#IllRideWithYou – Liberal Preening In the Wake of Islamic Terror Events

It’s become the expected thing for liberals to engage in the same ritualistic dance every time an Islamic terrorist somewhere in the non-Muslim world engages in terroristic mayhem.

There’s an overwhelming desire among many to preemptively declare Muslims victims and apologize for any anti-Muslim feelings other people might have: Inspired by Sydney siege, #IllRideWithYou trends worldwide.

The New Yorker reports that a Sydney television reporter proposed the #illridewithyou hashtag after a woman tweeted about seeing another woman removing her hijab on a train, “presumably out of fear” of backlash against Muslims following the hostage crisis. “Put it back on. I’ll walk with you,” she reportedly told the woman, “inspiring a mini-movement in Sydney’s public-transportation system and reflections on who Australians might want to be now that the siege is over.”

Well, that’s lovely and I’m sure everyone is impressed. But there’s been no backlash, so what sparked the worldwide trend?

In the Muslim world, violent terrorist attacks are so expected, civilized people don’t even comment on them, anymore – even as Islamists threaten to extinguish entire races off the face of the earth. Who needs the Yazidis anyway? No one ever heard of them before ISIS started killing them off, am I right?  As for the Christian slaughters in Iraq, Syria, and Nigeria – fellow Christians in the Western world can barely be bothered. Okay, so they’re crucifying and beheading even children.  We only have so much room in our hearts for moral outrage and there are much more pressing matters here at home – like the possibility that someone might try blame a great religion for what a few bad apples did/are doing in its name.

When a violent Islamist holds innocent people hostage in a cafe in Sydney, Australia, and the 16 hour stand-off results in two hostages and the Islamist dead, liberals feel compelled to re-avow their support and admiration for Muslims, and point fingers accusingly at those who might awkwardly suggest that maybe there’s something about their religion – perhaps found in their sacred texts -  that inspires these violent outbursts.

These are very brave – very noble people who want you to be inspired by their near supernatural displays of tolerance on Twitter.

One conservative wondered how the far these libs would be willing to go to prove their tolerance.

 

Another one made the excellent point that in some Muslim countries a woman does not have the freedom to take off her hijab in public.

But those are faraway countries and that’s none of our business. Like the mass exterminations of Yazidis and Christians.

Here in America, the left always display their admirable tolerance – except when they don’t.

Iowahawk responded to the liberal tolerance brigades as only Iowahawk can.

Andrew Klavan addressed this liberal phenomenon a few years ago in a classic Klavan on the Culture.

 

#SydneySiege Live Feed: 7 Hostages Have Now Escaped, Gunman Identified, Siege Over

LIVE FEED via ABC News 24:

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Three people have managed to escape the Lindt cafe in Sydney in the seventh hour of what appears to be a Islamic Terrorist siege. Two of the hostages came out through the front door and the other one through the fire escape.

Via The Guardian:

  • Police have confirmed the three people seen running from the Lindt cafe were hostages who are now free.
  • It is not clear how many hostages are in the cafe. Reports have ranged from 8 to 50. Five different hostages have been sighted in news footage.
  • Police say there is “at least one” offender.
  • The Sydney Opera House was evacuated for a non-specified reason but police have since left the scene.
  • Conservative radio presenter Ray Hadley has claimed a hostage has called him and he spoke to him off the air. He says the NSW police commissioner verified the phone call but the commissioner would not confirm or deny the claim.
  • The siege began about 9.45am AEST and police say while they have had contact with hostages there has been no direct contact with the offender. Police say nobody has been harmed to their knowledge.

Reportedly, there are no more than 30 hostages being held in the cafe.

The three free hostages will be interviewed by the police as soon as they receive medical attention.

UPDATE:

Via The Guardian:

Two women, believed to be two of the hostages, have fled from the Lindt cafe. That brings the total number of people out of the hostage situation to five. It is still not clear if they are being released or are fleeing on their own. Previously three men fled from the cafe.

The woman pictured running appears to be the one on the left in the picture below holding the black flag with another woman.

A black flag with white Arabic writing reading “There is no God but Allah” and “Mohammed is the messenger of God” was displayed inside the store by the hostages.

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Via 9News.com.au: 

It bears a strong resemblance to the banner waved by ISIL militants in the Middle East, with both flags making use of a black background emblazoned with the shahada, the Islamic statement of faith.

With minor variations, the phrase runs across the Islamic world as “There is no god but God, and Muhammad is his prophet”.

It also appears on the flags of Hizb ut-Tahrir, al-Qaeda, Somali militant group al-Shabab, Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra, and on the national flag of Saudi Arabia.

Via Twitchy, a look at one of the gunmen:

UPDATE II: 

Via The Guardian:

Pictures are coming through now of the hostages who fled the scene around 20 minutes ago. It is not clear whether they were freed or escaped.

