About

I am a retired nurse. I started reading about Islamic Jihad after 9/11. After going to conferences and speaking engagements on the subject I began to connect with others and started sharing what I had learned.

I started this blog in response to the frequently asked questions, “Where can I go to learn more?” and “What action can be taken?”

This blog is mainly a news aggregating site but will also include an extensive library of resources for studying Islam and networking with other Counter Jihad activists.

My Interest in Islamic Jihad stems from the 1983 Hezbollah truck bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut in which my cousin, Ken Haas, was killed. He and his wife of one year had just finished lunch in Ken’s office at the Embassy and kissed good-bye. She had driven back to their apartment where she heard the explosion. After several agonizing  days of waiting while rescuers sifted through the wreckage it was finally revealed that Ken had died instantly at his desk.

In all, 63 people were killed, 17 of whom were Americans. The entire U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Middle Eastern contingent was killed setting our intelligence back for years. Ken was the station chief at the time. Hezbollah had ushered in a new era of tactical suicide bombings that continue to this day.

I have always wondered why the media usually only mentions the marine barracks bombing by Hezbollah in 1983. I want people to remember the Embassy bombing because that was really the beginning of this era of suicide bombings. I also find it sad that so many Foreign service workers who have lost their lives in the service of their country are not remembered and honored due to the classified nature of their work. An investigative journalist named Ted Gup wrote “The Book Of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives“. It is available in its entirety online here. The details surrounding the 1983 Embassy bombing episode with personal accounts of those involved, including my cousin Ken, are here.

In 2005 Iran was found to be responsible for the Embassy truck bombing and therefore liable for damages in a lawsuit filed by the victim’s family members. A record of the court testimony can be found online here. It contains a gripping, actual account of the impact this has had on members of my family, as recorded in their own words. It also contains heartwarming remembrances of Ken, giving an idea of the kind of person he was.  Pages 104 – 126 deal with Ken’s surviving family member’s testimony. His wife, Allison’s testimony is on pages 109 – 117; his only son, Alex’s testimony is on pages 117 – 121; and his father, Gene’s testimony is on pages 121 – 126.

This site is dedicated to the memory of my cousin, Kenneth Haas.

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27 thoughts on “About

  1. I love this site and its honesty. I only wish more Muslims had the tolerance non-Muslims have. It would be a more peaceful world. An example of their intolerance. Some Muslims, not all, of course) react violently to freedom of expression: I recently wrote a novel (available at Amazon and Kindle), “The Prophetess of Islam.” It is *fiction* but it is favorable and encouraging to Muslim women! Unfortunately, some Muslims have taken issue with the fact my main character is woman (and lesbian) and has been approached in person by Allah via the angel Gabriel and Prophet Muhammad to change (i.e. improve) the way Islam treats women and say modern Islam is not what Allah intended when it was founded. I have received hate email from a video I created for the book (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH7QGnpRlbU)

    For Muslims living in America, you are welcome to stay, live, work, have kids, and practice your faith, but you are in America. We have a Constitution, a Bill of Rights, and legal precedent that works for us. If you don’t like it and can’t live within our framework of law and culture, go elsewhere. Long live freedom of speech and religion!

    • Thank you for the compliment Gary. The excerpt of your book on Amazon was very interesting and well written. A new messenger for Islam would be a wonderful thing. I think the closest we have at the moment to a real life new messenger is Malala Yousafzai

      • Islam is a doctrine of intolerance, emotional dissociation, enforced submission and conquest. To describe Malala as a messenger of Islam is therefore not appropriate because her “message” is opposition to intolerance and conquest.

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  3. A comment to Gary Nelson – yesterday I was searching on-line for a Western feminist analysis of Sharia Law and the image of women constructed by Islam. I could find none! Apparently, Western Feminism sees itself as a typical left wing movement that supports any regime which hates the USA! Therefore they consider male chauvinist Islam as the victim, despite the fact that everything they stand for would be condemned under Sharia Law. I realized we are dealing with Academic Political Correctness whose lingua franca is Victimology and is as tyrannical as Sharia Law and the Communist Manifesto. Witness the present Administration!

    • Feminists are mentally and emotionally unhealthy people who have such a bad relationship with their own fathers that they compulsively seek to negativise all men. There are number of men who describe themselves as “feminist” who also have serious identity issues and who are thus acting out.

