The Islamic State as a Martyr

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Orwellian style thought police is an offspring of today’s Internet technology:

…”Thought police – Gaza-style: The Hamas police in Gaza arrested on Sunday night a Fatah operative who had allegedly distributed lies on Fatah Web forums. This is a first-of-its-kind arrest, and it appears Hamas’ battle against Fatah has glided into the Internet.

Hamas’ Gaza security apparatuses informed on Monday that the arrest was made possible due to information received in the “Electronic Security” unit, belonging to the police’s general intelligence corpus. Upon the end of the investigation it was decided to arrest Fatah operative Bader Abed Ael on the suspicion of spreading “truth distorting lies” which cause incitement in Gaza.”… see here.

Now the real point is not the Hamas “Electronic Security” unit, but how fundamentalist Islamic states or  groups,  will  use martyrs-shahids or others as launching platforms for more dangerous technologies than the Electronic Security unit. This spans an horizon broader than the electronic arrest of the Fatah operative Bader Abed Ael….

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A major obstacle preventing the Islamic fundamentalist groups to acquire modern technology is that they don’t have a real research community providing them with original developments bypassing the scarcity of direct up to date armament  sources. But Allah is great, and despite being  protected by secrecy and undercover there are many ways to find leaking sources  from research communities and underground traffic of military, academic and civil technology goods, see here.

Today the Islamic fundamentalist groups  fight their ‘ideological’ wars with explosives, the shahids suicides bombers, good funding and good intelligence.These terrorist skills are enough to disseminate fear and disarray, see the 11/9 , the Madrid attack

But it would be a great mistake to think that ‘primitive terrorism’ is a dead end whose consequences are localized terrorist act like the last Indonesia terrorist hotel attack in Jakarta, see here. On this point, talking about the Middle East, there is an obvious change in the behavior of the  fundamentalist groups like the Hamas and the Hezbollah. They strives to, and are now legitimate elected political parties in Gaza and Lebanon without renouncing any of their Islamic fundamentalist goals.

As  elected  or conjoint rulers of their own states, and in due time recognized by the international community, they will have access to modern technologies. Under the label of technologies for peace and with some bribery they will receive help and advice for developing their own ‘peaceful technologies, for the so called ‘benefits of their citizens’.

A forerunner in the Middle East, exemplifying the ‘ technologies for peace’ goal , was the Iraqi nuclear device Osirak of French design, see here.

Now in the same vein, under the reign of the fundamentalist Ayatollahs, Iran from a society with a modest  technological  baggage,  has evolved into a mature scientific community which is on the verge of producing nuclear weapons, I quote the German magazine “Stern”:

…”Iran has by now mastered the entire nuclear enrichment technology and also possesses enough centrifuges to produce weapons-grade uranium, reports the BND according to stern. “Nobody would have thought this possible some years ago,” an expert said. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria, Iran has installed more than 7000 centrifuges at the nuclear power plant in Natanz. The 4290 of them in operation at the beginning of June had enriched at least 1.3 tons of uranium – enough for one to two nuclear bombs.”…see more.

With all the above in mind, we may again ask: how will legitimate Islamic states or elected parties with private militias use, if they could, one of the most dangerous technology on earth, the nuclear technology.

Perhaps it’s a forgotten fact, but Iran during the seven years war with Iraq, has partially answered the same question with conventional warfare, by seeing in the “peaceful” made French test reactor a future nuclear threat, and was the first to attack Osirak on September 30, 1980, before the nuclear reactor was destroyed by Israel on June 7, 1981.

Israel is today in the same position as Iran during the seven years war, seeing in Iran‘s enrichment program of plutonium an existentialist threat to her future.

Well, all this tells perhaps the political correct story. So, at most, we may reasonably conclude that with the Iranian getting their own nuclear weapons, there will be some delicate  balance of terror between Israel and Iran.

But here comes in the unpredictable.  Why not wildly speculate and make a generalization and argue that if there are Islamic groups  educating children, young women and man to be shahids in the name of Allah, see here, then there my be a Shahidic Islamic State educating a whole population to be ready to pay the shahids death toll prize at a national martyrdom level, and consequently in a religious nuclear war to wipe out another state, considered as a major obstacle to the reign of Allah… or Iran. (See here in the ‘Conclusion’ pdf.)

