Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Rules of Engagement

The first excerpts I would like to bring to your attention are these:

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Vandals hit Shi'a stores: Muslim leaders cite Saddam's execution in Detroit damage
Darren A. Nichols and Gregg Krupa / The Detroit News

Muslim leaders say a spate of vandalism over the weekend involving stores owned by local Iraqis could stem from brewing sectarian Islamic tension over the execution of Saddam Hussein. While Shi'a and Sunni Muslims are fighting in Iraq, the two groups generally get along in Metro Detroit and the United States. But Muslim and Arab leaders say the hanging of Saddam, and especially the timing of the execution, spurred hard feelings. They say the vandalized property was owned or operated by people of Iraqi descent who are Shi'a.

...Business owner Inaam Alkhafaji describes her fears. "It's a war with the Iraqi people. Maybe next time they kill us," she said. "People are scared to come here. It's very dangerous, this place," said Alkhafaji, referring to her Detroit business, Dana Media, whose windows were broken. The tension that concerns Muslim leaders was spurred by the timing of the execution, according to Dawud Walid, the executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations and other community leaders. Saddam was ordered hanged by the Shi'a controlled government of Iraq on the morning Sunnis began celebrating Eid al-Adha, the holiest of Islamic festivals. Most Shi'a did not begin to celebrate until the following day. While Shi'a Iraqis took to the streets of Dearborn to celebrate, many other Muslims viewed the timing of the execution as an insult. Realizing the tension in the local community, some clergymen were considering meeting this week to take action.

...Shattered glass remained inside a cardboard box outside of Alkhafaji's store on Warren Avenue Monday. Next door, the window of the Al-Akhasi restaurant was boarded up -- it, too, had been smashed. A person called the restaurant earlier that day and made a threat that an incident would occur. The incidents follow similar acts of vandalism at stores along Seven Mile near Woodward, Arab leaders say. "It smacks close to it and that's the concern. That's what makes it different," said Imad Hamad, regional director of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

...The two major branches of Islam are split over governance of the faith. The Sunnis believe that because the prophet Muhammad designated no successor, the leader should be chosen or elected from the most knowledgeable Muslims. The Shi'a believe the leaders should be drawn from the bloodline of the prophet, from his daughter Fatima and her husband, Ali, who also was Muhammad's cousin. Meanwhile, the Council on American Islamic Relations-Michigan said a series of mailings containing drawings that slur Islam were received in recent days at two mosques, one in Ann Arbor and one in Metro Detroit, as well as at the CAIR office in Southfield. But Walid said the mailings, which seem to target all Muslims, are not related to the vandalism.

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I wanted to post these blurbs as a prelude to a second set of excerpts:

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Don't Bring That Booze Into My Taxi
By Daniel Pipes
October 11, 2006

A minor issue at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has potentially major implications for the future of Islam in the United States. Starting about a decade ago, some Muslim taxi drivers serving the airport declared they would not transport passengers who were visibly carrying alcohol -- in transparent duty-free shopping bags, for example. This stance stemmed from their understanding of the Koran's ban on alcohol. A driver named Fuad Omar explained: "This is our religion. We could be punished in the afterlife if we agree to [transport alcohol]. This is a Koran issue. This came from heaven." Another driver, Muhamed Mursal, echoed his words: "It is forbidden in Islam to carry alcohol."

...Why stop with alcohol? Muslim taxi drivers in several countries already balk at allowing seeing-eye dogs in their cars. Future demands could include not transporting women with exposed arms or hair, homosexuals, and unmarried couples. For that matter, they could ban men wearing kippas, as well as Hindus, atheists, bartenders, croupiers, astrologers, bankers, and quarterbacks. MAC has consulted on the taxi issue with the Minnesota chapter of the Muslim American Society, an organization the Chicago Tribune has established is devoted to turning the United States into a country run be Islamic law. The wife of a former head of the organization, for example, has explained that its goal is "to educate everyone about Islam and to follow the teachings of Islam with the hope of establishing an Islamic state."

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I can't understand why people won't understand what the Muslims in the US are plainly telling them - that they aren't here to assimilate. They are here to assimilate us.

And they will eventually succeed in that goal, because we will let them. We have to. It's in the constitution, you see. They can practice their religion freely, and when they, by refusing to use birth control and through legal and illegal immigration, become the majority in a town or county, they will vote themselves into power and then vote sharia into law - that's called majority rule. It's what's happening in countries all over the world that are nominally democratic - using the very system that gave them religious freedom to impose coercive religion on the powerless minorities.

The people of the US are still, however, suffering from some strange delusion that everybody in the world wants a godless, secular "tolerant" government and that nothing can happen them here, on their own soil. Unfortunately, all the world does not want a godless, secular "tolerant" government. In fact, the fastest growing populations of people in this country don't want that, and can and do ignore it when it suits them to do so.

If I recall correctly, it was Sun Tzu, a very wise ancient philosopher, who once said, "You cannot adopt rules of engagement that your enemy will not honor." Our enemy does not honor our idea of tolerance, secular government, equal rights, or freedom of religion. They intend to rid us of these "errant" values as well. And we will let them, piece by piece, because we have no other choice, because we won't admit to ourselves that America is a Judeo-Christian country and needs to stay that way. By refusing to commit to religion, American philosophy thinks that it can make religion go away, and that religion is a non-issue in diplomacy or politics.

Nothing could be further from the truth, class. There will be no secular utopia where science reigns supreme and religion is banished to the realm of mental illness and superstition, as many athiests keep predicting. Instead, you will be paying your dhimmi tax to your Muslim overlords - while wearing your burkha or colored star. If you're Christian, then you might be going home and offering your kaddish with grape juice. If you're Jewish, well, some assimilated relative might visit your grave once in a while, class. Maybe.

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