An attempt to find a logic on volunteer killing blindness.

The quickest route, the shortcut if you like, is to die fighting for your righteously divine cause, preferably taking as many enemy lives with you as you go. In simple terms, it means sacrifice for the greater cause. That’s all fine and well, until you realize that “sacrifice” according to them, extends beyond the fighters themselves and includes anyone unfortunate enough to be caught in the middle of their struggle.

When asked about the indiscriminate innocent victims of their suicide bombings or shelling, your typical Islamist will generally shrug and say, “If they were true Muslims, they are now in heaven,” as if they’re performing an actual favor for the victims. They should be thankful, I suppose. So what happens if the victims aren’t “true” Muslims, or members of another religion, i.e., “infidels” in jihadi-speak, a description which in most cases means “anyone who is not one of us”? Well, “Then they go to hell” is the macabre, simple answer you’ll likely get.

via Al-Qaeda’s Syrian Recruits: The Case of ‘Abu Majed’

 Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East.


I guess this is what terrorizes and fascinates westerns as me. Not on the way of admiring these guys, but on the way of feeling shocked to notice that educated people can fall in such a blind will to use violence compulsing others to follow some theoretical-political-religious… guidelines.

Equally surprising, I think, as happened in WWII, when most SS officers were chosen among the mass, under the Nazi social experiment, not only by their phisycal conditions but also by their academic CV.

Chosen among the best… to lead the most regressive and destructive policies. Chosen among the best educated to supress their knowledge and replace it for blind obedience. 

I am catholic. Not the practicant kind of,… but one with a firm religious feeling. It’s my own confidence in my belief what makes me openminded and respectful for what others belief. It’s their business and their choice and their path. And whatever happens to them and their souls is something between God and them. I have no word to say in it.

How weak  is Abu Majed’s fanatical belief, to my eyes.

How weak it is, that married couples holding hands on street, or people kissing, or women going to school, or simply basic education,  or people following other belief, or no belief at all , or different traditions, different food, different clothes, different habits… makes them feel so scared as to kill for it. How terrified must be that angry man. 

Because Abu Majed….. (Amer Ghajar, as it was his true name) … was not fighting for Syria. Not for Rebellion. Not even against Assad. He was fighting against Alawis, against Shiah, against secularists, maybe against Christians and evenually against pro-democratic rebels. He was fighting against all those who are located out of his religious paranoic umbrella.

Against all the different ones. He, who was so different, was scared of them as to kill because of it. 

Amer Ghajar’s main job was to push AGAINST. Not to push FOR. And that is usually a sterile fight. And never an advance.

All you do when you fight AGAINST WHATEVER is to pull back, to look to the past situation or position that will never come back.

To resist standing and going nowhere, in the best of cases, when you just defend yourself… but going literally nowhere when it’s you who attack. 

Amer Ghajar decided to let his individualism aside and became part of a scared killing mass. Like others, he decided to blind his eyes, shut his ears and disconnect his brains to find the courage needed to achieve a regression. 

A regression promoted by many cowards who are afraid of living their faith discretely and respectfully in the middle of  a world in constant change,  which represents a threat to their 10 year-old styled mental schemes. 

I am a Christian, a Roman Catholic (and quite a criticist one, although Francis I is a blow of fresh air, thanks Good Lord!) And I am not afraid of saying it.

Mostly because what I am and what I choose to believe in is my own business, and no one else’s. It’ not a matter for discussion with anyone else and that’s why I am not afraid of saying.

Same as I am not afraid of what others belief, or not.  I can be critical (and Lord knows I am!) and I like discuss and debate. Not for the aim of winning,but for the aim of learning.

 But then whatever others believe is part of that freedom that I believe God gave to us. Their business. 

My belief is my sole responsibility and freedom my strength.

It comes from inside me. As everyone else’s. And there is where I apply my judgement on these matters. It’s my soul what must worry me, and not other’s.

It’s simply not my job, but that of the Creator I believe in.

And I won’t dare to take his place and be a judge of souls to decide who is saved and who is lost!!.

Why is it so hard to understand to this once upon a time intelligent people who prefer to waste their energy…. going literally nowhere?

And once we reach this point. Why no one explains to these clever guys that martyrdom requires to be killed by someone because of your faith…. and not to kill someone because of theirs?.

To use that word (applied to everyone killed because of your actions except the targets, as everyone dead out of “the enemy” becomes atomatically one of their casualties and engrosses the lists of “martyrs”) is simply to prostitute a concept that has some load of respect. 

