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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

A Guy Named After a Fish and He Spells It Wrong

I can’t quite square it. Michelle Malkin posted yesterday about the uproar over the knighting of Salman Rushdie.

Today she has a piece posted at NRO that quotes Mufti Muhammad Basheer-u-Din, Grand Mufti of Kashmir as saying of Rushdie:

‘“Because of his blasphemy, Salman Rushdie remains an apostate and aggressor on Islam and punishment for such offences is death.”’

She also quotes Lord Ahmed, who just so happens to be the first British Muslim member of the House of Lords:

‘“This man not only provoked violence around the world because of his writings, but there were many people who were killed around the world. . . . Forgiving and forgetting is one thing, but honouring the man who has blood on his hands, sort of, because of what he did, I think is going a bit too far.”’

I think these guys have pretty much explained the issue(s) they have with him. She even realizes herself, what the issue is when she says:

“It’s always the fault of the Western “extremists.” Never the fault of the “moderate” followers of jihad.”

What is not to understand? If it’s always the fault of Western “extremists,” yet never “moderate” jihadis it’s pretty straight forward. This is what many don’t seem to realize; if the West is “extreme” and the radicals are “moderate” there is a failure on the “moderates” to be more sensitive to we, the “extremists.”

Malkin closes with:

“As anyone with their eyes open through Rushdie’s ordeal, the deadly Mohammed cartoons riots, the calls for beheading the pope, Oriana Fallaci, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and defiant, ex-Muslim apostates around the world knows: “Sensitivity” in the jihadi world is a one-way, dead-end street.”

The answer is right there in front of her; continue being the “extremists” we are and apply more “sensitivity” to the jihadis in a major push to send them down their own “one-way, dead-end street.” I’m all for “extremism” of this kind. Take them at their word, don’t mince them; make war for the sake of peace and bury every last one of them in their own bullsh*t.

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