Closing Thought–01Jun17

Trying To Reason With The Hurricane Season!

Every year I write a post about the beginning of the hurricane season….since I live on the Gulf Coast the chances are good that I will see another one before I pass into history.

I write this post to let me readers know that if a ‘cane hits then I will be without internet and will not be posting until the service can be restored.

Be patient…I Shall Return!

As usual I am stocking up on water,  batteries, can goods and wine…things we do at the start of every season.

Let’s look at the season to come……

Experts are calling for a below-normal hurricane season this year, as a potential El Niño may limit the development of storms.

AccuWeather meteorologists are predicting 10 named storms, five of which are projected to become hurricanes and three of which may become major hurricanes.

atlantic hurricane 2017

So if I am not around for a few days bear with me…..I will return as soon as these repairmen get the service back up……

Wish me luck.  chuq

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Saudis Lead The Way

The President had a productive trip last week (according to his inner circle)…while in Saudi he opened up a new state of the art center for counter-terrorism….plus the US has handed the Saudis a blank check to get this done.

We are giving the Saudis the lead role in the region fighting the terrorists….. to me this is folly.

Why?  The Saudis are the leaders of Wahhabism which is what ISIS and AQ have fashioned their organizations around.

Wahabbism?

For more than two centuries, Wahhabism has been Saudi Arabia’s dominant faith. It is an austere form of Islam that insists on a literal interpretation of the Koran. Strict Wahhabis believe that all those who don’t practice their form of Islam are heathens and enemies. Critics say that Wahhabism’s rigidity has led it to misinterpret and distort Islam, pointing to extremists such as Osama bin Laden and the Taliban. Wahhabism’s explosive growth began in the 1970s when Saudi charities started funding Wahhabi schools (madrassas) and mosques from Islamabad to Culver City, California. Here are excerpts from FRONTLINE’s interviews with Mai Yamani, an anthropologist who studies Saudi society; Vali Nasr, an authority on Islamic fundamentalism; Maher Hathout, spokesperson for the Islamic Center of Southern California; and Ahmed Ali, a Shi’a Muslim from Saudi Arabia. (Also see the Links and Readings section of this site for more analyses of Wahhabism and Saudi Arabia.)

Source: Analyses – Wahhabism | PBS – Saudi Time Bomb? | FRONTLINE | PBS

One CANNOT understand ISIS and AQ unless they understand Saudi Arabia….

The dramatic arrival of Da’ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have been perplexed — and horrified — by its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth. But more than this, they find Saudi Arabia’s ambivalence in the face of this manifestation both troubling and inexplicable, wondering, “Don’t the Saudis understand that ISIS threatens them, too?”

It appears — even now — that Saudi Arabia’s ruling elite is divided. Some applaud that ISIS is fighting Iranian Shiite “fire” with Sunni “fire”; that a new Sunni state is taking shape at the very heart of what they regard as a historical Sunni patrimony; and they are drawn by Da’ish’s strict Salafist ideology.

Source: You Can’t Understand ISIS If You Don’t Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia | HuffPost

For more info on this situation……

Source: Wahhabism, Extremist Islam – Origins and Doctrines

So let us take a look see……

We have handed a blank check to the very people that spawned the religious BS on ISIS and AQ….what part of that makes sense?

Even the American Conservative cannot see a way forward with this decision…….

Niall Ferguson thinks we have the ridiculous Saudi orb all wrong:

But what was that orb? The answer was: the official launch button for a new Global Centre for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh. Not a single commentator considered for one second that this might be rather an important departure for the Saudi regime and potentially a real contribution to the campaign of “ideological warfare” that Trump proposed last year.

No one considered this because no one believes that there was any “real departure” on the Saudis’ part, and Trump’s goofy photo-op with the king didn’t change that. Imagine being credulous enough to accept at face value that a Saudi run center for “combating extremist ideology” is useful. At best, it is a show put on for appearances’ sake for the benefit of gullible Western audiences. The purpose of that show is to distract attention from the effects of actual Saudi policies in the surrounding region. It won’t come as a shock that Ferguson doesn’t talk about any of those policies or their effects.

Source: Expecting the Saudis to ‘Combat Extremist Ideology’ Is Folly | The American Conservative

Most of the attackers on 9/11 were Saudis….the Saudis practice an extreme form of Islam, the same brand as ISIS and AQ and yet Trump wants the world to believe that they will take on the extremists and win.

You people are high!

Whose idea was this half ass plan?

We really need to find people that have an idea about the region and stop depending on morons that get paid by lobbyist to make our decisions.

This whole exercise is a waste of time and money.

On a side note:  Speaking of the Saudis…..sucks being this guy!

Source: Egypt: SAUDI PRINCE LOSES $350 MILLIONS AND 5 OF HIS WIVES IN 6 HOURS AT THE CASINO – The Muslim Times

Maybe no would be a good time for a Royal intervention….at least whack his pee pee for being an idiot.

ISIS: The Beginning Of The End?

We hear of the demise of ISIS often.

With every success it has been billed as the beginning of the end of the barbarous ISIS…..all that is just ducky but what will the Middle East, especially Syria, look like if and when end arrives?

A few thoughts from the region……

With a new American administration in place an idea has begun to crystallize in the war against ISIS.

This idea is not limited to deploying helicopters and artillery in Raqqa and Mosul and empowering the presence of special forces but also includes forming a US-Gulf front that contributes to fighting ISIS on condition that the areas liberated from ISIS are not occupied by Iran or militias affiliated with it.

This is the major point concluded by the Moscow document and the US Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ visit to the Gulf and Iraq. So there’s a US-Russian-Turkish-Gulf agreement to end the Iranian expansion in Arab capitals. We must be clear regarding this point if the world wants our cooperation to eliminate ISIS.

