28 June, 2022


The Ominous Pull Of Jihadism

By Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

“Ideas are bullet proof”- Allan Moore, V for Vendetta

A powerful idea can get a life of its own. The new Jihadism is one such idea. It is religious all right but it is more complex than that. It is intractable as a force for the simple reason that an ideology is something abstract. The danger is that it can be anywhere and everywhere. Hence, bombing it in one location is unlikely to help in the longer term, at least.

Jihadism is seen drawing out younger generations from their cosy family homes into the battlefields of Iraq and Syria and it has the backing of the older folk of Muslims in ways unforeseen. Those who remain home remain to plot and bomb and kill. Often bypassing normal channels of dissemination Jihadism spreads mostly through internet and social media bringing in waves of supporters. Have the Americans and the West got hold of the wrong end of the stick in controlling this phenomenon? Here, in Australia, has Tony Abbot been able to distinguish the wood from the trees? In order to meet this threat it is important to realize the complexity of the issue. I am wondering if Western leaders have had the patience and the prescience to comprehend this.

The Pull of Jihad

Jihadists are made and they don’t fall from the sky. What exactly makes them? What is it that invests this ideology with such a pulling power and a power to unleash destruction?

MuslimSixteen Australian Muslim youngsters have so far fallen victim to the pull of Jihad. The eighteen year old youngster, Abdul Numan Haider from a Melbourne outer suburb is the latest victim. Apparently, the Melbourne and Federal police have been following him for some time. It is alleged Numan was seen with an ISIS flag at a shopping centre; that he was having links with extremist groups; that he had received and sent hate mail via internet. All sorts of stories are flying about this hapless youth who ended his promising life in vain. He is supposed to have threatened to kill the cops and wrap them in the Islamic flag of ISIS. It is hard to separate truth from fiction. However, the police got wind of all this and summoned Numan to the cop station for questioning. The teenager pulled out a knife and stabbed two police officers who are now in hospital. In defense, he was shot dead.

Mind Gone Wrong

Numan was so out of touch with reality to imagine he could have brought down the police with his knife? This exactly is the nature of Jihadists. They evince symptoms similar to the psychotic state of schizophrenia, namely a disconnect with reality.  It is important for Australia and  Western society in particular to try and figure out the factors that bring about such manic and dysfunctional behaviour. This is a study for professionals and not for politicians who tend to simplify social issues and take hasty action based on superficial assumptions.

Previous to Abdul Numan  a number of other instances had surfaced here in Australia. In a recent Australian Daily, The Age, writers Trent Dalton and Greg Bearup cite three more cases. One is of a girl called Amira Karroum who journeyed “from sitting outside her mum’s house in suburban Gold Coast, finger-etching love hearts with her boyfriend into wet footpath concrete, to the shell-pocked streets of Aleppo, Syria.”  Amira Karroum had left for Syria with her young husband, Yusef Ali, to fight for a fundamentalist group, Jabhat al-Nusra, The two were shot dead alongside each other.

Ahmed Succarieh was the other victim. This youngster from Runcorn State High School, Brisbane, went to Syria and allegedly drove a truck full of explosives ending up as a suicide bomber killing 35 people plus herself making a total of 36 valuable human lives.

Numan, Amira Karroum, Yusef Ali and Ahmad Succarieh-all followed the same path from being perfectly decent innocent young men to self-destructive delusional

Across all Faiths

The nature of religious faith is basic to our understanding. Throughout history religions have demonstrated a tendency for intolerance and radicalisation. This phenomenon has occurred across all religions. Even today, America is home to some lunatic Christian evangelists who prey on the minds of followers.  They do not, however, go to the extent of beheading non-believers. Creationism is still taught in American schools although 200 years ago Charles Darwin destroyed the theoretical assumptions of such a ridiculous doctrine. However, besides the danger these evangelists do in attempting to ask followers to suspend their reason, these mad men and women do not go to the extent of beheading non-believers. The instrument of the Inquisition that prevailed during the Middle Ages had been employed to ferret out those who entertained the slightest doubt about Bible teachings and to crush them mercilessly. The Crusades was a war by Christians meant to destroy Mohameddans.

Religion’s Potential for Violence

Even the world’s most peaceful religion-Buddhism- cannot avoid violence as one observes in Sri Lanka and Burma where marauding monks go haywire on a path of hate and destruction. Hinduism showed immeasurable violence during the partition in 1947 provoking Pandit Nehru to remark, “I am horrified at the spectacle of religion.”

Sam Harris, well-known writer and atheist said, “religion itself produces a perverse solidarity that we must find some way to undercut.” Richard Dawkins, in his best- selling, God Delusion, stated,”Only religious faith produces a strong enough force to motivate such bitter madness in otherwise decent people.”

Both these authors were focusing their minds on monotheistic Abrahmic religions like Christianity, Judaism and Islam. There is a reason for this. Those who believe in one God, the  creator and supervisor of  men and women, and in the Holy Book that this God had supposedly passed down believe in the absolute truth of their faith that leaves no space for questioning. The word “Islam,” itself signifies  an unquestioning obeisance to the faith and Qu’ran. A religion that’s so cocksure will not tolerate non-believers of any sort. Such inherent intolerance leads to violence against individuals. Salman Rushdie had a Fatwa issued on him for writing a book criticizing Islam. When they are dead right and when God is on their side who cares?

The puzzling thing is that the generic intolerance of non-believers is picked up by factions within the broad religion. In medieval Europe Protestants and Catholics went for each others’ throats. Currently, we observe raging battles between Sunni and Shia followers within Islam.

Stages of Radicalisation

The above quoted feature in Australian newspaper refers to a year 2007study done by the New York City Police Department that identifies four stages in the process of radicalisation:

Stage One: Pre-radicalization. Here the individual plays an ordinary and conventional role in family and society. Go back to the above reference to the early life of Amir Kharroum and that gives a typical illustration. They go to school or do their job return home and engage in normal activities. However, often at this stage the seeds are sown by parents and elders who transfer their religion and associated prejudices to the offspring. Parents must, therefore, be cautious in bringing up their kids. They must at all times avoid planting their sociopathic attitudes to their kids and they must encourage kids to think critically in an atmosphere of freedom. This becomes more easily said than done with a theistic faith which demands unquestioning obedience.

Stage two: “Self-identification” stage. At this point individuals “slowly migrate away from their former (mainstream) identity,” frequently following an event such as job loss, alienation, discrimination or a death in the family.

Stage three: Indoctrination. Here, disaffected individuals typically join fundamentalist organizations that play on them and they “accept a religious-political worldview that justifies, legitimises, encourages, or supports violence against anything kufr, or un-Islamic, including the West, its citizens, its allies, or other Muslims whose opinions are contrary to the extremist agenda”. Numan Hiader is being suspected of having had links to the controversial al-Furgan Islamic Centre in Melbourne. He was receiving and sending hate mail via internet. The affected person in stage three shows symptoms similar to the psychotic condition called Schizrophenia in the sense that the person has a difficulty in recognizing reality and is unable to regulate his emotional responses.

