Archive for June, 2011

After the Dutch court ruling, is Anti-Semitism debatable in the Netherland then?

June 24, 2011

From Reuters Today: Dutch populist politician Geert Wilders was acquitted of inciting hatred of Muslims in a court ruling on Thursday.

The court decided Wilders’ rhetoric was within the realm of the political debate!

So what exactly WAS that political debate? Here are some of Mr. Wilders’ talking points.

On Mohamed

“Narcissist, a pedophile, a mass murderer, a terrorist, a misogynist, a lecher, a cult leader, a madman, a rapist, a torturer, an assassin and a looter…” as well as “a psychopath prone to hallucinations.”

On Islam

Islam is not a religion, it’s an ideology, the ideology of a retarded culture. I have a problem with Islamic tradition, culture, ideology. Not with Muslim people.

On Koran

“The Koran is a fascist book which incites violence. That is why this book, just like [Adolf Hitler’s] Mein Kampf, must be banned.

The book incites hatred and killing and therefore has no place in our [Dutch] legal order.”

On Islamic Veil

“It is not acceptable for people to completely cover themselves on the street. It threatens public order and security. Plus it is a terrifying sight.

Get rid of that woman-humiliating Islamic symbol (…)”

Well, political debate indeed!

Is that how low the bar  the great political culture in the great Dutch country sets for a  debate? Is there anything called deliberately  “inciting hatred”  anymore? Is “anti-Semitism” a debatable issue then? 


A Veil of Mass Destruction

June 22, 2011

Daniel Ellsberg, assistant secretary of defense in the Kennedy administration, in his article:  A Hundred Holocausts: An Insider’s Window Into U.S. Nuclear Policy:

“The total death toll as calculated by the Joint Chiefs, from a U.S. first strike aimed primarily at the Soviet Union and China, would be roughly 600 million dead. A hundred Holocausts. ”

Recently in France, Belgium, Spain, and Canada, citizens and politicians alike, have awaken and echoed Ellsberg’s warning:

 “Western civilization is in danger.”

“A dire threat to western civilization.”

“They are destroying our values.”

Only they were sounding the alarm about the imminent  danger of muslim women’s veil and not the policies of nuclear deterrence adopted by the West in general and the U.S. in particular. That running policy that is based on the idea of annihilating most of your enemy’s population, not to mention rendering the planet perhaps  uninhabitable for decades. Absorb the moral and cultural implication of that Western policy for a minute.

With policies and principles like nuclear deterrence that is purely its own brain child, the West does not have the moral authority to lecture any one about violence. Perhaps it should try first and lift the hate induced  thick veil of ignorance that is plaguing its own culture of mass annihilation.


Ayatollah Obama

June 12, 2011

When the late ayatollah Khomeini issued a “fatwa” ordering the killing of Salman Rushdie for his book “The satanic Verses”  in which he insulted the muslim prophet in a vulgar way, the West, on free speech grounds, rightfully  went into an uproar.

Since then, that same “West” has come a long way.

Obama,  the 2009 Noble peace  prize  winner American president,  has ordered the killing of an American citizen, Al-Awlaki, without a trial. The reason? He accused him of being a dangerous terrorist. Every one has to take his word for it.

Al-Awlaki may or may not be a bad guy; that is not the issue. Every one  in the West, I am told, deserves his day in court.  Furthermore, the first amendment guarantees the right to even advocate violence to overthrow the government. Unless a leader issues what amounts to a “Fatwa” allowing his blood to be spelled, that is!

On free speech ground, could anyone tell me what the difference is between Obama’s Fatwa and Khomeini’s?


The American tourist we met in Florence

June 7, 2011

She was a spunky middle age woman we met in Florence, Italy. She’s enjoying her vacation, mingling and actively seeking conversations with other fellow human tourists in that magical  town imbued with arts , history, and beauty.

We looked “different” enough to her and, apparently, she was tired of her own fellow citizens so  she decided to unload all of her  “culture”  and all of   her  knowledge of religion, geography, and history (although one of us turned out to be from her own country)

Over a yummy Italian ice cream cup in a “cafe trottoir et pattisserie”, she said:

-“So where did you come from?”

-“From Lebanon” I said.

-“Ohhhh, you’ve come a long way, then”, she concluded.

Her accent and demeanor gave her away as , perhaps, 10th generation American (if they go back that far!).  Lebanon was only three hours away. Naturally then, her comment aroused my curiosity. She must be living in Rome or somewhere in western Europe, I thought.

-“You’e not American then?”, I said.

-“Of course I am.  I came all the way from New Jersey”, she excitedly declared.

My partner and I looked at each other trying to stifle more than just a smile.  We did not want to embarrass this friendly lady though and left it at that.

I’ll spare you her knowledge of all the details in the muslim religion down to the burial rituals. Suffices to say, they were off by more than the distance from New Jersey to Florence.

We had a great time by the way and that good-hearted lady, with all her geographical  and cultural challenges , made it even  better. It wouldn’t have been as nice without her.