Archive for June, 2008

Exposing Butchery and Desolation in the Oldest Monastery in the world

Oldest Mosque in Egyptby Ibn Misr
10 Jun, 2008
The whole truth about the butchery and desolation in the oldest Monastery in the world, Deir Abu Fana, in Egypt 


Mubarak turned Egypt to a major Islamic terrorists breeding country, starting by his security police, to please and cash from his Saudi masters and extort the West.
The ethnic cleansing of Christians in Egypt and in every Muslims dominated country is the unmistakable sign of a coming Islamic upheaval in the West.

Nothing unusual here, it’s perfectly in line with what they’re told to do, according to the Koran, 8:12, ” I will instill terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger tips off them.”

The kidnapped Christian visitor, brother of one of the fathers of the Monastery, is still not accounted for.  According to the three other monks kidnapped with him, he was last seen by them being tortured to force him to recite the bloody Islamic shahada. The fact that no words or answers from the security police about his whereabouts, and the fact he was not brought back with the other three monks make us strongly believe that he was killed.
The question that all the Copts, whether in Egypt or across the world, are asking: If the police succeeded in getting back the three kidnapped monks, why they didn’t arrest the kidnapers and the attackers, and why the disappearance of the fourth kidnapped person is still unsolved?

– Several workers that were performing various jobs at the monastery during the attack were also wounded.
– All the Monastery’s farms, including orange, citrus, olives, and mushrooms farms were destroyed and all farm buildings set on fire. These monks succeeded in the last ten years, with their knowhow, to set the standards for modern farming, and make the desert bloom in the land belonging to the Monastery, using the latest techniques to obtain results that could’ve been a model for all the desert land of Egypt, that represent more than 90% of a country where people are dying for a loaf of bread, and importing 75% of its food. But this is not how Muslims think. Their prophet didn’t tell them to labor the land or to emulate other people success, but to steal it, same as Mohammad exterminated the Jewish and Christian populations of Arabia to steal their lands and their properties. And what they can’t steal, they destroyed. That’s why their ultimate aim is the destruction of Israel for committing the biggest sin in the eyes of Muslims, succeeding.

For Muslims, this is called business as usual in our language. In their language it’s called religion, cast in their hateful, but “very holy” Koran by their thug prophet alter ego, Allah himself. 

In case you’re just getting acquainted with the religion of the prophet of thugs, and not to be accused of making this up, read it for yourself, Koran 33:27, “And He made you heirs of their lands, their houses, and their goods, and of a land which ye had not frequented (Before). And Allah has power over all things.”

– Chicken farm, fish farm, Honey bees, were set on fire and destroyed. They dynamited the fish farm in a way that the fish were sprayed on the surrounding land. No people on earth can compete with the followers of the prophet of doom in their hate capacity for what is good, and their love capacity for evil.
– The water station and irrigation lines were destroyed.
– Electric power generators were stolen, and power lines destroyed.
– Agricultural machinery and equipments were stolen or burned and destroyed (another Mohammad’s Islamic legacy).
– Construction materials and equipments were looted.
– Cell phones, Cameras, computers, money, and farms produce were looted.
 – Eight monks living cells and living quarters for visitors that come to the monastery for worshipping, and monastic life seekers that were not destroyed in the previous attacks were all burned and destroyed.
The police, located 4 miles away, was called as soon the attack started at 5 pm. They arrived at 9 pm despite hearing the gun fire sounds, same as us, over the phone, their perfect knowledge of the gravity of the situation, the history of all the destructive previous attacks, and knowing, ” their friends, and associates,” that are committing the attacks.

After the arrival of the security police at 9 pm, the attackers continued their shooting and destruction till 10 pm, while the security officers questioning and interrogating the monks.
No attempt by the police, neither in this attack or the previous ones, to arrest any of the attackers, whom they perfectly know, or even to launch any forensic examination, or report the attack to the district attorney. Instead, the police asked the monks to call and ask the Christian contractor responsible for building the wall around the monastery to come from his house, located 18 miles away. At his arrival, he was taken to the police station for questioning after assuring the monks that it’s only a matter of procedure that won’t take more than an hour.

The next day, the contractor, that was 18 miles away from the monastery during the attack, was officially declared arrested and accused of killing one of the Muslim attackers.
This has been the famous no-brainer trick, and pattern used by the Egyptian authorities, for every attack on the Copts, during the last thirty years, to arrest Christian scapegoats and accuse them falsely with various crimes according to the situation, and then blackmail the Christian authorities of the church to drop the charges and the case against the Muslim attackers, in exchange of the release of the Christian “scapegoats,” and a declaration that both sides were equally responsible.

Let’s assume that one of the attackers that shot and wounded four monks got killed from someone at the monastery, wouldn’t that be considered by all the laws of the world to be a legitimate self defense? When you’ll see the power of the gun fire attack in the video clip, you’ll be the judge to answer that question. 
The refusal of the district attorney to come to scene of the attack, the monastery, or to launch an investigation of the events.

– Through a phone conversation With Father Mina, one of the monks at the monastery, he Stated, “the police was so complacent, and several officers were just watching and laughing.”
 Neither the police, neither the justice department represented by the public district attorney produced any details about the alleged, “killed” Muslim, or any forensic or medical examiner autopsy report.
El Menya governor, police general Diaa Eddin Mohamed Ahmed Khalil announced on all television channels, with a very straight face without blinking and with no apparent sense of shame, that, “both groups, Muslims and Christian monks exchanged fire.” Without giving any forensic proof, except that one of the Muslims got “killed.” He just forgot to mention that the only weapons the monks and priests used, all along the Coptic Church 2000 years of history, is the cross, and their prayers.
In another television interview, he declared again that the monks opened fire on the attackers, and a Muslim got killed. Adding, “this is just a skirmish between two neighbors about the right of ownership of a piece of land that has nothing to do with religion.”

Questions: Since the governor is aware of the existence of fire weapons in the monastery, where those weapons are, and how come the authorities allow monasteries to have fire weapons?  Doesn’t that simply means that the governor is not doing his job, and he’s not qualified for his position. But this also a coded message to justify attacks on Christian monastery and churches, since his declaration implied that monasteries are armed, and according to the sharia law,  Christians are denied to carry, or to own arms. This is an extremely dangerous announcement that means monks and priests are armed and represent a danger to the country that should be fought and attacked. So any attack on a Church or a monastery can’t be viewed as an attack on unarmed innocent people.
The governor and the police authorities announced that, only, “one” Muslim was a victim, from more than sixty Muslim attackers, that should mean that all the monks were aiming at the same person all the time.