But well… once they have prostituted the whole concept of God, …. what can you expect. 

Ma’a Salama!

Egyptian Cainism… just the arab way.

What the Islamists kill over the span of a month, the army and police kills in two rounds. Egyptian blood is being spilt on the bumpy road to democracy, and Egyptians are expected to pick a side. “You are either with us or against us,” both camps say. You are either an infidel or a traitor; there is no third choice here. Why are Egyptians always put in this corner, always having to choose between the bad and the worse?

There is always that minority of Egyptians who do not bow to the stability-versus-security choice. Those few who decide not to side with violence or dictatorships of any kind. These are the ones Egypt is counting on to continue the struggle for democracy.

via If you are not with us, you are against us

 Daily News Egypt


There’s many more than it seems, ready for democracy and respect to the other… and they won’t go to streets. Mostly because it would mean to take a side and fight the other side. I tend to be with those… even when I have already my side in this issue… and it’s not army… but absolutely NOT islamists. 

AT LAST! A real Israeli advance and improvement for every Middle Eastern religious ultraorthodox!! (yes,… “angry beards” included)

At first, a modern woman’s knee-jerk reaction to news of the glasses is to reflexively protest against it vociferously. Just like gender-segregated buses, the removal of women’s images from billboards, the blurring of little girl’s faces in Purim ads, signs requiring women to dress ‘modestly’ in certain neighborhoods, keeping their voices off of radio broadcasts, and forcing women to switch seats on airplanes so as not to sit next to the men, it all appears to be part of the same package that oppresses women by putting them in the category of ‘forbidden fruit’ that cannot be seen or heard on any way.

But then I decided to rethink the issue.

via Why ultra-Orthodox men wearing ‘modesty glasses’ is a fabulous idea

–  Haaretz –


Really guys…. this time you really nailed it. That is the kind of example to follow by those who think like you do and so many others! … and by many others I extend it for orthodox women who will set an eye on what other women do… and of course on the islamic orthodox world as well, may it be in the Irani Shia version, or the wahabbi-salafi sunni version or so many others.

If you are easy to scandalise… DON’T LOOK!

Next steps … hmmmm what about… Male burqa as well to avoid looking too far?… or something as the devices used in “Tommy” to keep any sensorial sinful influence out of their own moral cocoons? 


Egypt’s clash of freedoms » The Chronikler

One of the Brotherhood’s founding myths and fundamental articles of faith is that the weakness of Egypt, and Muslims in general, in the contemporary world is not due to a complex interplay of political, economic, social, historical and political factors but is simply a symptom of moral decadence and so the sooner Egyptians return to the “straight path” and adopt the Quran as their constitution, the better.Like rightist, back-to-roots, supremacist movements around the world, the Brotherhood’s simplistic, reductionist diagnosis worked just fine to win them support when they were untested in opposition. But when faced with the realities of running a real country, their ideology was found seriously, troublingly and disastrously wanting.It would be unfair to single out the Brotherhood, as paternalism is not alien to the Egyptian political landscape. Not only did Mubarak patronisingly regard all Egyptians as his sons and daughters, but the Egyptian military has, for the past six decades, treated the population like errant children, not responsible citizens, starting with the fateful decision not to hand over power to a democratically elected civilian government within three years of the 1952 revolution/coup.

via Egypt’s clash of freedoms »

The Chronikler.


Parallel realities… Bassem Youssef for president!

Yes, in a perfect world, shutting down channels and isolating leaderships is wrong and a violation of freedoms. But, my dear, you were not living in a perfect world. To those who dream of co-existence, how do you co-exist with he who wants to raise arms in your face and with he who considers killing you and imprisoning you or shutting down your media outlet as a victory for Islam?To the Islamist who is weeping over democracy, you have usurped democracy. You spawned an unjust majority acting with superiority in the name of religion. You requested your president to shut down channels, besiege judicial institutions, torture those opposing your president at the Ittihadiya presidential palace. And you terrified a Coptic engineer who could not utter his name so his religion wouldn’t be figured out. You cheered for insulting the Shiites and did not care that they were killed. And in the end, you were going to overlook shutting down private channels because you would have considered that as a prevention of strife, a victory for Islam, an elimination of corruption and a response to the immortal chant “purge, purge the media.”Therefore, after we finish our debates, remember how the situation will be if we had chosen the alternative truth and the parallel universe.My dear reader, in the parallel world, you wont read this article because its writer will either be imprisoned or killed. You will switch on your TV to watch Misr 25 broadcasting live footage of the burning studios of private TV channels. The people would be chanting “its done, the people have purged the media.” Protesters would be raising banners that will immortalize the presidents famous sentence: “one year is enough.”

via What if Mursi was still Egypt’s president? English


I admire this guy.


