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Loose Network of Extremists [Obiter Dictum – 1]

After reading the interview of FBI Counterterrorism Analyst I was perplexed as to why the Main Stream Media [or Lame Street Media as Styxhexenhammer666 calls it] are concentrating on the Saudis. The fact of the matter is that all the Gulf States are guilty in fanning the flames of terrorism by either employing them, funding them through charity [which I have stopped giving as I have a fear that a number of them are just GoFundMyJihad outlet].

Khobar Towers

… an investigation as heavily compartmentalized as Khobar. Case information was highly restricted, with as few as 20 people initially allowed access. Because the FBI agents on-scene were not allowed to conduct any unilateral interviews or investigations on Saudi soil, [redacted]

The investigation was

  • compartmentalized
  • highly restricted
  • unilateral interviews not allowed

This all points to the investigation was being conducted with bad ground rules.

Khalid Shaikh Muhammad

[redacted] stated that in 1996 KSM was in Doha, Qatar. He had been there since at least 1993, working for the Ministry of Water and Electricity. After the U.S. indicted KSM for his involvement in the Manila Air case, the FBI sent a rendition team to the Gulf. Part of the team advanced to Doha, Qatar in preparation for his capture. The remainder of the team waited in [redacted] with a plane, ready to travel to Qatar and pick up KSM and his captors. After several days the Qatari government informed the U.S . that KSM had been under surveillance and had somehow escaped.

[Redacted] did  not know exactly who funded KSM’s travel while he was working for the Qatar Ministry of Water and Electricity. He speculated that Qatar’s Ministry for Religious Endowment paid KSM to travel around and distribute c.ash to organizations and Islamic charities. [Redacted] did not feel that UBL was the likely source of KSM’s travel monies.

KSM was

  • living in Doha, Qatar from 93-96
  • working for the Ministry of Water and Electricity
  • indicted for Manila Air case
  • under surveillance by the Qatari government and somehow escaped
  • speculated to have been funded by the Qatar’s Ministry for Religious Endowment

Bojinka

[Redacted] did not believe that Bojinka was an Al Qaeda plot. Wali Khan was linked to UBL (they had fought together in Afghanistan), but had never sworn bayat because Khan wanted to remain independent. Khan and KSM were part of a loose network of extremists  who had trained in Al Qaeda camps but were not Al Qaeda operatives. As for Khalifa, there was no evidence he funded or knew of the plot, despite his close association with Wali Khan. Ramzi Yousef was brought in by Wali Khan, and had no prior affiliation with Khalifa or UBL.

…  operatives had little funding because Wali Khan only got bailed out of prison

Many Islamic terrorists are linked to each other but they all have a certain amount of differences amongst each other. Not every one trained in Al Qaeda is an Al Qaeda operative however I would like to add that they share almost 100% of the Militant Islamic Ideology. KSM was a loose extremists who was part of a broader loose extremists, just like the San Barnadino shooters, Rizwan Farook the dickhead and his dumb whore wife Tashfeen Malik. Ramzi Yousef was already an extremists before he was introduced to UBL by Wali Khan. Wali Khan was bailed out of prison which telling of how good the state-run judiciary and police is.

Conclusion

There is more in the report such as the Shia-Sunni conflict was hinted at along with the strange Shia extremists working with Sunni extremists that now hate each other. But at the end the main lesson for me was how ineffective the state run system of security is every where. Besides the Gulf States also fund terrorism through their religious charities.

Fabrication of Islam

Reading the book What the Koran Really Says by Ibn Warraq is amazing. In this book he has taught me many new ideas about Islam that I had not known up until now. But for me what grabbed my attention was the short line in the beginning part of the book as written below

… the traditional historical framework fabricated by Muslim tradition.

So what proof or evidence does he provide?

  1. The exile myth
  2. Pre-Islamic Arabian Poetry was a fabrication by later day Muslims to give outside credence to Koran according to Taha Husayn
  3. 23 years by Ali Dashti
  4. Koran Surah 6, verse 96 contains a non-Arabic word Husban which is originally a Hebrew word
  5. Islam was the result of disputes amongst monotheist in the region of Palestine, Syria and Iraq according to Hawting
  6. Taking oath of Mecca and the Cross as in the case of ‘Adi bin Zayd during 600 CE
  7. Meccans were trinitarian Christian according to Lulling
  8. Quraysh means shark according to Cook

There is much more in the book about various other things about Islam, Muhammad and Koran but the above points were the ones that got my attention. Although I have not done justice to the book since it mentions a lot of others that someone else might find interesting and might have been more profound in its implication.

