YOU MUST USE SITES LIKE ATLAS SHRUGS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS HAPPENING

Italiano: Il presidente egiziano Hosni Mubarak...

Italiano: Il presidente egiziano Hosni Mubarak durante una visita al Quirinale, Roma. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Our readers on www.4international.me MUST follow the excellent blog Atlas Shrugs by Pamela Geller. If you listen to any government news source such as the BBC you will NOT HAVE A CLUE as to what is happening in the world. Read below some of these stories on Atlas Shrugs. The last one we will cover later in more depth. Quite simply a Jewish man serving in the Israeli Army was shot last night by a sniper from across in Lebanon, and remember also that serving with the United Nations in Lebanon has been the Irish Army and the Spanish Army. We on 4international will have much more to say on this

 

 

 

STORY 1

“Jihad on Jesus: Militants Firebomb New Christ Statue and Ancient Monastery, Syria,” Raymond Ibrahim, December 14, 2013

 

Earlier this month, the Islamist-led opposition in Syria broadcast a video clip of a militant threatening the nation’s Christian minority, with a focus on the Cherubim monastery and the large Jesus statue recently erected in the region of Saidnaya in Damascus.

 

In the video, images of militants firing rockets at the ancient monastery and setting the building on fire appear (confirmed elsewhere). The Christ statue also appears being targeted, though it is unclear if it was damaged.

 

 

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Pandora’s box  of horror was opened when Obama “led from behind” and served jihadist objectives in the overthrow and brutal murder of Qaddafi, who contained the jihadist threat.

 

France knows better than to call on Obama for help battling the jihadists in Mali and the CAR:

 

 

France begs Europe for help on the ground with fighting in its former African colonies as bloodshed escalates (thanks to Blazing Cat Fur), December 14, 2013

 

France today called on European allies including Britain to provide on-the-grounds troops to halt the bloodshed in its former African colonies.

 

 It also wants a ‘permanent European fund’ to finance emergency interventions in countries like Central African Republic and Mali.

 

 Stay home France… you’ll need those troops soon enough in the Banlieue

 

 

 

 

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With Sharia law de-emphasized, Egyptian Christians “cautiously optimistic” about draft constitution (thanks to Robert Spencer) December 14, 2013

What’s that? Egyptian Christians don’t love Sharia? What on earth turned them into racist, bigoted Islamophobes? “With Sharia law de-emphasized, Egyptian Christians call draft constitution a positive step,” by Sean Savage for JNS.org, December 12:

Egypt’s new draft constitution, to be voted on in a national referendum in January, is being hailed for its improvements over the 2012 Islamist-backed constitution. But the new constitution still has a number of shortcomings on religious and personal freedoms, according to concerned Egyptian Christians and human rights groups.

“Personally I’m cautiously optimistic,” said Halim Meawad, co-founder of Coptic Solidarity, a U.S.-based international Coptic Christian human rights organization.

 

Meawad said the draft constitution is an improvement over the Muslim Brotherhood constitution of 2012, particularly with elimination of Article 219, which defined aspects of Sharia law on which legislation could be based. Article 219 and other aspects of the 2012 constitution led many liberal and Christian leaders to boycott the Muslim Brotherhood government, eventually culminating in popular protests and the military’s ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

 

The new draft, by removing Article 219, eliminates the political authority that Al-Azhar University, Egypt’s highest Islamic institution, had over the legislative process.

 

“The new draft maintains the position of Sharia in social conscience, but prevents any infringements on constitutional jurisdiction,” Adel Ramadan, legal affairs official at local NGO the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, told Ahram Online.

 

Nevertheless, controversial aspects still remain in the draft constitution, including Article 2, which states that the principles of Islamic Sharia are “the main source of legislation.”

 

“The infamous Article 2, declaring the principles of Sharia to be the primary source for legislation, is still there like a sword drawn and can be used against non-Muslims at any time and in any situation,” Meawad told JNS.org.

 

Meawad explained that Article 2 goes back to former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, who included it to gain the support of Islamists.

 

“Article 2 introduced by President Sadat in 1971 to create an Islamic base for himself…Ever since, this article was used by authorities, including the judicial system, to discriminate against non-Muslims, especially Copts, despite the facts that other articles in the same constitution gives all the freedom of religion,” Meawad said.

 

Egyptian Christians and liberals on the constitutional committee attempted to remove all mentions of Sharia law from the constitution. But the ultraconservative Salafi party, Al-Nour, insisted the mention of Sharia law remain, albeit in a watered-down version.

 

“Dr. Safwat al-Baiady and other Christian members of the constitutional committee made a weak attempt to change Article 2 because they knew very well that it is a mission impossible,” Meawad said.

