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Islam vs. Islamism: The Truth about Islam

Posted by paulipoldie on November 1, 2011

November 1, 2011 4:00 A.M.

National Review

The Truth about Islam
Taking on Andy McCarthy’s column “Islam or Islamist?”
Last Friday, a Bosnian Muslim named Mevlid Jasarevic walked up to the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo with a rifle and opened fire, terrorizing the city center until he was wounded by a police sharpshooter. Media reports identified him as a “radical Islamist.” What made him an “Islamist”? The fact that he shot up the embassy. On Thursday, Mevlid Jasarevic was simply a Muslim. He became an Islamist with the first shot from his Kalashnikov.

To be sure, the media have also identified Jasarevic as a Wahhabi — but that signifier likewise offered no clue before Friday as to what he was going to do on that day. After all, Wahhabi Islam is the official religion of Saudi Arabia, and no one thinks that every last Saudi citizen is likely one day to start firing at infidel embassies.

My point is that while my friend Andy McCarthy is quite right that there are some Muslims who are interested in implementing Islam’s supremacist political program and some who are not, the “Islam/Islamism” distinction is worthless to distinguish one group from the other. This is precisely because, as Andy quotes me as saying before, the distinction is artificial and imposed from without. There are not, in other words, Islamist mosques and non-Islamist mosques, distinguishable from one another by the sign outside each, like Baptist and Methodist churches. On the contrary, “Islamists” move among non-political, non-supremacist Muslims with no difficulty; no Islamic authorities are putting them out of mosques, or setting up separate institutions to distinguish themselves from the “Islamists.” Mevlid Jasarevic could and did visit mosques in Austria, Serbia, and Bosnia without impediment before he started shooting on Friday; no one stopped him from entering because he was an “Islamist.”

So if Muslims do not generally make this distinction among themselves, should non-Muslim analysts make it? The problem I see with doing so is that for all too many it is a way of implying that Islam itself has no political or supremacist elements, and that those Muslims who do hold political and supremacist aspirations constitute a tiny minority of extremists who have twisted and hijacked the religion. This is not only false, but misleading; it can and does make for wrongheaded and foolish policies that have wasted American lives, money, and matériel, and led us into numerous alliances and agreements with entities we would have been wiser about, had our analysis of Islam been more realistic and accurate.

All too often, American analysts have assumed that Muslim individuals and groups who have no open involvement with terrorism fully accept pluralism, constitutional values, and Western notions of human rights, including the freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and equality of rights for women. And all too often, they have been wrong in that assessment, often disastrously so. The billions that the U.S. has given to a duplicitous Pakistani government is a large-scale example; the tour of security procedures at O’Hare Airport given a few years ago to the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a smaller one. In these and many other cases, however, the foolishness of the authorities in question stemmed from their assumption that the people they were dealing with were not “Islamists,” and hence were natural allies.

We have been fooled by too many because of our haste to make this distinction where it cannot be legitimately made. We assume that Muslims who aren’t in al-Qaeda reject the al-Qaeda program, and certainly many do. But for some, the rejection is of al-Qaeda’s tactics, not of its goal.

Contrary to Andy’s characterization of my views, I am not saying that no distinctions can or should be made among Muslims. I am observing that Muslims themselves don’t make this one, and that no good comes from non-Muslims’ making it. It is important, as Andy puts it, to denominate “supremacist Muslims striving to impose on societies a classical, rigid construction of Islamic law, distinguishing them from authentic Muslim moderates who elevate reason, embrace pluralism, and take sharia as spiritual guidance rather than the mandatory law for civil society,” just as it was important to distinguish the 1,347 delegates who voted for Richard Nixon from the one who voted for Pete McCloskey at the Republican National Convention in 1972 (and the proportions are similar). But in doing so, we should be careful not to deceive ourselves about the foundations that the latter group has in Islamic texts and theology, or about its relative strength and influence within the Islamic world. Using the term “Islamist” for the dominant, mainstream, and traditional understanding of Islam, as if it were the non-traditional minority offshoot, deceives in precisely that way.

