The Antichrist Makes Them Take The Mark (Revelation 13:16)

Government Condones Shiite Militia Crimes

Shiite Crimes

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014
CAIRO – In a rare admission by an Iraqi official, Baghdad’s human rights minister said that the government will continue using Shiite militias accused of committing atrocities against Sunnis in the sectarian-torn country.

“I prefer to describe these fighters as volunteers, rather than militias,” Mohammed Mahdi al-Bayati, Iraq’s new human rights minister, told the Daily Telegraph.

“They are not necessarily well-trained, and yes, they will make mistakes, but the number of mistakes they have made is limited.

“Besides, if they are not used, then ISIL will control the whole of Iraq.”

According the human rights minister, the Shiite-dominated government uses “sectarian” fighters as a last resort to keep the capital safe.

Several rights group have repeatedly accused the government-sponsored Shiite militias of killing and abducting hundreds of Iraqi Sunnis civilians in retaliation for the attacks by the so-called Islamic State (ISIL).

Four Shiite militia groups have been named by Amnesty International rights watchdog to be involved in abducting and killing Sunnis including ‘Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, the Badr Brigades, the Mahdi Army, and Kata’ib Hizbullah.

Dismissing rights groups’ reports, the 52-year-old ethnic Turkmen minister insists that state-sponsored Shiite fighters have been involved in “very limited” crimes against Sunnis.

Dubbed as “volunteers”, the minister has also cited the crucial role by Shiite militias in ending the two-month siege of Amerli city, a Turkmen enclave in northern Iraq that was surrounded by ISIL.

Amid an atmosphere of lawlessness and impunity, Sunni leaders have warned of ethnic cleansing by driving out thousands of Sunnis families from disputed cities.

More than 70,000 Sunni civilians were expelled from Babil’s Jurf al-Sakhar town after the Iraqi government reclaimed the town in late October.

In a battle led by newly appointed interior minister, Mohammed Salem al-Ghabban, the Sunni-majority town has been turned into a wasteland of demolished homes and burned fields.

The human rights minister’s pro-Shiites militia remarks came as the Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi appealed for the US to intensify air strikes against ISIL targets.

“Our forces are very much advancing on the ground. But they need more air power and more … heavy weaponry. We need that,” Abadi told US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, The Advertiser reported.

Death Penalty

Away from the crimes by the Shiite militia, the human rights minster showed support for the death penalty, saying that it is being used as a “deterrent” against joining ISIL.

“We are not the only country that has the death penalty, and if a terrorist confesses to killing 50 people, what should we do?” Al- Bayati said.

“If they hear the news that we have stopped the death penalty the whole world will come to Iraq to fight.”

The number of death sentences has dramatically increased in the oil-rich country where at least 60 were hanged by the end of last August as 1,724 remain on death row.

The number is striking compared to only 177 people executed last year.

An earlier report by the Amnesty has found an evidence of torture, ill-treatment and even deaths of Sunni detainees under the 2005 anti-terrorism law.

Titled “Absolute Impunity: Militia Rule in Iraq”, the report detailed Shiite militias atrocities against Sunnis in Iraq until October, saying that more than 170 Sunnis have been abducted and killed around Baghdad.

Last July, Human Rights Watch revealed that Iraqi security forces and militias affiliated with the government have executed at least 255 Sunni prisoners in retaliation for attacks by ISIL.

About 65% of Iraqis are Shiites Muslims, while between 32-37% are Sunnis, and less than 1% are Christians, according to CIA Factbook.

Iraq is home to diverse ethnic groups; Arabs make about 80% of the population, between 15-20% are Kurds, while 5 % are Turkomans and Assyrians.

Refuting any intention to pardon people on death row, the Shiite minister said: “How about an amnesty for all those already put in their graves by terrorists?

“There are thousands of orphans, and many MPs and officials killed.

“These people should have a day in court too.”

Ms. Rajavi Is Correct: “There Is A Nuclear Bomb At The End” (Revelation 15)

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Maryam Rajavi: West must show resolve if it is to stop Iranian regime from obtaining nuclear bomb

Cooperation with Iranian regime under pretense of fighting ISIS is not a solution but a recipe for disaster

Maryam Rajavi, Iranian Resistance President-elect Maryam Rajavi told a conference at the European Parliament on Wednesday, December 10: “The West needs to show resolve to stop Iran from obtaining the nuclear bomb.”

