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By Elliot Friedland Monday, December 4, 2017

An exhumed grave of victims of mass murder in Srebrenica. (Photo: Adam Jones/Creative Commons)

An exhumed grave of victims of mass murder in Srebrenica. (Photo: Adam Jones/Creative Commons)

Croatian war criminal Slobodan Praljak killed himself by drinking poison in court last week after his guilty verdict was upheld. His conviction and death brought back into the limelight the violent break up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, which set the stage for the modern jihadi movement.

The Bosnian war saw the U.S. and its allies make mistakes that left thousands of Muslim civilians dead, undermined Western legitimacy and enabled the consolidation of the (then nascent) jihadi movements that went on to wage war against the West around the world.

What Happened?

The war was a three-way conflict fought in Croatia and Bosnia between Serbs, Croats and Bosnians. Despite the involvement of NATO forces, under the leadership of President Bill Clinton, Western powers did not prevent ethnic cleansing. Serbian and Croatian forces killed or expelled Bosnian Muslims living within Serbian and Croatian enclaves inside Bosnia.

Praljak, along with five others Croatian leaders, was convicted for participating in the ethnic cleansing and genocide of Bosnian Muslims which took place during the 1990s. Most notoriously, Serbian forces under General Ratko Mladic killed 8,000 Bosniak men and boys over a four-day massacre in the town of Srebrenica, the worst massacre on European soil since the Holocaust.

Why Does it Matter?

More than 25 years later, that conflict still impacts Muslims around the world. Besides radicalizing an entire generation, it also remains an open grievance for many. Any successful attempt to tackle questions of how radical Islam came to be so powerful has got to be honest about this war. Here are three reasons Bosnia still matters.

1.It showed the impotence of international institutions to prevent war crimes

An estimated 100,000 people were killed during the war, mostly Bosnian Muslims. They were killed in UN Safe Zones and while a no fly zone was being enforced by the United States. Evidence has recently come to light that the U.S. and its European allies knew that the Serbian military intended to overrun Srebrenica, and that the Serbians planned to make the Bosnian Muslims “vanish completely.”

Yet they elected to do nothing since they regarded the UN safe zones as “untenable” and worth sacrificing to get peace. The head of military planning for the UN even requested reinforcements for the Dutch peacekeeping force tasked with guarding Srebrenica. This request was overruled by the United States.

These horrific events underscored for millions of people worldwide that the West could not be trusted to save people when they were under threat.

2.It Radicalized a Generation

Of course terrorism is a choice. All the grievances in the world cannot make someone kill innocent people, which is not a logical response.

However, images from the Bosnian war have been used by radicals as part of their recruitment strategy since that time. They were widely broadcast at the time across the Muslim world and caused widespread anger. Islamist turned counter-extremist Maajid Nawaz recalls in his book Radical that images from the Bosnian civil war were shown to members during group meetings, with the intention of radicalizing the ideologically driven youth.

3.It Created the Beginnings of the International Jihadi Movement

Aside from the ideological impact of the Bosnian war in providing ample propaganda for a generation of jihadi recruiters, the war also saw the jihadi movement create networks and build institutions.

“There is a war between the West and Islam,” Aimen Dean, a Saudi Arabian volunteer who fought in Bosnia in 1994 and later went on to be a British spy against Al Qaeda told the BBC. “Bosnia gave the modern jihadist movement that narrative. It is the cradle.”

He joined a group called the Mujahadeen Battalion, which mobilized Muslims to come to Bosnia to fight against Slobodan Milosovic. They carried out reprisal attacks against Croatian Catholics who had murdered Muslims.

At it’s greatest strength, towards the end of the war, the battalion comprised some 1,500 men.

The networks created during that war were expanded and became more sophisticated as they switched to other theatres later. But they were forged in Bosnia, where they learnt a lot about how to organize. Now fighters from Bosnia travel to Iraq and Syria to fight for ISIS. Bosnian jihadist networks also fought in Chechenya against the Russians and in Afghanistan.

Two of the 9/11 hijackers were veterans of the Mujahadeen Battalion, as well as the murderer of American Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl.

The Bosnian debacle undermined trust in American leadership and gave ammunition to those peddling a narrative of a Western war against Islam. If radical Islam is to be defeated, we need to engage honestly and constructively with past foreign policy mistakes.

Timeline of Events:

May 1980 — Communist President of Yugoslavia Josip Tito dies

May 1986 — Serbian Nationalist leader Slobadan Milosevic comes to power

June 1991 — Croatia and Slovenia declare independence. The Yugoslav national army invades Croatia.

