Pakistan’s Talibanization [Part One]

The “marked intensification of the ‘Talibanization’ of Pakistan…reached a crisis and turning point in early December 1998,” wrote House Taskforce on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare Director Yossef Bodansky in 1999. His bookBin Laden: The Man Who Declared War on America, documented the recurring destabilizing dominance of Islamic politics in Pakistan.

Bodansky defined this “‘Talibanization’ of Pakistan” as the “transformation of the state and society into the kind of harsh ultraconservative regime run by the Taliban in Afghanistan.” This process

has been in progress since late summer 1998. Faced with insoluble social, political, and economic crises that threatened the very existence of Pakistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sought to compensate by adopting a strict version of the Sharia as the country’s legal system.

Bodansky elaborated:

By mid-September, Islamabad was arguing that Islamization offered the only chance of holding Pakistan together as it slid toward political and social collapse amid technical bankruptcy and increasing political assertiveness by the local Islamist parties. Relying on their powerful militias and allied Kashmiri terrorist organizations, the Islamist parties flexed political muscle Nawaz Sharif could no longer confront. By the end of the month the Pakistani government was hanging by a thread, and the crisis was exacerbated by economic disaster and a collapsing social order that brought the country to the verge of a civil war. The Islamist members of the army and ISI high command warned Nawaz Sharif that the only alternative to chaos was to implement “Talibanization”—the transformation of Pakistan from a formally secular pseudo-democracy into a declared extremist Islamic theocracy.

Pakistan’s National Assembly voted 151 to 16 on October 9, 1998, for what Bodansky described as a “constitutional amendment formalizing the Talibanization of Pakistan,” namely by implementing Islamic sharia law. As Guardian journalist Jon Boone wrote in 2013, “Sharif tried to turn Pakistan into an Islamic caliphate ruled by sharia.” However, the bill died in Pakistan’s upper house, the Senate, where Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League—Nawaz (PML-N) was in the minority, after the Senate refused to vote on the amendment. This qualified Bodansky’s assertion that Pakistan had become “formally an Islamist theocracy committed to the spread of militant Islam.”

Nonetheless, Sharif had other avenues to promote Pakistan’s Islamization, such as by magnifying long-term trends in the military and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). As Bodansky noted,

Sharif orchestrated a profound purge of the entire military and ISI high command, throwing out the Westernized elite and replacing them with Islamists who are ardent supporters of bellicosity toward India, active aid for the war by proxy in Kashmir, and assistance to the Taliban in Afghanistan and other Islamist jihads.

Sharif’s promotion of sharia preceded his 1997-1998 term as prime minister. During his first administration in 1990-1993 as Pakistan’s chief executive, he introduced the 1991 Enforcement of Shariat Bill, which both of Pakistan’s legislative houses adopted by simple majority. As Pakistani journalist M. Ziauddin noted, this “Act sought interpretation of all laws in the light of Shariah and also sought setting up of commissions for Islamisation of educational and economic systems and the media.”

As finance minister and then chief minister in Pakistan’s Punjab state in the 1980s, Sharif had previously accepted the Islamization campaign under military dictator General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq (1977-1988). As the Pakistani journalist Khaled Ahmed wrote:

When ideology stiffened under the pious military ruler, General Zia, Nawaz Sharif was with him, following the lead given by him and didn’t object when the laws against blasphemy and desecration of the Quran were passed and even made more draconian. Zakat tax meant to be spent on the poor can’t be spent on non-Muslims who are counted among the poorest communities in Pakistan. Muslims who are born in Christian hospitals and study in English-medium schools funded by Christian charity don’t mind if poor Christians are not helped with Muslim charity.

Another Pakistani general, Pervez Musharraf, overthrew Sharif in 1999, leading to his exile in Saudi Arabia in the years 2000-2007. When he returned to Pakistan, he reentered politics and became prime minister for an unprecedented third term in 2013-2017. At the time of his election, Boone noted, “old foes and longstanding friends say Sharif is a changed man.” “One former enemy said the years living in exile in Saudi Arabia had partly cured Sharif of any enthusiasm he might have once had for giving religion an even bigger role in national affairs,” the journalist explained.

Boone observed why some would

argue that the 63-year-old leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is the best equipped to tackle a daunting in-tray, including a failing economy, chronic energy shortages and an ever-rising tide of extremism. Sharif has scored full marks for refusing to conspire with the army to bring down the last government, something of a tradition in a country that has seen three bouts of military rule. Instead he chose to allow the stumbling coalition led by the PPP [Pakistan People’s Party] to become the first elected government ever to finish a full five-year term.

Given such daunting problems in Pakistan, minor changes of heart in leaders such as Sharif are small consolation. Moreover, support for Islamization in Pakistan extends far beyond a few political figures, as the next article in this series will discuss.

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Releases Video Depicting Assassination of Trump

My latest in PJ Media:

It’s readily available on Twitter, of course: the website of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has released a video showing the assassination of Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the golf course at Mar-a-Lago. This comes as Iran has been issuing a barrage of threats against Trump for the killing of Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani in Jan. 2020. As Biden’s handlers persevere in their attempts to appease Iran at the nuke talks in Vienna, the Islamic Republic grows more emboldened, audacious, and aggressive by the day.

The establishment media has been dragging its feet about covering the threats from Iran. After all, it isn’t as if Khamenei threatened Old Joe Biden or Nancy Pelosi. Threats to Trump? Big deal. So it was perhaps understandable that a reporter was slow on the uptake regarding the blizzard of threats the Iranians have issued against Trump and others.

A reporter asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki Monday if there had been any threats at all: “Jake Sullivan had a statement over the weekend with regards to Iran and sanctions and he alluded to the threats against American officials. Should we interpret from that that the U.S.’s intelligence — that there have been threats, in particular against Trump officials who were involved in the Soleimani strike?”

Psaki answered tepidly, without naming the dreaded Trump: “Well, I’m not going to get into intelligence here, from the podium.  But we’ve certainly seen concerning public rhetoric from Iranian officials about individuals from previous administrations, even before sanctions from this weekend, and that’s unacceptable.” Previous administrations? The Iranians are actually threatening to murder people from only one administration, the one that didn’t bend over backward to appease the bloodthirsty regime in Tehran.

Psaki did go on to suggest that Biden’s handlers would be working to protect those who were threatened, even their nemesis Trump: “As the National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, said in his statement over the weekend that you just referenced: ‘As Americans, we have our disagreements on politics…on Iran policy,’ and other issues, of course. ‘But we are united in our resolve against threats and provocations.  We’re united in the defense of our people.’ And we’re going to protect and defend our own people. But I’m not going to get into more specifics.”

Nor did Psaki bother to explain that the Iranians are only bold enough to issue all these threats because the Biden administration has been so supine and appeasement-minded. The Iranians even saw this coming: it is enlightening to remember what former Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Nov. 5, 2020: “the next U.S. administration will surrender to the Iranian nation.” This wasn’t just tough talk. In light of Biden’s handlers’ apparent willingness to give the mullahs all they want and more, it was a sober assessment of the geopolitical situation.