Stage four: “Jihadisation”, sees them “accept their individual duty to participate in jihad and self-designate themselves as holy warriors or mujaheddin.” The delusion hardens into a personality disorder.

Other Contributory Causes

Behind the apparent religious character of Jihadism there are social factors. We have seen how religions confer and strengthen social solidarity. The Islam faith is linked to the ethnicity of Arabs world over. Many Arabs have a spoken and unspoken hostility to the West that created Israel and appear to support Israel over the Palestine issue. Muslims feel oppressed by the West. Underlying Jihadism is an antipathy to the West. Secondly, Muslim migrants in Western countries including Australia perceive a discrimination towards them. It is a two-way process. Jihadist violence against against Americans and Westerners in general has given cause for discriminatory feelings toward Muslims in the host countries. The discrimination, in turn, has tended to solidify apprehensions toward the host countries. It is a vicious circle in operation. There was a reported instance where a Muslim job applicant in Australia had his application turned down several times in spite of his qualifications. When this applicant re-applied later under a non-Mohamedian name he got the job. Joblessness is one great disaffecting cause among young Muslims in Western host countries. Although Australia has been unbelievably tolerant, in countries like France laws have been passed to ban the womens’ use of Burqa.

*The writer is a former senior of the Public Service in Sri Lanka. A well-known Sarachchandra player, he is also a published author. E-Mail: sjturaus@optusnet.com.au

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      Dear Shyamon Jayasinghe .

      RE:The Ominous Pull Of Jihadism

      Thank you. Quite Analytical and very informative.

      “It takes Religion to get good people to do bad things”-Stephen Weinberg, Nobel Physicist.



      “Abul ʿAla Al-Maʿarri Abū al-ʿAlāʾ al-Maʿarrī, full name Abū al-ʿAlāʾ Aḥmad ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn Sulaimān al-Tanūẖī al-Maʿarrī; 973–1058) was a blind Arabian philosopher, poet, and writer.”

      “He was a controversial rationalist of his time, attacking the dogmas of religion and rejecting the claim that Islam or any other religion possessed the truths they claimed and considered the speech of prophets as a lie (literally, “forgery”) and “impossible” to be true. He was equally sarcastic towards the religions of Muslims, Jews, and Christians. He was also a vegan who argued for animal rights.”

      “In 2013, almost a thousand years after his death, the al-Nusra Front, a branch of al-Qaeda, beheaded the statue of Al Maʿarri during the conflict in Syria.[1] Al Maʿarri remains widely cited among modern Arab atheists.[2]”

      “His religious skepticism and positively anti-religious views are expressed in a poem which states, “The inhabitants of the earth are of two sorts: those with brains, but no religion, and those with religion, but no brains.”[16]”

      “He was equally sarcastic towards the religion of Islam as he was towards Judaism and Christianity. Al-Maʿarri remarked that monks in their cloisters or devotees in their mosques were blindly following the beliefs of their locality: if they were born among Magians or Sabians they would have become Magians or Sabians.[17]”

      One thing is clear about the rise of Jihadism and Terrorism and Islamic militants.

      Western Imperialism, Western hegemony, Israel support by America and invasion of Iraq, etc. etc.

      I see similar parallels in the rise pf Tamil Militancy and LTTE by the Tamils against the Sinhala Buddhist Majority in Sri Lanka.

      In Jihadism it is Militancy combined with Ideology, that could be anywhere,

      In Tamil Militant it is Militancy combined with Nationalism, that was restricted only ti Sri Lanka. Formation of Elam, would have put an end to it.

      However, how do you end the Jihadist ideology, when it is combined with Religion and Belief? Very difficult.

      Since it is belief, however much reason, and data one confronts the ideology with, they will dismiss it. However, repeated exposure may help to chip away at it.

      Example, 400 years ago during Galileo’s time, 99.999% of the people thought the Sun goes around the stationary Earth. Today only about 25% of Westerners and about 40% non-westerners think so.

      This is a long battle.

      So, expose, Expose and Expose.

      The creationist debate, by Ken Miller.

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        Shyamon Jayasinghe –

        RE: The Ominous Pull Of Jihadism

        Muslim Scholars Release Open Letter To Islamic State Meticulously Blasting Its Ideology

        Is it Islamic State or Iblees State?

        Iblees is Arabic for the Devil, The Satan, The Shaitan, Lucifer etc, that stands for the Evil.

        ISIS, is a spin off of Wahhabism, the cures from Saudi Iblees Arabia..


        WASHINGTON (RNS) More than 120 Muslim scholars from around the world joined an open letter to the “fighters and followers” of the Islamic State, denouncing them as un-Islamic by using the most Islamic of terms.

        Relying heavily on the Quran, the 18-page letter released Wednesday (Sept. 24) picks apart the extremist ideology of the militants who have left a wake of brutal death and destruction in their bid to establish a transnational Islamic state in Iraq and Syria.

        Even translated into English, the letter will still sound alien to most Americans, said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, who released it in Washington with 10 other American Muslim religious and civil rights leaders.

        “The letter is written in Arabic. It is using heavy classical religious texts and classical religious scholars that ISIS has used to mobilize young people to join its forces,” said Awad, using one of the acronyms for the group. “This letter is not meant for a liberal audience.”

        Even mainstream Muslims, he said, may find it difficult to understand.

        Awad said its aim is to offer a comprehensive Islamic refutation, “point-by-point,” to the philosophy of the Islamic State and the violence it has perpetrated. The letter’s authors include well-known religious and scholarly figures in the Muslim world, including Sheikh Shawqi Allam, the grand mufti of Egypt, and Sheikh Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, the mufti of Jerusalem and All Palestine.

        A translated 24-point summary of the letter includes the following: “It is forbidden in Islam to torture”; “It is forbidden in Islam to attribute evil acts to God”; and “It is forbidden in Islam to declare people non-Muslims until he (or she) openly declares disbelief.”

        Read the full letter here.


        Here is the executive summary of their letter:

        1. It is forbidden in Islam to issue fatwas without all the necessary learning requirements. Even then fatwas must follow Islamic legal theory as defined in the Classical texts. It is also forbidden to cite a portion of a verse from the Qur’an—or part of a verse—to derive a ruling without looking at everything that the Qur’an and Hadith teach related to that matter. In other words, there are strict subjective and objective prerequisites for fatwas, and one cannot ‘cherry-pick’ Qur’anic verses for legal arguments without considering the entire Qur’an and Hadith.

        2. It is forbidden in Islam to issue legal rulings about anything without mastery of the Arabic language.

        3. It is forbidden in Islam to oversimplify Shari’ah matters and ignore established Islamic sciences.

        4. It is permissible in Islam [for scholars] to differ on any matter, except those fundamentals of religion that all Muslims must know.

        5. It is forbidden in Islam to ignore the reality of contemporary times when deriving legal rulings.

        6. It is forbidden in Islam to kill the innocent.

        7. It is forbidden in Islam to kill emissaries, ambassadors, and diplomats; hence it is forbidden to kill journalists and aid workers.

