In the latest edition of The International Jerusalem Post (no. 2391), there is an excellent article on Wafa Sultan (“Her 15 minutes: Is Wafa Sultan the voice of reason or Islam’s false messiah?” by Brenda Gazzar, pp. 10-11 of the aforementioned edition of The International Jerusalem Post).
In it is written:
Much of the controversy that surrounds Sultan comes from her opinion that Islam and the Koran – not its interpretation by Muslims – are “the source of every problem we have in the Middle East” including the disrespectful way she argues women and non-Muslims are treated in Islamic culture.
This is a significant point. Proponents of moderate Islam claim that the problem resides in the interpretation of Islam’s fundamental sources (which comprise of the Qur’ān, ahadīth, sunnah, and sharī’ah): change the interpretation and the problem is solved! But this is not entirely correct. Read the rest of this entry »
In the thread when I publicly wrote about WickedPinto and posted a comment of his, he said:
another thing, you picked one of my LEAST forthright [comments] to mention me with. 🙂
And he was right.
He made a comment some time ago that has reverberated in my mind since the day he wrote it. On August 5, 2006, he wrote:
Clausewitz said that the purpose of war is to either destroy the opposition of the enemy, or to reduce the DESIRE of opposition. Of course I’m paraphrasing, but as long as the US and Israeli military are active participations of the opposition? We are looking at continuous war.
Tom Clancy in 1993 , in “Debt of Honor” described how “CNN aggree’d since they realized that they are AMERICAN before they are a news service” only, thats not true.
The media is the enemy, though arab israeli’s, who have all the rights of jews enjoy life within israel will blame the jews at the FIRST sign of suffering.
I know you were raised Islam, Mus, but ISLAM is EVIL, noone who ever EVER lived in the modern world, could possibly accidentaly ignore the DELIBERATE political aspect of Islam. Islam is not a religion it is a political doctrine, built on conquest, and SLAUGHTER!
You are the accademic, demonstrate it.
The very last sentence struck me pretty hard. He was and is right. I sometimes get so distracted by peripheral issues, and perhaps even blatant bias, that I fail to see and write about the situation as clearly as I should.
You might not think that Islam is evil, but it is, and with this, maybe the WEST which is made up of secular, open nations, might finaly realize that if Islam is not the religion of the nation then they are heretics and deniers.
Maybe when their own citizens will act in such a way as to destroy the western lifestyle, then they might realize that Islam is NOT COMPATABLE with modernity.
I’m an Atheist, but I can tolerate Judaism, and Christianity in all it’s forms, but Islam?
Islam is a political form FIRST! youa re the accademic in this subject Muslihoon, but I can see quite EASILY, that Islam as it is, and as it was created, and as it is generaly practiced, can NEVER reconcile it’s self with computers, with science, and with anything other than the fundamental oppression of their fellow human, in fact, once the modern era comes to end (assuming Islam wins) they will target the other class of islam that they disagree with, and finaly? they will enslave women to the point of their own extinction, OR! to a much more open slavery of all women.
Hirsaan Ali has all the links you need to see the failures of islam and the treatment of women is only a START!
With that introduction, I will warn that this will not be a short post. I would like to write about Islam’s impulse of world domination. Read the rest of this entry »
I really like the word “savvy,” savvy? Especially after watching Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. When it’s a question at the end of a statement or sentence, Jack Sparrow’s voice saying it runs through my head.
Except…I doubt many other people would find it very amusing. Savvy?
Al-Zarqawi’s mom (“I am the poor grieving mother of an innocent son who was murdered in Bush’s illegal war! Also I am looking for the Deal of the Filming.”) now has a MySpace account!
Go to her MySpace profile and add her as your friend!
Update: Thanks to info from Afifah (ulululululululululu!), az-Zarqawi’s mom and the authress of her blog, Al-Zarqawi’s Mom’s Blog is by The Cranky Insomniac, not Greg Gutfeld. The Cranky Insomniac also posts every now and then at The Daily Gut and The Big God Blog. For more information, please read “Now It Can Be Told!”
Personally I’m mad Israel didn’t do more.
Indeed. I am still quite displeased, and my displeasure has been increasing with reports that the Israeli government is negotiating with terrorist regimes. I understand their desire to get back their abducted soldiers, but to continue this cycle of “kidnap and negotiate release of prisoners” is unacceptable.
I am usually very supportive of the Israeli government, but I am finding more reasons to oppose it than to support it. I have always been a fan of Likud – even though its prime ministers have not been hawkish enough for my tastes – and I think it is time Kadima were laid to rest.
I believe Kadima was founded by Ariel Sharon for his own political uses. I do not believe an actual centrist coalition exists. What “centrist” coalition may be said to exist is in reality Israelis united behind Ariel Sharon. As soon as Ariel Sharon became incapacitated – and it seems that God will be recalling him soon – Kadima’s raison d’etre expired.
