Sunday, February 26, 2006

More Bad Craziness from Iran

Vanderleun at American Digest offers this analysis of the Iranian reaction to the latest Zionist conspiracy . . . no, not that Zionist conspiracy! The Tom and Jerry Zionist conspiracy!
Now we will pass over this "Iranian expert's" stated belief that Tom & Jerry is a product of "the evil Jewish Walt Disney company." After all, the cartoon's producer MGM was also a Jewish company ( Louis B. Mayer / Walt Disney -- vat's the difference, nu? ). Instead, the video gives you some chilling insight into how the Fascist mind really works. The tone of voice, the calm demeanor, the slick look and the deadpan delivery. You might almost think this person believes every word he says.

And you would be right.

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It is strange to see this aparatchik of the rising Iranian Reich flatulating away on something as banal as Tom and Jerry cartoons, but as we know from that survivor and keen observer of the last Holocaust of the last century, Hannah Arendt , evil always loves to drape its twisted form in the soft beige shrouds of the banal.

And that is exactly what we can witness here: A well-groomed, well-tailored, soft-spoken man sitting in a room lecturing to attentive students on the "deeper" meaning and purpose of an inane cartoon. His message that oozes out of every word. "Don't be fooled by the charm of the 'mice.' Don't be taken in by their winning, humorous ways. Mice are Jews. Jews are dirty. Jews are filthy. Jews are vermin. Jews must be exterminated. And they are only the first on our list. After them the rest will be easy."

This is what he says and this is what he means down to the last lingering atom of his being. Believe him and remember what he looks like and sounds like. You have heard it for years. You will hear it again.

Men like Hassan Bolkhari cannot be persuaded out of their madness. Hassan Bolkhari believes he is sane and his views are right. Men like this cannot be appeased. They will take the time and the space and the money and any other bribes offered them by the weakened culture of the West, and use every second, every inch and every penny of it to prepare the grave of the West.

The viral madness of the Muslims is not subject to being reasoned with when it is surrounded by millions who share the same dementia. We've seen their deep cultural insanity manifest itself around the world for weeks now. It is not the sad plaint of the "victim," but exactly what it appears to be -- a willful festival of unrestrained violence against any and all that do not share their ghastly vision of a stunted and medieval religion; a religion of peace and toleration, but of brutality and subjegation. And what they learn with every passing day is that the world, so far, is more than willing to let them get away with it. What the world learns with every passing day is that the moderate Muslim is the one who will not burn you until tomorrow or the day after. This is the message that is coming out of this culture in word and deed, while many are deaf and blind to it.
Read the whole thing and make sure you keep it firmly in mind the next time you read some MSM pundit or reporter telling you once again that Islam is the religion of peace. Read it to yourself again the next time you are told that we must try to understand the Muslim point of view as some imams try to deny us the freedoms we hold dear. As Vanderleun points out, they understand us much better than we understand them. They may not have read Sun Tzu, but they certainly understand his principles. They are using that understanding to undermine our civilization. And the truly foolish and deluded among us are helping them.

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Saturday, February 25, 2006

The Official Danish Apology

I found it at Clarity and Resolve. The original is found here. Warning to those who are easily offended: There is cursing in the original. It's softened here, but it's still obvious what's being said.

The Official Apology
From Denmark to the Muslim World, simply called "We´re Sorry!

We´re sorry we gave you shelter when war drove you from your home country....
We´re sorry we took you in when others rejected you.....
We´re sorry we gave you the oppertunity to get a good edjucation.....
We´re sorry we gave you food and a home when you had non.....
We´re sorry we let you re-unite with your family when your homeland was no longer safe...
We´re sorry we never forced you to work while WE paid all your bills.....
We´re sorry we gave you almost FREE rent,phone,internet,car and school for your 10 kids...
We´re sorry we build you Moskes so you could worship your religion in our christian land...
We´re sorry we never forced you to learn our language after staying 30 years!....

And so....from all Danes to the entire Muslim world,we just wanna say;

F*** YOU!!

I don't know who these folks are, but . . . they do have a point.

