Thursday, May 14, 2009
Date: Thursday, October 2, 2008, 5:49 PM
Upon having a chance to digest my thoughts yesterday I realized a few mistakes including a couple things left out of the piece I wrote.
President Bush actually came out in 2006-7 hyping the high percentage of home ownership in the country. Correct me if I am wrong. In 2003-5 President Bush pushed the idea of more home ownership. The Bush administration this year stated that the institutions were healthy. Maybe Mr. Paulson didn’t read the FASB 157 statement on defining the accounting of Mark to Marketing as of November 15, 2007 and going forward.
Going back to the Clinton era, the issue of the “balanced budget” needs addressed. The way they were able to put the credit card expansion on the books and cut rates was due to that perception. When in fact there was no balanced budget. An agreement to increase spending by 8% on the federal budget constituted a balanced budget. Anything over 8% spending then qualified as a deficit. Trying to get the Clintons or a hard core Clinton supporter to understand that is very difficult. In addition, that was a product of a republican congress held by Newt Gingrich and a democrat President named William Jefferson Clinton. Most people do not really know where to assess credit and/or blame for the economy making economics a big part of the political game.
When the republicans blame the democrats for deregulating Fannie and Freddie is quite ludicrous. The democrats didn’t take over both houses of Congress until 2007. In 2003, the investment banks now causing the spread of the trouble asked for permission to leverage 40 to 1 dollars. They did that under the premise they were not FDIC insured and didn’t take actual checking and savings accounts. I would say that the 2003 expansion of leverage needed the 2005 deregulation of Freddie and Fannie. Otherwise, neither could pump up the asset and cash flow of their respective financial statements.
This also gives rise to all the new construction in the past 6 years enough construction for 25 years. With low interest rates pushing up property values new construction boomed. Developers need that kind of environment for it to be worth building even though at the end of the cycle people are paying too high of a price for the construction.
Thus, as prices go down the asset value of inventory starts slipping on the financial statements of these builders. Most CEOs have taken their stock options and bonuses over the years. In the next year will probably leave with high cash payments. Along with them cashing in stock options as these companies claim loads of cash which leaves less attractive financial statements. Less cash flow and lower asset values will be the problem as long term debt becomes due after their departure.
One more thing about the new construction, most did not contribute to the communities in which they built. Such as they did not contributing to the roads, schools, and utilities. Leaving the communities to issue bonds and raise property taxes. Of course being a low interest environment many communities did issue bonds. Which is why strengthening the economy for wage earners is very important.
In regards to 401k plans, my problem was in it not properly being explained to people. Using that money to buy products from businesses would have gone a long way to lessen the effect of the Fed Beige book credit widening in the economy. Yet, politics of privatizing Social Security was and is the driver for the 401k. Not to mention the actual wanting of privatizing Social Security in order to get rid of it by the Republicans since the conception of Social Security.
401k’s are just units of ownership of common stock. Common stock in a failure never recoups money. Unless, one gets enough shares for a vote and convertible bonds as did Mr. Buffet with GE and GoldmanSachs. Common stock is just a way of borrowing money and having really no responsibility to the lender. Unless one is running a good company and wants the company to survive long time.
In addition, the institutions in charge of the holding of the assets of 401k’s are considered the shareholder. They receive the shareholder information and voting rights. Those rights are not regulated to the unit holders. The managers of these funds get their pay if they play the game that was going on. And for the most part these mangers do not calculate outstanding stock options that will be taken out in the future. Just because that information is not released does not mean that can’t take a guess. Such as using how high the P/E is and if the company isn’t part of a hostile takeover.
The attempt to give the wage earner a share of the profits within the meaning of 401k’s created problems. People losing money in pension is why the idea was born. Like too many cooks in the kitchen. 401k’s creates too many owners. Thus, putting pressure on the management to cut other perks and pay increases in order to create the illusion of more profits to pump up a 401k.
Some people who in the middle 90’s who had pensions when their companies were sold to corporations had their pensions turned into 401ks. Over the next few years it looked really nice on paper. Yet, some knew the increases were just too large to fast. Some people believed the hype and wanted to borrow on it.
In this new “wealth economy” the selling of mortgages skyrocketed. With a high principle and low interest rate gave more collateral then truly was there. Bank A sells the mortgage to Bank B pretty much after writing it. Bank B pays for the principle and percentage of the amount of future interest. Bank B sells to Bank C and so on. Obviously the amount of interest to gain in profits during the sale gets lower the more times it is sold or the bank is taking a loss. I know of good mortgages being sold 4 or 5 times.
After a mortgage can no longer be sold for the interest it will earn. The banks started issuing what has become known as “complex financial securities”. I would call them instruments.
A better way of explaining them is the bank issued a type of bond on their holding of these mortgages to investors. Which as the public now finds out was not regulated or properly accounted for. Actually, the whole problem is not just bad loans. It is that all assets are losing value and the over sale of good mortgages. The holders of these “complex financial securities” have used these instruments to pump up their financial statements in order to take the real money out of the company. This money should be used to cover the company during the downturns. As the old saying goes, the crap just hit the fan.
As the wind blew, the Paulson plan was proposed to the Congress. The Executive Branch can not write legislation. The idea Mr. Paulson would submit something other than a proposal that he could then deal from is just not realistic. It does though give enthusiasm to arguments that the Treasury Secretary wants too much power. An assertion coming from people who want to go back to an antiquated banking, mining, and coining metal system of money wealth control that they rule over. In addition, they feel that the Federal Reserve and Treasury shouldn’t exist to begin with.
"A people without reliable news is, sooner or later, a people without the basis of freedom." Harold J. Laski: A Grammar of Politics
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Analytical & Intelligence Comments] RE: The Political Nature of the Economic Crisis
This is a response to Mr. Friedman's article at Stratfor.com
Very good, Mr. Friedman,
I like your article. It is certainly a discussion starter.
There are several issues as to what it is Mr. Paulson is trying to do verses what the RTC. Senator Schumer wants an FRC. Then it became an RFC. R means reconstruction. F is for financial. C equates corporation. The problem with Senator Schumer's idea is the same as the old RTC. Who is going to be making fortunes from this situation that both parties created over 20 years?
First one needs to address Mr. Paulson's objectives. His idea is to create a floor be that a sub floor for financial instruments to be able to sell them in a reasonable market place. A concept lending itself to the FASB 157 statement that "mark to market" has to be in regards to an "exchange price is the price in an orderly transaction between market participants" and "trades in an active market". Meaning the instruments cannot be sold for "firesale" prices.
My initial viewpoint that this "plan" is a sub floor in these instruments stands correct. Nobody can say for sure that these instruments if held for any amount of time will make a profit. The risk is surely on the default side. It appears that the risk aversion comes from trying to sell them in an orderly fashion hoping to slowly deleverage these instruments. It is hard to analysis "hold to whatever time frame to turn a profit" if one doesn't know the risk. Some of these instruments may recover turning a profit that then is used against the ones that don't and take a loss.
Which brings up the question of why Senator Schumer wants so much to make a corporation to deal with this paper? The problem with this FRC or RFC is it will take too long to create. From what I understand they are buying bad assets not good assets.
Paulson wants to put a floor in to make an orderly market. This could mean that some people are pushing down the prices of these assets to buy at firesale prices. They may be the ones who have been selling these instruments and now know they aren't worth holding. Some of these instruments will probably default. I think there is a provision in the bill to use newly authorized financial institutions into federal entities to take control of these properties. They will be held to no golden parachutes and the other regulations.
At this time, news that Warren Buffet is going to buy in interest in GE is being released. Same deal as he had with Goldman Sachs. I will reserve comment at this time.
Back to the subject at hand, how did the RTC make money? Well, Mr.Greenspan became Federal Reserve Chairman in 1987. His plan to lower interest rates in order to spur an economic recovery had a few branches involved. One part was to create a market in which to sell the RTC properties into a good economy or as they say a growth economy.
The first is that one had to create a consumer to buy and a cheaper way to produce products. Basically by having a currency that would be cheaper to exchange with and tax incentives to make the imports profitable to companies involved with the production. American workers were not as cheap and had labor laws. The experiment of lifting developing economies began. Greed was in and ethics was out.
