Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Concealing The Truth About Islamic Antisemitism

Professor Mark Elchardus: When Muslims want to shut you up, you know you're on the right track

A Belgian Muslim advocacy group named Vigilance Musulmane (Muslim Vigilance) has lodged a complaint with the Centre for Equal Opportunities and the Fight Against Racism (CGKR) after professor of sociology Mark Elchardus made statements in a newspaper about Islamic antisemitism.

In the article, published May 12th, Elchardus apparently said, according to this undoubtedly impartial Iranian news agency, that "antisemitism among Muslim students was theologically inspired and that there is a direct link between being Muslim and harboring antisemitic feelings". As a result, Vigilance Musulmane wants the CGKR to curtail free speech in future if it casts Islam in a bad light - par for the course from Western Islamic groups these days.

Of course, nothing in what Professor Elchardus said is inaccurate. Only a couple of weeks ago I outlined some (but by no means all) of the theological grounds for antisemitism within Islam, and their lethal applications, which leave no room for doubt that there certainly is a connection between Islam and antisemitism. And that's only backed up by the fact that, according to an EU report, fully half of all antisemitic hate crimes in Europe are committed by Muslims.....who only make up about 5% or less of the European population.

But Vigilance Musulmane, like all good soft jihadist groups, doesn't want you to know any of this. It wants the antisemitism to continue, but it has to remove the obstacle of European laws which are designed to punish antisemitism. So they try first of all to guilt us into remaining silent about the phenomenon of Muslim Jew-hatred by saying that if we point it out, we are necessarily implying that all Muslims are antisemites, and that we are therefore bigots and racists and Islamophobes. They know that this kind of talk will find a strong favourable reaction in some non-Muslim Leftist circles.

But when that fails, they just resort to trying to make those who tell the truth about Islam shut up.

Well, I'm not shutting up, no matter what they do, and I want everyone who cares about real freedom and real tolerance to stand up in support of Professor Mark Elchardus and his right to free speech and intellectual enquiry.

To do any less is to essentially sign a suicide note for the West.

Stoning...In The Ukraine

They said that sharia law does not include a punishment of stoning to death. They also said that even if it does, this "law" will never come to Europe.

They were wrong on both counts.

A teenage Muslim girl was stoned to death under 'Sharia law' after taking part in a beauty contest in Ukraine.

Katya Koren, 19, was found dead in a village in the Crimea region near her home.

Friends said she liked wearing fashionable clothes and had come seventh in a beauty contest. Her battered body was buried in a forest and was found a week after she disappeared.

Police have opened a murder probe and are investigating claims that three Muslim youths killed her claiming her death was justified under Islam.

One of the three - named as 16-year-old Bihal Gaziev - is under arrest and told police she had 'violated the laws of Sharia'.

Gaziev said he had no regrets about her death because she had violated the laws of Islam.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

What The "Liberated" Iraq Looks Like

The banner reads, "No, no to Israel"

"At least tens of thousands" of Muslims marched through Baghdad waving Iraqi flags and shouting "No, no, America!" earlier today.

Organisers said at least 700,000 militiamen and supporters of the Shi'ite jihadist leader Muqtada al-Sadr had taken to the streets while the U.S. military estimated the crowd at about 70,000.

U.S. officials counted more than 300 busloads - each carrying up to 70 passengers - who traveled from Iraq's south for the rally, and were joined by some of the roughly 2 million who live in Baghdad's northeast Sadr City neighborhood where it was held.

An estimated 24,000 militiamen from southern provinces wore matching T-shirts bearing the Iraqi flag as spectators burned American and Israeli banners. Small groups of youths along the parade route also struck American flags with twirling kickboxing moves to the delight of onlookers.

The rally was a message to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki about the staunch opposition by Iraq's most devout Shi'ites - and the ones who grudgingly helped him clinch a second term in office last year - to a continued U.S. military presence in 2012.

Already, American forces in Baghdad and southern Iraq have seen an increase in rocket and mortar attacks as well as roadside bombs in recent months. U.S. officials have blamed the uptick on Shiite militias backed by Iran who are trying to take credit for driving American forces from Iraq.

God bless Dubya and Obama. The spending of all that blood and treasure to bring "democracy" to Iraq really worked out so well, didn't it?

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

The Democratic Club

Here's a clip from Iraqi TV of two commentators discussing the legacy of Saddam Hussein:

When George W. Bush talked about bringing democracy to Iraq, I don't think this is what he meant.

