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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Quad Erat Demonstratum

I have mentioned my own thoughts on the vile religion of Islam before. I noted that its appeal in a place as craptastic as the middle east is its allowance of violence against other people. Unhappy people can be angry people and thus look for a scapegoat and, thanks to decades of oil dealings, the west (and the Jews, for other reasons) has become that scapegoat.

People who truly wish to execute violence against their fellow man will find a way to do it. The fact that Islam allows for this makes the consciences of these people all the more satisfied for doing so. "Hey God wants me to do this, and who am I to argue with God?" Of course, that argument is circular, but I digress.

So imagine my surprise when I read that Muslims were upset over cartoons like this one depicting Mohammed. I can see how cartoons like this could be considered offensive--I certainly wouldn't want to see Jesus drawn performing homosexual acts, but the difference here is that it actually applies. It applies to associate Mohammed and Islam with terrorism, it applies that Islam is a motivation for inflicting hurt on others in the world. Not because its adherents are the ones doing the hurting, but because the Koran, Islam's cornerstone document, advocates these activities.

So how have the outraged Muslims reacted to their greatest prophet being portrayed as a violent terrorist? Why, by using violent terrorist tactics, of course!

Palestinian gunmen in the West Bank city of Nablus said they were searching apartments for foreigners from several European countries to try to kidnap them to protest the drawings. The claim by the gunmen could not immediately be verified independently.

In the furor over all this, we see this story about fabrications being made from the Muslim side to incite more violence and outrage. Now let's try and understand this: the outrage is derived from blaphemous charicatures of Mohammed, but to incite even more violence Islamic groups are spreading their own versions of Mohammed on paper and therefore blaspheming themselves.

So that begs the question: if these people were truly devoted to the tenets of Islam to the point of taking up arms over a cartoon, why would they blaspheme their greatest prophet? The answer is they wouldn't. They are more interested in being violent against others whom they hate and any means to that end, in their minds, are justified. QED.

UPDATE:Michelle Malkin has a good roundup on the latest of these events. I'll check them later and maybe post on some.