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Monday, September 18, 2017

Long Live Kurdistan

"How much progress have we really made if Iraq is so riven by internal divisions that new civil wars erupt -- between Sunni and Shia, between the Kurds and the central government, with ISIL, or its successors taking advantage of the various schisms and weakness of Baghdad at every turn?"
Peggy Mason, former disarmament ambassador, Canada; president, Rideau Institute, Ottawa

"I don't think they're [government of Iraq] going to say, 'Sure, take the oilfields and Kirkuk and go your way."
"It's not going to go peacefully."
General Raymond Thomas, head, US. Special Forces Command 
Marches in support of the vote took place in Irbil, 13 September 2017
Marches in support of the vote took place in Irbil last week   EPA

Kurdistan, the semi-autonomous and historical region where Kurds in their tens of millions have always lived had been bypassed by colonialist powers in apportioning territorial limits and borders to satisfy the demands of Arab Muslims, the majority population in the Middle East. The result has been that in Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey, the Kurds have been denied statehood, denied recognition of their heritage indigenous status, denied equality and been subject to gross instances of human rights infringements by the majority ethnic groups among whom they live.

In the modern era where Arab states with their defined borders erratically declared official by foreign interlopers whose 19th Century imperialist arrogance saw fit to install, prejudice and discrimination against minorities of ethnic, tribal, and religious groupings have run rife. Kurds, on the other hand, appeared to have few problems accepting others as equals deserving of equal treatment and security. More latterly they have proven themselves on the battlefield when their militias were the only groups capable of confronting the atrocity-laden excesses of Muslim Arab jihadists.

In the regional and international interests of combating the most recent of Islamofascist ideological campaigns for conquest and the installation of a caliphate, the Arab militaries of Iraq and Syria have failed spectacularly to defend their own territories, allowing them to fall to the Islamic State predators. Without the intervention of the West and later Russia, despite support from a hegemony-consolidation-seeking Iran and its proxy militia Hezbollah, it has only been the Kurdish peshmerga that could be relied upon to beat back the incursion of the Islamic State.

NATO-member countries have dispatched their military trainers to give support and training to Iraqi and Kurdish militias. Canada has spent its years of training with the Kurdish fighters. The Kurds have fought courageously for their homeland, their territory, the geographic area that they claim as their own and for which their aspirations to achieve statehood have been focused on. A referendum is on the near horizon where Kurds will vote formally in a democratic initiative for a declaration of independence.

This initiative has alarmed NATO-member Turkey which has fought an 'insurgency' launched by Kurds living in Turkey in their ancestral lands which Turkey continues to claim as its own. Neither Syria, nor Iraq is complacent about the potential for signing over part of their territory to its rightful owners, much less Iran. When Iraq had fallen apart after the removal of Saddam Hussein and the U.S.-led coalition was attempting to guide the country into an equal coalition of Sunni, Shia and Kurd in governing the country, it too failed.

The Kurdish region was the only part of Iraq that was capable of functioning with any degree of progress and normalcy, offering security to its people, and giving shelter to minority groups at deadly risk during the conflicts that erupted between Islamist terrorists, Shiite militias and Sunni minorities, and the threats to Christians and Yazidis and other minority groups were answered by Kurdish shelter, the assurances that living among the Kurds they would be safe.

In the years of turmoil brought on by the rise of ISIL, the Kurds managed to claim areas of Iraq that have been historically theirs through thousands of years of habitation before national borders were drawn. They have also claimed 40 percent of the geography's oil resources, along with Kirkuk; they are, after all, the majority population in those areas. Canada has been providing military training and equipment to Kurdish troops in northern Iraq for the past three years pursuing the common goal of ousting ISIL.

Now Canada sees itself in a quandary; not a new one, since the prospect of an independent Kurdistan was always recognized as a future problem. But the Canadian commandos who proudly wore Kurdish flags on their uniforms have been instructed to remove them, after the U.S. issued its decree to its troops that American special forces remove their Kurdish insignia from U.S. military uniforms, bowing to Turkey's complaints of the closeness to Kurds whom Recep Tayyip Erdogan considers "terrorists".

