I Took This Shift Because Of Her --- Politics - Justice - And Wrestling With The Angel
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Here's a quote from one of my heroes, the great Ayaan Hirsi Ali (with thanks to Hip Hop Republican):
"Colonisation and slavery have created a sentiment of culpability in the West that leads people to adulate foreign traditions. This is a lazy, even racist attitude."
– Ayaan Hirsi Ali,
Somali-Dutch moderate-conservative feminist and vocal critic of Islam
Shut up, Europe!When an Alliance Isn't
Even for a continent with such a dishonorable record of appeasement, Europe has been outdoing itself. For the first time in more than two years European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana will pay a visit this week to President Bashar Assad at one of his numerous palaces, marking a resumption of high-level EU contact with the Dictator of Damascus.
And what exactly has Mr. Assad done to deserve this diplomatic prize? Let's see. His track record includes the murder of political opponents, allowing foreign fighters to traverse Syria and join the insurgency in Iraq and playing host to terror groups such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
The Assad regime is believed to have orchestrated the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri; it has funneled arms and financial support to a cast of nasty characters including Hizbullah, and it has openly threatened to wage war against the Jewish state.
(Believed? Detlev Mehlis's (under threat of death) UN investigation proved it.)
Syria's government also continues to suppress the most basic and fundamental rights of its citizens, and it has been steadily building up a military arsenal bristling with chemical warheads.
So how exactly have Europe's guardians of civilization decided to respond to Assad and his appalling record of behavior? By rewarding him, of course.
It doesn't seem to matter one whit to Solana that he will be sipping tea and exchanging pleasantries in Damascus with a man who has arguably done more than any other head of state to sow chaos in the Middle East over the past 24 months.
And if that weren't enough, the EU diplomat will likely fawn all over his host, pleading with him to play a "more constructive role" in the region, as if such blather is likely to convince an autocrat like Assad to stop causing trouble.
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Women in Islamic Society — 13: Necessary Permission by Husband
Although these conditions are not included in any statement of the Qur’an or the Hadith, they should be observed. The point here is that when such repeated and long meetings become frequent, it becomes difficult to observe Islamic manners such as looking decently at the other person and maintaining seriousness in conversation and propriety of movement. These are required of both men and women when they meet.
All this comes within the overall requirement that Muslims, men and women, should steer away from all indecency, committed publicly or privately. God says in the Qur’an: “Do not commit any shameful deed, whether open or secret.” (6: 151) He also says: “Abstain from all sin, be it open or secret. Those who commit sins will be requited for what they have committed.” (6: 120)
We have so far explained the standard of manners that both men and women should observe. A special requirement applied only to the Prophet’s wives when they met men. Such a meeting should be from behind a screen. God says in the Qur’an: “When you ask the Prophet’s wives for something, do so from behind a screen.” (33: 53) This screening applied only to the Prophet’s wives. It merits a special discussion which we may publish later, God willing.
In addition, certain standards are required of women in particular. The first is that they should always wear clothes that fit with the standards of decency. God says in the Qur’an: “Tell believing women... not to display their charms except what may ordinarily appear thereof. Let them draw their head-coverings over their bosoms.” (24: 31) “Prophet! Say to your wives, daughters and all believing women that they should draw over themselves some of their outer garments.” (33: 59) “Do not display your charms as they used to display them in the old days of pagan ignorance.” (33: 33)
A number of Hadiths speak about decency when women go out.
Umm Atiyyah mentions that she asked the Prophet when he ordered women to attend the Eid prayer: “Is a woman excused from attending if she has no outer garment to wear? He said: “Let her friend lend her an outer garment.” (Related by Al-Bukhari and Muslim.) Fatimah bint Qays quotes the Prophet as saying to her: “I hate that your head covering should drop, or that your dress should be lifted to expose your legs and thus people would see of you what you would dislike them to see.”
