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January 09, 2006

Depressing News From The Muslim World

As if there's another kind.

Al Qaeda recruiting HIV-infected suicide bombers to add some lethal blood-shrapnel into the mix.

Iraqi clerics receiving training in... Iran. Perfect.

Talking to jihadis in Indonesia. The mindset is almost impossible to comprehend. There's so much dogma and nonsensical double-think it makes your heart break -- if they can say crap like this, there's absolutely no hope of ever persuading them.

Check out this ignorant shit:

Then Hasyim began to rant -- really rant, in long passionate sentences which Abi and Syihab interrupted sometimes, just to translate -- about President John F. Kennedy, who (he said) tried to solve problems caused by America's wayward youth in the 1960s by sending the social scum to Vietnam. Did I think that was a good idea? Kennedy, said Hasyim, had promised in a campaign speech to cleanse American society of its losers and criminals by sending them as cannon fodder to Vietnam.

"That's not true," I said.

"But have you heard this campaign promise?" Rian asked.


"Well," he said triumphantly. "You should look it up."

Of course Vietnam wasn't even a campaign issue in 1960; but I let that go.

Actually I think it was part of Kennedy's "bear any burden" Inaugural Address. After saying something about the cause of freedom he mumbled something about "getting all the, err-ehh, riff-raff plugged in Khe Sahn."

It's always amused me -- not in a ha-ha way, but a sad way -- how radical Muslims in foreign countries like to speak of American "arrogance," and then arrogantly repeat over and over "What you don't understand is...", and how they speak of our ignorance of their culture, when they believe all sorts of ludicrous nonsense about ours.

Arrogance combined with ignorance is a bad mix. And the Muslim world seems to have an awful lot of it. I guess when you spend every minute of your schooling repeating the Koran it doesn't leave much time for US Civics.

Thanks to the A-Man.

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