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IS, Russia, China: all fascist states | The Sydney Morning Herald

The regimes in Russia, China and the so-called Islamic State are all fascist. The defining characteristics of fascists? First, they are authoritarian. Freedoms are curbed. The people are allowed no rights to resist the will of their rulers. Dissent is crushed, and crushed violently if necessary.

Second, power is highly centralised. Third, the nation is exalted above the people. Hypernationalism or jingoism is powered by a sense of historical grievance or victimhood. Putin says the West is intent on “tearing out the claws and teeth” of the Russian bear. His chief cause is restoring Russia to greatness.

China is overcoming its “century of humiliation” at the hands of Western imperialism. To this day, Chinese children are exhorted to “never forget national humiliation”. IS has declared its purpose is to “restore the caliphate”. Its leader and self-declared caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, announced that “the West has reduced the Islamic world to nothing”. His aim: “We want to restore the greatness of Islam.”

There are many differences. Russia is notionally a democracy; China is run by a party that is nominally communist; the so-called Islamic State claims to act in the name of Allah.

Yet all three operate as fascist entities. Fascism “abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion”, as Robert Paxton put it in his book, The Anatomy of Fascism.

IS, Russia, China: all fascist states

What ISIS Really Wants – The Atlantic

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.

The reality is that the Islamic State is Islamic. Very Islamic. Yes, it has attracted psychopaths and adventure seekers, drawn largely from the disaffected populations of the Middle East and Europe. But the religion preached by its most ardent followers derives from coherent and even learned interpretations of Islam.

Virtually every major decision and law promulgated by the Islamic State adheres to what it calls, in its press and pronouncements, and on its billboards, license plates, stationery, and coins, “the Prophetic methodology,” which means following the prophecy and example of Muhammad, in punctilious detail. Muslims can reject the Islamic State; nearly all do. But pretending that it isn’t actually a religious, millenarian group, with theology that must be understood to be combatted, has already led the United States to underestimate it and back foolish schemes to counter it. We’ll need to get acquainted with the Islamic State’s intellectual genealogy if we are to react in a way that will not strengthen it, but instead help it self-immolate in its own excessive zeal.

What ISIS Really Wants – The Atlantic

ISIS Sets Its Sights on Europe in Latest Beheading Video | TIME

The executioner speaks in English and points his knife toward the Mediterranean. “We will conquer Rome, by Allah’s permission,” he says.

The video released by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Sunday showing the killings of 21 Egyptian Christian workers, appeared to be directed at the Christian world, the continent of Europe and gloried in its brutality.

Instead, the five-minute film is concerned with more international themes. The targets are not modern states, but rather “Rome,” and Christians, who are labelled “The people of the cross, the followers of the hostile Egyptian Church.” The message was phrased in religious terms intended to transcend national boundaries. The video ends with the Mediterranean waves dyed red from the blood of the murdered men.

ISIS Sets Its Sights on Europe in Latest Beheading Video | TIME

‘The targets are not modern states, but rather “Rome,” and Christians, who are labelled “The people of the cross, the followers of the hostile Egyptian Church.”’

Notice that Rome and Christians are specifically mentioned. As I have said in the past, Rome has a bulls-eye on it. As Islam awakens, Rome will become more and more at-risk for some kind of attack by Muslims. In particular, I am thinking about nuclear terrorism in the next 10 to 15 years.

Islamic Revolution, Foundation of New World Order, Says Iran’s Deputy FM

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for African and Middle Eastern Affairs said the Islamic Revolution of Iran should be regarded as the basis of the new world order.

“In my belief, in the current conditions, the world order has collapsed without a new one having replaced it,” Hossein Amir Abdollahian said in an interview with the Institute for the Compilation and Publication of Ayatollah Khamenei’s Works.

“However” he said “we are moving toward a new order at the international and global level and we should undoubtedly consider the Islamic Revolution as the foundation and basis of this order.”

He said the Islamic Revolution is at the center of a development in relation to which the new world order is being shaped.

Tasnim News Agency – Islamic Revolution, Foundation of New World Order, Says Iran’s Deputy FM

Related Article:
Iran to Play Major Role in Shaping Future World Order: FM May 04, 2014 – 18:31

In case you are inclined to ignore this kind of talk, considered that the current world order is in flux. There is also talk about the possibility of a great-power war between the US and Russia, and between the US and China. If a great-power war were to occur between the US and the combined forces of Russia and China, then talk of an Islamic foundation for new world order is not so crazy.