Free trade agreements ruled the world. Becoming part of the WTO was the carrot. The new "Service Industry" was born. Logic being that a person could lose their higher wages to lower wages and not have a decrease in purchasing power due to low imports. They created a backstop in the bleeding of the losses in personal incomes merely as a facade.
In addition, in order to account for higher property values in the purchasing power the imports had to be real low. Thus, leading to an economy where a person used more of their income for their mortgage and rent. Thus, low wage earners were forced to have many people living in a single housing unit in order to pay the rent or mortgage. This situation created more divorces and relationship problems. Of course that led to many social jobs for the court system in order to recommend as to who was at fault by a sociologist.
Another aspect in the inflation numbers is called the basket of goods. My favorite example to use is bleach. My whole "doing laundry" life dealt with good old regular bleach. I knew how much to use for what kind of load. It was cheap and used for cleaning. Then, along came the sale of ultra bleach. A slimy condensed product that when adjusted as to usage didn't save any money.
Not clearly in the amounts they say it made up for. This new bleach was a more expensive product. Yet, since generic bleach and one name brand company still produced the product the new product is not introduced into the basket of goods. Even though in the grocery stores many times regular bleach would be sold out forcing one to buy the new bleach.
Nevertheless, the longer the regular bleach is sold in a limited quantity the new bleach at a higher price is not included in the basket. Thus, I find myself for the past 5 years looking for my regular bleach as the first indication to when inflation will be accounted for.
Now, when it comes to the subject of home furnishings the new economy brought even more hardship on the average worker. Once Wal-Mart became a big enough company its pricing structure was used to offset the increase in quality home furnishings. The price of their best furniture products verses the lowest of a middle quality furniture maker is where they get their median number for inflation in furniture. As there is no right for a person to be able to purchase nice things when cheap products is all they deserve as a lower class of citizens.
Now, we are in the mid 90's and credit cards are easily acquired. People had equity in their homes and savings accounts. These people were the target of the sales of new cheap imports on credit cards. As low interest rates were pushing up their property values and the new 401k retirement plans were first being started and looked good. President Bush touched on this in his speech on September 28, 2008. He stated foreign investors were taking their money out of the market. In 1998, this became the encouragement of expanding 401ks due to foreign investment in the US market place.
Then for the past 8 years the republicans who claimed they were going to clean up the problem did nothing. President Bush kept Greenspan. Even though in 2000 Greenspan was forced to take his money out of the stock market and put it in the bond market due to his conflict of interest as being the Chairman of the Federal Reserve. He did that just in time for the fall of the stock market. Not to mention that the bond market has performed well over the years for as I have not heard he could not be invested in Bonds.
The republicans had deregulated and given tax incentives to their special interests for moving more jobs overseas to build more imports and create a service sector and outsourcing. The republicans say that the democrats deregulated Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Yet, in 2005-6 President Bush went out in front of the cameras to state that the United States had the highest Homeownership ever.
Then, Bernanke became Chairman. At lot was said about increasing interest rates in order to encourage more savings. Well, that didn't last long.
American people are now faulted for not having regular bank savings. Yet, encouraged to have asset savings since interest rates for a bank account is so low. Therein lays the rattrap. As the no inflation economy (which was correct from a business standpoint of being unable to get a set a price for one's product) squeezed equity in homes and emptied bank accounts people wanted to borrow on their 401ks.
Bernanke attempted to raise rates, which started deleveraging of the economy. Every time he did a quick flip back to cutting interest rates. The weak dollar helped exports. In fact, there had been sightings of new life in the steel industry. Unfortunately that came with a price of loss of purchasing power. This eventually leads to an increase in wages and rising interest rates.
The more employees that non-farm payrolls show the more reserves have to be to make the payroll leading the economy into a downward spiral. As interest rates go up everything else goes down.
Take all of the past 20 years and add to it accounting fraud. The likes that make the Savings and Loan look nice. Here we are. Incompetence and ignorance being pleaded by the very people who claimed they should make multimillion of dollars because they were smarter than normal everyday people were.
Even though that multimillion was the savings account of the companies they claimed to have grown. Well, they grew the stock price using steroids. Any other growth is surely speculative. A giant is a giant. Normal size can become a giant on steroids. After the steroids, normal becomes injured.
At last the patient is in cardiac arrest and taken to the hospital. Where the 'doctors' will not cure the patient but treat the patient and send them home. Follow care is truly needed. Yet, until there is a valid discussion as to how this economy arrived where it did there is more on the horizon.
In regards to the premise that the RTC worked, I guess there is some disagreement. Clearly a lot needs to change.
"A people without reliable news is, sooner or later, a people without the basis of freedom." Harold J. Laski: A Grammar of Politics
Friday, May 1, 2009
Many men dote on the metals silver and gold with their whole souls, and know no other standard whereby to estimate their own worth, or the worth of their fellow-beings, but by the quanity of these metals they possess, thereby debasing and degrading those qualities of the mind or spirit which alone mankind ought to be estimated.
The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with their teeth. The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming. The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, to slay such as be of upright conversation. Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Blaming the UN and congressional definitions in already stating that torture must be severe pain and suffering. Suggesting that slapping someone, which is a misdemeanor and domestic abuse violation of common law is justified as not torture. Shaping the argument as military life can be considered torture. Citing the UN "Convention Against Torture" and U.S. Congress’s "Torture Victim Protection Act" as the ones who are setting the new standards of torture. After decades of the Geneva Convention in affect where the idea of lawsuits against CIA Officers or Military arose from is now answered.
Torture voids the "Torture Victims Act" developing a Kangaroo Congress. The strategy aim explicitly expressed by Reverend Sun Myung Moon of the Unification Church who and which owns The Washington Times is to bring down the Great Satan America truly transcends in this debacle of a debate.
Back in 1988 there was a flurry of news articles about a young Zimbabwean or South Koreanian proclaiming to be Rev. Moon’s dead son. With this newfound title this young man was reportedly slapping members of the Church. The Times President mysteriously fell down stairs at this same time.
Arnaud deBorchgrave of United Press International now and of Early Warning a private intelligence newsletter in the late 1980’s was quoted saying this young man was a plant by the North Korean government. 20 years later putting in context President Bush’s answer to David Gregory’s, of NBC, question in the Rose Garden Press Conference Friday September 15, 2006. David asked how Bush felt about North Korea setting their own definitions of torture to our CIA/Military personnel when Bush violates the Geneva Convention. What if N. Korea tortured and used secret evidence in a show trial against our people?
President Bush’s answer was he hoped N. Korea would use Rev. Moon and his definition under the guise of U.S. Congress, as torture definitions. Knowing Rev. Moon and Arnaud deBorchgrave’s claims of contacts in the North Koreanian military and with Kim Jung Ill II’s father leaves pause to digest. Are they abusing the American population thru a proxy such as a their sworn enemy of the United States? As a way for Rev. Moon to bring the American/Zionist/Corrupt Christian population into his cult be that by force, coercion or physiological warfare as a means?
By Ravin Black September 16, 2006
photo from September 10, 2006 Victory Celebration for Korean members of the Unification Church
Monday, April 20, 2009
April 20, 2009
The Obama administration’s decision to release four previously classified memos from former President George W. Bush’s administration on now-banned interrogation techniques late last week sparked a flurry of articles and debate over the weekend. Critics denounce the “enhanced interrogation techniques” as morally reprehensible torture and want the details brought to light. But on Sunday, former CIA Director Michael Hayden publicly criticized the White House over the release, arguing that it made CIA interrogators’ jobs more difficult.
Hayden, a Bush appointee to the top post in Langley, reportedly was one of four former directors — a mixture of Bush and Clinton appointees — to contact the White House last month in order to warn that the Obama administration’s decision to release the memos would compromise intelligence efforts. These four directors — Hayden, Porter Goss, George Tenet and John Deutch — are approaching the issue from the perspective of intelligence practitioners. Their argument is that the memos, which specifically detail now-banned interrogation methods, reveal more information on the threshold at which interrogators are legally obligated to stop. Subjects who are aware of these limits, the line of reasoning goes, are better positioned to endure the methods that are used.
