Saturday, March 29, 2008

Islamic Terror strikes Wafa Sultan

Wafa Sultan, a brave woman, who very sincerely tries to speak what she sees as the truth about Islam, has had to go into hiding. A woman who has become famous for her accounts of life under Islam, of the terror she felt growing up in Syria, and of the freedom she has come to love in the United States, has had to return again to the night of terror.

According to Brigitte Gabriel's website ACT For America!
We posted on courageous Dr. Wafa Sultan's second al-Jazeera interview that included a debate with Egyptian Islamist, Tal'at Rheim on the republication of the Danish Mohammed cartoons. Subsequent to the March 4th Al-Jazeera interview, Egyptian Islamist Sheik al-Qaradawi issued a Fatwa against her. Sultan and her family have gone into hiding.

Our ally , Bob Spencer of Jihad Watch has called Sultan " a national and international treasure". Having met Dr. Sultan, we agree.

Yesterday, we received email s from Joyce and Persia expressing concerns about the lack of 24/7 personal security protection for Dr. Sultan. Note that in Holland, Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders received 24/7 security from his government with the release of his important film, "Fitna". Her safety is the equivalent of what the British government did for author Salman Rushdie when the Ayatollahs of the Islamic Republic of Iran issued a Fatwa calling for his death with the publication of his book, 'The Satanic Verses". Our government should consider doing the same for Dr. Sultan, an American citizen who is the subject of a death threat from an Islamist Cleric, Sheik al-Qarawadi.

She asked us to help her by submitting a letter to the Embassy of Qatar. Qatar hosts the 24/7 Arab language satellite TV channel Al-Jazeera....
If this is what can happen to citizens of free countries for speaking their minds, we need to start doing more than asking our governments to protect our citizens from Fatwas. The US should proclaim a policy of seeking the death, by any means, of anyone who proclaims a fatwa against its citizens, when the reasonable expectation is that the fatwa is a call for someone to kill the condemned.

We have a moral obligation to seek to maximize reciprocity in human affairs, and when we are faced with people who simply refuse the minimum of human reciprocity to others, simply for what they say (as if some cleric's words are of a fundamentally different order than Wafa's, or your's) then we have to begin again by pursuing the most minimal forms of reciprocity which entail insuring that those who turn to violence can expect the same in return. When people are deep in the resentful delusions of their supremacist ideologies, it may be that the only way to remind them of their primary human obligation (an obligation that comes from the origins of human culture, from a time long before any religion on earth today) to engage in reciprocal exchange with others, is with a violent tit for tat.

It's not pretty to have to say it, but sometimes tit for tat is the only realistic form of justice, and the only possible teaching method. And we must have the courage not to go silent in face of the threats received by those who speak their minds.

We have posted these videos before. Have another look at the wonderful Wafa Sultan as she insists that Islamists like Qaradawi learn the most basic lessons of reciprocity that they have forgotten thanks to their hateful ideology. But as you can see in the video, there are (surely not atypical) Islamic leaders and journalists who cannot accept a woman as their equal. While Wafa gets the best of them verbally, they turn to condescending hate. That is the world in which hundreds of millions of women live in violent (physically and psychologically) oppression. (And we have just returned from debating comfortable, middle-class Canadians who would somehow blame, at the most fundamental level, such oppression on American imperialism and America's support for certain oil rich Islamic regimes: no doubt Wafa Sultan would have some choice words to send to those with such delusions that the limit to reciprocity in the Arab world is somehow caused by the freest nation on earth.

2 comments:

Dag said...

We are all under 24 hour per day police protection, though not under as immediate and personal a threat as is Wafa Sultan. Nevertheless, we could as easily as she end up very much dead at the hands of jihadis and their Left dhimmi fascist masters, even at the library filled with attitudinizing spectators and gawkers and poseurs showing off their coolness to the galleries. I don't like that. I don't like being under this kind of threat and under this kind of negligent protection from an impersonal guard as the military and paramilitary of a foreign nation. Don't like it at all a bit. I don't like that jihadis can threaten a woman and her family in my country and do so with near impunity and with the smirks of the dhimmis to go with it. I don't like the powerlesness of my fellow citizens, cowering as they do under the belts of dhimmi slanderers and moralistic fools who rile me to very near violence myself. If things do not improve for the security of our citizens and residents, of those who come to our free shores to our free lands to live without threats such as Sultan and too many others suffer from, then the time of great reckoning will come like a wave over the unwitting.and then, god help the innocent-- but who will sort them out beforehand? Not the impersonal wave of hatred and furious wrath and frenzy. Who will we blame for that?

Those who summoned it!

Vancouver visitor said...

Dag wrote:

If things do not improve for the security of our citizens and residents, of those who come to our free shores to our free lands to live without threats such as Sultan and too many others suffer from, then the time of great reckoning will come like a wave over the unwitting.and then, god help the innocent-- but who will sort them out beforehand? Not the impersonal wave of hatred and furious wrath and frenzy. Who will we blame for that?

My comment:

Yes, indeed. Who will sort them out beforehand? It's all very noble and high-minded of the Celebrate Die-Versity set to insist that each person be judged individually. That would be feasible when the number under consideration is small; however, what happens when there are tens of thousands? Or hundreds of thousands? Or millions? One does not need a brilliant mind to realize that it is simply impractical for a nation to vet everyone when the typical actual figure is at least hundreds of thousands. As if that wasn't bad enough, the government of the day is adding fuel to the fire of social mistrust by continuing to allow more to enter every day. We already know how messy it was to differentiate between friends and foes in the simpler times of the Spanish Reconquista and Inquisition. History will repeat itself in time to come, when living in denial ceases to be an option.