        8. Jihad in Islam is defensive war. It is not permissible without the right cause, the right purpose and without the right rules of conduct.

        9. It is forbidden in Islam to declare people non-Muslim unless he (or she) openly declares disbelief.

        10. It is forbidden in Islam to harm or mistreat—in any way—Christians or any ‘People of the Scripture’.

        11. It is obligatory to consider Yazidis as People of the Scripture.

        12. The re-introduction of slavery is forbidden in Islam. It was abolished by universal consensus.

        13. It is forbidden in Islam to force people to convert.

        14. It is forbidden in Islam to deny women their rights.

        15. It is forbidden in Islam to deny children their rights.

        16. It is forbidden in Islam to enact legal punishments (hudud) without following the correct
        procedures that ensure justice and mercy.

        17. It is forbidden in Islam to torture people.

        18. It is forbidden in Islam to disfigure the dead.

        19. It is forbidden in Islam to attribute evil acts to God.

        20. It is forbidden in Islam to destroy the graves and shrines of Prophets and Companions.

        21. Armed insurrection is forbidden in Islam for any reason other than clear disbelief by the ruler and not allowing people to pray.

        22. It is forbidden in Islam to declare a caliphate without consensus from all Muslims.

        23. Loyalty to one’s nation is permissible in Islam.

        24. After the death of the Prophet, Islam does not require anyone to emigrate anywhere.

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      The Wahhabis and their Clones Follow the Devil, the Satan, the shitan, Iblees, and Lucifer.

      under the disguise of islam, the Wahhani Devils and their clones want to destroy Islam and it’s heritage so that when done, the muslims haver noting toi show for their religion.

      The Wahhabis are Wolves in sheep Clothing. Examples the so called ISIS, Iblees state of Iraq and Syria,, funded bu Saudi Wahhabis and their clones.

      Destruction of early Islamic heritage sites in Saudi Arabia


      The destruction of sites associated with early Islam is an on-going phenomenon that has occurred mainly in the Hejaz region of western Saudi Arabia, particularly around the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. The demolition has focused on mosques, burial sites, homes and historical locations associated with the Prophet, Muhammad and many of the founding personalities of early Islamic history.[1] In Saudi Arabia, many of the demolitions have officially been part of the continued expansion of the Masjid al-Haram at Mecca and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina and their auxiliary service facilities in order to accommodate the ever-increasing number of people performing the pilgrimage (Hajj).[2]

      Similarly, the religious fabric of the Najd and the Hejaz were vastly different. Traditional Hejazi cultural customs and rituals were almost entirely religious in nature. Celebrations honoring the Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions, reverence of deceased saints, visitation of shrines, tombs and holy sites connected with any of these were among the customs indigenous to Hejazi Islam.[4]

      As administrative authority of the Hejaz passed into the hands of Najdi [Wahabi] Muslims from the interior, the Wahabi ‘ulema (body of religious scholars) viewed local religious practices as unfounded superstition superseding codified religious sanction that was considered a total corruption of religion and the spreading of heresy.[5]

      What followed was a removal of the physical infrastructure, tombs, mausoleums, mosques and sites associated with the family and companions of the Prophet.[6]

      he initial dismantling of the sites began in 1806 when the Wahhabi army of the First Saudi State occupied Medina and systematically levelled many of the structures at the Jannat al-Baqi Cemetery.[7] This is the vast burial site adjacent the Prophet’s Mosque (Al-Masjid al-Nabawi) housing the remains of many of the members of Muhammad’s family, close companions and central figures of early Islam. The Ottoman Turks, practitioners themselves of more tolerant and at times mystical strains of Islam, had erected elaborate mausoleums over the graves of Al-Baqi. These were levelled in their entirety. Mosques across the city were also targeted and an attempt was made to tear down Muhammad’s tomb.[8]

      Widespread vocal criticism of this last action by Muslim communities as far away as India, eventually led to abandoning any attempt on this site. Political claims made against Turkish control of the region initiated the Ottoman-Saudi war (1811–1818) in which the Saudi defeat forced Wahhabi tribesmen to retreat from the Hejaz back into the interior. Turkish forces reasserted control of the region and subsequently began extensive rebuilding of sacred sites between 1848 and 1860, many of them done employing the finest examples of Ottoman design and craftsmanship.[9]

      On April 21, 1925 the mausoleums and domes at Al-Baqi in Medina were once again levelled [9] and so were indicators of the exact location of the resting places of the Muhammad’s family members and descendants, as it remains to the present day. Portions of the famed Qasida al-Burda, the 13th century ode written in praise of Muhammad by Imam Muhammed al-Busiri (1211–1294), inscribed over Muhammad’s tomb were painted over.

      Among specific sites targeted at this time were the graves of the Martyrs of the Battle of Uhud, including the grave of the renowned Hamza ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib, uncle of Muhammad and one of his most beloved supporters, the Mosque of Fatimah Al Zahraa’, daughter of Mohammad, the Mosque of the Two Lighthouses (Manaratayn) as well as the Qubbat Al-Thanaya,[9] the cupola built as the burial place of Mohammad’s incisor tooth, which was broken from a blow received during the Battle of Uhud.

      In Medina, the Mashrubat Umm Ibrahim, the home of Mohammad’s Coptic Egyptian wife Mariah and birthplace of their son Ibrahim, as well as the adjacent burial site of Hamida al-Barbariyya, mother of Imam Musa al-Kadhim, were destroyed during this time.[9] The site was paved over and is today part of the massive marble esplanade beside the Mosque.

      The Government-appointed permanent scholarly committee of Saudi Arabia has ordered the demolition of such structures in a series of Islamic rulings noting excessive veneration leading to Shirk [10]

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      Shyamon Jayasinghe –

      Data supporting that the Wahhabis are not muslims, and that they folklow the evil, Satan, Shaitan, Iblees or Lucifer.


      20. It is forbidden in Islam to destroy the graves and shrines of Prophets and Companions.

      Destruction of early Islamic heritage sites in Saudi Arabia


      The destruction of sites associated with early Islam is an on-going phenomenon that has occurred mainly in the Hejaz region of western Saudi Arabia, particularly around the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. The demolition has focused on mosques, burial sites, homes and historical locations associated with the Prophet, Muhammad and many of the founding personalities of early Islamic history.[1] In Saudi Arabia, many of the demolitions have officially been part of the continued expansion of the Masjid al-Haram at Mecca and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina and their auxiliary service facilities in order to accommodate the ever-increasing number of people performing the pilgrimage (Hajj).[2]

      Hadith of Najd


      According to two narrations in Sahih Bukhari, Muhammad asks Allah to bless the areas of Bilad al-Sham (Syria) and Yemen. When his companions said “Our Najd as well,” he replied: “There will appear earthquakes and afflictions, and from there will come out the side of the head (e.g. horns) of Satan.”[1][2] In a similar narration, Muhammad again asked Allah to bless the areas Medina, Mecca, Sham, and Yemen and, when asked specifically to bless Najd, repeated similar comments about there being earthquakes, trials, tribulations, and the horns of Satan.[3][4]

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      Shyamon Jayasinghe –

      Qatar and Saudi Arabia ‘have ignited time bomb by funding global spread of radical Islam’
      General Jonathan Shaw, Britain’s former Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff, says Qatar and Saudi Arabia responsible for spread of radical Islam


      Qatar and Saudi Arabia have ignited a “time bomb” by funding the global spread of radical Islam, according to a former commander of British forces in Iraq.
      General Jonathan Shaw, who retired as Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff in 2012, told The Telegraph that Qatar and Saudi Arabia were primarily responsible for the rise of the extremist Islam that inspires Isil terrorists.