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Thursday, February 23, 2006

French Bravery

According to this article by Theodore Dalrymple in City Journal the Frence press is showing more gumption in standing up to Islamic fanatics than the American Media, who continue to remind me of Bob Hope in his old movies where he would pretend to be brave, but end up hiding behind the skirts of his leading lady.

Check this out:
This time, the French have put the British and Americans to shame. From the outset of the crisis over the Danish caricatures, they have vigorously defended the right of free expression, unlike the British and Americans, whose pretence that they “understand” Muslim outrage has fooled no one and given the fanatics the (correct) impression of weakness and lack of conviction—and thus encouraged them.

Two French satirical weeklies with Voltairean aplomb, Le Canard Enchaîné and Charlie Hebdo, have published a series of cartoons mocking the Islamists and their beliefs as they deserve, with a courage and frankness almost entirely missing from the British and American media.

Charlie Hebdo’s front page, for example, has Muhammad, grimacing with his hands over his eyes, saying: “It’s hard being loved by all these idiots.” On the next page, Muhammad looks at the Danish cartoons and says, “It’s the first time the Danes have made me laugh.”

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A Muslim association tried in the French courts to have Charlie Hebdo banned, but the courts firmly rejected the request, and the edition sold out quickly. The two papers have inflicted a humiliation on the Islamists, in the best possible way, by exposing their intellectual nullity to withering scorn. No one can accuse the two papers, either, of racism, xenophobia, or any of the other crimes of lèse-PC, since they criticize and mock everyone (who deserves it) without fear or favor.

Go read the whole thing and offer up a cheer to the French publications: Le Canard Enchaîné and Charile Hebdo. It makes me wonder what Bill Gaines and Al Feldstein would have done during this whole mess if they were still at the helm of MAD Magazine.

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A Mystery Solved and More Regrets

There were some doubts as to the veracity of the letter, All European Life Died in Aushwitz, from a certain Sebastian Vilar Rodriguez in this post. Thanks to Someguy at Mystery Achievement and his cohort, Spanish Eowyn from Eurabian News we've got the skinny. Here is a link to the original letter. It's in Spanish, but it's authentic.

This too, originally posted at the History News Network demonstrates once again the dangers of appeasement.
Judith Apter Klinghoffer

I know, I have written about this before. At that time a Nigerian left this comment on my site:

This REFUSAL of the press to mount a HUGE OUTCRY is GETTING US KILLED. . . . If they'd all come out in unison and HOWLED THEIR DISGUST, it might have quelled the riots and shamed the Muslims into ceasing this obscene behaviour. As it is, Muslims see nothing is going to happen to them for howling and they are going to up the ante. The REAL STORY IS THE PRESS REFUSAL TO COVER THIS. WHY?

Now, oh, my God, the machetes have come out. Remember Rwanda? Christians again are murdered (not by Muslims!) in their churches.

You really want to cry? The poor Christians apparently knew what was coming and tried appeasement and not only by burning Danish flags. On Feb. 3, the BBC reported:

Nigeria's Christians back Muslims

An umbrella Nigerian Christian body based in the majority Muslim north has condemned the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

Now they realize that it was the wrong move, as their appeasement has been interpreted as weakness. Indeed, the cartoons are used to further the goal of turning Nigeria into an Islamic state. The Nigerian Anglicans statement includes the following statement.

From all indications, it is very clear now that the sacrifices of the Christians in this country for peaceful co-existence with people of other faiths has been sadly misunderstood to be weakness.

We have for a long time now watched helplessly the killing, maiming and destruction of Christians and their property by Muslim fanatics and fundamentalists at the slightest or no provocation at all. We are not unaware of the fact that these religious extremists have the full backup and support of some influential Muslims who are yet to appreciate the value of peaceful co-existence.

That an incident in far away Denmark which does not claim to be representing Christianity could elicit such an unfortunate reaction here in Nigeria, leading to the destruction of Christian Churches, is not only embarrassing, but also disturbing and unfortunate.

It is no longer a hidden fact that a long standing agenda to make this Nigeria an Islamic nation is being surreptitiously pursued. The willingness of Muslim Youth to descend with violence on the innocent Christians from time to time is from all intents and purposes a design to actualize their dream.

