March 27, 2015

Saudi Researcher Ali Al-Ahmed: Rule of Saudi Royal Family May Come to an End following Yemen War


"In fact, the founder of Saudi Arabia warned his children not to enter Yemen militarily, because this would start the end of the story for the Saudi monarchy."

Saudi Researcher Ali Al-Ahmed: Rule of Saudi Royal Family May Come to an End following Yemen War. Source: MEMRI TV. Date Published: March 27, 2015.

Pakistan: Imran Khan opposes Yemen intervention, calls for Saudi-Iran "peace agreement"

Video Title: Pakistan: Imran Khan opposes Yemen intervention, calls for Saudi-Iran "peace agreement." Source: Ruptly TV. Date Published: March 27, 2015. Description:
Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan said he strongly opposes Pakistan’s possible military intervention in the ongoing conflict in Yemen after Saudi Arabia intervened on Wednesday, when talking to the media after a business forum in Lahore on Friday.

SOT, Imran Khan, Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (in Urdu): "Are we entering into another struggle or a war and becoming part of it? I strongly oppose this, I'm saying this on behalf of the whole of Pakistan. Pakistan is fed up with this and people need peace. If we interfere in this (conflict), at the end the fall out will be in Pakistan. There will be more terrorism and more sectarianism. We strongly oppose this. If Pakistan wants to play a role then we, Saudi Arabia, which is our friend, and Iran which is our neighbour, we should try to help them for a peace agreement."

M/S People chanting (Urdu): "Go Nawaz Go"
M/S People chanting (Urdu): "Who will save Pakistan, Imran Khan, Imran Khan"
Even if there is a new understanding between Saudi Arabia and Iran over regional issues, and the princes and ayatollahs all play nice with each other, there will still be a conflict in Yemen. No peace agreement between Saudi Arabia and Iran will change that. Foreigners cannot shape the outcome of the political struggles in Yemeni society with military force. This is not a Sunni and Shiite conflict, or a power game between Saudi Arabia and Iran. At the end of the day, the Yemenis have to find the solutions to their political and territorial problems by themselves.

Imran Khan's remarks are idealistic, but it is good to be optimistic that Pakistan can play a positive role in this crisis. It's nice to dream. But the chances of it happening are below zero. Pakistan can't even create peace within its own borders, and it wants to play peacemaker in Yemen? LOL. Good luck.

ISIS Cannibalism Is Defended With Religious Edicts By The Highest Sunni Authorities In Egypt And Saudi Arabia

Photo: ISIS member eating the heart of a Syrian soldier in 2013. At the time he committed this inhuman act of cannibalism he was falsely and outrageously called a "Free Syrian Army" rebel by the Western and global mainstream press.

If you think the Jihadist terrorist in the picture above is just a fringe extremist acting on his own volition and that cannibalism is a rare occurrence among ISIS members, think again. The highest Sunni authorities in Islam have defended cannibalism with religious edicts and teach it in their schools. Read the article below for more information on the subject.

Also, keep in mind that the failed states attacking Yemen right now, from Saudi Arabia and Qatar to Pakistan and Egypt, have not acted against ISIS in the region in any forceful way. They openly support them. Pakistan has armed the Taliban and similar terrorist groups for decades, falsely believing it can manage the blowback. Its military leadership continues to act deaf, dumb, and blind when pressed to defend their support for these barbaric groups. And Saudi Arabia has supported ISIS in Syria despite the latter's intention to eventually swallow them up.

It is only fitting that regimes that support cannibalistic Jihadi groups end up getting eaten by them from the inside. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia think they're big powers by crushing a Shiite rebellion in Yemen, but it's not the Shiites they should be afraid of. They will be done in by the radical and cannibalistic Sunni groups that they have nurtured within their societies. 

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An excerpt from, "ISIS Captures Lebanese Soldier And “Sacrifice” Him To Allah" by Theodore Shoebat, Shoebat.com, September 6, 2014:
The promotion of ritual human sacrifice and cannibalism has been a topic of discussion on two Egyptian TV programs recently.

On Al-Tahrir Egyptian TV advisor Ahmad Abdo Maher, discuses the high-school curriculum issued by the highest religious authority in Egypt, Al-Azhar University, which encouraged students to cannibalize apostates and Muslims who abandon praying. The schoolbook stipulated that the act can be carried out so long the human flesh is eaten uncooked in respect to the dead body and that the act “does not necessitate a governor’s consent or is it punishable by law.”

The other popular television program, Al-Nas with Safwat Hegazy, a famous Egyptian cleric who launched Mohammed Mursi’s campaign in 2012, sanctioned Aztec-style, ritualistic human sacrifice of a Shia cleric named Yasar Habib. Hegazy justified his threat against Habib, who resides in Great Britain, by giving a case-in-point from Islamic history.