Source: Iraq and Syria, post ISIS – Al Arabiya English

The above piece is dated so keep that in mind…….

…..the United States deepened its involvement in the Syrian Civil War in ways that may only gradually become apparent. In targeting a convoy that Secretary of Defense James Mattis said included Iran-backed militiamen as well as Syrian regime forces, the U.S. apparently, for the first time since the conflict began six years ago, attacked foreign fighters allied to the Syrian government. The same incident also represented the second time the U.S. military has deliberately targeted Assad’s own forces, which the Trump administration struck last month in retaliation for the Syrian government using chemical weapons against civilians. Under Barack Obama, U.S. military operations in Syria were directed at ISIS and al-Qaeda affiliates. Now two additional factions in the multifaceted civil war are in America’s crosshairs.

Source: The Scramble for Post-ISIS Syria Has Officially Begun

Please keep in mind that the US does not have a plan for post-ISIS Syria/Iraq…….the plans all along have been to defeat ISIS and that is the extent of the plans…..I am sure that some corporations see a money making opportunity in the defeat but they have not shared what they will do for the region.

But more over we cannot understand the things that ISIS is doing without understanding Wahhabism of Saudi Arabia…..

The dramatic arrival of Da’ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have been perplexed — and horrified — by its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth. But more than this, they find Saudi Arabia’s ambivalence in the face of this manifestation both troubling and inexplicable, wondering, “Don’t the Saudis understand that ISIS threatens them, too?”

It appears — even now — that Saudi Arabia’s ruling elite is divided. Some applaud that ISIS is fighting Iranian Shiite “fire” with Sunni “fire”; that a new Sunni state is taking shape at the very heart of what they regard as a historical Sunni patrimony; and they are drawn by Da’ish’s strict Salafist ideology.

Source: You Can’t Understand ISIS If You Don’t Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia | HuffPost

What is that old war adage?  “Know your enemy”….that is great advice maybe we should heed it……our hubris has not allow us to “know our enemy”….Vietnam is the perfect example…..and we are repeating the mistakes once again…..

Einstein was right!

“Covfefe”

I love this stuff….turning crap into a major news story.

“Covfefe”……Now there is a fun word….once it was typed Twitter went batcrap crazy over what was Trump saying…..or should I say “typing”…..

There is a wealth of “definitions”…..none are accurate…..I saw that it was Klingon for “dumbass” and on and on……or that it was some demonic word to invoke the powers of darkness….how about this, it probably it was a typo.  But sense there seems to be a grammar police out there it has been turned into a major news story.

The prez did not catch a break when his spox said that Trump and a small group know what he means by “covfefe”….say what?

It’s the story that started Wednesday’s news cycle, and Sean Spicer added some fuel to the “covfefe” fire in the late afternoon. When asked during Wednesday’s press briefing whether “people should be concerned that the president posted a somewhat incoherent tweet last night, and then it stayed up for hours,” Spicer replied no. USA Today reports the reporter pressed: “Why did it stay up so long after? Is no one watching this?” And then Spicer said this: “No, I think the president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant.” The Hill calls Spicer’s answer “cryptic”; CNET jokes that it’s left wondering whether covfefe is “some sort of secret code that might mean: ‘Where’s my KFC?’ or ‘Attack North Korea.'”

Come on morons….admit it was a typo and move the Hell on!

Is it a code word for his Russian handler?  To let them know all is okay?   Or is it a “mistake” like in WW2 when spies would misspell every 5th word in a message to HQ to let the “good guys” know that all was okay?

Is it covert or maybe just overt?

I have had the “grammar police” visit here on IST on a couple of occasions…..so I have a little sympathy for the prez on this (enjoy it…it will not last long)…..

This is a society that lives in a 140 character society…grammar has long taken a powder from the discourse.

“Covfefe” means what it sounds like it means….NOT A GODDAMN THING!

May we please move on to something a little more important than a misspelled word?

See you on the “covfefe”……

Notes From “Half Moon Camp”

I shall explain what Half Moon Camp is all about but first a bit of an intro……

My regular readers know that I do like me some history…..and I go to great links to find the answers to stuff and to try and tie all aspects together if possible…..since my interests in the past 30 years has been the Middle East….a region that history is mysterious and mostly unknown…..I also like studying World War One because the modern warfare was born….it is a great study if one is interested in conflict management and resolution.  So much of the events in the world today were born during and after World War One.

I watched a historical doc on the History Channel entitled the “Nazi Jihad”….the premise was that the Nazis trained the modern day jihadist and that a line can be drawn from jihadist like AQ and ISIS back to the closing days of WW2 and the “werewolves” program…..this was a propaganda piece at best….true a line can be drawn from Germany to the jihadist but the program started decades before….during World War One, The Great War.

I recently wrote a post on this program, the “werewolves” and gave my thoughts on the incident and the documentary…..

Source: Werewolves To The Right – In Saner Thought

Now on to the “Half Moon Camp” program…….

“Half Moon Camp” was a POW camp in Germany in 1916 that was used to turn allied soldiers into jihadist fighting for imperial Germany….

A little-known PoW camp just outside Berlin was dedicated to turning Allied Muslim soldiers into jihad warriors

If history is dictated by the concerns of the historian’s day, then it’s surprising more of us haven’t heard the story of the Halbmondlager, or “Half Moon Camp”, a small First World War prisoner-of-war camp in Zossen, near Berlin.

It was like no other PoW camp in history. Reserved primarily for Muslim prisoners, detainees lived in relative luxury and were given everything they needed to practise their faith. Spiritual texts were provided, Ramadan observed, a mosque erected – the first on German soil – and there were sermons by visiting spiritual leaders and academics.

Source: Germany’s Grand WW1 Jihad Experiment – Telegraph