Remember never again? Do you believe that only the victims of disease, famine and Western "imperialism" deserve your attention?

Update: Christians are retaliating.
Yes, I copied the whole article. You really have to read the entire thing though to get the full impact. I was originally led to this piece from Little Green Footballs. The sequel to that piece, also found at LGF is this letter:
Reaction of the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, The Most Revd Peter Akinola on recent events in Nigeria

Having watched with sadness and dismay the recent development in some States in the Northern part of this Country where many Christian Churches and other property have been wantonly destroyed by some Islamic fundamentalists, the Christian Association of Nigeria is compelled to issue the following statements:

1. From all indications, it is very clear now that the sacrifices of the Christians in this country for peaceful co-existence with people of other faiths has been sadly misunderstood to be weakness
2. We have for a long time now watched helplessly the killing, maiming and destruction of Christians and their property by Muslim fanatics and fundamentalists at the slightest or no provocation at all. We are not unaware of the fact that these religious extremists have the full backup and support of some influential Muslims who are yet to appreciate the value of peaceful co-existence.
3. That an incident in far away Denmark which does not claim to be representing Christianity could elicit such an unfortunate reaction here in Nigeria, leading to the destruction of Christian Churches, is not only embarrassing, but also disturbing and unfortunate.
4. It is no longer a hidden fact that a long standing agenda to make this Nigeria an Islamic nation is being surreptitiously pursued. The willingness of Muslim Youth to descend with violence on the innocent Christians from time to time is from all intents and purposes a design to actualize their dream.
It is sad to note that all acts of hostility meted against Christians by Muslims in the past have remained unaddressed with nobody paying compensations or the culprits brought to justice.
We do appreciate the fact that at this stage of our national development, peace is absolutely necessary for realizing our dreams and aspirations. It is in view of this that Christians in Nigeria agreed to participate in the forthcoming National Census as sacrifice for the peace and progress of this nation, in spite of our protest over the non-inclusion of Religion and Ethnicity as necessary demographic data.
May we at this stage remind our Muslim brothers that they do not have the monopoly of violence in this nation. Nigeria belongs to all of us – Christians, Muslims and members of other faiths. No amount of intimidation can Change this time-honoured arrangement in this nation. C.A.N. may no longer be able to contain our restive youths should this ugly trend continue.
1. We now demand that further destruction of Christian Churches and property in this nation be permanently put to an end.
2. All levels of Government in this country should take adequate steps to protect the lives and property of Christians everywhere in this land as no further destructions will be tolerated or ignored.
3. The Federal Government and those States where Christian Churches have been destroyed are hereby urged to take urgent steps at rebuilding those structures and paying adequate compensation while assuring Christians of adequate protection in this country. These governments should now show in practical terms that Nigeria belongs to all of us by going beyond mere promises of rebuilding destroyed Churches and property as in the past to actual reconstruction, which will help the victims to quickly put this unfortunate incident behind them. A stitch in time saves nine.


Most Revd. Peter J. Akinola (CON, DD.)
President, Christian Association of Nigeria

So, while the American main stream media trip over their keyboards in their lame attempts to convince us that their cowardice in the face of threats of violence from practitioners of the "Religion of Peace", is really a high-minded concern to avoid offence, Christians in Nigeria are being murdered. Why are they being murdered? Because of some cartoons that were published in Denmark? That would be disgusting enough if it were true, and cause for rejection of Islam, the increased surveillence of Muslims and mosques, and increased profiling. But we know that Muslims are killing Christians in Nigeria for the same reason they are murdering people all over the globe: JIHAD!

