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Saturday, 5 January 2013
Egypt's Islamic Jihad: Jews Deserve to be Killed
The Islamic Jihad terrorist group has vowed to fight Jews if they return to Egypt, saying they deserve to be killed, the Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm reported Thursday.
The Islamic Jihad called on the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party’s Essam al-Erian to resign from his role as advisor to the president and apologize to the Egyptian people for his statement asking Egyptian Jews to leave Israel and reclaim their properties back at home.
Last week, Erian caused a storm in Egypt when he said during a television interview that "it is better for Jews to live in a country like Egypt rather than in a country contaminated by occupation." He added that the Jews should return immediately to Egypt to "make way for the Palestinian people" and said, "Every Egyptian has the right to come back to Egypt, no matter what his religion."
In response, Mohamed Abou Samra, a leading figure in the Islamic Jihad said, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm, “We shall fight them vigorously if they return, especially the Egyptian-Israeli Jews. Islamic Sharia says they deserve to be killed.” He added, “Erian is violating religion to be a national hero for the Jews at the expense of the Islamists. And the Brotherhood’s denouncement of his remarks was too mild.”
“They will destroy the economy and foment sedition,” said Samra, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm. “Their return will be over our dead bodies. We will continue fighting the Jews until the liberation of Palestine or Doomsday,”
Posted on 01/05/2013 3:52 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 5 January 2013
Sunnis In Iraq Will Never Submit To Shi'a Dominance
Islamists push own agenda in Iraq’s Sunni protests against Shi’ite power
January 4, 2013
(Iraqi Sunni Muslims wave national flags and chant slogans during an anti-government demonstration in Ramadi, 100 km (60 miles) west of Baghdad,January 4, 2013. REUTERS/Ali al-Mashhadani)
Street protests in Iraq’s Sunni Muslim heartland pose a new challenge to Shi’ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as shock waves from the Sunni-led insurgency in nearby Syria strain his country’s fragile political balance.
Over the past two weeks, tens of thousands of Sunnis have staged demonstrations, and in Anbar province they have blocked a highway to Syria in a show of anger against Maliki, whom they accuse of marginalising their community and monopolising power.
The discontent is real, but the protests are driven by Sunni Islamist parties bent on carving out an autonomous region akin to the Kurdish one in the north, Kurdish and Sunni sources say.
They say the Sunni Islamists scent an opportunity to escape what they see as Shi’ite domination, counting on a victory by Sunni rebels trying to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose Alawite minority has its roots in Shi’ite Islam.
Assad’s eventual demise would weaken the sway of Shi’ite Iran, Syria’s main regional ally and an influential player in Iraqi politics. Sunni states such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey have backed the Syrian leader’s adversaries.
Heartened by a possible shift in the Sunni-Shi’ite balance of power in the Middle East, Iraq’s Sunnis are giving vent to the frustrations they have endured since the U.S.-led invasion overthrew Saddam Hussein and empowered majority
Posted on 01/05/2013 10:34 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 5 January 2013
Kiss Me, Hardy, Or, Ramanujan Was Right
From The New York Times:
100-year-old deathbed dreams of mathematician proved true
December 28, 2012
While on his death bed, the brilliant Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan cryptically wrote down functions he said came to him in dreams, with a hunch about how they behaved. Now 100 years later, researchers say they've proved he was right.
"We've solved the problems from his last mysterious letters. For people who work in this area of math, the problem has been open for 90 years," Emory University mathematician Ken Ono said.
Ramanujan, a self-taught mathematician born in a rural village in South India, spent so much time thinking about math that he flunked out of college in India twice, Ono said.
But he sent mathematicians letters describing his work, and one of the most preeminent ones, English mathematician G. H. Hardy, recognized the Indian boy's genius and invited him to Cambridge University in England to study. While there, Ramanujan published more than 30 papers and was inducted into the Royal Society.
"For a brief window of time, five years, he lit the world of math on fire," Ono told LiveScience.
But the cold weather eventually weakened Ramanujan's health, and when he was dying, he went home to India.
