PArticle%2FShowFull> &pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull
Sep. 27, 2006 19:59 | Updated Sep. 27, 2006 20:03
'Islamic law rules you, too'

Talkbacks for this article: 34
The violence by Muslims responding to comments by the pope fit a pattern
that has been building and accelerating since 1989. 
Six times since then Westerners have done or said something that has
triggered death threats and violence in the Muslim world. Looking at them in
the aggregate offers useful insights. 
*  1989 - Salman Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses prompted Ayatollah
Khomeini to issue a death edict against him and his publishers, on the
grounds that the book "is against Islam, the Prophet and the Koran."
Subsequent rioting led to more than 20 deaths, mostly in India. 
*  1997 - The US Supreme Court refused to remove a 1930s frieze showing
Muhammad as lawgiver that decorates the main court chamber; the Council on
American-Islamic Relations made an issue of this, leading to riots and
injuries in India. 
*  2002 - American Evangelical leader Jerry Falwell called Muhammad a
"terrorist," leading to church burnings and at least 10 deaths in India. 
*  2005 - An incorrect story in Newsweek reporting that American
interrogators at Guantanamo Bay "in an attempt to rattle suspects, flushed a
Koran down a toilet" was picked up by the famous Pakistani cricketer Imran
Khan, and prompted protests around the Muslim world, leading to at least 15
*  February 2006 - The Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published 12
cartoons of Muhammad, spurring a Palestinian imam in Copenhagen, Ahmed Abdel
Rahman Abu Laban, to excite Muslim opinion against the Danish government. He
succeeded so well that hundreds died, mostly in Nigeria. 
*  September 2006 - Pope Benedict XVI quoted a Byzantine emperor's views
that what is new in Islam is "evil and inhuman," prompting the firebombing
of churches and the murder of several Christians. 
These six rounds show a near-doubling in frequency: eight years between the
first and second rounds, then five, then three, one and none.
THE FIRST instance - Khomeini's edict against Salman Rushdie - came as a
complete shock, for no one had hitherto imagined that a Muslim dictator
could tell a British citizen living in London what he could not write about.

Seventeen years later, calls for the execution of the pope (including one at
Westminster Cathedral in London) have acquired a too-familiar quality. The
outrageous has become routine, almost predictable. As Muslim sensibilities
have grown more excited, Western ones have become more phlegmatic. 
Incidents started in Europe (Rushdie, Danish cartoons, Pope Benedict) have
grown much larger than those based in the US (Supreme Court, Jerry Falwell,
Koran flushing), reflecting the greater efficacy of Islamist aggression
against Europeans than against Americans. 
ISLAMISTS IGNORE subtleties. Rushdie's magical realism, the positive intent
of the Supreme Court frieze, the falsehood of the Koran-flushing story (ever
tried putting a book down a toilet?), the benign nature of the Danish
cartoons or the subtleties of Benedict's speech - none of these mattered. 
What rouses Muslim crowds and what does not is somewhat unpredictable.
Rushdie's novel was not nearly as offensive to Muslim sensibilities as a
host of other writings, medieval, modern and contemporary. Other American
evangelists have said worse things about Muhammad than did Falwell (Jerry
Vines called the Muslim prophet "a demon-possessed pedophile who had 12
wives") without violence ensuing. Why did Norwegian preacher Runar S gaard's
deeming Muhammad "a confused pedophile" remain a local dispute while the
Danish cartoons went global?
One answer is that Islamists having international reach (Khomeini, CAIR,
Imran Khan, Abu Laban) usually play a key role in transforming a general
sense of displeasure into an operational fury. If no Islamist agitates, the
issue remains relatively quiet. 
The extent of the violence is even more unpredictable - one could not
anticipate the cartoons causing the most fatalities and the pope's quote the
And why so much violence in India? 
These incidents also spotlight a total lack of reciprocity by Muslims. The
Saudi government bans Bibles, crosses and Stars of David, while Muslims
routinely publish disgusting cartoons of Jews. 
NO CONSPIRACY lies behind these six rounds of inflammation and aggression,
but examined in retrospect they coalesce and form a single, prolonged
campaign of intimidation, with more sure to come. 
The basic message - "You Westerners no longer have the privilege to say what
you will about Islam, the Prophet and the Koran; Islamic law rules you too"
- will return again and again until Westerners either submit or Muslims
realize their effort has failed. 
The writer is director of the Middle East Forum and author of Miniatures. 

[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

Want to discuss this topic?  Head on over to our discussion list, [EMAIL 
Brooks Isoldi, editor

  Post message:
  Subscribe:    [EMAIL PROTECTED]
  Unsubscribe:  [EMAIL PROTECTED]

*** FAIR USE NOTICE. This message contains copyrighted material whose use has 
not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. OSINT, as a part of 
The Intelligence Network, is making it available without profit to OSINT 
YahooGroups members who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the 
included information in their efforts to advance the understanding of 
intelligence and law enforcement organizations, their activities, methods, 
techniques, human rights, civil liberties, social justice and other 
intelligence related issues, for non-profit research and educational purposes 
only. We believe that this constitutes a 'fair use' of the copyrighted material 
as provided for in section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Law. If you wish to use 
this copyrighted material for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use,' 
you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
For more information go to: 
Yahoo! Groups Links

<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:

<*> Your email settings:
    Individual Email | Traditional

<*> To change settings online go to:
    (Yahoo! ID required)

<*> To change settings via email:
    mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
    mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]

<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:

<*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to:

Reply via email to