Monday, March 31, 2008

Islamism is Indeed Fascism (March 31, 2008)

Islam can be a religion of moderation, of peace.

If the majority of the one billion Muslims were not moderate and supported al-Qaeda, the Western World would be simply overwhelmed in spite of its technological, military and financial superiority. One billion radicals, martyrs, terrorists, Jihadists and their supporters would quickly reduce the world to ashes in their nihilistic violence.

For a clash of religious cultures to be averted, perhaps 10-20% of the Muslims worldwide must be totally reeducated; and this is not a matter of modest slow gradations. The anti-West, anti-American and anti-Israel propaganda taught daily in the kindergartens and schools, universities and mosques and which permeates the media throughout the radicalized Muslim world is so complete, so undifferentiated, so extreme and so rooted in uniform conformity that only a total remake, a redefinition of these institutions, can have any hope of reversing this perversion of truth, this immoderacy, this disinterest in co-existence.

Islamism and Fascism are particularly symbiotic, having many striking similarities.

Just as when we may criticize Nazism, we are not being anti-German.

When we may abhor Radical Islamism, we are not being anti-Islam and certainly not prejudiced against the majority in the Muslim world.

Western civilization allows us varying perspectives, differentiated opinions and the exquisite luxury of viewing any religion, any culture in all their multitudinous colors, values, expressions, qualities and realities.

Both Radical Islamism and Nazism see the world in stark black and white; in particular both have exhibited the deep-seated will to exterminate the Jews. In fact the Islamist's doctrine goes further, believing their redemption and the eagerly awaited end of the world will only arrive when there are no Jews left in the world. Apocalypse and its doomsday are central to the spirituality of Jihadists, the Ahmadinejad's of the world and thereby they express their fascistic purity.

They both discriminate against homosexuals and would exterminate them. They would not live comfortably with others of different beliefs, opposing cultures, varying politics and would consistently attempt to destroy those of difference until a uniformity, a universal commonality was obtained that matched the Sunni Wahhabist or Shiite extremes; with even all less extreme variations of Muslim beliefs, especially those of moderacy, eventually expunged.

Both believe they are the finest community, the superior race, god's perfection and personification on earth - all else pales into insignificance by comparison, all others are of little value except as perhaps the Nazi's Untermenchen, the Islamist's Dhiminis, all third-class citizens with necessarily slave-like mentalities, existing and working only for the common good of the superior ones and those chosen to interpret the exclusive immutable and unchangeable truths of their preeminent beliefs.

Western societies are substantially deficient at fighting this fascism, at combating even more so Islamism which thrives universally with its amorphous and insidious presence on every continent, in most countries.

If the radical leftist, if the liberal (for whom all cultures, all beliefs are equivalent) appeaser, if the current media, all existed in the late 1930's, then perhaps Roosevelt would not have declared war on the Nazis (Germany had at that time not yet attacked America). And even if he had, these opposing forces would have made it impossible to prosecute the war, what with the hundreds of thousands of GI's dead, with the millions of German civilians dead, with the ultimately 50 million victims of WWII. Within the context of modern politics and propaganda, these casualties, especially amongst the non-combatants, would have caused the war effort to be destroyed and with it the ability of the Western World to contain Nazism and eventually defeat it.

There would have been democracy in Europe, no Jews left in those countries and certainly no nascent state of Israel.

America would have probably survived, but in a much reduced and weakened form, beset continually by the expansionist aims of the Nazis and perhaps the USSR, fighting ever since for its isolated survival.

Western societies are not well designed to understand these evils or eradicate them. We are designed to invent Penicillin, the Internet, expand tolerance, peace and prosperity, and extend the beneficence of freedom to all individuals replete with unlimited rights and choices.

We tend to view the world of Islamists through Western lenses with eminently Western rationality. That is why we constantly appease, donating money to the Hamas' university in Gaza, protecting via America's vast military umbrella the oil fields of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States, allowing enormous sums of money to institute and maintain radical Islamic religion and education worldwide including Madrassas and Mosques throughout Western Europe and the USA. That is why, in our rational and reasonable attempt to appease those who hate us, those who would destroy us, we in fact strengthen them. We motivate them further as they cannot be reconciled to our existence, they cannot be appeased by our signs of weakness and conciliation, our inconsistent variabilities.

