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Thursday, 10 April 2014
Cooley-Tukey, With Twiddle Factor, For Those Who Can't Sleep

Start here.

Now Fast Fourier Forward to the Twiddle Factor, and you'll be asleep in no time.

Posted on 04/10/2014 10:43 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 10 April 2014
Chesler: The Shame of Brandeis

Dr. Phyllis Chesler, noted feminist  author has written this  opinion piece on la'affaire Ayyan Hirsi Ali at Brandeis University, "The Shame of Brandeis"..  We draw your particular attention to identification of Brandeis faculty member Jytte Klausen, author of the redcated Yale Press book  that eliminated all of the Jyllands Posten  Danish Mohammed cartoons.   Klausen, herself the subject of censorship by her publisher,  is cited by Chesler as a signatory of the Brandeis faculty letter requesting President Lawrence to withdraw Ali's honorary degree at next month's Commencement.  We are sure that Lars Hedgaard executive editor of  Dispatch International in Copenhagen will have choice comments about Ms. Klausen's participation in this dastardly act against free speech. 

Note these comments from Chesler's essay:

Yale University drove the first nail into the coffin of academic freedom, freedom of thought, and critical inquiry, when Yale’s University Press refused to publish the Danish “Mohammed” cartoons to accompany Jytte Klausen’s 2009 book on the subject: “The Cartoons That Shook The World.”

Ironically, none other than Brandeis Professor, Jytte Klausen, the author of “The Cartoons That Shook the World,” published her views in the Brandeis student newspaper The Justice. In her (Stockholm-syndrome?) view, giving Hirsi Ali a degree “undermines years of careful work to show that Brandeis University promotes the ideals of shared learning, religious toleration and coexistence, irrespective of religion.”

Danish Cartoonist Kurt Westergaard visited  Yale amidst protests by Muslim student in  October 2009. That visit  coincided with  Kausen's talk at the Yale  Initiative for Interdisciplinary Study  of  Antisemitism,  a subsequent victim of  denial of academic free speech. Westergaard and Lars Hedegaard had caught up with Brandeis University professor Jytte Klausen, author of “The Cartoons that Shook the World”,  for a discussion before the event began.  Apparently she had met Westergaard during her research for the book. We noted Klausen's comments on that occassion in an Iconoclast post about Rabbi Jonathan Hausman encounter with Westergaard at a Branford College Master's Tea presentation:

 “I want to stress that, of course, the argument can be made that the cartoons are offensive,” Klausen said. “It is very problematic in my view because it assumes that Muslims really did respond to the cartoons based on the notion that they are taboo or bad and lack the self-control to deal with that. My book contradicts that argument.”

See our interview with Dr. Chesler, An American Feminist Fighting Sharia: an Interview with Dr. Phyllis Chesler.

The Shame of Brandeis


Phllis Chesler

By now, we all know that Brandeis University was about to bestow an honor on the elegant and distinguished author and activist, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, best known for her critique of Islam, her decision to leave Islam, and her championship of Muslim women’s rights. 

One might understand why an apostate intellectual might be in danger in Somalia, the country of her birth, or in Saudi Arabia, where she once lived.

However, she has just been dishonored by Brandeis University, which withdrew its offer of a Distinguished Professorship because the Muslim Brotherhood in America, known to us as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its national student group, the Muslim Students Association, which is also allied with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) mounted a successful campaign against the award. Both CAIR and ISNA are unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation terrorist financing case. 

CAIR provided the Muslim Student Association (MSU) at Brandeis with outdated, out-of-context, and highly inflammatory quotes from Hirsi Ali. They did not provide her thought-provoking, stirring, moving passages of which there are many. Brandeis simply caved to the lynch mob. 

This is a terrible moment for academic freedom and critical inquiry on the American campus. 

Yale University drove the first nail into the coffin of academic freedom, freedom of thought, and critical inquiry, when Yale’s University Press refused to publish the Danish “Mohammed” cartoons to accompany Jytte Klausen’s 2009 book on the subject: “The Cartoons That Shook The World.”

Yale drove a second nail into that coffin when it ousted Dr. Charles Small, who dared to focus on the victims of contemporary anti-Semitism, not merely on safely dead Jews. Dr. Small’s major international conference on this subject in 2010 had more than 100 speakers and 600 in attendance. The conference did not demonize the Jewish or American states and it did look at Jew-hatred and the persecution of Christians in Islamic countries today. 