Perhaps a crazy Orwellian science fiction idea, but well worth to be considered in a less speculative manner.

The following quote my throw some light on the validity of the above speculation:

…”Podhoretz also quoted Ayatollah Khomeini, who led the revolution and ruled from 1979 to 1989, as saying, ‘We do not worship Iran, we worship Allah. For patriotism is another word for paganism. I say this land (Iran) burn … go up in smoke, provided Islam emerges triumphant in the rest of the world.’ “, see here.

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Porno, Bombs, Internet and Belly Dance

How to live under the new Hamas directives..
“Belly-dancing is naked women. This is not Islamic,” says the new Palestinian culture minister, Attallah Abu al-Sibbah, an Islamic scholar who has joined the Hamas government which was installed last week, (2006). ” …
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….”But there’s no doubt that Hamas wants to impose its narrow vision of moral purity on the Palestinians, who until recently enjoyed one of the most secular cultures in the Middle East. The ban on belly- dancing reveals Hamas’s intense suspicion, which it shares with all Islamist organisations, of pleasure and female sexuality’ it’s no accident, after all, that belly-dancing has been taken up with such gusto by feminists, myself included, who love its celebration of the natural female body.”.
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This was written on April 7, 2006.”… See here for the full article “Hamas, and the sexual power of real women”
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Today (2008), Under the excuse of the porno ban (see here ), remebering the above statement about belly dancing, Hamas is continuing monitoring  the internet in the Gaza Strip,  hearing seeing and reading any flow of news into his Internet jurisdiction area.

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 I quote from Menassat:
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..”Palestinian journalists in the Strip are up in arms about the whole affair as the filtering has slowed and even halted Internet traffic entirely during busy news days.
 ‘What Hamas wants from monitoring the Internet is  to control its impact on public opinion,’ Alyan said.”….
  The director of Reuters’ Gaza office, Nidal Al Mughrabi, told MENASSAT, ‘The decision has had a huge impact on our work, since we are an international agency known for our up-to-date news coverage, and we are in competition with other international agencies.’ “.. 
 
…”Saleh Al Masri, a journalist and editor at the Palestine Today website, told MENASSAT, “We are not against regulating the Internet, but we were highly affected in terms of download speed. Our readership too dropped by more than half.” …
 
Gaza-based writer Abdullah Alyan said, ‘Pornography is only an excuse for the filtering, the other reasons are monitoring people’s use of the Internet, especially news sites and forums, to curtail the widespread online campaign against the Hamas’ government and the behavior of its members in Gaza.’ “see here.
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Hamas’s monitoring Gaza’s strip Internet does not affect other to monitoring the Hamas sites.
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Two websites operated by Hezbollah and Hamas were being hosted by a Canadian internet service provider even though the militant groups are barred from operating in the country, CBC News has learned.
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Halevi wrote a letter of complaint to iWeb, the Montreal internet company that owns computer servers that play host to the websites.The company replied the websites were inoffensive and just “an informational portal such as CBC.ca.”Halevi said he was shocked by the response.”That was amazing because there is a big difference between CBC and the Hamas, al-Aqsa TV website. The messages are totally different.”
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CBC News translated some of the Arabic section of the Hamas website, a discussion forum.One post included a list of instructions on how to conceal a bomb in a crowded market. Another posting explained how to make a roadside bomb look like a rock.The site is also full of anti-Israeli rhetoric, and pages that glorify those who died in suicide attacks as martyrs, see here.

So  Hamas is banning any ‘import’ of so called porn and belly dancing but is exporting bomb making and shahid education for future explosing martyrs.

And a last remark by Palestinian culture minister Attallah Abu al-Sibbah (2006) wich may be actual today…”The Egyptians come here and do it [belly dancing]. And there are a lot of Russian belly dancers in Egypt and they come here too. People do it indoors, in secret. There’s lots of it. If the phenomenon of belly dancing spreads our people might react against it by killing people. We don’t want our people to become like the Taliban.”..see here.

A surprising belly dancer is Haifa Whebe .

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Haifa Wehbe Belly Dances for Ragheb Alama  see here.
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