These methods were hardly the most draconian used — indeed, captives handed over to foreign governments experienced far worse in many cases. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that even these limited methods could be psychologically devastating if applied over time by a skilled interrogator. Former Vice President Dick Cheney has claimed that their use helped prevent a terrorist attack, though details and evidence of that are scarce.
Cheney’s assertion brings to mind — perhaps not unintentionally — the idea of a captured terrorist refusing to reveal information about an impending and devastating attack on the verge of being carried out. This is great fodder for dramatic television series and movies, but getting to that point is an intelligence-intensive process. A great deal of tactical information on the individual — what he knows, the organization he works for and that organization’s activities — is all necessary to get to that point. This is rarely the case in either police work or the intelligence community — and if authorities did have that much highly specific intelligence, the time-consuming process of torture is rarely either necessary or an efficient means of gathering further details.
Interrogation is rightly termed a dark art. It is difficult to do well, and takes well-trained and experienced interrogators to apply techniques that compel subjects to accurately reveal information they intend to keep secret. Done poorly, these harsh techniques only compel the individual to tell the interrogators what they think they want to hear — some true, but much made up. Indeed, this was reportedly the case with the interrogation of al Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah. False or made-up information is often a problem — even when skilled practitioners (who are very rare) are used. The issue is commonly mentioned in criticism of torture in general.
And in the months and years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, this was how harsh interrogation techniques were being applied: with little concrete intelligence on individual subjects specifically or al Qaeda in general out of a nonspecific and highly generic concern about another impending al Qaeda attack. Dr. George Friedman will explore this issue in depth in this week’s Geopolitical Intelligence Report.
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Sunday, April 19, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Before dissecting the tape the issue of whether it was an As Shab production needs addressed.
One report yesterday stated that it didn’t have the As Shab markings. Leading to the conclusion that Osama bin Laden (ObL) was running out of money. Yet, the translation I seen had a picture of ObL and As Shab markings. Whether those are the images with this tape or if there was any images is still a mystery.
The 1st paragraph of this tape is clearly classic ObL from 1998. The mention of Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Kashmir, and Chechnya in that order goes back to 1998. It is the rhetoric used to start the upswing of ObL network over the occupation of Palestine, sanctions on Iraq and international recognition of the Taliban government in Afghanistan. The overthrow of the Somalia government along with the ongoing disputes over Kashmir was being used to get recruits in Chechnya.
A stolen Gaza certainly is before the September 2005 withdrawal of settlers who would have "stole" the land. Liberation of Jerusalem and a stolen Gaza is surely from 1998.
Into the 2nd paragraph one can see it is two recordings. The first part goes back to 1998 propaganda. References to Bremer, Allawi, Sistani, and this Tantawi surely were relevant in 2004 not in 2008. Even the remote village prayer thing came up in news reports in 2004 in Iraq. In fact as the reports of problems with Friday prayers were coming questions of what the real reason was for causing these incidents. Then one of the recordings had that exact reference in order to prove that ObL was alive.
The first part of the 3rd paragraph is a continuation of the second part of the 2nd paragraph. Which is a reused promotion of Saddam’s cause for Palestine against the UN and Security Council. Mostly used to generate dislike for the Iraq War more than for the Palestinian cause. When this recording came out the first time in a different tape most pundits were asking why ObL was talking about Palestine instead of Iraq.
Why would ObL want youths to carry weapons in the street protests? Well, that particular middle section was a recording in reference to an attempt to bring down the violence by having peaceful protests. Unlike ObL who says their duty is to proactively kill people. Addressing his followers as "my Islamic Nation" and to rise up against their rulers is to appear a strong leader of more people than he has.
From close to the end of the 3rd paragraph to the end of the 4th is one recording going back 1998 speech ObL gave in Afghanistan to the people his thugs were occupying. ObL tries to make it sound that the United States had nothing to do with the defeating of the Soviet Union. Directing the listener to believe wealthy donors from Arab Muslim nations funded the war against the Soviet Union. This is flowery speech to create an atmosphere of chaos as to who supported the fighters in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union.
One might want to give credence to the mention of Hitler and mujahdeen wanted dead or alive as belonging to what President Bush said after 9/11. Yet, a more observant thought would show this a 1998 recording that produced the Hitler tactics used against President Bush. Not to mention ObL’s wanting of sympathy for being a target of the CIA in 1998.
With all the discord about whether terrorist attacks have been thwarted or not points to this recording being old. As the reference is very vague since there hasn’t been any attacks in the United States. Regardless of whether or not they were trying to attack or just probe after 9/11.
As far as the popularity of the United States at anytime in the past is never all that great. The Clinton administration tried to portray good relations with the rest of the world. The reality is no one liked us any better than they had before the Clintons. ObL indoctrination always states that America’s status is declining. This section which runs from the beginning of the 5th paragraph to the middle of the 7th paragraph, without fail, was recorded in 2004.
The citations of an Israel attack after "last days of two Bush terms" and "during that era" assuredly refers to President Bush 41’s one term and President Bush 43’s one term. Which was the saying going around in the chatter during 2004. In October of 2004 there was an attack by 4 Palestinians who were then shot by Israeli Defense Forces on the border. It was a big deal at the time.
Whereas the era of strong America had to be a reference to the Clinton administration’s claims of peace and prosperity that lead to no one challenging the hegemony of the United States even during Bush 43rd’s first term. Newspeak of "drowning in the swamps of Iraq" along with the issue of vetoes in the Security Council was prevalent in 2004 not at the present time.
This piece of recording as I stated runs through the middle of the 7th paragraph. In the 6th paragraph talk of the price of the Iraq War causing the economy to collapse was a big issue in the 2004 campaign. Yassir Arafat was dying in the middle to late 2004. Everyone was talking about Mahmoud Abbas replacing Arafat. The citation of Abbas clearly was in 2004 in order to start a discord if there is a difference between Hamas, Fatah, and Al Queda.
ObL states his objections to the UN. The question must be asked. Why does anyone believe that Arafat who voiced disdain for the UN was planning on adhering to Resolution 242 on the recognition Israel? Since 1988 my ex-husband was suppose to recognize my right to exist and that hasn’t happened yet nor will it.
Concerning the naming of VP Elect Senator Biden one can see that the translation is cleaned up. The Arabic word is more than likely a generic term for someone of power or importance. Biden surely said something to that effect in 2004 and 2008. French President Sarkozy as stated before was a shoe in for Chiraq. Even though the general public wasn’t aware of it. His name had surfaced back in 2003-4 as a replacement for Chiraq. Then it came to be fulfilled.
News of what the Spanish Foreign Minister said about the Iraq war was during 2004 not now. During the 2004 appointment hearings Greenspan touting his less regulation stating that unless entitlement programs and taxes are cut the economy will look worse than the great depression. The German FM said a lot of things that could be related to the Iraq war or something else all the way back to 2004.
Seven years is 1998-2004, which included the embassy bombings, the Cole incident, 9/11, the Afghanistan war, and the Iraq war. Another 7 years would be from 2005-2011. Continuing on to 2012-2018: No big revelation here.
May one point out that there is no "we" in martyrdom of ObL, Saddam or Arafat. They are all cowards. The next section of the recording is from the middle of the 7th paragraph to about a third of the way into the 8th paragraph. It picks up by stating some poll of 75% of people happy to see a change. Clearly a poll that ran in 2004 and in 2008. If it was a real poll than Senator Kerry would have won. President Elect Obama would have won by a bigger margin.
Two wars were going on in 2004 and if there was a war with Iran at this time. Another piece would have been added to the effect of an Iranian war. Since that wasn’t happening it wasn’t added. Any reference to an Iranian war would have been generic.
What in God’s name is a "guerrilla war" "financed by interest-based loans"? Obviously, that was to be used in the context that the Americans are fighting a guerrilla war by interest based loans. Everyone knows that ObL uses contributions and they do not charge each other interest. Guess they didn’t have anything to really fit other than that recorded piece.
In the Arab Muslim media the translation would refer to the Ummah nation not Islamic nation. This next list of countries was more relevant in 2004 not 2008. Reason being the Islamic Maghreb hasn’t been referred to since 2004. Though if it could get back in the news. It would be used as evidence this is a new recording not an old one.