  4. Your posting was very thoughtful. Ken and I were friends in Beirut. Until the bombing, we had good, bad, and crazy times. After the bombing they were mostly bad. Our personal tragedy has become just a footnote in today’s daily reporting on terrorism. Regardless, Ken is in my thoughts whenever I think of Beirut. He’s not forgotten.

  5. Thank you for your comment Jim. I’ve met several people through this blog who knew or worked with Ken and it always gives me an emotional tug. If you want to share anything privately use the contact form.

  6. Ken Haas was one of my Philosophy professors at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. I have never met a person who was able to take an argument apart with such clarity and speed. I really appreciated his wisdom and and abilities. While the
    CIA lost a valuable “asset”, the US lost a brilliant individual and thinker.

    • How fascinating Ken Haas would choose to be both a philosophy professor and then opt to become a member of our CIA! I hadn’t realized we’d lost so many members of our Beirut CIA section in that bombing. I’m sure there was intrinsic strategic value to not acknowledging so many American intelligence operatives of significance lost their lives in that incident and it wasn’t an intentional oversight.

  7. We have a lot in common. I am a registered nurse, an activist and a Desert Storm Vet of the USMC. I stood colorguard at the 10th anniversary, I believe, of the Beirut Bombing at Camp Johnson in NC. Thank you and peace be with you!

  8. Thank you for your effort for this very valuable, extensive, & informative work.

    I am a muslim and my greatest fear is not from Jews or Judaism; Christians or Christianity; Liberals or Democrats nor Republicans or Conservatives.

    My greatest fear is the Islamic extremists & the Wahabbi whack jobs funded by the governments of Sheikhdoms and charities of the Arab Persian Gulf countries; i. e. Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, Oman, and very specifically the House of Saud & Saudi Arabia and that slim of humanity that call themselves Muslim/Religious/Islamic Scholars of the House of Saud.

    Unfortunately in the United States, the very vitriol and divisive political atmosphere has created a circus environment where formulation of American foreign policy takes place on social media and the very comical news platforms such as those on MSNBC or FOX. This has presented a divine opportunity for the Jihadi Wackos to promote their ideology of hatred & religious filth virtually with a free hand as they take advantage of openness and levels of tolerance in America through the media.

    In America & in Europe, the political leadership and the general public must wake up to the dark threat of Islamic extremism and radicalism veiled behind the farce of POLITICAL CORRECTNESS & TOLERANCE. We must set aside Political Correctness and address the challenges posed to Western Democracies by these rag & towel head whack jobs.

    This is not a matter where a platform of LIBERAL vs CONSERVATIVE or REPUBLICAN vs DEMOCRAT framework will be able to address the challenges posed by the Islamic extremism and radicalism objectively. Rather, when a whacked muslim religious towel head with a filthy beard advocates implementation of Sharia and conversion of all citizens to Islam in the Western Hemisphere, our very knowledgeable intellectual icons of the Left and the Right should remind Mr. Towel Head that in a free society, people are free to choose their own destiny. And if Mr. Towel Head insists on implementation of Sharia, which dates back to the dark ages, Mr. Towel Head has the choice to return to the Sharia lalaland where he came from and be a “Good Muslim” therein as no one in our society is forcing him or his family to stay. Mr. Towel Head should be accorded an offer he can’t refuse. Either live in 21st Century in a civilized manner or simply leave.

    As an American I have utmost degree of appreciation and respect for the US Constitution and the form of government in the US. I don’t preach my religious views nor do I wish to be preached to. However, I am convinced that if Mr. Towel Head derives the right from Divine Authority, as the Towel Head Claim, to impose his religious views upon me and every other American, then the same divine authority gives me and every other American the right to refute, challenge, and oppose Mr. Towel Head in a manner of Mr. Towel Head’ s choosing.

    It is my sincere hope that Israel succeeds in its military campaign to rid Gaza of Hamas lunatics.

  9. Dear Blogger,
    I cannot find your name. But I want to write to you that I was thrilled to read about you and the reason why you are writing this blog.
    I live on the border with Gaza. All the people here would like to see the residents of Gaza successes on the economic level, develop their area. This is a beautiful area which could be a center of tourism and the global economy. If only the Arabs in Gaza would stop dreaming and educate their children that the purpose of life is to kill Jews.
    I refer you to the article by an Israeli journalist.

    http://epaper.indianexpress.com/c/3237296

    • Excellent article, thank you Yona! I pray for your safety. The truth is gradually being made known. Some day the Palestinians will be free from the lies that really oppress them… all because of Jew hatred.

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