(I already posted about this, but it’s my blog so I’ll revise it and say it as often as I please – .ed)
Voltaire said, “I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend, to the death, your right to say it”.
The concept of vigorously defending free speech has faded to nothingness in Western society, a fact that was made clear during the Salman Rushdie “controversy”.
Muslim author Salman Rushdie wrote a book, published in Britain, called the Satanic Verses. Apparently something in the text violated Islamic Shariah laws. Political Islam, in the form of Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini, declared its right to condemn Rushdie, a Westerner living in Britain, and everyone associated with the book in any way, to to death in accordance with Sharia.
On February 14, 1989, a fatwa promising his execution was proclaimed on Radio Tehran by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of Iran, calling his book “blasphemous against Islam.” Furthermore, Khomeini condemned Rushdie for the crime of “apostasy”—attempting to abandon the Islamic faith— which according to the Hadith is punishable by death. This was due to Rushdie’s communication through the novel that he no longer believes in Islam. Khomeini called on all “zealous Muslims” to execute the writer, as well as those of the publishers of the book who knew about the concepts of the book.
“I inform the proud Muslim people of the world that the author of the Satanic Verses book which is against Islam, the Prophet and the Koran, and all involved in its publication who were aware of its content, are sentenced to death.”
This fatwa didn’t just threaten the author of the book, it threatened everyone who was involved in its publication and everyone who was aware of its content.
This fatwa was (and is) a form of collective punishment.
Collective punishment is a term describing the punishment of a group of people for the crime of few. It is contradictory to the modern concept of due process, where each individual receives separate treatment based on their individual circumstances — as they relate to the crime in question.
Collective punishment defined as a war crime under the Fourth Geneva convention of 1949
This type of Fatwa is also a form of terrorism, defined by Amnesty International as a crime against humanity.
Terrorism, collective punishment and suppression of free speech are a violation of everything Western society is supposed to stand for. So, how did the Western world punish the Ayatollah for these crimes?
We didn’t. We didn’t even give him a ticket. Jaywalkers are punished more severely.
Rushdie chose to hide after this fatwa was issued. He lived to write more books and he’s currently married to a model. Others weren’t so lucky.
At the University of California at Berkeley, bookstores carrying the book were firebombed. On February 24 in Bombay, 5 people in a protest at the British Embassy died from police gunfire. Several other people died in Egypt and elsewhere. Muslim communities throughout the world held public rallies in which copies of the book were burned. In 1991, Rushdie’s Japanese translator, Hitoshi Igarishi, was stabbed and killed in Tokyo, and his Italian translator was beaten and stabbed in Milan. In 1993, Rushdie’s Norwegian publisher William Nygaard was shot and severely injured in an attack outside his house in Oslo. Thirty-seven guests died when their hotel in Sivas, Turkey was burnt down by locals protesting against Aziz Nesin, Rushdie’s Turkish translator.
By not punishing the Ayatollah for his crimes, Western society as a whole decided to let the terrorists win. In many ways, they’ve been winning ever since. As a result of imposition of Sharia on Western society, people are reluctant to criticize, protest or offer any sort of dissent against it. That’s how collective punishment works.
That oppression is what inspired the latest controversial issue, the Jyllands Posten cartoons. [cartoons and commentary posted here]. These cartoons were created to bring attention the allegation that no artist was willing to illustrate a children’s book about Muhammad by the Danish writer Kåre Bluitgen without remaining anonymous, out of fear of revenge from extremist Muslims.
The result was protests, with weapons and without them. These peaceful and non-peaceful protesters are only reinforcing Jyllands Posten’s point. They aren’t just asking for an apology, they’re insisting that the West should respect the apartheid Sharia laws that violate everything we stand for.
Well, used to stand for…
Muslims armed with assault rifles and grenade launchers rallied outside the European Union headquarters in Gaza City and fired shots in the air.
They were demanding an apology for cartoons that “disrespected” Islam by relating it to terrorism.
In Basra, Iraq, a roadside bomb targeted a joint Danish-Iraqi military patrol. There were no casualties in the attack.
“British Maj. Peter Cripps said coalition forces are investigating if there was any link between the attack and September’s publication by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten of cartoons of Prophet Muhammad deemed offensive by many Muslims.”
Like this one? *
If Muslims are characterized as terrorists, whose fault is that?
* ironic observation thanks to jOnz, at this very extensive discussion at Harry’s Place.
