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Exciting New Blog

Bismillah, Walhamdulillah, Was salaatu was salaam ala Rasool Allah.

My boy ayunas just created an exciting new blog entitled ‘Get Islamic Podcasts’

He has already uploaded an excellent lecture by  Shaykh Safi Khan concerning Tauba and will be updating it periodically with lectures on various topics.  The URL for his site is as follows:

http://getislam.mypodcast.com/index.html

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http://theuglytruth.wordpress.com/2007/11/07/the-savage-nation/

Michael [Weiner] Savage’s Outburst Against Islam

‘Shove it up your pipe. I don’t wanna hear anymore about Islam…Take your religion and shove it up your behind…I’m sick of you…What kind of religion is this?…What kind of world are you living in when you let them in here with that throwback document in their hand, the Koran, a book of hate?…They need deportation, and without due process…They need to be forcibly converted to Christianity…It’s the only thing that can probably turn them into human beings.”

CAN YOU JUST IMAGINE, ladies and gents, the shrieking and howling taking place this very moment if the victims of this tirade had been Jews instead of Muslims, or if the author of this tirade–rather than being a hardcore Zionist Jew–had been a Christian or Muslim scholar of some sort or even–heaven forbid–a big-time media type?

I mean, consider for a moment what we are talking about here and decide for yourself whether I am out-to-lunch on this one. An out-in-front media personality whose show is syndicated on over 400 radio programs across the country, 3 hrs a day, five days a week, saying something like this about anyone but Muslims (or Christians) and getting away with it? Substitute the word ‘Islam’ in this text with ‘Judaism’ and call the Jewish Talmud (with all its well-documented references to Jesus as a sorcerer and sexual pervert, His Mother a prostitute and His followers being lower than cattle) a ‘book of hate’ and the above-quoted text goes from being an enthusiastic, patriotic speech by a rightfully-outraged/red-blooded American who has ‘had it up to here’ to something that would cause Iran’s Ahmadinejhad to lose his title of ‘the New Hitler’.

All the predictable characters would come out in force with their trademark irrational wailing and tearing-of-the-robes-Caiaphas-style and the rest of us poor saps would be subjected 24/7 to the typical ‘LET HIS BLOOD BE UPON US AND UPON OUR CHILDREN’ war cry heard time and again these last 2,000 years whenever someone, ANYONE, has fallen into disfavor with even one of the ‘self-appointed better-brethren’ from the synagogue.

But yet, not a peep…Nada…Niente…zilch…NOTHING in terms of censure from his bosses at Clear Channel where his show is hosted or even an apology for that matter. No gasps or groans from those who have made it their business to sniff out the ill wind of bigotry like a pack of blood hounds…No outraged or even embarrassed advertisers pulling their sponsorship from his show…Not only was he not thrown off the air (as was recently the case with another popular radio host after his disparaging remarks about some black basketball players) there weren’t even any calls for such action…No protests outside the radio station where this took place, such as what happened at Columbia University when the President of Iran visited and dared exercise the right of free speech that war hawks are always saying we need to bring to the people of Iran, preferably with bombs.

The answer (of course) is as obvious as a cockroach on a wedding cake as to why all of this has taken place and why everything that would normally be taking place in the ‘hate-free zone’ known as America has not–The racist, bigoted, unread, unlearned, small-minded individual responsible for saying these things to tens of millions of people is a hardcore Zionist Jew by the name of Michael (Weiner) Savage, and, as already indicated, the victims of his tirade were Muslims, which is why it is perfectly okay to get more than a little bit greasy with the rules governing racism, bigotry, incendiary language, etc, etc, etc…
And not just once, ladies and gentlemen, but literally THOUSANDS of times over the last few years. In addition to lying about Islam and in general trying to create the same kind of hostile atmosphere against Middle Easterners that existed against Jews in Nazi Germany he is also on the record supporting and calling for the release of Jonathon Pollard, America’s most infamous and dangerous spy who sold some 800,000 pages of highly classified (dare we say, dangerously classified) material to Israel who in turn then sold this information to America‘s arch-enemy at that time, the Soviet Union.