However, Abdulaziz Bin Abdullah Al-Rajihi, a respected scholar in Saudi Arabia, expressed support for human sacrifice in at least one speech. Al-Rajihi’s is not someone to be ignored; he is a scholar who educated the previous chief Mufti of Saudi Arabia, the renowned Muhammad Ibrahim Al Sheikh.

Today, Al-Azhar is a part of the Egyptian government and has the power to enact edicts as mandated by the new constitution.

While cannibalism is prohibited in Islam, exceptions do exist for apostates, adulterers and enemy combatants. The difficulty for some moderate scholars is that such an edict comes from the highest authority of Islamic jurisprudence.

Such edicts are even being disseminated by many Muslim clerics in Egypt. Prominent Sheikh Muhammad Hussein Yaqub recently made a speech encouraging the cannibalization of Jewish flesh.

March 26, 2015

An Analysis of The Saudi Attack Against Yemen

An excerpt from, "Yemen People in Sanaa and the North are angry..." Martin J, Col. Patrick Lang, Sic Semper Tyrannis, March 26, 2015:
"Yemen People in Sanaa and the North are angry. People in Aden and the South are ecstatic. Yesterday the Houthis and Ali Abdallah Saleh military stood at the gates of Aden despite resistance. Now they have fled Aden. This is just Day 1. I don't think the Saudis are going to leave it at 3 hours of airstrikes. There has been real damage done to Saleh's military. This makes him vulnerable to his current partners, the Houthis, who have been working with Saleh despite his 5 wars against them since 2004. If they smell blood they may well choose to deal with Saleh first before turning their attention back to the South. The worry is that the Saudis will roll in tanks from Sharurah, and take the town of 'Ataq with its airstrip in Shabwa. They will move then to Marib and secure the strategic refinery/generator of Safer that provides electricity to the whole country. The Saudis see these areas as their borders. They have excellent relations with the tribes there. I do not believe they will countenance fighting the Houthis in their mountains - they would be massacred. At this point I think we are seeing the emergence of an independent South. The cat is out of the bag. . . . " Martin J

An excellent summary by Martin J, who has in-depth knowledge of Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

I agree with his conclusion that what we are seeing now is a break up of the unnatural union of the former YAR and PDRY states. IMO this was always a kind of "shotgun marriage" brought on by Yemeni delusions concerning some glorious and largely mythic past in which all the peoples of SW Arabia were somehow one. This was never the case and the belief that it was so at some time in the past is yet another reminder of the often malign power of the nationalist self image in human affairs.

Martin J is inclined to believe that SA, if it tries to intervene on the ground, will enter Yemen from the Rub al-Khali desert and then turn left into south Yemen, a part of the country largely inhabited by Sunni co-religionists of the Saudis. Martin J asserts that SA forces will not enter Yemen from the north, i.e., from the Wadi Najran. He states that to do so would risk a very bad outcome for Saudi Forces. Zeidi tribal guerrillas would likely "massacre" the Saudis in those distant mountains. I agree with all of that. It must be remembered that, in spite of decades of US, French and British training the Saudi forces are very much a force of unknown but dubious quality. IMO the Saudis would not be able to sustain a ground effort in Yemen without massive US logistical support.

Martin J asserts that sectarianism has not previously been an issue in the Yemens. This does not correspond to my knowledge of or experience in North Yemen where I served for several years. In fact, the Houthi rebels are nearly all Zeidi Shia Muslims as is former president Salih who is certainly manipulating this situation to his own advantage. As Martin J states, Salih, when president, waged war against the Houthis with a relentlessness that characterizes any Yemeni central government that wishes to have control over this very tribal country. The fact that the Houthis are now backing Salih along with the largely Zeidi armed forces is indicative of the essentially ethno-sectarian nature of Yemeni society in both the north and the south.

I do not think the Houthi Zeidis are tools of the Iranian government but the "one man one vote" crowd in Washington insists that the Zeidi Houthis are illegitimately seeking on behalf of Iran to overthrow a government that corresponds to the "narrative" favored by the Children's Crusade in Washington. In fact the Houthis are re-asserting their identity as a separate tribal polity in Yemen.

IMO the Houthis are the natural allies of the United States in the world wide war against Sunni jihadism. The United States seems blind to that, blinded by its own delusions concerning the "evolution" of history and the dust thrown in US eyes by the Saudis who fear all things Yemeni.

