Archive for August 2006

Polls

August 30, 2006

The western media, although seemingly far-fetched and unrealistic, actually convinces people. The media effectively distorts the truth; brain washing people into believing its lies.

Western media just adores making polls and analyzing them extensively. So here are a few polls made of Americans, concerning issues in the
Middle East and Islam.

Of course these are probably not accurate either so this is more like a glimpse of what Americans think they think. Take a look…

On the third anniversary of the start of the U.S.-led war in Iraq, majorities of Americans feel that the Iraqi people are better off today and the
United States is safer. Even so, over half say they do not believe a free, stable government can be achieved in Iraq. And as continued pressure is put on Iran to stop work on a nuclear weapons program, almost as many Americans say they think Iran will ultimately get nuclear weapons as think it will be stopped either through diplomacy or force

The latest FOX News poll finds that Americans think
Iran cannot be trusted, and a majority thinks
Iran either already poses a threat to the
United States or that it will soon.

A new FOX News poll finds that Americans overwhelmingly see Iraq finalizing its government as a victory — and most see the death of terrorist leader Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi that way as well. President George W. Bush’s job approval rating is out of the thirties for the first time since February and currently stands at 40 percent. In addition, there is widespread confidence the military will fully investigate allegations
U.S. troops killed several civilians in Haditha, and a clear majority thinks almost all
U.S. troops are treating Iraqi people with respect.

In a study to determine how much the public fears terrorism, almost half of respondents polled nationally said they believe the U.S. government should — in some way — curtail civil liberties for Muslim Americans, according to a new survey released today (Dec. 17) by Cornell University

About 27 percent of respondents said that all Muslim Americans should be required to register their location with the federal government, and 26 percent said they think that mosques should be closely monitored by
U.S. law enforcement agencies.

Twenty-nine percent agreed that undercover law enforcement agents should infiltrate Muslim civic and volunteer organizations, in order to keep tabs on their activities and fund raising. About 22 percent said the federal government should profile citizens as potential threats based on the fact that they are Muslim or have Middle Eastern heritage. In all, about 44 percent said they believe that some curtailment of civil liberties is necessary for Muslim Americans.

Sixty-five percent of self-described highly religious people queried said they view Islam as encouraging violence more than other religions do; in comparison, 42 percent of the respondents who said they were not highly religious saw Islam as encouraging violence. In addition, highly religious respondents also were more likely to describe Islamic countries as violent (64 percent), fanatical (61 percent) and dangerous (64 percent). Fewer of the respondents who said they were not highly religious described Islamic countries as violent (49 percent), fanatical (46 percent) and dangerous (44 percent). But 80 percent of all respondents said they see Islamic countries as being oppressive toward women.

The survey also showed a correlation between television news-viewing habits, a respondent’s fear level and attitudes toward restrictions on civil liberties for all Americans. Respondents who paid a lot of attention to television news were more likely to favor restrictions on civil liberties, such as greater power for the government to monitor the Internet. Respondents who paid less attention to television news were less likely to support such measures.

(The more people watch tv the more they are afraid. The media is used to instill fear into the masses legitimizing the wars waged in the name of money and power.  InshAllah, I will try to make a post on that topic soon. )

Polls showing Americans as terrified people willing to give up their ideals to ensure their “safety”, actually benefits the western cause the most.  People become afraid when they see that others are afraid. They hold certain views and opinions when they see that others think that way.

 These polls are like official recognition that guarantees the publics right to hate and be afraid. They feel that if everyone thinks a certain way, then there must be something they know.

Little do they know about the world around them.

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When babies become fair game….

August 26, 2006

                   

When babies become fair game, “Israel’s” Education minister becomes very angry.

“When terrorists declare every member of a particular society a legitimate target, when babies become fair game, they are moving humanity backwards to the age of savagery, when human society was dominated by dark, unrestrained passions, not the laws and accepted rules of civilized conduct”

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The very “civilized” “Israeli” minister says:“The laws of war in the civilized world are based on a clear-cut distinction between combatants and civilians. The civilized world has determined that acts of war may be carried out only against armed combatants not against unarmed citizens. Terrorists refuse to heed these laws and in so doing set themselves apart from civilized people everywhere.” 
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The very “educated” education minister claims:“[Palestinians] have planned military-terrorist attacks on civilians targeting places with a high density of children and young women. Remember, the attack on a Tel Aviv coffee shop in Purim? They love to murder toddlers.”

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The “oppressed” “Israeli” Education minister says:“Of course they rush to the anti-Israeli media when a bullet killed a 12 year old girl in
Gaza, a mistake by an Israeli soldier. It happened in a war.The wave of terror launched by the Palestinian Authority demonstrates complete scorn and utter contempt for the rules and principles of the civilized world, turning children and teenagers into the targets and victims of barbarous acts of murder.” 
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The “clever” “Israeli” minister claims:“As a result, the terrorist has set himself apart from the rest of humanity. He has declared an all-out war on the society he is challenging. In his view, any member of that society is a legitimate target. Even a babe in arms is fair game, because that baby may grow up to become a soldier.”

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“Yet Israel is a nation that yearns for peace. Its war is not against innocent Palestinians, but rather against the terrorists themselves, as well as those who dispatch, finance, harbor and give them succor…..”says, the “peaceful” “Israeli” education minister. 

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I pray for the Truth to become manifest. I pray for God to soften the hardened hearts, so that they may see the truth. I pray for the innocent to no longer be blamed for the oppression done against them. May God guide those who have gone astray. and May the Most Merciful grant his Mercy on all those who are oppressed

*This excerpts were taken from the article “The Slaughter of Israeli Children” in the “Jewish Post”. For those who wish to know, I do not agree with anything between “” quotation marks.