Middle East map showing Kurdish areas

What the U.S. and Canadian governments see in the near future is a crisis unfolding, with Kurdish patience at an end and their determination to finally rule their own roost paramount for their future, resulting in the potential for civil war after the September 25 referendum results. The U.S. has denied support to the Kurds at this critical time in the evolution of their declaration of independent sovereignty, and Canada appears on the cusp of responding in the very same way; separating themselves from the very group they have most relied on to complete their mission of destroying the power of Islamic State.

Insisting at this point, when Islamic State has been virtually vanquished as far as its territorial ambition is concerned, that unity is required to ensure that the fight succeeds, no longer seems quite valid. Kurdish independence is answering the question that Kurds are asking themselves: "If not now, when?", for 'when' is always far off on the horizon, and Kurds have finally decided to draw it in.

Ironically, it is Israel and Israel alone, at this juncture that is finally giving moral support and recognition of timeliness to Kurdish independence. One semi-outcast struggling for survival supporting another. The enemies of Israel -- Iran, Syria and Turkey -- are all now left with the concern that their turn too will soon arrive when they will be forced to surrender Kurdish ancestral land to the people who claim it as their own.

Their denials reflect the very same rejection that Israel has always faced; a people returning to its roots.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Kim Playbill

"From previous launches and the altitude and ranges of those missiles, it has been assumed that Guam is within range of the North's missiles, but this latest test is proof."
Garren Mulloy, defence expert, associate professor international relations, Daito Bunka University, Japan

"[Of a certainty all 15 United Nations Security Council members] will be condemning this outrageous act."
"It is, of course, a grave threat to our own security but ... it is a real threat to the peace and security of the world as a whole."
UN Ambassador Koro Bessho, Japan
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"[The ] combat efficiency and reliability [of the Friday missile launch, demonstrated amply that the tests prove North Korea is increasing its military strength]."
"Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the U.S. and make the U.S. rulers dare not talk about military option for the DPRK [Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea]."
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un 
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches a Hwasong 12 missile being fired in Pyongyang in this photograph released September 16 by North Korea's KCNA news agency. KCNA
Kim Jong Un appears to be having one whale of a time. Defying the bombast emanating from U.S. President Donald Trump in reaction to the North Korean leader's own belligerent bombast; two leaders of two nations, one with a large and advanced nuclear arsenal, the other a come-lately barging into the Nuclear Club, making incredible headway leaving political critics, western nuclear scientists and intelligence agencies agape at the swift progress and success realized by the North Korean push toward nuclear ascendancy; anything good enough for the U.S. is fine for North Korea.

The latest launch of an intermediate-range weapon that saw an early Friday launch from Sunan hard by Pyongyang's international airport sped its way over Japan to finally land in the northern Pacific Ocean. As a conveyor of audacious hostility to the condemnation raining on Kim's parade and the biting economic and political sanctions meant to convince Kim to pull back, past history with this regime amply presages that there is no threat dark enough, no bribe useful enough and no concerns of peace and security capable of prompting a turn-about for North Korea.

This was the furthest yet that Pyongyang has been able to propel one of its projectiles. Should Kim decide to proceed with his threat to the United States that Guam may be next on its agenda, what then? There is little doubt that this question is uppermost on the minds of those living on Guam, just as it must consume the frenetic attention of Japanese on Hokkaido. Japan's northernmost island has now been the recipient of its second overflight.

The "fire and fury" threatened by President Rump last month should the North dare to continue its blatant provocations to prod the powerful United States military into a response that could unleash not only a disaster for South Korea in the North's immediate response, but threaten a far larger conflagration that could consume the region entirely and thus set off sparks for a Third World War even while China and Russia are cautioning for cooler heads to prevail certainly focuses the mind.
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Kim Jong Un oversaw launch of Hwasong-12 on Friday: KCNA

That was some impressive flight; 3,700 kilometres in distance and as it happens somewhat greater than the distance it would take from Pyongyang to the American territory of oh-so-vulnerable Guam. This test of an ICBM understudy, aligned with the powerful utility of a nuclear device similar to the sixth one that shocked the world a few weeks back provides more than ample warning of the tentative nature of security in east Asia.

The sanctions banning well over 90 percent of the North's exports are, it would seem, mere yet distracting irritants to Kim, failing to deter him from his self-aggrandizing mission of terrorizing the international community into placating his ambitions and accepting the presence of a nuclear-armed and 'respected' North Korea forever verging on the edge of jittery psychological insecurity, requiring constant assurances that it has indeed become a world power.