We institute sanctions not worthy of the definition. We initiated a powerful invasion of Iraq and failed to finish it decisively, failed miserably to follow that miraculous removal of Saddam Hussein with a rebuilding of Iraqi society with all its attendant moderate and democratic judicial, educational and governmental institutions. We failed to ensure the participation of the Iraqi majority from the start and facilitate their ultimate control of their own destiny. We needed to be a proactive facilitator and not an occupying power. The jury as they say, is fortunately still out.

Iran is of course another twist in the story, another mirror the West cannot see, dare not see, lest it lose its freshly minted New World innocence, its hard won naivety.

Martyrdom is exalted in Iran.

They view annihilation of Israel and themselves in return, positively. They will attack Israel as soon as practical and do not take into account the logical eventuality of their own destruction. Their particular heaven awaits all their martyrs. In fact they welcome such retaliation, believing it will draw the Muslim peoples closer to each other, encourage riots in every Arab street, cementing their anti-West views and actions, furthering the interests of the Islamists. They realize Muslims are now too divided and for the necessary war between the Muslim world and the Western world to take place, catalytic events like 9/11 and Iraq are absolutely required. Bin Laden understood well the results of 9/11 and its military insignificance and yet hoped for a strong Western reaction to inspire Jihadists worldwide.

The Islamists enjoy the quagmires in Afghanistan and Iraq as they see these wars as breeding grounds for their protégés - they calculate that the Western world has not the resilience or the patience to fight wars of attrition and that they will get mired in the media casualties and political swamps of a long, painful and drawn out conflict.

The Islamists understand well the Harry Reids and Barrack Obamas of the world and believe it's only a matter of time when America will leave and the Jihadists will then establish Islamic States in Iraq and Afghanistan; states which will serve as a launch pad, as an historical pretext to initiating terrorist attacks in Europe and the USA on their way to establishing a worldwide Caliphate, which is always and remains central to their everyday preoccupations.

Friday, March 28, 2008

The Marketplace Knows Best (March 28, 2008)

In Israel the modest town of Sderot is suing the government of Israel.

It's always fascinating how the esteemed experts,
the genius corpus of economists cannot,
in spite of their continual best efforts
at predicting the course of our economy
and our stock markets, get it right.
University students, the Average Joe
in the street and the marketplace
seem on the other hand
to be better predictors
of the future health or illness
of our mercantile future.

Perhaps this is where real democracy works,
as it were,
in the pecuniary belly of the beast
and not in the media,
not in the openly opaque
ivory towers of Wall Street.

Likewise the citizens of Sderot,
the town in Israel one mile from the Gaza border,
are taking their future into their own hands.
Sderot has suffered over 1000 Qassams since January 1st,
those crude but devastatingly debilitating and sometimes lethal
rocket barrages sent over daily by the separate
and self-governing entity known as Gaza.

Gaza got its fervent wishes fulfilled.
First Israel unilaterally withdrew and effectively handed Gaza
its independence in September of 2005;
the citizens of which then promptly elected Hamas
as their chosen government in January of 2006.
It seems finally, that having their own destiny,
to realize or destroy for themselves,
day by day, is just not enough for the independent citizens of Gaza –
they insist on wreaking havoc with Sderot across the border –
there have never been as many rockets as now,
since the separation.
I suppose the old adage applies
"Be careful what you wish for."

The citizens of Gaza have voted for and chosen terrorism,
have thereby inherited devastation and anarchy,
against all international predictions and expert prognostications.

Those citizens of Sderot, a missile’s throw across the border,
have likewise confounded the politicians in Jerusalem.

They are suing for protection, for an end to terrorism,
from a seemingly indifferent government
more concerned with Condoleezza’s demands and
with not compromising the already bankrupt peace process.

