Friday, February 10, 2006
Actions and Words and Men Who Blow Up
4.Thou shall understand that the West gets their info on Islam not from your preaching nor from the books you translate to them but from your actions.
However, "actions" can include what we say. Take, as an example, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah in Beirut, urging continued outrage over the cartoons, said:
"We are an Islamic nation that cannot tolerate, be silent or be lax when they insult our prophet and sanctities."
No kidding. And that's the problem. Some people simply cannot be silent --ever-- even when doing so would do more honor to "their prophet" (I thought he was supposed to be God's prophet?) and their religion.
Meanwhile, Mark Steyn is staying on the cutting edge. Recognizing that the Cartoon Outrages are as much tomorrow's fish and chip paper as the Piglet Outrages, he is analyzing the Blow-Up Doll Outrages:
The Sun reports ''Furious [British] Muslims have blasted adult shop Ann Summers for selling a blowup male doll called 'Mustafa Shag'."
"The Muslim Association [of Britain]'s complaint, needless to say, is that the sex toy 'insults the Prophet Muhammad -- who also has the title al-Mustapha'...In a world in which Danish cartoons insult the prophet and Disney Piglet mugs insult the prophet and Burger King chocolate ice-cream swirl designs insult the prophet, maybe it would just be easier to make a list of things that don't insult him. Nonetheless, the Muslim Association wrote to the Ann Summers sex-shop chain, 'We are asking you to have our Most Revered Prophet's name 'Mustafa' and the afflicted word 'shag' removed.' If I were a Muslim, I'd be "hurt" and "humiliated" that the revered prophet's name is given not to latex blowup males but to so many real blowup males:
- The leader of the 9/11 plotters? Mohammed Atta.
- The British Muslim who self-detonated in a Tel Aviv bar? Asif Mohammed Hanif.
- The gunman who shot up the El Al counter at LAX? Heshamed Mohamed Hedayet.
- The former U.S. Army sergeant who masterminded the slaughter at the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania? Ali Mohamed.
- The murderer of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh? Mohammed Bouyeri.
- The notorious Sydney gang rapist? Mohammed Skaf.
- The Washington sniper? John Allen Muhammed.
"If I were a Muslim, I would be deeply offended that the prophet's name is the preferred appellation of so many killers and suicide bombers on every corner of the earth. But apparently that's not as big a deal as Mustafa Shag."
This, of course, is just what every Muslim who truly gives a "shag" about the reputation of Muslims and Islam has been saying as well. But there's more. The European Union's answer to this silliness:
"The European Union's Justice and Security Commissioner, Franco Frattini, said...'The press will give the Muslim world the message: We are aware of the consequences of exercising the right of free expression...We can and we are ready to self-regulate that right.'...I'm afraid that's just giving the Muslim world the message: 'You've won, I surrender, please stop kicking me'. But they never do. Because, to use the Arabic proverb...'A falling camel attracts many knives.'
"The issue, as it has been in all these loony tune controversies going back to the Salman Rushdie fatwa, is the point at which a free society musters the will to stand up to thugs. British Muslims march through the streets waving placards reading "BEHEAD THE ENEMIES OF ISLAM." If they mean that, bring it on. As my columnar confrere John O'Sullivan argued, we might as well fight in the first ditch as the last.
"I've met plenty of "moderate Muslims" in Jordan and Iraq and the Gulf states. But...in Europe and North America they aren't so much "moderate Muslims" as quiescent Muslims. The few who do speak out wind up living in hiding or under 24-hour armed guard, like Dutch MP Ayaab Hirsi Ali."
Good reading. Check it out.
Since we're sort of on the subject of cartoons, let's talk about one of my favorite new political cartoonist at Roozeonline.com. A lot of his stuff you have to get someone who reads and understands Farsi and who has some background in Iranian politics, but a *lot* of his stuff says it all in pictures and is timeless: likely to be just as comprehensible a year from now.
And how about this one from January 23rd about President Ahmadinejad's show-down with the civilized world:
Check it out.