Kuwaiti Tabloid Conceals “Jihadi John’s” Job in Kuwait

Update 3 March 2015.

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While the Guardian newspaper reports today that his former boss in an unnamed Kuwaiti IT company has praised Mohammed Emwazi’s skills and manners (“He was the best employee we ever had, … He was very good with people. Calm and decent. He came to our door and gave us his CV… How could someone as calm and quiet as him become like the man who we saw on the news? It’s just not logical that he could be this guy.”), Kuwaits English-language tabloid Arab Times still tries to conceal that the Kuwaiti born was living, at least for some time, in Kuwait. His parents (“Bedoun, stateless Kuwaitis, having joined Iraqis in Saddam’s onslaught on Kuwait in 1990“) are apparently surveyed and harrassed by authorities.

Emwazi, then 21 years of age, left Kuwait in 2010 for London after a 3-month “stellar probationary period” at the above IT company.

2 March 2015 @ 8:15 am.

Update March 3, 2015. With some delay, Arab Times informed their readers today about the Kuwaiti epidsode in 2010 at an unnamed IT company of Daesh killer Emwazi.

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Taking a Terrorist Way too Serious

After the recent terror attacks in Paris and Copenhagen, and atrocities by Daesh, the self-proclaimed Islamic State, Western voices including U.S. president Barack Obama have claimed that this does not represent Islam. Outrage about a perceived helplessness of the Muslim world to make very clear that al-Baghdadi and his thugs are terrorists, nothing else, has been mediated by pointing to an explicit declaration of Muslim authorities which has allegedly been ignored in Western media outlets.

There is a reason for not paying too much attention. When trying to read the respective open letter to a terrorist of September 2014, one may be appalled from the beginning when noticing to whom this pamphlet is addressed, “Dr. Ibrahim Awad al-Badri – alias Abu Bakr al-Bagdhadi,” well, a doctor. The letter is 34 pages long, including 126 original signatories.

It suffices to randomly check respective items in the executive summary to immediately realize the most hypocritical content of the letter. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has experienced a surge of executions in 2014, for example for such “crimes” as sorcery (#19 It is forbidden in Islam to attribute evil acts to God). Political dissidents and religious preachers of minority sects within Islam are threatened with severe punishment. A blogger, critical of the religious establishment, is sentenced to 1000 lashes, executed in poundings of 50 each Friday after prayers (now suspended, not because of mercy but probably Western pressure), so slowly torturing and killing him (##16, 17 It is forbidden in Islam to torture, to enact legal punishments (hudud) without following the correct procedures that ensure justice and mercy). Women’s rights in KSA, just forget it (#14 It is forbidden in Islam to deny women their rights). Modern forms of slavery are present in all of the Gulf countries ( #12 The re-introduction of slavery is forbidden in Islam. It was abolished by universal [sic] consensus). In Qatar, numerous Muslim expats, deprived of their passports, die of incredible heat and humidity in each summer for the questionable purpose of building stadiums and an infrastructure for the 2022 Worldcup of completely corrupt FIFA (heavily criticized in the West, not in Qatar).

It is actually not really worth to seriously go through the text of the open letter by Muslim authorities which is full of ahadith, far out of the 21st century. One exception may be the following, just in order to explain the completely absurd undertaking of warning Abu Bakr’s followers.

On page 26, ahadith of Ali bin Abi Talib are quoted,

‘When you see the black flags’: The flags of the ‘Islamic States’ are black.

‘Remain where you are’: i.e., stay where you are, O Muslims, and do not join them.

‘And do not move hands or your feet’: i.e., do not help them financially or with equipment.

‘Thereafter there shall appear a feeble insignificant folk': i.e. ‘weak’ and ‘insignificant’ in terms of understanding of religion, morality and religious practice.

‘Their hearts will be like fragments of iron’: i.e. they will ruthlessly kill prisoners of war and cruelly torture people.

‘They will have the state’: For almost a century, no one has claimed to be an Islamic Caliphate other than the current ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq and the Levant.

‘They will fulfil neither covenant nor agreement’: The ‘Islamic State’ did not fulfil its agreement with the Sha’etat tribe after the tribe pledged allegiance to them; indeed the ‘Islamic State’ slaughtered them by hundreds. They also killed journalists.

‘They will call to the truth’: The ‘Islamic State’ calls to Islam.

‘But they will not be people of the truth’: The people of the truth are merciful. The Prophet Muhammad said: ‘Have mercy and you will be shown mercy.’

‘There names will be parental attributions’: Like ‘Abu Muthana,’ ‘Abu Muhammad,’ Abu Muslim’ and so on.

‘And their aliases will be derived from towns’: Like: Al-Bagdhadi,’ al-Zarqawi,’ ‘al-Tunisi’ and so on.

‘Their hair will be free-flowing like that of women’: ‘Islamic State’ fighters have hair precisely like this.