It was on his deathbed in 1920 that he described mysterious functions that mimicked theta functions, or modular forms, in a letter to Hardy. Like trigonometric functions such as sine and cosine, theta functions have a repeating pattern, but the pattern is much more complex and subtle than a simple sine curve. Theta functions are also "super-symmetric," meaning that if a specific type of mathematical function called a Moebius transformation is applied to the functions, they turn into themselves. Because they are so symmetric these theta functions are useful in many types of mathematics and physics, including string theory.
Ramanujan believed that 17 new functions he discovered were "mock modular forms" that looked like theta functions when written out as an infinte sum (their coefficients get large in the same way), but weren't super-symmetric. Ramanujan, a devout Hindu, thought these patterns were revealed to him by the goddess Namagiri.
Ramanujan died before he could prove his hunch. But more than 90 years later, Ono and his team proved that these functions indeed mimicked modular forms, but don't share their defining characteristics, such as super-symmetry.
The expansion of mock modular forms helps physicists compute the entropy, or level of disorder, of black holes.
In developing mock modular forms, Ramanujan was decades ahead of his time, Ono said; mathematicians only figured out which branch of math these equations belonged to in 2002.
"Ramanujan's legacy, it turns out, is much more important than anything anyone would have guessed when Ramanujan died," Ono said.
The findings were presented last month at the Ramanujan 125 conference at the University of Florida, ahead of the 125th anniversary of the mathematician's birth on Dec. 22.
Posted on 01/05/2013 10:40 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 5 January 2013
L'Affaire Depardieu: He Loves Russia For Its Metro, Bouleaux, Dodo
Yes, the Moscow Metro's marble amazes. Yes, the birch forest of Mother Russia go on forever, unto Siberia, with its fabled tigers and taiga. Yes, the furry warmth that is the promised counterpoint to a Russian winter means deep sleep for the weary, including a feeling-harassed-by-the-French-fisc Gerard Depardieu.
In the same vein, we can all agree, without dispute, that Alexander of Macedon was a great hero. But why get so excited about it as to bust up all twelve of the Herman-Miller Aeron chairs that were placed around the table in the Executive Conference Room?
Posted on 01/05/2013 11:13 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 5 January 2013
A Musical Interlude: Puisque Vous Partez En Voyage (Mireille, Jean Sablon)
Posted on 01/05/2013 11:29 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 5 January 2013
Here's the story:
U. Iowa fights 'baseless' criminal charges filed by fired prof in Jordan against 2 officials
January 05, 2013
This undated photo provided by the University of Iowa shows Lois Geist, associate medical school dean. The University of Iowa is fighting criminal charges filed against Geist and former dean Paul Rothman by fired professor Malik Juweid in his native country of Jordan. University spokesman Tom Moore says the charges against Geist and Rothman are baseless and part of a harassment campaign by fired radiology professor. Moore says the university has retained a Jordanian lawyer, and questions how two Americans who’ve never been to Jordan can be subject to its courts. (AP Photo/The University of Iowa) (The Associated Press)
FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2011 file photo, then-University of Iowa radiology professor Malik Juweid poses for a picture in his Coralville, Iowa home. The University of Iowa has hired a lawyer to fight criminal charges against two top administrators filed in Jordan, where they school says Juweid is seeking revenge against officials he blames for his firing. The university’s former medical school dean, Paul Rothman, and associate dean Lois Geist have been charged with making a death threat to Juweid, who was fired in August and has returned to his native country of Jordan. A university spokesman called the charges - which are based solely on Juweid’s statement to a prosecutor - baseless and part of a long-running harassment campaign by Juweid. (AP Photo/Ryan J. Foley, File) (The Associated Press)
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa is fighting criminal charges against two administrators filed by a fired professor in his native country of Jordan.
University spokesman Tom Moore says the charges against associate medical school dean Lois Geist and former dean Paul Rothman are baseless and part of a harassment campaign by fired radiology professor Malik Juweid.
Juweid claims Geist called him and said that she and Rothman could have him killed if he pursued a civil lawsuit. [look at the picture of Associate Medical School Dean Lois Geist above -- do you think she would have threatened Malik Juweid,would have said "we can have you killed"? How plausible is that?]
Moore says Geist hasn't initiated contact with Juweid since he left the U.S. in 2011. Geist and Rothman plan to skip a court hearing Sunday in Amman.
Moore says the university has retained a Jordanian lawyer, and questions how two Americans who've never been to Jordan can be subject to its courts.