November 1991 — Croatian areas of Bosnia establish self-administration as Herzog-Bosnia. Croatian forces intervene to protect these areas.

September 1991 – Macedonia declares independence

March 1992  — Bosnia-Herzegovinia declares independence. Serbs within Bosnia declare independence in Serb majority areas within Bosnia as Republika Srpska.

April 1993 – UN Security Council 816 imposes a no fly zone over Bosnia

July 1995 – 8,000 Bosnian Muslims are massacred in Srebrenica by Serbian forces under the command of General Ratko Mladic.

November 1995  – Dayton Peace Agreement brings conflict to a close

March 2006 – Slobodan Milosevic dies of natural causes while awaiting trial for war crimes.


Former Satanist Warns Christians about Celebrating Halloween

John Ramirez Facebook
Photo Credit: John Ramirez via Facebook

Should Christians celebrate Halloween? Opinions differ between Christian leaders, lay people and church members.

According to a CBN News Facebook poll, 87% of believers feel that Christians should not celebrate Halloween, while 13% believe it’s okay.

Former Satanist John Ramirez recently joined Charlene Aaron on CBN News show Prayer Link to talk about Christians and Halloween.

“I was a general to the kingdom of darkness in witchcraft,” Ramirez said. “I would sit with the Devil and talk to him like I’m talking to you today. It was that kind of communication. It was that kind of relationship.”

Ramirez warns Halloween isn’t just about costumes and candy–there’s a much darker reality.

“Sometimes people say ‘I celebrated Halloween 10 years ago, I did this 15 years ago, I did this 20 years ago.’ But the doors still open. You just cursed your family from three to four generations,” Ramirez told CBN News.

“You have to be aware it’s a curse. You have to go back to the place where you started, that year that you started that Halloween thing, the celebration, when you started having that encounter with the dark side. You have to go back to that same spot and renounce and renounce it in the name of Jesus Christ and ask God to forgive you for that so that God can have mercy and close that door so your whole family can move forward,” he continued.

Ramirez, now a pastor, knows all about the dark reality of Halloween. He once sacrificed animals as part of satanic rituals and his friends even knew him as “Lucifer’s son.”

Now as a born again believer, he strongly warns Christians against celebrating Halloween and participating in harvest festivals.

“The only harvest we should celebrate is the harvest of souls,” he adds.

Ramirez says that in his opinion the other events Christians hold instead of Halloween, such as “Trunk or Treat” nights, are really no different.

“Do you know any Satanists who say ‘Hey we’re going to come into Good Friday and we’re going to hang out with the Christians and we’re just going to call it a different name?”

However, Pastor Alan Rudnick (link below) believes that Christians should take back Halloween.

“Halloween is often associated with the pagan concept of Samhain, the festival where ancient pagans believed that the worlds of the living and dead would been thinly divided,” he writes on his blog.  “But, we have seen from the other ancient pagan festivals associated with Christmas and Easter that these pagan connections do not serve as a reason why we cannot celebrate a Christian holiday.”

According to the website Equipping Godly Women, Halloween can be a good opportunity for outreach and to teach about good vs. evil.

However, Anton LaVey, the late founder of the Church of Satan, once said he took joy believers taking part in the tradition.

“I am glad that Christian parents let their children worship the devil at least one night out of the year,” he said. “Welcome to Halloween.”

You can watch the entire Prayer Link interview with Ramirez here:


Ramirez shares more about his warnings regarding Halloween here:

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Why Liberal Muslims Support Conservative Parties

Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau prays at the Jamea Masjid mosque in Surrey, British Columbia two years before he was elected. Trudeau has pandered to Islamists since he was elected.
Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau prays at the Jamea Masjid mosque in Surrey, British Columbia two years before he was elected. Trudeau has pandered to Islamists since he was elected. (Photo: video screenshot)

There was a time when liberal Muslims in the West were mainly aligned with liberal parties.

But while seeing mass Islamic ghettos in the West during the past two decades, liberal parties started aligning themselves with traditional Mosque establishments and Islamic centers of the Muslim Brotherhood and Jamaat-e-Islami for the sake of their vote banks.

That was the turning point for left-leaning liberal Muslims and when they started looking for their options.

Liberal Muslims can’t get along with left or liberal parties that support sharia laws, motions or laws about so-called Islamophobianiqab or veil advocacy, Islamic banking, prayer rooms in public schools and Islamic ghettoization.