She stressed: “This nuclear program enjoys no legitimacy in the eyes of the Iranian people. According to government figures, 12 million Iranian people are suffering from hunger. They do not want this program to continue.”

Rajavi pointed to the increase in atrocities by the fundamentalists in Syria and Iraq, and asked: “Why are Western governments not standing up to a regime that is the ‘Godfather of ISIS’ with a record a hundred times worse than ISIS. How can European governments justify their silence vis-à-vis the regime’s suppression?  More regrettable is the fact that the regime’s lobby has been encouraged to promote collaboration with the Iranian regime as the solution to defeating ISIS. This is not a solution, but a recipe for disaster.”

In the conference held on the internationally recognised Human Rights Day,  Mrs Rajavi referred to the bloody record of the velayat-e faqih regime and the gloomy record of its so-called moderate President Mullah Rouhani with atrocities such as the splashing of acid on defenseless women or the stabbing of female students and said: “The regime of velayat-e faqih lacks any capacity to reform. Since Rouhani became President, at least 1,200 have been executed. In the past 25 years, we have not seen as many executions as in the first year of Rouhani’s presidency. Nor have we seen so many opposition members being massacred or taken hostage. Nor have we seen Iranian women being the target of criminal campaigns to this extent.

Mrs Rajavi condemned the conduct of some Western governments that sacrifice human rights in Iran for their relations with the religious dictatorship and said: “Look at the bitter outcomes of European delegations’ visits to Tehran in the past year. The mullahs used each and every one of them to increase executions.”

This conference was held with the participation of senior representatives of the European Parliament from various political groups. In another part of her speech Mrs Rajavi said  “Now is the time to intensify the pressure on the regime. The mullahs agreed to negotiate due to mounting pressure.  They stalled on signing the agreement due to West’s concessions. The only way forward is more pressure and more sanctions.

“There is no light at the end of tunnel of marathon talks. THERE IS A NUCLEAR BOMB AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL.

Mrs Rajavi said in another part of her speech: “The regime is entangled in a destructive power struggle at the top, while Iranian society is deeply discontent and on the verge of another uprising.”
Mrs Rajavi expressed her abhorrence for the continuation of the six-year siege against Iranian dissidents in Iraq (Camp Liberty) and urged the EU to ‘change its policy and show resolve in face of the brutal theocracy ruling Iran’.

She said that in this new policy:

  • Any ties with the Iranian regime should be linked to the improvement of the situation of human rights; the leaders of this regime should face justice; the regime should be forced to fully implement UN Security Council resolutions, halt the uranium enrichment, and accept international inspection of all suspect sites and centers.
  • And the siege on Camp Liberty, especially the medical blockade, should be completely lifted and the Camp Liberty file should be handed over to institutions with no ties to this regime instead of the Iranian regime’s agents.

This conference that was presided over by MEP Gerard Deprez, Belgian State Minister and EP representative, a number of political figures also spoke at this conference including Howard Dean, former U.S. Presidential candidate and former Chairman of the Democratic Party; Alejo Vidal-Quadras, Vice-President of European Parliament (1999-2014) and President of International Committee In Search of Justice (ISJ) ; Struan Stevenson, President of European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA); and a number of European Parliament legislators, including Mairead McGuinness, Vice-President of European Parliament; Patrizia Toia, Eduard Kukan, José Bové, Anna Záborská, Julie Ward, Tunne Kelam, José Manuel Fernandes as well as former MEP, Stephen  Hughes  and Paulo Casaca, former members of the European Parliament.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
December 10, 2014

Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr calls for jihad in Iraq

Turkish Weekly
11 December 2014
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Muqtada al-Sadr, a leading Iraqi Shiite political figure, ordered his Peace Brigade militia on Thursday to prepare for jihad within 48 hours, according to a statement released by Sadr’s deputy, Abu Dua El-Isawi.

The decision was “due to the dangerous situation of the holy city Samarra from terrorists,” El-Islawi said. The militia will wait for Sadr’s orders before taking further steps.