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There has been a flurry of activity in the last 25 minutes – here’s what we know:

  • Several hostages – thought to number five to seven – have fled the cafe.
  • Loud bangs have been heard and police confirm live ammunition has been used.
  • Other people have been removed from the scene, some on stretchers, apparently needing medical attention. There are unconfirmed reports that four hostages have been injured.
  • A bomb disposal robot has gone into the building.

UPDATE III:

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Man Haron Monis

Police have released the identity of the hostage taker, an Iranian immigrant known to be a violent extremist, but for some reason allowed to remain at large even after being charged with heinous crimes.

An Iranian refugee known for sending hate mail to the families of Australian soldiers killed overseas and facing several charges of sexual assault is the armed man holding an unknown number of hostages in a Sydney cafe, a police source said on Tuesday.

Man Haron Monis, a self-styled sheikh, remained holed up in the cafe some 15 hours after the siege began.

“There’s no operational reason for that name to be held back by us now,” said the police source, who declined to be identified.

Monis, also known as Sheikh Haron, was charged last year with being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife who was stabbed and set alight in a Sydney apartment block.

Via Twitchy: Report: Hostage taker demands ISIL flag and to talk to PM Abbott; Says 2 bombs in cafe:

… we’re starting to get reports of “demands” from the as yet to be identified hostage taker: He wants an ISIS flag and to talk with PM Abbott. There are also reports that he is claiming to have planted four bombs, two in the cafe and two in Sydney’s CBD:

UPDATE IV:

NSW Police@nswpolice: “Sydney siege is over. More details to follow.”
Via Weasel Zippers: Two reported dead, 3 in serious condition, video of police breaking into the cafe.

Obama Regime Leading From Behind On ISIS – Wants Blank Check AUMF

In an appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry said the Obama administration wants Congress to approve an Authorization for Use Military Force that would specifically target ISIS, but without any geographic limitations or restrictions on  ground forces.

Kerry emphasized that President Barack Obama still has no intention of deploying ground combat troops but doesn’t think the Senate should “preemptively bind the hands of our commander in chief” in responding to unexpected contingencies in combating the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. Kerry’s testimony suggests Obama will be seeking broader authority than congressional Democrats — and some Republicans — will be willing to approve.

At Hot Air, Ed Morrissey argues that the Regime is asking for a blank check to do whatever they want to do militarily, without a political paper trail.

Obama got elected by promising to end the war in Iraq, and then got re-elected by bragging that he’d done so by pulling out. All he did was set the stage for the war to expand exponentially, and with it the threat to the region and the West. Now Obama wants to avoid the political consequences of the failure of his policy by trying to get Congress to step in front of him while Obama prepares to re-enter the war he left behind. Republicans aren’t going to take the bait no matter how much they see the need for a forward strategy against ISIS, and neither are Obama’s Democratic allies.

The defining characteristic of this administration’s foreign policy has always been a failure to lead. It’s just becoming a lot more obvious these days.

Ace of Spades let our Nobel Peace Prize winning SCOAMF- who will never admit that he made a mistake - HAVE IT:

President Obama is a coward of impossible dimensions.

He is attempting to fight a war without alerting the public to the fact that it is a war, because he is ideologically committed to claiming that war is always a mistake, and yet for political reasons he must be seen as pretending to fight IS.

He knows he needs — get this — an actual resolution from Congress to fight this war. But, because of the political optics, he does not wish to be seen asking for one, nor engaging in the process of securing one.

Did you notice who was sitting behind Kerry at the Senate hearing holding a pink sign? Yeah, that’s right. Obama doesn’t want to upset or disappoint the likes of her.

So the Administration refuses to tell the Senate what should be in an AUMF, or what shouldn’t be there. He wants them to just guess, because he is such a clownish, cartoonishly cowardly malefactor that he can’t be seen to have actually sent over a memo.

This is the worst man — not just the worst president, but the worst man — I have ever seen in a leadership position.

Yep.

Amid Rumors Obama Mulling Sanctions Against Israel, Congress Unites to Denounce Hamas and Support Israel

Yesterday, the Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution supporting Israel and denouncing Hamas. The timing of the move suggests it’s a reaction to rumors that the Obama administration is considering sanctions against Israel over their settlements in Jerusalem.

The Cruz-Gillibrand-Manchin Resolution supports Israel’s right to defend itself and condemns the use of human shields in Gaza.

 

WASHINGTON, DC – A resolution co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia unanimously passed the Senate yesterday to condemn the use of civilians as human shields by the terrorist group, Hamas.