There is more. Read the rest here.

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FLORIDA: Teen converts to Islam, murders 13-year-old boy for ‘disrespecting his Muslim faith’

The murder of Jovanni Sierra Brand should have been the occasion for a national discussion about the phenomenon of converts to Islam becoming violent, which keeps happening, and what should be done about it. Instead, the whole thing was swept under the rug, as always.

Note the ever-witless Daily Mail’s headline: “White ISIS enthusiast…” The Mail always tries to make jihad a racial issue. It is not in this case, nor in many others where the media coverage plays up a race angle.

White ISIS enthusiast and Muslim convert, 21, is sentenced to life in prison for murdering boy, 13, and knifing two others at a birthday sleepover in 2018 after the victims ‘disrespected his faith

by Andrea Blanko, DailyMail.com, January 13, 2022 (thanks to Henry):

A white ISIS enthusiast and Muslim convert who killed a 13-year-old boy during his birthday sleepover party and injured two other people in Florida in 2018 has been sentenced to life in prison.

Corey Johnson, 21, was found guilty of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder in November 2020.

Johnson was 17 years old when he killed Jovanni Sierra Brand and knifed Elaine Simon, 43, and her 13-year-old son, Dane Bancroft, at Jovanni’s birthday sleepover, claiming that the victims had ‘idolized celebrities and disrespected his Muslim faith.’

Johnson, who considered Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin and Kim Jong Un as his role models, was known for making disparaging remarks about Jews and homosexuals, expressing support for the KKK and was described by others as a white supremacist.

His defense tried to argue the violent attack had been sparked by Johnson’s traumatic childhood and mental health issues, local news station WPBF reported.

Palm Beach County Judge Cheryl Caracuzzo sentenced Johnson to life in prison and said on Thursday she did not believe rehabilitation was likely for Johnson after he remained emotionless during the heartfelt testimony of Jovanni’s mother.

The gruesome attack happened in March 2018, at the BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, where Simon and Dane, one of Jovanni’s friends, lived.

Johnson was at the sleepover because he was a friend of Dane’s older brother, Kyle Bancroft. Before the tragedy, the boys had been to dinner to celebrate Jovanni’s thirteenth birthday and had decided to spend the night at Simon’s.

Johnson told police he read the Quran on his phone to give him ‘courage’ to carry out the bloody stabbing spree during the sleepover.

During his statement in court Thursday, Johnson said he wanted to apologize to the victims for his radical and violent attack, adding that he couldn’t begin to imagine the pain he had caused.

‘I wish I could take it back, I wish I could do something to make this right,’ Johnson said. ‘I’d like to apologize not because it will change anything, but because I’m really truly sorry.’

His defense had attempted to argue insanity, citing that both his parents had also dealt with depression and that, as a child, he had witnessed the verbal and physical abuse his father perpetrated on his mother….

Johnson also said he regretted following the Islamic extremist group ISIS, and that he hoped to help people to compensate for the crimes he had committed.

At the time of his arrest for the killing of Jovanni in 2018, Johnson already had federal charges pending against him for threatening a Catholic school in England.

In January 2017, local law enforcement agencies and FBI agents met with staff at William T Dwyer High School, where Johnson was a student at the time to discuss information suggesting that the teen had reached out to ISIS online saying that he wished to join the murderous terrorist group.

A sheriff’s detective interviewed the 17-year-old to assess his mental state and concluded that Johnson was a terrorist sympathizer, according to the report.

The FBI later informed the Jupiter Police Department that an unspecified European counter-intelligence agency was investigating Johnson in connection to threats that were made in Instagram threats that were made in October 2016 against McAuley Catholic High School in Doncaster, England.

Authorities said the threats were so serious that up to 100 students withdrew from the school for fear of an attack.

One of the threatening posts read: ‘We have our sights set on you, and by Allah we will kill every infidel student at this school inshallah) #McAuleySchoolMassacre.’ The threatening message came from an account named 81daesh48. Daesh is an alternative name for ISIS….

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VIDEO: Military Purge — 18K Discharges? 1000+ Suicides – 77 Covid Deaths

The great political purge of the 21st century is in high gear targeting all Americans who say no to the Vax including patriots in the U.S. Military.

But why? Why this political effort to steamroll the Constitutional rights of tens of millions of freedom-loving Americans?

In this edition of the Ledger Report, Graham Ledger reveals the answer as he speaks with Dr. Elizabeth Vliet, President & CEO of Truth for Health Foundation which is attempting to help these patriots in the military protect both their bodies and their God-given rights! 

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GOVT CENSORSHIP: Biden Tells Social Media Platforms to Crack Down on Free Speech

Anyone who gets banned for ‘COVID misinfo’ can now use this clip in court to show the tech companies are censoring at behest of a govt official in violation of the First Amendment…

“If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.’ George Orwell.

JUST IN: Biden Tells Social Media Platforms to Crack Down on Free Speech

By Todd Starnes, Jan 13, 2022

President Biden called on social media companies to crack down on what he called China Virus misinformation.

“I make a special appeal to social media companies and media outlets — please deal with the misinformation and disinformation that’s on your shows. It has to stop,” the president told the nation.

In other words the president wants Big Tech and the Drive-by Media to censor any opinion that is contrary to the preaching of Anthony Fauci, the Patron Saint of Wuhan.

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Islamo-Leftism [Part 9]

Editor’s note: The following is a translation by Ibn Warraq and Robert Kerr of Michel Onfray’s L’Art d’Etre Francais (The Art of Being French, Bouquins, 2021), published here for the first time. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Part 3 is here. Part 4 is here. Part 5 is here. Part 6 is here. Part 7 is here. Part 8 is here.


Thirdly: verbigerate. This flippancy regarding history has its equivalent in the semantic flippancy of Edwy Plenel who juggles, without much concern for their true meaning, words such as “racism”, “xenophobia” or “Islamophobia” and then uses them to reinforce Godwin’ observation.

Edwy Plenel speaks of “anti-Muslim racism” (p. 51). But racism is discrimination against a race. Since when do “Muslims” constitute a race? The magical thinking of political correctness imagines that deleting the word “race” is enough to abolish the thing, that the abolition of a signifier leads at the same time to the disappearance of its signified. On the other hand, the same magical thinking that no longer wants to hear about race sees nothing wrong with so-called anti-racist thinking: if races do not exist, then neither does racism (which is discrimination on the basis of race), and how can one be anti-racist, that is, fight against the discrimination of races if they do not exist?

