Islam returns to Iraq as the WEST has left – defeated.
We will leave and provide our military experience and expenditures and they will use this knowledge against us. This is a learning curve for Muslims. They have learned more about us then we want to ADMIT about THEM. They will have learned our techniques, but more than that they will have learned our MINDSET.
ISLAM’s footprint is large, Islam’s fist is larger and Islam’s cunning is a SIREN’s call to a country who’s sails are lost in a moral fog due to the complete unraveling of our society; family’s are destroyed, political correctness has created a brainwashed sheep, and the communists have destroyed education and the economy.
So, whats going to happen in Afghanistan
Old rules banning alcohol resurface as Christian purveyors of liquor flee the city; literary elite protest government regulations.
Baghdad’s literary elite took to the streets on Friday to protest a government order shutting one of the city’s few places where people can drink liquor freely, striking a blow to the alcohol-inspired conviviality poets and artists so value. But drinkers face a much more fundamental threat to their freedom to imbibe, as the city’s Christians free.
The government ordered the social club located near the Iraqi Writers Union closed by enforcing a Saddam-era ban prohibiting the serving of alcohol in hotels and restaurants. The ban had fallen into abeyance as the U.S. troop surge put Muslim extremists on the defensive. Now, with the U.S. presence much smaller, Islamists are back in the saddle.
Their ascendancy has not only led to a crackdown on drinking but has frightened Baghdad’s Christians, who aren’t subject to the Islamic ban on alcohol and thus are the city’s main purveyors of liquor. Since Baghdad’s Syrian Catholic Cathedral was attacked at a cost of 53 lives in October, Christians have been leaving the city for Kurdish-controlled areas in the northern Iraq.
“We’re worried about more decisions against personal freedoms,” Ali Hussein, political editor of the Al-Mada newspaper, who organized the protest, told The Media Line. “This decision doesn’t only harm Christians, but all Iraqi citizens. We are hoping to collect one million protest signatures to send the government.”
In Islam, alcohol —or any intoxicant—is generally forbidden, but in Iraq the status of liquor has veered from permitted to punished over the years. During the 1990s, the nominal secularist dictator, Saddam Hussein, restricted sales of alcohol while shutting down nightclubs and casinos, to win support of conservatives.
In 2005, two years after the U.S. and its allies toppled the Saddam regime, Iraq’s Interior Ministry rescinded the ban. But a year later Islamic militants began targeting liquor stores and trucks transporting booze. As security improved in 2008 and militants lost sway, the liquor trade revived. only to meet a renewed Islam-inspired prohibition campaign this year.
Protestors last week gathered outside the Iraqi Writers Union building in al-Wattanabi in the city center, carrying signs that read “Freedom first” and “Baghdad won’t beKandahar,” a reference to the stronghold of Taliban fundamentalists in Afghanistan. Demonstrators accused the government of implementing repressive policies that restrict individual rights.
For the protestors, the demonstration was about more than just alcohol. In a statement sent to the Iraqi leaders, protesters urged the government to defend pluralism in Iraq. Hussein added that people on the street expressed sympathy with his organization’s protest.
“We hope you boldly stand up and defend democratic values side by side with the forces that seek a democratic, pluralistic and multi-cultural Iraq,” the statement read. “This is a battle against the forces of darkness and extremism that wish to turn the provinces under their control into new Kandahars.”
Christians and Yazidi-Kurds, the latter members of a religion with ancient Indo-Iranian roots, are the only religious groups legally allowed to sell alcohol in Iraq. But as their numbers dwindle in the wake of anti-Christian violence, secular Iraqis – Muslim and non-Muslim alike — fear that a full-blown prohibition will soon be in place as social clubs close down and liquor store owners flee.
William Wardeh, an Iraqi Christian and president of the Hammurabi Human Rights Organization, contends that the alcohol ban was part of an organized campaign against Iraq’s Christians. Prior to the attack in October, six churches were attacked in July 2009 and a wave of killings that targeted the Christian community occurred in February 2010.
“There are close-minded people who are trying to bring Iraq back to dark days in the past,” Wardeh told The Media Line. “They attack everything that portrays Iraq in a cultural or progressive light.”
Citing religious leaders, the U.S. State Department report “International Religious Freedom” published in November estimated that Iraq’s Christian population in 2003 ranged somewhere 800,000 to 1.4 million but has fallen to day to between 400,000 to 600,000.
The Christian community lays claim to a heritage in Iraq that dates back thousands of years, and many religious and community leaders have expressed fear that the community could soon disappear entirely. Christian leaders estimate that as much as half the country’s Christian population lives in Baghdad, and 30% to 40% lives in the north, with the largest Christian communities located in and around Mosul, Erbil, Dohuk, and Kirkuk.
“There is a fear that they will lose the Christians, just like they lost the Jewish community,” Middle East analyst Ali Al-Saffar told The Media Line.
According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, although Christians represent only 3% of Iraq’s population, they make up half of the refugees leaving the country.
“Now, with the U.S. presence much smaller, Islamists are back in the saddle.” And the FIST of Islam starts pounding
By the CNN Wire Staff
December 5, 2010 4:38 p.m. EST
Christians pray at the Sayidat al-Nejat Cathedral in central Baghdad on November 7, a week after 46 fellow worshippers taken hostage in the church by al Qaeda gunmen were massacred. Religiously rooted violence is causing increasing concern.
