According to several reports in the Arabic media, prominent Muslim clerics have begun to call for the demolition of Egypt’s Great Pyramids—or, in the words of Saudi Sheikh Ali bin Said al-Rabi‘i, those “symbols of paganism,” which Egypt’s Salafi party has long planned to cover with wax. Most recently, Bahrain’s “Sheikh of Sunni Sheikhs” and President of National Unity, Abd al-Latif al-Mahmoud, called on Egypt’s new president, Muhammad Morsi, to “destroy the Pyramids and accomplish what the Sahabi Amr bin al-As could not.”
This is a reference to the Muslim Prophet Muhammad’s companion, Amr bin al-As and his Arabian tribesmen, who invaded and conquered Egypt circa 641. Under al-As and subsequent Muslim rule, many Egyptian antiquities were destroyed as relics of infidelity. While most Western academics argue otherwise, according to early Muslim writers, the great Library of Alexandria itself—deemed a repository of pagan knowledge contradicting the Koran—was destroyed under bin al-As’s reign and in compliance with Caliph Omar’s command.
However, while book-burning was an easy activity in the 7th century, destroying the mountain-like pyramids and their guardian Sphinx was not—even if Egypt’s Medieval Mamluk rulers “de-nosed” the latter during target practice (though popular legend still attributes it to a Westerner, Napoleon).
Now, however, as Bahrain’s “Sheikh of Sheikhs” observes, and thanks to modern technology, the pyramids can be destroyed. The only question left is whether the Muslim Brotherhood president of Egypt is “pious” enough—if he is willing to complete the Islamization process that started under the hands of Egypt’s first Islamic conqueror.
Nor is such a course of action implausible. History is laden with examples of Muslims destroying their own pre-Islamic heritage—starting with Islam’s prophet Muhammad himself, who destroyed Arabia’s Ka‘ba temple, transforming it into a mosque.
Asking “What is it about Islam that so often turns its adherents against their own patrimony?” Daniel Pipes provides several examples, from Medieval Muslims in India destroying their forefathers’ temples, to contemporary Muslims destroying their non-Islamic heritage in Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Malaysia, and Tunisia.
Currently, in what the International Criminal Court is describing as a possible “war crime,” Islamic fanatics are destroying the ancient heritage of the city of Timbuktu in Mali—all to Islam’s triumphant war cry, “Allahu Akbar!”
Much of this hate for their own pre-Islamic heritage is tied to the fact that, traditionally, Muslims do not identify with this or that nation, culture, heritage, or language, but only with the Islamic nation—the Umma.
Accordingly, while many Egyptians—Muslims and non-Muslims alike—see themselves as Egyptians, Islamists have no national identity, identifying only with Islam’s “culture,” based on the “sunna” of the prophet and Islam’s language, Arabic. This sentiment was clearly reflected when the former Leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Muhammad Akef, declared “the hell with Egypt,” indicating that the interests of his country are secondary to Islam’s.
It is further telling that such calls are being made now—immediately after a Muslim Brotherhood member became Egypt’s president. In fact, the same reports discussing the call to demolish the last of the Seven Wonders of the World, also note that Egyptian Salafis are calling on Morsi to banish all Shias and Baha’is from Egypt.
In other words, Morsi’s call to release the Blind Sheikh, a terrorist mastermind, may be the tip of the iceberg in coming audacity. From calls to legalize Islamic sex-slave marriage to calls to institute “morality police” to calls to destroy Egypt’s mountain-like monuments, under Muslim Brotherhood tutelage, the bottle has been uncorked, and the genie unleashed in Egypt.
Will all those international institutions, which make it a point to look the other way whenever human rights abuses are committed by Muslims, lest they appear “Islamophobic,” at least take note now that the Great Pyramids appear to be next on Islam’s hit list, or will the fact that Muslims are involved silence them once again—even as those most ancient symbols of human civilization are pummeled to the ground?
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Administration abandoned Gadhafi as supremacist movement ascended.
What caused Barack Obama to turn against the late Libyan dictator, Muammar Gadhafi?
What is clear is that the moment Gadhafi became inconvenient to the Muslim Brotherhood, Gadhafi became inconvenient to Obama.
In April 2011, during the height of the Arab Spring, Christopher Stevens arrived in Benghazi, Libya, aboard a Greek cargo ship carrying a dozen American diplomats with enough guards, vehicles and equipment “to set up a diplomatic beachhead in the middle of an armed rebellion,” as the New York Times reported.
Stevens’ goal in landing in Benghazi in 2011 was to represent the Obama administration in support of the rebels who were trying at that time to oust Gadhafi from power.
