On saying an “ineffective” truth —
an exchange with Manuel Garcia

George Salzman 
<doctorsci@gmail.com>
initial posting 14 May 2011- last update 22 May 2011

URL: http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/t/2011-05-22.htm

To: Manuel Garcia Jr <mangogarcia@att.net>

Oaxaca, Mexico, Wednesday 4 May 2011
      Hi Manuel . . . would you be willing to endorse my call for dissolving the state of Israel and returning Palestine to the indigenous peoples, which is posted at http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/t/2010-11-13.htm ? All best wishes
--George


Date: Wed, May 4, 2011 at 4:48 PM
      Hi George, The idea of the dissolution of Israel is OK by me in the abstract, but I see zero probability for such an occurrence. So, I don’t see a practical value to a petition. Who could one petition such a thing to, who would have the power, the authority, over Israel to order such a result? I’m afraid that money power and military power dictate the terms of this situation, and Israel, with all its faults, will remain for a long time to come.

      I could see a petition to the UN for sanctions on Israel for not complying with the international consensus (no settlements beyond the 1967 borders, no occupation, right of return and/or fair market compensation for Palestinian refugees and/or their heirs). Obviously the U.S. can veto such a move in the UN, but member states could voluntarily adopt many of the provisions (i.e., boycott Israel) of such a vetoed UN resolution, and world opinion would isolate the U.S. and Israel. I could also see a petition to the U.N. for similar sanctions against Israel if it does not compensate Lebanon for its 2008 bombardment and invasion.

      Israel is like South Vietnam, an artificiality sustained from abroad. Like South Vietnam, the problem of Israel cannot be solved by focusing on it, but on it’s power source, which is the combination of U.S. money, muscle and protection, and European acquiescence to U.S. hegemony leadership. If and when the Europeans want to put up a united front in opposition to U.S. Israel policy (for example by individual European countries all recognizing Palestine within its 1967 borders, and thus recognizing it as a nation under occupation, illegally, by Israel), and then act on it by trying to trade with Palestine (by ship), and then send out their navies to defend their trading fleets against Israeli piracy on the high seas, then you will begin to see real change. But, Europe is too comfortable to do anything on principle, especially if it crosses Uncle Sam.

      The second component of “fixing Israel” would be domestic reforms in the U.S.: 1, designate Israel lobby groups as foreign agents, no longer exempt from the laws restricting such, and 2, a massive clean-up (reform legislation, enforced) of campaign financing in the U.S. Take the money out of U.S.politics, and ensure that only actual domestic, not “foreign” money is involved.

      Actions along these lines I can endorse. But, what you suggest is too distant and dreamy for me to consider as even a useful tactic. Nothing short of a successful invasion and occupation by a far superior power (Martians?) could have any chance of dissolving the Israeli state (which I agree is just the facade of a European colonialist invader “tribe”). In the long, long, run demographics will swamp the Israelis like they swamped the white South Africans. But that’s an effect to be expected after several generations, not soon. The integration of Jewish people and non-Jewish semitic people into a non-apartheid multi-ethnic democracy that encompasses the territory now occupied by the Palestinians and/or the Israelis is not possible for generations, because of the Zionist attitudes (racist, colonialist, real-estate avaricious), and many long-term resentments harbored by the Islamic population. Were such a state capable of existing, it would be the most advanced in the Middle East, combining the European-Jewish-capitalist technological advances with the agricultural-labor wealth of the native population. It could be a super-Lebanon, without the ethnic gridlock one would hope. But, attitudes inculcated from the cradle make this impossible. Maybe after the next Chicxulub meteor falls on Jerusalem, the survivors can see their way around to such an arrangement.
Gotta go, Manuel


Date: Fri, May 13, 2011 at 11:21 AM

     Hi Manuel, I’ve been translating several articles from the weekly magazine Proceso, printed issue of 17 April. It ain’t the world you’re living in, you and so many Americans. But it’s the real world that’s snuffing out the possibility of your grandchildren (not to speak of your children) living out decent lives. Chicxulub may be hot stuff among some of the elite cognoscenti, but the young Muslim women being seduced to join the ranks of suicide bombers to terrorize “the enemies of Islam” are focussed on a more deadly pursuit. The article and my effort to translate it are below the reference to the Chicxulub_crater

