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September 17, 2006

Arab Leaders: Pope's Remarks may lead to War [AnalogKid]

Also: Flying planes into buildings with innocents was a "peaceful dialogue." And kidnapping soldiers was simply "an invitation to party."

Why do these jack asses think that they're the only ones who can declare war? And that they're the only ones who can be filled with indignation, shock (shock!), and outrage (outrage!)?

The most extreme opinion was voiced by Hani Pahas in the London-based Arabic-language daily newspaper Al-Hayat, who wrote “the pope’s comments may lead to war; we fear that the pope’s statements may lead to a war that we, Muslims and Christians alike, are trying to prevent through dialogue between East and West.

Why, yes, thanks for asking. The last 5 years have been simply wonderful. It's been delightful, like Sunday Brunch in the Summer. But nope, no war here.

Hussein Shabakshy wrote in an article published by the London-based Arabic-language newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat “It is clear that such remarks only contribute to the fueling of the fire raging between Islam and the West. There is no difference between Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri speaking from their caves in Tora Bora and the stage of an important Christian saint. Both parties contribute to the world verbal weapons for mass destruction.”

This is so obtuse, so oblique to reality. As noted below, while the Pope's speech was primarily an outreach to the Western Rationalist tradition, it also recognized that there are two enemies in the war. But in recognizing the cause of war, the Pope is providing a path for peace: first by getting the West to come to terms with its own duality, and second by pointing out the historical point where Islam was poisoned.

Wanna save the West? Accept the duality.

Wanna save Islam? Cut out the cancer.

Is it too much to think that the Pontiff was making a foundational speech to the University of Regenstref? Perhaps. But listen to the Imams:

“The pope’s latest statement cannot be considered a slip of the tongue or a comic bit from a TV show; the situatio0n here is different, and his remarks are indicative of an important and highly symbolic stance toward the religion (Islam) and the prophet of about a billion and-a-half Muslims,” he said.

“These are ignorant comments previously made by Adolf Hitler, who spoke of a supreme white race against all the other races, especially the African race.

"Yeah ... 1,500,000,000 Muslims knockin' on your door ... Benedict." Did that sound like a threat to you?

Of course, just to prove we're not at war ... yet ... there were 5 Christian churches attacked in the West Bank and Gaza ...

Firebombings left black scorch marks on the walls and windows of Nablus' Anglican and Greek Orthodox churches. At least five firebombs hit the Anglican church and its door was later set ablaze. Smoke billowed from the church as firefighters put out the flames

In a phone call to The Associated Press, a group calling itself the "Lions of Monotheism" claimed responsibility for those attacks, saying they were carried out to protest the Pope's remarks in a speech this week in Germany linking Islam and violence.

Lions of Monotheism ... just like Ace's old gang, the Blades of Bensonhurst.

Religion of Peace ® ... catch the fever.

Update: ROP ® group calls for suicide attacks on the Pope ...

Update II:Oh it's getting even better. Malkin has a great piece on the latest threats on Christians in Iraq (via AINA):

"According to the website Islam Memo, one Christian was killed in Baghdad after the Pope's speech two days ago. The speech created a wave of anger throughout the Islamic world, including Iraq. A poster has been placed in many Baghdad mosques for the previously unknown group, "Kataab Ashbal Al Islam Al Salafi," (Islamic Salafist Boy Scout Battalions). This group threatens to kill all Christians in Iraq if the Pope does not apologize in three days in front of the whole world to Mohammed."

So are we sure that it's the Pope's comments that were incendiary? 'Cause it seems like it's maybe something else.


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