Via the Energy Bulletin:
Word just came out that Kuwait, long regarded as home to some of the world’s largest reserves of petroleum, may possess only half the amount of oil reserves that it officially has been stating for many years.
According to a restricted report issued by the authoritative industry newsletter Petroleum Intelligence Weekly (PIW), internal Kuwaiti records reveal that the nation’s oil reserves are far below the officially stated amount of about 99 billion barrels….The PIW report is based upon data circulating within the top echelons of the Kuwait Oil Co….The PIW report claims that Kuwait’s remaining proven and nonproven oil reserves total about 48 billion barrels, or 51 billion fewer barrels than previously advertised.>
..Yet another way of stating the matter, and in a macro sense, the amount of estimated world oil reserves just fell by 5%. This 5% drop in reserves is the equivalent of almost 20 months worth of total cumulative worldwide oil production and consumption, based on the current world oil use of about 84 million barrels per day. From the standpoint of the world reaching the absolute Peak Oil point, we now live in August 2007, not January 2006. And as the Mogambo Guru would say, “Thanks a hell of a lot, guys.”
Kevin Drum at Washington Monthly says:
For my money, though, you can forget the technical discussion. Instead, take a look at the second graph in Stuart’s post, which shows that virtually every OPEC country abruptly increased their reserve estimates in 1986. Although this was partly legitimate (the American companies that had provided the earlier reserve estimates had been systematically too conservative for reasons of their own), the increases were mostly nothing more than a response to OPEC politics. Export quotas are based on reserve estimates, and in the mid-80s every country raised their reserve estimates in order to get a bigger quota. They hadn’t suddenly discovered a whole bunch of new oil they never knew was there before.
My rough rule of thumb is that OPEC’s real reserves are about halfway between the 1980 estimate and the 1990 estimate — or maybe a bit under that. Eventually it will be impossible to pretend otherwise, and we’ll start hearing rumblings from other countries similar to those we’re hearing from Kuwait. Buy a hybrid now and be prepared.
Matthew Simmons was right when he warned us about relying on reserve estimates from the Middle East when he said:
The single best data we get on OPEC oil production comes from a fabulous firm called Petro-Logistics in Geneva, Switzerland, and in case none of you have ever been to the offices of Petro-Logistics (I haven’t, I’ve just heard a lot about it), it’s a one-man show over a grocery store in Geneva, run by Conrad Gerber. I think it’s basically a scam. He’s front running for somebody, because there’s no way on earth that somebody could be over a grocery store in Geneva and say what Saudi Arabia is now producing. But the fact that everyone has been so clammed up about their own information has left the world held hostage to Conrad Gerber’s Miltsonian eye, ah, you know, which is itself alarming.
The only proof we have that Saudi Arabia has the outlook that the world is counting on is what I would call ‘trust me.’
The facts are starting to speak for themselves.
Jim at L’Ombre d’Olivier recently published the Jyllands Posten cartoons on his blog. A few critics have offered these complaints:
You simple-minded morons, what do you think makes YOU different than all the seperatists that try to divide mankind into counter-groups like muslim/christian, rich/poor, beautiful/ugly, men/women, german/jew? How can you put the blame on a religion you don’t really know the essence of, or a prophet that respects all religions and everything God created. I can’t believe you don’t really see that the ‘Islamic’ terror gives a solid reason to “oil invading” countries and their so called “world police” policies.. You should become REAL journalists by making a thorough research before provocating people against muslims or the religion of Islam, then maybe you can see ‘whose terror’ it really is and what monsters hide behind your so called “freedom of speech”.
LeA | 20.Jan.06 – 10:51 | #
we muslims believe and respect all of the prophets not like you pinheads who only believe in jesus, we belive in jesus and all of the prophets that god has send,and you come and mock our prophet.prohet muhhamad is above you all you earth parasites i dont give a dman if you call us fanatics but our prophet is the one person who is you can’t even come close to mocking him.so keep swimming into your hatred coz that won’t change anything only proves to us that you are the lowest of the low,parasites of this earth.
