I must start reading Gates of Vienna more often. They do a lot of reporting on Europe with emphasis on Muslim activity. GoV has developed over the years an extensive network of volunteer European 'citizen journalists' who translate into English relevant newspaper reports in Europe that are rarely published in English-language European press outlets.
But for the last three weeks I've been glued to Sputnik, waiting to snap up situation reports on the war in Syria. The news agency also carries many stories about terrorism and jihadi activity in Europe. Some of the stories about Germany strike me as odd.
What does Sputnik mean by "the infamous Salafist scene in Dinslaken-Lohberg, North Rhine-Westphalia?" What infamous scene? I thought the German security apparatus had everything under control. Is this Londonistan all over again?
From another story at Sputnik, I suppose I should be asking what's going on in my own country. Oh drat, now the report is gone. This happens a lot at Sputnik, I've noticed. Now you see it, now you don't, although it can pop up later. Anyhow, the headline is about Islamic State activity in America.
The quote about the Salafist scene is featured in an October 21 report, ISIL Stormtroopers Torture Secrets Revealed by German Jihadi Defector.
A companion piece is today's report, German Gangs Rob Churches to Fund Islamic State Terrorists. They also robbed schools.
I guess because of German political correctness the press can't refer to the thieves as, say, Moroccan-German. They refer to them as German, which creates some cognitive dissonance, at least for this reader.
Although it's a little off topic I note Sputnik carried a report yesterday headlined, Qatar threatens military intervention in Syria.
Monkey-see, Monkey-do. First they copied America's pussyfooting style but now that they're seeing the direct approach used by the Russians, of course they're going to get in jets and go bomb Syrian Army ground forces in the name of peace.
Qatar who has been a major sponsor of jihadist groups fighting in Syria for years, now is actively considering a direct military intervention in the country, according to its officials.
Throughout Syria’s bloody civil war, the government of Qatar has been an active supporter of anti-government militants, providing arms and financial backing to so called "rebels." Many of these, like the al-Nusra Front, were directly linked to al-Qaeda. That strategy has, of course, done little to put a dent in terrorist organizations in the region.Hello, Sputnik; it's not a civil war and never was. And of course it hasn't made a dent. Wikipedia notes that Qatar's emir -- an absolute monarch -- is tight with the Muslim Brotherhood.
But as Russia enters its fourth week of anti-terror airstrikes, Qatar has indicated that it may launch a military campaign of its own.
"Anything that protects the Syrian people and Syria from partition, we will not spare any effort to carry it out with our Saudi and Turkish brothers, no matter what this is," Qatar’s Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah told CNN on Wednesday, when asked if he supported Saudi Arabia’s position of not ruling out a military option.
He'd better stress a diplomatic solution. Syria's military has turned into a very effective fighting force. That's what happens when foreign fiends attempt to overthrow a government and destroy the country's sovereignty. Civil war, my foot.
From the Independent (UK)
... Syrian commanders are now setting the coordinates for almost every Russian air strike. They were originally giving between 200 and 400 coordinates a night. Now the figure sometimes reaches 800. Not that the Russians are going after every map reference, of course. The Syrians have found that the Russians do not want to fire at targets in built-up areas ...
MOSCOW, (Sputnik) — Yazidi militias are preparing the operation to liberate the city of Sinjar in the north-west of Iraq, captured by the Islamic State (ISIL) militants in August 2014, Lukman Ibrahim, a commander of the Yazidi forces told Sputnik Tuesday. ...If it's news to you that the Yazidis, heretofore a very nonviolent religious sect, have sprouted militias, that's what happens when fiends attempt to wipe out a people who never did harm to anybody.
Blowback. Which returns me to Europe, and Germany. A decade ago Michael Leeden told me the Europeans were a bunch of wimps in the face of the Muslim threat. This caused me to wonder aloud if he had cheese tostitos for brains because he very well knew the history of Europe.
One can't confuse wimpiness with a great determination to refrain from warlike behavior. But the Europeans are very warlike peoples. The Muslims from MENA who've been shoving them around the past couple decades don't know this. They, too, see a bunch of weaklings.
So I got a chill the other night when John Batchelor mentioned a big PEGIDA torchlight rally in Dresden and worriedly told Steve Cohen that this was an unsettling echo. I think most in John's audience would understand the reference, although I'm not sure it's the same for the American general public, especially the younger generations. And few Middle Easterners would recognize it, certainly not the types that have flooded into Europe.
The photograph at the top of this post is from film footage of a Nazi torchlight rally in Nuremberg.
The combined forces of the Russian and Syrian military in Syria are the last best hope to halt the Syrian diaspora, and with this comes the last best hope to avert the hardest turn to the political right in Europe since Nazi Germany.
Even now it looks as if Marine Le Pen will be France's next president, but her political party is a bunch of bleeding-heart liberals next to what will materialize in Europe if the migrant and refugee onslaught isn't stemmed.