Maybe Hezbollah was surprised by Israel’s reactions. I think being surprised is stupid: Israel knew Hezbollah was going to strike and had prepared beforehand to strike back. For Hezbollah to move into a position to fire first and not to see Israel’s preparations to respond is utterly ridiculous. I don’t buy it. But Hezbollah’s swift acceptance of and, so far, overt adherence to the ceasefire indicates to me that Hezbollah direly needed the attacks to end.
Which would be reeeaaal nice. They started the war when they wanted, and they ended the war when they needed it to end. Neither Lebanon nor The United Nations will disarm Hezbollah: indeed, Hezbollah’s rearmament has begun.
The Arabs will not do the responsible thing and eliminate Hezbollah. The Lebanese authorities are still spineless, Syria and Iran are supporting Hezbollah, and The United Nations doesn’t care either way.
All we can do is prepare for the next round, whenever it begins. It doesn’t help that the threat across the Lebanese border hasn’t gone away while Israel needs to put into place measures to protect itself from Iran. *throws hands in the air* The Second Coming should just come already.
According to a news story going around (for example, “Hezbollah head didn’t foresee such a war” by The Associated Press, article courtesy of Yahoo! News), Hassan Nasrullah, head of Hezbollah, claimed that if he had known Israel would respond the way it did, he would not have ordered the Israeli soldiers to be kidnapped.
This almost sounds too good to be true. My first instinct is to see this as an attempt trying to lull us (his enemies) into a false sense of security, so he can rearm while we sit back.
I am very glad to say that the two kidnapped Fox News journalists, reporter Steve Centanni of The United States and cameraman Olaf Wiig of New Zealand, have been released after spending almost two weeks in captivity. I am grateful for all the bloggers who have been following and posting on this very disturbing incident.
I am very troubled and angered by the treatment these men received by the terrorists. Reminiscent of other cases, they were forced to make anti-Western statements on video; they were also forced to convert to Islam on gunpoint. Such tactics are absolutely and utterly reprehensible. And it sickens me that some will use this as pro-terrorist propaganda (“See! These Western people attacked the West and converted to Islam!”) – particularly since their supporters do not question claims made by terrorists and their sympathizers, claims that very often turn out to be false or misrepresentations.
In any case, the men are free and safe. For once, I am grateful to Palestinians, those Palestinian who protested and made much noise in support of Centanni and Wiig, condemning their kidnapping and demanding their immediate release. I hope and pray that this will be the last time any journalists are detained by terrorists. I wish Centanni and Wiig a peaceful time recuperating, recovering, and catching up with their loved ones.
For more information, please read:
“Captors Release Two FOX News Journalists Kidnapped in Gaza Aug. 14” by Fox News.
“Centanni And Wiig Released After ‘Convert Video'” by Michael van der Galien of Liberty and Justice.
British-Muslim comedienne, Shazia Mirza, once quipped something along the lines of: “Ever since 9/11, officials have been searching all Asian-looking people with beards. They searched my mother twice.”
Some advice for traveling Muslims and Muslim-looking people (especially South Asians):
1. Try, if possible, to speak English and no other language even when speaking with others of your party.
2. Wear Western clothes.
3. If you can, a clean-shaven look will go a long way in your favor. Especially for the women.
4. Try not to use cell phones. If you must, speak in English and at such a volume that if someone nearby wants to hear you, they can. But don’t disturb anyone. This way people won’t think you’re hiding something.
5. If you have a business card, especially one that lists your title and gives an indication of your duties, keep it with your passport. When you open your passport, make sure the card is visible.
6. If you can, keep your passport on you.
7. Act calm and reasonable. Don’t do anything weird or strange. Be inconspicuous (even though 75% of the plane will be watching you).
8. Smile. Smile and nod to passengers. If you’re among Americans, engage in polite small talk.
9. Do not talk about the following topics: politics (especially American politics), terrorism, Islam, persecution of Muslims, anti-Semitism.
10. If offered somethin haraam, smile and shake your head and say, “No, thank you.” Do not look, sound, or seem offended.
11. Try not to pray or to use Islamic utterances (especially takbeer or shahaadah).
Finally: If for some reason you are asked to deboard, do so politely, calmly, and without a fuss. There is no need to make an issue of it.
Don’t be upset with the West or its people because of this: Take your anger out on the Arabs and South Asians who make such measures necessary for us.
As a follow-up to my previous post, I would like to post the following thoughts to keep in mind when one desires to donate.