Iraq has been gripped by a security vacuum since June, when the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, stormed the northern province of Mosul and declared what it calls a caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

Sadr’s armed militias have previously been sent to Samarra to protect Shiite holy shrines.
11 December 2014

The Iraqi Horn Will Eventually Supercede Iran (Daniel 8)

No, Iran Isn’t Protector of the Shi’ites

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Commentary Magazine


Speaking before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry shrugged off Iranian military involvement in Iraq. Responding to senators’ concern regarding recent Iranian airstrikes, Kerry reportedly said: “Iraq is 80 percent Shi‘a. There are interests.”

With all due respect to Mr. Kerry, his comments reflect ignorance of Iranian behavior, Iraqi Shi‘ites, and religious freedom. That the Islamic Republic is the only protector of Shi‘ites around the globe has long been a staple of Iranian propaganda. But the concept of clerical rule imposed by Ayatollah Khomeini (and subsequently by his stepchild, Hezbollah in Lebanon) has long been an outlier among traditional Shi‘ites because it violates the separation of mosque and state at the heart of traditional Shi‘ism.

In short, ordinary Shi‘ites believe that the religious authority to follow is an individual, personal decision and not a state decision. Theologically, mainstream Shi‘ism teaches that only with the re-emergence of the Mahdi, Shi‘ism’s messianic figure, will there be perfect, incorruptible, Islamic government on earth. Therefore, until his return, government is by definition imperfect, corrupt, and un-Islamic, whatever the claims of the politicians who lead it. Khomeini turned this on its head, effectively arguing that the Prophet Muhammad didn’t separate religion and state, so neither would he and that Shi‘ite religious figures could act as the Mahdi’s deputy. Most Shi‘ite religious leaders don’t accept Khomeini and Khamenei’s view, however, nor do most individuals, either in Iran or outside it.

Independent Shi‘ism is, more than political reformism or anything emerging from the amorphous Green Movement, the true Achilles’ heel for the Iranian regime. It created militias like the Badr Corps and Jaysh al-Mahdi not simply to fight Americans, but rather to impose through force of arms and intimidation what is not in the hearts and minds of ordinary Iraqi Shi‘ites. Here’s the basic problem for the Iranian leadership. As supreme leader, Ali Khamenei claims to be the deputy of the Messiah on Earth. Khamenei’s religious credentials are greatly exaggerated, however, and every time he has sought to put himself forward as the chief source of emulation for the Islamic world, for example after the death of Grand Ayatollah Araki in 1994, he has been laughed off the stage, and subsequently withdrew his name to save face.

Earlier this year, my colleague Ahmad Majidyar and I published a short monograph based on travel and interviews which surveyed all the Shi‘ite communities surrounding Iran, and examining the nuanced and diverse strategies each of these communities embraced to maintain their own independence from Iranian attempts to speak and act on their behalf (and AEI produced a short video for its launch, here). Iraqi Shi‘ites have struggled to preserve and protect the religious independence of both Najaf and Karbala from those in Tehran who would seek to speak on their behalf. The Iranian government surely pressures Iraq to do its bidding, a job made all the easier by the American withdrawal. But Iraqi Shi‘ites don’t want to be Iranian puppets, and never have. During the Iran-Iraq War, the Iraqi Shi‘ites did most of the fighting; they didn’t defect en masse just because Khomeini claimed to be the voice of the Shi‘ites. In 2013, the governor of Basra inaugurated a new bridge (built with U.S. money) over the Shatt al-Arab. It was no coincidence that he chose to inaugurate it with a fireworks display on the anniversary of Khomeini’s death. The implication was clear: even Iraqi Shi’ites celebrate on a day when the Islamic Republic officially mourns.

Iran may want to defeat the Islamic State, but they do nothing altruistically. Once they enter Iraq, they will not leave simply because they cannot afford to have any Iraqi ayatollah resident in Najaf or Karbala contradict the word of the supreme leader. How ironic it is that President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry defer so much more to the Iranians than even Iraqi Shi‘ites do. And how sad it is that the United States continues to treat religious freedom in the Middle East, whether practiced by Jews, Christians, or Shi‘ite Muslims, so cavalierly. Make no mistake: the Iranian regime isn’t the protector of the Shi‘ites; it is among their chief oppressors.