Did Muhammad Exist?

How do we know that Muhammad really existed? Because of all the historians that reported him in their books that are recorded. So lets go to these sources one by one. Years are given in common era.

Urwah ibn Zubayr (d.712): Son of Asma bint Abi Bakr and Zubair ibn alAwwam. He wrote a biography of Muhammad which he subsequently destroyed after the Battle of Harrah. How do we know all this? Through ibn Khallikan (d.1282) and ibn Hajar alAsqalani (d.1449). (Comment: This is not acceptable based on common sense.)

Aban bin Uthman bin Affan (d.723): Son of the Umm Amr bint Jandab and the 3rd Caliph Uthman. He wrote the Maghazi of Muhammad. How do we know that? Why its our good old friend ibn Hajar alAsqalani (d.1449). (Comment: This is not acceptable.)

 Wahb ibn Munabbih (d. 725-737): Son of Munabbih ibn Kamil. He wrote Qisas alAnbiya. How do we know that? That’s right, our man ibn Khallikan (d.1282) and ibn Hajar alAsqalani. (Comment: Really, again, another guy not acceptable. His death must be painful or the writers just couldn’t make up their mind.)

ibn Shihab alZuhri (d.741-2): Wrote the Sira of Muhammad. How do we know that? Well now we can rely on someone different this time, namely ibn Sa’d (d.845). (Comment: I don’t find it acceptable.)

ibn Ishaq (d.770): He never wrote the Sira of Muhammad rather his student alBakkai who committed to writing what he had learnt from ibn Ishaq but later ibn Hisham edited the work of alBakkai, more on that below. (So another iffy writer.)

Malik bin Anas (d.795): He wrote alMuwatta which is still in circulation. [Note from this point onwards we have the books of the authors]

Hisham Ibn Al-Kalbi (d.819): He established that Muhammad was from the children of Ishmael and subsequently all the Arabs are the children of Ishmael.

alWaqidi (d. 823): He wrote Kitab alTarikh wa alMaghazi.

Ibn Hisham (d. 835): He wrote the Sira of Muhammad which was actually just an editing od alBakkai’s work. This work survives.

Ibn Sa’d al-Baghdadi (d.845):  He wrote Kitab Tabaqat alKubra which contains material on Muhammad and his companions. This work has survived.

Khalifah ibn Khayyat (d.854): There are only two works of his that survive, one is Tabaqat and the other is Tarikh, an 11th century copy was discovered in Rabat, Morroco. He was also the teacher of Bukhari and Ahmad ibn Hanbal.

Ahmad ibn Hanbal (d. 855): He wrote the famous Musnad.

alDarimi (d. 869): He wrote the Sunan alDarimi.

Muhammad alBukhari (d. 870): He wrote Sahih alBukhari, part of Kutub alSittah.

Muslim ibn alHajjaj (d.875): He wrote Sahih Muslim, part of Kutub alSittah.

ibn Majah (d. 887-9): He wrote Sunan ibn Majah, part of Kutub alSittah.

Abu Dawood (d. 889): He wrote Sunan Abu Dawood, part of Kutub alSittah.

Muhammad ibn Isa at-Tirmidhi (d.892): He wrote Jami alTirmidhi, part of Kutub alSittah, amongst other works.

anNasa’i (d.915): He wrote asSunan asSughra, part of Kutub alSittah.

Conclusion: One must bear in mind that Muhammad died in the year 632 of common era and the first three people on the list above were claimed to be historians by people in the 13th century and later. No one who witnessed Muhammad wrote about Muhammad. The fact of the matter is that generally there are 3-7 people in the transmitters of any tradition. Lets keep in mind that this is the time when most people had very low education, infact most people had no education and they believed some of the most laughable things like 360 angels carrying the moon and the sun everyday.

One more thing that needs to be said about this is the fact that the Muslim calender starts right about when the Persian-Byzantine war came to an end with the victory of Byzantine. At that point both the empires were tired making them easy pickings by the two large local factions which were Lakhmid and Ghassanid. Islam will only make sense when historians pay a closer attention to the two Arab tribes.

Life’s not fair!