Muslims are not of any particular color. At least, to put it differently, they are of all colors – of all races, as we used to say in the days of Jean-Jaurès and Jules Ferry, or François Mitterrand during colonial times… They are white in Europe, yellow in China, black in Africa, mixed race everywhere on the planet, but also black in Europe, yellow in Africa or black in China…

The same is true of xenophobia – which etymologically speaking refers to a hatred of foreigners. But how can a Frenchman who manifests an incompatibility of temperament towards the religion of a Muslim, Frenchman like him, show such hatred? There are eight million Muslims in France, a very large number of whom are French: to oppose their religion is not to show hatred of a foreigner, it is merely making a value judgement about a world view – in this case religious and theocratic. How is this criminal?

The same goes for Islamophobia, a word that Edwy Plenel tells us is not of Iranian origin, nor contemporary with the power of the aya­tollahs, as is often stated, “whereas it was invented in France, in 1910” (p. 93). We would have liked more information: at what exact date, with what etymology, under whose pen, in what document, with what particular meaning, in what uses which should have been specified with quotes from authors? For the etymology of the root “phobia” indicates here a fear of Islam – not a hatred. Fear of something is not necessarily accompanied by hatred of that thing. Nor does the hatred of that thing necessarily go hand in hand with the fear of it.

This use of these three words to castigate the interlocutor allows for a variation on the Godwin observation: If one recalls that the Qur’an contains verses that are homophobic, misogynistic, phallocratic, warmongering, anti-Semitic, as I have mentioned above, and they really are there, and that their political use intimidates anyone who defends the Values of the Republic, i.e. liberty, equality, fraternity, secularism, feminism, because he or she feels that these values are endangered; if such is tantamount to being guilty of hatred towards all the Muslims on the planet, then in effect no dialogue is possible.

Whence the fourth stage: exaggeration. By way of example with this thesis: “The ­imperative of assimilation is a euphemism of evanescence” (p. 106). When he wants to, the author shows that he knows how to use words with more finesse than is the case with racism, xenophobia or islamophobia. For with the word “evanescence” he shows his true colors. Indeed, the evanescence may be that of the letter e in Perec’s work[23]; but, of course, this was to be expected, it is rather an allusion to the disappearance of the six million Jews in the gas chambers … Then follows a verbose reiteration: “A way of wishing that the Muslims of France, however they might define themselves, may no longer be Muslims. Don’t say it, don’t, don’t express it, don’t assume it. And this is how the sorcerer’s apprentices who, more often than not, govern us give birth to monsters. For who can fail to see, in this acceptance of intolerance, the advance of a deafening call for Muslims to be no more, even worse. That they rid us of themselves or that we rid ourselves of them. That the varied humanity encompassed in common parlance by the words Muslim, Arab or Maghrebi should henceforth be left out of the picture” (p. 106). Here we see that Plenel may not always essentialize; but it also shows that underlying this discourse is the suggestion of a project of extermination – the word would have been too big, but this elephant is still in the room… And Plenel goes from “the negation of a minority” to the negation “possibly [sic] of its existence” (p. 106)! So there it is…

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[23] La Disparition (lit. “The Disappearance”), is a 300-page French novel, written in 1969 by Georges Perec, entirely without using the letter e.

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Open Borders, Hidden Agendas

Joe Biden’s approval numbers keeps sinking to new lows.  The chaos he’s created at the border is not among the top reasons, but it should be.  The news today is not good.

DHS records show 50,000 illegal aliens released between March and August last year failed to report as instructed.  The agency has no idea where they are.  Also in the news today, Republican lawmakers in the House are demanding answers from the Biden administration as to why ICE arrest and deportation numbers are way down, despite steady agency funding.  The head of Homeland Security essentially said in September we shouldn’t be deporting illegal aliens if it would make them feel bad.  We should only deport them if we have a special reason.  He followed this up with another policy change the next month declaring illegal aliens could not be arrested at schools, parks, daycare centers, or just about anywhere else they might actually be.  Some congressional Republicans say the administration is hiding the ball by refusing to release official deportation numbers for last year.  Could be.  DHS only released a report showing the number of foreigners overstaying their visas is up after a news outlet made a big stink to get the report.

In other border news:

  • record number of unaccompanied alien children were taken into custody in FY21 – 122,000.  Reports continue about child sex abuse at the shelters where they are housed.
  • Border agents caught 2,200 illegal aliens in Texas and stopped seven human smuggling attempts over New Year’s weekend.
  • The Biden administration is falling down on the job so bad that private armed groups with drones are catching illegal border crossers and turning them over to appreciative officials and law enforcement in Kinney County, Texas.
  • Reports continue that the Biden administration is reallocating COVID relief money meant for Americans to house illegal aliens pouring across the border.
  • The Biden administration was accused of falsely claiming the alien asylum backlog is down despite the unexplained disappearance of 50,000 files.
  • The UN, which supports free migration to destroy Western countries, charters buses for illegal alien caravans, coaches illegal aliens how to file asylum claims, and pays their travel expenses to reach the U.S., all with the help of U.S. taxpayers.
  • An Arizona sheriff said the situation is the worst he’s ever seen it and the cartels are making more money than ever, thanks to the Biden administration.
  • A U.S. Customs and Border Protection report admits illegal aliens from Syria, Lebanon, Pakistan, Somalia, and other terror-prone countries are coming across the southern border.

The Biden administration has never given a satisfactory explanation of why its open borders policies are good for the country.   One explanation I’ve heard is the ‘Great Replacement Theory’ – change America into a socialist country by replacing the people who live here.  Before you dismiss that as a crazy conspiracy theory, you should know left-wing activists openly talk about it.  If that’s not what’s going on, the Biden administration should open up and tell us why it’s doing its best to help illegal aliens overrun the country.

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Biden Admin To Send $300 Million To Taliban Controlled Afghanistan

This despite Americans still trapped in Afghanistan because Joe Biden abandoned them.

White House to send more than $300 million in aid to Afghanistan despite Taliban control

“We stand with the people of Afghanistan,” Emily Horne said.

By Madeleine Hubbard, Just The News January 11, 2022 – 11:34pm

The White House announced plans Tuesday to send more than $308 million in humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan as millions face starvation under the new Taliban government following President Joe Biden’s withdrawal.

The assistance would be given by the United States Agency for International Development through “independent humanitarian organizations” to the Afghan people, National Security Council spokesperson Emily Horne said.

The administration has been criticized for sending aid to Afghanistan previously. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) warned that it would be “foolish” and asserted that the Taliban “would take the money.”

“This brings total U.S. humanitarian aid in Afghanistan and for Afghan refugees in the region to nearly $782 million since October 2021, and we remain the single largest donor of humanitarian aid in Afghanistan,” Horne said, adding that the U.S. has also given 4.3 million COVID-19 doses to the Afghan people.

Assistance will “help provide lifesaving protection and shelter, essential health care, winterization assistance, emergency food aid, water, sanitation, and hygiene services in response to the growing humanitarian needs exacerbated by COVID-19 and healthcare shortages, drought, malnutrition, and the winter season,” Horne said.

