The Second Renaissance: Into the wonderful

The Second Renaissance

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  1. jerry schreibt:

    Iraq: Survivors of Bloodbath at Catholic Church Say They Were Taunted With Islamic Doctrine by Attackers…

    FYI: Still no condemnation by the Obama regime…

    (Guardian)- At sunset yesterday, Raghada al-Wafi walked excitedly to mass with news for the priest who married her a month ago. Tonight, exactly 24 hours later, she returned to the Our Lady of Salvation church – this time carried by her family in a coffin that also contained her unborn child.

    Today, the priest who blessed her marriage and pregnancy minutes before he was killed, will also be buried, as will several dozen other members of his congregation – all of them slain by terrorists in an attack that has drawn condemnation from around the world and left the fate of Iraq’s beleaguered Christian community evermore uncertain .

    Fifty-eight people, most of them worshippers from the Chaldean Catholic community, are confirmed to have been killed in the massacre, which was carried out by al-Qaida-aligned gunmen, some of whom claimed to be avenging a foiled bid by a small-town US pastor to burn the Qur’an.

    Survivors spoke of religious taunts, random killings and then a gunman slaughtering hostages en masse as the Iraqi army stormed the church to end the four-hour siege.

    Ghassan Salah, 17, had just arrived for the Sunday night service with his mother, Nadine, and brother Ghaswan, when the gunmen burst through the cathedral’s huge wooden doors. “All of you are infidels,” they screamed at the congregation. “We are here to avenge the burning of the Qur’ans and the jailing of Muslim women in Egypt.”

    Then the killing began. Ghassan and seven other survivors described to the Guardian a series of events that have broken new ground in a country that has become partly conditioned to violence throughout eight years of war. Thar Abdallah, the priest who married al-Wafi was first to be killed – shot dead where he stood.

    Gunmen then sprayed the church with bullets as another priest ushered up to 60 people to a small room in the back.

    Mona Abdullah Hadad, 62, was in church with her family when the gunmen started shooting. “They said, ‘We will go to paradise if we kill you and you will go to hell,’” she said. “We stood beside the wall and they started shooting at the young people. I asked them to kill me and let my grandson live, but they shot him dead and they shot me in the back.”

    Hadad was recovering in a Baghdad hospital along with 67 other people, many of them seriously wounded. Part of her kidney was removed yesterday and she remains heavily traumatised.

    Survivors claimed that the terrorists holding them accounted for most, if not all, of the casualties. There were growing fears in Baghdad that the military raid may also have led to the deaths of hostages.

    “I saw at least 30 bodies,” said Madeline Hannah, 33, who was seriously wounded by gunshots. Many appeared to have been blown apart by explosions detonated by the hostage-takers, she added.

    “They said it was ‘halal’ to kill us,” said Hannah, whose 10-year-old son was shot in the back. “They hated us and said we were all going to die.”

    Witnesses interviewed consistently said that some of the gunmen spoke Arabic in a non-Iraqi dialect, supporting a government claim that the operation was foreign-backed. It was carried out in the name of an umbrella group for global jihad causes, known as the Islamic State of Iraq, which has previously targeted Christians and churches, but on a much smaller scale.

    An audio message posted on a jihadist website specifically called for the release of two Christian women who are married to Coptic priests and are believed by some Muslim groups to have converted to Islam and are now being held against their will.

    “I saw them put the explosive belts on their body,” said Ghaswan Salah, 16. “It was the last thing they did before the army came in.”

  2. jackdaw schreibt:

    Neben dem ‚jerry‘ da fühle ich mich ganz gut.

    Neben dem Sir Edward Elgar, als ein Leuchtwurm und dankbar:

  3. jerry schreibt:

    Here’s a picture you won’t see often: the national flag of Iran next to (and on a lower level than) Israel’s flag.

  4. jerry schreibt:

    Ahmadinejad criticized by Iran Revolutionary Guards
    Published: 11.02.10, 15:51 / Israel News

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has come under unprecedented criticism from the Revolutionary Guards, the elite military force usually considered his staunch supporter.

    A harshly worded article in the Guards‘ monthly magazine echoes criticism of Ahmadinejad from other parts of the Iranian establishment and shows attempts to mend rifts within the Islamic Republic’s ruling elite have yet to work. (Reuters)

  5. democracy schreibt:

    Fakten schaffen mit Mullah-Waffen: Morgen, 3. November, soll Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani angeblich in einer Blitzaktion mit Steinen totgeschmissen werden. Wäre doch noch schöner, wenn dreckige Westler weiter die frauenfreundliche Scharia in ihrem Lauf behindert.

  6. Miro F. schreibt:

    Big T. wasn los warum so wenig Stories in letzter Zeit?
    Ich fange schon an den Blog zu vermissen obwohl er noch da ist!

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