Syria Learns: Don’t Cross Israel’s ‘Red Line’

Image:Israel’s air force is reported to have attacked last Thursday a shipment of advanced surface-to-surface missiles from Iran that were believed to be on their way to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Then, early Sunday, according to a Western intelligence source, Israel struck Iranian-supplied missiles headed for Hezbollah again, this time in the vicinity of the Jamraya complex, Syria’s main research center for work on biological and chemical weapons. These attacks followed Israeli airstrikes early this year against a convoy of SA-17 antiaircraft weapons being readied for delivery to Hezbollah. With its strikes, Israel has made clear that it considers the transfer of dangerous weapons to terrorists to be a clear red line that will be enforced with severity if crossed and that there is no room for Syria to test the waters on this issue. The Obama administration, meanwhile, is once again leading from behind on the serious matter of preventing the such weapons from dispersing, while the region rapidly deteriorates. 

A spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington said in a statement, “Israel is determined to prevent the transfer of chemical weapons or other game-changing weaponry by the Syrian regime to terrorists, especially to Hezbollah in Lebanon.”

Israel’s intelligence indicates that Hezbollah has already set up several bases in Syria, near known locations housing parts of Assad’s chemical warfare arsenal. Drones may be helping Israel gather intelligence, facilitated by Jordan’s decision to open its air space for the Israeli drone flights en route to Syria.

In addition to the danger of Hezbollah getting access to Syria’s chemical weapons, jihadist opposition forces, led by the al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra Front, are now within striking distance of Syria’s largest WMD caches.

Israel understands far better than the United States and its other allies the common threat posed by Islamists on either side of the Syrian civil war. In these circumstances, as Zalman Shoval, a former Israeli ambassador to the United States said, Israel’s options boil down to a choice “between cholera and the plague.”  Thus, Israel’s top priority with regard to Syria is to prevent the transfer of advanced weapons, chemical or otherwise, to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Hezbollah allies and to prevent the seizure of such weapons by jihadists who dominate the opposition fighting to overthrow the regime. “The Israelis are saying, ‘O.K., whichever way the civil war is going, we are going to keep our red lines,’” said Ehud Yaari, an Israel-based fellow of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

President Obama has drawn his own red line regarding the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons. However, his red line grows blurrier by the day as the U.S. military and intelligence communities acknowledge that we do not know where many of the chemical weapons are located, much less how and by whom they might have been used. “We’ve lost track of lots of this stuff,” one U.S. official told The Daily Beast. “We just don’t know where a lot of it is.”

President Obama is waiting for more conclusive proof of the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons before deciding on next steps. “We don’t know how they were used, when they were used, who used them, we don’t have a chain of custody that establishes what exactly happened,” he said. Such proof “would cause us to rethink the range of options that are available to us,” he added.

While President Obama’s caution makes sense in deciding whether and under what circumstances to increase U.S. involvement in Syria, he is mistaken in waiting to “mobilize the international community to support what we do.”

The United Nations, to which President Obama has outsourced major portions of his foreign policy, has been paralyzed in dealing with Syria by differences among the permanent members of the Security Council. Russia and China have vetoed several UN Security Council resolutions against the Assad regime.

Lakhdar Brahimi, the U.N.-Arab League envoy for Syria, reportedly plans to resign his post in the coming weeks. Like Kofi Annan before him, who also resigned this post, Brahimi is frustrated by the inability to reach a diplomatic solution to the two year old conflict in Syria. “I am personally, profoundly sorry that my own efforts have produced so little,” he told the Security Council in a closed-door meeting last month. “I apologize to the Syrian people for having, in the end, done so little for them during these past eight months and to you, in this council, for having had only sad news to report to you.”

The United Nations has also been unable to send its expert fact-finding team into Syria to investigate alleged use of chemical weapons. Syria refuses to give its consent for the UN team to conduct the on-site investigation unless the investigation is limited only to the one instance that the Syrian government had reported to the UN, rather than also include in the investigation other instances of alleged use presented by France and the United Kingdom.