"[All countries and in particular China must] demonstrate that they are doing everything in their power to implement the sanctions of the Security Council and to encourage the North Korean regime to change course", fulminated Britain's UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft. As though 'all countries' doing just that is all that it will take to persuade this juvenile paranoid megalomaniac to feel chastened and apologize for his rash and unacceptable behaviour, eager to take his place in the church choir.
The long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 (Mars-12) is launched during a test in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 15, 2017. KCNA via REUTERS
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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Small Mercies 

 PHOTO: Forensic officers work at the Parsons Green Underground Station after an explosion in London Sept. 15, 2017.

Forensic officers work at the Parsons Green Underground Station after an explosion in London Sept. 15, 2017. AP

"In terms of scale this is bigger than the devices used in 7/7, so had it gone off successfully, it would have caused huge loss of life."
"Whoever built this [improvised explosive device] was not an amateur -- it has many of the hallmarks of devices used by terror groups, but the use of the timer to set off the initial part of the device is something we have not seen before in the U.K."
David Videcette, former police counter-terrorism officer

"I ended up squashed on the staircase. People were falling over, people fainting, crying."
"There were little kids clinging onto the back of me."
Ryan Barnett, London commuter

"I heard a large bang from the doors on the other side of the Tube train and this fireball came towards my head and singed off all my hair."
"It was a really hot, intense fireball above my head. I've just got red marks and burns to the top of my head. There were a lot of people a lot worse than me."
Peter Crowley, London commuter

"It was hot and just came towards you, this flaming orange coming towards you. It smelt like burning."
"We ran and hid behind cement boxes on the tracks and were the last people to get off the platform."
"My first thought was: 'This is a terrorist attack, I'm going to die'."
Lauren Hubbard, London commuter

The white bucket that is said to have blown up on the Parsons Green carriage



The improvised explosive device in a white bucket blew up on the final carriage of the Parsons Green train Credit: Pricey1983aa/Twitter
It was a terrorist attack, and she didn't die. Nor did any of the 20-some-odd people who sustained injuries as a result of the premature explosion that failed to go off as intended. It was obviously intended to cause greater carnage than the July 2005 attacks killing 56 people and injuring close to 800 others in the London transit system, both on the trains and on buses. The IED, however, appeared to the experts who examined it, to resemble the devices that were used back then.

The device was photographed by passengers who made their photos available to the news media. A string of LED lights used for Christmas decoration ironically enough was used by the designer of the IED; and just such a set of lights was also found in the bomb-making possession of a young Montreal couple now on trial for possession of vastly incriminating evidence that they were working for Islamic State.

In theory the bomber might have considered setting the lights to flash on a delay to allow himself the opportunity to escape prior to detonation. However the detonator, usually constructed of volatile or inflammable materials appears to have spontaneously burst into flames; since a massive detonation was thus avoided, the device, packed with shrapnel, did not explode as planned, saving the lives of countless people, a handful of whom sustained surface burn wounds.

The bomb had been packed with metal nuts, bolts and nails for maximum devastation on explosion and seemed similar to one used by Salman Abedi in his attack on the Manchester Arena where 22 people were killed, earlier this year. In the aftermath of yesterday morning's rush-hour attack the Joint Terrorism Assessment Centre recommended that the terror threat in London be raised to its highest level of Critical.

A massive search by police succeeded in arresting an 18-year-old man as the perpetrator, although as news coverage continues and investigative reporters begin to release details more, much more will be revealed including whether this man was capable of constructing the bomb. In fact, a bomb-making facility has been discovered and when those associated with it are identified the scale and scope of the problem facing London may surprise many who deliberately turn their faces away from reality.
"We have made a significant arrest in our investigation this morning. Although we are pleased with the progress made, this investigation continues and the threat level remains at critical."
"The public should remain vigilant. This arrest will lead to more activity from our officers."
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, Metropolitan Police, London

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Terrorism By Remote Calls

Video: ‘Telephone terrorism’: 130k evacuated across Russia in epidemic of hoax warnings

"That's why the law enforcement hasn't been able to catch anyone so far [calls made over the Internet]."
"[The calls likely emanate from a criminal organization because of the advance warning]."
Gennady Gudkov, security expert, former parliamentarian, Moscow