For good or bad, citizens across both borders
are taking their future in their own hands –
they are the ones that know best,
that are making their choices,
they are indeed the marketplace –
the media and pundits would be well advised to take note.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

FITNA UNVEILED (March 27, 2008)

The Muslim world that is vocal and vociferous in its demands for censorship in the West is going through a reenergized paroxysm of anger and hate – fatwas for the Fitna producer (Dutch politician Geert Wilders) and its distributors are flying fast and furious.

The Fitna film, supposedly anti-Muslim and anti-Koran, (is it realistic to mandate that 100% of the world’s population must be pro-Koran and pro-Muslim?) is yet to be viewable anywhere - the orgy of condemnation is however already reaching volcanic proportions.

Whether the film has artistic or philosophic merit is not the point. The issue is free speech and reasonable individual rights of expression and critical thinking, the Western World’s invaluable inheritance of 3000 years of civilizing refinement.

Since most Muslim organizations and countries seem so experienced and professional at censorship and the restriction of individual expression, we should ask them firmly yet politely exactly how they so effectively censor the existing hate speech, the rampant anti-Semitic and anti-West propaganda that fill their media, Mosques, schools and universities on an hourly basis, every day, almost without exclusion.

We could then see if their clearly enormous success in this area can be applied to Geert Wilders’ new and controversial film, Fitna.

If this film produces one superb result it will be to unearth and learn from the Muslim World their most closely guarded secret – how indeed they manage to so successfully remove those endless anti-America and anti-Israel caricatures, the films and harangues from their ever present education system and media, how they achieve such unrivaled respect and manifest such unprejudiced consideration for Christianity, Judaism and the rest of the world’s religious cultures and beliefs.

Clearly their unparalleled censorship is not at all applied to anti-government, democratic, moderate or revolutionary speech and actions within their societies. Rather these societies just as clearly nurture multi-culturalism, religious freedom and unqualified personal expression. That is why they reserve the corresponding right to require, as they now petulantly demand, of the Western World the censorship of Fitna and of any and all criticism of Islam or the Koran.

Once they divulge how exactly they miraculously manage to remove all this hate speech against Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, the Baha’i and assorted other religions and groups we will be able to follow their eminently civilized advances and do likewise in our societies so urgently in need of this Middle Eastern censorship, this sensitizing cultural lobotomy.

I await their generous advice with much anticipation.

Link to the Wall Street Journal article "Islam and Free Speech" by Peter Hoekstra:

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Danish Pastries (March 26, 2008)

Denmark, long the liberal, open society that welcomed immigrants, has done an about face. After being the symbolic envy of Universalists, of socialists, of cultural liberalism, Denmark today has the strictest immigration policy in Europe.

The Muslim population in Denmark, constituting a mere 4% of the total, refuses to integrate, consumes 40% of the welfare, constitutes a majority of the country’s convicted rapists. The Danes now acknowledge that their core values of personal liberty, free speech, equality for women and tolerance of other ethnic groups are incompatible with Islam as they know it.

Muslim leaders openly advocate introducing Islamic law in Denmark. Danes at the forefront of advocating free speech and Western values are subject to fatwas and increasingly violent attacks from the Muslim population.

This haven of tolerance and openness has opted for survival and rationality. For citizenship the country now requires of new immigrants:

- 3 years of language classes
- tests on Denmark’s history, culture and language
- 7 years of residency prior to application
- proven job opportunities and commitment to work

New mosques will not be allowed to be built in Copenhagen. Assimilation will be actively promoted. The country that once courageously and righteously saved their 7,000 Jews from the Nazi death camps now is accused of racism.

America is no stranger to accusations of profiling, political incorrectness and racism. Yet Muslims worldwide still beat down our doors to gain immigration status to the USA – they tellingly do not do likewise to the majority of U.N. nations habitually accusing the USA of racism. When last did Cuba or Russia, Syria or even Saudi Arabia, those bastions of tolerance and freedom, receive a deluge of immigrant applications?