I do.

People like him brings hope. As not everything is lost for the future, as people like him can talk.

Clarividence and responsibility… and yet with a smile.

And not just for Egypt, but for all those who watch him…. and can understand!

Lebanese identity going the wrong way…

Sri Lanka is a nationality, not a profession. This should be clear to everyone. However, in Lebanon, the situation is different. A “Sri Lankan,” here, could be from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, or the Philippines. The identity has become a synonym for domestic service workers. In Lebanon, it’s normal to hear someone asking her friend, “Which country is your ‘Sri Lankan’ from?” The question is full of ignorance, even hatred and irrational racism, pointing to a feeling of Lebanese superiority toward the people of Sri Lanka.

Those who ask it are ignorant that there is a full-fledged country called Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon and, in ancient times, Serendipity. It has a civilization which goes further back in time, ages before Christ. Yet the people who live there are reduced by some idiots here to the status of “servant.” Some are unaware that their favorite tea was grown, manufactured, and made famous by that people.

In fact, the issue goes beyond domestic workers. The moniker “Sri Lankan” in Lebanon refers to anything considered “lower.” One often hears Lebanese comparing a woman to a Sri Lankan, as a form of denigration.

Power cuts only occur during emergency malfunctions. Electricity is a given and there is no need to discuss it. In short, electricity in Sri Lanka is not rationed.One of the quickest ways to hear some phrases is when one declares they will be visiting Sri Lanka for tourism. “Are you really going to Sri Lanka?” one would ask, as if one had mentioned an incredible event. But why this disgusting arrogance?

via A “Racist” Lebanese Travels to Sri Lanka

Al Akhbar English


Hmmm… if my memory is not bad… in Saudi Arabia they had different levels of works and wages depending of  where was the worker coming from:

1-Americans and Brits

2- Other anglosaxons (australians, Canadians…) and Germans

3- Other Europeans

4- Saudis

5- Other Gulfians

6- Other Middle Easterns

7- North Africans

8- Somalis-Indians-pakistanis-filipinos

9- Sri lankans-bangladeshis

Most of hard labour workforce are on those lower social classes. Saudis are racists. Not just about religion, arabicity, middle easterness or saudicity…. they can be selective to the level of family names and tribes.

Compared to this… the racism of this italianized version of arabs, that Lebanese are quite often, with that touch of french chauvinism, is almost laughable,… if it was not for the work conditions they impose to those considered to be “lower”.

There’s many things lebanese could have copied from other peoples, even from arabs,… but racism should not be one of them.

Btw, reading the article I liked the idea of living in Sri Lanka.

Really liked it.

The relief of the warrior… according to MB preachers.

It saddens me that preachers can pervert a religion in such a manner and claim moral authority, but then again, this isn’t the worst perversion we’ve heard this week.

Supposedly, a fatwa was declared for a ‘sexual jihad’.

This obviously not true but supposedly began after a female Brotherhood supporter asked if sex was allowed in Raba’a Al-Adawiya square in hopes of the act of making love giving strength to Morsi supporters protesting. This all took place on Facebook and generated over a thousand comments. Among the comments were many anti-Morsi protestors claiming they may switch sides if this is true. The supposed religious answer that was given was “Not now. Let us wait first for what will happen, and may God strengthen the Mujahedeen.”

via Visions & sexual Jihad 


MB’s secret weapon: Miss July ?

Geeeeez…  I truly believe that. Many would switch sides.

Wait a second… maybe MB just found a hidden weapon under the abayas???

The first group offering  volunteer sexual relief for free would make revolution fall at his side . I can imagine that rumour flying over Cairo and crowds of smily men heading with a boner in their trousers towards Nasser City in a sexual rage.

Yep… It would decimate deffinitely the numbers of those in Tahrir, according to those 100 harassments happened during June 30 gatherings.

Sad… but true! 

Mom, I’m on my way home don’t worry

More than 2 milleniae ago, Plato used to say that dead people are the only ones who will see the end of war. He was quite surely right. There has been so absolutely few DAYS with no war and combat at all between men somewhere in this globe… I ask myself which hope, which message, which ideals, which political discourse of any kind must cross the brains of those who went in that bus running thru the tanks and mortar shelling… Homo Hominis lupus est…

Levant woman

Mom, I'm on my way home don't worry

this is my way home, the scene is missing some snipers too ..
this reminds me of a conversation in the movie “lord of war”
Yuri Orlov: You read the newspapers, Vit?
Vitaly Orlov: Newspaper? It’s always the same.
Yuri Orlov: You’re right. Every day there’s people shooting each other. You know what I do when I see that? I look to see what guns they’re using and I think to myself, why not my guns?
That’s all it is . people who really can do something, they choose to arm.