Andy says: “I think we have to separate Islamists from Islam.” Certainly we have to separate the people Andy calls Islamists (i.e., proponents of political Islam, even if spread by peaceful means) from our allies. We have to separate them from societal influence. But it is not up to us to separate them from Islam. That is up to the sincere Muslim moderates upon whom Andy places so much hope, but whose power, influence, and numbers are actually so sparsely in evidence.

Meanwhile, some of Andy’s critique is simply out of focus. He asserts that I say that “there is and can be but a single authentic form of Islam.” In reality, I have never claimed such a thing. I don’t think there can be a single authentic form of Islam. The false assumption Andy makes here is that if one rejects the Islam/Islamism distinction, one therefore believes there is only one authentic form of Islam. Actually there are many authentic forms of Islam, but one of the things they all agree on is that Islamic law should rightly be the law of society and that Islam should have a political manifestation. Sunnis, Shi’ites, and even Sufis (who were for a considerable period the leaders of the jihad in Chechnya against the Russians) hold to this idea.

Likewise out of focus is Andy’s denial that the “imposition of sharia” is an “inseparable part” of Islam. And why does he say that it isn’t? Because “there are too many non-supremacist Muslims to write off Islam.” However, the nature of Islam is found in the recognized authorities that define Islam, not in the dispositions of its various adherents. In other words, to find out what is or is not an “inseparable part” of Islam, one must consult the Qur’an and Sunnah as they have always been interpreted by Islamic authorities — and even Andy admits that when one does that, one sees that a political, supremacist aspect is deeply embedded in the thing itself. The mandate to impose sharia has always been understood by mainstream Islamic authorities as being intrinsic to Islam. That doesn’t mean every Muslim is out to implement that program, any more than every Christian is busy loving his enemies and turning the other cheek.

When he comes to naming Muslim reformers, Andy comes up with three: Zuhdi Jasser, Abdullah Saeed, and Abdurrahman Wahid. This in itself demonstrates the scope of the problem we face. Saeed offers an exegesis of the Qur’an that challenges the traditional Muslim interpretation without ever explaining why his is a minority, non-traditional understanding of the text. And I’d like to see Andy or anyone else produce a list of ten genuine Muslim reformers without including Jasser or Wahid — not to deny them their due, but just to see if it could be done. Jasser, meanwhile, leads a tiny group with no more than a few hundred Muslim members, despite getting massive and regular media exposure from conservatives like Andy who are avid to find moderate Muslims at all costs, as if our fight to defend human rights against Islamic supremacism and jihad is somehow less legitimate without Muslim spokesmen. As for Wahid, in his native Indonesia today his vision of Islam is in retreat before an aggressive and violent form of political and supremacist Islam that challenges Wahid’s views precisely on Islamic grounds.

Andy says of the Muslims who “sincerely believe Islam does not require a political dimension” that “I don’t believe it is our place to tell them they are wrong.” Indeed not. But it is also not our place to tell them they are right, or to misrepresent or magnify their place in Islamic tradition, theology, and present-day reality. Such groups are everywhere in retreat before supremacists who portray themselves as the exponents of authentic Islam. Those supremacists have not been effectively challenged within the Islamic world.

Andy asks: “Can it really be that Islam is the only doctrine in the history of the world that is immune from even the possibility of alteration and evolution?” But that is not at issue here. I never said that Islam couldn’t be altered or evolve. I am just trying not to pretend that it is other than what it is now, or other than what it always has been. Andy sees hopeful signs in Afghanistan’s dropping apostasy prosecutions after international pressure, Iran’s delaying stoning an adulteress, and the Saudis’ outlawing slavery. He sees the latter as evidence that “sharia can be changed.” But in reality, that ban doesn’t change sharia. It changes Saudi adherence to it. Sharia is still the same; there is still no madhhab (school of Islamic jurisprudence) that teaches that in the Islamic state slavery may not legitimately be practiced. Nor does Afghanistan’s reversal change Islamic apostasy law. It just shows that the Afghans are susceptible to world opinion. While that is welcome news, it is not Islamic reform, and does not offer a different version of Islam.