Maybe one day the Press will find out that appeasement doesn't work, and they too, will write their regrets as we have already witnessed from individuals in Spain and Nigeria.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2006


Cox and Forkum demonstrate once again (by way of Little Green Footballs) that they are at the top of their game with this brilliant toon accompanied by important commentary by Christopher Hitchens originally published in Slate. As Mr. Hitchens preciently points out:
The silky ones may be more of a problem in the long term than the flagrantly vicious and crazy ones. Within a short while -- this is a warning -- the shady term "Islamophobia" is going to be smuggled through our customs. Anyone accused of it will be politely but firmly instructed to shut up, and to forfeit the constitutional right to criticize religion. By definition, anyone accused in this way will also be implicitly guilty. Thus the "soft" censorship will triumph, not from any merit in its argument, but from its association with the "hard" censorship that we have seen being imposed over the past weeks. A report ($$) in the New York Times of Feb. 13 was as carefully neutral as could be but nonetheless conveyed the sense of menace. "American Muslim leaders," we were told, are more canny. They have "managed to build effective organizations and achieve greater integration, acceptance and economic success than their brethren in Europe have. They portray the cartoons as a part of a wave of global Islamophobia and have encouraged Muslim groups in Europe to use the same term." In other words, they are leveraging worldwide Islamic violence to drop a discreet message into the American discourse.
Here is a good toon on the subject from Mike Thompson of the Detroit Free Press.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Reprinting THE Cartoons

With the Danish Mohammed cartoons posted all over the web, it may, by now, be an empty gesture on my part, but there are a number of reasons for posting them.

1. Most of the main stream media is too craven. They talk big, pretending that they talk truth to power, but now that they may suffer in some way by doing so, they are suddenly against offending religion. So much for the first amendment.

2. Denmark isn't in this alone. What ever rights the Danes lose through appeasement, we will all lose eventually.

3. Islamic hatemongers are using this as another tactic to force us into dhimmitude.

4. The world has not declared war on Islam. Islam has declared war on the world. Some people in the West don't want to admit that fact. It's so much easier to pretend that Islam is the religion of peace, and hope it will be their children and not them who will be condemned to dhimmitude.

5. I'm sick of the monumental hypocricy of the Islamists, their supporters, enablers, and useful idiots who expect us to accept the double standard between Islam and the rest of the world, where Muslims are never responsible for the violence they perpetrate against the rest of us, and the rest of us are Islamophobes for defending ourselves against them.

6. I'm sick of Muslim societies blaming all of their ills on others, especially the Jews.

7. My grandparents and great grandparents left Russia and Poland 100 years ago to come to America. They worked, and built businesses, and created families so that their children and grandchildren could live in freedom, and have all of the opportunities they were denied by Russian despots. I will not allow their sacrifices to have been made in vain.

8. Just as during the Passover seder we read how Moses and the Children of Israel left bondage in Egypt for our sake, so I try to do my tiny part in the battle against Islamic totalitarianism for the sake of my children and future decendents.

9. Everyone should be able to see these pictures and know what the uproar is about. They need to see the trivial provocations Muslims need to engage in violence and mayhem. And it seems that everything is a provocation to some in the Muslim Ummah.

10. The violence really began due to other cartoons peddled around the Middle-East, but falsely presented as being done by Danish cartoonists. And the MSM still panders to them.

11. Cartoonists, artists, and newspaper editors are having to live under guard and in fear, with the very real fear of ending up murdered like Theo Van Gogh.

12. As the Ummah grows, everyone else's piece of the planet shrinks. As we in the West take pride in our tolerance of others, and allow them to live in peace, we are not accorded the same privilege by Islam. Their hypocricy, their lies, and their hatred for anything non-Muslim has to be exposed and admitted.

And just for good measure, I added this Larry Wright cartoon, that the Detroit News pulled from their website because people from guess-which-religious-group were offended.

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Monday, February 20, 2006

Regrets from Spain

My brother emailed me the following article. I googled it, and it seems to be the read deal. It was also posted at A Jewish Perspective a few days ago.
This is a translation of an article from a Spanish newspaper written by a Catholic Spaniard before the "Danish Cartoon" exercise.

All European life died in Auschwitz
By Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez(*)
I walked down the street in Barcelona, and suddenly discovered a terrible truth:

Europe died in Auschwitz. We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims.

In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, and talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world.
The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world. These are the people we burned.

And under the pretense of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.

They have turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime. Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naive hosts. And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition.

We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for hoping for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs.

