Friday, January 28, 2005

Dutch Outrage, Muslim Threats

Left-wing apostate Christopher Hitchens comments on the rightful tide of outrage rising among the Dutch people. He cites the note left pinned to the chest of murdered Dutch film maker Theo van Gogh by Mohammed Bouyeri , the Muslim who stabbed him and cut this throat on an Amsterdam street. The note included an open letter to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a member of the Dutch Parliament and herself a Muslim.
Both the open letter and the note are of extreme interest. The note speaks of Tawheed, which is the current Islamic extremist abuse of the Qur’anic word for “unity” or oneness against all heretics from Shi’a to Christian. This Salafist/bin Ladenist tendency also employs the term takfir, an approximate synonym for excommunication (and therefore slaughter) of infidels and heretics. The faction grouped behind this Qur’anic concept is the most noxious and cynical of the lot: its members allow themselves to consume pork and alcohol and consort with prostitutes if they are on a mission to deceive and destroy the infidel. (This explains the apparent “paradox” of the 9/11 hijackers who were seen cavorting in a nightclub in Florida shortly before mounting their assault on our civil society. It also means that the most outwardly “secular” Muslim might be just the one to fear.
The entire article is well worth reading. But Hitchens writes with particular clarity when he points out the extent of the threat posed by Islamist fanatics already living in the West.
One cannot emphasize enough that the victims here are not just secular artists like Theo van Gogh but people of Muslim origin who do not accept homicidal fundamentalism. This is the warning that many liberals have been overlooking or denying ever since the fatwah against Salman Rushdie in 1989. And it is spreading: even as I write this, a Belgian legislator of Moroccan extraction, Mimount Bousakla, has been threatened with “ritual slaughter” for denouncing van Gogh’s murder. Any thinking person can see that we will soon be facing jihad on the streets of Germany and France and England as well. A secret army has also been formed within our borders in the United States, though its triumphant first operation did not alert as many Europeans as it might have.


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