Cartoons

August 25, 2006

Cartoons can effectively express ideas with very few words. Like they say; “A picture is worth a thousand words”.

These are some of my personal favorites.

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An Outlandish Response

August 24, 2006

Between all of the propaganda in the media, some people struggling to remain righteous, are still able to speak the truth. In these modern troubling times, only those who with the strongest of faith and strenght can oppose the deluded mainstream.

A hip hop group named Outlandish (im sure everyone has heard of) for example, is trying to make clear to the people in the west, the real situation in the middle east. They are also explaining how they are treated in the West as Muslims. They are outlandish in their response to the media….swimming against the current, and not with it.

Here are two songs they sing with these purposes.

I find the song Just Me, to be the closest in meaning to the objective of this website.

Try not to Cry

Ayn Jalut where David slew Goliath
This very same place that we be at
Passing through the sands of times
This land’s been the victim of countless crimes
From Crusaders and Mongols
to the present aggression
Then the Franks, now even a crueller oppression
If these walls could speak,

imagine what would they say

For me in this path that I walk on
there’s only one way
Bullets may kill, bones may break
Still I throw stones like David before me and I say
Try not to cry little one
You’re not alone
I’ll stand by you
Try not to cry little one
My heart is your stone
I’ll throw with you

 throw stones at my eyes
’cause for way too long they’ve been dry
Plus they see what they shouldn’t from oppressed babies to thighs
I throw stones at my tongue
’cause it should really keep its peace
I throw stones at my feet
’cause they stray and lead to defeat
A couple of big ones at my heart
’cause the thing is freezing cold
But my nafs is still alive
and kicking unstoppable and on a roll
I throw bricks at the devil so I’ll be sure to hit him
But first at the man in the mirror
so I can chase out the venom

Hmm, a little boy shot in the head
Just another kid sent out to get some bread
Not the first murder nor the last
Again and again a repetition of the past
Since the very first day same story
Young ones, old ones, some glory
How can it be, has the whole world turned blind?
Or is it just ’cause it’s only affecting my kind?!
If these walls could speak,
imagine what would they say
For me in this path that I walk on
there’s only one way
Bullets may kill, bones may break
Still I throw stones like David before me and I say

Just Me

Switch on the TV what do I see
Yet another guy that looks just like me
Another picture, Another story, Another tale, Another piece
Some guy who got shot
Young guy left to rot
Lady got robbed
Some guys who got stopped
Open the paper in search of news and enlightenment
Met by some story ‘bout hate and incitement
Half the stories in the paper ‘bout us
Another woman got assaulted on the bus

There’s a piece about young immigrants and thugs
Another article ‘bout brother selling drugs
Turn the page hurt my eyes enough
Yo this BS everyday is tough
It’s just me, just me
Yet again all the talks about me
Just me, just me
No matter what I do, you can’t set your mind free,
Hear a lie enough times and you believe it for sure
Obstacles in your way make u wanna quit
And turn your back on everything
Shine a light up
Brothers and sisters going get brighter
Even though the media try to demonize us
Need to be wiser
With eyes wide shut
We ain’t gon’ get nowhere
So man listen up
Raise your cup
It ain’t half empty
It’s half full
Life is a test
It faces many obstacles


Good Night and Good Luck

August 23, 2006

Edward R. Murrows was an American Journalist, working mainly for CBS. The movie Good Night and Good Luck, portrays Murrows conflict with US Senator Joseph McCarthy. Taken fromt he script, here is a portion of a speach he gives, explaining how dangerous television can be if used wrongly, or how constructive if used correctly.

I think his speach clearly shows the importance of the media, and unfortunately shows that some people did actually predict the horrible fate of television and media in general. He expressed himself very efficiently. Its a little long, but worth it.

Our history will be what we make of it.

And if there are any historians

about or years from now

and there should be preserved, the kinescopes of one week

of all three network, they will there find recorded

in black and white, and in color evidence of decadence,

escapism and insulation from the realities

of the world in which we live.

We are currently wealthy, fat,comfortable, and complacent.

We have a built-in allergy to unpleasant or disturbing information.

Our mass media reflect this.

But unless we get up off

our fat surpluses and recognize

that television in the main is being used to distract, delude,

amuse, and insulate us then television

and those who finance it, those who look at it

and those who work at it, may see atotally

different picture too late.

If we go on as we are then history will take its revenge,
and retribution will not limp in catching up with us.
Just once in a while, let us exalt the
importance of ideas and information.
Let us dream to the extent of saying
that on a given Sunday night, 
the time normally
occupied by Ed Sullivan is given over to a clinical survey
on the state of American education.
And a week or two later, the time
normally used by Steve Allen is devoted to a thorough-going study
of American policy in the Middle East.                   
Would the corporate image of their
respective sponsors be damaged?
Would the shareholders rise up
in their wrath and complain?                   
Would anything happen other than a few million people would
have received a little illumination on subjects that may well determine
the future of this country and therefore the future
of the corporations?
To those who say, “People wouldn’t
look, they wouldn’t be interested…”
“…they’re too complacent,
indifferent and insulated”
I can only reply: There is,
in one reporter’s opinion considerable evidence
against that contention.
But even if they are right,
what have they got to lose?                   
Because if they are right and this instrument
is good for nothing but to entertain,
amuse and insulate then the tube is flickering now and we will soon see
that the whole struggle is lost.
This instrument can teach.
It can illuminate and it can even inspire.
But it can do so only to the extent
that humans are determined to use it towards those ends.
Otherwise,
it is merely wires and lights…
…in a box.
Good night, and good luck