Islam and the West

  • Blue Mosque, Istanbul Turkey

    It's not hard to find resentment towards immigrants when they don't integrate with the local culture. This tribalism isn't limited to the immigrants themselves, western civilization has long held the attitude that foreigners were barbarians and subhuman, a vain belief that entrenched the role of the state as the protector of the citizenry. Of course political ambition is part of Islamic culture as well, with conflicting attitudes towards succession causing the Sunni-Shia split and the managed succession of the Ottoman Empire causing incompetent rule and contributing to the Ottoman downfall of the first world war.

    Western civilization doesn't have a single single source for its culture and values. The two primary sources are Roman civil rule and English rule by sovereignty. The ideals of the English constitution stand apart from those of the the European res publica, with the common law of England referencing the ten commandments of Judaism and incorporating principles of law and ethics from Judaism and Christianty. In England the common law was at times in open conflict with the civil law of the continent, but they eventually formed a synthesis as the Westminster system, which incorporated the Roman Christianity of Westminster Abbey with the common law courts of Westminster Palace and had the English sovereign holding the title of defender of the faith.

    As one of the Abrahamic religions Islam shares common values with Judaism and Christianity, but also suffers from bad press due to it being an obstacle to Zionist ambition in the Middle East. Islam is associated with the descendants of Ishmael, who along with the house of Judah (loosely the Jews), and the house of Israel (aka the lost tribes) are the three groups of the Abrahamic covenant. Zionist territorial ambition describes the land of the Abrahamic covenant solely in terms of a Jewish state.

    The remedy to the migrant problem can be found in the shared values of the three Abrahamic religions, in particular those which provide an alternative to the imperialism of the civil state and the problem of false authority or rule by fraud. The fraud relates to the injury of the natural rights of life and liberty and the right to due process, with the principal falsehood being false sovereignty (i.e political supremacy) being presented as the real sovereignty which is associated with legitimate government and immunity from lawsuit.

    Truth and reason play an important role within these religions because they enable a shared framework of ethical values to be developed without dependence on arbitrary religious beliefs or traditions. Such a framework, as consistent with the law of nature of England's constitution, values the common good rather more than political power. In practical terms the remedy involves a transition from the statist model of modern politics to a libertarian system which recognises the divine as the authoritative source of rules of conduct and resolves disputes at a local level by oath in a manner similar to the common law hundred.

  • logic (n.) mid-14c., "branch of philosophy that treats of forms of thinking," from Old French logique (13c.), from Latin (ars) logica, from Greek logike (techne) "reasoning (art)," from fem. of logikos "pertaining to speaking or reasoning," from logos "reason, idea, word" (see logos). Meaning "logical argumentation" is from c. 1600.

    ...let us reason together...
    Isaiah 1:18

    But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word[logos], and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
    Matthew 13:23

    He will place defilement upon those who will not use reason.
    Quran 10:100

    "Reason is the life of the law; nay, the common law itself is nothing else but reason... The law, which is perfection of reason. " ~ Edward Coke

    Sources of the law. The origins from which particular positive laws derive their authority and coercive force. Such are constitutions, treaties, statutes, usages, and customs. In another sense, the authoritative or reliable works, records, documents, edicts, etc., to which we are to look for an understanding of what constitutes the law. Such, for example, with reference to the Roman law, are the compilations of Justinian and the treatise of Gaius; and such, with reference to the common law, are especially the ancient reports and the works of such writers as Bracton, Littleton, Coke, Fleta, Blackstone, and others. (Blacks 5th)

  • Recent events have changed the geopolitical landscape which directs Islamist terrorism. Any meaningful strategy for avoiding conflict here involves understanding NZ's role in th Anglo-American empire and how it has been instrumental in promoting radical Islamism since before the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan.

    Turkish national and FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds describes how MSNBC's Kyle Griffin started the twitter rumour that the coup had been successful, which links Turkey to Ukraine as objects of deep state ambition. Also the CIA's Fethulah Gulen kicked off the MSM conspiracy theory that Erdogan had staged the coup in order to consolidate political power, supporting the "too big to fail" meme which posits that if the CIA had been involved then the coup would have been successful.