However, official Palestinian and student Palestinians insisted this was an “Islamophobic” conference. A campaign was mounted and Yale administrators and professors dismissed Dr. Small’s Institute although it was independently funded. 

Brandeis University, the “Jewish” university, (in terms of liberal values), has now driven the a nail into the coffin of academic freedom and intellectual diversity, when it bowed to student and faculty pressure and rescinded their offer to Hirsi Ali. 

I am outraged, saddened, and frightened all at the same time. I have sentimental ties to Brandeis and I am suffering their betrayal of their own stellar values.

I understand that perfectly peaceful Muslim students at Brandeis may not wish to be associated with the hate propaganda and terrorist atrocities being committed in Islam’s name. They should be standing outside the mosque that indoctrinated the Boston bomber with signs reading “ Not in my Name,” and listing the gender and religious apartheid that characterize Islam today, and the Muslim-on-Muslim and Muslim-on-infidel violence being committed in the name of a religion that is dear to them. They should be holding teach-ins at mosques and within Muslim communities about human rights in Islam and wrestling with the question of whether radical Islam is compatible with modern Western values.

Hirsi Ali is a consummate intellectual. Students should hear what she has to say. Instead, Brandeis and the Muslim Student Association have taken a Sharia-like position about apostates and the anti-Islamist position she has adopted. The Brandeis MSA student Facebook page is filled with an attitude of offended Islamist supremacism and rage over alleged “Islamophobia.” 

Ironically, none other than Brandeis Professor, Jytte Klausen, the author of “The Cartoons That Shook the World,” published her views in the Brandeis student newspaper The Justice. In her (Stockholm-syndrome?) view, giving Hirsi Ali a degree “undermines years of careful work to show that Brandeis University promotes the ideals of shared learning, religious toleration and coexistence, irrespective of religion.”

Klausen was joined by Brandeis Professors Mary Baine Campbell and Susan Lanser of the English Department. Campbell told Justice that “Hirsi Ali represents values that Brandeis, in naming itself after Justice [Louis] Brandeis, … was founded in noble opposition to.” Professor Susan Lanser said that Hirsi Ali’s (outspoken views on Islam) foment an intolerance that is wholly antithetical to Brandeisian values.” 

Women’s and Gender Studies Professor Mitra Shavarini, told the Justice that offering this award to Hirsi Ali is not in line with the University’s mission, unless it wishes to “incite hate, mistrust and division among its community.” She further stated that Hirsi Ali’s approach to discourse “collapses thought in obscure, non-contextualized allegations that have no intellectual merit.” Alas, this is the language being used these days by professors on American campuses.

I have been told that more than forty professors signed a petition against honoring Hirsi Ali.

American campuses have long welcomed critiques of Judaism, Christianity, Mormonism etc. on the grounds of misogyny and Biblical-era atrocities. Secularists, atheists, anti-religionists have been lionized. Great thinkers have, historically, condemned religion—all religion. Think of Voltaire, or Bernard Russell.

Over the years, Brandeis has awarded Distinguished Professorships to a wide variety of worthy people. The awards are wide-ranging, balanced and reasonable. 

In 1987, the award was given to Adrienne Rich who said “With initial hesitation but finally strong conviction I endorse the Call for a U.S. Cultural and Academic Boycott of Israel.” Although I am an admirer of her poetry, I believe that some of her awards, perhaps not this one, were given in recognition of the presumably “bold” stand she took on boycotting the Jewish state. In 2000, Brandeis also gave this award to Desmond M. Tutu, who has been quoted as saying that the “Jewish lobby” is too “powerful and scary.” In 2006, Brandeis gave this award to Tony Kushner who is on record saying that he can “unambivalently say that I think it’s a terrible historical problem that modern Israel came into existence.” 

One can openly criticize the Jewish state and be lionized. There was no groundswell of protest against these awards; if there were, they were not successful.

The conclusion: One can criticize Judaism, the Jewish state, America, real apartheid in South Africa, but one cannot criticize Islam, Islamic Jihad, Islamic supremacism, and Islamic gender and religious apartheid without being attacked and silenced.

Phyllis Chesler is professor emerita at the City University of New York. She has lived in Kabul,  Jerusalem, and New York City. The latest of her 15 books is "An American Bride in Kabul."

Posted on 04/10/2014 10:49 PM by Jerry Gordon
Thursday, 10 April 2014
I Just Had A Thought

And what if the moral arc of the universe doesn't bend toward Justice?

What if there is no moral arc of the universe?

What then?