I always heard my younger brothers complain “That’s not fair!” every time I announced my decision after hearing their case. The funny thing about my decision was that we all knew I was wrong including myself but I justified myself by saying “Life’s not Fair!” Something that made the younger of the two brothers always get in trouble while the older one (but still younger then me) take advantage of the rules I implemented. That way the two brothers learned an important lesson that when justice is arbitrary then you learn the rule and live life accordingly. Which reminds me of the Melian Dialogue

“… the standard of justice depends on the equality of power to compel and that in fact the strong do what they have the power to do and the weak accept what they have to accept.” [Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War, Book 5, 89]

In short might makes right. That’s how the society has been since time immemorial. Those in power have decided what is right but every so often the powerful group makes enough people angry that there is a revolt and the old powers are liquidated. At the end of the Peloponnesian War the Athenians lost to Spartans but the Spartans didn’t last long either since the Athenian culture subverted the Spartan culture a kind of Pyrrhic victory or a cosmic justice to the two powers.

So what do people who knowingly or unknowingly commit injustice justify themselves? Well I pointed to the results of my policy with my brothers. I pointed to the decline in complaints as well as the two brothers learning a useful lesson. However I always managed to make sure that the two brothers didn’t fight too much and I also managed to catch the right culprit from time to time and giving them punishment by giving them time, each point was a minute on their favourite PC game. But I also instituted simple tasks that made them earn their points back. So my reasoning was utilitarian. I know its not honourable and its a slippery slope when used in global politics. In global politics I wish the politicians were deontological or to put it simply ethical principles. In global affairs the decision must be based on ethics before results.

In conclusion I’d like to say that we live in a universe full of anarchy where the rule is only the rule of physics and everything else goes. In this giant universe we are the only species so far that I know of that is conscious of ethical issues and can debate them. All of us have unique situation that has shaped each one of us. For me I believe that we should try to make decision that will balance the result with ethical concerned being met but I tilt towards ethics taking the prime concern because only that way we can ensure a long happy life.  Continue reading Life’s not fair!

Ignorance is Bliss?

Does ignoring a problem cause the problem to disappear?

In today’s news media of confused priorities where a war with Russia gets the same attention as Miley Cyrus dancing provocatively it seems that the news media or Pravda (according to Thomas E Woods Jr) the news media has moved from a watch dog into a lap dog of the state and I would say it has evolved into a lap dancer for the state. 

The lies the media tells have become so bold and so blatant in recent years and the people are living their life as usual is puzzling. Where is the media ethic code? Where is the journalists code of ethics? When selling war based on lies is not challenged but accepted and then it is propagated at full volume by the war machine. 

The Ukraine crisis is a perfect example of the failure of the Pravda. The State Department provoked the Ukrainian coup. Then the media ignored and then lied tooth and nail that the Russians are provoking the Ukrainians. As if that was not enough following the Crimean peninsula voted to join the Russian federation and all of a sudden Putin is the new hurler never mind the Ukrainian govt supported by the State Department was in alliance with the Neo-Nazi of Ukraine and ignoring the crimes committed by them. 

Of course Mr Four-Horsemen-in-One ie John McCain was given all the time he could spare to talk about the pretend Nazi and how he would fight Putin the Nazi by giving the weapons to actual Nazis and don’t even get me started on Syria. 

To make matters worse it turned out that Mr Poroshenko had installed his cronies all over Ukraine in various positions of power who turn out to have private armies ready to take control when ever they wish. So you have a country turning into a  real life Game of Thrones. 

While Minsk-2 agreement holds barely the Ukrainians are already preparing the civil war

Stay tuned for the coming weeks of news how Putin is going to lead the army into Kiev personally while in reality he would be bathing in the Kremlin.

Innocent Muslim

What the movie “Innocence of Muslims” would have shown had it continued for another 15 mins.