Andy is wrong in his claim that I have ever said that any form of Islam is “the only Islam,” but the fact is that throughout its history, and in all its theological, legal, and sectarian manifestations, Islam has always been supremacist and political. Acknowledging that is simply acknowledging reality. Pro-Western Muslim reformers have to start there. In Christian history, the Protestant reformers did not pretend that Church doctrine was other than what it was. They confronted and refuted portions of that doctrine. But Andy seems to expect contemporary Islamic reformers to succeed by pretending that Islam is not what its authoritative texts teach and what it always has been historically. He says that he does not see “what purpose is served” by telling Islamic reformers that “Islam is incorrigibly supremacist and political.” But if it is supremacist and political, whether “incorrigibly” or not, then sincere reformers have to start there in order to fix it. Wishful thinking and self-deception are not reform. Ultimately those doctrines can be combatted only by actually combatting them.

We do indeed, as Andy says, want Muslims as our allies, provided they sincerely reject Islam’s political and supremacist aspects. But it does them no service, and non-Muslims no service, to purvey comforting fictions about Islamic doctrine.

— Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth about Muhammad.

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Germany on the Brink

Posted by paulipoldie on June 8, 2011

In Stuttgart, Germany, last week, violent Leftist and Islamic supremacist demonstrators violently menaced anti-jihad activists – giving a sobering picture of where Germany, Europe, and the U.S. as well are headed if we don’t stand up and resolutely defend our freedom now.

 

Thursday afternoon I spoke in Stuttgart at the invitation of the human rights group Pax Europa. The event was well advertised, and so the thuggish Leftist/Islamic supremacist alliance mobilized and was out in full force.

 

About a thousand protesters from the frequently violent hard-Left Antifa group showed up, along with around 500 German riot police. “Antifa” stands for “Anti-fascism,” but if any fascism was on display, it was from the “anti-fascists,” who did their best to destroy the Pax Europa event. They were menacing people, starting fights, banging drums, blowing whistles, and chanting Leftist and Communist agitprop slogans. One young man from Antifa came up to me as I was standing right in front of a line of German police and said, “You’re lucky there are so many police here today.” He was not expressing solidarity.

 

Pax Europa had planned a full program featuring Middle Eastern Christian musicians, a Coptic Christian activist, and others, so as to highlight the hollowness of the Islamic supremacist narrative of Muslim victimhood and anti-jihadist racism. But the police ordered the Pax Europa organizers to drastically reduce the scope of their event. Everyone was restricted to ten minutes only. Several participants opted not to appear, in light of the manifest danger. Antifa people were attacking supporters of Pax Europa. I saw several individuals being chased by rabid Leftist gangs. At least one man went to the hospital.

 

The police used loudspeakers to call on Antifa twice to disperse, as Pax Europa had lawfully reserved the space for their event. The Antifa people responded only by moving forward, chanting slogans, banging their drums, and holding aloft the usual Leftist kitsch — Che Guevara, the hammer and sickle, the Palestinian flag, signs denouncing Islamophobia, etc. The police moved them back a bit but did not ask them again to disperse, and allowed the Pax Europa event to begin.

 

It was an incredible din. We had loudspeakers that appeared to be able to reach the considerable crowd behind the protesters, but the Antifa thugs did all they could to drown us out: the drums got louder, the vuvuzelas came out, they were blowing whistles, and of course they were screaming and yelling. They also started throwing things: bottles, ice eggs, excrement and more. One bottle narrowly missed the Coptic activist’s head and crashed onto the stage — other bottles crashed at our feet. Several speakers were hit with eggs. The manure they threw was all over the stage floor.

 

It was like looking into the pit of hell. Here were young people passionately committed to their cause and believing it to be that of justice and freedom, and they are eager and willing useful idiots for the most radically intolerant ideology on the planet. So when my turn came to speak, I addressed them, and told them just that. I told them they wouldn’t like what happened to them when their friends took power, but by then it would be too late for them.

 

The menace continued. Antifa burned the truck belonging to the company that set up the stage for Pax Europa’s Thursday rally. Friday night they found out the hotel that the courageous anti-jihad politician René Stadtkewitz was planning to stay in when he came to Stuttgart to announce the founding of the local branch of his new Freedom Party; they reportedly broke the hotel’s windows and painted threatening messages on its walls. Also yesterday, I spoke to a Pax Europa meeting at a location in Stuttgart; Antifa thugs found out the location after the meeting had ended, and stormed and surrounded the place. Thirty-six were arrested.

