Video: Maaloula was religious cleansing, not a military target

posted at 2:31 pm on September 28, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Rebels overran the ancient Christian village of Maaloula in Syria on the fourth of September, and held it for eleven days until the Syrian army could retake it.  It always made for a curious target in a broad civil war. Maaloula had no particular strategic value; it’s 56 kilometers north of Damascus in rugged mountain territory, enough of a backwater that it’s one of the few places where Aramaic is still spoken along with Arabic. It’s off the highway between Damascus and Homs, and away from the railroad that links the two Syrian cities.  Why bother with Maaloula at all?

Lee Stranahan has been in Beirut for the past several days interviewing survivors of the Maaloula fight, and reports that religious cleansing was the motive all along — with forced conversions and an effort to empty Maaloula of its Christian population:

Christians in Maaloula report in interviews that their neighbors took part in the religious cleansing:

The Maaloula survivors, speaking out for the first time, said that the Free Syria Army troops were as one with the al-Nusra warriors. They described in heartbreakng detail how Maaloula’s townspeople were terrorized and some killed for being Christian.

The attack began with a suicide bomber attacking the local checkpoint. One survivor said that armed Muslims were inside her house almost immediately, and held a machine gun to her husband’s head. The Islamists bragged about smashing a statue of Mary and taunted the family for their Christianity. The survivor broke down in tears describing her fear that her daughter would be raped by the men and that the family would be killed.

When the Maaloula witnesses was told that U.S Sec. of State John Kerry had referred to the FSA forces as ‘moderate’ in Senate testimony, she closed her eyes, shook her head both and forth and said “No no no no no.”

She said that she didn’t trust the press after seeing their reporting on the situation in Maaloula, which deemphasized the Islamist elements of the attack.

The Syrian army took control of Maaloula on September 15th, but that’s not necessarily a great improvement. The refugees aren’t really pro-Assad, but just anti-jihadist, and one had an interesting take on the trade-offs that had to be made with the Assad regime and how well they worked out:

Lee also filed this report about the tensions between Syrian refugees and the Lebanese, and gives a better accounting of the cultural dynamics in play:

Lee is posting a number of his reports today on his YouTube channel, so be sure to check them out.  If you want to help Lee continue his reporting, follow this link to Lee’s contributor page.

Update: Fixed the link to the contribution page, thanks to Becca Lower.


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But Ed, John McCain has been to Syria twice and knows for certain the Free Syrian Army are moderate and secular.

John the Libertarian on September 28, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Well obviously we need to arm these jihadists.

/sarc

rbj on September 28, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Obama and liberals hate Christians.

watertown on September 28, 2013 at 2:39 PM

By what authority can Zero give fully automatic M-16′s to Al Qaeda without a background check, license, tax stamps and waiting period?

What other weapons is he providing to our enemies?

dogsoldier on September 28, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Just another example of how religious fanatics are the reason for 99% of the world’s problems.

Moesart on September 28, 2013 at 2:40 PM

But Ed, John McCain has been to Syria twice and knows for certain the Free Syrian Army are moderate and secular.

John the Libertarian on September 28, 2013 at 2:38 PM

And he just hired his girlfriend who told him so!

dogsoldier on September 28, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Just another example of how religious fanatics are the reason for 99% of the world’s problems.

Moesart on September 28, 2013 at 2:40 PM

That’s all encompassing. I don’t see armies of Christian terrorists murdering people, or armies of Jewish terrorists either.

dogsoldier on September 28, 2013 at 2:43 PM

J

ust another example of how religious fanatics Muslims and atheists are the reason for 99% of the world’s problems.

Moesart on September 28, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Basilsbest on September 28, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Moesart on September 28, 2013 at 2:40 PM

What other religion are you talking about? And you don’t include sociopaths and narcissists and liars in 99 percent of the problems?

More accurate to say religious fanatics account for about 2 or 3 percent of the world’s problems.

John the Libertarian on September 28, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Well Your Holiness:

It might be a good time to sell the purple bowl and buy FN

WryTrvllr on September 28, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Just another example of how religious fanatics are the reason for 99% of the world’s problems.

