Monthly Archives: April 2011

Maajid Nawaz(former Islamist) speaks at 911 Memorial Preview Site

UPDATE: Scroll down please for thoughts and observations regarding Maajid Nawaz from friend and reader G. Perrry –  http://american-rattlesnake.org/

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On April 28, 2011 ( at 6:30PM) “9/11, Today and Tomorrow” Speakers Series at the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site invited Maajid Nawaz,

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an ex-member of an Islamist extremist group, to detail his personal experience with the Islamic radicalization process and to explain how he works to confront it.

This presentation in the speakers series was called, ” The Front Lines of Counter Terrorism: Confronting Islamist Extremist Propaganda “.

Maajid Nawaz is a former a high-ranking member of the Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir and spent four years in an Egyptian prison for his affiliation with the group. He emerged to help establish the Quillium Foundation, the world’s first counter-extremism think tank, where he serves as executive director.

He is also the founder of Khudi, a counter-extremism social movement working to promote a democratic culture in Pakistan.

There are some who feel that Nawaz is NOT what he appears to be .

Here is his 2008 testimony before Senator Lieberman’s Homeland Security Committee (this is an 8 page pdf) . It would seem that even though his advocacy of a purely personal Islam  devoid of all political “Islamism” is good, on the other hand, his representations about Shariah in the Lieberman testimony and about Islam (etc) are all (pretty much without exception) not factually based; including his assertions about the Shariah State.

Nawaz speaks for 38 minutes and the Q and A is approx 18 minutes.

At 33, with slightly greying hair, Maajid arrived dressed in very British-‘mod’  attire: trousers and trench coat which harkened back to a 1960’s Beatles-look (particularly those pants.) And there seemed to be quite a few women (and men) who were in awe of Nawaz. Glowing smiles. Groupies almost. You could feel their quiet-eagerness awaiting his speech.

As for his presentation, Nawaz gave us a way-too-safe 3o minute biographical rehash of his life that can easily be read on-line. Perhaps some of this is necessary to ‘set the stage’, but other than his pointed criticism of Peter King ( he supports the committee but feels King was not the man to lead it and a wise-crack about Glenn Beck) to this observer,  the teaser “Confronting Islamist Extremist Propaganda”, was barely addressed.  Of the questions asked of Nawaz, the focus was on  ‘The Narrative’. This was the magic-word of the evening “The Narrative”… over and over….

The audience was small, perhaps about 30, but this is an intimate space and isn’t meant for large gatherings. And since we observed the disappointment of a few  tourists who wanted to enter the Memorial Preview site (the site was closed to  the public at 5 pm rather than the usual 7 pm) perhaps they might have been invited-in (or not)…

A slide show with a few pictures of the Memorial Preview Site  and the audience (after the presentation):

What was accomplished by inviting Maakid Nawaz to the Memorial site  is unclear. It has been suggested that perhaps Maajid Nawaz’ appearance  at the Memorial Preview Site should NOT have gone on without critical comment. They ask , “Should this be the purpose of the 9/11 Memorial.”

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From  G. Perry http://american-rattlesnake.org/

I’m going to admit right off the bat that I’ve only watched a third of the speech so far, but I’ve come to a few incipient observations.

First of all, thanks for the video. Regardless of what you think about the speaker, what happened during that event is important irrespective of what occurs in the future at Ground Zero. I’m glad I had the opportunity to view it, at least in part.

Secondly, as to whether or not he should be invited to speak at what’s sacred ground for so many Americans-especially New Yorkers-I don’t believe he should for a number of reasons not the least of which is that he has no existential connection to the families who lost loved ones on that day.

Theoretically, someone who’s been involved in jihadist violence could have something useful to say about combating his fellow “brothers.” Even so, I doubt the appropriate place for that person to speak is at a memorial to 2,800 people who were slain by adherents to the very same religion. That’s if you belive Maajid Nawaz is sincere, which is another question altogether.

I know it’s hard to infer people’s true beliefs based upon their speeches, and this problem is faced by a lot of Muslims or ex-Muslims who are ostensibly opposed to jihad or have renounced their previous anti-American, anti-Semitic stands, e.g. Walid Shoebat, Musab Yousef, among many others. However, after having listened to what Nawaz has to say, I’m not entirely convinced that he’s sincere.

