The theology of genocide

May 14, 2010

A couple of days ago, I commented on the UC San Diego student, a member of the Muslim Students Association (which itself is a front for the Muslim Brotherhood), who publicly stated her support for another Holocaust against the Jews.

In response to the inevitable question, “How in the name of all that’s decent can she make such a statement,” Robert Spencer, a noted scholar of Islam, explains how the roots of Ms. Albahri’s murderous antisemitism is grounded in the core works of Islam itself: Theology for a Holocaust

None of this should come as any surprise. The genocidal hadith [Sahih Muslim 6985 –Phineas] quoted on Palestinian TV is just one element of an anti-Semitism that is deeply rooted in the Qur’an and Sunnah, and which runs through Islamic history with a remarkable consistency. The Qur’an portrays the Jews as the craftiest, most persistent, and most implacable enemies of the Muslims. Three notorious Qur’anic passages depict an angry Allah transforming Jews into apes and pigs: 2:63–66; 5:59–60; and 7:166. The first of those passages depicts Allah telling the Jews who “profaned the Sabbath”: “Be as apes despicable!” It goes on to say that these accursed ones serve “as a warning example for their time and for all times to come.” The second has Allah directing Muhammad to remind the “People of the Book” about “those who incurred the curse of Allah and His wrath, those of whom some He transformed into apes and swine, those who worshipped evil.” The third essentially repeats this, saying of the Sabbath-breaking Jews that when “in their insolence they transgressed (all) prohibitions,” Allah said to them, “Be ye apes, despised and rejected.”

In traditional Islamic theology these passages have not been considered to apply to all Jews. However, that hasn’t stopped contemporary jihadists from frequently referring to Jews as the “descendants of apes and swine.” The implication is that today’s Jews are bestial in character and are the enemies of Allah, just as the Sabbath-breakers were. The grand sheikh of Al-Azhar, Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi, the most respected cleric in the world among Sunni Muslims today, has called Jews “the enemies of Allah, descendants of apes and pigs.” Saudi sheikh Abd al-Rahman al-Sudayyis, imam of the principal mosque in the holiest city in Islam, Mecca, said in a sermon that Jews are “the scum of the human race, the rats of the world, the violators of pacts and agreements, the murderers of the prophets, and the offspring of apes and pigs.”

Another Saudi sheikh, Ba’d bin Abdallah al-Ajameh al-Ghamidi, made the connection explicit: “The current behavior of the brothers of apes and pigs, their treachery, violation of agreements, and defiling of holy places … is connected with the deeds of their forefathers during the early period of Islam—which proves the great similarity between all the Jews living today and the Jews who lived at the dawn of Islam.” A 1996 Hamas publication says that today’s Jews are bestial in spirit, and this is a manifestation of the punishment of their forefathers. In January 2007, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas stated, “The sons of Israel are mentioned as those who are corrupting humanity on earth,” referring to Qur’an 5:64.

It information such as this that our government (and others) willfully ignores when dealing with the Arab-Israeli dispute and the threat from Islamic terrorism. Trading land for peace and clinging to illusory “root causes” makes no sense -in fact, it’s downright dangerous- when dealing with a foe who believes he is fighting for a holy cause. Any concession or act of good faith is seen as weakness on our part and a proof of the righteousness of their struggle.

Be sure to read the whole thing. Of Spencer’s books, I most recommend “The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World’s Most Intolerant Religion” and “The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran.”

(Cross-posted at Sister Toldjah, where I’m guest-hosting for the day)


Chemical Ali becomes fertilizer

January 25, 2010

This genuinely brightens my day: Ali Hassan al-Majid, known to the world as “Chemical Ali” for his use of nerve gas against Kurds in Iraq, has been hanged:

Majid, an enforcer in Saddam Hussein’s regime and his cousin, had earlier been sentenced to death four times for genocide and crimes against humanity.

In January, he was sentenced to death for ordering the gas attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja in 1988.

It is believed that about 5,000 people died in the attack.

Hanging will suffice, though, to be honest, I would have released him naked in the middle of Halabja and told him to start running.

Rot in Hell, you son of a bitch.

Now at room temperature.

(hat tip: The Jawa Report)


Meet Thomas Friedman, Liberal Fascist

September 9, 2009

Years ago, I used to enjoy Thomas Friedman‘s columns in the New York Times. Back then, he struck me as a thoughtful observer of foreign affairs. Then he became a self-important windbag spouting banal thoughts, and I stopped reading him. But now he’s outed himself as a loathsome admirer of fascism.

Watching both the health care and climate/energy debates in Congress, it is hard not to draw the following conclusion: There is only one thing worse than one-party autocracy, and that is one-party democracy, which is what we have in America today.

One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages. That one party can just impose the politically difficult but critically important policies needed to move a society forward in the 21st century. It is not an accident that China is committed to overtaking us in electric cars, solar power, energy efficiency, batteries, nuclear power and wind power. China’s leaders understand that in a world of exploding populations and rising emerging-market middle classes, demand for clean power and energy efficiency is going to soar. Beijing wants to make sure that it owns that industry and is ordering the policies to do that, including boosting gasoline prices, from the top down.