    Erdogan making peace with Putin over the shootdown of a Russian bomber in Syrian airspace enabled a security alliance which helped to tip the scales in Erdogan's favour. The other major factor was the Turkish people, who after hearing Erdogan's plea, successfully confronted the Turkish heavy armour. Erdogan has since reaffirmed his ambivalent attitude to democracy and the rule of law by declaring a state of emergency while he continues his purge of political opponents in Turkey.

    The way all this connects to New Zealand is via English common law, which draws from the same ideological source as Islam (i.e. via the other Abrahamic Religions). The axis that is relevant here is popular theism vs naked political will. Despite its religious trappings the state in NZ is secular, and has a history of misleading the public about the relationship between theism, sovereignty, and the common law.

    Islam of course has its own political baggage. The split between Sunni and Shia Islam was purely about political power, with Sunnis preferring a democratic approach while the Shia advocated rule by descent. Incompetence in managed political rule was a major factor in the downfall of the Ottoman Empire, leading to the transition to secular politics in Turkey.

    Rather than simply reaffirming effective ideals and behaviors it's important to recognize that the situation implies that adverse political arrangements should also be considered. But to answer to your questions, the rule of law is the most relevant safegaurd which acts to prevent conflict. Here I mean the rule of law as applied in a constitutional sense, i.e. the application of maxims which describe principles like the presumption of innocence and the absence of prejudice in judgment, not the carte blanche endorsement of politicians as lawmakers.

  • How you can stop the next world war.

    Wars are a physical contest of political supremacy. Sometimes the cause for war is just, sometimes it is based on lies.

    In the triune brain model there are three physically separate subsytems, each of which governs a specific trait group; survival traits, social traits, and intellectual traits. The survival traits include social dominance behaviours and the fight or flight response. Social traits are governed by the emotions, with happiness being an indicator that things are as they should be. The intellectual functions are primarily reason and language.

    Wars result in the expression of survival traits. Wars are typically fought for the same reason that elections are contested in democratic nations, i.e. the pursuit of political supremacy, which is itself a survival trait.

    Separate from this, the intellectual traits are essential to diplomacy and conflict resolution. The point scoring behaviour of political debate is driven by an entirely different part of the brain to the part used to find common ground and resolve differences.

    This line of thought leads to the inevitable conclusion that civil democracies have an inherent predisposition towards conflict. This conclusion is supported by an examination of the differences between Sunni and Shia Islam. The differences between these two groups originated as a dispute over the transfer of political power, with Sunnis favouring a democratic approach and Shia favouring lineal descent. Sunni Islam is recognized as being more likely to engage in acts of violence, with the most visible example of Sunni extremism being ISIS.

  • Brzezinski: According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.

  • Nearly 70,000 Indian Muslim clerics have signed a fatwa against Isis and other terror groups saying they were “not Islamic organisations”.

    Around 1.5 million Muslims visiting a shrine dedicated to a Sufi Islamic saint near the city of Ajmer in north western state of Rajasthan during the Urs religious festival have signed a petition against terrorist attacks.

    Mufti Mohammed Saleem Noori, one of the clerics who signed the fatwa, told the Times of India: “From Sunday onwards, when the annual Urs began, members of Dargah Aala Hazrat have been distributing forms among followers seeking signatures to show that those signing stand against terrorism.

    He called on media organisations to stop referring to the groups – including Isis, the Taliban and al-Qaeda – as “Islamic”.

  • Tony Blair's Centre on Religion & Geopolitics speaks of terrorism and global extremism but fails to mention that Blair's own actions could be described as such.

  • Rejecting the Myth of Sanctioned Child Marriage in Islam

  • In his book “Al-Saud”, Musil reported that the Blackstone, the original sacred stone at the corner of the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest building visited by millions of pilgrims every year, was destroyed by the Saudi dynasty who ransacked the city in the spring of 1806.

    The Blackstone is Islam’s holiest stone and is sought by Muslims when they visit the Grand Mosque, the most revered in Islam. Muslims who are preforming pilgrimage (hajj) or minor pilgrimage (umrah) typically salute the stone or kiss it per prophetic tradition.


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