(CNN) — Attackers gunned down an elderly Christian couple late Sunday inside their Baghdad home, the latest in a string of religious-rooted violence that has spurred international outcry and a full-court press for justice from Iraqi authorities.
Gunmen broke into the couple’s residence in Baladiyat, a predominantly Shiite area in eastern Baghdad, during the night and shot them dead, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said.
Hours earlier, Maj. Gen. Qassim Atta said in a press conference broadcast on state-run Iraqiya TV that 15 “Arabs” — in Iraq, a euphemism indicating they came from outside the country — were responsible for three deadly attacks in Baghdad in recent months, including a bloody church siege.
The spokesman for the Iraqi military command in Baghdad showed pictures of each of the men, whom he called “terrorists” and said they had entered Iraq from unidentified countries between June and August.
Ten of them had died while carrying out suicide attacks or had been killed by Iraqi security forces, Atta said. The other five remain at large, with Atta urging the public to help in tracking them down.
“According to our intelligence information, four of the five terrorists are still in Iraq and one of them has fled to Syria,” he said.
While Atta did not immediately link Sunday’s killings to the remaining suspects from the group of 15, he did tie the group to a deadly attack on a Christian church as well as two other incidents.
The first of the three attacks happened August 17, when suicide bombers killed at least 48 people at a military recruitment center in the Bab al-Moudham commercial area of central Baghdad. On September 5, at least eight people died in a suicide bombing at a military base in that same area.
And the deadliest attack that Atta referred to occurred October 31, when militants stormed the Sayidat al-Nejat Cathedral, or Our Lady of Salvation Church, in Baghdad. Some 70 people died and 75 others, including 51 congregants and two priests, were wounded.
About a month later, Iraqi authorities announced they had arrested 12 people who had a role in either plotting or executing the operation. They included Huthaifa al-Batawi, described by Iraqi officials as the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the “mastermind, direct supervisor and planner” of the attack.
That siege was among the first of many attacks in recent weeks targeting Christians, which have left scores dead and many more wounded throughout the Middle Eastern nation.
While there have been a few larger scale operations, most were more like what happened Sunday evening, with gunfire or bombs targeting a few Christians at a time.
While the issue has become more public in recent months, the threat has been real for years. Christians are among the religious minorities in a country dominated by Sunnis and Shiites, and tens of thousands have fled Iraq in recent years.
The violence had led the United States, the United Nations Security Council and an American Catholic archbishop to express concerns for Christians and other religious groups in Iraq.
Pope Benedict XVI said after the siege that he was praying “for the victims of this absurd violence, all the more ferocious in that it hit defenseless people gathered in the house of the Lord, which is home to reconciliation and love.”
Cardinal Emmanuel Delly III — the patriarch of Iraq’s largest Christian community, the Chaldean Catholic Church — urged Iraqi Christians in a televised address last month to “stand firm” within their country during these “difficult times.”
On Sunday, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said that he pressed the need to protect Christians in conversations with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, calling it an issue “of paramount interest for my country and for me personally.”
Frattini — who also met this week with survivors of the church siege, as well as Cardinal Delly — also said it was important that Christians felt secure in Iraq, and that they remained there.
“We shouldn’t tolerate Christians leaving Iraq,” the Italian minister said. “If Christians leave, the terrorists and al Qaeda would have won.”
Al-Maliki gave “assurances” that those behind the violence would be “severely punished,” according to the Italian cabinet minister, and that Christian leaders in Iraq would be kept up-to-date on key developments.
Frattini also said the Iraqi prime minister told him that a Christian would head a new parliamentary committee looking into how best to safeguard security for members of this religious group. Iraqis are also mulling forming police units specifically charged with protecting Christians, according to the Italian foreign minister.
A Pakistani cleric is offering a nearly $6,000 bounty for the killing of a Christian woman whose death sentence for blasphemy is being challenged by Pakistan’s government.
Moulana Yousaf Qureshi made his announcement at a Friday city in the northwestern city of Peshawar. He condemned any effort by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari to pardon or release Asia Bibi (pictured) and said he and his followers will call on millions to protest if Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are amended.
Asia Bibi free! – This is WHY you should guard the FIRST AMENDMENT, Freedom of Speech, and get rid of LIABLE and Blasphemy laws.
“I will pay 500,000 rupees for the loyal follower of Muhammad who beheads Asia Bibi,” Qureshi told a crowd of several hundred people. The amount is equivalent to about $5,800, or more than six times the country’s average annual wage.
In November, a Pakistani court found the 45-year-old Bibi guilty of defiling the name of the Prophet Mohammed during a 2009 argument with Muslim fellow field workers. The offense is punishable by death or life imprisonment, according to Pakistan’s penal code, and Bibi was sentenced to death.
<ISLAM is more of a POLITICS than it’s a religion. However, as a Religion it’s EVIL and as a POLITICS is Bloody. Shariah is a LAW. By definition of LAW, there can only be one.>
But an investigation by a Pakistani government ministry found the charges stemmed from “religious and personal enmity” and recommended Bibi’s release. Zardari has said he would pardon Bibi, but a court has ruled that the president can’t act until the sentence is confirmed by a higher court – a process her lawyer says could take two to three years.
About 2 million Christians live in Pakistan, making up slightly over 1 percent of the officially Islamic nation’s population of about 170 million, according to government statistics.
Journalist Nasir Habib and CNN’s Reza Sayah contributed to this report.