This issue is not just about Utrecht or Holland. Similar resentment against Muslim immigrants, but at least as much against their own authorities, is quietly brewing among the natives all over Western Europe.
It is insulting that two thirds of the Dutch, one of the founding members of the European community, voted against the proposed EU Constitution, and yet EU leaders will apparently just ignore this and force their massively undemocratic Constitution down people's throats anyway.
European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso expressed unease with the prospect of a second Dutch constitution referendum. "Referendums make the process of approval of European treaties much more complicated and less predictable," he said "If a referendum had been held on the creation of the European Community or the introduction of the Euro, do you think these would have passed?"
Although the EU warns against "Islamophobia," those who live in the real world know that there has been an explosion of violent infidelophobia in Western Europe staged by Muslim immigrants. This wave of violence especially targets Jews, but the attacks against Christians that are going on in the Middle East are increasingly spreading to Europe as well. In more and more cities across the continent, non-Muslims are being harassed, robbed, mugged, raped, stabbed and even killed by Muslims. Native Europeans are slowly becoming second-rate citizens in their own countries.
Featuring Pastorius and the Fu2rman.
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This week's highlights include:
1) The Ask The Imam Show - for some inexplicable reason the Imam segues directly from a nuanced theological discussion of Wudhu - the Islamic purification ritual - directly into an admonishment about the dangers of passing gas during the course of Wudhu. Somehow, the two subjects seem linked in the Imam's mind. Hear what happens when I try to get the Imam to make sense.
2) Interview with Christian writer John McTernan, author of the astonihing book As America Has Done To Israel. Mr. McTernan discusses Bible Prophecy and the punishments that will befall those who curse the Jews.
3) Interview with Horst Schweinhaxe of the Council of American-Nazi Relations (CANR). Horst discusses the oppressive and racist treatment his six Nazi friends received when they visited the Holocaust Museum.
Hope you enjoy the show.
Friday, March 16, 2007
This is written by former actor and U.S. Senator, and possible Presidential candidate, Fred Thompson:
I feel bad for Nancy Pelosi, AND her neighbors. Anti-war activists from the group Code Pink have been giving her the same treatment the president gets at his Crawford, Texas, ranch. Camping on her San Francisco lawn, they’re demanding she cut off funds to the troops in Iraq.
Besides coolers and mattresses, protesters have brought along a giant paper mache statue of Mahatma Gandhi, who is pretty much the symbol of the anti-war movement. Code Pink was founded on his birthday, and when Saddam Hussein was being given a last chance to open Iraq to U.N. weapons inspectors, posters appeared around America asking “What would Gandhi do?”
And that’s a pretty good question. At what point is it okay to fight dictators like Saddam or the al Qaeda terrorists who want to take his place? It turns out that the answer, according to Gandhi, is NEVER.
During World War II, Gandhi penned an open letter to the British people, urging them to surrender to the Nazis.
Later, when the extent of the holocaust was known, he criticized Jews who had tried to escape or fight for their lives as they did in Warsaw and Treblinka.
“The Jews should have offered themselves to the butcher’s knife,” he said. “They should have thrown themselves into the sea from cliffs.”
“Collective suicide,” he told his biographer, “would have been heroism.”
The so-called peace movement certainly has the right to make Gandhi’s way their way, but their efforts to make collective suicide American foreign policy just won’t cut it in this country. When American’s think of heroism, we think of the young American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, risking their lives to prevent another Adolph Hitler or Saddam Hussein. Gandhi probably wouldn't approve, but I can live with that.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
And mere anarchy shall be loosed upon the world. LOL!
What rough beast, its hour come round at last:
'The sleeping giant of Christian Zionism has awakened. There are 50 million Christians standing up and applauding the State of Israel." So began a speech by Pastor John Hagee, founder of Christians United For Israel, before an AIPAC Policy Conference plenary earlier this week.