Babylon The Great Rejects Nuclear Treaty

U.S. rejects calls for treaty eliminating all nuclear weapons immediately

AFP-JIJI
The U.S. representative at a major conference on nuclear weapons rejected calls Tuesday for a treaty immediately eliminating them, saying Washington prefers a gradual approach.

“We think the most practical and realistic approach is to pursue reductions step by step,” Adam Scheinman, special U.S. representative for nuclear nonproliferation, told reporters on the sidelines of the conference in Vienna.

“As security conditions permit, we can move to still deeper reductions, as President Obama has committed to. But the idea of moving automatically to a treaty that would immediately eliminate all nuclear weapons is probably not the most practical option,” he said.

The comments came at a conference of some 800 representatives from 160 countries and civil organizations in Vienna looking at the potentially catastrophic consequences of a nuclear explosion.

Organizers hope it will inject momentum into stalled efforts to reduce nuclear stockpiles, with some participants calling for a treaty calling for the immediate scrapping of all the world’s atomic weapons.

It was the third gathering of its kind and the first that the United States, together with Britain, has attended. Fellow nuclear-armed nations Russia, China and France were absent.

Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan also attended, but other no-shows were North Korea, which has conducted three nuclear tests, and Israel, widely believed to have atomic weapons.

The numbers of nuclear weapons — 90 percent of them U.S. or Russian — have fallen dramatically since the end of the Cold War thanks to treaties like the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), the Moscow Treaty and New START.

But there remain around 16,300. Some 4,000 of these are “operationally available” but 1,800 are on “high alert” and ready for use on short notice, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists group.

The follow-through on an “action plan” adopted at a 2010 meeting of signatories to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), in particular 22 disarmament steps, has been “very disappointing,” said Kingston Reif from the Arms Control Association.

Since New START entered into force in 2011, Russia and the U.S. have failed to commence talks to further reduce their nuclear stockpiles, and progress toward an entry into force of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) is stalled, Reif said.

Efforts toward further measures, including at a new NPT review conference in May 2015, have also been stymied by tensions between Moscow and Washington over the Ukraine crisis, experts say.

Britain’s representative in Vienna, Susan le Jeune d’Allegeershecque, agreed with her U.S. counterpart. “Some have argued that the way to this goal (of a world without nuclear weapons) is to ban nuclear weapons now, or to fix a timetable for their elimination,” she said. “The U.K. considers that this approach fails to take account of, and therefore jeopardizes, the stability and security which nuclear weapons can help to ensure,” she said.

That Dick Is Full of Crap, & Vice Versa (Revelation 13:5)

Cheney: ‘The report’s full of crap’

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By Eric Bradner, CNN
updated 3:28 PM EST, Thu December 11, 2014
 
STORY HIGHLIGHTS

Washington (CNN) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney called a Senate panel’s report on U.S. interrogation tactics during George W. Bush’s administration is “deeply flawed” and a “terrible piece of work.”

“The report’s full of crap,” he said in an interview with Fox News on Wednesday evening.
Bush’s Republican vice president insisted that the Central Intelligence Agency’s rough tactics — which the report said included mock executions, beatings, “rectal rehydration” and feeding, sleep deprivation and more — helped the United States “catch the bastards who killed 3,000 of us on 9/11.”
“It did in fact produce actionable intelligence that was vital in the success of keeping the country safe from further attacks,” he said.
Asked specifically about the rectal rehydration instance detailed in the report, Cheney said: “I don’t know anything about that specific instance — I can’t speak to that.”
He also said he hadn’t actually read the report. Its full 6,000 pages haven’t been released, but a lengthy summary was issued Tuesday. Cheney said he’d “seen parts of it. I read summaries of it.”
Contrary to the report’s conclusion that Bush didn’t know the extent of the CIA’s efforts, Cheney said the President was involved in discussions about the interrogation techniques, and that Bush even pointed out some of those conversations in a book he wrote after leaving office.
He said he has no regrets about the tactics used after the Sept. 11, 2001, al Qaeda attacks.
“I think what needed to be done was done,” Cheney said. “I think we were perfectly justified in doing it. And I’d do it again in a minute.”