“The Senate has sent a united signal that we denounce Hamas’ barbaric tactics and unequivocally support Israel’s right to self-defense,” said Sen. Cruz. “Even though Republicans and Democrats may be divided on many issues, there should be no daylight between us when it comes to standing up to radical Islamic terrorists including Hamas. I hope the international community will join America in condemning their deplorable use of human shields, which is a war crime. I thank my colleagues for their affirmation of our unshakable bond with the nation of Israel. We look forward to the passage of this resolution in the House or Representatives, where it has been led by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Florida and Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Florida and has 102 co-sponsors.”

Sen. Cruz’s resolution:

  • Strongly condemns the use of innocent civilians as human shields;

  • Calls on the international community to recognize and condemn Hamas’ use of human shields;

  • Places responsibility for the rocket attacks against Israel on Hamas and other terrorist organizations, such as Palestine Islamic Jihad;

  • Supports the sovereign right of the Government of Israel to defend its territory and its citizens from Hamas’ rocket attacks, kidnapping attempts and the use of tunnels and other means to carry out attacks against Israel;

  • Expresses condolences to the families of the innocent victims on both sides of the conflict;

  • Supports Palestinian civilians who reject Hamas and all forms of terrorism and violence, desiring to live in peace with their Israeli neighbors;

  • Supports efforts to demilitarize the Gaza Strip, removing Hamas’ means to target Israel, including its use of tunnels, rockets, and other means; and

  • Condemns the United Nations Human Rights Council’s biased resolution establishing a commission of inquiry into Israel’s Gaza operations.

Last week White House mouthpiece didn’t deny that sanctions against Israel were on the table.

But on Monday, Earnest’s tune had completely changed.

 Obama administration officials on Monday denied reports that the U.S. was weighing sanctions on Israel over settlement expansions in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, dismissing such speculation as “completely unfounded and without merit.”

“Reports that [we] might be contemplating sanctions against Israel are completely unfounded and without merit,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday.

Still, Earnest suggested that Israeli and administration officials had a recent conversation about the issue and acknowledged that “settlement activity” continues to be a matter of disagreement.

As if it’s Obama’s business where Israelis build their settlements.

This video, highlighting Obama’s hostility toward the Jewish State was produced in 2011 by the David Horowitz Freedom Center. Things have only gotten worse since then.

The Child Martyrs of Iraq (Video)

ISIS monsters have beheaded four Christian children in Iraq for refusing to convert to Islam, according to a British vicar who fled the country to Israel at the behest of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Canon Andrew White, aka the ‘vicar of Baghdad’, is a broken man. In a recent appearance on CBN, his face was contorted in pain and sorrow flowed out of every pore as he discussed the plight of the desperate Christians being hunted and massacred by the ISIS Mutants.

White spoke of how ISIS  “hounded” Christians out of Iraq, killing them in huge numbers. “They chopped their children in half, they chopped their heads off, and they moved north and it was so terrible what happened,” he trembled.

He related a story of how ISIS “came to one of our people the other day, one of the Christians”.

“They said to one man, an adult, ‘Either you say the words of conversion to Islam or we kill all your children’.

“He was desperate, he said the words. And then he phoned me, and said, ‘Abouna [Father], I said the words, does that mean that Yeshua doesn’t’ love me anymore?’ I said, ‘Yeshua still loves you, he will always love you”.

In a horrifying incident a few days later, ISIS showed up again and and demanded that four children under 15 convert to Islam, but the brave children refused.

According to White, ISIS said, ‘You say the words that you will follow Mohammed’.

But the children said “no, we love Yeshua, we have always loved, we have always followed Yeshua, Yeshua has always been with us.”

ISIS insisted that they say the words, but the children steadfastly refused.

“They chopped all their heads off. How do you respond to that? You just cry,” the heartbroken Vicar said.

But Canon White surely knows that the martyred children are now in the bosom of their beloved Yeshua.

The early Christian martyrs have nothing on these modern young saints.

Canon White said that most of his staff are still in the north of Iraq trying to look after beleaguered and displaced Christians.

Back in August when a lot of the atrocities against the Christians in Northern Iraq were happening, an Iraqi TV host broke down in tears, talking about the crisis.

Also in August, hundreds of Iranian Assyrians protested the brutal killings of Christians and other religious groups in Iraq by the ISIS Mutants in front of the UN building in Tehran, demanding justice and global attention to the plight of Assyrians in Iraq.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit

Boots On The Ground: Former US Soldiers Join Kurds in Fight Against ISIS (Video)

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The Lions Of Rojava via Jordan Matson’s Facebook Page: 

Some of the first men to answer the call of the Lions of Rojava. Im honored to stand at there side. These men have given up everything to stand up for humanity. We will not stand idle while evil men murder the innocent and force there way of life on the masses. To all those joining the fight, I’ll see you soon. God bless, Jordan Matson

Even though most of America has figured out by now that air-strikes alone are not going to be sufficient to stop the deranged ISIS mutants who are currently rampaging through the Middle East, our feckless Golfer-in-Chief has “promised” there will be no boots on the ground.

