The Martyrs of Mosul

Aranews:

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ERBIL – Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Wednesday executed six men in the city of Mosul in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh province for selling cigarettes, activists and eyewitnesses reported.

Smoking or selling cigarettes has been for years banned under the rule of the ISIS self-declared Caliphate in areas under the group’s control in Iraq and Syria. Those who violate ISIS regulations are exposed to brutal punishment, mostly public execution.

“The ISIS-led Islamic Police of Hisba arrested six men in Mosul on charges of selling cigarettes. They were then referred to the Sharia Court which ordered their immediate execution on Wednesday on charges of violating the rules imposed by their alleged Caliphate,” media activist Abdullah al-Malla told ARA News in Mosul.

The six men were publicly executed by firing squad in the Bursa square in central Mosul, eyewitnesses told ARA News.

Allafrica:

Kampala — Starting this Thursday (Tomorrow), anyone found smoking in public will be arrested as the Tobacco Control Act takes effect.

These two stories had me wondering whether Tobacco Control was ratcheting up its war on smoking, using Syria and Uganda as test-beds for draconian new measures, which would – if successful – in due course be introduced into the Western world.

It depends whether the Islamic State’s hardline antismoking policy originated purely from Wahhabi Islam:

The American author and journalist, Steven Coll, has written how this austere and censorious disciple of the 14th century scholar Ibn Taymiyyah, Abd al-Wahhab, despised “the decorous, arty, tobacco smoking, hashish imbibing, drum pounding Egyptian and Ottoman nobility who travelled across Arabia to pray at Mecca.”

Isn’t it just as likely that it grew out of an alliance between Tobacco Control and the Wahhabist Islamic State? After all, H/T Rose, antismoking Michael Bloomberg has funded Islamic organisations:

The Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, funded by New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, lists a November 2009 grant to Muhammadiyah worth $393,234 on its Web site.

Among the grant’s stated purposes is “the issuance and dissemination of religious advice on the dangers of tobacco use.”

And Muhammadiyah issued a fatwah against smoking:

Muhammadiyah issued an edict banning its followers from smoking on Wednesday, basing its argument on the Koran, which bans Muslims from taking their own lives. It also urged the government and the House of Representatives to ratify the FCTC.

Fattah, however, maintained that the council did not receive funding to issue the edict.

“Muhammadiyah is committed to creating a clean environment and a healthy society. We have a program for that and Bloomberg knew of this program and they offered [to fund it],” he told The Jakarta Post.

Wikipedia:

Muhammadiyah adopted some elements of Wahhabism

If Wahhabist Muhammadiyah could be funded to issue religious fatwahs against smoking, why not the Wahhabist Islamic State as well?

My other thought was that the six cigarette sellers executed in Mosul were genuine martyrs, directly comparable to Christian martyrs in ancient Rome. The Christian church has always gained strength from the blood of its martyrs. There is no reason to suppose that it will be any different when the “religion” in question is that of placidly smoking tobacco.

I created and still maintain The Smokers’ Graveyard. For the most part, its occupants have been accidental victims of smoking bans, who have fallen from roofs or balconies or windows to their deaths. Given that a martyr is someone who is executed for their beliefs or practices, none of them really count as martyrs (in my view). But the six cigarette sellers of Mosul most certainly do.

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10 Responses to The Martyrs of Mosul

  1. Smoking Lamp says:

    Frank, I agree the Mosul Six are certainly martyrs. The antismoking movement is intolerant and hateful. In Bangor, Maine they are now forcing a smoking ban inside cars at drive-in movies. The comments accompanying the article recounting the ban include the now-standard antismoker hate speech to include one individual calling for smokers to be executed if they expose others to second hand smoke in public. Check out “Maine drive-in patrons fume over smoking ban” at https://bangordailynews.com/2016/06/03/politics/maine-drive-in-patrons-fume-over-smoking-ban/

    Despite this endemic hate there are fissures emerging in the antismoking drive to prohibition. For example, Port Arthur, Texas just amended its recently enacted smoking ban to allow smoking in bars and select private establishments. The amendments were enacted despite the objections of the usual suspects in the tobacco control lobby. See: “Bars celebrate smoking ban ordinance amendment: at http://www.panews.com/2016/06/03/bars-celebrate-smoking-ban-ordinance-amendment/

  2. Andrew Edward Oakley says:

    An interesting point of view Frank, perhaps they were chancers trying to earn some money and would have been able to get their hands on a nice smartphone too.

    6 martyrs? sounds more like a bottlegging gang to me but we will never know the truth in hell on earth Islamashithole.

    Whats do think cunts think of Vaping?

    All of the muslims I have known have had this odd fascination with champions league football, and will argue and get all nerdy over football matters yet shrug their shoulders and avoid talking about anyhing connected with Islam

  3. Sounds like something I would have included in the “near future” part of the opening dystopian tale in “TobakkoNacht — The Antismoking Endgame.” :/

    If anyone would like two collections of links I’ve put together over the past fifteen years or so that illustrate various aspects of smoker hate and deaths or harms due to antismoking campaigns, just send me an email. I think there are about 250 links altogether.

