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Thursday, 21 February 2019

Being Young in Macron's France

Since the beginning of the Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes)  movement, many of its patriotic demonstrators have been injured, one of them the lovely, 20 y.o.  Fiorina Lignier, who hails from Amiens. She  came to Paris to demonstrate on 8 December last. Touched in the face, the young woman lost her left eye. In this video she gives her testimony to RT France who published it on 13 February 2019.

Thank you to Dymphna at Gates of Vienna for this beautiful song:

PS: You can see more about the Gilets Jaunes / Yellow Vests by clicking here.  And there will be more to come when my problems with the Internet are fixed. 

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Being old in Macron's France

Yes Virginia ! 
Real poverty does exist in France ! 

This is the translation of a video, from memory posted by a member of the Yellow Vest movement, that has meanwhile been deleted, so I cannot link to the original. It shows one of the reasons, the French have taken to the streets, some participating in demonstrations, the others in search of food.

The following video comes from here. I do not know who translated this most touching song by Jacques Brel, so I cannot attribute it to the so far anonymous translator/subtitler. If s/he comes across this post, I shall acknowledge her/him with thanks. 



Monday, 11 February 2019

The PLO pay islamic terrorists with Western Cash

Pierre Rehov, Israeli filmmaker, asks: 

"How many innocent women, children, have to be taken before the world finally sees the Palestinian cause for what it is? A racist, destructive project which only leads to more human sacrifices."


A friend once said to me:  "Islam has real difficulties to justify itself on philosophical and moral grounds". Watching the following video by Pierre Rehov, I would answer my friend that one could add "aesthetic grounds". I feel the same when I watch these repulsively ugly "pro-Palestinian-Arab-Terrorism" marches by allegedly "civilised" Westerners in our own streets and the political condoning, even financing of such islamic terrorism by our "Western" politicians.

Pierre Rehov introduces the video: 

"The reason why there is not peace between Israel and Arabs of Palestine? Palestinian authority incitement! How can you make peace with people who want you gone or dead for religious reasons?"

They "... will not feel sorry for any Israeli child and will not regret even if it is a nursery full of kids" as one of these Palestinian aka Arab-Muslim child-killers shamelessly states towards the end of the video (min 7.30+) 


The following song "Red" was composed by a local  teacher and has been taught to hundreds of Jewish schoolchildren within firing range of Gaza's rockets to help them deal with the fear and trauma of having 15 seconds to run for cover when the Colour Red siren sounds.



Saturday, 9 February 2019

Germany: the go-to place for Criminals

The following "Open Letter to Angela Merkel from a Syrian refugee" (with commentary)  was published on 31. 1. 2019 by RT Deutschland

I think it deserves a wider readership, so I translated it for you: 

   "Dear Federal Chancellor"  

Open letter from a Syrian refugee

Followers of the "Free Syrian Army" protest before the Reichstag in Berlin 17. 12. 2016
Picture source: www.globallookpress.com

The Syrian dentist Majd Abboud fled to Germany at the end of 2015. In an open letter to the Chancellor, he expressed his thanks for the welcome, but does not see the necessary conditions for integration as being fulfilled. One reason for this is Germany's policy towards Syria.

Dr. Majd Abboud turned to RT Deutsch with the request to publish an open letter he had written to the Chancellor. Prior to this, the Syrian refugee had already written to numerous other media in this matter, but never received a positive reply - if he got an answer at all.

After the Saarbrücker Zeitung published a guest article by him last year, the 42-year-old was exposed to numerous hostilities and threats - including from compatriots who support the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

Below, the translation of  Dr. Majd Abboud's open letter to Angela Merkel.

"Dear Chancellor,

Since the end of your term of office is in sight, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you most sincerely for helping me and my fellow countrymen in need and opening your country to people fleeing war and terror. You have saved us a great deal of suffering, we are safe here and have the opportunity to live in peace. In addition, I have always found it a great opportunity for us Syrians to get to know a new culture in Europe and through contact with Europeans, opening up new perspectives for us and enabling us to broaden our horizons.