Abu Bakr bin Abi Quhafa the first Caliph’s

  1. Taking over the Caliphate by the help of Umar bin alKhattab and Abi Ubaidah bin Jarrah at Saqifa (Ref. alFaruq by Shibli Naumani, volume 1; History of Tabari, volume 9)
  2. Refusing Fatimah bint Muhammad her inheritance of Fadak (Ref. Sahih Bukhari, volume 4, book 53, #325; Sahih Muslim, Book of Jihad; Sunan Abu Dawood, book 19, #2967;Sunan Nisai, volume 7; Musnad Ahmad bin Hanbal, volume 1; Kanz alUmmal, volume 3)
  3. Promoting Khalid bin alWaleed after he killed Malik and raped his wife the very night (alMusanaf, volume 10, #18721; Tarikh ibn Asakir, volume 16)

Umar bin alKhattab

  1. Burning down the house of Fatimah bint Muhammad along with the death of her unborn child just so to extract the allegiance of his husband Ali (alFaruq by Shibli Naumani, volume 1, page 92; History of Tabari, volume 9; Tauhja Ithna Ashri by Shah Abdul Aziz Dehlavi, page 292; Imama wal Siyasa by ibn Qutaybah, pages 18-30)
  2. A dictator with a whip in his hand whipped Muslims, Jews, Christians and even enterd Aisha bin Abi Bakr’s house despite being refused entry (History of Tabari, volume 9, page 80, volume 11, page 137, volume 13, page 138, volume 14 page 139; Muwatta by Malik, book 36, chapter 1, #2)

Uthman bin Affan’s Murder

  1. Aisha bint Abi Bakr (Sharh Nahjul Balagha Ibn al Hadeed Volume 2 page 122; al-Imama wa al-Siyasa, Volume 1 page 52; History of Tabari, Volume 15, page 289)
  2. Talha (Tabaqat ibn Sa’ad, Volume 5, Page 38; Mustadrak alHakim, volume 3, #5589)
  3. Zubayr bin Awwan (Iqd al Fareed, Volume 2 page 95; History of Tabari, volume 16, page 115)
  4. Abdul Rehman bin Udays (Asad alGhaba by ibn Athir, volume 3, page 309; Tabaqat alKubra by ibn Sa’ad, volume 7, page 509)
  5. Amr bin alHamiq (Taqreeb alTahdeeb by ibn Hajar Asqalani, page 420, #5017; Tabaqat Ibn Saad, Volume 3 page 71)
  6. Amr bin Badil al-Khazai (alIstiab by ibn Hajr Asqalani, volume 4 page 606, #5781)
  7. Jabalah bin ‘Amr al-Said (History of Tabari, volume 15, page 182)
  8. Sa’d bin Abi Waqas (History of Tabari, volume 15, page 197)
  9. Jahjha bin Saeed Al-Ghaffari (alMusanaf by Ibn Abi Shayba, Volume 7 page 48)
  10. Muhammad bin Abi Hudayfa (Siar alam alNubala by Dhahabi, Volume 3 page 479; Al-Istiab by ibn Hajr Asqalani, volume 3 page 1396)
  11. Kuraib bin Abraha (Al-Thuqat by ibn Habban, Volume 3 page 357; Tarikh Dimashq by ibn Asakir, Volume 50 page 112)
  12. Amro bin al-Aas (Asad alGhaba by ibn Athir, volume 4 page 117; alKamil fi atTarikh by ibn Athir, volume 3 page 16)
  13. Jundab bin Ka’ab alAzadi (Mukhtasir Seerat ul Rasool by Muhammad ibn Wahhab, page 226)

All of the above were the companions of Mohammad who killed the Caliph Uthman.

All of this are recorded in history books as provided above about the Golden Age of Khulfa Rashidun, something that the ISIS, alQaeda, Taliban and any other terrorists and all those Muslims who want to implement shariah want.

A dictator with a whip in his hand who will kill men, women, unborn children if necessary and in fact the caliph himself if the desire to become caliph himself arise.

History of Islam is full of murders, wars and war crimes just to stay in power.

Korean Peninsula

You are only defeated if you accept defeat.

I have watched the N Korean put up with S Korea and America for decades. N Korean govt has done everything a mad dictators do their country, silencing critics, kill any and every traitor. Yet it has continued to survive for all this time and it has less to do with the support from China, which there is, but rather the America’s failed policy based on wishful thinking rather than actual ground realities when they intervened.

N Korea started as a child of the Soviets rather then Chinese. Chinese govt tried all it could to avoid war in its neighbour but their efforts failed because of American fear of socialism spreading. Yet socialism is bankrupt something Ludwig von Mises predicted in his book Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth initially published in 1920 predicting why socialist states will collapse.

Currently the best thing the world can do for N Korea is to push N Korea to become more capitalist and more freedom oriented and allow the local Koreans to move forward, but there is a small chance that will happen as politicians spend all the time worrying about their fragile ego rather than the poor guy dying the price to make him a legacy.