my beloved prophet muhammad | 27.Jan.06 – 0:04 | #
i want to add something that i am real muslim and i do believe in allah and our profet mouhammed(Peace Be Upon Him) and all other profet including jesus and our profet will not be harmed by your resist thoughts so allah will judge us in judgement day and it is soon but you think it is far until then when we meet and remember this day you well regret for that and at that time there will be no execuse and every body at that time will face what deserves and i am so happy that i am muslim and so happy that your true face has been shown by your own way so hell will be your siutable place and i really pray that you will see hell soon
DR.Hani Alnajm from saudia arabia
Anonymous | 27.Jan.06 – 17:22 | #
i am one of the muslims in Afghanistan my name is Maiwand Rohani,
i just want to ask the person who Has draw such bloody cartons and name the Holy Person in the world, he is the only one for whom the earth and whole world is created, you are created because of him I am created because of him, if you do not respect him God will ask about this drawings one day be sure, but I can only tell you that have we Muslims ever made fun of your religion? God? or what ever you believe,
We never made such fun and we will never make, because we respect your religion,
SAYS: DO RESPECT TO GAIN RESPECT, if you don’t respect our religion I am sure no one will respect you and your religion and you will see a very bad day in Denmark very soon, I cant do any thing but USAMA BIN LADEN can do any thing you know better and you saw the world trade Centre (11-September- 2001)
if any one is agree with me please contact me on (firstname.lastname@example.org)
TOIEZO MAN TASHA WA TOZELO MAN TASHA BEYADAKAL KHAIR
Maiwand Rohani | 28.Jan.06 – 10:57 | #
i think there’s nothing left to say. i can’t imagine how Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) could be described in this way. i don’t want to threaten the Danes or attack them. why?? becasue our prophet and our god is far beyond these silly acts of racism and dishumanity, yes dishumanity because even animals wouldn’t act this way.
i don’t wanna go so far in my words coz those artists may have their reasons -i personally don’t think so- just like their little and deformed knowledge of islam.
about boycotting the danish products, i think every Arabic and Muslim country should do so because it’s not about a
magazine as some people say, it’s about Denmark’s prime minister and high court who refused to apologize for the Muslim world hiding behind the lies of democracy and freedom of speech. i just want to ask every one in this world including Denmark’s people and prime minister and judical sysytem, if i was in Denmark and had some doubt about the HOLOCAUST and the jews lies and i try to publish this in a news paper, what will happen then? i challenge every one to give me a satisfactory answer, any way we all know what happened to Roger Garodi, so where is the freedom and democracy. come on people just stop fighting Islam which is not affected in result because Islam continues to grow widely through out Europe and the world. such things will only trigger the fire for more terrorist acts and crimes and more separation among relegions.
one last word for the so called “used to be a muslim”, i know you’re pasting here no more, may be you only read what people are writing about you, personally i blame my fellow Muslims because they are giving you more than you deserve. some thing with no belief, with no goal, with no future in this life, guess what you look like, you must’ve figured it out.
you know the whole universe represents no more than a wing of mosquito to Allah, so scale it your self, what are you???!! definetly “NO THING!”, be careful and be ware, you are getting your self in deep trouble. i know you are not a real human but let me assume that you are then take a moment to think of the moment you are laid on your death bed, just tell me what would you feel that moment when you know that Allah and Mohammad whome you offended are waiting for you on the other side? tell me what, you take a different way, hope you can.
in the end i agree with Duke that you are a Zionist agent whose been instructed to deform the image of the Islam because even a muslim who converts will still have some dignity, thanks Allah you are not a muslim anymore because i would not enter Heaven if you were there.
Maher | 30.Jan.06 – 4:36 | #
I first posted about this issue here, where I noted that images related to Mohammed have been displayed for centuries, and they haven’t generated this kind of outrage:
Let’s face it, images of Mohammed have been around for many years, and religious Islam hasn’t made much of an issue of it.
However, political Islam, meaning the Wahhabists and Salafists, make a very big issue of it. According to Khaled Abou El Fadl of the UCLA School of Law, this “supremacist puritanism in contemporary Islam is dismissive of all moral norms or ethical values. Its main purpose is not to integrate particular values within Islamic culture, but to empower Islam against its civilizational rival.”
The protests against these cartoons are not a demand that we respect a religion. They’re a threat of collective punishment, and they’re part of the Islamist war against us. We have nothing to apologize for.
Well, that’s not true. We should only apologize for the fact that we have not pasted the Jyllands-Posten images on every available media outlet and surface of the free world.
So, here are a few of the dangerous, world-shaking images of Mohammed that have caused such a fuss, and here are some that have caused no fuss at all. Do you see why ‘modern’ Muslims are inflamed by something that their parents shrugged off?
Some are from Jyllands Posten and some are not. The ones that are not have been in circulation, some for decades, some for centuries.