      The two Gulf states have spent billions of dollars on promoting a militant and proselytising interpretation of their faith derived from Abdul Wahhab, an eighteenth century scholar, and based on the Salaf, or the original followers of the Prophet.

      But the rulers of both countries are now more threatened by their creation than Britain or America, argued Gen Shaw. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has vowed to topple the Qatari and Saudi regimes, viewing both as corrupt outposts of decadence and sin.

      So Qatar and Saudi Arabia have every reason to lead an ideological struggle against Isil, said Gen Shaw. On its own, he added, the West’s military offensive against the terrorist movement was likely to prove “futile”.

      Muslim Scholars Release Open Letter To Islamic State Meticulously Blasting Its Ideology


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      Shyamon Jayasinghe –

      RE: The Ominous Pull Of Jihadism

      What is the Average IQ of a Wahhabi and their clones following Taliban, Salafi, nTawheedi, Deobsamdi, ISIS, ISIL, Boko Haram, Iblees following Jihadist.

      Use the following table to find out.

      National IQ Scores – Country Rankings

      The intelligence scores came from work carried out earlier this decade by Richard Lynn, a British psychologist, and Tatu Vanhanen, a Finnish political scientist, who analysed IQ studies from 113 countries, and from subsequent work by Jelte Wicherts, a Dutch psychologist.

      Countries are ranked highest to lowest national IQ score.

      The Wahhabi Jihhadi countries have IQ’s that tare 20% less than the top countries.

      ——– Country
      ———————– %
      1 Singapore 108
      2 South Korea 106
      3 Japan 105

      Nigeria 84
      23 Pakistan 84
      Saudi Arabia 84
      United Arab Emirates 84
      Sri Lanka 79
      Qatar 78

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      Shyamon Jayasinghe –

      RE: The Ominous Pull Of Jihadism

      Who are the People Behind the ISIS/ISIS Devils, Satans, Iblees and Licifers?

      The curse of Devil, Satan, Iblees. Lucifer following Wahhabis and their clones.

      Biden: Turks, Saudis, UAE funded and armed Al Nusra and Al Qaeda


      Tagged: Al Nusra, al Qaeda, Bitch, CIA, Harvard University, ISIL, ISIS, Joe Biden, Saudi Arabia, syria, turkey, uae, US Coalition, US Media

      Update: The White House on Saturday said Vice President Joe Biden “apologized for any implication that Turkey or other allies and partners in the region had intentionally supplied or facilitated the growth of ISIL (IS, ISIS) or other violent extremists in Syria.” The operative word here is “intentionally” – please note that this language does not constitute a retraction of Biden’s claims that the US’s closest Mideast allies armed and funded extremist groups in Syria.

      When Joe Biden gets candid, he really lets rip. The US vice president, speaking at the John F. Kennedy Jr Forum at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, on Thursday told his audience – point blank – that America’s Sunni allies are responsible for funding and arming Al Qaeda-type extremists in Syria.

      And he named names: Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, specifically. Others – like Qatar – are undoubtedly complicit too, but Biden’s comments were made off-the-cuff during the question and answer period following his prepared statement.

      Of course, much of what Biden said has been suspected for years by Syria watchers, but to acknowledge this outright during the early days of President Barack Obama’s much-vaunted ISIL-busting Coalition – featuring these very same Sunni Arab partners – is a jaw-dropping concession.

      But that’s not all. Biden also managed to fundamentally undermine his administration’s efforts to train and arm “moderate” Syrian rebels today, by claiming there is no “moderate middle (in Syria) because the moderate middle are made up of shopkeepers, not soldiers.”

      Keep in mind now that just two weeks ago Congress approved – at the request of this White House – $500 million dollars to train and arm “moderate” Syrian rebels. Obama’s second-in-command is saying there are none of those, so who exactly are US forces teaching to fight with heavy weapons in Saudi training camps today?

      Let’s go directly to the Q&A session following Biden’s speech. Here is an unedited version taken from the audio recording released on The White House’s YouTube channel:

      Question: In retrospect do u believe the United States should have acted earlier in Syria, and if not why is now the right moment?

      Biden: The answer is ‘no’ for 2 reasons. One, the idea of identifying a moderate middle has been a chase America has been engaged in for a long time. We Americans think in every country in transition there is a Thomas Jefferson hiding beside some rock – or a James Madison beyond one sand dune. The fact of the matter is the ability to identify a moderate middle in Syria was – there was no moderate middle because the moderate middle are made up of shopkeepers, not soldiers – they are made up of people who in fact have ordinary elements of the middle class of that country. And what happened was – and history will record this because I’m finding that former administration officials, as soon as they leave write books which I think is inappropriate, but anyway, (laughs) no I’m serious – I do think it’s inappropriate at least , you know, give the guy a chance to get out of office. And what my constant cry was that our biggest problem is our allies – our allies in the region were our largest problem in Syria. The Turks were great friends – and I have the greatest relationship with Erdogan, which I just spent a lot of time with – the Saudis, the Emiratis, etc. What were they doing? They were so determined to take down Assad and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war, what did they do? They poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens, thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad except that the people who were being supplied were Al Nusra and Al Qaeda and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world. Now you think I’m exaggerating – take a look. Where did all of this go? So now what’s happening? All of a sudden everybody’s awakened because this outfit called ISIL which was Al Qaeda in Iraq, which when they were essentially thrown out of Iraq, found open space in territory in eastern Syria, work with Al Nusra who we declared a terrorist group early on and we could not convince our colleagues to stop supplying them. So what happened? Now all of a sudden – I don’t want to be too facetious – but they had seen the Lord. Now we have – the President’s been able to put together a coalition of our Sunni neighbors, because America can’t once again go into a Muslim nation and be seen as the aggressor – it has to be led by Sunnis to go and attack a Sunni organization. So what do we have for the first time?

      The audio clip ends there. While you are taking a moment to readjust your worldview and re-categorize the ‘good guys’ and bad guys,’ do also note the veiled swipe Biden takes at former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton whose recent book criticizes Obama’s Syria decisions while he is still a sitting president.

      Before you allow Biden to transfer all blame for the radicalism in Syria onto the convenient Muslims-du-jour, consider for a moment the US’s role in all of this.

      We have press reports that the CIA was a major conduit for the transfer of weapons from Libya to Syria – a role, no doubt, facilitated by US Ambassador Christopher Stevens who was killed in Benghazi by unknown extremists.

