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Irony is lost on those who would kill for peace
NY Daily News ^ | September 22 2006 | Charles Krauthammer

Posted on 09/22/2006 3:05:34 PM PDT by knighthawk

Religious fanatics, regardless of what name they give their jealous god, invariably have one thing in common: no sense of humor. Particularly about themselves. It's hard to imagine Torquemada taking a joke well. Today's Islamists seem to have not even a sense of irony. They fail to see the richness of the following sequence. The Pope makes a reference to a 14th-century Byzantine emperor's remark about Islam imposing itself by the sword, and to protest this linking of Islam and violence:

In the West Bank and Gaza, Muslims attack seven churches.

In London, the ever-dependable radical Anjem Choudary tells a demonstration at Westminster Cathedral that the Pope is now condemned to death.

In Mogadishu, Somali religious leader Abubukar Hassan Malin calls on Muslims to "hunt down" the Pope. The Pope not being quite at hand, they do the next best thing: shoot dead, execution-style, an Italian nun working in a children's hospital. "How dare you say Islam is a violent religion? I'll kill you for it" is not exactly the best way to go about refuting the charge. But of course, refuting is not the point here. The point is intimidation.

First, Salman Rushdie. Then the false Newsweek report about Koran-flushing at Guantanamo. Then the Danish cartoons. And now, a line from a scholarly disquisition on rationalism and faith given in German at a German university by the Pope.

And the intimidation succeeds: politicians bowing and scraping to the mob over the cartoons; Saturday's craven New York Times editorial telling the Pope to apologize; the plague of self-censorship about anything remotely controversial about Islam - this in a culture in which a half-naked pop star blithely stages a mock crucifixion as the highlight of her latest concert tour.

In today's world, religious sensitivity is a one-way street. The rules of the road are enforced by Islamic mobs and abjectly followed by Western media, politicians and religious leaders.

The fact is that all three monotheistic religions have in their long histories wielded the sword. The Book of Joshua is knee-deep in blood. The real Chanukah story, so absurdly twinned (by an accident of the calendar) with the Christian festival of peace, is about a savage insurgency and civil war.

Christianity more than matched that lurid history with the Crusades, an ecumenical bloodbath that began with the slaughter of Jews in the Rhineland, a kind of a preseason warmup to the featured massacres to come against the Muslims, with the sacking of the capital of Byzantium (the Fourth Crusade) thrown in for good measure.

And Islam, of course, spread with great speed from Arabia across the Mediterranean and into Europe. It was not all benign persuasion. After all, what were Islamic armies doing at Poitiers in 732 and the gates of Vienna in 1683? Tourism?

However, the inconvenient truth is that after centuries of religious wars, Christendom long ago gave it up. It is a simple and undeniable fact that the violent purveyors of monotheistic religion today are self-proclaimed warriors for Islam who shout "God is Great" as they slit the throats of infidels - such as those of the flight crews on 9/11 - and are then celebrated as heroes and martyrs.

Just one month ago, two journalists were kidnapped in Gaza and were released only after their forced conversion. Where were the protests in the Islamic world at that act of forced conversion?

Where is the protest over the constant stream of vilification of Christianity and Judaism issuing from the official newspapers, mosques and religious authorities of Arab nations? When Sheik Atiyyah Saqr issues a fatwa declaring Jews "apes and pigs"? When Sheik Abd al-Aziz Fawzan al-Fawzan, professor of Islamic law, says on Saudi TV that, "Someone who denies Allah, worships Christ, son of Mary, and claims that God is one third of a trinity. ... Don't you hate the faith of such a polytheist?"

Where are the demonstrations, where are the parliamentary resolutions, where are the demands for retraction when the Mufti Sheik Dr. Ali Gum'a incites readers of al-Ahram, the Egyptian government daily, against "the true and hideous face of the bloodsuckers ... who prepare [Passover] matzos from human blood"?

The Pope gives offense and the Mujaheddin Shura Council in Iraq declares that it "will break up the cross, spill the liquor and impose the 'jizya' [head] tax, then the only thing acceptable is conversion or the sword." This to protest the accusation that Islam might be spread by the sword.