Al-Qaeda’s 7 Step Plan: Total Confrontation in 2016

Al-Qaeda’s 7 step plan formed in the 90s: from 2010 Arab governments will be toppled, in 2013 an Islamic state shall appear, 2016 is time for “total confrontation”

This 20 year, 7 step plan by Al-Qaeda was first disclosed in 1996 by Al-Qaeda leaders to the Jordanian journalist Fouad Hussein. Hussein met Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi while they were both in a Jordanian jail (Fouad was a political prisoner). Al-Maqdisi was the mentor of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a high-ranking Al-Qaeda leader (killed in 2006).

The below excerpt is from a Spiegel article from 2005. Judging from the present situation in West Europe, “total confrontation” is in no way unlikely to happen in 2016, just as Al-Qaeda has planned it:

The First Phase (2000-2003) Known as “the awakening” — this has already been carried out and was supposed to have lasted from 2000 to 2003, or more precisely from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York and Washington to the fall of Baghdad in 2003. The aim of the attacks of 9/11 was to provoke the US into declaring war on the Islamic world and thereby “awakening” Muslims. “The first phase was judged by the strategists and masterminds behind al-Qaida as very successful,” writes Hussein. “The battle field was opened up and the Americans and their allies became a closer and easier target.” The terrorist network is also reported as being satisfied that its message can now be heard “everywhere.”

The Second Phase (2003-2006) “Opening Eyes” is, according to Hussein’s definition, the period we are now in and should last until 2006. Hussein says the terrorists hope to make the western conspiracy aware of the “Islamic community.” Hussein believes this is a phase in which al-Qaida wants an organization to develop into a movement. The network is banking on recruiting young men during this period. Iraq should become the center for all global operations, with an “army” set up there and bases established in other Arabic states.

The Third Phase (2007-2010) This is described as “Arising and Standing Up” and should last from 2007 to 2010. “There will be a focus on Syria,” prophesies Hussein, based on what his sources told him. The fighting cadres are supposedly already prepared and some are in Iraq. Attacks on Turkey and — even more explosive — in Israel are predicted. Al-Qaida’s masterminds hope that attacks on Israel will help the terrorist group become a recognized organization. The author also believes that countries neighboring Iraq, such as Jordan, are also in danger.

The Fourth Phase (2010-2013) Between 2010 and 2013, Hussein writes that al-Qaida will aim to bring about the collapse of the hated Arabic governments. The estimate is that “the creeping loss of the regimes’ power will lead to a steady growth in strength within al-Qaida.” At the same time attacks will be carried out against oil suppliers and the US economy will be targeted using cyber terrorism.

The Fifth Phase (2013-2016) This will be the point at which an Islamic state, or caliphate, can be declared. The plan is that by this time, between 2013 and 2016, Western influence in the Islamic world will be so reduced and Israel weakened so much, that resistance will not be feared. Al-Qaida hopes that by then the Islamic state will be able to bring about a new world order.

The Sixth Phase (2016-2020) Hussein believes that from 2016 onwards there will a period of “total confrontation.” As soon as the caliphate has been declared the “Islamic army” it will instigate the “fight between the believers and the non-believers” which has so often been predicted by Osama bin Laden.

The Seventh Phase (2020-) This final stage is described as “definitive victory.” Hussein writes that in the terrorists’ eyes, because the rest of the world will be so beaten down by the “one-and-a-half billion Muslims,” the caliphate will undoubtedly succeed. This phase should be completed by 2020, although the war shouldn’t last longer than two years.

SOURCE: 10News

Al-Qaeda’s 7 Step Plan: Total Confrontation in 2016

In my opinion they will piggy-back off of wars. This is especially true if a great-power war occurs. Also, look for Iran to take advantage of a great-power war if it occurs.

Killing Christians: A State-Sponsored Crime in Pakistan

The mob beat them and broke their legs so they would not be able to flee. “They picked them up by their arms and legs and held them over the brick furnace until their clothes caught fire. And then they threw them inside the furnace.” — Javed Maseeh, family spokesman, to NBC News.

The attack was not an isolated one. Rather it seems to be part of systematic killings, community by community.

Imagine you are a person of Christian faith living as a citizen in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan: every moment your life is at risk. Imagine a Pakistani Muslim shouting that you have burned a page of holy Quran when you have not; or accusing you of having desecrated the Prophet Mohammed: you have hardly any chance of saving yourself. There would be no question of providing evidence or proof against you. You would be killed either by the mob or by the country’s legal system.

If you were one of the 3% minority Christians of Pakistan, you would fear for your life every moment among the majority Muslims; any one of them could shout and point at you as the Nazi collaborators did during the Second World War against the Jews. You inevitably would be beaten to death by your fellow countrymen.

