Elwood: What kind of music do you usually have here?
Claire: Oh, we got both kinds. We got country *and* western.–Â Â (The Blues Brothers)
Â Qatar dismissed demands by three fellow Gulf Arab states for changes to its foreign policy,Â will continue to aidÂ movements such as Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. (The MuBro’s are the mothers of Â al Qaeda).
Show me one place in the so called Arab world where there is justice and freedom and I’ll show you how to ride a steel buraq to Jerusalem.
This kind of censorship is routine when it comes to something deemed “un-Islamic” in a Muslim country.Â Â A far greater cause for concern is the self-censorship that the Western media increasingly practices in regard to things that offend Muslims…..
Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., Bahrain, and now Egypt, have all recalled their ambassadors from Qatar. The attempt by Qatar to whip up indignation, all over the world, over the arrest, in Egypt, of journalists belonging to its propaganda outlet, Al Jazeera, has had little effect. For when it comes to Al Jazeera, few care what happens to it, having slowly come to realize that it is akin to TASS, or Radio Berlin. Its English-language version is much cleverer and more oblique than the Arab-language version, but the intent is the same: to promote and protect Qatar, a nasty little state, living on slave labor (and many of those slaves die from that labor every year)and those whom, including Yousef Al-Qaradawi, and the Muslim Brotherhood, and similar groups whom the government of Qatar promotes and protects.
It’s good to see Gulf and other Arabs turning their back on Qatar, and Western journalists not unduly impressed with the “threat to press freedom” that the arrest of people working for a state-funded propaganda network supposedly represents.
Here‘s the latest on Qatar, and the decision of its emir not to send a high-diplomat to the preparatory talks for the Arab summit due to begin on March 25.
At the Gatestone Institute,Â here.
The Arab League is a comical and ineffectual organization, but non-Arabs do not know that. So when Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) makes sure the Arab League passes a resolution supporting his refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, he can now go to Kerry and Obama, panting for an agreement, dangerous and unjust as that agreement will necessarily be for Israel, because they can’t understand that the absence of such agreement is what keeps the peace, the only peace that counts, based on Israel’s deterrent power, which power will be weakened by any further relinguishing of control over territory taken in the Six–Day War, but that military conquest is not the source of Israel’s title, merely the source of its ability to enforce its title. There is a difference.
That whole business of “recognizing Israel as a Jewish state” is a way of sayingÂ — this is the formulation the Israelis have come up — “You’ve got to do something to show that this is a final agreement, you really truly mean it, no more slicing-the-salami strategy, no more of those Hudaibiyya hudnas to be broken as soon as possible.” It might be preferable for them to discuss those very things — that sausage-strategy, that Hudaibiyya hudna — openly, even if it means saying things no non-Musliim is supposed to say. Come to think of it, Hudaibiyya ought to be mentioned, to the Americans, now and forever. It’s time they were forced to learn a little something Â about Islam, and about the impossibility of ever ending the Jihad against Israel.
Toameh, on Abbas and the Arab League, here.
Why, when it comes to Arabs who are in trouble, almost always of their own and always of Islam’s making, does that word “plight” keep being used? Mary Jackson once complained at NER about that phrase “plight of the Palestinians” which is not a Homeric eptihet but fixed-wingÃ¨d words that never take flight, designed to evoke tear-jerk, and diseased, sympathy.
What about the “plight of the world’s non-Muslims” who have to deal, world without end, with the hatred toward them that Islam inculcates in its adherents, and the craziness of the atmospherics and attitudes of Islam, that causes in so many Muslims who know or suspect there’s something wrong with their world, but could not possibly allow themselves to recognize that the problem is Islam, to instead wallow in hysteria and in conspiracy-theorizing, blaming everyone and everything but Islam itself, the cause of their own wretchedness. And now thanks to criminally-negligent immigration policies in the West, millions of Muslims have become a source of expense, unpleasantness, and physical insecurity for non-Muslims in the countries least able, because most pacific and programmatically unable to be anything but long-suffering,Â to deal with the matter. North America and Western Europe bound together by a Trans-Atlantic Plight.