Unfortunately, I have learned that the conditions for genuine integration were scarcely in place and still are not today, after three years. Rather, I perceived the so-called integration as a one-way street: Germany was very accommodating to the fugitives, but did not demand any concessions from them in return. The situation was made more difficult by the fact that the German identity is hardly noticeable to immigrants. It seems as if the country is ashamed of it and therefore has difficulties communicating its values.

In stark contrast to this, it should be noted that many refugees have an exaggerated, often radical sense of belonging to Islam which has often already caused problems for the state and society in Syria. I was full of hope that you, Mrs Merkel, would succeed in enabling peaceful coexistence between and/or with immigrants, which we have not achieved in Syria because of an increasing radicalisation and Western investment in political Islam.

There has always been much speculation about your motives, and the answer to this question has usually been that you acted out of humanity and Christian charity. But if we are talking about humanity, then you should have ended the sanctions you recently extended against Syria. Because for years millions of people who cannot or do not want to leave their homeland have been and are still suffering from them. After all, these people also deserve charity. In a genuine democracy, for which you always campaign, these people too should be allowed to have their political opinion without being punished.

Sanctions include medicines and medical aids, such as prostheses, which are urgently needed after a war. Nor should the children who starve or die violently every day in Yemen be hidden. And instead of sending them food or medicine, you deliberately and willingly allow the supply of tanks and grenades and even have  Saudi soldiers trained by German experts so that they can kill even more people there.

Is this a Christian policy, as it would correspond to your party name? (*) Obviously, the profit of German arms companies is more important to the German government than Christian values with which one likes to adorn oneself.

At the end of September, I read with great interest that a supporter of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), which the Western media likes to call "moderate", had been convicted of war crimes in Düsseldorf. He had kidnapped, tortured and murdered people in Aleppo as a member of a militia. I very much welcome the fact that measures are finally being taken to identify the terrorists who fled to this country (Germany). Do you think, Mrs Merkel, that this was an isolated case?

I have long pointed out that many criminals with radical views are among the refugees, and that Germany should act urgently. It is precisely when we talk about intercultural encounters that radicals and criminals pose a serious threat to integration and to the host country. They damage the reputation of every migrant, promote prejudices and make life more difficult for refugees who are willing to integrate as well as for "those who have been living here for some time" (**).

The German government has closed its eyes to this for far too long and played down this radical mentality in both Germany and Syria. And (the German Government) thus conveyed the message to the radicals that they can count on Western support, that they can commit any crime in Syria and still always get protection in Germany. As a result, Germany has become an escape destination for criminals. (my bolds)

Is that what you wanted to "achieve"? (***)

Recently you expressed concern about the situation of the people in Idlib. It has to be said that Idlib is home to the worst jihadists who have not yet been prepared to lay down their weapons. Among them are the FSA, Al-Nusra and IS fighters, but also fighters and jihadists from Afghanistan, Chechnya and about 3000 Chinese Uighurs. And it was precisely these terrorists who attacked the northwestern districts of Aleppo with chemical weapons on Saturday, 24 November 2018. According to the latest information, at least 107 people were wounded as a result. In September, these groups also attacked the small predominantly Christian town of Mhardeh not far from Idlib, killing twelve people.

And instead of helping us disarm these groups, you send them 50 million euros of German taxpayers' money to help them commit more atrocities.

The fighters of the Syrian Al-Qaeda offshoot have now taken complete control of the province of Idlib.

Presumably, the federal government has had no previous news either of these "rebels" destroying and desecrating Christian churches in Aleppo and Homs, attacking and conquering minority villages in the province of Latakia and the workers' town of Adra in 2013, beheading men and enslaving women. Already in 2013, two priests from Aleppo were also kidnapped by the "rebels", and to this day nothing is known about their whereabouts. 

