Is he a moderate lunatic or Â extreme?
“All Muslims Are Moderates”
There are no moderate Muslims. There are no extremist Muslims. There are only Muslims. Got that?
That’s according to the former prime minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamed, the man who became notorious when heÂ said that “today the Jews rule this world by proxy.” Â Â According to anÂ article inÂ Malaysia Today, Dr. Mohamad considers the labels “moderate” and “extremist” to be unfair when applied to Muslims:
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today asked Muslims to do away with false assumptions when declaring themselves as moderate followers of Islam because the religion is indeed moderate.
Comments by David G. Littman – NGO Representative of the Association for World Education (AWE) and the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) to the United Nations in Geneva:
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Obsessed & deranged:
Former PM of Malaysia: Jews “had to be periodically massacred”
Mahathir Mohamad isÂ well known for statements that are, to Western ears, outrageous. But as Andrew Bolt observes, MahathirÂ did not arrive at these opinions in a vacuum. Will we see unequivocal condemnation of Mahathir (and not just by dedicated Holocaust deniers), or the usual claims that his remarks were taken out of context?
This Jew-hating, terrorist-excusing conspiracy theorist was actually the elected leader of Malaysia – and spoke at a Muslim gathering where he expected his views to win support:
Malaysia’s former premier Mahathir Mohamad said on Wednesday there was “strong evidence” the US faked the September 11 terror attacks as an excuse to go to war against Muslims.
“There is strong evidence that the attacks were staged. If they can make Avatar, they can make anything,’ Mahathir told the Conference for the Support of Al-Quds (Jerusalem), as quoted by local media. [Quite possibly the strangest compliment James Cameron has received. – M.]
The former premier also blamed Jews for hindering progress in US foreign policy. Voicing his disappointment that Barack Obama had not yet ended the war in Afghanistan or closed the US terror detention center at Guantanamo, he explained that “there are forces in the United States which prevent the president from doing some things. One of the forces is the Jewish lobby.”
Jews “had always been a problem in European countries. They had to be confined to ghettoes and periodically massacred. But still they remained, they thrived and they held whole governments to ransom,” Mahathir said.
Even after their massacre by the Nazis of Germany, they survived to continue to be a source of even greater problems for the world.”
Here’s the frightening question: For how many Muslims does Mahathir speak?
And perhaps we should for once ask to what extent this man’s disgraceful bigotry and victimology is driven by Islam rather than seek again to blame ourselves for his vileness, as in this recent effort, reported in The Age:
Malaysia’s relationship with Canberra was at best prickly and diplomats could not understand why Dr Mahathir held such a jaundiced view. Barry Wain, an Australian journalist who has observed Dr Mahathir for 37 years, provides some of the answers to the mystery.
In 1969 Dr Mahathir, a first-term politician and a rising political star, was invited on an all-expenses-paid trip to Australia as a guest of the Foreign Ministry in Canberra. But he lost his seat in an election that year and a few days before he was due to depart the Australians asked him to postpone the trip….
Two years later Dr Mahathir accepted an Australian Government offer to visit Canberra after attending a seminar at his own expense at Monash University, only to find the hospitality in the capital as bleak as the weather. In his book, Malaysian Maverick: Mahathir Mohamad in Turbulent Times, Wain maintains Dr Mahathir never forgot how he was treated all those years ago.
So does cold hospitality in Canberra also explain why Mahathir believes Jews “had to be confined to ghettoes and periodically massacred”? Or has some faith or ideology pushed him to that conclusion?
Many are all too willing to accept a roundabout and illogical explanation over an uncomfortable one.
From a speech in 2002:
I blame da Jooozzz:
The terrorists of today are not wild-eyed, illiterate fanatics who merely obey the orders of their evil leaders. They are educated, well-off, normal people with wives and families to love and look after. We cannot know they are terrorists until they have committed their horrible crimes. Their known leaders and their group may be eliminated but until the causes are removed there is no guarantee new groups will form to commit acts of terror.
And so while we fight against the known or suspected terrorists we must eliminate the causes. More>>
The full text of an article by Manfred Gerstenfeld about Mahathir Mohamad’s antisemitic speech,the one he so famously delivered at the tenth summit of the O.I.C., can be found here:
In his speech, Mahathir represented relations between Muslims and Jews as a worldwide frontal confrontation. Though he only devoted a few sentences to Jews, he presented some new examples of what anti-Semitism studies call “the theory of Jewish conspiracy.” Mahathir said:
1.3 billion Muslims cannot be defeated by a few million Jews. There must be a way. And we can only find a way if we stop to think, to assess our weaknesses and our strength, to plan, to strategize and then to counter-attack.
We are actually very strong. 1.3 billion people cannot be simply wiped out. The Europeans killed six million Jews out of 12 million. But today the Jews rule this world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them.
We are up against a people who think. They survived 2000 years of pogroms not by hitting back, but by thinking. They invented and successfully promoted Socialism, Communism, human rights and democracy so that persecuting them would appear to be wrong, so they may enjoy equal rights with others. With these they have now gained control of the most powerful countries and they, this tiny community, have become a world power. We cannot fight them through brawn alone. We must use our brains also.1
Muslim brains. Here’s a start: don’t Â catch the Mahathir virus!