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4-Oct-14 World View -- Iran's Supreme Leader condemns 'American Islam'

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4-Oct-14 World View -- Iran's Supreme Leader condemns 'American Islam'

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Syrian regime accuses Turkey of 'Act of Aggression' in military vote

An explosion in Kobani, Syria, on Friday (Cihan)
An explosion in Kobani, Syria, on Friday (Cihan)

The recent vote by Turkey's parliament to allow the deployment of Turkish troops in Iraq and Syria to fight terrorist groups has drawn strong criticism from the regime of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad. The intent, at the urging of the United States, was to allow Turkish troops to fight the Islamic State / of Iraq and Syria (IS or ISIS or ISIL) and the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party). The vote was triggered by the ISIS attack on the Syrian border town of Kobani, a town with a Kurdish population hundreds of thousands of whom have been fleeing across the border into Turkey.

However, Turkey has not hid the fact that its main objective is not to fight ISIS but to fight the al-Assad regime. As a result, the al-Assad regime is criticizing the vote as an "act of aggression" that will threaten "international and regional peace and security." According to a Syrian Foreign Ministry statement:

"The public approach of the Turkish government represents an act of aggression on a country that is a member state of the United Nations. ...

The international community should take a serious, firm and responsible stance to put an end to Ankara's destructive approach, force it to abide by Security Council resolutions, stop its unlimited funding to armed, terrorist organizations, and stop interfering in Syrian affairs."

Meanwhile, Turkey's government is dealing with the dilemma of what to do about the city of Kobani, as ISIS forces close in and threaten to overrun it. The mixed emotions of Turkey's government are illustrated by the self-contradictory statement of Turkey's new prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu:

"We wouldn't want Kobani to fall. We'll do whatever we can to prevent this from happening. ...

Some are saying, 'Why aren't you protecting Kurds in Kobani?' If the Turkish Armed Forces [TSK] enter Kobani and the Syrian Turkmens ask, 'Why aren't you saving us?' we would have to go there as well.

When the Arab citizens across from Reyhanli say, 'Why don't you save us as well?' we'd have to go there too."

In other words, if Turkey saved one group, then they'd have to save everyone else as well.

So will Turkish troops enter Kobani and stop ISIS from overrunning it? You sure can't tell from those statements. Today's Zaman (Ankara) and International Business Times

Iran's Supreme Leader condemns 'American Islam'

Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran, has issued a statement to Muslim pilgrims attending the Hajj in Saudi Arabia, to condemn not only American Islam, but also al-Qaeda linked jihadists in Western Asia (Pakistan and Afghanistan):

"The deceitful enemy is fanning the flames of fire between Muslims to sideline the motivations behind resistance and fighting so it can place the Zionist regime and the minions of Arrogance [West], which are the true enemies, in a safe environment. Supporting takfiri terrorist groups and their lies in the countries of Western Asia is a result of this pernicious policy. This is a warning to all of us so that we must consider the matter of Muslim unity as our highest national and international priority.

The Palestinian nation must be hopeful more than ever before, fighters of jihad must perpetuate their jihad and efforts and pursue the perennially honorable path of the West Bank with strength. Muslim nations must demand their governments’ serious and real support of Palestine, and Muslim government must take step in this path honestly.

American Islam ... is an Islam that fans the flames of division between Muslims ... fights the Muslim brother instead of fighting Zionism and Arrogance ... It is not Islam."

This is really a fascinating statement on multiple levels.

There's a Sunni versus Shia divide growing the Mideast, largely driven by Iran's and Russia's support of Syria's genocidal president Bashar al-Assad, who has killed and displaced millions of innocent Muslims in Syria. Khamenei does not acknowledge his own apostasy as a Muslim supporting the slaughter of millions of other Muslims.

Instead of acknowledging his own guilt is causing Muslims to fight one another, he absurdly blames it on the Zionist regime (Israel) and the "minions of Arrogance" (America). Arabs and Persians have been fighting one another for millennia. I wonder if he also blames that fighting on the Zionists and on the Americans? Somebody should ask him.

I assume that the condemnation of American Islam is to excuse jihadist attacks on America itself. He must be frustrated that American Muslims are loyal to America, and not to his threats of violence (just as German-Americans in WW II were loyal to America, not to the Nazis). He has his own problems in Iran, which is in a generational Awakening era (like America in the 1960s) and is going through a "generation gap," where the generations of young Iranians growing up after the 1979 Great Islamic Revolution generally like the West. ( "10-Jun-14 World View -- Iran's Supreme Leader complains young people are not revolutionary enough")

He also condemns the "takfiri terrorist groups" in Western Asia. The word "takfiri" refers to someone guilty of apostasy which, as I described above, he's more guilty of than anyone. Here he's condemning the terrorist groups in Pakistan and Afghanistan that have been attacking Shia Muslims in those countries, as well as targets within southeastern Iran itself. Khamenei allows himself to arrange for the slaughter of as many innocent Muslims as possible, while condemning only those who slaughter people that he likes.

So this man, who is doing all he can to promote hatred among Muslims for each other, says that "all of us so that we must consider the matter of Muslim unity as our highest national and international priority." What a senile hypocrite! AEI Iran Tracker

Sweden to be first EU country to recognize State of Palestine

Sweden, whose government took a sharp left turn after the September 15 elections, may become the first European Union country to formally recognize the State of Palestine. Incoming prime minister Stefan Löfven announced on Friday that he would submit the motion to his new cabinet. There are three EU countries -- Hungary, Poland and Slovakia -- that already recognize the State of Palestine, but they have been doing so since before they joined the EU. Predictably, Swedish Palestinian groups cheered the move, while Jewish groups condemned it. The Local (Sweden) and BBC

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