      We are also told that the US assisted in the logistics of delivering a Saudi-bankrolled transfer of Croatian weapons in 2012 to Syrian ‘rebels.’ According to the BBC: “The CIA is also reported to have been instrumental in setting up the alleged secret airlift of weapons from Croatia. And here is The Telegraph‘s take on things:

      “The shipments were allegedly paid for by Saudi Arabia at the bidding of the United States, with assistance on supplying the weapons organised through Turkey and Jordan, Syria’s neighbors.”

      These weapons were later caught on video in the hands of Ahrar al-Sham, which today is a target of US airstrikes inside Syria. The New York Times goes further:

      “With help from the C.I.A., Arab governments and Turkey have sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition fighters in recent months, expanding a secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, according to air traffic data, interviews with officials in several countries and the accounts of rebel commanders.”

      “From offices at secret locations, American intelligence officers have helped the Arab governments shop for weapons, including a large procurement from Croatia, and have vetted rebel commanders and groups to determine who should receive the weapons as they arrive, according to American officials speaking on the condition of anonymity.”

      Exactly how does that exonerate Americans from delivering weapons to “Al Nusra and Al Qaeda?”

      Biden’s comments on Thursday were a bombshell that will be heard across the globe. They will fundamentally undermine Obama’s attempts to arm “moderate rebels” and assemble a coalition that includes the very same Sunni Arab states that have helped create ISIL.

      So what did the mainstream US media say about it? Nothing. Zip. Nada.

      No – wait. There were headlines about Biden’s speech – let me be fair. But this is what CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox News pulled out of their collective hats:

      CNN: “Joe Biden gets colorful on being a VP – and it rhymes with glitch.” This, a reference to Biden’s use of the word “bitch” in jokingly describing the job of a vice president.

      CNN (again): “Joe Biden explains how Ebola is like ISIS.”

      ABC: “This might be the best thing Joe Biden’s ever said.” Another reference to the ‘bitch’ comment.

      NBC: “Vice President Joe Biden’s Foul-Mouthed Quip on Job Draws Laughs.” Bitch, again.

      CBS: “Joe Biden’s salty description of being VP.” Yawn.

      Fox: “Biden on being Vice President: It’s a b-itch.” Kill me now.

      Enough said. Washington’s partners in fighting extremism – and trampling all over international laws to do it – are the same ones who have fueled it. The Vice President of the United States just said so. And Americans are snickering over the B-word. Leaders of the free world indeed.

      Thanks to Walid Itayim for his research assistance on this blogpost. Follow the author on Twitter and Facebook.

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      Shyamon Jayasinghe –

      RE: The Ominous Pull Of Jihadism.

      For your information. Circumstantial evidence.

      Wahhabism = Wahhabi Devil, Satan, Shaitan Iblees, Lucifer Followers = ISIL, ISIS, Taliban, Al Queda, Deobandi =Boko Haram.

      ISIS’ Harsh Brand of Islam Is Rooted in Austere Saudi Creed

      “It is a kind of untamed Wahhabism,” said Bernard Haykel, a scholar at Princeton. “Wahhabism is the closest religious cognate.”


      BAGHDAD — Caliph Ibrahim, the leader of the Islamic State, appeared to come out of nowhere when he matter-of-factly proclaimed himself the ruler of all Muslims in the middle of an otherwise typical Ramadan sermon. Muslim scholars from the most moderate to the most militant all denounced him as a grandiose pretender, and the world gaped at his growing following and its vicious killings.

      His ruthless creed, though, has clear roots in the 18th-century Arabian Peninsula. It was there that the Saud clan formed an alliance with the puritanical scholar Muhammed ibn Abd al-Wahhab. And as they conquered the warring tribes of the desert, his austere interpretation of Islam became the foundation of the Saudi state.

      Much to Saudi Arabia’s embarrassment, the same thought has now been revived by the caliph, better known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as the foundation of the Islamic State.

      Continue reading the main story

      In a speech before the United Nations on Wednesday, President Obama asked the world to join the fight against the Islamic State.In U.N. Speech, Obama Vows to Fight ISIS ‘Network of Death’SEPT. 24, 2014
      Kurdish refugees from Syria waiting Wednesday at the Turkish border, where people try with equal urgency to enter and to exit.Amid a Maze of Alliances, Syrian Kurds Find a Thorny Refuge at the Border SEPT. 24, 2014
      Leaders’ Speeches at U.N. Show Delicacy of Mission Against ISIS MilitantsSEPT. 24, 2014

      “It is a kind of untamed Wahhabism,” said Bernard Haykel, a scholar at Princeton. “Wahhabism is the closest religious cognate.”

      Continue reading the main story

      The Saudis and the rulers of other Persian Gulf states — all monarchies — are now united against the Islamic State, fearful that it might attack them from the outside or win followers within. Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have all participated with Washington in its attacks on the Islamic State’s strongholds in Syria.

      For their guiding principles, the leaders of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, are open and clear about their almost exclusive commitment to the Wahhabi movement of Sunni Islam. The group circulates images of Wahhabi religious textbooks from Saudi Arabia in the schools it controls. Videos from the group’s territory have shown Wahhabi texts plastered on the sides of an official missionary van.

      This approach is at odds with the more mainstream Islamist and jihadist thinking that forms the genealogy of Al Qaeda, and it has led to a fundamentally different view of violence. Al Qaeda grew out of a radical tradition that viewed Muslim states and societies as having fallen into sinful unbelief, and embraced violence as a tool to redeem them. But the Wahhabi tradition embraced the killing of those deemed unbelievers as essential to purifying the community of the faithful.

      “Violence is part of their ideology,” Professor Haykel said. “For Al Qaeda, violence is a means to an ends; for ISIS, it is an end in itself.”

      The distinction is playing out in a battle of fatwas. All of the most influential jihadist theorists are criticizing the Islamic State as deviant, calling its self-proclaimed caliphate null and void and, increasingly, slamming its leaders as bloodthirsty heretics for beheading journalists and aid workers.

      The upstart polemicists of the Islamic State, however, counter that its critics and even the leaders of Al Qaeda are all bad Muslims who have gone soft on the West. Even the officials and fighters of the Palestinian militant group Hamas are deemed to be “unbelievers” who might deserve punishment with beheading for agreeing to a cease-fire with Israel, one Islamic State ideologue recently declared.

      Continue reading the main story
      “The duty of a Muslim is to carry out all of God’s orders and rulings immediately on the spot, not softly and gradually,” the scholar, Al Turki Ben-Ali, 30, said in an online forum.

      The Islamic State’s sensational propaganda and videos of beheadings appear to do double duty. In addition to threatening the West, its gory bravado draws applause online and elsewhere from sympathizers, which helps the group in the competition for new recruits.

      That is especially important to the Islamic State because it requires a steady flow of recruits to feed its constant battles and heavy losses against multiple enemies — the governments of Iraq and Syria, Shiite and Kurdish fighters, rival Sunni militants and now the United States Air Force.