The Quilliam Foundation is essentially a creature of the British government. I know they admit this when questioned, but I don’t think that many people who are casual observers realize that all of its funding sources derive, albeit indirectly, from the average UK taxpayer. Keep in mind, this is the same government that for decades sponsored official, “moderate Islamists associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, e.g. The Muslim Council of Britain. They still sponsor these groups-once Abu Hamza was ejected from Finsbury the mosque was reopened under new management, that management being the Muslim Brotherhood. I’m not necessarily saying the two organizations are analogous, but it’s something to consider.

Plus, you have to consider the composition of this group’s staff:

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It seems to be comprised primarily of Muslims who claim they’ve renounced a belief in Islamism, but don’t present much evidence that they’ve renounced their belief in violent jihad. A case in point is Noman Benotman-the fellow who’s been quoted in recent days in news stories proclaiming his insider knowledge of who’s going to replace UBL in Al Qaeda’s leadership. In other words, someone who’s supposedly ostracized himself completely from the jihadist subculture represented by Al Qaeda is still close enough to the situation to know who will succeed Osama Bin Laden. Either that, or he’s simply full of hot air-I opt for the latter explanation, but either way, it doesn’t paint a very flattering picture of Quilliam as an institution.

Check out this article from The New Republic a few years ago, which examined Mr. Benotman’s alleged break with AQ:

http://www.newamerica.net/node/10937

You’ll notice that he still justifies the jihad in Iraq. In other words, “resistance” against Americans who are “occupying” Arab-Muslim lands is perfectly legitimate. So blowing someone up with an IED or beheading them is okay if you happen to live in the Middle East, but verboten if you live in England. To describe that as a culturally relativist attitude is an understatement. Granted, his views might have changed in the past three years, but I haven’t found a quote from him in the intervening period disclaiming responsibility for the views he expressed to Peter Bergen in that article. Which isn’t to say that Nawaz holds the same views, but you have to assume they share some commonalities, since they are both on the board of directors of Quilliam.

Finally, the rest of the Quilliam fellows seem to be an ad hoc mixture of radical leftists who’ve written for such esteemed publications as Comment is Free-a bastion of anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism-and Counterpunch, which is almost as bad. They seem to be primarily concerned with alleged right wing violence aimed at Muslim Britons-a point that Nawaz himself emphasized quite ineffectively during the portion of the speech I watched.

I suppose you have to address the BNP and Blood and Honour in order to maintain some street credibility with leftists, and the theme of racist nationalism and radical Islam being opposite poles is a recurring element in contemporary British culture-for example, it’s referred to repeatedly in one of my favorite English novels, White Teeth-but the amount of emphasis they place on this issue-and the fact that they assume that it is as dangerous as the creeping sharia found in the UK-makes question their true motivations. While I do believe that there can be true leftists who oppose Islamism on ideological grounds, I don’t believe that their contribution to this debate will be the decisive factor, and often times their philosophy occludes the issue. A perfect illustration of this phenomenon is Tarek Fatah, a committed Rousseauian and die-hard leftist who thinks the best way to combat the Muslim Brotherhood and like-minded organizations is to embrace the values of republican France.

I realize a lot of good people-Frank Gaffney among them-embrace this man, but I think his contribution to the debate is completely counterproductive, and his real views-which include a passionate enmity towards Israel-were exposed during a debate with Irshad Manji.

In short, I tend to agree with you on this subject.  I’m not saying Maajid Nawaz is a complete fraud, but I also don’t believe his views have a place at the burial site for so many Americans who were murdered by Islam.

-good times, G. Perry http://american-rattlesnake.org/

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NYC Tax Day Tea Party – Foley Square- 2011

On April 15, 2011, NYC . A small but determined Tax Day Tea Party Rally was held outside the Courthouse in Foley Square.

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America continues to fight the Economic Ruin of the “Progressive” Leftists.

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Stop the Socialist assault on our Constitution.

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“EPIC FAIL” No kidding!

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VIDEO is just a short bit of the people gathering before the speakers started

Even though I couldn’t stay for the two hour event, got lots of pictures of the people and their signs. Their message was loud and clear: DEMAND FISCAL SANITY

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DEFEND our Constitution

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Stop Obama’s FAILED and FLAWED Presidency from destroying our freedoms.

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Fox News Business was there….

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And two very ODD infiltrators…

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It’s TIME FOR CHANGE!

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2012…Or BUST

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Make it Happen

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FOR THE CHILDREN:

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SLIDE-SHOW of all the pictures….

“A Sahara Spring” in the City….

Coming to a SCHOOL near you (hat tip DR)

DIVERSITY 101 

Whose SAHARA SPRING?…Dare we ask…?