So we in the USA spend our time being sued by aggressive Imams testing nervous airlines. Open season has been declared on the West by demanding Islamic organizations hoping to force the government and our municipalities to kowtow into passive submission. We now clearly need footbaths in every university restroom. We also need two taxi lines at every airport – one for those with short skirts, dogs or alcoholic beverages and one for Sharia-compliant Americans.

Yet little spunky Denmark is showing us and everyone the way. They opened their borders and their coffers to welcome Muslims, in a show of remarkable generosity and goodwill. Now, bruised and battered by an unappreciative, increasingly fundamentalist, and sadly uncompromising Muslim community, they are closing their doors and battening down the hatches.

It is only a matter of time before America’s similar generosities and freedoms are likewise pressured. It will not be too long before our remarkable naivety, our exquisitely refined political correctness, are replaced by realistic pragmatism and a strong commitment to our own cultural survival, to uncompromising freedoms and our non-negotiable security and liberty.

A new found taste for Danish pastries perhaps?

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The True Conservative (March 25, 2008)

The true conservative
the true democrat
the true independent
is the consummate moderate in all areas
except those of freedom and survival,
eschewing both fascism and socialism
marching to the beat of a
refined mind, a tempered heart
following the morality of ages,
the commandments of Sinai,
faithful to the ethics of our fathers,
of Abraham, Moses, Plato and Lincoln

The authentic conservative
does not have an agenda,
ignores political correctness,
feels the heart but follows the mind

The essential conservative
has lucidity of intelligence
a respect for ideas, for solutions
for values and for truths

The radical leftist, the inflamed Jihadist
both worship the heart, the knowing of
certainty, the passion of perfection.
It’s the mind of the conservative
that lover of freedom,
that directs ones path,
dictates ones decisions and not
the agenda of the crowd
the naivety of feel-goodness,
the one-slogan-fits-all,
the all-is-relative, the
fascism of the hyperbolic left

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Obama’s Peak is Past (March 19, 2008)

Obama’s pastor of 20 years, the fiery Reverend Wright, would have us damn America for the many sins he so energetically and repeatedly points out. He further claimed in 2006 that racist America, run by rich white folk, could never countenance a black president. Now that he has co-opted brown Obama, born of a white mother and Kenyan father, as his great black hope to rearrange America’s soul, he may have, by his increasingly contaminating and close relationship with Obama, both cursed Obama’s presidential chances and given Obama’s supporters pause. Pause to examine the presidential hopeful’s views and his many influences, a primary part of which derives, as Obama himself acknowledges, from Reverend Wright whose anti-White, anti-America, anti-Israel and pro-Farrakhan diatribes are now filling the TV screens across America (mainly Fox News as CNN, NBC and CBS are unsure, it seems, how these revelations fit in with their clearly ambivalent agendas).

The irony is that all those who could not be proud of America, as Michelle Obama has stated, all those like Reverend Wright who present America as hateful, racist, deserving of 9/11, and all those others who present a depressing, negative, paranoid and nasty version of America, by their support of Obama, with his opposing view of positive hopeful America, will indeed bring him down, will damage ultimately his chances by their virulently negative views so clearly in opposition to Obama’s optimism and belief in a great America.

For Obama to bridge the increasingly obvious divide between his source, his influences and that which he is “selling” in his campaign to America, he is playing more and more the politics of victimhood. This is a great shame as he seemed to be the one candidate capable of optimism, of looking forward, of focusing on the positive in America and enhancing it further for the good of all America.

Obama, when confronted with queries surrounding his relationship to Reverend Wright and the Reverend’s inflammatory remarks and strong support of Louis Farrakhan, that notorious provider of anti-Americanism and of anti-Jewish hate speech, has quickly condemned any statements that are anti-American or anti-Semitic. He has however, with worrying consistency, failed to absolutely condemn both Reverend Wright and Farrakhan, as though his relationship to and admiration of both reverse racists can withstand the controversy and protect his clearly deep sense of loyalty and brotherhood; as though the appalling remarks and virulent attitudes of both are not somehow representative of their character, as though these defining core values and political mantras have not been consistently and openly espoused by these hate mongers for the last 20 years and more.