What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe.
The question for Europeans is: What are you going to do about it? That's the question we in the United States may be asking before long.


Sunday, February 19, 2006

Why Do They Come Here?

Why is here in the U.S.? Is it really to live in peace and harmony with with the rest of us? Wouldn't he be happier in an Islamic theocracy raising his children to hate Jews and Christians in the open, instead of in the privacy of his own home?

I found this photo at American Digest. There are more photos of the same protest in New York City at Flickr. Wouldn't they all be happier someplace where they wouldn't have to live in contact with us accursed infidels? Just wondering.


A Meeting With CAIR

Grizzly Mama offers this report on a meeting she attended sponsored by CAIR-Philly at U. Penn.
Saving the best for last I present Imam Isa Abdul Mateen. What an angry man - and a man very concerned about OPPRESSION - so concerned that he shouted about it atleast twice - possibly three times. According to our vaunted Imam - all terror is justified because they are OPPRESSED! He compared beheading innocents, torching everything in sight, threatening more 9/11's, and knifing bicyclists to death to --- the Boston Tea Party. Swear to God - he did. I believe it was the Imam who quoted a Bible verse to justify blasphemers being put to death. The Imam appeared to have been followed by several bearded lackeys who stood at the back of the room and would shout out now and then in support of his position. One of them went to the microphone to challenge Dr. Rishi on his contention that Christians and Jews would make it to heaven. Dr. Rishi explained that this was not the time for theological discussions and the ladies from CAIR became very nervous with waving arms and anxious twitchings and explained that we would have to go to the next question.
Read the whole thing. Know thine enemy!

The original link was over at Little Green Footballs.

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Sunday, February 12, 2006

Notes from the Islamic Ministry of Truth

The Detroit News, seems to have become home to any Muslim voice that wants to subvert the truth in order to further its agenda of destroying Israel and the West.

First off, we have the Detroit area's Islamic Minister of Truth, Imam Mohammed Ali Elahi, weighing in on the currrent cartoon controversy. His column is in regular rotation with other local religious leaders. Among other typical pronouncements in his truth-free zone, he lets us know that
Muslims, who believe in the virgin birth of Jesus and the revelation to Moses, never ridicule other people's faith symbols and would appreciate the same respect in return. We wouldn't mind if the terrorists were ridiculed: Those who hijack the name of Islam and kidnap the innocents like Jill Carroll and sometimes behead them and even bomb peaceful religious observances -- but to dishonor a prophet is inexcusable.
It's so sad to see how Prophet Muhammad is misunderstood and poorly appreciated in the West. Mohammad's life was filled with concern for his fellow human beings. He was a sincere servant and messenger of God.

Muhammad never attempted to forcibly convert anybody to his faith. It was his wisdom, patience, forgiveness and the humility of his teachings that attracted people. The prophet was asked to curse his enemies who tortured his followers in brutal and barbaric ways. Instead, he asked God to forgive them and save them from ignorance.
and of course
The animosity between Europe and the Muslim world hurts both sides, but it gives power to those who don't like to see the Western world cooperating with Muslims, who ignore humanity's basic needs and who love to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to launch more wars under the banner of "Christian crusade" or "democracy."
Imam Elahi must not have read this article at The American Thinker.
(1) Before Muhammad’s Hijrah, he used to sit in the assembly and invite the Meccans to Allah, citing the Quran and warning them of God’s punishment for mocking his prophets. A Meccan named Al-Nadr bin al-Harith would then follow him and speak about heroes and kings of Persia, saying, “By God, Muhammad cannot tell a better story than I, and his talk is only of old fables which he has copied as I have.” On other days al-Nadr would interrupt Muhammad until the prophet silenced him.

It was al-Nadir’s bad fortune to join Mecca’s army, riding north to protect their caravan, which Muhammad attacked at the Battle of Badr. The story-telling polytheist was captured, and on Muhammad’s return journey back to Medina, Ali, Muhammad’s cousin and son-in-law, at Muhammad’s order, beheaded him instead of getting some possible ransom money. He was one of two prisoners who were executed and not allowed to be ransomed by their clans—all because he wrote poems and told stories critiquing Muhammad.