Moesart on September 28, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Like all the school shootings here in the USA!!!!

WryTrvllr on September 28, 2013 at 2:58 PM

And we didn’t need those Jews or Ukrainian farmers anyway.

WryTrvllr on September 28, 2013 at 3:00 PM

What other religion are you talking about? And you don’t include sociopaths and narcissists and liars in 99 percent of the problems?

More accurate to say religious fanatics account for about 2 or 3 percent of the world’s problems.

John the Libertarian on September 28, 2013 at 2:51 PM

I think he includes fanatical devotion to the state as “religion”, which would only be about 75% of the world’s problems.

nobar on September 28, 2013 at 3:01 PM

In related news:

Zero bungles again:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/09/25/theft-us-weapons-in-libya-involved-hundreds-guns-sources-say/?intcmp=latestnews

EXCLUSIVE: The recent theft of massive amounts of highly sensitive U.S. military equipment from Libya is far worse than previously thought, Fox News has learned, with raiders swiping hundreds of weapons that are now in the hands of militia groups aligned with terror organizations and the Muslim Brotherhood.

The equipment, as Fox News previously reported, was used for training in Libya by U.S. Special Forces. The training team, which was funded by the Pentagon, has since been pulled, partly in response to the overnight raids last August.

According to State Department and military sources, dozens of highly armored vehicles called GMV’s, provided by the United States, are now missing. The vehicles feature GPS navigation as well as various sets of weapon mounts and can be outfitted with smoke-grenade launchers. U.S. Special Forces undergo significant training to operate these vehicles. Fox News is told the vehicles provided to the Libyans are now gone.

dogsoldier on September 28, 2013 at 3:06 PM

nobar on September 28, 2013 at 3:01 PM

You’re right, I forgot about the liberals again.

John the Libertarian on September 28, 2013 at 3:06 PM

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/25/us-syria-crisis-arms-idUSBRE97O04T20130825

Wow twenty trailers full:

“Twenty trailers crossed from Turkey and are being distributed to arms depots for several brigades across the north,” said rebel official Mohammad Salam, who told Reuters he saw the weapons come over the border.

dogsoldier on September 28, 2013 at 3:09 PM

She said that she didn’t trust the press after seeing their reporting on the situation in Maaloula, which deemphasized the Islamist elements of the attack.

So it takes something like a gun pointed at your head to figure out the press isn’t trustworthy. I feel for the Christians in Syria, but seriously, for someone who lives in such a dangerous part of the world, that’s pretty naive.

I guess they don’t have access to information like we do, but it still seems to happen here too. People sometimes say they don’t trust the press, and yet, the press still has vast influence.

Fenris on September 28, 2013 at 3:13 PM

i watched all three vids. Very interesting, Lee is very good at weaving together a story. The business about Christian refugees in Lebanon is interesting. The dynamic between Syrians and Lebanese is very interesting given the history

the ‘contributor’ looked like it just went back to the you tube url

here’s lee’s website

http://leestranahan.com/please-help-me-cover-the-syrian-christian-crisis/

and just to comment on McCain/Kerry. neither of these people are really up to hearing the truth. They are grandees…they don’t much care.

My sense is that this in endemic to this county now. The rulers are too lazy and entitled to really do the hard work, same with the Administrative State.

the peasants are happy to get their free stuff, and watch the teevee…maybe catch Madonna or gaga or that twerky little girl

r keller on September 28, 2013 at 3:20 PM

But Ed, John McCain has been to Syria twice and knows for certain the Free Syrian Army are moderate and secular.

John the Libertarian on September 28, 2013 at 2:38 PM

And, according to McCain,’Allahu Akbar’ just means thanks be to God.

When have Muslims ever tried to impose their will on others?

Get with it Ed.

bw222 on September 28, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Christians get butchered by Muslims in Syria, and not a word about from American politicians. But let one Islamic terror attack happen here, and people like McCain, Schumer, and Obama race each other to TV cameras fretting about ‘backlash’ against Muslims; about how we shouldn’t jump to conclusions and stay calm.

Liam on September 28, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Just another example of how religious fanatics are the reason for 99% of the world’s problems.