I strongly recommend anyone wishing to donate money to thoroughly research the organization one wants to donate to. Some organizations, such as The Red Cross (the American Red Cross, the International Committee of the Red Cross), The Salvation Army, Magen David Adom (“Red Star of David,” Israel’s equivalent of The Red Cross) are known to be dependable. Thanks to Christopher Taylor: also the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee. Read the rest of this entry »
So, Arabs were caught with a thousand cell phones. They wanted to buy them cheap (by buying in bulk) for resale. Makes sense: sounds innocent, no? Well, it may or may not be. Read the rest of this entry »
This is interesting: an editorial in The Wall Street Journal‘s Opinion Journal: “The Fertility Gap: Liberal politics will prove fruitless as long as liberals refuse to multiply” by Arthur C. Brooks.
Christopher Taylor alerted me to two Irani websites. Let us take a look tonight at Irani propaganda. Read the rest of this entry »
A 26-year old man was arrested for killing, assaulting, and planning to cannibalize a girl. What also stood out in the story was that fact that his blogging indicated such tendencies. According to the article on Yahoo! News (“Cannibalism suspect faces murder trial” by Sean Murphy of The Associated Press):
“My fantasies are just getting weirder and weirder. Dangerously weird,” Underwood wrote in September 2004. “If people knew the kinds of things I think about anymore, I’d probably be locked away. No probably about it, I know I would be.”
A self-fulfilling prophecy? Read the rest of this entry »
There are a variety of people who root for terrorism-sympathizing peoples. This includes rooting for Hezbollah, Hamas, other Palestinian militant organizations, Islamist regimes and societies, and so on. This includes protesting against those people who are fighting these threats; these valiant warriors against oppression and terrorism include Jews, the State of Israel, the Israeli Defense Forces, the Armed Forces of The United States, The Government of The United States, and so on and so forth. This amuses me because these same people, in the lands for which they are protesting or rooting, would be oppressed, suppressed, prosecuted, persecuted, and most likely (considering their outspoken nature) killed.
Such categories, from which such amusing protestors come from, are: Read the rest of this entry »
I’m going to do something I rarely do: speak about a specific commenter. I mention a number of y’all, but I’ve never really posted about my thoughts about any specific commenter.
WickedPinto is unique. He has already made a name for himself on the internets, particularly on the Ace of Spades HQ. Some people like his comments, others ignore then, and yet others seem to dislike them. WickedPinto is very forthright and direct. He says what he means and means what he says. There’s a frankness and integrity to him that I find refreshing.
And although he doesn’t have a doctorate, like many aware, street-smart, and book-smart people, he is quite insightful, thought-provoking, and sound.
I don’t agree with everything he says, but I always want to hear his opinion anyway. Especially when things are so confusing, his views are excellent to bring one’s focus on what matters.
I hope this will also convince others to speak up: your thoughts are always welcome. I enjoy hearing what other people think. It’s nice to “hear” voices other than those in my head. 😉
That said, I think his recent comment deserves to be posted here. (I love it that all comments get emailed to me! By the way, this is how you can all be sure I read every single comment made.) This is a good explanation of why we fight, why we must fight, why we must continue onwards no matter what. Plus, it’s quite entertaining as well. (I’m going to have to read the series he mentions. They’re by David Eddings. WickedPinto refers to The Belgariad and The Malloreon. I have been aware that Eddings is a popular author but have yet to get these series. Of his books I have only read The Elder Gods of The Dreamer series.)
Theres a series of books, I forget the name of the author off the top of my head, but he wrote a series titled “the belgariad,” and “the malloreon” I think were the names of the respective trillogies. Anyways, in that series of fantasy books, there is this one hardened old soldier who was always negative about a battle before they went into battle, or establlished defenses. Talking about how “the siege of (name of fantasy city) lasted 12 years! and at the end it took 20 to rebuild the city” only to turn around and establish defense of a city thinking it was gonna take 20 years to fight off the siege. (this is all useless info, I’m just trying to say that this character was the classic bitchy serviceman, who complained constantly while still doing his job superbly)
There is one point in one of the books where there is this peace loving nation, that has no idea of how to fight a war, never fought a war and didn’t understand why they were now at war. The old soldier guy says “well it’s not a war until you defend yourselves, if you want peace, just let them in and don’t fight them, you will have your peace, but it won’t look like this one” or something to that affect. Later the main character asked him if he thought he was serious and the old soldier says “absolutely! the first battle of a war is always the fault of the defender” Then a bunch of long stories about other nations, and some philosophical thing following, and closing out with another question by the main character of “if thats so why you still in the war business?” (all of this is paraphrased, and memory) to which this guy who has been a soldier for decades, and the old soldier says “I hate war, and I hate battle, but I got into this because I loved my home”
I don’t know what I mean by that, but it serves the purpose of relating to this speaking of “peace” with the UN and French voice. To me anyways.