 

But it is not too late for Europe. I spoke at Stadtkewitz’s Freedom Party event on Sunday, and found a crowd made all the more resolute and determined by the violent intimidation to which they had been subjected. They realize that freedom hangs in the balance today in Germany, and in Europe and the U.S. as well, and they’re prepared to take a stand.

 

That was a great source of hope. Saturday morning I had the great honor of meeting with Susanne Zeller-Hirzel, one of the last surviving members of the White Rose, the nonviolent resistance movement that worked against Hitler’s regime in Nazi Germany in 1942 and 1943. We discussed numerous parallels between the Nazi era in Germany and the advance of Islamic supremacism today — as we saw in Stuttgart Thursday, Nazis and Islamic supremacists are remarkably similar in their taste for using force to shut down opponents they can’t out-argue.

 

It’s time for the White Rose to flower again in Germany. And as Islamic supremacism continues to advance in the U.S. also, we are not far behind.

Mr. Spencer is director of Jihad Watch and author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades), The Truth About Muhammad, Stealth Jihad and The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran (all from Regnery-a HUMAN EVENTS sister company).

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Stuttgart-Augenzeuge: Kein Schutz durch Polizei

Posted by paulipoldie on June 6, 2011

Ich habe große Sorge…

Das Neue Deutschland

“Der neue Faschismus wird nicht sagen: ‘Ich bin der Faschismus”
Er wird sagen: “Ich bin der Antifaschismus’

Ignazio Silone. italienischer Sozialist, 1900-78

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Dankend von PI übernommen:

Uns erreichte ein bewegender Augenzeugenbericht von den skandalösen Geschehnissen bei der Auftaktveranstaltung zum “Großen islamkritischen Wochenende” am Himmelfahrtstag in Stuttgart. Besonders das fragwürdige Verhalten der Polizei (PI berichtete) wird in der Schilderung von Benjamin F. eindringlich beleuchtet.

Proteste von Anfang an. Offizieller Beginn 16 Uhr, Schlossplatz, Stuttgart

Nach ca. 20 Minuten fordert die Polizei die linken und muslimischen Randalierer 2-3 Mal auf, zu ihrem Mahnwachenplatz (Karlsplatz) zu gehen. Trotz mehrmaliger Drohung von Seiten der Polizei, die Randalierer in Beugehaft zu nehmen, passierte nichts. Die Polizeileitung argumentierte, wegen der Veranstaltung keine Massenschlägerei zu wollen. Nun, dann wird die Antifa in Zukunft jede ihr missliebige Veranstaltung boykottieren können. Zumal der Aufforderung der Polizei nach Verlassen des Platzes anscheinend nicht nachgekommen werden muss.

Die Veranstaltung soll laut Veranstalter erst abgesagt werden. Und nur eine 10-minütige Rede gehalten werden. Mehrere Teilnehmer sagten ihren Auftritt ab. Darunter auch eine Musikgruppe. Die Angst war durchaus nachvollziehbar.

Um 16.40 Uhr fangen dann die Redner unter massivem Störfeuer der Linken und der Muslime an. Es sprechen Nassim Ben Iman, Michael Mannheimer, ein Herr von Pax Europa und Robert Spencer.

Wir wollen vor die Bühne, um die Redner sehen zu können. Die Polizei verbietet uns auf Nachfrage, die Redner von vorne sehen zu dürfen. Wir müssen so von der hinteren, rechten Seite die Veranstaltung verfolgen (nächstes Foto). Das Bild oben (mit Michael Mannheimer u.a.) konnte ich nur deshalb machen, weil ich kurz vor die Polizeireihe trat.

Als wir massiv von jungen Muslimen beleidigt wurden, mussten nicht etwa die Provokateure das Feld räumen, sondern wir, nach Aufforderung durch die Polizei und ca. zehn Meter zurückweichen. Dies wiederholte sich dann sogar noch einmal. Was für ein fatales Signal für die Täter, aber auch für die Opfer.