What a coincidence?
The honorable governor was making these statements as if he was the governor of Kabul or Kandahar in Afghanistan, and these are just normal events, or as he put it, “it’s just a skirmish between two good neighbors.”  Putting equally on the same scale a gang of terrorist killers and robbers, and peaceful loving monks that deserted the world for a life of prayers, worship and productive work to benefit the country.
 Saying that this, “skirmish,” have nothing to do with religion, is an indication from the governor that justice based on truth is not an option for the Copts in this case, as it was never an option for them since the barbarian hordes of Mohammad brought their curse to Egypt 1400 years ago.  His declaration is meant to be the conclusion of the case, based on his own falsification of the facts.

The stupid question here is: when Muslims have disagreements between themselves about a piece of land, do they attack, and shoot to kill each other with automatic weapons, kidnap, stone, lynch, lash, and crush each other’s hands and legs?
And assuming it is a piece of land disagreement between Muslims and Christians, which is not the case,  is this is the governor, and the Egyptian government accepted standard to resolve that disagreement, by burning churches, kidnapping monks, forcing them to spit on the cross, convert to Islam, cutting their ears, crushing their hands and feet, bringing women to fill their eyes, ears and mouth with sands, plus all what you’ll see in the video clip?
Let’s reverse the roles, and assume that the Copts attacked Muslims over a dispute for a piece of land, and burned their mosques, destroyed their properties, spat on the Koran, cursed Mohammad, kidnapped and tortured their imams to force them to convert to Christianity, shot and critically wounded four other imams, and caused what you will see in the video clip, would the honorable governor, the Egyptian authorities, and the media say that, ” this is just a skirmish between two neighbors that have nothing to do with religion?”

I guess you know the answer. For just a cartoon on a piece of paper, or few words on Islam from the Pope of Rome in the context of an academic speech, they put the world on fire. They massacred Christians across the world, burned churches, bombed embassies with the latest one just few days ago, the Danish embassy in Pakistan with all the casualties and innocent victims blown to pieces. They terrorized, and still terrorizing the world with no end in sight. All this just for a cartoon on a piece of paper, how much more they would do if what they did to the monastery and the monks were applied on them by Christians, and by the Copts of Egypt? It’s no-brainer, I wouldn’t even try to guess the number of Copts slaughtered or the number of churches put on fire. And it wouldn’t be only limited to Egypt, Christians would be massacred and churches would be put on fire in every Islamic dominated country. 

They are already doing it voluntarily without any provocation. So imagine their delight to have this hoped for excuse to indulge and excel with the most religious zeal in applying what they worshipped and prayed for from birth, to kill, destroy, and spread desolation and more oceans of blood, all this and more while praising Allah for giving them the opportunity to fulfill his curses on these cross worshippers. This was, and still is their major contribution to the world since 1400 years ago.

One of the Muslims’ slogan that became famously known is, “first the Saturday people, and then the Sunday people.” It is clear that they are simply proceeding according to plan. They effectively cleansed the Saturday people from every Muslims dominated country, and are now focused to finish up, what they started 1400 years ago, the Sunday people, to guarantee their place in their allah’s killers’ paradise.          
Another stupid question: why the Egyptian police didn’t produce, and expose to the world the weapons used by the “Jihadist” monks?  But again, what’s the use of asking stupid questions to the expert Egyptian police? And what about the weapons of the Muslim attakers? But that’s a very naïve questions.

Two fire trucks arrived, two hours after the police arrival, and after the fire consumed all what was meant to be burned.

No ambulance for the injured monks and they were taken to the nearest government hospital (Mallawi hospital) in a truck used for animal transportation. In the hospital, doctors refused to treat them, to abstain from issuing reports confirming the cause of the wounds. Which will be considered aiding the cause of the Kafirs against Muslims. We’re talking here about the noble medical profession and doctors that swore to uphold the Hippocrate’s Oath, but this is now the Egypt that produced the most famous doctor in the world that also recited the same oath, Dr. Al Zawahri.

As a side note, we have live recorded confessions from Egyptian ex-Muslim doctors that rejected Islam after they witnessed and documented the intentional murder of hundreds of Christian patients (that’s the number they personally witnessed, just in the hospitals they worked at), per year, in government’s public hospitals, by Muslim doctors acting with a completely clear conscience, and even admitting it confidentially, but proudly between themselves, and praising Allah for giving them the opportunity to do it “medically,” and professionally. Either by committing intentional errors during surgeries, or prescribing wrong medications based on erroneous diagnosis. It is also a known fact that the medical schools and the medical board in Egypt are totally controlled by the Muslims brotherhood.

Back to the events.

The wounded monks and workers were then taken, after the intervention of Coptic authorities and lawyers, to El Minya city main Hospital. They were left in the emergency reception with no medical care, bleeding for four hours, and in urgent need of blood transfusions. The Muslim “doctors” excuse was, “there is no blood at the hospital that correspond to the monks blood type.” Of course, their blood types is that of apes and pigs.

Immediately, our Coptic rooms on the Paltalk that were transmitting the events, nonstop, alerted the Coptic population and churches close to the hospital for the urgent need of blood donors. Within the hour, hundreds of angry Copts gathered front of the hospital, but were denied entry to donate blood by the police for “Undisclosed” security reasons.

While the condition of the wounded monks was deteriorating, the officials at the hospital announced that their injuries are very superficial, and only requires simple medical procedures.
That was Sunday 2 pm. At 2:30pm, Coptic Pope Shenouda’s office and the highest authority of the church in Cairo immediately arranged the transportation of all the monks and the other victims to a private Cairo Coptic owned hospital. At their arrival, they were all rushed to the intensive care unit, and all required extensive surgeries. In particular, two of the monks that were kidnapped required extremely complicated surgeries that lasted more than nine hours. One monk is still risking the amputation of his crushed arm, and another almost lost his site from being viciously hit on the head with the back of a riffle and the sand put in his eyes.

With the usual cover-ups and “Taquia” lies from all Egyptian government institutions and officials, the Copts of Mallawi and surrounding areas of Deir (pronounced: dare, meaning monastery) abu Fana in the province of El Minya, which has a high concentration of Copts that suffered the harshest oppression and losses in lives and properties from Muslims attacks, and the government systematic persecution during the last forty years, and not one single Muslim being condemned, started to gather on Sunday at the diocese Cathedral in protest, chanting in defiance, ” With our blood and soul, we will defend the cross,” and appealing to Hosni Mubarak, the president, to intervene and let  the truth and justice prevail, and save the country from an imminent catastrophe because, ” The Coptic hearts are on fire.”

