Tuesday, June 19, 2007

A Series Of Clarifying Moments

I think the past week or so has provided us with a number of clarifying moments. I would define a clafirying moment as a time when something happens which forces people to come down on one side, or the other of the line between good and evil.

This week, we have seen the Muslim world react with furor because Britain had the audacity to give a knighthood to author Salman Rushdie. There is the inevitable call for Rushdie to be executed. A burning of Queen Elizabeth in effigy. Fear that the world of the Religion of Peace become violent because of this provocation.

"This is an occasion for the world's 1.5billion Muslims to look at the seriousness of this decision," said Mohammed Ijaz ul-Haq, Pakistan's religious affairs minister.

"The West is accusing Muslims of extremism and terrorism," he told his country's parliament.

"If someone exploded a bomb on his body he would be right to do so, unless the British government apologises and withdraws the 'sir' title."

Yep, that's the Religion of Peace for you. Salman Rushdie is a great writer. He writes a book critical of some of the violent elements of Islam. He is knighted for the contributions of his entire body of work to British culture, which is an act of inclusion, considering the man is not native British. And, for this, the Religion of Peace threatens to blow people up.

That's clarifying.

It has also been clarifying to watch events unfold in Gaza and to see how our own Western policians are dealing with them.

Hamas has taken over Gaza entirely, evicting members of the Fatah political party from the offices to which they were elected by the will of the people. Hamas has performed a coup d'etat.

Jimmy Carter calls for the U.S. and the West to recognize this coup d'etat in the name of Democracy.

Now remember, Hamas Charter calls for the genocide of Jews. Here is an actual excerpt to be found in the Hamas Charter:

... the Islamic Resistance Movement aspires to the realisation of Allah's promise, no matter how long that should take. The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said:

"The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.

So now we know, Jimmy Carter, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, is openly in support of the genocide of Jews; a second Holocaust.

That's clarifying, isn't it?