Why was Malik Juweid dismissed? It must have been something serious, for he had tenure. This is what I have found:
"UI President Sally Mason in August fired Juweid, then a tenured radiology professor, after an internal UI panel found he compromised patient confidentiality and acted inappropriately toward co-workers. Juweid had been on paid leave since 2011."
Juweid's suit was dismissed in November -- seeing it was about to be thrown out anyway, Juweid then apparently "asked" that it be dismissed -- and no doubt fooled the University of Iowa into thinking it had heard the last of him. But then Juweid sued the university, preposterously, in Jordan, where Juweid now lives and where he hoped to have Muslim v. Infidel justice done. The University of Iowa, of course, has nothing to do with Jordan, and all of the acts which led to Juweid's dismissal took place in Iowa. End of jurisdictional story, and no need to solemnly juggle in rem and in personam as one is compelled to, yaningly, in first-year courses in Civil Procedure.
Juweid can't believe it; he thought tenure meant he could get away with absolutely anything, and everything. And so he's run off to Jordan to try his luck.
Perhaps the University of Iowa should now sue -- in a court in Iowa -- Malik Juweid. Make him pay. He's still got his house, after all. Let him lose everything. Make of him an exemplary lesson. Then he can move back to Jordan.
Posted on 01/05/2013 11:35 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 5 January 2013
Malik Juweid: "Wishing Death Upon Someone Shouldn't Be Taken As An Actual Threat"
Though Malik Juweid now, from Jordan, accuses Dean Lois Geist of making death threats to him, last summer, in an Iowa court hearing with a three-man judicial panel, Malik Juweid -- via Skype from Jordan -- freely admitted it was he who made the death threats to her, but that they didn't count because in Arab culture death threats are routinely made, and are not to be taken seriously. It's an Arab thang, and Americans and other hyper-sensitive Infidels should not be so quick to take offense or to worry. After all, is there any indication, anywhere, that Muslims and Arabs actually act on these death threats, are unusually violent and aggressive in their behavior, can suddenly turn even on those who are trying to help them, to fight for them?
Here's the story:
Iowa professor questions officials who put him on leave
Judge admonishes Juweid for verbal outbursts during hearing
Former University of Iowa radiology professor Malik Juweid poses for a picture in his home in Coralville, Iowa on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Ryan J. Foley)
UPDATE: A University of Iowa professor said his erratic behavior and unprofessional conduct can be explained by cultural differences and by the mental stress he suffered working at the UI.
A three-person judicial panel heard testimony and arguments Friday in a 2 1/2-hour hearing. They will make recommendations to UI President Sally Mason about whether Dr. Malik Juweid, a tenured radiology professor, should be disciplined for alleged behaviors including threatening coworkers and violating patient privacy laws.
Juweid appeared at the hearing via Skype from his home country of Jordan. Although mostly in shadow, Juweid’s verbal outbursts earned him an admonition early on from investigating officer Randall Ney.
“Big liar! Big liar!” Juweid shouted at Dr. Lois Geist, associate dean for faculty affairs in the UI’s Carver College of Medicine.
Geist had just testified that Juweid swore at her in a Dec. 5, 2011, phone call and hoped for her death.
“If I have to stop you again, we’ll hit the mute button until it’s time for you to talk,” Ney warned Juweid.
Members of the UI’s Threat-Assessment Team testified about meeting Jan. 11, 2011, with about 20 hospital employees who were bothered or threatened by Juweid’s behaviors. The next day, the UI put Juweid on administrative leave.
“I was hopeful you could come back to the university,” said Lt. Peter Berkson, a UI police officer and member of the threat-assessment team. “However, you continue to cause problems, send emails that are inappropriate, talk poorly about people, make what people consider threats. You said a number of times that you hoped people died horrible, terrible deaths.”
Wishing death upon someone is common in Arabic cultures and shouldn’t be taken as an actual threat, Juweid said.
“In Arabic countries, people would say ‘I hope God will take you’,” Juweid said.
Juweid asked Berkson why the team did not talk with him before putting him on leave. Berkson said Tom Rice, associate provost for faculty, told the team they did not need to interview Juweid.
