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News :: International
11 Feb 2006
February 10, 2006


John Chuckman

I wonder, are waves of angry protest, flag burning, and embassy burning in the name of religion any less rational than waves of B-52s, cluster bombs, and torture in the name of democracy?

So when I hear any American official speak about the worldwide protests against unflattering cartoons of Islam’s Prophet, it is difficult to credit the words, but surprisingly there is one statement by an American – someone who ranks third only after George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld for total number of career lies – that I do credit.

Days ago, Condoleezza Rice - Secretary of State, fundamentalist Christian, and apologist for torture and bombing - told the world that Iran and Syria were stoking the fires of these protests. At first pass, this sounds like the days when Moscow was held responsible for every change of weather in Peoria.

But for once, I think Condoleezza may be right, but her words mean something different than she intends.

Israel’s Sharon, now sidelined by a lifetime’s accumulation of blood on the brain, has advocated American military action against these states since the invasion of Iraq, and there have been many threatening, blustering statements from Washington, at one point coming up with the silly idea that Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction had been shipped surreptitiously to Syria. Syria has been the recipient of threats, shootings by Americans along its border, and illegal buzzing by Israeli jets.

From Iran’s point of view, the U.S. has been on a violent tear in Iran’s own neighborhood, and America’s closest partner in the region, Israel, is an open advocate of war. So there are powerful and legitimate reasons why Iran and Syria might be stoking the demonstrations – simply trying to avoid being attacked. America is definitely building a big head of steam towards Iran, but it is too ferociously engaged in Iraq and too weighed down with resulting economic problems to consider another invasion. Sanctions, bombing, missile attacks, and black ops are all undoubtedly being planned.

What better way to discourage American war plans than to encourage the naturally-occurring fury over the cartoons? The intended message is: if cartoons can cause this, just consider what attacking yet another Muslim country will do.

And this is a true message. The U.S. has achieved nothing in Iraq but releasing chaos and destruction. Indeed, Iraq has become something it never was before, a massive training ground for guerilla and terrorist forces of every kind.

As for publishing cartoons that ridicule religious figures, anyone in a modern country has that right, but is it a sensible one to exercise? I have written satirical pieces on America’s religious right, but only because that group twists religion to serve a narrow and dangerous politics. There is no purpose in satirizing those who lead quiet religious lives, the case for the overwhelming majority of the world’s billion Muslims, or in satirizing a figure such as Jesus.

These cartoons reflect prejudiced Western attitudes because they ridicule Islam’s Prophet rather than any misguided or dishonest follower. It is the same reason they make so many so angry.

More humility over the religion of others is definitely in order for Western countries, considering their own horrifically bloody pasts. In poorer lands, a number of Muslims live at a stage of development that prevailed in Europe not so long ago. It was only a few hundred years ago that Catherine de Medici started the Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre in France, ending with the murder of perhaps 20,000 innocent people in a few days. In thanks for the deaths of Protestants, the Pope in Rome issued a gold medal commemorating what he regarded as heroic service to God and offered many special masses.

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bombs going off every day
11 Feb 2006
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Speaking of bombs, it sure feels like one has gone off whenever Boston IMC censors any reference to the 911 Hoax.

Boston IMC is ALWAYS on the lookout to censor anything about the 911 Hoax.

Some WONDER why.
See also:
'Revealed' Religion = Concealed Apostasy
11 Feb 2006

"But for once, I think Condoleezza may be right, but her words mean something different than she intends."

I couldn't agree more!

As for our differences here, they do not matter as much as this one point. I guess with so many centuries of democracy handing over to a few people the right to censor - or I should say, playing the conscience of society (blasphemy of the so-called ‘Holy Spirit’) – we can expect billions of different views that are never tried or proven by our media collective.

Ted Warner:

It is good to see others doing ‘screen captures’. I have a few juicy bits of outrageous and incriminating evidence of malicious right-wing censorship from other IMCs, although Boston IMC has been very kind to me.