It has become more than clear that the German government is on the side of the Islamist "rebels" in Syria. This can be seen, for example, in the media coverage. From Ramstein too weapons were delivered to the "rebels". These so-called rebels are not fighters for freedom or democracy, but Islamists who propagate the Sharia and who do not tolerate a dissenting opinion or way of life, but punish it severely. They are perpetrators who present themselves as victims and are also portrayed as such by the Western side. 

Support for these "rebel groups" is often justified by alleged or threatened attacks on the civilian population. Video recordings and photographs are used as evidence. However, many cases in the past, as well as the incidents in Chemnitz, have shown that such material must be examined and questioned very carefully. In Syria the source is almost always the same, namely the Syrian Human Rights Observatory (SOHR).

This is one single man, an exiled Syrian who has been living in London since 2010, who sympathises with the Muslim Brotherhood and distributes the images to the media. As a result, the Syrian society has been deliberately divided. People were sectarianally pitted and played off against each other. Wouldn't it make sense to take a critical look at this "evidence" before taking a far-reaching decision to form an international coalition and get involved in a war that violates international law?

Even from the alleged weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, which according to Colin Powell and Tony Blair "certainly" existed, one could have learned a lesson from history. 

It is time to admit that the federal government has pursued the wrong policy in Syria and been on  the wrong side. You  see the reason for this, (and this is really sad) in that the federal government is obliged to represent and defend American interests. I call it the "mother of all problems" that only a certain role is envisaged for Germany, that Germany does not have an independent and self-confident foreign policy. 

Dear Mrs Merkel, I know that I am only a Syrian here with an asylum permit. My existence here in Germany is the collateral damage of a senseless war, my voice is all I have now.

And I don't know if my lines will ever reach you, but if you are really concerned about the welfare of Syrians at home and abroad, please lift the sanctions against Syria. 

Set the course for a friendship between the West and the Middle East. End your honeymoon with the radicals, with the terrorists but also with the so-called political Islam, both inside and outside Germany. These are the wrong people to talk to, and that is quite obvious. Stop the supply of arms to war zones and send love, education and culture from the heart of Europe to the people of the Middle East and the world, not conflicts and war equipment.

Mrs Merkel, the world has changed, the power structure has shifted. Please take note of this change and ensure that Germany positions itself correctly for the future. 

Yours sincerely 

Dr. Majd Abboud, Saarbrücken"

(*) Merkel's Party is called CDU which stands for "Christian Democratic Union". 

(**) Alluding to the way, Merkel has described native (bio) Germans whom she differentiates from the recent arrivals merely by calling them: "...die schon länger hier leben" ("...those who have lived here longer")

(***) When some Germans started to show concern at the uncontrolled masses of "refugees" that arrived in Germany over the borders she had, without consultation, opened  in autumn 2015, Merkel said "Wir schaffen das" -  "We will achieve/make  it !"

Thursday, 7 February 2019

A wake-up call


Another Merkel Kapo joins the hunt on the AfD

Behold yet another Merkel Kapo 

And here is  Madame Charlotte Knobloch, actively participating in the defamatory Propaganda a Goebbels would have been proud of against - what I personally consider the only "anständige/decent" political Party in Merkel's  Germany.

You will find more about this at Gates of Vienna  under the title: 

AfD Representatives Accused of Being Nazis, Yet Again

The Federal Association of  Jews in the AfD (*) responded to this affront on 24. January 2019 on their Face Book site with the open letter that I have translated below: 

JAfD is feeling pained.


"Dear friends, dear colleagues, what happened in the Bavarian Parliament - we have no words for that. The entire Federal Association is deeply shocked by the enormous unscrupulous behaviour of Charlotte Knobloch, who, and let me say it directly, 

!! Trampled on the countless graves of dead Jews in the name of today's mainstream agenda!

This woman has as much in common with Jews and neutrality in Germany as we have with the Islamic state - namely nothing at all! We, as JAfD, distance ourselves in the highest form from Charlotte Knobloch and her cohorts!

The occasion is Knobloch's speech in the State Parliament of Bavaria at a commemoration ceremony for the victims of the Nazi regime. In this speech Knobloch strongly attacked the AfD. Among other things she said: "This so-called Alternative for Germany bases its Politics on hatred and exclusion and does not only for me stand on the ground of our democratic constitution.