"Undoubtedly, it is telephone terrorism, telephone hooliganism."
"The relevant authorities are taking all the necessary measures in order to identify those responsible for this series of calls. We are waiting for the results of this work."
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov
 
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Moscow bomb threat: Thousands of people have been evacuated as police investigate    Twitter

Some work it has been, too -- at least in volume, in the number of sites affected, the number of people evacuated, the concern and fear it has engendered -- and the purpose for it all eludes investigators. If it is the work of terrorists then why call and inform authorities that a bomb has been planted and is set to go off. On the other hand, terror exists because of the unknown quality of the threat, as well. Warn authorities and they must then react. By reacting, fear is the contamination that runs amok within society, and the goal of the terrorists to incite fear and terror has been achieved. And all it took was a telephone call; little effort for a large response.

And it is a costly response. Trust in the state to reliably  ensure the security and safety of the population begins to erode. Closing down business slows commerce and it has its price.  Over 150,000 people were evacuated as a result of hundreds of bomb threats achieved through anonymous telephone calls made against major public buildings. Schools, hospitals, hotels, shopping malls, airports, railway stations and universities have all been targeted by bomb threats since Monday in some thirty Russian cities.

In Moscow and St. Petersburg alone dozens of buildings had to be evacuated on Wednesday. Thorough searches disclosed nothing of alarm to be discovered. Not even the merest sign of explosive devices to be uncovered anywhere in the search areas. Russian security services busy investigating the calls are mum. The Russian media offer their own theories relating to what or who could be directing the calls, resulting from anonymous tips from among sources within law enforcement.

The RIA Novosti news agency theorized that the calls have been emanating from Ukraine. And as well, that information was in the hands of security services identifying that those behind the telephone attacks have connections to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant; their identities soon to be released and placed on international wanted lists. "The source" had been tracked down, went the rumours, and had been identified by Russia's Federal Security Service.

From Kaliningrad in the west to Vladivostok in the far east of that vast Russian territory, hundreds of facilities have been disrupted. One mall administrator in Bryansk informed the newspaper Kommersant that her cellphone had displayed a number with a +88 designation, the Bangladeshi country code, though the caller had spoken Russian, telling her to "leave the building" since "there is a bomb inside".

A security guard blocks the entrance to the State Department Store, GUM, due to the bomb threat    Reuters




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Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Irresistibly Romantic Lure of Jihad

"The Islamic State, a young adult couple who want to leave Canada to join this terrorist group and the discovery of a recipe to make a bomb with some of the necessary ingredients. In one sentence, that is what our case is about."
"In a binder found on the nightstand in the bedroom of the condo [an officer] found, on two pages, a recipe about how to make a bomb, written by hand by Mr. Jamali."
"This recipe, the evidence will show, was word for word a recipe published by al-Qaeda [in one of their magazines]."
Federal prosecutor Lyne Decarie, Montreal
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Sabrine Djermane and El Mahdi Jamali were 19 and 18 years old respectively when they were charged in April 2015. (Radio-Canada)
Crown prosecutor  Decarie spoke of a propaganda video to be addressed by the last of the witnesses, an expert on Syria, Islamic State and its fascist ideology, that was produced to incite Muslims in Canada to commit as faithful in Islam to one of two choices: pack a bag, buy a plane ticket and join Islamic State abroad -- alternatively prepare explosives, sharpen knives, use vehicles, whatever it takes to perpetrate an attack right where they live; in this instance, Canada.

"The Crown intends to demonstrate that El Mahdi Jamali and Sabrine Djermane responded to this call", Decarie informed the jury at this trial on terrorism expected to take ten weeks before it winds up with a jury declaration of innocent or guilty.  The accused pair are young Montrealers; El Mahdi Jamli and Sabrine Djermane, now 20 and 21 respectively, both of whom have pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against them.

These charges are explosive in their nature, four in number: attempting to leave Canada to commit a terror act abroad; possession of an explosive substance; facilitating a terrorist act; and committing an act under the direction or for the profit of a terrorist organization. The Crown prosecutor has named as witnesses, 31 members of the police along with expert and civilian witnesses whom her legal team plans to call upon throughout the extended trial.

Police are set to give testimony over their seizures taken from the condo that the two accused share. The home of Jamali's parents also  yielded evidence, in the form of a receipt for passports, a new suitcase with new, tagged clothing, along with a plane ticket complete with planned May departure date. A number of other documents were also taken as evidence. RCMP agents as well, discovered a bag containing bomb-making equipment.