Juweid faulted the team for giving credibility to coworkers Juweid had named in a complaint to the UI’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity.
Juweid is also suing the UI and numerous university officials in Johnson County District Court, claiming discrimination and retaliation by supervisors and colleagues. The UI denied the allegations.
Ney gave Juweid 10 minutes for his closing statements.
“You are free to kick me out, I am expecting that from you,” Juweid said. “I am a widely-respected scientist and I will find a job outside the United States. Racism exists at the university. I regret the day I set foot in that place.”
Toward the end of the 10-minute window, Juweid, who had warned his computer was running out of power, disappeared from the screen and the connection was lost. That was the last word for Friday, but Juweid and the UI has until July 9 to submit supporting documents. If Juweid doesn’t like Mason’s ruling, he can appeal to the state Board of Regents.
Posted on 01/05/2013 12:23 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 5 January 2013
Will Iran's Rulers Take American Threats Seriously, If Hagel Is Appointed Secretary Of Defense?
In the next half-year or possibly year, the rulers of Iran -- primitive, vicious, Islam-addled -- will have to be persuaded to halt their nuclear plans. Otherwise their country will be bombed, and they in turn will bomb, and in the exchange between Shi'a Iran and Israel, the Shi'a Muslims in Iran will win no points from the Sunnis no matter how much damage they do to Israel, and Shi'a outside Iran -- in Syria, in Iraq, in Pakistan, in Kuwait, in Yemen, in Lebanon, everywhere -- will continue to be the object of Sunni hatred and of Sunni attacks (can't the Iranian leaders at long last understand that? Or is it just too painful to come to that realization?).
But in order to get the Iranian rulers to realize how wrong-headed they have been, because they have failed to grasp the depth and permanence of Sunni hatred -- which means they will never be allowed to head, or in American business-school-speak, "take a leadership role," the Camp of Islam -- they have to be made to worry, really worry, that the American forces might attack Iran's nuclear project.
How likely are they to take seriously such a prospect if, despite everything that has been revealed about Hagel -- his personal unpleasantness to his staff members, the viciousness of his remark, which connoisseurs will instantly recognize as based on an antisemitic subtext, and such subtexts do not go away, though they can briefly be camouflaged -- the kind of statement nly a Patrick Buchanan could approve -- about "the Jewish lobby" -- and, furthermore, someone who has repeatedly called for de-emphasizing the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran -- nonetheless, and at great political cost, Barack Obama goes right ahead and quite recklessly, with a kind of sullen determination to show all kinds of people that he will not be deterred, and appoints Hagel anyway.
What will that be taken to mean in Teheran? What would you think, if you were an Iranian leader? Would the appointment of Chuck Hagel worry you, make you think the Americans mean business and there's no way around it? Or would you be heartened, will PressTV gloat about the appointment of someone who "clearly rejects the Zionist lobby" and so on and so forth?
And then there is the more general problem of Islam worldwide, Islam in Nigeria, Islam in Indonesia and Malaysia, Islam in North Africa, and the Middle East, and Islam in India, and Islam in Kenya and Ethiopia, and of course, and above all, Islam in the countries of Western Europe. Can someone like Chuck Hagel, who suffers -- possibly a mild case, but definitely a case -- from that peculiar pathological condition known as antisemitism, characterized by a complete inability to recognize what Israel faces (the Jihad that never ends), and a complete want of sympathy for the Israelis, as Jews, and consequently, a complete failure to understand how important Israel is, purely as a material mater, to the Western defense, and how any victory over Israel will whet, not sate, Arab and Muslim appetites. Luke Patrick Buchanan, Chuck Hagel's antisemitism (don't primly pretend this word doesn't apply in a case with as much evidence as this) has blinded him in the past, blinds him now, and will blind him in the future, to the full menace of Islam.
Did Hagel think the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were a bad idea? Yes, he did. But so did I and so did you, I hope, but for every different reasons. We opposed the three-trillion dollar fiascos not because there is no problem with Islam -- which is what explains Hagel's reluctance -- but, per contra, because we understand that there is a great problem with Islam, and it is not to be dealt with by pretending that the squndering of men, money, materiel, and morale on Muslim states and peoples will somehow lessen the threat that comes, in the end, from immutable texts -- Qur'an, Hadith, Sira -- and the attitudes and atmospherics that those textes, those teachings, naturally give rise to.