Of course, naive but well-intentioned Americans might (we hope) be asking themselves the question–How? How can this be that in a day and age such as this that an individual can get away with saying such things and that there is no backlash? Well, the answer is actually quite simple–Welcome to the savage nation, ladies and gentlemen…

No, now I am not talking about the radio program ‘The Savage Nation’ hosted by the aforementioned ‘ex’ communist Michael (Weiner) Savage, trying through shallow, transparent means to create the illusion that he has abandoned all that Talmudic-inspired hatred of Christianity, turned over a new leaf and is now best-buds with all the conservative Christians whose support is a must when it comes to that great experiment in Jewish self-rule in the Middle East. The fact that he has chosen to name his radio program ‘The Savage Nation’ and the fact that this is what America has become is just a ‘happy’ coincidence, ‘happy’, this is, unless you’re a Muslim.
Rather, in this case ‘savage nation’ is a diagnosis of the state of our union and describes the overall condition in American society after nearly a century of Zionist poison being poured into our political, cultural and moral systems. When reduced to its bare minimum, The Savage Nation that we call America is a living testament to hypocrisy, violence, intolerance, and all rooted in what can be accurately called Jewish self-absorption and Pharisaical double-mindedness. Having been bitten by the Zionist vampire, now our society has become a vampire itself of sorts-violent, irrational, self-absorbed and without pity for the victims of our bloodlust.

While such a program is live and on the air–as it has been since 9/11 and before–all the lessons shoved down our throats for the last 60 years (and counting) concerning bigotry, racism, intolerance, genocide, etc, etc, etc, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH suddenly change course 180 degrees and morph into a completely different creature. All at once, as if by the wave of a magic wand, these horrible aspects of human nature (said to have created the atmosphere that caused the deaths of 6 million superior, blessed beings) become laudable, uncontrollable instincts necessary for the survival of America and Western Civilization.

Suddenly, when it is an ‘ex’ communist Jew spewing all this distilled and undiluted hatred (dare I say ‘anti-Semitism’, since the Arabs are indeed Semites?) then suddenly all the rules governing ‘moral’ behavior have asterisks attached to them, noting that an exception exists.

In a case where life imitates art as opposed to vice-versa, American society has become the reality-based adaptation of Mel Gibson’s movie Apocalypto, where a nation of savages (governed by a select priesthood whose lust for power is not subject to any kind of reason or morality) hunts down innocent people and subjects them to horrible deaths. All morality in America has now become selective and everything–including the annihilation of entire nations–is suborned to what is said by the ruling Jewish/Zionist elite to be in the national interest, although they fail to say that the nation in question is Israel instead of America.

The only difference between the Mayans of that film and the Americans of today is that the Mayans did not have special-interest groups that employed tactics normally associated with the secret police of some totalitarian state such as the ADL that bombarded the people 24/7 with propaganda on things such as hate and intolerance in order to make them more malleable to the agenda of the day.
Now, lest the reader think I am picking only on (or making much too big a thing of) poor lil’ old harmless Zionist Jew Michael Weiner Savage, understand that I recognize he is just one of many pipers playing the same ‘kill all the Muslims’ military march. Besides fellow tribe members such as Podhoretz, Kristol, Krauthammer, Pipes, et al, we also have the non-Jewish others who have been given a temporary place on stage alongside their non-Gentile betters and who are jamming away as well, adding to the war fever cacophony at the savage nation symphony.
Consider the remarks recently made by Ann Coulter, out to become the next ‘blond bombshell’ of the Islamophobia pogrom. Unable to impress anyone with what is (at best) an unimpressive IQ, Coulter (forgetting that she is not some college aged girl anymore) sells her brand of Arab and Muslim anti-Semitism through exposing as much cheesecake as possible without breaking any public nudity laws while at the same time engaging in the kind of rhetoric that usually precedes a lynching or an arson of some unwelcome minority member.