Single wealthy Muslims giving contributions was a bigger issue in 2004 then it is now. The rest of the broke up recordings of the 8th paragraph ascribe more to a 1996-8 mentality then 2004 or 2008. Back in the days of the Taliban taking over Afghanistan Al Queda stated that good Muslims must leave Saudi Arabia donate their wealth to ObL and live on mats. ObL ranks with that fanatic Jones guy who took over Johannesburg.
On to the 9th paragraph, which is so hyphenated, it leads me to believe it was probably spliced together and then re-recorded. King Louis of France and the American Revolution was propaganda used by Al Queda back in early 1990’s leads to my theory of Sarkozy being a pawn of the masters of manipulation.
After stating democratic means are lies in Afghanistan and Iraq ObL goes on to suggest the Muslim can elect their own President. Clearly made in respects to the Iraq election of 2004. Since the election in Iraq for January 31, 2009 clearly came out of the blue. Plans to upset the elections do not need a tape released.
The last paragraph referring to the decline of Zionist-Crusader wave is from the discussion of Israeli withdrawal from Gaza. If it didn’t happen then there probably is a recording to the opposite of the "will of Allah this year." Once again the mentioning of Palestine are relevant in any period from 1996-2004-2008.
All of this begs one question. Why? Answers include reasons such as upstaging President Bush’s farewell address. An attempt to effect the elections in Iraq. Leading to a perception that ObL is alive. Forcing President Obama to go into Pakistan looking for a man he will not find. Thus, making him look worse than President Bush. After the media has built up so much expectations for President Obama.
This analysis is not to say that there isn’t a problem in Pakistan, Afghanistan, South Asia, or the Middle East. Just trying to keep from having those press myths used against this country or our President again for whatever reason. Finally, yes, nothing in this transcript leads me to believe anything in this tape was recorded after 2004.
By Ravin Black
January 15, 2009
"A people without reliable news is, sooner or later, a people without the basis of freedom." Harold J. Laski: A Grammar of Politics
Sunday, April 5, 2009
With much to do about Palestine and the Holy City of Peace named Jerusalem. What is all the fuss over it?
According to the Maulana Muhammad Ali's Holy Qur'an the meanings and interrputions of words in the Holy Qur'an can affect the whole dynamics of the issue. In the Arabic English Lexicon by Edward William Lane the words Rabwah and qarar in the Holy Qur'an have been used to describe the wrong places. While Rabwah denotes as 'loftyground'. Qarar symoblizes 'cultivated land' and 'a place where water rests in a meadow'. Both of which are metaphors for a place, time and story.
While many persons attribute these places as being one of the following Palestine, Damascus, Egypt, and Jerusalem. Maulana MuhammadAli clearly disputes this in his commentary of the Holy Qur'an. He specifically states it is Kashmir. With alot of detailed work to confirm his anaylsis.
He points out the fact that many villages in Kashmir have the names of places from Palestine. The presence of a tomb of Nabi. Translated as 'the prophet' many believe to belong to Isa (arabic for Jesus) and the man known as Yuz Asaf. This tomb is located on the Khan Yar(Strinagar) street in Kashmir. He indicates as the capital. His thesis is that this is the only tomb known of Isa with no belief there is a tomb in Palestine.
In order to prove this thesis, Muhammad Ali, sets forth very compelling arguments. Starting with an unwritten handed down belief of a foreigner named Yuz Asaf from 2,000 years ago in Kashmir. In theTarikh A'zami it is referred to as the tomb of a prince from a foreign land. This reference was written about the year 1751. There is an older written documention from a thousand years ago called the Ikmalal-Din. It indicates this same man as a journeyer who stopped in various places. The last reference is the story of Barlaam and Josaphat in a very old version by Joseph Jacobs. In which Josaphat is believed to be Yuz Asaf who died in Kashmir.
Yuz Asaf is very close to Yasu the hebrew word for Jesus. Both of these persons are related to the "Barlaam and Josaphat" account inthe Holy Bible and the Holy Qur'an. The arabic name for gospel 'bushra' is believed to be used by Yuz Asaf himself. MuhammadAli notes the Islamic story of Jesus not dying on the cross. With Jesus fleeing after the crucification is believed and taught by the Prophet Muhammed himself.
Truly implicating one aspect of so much undue violence by numerous peoples over many milleniums. Yet, this begs the questions. Were Jesus, Isa or Yuz Asaf's remains being protected from the time of his death? Was the Prophet Muhammed trying to correct history? At the same time trying to protect Isa's tomb?
All roads lead to, where else, Palestine. So, what could the Muslimsbe safeguarding in the Holy Land if they believe Isa's tomb is in Kashmir?
My best estimate can only be the Cave of Machpelah in Hebron. Dr. Henry H. Halley is the source I have for my perception in regards to an answer. My thesis relates to his reference under the topic "Sarah's Death"** in his book.
Long ago in a Mosque where the cave is located. With the direction ofthe Sultan, the Prince of Wales in 1862 embarked and ascertianed the only outside knowledge of this cave. The Prince, according to Dr. Halley, saw the tombs of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebekah, and Leah in what is considered the Cave of Machpelah. In addition, to what many consider the real cave located at the bottom of the upper passage there is a subterranean chamber that had not been accessed since the12th century. Though there is no mention of what the Prince may or may not of seen.
An answer that just leads to more questions. As, Marston Bates said research is "The process of going up alleys to see it they are blind". For this to be summed up in written work can not fully suffice the matter.
References to *, ** as cited below:
* The Holy Qur'an Arabic text, English translation and Commentary byMaulana Muhammad Ali.
** Halley's Bible Handbook by Dr. Henry H. Halley.
by Ravin Black August 2006 redone July 2007
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
In Islam, the Prophet Mohammed didn’t fight until he had fled to Madinah from Makkah. This is laid out in Chapter 22 called "The Pilgrimage" during the Lake Makkah (LM) period. Under the section "Believers Permitted to fight" is the earliest known approval-allowing followers to fight. This comes after 10 years of omens as to the destruction of the people of Makkah.
Without his Uncle Talib’s protection anymore, Mohammed approves the sacrifice of one’s life in the defense of the truth, which is manifest in him; this is recorded in Chapter 22. For the time was coming when the enemy was going to exterminate those who he had converted or he was hiding with. Included in this directive was the defense of the churches and synagogues.
Every commander was mandated to "respect all houses of worship" including monks and their servants. Yet, Mohammed had in Chapter 17, in the Early Makkah period, been told by the Angels. The destruction of King Solomon’s Temple was directed by them both times upon the disobedience of the Israelis.
The relation between these two conflicting attitudes is questionable. Chapter 23 "The Believers" also of the LM period reveals that a mild warning not heeded leads to a greater punishment including the complete wiping out of peoples. Mohammed had warned the Jews and Arabs of Madinah not to side with the Makkans. His reference had to have been the destruction of Solomon’s temple.
Chapter 2 "The Cow" recorded as being from the 1-2 After Hijrah (AH) in the section "Retaliation and Bequests" covers agreements in regards to business and war. When personal or national arrangements between peoples are not respected a violation of the peace is committed. This is then considered a fight in the self-defense of Islam.
A couple of sections after "Retaliation and Bequests" is "Fighting in Defense" which commences the rules of self-defense fighting. Most notably in this section is the allowance of fighting in the Sacred Months. Only in retaliation can one fight during the Sacred Months. This force can not be more than what the enemy has laid upon them.
The force could not be disproportional to the enemy’s strength used against the Muslims. One is to use only enough power to keep the enemy at bay until the end of the Sacred Months. No action taken against the unbeliever would set a dangerous precedent. Attacking during the Sacred Months are considered worse than homicide. Upon the conclusion of the Sacred Months, Muslims shall continue to fight till the destruction of the enemy. It was theorized the unbelievers were to trying to break the Muslims of their beliefs.
Infliction of death for leaving Islam is also covered. Death is only allowed for leaving Islam if the Muslim joins the enemy. Though it doesn’t really say if that means the battlefield or something else. Unbelievers are the enemy in that they reject the truth of Allah who will punish them.