 

Another change in the draft constitution is Article 235, which addresses the longstanding complaint about the difficulty Egyptian Christians faced in constructing new churches. While church construction was permitted under President Hosni Mubarak, it required special permission from him or from the prime minister.

 

Under the new draft, Article 235 authorizes the Egyptian parliament to “organize building and renovating churches, guaranteeing Christians the freedom to practice their religious ritual.”

 

“Christians have freedom of belief and practice,” Safwat al-Baiady, president of the Protestant Churches of Egypt and a member of the constitutional committee, told Christianity Today. “And for the first time in the history of Egypt’s constitutions, building churches becomes a right.”

 

The new Article 235 will allow many of Egypt’s Christians the opportunity to rebuild dozens of churches destroyed by the wave of violence by Islamic extremists in mid-August.

 

Amnesty International, which has been vocally critical of attacks on Egypt’s Christians, said in a report that the new constitution was a step in the right direction, but that it “still falls short of Egypt’s international human rights obligations.”

 

“Unfortunately there is a glaring inconsistency between the aspirations in the draft, and the reality of ongoing human rights violations in Egypt,” Amnesty International said.

 

“There is no guarantee that this inconsistency will go away. I was hoping for, or I should say dreaming of, a true secular and modern constitution with no contradictions between its articles,” Meawad told JNS.org.

 

Despite the fact that Sharia law is still mentioned in the draft, Coptic Christian Pope Tawadros II endorsed the constitution and has urged followers to vote for it in the upcoming referendum in January, saying that participation is their duty. Ultimately, the draft should be accepted because it “could have been much worse,” Meawad said.

 

 

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The Lebanese army is firing on Israeli soldiers. The absence of American leadership and solidarity with Israel has left a terrible vacuum in the Middle East, and evil loves a vacuum.

Israeli Soldier Killed in Lebanese Army Sniper Attack on Israel-Lebanon Border,” By Algemeiner, December 15, 2013

An Israeli soldier was killed by a Lebanese Army sniper on the country’s border with Lebanon, Jonny Daniels, an external adviser to Israel’s Deputy Minister of Defense told The Algemeiner.

The sniper opened fire at an Israeli vehicle at the border, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said earlier about the incident.

“One of the Lebanese soldiers shot 6 or 7 bullets towards an Israeli patrol… and hit and killed one of the Israeli soldiers,” Daniels said. “The army are investigating the motive for the attack.”

The Times of Israel reported that the IDF returned fire, and that “troops who witnessed the incident reportedly saw other Lebanese Armed Forces personnel converge on the gunman after he opened fire.”

 

 

SUPPORT THE ARMY IN EGYPT AGAINST THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

English: Muslim brotherhood military man in Eg...

English: Muslim brotherhood military man in Egypt مؤسس تنظيم الظباط الأحرار في مصر (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The situation in Egypt is now absolutely critical. On one side is the Army led by General el Sisi, on the other is the Muslim Brotherhood, founded by Qutb. Qutb was the associate of Hajj Amin el Husseini, leader of the Palestinian Arabs. That fact is critical. More on this site later about el Husseini and what his bearing is today on the PLO and Hamas, and the way Israel must fight.

4international supports the army in a very critical although unconditional manner against the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

It happens very often in political struggle that you have to take sides. In this issue there is absolutely no way to sit on the fence and hope things will blow over.

You must come out in the open and state your position.

The majority of Egyptian society is pro Sharia and is Antisemitic. This is a fact. Yet the army is clamping down on the Muslim Brotherhood of Qutb. This clamping down in every respect is totally progressive.

On that issue you cannot sit on the fence.

What the following article by Atlas Shrugs poses is the question: What is Islam? Is Islam a religión? In one sence it is of course. But underneath that religión is an ideology that is not a religión at all, but more a method of repression, with an aim to control the world.

All of this has to be stated clearly in the struggle to educate a generation of fighters for socialism.

Pamela Geller is opposed to socialism, communism, Leninism, Trotskyism. But that does not mean that she is not very correct about Islam and Sharia.

On one thing we on 4international disagree with Pamela…there can be no possibility of a reform of Islam. We are sure there can not! Whatever that means we have to go with.

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Muslim Mob Throws 15-Year-old Christian Girl
Off Building Roof

Obama is punishing the Egyptians for rejecting these Islamic supremacists. Sharia should be banned. The US should not give one cent of aid to any country living under the sharia. That’s not radical, that’s human.

Obama backed Muslim Brotherhood supporters who “reject the entire amendment process and are likely to launch” violence against it.

Muslims Take Young Girl And Throw Her Off A Building By Theodore Shoebat, November 30, 2013
Muslims in a village of southern Minya province charged at Christian homes, and put 10 houses to the flames. They wounded 14 Christians, and the mob also took a 15 year-old girl and threw her down from the third floor of a building, injuring her severely.

