Tinsel & Terror: Synchromystic Geography

By:Twilight Language

Point of view is important. As some people have noted, the truck used to plow into a crowd at Berlin’s Christmas Market, seen at a different angle, is a monolith. Look for more in the next week.
The Season of Christmas 2016 will be one targeted by those who wish to do others harm.

Viewing the world synchromystically ‎concerns the drawing of connections in modern culture (movies, music lyrics, historical happenings and esoteric knowledge); and finding connections that could be issuing from the “collective unconscious mind”; and finding connections between occult knowledge (i.e. esoteric fraternities, cults and secret rituals), forteana, politics and mass media.

As readers of various artisans of synchromysticism, as well as of this blog, you are all familiar with the connecting of the dots that can take detours and side treks leading to a variety of surprising links.

During the remarkable period that occurred right before 2016’s Winter Solstice, terrorist attacks tied to intriguing location spotlighted synchromystic geography.

Here are the moments, with an attempt to note the specific, intriguing “places” that were interwoven with these events.

1. Yemen: Home of Nasser al-Anbouri

On Sunday morning, December 18, 2016, a suicide bomber disguised as a disabled man killed 52 people and injured over 80 others, in Aden, Yemen. The attack near a military base targeted a gathering of Yemeni security officers, and the majority of those killed were Yemeni soldiers who were waiting to receive their salaries. The bombing happened outside the home of Nasser al-Anbouri, the commander of the Special Security Forces, near a military base in Aden. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.

2. Jordan: Karak Crusader Castle

Seven Jordanian security officers, a Canadian tourist and two Jordanian civilians were killed by gunmen in the southern city of Karak on Sunday, December 18, 2016. After a couple of shooting incidents, at a home and an attack on a police station, police were told the gunmen were hiding inside the Karak Crusader castle, a prominent tourist attraction on a hilltop. Several Canadian news outlets identified the tourist as Linda Vatcher, a retired teacher from Newfoundland. At the time of the attack, she was visiting her son David or Chris (as he has been variously identified), who works in the region. He is among the injured. Four of the attackers were also killed.

On Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at Karak, Jordan again, four Jordanian security personnel were killed in fresh clashes with armed men near the central town of Karak.
Kerak Castle is a large Crusader castle located in al-Karak, Jordan. It is one of the largest crusader castles in the Levant. Construction of the castle began in the 1140s, under Pagan, Fulk, King of Jerusalem. The Crusaders called it Crac des Moabites or “Karak in Moab” referred to in history books.
The New York Times headlined this time, “Ankara, Berlin, Zurich: A Day of Terror.”

3. Turkey: Ankara Exhibition Hall

On 19 December 2016, at 20:15, Russia’s Turkey ambassador Andrei Karlov was shot and fatally wounded by Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, a 22-year-old off-duty Turkish police officer, at an art exhibition in Ankara, Turkey. The attacker, who was dressed in a suit and tie, opened fire at Karlov at point-blank range while the ambassador was delivering his speech in front of journalists, fatally wounding the ambassador and injuring several others. The attacker gained access to the gallery after he showed his police ID to security guards.

A video of the attack showed the assassin crying out: “Don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria!” and “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) while holding a gun in one hand and waving the other in the air in the tawhid salute. The assailant shouted in Arabic and Turkish. Altıntaş was subsequently shot by Turkish security forces. Both were rushed to hospital, but they died from their injuries.

The city of Ankara announced that the exhibition hall where Karlov was assassinated would be named after Andrei Karlov.

4. Switzerland: Zurich Islamic Center

At approximately 5:30 PM on 19 December 2016, a man entered an Islamic center near the main train station in Zürich and began shooting, apparently at random. The center, which is primarily used by refugees from Somalia and Eritrea, was hosting prayer services at the time. Approximately 10 people were present at the shooting. Three people were wounded in the attack, two seriously, though all are expected to survive. The victims are two Somali nationals, age 30 and 35, and a Swiss citizen age 56. One witness reported hearing the shooter yell “Raus aus unserem Land [Get out of our country]” during the attack, though police could not confirm this.

After the shooting, the suspect (a 24-year-old Swiss citizen of Ghanian descent living in Uster) fled the area on foot and a police manhunt was started to locate and capture him. Police brought in dog tracking teams to attempt to locate the suspect, and alerted the public to be wary. It was subsequently discovered that the suspect apparently took his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot. His body was found a few hours after the shooting under the Gessner Bridge on the river Sihl approximately 300 metres (980 ft) from the Islamic center shooting site. (The first written reference to the name Sihl dates to 1018, in the form Sylaha. The name may be of Old European or Celtic origin: *Sîla (“quiet watercourse,” from a root *sîl = “to trickle, wet”) > Romance Sila with the addition of the Old High German element aha “flowing water”.)

At approximately 9 AM on 18 December 2016, a dead stabbing victim was discovered on a playground in the Schwamendingen district of Zürich. The victim was a 25-year-old Swiss citizen of Chilean origin whose name has been withheld. The police identified a suspect in the murder based on DNA evidence at the scene and began searching for the assailant. The suspect’s DNA was in a police database due to an arrest seven years prior for stealing a bicycle, and he was known to be a former friend of the murder victim.