In Chapter 2, the next section is titled "Trials and Tribulations" this covers such things as torture. Where the follower’s reliance and steadfastness under persecution is likened to what Mohammed experienced. When the persecution ends the enemy will use more fierce actions just like they did to Mohammed.
For extensive force will be brought down upon the believers to quit their religion. As Jesus cried "Oh, Lord why have thou forsaken me" so will Mohammed’s followers feel the same. Until they feel comparable to how Jesus did there is no trial proportional to that of Mohammed’s. For the truth can only be brought forth under the severest of trials. Otherwise, it can not itself be truth.
A lot has been said on both sides as to whether Islam is doing conversion by the sword. It appears that Hamas does in the Gaza Strip. Along with Al Queda who state they are Arab Sunni Muslims. The Arab League will not condone Hamas, as neither they do anything to stop them. Al Quds, which is Jerusalem, they claim, should come under the control of the Arab League.
The Quran in Chapter 2 does address this issue in regards to the Badr War, which was around 2 AH. Mohammed only having 313 young and old males was up against 1,000 battle ready men. Leaving no means for the conversion by sword of the enemy or to fight for riches. Implying the Muslims were too busy defending themselves against the Arab armies. Yet, is that a logical argument?
According to the Quran, man can never reward fighting in the cause of truth only Allah. For Mohammed is the truth and all sacrifices are well redeemed. Muslims are instructed in Chapter 8 to fight a defensive war to save themselves and Islam. "Voluntary Gifts" is the name of Chapter 8 which is from the 1-2 AH era.
Going back to Chapter 2 also of the 1-2 AH era there is a section called "Usury Prohibited." Many people use this as a reference against interest based loans. Really, this is about not using interest-based loans to fund the Islamic War. For Mohammed felt that it would doom the subjugator and the subjugated.
Logic being peoples must be willing to sacrifice to save themselves and their nation. They had to avoid interest debt driven wars. The "fund for the defense of Muslim society" clearly solves this problem. As one can see the Palestinian people contribute to this fund in blood and any money the international community gives them.
Which brings up another point, in the Osama bin Laden’s audiotape release on January 14, 2009. The statement "The worst kind of inheritance is a protracted guerrilla war against a patient, stubborn opponent, that has been financed by interest-based loans" was made. Many experts stated that this had to have been recently recorded. As one can see, that is a fundamental principle of Islamic warfare.
As Mohammed subjugated Madinah and other areas he became stronger due to the spoils of war. Those plunders are from those who he mastered or who he killed. In turn this contributed to the funding of the defense of Islam.
Another rule to this game, though not unique to Islam, in Chapter 8 under "Peace to be secured by Strength" is convoluted. The Holy Quran approved by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia states that a Muslim should arm themselves with the best weapons.
Whereas, the Holy Quran interrupted by Maulana Muhammad Ali of Pakistan asserts that Muslims need to be well prepared due to the loss in the Badr War. For that is the only way for the enemy to remain pacified. He goes on further to state Muslims should make treaties even if they believe the enemy is being deceitful. As in Chapter 9 "The Immunity" from the 9-10 AH era, if the adversary breaks their agreement. The Muslims can kill or take captives due to the breach of that agreement.
This reasoning of arming to keep the peace is corrupt. The fact is Mohammed started out his ministry by telling the Israelis and idolatrous Arabs that the Angels who instructed him had devastated them in the past. Moreover, Mohammed claims to be the "Warner" that is given to all peoples in order to show them the correct path before their punishment by Allah.
Surely, the self-defense war is a product of illusion. Islam catches innocent people in the middle. Iran threatens Israel with the excuse that it is in self-defense. Because when the Muslims captured Jerusalem it was a defensive game that fulfilled the signs of Allah.
Another way to contain Islam’s enemies is to penalize them for attacking. In Chapter 33 from the 5-8 AH era tells the tale of the Battle of the Trench (5 AH). Where Mohammed forgoes the responsibility for the killing of the Jews after they were defeated. This liability is passed on to a former pagan and General of Mohammed during the war.
In "The Allies" or Chapter 33, it is said that if the Jews would have picked Mohammed to decided their discipline. He would have spared them the sword. This General is cited as using the Jewish law of Deuteronomy 20:12-14, which calls for the killing of males and taking of captives. As this General was disgusted by the Jews treachery.
If Mohammed had spared the Jews of Makkah the sword for how long would that have been? The story of the War in Chapter 33 is from the 5-8 AH period. If one goes back to Chapter 3 from the 3-4 AH era, the second of four AH periods, it describes when Muslims could associate with non-Muslims.
The section "The Kingdom is granted to another People" in Chapter 3 at first explains Mohammed’s right to the Promised Land of Abraham. Reasons being the Jews had always tried to kill Mohammed. Jewish law was completed with Mohammed’s ministry. Further stating Jesus had informed the Israelis their Kingdom would be given to a dutiful nation.
Now that Islam has been justified as the rightful owner the ways in which they could ally with the enemy are very clear. During the 3-4 AH they were forbidden to seek relationships in the area of financial affairs. For the unbelievers will not safeguard Muslims interests. More importantly, when Allah’s day comes Muslims do not want to be with the unbelievers.
In the previous verses one is referred to Chapter 60 entitled "The Woman who is Examined" from the 9-10 AH era, which is the last two years of Mohammed’s life. At this point, the section "Friendly Relations with non-Muslims" details relationships with unbelieving women.
Intimacy with conquered women who didn’t fight against the Muslims had to be addressed. As the title suggests their faith was the question. This verse also says that if the non-fighting men do not force the Muslim from his home or to give up Islam: mingling with them is allowed. Yet, most of this discussion is about the marriage of conquered women.
One can glean from this that non-fighting men are allowed to live only if they are subservient to the Muslims. Such as paying a higher tax then Muslims and not practicing their religion in the open and sometimes not at all. Men and women not of Islam were able to marry a person in Islam. Yet, when war comes dowries are to be given back and relations to end.
Considering that war would mean the punishment of Allah the disbeliever would be converted or killed. So, Mohammed may spare the sword in the beginning. As stated earlier, a milder warning not heeded leads to a severer punishment. Thus, Mohammed at some point would have brought about Allah’s punishment for the Jews of Makkah had they emigrated to a foreign land.
Emigrating to a foreign land is stated as being what Mohammed would have decreed for the Jews at Makkah. Being the last lesson of the Battle of the Trench was that Allah would give the Muslims land they had not been to before. So, Mohammed could spare the lives of the Jews of Makkah until their unbelief can no longer be tolerated.
Testimony concerning the reality of being an ally with the Islamic State is covered in Chapter 9. After Islam became a ruler all of Arabia the Roman Christen Empire was deemed no longer an ally. Where they had helped in subduing the Jews and Arabs it is stated they now seen the Muslims as to strong. Thus, the rules of self-defense as instructed by Mohammed where considered in play.
The fight against the Roman Christen Empire was not a direct onslaught. It wasn’t until the Romans conspired with the enemies of Islam to stir up trouble in the Muslim nation that the sword was taken up.
This can truly be seen as the playbook when anyone considers defending his or her country against Islam. The Muslims move to a country and warn of these peoples’ disbelief which develops into them being persecuted for following Islamic law instead of the countries’ laws. As stated, Muslims are told to spread the word of Allah and to be peaceable in their conduct until it becomes a fight for the defense of Islam.
Trying to help another nation against an Islamic self-defensive war is clearly not an option as stated previously. This could lead to ones’ saying they are not for Israel and are a friend to Islam. Thus, opening their doors to Islam. Either way, Islam considers them an enemy to be dealt with at some time in the future.
So, as Hamas sends small rockets at Israel as a mild warning. A more unmerciful punishment is in store for Israel. After the destruction of Israel, comes subjugation of the rest of the world. Even if that world is standing on the sidelines. Making the innocents of Islamic subjugation a pawn in a stratagem of world domination.
By the Quran, the Palestinians can not seek to be a resident of Israel. For they should not work or do financial transactions within the State. Those who are living in Israel or married to an Israeli will have to decide at some point what their beliefs are concerning Islam.