China sent assistance to Afghanistan last month to help the nation prepare for winter and build ties between the Chinese Communist Party and the new jihadist government.

“The United States is committed to supporting the Afghan people and we continue to consider all options available to us,” Horne concluded. “We stand with the people of Afghanistan.”

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Islamo-Leftism [Part 8]

Editor’s note: The following is a translation by Ibn Warraq and Robert Kerr of Michel Onfray’s L’Art d’Etre Francais (The Art of Being French, Bouquins, 2021), published here for the first time. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Part 3 is here. Part 4 is here. Part 5 is here. Part 6 is here. Part 7 is here.


This essentialization finds its theory in long discourses on “the Other” (p. 141) with a capital letter… One can’t do more essentializing than with this hollow, empty, pretentious concept, redolent of the philosophical jargon of phenomenologists! What is this Other that some people who quote Levinas go on about? What though is the ‘Other’ than the ‘same entity’ (Même), repeatedly recast from the same mould, duplicated ad nauseam for the particular needs of the cause on hand. The Other is nonexistent, just an idealized figure, a notion, a Platonic ideal that can never become manifest because there are only multiplicities, diversities, otherness. Plenel writes at one point: “This Other who, in our societies, has taken the figure of the Muslim” (p. 143). There can be no better proof that this Other is nothing but a ‘Sameyness’ (Même) conceptualized as an archetype, allowing for all possible journalistic and pamphleteering variations.

Plenel is a realist, in the medieval philosophical sense of the term, in other words someone who believes in the reality of ideas more than in the truth of multiplicities. He does not believe what he sees, but he sees what he believes. And there is little difference between the realist in this sense and the ideologue, for whom reality never materializes because the idea imposes the law in its place. Plenel’s Muslim does not exist, except as an allegory by means of which all ideological variations are possible.

Secondly: godwiner. I propose this neologism based on Godwin’s observation[16] which describes the tendency of people to invoke the Holocaust [or Nazis] to prevent any subtle analysis in order to preclude any complex reflection. This criminalization of the interlocutor forbids us to debate with him. He is de facto a monster comparable to the Nazis.

Edwy Plenel’s title is not by chance: Pour les musulmans. Since Émile Zola published Pour les juifs (p. 67) during the Dreyfus affair, Edwy Plenel, in response to this new Dreyfus affair, namely the assertion that there is “a problem with Islam in France” (p. 39), must take up the torch and be the Zola of his time.

Muslims are allegedly stigmatized, despised, hated and persecuted in France, just as the Jews were in the course of the 20th century. They are seen as an “enemy from within (the Jew yesterday, the Muslim – or, indiscriminately, the Arab today)” (p. 54) – the upper and lower case letters are the author’s.

If today’s Muslims are yesterday’s Jews, then where are the Drumonts[17] and Maurras[18] of today? Finkielkraut[19], answers Plenel…  Where is the media in which hatred against Muslims is spewed out every day? Plenel can produce no culprit worse than France Inter, specifically the Matinales program of this radio station, which by all accounts supports most of his theses – the book opens with a denunciation of this state broadcasting station, as it serves “lark’s pâté” every day, inviting an Islamophile horse[20] and [what offends Plenel] a lark critical of Islamophilia (p. 39). There was even a time, on France Inter, under the leadership of Patrick Cohen, when there was a blacklist of people not to be invited, most of whom could have played the role of the lark in a pâté that was then frankly more horse, with the blessing of the management of this public service that lives on taxpayers’ money and that declined to comment when this became known…

Is there a newspaper that would be the equivalent of L’Action française?[21] Yes. It’s Libération… No laughing matter… First, Edwy Plenel points out “the responsibility of the media” (p. 60), which itself is then essentialized, he claims that they construct, convey, and trivialize “the stigmatization of a population of men, women and children, on the pretext of their religious, spiritual or community identity” (p. 60). Libération? Le Monde? L’Humanité? L’Obs? L’Express? France Inter, France Culture, France infoFrance 2? Media that propagate a bad image of Muslims – yea right, get real.

But where then are the anti-Muslim laws, such as those passed by Vichy on October 3, 1940, antisemitic laws which prohibited Jews from being judges, teachers, doctors, civil servants, soldiers, journalists, film-makers, directors, administrators or theater managers? What is the counterpart of the law of June 2, 1941, which racialized Jews on the basis of their ancestry? Which forbade them from receiving decorations, including the Legion of Honor? Which expanded the work bans to [Jewish] craftsmen, merchants, industrialists, librarians, bankers, advertisers, real estate agents, traders, brokers, foresters, publishers? Which civil service is working to concretely discriminate against Muslims, as did the General Commissariat for Jewish Questions created by the law of March 29, 1941?

The proposal to revoke nationality (of Muslims) following the attacks was indeed foolishness intended to produce a media effect, but that is not enough to conclude that the Muslims of today are the Jews of yesterday. To which I should not be so presumptuous to add that, even among the most vehement opponents of Islam, Jean-Marie Le Pen, no one has envisioned or proposed the equivalent of the Vel’d’Hiv Roundup,[22] of a mass deportation of Muslims to concentration camps, let alone extermination. Just as one would look in vain for a massive plan to destroy Europe’s Muslims in gas chambers, which, need we remind you here? alas yes, remains synonymous with the Jewish people. That is why this moment in history should not be invoked or referred to so lightly.

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[16] Godwin’s Law (also known as Godwin’s Rule of Nazi Analogies) is a saying made by Mike Godwin in 1990. The law states: “As a discussion on the Internet grows longer, the likelihood of a person‘s being compared to Hitler or another Nazi, increases.” That means that as more people talk on the Internet for a longer time, it becomes more and more likely that someone will talk about Hitler or the Nazis.”

[17] Édouard Drumont [1844 -1917] was  a journalist, writer and right wing politician, who was an antidreyfusard and antisemite.

[18] Charles-Marie-Photius Maurras [ 1868 – 1952) was a French author, politician, poet, and critic. He was an organizer and principal philosopher of Action Française, a political movement that was monarchist, anti-parliamentarist, and counter-revolutionary. Maurras’ ideas greatly influenced National Catholicism and integral nationalism.

[19] Alain Finkielkraut [born 1949] philosopher, whose parents were Polish Jews, defines himself as being “at the same time classical and romantic”. Finkielkraut deplores what he sees as the deterioration of Western tradition through multiculturalism and relativism.

[20]   “To make a lark pie, take a horse and a lark …”. In this list of ingredients, the size disproportion between horse and lark is striking. The contrast makes us say that it would have been intellectually more honest to name such a dish (if we had to find a name for it), paté of horse with lark.

