Tuesday, February 02, 2010

I have to share this . . .

Robert Spencer has been doing what journalists used to do for years, and he has incurred the wrath of those to whom the journalists have kowtowed. Given all that, he's hasn't had time to be a stand-up comedian. But his post today -- Groundhog Day -- is both funny (because of the video clip from the movie by that name) and poignant (because of what he adds). I can't resist sharing it.

Here it is:



And now here is today's Jihad Watch news:

1. Some jihadis somewhere will blow something up and kill some people.
2. In their public statements they will quote Qur'an, invoke Muhammad, and explain that they did it all to advance Islam.
3. Mainstream media stories about the attack will never mention Islam, or Jihad, and will speculate about the desperate poverty and political oppression that led this group to carry out this attack.
4. Obama will lament this "tragedy," call the attackers "isolated extremists," and announce a new U.S. aid package for the area they come from, again without ever mentioning Islam or jihad.
5. I will post the attackers' public statements here at Jihad Watch.
6. Leftist and Islamic supremacist groups will see #5 and call me an Islamophobe and a bigot, without ever taking notice of #2.

Tune in again tomorrow, when:

1. Some jihadis somewhere will blow something up and kill some people.
2. In their public statements they will quote Qur'an, invoke Muhammad, and explain that they did it all to advance Islam.
3. Mainstream media stories about the attack will never mention Islam, or Jihad, and will speculate about the desperate poverty and political oppression that led this group to carry out this attack.
4. Obama will lament this "tragedy," call the attackers "isolated extremists," and announce a new U.S. aid package for the area they come from, again without ever mentioning Islam or jihad.
5. I will post the attackers' public statements here at Jihad Watch.
6. Leftist and Islamic supremacist groups will see #5 and call me an Islamophobe and a bigot, without ever taking notice of #2.

It's Groundhog Day!

Source here.

3 comments:

Robert said...

Gil, it is true that this sort of thing has happened whether exactly like you predict here or similar enough to be sad and horrible. And we should condemn the sinful and damaging actions. But it seems to appear not in keeping with good ethics to project sin and damaging acts on another person or persons, condemning them for those acts when they haven't done them yet.

Better, I think, to recount the horror they have done, and there is plenty to recount, and ask questions like this: Hasn't it become groundhog day every day? Shouldn't we do more to prevent it and also be more prepared for the next time which certainly may come, and come again, and again?

You are an upright man. You could make the same point you made in your post without getting into the ethical --and moral-- broccoli.

Mike O'Malley said...

Thank you Gil. IMHO Robert Spenser does excellent work and yes Groundhog's Day comes every day.

Over at The Religion of Peace . com : http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/ the current report for this Groundhog's Day "2010.02.11 (Cotabato, Philippines) - Muslim extremists shoot a man to death as he is riding a motorbike to work.
2010.02.11 (Bannu, Pakistan) - Fifteen innocents are blown to bits in a double bombing by Islamic militants."

Just last Tuesdays 2/9/10 Bill Gertz of the Washington Times reported:

"Almost two years before the deadly Fort Hood shooting by a radicalized Muslim officer, the U.S. Army was explicitly warned that jihadism — Islamic holy war — was a serious problem and threat to personnel in the U.S., according to participants at a major Army-sponsored conference." and that those timely warnings were ignored at the cost of 13 lives.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/feb/09/army-warned-about-jihadist-threat-in-08/?feat=article_top10_read

Sadly, at times this all but ubiquitous refusal to admit the reality of Jihad seems as willful as it is without doubt pathological. :-(

Mike O'Malley said...

Ahh! And today Shaun Waterman of the Washington Times reports as much: "Patrick Poole, a counterterrorism consultant to government and law enforcement agencies, said the documents reveal a "culture of willful blindness that continues to grow" within senior levels of government.

"For our military, intelligence, and homeland security agencies to continue to ignore the short- and long-term strategic threat from jihadist groups, and the radical Islamic ideology that fuels them, is nothing less than a dereliction of duty," Mr. Poole said."


and

"A U.S. military report produced in 2008 by a special unit of the U.S. Central Command criticized the federal government for not properly identifying the nature of the Islamist terrorist threat.

"We must reject the notion that Islam and Arabic stand apart as bodies of knowledge that cannot be critiqued or discussed as elements of understanding our enemies in this conflict," said the internal report by the Centcom "Red Team," a unit that provides contrarian views for the combatant commander.

"The fact is our enemies cite the source of Islam as the foundation for their global jihad," the report said. "We are left with the responsibility of portraying our enemies in an honest and accurate fashion." "


http://washingtontimes.com/news/2010/feb/12/violent-extremists-but-not-islamists/