As I said. No sense of irony.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: benedictxvi; crushislam; islam; islamevilempire; krauthammer; muslims; pope; popetrop; trop
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1 posted on 09/22/2006 3:05:35 PM PDT by knighthawk
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To: MizSterious; Nix 2; green lantern; BeOSUser; Brad's Gramma; dreadme; Turk2; keri; ...

Ping


2 posted on 09/22/2006 3:06:17 PM PDT by knighthawk (We will always remember We will always be proud We will always be prepared so we may always be free)
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To: knighthawk

Sarcasm doesn't translate well on the internet, and irony even worse. Ah, well, at least Charles knows.


3 posted on 09/22/2006 3:25:03 PM PDT by gcruse (http://gcruse.typepad.com)
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To: knighthawk

One must possess intellect to grasp irony.


4 posted on 09/22/2006 4:05:27 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: knighthawk; ariamne; AmericanArchConservative; Fred Nerks; USF; jan in Colorado; TexasCowboy; ...
Thanks for posting this knighthawk.

PRoP PING***!

Charlie Krauthammer nails it!

5 posted on 09/22/2006 4:32:29 PM PDT by Former Dodger ( "Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." --Einstein)
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To: PhilDragoo; potlatch; ntnychik; MeekOneGOP; dixiechick2000; Grampa Dave; Interesting Times; ...

 THE  LOOK  OF  LOVE 




6 posted on 09/22/2006 5:01:46 PM PDT by devolve
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To: Czar


bump


7 posted on 09/22/2006 5:12:02 PM PDT by devolve
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To: facedown


Exactly.


8 posted on 09/22/2006 5:13:04 PM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- IF only 10% are radical, that's still 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: knighthawk

9 posted on 09/22/2006 5:13:46 PM PDT by Gritty (If one can only convert to but not from Islam, it is a threat to every free person on Earth-M Steyn)
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To: devolve

Very impressive post devolve!! They remind me of Kerry and Edwards, lol.


10 posted on 09/22/2006 5:21:37 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: SJackson

You were saying the other day about Islam and irony...


11 posted on 09/22/2006 5:23:39 PM PDT by agrace
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To: facedown

Heh, good point.


12 posted on 09/22/2006 5:26:25 PM PDT by agrace
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To: potlatch


Good thinking!

Now where would a closely matching photo of Boatman & Robbin' be found?

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm


13 posted on 09/22/2006 5:29:23 PM PDT by devolve
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To: devolve

Not in 6 and 1/2 thousand graphics, do ya think?


14 posted on 09/22/2006 5:31:25 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: devolve

Well there we have it. Where will the honeymoon be? Venezuela I would assume...


15 posted on 09/22/2006 5:34:22 PM PDT by Czar ( StillFedUptotheTeeth@Washington)
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To: Czar; potlatch


Don't cry for me Argentina!


16 posted on 09/22/2006 5:38:46 PM PDT by devolve
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To: knighthawk

Thanks for the ping.


17 posted on 09/22/2006 7:43:32 PM PDT by GOPJ (Muslim outrage would be taken more seriously if Muslims weren't such arrogant hypocrites.)
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To: facedown
"How dare you say Islam is a violent religion? I'll kill you for it" is not exactly the best way to go about refuting the charge.

Great comment.

18 posted on 09/22/2006 7:45:55 PM PDT by GOPJ (Muslim outrage would be taken more seriously if Muslims weren't such arrogant hypocrites.)
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To: Former Dodger; jan in Colorado; Fred Nerks
Yup, it's amazing how koranimals are so outraged and can suddenly organize a "day of rage" and have protests and rallies all over the globe, make death threats, shoot nuns, declare jihads, burn churches and effigies of the Pope, confirming the link about their teachings and violence.


Koranimals burning an effigy of the Pope

Yet I have yet to see thousands of muslims turning out in the street in global protests burning Osama, Al Zawahiri, Hassan Nasrallah, Abdel Aziz Rantisi and Sheik Nasser bin Hamd al-Fahad effigies for "insulting" or "defamimg" islam or their so-called "prophet" with their words or deeds.

Perhaps it's this very point which will strike a chord with those who still have their heads in the sand.

19 posted on 09/22/2006 9:02:42 PM PDT by USF (I see your Jihad and raise you a Crusade )
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To: devolve

bump


20 posted on 09/22/2006 10:20:23 PM PDT by bitt ("And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm.")
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