Thursday, September 28, 2006

Holy Month of War

For more than a billion Muslims around the world—including some 8 million in North America—Ramadan is a "month of blessing" marked by prayer, fasting, and charity. This year Ramadan precedes Christmas and Hanukkah. But while in many places these holidays have become widely commercialized, Ramadan retains its focus on self-sacrifice and devotion to Allah (God).

Yeah right. Ramadan is now the month the faithful are called to conduct a Holy War against the West. It was during Ramadan that Muslims triumphed in many battles throughout the history of Jihad for the sake of Allah – among them the battle of Badr in 624, the conquest of Mecca in 630 and of Andalusia in 711, the battle of Al-Zallaqa (in Andalusia) in 1086, the battle of Ein Jalut in 1260, as well as the 1973 War (called The Ramadan War).

Al Qaeda has again called on Muslims to step up attacks against the West during this year's Ramadan...something it has done on a regular basis since we attacked Afghanistan and then Iraq. This year audiotape posted on a Web site today and attributed to the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq called for an escalation of attacks and the kidnapping of foreigners to try to force the release of a high-profile Muslim cleric imprisoned in the United States.

The message refers to Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind Egyptian cleric who was convicted in 1995 of plotting to blow up New York landmarks and is now in a federal medical prison in Springfield, Mo. The tape also encourages the mujahedeen “to capture some of the Roman dogs so as to secure his release from the darkness of his prison.” Usually they prefer to just kill Catholic priests and nuns but it must be OK with Allah the merciful to use them as ransom.

As a special treat, nuclear scientists and explosives experts were invited Thursday to test their experimental weapons on U.S. military bases in Iraq and to join the jihad against the West by the voice, who identified himself as Abu Hamza al-Muhajir — also known as Abu Ayyub al-Masri — the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq.

Wow..a special invite from Al Qaeda's leader in Iraq. I've always been curious about how one becomes a Muslim scientist since the Koran is the perfect book and none other are needed. Now the Koran is just fine when it comes to teaching the use of a sword but I found it lacking in physics and other subjects.

The following list comes from Wikepedia. It is a compilation of wars/battles fought during Islam's most holy month:

* 624 - Battle of Badr. On 17 Ramadan, Muhammad led his forces in Arabia to victory over Makkan idolaters. "The great battle of Badr" or "Conquest of Mecca", was the first battle between believers and infidels.
* 627 - The Battle of the Ditch. Muslims trained for this battle during Ramadan, though it occurred in the following month of Shawal.
* 630 - Battle of Tabouk (also called the Battle of Tabuk). The soldiers of Islam, under the leadership of Muhammad, established a training and fighting camp in Tabouk during the month of fasting, and attacked the Byzantine army.
* 653 - Conquest of Rhodes. Muslims plundered the Colossus of Rhodes, melted it and turned it into arms for the soldiers.
* 710 - Muslims led by Tarek bin Ziyad, invaded Spanish southern frontier cities on the Andalusian coast defeating King Roderick. They stayed for eight hundred years, disseminating Islam. From there, Islam spreads out through Europe.
* 1099 - Battle of Ascalon. Took place on 22 Ramadan (August 12), the newfound crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem defeated Fatimid Egypt.
* 1187 - Battle of Hattin. Took place at dawn -- after the Night of Power (Lailat ul-Qadr); a night during the last ten days of Ramadan when tradition says that the angel Gabriel descended and God called Muhammad to be His messenger. (It is sometimes translated as the Night of Destiny.) Sultan Saladin (Salah Al-Din Al-Ayubi) wiped out the Frankish army and went on to reclaim Jerusalem for Islam. The battle took place on July 4.
* 1260 - Battle of Ain Jalut. Qutuz defeated the Mongols in Palestine.
* 1962 to 1970 - Yemeni Civil War. Fighting continued through nine Ramadans.
* 1973 - Ramadan War (Elsewhere known as the Yom Kippur War). Egypt and Syria launched their attack on Israel it was called Operation Badr, and foot soldiers were given religious slogans. The Yom Kippur War is also known as the 6th of October war of 1973 and the 10th of Ramadan War.
* 1975 to 1990 - Lebanon's civil war. Fighting took place over the course of seventeen Ramadans.
* 1981 - Iran rejected Iraqi offers for a Ramadan cease-fire.
* 1982 - Iran launched an attack on Iraq that they explicitly called "Operation Ramadan."
* 1986 - Christian forces called for a Ramadan cease-fire, which lasted two weeks.
* 1987 - Iran again rejected Iraqi offers for a Ramadan cease-fire.
* 1987 to 1993 - The first Palestinian Intifada was waged over six Ramadans.
* 1990s - There were at least 20 examples of Ramadan violence by Muslims during the Algerian civil war.
* 2000 - Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee stated that India would initiate a unilateral cease-fire in observance of the holy month of Ramadan as a step towards peace in Kashmir. Nonetheless, widespread fighting continued between Indian forces and the guerrillas in Jammu-Kashmir.
* 2000 - Al-Qaida operatives tried to bomb a U.S. destroyer, USS The Sullivans, in the harbor at Aden, Yemen. It was the Night of Power. The suicide boat was overloaded with explosives and sank.
* 2000 - Al-Qaida successfully bombs the USS Cole in the same harbor at Aden.
* 2003 - After the 2003 Iraq war, suicide bombers struck at four locations, including the Red Cross headquarters, killing at least 35 people.