Hagel is a terrible choice. And if Obama goes through with it, when he doesn't have to, when no one save Walt and Mearsheimer and Tom Friedman are urging him to, then the entire Western world will in some way pay for this folly.
Posted on 01/05/2013 12:37 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 5 January 2013
In Trapani, On The Island Of Lampedusa, Italians Want Separate Bus Lines For The Muslim Illegals Who Keep Arriving By The Boatload
They keep coming, from the newly-"liberated" lands of Tunisia and Libya, and Egypt, and from other places too. Most are Muslim Maghrebins, though a few come as well from sub-Saharan Africa. They come by boat, illegally, and once they set foot on Lampedusa, they are given clothes, a place to live, and then for them the fun begins, as they treat the Italian natives of Trapani with violence and aggression, and crime (theft, vandalism, street bobberies). The italians suffer, and complain to the government, and nothing is done,and the Arabs keep coming, and coming. They should be sent back at once, no hearing necessary. Even the thin reed of "political asylum" makes no sense when the despots are gone. There's no need for time-consuming and expensive hearings; just send them back. And the countries of Western Europe, the members of Schengenland, all have a stake in halting such immigration into their territories, and should help Italy with its attempt to intercept such boatloads.
Here's the story:
Trapani, bus separati per immigrati
Proposta choc di un consigliere comunale: «Meglio dividere la linea, lamentale dei residenti per comportamenti poco civili»
Due linee separate. Da una parte i residenti, dall'altra gli «ospiti» del centro accoglienza Salinagrande . È la proposta di Andrea Vassallo, consigliere comunale di Trapani e a capo della sesta commissione che vuole istituire un mezzo ad hoc
. Il motivo? Lamentele dei residenti. O meglio, «degli abituali viaggiatori indigeni della tratta» che riferiscono «comportamenti poco civili adottati dagli immigrati che spesso creano ed alimentano all'interno del bus un clima di tensione tale da lasciar presagire, prima o poi, il verificarsi di episodi spiacevoli».
POLIZIA A BORDO - Dunque, meglio dividere. Un salto nel passato. Il consigliere comunale l'ha persino proposto al presidente dell'Atm (azienda dei trasporti locale) Roberto Saluto in un incontro di pochi giorni fa. E non solo: Vassallo vorrebbe anche la polizia a «bordo, al fine di scongiurare i pericoli di ordine pubblico che potrebbero malauguratamente ingenerarsi», si legge nel comunicato stampa del Comune. Per ora non ci sarebbe una presa di posizione del sindaco Vito Damiano, Pdl. Ma intanto infuria la polemica.
I PRECEDENTI - Ma il caso di Trapani non è isolato. Nel 2009 ci aveva provato il comune di Foggia. L'Ataf voleva, infatti, istituire percorsi e fermate diversi delle linee dei pullman in partenza e in arrivo dalla frazione di Borgo Mezzanone e dal vicino centro per accoglienza per immigrati.
Posted on 01/05/2013 1:52 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 5 January 2013
Fitzgerald: Christians and Islamochristians in the Middle East
I understand that many Christians in the Muslim East have faced great problems.
First, they no longer have the protection once afforded them by the Great Powers of Europe, the same powers that pressured the Ottoman government to officially do away with -- unofficially the system often remained in place -- the Shari'a-sanctioned mistreatment, because it was unequal treatment, of its non-Muslim minorities.
Secondly, in order to survive they often had to take on, voluntarily, for protective coloration, the views of their threatening Muslim neighbors. Thus, when it came to Israel, many did not see the similarity in the treatment of Jews and Christians as dhimmis. Some did, such as Bishop Moubarac of Beirut, who spoke about the rightness and necessity for Christians in the Middle East to support the Jews, to support Zionism. His speech can be found in an appendix to Bat Ye'or's Islam and Dhimmitude and it may also be retrievable online (I may have put it up myself -- just can't remember).