That hasn’t stopped several American citizens from joining the Kurds in Northern Syria in the fight against ISIS – even though it’s illegal to join a militia in Syria.

A Kurdish official confirmed to Al Arabiya News that a former US soldier from Wisconsin, Jordan Matson, 28,  joined the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), who are battling advances by ISIS close to Syria’s borders with Turkey and Iraq. He is one of the first – if not – THE first American to join the fight. But he says hundreds more have contacted him wanting to join the fight.

“Yes it is true,”    YPG spokesman Redur Xelil said in an online message. “He is fighting in the Jazaa area.”

Jazaa is a town in Syria’s northeastern Hasaka province, close to the Iraqi border and has been the site of heavy fighting between the two groups.

The YPG said last month it has lost 35 of its fighters in a two-week battle for control of Jazaa and said Kurdish forces had killed hundreds of ISIS fighters.

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A friend of Matson’s said he told online gaming friends about two months ago that he was joining a “private army” to fight ISIS.

“He told us in the community that he was getting hired by a private army and he let us know two to three months in advance,” said Miguel Caron by telephone from Montreal.

“He sent me a personal Facebook message on the 16th of September saying ‘hey boss, I’m heading to Syria.’ He told me he dropped his girlfriend and stopped looking for a job,” Caron added.

Via The Daily Mail, Matson told CNN, ”I prayed about it for about a month or two and I really soul searched and said, “is this really what I want to do?” Eventually, I decided to do it.’

Matson flew to Turkey and was taken to Rojava, a Kurdish-controlled area of northern Syria. For the past month, he has been a volunteer fighter helping to defend three small statelets in the area.

He’s been contacted by many former soldiers from across Europe, America and Australia, he said. They are attracted to fighting for the Kurdish militia for the same reasons as he was.

‘ISIS has threatened all these countries… to push their agenda in those nations,’ he said. ‘And the veterans of those nations who love their countries don’t want to sit by while this is happening.’

Matson recently posted a message to his Facebook page, urging would-be fighters to ‘be patient as the outcry to join the fight is immense’.

“In the hundreds veterans are lining up to come over here because if our government won’t do anything, we will,” Matson said in the video below.

Of his own decision, he added: ‘These people threatened American citizens, and bring harm to us. I think I decided enough was enough, and I decided to come out this way.’

He had contacted the group online after ISIS captured Mosul in Iraq.

‘All the American veterans that have died over there and paid their lives for that country so they could have a democracy – that just resonated in my mind,’ he said. ‘And I couldn’t live with myself letting that country fall, and all my brothers’ lives be for nothing.’

But as well as fighting for Americans – ‘so [ISIS] can’t take it to us’ – he said he’s also fighting for the Kurdish people.

Here, USA and British Special Ops veterans are pictured with #YPG training for the battle against#ISIS in #Rojava, Syria.

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 Via Townhall: U.S. Special Operations Vets Launch Crowdfunding Campaign to Help Kurds Fight Against ISIS ‘Genocidal Caliphate’

A group of former U.S. Special Operations Veterans have launched a crowdfunding campaign, Operation Limitless Compassion, to help the Kurds fight off ISIS terrorists in Iraq. Castle International, a world-wide air ambulance company founded and operated by former special operations volunteers, is leading the way to provide pro-U.S. Kurdish fighters with desperately needed humanitarian aid, medical training, medical supplies, and combat training. Recon teams from Castle International have already deployed to northern Iraq to offer direct assistance to Kurdish fighters and more will head to the region in November. Castle International has launched two crowdfunding sites to gather donations,GoFundMe and YouCaring.com, with a goal of raising $100,000 for the operation.

Via Jordan Matson’s Facebook Page: Now ‪#‎Kobane‬ is a grave yard for the ‪#‎IS‬ monsters. The photo is taken, when YPG Forces are trying to clean the streets from their corpse.

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Jeanine Pirro: “This President Doesn’t Know The Difference Between Good and Evil” (Video)

“This president doesn’t know the difference between Good and evil,” Judge Jeanine charged in her opening statement, Saturday night. “Or maybe he does,” she added ominously..

Addressing Obama directly, she said, “your liberal delusions are putting Americans in danger, and instead of reversing course, you dig your heels in deeper. And that’s you’re biggest weakness – refusing to admit mistakes and refusing to change.”

“Your job Mr. President  is to fight evil. Your job is to protect the American people,” she continued. “And if you want to engage in Kumbaya politics – do it on your own time!”

She had former Attorney General Michael Mukasey on to discuss the president’s feckless foreign policies.

Pirro also had on former US Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton on to talk about Obama’s collapsing foreign policies.