[Source: Ibn Ishaq, The Life of Muhammad, trans. A. Guillaume, (Oxford UP, 1955, 2004), pp. 136 (Arabic pages 191-92); 163 / 236; 181 / 262; 308 / 458. Reputable historians today consider Ibn Ishaq to be a good source of early Islam, though they may disagree on his chronology and miraculous elements.]
That's only one. There are other examples of wonton cruelty of course, including the beheading of the male Jews of the Qurayzah tribe, whose families were then enslaved, except for th beautiful Jewess who was forced to become one of his wives.

The News also printed this appalling piece of reality inversion in defense of Hamas by M. Kay Siblani, executive editor of Arab American News in Dearborn Michigan. She informs us that
T he political party in power in Israel is the direct descendant of a terrorist organization that bombed and killed Palestinians and Westerners alike while trying to establish a Jewish state on someone else's land.
For one thing, Hamas is not part of an effort to take someone else's land away. Its struggle is defensive, not offensive.

Neither does Hamas want to create a state wherein one religion reigns supreme. In Israel, Jews have automatic citizenship and other rights not afforded to people of other faiths. The double standard applied to Hamas -- and Arabs and Muslims -- is fueling support for more extremist groups.

It's OK to have a Jewish state, but not an Islamic one, even though the Jewish state is undemocratic, consistently violates international law, commits state-sponsored terrorism, has no constitution and no defined, internationally recognized borders.

The double standard is glaring on peace negotiations. The Palestinians are portrayed as an equal partner required to make all sorts of concessions before anyone will talk to them. But they have no land, no money, no arms and a compromised leadership.
and of course
If there's any doubt about who is the aggressor and who is the victim in this struggle, take a look at the statistics. Six times as many Palestinians have been killed by the Israelis as Israelis by the Palestinians. For children, the ratio is seven to one.

It's important to realize that standing against what Israel does -- or even whether it should exist -- is not anti-Semitic. Israel is a political aspiration of a particular group of people, some of whom are Jewish and some of whom are not. There are Jews who don't believe a state where Jews have rights above others should exist.
and the kicker
Those who know that the time has come for justice for Palestinians and believe that it will somehow detract from Israel's well-being have descended into name-calling and demonizing. People like this are irresponsible and should not have a public podium.
Short version: It's all the fault of Israel. Isn't everything?

Obviously Ms. Siblani hasn't paid much attention to recent history or read the Hamas charter, you know, the one that quite explicitly calls for the destruction of Israel.

Attempting to be fair to the Detroit News, I have to point out that Siblani's "blame the Jews" rant and the following example of a Muslim "moderate's" undisguised anti-semitism was in response to this column by Detroit News Editor, Nolan Finley. The headline is: "Palestinians failed democracy, not the other way around."
Democracy didn't fail when the Palestinians used their first truly free vote to install terrorist leaders. The Palestinians failed. Again.

Those who see the Hamas victory as evidence that democracy is not the answer for all people in all places ignore the unique nature of the Palestinians. They lack a key ingredient for sustaining freedom - self-interest.

The Palestinians' lust for Jewish blood is stronger than their desire to lead peaceful, secure lives, to rule an independent state, to lift themselves out of their misery.

That, given the opportunity, they would give their votes to terrorists should not be a shock. This is the same people who deified Yasser Arafat, the father of modern-day terrorism.

Terror defines Palestinians

Under Arafat, terrorism became an inseparable part of the Palestinian identity. He perfected the use of terror as a means of gaining a political wedge, proving that those willing to shed blood without relenting, without remorse and without regard to external pressure will be rewarded with a seat at the table.

Their suicide bombers should have made the Palestinians international pariahs. Instead, apologists depicted the violence as the natural response of a persecuted people. The excuses invited more terror, from more sources and in more places.
It's obvious why the usual cast of terror-supporters, "human rights activists", and Muslim spokesliars were upset.
This letter, "presenting another point of view", is reprinted in its entirety:
Following the revolting experience of reading Nolan Finley's extremely racist piece of garbage, several thoughts came to mind. First, I wondered how many Israeli shekels it took to purchase The News. The News has become an ambassador of hate by regurgitating the lies bigots have historically used to dehumanize and terrorize the Palestinian people.