Unless the enemy desists from plotting wars and ceases to be unbelievers Allah will seek to punish them. Leading to a world with no more persecution of Muslims and all religions are for Allah.
by Ravin Black
February 12, 2009
"A people without reliable news is, sooner or later, a people without the basis of freedom." Harold J. Laski: A Grammar of Politics
It appears that the chapters of the Quran are in the order of current Islamic principle. The chapters revealed in the After Hijrah (AH) 1-2 period are in the beginning of the Quran. Not because they are longer, but because the wars had begun. Thus, as the fight to install Islam as the true religion of man the rules set forth in these chapters became more important than the earlier chapters.
The earlier chapters are for reference and the newer ones refined the call of a righteous war. Meaning that the chapters of the Quran are in the right order. Chapter 41 "The Warning" is from the Middle Makkah period. This chapter reiterates the same theme of warning Makkah, proof of signs in the punishment to come, and the gradual but swift spread of Islam after the persecution ends.
Whereas, Chapter 3 "The Family of Amran" from the AH 3-4 period lays out inheritances of the priesthood from Adam through Jesus to Mohammed. In verse 18 the idea is conveyed that every child is born a Muslim because Islam is the natural peaceful religion. The parents of these children force the crime of hypocrisy on their Muslim children.
The freeing of all the children of the world in Chapter 3 is built on a verse in Chapter 22. Also known as "The Pilgrimage" Chapter 22 is from the Late Makkah (LM) period. Verse 39 narrates how Mohammed made the leaders of his followers’ take an oath as they fled to Madinah. Known as one of the earliest authorizations to fight the oath entailed protecting Mohammed.
To put in Chronological order Chapter 17 "The Israelis" from the Early Makkah (EM) period reveals that man is to be offered the correct path by the righteous prophet Mohammed. Chapter 41 "The Warning" during the Middle Makkah (MM) period foretells the destruction of Makkah for their persecution of Mohammed.
When Mohammed’s Uncle Talib died as chronicled in Chapter 28 called "The Narrative" during the LM period. Talib would not forsake the Gods of his Fathers. Thus, Mohammed declared one could not always guide those who they love. Yet, over time Divine unity will happen. In Chapter 22 "The Pilgrimage" from the LM period stipulates an oath to protect Mohammed as they would their children.
One can only conclude that Chapter 3 is built on the earlier revelations in order to explain them as being divine revelation. Creating a justification for the ongoing war and that his followers will be victorious in the end. So, the issue at hand is put in the right order in the Quran.
Starting with Chapter 2 creating a fund for the Muslim children left behind from persecution or conflict like the Badr War. Chapter 3 declares all humans fall under the jurisdiction of Allah from birth. Chapter 17 declares all men starting with the Israelis must be shown the right course before their punishment is rendered.
An oath to protect Mohammed as one would their children is in Chapter 22. Since all children are born Muslims, like Uncle Talib, the path to divine unity will not be an easy one as narrated in Chapter 28.
Mohammed prophesied all this in the early years of his ministry before the wars. This is shown in Chapter 41. Being that Mohammed did not live to see Islam instated in Makkah having died on the way there. This created a practiced plan of proof that his revelations are from a divine source.
This proceeds into Chapter 101 "The Calamity" where Mohammed in the EM period prognosticated the defeat of Makkah by the Muslims. This divine prophecy of conquest is an outline of world domination. Presented in the correct order for the followers and converts adherence in the fight for Allah.
Ending with Chapter 114, revealed in the EM era, called "The Men" it confirms the Quran was put together in the correct order for their intended purpose. Mohammed was guided by the Angels to apocalypse the demise of Arabia and the Levant. Upon the ruin of the Makkans the proof of Mohammed’s obedience to Allah’s word through the Angels materialized.
Just as the claims of the Angels of Allah being the ones who instructed Isaiah and Jesus to foretell the destruction of Israel. The Quran’s concluding chapter "The Men" crafts a warning to all mankind to seek refuge in Allah the Nourisher. For belief in the Quran’s law, Mohammed, and Allah is the only protection for man.
The destruction of world opposition begins with Israel and control of Jerusalem or Al Quds as the Muslims call it. The Arab League will control Al Quds, which is the gateway spiritual center of Islam to the rest of the world. Whereas, Makkah is the spiritual center for the Masters of Islam as it was the beginning of Mohammed’s augury. Not to mention Mohammed made Makkah the Kabah of monotheism instead of Jerusalem.
To fight in Allah’s way is the same as fighting in self-defense in Chapter 3. In order to understand that one must carefully look at the chapters and verses related to the rules of fighting in self-defense. Arguments of whether the word Jerusalem is in the Quran or whether it is complied in the right order will not suffice.
Not understanding the Quran’s relationship to the Israeli-Palestinian War. Including how Muslims are being used as pawns in a broader game of world domination leaves one at a disadvantage.
One can stick their head in the sand. Sooner or later they have to come up for air. Whether that will be in the scorching natural sun or a night lit by a sliver of that same light guiding their way out. It leads to the same outcome of which someone else is directing.
by Ravin Black
Febuary 9, 2009
"A people without reliable news is, sooner or later, a people without the basis of freedom." Harold J. Laski: A Grammar of Politics
Monday, March 30, 2009
Only containing 11 short verses Chapter 101 is the affirmation of the doom of the Quraish. The Quraish is considered the idolatrous Arabs and the Jews who joined in. So, the reference is to the doom of both sets of people. The entirety of the chapter is the mechanism in which Islam shall conquer the whole world. Where as, the Quraish becomes a reference to the Israelis as the center of the battle. When the day of the Calamity comes destroying the earth before the Resurrection.
In addition, any peoples can become the Quraish when an opponent of the Truth (the Prophet Mohammed). The true order of these vanquishing people is Madinah, Makkah, and then the Israelis. Though, in between that time other countries with Christians, Pagans, or Atheists are to be taken over. Yet, the final battle will be defined by the destruction of Israel.
The Angels who spoke to Mohammed stated in Chapter 4 that they were there at the creation of Adam. They anointed all the prophets of Israel from Abraham to Jesus: whom the Israelis refused to accept and the Christians went astray by the atonement of Jesus not to mention making him a God. With this in mind, one has to understand that the eradication of Israel is the destruction of all opposition. As the Angels stated in Chapter 17 they ordered the destruction of Solomon’s Temple both times. No one should doubt the essence of that statement.
Israel is also considered as the Christians. Solomon’s kingdom was given to the Christians. The Christians are the Israelis in their eyes. In the event that all Israelis, Jews, Christians, or Pagans are cleansed from King Solomon’s domain the center of the battle would be Europe and America including Canada.
This heritage from Israel to the rest of the world becomes more detailed in Chapter 17, which is called "The Israelites." Like Chapter 101, Chapter 17 is from the Early Makkah period. It relates Islam to the sun and the moon. Just as the moon has no original light the ignorant world is the night. Thus, the day will come when Islam like the sun is the world’s natural light.
The followers of Islam have known the light since the 7th century. In the sense that atonement whether Jewish law or Jesus’ dying does not save a man from his consequences. For man alone is responsible for his actions. In Chapter 51, "The Scatters," it states that there are "many paths of heaven." This is suppose to be taken in the context that Mohammed didn’t know about the planet's orbits as we do today. Which means the Holy Quran can only be of Divine Revelation.
Though, a careful look at the "many paths of heaven" verse reveals it is a direct repudiation of Halakha the Hebrew word meaning "the path" as in the Jewish law. Going back to Chapter 17, a man was to be offered the correct path to heaven through the messenger of Allah being Mohammed. If after a man has been warned of being on the wrong path and continues on that path then punishment will follow.
Jesus told the Israelis of Allah’s discontent for indecency. They rejected the message and were smitten. So to, those who reject the message of Allah through Mohammed have now multiplied their offenses. So much so that such measures as the destruction of their towns, cities, peoples, and countries is justified.
The Early Makkah period spans over the first 5 years of Mohammed’s preaching. Middle Makkah is the next 5 years. The next three years is the Late Makkah period. Then Mohammed flees to Madinah shortly after his uncle Talib died in Makkah. This starts the AH periods which means After Hijrah.