IMC Israel has also been very receptive to me, and I will always speak highly of their free standards, but I have nothing nice to say about DC IMC, so I will not bother with them, but link to my articles that are hidden in their archives – which will not make them look very good at all.

Richard Kobzey

2:24PM PT

Cartoon Every Religion!
11 Feb 2006
Apoligizing for the Islamic rioters/killers. Killing once again in the name of Mohammed. The religion of peace? You shittin' me. Love my religion or I'll cut your head off. Yeah, that's a real religion. Brush up on your Farsi my friends, not that giving up this land would be a big deal for you wackos, as long as the Americans don't have it. Oh, by the by, this web site will not be allowed under your new regime. Sorry. No disent allowed. They tend to cut the heads off people they have an alledged grivience against. So, start packing your offices. Allah Akbar, losers.
11 Feb 2006
John Chuckman writes:
I wonder, are waves of angry protest, flag burning, and embassy burning in the name of religion any less rational than waves of B-52s, cluster bombs, and torture in the name of democracy?

First of all, I challenge you to name one case of torture. secondly, we don't send B-52s in waves. Thirs, do you know what a cluster bomb is and why it is used? Fw have been used in Iraq or Afghanistan. Do you know why? Finally, yes, burning an embassy, rioting and murdering people over cartoons is absolutely insane.
12 Feb 2006
Hey Ted,
Don't distort the facts. I've seen your stuff and don't blame anyone for moving it off the main page. BIMC has run every original story submitted about the so-called 911 hoax. The problem is you keep posting a link to your blog, which is just plain advertising. Posting a link with a couple of pictures is not news. Write a story, and stop expecting others to carry links to your website when you have nothing new to contribute to this site.
Write something specifically for the IMC network and it will be published.
This is not a bulletin board for blog links.
Muslim Outrage - Something to Think About
12 Feb 2006
* Muslims fly commercial airliners into buildings in New York City, killing thousands. No Muslim outrage huh.
* Muslim officials block the exit where school girls are trying to escape a burning building because their faces were exposed. No Muslim outrage huh.
* Muslims cut off the heads of three teenaged girls on their way to school in Indonesia. A Christian school. No Muslim outrage huh.
* Muslims murder teachers trying to teach Muslim children in Iraq. No Muslim outrage.
* Muslims murder over 80 tourists with car bombs outside cafes and hotels in Egypt. No Muslim outrage huh.
* A Muslim attacks a missionary children's school in India. Kills six. No Muslim outrage.
* Muslims slaughter hundreds of children and teachers in Beslan, Russia. Muslims shoot children in the back. No Muslim outrage huh.
* Let's go way back. Muslims kidnap and kill athletes at the Munich Summer Olympics. No Muslim outrage huh.
* Muslims fire rocket-propelled grenades into schools full of children in Israel. No Muslim outrage huh.
* Muslims murder more than 50 commuters in attacks on London subways and busses. Over 700 are injured. No Muslim outrage huh.
* Muslims massacre dozens of innocents at a Passover Seder. No Muslim outrage huh.
* Muslims murder innocent vacationers in Bali. No Muslim outrage huh.
* Muslim newspapers publish anti-Semitic cartoons. No Muslim outrage huh.
* Muslims are involved, on one side or the other, in almost every one of the 125+ shooting wars around the world. No Muslim outrage huh.
* Muslims beat the charred bodies of Western civilians with their shoes, then hang them from a bridge. No Muslim outrage huh.
* Newspapers in Denmark and Norway publish cartoons depicting Mohammed. Muslims are outraged huh?.

Dead children. Dead tourists. Dead teachers. Dead doctors and nurses. Death, destruction and mayhem around the world at the hands of Muslims... no Muslim outrage !!!????... but publish a cartoon depicting Mohammed with a bomb in his turban and all hell breaks loose.
Will Religious Freedom overrule Free Speech?
13 Feb 2006
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Yes or no, will Democracy choose to outlaw blasphemy of prophets and gods?
13 Feb 2006
That dude with the bullhorn is Suren Moodliar from MGA.