The attack on Deir Abu Fana last Saturday followed the massacre of a Coptic jeweler and three of his Coptic employees on Wednesday in Cairo, and another Coptic-owned jewelry store was targeted the next day, Thursday, this time in the port city of Alexandria.
The security police surrounded the Cathedral, since Sunday afternoon and provoked clashes with the Copts protesting, peacefully, inside the Cathedral gates.

On Monday, the spokesman priest of the diocese of Mallawi announced that the presumed “killed” Muslim victim was known in the area, and his father declared sometimes ago that he wanted to get rid of him for being gravely mentally retarded. The spokesman added that this person never set foot on the land of the monastery, and no corpse was ever found by the police on the monastery’s land. He stated, very bluntly, that this presumed, “victim,” has been definitely killed somewhere else, and the accusations of the monks by the police is another deception by the police authority of the province to blackmail the Copts.

On Wednesday, another dramatic event that had the effect of heating up the emotions and disgust of the Copts in El Minya province. In a village called Dafsh, about seventy miles from Mallawi, a twenty five year old muslim killed his twenty two year old Christian neighbor by stabbing him to death.
On Thursday, hundreds of Coptic youths started to gather front of Saint Mary’s and Saint George Church inthe center of the village, protesting peacefully, and demanding that the killer be judged and punished. The riot police dispersed them on Friday morning, using tear bombs.

Friday afternoon, they gathered again at the church in the afternoon for the funeral. After the burial, they were provoked and shouted at by Muslim youths. The situation quickly escalated to clashes between the two groups that prompted a massive intervention by the riot police to disperse both groups and impose a curfew on the whole village. The police announced the arrest of the Muslim killer and investigating the case.

Also Thursday: in the village of El Kosheh, which made the world news in January 2000, for, “The massacre of the millennium,” was the scene of other dramatic events. A security officer driving his car, hit and killed a Christian Copt, according to many eye witnesses. El Kosheh have a population of 35000 Christians and 5000 Muslims. The police authorities provided witnesses testifying that it wasn’t the officer driving the car. 
Today, Sunday: The Egyptian government media is still insisting that the reason for the attack on Deir Abu Fana, was robbery, and to prevent the building of wall to protect the monastery. Religion and terrorism  were not an issue. The slaughtering of four Coptic Jewelers in Cairo was also for robbery. Denying the jihad terrorism against the Copts or Christians is the surest thing for it to continue. How they would fix something that doesn’t exist. No doctor can cure a disease if the patient deny he’s sick.

This is exactly what’s happening in the West. The war on terror is a deceiving term; it’s a war on the symptoms of terror, or the consequences of terror. When you eliminate cancerous cells on top of the skin you don’t eliminate cancer, you have to extirpate it from its roots, or it will spread all over the body. They may succeed to destroy some  rotten fruits, but the tree is producing other fruits, every day. And the tree producing the rotten fruits is the Koran, and Islamic teaching.

These are not just words; these are simple facts that doesn’t require a high IQ to figure out, and time will prove it.   
All what the Christians in Egypt and especially the monks in the desert, and native Christians in every Muslims dominated country are looking for is their right to live and their freedom of belief. Is that too much asking?

Yes, it is too much asking according to Islamic government, it’s against Islam. For them, the cornerstone of their religion is to kill all who don’t submit to their Allah, Koran 9:29,
“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the Religion of Truth, from among the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”

Muslims are the only people on earth that it’s against their religion to, “live and let live.” Their “faith,” order them to live and kill, those who don’t adhere to the same, “live and kill,” doctrine.

The question of all questions, not only for us as Copts, but for the whole Western world, who are the real terrorists, the ones that pull the trigger and cause death and desolation, or the ones giving them the means, facilitating, covering up and blessing their actions?

The terrorists are not Bin Laden, Zawahri, Zarkawi and company. They execute what they were taught and told to do. They’re just the foot soldiers. You can kill them all, it won’t make a dent. The koran is producing thousands in madrassas all over the islamic world, and even in the Western world every day.  
Naïve those who will think that this is a remote Coptic issue, or that the silent holocaust going on against all Christians in muslims dominated countries is also a remote issue that doesn’t, and won’t affect the West.

All Islamic governments, especially Egypt and Saudi Arabia are spreading the Islamic disease in every Western country through their well established bases, mosques, schools, muslim centers, islamic organizations and official missions. Jihad will always be their biggest export product, they have the money to finance it, as it is already happening now, and their people are already within us.

All these Islamic government officials, including their leaders (thugs), and their security apparatus that are the real instigators of Christians cleansing in their countries, whom they hate and consider them part of the Western kafir world that they’re aiming to Islamize, how is it conceivable that these same governments and their security apparatus cooperate with the Western governments or with their law enforcement agencies, with good faith, to fight Islamic terrorism against the Christian kafirs in the West, when their main focus is to eliminate the Christians in their own countries.

It is important to know that governors in Egypt are not elected, but are chosen by the president. In other words, the governor is only the mouth piece, and his declarations are dictated to him by the government and the president of Egypt. Never, in the course of these grave and terrorist events,  Mubarak, the dictator of Egypt and the lackey of his masters the Saudis, which his era has been one of the most oppressive for Christians, never intervened or ordered an investigation. Would he be that silent if this attack, destruction and butchery happened to a mosque or an Islamic institution?

As for the moderate Muslims in Islamic countries or their brothers and sisters in the West, their answer is crystal clear: they agree, there is no persecution or ethnic cleansing for Christians in their countries of origin. But let what happened to the monastery in Egypt, or to Christians in every Islamic country, happen to them and their mosques in the West, and they would put the world on fire. No need to waste more time trying to define moderate Muslims in the West. They perfectly defined themselves, and made it clear on whose side they are. 

These are the same Islamic countries that allowed the dancing on the streets, and distribution of candies to celebrate the 911 massacres, which they called, the Islamic conquest of New York.

Al Qaeda started from Egypt by Al Zawahri’s Islamic terrorist group 
The Grand scale deceptions, and lies of the Egyptian Islamic government, the producer of the ideology of terror across the Globe was never limited to Egypt. Many people ignore that the ideology of Islamic terror and Jihad is spread to the world by Egypt’s Sunni ideologues from  Al Azhar University who sets the guidelines for all the Sunni world, and the Muslims Brotherhood who established cells all over the world, including America and every Western country to deflate their system from within.  Saudi Arabia’s role was, and still is to provide the financing

The diabolical double game of deception played by the Islamic world and performed,  according to Mohammad’s famous doctrine, ” War is deception,” by the king of Saudi Arabia and Ali Gomaa, the Mufti of Egypt to anesthetize the Western world with peaceful words of interfaith dialogue, while pursuing the “cast in stone” dictum, confirmed twice in the Koran 2:193 and 8:39, “And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression, and all religion be to Allah (the whole world converted to Islam.)