When you condemn a man’s words and not the man himself, you make light of the seriousness of these words, you dilute its significance. Obama claims the impossibility of disowning Reverend Wright, even as he could not his own white grandmother for certain of her racial epithets. If Obama was of Italian ancestry would his all-inclusive relativity prevent him from disowning Mussolini? If Obama as a kid was taken to and initially belonged to the same church that David Duke frequented, would he similarly castigate Duke’s words whilst breaking bread with him?

Most dictators have had their pet charitable projects, have been good to some portions of their citizenry. Both Hezbollah and Hamas, designated by the USA as terrorist organizations, have effective and surely laudable social programs, albeit with strong political agendas. Obama explains, in mitigation, the good work by Reverend Wright in the church, his active social justice, as though Hitler’s sincere commitment to uplift the poor of Germany can wash away his genocide, his Mein Kampf, his evil. Now Wright is obviously no Hitler, however, one can’t help being reminded of the old adage, that if one sleeps with dogs one will undoubtedly arise with fleas.

Obama clearly, as they often say, wants to have his cake and to eat every bountiful portion thereof. He would have America believe in his all-encompassing ideology, his unlimited inclusiveness, his soporific hope and optimism for all of America. Yet the person he is married to, the church he is a member of, the intimate advisors he has cultivated in Wright and others, the people he seems to have respect and loyalty to, all do not share the worldview he is selling the electorate – they all seem clearly to have an abiding animosity to America, a deeply negative animus about its people and its policies.

Which is it? Who is Obama? Is it the origins, the source, the influences of his life or the newly minted fresh and powerfully convincing and inspiring Obama? When will we get detail and substance on his views, philosophy and plans, when will we be privy to what is more reflective of and essential to Obama – his wife’s profoundly negative views, his relationships with dangerously toxic “uncles” (read Reverend Wright), confidants, mentors and advisors or indeed the perfection he so brilliantly is now espousing.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

“The Bloody Conundrum of Gaza” The Economist (March 8, 2008)

The only real conundrum, understood well by both Palestinians and Israelis, yet totally ignored by the Western world with their disingenuous and blinding blinkers, with their agenda-driven hypocrisy remaining in place since the establishment of the Jewish state in 1948, is indeed the obvious reality that this lethal stalemate would cease the minute the rockets and suicide bombings stop. It’s really as simple as that, in spite of all the convoluted permutations both the Western and Arab worlds deign to project onto this conflict.

The Economist states that the “Israelis and Palestinians are trapped in a lethal stalemate, and the Islamists of Hamas refuse to be destroyed.” Should Israel with its overwhelming military superiority be desirous of destroying Hamas and their Gaza Strip, it would in fact take a few bloody days and they would be done with. Yet it is their unrivaled and uncompromised ethical standards that prevents just such a bloody solution and keeps Israel by its own choice on the defensive, hoping for sanity and rationality from a West that is cowered by Oil Power and Jihadists and from an Arab world that is full of self-defeating scapegoating, full of well fed hate and uncompromising fundamentalism.

It was so in 1948 and it remains the same intransigence today. Israel’s existence is for the Arab world the issue – not its borders, not any other painful aspect of Israel’s unfortunate interrelationship with the Palestinian people who are themselves hostage to Hamas and the other myriad assorted terrorist groups. All other problems can be solved, all other compromises are eminently within grasp by all except those who have not and will not accept Israel’s right to exist since 1948.

The Hamas Charter as well as the PLO Charter, in spite of all the spin, still advocate for Israel’s destruction. And it is, to the contrary, not Hamas that refuses to be destroyed, but Israel. Israel has no desire, even though it has the firepower, to destroy Hamas – Israel targets only the terrorists and rocketeers. It is irresponsible of The Economist to suggest any genocidal policy of Israel, and at the same time to ignore Hamas’ stated genocidal intentions and their daily rocketing of innocent civilians. Stop the rockets and the stalemate will evaporate, a situation Hamas refuses to entertain and one which the West and the Arab world refuse to push them into.