Now, liberal parties all across Western countries support the veil, niqabs and burkas of few Muslim women in the name of charter of freedom. Liberal Muslims argue that these items do not represent a dress code; rather, they are masks over the dress.

How could one accept concealing identity tactics in the name of the Charter of Freedoms?

But from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Labour Party leadership in Britian, liberal parties are endorsing women’s face covering inequality in the name of equality.

The Western world separated religion and politics long ago, but when it comes to Islamic communities some the two get mixed in the name of religious rights.

However, liberals don’t know that burkas and veils are not subscribed in Islam, either. A great proof is that Muslim women are not allowed to wear such face masks during Islam’s most holy Hajj pilgrimage.

Islamophobia is a new term that liberal parties and traditional Islamic organizations are in love with.

Islamophobia is generally defined as a dislike of or prejudice against Islam or Muslims, especially as a political force. Traditional Islamic centers created this term and spread it around through their actions.

What were those actions? Not denouncing armed jihad against those Western societies where they are abode now and not calling a spade a spade in cases of honor killings, the Taliban and ISIS attacks on Muslims and non-Muslims all over the world as well as Al Qaeda’s and ISIS’ sectarian war against minorities in the Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan, Afghanistan, etc.

So when liberal Muslims didn’t find voice and support from liberal parties for their communities’ freedom of expression, gender equality, condemnation of honor killingand sharia values, they started disassociating themselves from those liberal parties.

On the other hand, conservative parties support freedom of expression, gender equality and burka bands despite threats from traditional Islamic circles that they will lose their votes.

Conservative parties take the challenge and fight for these principles. The association of liberal Muslims with conservative parties stands on these values.

Liberal Muslims left their countries due to fears of, bullying by and harassment from Muslim Brotherhood and Jamaat-e-Islami groups. Unfortunately, these monsters are chasing them in the West with even more power.

As just one example, I will cite my own personal experience:

I moved to Canada in 1999 and started publishing a weekly magazine. At first, I became close to the NDP due to their leftist ideas. But I couldn’t put my lot in with the NDP because of the number of Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood supporters who were quite active in the party.

I then got closer to the Liberal Party of Canada.

In 2001, I received death threats after exercising my freedom of expression. The Liberal government of the time as well as law enforcement agencies and the media protected me with

I loved my country, Canada. I loved the Liberal Party.

Yet in 2016-17, I was threatened and harassed by Liberal Party MPs. Suddenly, the media doesn’t want to discuss it, and law enforcement agencies and politicians avoid it.

However, I still love Canada.

I still have strong hope that we can save Canada and the West from political correctness, if not by politicians, by fellow citizens for sure.

Let me elaborate one more reality that I am least concerned about that many seem to be upset about: imported imams.

Why I am I not so concerned about imported imams? Because I know where they come from.

What I am more concerned about is the Muslim leadership that grew up in the West and appears in modern attire. They are the ones who are furthering the Islamists agenda and engaging in Western politics as well.

I am not targeting the Liberals or any party. I am only saying with heavy heart that our secular and liberal democracy is crumbling due to lack of political vision in parties and media.

Even Conservative parties in the West are now being infiltrated by Islamists.

Liberal Muslims like myself have been fighting violent Islamist ideology for a long now. And we have gone through many phases to deal it.

We strongly feel that our democracies and democratic values should not be crumbling due to perceived “vote banks.”


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Beginning on Halloween night, the Obama Foundation will begin a series of one-day training sessions and also will host a summit aimed at promoting civic engagement among students and young adults, officials said Wednesday.


EDITOR’S NOTE: After being exposed as nothing more than a shell corporation for Hillary to sell State Department influence and favors, the Clinton Foundation was forced to close its door amidst heavy scrutiny during the 2016 Presidential campaign. Not be be outdone, Michelle and Barack Obama now have their own foundation and are launching their first-ever “summit” on the high holy day of Satanism, Halloween night. I know it sounds like a story from The Onion, but guess what? It’s not. 

In a video, former President Barack Obama said the programming, along with the creation of a fellowship program and the incorporation of his My Brother’s Keeper Alliance into the foundation, is his way of grooming the next generation to “change the world.”

“We’re bringing together hundreds of leaders from all around the world for a hands-on exchange of ideas in my hometown,” Obama says in the video, which was posted to the foundation’s website and emailed to followers Wednesday morning.

“The summit will be a place to gather and learn from one another, and then go back to your communities to lead others in the hard work of change. And it will also help guide our foundation as we continue to design programs that will connect and support the next generation of young leaders here in the United States and around the globe.”

