Monday, May 22, 2017

Societies Are Not Created Equal II

from 'Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America' by Brigitte Gabriel [2006, St. Martin's Press]

Societies Are Not Created Equal I

from 'Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America' by Brigitte Gabriel [2006, St. Martin's Press]

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Israel > Arabia II

"Growing up in the Middle East, I came to find out that Arab children are taught hatred of Jews from their mother's milk. From a young age, Arab children are constantly bombarded with stories and information presenting Jews as barbaric, conniving, manipulative, warmongering people. Meanwhile, Jews teach their children patience, humility, service, tolerance, understanding of others, and charity to all. They call it tikkun olam, "to repair the world."
Israel has become one of the most innovative and technologically advanced countries, contributing to the world's improvement in fields from medicine to communications. It is a successful, modern, educated, Western-thinking society in the midst of a sea of Arabic failure, corruption, backwardness, and ignorance. Israel's success in turning a desolate desert land into an oasis blossoming with Western culture and wealth irks its failing neighbors. It is in contrast to everything they are not and cannot be because of their culture, values, and religion, which suffocate the individual and drown out human rights."

- from 'Because They Hate' by Brigitte Gabriel

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Israel > Arabia

"...Mama was in the hospital for almost three weeks. During that time I learned a great deal about the ethics and values of the Israelis. There were also constant reminders of the differences between the Israelis and the Arab world. After the mercy the Israelis showed their enemies, the thing that impressed me the most was the respect with which women were treated. I loved to watch the Israeli women, particularly the young women in the army. Some of them were only a year or two older than I. I was amazed by how assertive and self-confident they were. I did not yet understand the language that they spoke, but I could tell from their tone of voice and the way that they carried themselves that they felt accepted and respected by the men. Some of them were even officers! This was such a stark contrast to the Arab world in which I had grown up. No Arab soldier would take an order from a woman. In the Arab world, women were property. We were owned by our parents, and then we were reowned by our husbands. Israel was truly a different world."

- Brigitte Gabriel, ibid. [see previous post]

Brigitte Gabriel

"I broke out crying again, but this time not from fear and uncertainty, but because of the compassion and love being bestowed upon me. For the first time in my life, I experienced a human quality that I knew my culture would not have shown to its enemy. I experienced the values of the Israelis, who were able to love their enemy in their most trying moments. Lea didn't even know whether I was a Lebanese Christian or a Muslim, or a Palestinian. I realized at that moment that I had been sold a fabricated lie by my government and culture about the Jews and Israel that was far from reality. I knew for a fact, as someone raised in the Arab world, that if I had been a Jew in an Arab hospital, I would have been lynched and then thrown to the ground, and joyous shouts of "Allahu Akbar" would have echoed through the hospital and the surrounding streets."

- Brigitte Gabriel [learning what Ayaan Hirsi Ali also learned about Israel] from 'Because They Hate : A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America' [2006; St Martin's Press] 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

'The River War' by Winston Churchill [1899] - About Islam

The River War: An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan (1899), by Winston Churchill, concerning his experiences as a British Army officer, during the Mahdist War (1881–99) in the Sudan.

The River War is a history of the British imperial involvement in the Sudan, and the Mahdi War between the British forces, led by Lord Kitchener, and the Dervish forces, led by Khalifa Abdallahi ibn Muhammad, "The Mahdi”, heir to the self-proclaimed Mahdi Muhammad Ahmad who had embarked on a campaign to conquer Egypt, to drive out the Ottomans.

The River War was Churchill's second published book after The Story of the Malakand Field Force, and originally filled two volumes with over 1000 pages in 1899. The River War was subsequently abridged to one volume in 1902.

1899 unabridged, two-volume edition
The unabridged version contains many illustrations with drawings, photogravures, and coloured maps. It also contains vivid narratives of personal adventures of the author, his views on British expansionism, passages of deep reflection about the requirements of a civilised government, criticism of military and political leaders and religion.[3] The first edition was reviewed by The Times, which described it as containing material sufficient for two good books and one bad one, with the bad one being the more interesting.[4]

About Islam he wrote:

"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen: all know how to die: but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.[5]:248–250[6]"

[Source: Wikipedia]

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Truman Emerging From His Basement Room

2017-01-15 I have just returned from Erina, Truman emerges from his favourite new 'room' to welcome me home, and eat food.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Gnaw Their Tongues [My NFB]


'The Atrocious Angel of Scatology' by Gnaw Their Tongues

Monday, January 02, 2017

Haikus [July 2007]

I was trying to find something in my Gmail but these haikus I had written back in 2007 came up instead. I wrote them at work for a girl I had a crush on at the time. [Shout out to Geri, wherever she is...]

Bright colour stickers.
Making files looks like child's play.
Almost fruit time. 

Friday the thirteenth.
Stay away from Crystal Lake.
Be nice to black cats.

Watching Blade Runner.
Replicants live just four years.
Must live fast die young. 

Those zombies attack.
My arsenal is awesome.
I bring the bloodbath.

See her on the bus.
She's always reading a book.
Others fade away.

Got a MySpace page?
How 'bout a fancy FaceBook?
M3 h4rdc0r3 bl0993r.

Freaking cold winter.
Geri, let's build a snowman.
My nose just fell off.