It was none other than your employer, Ariel Sharon, and his Zionist predecessors who defined terrorism in the region and unleashed countless campaigns of brutality and unrelenting terror upon the innocent.
I'm sure the News sees itself as brave and selfless for printing this letter. They probably congratulate themselves on being even-handed and presenting both sides of a difficult issue. What they miss, or don't care to notice is the anti-semitic libel of "The Jewish control of the media." When discussing Israel, lies and anti-semitic slurs are not seen as the bigoted statements of hatred that have caused the deaths of millions over the past millenia. Now they are just another point of view. But they won't insult those delicate Muslim sensibilities by printing those "offensive" cartoons.

And that scares me.

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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

A Small Hit to the Funny Bone

In the continuing Muslim Cartoon Mania, the Detroit Free Press, besides running this great cartoon by Mike Thompson, ran this article called, "Religious groups decry reaction to caricatures". My favorite line is:
"This kind of violence is contrary to the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad," said Dawud Walid, Michigan head of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "These cartoons should never have been printed, but the Prophet Muhammad said that we should not reciprocate by returning evil for evil. We are to reply to evil only with good."

Imad Hamad, regional director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, said the cartoons were offensive, but "under no circumstances do we accept the harming of any individuals or destroying any property or embassy in any country."
No matter how many times I hear about the peacefulness of Islam, it never fails to make me chuckle. The most honest line in the article is:
Bilal Dabaja, a student at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, said the cartoons only add "fuel to the fire" of stormy relations with the Muslim world. "There is freedom of the press, but there should be limits," Dabaja said.
In other words, "say what you'd like about anything else, but pay tribute to Islam, Dhimmi."

Nuts to that!

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Sunday, February 05, 2006

Muslim leaders urge restraint over cartoons.

Yep, that's what the headline read above this article in the Detroit Free Press. Here is the whole thing.
Michigan Muslims joined others in the Islamic world Friday in denouncing European newspapers that have published cartoons they say defame Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.

Muslims spoke out against a cartoon that depicts Muhammad wearing a turban shaped as a bomb, and others. Originally published in a Danish newspaper in the fall, some of the cartoons were reprinted in several other newspapers across Europe this week, in reports about the outrage and in editorials on free speech in secular societies.

Fueling the anger is the fact that Islamic law forbids the depiction of Muhammad, even positively, in order to prevent worshiping idols or people.

On Friday, thousands of people held loud demonstrations, with some in the Sudan and in Israel's West Bank calling for terrorist leader Osama bin Laden to strike back.

But in Michigan, the concern was restrained. There were no demonstrations. One leader, while saying the cartoons are in bad taste, urged Muslims not to overreact.

Still, they were upset.

"Freedom of speech and expression -- all those things are great and we need that -- but there should be some understanding that freedom of speech does not include defamation," said Victor Begg, 58, of Bloomfield Hills, who's an interfaith Muslim activist in Michigan. "It's just ignorant."

In Ypsilanti, Dawud Walid urged Muslims in his Friday sermon at the Masjid Ibrahim mosque not to react with hate.

Walid, director of the Michigan branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said he recounted the story of Muhammad's visit to a hostile village. The villagers stoned Muhammad but he didn't strike back and, eventually, they accepted Islam.

"What would Prophet Muhammad have done in a similar situation?" Walid said. Muhammad "encouraged us to be compassionate, tender and also patient. We should always take the moral high ground."

Walid and other Muslim leaders planned to meet Friday night at the Islamic House of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights to criticize the cartoons, but also urge restraint.

Last year, cartoons in the Detroit News and Oakland Press that negatively depicted Arabs and Islam upset local Muslims. Editors at both newspapers apologized for printing them. No American paper is known to have reprinted the European cartoons.
Pretty bland isn't it? Even the dishonest, self-serving quotes from local Muslim spokesliars are dull. If it weren't for other, nonprofessional sources of information, Detroit Free Press readers would be unaware of the massive violence going on in the name of censorship by Muslims against us infidels. Not to mention the extra spicy cartoons so thoughtfully added by Danish Terror Imam, Ahmed Abdel Rahman Abu Laban. Add to that, thinly veiled threats of violence from Muslims in Europe and Australia.