This exaggerated imbalance between two substances “packaged and sold” together under the same name, a disparity that the lark pie idiom perfectly highlights. Lark pâté is a Machiavellian trap in the place of a product or a proposition that has been misleadingly highlighted. The recipe is well known to advertisers and politicians. It consists of highlighting one of the secondary characteristics of a product, a law or a proposal, in order to present it in its best profile; the goal being to make up, minimize or even make people forget the dominant, uninteresting, harmful or liberating characteristic of the object in question.

[21] Action française is a French far-right monarchist political movement. The name was also given to a journal associated with the movement. The movement and the journal were founded by Maurice Pujo and Henri Vaugeois in 1899, as a nationalist reaction against the intervention of left-wing intellectuals on behalf of Alfred Dreyfus. Charles Maurras quickly joined Action française and became its principal ideologist..

[22]  The Vel d’Hiv Roundup (an abbreviation of Rafle du Vélodrome d’Hiver) in Paris was a mass arrest of Jewish families who were herded into this stadium, used for cycling tournaments during the winter, by French police and gendarmes on the orders of the German authorities in July 1942. Over 13,000 Jews were arrested, including more than 4,000 children. They were all later sent to Auschwitz.

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Islamo-Leftism [Part 7]

Editor’s note: The following is a translation by Ibn Warraq and Robert Kerr of Michel Onfray’s L’Art d’Etre Francais (The Art of Being French, Bouquins, 2021), published here for the first time. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Part 3 is here. Part 4 is here. Part 5 is here. Part 6 is here.


Those who are afraid of Islam – that’s the etymology of Islamophobic (because, among the other vilenesses with which it is replete, it is intrinsically anti-Semitic) – are therefore the very ones who are responsible for anti-Semitism. This ideological pirouette turns out to be a bland and flat rehash of the Sartrean thesis according to which the anti-Semite invents the Jew, but this is sheer stupidity! It is enough to read the Qur’an, the sacred word of God himself, to see that anti-Semitism is one of the very foundations of Islam.  But since Emmanuel Todd states that the Muslims have no interest in the Qur’an, everything becomes possible. Anti-Semites can therefore be excused, because the only culprit is the Islamophobe … who refutes anti-Semitic Islam!

Last but certainly not least, Emmanuel Todd sees in the explosion of mixed marriages in France the proof of… racism!  Anyone else would think the contrary, but not our sociologist! Why is that? The juggler’s answer is that such marriages encourage assimilation, and assimilation in turn implies the negation of diversity in the name of a neo-republicanism that is called all sorts of names and accused of all sorts of evils – neo-Vichyism, nationalism, neo-fascism, and of course the extreme right is also invoked… A white man who marries a black woman, or vice versa, becomes a fellow traveler of Maréchal Pétain[13]. One has to appreciate the scientific rigor of such a sociological analysis.

Finally, Emmanuel Todd coins some ideas that are not lacking in pungency: according to him, there are indeed “several universalisms”, including “a universalism restricted to men”! Therefore, the universalism of the Enlightenment, which is addressed to both men and women without distinction of color, religion, wealth or condition, is one of many, and is just as commendable as Muslim universalism that excludes women, Jews, Christians, miscreants, atheists and agnostics.

What to do?

Emmanuel Todd answers simply: communitarianism. “In the end, it is a matter of realism and necessity of freely, joyfully admitting, that there is now, in French culture, a Muslim province.” He is not so much inviting the Muslims (who do not exist, lest we forget…) to become French (which would be fascism and racism…) as he is inviting the French to become Islamic. Islam already has a word for this: dhimmitude,[14] which is another name for submission.

The Islamo-leftist rhetoric equates the present day Muslims to the Jews during the Interwar period of the 20th century. Emmanuel Todd is no exception. This is also the thesis of a book by the journalist Edwy Plenel entitled Pour les musulmans.

What does this book say?

In this book, strangely enough, we do not find the words Qur’an, Mohammed, hadith, sharia, or even Prophet! There is even no reference to a quranic surah or verse, two other words that do not appear in the book either. Jihad and jihadism are also nowhere to be found. A rather strange opus…

What is this book about? Colonialism as the original sin of our culture and about the inequality of civilizations, the loss of nationality and intolerant secularism, the wearing of the veil and the refusal to assimilate, the praise of communitarianism and the denial of the very possibility of speaking of Judeo-Christian civilization, of Jews and the Dreyfus affair, of Émile Zola and state racism, and of the opium of the people. It is a journalist’s book that obeys the rules of the profession.

What are they? I can think of six: essentializing [scil. oversimplification], godwining, if I may use this neologism which I will explain, verbigerate,[15] exaggeration, denial and amalgamation. This sketch of a discourse on the journalistic method allows us to see how this profession has largely overflowed beyond its world to proliferate just about everywhere – notably in philosophy, which Gilles De­leuze had perfectly analyzed during the emergence of the New Philosophers…

First: essentializing [oversimplification]. Although Edwy Pleyel defends himself against it and denounces this way of doing things, but it nevertheless his own methodology! The proof? We don’t even need to read his entire book: the title is enough: For the Muslims. For what does “the” in the formula “The Muslims” mean? There is no need for further clarification other than that they are one and the same entity. Or are there contemporary Muslims of the Prophet or Muslims of the French suburbs, erudite Muslims and uneducated Muslims, pacifist Muslims and terrorist Muslims, literate Muslims and frustrated Muslims, Sunni Muslims and Shiite Muslims­, North African Muslims and Asian Muslims, Muslims in Muslim countries and Muslims in Christian countries, bellicose Muslims and tolerant Muslims, fundamentalist and enlightened Muslims, white Muslims and black Muslims, born Muslims and converted Muslims, Muslims who have read the Koran several times and know it by heart and Muslims who have never read a line, practising Muslims and beer-drinking Muslims, homophobic Muslims and homosexual Muslims? It doesn’t matter. All these people constitute “the Muslims” who can be talked about as if they were one and the same!

Edwy Plenel castigates “the xenophobic essentialization [which] justifies identity-based essentialization” (p. 57) in the name of an Islamophile essentialization. He doesn’t like it when we talk about Muslims as if they were a single homogeneous community if we want to criticize them, but he himself talks about Muslims as if they were a homogeneous community in order to praise them as the damned of the Earth.

So would the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, who runs his oil-rich monarchy as a dictator with no regard for democracy, with total disregard for human rights (and who deserves the wrath of all the organizations that oversee respect for these rights) – because he is a Muslim, also qualify as belonging to the damned of the earth? He and all his family, and even all of his entourage? Likewise the tyrants of Qatar? Or the rulers of Iran? Who can possibly believe such a thing?

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[13] Vichy France is the common name of the French State (État français) headed by Marshal Philippe Pétain during World War II. The regime was authoritarian, xenophobic, antisemitic and traditionalist in nature. Officially independent, it adopted a policy of collaboration with Nazi Germany, which occupied its northern and western portions before occupying the remainder of Metropolitan France in November 1942.