Of her more memorable gems was the recent one of her gloating over the incineration of several hundred thousand innocent Japanese citizens when America unleashed–not just one, but two–weapons of mass destruction on them. Coulter’s position (that she has uttered on several occasions, as if once weren’t enough an assault upon the rest of the sane world) is that perhaps the same thing should be done to all the ‘camel-riding Nomads’.
Yes, the hundreds of millions of men, women and children in the Middle East (Christian as well as Muslim, a fact she conspicuously hides from her predominately ‘Christian’ audience) who find themselves in the unenviable position of being between the crosshairs of Judaism’s most devoted fanatics should be exterminated in what is technically and legally considered an act of terrorism.
And yet, in this, the savage nation, no one bats an eye. No one considers what is really being advocated here when these things are taken to their logical conclusion. Gullible, uncritical Americans of virtually every stripe, whether they be conservative, liberal, Christian or whatnot, do not see the glaring contradictions and hypocrisy in it all. They sit and obediently beat their breasts over what happened to the Jews during all those millions upon billions of instances of persecution throughout history and then are ready to turn around and do it all over again when a handful of Zionist Jews advocate doing it to Muslims.
Of course, the truly sickening thing in all of it is the affectation from individuals like Savage, Coulter, et al as they try to play up their ‘love of America’ and affinity for Christians, merely a modern-day re-adaptation of Judas’ kiss of Jesus before his betrayal. I have to wonder why–when in the middle of one of their all-too-common bashing sessions on the supposedly ‘anti-Christian’ parts of the Koran that they fail to talk about the MOTHER of all hate books, meaning the Talmud?

Why are they completely silent about the reverential treatment the Koran affords Jesus while at the same time refusing to delve into the absolutely hateful things said about Him in the Talmud? When tugging at our patriotic heartstrings and referencing 9/11, why is it that neither of them mention the huge Israeli spy ring that was busted up in the days immediately afterwards, some of these ‘nice Jewish folks’ from the nation said to be ‘America’s only ally’ in the Middle East caught in EXTREMELY incriminating circumstances, such as the 5-man team caught filming the planes crashing into the towers and cheering? While talking about this ‘act of war against the people of the United States’, why not a peep about the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty that resulted in the deaths of 34 of our men?
Again, the answer is quite simple–welcome to the savage nation, ladies and gentlemen, where being a good Christian means giving the Jews everything they want, including Armageddon itself and where being a patriotic citizen of the United States means looking the other way at the dozens of instances where Israeli treachery and double-dealing have led to the murder of American citizens on many occasions.
More importantly, the question (that will never be answered but nevertheless must be asked) is this–Where in the world are the watchmen on the tower? Where are Abe Foxman and Morris Dees, warning us that another holocaust is right around the corner? Where is Alan Dershowitz predicting that a new and improved version of Kristalnacht is about to erupt? Where is that loudmouth Rabbi Feldman (who wanted Mel Gibson and everyone involved in making The Passion of the Christ arrested under the provisions of the Patriot Act and tried for terrorism) kvetching and oy-veying about all this blatant bigotry, racism and intolerance?

What, did they all decide to simultaneously go on vacation somewhere, say perhaps to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Israel and thus now find themselves temporarily ‘out of the loop’ and therefore unable to adequately add their usual two-shekels to these otherwise earth-shattering developments? Well, I’m sure we would all like to think so, but in this case, I don’t think so.

No, had it been anyone–OF ANY CALIBER–even hinting of anything similar to what was said by these two pseudo-patriotic/pseudo lovers of American ‘freedom’ and the bill of rights (which just so happens to include the same freedom of religion that they want outlawed when it comes to Muslims) and it had been JEWS who were the victims of this verbal holocaust rather than Muslims, the shrieking would have been deafening. It would have been in our faces, in our ears, in our mouths, up our nostrils and in every other place they could have put it and it would have been 24/7, preempting even advertising revenue cash cows such as Desperate Housewives or The Bachelor for any new updates.

But then, what more are we to expect from individuals such as this? After all, they–meaning the members of the Jewish lobby–have made it patently clear that the holocaust is ‘their baby’ and that there is only one kind of genocide that counts when all is said and done. All the recent panicking from groups such as the ADL over the proposed resolution in the US House of Representatives recognizing the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians during the early part of the 20th century by the Ottoman Turks as Genocide is proof positive of the fact that they really don’t care about the suffering of ordinary humans like moi et toi, but only the ‘special’ suffering of God’s favorite creatures.

