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Old 23-12-2014, 07:33 PM   #315
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Did you notice the weapons they are holding...It makes one wonder how they have become so well such a short space of time...
Is the Christian ‘Crusade’ and the Muslim ‘Jihad’ more or less the same thing – simply for a different religion? Or is the concept of jihad fundamentally different from crusade? One argument advanced to me in the last few days is that Jihad is different because it’s enshrined in the theology of Islam, evidenced by the Prophet’s many wars against rival tribes, whereas the concept of crusade has no theological foundation in the New Testament.. Jesus never took up a sword against his enemies – whereas Mohammed most certainly did...

It is true that the Middle East had been Christian for almost as long as it had been Muslim by the time the Crusades of the Middle Ages were launched.. There was nothing inherently Islamic about Egypt or Syria from the early medieval point of view.. Christianity had an equal if not superior right to be the dominant religion in that part of the world.. With large Christian populations still present in the Middle East at that time, this was not a tiny Christian force from the west landing in a Muslim sea but a western Christian force pushing back the more recently arrived religion.. After all, Christian Byzantium was still a might power in Asia Minor and had only been pushed back towards Constantinople by the Seljuk Turks in the decades before the First Crusade..Another argument from the Muslim side would be that Jihad is a moral and personal journey and not a military struggle.. But I would have to counter that even the most cursory reading of the Koran and of the life of Mohammed is enough to show that he certainly intended the struggle of Muslims to involve, on occasion, wielding a sword.. Even if, strictly speaking, Ghandi’s peaceful struggle for independence in India can be described by Muslims as a jihad – most jihads in history have involved a warlike stance...

Adnan Khashoggi (Arabic: عدنان خاشقجي‎ born 25 JUly 1935 in Mecca) is a Saudi Arabian businessman. At a peak net worth of up to $40 billion USD in the early 1980s, he was considered one of the richest men in the worldKhashoggi was born in Mecca, the son of Muhammad Khashoggi, who was King Abdul Aziz Al Saud's personal doctor., His family is of Turkish and Syrian ancestry.. His father was a medical doctor of Turkish descent.. Adnan Khashoggi's sister Samira Khashoggi Fayed married Mohammed Al-Fayed and was the mother of Dodi Fayed.. Another sister, Soheir Khashoggi, is a well-known Arab writer (Mirage, Nadia’s Song, Mosaic)..Between 1970 and 1975, Lockheed paid Khashoggi $106 million in commissions...A shrewd businessman, he covered his financial tracks by establishing front companies in Switzerland and Liechtenstein to handle his commissions as well as developing contacts with notables such as CIA officers James H. Critchfield and Kim Roosevelt and US businessman Bebe Rebozo, a close associate of former US President Richard Nixon.. His yacht, the Nabila, was the largest in the world at the time and was used in the James Bond film Never Say Never Again.. His services as a facilitator have been a recurring feature throughout US administrations since Nixon; most recently, he met Richard Perle shortly before the 2003 invasion of Iraq..One of Khan's accounts eventually was blocked when it was determined that the source of the funds came from Khashoggi's arms sales...

He was implicated in the Iran–Contra affair as a key middleman in the arms-for-hostages exchange along with Iranian arms dealer Manucher Ghorbanifar and, in a complex series of events, was found to have borrowed money for these arms purchases from the now-bankrupt financial institution the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) with Saudi and US backing...Khashoggi was implicated in a money laundering case involving the use of an Indian citizen..In the 1960s Khashoggi married 20-year old Englishwoman Sandra Daly (Sandra Patricia Jarvis-Daly) who converted to Islam and took the name Soraya Khashoggi..In the 1980s the Khashoggi family occupied one of the largest villa estates in Marbella, Spain, called Baraka, hosting lavish parties usually arranged by Marbella's "Monroe's" club proprietor and local celebrity Robert Young (born Robert Parkes UK 1953)..In 1985, celebrity reporter Robin Leach declared a 5 day birthday party in Vienna that Khashoggi threw for his eldest son to be "the most extravagant event in European history", and in his heyday, Khashoggi spent $250,000 a day to maintain his lifestyle..Khashoggi also owned Ol Pejeta Conservancy, in Laikipia, Kenya. His house has since been converted into a hotel which is run by Serena Hotels..They raised one daughter (Nabila, who attended Millfield School in England) and 4 sons together (Mohammed, Khalid, Hussein, and Omar).. Soraya gave birth to another daughter, Petrina Khashoggi, shortly after Adnan divorced her,but this child has now been shown by DNA testing to not be Adnan's, but Jonathan Aitken's..who is currently president of Christian Solidarity Worldwide.. He is godfather to James Abbott, the son of Labour left-winger Diane Abbott... 10:34...Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword...

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