This month in Pakistan, a Christian couple and their unborn child were burned to death, because of a false accusation of burning pages of a Quran.

Killing Christians: A State-Sponsored Crime in Pakistan

Barbarism 2014: Christians are told to convert to Islam or be killed

The pledge identified common practices of religious violence against Christians occurring in those three countries. These practices are also the types of persecution experienced by Christians today in parts of Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, Pakistan, and a growing list of other countries as Islamic extremism spreads. They include:

  • Churches—sometimes while full of worshippers—monasteries, cemeteries, and Bible centers are deliberately demolished and crosses on others are removed.
  • The building and repairing of churches are curbed and prohibited.
  • Private Christian homes, businesses, and lands are looted, confiscated, or destroyed because some challenge Christians’ right to property, thus curtailing livelihoods.
  • Christians, including some clergy, after being identified as such by their names, identity cards, or some other means, are beheaded, shot execution-style, or otherwise brutally murdered. Clergy are killed for their peace-making efforts or simply as personifications of the Christian faith.
  • Christians, including bishops, priests, pastors, and nuns, are kidnapped and held for ransom.
  • Young women are abducted and forced to convert to Islam and marry their captors.
  • Christians are told to convert to Islam or be killed; some are forced to pay protection money.
  • Muslim apostasy and blasphemy codes and standards for dress, occupation, and social behavior are being enforced for Christians, as well as for Muslims.

Barbarism 2014: On Religious Cleansing by Islamists | World Affairs Journal

WATCH: Israeli sheikh says Jerusalem will soon become capital of global caliphate

Only days after being released from prison on charges of inciting violence, the leader of the Islamic Movement’s northern Israel branch returned to the public eye again, giving a fiery sermon about conquering Jerusalem and making it the Muslim-only capital of a Sunni Islamic empire.

In a video of his November 7 sermon in Nazareth, translated by MEMRI, Sheikh Raed Salah said “Inshallah, Jerusalem will soon become the capital of the global caliphate.”

“The caliphate will spread justice throughout the land after it was filled with injustice by America, the Zionist enterprise, the Batiniyya, reactionism, paganism and the Crusaders,” referring to the West, Jews, Christians, Shi’a Muslims, and anyone who does not follow Sunni Islam.

WATCH: Israeli sheikh says Jerusalem will soon become capital of global caliphate

The “Explosive Growth” of Jihadism in the Netherlands

The home-grown jihadist movement in the Netherlands is experiencing sudden and explosive growth, according to a new report published by the Dutch intelligence service, AIVD.

The Dutch jihadist movement is not only growing in size and strength, it is also becoming increasingly open and provocative, both online and on the streets, according to the report, which warns that the increasing momentum of Dutch jihadism poses an unprecedented threat to the democratic legal order of the Netherlands.

The 58-page report, entitled “The Transformation of Jihadism in the Netherlands: Swarm Dynamics and New Strength,” provides an in-depth analysis of the various factors underlying the “new dynamism” of the jihadist phenomenon.

According to the AIVD, the Dutch jihadist movement began a process of far-reaching change in late 2010, when several jihadists were prevented from leaving the Netherlands to join fellow jihadists in Pakistan and Somalia.

Their subsequent interactions with Dutch police and judicial authorities prompted the jihadists and other members of their networks to improve their modus operandi, which eventually led to a wholesale internal professionalization of the movement.

The “Explosive Growth” of Jihadism in the Netherlands

Netherlands: When the Questions Become the Crime

More problematic is that it reaches a point where discussion or debate is impossible because the questions themselves become a crime.

Such laws not only run counter to the basic principles of democracy; they are, in many instances, representative of a duplicitous selective application of the law. Why are the prosecutors not going after Yasmina Haifi, who tweeted that ISIS is a Zionist plot? Is the criminalization of hate speech now dependent only on whom you hate?

The people are entitled to a country in which they can voice their frustration and be heard.

Last March, Geert Wilders, the controversial right-wing Dutch Parliamentarian best known for his stance against Muslims and Muslim immigration, stood before supporters at a campaign rally and asked a simple question: “Do you want more Moroccans, or fewer?”

He expected the question to raise enthusiasm among the crowd, and drive his party to greater Parliamentary success. It has also possibly landed him before the courts, to be tried for “hate speech” — a crime in the Netherlands, which, despite its claims of “freedom of speech,” still criminalizes speech that “offends” on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, or even personal convictions and ideology.

Wilders, however, didn’t make a statement: he simply asked others what they wanted. It was the Dutch people themselves who, in response, cried out, “Fewer! Fewer!”

Netherlands: When the Questions Become the Crime