Islamic nations are again learning that the jihad is a volatile instrument of war that can easily backfire on those who preach it; that "holy war" is hardly limited to fighting and subjugating "infidels"-whether the West in general, Israel in particular, or the millions of non-Muslim minorities under Islam-but can also be used to fight "apostates," that is, Muslims accused of not being Islamic enough.
In an unprecedented move and following Egypt's lead, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain recently withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar, largely due to its Al Jazeera propaganda network which, since the ousting of the Muslim Brotherhood, has been inciting chaos in the region.
According to a March 7 Reuters reports, "Saudi Arabia has formally designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, in a move that could increase pressure on Qatar whose backing for the group has sparked a row with fellow Gulf monarchies…. Saudi Arabia and the UAE are fuming over Qatar's support for the Muslim Brotherhood, and resent the way Doha has sheltered influential cleric Yusuf Qaradawi, a critic of the Saudi authorities, and given him regular airtime on its pan-Arab satellite channel Al Jazeera." more >>
"Defense is not a budget issue. You spend what you need." Ronald Reagan
We currently spend more on defense than the next 13 highest spending countries combined. China is second at $125 billion a year, and they are only spending that because they want to be ready to come collect on all the money we have borrowed from them.
The Defense Department has become the Offense Department. We invade and occupy, we do not "defend." The staggering amount we spend on defense does not include military aid to countries like Pakistan and Egypt, nor does it include border security, Homeland Security, the NSA, the CIA, the FBI, etc. Folks, we spend a lot of money on "security" that we don't need to. It benefits the government to scare us so it can keep growing all its myriad agencies. more >>
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) delivered a foreign policy focused speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday, arguing that America's economic strength is related to her ability to exert influence globally.
"Only one nation on earth is capable of rallying the free people of this world to stand up to totalitarianism," Rubio argued before the nation's premier gathering of conservatives.
This would not be the first time that Rubio spoke about foreign policy concerns. While Rubio could have given a speech that all those in the conservative movement could rally behind, such as economic opportunity, he chose instead to focus on an issue that currently divides the conservative movement. more >>
The Washington Post thinks President Barack Obama is living a democratic "fantasy" in a world where "unfortunately" military might still matters. If he continues this approach to foreign policy warns the paper, it will harm U.S. national security in the long run.
The publication's editorial board highlighted its concerns about the president's foreign policy approach in an op-ed this week under a blunt headline: 'President Obama's foreign policy is based on fantasy.'
It then painted a picture of President Obama's rose-colored pursuit of democratic engagement with the world where leaders like Russia's Vladimir Putin, China's Xi Jinping and Syria's Bashar al-Assad are busy blazing arms in a quest for more power in strategic parts of the world. more >>
The head of the Europe-based World Council of Churches has called on those involved in the ongoing Ukraine crisis to "refrain from violence."
The Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary for WCC, released a statement Monday expressing concern for the people of Ukraine, specifically in the Crimea region.
The religious persecution in Syria deepened this week, as evidenced by a written ultimatum purportedly distributed by the rebel jihadist group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) to Christians in the northern provincial capital of Raqqa. Rejecting conversion to Islam or death, some 20 Christian leaders of that city held firm in their faith and submitted to the Islamists' demands to live by as dhimmis.
Under this arrangement, in exchange for their lives and the ability to worship as Christians, they must abide by purported seventh-century rules of the Caliph Umar. According to the Raqqa ultimatum, these include bans on renovating and rebuilding churches and monasteries, many of which need repair because they've been shelled and blown up over the past three years, and bans against the public display of crosses and Christian symbols and the ringing of bells. They are forbidden from reading scripture indoors loud enough for Muslims outside to hear, and the practice of their faith must be confined within the walls of their remaining churches, not exercised publicly (at, for example, funeral or wedding processions).
They are prohibited from saying anything offensive about Muslims or Islam. The women must be enshrouded, and alcohol is banned. more >>