Friday, 20 May 2011

Allen West On Obama's Anti-Israel Speech

Tea Party Rep. Allen West has issued a response to Barack Obama‘s announcement that he backs the Palestinians’ demand that Israel redraw its borders to where they were in 1967. Not only did he call the move the “most egregious foreign policy decision” the administration has made, but he also feared this “could be the beginning of the end as we know it for the Jewish state.”

“The pre-1967 borders endorsed by President Obama would deny millions of the world’s Jews access to their holiest site and force Israel to return the strategically important Golan Heights to Syria, a known state-sponsor of terrorism,” West said in an e-mail to "The Blaze".

“Resorting to the pre-1967 borders would mean a full withdrawal by the Israelis from the West Bank and the Jewish neighborhoods of East Jerusalem. Make no mistake, there has always been a Nation of Israel and Jerusalem has been and must always be recognized as its rightful capital.”

He concluded with some harsh criticisms: “President Obama has not stood for Israel or the Jewish people and has made it clear where the United States will stand when Palestine attempts to gain recognition of statehood by the United Nations. The President should focus on the real obstacle to security - the Palestinian leadership and its ultimate goal to eliminate Israel and the Jewish people.”

[Editor's note: It should be stated for the sake of accuracy that, as noted here, the pre-1967 "borders" referred to above are in fact not borders, but armistice lines - temporary boundaries to be replaced in the future by a negotiated, internationally recognised border. Nevertheless, Allen West's major points still stand.]

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Bin Laden's Pakistani Support Network = Half The Country

Here's an update from our Pakistani "allies" - and yet another indication of how insulting to our intelligence the use of that word is these days:

A majority of Pakistanis surveyed in a poll appeared to be aggrieved over the death of Osama bin Laden, with 51 per cent describing their emotions as "grief" though one-third said they were unconcerned by the incident.

The nationwide study was released by Gilani Foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International. The poll covered 2,530 men and women in the rural and urban areas.

The poll was conducted among 2,530 men and women representatives of the adult population of Pakistan. They were distributed in the rural and urban areas of various provinces and districts and comprised a cross-section of various education, income, age and linguistic backgrounds...

Was Osama a martyr or an outlaw?

The views are divided over this one. While 44 per cent think he was a martyr, 28 per cent think he was killed because he was an outlaw.

Monday, 16 May 2011

What "Nakba Day" Is Really About

In August of 1929, Hajj Amin Al Husseini, who was at that time the Mufti of Jerusalem, incited a series of anti-Jewish massacres that left hundreds of people dead. Al-Husseini provoked the local Muslims by claiming that a Jewish religious gathering near the Western Wall was actually part of a plot by the Jews to take over Muslim holy sites, and quoted from the forged Protocols of the Elders of Zion to buttress his point. He also made the emphatically religious statement: "He who kills a Jew - his place in the life after death is assured!"

Historian Jennie Lebel describes what happened next as follows:

...Arab crowds streamed into Jerusalem from all towns, carrying truncheons, and a bloody anti-Jewish pogrom started...

After prayer in the mosque, there occurred attacks of Arabs on Jews who were praying in front of the Western Wall. The disturbances spread quickly throughout the whole town. 133 Jews were killed, and 239 severely wounded. The orthodox Jews suffered most casualties, in spite of the fact that they not only did not support Zionism, but even distinguished themselves as anti-Zionists...

A week later...the Mufti struck simultaneously in seven places. The 1929 riots culminated in the worst and most painful massacre in Hebron, where the attackers stormed houses, slaughtered 64 and wounded 85 Jews. If it had not been for some friendly Arab families, not a single Jewish soul in Hebron would have remained alive. In Safed 45 Jews were killed and their bodies were brutally mutilated. The Jewish quarter was set on fire. The police interfered only in Jaffa and thus prevented a renewed massacre in this town as well. Much of the Jewish Yishuv (Hebrew name for the Jewish community) had been totally destroyed. (pp.25-26)

In an interview on Palestinian television this past Friday, Sara Jaber, a 92 year old Palestinian woman who lived through these events, fondly recalled the Hebron massacre, and prayed for another one just like it:

Interviewer: So you remember May 15, 1948, the day of the Nakba [catastrophe, i.e. the day of Israel's creation].