The dissemination of disinformation and lies by the major Western press agencies is a flagrant complicity with the Islamic world, that caused already in the Western world the slaughtering of thousands, destructions, and still misleading the Western public which will lead to more slaughtering and desolation, and ultimately to a conflagration with unpredictable consequences.

The First-hand Account of the Abu Fana Monastery Events
Since last Saturday, at 5 pm Egypt local time, we at –  Coptic News Organization – were in direct, nonstop contact over the phone with the monks in Abu Fana Monastery, 190 miles south of Cairo, monitoring the events, minutes after the indescribable barbaric  criminal attack by more than 60  Muslims, round the clock, nonstop. We were over the phone, hearing the massive automatic weapons gun fire that you can have a glimpse of it in the video clip, which none of the so called major news agencies did.

The thugs, the followers of the butcher of nations, the laughing killer (this is one of Muhammad’s famous name) attacked the peaceful, harmless, and unarmed monks in their desert Monastery of Abu Fana that existed 300 years before the curse of Islam reached Egypt, and again spread their butchery and desolation for the second time this year. We reported the last attack in January 13, 2008, and a similar incident took place in Minya in October, resulting in 20 people receiving injuries. In total, this is the eighteenth attack in the last four years by the same neighboring Muslim gang lead by a well known ex-police informer, and not one of these Muslim thugs were ever arrested or prosecuted.

Results of the attack: 
– One church was set on fire; another one was destroyed to the ground, Bibles, crosses, Icons, holy utensils of the Altars were desecrated, spit at, thrown to the ground, stepped and urinated on.
– Four of the monks were shot and wounded. One was beaten with iron bars.
(Father Bakhom ,Father Saweris , Father Veni , Father Micheal , And a fifth monk )
– Three monks and a Christian that was visiting the Monastery (Father Maximous, Father Yoanas, Father Andrawes, and the brother of Father Mina who was visiting the monastery at the time of the attack) were kidnapped.

The three monks were freed from the hands of the Muslim attackers and brought to the monastery the next day by the police, after thousands of angry Copts gathered at the diocese of El Minya, being aware of the extreme gravity of the kidnapping of symbols of the church, and the catastrophe it could cause in Egypt, and internationally due to the immediate reactions, and monitoring from all the Coptic organizations in the Western world.

The condition of the three monks was extremely critical, they were barely alive, not able to walk or stand on their feet after they suffered indescribable torture for refusing to say the shahada (Islamic profession of faith) and to spit on the cross. Every time they refused to recite the shahada they were stoned and even Muslim women were spitting on them, putting sands in their eyes, ears, and mouth. They were lynched, lashed with electric cables, buried to their waist and stoned again, blind folded and attached to palm trees and beaten with wooden bats that crushed their back, arms, and leg bones. Their ears were cut; they were hit on their sexual organs. Islam and sex are inseparable (that’s one of Muslims favorite treatment for Kafirs), to refresh your memory, read about the Christian missionaries in Turkey, here.





June 12, 2008 at 5:26 am 1 comment

Iranian Citizens Threatened by Cisco and China’s Golden Shield Technology

Freedom Organization of IranDespite UN Sanctions, in essence, companies such as Cisco are undermining President Bush’s efforts by indirectly selling technologies to Iran and silencing the very hope Iran has to rid itself of the current regime.
Pro West Iraninan freedom fighters who use Internet to fight the terrorist regime of Iran, are under surveilance by the Iranian regime using Cisco supplied Internet filtering and surveilance software.  Cisco systems officials have been denying this, but the evidence is too overwhelming.
Manouchehr Ganji, Secretarty General, of The Flag of Freedom of Iran, asks for relief from the underlying tyranny in the letter below to Mr. Henry Wooster, Deputy Director of The Office of Iranian Affairs.

Mr. Henry Wooster
Deputy Director
Office of Iranian Affairs
State Department
Washington , D.C.
Dear Mr. Wooster:
As I brought to your attention, on the phone on May 30th, 2008, one of our associates in Europe, in a satellite television program beamed from Los Angeles to Iran , stated that the Iranian government has been making use of U.S. technology provided to them by China . This software is being used for electronic surveillance where every activity one performs on his or her computer can be monitored.
The individual concerned, stated on the air, that Cisco an American technology company has been providing China with its “Golden Shield” or “The Great Chinese Firewall”,…. This technology alledgedly  is being provided to the Iranian government by the Chinese.
In view of the U.S. policy of sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran, and mindful of the fact that such activities is in contravention with the right to freedom of information, I hope you will kindly bring the matter to the attention of the proper authorities for action to be taken to put an end to such transactions.
Please accept the assurances of my highest regards.
Manouchehr Ganji
Secretary General
Flag of Freedom Organization of Iran
PS: Bellow please find articles regarding the nature of this software. 