5. Germany: Berlin Christmas Market/Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

A terrorist attack on 19 December 2016, at 20:02 local time, during which a truck was driven into the Christmas market next to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin, left 12 people dead and 56 others injured. One of the victims was the truck’s original driver, Łukasz Urban, who was found shot dead in the passenger seat. A suspect was arrested and later released due to lack of evidence. Another person, suspected to be the actual perpetrator, was killed four days later during a shootout with police near Milan in Italy.

On 21 December, police announced that investigators had found, under the truck’s driver’s seat, a suspension of deportation permit belonging to Anis Amri, a man who was born in Tataouine, Tunisia, in 1992. The suspect synced with Star Wars, as I noted in a tweet.

The truck came to a stop at one of the Christmas trees in front of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church at the Berlin Market.

Here is the scene before the truck knocked one tree down.
Students of Joe Alexander’s Back to the Future Predicting 9/11 will recognize the twin pines that symbolize more.
6. Explosion at Aleppo Christmas tree celebration

On December 20, 2016, a well-attended Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in the Syrian city of Aleppo was rocked by an explosion meters away from the gathered crowd. No casualties have been reported.

We are seeing the unfolding of ancient battles in an ancient land.

Aleppo had cultic importance to the Hittites for being the center of worship of the Storm-God*. this religious importance continued after the collapse of the Hittite empire at the hands of the Assyrians and Phrygians in the 12th century BC, when Aleppo became part of the Middle Assyrian Empire (1365-1050 BC), whose king renovated the temple of Hadad which was discovered in 2003.

Modern-day English-speakers commonly refer to the city as Aleppo. It was known in antiquity as Khalpe, Khalibon, and to the Greeks and Romans as Beroea (Βέροια). During the Crusades, and again during the French Mandate for Syria and the Lebanon of 1923-1946, the name Alep was used. Aleppo represents the Italianised version of this.

The original ancient name, Halab, has survived as the current Arabic name of the city. However, the name is of pre-Arab origin. Some have proposed that halab means “iron” or “copper” in Amorite, one of the north west Semitic Canaanite languages, since the area served as a major source of these metals in antiquity, and the Amorites dominated the region during the Bronze Age. However, according to the 20th-century historian sheikh Kamel al-Ghazzi and to the contemporary linguist priest Barsoum Ayyoub, the name Halab(and consequently Aleppo) derives from the Aramaic word Halaba which means “white”, referring to the color of soil and marble abundant in the area. The modern-day Arabic nickname of the city, ash-Shahbaa (Arabic: الشهباء), which means “the white-colored,” also allegedly derives from the famous white marble of Aleppo.

From the 11th century it was common rabbinic usage to apply the term “Aram-Zobah” to the area of Aleppo, and many Syrian Jews continue to do so.

*The Storm God: Teshub is depicted holding a triple thunderbolt and a weapon, usually an axe (often double-headed) or mace. The sacred bull common throughout Anatolia was his signature animal, represented by his horned crown or by his steeds Seri and Hurri, who drew his chariot or carried him on their backs.

If you are reminded of Thor, you are seeing the connection.

Far Left Muslim sympathizers at Huffington Post wonder: “Is America is becoming more Islamophobic?”

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First of all, there is no such thing as ‘Islamophobia.’ Fear, distrust, and suspicion about Islam, and the supremacist behavior of its followers, not only is entirely rational, it is basic to ensuring the survival of Western culture, freedom, and justice.

In light of that, Americans ARE becoming more anti-Islam, as they witness repeated attempts by Muslims in America to impose sharia law, demanding and getting special accommodation for their religious needs, conspiring, with the help of wealthy Arab donors, to facilitate the teaching of Islam in public schools, not to mention the surge in threats from Muslim terrorists in America and the near daily atrocities committed by Muslim terrorist groups all around the world.

Huffington Post  In August 2010, the cover of Time asked “Is America Islamophobic?” Bobby Ghosh wrote the featured article in response to the intense and at times ugly debate surrounding the proposed “Ground zero Victory Mosque” aka Islamic Center in Lower Manhattan that engulfed the nation that summer.

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Five years later, it’s worth revisiting the question. Is America Islamophobic? Better yet, has America become more Islamophobic in the five years since the Ground Zero Victory Mosque controversy? Much of the evidence points to a sobering answer. The 9/11 Mosque controversy was the beginning of a new phase of anti-Muslim hostility that shows no signs of abating. Consider the following:

  • HATE CRIMES: According to FBI reports, anti-Muslim hate crimes (the majority of which are graffiti on mosques) are five times more common today than before 9/11, and the average number of hate crimes per year since 2010 has been higher than in the three years preceding the Ground Zero Victory Mosque controversy. This data does not even include some of the horrific violence witnessed in the past year, such as the execution-style murders of three Muslims in Chapel Hill, NC.  (Determined by police NOT to have been a bias crime)

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  • MOSQUES: According to data provided by the ACLU and the Pew Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life, conflicts over mosques, including efforts to prevent the construction of mosques and graffiti attacks on mosques, have increased since the Ground Zero mosque controversy. Between 2005-2007, there were nine such conflicts or episodes, a number that increased to twenty between 2008-2010. From 2010-2012, the number of anti-mosque disputes rose to eighty-nine. That’s a 345% increase from the preceding period and likely due in part to the orchestrated campaign against the Ground Zero Victory Mosque led by the likes of Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer.