His address may not have received as much media attention as those by Richard Cheney, Nancy Pelosi, Ehud Olmert and Binyamin Netanyahu. It should have, however, because it could herald a critical new stage in the American-Israeli relationship.
The speech certainly did not lack clarity. "It is 1938," Hagee said, "Iran is Germany, and Ahmadinejad is the new Hitler. We must stop Iran's nuclear threat and stand boldly with Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East."
Neither, however, did he mince words regarding what any Jewish audience cannot help thinking when hearing such unabashed support from a Christian leader.
Hagee noted that those who committed the Holocaust were "baptized Christians ... in good standing with their Church." He continued: "Today I humbly ask forgiveness of the Jewish people for every act of anti-Semitism, and the deafening silence of Christians in your greatest hour of need, during the Holocaust. We were not there. We cannot change the past, but together we can shape the future. Think of our potential future together: 50 million evangelicals joining in common cause with 5 million Jewish people in America on behalf of Israel is a match made in heaven."
The AIPAC audience granted Hagee multiple standing ovations. The Jewish people, some surely thought, has been waiting two millennia to hear such unalloyed words of contrition and support, and they could not have come at a more propitious time.
Understandably, offers of Christian assistance will continue to be met with a considerable degree of wariness. History aside, Jews and evangelical Christians are perhaps the ultimate "Odd Couple" -- culturally, religiously, politically and even geographically.
If all these obstacles are not enough, there is also Jewish concern regarding Christian motives, concern that necessitates careful consideration in building relationships. First, there is the suspicion that evangelicals, as their name implies, are out to convert Jews. Second, that their support is colored by doctrines of "rapture" and the apocalypse, in which a catastrophic global war plays an important part.
In a Jerusalem Post interview last year, Hagee responded that a growing majority of evangelicals no longer preach replacement theology - the doctrine that Christianity has replaced the Jewish people in the plans of God. As for himself, Hagee said further, "I do not target Jews for conversion." Nonetheless, he stressed, "If you come into my church, you are asking to hear my witness of Jesus Christ and you're going to get it, wide open."
"What is going to happen when Jesus comes back?" Hagee said, touching on the second sensitive point. "I say to my rabbi friends: 'You don't believe it; I do believe it. When we're standing in Jerusalem, and the Messiah is coming down the street, one of us is going to have a major theological adjustment to make. But until that time, let's walk together in support of Israel and in defense of the Jewish people."
Hagee reports that CUFI now has 13 regional directors, 40 state directors, 80 city directors, and is aiming to organize in every Congressional district. After only four months in operation, CUFI brought 3,500 members to Washington, DC to lobby Congress last July. That is already over half the size of the AIPAC conference, and the numbers are growing quickly.
The objective, Hagee told AIPAC, is to signal to Congress that American support for Israel "is no longer just a Jewish issue, but a Christian-Jewish issue from this day forward." The political importance and value of such a transformation, if successful, is difficult to overstate.
Jews and evangelicals will never agree on many issues, but the one on which they do agree is of overwhelming importance. It is natural, given history, that Jews are wary even of a hand outstretched in friendship, and caution is justified. The Jewish people, however, cannot afford, and arguably does not have the right, to simply dismiss a significant potential ally.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
This is quite an incredible video, but not for the reasons you might expect. First, of course, Hirsi Ali is articulate and a great spokesperson for the counter-Jihad, as always. But, the truly amazing things about this video are
1) finding that Bill Maher actually seems to have a bit of a grip on the real world
2) the blood pressure raising moment when U.S. Congressman Darrel Issa (R-CA) actually makes the insane claim that there is no Islamic extremism in the Palestinian territories.
Oh my God, I thought I was going to have a heart attack on the spot.
Anyway, watch the video.
UPDATED AT BOTTOM OF POST
And, apparently, "dozens of Revolutionary Guards" have defected as well:
Three weeks ago the Iranian armed forces command in Teheran lost contact with a senior officer who had been serving in Iraq with the al-Quds unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, according to a senior Iranian official cited in the Wednesday edition of the London-based Arabic daily al-Sharq al-Awsat.