Sara Jaber: Why wouldn't I remember? May Allah support us. I hope we forget those days. Allah willing, you will bury [Israel], and massacre the Jews with your own hands. Allah willing, you will massacre them like we massacred them in Hebron.

Interviewer: What does this day mean to you? You have lived 63 years since the Nakba. You have experienced the entire Nakba...

Sara Jaber: 92 years. That's 92. I lived through the British era, and I lived through the massacre of the Jews in Hebron. We, the people of Hebron, massacred the Jews. My father massacred them, and brought back some stuff...

It is in this historical context that we must consider the events currently taking place in Israel, where Muslims from surrounding nations have literally invaded Israel to "protest" against its mere existence. These Muslims' anger has nothing to do with Zionism or with any "occupation" or "oppression" committed by Israel, just as the 1929 Hebron massacre - in which anti-Zionist Jews were butchered by Muslims years before Israel "stole" a single piece of land from any "Palestinians" - had nothing to do with any provocation whatsoever.

These events have solely to do with a pathological hatred of Jews, which stems from the foundational sources of Islam, including the Qur'an. Below are some of the Qur'an's sentiments on Jews, along with one apocalyptic hadith and the views of al-Jahiz, a ninth-century Iraqi polymath who wrote a treatise explaining why the Muslims of that time - over a thousand years before the advent of Zionism - hated the Jews more than they hated the Christians:


“And when ye said: O Moses! We are weary of one kind of food; so call upon thy Lord for us that He bring forth for us of that which the earth groweth – of its herbs and its cucumbers and its corn and its lentils and its onions. He said: Would ye exchange that which is higher for that which is lower? Go down to settled country, thus ye shall get that which ye demand. And humiliation and wretchedness were stamped upon them and they were visited with wrath from Allah. That was because they disbelieved in Allah's revelations and slew the prophets wrongfully. That was for their disobedience and transgression.” (Qur'an 2:61)

“And ye know of those of you who broke the Sabbath, how We said unto them: Be ye apes, despised and hated!” (2:65)

“That they said in boast, ‘We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah’;- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not.” (4:157)

“The Jews say: Allah's hand is fettered. Their hands are fettered and they are accursed for saying so. Nay, but both His hands are spread out wide in bounty. He bestoweth as He will. That which hath been revealed unto thee from thy Lord is certain to increase the contumacy and disbelief of many of them, and We have cast among them enmity and hatred till the Day of Resurrection. As often as they light a fire for war, Allah extinguisheth it. Their effort is for corruption in the land, and Allah loveth not corrupters.” (5:64)

“Those of the Children of Israel who went astray were cursed by the tongue of David, and of Jesus, son of Mary. That was because they rebelled and used to transgress.” (5:78)

“Strongest among men in enmity to the believers wilt thou find the Jews and Pagans...” (5:82)

“The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say, 'O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.'” (Sahih Bukhari v.4, b.52, no.176-177 and others)

“I shall begin to enumerate the causes which made the Christians more liked by the masses...than the Jews, more endeared, less treacherous, less unbelieving, and less deserving of punishment...

“The first cause is as follows: The Jews were the neighbours of the Muslims in Medina and other places...When the [Muslim] Emigrants [from Mecca] became the neighbours of the Jews [in Medina]...the Jews began to envy the Muslims the blessings of their new faith, and the union which resulted after dissension. They proceeded to undermine the belief of our [i.e. the Muslim] masses, and to lead them astray. They aided our enemies and those envious of us. From mere misleading speech and stinging words they plunged into an open declaration of enmity, so that the Muslims mobilised their forces, exerting themselves morally and materially to banish the Jews and destroy them. Their strife became long-drawn and widespread, so that it worked itself up into a rage, and created yet greater animosity and more intensified rancor...

“Another circumstance, which is the most potent cause, is the...interpretation given by the masses to the Qur'anic verse 5:82 [see above]...” ~ Al-Jahiz (d.869), "Why The Muslims Prefer The Christians To the Jews"

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Miami Imam & Sons Arrested For Funding Pakistani Taliban

A Miami imam and two of his sons were arrested Saturday on federal charges they provided some $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban.

Also named in the indictment are three others at large in Pakistan — Hafiz Khan's daughter, grandson and an unrelated man, all three of whom are charged with handling the distribution of funds.