Times Square or “Red Square”: Shakedown of America (video & pics)

For 90 minutes, on April 9, 2011, Times Square was transformed into RED Square. The Leftists were all over the city. Union Square was taken over by the Muslim contingent and Times Square was…well…RED Square.

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(please scroll past photos  for video)

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The Union-sponsored Socialist Shakedown of our economy was in full bloom.

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Seemed like every union was there: teachers, colleges, schools, educators.

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Entertainment, stage-hands….

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Sanitation, Letter Carriers, Nursing, Health Care, Building Trades ( UAW, electricians, iron workers):

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Yep…The AFL-CIO was our HOST.

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Once they’ve DESTROYED “Corporate America”…

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WHO’s gonna pay their salaries?

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LOTS of happy union members (and Marxists) came out to play so 7th Avenue was PACKED on both sides of the street.

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Something the police NEVER allow other rallies to do is to stand on the WEST side of 7th Ave. but … since our public-sector police are UNION,  they were being overly accommodating (it would seem) to the AFL-CIO.

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According to an officer I asked, that last block from 38th to 37th was never used. The pens were empty. Rather than force the crowd to fill the pens all the way to 38th street,  the police even let the crowd jam the sidewalk on the East side of the avenue.

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The police pushed the crowd so far into 7th avenue that they left only about a lane and a half  open for traffic.

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Guess they wanted the mass of bodies down-front. Near the stage…

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Can we say PHOTO-OP?

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Yes, the oh-so angry-unions put on a big-show with lots of Marxist, propaganda envy-baiting speeches. Some signs were so filled with contradiction,”Who ya gonna call if there is a crisis?” Not these lame-brains:

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So many teachers proudly marched to the Socialist meme of “Down with the Rich . Up with the Little-Guy”.

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Preaching ENVY, Racism  & Resentment.

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MARXIST/FASCIST Union Tools.

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And the Chant of the Hour: WE ARE ONE.

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Their Goal: Destroy everything that made America a successful economy.

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Down with Initiative & Creativity. Down with Individualism. UP with the Collective!

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More Lies, Propaganda & Character Assassination…

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Assisted by the happy, fist-pumping IDIOTS who think the fat-cat union goons chanting “We are One”….are their friends in need. Indeed? SAD. Very sad.

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Clearly, red is more than just a colour…

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It’s a STATE of MIND.

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And here begins the VIDEO:

Part 1 :

Part 2 (and 3)video bounce a bit. Crowd was pushing and arm was t-ir-ed. What matters is you can still hear what these tools were preaching and chanting…over and over…

Part 3 ….the inspirational grousing grew as the Union tools rouse their ‘warriors’ to rise up against CORPORATE America…

Slide show of all the pictures before and after the rally

And to finish off the whole zombie-time experience, be sure to check out Oleg Atbashian’s fabulous book, “Shakedown Socialism” at  shakedownsocialism.com/

Nonie Darwish, Shari’a Law & America At Temple University (video)

The presentation by Nonie Darwish on “Human Rights under Shariah? For Women and other Minorirtes”

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Was at Temple University  in Philadelphia on  April 12, 2011 in Gladfelter Hall

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There  was a torrential rain outside so the audience may have been small but  they were very diverse (age wise and well as politically).

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Earlier, at Temple, there had been an event in support of sharia. Too bad some of those in attendance didn’t take advantage of this opportunity to hear of Nonie’s life experience under sharia…

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There was one  glitch in the evening, the university failed to supply any amplification  (even though it had been requested) This fellow made a small commotion. Was it the lack of amplification…or because Nonie was discussing shaheeds?

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Thought he left….but then I saw him in the back (so it must not have been about sound)

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But everyone managed to make sure  they were heard. Pro and Con…. This one fellow seened to be a student advocate for those who doubted Nonie’s gracious wisdom.

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Nonie Darwish is an impressively brave woman. Her  message about the dangers of Sharia was confidently clear and honest.

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Unfortunately, those of the student body who came with their minds  closed to Nonie’s presentation, seemed to leave with their minds  unchanged.

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Kudos to the students at Temple U (particularly Alvaro  Watson)for daring to bring Nonie and the Truth about Sharia to  the  campus.

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In that sense, mission accomplished. Case closed. They are incompatible. Sharia is with out a doubt, in opposition to the American Constitution

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THE ENTIRE PRESENTATION AND Q AND A IS IN 2 PARTS VIDEO:

Part 1- Introduction of Nonie Darwish and the topic for the evening “Human Rights for Women and other minorities under Shari’a” by T.U. Purpose President, Alvaro Enrique Watson (a student at Temple University). Nonie begins her presentation at approximately, 8:25

Part 2: Nonie continues with the audience Q and A.