I guess all that fasting makes them angry.


At 5:27 PM, Anonymous Jay said...

FYI, Gibraltar gets its name from the battle in 710. Gibraltar appears as a mountain. Mountain in arabic is "jabal" + Tarik who captured it. jabaltarik became Gibraltar.

At 5:40 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

And our own President plays the dhimmi as he praises Ramadan. Talk about surreal!

You might find THIS ESSAY BY MARK ALEXANDER of interest. It complements what you've written here.

At 7:22 PM, Blogger Gayle said...

They use Ramadan to pray to their godless one for the death of the western world. It's not even a religion... it's a cult.

At 5:54 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

I didn't know that jay...I've always been interested in the origin of words.

I read Marks essay AOW..I wish I wrote as well as he does.

At 6:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all the Dhimmitude coming out from washington, maybe it's time that the American people start taking care of this problem on their own.

At 6:14 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Gayle...I looked up characteristics of cults and compared them to Islam. There is a great amount of similarity:

The group displays excessively zealous and unquestioning commitment to its leader and (whether he is alive or dead) regards his belief system, ideology, and practices as the Truth, as law.

‪ Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged or even punished.

‪ Mind-altering practices (such as meditation, chanting, speaking in tongues, denunciation sessions, and debilitating work routines) are used in excess and serve to suppress doubts about the group and its leader(s).

‪ The leadership dictates, sometimes in great detail, how members should think, act, and feel (for example, members must get permission to date, change jobs, marry�or leaders prescribe what types of clothes to wear, where to live, whether or not to have children, how to discipline children, and so forth).

‪ The group is elitist, claiming a special, exalted status for itself, its leader(s) and members (for example, the leader is considered the Messiah, a special being, an avatar�or the group and/or the leader is on a special mission to save humanity).

‪ The group has a polarized us-versus-them mentality, which may cause conflict with the wider society.

‪ The leader is not accountable to any authorities (unlike, for example, teachers, military commanders or ministers, priests, monks, and rabbis of mainstream religious denominations).

‪ The group teaches or implies that its supposedly exalted ends justify whatever means it deems necessary. This may result in members' participating in behaviors or activities they would have considered reprehensible or unethical before joining the group (for example, lying to family or friends, or collecting money for bogus charities).

‪ The leadership induces feelings of shame and/or guilt iin order to influence and/or control members. Often, this is done through peer pressure and subtle forms of persuasion.

‪ Subservience to the leader or group requires members to cut ties with family and friends, and radically alter the personal goals and activities they had before joining the group.

‪ The group is preoccupied with bringing in new members.

‪ The group is preoccupied with making money.

‪ Members are expected to devote inordinate amounts of time to the group and group-related activities.

‪ Members are encouraged or required to live and/or socialize only with other group members.

‪ The most loyal members (the �true believers�) feel there can be no life outside the context of the group. They believe there is no other way to be, and often fear reprisals to themselves or others if they leave (or even consider leaving) the group.