Posted on 04/10/2014 5:18 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 10 April 2014
Kurds And Berbers And Arab Supremacists
Posted on 04/10/2014 10:02 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 10 April 2014
A Musical Interlude: All Of Me (Russ Columbo)
Listen here.
Posted on 04/10/2014 10:04 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 10 April 2014
CAIR Intimidates opponents of Omaha’s Tri-Faith Initiative

Omaha's Tri-Faith Initiative

In August 2011, we wrote about the benighted Tri-faith Initiative, a complex serving a small Episcopal parish, a Reform Jewish Temple and a Mosque. The complex was to be developed on the grounds of what was a Jewish country club where the oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffet was a member.  The title of our post, “Omaha’s Tri-Faith Project is Not Kosher” was a send up on a quip by Connecticut Jewish Ledger publisher Rick Greenfield who commented:  “when I see the word Tri Faith...I think of traif (not Kosher)”.  Rabbi Jonathan Hausman opined:

Let's see if I understand this situation. Reform synagogue teams up with mainline Protestant church with dwindling attendance to provide cover for the inevitable zoning issues and protests that will ensue regarding construction of a mosque. Just perfect.

Research by a local ACT! chapter leader revealed funding of the Islamic Center of Omaha mosque by the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) a Muslim Brotherhood front.  Rabbi Hausman commented on what the non-Muslim Tri-Faith partners should address:

Who will sit on the mosque's board, who will serve as officers, what links do/did/will these individuals have? What organizations have such people supported in the past (e.g. American Task Force for Palestine, ISNA, CAIR and other proven MB front groups)?

Today’s Daily Caller had confirmation of those suspected links.   Dr. Mark Christian, a former Egyptian Muslim and Executive Director of the Global Faith Initiative in Omaha disclosed them in an updated article, “Omaha ‘Tri-Faith’ project has links to Muslim Brotherhood.”   See our NER Vimeo interviews with Dr. Christian, here. The DC article reported:

The first of these, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is a well-documented purveyor of Islamism, preaching the supremacy of Islam over not only all other religions, but all nations as well.

Their fellow-traveling co-conspirator, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has similarly well documented ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamic supremacist organizations.

The Tri-Faith Initiative features links to both groups on their website, under the “Resources” and “Recommended Reading” tabs. Considering the security concerns presented by a post 9/11 world, these links are disturbing and warrant a discussion.

Dr. Mark Christian has called for the Tri-Faith Initiative to sever ties and disavow connections with all terror-linked Muslim groups.

Dr. Christian is an Egyptian-born convert to Christianity from Islam. His family’s ties to the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood go back to its founding, and his conversion to Christianity has earned him a fatwa of death, should he return to his home country.

 Dr. Christian is hosting a pair of conferences in Omaha and Lincoln on the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in the heartland, at which the lead presenter will be Robert Spencer, founder of Jihad Watch and favored target of radical Muslims everywhere.

In one recent instance, a large radio station has canceled a previously scheduled interview with Dr. Christian and Mr. Spencer, claiming to have done so “on advice of legal counsel.”

This is the station that features Limbaugh, Hannity and Levin as the mainstays of their weekday programming. The largest radio station in the state has expressed interest in speaking with Mr. Spencer, but only if the Tri-Faith Initiative remains undiscussed.

CAIR has been tweeting and speaking against the planned conferences, labeling them “Islamophobic” despite having made no effort to determine their content.

The primary weapon employed by CAIR and ISNA is pre-emption by intimidation. The “co-conspirators” level charges of Islamophobia at the first sign of opposition. They threaten lawsuits and boycotts, doing a 21st-century version of shouting down their opposition.

Attempts to address the concerns raised over the clear links between CAIR, ISNA and the proposed Mosque, have been met with stony silence from the Jewish and Christian legs of this Tri-Faith stool.


All Dr. Christian has asked, is that the Mosque organizers eschew the support of, and affiliation with, CAIR and ISNA, as well as any other groups linked to the Muslim Brotherhood or terrorism.

Intimidation by CAIR in the American heartland amidst the myopia of mainstream Christians and Reform Jews with a MB Mosque partner in their Tri-Faith Initiative is a travesty of interfaith dialogue.  We need look no further then CAIR’s media Jihad against the documentary Honor Diaries.  Now we have Brandeis University subjected to another CAIR MB attack that resulted in the university President  cowardly rescinding a commencement honorary degree for former Muslim Somali American women’s rights advocate and noted author, Ayaan Hirsi Ali.  These represent a clear and present danger of Interfaith dialogue to free speech and the right to criticize a religion that intolerantly denigrates personal liberties and freedomsthat are protected under our Constitution. 