And this is what we have become, ladies and gentlemen, fellow citizens of the savage nation…We have become a nation that has forfeited virtues such as fair play, honesty, freedom, and many others in exchange for all the savage qualities that are and always have been the calling card of Talmudic Judaism and its ugly twin sister, Zionism. Just as the old saying ‘lie down with dogs and wake up with fleas’ suggests, because of the fact we have allowed this unnatural blood transfusion between the once (at least nominally) Christian nation of America and the anti-Christian state of Israel to take place, we too have now acquired all the humanity-robbing traits that are all too commonplace in that irrational, self-absorbed, epitome of tribal narcissism–the Jewish state–and, just as Israel is falling apart now and taking the world down with her in the process, so are we, because a nation of savages cannot function indefinitely.

At some point it has to die a horrible death–not quiet, dignified or noble, but rather according to the character that is has become. In the case of America, as we can plainly see with every passing day, it is not the America of our forefathers who fought a war against would-be tyrants, but something else, something darker, increasingly a nation of men who wear the outer veneer of civilization but who inside flock to the likes of men such as the Zionists and to their vision of the savage nation.

2007 Mark Glenn
www.crescentandcross.comhttp://www.crescentandcross.com/
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1. Increase dhikr (remembrance of Allah): “Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah: for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction (Qur’an, 13:28).”
2. Increase prayers: “O you who believe! Seek assistance through patience and prayer; surely, Allah is with the patient (Qur’an, 2:153).” Regardless of the type of meditation, recent studies have verified the physiological effects of meditation. Most of those mediations consist in focusing on something, repeating some words and breathing (Greenberg, p.142, 143).
3. Perform ablutions: The most important component of relaxation is what Hans Loehr calls “the rituals of success.” These rituals may be as simple as making ablution; yet, they must be performed properly for it is not enough to pass water on the body parts – those parts must be massed.
4. Ask for forgiveness: Even if a person has not done anything wrong, he must insure the forgiveness of Allah. “Then I said, ‘Ask forgiveness of your Lord; surely, He is the most Forgiving'” (Qur’an, 71:10).
5. Recite the Qur’an: The Prophet (SAW) said, “… Qur’an is a remedy for illnesses of the mind” (Bukhari). “The echo of sound has a medical effect and is now widely utilized,” says Dr. Greenberg. “The recitation of or listening to the Qur’an has an effect on the body, the heart and the mind! It is said that the letter Alif echoes to the heart and the letter Ya’ to the pineal gland in the brain. Dr Ahmed El Kadi of Akber Clinic (Panama City, FL) conducted and published the effects of listening to Qur’anic recitation on physiological parameters (i.e., the heart, blood pressure, and muscle tension), and reported improvement in all factors, irrespective of whether the listener was a Muslim or a non-Muslim, Arab or non-Arab. Obviously, it can be postulated that those who understand and enjoy the recitation with a belief in it will get maximum benefits,” writes Dr Athar.
6. Make the hereafter one’s main concern: “Whoever has the hereafter as his main concern, Allah will fill his heart with a feeling of richness and independence; he will be focused and feel content, and this world will come to him in spite of it. Whoever has this world as his main concern, Allah will cause him to feel constant fear of poverty; he will be distracted and unfocused, and he will have nothing of this world except what was already predestined for him,” said the Prophet (SAW). One of the greatest causes of stress is money – how to pay the loans, whether one’s job will be lost, what will happen to the family if the father dies, etc.
7. Think positively: Muslims should forget about the bad things of the past and think of good things, always having hope that he can be better. Trying to change the past is a foolish and crazy waste of time, “for saying ‘if only…’opens the way to Shaytan” said the Prophet (SAW). The Prophet (SAW) also said, ” Know that victory (achievement) comes through patience, and that ease comes through hardship.” Muslims understand that there’s no reason for panic in the case of crisis – no reason to be distressed or worried for we know that after hardship come ease!
8. Do not waste time on thoughts of fear or stress: “The search of time is one of the most frequent causes of stress” (Seyle, p.102). Laziness is the mother of all evils, and the Prophet (SAW) used to seek refuge in Allah from it. Understanding that this life is short and time precious, Muslims should try to work hard and pursue worthy knowledge (Munajjid).