      For Al Qaeda, meanwhile, disputes with the Islamic State are an opportunity “to reposition themselves as the more rational jihadists,” said Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a researcher at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

      The Islamic State’s founder, Mr. Baghdadi, grafted two elements onto his Wahhabi foundations borrowed from the broader, 20th-century Islamist movements that began with the Muslim Brotherhood and ultimately produced Al Qaeda. Where Wahhabi scholars preach obedience to earthly rulers, Mr. Baghdadi adopted the call to political action against foreign domination of the Arab world that has animated the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda and other 20th-century Islamist movements.

      Mr. Baghdadi also borrowed the idea of a restored caliphate. Where Wahhabism first flourished alongside the Ottoman Caliphate, the Muslim Brotherhood was founded shortly after that caliphate’s dissolution, in 1924 — an event seen across the world as a marker of Western ascent and Eastern decline. The movement’s founders took up the call for a revived caliphate as a goal of its broader anti-Western project.

      These days, though, even Brotherhood members appear almost embarrassed by the term’s anachronism, emphasizing that they use caliphate as a kind of spiritual idea irrelevant to the modern world of nation-states.

      “Even for Al Qaeda, the caliphate was something that was going to happen in the far distant future, before the end times,” said William McCants, a researcher on militant Islam at the Brookings Institution. The Islamic State “really moved up the timetable,” he said — to June 2014, in fact.

      Adhering to Wahhabi literalism, the Islamic State disdains other Islamists who reason by analogy to adapt to changing context — including the Muslim Brotherhood; its controversial midcentury thinker Sayed Qutb; and the contemporary militants his writing later inspired, like Ayman al-Zawahri of Al Qaeda. Islamic State ideologues often deem anyone, even an Islamist, who supports an elected or secular government to be an unbeliever and subject to beheading.

      “This is ‘you join us, or you are against us and we finish you,’ ” said Prof. Emad Shahin, who teaches Islam and politics at Georgetown University. “It is not Al Qaeda, but far to its right.”

      Continue reading the main storyContinue reading the main story
      Some experts note that Saudi clerics lagged long after other Muslim scholars in formally denouncing the Islamic State, and at one point even the king publicly urged them to speak out more clearly. “There is a certain mutedness in the Saudi religious establishment, which indicates it is not a slam dunk to condemn ISIS,” Professor Haykel said.

      Finally, on Aug. 19, Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, the Saudi grand mufti, declared that “the ideas of extremism, radicalism and terrorism do not belong to Islam in any way, but are the first enemy of Islam, and Muslims are their first victims, as seen in the crimes of the so-called Islamic State and Al Qaeda.”

      Al Qaeda’s ideologues have been more vehement. All insist that the promised caliphate requires a broad consensus, on behalf of Muslim scholars if not all Muslims, and not merely one man’s proclamation after a military victory.

      “Will this caliphate be a sanctuary for all the oppressed and a refuge for every Muslim?” Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, a senior jihadist scholar, recently asked in a statement on the Internet. “Or will this creation take a sword against all the Muslims who oppose it” and “nullify all the groups that do jihad in the name of God?”

      Another prominent Qaeda-linked jihadist scholar, Abu Qatada al-Falistini, echoed that: “They are merciless in dealing with other jihadists. How would they deal with the poor, the weak and other people?”

      Both scholars have recently been released from prison in Jordan, perhaps because the government wants to amplify their criticism of the Islamic State.

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      y Shyamon Jayasinghe

      The Ominous Pull Of Jihadism

      US pins blame for ISIS rise on Arab allies arming rebels

      Saudi Arabia, Gulf States and USA.


      Published on Oct 4, 2014
      Arming the Syrian opposition was something that led to the rise of Islamic State. US Vice President Joe Biden admits this was a key strategic mistake made not by Washington, but by its Arab allies. Egor Piskunov gauges the reaction.

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      Shyamon Jayasinghe –

      The Ominous Pull Of Jihadism

      Is ISIS A Tool of the Saudi State?

      Published on Oct 1, 2014
      Ali Al-Ahmed says ISIS is a key part of Saudi Arabia’s strategy in the Middle East


      They want to preserve the Monarchy in Saudi Arabia. They do not want a modern secular democratic state.

      Time for an American and French style revolutions

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      Shyamon Jayasinghe –

      Saudi King Warns the West: ISIL Will Reach Europe in 1 Month and the US in 2 Months

      But they were funded by the Wahhabi Saudi Arabia..


      People need to seek protection against the Wahhabi Devils and their cronies..

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      Shyamon Jayasinghe –

      200,000 Indians volunteer to join effort against Islamic State …

      Australian Broadcasting Corporation
      17 hours ago – Thousands of Indians have volunteered to travel to Iraq to stop Islamic … volunteer to stop IS militants destroying sacred shrines (ABC News).


      Tatheem Fatima is only 12 years old, but she is well aware of the horrors afflicting her fellow Shia Muslims in the Middle East, thousands of kilometres away from her home in New Delhi.

      “They are killing our people. They are killing all those going for the holy pilgrimage,” she said.

      Videos and smart phones have brought the conflict in Iraq and Syria to many parts of the world, including to Ms Fatima’s mosque in the Indian capital.

      Many of the devotees here – including children and teenagers – have images and videos on their phones of Islamic State (IS) militants murdering civilians, and Shia shrines being desecrated.

      Ms Fatima said indiscriminate killing went against her religion – and said she would do anything to stop IS.

      “I want to go there; I want to kill them,” she said.

      “I also want to be of some use there, by serving water, serving food, helping those who are in need of hospitalisation and assisting them. These are the things I would like to do.”

      Leaders at the Karbala Mosque in New Delhi said 200,000 people across India – including Sunni Muslims, Christians and Hindus – had registered their interest to volunteer in Iraq since June.

      Coordinator Bilal Hussein said in the first instance they would send volunteers with practical skills – like medicine or engineering – to help those in need, and also spread the message that the Islamic State group did not follow Muslim beliefs.

      I want to go there, and I want to kill them.
      Tatheem Fatima
      “We want to show them that Islam gives you the message of love – not picking up arms and killing people,” he said.

      Mr Hussein said he had heard reports that several Shia shrines in a number of cities in Iraq and Syria had already been destroyed by militants.

      “We would form a human chain around the shrines and if they want to desecrate the shrines, they have to go through us first,” he said.

      “If they kill us, [only] then they can desecrate the shrine, and we will not let that happen.”

      Abbas Naqvi, who will be among the first volunteers to go to Iraq, said he was not scared of becoming a human shield.

      “Everybody wants to sacrifice their lives,” he said.

      “And if anybody would die there, then that person would consider themselves the lucky and blessed one whose life went in sacrifice for the protection of these shrines.”

      South Asia fears IS advancement

      IS strongholds in Iraq and Syria are thousands of kilometres away from India, but there are growing concerns the insurgency is making inroads into South Asia.

      Signs at the Karbala Mosque calling for volunteers to go to Iraq
      PHOTO: A sign at the Karbala Mosque, in Jor Bagh in Delhi, calls for volunteers to go to Iraq. (ABC News: Stephanie March)
      The Pakistani Taliban have pledged their allegiance to IS and there are unconfirmed reports that men brandishing IS flags have killed and beheaded people in Afghanistan’s east in recent weeks.