Of course, no surprise when the campus journos publish critical reportage. But, it’s the response that was posted in comments that’s even more revealing.

The rot that poses as education is made all too clear…  Here is link to  article at “Broad and Cecil”

What follows is from the ‘comment’ section:

3rd Annual Greek Genocide Commemoration (video) outside U.N.

On April 6, 2011 (Black Easter), across from the United Nations in Ralph Bunche Park, Greek American Community Leaders, American Scholars, and American Activists assembled to remember the victims of the Greek, Armenian, and Assyrian Genocides perpetrated by Turkey from 1914 till 1923.

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This year’s event, as always, was held on April 6th the Pan-Hellenic Memorial Day for the Genocide of Thracian Hellenism, which is in remembrance of Black Easter in 1914.  (VSB also covered this commemoration last year.) .

What follows is an  excerpt from a published statement regarding the commemoration:

“For the second year in a role the event was commenced by the reading of the ancient Orphic Hymn ‘Thanatos’ by Georgia Nomikos.

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This year’s Master of Ceremonies was past President of Panthracian Union of America ‘OrpheusIoannis Fidanakis.

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Mr Fidanakis began the event by thanking those in attendance and acknowledging such notable attendees as Mr. Bill Theodosakis.

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Mr. Theodosakis has been organizing a Greek Genocide Memorial at Three Hierarch’s Church in Brooklyn since the 90s.

There were many speakers this year ( please see videos below)

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Dr. William Samonides, President of the Asia Minor Hellenic American Society.

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Professor Alex Hinton, First Vice-President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars.

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Dimitris Molohides, President of the PanPontian Federation of USA and Canada

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Elias Tsekerides, President of the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York.

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and Pamela Geller, Editor and Publisher of the popular Blog Atlas Shrugs, Executive Director of FDI/SIOA and the author of the book ‘The Post-American Presidency, the Obama Administration’s War on America.

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Ms. Geller’s public support for the recognition of the Greek, Armenian and Assyrian Genocides and her call for the Greek-American Community to wake up and raise awareness of its own Genocide raises the question, “Just what are the leading Greek American Advocacy Organizations, such as the American Hellenic Institute (AHI) doing about the issue?” The answer is sadly nothing.

They are supposed to be advocating our National Issues in Washington D.C. In fact not only is AHI not doing anything to raise awareness of the Greek Genocide or push for its recognition, their official position undermines the entire cause for recognition. All one must do is simply check AHI’s Policy Statement to see that they still ignorantly support the idea of recognizing ONLY the ‘Greek Pontian Genocide’ and its ‘500,000’ Pontian and Anatolian Greek victims. Rather than supporting our Genocide’s complete recognition and its scholarly recognized 1.4 to 1.7 million victims,  their official position forgets the Thracian Greek victims and belittles the suffering of Asia Minor Greek victims.

It is the obligation of organizations, like AHI, to break-free of petty regionalist agendas and support a policy that best represents historical truth and international justice.  The illusion that has allowed Greek America to become indifferent to the Genocide of Thracian Hellenism must be destroyed. We must take heed to the words of Ms. Geller and educate ourselves and our neighbors if we are ever to see the Greek Genocide recognized. “

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As in past years, UN workers, tourists and average day New Yorker’s were welcomed at Ralph Bunche Park by placards of reproduced American newspaper accounts of the Greek Genocide

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and enlarged photos of “Enver’ Pasha and Mustafa Kemal.

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Those who took interested in the commemoration

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received an educational pamphlet about the Greek Genocide produced by the Hellenic League of America, HLA.

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The commemoration was hosted by Panthracian Union of America ‘Orpheus’ and supported by the Hellenic League of America, HLA.

Next is the video coverage of the event.

It was very windy outside the UN. The podium mics didn’t have a wind-screen. There will be occasional distortion from the wind. It comes and goes.

Part 1 Introductory comments of the commemoration by host, Ioannis Fidanakis. (sound gets focused at about 30 seconds)

Part 2 Ioannis Fidanakis introduces the first of several speakers, Dr. William Samonides, President of the Asia Minor Hellenic American Society.

Part 3 Ioannis Fidanakis introduces Professor Alex Hinton, First Vice-President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars.

Part 4  Ioannis Fidanakis introduces Elias Tsekerides, President of the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York.