“Egypt Islamists rally to defy protest law” By Yakima Herald, November 30, 2013
CAIRO — Egyptian security forces firing tear gas and water cannons on Friday broke up anti-government demonstrations by Islamists defying a draconian new law restricting protests.

Authorities are seeking to put down unrest by both Islamists and secular activists as a government-appointed assembly tries to finish a final draft on an amended constitution by early next week. The draft has raised criticism from democracy advocates for increasing powers of the military and president.

Since a popularly backed military coup ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in July, his supporters have been staging near-daily protests calling for his reinstatement. The rallies have often descended into street clashes with security forces or civilians.

To quash pro-Morsi rallies, which have persisted despite a heavy security crackdown, the military-backed government issued the law Sunday banning protests without a police permit. On Thursday, a student was killed when police put down a march by Islamists from Cairo University.

Instead, the law has sparked new protests by Egypt’s secular activists, who had been largely muted since the ouster of Morsi. They accuse the government of giving free rein to police abuses and military power that they had aimed to end with the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

They say the law aims to silence all dissent — particularly ahead of a nationwide referendum on the amended constitution expected in January.

The past week, security forces have forcefully broken up several protests by secular activists in Cairo. Police also arrested one of the top secular activists, Alaa Abdel-Fattah, on Thursday for allegedly inciting protests in violation of the law. His wife, Manal Bahy Eldin, also an activist, said police beat her during the arrest.

On Friday, prosecutors ordered Abdel-Fattah detained for four days for investigation, according to Mohammed Abdel Aziz, a member of his legal defense team.

A 50-member panel is amending the Morsi-era constitution drafted mainly by Islamists and passed in December. After months of sessions, largely held behind closed doors, the panel is scheduled to vote on a final draft Saturday — but one member, liberal political Mohammed Aboul-Ghar said it may be delayed until Sunday as final controversial articles are worked out.

The panel is supposed to finish its work by Tuesday, under a declaration issued by interim President Adly Mansour soon after the July 3 coup.

The pending referendum could further fuel a backlash. The Islamists reject the entire amendment process and are likely to launch protests against it. Secular activists, meanwhile, are likely to hold their own protests against a charter they say will enshrine military power in politics.

One amendment requires the military’s approval of the president’s choice for defense minister. The measure effectively allows the military to choose its own leader, giving it considerable independence from the elected, civilian president.

Another article, preserved from the Morsi-era constitution, allows for civilians to be tried in military courts in cases connected to violence toward military facilities or personnel.

Aboul-Ghar said the panel had agreed to remove a controversial article inserted into the 2012 constitution that critics feared would allow a stricter implementation of Shariah law in Egypt.

The article gave a stronger definition to the term “principles of Islamic law,” on which Article 2 of the document says legislation must be based. Article 2, which has been in the constitution since the 1970s, will remain in place.

Islamist supporters of Morsi held their latest rallies around the country and in multiple parts of Cairo, most of them numbering in the hundreds. Ten people were wounded in clashes and 183 arrested, according to emergency services and the Interior Ministry.

In Cairo’s twin city of Giza, police fired volleys of tear gas to disperse protesters, who burned tires, according to footage of the scene from Associated Press TV. Anti-Islamist residents joined security forces in chasing the Morsi supporters, hurling stones and bottles at them.

Police fired tear gas or water cannons on other Islamist marches in Cairo, the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and the canal city of Suez.

In one protest in eastern Cairo, Islamists chanted, “Down with all killers, down with Abdel-Fattah” referring to army chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who ousted against Morsi.

“We don’t care about the protest law whatsoever,” said Ashraf Abdel-Wahhab, who was participating in a Cairo protest with his wife and eight children. “This is not the first time they attack marches or kill protesters. It’s just a cover that they’re using.”

Secular activists did not hold rallies Friday, aiming to avoid association with the Islamists. The activists oppose the Islamists, seeing them as equally undemocratic as the new government — and are wary of being tainted as pro-Brotherhood at a time when a large swath of the public remains eager to crush Islamists.

“Friday is the Brotherhood’s day,” Mohammed Adel, a leading member of the secular activist group April 6, told the AP. “Even if we had the same cause, we will not protest with them.”

Meanwhile, Muslim residents of a village in southern Minya province attacked Christian homes, burning 10 houses and wounding 15 Christians, including a 15 year-old girl thrown from the third floor of a building, according to Ezzat Ibrahim, an activist who monitors minority rights.

Ibrahim said the attack was instigated by rumors of a love affair between a local Christian man and a Muslim woman — a factor that can often spark sectarian clashes.