Thirdly, there are those Christian Arabs, especially among those who live among and consider themselves to be so-called "Palestinian" Arabs, for whom the pressure, explicit and implied, of Muslims watching their every move compels them to make themselves as useful to the Lesser Jihad as possible. They feel that their identity as Arabs, the Arabness or 'Uruba of their being, requires them to support, and defend, and protect Islam -- for Islam and Arabness reinforce one another. Islam, after all, is a vehicle for Arab cultural, linguistic, and other forms of imperialism.
Yet in the free and still non-Muslim West, Christians, including "Palestinian" Christians, should try to think through -- if they can -- the real nature of the war on Israel, and the real nature of the war on them, the Christian Arabs. They may consider why, despite all that Naim Ateek and Hanan Ashrawi and assorted "Palestinian" Christians have done, the only future for those Christians in the Middle East is in Israel, protected by and guarded by, the Jewish state. And in Lebanon, if Lebanon could once again achieve a Christian majority -- if the Christians could leave Iraq en masse and re-settle in Lebanon as a Christian Zion.
And meanwhile, the Alawite military caste in Syria might be persuaded by the Western powers to stop trying to curry favor with Sunni Arabs by letting them travel freely to Iraq to conduct Jihad against the "Rafidite dogs" of the Shi'a as well as against the Infidel American troops. They might also persuade them to stop trying to curry favor with the Shi'a by allowing the transfer of Iranian weaponry and money to Hizballah in Lebanon.
There are all kinds of islamochristians. Archbishiop Cappucci, who stole icons from churches in order to help buy guns for the PLO, was Catholic -- and was subsequently freed in a deal with the Vatican, which deal was not observed, for Cappucci continued to make political statements. Also Catholic is Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. He's one more shill for the Muslim Arabs and the "Palestinian" cause that disguises the Lesser Jihad. Naim Ateek may be a Protestant, and so may Hanan Ashrawi. In this country, among the Presbyterians, a "Palestinian" islamochristian who has obtained American citizenship and is now a minister has risen high in the bureaucracy. He helped to push that anti-Israel declaration that was issued a year or two ago by that same bureaucracy. That bureaucracy is full of those who appear to have much more interest and sympathy in the "Palestinian" cause of Jihad than they do in the mistreatment of Arabic-speaking Christians.
Maronites, on the whole, and Copts, if they are safely in the West, tend not to exhibit this "islamochristian" behavior. And more and more Arabic-speaking Christians when they get to the West are less inclined than they would have been a few years ago to exhibit this behavior. This may be because now their mistreatment by Muslims is obvious, and known in the West, and connects to the larger Muslim threat. It is much more difficult to keep up the pretense that the PLO, that the Muslims, are just swell, and it is the Israelis who have come along to spoil everything.
At this point, those Christian Arab refugees who flee Islam for the freedom of Bilad al-kufr, but who nonetheless continue to harbor and express islamochristian sentiments, are not deserving of sympathy. They should be regarded with the same wariness that one should regard all collaborators of and supporters of any part of the Muslim agenda anywhere in the world. It is up to them, the Arabic-speaking Christians, to decide whether they wish to continue to be part of the support system for the very people who made their lives so difficult, and to weaken the Western world so that Muslims may expand their beachhead here -- which merely means that there will be no further place for those Arabic-speaking Christians to go, and they will be in the same boat as all other infidels -- or whether they will reintegrate fully into the Infidel world that has rescued them, and even offer, as a kind of recompense to their rescuers, aid in limiting the power and influence of Muslims by instructing the public in their own unhappy experiences and in what Islam is all about.
Posted on 01/05/2013 3:32 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 5 January 2013
Fitzgerald: A Tribute To Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu
Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu is the Turkish "historian of Islamic science" whose outward appearance is so deceptively modern and secular and sweet-reasonable. Then one realizes that that is merely camouflage and that his mental baggage, while not quite as primitive as that of the qaradawis and tantawis, is from the same product line manufactured by Islamic Tourister.
Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu was carefully chosen to assume the position of head of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, as the most moderate and presentable (to the Infidels) person, after the bad impression left by Mohamad Mahathir's celebrated rant. He has since then been beavering away at the OIC’s pet project, a transparent attempt at across-the-globe censorship of criticism of Islam. It is an attempt that constitutes an assault on the advanced, Western world, whose citizens are being threatened if they dare to exercise their right of free speech about what Ihsanoglu primly and self-righteously calls a "religion" (as if that conferred some kind of special immunity).