When they returned again in the company of an explosives expert other incriminating evidence was unearthed, along with a list alleged to have been written by Djermane. Their cellphones, three computers and a tablet were taken and analyzed in RCMP laboratories. Their Facebook pages were of interest to the experts tasked with going through them to flag conversations of interest, messages and links they had posted.

The two accused cast themselves by pleading not guilty, as innocents who had no idea that the materials they had amassed, the ideology they appeared connected to through Islamist zeal, and the motivational effect of the video extolling the virtues inherent in violent jihad had nothing whatever to do with them.  If it had not been for the concern expressed by an as-yet unidentified individual who alerted police, according to Kevin Rouleau, the first witness and principal RCMP investigator on the case, their activities would have gone undetected.

Sabrine Djermane and El Mahdi Jamali, shown here in a courtroom sketch during jury selection, are on trial for terrorism-related offences.
Sabrine Djermane and El Mahdi Jamali, shown here in a courtroom sketch during jury selection, are on trial for terrorism-related offences. (Radio-Canada)
It was, in fact, by Jamali's own hand, posting the iconic black flag of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on his Facebook account, that took the initial attention of the person who contacted the RCMP. Officer Rouleau was given the initial suspicious information about the pair on April 10, 2015, meeting soon afterward with the complainant, then going on to interview the suspects.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Death and Destruction on an Island Paradise

"The storm was massive. Not only high-intensity, but it was massive in area. It ran along the north coast, but it was felt along the entire island."
"People are a little bit stunned by the impact that Irma had, even here in Havana, which was not as hard hit as other areas."
"The coastal communities were devastated by the winds. Houses have lost their roofs. Trees are down. The electricity is off just about everywhere. There are some communities that even today are under feet of water."
"When people return home, they may find their house might not have a roof. Their possessions might be lost."
"We're looking at a minimum of ten thousand people we want to get to in the immediate aftermath."
Richard Paterson, CARE Canada worker, Havana, Cuba
Water battered the city's pier and flooding some low-lying areas of Havana on Saturday.
Water battered the city's pier and flooding some low-lying areas of Havana on Saturday.    CNN

In the Cuban countryside some plantations were completely destroyed; crops devastated. Agricultural yield on the island, highly dependent on its own natural resources, has lost three or four months of production, at the very least. In the broader perspective, getting back on track to normalcy croplands may only recover in three or four years from the catastrophic effect of the hurricane.

Cuba is anything but a wealthy country; it gets by. The storm that struck Florida after it had moved through the Caribbean as a Category 5 storm had weakened considerably, to a 4, then a 3-1/2 Category, still packing whopping powerful winds and drenching rains, causing destruction and flooding. The U.S. will recover far more quickly from its costly ordeal than the islands in the Caribbean, that are much more vulnerable to such catastrophic weather events.
More than 5,000 tourists were evacuated from the keys off Cuba’s north-central coast, where the government has built dozens of resorts in recent years.
More than 5,000 tourists were evacuated from the keys off Cuba’s north-central coast, where the government has built dozens of resorts in recent years.  (YAMIL LAGE)

As a Category 5 storm striking the eastern tip of Cuba last Friday, the shore was pounded for 800 kilometres before the storm turned north heading for the Florida Keys. The popular resort town of Varadero was one of those catching the greatest impact, with about 14,000 tourists hunkering down for its duration, experiencing a drama they hadn't bargained for when they contemplated the sun and the sand and a getaway holiday in an island paradise reserved for tourists.

The island's trees were stripped of their foliage, left gaunt and skeletal, an eerie counterpart to destroyed buildings. Sea water surged inland for half a kilometres in certain places; even on some Havana streets rivers of muddy water ran deep and swift. Many communities with all power lines downed, will lack electricity for weeks on end, and because of shortages of fuel, travel isn't much of an option.

A flooded street near the Malecon in Havana, Cuba, on September 10, 2017. Deadly Hurricane Irma battered central Cuba on Saturday, knocking down power lines, uprooting trees and ripping the roofs off homes as it headed towards Florida.
Yamil Lage / AFP / Getty

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Which Germany Is Set to Vote?