There are 4 AH intervals. The first two years is called AH 1-2. Following next two years is called AH 3-4. Next is the AH 5-8 which is 3 years long. Mohammed’s last two years is AH 9-10. The prevailing thought is Mohammed died in 632 CE with his ministry spanning the last 23 years of his life. Bringing a working calculation of 609 CE to 632 CE to define the eras of Mohammed.
People can have different years around the same time for an event that is discussed in the Holy Quran. The main point is how the chapters revealed by Mohammed at different times lays out a plan for world domination.
Mohammed instructs his followers to go with great eagerness and fortification to spread Islam. He states this in a Chapter 79 entitled "Those Who Yearn" under the subtitle "The Great Commotion." Leading to Chapter 100 that describes how wars will be waged against Islam whom will be victorious.
One can only come to an understanding that "The Great Commotion" is the prelude to Chapter 100 that is called "The Assaulters." Chapter 17, 79, 100, 101 are all in the Early Makkah period. Now, Chapter 29 "The Spider" is from the Middle Makkah period.
"The Spider" outlines that the Holy Quran is the purifier with Mohammed as the "Warner of Allah." Those who deny the signs of Allah will be punished thus fulfilling the signs. Mercy is the Quran. Accepting the Quran is the only mercy to be shown. Since, punishment is thought of to be hell. Hell is considered not only the afterlife but also this life as well. So, a man cannot escape from Allah’s punishment in this life or the afterlife.
Common thought puts Mohammed’s skirmishes and wars as starting around the AH 3-4 and 5-8 periods. Which is after his Uncle died and he fled to Madinah. Meaning that the chapters revealed from the Early Makkah to the Late Makkah and probably the AH 1-2 periods are the forerunner to his wars.
These revelations before the actual wars are to orchestrate how to conduct a war. By blaming the people who refused his signs from Allah. Calling them the assaulters. This theory is clearly laid out in the Late Makkah period. In a Chapter called "The Thunder" Allah warned the Makkans many times of their crimes against him and the righteous religion.
The crimes described in the Chapter 13 or "The Thunder" are the rejection of Mohammed’s ministry covering the Early Makkah and Middle Makkah period. Through this rejection Allah will punish them with the severest punishment of either the sword or conversion. Punishment designed to reveal the truth of the revelation of Mohammed for all peoples then and in the future.
by Ravin Black
February 3, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Instead of directly acknowledging their wish to conquer Jerusalem, the Quran seeks to litigate the Prophet Mohammed’s spiritual and kingship line of succession over its control. Seemingly establishing the fact of his need to take full possession over the area and its inhabitants. Thus, addressing the issue from this viewpoint.
In the index for the Holy Quran the word Jerusalem has 5 citations which are only found being used in the commentary. Though the exact word Jerusalem is used more times in the commentary than the 5 listed notations in the index. After Chapter 38 there is no more reference to Israel in the verses or Jerusalem in the commentary. The subject becomes more about David and Solomon then maneuvering on to Christianity.
At one point the Quran mentions "the throwing of bodies on Solomon’s throne" instead of naming his sons Rehoboam and Jeroboam in the verse. Going on in the commentary to explain that the sons were weak rulers distracted by wealth and women. In so many words stating that no Israeli after Solomon can ever be worthy of ruling Solomon’s kingdom, let alone Jerusalem.
The Quran exonerates David and Solomon from the accusations laid out against them in the Torah and Bible. In Chapter 67 the dialogue uses phrases like "Whose hand is the Kingdom" as a description of Solomon’s domain. With all commentary focusing on the Christians as the owners of Solomon’s Kingdom.
The last sections of the Quran mainly deal with laws given by Mohammed as how to live. Along with the subject of the coming day of Judgement and Resurrection just like the Torah and Bible. It appears that there is no need to consider the Israelis or Jews from midway through the book till the end.
This can only mean that the subjugation of Israel, her people, and Jerusalem is going to happen in their eyes. The introduction of the Quran asserts the first revelations of Mohammed are at the end of the book. Inferring the acquisition of Jerusalem was conceived before their overt plan was laid out.
Which is clearly presented in Chapter 2 verse 140-43 in that Jerusalem is no longer the main spiritual center (Qiblah) of monotheism because Allah had forsaken them. Reasons are that the Jews believed their law was the only way to salvation for man. Christians believed in Jesus’s atonement.
This posed a problem, as both religions were the seed of Abraham through Isaac. Since the Prophet Mohammed’s lineage descended by way of Ishmael a new monotheist spiritual center was required. Especially when Mohammed seen how resistant the Jewish population was in Madinah. Until Mohammed fleed to Madinah he had always prayed towards Jerusalem as the main Qiblah of monotheism. In Madinah and continuing after that time, he changed to having the Qiblah in Makkah.
Makkah has been portrayed as the site of an altar consummated by Abraham and Ishmael. Thus, in the eyes of the Quran it could not be an idolatrous temple. Divine Revelation told Mohammed in Madinah to conquer Makkah first. Then, proceed on to Jerusalem as confirmed in a verse by saying, "the East and the West belongs to Allah."
Following the logic in the commentary of the Holy Quran that Jerusalem was designated for the Israelis. Makkah is the Qiblah for the whole purification of mankind augmenting this to having Islamic spiritual and kingship leaders to rule over all earth. Islam claims to embrace all the prophets from Abraham on down. Creating a unity out of the division and apostasy of the Jews and Christians.
Controversy over whether King Solomon’s Temple existed as described in a proclamation by the Egyptian Government sometime after 1998 relates to this topic in the Quran. The document states "Al Aqsa is directed towards Al Ka'aba, in Mecca, while the Temple was a rectangular building directed from west to east."
The rectangular issue is tedious. Another element of contention in this statement from the Egyptian Government is how it relates to another verse. Progressing into Chapter 2 verse 158 Abraham has a dialogue with "a race of sun worshipers." Commentary alludes that in this conversation, Abraham states that his God grants life and death.
Thus, interrupted as meaning the life and death of a nation. As God can give life after death such as the rebuilding of Jerusalem under a new obedient nation. Which would make the statement "the East and the West belongs to Allah" more relevant to ownership of Solomon’s Temple. Especially, in a time when some people could remember the temple or records of it still remained.
Yet, all of that is contrary to acquitting Solomon of all charges against him by the Jews and Christians. So, how could Solomon have built the temple wrong? Blaming the jinn and devils isn’t going to answer that question.
If some contend that Solomon’s Temple never existed. Then how can they say it faced west or east in the same breath? Chapter 7 verse 137 in the Quran characterizes the promise made to Abraham in Genesis 17:8 as the "good word." Encompassing the land east and west of the Jordan River.
Going back to Chapter 3:25 in the Quran, which forms the basis that Mary, Jesus’s mother, was from the family of Aaron. Putting Jesus in the prophethood lineage of Aaron. Chapter 7:148-151 vindicates Moses and Aaron of making any calf idols. Chapter 4:163-4 sets down the ancestors from Adam to Jesus. With Jesus having no heir then his prophethood is given to his brethren the Ishmaelites thru the Prophet Mohammed.
In Chapter 5:77 of the Quran, it states that the Israelis rejected Jesus waiving their right to Jerusalem. Then in Chapter 7:157-8 is the implication that in Matthew 15:24 of the New Testament, Jesus told a non-Israeli woman that he is only a prophet for the Israelis. Concluding all other prophets came only to their own people. The Holy Quran declares Mohammed was the first to come to all human races.
Contrary to popular belief including in the commentary of the Holy Quran verse 1 of Chapter 17 does not refer to a spiritual journey. Careful analysis of the text reveals a more hidden message. The passage "by night" means "in secret." "Sacred Mosque to Remote Mosque" signifies the angles underground network from Makkah to Jerusalem.
The verse goes on to state "whose precincts We blessed." "We" means the angles who instructed Mohammed for Allah. Guiding to a conclusion that Mohammed made a secret journey to Jerusalem. For the purpose as declared "We might show him our signs". Since "him’ is not capitalized it must of been to show the true believers that Jerusalem is no longer the Qiblah.
