“When you're left wounded on Afganistan's plains and
the women come out to cut up what remains, Just roll to your rifle
and blow out your brains,
And go to your God like a soldier”
General Douglas MacArthur"
“We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.”
“It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.” “Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.
“The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and be the deepest wounds and scars of war.”
“May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't .” “The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.
“Nobody ever defended, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.
The Soldier stood and faced God
Which must always come to pass
He hoped his shoes were shining
Just as bright as his brass
"Step forward you Soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't
Because those of us who carry guns
Can't always be a saint."
I've had to work on Sundays
And at times my talk was tough,
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny
That wasn't mine to keep.
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep,
The Soldier squared his shoulders and said
And I never passed a cry for help
Though at times I shook with fear,
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand,
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod
As the Soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, you Soldier,
You've borne your burden well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."
Grand mosque rector slams French leaders for ‘scapegoating’ Muslims like Jews in the 1930s By Christine Douglass-Williams
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Jihad Watch : It’s wrong to discriminate against any group, but it does no good for
Chems-eddine Hafiz, the rector of Paris’s Grande Mosquée to make the
absurd claim that innocent Muslims are being treated as scapegoats and
comparing them to how Jews were treated in the 1930s.
And while Hafiz says he “was the first to condemn Islamist terrorism
and his mosque was at the heart of work to combat radicalisation in
France,” he also condemns “certain candidates” who have “spoken of the
‘problem’ of Islam, linking Islam to immigration or to terrorism….at
every election in France.”
His words disconnecting Islam from terrorism and ignoring the hijrah are clichés. There are 1400 years of proof
of a link between Islam and violence and terrorism. Unvetted mass
migration into France has seen jihadists and Islamic supremacists
infiltrate refugee streams. Masses of illegal economic Muslim migrants
have also entered Western countries.
The problems of jihad preaching in
mosques (many of which are funded by foreign interests), of Islamic
supremacists persistently attacking the freedom of speech, and of the
general lack of action by Muslims against jihadis is obvious. The
Sharia, which is considered to be divine law in Islam, is not compatible
with the principles of free societies in the West, so those who abide
by the aspects of Sharia which are incompatible with democracy present a
problem that is in need of public discussion. Yet such discussions are
deemed “Islamophobic” by Islamic supremacists and their Leftist allies.
Muslims are not hated for merely being Muslim. Some people protest
the persistent efforts by Islamic leaders to encroach upon the freedom
of expression. France has suffered the most horrifying jihad attacks and
assaults against human rights. Teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded for insulting Muhammad. A priest was beheaded during mass (he was on a jihadi hit list
of Catholic churches), and the Charlie Hebdo attack in 2015 left 17
dead and at least 22 injured.
There has also been a string of other
jihad attacks: stabbings on public transit, vehicle rammings, shootings,
bomb plots. Jihad Watch has a file on the schoolgirl Mila, who had to go into hiding amid the most violent threats because she offended Islam online, calling it a “religion of hate.” 11 Muslims
were ultimately convicted for threatening and tormenting Mila, who
stated that she felt as if she had been condemned to death, and indeed
Quran 8:12 – “I will cast terror
into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their
heads and strike off every fingertip of them.”
The collective Muslim response has been most disturbing. In response
to the gruesome slaughter of Paty, the outcry from Muslims was against France
and Emmanuel Macron for honoring Paty’s right to exercise his freedom
of speech. They showed no anger toward the jihadis who plotted Paty’s
murder and executed him.
Hafiz should be opposing the persistent Islamic attacks on French
society and protecting French values, if he indeed regards Muslims as
“children of the Republic.” But that would depend on what he means by
“children of the Republic.” Does he respect French culture, its
constitution, its history, and its right to the freedom of expression?
Does he view Muslims as equals to non-believers? These are key
questions. The French constitution separates religion and the state, and regards the freedom of expression as a core principle of the French state.
Islamic leaders have been infringing upon the rights and principles
of free societies all over the West. No other religion besides Islam
poses a danger to citizens whenever Islam is insulted or its adherents
are offended. In fact, Jews are leaving France
in droves to escape violent Islamic antisemitism. And when they make
aliyah to Israel, they are still in danger, because of the Islamic jihad
against the State of Israel, which is nearly universally presented as a
“resistance” against Israeli oppression.
“Anti-Islam rhetoric in French election risks ‘spiral of hatred’, says Paris mosque rector,” by Angelique Chrisafis, Guardian, March 27, 2022:
A rise in anti-Islam rhetoric in
the French presidential election campaign risks creating a “spiral of
hatred”, scapegoating law-abiding Muslims in a similar way to the
discourse against Jews in the 1930s, the rector of the Paris mosque has
“I’m extremely worried,” said Chems-eddine Hafiz, the rector
of Paris’s historic Grande Mosquée. “We’re in a society that is
fractured and searching for itself, a society that is weakened and
fearful after the pandemic. The fact of looking for a scapegoat – there
have been precedents to that: in 1930 when the finger began to be
pointed at Jews who became ‘the problem of a whole society’ … Today it’s
no longer Jews, it’s Muslims … I thought in the 21st century we’d be
safe from that type of discourse.”
Hafiz published a book this
month, With All Due Respect, We’re Children of the Republic, to counter
what he called heightened anti-Muslim rhetoric sweeping across the
French right during the election campaign….
All candidates on the
right have referenced a mood of fear in France after the Islamist
terrorist attacks in Paris 2015 and the horror of the decapitation of a
French secondary schoolteacher, Samuel Paty, in 2020.
he was the first to condemn Islamist terrorism and his mosque was at the
heart of work to combat radicalisation in France. But he feared that
the majority of law-abiding Muslim French citizens were being conflated
with terrorist attacks, despite often being the victims of terrorism
“For several years now, at every election in France,
certain candidates have spoken of the ‘problem’ of Islam, linking Islam
to immigration or to terrorism,” he told the Guardian.
Muslims have faced stigmatisation or insults or the view that Islam is
incompatible with the rules of the French Republic, or with the west.
But in this election, it’s much more serious because there is a
candidate who completely lets loose and talks of the ‘great replacement’
and who affirms with vehemence that Islam and Muslims can’t stay in
France, that their place is elsewhere, and if they want to stay in this
country they must no longer practise their religion.”
other candidates on the right appeared to compete with Zemmour on Islam,
such as during Les Républicains’ internal primary race to choose a
He said that despite the main concerns of French voters being
issues such as making ends meet, it had become “almost fashionable” for
candidates “to criticise Islam and Muslims, to see them as
non-desirables who are dangerous or who bring insecurity.”…