‘Until they differ among themselves’: Like the differences between the ‘Islamic State and its parents, the al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda in Syria). The fighting between these two has led to around ten thousand deaths in a single year.

‘Thereafter, God will bring forth the truth through whomever He wills’: through a clear and correct Islamic proclamation (like the open letter).”

The chapter closes with a warning from the Qur’an (Luqman, 31:16).

“The sage Luqman says in the Qur’an: ‘O my son! Even if it should be weight of a grain of mustard-seed, and [even if] it be in a rock, or in the heaven, or in the earth, God will bring it forth. Truly God is Subtle, Aware.’

I did not check whether Muslim authorities remark on wearing a brassy wrist watch (visible on the few published pictures of al-Bagdhadi) is forbidden by Islam as well (that’s what I have heard when in Kuwait). Teaching a mass murderer that what he is doing is wrong does not need a pseudo-academic exegesis of Qur’an and hadith but getting him, putting him into court and sentence him according to universal  legislation, not medieval shariah.

That it is considered suitable to warn potential followers of Daesh by quoting Ali’s ahadith is alarming.

28 February 2015 @ 12:06 pm.

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Citizenfour

Poitras

Director Laura Poitras, editor Mathilde Bonnefoy and producer Dirk Wilutzky have won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Documentary Citizenfour and were accompanied by Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden’s girlfriend Linda Mills in Hollywood.

23 February 2015 @ 4:59 pm.

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Auschwitz and the Germans

After World War II, a Russian, a Pole and a German are asked by a journalist, “Excuse me, what is your opinion about the current meat shortage?” The Russian asks, “What’s an opinion?” When the journalist asks the Pole, he responds, “What’s meat?” Then the journalist asks the German, “Excuse me, what’s your opinion about the current meat shortage?” The German asks, “What’s Excuse me?”

This is an intentional modification of a downright anti-Semitic joke made by grinning Norman Finkelstein when being interviewed in a car which can be seen at the very beginning of American Radical – The Trials of Norman Finkelstein of 2010.

Unfortunately the documentary, broadcast on the occasion of the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, about a documentary of what Red Army and Allies found when liberating extermination camps Auschwitz-Birkenau, Bergen-Belsen and Dachau 70 years ago (“Night will Fall”), which I had posted yesterday, has been removed meanwhile. Having seen it, it was again very clear that one may make jokes about Germans’ ignorance and alleged supremacy but not about the ordeal of European Jews seeking refuge in the lands of their ancestors. While West Germany, after painful years of hunger and difficult survival in completely ruined cities, prospered due to the Marshall Plan (“Wirtschaftswunder”), people in East Germany suffered from enormous reparations and the dismantlement of their infrastructure (about 99 billion Deutschemarks) and just another, now communist, dictatorship.

In the West, especially after the Nuremberg Trials of leading war criminals in 1945 and 1946, no one wanted to be confronted with the shame of Auschwitz. It was just marked off. As a child of the 1950s, no one, not parents, grandparents, teachers, nor my pastor who confirmed me in 1968, talked about it, at least not about the absolutely necessary details of industrialized genocide. Hard to believe, but I first became aware of the monstrous crimes committed by my despicable compatriots in 1975, during the third Majdanek trial, when some of the culprits got ridiculously low prison sentences. I was then 19 years old.

After that, US miniseries Holocaust of 1979, Historikerstreik of the late 1980s, Daniel Goldhagen’s daring hypothesis (completely debunked by Finkelstein and Birn in 1998) of the vast majority of Germans having been Hitler’s Willing Executioners of 1996, all of that made an impact. When living in the Middle East for some time, I was faced with every-day anti-Semitism of Muslims who won’t respond to my constant claims that the Holocaust, when defined as industrialized genocide was unique in history. But that is what it is. But I also learned that the unsolvable Israel-Palestine conflict is intimately related to Auschwitz and that Germans and Jews will be deeply connected forever.

German, Aryan, supremacy is still virulent, though, and has to be curtailed on a daily basis. In Dresden (with a Muslim population of 0.4%), each Monday a far-right group strangely called Patrioten Europas gegen die Islamisierung des Abendendlandes, or Pegida (European Patriots against the Islamization of the Occident) demonstrates in front of the Parliament shouting Wir sind das Volk (we are the people, or rather mob). The claim is shamelessly adopted from those who brought communist Eastern Germany (DDR) to its knees 25 years ago in Leipzig and Dresden. It doesn’t come as a surprise that this populist movement has its origin in Saxony where Germany’s fascist party NPD, a direct successor of Hitler’s NSDAP, failed, only with a narrow margin of 1000 votes, to be represented in the Landtag due to the five percent clause. Pegida, a new expression of xenophobia, has replaced open anti-Semitism with a risk for penalty.

28 January 2015 @ 1:30 pm.

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Seventy Years to this Day

It took seventy years to broadcast Night will Fall in Germany, tonight at 11:30 pm in the main tv channel, ARD.

26 January 2015 @ 7:13 pm.

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