Ein Mann haut mir an den Oberarm, ein Polizist steht daneben und behauptet wider besseren Wissens nichts gesehen zu haben. Ich bitte ihn, den Mann zur Mäßigung zu rufen, der Polizist daraufhin: „Sie liegen ja nicht auf dem Boden und schreien“, was ich denn wolle! Ich merkte an, ob man denn erst auf dem Boden liegen müsse, um einen Schläger in die Schranken weisen zu dürfen.

Während der Reden flogen Eier und rote Farbbeutel gegen mehrere Teilnehmer, welche ihr Ziel auch teilweise fanden. Auch spitze Stöcke, rote Fahnen, Flaschen, Glas, Dosen, Müll und ein Aschenbecher aus Stahl flogen in Richtung Bühne und darüber hinaus in die Redner und die Zuhörer. Ein Aschenbecher aus Stahl traf eine Teilnehmerin von hinten am Bein.

Ich zog mir meine Handschuhe an, um evtl. auf mich zufliegende Gegenstände schmerzfreier abwehren zu können. Daraufhin schrie hinter mir ein Mann: “Achtung, der will gleich zuschlagen, er zieht sich Handschuhe an.” Das schlimme daran, der Polizist vor mir griff dies auch als Bedrohung auf. Nachdem ein paar Geschosse auch neben ihm niedergingen, verstand er mein Handeln.

Die Veranstaltung wurde auch durch Trillerpfeifen, Megafone, Geschrei, Morddrohungen, beleidigende Gesten und Worte gestört. Eine Frau entblößte sich kurzzeitig und zeigte ihre blanke Brust. Der Hass in den Augen und das Geschrei war unvorstellbar groß.

Gegen Ende der Veranstaltung um 17.30 Uhr wollten wir den Ort verlassen. Die Extremisten wollten uns aber nicht gehen lassen und kesselten uns ein. Die Polizei wollte, dass wir gehen. Wir auch, was aber angesichts des Drohpotenzials eher unvernünftig erschien. Wir versuchten es dennoch, und wurden wenige Meter nach Verlassen des Kessels von Radikalen aufgehalten. Ein Mitglied der Aktionsgruppe für verfolgte Christen wurde von mindestens drei Frauen bespuckt, ein junger Mann stahl ihm seine Mütze. Zwei junge Männer forderten ihn wiederholt auf, sich mit ihm zu schlagen.

Ich fotografierte die Szene und wurde sofort lautstark angegangen. Ich flüchtete in Richtung des Polizeikessels. Die Meute hinter mir, erwartete ich, dass mich die Polizisten, welche die Szene genau beobachtet hatten, hinter sich lassen würden. Mein pro Israel-Pullover war auch zusätzlich Hinweis genug, zu welcher Seite ich gehörte. Stattdessen machte ich zunächst Bekanntschaft mit einem Schlagstock, den ein Polizist gezielt gegen meinen Bauch einsetze. Nachdem ich lautstark sagte, dass ich massiv bedrängt werde, ließen mich die Polizisten widerwillig durch.

Wieder im Kessel baten wir die Polizei, uns Schutz zu geben. Ein Einsatzleiter sagte, dass Personenschutz nur ganz wenige Leute bekommen würden. Wir sollten uns ein Taxi rufen.

Unsere Autos standen in der Nebenstraße und so wäre es im Bereich des Möglichen gewesen, uns zu begleiten. Auch hätte die Polizei ihre Drohung gegenüber den Gegen-Demonstranten wahr machen können und sie in Sicherungsverwahrung nehmen können. Die nötige Hundertschaft inklusive Reiterstaffel war anwesend.

Es wurde uns dann allen Ernstes vorgeschlagen, einzeln den Platz zu verlassen und dies, nachdem die Polizei vor wenigen Minuten sehen musste, was mit einem unserer Mitglieder und mir geschehen war. Schließlich wagten wir zwei einen erneuten „Ausbruchversuch“ und „entkamen“ in entgegengesetzter Richtung zu unserem Parkplatz. Ein Linker versuchte uns noch zu verfolgen, ließ dann aber von uns ab. Gegen 18.30 Uhr fanden sich alle vier Aktionsgruppenmitglieder wieder beim Parkhaus ein.