Posted on 04/10/2014 10:11 PM by Jerry Gordon
Thursday, 10 April 2014
If History Travels Backwards Or Sideways, How Can We Get On Its Right Side?

From a speech given this week, celebrating Equal Pay For Equal Work,  by Barack Obama:

“We are here today because we know we cannot be complacent, for history travels not only forwards, history can travel backwards.. History can travel sideways. And securing the gains this country has made requires the vigilance of its citizens. Our rights, our freedoms — they are not given. They must be won. They must be nurtured through struggle and discipline and..."

Posted on 04/10/2014 5:16 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 10 April 2014
Motto Of Brandeis University
Posted on 04/10/2014 2:14 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 10 April 2014
'The Truth Sometimes Requires a Bodyguard of Lies'

It was an honour to give the address at the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Sir Winston Churchill Society in Edmonton last week, and it gave me the occasion in preparing my remarks to reassess what it is about Winston Churchill that makes him such a permanent inspiration and rallying point. Some of the answer is almost too obvious to mention: his early recognition of the dangers of Nazism to democracy and of the impossibility of appeasing certain types of evil that can only be identified as mortally hostile and must be deterred or destroyed. Mr. Churchill will always symbolize and personify the assistance of the weak who are being threatened and oppressed by the strong; of the courageous underdog fighting for principle even at heavy odds; of courage in combat as of magnanimity in victory. And of course his almost infallible eloquence in the darkest hours of modern civilization were masterpieces of Demosthenean exhortation.

As France quit the war under the force of the Nazi onslaught, Churchill, a francophile all his life, addressed the French in his heavily accented but comprehensible version of the language: "Good night then. Sleep to gather strength for the morning, for the morning will come. Brightly will it shine on the brave and the true; kindly upon all who suffer for the cause; gloriously upon the tombs of the heroes. Thus will shine the dawn. Vive la France." When he returned to Paris on Armistice Day 1944, he said in an unforgettable exchange of compliments with General de Gaulle, that he had never wavered in his advocacy of the closest cooperation between France and Great Britain in 45 years and was never prouder of that policy than on his return that day to, as he put it, "this incomparable city that has so often illuminated the whole world."

But I concluded that what most distinguished Winston Churchill, and keeps him a timeless inspiration of what is best in public life and policy, is that he adopted the principles of public life that were the core of Western political civilization and steadily adapted them to changing conditions: the principles did not change, but the circumstances in which they were applied, did. His love of France did not prevent him from taking the painful decision to attack the French navy to prevent it getting into the hands of the Germans.

His dislike of Germany in two world wars did not blind him to the necessity to encourage a democratic Germany to join the West and the Western Alliance after World War II. And his description of Chancellor Konrad Adenauer as the greatest German statesman since Bismarck undoubtedly assisted Adenauer in carrying German opinion as he declined Stalin's offer of reunification in exchange for neutrality, probably the greatest single act of statesmanship of the entire post-war period.

Churchill despised Gandhi and Nehru, and was outraged at their suggestion that Japan be given free passage through India toward the Middle East, and even more at Gandhi's recommendation that the Jews merely go meekly and uncomplainingly to their deaths at the hands of the Nazi genocidists. Yet when Churchill met Nehru at the Commonwealth prime ministers' conference in 1951, Churchill called Nehru "the light of Asia." He was not referring to his policy of economic stagnation and toleration of corruption, and even less to his neutralist foreign policy, which he regarded as rank hypocrisy, but to the fact that Nehru was presiding over a democracy in his immense country, and in this most important respect, Churchill was correct.

When Canadian prime minister Louis St. Laurent saw him for the last time at a Commonwealth meeting in 1955, Mr. Churchill, who had been appalled by the first nuclear test in 1945 and called it "the second coming in wrath," had concluded that the deterrence of the hydrogen bomb would succeed and with his usual articulation stated: "Safety may be the child of terror and life the twin of annihilation."

Always he was the leader of the forces of civilization and of hope. He proclaimed freedom's darkest hour to be its finest hour, and it became so. When Roosevelt sent him the verse from Longfellow saying "Sail on O ship of State, Sail on O union strong and great," he knew to respond with Clough's verses ending "Westward look, the land is bright!" These two leaders largely personified the civilization whose defence they were leading. And Winston Churchill provided what he called "the star of hope in the long night of Nazi barbarism, made more sinister and more protracted by the lights of perverted science." And he led the forces of European reconciliation that welcomed Germany into a new Europe, based altogether on the complete destruction of everything Nazi Germany had, until a few years before, been trying to impose in a Thousand-year Reich.