Yet, only a year before, in April 2010, Gadhafi gave a speech calling Obama a “friend” who was a blessing to the Muslim world.
“Now ruling America is a black man from our continent, an African from Arab descent, from Muslim descent, and this is something we never imagined – that from Reagan we would get to Barack Obama,” Gadhafi said.
“He is someone I consider a friend. He knows he is a son of Africa. Regardless of his African belonging, he is of Arab Sudanese descent, or of Muslim descent. He is a man whose policy should be supported, and he should be assisted in implementing it in any way possible, since he is now leaning toward peace.”
In reviewing the history, Gadhafi had close and long-standing economic ties to Obama and those close to Obama, including his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright; Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan; and Raila Odinga, the current prime minister of Kenya.
Still, it’s unlikely Stevens and the State Department would never have landed in Benghazi in 2011 if Obama did not want Gadhafi toppled.
Did the Obama administration abandon Gadhafi because he stood in the way of the Muslim Brotherhood plan to ride the Arab Spring to power, replacing established dictatorships with Islamist states?
WND has reported the penetration of Muslim Brotherhood influence in the inner circles of the White House and the State Department.
WND has also reported that the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya harbored al-Qaida and that an al-Qaida operative released by the United States from Guantanamo Bay turns out to have led the attack that killed Stevens, the diplomat who went to such personal lengths to help the Libyan rebels depose Gadhafi.
What the establishment media is ignoring is how deep and long-standing the ties between Obama and Gadhafi truly were and the national security danger Obama may well have invited by allowing the Muslim Brotherhood to enter the inner circles of power under his watch as president.
Wright and Farrakhan visit Libya
In 1984, Wright accompanied Farrakhan to Libya, where they met with Gadhafi.
Referring to the relationship between Libya and the Nation of Islam, theology professor Mattias Gardell, in his book “In the Name of Elijah Muhammad: Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam,” commented on pages 205-206 that Gadhafi has “for many years been the Nation’s most prominent supporter in the Islamic heart-land and regularly has assisted the Nation of Islam whenever the need has arisen.”
Farrakhan found great affinity with the revolutionary Islamic socialism professed by Gadhafi.
Gardell noted: “The mutual sympathy and appreciation between the Nation of Islam and the Libyan leadership began as a continuation of the friendly relationship that, to the annoyance of the CIA, was established between Elijah Muhammad and [Gadhafi’s] first mentor, Gamal abd al-Nassar.”
In 1972, in a second tour of the Muslim world, Elijah Muhammad and a personal delegation that included boxer Muhammad Ali visited Libya as honored guests of state and met with Gadhafi.
The same year, Libya provided an interest-free, never-repaid loan of $3 million to the Nation of Islam, permitting it to buy and renovate a Greek Orthodox Church on Chicago’s South Side that became its national headquarters.
WND has reported gave an additional $5 million to Farrakhan in 1985 for the Nation of Islam’s “economic development” programs.
On the occasion of Gadhafi’s first visit to the United States in 2009, to address the United Nations, Farrakhan was still thanking Gadhafi for his 1972 largess as well as the additional $5 million.
Gadhafi also provided the funding for Farrakhan’s dozen of international trips before and immediately after the Million Man March in 1991, a Nation of Islam event attended by both Wright and Obama.
In a 1995 interview with the Chicago Reader, Obama acknowledged that he took time off from his first political campaign, for the Illinois state Senate, to participate in the Million Man March.
When the Chicago Reader article surfaced, Obama supporters tried to distance Obama from the march, arguing he had attended the event as an observer, not as a participant.
Still, Obama’s reaction at the time was enthusiastic.
“What I saw was a powerful demonstration of an impulse and need for African-American men to come together to recognize each other and affirm our rightful place in the society,” he told the Chicago Reader. “There was a profound sense that African-American men were ready to make a commitment to bring about change in our communities and lives.”
Gadhafi funds Odinga
In 2007, after he lost the Kenyan presidential election to Mwai Kibaki, Raila Odinga claimed election fraud. The charge led to a wave of tribal violence in which the Luo tribe of which Obama and Odinga are members killed some 1,500 Kikuyu, the majority tribe in Kenya to which Kibaki belongs. The violence displaced another estimated 350,000 to 500,000 who fled their homes.
In a horrifying incident following the election, at least 50 people, including women and children, were killed when an angry Luo mob forced Kikuyu Christians into an Assemblies of God church in Eldoret, a small village about 185 miles northwest of Nairobi, setting fire to the church and hacking to death with machetes any of the Christians who tried to escape the flames.