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Ramadan Karim

I’m wondering why food outlets close during the day in Ramadhan.  Half the adult population of Oman are not Omani, and I would estimate that half of those are not Muslim.  That’s hundreds of thousands of people who can’t buy a sandwich, for reasons I can’t really fathom.  Of course, eating and drinking, or worse, smoking in public might be irritating for those who are fasting.  But as a father who’s often cooked for his children while fasting, or been in an environment where he’s the only Muslim and happily watched others eating and drinking, I’m wondering: what’s the big deal here?  This is not just pandering to non-Muslim readers, but also recognising the reality that for one week of the month, Muslim women don’t fast either.  Neither do nursing mothers, small children, pregnant women, ill people, or in some cases, travelers.  So why make a regulation that denies them the perfectly reasonable freedom to go out for coffee or lunch?

It’s not as if the average Muslim would or should be offended by watching someone else eat.  As most people in this society live in large extended families, I’m sure the vast majority of fasting Muslims today will have a child, a woman, someone in their house who is not fasting.  So would it really be so awful to drive past a restaurant and see some people having a meal?  In public, perhaps it’s inconsiderate (and I hate to smell smoke when fasting, especially), but the blanket regulation of closing food outlets until just before dusk, is silly.  And bad business.  Also, I wonder what tourists (Oman’s priority diversified industry, remember) make of it.

via : Ramadhan Mubarak –  Anyone Hungry?.

The Linoleum Surfer


“No problem for the believer ” but… ok, you got me 😀

hmmm … I’d completely agree, being myself a non muslim western, and imagining myself in such an environment as Oman during ramadan… but then I remember how it is for muslims here… and how we don’t adapt to them, and they would complain about it… 

The point is… that no one forces them to be like us, eat like we choose, drink like we choose, pray like we choose (or not) and behave as we majoritary choose. 

And also it’s a fact that Europeans in general don’t like muslim lifestyle. I said muslim lifestyle, not arab, pakistani or turkish lifestyle… mostly because islam gets so deeply into every single aspect of life of muslims that goes beyond ethnic differences.

We can respect it, we can let it grow in our societies (as we have done for decades, and just when niqabs and burqas appeared we reacted somehow), which is quite an indicative fact about what is our level of respect towards life choices that generally we dislike, … may it be more or less an intimate feeling. 

But let’s admit it… It’s so much “not our stuff”!…  the cultural, idiomatic, religious, traditional, anthropological and behavioural distance is damn HUGE.

Too much for the commonly uneducated people on both sides of the line, whatever their academic levels, who have no time or will to stop and think before roaring condemnations. Yes, I went down stating this so straight…. but let’s be realistic, please. 

Also let’s admit that this happens even when anthropologically speaking it’s us, westerns, the anomaly in most cases.

 …so no hard feelings please. Talking this way I am letting aside a whole load of historical, philosophical, religious and anthropological reasoning. But I am trying just to place human besides human… and stating what they do, how they do and why they do everything in life. And it’s like 1+1=2. 

I may not like how many of my neighbours feel, think, vote or cook, and that doesn’t mean they have to hate me for it and apply a punishment… call me asocial, but not anti-someone.

After all, I am pretty sure the feeling  may be mutual! and here i mean that also they dislike us, what we do, what we eat, what we drink, and what we believe… and no hard feelings from here, as far as respect rules.

Keep it as simple as it is…. and let people live… as far as they don’t force anyone to cross social lines.

Simplicity… such as, female nudity or beach naturism in the Middle East …and Harry Potter’s Dementor’s/LOTR’s Spectres of the Ring – styled female attires in the West, are redlines?…. so DON’T cross them… and find a middle meeting point.

Not so hard to understand.

Same would happen with Ramadan. For those not compulsed to follow it, as far as they don’t eat openly in public, there should be a respectful way of choice. Separation panels, pulled down shades, etc… a little bit of mutual respect it’s not so hard c’mon! 

Anyway…. Ramadan Karim to all respectful muslims out there!

Aye… those who would not wish me the best for Christmas are not included in the goodwill wish.

Their attitude forced me to be less kind. Not my usual way, Sorry.