[14] Dhimmitude is the status of non-Muslims under Muslim rule, term coined by the Egyptian-born British writer Bat Ye’or in the 1980s and 1990s. It is a portmanteau word constructed from the Arabic dhimmi ‘non-Muslim’ and the French (serv)itude ‘subjection’. It is a permanent status of subjection in which Jews and Christians have been held under Islamic rule since the eighth century, and that forces them to accept discrimination.

[15] O.E.D. To go on repeating the same word or phrase in a meaningless fashion, as a symptom of mental disease.

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Iran: When We Strike America, It Will Be With Great Force

My latest in PJ Media:

Old Joe Biden’s handlers are desperate to revive Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, as Biden State Department wonk Ned Price has made clear: “We are prepared, as we have said, to lift sanctions that are inconsistent with the JCPOA,” that is, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which is the official name of the agreement Donald Trump quite rightly called the worst in history. Meanwhile, as Biden’s handlers do everything they can to be conciliatory toward Iran, the Islamic regime in Tehran is more belligerent than ever. Ned Price and his colleagues would be wise to ponder whether there is a connection between those two stances, but they won’t.

Price elaborated: “We’re prepared to lift sanctions inconsistent with the JCPOA, as long as Iran places itself back within the strict confines, the strict nuclear confines of the JCPOA in terms of the stringent verification and monitoring, in terms of the other restrictions that the JCPOA places on Iran’s nuclear program.” Last Tuesday, the deputy commander-in-chief of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Admiral Ali Fadavi, made it clear how interested Iran is in returning to any kind of “strict confines,” real or imagined.

Fadavi referred to the 2016 incident when the Iranians seized two U.S. Navy riverine command boats that had strayed (inadvertently, the Obama administration insisted) into Iranian waters and displayed the American sailors they had captured as if they were prisoners of war. “When we captured the Americans in the Farsi Island,” Fadavi said, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute, “the Americans felt superior in the first 20 minutes. They felt like a superpower, so they launched planes from their aircraft carriers. Had the Americans shot a single bullet towards Farsi Island, which is our land, we would have attacked their aircraft carrier as well as a large number of vessels in that area.”

Fadavi crowed that the Obama administration was extremely accommodating: “However, the Americans realized very soon that they were the accused, that they were the criminals on death row, and that they are at risk of being targeted by the full force of the IRGC. So they acted quickly.” Clearly the Obama team was trying to smooth over the situation, and Fadavi saw this as a sign of submission: “They replaced the person communicating with us from the aircraft carrier with a woman who spoke Persian. Two out of every three words she said was ‘fine,’ which translated into ‘I am obeying your orders.’ They did very quickly what we asked them to do.”

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The ‘Wannsee Conference’ was held 80-Years Ago to create a ‘final solution’ – Is it happening again?

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana

“But it was alright, everything was alright, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.” ― George Orwell, 1984


It is ironic that eighty years ago in November of 1942 a group of Nazis met to create a “final solution” to the Jewish question. On November 8th, 2022 Americans will head to the polls to vote in the mid-term elections to determine the fate of our Constitutional Republic.

QUESTION: What will be the final solution?

Today, as I write this column, Senator Chuck Schumer, a Jew, is working to eliminate the U.S. Senate 60 vote filibuster Cloture Rule in order to pass legislation that would remove responsibility for the conduct of elections from the states and move it to the federal government.

A recent report indicates that the Biden White House is plotting ‘to sign’ voting bills ‘into law’ despite a lack of votes in the U.S. Senate.

Today, we have a group called Antifa that is against fascism, yet it appears that fascism is thriving in the White House, the Democrat Party and especially in the Washington, D.C bureaucracy.

Don’t Forget History

Do not forget the Wannsee Conference that was held 80 years ago on the morning of November 20, 1942, in a villa on a grand estate in west Berlin. Reinhard Heydrich, second only to Heinrich Himmler in the hierarchy of the SS, organized the event with the express purpose of reaching what he called “the total solution of the Jewish question in Europe.” This was the formula for genocide. The 15 men present were representatives of Nazi institutions such as the Reich Chancellery, the Foreign Ministry, the Ministry for the Occupied Territories, the Propaganda Ministry, and the Office of the Four-Year Plan. All of them were already key figures implementing genocide and were at Wannsee to put the finishing touches to it.

WATCH: Wannsee Conference – Full Movie in German w subtitles

Hitler slaughtered 20 million in what became know as “the Holocaust.”

QUESTION: Are we seeing in Washington, D.C. new conferences bent on a new form of “final solution”?

These conferences are being held in the White House, in Congress, in the offices of agencies including the CDC, OSHA, DOD, DOJ, FBI, and others. Their purpose, along with conferences held by the social and legacy media, is to push fear into the minds of every American in order to force upon us all mandates that can only be their “final solution” for total control of our Republic!

Haven’t we already seen tens of thousands of Americans dying from getting vaxxed, double vaxxed and then booster vaxxed? Are we witnessing a new Holocaust by Jab?

The Bottom Line

In a May 20th, 2020 article titled “Welcome to the Fourth ReichCherie Zaslawsky wrote:

Shortly after World War II ended, Americans were in shock as the horrors of the Holocaust were revealed. But they also took comfort from the fact that nothing like that could ever happen here. Or could it?

The plethora of new and ever-changing dictatorial edicts in many states today strikes me as eerily reminiscent of the Nazi’s series of escalating mandates that targeted the Jewish population. However, in our own case, we’re all the targets.

Consider the new piece of legislation proposed by congressional Democrat Bobby Rush, H.R. 6666. If you’ve read the Bible, you may blanch at the number of this bill, as well as at its content.

The bill calls for the creation of a civilian army of “contact tracers” to spy on American citizens, to determine whether any of us test positive for Covid-19—a flu virus so mild that most people have no idea they’ve contracted it. However, it can provoke serious, life-threatening illness in people in their 80s and 90s, especially those in nursing homes—and one would want to make sure anyone entering a nursing home is virus-free.

[ … ]

This Stasi-style spying program, guaranteed to create informers, accusers, and snitches-in–waiting, is a thinly veiled persecution of our citizens. [Emphasis added]

In our article “The Rise of the Bio-Medical Security State” we wrote:

In February 1920, Hitler presented a 25-point Program (the Nazi Party Platform) at a Nazi Party meeting. In the 25-point program, Nazi Party members publicly declared their intention to segregate Jews from “Aryan” society and to abrogate Jews’ political, legal and civil rights.

Fast forward to January 2022 and we now see a Democrat Party Platform, enforced by federal bureaucrats, Democrat members of Congress and party leaders, to segregate the “unvaccinated” from “American” society and to abrogate the political, legal and civil rights of the unvaxxed.

But they are not alone, as this is a global effort called “The Great Reset.”