Are local Detroit papers purposely trying to keep us in the dark, or are they afraid of the local Arab/Muslim community, the largest in the United States? Either way, I am certainly thankful for the legion of pajama-clad bloggers who are beholden to nobody, and are constantly gathering and synthesizing information that American newspapers are afraid to touch.

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Saturday, February 04, 2006

Another Good One

Here is a good piece on the current Muslim Cartoon Mania from Charles Moore at the Daily Telegraph.
It's some time since I visited Palestine, so I may be out of date, but I don't remember seeing many Danish flags on sale there. Not much demand, I suppose. I raise the question because, as soon as the row about the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in Jyllands-Posten broke, angry Muslims popped up in Gaza City, and many other places, well supplied with Danish flags ready to burn. (In doing so, by the way, they offered a mortal insult to the most sacred symbol of my own religion, Christianity, since the Danish flag has a cross on it, but let that pass.)

Why were those Danish flags to hand? Who built up the stockpile so that they could be quickly dragged out right across the Muslim world and burnt where television cameras would come and look? The more you study this story of "spontaneous" Muslim rage, the odder it seems.

The complained-of cartoons first appeared in October; they have provoked such fury only now. As reported in this newspaper yesterday, it turns out that a group of Danish imams circulated the images to brethren in Muslim countries. When they did so, they included in their package three other, much more offensive cartoons which had not appeared in Jyllands-Posten but were lumped together so that many thought they had.

It rather looks as if the anger with which all Muslims are said to be burning needed some pretty determined stoking. Peter Mandelson, who seems to think that his job as European Trade Commissioner entitles him to pronounce on matters of faith and morals, accuses the papers that republished the cartoons of "adding fuel to the flames"; but those flames were lit (literally, as well as figuratively) by well-organised, radical Muslims who wanted other Muslims to get furious. How this network has operated would make a cracking piece of investigative journalism.
By the way, this article and the one in my previous post were linked by commentators on Little Green Footballs.

From a news article also in the Telegraph:
Some Muslim ambassadors expressed anger that the Danish government could go no further, repeating earlier distaste at any "expression, action or indication that attempts to demonise groups of people on the basis of their religion or ethnic background."
. . . unless you're demonising Jews, as we can see from these cartoons from the Arab world.

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Some in the MSM Do Get It.

Tim Rutten offers this piece in the L.A. Times. It's thoughtful, intelligent, and it doesn't pander to the "delicate sensibilities" of CAIR or other Islamic pressure groups who are determined to destroy our freedoms in order to avoid offending their "Religion of Peace."

Mr. Rutten begins with the Danish cartoons of Mohammed (sorry, but I can't bring myself, even jokingly, to call them offensive) and then goes on to look at the big picture.
Tolerance goes both ways

The West's current struggle with a murderous global Sunni Muslim insurgency and the threat of a nuclear-armed theocracy in Iran makes it clear that it's no longer possible to overlook the culture of intolerance, hatred and xenophobia that permeates the Islamic world. The hard work of rooting those things out will have to be done by honest Muslim leaders and intellectuals willing to retrace their tradition's steps and do the intellectual heavy lifting that participation in the modern world requires. They won't be helped, however, if Western governments continue to pander to Islamic sensitivity while looking away from violent Islamic intolerance. They won't be helped by European diplomats and officials who continue to ignore the officially sanctioned hate regularly directed at Jews by the Mideast's government-controlled media, while commiserating with Muslims offended by a few cartoons in the West's free news media.

The decent respect for the opinions of others that life in modern, pluralistic societies requires is not a form of relativism. It will not do, as Isaiah Berlin once put it, to say, "I believe in kindness and you believe in concentration camps" and let's leave it at that.
It's a great piece and so opposite almost everything else coming out of the MSM in their fear of offending Muslims.

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