H.E. Bashar Ja’afari, Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations, derided the lack of detailed information to back up the French and British allegations, such as blood samples, testimonies of injured persons, medical reports or footage that he said the Syrian government had furnished to the UN Secretariat in support of its allegation. Yet, even if such information were supplied by France and the United Kingdom to the satisfaction of the UN’s technical team as sufficient to warrant an on-site independent investigation of their allegations, Ambassador Ja’afari refused to say whether Syria would consent to allowing such an investigation.

“The Syrian government is still waiting to receive information on these situations,” Ja’afari said. “Then, if the Syrian government and the secretary-general and the Security Council members feel that these allegations are also credible, the Syrian government might — might — examine the possibility of asking for further investigation…then it would be up to us.”

Aside from the UN’s inability to deal with the Syrian crisis, President Obama is searching for an “international consensus” that does not exist beyond the immediate situation with Assad.  It is true that, with the notable exceptions of Russia, China and Iran, there is a broad consensus that Assad should go. The Arab League has gone as far as seating representatives of the Syrian opposition at its recent summit meeting. Although Russia and China have vetoed several UN Security Council resolutions against the Assad regime, Qatar is moving forward in the UN General Assembly with a proposed resolution welcoming the establishment of the National Coalition of the Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces and noting “the wide international acknowledgement of the Coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.” After some minor tinkering, we can expect this resolution to pass overwhelmingly in the General Assembly.

However, the notion that there is any real international consensus on what should come next after Assad is a mirage. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey are looking to establish an Islamist state in place of the current regime, not anything resembling the pluralistic secular democracy that the U.S. and its European allies have in mind. The Syrian opposition forces are in fact increasingly dominated by Islamists who hate our guts and would love to get their hands on Assad’s chemical weapons to use against us.

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey are providing arms and funding to the opposition. They are using the West’s opposition to the Assad regime and the threat of its use of chemical weapons against its own people to suck us into deeper involvement in toppling Assad. Leading from behind as usual, the Obama administration is now strongly considering arming the opposition and participating in attacks on Syria’s air defenses, missiles and air force, using the chemical weapons threat as a further excuse to buttress a so-called “international consensus” against Assad. France and the United Kingdom are considering supplying arms to the opposition once the European Union arms embargo ends at the end of May. What awaits us in the aftermath of Assad’s overthrow is left for another day to worry about.

The United States should not be guided by a phony “international consensus.” Let the Sunni Arab states and Turkey fight their own battles against Assad and his Shiite backers in Iran and Hezbollah. The carnage is deplorable but, other than providing humanitarian aid, anything we do to intervene in an intra-Muslim battle will backfire. History should be our guide here.

America’s interest is to prevent Syria’s chemical and biological weapons from getting into the hands of terrorists, whether they be Shiite or Sunni jihadists. That should be our only red line. Following the talisman of an “international consensus” is a recipe for disaster.

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  • objectivefactsmatter

    President Obama has drawn his own red line regarding the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons. However, his red line grows blurrier by the day as the U.S. military and intelligence communities acknowledge that we do not know where many of the chemical weapons are located, much less how and by whom they might have been used. “We’ve lost track of lots of this stuff,” one U.S. official told The Daily Beast. “We just don’t know where a lot of it is.”

    The 0'Bama "red line" is not so much a line. It's an indication that at some point people will bleed. We just don't know who. He never promised anything. Maybe it will be another marathon attacked. We just don't know. Just be prepared for blood.

    OTOH, that does sort of indicate how much value we get from listening to the Failure-In-Chief.

  • America First

    “We shirk our patriotic duty in wartime because we are pacifists by nature and tradition, and we are the arch-plotters of universal wars and the chief beneficiaries of those wars (see the late "Dearborn Independent," passim, and "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion"). We are at once the founders and leading adherents of capitalism and the chief perpetrators of the rebellion against capitalism. […]

    You make much noise and fury about the undue Jewish influence in your theaters and movie palaces. Very good; granted your complaint is well-founded. But what is that compared to our staggering influence in your churches, your schools, your laws and your governments, and the very thoughts you think every day? […]

    You have not begun to appreciate the real depth of our guilt. We are intruders. We are disturbers. We are subverters. We have taken your natural world, your ideals, your destiny, and played havoc with them. We have been at the bottom not merely of the latest great war but of nearly all your wars, not only of the Russian but of every other major revolution in your history. We have brought discord and confusion and frustration into your personal and public life. We are still doing it. No one can tell how long we shall go on doing it.”

