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Dangerous political questions for dangerous times ...

There is no doubt that we are facing perilous times and that whoever assumes the Presidency of the United States must made difficult decisions regarding the protection of the United States. Decisions which the candidates, with their media-tuned campaigns, rather not answer lest the American people change their mind about which candidate would actually protect the United States or simply engage in more fruitless international diplomacy which is designed to protect the moneyed-classes and their investments abroad.

Question One: Do you believe that there is any religion that is definitely a threat to our culture if it is allowed to expand on its current course?

Question Two:  Considering that a particular religion has given rise to two of the most dangerous countries who may directly threaten our way of life, do you accept the possibility of considering a pre-emptive rather than a reactionary strike using whatever weapons are suitable should the United States or its allies be attacked?

Question Three: What, if any, are the limits on freedoms granted to American citizens if these freedoms can be used against us? Specifically, our

  • Freedom of Speech
  • Freedom of Religion
  • Freedom of Assembly

which enables sworn enemies of the America to co-exit in United States until they decide to attack us. Recruiting the disaffected in our prisons and elsewhere as well as marshalling the resources needed for an attack? 

These are tough questions that must be asked in advance of the election. While we regard the need of our elected officials to maintain the flexibility of using various response options, it is necessary to find out whether or not that the candidate does have the backbone to protect America from those who would readily attack her if they perceived a weakness of resolve or a propensity to first ask the international community for permission to defend the American people.

Background Material

The religion which we refer to is Wahhabism, a radical version of Islam. Contrary to the defenders of the faith that appear regularly in the media, there does not appear to be any major moderate influences that will result in the modification of the faith to include tolerance for other positions and religions.

And the two counties in our questions refer to Iran, which appears to have nuclear ambitions and a stated goal of wiping Israel of the face of the Earth, and Saudi Arabia, the nation most responsible for spreading Wahhabism throughout the world.

Back to the future ...

'Wahhabism is a conservative reformist call of Sunni Islam attributed to Muhammad ibn Abd-al-Wahhab, an 18th century scholar from what is today known as Saudi Arabia, who advocated a return to the practices of the first three generations of Islamic history."

"Wahhabism is the dominant form of Islam in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and is also popular in Kuwait, U.A.E., and Bahrain. It is often referred to as a "sect" or "branch" of Islam, though both its supporters and its opponents reject such designations. It has developed considerable influence in the Muslim world through generous funding of mosques, schools and other means from Persian Gulf oil wealth."

Putting the Saud in Saudi Arabia ...

"Beginning in the last years of the 18th century Ibn Saud and his heirs would spend the next 140 years mounting various military campaigns to seize control of Arabia and its outlying regions, before being attacked and defeated by Ottoman forces."

Establishing a base of operations ...

"In the early 20th Century, the Wahhabist-oriented Al-Saud dynasty conquered and unified the various provinces on the Arabian peninsula, founding the modern day Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932. This provided the movement with a state."

Funding the outreach ...

"Vast wealth from oil discovered in the following decades, coupled with Saudi control of the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, have since provided a base and funding for wahhabi missionary activity."

The religious police ...

"The Saudi government established the Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, a state religious police unit, to enforce Wahhabi rules of behaviour. The Taliban regime in Afghanistan had a similar unit." 

Spreading the word ...

"According to Western observers like Gilles Kepel, Wahhabism gained considerable influence in the Islamic world following a tripling in the price of oil in the mid-1970s. Having the world's largest reserves of oil but a relatively small population, Saudi Arabia began to spend tens of billions of dollars throughout the Islamic world promoting Wahhabism, which was sometimes referred to as "petro-Islam."

"Its largess funded an estimated '90% of the expenses of the entire faith,' throughout the Muslim world, according to journalist Dawood al-Shirian. It extended to young and old, from children's maddrassas to high-level scholarship. "Books, scholarships, fellowships, mosques" (for example, "more than 1500 mosques were built from Saudi public funds over the last 50 years") were paid for. It rewarded journalists and academics who followed it; built satellite campuses around Egypt for Al Azhar, the oldest and very influential Islamic university. "

"The financial power of Wahhabist advocates, according to observers like Dawood al-Shirian and Lee Kuan Yew, has done much to overwhelm less strict local interpretations of Islam and has caused the Saudi interpretation to be perceived as the 'gold standard' of religion in many Muslims' minds." <Source>

A toxic manifestation of the faith or just one of the faithful?