The announcement comes just one day before the foundation’s top brass will meet with the public for the first time to discuss how the Obama Presidential Center will look and what it will offer.

“We’re going to be focusing like a laser beam on this idea of active citizenship, to give people, organizations and communities the skills and the tools that they need to actively engage in positive change,” foundation CEO David Simas said.

On Thursday, Kensington Palace announced that Prince Harry will visit Chicago on Oct. 31  for the inaugural summit of the Obama Foundation. The visit means a reunion with his pal and fellow champion of veterans, former First Lady Michelle Obama.

During the Chicago visit, Harry will discuss the power of youth leadership to lead change at a local and global level. In particular, he’ll address his work with the Full Effect project, an initiative in Nottingham in the U.K. that aims to open up opportunities for young people.


The NYC-based ANTIFA group Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement (RAM) made the announcement on Thursday, September 21, calling on ANTIFA groups nationwide to “decorate” their neighborhoods. According to Far Left Watch, RAM is “an extremely militant group that advocates for the violent redistribution of property” and for “the abolition of gender.”  The militant group recently hosted an “Our Enemies in Blue” anti-police workshop at its branch in Brooklyn, NY.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Try to imagine for a moment the utter stupidity of a group that is using hate to “stop hate”, using violence to “stop violence”, and of course, using fascism to “stop fascism”. That’s ANTIFA. Tomorrow they will launch what they are calling a nationwide campaign to tear down and destroy all statues of Christopher Columbus. They will be easy to spot, just look for a cowardly group of domestic terrorists that look exactly like the KKK, but in black hoods instead of white. 

Five Christopher Columbus statues have already been vandalized in New York City in recent weeks, according to Far Left Watch. In one case last month, vandals defaced a “larger-than-life” statue of Columbus in Central Park, leaving blood-red paint on his hands, and scrawled, “Hate will not be tolerated” and “#SomethingsComing” on its pedestal.

What is coming appears to be a coordinated campaign to destroy monuments all across the country on Columbus Day.


The NYC-based ANTIFA group Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement (RAM) made the announcement on Thursday, September 21, calling on ANTIFA groups nationwide to “decorate” their neighborhoods.


The militant group recently hosted an “Our Enemies in Blue” anti-police workshop at its branch in Brooklyn, NY. RAM posted a video called “Against Columbus Day” on the antifa website It’s Going Down, showcasing destroyed monuments across the country and black-clad thugs strutting around menacingly to psycho synth music.

“The battles lines have been drawn and white supremacists are on notice,” the anarchists wrote in a statement on the website. “White nationalist statues are crumbling all over the US as our collective revolutionary power is growing.”

A recent poll showed that the vast majority of Americans support a holiday honoring Christopher Columbus, but RAM called Columbus Day, October 9, “one of the most vile ‘holidays’ of the year.” The group called on supporters “to take action against this day and in support of indigenous people in the US and abroad who have been victims of colonialism and genocide.”

We are calling for groups to “decorate” their neighborhoods as they see fit: put up murals, wheatpaste posters, drop a banner, etc. On October 9th put a picture of your action on social media and use the hashtags below. With these actions multiplied around the country, we will make it unequivocally clear that revolutionaries will always stand with the indigenous!

The anarchists encouraged fellow law-breakers to record and broadcast their crimes by using the hashtags #F*ckColumbusDay and #DestroyColonialism.

As ANTIFA has already announced its illegal intentions well ahead of time, elected officials and police departments across the country should not be blindsided by the rash of vandalism that is sure to come in the next few days. source


Kalafer said he decided to retract the ads Thursday after many of his employees and customers commented on how the players and coaches who knelt and locked arms during the national anthem were disrespectful towards the flag. He added that he was especially disgusted at how the NFL and team owners have not taken a firm leadership stance against the protests and suggest alternate ways players and coaches can express their freedom of speech.


EDITOR’S NOTE: The NFL is pretending the problem doesn’t exist, and want everybody to go back to watching as if nothing happened. Even the Steelers saying they would no longer hide in the tunnel during the Anthem is not the same thing as issuing a sincere apology for disrespecting the flag. And because neither the teams nor the NFL plans on apologizing to their fans, advertisers are beginning to pull their ads. When Christians boycotted Target for over their ridiculous transgender bathroom policy last year, Target’s net worth dropped by over $15 billion. Patriots need to do the same  thing now with the NFL and its various league teams. 

NJ Advance Media reports that the owner of Flemington Car and Truck Country said it would pull ads for the dealership from NFL game broadcasts for at least the rest of the 2017 NFL season.

“The National Football League and its owners have shown their fans and marketing partners that they do not have a comprehensive policy to ensure that players stand and show respect for America and our flag during the playing of the national anthem,” Steve Kalafer said in a statement. “We have canceled all of our NFL advertising on the Optimum and Infinity (cable) networks.”

Kalafer said he decided to retract the ads Thursday after many of his employees and customers commented on how the players and coaches who knelt and locked arms during the national anthem were disrespectful towards the flag.


He added that he was especially disgusted at how the NFL and team owners have not taken a firm leadership stance against the protests and suggest alternate ways players and coaches can express their freedom of speech.

“As the NFL parses the important nationwide issues of ‘social justice’ and ‘freedom of speech,’ it is clear that a firm direction by them is not forthcoming,” Kalafer said.

Kalafer is not the first person to pull ads for his business from NFL games. A Tennessee man pulled ads for his business from NFL broadcasts for the rest of football season, calling the teams’ protests “unpatriotic.”

Other business owners are also taking a stand against those who take a knee during the national anthem. Sports bar owners in Virginia and Louisiana are no longer showing NFL games until NFL players, coaches, and owners stop protesting the national anthem. source

Christians Targeted As Faith-Based Movies Like ‘Generational Sins’ Now Include Foul Language, Explicit Sex And Drug Use • Now The End Begins

Movieguide, which recommends films based on their Christian messaging, wrote that movies “don’t need to be filled with foul language, explicit sex, drug use and the like to reach out to people that aren’t walking with God.” Movieguide also accuses Folmar of marketing his movie based on the unusually large number of cuss words it contains.

“We don’t want to play within the constraints” of Christian movie-making, says ‘Generational Sins’ writer-director Spencer Folmar.

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: My family and I have enjoyed excellent Christian movie-making over the years with great movies like Facing The Giants, Flywheel, War Room, God’s Not Dead and a whole host of others. They’re exciting, great acting, with a powerful and relative message from the Bible, and best of all, 100% family friendly. These films combined have made hundreds of millions at the box office and online, and now the Devil’s counterfeit wants in on the action. Here’s how it works. Air quotes “christian” movie-makers want to show you the “real struggle” in the Christian life, so their movies contain scenes of backslidden Christians getting drunk, cursing, fornicating, fighting and all the rest. The net result being you exposed on the screen to the same junk that comes from Hollywood. There is no God in a movie like that, don’t kid yourself that there is. Stay away from the theater of Laodicea, it’s a trap. Hope this timely warning is a blessing to you and your family. 

Are Christian movies going blue? ‘Generational Sins’, in theaters Oct.  6 via Freestyle Digital Media, is rated PG-13 and contains 32 profanities — not unusual except that Sins is a faith-based movie.

Call them “Hard Faith” films, says writer-director Spencer Folmar, who is trademarking the phrase and whose banner, Third Brother Films, has more such movies in the works, including one based on Johnny Cash’s The Beast in Me.

The faith-based Dove Foundation, which stamps its seal of approval on family-friendly movies, recently named Sins its first recommendation in its new category for viewers ages 18 and up. The movie, says Dove president Suzy Sammons, “has not only cautionary elements in it, but positive ones. There’s an overt godly message with Christian values.”

Dove has reviewed 12,000 movies since its founding in 1991, and about 750,000 people use the nonprofit organization’s recommendations, says Sammons, who notes that films like Passion of the Christ and Hacksaw Ridge are examples of films that might also warrant Dove’s new 18-plus recommendation.

“We’re not only targeting faith-based moviegoers,” says Folmar, “we’re also going after ‘Chreasters’ — people who only go to church on Christmas and Easter. If we tell stories of adults struggling with faith, adults will run toward them, so we’re working hard on creating this new genre.”

But some critics are crying foul. Movieguide, which recommends films based on their Christian messaging, wrote that movies “don’t need to be filled with foul language, explicit sex, drug use and the like to reach out to people that aren’t walking with God.” Movieguide also accuses Folmar of marketing his movie based on the unusually large number of cuss words it contains.

Recent hits in the genre, like the God’s Not Dead franchise, which has grossed more than $80  million in the U.S., have been PG rated, with no swearing in them. Folmar, though, embraces the controversy.

“There’s been a backlash to Generational Sins, but there are secular and faith-based films, and we believe there should be a third option,” he says. “We don’t want to play within the constraints of the traditional faith-based community.” source



Source: Christians Targeted As Faith-Based Movies Like ‘Generational Sins’ Now Include Foul Language, Explicit Sex And Drug Use • Now The End Begins