Posted in Christenverfolgung, Counterjihad, Freedom of Speech/Redefreiheit, Islam, Islamisierung, Islamkritik, Pax Europa/BPE, Stuttgart June 2011 | Tagged: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Robert Spencer Confronts the Warriors of Darkness in Stuttart

Posted by paulipoldie on June 3, 2011

Video courtesy of Europenews and KitmanTV

Update:

Report by Robert Spencer, Jihadwatch.org

Thursday afternoon I spoke in Stuttgart, Germany at the invitation of the human rights group Pax Europa. The event was well advertised, and so the thuggish Leftist/Islamic supremacist alliance mobilized and was out in full force.

About 1000 Antifa protesters showed up, banging drums, holding signs with the usual accusations of racism and “Islamophobia,” blowing whistles, and menacing people who came out for the Pax Europa event. There were also about 500 German police on hand in riot gear. The Pax Europa organizers told me, “This is all for you” — because they had publicized that I would be there. One young man came up to me as I was standing right in front of a line of German police and said, “You’re lucky there are so many police here today.”

Pax Europa had planned a full program featuring Middle Eastern Christian musicians, a Coptic Christian activist, and others, so as to highlight the hollowness of the Islamic supremacist narrative of Muslim victimhood and anti-jihadist racism. But the police ordered the Pax Europa organizers to drastically reduce the scope of their event. Everyone was restricted to ten minutes only. Several participants opted not to appear, in light of the manifest danger. Antifa people were attacking supporters of Pax Europa. I saw several individuals being chased by rabid Leftist gangs. At least one man went to the hospital.

The police used loudspeakers to call on Antifa twice to disperse, as Pax Europa had lawfully reserved the space for their event. The Antifa people responded only by moving forward, chanting slogans, banging their drums, and holding aloft the usual Leftist kitsch — Che Guevara, the hammer and sickle, the Palestinian flag, signs denouncing Islamophobia, etc. The police moved them back a bit but did not ask them again to disperse, and allowed the Pax Europa event to begin.

It was an incredible din. We had loudspeakers that appeared to be able to reach the considerable crowd behind the protesters, but the Antifa thugs did all they could to drown us out: the drums got louder, the vuvuzelas came out, they were blowing whistles, and of course they were screaming and yelling.

They started throwing things: bottles, eggs, excrement and more. One bottle narrowly missed the Coptic activist’s head and crashed onto the stage — other bottles crashed at our feet. Several speakers were hit with eggs. The manure they threw was all over the stage floor.

I stood right in front (they missed me; I dodged a few projectiles) and watched them as they screamed and gestured and threw things — it was like looking into the pit of hell. Here were young people passionately committed to their cause and believing it to be that of justice and freedom, and they are eager and willing useful idiots for the most radically intolerant ideology on the planet. So when my turn came to speak, I addressed them, and told them just that. I told them they wouldn’t like what happened to them when their friends took power, but by then it would be too late.

And it may be already, for Europe. But I was glad to be there yesterday, and to stand against what was so obviously a force for oppression, hatred, and evil.

Hier die deutsche Übersetzung (danke an Denker, PI)

Konfrontation in Deutschland

Am Donnerstag Nachmittag habe ich auf Einladung der Menschenrechtsorganisation Pax Europa in Stuttgart, Deutschland gesprochen. Die Veranstaltung war gut beworben, wodurch die aggressive Links/Islamische Rassistenallianz mobil gemacht hat und in voller Stärke ausgerückt ist.