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In case you havent heard…

The Los Angeles Police Department has announced its canceling an extensive mapping program to identify Muslim enclaves across the city. The plan had sparked outrage from some Islamic groups and civil libertarians.

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/11/16/1419215

if you didnt hear about this in the first place, here is what the plan was:

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-mapping13nov13,0,7710651.story?coll=la-news-comment-editorials

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ALMAGHRIB

 

INSTITUTE PRESENTS

~ Love Notes ~

Marriage and Family Life

with Shaykh Yasir Birjas

November 16-18

Friday: 7PM – 10PM
Saturday: 10AM – 7PM
Sunday: 10AM – 7PM

George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

Building: Enterprise
Room: 80 (On the bottom floor)

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Unbelievable

All Praise is due to Allah who gave us the blessing of Islam!!!

Indian man marries dog to beat ‘curse’

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20071114/od_afp/indiasocietyanimaloffbeat_071114112422

CHENNAI, India (AFP) – An Indian farmer has married his dog in a bid to overcome what he believes is a curse caused by him having stoned to death two mating dogs in his rice field, press reports said.

The 34-year-old farmer, identified as Selvakumar from Sivaganga district in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, fell on bad fortune 15 years ago after killing the dogs and hanging their carcasses from a tree.

A few days later, his hearing and speech were impaired and he was unable to walk.

Doctors were clueless, but an astrologer finally told him he was cursed by the spirits of the dogs he had killed. He could undo the curse only if he married a dog and live with it, the soothsayer said.

After a long search for a ‘suitable bride’, Selvakumar managed to get a four-year-old mongrel bitch from a friend and had a fully-fledged Hindu wedding in front of villagers and elders on Sunday, eyewitnesses said.

The canine bride, named Selvi, was adorned in a sari and flowers and brought to the temple by village women. A Hindu priest conducted the ceremony.

The reports, however, said Selvi the dog attempted to make a run for it — apparently due to the large crowds — but was eventually tracked down and returned to her new ‘husband’.

“The dog is only for lifting the curse and after that, he plans to get a real bride,” a friend of the groom said.

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By Imam Zaid Shakir on 24 October 2007
When George W. Bush began making poignant references to what he termed “Islamic Fascists,” he shed more light on the nature of the ideology driving the neoconservative movement than he did on the ideology driving militant Islamic groups in various parts of the world–for reasons we will soon examine. Although the administration quickly dropped the use of the term “Islamic fascists,” other elements of the neoconservative movement have continued to utilize it. Now, as we are in the midst of what its right-wing architects are calling “Islamofascism Week,” it behooves us to ask, “Who are the fascists?”

If we consider the nature of fascism, we can see that the ideology driving the agenda Mr. Bush is pushing shares far more with the fascist movements of the 20th Century than any of the Islamic groups or states he and his political allies seek to condemn. Consider that one of the principal innovations of the fascist movement, introduced by Hitler in Mein Kampf, and perfected by his principal propagandist, Joseph Goebbels, was the “big lie.” The basic premise of this idea was that if one tells a big enough lie often enough and with adequate conviction, most people will hold it to be true, for the average person does not believe that anyone would have the audacity to lie so brazenly. Therefore, what is being alleged must be true.

Leaving aside the allegations of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, a skillful use of the “big lie” technique, let us consider the allegation that so-called Islamic Fascism threatens Western Civilization. This is another big lie. The nature of this lie is revealed by the fact Ayman Zawahari, Usama Bin Laden, and the movements they lead were incapable of posing a significant threat to the Egyptian and Saudi states respectively. Zawahari’s Jihad group was ruthlessly crushed by the Egyptian government during the mid-1990s. Bin Laden’s challenge to the Saudi state in the aftermath of the 1991 Gulf War was similarly thwarted. Hence, both men eventually ended up in a cave in Afghanistan. The terrorist acts they orchestrated in Egypt and Saudi Arabia proved to be a nuisance, in a strategic sense. However, at no time did those acts constitute an existentialist threat to either state.

While terrorist acts perpetrated by what has come to be known as al-Qaeda may be disruptive, they could never pose a significant threat to the integrity of Western Civilization, neither politically, economically, nor socially. By way of illustration, it took less than two months for the stock markets to rebound to pre-September 11, 2001 levels in the aftermath of the attacks of that day. Today, five years after those attacks, American exports are higher, global trade levels, led by the United States, are higher, world tourism is up, domestic air travel, the sector hardest hit in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, has surpassed pre-9/11 levels, and legal immigration to the United States is as high as it has ever been.