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  • SURVEILLANCE AND PROFILING: The FBI/NYPD continue to rely heavily on the use of informants to infiltrate mosques and communities in an effort to see how willing Muslims are to participate in terrorist activity. A recent case involved the arrest of three Brooklyn men for plotting to join ISIS. . Last year, the far left wing Human Rights Watch labeled the FBI use of informants to participate in terrorist plots as “abusive” and bordering on entrapment.

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  • The NYPD’s own surveillance program of Muslim communities was made known to the public in 2011. It too relied on informants as well as “mosque crawlers” and various methods of religious profiling to target potential terrorists. The NYPD disbanded the program in 2014 (under the notorious Muslim-pandering Mayor Bill deBlasio), but it has not formally renounced some of its  surveillance tactics, including the use of informants, the labeling of some mosques as “terrorism enterprises,” and the reliance on a theory of radicalization that links almost any devout Muslim man with being on a path toward radicalization.

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  • PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS: The last presidential race witnessed the most prominent examples of political anti-Islam sentiment to date. At one GOP debate, Newt Gingrich compared Muslim Americans to Nazis, insisting that just as the latter tried to infiltrate the U.S. during World War II, and Muslims are trying to do the same today. On another occasion, Gingrich claimed, “Sharia is a mortal threat to the survival of freedom in the United States.” Herman Cain indicated in an interview that, if elected, he would not appoint a Muslim to his cabinet or as a federal judge. He also echoed Gingrich’s concerns about sharia, insisting that there was a “creeping attempt…to gradually ease Sharia law and the Muslim faith into our government.”

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  • The 2016 presidential race already includes a field with a recent history of anti-Islamic rhetoric. Rick Santorum accused Presidents Bush and Obama of giving “all Muslims a pass for identifying a cancer within their own body.” The disease in question was presumably “Islamic terrorism.”Ted Cruz argued that sharia law in the U.S. is an “enormous problem.”Rand Paul compared the Muslims who wanted to build the Ground Zero Victory Mosque to the KKK. Lindsey Graham suggested that the Charleston shooter’s decision to sit in a bible study for an hour before opening fire reflects “Mideast hate” (a euphemism for “Islamic hate”).Mike Huckabee maintained that Islam “promotes the most murderous mayhem on the planet.” Based on these sentiments, it’s a safe bet that the anti-Islam rhetoric will be amplified for the 2016 race.

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  • ANTI-SHARIA LAWS: The fear that sharia is taking over the U.S., articulated by some of the current presidential contenders, is more deeply rooted in the country. A movement to ban sharia law in the states, orchestrated by an anti-Muslim lawyer named David Yerushalmi, emerged in 2010 in Oklahoma. In the past five years, eight states have voted to ban sharia law, and a majority of states have seen bills introduced proposing such a ban.

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Anti-Sharia legislation in many states

  • ANTI-ISLAM ‘HATE’ RALLIES: The recent “Draw Muhammad” contest in Garland, TX, attracted considerable media attention for the two extremists who tried to open fire at the event. But the event, led by Pamela Geller, also revealed the attraction of hate rallies that engage in Muslim-bashing under the pretense of defending freedom of speech. The Garland event inspired an anti-Islam rally outside a Phoenix mosque almost a month later. That rally, however, upped the ante by encouraging participants to come armed in order to defend their freedom of speech. Similar rallies are planned for later in the summer.

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  • MEDIA: Anti-Islam rhetoric is rampant in all forms of mass media (We wish!). Oscar-contending films from the past several years have featured hoards of angry, violent, anti-American Muslims who are thwarted by white American heroes, from Argo to Zero Dark Thirty to American Sniper. Muslims prone to violence and terrorism are also central to the plotlines of recent award-winning television shows such as Homeland. The image of Muslims in the U.S. news media has also declined since 2010. According to a Media Tenor study, just over 40 percent of network news coverage of Muslims was negative in 2010. By 2013, almost three-quarters of coverage depicted Muslims in a negative light and usually in relation to violence or terrorism.

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Much more could be added to this list, including Representative Peter King’s hearings in 2011 on the radicalization of Muslim Americans, or the media’s ongoing reluctance to apply the word “terrorist” to anyone who is not Muslim. What is clear is that Islamophobia did not fade with the Ground Zero Victory Mosque  defeat.  If anything, it has intensified. Most polls confirm the persistence of this anxiety in the broader population. For example, recent polls from reveal that a majority of Americans have a somewhat or very unfavorable view of Islam.

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