The Iranian source said that it is still unclear why contact with the officer, Colonel Amir Muhammad Shirazi, was lost. “It is possible that the American forces in Iraq arrested him along with a group of 13 Iranian military and intelligence officials,” he said, adding that this is just one of the scenarios being investigated by Tehran.
No surprise that Tehran isn’t playing this one up like it has with Asgari, as it would amount to an admission that the Quds Force is operating in Iraq. Writing for Newsmax, Ken Timmerman says he’s hearing from his sources that Shirazi was in fact captured by the U.S. — in December, though, much earlier than Asharq claims, and in southern Iraq, where American troops aren’t operating.
But that’s a detail. Timmerman’s got a bigger story to break:
In recent days, intelligence circles in Tehran have been awash with rumors of a second high-level defection to the Americans of a Revolutionary Guards intelligence officer, Brig. Gen. Seyed Mohammad Soltani.
Gen. Soltani is a career intelligence officer, who took over as head of the Persian Gulf bureau of Rev. Guards intelligence in October 2006. On February 8 – just one day after Gen Asgari disappeared in Istanbul – Gen. Soltani traveled to Bandar Abbas [Iran’s largest port, home to the Revolutionary Guard’s largest naval base], where he was scheduled to inspect an intelligence listening post. Instead, he vanished…
So far, the official media in Tehran has not mentioned Gen. Soltani’s alleged disappearance and defection. But NewsMax sources in Tehran said that his wife and two children have also disappeared, and that the Rev. Guards searched his house in the Amirieh district of Tehran searched on Feb. 11…
Gen. Soltani was known as “Engineer Mousavi” within Rev. Guards intelligence, and has intimate knowledge of foreign intelligence operations, especially in Iraq and in other Persian Gulf countries, Newsmax sources in Iran said.
Go read the rest at Hot Air.
From Roger Simon:
Al-Sharq al-Awsat reported that a Tehran military court sentenced to death a colonel in Iranian military intelligence who recently returned from service in Iraq. The officer was accused of collaborating with American forces and providing them with details on the deployment and activities of the al-Quds unit and Iranian military intelligence operatives. He was also accused of providing the Americans with classified documents, photographs and maps related to Iran's nuclear program and armed forces.
Say what? If this report is true, it means the Iranians are virtually admitting they are infiltrating inside Iraq. Otherwise, why the trial? Will this come up in the Congress today? Would you like to bet? Perhaps we should administer basic information tests to our representatives. But the results might be terrifying.
The House GOP leadership is taking on the "moderate Muslim organization" (sometimes also called the terrorist front group) the Council of American-Islamic Relations (from Atlas Shrugs):
House GOP challenges Muslim meeting in Capitol
By S.A. Miller, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
House Republicans yesterday called on majority leaders to rescind their invitation to allow the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) -- an organization that refuses to disavow terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah -- to meet today in the Capitol.
"Americans ought to be troubled that the new Democratic majority is agreeing to face-to-face meetings in the Capitol with apologists for suicide bombers," said Ed Patru, spokesman for the House Republican Conference.
The conference said Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, should cancel CAIR's forum titled "Global Attitudes on Islam-West Relations: U.S. Policy Implications," which is scheduled for this afternoon in a basement conference room.
"Ultimately what happens in the Capitol is the speaker's responsibility," Mr. Patru said. "She ought to make it clear that groups that refuse to condemn the tactics of Hezbollah and Hamas don't get meeting spaces in the People's House."
Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., New Jersey Democrat, reserved the room for CAIR despite the group's spotty record on terrorism, The Washington Times reported yesterday.
Calls for comment were not returned by Mrs. Pelosi or other Democratic leaders, including Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin of Illinois and Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York, who both previously spoke out against CAIR.