China’s Golden Shield

Cisco Leak: Great Firewall of China, a Chance to Sell more Routers

June 6, 2008 at 1:22 am Leave a comment

Quotations and Essays on Islam by Famous Men

Conflict between Islam and the West is not new. Famous men in the past elaborated on Islam because there was a conflict. They understood Islam, so are our leaders ignoring wisdom from the past, derived from centuries of civilization and experience? Are they really in denial, or are they working with Islam to “change” America.? Whatever the case, it is obvious that we have collective amnesia, and that (now old term) “political correctness” has effectively removed the yardstick to determine right from wrong, and good from evil, truth from fact, and plain old common sense…
John Adams, Founding FatherPresident John Quincy Adams
“As the essential principle of his faith is the subjugation of others by the sword; it is only by force, that his false doctrines can be dispelled, and his power annihilated. They [The Russians] have been from time immemorial, in a state of almost perpetual war with the Tatars, and with their successors, the Ottoman conquerors of Constantinople.  It were an idle waste of time to trace the causes of each renewal of hostilities, during a succession of several centuries.  The precept of the Koran is, perpetual war against all who deny, that Mahomet is the prophet of God.  The vanquished may purchase their lives, by the payment of tribute; the victorious may be appeased by a false and delusive promise of peace; and the faithful follower of the prophet, may submit to the imperious necessities of defeat: but the command to propagate the Moslem creed by the sword is always obligatory, when it can be made effective.  The commands of the prophet may be performed alike, by fraud, or by force.  Of Mahometan good faith, we have had memorable examples ourselves.  When our gallant [Stephen] Decatur ref had chastised the pirate of Algiers, till he was ready to renounce his claim of tribute from the United States, he signed a treaty to that effect: but the treaty was drawn up in the Arabic language, as well as in our own; and our negotiators, unacquainted with the language of the Koran, signed the copies of the treaty, in both languages, not imagining that there was any difference between them.  Within a year the Dey demands, under penalty of the renewal of the war, an indemnity in money for the frigate taken by Decatur; our Consul demands the foundation of this pretension; and the Arabic copy of the treaty, signed by himself is produced, with an article stipulating the indemnity, foisted into it, in direct opposition to the treaty as it had been concluded.  The arrival of Chauncey, with a squadron before Algiers, silenced the fraudulent claim of the Dey, and he signed a new treaty in which it was abandoned; but he disdained to conceal his intentions; my power, said he, has been wrested from my hands; draw ye the treaty at your pleasure, and I will sign it; but beware of the moment, when I shall recover my power, for with that moment, your treaty shall be waste paper.  He avowed what they always practised, and would without scruple have practised himself. Such is the spirit, which governs the hearts of men, to whom treachery and violence are taught as principles of religion.”– “Unsigned essays dealing with the Russo-Turkish War, and on Greece, written while JQA was in retirement, before his election to Congress in 1830” [Chapters X-XIV (pp. 267-402) in The American Annual Register for 1827-28-29. New York, 1830.] p. 274-275
[After posting the following essay, I received a comment that said that this essay is falsely attributed to President J.Q. Adams. However, I am leaving it because it is not attributed to any other author. It is a fact that the U.S. was in a conflict with Libya and Algeria when George Washington was elected, and it continued through Adams Presidency. Obviously someone wrote it during the era, and it makes perfect sense that Adams was the author even though it is was signed.]……..
“In the seventh century of the Christian era a wandering Arab, of the lineage of Hagar, the Egyptian, combing the powers of transcendent genius with the preternatural energy of a fanatic and the fraudulent spirit of an imposter, proclaimed himself as a messenger from heaven, and spread desolation and delusion over an extensive portion of the earth.  Adopting, from the sublime conception of the Mosaic law, the doctrine of one omnipotent God, he connected indissolubly with it the audacious falsehood, that he was himself his prophet and apostle.  Adopting from the new revelation of Jesus, the faith and hope of immortal life, and of future retribution, he humbled it to the dust by adapting all the rewards and sanctions of his religion to the gratification of the sexual passion.  He poisoned the sources of human felicity at the fountain, by degrading the condition of the female sex, and the allowance of polygamy; and he declared undistinguishing and exterminating war as part of his religion against all the rest of mankind.  The essence of his doctrine was violence and lust; to exalt the brutal over the spiritual part of human nature. Between these two religions, thus contrasted in the characters, a war of more than twelve hundred years has already raged.  That war is yet flagrant; nor can it cease but by the extincture of that imposture, which has been permitted by Providence to prolong the degeneracy of man.  While the merciless and dissolute are encouraged to furnish motives to human action, there never can be peace on earth and good will toward men.  The hand of Ishmael will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him.” –Originally published in The American Annual Register for 1827—1829 (NY 1830), “Unsigned essays dealing with the Russo-Turkish War, and on Greece, written while JQA was in retirement, before his election to Congress in 1830” [Chapters X-XIV (pp. 267-402) in The American Annual Register for 1827-28-29. New York, 1830.] p. 269

Sir Winston Churchill
“Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyzes the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step.” Sir Winston Churchill – circa 1899
Sir Winston Churchill…
 “How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property‹either as a child, a wife, or a concubine‹must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science‹the science against which it had vainly struggled‹the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.” From The River War, first edition, Vol. II, pages 248 50 (London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899)
Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father

Thomas Jefferson
And, in Thomas Jefferson’s term,  “The Barbary Wars” were to free Americans who were taken as slaves from their merchant ships traveling near North Africa. They were taken by Muslim pirates who used the Koran to justify taking the Americans, because they were Christians, not Muslims.

The Barbary Wars are historic because Congress was adjourned when President Jefferson signed the declaration of war, causing uproar within the Congress!  Congress called the wars “Mr. Jefferson’s War”, but after millions of dollars, and four years the Americans concerned, were freed! It is noteworthy that during Jefferson’s term, the young Democracy was still largely financed by individuals who never received reimbursement for their efforts.

Ayatolah Khomeini
Ayatollah Khomeini
Khomeini accordingly delivered notorious rebuke to the Islam-is-a-religion-of-peace crowd:
“Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those [who say this] are witless. Islam says: Kill all the unbelievers just as they would kill you all! Does this mean that Muslims should sit back until they are devoured by [the unbelievers]? Islam says: Kill them, put them to the sword and scatter [their armies]…. Islam says: Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword! People cannot be made obedient except with the sword! The sword is the key to Paradise, which can be opened only for the Holy Warriors! There are hundreds of other [Qur’anic] psalms and Hadiths [sayings of the Prophet] urging Muslims to value war and to fight. Does all this mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim.”

Jacques Ellul (1912 – 1994)  a French philosopher, law professor, sociologist, lay theologian, and Christian anarchist:
“In a major encyclopedia, one reads phrases such as: “Islam expanded in the eighth or ninth centuries …”; “This or that country passed into Muslim hands…” But care is taken not to say how Islam expanded, how countries “passed into [Muslim] hands.” .. Indeed, it would seem as if events happened by themselves, through a miraculous or amicable operation… Regarding this expansion, little is said about jihad. And yet it all happened through war! …the jihad is an institution. and not an event, that is to say it is a part of the normal functioning of the Muslim world… The conquered populations change status (tney become dhimmis), and the shari’a tends to be put into effect integrally, overthrowing the former law of the country. The conquered territories do not simply change “owners.”–Jacques Ellul, forward to Les Chrestientes d’Orient entre Jihad et Dhimmitude. VIIe-XXe siecle (1991); English translation in the preface to Bat Ye’or, The Decline of Eastern Christianity under Islam (Cranbury, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1996), pp. 18-19

John Wesley
(1703 – 1791) theologian and founder of the English Methodist movement

“Let us now calmly and impartially consider what manner of men the Mahometans in general are. An ingenious writer, who a few years ago published a pompous translation of the Koran, takes great pains to give us a very favourable opinion both of Mahomet and his followers. But he cannot wash the Ethiop white. After all, men who have but a moderate share of reason, cannot but observe in his Koran, even as polished by Mr. Sale, the most gross and impious absurdities. To cite particulars is not now my business. It may suffice to observe in general, that human understanding must be debased to an inconceivable degree, in those who can swallow such absurdities as divinely revealed. And yet we know the Mahometans not only condemn all who cannot swallow them to everlasting fire; not only appropriate to themselves the title of Mussulman or True Believers: but even anathematise with the utmost bitterness, and adjudge to eternal destruction, all their brethren of the sect of Mi, all who contend for a figurative interpretation of them.”