Moesart on September 28, 2013 at 2:40 PM

You want to be a little more specific, there, Skippy? Thanks to Emperor Narcissus and his Department of “Just-Us”, Christians are lumped into the category of “religious fanatics”. That in spite of the United Nations reporting that roughly 75% of the victims of violence against religions world-wide are Christian. And almost all of that violence is perpetrated by those practitioners of the “Religion of Peace”.

oldleprechaun on September 28, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Unless you are a religious fanatic yourself, you shouldn’t have a problem with what I said.

Moesart on September 28, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Moesart, I agree as long as we agree upon the definition of the term, “Religious Fanatic.” In your world does that term also encompass the likes of Yagoda, Yezhov, Beria, Mao, and Pol Pot? Because as long as it does, I’d be forced to agree with you. After all these Anti-Theists, Marxist Religious Fanatics killed over 100 Million people last Century. Say, who killed more people, not only in gross numbers but per capita, do you think, Moesart, Yezhov or Torquemenda?

JFKY on September 28, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Unless you are a religious fanatic yourself, you shouldn’t have a problem with what I said.

Moesart on September 28, 2013 at 3:32 PM

It’s mean to tell people they suck

WryTrvllr on September 28, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Unless you are a religious fanatic yourself, you shouldn’t have a problem with what I said.

Moesart on September 28, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Nice Passive-Aggressive Response, Skippy, but most of us will just laugh at you for making it? Kinda of like saying, “Only a RACIST would think what I said was racially motivated.”

JFKY on September 28, 2013 at 3:38 PM

We gotta get rid of the CWs, you see, so that the ‘rebels’ can continue on with their ethnic cleansing which is crossing into genocide… all part of the Obama plan and we got a few rah-rahs who came in BACKING the ‘rebels’, too.

Oh, no, they would never, ever work Islamic Jihadists… so we were told.

And yet I point out that arming either ‘side’ is just going to get a lot of defenseless people killed. Why not arm the defenseless, instead, so they aren’t, you know, defenseless any more? That logic is far too simple, I guess.

ajacksonian on September 28, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Oh and say Moesart, who’s killed more Americans, Jerry Falwell/Pat Robertson or Gosnell? Who’s killed more people as a group, Christians or Planned Parenthood, going on 30 million babies killed now, right?

JFKY on September 28, 2013 at 3:41 PM

I suspect Moesart will be leaving now, having left his/her little calling cards and thinking discretion is the better part of valour.

JFKY on September 28, 2013 at 3:41 PM

On Topic, I really doubt this story…Until our Syrian “Expert” Doctor Elizabeth O’Bagy confirms it I’m not buying that this happened. Someone call Senator McCain and get him to put out a statement would you?

JFKY on September 28, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Moesart on September 28, 2013

There’s always one that just can’t seem to scratch that itch.

Cleombrotus on September 28, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Unless you are a religious fanatic yourself, you shouldn’t have a problem with what I said.

Moesart on September 28, 2013 at 3:32 PM

7th grade logic.

Actually, communism slaughtered more than a hundred million people last century. But I suppose that’s a form of religion?

John the Libertarian on September 28, 2013 at 3:46 PM

The Maaloula survivors, speaking out for the first time, said that the Free Syria Army troops were as one with the al-Nusra warriors.

Impossible. John McCain said that they are Jeffersonian democrats with a PR problem (extremists in their midst). That Allahu Akbar is just Islamic for “have a nice day.” And most problematic, that these are the good guys we should be arming. And we just learned that McCain has hired the attractive 26-year-old fraud that lobbys for the FSA.

John McCain should be put out to pasture. Since he will not go quietly into the night, he should be ignored as the irrelevant senile RINO he has become.

Happy Nomad on September 28, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Why not arm the defenseless, instead, so they aren’t, you know, defenseless any more? That logic is far too simple, I guess.

ajacksonian on September 28, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Liberals are incapable of realizing that. They have always said the the more people who have guns, the greater will be the violence; every city will be like the Wild West (never mind that has never happened…the Wild West wasn’t even the Wild West as movies show it).