Intervention by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, then-U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama calmed the tribal violence by negotiating an extra-constitutional arrangement in which Kibaki as president of Kenya would be co-head of state, with Odinga elevated to the newly created position of Kenyan prime minister.
Odinga ends up having deep ties to both Gadhafi and Obama.
Odinga’s wealth traces back to oil revenue set up by the Al-Bakri Group in Saudi Arabia and by Gadhafi in Libya.
In 2006, during his senatorial trip to Kenya, Obama campaigned so extensively for Odinga, then running for president of Kenya, that government spokesman Alfred Mutua went on television to accuse Obama of meddling inappropriately in Kenyan presidential politics.
In the final weeks of the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, an internal funding memo smuggled out of the campaign accounting section of the Odinga campaign was obtained by WND in Kenya.
The funding memo listed 72 top individuals and organizations contributing to Odinga’s presidential campaign, including $1 million donated by “Friends of Senator BO,” widely interpreted as friends of Senator Barack Obama. A second contribution of approximately $1 million was donated by Seif-Al-Islam Gadhafi, the son of Muammar al-Gadhafi.
Little noticed in the deal Obama arranged to merge Chrysler with Italian automaker Fiat – which cost taxpayers $7 billion and Fiat virtually no cash – is how Gadhafi benefited.
Libya at the time of the transaction owned a 2- to 3-percent equity stake in Fiat, thus making Gadhafi, who then controlled the wealth of Libya, a direct beneficiary of the transaction designed to favor Fiat, as pointed out by columnist Scott Wheeler in Townhall.com.
Obama funds Gadhafi
A public address delivered by Gadhafi on June 11, 2008, scheduled to mark the anniversary of the 1986 U.S. air raid President Reagan directed on Gadhafi’s bunker in Tripoli, suggested the Libyan dictator may have found a way to contribute financially to Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.
As translated by the Middle East Research Institute, or MEMRI, here is what Gadhafi said:
There are elections in American now. Along came a black citizen of Kenyan African origins, a Muslim, who had studied in an Islamic school in Indonesia. His name is Obama. All the people in the Arab and Islamic world and in Africa applauded this man. They welcomed him and prayed for him and his success, and they may have even been involved in legitimate campaign contributions to enable him to win the American presidency.
Gadhafi did not elaborate on how he may have contributed to Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, but the implication is certainly that he did.
In 2010, Obama earmarked $400,000 of taxpayer funds for two Libyan charities, Gadhafi International Charity and Development Foundation, run by Gadhafi’s son, and Wa Attassimou, run by Gadhafi’s daughter Aicha, as reported by author Camie Davis in the American Thinker.
What did Gadhafi do with the funds?
Gadhafi’s International Charity and Development Foundation bankrolled the Amalthea, the Moldovan-flagged Greek-registered cargo ship carrying 15 pro-Palestinian activists and 2,000 tons of food and medicine that tried to run the Israeli blockade in July 2010 by heading toward port in Gaza, only to sail for the Egyptian port of El-Arish after the Israelis threatened to intercept the ship to prevent it from reaching the Gaza coastline.
None other than Chicago-based former Weather Underground bomber Bill Ayers and his radical wife, Bernardine Dohrn, masterminded the Gaza flotilla campaign through the Free Gaza Movement, a coalition of leftist groups that included radical activist and Democratic Party fundraiser Jodie Evans, the co-founder of Code Pink.
Friend turned tyrant?
On Oct. 20, 2011, after video of Gadhafi being killed was shown worldwide, Obama appeared in the Rose Garden to announce, “The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted.”
Remarkably, few in the establishment media bothered to examine what happened to change a seemingly close relationship between Obama and Gadhafi that included Obama reaching out at a Group of Eight summit in 2009 to be the first U.S. president to shake hands with Gadhafi.
Clearly, Gadhafi must have been surprised to see Obama turn on him.
As late as March 19, 2011, Gadhafi sent a message to Obama, calling Obama “our son,” asking the U.S. president to defend Gadhafi’s decision to send the military to attack the rebels seeking to overthrow him.
The ascendency of the Muslim Brotherhood caused the demise of Gadhafi, but will the same be true of Obama?
The Romney campaign may be well advised to reframe President Reagan’s famous question for foreign policy as well: “Are we safer today than we were as a nation four years ago?”
Voters may soon have even more reason to ask Barack Obama why his policies have aided the Muslim Brotherhood.
An organization called Let Freedom Ring is working to buy air time for a new commercial highlighting both the Brotherhood’s radical agenda and Obama’s support for the terror-tied organization.