It might not be 100%, but it's pretty close.

At 6:16 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Steve...I can only hope that our leaders are just paying lip service and did not really believe half the crap coming out of their mouths.

I hope behind closed doors that they understand what they are up against.
If not, we are in serious trouble.

At 7:11 AM, Anonymous prying1 said...

Lip Service! It has got to be. Great post by the way. - I comment surfed on over here and plan on coming back to visit on a regular basis - GBYAY -

At 7:21 AM, Blogger harmony said...

hey cool site!
first time visitor but i'll keep visiting


At 8:18 AM, Blogger FreeCyprus said...

Don't eat before watching (second video):

Laskar Jihad in Indonesia

At 9:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I hope behind closed doors that they understand what they are up against.
If not, we are in serious trouble."

You and I both. Bush has become a servant to Dhimmitude otherwise. Where is Ronald Reagan when we need him the most, and why are we stuck with Neville Chamberlain as our president?

At 11:11 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Steve...history has shown that appeasement never works. All it does is embolden our enemies to be even more aggressive.
One historical note. I believe Neville Chamberlain has been given a slightly raw deal in history. Yes he made the "peace in our time" speech but he knew that England was not ready to go to war with Germany. He was trying to gain more time. Unfortunately time to get ready had already passed.

At 11:12 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

prying1 and harmony...glad that both of you dropped by.
I hope to see you both again.

At 11:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet you the guy at the bottom who looks upset is waiting for his tax refund.

At 11:40 AM, Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

fasting and sexual frutstration...seen all them burkas

At 6:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First time commenter, I commented just now on a previous post that you have on the F-14.

At 5:54 AM, Blogger Gayle said...

AC, that's the longest response I've ever received from any Blog Host! :)

There are only two or three items on that list that do not pertain to Islam; all the others fit to a T! I would expect there to be some difference between a western and middle-eastern cult, but there's not much. Therefor Islam really is a cult more than it is a religion. Thanks, AC.

At 7:09 AM, Blogger FreeCyprus said...

American Crusader, your blog is a great mix of dutiful research and intelligent opinion.

Ramadan is INDEED a month of violence, not peace, for some Muslims:

At 8:03 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

The cult comparison is pretty spot-on, IMHO!

At 9:34 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Beak..he probably used H&R Block for the scratch off promo

freecyprus...Thanks I appreciate the kind words.

ftgf...Thanks for stopping by. I checked out the site you gave me. Apparently on the West Coast they just completed their last mission.

At 12:05 PM, Blogger Obob said...

I'm in favor of the Jim Jones Kool Aid cocktail for cults in regards to Muslim fanatics

At 4:18 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

That cult comparison is an eye-opener. Islam comes mighty, mighty close.

LOL at O Bob's comment!

At 6:04 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Much needed history lesson AC..and of course the NYSlimes keeps highlighting pics of those ahem moderates "celebrating" the peaceful holiday...what a scam.

At 9:12 PM, Blogger Elizabeth said...

One could describe Christian sects and Judaism as cults also.

At 5:32 AM, Blogger FreeCyprus said...

AC, you may have already seen this version of the Palestinian flag being waved throughout the middle east:

My friend translated the Arabic for me: "On Saturday we kill the Jews, and on Sunday we kill the Christians."

More fun stuff:

The Muslims in India don't like the Indian national anthem. Yet another thing that offends some Muslims (I say "some")...

Will some Muslims one day say the maple leaf on Canada's flag is offensive to Islam? Hey America: start removing those Stars and Stripes.

At 5:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yankee- I have to ask ya, the Header of this blog. 'Yankee Go Home' is meant to be sarcastic eh?

Sad they use a holy month to spread their hate an murder.
Arabs killing Arabs, I have always wondered about that; they are killing their OWN people!


At 3:29 PM, Blogger nanc said...

elizabeth you stupid shiite! a cult has never known the truth. get your lies straight.


true americans will NOT stand for this - like i tell our children - we can be forgiven.

At 3:59 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Well maybe you could Elizabeth but I wouldn't.

free...I've seen it translated as first the Saturday people then the Sunday. It comes to the same thing.


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