A hard argument to disagree with in face of verses 4-7 of Chapter 17 the angels declare they were the ones who sent the Babylonians to destroy Jerusalem. Just as they (the angles) anointed Jerusalem they ordered the destruction due to Israel’s defying Allah. Clearly expressed in that context in verse 7 as "We raised another people…that they may enter the Mosque as they entered it the first time". Referring to the first devastation of the temple.
Now that the Holy Quran believes they have won their case as to their authority to anoint the Prophet Mohammed over the entire world, seizure is the only action left. This is laid out in Chapter 48:19 where it pronounces "many gains which they will acquire." Interpreted to foreordain the submission of Makkah then the other countries in the East and the West.
Yes, the word Jerusalem is not in the Holy Quran. For Jerusalem is the key to the East and the West.
by Ravin Black
January 25, 2009
"A people without reliable news is, sooner or later, a people without thebasis of freedom." Harold J. Laski: A Grammar of Politics
The Arab League for the past 40 years has held summit after summit. These meetings are never productive and at no time have bequeathed a real solution. In recent times Iran has had meetings with some members. Then those members meet with the rest of the Arab League. Spectators are informed this is all in the name of trying to resolve the situation.
A Palestinian state has been propagated by the world. Yet, for the general public, there are no details as to how the Palestinian economy would evolve. Will they print their own money? Are the Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims, or Arab Muslims?
It is very obvious that the Palestinians live in limbo. Where thugs are portrayed as a government and proactive killing will achieve an outcome favorable to the Palestinians. Just to make matters worse, all Palestinians are not Palestinians. Some are Gazans ruled by Hamas. Others are West Bankers controlled by Fatah.
Palestinians in camps in Lebanon are Shia Muslims. In Gaza they are Sunni Muslims. For those in the West Bank the definition is not clear. The impression by the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) is one that all of them are Arabs. They are all professed as Muslims. Thus, they have to be Arab Muslims.
The renowned author George Friedman, of Stratfor, in his January 15, 2009 commentary entitled "Geopolitics of the Palestinians" stated that the PLO was born from the Arab National Movement started by an Egyptian General. Now more commonly known as the Arab League.
Mr. Friedman also states that a Palestinian state achieved only by the destruction of Israel would not be a state at all. It would be under the command of one of the Arab League countries. Or with Israel still existing could only exist under the control of Israel. Those assertions appear to be correct.
Due to concerns about Israel’s security, restricting the movement of Palestinians is their only option at this time. Transparency of what is coming into the Gaza Strip through the ports and into the West Bank not withstanding. This does leave Palestinians in the instruments of Israel.
On the other hand, the Arabs being in domination after the destruction of Israel would fare much worse. Being the Arabs would have used the Palestinians to destroy their vowed enemy by means of violence and terror. The Arab League is designed to create one Arab nation seemingly encompassing any Arabs through out the world. Since speaking Arabic was the original criteria becoming a Muslim must be a covert principle.
Are the Arabs truly looking for a solution other than the destruction of Israel in their summits on Palestine? The answer appears to be no. After the Ottoman Empire fell, the Arab League was created to unite what was left of the unconquered Arab lands and putting them under Islamic Rule.
The Arab League charter clearly expresses one thing. The Arab control of borders for Palestine likened under British rule. Which would encompass what is now Israel. Just like the map on the scarf Yassir Arafat of the PLO wore.
The Quran was written in Arabic. It states that no Israeli can ever control Jerusalem. Reason being that after King Solomon no Israeli could be worthy. Completely ignoring the issue of the state of war between Judah and Israel after the King’s death.
Even Christian ideology paints a portrait against Judah and Israel. In the context of a people called Israelis or Jews in the Bible who can not control Jerusalem. Whereas, God is going to destroy the world raising up a few people afterwards to live in modern means without manufacturing. Thus, no one needs to worry about Jerusalem, which belongs to the Palestinians.
Right back to Palestine, an area of land which Egypt did control a long time ago. Effectively, it was the battleground between Babylon (Iraq) and Egypt. Both of which are now parts of the Arab League and under the direction of the Islamic faith.
Awhile back, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer during a segment on "Special Report with Brit Hume" stated that America should deal with the Arabs. Asserting that Arabs were not Muslims who are the terrorists.
The only way to make sense of that would be in the context that Hamas who are Gazans rule Gaza. They are not Palestinians until they destroy Israel and become a member of the Arab League. The Hamas charter is not to recognize Israel. In so many words, they are dedicated to the destruction of Israel.
Charter of the Arab League’s is for the recognition of an Arab Palestinian State. Functionally, giving the Arabs control over the economic viability of the area. Which would be inline with their "Joint Defense and Economic Cooperation Treaty between the States of the Arab League (1950-52)."
So, the PLO can claim they will recognize Israel only if they have East Jerusalem and return of people (though not their fault) breed just to out number the Israelis. This is affirmed by statements from Yassir Arafat in Stockholm during a 1996 speech "We plan to eliminate the state of Israel…by psychological warfare and population explosion…(till we) take over everything including Jerusalem."
Whether Arabs are not Muslims or are Arab Muslims can be addressed in the Quran. The Prophet Mohammed fought over paganism and claims of brutality against woman at the hands of the Arabs. Yet, Arabs who claim not to be Muslims don’t allow woman any rights just as Al Queda, the Taliban, and conservative Islamic governments.
Prisoner of War status entails the separation of the sexes. Much like Arab, Muslim, or Arab Muslim governments. This can only lead one to believe the Arab League uses the Quran as a weapon of war to oppress people.
Walid Phares wrote a blog entitled "Will We be Able to Bring Peace to Gaza this time?" on January 9, 2009. His aspect is a Ten Point Plan for Gaza. In his scenario, the Palestinian Authority (PA) under Mahmoud Abbas is completely trustworthy. Thus, is only addressed in the context of taking over the ruling Gaza.
Gaza would be "demilitarized" with a United Nations (UN) Multi National Force (MNF). This is needed because any peace treaty does not bind Hamas. Due to them not being internationally recognized. How that is not Hamas’s fault can not be gleaned. But it is a good reason to bring in the UN MNF and keep Hamas around.
Mr. Phares goes on to suggest having the Arab League and the Organization of the Islamic Conference pay for the MNF and build a police force manned by the PA. Allow Gazans to work in Arab countries. Have Gazans move freely back and forth between Gaza and the West Bank.
All of this to be followed up with "final security economic arrangements" to be in the "final status of negotiations." Decoded means the status of Jerusalem and return of displaced persons. Which makes no sense because at that time Gaza and the West Bank will be an Arab International protectorate able to pressure the negotiations.
Thus, fulfilling an Arab controlled state being able to void any agreements between the Palestinians and Israel. The Arabs would have complete access to funneling money, weapons, and economic control over the Palestinian people. Leading to an interesting point. In 1974 Arafat devised a ten-point plan with a goal of an Arab Palestinian State over all of Israel.
Iran and Syria are acknowledged to be a problem in Mr. Phares’s ten-point plan. He states they are funding Hamas in the conflict not the Arabs. His idea of rebuilding Gaza by the Arab League is illogical. They are not done with the war. Proved by the failure to get much aid publicly pledged to the rebuilding of Gaza.
As stated in the beginning, Syria is part of the Arab League and Iran is not. Mr. Friedman also stated that before the Palestinian State idea, most Palestinians considered themselves Syrians. Directing the conclusion in to the effect that the Arabs are funneling money to Iran and Syria to fight the conflict in Gaza covertly. Maybe by using meetings between the countries over such things as oil, natural gas supplies, or cell phone contracts to discuss covert projects.
Then, some members of the Arab League meet with Iran over the Gaza crisis. Continue on to meet with the rest of the league. Thus, becoming that Iran is funding the war. Hamas is the terrorists. The Arab League is the peacemaker.
Even though the Arab League does not state or deny the goal of the destruction of Israel. It does imply an Arab superpower encircling the whole world under the Islamic Faith.
One last issue is the solution to have Egypt control Gaza. Jordan commands the West Bank. A solution that would open both those entities to lose control of their own countries and become the front lines on the war against Israel. Thus, tipping control of the world.
It seems that there is no answer to this problem. Yet, there is. It starts with the acknowledgment of people’s intentions, religious or not. This composition is just part of the picture of players in this complex problem.
by Ravin Black
January 21, 2009
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