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicxulub_crater
This page was last modified on 10 May 2011 at 18:44.

http://www.proceso.com.mx/rv/modHome/detalleExclusiva/90565

Moda, belleza y “jihad”
Leonardo Boix

Proceso, Semanario de información y análisis - 09 de mayo, 2011

      La irrupción de la revista Al Shamikha, que sólo puede adquirirse vía internet, preocupa a los expertos en seguridad de Gran Bretaña... En las páginas de esa publicación hay tips de moda y consejos de belleza para las mujeres árabes jihadistas, mezclados con explosivos artículos que enseñan cómo sabotear corporaciones, gobiernos y entidades occidentales enemigas. Especialistas consultados por Proceso dicen que la revista, vinculada con Al-Qaeda, busca promover una guerra santa global pero con un toque de glamour como el de Elle, Vogue o Marie Claire.

      LONDRES, 23 de abril (Proceso).- Las mujeres jihadistas tienen ya una nueva revista. Auspiciada por el grupo Al-Qaeda, la publicación incluye consejos sobre belleza y moda, además de artículos sobre cómo preparar bombas en la cocina del hogar y la forma más eficaz de participar en ataques suicidas. Al Shamikha (La mujer majestuosa) incluye notas sobre cuidados de la piel a base de tratamientos con miel y leche, así como tips para que las lectoras encuentren al hombre perfecto para casarse con él (un mujaidín o atacante suicida), realizar atentados o lanzar la jihad (guerra santa) por internet. También aconseja cómo llevar de forma más agraciada el velo islámico (“como lo indica el propio Alá); qué medidas tomar en caso de una emergencia en casa y cómo seguir mejor la etiqueta de una cena estrictamente musulmana. Uno de los artículos alienta a las musulmanas a criar a hijos para que se conviertan en mujaidines o atacantes suicidas. “A partir del martirio, la creyente musulmana logrará seguridad, protección y felicidad”, indica el editorial de la revista, que pide a las lectoras fieles “no salir de casa excepto cuando es muy necesario”.

      Uno de los textos narra la historia de una mujer llamada Umm Muhanad, oriunda de Afganistán, quien alaba a su marido Khamal por la valentía que mostró durante un ataque suicida en Kabul en 2010, que terminó con la muerte de varios soldados estadunidenses y civiles que pasaban por el lugar. Muhanad insta a las mujeres musulmanas a vivir “por la causa islámica”, con el fin de lograr “el precio más alto: el martirio por Alá ”. El primer número de la revista, de 31 páginas y cuyo precio es de cinco libras esterlinas (casi ocho dólares), fue lanzada por el grupo Al Fajer Media, que cuenta con vínculos directos con Al-Qaeda y que incluso dice estar en contacto con el buscado Osama bin Laden. Aunque Al Shamikha sólo puede adquirirse a través de internet, las autoridades británicas ya lanzaron una ofensiva para impedir su venta por considerar que viola las leyes del país contra la incitación al odio racial y religioso.

      Gran Bretaña reforzó en febrero pasado sus leyes de tolerancia religiosa, pues considera que son necesarias para evitar un atentado terrorista como el ocurrido en Londres el 7 de julio de 2005. En ese ataque, los suicidas eran británicos musulmanes, jóvenes, en su mayoría, desencantados con las políticas británicas hacia Medio Oriente, Irak y Afganistán; todos habían sido “indoctrinados” a partir de lectura de panfletos y publicaciones extremistas. La portada de Al Shamikha muestra el barril de una arma subautomática junto a la imagen de una mujer con un velo negro completo (niqab), una clara incitación a la violencia por parte de las mujeres musulmanas, y del vínculo que busca crear entre el Islam y el extremismo. La edición incluye entrevistas exclusivas con esposas de “mártires” que lanzaron ataques suicidas en Irak y Afganistán, y lo más sorprendente es que, en su mayoría, los artículos son escritos por mujeres. Un video publicitario para la próxima edición de la revista promete consejos sobre cuidados de piel, como también cómo lanzar una “jihad electrónica” para sabotear a corporaciones, gobiernos y entidades occidentales “enemigas”.