The World Economic Forum’s website titled The Great Reset states:

There is an urgent need for global stakeholders to cooperate in simultaneously managing the direct consequences of the COVID-19 crisis. To improve the state of the world, the World Economic Forum is starting The Great Reset initiative. [Emphasis added]

What goes around comes around. The Fascists are alive and well as they’re working to implement The Great Reset globally. The Great Reset looks eerily like the Third Reich.

If Biden and Schumer succeed in federalizing our elections then gird your loins. We’re in for quite a ride.

As George Orwell wrote in his dystopian novel 1984, “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”

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Islamo-Leftism [Part 6]

Editor’s note: The following is a translation by Ibn Warraq and Robert Kerr of Michel Onfray’s L’Art d’Etre Francais (The Art of Being French, Bouquins, 2021), published here for the first time. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Part 3 is here. Part 4 is here. Part 5 is here.


Let us note in passing that this gratuitous and rather unscientific association of the working classes of yesterday with xenophobia remains to be demonstrated: on the other hand, we know that many journalists, intellectuals, publishers, writers, philosophers, academics, actors, comedians, lawyers, academics, and composers were certainly not latecomers in endorsing Vichy’s xenophobia, racism, and antisemitism. When de Gaulle launched his appeal of June 18[10], it was modest sailors who were the first to respond, not academics.

The sociologist refuses to use the term “Muslims” claiming that it is a fiction, a “phantasmatic category”. However, he has no difficulty in talking about the French, the Germans and the English by reactivating the old theory of the character of peoples. The French woman will do this, the English intellectual that, the Russian thinker something else…

Moreover, the book uses and abuses this rejected concept. Essentially, one may therefore not use the term “Muslims” if one has misgivings [scil. about Islam], but if one speaks well of them, one may. Muslims are thus all followers of a “minority religion adhered to by a disadvantaged group” – the italics are the author’s…

Of course, another platitude of the Islamo-leftist method, is that the young people (largely of North African descent) who burn cars in the Parisian banlieues cannot be considered delinquents; they ransack the property of the poor out of love for France and its republican values, since this is how they can reclaim the equality that the motto of the Republic promises them. An unprecedented patriotism indeed…

Another cliché of Islamo-leftism is the criticism of secularism, which is said to be a covert weapon of war to attack Muslims alone. Our sociologist then passes from secularism to laicism, which he presents as an intolerant religion. The right to blasphemy is for him “the right to spit on the religion of the weak” – nevertheless, in his conclusion he defends it all the same…

The researcher having discovered this additionally decrees that atheism necessarily accompanies “a world devoid of meaning and a human species without purpose”. It is therefore “a generator of anguish”. The Marxist thesis of religion as the opium of the people is no longer valid: the Muslim religion is understood as the ideology of legitimate salvation to which poor Muslim victims are forced by evil capitalism…

To the question: what is the seductive appeal of Islam? Emmanuel Todd answers: “The existence of an ideal combining individual morality, a collective project and the possibility of a beautiful future can help people in their effort to become something more than frail animals let loose in a world devoid of meaning. That is why we must consider the possibility that Islam contributes positively, in certain circumstances and in some of its manifestations, to the psychological equilibrium of individuals, to good school results and to successful integration into French society” (emphasis of Onfray).  Let us recall that this ‘demonstration’ is found in a book that condemns those who marched to denounce the attacks…

If Islam provides for an ideal, a morality, a project, a beauty, a balance, good school results, successful social integration, this would merit more than peremptory assertions: we would like to see the reputed figures, those indispensable tables, the incontrovertible statistics that would validate the scientific nature of what, otherwise, is just showmanship! Unfortunately, we have a lot of figures that rather tend to prove the opposite.

If Emmanuel Todd believes that the category “Muslim” is phantasmatic, he also thinks that Islam has little to do with the Qur’an! Which is why he can turn a religion whose founding text reveals itself to be misogynistic, phallocratic, anti-Semitic and warmongering, in more than one place, into an ideology that is… egalitarian! In Indonesia, it is even an opportunity for women!

Of course, our sociologist, even if he is not specialized in religion, is aware that there are verses that frankly endorse the inequality of men and women or that theorize that a woman’s testimony is not equal to that of a man, in addition to the fact that in the case of inheritance, the shares are unequally distributed depending on one’s gender. How does one get out of such a conundrum? By denying outright – contrary to all that we know to be true and against all evidence – that these verses are still in force in the modern world.

Thus Emmanuel Todd writes: “Nowhere in the Muslim world are the rules of inheritance found in the Qur’an applied.” I doubt that in Afghanistan or Yemen, in Qatar or Saudi Arabia, to mention only two or three countries that come to mind, the Qur’an is trashed in favor of Olympe de Gouges’[11] Declaration of Women’s Rights.

In the same way, young people in the suburbs are also, according to our sociologist, more devoted to the feminist revolution than to Sharia law. Todd goes so far as to assert that the beurs[12] of the suburbs have gone “nine or ten tenths of the way towards an egalitarian conception of the status of men and women.” One can appreciate the scientific character of such an assertion: one can imagine that Max Weber would not have been satisfied with a method that could be described as “give or take”, the notorious “nine or ten”; Libération, on the other hand, even more so! Emmanuel Todd proposes a genealogy of anti-Semitism that is really something else: for him, there is no point in questioning the quranic text itself, which is full of anti-Semitic passages, or even consulting the Hadiths that confirm hatred against Jews, for whom Allah ordains slaughter, or indeed the wars waged against the Jews by the Prophet himself – anti-Semitism rather is the product… of Islamophobia!

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[10] The Appeal of 18 June (FrenchL’Appel du 18 juin) was the first speech made by Charles de Gaulle after his arrival in London in 1940 following the Fall of France. Broadcast to France by the radio services of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), it is often considered to have marked the beginning of the French Resistance in World War II. It is regarded as one of the most important speeches in French history. A part of the speech goes like this: “I, General de Gaulle, currently in London, invite the officers and the French soldiers who are located in British territory or who would come there, with their weapons or without their weapons, I invite the engineers and the special workers of armament industries who are located in British territory or who would come there, to put themselves in contact with me…“

[11] Olympe de Gouges [1748-1793] In her Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Female Citizen (1791), she challenged the practice of male authority and the notion of male-female inequality. She was executed by guillotine during the Reign of Terror [1793-1794].

[12] Beurs: Beur (or alternatively, Rebeu) is a colloquial term, sometimes considered pejorative, in French to designate European-born people whose parents or grandparents are immigrants from the Maghreb [NWAfrica]. The equivalent term for a female beur is a beurette.

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Former Border Commissioner: ‘We Have Lost Control of the Southwest Border”

Like the fall of the Roman empire. Self inflicted by the Democrat party of treason.

Former Border Commissioner: ‘We Have Lost Control of the Southwest Border

By Charlotte Cuthbertson, The Epoch Times, January 9, 2022:

The southwest border during President Joe Biden’s first year in office reached historic levels of illegal crossings, pulling agents off the front line and leaving large swaths of the border unpatrolled. Drugs, especially fentanyl, flowed in, and overdose deaths are at an all-time high.