    – Marcus Eli Ravage, a Jewish author, quote from January 1928 issue of Century Magazine

    • Roger

      Why would the destruction of chemical weapons and advanced missiles from Iran be a bad thing?

      Medicine for the children being destroyed, that would be bad. Weapons that don't to rain down on civilians? That's a good thing.

      I bet the arabs in Israel sleep safer knowing the IDF is watching out for them.

      • And So It Goes…

        I think you're completely right. As for the Arabs in Israel, yes, they do sleep better but most sit on the fence while enjoying the fact that Israel is not the hell hole that they see in the Arab world. (I hear Arabs in Arab countries refer to Israeli Arabs as "whipped cream Arabs".) However, few of Israeli Arabs feel they have a responsibility to protect the country that gives them such security and few will publically admit that they would rather be citizens of Israel than citizens of any Arab country. Israeli Arabs could make a big contribution if they got off the fence and communicated this to Arabs and other Muslims all over the world.

        • Defcon 4

          LOL, yeah wouldn't it be great if muslimes weren't muslimes?

    • objectivefactsmatter

      " Marcus Eli Ravage, a Jewish author, quote from January 1928 issue of Century Magazine"

      So what? It's a lunatic "confessional" rant. You think this is validating the Elders of Zion narratives?

      I guess you're just another lunatic.

      • Defcon 4

        Idiots from stormfront have to look hard and long to find "evidence" to validate their antisemitic delusions.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      'Marcus Eli Ravage, a Jewish author, quote from January 1928 issue of Century Magazine"

      Guess who wrote the Bible more-on. They've influenced the world with their ideas. Got anything useful to say (not expecting it)?

    • Asher

      The United States is not responsible for unfairness and tyranny in these Middle Eastern countries, its ignorance, and hopelessness from a race of people that refuse to acknowledge other peoples rights and the right to be free. What kind of demons use chemical weapons on their people? I suggest that you look evil square in the face and confront it…When everyone is allowed freedom and prosperity, the world becomes a better place! Barack Hussein Obama, and Hillary Sodom Clinton, are on the same page together!

  • Micha Elyi

    Obama's line was never red, maybe a faint shade of pink. Nor was it a line.

    Remember, all of Obama's promises come with an expiration date. Every. Single One.

    Which promise will Obama break next?

    • Roger

      Let's see, Hillary would scream "What difference does it make?"

  • AdinaK

    Indeed, when it comes to "game changing" weapon transfers to Hezbollah, the "red line" has been very clear –

    The "axis of evil" – Iran/Syria/Hezbullah – is spitting bullets, but they know that the IAF can penetrate their airspace at will. Now, isn't it instructive that the Islamist-in-Chief opined: the US has to be cautious since breaking through Syria's air defenses is not a small matter…hooey and phooey.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

  • kafir4life

    President Stinky (BO) Benghazi, the first openly gay President, is a coward. A little boy in a big boy suit. Stinky is AMAZED at the incredulousness of the Syrians, as he's just not used to (nor does he like it) being ignored as the ignorant meaningless trash that he is. He's garbage. Trash.

    Syria crossed Israel's red line. Tiger Woods crossed Stinky's red line, and said that Stinks has "an amazing touch", and "the whitest teeth I've ever come across.

  • SHmuelHalevi

    We live very near the borders with Lebanon and Syria. I can only say that if that is the best Russia can supply as AA systems… we do not need much more than what we delivered in the last few days to Syria to get to Iran and whoop them also. To the US we owe gratitude as the aircraft is the best in the world. Thank you USA! Well… I am a bit biased on this as I used to be a Senior-Fellow Engineer US DoD Military Avionics Programs. We saw them going in and saw the flashes as well.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    A line is defined by 2 or more specific points. A red line in politics can some times be nebulously defined, but then people will evaluate subjective factors, like the person behind the rhetoric. That's why it has no meaning. The person speaking has no credibility, especially in foreign policy. The guys is the biggest loser to ever serve as POTUS. Nobody can argue against that statement.