Ungefähr 1000 Antifa-Demonstranten sind aufgetaucht, haben getrommelt, Schilder mit den üblichen Rassismus- und Islamophobieanschuldigungen vorgezeigt, Trillerpfeifen geblasen und Menschen bedroht, die zur Veranstaltung von Pax Europa gekommen waren. Es waren auch ca. 500 deutsche Polizeibeamte in Panzeranzügen vor Ort in Bereitschaft. Die Veranstalter von Pax Europa haben mir gesagt „Dies alles ist nur für Sie“ – weil sie bekannt gemacht haben, dass ich anwesend sein werde. Als ich gerade vor einer deutschen Polizeikette stand, kam ein junger Mann zu mir hoch und sagte, „Sie haben Glück, dass heute so viel Polizei hier ist.“

Pax Europa hat ein volles Programm geplant: mit christlichen Musikern aus dem Nahen Osten, einen koptisch-christlichen Aktivisten und vielen anderen, um damit die leeren Worthülsen der islamischen Rassisten hervorzuheben, die von moslemischer Opferrolle und Anit-Jihad-Rassismus schwafeln. Aber die Polizei hatte die Pax-Europa-Veranstalter angewwiesen, den Umfang ihrer Veranstaltung drastisch zusammenstreichen. Jedem wurden nur 10 Minuten zugestanden. Mehrere Teilnehmer haben angesichts deroffenkundigen Bedrohungen entschieden, nicht teilzunehmen. Antifa-Mitglieder haben Helfer von Pax Europa angegriffen. Ich habe mehrere Personen gesehen, die von Links-Trupps gejagt wurden. Mindestens eine Person musste ins Krankenhaus.

Die Polizei verwendete Lautsprecher, um die Antifa zweimal aufzufordern, ihre Versammlung aufzulösen, da Pax Europa diesen Platz rechtmäßig für ihre Veranstaltung reserviert hatte. Die Antwort der Antifa-Menge war lediglich ein Vorwärtsmarschieren, Parolen skandieren, Trommeln und das Emporheben von Nullachtfünfzehn-Links-Kitsch: Che Guevara, Hammer und Sicher, Palästinenserfahnen, Schilder die Islamophobie brandmarken, usw. Die Polizei hatte sie zwar ein wenig zurückgedrängt, aber sie nicht mehr ersucht, ihre Versammlung aufzulösen, und hatte dann für den Beginn der Pax-Europa-Veranstaltung ihr OK gegeben.

Es war ein unbeschreiblicher Lärm. Wir hatten Lautsprecher, die normalerweise in der Lage waren, die beachtliche Menge hinter den Demonstranten zu erreichen, aber die Antifa-Schläger unternahmen alles Mögliche, um uns zu übertönen: die Trommeln wurden lauter, die Vuvuzelas wurden hervorgeholt und Trillerpfeifen geblasen und selbstverständlich haben sie geschrieen und gebrüllt.

Jetzt haben sie begonnen, mit Gegenständen zu werfen: Flaschen, Eier Exkremente und vieles mehr. Eine Flasche hat nur knapp den Kopf des koptischen Aktivisten verfehlt und ist auf der Bühne zerschellt – andere Flaschen zerschellten vor unseren Füßen. Mehrere Sprecher wurden von Eiern getroffen. Der Stallmist, den sie geworfen hatten, lag über den ganzen Bühnenboden verteilt.

Ich stand ganz vorne (sie haben mit verfehlt; ich bin einigen Geschossen ausgewichen) und beobachtete sie, wie sie geschrieen, gestikuliert und Gegenstände geworfen haben – es war wie der Blick in den Abgrund der Hölle. Hier waren junge Leute, die heißblütig ihrem Ideal verpflichtet sind und glauben, es wäre das Ideal von Gerechtigkeit und Freiheit, und zugleich sind sie eifrige und willige nützliche Idioten für die radikalste und intoleranteste Ideologie auf der Welt. Als nun ich für meine Rede an der Reihe war, habe ich mich an sie gewandt und ihnen genau das gesagt. Ich habe ihnen gesagt, dass sie all das nicht mögen werden, was passieren wird, wenn ihre Freunde die Macht übernommen haben, aber dann ist es bereits zu spät.

Und es könnte bereits jetzt zu spät für Europa sein. Aber ich war froh, dass ich gestern dabei war, und mich dem entgegengestellt habe, was so offensichtlich die Macht der Unterdrückung, des Hasses und des Bösen ist.