      Authorities believe several dozen Indians have gone to fight with the terrorist group, and that more could be recruited.

      “There is a lot of unemployment here, including among the Muslim youth,” retired Indian intelligence officer Jayadeva Ranade said.

      “In a lot of these recruitment pitches that these terrorist groups make they offer them monthly payments as well as payments to their families in case anything happens to them.

      “So that is an attraction for a lot of them.”

      India is a free country – a very free country. There are no restrictions on mobility. People can go anywhere.
      Jayadeva Ranade, retired intelligence officer
      Mr Ranade said tracking fighters who returned to India would be difficult.

      “India is a free country – a very free country. There are no restrictions on mobility. People can go anywhere,” he said.

      “So once they come back, the difficulty will be not in assessing whether they are back or not, but after that where they move.

      “The danger is that within a couple of years the agencies or the police authorities may lose track of them or consider them to have become softened because of inaction in that period and that is where the risk element comes in.”

      IS has purportedly named places in India where it plans to recruit from and has declared the entire country as part of the ‘caliphate’ it intends to create.

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    Informative piece Shyamon Jayasinghe. Thanks!

    All three Abrahamic religions Judaism, Christianity & Islam are extremely bloody, revengeful, intolerant & sickeningly jealous of each other.

    One gets the impression the so called “GOD” people worship is actually a Mass Murderer. Who collectively punishes all of mankind & animals. When it suits him.

    Factional fights between branches of each religion are far worse. Like Protestants vs. Catholics. Brutality against each other by Sunni, Shia, Wahhabis, Salafis or you name it numerous branches of Islam are well known.

    Fundamentalist Christianity is a bit under control these days. Thanks to dawn of democracy & Free Speech in the West. Where Liberals & Free Thinkers challenge Christian fundamentalists all the time.

    Unfortunately that reformist modernization is yet to take place in the Islamic World. Most of the Islamic world is run by corrupt, uneducated dictators who run their Kingdoms in the name of “Islam”. Denying their people education or free speech. Using brutality in the name of Islam to keep anyone who challenge them under control.

    Just look at Saudi Arabia. And guess what. Who is taking care of brutal Saudi dictators. Our “civilized”, ever preaching friends in USA & UK. Who in return whine about Fundamentalist Islam.

    The mother of all vicious circles. Religion. And politicians who use them as a tool of power over people.


    PS: Yep, those who thought Buddhism or Hinduism were safe heavens, think again. You have now been sadly proven wrong. With the advent of Shiv Sena, 969 Burma & BBS.

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      Ben Hurling

      Here is something that you should have read a week ago. Read this:

      Maldives will censor all books to protect Islamic codes

      In a move condemned by free speech advocates, the islands’ government moves to curb literature and poetry’s ‘adverse effects on society’

      Alison Flood
      The Guardian, Thursday 25 September 2014 13.58 BST

      Poetry and literature will have to be approved by the Maldivian government before they are published in the country, according to new regulations which have been described as a “disaster for freedom of expression” by free speech campaigners.

      Published earlier this month, the regulations are intended to “standardise all literature … publicised and published in the Maldives in accordance with laws and regulations of the Maldives and its societal etiquette”, and to “reduce adverse effects on society that could be caused by published literature”, according to an unofficial translation by lawyer Mushfique Mohamed shown to the Guardian.

      The rules insist that those wishing to publish books in the Maldives must submit a finished copy of their work, along with a form and a MVR50 revenue stamp, to the national bureau of classification for approval, or face fines. This includes poetry, which is defined by the regulations as “words and phrases structured into verses that fit a particular form, expressing thoughts and ideas that are heartfelt”. One strand of publication is exempted from the requirements: “…any writing published to circulate information among its members/employees by a political party, civil society group, company, or specific governmental body”.

      The bureau will be looking to ensure “that the works published in the Maldives do not contravene Islamic principles, the laws and regulations of the Maldives and societal etiquette”, and to “reduce adverse effects on society that could be caused by published literature”. They will also, according to the translation, “respect the constitutional right to freedom of expression and allow novel and constructive ideas”.

      Their introduction was “greeted with incredulity and fears of a return to censorship”, as well as being “widely ridiculed and slammed as draconian”, said Ahmed Naish, the reporter who broke the news of the new regulations on independent Maldivian news site Minivan News . There was also an outpouring of poetry on social media in protest at the new rules.

      “People are wary of coming out on the streets; they are also weary, having spent almost two years marching for democracy in vain,” said Dr Azra Naseem, a former journalist in the Maldives who is now researching the Islamist radicalisation of Maldivians as a fellow at Dublin City University. “The protest happened mainly on Twitter where all protesters spoke in verse for a few days after the regulations were published.”

      Naish pointed to the democratic election of former Amnesty International prisoner of conscience and founder of the Maldivian Democratic party Mohamed Nasheed as the country’s president in 2008, following the three-decade rule of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, saying that “with the end of dictatorship and introduction of multi-party democracy in 2008, creativity and freedom of expression flourished in the Maldives “. In 2012, however, Nasheed was forced to resign – he claims at gunpoint. Further elections late last year saw Nasheed eventually concede defeat to Abdulla Yameen, brother of the Maldives’ former ruler Gayoom, after months of wrangling.

      Maldives presidential election vote
      Voting in the Maldives in 2013: the election of Abdulla Yameen as president, brother of the island state’s former ruler, has raised fears of autocratic government. Photograph: Ishara S Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images
      “The old policies, the old forms of control, and the old fears are coming back. The new regulations are a product of this authoritarian reversal the Maldives is now experiencing,” said Naseem.

      At English PEN, head of campaigns Robert Sharp called the “sweeping new law” a “disaster for freedom of expression in the Maldives”.

      “The parliament should be acting to expand the space for freedom of expression, not enacting laws that will stifle debate and dissent,” said Sharp. “These new rules will also damage Maldivian culture. How can Dhivehi authors flourish when all novels and poetry must pass a board of censors? Maldivian literature will stagnate under these new rules. We hope the president and the parliament of the Maldives will think again.”

      Xavier Romero-Frias, author of Folktales of the Maldives, claims his book has failed to even make it into the country. “Long ago certain Maldivian officials already told me that my first book The Maldive Islanders, which in the last chapter deals with the Islamisation of society, had been banned because it was ‘irreligious’,” said Romero-Frias. “But I don’t understand the reasons for banning this one, because it is just a collection of tales and legends.”

      Romero-Frias is still trying to get the book into the Maldives, and has written an essay about his experience, but says his “hopes are at a low point” now. “The nature of the regime is deceptive. The persons that I am able to contact don’t give clear answers. Then suddenly they fall silent,” he said, speculating that “the ideologists of the regime wanted a clean slate so the Maldivian folklore was bothering them”.

