• "They are driving us out of the Middle East," declared Pope Francis on returning from Turkey.
  • "[I]t would be beautiful if all Islamic leaders, whether they are political, religious or academic leaders, would speak out clearly and condemn this because this would help the majority of Muslim people." — Pope Francis, counseling Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
  • While this welcoming stance is in keeping with the fundamental beliefs of the Catholic faith, the Pope as the "Good Shepherd" has an obligation to protect his flock from the militants among the refugees.
  • Within the Catholic Church, there also exists a sub-dominant counter-melody that warns about Islamic hostility to the values of Judeo-Christian civilization.
  • Cardinal Sarah targets what he refers to as "Islam's pseudo-family values which legitimize polygamy, female subservience, sexual slavery, and child marriage."
  • At some point, the Catholic Church might raise the issue of persecution of Christian minorities in Muslim-majority countries at international fora such as the United Nations. The Church also could publicly ask Muslims of good will to express their solidarity with the persecuted and request international organizations to intervene to protect Christians.
  • Given the centuries of hostility between Christendom and dar-al-Islam (the World of Islam), the Vatican's caution may be understandable, but is ill-advised and no longer tenable.

Perhaps, in the light of the harm dhimmitude can do to both civic life and faith, the Catholic Church might re-assess its stance toward Islam from one of friendly engagement to cautionary disengagement. As radical jihadists continue to martyr Christians throughout the world, such a re-evaluation of Islam by the Vatican seems appropriate.

According to the Shari'a once Muslims conquer territory, it is theirs forever. All agreements with Muslims can only be temporary until the Muslim muster the power needed to take back all lands that used to be Muslim. Welcome to the reality of Islam, whether we want to see it or not.

The Koran is so imbued with anti-Jew hatred, it is nigh impossible for Islam to be recognizable to its adherents without its many anti-Semitic passages. Moreover, the Koran is professed to be the very words of Allah as relayed through the Angel, Jibril (Gabriel) to Muhammad. However, these condemnatory references to the Jewish race also serve another familiar purpose exhibited by other totalitarian ideologies. This is the need of ideology for a scapegoat to generate the negative passions of “true believers” to explain their wretched conditions. A scapegoat also serves the purpose of obscuring objectionable and fallacious precepts of any given ideology.

Decades of predictions forecasting the imminent demise of “qadiyyah mustana,” the artificial entity called Jordan, all proved incorrect. Against all odds, both the Jordanian state and its Hashemite monarchial dynasty have not only survived but thrived. However, a perfect storm of domestic and foreign developments now are coalescing to make Abdullah, the last king of Jordan.

Iran’s Supreme National Security Council admitted today that Tehran is permitting Russian military aircraft to stage operations against Syrian rebels from an Iranian airbase.  Satellite photography previously confirmed Russian military aircraft on the tarmac of Iran’s Shahid Nojeh Airfield in 2015. 

However, this is the first time that Tehran is publically confirming that it is allowing advanced Russian long range bombers to use its main air base in Hamadan Province.