But Islam is an all-encompassing ideology, a Total Belief-System that presumes to regulate every detail of a man's life, and offers a Complete Explanation of the universe. Furthermore, it places great emphasis on inculcating the idea that all of humanity is divided between Muslims and non-Muslims, Believers and Infidels. Muslims are taught that between the two there must exist a state of permanent war (though not always of open warfare), and that all Muslims have a duty, central and not tangential, to participate in some way in the "struggle" or Jihad to remove all obstacles to the spread, and then the dominance, of Islam.
Islam is a politics, Islam is a geopolitics. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu knows that, but he doesn't want the world's Infidels to find that out, or to discuss it among themselves, much less to actually criticize it. And so he will do what he can to shut down the exercise, in the Western world (and elsewhere in the non-Muslim lands), of our right to free speech, a right that could not possibly exist for one minute in the lands where Islam dominates, and Muslims rule. But in the advanced West, as one of its achievements, such a right has been won and is now exercised, possibly not quite as impressively, or with as much gratitude, as it might be -- but the important thing is the right, the untrammelled right.
Does Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu want Infidels to read the Qur'an? The Hadith? The Sira? Does he want them to read the histories -- the histories written by Muslims, for god's sake -- about the Muslim conquests, and the subsequent mass killings and subjugation of non-Muslims? What does he want us to find out about Islam? What is in the glossy brochures prepared by assorted Ministries of Islamic Propaganda, or by individual smiling imams (the kind who keep getting picked up later for connections to terrorism, or are revealed later, after they have decamped back to a Muslim land, to have made all kinds of disturbing and even blood-curdling remarks)? Is that it?
Amazing, isn't it, the real outrage, the genuine fury, that we should actually find out what Islam inculcates, and connect it to the recorded behavior of Muslims over the past 1350 years, and to the observable behavior of so many Muslims today, as we open our newspapers or turn on our radios and televisions, and piece together what might well be a separate section of the paper or segment of the broadcast, to be called The Jihad News.
Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu was chosen to be the head of the O.I.C. because he was a "moderate" Turkish Muslim and a presumably respectable "historian of science." But he turns out to be not that but rather an historian, and defender, of "Islamic" science, who attempts to tortuously explain away the absence of science in the Islamic world since its brief flourishing thanks to Christians, Jews, and those who, while they were called Muslims, were only a generation or two away from being something else, in a milieu still heavily influenced by non-Muslim elements -- which, when greatly reduced, also reduced the atmosphere in which science could be conducted.
That bizarre figure, Ziauddin Sarkar, was somehow permitted to review, in the pages of the British journal "Nature," the large claims made on behalf of "Ottoman" -- i.e., "Islamic" science -- by Ihsanoglu. Some of Ihsanoglu’s attempts to explain why such things as the clock did not develop in the East but only in the West (you see, since the early clocks were not sufficiently accurate for Muslims to rely on them for knowing when it was time for prayers, they did not think it worth using them, or trying to improve them) raise far more disturbing questions about the Muslim mindset than Dr. Ihsanoglu apparently realized.
Why did an editor at Nature give the job of reviewing Ekheleddin Ihsanoglu's book to the apologist Ziauddin Sarkar? And who at Science allowed to be published his puff-piece about "Islamic science," with every cliche that no historian of mathematics, or science, or technology -- not Giorgio di Santillana, not Crombie, not Charles Singer, not a hundred others -- would have permitted?
What is happening when standards, supposedly so rigorous at "Science" or at "Nature," are so obviously non-existent, and both journals become, rightly, the object of ridicule?
Then there is this, taken from a web-site that follows the OIC:
In March 2006, OIC General Secretary Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu embraced Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal at a press conference at OIC’s headquarters. Ihsanoglu whitewashed: “With its win, Hamas begins a new stage in the development of the Palestinian issue. We assure that Hamas will deal with all national and international requirements in a practical and logical way.”
At a “special session” of the OIC in August of the same year, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for “the elimination of the Zionist regime,” a statement that OIC failed to condemn. Moreover, the OIC has repeatedly backed Iran’s nuclear ambitions. As Ishanoglu said in April, 'All member states of the OIC and I have obviously supported Iran's right to access peaceful nuclear technology,' despite clear indications that the Iranian regime’s uranium-enrichment program is designed chiefly to make nuclear weapons.