There is continuous focus on casualties, disproportionate responses and terrified children crying in streets of improvised devastation. Political claims fly back and forth rife with accusations from all sides. The average Palestinian, the average Israeli remain pawns of regimes, of politicians and media poisoned with indifference for these citizens, rife with self-serving agendas and callous scapegoating.

If the missiles stop, so will the necessary, understandable, and eminently proportional responses.

The Economist further claims that the missile attacks (over 500 so far this year) and Israel’s focused responses are where “cause and effect had merged into a seamless continuum.” To be blind to the cause and report avidly on the effects, especially from Gaza, is to pay homage only to the expert Palestinian propaganda machine originally trained well by the KGB in its time and its long time stooge Arafat; propaganda which with Hamas’ ability to daily terrorize Israeli civilians seems to be the two singular areas in which Gaza excels. Once again the simple is ignored, the case as it were of the blind leading the lame. The cause is and was the terrorism emanating from Gaza, the rockets and suicide bombings.

Stop these and the continuum so incorrectly defined by The Economist will likewise evaporate.

See this article at:

Monday, March 10, 2008

SIX MILLION (March 10, 2008)

Picture, if you would, the single mother
who births and then nurtures her children
to creative beings and lives of giving

Picture the single doctor, saving lives,
easing those lives of others, often for decades

Picture the single scientist who invents the Internet,
Penicillin, the cell phone or nuclear energy

Picture the Albert Einstein, the Marc Chagall, the George Gershwin,
Arthur Rubinstein, Franz Kafka, Martin Buber, Golda Meir,
Jonas Salk, Groucho Marx, Bob Dylan,

on and on, and then on some more,
then multiply that all by six million possibilities

What valuable people we lost forever in the Holocaust.
What good lives this world lost in that genocide,
and more in that war, on all sides

Imagine all the world could have had, all the world could have been

But you can't imagine; we can only see one at a time - and
that is everything to us, all the time.

Friday, March 7, 2008


8 Killed…by Palestinian MILITANT
(pg 1, LA Times, Mar. 7, 08),1,103934,full.story?ctrack=2&cset=true


Those are marchers in San Francisco shouting anti-Bush slogans
Those are protestors scuffling with police at the G8 Summits in Seattle and Rome.
Those are volunteers of The Minutemen patrolling our southern borders.

However they are certainly not the terrorist who chose a seminary
of unarmed religious youths in the middle of the holy city of Jerusalem
and then proceeded to massacre eight of these students,
apart from the dozen badly wounded, in a library containing mainly bibles,
Old Testament bibles, from whence the Koran ironically sprang.

In Gaza messianic crowds danced and celebrated,
handing out sweets in an orgy of revenge,
the smell of martyrdom already thick amongst the revelers.

Hamas calls the attack “heroic” (pg. 8, LA Times, March 7, 2008).
So the West, including The Los Angeles Times,
calls these coldblooded murderers of young innocents, “militants”,
while the Palestinians revere them as “heroic.”
Can there be any greater perversion of morality, of language,
than this dangerous reversion of truth, of common sense?

So our soldiers in Iraq are killers and yet these by contrast
are just angry, oppressed people desperate for expression.
They could not possibly emigrate to any of the dozens
of surrounding Arab countries and make a life and a mark there –
certainly by any standard these countries have many opportunities.

They could not possibly stay in Gaza and the West Bank
and help spend the billions of dollars of aid
from the US, Europe and the UN on better sewage systems,
on education, medical and judicial facilities,
all clearly in desperate need of an overhaul.

They could also not possibly help increase security,
decrease honor killings, rape, corruption, graft
and political killings amongst themselves.
They could not express disapproval to every newspaper in the world,
they could not protest outside the UN in New York or the Israel Embassy in London.
These brave men could not even choose for their Jihad
an Israeli Army base or police station.
They chose a seminary of unarmed innocents in Jerusalem.
That is their unmatched heroism.
These are the heroes we are informed,
that must be our negotiating partners,
our trusted allies in peace.