But the president of the Israeli Kultusgemeinde took it to extremes when she implicitly considered the possibility of a new Holocaust in connection with the AfD. 

In the wording: "It is the responsibility of all of us that the unimaginable must not be allowed to repeat itself".

As a result, most members of the AfD faction, including faction leader Katrin Ebner-Steiner, had had enough and left the plenary hall. Only when Knobloch's speech was over did the deputies return. In the media, this incident is of course once again blamed on the AfD, despite Knobloch's crude verbal attacks and trivialisations at an official Nazi memorial service.

How dare you! Aren't you ashamed of yourself? This impertinence, this disrespectfulness, this stupid and infantile gibberish stuns us!

1. you have LIED MULTIPLE times to the German audience and acted as if we, the Jews in the AfD, were possibly not Jews at all. That is an insolence without equal. You will not determine who is Jewish or not. No rabbi will accept your statements as to who is Jewish or not. You are not empowered to do so and you know it.

2. you have LIED MULTIPLE times to the German audience and claimed that the AfD will create the danger of a new Holocaust. That is a ridiculous LIE!

3. At the same time you have supported the politics of Islamic, Islamist and Islamofascist immigration through the governing parties DIRECTLY e.g. through your patronage of the 'Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk für jüdische Begabtenförderung'. This institute distinguishes itself, among other things, by excluding (!) Jews and by LYING TO the German public! It falsely claims that most attacks on Jews are carried out by right-wing radicals. This is an outrageous lie and endangers the security of the Jewish Germans.

We expect you to behave in a JEWISH manner, i.e. stop LYING!

It has not only shaken us as human beings, as Jews, as Germans, as living beings, as relatives of contemporary witnesses, it has brought us to tears like nothing else could! In the entire career of many of our lives we have never felt so abused as in this moment!

That of all people, who had to endure so much suffering and sorrow, who had to watch their brothers and sisters being ga*ed and shot, you abuse these people in such a way for you shabby smear theatre, shows clearly: You have nothing in common with Jewry in Germany, but absolutely NOTHING! 

Personally, I would be astonished if with your moral compass you could even find your car outside your front door! BE ASHAMED!


We thank our supporters, friends and colleagues for their unreserved sympathy and encouragement in this hideous matter!

We will investigate this matter! 

We will keep you informed! And we will keep at it!

We never give up! We fight! 

For our freedom.

For our democracy. 

For our homeland.

For our country.

For Germany!

Jews in the AfD "

! But wait......there is more ! 

On the 27th January, Prof. Dr. Jörg MeuthenFederal Spokesman for the Alternative for Germany (AfD) published the  article  (translated below) alluding to the "Speech" by Charlotte Knobloch and commenting on the shameful exclusion of his democratically elected Party from the central Holocaust commemoration ceremony in the former Buchenwald concentration camp.

Good Morning, Germany.
This comes from the refusal to engage in dialogue.
Today is Holocaust Memorial Day
But, unfortunately, without our Party.

"Dear readers, today is Holocaust Memorial Day. A day of remembrance as important as it is right, a day on which we do not remember the many bright times in German history, but the darkest and most devastating chapter in history that has ever happened in Germany.

The memory of the monstrous crimes of the Nazi barbarism with millions of people murdered in the most abominable way by the state itself must continue, in remembrance of the innocent victims who were very predominantly of Jewish faith and who were persecuted and cruelly murdered by the Nazis solely because of their faith, as well as a constant reminder that such terrible injustice must never, ever really be repeated.

If some - fortunately not many - ignorant people want to see this differently, it may be covered by the great good of freedom of opinion in our liberal system. With such an attitude, however, they will bite on granite with me, and I say this of course also as Federal Spokesman for the Alternative for Germany for our Party.

Also bite on granite , however, will all those ignorant people in our country, and there are quite a few of them in Germany at present, who think they can associate our Bürgerpartei in any way with National Socialist and anti-Semitic ideas or communicate this slander to other people.