    – MJM

  4. Timothy Goodacre says:

    All these bans should be defied.

  5. DP says:

    Dear Mr Davis

    I wonder who amongst our own anti-smoker zealots would be queueing up for their guns and ammunition.

    Perhaps it is time for smokers to form their own religion.

    DP

  6. smokingscot says:

    I listened to the radio report with several students from Mosul University. This is an abbreviated hard copy.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/education-36417382

    These so called Sharia Courts are an insult to Islam, with no defence or counter argument allowed. If the accused was seen by a Daesh fighter and witnessed by another person (better still another Daesh fighter) then that’s it. All that remains to be decided is the punishment and the time.
    Generally that’s immediate.

    As the students say, some of them have had the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and been stopped by Daesh to “witness” some punishment or other. They do stoning (adultery, buggery), cutting off offending hand(s) (theft), floggings (pretty well anything) – and executions.

    Looking at the audience they’ve assembled, I have to assume some are simply people they’ve grabbed and forced to witness. Certainly their body language indicates some would prefer to not be there.

    Naturally they’ll have as many close relatives on hand as they can get. There’s considerable mileage to be had getting widows, orphans and even parents wailing over the corpse.

    Mosul is a very big town. It had an estimated 660,000 before Daesh took over, nevertheless family ties and such mean that large numbers can lay some claim to each shopkeeper and trader.

    It’s not especially difficult to speculate what some of those witnesses may be feeling. Profound resentment for what they’re doing to these men, their families, their friends and their business associates. To say nothing of the way they’ve hijacked and mutilated Islam.

    Although I can never be certain, there are increasing incidents of Daesh fighters seeking some form of backhander from genuine traders. It could well be that some of the nine Daesh who were executed in Mosul recently (by being run over by a bulldozer!) included one or two bad apples.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-in-iraq-terror-groups-fighters-publicly-murdered-for-disloyalty-as-warning-to-potential-a6821901.html

    The other 34 happened to have committed the offence of “disloyalty”, so it’s quite possible the chap holding the pistol is doing so out of fear. I see he’s being very closely observed by five individuals who I have no doubt would be perfectly happy to put a bullet through his head should he fail. Mind you, the angle he’s holding his pistol means he’ll have a very sore wrist.

    The one on the right of the picture in olive clothing, without headgear, with the automatic rifle and the front pack – he’s Serious Trouble.

    Nope it ain’t a good idea to question anything in Daesh – and if you do, then keep it to yourself.

  7. beobrigitte says:

    Smoking or selling cigarettes has been for years banned under the rule of the ISIS self-declared Caliphate in areas under the group’s control in Iraq and Syria. Those who violate ISIS regulations are exposed to brutal punishment, mostly public execution.
    I do wonder…. do I need to be prepared for fanatics throwing stones at me until I die? After all, I’m a woman smoker. And IS wants us to suffer.

    Kampala — Starting this Thursday (Tomorrow), anyone found smoking in public will be arrested as the Tobacco Control Act takes effect.
    So tobacco control dictates laws. I knew it….. I always knew it. Never mind being a good person – if he/she smokes that’s it.

    ….antismoking Michael Bloomberg has funded Islamic organisations:
    The Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, funded by New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, lists a November 2009 grant to Muhammadiyah worth $393,234 on its Web site.

    That’s the way tobacco control & friends work. Throwing cash. what’s new?

    My other thought was that the six cigarette sellers executed in Mosul were genuine martyrs, directly comparable to Christian martyrs in ancient Rome.
    I agree, tobacco control&friends have no morals. They kill.

  8. Joe L. says:

    Among the grant’s stated purposes is “the issuance and dissemination of religious advice on the dangers of tobacco use.”

    Religious advice? But I thought the entire anti-smoking crusade was supposedly rooted in “settled” science. Why the need to revert to religious beliefs? Clearly because it’s all the same fear-based bullshit. If a region’s existing religious belief system is more influential than the new one you’ve concocted, by all means, use it instead. The goal of these puritanical assholes is to eradicate smoking from the entire human race by any means possible. There’s no consistency, no integrity, and no shame.

  9. smokingscot says:

    Oh boy, now you’ve got me going.

    22 May 2016

    This one tells us they’re doing the same as Fat Man Kim (n. Korea) and feeding naughty Daesh fighters to dogs!

    http://en.abna24.com/service/middle-east-west-asia/archive/2016/05/22/755707/story.html

    (and the link at the foot of the page tells of the use of nitric acid).

    25 May 2016

    Eight of their own guys shot on account :

    The ISIS-linked Sharia Court issued a statement describing the executed fighters as “traitors” who deserved death.

    “Leaving a fighting position without orders from the ISIS military leadership is considered a high treason and the perpetrators are brutally punished,”

    Then they did the old trick we used to see in days of yore, they hung ’em in a public display for all to see (and in May in Mosul, when it hits the mid 20’s with wall to wall sunshine – to smell).

    http://en.abna24.com/service/middle-east-west-asia/archive/2016/05/25/756315/story.html

    Well you can’t accuse them of not being inventive!

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