    Well, Carter was pretty bad but you'd have to factor in life after POTUS to have him competing with 0'Bama at this point.

  • Asher

    Israel knows how to deal with their enemies…No Holds Barred! You don't deal with tyranny by being passive!

    • You Know Who

      I bet you love the crimes against humanity they are responsible for too.

      • stern

        Yes, we know EXACTLY who and what you are. Love your link. You know the bits about how Israel promised to "flatten Gaza" or "send Gaza back to the Middle Ages". Do you honestly believe that if Israel wanted to do either of these things, there would be a single building or person left standing in Gaza? the fact that Gaza continues to prosper (please do check the longevity, population growth and GDP numbers for the region) is actually all you need to know.

        • You Know Who

          Well Gaza needs to defend themselves.
          Here is another good link for you try and discredit:

          • SHmuelHalevi

            Hi who,
            Listen. I know the place in person. That folk are not even wanted by Egypt. I do not even know if theere is a single place anywhere prepared to have them as visitors.
            Yet, they have been stealing electricity & water from us ever since Sharon cut bait with the crazies. They owe 1 billion Shekels to the Israeli Electric Corporation. NAH! It is not their, Eretz Israel is the Heritage of the Jewish people from many thousands of years ago, it is not their privilege to steal, that is the islamic way of life, or whatever they call the horror they live within.
            They keep on sending rockets against every civilian area they can reach. Thus accrued enough rights to be sent to join the 72 one time.
            Israel has shown remarkable restraint, but as Assad just learnt, even that has a limit.
            Assad is to busy to react. His task to murder, torture, maim cannot be distracted.
            He has murcered close to 80000 of his own people.
            That is what Islam is all about.

          • stern

            "Killed by an unexploded mortar shell"???? I see quite a few "Palestinians" manage to die this way. How does an unexploded mortar shell kill anybody? Perhaps you should start a campaign to provide Gazans with safety helmets so they stop getting hit on the head by "unexploded mortar shells".

            Then there are the 17 year olds killed "near Gaza perimeter fence". listen mate, any 17 year old Gazan who goes anywhere near the Gaza perimeter fence knows exactly what will happen to them. It's called Israeli self-defence. A 17 year old is perfectly capable of considerable mayhem and is most decidedly NOT a child.

            And this prize" "killed while trying to enter Israel together with two other young men, one of whom was also killed." Really? You think that people who try to infiltrate Israel – coming from Gaza, the rulers of which are sworn to Israel's destruction – should be welcomed? Really?

            Your sources are as ridiculous as you are.

          • You Know Who

            Pi$$ poor execuses on your part

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "Pi$$ poor execuses on your part"

            The jihadis are culpable for all of the deaths and other losses on all sides in the wars they perpetuate.

          • Defcon 4

            Your islamic lies might play better to the parboiled idjits who reside in any typical islamofascist state, but not here.

          • Nancy

            Who……we remember very well when the gazans bombed buses in Israel…….they killed women and children. So don't you dare talk about remember the children.

          • Defcon 4

            Don't forget the AT rocket they fired into a marked SCHOOL BUS.

          • Pontotoc Bill


            Your links are not the most credible, actually they are not credible at all.

            Try using REAL factual sites instead of those with a political agenda.


      • selmainboca

        little you, seething because Israel put some arabs in their place

        • You Know Who

          Take the arabs out and the rouge nation of israel

          • Lan Astaslem

            rough is the stuff you put on your cheeks when you dress up like mommy! boy are you DUMB

          • Lan Astaslem

            the spell checker changed it -ROUGE

      • ziontruth

        "I bet you love the crimes against humanity they are responsible for too."

        What crimes against humanity? People who raise their children to be suicide-murderer terrorists aren't part of humanity.

        • You Know Who

          What about this girl?

          Does that make you happy?

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "Does that make you happy?"

            It makes me angry at jihadis. Are you a jihadi? Seems like you must be.