"Osama bin Laden was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
His father Muhammed Awad bin Laden was a wealthy businessman with close ties to the Saudi royal family.Bin Laden was raised as a devout Sunni Muslim.
Bin Laden believes that the restoration of Sharia law will set things right in the Muslim world, and that all other ideologies—'pan-Arabism, socialism, communism, democracy'—must be opposed. He believes Afghanistan under the rule of Mullah Omar's Taliban was "the only Islamic country" in the Muslim world. Bin Laden has consistently dwelt on the need for jihad to right what he believes are injustices against Muslims perpetrated by the United States and sometimes by other non-Muslim states, the need to eliminate the state of Israel, and the necessity of forcing the US to withdraw from the Middle East. He has also called on Americans to 'reject the immoral acts of fornication (and) homosexuality, intoxicants, gambling, and usury,' in an October 2002 letter."

"Probably the most controversial part of Bin Laden's ideology is that civilians, including women and children, can be killed in jihad."  <Source>

Remembering September 11, 2001 ...

As a reminder, fifteen of the nineteen hijackers who were directly responsible for the deaths of 2,749 people were from Saudi Arabia as was its leader Osama bin Laden.

Using our own freedoms against us ...

Several Mosques located in American cities were financed by Saudi money and have featured militant Saudi clerics preaching jihad. Islamic clerics are given free access to our prisons where they have access to recruiting the most disaffected among us -- perfect for those who might be coerced into participating in an attack on their homeland for religious purposes.

Media not exempt from fatwahs ...

Saudi cleric says 'depraved' TV moguls may be killed

"A senior Saudi cleric has issued a religious decree saying the owners of television networks broadcasting "depravation and debauchery" may be killed, Al-Arabiya television reported on Friday." 

" 'The owners of these channels propagate depravation and debauchery,' said Saleh al-Luhaidan, chief justice of the supreme judicial council, the highest judicial authority in the ultra-conservative Saudi kingdom."

" 'It is lawful to kill ... the apostles of depravation... if their evil cannot be easily removed through simple sanctions,' Luhaidan said, according to excerpt of the remarks broadcast on the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya."

"The situation is 'serious ... the degradation of morals is a form of perversion on earth,' he added."

The religion of intolerance...

As you read this, members of the United Nations are being requested to "criminalize" speaking ill of Islam. No matter what they say, watch what they do. Going crazy over cartoons published in the paper – leading to deaths and destruction of private property. Demanding that people respect their religion while repressing any religion but their own.

Today (9-13-08) -- Ahmadinejad: Iran will support Hamas until collapse of Israel ...

"Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed Friday to keep supporting the Palestinian militant group Hamas until the 'collapse of Israel.'"

"The Iranian news agency Khabar quoted Ahmadinejad as telling Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh that Iran views the support of the Palestinian people as part of its religious and national duty and that Iran will stand behind the Palestinian nation 'until the big victory feast which is the collapse of the Zionist regime.'"  <Source>

A blatent example of state-sponsored terrorism that will be greatly exacerbated should IRAN use the nuclear weaponry that it is developing. In each and every instance of conflict, Israel has been attacked or provoked in some way. They have little or no oil and yet have prospered in a region where the profligate wealth of their neighbors has done little to ameloriate the 12th-century thinking of its corrupt leaders.

Hobgoblin or true threat to humanity?

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed -- and hence clamorous to be led to safety -- by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." -- H.L. Mencken

Unfortunately the Saudi influence on Islam and, by extension, our civilization cannot be understated. Here is a culture who teaches its citizens that they are nothing more than an extension of religious will and that their highest purpose is to defend and extend their faith. Blame all of the poverty and lack of opportunity on a nearby enemy to distract the populace from seeing the profligate excesses of the rulers. Add to this a strict recreational policy and pent-up sexual repression of the young and you have a toxic brew waiting to spill over into jihad against those who seem to be enjoying the forbidden fruits of their respective cultures. Combine that with nuclear weapons and jihadists who openly relish the thought of martyrdom, and you have a major issue that needs to be addressed by our next President.

Who do you believe is ready to face that challenge?

McCain/Palin?

Obama/Biden?

Your vote might just save your life, your children’s lives and those of family, friends and fellow Americans.

What can YOU do?

This election is too important to be left to party politics. Vote for the team that will insure the survival of the United States.

-- steve

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