“That these men then have no knowledge or love of God is undeniably manifest, not only from their gross, horrible notions of him, but from their not loving their brethren. But they have not always so weighty a cause to hate and murder one another, as difference of opinion. Mahometans will butcher each other by thousands, without so plausible a plea as this. Why is it that such numbers of Turks and Persians have stabbed one another in cool blood ? Truly, because they differ in the manner of dressing their head. The Ottoman vehemently maintains, (for he has unquestionable tradition on his side) that a Mussulman should wear a round turban. Whereas the Persian insists upon his liberty of conscience, and will wear it picked before. So, for this wonderful reason, when a more plausible one is wanting, they beat out each other’s brains from generation to generation.

It is not therefore strange, that ever since the religion of Mahomet appeared in the world, the espousers of it, particularly those under the Turkish emperor, have been as wolves and tigers to all other nations ; rending and tearing all that fell into their merciless paws, and grinding them with their iron teeth: that numberless cities are rased from the foundation, and only their name remaining : that many countries which were once as the garden of God, are. now a desolate wilderness; and that so many once numerous and powerful nations are vanished away from the earth ! Such was, and is at this day, the rage, the fury, the revenge, of these destroyers of humankind!”–John Wesley, “The Doctrine of Original Sin“, (1817). p.35

Muhammad ibn Zakariyā Rāzī (865 – 925 AD) Persian physician, alchemist, chemist, philosopher, and scholar:

“If the people of this religion [Islam] are asked about the proof for the soundness of their religion, they flare up, get angry and spill the blood of whoever confronts them with this question. They forbid rational speculation, and strive to kill their adversaries. This is why truth became thoroughly silenced and concealed.”

“You claim that the evidentiary miracle is present and available, namely, the Koran. You say: “Whoever denies it, let him produce a similar one.” Indeed, we shall produce a thousand similar, from the works of rhetoricians, eloquent speakers and valiant poets, which are more appropriately phrased and state the issues more succinctly. They convey the meaning better and their rhymed prose is in better meter. … By God what you say astonishes us! You are talking about a work which recounts ancient myths, and which at the same time is full of contradictions and does not contain any useful information or explanation. Then you say: “Produce something like it”?![“– 2.0 2.1 Jennifer Michael Hecht – Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson (pg. 227-230) – HarperOne, September 7, 2004, ISBN 9780060097950

Omar Khayyám (1048 – 1131 AD) Persian polymath, mathematician, philosopher, astronomer, physician, and poet who wrote treatises on mechanics, geography, and music. Translation by Richard Le Gallienne:

Allah, perchance, the secret word might spell
If Allah be, He keeps His secret well.
What He hath hidden, who shall hope to find?
Shall God His secret to a maggot tell?
The Koran! well, come put me to the test
Lovely old book in hideous error drest.
Believe me, I can quote the Koran too,
The unbeliever knows his Koran best.
And do you think that unto such as you,
A maggot-minded, starved, fanatic crew,
God gave the secret, and denied it me?
Well, well, what matters it! believe that too.”

—  Omar Khayyám, Rubaiyat

Salomon Reinach (1858 – 1932) French archaeologist who received honours from the chief learned societies of Europe. He made valuable archaeological discoveries at Myrina near Smyrna in 1880-82, at Cyme in 1881, at Thasos, Imbros and Lesbos (1882), at Carthage and Meninx (1883-84), at Odessa (1893):
“From the literary point of view, the Koran has little merit. Declamation, repetition, puerility, a lack of logic and coherence strike the unprepared reader at every turn. It is humiliating to the human intellect to think that this mediocre literature has been the subject of innumerable commentaries, and that millions of men are still wasting time absorbing it.–Salomon Reinach, Orpheus: A History of Religions, (1909)

Theodore  Roosevelt (1858 – 1919)
“Christianity is not the creed of Asia and Africa at this moment solely because the seventh century Christians of Asia and Africa had trained themselves not to fight, whereas the Moslems were trained to fight. Christianity was saved in Europe solely because the peoples of Europe fought. If the peoples of Europe in the seventh and eighth centuries, an on up to and including the seventeenth century, had not possessed a military equality with, and gradually a growing superiority over the Mohammedans who invaded Europe, Europe would at this moment be Mohammedan and the Christian religion would be exterminated. Wherever the Mohammedans have had complete sway, wherever the Christians have been unable to resist them by the sword, Christianity has ultimately disappeared. From the hammer of Charles Martel to the sword of Sobieski, Christianity owed its safety in Europe to the fact that it was able to show that it could and would fight as well as the Mohammedan aggressor… The civilization of Europe, American and Australia exists today at all only because of the victories of civilized man over the enemies of civilization because of victories through the centuries from Charles Martel in the eighth century and those of John Sobieski in the seventeenth century. During the thousand years that included the careers of the Frankish soldier and the Polish king, the Christians of Asia and Africa proved unable to wage successful war with the Moslem conquerors; and in consequence Christianity practically vanished from the two continents; and today, nobody can find in them any “social values” whatever, in the sense in which we use the words, so far as the sphere of Mohammedan influences are concerned. There are such “social values” today in Europe, America and Australia only because during those thousand years, the Christians of Europe possessed the warlike power to do what the Christians of Asia and Africa had failed to do — that is, to beat back the Moslem invader.”Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909) Biography: Impact and Legacy – The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia, January 19, 2005, AND; Legacy/ Theodore Roosevelt