The indictment lists about $50,000 in transactions. The funds were used to buy guns, support militants' families and promote the cause of the Pakistani Taliban, according to the indictment. It also alleges that Hafiz Khan owns a madrassa, or religious school, in his native Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan that shelters members of the Pakistani Taliban and trains children to become militants.

But wait a minute...why would an imam, who spends all his time studying the Qur'an and teaching Islam to his congregation, get the idea that he should fund Islamic terrorist groups? Wouldn't he be overwhelingly persuaded against this idea by the Qur'an's message of peace and universal brotherhood?

Well...since the Qur'an promotes the funding of those who fight "in the cause of Allah" (a phrase always understood in Islamic theology to refer to violence and killing) as a noble virtue, probably not:

Those who believe, and suffer exile and strive [i.e. jihad] with might and main, in Allah's cause, with their goods and their persons, have the highest rank in the sight of Allah: they are the people who will achieve (salvation). (9:20)

Go ye forth, (whether equipped) lightly or heavily, and strive and struggle [i.e. jihad], with your goods and your persons, in the cause of Allah. That is best for you, if ye (but) knew. (9:41)

Alms are for the poor and the needy, and those employed to administer the (funds); for those whose hearts have been (recently) reconciled (to Truth); for those in bondage and in debt; in the cause of Allah; and for the wayfarer: (thus is it) ordained by Allah, and Allah is full of knowledge and wisdom. (9:60)

Only those are Believers who have believed in Allah and His Messenger, and have never since doubted, but have striven [i.e. jihad] with their belongings and their persons in the Cause of Allah: Such are the sincere ones. (49:15)

That ye believe in Allah and His Messenger, and that ye strive [i.e. jihad] (your utmost) in the Cause of Allah, with your property and your persons: That will be best for you, if ye but knew! (61:11)

Muhammad himself was very clear about this also:

He who does not join the warlike expedition (jihad), or equip or look well after a warrior's family when he is away, will be smitten by Allah with a sudden calamity. (Abu Dawud b.14, no.2497)

The article also makes clear that Hafiz Khan is a "native" of Pakistan - therefore shouldn't he have outright rejected the Taliban, since we are told that Pakistan is an ally that is "vital" to our efforts in the War On Terror?

Scratch that idea, as well.

Nezar Hamze of the Council on American-Islamic Relations was said to be "very shocked" at the arrests (aren't they always?), as were Hafiz Khan's neighbours:

Across the street from the Miami mosque, neighbor Odelia Fernandez said she found the elderly bearded man to be respectful. Even though language barriers prevented them from communicating, they would wave hello to one another.

Khan's next-door neighbor, Jorge Gonzalez, said he frequently saw Khan walking to the mosque.

"It's hard to believe," Gonzalez said. "The Taliban sleeping alongside my room — wow."

Pop quiz: name a method by which we can determine with anything like relative certainty that the Muslim across the street from us, or at our workplace, or in our government, who smiles and acts very nice when we talk to them, isn't in fact a jihadist sympathiser who acts friendly when we're looking but hostilely when we're not?
Answers on a postcard, please.

(N.B. If you're having trouble, here's another story from November last year that may or may not help you:

"The arrest of the leader of a City Heights mosque, a man described as a revered figure who was known for advocating nonviolence and tolerance, has stunned the close-knit Somali community in City Heights, where many refugees of the war-torn country live, work and pray.

"Mohamed Mohamed Mohamud [yes, that really is his name ~ Ed], 38, appeared in federal court Wednesday to answer to charges that he was involved in a conspiracy to provide money and other aid to al-Shabaab in Somalia, which U.S. authorities have designated a foreign terrorist organization.")

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Toilet Jihad

Would YOU scream triumphant religious exultations as you searched for the bathroom?

A Yemeni man was wrestled to the floor on a plane bound for San Francisco yesterday after pounding on the cockpit door as it approached the landing phase and allegedly screaming "Allahu Akbar!"

According to Fox News, "Authorities do not yet have a motive".

According to the Daily Mail, the man could have possibly mistaken the cockpit for the bathroom.

No doubt Rageit "Allahu Akbar!" Almurisi's actions were not religiously motivated.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Sectarian Strife?

This BBC article today demonstrates a repeated trend that we are seeing with increasing regularity in the mainstream media: Muslim persecution of Christians in Egypt is repeatedly described as "clashes between Muslims and Christians" or "sectarian strife". This implies that both sides are equally to blame for any unrest, and gives fuel to those who spout the old canard that all religions are equally destructive.