      El objetivo de Al Shamikha, según el editor Saleh Youssef, “es educar a las mujeres e involucrarlas en la guerra contra los enemigos del Islam”. “Debido a que las mujeres constituyen la mitad de la población - y uno podría decir que son la población misma debido a que dan a luz a una nueva generación - los enemigos del Islam buscarán prevenir que la mujer musulmana sepa la verdad sobre su religión y su rol, ya que saben muy bien qué pasaría si las mujeres entran en el campo de la jihad”, sostiene Youssef en un comunicado. Las autoridades británicas desconocen dónde se encuentra el editor, quien además se muestra reacio a hablar en público. En su texto, Youssef expone también que “la nación del Islam necesita de mujeres que sepan la verdad acerca de su religión y acerca de la batalla y sus dimensiones, y que sepan qué se espera de ellas”.

Nuevo método de reclutamiento

      Analistas y expertos británicos en seguridad consultados por Proceso sostuvieron que la idea de Al-Qaeda es promover una guerra santa global con el mismo atractivo que si se tratara de una revista de moda como Elle, Vogue o Marie Claire. Paul McIntery, del Instituto contra la Violencia Religiosa, afirmó que el peligro es que la revista logre reclutar a muchas mujeres que desconocen el verdadero fin de grupos como Al-Qaeda. “Hay muchas mujeres dentro de las comunidades musulmanas que no tienen acceso a la información y no cuentan con una educación formal, esto puede llevar a una manipulación mucho más fácil”, dice McIntery a Proceso. James Brandon, portavoz del think tank antiextremista de Gran Bretaña Quilliam, sostuvo que Al-Qaeda se da cuenta de cuán efectivas son las revistas femeninas en Occidente y por eso imita ese formato, pero para la mujer jihadista. “Como resultado crearon una versión jihadista de Cosmopolitan, o digamos una Jihad Cosmo”, agregó. Lo cierto es que Al Shamikha no es la primera revista para mujeres jihadistas. Sigue los pasos de otras polémicas publicaciones, todas ellas proscritas en el Reino Unido, entre ellas Las Nietas de Khansa, que fue lanzada en febrero de 2010 pero que sólo alcanzó a editar dos números, antes de ser cerrada por las autoridades. Dicha revista era similar a Al Shamikha.

      En tanto, los servicios secretos de Estados Unidos y Gran Bretaña están cada vez más preocupados por las ambiciones de Al-Qaeda a la hora de publicar dichas revistas, que buscan como objetivo final reclutar a más mujeres en el mundo musulmán, según informó el pasado 13 de marzo el periódico inglés The Independent, que ha seguido de cerca el tema del reclutamiento por parte de grupos extremistas islámicos. El lanzamiento de Al Shamikha se produce nueve meses después de que Al-Qaeda presentó la revista en inglés Inspire (Inspirar), dedicada a jóvenes musulmanes en el Occidente para invitarlos a entrenarse en ataques terroristas y la guerra santa. Inspire es editada por el clérigo radical estadunidense Samir Khan, quien según los servicios secretos británicos MI5 se encuentra escondido en Yemen, y es asistido por grupos rebeldes sauditas. Antes de escapar de Estados Unidos en 2009, Khan publicó una serie de revistas jihadistas llamadas Jihad Recollections (Memorias de jihad), las cuales, como Inspire, estaban destinadas a extremistas musulmanes cibernéticos, es decir que usaban frecuentemente internet. Las campañas mediáticas de alta sofisticación de Al-Qaeda son vistas como exageradas o hasta cómicas para los lectores occidentales, pero el MI5 llama a estar alertas, ya que considera que las revistas logran de forma muy eficiente su objetivo: reclutar a cada vez más musulmanes a sumarse a la llamada “guerra santa” contra el “enemigo” de Occidente, especialmente jóvenes musulmanes desencantados de muchos países islámicos, pero también del Reino Unido, Estados Unidos, Francia y Alemania. En 2008, 2009 y 2010, los estrategas de Al-Qaeda reaccionaron rápidamente a los desastres naturales en Arabia Saudita, Yemen y Pakistán, aprovechando las respuestas ineficientes de los diferentes gobiernos a inundaciones, y el supuesto robo por parte de las autoridades de dinero destinado para causas humanitarias, para encausar y atraer a fieles a la causa “contra las cruzadas de Occidente”. “Estas revistas parecen en un principio completamente inocentes, pero en el fondo están logrando lo que buscan. Cada vez más jóvenes musulmanes desencantados con las políticas occidentales - y lo hemos visto claramente en Estados Unidos y Gran Bretaña - encuentran en este tipo de mensaje una respuesta a sus dudas y ansiedades. Y esto es peligroso, ya que el mundo islámico se está radicalizando a una velocidad nunca antes vista, un caldo de cultivo con consecuencias irreversibles para el resto del mundo”, sostuvo Brandon.