And there is the OIC’s explaining away of the 9/11 attacks, which “expressed the frustration, disappointment, and disillusion that are festering deep in the Muslims’ soul towards the aggressions and discriminations committed by the West.”
Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu is also the one who, at the time of the death riots and Muslim riots over those anodyne cartoons in a Danish paper, solemnly likened the effect of those cartoons on Muslims as being akin to the effect on Infidels of the mass murders carried out by Muslims on 9/11.
Finally, Ihsanoglu has explained to an American audience how splendid was the system of "protection" that Islam offered Christians and Jews -- "protection" offered by Muslims, for the payment of Jizyah, from those same Muslims. A system that would have impressed Al Capone. He helpfully explained that the “privilege of becoming a protected minority via an act of dhimmiship was given only to the followers of a prophet to whom a sacred book was revealed.”
Christians and Jews, because you are the lucky "followers of a prophet” -- Moses, Jesus (that is, the Muslim Moses, the Muslim Jesus) -- you will enjoy, when Muslim rule comes everywhere, the same "privilege of becoming a protected minority via an act of dhimmiship" that Christians and Jews have enjoyed in the Middle East, and elsewhere in Muslim-ruled lands, for so long.
So what's your problem? Never satisfied? What's the reason Islam is not pleasin' you?
In defining “dhimmiship” as the “privilege of becoming a protected minority,” Dr. Ihsanoglu did his best. But those who are so solicitious of the public image of Islam and of Muslims realize that it should not be left up just to NPR, or the BBC, or Le Monde; we all have to pitch in, and do our bit. It might be better if “dhimmi” were to be jettisoned altogether. The word upsets Infidels, and it does nothing for Muslims, either.
Instead of “dhimmis,” why not call them “Friends With Benefits”?
Islam is not merely a bunch of rituals of individual worship, or an explanation of how the universe came to be. It is, more importantly, also a politics and a geopolitics. A man who can present the dhimmi system, and describe the status of the "Protected People" un-ironically as A Good Thing, an Example of Muslim Benevolence and Tolerance, as Ihsanoglu does, is for all of his outward mien, that tie, that Western suit, inwardly as hopelessly primitive as any daggers-and-dishdasha Saudi.
Posted on 01/05/2013 8:14 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 5 January 2013
Sunnis Called Upon To Resist Shi'a "Safavid-Persian Alliance"
From The New York Times:
Baath Leader Urges Sunnis to Protest Iraqi Premier
ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) — The most senior member of Saddam Hussein’s entourage who has not been captured has encouraged antigovernment Sunni Muslim protesters to stand their ground until Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is forced out.
The former official, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, is the leader of the Baath Party, which was banned after the United States-led invasion in 2003 that overthrew Mr. Hussein, a Sunni, and gave the majority Shiite Muslims a prominent role in the new government.
Over the past two weeks, tens of thousands of Sunnis, some waving Hussein-era flags, have staged demonstrations in a show of anger against Mr. Maliki, a Shiite whom they have accused of monopolizing power and marginalizing Sunnis.
“The people of Iraq and all its nationalist and Islamic forces support you until the realization of your just demands for the fall of the Safavid-Persian alliance,” said Mr. Douri, addressing the protesters in video broadcast on Al Arabiya television.
Safavid is a reference to the dynasty that ruled Shiite Iran, which was once known as Persia, from the 16th to 18th centuries and that at times controlled parts of modern-day Iraq.
Since Mr. Maliki came to office in 2006, Iraq has edged closer to Iran, which wields strong influence over several Iraqi Shiite parties.
The authenticity of the video could not be verified. Mr. Douri said he was speaking from Babil Province in Iraq.
After the 2003 invasion, Mr. Douri was ranked sixth on the United States military’s list of 55 most-wanted Iraqis, and a $10 million reward was offered for his capture.
He was the deputy leader of Iraq’s Revolutionary Command Council under Mr. Hussein and took over the Baath leadership after Mr. Hussein was executed in 2006. He has seldom been seen since 2003. In a statement in 2009, he called on Sunni insurgent groups to move into politics.
Posted on 01/05/2013 8:28 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald