies on handling content created by a group considered to be terrorists by some world governments.”

The challenge really isn’t about “handling content” at all. The solution is simple: strip jihadists of their accounts. Instead, Twitter and Facebook are now waffling, even though they rapidly swing into censorship mode to crack down on the content of conservatives, including even the former President of the United States, Donald Trump.

It isn’t the first time Twitter rolled out the red carpet for bloodthirsty jihadists. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khameini celebrated jihad terror against Israel on Twitter.

Taliban soldiers are now going door to door forcibly marrying girls as young as 12, and forcing them into sex slavery, but to Facebook and Twitter, it’s a “content challenge” on whether or not to host the Taliban.

How do Facebook and Twitter now answer questions about their globalist, “progressive” bias in favor of the most barbaric human rights abusers, while continuing to crack down on and silence supporters of Judeo-Christian democracies, human rights defenders and truth-tellers? They have no answers, so they get their mainstream media cronies to minimize this serious issue for them, and buy time for them until the next news cycle.

To Facebook and Twitter, conservative truth-tellers are the “extremists” and “terrorists” (“Islamophobes,” too), not the Taliban, al-Qaeda, Iran or the Muslim Brotherhood.

WhatsApp shut down the Taliban’s helpline in Kabul. Much more must be done.

Taliban’s Afghanistan takeover presents fresh challenge for social media companies

by Elizabeth Culliford and Kanishka Singh, Reuters, August 16, 2021:

Aug 16 (Reuters) – The Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan poses a new challenge for big U.S. tech companies on handling content created by a group considered to be terrorists by some world governments.

Social media giant Facebook confirmed on Monday that it designates the Taliban a terrorist group and bans it and content supporting it from its platforms.

But Taliban members have reportedly continued to use Facebook’s end-to-end encrypted messaging service WhatsApp to communicate directly with Afghanis despite the company prohibiting it under rules against dangerous organizations.

A Facebook Inc (FB.O) spokesperson said the company was closely monitoring the situation in the country and that WhatsApp would take action on any accounts found to be linked with sanctioned organizations in Afghanistan, which could include account removal.

On Twitter Inc (TWTR.N), Taliban spokesmen with hundreds of thousands of followers have tweeted updates during the country’s takeover.

Asked about the Taliban’s use of the platform, the company pointed to its policies against violent organizations and hateful conduct but did not answer Reuters questions about how it makes its classifications. Twitter’s rules say it does not allow groups who promote terrorism or violence against civilians….

These include controversial blocks of former U.S. President Donald Trump for inciting violence around the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and bans on Myanmar’s military amid a coup in the country….




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VIDEO: “Wait Until The Cameras Go Home,” Brigitte Gabriel Warns About Horrifying Future in Afghanistan

In an interview, Brigitte Gabriel warned America about the true intentions behind the Taliban’s treatment of women under their jihadist regime:

“Wait until the cameras go home. Wait until the West loses interest in Afghanistan. Now it’s a top story. But will it be a top story when no reporters are going to be allowed inside? And that’s when the Taliban is going to take over and really do whatever they wish to do to the women.”


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Terror-Supporting Twitter Says Taliban Can Stay On Platform

But I am banned. And Trump is banned. Twitter is a terrorist organization.

Twitter says Taliban can stay on platform if they obey rules

By: Samuel Chamberlain, New York Post, August 17, 2021:

In a statement obtained by Mediaite Tuesday, Twitter ducked the question of whether it would bar representatives of the Islamic fundamentalist government from getting their message out 280 characters at a time — saying only that it would “continue to proactively enforce” its rules outlawing the “glorification of violence, platform manipulation and spam.”

“Twitter’s top priority is keeping people safe, and we remain vigilant,” the statement added.

Both official Taliban spokesmen have unverified accounts on Twitter. One, Zabihullah Mujahid, has more than 310,000 followers. His most recent tweet as of Tuesday afternoon promoted a press conference by Taliban leaders and drew hundreds of responses, many of them from well-wishers.

“Dear Zabihullah Mujahid Saib, First of all, I welcome you and then congratulate you on the complete liberation of Afghanistan,” read a typical message.

The other spokesman, Qari Yousaf Ahmadi, has more than 63,000 followers, and gained notoriety during the recent fighting for tweeting reports about the capture of various cities as the Taliban swept through the Afghan countryside.

Big Tech critics have expressed outrage over Twitter’s tolerance toward the Taliban after it banned Trump in the aftermath of the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol. The company also recently suspended Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) after she questioned the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, but has permitted accounts affiliated with repressive governments like China and Iran to spread anti-American and anti-Israel propaganda.

“Why on God’s green Earth does the Taliban spokesman have an active Twitter account but not the former President of the United States?,” Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) tweeted Sunday. “Who’s [sic] side is the AMERICA BASED Big-Tech companies on?”

“Freedom and democracy are not doing well when #Twitter continues to ban #Trump’s account but relays the #Taliban spokesperson’s without any second thoughts,” agreed Jérôme Rivière, a member of the European Parliament representing France’s far-right National Rally party.

“The Taliban is sanctioned as a terrorist organization under US law and we have banned them from our services under our Dangerous Organization policies,” a Facebook spokesperson told CNBC.

A spokesperson for the encrypted chat app WhatsApp, which is also owned by Facebook, told Vice News that while “we do not have access to the contents of people’s personal chats; however, if we become aware that a sanctioned individual or organization may have a presence on WhatsApp, we take action.”

Google-owned YouTube vowed to CNN Tuesday that it would “terminate” any account it believes to be operated by the Afghan Taliban, while TikTok told CNBC it is removing content that supports or praises the militant group.

Twitter did not immediately respond to requests for comment by the Post.

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Gay Afghan Author Warns: Taliban Will ‘Weed Out,’ ‘Exterminate’ LGBT Community

The practice of killing gays is alive and well in many Muslim countries. The penalty for homosexuality is death in Islam. See HERE. The Taliban will certainly implement the directives in these texts with the utmost barbarity. The LGBT+ community will have to hide for their lives. The Taliban has already vowed to “crush gay men to death by pushing walls onto them.”

While “progressives” have been busy castigating Israel and the West, while capitulating to Islamic supremacists, gays do not live in fear for their lives in Western countries or Israel, as those countries uphold human rights and equality. Leftist women’s rights and gay activists have a blind spot when it comes to Islam.

Taliban will ‘weed out and exterminate’ LGBT+ people in Afghanistan, warns exiled gay author

by Patrick Kelleher, Pink News, August 17, 2021:

Gay Afghan author Nemat Sadat has warned that the Taliban will “weed out and exterminate” the LGBT+ community in Afghanistan following their seismic takeover.

There has been significant concern for the safety and wellbeing of women, girls and LGBT+ people in Afghanistan after the extremist militant group seized power.

The Taliban is expected to enforce its extreme interpretation of Sharia law across Afghanistan, which would see many women, LGBT+ people persecuted. Under it, queer people and women could be sentenced to death.

Speaking to PinkNews, Sadat said there is “no telling” how bad the situation will become for LGBT+ Afghans stuck in the country under Taliban rule.

Sadat and his family left Afghanistan when he was still a baby and they ultimately settled in the United States. In 2012, he returned to his birth city of Kabul to work as a professor of political science at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

Widespread anti-LGBT+ sentiment meant that it was impossible for him to settle there. Warlords spread rumours that he was a practicing homosexual. Sadat reacted to the rumours by advocating for LGBT+ rights on campus and in his classroom.

Shortly afterwards, the Taliban got involved. The extremist group wrote a manifesto claiming AUAF had “become a bastion of gays and lesbians” because of Sadat’s activism, adding that he should be “targeted and killed”…..

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On the Same Day Taliban Vowed to Protect Women’s Rights, They Killed a Woman for Not Wearing a Burqa

WATCH: Taliban Soldiers Detaining People in the Streets of Kabul

My latest in PJ Media:

Well, this didn’t take long at all. On Tuesday I noted that Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said: “We are going to allow women to work and study, women are going to be very active in society… we guarantee all their rights within the limits of Islam.” With admirable dispatch, the Taliban on the very same day indelibly illustrated how strictly those “limits of Islam” would be enforced. Fox News reported, also on Tuesday, that “fighters from the group shot and killed a woman in Takhar province after she went out in public without a burqa.”

No one should have been surprised, although some people undoubtedly were. The familiar wishful thinking and willful blindness are already appearing in establishment media circles. Wednesday on CNN, Christiane Amanpour, eager as always to be told soothing falsehoods, interviewed Saad Mohseni, director of the MOBY Group, which describes itself as operating in “South & Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa.”

“Headquartered in Dubai, the group employs over 1,200 individuals across 16 businesses,” and says it “has been widely recognized for its role in bringing news and entertainment to underserved populations.” The MOBY Group website also notes that Mohseni was “named one of 10 men fighting for gender equality by BBC 100 Women 2015.”

Mohseni told Amanpour: “Can the real Taliban stand up please? You have different factions, you have different wings… so we’re not even sure which part of the Taliban will prevail. Will the moderates prevail or will the more conservative ones prevail? It’s too early to tell.” Back in the real world, that is, the part that isn’t reported by CNN, this is arrant nonsense. There has been no evidence whatsoever of “moderate” wings of the Taliban, and any internal differences within the group are not likely to involve issues of women’s rights or relations with non-Muslim entities, as the Taliban’s stance on such matters is entirely dictated by the parameters of Islamic law.

Of course, Amanpour and her colleagues don’t have the faintest idea what Islamic law teaches, and even if they did, would dismiss even explicit teachings from the Qur’an and Sunnah as “extremist” and “fringe” and assume, without the slightest shred of evidence, that the vast majority of devout, knowledgeable and Sharia-adherent Muslims reject those teachings. Amanpour and her ilk cling to their fantasies about moderate Taliban factions and moderates among the Iranian mullahs just as tenaciously as they cling to their wholly baseless imaginings of the true, peaceful teachings of Islam that somehow elude the Taliban, and ISIS, and al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram, and all the rest, despite dedicating their lives to understanding Islam properly and implementing its laws faithfully.

There is more. Read the rest here.


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VIDEO: Biden’s Debacle in Afghanistan

During this special Center for Security Policy webinar, three top national security experts who worked for the Trump National Security Council discussed the current crisis in Afghanistan caused by President Biden’s decision to abruptly withdraw all U.S. troops from the country.

Moderating the panel was Center President Fred Fleitz.  Fleitz served as National Security Council Chief of Staff and is a former CIA analyst.  Joining Fleitz was Dr. Victoria Coates and Robert Greenway.

Dr. Coates is Director of the Center’s Program on the Middle East and North Africa.  During the Trump administration, she served as Deputy National Adviser and Senior Director for the Middle East and North Africa in the Trump National Security Council and as a senior adviser to the Secretary of Energy.  Coates also served as national security adviser to Senator Ted Cruz.

Robert Greenway also served as a Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Director for the Middle East and North Africa in the Trump National Security Council. He is currently an Adjunct Fellow at Hudson Institute.  Greenway had a distinguished career as an Army intelligence officer and served three tours in Afghanistan.  These included in 2001 as the Operations Officer for a Special Mission Unit; in 2011 as Senior Intelligence Advisor to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence and Senior Intelligence Advisor to the Commander, International Security Assistance Forces; and in 2014-15 as Senior Intelligence Advisor to the Commander Combined Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan/NATO Joint Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan.

The panel engaged in a wide-ranging discussion on the reasons for the rapid fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban, including Biden’s order for a rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops and problems with the Afghan military.

Greenway discussed security issues in Kabul, including the mission of the 5,000 U.S. troops recently sent to the Kabul airport to evacuate U.S. citizens.  He did not see how American citizens will be able to make their way to the airport to be evacuated.  Greenway also discussed the close relationship between the Taliban and Pakistan and the vast array of arms left behind by the U.S. military now in the hands of the Taliban.

Coates said regarding the catastrophic breakdown of normal planning for such a withdrawal, “I can’t fix the last eight weeks but can I fix the next eight weeks?  I do not think we faced a binary choice between the debacle we have now and 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.”

Coates went on, “The Taliban appear to have discovered the art of the public relations and their theme appears to be ‘This is not your father’s Taliban.’”  While Coates expressed skepticism that the new Taliban are substantively different from the old Taliban, she recommended scrutiny of their actions, and that the U.S. government consider providing uncensored satellite-based internet access to more remote areas of Afghanistan where the Taliban might deploy violent, repressive terrorist tactics against Afghanis with no way to communicate their crimes to the outside world.

Fleitz stressed the Afghanistan crisis is a huge embarrassment for the United States and for President Biden. Fleitz primarily put the blame on Biden for his decision to suddenly withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan without a plan and without consulting with the Afghan army or government or with America’s allies.  He believes Biden should fire his national security team in response to this debacle and bring in national security experts with experience and gravitas who can better advise Biden to prevent him from making more ill-advised national security decisions in the future that undermine America’s reputation and security.

Coates and Greenway both observed that the abandonment of Bagram airbase north of Kabul was both dangerous and unnecessary.  Based on their trip to the Al Asad airbase in Iraq with President Trump during Christmas, 2018, they suggested he would have been more appreciative of the strategic importance of this base.

Greenway pointed out that some $83 billion in U.S. arms and equipment had been abandoned to the Taliban, and while the terrorist group would have a difficult time maintaining and deploying much of it, they now control “one of the largest arms depots in the region.”

Both Coates and Greenway highlighted the looming 20th anniversary of the 9/11 al Qaida attacks on America that launched the Afghanistan operation in the first place, and the need to bring heightened vigilance to this anniversary.  Greenway emphasized the long and loyal relationship between the Taliban and al Qaida and predicted that fresh terrorist attacks are close to inevitable: “Now it is simply a matter of when.”

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What Makes the Taliban Tick?

It is horrible to see the collapse of Afghanistan and thousands trying to flee the country before the Islamists take complete control there. What motivates the Taliban who once again are violently asserting power in that country? What makes the Taliban tick?

There’s no mystery here. In some ways, it’s the same impulse at work in our world for the last 1400 years, ever since the hordes of Mohammed, Islam’s prophet, arose from the Arabian desert and took over as much territory as possible.

Mohammed himself said, “I have been ordered to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshiped but Allah, that Mohammed is Allah’s prophet, that they offer prayers and give obligatory charity. If they perform all of that, they save their lives and their property” (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 2, Number 24).

After Mohammed’s death in 632, Muslims spread Islam by the sword, conquering from the Arabian Peninsula throughout the Mediterranean world.

They even conquered much of Spain and tried to conquer France, until Charles Martel, the grandfather of Charlemagne, defeated them at the Battle of Tours in 732.

One of the most astute authors commenting on Islam is Robert Spencer, director of JihadWatch.org and author of many books on Islam, including The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran. I’ve been privileged to interview him often.

I once asked him about the notion we repeatedly hear: “Islam is a religion of peace.”

He told me, “Islam is a religion of peace, yes. The peace that Islam envisions is the peace that will come when the whole world is ruled by Islamic law and Muslims have the obligation to wage war against non-Muslims until that time, and so it’s a religion of violence and hatred and supremacies, ultimately culminating in an era of peace that will see the essential enslavement of non-Muslims.”

Dr. Zhudi Jasser is the president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. As a Muslim, who disagrees with the Taliban and all violent forms of Islam, he has chosen America as his adopted home. (Sadly, his views are not widely shared by many of his fellow Muslims.)

Said Jasser of America’s creators, “I think our founding fathers demonstrated that the best society is that founded by religious individuals as they were religious Christians but were escaping theocracy.”

So what is the problem with groups like the Taliban? Jasser says, “The root cause, I believe, as a Muslim, is the ideology of Islamism. The ideology of wanting to create Islamic states that are supremacist…That no other legal system takes precedence.”

The Taliban are strict Islamists, who believe in the legal system of Sharia, which is strict Islamic law.

A decade ago I interviewed Nonie Darwish, author of the books, Now They Call Me Infidel and Cruel and Usual Punishment. She said, “The word Sharia is an Arabic word meaning literally ‘the way.’ It’s the way to live, and Sharia is a set of very detailed laws.”

Sharia law is found throughout the Qur’an and the Hadith, the collection of the sayings of Mohammed. Nonie notes, “Whatever Mohammed did in the 7th century became the law for the Muslims to live by forever.”

Sharia law is often presented to the West as religious law, simply governing how Muslims live out Islam in their private lives. But Sharia law governs everything from how to wash your hands to how to run a country.

Nonie told me, “There’s a law in Sharia that tells Muslims…anybody on the street can murder an apostate and he will not be punished for it.”

Ironically, many American liberals who always clamor about women’s rights can’t seem to see how repressive strict Islamic law is toward women. Before the American invasion of Afghanistan to avenge 9/11, the Taliban were often killing women teachers and women doctors in Afghanistan.

Wherever Sharia law is in effect, women (not to mention minority religious groups) are second class citizens. Under strict Sharia law, a woman’s testimony in court is worth half of a man’s testimony. If a woman claims to be raped, it can only be established to be truthful by the testimony of four male eyewitnesses.

A woman cannot be caught with a man in public who is not her husband or relative. Nonie notes, “The police go into coffeehouses to check if the male sitting with the female is a blood relative or not.” If a woman is caught with a non-relative, she will face public flogging—under Sharia.

A woman under strict Islamic law must be covered from head to toe. And on and on it goes with strict Sharia law.

To understand how the Taliban tick, understand strict Islamic ideology. The writings of Robert Spencer and Nonie Darwish are a good place to start.

©Jerry Newcombe. All rights reserved.

BRUTALITY: Harrowing Images Show Barbaric Taliban Imposing Islamic Law

Islamic rule. Or as Biden clown show says, “inclusive.”

Democrat say, “Respect it, islamophobes!”

Watch the Biden clown show:

‘Taliban is coming’ Crying Afghan woman pleads for help from US troops

Distressing images show the barbaric reality in Afghanistan after the Taliban seized control of the country, with women and children covered in blood and militants patrolling streets with rocket launchers — all despite the Taliban’s promise of a more peaceful regime.

Shocking scenes captured across Afghanistan on Tuesday — the day the Taliban’s longtime spokesman promised peace and an “inclusive, Islamic government” — showed militant mobs instead firing high-powered weapons in the air and randomly beating passersby.

Video footage shared on social media also shows groups of people being corralled by armed groups, some carrying what appear to be rocket launchers while others patrol on rooftops.

In one image taken by the Los Angeles Times, a woman is seen apparently unconscious on the ground near Kabul Airport with blood over her head and hands, while a young boy is carried with his hair completely soaked in blood.

The child was completely limp, with his eyes rolling back in his head, the paper’s photojournalist, Marcus Yam, recalled.

More photos here.

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Taliban Declares Girls Above 15 To be ‘Gifted To Fighters As Wives’

The Taliban has issued a letter asking parents to “gift their daughters” as wives to its terrorists. Women have been told not to leave their homes alone. Men are being told to grow their beards.

Feminists are hiding behind their #metto hashtags.

This was in July. So we knew.


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Biden’s Afghanistan Catastrophe Increases Terror Threat in U.S.

Biden administration, meanwhile, focuses solely on “domestic extremists”.

The twentieth anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 is just a few weeks away.

The first step in solving a problem is to acknowledge that there is a problem.

The good news is that the Biden administration acknowledges that America faces an increased threat of terrorism, especially as the 20th anniversary of the terror attacks of 9/11 by al-Qaida approaches.

The bad news, even as the Taliban has now taken back all of Afghanistan because of the Biden administration’s abysmally failed policies, the Biden administration, incredibly, is entirely focused on the threats posed by domestic terrorists and extremists.  

Biden utterly ignores the failures of the immigration system that continue to undermine national security and public safety in this especially dangerous era.

On August 13, 2021 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a press release titled, DHS Issues New National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin.

The focus of the press release, and as you will see, the NTAS Bulletin was Domestic Terrorism without a single reference to possible entry of foreign terrorists into the United States even as it addressed the elevated threats posed by various terror groups as the 20th anniversary of the terror attacks of 9/11 is nearly upon us.

In fact, the above-noted press release included this excerpt:

Under the Biden-Harris Administration, DHS has increased the development, production, and dissemination of intelligence and other actionable information central to countering threats in the current environment.  DHS has established a new, dedicated domestic terrorism branch within the Department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A).  Further, DHS has established the Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3) to help build local prevention frameworks to provide communities with the tools they need to counter terrorism and other targeted violence.

In February, Secretary Mayorkas designated combating domestic violent extremism as a National Priority Area for the first time in FEMA grant programs. As a result, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments are required to spend at least 7.5 percent, or a minimum of $77 million, of their DHS grant awards toward combating this threat.

These initiatives are taken in concert with the Biden-Harris Administration’s National Domestic Terrorism Strategy which highlights the whole-of-government approach being take to enhance the analysis and distribution of actionable intelligence to stakeholders; prevent domestic terrorism recruitment and the mobilization to violence; disrupt and deter domestic terrorism activity; and confront long-term contributors to domestic terrorism.

The National Terrorism Advisory Bulletin referred to above begins with this summary:

Summary of Terrorism Threat to the U.S. Homeland

The Secretary of Homeland Security has issued a new National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin regarding the current heightened threat environment across the United States.  The Homeland continues to face a diverse and challenging threat environment leading up to and following the 20th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks as well religious holidays we assess could serve as a catalyst for acts of targeted violence. These threats include those posed by domestic terrorists, individuals and groups engaged in grievance-based violence, and those inspired or motivated by foreign terrorists and other malign foreign influences. These actors are increasingly exploiting online forums to influence and spread violent extremist narratives and promote violent activity. Such threats are also exacerbated by impacts of the ongoing global pandemic, including grievances over public health safety measures and perceived government restrictions.

This bulletin articulated concerns about domestic extremists and their numerous possible motivations.  When the bulletin did mention foreign terrorist organizations, the concern was limited as to how those terror groups could motivate domestic terrorists,  presumably Americans, via the internet.

Consider these two excerpts:

Additionally, leading up to the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula recently released its first English-language copy of Inspire magazine in over four years, which demonstrates that foreign terrorist organizations continue efforts to inspire U.S.-based individuals susceptible to violent extremist influences.

Foreign and domestic threat actors, to include foreign intelligence services, international terrorist groups and domestic violent extremists, continue to introduce, amplify, and disseminate narratives online that promote violence, and have called for violence against elected officials, political representatives, government facilities, law enforcement, religious communities or commercial facilities, and perceived ideologically-opposed individuals. There are also continued, non-specific calls for violence on multiple online platforms associated with DVE ideologies or conspiracy theories on perceived election fraud and alleged reinstatement, and responses to anticipated restrictions relating to the increasing COVID cases.

There was not a single word in the two DHS documents cited above, about concerns that foreign terrorists would seek to enter the United States to carry out terror attacks even as the Taliban was rampaging across Afghanistan, the country that provided safe havens for al-Qaida and other terror organizations before the attacks of 9/11 which prompted American military action in that country to help prevent future terror attacks against the United States.

Now even the Mainstream Media is alarmed over the loss of Afghanistan to the Taliban as  direct result of the abrupt way that the Biden administration essentially turned tail and fled from that dangerous country, even leaving the U.S. Embassy staff in harm’s way, ordering them to “Shelter in place” as the Taliban captured city after city, including Kabul.

On August 15, 2021 Newsweek reported, Clip of Biden Saying People Won’t Be Lifted Off Embassy Roof in Afghanistan Resurfaces as Just That Happens while on that very same day AOL posted the Associated Press report, Concerns over U.S. terror threats rising as Taliban hold grows.

The first paragraph of the preface of the official report, 9/11 and  Terrorist Travel – Staff Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States” states

It is perhaps obvious to state that terrorists cannot plan and carry out attacks in the United States if they are unable to enter the country. Yet prior to September 11, while there were efforts to enhance border security, no agency of the U.S. government thought of border security as a tool in the counterterrorism arsenal. Indeed, even after 19 hijackers demonstrated the relative ease of obtaining a U.S. visa and gaining admission into the United States, border security still is not considered a cornerstone of national security policy. We believe, for reasons we discuss in the following pages, that it must be made one.

Page 47 contained this excerpt:

Once terrorists had entered the United States, their next challenge was to find a way to remain here. Their primary method was immigration fraud. For example, Yousef and Ajaj concocted bogus political asylum stories when they arrived in the United States. Mahmoud Abouhalima, involved in both the World Trade Center and landmarks plots, received temporary residence under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers (SAW) program, after falsely claiming that he picked beans in Florida.” Mohammed Salameh, who rented the truck used in the bombing, overstayed his tourist visa. He then applied for permanent residency under the agricultural workers program, but was rejected. Eyad Mahmoud Ismail, who drove the van containing the bomb, took English-language classes at Wichita State University in Kansas on a student visa; after he dropped out, he remained in the United States out of status.

Page 61 contained this passage:

Exploring the Link between Human Smugglers and Terrorists 

In July 2001, the CIA warned of a possible link between human smugglers and terrorist groups, including Hamas, Hezbollah, and Egyptian Islamic Jihad.   Indeed, there is evidence to suggest that since 1999 human smugglers have facilitated the travel of terrorists associated with more than a dozen extremist groups.  With their global reach and connections to fraudulent document vendors and corrupt government officials, human smugglers clearly have the “credentials” necessary to aid terrorist travel.

The only conclusion I can come to is that inasmuch as the Biden administration is determined to ramp up the “Immigration Delivery System” as I have come to refer to the administration’s malfeasant immigration policies, there can be no acknowledgment that terror attacks from foreign terror organizations depends on multiple failures of the immigration system.

One of my earlier articles, Jihad At The Border, explained how the border crisis facilitates the entry of terrorists.

Given all of the foregoing facts I have provided today, my earlier article was all too prescient:  Biden Ends War On Radical Islamist Terrorists ‘Over Here’ and ‘Over There’.

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VIDEO: The ‘Progressive’ Squad Remains Silent on Women And Girls Being Persecuted in Afghanistan

This past May, the anti-Semitic Squad vilified and defamed Israel for defending itself against Hamas. They falsely accused Israel of targeting Palestinian civilians including children. However, as women and girls are being murdered, raped, and subjugated by the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Squad is predictably silent. Shame on the mainstream media for not exposing this blatant hypocrisy and anti-Semitism. Watch below.

Deafening Progressive Silence Exposes Reality

By Times of Israel, August 17, 2021

In a day and age where every social cause stirs intense emotion, it is quite curious that Afghanistan fails to rally the people to action. Representative Omar is known for dabbling in anti-Semitic tropes, warning people about the dangers of Israel and the influence of Jewish money. Representative Rashida Tlaib frequently makes hysterical, grandstanding speeches condemning Israel as being ‘racist’, wrenching her garments in the name of Palestine. And how can we forget Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has become a pop sensation over her antics and her unwavering support for her fellow ‘Squad’ members? And yet as Afghanistan falls to an utterly monstrous regime, these perpetual bleeding hearts remain silent. Why?

Many Progressives bend over backwards to try to shield these politicians from justified criticism. They scream sexism, Islamophobia, or racism as a means of deflecting attention away from their bombastic statements. We are told that we read too much into their bile, that they only care about humanity, and that we should focus on the issues. They uphold the Palestinian cause as a singular human rights catastrophe unparalleled in the world today. But these politicians and their ilk are quite selective in their umbrage, and their silence on what is happening in Afghanistan exposes them for the hypocrites they are. When these members of Congress lambast and slander Israel up and down the aisles in perpetuity, claiming to stand for dignity and humanity, they sit back silently as the people of Afghanistan fall into the clutches of a terrorist regime.

How many times have Representatives Omar and Tlaib howled against Israel? How many times have venomous slander flowed from their lips? How many times have their supporters rallied in the streets to condemn Israel? While all this happens, we are told that they only care about justice. We are told that they aren’t anti-Semitic or anti-Israel, just pro-human rights. The silence of these politicians and their apologists show that this talking point is an utter lie. They do not care about human rights, for if they did they would be horrified by what is happening in Afghanistan. They do not care about the rights and dignity of Muslims, for if they did they’d fight against the looming catastrophe that is falling upon the Afghan nation. Just as they ignore the plight of the Uyghurs in Chinese ‘re-education camps’, so too they now ignore the people of Afghanistan. Why? Because they don’t truly care about dignity, liberty, or justice. If they did they would equally care about the Muslims in Afghanistan and East Turkistan. No, their obsessive singular focus on the Palestine issue and their ignoring of far worse calamites show that they simply care about bashing Israel and condemning the only Jewish State in the world.

The next time Representatives Omar, Tlaib or Ocasio-Cortez take to the podium to indulge their sycophants with their childish tantrums, the sensible among us must turn the other way and tune them out. They are useful mouthpieces for anti-Semites and Israel haters, nothing more. Those that care about human rights should not listen to these demagogues, for their hypocrisy is now laid bare.

As Afghanistan falls, so too the masks of these false Progressive prophets.


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‘Calamity of Epic Proportions’: Congress Needs Probe of Biden’s Mishandling of Afghan Withdrawal

The Democrat insurrectionists are too busy secretly torturing Americans who stood for election integrity on January 6th.

‘Calamity of Epic Proportions’ – Congress Needs Probe of Biden’s Mishandling of Afghan Withdrawal

Analysis – As President Biden’s ‘Saigon on Steroids’ crisis continues to unfold in Kabul, Afghanistan, one lawmaker is demanding a probe into Biden’s mishandling of the entire disaster, calling it a ‘calamity of epic proportions.

Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.), who serves on the House Committees on Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs, told the Washington Post’s ‘Power Up’ on Sunday that Team Biden’s Afghan withdrawal planning should be the subject of congressional hearings.

Meijer also strongly questioned the administration’s intelligence reports.

According to ‘Power Up,’ Meijer, who also worked in Afghanistan as a conflict analyst, said:

I think the underestimation of how long the Afghan government would hold is an intelligence failure on the level of [GW Bush’s] Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and [Obama] downplaying the rise of ISIS.

Beyond congressional hearings, we need to strongly look at Congress’s dependence on analytic products coming out of the executive branch. There were obviously dissenting voices and those were communicated on a one-off basis, but the reality when it comes to classified information and intelligence members of Congress have to beg for crumbs and then are overly reliant on the executive branch to provide assessments. 

Meijer added: “Those assessments, as we saw here and with ISIS and weapons of mass destruction, are colored by political expediency.”

Referring to the chaotic emergency evacuation of thousands of Americans and Afghan allies, Meijer said: “This is a calamity of epic proportions — this is not something you can spin away.”  ADN


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Rape of Afghanistan: Taliban Go Door-To-Door, Forcibly Taking Little Girls To Be Sex Slaves [Sanctioned by the Quran]

And CNN has en-robed their female reporters covering Afghanistan in burkas.

The Taliban are devout Muslims who follow Islamic texts and teachings.

Sex slavery and rape of the infidel is sanctioned and rewarded under Islam. Muslim clerics all over the world confirm the right to have sex slaves. It is in the Qur’an — the word of Allah.

ISIS clerics had decided that having slaves was religiously sanctioned, institutionalizing sexual violence across their caliphate. Women have reported being tied to beds during daily assaults. They were sold from man to man. Gang rape was common

Islamic doctrines command Muslim men to hate all non-Muslims and to see women—especially infidel women—as little more than sex objects (or, in the words of a Muslim who recently murdered a Christian girl in Pakistan for refusing him sex, “Christian girls are only meant for one thing: the [sexual] pleasure of Muslim men.”

Moreover, Islamic clerics routinely encourage Muslims to migrate to the West and help empower Islam anyway they can—including through propaganda, proselytization, apologetics, births, theft, etc.—and not just through violent jihad. If they do any of these, they technically become jihadis (after all and as the apologists are fond of insisting, jihad literally means “striving” on behalf of Islam.) Thus many Muslim rapists in Europe believe it is their Islamic right and reward to molest and rape infidel women. (more here)

The Quran:

Quran (33:50) – “O Prophet! We have made lawful to thee thy wives to whom thou hast paid their dowers; and those (slaves) whom thy right hand possesses out of the prisoners of war whom Allah has assigned to thee”

Quran (23:5-6) – “..who abstain from sex, except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess…”

Quran (4:24) – “And all married women (are forbidden unto you) save those (captives) whom your right hands possess.”

Even the NY Times couldn’t avoid it: ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape – The New York Times

More photos here.

The rape of Afghanistan: Advancing Taliban go door-to-door and forcibly take girls as young as TWELVE to be sex slave ‘wives’ for their fighters

  • Taliban has swept across Afghanistan, seizing vast swathes of territory along with nine provincial capitals
  • Terrified locals say jihadist fighters have been beheading people and forcing women to marry their fighters
  • Girls as young as 12 have been put on ‘marriage lists’ that village elders have been forced to compile
  • Taliban are now threatening the city of Maza-i-Sharif, the largest in Afghanistan’s north, as President Ghani flew there on Wednesday to rally the troops and sacked his top general in hopes of reversing Islamist advance

By Chris Pleasance, Daily Mail, August 15, 2021:

Taliban fighters are going door-to-door and forcibly marrying girls as young as 12 and forcing them into sex slavery as they seize vast swathes of the Afghanistan from government forces.

Jihadist commanders have ordered imams in areas they have captured to bring them lists of unmarried women aged from 12 to 45  for their soldiers to marry because they view them as ‘qhanimat’ or ‘spoils of war’ – to be divided up among the victors.

Fighters have then been going door-to-door to claim their ‘prizes’, even looking through the wardrobes of families to establish the ages of girls before forcing them into a life of sexual servitude.

The women and girls’ brutal treatment is just the latest sign of Afghanistan’s military collapse, which has prompted the Afghan president to sack his top commander.

One female journalist described fleeing a city in northern Afghanistan – which she did not name – and going into hiding with her uncle for fear the Islamists would hunt her down and execute her.

The 22-year-old said she fled under the noses of Taliban gunmen while disguised beneath a burqa and went with her unclear to a nearby village – but was forced to flee again after informants told the militants of her presence.

Now holed up in a remote location somewhere in the country’s north, she said she fears for her life and the safety of her family –  ‘Will I ever go home? Will I see my parents again? Where will I go? How will I survive,’ she said.

Meanwhile terrified locals who fled the city of Kunduz – captured by the Taliban last week – have told of reprisal attacks carried out by jihadist fighters who hunted down anyone linked to the government and beheaded or executed them.

The Taliban has now captured nine of Afghanistan’s 34 provincial capitals and placed most of the country’s largest cities under siege in a lighting-fast assault that has seen government forces largely capitulate.

The Taliban has captured nine of Afghanistan’s 35 regional capitals in less than a week, with the cities of Pul-e Khumri and Faizabad in the country’s north falling into the Islamist’s hands overnight

‘Sometimes I have to pick up a gun’, says female Afghan governor

Salima Mazari is one of only three female governors in Afghanistan, having been appointed to lead the northern Charkint district – close to the city of Mazar-i-Sharif – in 2019.

Born and raised in Tehran after her parents fled Soviet invasion in 1979, she was schooled at the University of Tehran and held a post at the the International Organization for Migration before returning home.

There, she helped to establish fighting units in her mostly-rural district after requests for reinforcements to the central government were ignored.

So far she has recruited 600 locals to fight, many of them farmers who had not previously taken up arms.

Many of them, including Mazari, are from the Hazara community – most of whom are Shia Muslims, who the Sunni Taliban consider a heretical sect.

That, plus the fact that she is a woman, has made the district a target – meaning Mazari herself has taken up arms and joined the frontlines.

Aged in her 40s,  Mazari has already survived several Taliban ambushes and attempts to affix explosive mines to her car. But they have not deterred her.

Of the three Afghan districts run by women, hers is the only one that the Taliban has never fully captured – though half of it is currently in the hands of the militants, and attacks are becoming more common.

That is despite the fact that it is located in the country’s north – traditionally an anti-Taliban stronghold but that has been rapidly overrun by the militants in recent days.

Mazari vowed: ‘If we don’t fight now against the extremist ideologies and the groups that force them on us, we will lose our chance to defeat them.

‘They will succeed. They will brainwash society into accepting their agenda.’

The journalist, who spoke anonymously for fear the Taliban will find her, told The Guardian that her life was upturned in two days as fighters approached her home in the north of the country last week.

 She described fleeing under the noses of Taliban fighters attacking the city with rockets and rifles, hiding underneath a chadari or full Afghan burqa.

Accompanied by her uncle, she fled to a nearby village but was soon informed that locals had tipped off the Taliban about her arrival – and that everybody would be slaughtered if fighters arrived and found her there.

The pair fled again, this time walking two hours on foot to an even-more remote location where she is now holed up. She has had no contact with her parents since she fled, after all telephone lines in the city were cut.

Having seized a handful of regional capitals, most in the north of the country, the Taliban now have the city of Mazar-i-Sharif in their sights – with President Ghani flying there today to rally troops and confer with local warlords in the hopes of preventing a rout.

Ghani met with Atta Mohammad Noor, Mazar’s strongman leader, and Abdul Rashid Dostum, a notorious anti-Taliban warlord who served in Soviet ranks, to plan the city’s defence after skirmishes on its outskirts on Tuesday.

The Afghan president also sacked his top commander, Gen. Wali Ahmadzai, and replaced him with Gen. Hibatullah Alizai after a series of battlefield defeats that has left the army stunned and bloodied.

While Ghani attempts to mount a defence against the Taliban, the war is already consumed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Afghanis forced to flee Taliban guns, bombs, and persecution.

The Taliban has rapidly captured territory in Afghanistan, starting in April when Joe Biden said he would keep an promise made by Donald Trump to have all US forces out of the country by September 11.

With US forces now all-but gone, the jihadists have made rapid gains – sweeping through rural areas and overrunning poorly-defended government outposts.

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Red Scare: ‘Christ Crowned with Thorns’

Brad Miner an extraordinary painting by Fra Angelico [click here to view the painting]. It’s a beautiful portrait of our suffering Lord: moving and not a little frightening . . . at first anyway.

If, as I am, you’re a true art lover, you may come to suppose you’ve seen much of the world’s great art in museum and gallery visits, or in books (Gardener’s Art through the Ages), or online (Google Arts & Culture), or watching Kenneth Clark’s “Civilization” or Sister Wendy Beckett’s “Odyssey” or “Grand Tour.” Those TV series are wonderfully vivid explorations of Western art. (Both Lord Clark and Sr. Wendy were Oxonians, though separated by two decades, and her thesis advisor – not the English term – was J.R.R. Tolkien. She took first-class honours; Clark got second-class. Obviously, he kept learning, even entering the Catholic Church late in life.)

Anyway, no matter how much you think you know, you still come upon paintings you’ve missed. How could you not? No one knows how many works of art have been created in disparate cultures over thousands of years. I don’t know if anybody even knows how many exist today, although the MET in New York City has two million works of art in its collection, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg has three million, and, in both cases, most of it’s in storage!

Still, it seemed remarkable to me to have found a picture I’d never seen before by an artist whose work I love, have studied, and have written about: Blessed Fra Angelico’s “Christ Crowned with Thorns.”

Part of the reason I’d not seen it is its location: the Duomo di Livorno (formally La Cattedrale di San Francesco) where it’s housed in the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament. I haven’t been to Italy in decades, and never to Livorno. The painting used to be on display at Livorno’s Museo Civico, and it was from there that it was sent to the United States to become part of an international retrospective on Fra Angelico at the MET in New York, held between October 26, 2005 and January 29, 2006.

“But, Brad,” you may be thinking, “the MET is like your second home. How’d you miss it?” Umm, I was busy, I guess. Or was I? The more I look at this extraordinary image, the more I think I may have suppressed the memory of seeing it at that exhibition. It’s that arresting. . .almost scary. Am I suffering from PTSD?

Immediately after that MET show (and to mark the bicentennial of the Diocese of Livorno), the painting went to back to Italy to reside permanently at the Duomo.

“Christ Crowned with Thorns” was probably painted by Fra Angelico (c. 1395-1455) in the 1430s. There is speculation by some art historians that Angelico based his painting on the now-lost “Vera Icon” by Jan van Eyck (c. 1390-1441), one of the first full-face portraits of Jesus. Several versions of the icon were made in van Eyck’s workshop. And – if one of the copies or the original made it to Rome – it’s possible Angelico may have seen it there in the Vatican quarters of Pope Eugenius IV for whom he did some work in 1445.

Art historian Roberto Longhi (1890-1970) was the one who identified Fra Angelico as the painter of “Christ Crowned with Thorns,” which earlier had been attributed to Giotto or to his workshop. No one now questions Longhi’s opinion about authorship, but there remains debate about his dating of the work, which Longhi put at c. 1430-35. As the MET’s catalog of the Fra Angelico exhibition explains, Longhi thought Angelico had based his work on numerous and popular “holy face” or “Veronica’s veil” images. Other scholars accept the dating, but dispute where the work was painted. Others, as I say, stubbornly insist Angelico more or less copied the “Vera Icon,” although, the copies of that work that survive make it seem unlikely. To me anyway.

There are similarities between “Christ Crowned with Thorns” and van Eyck’s and other “Netherlandish” paintings of the period. For instance, Angelico’s inclusion of the Latin inscriptions in the nimbus and robe, which – as far as I know – Fra Angelico had never employed before or after in his work. The words are from Revelation 19:16: “On his robe. . .he has a name inscribed, ‘King of kings and Lord of lords.’”

All this makes for a less-than-exciting debate, in my opinion, and anyway reminds me of Lewis Carroll’s Caterpillar, who has recited to Alice a familiar poem differently than she remembers it. “I know,” he says. “I have improved it.” Whatever artwork, if any, Fra Angelico may have seen and been inspired by, he improved it.

I saw my eye doctor the other day and forgot to show him the painting, which I thought might astonish him – maybe even prompt an ophthalmological reflection on conditions that cause eye redness. He’s Catholic, so I thought we might even say a Hail Mary together.

But as the MET’s catalog (written by Laurence Kanter and Pia Palladino) mentions, St. Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373, so an earlier near contemporary of Fra Angelico) had a vision in which our Lady told her of Christ’s suffering on the Cross: “[M]y son’s eyes were filled with blood that flowed down.” And there’s good reason to believe Angelico knew of Bridget’s Revelations, a very popular book in its time.

Some, I know, will find this image hard to look at, much as I suspect many found it hard to watch Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. But I can think of no other painting that so superbly captures Christ’s suffering for us, as well as His dignity, His nobility, and His beauty.

Remember that this great artist was a Dominican friar. Remember that he was so saintly that he was called, by his contemporaries, the Angelic brother, and remember too that he was beatified by St. John Paul II in 1982. I suspect that when he painted “Christ Crowned with Thorns,” he was having a revelation of his own.

For more about Fra Angelico, read James Patrick Reid’s Theology in Paint.


Brad Miner

Brad Miner is senior editor of The Catholic Thing, senior fellow of the Faith & Reason Institute, and a board member of Aid to the Church In Need USA. He is a former Literary Editor of National Review. His most recent book, Sons of St. Patrick, written with George J. Marlin, is now on sale. His The Compleat Gentleman is now available in a third, revised edition from Regnery Gateway and is also available in an Audible audio edition (read by Bob Souer).

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Girl Weeps As Taliban Approaches: ‘We Don’t Count Because We Were Born in Afghanistan. No One Cares About Us.’

My latest in PJ Media:

On Friday, the courageous Iranian dissident Masih Alinejad, whom the Islamic Republic recently tried to kidnap in New York and take back to imprisonment, torture, and death in Tehran, posted a video on Twitter of a young Afghan woman. As the tears fall down her face, the woman says:

“We don’t count because we were born in Afghanistan. I cannot help crying. I have to wipe my tears to be able to film this video. No one cares about us. We’ll die slowly in history. Isn’t it funny?”

No, it’s as tragic as this woman feels it to be, and the reason why it is happening gets right to the heart of why the American mission in Afghanistan failed so completely, and left young women such as the one in this video without anyone to defend them from the Taliban.

The woman in the video is not wearing a hijab, which gives the immediate impression that she is not an observant, Sharia-adherent Muslim. Political and military realities that are rapidly changing now may have obscured the fact for her, but this woman is not being abandoned now. She was abandoned years ago, in one of the foremost mistakes of our two-decade-long series of mistakes in Afghanistan.

In our early years in Afghanistan, once the Taliban was toppled, we set about nation-building, initially with an eye toward establishing a Western-style constitutional republic in Afghanistan. But State Department foreign policy experts drastically underestimated the Afghan people’s attachment to Islamic law (Sharia), and disastrously discounted Sharia’s political aspects in the naïve belief, fueled by Islamic apologists in the U.S., that Islam was a religion of peace that was perfectly compatible with Western secular models of governance.

The opposition to Sharia quickly gave way to their desire to be culturally sensitive. The Melbourne Forum on Constitution Building noted in 2018 that “most of the external actors, including the United States, American church groups and the United Nations, initially attempted to marginalise the role of Islam and Sharia in favor of liberal rights and freedoms. However, understanding that Islam and Sharia are entrenched parts of Afghan constitutional culture, foreign advisers such as Yash Ghai and Barnett Rubin, who were directly involved in the drafting process convinced external assistance providers to stand aside and leave Afghans to make choices on these sensitive constitutional questions.”

And so the Afghan Constitution that Afghanistan’s then-President Hamid Karzai formally ratified on January 26, 2004, begins “in the name of Allah, the Most Beneficient, the Most Merciful” and is written in the name of “We the people of Afghanistan, believing firmly in Almighty God, relying on His divine will and adhering to the Holy religion of Islam.” The Constitution notes its appreciation for the “jihad and just resistance of all the peoples of Afghanistan.” It declares that “Afghanistan shall be an Islamic Republic, independent, unitary and indivisible state,” and that “the sacred religion of Islam is the religion of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.” The significance of this is spelled out explicitly: “No law shall contravene the tenets and provisions of the holy religion of Islam in Afghanistan.”

There is more. Read the rest here.


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VIDEO: Biden Begs Taliban for Mercy

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WaPo’s Dana Milbank Goes Insane with Trump Derangement Syndrome, Blames Trump for Tlaib’s Anti-Semitism

My latest in PJ Media:

That courageous titan of contemporary journalism, Dana Milbank, has an explosive scoop in Monday’s Washington Post: He has discovered that Rashida Tlaib, far from being the Squad firebrand and unhinged hard-Leftist that everyone takes her to be, is actually a Trump-supporting MAGA redneck who has imbibed anti-Semitism from the source and summit of Jew-hatred himself, Mr. Donald J. Trump. Yes, it sounds fanciful, and it is, but in Dana Milbank’s world, there is just no difference between “evil” and “Trump”; if there is something bad in the world, it must be the fault of the Bad Orange Man. What possible alternative explanation could there be?

In an opinion piece (of course, they’re all opinion pieces in the Post nowadays) entitled “Rashida Tlaib’s bigotry comes from the MAGA handbook, which really ought to be fitted out with a laugh track,” Milbank states: “It’s a classic Trump move: Blame a minority group for a sinister conspiracy, then deny responsibility when your supporters act on your baseless claim. Work ‘em into a lather, rinse and repeat.”

Milbank is just as surprised as everyone else at who is using this playbook: why, it’s one of the Satanic Trump’s most prominent victims! “Few,” he claims, and the laugh track should rise in volume here, “have been victimized by Donald Trump’s hateful tactics more than Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), who with other members of ‘the Squad’ were told by Trump to ‘go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.’ So why is Tlaib now using the Trump playbook against others?”

Milbank notes that “Acts of antisemitism rose dramatically during the Trump presidency, reaching a high in 2019 and barely dropping in 2020,” without, of course, providing the slightest shred of evidence that this rise was due to anything said or done by the most pro-Israel president since the founding of the modern state of Israel. “In May 2021,” Milbank continues, without bothering to note the fact that by then Biden’s handlers had supplanted Trump in the Oval Office, “during the fighting between Israel and Hamas (and anti-Israel protests by left-wing demonstrators in the United States), anti-Jewish violence and harassment surged to more than double the previous year’s level.”

As long as we’re assigning blame, which president is more likely to incite anti-Semitism? One who strongly defended and aided the right of Israel to defend itself from genocidal jihadist enemies, or one who has appointed a large number of fierce opponents of Israel to all levels of his administration, abetted the spread of Palestinian jihad propaganda demonizing Israel, and even praised an open anti-Semite and promised to defend her family from alleged Israeli aggression? The claim that Trump was anti-Semitic was one of the principal Big Lies of the Left over the last four years.

There is more. Read the rest here.


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AFGHANISTAN: Taliban Seizes U.S. Weapons and Military Equipment as Takeover Accelerates

It is good that we are getting out of Afghanistan, if we are. But this rout was eminently avoidable, if our military leaders spent less time ensuring ideological conformity among the troops and more time on their actual military responsibilities.

Taliban Seizes US Weapons and Military Equipment as Afghan Takeover Accelerates

by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon, August 12, 2021:

The Taliban has seized scores of American weapons and military equipment from Afghan security forces as the terrorist group accelerates its takeover following the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the country.

Taliban terrorists are now in possession of U.S.-made military vehicles, anti-aircraft guns, armored tanks, and artillery. The munitions were provided to Afghan security forces to secure the country as the United States ends its two-decade war there. The Taliban have overwhelmed Afghan forces, taking over key Afghan provinces and using U.S. weapons to power the offensive.

“These captured systems will increase the mobility and lethality of the Taliban, making them a more formidable adversary,” said Bradley Bowman, senior director of the Center on Military and Political Power at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “We have already seen the Taliban using captured humvees to patrol Kunduz and Sar-e Pol.”

With the situation in Afghanistan deteriorating, the United States announced that it is sending 3,000 troops back into the country to help evacuate the vulnerable American embassy in Kabul. President Joe Biden left for vacation shortly after the announcement. Vice President Kamala Harris dodged questions about the situation on Thursday afternoon, when a reporter asked if “Afghanistan is lost to the Taliban.” Harris would not answer, but said she would be briefed on the matter.

Military experts fear Afghanistan will once again become a breeding ground for terrorists and militant groups like al Qaeda.

Annie Aleman, a GOP strategist with the American Security Project, predicted on Thursday that Kabul could soon fall to the Taliban.

“It is very reasonable to expect that Kabul will fall by the 20th anniversary of 9/11 this year,” Aleman said….


Biden Pleads and Bribes Taliban to Spare U.S. Embassy and 2,000 Americans

Biden’s handlers sending 3,000 troops back to Afghanistan to get civilians out safely

Afghanistan: Taliban threatens journalists, ‘stop working in Taliban-controlled areas’

UK: Muslims confront Jew, ‘F*** all the Jews, Allah will kill you all’

Norway: Muslim cleric who has called for the murder of Jews has led interfaith dialogue projects

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AN AMERICAN STORY: Tennessee Girl Discards Christianity, Becomes Climate Change Activist, Joins ISIS

My latest in PJ Media:

Ariel Bradley wasn’t even the only Islamic jihadi from Chattanooga, Tennessee. On July 17, 2015, a fellow resident of the Chattanooga suburb of Hixson, Mohammad Abdulazeez, murdered four Marines at a Navy base in Chattanooga. This delighted Bradley, who wrote: “Gifted this morning not only with Eid but w/ the news of a brother puttin fear n the heart of kufar [non-believers] n the city of my birth. Alhamdullilah [thanks be to Allah].” By that time, Bradley was far from Chattanooga; she was living in the domains of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria, and was calling herself Umm Aminah, that is, Aminah’s mother, after her two-year-old daughter, Aminah Mohamad. Six years later, Ariel Bradley is dead, and Aminah is being brought back to a United States that is even more riven now by the divisions and confusions that drove her mother’s life so wildly off course than it was when her mother made her fateful choices.

Ariel Bradley grew up in Chattanooga as a member of the Pentecostal Church of God, and according to a man with whom she shared a home much later, her parents zealously endeavored to “keep her away from materials that would make her question Christianity,” even to the point of not teaching her to read until she was almost a teenager. Not unexpectedly, Ariel rebelled, running away from home when she was 15 or 16. Like so many Americans today, she ended up adrift, searching for an identity and a purpose. A friend characterized Ariel’s life as “a solar system without a star, without a sun.” She got pregnant and had an abortion. She got a lot of tattoos. She did a lot of drugs. She studied for her GED but never got it.

Ultimately she found the Left, and dived in wholeheartedly. According to a 2015 BuzzFeed profile, “When she wasn’t working, she was active in many social justice groups in Chattanooga, protesting and raising awareness of issues facing the city’s working poor and often traveling out of state to march in rallies for teachers’ rights or protests against America’s overseas military actions. In the biography of the Twitter account @LadyAppleSeed, which she created in May 2009, Ariel describes herself as an ‘activist,’ and friends say she considered that a huge part of her identity; they also said she called herself a feminist.” A photo of Ariel at a demonstration survives; she is holding up a sign emblazoned with the slogan “SYSTEM CHANGE NOT CLIMATE CHANGE.”

There is more. Read the rest here.


Basheer Jones Hates America. He Wants to Be Mayor of Cleveland.

Gaza: Muslims bomb resort for holding mixed-gender concert

Pigs fly in UK: Convicted jihad terrorist jailed for violating the terms of his release

Bangladesh: Muslim mob vandalizes multiple Hindu temples, loots Hindu-owned shops, ransacks Hindu homes

Greece: ‘Emotionally disturbed’ Muslima migrant arrested over arson attempt in Athens

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How Cultural Marxists In Our Midst Are Grinding Christianity Down

During a pre-election prayer session in support of Black Lives Matter, the pastor of St. Xavier Catholic Church in New York City instructed white congregants that they must renounce their white privilege to help “transform the church culture.” Using the noble cause of racial equality as a fig leaf, Black Lives Matter is in fact a violent political organization whose Marxist ideology is anti-American—anti-Christian—in the most profound meaning of those terms. In many churches across America, cultural Marxists in the pulpit are quietly supplanting traditional Christian values with those of the hammer and sickle.

“Cultural Marxism” is the gradual process of grinding down western democracies by subverting the pillars of their culture, the structures and institutions of family, religion, education, politics, law, the arts and the media, as they provide the social cohesion necessary to a functioning society. Challenge the legitimacy of these institutions, and a capitalist society can be overthrown from within without firing a shot. Known as the father of cultural Marxism, 20th century Italian communist Antonio Gramsci summarized his stratagem for dismantling Christian nations thusly:

“Socialism is precisely the religion that must overwhelm Christianity. Socialism will triumph by first capturing the culture via infiltration of schools, universities, churches and the media by transforming the consciousness of society.”

Gramsci referred to his stratagem as “the long march through the institutions,” i.e. infiltrating a society’s cultural institutions and gradually supplanting their traditional values and principles with those of communism. Operating via stealth and deception, Gramsci’s disciples in this country have diligently labored to grind down every cultural institution in America, including its predominant religion, Christianity.

Communism cannot flourish in a society with a strong religious footing. In his best-selling book, “The Naked Communist,”former FBI Special Agent Cleon Skousen listed 45 communist goals to subvert America from within. Two of those goals pertain to diminishing Christianity:

Goal No. 27 calls on communist warriors to infiltrate churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Revealed religion is based on Scripture; the communist concept of social religion teaches citizens to look to government, rather than God, for their daily salvation. Scriptural religion is about individual salvation; social religion is about collective salvation, a concept that does not exist in Christianity. In many churches on the religious left, the communist goal of replacing revealed religion with social religion has largely been accomplished, as evidenced by the constant refrain of religious-left pastors who sermonize about their undying commitment to the cause of “social justice.” The term refers to justice within a society that allocates wealth according to Marxism’s foremost command: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”

Goal No. 28 calls on communist warriors to infiltrate schools and eliminate prayer and every type of religious expression on the grounds that it violates the principle of separation of church and state.

Cultural Marxism has a simple message to Christians: sit down and shut up. In attempting to drive Christianity from the public square, cultural Marxists in our midst, nearly all of whom vote Democrat, routinely mock and ridicule Christianity and its believers. The following sacrileges were carried out by members of the entertainment industry:

  • Bill Maher began one of his programs on HBO with an attack on Christianity by comparing Holy Communion to gay sex.
  • On his nationally-syndicated radio show, Howard Stern said, “If I was president, I would have you pro-lifers gassed. I would have you marched into the ovens.”
  • Upon receiving an award for her cable reality show, comedienne Kathy Griffin said, “A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this. No one had less to do with this award than Jesus. All I can say is suck it, Jesus.”
  • In an episode of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” the star of the show, Larry David, urinated on a picture of Jesus.
  • In an in-your-face to Christians, the Netflix film, “The First Temptation of Christ,” portrays Jesus as a homosexual, and depicts God the Father as a lecherous seducer of women.
  • Using “diversity, equity and inclusion” as justification, cultural Marxists throughout our society regularly scold, threaten and punish Christians, as well as censor religious activities by Christians and Christian organizations:
  • Employee of major package shipper ordered on administrative leave for wearing a Christian cross on her dress while at work.
  • Christmas decorations banned at Florida’s turnpike toll booths.
  • NBC edited out “under God” from pledge of allegiance sung by children during broadcast of U.S. Open golf tournament.
  • Pentagon orders Air Force officer to remove Bible from his desk.
  • Court of Appeals upholds school district’s ban on Christmas carols.
  • The ACLU filed suit to force removal of 8-foot cross erected on remote federal land
    to honor soldiers killed in war. See video about the Mojave Desert Cross here.
  • Army warns soldiers that pro-life Christians are “tearing the country apart” and constitute a “radical threat to the nation.”
  • Obama DOJ defunds at-risk youth program after it refused to ban prayer.
  • VA hospital refuses “Merry Christmas” cards sent by 4th graders to sick and wounded veterans.
  • High school prohibits valedictorian from telling how Jesus changed his life.
  • Military base takes down Nativity scene after atheists complain.
  • Federal judge prohibits high school band from playing “How Great Thou Art.”
  • Texas school bans Christmas trees, red & green colors from holiday party due to fear of “offending others.”
  • “Introduction to Humanities” professor fails student because she refused to renounce her Christian faith.
  • University prohibits Christian club from setting up table at meet-and-greet for new students.
  • Children banned from saying ‘Merry Christmas’ at elementary school’s “Winter Party.”
  • High school prohibits students from praying together, cites “separation of church and state.”
  • University de-certifies campus Christian club for insisting on having a Christian as its leader.
  • Government tells ministry that feeds the poor to remove portrait of Jesus.
  • University’s diversity guidelines warn: “Make sure your holiday party isn’t a Christmas party in disguise.”

The above instances are but the tip of a massive iceberg aimed squarely at driving every vestige of Christianity from the public arena.

Disciples of Antonio Gramsci have infiltrated top leadership positions of every major branch of the Christian religion, including the Catholic Church. In February 2020, Pope Francis announced his support for the Global Education Pact, a United Nations-backed initiative that will usher in a “new humanism,” under which God “withdraws” so all of humankind can be “free.” Under the Pact, children of the world will be indoctrinated with social justice (Marxist) propaganda designed to pave the way for a New World Order under the banner of global communism. Operating by stealth and deception, Marxists have seized control of the Vatican in a way that went virtually unnoticed by most Catholics until after the fact, just as Gramsci planned. While pretending to do God’s bidding, Marxists in the Vatican hiding under the ecclesiastical robes of the Christian faith are knowingly subverting their professed religion from within.

To understand the importance of religion to a free society, please consider watching and sharing the brief presentation below by Harvard Business School professor, Clay Christensen.

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