http://www.proceso.com.mx/rv/modHome/detalleExclusiva/90565

Style, beauty and "jihad"
Leonardo Boix

Proceso, Weekly of information and analysis - 2011-05-09

      The bursting in of the review Al Shamikha, which could only be acquired by the internet, worried security experts in Great Britain... In the pages of that publication there are style tips and advice on beauty for Arab women jihadists, mixed with explosive items that teach how to sabotage corporations, governments and Western enemy organizations. Specialists consulted by Proceso said that the review, tied to Al-Qaeda, seeks to promote a global holy war but with a touch of glamour like that of Elle, Vogue or Marie Claire.

      LONDON, 23 of April (Proceso).- Women jihadists already have a new review. Backed by the group Al-Qaeda, the publication includes advice on beauty and style, as well as articles on preparing bombs in the kitchen of the house and the most effective way to participate in suicide attacks. Al Shamikha (The majestic woman) includes notes of caution for the skin based on treatments with honey and milk, as well as tips for readers who meet a man perfect to be married to (a participant in the Jihad or a suicide bomber), to carry out attacks or to launch the Jihad (Holy War) by the internet. Also it counsels how to raise the Islamic veil in the most gracious way ("as though to indicate God (Allah) himself"); what measures to take in case of an emergency in the house and how to continue better the etiquette of a strictly Muslim supper. One of the articles encourages Muslims to call on the children to become participants in the Jihad (Mujaidines) or suicide bombers. "At the start of the martyrdom, the person becoming a Muslim will achieve security, protection and happiness", indicates the editorial in the review, which asks the faithful readers "to not leave the house except when it is very necessary".

      One of the texts relates the story of a woman named Umm Muhanad, a native of Afghanistan, who praised her husband Khamal's valor which he showed during a suicide attack in Kabul in 2010, that ended with the death of various United States soldiers and civilians that were passing by the place. Muhanad urges Muslim women to live "for the Islamic cause", with the goal of achieving "the most precious height: Martyrdom for God (Allah)". The first number of the review, of 31 pages and whose cost is five pounds sterling (almost eight dollars), was launched by the group Al Fajer Media, which maintained direct ties with Al-Qaeda and which included, it was said, being in contact with the sought-for Osama bin Laden. Although Al Shamikha only could be acquired by use of the internet, the British authorities already launched an offensive to prevent its sale because they considered that it violated the laws of the country against inciting racial and religious hatred.

      The past February Great Britain strengthened its laws of religious tolerance, because they thought it necessary in order to avoid a terrorist attack like that which occurred in London on 7 of July 2005. In that attack, the suicides were British Muslims, youths, in the majority disenchanted with British politics towards the Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan; all had been "indoctrinated" by reading pamphlets and extremist publications. The cover of Al Shamikha shows the barrel of a subautomatic arm together with the image of a woman with a complete black veil (niqab), a clear incitement to violence by Muslim women, and of the connection that it seeks to create between Islam and extremism. The edition includes exclusive interviews with wives of "martyrs" who launched suicide attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the most surprising is that the majority of the articles are written by women. A video being publicized for the next edition of the review promises advice on skin care, also how one can launch an "electronic jihad" to sabotage corporations, governments and western "enemy" entities.

      The objective of Al Shamikha, according to the editor Saleh Youssef, "is to educate women and to involve them in the war against the enemies of Islam". "Because of the fact that women make up half the population - and one could say that they are the very population that must educate a new generation - the enemies of Islam will seek to prevent the Muslim women from knowing the truth about their religion and their role, they already know very well what would happen if the women enter the field of the Jihad", Youssef maintained in a communication. The British authorities don't know where to find the editor, who also shows herself resistant to speaking in public. In her text, Youssef also explains that "the Nation of Islam needs women who know the truth about their religion and about the battle and its dimensions, and who know that hope rests on them".