(Saint) Thomas Aquinas (1225 – 1274), Influential philosopher and theologian:
“On the other hand, those who founded sects committed to erroneous doctrines proceeded in a way that is opposite to this, The point is clear in the case of Muhammad. He seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure to which the concupiscence of the flesh goads us. His teaching also contained precepts that were in conformity with his promises, and he gave free rein to carnal pleasure. In all this, as is not unexpected, he was obeyed by carnal men. As for proofs of the truth of his doctrine, he brought forward only such as could be grasped by the natural ability of anyone with a very modest wisdom. Indeed, the truths that he taught he mingled with many fables and with doctrines of the greatest falsity. He did not bring forth any signs produced in a supernatural way, which alone fittingly gives witness to divine inspiration; for a visible action that can be only divine reveals an invisibly inspired teacher of truth. On the contrary, Muhammad said that he was sent in the power of his arms—which are signs not lacking even to robbers and tyrants. What is more, no wise men, men trained in things divine and human, believed in him from the beginning, Those who believed in him were brutal men and desert wanderers, utterly ignorant of all divine teaching, through whose numbers Muhammad forced others to become his followers by the violence of his arms. Nor do divine pronouncements on the part of preceding prophets offer him any witness. On the contrary, he perverts almost all the testimonies of the Old and New Testaments by making them into fabrications of his own, as can be. seen by anyone who examines his law. It was, therefore, a shrewd decision on his part to forbid his followers to read the Old and New Testaments, lest these books convict him of falsity. It is thus clear that those who place any faith in his words believe foolishly.“–Thomas Aquinas, Summa Contra Gentiles (13th cent). Book 1, Ch. 6.4

Thomas Carlyle (1795 – 1881) Scottish satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher during the Victorian era:
. . I must say, it [the Koran] is as toilsome reading as I ever undertook. A wearisome confused jumble, crude, incondite; endless iterations, long-windedness, entanglement; most crude, incondite; — insupportable stupidity, in short! Nothing but a sense of duty could carry any European through the Koran . . . It is the confused ferment of a great rude human soul; rude, untutored, that cannot even read; but fervent, earnest, struggling vehemently to utter itself in words . . . We said “stupid:” yet natural stupidity is by no means the character of Mahomet’s Book; it is natural uncultivation rather. The man has not studied speaking; in the haste and pressure of continual fighting, has not time to mature himself into fit speech . . . The man was an uncultured semi-barbarous Son of Nature, much of the Bedouin still clinging to him: we must take him for that. But for a wretched Simulacrum, a hungry Impostor without eyes or heart . . . we will not and cannot take him. Sincerity, in all senses, seems to me the merit of the Koran; what had rendered it precious to the wild Arab men . . . Curiously, through these incondite masses of tradition, vituperation, complaint, ejaculation in the Koran, a vein of true direct insight, of what we might almost call poetry, is found straggling.”–Thomas Carlyle, “On Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History”, pg. 64-67.

François-Marie Arouet (1694 – 1778), Better known by the pen name Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer and philosopher famous for his wit and for his advocacy of civil liberties, including freedom of religion and free trade:
But that a camel-merchant [Muhammad] should stir up insurrection in his village; that in league with some miserable followers he persuades them that he talks with the angel Gabriel; that he boasts of having been carried to heaven, where he received in part this unintelligible book, each page of which makes common sense shudder; that, to pay homage to this book, he delivers his country to iron and flame; that he cuts the throats of fathers and kidnaps daughters; that he gives to the defeated the choice of his religion or death: this is assuredly nothing any man can excuse, at least if he was not born a Turk, or if superstition has not extinguished all natural light in him.”–François-Marie Arouet, Letter to Frederick II of Prussia, December 1740, referring to Muhammad.”

Winston Spencer-Churchill (October 10, 1940 – March 2, 2010),Grandson of former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill:
“At its most extreme, authoritarianism is exemplified by the isms of the 20th Century — Communism, Fascism and Nazism. The Fascists and Nazis were responsible for the deaths of more than 30 million human beings, while more than 50 million are estimated to have been murdered by Stalin and the Russian Communists, while Mao-Tse-Tung and the Chinese Communists are believed to have accounted for some 80 million.”

“But today a new challenge — another ism — confronts us, and that is the challenge of Islamic fundamentalism. Extremist Islam has declared war on the rest of the world, as evidenced by their ruthless attacks across the globe — overwhelmingly targeted at innocent civilians. Beside the outrage of 9/11, the bombings in Madrid, in Bali, in London and, most recently, in Jordan come to mind.”

“Those who have declared jihad against the West, and Western values, such as freedom of speech, are doing all in their power to mobilize against us the large Muslim communities living in our midst… Unbelievably, Washington is urging Europe to admit Turkey to the EU. Were that to happen, the Muslim population of Europe would skyrocket to 100 million — an act, in my view, of consummate folly. Already Judeo-Christian Europe is under siege from a tidal wave of Islamic immigration. The admission of Turkey would hasten its demise… Intriguingly, the dangers of extremist Islam were foreseen by Winston Churchill all of 85 years ago, as I discovered to my amazement, while compiling my most recent book, NEVER GIVE IN! The Best of Winston Churchill’s Speeches.”

“Churchill is, of course, well-known for his gift of prescience and, specifically, for being the first to warn of the menace of Hitler and Nazism as early as 1932, and of the Soviet threat in his famous Iron Curtain speech in 1946 in Fulton, Mo. But how many know that he also warned the world of the dangers of Islamic fundamentalism? I certainly did not!”– Winston S. Churchill speaking at the John Locke Foundation’s 16th anniversary dinner in Raleigh, North Carolina, on February 10, 2006 (full transcript).

June 4, 2008 at 1:01 pm 10 comments

Another Dishonorable Deed For Islam

By Afif Sarhan and Carolyn DavisThe Observer
Sunday June 1 2008
The Observer

Mother Who Defied Killers is Gunned Down

Five weeks ago Leila Hussein told The Observer the chilling story of how her husband had killed their 17-year-old daughter over her friendship with a British soldier in Basra. Now Leila, who had been in hiding, has been murdered – gunned down in cold blood. Afif Sarhan in Basra and Caroline Davies report on the final act of a brutal tragedy

Leila Hussein lived her last few weeks in terror. Moving constantly from safe house to safe house, she dared to stay no longer than four days at each. It was the price she was forced to pay after denouncing and divorcing her husband – the man she witnessed suffocate, stamp on, then stab their young daughter Rand in a brutal ‘honour’ killing for which he has shown no remorse.

Though she feared reprisals for speaking out, she really believed that she would soon be safe. Arrangements were well under way to smuggle her to the Jordanian capital, Amman. In fact, she was on her way to meet the person who would help her escape when a car drew up alongside her and two other women who were walking her to a taxi. Five bullets were fired: three of them hit Leila, 41. She died in hospital after futile attempts to save her.

Her death, on 17 May, is the shocking denouement to a tragedy which had its origins in an innocent friendship between her student daughter, Rand Abdel-Qader, 17, and a blond, 22-year-old British soldier known only as Paul.