      “I appreciate that some people find ancient folk beliefs deeply offensive and running contrary to what they believe to be the pure form of their religion,” said Gerald Jackson, Romero-Frias’s editor at academic publisher NIAS Press. “[But] by rescuing a treasure trove of Maldivian folktales and retelling them in a highly accessible form, I believe that Xavier has made a significant contribution towards preserving the cultural heritage of the Maldives and ensuring that this is known and appreciated around the globe. I am just sorry that the people of the Maldives themselves are being blocked from seeing this wonderful material about a world that their recent ancestors lived not so many years ago but all memory of which now seems to be being suppressed.”

      JJ Robinson, the former editor of Minivan News who is now writing a book, Paradise Lost: Reporting the Dark Side of the Maldives, said there had been “a surge in fundamentalist sentiment and very little resistance” in the Maldives, and that “the real watershed of the last few months is that extremism is now completely unchallenged”.

      There have been, said Robinson, pro-Islamic State (Isis) marches in the streets of Male, all taking place “a 10-minute boat ride from luxury resorts where honeymooners spend up to $6,000 a night to tan on beaches and sip pina coladas”.

      “My impression is that the new government, having exploited nationalist Islamic sentiment to return to power, is now unable or unwilling to control what they’ve unleashed,” said Robinson. “The censorship regulations are most likely something demanded by religious forces that the government feels it has to make a show of introducing. President Yameen and friends are adept at using religion as a political weapon, but are not extremist themselves. The impression on the ground is that there’s a line between indulging one’s allies and losing control, which may have been crossed.”

      Maldives luxury resort
      A typical luxury resort in the Maldives: but the capital has recently seen pro-Islamic State marches. Photograph: Alamy
      In response to the criticism of the regulations, the High Commission of Maldives in the UK pointed to article three of the new rules, which it said “clearly specifies that the ‘Regulations for approving literature published in the Maldives’ do not limit or interfere with freedom of expression derived from the Constitution, or constructive new thoughts”.

      “The regulations were made public to ensure that all poetry and books published in Dhivehi [the Maldivian language] are published in accordance with the societal norms of the Maldives, and in accordance with the laws and regulations governing the Republic of Maldives. This is intended to protect the 2,000-year-old history of our unique language,” said the commission.

      It added that the new regulations “only formalise an approval process that has been in operation for a number of years”, adding that the “most significant development of the new regulations is that they have reduced the amount of time for books and poetry to be approved”. While approval used to take up to seven months, “as a board consisting of five members was responsible for approving all works”, the new regulations mean that “a list of experienced persons will be formed, any one of whom can approve poetry or books”, and that “as a result, the time taken to approve works will be significantly reduced”.

      According to Minivan News, following the social media outcry, the Maldivian youth and sports ministry has stated that the rules would not apply to either social media or news outlets.


      Remember Emperor Asoka made sure his edict was followed by masses through his religious police.

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        ‘Remember Emperor Asoka made sure his edict was followed by masses through his religious police’.

        You are twisting Asoka’s edicts. They were slogans, advice, exhortations, not orders. There were no religious police.

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          This is long before the Genghis khan and Turkish conquest so you possibly cannot be of any authority.
          Asoka had his fathers followers hunted down and killed by his religious police.1
          Chandragupta Gupta Maurya the Jain is the real hero.
          Alexander the Great and his interaction via general daughters marriage brought about the Greek and Sanskrit script engravings, sculptures like the Khajuraho- before that period there were no script for the greek warriors (332 BC) to see.Buddhism was never written before that so ask the Jain then the Hindian.

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            Good to hear from you. Where youve been in the past few weeks.

            Lets not worry too much about Taraki.

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    You reported “Muslim job applicant in Australia had his application turned down several times”.. You re-report that because even a wise person like you felt discrimination in that action by whites. I am not saying it is right or wrong, and I am sure lot of people feels offended like you, true feeling..
    I am sure you know that if we apply for a job in Japan, Korea, China or Middle East with proper legal statuses, more than 90% of applicants were judge through racial eyes, that is the norm. But the strange thing is that we don’t feel we are discriminated by Japanese, Korean or Chines. We don’t get angry.. Why is that? How that happens? We very rarely complain about those Asian discrimination, but we all want West to be 100% perfect…
    I remember even around late 80s, Honk-Kong people used to spit on the flow when they see East Asian face like mines on their streets :-)
    Why don’t we really feel discriminated by those Mongoloid Asians or Arabs letting us down or not treating us as equal humans? If we can understand this, we may be able to find a way to soften Muslim-West hatred..

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    Shymon [Edited out]

    Get a grip of your life without insulting Islam.

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    Dear Shyamon,

    You say “Even the world’s most peaceful religion-Buddhism- cannot avoid violence as one observes in Sri Lanka and Burma where marauding monks go haywire on a path of hate and destruction.”

    We would have a parallel of what is happening between Shia and Sunni today in Sri Lanka, if Mahayana Buddhism is allowed here. When President Jayewardena allowed a Mahayana temple to be built near Galle, the reaction of our monks and laity was appalling. They destroyed the temple and even stoned the devotees.

    Mahayana is also a form of Buddhism. Why such a reaction from the most peaceful religion? We think we are superior much like the other mainstream religions do to their own factions. We will not live side by side with Mahayana Buddhists in Sri Lanka. We will destroy them much like the Sunni’s are doing.

    So we are living the myth of ‘most peaceful religion’. Allow any form of Buddhism other than Theravada in Sri Lanka, we will see the true colours of the most peaceful religion in the world.


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      “Allow any form of Buddhism other than Theravada in Sri Lanka, we will see the true colours of the most peaceful religion in the world.”

      So, Theraveda Buddhism is Wahhabi Buddhism.

      Mahayana Buddhism, is non-Wahhabi Buddhism.

      Did anybody check with the Enlightened Buddha?

      Or, is it what the Sinhala “Buddhist” monks say, in order to maintain their exclusive Sinhala “Buddhist”Hegemony?

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    The elephant in the room every one pretends not to see to be politically correct – ISLAM.

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    Fathima what is your IQ. The article criticises Islamic radicalism and the radicalism of all religions. If you were born in a Buddhist family you would have been a Buddhist. Religion is rubbish. Your Allah and all gods are myths.Give up your mental prison.

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      Piyumi Welikala

      Religion was invented by man so that the Priests, Monks, Mullahs and others can maintain that hegemony, and deceive the people..

      “Religion is the opium of the masses”- Karl Marx

      “It takes religion to make good people to do do bad things” Steven Weinburg, Physics Nobel Prize Winner

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    Agreed Amarasiri. You have said it! Karl Marx was absolutely right. Dying for religion is like dying for that deceptive rogue, Jayalalitha who plundered her people. See how people cooperate in her deception. Funny world.

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      Piyumi Welikala

      “Dying for religion is like dying for that deceptive rogue, Jayalalitha who plundered her people. See how people cooperate in her deception. Funny world.”

      Well there are others who simply want to be part of the extended family.

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    “Ideas are bullet free,” Shyamon quotes. Islam is bullet free. You fellows will cry from roof tops against Islam but the great and compassionate Allahu Akbar protects his Great Idea

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