According to world media, the ETA Basques are terrorists;
so are the IRA (Ireland), the Baader-Meinhof (Germany), the Red Brigades (Italy),
the Japanese Red Army (Japan), the Tamil Tigers (Sri Lanka), FARC (Colombia),
FLN, (Algeria), ELN (Bolivia), the Khmer Rouge (Cambodia) and the Shining Path (Peru)…all and every one of these multitudinous groups, terrorists.

Yet these killers from Gaza and the West Bank
are by contrast uniquely labeled by our empathic, understanding
and infinitely nonjudgmental press as militants.
These are the militants, however who could teach
all these terrorists a thing or two about depravity,
about blind fanaticism, about a bloodlust for innocents.

As long as our American soldiers are accused
by our politicians and our press – claims of torture,
rape and murder are everywhere evident;
and as long as these Jihadists are, by comparison
in our upside-down world, justified as militants;
we will fail to see and mark the enemy;
we will appease and endlessly negotiate,
in all our ambiguity and confusion, with the devil.

We cannot win the war if we refuse
to acknowledge who we must fight.
If we forgive and offer abject apologies
to those who seek our demise,
those who wish our destruction,
then indeed the enemy is within,
the enemy is ourselves.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Let’s Call Their Bluff (Imposition of a Universal Islamic Blasphemy Law) Mar. 5, 2008

The 57 Muslim nations of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) are attempting to impose an “Islamic Blasphemy Law” as the Universal Standard, a law which would promote the death penalty for those who blaspheme against the Prophet Muhammad.

Professor Dr. Ekmeleddin Insanoglu, the Turkish Secretary-General of the OIC (including supposed moderate Turkey), issued the above frightening statement on February 15, 2008, partly in response to the republication of those now infamous Danish cartoons.

Previously, on January 18, 2006 the enormously influential Sheik Yusaf al-Qaradawi had demanded that the United Nations act in accord with purely Islamic, Sharia-based laws and conceptions of blasphemy and punishment. Qaradawi is furthermore spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and the European Fatwa Council. Noticeably, his anti-Jewish pro-terrorism fatwas include the re-conquering of Spain and the imposition of Sharia, by all necessary means, on all humanity,

I support and hereby call, together with the OIC, for the United Nation’s adoption of a law against blasphemy and strongly urge all to do likewise. Let us, however, use this golden opportunity to democratically broaden the scope of this law to give it more effect, more bite, more universality.

Let us require this broad all-inclusiveness to be adopted by the United Nations as well as the OIC and all related Muslim groups, councils and governing bodies that support this Blasphemy Law, this Universal Standard. Let us include specifically and irrevocably laws that disallow blasphemy against not only Muslim but also the Christian and Jewish G-ds as well as their prophets, their messengers, holy books and holy places. Let us include the Buddhists, Baha’i and all peoples and sects (some Muslim) who are the subject of terrorism and oppression, hate speech and aberrant education. Let us even include in the wide swath of these laws, Muslim women, those perennial second-class citizens, inhabitants of the invisible World of Burkas.

This is a great deal, a wonderful trade off. No Left-wing, multicultural, pro-Palestinian anti-American believer could not but support this all-inclusive fair and balanced legislation.

I would absolutely support giving up our right to Danish cartoons and discussions of Muhammad (not usually central to most Westerners’ lifestyle in any event) in return for the dismantling or reformation of the majority of the Madrassas, educational forums and media outlets in the Muslim world and beyond.

Imams and teachers, policies and agendas, books and media would naturally have to be replaced as they are all endemically permeated by anti-Jewish, anti-Christian, anti-non-Wahhabist people and ideas. The dynamited Buddhist cliff carvings in Afghanistan, those lost wonders of the ancient world, could certainly be rehabilitated as an initial pilot project by these Imams.

Hundreds of thousand of these professional blasphemers would be without jobs, without an honorable means of support. It is only fair that we offer, as a corollary to this new and ground-breaking United Nations law, job retraining facilities for all these newly unemployed jihadists.

We can ensure Hamas gets to grow pure and spiritual tulips in the empty hothouses of Gaza for Amsterdam’s flower markets; we can send Ahmadinejad and his cohorts to Kyoto to practice the ancient art of the Japanese tea ceremony with its inspiring atmosphere of peace, tranquility and love for all mankind.