          • Defcon 4

            Palesimians are known for carrying bombs in backpacks 'tard. Just like they did in Boston, MA.

      • D-Boy

        "you know who"? Dick? yeah I figured.

        • You Know Who

          That all you got?

          • Pontotoc Bill

            Do you EVER have anything factually correct, or are you just looking for your political agenda manure?

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "Do you EVER have anything factually correct, or are you just looking for your political agenda manure?"

            He's not even a very good troll. Maybe he's an Arab Jihadi just learning how to read English.

      • Omar

        Hey Voldemort, you forgot something. Hamas uses children as human shields in order to falsely accuse Israel of "targeting children". Israel targets militant locations, while Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad and 1other terrorist groups target civilian locations. Remember what happened to the Fogel family two years ago when the family was killed by Islamist militants?

        • Omar

          Sorry, I meant to put "other terrorist groups". The "1" in the sentence just a typo.

      • Drakken

        Hmmmmm so who are we going to believe muslim? You? Bwaaaahaaaaa!!! Or our lying infidel eyes? You and the rest of your god forsaken evil false religion are headed to a showdown with us westerners, when it comes, you and yours will be a very endangered species. Your rag-heads call it war crimes, I call it warfare, get used to it. I love it when it rains steel in the morning.

  • onecornpone

    Won't it be fun when there is international consensus in the UN against a leader of the U.S. at some future date? Sort'a looks like o-Flim-Flam has painted us into a corner…

  • EthanP

    Remember wwhen we were told (many times) how Israels anti Hezballah opp in 2006 was a failure. Notice how quiet the Hezboterrorists have been where Israels concerned. Not even these air attacks against their good friend Assad seems to wake them up.

  • Looking4Sanity

    So. Israel bombs an illegal shipment of arms…and it just happens to be right by a biologic and chemical weapons research facility? Some might call that coincidence, but I call it a warning shot across the bow. Israel already took out their partially constructed nuclear reactor.

    And correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't biological and chemical weapons a violation of the Geneva Convention on warefare? If everyone knows that Syria is developing chem and bio weapons, then why is the U.N. not even talking about it…let alone doing something about it?

    • Drakken

      As much as I hate to say it, the Geneva Conventions aren't even a guideline where the muslims are concerned, we are the only idiots that follow it.

  • Winston

    The leader of the small sovereign State of Israel has courage to carry out his word, yet the non-leader of America is unable to carry out on his word for Syria not to cross his "red line". World leaders look to courageous leaders not leaders with no courage or strength of word.

    • Michael Durham

      Israel's actions have infuriated Russia, Iran, Assad, the Muslim Brotherhood, Obama, and the neo-Stalinist DemonRAT party. Works for me. This is known as "A Good Thing®".

      • welldoneson

        Good point, Micheal, one can often determine one is doing the right thing by observing who is upset about it. In this case, Israel has obviously done the right thing. The very idea is ridiculous, that anyone would object to Israel doing a surgical strike against Iranian weapons being delivered to "palestinian" war criminals on land stolen from Syria by Islamists.

    • Raymond in DC

      As much as I've criticized him over other matters, at the moment it appears the one leader truly acting on behalf of the Free World is … Netanyahu. European leaders are appeasing their enemies, while Obama refuses even to see them as enemies.

      • Defcon 4

        Sadly it's true and been true for years. Israel was the only state that supported the bifurcation of Sudan into a free state (i.e. one where infidels/kufrs couldn't be freely slaughtered/enslaved/raped by muslimes) and the genocidal islamic Sudan that the zero seems to admire.

  • Horace

    Zalman Shoval (choice between Cholera & the Plague)and Ehud Yaari (whichever way the war goes we keep our red lines) seem to know what’s going on. Things will spiral out of control, especially with the Euro-twits and Obamanoids mixing in. Yes disable Iran and Hizballah, who have knives at Israel’s throat, but don’t ignore the disaster to the Christians in Syria and Lebanon of turning them over to Al Nusra or Al Qaida. I am afraid things will get really bad for Israel if they are seen to aid in the destruction of the Christians. Israel could wind up with no Allies at all. Remember the South Lebanon Army? Is Hezbollah on the border better than that. Benghazi, Cairo, Turkey getting better? Israel needs to push things in a constructive direction while defending herself if possible. The Syrian border (Assad bad mouthing but actually friendly) and the Lebanese border (Shia terrorist Jihadis but few rockets fired) have been quieter than the West Bank & Gaza (Sunni terrorist Jihadis, lots of rockets and suicide bombers))

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  • mlcblog

    I like the author's "international consensus is a mirage."