What the media rarely report - or at the very least bury many paragraphs down into an article - is that this "strife" goes entirely one way, i.e. Muslims in Egypt repeatedly attack and persecute Christians, but are not persecuted or attacked in return.

This latest bout of violence in Egypt was triggered by rumours that a Christian woman who had converted to Islam was being held captive by the Coptic Church - an allegation Muslims in Egypt have made before, but which has never been backed up by any supporting evidence whatsoever (indeed, even the woman in question has denied publicly that any such thing took place). Nevertheless, this mere rumour was enough to cause hundreds of Muslims (presumably those "pro-democracy" reformers we're always hearing about) to go out into the streets and burn down churches (funnily enough, no mosques have been attacked).

None of this should be surprising: the Copts have been a persecuted minority in Egypt for centuries, and I have documented many of the most recent cases of that persecution on these pages. To add to this, here are some of the latest examples, all coming from the past three weeks or so:

- The Prime Minister suspended a Christian governor in the Qena province because Muslims protested against his appointment
- An Egyptian convert from Islam to Christianity arrived seeking asylum in France after being hounded out of his home country two and a half years ago because of his apostasy
- The homes of Coptic Christians have been attacked and burned down by Muslims

Does this sound like "sectarian strife" to you? Or does it sound like one group of people systematically harassing, assaulting and bullying another?

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Protecting Bin Laden From Hell?

While US authorities have made it abundantly clear that they buried the jihadist mass murderer Osama bin Laden at sea "in accord with Islamic law", they have to date been noticably hesitant to provide more details about what exactly transpired on board the USS Carl Vinson.

But until the video of this unbelievable "funeral" is released, Anneke Green of the Washington Times has uncovered some truly disturbing information about the official US Navy policy regarding the burial of Muslims at sea. We do not yet know for certain whether this protocol was followed in the case of bin Laden, but it is logical to assume that it may well have been given the statements of the US Government, as given the fact that this is standard policy.

According to the "Navy Military Funerals" document (read it here - in particular pages 34-35), all those in attendance at a Muslim funeral on board a Navy vessel must face Mecca. They must recite from Sura al-Fatihah, the first chapter of the Qur'an, which is almost universally interpreted by Muslim scholars as cursing Jews and Christians (see but one example here), before reading a prayer including these words:

“O Allah, forgive him, have mercy on him, pardon him, grant him security, provide him a nice place and spacious lodgings, wash him (off from his sins) with water, snow and ice, purify him from his sins as a white garment is cleansed from dirt, replace his present abode with a better one, replace his present family with a better one, replace his present partner with a better one, make him enter paradise and save him from the trials of grave [sic] and the punishment of hell.”

They must then lower the body into the sea (as opposed to, say, dumping it like household rubbish) facing Mecca, while intoning:

"O Allah this is your servant who is now your guest, and you are the best of hosts. Forgive him and expand his entrance."

Green's commentary really sums up the moral perversity and farcical nature of this whole affair:

The families of those slaughtered by bin Laden—many of whom were Muslims—might not be happy to learn that the Obama administration may have considered it “appropriate” to ask Allah to “pardon” al Qaeda’s evil overlord. Or to petition him to not only let him into paradise but give him a nice, big house when he gets there, with a better family and wife (wives?). How will those families feel about the fact that this sociopath got a better burial than many of their dead loved ones, some of whose circumstances of death made them religiously ineligible for the prayers—or “religious remarks”—he received? The Pentagon’s official statement on his burial did not note whether bin Laden’s face was toward Ka’aba in Saudi Arabia, as the service instructs, but it did make clear that his body was “eased into the sea.”...

Sending in a SEAL team to blow off bin Laden’s head showed presidential leadership. The subsequent handling of the body and burial, however, raises serious questions about Mr. Obama’s dominant priority. The constraints involved certainly reveal why a sea burial seemed attractive. But if no other country would take his remains and they absolutely had to be disposed of within 24 hours, why didn’t we just tie his body to the back of the carrier (fantail), weigh anchor and see if there was anything left to dispose of by the time our service members were back in the arms of their loved ones? That sort of observance would have shown the respect he deserved. 

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Murdering Free Speech

Lars Hedegaard: Demon Truth-Teller Of Denmark

This world is full of contrasts, and we see these all too often when it comes to the prevailing attitudes of Western authorities towards Islam, versus the realities of Islam itself.