His political principles never changed, but his ability to apply them steadily, first to a vast colonial empire and the European balance of power, then to fluctuating alliance systems and finally to a post-colonial world in which Great Britain was a linch-pin between a semi-federal Europe and North America, never failed him or left him for long, behind changing political times. And all the while, even the most unfavourable and mundane facts were cloaked and engrossed in the grandeur of his prose.

At their very first meeting, in the grimmest days of 1940, Churchill called de Gaulle "the man of destiny," and de Gaulle said "Mr. Churchill seemed equal to the rudest tasks, provided they also had grandeur; I did not doubt that, led by such a fighter, Britain would never flinch." Only the greatest, most convinced and brilliant men, can bring civilization through its greatest travails, even if, as Winston Churchill famously said in a different context at the Tehran Conference: "The truth sometimes requires a bodyguard of lies." The truth, in these epochal terms, must have what it requires. That is why Winston Churchill will always be of interest.

First published in Huffington Post.

Posted on 04/10/2014 3:13 PM by Conrad Black
Thursday, 10 April 2014
A Paid Operative Behind Campus Divestment

Max Samarov writes:

The anti-Israel movement on campus would like you to think that divestment is a form of pure, grassroots student activism. But recent developments at Loyola University of Chicago have shown that divestment promoters are deceiving the public regarding the true nature of their campaigns.

On Tuesday, April 1st, Students for Justice in Palestine presented the Loyola student government with an anti-Israel divestment resolution. But what they neglected to mention was that they didn’t write the legislation themselves. It turned out that the real author was Dalit Baum, a major leader in the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. Baum is not a student or faculty member of Loyola or any North American university. She is a paid operative working to co-opt student governments into following the BDS Movement’s malicious, anti-Israel agenda. And if she is writing resolutions for one school, it is likely that she is writing them for others as well.

Continue reading here.

Posted on 04/10/2014 3:30 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Thursday, 10 April 2014
Efraim Inbar: Kerry Does Not Understand That Jerusalem Is Not Negotiable
At the BESA Center, here.
Posted on 04/10/2014 1:45 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 10 April 2014
From The Annals Of Adult-Onset Islam (Academic Division): Joseph E. B. Lumbard
Head of the Islamic studies program at Brandeis University, Assistant Professor Joseph E. B. Lumbard helped gather faculty support, especially in his own department and in the Judaic Studies Department (some complacently rallying happily to the cause of their besieged, afffronted, hurt "Muslim brothers" which could be cured only by preventing Ayaan Hirsi Ali from being given a degree ex grege eundem, but extra-grex she is and always willl be). You can find out more about him here.
Posted on 04/10/2014 10:21 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 10 April 2014
The "Greatest Threat To Western Security" Increases Every Day

Cameron described the business in Crimea and eastern Ukraine as "the greatest threat to Western security" since the Cold War. Is this true? How does the result of a referendum, by the local population, in the Crimea, leading to an overwhelmingly popular request for political re-integration with Russia, constitute any threat at all to Western security, much less "the greatest threat to...etc."?

The greatest threat to Western security -- to the political, social, economic, intellectual, and moral wellbeing of its indigenous population, is that from unhindered immigration from the Middle East and Africa.

NATO should be using its ships and men to guard the Mediterranean, to prevent the arrival of such ships and boats. When will this matter be raised publicly? When will there be demands that this be, at this point, the most appropriate use of NATO's resources?

Italy, reeling economically, is often the first point of attempted entry. It doesn't prevent the boats from coming, and it offloads those on them, who continue to be called "refugees" although they have plenty of other places, in the Middle East and Africa, to go but seek the promised bonanza that, they have heard, Western welfare states offer -- and they are not wrong.

In the last two days alone, 4000 people, who do not share the language, the culture, the religion, the anything, of those among whom they wish to settle and from whom they wish to receive every possible economic and social benefit without, in the case of those bringing with them Islam, a faith that makes it impossible to integrate them, and is a source of constant inculcation of hatred toward the very non-Muslims among whom they would be living, and from whom they would be receiving those benefits.

You can read more here.

Posted on 04/10/2014 1:01 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 10 April 2014
Paris - Ordinary life in the French capital

From the French edition of The Local.