Those attacks, which occurred under dubious circumstances that have yet to be thoroughly investigated, are unlikely to be replicated and did little lasting damage to this country. This illustrates the overblown threat of the “Islamic Fascist” enemy.

The question here is how could groups that were incapable of destabilizing two middling Third World states pose a mortal threat to the United States, the world’s sole superpower? Moreover, how could such groups ever pose an existentialist challenge to the whole of Western Civilization? The very allegation is so preposterous that we can only describe it as a “big lie.”

Closely associated with this lie is the allegation that Bin Laden, and now Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, are comparable to Hitler and Stalin. Such an allegation is totally baseless. Both Hitler and Stalin presided over modern industrial states with strategic resources that rivaled and in many sectors surpassed those of Western Europe and even America. Hitler’s Germany was the most advanced state on earth, in terms of military technology. They were the first nation to employ militarily-viable ballistic missiles, the V-2 rocket; a jet-powered tactical fighter aircraft, the Messerschmitt Me 262, and at one point were months away from developing an atomic bomb. Stalin’s Soviet Union possessed the largest collection of conventional armed forces on earth, and would eventually preside over a nuclear arsenal of over 20,000 warheads, most of them aimed at the major industrial, military, and population centers of the United States. These warheads were situated on sophisticated land, sea, and air-based delivery systems that posed a significant threat to the survival of the United States and Western Europe.

As compared to the resources possessed by those states, the “Islamic Fascists” have nothing. Only one Muslim country, Pakistan possesses nuclear weapons, and that country’s handful of nuclear warheads is neutralized by India’s larger and more sophisticated nuclear arsenal, as well as Israel’s estimated 200-300 nuclear bombs. By all reasonable estimates, Iran is at least five years away from developing a nuclear bomb, and possesses no delivery system capable of reaching Western Europe, to say nothing of America. As for non-state “Islamic Fascists” they possess neither a nuclear weapon nor any delivery systems.

As far as the threat of a an agent of an “Islamic Fascist” organization or state getting his hand on a small nuclear devise and carrying it to the United States to be detonated, that threat is less credible than a rogue security operative affiliated with a western power getting his hand on such a devise. Such an eventuality itself is less credible than any random act of terrorism that may emanate from an unimaginable array of actors. As last year’s shootings in Montreal and a rash of school shooting sprees throughout the United States demonstrate, any stray lunatic is capable of engaging in unanticipated acts of terrorism at any time. That is a threat that we lived with before 9/11, and it is a threat we will have to continue to live with. If the billions of dollars we are spending on “homeland” security are not making us any safer from these threats then we need to take a hard look at how that money is being spent.

Another pertinent aspect of fascism is its glorification of the nation. This glorification of the nation by all fascist powers made fascistic governments vehemently opposed to all forces that ran counter to the ability of the nation to consolidate its control, both over the territory under its sway, and over the lives of individual citizens. Here the following statement, attributed to Mussolini, is extremely instructive, “The Italian nation is an organism having ends, life, and means of action superior to those of the separate individuals or groups of individuals which compose it.” Since its inception, fascism has been one of the greatest threats to individual liberties in the Western world. As we look at our shrinking civil liberties should we not see the shadow of fascism lurking over our lives and institutions?

Does this description of a nation-state centric ideology more closely conform to the advocates of the Bush agenda, or the so-called “Islamic Fascists” who are advocates of a trans-national ideology that sees the nation-states as a western, neo-colonial innovation that has been imposed on the Muslim people via European colonization of Muslim lands? The answer should be quite clear. If anything, Islamic militancy, based on its stated goals, should be more closely associated with the anarchistic movements appearing in Europe beginning in the latter part of the 19th Century. Like many of today’s Islamic movements, those movements sought the eradication of the prevailing nation-state system, and the destruction of the institutions that support it. Hence, the ideological similarities between those movements and anarchism are far greater than the similarities between those movements and fascism. Why then are those Islamic movements being associated with fascism?