The advertisement claims the Muslim Brotherhood seeks to conquer Israel, renew ties with Iran – a country “building nuclear weapons to slaughter the Israeli people” – and even collapse the United States from within. Is that the kind of group America’s president should be helping?
Citing a Politico news report, the ad asks, “President Obama, you invited the Muslim Brotherhood to the White House? Legitimizing a group that wants to undermine America and destroy Israel?”
Citing a CBS News report from March, the ad asks, “You sent them 1.5 billion of our dollars? Why, Mr. President? Why?”
The Muslim Brotherhood has gained strength throughout the Mideast, thanks to the power void left by the “Arab Spring” populist uprisings, which have overthrown dictators in several nations, including Egypt and Libya, only to fill new government posts with Brotherhood members.
Obama has been a public supporter of the uprisings, even providing direct assistance, including weapons and finances, to the Libyan rebels.
But only this past week, including in Egypt and Libya, radical Muslim elements have turned the Arab Spring nations into a hotbed for anti-American sentiment, including the violent and fatal storming of American embassies across the region.
Let Freedom Ring is launching its “Why, Mr. President, Why?” campaign, hoping to raise funds to air the commercial in pivotal states leading up to the 2012 election.
Earlier this month, Let Freedom Ring announced a $7-million online advertising campaign claiming the Obama administration terminated the pensions of nonunion workers at Delphi auto parts plants while bailing out union workers’ pensions as part of the 2009 General Motors reorganization.
Let Freedom Ring is a non-profit, nonpartisan public policy membership organization that promotes constitutional government, economic freedom and traditional values.
President Obama Set to Meet Muslim Brotherhood, Snubs Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
President Obama invited Muslim Brotherhood-backed Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi to meet him in New York next week, right after publicly snubbing a request from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet with him and discuss the escalating crisis over a nuclear Iran. The Egyptian president’s invitation follows upon repeated protests at the U.S. embassy in Cairo.
The initial protest at the Cairo embassy began on the eleven-year anniversary of the September 11th attacks, and led to the compound’s breach. An official U.S. flag was confiscated and burned. Renewed clashes with Egyptian protesters have led to more American flag burnings and the firing of tear gas to disperse the crowd.
Oddly enough, several protesters spotted at the Cairo embassy were wearing Guy Fawkes masks, which are popular with members of anarcho-socialist movements. It should be noted that the Muslim Brotherhood is an organization that can be justifiably described as a blending of socialist and Islamist traditions.
Even though the political situation in Egypt is fluid, President Obama forgave a billion dollars owed to the U.S. by the Egyptian government and guaranteed a billion dollar infrastructure loan for the country. A recent intelligence report disclosing increasingly closer ties between Egypt and Iran is a red flag that all effective military aid to the country should undergo further State Department review.
The reaction of the Cairo embassy has been a cause for concern for the Obama administration, which has separated itself from the besieged embassy’s public relations campaign. The Cairo embassy originally condemned “the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.”
The embassy’s seemingly sympathetic missive was posted in reference to a widely panned movie criticizing Muslims made by an American filmmaker. The Egyptian President Morsi is now pushing for the Egyptian embassy in Washington to take legal action against the producers of the “Innocence of Muslims” film, as the country’s official news agency MENA reported.
It was not the first time that the embassy had apologized for the free speech behavior of American citizens. Earlier, the embassy condemned the burning of a Koran in Florida. Ironically, the burning of an official American flag on our sovereign territory is yet to be condemned by the embassy or the administration. This should not be a surprise from an embassy that spent $40,000 buying copies of Barack Obama’s book Dreams from my Father.
Meanwhile, a row has developed over the attack of the Benghazi, Libya consulate, which led to the murder of a U.S. ambassador and several civilians. One of the first public responses to the attacks by the Obama campaign was to condemn presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The presidential campaign and the complicit mainstream media have gone on an offensive against Mitt Romney in order to provide a smokescreen for the apparent failure of Barack Obama’s foreign policy.
On September 11th, for example, the same day as the Egyptian and Libyan protests, the President praised the “Arab Spring.” In Obama’s Cairo address to the Muslim World delivered early on in his presidency, he said “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.” The president also said that America and Islam “share common principles — principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”
President Obama later assisted with the rise to power of Mohammad Morsi when he pressured Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak out of power following the Tahrir Square uprisings as one flower of the Arab Spring. Martial law was declared shortly thereafter, and a struggle between the pro-Mubarak military and Islamist parties for a democratically elected parliament and presidency took place. The Muslim Brotherhood eventually gained a plurality of seats in the parliament and its president Mohammad Morsi installed in power.