The more I think about it, the better I feel. Imagine the hundreds of billions of dollars we could save in reduced Homeland Security and U.S. military expenditure. With the help of the passionate OIC and their Wahhabist brethren we could legislate against hate speech everywhere, all the time, for everyone. And I won’t even miss my Danish cartoons.

Note 1: See Andrew Bostom’s Feb 23rd, 2008 article on the “Universal Islamic Blasphemy Law?”
Note 2: See also Ibn Warraq as quoted in Bostom’s above, in a reference on pg 7: “During his recent debate with the cultural jihadist Tariq Ramadan, Ibn Warraq elucidated what is at stake should such Islamic supremacism prevail:

The great ideas of the West -- rationalism, self-criticism, the disinterested search for truth, the separation of church and state, the rule of law and equality under the law, freedom of thought and expression, human rights, and liberal democracy -- are superior to any others devised by humankind. It was the West that took steps to abolish slavery; the calls for abolition did not resonate even in Africa, where rival tribes sold black prisoners into slavery. The West has secured freedoms for women and racial and other minorities to an extent unimaginable 60 years ago. The West recognizes and defends the rights of the individual: we are free to think what we want, to read what we want, to practice our religion, to live lives of our choosing.

...Nor does the West need lectures on the superior virtue of societies in which women are kept in subjection under sharia, endure genital mutilation, are stoned to death for alleged adultery, and are married off against their will at the age of nine; societies that deny the rights of supposedly lower castes; societies that execute homosexuals and apostates. The West has no use for sanctimonious homilies from societies that cannot provide clean drinking water or sewage systems, that make no provisions for the handicapped, and that leave 40 to 50 percent of their citizens illiterate.”

Andrew Bostom's article:

Published on Family Security Matters:

Monday, March 3, 2008

America at the Crossroads (Mar. 3, 2008)

It seems all great empires mature and then dissipate over time, the average span being 200 years. The United States may be moving from success and bountiful wealth to self-indulgent egocentricity and blinding apathy.

The Huns evinced greater energy and focus than did the Romans, hence the latter’s demise.

It seems too much success, too much freedom can be a bad thing. We can get too spoiled and flaccid, losing our perspective and appreciation of the wondrous freedoms and institutions our democracy affords us.

And if we take our unique advantages for granted, if in our apathy we respect only third world cultures, religions and that which we are not, then in our idolatrous decadence, we open the door to infiltration by those who would do us harm, those who work to steal our jewels and destroy the rest. And there are endless faces pressed to our windows, jealous or angry at our smugness, our softness, our presumptuousness, awaiting our fall in grace from our ivory towers.

Perhaps a cheeky god, a wry humorous and far-seeing god, has sent al-Qaeda and Islamic Fundamentalism to try our passions and test our empire in the fires of radicalism.

The British too were tested by the Nazis; fortunately they had Churchill to represent them in those dark times rather than the myriad Chamberlains everywhere hovering, as the latter still do today.

David Ben-Gurion (Israel’s first Prime Minister) wrote to Churchill in 1961 of this historical threshold: “I saw you then not only as the symbol of your people and its greatness, but as the voice of the invincible and uncompromising conscience of the human race at a time of danger to the dignity of man, created in the image of God. It was not only the liberties and the honor of your own people that you saved.”

America likewise is now at the crossroads of civilization and it will rise to the occasion or fall by its strength, determination and preparedness to sacrifice its endless pleasures and comfortabilities to preserve its unsurpassed freedoms.

Jihadist terrorists worldwide mock our evident weaknesses, our open sentimentality and our ambivalence. They by contrast are full of clarity, commitment and a preparedness to sacrifice all for their misbegotten ideals. Unless we evince Churchill’s resolute and undeniable commitment to combat these dark forces and fight for our future, we will stand at the precipice, we stand to lose our empire.

In 1940 Winston Churchill declared: “We shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing ground, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”

And they never did.