Yesterday, Danish writer and cartoonist Lars Hedegaard was found guilty of hate speech and "racist statements" after he spoke during a 2009 interview about the intra-familial violence often experienced by women and girls in the Muslim world. Obviously, he was not insinuating that every Muslim woman in the world is being attacked, raped or killed by their own families. What he was talking about was the depravity of a general culture that treats women as possessions of men, disobedient and rebellious, who can be beaten by men when they step out of line and whose murder often carries no penalty under Islamic law.

Hedegaaard's discussion of this was deemed a crime by a Danish court.

Also yesterday, it was reported that a man went to suburban Detroit and fatally shot his 20-year-old stepdaughter in the head because she left Minnesota to live with her father and was not adhering to Muslim customs.

Jessica Mokdad now joins the sad ranks of Aqsa Parvez, Amina and Sarah Said, Noor Faleh Almaleki, Sandeela Kanwal, and several other Muslim girls who have in just the past few years been murdered in honour killings - not in some deprived part of the Middle East, but in the United States of America.

Lars Hedegaard will be fined approximately £600 for noticing this.

Shame on Denmark.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011


Merely one soldier

"Jihad in the path of Allah is greater than any individual or organization. It is a struggle between Truth and Falsehood, until Allah Almighty inherits the earth and those who live in it. Mullah Muhammad Omar and Sheikh Osama bin Laden — may Allah protect them from all evil — are merely two soldiers of Islam in the journey of jihad, while the struggle between Truth [Islam] and Falsehood [non-Islam] transcends time."

~ Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Al-Qaeda Second-In-Command, 2005

Monday, 2 May 2011

Unholy Reverence

Following bin Laden's death, this article at ABC News outlines the Islamic rituals American forces performed before disposing of the jihadist mass murder's body:

Bin Laden's corpse was taken to Afghanistan to have his DNA tested for positive identification. The body was then flown to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, officials told ABC News and he was buried at sea. The burial was done in accordance with Islamic law, officials said. A Muslim seaman conducted the process and said the prayers, with bin Laden's body wrapped in the "appropriate way."

Wait a minute...let me get my head around this. Did the United States military just kill the man responsible for the worst attack against its people in the nation's history, and then give him a sorrowful, dignified funeral in accordance with the laws of the ideology that drove him to commit that heinous act?

What is wrong with this picture?

And shouldn't the Muslim seaman who assisted with the burial have refused to perform an Islamic rite on such an obviously "un-Islamic" specimen?

According to ABC, this staggering display of dhimmitude was performed "so [as] not to inflame the Muslim world".

Isn't the "Muslim world" overwhelmingly peaceful, and doesn't it reject bin Laden as an anti-Islamic extremist? Am I missing something?

As it happens, the military got it wrong anyway - Sunni Islam's top authority, Cairo's Al Azhar University, condemned the sea burial as "sinful" and un-Islamic - indicating that they also seem to be affording an unusual amount of respect to bin Laden's carcass, considering that he was so un-Islamic and all.

Freudian Slip

Bin Laden Dead - Now The Questions Begin

Imagine the look on his face when he finds out he'll only get 72 raisins...

So Osama bin Laden has been killed by US forces in a raid in Abottabad, Pakistan. He was found living in a custom-built mansion in an area where former Pakistani Army officers like to retire.

Questions are instantly raised:

1) Given the above information, is anyone going to insist that at least some major Pakistani authorities did not know that bin Laden was there? And if we accept that they did, what do we do about Pakistan? Such news would on a grand scale, after all, vindicate David Cameron, who caused controversy last July when he stated that some of the Pakistani authorities were in cahoots with the Taliban.

2) Why, according to this AP report, did the US ensure that bin Laden's body was disposed of "according to Islamic practice"? Wouldn't this be a bit like "respecting" Adolf Hitler's final wishes after World War II? And why perform this act of reverence for bin Laden's religious beliefs anyway when President Obama stated explicitly following his death that Osama was not a Muslim at all?

3) How soon will it be before the Muslim world goes apeshit in the thousands or even millions over this murder of a great mujahid, and when that happens, what defense mechanisms will our leaders use this time to continue to justify their delusions that bin Laden was only supported by a tiny minority of extremists?

4) So Osama is dead. Now what are we going to do about the religious texts that inspired him?