Islamists don't understand
us ... At all!
By Mark Neckameyer
February 13, 2006
There is a tremendous communication gap between even the most
educated leaders of the fundamentalist Muslim nations like Iran
and Saudi Arabia and ourselves. They do not understand us at
all. No wonder they miscalculate what our responses to their
actions will be as in the case of Saddam in 2003 and the leaders
of the Taliban in 2001. These are relatively educated individuals
who have traveled the world and have in many instances have been
educated partly at least in Europe and even here in the U.S.
Here are a couple of examples;
Yesterday the rulers of Saudi Arabia called for the "perpetrators"
of the infamous Mohammed cartoons to be brought to trial and
punished. We just don't punish people for political cartoons
no matter how offensive they are. There is no way anybody in
the West will be punished for a cartoon. There were complaints
yesterday from the Muslim world about how only Islam was immune
from insult in the Western media. This is wrong. We suffered
through depictions of Christ immersed in jars of urine ... even
paid for that "art" with taxpayer funds. We put up
with pictures of the Virgin Mary covered in elephant dung a couple
years back and nobody I know of called for beheading or even
for a fine and cease and desist order.
The President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, (I wish I could
pronounce his name!), last week sarcastically proposed "tell
the truth about the Holocaust" programs and a Holocaust
cartoon contest because he said that this would prove the bias
of the Western press who would not print Holocaust jokes but
were all too anxious to print parodies of their Prophet. Huh?!
In truth I thought the cartoon that they are most angry about,
the one with the bomb on the Prophet's head with the caption
about being "out of virgins in Paradise" for suicide
bombers was Pro-Islam. I thought it smacked those who perverted
Islam, used it for terrorism instead of piety. Maybe this shows
that I am as out of synch with them as they are with me!
Jokes about religious figures; Billy Graham, Jesus, the Pope
or the Prophet of Islam are ALL offensive ... So? I am offended
when Mr. Ahmadinejad calls us "Crusaders". I think
he is calling us the Iranian version of the "N" word
but I don't question his right to say it or even to think that
way. He hates Israel? I am sure they hate him too. If he continues
to seriously threaten us with nuclear weapons he won't be around
very long anyway. I can't forget the fact that Mr. Ahmadinejad
was a leader of the "students" who captured, mistreated
and tortured our embassy staff in Iran in 1979. You would think
he would have matured by now.
If Muslim countries democratically vote to punish, even stone
to death individuals who commit blasphemy ... The Human Rights
Commission won't approve but as far as I am concerned, as long
as they do it in their own country I don't care. They make their
own laws. If Muslim countries decide to punish people in our
country for saying things that they don't like .. If they insist
on our repealing our Bill of Rights because they are in the midst
of a religious revival .. Then tell me where to re-enlist because
they are going to have a fight on their hands from me!
About: About: Mark Neckameyer, a frequent contributor to our
Opinion section, presently resides in Southern California but
has plans to retire to spend Summers on the Alaska coast
in two years. He has been an active volunteer in a variety
of civic activities including animal charities and MADD and he
has been a volunteer in his local Republican Party during elections.
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