Continued . . .
Video Title: Senior Houthi Official Al-Bakhiti: Saudi Military Intervention in Yemen Will End Rule of Saud Family. Source: MEMRI TV. Date Published: March 26, 2015. Description:
Senior Houthi Official Al-Bakhiti: Saudi Military Intervention in Yemen Will End Rule of Saud Family

Iraqi Sunni Cleric Slams Media, Egypt's Azhar

Title: Iraqi Sunni Cleric Slams Media, Egypt's Azhar. Source: IraqEnglish. Date Published: March 20, 2015.

Coalition of Failed States Vs. The Ultimate Failed State

Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt, and others, have attacked Yemen. In other words, failed states and US-armed billion dollar armies are afraid of a small band of victorious fighters in slippers.
"The US confirmed its support for an extraordinary international military alliance that is emerging to counter Houthi rebel advances in Yemen as Saudi Arabia began pounding them with air strikes and countries from the Middle East to Pakistan were said to be prepared to commit troops for a ground assault.

The US was providing “logistical and intelligence support” to the Saudi-led forces attacking the rebels, the White House announced. Meanwhile the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya news channel said the kingdom had lined up 150,000 soldiers in preparation for a ground offensive, with Egypt, Pakistan, Jordan and Sudan also ready to commit troops.

In a sign of the broadening scope of Barack Obama’s intervention across the region, officials in Washington said the US was establishing a “joint planning cell” with Saudi Arabia to co-ordinate the air strikes on the Houthi forces seeking to overthrow the Yemeni government." - The Guardian, March 26, 2015.
Last week Pakistan wisely rejected Saudi Arabia's request to send troops to its border with Yemen. A week later, and it seems it has changed its position. Is its role in the aggression against Yemen merely stated for political and propaganda purposes? Is the Gulf media exaggerating its enthusiasm to bolster the image of a so-called Sunni alliance? If not, then this is another stupid mistake by the Pakistani political and military elite. What can you say. Some people never learn.

Egypt is also shooting itself in the foot here. Yemen is not some poor little kid that the Gulf bullies can beat around and piss on and expect no push back, like Israel does with the Palestinians. Of all countries, Egypt should know this. 

We always knew the leaderships of Egypt and Pakistan are clueless and corrupt. They are dependent on Saudis and the U.S. for money so much that they're willing to engage in a stupid act of aggression against a small band of victorious fighters in Yemen. Do they accept their miserable fate as mercenaries? They should save their dignity now while they still have the chance and decline the Saudis' invitation to take part in a military, political, and humanitarian disaster in Yemen.

The media is reporting this thing like it's a big showdown between Sunnis and Shiites in a key battleground. It's not. It's a bout between a coalition of failed states against the ultimate failed state and most poverty-ridden country in the Middle East. If it weren't for all the civilian casualties this war would be hilarious just because on one side you have billion-dollar armies and US fighter jets, and on the other side you have guys in slippers.

And for the U.S. to be on the side against the guys in slippers, and actually being proud about it, man, that's not a good look. I respect the U.S. military and American people, but when you're an empire going up against guys in slippers at the ends of the earth, just stop right there and rethink your priorities. Take a step back from the situation. Take the Iran-hatred out of your body politic. The Houthis may not be white knights, but they're also not ISIS monsters who are easy to hate because they eat lungs for lunch and brainwash captured children to be child soldiers. They are just a bunch of fed-up hillbillies and underdogs who are tired of the way the arrogant Saudis are treating their country.

And again, for Pakistan and Egypt to be getting into this mess? It just doesn't make sense. Pakistan can't even keep its lights on. Egypt is having trouble with the Sinai and IS is growing stronger in Libya every day. These emerging failed states have their own battles to fight but the Saudis are dragging them by the nose to their playground.

The Houthis and the rest of the people of Yemen have no reason to be afraid of a bunch of corrupt military dictators and senile princes. It's their country, it's their land, and they will beat back all the Saudis, Egyptians, Pakistanis, and other mercenaries that are thrown at them, with or without anyone's help. They don't need Iran to teach these Al-Qaeda supporting bastards a lesson. They're being pushed against the wall, on their own turf, by stupid foreign rulers who have no local, regional, or international political support. They'll win because they have no other choice. It's either die fighting or be ruled over by Al-Qaeda and ISIS. The Houthis have already made their decision. And they've already won.

March 18, 2015

Kingdom of Heaven review: Historical Inaccuracies and Accuracies


Kingdom of Heaven review: Historical Inaccuracies and Accuracies: Part 1. Source: Real Crusades History. Date Published: March 9, 2015. Description:
The first installment in Real Crusades History's epic analysis of the movie Kingdom of Heaven. Is the film historically accurate or inaccurate? Find out now! J Stephen Roberts is joined by historians Helena P. Schrader and Paul Copenhagen.

Kingdom of Heaven review: Historical Inaccuracies and Accuracies: Part 2