The time for compromise with viciously anti-Semitic thugs is over. The Bush Adminitration and the EU are setting their respective countries up for failure by supporting such idiotic policy (from the Jerusalem Post):
EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana said on Wednesday that Europe supported Syria's plans to get back the Golan Heights.
Following a meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad, Solana said at a press conference that "we are interested in working for your country to return to itself the territories that were captured in [the 1967 war]."
In what was the first high-level visit by an EU official to Syria in more than two years,Solana met with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem and Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa earlier Wednesday morning and discussed the Lebanese crisis.
Syria, through its state-run press, welcomed Solana's visit as a good move "after a long absence."
Solana came to Syria as on final stop of a three-nation attempt to mediate an end to the crisis in Lebanon, where the Hizbullah-led opposition has staged three months of mass protests in a bid to topple the government.
In Lebanon on Monday, where he began his mediating, Solana said he hoped his trip to Damascus would help spur an improvement in relations between the EU and Syria, but he added that Syrian policies had to change.
"In order to resume the relationship, we have to have a frank and sincere discussion about things that can change ... and we have to see how the behavior of our friends in Syria may change," Solana said.
He did not elaborate, but EU member states have criticized Syria for its role in Lebanon, where it is seen as undermining the government of Prime Minister Fuad Saniora and is suspected of involvement in the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
European governments also fault Syria for being the major patron of Hizbullah, whose abduction of two IDF soldiers last July sparked a 34-day war with the Jewish state, and for hosting Palestinian terrorists opposed to the peace process.
"Solana's visit to Damascus is a big and important step on the road to repairing two years' of damage in Arab-EU relations," said the official Syrian newspaper Tishrin said in an editorial Wednesday. "Syria is receiving Solana with a lot of openness and a readiness to hear what he has to say as an EU envoy."
Solana visited Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, where he discussed Lebanon with the Saudi foreign minister, Prince Saud Al-Faisal, in Riyadh.
He is expected to return to Europe late Wednesday.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
From Stan Good (with thanks to Olivia):
The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.The counsel of the LORD stands forever,The plans of His heart to all generations.Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.
Well, they certainly are straining to push out Palestine, and with increasing desperation. The international community is employing every conceivable approach and strategy to implement the next stage of the ”land-for-peace” process that will see another great chunk of the land God gave to the Jews stolen to grease the oil-and blood-stained Arab hands.
And, come to think of it, the Quartet midwife does constitute a formidable force:
There is Christian United States of American President George W. Bush, the most powerful man in the world, principal visionary and sponsor of the two-state-solution, aided by powerhouse Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a lady keen to leave her particular mark on the history of this region.
Then there is the secular-humanist and arrogant foreign policy chief Javier Solana, primary pusher for the United States of Europe – the continent with the longest and most sordid history of antisemitism, a prejudice that remains as pervasive as ever from England and France through Spain, Portugal, Germany, Poland and Italy.
We have Putin-the-Terrible, Russia’s new Czar-in-the-making and “former” KGB thug – who is expensively arming Israel’s enemies (and bumping off his own) even as he adds his increasingly influential weight to the political pressure on Israel.
And green to the scene, but clearly well-briefed, is United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who “within the month” plans to visit Israel and the “Palestinian Authority” in order to “save” the peace process.
Enthusiastically assisting these parties at the birthing stool with helpful declarations and provocative demands is Britain’s soon-to-be-former Prime Minister Tony Blair, France’s apparently ever-living pro-Arab president Jacques Chirac, Lady-in-waiting for the White House Hilary Clinton, peacenik extra-ordinary Jimmy Carter, and a host of less significant, but no less dedicated [to Israel’s dissection], leaders around the world.
Divided about so many things, these nations, blocs and individuals have common ground in their resolve to see Palestine – so long a political fantasy and never a historical reality – born as soon as possible onto the world stage.