You will find no clearer statement of the liberal fascist ideal than that quote from Friedman. “Enlightened?” The same Chinese leaders who massacred pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square? Who have draconian childbirth and forced abortion policies? Who are conducting a slow-motion genocide of the Tibetan people? Who starved to death at least 30,000,000 people in an induced famine for… “critically important policies?” Wind power is more important that individual political liberty? This garbage from a man who grew wealthy thanks to the same liberal, free-market capitalist, democratic society he now sneers at?

Wow. Just… wow.  Surprise

(via Jonah Goldberg and Mark Steyn)

RELATED: I’m now convinced that Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism isn’t just good political history, it’s positively prescient.

LINKS: Victor Davis Hanson shakes his head. Power Line gives Friedman a good jolt. More from Ed Morrissey and Sister Toldjah.


Time to admit it

March 10, 2009

The United States has long had to admit its sins of slavery, the shameful treatment of the tribal peoples, and the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Germany for decades has been forced to confront what it did to the Jews 70 years ago. France has faced its demons in the form of French collaboration with the Nazis under the Vichy regime.

So shouldn’t the Turks just admit what they did to the Armenians? Call it "ethnic cleansing" or simply genocide, the government’s own papers show the truth:

For Turkey, the number should have been a bombshell.

According to a long-hidden document that belonged to the interior minister of the Ottoman Empire, 972,000 Ottoman Armenians disappeared from official population records from 1915 through 1916.

In Turkey, any discussion of what happened to the Ottoman Armenians can bring a storm of public outrage. But since its publication in a book in January, the number – and its Ottoman source – has gone virtually unmentioned. Newspapers hardly wrote about it. Television shows have not discussed it.

"Nothing," said Murat Bardakci, the Turkish author and columnist who compiled the book.

The silence can mean only one thing, he said: "My numbers are too high for ordinary people. Maybe people aren’t ready to talk about it yet."

It’s time to start. Both Armenians –the victims and their descendents– and the Turks themselves deserve it.

(hat tip: Jihad Watch)

 


Pat Buchanan is disgusting

June 20, 2008

Please explain to me why anyone outside of Stormfront and other neo-Nazi groups still takes this leftover America-Firster creep seriously:

Was the Holocaust Inevitable?

That Hitler was a rabid anti-Semite is undeniable. "Mein Kampf" is saturated in anti-Semitism. The Nuremberg Laws confirm it. But for the six years before Britain declared war, there was no Holocaust, and for two years after the war began, there was no Holocaust.

Not until midwinter 1942 was the Wannsee Conference held, where the Final Solution was on the table.

That conference was not convened until Hitler had been halted in Russia, was at war with America and sensed doom was inevitable. Then the trains began to roll.

And why did Hitler invade Russia? This writer quotes Hitler 10 times as saying that only by knocking out Russia could he convince Britain it could not win and must end the war.

Hitchens mocks this view, invoking the Hitler-madman theory.

"Could we have a better definition of derangement and megalomania than the case of a dictator who overrules his own generals and invades Russia in wintertime … ?"

Christopher, Hitler invaded Russia on June 22.

The Holocaust was not a cause of the war, but a consequence of the war. No war, no Holocaust.

In other words, the Holocaust was the fault of the British and (later) the Americans for attacking Germany. If only Britain hadn’t pushed Hitler into a corner, Auschwitz and Buchenwald wouldn’t have happened. This garbage so misrepresents the truth that it’s hard to know where to start in order to shred it, but here’s one damned good try.

And how can Townhall carry this nonsense? This isn’t conservative: it’s anti-historical revisionist filth. They should be ashamed. Angry

(hat tip: LGF)

LINKS: More at Gateway Pundit and A Blog for All.


Holocaust Remembrance Day

May 1, 2008

Today is the day set aside to remember the victims of one of history’s greatest tragedies, the massacre of over 6,000,000 European Jews by the Nazis and their allies for the "crime" of being born Jewish. In Poland, over 11,000 marched from Auschwitz to Birkenau to commemorate the dead. Here are a few links you should follow:

And lest you think such nightmares are in the past, look here, here, and here. That’s just the merest tip of the of the anti-Semitic iceberg.

And no, I’m not ignoring the terrible things that have happened to other people who’ve fallen victim to maniacs: Ukrainians, Armenians, Cambodians, Chinese, Kurds, and others have experienced genocide or ethnic cleansing. But the Shoah stands out for me as the most chillingly systematic effort ever to eradicate an entire people from existence. That there are fools and idiots who can minimize it, deny it, or even claim the Jews themselves organized it, is appalling.

The reason we must not forget such things is not just to remember the victims, but to recognize that it can happen again and to guard against it. The last time wasn’t that long ago.