Friday, June 08, 2007
SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE
t is well known that, prior to the start of the Second World War, the Third Reich had many sympathizers in the West. Supporters of fascism, particularly in Britain, were not shy about expressing admiration for Hitler's policies. Seventy years ago there was Lord Haw Haw (William Joyce), today we have gorgeous George Galloway to fawn all over Arab fascists, like his friends the ex-dictator of Iraq and the current one in Syria.
Last week, a conference of the British University and College Union voted by over 60% for a "comprehensive and consistent boycott" of all Israeli academic institutions. It's only the latest in a constant stream of divestment policies and boycotts by various factions of international academia against Israel. Palestinians are fashionable on campus, Israelis are not. Never mind the inconvenient fact that the sainted Palestinians elected a government committed to Israel's total destruction, or that the two factions (the ones who hate Jews, and the ones who hate Jews more) have been killing each other, apparently fixed on having a civil war first.
Bruce Kesler at Democracy Project noted the UCU decision, along with a concurrent archaeological discovery, offered by an academic at the University of Haifa.
A Call for Divestment in CzechoslovakiaHistory buffs will recall that it was Hitler's armies which marched unopposed into the Sudeten region of Czechoslovakia, to kick off what the madman called his "Thousand Year Reich." He was actually kicking off WW II, and a genocidal holocaust.
From the Union of British University Lecturers February 12, 1938
Dear Learned Comrades:
The Union of British University Lecturers is calling upon lovers of justice and peace throughout the world to boycott all official institutions of Czechoslovakia and especially the Czechoslovak universities. While we have tried other forms of persuasion, the racist regime in Czechoslovakia continues to abuse the human rights of the country's ethnic Germans, denying the Sudeten Germans their right to self-determination.
So what if Czechoslovakia has free and open elections, freedom of speech,and other manifestations of liberal democracy? We consider Czechoslovakia to be a phony democracy, with false freedoms existing only on paper, so long as the Sudeten Germans are second-class citizens. That is why we cooperate with the anti-apartheid groups and movements operating within the Third Reich, which are heralding the struggle against Czechoslovak oppression of Germans.Seventy years later, people are still finding mass graves in Europe, full of Jewish bones. Last evening I was watching the world news from Bali TV. They showed an old mass burial site in Moldova that has just been discovered - one of the hundreds (thousands?) of places where European Jews were slaughtered by the millions.
Hamas, Hizb Allah, Ahmadinejad, Islamic Jihad and all their fellow travellers vocally declare their intention to pick up right where Hitler left off. The "Martyr's Brigades" appear quite proud of their Nazi lineage, and enjoy emulating their social customs -- such as the formation of mass regiments of fighters giving the old "seig heil" fascist salute to some firebrand orator or other. Pop news doesn't like showing moments like that to the general public, which is a shame because it is quite a remarkable sight.
Neither does the pop media like to delve into the sainted Palestinians' indoctrination of their own very young children, that they may aspire to be killers of Jews and martyrs for Allah. Where other children of the world might sing songs or do a funny skit on stage for a school pageant, young Palestinian children are taught to prance around waving plastic machine guns, with heads swathed in black and a prop suicide bomber's belt around the waist, singing the virtues of jihad in the way of Allah and wiping out the Jews.
But Palestinians are fashionable and cool, because 'one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.' And so Britain's university lecturers feel compelled by their very humanity to boycott the villain -- Israel.
Many in the British UCU are not happy about the decision, made by just over 250 conference delegates, and have called for the issue to be put to the general membership which is comprised of 120,000 members.
Yet it may well be that Britania is just too far gone. Get a load of this dreamy paean to an Islamic Britain in London's Time Out ("everything that's great in London").
In an Islamic London, Christians and Jews – with their allegiance to the Bible and the Talmud – would be protected as ‘peoples of the book’. Hindus and Sikhs manage to live alongside a large Muslim population in India, so why not here? Although England has a long tradition of religious bigotry against, for instance, Roman Catholics, it is reasonable to assume that under the guiding hand of Islam a civilised accommodation could be made among faith groups in London.I can't quite make out if this piece is meant to be tongue-in-cheek, or if the guy is serious. He starts with an imagined public execution under "Sultan Charles," emir of the British Islamic State -- before extracting his readers from this "hysterical right-winger's nightmare" -- and then goes on to extol the actual benefits of submission to Islam. So I actually think he's dead serious.
He endeavours to show that Sharia law just might be the answer. The tax benefits of obligatory zakat. The health benefits of Sharia's food regulations. The benefits for British children of an Islamic education. Five-times daily prayer would keep Britons supple and fit (and their tummies trim!), and the pre-prayer hands and feet washing will promote hygiene. Just think of the social benefits in banning alcohol! As he reminds us, "Alcohol is haram, or forbidden, to Muslims." Gee thanks, I bet many people didn't know that. As for race relations, well...
Under Islam all ethnicities are equal. Once you have submitted to Allah you are a Muslim – it doesn’t matter what colour you are. End of story.End of story, indeed.
Now you may suspect this thing was written by an Islamic chauvinist masquerading as a nice, moderate and tolerant Muslim, but you'd be wrong. Michael Hodges is apparently a British playwright. He doesn't explain whether he himself has submitted yet. A word of warning, Michael. Once you're in, there's no going home again.
In any case, I liked the first draft better. Iowahawk, who has a knack for sniffing out first drafts of noteworthy essays or political speeches from dumpsters and trashbins around the world, located this one in a garbage can in Trafalgar Square. The original even has a much cooler title: London's Swinging Again - Like a Scimitar!
Islam -- it’s the capital’s hottest lifestyle trend! A growing religion, based on noble traditions and compassionate principles, yet infidels sometimes get the wrong impression because of ignorance and misunderstanding and the occasional subway bomb. Here Time Out argues that an Islamic London would be ab fab!There, much better. Mr. Hodges shouldn't have toned it down so much for publication, masking his excitement. Read the whole thing -- Iowahawk is from deep space.
Finished? Good. I can't give you a cookie, but I can give you this. Go thou, and penetrate some haram artwork, while you still can.
Wai Ace for the cool pic.