That is - in a word - simply shameful! Such things are as far away from our democratic party based on the rule of law, and also the opposition leader in the German Bundestag, as they are from any other reasonable person in our country.

Let me say to all these ignorant people: Our Bürgerpartei is not anti-Semitic; on the contrary, we are explicitly friends of Jewish life in Germany and affirm this with joy and without any relativization. It is also expressed by the fact that for some time now we have had our own Jewish association within the AfD. We strictly reject any kind of anti-Semitism; where it nevertheless occurs in individual cases, we take resolute action against it.

To exclude our party from today's central commemoration ceremony in the former Buchenwald concentration camp is therefore an abomination.

Such a thing can only happen if one refuses any reasonable dialogue with us and instead paints a distorted picture on the wall - or accepts a picture drawn by others without any checks that in no way corresponds to reality. Unfortunately, quite a few protagonists of the political-media complex in Germany do just that.

Unfortunately, Charlotte Knobloch, the former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, also belongs to this circle. What she said a few days ago in the Bavarian Parliament about our party was consumed by bitterness and completely unreflected prejudices against us to such an extent and so unbelievably inaccurate that every AfD expert, including myself, was speechless with horror at all these insane misjudgements.

Only out of respect for Mrs. Knobloch's old age and her life story do I refuse to make a further personal assessment here.

Our Jewish party members, on the other hand, have clearly expressed their completely understandable, massive offence caused by Mrs Knobloch's speech. You can read their statement, which is also a Jewish testimony anno 2019, here.  (I translated it above)

It is high time (not only for Mrs. Knobloch, but also for many others!).), to finally see what our party really stands for - for example, for fighting not only the disgusting right-wing extremist anti-Semitism, but also the incomparably greater imported anti-Semitism among countless, newly arrived people, who were predominantly socialized in the Arab cultural sphere and in doing so took the hatred of Israel and people of Jewish faith in with their mother's milk, so to speak - and for what we certainly do not stand for, namely all the attitudes that our enemies accuse us of .

This is only possible in an open dialogue - open to results as well - preferably face to face.

Perhaps in the year 2020 it will actually be possible for representatives of all democratic parties represented in parliament to celebrate Holocaust Memorial Day together. It would truly be time!

Time for a worthy commemoration. Time also for peaceful dialogue and discourse with each other. Time for the #AfD."

(*) See also my earlier post: "Jews join conservative German opposition" with one of the most interesting speeches (in German sub-titled in English) well worth listening to. 

Monday, 4 February 2019

About this faux Pope and his Jihad

This is vomit-bucket-filling stuff. And yes, I was brought up catholic and still call myself a catholic agnostic, but this makes me sick, literally. This usurper on the chair of St. Peter, selling out, holding hands, playing footsies with the most deadly persecutors of Christians worldwide today. Pfui Teufel ! (something we say in Bavaria when we are totally disgusted)

Remember Christian mother of five,  Asia Bibi, for nearly a decade on death row for having dared drinking out of a cup reserved for muslims only and for having "insulted" their "prophet", while the supposed Führer of  her church is schmoozing those who tortured her and still want to kill her ? 


About those crusades: 

Question: When did the first crusade begin? 

Answer:  1095

Question:  When did the last (Crusade) end? 

Answer:        1272  

When did the jihad against Christian Europe begin?

Answer:        Around 630

Question:  When did the Jihad end?

Answer:     ???

The above facts come from  the delightful book, "Bunt wie ein Niquab" (Colourful as a niquab) by the brilliant author, Michael Klonosvsky. If you read German, DO buy it.

In an article published in the Gatestone Institute, on February 3, 2019, Giulio Meotti, an Italian journalist, author and Cultural Editor for Il Foglio, writes: 

"Unfortunately, Pope Francis's stance on Islam seems to be coming from a fantasy world."

Here is a slightly shortened form of  Meotti's article which you can read in its totality here.

"Authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence", the Pope claimed, not quite accurately. It is as if all of the Pope's efforts have been directed to exonerating Islam from any of its responsibilities. He seems to have been doing this even more than observant Muslims... 

..."Pope Francis could in no way be ignorant of the heavy problems caused by the expansion... at the very heart of the Christian domain... Let us note this again... the last religion that arrived in Europe has an intrinsic impediment to integrating into the European framework that is fundamentally Judeo-Christian..." – Boualem Sansal, Algerian author, in his best-selling book "2084."

Pope Francis now faces the potential risk of a Christian world physically swallowed by the Muslim crescent -- as on the Vatican logo chosen for the Pope's upcoming trip to Morocco (*). It is time the appeasement is replaced:

4,305 Christians were killed simply because their Christian faith in 2018. This is the dramatic number contained in the new "World Watch List 2019" just compiled by the non-governmental organization Open Doors. It reveals that in 2018, there were 1,000 more Christian victims -- 25% more -- than the year before, when there were 3,066.

These days, 245 million Christians in the world are apparently persecuted simply for their faith. Last November, The organization Aid to the Church in Need released its "Religious Freedom Report" for 2018 and reached the a similar conclusion: 300 million Christians were subjected to violence. Christianity, despite stiff competition, has been called "the most persecuted religion in the world".

In March 2019, Pope Francis will travel to Morocco, a country also listed in the Open Doors' watch list. Unfortunately, Pope Francis's stance on Islam seems to be coming from a fantasy world. The persecution of Christians is now an international crisis. Consider what happened to Christians in the Muslim world during just the last couple of months:

 A policeman was killed trying to defuse a bomb outside a Coptic church in Egypt. Before that, seven Christians were murdered by religious extremists during a pilgrimage. Then a mass grave was discovered in Libya containing the remains of 34 Ethiopian Christians killed by jihadists affiliated with the Islamic State. The Iranian regime, in severe new crackdowns, arrested more than 109 Christians. The Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi, three months after being exonerated for "blasphemy"and released from death row, still lives as a "prisoner": her former neighbors still want to put her to death. In Mosul, which was Iraq's center for Christians, there was a "Christmas without Christians", and in Iraq in general, 80% of the Christians have disappeared.

"The stubborn silence of European leaders on the question of religions, Islam in particular, astonishes and disappoints", wrote the Algerian novelist Boualem Sansal recently.

"Their attitude is simply irresponsible, suicidal, and even criminal...in the current context marked by [a] dizzying expansion... It's like living at the foot of an angry volcano and not understanding that it is preparing to erupt".

Sansal, who has been threatened with death by Islamists in France, as in Algeria, wrote "2084", a best-seller. In it, he writes that Pope Francis's stance on the Muslim world is similar to that of the Western leaders:

"Pope Francis could in no way be ignorant of the heavy problems caused by the expansion of radical Islam in the world and at the very heart of the Christian domain... Let us note this again... the last religion that arrived in Europe, has an intrinsic impediment to integrating into the European fundamentally Judeo-Christian framework, even if this referent, over the past centuries, has eroded."

...Pope Francis did manage to explain that the "idea of conquest" is integral to Islam as a religion, but quickly added that one might interpret Christianity the same way. "Authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence", the Pope claimed, not quite accurately. He also not quite accurately remarked that "Islam is a religion of peace, one which is compatible with respect for human rights and peaceful coexistence." It is as if all of the Pope's efforts have been directed to exonerating Islam from any of its responsibilities...

...Christianity is at the risk of "extinction" in the Middle East, noted the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby:

"Hundreds of thousands have been forced from their homes. Many have been killed, enslaved and persecuted or forcibly converted. Even those who remain ask the question, 'Why stay?' The Christian population of Iraq, for instance, is less than half what it was in 2003 and their churches, houses and businesses have been damaged or destroyed. The Syrian Christian population has halved since 2010. As a result, across the region Christian communities that were the foundation of the universal Church now face the threat of imminent extinction."