Part 5  Ioannis Fidanakis introduces Dimitris Molohides, President of the PanPontian Federation of USA and Canada

Part 6  Ioannis Fidanakis introduces  Pamela Geller (Publisher of Atlas Shrugs and Executive Director of Freedom Defense Initiative and Stop Islamization of America)

Geller has a wonderfully detailed report at Atlas Shrugs

A slideshow of a the pictures:

You can contact the Hellenic League of America, HLA at  www.hellenicleagueonline.org/

The Hellenic League of America (HLA) is a cooperative and collective effort by Hellenes, Phil-Hellenes and Hellenic enthusiasts who come together for the Hellenic Cause. A register 501c nonprofit organization the Hellenic League of America, HLA works to spread awareness on Hellenic National Issues, as well as our ethnic traditions and culture. Founded in 2008 the HLA has been involved in organizing lectures, protests, rallies and commemoration across the tri-state area.

and the Panthracian Union of America ‘Orpheus’ at Panthracian.blogspot.com

Panthracian Union of America ‘Orpheus’ Inc., is a not-for-profit Philanthropic and Cultural Organization serving the Thracian American community since 1983.

Marxists & Leftists Protest Obama’s War in Libya (Round & Round They Go)

It’s been a busy couple of weeks with Purim, Sharia & al-Jazeera; Turks & the Greek-Armenian holocaust and the Red-Menace Unions. Libya kind of took a back-seat. Mainly because it was a  story in-flux lead by our oh-so indecisive President. Laid my pics and video aside momentarily and gathered some thoughts of others as I waited to post my video and pics….

March 23, 2011. LEFTISTS in Times Square protesting Obama’s War machine….

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Barack Obama campaigned to end the “Good” War in Afghanistan

To drop the “Bad” War in Iraq

The Leftists cast their ballots expecting their candidate to get America out of at least one war.

Instead, he ADDED one.


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BUT, for many Demon-crats, if the war come from their camp…. well then, it all depends on what the meaning of ‘IS’ is . Here’s a fun list of euphemisms from Front page Mag. There’s no such animal as a Lib-War in Obama-Land:

“Kinetic military action,”

“Humanitarian mission,”

“Internationally authorized intervention,”

“Time-limited, scope-limited military action”

Liberals don’t fight wars. They….

Manage “conflicts,”

Oversee “interventions,”

Participate in “actions.”

Bullets fly. People die.

Just don’t call them wars.  ( in less you are a rabid hard-core Leftist)

After all, Liberal bombs and missiles are humanitarian…

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But the glow of this hopey-changey prez is fading fast for these angry Leftists . They finally got wind that just maybe, “Something is rotten in ….”

Obama  FAILED big-time.

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With the Middle East in flames, Barack Hussein Obama by-passed Congress to conducting an illegal war in Libya. The Commander-in-Chief , Barack Hussein Obama , went to the United Nations instead…. not Congress…. to affirm the legality of his war like aggression….to engage in a “Kinetic military action”.

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When it comes to Libya, could be, “War is not the answer. ” Neither is that “Kinetic Military Action.”(Just ask those very angry Marxist/Leftist/Progressives marching round and round in Times Square.)

So, here we were in Times Square, watching a bunch of America-hating Leftists marching in the rain against Obama’s Folly. And the people passing-by were not so quick to disagree with their anti- Libyan War message as they might have been in the past.

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Even though the CHANTS may have had an ominously (or maybe just plain annoyingly)  familiar ring…. Some of those well-rehearsed CHANTS are the RED flag that these are not our ‘comrades’.

“Not for War and Occupation. Money for Jobs and Education”

“We’ve seen this all before. Same Story. Different War.”

“U.S. out of the Middle-East No. Justice. No Peace”

“Lib-ee-ya for Li-bee-yans. Not for Wall-Street ??? “ (the rain was loud)

“They say MORE War. We say NO War”

“Lib-ee-ya is under attack. Whata we say: Stand Up. Fight back.”

They remain steadfastly anti-American, sedition-loving traitors; fearing the worst of the imperialist war-machine of the American corporate-capitalist hydra-headed monster.

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Their focus today was against a WAR we were forced in to on a week’s notice, without  approval from  Congress: in Libya. And our moment of syngergy?

Barack Hussein Obama The One-World “Global Prez”, that Stand-Up kinda peace prize loving guy… Shilling for anyone but America : EXPOSED http://sheikyermami.com/wp-content/uploads/Hussein-goes-to-war.jpg