Liberals are truly more concerned about keeping the law-abiding defenseless than they are about disarming street thugs and gangs in American cities. The same goes in places like Syria.

Maybe if liberals didn’t arm the jihadis, the violence would stop. The jihadis, after all, are the aggressors. Armed Christians wouldn’t be apt to use their weapons to launch genocidal attacks like Muslims often do.

Liam on September 28, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Just another example of how religious fanatics are the reason for 99% of the world’s problems.

Moesart on September 28, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Wouldn’t that depend on how you define the world’s problems?

Happy Nomad on September 28, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Is the US arming or in any way giving aid to the people who are doing these atrocities?

steel guy on September 28, 2013 at 3:50 PM

7th grade logic.

Actually, communism slaughtered more than a hundred million people last century. But I suppose that’s a form of religion?

John the Libertarian on September 28, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Hey, stop quoting history. They don’t teach that to liberals anymore. No fair.

WryTrvllr on September 28, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Religious Extremism.

nobar on September 28, 2013 at 3:51 PM

John McCain should be put out to pasture. Since he will not go quietly into the night, he should be ignored as the irrelevant senile RINO he has become.

Happy Nomad on September 28, 2013 at 3:47 PM

The Pravada edition US is glad to put McLame in front of the cameras to spew his liberal ideology.

redguy on September 28, 2013 at 3:52 PM

The Pravada edition US is glad to put McLame in front of the cameras to spew his liberal ideology.

redguy on September 28, 2013 at 3:52 PM

While at the same time trying to convince Conservatives he’s a conservative — the same way Joe Scarborough the other morning called himself a conservative.

Liam on September 28, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Religious fanaticism is fanaticism.

I would argue that atheism and political correctness are also religious fanaticism. Because, that’s precisely the way they approach things. Calling the cops and a lawyer because there is a Christmas tree at the courthouse? Really? Declaring war on people because they won’t applaud all things gay 24/7? Same silliness.

Religion isn’t a problem. Most religious people aren’t a problem at all.

Fanatics are a problem and I see quite a few of them around here. I wouldn’t say they would cut someone’s head off, but they definitely would use the power of government to shove their religion down everyone’s throat if they could. They try it every day. Freedom for thee, but not for me.

Good thing the Founding Fathers wrote a document about that.

Moesart on September 28, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Moesart on September 28, 2013 at 3:55 PM

. I wouldn’t say they would cut someone’s head off, but they definitely would use the power of government to shove their religion Tolerance of stupidity and depravity down everyone’s throat if they could. They try it every day. Freedom for thee, but not for me.

I think that fits better

WryTrvllr on September 28, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Terrorist fighters with an Al Qaeda-affiliated group in Syria seized weapons and other supplies meant for the secular Syrian Supreme Military Council, U.S. State Department and other western officials confirmed to TheBlaze.

Resist We Much on September 28, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Gee that happened in Libya too. Am I the only one that sees a pattern?

Zero is turning AQ into a serious threat.

dogsoldier on September 28, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Zero is turning AQ into a serious threat.

dogsoldier on September 28, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Oh wait! You mean they’re already serious? Someone should tell Obama.

dogsoldier on September 28, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Good thing the Founding Fathers wrote a document about that.

Moesart on September 28, 2013 at 3:55 PM

It would be a good thing if Zero would stop wiping his ass with it.

dogsoldier on September 28, 2013 at 4:36 PM

I apologize for the vulgarity. The situation warrants it.

dogsoldier on September 28, 2013 at 4:37 PM

the same way Joe Scarborough the other morning called himself a conservative.

Liam on September 28, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Hey he has a 13-year-old rating from the Conservative Union that proves his conservative creds. Just before he had to suddenly resign from Congress “to spend more time with the family” shortly after a woman was found dead in his office.

Happy Nomad on September 28, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Zero is turning AQ into a serious threat.

dogsoldier on September 28, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Remember when we fought Al Qaeda and terrorist instead of arming them, sitting down to negotiate with them, and excusing their actions as workplace violence? Good times. Good times.

Happy Nomad on September 28, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Happy Nomad on September 28, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Yeah, good times. Now we give them anti tank weapons, hum vees M16 A2′s, M4′s (I read today) and night vision gear.

No background check required. Now If I bought that stuff the BATFE would be here in a New York minute.

dogsoldier on September 28, 2013 at 4:49 PM

dogsoldier on September 28, 2013 at 4:33 PM

This was a play on a common saying I read about from the Stalin era of the USSR.

dogsoldier on September 28, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Fanatics are a problem and I see quite a few of them around here. I wouldn’t say they would cut someone’s head off, but they definitely would use the power of government to shove their religion down everyone’s throat if they could. They try it every day. Freedom for thee, but not for me.

Good thing the Founding Fathers wrote a document about that.

Moesart on September 28, 2013 at 3:55 PM

That’s your opinion but it means nothing if you can’t back up your opinion.

Who, here, would use the power of government to shove their religion down everyone’s throat?

99% of the world’s problems are caused by religious fanatics? I agree that a fanatic of anything can cause problems but where do you get 99% applied to the religious fanatic.

Vince on September 28, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Yeah, good times. Now we give them anti tank weapons, hum vees M16 A2′s, M4′s (I read today) and night vision gear.

dogsoldier on September 28, 2013 at 4:49 PM

But we are not, repeat NOT, giving them AR-15 assault shotguns!

Seriously, you’re right. This administration has no problem arming Mexican drug cartels or Al Qaeda. But you and I are assumed to be a criminal for even suggesting that we have civil rights under the Second Amendment.

Happy Nomad on September 28, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Obama and liberals hate Christians.

watertown on September 28, 2013 at 2:39 PM

I don’t see both of them as hating Christians as much as hating christian orthodoxy.

Gatekeeper on September 28, 2013 at 5:13 PM

I really hate Muslims. I was just sitting here reading one of the few articles (the MSM won’t report this) about how the hostages in the Kenya attack were brutally tortured – castrated, raped to death, fingers, noses and hears pulled off by pliers, bodies on hooks, childrens’ bodies found in refrigerators with knives in them, heads cut off and thrown out windows – and now I read this. When are we going to start fighting back our war with Muslims???? How many of us have to die and be tortured??? I spit on Islam and every Muslim.

WhatSlushfund on September 28, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Fanatics are a problem and I see quite a few of them around here. I wouldn’t say they would cut someone’s head off, but they definitely would use the power of government to shove their religion down everyone’s throat if they could.

Moesart on September 28, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Name them.

(Starts sundial stopwatch)

Del Dolemonte on September 28, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Obama and liberals hate Christians.

watertown on September 28, 2013 at 2:39 PM

I don’t see both of them as hating Christians as much as hating christian orthodoxy.

Gatekeeper on September 28, 2013 at 5:13 PM

2012

Democrats boo vote to restore ‘God’

Delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte today booed, jeered and shook their fists when the chairman, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, declared that an amendment to the party’s platform that restored a mention of God had been adopted.

…You were saying?

Del Dolemonte on September 28, 2013 at 5:26 PM

…for some reason…JugEars is quiet about Christian’s dying!
…and can’t anybody shut Senator Senile up?…is his wife senile too?

KOOLAID2 on September 28, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Happy Nomad on September 28, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Yep.

…and can’t anybody shut Senator Senile up?…is his wife senile too?

KOOLAID2 on September 28, 2013 at 5:27 PM

He just hired his gal pal, O’Bagy and they are too busy telling everyone the rebels are moderate secularists who have deeply held democratic convictions!

In other words, go muslim or die. McSenile is an amazing disgrace.

dogsoldier on September 28, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Just another example of how religious fanatics are the reason for 99% of the world’s problems.

Unless you are a religious fanatic yourself, you shouldn’t have a problem with what I said.

Only a Sith thinks in absolutes!

StubbleSpark on September 28, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Freedom for thee, but not for me.

Moesart on September 28, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Einstein got the quote backwards.

John the Libertarian on September 28, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Just another example of how religious fanatics are the reason for 99% of the world’s problems.

Moesart on September 28, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Really?

Mao

Stalin

Napoleon

Hitler

Pol Pot

Mussolini

Ted Bundy

hawkdriver on September 28, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Bunchy McCain’s disdain for Syrian Christians and overt tolerance for Islamist murderers comes as something of a surprise to me. As little respect as I have for Bunchy as a thinking man, I thought at least he had normal human sympathies and a vague acceptance of Christian values.

Clearly I was mistaken.

Jaibones on September 28, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Thanks for reporting on this. The leftist mass media doesn’t want to know.

David Blue on September 28, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Actually, communism slaughtered more than a hundred million people last century. But I suppose that’s a form of religion?

John the Libertarian on September 28, 2013 at 3:46 PM

That depends on whether you consider communism a non-theist humanist religion. I do. All the same, I’d say that outside of Islam, belief in God or a god, whatever you want to call him, is not a malign influence.

gryphon202 on September 29, 2013 at 2:01 AM

I really hate Muslims. I was just sitting here reading one of the few articles (the MSM won’t report this) about how the hostages in the Kenya attack were brutally tortured – castrated, raped to death, fingers, noses and hears pulled off by pliers, bodies on hooks, childrens’ bodies found in refrigerators with knives in them, heads cut off and thrown out windows – and now I read this. When are we going to start fighting back our war with Muslims???? How many of us have to die and be tortured??? I spit on Islam and every Muslim.

WhatSlushfund on September 28, 2013 at 5:13 PM

There are thousands of dead Muslim women and children as well murdered by the same fanatics in many countries.

It’s beyond my comprehension how a man can sit back and let these criminals brutalize his own family members, friends and fellow citizens. If decent Muslims armed themselves and organized, they could bring these thugs down rather quickly. The terrorists don’t have a corner on the Koran interpretation market. Why do they let them dictate what their religion means? If their beliefs are so important to them, why let a few gangs tell them what to believe and get away with it?

Maybe they truly don’t give a damn as long as they’re unharmed? Just don’t know…

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 29, 2013 at 2:57 AM

Maaloula, Sudan, East Timor, here in America, Judeo-Christian beliefs are being persecuted by default. Nothing new since biblical times, and as predicted by Christ–they will persecute us for daring to follow the source of all goodness and truth.

Don L on September 29, 2013 at 6:47 AM

dogsoldier on September 28, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Wow. Fast and Furious on steroids laced with meth.

Just wow.

BigAlSouth on September 29, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Too bad the Crusaders didn’t finish what they started.

Kissmygrits on September 29, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Christians in Maaloula report in interviews that their neighbors took part in the religious cleansing:

Much like the KGB, Gestapo, Stasi, and Democrats – pick one.
BillyJeff Clinton did what he could to eradicate Christians in the Balkans so that Islamists could seize control. It runs in the Leftist Family.
It’s time for a real “Crusade”, one from the air this time against the real bad guys and one that castrates the planet’s enemy – Islam.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on September 29, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Just another example of how religious fanatics are the reason for 99% of the world’s problems. Moesart on September 28, 2013 at 2:40 PM

What’s the cause of most of your problems? Mainly, you. Let’s say, 51% of your problems were caused by you. Same as me. And I would guess that you’re irreligious.

If what you said is true, you and I are way more screwed up than most people, because only 1% of their problems are caused by themselves.

Akzed on September 29, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Freedom for thee, but not for me. Moesart on September 28, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Einstein got the quote backwards. John the Libertarian on September 28, 2013 at 7:24 PM

I’d bet that’s a recurring problem with this dood.

Akzed on September 29, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Maybe they truly don’t give a damn as long as they’re unharmed? Just don’t know…

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 29, 2013 at 2:57 AM

The “terrorists” “Islamisticists” “Al-Q” or whatever you want to misrepresent Allahs holy warriors with, are doing what comes naturally to them through the koran. They are doing gods work. The “moderates” or “the stay at home Muslims” as Mohammed called them, know the Mujahedin are right and righteous and cannot in good conscious deny them. Islam is a simple rigid structure that allows for no dissent or reform. If Satan himself wished to write a manual on destroying love, knowledge and the human spirit, he couldn’t have done better than Mohammed.

BL@KBIRD on September 29, 2013 at 11:33 AM