As usual, the problem isn’t with Islam or with free speech, it’s with “moderate allies in the war against terrorism”, the Saudi Wahhabis, who have been using oil money to spread their puritanical message of hate around the world. Many of the visitors to L’Ombre de l’Oliver were referred by Saudi Arabia. At Winds of Change, Tarek Heggy writes about how Wahhabi Desert Islam has recently affected the Muslim world.
Drinking from Home and Islamaphobic have posted the entire Jyllands Posten collection.
Thomas the Wraith asks artistic bloggers to produce their own images
UPDATE: Zombietime has a bunch of images of Mohammed, from 17th century book frontspieces to South Park TV episodes.
Controversy over the publication of images depicting Mohammed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten has erupted into an international furor. While Muslim nations are calling for a boycott of Denmark, Europeans are divided as to whether they should stand up for Western principles of freedom of speech, or cave in to to self-censorship in the name of multiculturalism and fear.
While the debate rages, an important point has been overlooked: despite the Islamic prohibition against depicting Mohammed under any circumstances, hundreds of paintings, drawings and other images of Mohammed have been created over the centuries, with nary a word of complaint from the Muslim world. The recent cartoons in Jyllands-Posten are nothing new; it’s just that no other images of Mohammed have ever been so widely publicized.
Via Yahoo: Pollution Limits Sun in China.
For anyone who has ever traveled to Asia, this is a dog-bites-man story. Outside of the mountainous regions, China is notorious for yellow skies and dour weather.
The strange part of the article is here:
The haze may have masked the effects of global warming across large parts of China, particularly in the central and eastern regions, where daily high temperatures have actually been decreasing,” Qian said. “This may seem like good news, but any success China has in curbing emissions will accelerate the effects of global warming in those areas when the cooling mask is lifted.”
Is pollution good or bad? Are trees good or bad? I’m so confused.
Hamas’ victory over Fatah is the victory of one group of murderers over another. I’m not sure why anyone is shocked or pleased by this election. If smooth Ted Bundy lost an election to the more brutish John Wayne Gacy, it wouldn’t be something to cheer about or be disappointed about – it should just cause us to ask why these murderers were being allowed to run for election in the first place. We weren’t willing to tolerate the existence of serial killers – why are we tolerating Fatah and Hamas?
Imagine if we treated our homegrown criminals the way we treat the Palestinians – when someone commits a crime, blame the victim and give the criminal more money. Give the biggest criminals the most political power. If someone knocks off a liquor store, make them mayor. Put the embezzlers in charge of the treasury, make mass murder a requirement for the highest offices. That’ll teach them responsibility.
Tolerance of terrorism destroys societies. The Palistinians are proof.
Via the New York Sun
Iraq’s WMD Secreted in Syria, Sada Says
Mr. Sada, 65, told the Sun that the pilots of the two airliners that transported the weapons of mass destruction to Syria from Iraq approached him in the middle of 2004, after Saddam was captured by American troops.
“I know them very well. They are very good friends of mine. We trust each other. We are friends as pilots,” Mr. Sada said of the two pilots. He declined to disclose their names, saying they are concerned for their safety. But he said they are now employed by other airlines outside Iraq.
The pilots told Mr. Sada that two Iraqi Airways Boeings were converted to cargo planes by removing the seats, Mr. Sada said. Then Special Republican Guard brigades loaded materials onto the planes, he said, including “yellow barrels with skull and crossbones on each barrel.” The pilots said there was also a ground convoy of trucks.
The flights – 56 in total, Mr. Sada said – attracted little notice because they were thought to be civilian flights providing relief from Iraq to Syria, which had suffered a flood after a dam collapse in June of 2002.
“Saddam realized, this time, the Americans are coming,” Mr. Sada said. “They handed over the weapons of mass destruction to the Syrians.”..
…The Syrian ruling party and Saddam Hussein had in common the ideology of Baathism, a mixture of Nazism and Marxism.
Mass murder disguised as charity – fairly standard practice for these guys. And Saddam had plenty of time during our ‘rush to war’ in Iraq to hide them.
In related news, Syria is backing Iran’s nuclear plans. The Palestinians have chosen Islamist/terrorist rule by voting for Hamas. Hamas, which is often called a “charitable organization” is supported by Islamist Iran and Saudi Arabia.
As President Bush said, “Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists, and every government that supports them”.
[NY Sun link thanks to Atlas Shruggs]