The answer is simple. If today’s Islamic movements were associated with anarchism, the antithesis of totalitarianism, it would be impossible to then draw a comparison between the leaders of those movements and the leaders of the totalitarian regimes that once posed a very real threat to the integrity of the West. Anarchism has no Hitler or Stalin to serve as its identifiable symbol. By drawing a link between Islamic movements and fascism, the symbolic leader of those movements, Bin Laden, in the eyes of the western public, can be linked to the symbolic leaders of the totalitarian menaces of the past century, Hitler and Stalin. Hence, evil can be given a tangible “face” which can serve as a symbolic representation of the totalitarian menace those movements allegedly embody.

This process of vilification and negative “branding” has been clearly illustrated in the campaign against Ahmadinejad. Although he is an elected official of limited tenure who lacks deep and lasting power in the Iranian political system, he has been transformed into a symbol of the evil Islamic enemy. All of the nuances and complexities of the Iranian political system, the various loci of political power within that system, and the movements representing opposition to it have all been glossed over by the stereotyped symbolism associated with a single individual.

Another salient feature of fascism is that it is an ideology that elevates the national leader to the status of a symbolic representation of the nation itself. This aspect of fascism is captured brilliantly in a leading social science text:

At the head of the fascist elite is the leader –Il Duce in Italy or Der Fuehrer in Germany- in whose name everything is done, who is said to be “responsible” for all, but whose acts can nowhere be called into question. The leader is neither a scholar nor a theorist, but a charismatic man of action.

If we examine the nature of the leaders of contemporary Islamic movements and the nature of the leader of the regime in Washington D.C., which more closely conforms to a fascist description? Again, the answer should be clear.

Here a critical question is in order, “If fascism is an inaccurate description of today’s Islamic movements, why is the association being pushed so vehemently by some parties?” I would look to the history of fascism for the answer. One of the most dastardly programs birthed by fascism is what the Nazis referred to as the final solution, the endlösung, which involved the extermination of the Jewish population of Germany. Many of those who so loudly trumpet the term “Islamic Fascists” envision their own endlösung for the Muslims. To illustrate this point, I will quote directly from one of their recent proclamations. On July 21, 2006, Warner Todd Huston writes, on the website of the prominent African American conservative and former candidate for the United States Senate, Alan Keyes:

So, we feel the only true solution is that millions of Muslims must be killed and the sooner the better it will be for the whole world. Not because Jews are somehow perfect or that Muslims just plain “need killing,” but because Islam is so patently evil and needs to be defeated!

Such calls are now commonplace in even mainstream print and electronic media here in the United States. The fact that Keyes, as mentioned above, was a candidate for the Senate, and that Huston occasionally writes for the Los Angeles Times illustrates just how mainstream this hatemongering has become.

If we search the proclamations of the “Islamic Fascists” we find no parallel calls for a “final solution,” neither against Jews nor others. Hamas calls for the liberation of Palestinian lands not the physical elimination of the Jews. Al-Qaeda calls for the end of Americans strategic presence in the Middle East and not the destruction of America. The Iraqi resistance calls for the end of the American occupation of Iraq and not the end of America. The various Jihad groups in Kashmir call for the termination of the Indian occupation of Kashmir and not the termination of India. The Chechen resistance calls for the end of the brutal Russian occupation of their lands and not the end of Russia. Even if some obscure, obscurantist Islamic groups were to make calls for the destruction of America, Israel, India, Russian, or any Western power, they posses no strategic resources to translate those threats into credible military action. To elevate such groups to the level of Nazi Germany or the former Soviet Union is a disingenuous ploy to mask a patently racist, potentially genocidal agenda.

I will conclude by mentioning a final feature of fascism. The three most powerful fascist regimes of the 20th Century, Mussolini’s Italy, Hitler’s Germany, and Hirohito’s Japan, if we include the latter amongst the 20th Century fascist states, all pursued irrational, militaristic, imperialist policies that led to their ruin. Again, if we examine the policies of the current regime in Washington D.C and the consequences of its policies for this country we must ask, “Who are the fascists?” The American people must ask and answer this question with dispassionate honesty and forthrightness. The nature of the answer will go a long way in determining the future of this republic

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