Many political observers predicted that this would be the end result of removing Mubarak from power. The Obama administration’s now-obvious affinity for the Muslim Brotherhood follows upon a much-ridiculed request by Michele Bachmann to look into improper ties with the Islamist organization within the State Department and other national security agencies. These requests for a more thorough investigation into the matter should be taken much more seriously than they have been thus far.
In the big picture, Israel is becoming increasingly isolated in the Middle East region, and the Obama administration has demonstrated a noticeable chill towards the tiny Jewish state. So much for being a champion of the underdog.
Translated Sky News Arabia: ‘Crucifying dissidents in front of the presidential palace’
The English translation of a section of the Sky News report, circled in red in the video, references that members of the Muslim Brotherhood “crucified” dissidents “naked on trees in front of the presidential palace.”
Under the headline: “Crucified Dissidents In Front of the Presidential Palace,” the report, translated into English, said:
“Samir Omar – Cairo
“Arabic Sky News
“Sky News correspondent confirmed that members of the Muslim Brotherhood crucified dissidents to Muhammad Mursi naked on trees in front of the presidential palace. In addition, other demonstrators from the Muslim Brotherhood closed the gates not allowing entry to Media City in the area of Sixth of October as they attacked popular media figures. The demonstrators also yelled slogans denouncing the Farayeen TV station Tawfiq Akasheh and others whom they termed ‘Corrupt Media’ as one attacked the editor of Yaum Sabi’ (Seventh Day) Newspaper Khalid Salah. Eyewitnesses also confirmed that groups from the Muslim Brotherhood arrived in special buses and motor vehicles attacking with signs that say ‘The Media of Corruption.’ These groups then were divided in sections to close the entryways blocking entry and exit from Media City.”
“Al Dostour, a reputable Egyptian newspaper under the title ‘The Muslim Brotherhood Crucify Dissidents in Front of The Presidential Palace in Egypt,’ showed a photo that was originally taken by al-Watan News of a man the Egyptian security forces saved. The side of his flesh looks as it has been literally eaten away, its a gruesome photo which can be seem with the full article.
Hillary’s top aide was executive board member of front group.
As five House members continue to call for an investigation of Muslim Brotherhood influence on the federal government, a researcher who has documented numerous ties between Hillary Clinton’s top aide and the global Islamic supremacist movement has found another connection.
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Huma Abedin, Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, who is said to advise the secretary of state on Middle East policy, was a member of the executive board of the Muslim Student Association, according to an archived Web page discovered by researcher Walid Shoebat.
The Muslim Student Association, or MSA, was identified as a Muslim Brotherhood front group in a 1991 document introduced into evidence during the terror-financing trial of the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation trial.
The internal Brotherhood memo said Muslim Brotherhood members “must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and by the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”
While the MSA, with nearly 600 chapters in the U.S. and Canada, “has gained legitimacy as a benevolent collegiate faith club,” it was established in 1963 by Muslim Brotherhood leaders to recruit young people into the movement, which is dedicated to “resurrecting true Islamic governance worldwide” based on Islamic law, or Shariah, according to a dossier by the Investigative Project on Terrorism.
Former MSA leaders directly tied to international violent jihad include al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, convicted American student Ramy Zamzam, Somali al-Shabaab leader Omar Hammami and al-Qaida fundraiser Abdurahman Alamoudi, a former national MSA president who is now serving a 23-year prison sentence.
As WND reported earlier this week, Abedin worked for an organization founded by her family that is effectively at the forefront of a grand Saudi plan to mobilize U.S. Muslim minorities to transform America into a strict Wahhabi-style Islamic state, according to an Arabic-language manifesto issued by the Saudi monarchy.
Shoebat is a Palestinian American author and critic of radical Islam who has done extensive research on the Abedin family’s connections to the Muslim Brotherhod and its Wahhabist affiliations.
Abedin, who was born in the U.S. but raised in Saudi Arabia, has been fiercely defended by both Democrats and Republicans since five Republican lawmakers led by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., cited her as an example of possible Muslim Brotherhood infiltration and asked the inspector generals at the departments of Homeland Security, Justice and State to investigate.
President Obama praised Abedin at a White House Ramadan dinner July 10, declaring her “nothing less than extraordinary in representing our country and the democratic values that we hold dear.”
Abedin returned to the U.S. from Saudi Arabia about 1996 to work with Clinton at the White House. At the same time, she became an assistant editor for the mouthpiece of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs as well as a member of the Muslim Students Association executive board at George Washington University in the nation’s capital.