New method of recruitment

      British analysts and experts in security consulted by Proceso maintained that the idea of Al-Qaeda is to promote a global Holy War with the same attractiveness as a style like Elle, Vogue or Marie Claire. Paul McIntery, of the Institute Against Religious Violence, affirmed that the danger is that the review succeeds to recruit many women who don't know the true goal of groups like Al-Qaeda. "There are many women in the Muslim communities that don't have access to the information and that haven't had a formal education, these can be moved by a manipulation much more easily", said McIntery to Proceso. James Brandon, spokesperson of the antiextremist think tank Quilliam of Great Britain, maintains that Al-Qaeda takes account of how effective the feminine reviews are in the West and therefore imitates that format, but for Jihadist women. "What resulted was creation of a Jihadist version of Cosmopolitan, or we say, a Jihad Cosmo", he added.

      What is certain is that Al Shamikha is not the first review for women Jihadists. Following the steps of other polemical publications, all of them prohibited in the Uited Kingdom, among them The Granddaughters of Khansa, that were launched in February of 2010 but that only succeeded in publishing two issues, before being closed by the authorities. That review was similar to Al Shamikha. Thus the secret services of the United States and Great Britain are more worried each time by the ambitions of Al-Qaeda at the time those reviews are published, that they are seeking as their ultimate goal to recruit more women in the Muslim world, according to information the past 13th of March in the English newspaper The Independent, which has continued around the theme of recruitment by extremist Islamic groups. The launching of Al Shamikha occurred nine months after Al-Qaeda inagurated the review in English, Inspire (Inspirar), dedicated to young Muslims in the west to invite them to begin training for terrorist attacks and the Holy War.

      Inspire is edited by the radical United States cleric Samir Khan, who according to the British secret service M15 was seen escaping in Yemen, and is assisted by rebel Saudi groups. Before escaping from the United States in 2009, Khan published a series of Jihadist reviews called Jihad Recollections (Memories of Jihad), which, like Inspire, were destined for extremist Muslim cibernaughts, that is to say who frequently use the internet. The campaigns carried out with high sophistication by Al-Qaeda are seen as exaggerated or even humorous by western readers, but the MI5 calls to be alert, because they think that the reviews achieve their objective in the most efficient way: to recruit more Muslims each time to add to the call for "Holy War" against the "enemy" of the West, especially young Muslims disenchanted with many Islamic countries, but aso with the United Kingdom, the United States, France and Germany.

      In 2008, 2009 and 2010, the strategists of Al-Qaeda reacted rapidly to the natural disasters in Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Pakistan, benefitting from the inefficient responses of the different governments to the floods, and the supposed robbing by sectors of the authorities of money destined for humanitarian causes, to prosecute and attract faithful to the cause "against the Crusades of the West". "These reviews appeared completely innocent initially, but fundamentally they were achieving what they wanted. Each time more young Muslims disenchanted with western politics - and we see it clearly in the United States and Great Britain - encounter in this kind of message a response to their doubts and anxieties. And this is dangerous, already the Islamic world at a speed never before seen, a fuming soup with irreversible consequences for the rest of the world", maintained Brandon.


      Never mind that the article is so stupid. It's horrendous (to me) that young people (women) are being recruited to be murderers. And it bothers me that Jewish Americans who support the Israeli government's equally murderous policies can be "innocently" befriended by decent humane Americans. To me there ought to be a moral obligation to ostracize those who knowingly support murderers. Yes, it's judgmental on my part. I think we should be judgmental. As always, sincerely --George
      P.S. The other articles are:
Israel, en medio del huracán árabe, Por Témoris Grecko / Tel Aviv, Publicado en PROCESO (17/4/2011), at
http://temorisblog.wordpress.com/2011/04/12/israel-en-medio-del-huracan-arabe/
      and: Los palestinos, divididos y anquilosados, Por Témoris Grecko, Proceso, Semanario de información y análisis - 09 de mayo, 2011, at http://www.proceso.com.mx/rv/modHome/detalleImpreso/153808