British photographer Martin Parr was tasked with photographing ordinary, everyday life in Paris. The results of his two years of work travelling around the city have recently gone on display at the Maison Europeene de la Photographie in Paris. Here's a sneak preview of his some of the images he took while trying to capture real "Paris" life, from the hordes of tourists who descend on the city to the chic Parisian woman, laden with designer gear, that "highlights the vulnerability of us all".

Lady with Chanel carrier bag? Yes.
Models of the Eiffel Tower, even more glittery than those in the Lavender Hill Mob? Yes
Crowds round the Mona Lisa? Umbrellas outside Notre Dame? All those
Wot no Cordon bleu?

And this.

Praying in the street at the Goute d'Or

Posted on 04/10/2014 12:41 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 10 April 2014
Annals Of Adult-Onset Islam, Academic Division: Sheik Abdal Hakim Murad

You can watch the Cambridge lecturer Abdal Hamid Murad-- who was formerly Tim Winter, and still is when he writes reviews in the TLS on Islamic themes and wishes to hide or de-emphasize his parti pris -- here.

He's very pleased with his new identity. It gives his life meaning.

And see if you detect, in his eyes, in his gestures, in his mien,in  his delivery, in his words -- that something-not-quite-rightness, that quality of teeter-tottering on or over the abyss of the unhinged that some may agree are exhibited by many, by most,by  practically all of those who suffer from adult-onset Islam (Academic Division). 

Posted on 04/10/2014 10:11 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 10 April 2014
Read Around At Liberty GB

Tim Burton's case -- "Truth or Taqiyya" -- led me to the Liberty GB site, and I've been reading pieces posted there.

You might like to too. It's here.

Posted on 04/10/2014 8:20 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 10 April 2014
Sentimentality and Brutality: Two sides of the same coin

Recently, Copenhagen Zoo shot a young giraffe named Marius with a bolt gun, publicly dissected it—like a hanged criminal in eighteenth-century England—in front of children, and then fed the remains to the zoo’s lions. Marius was killed, the zoo said, because there was no space for him, his genes were already well represented in European breeding populations, and he was therefore a surplus animal. Despite offers from other zoos and even a private individual to take Marius, the Danish zoo wanted to avoid the possibility of inbreeding and thought that euthanasia was the best solution. European zoos, by the way, are not allowed to sell their animals, so no private individual could have bought Marius.

A month later, the zoo also killed four lions, two adults and two cubs. Whether they were the lions fed on Marius’s carcass is not known. The lions were killed because a new adult male was about to be introduced into the pride. The two adults were near the end of their lives, anyway, and the cubs would almost certainly have been destroyed by the new male. It is the custom among lions that adult males wipe out the cubs of other males if they can.

One of the zoo’s senior staff likened the killing of the giraffe to vaccination, which, he said, is unpleasant for the child but good for the health of everyone in the long run. This was an unfortunate comparison, perhaps, because vaccination is not intended to work by killing the recipient.

The death and subsequent fate of Marius sparked an international furor that took the zoo by surprise. Despite the severity of the economic crisis in Portugal, for example, demonstrators took to the streets in protest, complete with an enormous stuffed-toy giraffe laid on a sheet stained red with blood. To judge by the number of reader comments on newspaper articles, the story of Marius moved the public more than any other news event during the same period.

A detail of the episode was particularly revealing: the zoo’s scientific director, Bengt Holst, received several death threats by e-mail and telephone. One animal lover, incensed at the way Marius had been treated, wrote that children of the zoo’s staff should get cancer or be killed. Irrespective of the rights and wrongs of the zoo’s conduct—its public relations were maladroit, to say the least, and its public statements callous—the wish that children of zoo staff should die reveals the close association between sentimentality and brutality, the two being flip sides of the same coin. It is difficult to believe that, had the zoo acted thus with, say, a warthog, or a hyena, it would have aroused anything like the same response. A giraffe engages human sympathy because it has an attractively plaintive face and, above all, big brown eyes and long eyelashes.

Sentimentality toward some is often accompanied by brutal and unfeeling rage toward others. The sentimental are often cruel, and the cruel sentimental—a point worth bearing in mind.

First published in City Journal.

Posted on 04/10/2014 9:41 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 10 April 2014
Showdown in Birmingham

by Tim Burton (Catstrangler101) (April, 10 2014)

I took a last mouthful of cappuccino and glanced out of the window of the restaurant over the road from the Birmingham Magistrates’ Court. A small group of demonstrators had already arrived on the Court steps and were busy setting up placards and handing out leaflets to curious passers-by. It was time to go.  more>>>

Posted on 04/10/2014 8:12 AM by NER

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