"They should have said too close to call."
"In Germany we wouldn't dare to say on the basis of a survey what the distribution of seats in parliament will look like. The polls [in the US] weren't bad, but how they were translated into electoral delegates was faulty."
Forsa Director of Political Opinion Research Peter Matuschek

"It would be the first election in the history of humankind in which all undecided voters ran to one party with flags flying."
"Our most recent numbers show no greater potential for the Social Democrats than for [Merkel's] CDU-CSU."
"We're assuming that the AfD is correctly reflected in our latest numbers."
"The difference between our final opinion surveys and the actual AfD election results weren't very large."
"As a pollster, it's impossible for me to consider any election boring. If I did, I'd be in the wrong job."
Infratest dimap Managing Director Nico A. Siegel
Martin Schulz and Angela Merkel (picture alliance/dpa/U. Baumgarten)
Martin Schultz and Angela Merkel

Germany is preparing for its 2017 election on September 24. Chancellor Merkel has prepared herself for yet another term. During her administration Germany has undergone monumental changes. It is, in some areas of the country, almost unrecognizable. But this hugely intelligent and talented woman has steered  her country deliberately in the direction that has transformed it to such an unimaginable extent at the very same time that she headed the nation that bolstered the European Union as its most influential member and partial financier.

Frau Merkel is easily the equal in her tough demeanor, persistence and determination as Russia's President Vladimir Putin, whose tough-guy persona hasn't fazed her one bit. She has, in fact, called him to account for his east Ukraine interventions in support of ethnic Russian separatists and Moscow's grab of Crimea. Japan's Fukushima disaster when its nuclear plants went into meltdown after its powerful earthquake and tsunami persuaded the Chancellor that Germany would shutter its nuclear power plants.

Germans have placed their trust in this unflappable women whose strength of character has carried their country far from its early-and-mid-20th-Century position as international pariah. It's widely believed that she will carry the election, leaving her closest rivals in her wake. At the same time the Alternative fur Deutschland will gain enormously, because many Germans are hugely unsettled at what has become of their homeland with Frau Merkel's indomitable will insisting Germany would accept a million Muslims as refugees.

Germany had already absorbed five million Muslims. Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan, not Germany's most enthusiastic fan after the government refused to allow his ministers to campaign among German Turks for the Turkish election that succeeded in elevating Erdogan to the position of the all-powerful caliph he so fervently sought, has warned Turks against the malevolence toward them of the German state. Which doesn't have their best interests at heart. Leading Erdogan to get on with his Islamization of Germany.
"The Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB) just opened a new mega-mosque for worship in the German city of Cologne. The new German mega-mosque has a 1,200-person capacity and the tallest minaret of Europe. According to Deutsche Welle, 'Christian leaders bristled at the idea of Cologne's famed Dom cathedral sharing the skyline with minarets.' When the mosque was planned in 2007, a citizens' initiative was launched to say that "we want the cathedral here, not minarets". The Muslim authorities then announced the plan to 'double' the number of mosques."
The new mega-mosque in Cologne, Germany has a 1,200-person capacity and the tallest minaret of Europe. (Image source: Raimond Spekking/Wikimedia Commons)
"Since he took power in Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has built 17,000 Islamic prayer sites there. The Turkish president is committed to the construction of mosques in European capitals as well. Turkey controls 900 mosques in Germany and feels free to say that a "liberal mosque" in Germany is "incompatible" with Islam, according to the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. That is why the 57 percent of Germans fear the rise of Islam in their country."
Giulio Meotti, German, The Rise of Islam, Gatestone Institute 
So, is that 57 percent of Germans who fear Islam's rise in Germany, planning to vote nonetheless for the ethical, moral, dependable leader they know best or will they chose to support the 'right-wing' Alternative party? Current polls do give Frau Merkel a clear lead in the election. And despite Erdogan's dire warnings to his expatriates, given the current situation of Muslims dominating many towns and villages and the city of Cologne, they certainly will vote for the Christian Democrats.

Germany has been offered assistance by Saudi Arabia in usefully handling the needs of all those new immigrants, kindly proffering their assistance and to generously pay for 200 new mosques to service every 100 new Muslim entrants to Germany. It is no longer Deutchland Uber Alles, but Islam's peaceful conquest of yet another European country. Or, in Erdogan's unforgettable words: "Our minarets are our bayonets, our domes are our helmets, our mosques are our barracks."

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