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Egypt Rushes Toward Sharia and War

Posted by paulipoldie on June 1, 2011

by Robert Spencer

How hopelessly at odds with America’s best interests is Barack Obama? Less than two weeks ago he declared his support for “political and economic reform in the Middle East,” warmly endorsing the “Arab Spring” uprisings there. Then Sunday, Muslim Brotherhood Sheikh Hazem Abu Ismail announced his candidacy for the presidency of Egypt, promising to transform Egypt into an Islamic state and go to war with Israel. Reform that would indeed be, but not the kind any American president should be applauding.

Maybe Obama is still listening to his ruinously incompetent Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, who at the height of the Egyptian uprising characterized the Muslim Brotherhood as “largely secular.” Secular they’re not, but they’re certainly influential, and Obama knows it: he specifically requested that Muslim Brotherhood representatives attend his speech in Cairo in June 2009. Speaking in a mosque on Saturday, Abu Ismail said that he was confident of victory — precisely because, unlike the other candidates, he presented a clear call to institute Islamic law in Egypt. “Mohamed ElBaradei, Amr Moussa, and Hamdeen Sabahi, the liberal candidates, will be unable to present a clear vision.”

Abu Ismail was sure all Egyptians would love his pro-Sharia platform: “If I could apply sharia in Egypt, all people, including non-Muslims, would applaud me four years later.” He dismissed all who opposed him as perverts and libertines: “We seek to apply Islamic law, but those who don’t want it prefer cabarets, alcohol, dancers and prostitution, as the implementation of Islamic law will prohibit women to appear naked in movies and on beaches.”

He also promised to go to war with Israel: “The Camp David peace treaty is insulting to the Egyptian people, so it must be canceled, and I will do my best to convince people to cancel it.” Abu Ismail made this pledge as Egypt reopened the Rafah crossing — the only official point of entry into Gaza other than from inside Israel. Egypt had closed it in 2007 after Hamas took power in Gaza, as part of its uneasy observance of the Camp David Accords, since the Rafah crossing had been an easy route into Israel for jihadis and their weapons suppliers.

But now it appears that peace with Israel is no longer such a high priority. And it is no wonder that Abu Ismail thinks ripping up the Camp David accords is a winning issue. Last week the Tunisian Muslim Brotherhood leader Rachid Ghannouchi predicted that the “Arab Spring” would lead to the destruction of Israel. Clearly he knows the direction of events in Egypt: man-on-the-street interviews conducted during the Egyptian uprisings found ordinary Egyptians explaining that they hated Mubarak was that he maintained peace with Israel. “He is supporting Israel. Israel is our enemy,” protestors explained. “If people are free in Egypt…they gonna destroy Israel.” Many demonstrators carried posters of Mubarak with a Star of David drawn on his forehead.

In January, Mohamed Ghanem, another Muslim Brotherhood leader, said in an interview on Iran’s Al-Alam television station that Egypt should prepare to go to war with Israel. That same month, Iran’s Press TV interviewed an Egyptian international lawyer Marwan al-Ashaal, who explained the popular discontent with Mubarak as a direct consequence of his keeping the peace with Israel: “The American-Egyptian relationships were based on Israeli security and I think Mubarak has been very dedicated to Israeli security more even than to his own people’s security or the national interests.” Al-Ashaal claimed that “we see the deals with Israel that provoked people and took them to the edge.” He declared that Egypt is “never going to be a friend of Israel.”

Whether or not Abu Ismail is elected President of Egypt, the opening of the Rafah crossing indicates that Egypt has decided to adopt a belligerent stance toward Israel, and more is certain to come as Egypt marches toward Sharia. Obama in his recent Mideast policy speech proclaimed his ardent support for “free speech, the freedom of peaceful assembly, the freedom of religion, equality for men and women under the rule of law.” There is, however, no indication that the revolutions in the Middle East will lead to regimes that will have any interest in protecting any of those rights. Hazem Abu Ismail’s presidential campaign in Egypt is just the latest indication that when it comes to analyzing the “Arab Spring,” the Obama Administration is engaged yet again in fantasy-based policymaking.

 


Mr. Spencer is director of Jihad Watch and author of  The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades),  The Truth About Muhammad,  Stealth Jihad and  The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran (all from Regnery-a HUMAN EVENTS sister company).

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