The West has betrayed its Christians friends in the East (such as here and here). The West might well ask: What are the Vatican and the Pope doing to fight this new religious persecution?

Criticism has already come from the Catholic world. "Just as he has little anxiety about the wave of church closings, Francis seems to have little anxiety about the Islamization of Europe", wrote the US Catholic columnist William Kilpatrick.

"Indeed, as evidenced by his encouragement of mass migration, he seems to have no objection to Islamization. Either because he truly believes the false narrative that Islam is a religion of peace, or because he believes that the self-fulfilling prophecy strategy will create a more moderate Islam, Francis seems to be at peace with the fact that Islam is spreading rapidly. Whether Francis has been misinformed about Islam or whether he has adopted a strategy of misinformation, he is taking a huge gamble—not only with his own life, but with the lives of millions".

...Pope Benedict XVI, in his address at Regensburg, said what no Pope had ever dared to say before -- that there is a specific link between violence and Islam. To illustrate his case, Benedict cited a 14th-century dialogue between a Byzantine Christian emperor, Manuel II Paleologus, and a Persian scholar, about the concept of violence in Islam: "Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things.. .such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached", Benedict quoted the emperor as saying to his Muslim interlocutor.

Another Pope, John Paul II, also expressed concerns. During a meeting in 1992, Mgr Mauro Longhi, who, while still a student, often accompanied the late Pope on hiking trips says, John Paul II told of an "Islamist invasion" of Europe.

"The Pope told me: 'Tell this to those whom you will meet in the Church of the third millennium. I see the Church afflicted by a mortal wound. More profound, more painful than those of this millennium,' referring to Communism and Nazi totalitarianism. 'It is called Islamism. They will invade Europe. I have seen the hordes come from the West to the East,' and then told to me each country one by one: from Morocco to Libya to Egypt, and so on till the East.

"The Holy Father added: 'They will invade Europe, Europe will be like a basement, old relics, shadows, cobwebs. Family heirlooms. You, the Church of the third millennium, must contain the invasion. Not with armies, armies will not be enough, but with your faith, lived with integrity."

John Paul II's vision resembles a continuation of Islam's historic campaign in the Christian lands: 

"In 637, the Islamic army seized Jerusalem, twice holy, then the heart of the entire Middle East, the historic center of Christianity", wrote the Algerian novelist Boualem Sansal. He went on to describe "the irresistible progression of Islam to the West: the Judeo-Christian North Africa, which immediately converted; Catholic Spain, which was annexed at the beginning of the VIII century; Byzantium, which they took in 1453; [then] to Vienna, which they besieged in 1529...".

Pope Francis now faces the potential risk of a Christian world physically swallowed by the Muslim crescent -- as on the Vatican logo chosen for the Pope's upcoming trip to Morocco. It is time the appeasement is replaced.

(*) THAT Vatican logo for the forthcoming Pope's visit to Morocco

The official logo of the Pope’s visit to Morocco in March was chosen from about 50 entries in a competition. An explanatory note accompanying the logo's release says that a cross and a crescent in the logo are symbols of Christianity and Islam which highlight the inter religious relations between Christians and Muslims.

Apart from anything else that disturbs me in this is the absence of Judaism...but, personally, if I was Jewish, I would not accept the invitation by those two, if such would have been offered, not for the time being at least. 

Captions read:
And that's a Boss?
How embarrassing!
The more I humiliate myself, the more they will love me....

When Bavaria came to Rome to pay homage to Pope Benedict XVI, who was born in Bavaria, and who, for me, remains the Pope until he dies. Does he look to you like a Pope who would break a century-old tradition and "resign" voluntarily? He never wanted the job, but once he accepted it, to fulfil the expressed wishes of his friend and predecessor, Pope Paul II, he would drink this chalice to the very end. Pope Benedict XVI is not a quitter. I will always keep wondering: who pushed him out, and why and how...

This was the devotional Bavarian yodel, followed by the Pope's Blessing and the Bavarian Anthem. The Bavarians had travelled to Rome to celebrate the birthday of Pope Benedict XVI .