The two had met while Rand, an English student at Basra University, was working as a volunteer helping displaced families and he was distributing water. Although their friendship appears to have involved just brief, snatched conversations over four months, Rand had confided her romantic feelings for Paul to her best friend, Zeinab, 19.

She died, still a virgin, four months after she had last seen him when her father, Abdel-Qader Ali, 46, discovered that she had been seen talking ‘to the enemy’ in public. She had brought shame on his honour, was his defence, and he had to cleanse his family name. Despite openly admitting the murder, he has received no punishment.

It was two weeks after Rand’s death on 16 March that a grief-stricken Leila, unable to bear living under the same roof as her husband, found the strength to leave him. She had been beaten and had had her arm broken. It was a courageous move. Few women in Iraq would contemplate such a step. Leila told The Observer in April: ‘No man can accept being left by a woman in Iraq. But I would prefer to be killed than sleep in the same bed as a man who was able to do what he did to his own daughter.’

Her words were to prove prescient. Leila turned to the only place she could, a small organisation in Basra campaigning for the rights of women and against ‘honour’ killings. Almost immediately she began receiving threats – notes calling her a ‘prostitute’ and saying she deserved to die like her daughter.

Even her sons Hassan, 23, and Haydar, 21, whom she claimed aided their father in their sister’s killing, disowned her. Meanwhile, her husband, a former government employee, escaped any charges, and even told The Observer that police had congratulated him on what he had done.

It is not known who killed Leila. All that is known is that she was staying at the house of ‘Mariam’, one of the women’s rights campaigners, whose identity The Observer has agreed not to reveal. On the morning of 17 May, they were joined by another volunteer worker and set off to meet ‘a contact’ who was to help Leila travel to Amman, where she would be taken in by an Iraqi family.

‘Leila was anxious, but she was also happy at having the chance to leave Iraq,’ said Mariam. ‘Since the death of her daughter, her own life was at serious risk. And this was a great opportunity for her to leave the country and to fight for Iraqi women’s rights.

‘She had not been able to sleep the night before. I stayed up talking to her about her plans after she arrived in Amman. I gave her some clothes to take with her and she was packing the only bag she had. She was too excited to sleep.’

Mariam said that when she awoke Leila had already prepared breakfast, cleaned her house and even baked a date cake as a thank-you for the help she had been given. After the arrival of ‘Faisal’, the volunteer (whose identity is also being protected), the three left the house at 10.30am and started walking to the end of the street to get a taxi. They had walked less than 50 metres when they heard a car drive up fast and then gunshots rang out. The attack, said by witnesses to have been carried out by three men, was over in minutes. Leila was hit by three bullets. Mariam was hit in her left arm and Faisal in her left leg. ‘I didn’t realise I had been shot for a few seconds, because as I heard the gunfire I saw Leila falling to the ground and saw blood pouring from her head,’ said Mariam. ‘I was so shocked, I didn’t immediately feel the pain.’

Two men ran from their homes to help. They rushed Leila to hospital and a passing taxi took the other two. But Leila died at 3.20pm, despite several operations to save her. As she lay in her own hospital bed receiving treatment, Mariam said that she heard someone saying that Leila had been shot in the head. But there were other mutterings that were clearly audible. ‘I could hear people talking on the corridors and the only thing that they had to say was that Leila was wrong for defending her daughter’s mistakes and that her death was God’s punishment.

‘In that minute I just had complete hatred in my heart for those who had killed her.’

Police said the incident was a sectarian attack and that there was nothing to link Leila’s death to her family. ‘Her ex-husband was not in Basra when it happened. We found out he was visiting relatives in Nassiriya with his two sons,’ said Hassan Alaa, a senior officer at the local police station in Basra. ‘We believe the target was the women activists, rather than Mrs Hussein, and that she was unlucky to be in that place at that time.’

It is plausible. Campaigners for women’s’ rights are not acceptable to many sections of Iraqi society, especially in Basra where militias have partial control in some districts and impose strict laws on locals, including what clothing they should wear and what religious practice they should follow.

Since February 2006, two other activists from the same women’s organisation have been killed in the city. One of them was reportedly raped before being shot. The other, the only man working for the non-governmental organisation (NGO), and a father of five who was responsible for the organisation’s finances, was shot five months ago.

There could be many with a grudge against such organisations. However, Mariam believes Leila was targeted, pointing out she had been hit by three bullets. ‘When we were shot, they focused on Leila, not us,’ she said.

Since the attack the NGO has stopped its work in Basra. ‘We daren’t answer the phones because we have received so many threats since we gave our support to Leila’s case,’ said Mariam. ‘Most of our members are preparing to leave the city and even Iraq if they can raise the money.’

A single mother since her husband was killed for refusing to join a militia, she too intends to move when she can. Faisal, who also survived her injuries, is still suffering post-surgical infection. She preferred not to speak, but her mother, who wished to remain anonymous, said: ‘My daughter is very shocked at what happened, and my two grandsons can’t stop crying since they saw her in hospital.’

Leila’s burial was arranged within hours of her death by the husband of one of her cousins and Mariam’s father.

The Observer visited Rand’s father and two brothers at their Basra home, but they refused to talk beyond Hassan proclaiming his father’s innocence. When asked if he would be visiting his mother’s grave, he shrugged: ‘Maybe in the future.’

Leila was an orphan, raised by an uncle who died in the Shia uprising against Saddam Hussein in the early 1990s. Hamida Alaa, 68, a friend of the uncle, said: ‘The poor woman was killed and now her name and history is buried with her. No one wants to speak about it. She is just one more woman killed in our country who has already been forgotten by the local society.’

In the last days of her life, Leila was suffering from the pressure of having gone against her husband. ‘She was sleeping with the help of sedatives,’ said Mariam. ‘She would wake up at night with terrible nightmares, even dreaming of being suffocated as her daughter was. She had been threatened so many times and that’s why she was so scared. Her indignation over Rand’s death is what led her to her own coffin. Their history ends here. But Leila was a hero. A woman who was strong enough to say no to Iraqi men’s bad attitudes. Sadly most Iraqi women do not have the same strength and they will stay in their homes.’

Mariam has moved out of her home. But within hours of speaking to The Observer a close friend went to her new address to deliver a message that had been left for her at her front door. It read: ‘Death to betrayers of Islam who don’t deserve God’s forgiveness. Speaking less you will live more.’ She believes it was sent by Leila’s killers.

‘They want this story to be buried with Leila,’ she said. ‘But I cannot close my eyes to all this.’

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