“What we’re experiencing now on the southwest border is a complete, utter catastrophe,” Mark Morgan, former acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which oversees Border Patrol, told The Epoch Times on Jan. 7.

“We have lost control of the southwest border.”

During the 2021 calendar year, Border Patrol agents apprehended close to 2 million illegal immigrants from 150 different countries along the southwest border—more than double 2019, the last pre-pandemic year, according to CBP data.

Last year, Border Patrol agents detected, but didn’t catch, an additional 600,000 illegal border crossers, known as “gotaways,” Morgan said.

“That’s the equivalent to the size of the state of Vermont,” he said. “Think about the bad people that are in that 600,000 that got away.”

Mexican nationals made up 28 percent of encounters in fiscal year 2021, the lowest proportion in recorded history, according to CBP.

The northern triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador made up 44 percent, and the remaining 28 percent were from other countries—double the previous record for the latter demographic.

“This trend is important because the Department of Homeland Security does not currently have agreements to electronically verify nationality with these different countries of origin, making removing or expelling their nationals more resource-intensive and time-consuming,” CBP stated in a press release on Jan. 3.

Outside of Mexico and the Northern Triangle nations, the countries accounting for the largest number of encounters in fiscal year 2021 were Ecuador, Brazil, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Haiti, and Cuba, CBP said.

On the Mexico side of the border, across the Rio Grande in Texas, hundreds of discarded passports, visas, and identification papers can be found every day. Illegal aliens are told it’s harder to be deported from the United States without papers.

“This is not a surge. This is an invasion,” Morgan said. “I mean, this is a catastrophic amount of illegal aliens trying to break into our country.”

The result in some border areas, he said, is that most Border Patrol agents are being pulled off the “national security mission” to be “daycare providers, processing agents, and bus drivers.”

Morale among the Border Patrol workforce is at an all-time low.

Upon taking office almost a year ago, President Joe Biden was quick to dismantle several key border security initiatives that the Trump administration had established, including a halt to border wall construction, and the Remain in Mexico program, which attributed to up to an 80 percent drop in “catch-and-release” by requiring asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico until their final court judgement.

Now, instead of waiting in Mexico, most illegal immigrants are released into the United States to wait for future court dates that can be set years into the future.

Border Patrol drops van loads of Haitians who crossed the U.S. border illegally at local NGO Border Humanitarian Coalition to catch a bus to San Antonio or Houston, in Del Rio, Texas, on Sept. 22, 2021. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)
Border Security

Although the public’s main focus is on illegal immigration numbers, Morgan said that’s just a subset of border security.

“When you open your borders up to one threat, one crisis, it’s not mutually exclusive from the others—you’re opening your borders up to the vast set of complex threats that we face,” he said.

“Anytime you’re so overwhelmed that you can’t perform the fundamental national security mission to secure our borders, the result [is] that every aspect of our nation’s public health, public safety, and national security is being impacted.”

The record numbers in 2021 occurred during a year in which many Americans, under the backdrop of a pandemic, faced vaccine mandates, work-from-home orders, and school closures.

Overcrowded border facilities were unable to test everyone for COVID-19, resulting in the release of illegal immigrants with the disease into communities. In July 2021, the city of Laredo sued the Biden administration for releasing a “flood” of illegal immigrants into Laredo, causing “irreparable harm.”

Under the Title 42 public health order, which was instituted in March 2020, illegal immigrants could be quickly expelled back into Mexico as a pandemic precaution, rather than be processed under Title 8 immigration law, which is a much more protracted process inside the United States.

Since March 2021, however, Title 42 has slowly been whittled down—first to allow in all unaccompanied children, then families with children under 7, then most families in general, most single females, and single adults from non-Spanish speaking countries.

Morgan predicts the southwest border metrics will continue to worsen through 2022.

“There’s no end in sight. There’s none. And this administration, every single day, everything they’re doing is just to get better at releasing people. They’re not trying to stop the flow,” he said.

Biden tapped Vice President Kamala Harris to lead border security efforts, with the main focus being to address the “root causes” of illegal immigration. Harris visited Mexico and Guatemala last year, but was criticized by the Guatemalan president in December for having no communication since June 2021.

On Aug. 26, the Supreme Court ordered the Biden administration to restart the Remain in Mexico program, but CBP data through November 2021 doesn’t indicate any new enrollees in the program.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has said he is working toward building a “safe, orderly, and humane immigration” system.

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White House says Biden plots ‘to sign’ voting bills ‘into law’ despite lack of votes

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White House says Biden’s ‘plan is to sign’ voting bills Democrats struggling to pass ‘into law’

By Haisten Willis, Washington Examiner, January 10, 2022:

White House says Biden’s ‘plan is to sign’ voting bills Democrats struggling to pass ‘into law’

The White House was pressed on Monday about whether President Joe Biden has a plan to address liberal activists’ concerns about voting access beyond giving speeches ahead of a major address.

The president will be in Georgia on Tuesday to stump for a pair of laws dubbed the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the For the People Act, which Democrats say are needed to expand voting rights, rein in gerrymandering, and create new ethics roles for federal officeholders.

But the party may lack the votes to pass the bills, leading a reporter to ask White House press secretary Jen Psaki if Biden has a plan to pass the bills rather than just talk about them.

“His plan is to sign voting rights legislation into law,” Psaki responded. “That requires a majority of senators to support it, even if there are changes to the Senate rules, which is something the president has expressed an openness to.”

Democrats cannot pass the bills on their own under Senate rules, and Republicans overwhelmingly oppose both of them, viewing them as a federal takeover of elections that would undermine security. Democrats would need to alter the filibuster to get them to the president’s desk.

But even that tactic may fail, as Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin have said they oppose procedural changes. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer plans to have a debate on changing the rules after Biden publicly stumps for the bills in Georgia, one of several red states to pass voting reform bills following the 2020 election.

Biden will speak at a historically black college in Atlanta on Tuesday to speak about what the White House calls “the urgent need” to “protect the constitutional right to vote and the integrity of our elections.”

“He will also describe this as one of the rare moments in a country’s history when time stops and the essential is immediately ripped away from the trivial,” Psaki said, previewing the president’s comments. “We have to ensure Jan. 6 doesn’t mark the end of democracy but the beginning of a renaissance for our democracy, where we stand up for the right to vote and have that vote counted fairly.”

Republicans are pushing back.

“The political Left keeps pitching their big lie that mainstream state voting laws are somehow ‘Jim Crow 2.0’ if the governor who signs the bill happens to be a Republican,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said last week.

Psaki was also asked if Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who refused to concede her 2018 election defeat, will be in attendance.

“There will be a number of elected officials joining us traveling and also there,” Psaki said. “We’re still finalizing that and will get you that as soon as possible.”

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