And it hardly helps, having weak Israelis – Jews like Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and, of course, the country’s eminence gris, Shimon Peres, enthusiastically anticipating the arrival of this monstrosity: another Muslim Arab state whose religion and nationalism (which is really one and the same thing) will immediately bond it integrally with the Islamic effort to rid “its” Middle East of this hated race.
One way or another, these leaders are convinced – and from their perspective how could they be otherwise? – their “solution” will come into being.
Never mind that the great majority of the Palestinian Arabs have repeatedly stated that they have no intention of “living side-by-side in peace” alongside what would be left of Israel. The world has determined how it will be, and with their combined and irresistible power will move heaven and earth to make it so.
Well earth, maybe.
Heaven, however, will not be moved. Heaven has decreed a different future for the Land and People of Israel from the “vain thing” plotted by the Gentile nations. And no matter how many or how prevailing these nations may be, to Him Who sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, they are “as a drop in the bucket and counted as small dust on the scales;” their people “like grasshoppers” in His sight.
Go read the whole thing.
Pastor John Hagee At AIPAC
In this electrifying speech, Pastor John Hagee announces that he has formed an organization called Christians United for Israel. The goal of the organization is to show that Israel is not just a Jewish issue, but that it is also a Christian issue.
John Hagee's goal is to unite Christians and Jews. That is also my goal, and as such, I will be joining his organization, and helping it with whatever funds I can offer.
Watch this speech (courtesy Atlas Shrugs). It is amazing.
Monday, March 12, 2007
This story sounds like good news on the face of it, but Putin is such a Machiavellian that I don't believe it for a second.
Read the story, and I'll tell you what I think at the end of the post:
MOSCOW - The state-run Russian company building Iran's first nuclear power plant said Monday that the reactor's launch will be postponed because of Iranian payment delays.
Russian media reports, meanwhile, indicated that the Kremlin was growing tired of Iran's nuclear defiance in the face of U.N. Security Council sanctions, with three agencies citing an unidentified official warning Iran to cooperate and stop playing "anti-American games."
Russia, which has remained close to Iran even as the Islamic republic defied international demands to stop enriching uranium and answer questions about its nuclear program, has accused Iran of paying only a fraction of the $25 million monthly payments for construction work at the Bushehr reactor in recent months. Officials have warned that the funding delays would push back both the launch — originally planned for September — and the delivery of the uranium fuel needed to power the reactor.
"It will be impossible to launch the reactor in September, and there can be no talk about supplying fuel this month," Atomstroiexport said in a statement that followed the collapse of bilateral talks last week on the funding dispute. It accused the Iranians of failing to give a written obligation to resume funding for the project.
Iran has urged Russia to speed up the fuel delivery, but Russian officials said it would only be delivered six months before the plant's launch.
In a signal that Russia could be close to yielding to Western push for stronger sanctions, Russian news agencies reported Monday that the country's support for Iran could end if it continues to ignore international demands to freeze enrichment.
ITAR-Tass, Interfax and RIA-Novosti all carried identical remarks by an unidentified official, who warned that Iran must answer the U.N. nuclear watchdog's queries about its nuclear program, which the United States and others say is aimed at building an atomic bomb.
Russia's leadership often uses remarks by anonymous sources to convey its position on sensitive issues.
Ok, so my theory is that Russia is simply threatening stronger sanctions as a way to get Iran to make their payments in a more timely manner.
I don't think any help will be forthcoming from Russia on the Iranian Nuclear front.
Barack Obama is very charismatic, and a very good public speaker. Additionally, he strikes me as a man without a moral compass. Check this out:
Muscatine, Ia. - Illinois Sen. Barack Obama on Sunday told a small
group of Iowa Democrats that U.S. policy in the Middle East can be
compassionate as well as tough - while he also provided these
influential voices in the leadoff caucus state with an up-close view of
him as a presidential candidate.
Obama told the Muscatine-area
party activists that he supports relaxing restrictions on aid to the
Palestinian people. He said they have suffered the most as a result of
stalled peace efforts with Israel.
"Nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people," Obama said while on the final leg of his weekend trip to eastern Iowa.
No one is suffering more than the Palestinian people? Not the Sudanese who are being killed in a brutal genocide? Not the North Koreans who are being slowly starved to death by their own government in a country which is little more than a large concentration camp at this point?
And, has it occurred to Obama that his loose language here does not acknowledge the fact that the world, including Israel, has been helping to fund the Palestinian regime for years on end? That they have been given a chance to form a working government, to build businesses, to educate their children, and that instead of doing so they have squandered it all on providing their entire population with a 24 hour a day curriculum of Jew-hatred.
Yes, the Palestinian people are suffering alright. They are choking themselves to death on their own hatred of Jews.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
I bought the movie Borat last night and watched most of it. It is a relentlessly negative movie, and as someone had warned me, it is perhaps the most raunchy mainstream movie to date.
It also very funny.
I think his main point (I guess I can't know for sure without seeing the ending) is that human beings are not nearly as civilized as they appear to be. In fact, he portrays Borat and and his friend Azymath as acting, basically, like animals. In portraying himself this way, he brings out the animal nature in many of the people he deals with.
He fails to do so with the Jewish people who own the Bed and Breakfast, and with an Etiquette group that he has dinner with.
Both times he fails I think he does so because the people got the joke.
The Jewish people just played along with him, and the etiquette crowd were offended. And, who can blame them? (At one point he comes down from a trip to the restroom holding a plastic bag full of his own feces, and begins to ask what he should do with it.) They had gone so out of their way to be understanding of him and he just basically abused their trust.
By the way, when I say the movie is relentlessly negative, I do not mean to say that its portrayal of human beings is inaccurate. I do think it is a rather thin veneer of civilization that most of us carry around with ourselves.
However, I think it is important to note that the two groups of people who did see through him, and refused to treat him badly were people who had been raised on the Bible; the Word of God.
I think the only hope we have for raising ourselves above the level of animals is to behave according to strict moral principles. By strict, I mean that humans must decide what they believe in and not back down on those principles even when they do not seem to be practical, even when they do not seem to be working.
It seems to me that America itself is evidence of this fact. We have become the great nation we are because of our Judeo-Christian value system. Israel has turned, what was a desert, into a productive nation (albeit, one with few natural resources) because Israel, for the most part, acts according to its Jewish value system.
I think it is important to note that Sasha Cohen, the genius behind the Borat character, is a religious Jew. He observes Sabbath so strictly that he will not talk on the phone, among other things.
I believe he knew full well what he was doing with this movie. I think he managed to accomplish his task without being preachy. I don't think he trusts American Fundamentalist Christians (many Jews don't - although they would be wise to realize that American Fundies are the best friends they have) and that is why I think he was so intensely hard on the etiquette crowd.
It was actually painful to watch that scene. I felt bad for those people. To my mind, they truly didn't deserve such treatment.
I think Sasah Cohen does humor the same way my cohorts and I do our "Infidel Radio" Program. That is, he does it to serve a larger purpose.
There are some comedians who were just kind of born comedians. I am not that. I do comedy because I think it is effective. I love comedy. I love doing comedy, but the reason I am spending my time on it is because I think it is effective.
A guy I correspond with says he thinks the positions the Left take on issues these days are so fundamentally irrational, and so based on trying to make themselves feel good about themselves, rather than upon logic, that they really can't be dealt with using rational argument. He said he came to the conclusion several years ago that ridicule is the only way to deal with such irrationality.
It seems to me a combination of ridicule and sober talk is probably the most effective.
The ability to switch back and forth between reasoned argument and adept comedy is, I believe, pretty disarming. This is not what Sasha Baron Cohen does. Instead, he endlessly hits you over the head with humor which reveals the dark, primal side of humanity.
The movie is worth seeing, and it is especially worth considering the worldview which it portrays.
Who would expect such a humorless review of such a funny movie, huh?