Saturday, October 01, 2005

The Jihad of the Mind

Recently, a Jihad-supporting Saudi Prince acquired a 5% share of NewsCorp, the parent company of Fox News. Here from Frank Gaffney, via Always on Watch, is a commentary on why this is a big, big problem:

With surprisingly little media attention, Saudi Arabia has bought a stake in the company that owns what has been, until now, arguably its most visible and influential critic: the Fox News Network. Will this be the end of Fox’s “fair and balanced” coverage of the immense Saudi role in promoting Islamofascist terror?

The answer to this incalculably important question may lie in understanding who this prince is, and the nature of his deal with Rupert Murdoch, the principal owner of Fox’s parent, the News Corporation.

Al-Waleed is said be the world’s fifth richest man and now NewsCorp’s fourth largest voting shareholder (behind the Murdoch family, Liberty Media and fund giant Fidelity Management & Research Co). Such a role would appear to give the Prince some say over the way the business is run. That could, presumably, extend to the content of Fox programming and that of the company’s other media outlets (which include DirecTV and 20th Century Fox).

... public relations is not exactly something at which Al-Waleed has previously excelled. But not for want of trying. Recall that he was the Saudi prince who made headlines after September 11th when he visited Ground Zero and offered then-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani a $10 million check for relief efforts.

A few days later, however, the prince released a statement that blamed the United States and its support for Israel for the devastating 9/11 attacks. To his credit, “America’s Mayor” immediately returned the prince’s check with a statement: “There is no moral equivalent for this attack. The people who did it lost any right to ask for justification when they slaughtered…innocent people….Not only are those statements wrong, they’re part of the problem.”

Shortly after the check fiasco, he permitted the CBS program “60 Minutes” to profile him and his hyper-rich, internationally jet-setting lifestyle. ... he told his incredulous interviewer, Ed Bradley, that that Saudi Arabia is a country with “no problems.”

When pressed, he insisted, “What I'm telling you is Saudi Arabia has no civil unrest, no civil disobedience. Sorry. Saudi Arabia is a very stable country. Sure…we had these bombs here and there, but they were all related to a certain subject.”

Even more troubling than having a Saudi spinmeister, even a lousy one, at the decision-making table of America’s most successful, and conservative, television network is another aspect of Al-Waleed’s deal with Mr. Murdoch. The Australian entrepreneur has reportedly also given the prince the unfiltered ability to broadcast Saudi-produced materials directly into America on Murdoch’s satellite.

Here’s how that part of the deal will evidently work: Prince Al-Waleed’s Rotana Audio Visual Company, which operates TV channels in the Middle East, has signed a deal with DirecTV, the TV-satellite firm controlled by NewsCorp. As a result, it would seem Rotana will be able to beam its programs into U.S. cable boxes without interference from federal regulators, or anybody else.

Rotana has a huge library of movies, music and television programs. Such programming has to also include vicious anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, and anti-American incitement. That is, after all, the only kind of material the Wahhabi religious censors approve for production and broadcast in Saudi Arabia. Could that be what the prince has in mind for DirecTV subscribers?

It may seem that al-Waleed's assertion that Saudi Arabia is a country with "no problems" is simply a silly, miscalculated P.R. spin. But, it isn't simply that. Instead, it is an example of the cultural discourse in the Islamic world. Leading intellectuals, holders of high office, and members of the media commonly say, and seemingly believe the most outlandish and contradictory things. Here are some examples:

1) After the Egypt Air crash, when an Islamic pilot crashed the jet into the sea in a successful "suicide" (read Jihad) attempt, members of the American NTSA were stymied by the Egyptian government whose officials maintained the pilot could not have been attempting to down the plane because such a thing would have contradicted Islam.

2) Leading intellectuals and politicians proclaim Israel downed the WTC buildings.

3) Leading Arab politicians perpetuate Holocaust denial and conspiracy theories of Jewish complicity with Hitler.

The truth is, such thinking is not simply a dimwitted public relations maneuver, but is, instead, evidence of the twisted Islamic-supremacism of the Jihadi mindset. These people believe these things, against all logic, because they believe that, as Muslims, they are superior and thus entitled to reshape the fabric of reality to fit their myths.

When they say these things, we are to believe them. We are to be humiliated and subdued by such statements. Humiliated, because they will not back down no matter how much we protest, and subdued because they will dominate us with their imperialism of the truth. We are supposed to bow down to their lies.

It is crucial that we understand this. They are not stupid, they are not incapable of logic, and they are not merely lacking in the sophistication required to do coherent public relations. These truth-raping machinations are, instead, are best understood as Jihad of the mind; which is part of the larger Jihad seeking to establish a global Caliphate.

In fact, we can expect that the Prince's acquisition of NewsCorp stock is only the beginning of such Jihad in our country.