  • BLJ

    Bravo Israel!

  • Kitten

    Man, this just goes right there with Isaiah 17:1 "The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap." I mean it's just on the brink of happening!!!

    • dave shafer

      israel will destroy damascus and blow up iran's key nuclear facilities in the same evening. "behold, it's there in the evening, but in the morning it is no more". the good news is there will be a warning first so many residents can get out!

  • Anamah

    I'm having some nightmares and you maybe could help me for a better interpretation. What do you know about The Crisis Group… and the Responsibility to Protect designed by our MB band G Soros Samantha Powers Cass Sustain wife and the UN to one day intervene in Middle East … of course against Israel… I know we can expect from this politicians… and there the useless Sen. Menendez is pushing to give arms to the rebels in Syria. Who he is trying to to arm in Syria, the Muslim Brotherhood, AlQuaida, Hezbollah or Hamas?

  • Nabuquduriuzhur

    Interesting that the media has not made the connection that much of Syria's chemical arsenal came from Saddam and thus "doesn't exist."

    Except that it does…

  • Looking4Sanity

    All I'm saying is there is Muzzie bias in the UN that shouldn't be there, and wouldn't be there if a bunch of non Muzzies hadn't allowed themselves to be guilt tripped by a pack of knuckle dragging troglodytes. It's all sickeningly simple and yet convolutedly complicated

  • Looking4Sanity

    All I'm saying is there is Muzzie bias in the UN that shouldn't be there, and wouldn't be there if a bunch of non Muzzies hadn't allowed themselves to be guilt tripped by a pack of knuckle dragging troglodytes. It's all sickeningly simple and yet convolutedly complicated

    • Defcon 4

      The UN should be defunded and disenfranchised by all civilized nations of the world — let the muzzies rant and rave among themselves.

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  • P.Green

    He ..Obama drew the Redline and he'll erase it!! & he did

  • qv36

    Israel fought Mujahideen 0bama’s proxy war in Syria. Netanyahu in Shanghai was given a sharp dressing-down by President Vladimir Putin by telephone on Monday, May 6, a warning that Russia would not tolerate further Israeli attacks on Damascus and would respond. And China followed suit. The Chinese government's cold shoulder to Israel was exhibited less directly than Moscow's but no less firmly. Israel has, by becoming the stooge for the Mujahideen has driven China into embracing the Pali demands with a Peace Plan — the Palestinian right to a state on the basis of 1967 borders with east Jerusalem as its capital.

  • 11252

    I guess jews need to read their history of why all nations have hated them throughout the centuries and expelled them from their countries. People are tired of your compulsive lying and propaganda. You people spread like a virus in every country you go to infecting their healthy culture promoting decadence, materialism,porn, homosexuality and immorality through your media control. Since they control the US media like ABC CNN, Hollywood, political lobby groups like AIPAC and most financial institutions like Goldman Sachs and many retailers in America they can make endless propaganda to brainwash Americans, destroying their family oriented culture by making them atheists so they can hundreds of billions of dollars by guilt tripping them about the holocaust. It ok to feel sorry for the jews cuz they have been discriminated in the past and faced alot of racism but let not talk about what they teach in the torah about the goyim which is hardcore racism to any non jewish people, hypocrites. well I hope u enjoyed stealing people homes, lands and property ion palastine, the day is coming when all nations will be united against u parasites by seeing the truth of what u have reaped for yourself. Heaven can't be for a bunch of thieves don't fool yourselves!

    • Kenny

      I thought only intelligent people posted here. Guess I was wrong after reading this garbage from 11252

    • Defcon 4

      It's interesting to note that all the faults attributed to Jews in this tirade are much more applicable and true when applied to muslimes.